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Sports Words Monthly
August 2001
Vocabulary from the sporting news.
  Maurice Greene
World Athletics Chamionships
The Canadian city of Edmonton has just hosted the biennial festival of athletics. Daniella Relph reflects on the Championships.
   
The News Listen  
 

The World Athletics Championships finished in Edmonton with the usual razzmatazz of a closing ceremony. But many of the countries competing have little to celebrate.

The event came just under a year after the Olympic Games in Sydney and there have been signs of post-Olympics fatigue. In particular, Great Britain and Australia both under-achieved. On the track it was the United States who dominated the sprints in both individual and relay events - the world record holder, Maurice Greene, taking the hundred metres gold.

The shock of the championships was the defeat of Haile Gebrselassie in the men's ten-thousand metres. The Ethiopian is one of the world's greatest distance runners who has dominated this race. But in Edmonton he was beaten into third place and denied a fifth world championship.
 

   
The Words Listen
 
  biennial
something that is biennial happens once every two years

 
   
  razzmatazz
noisy and exciting activities such as music and fireworks

 
   
  competing
taking part in a competition or sporting event

 
   
  post-Olympics fatigue
being tired after the hard work of the Olympics

 
   
  under-achieved
were not as successful as had been expected

 
   
  dominated
if you dominate something, you are the strongest and most powerful

 
   
  sprints
races over short distances (100m, 200m, 400m)

 
   
  distance runners
a distance runner competes in longer races (1500m, 5,000m, 10,000m)

 
   
  Read more about the World Athletics Championships  

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