As the curtain came down on the 11th IAAF World Indoor Championships in Moscow tonight, a version of the Queen song ‘It’s a kind of Magic’ beamed out across the Olimpiyskiy Arena. What a fitting tribute.... Read More
When Maria Mutola won her first indoor title in 1993, runner-up Kenia Sinclair (JAM) was not yet a teenager. Hasna Benhassi (MAR), the bronze medallist here, was barely into her teens. 13 years later, the pair are world class athletes, but are still chasing the Mozambican legend. This weekend in Moscow, they watched as Mutola powered her way to a fourth consecutive World Indoor title, and a nearly unbelievable seventh overall.... Read More
Walter Davis had come into these championships with only the tenth best mark of the season of 17.11m. In qualifying he had needed all three attempts to pass 17m and make sure of getting in the final. But once he stood on the runway for his first round jump on Sunday, he was a transformed man. Roaring through the magnificent Olympic indoor arena he cut the sand at 17.73 for a PB and the gold medal.... Read More
Tatyana Kotova had been waiting for this since Helsinki when the unsung Tianna Madison snatched gold from her grasp in the Finnish rain. This time there was to be no surprise, as the Russian killed the competition off in round one with a world leading 7.00m. She had qualified with ease with one jump at 6.73 the day before and said. “I usually add around 20cm to my qualification in the finals, so if that happens, it should be OK.” She was as good as her word.
The occasion was probably too much for Andre Niklaus. “I started competing in the Decathlon in 1986,” he said.
If it is not one Belarussian it is another. Just when the outdoor World champion Nadezhda Ostapchuk decides to have a bad day, has four no-throws and can manage no better than sixth, along comes second-string Natallia Khoroneko to take responsibility and throw a PB 19.84 for gold.
The USA’s Brad Walker had looked serious both in the qualifying and for most of this final until he was sure he had the gold in his possession. It may be partly his nature, but there was another good reason for his caution: “I had a small accident during warm-up yesterday so I wasn’t sure I would be able to compete,” he explained after the poles had been put away.nsert News Comment Here