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Mary Wittenberg steps down as president and CEO of NYRR

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Bolt for Brussels
BRUSSELS (BEL): Usain Bolt has been confirmed for the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme, Brussels Diamond League on September 11. The Jamaican can compete in either the 100m or 200m and will make his decision after the World Championships. This will be the seventh time that the multiple world and Olympic champion has competed at the prestigious Belgian meeting. He holds the meet record in the 100m with his 9.76 (1.3) clocking from 2011. His fastest 200m in Brussels is the 19.57 he ran in 2009. Justin Gatlin is also expected to compete at the meet. He will also have a choice as to what distance he participates in. Last year he ran in both races and achieved the best one evening sprint double ever.

Wittenberg to leave NYRR
NEW YORK (USA): Mary Wittenberg, the president and CEO of New York Road Runners (NYRR), the largest not-for-profit road race organizer in the United States which stages the TCS New York City Marathon and dozens of other events, is leaving her post after 17 years with the organization and 10 years as president and CEO.  After Sunday's massive AirBnB Brooklyn Half-Marathon she will lead the launch of a new company called Virgin Sport, part of Richard Branson's massive Virgin business empire.  She will continue to be based in New York where she lives with her husband and two children. With Wittenberg's departure, two NYRR veterans, Michael Capiraso and Peter Ciaccia, will lead the organization going forward.  Capiraso assumes the title NYRR President and CEO, while Ciaccia, will have the title NYRR President of Events and will also be the race director for the TCS NYC Marathon.  George Hirsch will remain board chairman. Informs Race Results Weekly.

Lavillenie out of Doha
DOHA (QAT): Renaud Lavillenie has had to withdraw from the Doha Diamond League after falling at the French interclubs meet at the weekend. The Olympic pole vault champion fell while crossing the finish line in the men’s 4x100m at the meet in Lyon, hitting his shoulder. His manager Rene Auguin explained that Lavillenie was advised to take 10 days off. His next international meet scheduled is Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on May 30. 


DOHA (QAT): Only nine athletes have managed win at an IAAF Diamond League meeting at least once in the past five seasons since the Diamond League was inaugurated in 2010. All of these nine athletes could conceivably win at a Diamond League meeting again this year and keep their streak alive. In addition, there are statistics now available for the numbers of athletes and nations who have won events, scored points or taken part in the IAAF Diamond League. No less than 2175 athletes from 105 nations have taken part in Diamond League meetings between 2010 and 2014, 708 athletes from 84 countries have scored points, while 301 athletes from 62 countries have won events.

MOSCOW (RUS): Nobody from Russian marathoners, who already achieved Beijing standards, confirmed their intention to perform at World Championships. “All of them keep in mind Rio Olympics. Now we just need some time to talk over everything with athletes and their personal coaches. We have to take into account their willingness to perform under the national flag as well as their state of health, etc. All these options will be considered, but we’re not going to push anybody,” said senior coach of Russian national endurance team Yevgeniy Pudov to R-Sport news agency. 

GOTZIS (AUT): New names announced for the hypomeeting Gotzis (May 30-31) part of IAAF CE Challenge are alle having 8000+ personal bests. From Japan Keisuke Ushiro, from USA Gunnar Nixon with Jeremy Taiwo and from South Africa Willem Coertzen. In heptathlon returns Lithuanian Austra Skujyte after baby break. 

MOSCOW (RUS): Reigning long jump world champion Aleksandr Menkov will miss Russian team championships in Sochi but keeps the chance to be selected for European team championships in Cheboksary. “He’ll open the season at Shanghai Diamond League meeting and we’ll see what shape he has at the moment. Menkov had health problems during last year but now he’s recovered after injuries and had strong pre-season preparation. All our top long jumpers will perform at national team champs in Sochi except of Menkov. To be selected to national team and perform in Cheboksary he must show stronger or the same result as Sochi winner,” said head coach of Russian horizontal jumping team Anton Nazarov to R-Sport news agency. 

SHANGHAI (CHN): World javelin champion Christina Obergföll will return to competition after maternity leave at the Shanghai Diamond League. She aims to record an effort of around 63 metres. Inform dpa.

KINGSTON (JAM): Janeive Russell, who is nicknamed ‘Jellyfish’, hopes to run 54 seconds for the 400mH before the Jamaican national trails come around, report the Jamaica Gleaner. Russell, a training partner of Diamond Race champion Kaliese Spencer, was disappointed with her performance at the Jamaica Invite, where she finished 2nd in 55.29.

BEIJING (CHN): Liu Xiang will not be honoured only at the Shanghai Diamond League. The 2004 Olympic 110mH champion will also receive a special gift from the Asian Athletics Federation during the Asian Athletics Championships, which will be held from June 3 to 7.

BERLIN (GER): Christophe Harting revealed to Throwholics that he had been on the verge of cancelling his competition at the weekend due to problems with his adductor. Although the injury troubled him during the competition he still managed to achieve a world leading mark and personal best. He explained that his lack of improvement in 2014 was due to changes to his coaching set-up, diet and technique.

MADRID (ESP): Isidoro Hornillos will run for the Presidency of the Spanish athletics federation, report Hornillos, who has been president of the Galician Federation since 2006, will present his candidacy to succeed Jose Maria Odriozola, who has been at the head of Spanish athletics since 1989.

BELEM (BRA): The Brazilian Confederation (CBAt) have said that the Brazilian Athletics GP will not take place in Belém due to the government’s failure to support the event, report Estadao. Last year, the two parties signed an agreement of R $1.6 million. Organisers now hope to find a new venue for the meet, which is scheduled to take place on June 21. The federation President Jose Antonio Martins Fernandes assured that the meet has not been cancelled.

PARIS (FRA): Swedish vaulter Angelica Bengtsson struggled in her season opener, no heighting at 420 at a French clubs meet. She explained that she is jumping with a longer poles this season (4.45m, up from 4.30) and is not yet comfortable with it. She also sprained her foot during a training camp in Portugal and that affected her preparation. Her next competition will be in two weeks in France.

LIVERPOOL (GBR): European Indoor champion Katarina Johnson Thompson will not defend her Gotzis title due to a knee injury, report BBC. The 22 year old, who was the world’s top scoring heptathlete in 2014, has not been able to get sufficiently prepared for the meet after her training was halted by a knee injury in March. She has only returned to light track work recently. Her coach Mike Holmes told PA Sport, “Last year Gotzis was the only game in town, but this year it's all about Beijing,” and their decision to withdraw from the event reflects this outlook.

NAIROBI (KEN): Isiah Koech has said that he will not work as part of a team with his fellow Kenyans if he qualifies for the World Championships, report Xinhua. The 21 year old said that he was used as the “sacrificial lamb” in Moscow, a plan that didn’t work as he was the only one able to handle the pace. This season he is determined to beat Mo Farah; their first clash will come over 3000m at the Doha Diamond League on Friday. Koech thinks that Farah will have the upper hand this week as he has done more racing than the Kenyan this year.

SOFIA (BUL): Bulgarian sprinter Georgi Georgiev has received a ban of two years due to his positive doping test for the banned substance methylhexaneamine, report The positive sample was collected after he won the national indoor 60m title in February. He claims that he ingested the substance through a tainted sports supplement.

LONDON (GBR): The British Athletics and England Athletics National 10,000m Championships will take place on Saturday. European u23 cross country champion Rhona Auckland is entered for the women’s A race, alongside Jess Coulson and the race favourite Aly Dixon.

LOUGHBOROUGH (GBR): The Loughborough International on May 17 will feature a team competition between Loughborough Students, British Universities, England, Wales, Scotland and GB & NI Juniors. As previously announced, Jessica Ennis-Hill will compete as a guest in the long jump and javelin. Chijindu Ujah will compete over 200m for the English team. World junior 110mH medallist David Omoregie is on the Welsh team, while European 800m champion Lynsey Sharp headlines the Scottish line-up. The British junior team has some top stars, such as World Youth champion Sabrina Bakare, World Youth silver medallist Ojie Edoburun, World Junior 4th placer Shannon Hylton and British junior pole vault record holder Adam Hague.

NAIROBI (KEN): Two time world cross country champion Emily Chebet plans to make her marathon debut next year, report Capital FM. The 29 year old Kenyan, who has a half marathon best of 68:01, said that she will turn to the roads after this year’s World Championships. Speaking on her preparation for the outdoor season, she said, “I've not started training for track yet, I will run two road races in India and New York then come back to polish on my speed work as I wait for 10 000 m trials.”

MOSCOW (RUS): Russian race walker Tatyana Akulinushkina has received a four-year ban after testing positive for the banned diuretic furosemide, report AP. The 21 year old provided the positive sample during a national team training camp in Sochi on February 20. Akulinushkina has already been banned for a six month period after testing positive for fenoterol. Her current ban will end onMarch 1, 2019.

BAKU (AZE): Organisers of the Baku 2015 European Games have signed a deal with Cuban television station Instituto Cubano de Radio y Television (ICRT). The deal will see the free-to-air broadcaster broadcast the inaugural European Games to 3.8 million households. It is Baku 2015’s first broadcast deal in Latin America.

ATHENS (GRE): The Greek Amateur Track and Field Federation (SEGAS) has warned that the reduction of state funds may lead to their athletes not participating in international competition, report AFP. SEGAS received 2.3 million euros last year, a 67 percent drop from 2013, while they have not yet received any funding in 2015. The federation said that it will have to reduce operating costs, including the costs involved in organizing the annual classic marathon race.

INDIANAPOLIS (USA): USATF has announced their coaching staff for the IAAF World Championships and Pan American Games. Delethea Quarles and Edrick Floréal will be the women’s and men’s head coaches for Beijing 2015, with RoseMonday and John Moon leading the team in Toronto. Recently-retired sprinter Doc Patton will be the Assistant Sprint/Hurdles Coach. 

KINGSTON (JAM): Racers Track Club head Glen Mills has come out and explained his position in recent situation at IAAF World Relays. He mentioned the MVP Track Club hierarchy, blasting president Bruce James and head coach Stephen Francis for leading an attack on his organisation and one of his understudies, Jermaine Shand. The latter had been singled out for criticism by the MVP top brass after Olympic and World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce - who is coached by Francis - was pulled from the women's 4x100m final at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relays in The Bahamas recently, with Francis and James pointing to partiality in the team's selection. Informs Jamaica Gleaner. 


SUSICE (CZE, May 12): Season opener for European Indoor champion Pavel Maslak at 300 m with 32.56. Second Jan Jirka 33.37 PB. In top 300 m hurdles women duel Denisa Rosolova in 38.99 (debut at the distance) beat World champion Zuzana Hejnova 39.21.

TAIYUAN (CHN, May 12): At National GP meet Ren Mengqian cleared new personal best in the pole vault 450 cm. In men high jump Yi Shisuo equaled his best 224 cm. 

SWARTHMORE (USA, May 10): Top shape by Spanish sprinter Bruno Hortelano at a qualifier meet here. He won the 200 m in 20.86 (-1.2) and 400 m in PB 46.22.

WARSZAWA (POL, May 9): Marcin Krukowski started with good javelin 80.52 m.


PRAHA (CZE): At age of 91 died on Sunday 1950 European steeple champion Jindrich Roudny from Czech Republic.


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