Talk about pressure! Oscar Pistorius, the Blade Runner, as he is referred to in the media and by his fans, handled the pressure and delivered. On the last day of the qualifying period, Oscar Pistorious ran a blistering 45.07 to hit the A standard for both Daegu and London. This performance by a man with artificial limbs from the knee on both legs is unheralded. However, in listening to one of his interviews, it became quite clear that Oscar sees this a just another part of his journey.
Neither his mother, nor his brother or sister ever gave him any sympathy. He was expected to do all the things that the other kids could do. He does tell the story about his brother's go-cart, where both Oscar and his brother were flying down a hill near their house, hell bent to reach the end of the road, but with no way to stop the go cart from hell. Oscar was asked by his brother for one of his artificial legs, which had a pair of sneakers on the foot.
The brother took the artificial leg, placed it between tire and road, and as the smell of burning rubber enveloped the two young boys, the go cart, which was on a course from which some damage would have occurred to the two occupants, came to a screeching halt. At that time, Oscar recollected, he learnt the value of his artificial limbs. (Watch for upcoming feature in SPIKES USA Summer.)
Yelena Isinbayeva, 2009 WC, photo by PhotoRun.net
Yelena Insinbayeva no heighted at 4.60m. That happens in the world of the pole vault. The big deal for Isinbayeva right now is to get some competitive experiences before Daegu.
Teddy Tamgho injured his ankle at the U23s last week. An MRI showed that his injury is more severe than expected and he will not be able to compete in the World Champs in Daegu.
PISTORIUS QUALIFIES 45.07, ISINBAYEVA NH
LIGNANO (ITA, Jul 19): Oscar Pistorius achieved his A-standard for Daegu and London in last possible moment. At the 22th Meeting Internazionale here he clocked more than impressive personal best 45.07 in the 400 m. In the 100 m Steve Mullings of Jamaica in his first race since Jamaican Champs clocked 9.98 (+0.6) winning over Darvis Patton 10.07 and Mike Rodgers of USA 10.09. In the other race here Richard Thompson of Trinidad got 10.06 (-0.7) over Jeff Demps (European debut) 10.14 and Trell Kimmons 10.16. In the 4x100 m relay USA clocked world leading 37.90 (Kimmons, Rodgers, Gatlin, Dix) beating an All-Stars Team (Ndure, Mitchell, Dobson, Thompson) 38.20 and Jamaica with Barbados (Waugh, Barnes, Harvey, Hinds) 38.66. The other US team (I. Williams, Padgett, Patton, Demps) did not finish. In women 100m Shelly-Ann Fraser clocked 11.11 (-0.1) at the 100 m over Carrie Russell 11.20. Barbara Pierre won the other heat in 11.22 (-0.4). Big sensation in the pole vault when Yelena Isinbayeva no-heighted at 460, winner Becky Holliday 440 over Mary Saxer also 440. Morgan Uceny won the 800 m in 1:58.37 PB over Alice Schmidt 1:58.61, Molly Beckwith 1:59.12, Maggie Vessey 1:59.17 and Geena Gall 1:59.62. Kellie Wells won the 100 m hurdles in 12.81 (-1.9) and Elisabeth Moloy the 5000 m in 15:15.34. Khadevis Robinson scored 800 m win after 1:44.45. In the 1500 m Harok Legesse of Ethiopia achieved 3:36.45. In the women 4x100 m US team (Knight, Young, L. Williams, Pierre) was super fast with 42.25. The other US teams could not finish, the best one (Mik. Barber, Felix, Myers, Jeter) and another one (Tarmoh, L. Moore, Solomon, Anderson).
SOUTH AMERICAN RECORD
CASTRES (FRA, Jul 19): At the National Meeting D1 new South American triple jump record for Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia with 14.66 (+1.7). Second Baya Rahouli of Algeria also impressive 14.39 (+1.7). Sandra Gomis (12.97, +3.1) and Carim Louami (11.25, +3.3) clocked fast windy times. Another top result came from former olympic and world winner Szymon Ziolkowski in hammer with 79.02 season best over Russian Sergey Litvinov 77.41. US Fred Townsend clocked windy 13.40 (+3.3) at 110 m hurdles and another US win for Miles Smith 46.14 at 400 m. In the 100 m Ben Meite got 10.25 (+2.5) and South African Offentse Mogawane legal 20.65 PB (+1.2) at 200 m.
YELENA FOR STOCKHOLM
STOCKHOLM (SWE): World record holder Yelena Isinbayeva will make her long-awaited Samsung Diamond League series debut at Stockholm's DN Galan Meeting on 29 July. "Yelena is a magnificent athlete and it's a pleasure to welcome her back to DN Galan and Stockholm Olympic Stadium," said Meeting Director Rajne Söderberg. The World record holder at 5.06m, Isinbayeva holds the meeting record of 4.85m set in 2008. In Stockholm, Isinbayeva will face Brazil's Fabiana Murer, last year's inaugural Diamond Race Trophy winner in the event; Germany's Martina Strutz, currently the world leader at 4.78m; and Sweden's rising star Angelica Bengtsson, the 18-year-old who set several World junior records last winter, the most recent at 4.63m.
TAMGHO IS OUT
PARIS (FRA): World indoor triple jump champion and world record holder Teddy Tamgho will not compete at World Championships. He injured his ankle last Saturday in Ostrava.
SA TEAM FOR DAEGU
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): The provisional team for the World Championships in Daegu has been announced and consists of 21 of the best athletes of South Africa. Most have qualified during the local athletics season, whilst others have reached the standards while competing overseas at international events. Thuso Mpuang and Simon Magakwe will represent South Africa in the 100m sprint. Mpuang is also included in the 200m after he ran 20.56sec in Stellenbosch during the Student Championships. Wayde van Niekerk will join him in this event. Lebogang Moeng is the 3rd athlete that has reached the standard to compete in Daegu with his 20.58sec run in Germiston earlier this year. Moeng will also compete in the 400m after LJ van Zyl, who qualified with an A-Standard, decided to focus on the 400m hurdles only. Defending world Champion, Mbualeni Mulaudzi has yet to run an A-qualifying standard, but has been included on the IAAF rule that allows any athlete who is a current world champion to compete, and defend their titles. Elroy Gelant waited until recently to qualify for the 5000m. He competed in Uden on July 2 where he was timed at 13:25.09, a B-qualifying time. SA Champion Stephen Mokoka will represent South Africa in the 10 000m. Ruben Ramolefi qualified for the 3000m steeplechase in Durban when he became the SA Champion for the 7th time, clocking 8.14.06 for the victory. Lehann Fourie will represent South African in the 110m hurdles. After his brilliant performances at home as well as on the international curcuit, SA Champion and record holder in the 400m hurdles, LJ van Zyl, was never in doubt. Joining van Zyl is Cornel Fredericks who also reached the A-Standard with his 48.14sec during the Yellow Pages SA Championships in Durban. Fredericks is ranked 5th position in the world. Stalwart and Olympic and World Championship silver medalist Khotso Mokoena and Luvo Manyonga both jumped A-Qualifiers to ensure their inclusion in the team for long jump. The SA Champion triple jump, Tumelo Thagane, already qualified for the World Championships in March in Germiston after his 16.97m jump. Robert Oosthuizen will represent South Africa in the javelin throw after his massive throw at the Diamond League meeting in Doha in May. The last man to join the team is Willem Coertzen who will be competing in the decathlon. Amongst the ladies to join the team is former 800m World Champion Caster Semenya. Semenya will defend her title in Daegu after she rose to stardom two years ago in Berlin. Wenda Theron, qualified in Germiston in March in the 400m hurdles when she crossed the line in 56.24sec. Simone du Toit reached a B Standard qualifier in the ladies shot put when she reached 17.49m during an event in Houston. Team South Africa will have two athletes in the women's javelin throw as both Sunette Viljoen as well as Justine Robbeson reached the A Standard for inclusion in the team.
CASTELBUONO (ITA): US marathon record holder Ryan Hall has withdrawn from the Giro di Castelbuono, preferring to continue his training, instead. He said that on his twitter.
KYIV (UKR): Ukrainian Athletics Federation gave green light to a 14 top athletes and they are not forced to compete at the National Championships from August 1 to 5 in Donetsk. They all have already secured their participation at World Championships in Daegu. High jumper Dmytro Demyanyuk, pole vaulter Maksim Mazuryk, javelin thrower Dmytro Kosynskyy on the men side. On the women side sprinters Olesya Povh, Mariya Ryemyen and Natalya Pogrebnyak. Also Antonina Yefremova at 400 m, Lilya Lobanova at 800 m, duo for 1500 m Anna Mishchenko and Natalya Tobias. In the technical events Vita Styopina in the high jump, Olha Saladukha in the triple jump, Katerina Karsak in discus and Natalya Dobrynska in heptathlon.
KYIV (UKR): Pole vault Olympic champion and world record holder, President of the NOC of Ukraine, IOC Member and Senior IAAF Vice-President Sergey Bubka initiates research on the history of global integration of the Olympic Movement into all aspects of life - social, economic, geopolitical, etc. The research extends to all periods of Olympic history - from Ancient Greece and Rome until modern times. This research is conducted as an application for the "Doctor of Sciences" academic degree (post-doctoral degree, analogue of Habilitation in Europe) in the National University of Physical Education and Sports of Ukraine. Sergey Bubka expects to finish the research by the end of 2012 to include the impact of the 2012 London Olympics. 'It was not a one-day decision for me', Bubka says. 'I've been preparing for 10 years, since I've completed my PhD degree. Much of the analysis has been done and a number of articles have been published. The integration of the Olympic ideals to society grows essentially from year to year'. Bubka already holds a PhD degree for his study on "educating students' individual abilities by physical culture and sports" in 2001 in The Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine.
LONDON (GBR): A consortium of Delancey and Qatari Diar have begun exclusive talks with the Government to take over the Olympic Village after London 2012, it has been reported. Minsiters have accepted a recommendation from the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), which is deciding on a shortlist of three to buy the 1,439 homes that are part of the athletes' accommodation, to work exclusively with the joint consortium, the Financial Times reported. Delancey are a London-based specialist real estate investment run by Jamie Ritblat, while Qatari Diar, the sovereign real estate arm of the Qatari Royal Family, specialising in local and foreign investment, founded six years ago to manage the extra oil and natural gas surpluses that the Qatar Government were receiving. Informs insidethegames.
UTRECHT (NED) : Newly crowned European U23 champions Sindre Buraas and Sondre Moen have confirmed their participation at the ABN AMRO Utrecht Singelloop on September 25th. Last year Leonard Komon broke the world 10K record in Utrecht.
PARIS (FRA): Double European champion Yohann Diniz will support political figure Martine Aubry in the French presidential elections in 2012. In 2007 Diniz had publicly supported Ségolène Royal.
KINGSTON (JAM): The father of Jamaican 110m hurdles record holder Dwight Thomas has been murdered in his home in St. Catherine in Jamaica. Men tried to enter the house in an attempt to steal his car and shot 62-year old Ashton Thomas.
PORTLAND (USA): University of Oregon Lukas Verzbicas has set his sights on the 2012 Olympic games in London where the athlete is looking to compete in the triathlon. Verzbicas sees the 2012 Olympic Games as preparation for winning a gold medal in 2016.
LONDON (GBR): In an interview with The Guardian Jessica Ennis admitted she is not yet thinking about the 2012 London Olympic Games and wants to focus on the 2011 World Championships first. Ennis hasn't envisioned the Olympic stadium yet and will not pay a visit to the stadium until the Olympics start. The heptathlete added she also doesn't talk about the subject with her friends and family.
KINGSTON (JAM): Neville McCook, President of the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Track & Field association disclosed that a world Relays Championships could soon form a part of the IAAF calendar. According to McCook, IAAF President Lamine Diack wants the NACAC to organize the championships that would include all the relays, 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m and 4x800m as well as junior events writes Trackalerts.com.
ROME (ITA): The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) has announced that native fashion designer Giorgio Armani will outfit the Azzurri for the Games next year in London. Armani has a strong presence in the world of sport, having designed the Italian flag bearers' outfits at the opening ceremony for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, as well as designing suits for the players of London club Chelsea since 2007 and twice for the English national football team writes Insidethegames.
NAIROBI (KEN): Former Kenyan sprinter Kennedy Ondiek died on Jul 14 at the age of 44. He competed at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, going out in the heats of the 100m and 200m at each, and was a 200m quarter-finalist at the 1991 Worlds. At Commonwealth Games he was 8th at 200m and a semi-finalist at 100m in 1990, also reaching the 100m quarter-final in 1994. Pbs: 100m 9.9A Kenyan record & 10.38A (1991), 200m 20.1A (1989) & 20.73 1991).