IAAF World Championships Day 4


Quote of the day:
Hey where did you get that sweatshirt? Bob Larsen,coach of Nike sponsored athlete and silver medalist Meb to me. I had on the plainest of navy blue sweatshirts with a small swoosh on it, whichI’ve had for years. He said he keeps asking Nike for one, but they never send him just a plain sweatshirt.

Athlete of the Day:
Shaka Sola of Guam. I turned on Eurosport yesterday morning to see a some what portly and uncoordinated-looking javelin thrower with at-shirt which looked to have the letters GUAM screen printed on it. He threw a whooping 41 meters, half the distance of most of the other competitors.To see his story see here

Wave Count:

Twice more, four times each we did the wave in a shortened session.

The Stairs:
In the North end of the stadium, in the D zone where the long throws are done from, the athletes enter the stadium from a set of covered stairs out of the ground. I believe there is a long tunnel that goes to the warmup track and the athletes are staged in that area under the stadium.


Rain Soaked Fans

An interesting evening last night (Tuesday). Idecided I’d leave the hotel a little later than normal, so I wouldn’thave to watch all the first round heats of the 100h and round two ofthe 200. I’d get there in time to pick up women’s discus as theyentered last three throws and then the finals of 800, steeplechase, and400h. Lucky for me I did wait, because a massive rain/lightening stormrolled through and as I watched on television, they delayed the meet.Eventually we lost the television feed. After an hour or so, the IAAFpage said they were resuming soon, with the 100h finishing up (they hadrun 2 heats before the rain), the men’s triple qualifying moved toanother day, the discus final moved and the 200 moved to another day. So I walked over to the stadium to catch the evening’s activities.

ToughEvent: The decathlon men’s high jump was close to finishing, but theyhad to wait out the rain to finish up and then run the 400 at 9:30 thatnight. This morning they are to hurdle at 10am.

The Events:
Men’s Steeplechase:The country which buys Kenyan athlete’s, Qatar, had their athlete, Shaheen winagain. Tightly bunched the whole race. With 600 to go the contendersput the hammer down and I mean down.

Women’s 800:
Out very slowlyat 1:00.7 through 400, the whole field was still in it with 200 to go.A Cuban woman ran clear the last 100, with a Moroccan and Russian 2 and3. A very, very slow race the whole way which seemed tactically poor tome.

Bershawn Jackson leaning for the win

Men’s 400h: The rain started back up again and a strong wind on the homestretch started before this race. Clement had lane 1, Carter in lane 3, Jackson in lane 6. Jackson was out quickly to first hurdle,with Carter touching down first off of hurdles 3-4 and 5. On the outside in lane 6, putting on a big surge through hurdles 6-8 was aJapanese athlete, who as I saw it had the lead off of hurdle 7. Through hurdle 8, Carter held a slight lead on Jackson. Down the homestretch they were even with Jackson, pulling away off the last hurdle to win in a PR of 47.30, Carter just behind and the Japanese athlete holding on for 3rd with Clement 4th. I think without the head wind, Jackson would have run under 47.0.

Todd Lane

Todd Lane

Assistant Track Coach at LSU
Lane joined the LSU coaching staff after spending one season at the University of Miami, where he was voted the top women's jumps and combined events assistant in the East Region by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in 2007.