Congrats to Sally Kipyego and Molly Huddle on their superb 5,000 meters at Mt. SAC. Dan Huling, better known as a steepler, improved from 13:46 to 13:24.72. Brent Vaughn ran 13:26, as Huling and Vaughn lead five more men under 13:30!
Special thanks to Alfons Juck, our roving global news man, for his updates on this weekends world of track & field!
EME NEWS (APR 17, 2010)
PANAMA CITY (PAN, Apr 16): Olympic long jump winner Irving Saladino started in home country his summer season. During first day of 9th Central American Games he won the long jump with 819 (0.0) and had also 808 and 807 in the series. Another Panamian star and world medalist sprinter Alonso Edward won the 100 m in solid 10.24 (-0.2) beating Rolando Palacios of Honduras (10.36). 22 years Andrea Ferris of Panama improved hugely to 2:02.52 at 800 m what is also new meet and national record (and fastest of the outdoor season). Cuba is not competing at these games.
MORE THAN 170 AGENTS REGISTERED
MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF published the list of registered athletes representatives for 2010. The list contains huge number of 173 names what must be record itself. This is most probably last year with such a big number as IAAF council recently approved new regulations for athletes representatives which should be valid from 2011. It will be a four-step process (examination, application, authorisation and registration) and will also include a 30 000 USD guarantee. Interestingly some of the top athletes do not have listed official representatives although it is widely known they have one. Interesting changes in ranks of top athletes, for example South African Peet Van Zyl represents 800 m world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, new name Wilson Joseph takes care of 400 m hurdles world champion Kerron Clement, Hungarian Attila Spiriev works now with hammer thrower Krisztian Pars, Wesley Felix (brother) represents 200 m world champion Allyson Felix and Jose Praia of Portugal has now Russian javelin thrower Mariya Abakumova. Interesting to note that AR for 800 m world champion Caster Semenya is Jukka Harkonen of Finland who is a keen insider of South African scene and also a highly respected coach.
US FRIDAY ACTION
NASHVILLE: Canadian Gavin Smellie posted 20.46 (+2.1) win at 200 m during first day of Vanderbilt Invitational meet.
CLEMSON: ACC Conference Championships is having one of the highest quality in current US college season in women hurdles. In 100 m hurdles heats each winner clocked sub 13 even when windy. Queen Harrison 12.82 (+2.2), Ti´erra Brown (12.74, +4.2) and Kristi Castlin (12.84, +2.0). Two of them contested also 400 m hurdles and Harrison achieved 56.89 with Brown being even faster (56.41). In men´s 100 m heats Maurice Mitchell got windy 10.12 (+3.6). Interesting to note that Belgian Kevin Borlee clocked 46.69 in 400 m heats. German Liane Weber improved to 5928 in heptathlon.
WALNUT: Fast 5000 m races at 52nd MtSAC Relays. Former multiple NCAA Champion Sally Kipyego of Kenya registered 15:02.83 what is her lifetime (outdoor) best and world lead. Second Molly Huddle improved to great PB 15:05.71. Great also the invitational men´s 5000 m with top 8 under 13:30. Steeple specialist Dan Huling won and bettered his PB from 13:46 level to 13:24.72. Second Brent Vaughn who was third at US half-marathon championships in January in Houston got 13:26.05. Puerto-Rican hurdles record holder Hector Cotto clocked lifetime best 10.37 (+1.4) in University/Open division 100 m heats. Javelin world finalist Sean Furey was the best with second career mark 79.31 m.
AZUSA: At Bryan Clay Invitational British 400 m olympic gold medalist Christine Ohuruogu opened with 52.30 the season. Asian record holder Samuel Francis of Qatar posted fast 10.27 (-0.4) in the 100 m. In the 200 m his winning time was 20.89 (+1.1) with Ireland´s 400 m runner David Gillick second (21.20) and decathlon olympic winner Bryan Clay fourth in 21.48. Long jump specialist Briana Glenn won the 100 m in 11.53 (+2.0).
CAIRO (EGY, Apr 14): National record holder in hammer Mohsen Anani continues in good marks at local meets, this time 76.33 m. Informs Tilastopaja.
SHIJIAZHUANG (CHN, Apr 16): World junior 2008 finalist Meng Qianqian achieved in women shot put 17.29 what was one of the best results during first day of national junior championships.
BOSTON/VIENNA (USA/AUT): International marathons and races of this weekend are having difficulties because many of Europe's major airports are closed, flights are canceled. It is all due to the atmospheric disturbances caused by the volcanic eruption in Iceland. The impact will be felt at the Boston Marathon, where on Friday afternoon organizers said as many to 500 or 600 runners entered in Monday's race could have their travel here affected. Writes Universalsports.com. For Sunday´s Vienna City Marathon around 2000 possible participants could be affected. While in Europe train is a good possibility. Also many of European athletes at training camps could not return home.
PRAGUE (CZE): Javelin world record holder Barbora Spotakova during the announcement being one of the ambassadors of IAAF Diamond League also outlined her whole plans for the summer. The media briefing on Friday was attended by Czech minister of defence Karel Bartak as she is member of army club Dukla Praha. She plans to start in Doha on May 14, then continue at Danek Memorial in Turnov (May 25) and Ostrava Golden Spike on May 27. Apart of Diamond League meetings she plans Odlozil memorial on June 14 in Praha, European Team Championships in Budapest (First League), Czech national championships in Trinec in July and of course the European Championships in Barcelona. Spotakova just returned from training camp at Grand Canaria. „We had a very good training camp, some nice and long throws. I started with quality training earlier than last year and also the fact that I competed indoors helped me a lot," said the olympic gold medalist. Next training camp is planned for Debrecen, Hungary since April 25 with her usual training partner Barbara Madejczyk of Poland. Spotakova hopes that the early season ending, her event final is in Zurich will allow her still to have something from late summer at home. „The only thing might be Continental Cup in Split aftewards," she comments.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Pole vault sensation Cheyne Rahme and hammer throw star Annemie Smith are among the 28-member national squad named by Athletics South Africa (ASA) on Friday in preparation for the13th IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada, between July 19-25. South African media are informing. The squad also includes 100m hurdles star Rikenette Steenkamp (13.61 seconds this season) and Boland long jump talent Luvo Manyionga (8.05m).
WARSZAWA (POL): On Thursday a special running race was staged in honour of Polish Olympic Committee president Piotr Nurowski who died in the plane crash of Smolensk, Russia last Saturday. It started in Krakowskie Przedmescie and finished near the building of the national olympic committee.
ATHENS (GRE): Greek Athletics Federation SEGAS confirmed dates for different national championships for summer 2010. The senior championships will be held on June 12-13 in Patras, one week before the European Team Championships.
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