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1Powell breaks down in Morocco - & RESULTS Empty Powell breaks down in Morocco - & RESULTS Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:18 am



Three world leads in Rabat, Powell pulls up in 100m – IAAF World Challenge

Bob Ramsak for the IAAF
5th June 2011

Rabat, Morocco – Competing before a raucous crowd of more than 30,000, Blanka Vlasic, Amine Laalou, and Viola Kibiwot produced world leading performances to highlight the fourth edition of the Meeting International Mohammed VI in the Moroccan capital on Sunday.

But while Vlasic came through with a 1.97m winning leap and a near-miss at two metres in the High Jump, this IAAF World Challenge Meeting’s other major star, Asafa Powell, will carry an injury home to Kingston just 18 days before the Jamaican selection trials for the World Championship in Daegu.

Powell pulls up in 100m
Things didn’t go according to plan for Powell either, who barely reached the finish line after pulling up some 30 metres into the 100m contest.

Well before hitting top speed, Powell suddenly downshifted to a jog, and then almost to a walk, noticeably favouring his right hamstring. He later described it as “a sharp pain”, but emphasized that he didn’t pull up merely as a precaution. If he hadn’t stopped, he said, his hamstring “would have went.”

“He felt a cramp in his right lower hamstring at about 20m,” Powell’s manager, Paul Doyle said. “He was able to stop before he did any serious damage. It's too early to tell at this moment how serious it is but we believe at this stage that it is not a serious problem. He feels just a little soreness in the area and tightness when stretching.”

On Thursday, Powell said his pre-meet intention was to clock a world season’s best, which was lowered twice yesterday, first by his compatriot Steve Mullings who clocked 9.80 in Eugene and then by Tyson Gay to 9.79 at a small meet in Clermont, Florida, USA. Now, the former World record holder has to ensure he’ll be healthy enough at month’s end just to secure a slot for the World championships team at the Jamaican championships.

With Powell out, the unlikely victory went to Aziz Ouadi in 10.27 ahead of former European champion Francis Obikwelu (10.31), one of five Moroccan victories on the evening that literally had much of the wildly enthusiastic crowd dancing in the aisles.

1000m world lead for Laalou
One of the better performances among that handful of home team victories came in the men’s 1000m, courtesy of Amine Laalou’s emphatic victory. Urged on by the jubilant crowd, the 29-year-old was unstoppable over the final 100 metres, winning in 2:15.31, the fastest in the world this season over the rarely-run distance.

Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski, the European 800m champion, was in second through the final turn and maintained his position to reach the finish in 2:15.76, a big personal best for the 23-year-old. Mohammed Al-Azemi of Kuwait also broke 2:16, clocking 2:15.84 for third.

Halima Hachlaf began the Moroccan hit parade, whipping the crowd into a frenzy with a strong homestretch run of her own en route to a comfortable triumph in the women’s 800m. In her first race over the distance this season, the 22-year-old, who took a surprise victory at Rome’s Golden Gala last year, clocked 2:00.55.

Algeria’s Zahra Bouras, also in her first race of the year, was next across the line in 2:01.30, with Malika Akkaoui, another Moroccan, finishing third in 2:01.59. Briton Jenny Meadows, the winner this year in Shanghai and Hengelo, was never in the hunt and finished well back in fifth, clocking 2:01.89.

There was a Moroccan 1-2 in the men’s 3000m Steeplechase, with Abdelkader Hachlaf taking a big victory in 8:13.04. His compatriot Hamid Ezzine tried to steal race early on, pulling away from the field with just over three laps remaining, an ambitious move which proved to be a big blunder. Despite a sizeable lead, he was easily reeled in by Hachlaf as the pair approached the water jump for the penultimate time. Hachlaf pulled away over the course of the final lap, and with victory clearly secured, he turned to the homestretch stands as he cleared the final barrier, blowing kisses and saluting.

Another 1500m win for Mishchenko
Elsewhere in the middle distances, the traditional strength in Morocco, home hopes were dashed.

Anna Mishchenko produced another solid homestretch drive to take her fourth 1500m victory in five races this season. In a tactical race, the 27-year-old Ukrainian, who collected wins in Doha and Daegu last month, had little difficulty fending off local favourite Intissam Lakhouad and Ethiopian Meskerem Assefa, clocking 4:07.95.

Lakhouad, the Moroccan record holder at 3:59.35 from last season, poured it on off the final turn but couldn’t reel in the rapidly-improving Ukrainian, clocking 4:08.11. Assefa , the runner up in Daegu and Rome, had to settle for third here, crossing the line in 4:08.34.

In the men’s 1500m, finishing kicks by Kenyan Collins Cheboi (3:33.82) and Mahiedine Mekhissi-Bebabbad (3:33.86) were to much for Fouad Elkaam (3:34.01) and Adbalatti Iguider (3:34.33), who had to settle for third and fourth. Iguider, who was leading at the top of the homestraight, was passed by the trio over the final fifty metres.

World lead for Kibiwot in 3000m
There was no stopping or catching Viola Kibiwot over the final lap of the women’s 3000m, who stopped the clock in 8:46.84, the fastest in the world this year. Her compatriot Sylvia Kibet made up some ground over the final 50 metres, but had to settle for second in 8:47.15, with Ethiopians Sule Utura (8:47.42) and Hagos Azemra (8:48.63) following.

Jacob Cheshari was the fastest in the field this year, and was clearly the strongest on the night in the men’s 5000m. His 13:10.55 was well shy of his 13:01.03 run in Hengelo exactly one week ago, but it was more than enough to hold off Moroccan Aziz Lahbabi (13:13.68) and Kenyan Vincent Rono, who was distant third in 13:22.86.

53.68 sizzler for Stambolova
Bulgarian Vania Stambolova impressed in the 400m Hurdles as well. Taking the lead just beyond the midway point, the 27-year-old powered through the homestretch without missing a stride before crossing the line in 53.68. It was the fourth fastest performance of the season – surpassed only by the top three in yesterday’s fast Eugene contest – and a major revision of her own 53.82 national record she set last year when taking silver at the European championships.

In her first race of the outdoor season, American Queen Harrison was a distant second in 55.31, with Ukraine’s Hanna Yaroshchuk third (55.35).

In the mens’ 200m, Jonathon Borlee ran down Jamaican Ainsley Waugh with about 40 metres remaining to collect his biggest international victory over the distance, clocking 20.42. It was the second personal best of the season for the 23-year-old Belgian 400m record holder.

There was a similar finish in the men’s 400m, where Trinidadian Lalonde Gordon ran down Cuban Willaim Collazo over the final 30 metres to win 45.51 to 45.57.



Meeting International Mohammed VI d'Athlétisme
Rabat (MAR)
Sunday, Jun 05, 2011

Men - 100 Metres
Wind : -0.5 m/s
1 Aziz Ouhadi MAR 10.27
2 Francis Obikwelu POR 10.31
3 Peter Emelieze NGR 10.40
4 Ogho-Oghene Egwero NGR 10.41
5 Simon Magakwe RSA 10.42
6 Ben Youssef Meité CIV 10.45
7 Asafa Powell JAM 36.13
Abdelhadi Bouchakour ALG DQ

Men - 200 Metres
Wind : +0.7 m/s
1 Jonathan Borlée BEL 20.42
2 Ainsley Waugh JAM 20.52
3 Jordan Boase USA 20.52
4 Marvin Anderson JAM 20.59
5 Amr Ibrahim Mostafa Seoud EGY 20.71
6 Brian Dzingai ZIM 20.72
7 Paul Hession IRL 20.87
8 Khalid Idrissi Zougari MAR 21.45

Men - 400 Metres
1 Lalonde Gordon TRI 45.51
2 William Collazo CUB 45.57
3 Martyn Rooney GBR 46.19
4 David Greene GBR 46.29
5 Erison Hurtault DMA 46.38
6 Donald Sanford USA 46.72
7 Miloud Rahmani ALG 47.07
8 Marouane El-Maadadi MAR 47.22

Women - 800 Metres
1 Halima Hachlaf MAR 2:00.05
2 Zahra Bouras ALG 2:01.30
3 Malika Akkaoui MAR 2:01.59
4 Yuliya Krevsun UKR 2:01.84
5 Jennifer Meadows GBR 2:01.89
6 Ekaterina Kostetskaya RUS 2:02.54
7 Nelly Jepkosgei KEN 2:02.74
8 Yvonne Hak NED 2:03.11
9 Malika Abaakil MAR 2:08.89
DNF Karen Shinkins IRL

Men - 1000 Metres
1 Amine Laalou MAR 2:15.31
2 Marcin Lewandowski POL 2:15.76
3 Mohammad Al-Azemi KUW 2:15.84
4 Ismail Ahmed Ismail SUD 2:18.15
5 Geoffrey Kipkoech Rono KEN 2:18.30
6 Arnoud Okken NED 2:18.60
7 Job Kinyor KEN 2:18.87
8 Seddik Mikhou MAR 2:22.28
DNF Mohcine El Amine MAR

Men - 1500 Metres
1 Collins Cheboi KEN 3:33.82
2 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad FRA 3:33.86
3 Fouad Elkaam MAR 3:34.01
4 Abdalaati Iguider MAR 3:34.33
5 Diego Ruiz ESP 3:34.62
6 Mohammed Shaween KSA 3:34.89
7 Florian Carvalho FRA 3:36.03
8 Carsten Schlangen GER 3:36.14
9 Yassine Bensghir MAR 3:36.25
10 Jeroen D'Hoedt BEL 3:36.90
11 William Biwott Tanui KEN 3:39.06
12 Bethwell Birgen KEN 3:39.59
13 Badr Rassioui MAR 3:43.36
DNF Mohamed Bensghir MAR
DNF Justus Koech KEN
DNF Remmy Limo Ndiwa KEN

Women - 1500 Metres
1 Anna Mishchenko UKR 4:07.95
2 Btissam Lakhouad MAR 4:08.11
3 Meskerem Assefa ETH 4:08.34
4 Helen Obiri KEN 4:08.56
5 Sylwia Ejdys POL 4:08.83
6 Bertukan Feyisa ETH 4:09.31
7 Lidia Chojecka POL 4:10.02
8 Lindsey de Grande BEL 4:13.39
9 Almenesh Belete ETH 4:13.83
10 Irene Jelagat KEN 4:17.03
11 Annet Negesa UGA 4:17.22
12 Olga Soldatova RUS 4:52.08

Women - 3000 Metres
1 Viola Jelagat Kibiwot KEN 8:46.84
2 Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet KEN 8:47.15
3 Sule Utura ETH 8:47.42
4 Azemra Gebru ETH 8:48.63
5 Priscah Jepleting Cherono KEN 8:51.31
6 Waganesh Mekasha ETH 8:51.76
7 Almaz Ayana ETH 8:53.49
8 Kaltoum Bouaasarya MAR 8:56.99
9 Nelly Chebet Ngeiywo KEN 9:02.90
10 Nadia Noujani MAR 9:31.84
DNF Tamara Tverdostup UKR

Men - 5000 Metres
1 Jacob Korir Cheshari KEN 13:10.55
2 Aziz Lahbabi MAR 13:13.68
3 Vincent Rono KEN 13:22.86
4 Hussain Jamaan Alhamdah KSA 13:24.33
5 Abdullah Abdulaziz Aljoud KSA 13:24.54
6 Rabah Aboud ALG 13:26.01
7 Alex Oloitiptip Korio KEN 13:26.09
8 Hicham Sigueni MAR 13:26.32
9 Essa Ismail Rashed QAT 13:35.50
10 Sammy Alex Mutahi KEN 13:38.10
11 Soufiane Boukantar MAR 13:38.73
12 Mounir Miout ALG 13:40.66
13 Othmane El Goumri MAR 13:52.25
14 Tshamano Setone RSA 13:54.88
15 Berhanu Delale ETH 13:56.29
16 Jawad Laariss MAR 13:58.39
17 Jamal Hitrane MAR 14:07.84
DNF Mohamed Belabbes FRA
DNF Sidi-Hassan Chahdi FRA
DNF Joseph Kitur Kiplimo KEN

Men - 3000 Metres Steeplechase
1 Abdelkader Hachlaf MAR 8:13.04
2 Hamid Ezzine MAR 8:21.21
3 Elijah Chelimo Kipterege KEN 8:22.84
4 Bernard Nganga KEN 8:25.44
5 Sisay Mojo ETH 8:31.31
6 Abubaker Ali Kamal QAT 8:31.69
7 Ion Luchianov MDA 8:32.53
8 Abraham Chirchir KEN 8:33.69
9 Abdellah Dacha MAR 8:35.45
10 Abdelghafour Lasri MAR 8:35.75
11 Jaouad Chemlal MAR 8:36.68
12 Luke Gunn GBR 8:38.18
13 Rabia Makhloufi ALG 8:40.90
14 James Wilkinson GBR 8:45.40

Women - 400 Metres Hurdles
1 Vania Stambolova BUL 53.68
2 Queen Harrison USA 55.31
3 Hanna Yaroshchuk UKR 55.35
4 Elodie Ouédraogo BEL 55.77
5 Christine Spence USA 55.98
6 Nicole Leach USA 56.24
7 Lamiae Lhabze MAR 56.58
Hayat Lambarki MAR DNF

Women - High Jump
1 Blanka Vlašic CRO 1.97
2 Melanie Melfort FRA 1.95
3 Anna Chicherova RUS 1.95
4 Levern Spencer LCA 1.92
5 Irina Gordeeva RUS 1.89
6 Oksana Okuneva UKR 1.89
7 Marina Aitova KAZ 1.89
8 Beatrice Lundmark SUI 1.80
8 Daniela Stanciu ROU 1.80
10 Lesyani Mayor CUB 1.80

Men - Long Jump
1 Yahya Berrabah MAR 8.10 -0.2
2 Wilfredo Martínez CUB 8.07 -0.5
3 Ignisious Gaisah GHA 7.81
4 Abdelhakim Mlaab MAR 7.73
5 El Mehdi Kabbachi MAR 7.57 +0.4
6 Tarik Bouguetaïb MAR 7.56 +0.4
7 Emanuele Formichetti ITA 7.46 +0.6
8 Reda Megdoud ALG 7.41 -0.8
9 Trevell Quinley USA 7.35 -0.4

Women - Triple Jump
1 Baya Rahouli ALG 14.34 -0.5
2 Dana Veldáková SVK 14.02 +0.4
3 Snežana Rodic SLO 13.89 +0.3
4 Marija Šestak SLO 13.79 0.0
5 Svetlana Bolshakova BEL 13.70
6 Paraskeví Papahrístou GRE 13.67 -0.8
7 Jamaa Chnaik MAR 13.48 -0.4

Men - Discus Throw
1 Erik Cadee NED 64.06
2 Yennifer Frank Casañas ESP 63.53
3 Jorge Y. Fernández CUB 62.88
4 Brett Morse GBR 61.32
5 Gerhard Mayer AUT 60.33
6 Nabil Kirame MAR 54.58
Amine Atik MAR NM

Women - Javelin Throw
1 Mercedes Chilla ESP 63.77
2 Jarmila Klimešová CZE 60.41
3 Vira Rebryk UKR 57.94
4 Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir ISL 56.18
5 Sílvia Cruz POR 56.11
6 Hanane Daoudi MAR 44.12



Asafa Powell suffers pulled hamstring in Rabat
By Joe Battaglia,
Universal Sports
Jun 5, 2011

Jamaica's Asafa Powell pulled a hamstring during the 100m at the Meeting International Mohammed VI d'Athlétisme, an IAAF World Challenge meet in Rabat, Morocco on Sunday.

According to IAAF results, Powell finished dead last in the race in 36.13 seconds. The event was won by unheralded Aziz Oihadi of Morocco in 10.27, indicating something had gone terribly wrong.

After the meet's conclusion, a Tweet by Powell's MVP Club confirmed that he had gotten hurt.

"We wish for Asafa a speedy recovery to his hamstring injury suffered today in Morocco during the 100m at the IAAF World Challenge," the Tweet read.

According to, Powell stopped just as he came out of his drive phase, held onto his right hamstring, and walked across the finish line.

EME News reported on Twitter that Powell "had a cramp and as precaution did not push, slowed after 20 metres, his agent Paul Doyle reports it might not be too serious."

While the severity of his injury remains to be seen, the timing couldn't be any worse.

At the end of this month, Powell must finish in the top three in the 100m at the Jamaican National Championships in Kingston to qualify for this summer's World Championships. While one might think he would be a shoe-in for selection, he is likely to face formidable challenges.

Steve Mullings, who trains in the U.S. with Tyson Gay, won the Diamond League Prefontaine Classic on Saturday in 9.80, the second-fastest time in the world this year. Nesta Carter and Michael Frater, both Jamaican National Team veterans, clocked 9.92 and 9.94 respectively in that same race.

Yohan Blake, a promising 21-year-old, ran a wind-aided 9.80 at the Jamaica International Invitational on May 7 and promises to be a factor. Then there is upstart Nickel Ashmeade, a training partner of Mullings, who ran 9.96 at a sprint meet in Clermont, Florida on Saturday, finishing behind American Tyson Gay's world-leading 9.79.

Usain Bolt, the reigning world champion in both the 100m and 200m, has automatic byes into the World Championships in Daegu and is not expected to compete at the Jamaican Trials.

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