Track & Field News

New 2015 Track & Field Sub-Youth Fixtures

Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, KZNA has been put in a position where we have to seek alternative competition venues for the upcoming sub-youth leagues and championships.

After consultation with schools, clubs and tertiary institutions we have managed to secure a number of venues we are confident will provide a safe environment for the athletes and spectators.

Please note the dates and venues below:

DATE DAY EVENT TIME VENUE
19 Sept Saturday KZN SY L1 08H30 – 16H00 Matatiele (KEHS)
26 Sept Saturday KZN SY L2 08H30 – 16H00 TBC (Provisionally Sax Young)
3 Oct Saturday KZN SY L3 08H30 – 16H00 Ladysmith (LHS)
10 Oct Saturday KZN SY L4 08H30 – 16H00 Chatsworth
17 Oct Saturday KZN SY L5 08H30 – 16H00 Sax Young (PMB)
31 Oct Saturday KZN SY Champs 08H30 – 17H00 TBC

As is evident from the table above, there are still 2 venues we are currently confirming and will update the web page as soon as we have managed to do so.

We ask for your co-operation and understanding during this frustrating period. We wish to ensure all schools and clubs that we are committed to providing opportunities for all our athletes to participate and will ensure that every competition is run smoothly and in accordance with IAAF rules.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Sub-Youth League Meeting Postponed

Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control we have been forced to cancel the first scheduled sub-youth league meeting that was scheduled to take place on Saturday 5th September 2015.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that may arise from this notification.

We would, however, also like to make it clear that due to necessary renovations to the Kings Park Stadium by the local municipality, we have had to reschedule some of the events to other stadia. Due to the lack of available venues that can safely host league meetings we have had to choose our dates and venues extremely carefully, ensuring that the safety of the athletes, officials and spectators is first and foremost.

Please consult the KZNA webpage for updates as we may still be forced to seek alternative venues due to unavailability of competition venues.

We thank you for your support during this frustrating period and trust you understand the logistical difficulties we are in the process of negotiating.

Yours sincerely
Marc Labuschagne

Bolt edges Gatlin at World Champs

Usain Bolt watched Justin Gatlin dominate the sprints for nearly two years going into the World Championships, the two Olympic 100m champions notably never racing against each other in that span, writes NBCsports.com.
In their first race together since Gatlin’s last defeat, the American led halfway through the Worlds 100m final in Beijing on Sunday.
Bolt gritted his teeth for his last few strides. Gatlin, two lanes to his right, stumbled slightly. His arms flailed. Bolt noticed. When they both leaned into the finish line, Bolt had regained (or perhaps retained) his champion status, with his slowest winning time in an Olympic or Worlds 100m final and by his smallest margin — .01.
“I could tell [Gatlin] kind of fell apart the last part of the race,” Bolt said with a chuckle on BBC Radio.
In what could be called an upset, Bolt stole the World title from Gatlin — 9.79 seconds to 9.80. It was Bolt’s fastest time since Aug. 11, 2013. Gatlin ran faster than 9.79 in the semifinals two hours earlier, against a field that did not include Bolt.
Gatlin, the fastest man in the world in 2014 and 2015, lost for the first time since Sept. 6, 2013.
“It’s been rough coming back from injury, watching Justin Gatlin dominate throughout the season,” Bolt, who had March 2014 foot surgery and saw a doctor in Munich for a joint problem earlier this summer, said after his Sunday win on Eurosport. “I’m just happy to be back, and I’m happy I got it done.”
NCAA sprinters Trayvon Bromell (U.S.) and Andre De Grasse (Canada) shared bronze at 9.92.
http://olympictalk.nbcsports.com/2015/08/23/usain-bolt-beats-justin-gatlin-world-championships-100-meters-track-and-field-olympics/

IAAF World Youth Championships

The 2015 IAAF world youth championship is currently being held in Cali in Colombia till the 19th of July. To see all the news, results, start list and other information. This is a bi-annual event for 16 and 17 year old athletes and for many athletes the start of their athletics career. South Africa does have a number of athletes competing at the event.

CLICK HERE to go to the WYC website. Here you can read all the news about the event, results, start list, time tables etc.

New World Record Women 1500m

The Herculis meeting ended, as is tradition, with a pyrotechnic show on the infield. But the real fireworks at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday (17) came on the track about 50 minutes earlier. Genzebe Dibaba achieved what many had believed to be unachievable, breaking the 1500m world record* with a time of 3:50.07. Qu Yunxia’s mark of 3:50.46, set at the 1993 National Games, was considered to be one of the toughest world records on the books. But in a perfectly judged race, world indoor 800m champion Chanelle Price paced Dibaba through 400m in 1:00.31 and 800m in 2:04.52 before leaving the Ethiopian to finish.

WATCH VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF MONACO DIAMOND LEAGUE

Dibaba still had European champion Sifan Hassan for company as she passed the bell in 2:50.3, but the two-time world indoor champion kicked hard. With 100m left to run, it became clear that Dibaba was, at the very least, going to get close to the world record. But she charged for the line, crossing it in 3:50.07 to become the fastest 1500m runner in history.

In a race of great depth, six women ran faster than four minutes. Hassan clocked a national record of 3:56.05 in second, while Rowbury broke the North American record with 3:56.29 in third. 2011 world champion Jenny Simpson recorded her second-fastest time ever with 3:57.30 in fourth.

Britain’s Laura Muir and Maureen Koster of the Netherlands were fifth and sixth, smashing their PBs with 3:58.66 and 3:59.79 respectively.

“The pacemaker did a great job,” said Dibaba. “I’m the first athlete from Ethiopia to break the world record in the 1500m; that is amazing.

“I think Tirunesh will be happy, all of Ethiopia will be happy,” added Dibaba of her older sister, who recently gave birth to her first child. “I knew from the beginning that I could break the record and I feel like I can still improve. I’ll try to break the 5000m world record after the World Championships in Beijing.”

Earlier in the evening, Asbel Kiprop had come within one second of the world record in the men’s 1500m. It didn’t count towards the Diamond Race, but it had a big impact on the world all-time list.

Returning to the Stade Louis II, the stadium that has played host to his three fastest times, two-time world champion Asbel Kiprop made his intentions clear from the outset.

He clung to the pacemakers, who passed through 800m in 1:50.37. Double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah was leading the chasing pack, but at the bell he was more than 10 metres behind his Kenyan rival.

Kiprop held his form on the final lap and continued to pull away from the rest of the field, clocking 3:26.69 to become the third-fastest 1500m runner in history behind Hicham El Guerrouj and Bernard Lagat, breaking El Guerrouj’s meeting record in the process.

In one of the deepest 1500m races in history with a record four men running faster than 3:29 and 10 men running faster than 3:31, Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi clocked a lifetime best of 3:28.75 to finish second.

Morocco’s 2012 world indoor champion Abdalaati Iguider also passed Farah on the last lap to clock 3:28.79, while Farah finished fourth in 3:28.93. Nick Willis broke his own Oceanian record with 3:29.66 in fifth and the relatively unheralded Kenyan champion Elijah Manangoi took five seconds off his best to clock 3:29.67 in sixth.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

Van Niekerk Breaks SA 400m Record… Again

Wayde Van Niekerk made a little bit of history at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris when he became the first African to dip below 44 seconds for one lap of the track, when he ran 43.96 on Saturday the 4th of July. The 22-year-old South African not only snatched his first victory in the Diamond Race but also announced himself as a genuine world title contender as he beat London 2012 Olympic Games champion Kirani James, handing the Grenadian his first defeat of the year and moving up to 10th on the all-time list for the event. With van Niekerk on his outside, James strained every sinew in lane four to make up ground in the home straight but had to settle for second in 44.17. US champion David Verburg was well back in third in 44.81.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE RACE

On a night of five world leads on the track but a series of disappointments for the French fans, at least sprinter Jimmy Vicaut was able to send the crowd home happy after matching the European 100m record.

Vicaut ran 9.86, equalling Francis Obikwelu’s 2004 mark, to finish second behind Asafa Powell in the Stade de France.

The latter clocked 9.81, his quickest time for four years, to win a race that was meant to feature his fellow-Jamaican Usain Bolt.

Mike Rodgers took third for the USA in 9.99, ensuring three men ran under 10 seconds for third time this year.

Vicaut’s area record was the third of the night, following van Niekerk and Evan Jager, who set a North American record in the men’s 3000m steeplechase.

The results of the steeplechase will show another world lead for 2014 Diamond Race winner Jairus Birech as the Kenyan notched up another victory, but the bald facts don’t tell half the story for Birech was well beaten before the final barrier by the outstanding Jager who had kicked away over the last 600m.

Just as the US champion looked as if he would claim a famous victory, he clattered the last hurdle and tumbled flat on the track, allowing his long-time shadow to streak past for an unlikely victory in 7:58.83, a meeting record and the night’s first world-leading performance.

How close Jager came to claiming that mark for himself. He had dragged Birech away from the rest with three laps to go and opened a five-metre lead with 600 metres left.

Birech closed briefly before the bell but the American was having the run of his life and streaked away down the back straight and over the final water jump.

Flat out

But just when he had the finish line in sight, his form failed him.

The pony-tailed runner earned a pretty good consolation prize, though, as he picked himself up to finish second in 8:00.45, smashing his own US and North American records.

“The stupid mistake cost me the sub-eight minutes, one of my big goals,” rued Jager afterwards. “Of course, I’m happy I made the Kenyans worried. I train for that. Today, I proved I can compete for the top position at the World Championships.”

There were two more world leads just a few minutes later as the ever consistent Eunice Sum took her 800m personal best down below 1:57 for the first time, and the irrepressible Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce blasted to 10.74 in the 100m, 0.05 quicker than her Jamaican championships win a week ago and just 0.04 away from her national record.

Sum supreme

Sum clocked 1:56.99 after Ilona Usovich had taken her through 400m in 56.33.

The Kenyan followed the Belarus pacer to 500m before kicking for home chased by Cuba’s Rose Mary Amanza who also ran a personal best with 1:57.70.

Selina Buchel took more than two-tenths from her best when runnng a Swiss record of 1:57.95 in third while, in what was surely the best 800m of the year so far, there were best as well for the US pair of Molly Ludlow in fourth and Chanelle Price in fifth, with 1:58.68 and 1:59.10 respectively.

Fraser-Pryce was pressed hard by Blessing Okagbare who had beaten her easily in Shanghai back in May.

This time the Jamaican was more than a match for the Nigerian and thrust ahead to win by 0.06.

USA’s English Gardner was well beaten into third in 10.97.

The crowd barely had time to catch breath before another world lead fell in the men’s 1500m as Silas Kiplagat outkicked Ayanleh Souleiman to take his second Diamond League victory of the year in 3:30.12.

The Djibouti runner was just 0.05 behind his Kenyan rival while Ronald Kwemoi dipped ahead of Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi, 3:30.43 to 3:30.50.

Orlando Ortega produced his first sub-13 second performance to win the men’s 110m hurdles in yet another world-leading time.

The Cuban came late to overtake David Oliver on the line in 12.94 as the world champion also dipped under 13 seconds for the first time in 2015.

He thrust his chest out to stop the clock at 12.98 while Sergey Shubenkov took 0.03 from his own Russian record in third with 13.06.

Zuzana Hejnova looked to be approaching her pre-injury form from two years ago in the women’s 400m hurdles. The Czech 2013 world champion ran a season’s best and fell just short of the world lead with 53.76.

Behind her two athletes clocked national records: Sara Petersen lowering Denmark’s national mark to 53.99 while Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya was third in 54.12.

Matthew Brown for the IAAF

Coaching Clinic – 1 August 2015

Everyone is invited to a coaching clinic scheduled for Saturday the 1st of August at Port natal School, Umbilo, Durban (gps coord: s29.52818 e30.58951). The clinic will run from 08H00 till 14H00 and will cover all disciplines in track & field. The program will be split into 4 sessions which will allow attendees and athletes to get exposure to more than one discipline or group of events. Anyone is welcome to attend the clinic and you do not have to belong to a club or be an active coach. So whether you are a coach at a club/school, teacher, parent or interested in getting involved, this is the place to be. We are also inviting/encouraging athletes and scholars to attend as well, as they can participate in the practical sessions.

The program will be facilitated by various ASA accredited coaches. The final program and list of facilitators will be confirmed in due course. Entry fees for attending are R75.00 for adults and R30.00 for scholars.

The event is hosted by CKS athletics and you can contact Clyde Kinloch on 082 572 3408 or via email on clyde.kinloch@gmail.com to book your spot or for any enquiries about the event.

T&F: Winter League Cancelled

Please take note that that the winter track & field meeting scheduled for Friday the 19th of June at Kingspark in Durban, has been cancelled. This is due to the closure of Kingspark by the municipality for planned upgrade maintenance. Please contact the KZNA office at 031 312 9374 if you have any enquiries about the cancelled event.