EME News, Flash Back Issue, by Alfons Juck

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Alfons Juck wanted to catch up on the world of track and field as he was quite busy with the Golden Spike Meet in Ostrava, so here we go:

EME NEWS (JUNE 14, 2008) FLASH-BACK ISSUE

INZIKURU OUT OF THE OLYMPICS

KAMPALA (UGA): As it could be deduced from her 18:50 appearance on 5000m last Saturday, 2005 steeplechase world champion Dorcus Inzikuru confirmed she won't be back to fitness in time for the Olympics. The Ugandan athlete, who gave birth to a daughter end of December 2007, has now shifted her focus to the 2009 World Championships. She will return to Iten (Kenya) next week before traveling to Italy in July, informs the Monitor.

HELLEBAUT NOT IN EUROPEAN CUP

BRUSSELS (BEL): High Jump European champion Tia Hellabaut won't be part of the Belgian team that will compete in Leira (Portugal) for the European Cup on June 20-21.

ALL JACKPOT CONTENDERS CONFIRMED FOR GOLDEN GALA

ROMA (ITA): Thirteen World outdoor champions from Osaka will feature in the star-studded field of the Golden Gala in the Rome Olympic Stadium on July 11. All five jackpot contenders are confirmed to compete in this third leg of AF Golden League. Blanka Vlasic (women's high jump), Pamela Jelimo (women's 800 meters), Bershawn Jackson (men's 400 meters hurdles), Josephine Onya (women's 100 meters Hurdles) and Hussein Al Sabee (men's long jump) are confirmed names. Vlasic will face for first time this season Olympic winner Yelena Slesarenko, Al Sabee should compete against again healthy world champion Irving Saladino. For Onyia Susanna Kallur and Lolo Jones should be the greatest rivals. In other events Asafa Powell is confirmed for 100 m if fit after Jamaican trials, another duel Jeremy Wariner against LaShawn Merritt is planned for 400 m, world champion Allyson Felix is scheduled run the 400 m and also „Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius should appear in the 400 m B-race. World record holder Tirunesh Dibaba should run again the 5000 m.

RWAMHUHANDA DIED

KAMPALA (UGA): Former Ugandan hurdler Peter Rwamuhanda died of cancer aged 54. He had won the 400m hurdles silver medal at the 1982 Commonwealth Games and at African Championships later that year and was also part of the 4x400m team that finished seventh at the 1984 Olympic Games. He had a lifetime best of 49.78 set in July 1978.

SOTHERTON RETURNS IN ANNECY

LONDON (GBR): British heptathlete Kelly Sotherton will make her return to track as a member of the 4x400m relay in the European Cup in Annecy on 21-22 June after suffering from acute kidney failure, which forced her out of Gotzis heptathlon last month.

DJHONE STILL NOT RUNNING

PARIS (FRA): French 400m record holder Leslie Djhone has decided to skip a meet in Sotteville on June 15, where he was to face 2006 European champion Marc Raquil to get time to fully recover from a gluteal injury sustained on May 30.

KORIR NOT DEFENDING

CAMBRIDGE (CAN): Kenyan miler Shadrack Korir won't be able to defend his title at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Mile to be held on June 14th on the crushed brick track of the Galt College Institute in Cambridge, Ontario, because he has to attend the Olympics training camp ordered by Athletics Kenya. In the absence of Korir who established the meet record of 3:56.05 in 2007, the favorite will be American Steve Sherer who has an indoor best of 3:56.00 in the mile - informs Globe and Mail

SEPARATE WAYS

NAIROBI (KEN): 800 m world junior record holder Pamela Jelimo and world champion Janeth Jepkosgei won't be training together at the Olympic camp set by Athletics Kenya. While Jelimo has reported to camp in Eldoret, Jepkosgei's request to train in Nairobi where the sprints team is based has been accepted by AK, informs the Standard.

TERGAT PLANS FOR NEW YORK

NAIROBI (KEN): Former world marathon record holder Paul Tergat plans compete in New York marathon on November 2. „I am feeling good and on a training program geared for November's New York Marathon. I will comment on my future after that event," he said. His next outing will be the Ngong Forest Trust 10km run.

TOP EVENTS

SAVIGNE 14.81 IN TRIPLE JUMP

MOSCOW (RUS, June 10): Cuba's world champion Yargelis Savigne is only 4cm shy of the world lead after landing at 14.81m at the Moscow Open (EA Permit Meeting) last Tuesday. Ukraine's Olha Saladuha was second with 14.76m, very close from her 14.79m PB, while world leader Slovenian Maria Sestak finished third (14.50m). 2003 world champion Kim Collins easily won the 100m with a season's best of 10.10 while Anastasiya Kapachinskaya also had a commanding victory in the women's 200m, clocking 22.48 (European lead) ahead of Yuliya Gushchina's 22.82 . Yaroslav Rybakov and Yuliya Kondakova recorded wins as well as Russian new season's bests in high jump (232) and the the 100m hurdles (12.79). Kondakova edged American Kellie Wells (12.81) while Turkey's Nevin Yanit was third (12.88) in the same time as Cuba's Ana Tejeday. Another good result was recorded by 23 year old polevaulter Sergey Kucheryanu, who achieved 5.80m, one centimeter short of his personal best set in Dessau on May 30 ahead of world indoor champion Yevgeniy Lukyanenko and Bulgaria's Spas Bukhalov who both cleared 5.65m for second and third place. France's Elodie Guegan won the 800m (1:59.85) in a close finish with Sylwia Ejdys of Poland (2:00.36) and Yuliya Krevsun of Ukraine (2:00.62). The 400m hurdles was claimed by Ukrain's Anastasiya Rabchenyuk in 54.91, while Russian Yekaterina Bikert and Anna Jesien of Poland were second and third in the same hundredth (55.23). Slovak Dmitrij Valukevic won the triple jump in a season's best of 17.29m and Pole Tomasz Majewski dominated the shot put with 20.82m while Sergey Makarov took the javelin (82.73m).

VROEMEN 8:12.50 IN STEEPLE

COTTBUS (GER, June 11): 39-years old Dutch Simon Vroemen surprised at Lausitzer Meeting with European leading 8:12.50 in the steeple. Some 5000 spectators watched his new meet record. Vroemen plans to end his career after this season. There was another good meeting record in the women's 100m by world indoor champion Angela Williams who achieved 11.13 (+0.4). Earlier she had already won the first 100 m race with 11.17. European record holder Christina Obergföll improved her season's best to 64.16 m in the Javelin. Winning her event she was well ahead of Katharina Molitor (60.81). Nadine Kleinert took the Shot Put with a fine 19.77m from Christina Schwanitz (19.27). New-Spanish Frank Casanas produced one of the best results of the day in very good conditions for throwing. He won the Discus Throw with 67.17 from Hungarian Zoltan Kövago (63.47). Canadian Achraf Tadili won the 800 m (1:46.46) and German Carsten Schlangen the 1500 m (3:37.79). In the difficult conditions Alexander Straub (Germany) won the Pole Vault with 570 ahead of Tim Lobinger who achieved the same result. Raphael Holzdeppe as third went over 565 national junior record. Colombian Daniel Grueso clocked new national record in the 100 m with 10.24 (+2.0). Ukrainian Olympic medalist Vita Styopina achieved 192 to win the High Jump.

RESULTS

TAMPERE (FIN, June 11): World indoor champion Khotso Mokoena of South Africa won the long jump in a local meet in Tampere on Wednesday evening, recording a performance of 8.20m. Finn Teemu Wirkala took the javelin with a best throw of 81.93m. The 100m were respectively claimed by James Dasaolu of Great-Britain in 10.53 and Joanna Manninen in 11.51.

TOYSA (FIN, June 11): Trinidad's hammer thrower Candice Scott improved her season's best to 69.60 in a local meet in Finland on Wednesday.

RENNES (FRA, June 11): Hammer thrower Stephanie Falzon continued her good season, winning the hammer throw with a 72.13m effort in a local meet in Rennes. Australia's Youcef Abdi took the men steeplechase in 8:25.04. 20 year old Yannick Lesourd claimed the men's 100m in a hand-timed 10.1 due to a failure of the electronic timer in the sprints.

PLOCK (POL, June 11): New PB for shot putter Dominik Zielinski who for first time in his career went over 20 meters with 20.12.

MOSCOW (RUS, June 11): 20 year old hammer thrower Anna Bulgakova won the Moscow Championships with a best throw of 72.12m, her best result after her 73.05m in Sochi at the end of May. Eduard Malchenko and Stanislav Malyarenko both cleared 2.24m in the high jump while Stanislav Ionov improved to 8.00m in the long jump.

HARARE (ZIM, June 7-8): Just a week after airing his interest to compete for Italy, promising junor shot putter Orazio Cremona won the shot put (20.05m) for South Africa at the Southern African junior championships held in Zimbabwe on June 7-8. South Africa and Zimbabwe both set new national junior records in the 4x100m clocking 40.12 and 41.78 respectively. South Africa's Tazmin Brits won the javelin with 55.75m while high jumper Marcoleen Pretorius improved her personal best by 1 centimeter to 1.86m.

FUKUGAWA (JPN, June 11): Kenyany Martin Mukure (27:56.79) and Cyrus Njui (27:58.88) clocked here sub 28 minutes times at 10 000 m. Kayoko Fukushi is returning to shape with 31:30.94 result.

SUMY (UKR, June 7): Great Ukrainian walking record by Vira Zozulya at National Walking Championships with 1:27:27 at 20 km. Men title for Andriy Kovenko (1:22:38).

MOSCOW (RUS, June 12): Fifth win for experienced Vyacheslav Shabunin at Kremlin road mile with 4:10. Irina Dmitriyeva won the women race (4:50).

ISTANBUL (TUR, June 7): Fast mile track races here by Alemitu Bekele (4:33.46 world lead) beating the surprise of the season Yeliz Kurt (4:33.82). Steeple specialist Halil Akkas clocked 3:59.76.

WIPPENFURTH (GER, June 11): Carolin Hingst achieved good 450 in women Pole Vault here.

TARTU (EST, June 9): At Gustav Sule memorial Risto Matas (78.71) beat world champion 2005 Andrus Varnik (77.63) in javelin. Aleksander Tammert won the discus (61.62).

MINSK (BLR, June 12): Good jumps at Agledtinova Memorial Meet. Irina Stasiuk achieved 674 (+0.6) ahead of Olga Sergeyenko (672, +1.2). Natalya Vyatkina improved in triple jump to 14.14 (+1.0).

OTHERS

LONDON (GBR): See on Pat Butcher´s blog on Marie-Jose Perec's continuing flight from reality, at http://www.globerunner.org/blog/?p=43

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