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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 13:20

World Championship Reprise: Top 10 London Moments

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By Dave Hunter (Sept, 10, 2017, London)
Although the IAAF World Championships in Athletics concluded almost a month ago, it will always be enjoyable to look back and savor those special moments. While your favorites may well differ, here are my top ten moments - in ascending order, of course!
10. Amy Cragg’s Gutty Bronze Medal Marathon Performance.
There is a moment of truth in the marathon when every racer faces a pacing challenge. It is then the athlete must make a decision: Do I back off? Or do I persevere? Perhaps no one knows this any more thoroughly than veteran marathoner Amy Cragg, given her devastating 4th-place finish in the 2012 United States Olympic Trials. And in the final 10 kilometers of the World Championship marathon, Cragg - running just off the podium and hanging on in 4th behind Filomena Cheyech - faced that moment once again. The 32-year-old American athlete stayed cool, kept her poise, and went to work: tucking in behind the Kenyan, holding ground, and covering all moves. Patience also was required, and Cragg had it. Dead even with her African rival at 40K, Cragg waited until the final 300 meters to unleash one final gear shift in her quest for a medal. It worked. Cragg [2:27:18] gapped Cheyech [2:27:21] and nearly caught Edna Kiplagat [2:27:18] at the line. Cragg’s 2nd half in 1:11:36 - the fastest of all competitors - gave her a negative split by over 4 minutes. Only 10 seconds separated the top 4 finishers, but Cragg claimed her World Championship marathon bronze medal - only the 2nd world championship marathon medal captured by an American and the first in 34 years [Marianne Dickerson, Helsinki, 1983].
9. Karsten Warholm Defeats Kerron Clement For 400H Gold.
Many thought the final of the men’s 400 meter hurdles might produce a piece of track & field history with reigning Olympic champion Kerron Clement becoming the first man ever to capture 3 world 400H titles. But Norway’s 21-year-old Karsten Warholm had other ideas. In the rain-marred final, the young Norwegian got out quickly and built a backstretch lead over Clement. The indoor 400 meter record holder began to move in the 3rd 100 meters and was closing the gap on Warholm. The Norwegian kept his poise down the homestretch while Clement’s hurdle form - always an Achilles heel for the American - began to unravel. Warholm [48.35] crossed first, while Turkey’s Yasmani Copello [48.49] slid past a disheartened Clement [48.52] for the silver. Once across the line, the disbelieving new world champion displayed his best impersonation of fellow countryman Edward Munch’s "The Scream" - an image from these championships that will long be remembered.
8. Taylor, Claye Go 1-2 In mTJ. 
The men’s triple jump final showcased yet another spirited battle between Americans Christian Taylor and Will Claye. The final featured 5 lead changes between the two former University of Florida teammates with Taylor - the defending champion, American record holder, and the reigning Olympic champion - finally prevailing: 17.63/58¼" to 17.63/57'10¼". It is invigorating to realize that 27-year old Taylor and the 26-year-old Claye could continue this rivalry - inspiring each other to even greater performances - for years to come.
7. Kendricks Prevails In Strategic PV Battle. 
The pole vault final was a 5 man chess match when the bar went up to 5.89m/19'3¾". American Sam Kendricks - sailing along in an undefeated storybook season - kept his card clean with a first attempt clearance. Passing from a lower height miss, Poland’s Piotr Lisek also made a first attempt clearance while his countrymen Pawel Wojeiechowski went out. '12 Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie made it over on his second attempt while China's Changrui Xue - flawless until this bar - went 3 and out. At 5.95m/19'6¼", the 3 remaining athletes all missed their first two attempts. On 3rd attempts, Kendricks made a critical clutch clearance while Lisek missed - but retired in 2nd place. Lavillenie faced a choice: a final jump clearance at 5.95m would move him from bronze to silver; or should he pass to 6.01/19'8½ for a shot a possible gold? The Frenchman immediately passed. After Kendricks sustained a first attempt miss at the new height he had never before cleared, Lavillenie had one final jump for the gold. And when Renaud missed, Sam Kendricks had his first world championship medal.
6. Stefanidi Outduels Morris For Pole Vault Gold. 
The women’s pole vault final highlighted another great rivalry between young, blossoming athletes. USA’s Sandi Morris - who entered the competition at 4.45m/14'7¼ - jumped cleanly through 4.75/15'7". Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi - who came in at 4.65m/15'3" - did so as well. The 25-year-pd Morris' 1st attempt miss at 4.82/15'9¾ opened the door for her Greek opponent who took full advantage with her 1st attempt clearance at that height. When Morris passed and subsequently went out at 4.89m/15'9¾", Stefanidi had the gold with only 4 jumps! With the crown already in hand, the 27-year-old Stanford graduate added a 1st attempt clearance at 16'1¼ just for good measure. While her 3 attempts at 5.02/16'5½" were unsuccessful - Stefanidi had her first world championship title and with it likely clinched this year’s #1 world ranking.
5. The Great Battle in the Women’s LJ. 
On a chilly evening, the deep field in the women's long jump final engaged in the fierce battle for the world championship medals. Olympic finalist Darya Klishina was the early leader with a 1st round leap of 6.78m/22'3". In the second round Serbia's Ivana Spanovic popped out 6.96m/22'10" to move into 1st. By the 3rd round, reigning indoor and outdoor long jump champion Brittney Reese had solved the tricky winds and stretched out 7.02m/23'½" to take the lead. In the final 3 rounds, Russia's Klishina jumped 7.02/22'11¾" in the 5th round to move into 2nd and bump Spanovic to 3rd. And in the final round, Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta bulled her way onto the podium with a leap of 6.97m/22'10½" to slide into 3rd and push the Serbian off the medal stand. The riveting competition concluded with the top four performers finishing within .06m/'2¼" of one another.
4. Isaac Makwala Emerges From Quarantine To Make 200m Final.
In the flurry of daily stunning performances at these world championships, it was easy for many to overlook the trials, the tribulations, and ultimately the inspiring performance of Botswanan sprinter Isaac Makwala. Troubled by the quick onset of a stomach virus in the middle of these championships, the 200m/400m specialist was initially denied the opportunity to compete in the opening round of the men's 200 meters as well as the final of the men's 400 meters where he was expected to challenge world record holder and Olympic gold medalist Wayde van Niekerk. After a period in enforced quarantine [!], some closed-door lobbying, and IAAF reconsideration, it was determined on the day of semi-final round of the men’s 200 meters that Makwala would be given a solo opportunity to qualify for the semi to be held later that evening. Makwala could advance if he ran his solo heat in 20.53 or faster. Buoyed by cheers from the stadium throng, Makwala trudged out amidst a driving rain to make his attempt from his assigned lane: lane 2. Alone in the darkness, the Botswanan sprint star powered around the curve and splashed through puddles to cross the line in 20.20. Ecstatic upon seeing his qualifying time, Makwala immediately dropped to the ground and proceeded to fire off 5 textbook pushups to affirm his recovery - and his joy. 3 hours later, Makwala - now in lane 1 - ran 20.14 in his semi-final to earn an automatic qualifier for the 200 meter final. Few will ultimately remember that Isaac Makwala finished 6th in the men's 200m championship race two days later. But legions will remember the unorthodox and difficult pathway he successfully navigated to make the final.
3. Farah's WC 3-Peat In 10,000.
Racing Mohammed Farah in a championship setting is always difficult. But going up against Sir Mo - a man who had not lost a world championship distance race final in 6 years - in London's Olympic Stadium before 66,000 adoring British fans was likely to be bordering on the impossible. Farah's East African opponents - who had done little to unnerve Farah in earlier championship settings - decided this time to attempt to make him uncomfortable. Right from the opening gun, the pace was quick [2:39 for the 1st kilo] and the cat and mouse tactics of the past were discarded as an honest-paced final emerged. The two-time defending champion stayed calm: covering all moves and not seizing the lead until 2 laps remained. At the bell, Farah was followed closely by Joshua Chetegei, Paul Tanui, and Bedan Muchiri - 4 superb athletes fighting for 3 medals. As the bunched quartet approached the backstretch, the crowd gasped as Farah was soundly clipped from behind. Only an impulsive ballet-like move by the Olympic 10,000 meter champion prevented another Rio-like fall. The trip seemed to energize Farah who accelerated down the backstretch and opened a gap. Clocking 56 seconds on the final circuit - stumble and all - Farah completed the race with a punishing 5:07 final 2000 meters to stop the clock a 26:49.32 - his fastest championship clocking and his 2nd best 10K mark ever. And it earned him his 3rd consecutive world championship 10,000 meter gold medal.
2. Two Americans Defeat Bolt in 100m. 
In the men’s 100 meters, the seemingly-invincible Usain Bolt showed signs of vulnerability in the first two rounds. Was Bolt just playing possum? Or was the greatest sprinter of all time really on the ropes? In the final, the sprint legend - who has employed cautious starts ever since his 2011 false start ejection in Daegu - got out horribly, was all over the lane, and trailed the fast-starting Americans Justin Gatlin and the early-leading Christian Coleman. The long-striding Bolt closed with a vengeance, but it was not enough, as Gatlin - in lane 8 - hit the line first in 9.92, followed by his countryman [9.94] and the Jamaican two-time defending champion [9.95]. Undoubtedly disappointed, Bolt was nonetheless most gracious in extending congratulations to the winner. He embraced the American victor who looked equally relieved and exuberant with his unexpected victory. The capacity crowd- disappointed that they had not viewed Bolt's final individual championship victory - unleashed a torrent of boos upon the new champion. The hooting did not appear to bother Gatlin who now had won his second world championship 100 meter gold medal 12 years after his first one.
1. USA’s Coburn and Frerichs Grab Steeple Gold and Silver. 
While others might certainly have different #1 moments, if you are a dyed-in-the-wool Team USA fan there could hardly be another top choice. Although the American squad sustained a blow in this event when Colleen Quigley was disqualified in the heats for a controversial lane violation, the first round buzz in the mixed zone was all about how well the U.S's other two athletes performed. Olympic bronze medalist Emma Coburn looked completely relaxed and easily advanced in her opening heat. And automatic qualifier Courtney Frerichs confided in the mixed zone that her first round race "was the easiest 9:25 I've ever run" and that during her WC buildup she had "been PRing in workouts." The final was a strange one. Shortly after 400 meters, early Kenyan leader Beatrice Chepkoech failed to duck off the track toward the initial water jump. Backtracking, the Kenyan corrected her gaffe, rejoined the lead back, and ultimately finished 4th. The race adopted a solid, but not crazy, cadence as Bahraini Ruth Jebet - the world record holder - split 1K in 3:02 with the Americans right in the hunt. The real racing began after 2K’s [6:03]. Veteran Coburn - with upstart Frerichs covering her elder's every move - made a decisive move with 250 meters to go. It was a break to which the Kenyans did not - or could not - respond. With smooth, aggressive clearances over the final water jump, the two Americans were 1-2. Avoiding disaster down the homestretch, Coburn [9:02.58, AR, #6 all-time] and Frerichs [9:03.77, PR, then #7 all-time] crossed 1-2, both bettering Coburn's American record, defeating the world record holder and the top 3 performers on the world list, and grabbing the first-ever USA medals in this event. The twosome's spontaneous post-finish line celebration was pure, incredulous joy. Upon reflection, no one coming to London could have honestly believed that the United States would win more World Championship steeplechase medals than Kenya. But - as the saying goes - that's why they run the races.

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 31, 2017NBC Sports Group presents live coverage of the IAAF Diamond League tomorrow, Friday, September 1 at 2 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, from King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium, to conclude the 2017 season and crown Diamond League champions. Encore coverage of the event will air Friday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Sunday, September 3, at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.

The final 16 IAAF Diamond League champions of the season will be revealed at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on Friday (September 1) at the Van Damme Memorial, the second of the two 2017 IAAF Diamond League finals.

Caster Semenya crowned the 76th edition of the ISTAF in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium with a world best in the 600 m. The South African ran 1:21.77, improving the former 20 year-old mark from Cuba’s Ana Fidelia Quirot by almost one second. A meeting record was established by Kenya’s Norah Tanui who took the 3,000 m Steeplechase in 9:03.70. Second-placed Gesa Krause ran a German record with 9:11.85. Another highlight was the men’s Javelin. Germany’s World Champion Johannes Vetter won with 89.85 m. 42,500 spectators watched the events of the ISTAF, which belongs to the IAAF World Challenge Series.

Mo Farah brought his track career to an end in the most fitting fashion, producing a dramatic 5000m victory at the Weltklasse Zurich on Thursday (24), the first of two 2017 IAAF Diamond League finals.

Full stage dress rehearsal and debut before the general public: the 76th edition of ISTAF this Sunday has plenty to offer. 180 elite athletes will be performing once more in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium and among them are eight gold medallists from the recent World Championships in London as well the cream of Germany’s track and field stars, for whom the meeting with such deep historical roots will also serve as a dress rehearsal for next year’s European Championships at the same venue. But there is also innovation for competitors and fans alike: for the first time ISTAF organizers have installed a 250 square metre fan tribune which will also act as a tunnel for the athletes. The Berlin ISTAF, which will see its 76th edition, is part of the IAAF World Challenge Series.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 20:01

The Finest 10,000m Ever Run

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On 4 August, 2017, in the London Olympic Stadium, the 55,00o in said stadium and hundreds of million of viewers watched the finest 10,000 meters ever run.
EME NEWS (AUG 20, 2017)
Barshim 240 Tops the Bill
BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Aug 20): Final DL meet before the two finals registered before nearly capacity crowd at Alexander Stadium as top result a nice 240 WL/MR clearance by Mutaz Essa Barshim. Also great women 3000 m won by Sifan Hassan in meet record with two more meet records in hammer men and women. Men World champions from London were better then the women ones. Also all qualifying places for both DL finals were decided.
Event by event
100m (non-DL) - CJ Ujah won the all-British 100m in 10.08 from James Dasaolu (10.11) and Zharnel Hughes (10.13). Adam Gemili was DQ’d for a false start.
200m - Ramil Guliyev is still unbeaten at 100m and 200m this season. The world champion won again in 20.17 from Ameer Webb (20.26) with Isaac Makwala fourth in 20.41.
400m (non-DL) - Big win for 32-year-old Dwayne Cowan in a 45.34 PB ahead of Vernon Norwood in 45.52.
800m - Nijel Amos claimed his fourth Diamond League win of the season in 1:44.50 ahead of Poles Adam Kszczot (1:45.28) and Marcin Lewandowski (1:45.33).
Mile (non-DL) - British one-two from Jake Wightman (3:54.92) and Chris O’Hare (3:55.01). Evan Jager faded to seventh in 3:57.39.
3000m (non-DL) - In his last track race on British soil, Mo Farah stopped the clock at 7:38.64 to defeat Spain’s Adel Mechaal in 7:40.34.
110m hurdles - World record-holder Aries Merritt won it from Sergey Shubenkov on the dip, 13.29 to 13.31. Two false starts by Darien and Brathwaite.
By Alfons Juck
Korir Goes Pro
EL PASO (USA): NCAA and Kenyan 800m champion Emmanuel Korir has signed a professional contract with Nike. “The decision for him to turn pro not only benefits him but also the program. We want the best for our athletes and if we can help them achieve the goals they want and help further their education we will do everything we can to help them,” said his coach and Olympic winner Paul Ereng. Korir still plans to finish his studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. The 22 years old runner is current World leader, but in London did not qualify for the final (came unbeaten to World championships in 2017). He is competitively running the 800 m only for second year. His agent will be Karen Locke
Asafa comes to Europe
ZAGREB (CRO): Jamaican sprint star and former World record holder Asafa Powell will return to European post London circuit. He is announced for Zagreb Hanzekovic Memorial (IAAF World Challenge) on August 29. Powell did not qualify for London and still aims at age of 34 to achieve 100 sub 10 times. So far he has 97. But he will not have it easy in Croatia as also Yohan Blake and two World relay champions from Britain Adam Gemili and Danny Talbot are confirmed. Interesting to see also 200 m World champion Ramil Guliyev who was not running the 100 m in London but clocked at home sub 10. Other sub 10 sprinters in the field will be US Mike Rodgers and Ben Meite of Ivory Coast.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Ahead of the Birmingham Diamond League, Mutaz Essa Barshim has said he believes he is still capable of breaking the world high jump record of 2.45m in near future. "A couple of years back, the level was really high and there were a few guys jumping 2.40m. Since then, some of us have battled with injuries. I really hope everyone will be well again; that is what we need to push each other to that same high level. If didn’t think the world record was still a realistic goal, I wouldn’t be here,” he said. Before Sunday´s competition he said: "First of all I want to enjoy tomorrow – my target for this season was to win gold in London; now that is done I want to go out there, enjoy it and jump well. I know I’m in good shape and hopefully I can be pushed and get some pressure to jump higher; I’ve jumped here two times and cleared 2.37m and the meeting record of 2.38m previously, so hopefully I can jump high once again." He is so far unbeaten in 2017 in 8 competitions. After Birmingham he still has Zurich and Eberstadt. Barshim also confirmed he plans to compete indoors 2018 with the aim to won Asian Indoor Championships and World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): 200 m World champion Dafne Schippers who will run on Sunday the 100 m said: “London provided the perfect championships, and it was obviously a tight race but I am delighted to be a world champion. I am excited to be racing again here in Birmingham.”
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Top field is assembled in men shot put. After groin injury again throwing will be World champion Tom Walsh, also there other two World medalists Joe Kovacs and Stipe Zunic. But Czech Tomas Stanek who was fourth showed great shape on Tuesday in Warszawa when he equaled his national record of 22.01. Walsh was quoted as saying: "This one is going to be different because usually I don’t do as well at the majors, so when I return for my next competition, I feel like I have something to prove. This time I don’t have anything to prove."
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Greek athlete Katerina Stefanidi has dominated the pole vault in recent times, adding the world title to her Olympic and European outdoor titles. The charismatic vaulter was in optimistic mood ahead of the Birmingham meeting, after attempting world record height in the London Stadium last week. "Birmingham was the first Diamond League I ever won so it is a very special place and I am looking forward to returning.  I love the stadium because the crowd are so close to the vault which is great. I went into London to jump high and I was pleased with a personal record but I think I have more in me so I am looking forward to this competition."
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Good weather is forecasted for Birmingham meet with 19 degrees and no rain, some 1000 tickets were left during Saturday.
BRUSSELS (BEL): informs that after Wayde Van Niekerk cancellation the lane in the men 400 m IAAF Diamond League final at Weltklasse Zurich was given to Belgian Kevin Borlee. He was 9th in the current standings. That means in the final will be two Europeans, Borlee (still runs non DL on Sunday in Birmingham) and Czech Pavel Maslak.
BERLIN (GER): The plans to change Berlin Olympic Stadium to football only arena are gone. Daily newspaper Tagesspiegel informs that in the new investment plan of Berlin City ruling council there are no finances planned for such operation until 2021. That would mean Hertha BSC football club should build a new stadium from their own resources.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Swedish middle distance runner Kalle Berglund will miss the remainder of the season due to a leg injury, informs the Expressen.
TAIPEI (TPE): Germany has sent a team of 26 athletes to the World University Games in Taipei, including world finalists Hanna Klein (1500m), Neele Eckhardt (triple jump) and Andreas Hofmann (javelin) and reigning champions Sara Gambetta (shot put) and Martin Grau (3000m steeplechase).
VILNIUS (LTU): European indoor high jump champion Airine Palsyte is the top name on the Lithuanian team for the World University Games.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Mo Farah has supported Birmingham’s bid to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Speaking to BBC Midlands just ahead of the city staging tomorrow’s Diamond League meeting, he said: “I know they had the World Indoors, the European Indoors and we had the World Half Marathon here. So they do know how to put events together and I hope it comes here.” Birmingham is bidding along with Liverpool to be England’s nomination to host the “Friendly Games” after Durban lost the rights earlier this year.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Uganda’s recent world 10,000m silver medallist Joshua Cheptegei is feeling confident as his London conqueror Mo Farah prepares to quit the track. He told Kwese ESPN: "There is nothing that is going to stop me from dominating the 10 000m race.”
TOKYO (JPN): Yumiko Hara, who was sixth at the 2005 World Marathon Championships, was arrested for shoplifting, according to Japan Running News. The report said the 2:23 runner admitted guilt in connection with the July incident, which involved “eight items including cosmetics and soft drinks with a total value of 2700 yen (about US$25) from a local convenience store”.
LONDON (GBR): Mo Farah says he is more relaxed about his forthcoming road career when compared to track running. "I'm definitely more relaxed, more chilled," he told BBC Sport. "I don't have a target on my back. I will have more than fun. It's going to be different but I'm excited."
SPRINGFIELD (USA): American steeplechase Courtney Frerichs says she is struggling to believe she won world silver in London last week. "Sometimes I still find myself wondering if it actually happened," she told the Springfield News Leader.
NASSAU (BAH): Olympic 400m champion Shaune Miller-Uibo is looking ahead to the future positively despite her disappointing Worlds campaign in which she saw the 400m gold - and ultimately any medal - slip through her fingers in the last few strides in London. The athlete who later snatched 200m bronze told “I think it’s been a great experience for me. I’m still young and I still have a lot more years in me, so I’m just taking it one step at a time. Obviously, the championships didn’t go as planned, but I don’t let things get me down.” She said she is aiming for the World Indoors and Commonwealth Games next spring. She runs the 100 m on Sunday in Birmingham.
KESSEL-LO (BEL, Aug 19): At the Meeting Voor Mon Kenyan World participant Josphat Kiprono Menjo won the 3000 m in 7:55.41. Canadian wins for Anthony Romaniw in the 800 m 1:47.34 and Noelle Montcalm 400 m hurdles 56.47. Pamela Cherotich topped women 5000 m in 15:32.92 and Margaret Adeoye 400 m in 52.56. Dutch wins for Tony Van Diepen in the 400 m 46.43 and Melissa Boekelman in shot put 17.58.
PARNU (EST, Aug 19): Good javelin at the International meet here was World finalist Magnus Kirt achieved 85.41 ahead of Belarus Pavel Mialeshka who improved to 85.01. Belgian record holder Philip Milanov won discus 64.34 over German Martin Wierig 63.77 and home star Gerd Kanter 63.69. European indoor medalist in long jump Serhiy Nikiforov from Ukraine won the long jump 784 (+1.8).
DOMAZLICE (CZE, Aug 19): Hungarian Tamas Kazi won the 1500 m in a solo race with fine 3:38.34. Canadian Gavin Smellie topped the 100 m in 10.45 (-0.9).
KUALA LUMPUR (MAS, Aug 19): South East Asian Games started with marathon wins for Guillaume Soh Rui Yong of Singapore 2:29:27 and among women Mary Joy Tabal of Philippines 2:48:26. Track events will continue from Tuesday until Saturday.
BUDAPEST (HUN, Aug 18): Serbian European U20 Champion Milica Gardasevic won the long jump at the Hungarian Open Champs of the U20 category with 650 (+1.9).
UMEA (SWE, Aug 19): During Nordic Junior Match Henrik Larsson clocked 10.32 (+2.4) in the 100 m and Norway´s Marcus Thomsen achieved 20.67 in shot put (6 kg). Maja Nilsson cleared 186 in the high jump.
WEINAN (CHN, Aug 18-19): During U18 competitions as part of National Games Huang Yonglian won the 100 m in 10.41 (+0.8), Shi Guoxing clocked 13.50 (+1.5) in 110 m hurdles (91.4) and Zhang Jiaxu 42.45 in 10 km walk. On the girls side Yi Tianxao 18.45 with 3 kg shot and Yang Huanhuan 53.97 in discus what is top mark in the category U18 in the World 2017.
STRETFORD (GBR, Aug 19): Top result at BMC meet Charlotte Arter improved in women 10 000 m to 32:37.51.
MERKSEM (BEL): At age of 89 years died long time sports administrator of Olse Merksem Club Jos Nuyens.
Friday, 18 August 2017 23:06

New from around the World (August 18, 2017)

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EME NEWS (AUG 18, 2017)
Vetter 93.88 in javelin
THUM (GER, Aug 18): At the 14th edition of Thum Throwing Meet javelin World champion Johannes Vetter confirmed his shape with 93.88 win in front of 3000 spectators. It is second best result of his career and also of 2017. He started with 81.24, then the top mark followed. Vetter ended the competition with another great throw 91.67. He still plans three more competitions next week Zurich DL Final, Bad Kostritz and Berlin. Olympic winner Thomas Rohler achieved 86.21 and beat World bronze medalist Petr Frydrych of Czech Republic who got 81.11. Nadine Muller won women discus 62.11 ahead of Anna Ruh 60.11. Local star David Storl (his coach Sven Lang is the main organiser) won the shot put with excellent 21.45 and was only 4 cm behind his meet record. Second Tsanko Arnaudov 20.82 and third Jacko Gill 20.72. Shot put was then stopped after four rounds due to heavy rain.
Farah home track farewell, 50+ Worlds medalists
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Mo Farah gets top billing in his last domestic track race, but more competitive interest also elsewhere. More than 50 London 2017 medallists, including Dafne Schippers, Mutaz Barshim, Hellen Obiri and Sandra Perkovic, are in action as this meeting gets a huge boost from being the first post-Worlds IAAF Diamond League and the last opportunity for athletes to gain qualification points for the finals in Zurich and Brussels.
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