Archive for janvier 2009

Asafa Powell 47.75 & Shelly-Ann Fraser 54.99


Reportage photo par « toyracerx »

Les précédentes rentrées d’Asafa:
2006 48.28
2007 47.67 (puis 47.17 record personnel en Février)
2008 48.76


A happy Powell said his race strategy was different from last year when he made a fool of himself. « Last year I was running like a mad man. I came here and ran the first 300m like crazy and could not finish, but this year, I just controlled my race, » he added. « I just went out and reserved something for the end, » he explained, while saying « 47.7 was a good time for a sprinter ». « The aim was to finish and run under 48 seconds, which I did, and I am very satisfied, » he said.

Fraser was also satisfied with her 54.99 run, a personal best. « I totally hate the 400m, but I have to do it and it’s something I will have to get over, » said Fraser, who won Olympic gold in 10.78. « Things are looking good so far, especially with this 54.9 run, which is a big personal best for me, » she said.

« I did 58 last year and I think that is a big improvement and good sign going into an important season, » added Fraser.


Shericka WILLIAMS aura visé l’or à Berlin


La vice-championne olympique du 400m, 4ème meilleure jamaïquaine de l’histoire (l’auteur de l’article a zappé Grace Jackson!), parle de ses objectifs pour 2008 à la vieille de sa rentrée sur … 800m à Kingston.

Usain BOLT aura été d’accord avec Maurice Greene


QUOTE Greene, who holds 100m gold and bronze medals from the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games, has been quoted by CMC as saying: « If he (Bolt) learns just a little bit (about sprinting), there is no telling what that boy can do. He’s mind-blowing. »

The 22-year-old Bolt, reacting to Greene’s comments, acknowledges that he will go even faster than his 9.69 seconds world record with improvement to the first 30 metres of his race.

« My coach (Glen Mills) has said a few things… I’ve run some races which I think I did pretty well in and he has found a lot of problems, so I guess Maurice Greene may know what he’s talking about, » Bolt told Sporting World.

Karin MAYR-KRIFKA aura parlé de la Jamaïque


L’ancienne sprinteuse autrichienne (7.15 en 2001, 11.15 en 2003 et 22.70 en 2002) a stoppé sa carrière en 2007 après la naissance de son 2ème enfant. Elle pense au 3ème…
Elle reste impliquée dans le sport en tant qu’entraîneur.
Elle a été surprise par les résultats de la Jamaïque et espère qu’il n’y a pas de scandale derrière cette réussite.
Elle estime que les tests anti-dopage sont trop simples, mais que les procédures de localisation ne doivent pas nuire à la vie privée des athlètes.

Comment les finales auront été gagnées


How Olympic finals were won and lost

By Mark Butler
BBC Sport’s athletics statistician takes a look at the numbers behind the big races

If you are a casual runner testing your fitness, try measuring out 100 metres and see how quickly you can cover that distance.

Then compare your result with the following figures: 15.4 seconds for men and 17.3 for women.

For many fit people, these might not seem to be tough targets and of course are far from the current world records of 9.69 and 10.49.

But consider that these were the slowest 100m sections covered in the respective Olympic 1500m finals last summer.

Every athlete in both those races ran 14 further 100m stretches faster than those times, and without a break!

These figures were obtained from a revolutionary timing system, where all distance running athletes each wore a tiny transponder on the inside of their front bib number.

Each time the runner passed over the 100m, 200m, 300m or 400m point on the track, his or her time was registered.

Therefore in the men’s 10,000m with 35 finishers, some 3,500 separate times were recorded.

It was all a bit too much to take in at the time, but now we have had a chance to take stock, can see a unique picture of how and when races were won or lost.

Among the highlights:

A fast back straight, rather than finishing burst, clinched victory in many races.

Britain’s Lisa Dobriskey may not have made the tactical error many believed in finishing fourth in the 1500m.

Women’s 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba ran a section faster than Britain’s Mo Farah in his heat of the men’s 5,000m.

In finals it is interesting to note that none of the new Olympic champions ended their race with their fastest 100m. The damage had been done before that point.

Not surprisingly, the 800m races provided the fastest movers. Two of the 800m men clocked a time of 11.7 down the back straight on the first lap in their preliminary races, but both went on to be eliminated.

Conversely, Canada’s Gary Reed left it too late. Seventh at 700m, he finished the Beijing final with a blistering 12.3 but ended up a frustrating fourth.

In the women’s 800m, the figures confirm the trademark move of the new champion Pamela Jelimo: a big effort on the final back straight.

The Kenyan clocked 14.2 for the section between 500m and 600m before slowing to 15.2 then 15.6. When Kelly Holmes won in Athens she finished faster than that, but from a slower initial pace.

Rashid Ramzi ran a tactically perfect race to win the men’s 1500m, with a scorching 12.6 on the crucial final bend.

His taller rival, Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop, clocked 12.8, which proved the difference, even though Kiprop was the faster in the finishing straight and closed to within 0.2 secs of the Bahraini.

Of course the figures alone cannot tell the story of the race. Someone forced to run wide on a bend would be actually be running further than 100m between the two transponder points.

In the women’s 1500m it was widely felt that Lisa Dobriskey had lost a medal through poor tactics, but the timing analysis does not fully confirm this.

In finishing fourth she ran a faster last 100m (14.6) than all but one of the other finalists, but the one quicker was Ukrainian Natalya Tobias, who Lisa had been tracking all round the final lap and who took the bronze medal.

Would they have been able to finish so fast if they had covered the courageous breaks made by winner Jebet Lagat (14.3 to 1100m) and silver medallist Irina Lishchynska (14.5 to 1200m) earlier in the race?

We’ll never know. We do know that it did not work for Bahrain’s world champion Maryam Jamal, who finished with only 17.2 after leading at the bell.

Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba each won the 5000m and 10,000m double and the statistics show that they won with similar tactics at the finish.

It is as if they take delivery of fresh legs in the closing stages of their races.

In the men’s 10,000m, Bekele simply changed gears 500m from home, moving down from 15.1 to 13.9 to 9600m and 14.0, 13.2, 12.5 for each successive 100m then 13.7 easing off.

Bekele was even more impressive at the 5000m, with three consecutive 100m segments under 14 secs from the bell.

In the brutally quick women’s 10,000m final, « Dibaba the Dasher » was able to run the final back-straight 100m in an astonishing 14 secs.

That meant she was moving faster in that section than any woman in any of the 1500m races in Beijing as well as Great Britain’s Mo Farah during his heat of the men’s 5,000m.

She had gone from 12 to 16mph in the space of 200m, which might not impress Jeremy Clarkson but is a deadly change of pace for a woman during a long distance race.

As with Jelimo, Ramzi and Bekele, her victory was forged before the home straight and she was able to slow somewhat without being threatened.

Sadly the Beijing timing measurement did not extend to sprint events where the runners all keep to separate lanes, but it is hoped that this will be possible at future meetings.

We can therefore look forward to getting a record of the fastest of all individual 100m runs, that of the second half of the 200m.

Also this technology can give us a more accurate picture of the seemingly pace-perfect 400m tactics of Christine Ohuruogu.
Watch the Aviva International from Glasgow on Saturday, 31 January from 1400 GMT on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

800m W Bungei (Ken) 13.0 secs
1500m R Ramzi (Brn) 13.3
5,000m K Bekele (Eth) 14.2
10,000m K Bekele (Eth) 13.7
3,000m Steeplechase B Kipruto (Ken) 13.5

800m P Jelimo (Ken) 15.6 secs
1500m J Langat (Ken) 15.1
5,000m T Dibaba (Eth) 15.4
10,000m T Dibaba (Eth) 15.8
3,000m Steeplechase G Samitova-Galkina (Rus) 16.7

Sprint & NFL


Glenn DAVIS R.I.P.

Three-time Olympic gold medal hurdler Glenn « Jeep » Davis has died after a long illness. He was 74.
Sorti de East Tech HS de Cleveland tout comme les autres Champions Olympiques Jesse Owens et Harrison Dillard.



Tiffany Townsend est champione du monde Junior avec le relais 4x100m US et 5ème sur 200m l’an passé. Ses records personnels : 11.21 (2007) et 22.75A (2008).

Maurice GREENE aura parlé de Usain BOLT


* Reuters, Thursday January 29 2009

By Gene Cherry
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Jamaican Usain Bolt’s record-breaking days have only just begun, former 100 metres world record holder and Olympic champion Maurice Greene predicted on Wednesday.
« If he learns just a little bit (about sprinting), there is no telling what that boy can do, » Greene, now retired, told Reuters in an interview. « He’s mind-blowing. »
Bolt, 22, lowered the 100m world record to 9.69 seconds and the 200 mark to 19.30 seconds in stunning runs at last August’s Beijing Olympics. He also helped Jamaica claim the world 4x100m relay record.
« I don’t know what to think about him, » said Greene, who won the Olympic 100m gold at the 2000 Sydney Games.
« He’s doing things that no one in history has ever done. He’s a great talent. »
Maturity and experience will make Bolt even faster, the 34-year-old Greene said.
« He’s still a boy (physically), » the American said. « He has not come into a man of a body yet. »
Bolt, who had run only one professional race at 100 metres prior to last year, must also develop better sprinting technique, Greene said.
« He doesn’t know what he is doing so he has nothing but improvement (ahead of him), » said Greene, a three-time world champion at 100 metres and the first man to win 100 and 200 titles at the same world championship.
« If he learns a little bit of what to do, he is going to get better. If he runs the race all the way through, he is going to get better. »
Just how fast is a matter of speculation, especially after Bolt shattered the 100m record in Beijing while looking around and pumping his arms 20 metres from the finish.
« I think he would have run like 9.5 something if he had kept on running, » said Greene, who lowered the world record to 9.79 seconds in 1999.

Darren CAMPBELL sera retourné à l’école


Le Champion Olympique du 4x100m en visite dans une école de Birmingham pour promouvoir le sport.