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5th IAAF World Athletics Final, Stuttgart

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20 September 2007

 

Fourteen Brits have been selected to face the world’s best this weekend in the World Athletics Final in Stuttgart.

 

UK Athletics Performance Director Dave Collins said: "It is heartening to see so many GB athletes competing in Stuttgart this weekend.

 

"Fourteen Brits taking part after four were involved last year shows that our athletes are certainly moving in the right direction.

 

"Having said that, we all know there is still a lot more work to do and with the Beijing Olympics beckoning, we cannot afford to sit back."

 


 

Mo Farah
Mo Farah

22 September 2007

 

Helen Clitheroe (Preston Harriers), Hatti Dean (Hallamshire Harriers), Joice Maduaka (Woodford Green & Essex Ladies), Mo Farah (Newham & Essex), Marlon Devonish (Coventry Godiva)and Martyn Rooney (Croydon Harriers) were all in action on the first day.

 

Men's 3,000m

An excellent performance from Mo Farah saw him finish third in a field where he was the only European. The race was won by Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (Kenya) in 7:48.81, with Joseph Ebuya (Kenya) second in 7:49.70, and Farah third in 7:49.89, ahead of Australian Craig Mottram. After the race Farah said: "Now I think I'll do the 5,00m tomorrow."

 

Women's 3,000m steeplechase

A competitive 3,000m steeplechase saw Helen Clitheroe record a new Personal Best of 9:41.59 in finishing sixth. Eunice Jepkorir (Kenya) won in 9:35.03, with Roisin McGettigan (Ireland) coming second 9:35.86 making her the fastest Irish woman of all time. Hatti Dean finished eighth in 9:41.86.

 

Men's 100m

Jamaica's Asafa Powell set a new Championship Record of 9.83 to storm home in the 100m. Marlon Devonish finished his superb season coming home in fifth place in 10.18. Devonish, competing for the fourth time in 16 days, said: "I'm really tired, both physically and mentally after a very tough season, but this has been a really consistent year for me."

 

Women's 200m

Joice Maduaka was sixth in a time of 23.36 in a race won by Muriel Hurtis-Houairi of France in 22.73. The race took about 20 minutes to complete after three false starts and all the disqualified athletes being allowed back.

 

Men's 400m

La Shawn Merritt (USA) won in 44.58 with Martyn Rooney finishing in sixth place in 46.25.

 

 


 

A delighted Marilyn Okoro
A delighted Marilyn Okoro

23 September 2007

 

 Women's 800m

The 800m saw Kenyan Janeth Jepkosgei dominate the field with a commanding front-running performance to win in 1:57.87, a new Championship Record. The real race came behind for second and third where Spain's Mayte Martinez (1:58.14) held off a determined run from Marilyn Okoro (Shaftesbury Barnet). Third place in a new career best of 1:58.76 was a great gift for Okoro on her 23rd birthday. Jemma Simpson (Newquay & Par) finished eighth in 2:00.78. A delighted Okoro said: "I've been waiting to do that all season and it was a fantastic opportunity for me to do it here."

 

Women's 400m

American Sanya Richards completed a hat-trick of World Athletics Final victories and equalled her world leading time of 49.27 to win the 400m. Novlene Williams (Jamaica) was second in 50.12 with Christine Ohuruogu (Newham & Essex) third in 50.20. Nicola Sanders (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow) was fifth in a time of 50.44. Ohuruogu said afterwards: "Sanya is way ahead of the field, but she can be beaten one day and I hope that will be by me."

 

Men's 5,000m

Following his third place in the 3,000m, Mo Farah opted to run the 5,000m as well. He was again the only European in the filed of 11, which contained seven Kenyan atheletes, two Ethiopian, Australian Craig Mottram and Farah. The race was won Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (Kenya) in 13:38.16, completing the double of 3,000 and 5,000. Farah finished seventh in 13:41.61, again ahead of Mottram who was ninth in 13:42.81.

 

Women's 400m hurdles

The women's 400m hurdles saw a surprise result with Poland's Anna Jesien out dipping Australian Jana Rawlinson on the line. Jesien recorded 54.17 and Rawlinson 54.19. Despite leading early on Tasha Danvers-Smith (Shaftesbury Barnet) finished seventh in 55.76.

 

Men's 1,500m

Andy Baddeley (Harrow) came home in seventh place in 3:39.14. The winner was Daniel Kipchirchir of Kenya in a time of 3:37.96.

 

Men's High Jump

Donald Thomas (Bahamas) took the men's high jump with a clearance of 2.32, and Stefan Holm (Sweden) was second with 2.30. Germaine Mason cleared 2.27, the same as Linus Thornblad of Sweden, but holding fourth place on countback he went for a one-jump attempt at 2.32 and failed.

 

Men's Long Jump

This men's long jump was won by Andrew Howe of Italy with a last round leap of 8.35. Chris Tomlinson (Newham & Essex) was fifth with 7.93.

 

Women's 3,000m

A high quality race saw Mesert Defar of Ethiopia win a new Championship Record time of 8:27.24, ahead of Kenyan's Vivian Cheruiyot and Priscah Jepleting Cherono who both recorded new personal best times of 8:28.66 and 8:29.06 respectively. Helen Clitheroe finished seventh in 9:02.41 whilst Hatti Dean came home eighth in a time of 9:16.93.

 

Women's 100m

Carmelita Jeter of USA pipped her compatriot Allyson Felix to win the 100m. Jeter timed 11.10 and Felix 11.15. Joice Maduaka finished eighth in 11.61.

 


 

For full results and news visit the World Athletics Final homepage on the IAAF website