Moscow Diary 2013: Day One Quote of Day, Result of Day, Surprise of Day, by Alfons Juck, EME NEWS, note by Larry Eder

Alfons Juck, the meet director of the Ostrava Golden Spike, among the meets he manages, is also the man behind EME News. Known by the key players in the sport for several years, RunBlogRun worked an agreement to publish key pieces from his daily newsletter on our blog. Now, he is one of our most popular daily content.

One of my favorite assets is Alfons's reports at World Champs. Here is Day 1 Quote of Day, Result of Day and Surprise of Day! 

Valeria Straneo, silver medalist, Women's Marathon, photo by

"I think this is only a dream. Not reality, give some days to realise it," Italian marathon runner Valeria Straneo, mother of two after winning the silver medal. 

Mo Farah last km 2:26 and last 400 m 54.5 when winning in humid weather the 10 000 m. Russian All-comers record in men 100 m in heats (first two sub 10 seconds ever here) and Ashton Eaton second fastest ever 400 m in a decathlon.

US Gunnar Nixon leading the decathlon after 4 events. Ethiopians not succesful in women marathon and men 10 000 m (except of Jeylan).

KEN 1-0-1, GBR 1-0-0, ETH and ITA 0-1-0

KEN 19, ETH and JPN 11, ITA 10

AGENT RANKINGS (by individual gold medals)
Ricky Simms 1, Brendan Reilly 1

yes: Farah (10k), no: Gelana

yes: E.Kiplagat, no: Jeylan, Hardee

TOP STATS (by Ken Nakamura)
Edna Kiplagat become the first women marathon runner to successfully defended her crown. 
Straneo first medal by European since Radcliffe and Dita in 2005 in the World Championships women's marathon.
50.20 by Ohuruogu is the fastest first round heat time at W400m in the history of the World Championships
Mo Farah became only the second (after Cova) European Champion to win the World Championships


MOSCOW (RUS): Trinidad record holder Kelly-Ann Baptiste has tested positive for a banned substance. The 26 year old was due to run in the women's 100m and the 4x100m in Moscow. Baptiste is the third fastest sprinter in the world this year with a time of 10.83 (1.6) and was a bronze medallist in the 100m at the last edition of the World Championships.  Semoy Hackett is also off Trinidad and Tobago's 4x100m team as she has been re-suspended for a drug violation that occurred in 2012, informs Hackett tested positive for Methylhexaneamine at the NCAA Championships in 2012 and was later cleared by the National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) disciplinary panel, however the IAAF has appealed the decision and will take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for sport.

MOSCOW (RUS): Four time World Long Jump Champion, Dwight Phillips of the USA postponed his retirement to see if he can add another title in Moscow, reports Phillips struggled with an achilles injury last year but is regaining form this year and feels confident of his chances. The 35 year old stated, "this will definitely be my last championships" and added that he wants to end his career with a "golden moment". He is confident that he can do this; "when I'm in the final I know how to win, I've done it many times and although I'm not the favourite, in my eyes I am".

MOSCOW (RUS): Men's Pole Vault World record holder Sergey Bubka is looking forward to watching Yelena Isinbayeva compete in front of her home crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium, reports The Ukrainian said, "this could be the highlight of her career. To perform in front of her home supporters and in Moscow at a World championships is wonderful". He also referred to French vaulter Renaud Lavillenie as a "great leader" of the men's pole vault. On the subject of his own world record, Bubka acknowledges that the "key point to breaking (his) record is the technique of how you hold the pole".

MOSCOW (RUS): Ukrainian Discus thrower Natalia Semenova suffered a bloodied and broken nose during qualifying for the Discus final, informs Reuters. Polish athlete Zaneta Glanc hit the 31 year old Semenova in the nose while miming a throw at the athletes' area next to the discus circle.  Semenova still went on to throw, managing one valid effort of 55.79 which was not enough to qualify for the final. Later she was in the hospital, got stitches, remains to see whether she would need a surgery.

MOSCOW (RUS): Russian Discus thrower Vera Ganeeva suffered from food poisoning before the World Championships and failed to qualify for the final during today's morning session, informs IAAF.

MOSCOW (RUS): USA will have three representatives in the men's 800m semi-finals in Moscow, a feat which hasn't been achieved by the Americans in these championships since the Worlds in 1995, informs Race Results Weekly. Nick Symmonds, Duane Solomon and Brandon Johnson all safely negotiated their heats during Saturday's morning session. 

MOSCOW (RUS): American Long Jumper Janay DeLoach Soukup sprained her ankle on her 2nd jump at the US trials, This injury has forced the 27 year old to change her run up so that she jumps off her right foot rather than her left. The Olympic bronze medallist squeezed through the World Championships qualification rounds today, finishing in 11th place overall. The injury is still causing her a lot of pain. Also injured and out are decathletes Jeremy Taiwo and title defender Trey Hardee. 

MOSCOW (RUS): Columbian 800m runner Rafith Rodriguez qualified for the semi-finals of the men's 800m in Moscow despite suffering from an illness, reports "I've been sick for two days, with fever, headache's, a stomach virus that has caused me dizziness and diarrhoea" said Rodriguez.  His best time this season is 1:44.33, run in Monaco. Doctors told him that he shouldn't run but he still managed to qualify as a fastest loser. He admitted that he felt "very weak" and had no strength.  This disappointment comes around a year after Rodriguez tore his meniscus, just one week before the London Olympic Games.

MOSCOW (RUS): Australian Jess Tengrove finished 11th in the women's marathon in Moscow on her 3rd attempt at the distance, informs Athletics Australia. Her 11th place finish is the best ever position recorded by an Australian female athlete in the IAAF World Championships marathon, beating Kerry McCann's 15th place from 1995. The 25 year old said that she is "very happy" with her performance and is "very excited" about her future in the event.

MOSCOW (RUS): Because of an foot inflammation South African sub1:45 runner Andre Olivier was not competing in the men 800 m heats.


NAIROBI (KEN): The head of Kenya's Olympic Committee, Kipchoge Keino told Reuters that athlete education will be a vital part of solving any drug problems among Kenyan athletes, "We need to educate our athletes. We need to sit down together and give them seminars so they can understand. We have to show them in practical terms that this is not the right way".

EUGENE (USA): The World Youth Bronze medallist in the 1500m Alexa Efraimson of America is being compared to Mary Cain Mary Cain will compete in the 1500m in Moscow as a 17 year old. Efraimson's Sophomore best of 4:16.00 and 2:06.54 compare to Cain's 4:11.01 and 2:03.34. Efraimson, who comes from a soccer background and whose parents were both college swimmers, said that she would like to eventually run professionally, maybe at the Nike Oregon Project alongside Cain.

CINCINATTI (USA): Cincinnati will bid for the US 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials, reports Flying Pig Marathon director Iris Simpson Bush said that Cincinnati would be a good location; "We're a midsize market, affordable, and we have the passion for it and the resources". The Flying Pig Marathon, held in Cincinnati, has run for 15 years and regularly draws audiences of around 150,000 people. US Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall will work as a consultant for the bidding city.

SAN DIEGO (USA): 10 cities are in informal discussions with the USOC over a potential bid for the 2024 Olympic Games; these include San Diego, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Reports

ZURICH (SUI): In one year since August 12 starts the European Championships 2014 in Zurich. Already 30 000 tickets are sold, 1400 athletes from 50 countries are expected.


UTRECHT (NED, Aug 9): Sifan Hassan who lives in Netherlands but is not yet allowed to compete for the new country clocked fast 8:41

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