Beijing Updates, EME News, by Alfons Juck, Notes by Larry Eder


Tyson Gay is ready to roll, according to a series of workouts he has done recently. Should be some tremendous track action at end of the week! Carolina Kluft is long jumping well and enjoying the sport again, but the world sports stage is less without her tremendous talent in the heptathlon...perhaps Hyleas Fountain and Kelly Sotherton will give her something to come back for!

EME NEWS (AUG 11, 2008)


SWEDEN: Swedish camp from Fukuoka reports positive news. Hurdles star Susanna Kallur was able to train in full speed also over the hurdles and should be ready for her Olympic races. Stefan Holm cleared in training 225 and tried at 230. His training best this year as per Swedish TV website is 228.

HUNGARY: Hungarian discus thrower Robert Fazekas was welcomed upon his arrival to Beijing by dope testers. He was in 2004 in Athens disqualified for breaking the doping rules after he won in the field his event.

USA: Tyson Gay showed journalists that he is healthy. They saw his training. He did nine sets of warm-up strides in regular running shoes, then put on spikes for a workout set of a hard 60 meters, a hard 80 and finally a hard 100.

JAPAN: In update of 2004 marathon Olympic champion Mizuki Noguchi had an injured left thigh and also feels pain in her groin but she has been doing all she can to ensure her participation in Beijing, Nobuyuki Fujita, manager of the Sysmex Corp. the, athetics team to which she belongs, declared at a news conference Sunday afternoon in Kyoto. Noguchi has resumed light training. The Japanese federation will decide whether the athlete will compete or be withdrawn from the marathon in a few days.


ETON (GBR, Aug 8): At UK Challenge final Carl Myerscough achieved good 20.18 in Shot Put (he is not eligible for Olympics. Mark Findlay clocked 10.32 (+1.5) at 100 m ahead of Leevan Yearwood (10.33).

ST. PETERSBURG (RUS, Aug 9): Russian marathon Olympian Aleksey Sokolov tested his shape at 10 km road race with winning in 29:30. Sergy Lukyin was far behind second (30:18). Yulia Gromova won the women race (32:35).

STAVANGER (NOR, Aug 8-10): At Norwegian Junior and U23 Championships Karoline Grovdal achieved 9:09.85 at 3000 m and national record at 2000 m SC 6:21.39. Trude Raad got junior hammer record 58.55 and one of the best results ever for deaf sportsmen.

SLUBICE (POL, Aug 9): Poland boys won the U18 match against Germany 110:100 as Marcin Pastuszko achieved with 5 kg implement 72.64 m. The girls match ended with win for the guests from Germany clearly 135:78. Kimberly Jess cleared 187 in High Jump and Caroline Hasse 400 in Pole Vault.

FALMOUTH (USA, Aug 9-10): CIGNA Falmouth Men's Mile road race winner was Jon Rankin in meet record 3:56.45. John Jefferson finished second in 3:56.82 while Kurt Benninger of Canada followed close behind for third in 3:56.99.

Three different runners led the women's mile before Amy Mortimer separated herself from the pack with 150 meters to go. She won in meet record 4:32.90 ahead of Tiffany McWilliams 4:33.80 and Jullie Culley (4:34.80).

Tadese Tola of Ethiopia and Edith Masai from Kenya won the 36th running of the seven miles. Tola was the men's champion, covering the seven-mile course from Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights in 32:07. Masai took the women's division in 37:02, each won 10 000 USD. Meb Keflezighi was second in the men's race and Lyudmila Biktasheva of Russia (37:05) was the women's runner-up.


BATON ROUGE (USA): LSU stand-out sprinter Trindon Holliday is after last year also this summer playing football. The wide receiver in this sport will watch the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a pang in his heart. Says local media. Holliday is less than a week into fall practice with the reigning BCS champion LSU Tigers but knows how close he came to being on the world's biggest sports stage. "It would have been a nice feeling to be there, but also (is) fine I'm not there because I've come back for another season with my friends," Holliday said. "I'm kind of disappointed I didn't give it my all to make it to the Olympics. I have football to fall back on, so I have to be ready to go." Last year, Holliday capped a stellar track season with a school record and a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash at the USA championships, which qualified him for the World Championships in Osaka, Japan. But he opted to report for fall football practice, with the Olympics a year later. At the Olympic trials he was out in semifinals.

Used with permission of Alfons Juck, EME News.

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