2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, official results, photos by PhotoRun.net, final thoughts by Larry Eder

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Bolt_UsainPC1a-RomeDL11.jpgBolt Mania, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, photo by PhotoRun.net

My love of track & field began with watching the 1968 Mexico Olympics on TV with my father, in our kitchen, in St. Louis, Missouri. I recall seeing Bob Beamon setting the world record. I remember, on that black and white TV, the emotion revealed by Beamon when he set the WR: I was transfixed.

My running in high school, college and then coaching, just cemented the love of the sport. In my mind, track & field has everything: drama, competition, great stars, great stories. It is through that love of the sport, that fascination with the small details that I try to reveal in my writing, that I try and communicate the uniqueness of athletics to you, our readers. 

For decades, my friends have told me about the Golden Gala, about Hengelo, about Zurich, Lausanne, London, you name it, the key idea was track meets in Europe.

Howe_Andrew-Rome11.jpgItaly's own, Andrew Howe, taking the 200 meters, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma,
26 May 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net

My first meets, outside of World Championships, in Europe, were seeing the AVIVA meetings, and asking Ian Stewart lots of questions about his meetings. I was fascinated (still am), how his team draws in such strong crowds of sporting fans, and the precision with which the meetings are run.

This is my first time to the Eternal city. I have one day to tour before I head to Amsterdam and view the FBK Hengelo Meeting, so I am going to try and visit some of the main sites. However, i will be back to Rome, many times, I hope.

The 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, has lived up to all of my expectations, and then some! A tight scheduled meet, with three hours of real competitive sport, which had something for everyone.

Usain Bolt was a huge draw, but it was the whole competition that was tremendous. From the shot put (best field around), to Blanka Vlasic in the high jump and Renaud Lavillenie in the pole vault, to Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards-Ross running a gutty 200m/400m double, to the women's 100m hurdles, to Phillips Idowu's WL triple jump, to the crowd-pleasing victory by Andrew Howe, in the 200 meters, the meet was, well, spectacular.

Vlasic_Blanka-Rome11.jpg Blanka Vlasic, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, photo by PhotoRun.net

I loved the closeness of the 100 meters, the gritty battle between Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell, and the electricity in the crowd when Bolt arrived. I have to admit that Imane Merga and Isaiah Koech battling in the 5,000 meters, and the relentless pace was mesmerizing for me. I also followed the women's long jump and Men's shot, round by round. I was fascinated to see Brittney Reese pull out the 6.94m jump and Funmi Jimoh battle it out.  I love the honesty of the men's shot put: no quarter given, none asked. Armstrong, Majewski, Hoffa, Cantwell, Nelson, all tough competitors, and they, like the women 100m hurdlers, compete against the best nearly event meeting they attend. Bianca Knight showed, once again, that she is quite dangerous over 200 meters, and is becoming a real medal contender.

Nice to see Aretha Thurmond throw well and Kara Patterson throw the javelin as well. Like distance runners, US field eventers, need the competitions to get a feel for their competitors. Thurmond and Patterson, Patterson especially, continue to grow as throwers getting more experience with their toughest competitors. For that, they must throw in Europe.

In closing, I wanted to thank the meet management at the Compeed Golden Gala, Roma: Meet Director Anna Ricardi, Elite Coordinator Bettina
Borner and Media Manager Marco Sicari. A masterful meeting, and superb media conditions, probably my best seating ever (50 meters into 100 meters, with good colleagues nearby. A special thanks to Bettina Borner, who has been gently encouraging me to attend for years-you were right, amazing meet.

Fidal and the Italian Olympic committee should be pleased as well, as they explore an Italian bid for a future Olympics, the sporting world can see first hand, that 47,000 plus fans at the 2011 Compeed Golden Gala Roma only portends what the Eternal City can do to host a future Olympics. 

Special thanks to Franco Favo, one of Italy's great runners and an even greater writer, who graciously helped me figure out how to get to the media area, and who knows everyone. Seeing Franco in his own country makes him even more grand a figure.

And with that, I bid you good day, and thanks once again for sharing my travels and viewings of the world's greatest sport! 

Arrevedirci !
26/05/2011

Samsung DL Golden Gala
Roma, 26/05/2011


Men' results

100 Metres - Men                                              Wind: +0.6 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Bolt , Usain                     JAM       9.91          4        
    2 Powell , Asafa                   JAM       9.93          2        
    3 Lemaitre , Christophe            FRA      10.00          1        
    4 Collins , Kim                    SKN      10.12                   
    5 Thompson , Richard               TRI      10.13                   
    6 Edwards , Monzavous              USA      10.20                   
    7 Forsythe , Mario                 JAM      10.21                   
    8 Clarke , Lerone                  JAM      10.31                   
    9 Samuels , J-Mee                  USA      10.40

Bolt_UsainR-Rome11.jpgUsain Bolt, 100 meters, Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, photo by PhotoRun.net

200 Metres - Men                                              Wind: +1.1 m/s

    1 Howe , Andrew                    ITA      20.31
    2 Anderson , Marvin                JAM      20.49
    3 Sorrillo , Rondel                TRI      20.68
    4 Crawford , Shawn                 USA      20.82
    5 Malcolm , Christian              GBR      20.95
    6 Callander , Emmanuel             TRI      20.99
    7 Pessonneaux , Pierre-Alexis      FRA      21.01
    8 Hession , Paul                   IRL      21.06
    9 Baptiste , Leon                  GBR      21.16

Howe_Andrew-Rome11.jpgAndrew Howe, 200m , 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, photo by PhotoRun.net

400 Metres - Men                                              

    1 Brown , Chris                    BAH      45.16
    2 Gonzales , Jermaine              JAM      45.43
    3 Borl√©e , Jonathan                BEL      45.53
    4 Nixon , Greg                     USA      45.62
    5 Quow , Renny                     TRI      45.83
    6 Neville , David                  USA      45.94
    7 Vistalli , Marco                 ITA      46.02
    8 Rooney , Martyn                  GBR      46.12
    9 Torrance , Jamaal                USA      46.22

800 Metres - Men                                              
                                                            Pts
    1 Robinson , Khadevis              USA    1:45.09          4        
    2 Mulaudzi , Mbulaeni              RSA    1:45.50          2        
    3 Al-Azemi , Mohammad              KUW    1:45.52          1        
    4 Kiprop , Asbel                   KEN    1:46.02                   
    5 Lalang , Boaz Kiplagat           KEN    1:46.10                   
    6 Mutua , David Mutinda            KEN    1:46.64                   
    7 Kiplagat , Richard               KEN    1:46.88                   
    8 Solomon , Duane                  USA    1:47.27                   
    9 Reina , Antonio Manuel           ESP    1:47.43
   10 Rimmer , Michael                 GBR    1:47.68
   11 Yego , Alfred Kirwa              KEN    1:48.73
      Tangui , Sammy                   KEN        DNF

Robinson_KhadevisFV-Rome11.jpgKhadevis Robinson, 800m , 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma,
photo by PhotoRun.net
                 

5000 Metres - Men                                             
                                                            Pts
    1 Merga , Imane                    ETH   12:54.21          4        
    2 Koech , Isiah Kiplangat          KEN   12:54.59          2        
    3 Chepkok , Vincent Kiprop         KEN   12:55.29          1        
    4 Gebremeskel , Dejen              ETH   12:55.89                   
    5 Sihine , Sileshi                 ETH   12:57.86                   
    6 Kiptoo , Mark Kosgey             KEN   12:59.91                   
    7 Rotich , Lucas Kimeli            KEN   13:00.02                   
    8 Kuma , Abera                     ETH   13:00.15                   
    9 Longosiwa , Thomas Pkemei        KEN   13:06.62                   
   10 Kipsiro , Moses Ndiema           UGA   13:09.17                   
   11 Kigen , Mike Kipruto             KEN   13:11.65                   
   12 Yator , Vincent Kipsegechi       KEN   13:11.69                   
   13 Mbishei , Titus Kipjumba         KEN   13:14.85
      van der Westhuizen , Peter       RSA        DNF                   
      Rono , Vincent                   KEN        DNF

Merga_Imane-Rome11.jpgImane Merga, 5,000m, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, photo by PhotoRun.net

                  

400 Metres Hurdles - Men                                      
                                                            Pts
    1 van Zyl , L.J.                   RSA      47.91          4        
    2 Greene , David                   GBR      48.24          2        
    3 Taylor , Angelo                  USA      48.66          1        
    4 Culson , Javier                  PUR      48.86                   
    5 Gordon , Jehue                   TRI      49.09                   
    6 Gaymon , Justin                  USA      49.31                   
    7 Dutch , Johnny                   USA      49.43                   
    8 Williams , Rhys                  GBR      49.94                   
    9 Clement , Kerron                 USA      50.03

VanZyl_L-Rome11.jpgLJ Van Zyl, 400m hurdles, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, photo by PhotoRun.net

Pole Vault - Men                                              
                                                            Pts
    1 Lavillenie , Renaud              FRA       5.82          4        
    2 Mohr , Malte                     GER       5.72          2        
    3 Mazuryk , Maksym                 UKR       5.62          1        
    4 Mesnil , Romain                  FRA       5.42                   
    5 Lobinger , Tim                   GER       5.42                   
    5 Holzdeppe , Raphael              GER       5.42                   
    5 Miles , Derek                    USA       5.42                   
    5 Clavier , J√©r√¥me                 FRA       5.42

Lavillenie_Renaud-Rome11.jpgRenaud Lavillenie, pole vault, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, photo by PhotoRun.net                 

Triple Jump - Men                                             
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Idowu , Phillips                 GBR      17.59          4              -0.6
    2 Olsson , Christian               SWE      17.29          2              -0.2
    3 Copello , Alexis                 CUB      17.14          1              -0.5
    4 Sands , Leevan                   BAH      17.13                         -0.2
    5 Schembri , Fabrizio              ITA      17.08                         -0.2
    6 Compaor√© , Benjamin              FRA      16.91                         -0.3
    7 Donato , Fabrizio                ITA      16.77                         +0.0
    8 Oprea , Marian                   ROU      16.70                         +0.0
    9 Oke , Tosin                      NGR      16.51      -0.6

philips_idowu_triple_jump.jpgPhillips Idowu, Triple Jump, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma,
photo by PhotoRun.net


Shot Put - Men                                                
                                                            Pts
    1 Armstrong , Dylan                CAN      21.60          4        
    2 Majewski , Tomasz                POL      21.20          2        
    3 Hoffa , Reese                    USA      21.13          1        
    4 Cantwell , Christian             USA      21.09                   
    5 Whiting , Ryan                   USA      20.88                   
    6 Nelson , Adam                    USA      20.70                   
    7 Lyzhyn , Pavel                   BLR      20.21                   
    8 Martin , Cory                    USA      20.04                   
    9 Bartels , Ralf                   GER      19.71

4x100 Metres Relay - Men                                      

    1 Canada                           CAN      38.65
    2 Italy                            ITA      38.89
    3 Germany                          GER      39.09
    4 Poland                           POL      39.24
    5 France                           FRA      39.37
    6 Spain                            ESP      39.88
    7 Portugal                         POR      40.00
      Italy U23                        ITA         DQ                   
      Netherlands                      NED        DNF

Armstrong_Dylan-Rome11.jpgDylan Armstrong, Shot Put, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma,
photo by PhotoRun.net                 


Women' results

200 Metres - Women                                            Wind: +0.9 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Knight , Bianca                  USA      22.64          4        
    2 Stewart , Kerron                 JAM      22.74          2        
    3 Ferguson-McKenzie , Debbie       BAH      22.76          1        
    4 Felix , Allyson                  USA      22.81                   
    5 Richards-Ross , Sanya            USA      22.88                   
    6 Williams , ChaRonda              USA      23.20                   
    7 Moore , LaShauntea               USA      23.26                   
    8 Fedoriva , Aleksandra            RUS      23.26                   
    9 Moore , Consuella                USA      23.54

Knight_Blanka-Rome11.jpgBianca Knight, 200m, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, Photo by PhotoRun.net

400 Metres - Women                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Felix , Allyson                  USA      49.81          4        
    2 Montsho , Amantle                BOT      50.47          2        
    3 McCorory , Francena              USA      50.70          1        
    4 Dunn , Debbie                    USA      50.79                   
    5 Richards-Ross , Sanya            USA      50.98                   
    6 Shakes-Drayton , Perri           GBR      51.47                   
    7 Williams , Shericka              JAM      51.53                   
    8 Milani , Marta                   ITA      52.75                   
    9 Grenot , Libania                 ITA      53.50

Felix_AllysonR-Rome11.jpgAllyson Felix, 400m, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, photo by PhotoRun.net

1500 Metres - Women                                           
                                                            Pts
    1 Jamal , Maryam Yusuf             BRN    4:01.60          4        
    2 Assefa , Meskerem                ETH    4:02.12          2        
    3 Burka , Gelete                   ETH    4:03.28          1        
    4 Mishchenko , Anna                UKR    4:03.53                   
    5 Langat , Nancy Jebet             KEN    4:03.66                   
    6 Wurth-Thomas , Christin          USA    4:03.72                   
    7 Jelagat , Irene                  KEN    4:04.79                   
    8 Busienei , Janeth Jepkosgei      KEN    4:04.87                   
    9 Hilali , Siham                   MAR    4:04.97                   
   10 Dobriskey , Lisa                 GBR    4:06.35                   
   11 Belete , Mimi                    BRN    4:07.17                   
   12 Kibiwot , Viola Jelagat          KEN    4:08.64                   
      Gezahegne , Kalkidan             ETH        DNF                   
      Luchkina , Anna                  RUS        DNF                   
      Tverdostup , Tamara              UKR        DNF

Jamal_MaryamFV-Rome11.jpgMaryam Jamal, 1,500m, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, photo by PhotoRun.net

3000 Metres Steeplechase - Women                              
                                                            Pts
    1 Cheywa , Milcah Chemos           KEN    9:12.89          4        
    2 Assefa , Sofia                   ETH    9:15.04          2        
    3 Ghribi , Habiba                  TUN    9:20.33          1        
    4 Adamu , Birtukan                 ETH    9:20.37                 JR
    5 Rotich , Lydia Jebet             KEN    9:25.16                   
    6 Dean , Hatti                     GBR    9:37.95                   
    7 Hall , Sara                      USA    9:39.48                   
    8 Franek , Bridget                 USA    9:48.24                   
    9 Kowalska , Katarzyna             POL    9:50.33                   
   10 Casandra , Cristina              ROU    9:50.89                   
   11 Bekele , Mekdes                  ETH   10:14.21                   
      Chepkurui , Ludia                KEN        DNF   

Cheiywa_Milcah-Rome11.jpgMilcah Chemos Cheywa, Steeplechase, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, photo by PhotoRun.net                 

               

100 Metres Hurdles - Women                                    Wind: +1.1 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Harper , Dawn                    USA      12.70          4        
    2 Wells , Kellie                   USA      12.73          2        
    3 Carruthers , Danielle            USA      12.80          1        
    4 Urech , Lisa                     SUI      12.84                   
    5 Vukicevic , Christina            NOR      12.86                   
    6 Felicien , Perdita               CAN      12.88                   
    7 Crawford , Ginnie                USA      12.89                   
    8 Ofili , Tiffany                  GBR      12.91                   
      Jones , LoLo                     USA        DNF

Wells-Harper-Rome11.jpgKellie Wells, Dawn Harper, 100m hurdles, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Photo by PhotoRun.net                 

High Jump - Women                                             
                                                            Pts
    1 Vla≈°ic , Blanka                  CRO       1.95          4        
    2 Spencer , Levern                 LCA       1.92          2        
    3 Melfort , Melanie                FRA       1.92          1        
    4 Styopina , Vita                  UKR       1.92                   
    5 Shkolina , Svetlana              RUS       1.92                   
    6 Green , Emma                     SWE       1.89                   
    7 Beitia , Ruth                    ESP       1.89                   
    8 Dusanova , Nadiya                UZB       1.85                   
    9 Frenkel , Danielle               ISR       1.85

Vlasic_Blanka-Rome11.jpgBlanka Vlasic, High Jump, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma,
 photo by PhotoRun.net


Long Jump - Women                                             
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Reese , Brittney                 USA       6.94          4              -0.4
    2 Jimoh , Funmi                    USA       6.87          2              -0.1
    3 Lesueur , √âloyse                 FRA       6.64          1              -0.1
    4 Proctor , Shara                  GBR       6.62                         -0.5
    5 Montaner , Concepci√≥n            ESP       6.60                         -0.3
    6 Kotova , Tatyana                 RUS       6.58                         +0.4
    7 ≈†panovic , Ivana                 SRB       6.51                         +0.0
    8 Radevica , Ineta                 LAT       6.41                         +0.4
    9 Pusterla , Irene                 SUI       6.29      -0.3

Reese_Brittney-Rome11.jpgBrittney Reese, Long Jump, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Discus Throw - Women                                          
                                                            Pts
    1 Perkovic , Sandra                CRO      65.56          4        
    2 Barrios , Yarelis                CUB      64.18          2        
    3 M√ºller , Nadine                  GER      63.17          1        
    4 Li , Yanfeng                     CHN      62.55                   
    5 Thurmond , Aretha                USA      61.68                   
    6 Glanc , Zaneta                   POL      59.91                   
    7 Grasu , Nicoleta                 ROU      59.63                   
    8 Bordignon , Laura                ITA      55.42                   
    9 Breisch , Becky                  USA      53.86

Perkovic_Sandra-Rome11.jpgSandra Perkovic, Discus, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, Photo by PhotoRun.net



Javelin Throw - Women                                         
                                                            Pts
    1 Abakumova , Maria                RUS      65.40          4        
    2 Obergf√∂ll , Christina            GER      63.97          2        
    3 ≈†pot√°kov√° , Barbora              CZE      63.32          1        
    4 Patterson , Kara                 USA      62.76                   
    5 Ratej , Martina                  SLO      60.84                   
    6 Viljoen , Sunette                RSA      60.61                   
    7 Bani , Zahra                     ITA      59.28                   
    8 Palameika , Madara               LAT      58.75                   
    9 Stahl , Linda                    GER      58.65

Abakumova_Marya-Rome11.jpg

Maria Abukumova, Javelin, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma,
photo by PhotoRun.net
















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