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By Dave Hunter (Aug. 8, 2017; London)
The current confederation of the world's elite men pole vaulters is a highly-competitive, yet strangely collegial group. The legion is an assemblage of ambitious, focused, and talented athletes to be sure. But almost to a man, the top performers also possess an authentic and refreshing team spirit: occasionally engaging in friendly banter and encouraging each other onward to clear higher and higher heights. And on a raw and blustery London night, USA's Sam Kendricks - the fraternity's head cheerleader - strung together a magnificent series of jumps to win the world championship.
 
The weather played a role in the nighttime final. The vaulters could be seen bundling up between jumps to fend off the damp chill. Stocking caps and winter coats were easily spotted within yet another capacity crowd at Olympic Stadium as London's August weather took on a distinctly San Francisco flair.
The men's and women's marathons were held on Day 3 of the 2017 London World Championships. Held on a four loop course near the famous London Tower Bridge, the marathoners had fans the entire way.
 
Amy Cragg took the bronze medal in the marathon, with a gutty finish that required a kick over the last 385 meters. In gaining that medal, something she had discussed with her coach, Jerry Schumacher, who inspired her to focus on the medal and how she could do that, she completed a line with the late Marianne Dickerson, who took the lone other women's marathon medal by an American way back in 1983.

1 Men’s 400m  - When Wayde van Niekerk opened his European season with an effortless-looking 43.62 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, few would have bet against him winning here. But in his next race, Isaac Makwala pushed him all the way in Monaco as Van Niekerk narrowly won, 43.73 to 43.84. The challenge was on; the next chapter will be played out here.

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 20:13

Simpson claims silver in dramatic women’s 1500

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LONDON -- With another astounding stretch run, Jenny Simpson earned her fourth global medal in the women’s 1,500 meters Monday night at Queen Elizabeth Stadium. Going from fourth to second by zipping down the inside rail in the final meters, the 2011 world champion, 2013 silver medalist and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist claimed the silver medal at the IAAF World Championships, further establishing her as one of the most brilliant and consistent championship runners of her era.

LONDON -- Two-time Olympian Amy Cragg made history Sunday coming across Tower Bridge Sunday, storming over the final 800m to win bronze in the women’s marathon, becoming the first American woman to capture a marathon medal at the IAAF World Championships since Marianne Dickerson in 1983.

LONDON -- With a furious finish and a lean for the ages, Tori Bowieupgraded her 2016 Olympic silver medal to World Championship gold Sunday night in the women’s 100 meters, tumbling through the finish line for a history-making win for Team USATF at Queen Elizabeth Stadium.

Monday, 07 August 2017 15:06

2017 London WC Diary: Learning from 1,500m rounds

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BY STUART WEIR
 
It was only the heats of the women's 1500 metres but the three races were compelling watching as we sought to glean pointers towards the destination of the medals. Of course tonight was just about securing a place in Saturday's semi-final ahead of Monday's final.
 
With six automatic qualifying places available in each race plus a further six on time, it was fascinating to see how the big guns approached the task.
 
The first heat was won by Genzebe Dibaba in a time of 4:02.67. One of the big questions was how would Caster Semenya fare in the 1500m? She was anonymous for much of the race before making a move with 200 to go to finish second in 4:02.84. Britain's Jess Judd qualified with a PR of 4:03.73 but she achieved it in a strange way. She led the race from start to almost finish but was overtaken by a group of fast finishers to take sixth place.
By Dave Hunter (Aug. 6, 2017, London)
It is difficult to believe that just two years ago, Aires Merritt - the then-reigning Olympic champion and world record holder in the 110 meter hurdles - was, in essence, fighting for his life. Arriving in Beijing to compete in the 2015 IAAF world championships, the American hurdler at last went public with the news release that he had been battling chronic kidney dysfunction and would be speeding back to the States after the Worlds competition to receive a kidney transplant from his sister Latoya Hubbard. Somehow, someway, Merritt - suffering from collapsing focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and competing with a dangerously low level of kidney function - found a way to string together 3 consecutive seasonal bests, including a clean 13.03 in the final, to capture the bronze. After the final, a beaming and somewhat incredulous Merritt proclaimed to the media, "This medal will shine brighter than my Olympic gold medal."
FROM ALFONS JUCK
 
2017 IAAF WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
 
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Omar McLeod: "I am always confident. It is a privilege - I am getting better and better. I am not limiting myself, so if it [the world record] happens it happens. I have heard that I might run in the 4x100m relay. Let's see what happens, hopefully I will be selected."
Tori Bowie: "“The dive doesn’t feel too good now. But that has saved me at championships in the past. I never give up until I’m over the line.”
 
RESULT OF THE DAY
Stefanidi 491 World lead in pole vault after one not succesful attempt at 489. Also Greek record.
 
SURPRISE OF THE DAY
Elaine Thompson (5th) not winning a medal, first time since 2003 Jamaica no medal in 100m women. Ryan Crouser (6th) first loss since September 2016 and no medal in shot put.
 
MEDALS (20 countries, +11)
USA 2-4-2, ETH 1-2-0, KEN 1-1-2, RSA 1-0-1, BEL, BRN, GRE, GBR, NZL, LTU 1-0-0
 
POINTS (31 countries +14)
USA 65, KEN 54, ETH 33, GBR 22, JAM 21, RSA and NED 18
 
AGENT RANKINGS (by individual gold medals)
Ricky Simms 2, Jos Hermens 2, Lee-Roy Newton, Valentina Fedyushina, Karen Locke, Andy Stubbs, Helena Van der Plaetsen, Kimberly Holland, Marc Corstjens
 
BEIJING 2015 WINNERS (1-5)
yes (1): Farah (10k)
no (1): Bolt (100), Malachowski, Kovacs, Silva, M. Dibaba
 
RIO 2016 WINNERS (4-4)
yes (1): Farah (10k), Ayana (10k), Thiam, Stefanidi
no (1): Henderson, Bolt (100), Thompson (100), Crouser
 
WORLD LEADS (3)
Farah 10k, Ayana 10k, Stefanidi PV
 
 
 
OTHER NEWS
 
LONDON (GBR): Steven Gardiner posted huge 43.89 in men 400 m semifinal what is Bahamas national record. And fourth best in the World 2017. And best ever non final result at World Champs. LaShawn Merritt was out clearly, Matthew Hudson-Smith also but with EL 44.74.
 
LONDON (GBR): Nafi Thiam and Ekaterini Stefanidi as Rio gold medalists, won also golds in London.
 
LONDON (GBR): Anouk Vetter scored a Dutch record of 6636 in heptathlon, the best ever mark for bronze at the World Championships.
 
LONDON (GBR): For the first time ever the IAAF World Championships marathons were held on the same day in back-to-back fashion, with the men running in the morning and the women in the afternoon.  The results were also historic.  Kenya's Geoffrey Kirui (his 4th marathon ever) became the first man ever to win the Boston Marathon and World Championships marathon in the same year, clocking 2:08:27 here and claiming his first world title.  On the women's side Rose Chelimo became the first woman from Bahrain to win a world marathon title, stopping the clock at 2:27:11 after a compelling late-race battle with Kenya's Edna Kiplagat. Silver medalist Tola needed medical attention immediately following the race, said he was sick and also had an Achilles injury. From RRW.
 
LONDON (GBR): Briton Callum Hawkins said that the cheers of the crowd in the final kilometers were so loud that he couldn't even hear his footfalls, finished fourth in a personal best 2:10:17.  It was a bittersweet result for the Scotsman, who had finished tenth in the Rio Olympic Marathon last summer.  It would have been a dream come true to win a medal on British soil. "I don't know if there's much I can actually say about it without ruining the interview," Hawkins said.  "It was tough.  It was crazy." From RRW.
 
LONDON (GBR): Reigning world champion, Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia, finished eighth in 2:28:49.  She limped badly as she made her way through the mixed zone, holding the back of her right leg." Best European was Charlotte Purdue as 13th in 2:29:48. From Britain as in the men competition.
 
LONDON (GBR): Estonian European medalist Rasmus Magi did not compete in the 400 m hurdles heats due to hamstring injury not healed 100%. He still hopes to compete later in the season.
 
LONDON (GBR): The sun is shining in London once more, with Jess Trengove of Australia crossing a stunning ninth place in the women’s marathon on day three of the 2017 IAAF World Championships. Stopping the clock at 2:28:59, the fastest ever by an Australian woman at the world titles, the performance is also the best ever female placing. She joins Rob de Castella and Steve Moneghetti as one of three green and gold athletes to finish among the top-ten at the IAAF World Championships.
 
LONDON (GBR): Some important names not qualifying, for example in 400 m hurdles heats McMaster because of lane violation, Culson and Stigler, in women 400 m US Kendal Ellis, in steeple 2008 Olympic winner Brimin Kipruto, in hurdles heats Jamaican Levy injured, in semis out for Pozzi and US duo Allen and Harris. Kenyan WL holder Emmanuel Korir out in 800 m semifinals.
 
LONDON (GBR): Top result in women javelin qualification was a new Asian record by Liu Huihui with 67.59. Cuban Yargelis Rodriguez with 6594 in heptathlon got CAC record.
 
LONDON (GBR): A streaker who sprinted down the home straight shortly before the 100 metres men final has been released without being charged, insidethegames has been told. The long-haired man managed to leap on the track moments before participants including Usain Bolt and eventual winner Justin Gatlin entered the stadium for the blue ribbon event. He had the words "Peace and Love" written on his chest and "For Mum" on his back.
 
LONDON (GBR): Czech team was considering protest after a video on twitter suggested Tomas Stanek´s best effort of 21.41 was wrongly measured. But an explanation about not fully correct position of camera gave the explanation that everything was all-right and no protest was filed.
 
 
 
SAD NEWS
 
MELBOURNE (AUS): Athletics Australia is saddened to confirm the passing of Olympic legend, Betty Cuthbert, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. An icon of athletics in Australia and around the world, Betty shot to fame at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games, winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.
 
 
CORRECTION
 
LONDON (GBR): Thiam and Rodriguez HJ result was 195.
JURY OF APPEAL DECISIONS
6 August 2017
 
Event: 3000m SC Round 1, Heat 2
 
A protest was presented by the Moroccan team following the 3000m Steeplechase Men,, Round 1, Heat 2, claiming their athlete Hicham SIGUENI had been the victim of obstruction by Algerian athlete Hichem BOUCHICHA.
 
The Moroccan team requested that their athlete be advanced to the Final under Rule 163.2 (Obstruction).
 
The Jury of Appeal examined the video evidence and rejected the appeal.
 
RULE 163 (The Race)
 
Obstruction
 
2. If an athlete is jostled or obstructed during an event so as to impede his progress, then:
 
(a) if the jostling or obstruction is considered unintentional or is caused otherwise than by an athlete, the Referee may, if he is of the opinion that an athlete (or his team) was seriously affected, order that the race be re-held or allow the affected athlete (or team) to compete in a subsequent round of the event;
 
(b) if another athlete is found by the Referee to be responsible for the jostling or obstruction, such athlete (or his team) shall be liable to disqualification from that event. The Referee may, if he is of the opinion that an athlete (or his team) was seriously affected, order that the race be re-held excluding any disqualified athlete (or team) or allow any affected athlete (or team) (other than any disqualified athlete or team) to compete in a subsequent round of the event.
 
In both cases Rule 163.2(a) and (b), such athlete (or team) should normally have completed the event with bona fide effort.
 
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Event: 110m Hurdles Round 1, Heat 5
 
A protest was presented by the Serbian team team following the 110m hurdles Round 1, Heat 5, where their athlete Milan RISTIC was disqualified under Rule 168.7(b) (Deliberately knocking down a hurdle)
 
The Serbian team claimed their athlete had knocked down the hurdles after being destabilised by the athlete in the adjacent lane, Authorised Neutral Athlete Sergei SHUBENKOV.
 
The Jury of Appeal examined multiple video evidence, and deliberated that the Serbian athlete's loss of balance, in their opinion, was not related to any contact which may have happened earlier in the race.
 
The Jury of Appeal rejected the appeal.
 
 
 
RULE 168 Hurdle Races
 
7. each athlete shall jump each hurdle. Failure to do so will result in a
 
disqualification.
 
in addition, an athlete shall be disqualified, if:
 
(a) his foot or leg is, at the instant of clearance, beside the hurdle
 
(on either side), below the horizontal plane of the top of any
 
hurdle; or
 
(b) in the opinion
 
IAAF
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