His home city of Berdichev, some 120 miles south west of Kiev, stands on the Hnylopyat River. It has had a troubled past. It is now in the Ukraine, but has variously been in Lithuanian, Polish, and Russian hands, and is famous for its ancient fortified Carmelite monastery. It was captured and plundered by the Zaporogian Cossacks in 1647, and in a moment of pillage of which his forebears would surely have been proud, Yuriy Krimarenko swooped in and stole the World High Jump title at the last day of 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics (14).... Read More
In what could well be remembered as one of the big surprises of the 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Tanzanian runner Christopher Isegwe won his country’s first ever medal in the 22-year history of the World Championships when finishing second in the Marathon behind Morocco’s runaway champion Jaouad Gharib.... Read More
Osleidys Menéndez extended her recent domination of the Javelin. The Cuban had won the Olympic title with a throw just one centimetre less than her World record of 71.54 metres in 2001. Those were the only two throws over 70 metres. Now there are four! Christina Obergfoll of Germany amazed herself and us when she threw a European record of 70.03 metres in round two. But Menéndez had already trumped that, with the second World record of the week, 71.70 metres with her first throw. Steffi Nerius won a second medal for Germany, bronze with 65.96 metres.... Read More
This evening we witnessed simply the greatest ever competition since the new specification women’s Javelin came into use on 1 January 1999 (first World record 31.12.99). Osleidys Menendez of Cuba, the champion of 2001 and of course last season’s Olympic winner, was the victor improving her World record (71.54) to 71.70 with her first throw.
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In just his second season of elite international racing, Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain completed the first-ever middle distance double at a World Athletics championship after his 1:44.24 victory in the 800 metres. It was date with destiny that few anticipated, except perhaps for the 25-year-old Ramzi himself.