EME NEWS (MAY 24, 2013)
SPOTAKOVA HAS A BOY
PRAHA (CZE): Javelin world record holder and double Olympic winner Barbora Spotakova is happy mother. Her son Janek was born on Friday morning (3.28 kg and 51 cm). „Im very happy, Im going through emotions and responsibility feelings,“ she said for Czech media. Father is her long time boy friend Lukas Novotny. Spotakova plans to return for 2014 and mainly the European Championships in Zurich.
JETER SHOULD BE READY FOR MOSCOW
LOS ANGELES (USA): The 100 m world champion Carmelita Jeter after her injury at Shanghai Diamond League hopes for the best and be back on time to defend her title from Daegu in Moscow. „Carmelita‘s ultrasound did not show any „major damage“, just a lot of inflammation. She will not be able to run at Prefontaine Classic and nationals looks doubtful for now. Having said that, and knowing how she operates, she‘ll continue to do everything in her power to be ready,“ said her agent Chris Layne. Jeter has the wild card from the IAAF for Moscow World Championships.
SEMENYA IS IN TRAINING
PRETORIA (RSA): 2009 World champion Caster Semenya has been training hard although she will probably return to competition only in mid-July, her Finnish manager Jukka Harkonen said on Thursday. Semenya was omitted from the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee’s (Sascoc) Operation Excellence programme following a report that she was neither training nor competing. “It’s wrong that she hasn’t been training,” Harkonen told Times Media, adding that the Olympic 800m silver medallist had been undergoing rehabilitation for a long-term injury to her left knee. “She has been training, she’s been running two, three times a day. She is in quite good shape. In April she was in the same shape she was in April last year,“ said Harkonen.
SRR WITH TREADMILL
NEW YORK (USA): When Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross had toe surgery in September of 2012, she turned to an unusual aid to help heal her ailing right big toe: the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill. Commonly used by elite level distance runners, Richards-Ross is one of the few known top level sprinters to use the expensive machine which can cost as much as 75 000 USD. Writes Race Results Weekly. Diagnosed with Hallux Rigidus, a condition where two bones in the toe rub against one another, Richards-Ross had been dealing with pain in her foot for close to five years. In the month following her Olympic win at 400m, surgeons shaved down a pair of bones in the 28-year-old‘s foot, giving the big toe more flexibility. Following surgery, Richards-Ross was anxious to return to her Olympic form. But, her toe would not cooperate. For years, the AlterG has been well known in distance running circles. Arguably the most notable force in the growing AlterG trend has been Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar.
WETMORE EXPECTS GREAT PV
NEW YORK (USA): The meet director of New York adidas Grand Prix on Saturday Mark Wetmore was quoted as saying that women pole vault should be one of the highlight: „ The women’s pole vault is going to be great. This year we’re going to set up a special runway so the event will take place parallel to the home stretch, to give fans a better view and a better appreciation of how these women can jump. With six of the top seven women in the world last year it could very well be the best pole vault that’s ever been held in the United States.“ Another could be sprints: „There have already been some youth records set on the new blue track from Mondo, called Super X Performance, and I’m sure we’ll see some meet records on Saturday. Tyson checked it out on a recent trip to New York and didn’t even have to run on it to declare that it’s fast.“
LONDON (GBR): The Bupa Westminster Mile on Sunday, organised by the London Marathon in partnership with Westminster City Council, is designed to celebrate the Mile as one of the most iconic races in athletics. From the first official world record exactly 100 years ago, to Roger Bannister’s legendary four-minute mile in 1954, it has always been a special event for runners and fans alike. Sunday will witness seven British men sub-4 milers amongst the names of many other well known British athletes (Baddeley, Murray, Brewer, Warburton the top ones and 800 m specialist Rimmer), especially featuring in the women’s field Lisa Dobriskey and Hannah England.
LONDON (GBR): Mo Farah will target his fifth straight victory at the 2013 Bupa London 10,000 road race on Bank Holiday Monday when he headlines an elite field containing some of Britain’s finest distance runners. Farah’s main threat will come from fellow-Briton and former training partner Scott Overall. Overall was runner-up behind Farah last year in 29:26 just a couple of months before he represented Team GB over the same central London course in the Olympic marathon last August. British international Amy Whitehead leads the women’s field on her London 10 km.
AUCKLAND (NZL): Steve Landells, the Associate Editor of SPIKES, is leaving the UK to start a new life in Auckland, New Zealand with his Kiwi wife and young family next Thursday. Steve will still be closely involved with the sport and he will be carrying out some work for Athletics New Zealand and will maintain an involvement with SPIKES. He will also be working with the IAAF editorial team at the Moscow World Championships.
ST. WENDEL (GER): Latest cancellation of a meeting comes from Germany. The throwing meet in St. Wendel will not be staged this year. Meet organisers and German federation DLV are now pro-active in this situation and want to stage a workshop to stop this trend after recently different German meetings were canceled. In past months canceled Cottbus, Königs Wusterhausen, Kassel, Biberach, Cuxhaven, all this are full track meets. From special meets not held pole vault in Karlsruhe, indoor shot put Nordhausen will not be staged in 2014 and now the throwing event of St. Wendel. Not to speak about past big meetings in Koln, Koblenz, Stuttgart or Nurnberg. ISTAF meet director Gerhard Janetzky is proposing a League of German meetings with clear rules and system.
SLOVENSKA BISTRICA (SLO): At the Slovenian local meet here on Saturday the 2008 hammer olympic winner Primoz Kozmus will start his season.
NEW YORK (USA): New Zealand olympic medalist Nick Willis informed on his twitter that he will not be able to run the Mile at Prefontaine Classic after the fall in the Shanghai 1500 m race. He was initially scheduled also for the 800 m this Saturday in New York.
EDINBURGH (GBR): Since the inaugural Edinburgh Marathon in 2003, all but four of the 20 individual winners have been either Kenyan or British. But that trend could be broken at the IAAF Bronze Label Road Race this Sunday (26). Ukrainian Olympian Ivan Babaryka is the fastest in the field with his 2:11:48 PB, set last year at the Barcelona Marathon. Edinburgh Marathon organisers are also proud to support up-and-coming Kenyan athlete Japhet Koech. The 26-year-old has a PB of 2:21:35, only two minutes slower than John Mutai’s winning time in Edinburgh last year. But Koech has not yet had an opportunity to prove himself in competition. Koech’s remarkable story is captured in Adharanand Finn’s best-selling book, Running With The Kenyans. After years of watching Kenyan athletes win the world’s biggest races, from the Olympics to big city Marathons, Finn set out to discover just what it was that made them so fast and to see if he could keep up. For women race Kenyan favorites Risper Kimaiyo 2:29:16 and Emily Chepkorir 2:32:31. Informs the IAAF.
OTTAWA (CAN): Organisers of the 2013 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend on 24-25 May have their fingers crossed the weather cooperates for their world-class 10km and Marathon events – both IAAF Silver Label Road Races. The Canadian capital is unique in hosting two IAAF Silver Label races in the same weekend and aside from the elite athletes who are competing for the prize money there are more than 43,000 runners of all ages expected to participate in the various events. Saturday evening’s 10km promises to be an exceptional race this year. Both defending champions Lindsey Scherf and Geoffrey Mutai are returning. The former will face Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya and Ethiopia’s Firehiwot Dado on the starting line. Sunday’s Marathon could well produce course records. A year ago Laban Moiben of Kenya set the record at 2:09:12 and he will be going for his third consecutive Ottawa victory. Among the contenders is Tariku Jufar who hopes to become the first Ethiopian man to win the Ottawa Marathon. Kenyans Nathaniel Kipkosgei (2:06:08 PB) and Victor Kipchirchir are also in form. The latter finished third in 1:00:27 at the 2013 Berlin Half Marathon which suggests he might well be ready to better his only previous Marathon best of 2:09:16. The women’s race includes a formidable line-up of Ethiopian runners. Sechale Delasa, the 21-year-old who made an impressive Marathon debut in last December’s Shanghai Marathon (2:26:27), will tackle defending champion Yeshi Esayias and Netsanet Achamo. The latter ran 2:24:12 in Hamburg last year. From the IAAF.
GLASGOW (GBR): Athletics Weekly informs that Virgin Media has been unveiled as an official partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, with the deal also including the company being the presenting partner of athletics. This means that athletics superstars Usain Bolt and Mo Farah, who are brand ambassadors for Virgin, could form part of an advertising campaign for the Glasgow event which will take place from July 23 to August 3 next year, with both athletes already having stated their desire to compete.
VILA REAL (POR): A year ago in the Portuguese town of Vila Real de Santo António, the men‘s event at the European Champion Clubs Cup Senior A produced a dramatic finish. After two days of competition, Fiamme Gialle, of Italy, and Plays de Castellon, of Spain, were level on 127 points each. Now this will be repeated again. But also competing will be Sparta AM (Denmark), Entende Franconville Cesame Val d’Oise (France), Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers (Great Britain), Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Portugal), Luch Moscow (Russia) and Fenerbache Sport Club (Turkey). As per names Italians will have high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi, hammer thrower Nicola Vizzoni, European CC Champion Andrea Lalli, former world champion in pole vault Giuseppe Gibilisco. The Spanish side is looking also strong, but not big names, Moscow will have Sergey Mudrov in high jump, Aleksey Zagorniy in hammer, French side comes with Senegal long jumper Kaba Badji, high jumper Mickael Hanany and in-shape Yves Rapinier in triple jump. British side offer hurdler Allan Scott and Turkish javelin thrower Fatih Avan. Russia’s women team from Luch Moscow returns to Portugal once more as the favourites as they look to lift this European Champion Clubs Cup title for a 17th successive time. And they will have hammer olympic winner Tatyana Lysenko, shot put olympic medalist Yevgeniya Kolodko as top names. Also in the race Valencia Terra i Mar of Spain, Turkey’s Enka Spor Kulubu (with top distance runner Elvan Abeylegesse and Bulgarian sprinter Ivet Lalova), USK Praha (Czech Republic), CA Montreuil 93 (France), Birchfield Harriers (Great Britain), Dundrum South Dublin (Ireland) and Sporting Clube de Portugal (with Naide Gomes).
DUBNICA (SVK): The B group of European Champion Clubs Cup will be again after last year staged in Dubnica, Slovakia. At the end 7 teams will fight for promotion into the A group (normally top two teams will advance). On the men side Czech Dukla Praha (with hammer world leader Lukas Melich, shot putter Ladislav Prasil, high jumper Jaroslav Baba and distance runner Jakub Holusa) will be the favorites. Fighting for second place Partizan Beograd (with shot putter Asmir Kolasinac and 400 m hurdler Emir Bekric), home side Spartak Dubnica (with strong Polish steepler Lukasz Parszczynski), Maccabi Tel Aviv (with top 400 m runner Daniel Sanford). Also in the field Phanos Amsterdam (Netherlands), AD MASS Ljubljana (Slovenia) and LC Zurich (Switzerland). On the women side strong is Phanos Amsterdam (with sprinters Kadene Vassell and Jamile Samuel), Sparta AM (Denmark), Macabi Reshon Lazion (Israel, with olympic finalist Hana Knyazeva in triple jump), Kladivar Celje (Slovenia), AC Crvena Zvezda Belgrade (Serbia, javelin record holder Tatjana Jelaca), LC Zurich (Switzerland) and home side Spartak Dubnica.
DOHA (QAT, May 23): Third day of Arab Championships saw Issam Nima of Algeria winning the triple jump with windy 17.01 (+3.3). Egyptian Ihab El Sayed achieved 79.17 in javelin. Oman clocked 39.43 to win the 4x100 m. New meet record in women steeple 9:47.33 by Moroccan Salima El Ouali ahead of Ruth Chebet from Bahrain 9:52.47. Morocco won gold in women 4x100 m in meet record 46.59. From Carole Fuchs.
ULM (GER, May 23): 2009 Gotzis winner German Michael Schroder scored new world leading 8427 points in decathlon at the combined events meet here. He achieved that despite cold weather and has now big chance to be among top 3 Germans for Moscow World Championships. Other national team colleagues will compete in Gotzis this weekend. Second Matthias Prey 7831. Women heptathlon winner was Ida Marcussen of Norway 5728.
CHULA VISTA (USA, May 23): Brad Walker ahead of Briton Steven Lewis, both 550 at another test meet here. In women pole vault Kylie Hutson 460 over April Steiner Bennett 450.
PUEBLO (USA, May 23): At NCAA II Championships Croatian 100 m record holder Dario Horvat clocked windy 10.18 (+4.0) in heats, in another race Jeff Henderson 10.20 (+1.2) PB, he also won the long jump 781 (+0.7). In 400 m heats the fastest Jamaican Dane Hyatt 45.78.
AUSTIN (USA, May 23): NCAA West Regional meet saw in 100 m heats new best for Charles Silmon 10.03 (+1.7), Canadian Aaron Brown clocked 10.11 (+2.0) and Ameer Webb 10.14 (+1.6, equaled his PB) in other heats. No sub 46 in 400 m heats, fastest Bryshon Nellum and Jamaican Akheem Gauntlett 46.14 in their races. Australian Julian Wruck topped the discus qualification 63.95. English Gardner posted windy 11.08 (+3.0) in women 100 m heats, fastest legal Cierra White 11.23 (+1.7). Regina George of Nigeria was the best in 400 m heats 51.27 and Chelsea Casullo with 70.07 PB the best in women hammer qualification.
GREENSBORO (USA, May 23): Isiah Young is the next sub 10 club member, the US sprinter clocked 9.99 (+0.3) in the 100 m heats of NCAA East Regional meet. In other heats lifetime best for South African Anaso Jobodwana 10.14 (+0.8) and 10.16 (+0.1) for Diondre Batson. Canadian Daundre Barnaby was the best 45.47 in 400 m heats. In women 100 m heats fastest 11.15 (+1.7) for Auriyeall Scott and 11.17 (+1.3) for Octavious Freeman. Bahamian world junior champion Shaunae Miller was the best in women 400 m heats 51.84 and new PB in 400 m hurdles heats for Kendra Harrison 55.77.
CASTELLON (ESP, May 23): Concepción Montaner leaped at a local meet 659 (+1.1) in the long jump and missed the B standard for Moscow only by 6 cm. Fatime Diame behind her got Spanish youth record 638 (-0.5).
EME NEWS (MAY 24, 2013) UPDATE
GAY, RUDISHA, SUPERB POLE VAULT FIELD
NEW YORK (USA): Third meet of IAAF Diamond League in „Big Apple“ on a new blue track is promising exciting duels. Gay, Rudisha, two very special names. Returns of Vlasic and Sanya and top women pole vault field. Meet records and world leads in danger. In between also junior, high school, even masters and kids competition. The only worry, chilly weather, possible some rain.
Event by event
100 m: Gay against strong sub 10 group (Ashmeade, R. Bailey, Bailey-Cole, Carter, Thompson). But first heats and then the final.
200 m: Non-DL. Clear favorite Weir, first sub 20 of the year?
400 m: Non-DL. Former champ Wariner. K. Borlee from Europe and two relay medalists from London Mance and McQuay.
800 m: Rudisha is expected to be faster than in Doha, so WL is very possible.
5000 m: Gebremeskel and Gebrhiwot for world lead, meet record 13:02.90 also possible.
110mH: Open field, based on this year Ortega. World lead 13.16 in danger. Merritt injured, Oliver and Richardson missing.
TJ: Taylor vs. Idowu.
SP: Whiting is the leader. Hoffa, Majewski, possibly Cantwell attacking from behind.
100 m: Non-DL. Baptiste, return of Hooker, also running Bartoletta.
200 m: VCB should improve the WL 22.31.
400 m: Deep field, return of SRR, but also WL Montsho, EL Ohuruogu, Shericka and Novlene Williams from Jamaica.
1500 m: Doha winner Aregawi is the clear favorite. Meet record 4:01.60 in danger.
Steeple: Chepkirui most probably to win again, meet record 9:27.29 should be broken.
HJ: Return of Vlasic, but Barrett is already in shape. Meet record 194 will go. For first time this year in DL.
PV: Top technical field of the day. Suhr vs. Silva should bring something special. But also Murer, Spiegelburg, Bleasdale, Svobodova.
LJ: Reese should confirm her flying mark from Doha. Meet record 674 will be send to the past.
DT: Another solo of Perkovic. She will be the new meet record holder (currently 63.97).
JT: First big clash of the year (Abakumova, Obergfoll, Viljoen, Rebryk), for first time held in DL 2013.
TYSON NOT SURE ABOUT DOUBLING
NEW YORK (USA): US record holder Tyson Gay said for L´Équipe he is not yet sure about doubling at US Championships in June. „I felt my groin after the 200 in Clermont. It‘s been a while since I had not run so fast in the curve. I give myself time to decide if I double at the trials. That was the initial idea, but we must see how I feel.“ Gay also confirmed that New York will be his last meet before the Championships.
MOSCOW (RUS): High jump London Olympic and reigning world champion Anna Chicherova explained to All Sport news agency why she has refused to compete in the New York Diamond League meet. “My first competition in Tokyo was very exciting and I have been recovering after that trip too long. It took more than week of my time. That’s why I decided to come back home after my second competition in Beijing to make quiet preparation for next European event I’ll have in Rome. Moreover I made only eight jumping practices till now including performances in Tokyo and Beijing. So after clearing 202 in China I’m sure I have good potential to improve my results more but travel to USA would take a lot of my energy and power,” said the 30-year-old Russian.
YELENA OVER 511 IN TRAINING
VOLGOGRAD (RUS): Coach of pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva Yevgeniy Trofimov informed All Sport news agency that she will go to rehabilitation clinic in Munich on May 26 to make some consultations and treatments of her injury. “We made medical examinations in Shanghai. Chinese doctors are sure that pain in Yelena’s leg is just recurrence of an old injury which became inflamed after we started to train on usual competitions surface.” Trofimov also betrayed a secret that on April 29 Isinbayeva cleared 5.11 at last indoor training session. World record is 506 cm. “Yelena is ready now like never! She has a big desire to jump, good physical and great mental condition. The only one current problem is the pain in her left leg. If we resolve that problem in the near time I’ll not be worried about the outcome of Moscow Worlds.”
PARIS (FRA): French long distance runner Hassan Hirt was banned for two years and his suspension will end on December 16, 2014. He tested positive early August last year for EPO and was excluded from the French team in London.
OTTAWA (CAN): Athletics Canada selected 56 athletes to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) 2013 Summer Universiade (FISU) team that will compete in Kazan, Russia. In the team also five olympians from London. Melissa Bishop, Inaki Gomez, Julie Labonte, Segun Makinde and Sarah Wells.
TORONTO (CAN): The 2013 National Track League announced that 37 Olympians have confirmed their participation at the 3rd annual Toronto International Track & Field Games (TITFG) on June 11 at the University of Toronto‘s Varsity Centre. The meet is second in the Canadian circuit. Headliners at the TITFG include 2012 Olympic Games bronze high jump medalist Derek Drouin, reigning 100m Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games champion Lerone Clarke of Jamaica and 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist and previous World and Pan American Games Champion Lauryn Williams in the women‘s 100 m. The men‘s 400 m will feature a pair of 2012 Olympic Games medallists in Michael Mathieu of the Bahamas and Manteo Mitchell of the United States.
MOSCOW (RUS): Management of sports and entertainment events in Moscow received more than 4 thousand applications from those who want to volunteer at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow. „Despite the fact that it is even more than the required number of volunteers the receipt of applications is still going on as we don’t have enough applications for some specific activities,“ said the first deputy general director Alexander Buzdakov. LOC expects to involve about 3500 volunteers in Moscow championships. Mr. Buzdakov also noted they still need technical and transport specialists, engineers and doctors.
SAN JUAN (PUR): Puerto Rico announced the bid of Professor Victor Lopez, one of the most respected personalities in the world of athletics in the Americas, to run for the presidency of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation (NACAC). Lopez, 69, aims to fill the vacuum left by the late NACAC chairman Neville ‚Teddy‚ McCook of Jamaica, who passed away on February 11. Elections for the new NACAC president will be held in Moscow on August 6th, before the start of the World Championships.
NEW DELHI (IND): India will send a 10 member team, including 2 girls, to the World Youth Athletics Championships to be held at Donetsk in July.
HAVANA (CUB, May 17-18): Good discus here, in women category Yaime Perez 64.08 and Jorge Fernandez 63.30 in men section. Daysurami Bonne clocked 51.2 in the women 400 m.
BUCURESTI (ROU, May 24): Olympic medalist Marian Oprea got 16.57 (-2.4) in triple jump at national meet.