World Athletics Championships 2007- Review of Results thus far

29 08 2007

So, we have completed 4 days of competition at The Nagai Stadium in Osaka and have seen some fantastic athletics. For those of you who’ve missed out on the action, I’ll try and bring you up to speed on the results we’ve seen thus far.

Day 1

Luke Kibet wins the Men’s MarathonCompetition kicked off with the Men’s Marathon. As so often is the case in championships, the time was slow, but given the conditions (30 degrees and 60% humidity I believe) this is not surprising. Marginally more than half the athletes finished the race, won by Kenyan Luke Kibet in 2:15.59, the first Kenyan to win the World Championship marathon since Douglas Wakihuri in 1987. Qatari Mubarak Hassan Shami (formerly Richard Yatich of Kenya) took silver just ahead of Victor Rothlin of Switzerland. Japan won the team event after it’s athletes took 5th, 6th, 7th and 13th, ahead of Korea and Kenya 3rd.

In the womens 10000, Tirunesh Dibaba overcame some drama to win the title again. At one stage she was well adrift of the leaders clutching her stomach, but somehow fought back into the race and eventually win in 31:55.41, with Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse 2nd in 31:59.40 and Kara Goucher (USA) holding out Joanne Pavey from the Uk for 3rd in 32:02.05. At just 22 Dibaba is sweeping womens distance running off it’s feet in much the same way male compatriots Haile Gebresselaise and Kenenisa Bekele have done for the past 14 years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mottram pulls up short, but he’s ok…

16 08 2007

Nuh-uh, wrong Mottram blogfrica… wink wink…

Can Jamie run like this? ;)Anyway, Craig Mottram – Australian international athlete – will run as planned in the 5000 meters event in the World Athletic Championships that begins in Osaka in just over a week.

Mottram – whilst training for the event in London – stopped shy of finishing a training session, clutching his hamstring, then limped off the training track. Athletics Australia chief executive Danny Corcoran stated that Mottram was fine, and would compete as planned – “…just a scare.”

Mottram heads into this event as one of the favourites, having had only one loss at either 3000 or 5000 meters this season. His last race was a 2 mile event in London earlier this month – which he won.

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[Source: The Age…]