2011 World Champs/Daegu, Day Three, Morning Sessions Notes by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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My virtual office, Daegu Stadium, 8.29.11, photo by Larry Eder's iphone

The Stadium in Daegu is amazing. Great track, and huge facility. This morning's session was humid, sunny and just plain hot. The stadium was full of Korean junior high students who would come up and say 'Hi" or a few other words in English and they were amazed to see Americans at the track meet. They also seem to like the credentials we have, big thing over here.

I am having a great time. We are in a neighborhood about fifteen minutes from the stadium, and I take my walks in AM and find places for dinner in evening. The sleep deprivation does get to you, but we are at the World Championships, what do you expect?

Here are Alfonz Jucks' thoughts on the Day three morning session!


QUOTE OF THE SESSION

"I took it as the final," said Mahiedine Mehkisi-Benabaad after his steeple heat.

"Im here to win the gold medal for Puerto-Rico and my three years old daughter Yarian," Javier Culson after 400 m hurdles heat.


 
RESULT OF THE SESSION

Hyleas Fountain 12.93 at the hurdles over Jessica Ennis 12.94. Also good in hot weather 8:10.93 steeple by Ezekiel Kemboi.

 
SURPRISE OF THE SESSION

World leader Zoltan Kovago out in discus qualification, his team-mate and former Euro winner Robert Fazekas having three fouls.

 
FAVORITES FALLS

Both Dutch discus throwers out in the qualifications. Good names out in steeple heats (Kamal, Keskisalo, Huling, Abdi, Parszczynski, Hachlaf). Two of three Japanese runners out in 400mH heats.

 
STATS 

In DT quali nobody achieved the standard 65.50, 62.38 was enough.
Ramolefi clocked SA steeple record 8:11.50 in heats, all four Kenyans advanced. All French also advanced. No one from Spanish advanced.
M. Walker fastest in 400 m h heats 54.86, 56.66 enough on time.
Huge PB for German Fleischhauer 48.72 in 400mH heats, he had 49.50 before.
Fountain leads over Ennis with 2228 against 2187 after winning both first events 12.93 and 189.

SPECTATORS

15 000 (EME guess, not official figures)

 
AGENTS RANKING (by medals after 8 events)

Ricky Simms 1-1-1, Aleks Porkhomovskiy 1-1-0, Paul Doyle 1-1-0, Brendan Reilly 1-0-0, Biruk Bekele 1-0-0, Jos Hermens 1-0-0, Mark Pryor 1-0-0, Cubie Seegobin 1-0-0, Federico Rosa 0-1-0, Chris Layne 0-1-0, Vera Michallek 0-1-0, Jose Praia 0-1-0, Washington Dix 0-1-0, Gianni de Madonna 0-0-2, Javier Sotomayor 0-0-2, Alberto Armas 0-0-1, Pavel Voronkov 0-0-1, Caroline Feith 0-0-1.

 
MEDALS: 1. KEN 2-2-2, 2. USA 2-2-0, 3. RUS 1-2-0, 4. ETH 1-0-1

 
POINTS: 1 KEN 54, 2. USA 41, 3. RUS 33, 4. ETH 24

 


 
FLASH-BACK 100 M

Blake-Dix-CollinsFHR1-WorCh11.jpg2011 WC Men's 100m final, photo by PhotoRun.net

USAIN BOLT STATEMENT: "Firstly I would like to congratulate my team mate Yohan Blake and the other athletes who won the medals. Of course I am extremely disappointed not to have had the chance to defend my title due to the false start.  I was feeling great through the rounds and was ready to run fast in the final.  I worked very hard to get ready for this Championships and things were looking good. However I have to move on now as there is no point to dwell on the past.  I have a few days to refocus and get ready for the 200m on Friday.  After this I have the 4x100m and a few other races before the end of the season.  I know that I am now in good shape and will focus on running well in the 200m. Thanks to all the people who sent me good wishes and I will try my best to make you proud in the 200m."
 
ALL-ATHLETICS RELEASE: A massive shock, Usain Bolt false-started. But was it really him who made the first move? All-Athletics.com owner, Attila Spiriev, does not think so. Of course the machine does not lie. Bolt was the first one who pushed the starting-blocks and it was way too early. According to the rules his disqualification was most likely a correct decision. But was it? Spiriev says that it is seen in video replay that Yohan Blake makes a very, very small body move. It was hardly visible. Attila Spiriev adds: "Was Bolt's false start a reaction to Blake's very small body-move? We think it was. God only knows the correct answer."




OTHER NEWS

DAEGU (KOR): The 2011 IAAF World Championships, Daegu 2011 are the third occasion that the IAAF has employed an Injuries and Illnesses Surveillance study at the biennial World Championships, which is the pinnacle competition of the IAAF World Athletics Series of events. The injury prevention study which is in line with the IOC Medical Commission's own efforts was first put into place during the 11th edition of the IAAF World Championships in Osaka 2007 and was repeated in Berlin 2009. Surveillances have also been done in 9 other IAAF competitions including editions of the World Indoors, World Junior and World Youth Championships. It is of great importance to learn more about athletes´ injuries and illnesses incurred during the period of the Championships especially when we learn that nearly 10 out of each 100 competing athletes suffered a sport injury during both Osaka 2007 and Berlin 2009. Furthermore, close to 7 out of each 100 competing athletes suffered an illness during Berlin 2009. Informs IAAF. All information provided is treated with the strictest confidentiality, and includes diagnosis, symptoms, causes, anatomic localisations, etc... to enable the categorisation of injuries and illnesses and the later scientific analysis of the data.

ZAGREB (CRO): Organizers of Hanzekovic Memorial the Zagreb Grand Prix (IAAF World Challenge) informed that the participation of Yohan Blake in their race on September 13 is not yet finalised. But they are negotiating about it with the hope it will have positive outcome. Already earlier the participation of Usain Bolt in 100 m of Zagreb was announced. 



RESULTS

WOERDEN (NED, Aug 28): Pelle Rietveld of Netherlands scored good 7873 points to win the 9th edition of the international combined events meeting, Brazilian Lucimara da Silva scored 5973 in heptathlon ahead of home Nadine Broersen 5854.

CRAWLEY (GBR, Aug 27): Good sprinting by Briton Richard Kilty 10.32 and 20.69.

CHOJNICE (POL, Aug 27):  Personal best at 600 m for Angelika Cichocka 1:28.38.

SAO PAULO (BRA, Aug 26): Everaldo Almeira achieved 46.10 in the 400 m and Gisela de Oliveira 14.20 (+2.9, legal 14.12, +1.4) in the triple jump.

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