Bolt Back on Top, Pearson and USA 4x4 Run Super-Fast, Vlasic and Thorkildsen Strike Silver
LRC Daegu Day 8 Non-Distance Recap: 19.40 for Bolt, 19.80 for Lemaitre (Bronze), 12.28 for Pearson (Gold) and Two Big Names Settle For #2
By Emory Mort, LetsRun.com
September 3, 2011
Daegu, South Korea
Bolt, Dix, Lemaitre, Saidy Ndure Impress in Men's 200m
The 4-pronged headline above breaks all the rules of media brevity, but I'm handing out lots of love to the top-4 in the men's 200m tonight - one of, if not the fastest top-4 championship 200m in history. Usain Bolt ran hard to crank out a solid 19.40 in front of Walter Dix, who has stepped up in the absence of Tyson Gay to win two individual sprint medals for the USA. To top it off, Christophe Lemaitre (4th in the 100m) ran a national record for France with his 19.80 bronze. Norweigan Jaysuma Saidy Ndure was pumped after the event, saying after his 19.95 in lane 8 that he would be running 19.40 and 19.50 next year and would be beating Bolt in London.
QT1: Usain Bolt comes up big when it counts. His top-3 200m performances of all-time have come in the '09 Berlin WC final (19.19) the '08 Beijing OG final (19.30) and the '11 Daegu WC final (19.40). The Daegu final is the only one of the 3 with a positive tailwind.
QT2: Former Gambian national Ndure has only broken 20 seconds on one other occasion, a 19.89 in 2007, the same year he tested positive for the outlawed drug cannabis.
QT3: Walter Dix's 19.70 represents his fastest time since he was in college at Florida State. Before turning pro, Dix ran 19.69 at the east regional in 2007.
QT4: Christophe Lemaitre's national record 19.80 is not the fastest ever by a "white" runner, still behind Moscow Olympic gold medallist Pietro Mennea's 19.72 WR that stood for 17 years.
QT5: Regarding the Daegu 200m final being one of the fastest-ever, the 2009 Berlin final had 5 men under 20 seconds, but 2nd was only 19.81 and at least one of the sub-20 men is a drug cheat according to the IAAF (Steve Mullings who has now tested positive twice). I'm comfortable saying Daegu 2011 will go down as the fastest top-4 in history, but please email us if this is incorrect.
Usain Bolt and Christophe Lemaitre joke around in the media area after going 1, 3 in the men's 200m
|4||8||801||Jaysuma Saidy Ndure||NOR||19.95||(SB)||0.164|
|6||2||198||Bruno de Barros||BRA||20.31||0.158|
Aussie Sally Pearson Blasts Cover Jinx and Championship Record: 12.28 100 Hurdle!
Sally Pearson entered the final with a bulls-eye on her back and her face on the Daily Programme cover. For the first time in 8 days (excluding the race-walk), the cover jinx did not hold up as Pearson overshadowed great performances by two Americans to put up her own jaw-dropping 12.28 - a championship record, national record, personal record and near world record.
QT1: Thanks to stats wizard Ken Nakamura of trackandfieldnews.com, we have the following stats:
- Pearson is the first World Youth Champion at W100mH to win the same event in the WC
- Pearson is the first AUS to win a medal at w100mH in WC
- 0.19 sec is the largest winning margin ever at the WC in W100mH
- 12.28 is the 7th (tie) fastest time in history
QT2: Pearson joins Asbel Kiprop in becoming the first world championship gold medal winners for their countries in the 100 hurdles and 1500m, respectively.
QT3: Americans continue to rack up medals across the board with 2 more in the 100 hurdles thanks to 12.47 PBs from Danielle Carruthers and Dawn Harper, the 2008 Olympic champ who won her 2nd major champs medal.
Blanka Vlasic Loses on Misses to Chicherova at 2.03m
|Blanka Vlasic behaving as modestly as ever at the 2011 world champs
Croatian star Blanka Vlasic couldn't keep up with Russian Anna Chicherova on misses, losing her world title to the world #1 in 2011. Italy's Antonietta Di Martino grabbed bronze as Russia placed 3 in the top-5.
|3||496||Antonietta Di Martino||ITA||2.00|
|11||831||Emma Green Tregaro||SWE||1.89|
Thorkildsen Finally Falters on Big Stage - Germany Gets Another Throwing Medal
Germany's Matthias de Zordo took down javelin throwing giant Andreas "Thor" Thorkildsen as the Norweigan only mustered one throw within 20 feet of his seasonal best. Following day 7 when Germany had a shocking gold medal performance in the men's shot put from 21-year old David Storl, Deutschland scored another surprise gold on day 8. The gold for de Zordo is not as much as a surprise as Storl's (Storl set 3 pb's on Friday and was 31st at the European indoor shot competition earlier this year), but it's another step in the right direction for the German squad who are having another their second consecutive incredibly successful world championship following 2009 in Berlin.
Top-2 Javelin Progression: de Zordo Puts Heat on Thorkildsen Early
|Matthias de Zordo||86.27||85.51||-||-||82.88||81.40|
QT: Thorklidsen has the last 2 Olympic golds, the 2009 worlds gold, and now 3 worlds silvers plus 2 European golds.
|1||474||Matthias de Zordo||GER||86.27||(SB)|
Women's 4x400m: Sanya Leads USA to 3rd-Fastest Time Ever at Worlds
Sanya Richards led off with a fantastic 49.2, Allyson Felix followed with a running-start 49.2 split, and the US held on for a fast 3:18.09 win to make it a 4x400 sweep for the US. All four US runners split under 50 for a solid team effort that edged Jamaica's national record performance.
QT1: With 3 world champs finalists (Richards, Felix and individual 400m 4th-placer Francena McCorory) it's no surprise that the US won. The surprise is how close the race was, with Jamaica setting a national record 3:18.71 for 3rd.
QT2: The US 4x400m men/women gold medal sweep marks the 4th time in world champs history that the US has pulled off the double.
(Sanya Richards-Ross ; Allyson Felix ; Jessica Beard ; Francena McCorory )
(Rosemarie Whyte ; Davita Prendergast ; Novlene Williams-Mills ; Shericka Williams )
(Antonina Krivoshapka ; Natalya Antyukh ; Lyudmila Litvinova ; Anastasiya Kapachinskaya )
|4||3||Great Britain & N.I.
(Perri Shakes-Drayton ; Nicola Sanders ; Christine Ohuruogu ; Lee McConnell )
(Nataliya Pyhyda ; Anastasiya Rabchenyuk ; Hanna Yaroshchuk ; Antonina Yefremova )
(Hanna Tashpulatava ; Yulyana Yushchanka ; Ilona Usovich ; Sviatlana Usovich )
(Denisa Rosolová ; Zuzana Bergrová ; Jitka Bartonicková ; Zuzana Hejnová )
(Omolara Omotosho ; Muizat Ajoke Odumosu ; Margaret Etim ; Bukola Abogunloko )