IAAF World Championships 2015, day 2: Usain Bolt won round 1 against Justin Gatlin


One of the most anticipated events of the 2015 IIAF World Championships in Beijing was the duel between current world record holder at 100 and 200 metres Usain Bolt and the current world leader, former doping suspended Justin Gatlin. Today the first round, 100 metres, was going to be decided. Both runners advanced from their respective semifinals, however Bolt stumbled in the beginning and could win his race with a small margin.

Usain Bolt won the final

In the final we had a number of good runners. Names like Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and of course, Bolt and Gatlin. The whole world was holding is breath for this event and for 9,79 seconds it was like time itself stood still. It is hard to describe such a short race with a lot of words afterwards, but we will do our best here. A lot of runners got a good start, including Usain Bolt. For the first half of the race however, Gatlin was in the lead. With about 10 metres to go, he lost his running form, aiming to reach himself over the goal line. Bolt at the other side, did a stable race from start to finish, keeping his relaxed form all the way over the finishline, winning the 100 metres final with a mere 0.01. Gatlin got the silver medal and Andre De Grasse share the bronze with Trayvon Bromell.

For many of us, Usain Bolt’s gold medal felt like a victory for the clean sport since many of his opponents have been suspended for doping. In a world where cheating has become a regular business in many countries, it is even more important for clean athletes to step up and show us and future generation that it is possible to win using fair means.

Usain Bolt was born in 1986 in Jamaica. He has the world records in 100 metres (9,58) and 200 metres (19,19). He has six olympic gold medals including relays, and eight world championship golds.

The next round between Bolt and Gatlin is fought Friday, August 28. Stay tuned with Chicken Swedes!

IAAF World Championships 2015, day 1: Mohamed “Mo” Farah won the gold in 10 000 m


Mo Farah, who won the gold medals in 5000 and 1000 metres at home in the 2012 Olympic games in London, was one of the main events of the first day in the 2015 IAAF World Championships. After being accused of doping connected to his former coach, all eyes was on Farah in tonight’s 10 000 metres final.

Late surge decided the race

The race was for a long time an open history. In the later half, three Kenyan runners, Mo Farah and the American Galen Rupp created a small group that took the lead. But it was not until the last lap the race was decided. Farah made a late surge with a few hundred meters left. Geoffrey Kamworor and Paul Tanui hanged on, but with 150 meters to go, Farah made a last effort that won him the gold medal. Farah’s time on the last lap was an impressing 54:15 seconds, despite a late stumble that could have cost him the race.

The gold in 10 000 metres was Mo Farah’s third in World Competitions: In Moscow 2013 and, as mentioned above, in London 2014 he won the gold as well. In both these competitions he won the gold in 5000 metres as well. This means that if Farah wins the gold in Friday’s 5000-meter race he will have three executive double-distance wins. In Daegu 2011 he won the gold in 5000 metres and silver in 10 000 metres.

Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin advances through the 100 metres qualifiers

The first round of the 2015 IAFF World Championships hottest duel, between Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt, and former doping-suspended Justin Gatlin, was decided today. Both runners advanced to the semifinals. Gatlin won his heat with the time of 9.83 and Bolt his with the time of 9.97. None of the two seemed to go with full speed in their qualifiers. The semi-finals and finals are decided tomorrow.


Eurobasket 2015: Odds and schedule

FIBA Eurobasket 2015 is hosted by four countries: Germany, Latvia, Croatia and France and is played September 5-20. Originally it was planned to be hosted in Ukraine but because of the political instability of the region the decision was later made to split up the hosting between a number of hosts. The tournament is played in four groups which consists of six teams each. From every group the four top placed teams advances to play offs and round of 16. France and Spain are favourites to win the tournament.

Group stage, Eurobasket 2015:

Group A:

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Group B:


Group C:


Group D:

Czech Republic

Play offs:

When the group stage is decided the play offs starts with round of 16 September 12-13.
Quarterfinals are played September 15-16.
Semifinals are played September 17-18.
The bronze medal game and final are played September 20.

More info can be found at Eurobasket 2015s official page and Wikipedia. Eurobasket 2015 is the 39th edition of the tournament which is held every second year. In 2013 it was hosted by Slovenia and France won the gold after defeating Lithuania in the final. Lithuania hosted the 2011 edition of the tournament which was the largest sport event hosted in the Baltic countries (counting number of teams, spectators and matches). Spain won the Eurobasket 2011 as well as the 2009 which was held in Poland. While Spain and France are dominating European Basketball at this time, they are both young nations of the sport: The gold medals of 2009 and 2013 were the countries’ first in the history of Eurobasket. If we look back at the history of the sport, Yugoslavia and Russia dominated the European basketball for many years.

Schedule, IAAF World Championships in Beijing 2015



The 15th IAAF World Championships are held in Beijing, China, 22-30th of August 2016. It is now clear that Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt will participate in 100 and 200 metres. That is good news since the top participators in Diamond League have had a past filled with doping suspensions. Below are schedule for the championships, day by day. Events that might be of special interest are highlighted.

Event, Round (sex (Men/Women)

August 22:

Morning session:

Marathon, Final (M)
100 Metres Hurdles, Heptathlon (W)
Hammer Throw, Qualification Group A (M)
Shot Put, Qualification (W)
High Jump, Heptathlon (W)
3000 Metres Steeplechase, Heats (M)
Hammer Throw, Qualification Group B (M)
1500 Metres, Heats (W)
800 Metres, Heats (M)
100 Metres, Preliminary Round (M)

Afternoon session:

Shot Put Heptathlon (W)
400 Metres Hurdles Heats (M)
Pole Vault Qualification (M)
Triple Jump Qualification (W)
100 Metres Heats (M)
Shot Put Final (W)
200 Metres Heptathlon (W)
10,000 Metres Final (M)

August 23:

Morning session:

20 Kilometres Race Walk Final (M)
Long Jump Heptathlon (W)
100 Metres Preliminary Round (W)
Shot Put Qualification (M)
400 Metres Hurdles Heats (W)
Javelin Throw Heptathlon Group A (W)
400 Metres Heats (M)
100 Metres Heats (W)
Javelin Throw Heptathlon Group B (W)

Afternoon session:

Hammer Throw Final (M)
400 Metres Hurdles Semi-Final (M)
100 Metres Semi-Final (M)
Shot Put Final (M)
800 Metres Heptathlon (W)
800 Metres Semi-Final (M)
1500 Metres Semi-Final (W)
100 Metres Final (M) (Usain Bolt)

August 24:

Morning session:

Pole Vault Qualification (W)
Discus Throw Qualification Group A (W)
3000 Metres Steeplechase Heats (W)
Long Jump Qualification (M)
400 Metres Heats (W)
Discus Throw Qualification Group B (W)

Afternoon session:

Javelin Throw Qualification Group A (M)
Pole Vault Final (M)
400 Metres Hurdles Semi-Final (W)
Triple Jump Final (W)
100 Metres Semi-Final (W)
400 Metres Semi-Final (M)
Javelin Throw Qualification Group B (M)
10,000 Metres Final (W)
3000 Metres Steeplechase Final (M)
100 Metres Final (W)

August 25:

Afternoon session:

Discus Throw Final (W)
Metres Semi-Final (W)
Long Jump Final (M)
200 Metres Heats (M)
400 Metres Hurdles Final (M)
1500 Metres Final (W)
800 Metres Final (M)

August 26:

Morning session:

Hammer Throw Qualification Group A (W)
5000 Metres Heats (M)
Triple Jump Qualification (M)
800 Metres Heats (W)
Hammer Throw Qualification Group B (W)
110 Metres Hurdles Heats (M)

Afternoon session:

Pole Vault Final (W)
Javelin Throw Final (M)
200 Metres Heats (W)
400 Metres Hurdles Final (W)
200 Metres Semi-Final (M)
3000 Metres Steeplechase Final (W)
400 Metres Final (M)

August 27:

Morning session:

Discus Throw Qualification Group A (M)
High Jump Qualification (W)
5000 Metres Heats (W)
Long Jump Qualification (W)
1500 Metres Heats (M)
Discus Throw Qualification Group B (M)
100 Metres Hurdles Heats (W)

Afternoon session:

Hammer Throw Final (W)
110 Metres Hurdles Semi-Final (M)
Triple Jump Final (M)
200 Metres Semi-Final (W)
800 Metres Semi-Final (W)
400 Metres Final (W)
200 Metres Final (M) (Usain Bolt)

August 28:

Morning session:

20 Kilometres Race Walk Final (W)
100 Metres Decathlon (M)
High Jump Qualification (M)
Long Jump Decathlon (M)
Shot Put Decathlon (M)

Afternoon session:

M High Jump Decathlon (M)
Javelin Throw Qualification Group A (W)
100 Metres Hurdles Semi-Final (W)
Long Jump Final (W)
1500 Metres Semi-Final (M)
400 Metres Decathlon (M)
Javelin Throw Qualification Group B (W)
200 Metres Final (W)
110 Metres Hurdles Final (M)
100 Metres Hurdles Final (W)

August 29:

Morning session:

50 Kilometres Race Walk Final (M)
110 Metres Hurdles Decathlon (M)
Discus Throw Decathlon Group A (M)
4×400 Metres Relay Heats (W)
4×400 Metres Relay Heats (M)
Discus Throw Decathlon Group B (M)
4×100 Metres Relay Heats (W)
4×100 Metres Relay Heats (M)
M Pole Vault Decathlon (M)

Afternoon session:

Javelin Throw Decathlon Group A (M)
400m Masters Final (W)
800m Masters Final (M)
Javelin Throw Decathlon Group B (M)
High Jump Final (W)
800 Metres Final (W)
5000 Metres Final (M)
Discus Throw Final (M)
1500 Metres Decathlon (M)
4×100 Metres Relay Final (W)
4×100 Metres Relay Final (M)

August 30:

Morning session:

Marathon Final (W)

Afternoon session:

High Jump Final (M)
Javelin Throw Final (W)
5000 Metres Final (W)
1500 Metres Final (M)
4×400 Metres Relay Final (W)
4×400 Metres Relay Final (M)

Sport notices of the week


While we have our focus on the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championships and the Stanley Cup playoffs at the moment, in this post we have collected some other sports news from this week:

Manchester United lost against Chelsea: Chelsea won the important top-game against Manchester United in the English Premier League with 1 goal to none. They are in the top of the league with 76 points before Arsenal in second place with 66 points. Manchester United is in third place with 65 points. For the teams behind Chelsea, the last rounds will probably not be a fight for the league won but rather for spots in the 2015/16 Champions League. The four first teams in Premier League get directly qualified. Currently Manchester City has the fourth and last spot with Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham chasing behind.

The final series in the Russian KHL has begun: St Petersburg won the first game against AK Bars Kazan with 4-2. The series is played in a best of 7 games format. St Petersburg reached the final series after a sensational comeback against CSKA Moscow. Moscow were in a 3 game lead but St Petersburg managed to win 4 consecutive games, winning game 7 with 3 goals to 2. This is the first time that happens in Russian hockey. If they go all the way to winning the gold, it would be a hockey fairytale come true.

Michael Phelps is back: The world’s most succesful olympian of all times, with 18 gold medals, American swimmer Michael Phelps have had some hard times since the olympic games in London 2012. After the games, he announced his retirement. About a year ago, however, he said he would do a comeback, aiming for the olympic games in Rio 2016. Shortly thereafter he got caught drunk-driving and got expelled from competing. Now he is back though and won against his rival Ryan Lochte in 100 metres Butterfly. He might get a ticket the World Championships if the American national team gives him their clearance.

USA is challenging the nordic dominance in floorball: Sweden and Finland have won all gold medals in the floorball Championships during the years. Now they are challenged by no one else than Wayne Gretzky. His hockey school is making a commitment to floorball and has an aim to win the gold against Sweden in a future final. Sweden won the World Championships at home in 2014. At Chicken-Swedes we welcome this and hope that future floorball tournament will be more exciting than watching Sweden winning games with dual figures on the way against the final against Finland. Maybe this will give the sport Olympic status?


Sport notices

Here comes a post with some collected sport notices from the past few weeks.

* The date for the final in FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022 is set: December 18.

* France hosts Women’s FIFA World Cup 2019. That tournament is probably played in the summer.

* Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended one game after getting a red card in the Champions League Round of 16 where Paris SG eliminated Chelsea.

* All Brittish teams got eliminated in the Round of 16 of the Champions League and from Europa League.

* Swedish goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist is back in training with New York Rangers again after getting a nasty neck-injury six weeks ago.

Petter Eliassen & Justyna Kowalczyk won the Vasa race 2015

Vasa race

Today the classic 90 km Vasa race, or Vasaloppet, was held between Sälen and Mora in Sweden. The race is a part of Swix Ski Classics which is a series of longer ski races. Vasaloppet is held annually as a Swedish tradition. According to the legend, the first Swedish king Gustav Vasa skied the distance, chased by the Danish king who wanted to conquer Sweden. Sadly, today a cold had beaten Swedish hopes Johan Olsson and Jörgen Brink. Best Swedish skier today was Jerry Ahrlin who finished eight.

Petter Eliasson won the men’s race

The tracks were wet today and at the end it was a battle between three skiers: Petter Eliasson and Anders Aukland from Norway and Stanislav Rezac from Czech Republic. Aukland won the race in 2004 while Rezac has a few 2nd and 3rd places during the years. Eliasson is new in this context. The last 30 kilometers it was Aukland who tried to pull away from the others but without success. With a few kilometers left to go, Eliasson made his move and managed to pull away from Aukland. The both Norwegian skiers had already left Rezak behind. Eliasson held all the way to the finish line and won the 2015 Vasa race.

Results, men’s race:

1.  Petter Eliassen, Norway 4:01.48
2. Anders Aukland, Norway 4:01.53
3. Stanislav Rezac, Czech Republic 4:02.12

Justyna Kowalczyk won the women’s race

At the start of the race the wet tracks combined with failure of the starting gate meant trouble. Polish Kowalczyk, who won a bronze medal at the sprint relay in the World Championships in Falun earlier, broke a pole in the beginning and was 4 minutes behind leading Swedish Britta Johansson Norgren at 11 kilometers. However, Kowalczyk fought her way back into the race again and managed to both pass and pull away from the other women. The last kilometers she was in a superior lead and won over 4 minutes before Johansson Norgren who finished in second for the second year in a row.

Hopefully we will continue to see big names such as Kowalczyk in the tracks of the longer races in the future. It is important for the status of the competitions.

Results, women’s race:

1. Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland 4:41.02
2. Britta Johansson Norgren, Sweden 4:45.18
3. Seraina Boner, Switzerland 4:49.16

We summarize: The Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden 2015


The Nordic World Ski Championships 2015 is over. The next Championships are hosted in Lahti, Finland 2017.

Most gold medals to Norway

The sovereign Norwegians won by far the most gold medals with 11 victories.Second was Germany with 5 gold medal in ski jumping. Sweden came in third place with 2 pieces of gold medals. The king of the championships was Petter Northug Jr. with four gold medals. After him, the new ski Queen Therese Johaug won 3 gold. The former queen, Marit Björgen ended up in fifth place with 2 gold medals. However Björgen had invested a lot of effort into this year’s Tour de Ski Maybe she takes back the throne shortly, it remains to be seen.

Wind and weather

During the competition there was much discussion about weather, salting the tracks and so on. In the freestyle the Swede’s managed to fix the best skis where they won two gold medals. In the 50 kilometer it was a great advantage for Petter Northug since the other skiers were unable to pull away in the soft tracks. Is it possible to draw any other conclusions other than that skiing is an outdoor sport, and from certain perspectives a team sport where many factors contribute to a victory? Whoever manages to pinpoint these factors right win. It’s that simple. The uncertainty created also makes the sport more fun from the audience point of view: Uncertainty creates excitement.

Life without Norway?

Norway is by far the leading ski-nation. When we complain that they win everything we must at the same time not forget their importance: Sweden won 9 medals in these Championships, a national record. What would the Swedish success be worth if they did not have Norway to measure themselves against? Sure, sometimes  Russian skater win a medal and sometimes names like Cologna and Kowalczyk rises. This championship they did not it. In this way, sporting successes are sometimes relative to the competition. Therefore, it is important that there is international competition so you get proper receipts for what training and technology has given. Today, we get it, largely because the world’s best ski nation is participating. And the times we get frustrated by getting beaten by them in the tracks, we can always cheer when we beat them in hockey!

Now, we look forward Vasaloppet 2015 and continued World Cup competitions!

Results: Nordic World Ski Championships 2015, men’s 50 km


Today the last race of the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden were to be decided on snowy, soft tracks. Two years ago the Swedes remember Johan Olsson winning the gold medal during the championships in Val Di Fiemme, Italia. Today he had the chance to win his second gold medal of the games, after winning the men’s 15 km freestyle earlier.

An open race

The race was pretty much an open history from start to finish. The snow made the tracks more and more soft. This caused trouble for the skiers who wanted to decide the race early, avoiding a sprint for the finish. Sweden’s Olsson and Södergren tried, but no one could get an advantage on the tracks today.

Great finish by Northug

Close to the finish, three skiers break loose: Lukas Bauer from Czech Republic, Maxim Vylegzjanin from Russia and Johan Olsson. However, in the last hill, as lighting from a clear sky, came Petter Northug. He flew over the last hill with great ferocity, passing Olsson. Before the finish line he passed between Bauer and Vylegzjanin, winning the gold medal for Norway. 38-year-old Bauer won an unexpected silver and Sweden’s Johan Olsson managed to pass Vylegzjanin who stumbled with a few meters left. After having some personal troubles for a year, Northug showed the world who is still the best finisher.


1) Petter Northug, Norway, 2.26.02,1
2) Lukas Bauer, Czech Republic, +1,7
3) Johan Olsson, Sverige, +2,0
4) Maxim Vylegzjanin, Russia, +2,8
5) Alex Harvey, Canada, +6,0
6)Dario Cologna, Switzerland, +9,5
7) Alexej Poltoranin, Kazakstan, +10,1
8) Didrik Tønseth, Norway, +10,1
9) Daniel Richardsson, Sweden, +14,6
10) Alexander Bessmertnych, Russia, +17,5

In a later post, Chicken Swedes will summarize the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden 2015.

Results: Nordic World Ski Championships 2015, women’s 30 km


Today was the last event for the women in the Nordic Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden 2015: 30 km classic. Many names we’ve learnt to know a bit better during the championships were there to fight for three more medals: Kalla, Björgen, Johaug, Bleckur, Kowalczyk, Niskanen, Saarinen, Weng and more.

The queen is dead, all hail the queen

Early in the race, Norway’s Therese Johaug put a great distance between her and the rest of the skiers. Noone matched her and the distance just kept growing during the race. The finnish ladies tried to win some seconds by ignoring changing skis but that only worked so far. Marit Björgen soon passed them and started the hunt for Johaug. Today she never came close though, Johaug won the gold and Björgen got the silver.

Amazing recovery by Charlotte Kalla

Behind the Norwegians, Charlotte Kalla had a tough day. She fell twice (!) and looked beat after 16 km. However, at the end of the race she got new power and managed to put in a last effort to win the bronze medal. It’s not often you see someone go from looking so tired to suddenly get an energy-boost in a long-distance ski-race.

All in all this was a fun race to watch. The paradigm-shift at the top, the recovery and the tactical move by the Finnish made the last event by the ladies very entertaining and exciting.

Tomorrow we are looking forward to the men’s 50 km.


1) Therese Johaug, Norway1.24,47
2) Marit Björgen, Norway+52,3
3) Charlotte Kalla, Sweden +1.31,6

4) Kertu Niskanen, Sweden +1.55,2
5) Sofia Bleckur, Sweden +2.09,2
6 Stephanie Boehler, Germany +2.36,9
7) Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, Germany +2.45,2
8) Hedi Weng, Norway + 2.45,7
9) Eva Vrabcove-Nyvltova, Czech Republic +2.52,4
10) Ingvild Flugstad Östberg, Norway +3.01,1