Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund


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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby az2004 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:33 am

http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/sweden/ire ... rogression

i have her 60mh at 8.54 in 2012 at age 14

http://www.goteborg2013.com/competition/events/

is she eligible for euro indoors
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby fasttrack85 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:50 am

You appreciate all this even more when you think she is a part time athlete(obviously has to be in school) in a cold country.Every race she runs she is dropping pb's. Hopefully this trend doesn't end anytime soon. Right now she is actually steps ahead of Allyson Felix and Marion Jones when you line up their yearly progressions.

I wonder if she will go pro after high school? Or will she do the NCAA thing?
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby az2004 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:58 am

isn't kluft the model for top tier swedish girls, what did kluft do??
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby jla » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:52 pm

fasttrack85 wrote:You appreciate all this even more when you think she is a part time athlete(obviously has to be in school) in a cold country.
I wonder if she will go pro after high school? Or will she do the NCAA thing?


There is no such thing as "going pro" in Swedish athletics which is based solely on clubs. I.e. you study in school or at university and in your free time you do sports in a club. There are no sports scholarships from colleges or universities for the simple reason that all education is free.
Of course most athletes go to university but they still compete for the club and never for the university. If you are a good athlete you can of course get some economic support from the club and earn some prize and sponsor money.
But there is no formal distinction between amateurs and pros - there are simply athletes, a few of them full-time but the majority part-time.
As for Irene she still has three more years in high school before she needs to worry about making any decision whether she wants to pursue some higher education.
Concerning her sprinting career she still has a very relaxed attitude with no specific goals. She is not the kind of person talking about winning the Olympics in the future. She is just taking everything in stride as it happens.
When recently asked about her ambitions for the future she didn't even mention the World Youth Championships this summer, probably because she isn't the kind of person making such long term plans. She is just a typical 15 years old enjoying what she is doing at the moment.
So currently the only specific plan is that she will run the Swedish Youth Championships the second weekend of March. As for the summer that is something she is not worrying the least about yet.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby norunner » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:25 pm

fasttrack85 wrote:Right now she is actually steps ahead of Allyson Felix and Marion Jones when you line up their yearly progressions.
Not true for Marion Jones. Jones ran an outdoor 22.76 in 91 four months before her 16th birthday.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby doug5321 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:51 pm

norunner wrote:
fasttrack85 wrote:Right now she is actually steps ahead of Allyson Felix and Marion Jones when you line up their yearly progressions.
Not true for Marion Jones. Jones ran an outdoor 22.76 in 91 four months before her 16th birthday.



and marion jones does not really count because she cheated.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby 26mi235 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:00 pm

doug5321 wrote:
norunner wrote:
fasttrack85 wrote:Right now she is actually steps ahead of Allyson Felix and Marion Jones when you line up their yearly progressions.
Not true for Marion Jones. Jones ran an outdoor 22.76 in 91 four months before her 16th birthday.



and marion jones does not really count because she cheated.


And she was cheating in 9th grade?
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby doug5321 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:01 pm

probably they had a study over a decade ago in USA today saying about 600 thousand middle school kids have used steroids, most dont even play sports.

on a show about HIGH SCHOOL football in texas, some parents redshirt kids a year or 2 to give them a better chance at a scholarship even when the kid is a straight A student, some even use steroids.

athletes change schools even move to other states in HIGH SCHOOL and it has nothing to do with the parents job, the only reason is so they can be in a better program, have a better coach etc.

i think if someone cheats they probably always have, if you can do it without cheating, why even consider cheating?

yes i believe cheating goes on in high school and even before that.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby FrankieB » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:11 pm

az2004 wrote:http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/sweden/irene-ekelund#progression

i have her 60mh at 8.54 in 2012 at age 14

http://www.goteborg2013.com/competition/events/

is she eligible for euro indoors



Irene and her coach has decided to skip euro indoors because they feel they will take it slowly and not push her to hard. Also she considers 200m her best distance at the moment and that is not on the program in euro indoors.
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Re: Swedish talent - Irene Ekelund

Postby aaronk » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:39 pm

az2004 wrote:http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/sweden/irene-ekelund#progression

i have her 60mh at 8.54 in 2012 at age 14

http://www.goteborg2013.com/competition/events/

is she eligible for euro indoors


Trinity Wilson set the indoor HS frosh class record of 8.44 when she was approximately 14 yrs and 9 or 10 mos old!!
She was born April 9 of 1994, and she set the record sometime during the 2009 indoor season!!
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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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