Monday, August 30, 2010

Latest News - 800m World Record Broken Again By Rudisha

Picture 1 - David Rudisha, the 21 year old World Record Breaker Breaks the World Record Yet Again and He Shows Potential to Go Below 1min 41sec Over Time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYfNElHP0OY





Kenyan David Rudisha has broken the long standing 800m world record in Berlin and he has gone and done it again this time in Rieti, Italy. It is the seond time in a week, Rudisha set a new time of 1min 41.01sec. Previously, last Sunday in Berlin, Rudisha had broken Wilson Kipketer's 13-year-old record by two hundredths of a second, with a time of 1:41.09. He had forecasted to reporters in Berlin that he could go faster and he kept true to his word, shaving 8 hundredths of a second off his week old record.

Results 800m Men
1 KEN David Rudisha 1min 41.01sec
2 KEN Boaz Kiplagat Lalang 1min 42.95sec
3 USA Nick Symmond 1min 43.76sec
4 GBR Michael Rimmer 1min 43.89sec

Rudisha was taken through the bell by compatriot pace-setter Sammy Tangui in 48.20sec before taking off on his own to win by almost two seconds from Boaz Kiplagat Lalang, also from Kenya. Great Britain's Michael Rimmer - the European silver medallist - took fourth in a personal best 1.43.89, which moved him to sixth on the all-time national list.

Picture 2 - The Sky is the Limit for David Rudisha from Kenya
World Record Progression (From 1972 to 31/08/2010)

Picture 3 (Below) - (01-07-1972) 1:44.30 USA Dave Wottle Eugene
Picture 4 (Below) - (27-06-1973) 1:43.70 ITA Marcello Fiasconaro 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0erXx8qhFo





Picture 5 (Below) - (16-07-1976) 1:43.50 CUB 1:43.50 Alberto Juantorena 
21-08-1977 1:43.40 CUB 1:43.44 Alberto Juantorena 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9C2CDZvOOY&feature=related




Picture 6 (Below)
05-07-1979 1:42.40 GBR 1:42.33 Sebastian Coe 
10-06-1981 1:41.73 GBR Sebastian Coe 

Picture 6 - Sebastion Coe did 1min 41.73 under his own father and coach Peter Coe. For 16 years the record was not broken until Kenyan Born ( Dane) Wilson Kipketer Broke it.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0e1yaMIM08


07-07-1997 1:41.73 DEN Wilson Kipketer 
13-08-1997 1:41.24 DEN  Wilson Kipketer 
24-08-1997 1:41.11 DEN Wilson Kipketer 
Picture 7( Below)- For 13 years Kipketer's 800m World Record was not broken

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-nktw7gZgU



22-08-2010 1:41.09 KEN  David Rudisha Berlin, Germany
29-08-2010 1:41.01 KEN  David Rudisha Rieti, Italy

Picture 8 - The Current World Record Holder David Rudisha











Saturday, August 28, 2010

Brussels Diamond League -Middle and Long Distance (27/08/2010)

800m Men
Picture 1 : Another win by David Rudisha in the Men 800m Final

1 KEN David Lekuta Rudisha 1:43.50
2 SUD Baker Kaki 1:43.84
3 KEN Boaz Kiplagat Lalang 1:44.29


1500m Men
Picture 2 - Asbel Kiprop from Kenya doing a fast 1500m time for men
1 KEN Asbel Kiprop 3:32.18
2 USA Leonel Manzano 3:32.37
3 KEN Augustine Kiprono Choge 3:32.88

3000m Steeplchase Men
Picture 3 - Mahiedine, from France, winning the 3000m Steeplechase event usually dominated by the Kenyans athletes.

1 FRA Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad 8:02.52
2 KEN Kipsiele Koech 8:07.66
3 ETH Roba Gari 8:13.15

800m Women
Picture 4 - Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei from Kenya winning the 800m for women in 1: 58.82.

1 KEN JANETH JEPKOSGEI BUSIENEI 1:58.82
2 RUS Mariya Savinova 1:59.49
3 RSA Caster Semenya 1:59.65

5000m Women
Picture 5 - Vivian Cheruiyot from Kenya winning the 5000m in 14:34.13

1 KEN Vivian Cheruiyot 14:34.13
2 KEN Linet Chepkwemoi Masai 14:35.07
3 ETH Sentayehu  Ejigu 14:35.13

3000m Steeplechase Women
Picture 6 - Ethiopia's Sofia winning the  3000m Steeplechase event for women.

1 ETH Sofia Assefa 9: 20.72
2 KEN Milcah Chemos 9:22.34
3 ETH Almaz Ayana 9:22.51

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Final Results of Youth Olympic Games Middle and Long Distance Events

Dramatic finish at YOG Middle and Long Distance races.
All the races of the long distances were interesting to watch. Good times were recorded in the 1000m for boys where Geleto Mohammed from Ethiopia won the race in 2min 19.54sec. In the female category of the 1000m race, Ethiopia's athlete by the name of Ashame Tizita came in first with a time of 2min 43.24sec. Both timings were very respectable indeed.

In the 2000m steeplechase race, Kenya's Mutuku Peter Mathika came in first with a time of 5min 37.63sec. Fayisa Habtamu of Ethiopia ran the race with a time of 5min 39.10sec and came in second.

In the 3000m girls race, Chesir Gladys from Kenya came in first with a time of 9min 13.58sec. She was averaging the first 3 laps doing 1min 12sec per lap before speeding up for the fourth and fifth rounds causing a gap of about 60-70metres. At the final round, Kyuma Moe from Japan was gaining ground. However, it was too late to catch up the lost ground. Kyuma Moe came in second with a time of 9min 23.70.

In the boys' 3000m, the race ended dramatic as people were thinking whether it will be the Ethiopian or the Japanese or maybe even the Moroccon who will win the race. However, everybody were dumbfound when Osman Abrar from Eriterea suddenly surged out to the front of the elite runners' crowd at the last 220metres with phenomenal speed and caused a big gap of 20 metres at the last 150metres and maintained this gap all the way till the end of the race and won the race convincingly.



1000m Boys
1 ETH GELETO Mohammed 2:19.54 PB
2 QAT DRIOUCH Hamza 2:21.25
3 GBR GRICE Charlie 2:21.85 PB
4 ERI JORJO Chuchu 2:22.00
5 BRA CUNHA Joseilton 2:24.14 PB
6 EGY MANSOUR Ahmed 2:24.22
7 SLO RUDOLF Zan  2:24.24 PB
8 IRL ENGLISH Mark  2:24.95

1000m Girls
1 ETH ASHAME Tizita 2:43.24 PB
2 SUI SCHLAEPFER Andrina 2:43.84
3 KEN MUTHEE Damaris  2:45.42 PB
4 UKR TKACHUK Anastasiya  2:45.96
5 AUS BLUNDELL Jenny 2:46.82
6 GBR PEEL Georgia 2:49.56
7 GER KLEIN Hanna 2:51.40
8 RSA MAKHAFOLA Thato 2:52.65


 2000m Steeplechase Boys
1 KEN MUTUKU Peter Matheka 5:37.63 PB
2 ETH FAYISA Habtamu 5:39.10
3 UGA KIPROTICH Zakaria 5:41.25 PB
4 ALG TABTI Bilal 5:44.34 PB
5 SUD DAIFALLA Yousif 5:45.84 PB
6 YEM ELAYAH Waleed 5:45.87 PB
7 EGY ATTIATALLA Salem 5:49.03
8 USA WONG Daniel 5:57.29 PB

Picture 1 - Ashley Liew, our Standard Chartered Marathoner who came in second local taking photo with the champion Peter Matheka of Kenya who came in first for the 3000m Steeplechase race.



2000m Steeplechase Girls
1 KEN NYAMBURA Virginia 6:29.97 PB
2 ETH TSENGA Tsehynesh 6:37.81
3 UKR RAITA Oksana 6:41.49 PB
4 CHN LI Lijiao  6:55.20
5 MDACRAVCENCO Doina  6:55.20 PB
6 BRA DA SILVA 6:56.00 PB
7 BLR PUZAKOVA Anastasiya 7:55.18
Picture 2 - The Victory Ceremony for the 2000m Steeplechase race for Girls.


3000m Boys
1 ERI OSMAN Abrar 8:07.24
2 ETH JEBESA Fekru  8:08.53
3 MAR SIGUENI Hicham 8:08.55 SB
4 JPN NISHIIKE Kazuto 8:08.57 PB
5 ZAM MULENGA Harry 8:11.26 PB
6 TAN MARWA Mwita Kopiro TAN 8:11.37
7 UGA CHEROP Alex 8:13.11
8 RWA NTAWUYIRUSHINTEGE Pontien 8:14.59

3000m Girls
1 KEN CHESIR Gladys 9:13.58 PB
2 JPN KYUMA Moe 9:23.70
3 ERI MENGISTEAB Samrawit 9:33.53 
4 GRE BERDOUSI Aikaterini 9:37.56 PB
5 ROU FLOREA Monica 9:38.64 PB
6 BLR SAVINA Nina 9:50.04
7 ZIM ZHOU Sithulisiwe 9:53.88
8 NAM NGHINAUNYE Ndapandula  10:08.62

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dr Hon Chiew Weng - A Principal and a Good Role Model

Dr Hon Chiew Weng - The Student Oriented Principal

This issue is from the Hwa Chong Institution MOCH Issue 2

In my life, one of the best person I have met is Dr Hon. In the past, he was known as Mr Hon when I joined Hwa Chong Institution in the year 2000. As a principal of Hwa Chong, I feel that he has integrity in whatever he is doing. He will never let anyone down when it comes to integrity.

The joyful thing about him is that we can see him smiling most of the time. He even answers to questions of audience, students and teachers in a smiling manner.

Once, while doing my interview with him in the past for my Masters in Education programme, I realised that he cares for students a lot. The reason is because he is a firm believer of exercise as a lifelong pursuit, apart from caring for their studies. As a student, who was in scouts, Dr Hon was very active in it. In his younger days, Dr Hon was very involved in outdoor pursuit. At present, even though he does not have the time to exercise, if given the time, I believe he would exercise. This is because of the conversation I had with him. He would always like to promote sports to the young ones.

Dr Hon showed his resilience during the Integrated Programme as the High School and College of Hwa Chong had to merge. He emerged a victor. Furthermore, he is an admirable and a pleasant person to meet. Hence, let us find out more about Dr Hon in the Issue of MOCH.


In this issue, MOCH had the exclusive privilege to meet up with, Dr Hon Chiew Weng, the Principal of Hwa Chong Institution. He gave his sincere answers to the questions asked.


Hence, let us look at the answers he gave during the interview.

MOCH: What qualities do you like about Hwa Chong?
Students in Hwa Chong are amiable and nice to teach. They are quite obedient. On the other hand, obedience is not necesssarily a good thing. I hope that students are able to challenge me in a positive manner, giving me constructive feedback.

Moch: Do you have any hobbies?
I have no hobbies, because I have no spare time! My life is quite routine. I wake up at 4:30am, clear my mail until 6:00am, at which point I head to school and clear my Ministry Of Education mail at 6:30am, I receive about a hundred mails a day, and I have to reply to every single one of them. My remaining free time is thus divided between two activities - Exercising and Sleeping.

MOCH: What is the most difficult decision you had to make in life?
There were only two major decisions I had to make. Who to get married to and what career to choose. I had no difficulty, because the choice was simple. I became a teacher because I had no money to study, and the only scholarship I had was a teaching scholarship. Nonetheless, I realised that I really love what I do.

For marriage, It was simple. I only had one girlfriend.

MOCH: What was you childhood like?
It was very happy! I was not as stressed as all of you in this day and age. My parents gave me full autonomy in whatever I did. They even gave me the permission to sign my own report card.

MOCH: Any special memories from back then?
I would say I really enjoyed my time as a scout. I learnt to cook on trees, something that most people do not have an opportunity to do these days. Survival skills are important, and if placed in a jungle, we could climb up a tree and cook on top to avoid wild animals. I recall my seniors setting fire to our tents, so after I cooked my food, I had to climb down to extinguish the fire. I also learnt about the importance of having friends, for we could always watch each other's back. Speaking of friends, I do not really understand how youths these days are able to know so many people on facebook.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

David Lekuta Rudisha - The New World Record Holder of 800m.

Watch the 800m New World Record time in the Berlin's Diamond League
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4oncJS51hE

Twenty one year old Kenya's David Lekuta Rudisha, fresh from winning the African Athletics Championships' 800m race, has broken the 13-year-old men's 800 meter world record at Berlin's Diamond League meeting on Sunday.

Wilson Kipketer's timing of 1min 41.11sec was slashed to 1min 41.09sec. Rudisha shaved two hundredths of a second off the time set by compatriot Wilson Kipketer in August 1997. Wilson Kipketer was recently in Singapore to do a middle distance course for aspiring athletes and teachers, coaches and teacher-coaches.

Recently, Rudisha came near to break the world record a month back in Huesden- Zolder, Belgium, where he clocked 1:41.51, the second fastest time ever in history, just behind the world record time of 1min 41.11sec. Rudisha forecasted bravely," Now that I have run that time, I can say I have the ability to improve and go faster,".




The blistering 400m run was run at a time of 48.65sec by his team-mate Sammy Tangui of Kenya. Sammy was the rabbit until he was at the 450metres. Deceleration of pace was taking place to Sammy. Rudisha, from there, took over the lead and sped to the front, pushing the pace even further. At the 480metres mark Sammy dropped out of the race, leaving Rudisha to do the work alone. At the 600m mark the time stood at 1min 14.54sec. He had a clear lead of 25metres at the last 30metres of the race. At the finish, fellow Kenyans by the name of Boaz Kiplagat Lalang and Abraham Kiplagat came in 2nd and third in a time of 1min 44.34sec and 1min 44.49sec. Leonel Manzano, Jackson Mumbwa Kivuva and Adam Kszczot came in 4th, 5th and 6th in a time of 1min 44.56sec, 1min 44.91sec and 1min 45.07sec, respectively.

Wilson Kipketer
Wilson Kipketer, on Monday, said that he expected his world record to go over time.  He knew that David Rudisha may smash his long-standing 800m world record. He also predicted a big future for the young Kenyan runner. Sebastion Coe held the record for 11 years until Kipketer broke it in August 1997 and held it for 13 years. Kipketer,  the three-time world champion, who is attending the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore as an athlete role model said, "I wasn't a bit surprised to hear the news,"

"David has been running well all this year, and even last year, and I thought he could do it one day. In a way it was good to see it broken after so many years."



Kipketer is at present a coach and consultant.








Sonia O'Sullivan - An inspirational person in my running career.

Picture 1 - Sonia O' Sullivan - The Olympic Silver Medalist (Sydney 2000) and the World Champion (1995)(1998).

I became a fan of Sonia when I saw her running in the World Championships 1993. That was the year I did 2hrs 28min in Berlin. I was facinated by both Ismail kirui's and Sonia's performance. Her brilliant running career is very spectacular. I will present the part 2 interview first and in another article I will do the prequel of doing the part 1 story on her illustrous running career and achievements. Hence, let me start this article by interviewing her.

 Sonia O' Sullivan
Can you share with us your pb 800m, 1500m, 3000m stch if any, 5000m , half-marathon and marathon?
They are as follows:
Picture 2 - Sonia O'Sullivan, in action during a race.
800m - 2min 00sec
1500m - 3min58sec
3000m - 8min 21sec
5km - 14min 41sec
half - marathon - 67min 17sec
Marathon - 2hrs 29min 01sec

When did you take up athletics seriously?
It was when I was in secondary school. I ran many cross-country races earlier on. Gradually, I trained more and over times I got serious over races, especially when I started winning races.

How many Olympics medals have you won?
I have 1 silver medal from 5000m Sydney 2000.

Which are the events that had take part in and you have won gold medal in the World Track and Field Championships? Can you also tell us the year as well?
In 1995, I have a Gold medal for 5000m. In 1998, I have 2 Gold medals for cross country, long & Short race.

Can you describe a race or races which you put in all your heart, mind and soul to run to your best . In other words, you are describing your toughest race that you have encountered?
I think the marathon is the hardest race to run. It is so unpredictable and you never know how you will feel later in the race. It is also very difficult to run so far on hard road surface when you are used to training on grass in parks and forests.

Can you share with us about your diet when ever you train and compete seriously?
Picture 3 - A slim and trim Sonia O'Sullivan
I try to eat healthy all the time, lots of fruit, vegetables fish and lean meat. I think if you can eat a little bit of a large variety of foods then you should have a nutritious diet to help re-fuel during hard training. I also drink lots of water and electrolyte drinks when training in warm weather.

 In your opinion, at what age should one start to take up running, and train, if they want to go for Olympics?
I think once you are in High school and enjoy running then you should set your goals high and aim to compete at the Olympics.

Singapore is a hot country. Can your share with us on how you would advise on training in a hot and humid climate?
It is not easy to train in warm humid conditions but like everything else if you can acclimatise your body gradually then you can get used to training in all conditions. It is probably most important to be re-hydrated before during and after training and not just water but also replacing salts and sugars lost while training. Electrolyte drinks are very popular and a good idea to dilute them as they can often be too sweet and sip throughout the day.

Is it beneficial to train in hot and humid climate or in cool weather for endurance training?
It depends on the conditions you will be racing in. If the race is in a hot country then it is a good idea to prepare your body for what to expect . It is always easier to train in cool conditions after spending time in hot & humid conditions.

Are you still competing?
If yes, can you tell us in which event are you training for?
I like to train to keep fit and run in local races for my club and fun runs that are not too difficult to travel to.

What is your advice to people at the age who want to take up running for fitness?
Begin slowly alternating walking and jogging, gradually building up to the distance and time you have available to train each day. It is a good idea for everyone to set aside some time each day to exercise.

 Picture 4 - Sonia with a group of interested runners.

What is your next goal in life?
I am happy to stay fit and encourage my children to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Friday, August 20, 2010

In dedication to YOG- Sonia O' Sullivan (Part 1)

Part 2 - Under construction.

Sonia O' Sullivan a very successful Olympian and a World Champion.

Picture 1 - Sonia O' Sullivan the patriotic runner of Ireland




Picture 2 - Sonia O'Sullivan the World Champion

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Singapore Athletes Performance in YOG (Report May 24, 2010)

Singapore's track and field athletes fail to qualify for YOG

Chan U-Gene Report

Mon, May 24, 2010

The Straits Times

SINGAPORE's track and field athletes have failed to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games via the two-day Asian Zone Qualification, which ended yesterday.
The eight boys and eight girls were unable to secure a place in the Aug 14-26 event against the likes of bigger nations such as China, Kazakhstan and Japan.


However, the advantage of being the host nation allows the Republic to submit a wild-card entry of five boys and five girls, should they be unable to qualify directly.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Youth Olympics Games in Singapore 2010 Middle and Long Distance

PICTURE 1 - United Arab Emirates' Alia Saeed was the fastest to qualify for 3000m girls of the overall qualifying round.
Girls’ 3000m Race Qualifying Round

1 UAE Alia Saeed (9:15:15) 
2 Chn Lijiao (9:18:40)
3 Jap Moe Kyuma (9:26:64)



Boys' 3000m Race Qualifying Round
1 Ind  Patel Indrajeet (8:16:26)
2 Jap Nishiike Kazuto (8:16.63)
3 SArabia Abdullah Ibrahim Essa (8:19.80)

2000m Steeplechase Qualification

After the start of the 2000m race, Kenya's runner by the name of Mutuku Peter Matheka ran to the front to lead the runners. After the first water-jump, he pulled away from the est of the runners and was having a comfortable lead. This went on until the second water jump, where Ethiopia's Fayisa Habtamu and Peter Matheka came out of the pack and maintained the top three positions.

At the last 1km of the steeplechase race, Kenya's Peter Matheka was starting to open up the lead and kept pull away. At the 3rd water-jump, he was having a 10metres lead from the nearest competitor. At the last 2 round of the 2000m steeplechase race, Peter was having a lead of 12m. At the 4th water-jump, the lead was going to 20 metres. The lead was 25-30m at the last round of the race, where Peter kept surging. Peter was leading all the way until the last water-jump, Fayisa Habtamu, from Ethiopia was around 10 metres away and started to catch up Peter. At the last 50metres, there was a tussle for a win. Fayisa had another gear in his leg to finally finish as the fastest finisher.

1 ETH FAYISA Habtamu  5:38.62 PB
2 KEN MUTUKU Peter Matheka 5:38.72 PB
3 UGA KIPROTICH Zakaria 5:44.51 PB
4 YEM ELAYAH Waleed 5:51.58 PB
5 ALG TABTI Bilal 5:56.21 PB
6 SUD DAIFALLA Yousif 5:56.46 PB
7 EGY ATTIATALLA Salem  6:03.41
8 USA WONG Daniel 6:05.92 PB
9 ESP MORCILLO David 6:10.90
10 ROU ROSU Laurentiu 6:12.77
11 AUS GWYNNE Grant 6:16.83
12 BRA ETCHECHURY Ioran 6:39.87 
13 TUN SALHI Bacem 6:43.17 

 (YEO SI HENG FROM HWA CHONG INST, SINGAPORE NAT AGE GP GOLD MEDAL TIME WAS 6:46.39)
 1000m 2:50.17 455 MUTUKU Peter Matheka (KEN)

2000M STEEPLE CHASE FOR GIRLS QUALIFICATION


1 KEN NYAMBURA Virginia  6:42.40
2 ETH TSENGA Tsehynesh 6:46.08
3 UKR RAITA Oksana 6:52.36
4 CHN LI Lijiao  6:54.70 PB
5 MDA CRAVCENCO Doina 6:59.88
6 BRA DA SILVA 7:01.84 PB
7 BLR PUZAKOVA Anastasiya 7:03.02
8 MAR SIOUD Nour 7:04.61 PB
9 FRA HABOLD Nina 7:05.25
10 CAN HAYWARD Katelyn 7:05.71
11 MAR DULAK Katarzyna  7:09.75
12 MAR TIJANI Ouafa 7:17.77
13 ROU LOGHIN Dana 7:26.53
14 ALG MADOUI Nabila 7:29.32
15 NZL HANSEN Jenna 8:11.91
 1000m SPLIT TIME
KEN 3:21.93 NYAMBURA Virginia

1000m Heat 1
1 GBR GRICE Charlie  2:24.74
2 MAR LABALI Abdelhadi 2:25.23 
3 BRA CUNHA Joseilton BRA 2:25.49 PB
4 SUD ABDELRAHMAN Elnazer 2:25.54
5 EGY MANSOUR Ahmed 2:25.55
6 BDI NIBAFASHA Patrick 2:27.26 PB
7 SRI HERATH Indunil 2:30.83 PB
8 CHI PEIRANO Alejandro 2:31.96
9 PLE HAMMODA Nour Aldin 2:36.67 PB
10 NZL MATHAS Brad 2:44.64

HEAT 2
1 ETH GELETO Mohammed 2:24.40
2 QAT DRIOUCH Hamza  2:24.51
3 SLO RUDOLF Zan 2:24.63 PB
MAR ENGLISH Mark IRL 2:25.39
5 ERI JORJO Chuchu 2:25.40
6 BAR MASCOLL Anthonio 2:25.43
7 AUS WHITEHEAD Rick 2:27.81 PB
8 SIN DEVARAJ Zachary Ryan 2:32.27 PB
9 SOM KULOW Abdulahi 2:36.17
10 ANG REIS Nelson 2:37.09

1000m For Girls Heat 1
1 UKR TKACHUK Anastasiya 2:43.55
2 GBR PEEL Georgia 2:45.78
3 SUI SCHLAEPFER Andrina 2:46.09
4 AUS BLUNDELL Jenny 2:46.58
5 USA FRANCIS Claudia 2:51.99 SB
6 AHO PHILBERT Vanessa 2:57.83
7 TUR DOLEK Esin Bahar 2:59.03
8 GEQAYENE NVO Marina 3:02.64
9 GHA LUONAB Rita 3:03.06
10 NAM HANDYENE Julia 3:04.29
11 SIN RAJA Ranjitha 3:07.66
12 GUY STRAKER Jevina 3:08.19
13 CAF GUELA Christelle 3:12.47
14 BDI BUKURU Francine 3:14.65 PB
15 DJI ABDI Saredo 3:19.46
16 LBA SHUSHAN Entisar 3:21.24

SPLITS 
400m 1:04.74 - TKACHUK Anastasiya (UKR)
800m 2:10.47 714 TKACHUK Anastasiya (UKR)

1000m Girls For Girls - Heat 2
1 ETH ASHAME Tizita 2:46.34
2 GER KLEIN Hanna 2:46.93
3 KEN MUTHEE Damaris 2:47.09 PB
4 DOM MANCEBO Maria 2:51.62 PB
5 JPN NISHIWAKI Mai 2:52.85
6 RSA MAKHAFOLA Thato 2:52.92
7 TOGADJODI Pouwedeou 3:02.63
8 BER BEAN Taylor 3:08.32
9 MYA MYINT Swe Li Myint 3:09.92
10 CHA MINDA Mitsou 3:11.15 SB
11 DMA ALEXANDER Kaysanda 3:21.10
12 YEM SHARAF ADDIN Belqes 3:37.40
13 MTN FALL Aicha 3:38.36
14 HAI DEROSE Beatrice  4:10.68

SPLIT TIME
400m 1:05.48 303 ASHAME Tizita (ETH)
800m 2:13.38 303 ASHAME Tizita (ETH)





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Aviva London Grand Prix in Crystal Palace 2010 - Aug 13-14

MEN RACE

1MILE

WORLD RECORD 3MIN 43.13SEC HICHAM EL GUERROUJ ROMA 7/JUL/1999


MEET RECORD 3MIN 45.96SEC HICHAM EL GUERROUJ 5/AUG/2000

Picture One Ken Choge Augustine -1st in 1mile run with a time of 3min 50.14sec


1. 3MIN 50.14 SEC KEN CHOGE AUGUSTINE
2. 3MIN 50.35 SEC ETH GEBREMEDHIN, MEKONNEN
3. 3MIN 50.64 SEC USA MANZANO, LEONEL
4. 3MIN 51.51 SEC MAR LAALOU, AMINE
5. 3MIN 52.54 SEC AUS GREGSON RYAN
6. 3MIN 52.32SEC KEN KIPLAGAT, SILAS
7. 3 MIN 52.81SEC KEN GATHIMBA, GIDEON
8. 3 MIN 53.56SEC MOUSTAOUI, MOHAMED


3000M
WORLD RECORD – DANIEL KOMEN 7MIN 20.67SEC REITI 1 SEPT 96

Picture 2 - Bernard Lagat, 1st in 3000m in 7min 40.36sec


1 7MIN 40.36SEC USA LAGAT, BERNARD
2 7MIN 40.75SEC GBR FARAH, MOHAMMED
3 7MIN 41.56SEC KEN KIPTOO, MARK KOSGEI
4 7MIN 42.39SEC AUS BIRMINGHAM, COLLIS
5 7MIN 43.24SEC USA RUBB, GALEN
6 7MIN 43.34SEC GBR THOMAS CHRISTOPHER
7 7MIN 45.66SEC KEN KOGO, MICAH KEMBOI
8 7MIN 45.87SEC AUS MOTTRAM, CRAIG

3000M U 20

1 8MIN 12.94SEC GBR GOODMAN RICHARD
2 8MIN 15.96SEC GBR HAY, JONNY
3 8MIN 16.02SEC GBR MCDONNEL, JOHN
4 8MIN 16.93SEC GBR BITCHELL ADAM

WOMEN RACE
800M


WR 1MIN 53.28SEC TCH Jarmila KRATOCHVÍLOVÁ 26 JULY 1983


MEET REC 1MIN 58.22 SEC STEPHANIE GRAF 22 JULY 2001

Picture 3 - Savinova, Mariya coming first for the 800m race

1 1MIN 58.64SEC RUS SAVINOVA, MARIYA
2 1MIN 59.16SEC KEN JEPKOSGEI, JANETH
3 1MIN 59.26SEC GBR SIMPSON JEMMA
4 1MIN 59,32SEC USA UCENY MORGAN
5 1MIN 59.40SEC GBR MEADOWS JENNING
6 1MIN 59.64SEC USA PIERCE ANNA
7 2MIN 00.14SEC GBR DOBRISKEY, LISA
8 2MIN 00.51SEC USA JOHNSON, ALYSIA

3000M STEEPLECHASE

WORLD RECORD 8MIN58.81SEC GULNARA, SAMITOVA-GALKINA


MEET RECORD – 9MIN 33.76SEC ROISIN MCGETTIGAN

Picture 4 - Milcah Chemos 3000m Steeplechase


1 9MIN 22.49SEC KEN CHEMOS, MILCAH
2 9MIN 22.60SEC RUS ZARUDNEVA, YULIYA
3 9MIN 23.68SEC KEN ROTICH, LYDIA JEBET
4 9MIN 24.23SEC ETH ASSEFA, SOFIA
5 9MIN 27.84SEC KEN NJOROGE, MERCY
6 9MIN 31.39SEC ETH ADAMU BIRTUKAN
7 9MIN 31.93SEC USA AGUILERA, LISA
8 9MIN 35.60SEC POL KOWALSKA, KATARZYNA

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Meeting 800m World Record Holder Kipketer in Singapore (13/08/2010) - Part 2

Wilson Kipketer - The Man Who Broke The 800m World Record (1min 41.11sec)

Picture One - Wilson Kipketer 
 A Rare Honour To Be With Kipketer, who broke the world record twice.
Date :13/08/2010
Time : 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Place : CCAB, Bukit Timah,  near LKY School of Policy


Picture Two -
Great Britain'S top athletes were controlling the middle distance track events during the 80s. From left to right is Steve Ovett, Steve Cram and Sebastion Coe, respectively. Sebastion Coe broke the world record with a time of 1min 41.73 and it stayed unbroken for 16 years until the advent ot Kipketer who improved the time to 1min 41.11sec in 1997.      
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyvYkDiKA8o

A Running Session on Middle Distance With Kipketer
Wilson Kipketer had just conducted a course in middle distance running in Singapore. He conducted a professional sharing session with about 10 coaches, 10 teachers, 80 young athletes and about 15 young adult athletes on how to run efficiently.

On Technique
When it comes to technique, he told that, when we run, we should not bring the head in and bringing the shoulders inwards during the run. Another mistake cited by him was that some runners 'sit' while they run. In other words, it means that there should be an extension of the leg while you are striding during the run. The best way, he says, is to feel relaxed and easy while a person runs.
In order to not place stress on the knees and the lower back, Kipketer advised us not to land on the heel but on the forefoot.

Picture Three - Relaxed and Natural Way is Economical For Running.


On Workout/s
He told us that if a person has to do a workout, which one to throw out or collapse on the floor, it means that a person is doing too much in the training, especially during a workout. Workouts, should be hard, but if you are a well-conditioned athlete, you will be better able to handle the training. After finishing a workout, a person should not feel nausea, dizzy and getting out of breath, it simply means that over-training may have taken place. A person may give up running over time. If the person do not give up now, maybe he/she may give up in the near future. The answer to this is to avoid overdoing something.


Picture 4 - Kipketer reiterates that a workout can be hard but not too tough until the mind goes bonkers.
On Food
He said that the elephants consume only vegetables but are found to be very strong. On the other hand, the tigers eat meat and are found to be strong also. Hence, he says that balancing the diet is the correct answer to performing well in running.

Kipketer surprised us by informing us that his grandfather had lived for some 138 years old or so. Hence, Kipketer told the audience that it is better to try out on food and do research ourselves to see the difference between the good ones and those which are not good. He advised us that it is alright to go to the internet to check on this to ascertain the truth. He also told us to be selective with some websites and told us that not all that we find in the web are informational.

Kipketer astounded us by telling us that he did not take any form vitamin, mineral and trace element pill. However, he did mentioned that if a person drinks coke, it would be advisable to drink this very rarely. He told that at the age of 13, he only took coke once within a year.

Picture 5 - Singapore's Weather

He told that the weather in Singapore is fine as compared to the place where he is living now. He believes that if a person trains hard and be consistent in training, they will do well.

On Massage
When a person reaches 18 years and above, Kipketer believes that getting a massage are found to be beneficial. As for those younger than 18 years of age, he says that there is no necessity for getting any form of massage.

On Winning
He mentioned that the attitude of a person during training sessions is vital. He believes that it is within the reach of a person to do well or not. In short, he believes that the ambition of the person is important.  If there is no ambition, then there is no long-term goal. It is up to the person in desiring oneself to do it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-nktw7gZgU



On Life
He advised people to be cheerful in life and keep smiling and not to take life very seriously. This, he believes, is one way to relax the body and is good for running. The suggestion he gave to people was to keep smiling all the time.

Interview 1 - Kipketer on his record
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=504i4mrv9lE&feature=related

Interview 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGsEnuPYoXk&feature=related


Meeting 800M World Record Holder Wilson Kipketer in Singapore (13/08/2010) - Part 1

Wilson Kipketer - The Man Who Still Holds The 800M World Record.

A Summary

Before I took up marathon as a passion, I was actually obsessed by the middle distance events. I used to see how Sebastion Coe, the person who heads the London Olympics 2012, winning and competing with Steve Ovett and Steve Cram. All of these runners were from England. Sebastion Coe was able to break the 800m, 1000m, 1500m and 1mile World Records within 41 days. All I know was that, during the period, the father by the name of Peter Coe was training Seb Coe to break the record to 1min 41.73sec. Seb Coe was also doing the Strength training program by Sir George Gandy during the period. Sir George Gandy was training middle and long distance runners in Loughborough University then.



Most of the world records of the middle and long distance events kept falling except for Seb Coe's 800m World Record. It was known as the untouchabe record for nearly sixteen years. Ultimately, Wilson Kipketer broke the 800m World Record to 1m 41.11sec.


Wilson Kosgei Kipketer



It is known as Wilson Kosgei Kipketer (born 12 December 1972) was born in Kenya. Later on, he became a Danish citizen and kept running as a middle distance runner. He holds the current world records at both indoor and outdoor 800 and the indoor 1000 metre distances. He kept dominating the 800 m race for nearly 10 years, remaining undefeated for a three-year period. Although, he was not able to win an Olympic gold medal, he was, however, able to win gold medals in three successive editions of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, in Gothenburg(1995), Athens (1997) and Seville (1999).



Who is Wilson Kipketer?
Kipketer was born in Kapchemoiywo, Kenya. His tribe was called Kalenjin tribe.Over time, when Wilson Kipketer was in his teens, he was first observed and noticed by 1968 and 1972 Olympic champion Kip Keino. Keino suggested Kipketer attend the Catholic St. Patrick's High School in Iten that was famous for bringing up young runners.



However, in 1990, when Kipketer travelled to Denmark as a foreign exchange student, studying electronic engineering at the Copenhagen University, he was facinated by Denmark so much so that he applied for Danish citizenship. Kipketer competed for Denmark in the 1995 World Championships. It was there that he claimed his first World Championship title in the 800 metres.

In 1997, Kipketer was at his best. In March, in the Indoor World Championships in Paris, France, he broke the indoor world record time in the heats by nearly a second, breaking Paul Ereng's World Record of 1:44.84 by improving the time to 1:43.96. Later on, he took a second off the world record with an unbelievable 1:42.67 in the finals of the 800m race. On 7 July, he equalled Sebastian Coe's world record of 1:41.73 for the 800 metres at a meeting in Stockholm, Sweden. Coe's record had stood for sixteen years. He went on to break the record twice in the same year, the first time being in Zurich, Switzerland at the Weltklasse GP on 13 August when he ran 1:41.24.  On 24 August, eleven days later, he improved the world record to 1:41.11 at the Grand Prix meet in Cologne, Germany. He was voted Track and Field Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News Magazine.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Indian Inter-State Championships (08 / Aug / 2010)

Indian Inter- State Championships - 3 National Records broken.
Picture 1- O.P. Jaisha from Kerala Winning the 3000m steeplechase event, a Nat Record Time
Patiala, India – The National Senior Inter-State championships, used as Final Selection Trials for Indian athletes who are gunning for the Commonwealth Games, witnessed some memorable moments at the four-day competition which concluded on Sunday, 08 / Aug / 2010. Three National Records were broken. In the long distance event, O.P. Jaisha from Kerala outperformed her opponents by becoming a champion in the 3000m steeplechase event by doing 10min 03.05sec. Sudha Singh (10min 14.68sec) and Priyanka Singh Patel (10min 40.26sec) came second and third, respectively.  

Men Open
800m:
1. Pankaj Dimri (Utk) 1:46.26.2
P. Francis Sagayaraj (TN) 1:46.77
3. Manjit Singh (Pun) 1:47.24

1,500m:
1. Sandeep Karan Singh (Har) 3:43.39
2. Chatholi Hamza (Ker) 3:45.10
3. Pritam Bind (Utk) 3:45.79

5,000m:
1. Sunil Kumar Singh (Har) 14:03.71
2. Sandeep Batham (MP) 14:06.46
3. Kashinath Aswale (Mah) 14:08.01

10,000m:
1. Sunil Kumar Singh (Har) 29:55.22
2. Aswani (Har) 30:10.05
3. Santosh Kumar Patel (UP) 30:31.09

3,000m SC:
1. Elam Singh (Utk) 8:47.40
2. R. Ramachandran (TN) 8:50.99
3. T. Thounaojam Sanji (Del) 8:51.77

Women Race 

800m: 
1. Sinimole Paulose (Jhar) 2:04.04
2. S.R. Bindhu (Ker) 2:06.84
3. Anu Mariyam Jose (UP) 2:10.89


1,500m: 
1. Sushma Devi (Har) 4:14.06
2. Jhuma Anar (Ben) 4:14.32
3. Sinimol Paulose (Jhar) 4:20.53

5,000m: 
1. Jijimol Jacob (Ker) 17:27.0
2. S. Thobatan Chanu (Chand) 17:32.5
3. Monika Atre (AFI) 17:39.0

10,000m: 
1. Preeja Sreedharan (Ker) 32:36.53
2. Kavita Raut (Mah) 33:18.48
3. Lalita Babar (Mah) 34:54.37

3,000m SC: 
1. O.P. Jaisha (Ker) 10:03.05 [National Record]
2. Sudha Singh (UP) 10:14.68
3. Priyanka Singh Patel (UP)10:40:26

Picture 2 - Sudha Singh (10min 14.68sec - photo below) from Uttar Pradesh losing out to O.P. Jaisha from Kerala

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Diamond League in Stockholm from 6th Aug 2010

Diamond League held in Stockholm (9th Aug 2010)

Men Race

In the 800m Men race Marcin Lewandowski, from Poland, came in first while Michael Rimmer (GBR) and Jackson Mumbwa (Kenya) came in 2nd and third, respectively. The winning time was 1min 45.06sec.

In the 3000m men steeplechase race, it was again a 1, 2 and 3 for the Kenyan as Paul Koech, Silas Kosgei Kitum and Elijah Kipterege  took the top 3 positions.  Paul did in a time of 8min 02.18sec. It was a decisive race for Paul as Silas and Elijah were about 10secs away from him.

In the men 5000m, Mark Kosgey Kiptoo from Kenya (12min 53.46sec) and Dijen Gebremeskel from Ethiopia (12min 53.56sec) came in first and second, respectively. Imana Merga from Ethiopia came in third with a time of 12min 53. 58sec. It was a very close fight among the three runners which ended in a neck and neck finish.

Women Race
For the women 5km, Meseret Defar of Ethiopia came in as the champion as she defeated Alemitu by doing a time of 14min 42.46sec. Alemitu Bekele from Turkey gave a very tough challenge to the finish and in the end lost to Meseret by a body length. Alemitu did a time of 14min 42.56sec.

In the women 1500m, Nancy Jebet Langat ran the race in 4min 00. 70 and defeated Anna Alminova of Russia, who did a time of 4min 01.53sec. Mimi Belete of Brundi came in third with a time of 4min 01.64sec.
Picture 1 - Marcin Lewandowski from Poland, coming 1st for 800m race.
800m Result
1 POL 1MIN 45.06SEC MARCIN LEWANDOWSKI
2 GBR 1MIN 45.11SEC MICHAEL RIMMER
3 KEN 1MIN 45 28SEC JACKSON MUMBWA
4 KEN 1MIN 45.31SEC BOAZ KIPLAGAT LALANG
5 USA IMIN 45.32 SEC NICK SYMMONDS
6 USA 1MIN 45.41SEC LEONEL MANZANO
7 KEN 1MIN 45.41SEC ALFRED KIRWA YEGO
8 USA 1MIN 46.51SEC ANDREW WHEATING

Picture 2 - Paul Kipsiele Koech, champion in the 3000m steeplechase race.
3000M STEEPLECHASE
1 KEN 8MIN 02.18SEC PAUL KIPSIELE KOECH
2 KEN 8MIN 12.42SEC SILAS KOSGEI KITUM
3 KEN 8MIN 12.93SEC ELIJAH CHELIMO KIPTEREGE
4 BRN 8MIN 17.21SEC TAREQ MUBARAK TAHER
5 KEN 8MIN 18.48SEC LINUS KIPWAMBOK CHUMBA
6 POL 8MIN 21.05SEC TOMASZ SZYMKOWIAK
7 AUS 8MIN 29.40SEC YOUCEF ABDI
8 SWE 8MIN 29.95SEC MUSTAFA MOHAMED

Picture 3 - Mark Kosgey Kiptoo from Kenya came in first with stiff challenge from Dejen Gebremeskel from Ethiopia

5000M
1 KEN 12MIN 53.46SEC MARK KOSGEY KIPTOO
2 ETH 12MIN 53.56SEC DEJEN GEBREMESKEL
3 ETH 12MIN 53.58SEC IMANE MERGA
4 KEN 12MIN 54.36SEC ELIUD KIPCHOGE
5 USA 12MIN 55.53SEC CHRIS SOLINSKY
6 KEN 12MIN 58.17SEC VINCENT KIPROP CHE3PKOK
7 KEN 13MIN 00.04SEC TITUS KIPJUMBA MBISHEI
8 KEN 13MIN 04.64SEC AUGUSTINE KIPRONO CHOGE

WOMEN RACE

Picture 4 - Meseret Defar holds off A challenge from Alemitu Bekele
5000m
1 ETH 14MIN 42.46SEC MESERET DEFAR
2 TUR 14MIN 42.62SEC ALEMITU BEKELE
3 ETH 14MIN 55.65SEC EMEBET ANTENEH
4 ETH 14MIN 56.18SEC SULE UTURA
5 KEN 14MIN 57.26SEC MARGARET WANGARI MURIUKI
6 KEN 15MIN 16.74SEC ALICE APROT NAWOWUNA
7 BRN 15MIN 25.67SEC SHITAYE ESHETE
8 USA 15MIN 50.55 SEC JENNIFER RHINES

Picture 5 - Nancy Jebet Langat came in first for the 1500m, ahead of Anna Alminova of Russia.
1500M
1 KEN 4MIN 00.70SEC NANCY JEBET LANGAT
2 RUS 4MIN 01.53SEC ANNA ALMINOVA
3 BRN 4MIN 01.64SEC MIMI BELETE
4 ETH 4MIN 01.98SEC ABEBA ARIGAWE
5 USA 4MIN 02.72SEC MORGAN UCENY
6 ETH 4MIN 02.84SEC GELETE BURKA
7 USA 4MIN 02.95SEC SHANNON ROWBURY
8 BRN 4MIN 03.29SEC MARYAM YUSUF JAMAL