Moscow Diary 2013: Day Two Quote of the Day, Result of the Day, Surprise of the Day, from Alfons Juck, EME NEWS

Race Walkers in the mister, August 11, 2013, 
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Day two in the World Champs featured finals in the 20,000m walk, 10,000m run for women, women's long jump, Decathlon and women's discus. Here are some of the stories that Alfons Juck of EME News was researching...
"The rain actually got me excited. We saw the lightning at the horizon when we were at the warm-up track and started thinking they would postpone the race," Justin Gatlin.

Usain Bolt 9.77 in rain. World leading 8809 decathlon by Asthon Eaton.

Russian Aleksandr Ivanov winning the 20 km walk, he was the only one setting personal best in hot weather. It was his fourth 20km overall (all this year) and first winning. Last year as junior his distance was 10 km.

MEDALS (17 countries)
USA 2-1-0, ETH and KEN 1-1-1, JAM 2-0-1

POINTS (27 countries)
USA 7, KEN 33, ETH 25, JAM 23, RUS 19

AGENT RANKINGS (by individual gold medals)
Ricky Simms 2, Brendan Reilly 1, Alex Porkhomovskiy 1, Mark Wetmore 1, Paul Doyle 1, Mark Pryor 1, Daniel Wessfeldt 1

yes: Farah (10k), Bolt (100), Perkovic, T. Dibaba, Eaton, Reese, no: Gelana, Chen Ding

yes: E.Kiplagat, Reese, no: Jeylan, Hardee.

TOP STATS (by Ken Nakamura)
100 m women heats: 10.94 is the fastest ever first round at World Championships by English Gardner.
1:20:58 is the slowest winning time since 2007.
10.00 is the new fastest time that failed to qualify for the final of 100m in World Championships. 
Brandon Johnson with 1:44.89 is now the fastest who failed to make the final.
1:43.87 by Solomon is the fastest non-final ever in World Championships.
Eaton became the fifth (after Thompson, O'Brien, Sebrle, and Clay) Decathlete to won gold in 
both Olympic and World Championships.
Perkovic became third (after Hellman and Zvereba) Women Discus thrower to win both Olympic and Worlds gold medal.


KINGSTON (JAM): The Head Coach and founder of the Jamaican MVP Track Club, Stephen Francis, says that he has cut off all communication with Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson after they tested positive for a banned substance (Oxilofrine), reports 

MOSCOW (RUS): Jamaican 110m hurdler Dwight Thomas was forced out of the World Championships after aggravating a knee injury while practicing at the warm up track three days ago. Sfter receiving an MRI he was told not to take part in the championships.  

MOSCOW (RUS): Mohammed Ahmed recorded the best ever finish by a Canadian at the World Championships in the men's 10000-metres with his ninth place finish in 27:35.76, informs

MOSCOW (RUS): One of the big favourites for the women's 1500, Abeba Aregawi of Sweden has been suffering from stomach problems, reports The 23 year old vomited on her way to compete in the heats this morning, where she safely qualified for the semi-final. Her physiotherapist says that these stomach problems are common for Aregawi before competitions and added that it was nothing serious.

TOKYO (JPN): The Japanese men's marathon and javelin squads have left Japan for Moscow, reports Japan Running News. The hot weather remains a concern for the marathoners. 2:08.14 runner Yuki Kawauchi said that it will be "do or die" but that he will take special care to taking on fluids at the water stations.
MOSCOW (RUS): Saudi Arabian 400m runner Yousef Ahmed Masrahi said that he doesn't feel pressurised by the medal winning expectations held by many people in Saudi Arabia, reports The 25 year old has made big improvements since he moved to John Smith's training group in the US. Masrahi, who was a middle distance runner before switching to the 400m, has improved his personal best from 45.43 to 44.72 this year.

MOSCOW (RUS): Tirunesh Dibaba says that she isn't disappointed that she will not run the 5000m as it gives a chance to the younger stars of the Ethiopian team, informs The newly crowned World 10,000m champion would not let her sister Genzebe, who is racing the 1500m, watch her race from the stadium as she wanted her to rest at the hotel before the semi-finals of her 1500m. She added that she is not sure if she will watch Genzebe race in Moscow or if she will fly home to Ethiopia.  

MOSCOW (RUS): French sprinter Christophe Lemaitre injured his thigh when finishing 7th in the 100m final, reports Lemaitre left the medical centre at the Luzhniki stadium supported by two people and travelled back to the hotel in an ambulance. His coach Pierre Caraz indicated that there would be no chance that Lemaitre would return for the 200m or the 4x100m relay. 


FALMOUTH (USA, Aug 10): On warm 7miles of "Falmouth road race" Micah Kogo confirms his great shape of the moment winning again as Joyce Chepkirui did the same on women side. Micah Kogo took first place in 32:13 with second place for US Ben True 32:19. Former London Marathon champ Emmanuel Mutai was third in same time as second placed. Abdi Abirahman was fourth in 32:28 while Ben Bruce was fifth in 32:44. Women side also far from record with a impressive run from Joyce Chepkirui in 36:42 over Gemma Steel of Great Britain 37:05 and Lineth Masai 37:06. Diane Nukuri Johnson was fourth in 37:15 and fifth Dutch Adrienne Herzog in 37:20.

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