Berlin Diary 09, Day 1, Session 1: Galkina leads Steeple qualifiers, Barringer moves on, by Larry Eder

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Jenny Barringer, US champs, June 2009, photo by Photorun.net.

The women's steeplechase is the fast moving train right now. The obvious focus is Gulnara Galkina, who is running in top form. Barringer showed her promise by making a strong move over the last fifty meters to qualify.....

Heat 1

Gulnara Galkina lead the first heat, hitting 1k in 3:08.27 and 2k in 6:11.16, running 9:17.67 to win and qualify. Antje Moldner of Germany ran a national record, taking second in 9:21.73. Sofia Assefa of Ethiopia was the third qualifier from heat one, in 9:22.63 and Milcah Chemos Cheywa of Kenya was fourth in 9:23.87. The U.S. runner Lindsay Anderson, who replaced Anna Willard when Willard chose the 1,500 meters, did not move on, running 9:46.03 for eleventh place.

Heat 2

Jennifer Barringer, the US champion, took the lead and lead through the first kilometer, in 3:09.11. Yuliya Zarudneva lead through the second kilometer in 6:20.69, a slight slowdown to 3:10.59 for that kilometer. Habiba Ghribi of Tunisia took the heat in 9:26.40, with Yuliya Zarudneva of Russia in second in 9:26.64. Jennifer Barringer sprinted the last forty to move from fifth to third, running 9:26.81 and showing her medal potential. Katarzyna Kowalska of Poland was fourth in 9:26.93, her personal best, to move on. The UK's Helen Clitheroe, who qualified at the Aviva London Meeting two weeks ago, ran 9:41.71 here and did not move on, finishing ninth.

Heat 3

In heat three, Yekaterina Volkova lead in 3:09.60 for the first kilometers and promptly stunk up the track, dropping to 9:43.52 for sixth and not making the final ( she was predicted to medal). Gladys Jerotich Kipkemoi of Kenya lead through two thousand meters, in 6:20.06, and held on for second place (9:29.36), with Zemzem Ahmed of Ethiopia winning in 9:29.36. " I am very tired, but pleased with this race." noted Ahmed. Sophia Duarte of France was third in 9:34.08. The last qualifier, running very controlled, was Marta Dominguez of Spain, my pick for the silver medal.

Final for women's steeple: Monday, August 17, 2008. Larry's Picks: Dominguez, Galkina, Barringer, Moldner to spoil. Winning time: 9:10.

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12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Berlin (GER) - Saturday, Aug 15, 2009
3000 Metres Steeplechase - W Heats
Qual. rule: first 4 of each heat (Q) plus the 3 fastest times (q) qualified.
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Heat 1
15 August 2009 - 10:50
Position Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 789 Gulnara Galkina RUS 9:17.67 Q .
2 445 Antje Möldner GER 9:21.73 Q (NR)
3 322 Sofia Assefa ETH 9:22.63 Q .
4 584 Milcah Chemos Cheywa KEN 9:23.87 Q .
5 300 Eva Arias ESP 9:25.14 q (PB)
6 732 Jessica Augusto POR 9:26.64 q (SB)
7 751 Ancuta Bobocel ROU 9:34.39 (SB)
8 465 Iríni Kokkinaríou GRE 9:35.61 (SB)
9 828 Yelena Sidorchenkova RUS 9:37.16 .
10 556 Minori Hayakari JPN 9:39.28 (SB)
11 967 Lindsey Anderson USA 9:46.03 .
12 113 Donna MacFarlane AUS 9:52.46 (SB)
13 870 Durka Mana SUD 9:52.90 .
14 514 Elena Romagnolo ITA 9:56.61 .

Intermediate Bib Athlete Nation Mark
1000m 789 Gulnara Galkina RUS 3:08.27
2000m 789 Gulnara Galkina RUS 6:11.16


Heat 2
15 August 2009 - 11:04
Position Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 918 Habiba Ghribi TUN 9:26.40 Q .
2 836 Yuliya Zarudneva RUS 9:26.64 Q .
3 968 Jennifer Barringer USA 9:26.81 Q .
4 714 Katarzyna Kowalska POL 9:26.93 Q (PB)
5 602 Ruth Bisibori Nyangau KEN 9:27.04 q .
6 740 Sara Moreira POR 9:28.64 (PB)
7 333 Korahubsh Itaa ETH 9:33.67 .
8 887 Ulrika Johansson SWE 9:38.88 (PB)
9 382 Helen Clitheroe GBR 9:41.71 .
10 308 Diana Martín ESP 9:42.39 (PB)
11 372 Élodie Olivarès FRA 9:43.83 .
12 177 Sabine Heitling BRA 9:50.96 .
13 493 Roisin McGettigan IRL 9:59.10 .
14 683 Silje Fjørtoft NOR 10:01.04 .

Intermediate Bib Athlete Nation Mark
1000m 968 Jennifer Barringer USA 3:09.11
2000m 836 Yuliya Zarudneva RUS 6:20.69

Heat 3
15 August 2009 - 11:18
Position Bib Athlete Country Mark .
1 320 Zemzem Ahmed ETH 9:29.36 Q (SB)
2 593 Gladys Jerotich Kipkemoi KEN 9:29.36 Q .
3 352 Sophie Duarte FRA 9:34.08 Q .
4 304 Marta Domínguez ESP 9:34.78 Q .
5 635 Hanane Ouhaddou MAR 9:35.78 .
6 639 Oxana Juravel MDA 9:36.63 (NR)
7 832 Yekaterina Volkova RUS 9:43.52 .
8 484 Lívia Tóth HUN 9:45.14 .
9 339 Sandra Eriksson FIN 9:46.62 (PB)
10 684 Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal NOR 9:48.47 .
11 753 Cristina Casandra ROU 9:49.88 .
12 988 Bridget Franek USA 9:50.02 .
13 923 Asli Cakir TUR 10:06.64 .

Intermediate Bib Athlete Nation Mark
1000m 832 Yekaterina Volkova RUS 3:09.60
2000m 593 Gladys Jerotich Kipkemoi KEN 6:20.06


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