It’s Istanbul, not Constantinople.

This seems to be the weekend of big championships as not only NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships are scheduled, but so is the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.  And like NCAAs, the Ivy League will have representation.  Columbia alum Erison Hurtault will represent Dominica in the 400m and  Harvard alum Samyr Laine will represent Haiti in the triple jump.  Both athletes are using the Indoor World Championships as a springboard into their outdoor seasons, where they both have Olympic-sized ambitions to earn medals in their respective events.

Events in Istanbul will begin on Friday, March 9th at 9:30am local time with the women’s high jump and triple jump qualification.  The first round of the 400m heats is set for 12:20pm local time.  Triple jump action does not begin until Saturday at 9:35am local time.  If you wish to follow the meet on television, there is a package available from NBC Universal Sports, details at this link.  Otherwise, the results will be posted at the IAAF website referenced earlier in this post.

Good luck to Erison and Samyr this weekend!

UPDATE:  Erison Hurtault has qualified for the semifinals in the 400m.  He finished 3rd in his heat with 47.63.  The semifinals will be run at 1:10pm ET (8:10pm local time).  Follow the semis with the live results website at IAAF.

2 Responses to “It’s Istanbul, not Constantinople.”

  1. telnick08 says:

    Where is this Istambul you speak of? Is it east or west of Istanbul?