2016 World Indoor Champs, Day Two Redux, from EME News, the view from Europe


Powell_AsafaSF-World16.JPGAsafa Powell, photo by PhotoRun.net

EME NEWS (MAR 18, 2016)

"This one is sweeter, I had a rough two years," Brittney Reese.
"I dont know exactly what happened. I really wanted to run in the 6.40," Asafa Powell.
"Im so happy my son and my family got to see me win. Titus won´t probably remember," Nia Ali.

Asafa Powell twice 6.44 in heats and semis on the same day, 5th best performer ever in the 60 m, fastest since 2009. Other world leads for Theisen-Eaton, Walsh, Reese.

Bronze for Barbados sprinter Ramon Gittens in the 60 m. Silver and bronze in the shot put for Balkans (Gag and Mihaljevic), Kenyans out in 800 m heats.

MEDALS (13 countries)
USA 4-3-0, CAN+FRA+NZL 1-0-0

POINTS (24 countries)
USA 77, CAN 19, GBR 17

AGENT RANKINGS (by individual gold medals)
Paul Doyle 2, Ricky Simms, Mark Pryor, Mark Wetmore, Rene Auguin, Andy Stubbs,

SELECTED STATS (with help of Ken Nakamura)

60 m: 6.44 by Powell is the third fastest time in World Indoor Championships, also fifth best ever performer and NR. Also fastest heat and semifinal at World Indoors.

Heptathlon: Eaton jumped 8.08m in Heptathlon LJ, second longest in the World Indoor Championships.

60 m: With 6.56 in semi of 60m, Kiryu became the second fastest sprinter who failed to make the final.

Long Jump: Reese won third gold at World Indoor WLJ, tying most gold by Kotova. Best 2nd, 3rd, 4th at World Indoors in LJ.

W60mH: Ali joined Lolo Jones as only two-time winner at W60mH in World Indoor

Pentathlon : Theison Eaton became first Commonwealth Games champion (at Heptathlon) to win gold in World Indoor Champ.

Shot Put: Winning margin of 89cm by Walsh is largest winning margin in SP at World Indoor.

400m Semi: 45.38 by Taplin is the fastest semi of 400m in World Indoors.


PORTLAND (USA): Ajee' Wilson is determined to make amends in the 800m this weekend at the World Indoor Championships. "I went to Sopot [in 2014] with the fastest time and I didn't make it out of the heats, so it would be extra special if I could come through with the win here," said Wilson, who comes into these champs with the world's fastest time again of 2:00.09. From IAAF.

PORTLAND (USA): Matt Centrowitz was slightly disappointed not to run 3:28-3:29 for 1500m last year, reports Runner's World. "I've been a little disappointed that the times haven't come down as much as I'd like. Last year I thought I could run something in the 3:29s, and maybe in a great race run under 3:29, but I came out with a 3:30. I think I still have a much faster time in me," he said.

PORTLAND (USA): Eliza McCartney, 19, believes she can challenge for a medal in Rio after finishing fifth on her senior debut in Portland in a national indoor record of 4.70m, reports the New Zealand Herald. "I couldn't ask for a better build-up to the world indoors and Rio with these competitions. These heights are what I want. It makes medalling look realistic," she said.

PORTLAND (USA): World long jump silver medallist Shara Proctor has said she is in shape to break the seven metre mark, reports Athletics Weekly. "I know I'm capable of seven metres indoors. I'm in shape, I'm fast, I'm mentally and physically ready. I just have to execute in competition," she said.

PORTLAND (USA): Swedish long jumper Khaddi Sagnia has been ill in the lead-up to Portland, reports Expressen. "I feel no pressure. This is more a rehearsal for the summer and the two championships that await," she said. Likewise, high jumper Erika Kinsey has been sidelined by a knee injury this winter but will still compete.

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