Military: Francis 10.10

Asian champ Francis wins 100m in 10.10sec - World Military Games, Day 2

Wednesday 17 October 2007

Hyderabad, India - Qatar’s Asian sprint champion Samuel Francis became the fastest man in the 4th CISM World Military Games, winning the 100m on Tuesday (16 Oct) evening.

The 20-year-old Francis, originally from Nigeria, set a continental best of 9.99 during his victory in the Asian championships at Amman last July and hence was the outstanding pre-race favourite here.

In the final, Francis faced some opposition from 2004 European Cup victor Lukasz Chyla in the first half of the race but went on to win the race posting a new Games record time of 10.10 bettering the previous mark of 10.18 secs held by fellow Qatari Talal Mansour. Italian Simone Collio (10.29) and Chyla (10.39) took the next two spots.

Athens Olympic silver medallist Zoltan Kovago of Hungary was beaten into second place in the Discus Throw. The reigning European Cup champion Piotr Malachowski took the title with a Games record of 65.87m from Kovago’s 64.38. The bronze went to Rasheed Shafi Al-Dosari of Qatar in 60.03m.

The women’s Long Jump saw a battle for top honours by three athletes better known as triple jumpers. At the end, Olympic silver and World bronze medallist Hrisopiyi Devetzi of Greece won with a leap of 6.69m. Anna Pyatykh (Russia) landed at 6.23m, as Anastasiya Juravleva (Uzbekistan) was just 2 cm short of the silver medal.

Sudan’s Abubakar Ali had won the men’s 400m in 46 seconds flat. Asian champion Prasanna Amarasekara of Sri Lanka could not finish better than third place. The island nation however had a reason to celebrate as Menaka Wickramasinghe won the women’s one lap in a time of 52.93 from Yelena Ildeykina of Russia (54.78).

Mark Kiptoo lived-up a Kenyan tradition by winning the men’s 5000m in 13:51.74. Morocco’s Brahim Beloua with a personal best 13:52.32 finished second just ahead of Algerian Rabah Aboud, who clocked 13:53.74.

The hosts had something to cheer on the second day of athletic competitions as Jeetender Singh of India earned a bronze medal for his country in men’s 400m Hurdles (51.70). The gold went to Edrees Hawsawi of Saudi Arabia (50.25). Brazil’s Thiago Sales captured the silver in 50.97 just ahead of Singh.

Ram. Murali Krishnan for the IAAF



100m (-0.1): 1. Samuel Francis (Qatar) 10.10 (New Games Record); 2. Simone Collio (Italy) 10.29; 3. Lukasz Chyla (Poland) 10.39;

400m: 1. Abubakar Ali (Sudan) 46.00; 2. Daniel Dabrowski (Poland) 46.36; 3. Prasanna Amarasekara (Sri Lanka) 46.48;

5000m: 1. Mark Kiptoo (Kenya) 13:51.74; 2. Brahim Beloua (Morocco) 13:52.32; 3. Rabah Aboud (Algeria) 13:53.74;

400m Hurdles: 1. Edrees Hawsawi (Saudi Arabia) 50.25; 2. Thiago de Jesus Sales (Brazil) 50.97; 3. Jeetender Singh (India) 51.70;

Pole Vault: 1. Florian Suerth (Germany) 5.20; 2. Paul Gensic (United States) 5.10; 3. Matteo Rubbiani (Italy) 5.00;

Discus Throw: 1. Piotr Malachowski (Poland) 65.87 (New Games Record); 2. Zoltan Kovago (Hungary) 64.38; 3. Rasheed Shafi Al-Dosari (Qatar) 60.03;


400m: 1. Menaka Wickramasinghe (Sri Lanka) 52.93; 2. Yelena Ildekina (Russia) 54.78; 3. Josephine Nyarunda (Kenya ) 54.88;

800m: 1. Brigita Langerholc (Slovenia) 2:04.05; 2. Anna Sidorova (Uzbekistan) 2:04.70; 3. Natallia Dziadkova (Belarus) 2:05.85;

Long Jump: 1. Hrisopiyi Devetzi (Greece) 6.69; 2. Anna Pyatykh (Russia) 6.23; 3. Anastasiya Juravleva (Uzbekistan) 6.21;

Vita Palamar dethrones Anna Chicherova – World Military Games, final day
Friday 19 October 2007
Hyderabad, India – A galaxy of globally renowned athletes, who descended here for the 4th CISM World Military Games, returned with pleasant memories as the four-day athletics programme of the Games concluded on Thursday (18 Oct).

War or peace, the victory is what matters most. However, for those athletes belonging to the armed forces of over 100 countries, the World Military Games served as a major reunion to shed their rivalry and work towards universal brotherhood. The tactics and logical studies they learnt back at the defence academies hence helped them to win another ‘battle’ on playfields around this historic city.

The major upset of the day came from women’s High Jump arena, where the reigning World Championships silver medallist, Anna Chicherova of Russia failed to defend her title.

Chicherova, a World Youth champion eight years ago at Bydgoszcz, had a flurry of victories to her credit. In Osaka she sailed over a career best height of 2.03m. However today she could not go beyond 1.96m. Ukraine’s Vita Palamar snatched the gold (1.98m) while her compatriot and Athens Olympic bronze medalist, Viktoriya Stoypina ended in third place.

This year’s European Cup champion Anna Omarova set the iron ball out to 17.78m, which was enough for the victory here. At Munich, she registered a personal best 19.69m for the top spot.

Two other European Cup gold medallists, Sylwia Ejdys (Poland) and Yevheniya Snihur (Ukraine), took the titles in the women’s 1500m and 100m Hurdles respectively.

Zhang Li of China, the 2005 World Youth champion, hurled the javelin to a personal best 59.96m to win the event. Her colleague Ji Wei went on to win the men’s 110m Hurdles in 13.44.

Kenyan John Cheruiyet Korir defended his title in the 10,000m with a record time of 28:13.52. His team-mate Mark Kiptoo, the 5000m victor, finished second in 28:22.62 while Bahrain’s Adam Ismail Khamis, who won two creditable bronze medals last year at the World Junior Championships (Beijing) and the Asian Games (Doha) timed 28:42.76 for the bronze.

In yet another upset of the day, Qatar’s new-found sprint champion Samuel Francis got eliminated in 200m as he “jumped the gun”. Samuel led the qualifiers on Wednesday with a 21.06 clocking and expected the win the final with a new meet record. The title went to Marcin Jedrusinski of Poland in 20.70.

Saudi Arabia collected three gold medals today through its half-miler Mohammed Al-Salhi, long jumper Hussein Taher Al-Sabee, and their 4x400m relay quartet.

Hamid Ezzine (Morocco) outclassed the fancied Henry Kipkosgei (Kenya) in the steeplechase.

Italian men’s sprint relay team made it “four-in-a-row” with successive victories in this event in all the four editions of the Games. They stamped their class with a Games record 39.28 to their credit at Hyderabad. Earlier their women’s quartet had won in 44.97 on Wednesday.

Kenya led the medal tally with 5 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze medals, closely followed by Russia (4-8-1) and Poland (4-4-3).

Ram. Murali Krishnan for the IAAF



200m (0.8): 1. Marcin Jedrusinski (Poland) 20.70; 2. Alessandro Cavallaro (Italy) 20.82; 3. Omar Juma Al-Salfa (UAE) 21.10;

800m: 1. Mohammed Al-Salhi (Saudi Arabia) 1:49.02; 2. Abubakar Kaki (Sudan) 1:49.23; 3. Justus Koech (Kenya) 1:49.24;

10,000m: 1. John Cheruiyet Korir (Kenya) 28:13.52 (New Games Record); 2. Mark Kiptoo (Kenya) 28:22.62; 3. Adam Ismail Khamis (Bahrain) 28:42.76;

3000m Steeplechase: Hamid Ezzine (Morocco) 8:37.80; 2. Henry Kipkosgei (Kenya) 8:41.83; 3. Loic Yoann Kowal (France) 8:45.16;

110m Hurdles (0.7): 1. Ji Wei (China) 13.44; 2. Mohammed Al-Thawadi (Qatar) 13.60; 3. Gregory Sedoc (Netherlands) 13.75;

Long Jump: 1. Hussein Taher Al-Sabee (Saudi Arabia) 8.04; 2. Julien Fivaz (Switzerland) 7.57; 3. Volodymyr Zyuskov (Ukraine) 7.55;

4x100m Relay: 1. Italy 39.28 (New Games Record); 2. Poland 39.52; 3. Saudi Arabia 39.73;

4x400m Relay: 1. Saudi Arabia 3:05.10; 2. Kenya 3:06.11; 3. Sudan 3:08.70;


1500m: 1. Sylwia Ejdys (Poland) 4:16.90; 2. Daniela Yordanova (Bulgaria) 4:17.00; 3. Inna Poluskina (Latvia) 4:17.80;

100m Hurdles (1.4): 1. Yevheniya Snihur (Ukraine) 13.23; 2. Cattaneo Micol (Italy) 13.36; 3. Judith Ritz (Germany) 13.65;

High Jump: 1. Vita Palamar (Ukraine) 1.98; 2. Anna Chicherova (Russia) 1.96; 3. Viktoriya Stoypina (Ukraine) 1.94;

Shot Put: 1. Anna Omarova (Russia) 17.78; 2. Yulia Leantsiuk (Belarus) 16.32; 3. Wang Li Hong (China) 15.82;

Javelin Throw: 1. Zhang Li (China) 59.96; 2. Mariya Abakumova (Russia) 59.60; 3. Indre Jakubaityte (Lithuania) 54.93;

4x100m Relay: 1. Italy 44.97; 2. Russia 46.22; 3. Germany 46.49.

whats the story with the new rulling on starts these days?
Are you allowed 1 break at all? then next is elliminated? or, 1st to break the gun is elliminated?