Indoor Track & Field

English into the final; KJT’s golden tears; Maslak’s masterclass

English makes final Act

Mark English passed his first test with good acceleration off the final bend and qualified for the semi-finals as the fastest qualifier with 1:48.10. A second place finish in the semi in 1:50.54 with good positioning gives him another medal opportunity. Marcin Lewandowski is the heavy favourite as tipped by Cathal Denney here and he won the last semi-final convincingly in 1:50.10.

KJT brought to tears as she misses world record

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The first gold medal of the championships went to Great Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson in the women’s pentathlon with a total of 5,000 points – agonisingly outside Nataliya Dobrynska’s world record of 5,013 points.

“I’ve been tearing my brains out these last couple of weeks thinking I could get (the world record) so to come so close, yeah I’m disappointed.” said Johnson-Thompson who needed to run 2:11.86 in the 800m in the final event but came up short with 2:12.78. It was still a British record and she turned in some excellent performances with 8.18 seconds in the 60m hurdles, 1.95m in the high jump, 12.32m in the shot put and 6.89m in the long jump.

Maslak gets gold for home crowd

Pavel Maslak didn’t disappoint as the overwhelming race, and crowd, favourite to dominate the men’s 400m in a championship record of 45.33 seconds. The crowd have been excellent and vociferous at these championships and they got their just reward in Maslak’s masterclass

Storl’s shot too good

David Storl completed his championship medal haul with 21.23m in the shot put and the German was in a class of his own.

Un, deux, trois for the French in the 60m hurdles

Pascal Martinot-Lagarde led a French 1-2-3 in the men’s 60m hurdles to take gold in a season’s best of 7.49 seconds. Dimitri Bascou was second in 7.50 and Wilhem Belocian was third in 7.52 for the clean sweep.

Air Lavillenie

Renaud Lavillenie took three attempts at the world pole vault record of 6.17m but he was still “simply the best” as the song rang out around the stadium – he cleared an impressive 6.04m championship record.

Quality 800m women semis sees Everard ousted

Ciara Everard finished 5th in her semi in 2:06.14 but couldn’t deal with the multiple surges in pace but was determined to put it right saying “I just need to come back stronger.” She trained with the first two qualifiers in her semi, Selina Buchel and Anita Hinriksdottir, in Potchefstroom, South Africa in January and she drew confidence from that. “I’m not doing much different to them in training. I just have to get better.”

Travers delivers “best championship performance”

John Travers finished third in the first heat of the men’s 1500m in a personal best of 3:41.37 and it was enough to get the only fastest loser spot. “That’s my best championship performance,” said Travers who was pleased to deliver in a championship and make the final.

Kaya cruises to 3,000m but nationality debate will continue

Ali Kaya smashed the field in the men’s 3,000m in a championship record of 7:38.42. The Turk put the field to the sword from the get go with Lee Emmanuel and Henrik Ingebrigtsen bagging the silver and bronze in 7:44 and 7:45 respectively. The debate will rage on though. Is Ali Kaya really a citizen of Turkey? There’s no proof he’s ever lived there and he certainly is not in the position of other stars like Mo Farah and co who are engrained in their new countries. There is no questioning globalisation and the freedom of movement of people but this looks like a clear case of a mercenary.

Mole is no Cooly

The mole is the mascot for the championship and is a famous old cartoon character but he’s no match for Cooly at the European outdoors in Zurich. In his defence he has been restricted due to the lack of flexibility with his costume. Some bouncing up and down and twists is all that he can muster – no match for Cooly’s acrobatics.

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