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Paul Kipsiele Koech ranked #1 World 3K Steeplechase

Paul Kipsiele Koech

Paul Kipsiele Koech regains #1 world ranking in Men’s 3K Steeplechase

Paul Kipsiele Koech who had been in the second position only for three weeks and now regained the top spot in the Men’s 3000m Steeplechase from Brimin Kiprop Kipruto.

A Keyan runner who specializes in the 3K steeplechase he won the2004 bronze medal in this event.

Despite being among the fastest steeplechasers, he has failed several times at the Kenyan trials for World championships or Olympics. He competed at the all seven IAAF World championships. At the IAAF World Athletics Final meetings, finishing every time in the top three, being the only athlete to achieve it.


June 25, 2011 Posted by | World Track & Field | , , , , | Leave a comment

Czechoslovakia‘s Best Female Athlete

Barbora Spotakova

Barbora Spotakova – Javelin Throw – Spotakava has tried many different track & field events, but has excelled in the Javelin Throw and is considered one of the World’s best in that event.

National Championships: 2003-2005-2006-2007-2008 (1st, Javelin Throw) Best Czech Female Athlete of the Year 2006-2007-2008 She graduated in May 2009 in Czech Agricultural University, as an ecology engineer.

Spotakova’s record in Javelin World Competition:

20th European Athletics Championships   3 f 65.36   Barcelona (O) 29/07/2010
IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final   2 f 63.45   Thessaloniki 12/09/2009
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics   2 f 66.42   Berlin 18/08/2009
1st SPAR European Team Championships   2 f 65.89   Leiria 20/06/2009
6th IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final   1 f 72.28   Stuttgart 13/09/2008
The XXIX Olympic Games   1 f 71.42   Beijing (National Stadium) 21/08/2008
5th IAAF World Athletics Final   1 f 67.12   Stuttgart 22/09/2007
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics   1 f 67.07   Osaka 31/08/2007
4th IAAF World Athletics Final   1 f 66.21   Stuttgart 09/09/2006
19th European Athletics Championships   2 f 65.64   Göteborg 13/08/2006
European Cup First League Group A   1 f 64.68   Praha 17/06/2006
3rd IAAF World Athletics Final   5 f 61.60   Monaco 09/09/2005
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics   7 q 58.74   Helsinki 12/08/2005
European Cup First League Group A   2 f 59.74   Gävle 18/06/2005
5th European Winter Throwing Cup   6 c 56.92   Mersin 13/03/2005
28th Olympic Games   13 q 58.20   Athína (Olympic Stadium) 25/08/2004

August 6, 2010 Posted by | World Track & Field | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rising Star, Carmelita Jeter, USA

Carmelita Jeter

Carmelita Jeter

At the 2007 IAAF World Championships, Carmelita Jeter got her best start of the meet in the women’s 100 meter final and employed her typical strong finish to take a surprising third for the bronze medal in a personal-best 11.02.

jeter pose

     A relative unknown, Jeter came onto the scene in 2007 setting a personal record in the 100m (11.05) at the Adidas Track Classic and then went on to qualify for her first World Outdoor Championships roster for Team USA with her third-place finish at the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships.

    Jeter says her improvement came by overcoming hamstring injuries that plagued her from 2003-2005. Deep tissue massage helped resolve it. Formerly coached by Warren Edmondson, she made a coaching change in spring 2007.  She says she looks at her World Champs medal every morning and evening to help give her motivation.

Jetter wins
Jetter wins

   Jeter is the most decorated track & field athlete in the history of Cal State Dominguez Hills, where she graduated with a degree in physical education in 2004. A 6-time NCAA Division-II All-America sprinter, she was a 3-time 100 meter runner-up at the NCAA Division-II National Championships. With 100/200 meter PR’s of 11.43 and 23.46.

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Caster Semenya all woman!

Running sensation, Caster Semenya, is a woman!

Running sensation, Caster Semenya, is a woman!

     Enough already.  Lets leave this young woman alone.  After a spectacular performance in the 800m in Berlin at the World Championship final, South African runner Caster Semenya’s gender was called into question. After all, she not only performed exceptionally well, but she didn’t look much like a woman. The controversy can now be laid to rest, as testing shows that her testosterone levels were found to be higher than normal, but still within the range that will allow her to continue to participate in women’s races.

Sources within the Athletics South Africa organization said that she was tested three years ago. Semenya had reportedly taken a standard urine test, which is taken by all athletes, instead of a gender verification test to make sure that she was eligible to compete.

Sources stated:   “She was tested three years ago when she started competing and it was found that she is a woman. She may have rather high levels of male hormones but she is definitely a woman.”

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Editorial, Events | , , , , , | 2 Comments