What happened yesterday…
What was the highlight of the meet?
a) Brimin Kipruto missing the steeplechase world record by a mere 0.01 seconds?
b) American-based runners Mo Farah (UK) and Bernard Lagat (USA) outsprinting the field to break both their national records?
or c) track and field going blue-collar with post-race mayhem?
You can’t go wrong with any of those choices.
There are about a billion post-meet writeups on the Herculis, ranging from bland (IAAF) to very good (Athletics Weekly). But without a doubt, the most in-depth and thoughtful analysis comes to us from Let’s Run (albeit distance events only).
Day 2 of the Russian Championships took place in Cheboksary, and there were some fireworks:
*Anna Chicherova cleared 2.07m in the high jump, the world’s best jump since August 2009
*Mariya Savinova narrowly beat Yulia Rusanova, 1:56.95 to 1:56.99, by far the fastest 800 meter times of 2011
*The notorious Ana Kapachinskaya won the 400 meters in 49.35…a 32-year-old runs a huge PR, someone once sat out two years for steroids (stanozolol specifically)? Really?
Complete results / IAAF recap
The Reunion Internacional Ciudad de Barcelona, an EAA Premium Meet, took place in the Spanish city. Highlights:
*Zersenay Tadesse (Eritrea) ran 12:59.32 to win the 5000 meters
*former World/Olympic 400 meter champ Christine Ohuruogu (UK) won her first serious race of the year after batting injuries