2012 Compeed Golden Gala Roma: Bolt runs 9.76, Fantu Magiso, 1:57.56 NR, Cheruiyot over Defar, 14:35.62-14:35.65, Abebe Arigwe runs 3:56.54 NR, release, note by Larry Eder

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Usain Bolt, Rome Golden Gala 2011, by Photorun.net

Usain Bolt, was, as I expected, jet lagged in Ostrava last Friday.  A few good nights of sleep, and presto, Usain Bolt, fast guy, is back. Running a 9.76 for the 100 meters, Bolt ran against the clock. 

Paul Kipsele Koech ran 7:54.31 for the 3,000m steeplechase, all by himself. Koech is tough, hurdling well and running swiftly through the race. He ran the third fastest performance of all times.

Murielle Ahoure, from the Cote d'ivoire, ran 11.00 to take down every. Jamaican sprinter but Veronica Campbell Brown, who was not there.Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce was one of the athletes Ahoure, the world indoor silver medalist defeated. 

Fantu Maguso finally won a race, setting an Ethiopian NR of 1:57.56, and defeating Pamela Jelimo by a second. Caster Semenya looks to be a doppelgänger : she may look like the 2009 model, but no gears. 

The race of the night was the women's 1,500m where Abeba Arigawa, a 4:10 1,500m in 2009, a 4:01 in 2011, just runs another Ethiopian NR and pb in 3:56.54. Hellen Obiri of Kenya ran 3:59.68, Genzebe Dibaba ran 4:00.85, and Morgan Uceny, running into racing shape, finished fourth in 4:01.59.

The battle of night was Vivian Cheruiyot over Meseret Defar, 14:35.62-14:35.65! It came down to 4900 meters of running and a 100 meter sprint. 
These two are simply the best. 

[See English version below]

Bolt, Bolt e ancora Bolt: il numero uno dell'atletica mondiale ha stregato
il numeroso pubblico dello Stadio Olimpico di Roma con un eccezionale 9"76
e rilanciato le ambizioni di un secondo oro olimpico a Londra dopo quello
di Pechino. Serata grandiosa, festante, con quasi 60.000 persone (ben
oltre le 48.000, già tantissime, che qui l'avevano applaudito nel 2011)
accorse a gustare un Compeed Golden Gala all'altezza delle aspettative,
con ben sette primati mondiali stagionali e diverse grandi, alcune
grandissime, prestazioni, come quella di Paul Kipsiele Koech (7'54"31 sui
3000 siepi, terza prestazione di sempre), dell'etiope Aregawi (1500 metri
in 3'56"54), della kenyana Vivian Cheruiyot (14'35"62 sui 5000) e della
neozelandese Adams, che ha lanciato il peso a 21,03. Italia che lascia
soddisfatti nelle gare di mezzofondo, dove in tre (Floriani nei 3000
siepi, al personale in 8'22"62, Weissteiner e Romagnolo sui 5000 metri in
15'18"04 e 15'19"78) si sono espressi su tempi inferiori al minimo
olimpico A. Non deludono anche le primatiste italiane Marzia Caravelli
(12"96 nei 100hs) e Chiara Rosa (18,63 nel peso), entrambe alla conferma
del minimo olimpico A per Londra. SEGUE:


---English Version---

Usain Bolt thrilled the magic Olympic Stadium packed with enthusiastic
Rome fans with a new world seasonal best time of 9.76 in the much-awaited
100 metres clash against Asafa Powell. Powell, who ran in Rome for the
ninth time, clocked 9.91, just 0.03 sec. off his SB set in Doha.
Christophe Lemaitre finished third in 10.04 (a new SB) in a race which
repeated the same order as last year. Kim Collins showed once again that
he is a superb sprinter despite his long career and his 36 years by taking
fourth place in 10.05, also a seasonal best. The sounds of pop, dancing
and rock music contributed to make the Olympic Stadium even more electric
before the start. "Since I arrived in Rome I made sure to be in bed early.
So I got a lot of rest and slept. In Ostrava I had not had enough sleep.
The race was much better than in Ostrava. The execution of my race was not
perfect but improved. I executed well. My drive was better abd I started
well. The transition was also better. After Ostrava a lot of people
questioned me, but I never questioned myself. I am just happy with myself.
The public here in Rome was awesome, they have been brilliant, they gave
me a lot of energy", said Bolt. The other highlights of a highly
entertaining meeting held in front of  nearly 60000 spectators were set in
the middle distance races which produced an incredible depth of results
and exciting head-to head battles. Seven world seasonal best performances
were set in Rome. Abeba Aregawi won the 1500 metres in a new world
seasonal best of3:56.54. Paul Kipsiele Koech missed the world record but
set a new meeting record and world seasonal best of 7:54.31. Vivian
Cheruiyot won a very close 5000 metres race over Meseret Defar. Phenomenal
performances were set in the throwing events by Valerie Adams in the shot
put (21.03) and by Barbora Spotakova in the javelin (68.65). FOLLOWS:

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