Where's Dwain Chambers? by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder



Dwain Chambers hoped to be in Berlin, but ISATF Berlin has decided not to allow him to compete, so he goes to Montreuil, France on June 14, per http://www.insidethegames.com.


BERLIN (GER): European indoor 60 m champion Dwain Chambers will not be able to compete at the opening Golden League meeting of the season in Berlin next month after all, it was revealed on Monday. Gerhard Janetzky, the meeting director who had originally said that the British drugs cheat would be welcome to compete in the 100 metres at the meeting on June 14, today said that he would not be invited. Informs insidethegames.com. Janetzky claimed that he had taken the decision because he did not want to be out of step with Europe‘s other leading meetings who refuse to invited Chambers to their meetings. Euromeetings, the umbrella group that represents Europe‘s top meetings, who have urged their members not to invite athletes who have been caught doping, have put pressure on Janetzky to withdraw his invitation to Chambers, the European indoor 60m champion. Chambers will run the 100 m at international meet in Montreuil, France on June 11 which is not member of Euromeetings and is sanctioned as national permit. He will compete there for first place prize money 2000 EUR and against top French sprinters Roland Pognon and Martial Mbandjock, Trinidad´s world finalist Marc Burns and his fellow Brits Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and James Dasaolu who recently improved to 10.15.


TURNOV (CZE): The Danek Memorial meet (national permit) on Tuesday May 26 will see first this years clash of discus titans Gerd Kanter vs. Virgilijus Alekna. Also in the field olympic 2004 medalist Zoltan Kovago of Hungary. In women javelin olympic gold medalist and world record holder Babora Spotakova will have her season debut. She on Monday succesfully ended her university studies at Agricultural University in Prague, specialisation ecology. It was also announced that in her second meet on June 3 in Strasbourg, France she will meet for first time her German rival and current world leader Christine Obergfoll. They will meet then again in Ostrava at Golden Spike IAAF Grand Prix Meet on June 17. Another star in Turnov will be decathlon world record holder Roman Sebrle in his last discus test before competing during the weekend in Gotzis.


LONDON (GBR, May 25): European Indoor champion at 3000 m Mo Farah notching a superb victory smashed the British record in Bupa London 10 000 road race with a time of 27:50. Farah‘s powerful display when slicing five seconds from the previous 25-year-old mark of Mark Scruton, saw him win the race easily ahead of Samuel Kosgei (28:03) and mutiple European CC Champion Sergiy Lebid of Ukraine (28:36). „I knew I was in really good shape,“ said Farah who has only recently returned from a high altitude training camp in the French Pyrenees. Writes David Martin. Certainly his newly found self confidence after training camps with his African rivals in both Ethiopia and Kenya appear to have borne fruit and he is expected to open his track season over 3000m in Torino on June 4 at Primo Nebiolo Memorial. New Zealander Kim Smith was a runaway winner of the women‘s race in a fast time of 31:38 ahead of steeple specialist Hattie Dean (32:52) and Olympic marathon champion Constantina Dita from Romania (34:25).


LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics underlined its commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability in sports with the announcement on Monday of a pioneering partnership with the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS). The two organisations will work together to develop a Sustainable Sport and Event Toolkit (SSET) - an online „how to“ guide for organisers interested in making their events more environmentally sound and sustainable.

DESSAU (GER): The 11th edition of the Dessau meeting on June 2nd announced its top stars today. Three Olympic medallists from Beijing - Ainars Kovals from Latvia (javelin), Yevgeniy Lukyanenko from Russia (pole vault) and Olena Antonova from Ukraine (discus) - will face German top athletes like discus World champion Franka Dietzsch. Other big international names are javelin thrower Russian Sergey Makarov from Russia, Andrus Varnik from Estonia and Trecia Smith from Jamaica (triple jump). European indoors record holder Dwain Chambers is the most controversial participant. Pole vaulter Tim Lobinger as well as shot putters Nadine Kleinert and Petra Lammert are the biggest German names.

REGENSBURG (GER): German long distance runner Sabrina Mockenhaupt has achieved the Berlin standards for the 5000 m, 10.000 m and marathon event for the World championships in Berlin. Her next competition will be in Regensburg on June 7th where she is said to attack the German 10K record (31:03.62). Her PB is 31:14.21 and she will be allowed to run together with the men.

ZURICH (SUI): The Weltklasse Meet of Zucih will be be engaged in the Charity Relay which will be organised in Aarberg on June 7. The national relay 4x100 m team which is supported by Weltklasse will be there too. Children will run for children, about 2000 young boys and girls are expected here. The best children relays will also win the participation at traditional Training with World Class which is organised always two days before the meet itself.

AUCKLAND (NZL): New Zealand 800m and 1500m champion Nikki Hamblin will almost certainly miss August‘s world championships because the internal affairs department is refusing to grant her Kiwi citizenship. Hamblin and Athletics New Zealand (ANZ) have been lobbying Sports Minister Murray McCully and his Internal Affairs counterpart Richard Worth to step in and grant a passport on the grounds of extraordinary circumstances. New Zealand media are informing. But the English emigre, who has lived in the Waikato town of Cambridge since 2006, has heard indirectly through National MP Allan Peachey whose electorate agent is ANZ president Murray McKinnon that those pleas have been rejected. She now fears she may even be ineligible to compete in a black singlet at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Hamblin, who turned 21 last week, has been improving rapidly, clocking a 1500m personal best of 4:10.03 at Osaka GP meet early May.

BRUSSELS (BEL): The International University Sports Federation FISU announced the city of Gwangju, South Korea, had been chosen over Edmonton and Taipei, Taiwan to host the Universiade in 2015. This years Universiade will be held in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2011 the event will be in Shenzhen, China and 2013 in Kazan, Russia.

LAUSANNE (SUI): The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced an extension to its current partnership with Atos Origin through to 2016, including the XXII Olympic Winter Games (2014) in Sochi, Russia, and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad (2016). Atos Origin has been a key technology provider for the Olympic Movement since becoming the Worldwide Information Technology Partner in 2001. Gerhard Heiberg, Chairman of the IOC Marketing Commission, said, „Atos Origin has been a TOP Partner for over eight years and has already committed to partnering with the Olympic Movement through to 2016. The association of its brand with the Olympic Games, as well as its proven capability to deliver major IT solutions, has brought its organisation global recognition.“ Jean-Benoît Gauthier, IOC Director of Technology, said Atos Origin had played a critical role in the success of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, „Atos Origin is able to work with different stakeholders and technology partners, bringing them together to provide a seamless IT solution for the Olympic Games. Atos Origin has demonstrated its ability to deliver a very complex IT system for the Olympic Games on time and to budget through several editions of the Games. In Beijing this process involved years of preparation, over 4,000 IT experts, and 200,000 hours of testing. I‘m delighted we will able to rely on Atos Origin for at least another four years.“

LONDON (GBR): Olympic and world gold medalist Christine Ohuruogu will contest her first race over the distance of 400 m this year at an international meeting in Montreuil near Paris on June 11. Ohuruogu after several shorter sprint races this season sharpening her speed will have another 200m outing in Hengelo next Monday before racing in her speciality event at the French venue. The 25-year-old Londoner whose major target of the summer is the retention of her world title this August in Berlin is following a similar schedule advocated by her coach Lloyd Cowan last summer.


JONESBORO (USA, May 23): At the indoors meeting in Jonesboro Swiss pole vaulter Nicole Buchler achieved the World Championships qualification standard by clearing 450 what is also Swiss record.

MADRID (ESP, May 23): The ‚Africa Vive‘ race - which was organised in honour of Abel Antons marathon World titles in 1997 and 1999 - was dominated by two Ethiopian athletes: Aleligu Mehary won the men‘s 10K competition (28:59min) and his compatriote Marta Tigabea the women‘s in 32:56min. Double Olympic champion Derartu Tulu only came fifth in 37:01min.

ALGIERS (ALG, May 21-22): Algerian media report that 21 year old Larbi Bouraada set a new African record in the decathlon (8036 points) in Alger on May 21-22. Issam Nima recorded 8.07m (+1.6) in the long jump.

ANKARA (TUR, May 23-24): At national clubs league new Turkish record for long jumper Karin Melis Mey with 673 (+0.7). Her former best while representing Turkey was 662 cm from last year. But as South African she achieved last year and in 2007 693 cm. Olympic long distance medalist Elvan Abeylegesse started the season with 8:55.20 3000 m win. Ukrainian guest Yulia Krevsun posted 2:01.79 at 800 m. Best men result 62.23 by Ercument Olgundeniz in discus.

ELVAS (POR, May 23): European indoor medalist Sara Moreira clocked 4:14.42 at 1500 m here and World indoor champion Naide Gomes leaped to windy 676 (+2.1) in long jump.

REGUA (POR, May 24): Faustine Starehe of Tanzania won the Half-Marathon Douro Vinhateiro after 1:02:10. Kenyans followed, Peter Kosgei 1:02:20 and Kenneth Kiplimo 1:02:25. Rui Pedro Silva as best home runner was fifth (1:02:36). Prisca Jeptoo was the best woman in 1:12:17 ahead of former track olympic winner Fernanda Ribeiro (1:12:38).

VILNIUS (LTU, May 24): Ukrainian Vitaliy Shafar won the 10 km road race here in 29:26 ahead of Kenyan Joseph Kutto (29:41). Women home win for Rasa Drazdauskaite (34:48) beating Kenyan Eunice Kales (35:12).

KIGALI (RWA, May 24): Kenyan Benjamin Kipkoech Tabut won the 5th International Peace Marathon in Rwanda after 2:21:38. Tanzania got female win by Bryton Banuelia (2:47:49).

BOULDER (USA, May 25): At Bolder Boulder 10 km road race Ethiopian triumphs. In the men category Tilahun Regassa won in 28:17 ahead Tadese Tola (28:36) and Tanzanian John Yuda (29:16, competed for Commonwealth Team). In women contest Mimot Daska was the best after 32:48 beating Teyba Erkesso 33:02 and third Japanese Yurika Nakamura (33:28). In both teams results Ethiopia won. Men with 19 points ahead of USA (24) and Kenya (37), in women scoring 9 points followed by Japan (24) and Kenya 30.

SAN MATEO (USA, May 24): Olympic discus winner Stephanie Trafton-Brown achieved at the USATF Pacific Association Championships new life-time best 66.21 m. As media are informing, she achieved that on her second throw in cold, windy conditions at College of San Mateo. It is also new world leading mark 2009. Olympian Suzy Powell-Roos was second (61.87). „What‘s different now is the expectations,“ she said for San Francisco Chronicle. „I‘ve never been the one people are gunning for. I‘ve always been the underdog, having something to prove. I need to put myself in situations where I have something to prove. That‘s how I thrive.“

OTTAWA (CAN, May 23): Track and Field News reports world record from Saturday´s MDS Nordion 10 km road race in Ottawa. Winner Deriba Merga from Ethiopia broke the 8 km unofficial world record with 21:48 minutes en route to finishing the race. The 8K (5 miles) record was 22:02.

BOGOTA (COL, May 22-24): At national championships Paulo Villar clocked 13.69 at 110 m hurdles, Amilcar Torres got solid 50.39 at 400 m hurdles and sprinter Daniel Grueso new national record at 200 m (20.62). Noraldo Palacios registered javelin record for Colombia (79.61). Also excellent the 51.93 at 400 m by Norma Gonzalez. Johana Trivion got two golds with windy 14.26 (+2.3) in triple jump and 661 in long jump.

BLUMENAU (BRA, May 23): Moacir Zimmermann achieved 39:20.0 at 10 000 m track walking. Alessandra Picagevicz clocked new national record at 5000 m walk in 22:51.0.

MARINGA (BRA, May 24): Third South American 80 m javelin thrower is Brazilian Julio Cesar Miranda with 80.29 m.

BARQUISIMETO (VEN, May 24): At 17th Viloria Memorial meet the best result 45.55 at 400 m by Arismendy Peguero of Dominican Republic.

PORTO ALEGRE (BRA, May 24): Brazlian Adriano Bastos won the Porto Alegre Marathon in 2:19:20. Women winner Conceicao Maria de Carvalho achieved 2:43:25.

ST. LOUIS (USA, May 23): Olympian Leonel Manzano won here the mile in 3:55.29.

Special thanks to Alfons Juck, EME News.

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