Birmingham Diary, Day 4: Quotes of the Day, Results of the Day, Protests


The World Indoor Championships are over, and they were four fine days and nights of athletics. There was also some frustration and curiosity over the number of protests, which affected the competition more than the races. What was obvious was that many athletes had little or no experience on running the indoor sport, which is a very different note. Many athletes, who had little experience, had issues with the high banking of the track. Athletes such as Pavel Maslak, who originally took the bronze, and after 2 DQs, was given the gold, has had little if any DQs in an indoor championship. Practice does make perfect.

Lavillenie-KendricksR-WORLDi18.jpGRenaud Lavillenie, Sam Kendricks, gold, silver, men's pole vault, photo by

On the other side, the number of DQs over lane violations suggest that, perhaps, the sport does need rules focused just on the indoor sport.

Niyonsaba_FrancineFHH-WORLDi18.jpGFrancine Niyonsaba, defends Portland with her Birmingham 2018 victory, photo by

We may also need an Ombudsman, someone neutral, who can reach to the Jury and remind them, that there has to be a happy medium between officiating and protecting athletes and protecting athletes too much.

Renaud Lavillenie: "I was a little dissapointed to miss my first jump at 5.90m as I know I am able to get it. But to be able to secure one more gold medal in the world championships is a crazy feeling."
Andy Pozzi: "To be a world champion in Birmingham makes the achievement tenfold. I've grown up here over the last decade. The first competition I ever watched was the trials here 15 years ago."
Ivana Spanovic: "I still cannot believe it even though I was preparing myself for it. Last time I lost the world title in the final attempts so I just wanted to stay focused and waited until the very end. I have tried to win this title so many times and finally I managed to produce gold. Brittney Reese is a huge personality, she is a special athlete."
Francine Niyonsaba: "I am always smiling when I wear this national flag of Burundi. I did all I was supposed to do to defend this title despite the fact it was not easy. I did it for god and for my country. I want to be an inspiration for the youth and children in Burundi."
Yomif Kejelcha: "Next year I want to break the 5000m world record."
Francine Niyonsaba 1:58.31 in the 800 m is fastest indoor time since 2011. Andy Pozzi getting home win at 60 m hurdles after close duel with Jarret Eaton. US women coming close to World Indoor record at 4x400 m.
Poland beating USA in men s 4x400 m and with World Indoor record. No one from Polish runners has sub 45 outdoors or sub 46 indoors.
MEDALS (32 countries, in 2014 30, in 2016 29)
USA 6-10-2, ETH 4-1-0, POL 2-2-1, GBR 2-1-4, FRA 2-0-1, IVC 1-1-0
POINTS (48 countries, in 2014 50 and 2016 53)
USA 208, GBR 67, ETH 57, POL 50, GER 39, CHN 33
AGENT RANKINGS (by individual gold medals)
Juan Pineda 2, Paul Doyle 2, Federico Rosa 2, Rene Auguin 2, Daniel Wessfeldt 2, Hussein Makke 2, Pavel Voronkov, Olga Nazarova, Jozsef Babinyecz, Chris Layne, Greg Kirkpatrick, Alberto Suarez, Claude Bryan, Andy Stubbs, Kimberly Holland, Czeslaw Zapala, Emmanuel Hudson, Alfons Juck. In Sopot 2014 and Portland 2016 Paul Doyle was on top with 3.
World Indoor record (1): Men 4x400 m
World leads (14): Women 60 m twice, women shot put, men long jump, men triple, men shot, men heptathlon, women pole vault, women triple jump, triple jump men, 4x400 m men, 800 m women, 4x400 m women, long jump women.
Area Indoor records (6): Africa 2, Asia 1, Oceania 2, South America 1, North America 1.
Meet records (6): Men 60 m, men shot put, women 60mH, women PV, men 4x400 m, women 4x400 m.
Portland was without WR, had 10 WL, 2 MR, 7 Area records.
yes (7): Dibaba (3000), Maslak (400), Walsh (SP), Rojas (TJ), Kejelcha (3000), Niyonsaba (800), Lavillenie (PV)
no (5): Cunningham (HJ), Dendy (LJ), Dong Bin (TJ), Hassan (1500), Reese (LJ)
others not competing
yes (4): Walsh, Mayer, Lasitskene, Rojas
no (9): Barshim, Manyonga, Schippers, Obiri, Pearson, Stefanidi, Gong, Kendricks, Reese
WOM 4x4: An appeal had been presented to the Jury were presented after the 4x400 Women Final by the Polish team, claiming that the USA had stepped on the kerb and should be disqualified under Rule. The Jury of Appeal examined the video evidence and rejected the Polish appeal. The USA remains in first position. Three appeals to the Jury were presented after the 4x400 Women Final by Jamaica, Poland and Ukraine. Jamaica was appealing against the disqualification of their team under Rule 218.4. Ukraine is claiming that the Polish team had stepped on the kerb and should be disqualified under Rule 163.3. Poland is appealing against a claim by team Ukraine that the Polish team had stepped on the kerb and should be disqualified under Rule. The Jury of Appeal examined the video evidence and rejected the Jamaican appeal. A fourth appeal had been filed by the British team against the disqualification of their team under Rule 163.2 (Obstruction). The Jury of Appeal examined the video evidence and accepted the appeal, . The British team will be reinstated.

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