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Berlino the mascot crashes

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Berlino drops Melaine Walker of Jamaica during a celebratory piggy back ride after she won gold in the women’s 400m hurdles. Owww!

Here’s another clip where Walker is interviewed after the fall. Didn’t seem to upset her too much.

Bolt given 3-ton piece of Berlin Wall

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Associated Press

BERLIN — Usain Bolt was honored by the city of Berlin by receiving an original segment of the Berlin Wall — nearly three tons of it.

bolt with the mayorThe Jamaican sprinter, who broke world records in winning gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters, was presented with the piece of wall at a small ceremony Sunday, the final day of the world championships.

The 12-foot high section will be delivered to Bolt’s training camp in Jamaica.

The piece of the wall, which divided communist East Berlin from West Berlin between 1961 and 1989, is decorated with a life-size painting of Bolt running on the blue track of the Olympic stadium and the words “NEW WR” — new world record. Bolt set a world record in the 100 at 9.58 seconds and 19.19 in the 200.

berlin wall“I will never forget Berlin,” Bolt said at the ceremony. “Ich bin ein Berlino.”

The bear mascot of the championships is called Berlino, while the phrase “ich bin ein Berliner” was used by former President John F. Kennedy during a visit to West Berlin.

Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit said Bolt had shown that “one can tear down walls that had been considered as insurmountable.”

The Berlin Wall came down in 1989, as communism was collapsing in Eastern Europe.

Associated Press

Kai Long sets record straight on Owens legend

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Long’s sportsmanship was not case of race, says son
By Pirate Irwin (AFP) – 1 hour ago

BERLIN — A world famous legend recalling how German Luz Long crossed racial barriers to help American rival Jesse Owens qualify for the long jump final at the 1936 Olympics has been downplayed by Long’s son Kai.

photo courtesy of AFP
photo courtesy of AFP
Kai Long said his father, whose actions helped Owens win the gold, prompting a furious Adolf Hitler to leave the stadium early, had simply acted within the old tradition of amateur sportsmanship.

“It was not a question of race, of being black and white,” said Long, who is attending the world athletics to watch the long jump final.

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Upsets in the 800m

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Phil Noble/Reuters
Phil Noble/Reuters

Canada’s reigning world silver medallist Gary Reed and Sudan’s reigning Olympic silver medallist Ismail Ismail both failed to qualify for the [800m] final, scheduled for 1525 GMT on Sunday.

Read full article here.

And in other results, Mens 400m final BerlinLaShawm Merritt once again beat Jeremy Wariner to lead a 1-2 US rush to the 400m podium.



1 4 1206 LaShawn Merritt USA 44.06
2 6 1242 Jeremy Wariner USA 44.60
3 3 1113 Renny Quow TRI 45.02


Germany Athletics WorldsVeronica Campbell-Brown also finished second, again to her nemesis, Alyson Felix. Felix has now won her third consecutive world championships 200m title.


21 August 2009
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark
1 6 986 Allyson Felix USA 22.02
2 5 522 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 22.35
3 4 126 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie BAH 22.41

All results from IAAF site

Usain Bolt Splits – 9.69 vs 9.58 – Can He Run Faster?

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Interesting blog post from Jimson Lee at speedendurance.com, DV563708who has broken down the 10m split times from both Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt over their most recent major meets.

[edit in: another excellent biomechanical analysis of Bolt’s potential here].

Compare Bolt’s last 10m from Beijing (1.73 sec) vs. his last 10m in Berlin (1.66 sec). Chased by Tyson Gay, Bolt actually ran through the last phase of the race this time.

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Usain Bolt Splits – 9.69 vs 9.58 – Can He Run Faster?
August 17, 2009 by Jimson Lee

Honestly, I didn’t expect Usain Bolt to run sub 9.60.

I felt a WR was imminent after watching his SF, and I knew his chest thumping slowdown in Beijing showed me he could run low 9.60.

But a 9.58?

Now, in all fairness, I added Tyson Gay’s splits, just to show what it will take to beat Usain Bolt. I mentioned his 9.68 +4.1 wind aided race winning the 2008 USATF Olympic Trials in a previous post.

You can also thank Tyson Gay for making Bolt push though the race. Bolt came to Berlin to win. The World Record was bonus.

Read the entire article here

19.19

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That’s two consecutive 100m times of 9.595.

Second place was 19.81.

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Bolt, who also smashed the 100m record in Berlin on Sunday, is now the first man to hold the 100 and 200m world and Olympic titles at the same time.

BBC

Lopes-Schliep wins silver!

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The pictures say it all.

00.04 seconds between Gold, Silver and Bronze.

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Ebenbichler/REUTERS
Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press
Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press