The 2013-2016 IAAF Strategic Plan has six Core Values: universality, leadership, unity, excellence, integrity and solidarity, and a Vision Statement: “To lead, govern and develop the sport of athletics in all its forms worldwide, uniting the Athletics Family in a spirit of excellence, integrity and solidarity.”
In the first semi, Australia’s Sally McLellan chased down the fast starting Swiss hurdler Sabrina Altermatt , to stop the clock at 13.38, the fastest time of this round. Altermatt had to work hard in the latter stages to hold off the tall German Stephanie Lichtl, who finished third with 13.48, a stride ahead of her countrywoman Carolin Nytra (13.60).
Despite running with a heavy bandage on her leg, Alexander Ronetta qualified with ease for this evening’s final with 13.42 (wind -0.9 m/s) in the second semi-final, to set herself up as the main rival to McLellan. The early running had been made by France’s Alice Decaux, who was rewarded with a new personal best of 13.49 in second place. Norway’s Christina Vukicevic was third with 13.51 and Finland’s Elisa Hakamaki was fourth with 13.59 – also a personal best.