Showing posts with label WORLD ATHLETICS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WORLD ATHLETICS. Show all posts

Tyson Gay Cruises to 9.84s to Beat Usain Bolt in Stockholm, Video

>> August 07, 2010

Tyson Gay claimed his first 100m win over Usain Bolt, during the DN Galan meeting, at the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm.

The American was quicker than Bolt out of the blocks, and pulling away from the field to win the race in a time of 9.84. Usain Bolt, the world record holder in the 100m/9.58 and 200m/19.19 finished just one metre behind, clocking 9.97.

Tyson Gay, who won multiple gold medals at the 2007 World championships (100/9.84 , 200/19.76) is currently behind Bolt and Powell's world leading time (9.82), despite setting a new meeting record. Olympic silver medallist, Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago was third in 10.10 in the race.

Asafa Powell, who was the last man to beat Bolt over 100m, two years ago right at the same venue, pulled out from the race due to back injury.

Recently recorded 44.89 in the 400m, recorded 10.02 in the second heat earlier, while Bolt, in the first heat, defeated Richard Thompson barely on the line, both were clocking at 10.10.

Men's 100m Final Results (Wind: 0.0)
1 GAY, Tyson USA 9.84 MR
2 BOLT, Usain JAM 9.97
3 THOMPSON, Richard TRI 10.10
4 KIMMONS, Trell USA 10.11
5 FORSYTHE, Mario JAM 10.20
6 RODGERS, Michael USA 10.21
7 PADGETT, Travis USA 10.22
8 EDWARDS, Rae USA 10.29

Men's 100m Video


Justin Gatlin Return Wins 10.24 in Estonia , Video

>> August 04, 2010

Justin Gatlin won his first 100m race at the Bigbank Kuldliiga meet in Rakvere, Estonia at August 03, 2010 after a four years lay off.

The 28-year-old American crosses the line in 10.24 into -0.6 wind, a tenth of a second improvement from his qualifying heat race ahead of countryman J-Mee Samuels who clocked 10.31, and Rhubin Williams, also from USA, third in 10.54.

Gatlin won the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in the sprint century in 9.85. In 2005, he won the 100m/9.88 and 200m/20.04 at the IAAF world championship in Helsinki. He equaled Asafa Powell’s world record in the 100m in 9.77 at super GP meet at Doha, Qatar in May 2006 but soon was found guilty for performances enhancer drug named testosterone where he tested during the Penn Relays meet in April.

Gatlin, who is coached by Loren Seagrave, however still in trouble of finding a competitive meets in Europe because of a policy of the Diamond League's organizers not to invite any athletes who has a doping history (just like Dwain Chambers) but he is expected to run again at Tallinn, the Estonian capital at this weekend.

Results: (Wind -0.6)
1 Justin Gatlin USA 10.24
2 J-Mee Samuels USA 10.31
3 Rubin Williams USA 10.54
4 Aleksandr Linnik BLR 10.67
5 Ronalds Arajs LAT 10.74
6 Kostyatin Vasyukov UKR 10.83
7 Asko Anipai KJK 10.99
Sekou Clarke JAM DNF



Christophe Lemaitre Completes Hattrick at the European Athletics Championship

>> August 02, 2010

Christophe Lemaitre became the first sprinter to win three golds at the European Championships. Lemaitre won his first gold from the men's 100m by clocking 10.11, beating some of the big names including  Francis Obikwelu and Dwain Chambers who could only placed fourth and fifth respectively. Silver went to Britain's Mark Lewis Francis and bronze won by Lemaitre's teammate Martial Mbandjock. These four sprinters stopped the clock at 10.18!!

Lemaitre pips Malcolm to win
the 200 in 20.37
Lemaitre's second gold came from the 200m. He narrowly missed out the gold medal but crosses the finish line just ahead Britain's Christian Malcolm. Malcolm led off the bend into the home straight but the fast-finishing by Lemaitre cought Malcolm on the finishing line. Lemaitre clocked a time of 20.37 with Malcolm a mere hundredth of a second behind in 20.38. France's Martial Mbandjock took bronze as he had done in the 100m with a time of 20.42.

French celebrated thier 4x100m winning
In the 4x100m relay, Lemaitre ran the second leg, quickly made up the stagger on Poland but Italy's Emanuele Di Gregorio ran a blistering bend to hand over to Maurizio Checcucci in front. However, Martial Mbandjock (bronze in 100m, 10.18) powered down the straight and overtook Checcucci just before the finishing line to win in 38.11. Italy was crowned to silver in 38.17 and Germany took the bronze in 38.44. Thanks to Mbandjock for helps lemaitre to completed the hattrick.

Lemaitre who trained by a 70-year-old coach, Pierre Carraz, has become the first white man to break 10s barrier in the 100m at the French national championship 3 weeks ago. He consistently run 10.0-10.1 this season and matched the 200m national record 20.16 set by Gilles Queneherve in 1987. And during the 2010 European Championship he surpassed Francis Obikwelu performances who won both European sprint titles in Gothenburg four years ago.


Men's 100m Final

Men's 200m Final

Men's 4x100m Final


Christophe Lemaitre First White Man to Break 10s, Now the European Champion

>> July 29, 2010

Christophe Lemaitre wins the men's 100m final at the European Athletics Championship, held in Barcelona on July 28, 2010 with a time of 10.11 (-1.1).

The 20-year-old Frenchman who became the first white man to break 10s barrier three weeks ago with an effort of 9.98, had defeated four other sprinters who were all given 10.18.

From the tight finish, silver was given to Briton Mark Lewis-Francis and Bronze went to Lemaitre's teammate Martial Mbandjock. Olympic silver medalist, Francis Obikwelu and the World Indoor Champion Dwain Chambers were on the fourth and fifth respectively.

The long-legged 1.89m-tall became known when he rewritten the European junior record 10.06 set by Chambers to a new 10.04 last year. He also wins the World Junior Athletics Championship in the 200m (20.83) in 2008.

Men's 100m Results (Wind -1.1)
1 LEMAITRE, Christophe FRA 10.11
3 MBANDJOCK, Martial FRA 10.18
4 OBIKWELU, Francis POR 10.18 SB
5 CHAMBERS, Dwain GBR 10.18
6 SAIDY NDURE, Jaysuma NOR 10.31
7 DI GREGORIO, Emanuele ITA 10.34

Men's 100m Video


Usain Bolt Cruises 9.84 to Beat Asafa Powell, David Oliver U.S Record 12.89 110mh at Paris Diamond League Meeting

>> July 17, 2010

Three-times Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt posted his second fastest time this year in blue riband event on the super-fast track at the Stade de France during the IAAF Paris Diamond League meeting on Friday (July 16).

Bolt clocked 9.84 to win the the race ahead of fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell who recorded a not bad 9.91. Bolt's training partner, Yohan Blake timed 9.95, completed the podium winning for Jamaica.

Shared the fastest time as at now, Bolt and Powell met for the first time this season but Bolt is now unbeaten for 14 consecutive finals of 100m.

Meanwhile,  David Oliver posted a new American record in the 110mh by clocking 12.89, eclipsed Dominique Arnold's record by one hundredth of a second as well as the third fastest time of all time, behind Dayron Robles (12.87 WR) and Liu Xiang (12.88).

Under perfect conditions, Oliver enjoyed a strong start and pulled away, beating fellow Americans Ryan Wilson, who finished second in 13.12, and Ronnie Ashe, who was third in 13.21.

Men's 100m (Wind: -0.3)
1, Usain Bolt, JAM, 9.84 MR (0.170)
2, Asafa Powell, JAM, 9.91 (0.154)
3, Yohan Blake, JAM, 9.95 PB (0.184)
4, Daniel Bailey, ANT, 10.00 (0.194)
5, Christophe, Lemaitre, FRA, 10.09 (0.171)
6, Martina Churandy, AHO, 10.09 (0.173)
7, Trell Kimmons, USA, 10.14 (0.167)
8, Martial Mbandjock, FRA, 10.20 (0.164)

Men's 110mh (Wind: +0.5)
1, David Oliver, USA, 12.89 (0.161)
2, Ryan Wilson, USA, 13.12 (0.165)
3, Ronnie Ashie, USA, 13.21 (0.163)
4, Joel Brown, USA, 13.25 (0.204)
5, Dwight Thomas, JAM, 13.30 (0.139)
6, Andrew Turner, GNR, 13.37 (0.141)
7, Dimitri Bascou, FRA, 13.45 (0.158)
8, John Yarbrough, USA, 13.57 (0.156)
9, Bano Traore, FRA, 13.61 (0.141)

Men's 100m Video:


France's Christophe Lemaitre Ran 9.98s, First White Man to Break 10s Barrier

>> July 11, 2010

France's Christophe Lemaitre became the first white man to break 10s barrier in the 100m, clocking 9.98 (+1.3) en route to win the French national championship on July 09, 2010

Lemaitre's time just eclipsed the France national record 9.99, held by Ronald Pognon since 2005. He also takes over the crown of "the fastest white man ever" from Japan's Koji Ito (10.00 +1.9 1998) and Poland's Marion Woronin (10.00 +2.0 1984).

It has been a long wait for white men (40 years !) since the first human first run under 10s. That was Jim Hines, an African descent of the USA at the U.S National Championship in June 1968 with a hand timed 9.9s. Hines then became the first man to run an electronically timed 100m under 10s at the 1968 Olympic with a time of 9.95.

But remember, Bullet Bob Hayes, also an African descent was the first to run under 10s in any conditions. He set 9.91s during the 100m SF at the 1964 Olympics on a cinder track!

As of now, a total of 70 black guys (West African descent and some mix blooded) have dipped below 10s. Lemaitre is the 71st person to break the 10s barrier and he will be remembered to have done so. In sprinting, apart from the hard works and the disciplines, the genetics and muscles fiber types have the great role to determine the success.

Lemaitre's 9.98s Video


Usain Bolt 9.82 Video in Lausanne, Event Results

>> July 09, 2010

Usain Bolt wins the men's 100m sprint at the 2010 IAAF Lausanne Diamond League meeting in Switzerland yesterday (July 08, 2010).

The triple world record holder recorded a time of 9.82 to equal Asafa Powell's world leading time. 

Bolt who just recovered from an achilles injury, was on the moderate rhythm in the first 20metres but he was comfortably ahead at the last part of the race.

Bolt's teammate Yohan Blake was second in 9.96 (SB) while Martina Churandy of Netherlands Antilles third in 10.16.

Men's 100m video:


100 Metres - Men Wind: +0.5 m/s 
1, Bolt , Usain JAM 9.82. 2, Blake , Yohan JAM 9.96. 3, Martina , Churandy AHO 10.16. 4, Waugh , Ainsley JAM 10.22. 5, Dixon , Leroy USA 10.24. 6, Christian , Brendan ANT 10.44. 7, Schenkel , Reto SUI 10.57. Samuels , J-Mee USA DNS 

100 Metres - Women Wind: -0.6 m/s

1, Jeter , Carmelita USA 10.99. 2, Simpson , Sherone JAM 11.15. 3, Sturrup , Chandra BAH 11.18. 4, Ferguson-McKenzie , Debbie BAH 11.27. 5, Brooks , Sheri-Ann JAM 11.35. 6, Moore , LaShauntea USA 11.40. 7, Anderson , Alexandria USA 11.42. Fraser , Shelly-Ann JAM DNS. 

200 Metres - Men Wind: +0.4 m/s

1, Dix , Walter USA 19.86. 2, Martina , Churandy AHO 20.08. 3, Carter , Xavier USA 20.15. 4, Hession , Paul IRL 20.46. 5, Waugh , Ainsley JAM 20.46. 6, Crawford , Shawn USA 20.69. 7, Boase , Jordan USA 20.79. 8, Schneeberger , Marc SUI 20.87.

400 Metres - Men

1, Wariner , Jeremy USA 44.57. 2, Betters , LeJerald USA 44.70. 3, Gonzales , Jermaine JAM 44.72. 4, Borlée , Jonathan BEL 44.94. 5, Smith , Calvin USA 45.39. 5, Neville , David USA 45.39. 7, Quow , Renny TRI 45.40. 8, Nixon , Greg USA 46.01.

400 Metres - Women

1, Dunn , Debbie USA 49.81. 2, Williams , Shericka JAM 50.04. 3, Williams-Mills , Novlene JAM 50.04. 4, Montsho , Amantle BOT 50.07. 5, Whyte , Rosemarie JAM 50.67. 6, Hastings , Natasha USA 50.83. 7, Stambolova , Vania BUL 51.44.

800 Metres - Men
1, Rudisha , David Lekuta KEN 1:43.25. 2, Mulaudzi , Mbulaeni RSA 1:43.58. 3, Yego , Alfred Kirwa KEN 1:43.97. 4, Lewandowski , Marcin POL 1:44.30. 5, Rimmer , Michael GBR 1:44.49. 6, Kivuva , Jackson Mumbwa KEN 1:44.54. 7, Kiplagat , Richard KEN 1:44.77. 8, Som , Bram NED 1:45.25. 9, Marco , Luis Alberto ESP 1:45.26. Tangui , Sammy KEN DNF.

110 Metres Hurdles - Men Wind: +0.3 m/s

1, Robles , Dayron CUB 13.01. 2, Wilson , Ryan USA 13.21. 3, Payne , David USA 13.22. 4, Turner , Andrew GBR 13.30. 5, Yarbrough , John USA 13.54. 6, Capetillo , Dayron CUB 13.56. Svoboda , Petr CZE DQ. Thomas , Dwight JAM DQ.

400 Metres Hurdles - Men

1, Jackson , Bershawn USA 47.62. 2, Taylor , Angelo USA 47.96. 3, Sánchez , Felix DOM 48.17. 4, Culson , Javier PUR 48.37. 5, Greene , David GBR 48.49. 6, Phillips , Isa JAM 48.68. 7, Tinsley , Micheal USA 49.62. 8, Clement , Kerron USA 50.41

Long Jump - Women
1, Reese , Brittney USA 6.94. 2, Gomes , Naide POR 6.80. 3, Kotova , Tatyana RUS 6.70. 4, Glenn , Brianna USA 6.64. 5, Kucherenko , Olga RUS 6.61. 6, Mironchyk , Nastassia BLR 6.57. 7, Jimoh , Funmi USA 6.45. 8, Reuse , Clélia SUI 6.32. 9, Costa , Keila BRA 6.25.

Triple Jump - Women
1, Savigne , Yargeris CUB 14.99. 2, Rypakova , Olga KAZ 14.60. 3, Bolshakova , Svetlana BEL 14.43. 4, Alekhina , Nadezhda RUS 14.39. 5, Pérra , Athanasía GRE 14.30. 6, Saladuha , Olha UKR 14.28. 7, Veldáková , Dana SVK 14.20. 8, La Mantia , Simona ITA 14.14.

Discus Throw - Women
1, Barrios , Yarelis CUB 65.92. 2, Breisch , Becky USA 64.53. 3, Samuels , Dani AUS 62.05. 4, Glanc , Zaneta POL 61.53. 5, Müller , Nadine GER 61.14. 6, Thurmond , Aretha USA 60.77. 7, Perkovic , Sandra CRO 60.18. 8, Brown Trafton , Stephanie USA 58.81. 9, Faumuina , Beatrice NZL 57.38. Zvereva , Ellina BLR DN.


Interesting facts about Usain Bolt

>> June 09, 2010

With all the accomplishments at the Olympics and World Championships, Usain Bolt has established himself as one of the most outstanding athletes in the history of sports.
Here are lists of interesting facts about Usain Bolt. Here we go:
  • Usain Bolt was born at the land of Trewalny which also the hometown of the many world-class track and field athletes;
  • Usain Bolt’s first sport was cricket where he specialized fast bowler;
  • Usain Bolt received several American colleges’ scholarship offers but declined all of them to remained in his hometown to train;
  • Usain Bolt is a fan of Christiano Ronaldo and therefore he had offered him some sprinting tips. Ronaldo himself was delighted with the offer as he too a big fan of Bolt;
  • Usain Bolt is the youngest ever gold medalist of the World Junior Championship, winning the 200m at age of 15;
  • Usain Bolt is the first and so far the only junior athlete to break sub 20 seconds in 200 metres;
  • Usain Bolt is nicknamed as 'Lightning Bolt’ because of 2 reasons: his extraordinary performance; and his 100m world record was set right after the lightning storm (in New York);
  • Usain Bolt became the first to hold the World records, World Championship records, and Olympic Games records in all three sprint events (100m, 200m and 4x100m) at the same time;
  • Usain Bolt’s first Olympics was in 2004 where he was eliminated during the first round of the 200 metres, he recorded a slow time of 21.05 that could be due to an injury;
  • Usain Bolt improved his annual 100m time from 10.03 to 9.69s at Beijing Olympics where he set it not only without a favorable wind (0.0 m/s) and a relatively slow reaction time (0.165s); he also "celebrate" at the last 20 metres, finishing his race with an untied shoelace.
  • Usain Bolt is the best short-sprinter in the world not only for the distance of 100m, but also 60m, and down even to 10m. This is totally in contrast to the belief that he is a "slow starter, fast finisher."
  • Usain Bolt's fastest 100m time is not 9.58s that is the official world 100m record, but 8.7s, a time he recorded during the 4x100m race.
  • The remarkable accomplishment by the Lightning Bolt has brought the world's sprinting scene to a next level. Usain Bolt has provided countless moments of majesty and becomes the global sports icon.


The Monster Lightning Bolt Failed to Break Michael Johnson Record

>> May 28, 2010

It was on March 24, 2000 when Michael Johnson set a world record best 30.85 in 300m at Pretoria, South Africa. The record that achieved at altitude (1271 m) remain unbeatable by any human being but nearly rocked by Usain Bolt in his recent race (May 27, 2010) at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava with a time of 30.97s. Bolt who holds three world records in 100m, 200m and 4x100m also a world best of 150m straight, added one more world best performance in 100 yards by clocking a split time of 9.07s in the first 100 yards en route to win the 300m race which is also the fastest non-altitude performances of all time. His first 200m split time was 19.83s while the last 100m was 11.14s.

Johnson ran 30.85s at altitude would be around 31.06s at the sea level. I did not found any ‘correction time’s calculator’ for altitude for 300m on the net? But a 1,271m of altitude at Pretoria was about 0.13 s and 0.29 s advantages for 200m and 400m respectively which meant around 0.21s for a 300m.

Turning 24y this year (well same as me…), Bolt will have much more time to lower the times and breaks much more records (wait… so the same to me still have much more time!). That's why i asked my friends going to London 2012 to see what will happen at the athletics arena!

Furthermore, we take into account that Michael Johnson ran 19.32s at 29y, 43.18s at 32y and 30.85s at 31y, so its 8 years alike for Bolt to proves that he is the best athlete in the world in all three-discipline of sprint events. Yet, in my sight he is out of touch to breaks the 400m world record at the moment anyway. Full results are as follow:

300 Metres - Men Race 1

1 Usain Bolt JAM 30.97
2 Jermaine Gonzales JAM 32.49
3 Jonathan Borl BEL 32.50
4 Jamaal Torrance USA 32.78
5 Gary Kikaya COD 33.05
6 Pavel Maslk CZE 33.13
7 Jirk Vojtr CZE 33.34
8 Rudolf Gotz CZE 34.00

49th Golden Spike 300m Race 1 Video, click here


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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The IAAF adopted ‘One false start results in disqualification’

>> January 01, 2010

The IAAF adopted a new false-start rule for 2010, which will disqualify any runner who jumps the gun.

Since 2003 the second runner to commit a false start is disqualified and thrown out, regardless of who committed the first foul. Previously, a sprinter (the same athlete) would only be disqualified for two false starts.

Under the new rule, any athlete to break or commits a false start is automatically out of the race.

The new rule didn’t give sprinters any chance to play around in the first fire which negatively affected to the others. “Many athletes were playing mind games with the others, but now that would not be possible,” said Jorge Salcedo, IAAF's technical commission.

Maurice Greene and Marion Jones used to opposed the changes of the foul start rule way back in 2001 (from two false starts by the same athlete equal disqualification) as it would also affected the spectators which have bought an expensive price of tickets when their favourite athlete DSQ.

Some of the points of view from Tyson Gay regards on the new rule;

TYSON GAY is not in favour of the newly incorporated no false start rule that comes into effect in 2010.

On August 2009 the world governing body of athletics, the IAAF, adopted the rule change that will automatically disqualify every athlete who jumps the gun, but the American was highly critical of the new judgment.

"No, I don’t think it’s an improvement," Gay said.

"I don’t really agree with it, I don’t know if it is all for television or what not, but I don’t do this for television," Gay said.

"I don’t know the details behind the rules, I talked to (former sprinter) Frankie Fredericks about it and he said if he comes to a major championship and someone false starts and is out, that is a waste of a ticket."

Gay, who will defend his titles at the world championships in Berlin, starting this weekend, added that athletes are human and will make mistakes. He believes the change will affect any athlete’s approach to competition, adding that the current rule, which has the second runner jumping the gun being kicked out, should have remained.

"I am a human being, like the rest of the athletes, I make mistakes," he explained. "The new rule will affect athletes a lot mentally, because every time you go to a race now, if you move, you are out," he said.

"People will have to sit more and wait and not react like they want to, people will be more cautious. You move you are out, it will leave certain people out. People train hard all year and then one false start, you are gone."

The new rule will not apply to the worlds.

Yet the IAAF president, Lamine Diack replied to those who said it would be hard for experienced athletes to get used to the new rule "it had been used at America universities for the past 30 years." He also quoted that the changes were made to avoid the lengthy delays from the false starts which consequently spoiled the broadcaster.

But the question at the top of the head does it designed for bureaucrats and TV schedules? and not for athletes?


Bolt to earn more than USD 10 million a year !!!

>> November 28, 2009

With his rising popularity, the world fastest man is on-track to become the the first track star to earn $10 million a year in endorsements, prize money, and appearance fees.
Bolt agent Ricky Simms mentioned to the media that previous top track stars like Carl Lewis, Maurice Greene and Michael Johnson at the peak of their career was earning $5-7 million a year and Bolt is likely to surpassed that.

We all know endorsements for athletics is paltry compared to sports such as golf where Tigers Wood commands an estimated $100 million a year bounty.

Currently the Jamaican is contracted to Puma which is worth some $1.5 million a year, Gatorade and Digicel (a Caribbean mobile company) and have yet to endorse licensing his image for products such as games, supplements, food and action figures.

Indeed the man is stuff of legend, he says it best when quoted, “My main goal is to be a legend in my sport. You have to stay on top every year. You can’t be fast this season and the next two not be there.”



Usain Bolt & Sanya Richards - World Athletes of the Year 2009

>> November 23, 2009

During the celebrations of the World Athletics Gala hosted by International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack in the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d’Eté, Monte Carlo, on Sunday 22 November, 23-year-old Jamaican Usain Bolt and USA’s 24-year-old Sanya Richards were crowned as the Male and Female World Athletes of the Year 2009.

Bolt, who again captivated the attention of the sporting world with his World 100m and 200m gold medals, earned the honour for the second consecutive year.

“It’s been an amazing season, but also a trying season,” said Bolt, who broke his own World records with stunning 9.58 and 19.19 performances at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. “To be named athlete of the year is such a great honour, it shows that all the work we put in pays off.”

Like Bolt in the shorter sprints, Richards dominated the women’s 400m, producing seven of the year’s 10 fastest performances and finally won her first World title.

“I was asked if this feeling would be the same as being World champion and it really is,” said Richards, who had previously been named World Athlete of the Year in 2006. “Considering the other athletes I was up against this year, I know this must have been a really tough decision.”

2009 World Athletics Gala Awards

Male World Athlete of the Year
Usain Bolt (JAM)

Female World Athlete of the Year
Sanya Richards (USA)

Coach of the Year
Clyde Hart (USA

Inaugural IAAF World Journalist Award
Gustav Schwenk (GER)

World Athletes of the Year 1988 - 2008

Men … Women

1988 Carl Lewis (USA) … Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA)
1989 Roger Kingdom (USA) … Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB)
1990 Steve Backley (GBR) … Merlene Ottey (JAM)
1991 Carl Lewis (USA) … Katrin Krabbe (GER)
1992 Kevin Young (USA) … Heike Henkel (GER)
1993 Colin Jackson (GBR) … Sally Gunnell (GBR)
1994 Noureddine Morceli (ALG) … Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA)
1995 Jonathan Edwards (GBR) … Gwen Torrence (USA)
1996 Michael Johnson (USA) … Svetlana Masterkova (RUS)
1997 Wilson Kipketer (DEN) … Marion Jones (USA)
1998 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) … Marion Jones (USA)
1999 Michael Johnson (USA) … Gabriela Szabo (ROM)
2000 Jan Zelezny (CZE) … ------
2001 Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) … Stacy Dragila (USA)
2002 Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) … Paula Radcliffe (GBR)
2003 Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) … Hestrie Cloete (RSA)
2004 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) … Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)
2005 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) … Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)
2006 Asafa Powell (JAM) … Sanya Richards (USA)
2007 Tyson Gay (USA) … Meseret Defar (ETH)
2008 Usain Bolt (JAM) … Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)

Source: IAAF


IAAF Diamond League

>> November 22, 2009

Monaco - The top stars of international athletics were on display this evening at the Fairmont Hotel, Monaco, to give their backing to the IAAF Diamond League, with the organisers of the new global track and field circuit honoured to announce those same athletes as its Ambassadors and as contracted participants for 2010.

IAAF Diamond League Ambassadors are Kenenisa Bekele, Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay, Steven Hooker (not in Monaco), Yelena Isinbayeva, Asafa Powell, Sanya Richards, Andreas Thorkildsen, Blanka Vlasic.

The IAAF Diamond League is composed of 14 meetings spread across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA, and will showcase 32 athletics disciplines which have been carefully distributed amongst the meetings. In each discipline there will be an “IAAF Diamond Race” with points available throughout the season. Winners of each Diamond Race get a Diamond Trophy which will include 4 carats of diamonds but more importantly, they will have showed season long consistency to earn the unchallenged honour of being the World Number 1.

Starting in 2010, the IAAF Diamond League will offer more athletes, more earning opportunities with prize money totalling 6.63 MILLION dollars. The IAAF Diamond League will be discussing central contracts with at least the top two athletes in each discipline to secure exciting ‘head to head’ confrontations between the world’s best on a regular basis throughout the IAAF Diamond League season which in 2010 stretches from mid-May to the end of August.

Bolt, Gay and Powell throughout the season

The IAAF Diamond League is especially pleased to confirm that with the racing commitments of Bolt, Gay and Powell secured, every one of the 14 meetings will see at least one of these sprint stars compete; many meetings will have two of them in action and a lucky few will have the three fastest men on show.

Across all disciplines the details of exactly which athlete is competing in which meetings next year will be delivered in further announcements between now and the first meeting of the IAAF Diamond League in Doha on 14 May 2010.

IAAF Diamond League – 2010 Calendar

Doha (QAT) – Fri 14 May
Shanghai (CHN) – Sun 23 May
Oslo (NOR) – Fri 4 June
Rome (ITA) – Thu 10 June
New York (USA) – Sat 12 June
Eugene (USA) – Sat 3 July
Lausanne (SUI) – Thu 8 July
Gateshead (GBR) – Sat 10 July
Paris (FRA) – Fri 16 July
Monaco (MON) – Thu 22 July
Stockholm (SWE) – Fri 6 Aug
London (GBR) – Fri 13 and Sat 14 Aug
Zürich (SUI) – Thu 19 Aug
Brussels (BEL) – Fri 27 Aug

Source: IAAF


Tyson Gay & Sanya Richards selected USA Athletes of the Year

Indianapolis, USA - Tyson Gay and Sanya Richards were named winners of the 2009 Jesse Owens Awards by USA Track & Field. This marks the second time in their careers that Gay and Richards have earned this prestigious distinction. Gay initially won the award in 2007, and Richards was the recipient in 2006.

Established in 1981, the Jesse Owens Award is USA Track & Field's highest accolade, presented annually to the outstanding U.S. male and female track and field performers. This year's awards will be presented on Saturday, 5 December at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Indianapolis, Ind. The event is held in conjunction with USA Track & Field's 2009 Annual Meeting.


Although he suffered from a nagging groin injury that hampered him during the majority of the 2009 outdoor season, Tyson Gay put on an amazing display of sprinting that will not soon be forgotten.

A triple gold medalist at the 2007 World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, Japan, Gay suffered a hamstring injury at the 2008 Olympic Trials that kept him from performing at his best at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Gay leaped back on to the world stage in a major way in 2009 by posting the then third-fastest time ever in the men's 200m with his win at the 30 May Reebok Invitational in New York in 19.58 seconds.

Also last summer, Gay equalled or improved upon his American 100m record a remarkable three times within a three-month time frame. Gay equaled his American record of 9.77 with his 10 July win at the Golden Gala in Rome, running the identical time he first posted at the 2008 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

In capturing the silver medal at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Gay lowered his national record to 9.71 before lowering it again to 9.69 seconds with his commanding win in Shanghai on 20 September. In 2009, Gay posted the second, third and fourth-fastest 100m times in the world that season, and he is currently tied with Jamaica's Usain Bolt for the second-fastest time ever recorded in the men's 100m of 9.69 seconds. He also owns the third-fastest 100m time ever of 9.71. Gay's 200m time of 19.58 from the 2009 Reebok Grand Prix ranks as the fifth-fastest in history.


2005 World Outdoor Championships silver medalist Sanya Richards entered the 2009 campaign as the #1 world ranked women's 400m runner by Track & Field News over the last four years. Recognized worldwide as the dominant force in her event, Richards had yet to capture the elusive individual Olympic or World Outdoor Championships title needed to fill a nagging hole in her glittering resume.

The 2008 Olympic Games bronze medallist, Richards broke away from Jamaica's Shericka Williams with 70 metres to go and ran by her lonesome the rest of the way to victory, crossing the finish line in the third-fastest time in the world this season of 49.00 seconds. With her victory, Richards joined Jearl Miles (2003, Stuttgart) as the only Americans ever to win the women's 400 meters at a World Outdoor Championships.

Richards, who ran the anchor leg on Team USA's gold medal winning 4x400m relay team (3:17.83, World leader), finished the season with the four fastest women's 400m times in the world this year, and her world-leading time of 48.83 seconds from her win in Brussels, Belgium, earned her a share of the AF Golden League Jackpot for the third time in her career. Richards' performance in Brussels equaled the second-best time ever by an American first posted by National Track & Field Hall of Famer Valerie Brisco-Hooks in winning the gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Other finallists for the men's Jesse Owens Award were Christian Cantwell, Kerron Clement, Trey Hardee, Bernard Lagat, LaShawn Merritt and Dwight Phillips. Women's finalists included Jenny Barringer, Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter and Brittney Reese.

Source: USATF


2009 Athletes of the Year Finalists

>> November 21, 2009

The world-wide Athletics family will gather for yet another prestigious celebration when the 2009 World Athletics Gala is held at the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d’Eté this Sunday 22 November.

Hosted by International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack, the World Athletics Gala will be highlighted by the announcements of the Male and the Female World Athlete of the Year 2009, with the awards presented live on stage.

Five men & women athletes are in the run for 2009 World Athlete of the Year.
The winners of the 2009 World Athlete of the Year Awards will be announced live, on stage, during the 2009 World athletics gala, which will take place in Monaco on 22 November 2009.

The five finalists for the men’s category are as follows:

Kenenisa Bekele
27 years old

• Became the first man ever to win a 5000/10,000m double at the IAAF WCh
• Has set a Championship record 26:46.31 in the longer event in Berlin
• Has won his third share of the ÅF Golden League Jackpot
• Has set the fastest times in the world this year at 5000 and 10,000m
• Remained undefeated at 3000, 5000 and 10,000m through 2009

Usain Bolt
23 years old

• Won three gold medals at the 100,200 and 4×100m at the WCh
• Set two World records 9.58 at 100m and 19.19 at 200m in Berlin
• Won the World Athletics Final 200m in a competition record 19.68
• Has run 5 times under 9.90 and 3 times under 19.60
• Remained undefeated in finals at 100, 200 and 400m throughout 2009

Tyson Gay
27 years old

• Won the 100m silver medal at the Berlin World Championships
• Has become the second fastest 100m runner of all time at 9.69
• Has improved the American record three times and run 6 times under 9.95
• Won the World Athletics Final 100m in 9.88
• Has become the third fastest 200m of all-time at 19.58

Steve Hooker
27 years old

• Won the Berlin WCh Pole Vault through injury taking only 2 jumps
• Has become the second highest pole vaulter of all-time with a 6.06 (indoor)
• Has cleared the highest bar in 16 years
• Has jumped 3 times over 6 metres (indoors)
• Has won 8 out of 10 competitions (indoors and outdoors) in 2009

Andreas Thorkildsen
27 years old

• Won the Berlin World Championships Javelin Throw gold medal
• Has established the year’s farthest throw at 91.28m
• Has thrown 5 times over 88 metres in 2009
• Won the World Athletics Final at 87.75m
• Has won 9 out of 13 competitions in 2009

The five finalists for the women’s category are as follows:

Yelena Isinbayeva
27 years old

o Set a World outdoor record 5.06m in Zürich
o Set a World Indoor record 5.00m in Donetsk
o Has won her second share of the ÅF Golden League Jackpot
o Has set the four highest marks in the world in 2009
o Has won 12 out 14 competitions (indoors and outdoors) in 2009

Sanya Richards
24 years old

o Finally struck 400m gold in Berlin and anchored the US 4x400m to a 2nd gold medal
o Has won her third share of the ÅF Golden League Jackpot
o Won the World Athletics Final 400m in 49.95
o Has set the 4 fastest times in the world in 2009
o Has won 10 out of 11 competitions in 2009

Valerie Vili
25 years old

o Won the Shot Put gold medal at the Berlin World Championships
o Has improved the Oceania record twice and broken 21 metres for the first time
o Has set 9 of the ten farthest throws in the world in 2009 and the best in 5 years
o Won the World Athletics Final in a competition record 21.07m
o Has remained undefeated throughout 2009

Blanka Vlasic
26 years old

o Won the High Jump gold medal at the Berlin World Championships
o Has become the sole second all-time outdoor performer at 2.08m
o Has cleared the highest bar outdoors in 22 years!
o Has jumped 14 times over 2 metres and 8 times over 2.03m
o Has won 19 out of 23 competitions (indoors and outdoors) in 2009

Anita Wlodarczyk
24 years old

o Won the Hammer Throw gold medal at the Berlin World Championships
o Set a 77.96m World record in Berlin
o Has set the two farthest throws in the world in 2009
o Has thrown 9 times over 75 metres
o Has won 12 out of 14 competitions in 2009

Source: IAAF


Usain Bolt's 100m Split Times for the 9.69s run in Beijing Olympics

>> June 06, 2009

You can't imagine that an athlete in the Olympic final would run a sprint finals so casually, and have won it with a gold medal, as well as a new world record! 

It has happened in 2008 Beijing Olympics, Usain Bolt did it! 

Although it was a new world record, by 0.03 s, Bolt could probably run faster than 9.69 s. 

The obvious reason is that he had stopped running at a distance of 80m, and was celebrating his victory. 

He reached the 60m mark at 6.32 s. The official world record for 60m (indoor) is held by Maurice Greene at 6.39 s.

You may be wondering, how fast can this man run if he runs maximum to the finish line? 

Some people say 9.63, and some believe it would be less than 9.6 seconds. 

 Let's take a look at the analysis that has been made.

Through this figure, you can see that a very significant decrease in the speed of Usain Bolt in the last 10m.

This concludes that, Bolt has lost a large velocity at the end of the segments (last 10m meters).

Of note, for top sprinters, men or women, the typical time reduction at the end (from the max speed) is around 3-4%, which is about 0.03s for the case of Bolt (fastest segment: 0.82 s).

Therefore, based on the available numbers, Bolt's 100m time that can be projected through this analysis is around 9.66 s.

However, what is more important to highlight is that Usain Bolt managed to maintain maximum speed for a relatively long distance *, which is 20-30m, very rare for world-class athletes.

But the question now is, how fast will Usain Bolt run in the world championships, in 2 months from now?

Note: * depends on the accuracy of the analysis.



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