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Showing posts with label SPORTS. Show all posts

25th Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon 2011

>> October 24, 2011

The 2011 edition of Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon was held over the weekend (22-23 October, 2011) in Ranau, Sabah - 2011 also marks the 25th anniversary of an outstanding race in the most beautiful and wonderful location of mountains in Southeast Asia or if not in the World!! and as usual, World's top runners from Europe (most from World Syrunner Series) were taking part in this course which regarded the toughest in the World. There're three categories - men open (23rd/10), men veteran & women open (22nd/10).

The champions L-R: Hernando, Killian Jornet, De Gasperi
Kilian Jornet of Spain has becomes the fastest to finish the 21km course in 2:37:04 and bagged home USD 4,500. Defending champion and the course's record holder Marco De Gesperi of Italy who trailed in less than a minute came second in 2:37:48 and won USD 4,000. In addition, De Gesperi was awarded the "Loket Emas" (Gold Pendant) as he was the first one to reach the summit (4,095m), timed 1:37:47. The USD 3,500 offered for third placing grabbed by Jornet's countryman Luis Alberto Hernando in 2:42:36. Local runner Safrey Sumping went to win the Malaysian men category after crossed the line at 2:55:12, 6th overall.

In women category, 44-year-old Danny Gongot of Ranau clinched the first place in 3:41:29, surprisingly it was her 4th title after 1997, 1998 and 2003 editions. With the victory she received USD 4,500. She was reported to wear only a pair of "cheap" and less suitable footwear namely "adidas kampong" (rubber tapper's shoe) which costs less than USD 3.00 (RM 9.00). In spite of that, she shocked two experienced foreign runners, Anna Frost (3:43:41) of New Zealand and American Brandy Erholtz (3:50:35) who in second and third positions respectively. Danny Gongot's cousin Yusuf Sumbad won the men's veteran category, dethroned local favorite and defending champion Guanus Salagan in the second place.

The race first held in 1987 with a goal of "train people to fast rescue" as helicopter could not operate during bad weather, and now for the 9th consecutive year the Kinabalu Climbathon has been a part of the only 16 races of Sky Runners World Series (including 9 world series trials) held in 12 countries across 4 continent each year.

Video promotion for 2011 edition

Photos of the Kinabalu

Photos courtesy of:
Sabah Tourism
TheStar Malaysia
The Sabah Times
Mt. Kinabalu Tvavelogue
Southeast Asia feet the warmth


The Importance of Wind Gauge in Track Meet - Wind Correction and Correlation with Performance

>> August 03, 2011

When you watch track and field competition on TV, two things that are often mentioned by a commentator, the time or distance achieved by performer and then the wind reading. Why? This is simple, no matter how fast you ran or jumped, your performance would not be considered "legal" when the wind reading is not within the legal limit. Mentioning the wind reading can give an immediate feedback to fans and stakeholders as well so they will have an idea whether somebody has set a record (PB, NR etc.). Not all events require wind gauge, the use of this instrument only apply to these events, 100m, 200m, 110mh, 100mh, long jump and triple jump.

Wind reading is expressed in metres per second (m/s). A positive reading (tailwind) means the wind direction is from behind (which helps increase velocity), while a negative reading (headwind) refer to the a wind that blows against an athlete as he/she move forward. In the affected events, all the "negative wind" such as -0.5, -1.8, -3.0 are considered "legal", while "positive wind" would only be considered legal when the reading is not exceeding +2.0, means that +2.01 would be illegal and performance may not be ratified (as new record).

Basic rules of wind gauge operation
For sprints and hurdles, the anemometer (wind gauge) must be placed at 50m mark (just adjacent to lane 1) before the finish line. It should be measured (to start recording) from the start of race (100m - 10s duration and 110mh - 13s), or the last 100m for the 200m event (10s duration). You don't have to worry when do you stop it, it will operate (when you push button for the manual wind gauge) and stop automatically (pre-set the duration). For the jumps, it should be placed at 40m (long jump) or 35m (triple jump) distances from the take-off line, and measured for 5 seconds from the commencement of the run or when the athlete crosses the anemometer.

Southeast Asian practice
One main setback in Southeast Asian competitions has been the lack of awareness and concern among the organizers/officials regarding the importance of wind gauge. This will be further elaborated in this article.

Before I go any further, you should know this - operating the anemometer or  wind gauge is actually the most easiest technical job in an athletics meet.

What are their significance in the relation of athletes' performances?

100 metres
It has been shown that the advantage (and disadvantage) of every 0.2m/s of wind is about 0.01 second. It means a 0.5m/s of tailwind would help athletes to run faster by approximately 0.025s, whereas a headwind -0.5m/s would cost the athletes'  time by 0.025 (same amount with tailwinds).

Wind Gauge
+0.5wind = 0.025s advantage
+1.0wind = 0.05s
+1.5wind = 0.075s
+2.0wind = 0.10s
+3.0wind = 0.15s
+4.0wind = 0.20s.
-0.5wind = 0.025s disadvantage
-2.0wind = 0.10s ...

In women's 100m, higher advantage and also disadvantage were found with the same amount of winds. Perhaps, bodyweight factors contribute to the finding.
--> Tailwind: +1.0  = 0.07s ,+2.0 = 0.12s.
--> Headwind: -1.0 = 0.07s, -2.0 = 0.12s.

Case: Christophe Lemaitre ran 9.92s (+2.0) at 100m in French Nationals recently, and his best time prior to the race was 9.95s (+1.0). It was a huge improvement when you take into account that he was expected to achieve his best (peak) during the World champs (would be held in less than a month) not during French nationals. But the question is that does he actually improved? Obviously yes!. However if you are a critical coach, taking all things into consideration, he did not!. Because 9.92s with +2.0 winds would equate to about 10.02s in a condition of no wind assistance at all (0.0). His previous PB (9.95, +1.0) would be around 10.00s, that is 0.02s faster than his performance from the French Nationals. Other examples;

Obadeli Thompson 9.69A (+5.7) in 1998. PB at the time 9.87A (-0.2).
---> Exact time: 9.90s (slower than his PB). #Both (9.69 and PB) are achieved at altitude which should requires more specific/different calculation, but I will discus about "advantage in performances at altitude" in the next time.

Norjannah Hafiszah (Malaysian sprinter) 11.60s (-1.5) in 2011. Will she break the NR 11.50s held by G.Shanti? If her time was really accurate (timing system was not malfunction), yes that's the possibility.
---> Possible time: 0.0 (no wind) = 11.53s, given with +1.0wind = 11.48s (yikes... NR!!).

Click here to adjust / calculate / estimate your real time for 100m.

200 metres
Electronic Wind Gauge

In 200m sprint, the calculation involves wind reading, the lane, and altitude if relevant.
--> Tailwind: +0.5wind = 0.04s advantage,
+1.0wind = 0.07s,
+1.5wind = 0.11s,
+2.0wind = 0.15s.

--> Headwind: -0.5wind = 0.03s advantage,
-1.0wind = 0.06s,
-1.5wind = 0.11s,
-2.0wind = 0.15s.

Above information is not considering altitude and lane effects. Perhaps I'll need to discus about the altitude and centrifugal effect (lane/curve effect) in the next post.

Case: Leroy Burrell of USA ran 19.61s at Texas in 1996. This performance was better than the WR at the time (19.72s by Pietro Mannea). But it was not ratified due to "too much wind assistance" (+4.0). However, when you perform the wind adjustment (0.0), his time would only be around 19.83s.

Click here to adjust / calculate / estimate your real time at 200m where you can include all factors (wind, lane, altitude).

110mh / 100mh
In high hurdles, the predicted influence of winds is much more higher than the other events. One  study in the past has elaborated that the time in 110mh can be improved as much as 0.19s when the race is assisted by wind of +2.0m/s. Below is the detailed information for men's 110mh / women's 100mh (from other studies);
--> Tailwind: +1.0wind = 0.12s  / 0.11s advantages
--> Tailwind: +2.0wind = 0.22s  / 0.21s advantages
--> Headwind: -1.0wind = 0.13s / 0.13s disadvantage
--> Headwind: -2.0wind = 0.27s / 0.28s disadvantage

Case: Rayzam Shah of Malaysia has ran 13.94s (-0.2) in Asian champs recently. Given a +1.0 tailwind he would have run 13.81s. Hence, we know that he actually has potential to run 13.72 - 13.75s (at his top form and given a great condition with tailwinds of +2.0)

Horizontal jumps
It was indicated that a +2.0 tailwind would give an advantage to long jumpers by at least 5cm and can be up to 16cm (men). Bob Beamon comes to mind. Bob Beamon's 8.90m performance has been contributed significantly by the (maximum allowable) tailwinds (+2.0m/s) by approximately 16cm, in addition to another 12-14cm advantage from the thinner-air at altitude. The rest was his efforts, of course. I witnessed a massive jump of 8.78m during the Australian championships last year. It was registered by Fabrice Lapiere who has a current PB of 8.40m (8.35m before the 8.78m). It was a wind-assisted performance (+3.1) but it also shows that bigger winds could possibly help athletes jump with even further distance, more than to what has been anticipated in research papers?

Statistics of wind reading in athletics meets
This part highlights the current practice (use of wind gauge in meets) of track organizers during their meets. Several official results (up to 10) were randomly selected (during 2010/2011 athletics season) from each of the following countries;

Ultrasonic Wind Gauge
          NATION                                   W.R.M         W.R.M.R
          Australia ...................................... 10 ............... 10
          Korea .......................................... 10 ................ 10
          India ............................................. 6 ................. 6
          Indonesia ..................................... 4 .................. 4
          Laos ............................................  0 .................. 0
          Malaysia ......................................  2 .................. 1
          Myanmar ...................................... 0 .................. 0
          Philippines .................................... 7 .................. 6
          Singapore ..................................... 9 .................. 7
          Taiwan ........................................ 10 ................. 10
          Thailand ....................................... 9 ................... 7
W.R.M  = Wind Reading Measured     
W.R.N.R = Wind Reading Measured (and results) Reported

From the above, wind reading has not been a big deal and were not entirely measured (or reported) in several-to-many competitions in Southeast Asia (see W.R.M = number of meets with wind gauge, and used it for wind measurement). At the same time, several competitions which have actually measured the wind speed (again see W.R.M) didn't bother to report the reading (see W.R.M.R = number of meets that actually reported the readings). One example based on above, out of many competitions in Malaysia during the year, only 2 out of 10 competitions have the wind speed measured, but unfortunately only 1 out of the 2 has taken initiative to report the readings (in official results). This means that from many competitions held in Malaysia, you will see only one (or maybe just a few) official results that included the wind information of all the affected events.

End notes
  • Wind gauge is compulsory (by rules) in track and field meets and its reading must be reported along with the official results. 
  • If not the case, the athletes and coaches will have difficulty to do performance analysis and they do not know whether there is improvement from one season to another. 
  • Therefore, track organizers must consider this matter very seriously for the benefit of athletes and coaches. 
  • Wind reading information is very useful for tracking the seasonal performance's fluctuation. 
  • Besides, operating the wind gauge is the most easiest work in athletics meet.
Samuel Francis (PB 9.99) crosses 50m mark to win his race (by Jad Adrian)
A realistic quasi-physical model of the 100 metre dash by J.R. Mureika
A mathematical analysis of the bioenergetics of hurdling by A.J Ward-Smith
A model of wind and altitude effect 110m hurdles By Spiegel & Mureika
The legality of wind and altitude assisted performances in the sprints by J.R Mureika
Effects of winds on world class long jump performance by David W. Murrie
What really are the best performances? J.R. Mureika
Comparing 100m sprints by K. Duffy


The Fastest Football Player of All Time

>> April 15, 2011

Everyone know that Usain Bolt is the fastest human being on earth as he hold the fastest time over 100 metres in 9.58s, or if intelligent people say "the century dash is not based on pure speed it's speed + speed endurance", then that's fine but no one has ever run faster than Bolt at 30m, 50m or 70m distances. Although the U.S sprinter Tyson Gay has beaten him in their last face-to-face meet but that's another story.

Okay in general the word "football"  refers to American Football, and for many countries outside Americas it usually means Soccer, Rugby Union etc.. let's back to question who the heck is the fastest footballer of all time? who would you pick Cristiano Ronaldo? Lionel Messi? Bryan Habana? Toderai Chavhanga? Deion Sanders? Chris Johnson?.... so many rumors out there saying how quick and fast they are but we're still not sure whether those arguments were true, but official timing revealed everything.



Without any doubt "Bullet" Bob Hayes is the fastest footballer of all time. He was a world record holder at 60 yards (5.9s), 100 yards (9.1s) and recorded a 9.91s (w) at 100m on chewed-up cinder track during the SF of the 1964 Olympics, where he later became the Olympic champion. He anchored the USA 4x100m's  quartet to gold medal and recorded a (split) time of 8.6s (FAT 8.84s), which is the fastest time ever recorded at 100m until Asafa Powell's 8.72s (4x100m final) in Beijing. In NFL, he changed the way football was played by introducing world class speed at the wide receiver position for Dallas Cowboys back in 1960's and early 1970's. He died in 2002 at 60.

For living football player, I would pick Trindon Holliday of USA, the 5"5 (1.65m) guy who run the 60m and 100m in 6.54s and 10.00s respectively and won the silver medal at the 2007 USA National Championship (just behind Tyson Gay). He however opted to not compete in the World Athletics championship in Osaka because he would begin the football season with LSU Tigers. He also run a 4.21s in 40y and has a vertical jump's record of 42".

Trindon Holliday has a PB of 10.00s at 100m with 1.65m tall
The other top 6 fastest footballers, with their positions and personal records would be;

> Renaldo Nehemiah (Wide Receiver): A former WR holder at 110mh (12.93s)
> Willie Gault (Wide Receiver): 1983 World champion in 4x100m, 10.10s at 100m
> Jacoby Ford (Wide Receiver): 4.28s at 40y, 6.51s at 60m, 10.01s in 100m
> Jeffery Demps (Running Back): 6.53s at 60m, 10.01s at 100m
> Chris Johnson (Running back): 4.24s at 40y, 10.32 at 100m
> Clifford "C.J" Spiller (Running Back): 6.67s at 60m, 10.22s at 100m

*List is not a ranking.
*40 yards times were taken with NFL standard time trials system, with both reaction time and wind gauge not used.

I don't have any list for Soccer because in my opinion the players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Arjen Robbin, Theo Walcott, Thierry Henry, Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen, are not even as fast, as quick, and as strong as most of the NFL players. Even Cristiano Ronaldo may not seem to run below 11.00 (FAT) ? And there is no evidence that players from other Rugby leagues could have done better especially in speed and quickness.

Recommended readings: 
National Football League Top 100: Nfl's Greatest Players 
Who's Better, Who's Best in Football?: Setting the Record Straight on the Top 60 NFL Players of the Past 60 Years
The Perfection Point: Sport Science Predicts the Fastest Man, the Highest Jump, and the Limits of Athletic Performance


Usain Bolt on Rafael Nadal "Laures Sportsman of The Year" Awards

>> February 08, 2011

Renowned tennis player, Rafael Nadal added his second awards of "Lauraes Sportsman of the Year" yesterday in a ceremony held in Abu Dhabi. For the record, he has been honoured the award for the first time in 2006.

The 24-year-old who won the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles in 2010 beat out the Filipino boxer Manny Pacquaio, NBA’s Kobe Bryant, footballer Lionel Messi and others.

Usain Bolt (I'm not gonna waste my time to introduce who the man is!), gives a credit to Nadal but announces a warning to get the same award next year.

Well, it's not arrogant!, it's a sort of encouragement for fans to book the World Championship's tickets and witnesses Usain Bolt smashing the World records. Below is Bolt's 'official announcement' on the facebook:

The complete list of Laureus winners is as follows:

World Sportsman of the Year: Rafael Nadal
World Sportswoman of the Year: Lindsey Vonn
World Team of the Year: Spain World Cup Team
World Breakthrough of the Year: Martin Kaymer
World Comeback of the Year: Valentino Rossi
World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Verena Bentele
World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Kelly Slater
Lifetime Achievement Award: Zinedine Zidane
Spirit of Sport Award: European Ryder Cup Team
Sport for Good Award: May El-Khalil


Gatorade Bolt Race: Lachie Turner Became the Fastest Footballer in Australia

>> January 14, 2011

Forget about your instincts on Cristiano Ronaldo’s 100 metres time. He has never done or tested on the neither time trial nor real race of the 100 metres.

At least the renowned rugby player, Jonah Lomu of New Zealand has run the 100 metres and recorded 10.8s but it was achieved during the high school time. But I definitely doubt about the accuracy of the time as it raised questions like “was it an official time from an official 100 m race?...”

Since myself an athletics statistician, I would put this kind of unofficial timing just outside of my “annual performance lists,” and not even under the “doubtful timing” section. Because in the statistics, the precise measure of performances are the fundamental criteria to ratified the records.

However, the “Gatorade Bolt Race” that was held on the 15th September, 2010 at Sydney Olympic Park in Australia was excellent. They have chosen the eight identified-fastest footballers from Soccer, Australian Rugby Union (ARU), National Rugby League (NRL) and Australian Football League (AFL) in Australia to compete in the 100 metres sprint.

The race was conducted on the synthetic running track by equipped with the auto-timing system (fully electronic time), used the standard starting blocks and all the players worn the sprint spike shoes and running vests. Unfortunately, i didn't see any wind gauge instrument at the 50m mark from the video?

Usain Bolt with Lachie Turner after the 100m race
Lachlan 'Lachie' David Turner emerged as the Australia’s fastest footballer and bagged AUD 20,000 prize money home. Turner, the winger of the NSW Waratahs (and Eastwood Rugby Club) clocked a time of 11.10s, and perhaps became the fastest footballer in the world!? Why not, I haven't seen any other faster race to test the 100m times among the football players like this?

There is no official analysis about the race, but as you can see, Turner has a better top end speed and he covered the whole distance in 48 strides, the same number of strides with Tim Montgomery when he broke the 100 metres’ World record (9.78s) in 2002.

Second place went to Turner’s teammate John Grant in 11.15s, while Jarryd Hayne of Parramatta Eels third in 11.20s. Without proper practice on the blocks and accelerations, those times are respectable especially the times should be on the top 40 fastest in the “2010 Malaysia’s Top Performers" for 100 metres.

Following are the full results and video.

1, Lachie Turner, 11.10s
2, John Grant, 11.15s
3, Jarryd Hayne, 11.20s
4, Josh Morris, 11.44s
5, Ben Barba, 11.45s
6, Nathan Gardner, 11.77s
7, Matthew Lewis, 11.99s
8, Greg Inglis, 12.48s

Video courtesy of TeamDump (linked from


Top 10 Track and Field Stories in 2010

>> January 03, 2011

Happy New Year 2011 to everyone. I would like to thank to all the readers of, which has been steadly increasing and contributed about 60,000 hits throughout the 2010. I wish you all the very best in your commitments and dreams in 2011.

This year will be interesting as the IAAF World Championship in athletics will continue to crown the world champion titles to athletes during its 12th edition. This Championship will be held in Deagu, South Korea from August 27 - September 04. Apart from that, we also have the biggest multi-sports event this year, the World University Games (Universiade) that is scheduled on August 12 -23 in Shenzhen, China.

In Asia level, Asian Championship in Athletics (ATF) is scheduled on July 07-10 in Kobe, Japan. But before that, Indonesia will be the host for the bi-annual Southeast Asian Games, SEA Games in Jakarta.

For Malaysian athletes, the best chance to beat the qualification marks for all above meets will be during the Malaysian Games (SUKMA) on June which is now upgraded as a senior games, thus became the biggest multi-sports event at the country.

With the continued support from you, we'll continue our effort in bringing the maximum coverage for these events and of course to provide much more useful information and news in 2011. Stay tuned with All your support is greatly appreciated

Following are the top 10 track and field stories during the 2010:

1) Top 10 Most Impressive Performances in Athletics for 2010, Top Asian Athlete and Top New Comer

2) 15th AUG Chiang Mai 2010 - 100m & 400m Videos, Athletics Results Day 1 ( Part 1)

3) How Fast Can Cristiano Ronaldo Run in the 100m?

4) Carl Lewis (Tom Tellez) Training & Race Approach: Microcycle, Weight Training, Core Stabilization, and Race Strategy (Part 2)

5) Interesting facts about Usain Bolt

6) 87th Malaysia Open Track and Field Championship 2010, Results Day 1 (Part 4)

7) Energy System In Track and Field

8) 14th Asian Junior Athletics Championship 2010

9) 15th AUG Chiang Mai 2010 - 100m & 400m Videos, Athletics Results Day 1 ( Part 1)

10) 400Meters: Indonesia VS Malaysia VS Philippines VS Thailand (All-Time Top Performers)


Malaysia Wins 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup 4-2 on Aggregate , Video Highlights

>> December 29, 2010

Exactly one year from the gold medal winning in the 2009 SEA Games in Laos, Malaysian football team once again prove too strong in the Southeast Asia level after a 4-2 wins over Indonesia at the finals of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup which ended in Jakarta tonight.

Despite a 1 - 2 lose in the 2nd leg finals, Malaysia has done a comfortable lead 3 - 0 in Kuala lumpur during the 1st leg final, therefore 4 - 2 on aggregate and officially crowned as the champion for the first time in history.

For the record, Malaysia first time made it into final was during the inaugural AFF Cup in 1996, where they were beaten by Thailand (0-1).

Indonesia has a great chance to score goal after awarded a penalty in the first half but it has been denied by the Malaysian goal keeper, Khairul Fahmi.

First goal however came from Malaysian Safee Sali on the 53rd minutes. Indonesia has finally produced the first goal by M. Nasuha at 71th minutes and adds on another goal at 88th minutes by M. Ridwan (with courtesy of M. Muslim own goal!).

Safee Sali, who contributed 2 goals in the first leg final has emerged as the top scorer with a total of 5 goals.

The AFF Suzuki Cup is a biennial football competition organized by the ASEAN Football Federation, accredited by FIFA and contested by the national teams of Southeast Asia. Next competition will be held in 2012 but the venue has yet to determined.

Video Highlights

First Goal

Second Goal

UPDATE: The Malaysian prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced a public holiday on Friday (31st December, 2010) to celebrate the success of Malaysian football team at 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup.

Video courtesy of (linked from


Malaysia beats Indonesia 3 - 0 , AFF Suzuki Cup 2010, Video Hightlights

>> December 26, 2010

Malaysia national team has beaten Indonesia 3-0 in the first final of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.

Safee Sali has become the man of the match when he contributed two goals for the country at 61st and 73rd minutes. Another goal was scored by Mohd Ashaari at 67th minutes.

Second final will be held in this coming Wednesday at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.

Obviously the players have a better fitness level rather than the Indonesian. Not only that, for the first time I’ve seen our players uses a high thinking skills into the game, isn’t it?

I'm a firm believer that fitness (aerobic power, speed, agility, strength etc.) is the key of a success in all sports. It's is important because players need to be able to maintain a high intensity work and skills throughout the 90 minute game.

Now, It is a good chance to win the Suzuki Cup after Malaysia made the final at the bi-annual cup in 1996.

Following are the goals scored at the match

First Goal's Video

Second Goal's Video

Third Goal's Video

Video courtesy of RTM (linked from


How Fast Can Cristiano Ronaldo Run in the 100m?

>> September 26, 2010

Cristiano Ronaldo, a player who is reportedly worth 130 millions in USD has been said the fastest elite football player in the world.

It has been predicted that the Portuguese has a potential to run around 10.6s in the 100m. But some people have claimed he can do 10.5s. After that, they exaggerated the time to 10.3s and then lowered again to 10.2s. But those who don't know track and field or complete silly still believe that he could run as fast as the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt. Yikes..!

However, a study conducted by Germans in 2009 found that Cristiano Ronaldo reaches an average speed of 33.6 kph. They also indicated Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie had recorded 32.6kph and 32.1kph respectively, thus slower than Ronaldo.

Last time in a training session I had a flying 60m time recorded at 5.5s (FAT 5.74). This could be roughly translated to 0.9567s per 10 metres segments. Thus, my average speed in kilometer per hour (kph) was about 37.63.

My fastest time over 100m at the time was 10.6s.

Usain Bolt, at the 2009 World Championship in Berlin recorded 9.58s and reached a top speed on the 60-70m segment with +- 0.805s, therefore 44.72kph. His average speed for the distance of 60-80m was 44.72kph, as well (link).

How fast can Ronaldo run the 100m?

Take a look at a comparison. We had a research project (static vs. dynamic stretching...) in 2009 andcollected data for a flying 40 meters among junior sprinters. One of the sprinters has a PB of 11.17 in the 100m (but my project was held during off season) and he recorded a 4.29s (for dynamic stretching). This equates to about 33.57kph, exactly the same to Ronaldo’s average speed.

Though I'm unable to consider environment factors,will Ronaldo run a 11.17 or 10.9 in the 100m?

Update: Read latest article "Cristiano Ronaldo Will Not Run Sub 10s 100m"

Recommended reading:
Cristiano Ronaldo: Champion of the World
Cristiano Ronaldo - Moments
Cristiano Ronaldo (World Soccer Stars / Estrellas Del Futbol Mundial)
The Story of Real Madrid


Spain World Champion, Paul Octopus 8 wins, Jimmy Jump Again

>> July 12, 2010

For the first time national team of Spain became the champion of the world after a 1-0 triumph over Netherlands at the FIFA World Cup final match at Johannesburg SA yesterday.

Spain’s winning goal scored by Andres Iniesta at the final 5 minutes in the second half of the extra time in front 89,000 spectators at Soccer City. Consequently, the Dutch joins their 1974 and 1978 team's feat as the World Cup bridesmaids.

In contrast, the wait was finally over for Spain after years of underachieving on soccer's biggest stage. Spain finally joins the World Cup winners alongside Brazil (5), Italy (4) , West Germany (3), Uruguay (2), Argentina (2), England (1) and France (1).

Spain also becomes the first nation since West Germany in 1974 to hold both the European championship and World Cup title simultaneously.

Meanwhile, referee Howard Webb issued 14 yellow cards, including one resulting in a red card for defender John Heitinga that brought Netherlands down to 10 men during second half of extra time.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter handed over the World Cup trophy to Spain’s captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Winning goal's video:

The Octopus

The Octopus known as Paul has made waves in the world’s business for a month. He made six selections over matches involving Germany before the Sunday’s final match. And on Sunday he has successfully predicted the champion of the world! Spain defeated Netherlands. Earlier, he precisely selected Germany as the third place winner over Uruguay.

Paul first developed his abilities during the 2008 European Championship in which he predicted five out of six games involving Germany correctly.

As a result, Paul was suggested to be sent to Iraq to choose between two bitter rivals - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his main challenger, Ayad Allawi - vying to head the new government.

Jimmy Jump

Spanish prankster/joker "Jimmy Jump" who has a history of hijacking events tried to grab the World Cup trophy moments before players were due to walk out at Soccer City for the Final.

He ran in from a corner of the stadium and raced across the field toward the halfway line, where the trophy had been placed on a table. However, he was tackled by a FIFA officer just before he could get to the trophy and was carried away by security guards.

Here is the video:

Jimmy Jump streaker at Eurovision song contest 2010:

Jimmy Jump at Saint Denis - Rugby World Cup Final 2007 Paris:


SUKMA: Amir Fakhri Surprise Winning, Nurul Sarah Third Gold, Rayzamshah Hat-rick Wins

>> June 18, 2010

Kelantan’s Amir Fakhri Ismail who specializes in 400m shocked 10,000 fans at Hang Jebat Stadium yesterday with a blistering run of 21.64 to clinched gold medal in the 200m.

The unexpected winning came after an upset bronze medal he won in the 400m at the first day. Silver medal went to Malacca's Schzuan Rosli with a time of 21.82 while the new sprint king Syed Aliff defends his last SUKMA bronze with 21.99.

However, the new sprint queen Nurul Sarah Abdul Kadir of Malacca who anchored the Malacca quartet in a gratifying wins over 4x100m, completed a treble by winning the gold medal in the 200m with 24.86. Komalam Shally of Perak clocked 25.37, adds on silver medal collection after the 100m while Siti Nurhayati of Federal Territory went to win bronze in 25.43.

Meanwhile, a former SEA Games champion, Rayzamshah Sofian of Sabah completed a hat-trick in SUKMA by winning the men’s 110m hurdles. Despite a slow start, Rayzam recorded a time of 14.25 slightly ahead of youngster Ajmal Aimal of Terengganu (14.31) and Johor’s Rohaizad Jamil  (14.47).

In the absence of the three-time champion, Azizah Ibrahim due to an Injury, Raja Nursheena of Selangor won the 100m hurdles in 14.32. Unfortunately, Sabah's Felnidiah Lok who had a chance to win but hit the last barrier and moved her to fourth (15.12) after Perlis’s Nor Fazlinda and Sarawak’s Vaneysia Ulau overtook for silver (14.93) and bronze (15.09) respectively.

200M Men Final
1, Amir Fakhri Ismail, KEL, 21.64. 2, Schzuan Rosli, MAL, 21.82. 3, Syed Aliff, FT, 21.99. 4, Mohd. Azhar, PAH 22.08. 5, Shahmimi Azmi, NS, 22.24. 6, Harith Ammar, TER, 22.33. 7, Alif Husin, PEN, 22.38. 8, Zabidi Ahmad, TER, 22.50.

200M Women Final
1, Nuril Sarah, MAL, 24.86. 2, Komalam Shally, PRK, 25.37. 3, Siti Nurhayati, FT, 25.43. 4, Zaidatul Husna, PEN, 25.61. 5, Hazwani, TER, 25.96. 6, Zaidatul Husnia, PEN, 26.16. 7, Jesyline Steven, SAB, 26.45. 8, Siti Nadiah, KED, 27.99.

110M Hurdles Men Final
1, Rayzamshah Sofian, SAB, 14.25. 2, Ajmal Aiman, TER, 14.31. 3, Rohaizad Jamil, JOH, 14.47. 4, Norazizi Ariffin, PRK, 15.08. 5, Zhafran, MAL, 15.12. 6, Chee Yan, SAR, 15.13. 7, Shahrul, JOH, 15.51. 8, Razzak Rahim, PAH, 15.33.

100M Hurdles Women Final
1, Raja Nursheena, SEL, 14.32. 2, Nor Fazlinda, PER, 14.93. 3, Veneysia Ulau, SAR, 15.09. 4, Felnidiah Lok, SAB, 15.12. 5, Ku Munirah, MAL, 13.13. 6, Norhafiza, KEL, 15.62. 7, Laura Huang, SAR, 16.44, 8, Wen Fong, PRK, 17.50.


FIFA World Cup And Prostitution

>> June 14, 2010

Half of million fans are expected to attend this year's FIFA World Cup Final in South Africa which running for a month long (June 11 - July 11, 2010). Ath the same time, the authorities have confirmed the presence of 40,000 sex workers to take place following legalization of prostitution for the World Cup this year. 

Theoretically as long as it is legal, it will be licensed, regulated and taxed by the authorities. So, it would provide a huge income for the country. Not only that, it would benefits to those who have no other option to have income!

Well, take into consideration the fact that human can't live without sex and when thousands of fans are coming to South Africa it will definitely not end to games it will follow lots entertainments such as gambling, alcohol and sex. So, should it be legalized or the South African girls would exposed to the risk of sex assault and rape?

More interesting, whenever prostitution is legalized, sex workers would be screened for the sexually transmitted diseases (STD). In this process prostitutes whom infected will not be given license and permitted to do the business. Hence, the spread of all kind of STDs like syphilis etc could be reduced isn't it?

In the other hand, I’ve no right to stop the ideas anyway but the question is how can prostitution be legalized because of a football tournament? It is one thing that people might want to think as it would be a platform for further criminal activities to take place. Moreover, it is well documented that prostitution promotes human trafficking, drug abuse, the drug trade etc.

Apart from that, prostitution could also increase the possibility that local under-age girls to be recruited into the prostitution business partly due to the fact that World Cup takes place during a four week national school holiday in South Africa. 

It is more likely a great opportunity for South Africa to please foreign guests and generate much tax-profits, but I am concern if legalizing this is something that can promotes young generation into a serious and worse criminal can be something an "OK", and furthermore this (prostitution for World cup) certainly will not automatically ceased right after the World cup but to continue long after the tourists had left.

Well, what do you think should prostitution be legalizes for the benefit of sports?


GLUTAMINE ... Push yourself to the limit !!

>> May 26, 2010

The purposes to take Glutamine are as follows:

1) Muscle growth
2) Strength Gain
3) Muscles recovery
4) Reduce muscle cells breakdown
5) Improve protein synthesis
6) Anti-Catabolic

Glutamine is an often-ignored sports supplement among athletes. Glutamine is the most plentiful acid amino in the body. Glutamine plays a vital role in protein metabolism and muscles recovery by increasing protein synthesis and reducing muscles breakdown.

The higher the amount of glutamine in muscle cells, the greater the rate of cell-production (well how much the muscles is broken down by your training especially in the gym). It’s also shuttles in more fluids into the cells. This process is called “cell-volumizing” which acts as powerful and as anabolic signal for the body to build more protein. Glutamine is important as an anti-catabolic where preventing muscle tissue from being broken down to produce energy.

Apart from that, it’s important to know when the right time to consume the glutamine is. Generally, by take one tea spoon and put into your cup along with some water then drink. It’s usually taken post workout and before sleep at night.

Is it safe if consume the glutamine along with creatine? Yes, it is recommended to consume creatine pre and post workouts but when you take glutamine, then no more creatine after workouts and replace with the glutamine. For the best results, consume the glutamine immediately following workouts, or before bedtime, or early in the morning.

In short, taking the glutamine as your sports supplement, immune function can be enhanced, allow to push yourself to the limit in your training, improve muscles’ efficiency and allowing effective muscular recuperation or recovery.


Ben Johnson's Former Coach, Charlie Francis Dies of Cancer

>> May 17, 2010

Ben Johnson's former coach Charlie Francis died of cancer on May 12, 2010 at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto. Francis had been battling the disease for five years. He was 61 years old.

Charlie Francis brought innovative coaching strategies to Canadian sprinting that are still used today. And off the track he was well-known for his generosity.

Charlie helping to mould Johnson into the world's fastest man over 100m. However, Johnson’s career became mired in controversy when he stripped of his gold medal of the 1988 Olympics in Seoul along with the world record of 9.79sec after testing positive for the stanozolol, a type of steroid. Johnson was suspended from athletics while Francis was banned from coaching after admitting to Canada's Dubin Inquiry that he had introduced his sprinter to performance enhancing drugs

About Charlie Francis

Ben Johnson and his coach Charlie Francis

Charlie Francis was born on October 13, 1948 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. He was a sprint coach most remarkably for being the coach of sprinter, Ben Johnson. He was one of the best sprinters in the world back in 1971.

Charlie’ relationship to sprinting has been long one. In 1966, he recorded an Ontario Juvenile record of 9.6s for the 100 yard sprint.

In 1968, Charlie accepted an athletics scholarship to Stanford University in Northern California, where he studied political science and history and received a bachelor’s degree in 1971.

In 1971, Charlie was being coached by Payton Jordan at Stanford at the time he clocked 10.1s for 100m in Vancouver which subsequently placed him number 5 in the world based on this performances.

He was also the Canadian champion for 100m from 1970-1973 and competed for Canada at the 1972 Olympics in Munich where he reached the second round with times of 10.51s and 10.68s. In 1973, at only 23 years old, Charlie retired from sprinting.

His coaching career began in 1976, when he works with a group of junior sprinters under the Scarborough Optimists track and field club at York University. In 1981, he became the first coach in Canada to be hired as a training centre coach.

In 1982, after only one year in the sprint training centre, his sprinters produced 89 personal bests, 2 Canadian records and 3 Commonwealth records. Charlie’s well-known female sprinter, Angela (Taylor) Issajenko was ranked 4th in the world for the 100m. Sprinter Desai William held the Canadian record at 10.17s for 100 and had won a silver medal at World Student Games in 1983. Tony Sharpe ranked number 3 in the world in 1982 by clocking 20.22s. Ben Johnson also had a 10.19s personal best in the 100m. At the 1982 Commonwealth Games, Charlie’s athletes assembled a total of 13 medals.

At 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, athletes coached by Charlie won 8 of 14 medals acquired by Canada’s track team. Charlie Francis forged one of the world’s leading sprint teams whose runners set 250 Canadian records, 32 world records and won 9 Olympic medals.

Charlie-coached athletes’ best performances in the sprints are as follows:

50y >> 5.15s Ben Johnson ... 5.74s Angela Issajenko
50m >> 5.55s Ben Johnson ... 6.06s Angela Issajenko
60y >> 6.01s Ben Johnson ...
60m >> 6.41s Ben Johnson ... 7.08s Angela Issajenko
100m >> 9.79s Ben Johnson ... 10.97s Angela Issajenko
200m >> 20.22s Tony Sharpe ... 22.25s Angela Issajenko
400m >> 45.91s Desai William ... 50.5s Angela Issajenko


Charlie Francis. Training for Speed. Canberra, ACT: Union Offset Co Pty Ltd, 1997.


88th Australian Open Championship in Athletics / Commonwealth Games Selection, PERTH WA 2010

>> April 22, 2010

Perth, Australia - At his previous competition he had become World indoor champion, but Fabrice Lapierre had to produce something extraordinary just to win his national title in Perth on Sunday.

The 2005 champion, Chris Noffke, rocked Lapierre and set an appreciative crowd buzzing, with a fifth-round 8.33m (+1.2) to move out of a tie with Lapierre and into the lead.

“He put the pressure on me,” Lapierre said later, “and I didn’t want to lose.”

All very well, but what Lapierre needed to satisfy that want was a jump close to his legal best of 8.35m in 2009, or maybe his wind-assisted 8.57m in Madrid the same year.

What he produced was better than both, a monster 8.78m jump that looked big from run-up to landing. The white flag went up from the take-off board, the distance went up, the only glitch was a wind-reading of +3.1, well in excess of the maximum allowable 2.0.

Lapierre didn’t know what he might have jumped with a legal wind, nor did he much mind. Noffke could only respond with a half-aborted 7.27m in the final round and the World indoor champion was again, for the third time, Australian national champion.

Having done the distance in wind-aided conditions, Lapierre is confident he can produce something similar in legal conditions - something such as Jai Taurima’s Australian record 8.49m, for example.“It could have been 10 metres per second. That jump was incredible,” said Lapierre, “I don’t care what the wind was.”

Noffke got the consolation prize of clinching an automatic spot in Australia’s team for the Commonwealth Games later this year in Delhi. He also leapt past some great Australian long jump names in David Culbert, Tim Parravicini, Shane Hair, 1984 Olympic silver medallist Gary Honey, and Peter Burge from ninth to third on the national all-time list.

Hooker and Samuels also produce

Australia’s other two current World champions - Steve Hooker and Dani Samuels - were also in action on the final day of the championships at Perth’s new competition venue.

There had been talk of Hooker attacking Sergey Bubka’s world record 6.14m in the pre-meet publicity, but the Commonwealth, World indoor, World outdoor and Olympic champion had played his chances down a little.

“None of the world record talk came from me,” he emphasised after winning with a ‘modest’ 5.80m.

Hooker opened at 5.55m, then cleared 5.80m before failing twice at 5.95m and once at 6.01m to go out of the competition an easy winner (the next best height was 5.05m).

He nonetheless thought that the warm, sunny conditions of the final day and the consistent tailwind had offered the possibility of something more.

“They were good conditions to jump in,’ Hooker said, “and I’m a little disappointed I didn’t jump as well as I’d have liked.”

Samuels, who became the youngest women’s World champion in the discus in Berlin last year, won her specialty with a distance of 63.31m. It was her sixth national title in a row, all achieved before her 22nd birthday!

“I had two 63m throws and one more in the high 62m,” Samuels said, nominating it as one of her best-ever series.

Class of 2005 returns

Samuels was one of a swag of teenagers who won senior Australian national titles in 2005. Chris Noffke was another, and he has clearly emerged from a mediocre couple of years since.
Two others to make it back to the top this year have been Ben Offereins and Katherine Katsenavakis. Offereins has been a re-emergent star right through the Australian season, dominating the 400m and reducing his personal best to 44.86.

The 400 was one of the best events of the titles, with defending Commonwealth champion John Steffensen, defending national champion Sean Wroe, Olympic year emerger Joel Milburn and Offereins all vying for three individual spots for Delhi.

In the end, Offereins was simply too good for his opposition, daring them to chase him as he led all the way to win in 45.17. His time could have been faster had the new facility possessed starter speakers as Offereins started from lane seven on the nine-lane track.

He caught Steffensen to his outside in the first 120 metres. Wroe, on his inside with Milburn, chased hard, perhaps too hard as he dropped from second to fourth in the straight. Steffensen thrust his chest ahead of Milburn on the line to take second, 45.72 to 45.75. Wroe was fourth in 45.98.

“It was good to have John to chase,” said the winner. “I knew the others would be chasing me from the inside, so I decided to just go as fast as I could.”

Katsenavakis came to the top only at the end of the season, capping a return from a series of injuries. After a slow first lap, she won a stirring duel with defending champion Madeleine Pape up the final straight to win, 2:04.58 to 2:04.82.


The sprints had been expected to be hot in Perth, but cool and still conditions late on Saturday held Aaron Rouge-Serret (10.17 this year) and Melissa Breen (11.34) back to winning times of 10.32 and 11.50, respectively.

Patrick Johnson, 37, took out a popular win in the men’s 200 in 20.78 just ahead of Rouge-Serret. It was Johnson’s first national title since the 200 in 2006.

Jody Henry capped a fine year with a 200/400 title double, defeating visiting Irish runner Joanne Cuddihy in the 200, and finishing second behind her in the 400.

Tamsyn Lewis was fourth in the 400 and second in the 400 hurdles to Lauren Boden (winner in 55.86) making it the first year since 1997 that Lewis has returned home from the nationals without a gold medal.


Ryan Gregson took his first senior title when he outsprinted Jeff Riseley, Jeremy Roff and Mitch Kealey to win the 1500 just eight days short of his 20th birthday.

Gregson showed great maturity along with his known talent to win in 3:44.99 from Riseley (3:45.15) and Roff (3:45.37).

Lachlan Renshaw won the 800, controlling the final 300 metres of the race, in 1:46.66 to clinch a place in the Delhi team.

Kaila McKnight picked the right moment to hit peak form, taking the women’s 1500 narrowly from Bridey Delaney.

Eloise Wellings produced a 2:50 final kilometre to take the women’s 5000 in 15:23.53, while Ben St Lawrence caught Collis Birmingham just short of the line to take the men’s 5000 in 13:40.54. Birmingham injected a savage surge at 3000 metres which produced a final 2k of 5:05.


World indoor shot finalist Scott Martin took that event from Dale Stevenson, 19.83m to 19.67m, and finished second in the discus to Benn Harradine, throwing 60.25m to Harradine’s 62.26m. Olympic finalist Jarrod Bannister threw 83.17m to win the men’s javelin from New Zealand’s Stuart Farquhar, 81.01m.World championships representative Kimberley Mickle produced a best of 60.66m to take the women’s javelin.


Liz Parnov became the youngest member of the team for Delhi when she won the women’s Pole Vault on countback from 2008 Olympian Alana Boyd at 4.40m.

Parnov, daughter of legendary vault coach Alex, younger sister of Vicky, niece of Tatiana Grigorieva and training partner of Steve Hooker does not turn 16 until next month.

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