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.
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.
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!?
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.
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
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..
(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.
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.
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.
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...
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.