Track & Field

5 Quick Thoughts from the First Morning of Beijing

1. Women’s 1500m Heats

All goes to form here with the only exception being in how in bad form Jenny Simpson was with 41 year old drug cheat Tatyana Tomashova. She looks like she’s going to shova in the final. Sorry.

Oh and Genzebe Dibaba dropped a 59 last lap to win in 4.02 in the fastest first round ever.


Full Results here

2. Evan Jager almost bombs, Kemboi still the King

An incredibly slow place meant a battle over the barriers for Evan Jager. He just made it, being .14 of a second off sitting in the stands playing with his hair. Ezekiel Kemboi showed he still has it, easily winning the third heat.

Full Results here

3. Women’s Heptathlon is Hyphen Heavy

Jessica Ennis-Hill smashes out a 12.91, Brianne Theisen-Eaton runs a p.b of 12.97, Katarina Johnson-Thompson runs a p.b of 13.37 but is some way off. In the High Jump, JEH goes 1.86 only to edged out by KJT who goes 1.89 while BTE jumps 1.80 to fall further behind JEH.


Full Results here

4.Men’s Marathon Madness

Ok so it wasn’t fast but it was a shock as 19 year old Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (Eritea) ran 2:12.28 to win. 41 year old Ruggero Pertile of Italy finished fourth as first European while the first Kenyan was 22nd.

Full Results here

5.English scrapes through while notable names head home.

Mark English was made to work hard but qualified for the semi-finals. His time of 1.46.69 was fast enough to get him through but will need improvement to get him to the final.

Some middle sized names went out in heat six with Michael Rimmer, Artur Kuciapski and Andreas Bube all failing to advance.

Full result here

Mark English, Declan Murray, 2014 Nationals 800m
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Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan is an athlete, coach, athletics fan and, most importantly, was once named Bandon AFC's under-12 Player of the Year. He was once a promising athlete but is now a promising coach, teacher and part-time athletics writer/broadcaster. While an 800m runner himself, Ronan has coached everything from pole vault to 10km with varying levels of bluffing. He has regularly been threatening to do something for years but is yet to deliver. He is regarded as our expert on the American running scene, though has yet, to prove his knowledge in this realm.

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