Usain Bolt, the newly crowned world record holder at 100 meters, will be doubling in the 100 meters and 200 meters in Beijing, according to Alfons Juck today! Watch Bolt run 200 meters in Ostrava on June 12! The sprint wars are heating up!
EME NEWS (JUNE 2, 2008)
BOLT FOR DOUBLE
KINGSTON (JAM): Fresh world record holder Usain Bolt after returning to Jamaica confirmed he will go for double at Olympic Games, that means to compete at 100 m and 200 m. In this way he also plans to double at Jamaican national championships which are serving as Olympic trials during last June weekend. Jamaican Federation usually gives wild card to athletes who are in top three in the world. That means the athlete must compete, but must not be necessarily in top three at the trials. His only race from now until Jamaican Championships will be a 200 m at Golden Spike of Ostrava.
THREE QUESTIONS FOR BISLETT, TICKETS NEARLY SOLD, GREAT WEATHER EXPECTED
BERLIN (GER): From winners in Golden events at AF Golden League opening in Berlin at DKB-ISTAF three names are remaining under question for trying to repeat their wins at famous Bislett Games on Friday in Oslo. Jamaican 200 m winner Sherone Simpson flew home on Monday morning. Also 400 m winner LaShawn Merritt did not plan initially to stay in Europe because he has duties to run at Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on Sunday. Last question is about Kenyan 800 m sensation Pamela Jelimo and her stay in Europe because she wanted to return to Kenya to pre-Olympic camp organized by her national federation. 12 000 tickets have been already sold what is near capacity from the number to sell and all looks for a great evening at Bislett with excellent weather forecast.
NOGUCHI TRAINS IN JAPAN
NAGANO (JPN): Olympic marathon winner Mizuki Noguchi has been training in Sugadaira in Nagano Prefecture (1300m altitude) since May 20. So far she has completed one 40Km run, two 30Km run and three 20Km cross country runs.
She has canceled her planned training in Kunming, China. Informs Ken Nakamura. Originally, she was going to train in Kunming from June 12 for two weeks. She will return to her home in Kyoto for a few days after June 8, but then return to Sugadaira for further training. She will be in Beijing to see the course from June 27 to 30 and then will be training in St Moritz, Switzerland from July 4.
ISTAF WITH GREAT TV AUDIENCE
BERLIN (GER): As the organizers of Sunday DKB-ISTAF Golden League meeting informed the TV audience share during the live transmission of main public station ARD was in the first half at 8.8 share level (about 840 000 viewers) and increased in the second half to 10.1 share (more than 1.2 millions).
HADADI vs. KANTER
TALLINN (EST): The Estonian best one day meeting Tallinn 2008 (European Athletics Premium, scores towards IAAF World Athletics Tour) is having after Berlin an interesting clash on the program. Home world champion in discus Gerd Kanter will meet with Asian record holder and winner from Berlin Olympic stadium Ehsan Hadadi of Iran. The other star is Long Jump world champion Tatyana Lebedeva of Russia, her main rival should be another Russian Irina Simagina, the Olympic silver medalist who will be opening her season. Also to mention the World champs finalist Marc Burns of Trinidad with 9.99 PB at 100 m. Olympic champion Yuri Belonog from Ukraine will be the star of Shot Put, but with Canadian record holder Dylan Armstrong and Australian Justin Anlezark he will have it tough. Good women hammer field with former world record holder Gulfiya Khanafeyeva of Russia, improved French Stephanie Falzon and Croatian record holder Ivana Brkljacic. Other interesting names Danielle Carruthers from USA at 100 m Hurdles, 400 m runners duel at 200 m (Zaytseva against Pospelova), Bahamian world class sprinter Chandra Sturrup at 100 m, Latvian Eriks Rags in javelin, US duel at 110 m Hurdles Aubrey Herring vs. Eric Mitchum, Kenyan Nicholas Kemboi at 1500 m and Brian Dzingai at 200 m from Zimbabwe.
PRETORIA (RSA) The world's top-ranked junior shot putter, Orazio Cremona of South Africa, wants to compete for Italy, his parents' country, at the World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz next July. „For me, it was all about how they (the Italian Athletics Federation) look after athletes" he said. Cremona, who represented South Africa at the African junior Championships in Ouagadougou last summer, is yet to receive formal approval from the IAAF and Athletics South Africa for the switch to become effective - informs the Times.
BRUSSELS (BEL): The FISU Executive Committee yesterday attributed the 2013 Summer Universiade to Kazan in Russia. Athletics competition is one of the main parts of this global event for students. Other candidates were Gwangju (Korea) and Vigo (Spain). Kazan will host also this years very important Russian National Championships wich will serve as Olympic trials.
MALMO (SWE): Olympic winner Stefan Holm will not open his summer season at Tuesday´s MAI Galan in Malmo, opening meet of Swedish series Folksam Grand Prix. He postponed the season debut to Kil on June 8. He was not feeling well recently and had high temperature.
KALAMATA (GRE): Sprinter Dwain Chambers is going to compete at European Athletics Permit meeting Papaflessia in Kalamata on June 4. That was confirmed by the organizers, he will run just one race at 100 m and was expected to arrive to Athens on Monday evening. That will be his season opening after bronze medal at World Indoor Championships in Valencia and rugby stories. The meet is not member of Euromeetings group. The main names for the meet are home Olympic winner Fani Halkia at 400 m Hurdles, world leader Marija Sestak of Slovenia in Triple Jump. In men jumps home national long jump record holder Luis Tsatoumas and Grenada´s Randy Lewis in Triple Jump.
LONDON (GBR): Respected track writer Pat Butcher writes on his blog about Usain Bolt and his world record and Jamaican sprinting tradition at: http://www.globerunner.org/blog/?p=39
HUELVA (ESP): Spanish European track and CC champion Marta Dominguez thinks about running the 3000m steeple at the Olympic Games in Bejing and will therefore debut at this event on June 13th at the international meeting in Huelva.
NOBEOKA (JPN, May 31): Ethiopian Yacob Jarso clocked 13:21.30 win at 5000 m during Golden Cup Meet here. He beat a group of Kenyans which was headed by John Kariuki (13:21.75). Pauline Wanguru was the best woman at 5000 m (15:25.60).
NIIGATA (JPN, June 1): Another great distance running by Kenyan Paul Kuira (27:51.92) ahead of Ryuji Ohno (27:53.19). Half-marathon world record holder Samuel Wanjiru was third (28:02.41) and was as Ken Nakamura points out most probably only helping his teammates. Noriko Matsuoka won the women race (31:31.45). National record holder Kayoko Fukushi was sixth in her first race since winter Osaka marathon (32:22.18).
SAO PAULO (BRA, June 1): Brazilian runners dominated the Sao Paulo marathon.
Claudir Rodrigues won the men's race in 2:17:07 and Maria Zeferina Baldaia clocked as best woman 2:42:20. Participation was at 12 000 level what is new record.
SAN DIEGO (USA, June 1): Russian Yulia Gromova from St. Peterburg won the 11th RocknRoll marathon clocking her PB 2:28:23. Her previous best was 2:34:12. Kenyan Jemima Jelagat was second (2:30:18) and Romanian Nuta Olaru third (2:35:43). Male winner Kenyan Simon Wangai 2:10:07 ahead of Leonard Maina (2:10:56).
LJUBLJANA (SLO, June 1): To add from national series meeting another defeat of world finalist Matic Osovnikar to Jan Zumer (10.70-10.76 against -2.9) at 100 m. Everyoung Merlene Ottey achieved despite being 48 years old 12.15 at 100 m as fifth (-2.5). She is scheduled to compete in Oslo on Friday. Alenka Bikar was the winner with 11.88. Olympic finalist in Shot Put Miran Vodovnik achieved good 20.43. Croatian hurdles record holder Jura Grabusic clocked 13.72 (0.0).
CHEMNITZ (GER, May 31): Fast wind-aided 10.15 (+2.6) 100 m by German Martin Keller at local meet. His legal best is 10.29.
ST. PETERBURG (RUS, May 31): Tatyana Ter-Mesrobyan achieved at city championships good 664 in Long Jump.
BREST (BLR, May 31): From Belarus national cup meeting good hammer throwing by Aleksandr Vashchilo who improved to 79.01. Darya Pchelnik registered 70.73. Natalya Safronova got 14.03 in triple jump.
KIYEV (UKR, May 29-31): Another national throwing meet registered 71.90 by Hammer thrower Iryna Sekachova and improvement of javelin thrower Oleksandr Tertychny to 80.40. Two meters big discus thrower Oleksiy Semenov improved to 65.40 m.
CHISINAU (MDA, May 30-31): Marina Marghieva improved the national record at national championships in hammer to 70.81 and better as the previous mark was also her younger sister Zalina Marghieva (70.22). Oksana Zhuravleva clocked steeple NR 9:50.60 and Radu Tucan 225 in High Jump. International class triple jumper Vladimir Letnicov registered 16.95.
ROMA (ITA, June 1): Fast sprintes by Marco Torrieri 10.44 (-0.2) and British Emma Ania who clocked 11.32 (0.0) to equal her best from 2006.
BARCELONA (ESP, June 1): Antonio Redolat was timed at 3:39.06 during 1500 m race at Catalanian Championships. Kenyan Caleb Ngetich won the steeple in 8:29.84.
BIELSKO-BIALA (POL, June 1): Vitaliy Shafar of Ukraine won the 10 km road race here after 29:16 and former steeple record holder Justyna Bak was the best woman (35:20).
DJAKARTA (INA, June 1): Race Results Weekly reports about high quality 10 km road race in Indonesia. Kenyan John Cheruiyot Korir won with 29:15. Ukrainian Natalya Berkut was the best woman (32:10) ahead of Mexican Maria Dulce Rodriguez (33:20). Rodriguez now plans to come to Europe and run 10 000 m in Ostrava on June 12.
AMSTERDAM (NED, June 1): South African „Cheetah Runner" Oscar Pistorius clocked at paralympic meet in Netherlands wins at 100 m (11.48) and 400 m (47.92). In July he plans to race within IAAF competitions where he must achieve the necessary results in order to qualify for Olympic Games.
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