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Isinbayeva Falls Foul of Daegu Curse

Yelena Isinbayeva, widely regarded as the greatest female pole vaulter of all time, had a disappointing sixth-place finish on Tuesday at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, which has so far been beset by controversies and seen no new world records set.

The Russian sizzled out after only getting as high as 4.65 m, falling far short of the world record of 5.06 m she set at a Golden (currently Diamond) League event in Zurich in 2009.

She came to Daegu with full of promise and with a season’s-best jump of 4.76 m under her belt. But a couple of gambles on Tuesday night definitely did not pay dividends for the woman, who, in her prime, set 27 world records.

Fabiana Murer cleared 4.85 m to win the gold, giving Brazil its first-ever title at the World Championships. Germany’s Martina Strutz took silver and Svetlana Feofanova of Russia claimed the bronze.

Murer, last year’s World Indoor Championships winner, has apparently shaken off the jinx that ruined her life three years ago in Beijing, when she was forced to bow out of the Olympics having lost her pole.

This time round it was her former training partner, Isinbayeva, who left under a rain cloud. But the Russian nonetheless fared better in this southern Korean city on Tuesday than sprinter Usain Bolt and Cuba’s world record-holding hurdler Dayron Robles. Bolt was ejected from Sunday’s 100-m final after false starting, and Robles was disqualified for tussling with China’s Liu Xiang after winning Monday’s 110-m final.

More bad luck befell British sprinter Christine Ohuruogu, the reigning Olympic champion, who was disqualified for false starting in the women’s 400 m. And Australian Steve Hooker, the defending champion and Beijing Games hero, failed to advance beyond the preliminaries in the men’s pole vault.

So has the 29-year-old Isinbayeva permanently lost her grip on the sport that she, until recently, had a vice-like grip on, or did she simply fall victim to the Daegu curse?

After a stormy couple of years, including three failed attempts at the previous Worlds in Berlin, she was hoping to restore her reputation in Daegu. But her luck at the biennial track and field meet seems to have run out ahead of her talent.

As if to underscore the point, she set the current world record only 11 days after crashing out of the Worlds two years ago. After a few more competitions, she complained of feeling exhausted and took a year-long layoff from the sport.

This week will not have done her confidence any good, but Isinbayeva -- who racked up two Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2008, and two world titles in 2005 and 2007 -- will be keen to show she is still champion material when the Olympics travel to London next year.

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I was looking forward to see the highly expected athletes'games but all of them may go into a slump. ohh...

Source : http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2011/08/31/2011083101084.html

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yes...that was too shameful..:-(

but...I'm looking forward to see Bolt's 200m , Jeter's 200m & 400m relay !!

[iAAF NEWS] Source : http://www.koreaherald.com/sports/De...20110829000983

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DAEGU ― Two-time defending world champion Olga Kaniskina of Russia walked across the finish line first in the 20-kilometer walk to add another gold at the 2011 World Championship in Daegu on Wednesday.

In full sunshine and sweltering humidity, the 26-year-old Olympic gold medalist had led almost the whole race and really took off before the 15 kilometer mark, finishing with a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes, 42 seconds.

The Russian walked with teammates Vera Sokolova, Anisya Kirdyapkina and China’s Liu Hong but increased her lead ahead of Liu and Kirdyapkina to break the “cover curse.”

“Thankfully no one told me about this before the race, they only told me after,” said Kaniskina with a laugh.

Favored athletes featured on the cover of the Daily Programmes at the games have seen losses this year, including Usain Bolt for a false start and 110-meter hurdler Dayron Robles for obstruction.

Featured on the opening day cover, the Aussie defending world champion Steven Hooker failed to pass the bar at 5.5 meters in the pole vault qualification on Saturday.

Featured on the fourth day was Russia’s world record holder and two-time world and Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbaeva, who was unable to clear 4.80 meters, 26 centimeters below her record, in the finals.

The Russian team did not make a clean sweep at the podium with Liu winning silver, followed by Kirdyapkina who finished third, some 13 seconds behind the Chinese athlete.

“Compared to Osaka and Berlin this race was very difficult. We were prepared for the hot and humid weather but not for the sun,” said Kaniskina.

Liu came in for bronze at the previous championships in Berlin, and was just shy of the Olympic podium on her home soil.

World-record holder Sokolova was unable to keep up with her compatriots or the pack and fell back before the three-quarter mark finishing in 11th place.

Portugal’s 36-year-old Susana Feitor set a new record by competing in her 11th consecutive World Championship, finished at a modest sixth place.

Korea’s own Jeon Yong-eun gave it her all to finish in 26th place with a season best of 1:35:52 before collapsing at the line.

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"The fatest woman in the world - Carmelita Jeter"

DAEGU (AP) -- Carmelita Jeter of the United States beat Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica to win the women's 100 meters at the world championships on Monday.

Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago took bronze.

Defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce had the best start but Jeter swept past her with about 40 meters to go and finished in 10.90 seconds. Campbell-Brown ran in the outside lane and finished in 10.97 seconds. Baptiste had a time of 10.98.

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Her 100m match

She has won the championships three times since 2007. She is going to run 200m race and 400m relay. Her match and Usaine Bolt's 200m are noted now.

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Bolt Nails World Record for Jamaica in Men's Relay as Daegu Wraps Up

Jamaica ensured the World Athletics Championships ended on a high note on Sunday when Usain Bolt accelerated like a firework down the final stretch of the 4x100-m relay to nail the gold medal and wrap things up at Daegu Stadium with the tournament's first world record.

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Bolt collected the baton from new 100-m world champion Yohan Blake after Nesta Carter and Michael Frater had played their part, and tore over the finish line with explosive speed to give Jamaica a time of 37.04 seconds, shattering the previous record of 37.10 seconds.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after setting a new world record in the men's 400-m relay at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu on Sunday. France (38.20) took silver and St Kitts and Nevis (38.49) bronze.

As usual, Bolt, the lanky 25-year-old with an irrepressible sense of humor that has inflamed the delicate sensibilities of IAAF and Olympic officials, rounded off his race with some typical showboating that included some frenetic dance moves.

It was Bolt's second gold medal in Daegu after he won the 200 m one day earlier, and his fifth overall at the World Championships after he picked up a hat trick at Berlin 2009.

Jamaican athletes pose by a billboard after winning the men's 400-m relay in a new world record of 37.04 seconds in the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu on Sunday. Sunday night's world record will also help ease memories of the disappointing false start that saw the Beijing Olympics triple gold medalist disqualified from the 100-m final on Day Two of competition on Aug. 28.

Before Sunday's exhilarating performance, Daegu was set to become only the fourth IAAF World Championships where no new world records were set. This would add it to a list shared by Athens (the 1997 host), Edmonton in Canada (2001) and Osaka in Japan (2007).

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Daegu Flashes Its Organizational Wizardry to World as Championships End a Success

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The 2011 World Championships in Athletics came to an end on Sunday following nine days of drama, mishaps and tears of frustration and joy in Daegu. The biennial track and field meet was filled with interesting episodes, but perhaps the biggest achievement was raising global awareness of the Korean city.

When Daegu won its bid to host one of the top three global sporting events in Mombasa, Kenya on March 17, 2007, international track and field officials were surprised by the ambition and challenging spirit shown by the little-known Korean city.

It was a hard-won battle to host the competition. The decision caused skeptics to voice their disapproval, and some officials at the International Association of Athletics Federations, which organizes the Worlds, to express concern that organizing such a behemoth may be beyond Daegu's capability.

However the city's hosting of the competition has drawn not only applause, but also talk that the latest edition of the Worlds was the most successful in its history. The city of 2.5 million, which was virtually unheard of on the international stage before, has now appeared firmly on the radar and in the hearts of many athletes and fans.

While many former host cities of the Worlds -- or the Olympics or FIFA World Cup -- have ended up in debt after constructing new sports stadiums and other facilities that have subsequently fallen into disuse, Daegu is being lauded for its efficient budgeting.

The city used pre-existing sports facilities to host most of the events and was able to avoid falling into debt. Daegu Stadium, which was built in 2003, was fitted with a new race track and its sound system received an overhaul, but those were the only major changes made.

At the same time, the machines brought in to clean up the sand on the track and retrieve equipment used in throwing events received a "Class-1" rating by the IAAF.

The 6,700 volunteers who helped out at the stadium and other venues of the World Championships also played a pivotal role in the event's success. Around 17,000 supporters from 137 volunteer groups not only welcomed and cheered the athletes and IAAF officials, but also served them meals and guided them on tours.

The high level of civic awareness demonstrated by the residents of Daegu was also worthy of praise. Local government officials and members of the organizing committee were concerned about being unable to fill the 60,000 seats at the stadium. But thanks to group sales, attendance was high and ticket sales strong.

Simple but refined exhibitions and performances, top-notch facilities for athletes, and a focus on environmentally-friendly technology left an indelible impression on the minds of those who visited the city.

"Before the competition, there were those who were skeptical about the successful hosting of the event," said Lee Seong-keun, head of the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Development Institute. "But careful preparation over the last four years and the strength of the people of Daegu made it possible for the city to successfully host one of the world's top three sports competitions."

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