Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund


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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby az2004 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:40 am

8.54 is a good hurdle time

23.15 is an exceptional 200 time


nice to see her coach wants to take it slow and not push too hard

i would hope world youth fits into her schedule

after all, the 7.32 against elite world class women was impressive

i do recollect marion jones doing 1992 olympic trials in new orleans
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby Elival » Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:35 am

Wonder what distance will be her best in the future!? She ran 38.96 the year she became 14 years old, which is a world best. Monica Marin (born 18 Jun 1976) ran 38.74i (on 3 Mar 1991) and was still 14 years old but turned 15 a few months later that year.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby Elival » Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:54 am

Some early videos:

From DN-Galan Youth 2010, 60 meter hurdles qualification, fastforward to 17:45 and you will see Irene Ekelund. She won in 9.54. This was the first time I saw/heard about her as I saw it live back then.
http://www.headweb.com/sv/220236/dn-gal ... 1030-1130/

60 meter hurdles finals from the same competition, fastforward to 6:15. She won in 9.44.
http://www.headweb.com/sv/220278/dn-gal ... 1330-1430/

DN-Galan Youth 2011, 80 meter hurdles qualfication, fastforward to 52:10. She won in 11.86.
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Finals at 3:21:00 in the same video. She won in 11.74.

DN-Galan Youth 2012, 300 meter, fastforward to 7:38:50. She won in 38.91.
http://www.headweb.com/sv/350322/dn-gal ... FF539.web3
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby az2004 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:03 pm

thanks for these videos, i will check them out tomorrow as i have been watching the pa state indoor meet since 10am and meed to eat dinner now
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby az2004 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:40 am

the video for 2012 dn galan at 7:40:00 has the 300, she runs away with it

i will try the other 2 now

http://www.headweb.com/sv/350322/dn-gal ... FF539.web3
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby az2004 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:52 am

http://www.headweb.com/sv/220278/dn-gal ... 1330-1430/

the 9.44 over 60meter hurdles. should be at the rihght time. just bck up to stRT of race
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby az2004 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:09 am

and 2010 dn galan at 19:00 60 hurdles

http://www.headweb.com/sv/220236/dn-gal ... 1030-1130/

thanks for the 3 races
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby Elival » Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:04 pm

Your welcome :)
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby FrankieB » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:32 am

This weekend she ran in the swedish youth indoor championships.

She won the 60m on 7,42, she ran quicker in the qualis on 7,36.

She also won the longjump on 5,67.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby Blues » Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:01 am

Although the venues are different, had Irene Ekelund been able to duplicate her times from a few weeks ago in Europe on the Armory track and been able to compete in the US New Balance Indoor National Championships, her 7.32 and 23.15 would have won both events by .08 sec and .33 sec respectively. That's even more impressive when you consider that Irene just turned 16 two days ago.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby FrankieB » Sat Jun 08, 2013 5:14 am

Irene today made her first race outdoor for the season, winning 10mm in 11,35.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby EPelle » Sat Jun 08, 2013 5:36 am

Ekelund's race (at the Stefan Holm Games) was won with a +1,7 mps and =NJR (Linda Haglund from 1975). Ekelund's PB dropped from 11,73 to 11,35.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby Elival » Sat Jun 08, 2013 6:21 am

I was expecting a fast time, but 11.35?? She just drop every time she perform, wonder what she will do at 200 meter tomorrow in Stockholm. I have a feeling she will go under 23 seconds, maybe threaten the Swedish record at 22.82!?
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby Elival » Sat Jun 08, 2013 6:48 am

Just uploaded a video of the race here: http://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=0wjmqwOojas&ns=1
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby MDelano » Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:24 am

Thanks, but correct link for viewers is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wjmqwOojas
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby Elival » Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:44 am

Thank you for the correct link MDelano :)
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby FrankieB » Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:42 am

Irene today ran 200m in the time 23,24 but in 2,3sec wind so not eligible for swedish jr record.

I cant help wondering how serious she is about her running. They say she only trains 4 times a week and she has chosen to go to regular high school instead of one with Athletics as specialty.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby Master Po » Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:00 am

Well, for now, I just hope she continues this season's trend through the WYC. Her marks put her around the top of the world youth lists @ 100 & 200, the current leader on the IAAF list being Arianna Washington (USA; dob 4 September 1996), who has 11.39 & 23.18.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby EPelle » Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:01 am

She's been running since she was seven years old. No direct track goals in mind, just takes things as she feels. She has a goal of being a stylist and is something she wants to study parallel with her athletics, hence not desiring to pursue an athletics school.

The big key here is that she believes that there is so much else that's fun/cool outside of athletics.

She's likely to run the World Youth Championships. Whether she competes in Moscow as well remains to be seen. However, I don't think it'll be likely. You can follow her blog (på svenska) at: http://www.nattstad.se/irenemichelle
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby MDelano » Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:40 am

FrankieB wrote:Irene today ran 200m in the time 23,24 but in 2,3sec wind so not eligible for swedish jr record.

I cant help wondering how serious she is about her running. They say she only trains 4 times a week and she has chosen to go to regular high school instead of one with Athletics as specialty.


She's young and showing tremendous progression. Why on earth should she train more?
IMO this line of thinking is one of the main reasons why we often see young talent burn out so quickly.
Train as much as is necessary to progress, not as much as you can, aka Henk's rule, named after Henk Kraaijenhof, former coach of Nelli Cooman (WR 60m 7.00 1986) and Merlene Ottey..
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby Krptsww » Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:54 pm

The last 100 meters of todays 200 m can be seen here:

http://www.svtplay.se/klipp/1278123/eke ... -200-meter
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby t_monk » Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:08 pm

Krptsww wrote:The last 100 meters of todays 200 m can be seen here:

http://www.svtplay.se/klipp/1278123/eke ... -200-meter


I like her but I see a lot of wasted motions in the arms. Lots of raw potential.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby nevetsllim » Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:53 pm

23.02 in the heats in Donetsk!
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby jamal00005 » Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:59 pm

nevetsllim wrote:23.02 in the heats in Donetsk!

Was about to post this...looked very very good!
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby kakua » Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:14 am

(First post!) She lowered her personal best by over 2 tenths of a second (former pb was 23.24) from the eighth lane and she didn't even run through the entire race but relaxed and thus slowed down the last ten or fifteen meters or so. I'm pretty friggin impressed! (Full disclosure, I'm swedish.)
After her (by her standards) mediocre running so far this championship I didn't expect this.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby 26mi235 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:42 am

Well, you have a few posts to go to catch up with your countryman EPelle, you have to start with a first one :). I think that if you are not too pressed in qualifying, running in Lane 8 is not a disadvantage because it forces you to run your own race and then gives you the bonus of less curvature.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby kakua » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:37 am

By the way, if anyone's interested in seing the race it's available on Youtube.

26mi235 wrote: I think that if you are not too pressed in qualifying, running in Lane 8 is not a disadvantage because it forces you to run your own race and then gives you the bonus of less curvature.

You've got a point; though a good runner ought to benefit from having good runners on both sides and sort of feed off of them and push oneself that little extra, rather than running on lane 8, in no mans land. But it was only a qualifier and the competition wasn't there, so yeah.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby Master Po » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:20 am

welcome kakua. :)

I suspect that by the end of this meet we will have plenty more to say about Ekelund, but for the moment, I'll note these things about her 23.02:

It makes her #15 on the world all-time youth list (per IAAF's lists).
If one brackets three performers' marks achieved at altitude (all in Mexico City), she is with this performance #12.
Among the total performances ahead of her, only two were accomplished in negative wind conditions greater than the -0.7 she ran in today.

But I note these things just to pass the time until her next race...
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby tgs3 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:17 pm

I notice everyone on the list ahead of her was older than her (some by not very much) except for Marion Jones in 1991.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby norunner » Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:49 pm

Over 100m it looked like she had problems when being pressured by others, going to be interesting to see what she can do in the final. Maybe lane 8 would be the best for her in the final too, but that's not gonna happen.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby jamal00005 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:39 pm

norunner wrote:Over 100m it looked like she had problems when being pressured by others, going to be interesting to see what she can do in the final. Maybe lane 8 would be the best for her in the final too, but that's not gonna happen.

I think she will win the 200m ......although she will be pressed by others i think this is her better event and her class should come through.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby norunner » Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:13 pm

jamal00005 wrote:
norunner wrote:Over 100m it looked like she had problems when being pressured by others, going to be interesting to see what she can do in the final. Maybe lane 8 would be the best for her in the final too, but that's not gonna happen.

I think she will win the 200m ......although she will be pressed by others i think this is her better event and her class should come through.
The problem i see is fatigue. The final will be the sixth race within five days for Ekelund, Washington and Tenorio, and that may be a bit too much.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby Master Po » Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:35 pm

I would not anticipate any problems with her advancing to the final, but I note in looking at the SF heats that hers (SF 3) is the deepest, at least by examination of SB times. In SF 1 & 2, there are 2 each with 23.xx SB (though in SF 2, there is a third athlete with a PB of 23.xx -- just not this year). However, in SF 3 -- Ekelund's race, there are 4 @ 23.xx SB. They will of course at that point know how fast the first two SFs went, so this one might be considerably faster, and thus may require Ekelund to run faster in her SF than she might otherwise have needed to, had she been in one of the other SF races, that seem not quite as deep.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby Mocra » Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:47 am

22.92 in the final. Irene is so impressive.

16 year old Iréne Ekelund (SWE) 22.92 -0.1m/s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtrvyHaT ... e=youtu.be
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby Master Po » Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:23 am

http://www.iaaf.org/records/toplists/sp ... omen/youth

Now #8 performer on IAAF's a-t Youth list. #6 non-altitude.

She is also now #2 on Sweden's a-t list, behind Linda Haglund's 22.82 (from July 1979). (And #3 performance, behind Haglund's 22.90, from 1980.) Barring misfortune, it looks like sometime soon Sweden will have a new NR in this event, after (at this point) 34 years.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby betterthanb4 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:29 am

Very impressive 22.92 run by this young lady. :)
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby FrankieB » Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:43 am

Irene participated in the traditional fight between sweden-finland this weekend.

She won 100m on 11,38 and 200m on 22,95, both her seoncd best times on the distances.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby Bjiles800 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:53 pm

Irene was very impressive in Donetsk, if Ariana Washington had been healthy it would have been a different race...Washington was about 80%, she was nursing groin and hamstring. It was remarkable for her to medal in condition she was in.
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