Bolt 9.92, Farah 13:09.14, Cantwell, 21.82m-on one foot!, Aviva London Grand Prix, Day One Results, and short deep thoughts, by Larry Eder

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Christian Cantwell had the performance of the meet, after his foot was nearly broken when someone accidentally dropped a shot on it. Usain Bolt had the attention of the entire crowd, with his 10.2 jog, and his 9.92 final!

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Top photo, Christian Cantwell at US champs, June 2009, bottom, Usain Bolt at Beijing Olympics, August 2008, photos courtesy of PhotoRun.net.

The folks at Fast Track and Uk Athletics know how to build drama in a meet. From the field selections by Ian Stewart, to the on field commentary by Catherine Merry, the Aviva London Grand Prix 2009, day 1, was, well, exceptional.

Nicola Sanders came out of a year long slumber and took the women's 400 meters in grand style in 51.54, just edging Shana Cox in 51.56. Then, Jenny Meadows lead a British sweep of the women's 800 meters. On the British side, Kate Dennison setting her eighth British pole vault record, 4.58m, which put her in fifth, and Mo Farah, taking the lead over the last straightaway to win in 13:09.14, his seasonal best, should have been the highlights.

Christian Cantwell had a shot put dropped on his foot. " I thought my season was over!" noted Christian, but he had taken the lead early, in 21.29, then 21.39m. In round five, Reese Hoffa cranked a 21.55m out there. So, what could Christian do? He pops a 21.82m throw on his last throw, watches his sixteen pound ball of steel land, and runs over the victory stand, goes to the top, and puts the number one up with his fingers. That was showman ship, and thank God he did not break his foot. Perhaps he should train, pretending only one foot works.

Dayron Robles of Cuba, traded in his very chic Che Guevarra shirt from last night to his adidas speed suit and barely won the 110m hurdles in 13.29, with Ryan Brathwaite nearly stealing the race.

But the party really got bumping, when Usain Bolt ran. First, his heat, which had two false starts, then his final, where he got a sleepy start, took control at forty meters, turned in off about eighty meters and glided through in 9.92 meters. The crowd went nuts, there were fireworks and the music (Pop culture) was a fitting end to a great day of sport!

24/07/2009

Aviva London Grand Prix
London (CP), 24/07/2009


Men' results

100 Metres - Men Final Wind: -1.7 m/s
Pts
1 Bolt , Usain JAM 9.91 20
2 Blake , Yohan JAM 10.11 16
3 Bailey , Daniel ANT 10.13 14
4 Williamson , Simeon GBR 10.19 12
5 Williams , Ivory USA 10.21 10
6 Powell , Asafa JAM 10.26 8
7 Pickering , Craig GBR 10.46 6
8 Kimmons , Trell USA 10.47 4

100 Metres - Men Heats Race 1 Wind: -1.5 m/s

1 Blake , Yohan JAM 10.18
2 Williams , Ivory USA 10.18
3 Powell , Asafa JAM 10.19
4 Kimmons , Trell USA 10.41
5 Padgett , Travis USA 10.48
6 Yearwood , Leevan GBR 10.59
7 Lewis-Francis , Mark GBR 10.70
Ellington , James GBR DQ

100 Metres - Men Heats Race 2 Wind: -2.9 m/s

1 Bailey , Daniel ANT 10.26
2 Bolt , Usain JAM 10.31
3 Williamson , Simeon GBR 10.33
4 Pickering , Craig GBR 10.47
5 Aikines-Aryeetey , Harry GBR 10.50
6 Edwards , Monzavous USA 10.55
7 Armstrong , Aaron TRI 10.97
Edgar , Tyrone GBR DQ

200 Metres - Men Race 2 Wind: -1.0 m/s

1 Lawal-Balogun , Jeffrey GBR 21.17
2 Schneeberger , Marc SUI 21.20
3 Malcolm , Christian GBR 21.20
4 Baptiste , Leon GBR 21.40
5 Cribari , Marco SUI 21.49
6 Kilty , Richard GBR 21.58
7 Alaka , James GBR 21.67
8 Fifton , Rikki GBR 21.70

800 Metres - Men
Pts
1 Reed , Gary CAN 1:45.85 20
2 Kszczot , Adam POL 1:46.05 16
3 Symmonds , Nick USA 1:46.11 14
4 Rimmer , Michael GBR 1:46.13 12
5 Peçanha , Fabiano BRA 1:46.74 10
6 Robinson , Khadevis USA 1:46.91 8
7 Riseley , Jeffrey AUS 1:47.28 6
8 Moss , Damien GBR 1:47.29 4
9 Quesada , Miguel ESP 1:47.75
Krummenacker , David USA DNF

5000 Metres - Men
Pts
1 Farah , Mohammed GBR 13:09.14 20
2 Mutahi , Sammy KEN 13:10.17 16
3 Kigen , Mike Kipruto KEN 13:17.79 14
4 Gebremeskel , Dejen ETH 13:20.45 12
5 Shaheen , Saif Saaeed QAT 13:29.31 10
6 Abdullah , Ahmad Hassan QAT 13:29.59 8
7 Abdirahman , Abdihakem USA 13:33.79 6
8 Asmerom , Bolota USA 13:36.60 4
9 Pifer , Stephen USA 13:45.01 3
10 Thompson , Christopher GBR 13:50.34 3
11 Forrest , Shawn AUS 13:52.08 3
12 McNeill , David AUS 14:00.75 3
13 Draper , Mark GBR 14:08.72
14 McLeod , Ryan GBR 14:18.53
Kiplagat , Bernard Kipchirchir KEN DNF
Geele , Moumin SOM DNF
Cragg , Alistair Ian IRL DNF
Overall , Scott GBR DNF
Birgen , Bethwell KEN DNF

110 Metres Hurdles - Men Final Wind: -2.2 m/s
Pts
1 Robles , Dayron CUB 13.29 20
2 Brathwaite , Ryan BAR 13.31 16
3 Turner , Andrew GBR 13.66 14
4 Thornton , Kirkland USA 13.69 12
5 Mitchum , Eric USA 13.70 10
6 Sharman , William GBR 13.76 8
7 Priestley , Callum GBR 13.81 6
8 Hicks , Antwon USA 13.94 4

110 Metres Hurdles - Men Heats Race 1 Wind: -1.8 m/s

1 Mitchum , Eric USA 13.61
2 Robles , Dayron CUB 13.62
3 Turner , Andrew GBR 13.67
4 Priestley , Callum GBR 13.76
5 Akins , Tyrone USA 13.81
6 Sands , Shamar BAH 13.81
7 Svoboda , Petr CZE 13.91
8 Bühler , Matthias GER 14.00

110 Metres Hurdles - Men Heats Race 2 Wind: -1.9 m/s

1 Brathwaite , Ryan BAR 13.36
2 Thornton , Kirkland USA 13.54
3 Hicks , Antwon USA 13.68
4 Sharman , William GBR 13.77
5 Frankis , Gianni GBR 13.87
6 Wilson , Ryan USA 13.98
Johnson , Allen USA DNS
Payne , David USA DNS

Triple Jump - Men
Pts Wind
1 Roulhac , Brandon USA 17.33 20 +2.3
2 Girat , Arnie David CUB 17.18 16 +1.9
3 Idowu , Phillips GBR 17.16 14 +0.2
4 Sands , Leevan BAH 17.13 12 +1.8
5 Achike , Onochie GBR 17.07 10 +1.9
6 Lewis , Randy GRN 17.02 8 +2.2
7 Valukevic , Dmitrij SVK 16.88 6 +2.7
Douglas , Nathan GBR NM

Shot Put - Men
Pts
1 Cantwell , Christian USA 21.82 20
2 Hoffa , Reese USA 21.55 16
3 Majewski , Tomasz POL 21.43 14
4 Nelson , Adam USA 21.07 12
5 Bartels , Ralf GER 20.91 10
6 Taylor , Daniel USA 20.76 8
7 Armstrong , Dylan CAN 20.34 6
8 Martin , Scott AUS 19.22 4
9 Kelly , Kieren GBR 18.33


Women' results

200 Metres - Women Wind: +0.3 m/s
Pts
1 Ferguson-McKenzie , Debbie BAH 23.11 20
2 Hooker , Marshevet USA 23.30 16
3 Freeman , Emily GBR 23.34 14
4 Jones-Ferrette , LaVerne ISV 23.39 12
5 Knight , Bianca USA 23.42 10
6 Bailey , Aleen JAM 23.59 8
7 Mothersill , Cydonie CAY 24.27 6
Durst , Stephanie USA DQ

400 Metres - Women (Summary)
Pts
1 Sanders , Nicola GBR 51.54 20
2 Cox , Shana USA 51.56 16
3 Hargrove , Monica USA 51.66 14
4 Trotter , DeeDee USA 52.08 12
5 Amertil , Christine BAH 52.20 10
6 Lewis , Tamsyn AUS 52.47 8
7 Pompey , Aliann GUY 52.52 6
8 McConnell , Lee GBR 52.54 4

400 Metres - Women Race 1
Pts
1 Sanders , Nicola GBR 51.54 20
2 Cox , Shana USA 51.56 16
3 Hargrove , Monica USA 51.66 14
4 Trotter , DeeDee USA 52.08 12
5 Amertil , Christine BAH 52.20 10
6 Lewis , Tamsyn AUS 52.47 8
7 Pompey , Aliann GUY 52.52 6
8 McConnell , Lee GBR 52.54 4

400 Metres - Women Race 2

1 Barr , Vicki GBR 52.87
2 Fraser , Donna GBR 53.33
3 Wall , Kim GBR 53.34
4 Williams , Monique NZL 53.91
5 Hunt , Dawn GBR 53.91
6 Massey , Kelly GBR 54.43
7 Kodilinye-Sims , Henrietta GBR 55.35

800 Metres - Women
Pts
1 Simpson , Jemma GBR 2:01.08 20
2 Meadows , Jennifer GBR 2:01.35 16
3 Okoro , Marilyn GBR 2:01.78 14
4 Johnson , Alysia USA 2:02.16 12
5 Klocová , Lucia SVK 2:02.19 10
6 Martínez , Mayte ESP 2:02.36 8
7 Clement , Treniere USA 2:02.78 6
8 Vessey , Maggie USA 2:03.06 4
9 Gibson , Claire GBR 2:03.09
10 Bernard-Thomas , Neisha GRN 2:04.55

High Jump - Women
Pts
1 Vlašic , Blanka CRO 2.02 20
2 Beitia , Ruth ESP 1.92 16
3 Spencer , Levern LCA 1.88 13
3 Acuff , Amy USA 1.88 13
5 Ryan , Deirdre IRL 1.88 10
6 Skotnik , Melanie FRA 1.88 8
7 Forrester , Nicole CAN 1.84 6
8 Hubbard , Vikki GBR 1.84 4

Pole Vault - Women
Pts
1 Rogowska , Anna POL 4.68 20
2 Isinbaeva , Elena RUS 4.68 16
3 Pyrek , Monika POL 4.58 13
3 Gadschiew , Kristina GER 4.58 13
5 Dennison , Kate GBR 4.58 10
6 Johnson , Chelsea USA 4.43 8
7 Ryzih , Lisa GER 4.28 6
8 Dragila , Stacy USA 4.28 4
9 Janson , Lacy USA 4.28
Battke , Anna GER NM

4x100 Metres Relay - Women

1 United States USA 42.39
2 Bahamas BAH 43.35
3 United States "B" USA 43.51
4 Great Britain & N.I. GBR 43.86
5 Great Britain & N.I. "B" GBR 44.14
Belgium BEL DNF
Germany GER DNF

Special thanks to IAAF for results.

Special thanks to Ian Stewart, UK Athletics and FastTrack for their support.

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