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Track Beauty of the Week: Katya Kostetskaya Екатерина Костецкая

Katya Kostetskaya (Ekaterina Kostetskaya Екатерина Костецкая) is this week’s track beauty!

She had a tremendously successful career as a junior intermediate hurdler, winning the European Junior title in 2003. A year later, she followed this up with a more prestigious win at the World Junior Championships in Grossetto, running a personal best of 55.55s to top the final.

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Katya attended Texas State University for her college degree. While in the United States, her IAAF records indicate that she dabbled in the 100m hurdles and the 800m run, clocking respectable times in both events. Her 2003 best in the two-lap race (2:05.95) was quite impressive for the then 16-year old.

Kostetskaya eventually specialized in the 800m when she turned professional. She is well-known in Australia for being the girlfriend of 2008 Olympic Pole vault champion Steve Hooker. Her achievements speak for themselves, though, as the Russian belongs to the elite of middle distance running.

She placed 2nd at the 2011 European Team Championships, helping Russia wrest the overall crown yet again. Kostetskaya qualified for the highly competitive 800m final in the recently concluded World Championships in Daegu, notching a respectable fifth place.

Article by Joboy Quintos

French Athletics Commentators Rock!

As a hardcore athletics junkie, I satiate most of my track & field cravings through Youtube. Aside from the times when Eurosport Asia airs the Diamond League or a high-level European meet, I have to settle for clips uploaded on the popular video streaming site. Since athletics is a predominantly European sport, the broadcasters I encounter come from a hodgepodge of countries.

Amongst the myriad of languages, I prefer the French commentary over the rest (after the English feed, of course). In the countless times I’ve watched athletics clips online, the French almost always stand out for their unbridled passion and sheer excitement. The British and American pundits tend to be more restrained. The French seem more animated, at some point even shouting with much fervor (please watch the clips below).

Perhaps my preference for French stem from its exoticism to my English-reared ears. See and hear for yourself. Be the judge!

* For consistency, I chose the 2011 Daegu World Championships Men’s 100m dash final.

1.) French:

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Track Beauty of the Week: Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova Настасся Мірончык-Іванова

Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova Настасся Мірончык-Іванова is this week’s track beauty!

The Belorussian long jumper had a stellar junior career. As a youngster, she won a silver medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships. A year later at the 2009 European U23 Championships, she bettered her modest 6.46m winning mark at the junior champs by leaping 6.76m, good enough for another silver medal.

Leaping in the high six meters brought Mironchyk-Ivanova within the cusp of landing her first major international podium finish. However, she finished a disappointing 11th place at the Berlin World Championships. Although she qualified for the finals of the 2010 European Championships and the 2011 European Indoor Championships, she could only manage a modest sixth place in both continental competitions.

The Belorussian attracted attention at the recently concluded Daegu World Championships. Clips and photos apparently show Mironchyk-Ivanova’s long ponytail catching the sand in one of her attempts. According to athletics rules, the measurement ends at the body part closest to the takeoff board. Mironchyk-Ivanova’s hair cost her a medal!

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The world-leading American Brittney Reese eventually won the competition, thanks to her 6.82m leap. If Mironchyk-Ivanova had tied her hair into a bun (or chose a less elongated style), she could have won a medal, or even the title.

Nevertheless, this could only strengthen the Belorussian resolve. After all, London 2012 is just a hair’s breadth away!

Faulty Daegu Starters!

Hardly anyone false starts in the distance races, much less the friggin’ Marathon. The 42km race is a far cry from Usain Bolt and the 100m dash where sprinters start from a crouching position, isn’t it? Wrong.

Check out the following clip. The runners false start. Officials call them back. Then the gun fires when the runners were walking back. The runners turn around upon the retort of the gun!

Hilarious! Simply, hilarious! Good thing no one got disqualified.

Blake takes gold as Bolt crashes out

With Eurosport Asia not airing the ongoing Daegu World Championships, I had to content myself with stop-motion live streaming (I have crappy internet connection), live tweets and the IAAF live updates.

I was browsing the aforesaid information sources when I learned about the unthinkable: Usain Bolt has been disqualified for false starting. Some people opined that the starter held out too long, but frankly I couldn’t see what was wrong. Bolt went out of the blocks too early. It was as clear as daylight.

Read: “The disqualification of Bolt”

Young Yohan Blake took up the cudgels for Jamaica, as he crossed the line in 9.93s. The fast-starting Kim Collins (the oldest 100m dash World Champ finalist since Linford Christie) actually led the race until the halfway mark, when the fast-finishing duo of Blake and the American champion, Walter Dix, ate up the 2003 World Champion’s lead.

Christophe Lemaitre (10.19s) was a tenth behind Collins. Antigua’s Daniel Bailey (10.26s) edged out the 19-year old Frenchman, Jimmy Vicaut (10.27s) for fifth place.

It was great to see Collins back on the podium! He had shown promise at the start of the year, but got injured soon after. With this unexpected third place finish, the pride of St. Kitts and Nevis now has three bronze medals (100mD – 2005, 200mD – 2001) on top of his 100m dash World Championship gold  – spanning ten years!

Although I’m far from an Usain Bolt fanatic, seeing the iconic Jamaican sprinter crash out is disappointing. Some would argue about scrapping the new rule altogether, that the one-false start rule is just way too harsh. Unlike swimming, restarting a sprint race isn’t all that hard. The previous rule (which imposed a warning to the entire field) was sufficient, to say the least. Athletes and race officials are human; hence, susceptible to mistakes.

But then again, rules are rules.

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A Long Shot: Asian Hopes at the Daegu World Championships

The Daegu World Athletics Championships is just around the corner. South Korea will play host to the most prestigious gathering track & field athletes after the Olympic Games, the third time for an Asian country to do so.

Sprinter Usain Bolt, in light of his spectacular array of world records, is the undeniable front-act. Other crowd drawers are triple jumper Teddy Tamgho of France (a stress fracture prematurely ended Tamgho’s season, unfortunately), high jumper Blanka Vlasic and javelin thrower Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway. The Kenyan 800m runner David Rudisha, fresh from a slew of world records last season, is on the hunt to rewrite the two-lap mark once more. The sprints, as always, will provide fast-paced action as the rest of the world pits their sprinting might against the dominant Jamaicans and Americans.

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