Bolt wins Weltkasse race, Gary Reed 5th in 800m

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Photo courtesy of IAAF
Photo courtesy of IAAF

ZURICH — Assoc. Press
Last updated on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009

World record-holder Usain Bolt shook off Jamaican teammate Asafa Powell to win the 100 metres in 9.81 seconds at the Weltklasse meet on Friday.

Bolt, the world and Olympic champion, trailed Powell halfway into the race then used his huge stride to pull ahead and even eased up in the last couple of metres. Powell finished in 9.88, followed by two Americans, Darvis Patton in 9.95 and Michael Rodgers in 9.98.

In his first race since smashing world records in the 100 and 200 at the world championships in Berlin, Bolt did not crush his rivals but still had enough to win ahead of Powell, the former world record-holder.

David Rudisha of Kenya won the 800 in 1:43.52 by beating world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa and silver medalist Alfred Kirwa Yego of Kenya. Mulaudzi was third and Kirwa Yego second.

Victoria’s Gary Reed was fifth in 1:44.26.

Read entire article here.

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

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.

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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.


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


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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.


Lopes-Schliep wins silver!

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The pictures say it all.

00.04 seconds between Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press
Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

Wariner vs. Merritt: re-match on Friday

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merritt vs warinerLooks like we’re going to see a big re-match on Friday in the men’s 400m between Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt and world champ Jeremy Wariner. Both won their semis today: Merritt in 44.37 and Wariner in 44.69. This is turning into one of the best rivalries in track and field.

Here’s a feature I did on Wariner last summer, before Jeremy lost his Olympic title to Merritt.

Heartbreak for Connaughton

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This must be a huge heartbreak after running so well in his heat.

connaughton-ap-090818-306Canadians eliminated from 200m
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 | 3:07 PM ET

All three Canadians in the men’s 200 metres at the world track and field championships were eliminated in Tuesday’s quarter-finals in Berlin.

Jared Connaughton of Charlottetown, P.E.I., appeared to qualify for the semifinals with a season-best time of 20.80 seconds, good for second place in his heat, but was later disqualified for stepping out of his lane.

CBC Sports

Photo Andy Lyons/Getty Imags
Photo Andy Lyons/Getty Imags
News was better for Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (12.61, won her heat) and Perdita Felicien (12.58, second in her heat) as both made the women’s 100m hurdles final.

Both are medal contenders.