June 25, 2012
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I was supposed to write about the dead heat between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh, but something much more interesting caught my attention.
As I was scouring Google for more articles on the 60m Hurdles at the 2011 Russian Indoor Championships, where Yevgeniy Borisov Евгений Борисов and Konstantin Shabanov Константин Шабанов shared the national title, it turns out that the Russian hurdlers ran a dead heat again - at the very same competition!
Read: “A Dead Heat!”
Borisov (orange vest) and Shabanov (blue vest) in 2011. Both hurdlers time 7.63s. (Photo from Athletics Russia)
In 2011, the Russian duo both clocked 7.63s. Even if the judges went to the photo-finish tapes, the race was too close to call; hence, they shared the gold. This time around, both Borisov and Shabanov were one-hundredths of a second slower. And still inseparable. For the second time in two years, the two hurdlers again shared the top spot on the podium.
Shabanov (L) and Borisov in 2012. Both athletes time 7.64s and share the gold again! (Photo from Athletics Russia)
A dead heat, especially in the running events, is a rare occurrence in itself. But to do it twice? Now, that’s uncanny!
Interestingly, the 2012 edition of the Russian Indoor Championships featured closely-fought contests:
- Women’s Pole Vault (2012): Ludmila Yeruemina and Angela Sidorova both cleared 4.32m. Two bronze medals were awarded.
- Men’s 60m Dash (2012): Yevgeniy Ustavshchikov and Mikhail Yegorov both ran 6.74s. Again, two bronze medals were given! The battle for first place was also close, but the photo-finish cameras were conclusive. Aleksandr Brednev and Mikhail Idrisov were both credited with 6.72s, but the former took the gold medal.
EAA article on the 2011 Russian Indoor Championships
IAAF article on the 2012 Russian Indoor Championships
EAA article on the 2012 Russian Indoor Championships
March 9, 2012
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Tianna Madison is this week’s track beauty!
As a 19-year old, the American long jumper won the 2005 World Championships long jump crown, with a leap of 6.89m – a personal best. Since that glorious moment in Helsinki, however, Madison has failed to replicate her winning form. The subsequent years proved troublesome.
Photos from runblogrun.com and blog.cleveland.com
Despite winning the 2006 World Indoor Championships silver medal, her outdoor performances deteriorated. She failed to defend her world title in Osaka, finishing tenth in the final with a modest 6.47m best mark. Since 2009, Madison has not gone beyond 6.50m.
As they say, when God closes a door, he opens a window. The 2012 indoor season has seen Madison shave off a massive 0.30s off her 60m time, running a world leading 7.02s in February. The resurgent American is a favorite to win the 60m dash title in Istanbul. Pitted against the experienced Veronica Campbell-Brown, the event has the makings of a classic.
After everything Madison has been through, a great comeback story is in the offing. If she triumphs, Madison might just be the next best sprinter-jumper athlete since Carl Lewis.