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Wind Gauge Effect In Sprint Races – How It Affects Times?

imagesCANOZ1BVUsain Bolt won yesterday the 100 m in Moscow (200 m above sea level) with a time of 9.77 his personal best this season but almost 0.19 seconds below his World Record (2009, in Berlin, 34 m above sea level).

But the race was held with a wind of -0.3 m/s – way below the legal limit for a time to be considered as official (+2.0m/s)  – and under (not much, but some) rain. IAAF’s rules also state a maximum altitude of 1Km for times to be official.

Studies exist that show both the effect of wind (wind gauge or assistance) and altitude in sprint races.

So, what if the wind was +2.0 m/s yesterday? What time could he have made?

Based on this Bolt’s time would be around 9.65/9.66 and his World Record (+0.9 m/s then) would be around 9.63 without wind or 9.53 with +2 m/s. Different of course in the end, but consider that yesterday was raining and in Berlin 2009 was not…

We have calculated this time based on:

http://www.adriansprints.com/2011/08/importance-of-wind-gauge-in-track-meet.html

The tremendous effect of wind was shown in 1996 when Nigerian Obadele Thompson ran the 100 metres in 9.69 seconds in April 1996 in El Paso, Texas. The result would have been a new world record, but the wind gauge was +5.0 m/s.

Athletics World Championships 2013 – Do You Know The World Records to Beat (Women)?

imagesCAH8CQQPThe Athletics World Championships will start tomorrow in Moscow.

IAAF Athletics World Championships 2013 – Race Calendar and Facts

If you want to closely follow this event and know some facts about the women’s world records for the 23 events that will take place in Moscow you may consider reading these brief notes.

In women, Europe dominates with 16 world records mainly obtained by eastern Europe Athletes. Americas hold 4,  Asia 2 and Africa only 1.

The oldest World Record (30 years) belongs to former Czech Republic’s Jarmila Kratochvílová in 800 metres. The more recent one (just about to complete 1 year) was obtained by Elena Lashmanova (Russia) in the 20 Km Walk event.

On average, women’s world records, considering the 23 events, have endured for 15.71 years, meaning that men (12.25 years) beat world records more often. In all sprint races (4x100m relay is the exception) world records have more than 25 years.

If you want to know in detail all the records that officially stand before the championships, see the table below.

And don’t forget that beating a world record entitles athletes a special award.

Athletics World Championships Prize Money: How Much For A World Record?

Event Record Athlete Country Date
100 m  10.49 Florence Griffith Joyner  United States 16 July 1988
200 m  21.34  Florence Griffith Joyner  United States 29 September 1988
400 m  47.60 Marita Koch  East Germany 6 October 1985
800 m  1:53.28 Jarmila Kratochvílová Czech Republic 26 July 1983
1500 m  3:50.46 Qu Yunxia  China 11 September 1993
5000 m  14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 6 June 2008
10,000 m  29:31.78 Wang Junxia  China 8 September 1993
Marathon  02:15:25 Paula Radcliffe  Great Britain 13 April 2003
3000 m steeplechase  8:58.81 Gulnara Samitova-Galkina  Russia 17 August 2008
100 m hurdles  12.21 Yordanka Donkova  Bulgaria 20 August 1988
400 m hurdles  52.34 Yuliya Pechonkina  Russia 8 August 2003
High jump  2.09 m Stefka Kostadinova  Bulgaria 30 August 1987
Pole vault  5.06 m Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia 28 August 2009
Long jump  7.52 m Galina Chistyakova  Soviet Union 11 June 1988
Triple jump  15.50 m Inessa Kravets  Ukraine 10 August 1995
Shot put  22.63 m Natalya Lisovskaya  Soviet Union 7 June 1987
Discus throw  76.80 m Gabriele Reinsch  East Germany 9 July 1988
Hammer throw  79.42 m Betty Heidler  Germany 21 May 2011
Javelin throw  72.28 m Barbora Špotáková  Czech Republic 13 September 2008
Heptathlon  7291 pts Jackie Joyner-Kersee  United States 23–24 September 1988
20 km walk (road)  01:25:02 Elena Lashmanova  Russia 11 August 2012
4×100 m relay  40.82 Tianna Madison  United States 10 August 2012
    Allyson Felix    
    Bianca Knight    
    Carmelita Jeter    
4×400 m relay  3:15.17 Tatyana Ledovskaya,  Soviet Union 1 October 1988
    Olga Nazarova,    
    Mariya Pinigina,    
    Olga Bryzgina    

Athletics World Championships 2013 – Do You Know The World Records to Beat (Men)?

untitledThe Athletics World Championships will start tomorrow in Moscow.

IAAF Athletics World Championships 2013 – Race Calendar and Facts

If you want to closely follow this event and know some facts about the men’s world records for the 24 events that will take place in Moscow you may consider reading these brief notes.

In men, Americas hold almost half (11) of the world records mainly obtained by US and Jamaican Athletes. Africa and Europe both hold 6, and Asia only 1.

The oldest World Record (27 years) belongs to former Eastern Germany’s Jürgen Schult in Discus Throw. The more recent one (less than a year old) was obtained by Aries Merritt (US) in 110m Hurdles.

On average, men’s world records, considering the 24 events, have endured for 12.25 years. In almost all technical events (throws and jumps) world records have more than 20 years while in races only 3 have more than 10 years.

If you want to know in detail all the records that officially stand before the championships, see the table below.

And don’t forget that beating a world record entitles athletes with a special award.

Athletics World Championships Prize Money: How Much For A World Record?

Event Record Athlete Country Date
100 m  9.58  Usain Bolt  Jamaica 16 August 2009
200 m  19.19  Usain Bolt  Jamaica 20 August 2009
400 m  43.18 Michael Johnson  United States 26 August 1999
800 m  1:40.91 David Rudisha  Kenya 9 August 2012
1500 m  3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj  Morocco 14 July 1998
5000 m  12:37.35 Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 31 May 2004
10,000 m  26:17.53 Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 26 August 2005
Marathon  02:03:38 Patrick Makau Musyoki  Kenya 25 September 2011
3000 m steeplechase  7:53.63 Saif Saaeed Shaheen  Qatar 3 September 2004
110 m hurdles  12.80  Aries Merritt  United States 7 September 2012
400 m hurdles  46.78 Kevin Young  United States 6 August 1992
High jump  2.45 m Javier Sotomayor  Cuba 27 July 1993
Pole vault  6.14 m  Sergey Bubka  Ukraine 31 July 1994
Long jump  8.95 m  Mike Powell  United States 30 August 1991
Triple jump  18.29 m  Jonathan Edwards  United Kingdom 7 August 1995
Shot put  23.12 m Randy Barnes  United States 20 May 1990
Discus throw  74.08 m Jürgen Schult  East Germany 6 June 1986
Hammer throw  86.74 m Yuriy Sedykh  Soviet Union 30 August 1986
Javelin throw  98.48 m Jan Železný  Czech Republic 25 May 1996
Decathlon  9039 pts Ashton Eaton  United States 22–23 June 2012
20 km walk (road)  01:17:16 Vladimir Kanaykin  Russia 29 September 2007
50 km walk (road)  03:34:14 Denis Nizhegorodov  Russia 11 May 2008
4×100 m relay  36.84 Nesta Carter  Jamaica 11 August 2012
    Michael Frater    
    Yohan Blake    
    Usain Bolt    
4×400 m relay  2:54.29 Andrew Valmon  United States 22 August 1993
    Quincy Watts    
    Butch Reynolds    
    Michael Johnson    

We will be publishing a similar post for Women’s World Records in a few minutes.

Bolt and Farah 600 Metres Charity Race: Who will Win? (Poll and Facts)

ng2683480Mo Farah challenged Usain Bolt for a 600 or 800 metres race with charity purposes.

Bolt accepted the challenge and a 600 metres races will be held at a place and date both yet unknown.

In the past a somehow similar challenge was held between Michael Johnson (200 metres 1996 Olympic Champion) and Donovan Bailey (100 metres 1996 Olympic Champion) in a 150 metres race ran in 1997 to decide who really was the fastest man in the world. Bailey won finishing with a time of 14.99 seconds and cashed in $1.5 million prize, while Johnson received $500,000 despite he (apparently) got injured in the 110 metres mark (when Bailey was ahead) and did not finish the race.

UK’s Farah (born in Somalia though) is the current holder of the 5000 and 10000 metres Olympic titles and holds the European Record in 10000 metres (5000 metres belongs to Mohammed Mourhit of Belgium with 12:49:71).

Recently he turned to shorter distances.

In the 1500 metres he broke the European Record last june 13th with a time of 3:28:81 becoming the 6th fastest man in this distance. This made him the seventh man (Saïd Aouita, Daniel Komen, Ali Saïdi-Sief, Hicham El Gerrouj, Augustine Kiprono Choge, and Bernard Lagat) to break both the 3:30 and the 13 minute barriers  in the 1500 metres and  5000 metres (Farah’s best is 12:53:11).

Farah has one of the most astonishing termination speed of all mid distance runners and has a personal best of 1:48:69 in 800 metres.

Usain Bolt is the current holder of the 100 and 200 metres Olympic Gold and  also won the 4×100 metres Relay with Jamaica with a time below 37 seconds for the first time.

http://sportsworldintel.com/athletics-4×100-metres-relay-100-metres-in-8-70-seconds-say-it-again/

Bolt also tried 400 metres races and his best mark is of 45:28 seconds (2007) which is below 2:10 seconds the world record that still belongs to the above mentioned Michael Johnson. He also claims to have trained 600 metres distance but no time records are known.

So, who do you think will win this amazing challenge?

We launch a poll so you can cast your votes.

And please be reminded that the Athletics World Championships are about to start.

http://sportsworldintel.com/iaaf-athletics-world-championships-2013/

IAAF Athletics World Championships 2013 – Race Calendar and Facts

imagesThe 2013 athletics world championships will take place between August 10th and 18th, in Moscow, Russia.

The 100 metres men’s race (August 11th, 18:50 CET) and the marathon (August 17th, 12:30 CET) are usually the most awaited events.

In the 100 metres Usain Bolt was supposed to have the fierce competition of USA’ Tyson Gay that recently proved to be in his best form. He won the 100m US Trials with a world-leading time of 9.75 seconds (equaling the 10th-fastest performance of all-time) and also took the 200m also in a world-leading 19.74. Gay completed his first sweep of the 100m and the 200m national titles since 2007, when he was elected as male World Athlete of the Year. But in the end he got caught in a USADA (that also caught Lance Armstrong) Doping Trial held last May 16th which results were communicated last July 12th and will be out of the Moscow World Championships.

In the Marathon favourites are among Ethiopian and Kenyan Athletes, such as Lelisa Desisa (Eth), Tsegaye Kedebe (Eth), Dennis Kimeto (Ken), Michael Kipyego (Ken), Mica Kogo (Ken), and Wilson Kipsang (Ken), with Uganda’s Sthepen Kiprotich also on the run for medals. The current World Record holder – Patrik Makau (Ken) with 2:03:38 (Berlin Marathon) – is currently in a poor form as shown by his result outside Top 10 in the 2013 London Marathon), 8 minutes behind the winner and 10 minutes out of pace of his world record. He will probably not be on the run for medals.

The 4×100 metres men’s relay (the last event of the competition, August 18th at 16:40 CET) also promises to be thrilling race with Jamaica and USA certainly fighting for gold. Jamaica beat the World Record in last London Olympics with the amazing time of 36:84, the first time below 37 seconds!

Athletics 4X100 Metres Relay – 100 Metres in 8.70 Seconds? Say it Again?

You can check the full calendar in the IAAF’s website in the link below and follow all the action on Eurosport.

http://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-championships

Athletics – False Starts

Before 2003, an athlete would only be disqualified from a sprint event (those having a distance not superior to 400 metres) if he/she had been sanctioned for two false starts.

After 2003 IAAF’s rules changed allowing only for a false start of one athlete. After this false start, any athlete (even one having not infringed the rules) jumping out of the blocks before 0.10 seconds have passed after the starting gun was fired was then disqualified.

Since the beginning of 2010 any false start made by an athlete would cause him to be immediately disqualified. One of the most striking example of this rule applied in practice was Usain Bolt’s disqualification in Daegu 2011 World Championships 100 metres race. Nonetheless, in some sprint events the 2010 rule does not apply.

What sprint events are those? Follow our athletics section to find out the answer. We will keep issuing new articles on false start rules, as well as on anti-doping regulation and other technical events aspects and rules (e.g. throws, jumps and hurdle races).