Knight, Kluft Win in Windy Malmo, EME News, by Alfons Juck, Notes by Larry Eder


Bianca Knight, the new US sprint phenom started off her debut in Europe, at Malmo, Sweden, with a 23.65 win, running into -3.2 wind. Carolina Kluft, she of the recently, " I need new challenges), long jumped 6.77 meters into with a 4.2 mps wind!



OSLO (NOR): This years 800 m sensation, double world junior record holder and African Champion Pamela Jelimo will continue in her AF Golden League jackpot quest. She got the necessary permits to run at Friday Bislett Games in Oslo. The usual friendly weather climate for runners at Bislett world record stadium could help her to be even faster than on Sunday in Berlin (1:54.99). Special guest of honour at this meet will be multiple distance record holder from the past Kenyan Henry Rono.


TALLINN (EST, June 3): Iranian discus sensation Ehsan Hadadi achieved another Asian record today at Tallinn 2008 meeting (European Athletics Premium). In second series registered 69.32 and bettered his mark from Berlin on Sunday by 20 cm (series: 65.52-69.32-66.66-65.34-63.88-64.70). Home hero and world champion Gerd Kanter was clearly beaten with 67.82. Third Ukrainian super talent Mykyta Nesterenko improved European best in junior category with senior implement to 65.12 in first throw and 65.31 in second throw. Previous best by West German Werner Hartmann 63.64 in 1978. World junior best with senior implement is 65.62 by Australian Werner Reiterer in 1987. But this throwers were 19 years old, whereas Nesterenko is 17. He owns also the official world junior record with 1.75 kg implement 70.13 this year in Halle, Germany.

Some 3000 spectators in Kadriorg Stadium saw expected win for the biggest female star of the meeting Russian World and Olympic winner Tatyana Lebedeva in Long Jump (665, +0.9) clearly ahead of Olympic medalist another Russian Irina Simagina (656, -0.6). At the beginning the temperatures well over 20 degrees, at the end decreased to 15. High quality also the hammer of Croatian record holder Ivana Brkljacic (73.62) who with French Stephanie Falzon (71.68) were able to beat former world record holder Gulfiya Khanafeyeva of Russia (70.82). In javelin 2005 world champion Andrus Varnik got an 80 meters mark (81.11) for first time since July 2006. However he was beaten by Latvian Eriks Rags (81.19). Interesting home wins for Javelin thrower Monika Aava (58.98) and long jumper Tonis Sahk who improved to 799 (-0.8) ahead of German Nils Winter (793, +1.8). Running events were affected by wind. Russian Natalya Rusakova got a sprint double with 11.59 (-2.6) and 23.31 (-0.1). Former US Indoor champion Danielle Carruthers won the 100 m Hurdles (13.35, -0.8). World Finalist Marc Burns of Trinidad dominated the 100 m (10.22, +2.1) ahead of Preston Perry (USA, 10.25). US ruled the 110 m Hurdles with Eric Mitchum (13.49, +0.2) and Aubrey Herring (13.53). African wins for Brian Dzingai of Zimbabwe at 200 m (20.76, -0.7) and Nicholas Kemboi from Kenya (1500 m, 3:42.22).


MALMO (SWE, June 3): Opening meet of Swedish Folksam GP series was strongly affected by winds. Olympic champion Carolina Kluft had all her jumps wind-aided, the best 677 (+4.2). From this point of view very impressive season opening by World Indoor Champion at 800 m Abubaker Kaki of Sudan who won the 1500 m and clocked PB 3:39.71. His team-mate Ahmad Ismail achieved also solid 1:46.91 at 800 m. Kaki runs now two 800 m races in Oslo and Ostrava. US sprinting talent Bianca Knight had her European debut already today here with 23.65 against -3.2 wall. Briton Martyn Bernard got good 227 cm in High Jump and German Lars Borgeling was the best in Pole Vault after jump-off with 545 cm. Poland´s Grazyna Prokopek-Janacek won the 400 m (53.18).


PARIS (FRA) - Martial Mbandjock, the best Frenchman on the short dash in 2007, hopes to clock a good time for his debut next Friday, in Turin's (EA Premium) meet. „I'm not the kind of person to come out loud with times I'm going to clock. But I'm ambitious and want to get below 10 seconds this season, with the Olympic Games as a target. I've had good feelings the last few weeks", declared the athlete who trains at the Sports National Institute (INSEP). Ronald Pognon is the only Frenchman until now to have run faster than ten seconds (9.99). Mbandjock best is so far 10.16.


STRASBOURG (FRA) - Former 1500m French record holder Fouad Chouki, whose running career was brought to an end by a positive EPO drug test in 2003, has again some problems with the law. He is in police custody since May 28 for driving despite a canceled driving licence, Chouki is also subject to an extradition request by the German police, that wants to hear him about a case of extortion and armed burglary committed in Kehl, 8km from Strasbourg last April. He had already spent two weeks behind bars in September 2004 after being accused of rape by a 14 year old girl, who retracted a few days later - informs les Dernie‚res Nouvelles d'Alsace.


KALAMATA (GRE): British sprinter Dwain Chambers has exclusively told inside-the-games that he plans to launch his High Court appeal against the British Olympic Association (BOA) after he has run in Greece tomorrow. Speaking to inside-the-games editor Duncan Mackay, the writer who five years ago exposed him as having failed a drugs test, upon his arrival in Athens he said: „I have to do this - I can't afford to wait if I want to compete in the Olympics." After racing in Greece Chambers will return to England to compete for his club Belgrave Harriers in the British League at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium on Sunday.


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EUGENE (USA): Each won the gold medal at last summer's World Championships, and both will be at Hayward Field this Sunday, June 8th, for the 34th annual Prefontaine Classic. Bahamian Donald Thomas, a basketballer who had never high jumped before 2006, won the World Championships gold in Osaka, while America's Brad Walker improved on his silver World Championships medal from 2005 by winning gold in 2007. Thomas will be challenged by three jumpers who were ranked in the top 10 in the world last year by Track & Field News magazine: Russian Andrey Silnov at No. 7, Eugene resident Jesse Williams at No. 8, and 2007 Prefontaine Classic champion Tora Harris at No. 10. Wild cards in the event are Russia's Ivan Ukhov, who had the highest jump in the world last year(239i), and former World Junior champion Andra Manson, who has the 3rd highest jump in the world this year (233). Walker's main competition will come Mexican national record-holder Giovanni Lanaro who cleared (580) last year to win the Pre Classic amid swirling conditions. Hoping to gain momentum before the Olympic Trials are 2004 Olympic gold medalist Tim Mack, American record-holder Jeff Hartwig—still jumping high at age 40--and University of Oregon alum Tommy Skipper. Information by organizers.

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