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Ogunode Breaks 100m Record at the Asian Champs (video) Nigerians running for other nations

Jun 5, 2015

Ogunode poses with a time of “9.89”. Later adjusted officially to “9.91”

This article has been delayed, due to SEA Games coverage im just going through my back log,

Femi Ogonude reset his Asian Championships record to 9.91 (+1.8) in Wuhan, China. The Nigerian born Qatari won over Zham Peimeng (10.15) of China and Razi Ghazemi of Iran (10.19).

Ogonude former Asian Championship Record was 9.93 set at the 2013 Asian Championships in Pune, India.

Femi defended his double by winning the 200m title also in 20.32. In the heats Femi was the quickest qualifier in 10.12 and then in the semi finals tied his championship record with a time of 9.97.

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Mens 100 Final 2015 Asian Championships

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Result Notes
1st 6 Femi Seun Ogunode  Qatar 0.160 9.91 AR CR
2nd 5 Zhang Peimeng  China 0.141 10.15
3rd 4 Reza Ghasemi  Iran 10.19
4 9 Xie Zhenye  China 0.167 10.25
5 2 Yang Yang  China 10.27
6 8 Meshaal Almutairi  Kuwait 0.140 10.27
7 3 Barakat Al-Harthi  Oman 10.29
8 7 Francis Samuel Adelebari  Qatar 0.129 10.31
Wind: +1.8 m/s

He has said the move to become a Qatari national in 2010 was a calculated risk that paid off. He alleges nepotism and corruption in Nigerian athletics.

I wanted to compete in the 2007 All-Africa Games in Algiers, Algeria. I ran in the Mobil Track and Field race, the Nigerian qualification event for it. I made the cut, but they dropped me without any explanation.

A year later, I qualified for the biennial IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, as the best age-group sprinter in Nigeria. Subsequently, I also made it to the senior side for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

But due to politics within the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), they dropped me from the squad for Poland, pacifying me by saying I would get my chance in China. I agreed, as I always wanted to compete in the Olympics. But just two weeks prior to the Games, I found out I was out of the team. I felt powerless against the AFN’s internal games.

It was then that I received an e-mail asking whether I was interested to do trials in Qatar. I wrote back saying I was, but that I didn’t have money to make the trip. They requested a copy of my passport and soon, I was attending trials in Doha. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made in my life.

Three Nigerian born men are now the European, Asian and African record holders. Francis Obikwelu who ran for Nigeria before switching to Portugal for Europe (9.86), and Olusoji Fasuba (9.85) of Nigeria for Africa.

Nationality transfers by African athletes are not just limited to Asiatic countries; Europe and the US are some of the biggest beneficiaries. Star athletes from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Morocco have mostly gone to represent Nordic countries such as Finland, Denmark and Sweden.

Sources:

http://qz.com/431083/three-different-nigerians-hold-the-100m-sprint-records-for-africa-asia-and-europe/
http://www.athletics-africa.com/s/news/africa/nigeria/qatar-move-best-decision-ever-made-femi-ogunode-9122

Mens 400m Time comes crashing down African Record sub 44

Jul 10, 2015

Photo Credit: www.africanathletics.org

Photo Credit: www.africanathletics.org

In a world championship year athletes have been known to lift there performances. No Exception to this Isac Makwala of Botswana who is proving himself a strong contender to win the World Champs in China next month.  Within 24 hours of Niekerk of South Africa setting an African record of 43.96. Makwala hit 43.72 to smash his PB and take his record back.

The time puts him ahead this year and on the all time lists of big names such as LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James.

In the ‘Resisprint meeting’ Makwala won over Qatari teenager Abadelah Haroun who came in 44.27 to set a new national record for Qatar beating the 44.68 he had ran three times this year.

This was the fastest time in the world since Jeremy Wariner in 2007.  According to Adriansprints.com Makwala time is fifth on the all-time list for 400m behind Johnson, Reynolds, Wariner an Watts.

South Africa’s Henricho Bruintjies set a South African record in the 100m. The 21-year-old ran 9.97 (0.8m/s) in the heats but was met with a -2.1m/s headwind in the final, which he won in 10.28.

 

MASTERS M 400 m Finale 1 05.07.15 14:50 Rang Nom An Société Pays

 

Performance Beme

  1. Isaac Makwala 85 Botswana BOT 43.72

  2. Abdalelah Haroun 97 Qatari QAT 44.27

  3. Ofentse Mogawane 82 Afrique du Sud RSA 45.75

  4. Galvan Matteo 88 Italie ITA 45.95

  5. Marciniszyn Marcin 82 Poland POL 46.83

 

 

The Progression of the African Men’s 400 Meter Record

44.76 Hassan El Kashief (SUD) 1982

44.54 Gabriel Tiacoh (CIV) 1984

44.32 Gabriel Tiacoh (CIV) 1986

44.30 Gabriel Tiacoh (CIV) 1986

44.17 Innocent Egbunike (NGR) 19 Aug, 1987 Zurich

44.10 Gary Kikaya (DRC) 09 Sept, 2006 Stuttgart

44.01 Isac Makwala (BOT) 2014 La Chaux-de-fonds

43.96 Wayde Van Niekerk (RSA) 04 Jul, 2015  Paris, Diamond League

43.72 Isac Makwala (BOT) 05 Jul 2015 La Chaux-de-fonds

 

Sources:

http://www.iaaf.org/news/report/isaac-makwala-4372-african-400m-record-chaux

www.adriansprints.com

Sani Brown sizzles with a win at the World Youth Championships in the 100m Dash (Video)

 Jul 18, 2015

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HEADLINE: July 15, Cali, with a cool sounding name Japan’s Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, 16 won the world youth championship in Cali, Colombia in a time of 10.28 (-0.4).

Please note as reported by the IAAF this is not actually a Championship Record as Darrel Brown of Trinidad and Tobago ran 10.24 at the 2nd World Youth Champs in Debrecen, Hungary in 2001.

Brown came to Cali with a PB of 10.30 in May, which he tied in the heats and the semi finals. He left his rivals well behind Derick Silva of Brazil took Silver in 10.49, and Rechmial Miller of Great Britain Bronze in 10.59.

Not a very Japanese sounding name? Brown is the product of a Ghanaian father and Japanese mother. Ghana has produced some world class sprinters, and Japan is no slouche as well in world sprinting.

15 JUL 2015 21:00 WIND -0.4 PLEASE CLICK ON A ROW BELOW TO VIEW MORE INFORMATION

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK REACTION TIME
1 373 Abdul Hakim SANI BROWN JPNJPN 10.28 CR 0.172
2 65 Derick SILVA BRABRA 10.49 0.168
3 254 Rechmial MILLER GBRGBR 10.59 0.157
4 247 Oliver BROMBY GBRGBR 10.60 0.165
5 81 Chuba NWACHUKWU CANCAN 10.60 0.152
6 279 Milo SKUPIN-ALFA GERGER 10.67 0.195
7 368 Daisuke MIYAMOTO JPNJPN 10.78 0.175
8 59 Paulo Andre DE OLIVEIRA BRABRA 10.83 0.172

 

 

 

Greatest 1500m Race ever in Monaco (video)

Jul 21, 2015

1500 Metres – Men
Pts
1 Kiplagat , Silas                 KEN    3:27.64          4
2 Kiprop , Asbel                   KEN    3:28.45          2
3 Kwemoi , Ronald                  KEN    3:28.81          1
4 Souleiman , Ayanleh              DJI    3:29.58
5 Iguider , Abdalaati              MAR    3:29.83
6 Wote , Aman                      ETH    3:29.91
7 Willis , Nicholas                NZL    3:29.91
8 Manzano , Leonel                 USA    3:30.98
9 Centrowitz , Matthew             USA    3:31.09
10 Ingebrigtsen , Henrik            NOR    3:31.46
11 Özbilen , Ilham Tanui            TUR    3:33.10
12 Cronje , Johan                   RSA    3:33.69
13 Carvalho , Florian               FRA    3:35.68
Magut , James Kiplagat           KEN        DNF
Rotich , Andrew Kiptoo           KEN        DNF

Bolt Blasts Back in London Diamond League (videos)

Jul 26, 2015

Usain Bolt celebrates after he wins the men's 100m final during the Diamond League athletics meeting at the Olympic Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on Friday (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Usain Bolt celebrates after he wins the men’s 100m final during the Diamond League athletics meeting at the Olympic Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on Friday (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

World Record Holder Usain Bolt (Jamaica) put a way the injury concerns with two good come back races in very miserable weather conditions. Bolt running back at the IAAF Diamond League Sainsbury Games in London, preparing for just under 3 weeks from the World Championships were he will race against Justin Gatlin (USA). Gatlin who has the fastest times this year of 9.74 and has also ran 9.75, 9.78 is the man to beat.  Bolt won the 2012 Olympics here in 9.63 three years ago.

“I am still number one,” said Olympic champion and world record holder Bolt. “I will continue being number one. Until I retire, that’s the plan.”

Heat 2 24 JUL 2015 Wind -1.2 Heats 100M

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK REACTION TIME
Details 1 Usain BOLT JAMJAM 9.87 Q
Details 2 Mike RODGERS USAUSA 9.92 Q
Details 3 Kim COLLINS SKNSKN 10.02 Q
Details 4 Chijindu UJAH GBRGBR 10.04 q
Details 5 James DASAOLU GBRGBR 10.12 q
Details 6 Trell KIMMONS USAUSA 10.15 q
Details 7 Andrew ROBERTSON GBRGBR 10.23
Details Richard KILTY GBRGBR DQ

Bolt is now ranked number 6 in the world for the year, having to over come injuries he was only ranked 62nd. Into a chili -1.2 head wind bolt ran 9.87 in his heat. In the final he matched this time again l to win by .03 seconds from American Michael Rodgers this time into a -0.8 head wind. He started even slower and had 1.5 meters to make up after 30 meters.

Kemar Bailey-Cole was third in 9.92, the Jamaican taking 0.01 from his personal best, while Britain’s Chijindu Ujah was fourth, equalling his PB with 9.96, 0.02 ahead of in-from Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut.

24 JUL 2015 Wind -0.8 Finals

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK REACTION TIME
Details 1 Usain BOLT JAMJAM 9.87
Details 2 Mike RODGERS USAUSA 9.90
Details 3 Kemar BAILEY-COLE JAMJAM 9.92
Details 4 Chijindu UJAH GBRGBR 9.96
Details 5 Jimmy VICAUT FRAFRA 9.98
Details 6 Trell KIMMONS USAUSA 10.07
Details 7 Nesta CARTER JAMJAM 10.08
Details 8 Kim COLLINS SKNSKN 10.09
Details 9 James DASAOLU GBRGBR 10.19

Asked how fast he thought he could go in Beijing, Bolt replied: “Anything is possible. I thought I would run fast in the final tonight but I got a bad start.
“When I got a bad start, then I kind of lost focus for a minute and lost my form but at the last I got it back. It taught me a lot, these two races.
“I just need to remember if I have a bad start, then I need to focus on the work I have done and get the job done.
“I was not looking for any specific time but I know I could have gone faster if I had got my start.”
There have been claims that Bolt has been stopping the clock at 9.7sec on the training track, an assertion he declined to dismiss.
“I have been running fast,” he said. “I can’t say I haven’t been running fast in training.
“It is easier to run fast in training because you are under no pressure and you just have to work on it.”
Having drastically improved on his one previous 100m time of the year — 10.12sec in Rio de Janeiro in April — Bolt added that his two London performances had set him up nicely for the world championships.
“It does help the confidence,” he said. “I have been putting in the work and I can see it is coming out on the track. It definitely looks good.”

Sources:

http://www.iaaf.org/news/report/london-diamond-league-2015-bolt-farah

http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/usain-proves-he-s-still-no-1-with-london-win

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