Recently in 2019 Doha WC Category

The women's pole vault is one of the bright spots of the sport of athletics. The competition in Doha had six women over 4.80 meters. The battles between Siderova and Morris, who cleared the same five heights on first attempts, 4.50m to 4.70m, 4.80m, 4.85m, and 4.90m. Stefanidi cleared 4.50m and 4.70m, on first attempts, then took 2 attempts at 4.80m and 4.85m. Olympic champion Stefanidi missed at 4.90 one time, and took her final two attempts at 4.95m, missing and taking bronze.

20190930_000134.jpgSandi Morris, Anzehlika Siderova, Ekaterina Stefanidi, photo by Adam Johnson Eder, The Shoe Addicts

Siderova took 3 attempts at 4.95m to clear 4.95m on her final attempt. Morris took 3 attempts and did not clear 4.95m, taking the silver.

The women's pole vault is a true global event. Siderova is a tough competitior, and Morris came close, but will need to up the game to take gold. Stefanidi is not to be underestimated.

Again, a good presser to see American, russian and Greek views of the pole vault, and also women in sports.

To see the final competition results, go to:

Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts (Mike Deering, video production, Adam Johnson Eder, photography).

How do I begin? One of the things that gets under my skin is at a presser, when 80 per cent of the questions are on drugs. The Salazar ban did not happen until two days later, on 30 September, but the pressure was there. A dozen British media, sent to cover the WC drug issues, the majority who never hit a British athletics event in 2019, were there to catch the athletes. We have same thing in US. Most Olympic Trials, many journos show up to ask doping questions, and nothing else.

Issue is this. And I see both sides. The doping politics is complete and utter b.s. Both sides have guilt in making the sport dirty. Do I think the sport is cleaner that the 1980s? 1990s? 2000s? yes, yes, yes. But the level of cheating has gone to depraved levels. I do not have a Ph.D in gene studies, which is where the doping of the future will be found.

Do I think most athletes cheat? Nope. Most do not have the money to cheat. And USADA and WADA are doing some amazing levels of testing. The future of sport is on the line.

The athletes, especially in the sprints, deal with this all the time. Truth is, all of our athletics events are under suspicion, some more than others.

20190929_003218.jpgChristian Coleman, Justin Gatlin and Andre De Grasse, 100m WC , photo by Adam Johnson Eder, The Shoe Addicts

Christian Coleman missed some tests, and the reprieve had many wondering what was happening. Then, Justin Gatlin, who lets his feet do the talking, is in a constant shit storm with the British media. Andre De Grasse, the fine Canadian who just got back to the global sprint wars, gives no quarter, and one can see the desire in his eyes to be the top of the sprint food chain.

Coleman is wary of the media: he was in a mess last spring and he did not like being the focal point of a feeding frenzy. Gatlin enjoyed the whole spectacle and was shocked he was not the focus of the global media on drug questions.

The presser was fascinating, and shows the doublespeak that has come to such events. Athletes must be guarded, in such occassions, as some media want to catch them in a mistake.

To see the entire results of the 100m:

Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts (Mike Deering, video production, Adam Johnson Eder, photography).

The 2019 WC Men's Long Jump was full of upsets. The field had most of the top long jumpers, but some were not jumping on all cylinders. Tajay Gayle, a young Jamaican jumper with much promise, took the lead in attempt 1, with 8.46m. Jeff Henderson took second position with an 8.28m, and Juan Luis Echevarria, the most talented long jumper in a decade, was in third, 8.25m after the first attempts.

20190928_224348.jpgJeff Hendersen, Tajay Gayle, Juan Luis Echevarria, WC LJ 2019, photo by Adam Johnson Eder, The Shoe Addicts

Where was the response of Echevarria, Manyonga and Samaai?

Gayle had two legal jumps, and his 4th, 8.69m, showed who was the long jump king in 2019. Henderson pleased himself with a leap of 8.39m in attempt 3, and kept the silver medal, and Juan Luis Echevarria improved to 8.34m in attempt 3.

The upsets? Few picked Gayle as the winner. Even Henderson did not expect to get a medal, hell, he was surprised to make the U.S. team. Another upset, what happened to Echevarria? In the young Cuban's defense, he was most gracious with the young Jamaican who took the gold. Gayle could not give more than a few words on his win. I took it that he was in shock.

Tokyo2020? All of these guys will be there, but Gayle will have a bulls eye on his back and Henderson and Echevarria will be there, ready to challenge the Jamaican champion.

To see the entire competition results:

Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts (Mike Deering, video production, Adam Johnson Eder, photography).

The women's hammer throw presser was a fascinating press conference.DeAnna Price took the gold with her attempt 3 throw of 77.54m. Joanna Fiodorow, the number 2 in Poland, took the silver of 76.35m in attempt 1 and Zheng Wang of China took the bronze on her fifth attempt in 74.76m.

The presser was fascinating in that Ms. Price really told the story of an athlete changing everything, from nutrition, to lifting to focus, to take the gold medal in the hammer throw. An effusive Joanna Fiodorow told how she picked up the hammer in Poland and how she was concerned with the top Polish hammer thrower being injured in 2019 (Anita Wlodarzyk, Poland, Wr 82.98m).

20190928_214919.jpg2019 Women's HT presser, Fiodorow, Price, Wang, photo by Adam Johnson Eder, The Shoe Addicts

Zheng Wang of Chinas is part of one of the big themes of China taking medals in the technical events. She was relaxed and spoke of her beginnings in the hammer throw.

The was Price's presser, in the end, as she took the time to reach out to young women throwers. If you coach women throwers, get them to watch this, several times.

To see the complete results, please go to:

Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts (Mike Deering, video production, Adam Johnson Eder, photography).

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