As I mentioned last post, I’ve been lucky enough to be a photographer at the IAAF World Championships. Here are some of my best shots from an absolutely amazing first weekend.
- Oscar Pistorius of South Africa. He advanced to the semi-final, while also having the crowd cheering it’s loudest on this morning.
Women's 3000m Steeplechase.
Priscah Jepleting Cherono and Sally Kipyego, places 4 and 2 in the 10,000m final. This was right after the race, where the Kenyans took the top 4 spots. 3 Kenyan women took the top 3 spots in the mornings marathon as well, marking the best ever day for Kenyan women in athletics.
Sally seemed happy to see me.
The men’s 100m heats and finals.
Maurice Greene (former World Record holder, 1999-2003) and Tyson Gay (second fastest man of all time, 9.69). At this Press Confrence, they bet ₩100,000 on the winner. Gay took Bolt, and Greene took Yohan Blake.
Tyson Gay with staff members of the Jamaican Track Team.
Canadian Justyn Warner after Heat 1, qualifying for the semi-final.
Usain Bolt, at what seemed to be a jog, during his heat. He stopped running hard with 40 metres left.
Usain Bolt, after jogging to a 10.11 result. He is also incredibly tall in person.
There was a 60,000 person "gasp" as Usain Bolt false started before the 100m Final. This was the worst-case scenario. He beat himself. The IAAF rule change was implemented last year - one false start and you're done. It was pushed by the TV networks as false starts ruin their programming. It was tough to watch the 100m Final without Usian Bolt, and the TV networks cannot be happy with this. I expect to see a rule change again, as this was a complete mistake by the IAAF. They cannot risk having this happen in London next year.
Walter Dix, Silver Medalist.
Yohan Blake, the Men's 100m World Champion.