ORLANDO (USA): Justin Gatlin took to social media to backtrack on some statements that he made the day before, report Reuters. “Emotional day. All is fine with Beijing Org & me,” wrote the current world leader over 100m. “We have a great relationship and I look forward to being there in Aug for worlds & next year for the meet.” An IAAF spokesman said that the governing body will not comment on the matter. “There is no comment from the IAAF as these are invitational meetings and only the meeting organizer can make the decisions about who competes in their meeting.” Agent Renaldo Nehemiah added: "It was a misunderstanding in addressing Justin Gatlin. The possibility of Justin not being able to run led to frustration and over reacting. We were never told that they didn't want him. Beijing WC looks forward to his return there next year."
Gatlin for 200 m at Pre
EUGENE (USA): Last year Worlds fastest Justin Gatlin will run the 200 m at the Prefontaine Classic this year on . His rivals will be last year Diamond Race winner Alonso Edward from Panama, Jamaicans Nickel Ashmeade, Rasheed Dwyer and Julian Forte, onle one another American Curtis Mitchell and National record holders of Qatar (Femi Ogunode) and South Africa (Anaso Jobodwana).
Lemaitre vs Vicaut
PARIS (FRA): L´Équipe informs that this weekend French Interclubs final in Tourcoing could see an exclusive duel in the 100 m between the best two home sprinter Christophe Lemaitre and Jimmy Vicaut. From top hurdlers Pascal Martinot-Lagarde will not yet compete, Garfield Darien is in Hengelo and young Wilhelmo Belocian still overseas at the Hampton Games in Trinidad and Tobago. Pole Vault star Renaud Lavillenie will also not compete, he wanted to do one of additional events but plans for Eugene and Rome as his next two meets.
Semenya in Dakar
DAKAR (SEN): The Dakar IAAF World Challenge meet on will see 2009 world champion Caster Semenya test her shape in the 800m. Also in the field are Fantu Magiso and Noélie Yarigo. Jamaica’s Patricia Hall will race the 400m, while top Kenyan junior steepler Daisy Jepkemei will also be in action. In the men’s 100m, Gerald Phiri of Zambia is the big favourite.
OSTRAVA (CZE): For first time ever women track walking event will be held during Ostrava Golden Spike meeting on (IAAF World Challenge). Czech Republic is having a top talent currently, World junior champion and European senior medalist Anezka Drahotova. She improved last weekend at European Cup in Spain her national record to at 20 km. The versatile all rounder (will be 20 only in July, competes also in cycling and half-marathons) will try at 3000 m walk against another European medalist Lyudmila Olyanovska from Ukraine. She wants to target the 12 minutes, all-time world best by Italian Ileana Salvador is 11:48.24 from 1993.
LONDON (GBR): The eighth Bupa London 10,000 road race on , which will incorporate the British 10km championships, will feature European medallists Jo Pavey and Andy Vernon. Vernon will defend the title he won last year in 29:33. Up against him will be fresh English 10,000m champion Jonny Mellor. Pavey’s rivals for the title include Helen Clitheroe and Charlotte Purdue. The 10km race is the culmination of a two day Road Running Carnival which will start with the Westminster Mile. Hannah England is the women’s favourite, while Lee Emanuel heads the men’s field. The mile races will also incorporate the British championships.
NEW YORK (USA): Harvey Glance, the coach of Kirani James, has said that the young Grenadian is having his best ever start to the season after completing a good block of training, report Grenada Sports. Glance said that one factor behind James’ blistering start to 2015 is his increased level of maturity. His next two races are Prefontaine Classic in Eugene and Rabat IAAF World Challenge meet.
ALBANY (USA): The 37th Freihofer’s Run 5km on will welcome back two-time champion Emily Chebet (2010, 2013). The 29 year old Kenyan, who is a two time world cross country champion, will face Ethiopian rival Buze Diriba, who was the second fastest in the world last year at this distance. Paris Marathon runner-up Amane Gobena of Ethiopia is also in the field, although she has less experience over the 5km distance. Eritrean cross country champion Nazret Weldu finished 11th at the world cross country and could be a factor here.
LONDON (GBR): The spikes worn by Roger Bannister when he ran the first sub four minute mile will be put to auction on , report AP. Christie's auction house said they expect them to sell at 30,000 (47,000 USD) and 50,000 pounds (78,000 USD).
BOGOTA (COL): The Bogota International Half Marathon (IAAF Gold Label) on will feature current world leader Stanley Biwott. Biwott won in Den Haag in March with a time of 59:20, before placing 4th at the London Marathon, and will start as a big favourite. The Ethiopian challenge will come from Tadese Tola, the world marathon bronze medallist. He has a best of 59:49, set in 2010, but that remains his only sub 60 performance and his marathon performances have dipped this year. Birhane Dibaba tops the women’s entries. The 21 year old Ethiopian won the Tokyo Marathon in February. She only has one half marathon to her name, a 69:34 from winning in San Diego last year. Informs the IAAF.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill will compete at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix (IAAF Diamond League) on. The 29 year old will compete in the 100mH and shot in Birmingham. Olympic champion Sally Pearson and British record holder Tiffany Porter have already been announced for the 100mH in Birmingham. World champion Brianna Rollins has also been added to the field.
POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA): Caster Semenya’s main focus this year is the World Student Games, report BBC. “The main focus now is the World Student Games,” revealed the South African 800m runner. “We're not going to worry too much about the World Championships.” She believes that she may have a good chance of breaking the 800m world record next season. She also said that she may try the discus or shot put towards the end of her career.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan athlete and politician Wesley Korir stormed out of a meeting with officials from the Ministry of Sport after he found that the government would not allocate any money in their budget to anti-doping, report the Daily Nation. The 32 year old 2012 Boston Marathon champion tweeted, “I am very disappointed, just walked out of a meeting with PS Sports because of their non-commitment to fight this vice in our country.”
INNSBRUCK (AUT): New laser technology will be used at the 11th Golden Roof Challenge on to show spectators how far the long jumpers have jumped. The event also adds women’s pole vault to its schedule for the first time; Fabiana Murer of Brazil will be joined by Germany’s Lisa Ryzih and Austrian record holder Kira Grünberg in the field. Jerome Clavier of France heads the men’s entries. In the long jump, Anna Klyashtornaya, the second furthest jumper in 2014; will be joined by 15 year old Austrian multi event sensation Sarah Lagger. The men’s long jump is headlined by Ignisious Gaisah. The meet will be broadcast live on television for the first time.
PONCE (PUR): IAAF Council Member Alberto Juantorena has managed to get a US visa and will travel with the Cuban team to the Ponce Grand Prix.
LUCCA (ITA): Former Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was hospitalised for 12 hours in Italy due to an illness. He is currently coaching the Italian based Moldovan sprinter Alina Cravcenco. Report La Gazzetta dello Sport.
ZWOLLE (NED): World marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto will compete at the Zwolle Half Marathon on . He joins former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang, Geoffrey Mutai and Michael Kipyego in the field. Kipsang and Kimetto have met twice at the half marathon distance, their head to head score is 1-1.
FRANKFURT (GER): Paralympic long jumper Markus Rehm wants to be able to compete in able bodied competition, report dpa. The transtibial amputee, who jumps from a prosthetic leg, wants to compete at the world championships and Olympic Games. Last year, the German federation decided that Rehm did have an advantage over his able bodied rivals, but Rehm wants to contest this finding. His comments come shortly after he jumped 829 in a competition in Barcelona last weekend.
LAUSANNE (SUI): IOC President Thomas Bach officially tested the new IOC Athlete Learning Gateway . The interactive platform, which was developed as part of Agenda 2020, will provide elite athletes with courses and live online seminars aimed at helping them boost their performances and shape their future careers. It will offer modules on a wide range of topics such as nutrition, psychology, leadership, sports technology and injury prevention. Former 800m world record holder Wilson Kipketer took part in discussions on supporting athletes in preparing their professional career through the world’s best academics and learning tools.
JACKSONVILLE (USA): Jacksonville is one of several cities that could see a new professional athletics league in 2016. The American Track League, a new brand in professional sports, was created by Paul Doyle, an Atlanta-based agent for track and field athletes. Doyle launched the league last year with a five-meet series that took place in Georgia, Indiana, Virginia and Texas over the course of six weeks. Jacksonville is one eight cities that Doyle is targeting along with Atlanta, Boston, Richmond, Charlotte, St. Louis and Sacramento. Informsbizjournals.com.
SOFIA (BUL, ): At 37th edition of the "New Stars" meet Mitko Tsenov posted 2000 steeple national record 5:25.12. Shot record holder Georgi Ivanov got 19.96 and Andriana Banova 13.84 (+0.9) in triple. Silvia Danekova clocked in women steeple good quality 9:39.10.