2011 AREVA Paris: Official Results, courtesy of IAAF.org, note by Larry Eder

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The AREVA Paris Meeting was the second Samsung DL meeting after the USA Outdoor champs. With a crowd of 49,000 plus fans, the nearly three hour meet entertained and had fans on their feet. The local relays started the event and are always a nice way to get the local crowd going. The French crowd was great, their only frustration was when the hurdler Bascou was disqualified.

Hats off to the interview area for media and the quality of the interviews. I think that it may be the best interview area ever, and the interviews opps were excellent. Robles & Oliver, Semenya, Wariner, Lavillenie, Lemaitre were all very good.

My first time back to Stade de France since 2003, and what a facility! Nice organized, orchestrated and produced!


Bolt_UsainAutograph-Ostrava11.jpg Usain Bolt, 2011 Ostrava, photo by PhotoRun.net

Here are some of the highlights (more details below):

Men's Events

Saving the best for last, Usain Bolt, reportedly, with a cold, ran a controlled 20.03, his slowest 200 meters since June 2009. To the delight of the crowd, Christophe Lemaitre, the 21 year old sensation of France, ran a brilliant race, running 20.21, which is his second best, and seasonal best. Darvis Patton ran 20.59 for third.

In the 400 meters, Christopher Brown upset Jeremy Wariner. Brown ran well, running 44.94 and broke Wariner's winning streak in AREVA Paris. Oh, how the mighty have fallen, as someone once said. .

A fast 1,500 meters where the American men all hit the standard.

A epic 110m hurdle race between Dayron Robles and David Oliver.

A discus duel between Robert Harting and Piotry Malachowski.

And a huge screaming steeple victory by a Frenchman!

Women's events

Meseret Defar dominates the 5,000 meters, Flanagan almost gets AR, almost.

Kelly Ann Baptiste wins 100m over Veronica Campbell Brown from start to finish!

Titanic shot put comp!

Men's Events

Saving the best for last, Usain Bolt, reportedly, with a cold, ran a controlled 20.03, his slowest 200 meters since June 2009. To the delight of the crowd, Christophe Lemaitre, the 21 year old sensation of France, ran a brilliant race, running 20.21, which is his second best, and seasonal best. Darvis Patton ran 20.59 for third.

In the 400 meters, Christopher Brown upset Jeremy Wariner. Brown ran well, running 44.94 and broke Wariner's winning streak in AREVA Paris. Oh, how the mighty have fallen, as someone once said. Jonathan Borlee of Belgium ran 45.05, Jermaine Gonzales of Jamaica was third in 45.43 and Jeremy Wariner was fourth in 45.50. On his neck was Oscar Pistorius, the runner who runs on artificial feet (below the knees) and is coming oh so close to making the standard at 400 meters for the World Champs. He ran 45.84 here for fifth.

In the men's 1,500m the field went out fast. 54.71m for 400meters, 1:53.56 for 800 meters and 2:51.98 for 1,200 meters. Amine Laalou of Morocco got the best of World Champ Asbel Kiprop, with Lalou winning in 3:32.15. Kiprop ran 3:33.04 and Bernard Lagat was third in 3:33.11. Nick Willis, Olympic silver medalist, was fourth in 3:33.22.

And then, the Americans: Leonel Manzano runs 3;33.66, his sb. Manzano was sixth. In ninth was Andrew Wheating, who ran a sb of 3:34.39, and US champ Matt Centrowitz, Jr, ran his personal best, taking llth, running 3:34.69.

In the race that got the French on their feet, Mahiedine Mekhissi Benabbad of France, an 8:02 performer and big man, ran closely behind Ezekial Kemboi and Benjamin Kiplagat as they destroyed each other. Waiting until the last lap, Mekhissi took control and just ran away from Kemboi an Kiplagat, running within .5 of the NR, with his personal best of 8:02.09!

The race of the night. Dayron Robles versus David Oliver. First, a false start by Dimitri Bascou, who false started.

Then, the race went off, with Dayron out best. David Oliver caught Dayron at hurdle three and they battled until the last hurdle. Robles made the first move at the lean at the tape and it was a photo finish, with Dayron Robles getting the nod, both in 13.09. Dwight Thomas of Jamaica was third in 13.18.

Jaroslav Baba of the Czech Republic showed why he is so dangerous, jumping 2.32 over Aleksy Dmitrik of Russia, also in a height of 2.32m. Ivan Ukhov, the Russian, superstar was third in 2.30m.

The French were happy again as Monsieur Perche, Mr. Pole Vault, Renaud Lavillenie, won the pole vault in 5.73m, on his second attempt at the height. Jerome Clavier made it un, deux in le perche as Clavier took second, with a jump of 5.63m.

Irving Saldino of Panama is back, with his jump of 8.40m in the long jump. He had to be, as Chris Tomlinson of Great Britain broke his NR with a huge jump of 8.35m! Greg Rutherford finished third, giving Great Britian, 2 and 3: he jumped 8.27m. With five over 8.10m, this was best long jump of year so far.

Robert Harting of Germany, the defending World Champ and Piotr Malachowski of Poland, the European champ, had a discus duel, where Harting won 67.32m to 67.26m.

Women's Events

Kelly-Ann Baptiste won the 100 meters convincingly and stunningly. With a great start, Kelly-Ann just dominated Veronica Campbell Brown, which is pretty unusual. Baptiste ran her seasonal best and second best ever, in 10.91 (her pb is 10.84, which I did not find out until
after her race). Veronica Campbell Brown ran 10.95 for second, and Kerron Stewart ran 11.04 for third. Ivet Lalova of Bulgaria, who ran a 10.96 recently, was fourth in 11.18.

Caster Semenya, controversial 2009 World champ,  jogged to her first win in a while, running 2:00.18, taking the lead with less than 200 meters to go. Halima Hachlaf of Morocco caught Jenny Meadows of Great Britain, 2:00.60 to 2:00.74. Alysia Montano of the US was fourth in 2:00.78. Kenia Sinclair of Jamaica looked like she was shaken up in the fall at 200 meters, and along with Clarisse Moh of France, did not finish the race. Early pace was a 57.8 first lap.

Dominating is how I would describe it. Meseret Defar of Ethiopia, the World champ, the Olympic champ at 5,000 meters, just dominated this race. Hitting the 1,000m in 2:53.62 with Wangari in the lead, Defar and Sentayehu Ejigu just stayed up front and took control. Wangari took the pack through 5:48.73 for 2,00 meters, before Sentayehu Ejigu took over the chores, leading the 3k at 8:45.75. Meseret Defar took over the duties for 4,000 meters, hitting that mark in 11:42.62.

Defar put two seconds on Sentayehu in the last lap, running 14:29.52 to SEntayehu Ejigu's 14:31.66. Mercy Cherono of Kenya held onto thrid with a pb of 14;35.13.

Shalane Flanagan was in no women's land through seven laps, in ninth place, then took off. She went to seventh, then worked her way up to fourth place, where she was just flying her last two laps. Sprinting furiously over the last lap, Shalane ran her seasonal best of 14:45.30, missing the AR for 5,000m by less than a second!

Amy Hastings, who needs to run 15:14 or better for her and Angela Bizzari to make the Daegu team, just missed running 15:15.30, and Jenn Rhines ran 15:30.97. Word is that the US women will be running a 5,000 meters next week. We wish them luck.

 



The epic battle between Valeria Adams of New Zealand and Nadezha Ostapchuk of Belarus,  where the Kiwi World Champion threw 20.48m, 20.78m, 20.72m, 20.34m, foul and 20.26m to show who is queen of the shot put ring. Jillian Camerena Williams equaled the ancient US shot put record with her second round 20.18m! Valeria Adams got the Meet record as well! In fourth, Cleopatra Borel-Brown of Trinidad set her national record with 19.42m throw!

Zuzana Henjova of the Czech Republic, battling with Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica over the entire lap of the 400 meter hurdles, with Henjova out sprinting Spencer, running 53.29 for the World leader and national record. Melanie Walker of Jamaica, World and Olympic champion, in fifth, will be ready for Daegu, as she rounds into shape very fast!

Yargelis Savigne of Cuba, winning the triple jump in 14.99m, another world leader, with Olha Saldukha of Ukraine in second, in 14.81m.

Christina Obergfall of Germany dominated the javelin with her WL, MR throw of 68.01 in her first throw! Barbora Spotakova was second in 67.57m, her seasonal best.



Women's Shot Put ( More details)

The epic battle between Valeria Adams of New Zealand and Nadezha Ostapchuk of Belarus,  where the Kiwi World Champion threw 20.48m, 20.78m, 20.72m, 20.34m, foul and 20.26m to show who is queen of the shot put ring.

Nadezhda Ostapchuk of Belarus did not give up, she fouled, hit 20.42m, then 20.49m, then fouled, and a 20.48m followed by a final foul.

Jillian Camerena Williams of the US finished third. She opened at 19.28m, then just let er rip, hitting 20.18m, tying the American record set a thousand years ago (that means, the eighties!),
and hit 19.80 in her fifth throw.

Michele Carter of the US finished sixth with a best of 18.38 meters.

08/07/2011

Meeting Areva
Paris Saint-Denis, 08/07/2011


Men' results

200 Metres - Men                                              Wind: -0.6 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Bolt , Usain                     JAM      20.03          4        
    2 Lemaitre , Christophe            FRA      20.21          2        
    3 Patton , Darvis                  USA      20.59          1        
    4 Forsythe , Mario                 JAM      20.61                   
    5 Sorrillo , Rondel                TRI      20.81                   
    6 Tinmar , Teddy                   FRA      21.15                   
    7 Crawford , Shawn                 USA      22.17                   
      Edward , Alonso                  PAN        DNS                   

400 Metres - Men                                              
                                                            Pts
    1 Brown , Chris                    BAH      44.94          4        
    2 Borl√©e , Jonathan                BEL      45.05          2        
    3 Gonzales , Jermaine              JAM      45.43          1        
    4 Wariner , Jeremy                 USA      45.50                   
    5 Pistorius , Oscar                RSA      45.84                   
    6 Bingham , Michael                GBR      45.84                   
    7 Smith , Calvin                   USA      45.88                   
    8 D√©cimus , Yoann                  FRA      46.88                   

1500 Metres - Men                                             
                                                            Pts
    1 Laalou , Amine                   MAR    3:32.15          4        
    2 Kiprop , Asbel                   KEN    3:33.04          2        
    3 Lagat , Bernard                  USA    3:33.11          1        
    4 Willis , Nicholas                NZL    3:33.22                   
    5 Moustaoui , Mohamed              MAR    3:33.59                   
    6 Manzano , Leonel                 USA    3:33.66                   
    7 Kowal , Yoann                    FRA    3:33.75                   
    8 Mekonnen , Deresse               ETH    3:33.84                   
    9 Wheating , Andrew                USA    3:34.39                   
   10 Olmedo , Manuel                  ESP    3:34.44                   
   11 Centrowitz , Matt                USA    3:34.69                   
   12 Gebremedhin , Mekonnen           ETH    3:34.86                   
   13 Carvalho , Florian               FRA    3:35.29
   14 Schlangen , Carsten              GER    3:35.74
   15 Baddeley , Andrew                GBR    3:36.47
   16 Iguider , Abdalaati              MAR    3:37.94
      Shaween , Mohammed               KSA        DNF                   
      Maiyo , Hillary Kipkorir         KEN        DNF                   
      Jolivet , Jeremy                 FRA        DNF                   

3000 Metres Steeplechase - Men                                
                                                            Pts
    1 Mekhissi-Benabbad , Mahiedine    FRA    8:02.09          4        
    2 Kemboi , Ezekiel                 KEN    8:07.14          2        
    3 Kiplagat , Benjamin              UGA    8:08.43          1        
    4 Gari , Roba                      ETH    8:10.03                   
    5 Kipchoge , Jairus                KEN    8:11.31                   
    6 Langat , Patrick Kipkirui        KEN    8:13.14                   
    7 Ramolefi , Ruben                 RSA    8:14.36                   
    8 Parszczynski , Lukasz            POL    8:15.47                   
    9 Gezzar , Nordine                 FRA    8:16.03                   
   10 Chelimo , Elias Kemboi           KEN    8:21.63                   
   11 Belabbas , Mohamed-Khaled        FRA    8:22.38                   
   12 Kitum , Silas Kosgei             KEN    8:25.44                   
   13 Zilali , Abdelhakim              FRA    8:25.82
   14 Keskisalo , Jukka                FIN    8:26.72
   15 Paulo , Alberto                  POR    8:35.39
      Oubassour , Hassan               FRA        DNF                   
      Zouaoui-Dandrieaux , Vincent     FRA        DNF                   
      Lagat , Haron                    KEN        DNF                   
      Mutai , Abel Kiprop              KEN        DNF                   

110 Metres Hurdles - Men                                      Wind: +1.3 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Robles , Dayron                  CUB      13.09          4        
    2 Oliver , David                   USA      13.09          2        
    3 Thomas , Dwight                  JAM      13.18          1        
    4 Merritt , Aries                  USA      13.27                   
    5 Richardson , Jason               USA      13.31                   
    6 Turner , Andrew                  GBR      13.43                   
    7 Trammell , Terrence              USA      13.57                   
      Bascou , Dimitri                 FRA         DQ                   
      Darien , Garfield                FRA        DNS                   

High Jump - Men                                               
                                                            Pts
    1 B√°ba , Jaroslav                  CZE       2.26          4        
    2 Thomas , Donald                  BAH       2.26          2        
    2 Ukhov , Ivan                     RUS       2.26          2        
    4 Silnov , Andrey                  RUS       2.26                   
    5 Dem'yanyuk , Dmytro              UKR       2.26                   
    6 Rybakov , Yaroslav               RUS       2.23                   
    6 Spank , Raul                     GER       2.23                   
    6 Dmitrik , Aleksey                RUS       2.23                   
    9 Ioannou , Kyriakos               CYP       2.23
   10 Cianci , Mathias                 FRA       2.15
      Shustov , Aleksandr              RUS        DNS                   

Pole Vault - Men                                              
                                                            Pts
    1 Lavillenie , Renaud              FRA       5.73          4        
    2 Clavier , J√©r√¥me                 FRA       5.63          2        
    3 Filipp√≠dis , Konstad√≠nos         GRE       5.63          1        
    4 Schulze , Fabian                 GER       5.53                   
    4 Holzdeppe , Raphael              GER       5.53                   
    4 Mesnil , Romain                  FRA       5.53                   
    4 Mohr , Malte                     GER       5.53                   
    8 Straub , Alexander               GER       5.33                   
    9 Hollis , Mark                    USA       5.33
      Doss√©vi , Damiel                 FRA         NM                   
      Walker , Brad                    USA         NM                   

Long Jump - Men                                               
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Saladino , Irving                PAN       8.40          4              +0.2
    2 Tomlinson , Christopher          GBR       8.35          2              +0.9
    3 Rutherford , Greg                GBR       8.27          1              +0.3
    4 Mokoena , Godfrey Khotso         RSA       8.25                         +0.7
    5 Berrabah , Yahya                 MAR       8.10                         -0.1
    6 Ts√°toumas , Lo√∫is                GRE       8.03                         -0.1
    7 Reif , Christian                 GER       7.99                         +0.0
    8 Lapierre , Fabrice               AUS       7.97                         -1.0
    9 Gaisah , Ignisious               GHA       7.90      +0.6
   10 Jensen , Morten                  DEN       7.87      +0.3
   11 Gomis , Kaf√©tien                 FRA       7.55      +1.2

Discus Throw - Men                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Harting , Robert                 GER      67.32          4        
    2 Malachowski , Piotr              POL      67.26          2        
    3 Kanter , Gerd                    EST      67.24          1        
    4 K√∂v√°g√≥ , Zolt√°n                  HUN      65.26                   
    5 Harradine , Benn                 AUS      64.98                   
    6 Wierig , Martin                  GER      64.20                   
    7 Alekna , Virgilijus              LTU      63.74                   
    8 Israel , M√§rt                    EST      60.33                   
    9 Aurokiom , Jean-Fran√ßois         FRA      56.84
      Casa√±as , Yennifer Frank         ESP         NM                   


Women' results

100 Metres - Women                                            Wind: +0.6 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Baptiste , Kelly-Ann             TRI      10.91          4        
    2 Campbell-Brown , Veronica        JAM      10.95          2        
    3 Stewart , Kerron                 JAM      11.04          1        
    4 Lalova , Ivet                    BUL      11.18                   
    5 Solomon , Shalonda               USA      11.19                   
    6 Simpson , Sherone                JAM      11.33                   
    7 Mang , V√©ronique                 FRA      11.33                   
    8 Soumar√© , Myriam                 FRA      11.36                   
    9 Moore , LaShauntea               USA      11.39

800 Metres - Women                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Semenya , Caster                 RSA    2:00.18          4        
    2 Hachlaf , Halima                 MAR    2:00.60          2        
    3 Meadows , Jennifer               GBR    2:00.74          1        
    4 Johnson Montano , Alysia         USA    2:00.78                   
    5 D√©hiba Chahyd , Hind             FRA    2:01.45                   
    6 Bouras , Zahra                   ALG    2:01.73                   
    7 Usovich , Sviatlana              BLR    2:01.78                   
    8 Santiusty , Yuneisy              CUB    2:02.55                   
    9 Hak , Yvonne                     NED    2:08.09
      Sinclair , Kenia                 JAM        DNF                   
      Moh , Clarisse                   FRA        DNF                   

5000 Metres - Women                                           
                                                            Pts
    1 Defar , Meseret                  ETH   14:29.52          4        
    2 Ejigu , Sentayehu                ETH   14:31.66          2        
    3 Cherono , Mercy                  KEN   14:35.13          1        
    4 Flanagan , Shalane               USA   14:45.20                   
    5 Checa , Dolores                  ESP   14:46.89                   
    6 Utura , Sule                     ETH   14:56.05                   
    7 Ayalew , Hiwot                   ETH   14:57.62                   
    8 Anteneh , Emebet                 ETH   14:57.66                   
    9 Gebru , Azemra                   ETH   14:58.34                   
   10 Hastings , Amy                   USA   15:15.30                   
   11 Yalew , Genet                    ETH   15:15.67                   
   12 Rhines , Jennifer                USA   15:30.97                   
      F√©lix , Ana Dulce                POR        DNF                   
      Dibaba , Genzebe                 ETH        DNF                   
      Wangari , Milly Mureithi         KEN        DNF                   

400 Metres Hurdles - Women                                    
                                                            Pts
    1 Hejnov√° , Zuzana                 CZE      53.29          4        
    2 Spencer , Kaliese                JAM      53.45          2        
    3 Antyukh , Natalya                RUS      54.41          1        
    4 Shakes-Drayton , Perri           GBR      54.79                   
    5 Walker , Melaine                 JAM      55.06                   
    6 Stambolova , Vania               BUL      55.51                   
    7 Tracey , Ristananna              JAM      56.32                   
    8 Anacharsis , Phara               FRA      56.53                   

Triple Jump - Women                                           
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Savigne , Yargeris               CUB      14.99          4              -0.1
    2 Saladuha , Olha                  UKR      14.81          2              +0.0
    3 Rypakova , Olga                  KAZ      14.48          1              +0.2
    4 La Mantia , Simona               ITA      14.33                         -0.3
    5 Gay , Mabel                      CUB      14.31                         -0.7
    6 Veld√°kov√° , Dana                 SVK      14.25                         +0.4
    7 Demut , Katja                    GER      14.06                         +0.3
    8 Rahouli , Baya                   ALG      13.97                         -0.2
      Alekhina , Nadezhda              RUS        DNS                   

Shot Put - Women                                              
                                                            Pts
    1 Adams , Valerie                  NZL      20.78          4        
    2 Ostapchuk , Nadzeya              BLR      20.49          2        
    3 Camarena-Williams , Jillian      USA      20.18          1        
    4 Borel-Brown , Cleopatra          TRI      19.42                   
    5 Gonz√°lez , Misleydis             CUB      18.87                   
    6 Carter , Michelle                USA      18.38                   
    7 Kleinert , Nadine                GER      18.01                   
    8 C√©rival , Jessica                FRA      17.12                   

Javelin Throw - Women                                         
                                                            Pts
    1 Obergf√∂ll , Christina            GER      68.01          4        
    2 ≈†pot√°kov√° , Barbora              CZE      67.57          2        
    3 Abakumova , Maria                RUS      65.12          1        
    4 Sayers , Goldie                  GBR      62.14                   
    5 Mickle , Kimberley               AUS      61.97                   
    6 Viljoen , Sunette                RSA      61.74                   
    7 Molitor , Kathrina               GER      61.74                   
    8 Patterson , Kara                 USA      58.21   

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