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1999 XX World Student Games (Universiade) - Palma de Mallorca

Athletics at the 1999 Summer Universiade


04/07/1999 - 09/07/1999 Palma de Mallorca


Estadi de Son Moix    
The Athletics Tournament at the 1999 Summer Universiade took place in the new Estadio Son Moix in Palma de Mallorca, Spain from July 4 to July 9, 1999. Five Universiade records were set.
Panor mica de Son Moix (569234728).jpg
Host stadium in 2003.

The new Son Moix stadium was the stage for some outstanding performances

This is the discipline in which the most Universiade records were broken, and chiefly by the women.
-400 metres Women's hurdles: Daymi Pernia (Cuba) : 53s95 over the previous 54s97,
-Women's 400 metres: Ionela Tirlea (Romania) 49s88 over the previous 50s01,
-Women's triple jump: Yelena Havorova (Ukraine) 14m59 over the previous 14m23 (by herself in Sicily in 97),
-Men's shot put: Andrew Bloom (US) 21m11 over the previous 20m85
-Men's 5.000 metres Sergei Lebed (Ukraine) 13min37sec52 over the previous 13min57sec56.
These are exceptional performances, but there was nevertheless one disappointment: the American sprinter John Capel's second place in the 100 metres, even though he is already considered one of tomorrow's great stars.
John Capel: the American exception

On July 11 one of the most spectacular of the stadium events was held: the men's 100 metres, on which the American John Capel (a world specialist in the 200 metres) had decided to concentrate during his week in Spain to perfect his training. The Florida University football star and sprinter was the favourite, despite his lack of experience in the 100 metres and a
not very convincing start. Despite a season best at 10s03, Capel stayed in his starting blocks and saw the departure of Brazil's long legged Andre da Silva, who finally led by only a hundredth of a second at the line.
Da Silva (aged 26 against Capel's 20) had more experience. He was South American vice-champion in 1997, and winner of the bronze in the 4x100 relay at the Atlanta OGs. "And then, maybe John was a bit over-confident when he arrived here," said Andre . "I let him talk, and did what I had to do."
True, Capel ran for the first time outside the US at Palma and was thrown off by three false starts. After the last false start, he ran alone for 50 metres before returning, with his hands on his hips. "My only chance to run well is to have a good start," Capel explained. "But the false starts threw me out of focus. I knew I should have stayed calm, but I was unable to. I haven't run so slow all year. I thought I would make quick work of it, but it didn't work out at all."

Capel's decision to run the 100 metres left Coby Miller a chance to win the 200 metres with relative ease.
In the 110 metre hurdles, Belgium's Jonathan Nsenga was taking part in a Universiade for the fourth time, having started in Buffalo in 93 as a semi-finalist. The champion at Fukuoka in 95 with 13s51, he took the silver two years ago with the same time, before taking the bronze on this occasion. The Belgian student of languages in Liège, is today one of the privileged few to have a full set of medals in his discipline!

Cuban 800 metres specialist Norberto Tellez took the contest by carefully dosing his efforts in a sweltering Son Moix stadium. His victory – achieved in the far right lane – reminded statisticians that his fellow countryman Alberto Juantorena had beated the world record in the event 22 years earlier at the Sofia Universiade, with a time of 1min43s40. In doing so, he performed one of the many planetary feats in FISU's history.
Tellez (a former 400 metre runner, as was Juantorena) attributed his victory to his bursts of speed. This allowed him to catch up to Switzerland's Bucher, Europe's vice champion title holder. Another Cuban also drew attention to himself: the triple jumper Yoelbi Quesada, who succeeded in confirming his 1997 title as Universiade champion with 17m40, this year's world's second best performance thus far. He carried off this jump on his second try, dashing all the hopes of Germany's Charles Friedek, who led the event up until then with 17m20. "I could have jumped my heart out, I still couldn't pass him," said the German. Quesada didn't even have to take advantage of his six tries to go farther.

America's Andy Bloom was so disappointed that he didn't take the title in the discus that he decided to avenge himself in the shot put. Using a rotation style, he sent the ball 21m11, beating the university record held for 14 years by Italy's Alessandro Andrei and racking up the third best performance of the year. Another former Italian athlete – Franco Fava – also lost his 25 year old Universiade record in Palma... in the 5.000 metres. With his 13min37sec52, the Ukraine's Sergei Lebed beat him in four hundredths of a second, running the whole race alone out front!

For their part, the Spanish were pleased to record a total of six medals, and a double victory in the men's 10.000 metres, with Jose Martinez taking the gold and Pedro Trejo the bronze. The time in this final was no chronometric break through, owing to its tactical nature, but was impressive above all for Martinez's pluck, when he took things in hand five laps from the finish to break up the pack. He did this by putting a good distance between himself, Japan's Naoshi Mishinon and his fellow countryman Trejo, thanks to a headlong sprint during the last two laps.

At the close of the week of athletics, in the relay events, the US dominated in masterly fashion, taking the men's and the women's 4x100 and the 4x400, bringing their total number of athletics titles to 14 (and 25 medals), ahead of Romania with their six titles and ten medals (all among the woman) and Cuba's five golds. This was no doubt owing to the fact that the US decided, a year away from the Sidney Olympic Games, to send all their best student athletes, together with those who were unable to qualify for the IAAF World cup in Seville at the end of August. Whence the high level performances on their part.
"I'm proud of my athletes. They form the American team of the future," said Clyde Hart, who will manage the Olympic team next year. "I am sure that the team in Palma will be the one that will be representing our country at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004."

Medal summary

Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres

(-1.5 m/s)
 André da Silva (BRA) 10.34  John Capel (USA) 10.35  Matthew Quinn (RSA) 10.42
200 metres

(-1.0 m/s)
 Coby Miller (USA) 20.32  Patrick van Balkom (NED) 20.57  Christos Magos (GRE) 20.70
400 metres  Jerome Davis (USA) 44.91  Paston Coke (JAM) 45.15  Jopie van Oudtshoorn (RSA) 45.21
800 metres  Norberto Téllez (CUB) 1:46.11  André Bucher (SUI) 1:46.49  Derrick Peterson (USA) 1:46.75
1500 metres  Bernard Lagat (KEN) 3:40.99  Leszek Zblewski (POL) 3:41.81  Lorenzo Lazzari (ITA) 3:42.36
5000 metres  Serhiy Lebid (UKR) 13:37.52  Roberto García (ESP) 13:38.59  Naoki Mishiro (JPN) 13:39.10
10,000 metres  José Manuel Martínez (ESP) 29:37.56  Naoki Mishiro (JPN) 29:39.14  Pedro Trejo (ESP) 29:47.27
Half marathon  Marílson dos Santos (BRA) 1:04:05  Takayuki Nishida (JPN) 1:04:11  Oh Sung-Keun (KOR) 1:04:33
110 metres hurdles

-0.1 m/s
 Terrence Trammell (USA) 13.44  Jonathan Nsenga (BEL) 13.51  Dawane Wallace (USA) 13.59
400 metres hurdles  Paweł Januszewski (POL) 48.64  Bayano Kamani (USA) 48.74  Marcel Schelbert (SUI) 48.77
3000 metres steeplechase  Giuseppe Maffei (ITA) 8:33.18  Khamis Seif Abdullah (QAT) 8:33.62  Joël Bourgeois (CAN) 8:34.20
4 × 100 metres relay  United States (USA)
Kaaron Conwright
Terrence Trammell
Coby Miller
John Capel
38.55  South Africa (RSA) 39.08  Italy (ITA) 39.31
4 × 400 metres relay  United States (USA)
Tony Berrian
Brandon Couts
Derrick Brew
Jerome Davis
3:00.88  Great Britain (GBR)
Richard Knowles
Geoff Dearman
Chris Rawlinson
Jared Deacon
3:03.95  Senegal (SEN) 3:05.45
20 kilometres walk  Alejandro López (MEX) 1:25:12  Lorenzo Civallero (ITA) 1:25:23  Daisuke Ikeshima (JPN) 1:26:01
High jump  Ben Challenger (GBR) 2.30  Mark Boswell (CAN) 2.30  Lee Jin-Taek (KOR) 2.28
Pole vault  Richard Spiegelburg (GER) 5.60  Stepán Janácek (CZE) 5.60  Romain Mesnil (FRA) 5.55
Long jump  Aleksey Lukashevich (UKR) 8.16  Luis Méliz (CUB) 8.05  Erik Nijs (BEL) 7.99
Triple jump  Yoelbi Quesada (CUB) 17.40  Charles Friedek (GER) 17.20  Jirí Kuntos (CZE) 16.97
Shot put  Andy Bloom (USA) 21.11 UR  Adam Nelson (USA) 20.64  Stevimir Ercegovac (CRO) 19.94
Discus throw  Frantz Kruger (RSA) 66.90  Andy Bloom (USA) 64.68  Doug Reynolds (USA) 63.65
Hammer throw  Zsolt Németh (HUN) 80.40  Christos Polychroniou (GRE) 79.83  Vladislav Piskunov (UKR) 78.61
Javelin throw  Ēriks Rags (LAT) 83.78  Gregor Högler (AUT) 82.63  Isbel Luaces (CUB) 82.18
Decathlon  Raúl Duany (CUB) 8050  Stephen Moore (USA) 8028  Benjamin Jensen (DEN) 7982

Women's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres

(+1.2 m/s)
 Angela Williams (USA) 11.19  Katia Benth (FRA) 11.23  Virgen Benavides (CUB) 11.25
200 metres

(-1.1 m/s)
 Kim Gevaert (BEL) 23.10  Zuzanna Radecka (POL) 23.14  Nanceen Perry (USA) 23.27
400 metres  Ionela Târlea (ROM) 49.88 UR  Miki Barber (USA) 51.03  Doris Jacob (NGR) 51.04
800 metres  Yuliya Taranova (RUS) 1:59.63  Brigita Langerholc (SLO) 1:59.87  Elena Buhăianu (ROM) 2:00.26
1500 metres  Elena Buhăianu (ROM) 4:13.04  Luminita Gogîrlea (ROM) 4:14.61  Ana Amelia Menéndez (ESP) 4:14.95
5000 metres  Rie Ueno (JPN) 15:51.24  Ana Dias (POR) 15:53.23  Cristina Casandra (ROM) 16:03.18
10,000 metres  Leigh Daniel (USA) 32:58.80  Yuri Kano (JPN) 33:16.41  Annemette Densen (DEN) 33:36.11
Half marathon  Rosaria Console (ITA) 1:14:14  Yukiko Akaba (JPN) 1:14:35  Marta Fernández (ESP) 1:14:52
100 metres hurdles

(-2.8 m/s)
 Andria King (USA) 13.04  Yolanda McCray (USA) 13.08  Diane Allahgreen (GBR) 13.17
400 metres hurdles  Daimí Pernía (CUB) 53.95 UR  Joanna Hayes (USA) 54.57  Ulrike Urbansky (GER) 54.93
4 × 100 metres relay  United States (USA) 43.49  Poland (POL)
Agnieszka Rysiukiewicz
Monika Borejza
Irena Sznajder
Zuzanna Radecka
43.74  Germany (GER) 43.96
4 × 400 metres relay  United States (USA)
Yolanda Brown-Moore
Yulanda Nelson
Mikele Barber
Suziann Reid
3:27.97  Russia (RUS) 3:30.54  Great Britain (GBR)
Tasha Danvers
Dawn Higgins
Lee McConnell
Sinead Dudgeon
10 kilometres walk  Claudia Iovan (ROM) 44:22  Rossella Giordano (ITA) 44:39  Valentyna Savchuk (UKR) 45:23
High jump  Monica Iagar (ROM) 1.95  Svetlana Lapina (RUS) 1.93  Solange Witteveen (ARG) 1.93
Pole vault  Pavla Hamácková (CZE) 4.25  Monique de Wilt (NED) 4.20  Dana Cervantes (ESP) 4.10
Long jump  Olena Shekhovtsova (UKR) 6.92  Adrien Sawyer (USA) 6.61  Maurren Maggi (BRA) 6.58
Triple jump  Olena Hovorova (UKR) 14.99w  Wu Lingmei (CHN) 14.55w  Adelina Gavrila (ROM) 14.33
Shot put  Yumileidi Cumbá (CUB) 18.70  Song Feina (CHN) 18.28  Elisângela Adriano (BRA) 18.17
Discus throw  Nicoleta Grasu (ROM) 65.21  Joanna Wiśniewska (POL) 63.97  Elisângela Adriano (BRA) 62.23
Hammer throw  Mihaela Melinte (ROM) 74.24  Lyudmila Gubkina (BLR) 68.27  Manuela Montebrun (FRA) 68.11
Javelin throw  Ewa Rybak (POL) 60.76 UR  Evfemija Štorga (SLO) 59.30  Yanuris la Motaña (CUB) 59.08
Heptathlon  Tiffany Lott (USA) 5959  Katerina Nekolná (CZE) 5900  Clare Thompson (AUS) 5766




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