With a schedule mostly full of preliminary rounds, Friday’s action at the Aspire Dome, where a total of 144 nations have turned up to compete, did not lack for drama.
Defending champions and World record holders flirted with elimination–and in some cases were eliminated. Several national records were established, many of them behind the qualifiers, and slightly more than half of a Heptathlon was completed.
The biggest scare of the day came in the women’s Pole Vault qualifying. As is her habit, defending champion and World record holder Yelena Isinbayeva passed all opening heights up to the automatic qualifier which was to be 4.60m. At 4.45m, however, only six women remained in contention, so it fell to Isinbayeva to clear 4.55m and complete the final. ….Read More