Kazakhstan’s 2012 Olympic gold medallist and 2010 world indoor champion Olga Rypakova talks about the challenge of taking up a new event.
Olga Rypakova drew on her years of experience to capture a career fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts gold medal in the triple jump in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on Tuesday (19).
Ruth Jebet threatened her own world record in the 3000m steeplechase at the Weltklasse Zurich on Thursday (24), the first of two 2017 IAAF Diamond League finals.
If medals were handed out based on dominance within an Olympic cycle, then the triple jump gold may as well be handed to Caterine Ibarguen as soon as she enters Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
In Rome a few days ago, one of the questions posed to Mutaz Essa Barshim was about his health and the lack of heights coming close to those he produced back in 2014, when he came within two centimetres of Javier Sotomayor’s long-standing world high jump record of 2.45m.
Nine reigning world outdoor champions are set to flock to Doha along with some of the sport’s biggest stars for the opening meeting of the IAAF Diamond League on Friday (6).
On 6 May Doha will play host to the opening meeting of the IAAF Diamond League series for a seventh successive season and, as always, a large number of the world’s leading athletes will open their outdoor campaigns in the Suhaim Bin Hamad stadium.
Another Asian indoor record and six competition records fell on the second day of the Asian Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar, but it was local star Mohamed Al-Garni’s successful 1500m title defence that brought the crowd to their feet in the Aspire Dome on Saturday (20).
Caterine Ibarguen successfully defended her world title in style, taking the lead in the second round and was never headed after that, improving once more and eventually finishing with a winning distance of 14.90m from her fourth-round effort.
Olympic triple jump champion Olga Rypakova may have turned 30 just a few days ago, but she says there are still lots of things left to accomplish.