Craig Mottram knew he was in with a good chance of winning the biggest race of his career when double Olympic silver medallist, Paul Bitok went up to him in the call-room and said, "Good luck, you're the man tonight". "I was shocked," said the 22 year-old Aussie after taking the comment as advice, and running away from the World Cup 3000 metres field in Madrid.... Read More
With European record holder and championship silver medallist Simon Vroeman of the Netherlands off the leading pace set by a group of four – USA’s Anthony Famiglietti, Asia’s Khamis Abdullah Saifeldin, Africa’s Wilson Boit Kipketer and Spain’s Luis Miguel Martin – the race seemed likely to boil down to an Africa verses Spanish battle, and that’s exactly what materialised with 400m to go.
The race got away cleanly first time at the gun and around the bend as the stagger revealed itself USA’s Ramon Clay was the first to make some headway. Yet as the race entered into the straight, all eyes were already on African and Commonwealth Champion Frank Fredericks in lane seven, who had stolen a half metre lead on Clay
There is nothing like a home win to get any stadium crowd enthused and Spain’s Antonio Manuel Reina’s 1:43.83 World Cup record win, ahead of Algeria’s Djabir Said-Guerni (Africa) 1:44.03, USA’s David Krummenacker 1:45.14, Swiss World Champion Andre Bucher (Europe) 1:45.31, and Olympic champion Nils Schumann (Germany) 1:45.34 respectively, certainly provided a quality uplift to the second and final day of the 9th IAAF World Cup in Athletics.