The women's 1500m final here at the 12th IAAF World Indoor Championships will be written in the record books for quite a few years, as the race established a national record for Bulgaria (Daniela Yordanova, 4:04.19), Area records for Asia (Maryam Yusuf Jamal, Bahrain, 3:59.79) and Africa (Gelete Burka, Ethiopia, 3:59.75), and a World record** (pending ratification) from gold medal winner Yelena Soboleva of Russia, who ran 3:57.71.... Read More
2005 World Decathlon champion Bryan Clay (USA) had absolutely no problem in the last event of the World Indoor Championships Heptathlon the 1000m, and grabbed his first major indoor championships win with a total of 6371 points, a personal best and world leading mark this season. Clay finished the 1000m race as the last of the remaining six competitors in 2:55.64.
Tahesia Harrigan paid tribute to the role her three-year-old son, Khamauri, has made in igniting her career after she wrote history at the 12th IAAF World Indoor Championships by becoming the first ever World Championship medallist from the tiny Caribbean nation of the British Virgin Islands.
- Valencia, Spain – “The new Russians, there are always new Russians.” That's not actually what former Algerian middle-distance king Noureddine Morceli once said when asked what athletes he feared (he cited the Kenyans), but if he had been a woman running between 400m and 1500m today, perhaps he might. With the 400m, 800m, and 1500m finals for women all on Sunday (9), chances are better than average that the Russian national anthem will be played at least once.</P>
<P>“That was a nice race for me, because it was easy. I was fully in control throughout the final and really only had to race properly for the final two laps,” said Meseret Defar after taking the 3000 m gold in style in Valencia. </P>
The opening round set the high tone for the competition, as ‘Piyi’ Devetzi of Greece opened with a national record of 14.93 (her previous indoor best was 4cm lower) and a few minutes later was closely challenged by the 14.89m Area record (her previous indoor best was 9cm lower) of Cuba’s World outdoor champion Yargelis Savigne.
No one could have expected a worse scenario to unfold during the morning’s heats of what has been billed as the highlight event of the 12th World Indoor Championships, the men’s 60m Hurdles.
- During Friday (7th) evening's competition at the 12th IAAF World Indoor Championships, some top athletes visited the press tribune and contributed to the competition blog.</P>