Report from the evening session on day one of the IAAF World Championships in Daegu
Apparently, making history in the women’s marathon earlier in the day wasn’t enough. This evening at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Kenya went one better on that 1-2-3 achievement from this morning’s 26.2-miler as they filled the top four places in the women’s 10,000m, led by Vivian Cheruiyot.
But some of the more dramatic scenes took place in the heats as Usain Bolt looked back to his old self in the 100m and Christine Ohuruogu faced more tough questions after false-starting in the women’s 400m (see panel below).
Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar, like Cheruiyot, was also aiming to win the 5000m/10,000m double, but the former 5000m world record-holder dropped out mid-race suffering from stomach pain. Instead Cheruiyot – competing in only her third ever 10,000m race – charged ahead to take gold.
The race started off slow, but the pace wound up as the race went on. Half way was reached in 15:47.5 and at this point Defar was still in contention. But with a final 5000m of 15:01 – faster than the PBs of many in the race – the Kenyan team’s pace was simply too much.
Defar stepped off the track with three laps to go. Meanwhile, Cheruiyot had team-mate Sally Kipyego for company on the last lap, but the 2009 world 5000m champion did enough to hold off the US-based Kipyego.
Cheruiyot crossed the line in a PB of 30:48.98 from Kipyego (30:50.04), as the defending champion Linet Masai finished third (30:53.59) and Priscah Cherono was fourth (30:56.43).
It meant that Kenya won all of the six medals that were on offer on the first day of the World Championships.
Only twice before at the World Championships has a country secured a 1-2-3-4 finish, both times coming at the 2005 edition. USA achieved the feat in the men’s 200m, while Ethiopia did likewise in the women’s 5000m. The accomplishment is rare because it is only made possible by the defending champion entering with their bye, as well as the additional three members of their team in that event.
Inside the Daegu stadium, the track and field action also kicked off. Here’s a round up of what happened…
» After some slightly shaky performances on the circuit earlier this year, Usain Bolt has turned around his form in Daegu and he was by far the most impressive in the 100m heats. Looking behind and easing down after the first 40m, Bolt pulled away from the rest of the field to win in 10.10 – the fastest of the day and into a -0.7m/s headwind.
» Bolt was one of four Jamaicans to win their heat, joined by Yohan Blake (10.12), Nesta Carter (10.26) and Michael Frater (10.26). Kim Collins looked surprisingly good in the first heat, clocking 10.13 into a -1.7m/s wind, while Walter Dix (10.25) and Christophe Lemaitre (10.14) were other heat winners.
» Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and Anastasiya Kapachinskaya all made it through to the next round of the women’s 400m. But fastest of the heats was Amantle Montsho, who dipped under 51 seconds in her heat. All three Jamaican athletes – Novlene Williams, Shericka Williams and Rosemarie Whyte – also progressed.
» Olympic champion Maurren Higa Maggi led the long jump qualifiers with 6.86m from Nastassia Mironchyk (6.80m). Defending champion Brittney Reese had a bit of a scare, but pulled out a 6.79m leap on her final try. Darya Klishina (6.77m), Naide Gomes (6.76m) and Funmi Jimoh (6.68m).
» All the big hammer favourites made it through, with Koji Murofushi looking the most impressive, unleashing a 78.56m season’s best on his first throw. Pavel Kryvitski (78.16), Markus Esser (77.60m), Krisztian Pars (77.21m) and Szymon Ziolkowski (77.19m) all hit auto-qualifiers.
» One of the most talked-about moments of day one came courtesy of Christine Ohuruogu in the 400m. The Olympic champion false-started in her heat to make an early exit. Inconsolable, she stood at the side of the track with her hands covering her face in disbelief.
» Russian champion Olga Zaytseva, Olympic bronze medallist Blessing Okagbare and Germany’s Bianca Kappler all failed to make the final of the long jump.
» US champion Kibwe Johnson, who has thrown over 80 metres twice this year, did not make the cut for the hammer final.
» Ashton Eaton leads at the end of day one with 4446 points, having won the 400m with 46.99. He still looks set to take gold, but his expected points cushion is dwindling with each event. Leonel Suarez always has a good second day, so will be a strong medal threat on day two. The biggest surprise of the evening session was Belgian 20-year-old Thomas van der Plaetsen, who upped his PB to 2.17m, banking valuable points.
» Nicola Sanders (52.65) and Lee McConnell (52.75) were 20th and 21st fastest in the heats to make it through to the semi-finals, but will need to up their game to make the final.
» All 100m sprinters made it through their heats. Dwain Chambers (10.28), Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (10.28) and Marlon Devonish (10.34) will all take part in tomorrow’s semi-finals.
» Former Anguillan Shara Proctor, sixth at the 2009 Worlds, finished just 20th in the long jump qualifying to miss out on the final.