It took me quite a while to get into the competition today. My legs were very heavy after the competition in Zurich on Thursday. Additionally, the European Championships were an emotional burden for me. I cannot concentrate on all jumps, only on the important ones. And that was the sixth try. I am collecting the places in which I jumped more than eight metres. And Berlin just had to be one of them, also because my girlfriend is from Berlin. Usually, I do not want to be long jump competitions to be like a thriller but if I win, I don't mind.
Ariane FRIEDRICH (GER)
I am happy to have won today. I would have made the two metre mark if it hadn't been for the women's 100 Metres. That really made me angry. I was ready to jump when they suddenly interrupted the competition. And to jump in an anrgy mood is not helpful. However, I have not been jumping consistently this season, I have been lacking technical security. I would have been very unhappy about a second or third place. It is really, really excellent to be here. The fact that there were less spectators than at the European Championships does not matter. After the European Championships I experienced problems with my back and received treatment for that. I still want to jump 2,03 metres this season, that would be my personal best for this year.
Silas KIPLAGAT (KEN)
I am very happy. The race was very good for me. Tactical, that is how I like it. In the last lap, I could enjoy the atmosphere. But I had to push a little bit. My next race will be in Rieti.
Tariku BEKELE (ETH)
Before the race I talked with Bernard Lagat about how I could help him with the pace to break the American record. The weather here is hot and dry and this dryness gave me difficulties during the first two laps. But then I got into the race and felt better and better. On the last two laps I knew that I could take the lead. After this race I see that my shape is really good. I wanted to run unter 7:30 and it is not easy to do so on this track and in this big stadium where one has the impresseion that these many spectators take all the oxygene from you. My next competition will be the Continental Cup in Split.
Giuseppe GIBILISCO (ITA)
Sincerely, I did not expect to win today. I would have liked to jump higher but unfortunately the wind here was tough, strong head wind. This is the first competition that I won this year - I am really happy. My next meetings will be in Brussels, Budapest and Chiari. After that I will go on holiday, to Sicily to see my mother. I am so glad that I have recovered from my injuries and I would like to thank my federation that they helped me and supported me. I am back!
Robert HARTING (GER)
Zoltan Kovago is in front of me in the world ranking list, so he is alweays good for a winning throw. It would be dangerous not to see his strength and be too relaxed during the competition. It's the first time for me to win here at the Istaf and it feels great. It was a long competition with many interruptions. When I get tired, I lose my aggressivity for a good throw. But the audience is really fantastic. All their cheering an screaming made me feel awake and aggressive again - and then I could make this great sixth throw. Next competitions are the DKB Duel and the Continental Cup in Split.
Verena SAILER (GER)
It was a good race. I could realize my plan: to have a better start than last time. Being third in such a world class field is great. I could confirm the results of my last competitions; that was important for me. My next races will be Split, the Decanation and Elstal.
David Lekuta RUDISHA (KEN)
Last year I had a bad time in Berlin. The weather was not very good, and I did not make it into the final. So I did not want to talk too much about the world record before the race. But today I knew it is my day. I trained very hard, the weather was good. I told the pacemaker to run the first lap under 49 seconds. He did a great job. The last 200 metres I had to push very hard. But I saw the clock. 1:41,09 at the end, fantastic. I am very happy to be the fastest 800 metres runner in the world. The crowd was fantastic.
Ryan WILSON (USA)
I do not expected to win. I respect my competitors, so I cannot expect an easy race. But I knew: If I do what I am able to, I can win it. I did not have the greatest start, and then I had some problems with the first two or three hurdles. In the middle and at the end I was strong. Andy (Turner) gave me a tough run. I love this meeting here in Berlin. I was second and third before, now it was my first victory at the Istaf.
Nesta CARTER (JAM)
I was just expecting a good race. I am always going to a race expecting to win. I my next competitions I hope to improve my time. My next meeting will be Rieti. I do not have the Commonwealth Games on my schedule. As I did not run the Jamaican trials, I cannot be in the team. But I also do not know who will run for Jamaica in New Delhi.
Sherone SIMPSON (JAM)
I'm very happy to win here today. The start was good, so I was in front and ran my race. It was important to win, the time does not matter. I did not train very much this week to be in a good shape today. Now i want to finish the season healthy and look forward to the WC next year. Maybe I will have one more race in Rieti next week.
Debbie DUNN (USA)
I expected to win today, definitely. I came here to win and I did. After the blocks I wanted to get up and controll the race and this is what I did. It is true, I wanted to run a sub-50 time, but it was a long season and I feel a little bit tired. But the victory is more important than the time. My next race will be in Zagreb on September 1st. Yes, I watched Rudishas world record and this did not distract me, no, it rather helped me for my race because I was even more motivated.
Caster SEMENYA (RSA)
It feels good to be back in Berlin. I did not think about everything that happened after my gold medal, I just concentrated on my race and on my time. My goal was to run under two minutes and I achieved my goal. When I won the race and came first on the home straight, this brought back memories of the 2009 final to me. After my training I was a little bit dissappointed with my competition results this year but now I am happy because I can see the progress. My next competition will be Brussels on the 27th and then I am looking forward to the Commonwealth Games.
Carolin NYTRA (GER)
To start at home at the ISTAF was really a motivation for me. It was great, almost like at the 2009 World Championships - today the atmosphere was even better because it's only one competition day. With my Zurich time of 12,69s I could have made second place here but there is no need for complaining. I had the chance to compete with world class athletes again and I am very satisfied. Maybe there was a chance of being even faster, but on the last meters I could not handle my high speed. What did I learn in 2010? Don't be afraid of big names.
Jermaine GONZALES (JAM)
It was a good race today. Maybe i had to work a little bit harder on the back straight. I just wanted to win the race, that was my goal and my motivation for today. The time does not matter. I've been running from May, so that was my last race for this year.
Priscilla LOPES-SCHLIEP (CAN)
I am happy with the time, I really have a good second half of the season. There is a great atmosphere here in Berlin, really awesome. I got well out of the blocks and felt Carolin Nytra on my side during the race. My last competition will be in Brussels.
Christina OBERGFÖLL (GER)
It was very important to reach 67,5m at this point. After the European Championships I wanted to show the world class athletes that I am still on the radar. And I was successful in doing so by winning in Zurich as well as today. Those were two sensational competitions. It is my birthday today and it feels like Easter and Christmas together. I didn't sleep the last three nights. Yesterday a friend of mine married in Offenburg and we basically went from the wedding directly to the plane. We set off at 4 in the morning. But I was still confident that I would perform well today. I am hungry for more. I continue to be highly motivated. Today, Boris Henry, my boyfriend coached me. That was an exception because it is my birthday. Consequently, my trainer was able to attend the Süddeutsche Meisterschaften (South German Championships) and support the athletes there.
Ralf BARTELS (GER)
It was a great atmosphere although we were not part of the main program. The competition brought back memories of the 2009 World Championships - and also today we were competing at world class level. I was expecting that; we were all quite close. I was hoping for a better shot put, but 21,30m - that was too much for me today. Five times over 20 meters - I was quite constant and so I am really satisfied. The audience was very supportive and interested - perfect for us. After this season's highlight, the European Championships, you can be more relaxed; that's what the people like - they want to see an entertaining show. I was surprised that there are even people on the seats in the upper stadium level.
Reese HOFFA (USA)
Majewski is very tough. So any time you win against this guy, it's great. I was pretty explosive today and I love to be in Berlin because the audience is very knowledgeable and it helped that Ralf Bartels also competed here today. And I also love the potato chips here. My next meetings will be in Lille, Brussels and Zagreb. I hope to make the team for the WC 2011.
Betty HEIDLER (GER)
Today´s competition was difficult for me, mentally, esp. staying focussed and concentrated. Training has not been easy for me the whole past week. The fact that we competed this auxiliary field did not help either. Physically I felt well today and I got better and better technically. I am really satisfied with the result. The competition was a real world championship field and that was extremely important for me. For this reason I remembered last year´s championships here in Berlin. I will have two more competitions: next week in Neubrandenburg, the DKB Duell, and then Split at the beginning of September.