Some stars triumph, but one flops

2009-08-18 00:00

BERLIN — Shelly-Ann Fraser and Kenenisa Bekele lived up to their top status, while Yelena Isinbeyeva flopped on a surprise day at the world athletics championships.

The Russian pole vault queen Isinbayeva, who has won every major title since 2004 and redefined the event, failed to clear an opening height as Poland’s Anna Rogowska leaped to gold.

“I have no proper explanation for what happened today,” said Isinbayeva. “When I was laying on the ground and concentrating I imagined my victory and not defeat.”

Fraser added the 100 m world title to Olympic gold ahead of Kerron Stewart as Jamaica ruled the sprints again, with Usain Bolt taking the men’s race on Sunday in a stunning world record of 9,58 seconds.

Bekele emulated his mentor Haile Gebrselassie with a fourth straight 10 000 m crown and Yargeris Savigne led a Cuban one-two to defend her women’s triple jump title.

Rogowska was not the only surprise winner on the night as Slovenian hammer thrower Primoz Kozmus and Spanish steeplechaser Marta Dominguez were also not the outright favourites.

Rogowska won her first big title with 4,75 m, with compatriot Monika Pyrek and American Chelsea Johnson sharing silver with 4,65 m.

The two-time world and Olympic champion Isinbayeva (27) failed on the first attempt on her opening height of 4,75 metres, moved on to 4,80 m, but also failed to make that height on her final two attempts as she covered her face in her hands on the landing mat in shock.

Isinbayeva thus shared the fate of men’s legend Sergey Bubka, who famously no-heighted at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

Isinbayeva last failed to win a major event when she came third at the 2003 worlds in Paris. She has 26 world records with 5,05 m the outdoor mark, but was not as dominant as in the past and recently lost to Rogowska on countback.

“I think it happened because it had to happen,” said Isinbayeva. “I hope I will recover from this.”

Rogowska had just one foul on 4,65 m and cleared 4,75 on her first attempt, which turned out to be the winning jump.

Johnson and Pyrek got 4,65 m on their first attempt but got no higher as they shared silver.

“I still don’t believe that I won. Everyone was so surprised when Isinbayeva hit the bar. I hoped for silver, gold is a surprise for me,” said Rogowska.

Fraser got her second big title, 12 months on the day after her Olympic gold in Beijing, in a world leading 10,73 seconds, which makes her the third fastest women in 100 m history.

The previous season leader Stewart had to settle for silver like at the Olympics with 10,75 seconds. Carmelita Jeter denied a Jamaican sweep when she got bronze for the United States with 10,95 seconds ahead of Jamaican defending champion Veronica Campbell-Brown (10,95).

Bekele (27) kicked at the bell to win the 10 000 in a championship record 26:45,31 minutes and maintained his unbeaten career record over the distance.

Zersenay Tadese won the first ever medal for Eritrea, a silver in 26:50,12, and Moses Masai took bronze for Kenya in 26:57,39, two days after his sister Linet Masai won the women’s 10 000 m.

There was drama in the women’s 800 m semis when Olympic champion Pamela Jelimo of Kenya dropped out of her semi-final with no chance of advancing in what has been a terrible season for her. Compatriot title holder Janeth Jepkosgei barely squeezed into tomorrow’s final.

American title holder Bernard Lagat made the men’s 1 500 m final.



Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.