Four Images from the Lausanne Diamond League Pre-Meet Press Conference

Caterine Ibarguen in Lausanne

Caterine Ibarguen in Lausanne

Here are four images from yesterday’s press conference ahead of today’s Athletissima meet, the first IAAF Diamond League competition after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. I was busy listening and writing so didn’t manage too much with photos, but I was pleased with these four shots.

Above is Caterine Ibarguen from Colombia, the freshly-minted Olympic champion in the triple jump. Below are Matthew Centrowitz of the US, the Olympic 1500m champion; Kendra Harrison of the US, who broke the world record in the 100m hurdles last month in London; and Asbel Kiprop of Kenya, a three-time world 1500m champion.

Matthew Centrowitz in Lausanne

Matthew Centrowitz

Kendra Harrison before her race in Lausanne 2016

Kendra Harrison in Lausanne

Asbel Kiprop in Lausanne

Asbel Kiprop

 

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Lausanne Diamond League Press Conference Highlights

Lausanne Diamond League Press Conference Highlights

The pre-meet press conference highlights for the IAAF ahead of tomorrow’s Lausanne’s Athletissima IAAF Diamond League meet. Among those in attendance were freshly minted Olympic champions Matthew Centrowitz, Caterine Ibarguen and Omar McLeod, as well as 100m hurdles world record holder Kendra Harrison, world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop, Olympic pole vault silver medallist Renaud Lavillenie and Canada’s Shawn Barber, the world champion in the pole vault.

‘Mission Accomplished’ in Bydgoszcz, Hyde Now Looking to go Even Faster in Rio

‘Mission Accomplished’ in Bydgoszcz, Hyde Now Looking to go Even Faster in Rio

My feature for the IAAF on Jamaican Jaheel Hyde who last week successfully defended his world U20 title in the 400m hurdles in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The intro:

Soon after his 400m hurdles victory at the IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016 eight days ago, a Jamaican journalist asked Jaheel Hyde if his successful title defence earned his season a ‘Mission Accomplished’ characterisation.

“Definitely,” the 19-year-old, said, without the slightest hesitation. “This win was on my mind. I came here and defended my title and I couldn’t be more pleased with that. It’s a great feeling to create history for my country and for myself. I’ll keep doing that.”

Hyde became just the sixth man to win a back-back world U20 title, the 18th athlete overall, and the first in his event.

The 49.03 run that propelled him to a second gold in the event was the proverbial icing on a season that included a 48.81 runner-up finish at the senior Jamaican Championships which also punched his ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The rest.

Krah Sets Out to Follow in Merritt And Johnson’s Footsteps

Krah Sets Out to Follow in Merritt And Johnson’s Footsteps

I sat down for a few minutes to chat with Marcus Krah of the US the day after he stormed to the world U20 title in the 110m hurdles in Bydgoszcz, Poland, and got the impression that once he adjusts to the slighter higher barriers after his first year of collegiate competition, we’ll be seeing much more from him.

The intro:

Entering a competition as a favourite is one thing, but leaving with the title of world champion is another. Just ask Marcus Krah, who admirably shouldered that pressure en route to a convincing victory in the 110m hurdles at the IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016.

“It still hasn’t hit me all the way yet, I’m still getting congrats from family, friends, people on Twitter, people I don’t even know, it feels good,“ said the Durham, North Carolina native, still savouring the 13.25 victory that brought him his first international laurels.

“I’ve been waiting for this for I don’t know how long. I never thought that I would be a world champion but I’ve been waiting to get on a USA team for years.”

Hearing an 18-year-old say he has been waiting “years” for something could seem over the top, but in Krah’s case, it’s not really that hefty of an exaggeration.

Beginning in the sport as a five-year-old – “I didn’t skip a year,” he said – Krah was already excelling at age-group events regionally and nationally by the time he was 13. First it was in the long and triple jumps, his first loves in the sport, and then the hurdles which he took up that year. It was a passion strong enough for Krah to already whittle down his career path choices.

“I made the decision that I wanted to (eventually) go pro in the hurdles and run in the Olympics, when I was 13,” he said. If he is half as determined as he is affable, Krah is already well on his way.

The rest for the IAAF.

 

Track and Field at the Olympic Games – A Timeline

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A version of this summary originally appeared in Mother of Games, the quarterly magazine of the Qatar Athletics Federation.

 

An edition-by-edition summary of track and field highlights at the Olympic Games, 1896 to 2012.

1896, Athens – Twelve athletics events are held at the inaugural modern Olympic Games, with the USA winning nine. The first Olympic champion is James Connolly (USA), the winner in the triple jump.

1900, Paris – Taking place in conjunction with the World’s Fair, 23 events are held; Alvin Kraenzlein (USA), a sprinter and hurdler, wins four.

1904, St. Louis – Twenty-five events are held again in conjunction with the World’s Fair. Hosts USA win 23.

1908, London – Raw Ewry (USA) won the standing long and standing high for the third straight time, upping his total gold medal count to eight. Twenty-six events are contested.

1912, Stockholm – Thirty events are contested. Hannes Kolehmainen (FIN) won the 5000m, 10,000m and Cross Country races. Jim Thorpe (USA) is stripped of his pentathlon and decathlon title for violating amateurism rules, but they’re posthumously reinstated in 1983.

1920, Antwerp – Paavo Nurmi (FIN), the ‘Flying Finn’, wins three gold medals –10,000m, Individual Cross Country and Team Cross Country– and silver in the 5000m. Twenty-nine events are contested.

1924, Paris – Paavo Nurmi is again the star, this time winning five gold medals: 1500m, 5000m, 3000m Team Race, Individual Cross Country and Team Cross Country. Twenty-seven events are contested.

1928, Amsterdam – Women’s events are held for the first time. Nine world records are broken, four in the five women’s events. Paavo Nurmi regains the 10,000m title for his ninth career Olympic gold medal.

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