KEY EVENTS OF IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS BEIJING 2015

KEY EVENTS
DATE/TIME
VENUE
NOTE
The 50th IAAF Congress
8.18-8.20
China National Convention Center (CNCC)
NOTE:1
IAAF/LOC Press Conference
8.20/17:30
China National Convention Center (CNCC), level1
NOTE:2
Photographers Briefing
8.21/14:30
Press Conference Room in the National Stadium
NOTE:3
IAAF/IOC Press Conference
8.21/16:30
Intercontinental Beijing Beichen Hotel
NOTE:4
Media Party
8.21/19:30
Bird’s Nest Culture Center
Opening Ceremonies
8.22/17:00
National Stadium
Media Race
8.27/14:00
National Stadium
NOTE:5
Closing Ceremonies
8.30/21:10
National Stadium
Final Banquet
8.30/22:00
Beer Garden on the northern side of the National Stadium


NOTE:NOTE:1 Accredited and registered media will have access to the Media Centre at the IAAF Congress in the CNCC. Delegates and media representatives wishing to meet can do so on the ground floor, in the foyer area of the CNCC. IAAF Congress press conferences and briefings will take place on-demand in the Media Centre.

NOTE:2 All accredited media representatives will have access to the IAAF/LOC Press Conference.

NOTE:3 All photographers are required to attend the official Photographers Briefing, which will explain all photo positions and the procedures for Medal Ceremonies. Photographer bibs will be distributed at the briefing.

NOTE:4 Accredited media will have access to the IAAF/IOC Press Conference.

NOTE:5 800m track race. Accredited media representatives can apply for the track race. Entry forms will be available at the Main Media Centre. A limited number of access passes will be available.

20KM RACE WALKER LIU HONG LOOKING GOOD FOR CHINA’S FIRST GOLD

Chinese world record holders in athletics?Only two of them so far. Liu Xiang, a retired 110 m hurdles runner who enjoys the status of a rock star and Liu Hong, a 20 km race walker. Liu mostly stays out of the spotlight but she is the biggest Chinese gold contender in Beijing 2015 IAAFWorld Championships. 

In Moscow 2013 Liu took bronze behind Russians AnisaKirdyapkinaand winner Elena Lashmanova, and she is the only one of the three medallists present in Beijing. Lashmanova is serving a two-year ban, whileKirdyapkina is one of the athletes coached by Victor Chegin, a coach currently under investigation over doping matters, and wasn’t allowed to compete by the Russian federation.

Liu confirmed her great shape in June by winning the IAAF Race Walking Challenge in La Coruna in superb fashion, improving her personal best by over a minute, and breaking the world record by 24 seconds as she finished in 1hr:24min.38sec.

“I woke up with a smile on my face. I had to pinch myself to make sure it’s not a dream. I started to believe that only when I turned on the TV and saw in on the news”, Liu was reported saying.

Liu was born in 1987 in a village in a rural area of Jiangxi Province. Her brother got her interested in race walking when she was still in primary school. She was, by all reports, always a tough girl who was not only very talented but also determined. Before her first competition, her teacher told her to show up at the school gate in the morning without giving a specific time. Liu was there at 4 am.

“Cry in training and you will laugh in the competition”, became Liu’s motto. She was chosen to train with the city team in Shenzen, where she also attended high school, and by 2005 she had made the national team.

When she finished fourth place on home soil in the Beijing 2008 Olympics she considered it a very good start to her international career. But when, aged 25, she missed out on a medal by one place again at the London 2012 Games, she found it hard to take.

The World Championship experiences were less cruel. She took bronze in Berlin in 2009, and silver in Daegu two years later.

“I have two bronze and one silver medal of the IAAF Championships, now I’m ready to win gold in Beijing”, said Liu who has an estimated 50,000kilometres in her legs after a 12-year-long career. The next 20 km can lead her straight to glory.

Race walking is a lonely sport, especially in China. Between 2006 and 2010 Liu was the only Chinese woman competing on the global level. “But now it’s getting better,” Liu said. “We’re starting to form a team. They are mostly girls born in the 1990s with QieyangShijie and XiuzhiLu. I’m the only one from the 80s!”

Qiang and Lu will also fancy their chances in Beijing as they have both beaten Liu before. Qiang took bronze in London 2012and Lu finished higher than Liu at the Chinese Race Walk Grand Prix in March, where she set a then Asia record.

Together with Italy’s Eleonora Giorgi and Elisa Rigaud, Ukraine’sLyudmylaOlyanovska, and Czech Republic’sAnezkaDrahtova they will be the ones to watch during tomorrow’s walk that starts at 8.30 am.

DAY SIX REVIEW:BOLT COMPLETES 100/200 DOUBLE

For the second time in four days, UsainBolt held off the challenge of Justin Gatlin of the United States in the Bird’sNest to complete his world 100/200m double in 19.55, the fastest 200m time run this year, and conclude a rare night of athletics that had already been punctuated with a historic triple jump of 18.21m by Christian Taylor, the second-best ever achieved.

The 25-year-old Olympic champion produced his almighty effort in the final round to see off his great rival Pedro Pablo, landing just eight centimeters shy of the 20-year-old world record held by Britain’s Jonathan Edwards. And Taylor’s foot was a good few centimeters back on the take-off board….

Pichardo took silver with 17.73 ahead of the man who won the Olympic title here seven years ago, Nelson Evora of Portugal, who claimed bronze with a last round 17.52.

Bolt’s season has been so undermined and delayed by a lingering joint problem that he had not even run a single 200m in competition before coming to Beijing. Here, against an opponent who headed the world lists with 19.57, he was – incredibly – close to his imperious best.  As he crossed the line he pointed at his chest with both hands and nodded his head, just in case anyone should doubt that he, rather than the shorter figure in red who strained two lanes inside him, was The Man.

Gatlin looked almost relieved after taking silver in 19.74, with AnasoJobodwana of South Africa claiming bronze with a national record of 19.87.

The men’s 200m final rounded off an extraordinary evening of high achievement which had earlier seen Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk regain the world hammer throw title she last won in 2009 with the second and third best throws of all time – 80.27 and 80.85 – behind the world record of 81.08 she set on August 1. China’s Wenxiu Zhang claimed silver with a season-best of 76.33 and Zheng Wang was fifth with 73.83.

And in the track final preceding the men’s200m, Allyson Felix, three times a world 200m champion, earned her first global title at 400m in the fastest time run this year, 49.26. The three women behind her set personal bests – Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas, silver medallist in49.67, Shericka Jackson of Jamaica, who earned bronze in 49.99, and fellow Jamaican Christine Day, fourth in 50.14.

Britain’s defending champion Christine Ohuruogu finished an exhausted last in 50.63.

VAN NIEKERK HOSIPITALISED AFTER 400M WIN ON DAY OF YEGO’S GIANT JAVELIN THROW

SouthAfrica’s Wayde Van Niekerk had to be taken to the hospital here last night after winning the world 400m title in 43.48sec, the fastest time run since 2007.

The23-year-old looked understandably exhausted after his run in humid conditions and ended up laying on the track as team officials spoke to him.

Medical sources said: “His vital signs were unstable and he had to be transferred (to the hospital) for better control and treatment.”

van Niekerk was discharged from the hospital shortly before 23.45 local time.

South African’s prodigious effort was more than matched on the day by a winning javelin throw of 92.72m from Kenya’s Julius Yego, the best thrown since JanZelezny won the same title in Edmonton in 2001 with 92.80.

WORLD CHAMPION YEGO’S JAVELIN BEGINNINGS-“THROWING STICKS AND STONES”

Kenya’s Julius Yego, who produced a javelin throw of 92.72m, the best seen in 14 years, to win gold and third place on the all-time lists, recalled afterward how his javelin “career” had started when he played games as a child throwing sticks and stones.

“Javelin is the sport I love,” he told the post-event press conference.“I was born with it. I knew I could run but not as fast as other guys. Nobody introduced me to the javelin, it’s just the sport I started doing as a boy. It’s as you play games, you play hide-and-seek, so we were throwing sticks, throwing stones.”

Yego, who led the world standings coming into these Championships with his previous personal best of 91.39, set in Birmingham on June 7, added:

“It was really good for me to come to Beijing. I’ve always believed in myself. I really wanted to be a world champion.”

The 26-year-old Kenyan, who is just5ft 9in, has previously spoken of how he picked up tips and guidance by watching throwers on YouTube.

“YouTube Athlete is my nickname now,” he said, adding that one of the people who “made it happen” for him was Finland’s2007 world champion Tero Pitkamaki, who was sitting alongside him as bronze-medallist with 87.64.

“He is among the icons I was always watching to know what kind of training they are really doing,” Yego said. “So YouTube Athlete is my name but maybe it is my brand as well.

“I always believed that Kenya has tremendous talents and we proved that yesterday with Bett winning the 400metres hurdles and today with my victory. And I’m sure as we continue we will see many Kenyans coming up to the field and to sprints. We have talents there and if we can identify them in the early stages I’m sure Kenya will always be on top in the World Championships and Olympics.

“My second throw was only 82 meters, the technique wasn’t very good. My coach called me and told me what I am doing wrong. I knew I needed a very big throw to make it into the top 8. I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy, that somebody must throw over 90 meters to win this final. But the only person I was really fearing was Tero.

“In 2004 when I watched the Olympics in Athens, I was really impressed to see Tero and other guys doing well. And at the time I was good at throwing sticks, so I knew I could be a javelin thrower in the future.

“Javelin is based on technique more than any other event so I have to work and keep improving my techniques. Before this World Championships, I was training in South Africa during winter time and in Europe.

“My coach Petteri Piironen is from Finland so he had to go to SouthAfrica for winter with his team and I joined them. You learn more when you train with others. Also, we do have as good facilities in Kenya as in Europe or in South Africa. I also trained in Nairobi. Coach Piironen wasn’t able to come to Nairobi but we came to Beijing one week before the competition.

“I can’t promise I will beata world record. 98 meters is really far.”

Ihab Abdelrahman El Sayed of Egypt, who earned silver with 88.99, commented:

“I’m crazy happy today because I won the first medal ever for my country. There was no athletics in my country, only football. The teacher in school said I can try some sports and I tried and I threw 51 meters in the first competition and I won. I’m happy about that now. Now in Egypt, there are many people training in athletics. And I hope many Egyptians will do good things in track and field soon. I can speak, I feel like I dream now…”

Pitkamaki commented: “I’m not disappointed today, actually I’m satisfied. It was maybe the best competition in my career. Julius managed this massive throw of over 92 meters and after that my gold trip collapsed. But I’m still satisfied with my throws today, that was a good series.

Now I have gold, silver, and bronze-medal from World Championships. I would like to have another gold but Julius was much better than the rest of us.”

KRAUSE:’I CAME HERE AS AN UNKNOWN AND WILL LEAVE AS A WORLD MEDALLIST

Gesa-Felicitas Krause of Germany was overcome with emotion after earning a surprise bronze in the women’s 3000m steeplechase behind Kenyan winner HyvinKiengJepkemoi(9:19.11) and Tunisia’s silver medallistHabibaGhribi, who finished just one-hundredth of a second ahead of the German in 9:19.24.

“I think everybody knows that my bronze in our event is one of the most unexpected,” said Krause. “I was happy to get to the final at the Daegu and Moscow world championships as well as at London Olympics and I took a lot of experience from those races, but this final in Beijing was not easy to cover.

“When I look for the time at 2K mark, I thought that it was only the beginning of the race as we had very slow time and still kept the close group ready to sprint over the last lap. It was all about the last kilometer and all about the finish.

“More than 100mbefore the finish, I made some tactical movement and went in front of the race. Maybe, I did it too early but I felt it was the right moment to move. I lost nothing! I won the bronze medal with a PB and I am so proud to do it at such a high level event in a race full of great competitors.

“I came here as an unknown athlete but will leave Beijing as a world medallist. That is an achievement even didn’t dream about. I feel really overwhelmed.”

Jepkemoicommented: “I expected to win the gold medal here as I was highly prepared for this championship. I didn’t hear about the doping violation of the two Kenyan women before the race so I was not affected by that information. Moreover, this fact can not throw the shade for all Kenyans performing in Beijing.”

Ghribi added: “I came here to win the gold but I’m really happy I finished second and won the first medal for Tunisia in Beijing. I didn’t expect the so-slow race when nobody wanted to go in front and make the pace. That is why our last kilometer was extremely fast.”