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Friday, September 07, 2007

Weltklasse Review

If you don't want to know the results so you can watch it tomorrow, why are you online?

TV coverage:
CBC, Saturday, 2:00-3:00 PM
Versus, Saturday, 4:00-5:00 PM

Meet website
IAAF results
IAAF recap
Athletics Weekly recap
AP wirestories: #1 -- #2

In general, the stars of last week "looked tired and jet lagged". The meet must have been a bit of a downer. Unless, of course, you read the Voice of America.

Men's 100: Powell's asking price was too high, an exhausted Gay withdrew from the race, and Atkins dropped out with a cold. So we were left with decidedly second-tier sprinters remaining; Obikwelu over Saidy Njure in a pedestrian 10.17. Video

Men's 200: Carter came in more rested than Bolt and Spearmon withdrew. Result: a meet record 19.92 for the X-Man. Video

Men's 1500: The big news here? No rabbits. Webb faded down the stretch once again, finishing only 1.3 seconds out of first but a well-beaten seventh. Baala found redemption for his Osaka semi DQ by outsprinting the field for the win.

Men's 3000: No rabbits, Lagat wins on a convincing finish. You expected something different?

Men's 110H: Robles, the fourth man in Osaka, won by a decent margin over Trammell and Johnson.

Men's 4x100: The USA ran their same foursome as in Osaka, and Jamaica was missing Powell and Nesta Carter. Result: USA by a wide margin.

Men's pole vault: Anothe Osaka champ goes down. Igor Pavlov won on fewer misses over Otto and Lukianenko; world champ Walker only made one height.

Men's triple jump: Walter Davis beat Osaka champ Nelson Evora by a scant 2 cm, with Aarik Wilson third and everyone else well back.

Men's Jav: Pitkämäki lost for only the second time all year; as before, it was to Thorkildsen. The Norwegian put up a season's best in the third round and promptly quit throwing.

Women's 100: In the absence of Veronica Campbell, Christine Arron handily defeated Torri Edwards.

Women's 400: Most of the Osaka finalists lined up against Sanya Richards, who stomped them by a second and a half. Still alive in the jackpot hunt. Video

Women's 800: More domination by Jepkosgei.

Women's 1500: Miryam Jamal cemented her position as the undisputed #1 in this event.

Women's 100H: Just as in the men's hurdles race, 4th place in Osaka (Susanna Kallur) came back to win here. Michelle Perry suffered only her second loss of the season, but this time it cost her big money--she's out of the jackpot race.

Women's high jump: Vlasic continues to dominate this event. She again took legitimate shots at the world record. Video

Women's pole vault: Speaking of domination, we come to Isinbayeva. She may not actually be unbeatable but it sure seems that way. Also still alive in the jackpot hunt.

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