Defar Debuts at 10,000m in Stockholm, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder



Meseret Defar will be going for her A standard at 10,000m for the Berlin World Championships tomorrow at Stockholm Stadiu, with Aheza Kiros, who won the adidas Track Classic 5k, and Worknesh Kidane. Should be an interesting race...will she run it safe or blast it?

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STOCKHOLM (SWE): Surprise site of Meseret Defar´s debut 10 000 m track race will be this Saturday Stockholm stadium. In order to get qualifying marks for the World Championships. In company with World´s best athlete of the year 2007 will be also Aheza Kiros (31:06.93 last year in Ostrava) and Worknesh Kidane (30:07.15 from 2003).

They will start at 15.15 hrs, an hour before estimated time when the winner of Stockholm Marathon should enter the stadium.


KINGSTON (JAM): Sprinting star Usain Bolt plans to attack next year fast times at 400 m. He was quoted as saying that he wants to break the global mark of Michael Johnson 43.18 from 1999. IAAF also replied that the governing body might be ready to change the Olympic Games 2012 time-table in order to allow the triple combination of 100 m, 200 m and 400 m.


TORONTO (CAN): Olympic winner LaShawn Merritt is the latest addition into the Festival of Excellence meet planned for Toronto on June 11. He will run the 400 m against home star and world indoor champion Tyler Christopher. Kevin Sullivan, Canada‘s best middle-distance runner ever will run the mile against Kenyan Shedrack Korir and steeplechase world-record holder Saif Shaheen of Qatar competes in the men‘s 5000 metres. Informs Toronto Star.


LONDON (GBR): Olympic and world gold medalist at 400 m Christine Ohuruogu picked up her MBE from Prince Charles on Friday during a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The Londoner admitted that it was one of the most nerve-wracking moments of her life, writes She is scheduled to run the 200 m next Monday in Hengelo and 400 m in Montreuil, France on June 11.


BEAVERTON (USA, May 28): U.S. Olympic Trials champion Nick Symmonds opened his outdoor season on the Nike campus clocking 1:46.25 for 800m. His was just one of four elite events incorporated into the Nike Mile, a series of track races held for Nike employees. Kara Goucher doubled in the 800m and the mile; the races were held just 15 minutes apart. Finishing fourth behind Briton Jemma Simpson, who ran 2:02.93, Goucher clocked a personal best 2:06.79. She then finished a close second in the mile to training partner and Olympic 10,000m teammate Amy Begley. Goucher clocked 4:37.58, just 0.04 behind Begley. Steeplechaser Tom Brooks won the elite mile in 3:59.31 and was the only man to break four minutes. Informs Race Results Weekly.

LA PAZ (BOL, May 28): Brazilian Lucimar de Moura clocked 11.35 at Mario Paz meeting what was the next leg of South American Grand Prix. Vicente de Lima scored also male 100 m win for Brazil 10.29.


DARMSTADT (GER): German discus thrower Michael Moellenbeck announced today that he will stop athletics after this season. The 39-year-old who come twice third at World championships, still has to qualify for his big aim in 2009: the Worlds in Berlin. So far he has achieved 61.98 and wants to improve.

BAUNATAL (GER): The 4th edition of DKB-Cup will start this year on June 5th in Baunatal. Athletes can win a jackpot of 50.000 Euro. The duel between javelin thowers Christina Obergfoell and Steffi Nerius will take centre stage. The next stations will be the meetings in Leverkusen (July 31st), Cottbus (August 8th) and the final on September 6th at the historical Olympic village near Berlin. Other jackpot events are men‘s pole vault and shot put and women‘s long jump.

NECKARSULM (GER): German shot putter Christina Schwanitz, so far without any competition this year, will start her season at the regional championships in Mannheim on June 20th and 21st. The sixth placer at the World indoors championships suffered from an injury at her hand.

PRAGUE (CZE): New confirmed name for Odlozil Memorial (June 8, EA Premium meeting) is Kenyan olympic bronze medalist in steeple Richard Mateelong. The organizers also offered to in-form world record holder Barbora Spotakova an 20 000 USD bonus for improving her global mark 72.28 from Stuttgart WAF last year.

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