Lee Hup Wei Equals Malaysian Indoor Record 2.15m in Ostrava

>> January 26, 2012

Lee Hup Wei, the newly crowned SEA Games champion equaled the 18-year-old Malaysian national indoor record after clearing a 2.15m bar in the high jump during "Ostravska Latka" or Czech High Jump Grand Prix in Ostrava on January 24, 2011. Against a strong field of 16, Hup Wei finished in 9th place, registered the mark on his third jump before failing at all attempts of 2.20m.

The event was won by Jaroslav Baba of Czech Republic with a height of 2.29m. On count back after at least 4 jumpers had the same height of 2.23m, second place was given to Romania's Mihai Donisan, while third place shared by Keith Moffatt (USA) and Piotr Sleboda (Poland), leaving Matus Bubenik (Slovakia) in fifth.

Lou Cwee Peng registered the Malaysian indoor record at Toronto Canada  in March 03, 1993.

Meanwhile U.S-based Malaysian marathoner Woo Chan Yew registered a new Malaysian indoor best performance in 5000m after clocking 15:28.30s in an open indoor meeting organized by the Iowa State University open at Iowa, USA, on January 21, 2011. 

Chan Yew who broke K.Baskaran's marathon record (2:29:27) with 2:28:36 at Montreal Marathon in 2010, finished in 3rd in his race.

news by AdrianSprints.com


Malaysia Athletics Calendar 2012

>> January 14, 2012

Malaysia's Athletics Calendar (2012)
Last Updated at 26.05.2012 (ask for confirmation at- info@adriansprints.com)

JANUARY           COMPETITIONS     VENUE                 
10-12   SUKSES (Closed Meet)  Bukit Jalil KL
15  FTAAA Cross Country  Padang Merbok

02   National Cross-country  TBC
18-19  5th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships  Hangzhou CHN 
25   32nd Milo Golden Mile  Kuching
25   Kelantan Road Relays 2012  Kota Bahru
25-26  Ujian Masa-Jarak-Ketinggian  Ipoh
26   Penang Open Cross Country  Teluk Kumbar

02-04  Malaysian University Athletics Championships    UTM Skudai 
03-04   Kejohanan Olahraga Remaja Perlis  Kangar
09-11  14th IAAF World Indoor Championships     Istanbul, Turki
11   Half Marathon Menara Condong  Teluk Intan
11   Larian Brooks Half Marathon  Bukit Jalil
11-13   USM Athletics Championships  USM Penang
18-19   FTAAA All-Comers Meet & Sukma Trials  Bukit Jalil KL
24-25  FTAAA Sukma Trials  MSN Bukit Jalil
24-25   9th Sarawak Junior Athletics Championships  Kuching
28-31   Kejohanan Olahraga MSS Sabah  Keningau
05-09   Kejohanan Olahraga MSS Perak  Ipoh
08   Sport Excel Run  TBC
09-12  Kejohanan Olahraga MSS Negeri Sembilan  Kuala Pilah
14-15   Kejohanan Jalan Kaki 20km ATM 2012  Lumut
15   PAAA Round The House Relay  Penang
15   Kejohanan Olahraga Daerah Kerian  USM Transkerian
21   Penang Open Relays  USM
21    MAU/Malaysian Athletics Grand Prix 1, 2012  Kuala Lumpur
22    FTAAA Development Programme (Middle-Long)  Bukit Jalil
27-28   Kejohanan Olahraga POA Kedah Zon Selatan  Kulim
28-29  Sabah Open Athletics Championships  Kota Kinabalu
28-29   Perak Juniors / Open Athletics Championships  Ipoh
28-29   Pre-SUKMA Athletics Championships  Kuantan
28-29   Penang Open & Under 17 Championships  Penang
TBC  Kejohanan Olahraga MSS Perlis  Kangar

02-05  MSSPP State Championships  Penang
06   Borneo International Marathon  Kota Kinabalu
06   Negeri Sembilan Athletics Meet  Seremban
06   Muar International Run  Muar
06  MC Donald Run  TBC
11-12   Kedah Open Athletics Meet  Alor Star
12-13   26th FTAAA State Meet  Bukit Jalil
18-20   Armed Forces (ATM) Athletics Championships  Lumut
19-20   Johore AAA State Championships (closed)  Johor Bahru 
19 Olahraga 4 Penjuru - KED, PER, PEN, PRK    Ipoh 
22-25 Malaysian Schools Athletics Championships    Kangar
25  Perlis Road Relays Meet Arau
25-26  Kelantan AAA State Championships (closed)    Panji
27   FTAAA Development Programme (Throw)    Bukit Jalil
TBC   Penang Junior (U21) Athletics Championships   USM Penang

01   Penang Hill Climb  Penang
09-10  Selangor Open Athletics Championships  Kuala Lumpur
16-17   MAAU National and Open Championships (NOT CONFIRMED)  Kuala Lumpur
17   FTAAA Development Programme (Walk&Jump)  Bukit Jalil
17  Ipoh International Starwalk  Ipoh
24   Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2012  Kuala Lumpur
30.-01.07   4th ASIAN All-Star Athletics Meet  Almaty, KAZ
TBC   MSN/MILO Perlis Open Athletics Championships  Kangar

01  Ipoh International Run  Ipoh
01   FTAAA One-Malaysia Road Relays  Kuala Lumpur
01-08   ASEAN Schools Games  Jakarta INA
07-08  Selangor Open Athletics Championships  Bukit Jalil
09-12   XIII SUKMA (Malaysian Games) 2012  Kuantan
10-15   14th IAAF WORLD JUNIORS CHAMPS  Baecelona ESP
14  Kelantan Open Road Walking Championships    Pengkalan Chepa
15   Seremban Half Marathon  Seremban
15   FTAAA Development Programme (Sprints)  Bukit Jalil
14-15  59th Sarawak State Championships  Kuching
21   MAU/Malaysian Athletics Grand Prix II, 2012  Kuala Lumpur
27.-12.8   THE  XXX  OLYMPIC GAMES  !!  London GBR


TBC  Kota Kinabalu International Marathon Kota Kinabalu
   *as usual, limited number of meet during 'fasting month' + 'eid al fitr'  / Hari Raya Puasa (around 20 July - 20 August) ...


01  10th 100Plus Relay Championships    Kuching 
09  FTAAA/MSSKL  Throws, Jumps, Under Distances  Bukit Jalil
09  Johore International Marathon Batu Pahat
16  Kluang International Rum Kluang
16   2nd Taiping International Marathon  Taiping
16  Starwalk Penang 
30  Tanjung Malim 10km    Sepoy Lines 


13  Kota Bahru Run  Kota Bahru
20-21   Perak AAA All-Comers  Ipoh
21  Kuantan City Road Relay Kuantan
TBC  Sandakan 10km   Sandakan 
TBC  2nd Kinabalu International Games (T&F)  Kota Kinabalu
10    Kejohanan Olahraga Luar Musim  Panji
 18    PBIM (Penang Bridge International Marathon)  Penang
24-25   3rd International Combined Event  Bukit Jalil

15-18    16th ASEAN University Games (T&F)  Vientiane LAO
19    Penang Round The Island Relay  Esplande

Any inquiries, corrections, additions concerning calendar should be headed to, email:  info@adriansprints.com


The Rocket Sprint Start, Bud Winter & Jimson Lee

>> January 07, 2012

The 2011 Revised Edition of The Rocket Sprint Start is now available for order! This book was written and  first published in 1964 by the legendary coach, Bud Winter. In 1968 Olympics, his athlete, Tommie Smith has broken the 20s barrier in the 200m. He clocked a time of 19.83s. Before the Olympics, another sprinter he coached has run 19.92s in 200m, nevertheless was not recognized in statistics. Apart from that, his 400m sprinter, Lee Evans takes the Olympic gold in 43.86s, thus becoming the first man to break the 44s barrier in the 400m. At a glance, Bud Winter coached a total of 37 World record holders, 27 Olympians, and 102 NCAA All-Americans.

Background / Content of the book;

This book is broken down in three parts;

1) The original book printed in 1964
--> A careful analysis on Armin Hary's form, taken from hundreds of slow motion pictures of the 1960 Olympic Games, where Hary won the men's 100m final. He revealed seven ways in which his form differed from the rest of the sprinters.

2) Modern sprint start, by Jimson Lee of SpeedEndurance.com
--> Contents;
a) 5 Phases of the 100m sprint
b) Different types of blocks
c) Setting up your blocks
d) Getting into your blocks
e) The "on your marks" position
f) The "set" position
g) Gun and reaction time
h) Drive phase and clearance

3) Comparing the 1960 Rocket Sprint Start to the Jamaican sprinters of 2008
--> Analysis on block spacing, positions at "on your marks", "set", "gun", "pick up", etc.

Click here to order the book.

#Thanks to Jimson Lee, CEO of SpeedEndurance.com for providing me a copy of this book.


The Best and Most Disappointing Track & Field 2011, and with thanks to 350,000

>> December 31, 2011

There are always articles highlighting the best sporting moments (sort of) at the end of a year to wrap up the year as I did in 2010 (an article which was linked as "top post" by the track and field news)/

This year is a bit different.  AdrianSprints.com, for this year 2011, opted to thank all the visitors who totalled 350,000 visits during the 2011. Indeed, a good improvement of the website. As always, I wish you all the very best whatever you dreamed and targeted next year.

Website... the best way to keep up the content and improve on some other parts is sharing your thought. Maybe you should consider to be a guest blogger during next years? or at least to provide materials (athletics results, sports news, track and field training tips and so on?), which would definitely benefit  the readers for their uses in their training, etc.

"Sharing" a non-article related thing is also very useful, because the spirit of "sharing" good contents in the future might be more easier; in this case, please consider a donation.

Finally, here is my take on the best and most disappointing (simultaneously) scene of athletics in the 2011: 
  • I picked the IAAF World Championship's 4x100m men final, where Jamaica team (Nesta Carter 9.78, Michael Frater 9.88, Yohan Blake 9.82, Usain Bolt 9.58), once again (even without Asafa Powell) eclipsed the World record 37.10s set by this country in 2008 Olympics in Beijing, with a new WR mark of 37.04s. 
  • Most disappointing: The United States, Trinidad and Tobago, and Great Britain were declared "Did Not Finish", ironically not because of baton's bloopers or issues but the sprinters collided between each other. The video below will reveal full story.

France team, former WR team (1990), strengthened by Christophe Lemaitre and Jimmy Vicaut, taking home the silver medal. 

Comeback from retirement, Kim Collins who made a surprise of winning bronze in the 100m  in 2003 world championships, once again helping his country Saint Kitts and Nevis winning the Bronze.


Malaysian Athletics Results No 10, 2011

>> December 30, 2011

Malaysian Athletics Results 2011-10
By Jad Adrian (ATFS statistician)
Email: info@adriansprints.com

11-12 November 2011: Kejohanan Sukan Mahasiswa Borneo / Borneo Student Games SUKMAB
Participants from universities, collegues, polytechnics, and teaching institutions of three countries of Borneo (Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei); Below is the best results;

100m (11): 1, Mohamad Afif Zulhusmi Alet 10.7;
400m (11): 1, Pang Tsun Kuo 50.9;
110mh (11): 1, Ngu Chee Yan 15.4;
400mh (12): 1, Eldy Sham Elron 56.3;
L J (12): 1, Irwin Maulana INA 7.14;
T J (11): 1, Irwin Maulana INA 14.88;
D T (12): 1, Wong Leh Huat 35.33;

100 H (11): 1, Felnidiah Lok Lassim 16.1;

12-16 November 2011: 26th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, at Palembang Indonesia
National Team bagged 6 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze. Below is result of Malaysian athletes;

100m (12) /+2.1: 6, Mohd Noor Imran A.Hadi 10.55w (& 3h2, 10.73); 2h1 Ambrose Jilom 10.78  (final-injured)
200m (14) / +1.7: 6, Mohd Noor Imran A.Hadi 21.64 (& 3h2, 22.28 -1.4); 7, Mohd Ikhwan Nor  21.72 (& 4h1, 22.48 -1.4);
800m (15): -, Mohd Jironi Riduan DNF-Injured
1500m (13): -, Mohd Jironi Riduan Dqed (finished in 3rd, subsequently disqulified);
5000m (15): 9, Nik Fakaruddin Ismail 15:34.62;
3000m St (12): 8, Ahmad Luth Hamizan 9:31.22; 11, Jayamaran Karthik 9:51.53;
110mh (13)/+0.7: 2, Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian 13.86 (2h1, 14.76 -0.6); 3, Mohd Robani Hassan 14.14 (1h2, 14.24 nwi);
400mh (15): 5, Muhamad Firdaus Mazalan 52.57 =NJR (3s1, 52.87 on 14.11);
H J (14): 1, Lee Hup Wei 2.15; 4, Ahmad Najwan Aqra 2.08;
T J (15): 4, Mohd Hakimi Ismail 15.92 -0.3;
S P (13): 2, Adi Alifuddin Hussin 17.53 NR;
H T (14): 3, Jackie Wong Siew Cheer 57.04;
20km W (13): 1, Lo Choon Sieng 1:32:34; 4, Teoh Boon Lim 1:29:27;
4x100m (15): 3, National Team (Mohd Zabidi Ghazali, Mohd Ikhwan Nor, Mohd Azhar Ismail, M. Noor Imran A. Hadi) 40.41;
4x400m (14): 1, National Team (S.Kannathasan, P.Yuvaaraj, Schzuan A.Rosely, M.Yunus Lasaleh) 3:10.49;

100m (12)/+1.7: 5, Nurul Sarah Abdul Kadir 11.86; 8, Norjannah Hafiszah Jamaluddin 12.03;
200m (14)/+1.4: 5, Nurul Sarah Abdul Kadir 24.42 (3s2, 24.99); 5s1, Norjannah Hafiszah Jamaluddin 25.80 (did not advance);
800m (15): 5, K.Ganthimathi 2:12.31;
3000m St (12): 4, Melinder Kaur 11:32.49;
100mh (13)/+0.7: 7, Raja Nursheena Raja Azhar 14.22 (4h2, 14.40 nwi);
400mh (15): 1, Noraseela Mohd Khalid 57.41 (4th Gold in SEAG);
P V (15): 1, Roslinda Samsu 4.20 (SEAG Record/4th Gold in SEAG);
L J (12): 7, Nurul Fatimatul Zahrah Awang 5.97 +0.9;
D T (15): 6, Yap Jeng Tzan 41.84;
H T (12): 1, Tan Song Hwa 55.15 (2nd Gold in SEAG);
20km Walk (13): 4, Yuan Yu Fang 1:48:29; 7, Norliana Mohd Rosni 2:03:42;
4x100m (15): 4, National Team (Yee Yi Ling, Nurul Sarah Abdul Kadir, Norjannah Hafiszah Jamaluddin, Zaidatul Husna Zulkifli) 45.46;

26 November 2011: Pesta Olahraga MSNJ-NJAC Ke-3, 2011 /
3rd MSNJ-NJAC Athletics Meet 2011
Note: Hand times, no wind gauge.

Senior Men
100m: 1, Mohd Amiruddin Jamal SIN 10.7; 2, Hisyam Alias 10.8 (10.79); 3, Mohd
Shahmimi Azmi 11.1; 4, Cyrus Krishnan 11.2; 5, Izwan Firdaus Hanif SIN 11.2;

Sf: 1s2, Hisham Alias 10.5 (10.42); 2s2, Mohd Shahmimi Azmi 10.8; 3s2, Izwan Firdaus
Hanif SIN 11.1;

Junior Men
100m: 1, Muhamad Amirul Mukimin 11.1; 2, Hasyirin Amir Hamdan 11.1;
400m: 1, Badrus Hisham (Mal)  50.4;
J T (w?): 1, Muhammad Hafizi 51.87;

Under 15 Boys
100m: 1, Muhammad Shukur Md Jani MAL 11.2;
Sf: 1s2, Muhammad Shukur Md Jani 11.2; 1s3, Muhammad Azam Masri 11.2;

Senior Women
100m: 1, Chew Hui Lian 12.4; 2, Nurul Atiqah Awang 12.5;
400m: 1, Nurul Assikin Rasid 60.8; 2, Nurul Faezah Asma 62.0;
L J: 1, Nurul Fatimatul Zahrah Awang 5.73;
J T: 1, Nur Fathin Adibah Suharman TER 36.48; 2, Siti Nur Nadia Mohd Osman JOH

27 November 2011: Nike 10km Run

Men 25 and above
1, Solomon Kipkemboi KEN 32:09.42; 2, Japhet Kimeli Maiyo KEN 33:27.96; 3, Philip Chirchir Lagat KEN 34:09.41

Men Below 25
1, Paul Kimani Wambui KEN 32:17.80; 2, Noah Kiprotich KEN 35:45.04; 3, Amirul Syazwan Samad MAS 36:43.41

Women 25 and above
1, Esther Wambui Karni KEN 38:00.21; 2, Yuan Yu Fang MAS 38:06.46; 3, Samivellu Sheela MAS 40:28.04

Women below 25
1, Yucabeth Chelangat Bore KEN 38:24.19; 2, Goh Li Ting MAS 48:16.07; 3, Nurul Fadzilah Razman MAS 49:59.49;

04 December 2011: Half Marathon Across 3 States (Penang-Perak-Kedah)

1, David Mutai KEN 1:18:38; 2, Ow Yong Jin Kuang 1:21:04; 3, Mohd Faizul Mohaieddin 1:21:33;

1, Sarah Sulaiman Ch’ng 1:31:20; 2, Sunny Ng Sun Nee 1:46:34

*Start/Finish = Nibong Tebal, Penang

04 December 2011: Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

Men / Half Marathon
7, Fabian Osmond Daimon 1:19:37 (1st Veteran);

08-10 December 2011: 4th Borneo Games / Sukan Borneo 2011

100m (08): 1, Ambrose Jilom 10.5; 2, Sebastian Lee Azcona  10.7;
400m (08): 2, Anchois Aron 50.4;
H T (??): 1, Jackie Wong Siew Cheer  53.31;

10 December 2011: 2nd Melaka International 12-Hour Walk
One lap of course equates 1 km. DQ in a lap means the lap would not be counted as part of overall distance/km covered. Actual time and total distance (km) are shown in bracket. Following are the winners and fastest performers at 50km.;

12 hour Walk
1, Eng Hup Boh MAS 94km (11:57:35 96km); 2, Malek Redone Herberto MAS 90km (11:56.43 91km); 3, Wan Arif Wan Husain MAS 90km (11:57:07);

50km Walk
1, Barathithasen Anipoobarathi MAS 6:00:04; 2, Eng Hup Boh MAS 6:01:01; 3, Edmund Sim SIN 6:02:44; 4, Wan Arif Wan Husain MAS 6:07:53; 5, Yow Kang Huat SIN 6:15:05;

12 hour walk
1, Song Ghee Chee MAS 84km (12:02:37); 2, So Kit-Sum HKG 82km (11:52:35); 3, Lau Fung-Ling HKG 80km (11:57:10);

50km Walk
1, Song Gie Chee MAS 6:19:07; 2, So Kit-Sum HKG 6:59:34; 3, Norazilah Osman MAS 7:07:13; 4, Wong Siew Leng MAS 7:12:30; 5, Chan Yee Hung HKG 7:18:19;

11 December 2011: 2nd Penang Veteran Athletics Association (PVAA) 10km

1, Sarah Sulaiman Ch’ng 41:26;

17-18 December 2011: 1st Kinabalu International Games / Weekly Relay Grand Final
note: NWI

100m (17): 1, Jesley Justin 11.02 (1s1 10.6); 2, Rayzam Shah W.S 11.04; 3, Asif Farhan 11.06 (1s2 10.6).
400m (17) 1, Anchoit Aron 50.24.
LJ (18): 1, Cammilus David 6.91.


Track and Field Athletics Results from ASIAN Countries

>> December 29, 2011

Results from ASIA  (2016 season)
  • Encompasses results of the track and field, road racing, ultra running, and cross country as compiled by Germany's Heinrich Hubbeling (Asian AA, IAAF, ATFS Statistician).
  • Very deep results from Asian countries (except Japan & China) with statistical remarks such as new NR and NJR. Results (saved in .doc format) will be sent to subscribers by email.

Heinrich Hubbeling, Vreden Germany.
Email:  hhubbeling@t-online.de
Subscription rate: USD 25.00 per year  (30-35 reports/year  in doc format)
Payment: International money order (IMO).

NOTE: if you have problem with IMO, you can send payment by credit and debit card or PayPal, with additional fee of USD 2.00 (total USD 27.00). Send message to this email (info@adriansprints.com) and further instruction will be given. You will receive all results from Heinrich Hubbeling by email (and NOT from myself)

Results from ASIA 2011 - 15
Results from ASIA 2015 - 10
Results from ASIA 2015 - 18
Results from ASIA 2015 - 25

School down


Inter-City Athletics Championships / 02. – 03.07.2011

3rd ASEAN School Games / 02. – 04.07.2011
SEA GAMES Trials for Discus Throwers / 29.06.2011
SAA Track & Field Meeting / 16.07.2011

Selangor Open Champs at Kuala Lumpur / 02. – 03.07.2011
Selangor Junior Champs at Kuala Lumpur / 25. – 26.06.2011
National University Championships at Serdang / 21. – 23.06.2011

Porwil Sumatera Champs at Johore Bahru & at Batam / 23. – 24 06.2011
Indonesian National Championships at Jakarta 

National Junior Men Championships at Mashad / 06. – 07.07.2011

International Pole Vault Meeting at Busan / 25.06.2011

National Youth Championships at Bishkek / 24. – 25.06.2011

National Championships at Dushanbe / 15. – 16.06.2011

National Meeting at Jamhour / 02.07.2011

-delayed results from different national competitions-

1st Round of National Athletics League at Diyagama / 08. – 09.04.2011
2nd Round at Diyagama / 08. – 09.05.2011
National Selection Meeting at Diyagama / 25.05.2011


Standard Chartered Marathon at Kuala Lumpur / 26.06.2011
International Race Running at Ipoh / 03.07.2011

International Marathon at Dili / 18.06.2011


ASIAN Schools Cross Country Champs at Ulanbaatar / 25.06.2011


Tribute: Florence Griffith Joyner Flo-Jo (1959 - 1998)

>> December 21, 2011

21 December 1959           :   52 years ago today, Florence Griffith-Joyner (Flo-Jo) the greatest female sprinter of all-time was born. Quick fact, Flo-Jo set the still standing current world records in 100m (10.49s) and 200m (21.34s) which both are widely regarded as the "most impossible world records" ever created in the World of sports. In fact, at the time, the times were faster than MEN's National records of more than half of the countries in the World. At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, she won 3 gold medals and one silver.


100 Metres
She has produced an astonishing performance of 10.49s (0.0m/s) in the 100m following an exceptionally beautiful run during the U.S Olympic Trials. The commentators said, "10.49 wind aided... wait a minute... the wind was... within the legal limit, ahhh cannot be, no one can run that fast..." She won the Olympic 100m title from the 1988 Games, clocking 10.54w in the final, leaving the nearest rival by 0.30s despite of "shutting down" at half of the race where she started smiling and just run through to the line. Five legal-fastest time;

1)          10.49     Indianapolis     U.S Olympic Trials
2)          10.61     Indianapolis     U.S Olympic Trials
3)          10.62     Seoul               Olympic Games
4)          10.70     Seoul               U.S Olympic Trials
5)          10.88     Seoul               Olympic Games
+ non-legal (wind assisted)
1)          10.54     Seoul               Olympic Games
2)          10.60     Indianapolis     U.S Olympic Trials
3)          10.70     Seoul               Olympic Games

Close behind is USA's Camelita Jeter, 10.64s, 2009.

200 Metres
Before 1988, she won  two 200m silver medals from major events, at the Olympic Games (1984 / 22.04s) and World championships (1987 / 21.96s). In 1988, she smashed her personal record four times, including two WR. The new record first set during the Round 1of Olympic Trials (21.90s), and then improved on the mark to 21.77s in the QF,  before clocking 21.85s in the finals. About 9 weeks later, at the Olympic Games she lowered the PR to 21.76s in the QF, again in SF with a time of 21.56s (WR,OR), and once again in the final with an incredible 21.34s (WR,OR).

Nearest behind is USA's Marion Jones, 21.62, 1998

Flo-Jo won the 4x100m gold medals in the World championships (1987) and Olympic Games (1988). Most admired was her run in the 4x400m at the 1988 Olympics, which was held after her 100m (four times), 200m (four times) and 4x100m (two times). She was impressively pushed the 400m specialist Olga Bryzgina of Soviet Union (World and Olympic 400m champion) until the line and clocked a split time of 48.1s (video on you tube).

Life and Retirement 
In 1987, she married to Al-Joyner the 1984 Olympic triple jump champion, who is the brother to the world greatest all-round female athlete, Jackie Joyner Kersee, whose husband is Bob Kersee, the coach of Flo-Jo prior 1988, before replaced by Al-Joyner.

In 1989,  at age of (turning) 30 and less than a year after the great show in Seoul, she announced her retirement from athletics as an athlete. She was said to be the coach to her husband in a while.

On September 21, 1998, she was found unresponsive and not breathing by husband, was sent to hospital, and then pronounced dead. It was later specified as unexpected heart attack during sleep. She was 37 years old.

Florence Griffith Tribute - Seoul 1988

Florence Griffith 100m World Records 10.49s WR, Indianapolis,  16 July 1988

Florence Griffith 100m (10.54w- WR, 0R), 1988 Seoul Olympics

Florence Griffith 200m, 1988 Seoul Olympics


Success of an Athletics Coach: Indepth Review of the Effects of Certification on Asian sprinting

>> December 08, 2011

This article is guest blogged by Sam Goldberg, one of the top decathletes in the United States in 1970's, coach track and field since 1970's, and a head coach of decathlon's 100m, 400m, 110mh and 1500m events at America's National Decathlon Training Centre.


I would like to preface my qualifications as a coach for TPE's sprinters with comments from the IOC's Dr. Tim Noakes, a founding member of the International Olympic's committee's Olympic Science Academy”, fellow in the American College of Sports Medicne, Director of medical research council/UCT research unit of exercise science and sports medicine-Sports Science Institute of South Africa and South African National running coach. And, with the comments posted on the IAAF official website, by internationally known sport scientist and coach Professor Dave Costill.

The comments of these emminent sport scientists which follow emphasize the notion that successful coaching is ultimately more art than science, that correct scientific knowledge of athletic activities follows rather than leads correct practice and that scientific understanding is less valuable then successful performance established through successful practice. Thus both experts ultimately support selection of coaches with a history of successful practice over merely certified coaches .

Comments by Professor Dave Costill
October/2006 “Dave Costill, an emeritus professor and founding director of the Human Performance Lab at Ball State University, where many of the top exercise physiologists in the US got their early training: “Coaching...a mix of art and science. As Costill once said the sports scientists usually discover what coaches already have figured out from years of trial and error in training athletes”. “said Costill, who was both a coach and a scientist during his career, and science usually lags behind art in understanding or discovering the keys to human performance” “So, while the secrets of sporting ability may be eventually explained in the laboratory, they are usually discovered during the time coaches and athletes train to improve their times, pushing the limits of human performances
http:..www.iaaf.org/news/Kind=2/newsID=36622.html (Jim Ferstle for the IAAF)

Comments by Dr. Tim Noakes:
4/28/2008 “As an Afrian from the Dark Continent with an interest in Kenyan running I am able to confrim that there is not a single exercise testing laboratory in Kenya that is used by the best athletes and their coaches. Thus the best runners in the world do not have access to laboratory testing(at least while they remain in Kenya) so that they are not trained according to some laboratory-based protocols” “Could it be that their coaches know that to be the best in the world an athlete needs to run at a certain speed in competition(not a particular V02 Max or blood lactate concentration) and to achieve that speed he or she need to produce certain performances in training” “Great coaches should no be defined by their ability to produce one or two great athletes, rather they should be rated by their ability to produce many great athletes over many years”.

Asian championships 2011: Su Bingtian (L, 10.21), Eriguchi (C, 10.28)

(Under Certification From 2009 Through The End of 2011)

A.) Introduction of Certified Sprint Coaches into Asian Athletic Associations Since 2004

Since early 2000, while the call from Asia's national associations for the hiring of certified sprint coaches gradually increased, utilization of previously successful non-certified coaches began to be phased out most notably in China, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the number and authority of active certified sprint coaches both domestic and foreign have continued to rapidly increase and take control of training procedures in China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

B.) Results of Certification on Asian 100m sprint performances (2009-2011)

From 2010 thru 2011, 92% of all men's 4x100Relay team members from Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan posted slower annual 100m times compared to their 2009 times;
a.) Of 20 individual sprinters only 1 PB posted since 2009.(Ka Fund NG/Hong Kong /2011).
b.) Of 20 individual sprinters only 1 tied his 2009 PB (Wen-Tang Wang/TPE/2010-2011).
c.) Of 20 individual sprinters 18 or (92%) continually ran slower then their 2009 performances.
d.) Of 20 individual sprinters most continually ran between 2/10th to 1/10th slower then their 2009 time.

From 2010 thru 2011, 80% of all top 2 ranked Open men's 100 m sprinters from Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan posted slower annual 100m times compared to their 2009 times;
a.) Of 10 individual sprinters only 2 posted improvement over their 2009 PB's.
b.) Kowatsura, (Japan) posted a 5/100th improvement over his 2009 PB (10.35 to 10.30).
c.) Kotani, (Japan) posted an 8/100th improvement over his 2009 PB (10.28 to 10.36).
d.) Of 10 individual sprinters 8 or (80%) continually ran slower then their 2009 times.
e.) Of 10 individual sprinters most continually ran between 2/10th to 1/10th slower then their 2009 time.

All results are based on reviews from both the
a.) Official IAAF.org (athlete bio's)website and
b.) “All-Athletes.com” website

C) Conclusion

The question arises as to the practicle value of selecting and employing coaches who receive certification without the need to successfully produces high powered athletes and results as a requirement for certification over successful coaches with proven results with or without certification.

It should be remembered that the American coaches who originally created the vast majority of the current material used to establish certification on sprinting, both inside and outside of America, possessed no such certification beyond their own successful coaching experiences and perhaps their traditional US college educations. Thus their expertise was almost solely developed as Prof. Costill mentioned “during the time coaches and athletes train to improve their times, pushing the limits of human performances”.

*photo by Yohei Kamiyama / Agence Shot



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