Merritt, Wariner eased through 400m first round

Published on August 18, 2009 |

By Steve Campbell, World-Track BERLIN — Gold medal favourites, American LaShawn Merritt and Jeremy Wariner comfortably booked their spot in the second round of the 400 metres with victories here at the World Championships Tuesday morning. "I am confident. I am really confident," Merritt said after his relax run. Merritt, the Olympic champion from Beijing…

23 global golds for Bekele; Dreaming Bekele vs Bolt at 800m

Published on August 17, 2009 |

So it took a very strong Kenenisa Bekele to restore Ethiopia’s long distance pride in Berlin at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, on Monday night (17). Two days after the country’s shock defeat by Kenya’s Linet Masai in the women’s 10,000 metres it was the double Olympic Champion and world record holder, who…

Berlin Championships Photos

Published on August 17, 2009 |

Photos from the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Berlin Germany. See the race photos, as well as celebrates, emotions and much more. Among them are Usain Bolt and Shelly Ann Fraser who repeated as 100m champs from Beijing.

Berlin 2009 – IAAF Day 3 SUMMARY

Published on August 17, 2009 |

The Jamaican sprint success story continued on Day Three of the 12th World Championships in Athletics. Shelley-Ann Fraser confirmed her Olympic title winning form by adding the world 100m gold in a faster time than Beijing, 10.73sec. That equals the third fastest in history, and she was followed home by compatriot Kerron Stewart, who won…

Gay withdraws from 200m, but wants to run 4×100 relay

Published on August 17, 2009 |

By Glen Andrews, World-Track BERLIN — Defending champion Tyson Gay withdrew from competing in the men’s 200 metres a day after inflicting more injury to his groin during the 100m at the World Championships in Berlin. Instead of fighting with the rounds, which would set up another showdown with arch rival Usain Bolt, the American…

Brilliant Bekele wins 10k, as Domínguez triumph in women's steeple

Published on August 17, 2009 |

By Steve Campbell, World-Track BERLIN — Celebrating with 100metres to go in the event Kenenisa Bekele won his fourth world title over 10,000 metres with another hammering performance at the World Championships in Berlin on Monday. The Ethiopian backed off the pace in his early laps before dashing to the front with one lap to…

Isinbayeva draws blank, failed to defend world title in Berlin

Published on August 17, 2009 |

By Gary Smith, World-Track BERLIN —  After dominating the pole vault event in the last four championships, Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva suffered a shocking defeat at the World Championships, after coming up blank on Monday. Coming into the competition with the bar set at 4.75m, the Russian failed to clear a single try and will leave…

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…