IAAF World Championships: Coleman off to hot start as marathoners set to sizzle

first_imgChristian Coleman posted the top time in the men’s 100 metres heats in the air-conditioned comfort of Khalifa Stadium at the world championships on Friday but there will be no such relief on Doha’s streets as the women prepare for a midnight marathon.The opening day of the 10-day event began with the governing International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) issuing a statement that the marathon would go ahead despite concerns over extreme heat and athlete welfare.The first gold medal of the meeting is up for grabs as the women tackle a steamy 26.2 miles (42.195 km) floodlit course along the waterfront of Doha’s famous Corniche promenade.The race will begin one minute before midnight on Friday and finish in the early hours of Saturday amid concerns that only a handful of the almost 70 starters will reach the finish line.There were no such worries inside Khalifa stadium where the opening round of the blue riband men’s 100m began in front of a partially filled stadium that had all of the upper tiers covered in signage and only the lower bowl open to spectators.It marked the first time since 2003 that world record holder Usain Bolt was not settling into the starting blocks at the championships and the charismatic Jamaican’s absence could be felt by a lack of excitement in the chilled air.American Coleman, the silver medallist in 2017 and owner of the fastest time this season, put down his gold marker by breezing to a time of 9.98 seconds to set the pace in the opening round.advertisementIt was a focused start for Coleman who just weeks ago was in danger of missing the worlds when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) filed – and later withdrew – a whereabouts violations charge that could have resulted in a one or two-year sanction.”It felt good,” said 23-year-old Coleman, who was nearly as fast going through the media mixed zone, where reporters gather to speak to the athletes, as he was on the track.SECOND BESTSouth African Akani Simbine was second-best overall in 10.01 ahead of 37-year-old American Justin Gatlin, who opened the defence of his 100m crown by winning his heat in 10.06.With Bolt retired, his old running mate and 2011 world champion Yohan Blake carried Jamaica’s colours into the next round, crossing first in his heat in 10.07 for the fourth-best time.The title of world’s fastest man will be decided on Saturday.The opening round of the women’s 800 metres also began without the event’s biggest name, double Olympic champion Caster Semenya, who has been locked in a battle over her testosterone levels with the athletics authorities.The South African will not defend her world title after a Swiss Federal Tribunal reversed a ruling that temporarily lifted testosterone regulations imposed on her.With Semenya ruled out, the gold is on offer and Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo will be among the contenders after posting the top time of the opening round (2:00.36) followed by Jamaica’s Pan Am Games champion Natoya Goule (2:01.01).”I just know that I have more chance now to be able to get a medal,” said Goule when asked about Semenya’s absence. “I’m definitely working towards that at these championships and taking it round by round.”Also Read | Don’t see anyone winning athletics medal in Olympics in near future: Milkha SinghAlso Read | IAAF World Championships: Sreeshankar fails to qualify for final in long jumpAlso See:last_img read more

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Elite launched in India: Get price, features, engine, colours, other details here

first_imgMercedes-Benz today launched the V-Class Elite in India for an introductory price of Rs 1.10 crore (ex-showroom, India). Mercedes-Benz V-Class Elite is targeted at an array of customers, including those having large families, sports enthusiasts and businesses owners, looking for a top-end luxury MPV.Earlier in January 2019, Mercedes-Benz had introduced two variants of V-Class — the six-seater long-wheelbase Exclusive for Rs 81.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and the seven-seater extra long-wheelbase Expression for Rs 68.40 lakh (ex-showroom).Mercedes-Benz V-Class Elite is powered by a BS6-compliant 2.0-litre OM 654 diesel engine that makes 163 hp and 380 Nm of peak torque. The motor is mated to a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. The V-Class Elite can make 0-100 kmph in 11.1 seconds.So far as features are concerned, Mercedes-Benz V-Class Elite gets 17-inch standard alloys with an option for 18-inch units, optional panoramic sliding roof, electric sliding doors, Easy Pack tailgate with separate rear window opening, centre console with refrigerated compartment, luxury seats with massage and climate control functions, leather upholstery options (silk beige/black), Burmester surround sound system, and ambient lighting. Also available is an accessories package. The standard safety features include six airbags, attention assist and 360-degree camera with active park assist.Mercedes-Benz V-Class Elite comes with Steel Blue, Selenite Grey, Graphite Grey, Obsidian Black Metallic, Cavensite Blue Metallic, Rock Crystal White Metallic and Brilliant Silver Metallic colour options.ALSO READ | Hero Splendor iSmart BS6 launched: Check out price, features, other detailsALSO READ | Kia Seltos vs Hyundai Creta: Who is the winner in terms of October 2019 sales?ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has offers up to Rs 80,000; get the details hereadvertisementlast_img read more