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Daegu 2011 IAAF World Athletics Championships

I flew from London to Daegu. I bought a mountain bike and spent a few days riding around Daegu, Gyeongju, and along the west coast. I also spent a few days hiking on Mt Namsan in Gyeongju National Park. Here I am near one of the many Buddhist relics. The town of Gyeongju has many ancient burial mounds.

In Daegu I stayed at a backpackers in Jung-gu and took the metro to the athletics stadium. Also staying in the same place was David Culbert (ex-AUS long jumper and television commentator) and the Mayor of Hobart (his son was competing for Australia).

There was a giant likeness of Usain Bolt in Du-Ryu Park.

I met up with Steve Rippon (UK pole vault coach) and we watched all the pole vault competitions. Here's me with Steve and Sally Peake (she represented Wales at the 2010 Commonwealth Games). In the background is Andrei Tivontchik (GER), the 1996 Olympic bronze medalist and now a leading pole vault coach. Accidentally cut out of the photo on the right is Nick Cruchley (British Universities champion). Is that Jorn Elberding (GER pole vault coach) giving Steve a pair of rabbits ears?

Here's a view of the stadium before the start of the Women's Pole Vault Qualification. Holly Bleasedale (GBR) no-heighted at 4.25 m. Kate Dennison (GBR) jumped 4.50 m but did not advance to the Final.

The Korean Society of Sports Biomechanics (KSSB) conducted biomechanical video analysis of most of the events. This is the entrance to their lab in the stadium. You can download the report (21 MB) here.

Pavel Wojcieckowski (POL) won the Men's Pole Vault with 5.90 m.

Lazaro Borges (CUB) was second with 5.90 m and Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) was third with 5.85 m. Steve Lewis (GBR) jumped 5.50 m in Qualification and 5.65 m for equal 9th in the Final.

I had a season ticket that gave me entry to every session. However, most of the morning sessions had only heats for the track events and qualification for the field events. I missed most of the morning sessions and either went for a ride around Daegu or rode to Apsan Park and went hiking on the mountain trails. Here's me in the mountains.

In the Women's Pole Vault, Fabiana Murer (BRA) won with 4.85 m. Martina Strutz (GER) was second with 4.80 m and Svetlana Feofanova (RUS) was third with 4.75 m. Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) was out of the medals in 6th place. You can see the jumps in the video here. Here are the medalists at the presentation ceremony.

Jesse Williams (USA) won the Men's High Jump with a first-time clearance at 2.35 m. Here he is celebrating his win. You can see the jumps in the video here.

Here's Phillips Idowu (GBR) on the runway in the Triple Jump. He jumped 17.77 m for second place behind Christian Taylor (USA) who jumped 17.96 m. You can see the jumps in the video here. The whole competition finished with a world record (37.04 s) by Jamaica in the men's 4 x 100 m Relay (Usain Bolt ran the anchor leg). You can see it in the video here.

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