Rogowska dethrones Isinbayeva
BERLIN: Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele wrote his name in the history books here on Monday after claiming a fourth consecutive world 10,000m title but there were shock tears for Russian pole-vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva who failed to earn medal.
Jamaica also kept their sprint show on the road at the Olympic Stadium, with Shelly-Ann Fraser leading compatriot Kerron Stewart to a brilliant one-two in the women’s 100m.
In the 10,000m, Bekele matched compatriot and one-time master Haile Gebrselassie with his fourth world title on the trot, and remains unbeaten over the distance. Once again the diminutive Ethiopian relied on his last-lap kick, an incredible ability to change gears when the bell sounds and destroy his rivals in 50 quick, painful metres. Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese, who led for almost all the second-half of the 25-lap race, claimed silver with Kenyan Moses Masai of Kenya winning bronze.
After the Usain Bolt-led fireworks in the men’s 100m on Sunday when the Jamaican broke the world record, the women’s 100m did not fail to live up to its own billing. Fraser ran the third fastest time ever, 10.73sec, and kept up the ante in the much-hyped Jamaica vs United States sprint-off.
There was incredible drama in the women’s pole vault when Isinbayeva failed in her bid to win a third consecutive world title after failing with all three attempts as arch-rival Anna Rogowska of Poland claimed gold. Isinbayeva, the double Olympic champion and world record holder (5.05m), was a shadow of her usual self as she failed at 4.75m and then twice at 4.80m to finish out of the medals in only her second defeat in six years — both at Rogowska’s hands. American Chelsea Johnson shared silver with Rogowska’s compatriot Monika Pyrek on count back as both cleared 4.65m at their first attempt.
The first world gold for Spain in 20 years came from an unlikey source when veteran Marta Dominguez produced a stunning kick to claim the 3000m steeplechase title. Dominguez fairly sailed over the last barrier, landing so sweetly she bobbed past a stunned Yuliya Zarudneva of Russia to claim gold. Zarudneva won silver with Kenyan Milcah Cheywa claiming bronze.