February 2014 Archives
Haunting Images of Abandoned Olympic Venues, compiled by Jake Heppner, for Distractify2.com.
Athens VolleyBall Stadium for 2004 Olympics, source: businessinsider.com.
(Editor's note: A thought provoking photo essay showcasing images from as far back as the 1936 Olympics, to 1992, 2004, 2008 and 2012, among others. Allowing the photos to do their service, the compiler did a nice job on the this compelling photo essay. All photos sourced and credited).
Ann Killion, writing for the SFGate.com, asked the question that was running around in most of our heads, what did Russia get for the rubles it spent on the Sochi Olympics? Even though, with the entire world media noting that Sochi had a bulls eye on itself for a terrorist attack, social media had pictures of the two toilets per media bathroom (no privacy), it does not seem that hosting an Olympics makes as much sense in our current world and culture.
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Andrew Bumbalough, photo by PhotoRun.net
The other DQ: Andrew Bumbalough, by Jon Gugala, for Spikeduppsychedup.com
Andrew Bumbalough, a Nike athlete trained by Jerry Schumacher in Portland, says he was at his hotel at least an hour after the end of the men's 3000-meter final in Albuquerque when he was told by a teammate that he'd been disqualified, nullifying his eighth-place finish.
USATF official results currently list Bumbalough as a DQ for "Interference", and he says Schumacher and assistant coach Pascal Dobert appealed the ruling at the track, but it failed. The reason given to his coach by USATF, he says, was that he "looked over and deliberately stepped out in front of Galen Rupp and made contact at some point, which impeded [Rupp's] progress illegally." Bumbalough does not know who filed the protest, but he's pretty sure his coach does.
Grunewald and fourth-place finisher Jordan Hasay made contact in the bell lap of the championship race. The field official raised the yellow flag indicating contact, Grunewald's agent Paul Doyle says, but the head official decided that it was not grounds for disqualification and awarded Grunewald her first national title.
After the race, Nike Oregon Project's Alberto Salazar, coach of Hasay and runner-up Shannon Rowbury, filed a protest. According to Team USA Minnesota coach Dennis Barker and Doyle, that protest was overruled by the same head official that made the initial ruling on the track. The AlSal/Nike camp then appealed the ruling to a three-person USATF committee, which also ruled in Grunewald's favor.
And that's where the issue should have remained.
SOCHI (RUS): London 2012 relay gold medalist Lauryn Williams did not became the first woman ever to win gold at Summer and Winter Games. In last round pilot Elana Meyers with Williams lost their lead to Canadian gold medal defenders Kellie Humphries and Heather Moyse by 0.10. Still with the silver medal Williams is the fifth Olympian to medal in both Summer and Winter Olympics. Third USA second bob with former heptathlete Jamie Greubel and former shot putter Aja Evans. From other track athletes surprise fourth place for Dutch hurdler Judith Vis, 6th Belgium with sprinter Hanna Marien, 8th Russia with Olga Stulneva (formerly Fyodorova 2004 relay medalist). Lolo Jones was in her winter games debut only 11th, Jana Pittman for Australia after good last round 14th out of 19 participating teams.
Will Leer, Nate Brannen, at 2014 Wanamaker Mile,
photo from Will Leer's FB page
FIVE WORLD LEADS: LEER SURPRISE WANAMAKER WINNER, B. LAGAT GETS US RECORD
NEW YORK (USA, Feb 15): The 107th edition of the oldest international indoor meet in the world, the NYRR Millrose Games saw that 33-year-old American record was broken by a 39-year-old Bernard Lagat with 4:54.74, also a world lead and fifth best performer ever indoors (in total 5 world leads were registered). Four more runners dipped under 5 minutes, second Cam Levins with Canadian record 4:55.35. It is also best 2000 m race in depth in indoor history as first time five runners went under 5 minutes. In the Wanamaker Mile Will Leer won in 3:52.47 over Lawi Lalang 3:52.88 and Nick Willis 3:53.02. Fourth Nate Brannen Canadian record 3:54.32 and in farewell race Allan Webb 11th 4:06.11. High school star Mary Cain who lives in nearby Bronxville, N.Y. won the Women Wanamaker mile in 4:27.73 ahead of Treniere Moser 4:28.86 and Canadian Nicole Sifuentes 4:28.97, lifetime bests for both. Ajee Wilson held off a hard-charging Jenna Westaway of Canada to win the women's 800 meters in 2:01.81 to 2:01.89, indoor bests for both. Iceland teen star Anita Hinriksdottir was fourth in 2:02.66. Terrence Trammell capped his career at the Armory with a fourth victory in 7.57 over the hurdles with Dominic Berger close second 7.57 PB and Decathlon star Ashton Eaton fourth in 7.67 (also 535 PB in pole vault). Long jump specialist Janay DeLoach Soukup is making a name for herself in the 60 m hurdles when she equaled the world lead in 7.91 PB ahead of Kristi Castlin 7.93, Brianna Theisen Eaton was 5th in 8.17 PB (also long jump PB 618). American Tori Bowie turned in a runner-up finish in the women's 60 meters, crossing in 7.14 for the fastest time by an American this season with winner Michelle Lee Ahye of Trinidad clocking national record 7.13. After winning in Boston last week, Marvin Bracy came back to win in the 60 m with an American-leading time of 6.50 PB with D´Angelo Cherry 6.54 second and Jamaican Kimmari Roach third in 6.59 PB. Favorites Ryan Bailey and Keston Bledman false started. In the 300 m fast lifetime bests for Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad 32.47 and US Manteo Mitchell 32.59. In women 300 m Bahamian Shaunae Miller clocked world leading, national record and fourth best performer ever 36.10 ahead of Francena McCorory 36.50 also PB. French European U23 champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse won the 1000 m in 2:17.63 WL ahead of Erik Sowinski 2:18.63 and world medalist Nick Symmonds 2:18.87. Kim Conley won the 3000 m in 8:48.35 PB with seven runners in total getting under 9 minutes. Lifetime bests for second Kenyan Betsy Saina 8:50.60, third Italian Margherita Magnani 8:51.81 and fourth Abbey D´Agostino 8:51.91. Olympian Maria Michta captured the National Championship in the women's USA 1-mile Walk, crossing the line in an even 6:19.00 as Canadian Rachel Seaman set a national record, finishing first in 6:17.29. The Men's USATF Championship Mile Walk race was won by Andreas Gustafsson of Sweden in a time of 5:34.45 with World champion Rob Heffernan second in 5:39.75. On the field, American Mark Hollis, who won the pole vault the last time it was contested at the Millrose Games in 2010, was victorious again 560 cm. Canadian Mike Mason cleared 230 in the high jump to win and equaled his PB. French European champion Eloyse Lesueur leaped to high quality 686 in the long jump. The U.S. also swept the weight throws with Gwendolyn Berry 23.86 WL and Thomas Freeman 22.22. With the help from USATF web report.
Florence Kiplagat broke the women's half marathon today in Barcelona, in front of nearly 15,000 runners! Alberto Stretti told EME News that the record was a bit of a surprise.
Florence Kiplagat at the BMW Berlin Marathon, September 2011,
photo by PhotoRun.net
WR BY F. KIPLAGAT 1:05:12
BARCELONA (ESP, Feb 16): Unexpected World record in half marathon at the 24th edition of eDreams Mitja Marato de Barcelona. 26-year old 2010 Half Marathon world champion Florence Kiplagat improved the all-time best mark of Mary Keitany 1:05:50 at RAK HM in 2011 to 1:05:12. That means an improvement by 38 seconds. In ideal conditions 13 degrees and great atmosphere with 15 000 runners she started at 31:08 10 k split which was followed by 46:35 in the 15 km. She was helped by the peacemakers Marc Roig and Stanley Siroro. Second Briton Nicola Duncan 1:12:15 and third Paula Todos of Romania 1:16:40. Men winner Eliud Kipchoge former track World champion achieved 1:00:52. His splits , 28:50. Second Laban Mutai 1:01:19 and third Peter Emase 1:02:47. Florence Kiplagat: „This is a day not to forget for me. I'm so happy! The circuit was very fast and I really want to thank my pacemakers, Marc Roig and Stanley Siroro, they did a great job. I felt so well from the beginning and the weather was perfect, so I had the feeling that this could be a special day." Eliud Kipchoge: „Barcelona is one of the spots of reference in the Calendar. The temperature was perfect all the way through. The crowd cheering in the streets was very remarkable and we have to thank the enthusiasm of the organisation and the citizens." With the help of Alberto Stretti.
DONETSK (UKR, Feb 15): It was a very special edition of 25th Samsung Pole Vault Stars in Druzhba Hall of Donetsk (EA Indoor Permit), normally a place for ice-hockey. Sergey Bubka as main organiser witnessed how his best ever jump was broken. Renaud Lavillenie after two first attempts at 576 and 591 cleared in third 601 and went straight to 616. And he made it with nice clearance right in first try. Then he tried once at surreal 621. No, it is not science-fiction, but true. It is the highest ever mark in pole vault (outdoor top mark is 614). Bubka cleared in the same meet on February 21, 1993 615 cm in third attempt. „Im so happy for Renaud and so happy he did it in my home town," said Bubka. „It was just crazy, I tried new poles and it worked," commented Lavillenie. Briton Luke Cutts as second cleared 581 his second best ever and tried at new UK record height (591 once and 596 twice). Third Brazilian Thiago Bras achieved new South American indoor record 576. Three more cleared 566 (Filippidis, Wojciechowski, Lisek) in positions 4-6. No height for another favorite German Malte Mohr at 556. In women competition before the packed hall 462 was enough to win, on count-back for Fabiana Murer as she did it in second. Tie for second with Silke Spiegelburg and Anna Rogowska, both 462 in third attempt. All three tried at 472, but no success. Fourth French Marion Fiack 457, and fifth and sixth Kylie Hutson of USA and home Ganna Shelekh both 452.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Feb 15): Huge all-time world indoor best by Genzebe Dibaba over 2 miles in last event was the highlight of Sainsbury´s Indoor Grand Prix (IAAF Permit) before the sellout crowd. She clocked her third all-time best in 14 days, this time improving the 9:06.26 of Meseret Defar from Praha 2009 to 9:00.48, her 3000 m split was 8:24.85. World champion Mohamed Aman won the 800 m in African record and third all-time performer mark 1:44.52. Second Andre Olivier of South Africa 1:44.99 and third Adam Kszczot 1:45.19 European leader and fourth Briton Andrew Osagie 1:45.22 PB. Dramatic 60 m final had James Dasaolu winning in 6.50 with injured hamstring over Nesta Carter 6.53, Kim Collins 6.55 (6.53 in heats), Dwain Chambers 6.56, Richard Kilty 6.57 and Jimmy Vicaut 6.58 in top field. But in heats world leads were registered. In first Vicaut 6.48, also equaled his best and in second Dasaolu even faster 6.47. Out in heats European champion Christophe Lemaitre with 6.69. Another sensation out in heats Moscow World champion David Oliver after 7.73, winner Pascal Martinot-Lagarde 7.55 ahead of Sergey Shubenkov 7.57 and Garfield Darien 7.58. Andrew Pozzi after 7.57 in heats was only 6th 7.72. Also women AOY of 2013 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce lost in the 60 m but in a close race and very solid time 7.10 to world leader Murielle Ahoure also 7.10. Third Asha Philip 7.12 with fourth Dafne Schippers 7.17. Briton Nigel Levine won the 400 m in 45.71 over Olympic medalist Luguelin Santos 46.08. In women 400 m Regina George of Nigeria clocked third fastest of the year 51.78 over Kaliese Spencer in her indoor 400 m debut 52.14 (too fast first 200 24.08). World leader Nadine Hildebrand in 8.04 beat home star Tiffany Porter 8.07. In longer races Ethiopians outkicked Kenyans, Hagos Gebrhiwot after Boston another fast 3000 m in 7:35.73 ahead of Dejen Gebremeskel 7:36.53 and Yenew Alamirew 7:37.10 just over top Kenyan of the day Augustine Choge 7:37.11. In the 1500 m Nixon Chepseba said a word to Sopot selection 3:37.19 over Homiyu Tesfaye who runs for Germany and improved to European lead 3:37.35. Third Marcin Lewandowski Polish indoor record 3:37.37. Excellent depth in women 1500 m where Scottish revelation Laura Muir clocked third fastest of the year and big overall PB 4:05.32 over Sifan Hassan 4:05.34 Dutch record and PB´s for Yelena Korobkina 4:05.78 and Hellen Obiri 4:05.82. In the 800 m Angelika Cichocka won in 2:01.60 over European indoor champion Natalia Lupu 2:02.14. In four technical events US Olympic medalist Erik Kynard improved his indoor PB to 234 (and tried at 237) in the high jump, World champion Aleksandr Menkov with 814 beat Chinese Li Jinzhe 812 indoor PB and Olympic winner Greg Rutherford 800 cm in season opener in the long jump. Home star Holly Bleasdale cleared as only one 471 and tried at World lead 477 in the pole vault. Long jump had German winner Sostene Moguenara with 649 leap.
The Running USA Meeting is a meeting of race directors, sponsors and key players in the running business. We have been to the meeting a half a dozen times and see that Running USA could be a trade organization for the sport.
The Active Endurance Blog wrote up eight lessons that they learnt at the Running USA Conference. Nicely written, and good tips for both race directors and coaches, and run specialty, this piece is chock full of common sense information for sports management.
To read the entire feature, please go to:
Bubka and Lavillenie, photo by PhotoRun.net
LAVILLENIE UNDER BUBKA EYES
DONETSK (UKR): Worlds top pole vaulters are heading for the 25th jubilee Samsung Pole Vault Stars meet in Donetsk (EA Indoor Permit). Main organiser Sergey Bubka left Winter Olympics for Donetsk. Main attraction of course French world leader and olympic winner Renaud Lavillenie who improved this indoor season to 608 and attacked Bubka´s world indoor record 615 cm. Lavillenie will face 14 other jumpers headed by 2011 World champion Pawel Wojciechowski, fresh UK record holder Luke Cutts, Greek record holder Kostas Filippidis, South American record holder Thiago Braz da Silva. Improved Polish jumpers Piotr Lisek and Robert Sobera with French Jerome Clavier and German Malte Mohr are adding spice to the field. In women competition returning world leader and 2009 World champion Anna Rogowska will jump with 2011 World champion Fabiana Murer and in shape and unbeaten so far German record holder Silke Spiegelburg. From behind attacking will be Greek record holder from Stockholm Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou. Druzhba hall is expected to be sold out. In the history of the event 11 world records, 7 continental records, 21 national records and one world junior record were set.
Olha Saladuha, photo by PhotoRun.net
Triple Jumper Olha Saladuha has opened her season with a fine 14.61meter jump in Eaubonne, France. Euro Indoor bronze medalist, Anzhelika Sidorova has cleared 4.71m, on her first attempt, and putting her in the top five indoors this season.
SALADUHA STARTS WITH 14.60, SIDOROVA 471
EAUBONNE (FRA, Feb 11): The third women only International meet in Eaubonne saw Ukrainian World and Olympic medalist Olha Saladuha opening her indoor season with good 14.60 what is second best mark this year in the World. In her series also 14.54 and 14.52 showing good shape. European indoor bronze medalist from last year Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia went over 471 in first attempt, her new PB in the pole vault. Second Swiss Nicole Buchler with 456 equaled her national indoor record, third Marion Fiack 451. St. Lucia´s Levern Spencer won the high jump with 190. Gabon´s record holder Ruddy Zang-Milama opened the season with solid 7.26 in the 60 m ahead of European Junior champion Stella Akakpo 7.34, new PB. Third European long jump champion Eloyse Lesueur with 7.35. Fast 3000 m won by Ethiopian junior Senbera Teferi 8:57.93 ahead of Haftamnesh Tesfay 9:00.47 and Ukrainian Svitlana Shmidt 9:01.30. In close hurdles Alice Decaux in 8.14 beat Aiseta Diawara also 8.14. Swiss Lea Sprunger won the 200 m (23.74) and Joanna Jozwik of Poland the 800 m (2:05.66). Here Kenyan Pamela Jelimo 5th in 2:07.52.
Genzebe Dibaba setting 3,000m WR, Stockholm, Feb. 1, 2014,
photo by DECA Text & Bild
GENZEBE OVER 2 MILES
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): The Sainbury´s Indoor Grand Prix on in Birmingham (IAAF Indoor Permit) will feature a host of top athletes in one of the best line-ups of the current indoor season. After setting World records over 1500 m and 3000 m, Genzebe Dibaba could add the 2 mile record to her collection. The world best is 9:06.26 by Meseret Defar in Praha, 2009. The men's 60 m sees the return of last year's champion Michael Rodgers. He will be up against all three British indoor medallists led by James Dasaolu and the strong French pair of Jimmy Vicaut and Christophe Lemaître. The startlist also boasts Nesta Carter and Kim Collins. Last year, Murielle Ahoure clocked 6.99 to win making her the 7th fastest performer of all-time. She returns this year as the World leader and will face IAAF Athlete of the Year Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce (2nd here last year), British champion and World number 2 this year Asha Philip and on form British junior Dina Asher Smith. Other events to be previewed in next days.
CAIN FOR WOMEN MILE
NEW YORK (USA): The women's mile at NYRR Millrose Games features 17 year old World leader Mary Cain, who was 2nd here last year; steeplechaser Emma Coburn, Gabe Grunewald and on form World Youth bronze medalist Alexa Efraimson. The Wanamaker Mile will be American mile record holder Alan Webb's farewell race. Up at the front should be 1500m silver medalists Nick Willis and Leo Manzano, Glasgow winner Chris O'Hare, Lawi Lalang and US Indoor mile champion Will Leer. The Women's 3000m has the top 3 finishers from the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Terre Haute winner Abbey D'Agostino is fresh from fast 4:28.31 mile and is up against World mile leader and World 5000m finalist Kim Conley. Brie Felnagle's best of 8:54.74 from 2013 makes her the 2nd fastest in the field behind Sara Hall who set her best back in 2009. Bernard Lagat set a US Indoor record over 2 miles here last year, this year he will race the 2000m and his competition will include Moscow 5th placer Evan Jager. World number 2 Tori Bowie will face European champion Eloyse Lesueur of France and Brianne Theisen Eaton in the women's long jump. World and Olympic bronze Derek Drouin is the favorite in the high jump where he will face Dusty Jonas and young Bahamaian Ryan Ingraham. Ireland's World 50km walk champion Rob Heffernan will compete in the 1 mile walk against defending champion Jonathan Hallman who won last year in 6:07.62.
GLASGOW (GBR): British Athletics has confirmed that Hampden Park is to host a two-day Diamond League meeting in 2014 as the event moves from London to Glasgow. Athletics Weekly reported last September how the national governing body was said to have completed a deal that would see Britain's premier Diamond League meeting move from the capital to the 2014 Commonwealth Games host city this year. The switch has now been officially announced, with the event to be held on and known as the Sainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix. There had been much discussion as to the venue for this year's Diamond League meeting, with the Olympic Stadium, venue for last year's Sainsbury's Anniversary Games, out of action until 2015 at the earliest due to refurbishment. The event had previously been held at Crystal Palace. Also the second British meet in the series switched from Gateshead to Birmingham in 2011 in second year of the Diamond League.