Athletes keep on producing amazing performances in Berlin |

Athletes keep on producing amazing performances in Berlin

Worlds Watch
Blake Risner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Blake Risner

Hello from Berlin, Germany.

The second day of competition at the 2009 World Championships of Track and Field is complete.

The athletes continue to provide amazing performances on the track and in the field. Some competitors are doing both. The world’s greatest athlete was crowned tonight by winning the women’s heptathlon.

Yesterday I briefly discussed the history of the World Championships. We are now in the present and, thus, current technology is at the forefront of the event. Every aspect of filming, choreographing and articulating the track and field events is controlled by modern automation.

The timing system is state of the art. Official results in every event, track or field, are witnessed almost immediately by the audience. The field event measurements are calculated by laser. And the multi-event scores are tabulated before the fan can press power on his calculator.

No longer do officials have to diligently work to return throwing implements to the contestants. Remote controlled mini vehicles carry the discus, hammer and javelins back to the throwers with little effort required from the officials.

Too cool!

Oh, yeah … Usain Bolt of Jamaica covered 100 meters faster than any human on the planet – ever!

United States sprinter Tyson Gay finished second in the 100-meter final to Bolt’s world record time of 9.58 seconds, with a new American record of 9.71.

Jamaica’s Asafa Powell earned the bronze medal with a 9.84. Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis concluded a remarkable two days of competition to win the gold medal in the women’s heptathlon.

Despite being smaller in stature than the majority of her counterparts, Ennis gracefully and powerfully executed all seven of her events to establish the year’s best point total. Glenwood Springs High School’s Paul Freeman is no doubt beaming with pride.

Log on to for complete results and continue to watch the daily coverage on the Versus channel.

Hello to Bryce and Bailey.

Blake Risner is Glenwood Springs High School’s track and field coach and is currently overseas in Berlin taking in all the action at the World Championships.

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