Beijing News, Day 4: Quote of Day, performance of day, surprise of day, by Alfons Juck, EME News


Cheruiyot_VivianH-Beijing15.JPGVivian Cheruiyot, 10,000m champion, photo by

The 10,000 meters was a great race to watch, with Vivian Cheruiyot's win, and Burka's silver and heart breaking to watch Molly Huddle loose the bronze, but amazing, at same time to watch Emily Infeld's gutty performance and bronze medal.

Here are Alfons Juck's Day 4, Quote of Day, performance of Day and Surprise of Day. Some of my favorite reads each day!


This is my real comeback. I had many thoughts in my head during the race but I told myself I want to win, no matter how hard it is. It is even more precious now after I became a mother a year ago. I dedicate this medal to my son. I am not going to double here, this is it. I will run in Zurich and then want to get ready to fight for a medal in Rio, " Vivian Cheruiyot after 10 000 m.

Dafne Schippers clocking two national records within 2 hours 10.83 and 10.81 in the 100 m, the fastest time by an European since 2004.

Renaud Lavillenie not winning the pole vault.

Saturday: Mo Farah, Sunday: Usain Bolt, Monday nominees: Shawn Barber, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Ezekiel Kemboi

MEDALS (19 countries)

KEN 2-2-2, JAM 2-0-1, GBR 2-0-0, GER 1-2-0, USA 1-1-4, CAN 1-1-2

POINTS (38 countries)

USA 69, KEN 57, JAM 35, GER and POL 29, CAN 28

AGENT RANKINGS (by individual gold medals)
Ricky Simms 3, Jos Hermens 2, Sylvia Abmayr 1, John Nubani 1, Czeslaw Zapala 1, Alberto Armas 1, Enrico Dionisi 1, Paul Doyle 1, Adrian Laidlaw 1, Jessica Ennis-Hill no official IAAF agent.

yes (5): Farah (10k), Bolt, Ennis-Hill, Kemboi, Fraser-Pryce, no (6): Kiprotich, Pars, Majewski, Chen Ding, Rypakova, Lavillenie, nc (2): Adams, T. Dibaba

yes (6): Farah (10k), Fajdek, Bolt, Kemboi, Fraser-Pryce, Ibarguen, no: (4) Kiprotich, Storl, Kasyanova, Holzdeppe, nc (3): Adams, Ivanov, T. Dibaba


2 Area records (Asia men 400 m, Oceania men shot put)

STATS (By Ken Nakamura)

100m: Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce won a record third world 100m title; she had been tied with Marion Jones on two. Her winning time of 10.76, in taking her second global title in the Bird's Nest, was faster than her Olympic Games winning performance of 10.78, and is the fastest time recorded in Beijing. Behind Fraser-Pryce, Dafne Schippers won silver; the first medal for the Netherlands in the history of the women's event at a world championships.

Steeple: Ezekiel Kemboi won a record fourth world title, surpassing his compatriot Moses Kiptanui. Kenya took the top four spots in the men's steeplechase. A country has only done this, in any event, on two previous occasions at a world championships. Kenya did it previously in the women's 10,000m in 2011 and the USA took the top four spots in the men's 200m in 2005. Kenya have completed the men's steeple medal sweep previously in 1997 and 2007.

10000m: Vivian Cheruiyot became the second athlete, after Tirunesh Dibaba, to win multiple medals in the women's 10000m at a world championships.

PV: Gold medalist Shawn Barber won Canada's first ever medal in the pole vault at a world championships.

TJ: Caterine Ibarguen won her second world gold in the triple jump, tying the record of Yargelis Savigne and Tatyana Lebedeva.

TJ: Hanna Minenko won Israel's first world medal for 14 years. Her silver was Israel's third ever medal, with pole vaulter Alex Averbukh getting the first two (bronze and silver).


Fraser-Pryce: Confirmed after the 100 m win that she will not run the 200 m.

Bolt: Bolt 9.784, Gatlin 9.797 that is 0.013 difference. Interesting to note Bolts reaction times 0.152 heats, 0.148 semifinals, 0.159 finals. And the lanes for Bolt final 5, semifinal 7, heat 6.

Cantwell: Did not compete in the final because of back spasms.

Hansen: European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen met with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach ahead of the IAAF World Championships. Hansen has invited President Bach to speak at the European Athletics Convention in the Olympic capital of Lausanne in October alongside new IAAF President Sebastian Coe and European Olympic Committees President Patrick Hickey. "The Convention in Lausanne in October will be the biggest and best ever and will deliver greater value to our Member Federations, will further unite the European Athletics community, and generate increased media interest," said President Hansen following the Council's decision to revamp the annual summit. The European Athletics Golden Tracks - the annual awards night for the men's and women's European athletes of the year and rising stars - will take place at the Swiss Tech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Saturday 17 October.

Farah Anticipates Fast Race: After being challenged by a concerted effort by the Kenyan trio in the men's 10,000m, Mo Farah admits that completing the distance double will be "harder than at previous championships." The Briton thinks that the East African nation will also take a proactive approach in the 5000m and push the pace early. "It could be a fast one. They will be thinking, 'Mo will be tired from the 10'." Says Press Association.

Gatlin Boycotts British Media: Justin Gatlin's agent Renaldo Nehemiah told The Guardian that due to the British media's treatment of his athlete, Gatlin will no longer speak to them. "There's been nothing positive said about him now for some time. Every characterisation is solely about doping and vilifying him. "So, to maintain his own dignity and self-respect, he feels it best not to speak to them. It's very unfortunate, but he's been hurt tremendously by these attacks."

Rutherford Defends KJT: Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has called the criticism of Katarina Johnson-Thompson's three long jump fouls "out of order". "I think what people don't understand is this is an incredibly fast runway," said the Briton. "Kat's incredibly young and I heard a few comments that were a little bit harsh. "I reckon if you put a speed gun on would be 0.1 or 0.2 of a second quicker out here."

Kenyans Explain DNFs: Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto explained their reasons for not finishing the marathon. Kipsang: "When I got to the 30km-mark, I could not go farther. I said let me save myself. The sun, the heat was too much. I was burning and I couldn't even breathe. I tried to gasp for air nothing was going in." Kimetto: "I am used to running in cooler conditions but something like 30 degrees was too much. It destroyed us." (Daily Nation)

Powell Blames Start: Asafa Powell was "very disappointed" not to make the top three in the 100m final. The Jamaican said that his start let him down as he failed to deliver on the top stage once again. "It's one more disappointment added to all those before. "It has been going on for a while now, and I definitely hope I can pull it off one day." (Jamaica Gleaner)

Johnson's 100m Analysis: World 400m record holder Michael Johnson broke down the 100m final for BBC: "Gatlin didn't hold that drive phase for as long as he normally does" "He started to over stride when he felt Bolt over to his side...which caused him to lose his balance." "Bolt ran a great race but Gatlin gave it away".

Kenya Need New Approach: Kenya's head coach Julius Kirwa believes that the country's marathon selection should be looked at critically after their team flopped in the men's race. He also believes they should spend longer acclimatizting ahead of future championships.

Rutherford Unhappy with UKA: After qualifying for the long jump final, Greg Rutherford complained to the BBC about a hindering "class system" in UK Athletics. "Things have not been working very well for me. As things come out, we'll see there are different class systems within the system which I don't think works well and, for me, is a massive hindrance."

No Visas for Ghanaians: The two US based athletes, Janet Amponsah and Alex Amankwaah failed to secure visas to travel into China. The President of the Ghana Athletics Association President managed to get the LOC, working with Chinese immigration and the IAAF, to issue a visa-upon-arrival letter. However, United Airlines declined to let them board their flight to China using the visa-on-arrival document.

Fajdek Loses Medal: World men's hammer champion Pawel Fajdek lost his gold medal in a taxi on Sunday night. The local police were able to locate it and the medal is now back in the Pole's possession.

Kipruto with Shoe Trouble: One of Conseslus Kipruto's spikes tore on the last lap making it difficult for him on the final straight. He still held on to win silver. (LetsRun)

No 100mH for Visser: After placing 8th in the heptathlon, 20 year old Nadine Visser of the Netherlands has decided to now focus on the 4x100m and to forego the 100mH. Visser's standout mark in the heptathlon was her PB of 12.81 in the hurdles. She won bronze in the 100mH at the 2014 World Juniors. (Reuters)

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