2011 Fannie Blankers-Koen Hengelo Games, official results, note by Larry Eder

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(Flag of Hengelo, the Netherlands)



It is early on Monday morning, 30 May 2011. I am just about packed up and am finishing some notes on the 2011 FBK Hengelo Games. The meet ended a few hours ago. I spent most of the evening watching a replay on Dutch television of the meet.

The meet, in its 31rst incarnation in Hengelo, was, by all accounts a strong success. World leading marks in the men's shot put, women's 1,500 meters, equal world leader in the men's 110m hurdles.

That is where the statistics stop. For me, a track & field meet is all about the competition. In the sport of track & field, one is only as good as their last performance, and this meet proved that. Maryam Jamal is on a streak in the women's 1,500 meters, and her move from third to take the win on the final stretch was exciting. The men's 1,500 meters was even more agonizing, as the first four runners ran within .4 of a second of each other, fighting to the finishing tape.

The men's shot put had World Champions from 2005, 2007 and 2009 battling with the 2008 Olympic champion, as well as the World Indoor champ from 2008. European medalists and Commonwealth games medalist abound, and, for all of the competitors, it was about the competition, as afterwards, they spent hours challenging each other to games of air hockey, golf and telling bad jokes.

The two 5,000 meter races were fascinating. In the womens' race,  Meseret Defar's leg speed is there and she is rounding into shape very well. But, so are the young runners behind her, and Defar will have to realize that any of those four women could be challenging Defar in Daegu in two months. And many more, but Meseret Defar seems to thrive on the challenge, like many in this sport. 

The men's 5,000 meters had five men together with one lap to go. Yenew Alimarew, the Doha 3,000 meter winner, threw in surges here at 2,600 meters, 3,400 meters and just past 4,000 meters. When it came time to sprint, Alimarew was spent. This was Edwin Soi's race, and his last lap of 59 seconds showed who was king today. Still spent, Alimarew still ran 13:02 and missed the win by less than three seconds! Yenew Alimarew will be dangerous wherever he runs. 

And then, there were the surprises. Danielle Carruthers is one of America's top 100 meter hurdlers. Tonight, she showed it. Hurdling exquisitely, and leaning at the finish, Carruthers needed all of her experience to take this race from Kellie Wells and Dawn Harper, the 2008 Olympic champion, with LoLo Jones, the 2008 and 2010 World Indoor Champion, in fourth.
Besides the men's shotput, the toughtest event to make the World Champs team on will be the 100 meter hurdles.

" I got me a fearless heart..."


Two events, however, made me smile. First, it was the men's pole vault, where some of the best athletes in the sport play chess with their attempts at clearing the bar. Tonight, Tim Lobinger of Germany, and Derek Miles of the US, both, 39 years old, went 1-2 because they a) actually cleared heights, b) assessed the challenges, and picked which heights to gamble on and which heights to hold off.

Lobinger_TimQ-OlyGame08.jpg Tim Lobinger, 2008 Olympic Games, photo by PhotoRun.net

Then, it was the final race of the meeting, the men's 100 meter finals. Last Thursday night, Kim Collins, the 2003 World Champion, was all but ignored in his 10.12 in taking fourth. The truth was, with the worst start in the race, Collins had moved up to fourth, in a race where Usain Bolt had to put in a real effort to catch Asafa Powell. His performance might have suggested good things to come.

On this cool, sunny Sunday evening, Kim Collins, a sprinter in his early to mid thirties, had a splendid start and capitalized on that early effort, to win the 100 meters from athletes much younger, in a good 10.05.


Collins_Kim14-flag-Worlds03.JPGKim Collins, 2003 World Championships, Paris/St.Denis, France, photo by PhotoRun.net

After the event, I saw Tim Lobinger, tying his poles on his car, and preparing to drive 600 kilometers to his next competition. He was smiling as I told him that every guy over 30, over 40, hell over 50, was cheering him on, after his victory. Lobinger smiled and laughed.

When I saw Kim Collins later that evening, his smile probably had never left his face since the race ended! Kim Collins recognizes how fortunate he has been as a world class sprinter for over a decade, and now, even in great shape, the wins may not come as often. But tonight, tonight at the 2011 Fannie Blankers-Koen Hengelo Games, Kim Collins, the 2003 World Champion, is on the top of the world. So should Tim Lobinger, and so should Derek Miles. All three have cheated gravity, and defeated athletes a bit younger than them...

Miles_Derek_Pre08.JpgDerek Miles, 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by PhotoRun.net

Steve Earle, one of the best writers of American country music, once observed, " I got me a fearless heart, strong enough to get you through the scary parts, it's been broken many times before, A fearless heart just comes back for more.."

Track & Field is about highs and lows, times when our words are stuck in our throat, as five runners fight for each inch, trying to get to the finish line first, or, for five straight throws, shot putters just throw the shot out of the ring, farther and farther, until the most emotional thrower of them all, lets go with a scream, begging the sixteen-pound metal ball to defy gravity and go, farther, and farther, until we all become just, well part of the throw, and, as we yell our encouragement when the shot hits with a single Thud, we let out a collective roar, as we have seen an athlete at his or her best, and we have witnessed a hard fought victory.

The pursuit of track & field disciplines makes absolutely no sense in this modern world. And, in that senselessness, comes the importance of running, jumping and throwing. Every time we run, jump, or throw, that little voice of practicality that is everywhere, gets quieter and quieter. The Greek poet Plutarch was right, as he once noted, a few thousand years ago,  " I would rather excel in the knowledge of that is excellent, than in the extent of my power and possessions."

A 10.05 100 meters is excellent, as is a pole vault of 18 plus feet, or a 5,000 meters run under 4 minutes and 20 seconds a mile, or yes, a seventy foot shot put throw.

Most humans will never achieve such performances. However, it is while at a sporting event, that we become something other than ourselves, for those few hours, we find importance in the strangest things-running, jumping and throwing.
  
Kim Collins, Tim Lobinger ( and yes, Derek Miles) all pursued senseless activites, and all have fearless hearts...and we are all better for those facts....


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Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo (NED) - Sunday, May 29, 2011
100 Metres - M
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Official Results - Men - 100 Metres - Wind : +0.3 m/s
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Kim Collins SKN 10.05
2 Churandy Martina NED 10.10
3 Richard Thompson TRI 10.13
4 Mario Forsythe JAM 10.14
5 J-Mee Samuels USA 10.25
6 Monzavous Edwards USA 10.29
7 Emmanuel Callander TRI 10.29
8 Emanuele Di Gregorio ITA 10.38
9 Craig Pickering GBR 10.38
Official Results - Men - 100 Metres - Heat1 - Wind : +1.1 m/s
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Mario Forsythe JAM 10.11
2 Kim Collins SKN 10.13
3 Monzavous Edwards USA 10.13
4 Emanuele Di Gregorio ITA 10.22
5 Craig Pickering GBR 10.23
6 J-Mee Samuels USA 10.24
7 Ainsley Waugh JAM 10.25
8 Patrick van Luijk NED 10.29
9 Virgil Spier NED 10.88
Official Results - Men - 100 Metres - Heat2 - Wind : +0.9 m/s
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Richard Thompson TRI 10.20
2 Churandy Martina NED 10.23
3 Emmanuel Callander TRI 10.25
4 Christian Malcolm GBR 10.33
5 Aaron Armstrong TRI 10.40
6 Brian Mariano NED 10.47
7 Giovanni Codrington NED 10.49
8 Kristof Beyens BEL 10.57

Ivory Williams USA DQ

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Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo (NED) - Sunday, May 29, 2011
800 Metres - M
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Official Results - Men - 800 Metres
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Adam Kszczot POL 1:45.11
2 Boaz Kiplagat Lalang KEN 1:45.31
3 Mohammad Al-Azemi KUW 1:45.35
4 Marcin Lewandowski POL 1:45.47
5 David Mutinda Mutua KEN 1:46.34
6 Arnoud Okken NED 1:46.46
7 Richard Kiplagat KEN 1:46.51
8 Robin Schembera GER 1:46.63
9 Bram Som NED 1:46.67
10 Michael Rimmer GBR 1:46.79
11 Duane Solomon USA 1:47.00

Sammy Tangui KEN DNF

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Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo (NED) - Sunday, May 29, 2011
1500 Metres - M
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Official Results - Men - 1500 Metres
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Mohammed Shaween KSA 3:31.82
2 Haron Keitany KEN 3:31.86
3 Mekonnen Gebremedhin ETH 3:31.90
4 Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku KEN 3:32.02
5 Collins Cheboi KEN 3:34.16
6 Brimin Kiprop Kipruto KEN 3:35.52
7 Abdalaati Iguider MAR 3:36.18
8 William Biwott Tanui KEN 3:36.28
9 Silas Kiplagat KEN 3:36.48
10 Bartosz Nowicki POL 3:38.65
11 Geoffrey Kipkoech Rono KEN 3:38.99
12 Carsten Schlangen GER 3:41.53
13 Peter van der Westhuizen RSA 3:42.21
14 Wouter de Boer NED 3:43.96
15 Nicholas Kiptanui Kemboi KEN 3:44.19

Vickson Naran Polonet KEN DNS

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Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo (NED) - Sunday, May 29, 2011
5000 Metres - M
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Official Results - Men - 5000 Metres
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Edwin Cheruiyot Soi KEN 12:59.15
2 Vincent Kiprop Chepkok KEN 12:59.28
3 Jacob Korir Cheshari KEN 13:01.03
4 Yenew Alamirew ETH 13:02.71
5 Eliud Kipchoge KEN 13:05.00
6 Yusuf Kibet Biwott KEN 13:11.19
7 Moses Ndiema Masai KEN 13:13.03
8 Geoffrey Kirui KEN 13:20.54
9 Vincent Kipsegechi Yator KEN 13:27.78
10 Abraham Kiplimo UGA 13:30.54
11 Thomas Ayeko UGA 13:31.32
12 Ayele Abshero ETH 13:32.21
13 Micah Kipkemboi Kogo KEN 13:46.01
14 Yitayal Atnafu ETH 13:46.47
15 Essa Ismail Rashed QAT 13:53.07
16 Japhet Kipyegon Korir KEN 13:56.33

Bethwell Birgen KEN DNF

Abdelslam Kennouche FRA DNF

Isiah Kiplangat Koech KEN DNS

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Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo (NED) - Sunday, May 29, 2011
110 Metres Hurdles - M
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Official Results - Men - 110 Metres Hurdles - Wind : +0.7 m/s
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Dayron Robles CUB 13.07
2 Dwight Thomas JAM 13.18
3 Terrence Trammell USA 13.31
4 Gregory Sedoc NED 13.47
5 Joel Brown USA 13.55
6 Lehann Fourie RSA 13.56
7 Andrew Turner GBR 13.72
8 Othman Hadj Lazib ALG 13.89

Jeff Porter USA DQ

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Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo (NED) - Sunday, May 29, 2011
Pole Vault - M
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Official Results - Men - Pole Vault
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Tim Lobinger GER 5.62
2 Derek Miles USA 5.62
3 Raphael Holzdeppe GER 5.50
4 Mark Hollis USA 5.40
5 Robbert-Jan Jansen NED 5.40
6 Max Eaves GBR 5.20
7 Hendrik Gruber GER 5.20

Björn Otto GER NM

Fabian Schulze GER NM

Wout van Wengerden NED NM

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Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo (NED) - Sunday, May 29, 2011
Long Jump - M
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Official Results - Men - Long Jump
Pos Athlete Nat Mark Wind
1 Irving Saladino PAN 8.38 +3.1
2 Ignisious Gaisah GHA 8.26 +1.6
3 Greg Rutherford GBR 8.18 +0.4
4 Tyrone Smith BER 8.06 +0.4
5 Christian Reif GER 7.99 -0.7
6 Dwight Phillips USA 7.97 -0.2
7 Kafétien Gomis FRA 5.33 -0.7

Povilas Mykolaitis LTU NM

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Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo (NED) - Saturday, May 28, 2011
Shot Put - M
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Official Results - Men - Shot Put
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Reese Hoffa USA 21.87
2 Tomasz Majewski POL 21.39
3 Christian Cantwell USA 21.15
4 Dylan Armstrong CAN 20.96
5 Adam Nelson USA 20.92
6 Maris Urtans LAT 20.69
7 Cory Martin USA 19.92
8 Pavel Lyzhyn BLR 19.83
9 Daniel Taylor USA 19.48

Rutger Smith NED NM

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Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo (NED) - Sunday, May 29, 2011
Discus Throw - M
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Official Results - Men - Discus Throw
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Robert Harting GER 68.23
2 Erik Cadee NED 66.16
3 Piotr Malachowski POL 65.25
4 Ehsan Hadadi IRI 64.58
5 Benn Harradine AUS 63.73
6 Jorge Y. Fernández CUB 63.66
7 Martin Wierig GER 63.62
8 Rutger Smith NED 61.57
9 Märt Israel EST 61.01
10 Gerhard Mayer AUT 58.68

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Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo (NED) - Sunday, May 29, 2011
100 Metres - W
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Official Results - Women - 100 Metres - Wind : +1.7 m/s
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Schillonie Calvert JAM 11.05
2 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie BAH 11.12
3 Ruddy Zang Milama GAB 11.23
4 LaShauntea Moore USA 11.27
5 Stephanie Durst USA 11.31
6 Barbara Pierre USA 11.45
7 Marika Popowicz POL 11.56
8 Joice Maduaka GBR 11.58
9 Anouk Hagen NED 11.75

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Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo (NED) - Sunday, May 29, 2011
200 Metres - W
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Official Results - Women - 200 Metres - Wind : +1.1 m/s
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Debbie Dunn USA 23.24
2 Abiodun Oyepitan GBR 23.33
3 Joice Maduaka GBR 23.41
4 Jamile Samuel NED 23.47
5 Marika Popowicz POL 23.49
6 Cathleen Tschirch GER 23.51
7 Consuella Moore USA 23.65

Schillonie Calvert JAM DNS

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Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo (NED) - Sunday, May 29, 2011
800 Metres - W
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Official Results - Women - 800 Metres
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Jennifer Meadows GBR 1:59.76
2 Emma Jackson GBR 2:00.24
3 Annet Negesa UGA 2:00.40
4 Yuliya Rusanova RUS 2:00.50
5 Yvonne Hak NED 2:00.76
6 Lucia Klocová SVK 2:01.65
7 Angelika Cichocka POL 2:01.73
8 Egle Balciünaité LTU 2:02.35
9 Lenka Masná CZE 2:02.57
10 Claudia Hoffmann GER 2:03.82

Juanee Cilliers RSA DNF

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Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo (NED) - Sunday, May 29, 2011
1500 Metres - W
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Official Results - Women - 1500 Metres
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Maryam Yusuf Jamal BRN 4:00.33
2 Kalkidan Gezahegne ETH 4:00.97
3 Siham Hilali MAR 4:01.33
4 Irene Jelagat KEN 4:02.59
5 Viola Jelagat Kibiwot KEN 4:05.51
6 Sylwia Ejdys POL 4:06.72
7 Lidia Chojecka POL 4:08.31
8 Mimi Belete BRN 4:10.21
9 Lindsey de Grande BEL 4:11.70
10 Renata Plis POL 4:12.64
11 Betlhem Desalegn UAE 4:12.99
12 Natalya Evdokimova RUS 4:15.10
13 Almenesh Belete ETH 4:17.63
14 Hilary Stellingwerff CAN 4:19.26
15 Mapaseka Makhanya RSA 4:31.45

Raika Lenaarts NED DNF

Irina Maracheva RUS DNF

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Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo (NED) - Sunday, May 29, 2011
5000 Metres - W
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Official Results - Women - 5000 Metres
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Meseret Defar ETH 14:45.48
2 Sentayehu Ejigu ETH 14:46.12
3 Sule Utura ETH 14:46.36
4 Genzebe Dibaba ETH 14:46.55
5 Mercy Cherono KEN 15:02.81
6 Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet KEN 15:11.08
7 Emebet Anteneh ETH 15:12.15
8 Waganesh Mekasha ETH 15:14.69
9 Jennifer Rhines USA 15:14.88
10 Sabrina Mockenhaupt GER 15:24.30
11 Fionnuala Britton IRL 15:31.26
12 Alia Saeed Mohammed UAE 15:40.69
13 Tsegereda Girma ETH 15:40.75
14 Sabina Fischer SUI 15:41.02
15 Hyvin Kiyeng KEN 15:50.97
16 Julie Culley USA 15:58.28
17 Roxana Elisabeta Bârca ROU 16:12.12

Christelle Daunay FRA DNF

Lubov Puliaeva RUS DNF

Tamara Tverdostup UKR DNF

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Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo (NED) - Sunday, May 29, 2011
100 Metres Hurdles - W
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Official Results - Women - 100 Metres Hurdles - Wind : +1.0 m/s
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Danielle Carruthers USA 12.64
2 Kellie Wells USA 12.65
3 Dawn Harper USA 12.71
4 LoLo Jones USA 12.71
5 Tiffany Ofili GBR 12.77
6 Perdita Felicien CAN 12.83
7 Ginnie Crawford USA 12.92
8 Sandra Gomis FRA 13.11

Lisa Urech SUI DNF

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Fanny Blankers-Koen Games Hengelo (NED) - Sunday, May 29, 2011
High Jump - W
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Official Results - Women - High Jump
Pos Athlete Nat Mark
1 Levern Spencer LCA 1.94
2 Marina Aitova KAZ 1.91
3 Adonía Steryíou GRE 1.88
4 Danielle Frenkel ISR 1.88
5 Nadiya Dusanova UZB 1.88
6 Ebba Jungmark SWE 1.88
7 Hannelore Desmet BEL 1.84
8 Nadine Broersen NED 1.84
9 Elizabeth Patterson USA 1.80

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