2011년 4월 28일 목요일

Athletes in Movies - IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011

As the IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011 is getting closer, we would like to introduce some movies that feature competitive running.

1. Forrest Gump, 1994

The first movie is Forrest Gump. Although it’s been years since this movie’s release, many people still remember this masterpiece film today. Forrest Gump, the main character of the movie, had a lower IQ than normal. He could not walk properly due to a bend in his spine. Amid all of this, Forest had a strong talent for running. One of the most memorable scenes from this movie is when Forest miraculously ran so fast that he broke the prosthetic supports that were fastened to his legs.

He continued to run enthusiastically and eventually became a college football player. During his service in Vietnam, he even saved his dear friend thanks to his ability to run fast. I recommend this movie for those looking for a story filled with love, hope sorrow and miracle.

A famous line from the movie is "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

2. Without Limit, 1998

This movie is based on the true story of the legendary American athlete, Steve Prefontaine. He was one of the most loved and handsome athletes in history, setting American records in the middle distance event from 2,000m to 10,000m in the 1970’s. Sadly, he died in a traffic accident at the young age of 24.

This movie featured his relationship with his coach, Bill Bowerman. I hope you enjoy this sad but beautiful story.

Steve Prefontaine once said: A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, which can punish him into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish him even more.

3. Love, 1999

This movie presents a love story of a national marathoner, featuring famous Korean actor, Woo Sung Chung and actress So Young Go. The story narrated the love between a discouraged marathoner and an adopted women.

4. Saint Ralph, 2004

This movie features the story of a little boy named Ralph and his challenge to recover his sick mother by winning a marathon in Boston. Can Ralph achieve his wish? Let’s see the ending in the movie.

A famous line from the movie: “If we're not chasing after miracles, what's the point, huh?”

5. Marathon, 2005

This movie based on the real story of someone living with autism was very successful in Korea. His mother’s effort allowed him to finish in 4th place in a full marathon. Watching, the audience can feel the mother’s compassion and ambition sprint right besides the main character.

6. Bare foot Gi-bong, 2006 

Based on a true story, similar to the movie Marathon. A 40 year old, unmarried devoted son is the main character. His goal is to buy dentures for his mom with the earning of winning a marathon event. Don’t miss Gi-bong’s heroic story.

7. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, 2010

This recent movie presents the story of a girl who went back in time to find her mother’s first 
love. During time travel, she sprints.

8. Run! Hani, 1988 

Although it’s not a movie, this work features a lot about Korean athletics and running. It is a legendary comic of Korean athletics. Run! Hani tells the story of a young athlete who lost her mother and with it her passion for running.

The movies mentioned above include impressive and heart touching stories. The sports featured also convey deep emotions. The cinematic depictions of running are often beautiful. I hope you can also feel their heart beating too.

Run faster, 100 meter sprints - IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011

The phrase ‘Faster, higher and stronger’ not only serves as the motto of the Olympics, but also it plays a role in other athletic events. One example is the 100m sprint.

The first IAAF100m world record of 10.6 seconds was set by Don Lippincott (USA) in 1912. Usain Bolts set the current 100m world record of 9.58 second in World Championships in Berlin in 2009. It took around 100 years to remove 1.02 seconds from the first record.

Jim Hines was the first athlete who broke the 10 second limit in 1968. He set the record of 9.9 seconds in the 100 meter sprint during the semi-finals of the U.S Championships. At that time, official records were measured manually by watch. There were 3 judges recording time and at least 2 of their measurements had to be identical in order for the record to be considered official.

It can be difficult to break these records but we can always human limitation. According to the research by American professor Weyand, major difficulties arise at the threshold of 9.48 seconds for Men and 10.19 seconds for women.

For men, Usain Bolt's record is much closer to the what appears to be the human threshold. On the other hand, for women, Griffith-Joyer’s record is still not broken after 20 years, which is already far from the threshold.

In Korea, Guk Young, KIM set men’s 100m record of 10.23 seconds in 2010, while Young Sook, Lee set the women’s 100m record of 11.49 seconds in 1994.

I am looking forward to seeing records broken in World Championships Daegu 2011.

2011년 4월 17일 일요일

The Ticket Reservation Process - The IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011

Beginning on August 27, 2010, public admission tickets will go on sale for the IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011. The Event will be held at the Daegu Stadium from August 27 to September 4, 2011.

At http://ticket.interpark.com/Global/Play/Daegu2011/Daegu2011.asp you can book tickets with a clear and simple interface. This writing explains click by click how to purchase a ticket and reserve a seat for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu 2011. 

The ticket reservation process 

1. Click on 'Reservation/Cancellation' button

2. Enter your email address and password

3. Decide which tickets you would like to apply for and click on 'Buy Ticket' button 

4. Click on the button 'Book Now'

5. Select date

6. Select seat price

 7. Select discounts and confirm seats 

8. Select seat price

9. Select discounts

10. Select delivery/pick-up method and input your information

11. Payment

After confirming 'My Ticket Information', click on the 'Payment' button. 

If you have any enquiries, please contact the Organizing Committee for the IAAF World Championships in Athletics - Daegu 2011.

Tel | 82-53-803-9431 
Fax | 82-53-803-9439
E-mail | Info@daegu2011.org

2011년 4월 15일 금요일

2011 Daegu International Marathon Cool Costumes

Its funny that over 15,000 runners participated in 2011 Daegu Marathon. Some of the runners wore costume while running. Who looks best? 

2011년 4월 12일 화요일

Let’s Go Together! Official Song of IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011

The Organizing Committee for the IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011 (LOC) launched its Official Song, titled ‘Let’s Go Together’.

Penned by an Emmy-nominated composer from Korea, the lyrics of the song capture the passion of the athletes, as they seek to overcome all challenges to achieve their dreams of victory.  The melody has a techno feel to it, which makes the song catchy and easy to listen to.

“The song encompasses the ideals of athletics and the LOC; dare to dream and work hard to achieve greatness,” said LOC Co-President Hae-Nyoung Cho at the press conference in Seoul.  He was joined by the Insooni and Gak Huh, two singers who have strong fan bases in Korea.

Insooni, often referred to as the ‘Tina Turner of Korea’, is a flamboyant R&B diva who has a successful singing career spanning three decades.  Huh won the highly-acclaimed ‘Superstar K’ singing contest last year with his powerful voice.  Both singers were present at the press conference in Seoul.

“I am deeply impressed because this is the first time in the IAAF World Championships history that an Official Song is produced and delivered,” said IAAF General Secretary Pierre Weiss at the press conference in Daegu. The press conference in Daegu also featured a presentation of the music video and choir performance by Keimyung University, one of the top universities in Daegu.

The General Secretary expressed his satisfaction at the cordial relations between the IAAF and the LOC, and promised that the two organizations would strive harder than before to achieve the goal of the best-ever IAAF World Championships to date.

The Official Song will be played at the IAAF and LOC functions prior to and during the Championships, including this weekend’s 3rd Daegu International Marathon and next week’s IAAF Council Meeting in Daegu.  The LOC is hopeful that the song will be a hit like ‘Hand in Hand’, the official song of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, which is still popular today after more than two decades.

‘Let’s Go Together’ can be downloaded from the LOC Web-site (www.daegu2011.org).

2011년 4월 11일 월요일

Gwanghwamun Street Promotion in Seoul

22 January 2011 The Daegu LOC with the help from our beloved Sarbi hosted a wonderful street promotion for IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011 at Gwanghwamun, in Seoul. Assisting Sarbi were 40 volunteers who handed out souvenirs and hand-warmers to the shoppers all around Gwanghwamoon and Insa-dong.  

Children teasing Sarbi

Today we were privy to enjoy the Nalmoebukchum. The Nalmoebukchum is a traditional dance which is classified as intangible cultural asset no.2 because of its importance to the Korean culture. This traditional drum dance is said to have been developed in Bisan-dong, Daegu.  

Todays event was a huge success and it was great to gather with the citizens of Seoul on this brisk early spring day. 

Sarbi’s Sprint

2011년 4월 8일 금요일

Triple jump, similar but different from long jump

The main thing that separates the Long Jump from the Triple Jump is the three jumps need to score their distance, whereas the Long Jump is done by a long run up and one final leap. The Triple Jump is competed on a 40 metre runway where the athletes will be their three jumps 11 metres prior to the sand pit. At this mark the athletes will commence their Hop-Step-Jump in one continuous motion.

The origin of the triple jump is not clear but it has been dated back to the Ancient Olympic Games as well as the Tailteann Games in Ireland in 1829 B.C. This event has maintained is popularity throughout the ages as it was one of the inaugural events in the 1st Mondern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. The Women’s Triple Jump was introduced to the Olympics 100 years later during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Currently the World Records for the Men’s and Women’s Triple Jump are set at an astounding 18.29m and 15.50m respectively. These marks were both set at the Göteborg World Championships in 1995 by Great Britain’s Jonathan Edwards (GBR) and the Ukraine’s Inessa Kravets.

There are two other very notable athletes in the Triple Jump. The first being Mikio Oda (JPN), who became the first Asian World Record Holder in the event with a jump of 15.21 m at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics Games. The next athlete to break the World Record was Nambu Chuhei (JPN) who beat his teammate’s record at the 1932 L.A. Olympic Games with a jump of 15.72m.

2011년 4월 7일 목요일

Nature friendly event, 3,000m Steeplechase

Originating in the British Isles, the 3000m Steeplechase was originally a foot race between the steeples in a town. The steeples were used in this race because they were the most visible marker over long distances. Through the courses athletes would inevitably have to jump streams and low stone walls separating estates. The modern athletics event actually originates from a two-mile long steeplechase that was developed by Oxford University.

During this event runner must clear a total of 28 barriers and seven water jumps all while running 7.5 laps around the 400m track. These Long Distance Races require very strong cardio respiratory function, flexibility, strength, and technical ability to clear hurdles and water jump effectively without getting winded.

During each of the laps the runner will encounter 4 hurdles and 1 water jump. This is done 7.5 times before the completion of the race. The only difference between the Men’s and Women’s Event is the height of the barrier (91.4cm for Men and 76.2cm for Women). The Water Jumps require the most focus as the 3.66m long pool is much shallower the further the athletes get from the jump. With a depth of up to 70cm the athletes leap as far as they can so as to land in the shallowest sections in an attempt to maintain speed and take the gold.

2011년 4월 6일 수요일

Smart dating course in Daegu by Sarbi - Part IV

After shopping in Seomun Market, they headed to the biggest and most popular amusement park in Daegu, Woobang Tower Land.

Mr. Sarbi and Ms. Sarbi excited about being in the park

The centre square with view of tower is a great spot for a picture! The area gets 10x more beautiful in the spring, with the newly blossomed tulips. After a short walk from the entrance, you will come across the cable car ride, which gives you a complete view of the park. This park is all about promoting athletics with its various topiaries in the shapes of athletes.

The couple posing in front of a topiary

Ms. Sarbi really enjoys adrenaline rushes and keeps pestering Mr. Sarbi to ride the Viking. Little does she know, that he is afraid of these rides. After she finds out about his fears, Ms. Sarbi, recommends riding the cable car so as not to push Mr. Sarbi into an uncomfortable situation.

Once in the cable car will be brought to the entrance of Woobang Tower. This tower provides a 360 degree view of the city and gives you the best night view of Daegu.

Daegu Tower, one of the major land marks of Daegu

After a fun day at Woobang Tower Land, the couple hits the road to the last activity of the date. The last location was a surprise for Ms. Sarbi, it is the Host Venue for the IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011, the Daegu Stadium.


Today the stadium was very quiet, as there are no events in the winter season. But when it gets warmer, citizens visit the stadium grounds to have family picnics, see movies at the drive in theatre, and enjoy the scenery around the venue.

The curious Sarbi couple entered the Daegu Stadium to see Korea’s first ever Blue Track. The new Mondo track triggered running instincts of Sarbi couple and an impromptu 100m race was held. 

Mr. Sarbi had a great start.

Mr. Sarbi run at a breakneck speed

But in a quick instance he tripped and fell allowing Ms. Sarbi to pass him and win the first 100m ever in the stadium. With her victory, Ms. Sarbi made herself a promise that will come again in August when the Championships will be held to see Usain Bolt try to beat her new record. 

The date has finally come to an end. When in Daegu you can follow our dating course, or make a new one of your own. If you have an interesting dating course let us know all about it!