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2011-09-01

Two Sports Star's 3 consecutive gold medals, expected tripple crown


After recent failures of stars, Kaniskina strides to 20km walk gold
DAEGU ― Two-time defending world champion Olga Kaniskina of Russia walked across the finish line first in the 20-kilometer walk to add another gold at the 2011 World Championship in Daegu on Wednesday.

In full sunshine and sweltering humidity, the 26-year-old Olympic gold medalist had led almost the whole race and really took off before the 15 kilometer mark, finishing with a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes, 42 seconds.
Athletes compete in the 20-kilometer walk final in Daegu on Wednesday. (Park Hae-mook/The Korea Herald)

Olga Kaniskina poses with her gold medal. (Yonhap News)


The Russian walked with teammates Vera Sokolova, Anisya Kirdyapkina and China’s Liu Hong but increased her lead ahead of Liu and Kirdyapkina to break the “cover curse.”

“Thankfully no one told me about this before the race, they only told me after,” said Kaniskina with a laugh.

Favored athletes featured on the cover of the Daily Programmes at the games have seen losses this year, including Usain Bolt for a false start and 110-meter hurdler Dayron Robles for obstruction.

Featured on the opening day cover, the Aussie defending world champion Steven Hooker failed to pass the bar at 5.5 meters in the pole vault qualification on Saturday.

Featured on the fourth day was Russia’s world record holder and two-time world and Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbaeva, who was unable to clear 4.80 meters, 26 centimeters below her record, in the finals.

The Russian team did not make a clean sweep at the podium with Liu winning silver, followed by Kirdyapkina who finished third, some 13 seconds behind the Chinese athlete.

“Compared to Osaka and Berlin this race was very difficult. We were prepared for the hot and humid weather but not for the sun,” said Kaniskina.

Liu came in for bronze at the previous championships in Berlin, and was just shy of the Olympic podium on her home soil.

World-record holder Sokolova was unable to keep up with her compatriots or the pack and fell back before the three-quarter mark finishing in 11th place.

Portugal’s 36-year-old Susana Feitor set a new record by competing in her 11th consecutive World Championship, finished at a modest sixth place.

Korea’s own Jeon Yong-eun gave it her all to finish in 26th place with a season best of 1:35:52 before collapsing at the line.
The fatest woman in the world - Carmelia Jeter

DAEGU (AP) -- Carmelita Jeter of the United States beat Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica to win the women's 100 meters at the world championships on Monday.

Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago took bronze.

Defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce had the best start but Jeter swept past her with about 40 meters to go and finished in 10.90 seconds. Campbell-Brown ran in the outside lane and finished in 10.97 seconds. Baptiste had a time of 10.98.

She also have won the championships three times since 2007. She is going to run 200m race and 400m relay. Her match and Usaine Bolt's 200m are noted now.

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