Jamaican Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt was beaten in his first race of the 2013 season on Saturday, finishing third in a low-key 400 metre event in his hometown of Kingston.
The triple gold medallist from both the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics easily won his heat in 46.71 seconds at the Camperdown Classic.
But he had to settle for third place overall after his team-mates Warren Weir and Yohan Blake both posted faster times in their heats.
Weir, who finished third behind Bolt and Blake in the 200m final at London last year, won in a personal best time of 46.21 seconds.
Blake, racing in the same heat as Weir, stopped the clock at 46.64 after fading in the final straight following a blistering start.
There was no final for the event, which was part of a meeting run by the Racers Track Club that attracted around 30 athletes.
Bolt is the world record holder and double Olympic champion for the 100 and 200 sprints but often competes in 400 races at the start of each season to build his fitness.
Next week, he is scheduled to appear in Texas for the National Basketball Association All-Star Game but his major goal this year is the world championships in Moscow.
Weight program for a 40o metter runner / hurdler summer program.
from elite track forum
Speed days do the main lifts (Run in morning, lift in afternoon)
DAY #1- Powercleans 5×5 (Olympic Lift)
Back Squat 5×5 (Core Lift)
Bench 5×5 (Push)
Lat pull down 4×8 (Pull)
hyperextensions and Abs
aux lift (bis tris abs traps calves)
Day #2- PushPress (olympic lift)
Deadlifts (core lift)
Incline DB bench press (push)
Tbar Rows (pull)
hyperextensions and Abs
aux lift (bis tris abs traps calves)
Day # 3
Weighted dips (push)
Hang Clean (Olympic Lift)
Front Squats (Core Lift)
hyperextensions and abs
Then repeat this cycle
Compiled from threads at Track & Field News
Two Jamaican athletes have been tested positive for banned substances. They are: Dominique Blake and Ricardo Cunningham, an 800m runner. Cunningham was tested positive for the substance pseudoephedrine. It was not immediately clear for what substance Blake tested positive. Blake went to the Olympics as part of the 4X400m relay team but did not run. Cunningham however did not qualify to go to the Olympics.
This is Blake’s second violation and so she’s looking at a life ban and the other athlete a possible two yr ban. It is likely that it’ll be more like six months or less… I read he tested “marginally higher” than the allowable levels of pseudoephedrine that would occur from the recommended medical dosages of the popular nasal decongestant…
I think Dominique Blake’s worst case scenario may also seem like overkill to some people, at least to those who feel that the penalties for stimulants may be excessive at times… She faces a possible lifetime ban for first testing positive for ephedrine in 2006, and, according to the Jamaica Gleaner, testing positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine this time.
I wonder when the Jamaican authorities found out about Dominique Blake testing positive at the Jamaican Senior Championships/Olympic Trials in late June, since she still went to London as a 4×4 alternate in August… I also wonder if the fact that she didn’t run in the London 4×4 heats was pure luck and would have happened anyway, or if it was an intentional decision by the Jamaican coaches because they’d been made aware of her positive test result… Had she run in the heats I assume Jamaica’s 4×4 bronze would be at risk.
The other athlete Cunningham apparently declared the medication he was taking on the relevant form (T.U.E.). Supposedly the only reason that this has registered as an A.A.F. is because the level was found to be just over the expected maximum (ie he took a slightly higher dosage, 2.5 Tbsp instead of 2) for pseudoephedrine and JADCO is being careful and following procedure. I’ve heard that the expectation is a public warning, since the medication was declared before competition.
- Jamaican athletes Dominique Blake and Ricardo Cunningham face bans for alleged doping (telegraph.co.uk)
- 2 Jamaica track athletes suspected of doping (nbcsports.msnbc.com)
- Jamaican Sprinter Michael Frater leaves MVP Track Club (pinoyathletics.com)
Philippine NationalRecords (Rev 2) for Mens U/20 Revised as of 12.12.12
*additions in red pen
Special Thank you to Mr Hubbeling and Mr. Benjamin Silva Netto for helping with the compilation of these lists
- Athletes must not be turning 20 years old, in the year they set the record performance to be eligible for the record.
- Any electronic sprint performances must be accompanied by a valid wind reading for recognition
- Any hand times listed must be greater than the electronic equivalents to be listed
- *Indicates a different performance listed than what is officially listed by the Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA)
- For any corrections or amendments please post a comment here for consideration. Documentation such as proof of dual citizenship, copies of official results or scanned phi passports can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
(source Australian Sunday Telegraph)
Three of the four throwing events been at the Olympics since its modern beginnings.
Discus, shotput, and hammer were among the field events included for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Javelin made its debut in London in 1908.
The sculptured bronze image of the ancient Greek discus thrower is one of the most regonisable in sport – not just olympic sport.
One of Greece’s most famous ancient works of art, the sculpture underlines how deeply discus and throwing events are woven into the history of the Olympic Games.When women began competing in Olympic Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Games, discus was the only throwing event open to them. Javelin followed in 1932, shotput in 1948 and hammer in 2000.
Their are four throwing disciplines for both men and women – discus, javelin, shotput and hammer.
In all throwing events, athletes start with a qualifying round and get three attempts to achieve a qualifying distance. All who achieve the distance go through to the final and, if fewer than 12 reach qualifying standard, the top 12 go through.
Athletes have three initial throws in the final, with the top eight after the first three rounds then having a further three throws to determine the winner.
The first tie-breaker is the athletes’ second-best performance. If that doesn’t break the tie, their third best performances are compared and so on.
Judges can penalise an athlete for an “unreasonable” delay in throwing and disallow an attempt. The time limit is one minute.
(Click Below for enlarged explanations of throws)
- Philippines Mens Javelin and Hammer Throw Ranking List 2012 (pinoyathletics.com)
- Philippine Mens Triple Jump, Shotput, Discus Rankings 2012 (pinoyathletics.com)
After 40 Years Uganda gained its second gold medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Below is the story of the men who gained gold for there country.
John Akii-Bua (Video/Documentary): The First man to break 48 seconds in 400 Hurdles
(Aug 16) I saw this link to this brilliant Documentary from a friend who shared it. It tells the tragic-story of an olympic icon John Akii-Bua the first man to break 48 seconds in the 400 Hurdles and Uganda’s first olympic gold medalist (only recently did Uganda gain its second gold this olympics in the Mens Marathon).
Akii-Bua courage inspired future stars such as Edwin Moses (1976-1984) Olympic Champion. Without giving away too much of the video I will give some background Akii-Bua was from Uganda, we look back at the late 60s and early 70s when he partnered with a young upcoming English coach named Malcolm Arnold.
Towards the end of his career Uganda was taken over by Genocidal (mass killings) crazed Dictator Idi Amin. Akii Bua died in 1993 the circumstances are still not known.
Malcolm Arnold is still active in British Athletics coaching and went on to train Colin Jackson, Craig Pickering and Dai Greene among others, but to date his first student his still his greatest.
Kiprotich takes Marathon Gold in London 2012
(Aug 12) The Mens Marathon signalled the end of the Track and Field at the 2012 London Games.
Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich became the country’s second ever Olympic gold winner on Sunday when he took the lead in the men’s marathon, beating Kenyan rival Abel Kirui to the finish line by just under 30 seconds.
Kiprotich’s gold was only his east African nation’s second, the last coming 40 years ago when 400m hurdler John Akii-Bua struck gold at the Munich Games.
The Ugandan produced a devasting kick with 7km remaining to kill off any Kenyan hopes of a victory, going on to time 2hr 08min 01sec on the spectacular course around the streets of central London in hot and humid conditions.
Kenya completed the podium, two-time defending world champion Abel Kirui claiming silver in 2:08.27 and long-time leader Wilson Kipsang taking bronze in 2:09.37.
I thought before the race that either Kenya or Ethiopia would win,” said Kiprotich, who has moved to the famed Eldoret region of the Kenya’s Rift Valley to train with former world 5000m champion Eliud Kipchoge.
“I really didn’t think I could win it, but when it came to three miles to go, I decided to go for it. I’d stayed in touch and made my move.
“It was only when I crossed the line that I really believed I had done it. I’ve moved on from being an unknown. I’m happy now that I’m a known athlete.”
Marathon – M Final (source iaaf.org)
|3||2302||Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich||KEN||2:09:37||.|
|5||1226||Marilson dos Santos||BRA||2:11:10||.|
|8||1229||Paulo Roberto Paula||BRA||2:12:17||.|
|13||1222||Franck de Almeida||BRA||2:13:35||.|
|17||2315||Emmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai||KEN||2:14:49||.|
|34||1620||José Carlos Hernández||ESP||2:17:48||.|
|38||2014||José Amado García||GUA||2:18:23||.|
|42||2117||Kári Steinn Karlsson||ISL||2:18:47||.|
|50||1570||Miguel Ángel Almachi||ECU||2:19:53||.|
|56||2216||Methkal Abu Drais||JOR||2:21:00||.|
|68||2753||Mohammed Abduh Bakhet||QAT||2:25:17||.|
|78||2070||Ram Singh Yadav||IND||2:30:06||.|
|79||2905||Jean Pierre Mvuyekure||RWA||2:30:19||.|
|83||1412||Juan Carlos Cardona||COL||2:40:13||.|
|.||1407||Zatara Mande Ilunga||COD||DNF||.|
|.||2409||Ali Mabrouk El Zaidi||LBA||DNF||.|
|.||2717||Rui Pedro Silva||POR||DNF||.|
- Uganda’s Kiprotich wins marathon (bbc.co.uk)
- Uganda’s Kiprotich wins marathon gold (thehindu.com)
- Hero’s welcome for Uganda runner (bbc.co.uk)
- Marathon man Kiprotich ends Uganda’s long wait for Olympic gold (edition.cnn.com)
- The Second Medal (donotmentionthewar.wordpress.com)
- Kiprotich stuns rivals to claim gold for Uganda (morningstaronline.co.uk)
- Kiprotich’s remote small village in international spotlight (lutayaholmes.wordpress.com)
Rudisha Breaks 800m World Record
(Aug 10) David Rudisha became the first athlete to set a new world record on the track at London 2012 as he won 800m gold. It was the first world record in an 800m Olympic final since Cuba’s Alberto Juantorena set the mark in the 1976 final.
The 23-year-old Kenyan stormed to victory in his debut Olympic final to become the first man inside one minute 41 seconds, clocking 1:40.91.
Botswana 18-year-old Nijel Amos took silver, with another teenager, Kenya’s Timothy Kitum,17 in bronze.
Rudisha led the field with the first 400m in 49.28. Rudisha dragged the rest of the field through to Personal Bests and National Records, it was only Abubaker Kaki of Sudan who had to be contempt with a mere seasons best in seventh place.
But after breaking his own world record he believes he can go even faster.
He said: “After running two rounds before the final I got a little bit tired. I told the physio yesterday that I was feeling sore after the semis, so if I can get fresh then I can still improve on that.”
His pace was consistent throughout, clocking 23 seconds for the first 200m, 25 for the second, 25 for the third, and 26.1 for the final quarter.
Coached by Irish Brother Colm O’Conell who hails from Cork. Winning Olympic gold was not a new experience for St Patrick’s 63-year-old athletics coach. O’Connell lost count of how many world champions he has coached when the number passed 20. The man from Cork is, without doubt, the world’s most successful track coach but Rudisha, 23, is special even by his high standards. O’Conell first spotted Rudisha as a decathlete.
His racing ability though is the product of O’Connell who invited him to transfer to a school in his area when he noticed how well he ran 400 metres in a junior decathlon competition. Now, to use the Maasai title his tribe awarded him when he won his world title, he is surely the High Maasai Moran, ‘The Leader of the Community’. There was a gathering of 5,000 of his tribe and 1,000 of their bulls to celebrate his world title. It hardly bears thinking what will happen when the prodigal son returns this time.
800 Metres – M Final
|1||4||2319||David Lekuta Rudisha||KEN||1:40.91||(WR)|
- Coe Salutes Record Breaker Rudisha (prweb.com)
- Seb Coe reckons Usain Bolt would lose if he went head-to-head with David Rudisha (thesun.co.uk)
- Rudisha smashes WR, wins Olympics gold (capitalfm.co.ke)
- David Rudisha set the first world record at the Olympic Stadium to win 800m gold last night (thesun.co.uk)
- Live Sport Reports: Rudisha sets new 800m world record (walesonline.co.uk)
- David Rudisha Sets World Record in Men’s 800-Meter Dash Win (bleacherreport.com)
- David Epstein: World record leaves us wondering, how low can Rudisha go in 800? (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
- London 2012 Olympics: Kenya’s David Rudisha storms to 800m world record (telegraph.co.uk)
- ‘King David’ seeks to ascend to Olympics throne (capitalfm.co.ke)
- Zurich Diamond League: Aman Beats Rudisha, Blake and Bolt win (videos) (pinoyathletics.com)
Kenyan sprinter made to re-run 400m solo at World Juniors to qualify for Final.
Pirie Enzo, results from IAAF, link provided to Hurdler49
A Re-run in the Semi Finals
(Jul 15), Lets start off with what was a very interesting 400m event at World Juniors in Barcelona. According to an IAAF rule as the athlete wasnt properly settled in the blocks when the gun went off. Kenyan Alphas Leken Kishoyian was allowed to re-run the race again ‘SOLO!’. This is the first time this has ever happened at a major meet and opens up as thrilling a set of IAAF rules as the re-run ordered between Felix and Tarmoe after the US Trials. You can read all about it here on Hurdler49′s blog.
Kishoyian re-runs the 400 by himself
Kishoyian for the record finished 6th in the final in 46.19, a credible performance considering he had to run 3 times prior to this in the last 2 days leading up to the finals. Whereas everyone else ran twice.
400m Final and Results
|6||1||568||Alphas Leken Kishoyian||KEN||46.19||.||0.192|
|7||3||574||Boniface Ontuga Mweresa||KEN||46.50||.||0.321|
Meanwhile in the Mens 400m Final, Luquellin Santos who has a personal best of 44.45 has emerged on the scene from the Dominican Republic. Perhaps as much a phenom as the man who was the world junior champion before him and later became world champion from Grenada Kirani James. Santos went onto win the event by more than half a second in 44.85 hardly breaking a sweat with Arman Hall of the United States second in 45.39. Third was so close between the other American Aldrich Bailey and Steven Solomon in 45.52, that they couldn’t even separate it by 1000th of a second so the organisers awarded both of them the bronze medal. ‘Imagine how interesting it would be if they made them both run off for the bronze?’
Santos easily takes the world junior 400m title in 44.85, with a tie for bronze between two runners.