Mutaz Barshim, photo by PhotoRun.net
Here is one of my favorite features from EME News. The team managed by Alfons Juck finds much of the behind the scenes info at major meets and provides it in a Flashback column. Some good information here. It is like you were at the meeting!
PARIS FLASH BACK
PARIS (FRA): Former world triple jump champion Teddy Tamgho was giving Christian Taylor some technical advice at the Paris Diamond League on Saturday, informs L’Equipe. “Before his 18.11m in Eugene at the end of May, Christian had had some technical problems and his coach (Rana Reider) had to leave to look after his hurdlers so I was the one who took care of him. Apparently he liked my analysis and so on Thursday he asked me if I could give him a helping hand. I sent an SMS to Reider to know what to insist on, and I just did the job!” he said.
PARIS (FRA): Omar McLeod has blamed his poor run in the Paris Diamond League on cramps in his calves as well as the cold conditions, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. “During warm-up, I felt cramps in both calves, but I still decided to report for the race as I thought it would have improved. I also collided with Sergey Shubenkov during the race, and this did not help the situation. The chilly conditions also did not help,” he said. McLeod was seventh in 13.41.
PARIS (FRA): Coach Stephen Francis has credited Ronald Levy’s improvement to the fact he is injury free and the technical work he has put in with former world champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton. “Brigitte did a lot of work with him from a technical perspective, as he has always been a good athlete. But he spent more time trying to be injury free and that is the difference then and now, as he passed the month of May without any form of injury,” he said.
PARIS (FRA): Mutaz Essa Barshim said he stopped jumping at 2.39m due to some pain. “I wanted to jump even higher but I do not know what happened – I started to feel some pain so I just did not want to take a risk. There will be no limits for me in London. I just want to jump as high as possible,” he said. Barshim cleared 2.35m to extend his unbeaten streak.
PARIS (FRA): Christian Taylor is aiming to break Jonathan Edwards’ world triple jump record at the World Championships. “For London, I will hopefully show 18.29m plus. I know I can go for it, it is in my heart and I am thinking about it all the time. Will get some rest and get ready for Lausanne next week,” he said.