Thursday, March 1, 2018

Two Favorites and an Upset

The IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England, got underway today with three finals: both high jumps and the women's 3,000m.

The men's high jump featured a big upset when Russia's 20 year old Danil Lysenko upet Qatar's heavily favored 2017 outdoor World Champion Mutaz Essa Barshim. Germany's Mateusz Przybylko took bronze, his first major meet medal.

World Indoor Champion Danil Lysenko, Russia
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The competition went according to form in the women's high jump as Russia's two-time outdoor World Champion Mariya Lasitskene continued her dominance of this event with an 8cm win. Defending champion Vashti Cunningham (US) won silver while Italy's Alessia Trost, a recent entry to the field, surprised with bronze.

Lasitskene clearing the high jump bar; the logo covers the landing pads.
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Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba, returning from an uncharacteristically challenging 2017, won the women's 3,000. Sifan Hassan (NL) won silver while Great Britain's Laura Muir won a surprise bronze after a harrowing trip from Glasgow to Birmingham in the snow.

Genzebe Dibaba wins the 3,000m with Sifan Hassan 2nd and home crowd favorite Laura Muir 3rd.
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Kudos to IAAF for their creative presentation of the high jump competition. The event took center stage with the respective men's and women's pits placed in the center of the arena, back-to-back, with the two competitions taking place simultaneously.

(post written in Seattle)

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