Haile Gebreselassie with Jos Hermans, From 2012 Tokyo, by PhotoRun.net
In a meeting that will most likely be known as the end of an era, the performances were tremendous. Ten men under 3:35.5, the Olympic A standard, for 1,500m, six women under the 1,500m A, and nine men under 27:45, the Olympic A for the men's 10,000m.
In the women's discus, Zaneta Glanc won the event with a third round throw of 64.71m. After the Pole, Sendruite Zinaida, LTU, took second on her second round throw of 62.74m. Joanna Wisnieska, also of Poland, took third with a throw of 59.50m.
Ronnie Ash powered over the 110m hurdles, sprinting to a win in 13.31. Andrew Pozzi, Gbr, ran 13.39, taking second. Arthur Noga, POL, took third in 13.45. The race was into a headwind.
The women's 1,500m was one of the most exciting races of the night. Danuta Urbanik, POL, lead the 400m in 64.25, and at 800m in 2:12.18. Corrina Harrer took over the pacing chores and charged through the next lap, hitting the bell in 3:04.25, and the 1.200m in 3:18.30. The pack was tight.
Hannah England, the 2011 WC silver medalist at 1,500m, used a 59.9 last lap to take the race in 4:04.05. Corrina Harrer, also of Great Britian, ran her pb in 4:04.81, taking second. Laura Weightmann ran a pb of 4:04.88, as the three Brits swept the top three.
In the men's pole vault, Cyriel Verberne, NED, won the pole vault with a jump of 5.48m, a personal best. Baptiste Boirie, FRA, took second with his clearance of 5.42m. John Bakker took third with his clearance of 5.15m.
The men's 800 meters was a classic lesson in pacing. Matthew Scherer, the pacemaker, took the field through the 400m in 50.5, and lead for another one hundred meters.
Adam Kszczot of Poland, took over from there and held on, running strongly over the last 300 meters, and holding off Timothy Kitum, KEN, 1:44.00, and Job Kinyor, also of Kenya, who ran 1:44.17, with Kszczot's 1:43.83, a seasonal best.
The women's 100m hurdles was also a revelation.Kellie Wells won with a time of 12.81. LoLo Jones finished second in 12.90, but it was such a competitive performance over Ostrava. Queen Harrison, finished third in 12.98, with Danielle Carruthers taking fourth in 13.04.
The men's 1,500m was fast enough that ten runners were under 3:35.5, the Olympic A standard. Pacemakers Geoffrey Rono hit the 400m in 53.53, and Vickson Polonet hit the 800m in 1:50.50. Nixon Chepseba moved up front and hit the bell in 2:34, and the 1,200 in 2:48.16.
Nixon did not give up, he charged to the finish, running a fine 3:29.90, his personal best. Ayanleh Soulemin, of Djibouti, set a national record, finishing second, with his 3:30.31. Mekonnen Gebremedhin, ETH, finished third in 3:31.45, his personal best. In fact, eight of the first ten set . Nathan Brannen, of Canada, set his pb and made the A Olympic standard, and set a personal best, with his seventh place of 3:34.22.
Robert Harting had surgery last winter, but no one would know it. Harting threw 65.94m, 67.34m, fouled, then 68.13m, 66.98, and a final foul. Hartings fourth round 68.13m showed his margin of supremacy tonight. Virgilijius Alekna, Lithuania, finished second with a throw of 65.62m. Erik Cadee, NED, was third with a throw of 65.49m.
2011 World Champ, Phillips Idowu shows that he is on form. Less than two weeks after his victory, in Shanghai, over Will Claye and Christian Taylor. Idowu hit 16.79m, 17.12m, and finally, in the third round, 17.31m. that was enough to win. Fabrizio Schmembri of Italy jumped 16.74m, on his second attempt, and that held up for second. Issam Nima of Algeria finished third with a jump of 16.62m.
Lugelin Santos, of the Dominican Republic, is nineteen. Santos ran the 400 meters in 44.45, not only his personal,best, but his national record! Martyn Rooney, GBR, took second in 44.97 . Nery Brenes, Costa Rica, took third in 45.20.
Santos is one to watch.
The men's 10,000 meters at the Fbk this year was one of the Ethiopian 10,000m Trials. In humid and hot conditions, some of the top Ethiopian runners battled their Olympic futures.
In the race was Haile Gebreselassie, who is called the Mayor of Hengelo. Gebreselassie set his first world record in Hengelo. He wanted his last track race to be in Hengelo. For all appearances, this race was Hailes last track race.
Frank Bollen of Belgium lead 1,000m in 2:41.79, 2,000m in 5:23.03. Vincent Rono lead thru 3,000m in 8:04.84. John Kipkoech lead at 4,000m in 10:46.63, and through the 5,000m in 13:29.55.
The players were Gebre Gegremariam, Tariku Bekele, Sileshi Sihane, Leliesa Desisa Benti, Abera Kuma and Haile Gebreselassie, in a group of ten.
Gebre Gebremariam, the 2010 ING NYCM champion lead through the 6,000m mark in 16:16.68, and 7,000m in 19:04.56. Gebremariam was annoyed, as no one would share the pacing chores.
Haile and Tariku were both upfront as the pack dropped to eight. Tiahun Regassa lead through 8,000m in 21:52.20, and 9,000m in 24:39.80.
Afterwards, Haile told the media, " I started having trouble keeping pace at 8 laps to go. After that, I was done."
Haile was there when the pack of 8 hit the bell lap in 26:16. Using a 55 second last lap, accelerating over the last 300 meters, and rushing the last 200m, Tariku Bekele won in 27:11.70. Leleisa Desisa Benti took second in 27:11.98. Sileshi Sihane took third in 27:12.60. Gebre Gebremariam took fourth in 27:13.66, Teklemariam Medhin, Eritria, was fifth in 27:16.59. Tilahun Regassa, who had lead two kilometers late in the race, took sixth in 27:18.90.
In seventh place, Haile Gebreselassie ran 27:20.69, running his last lap in 64 .4. " I no longer have a kick. I am changing my track suit for a real suit. Even if I had been named to the team, Why would I go to place seventh or tenth? This is it. It is over."
Tariku Bekele noted, " Two years ago, I was not a good runner. Training with my brother has been good. "
Dathan Ritzenhein started in the back with Simon Bairu, both chasing the A standards. Dathan had hit the 5,000m standard last weekend. Dathan chased the time of 27:45 by himself, passing people in the heat and humidity, with an estimated air temp of 76 degrees F. Dathan ran 27:50.82, and Simon Bairu running 28:46.82.
When Janeth Jepkosgei hit the 400m in 57.03, she was gone, running a fine 1:57.79, her seasonal best. Yuneysi Santiusti of Cuba took second in 1:58.53, her personal best. Annet Negessa of Uganda ran a NR of 1:59.08.
Charonda Williams of the US flew off the turn, grabbing in the air at the finish line, as she ran a winning 22.73. Jamile Samuel of the Netherlands, ran 22.93 for second. Tiffany Townsend ran 23.04 for third.
In the final event, the Netherlands Martina Churandy won the 100 meters in 10.18. Mario Forsythe of Jamaica ran 10.25 for second. Ansley Waugh of Jamaica ran 10.31 for third.
The Fbk Games overcame some economic hurdles to put on this meet. The event hospitality, the event itself, and the stadium are all first class. A sponsor looking for a global sporting event with a healthy atmosphere would be smart to look the FBK Games Hengelo.
Fanny Blankers-Koen Games
100 Metres - Men Final Wind: -0.6 m/s
1 Martina , Churandy NED 10.18
2 Forsythe , Mario JAM 10.25
3 Waugh , Ainsley JAM 10.31
4 Roach , Kimmari JAM 10.35
5 Warner , Justyn CAN 10.36
6 Lewis-Francis , Mark GBR 10.39
7 Kuc , Dariusz POL 10.47
8 Smellie , Gavin CAN 10.53
9 Mariano , Brian NED 10.61
100 Metres - Men Heats Race 1 Wind: -2.4 m/s
1 Martina , Churandy NED 10.30
2 Forsythe , Mario JAM 10.31
3 Warner , Justyn CAN 10.51
4 Edwards , Monzavous USA 10.54
5 Malcolm , Christian GBR 10.54
6 Codrington , Giovanni NED 10.55
7 Feller , Jerrel NED 10.69
8 van Kruchten , Mike NED 10.70
9 Tromp , Jorén NED 10.73
100 Metres - Men Heats Race 2 Wind: +0.1 m/s
1 Waugh , Ainsley JAM 10.25
2 Roach , Kimmari JAM 10.29
3 Kuc , Dariusz POL 10.32
4 Lewis-Francis , Mark GBR 10.37
5 Smellie , Gavin CAN 10.45
6 Mariano , Brian NED 10.48
7 Brus , Wouter NED 10.54
8 Zimniewicz , Grzegorz POL 10.64
9 Hoogmoed , Guus NED 10.65
400 Metres - Men
1 Santos , Luguelín DOM 44.45
2 Rooney , Martyn GBR 44.97
3 Brenes , Nery CRC 45.20
4 Moerman , Joeri NED 46.34
5 Pistorius , Oscar RSA 46.35
6 Steffensen , John AUS 46.47
7 Steele , Andrew GBR 46.48
8 El Rhalfioui , Youssef NED 47.01
800 Metres - Men
1 Kszczot , Adam POL 1:43.83
2 Kitum , Timothy KEN 1:44.00
3 Kinyor , Job Koech KEN 1:44.17
4 Lewandowski , Marcin POL 1:44.34
5 Lathouwers , Robert NED 1:44.61
6 Ludolph , Sören GER 1:44.80
7 Olivier , André RSA 1:45.20
8 Kivuva , Jackson Mumbwa KEN 1:45.71
9 Kupers , Thijmen NED 1:46.46
10 Rimmer , Michael GBR 1:46.71
11 Hautcoeur , Kevin FRA 1:56.39
Scherer , Matthew USA DNF
1500 Metres - Men
1 Chepseba , Nixon Kiplimo KEN 3:29.90
2 Souleiman , Ayanleh DJI 3:30.31
3 Gebremedhin , Mekonnen ETH 3:31.45
4 Barusei , Geoffrey KEN 3:33.39
5 Wolde , Dawit ETH 3:33.82
6 Rodríguez , Álvaro ESP 3:34.10
7 Gathimba , Gideon Mwangi KEN 3:34.14
8 Brannen , Nathan CAN 3:34.22
9 Murray , Ross GBR 3:34.76
10 Dirirsa , Teshome ETH 3:35.46
11 van Deventer , Juan RSA 3:35.55
12 Higuero , Juan Carlos ESP 3:35.82
13 Beugnet , Gregory FRA 3:36.46
14 Lancashire , Thomas GBR 3:38.00
15 Nowicki , Bartosz POL 3:41.89
Rono , Geoffrey Kipkoech KEN DNF
Polonet , Vickson Naran KEN DNF
10,000 Metres - Men
1 Bekele , Tariku ETH 27:11.70
2 Desisa , Lelisa ETH 27:11.98
3 Sihine , Sileshi ETH 27:12.60
4 Gebremariam , Gebregziabher ETH 27:13.66
5 Medhin , Teklemariam ERI 27:16.69
6 Regassa , Tilahun ETH 27:18.90
7 Gebrselassie , Haile ETH 27:20.39
8 Kuma , Abera ETH 27:25.20
9 Merga , Imane ETH 27:42.39
10 Bekele , Azmeraw ETH 27:49.16
11 Kiplimo , Abraham UGA 27:49.76
12 Ritzenhein , Dathan USA 27:50.82
13 Bekele , Alemu BRN 27:56.20
14 Gala , Mumin DJI 28:23.46
15 Gebreyohannes , Samson ERI 28:28.05
16 Assefa , Belete ETH 28:28.50
17 Ghebreslassie , Ghirmay ERI 28:33.37
18 Bairu , Simon CAN 28:46.82
19 Abdosh , Ali ETH 28:54.69
Kende , Yetwale ETH DNF
Geremew , Mosinet ETH DNF
Eshete , Mekashaw ETH DNF
Tsegay , Atsedu ETH DNF
Dero , Birhanu ETH DNF
Barrios , Juan Luis MEX DNF
Bollen , Frank BEL DNF
Rono , Vincent KEN DNF
Kipkoech , John KEN DNF
110 Metres Hurdles - Men Wind: -0.6 m/s
1 Ash , Ronnie USA 13.31
2 Pozzi , Andrew GBR 13.39
3 Noga , Artur POL 13.45
4 Porter , Jeff USA 13.48
5 Akins , Tyrone USA 13.48
6 Wilson , Ryan USA 13.50
7 Craddock , Kevin USA 13.61
8 Smet , Koen NED 14.03
9 Samuel , Tjendo NED 14.33
Pole Vault - Men
1 Verberne , Cyriel NED 5.48
2 Boirie , Baptiste FRA 5.42
3 Bakker , Jorn NED 5.15
4 Vloon , Menno NED 5.15
5 van Wengerden , Wout NED 5.00
6 Art , Arnaud BEL 5.00
Jansen , Robbert-Jan NED NM
Mulder , Nils NED NM
Koppelaar , Rutger NED NM
Triple Jump - Men
1 Idowu , Phillips GBR 17.31 +1.0
2 Schembri , Fabrizio ITA 16.74 +0.0
3 Nima , Issam ALG 16.62 -0.4
4 Dong , Bin CHN 16.56 -1.1
5 Sabino , Jefferson BRA 16.54 -0.1
6 Cao , Shuo CHN 16.51 +0.4
7 Douglas , Nathan GBR 16.46 -0.6
8 Reid , Julian GBR 15.55 -0.5
9 Lewis , Randy GRN 14.16 -0.2
Discus Throw - Men
1 Harting , Robert GER 68.13
2 Alekna , Virgilijus LTU 65.62
3 Cadee , Erik NED 65.49
4 Urbanek , Robert POL 63.97
5 Smith , Rutger NED 63.30
6 Kövágó , Zoltán HUN 61.80
7 Czajkowski , Przemyslaw POL 61.50
8 Israel , Märt EST 60.44
9 Wierig , Martin GER 60.43
200 Metres - Women Wind: -0.9 m/s
1 Williams , ChaRonda USA 22.73
2 Samuel , Jamile NED 22.93
3 Townsend , Tiffany USA 23.04
4 Calvert , Schillonie JAM 23.05
5 Onuora , Anyika GBR 23.12
6 Maduaka , Joice GBR 23.44
7 Lubbers , Eva NED 23.76
8 Vassell , Kadene NED 23.94
800 Metres - Women
1 Busienei , Janeth Jepkosgei KEN 1:57.79
2 Santiusty , Yuneisy CUB 1:58.53
3 Negesa , Annet UGA 1:59.08
4 Okoro , Marilyn GBR 1:59.33
5 Lavric , Elena Mirela ROU 1:59.74
6 Jackson , Emma GBR 2:00.42
7 Verstegen , Sanne NED 2:02.17
8 Koech , Cherono KEN 2:04.17
Sum , Eunice Jepkoech KEN DNF
1500 Metres - Women
1 England , Hannah GBR 4:04.05
2 Harrer , Corinna GER 4:04.81
3 Weightman , Laura GBR 4:04.88
4 Shumi , Genzeb BRN 4:05.16
5 Achola , Janet UGA 4:05.52
6 Sujew , Diana GER 4:05.71
7 Thomas , Charlene GBR 4:07.06
8 Cherono , Mercy KEN 4:07.11
9 Cichocka , Angelika POL 4:07.25
10 Roman , Sonja SLO 4:07.67
11 Belete , Mimi BRN 4:09.23
12 Bogale , Tizita ETH 4:09.29
13 Twell , Stephanie GBR 4:09.59
14 Kuijken , Susan NED 4:12.40
15 Arcip , Larisa ROU 4:12.81
16 Tobias , Nataliya UKR 4:14.08
17 Konovalova , Anna RUS 4:20.31
Urbanik , Danuta POL DNF
100 Metres Hurdles - Women Wind: -0.9 m/s
1 Wells , Kellie USA 12.81
2 Jones , LoLo USA 12.90
3 Harrison , Queen USA 12.98
4 Carruthers , Danielle USA 13.04
5 Schrott , Beate AUT 13.10
6 Berings , Eline BEL 13.36
7 Hodde , Rosina NED 13.38
8 Bakker , Sharona NED 13.73
Vukicevic , Christina NOR DNF
Discus Throw - Women
1 Glanc , Zaneta POL 64.71
2 Sendriuté , Zinaida LTU 62.74
3 Wisniewska , Joanna POL 59.50
4 Robert-Michon , Mélina FRA 59.44
5 Artic , Natalia MDA 58.65
6 Apostolico , Tamara ITA 58.51
7 Jansen , Monique NED 57.40
8 Potepa , Wioletta POL 56.89
9 Fischer , Julia GER 55.14