IAAF World Champs  // Posts tagged as "IAAF World Champs"

04 Sep 2011 Posted in World Championships

IAAF World Champs: 800m women, questions but few answers

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The women’s 800m event deserves a post all of its own. I’ll post on the rest of the day’s action a little later, but the women’s 800m gold has just been won, and it wasn’t Caster Semenya winning it. Instead, it was Mariya Savinova of Russia who won in a very quick 1:55.87, edging Semenya […]

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01 Sep 2011 Posted in World Championships

IAAF 2011 World Champs: USA’s hat-trick on a day of surprises

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Six finals, and four nations won medals today, as the USA delivered a hat-trick of titles in what was a day of mild (and big) surprises.The USA’s medals came in the form of Jesse Williams in the high jump (least surprising – he was the world leader after all), Lashinda Demus in the 400m hurdles […]

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30 Aug 2011 Posted in World Championships

Bolt’s false start and Blake’s “twitch” – the actual start block data explained

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This is a final post on the Bolt false start controversy, since as you’ll all know, there was some talk that Yohan Blake in Lane 6 (immediately to Bolt’s right) might have “twitched” while in the “set” position, and that perhaps he should have received the false start, that he “pushed” Bolt into the false […]

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30 Aug 2011 Posted in World Championships

IAAF 2011 World Champs – Rudisha delivers and Kirani James “arrives”

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Day 3 of the IAAF World Championships brought more success for Kenya, in the form of David Rudisha’s anticipated gold in the men’s 800m.  It was their third gold of these championships, but may be tempered slightly by the result of the Women’s steeple where they would have been hoping for another gold, but left […]

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29 Aug 2011 Posted in World Championships

The Blake-Bolt false start dispute

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So it may be a new day, but perhaps not surprisingly, the debate about the men’s 100m final has continued. But with one unexpected twist. Rather than talking about the “what if Bolt had not false started?”, this morning I woke to the question of “Should Blake, and not Bolt, have been given the false […]

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28 Aug 2011 Posted in World Championships

Day 2: False starts and flying finishes

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So if Day 1 produced dominance for Kenya, Day 2 produced drama. It was, in the day’s two track finals, a day full of drama. It began with an incredible final lap sprint in the men’s 10,000m final, and ended with the disqualification of Usain Bolt. It was that disqualification that will hog the headlines tomorrow, […]

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27 Aug 2011 Posted in World Championships

IAAF 2011 World Champs – Kenya’s day

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The day 1 medal table at the IAAF World Championships makes for extra-ordinary reading.  There’s only one team on it – Kenya.  It a display of unparalleled dominance, Kenya took every single medal on offer.  It helps that the medals were available in the longest distance running events, the marathon and the 10,000m events for […]

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09 Sep 2007 Posted in Fluid, heat & thermoregulation

Exercise in the heat

Craig Mottram was one of the “hot” (excuse the pun) favourites for the Men’s 5000m final at the recent IAAF World Championships in Athletics. As we all know by now, he finished 13th out of a field of 14, who ran the race in the slowest time in Championship history! Hardly the performance of a […]

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02 Sep 2007 Posted in World Championships

IAAF World Champs – Day 9 analysis and insights

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The final day of the IAAF World Champs brought with it some memorable performances, some bizarre racing tactics and many multiple medal winners. Below is our analysis of the racing action Bernard Lagat came into these World Championships having never won a world title. Four days ago, he took the 1500m gold medal in an […]

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