Groin problem could force Gay out of 200m title defense

Published on August 17, 2009 |

By Steve Campbell, World-Track BERLIN — Tyson Gay has managed to block and tolerate the pain of a groin trouble, but it looks like the pain killers are not helping anymore. The American won a silver medal with a sizzling 9.71 seconds in Berlin on Sunday, but that result saw him causing further problems to…

Bolt inspires Robles in hunt for world hurdles title

Published on August 17, 2009 |

BERLIN — Cuban Dayron Robles will take inspiration from Usain Bolt’s world record-breaking performance in the 100m when he takes to the track in his own discipline, the 110m hurdles. In the absence of Athens Olympic gold medallist Liu Xiang of China, who is also defending world champion from Osaka 2007, Robles is firm favourite…

Bolt’s intends to keep doing it year after year – Berlin 2009

Published on August 17, 2009 |

Until last night there had been no place in athletics for the numbers nine, five, eight. Not unless you rearranged them into the World record figures for the men’s Long Jump – 8.95m – or let yourself think the unthinkable: that a man could run 100 metres in 9.58 seconds. 958 is a bus route,…

Pressure-free, Vili delivers second World title

Published on August 16, 2009 |

Berlin, Germany – Wikipedia has got one thing wrong about Valerie Vili and she took the opportunity of the hectic mixed zone in the Berlin Olympic Stadium to iron out the mistake. The unconventional online fount of knowledge insists that Vili’s father was Scottish so when she was asked how much she felt her second…

Berlin 2009 – Day 2 SUMMARY

Published on August 16, 2009 |

Berlin, Germany – Ultimately it was no contest. Usain Bolt of Jamaica cast aside the clowning for 9.58sec*, the World record time it took to win the World title at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, beating Tyson Gay of the USA and an Asafa Powell, also of Jamaica, who took the bronze medal…

Fredericks looks ahead to Bolt vs Gay

Published on August 16, 2009 |

The second of the IAAF Daily Briefings for media was held ahead of today’s evening session at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics (16). With the much anticipated semi-final and final of the men’s 100m being contested tonight today’s media briefing, not too surprisingly turned into a ‘question and answer’ session with Frank Fredericks,…

Defending 800m champion Jepkosgei crashes out of worlds

Published on August 16, 2009 |

BERLIN — Kenya’s defending champion Janeth Jepkosgei’s hopes of retaining her 800 metres title came to a disastrous end in the first round here at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday. The 26-year-old silver medalist in the 2008 Olympics went crashing to the track on the final bend as young South African sensation Caster Semanya…

Jessica Ennis eyes Berlin heptathlon gold

Published on August 14, 2009 |

Jessica Ennis is relishing the opportunity of challenging for heptathlon gold at the World Championships in Berlin this weekend. Ennis was tipped to be a serious challenger for Olympic gold last year but a fractured right foot put paid to her chances in Beijing. But the 23-year-old Sheffield star showed steely determination in fighting back…

Van Zyl, Mokoena and Semenya South Africa's best hope in Berlin

Published on August 13, 2009 |

South African will be banking their hopes on LJ van Zyl, Khotso Mokoena and Caster Semenya for medals when the IAAF World Championships start in Berlin this weekend. Van Zyl, who is the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion, goes into the 400m hurdles competition having posted the fastest time in the world this year at 47.94….

Bolt itching to hit the Berlin track

Published on August 13, 2009 |

By Susan Porter, World-Track BERLIN — Usain Bolt is enthusiastic about stepping on the track and race again, something that could drive fear into his opponents, seeing that he rarely expressed such a feeling. "I just want to run, I’m just itching to," Bolt said, speaking to international journalists gathered at Berlin’s sprawling Caribbean style…

Bolt's coach says he is now ready emulate Beijing success in Berlin

Published on August 13, 2009 |

By Gary Smith, World-Track BERLIN — Usain Bolt floated away from the chasing pack on a fast track in Beijing to break two world records at the Olympic Games last summer and his coach Glen Mills believes the Jamaican is well on course to deliver something magical again in Berlin. Bolt’s form was second to…

Nelson Evora – ready to make history in Berlin?

Published on August 12, 2009 |

Berlin, Germany – World and Olympic champion Nelson Evora is the natural favourite for defending his global title at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin. The Portuguese record holder is all set to become the first man ever to conquer two consecutive World gold medals in the men’s Triple Jump. Last summer, triple jumper Nelson…