Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 24th 2015 Contents BEIJING---As she lay on her
back, hands covering her face try-
ing to absorb the reality of again
being a world champion, Jessica
Ennis-Hill s thoughts turned to
who might be watching.
At the top of her mind were her
son, and other working mothers.
Much has changed since Ennis
won the 2012 London Olympic
title in her home country, where
the crowd packed the main sta-
dium on the first morning of com-
petition and for every other session
in which she competed.
She had a son, Reggie, last July
and added a hyphen and Hill to
her name. When she got back on
a bike and started training again
post-pregnancy, she wasn t sure
she d have time to get into shape
for the world championships. Even
when she arrived in Beijing, she
didn t have high expectations of
adding another world title to the
one she picked up in 2009.
"We only wanted to come here
if I was ready to contend for a
medal and we spoke about the
bronze medal---that would be
amazing---the silver medal," the
29-year-old Ennis-Hill said yes-
terday, "but we never spoke about
the gold medal. I just thought it
was a little beyond me this year."
Ennis-Hill won the competition
with a season-best 6,669 points,
leading from the second through
the seventh events. In the last
event---the 800 metres---she stayed
close behind her nearest challenger
for 750 metres before surging past
Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Canada
in the final straight. Theisen-Eaton,
the leading heptathlete all year,
finished with 6,554 points for silver,
and Laura Ikauniece-Admidina
was third in a Latvian record 6,491.
While Ennis-Hill certainly
wasn t back to her career peak at
the Bird s Nest, she was consis-
tently good enough after running
the second-fastest time in the 100-
metre hurdles to hang on to the
lead she gained from the high
One of her immediate priorities
was getting home to celebrate with
family and friends. The hardest
part about the world champi-
onships, she said, was leaving her
little boy at home.
Ennis-Hill is more confident she
can handle the training for that,
and thankful for the support she s
had on the home front.
"It s hard at the beginning when
you ve got a newborn and you re
adjusting to everything, then get-
ting back into training," she said.
"I think now that I am a mother,
I look at all the mums ... that go
back to work and work incredibly
hard and I have so much admira-
tion and appreciation for how hard
Ennis-Hill dedicates world
title to son, working moms
Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill is congratulated by Canada's silver medal
winner Brianne Theisen-Eaton after winning the gold medal in the
women's heptathlon at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's
Nest stadium in Beijing, yesterday. AP PHOTO
BEIJING---Usain Bolt did his custom-
ary thing, even if it was a little too
close for comfort. Now the other
Jamaican sprinter who s just as dom-
inant gets her chance.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will try to
defend her title in the 100 metres today
at the world championships. Like Bolt s
slim win over Justin Gatlin, this one
also doesn t figure to be a cakewalk.
Especially given the rise of American
sprinter Tori Bowie.
Fraser-Pryce and Bowie each ran
10.88 seconds in their heats---the fastest
first-round times ever run at worlds,
according to USA Track and Field.
Their speed definitely put the rest
of the field on notice for the semifinals
"I m happy they re going out there
and putting on a show early," American
sprinter English Gardner said. "My
game plan was to stick out there and
coast through and save my energy. They
get to have fun in that round. Hopefully
I get to have some in the next ones."
Bowie and Fraser-Pryce were hard
to miss---not only for their perform-
ances, but for their hair flair as well.
Fraser-Pryce lined her green-coloured
hair with daisies because, "daisies are
pretty, yellow and pretty." Bowie had
streaks of purple through her locks.
On Sunday morning, Bowie received
a comforting call from her family back
home in Mississippi. They knew how
anxious she was.
"I came out here extremely nervous,"
said Bowie, who is healthy after dealing
with hip issues at nationals two months
ago. "It was almost to the point where
I couldn t eat. I had to force something
down anyway, because you can t come
out here and run on an empty stom-
"I feel really good for the first time
In the nick of time, too. Fraser-Pryce
certainly showed why she s the
favourite. She always is at big meets.
And be prepared to run somewhere
in the 10.7-range, since that s typically
around Fraser-Pryce s time when titles
are on the line.
"In the back of everyone s mind, you
know what you have to do," said Kelly-
Ann Batiste of T&T. "But you can t
think of the finish time, just the process.
Everyone is thinking about executing
their race strategy."
Here are some things to know about
Day 3 of the world championships:
Without Tirunesh Dibaba, Kenyan
runner Vivian Cheruiyot is the favourite
in the women s 10,000 metres. Dibaba,
who has taken the year off to start a
family, won the world title in 2013, two
years after Cheruiyot. Shalane Flanagan
of the United States, who won bronze
at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is also
in the field.
Colombian triple jumper Caterine
Ibarguen has reeled off 28 straight wins
since 2012, according to the IAAF. Nat-
urally, she s the favourite. Don t overlook
Ekaterina Koneva of Russia. She won
the world indoor title as Ibarguen
skipped the event.
Clear the bar
How cool is this: Renaud Lavillenie
of France has his own pole vaulting
practice setup in his backyard. He s the
world-indoor record holder and the
2012 London Olympic champion. How-
ever, Lavillenie has never won a world
title, settling for silver in 2013 along
with bronze medals in 09 and 11.
Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya is the
defending champion in the steeple-
chase. His team-mate Jairus Birech
may be the favourite, though, given
that Birech has the world s fastest time
LaShawn Merritt of the United States
and Kirani James of Grenada both easily
advanced in the first round of the 400
metres. They re on course to meet in
the final Wednesday. Merritt won gold
and James silver at the worlds in 2013.
After Bolt's victory,
to follow suit
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, left, and Venezuela's Nediam Vargas compete
in women's 100m round one at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's
Nest stadium in Beijing, yesterday. AP PHOTO
BEIJING---Rarely has Mo Farah
been challenged like he was Sat-
The combined might of the
Kenyan team was working to sap
his strength and a stumble in the
chaos of lapping runners on the
last go-round made this year s
10,000-metre race at the world
championships truly memorable.
It almost put a summer of dop-
ing allegations hitting his coach
and training partner into the back
of his mind.
Yet again on Saturday, there was
no denying Farah, who is halfway
home to a third long-distance dou-
ble in as many major champi-
"To back it up year after year,
it hasn t been easy," the British
runner said, reflecting on a 5,000-
10,000 double at the 2012 London
Olympics and the 2013 worlds.
To put it in perspective, Mo
Farah pretty much is to long-dis-
tance running what Usain Bolt is
to the sprints. And his rival com-
petitors, getting more desperate
by the year, are trying new ploys
to undo the champion.
On Saturday at the Bird s Nest,
the three Kenyans in his race set
a tough pace in the sweltering heat
and ran as a team to wear Farah
"As a country, I take my hat off
to them," Farah said. "Some of
them sacrificed medals."
Even if they failed to break down
Farah s resolve, Kenya did earn two
medals---silver for Geoffrey Kip-
sang Kamworor and bronze for
"We worked as a team trying to
beat Mo Farah," said Kamworor,
who is the half marathon and
cross-country world champion.
"But he is a tough guy to beat."
After Farah surged into the lead,
he had one more challenge to deal
with. With about 350 metres to
go, he stumbled, upsetting his
rhythm during a vital part of his
Yet again, he regained his com-
posure within seconds and even
though the Kenyans closed in
because of it, they never got past
him. Farah had time to celebrate
as he crossed the line with his arms
outstretched and mouth wide
He said he was so focused on
Saturday s title that the doping
scandal hardly hampered his
Farah and training partner Galen
Rupp, the 2012 Olympic silver
medalist, are both coached by
Alberto Salazar, who is under
investigation by the US Anti-Dop-
ing Agency for allegedly encour-
aging Rupp and other runners to
skirt anti-doping rules.
Front-running Kenyans, a late
stumble? Nothing stops Mo
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