His main rivals will be training partner and Kingston winner Kemar Bailey-Cole along with home sprinter Kemar Hyman and Jason Rogers of St. Kitts and Nevis. In the start list still included female top star Allyson Felix, she is listed in two events (100 m and 400 m). Zharnel Hughes and Miguel Francis are the 200 m favorites as are Machel Cedenio with Javon Francis in the 400 m. World leader Kendra Harrison is the top name in women 100 m hurdles.
Filippidis 570, Stefanidi 465
ATHENS (GRE, May 10): The 4th edition of Athens Pole Vault meet (EA Special Premium) at Syntagma Square had as expected home winners. World Indoor champion 2014 Kostadinos Filippidis cleared 570 in third attempt to be the best and had tries at 580. Second Poland´s World medalist Piotr Lisek with 560 and third another Greek Dimitrios Patsoukakis with 545. In women competition staged for first time at the event World indoor medalist Ekaterini Stefanidi was the best with meet record 465. She cleared 440, 455 and the winning height always in first attempt and tried three times at 474. Second Venezuelan South American junior record holder Rosbeilys Peinado with 450 and third Czech record holder Jirina Ptacnikova 440. The other top Greek vaulter Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou was among the guests but due to slight injury from Doha was unable to compete.
Kenyan Rio Marathon Team
NAIROBI (KEN): London Marathon winners Eliud Kipchoge and Jemima Sumgong spearhead the Kenyan Olympic marathon team, informs Athletics Kenya. Kipchoge is joined on the men’s team by London Marathon runner-up Stanley Biwott and former Boston Marathon winner Wesley Korir while Sumgong is joined on the women’s team by Tokyo Marathon winner and world silver medallist Helah Kiprop and Paris Marathon champion Visiline Jepkesho. Four reserves have also been named: Cyprian Kotut and Bernard Kipyego on the men’s side and Mary Keitany and Florence Kiplagat on the women’s side.
Mondo track is ready
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): The new, softer, faster Mondotrack/WS, the latest version of Mondotrack, the surface of choice of the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games, is set to impress again at the upcoming Rio Olympics. Informs Mondo in a release. Compared to its predecessor, Mondotrack WS features an innovative internal skeleton, housed in the surface layer, consisting of a three-dimensional network of deformable elements with controlled composition and elasticity. Mondo expects this innovation to provide a significant increase in the elastic response of the surface, and to ensure an even greater uniformity of dynamic response over the entire surface of the track. For Mondo it will be for 11th time in a row they will provide surface for Olympic Games. It will be for first time tested this weekend at the Ibero-American Championships. Some 400 athletes from 24 countries are expected and the spectators entry will be free.
SHANGHAI (CHN): World silver medallist Ihab Abdelrahman spearheads a world-class javelin field at the Shanghai Diamond League on 14 May, informs organisers. “I set my PB in Shanghai in 2014,” said Abdelrahman, who threw 89.21m in that meet. “And last summer I was second at the World Championships in Beijing, so it looks like China is a good country for me.” Abdelrahman faces former world champion Vitezslav Vesely, leading German thrower Thomas Rohler and current world-leader Jakub Vadlejch. The leading domestic thrower in action will be Asian champion Zhao Qinggang.
SHANGHAI (CHN): A similarly high-quality field as in javelin has been announced for the men’s 5000m in Shanghai where the best of east Africa will battle for early season points as six Ethiopians take on four Kenyans. Yomif Kejelcha begins his defence of the Diamond Race trophy he won last year. The former world junior champion and world indoor 3000m bronze medallist takes on fellow Ethiopian and world bronze medallist Hagos Gebrhiwet, plus Olympic silver medallist Dejen Gebremeskel and former world cross country champion Imane Merga. Yenew Alamirew is also in the field for Ethiopia with Muktar Edris. Olympic medallists Thomas Longosiwa and Edwin Soi lead the Kenyan challenge alongside former world junior champion Augustine Choge and Lawi Lalang.
BOSTON (USA): Boston Marathon champions Lemi Berhanu and Atsede Baysa will compete in the B.A.A. 10K on 26 June, informs organisers.
MANCHESTER (GBR): World 100m bronze medallist Trayvon Bromell will compete at the Co-op Bank Great CityGames in Manchester on 20 May, informs organisers. Bromell, 21, will face former world indoor champion Richard Kilty and veteran Kim Collins.
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova still hopes to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games under the IOC flag, informs Eurosport. "It would be a dream come true to be an Olympian, something I had always hoped to do. If the best place I can get is the last place, I would still be happy,” said Stepanova, who ran 2:01.31 for 800m last summer. Stepanova’s husband Vitaliy added the reaction among her peers for uncovering doping in Russia has been mixed. "Some people said thank you to her. Some people put their eyes down and walked away, and some people didn't know who she is."
ROME (ITA): Legendary Robert Korzeniowski has said Matej Toth is the favourite for the Olympic 50km walk title this summer but believes Alex Schwazer is capable of regaining his crown this summer, informs La Gazzetta dello Sport. The Pole added he supports the Italian’s comeback from a lengthy doping ban after testing positive for EPO. “I’m not a judge, I know the rules have been complied with and he is now a very tested athlete. Paradoxically, he can become an ambassador for anti-doping,” he said.
FRANKFURT (GER): German middle distance runner Homiyu Tesfaye has said his knee is “90 percent fit again,” informs Leichtathletik.de. Tesfaye made his comeback in a 600m race in Pliezhausen on Sunday which was his first competitive outing in over a year. Tesfaye will run his first 1500m of the season in Dessau on 27 May followed by Rome on 3 June. He aims to compete at both the European Championships and Olympic Games this summer. "My form will come back with time. I'm sure I will run the Olympic standard,” he said.
MANCHESTER (GBR): Some 38 races in the north-west England are being investigated by the Association of UK Course Measurers for being too short, informs the BBC. The Manchester Marathon was found last month to be 380 metres short while the popular Trafford 10km is also said to be 100 metres short.
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica’s junior 400m record holder Akeem Bloomfield has signed to attend Auburn University. Fellow Jamaicans Raheem Chambers and Nathon Allen will join Bloomfield at the institution this summer. Henry Rolle, Auburn University’s sprint coach, confirmed the trio signatures. Informs Trackalerts.
MADRID (ESP): Spain selected 13 men and 9 women to compete at the 17th Ibero-American Championships this weekend at the Estadio Olimpic Joao Havelange. To mention sprinters Angel David Rodriguez and Bruno Hortelano. Mark Ujakpor runs the 400 m hurdles and Francisco Javier Lopez 110m hurdles. In high jump Miguel Sancho and in long jump Jean Marie Okutu.
LONDON (GBR): British athletics stars CJ Ujah and Adelle Tracey helped to lay the first sections of new track at the London 2012 Olympic Stadium. Ujah, who equalled his 100 metres personal best of 9.96 seconds on the old track last year, and middle distance runner Tracey were joined by Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Brendan Foster, Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales and a local family to place sections.
SARON (ESP): Top Spanish milers will compete this Sunday at the 15th road mile Real Valle de Cayon. In the men competition Carlos Alonso with Manuel Olmedo, Toni Abadia, Arturo Casado and Alvaro Rodriguez among others. In the women section Solange Pereira and Iris Fuentes-Pila are the favorites.
EUGENE (USA): In response to the increasing popularity and sold-out crowds at the annual Prefontaine Classic, organizers have arranged for free shuttles from the Autzen Stadium parking lot to Hayward Field and return for both Friday's “Distance Night in Eugene” (May 27) and Saturday's Main Event (May 28). Parking in the area around Hayward Field is extremely limited.
POLOKWANE (RSA): An international relay meeting will be held in Polokwane on May 24, Athletics SA has confirmed, with time running out for national squads to book their places at the Olympics.The Polokwane event, however, was specifically included in the local schedule to give relay hopefuls a chance of achieving required standards for major events.
MOSCOW (RUS): Reigning high jump world champion Mariya Kuchina doesn’t believe that Russian athletes could miss the Olympic Games. “I just don’t want to believe that and even to think about that,” said Kuchina in her quote to Sovsport newspaper. On other hand, 23-year-old Russian assures that she lives and trains absolutely quiet and doesn’t countdown days to Rio. Kuchina spent all pre-season preparation in native town Prokhladnoye and she plans to open the summer season at team nationals in Sochi at the end of May.
PODOLSK (RUS, May 8): World University Games silver medallist 2015 Marina Pandakova clocked 41:59 non-IAAF World lead over 10 km walk at Russian Walking GP meet. Second Nadezhda Sergeyeva finished by 42:39 and set new record of Moscow region. Aleksey Golovin won the men competition with 41:59.
KHARKIV (UKR, May 6): Maryna Kylypko (20) achieved 440 PB and regional record to win women pole vault at championships of Kharkiv region. Anna Lunyova leaped to 659 in women long jump. Natalya Pohrebnyak opened her summer season with 23.2 over 200m (hand timing).
SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO (BRA, May 8): Altobeli Santos da Silva clocked in the steeple 8:28.56, an Olympic standard. Last Brazilian steeple runner at Olympic Games was back in 1996.
OLOMOUC (CZE, May 8): New super talent in Czech Republic. Barbora Malikova from Opava, born on December 30, 2001 (14 years old) clocked in the 400 m 54.85. Interestingly from Opava also current champions like Pavel Maslak or Jakub Holusa.
SUSICE (CZE, May 10): Fast 300 m races at the traditional opening meet. Patrik Sorm 32.90 in men race and Slovak Lucia Slanickova 38.85 in women.
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