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Sanya vs Allyson
EUGENE (USA): Top 400 m clash on the women side is planned for the Prefontaine Classic IAAF Diamond League meet on May 30. Olympic winner Sanya Richards-Ross against another Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix. Richards-Ross has o won this event five times at the Prefontaine Classic, Jamaica’s Novlene Williams-Mills won the Diamond Race last summer and she is a warrior in every sense, having battled breast cancer in 2012.  USA’s Francena McCorory won the IAAF World Indoor Championships 400m title last year and swept the US indoor and outdoor crowns in 2014. Natasha Hastings has been a consummate relay runner for the USA, with only Richards-Ross and Felix having earned more than her four major medals and she is a former world youth and junior champion. Jamaica’s Stephenie Ann McPherson, European champion Libania Grenot and two time NCAA gold medalist Phyllis Francis are completing the field. 

Kiprop vs rest of the World
OSLO (NOR): The Dream Mile at the Bislett Games, Oslo Diamond League onJune 11 will have a stellar cast. This year’s field includes two Olympic champions and seven athletes who have run under 3:50. World 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop and Ayanleh Souleiman, the winner of the last two editions, are the headliners. Fellow sub 3:50 performers, Silas Kiplagat, Aman Wote, Bernard Lagat, James Magut and Homiyu Tesfaye will provide stern competition, while Norway’s Henrik Ingebrigtsen will look for a win on home soil after setting the national record here last year. Olympic 1500m champion Taoufik Makhloufi and world junior record holder Ronald Kwemoi add further lustre to the line-up, while Australia’s Ryan Gregson will be looking to get back to his best form after an injury disrupted period. Czech record holder Jakub Holusa will be aiming to build on his European Indoor title and make it two wins in a row in Oslo, after winning the Bislett 1500 m in 2014.

Bolt for 7th time to Ostrava 
OSTRAVA (CZE): Fastest man on earth Usain Bolt confirmed his next appearance. His only individual competition confirmed for the month of May and only in Europe in pre-nationals period in Europe will be in Czech Republic. After two years break he will return to Ostrava for the 54th Golden Spike meeting onMay 26 (IAAF World Challenge). It will be his 7th appearance at the meet and third in the 200 m. At the City Stadium which is beeing renovated he competed first in 2006 and won the 200 m in 20.28 and then for second time in the 200 m in 2008 with still standing meet record 19.83. “I first competed in Ostrava in 2006 and always enjoy competing there as the enthusiastic crowd always create a good atmosphere.  2015 will be my seventh time to run at the Golden Spike meeting and my third time to run the 200m.  I hear the stadium has been renovated for this years meet. I look forward to the race and coming back to run in the new stadium for the first time," he said.  Also confirmed was the men javelin field with local hero and reigning World champion Vitezslav Vesely who will be throwing against last year World leader Ihab Abdelrahman of Egypt, last year Diamond Race winner Thomas Rohler, Olympic gold medalist Keshorn Walcott and former World champion Tero Pitkamäki of Finland, also in the field African champion Julius Yego from Kenya. Added by three more Czechs Petr Frydrych, Jakub Vadlejch, Jaroslav Jilek all coached (as Vesely) by meet director and best javelin thrower ever Jan Zelezny. Another great Czech duel was confirmed for women 400 m hurdles, returning World champion Zuzana Hejnova will face her biggest home rival Denisa Rosolova. But they will not have it easy as the reigning European Champion 2014 Eilidh Child from Great Britain will also run. 


KINGSTON (JAM): British filmmakers Fulwell 73 will document the rest of Usain Bolt’s career, as well as taking a look back at everything he has accomplished so far in the sport, inform AW. The feature-length documentary will be directed by brothers Ben and Gabe Turner. Fulwell 73 have previously documented Manchester United football clubs players and the band One Direction.

PALO ALTO (USA): One of Stanford University’s recruits for the next season is 2013 world youth javelin champion Mackenzie Little of Australia. On the men’s side, middle distance recruit Brian Smith has a father who is an astronaut and took part in four Space Shuttle missions between 1994 and 2002.

NAIROBI (KEN): AK Vice President David Okeyo has said that the Kenyan marathon team for the 2015 World Championships will be named next week, report Standard. Okeyo said that he was impressed by the Kenyan performances at the London Marathon. Athletes selected on Kenya’s team will only be allowed to compete in a certain amount of races leading up to Beijing.

LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics has announced the creation of European Athletics Marketing AG. This new company, of which EA is the main shareholder, is a joint venture with Swiss-based sports marketing agency Tridem Sports. European Athletics Marketing AG will act as a service company for commercial strategies and sales activities, including sponsor account management and rights delivery.

LONDON (GBR): European 200m champion Adam Gemili will compete at the Anniversary Games, London Diamond League in July, inform organisers. The 21 year old raced at the inaugural event in 2013, in which he won the B 100m race in 10.16 (0.3). In 2014 he dipped under 20 seconds in the 200m, with the 19.98 he ran to win the European title; and went close to running sub 10 in the 100m, with a best of 10.05 in Mannheim.

HAMBURG (GER): World pole vault champion Raphael Holzdeppe has told Leichtathletik that he is “in good shape and very motivated” ahead of the summer season. “I am confident that I can jump this summer again in good shape, if not more injuries intervene,” said the 25 year old German who struggled indoors after an injury hit 2014. He plans to jump in Rehlingen on May 25. 

VAXJO (SWE): Swedish heptathlete Nadja Casadei has left her coach Leif Robertson in order to join up with Agne Bergvall, the former coach of Carolina Kluft and the Kallur sisters, report Casadei is returning to training after recovering from cancer and hopes to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

AMSTERDAM (NED): A majority of Dutch sports federations have voted in favour of a Dutch bid for the 2019 European Games, report 34 of the 76 sports federations were present, with the result being 155 votes in favour to 14 votes against. The NOC * NSF expects to organize the event for 125 million euros. A Dutch hosting of the meet would mean there would be a maximum of 15 sports in the Games.

DAKAR (SEN): Mamadou Kasse Hann has requested to meet Momar Mbaye, the president of the Senegalese Association of Athletics Federations, causing speculation that he may have decided against a nationality switch to France, report SeneNews. It was reported in October that the 400m hurdler was going to switch nationality. Mbaye responded to this action by saying it was “inelegant, disrespectful and unfair” and added, “Do not count on me to negotiate anything.”

LAUSANNE (SUI): EA President Svein Arne Hansen chaired his first Executive Board meeting at the Head Office in Lausanne this week, inform European Athletics. Hansen announced that they have already started “leading change”. He explained, “We have prepared a business-oriented organisational structure for commissions and working groups, with mandated tasks for the Vice-Presidents, which we will present to the European Athletics Council in June to ratify. “We are now sending out a letter to our 50 Member Federations requesting the names of persons to be involved in the future of European Athletics as part of these commissions and working groups.” The first European Athletics Council meeting after elections will be held on June 12 to 14 in Oslo, Norway, following the Bislett Games.

MOSCOW (RUS): General secretary of All-Russian athletics federation Mikhail Butov informed that all problems relating to transfer of Crimean athletes to Russian national team should be solved in May. “We just need to settle some technical issues. This process we’ll finish in May then athletes from Crimea will not have any obstacles to compete in our national competitions and perform for Russian team,” said Butov to ITAR-TASS news agency. 

VOLGOGRAD (RUS): Coach of pole vault two-time Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva Yevgeniy Trofimov informed that they plan to return to competitions in January 2016. “Next winter should be very important in preparation for Rio Olympics. For now Yelena has four practices per week. We already started to do special pole vault exercises and light lifting.  We still train indoor and we’re not in hurry to begin jumping trainings, following accurate plan. There isn’t any reason to accelerate the process,” said Trofimov to All-Sport news agency.  

MOSCOW (RUS): All-Russian athletics federation plans to implement standards for participation at national championships from next year. “One of main motivations is to bring our nationals to higher level and make it more interesting and dynamic. Certainly, we’ll do it in revolutionary way, but step by step. To make these plans true we need to support regional events where athletes would have selections for national champs. From next year all regions will already have such support,” said ARAF general secretary Mikhail Butov to R-Sport news agency. 

LONDON (GBR): Interesting news for athletics. Football Leagues from across the world have launched a new pressure group hoping to rival the status enjoyed in the international game by the European Club Association. The English Premier League hosted an inaugural meeting in London of the Global Leagues Forum, which claims to represent competitions providing almost 90pc of the players at last year’s World Cup in Brazil. Presumably the forum wants to prove more effective than the ill-starred European Professional Football Leagues which was comprehensively routed trounced in negotiations over the winter timing switch of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Informs AIPS.

FRANKFURT (GER): European indoor silver medalist Christian Blum will not compete at IAAF World Relays in Nassau for Germany due to his calf problems. Another sprinter out from the team is Roy Schmidt. The appearance of Lucas Jakubczyk is under questionmark too. 

KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica Gleaner informs that thousands in chilly 'Philly' froze momentarily when Kingston College's (KC) Akeem Bloomfield pulled up during the Championship of Americas high school boys 4x100 metres at the Penn Relays here Saturday. The biggest current talent of Jamaican 400 m is so out from World Relays and Kingston meet.

TOKYO (JPN): Japan named its walking selection for the Beijing World Championships. The 20 km squad is headed by World record holder Yusuke Suzuki, also selected are Eiki Takahashi and Isamu Fujisawa. In the 50 km Takayuki Tanii,  Hirooki Arai  and Yuki Yamazaki. For the women 20 km the only one representative is Kumiko Okada.

TAICANG (CHN): IAAF informs that the London 2012 Olympic Games 20km race walk champion Chen Ding will be the star attraction in the 2015 IAAF Race Walking Challenge in Taicang and aiming to maintain local walkers’ dominance in the Chinese south eastern city on Friday. It will be the fourth edition of event since the Challenge meeting was first launched in 2011 with Taicang also hosting the IAAF World Race Walking Cup last year. The strongest opponent for the Chinese contingent could be Australian veteran Jared Tallent. Colombian Eider Arevalo will go to Taicang with his morale boosted by a recent victory in Rio Maior. There are three more sub-1:20 walkers in the men’s field: South Korean record holder Kim Hyunsub (1:19:13), Japan’s Satoshi Maruo (1:19:42) and Ukraine‘s Ivan Losev (1:19:33). The two-time women winner Liu Hong will skip the event this year as she has been training in Europe but a there is a very strong five-woman local group, headed by defending Taicang champion Sun Huanhuan and Asian record holder Lu Xiuzhi. 


ST. MAUR (FRA, Apr 29): French 10 000 m track champions are Riad Guerfi 29:09.69 and Carmen Olivares 34:40.15. One of the favorites Hassan Chahdi did not finish the race.

JINAN (CHN, Apr 29): During first day of national GP meet Pan Xinyue clocked 10.34 (-0.1) in the 100 m, Wang Yu won the high jump with 228 and interesting 400 m improvement for Mau Gurong 46.40 in the heats. Zhao Xioaxue improved in women long jump to 655 (+0.6). From Tilastopaja. 

CARTAGENA (ESP, Apr 29): High quality track walking during first day of Spanish University Championships. Raqel Gonzalez achieved in women 5000 m world leading 21:07.51. In men 10 000 m European Champion Miguel Angel Lopez got European lead and 2nd best in the World this year 38:53.42. European medalist Borja Vivas won shot put with 18.48.

MIRAMAR (USA, Apr 27): At Multi Cultural Games Harry Adams won the 100 m in 10.15 (+0.9). Canadian Phylicia George posted windy 12.89 (+3.3) over the hurdles.

NEURIM (ISR, Apr 27): Margaryta Dorozhon achieved excellent javelin national record 63.34 for Israel.

TEL AVIV (ISR, Apr 28): Ethiopian Tsegaye Tadese won the 10 000 m in 28:10.03 over Israeli representative Girmaw Amare 28:10.32. 


WARSZAWA (POL): Long distance Polish national record holder Karolina Jarzynska-Nadolska became a mother on Tuesday. She gave birth to a daughter. Happy father is her husband and coach in person Zbigniew Nadolski.


LONDON (GBR): Pat Butcher in his pays tribute to track broadcaster and radio reporter from USA. Butcher's Blog - Vic Holchak, RIP.


MANAMA (BRN): Heinrich Hubbeling as expert for Asian results and statistics based on the report from Manama informs that during the four days the wind was strong and only in men 100 m heat with fast times it was noted as +0.6. Iraqi expert and statistician Mohammed Abdulwahab writes that it is incorrect reading  of the wind speed and Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Arab Federation  said they decided not to calculate any new records  on the first day (Apr 24).



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