A Day of Flashes, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

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To appreciate the work of our friend, Alfons Juck, I have provided for you, a time line of updates to us on April 29, 2009. While Alfons was updating us on the three confirmed positives in endurance events, Bob Ramzak was writing the piece on Ramzi. Please note that before we will publish our reports, we make sure that we confirm our information. As always, mistakes can be made, when that happens, we will update, and correct any misinformation as well as make sure our readers know the correct information.

EME NEWS (APR 29, 2009) FLASH 1---11.36 pm Chicago time Tuesday/5.36 am London time, Wednesday

Kanter world leading 70.84 m

CHULA VISTA (USA, Apr 28): Estonian world and olympic winner Gerd Kanter improved his own world leading mark with year´s first 70+ throw at special discus meeting called World Record Challenge in California. In second round he got 70.84, his sixth best mark ever. His only other valid throw was in fourth round (69.05). He will continue in the challenge next week in Salinas. Second Dutch Erick Cadee again improved his best to 65.61, third US Jarred Rome with 65.43 (it was the leader after first round), fourth Egyptian Omar El Ghazaly (65.18) and fifth Swede Niklas Arrhenius also impressive (65.00). The competition was held in 20 degrees and wind going to 2 m/s.

EME NEWS (APR 29, 2009) FLASH 26 am Chicago time/ 12 noon, London time, Wednesday

IAAF confirmed cases, but did not name

MONTE CARLO (MON): The IAAF can confirm it has been advised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that three (3) athletes have returned positive tests to the new form of EPO named MIRCERA following re-analysis of samples taken by the IOC in Beijing. The IAAF understands that the relevant National Olympic Committees have been notified. The cases are currently confidential, and the IAAF is bound by its Rules and unable to confirm the names or nationalities of any athletes involved or comment further at this stage. The usual results management procedures for samples taken during the period of the Olympic Games will now apply including the option for all athletes to have their B samples tested. The IAAF must wait for further details from the IOC before considering any provisional suspension of the athletes and a decision is not expected within the next week. Just as the IAAF has already re-analyzed its own samples taken prior to Beijing, the IAAF would like to commend the IOC for their efforts in the storage and re-analysis of samples and for their coordination with the IAAF in this process. This step shows that athletes who cheat can never be comfortable that they will avoid detection and sends a strong message of deterrence. IAAF writes in a release. Agencies are reporting that one of three track and field athletes tested positive should be a gold medalist from Beijing.The samples were taken from endurance events as IOC confirmed.


Flash 3---7.56 am Chicago Time, 1.56 pm London time

Ramzi confirmed
MANAMA (BRN): Bahraini Olympic Committe confirmed for international media that the olympic track gold medalist tested positive for CERA is Rashid Ramzi, the winner of 1500 m. If confirmed with B-sample he will face two years ban and disqualification from Olympic Games. In that case gold will go to Kenyan Asbel Kiprop, silver to Nick Willis of New Zealand and bronze to French runner Mehdi Baala.


Flash 4---11 am Chicago Time, 5 pm London time, Wednesday


Bolt returns to Ostrava

PRAGUE (CZE): World fastest man confirmed today via telephone conference that he will compete at 100 m at IAAF Grand Prix Ostrava Golden Spike meeting on June 17. Usain Bolt will return to city of Ostrava for third time. In previous both outings he won the 200 m and improved the meet record. In 2006 in cold weather with 20.28 and last year already as fresh 100 m world record holder with 19.83 what is also the fastest time ever achieved in Czech Republic. „I love the meet and the crowds there and want to return. I m not taking care who runs against me, i will run my own race, that is my job. When I compete I m always trying to get the best possible out of myself. Of course depending on my shape. If the shape will be ok, everything is possible,“ he was quoted during today phone interview and so answered the usual question about possibilites to break the world record. Organisers are offering for running the global mark a bonus of 100 000 USD. He also admits that the only fear in connection with Ostrava is cold weather. „Chilly is ok, I can run in that, but too cold is not good. I m expecting the usual sell-out stadium and great atmosphere. I want to show them something from Beijing experience,“ he invited the spectators. The Jamaican triple olympic gold medalist and world record holder will run at the City Stadium in Southeastern part of Czech Republic (called Moravia) his first European track race of 2009. It should be his fourth 100 m of the year after windy 9.93 in Spanish Town early March and planned races in Kingston this Saturday and in Toronto on June 11. In the mean-time he is scheduled to compete in Manchester on May 17 at 150 m in a street competition. The organisers of Ostrava headed by newly appointed meet director Jan Zelezny are hoping he would be able to attack the high quality meet record of Asafa Powell who achieved 9.85 in Ostrava 2005 what is called a „rain-world record“ 9.85. The track should be fast enough as last year Dayron Robles clocked here 110 m Hurdles world record 12.87. Already earlier announced for Ostrava meeting are olympic winners Pamela Jelimo (800 m), world record holder Dayron Robles (110 m Hurdles) and most popular current Czech athlete Barbora Spotakova for javelin. Also competing will be world champion Blanka Vlasic in High Jump and world leaders Paul Kipsiele Koech (3000 m steeple) and Lolo Jones (100 m Hurdles, should be fine for middle of June after injury at Drake Relays). „I hope that this fields will help us to be considered for IAAF Diamond League in future,“ Jan Zelezny was quoted.


EME NEWS (APR 29, 2009) FLASH 5--12.24 pm Wednesday, Chicago time, 6.24 pm London time

Other two names revealed

LONDON (GBR): The rest of two names from athletics tested positive for CERA were also disclosed by news agencies. One is Greek 2004 Olympic walking winner Athanasia Tsoumeleka who was positive also before the games and also later and ended her career in the meantime. Second in Croatian 800 m runner Vanja Perisic. She is European U23 bronze medalist and has a PB of 2:00.21 from last year. In Beijing she was out in heats in 2:06.82. Her name was confirmed by Croatian Olympic Committee.


Special thanks to Alfons Juck, EME News.

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