Usain Bolt runs 9.86! Oliver hurdles 13.11! 6th Daegu Colorful Meeting by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Usain Bolt, Berlin World Champs, August 2009, photo by

On Wednesday, May 19, 2010, forty thousand track fans in Daegu, Korea were able to witness Usain Bolt blast a legal, and world leading 9.86! In the 110m hurdles, David Oliver hurdled an excellent 13.11 to take the world leader in the 110m hurdles...

EME NEWS (MAY 19, 2010)

DAEGU (KOR, May 19): 40 000 saw Usain Bolt in his first 100 m of the year clocking world leading and meet record 9.86 (+0.1) in nearly wind-less conditions. At 6th Daegu Colorful meet (IAAF World Challenge) he said after the race that this year is not for breaking records. "There is a high possibility of me setting a new world record next year," he was quoted. It was his 18th legal sub 10 of the career since 2008 when he took the 100 m seriously. His relay team-mate Michael Frater was second (10.15) ahead of US sprinters leaded by Mike Rodgers (10.18). In the 200 m it changed, US Ryan Bailey beat Jamaican Marvin Anderson (20.58-20.59). In women US-JAM duel Carmelita Jeter won the 100 m (11.00, -0.3) over Veronica Campbell-Brown (11.05). Besides Bolt world lead another one by David Oliver at 110 m hurdles in 13.11 (-0.2) over world record holder Dayron Robles (13.26) who debuted into the season. It was first loss for Robles in healthy situation since Lausanne meet in September 2008. World champion Ryan Brathwaite way back 5th in a tie (13.67). Virginia Crawford won the 100 m hurdles in close duel over Lolo Jones (12.77 - 12.78). More US wins on the track by Angelo Taylor (400 m, 45.21) and Bianca Knight (200 m, 22.92). World champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi won the 800 m (1:45.60), in women race world leader Kenia Sinclair beats olympic winner Pamela Jelimo of Kenya (2:00.51 vs. 2:01.52). Kenyan Elijah Chelimo was the best in steeple (8:14.59). In technical events the best level in women hammer where German 2007 world champ Betty Heidler got 75.28 and reigning world winner Anita Wlodarczyk was only fourth (71.86). Between them Tatyana Lysenko (72.36) and Kathrin Klaas (72.12). Yulia Golubchikova made far low Doha outing with a pole vault win (465) and Funmi Jimoh was clear long jump first placer (668, with Carolina Kluft 5th, 629). In two men technical events Igor Janik of Poland won the javelin (80.46) and Randy Lewis of Grenada the triple jump (17.01, -1.6). The meet, broadcast live in 3-D, was enjoyed by Seoul citizens on large television screens in city center plazas. Daegu will host the 2011 IAAF World Championships. 

OSTRAVA (CZE): One of the last top names announced for 49th Ostrava Golden Spike meeting next week (May 27) is the reigning world and olympic 100 m gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica. She starts her season on 100 m in Shanghai on Sunday and next race will be at the Czech IAAF World Challenge meet. She so far only competed in relay at Penn Relays. Organizers are hoping she may attack the 11 seconds barrier and become the first in the meet history with sub 11. Current meet record is 11.03. "I am looking forward to running in Ostrava has I have never been there before, seeing its my first time and I heard it is always wonderful there, great track and exciting fans. With those two ingredients I am looking forward to a exciting meeting," she said for the organizers. Also confirmed is US high jumper Chaunte Howard, Jamaican world bronze medalist and title defender here Deloreen Ennis-London at 100 m hurdles and Slovenian Martina Ratej for javelin. 

RABAT (MAR): Shelly-Ann Fraser is also the star of Rabat IAAF World Challenge meet on June 6 in Morocco. Also running is US world medalist Wallace Spearmon in the 200 m. Around 140 athletes from 40 countries are expected. Athletes coordinator Wilfried Meert also informed about 400 m with world indoor champion Chris Brown of Bahamas with Martyn Rooney and David Gillick as strong European presence. In the 5000 m Joseph Ebuya is entered with Kenyan steeple specialist Paul Kipsiele Koech. In the 1500 m home runners Amine Laalou and Abdelati Iguider are the top favorites. Olympic bronze medalist and another home star Hasna Benhassi runs the 800 m. 

OHRID (MKD, May 19): The opening during inauguraiton of a stadium with new Mondo track saw Romanian former olympic, european and world medalist Marian Oprea competing for first time since 2008. The national triple jump record holder returned after injuries in bad weather (12 degrees, rain) with very solid 16.88 m. He was jumping only with 7 strides approach. In his best times he achieved 16.80 with 7 strides. That shows he could be back in top shape. His Romanian record from 2005 is 17.81. Oprea trains in Athens last three months with Georgi Pomashki. Special guest at the event IAAF Senior-Vice President Sergey Bubka. 

STOCKHOLM (SWE): Tyson Gay vs. Asafa Powell that will be one of the highlights of DN Galan, the Swedish leg of IAAF Diamond League on August 6. It will be his seventh appearance in Olympic Stadium. "The 100 m race at DN Galan will be extraordinary. Tyson Gay together with motivated and hungry Asafa Powell will be a fantastic match-up!" said meet director Rajne Söderberg. They might meet in duel in more IDL races and together with Usain Bolt is for the moment confirmed for the final in Brussels. 


LOS ANGELES (USA): Usain Bolt is nominated for the BET AWARDS'10 on June 27 because of his performances on the track. There will be also Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant in line to challenge Bolt for the award. Informs TrackAlerts.


NOBEOKA (JPN): Brett Larner informs on his blog that on Wednesday the organizers of the 21st Golden Games in Nobeoka track and field meet scheduled for May 22 in Nobeoka, Miyazaki prefecture, announced that the event would be cancelled due to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Miyazaki. On May 18 Miyazaki Prefectural Government officials asked organizers of upcoming events within the prefecture to postpone their events, but with the difficulties of rescheduling a major track meet in mind, Golden Games organizers opted to cancel this year's competition. 


FRANKFURT (GER): German hurdler Thomas Goller did not ask for B-sample analysis in his doping case and that gives clear sign that he will accept the result of the first one which was positive. He can expect two years ban. Goller also announced he is retiring from top sport. 


LOS ANGELES (USA): US female sprinter Mershevet Myers (formerly Hooker) explains on her blog why she is missing the Asian meets. "Last Wednesday I did block starts. On my second to last start I felt an extreme tightness in my upper left calf. I got a little massage and ice on it that day and decided to take the rest of the week off from training just as a precautionary measure. I was just really trying to focus my mind on getting ready for my upcoming meets in Asia. My coach and I agreed we needed to test out my calf full speed before getting on the plane to head to Asia to compete so we'd know exactly what my status was. I went out and had a great warm-up. I just knew I was ready to compete. After my warm-up I had to do a few bursts out of a three point stance. When got down to do this and tried to push off I felt the pain. We have yet to decide if I'm going to compete again before the adidas Track Classic in New York on June 12th. The main goal is to get healthy and then pick the meets after that. "

LONDON (GBR): UK media are informing that 1992 Olympic 100 m gold medalist Linford Christie collapsed in the road in agony last night after his car smashed head-on into a taxi. The former 100m champion's Audi A8 and the Mercedes minicab collided on a country lane in Buckinghamshire just before midnight. He was discharged un the morning after treatment. But police reported that three people who were in the cab are still in hospital 'in a serious but stable condition'.

OTTAWA (CAN): Canadian middle distance runner Gary Reed has announced four races in Europe for the beginning of his season. He will compete in Ostrava, Czech Republic, May 27. Then in Hengelo, the Netherlands, May 30. Will continue in Oslo, June 4 and finish in New York June 12. Informs

LONDON (GBR):  New Sports and Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson has laid out the priorities he has set himself after being officially confirmed in the roles by Prime Minister David Cameron.  Robertson, the Conservative MP for Faversham and Mid Kent, will replace Gerry Sutcliffe as Sports Minister and Tessa Jowell as Olympics Minister - just as was reported he would do on insidethegames six days ago.  Robertson has immediately been pitched into the row involving England's campaign to host the 2018 World Cup after Lord Triesman was forced to resign as bid leader and chairman of the Football Association following claims in the Mail on Sunday that Russia and Spain, two of the rivals to host the tournament, were involved in bribery. The World Cup bid, along with the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, is not surprisingly top of the agenda for Robertson, a 47-year-old former Major in the Life Guards who saw active service in the first Gulf War, Bosnia and Northern Ireland. Writes

LONDON (GBR): Officials are working on having around 250 000 people in the Olympic Park at any time during the 2012 London Olympic Games. Organizers want for as many people as possible, also for those who have not bought tickets to events, to enjoy the "Olympic experience". People without event tickets would be issued with a non-event ticket. Informs


BANGALORE (IND): At top Indian 10 km road race this Sunday one of the favorites will be Turkish double olympic medalist Elvan Abeylegesse.  


HENGELO (NED): The preliminary start list of FBK Games (IAAF World Challenge) in Hengelo on May 30 is having six world champions from Berlin, six olympic winners from Beijing and in total sixteen medalists from last year event in Berlin. Latest top names for women 1500 m where olympic winner Nancy Langat will run against world champion Maryam Jamal. 

BERLIN (GER): German heptathlete Julia Mächtig will not compete this summer. Mächtig had surgery on her right foot after the World Championships in Berlin last year, however successfully went back to full training this winter. Her coach confirmed she has had good training sessions but is now forced to have surgery on the Achilles tendon of her left foot. This means Mächtig will not compete in Gotzis next week, neither in Kladno mid-June and will also have to miss out on the European Championships.


VALENCIA (ESP): European walking champion FranciscoFernandez will testify in the court of Granada in a doping case that links several high placed doctors and athletes in a major doping network.  The Spanish police found prohibited substances in Fernandez' house in 2009, although the athlete never tested positive he received a two year ban for the possession of those substances. In the case eleven people were arrested as alleged members of a network that supplied performance enhancing drugs in Spain writes


PARIS (FRA): French walker Yohann Diniz has injured his ankle at last weekend's IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Mexico. Diniz walked into a hole and had to abandon the race after 8km. The injury will keep Diniz out of training for 10 days but does not compromise the season and the European Championships writes


LONDON (GBR): Media are informing that BBC will show all Diamond League Meetings live via its digital channels.


PARDUBICE (CZE, May 19): Antonin Zalsky fulfilled at local meet with 20.21 shot put the qualification for Barcelona European Championships.

JONESBORO (USA, May 18): Two metres tall pole vaulter and Berlin participant Jeremy Scott improved at local meet his outdoor best in pole vault to 582. Second Derek Miles cleared 575.

COLUMBIA (USA, May 16): Still to add fast times from Big 12 Conference Championships. Zambian Gerald Phiri equalled his own national record from last year with 10.13 (+1.4). Lithuanian Martynas Jurgilas was fifth in 10.37 but in heats clocked new national record 10.33 (+0.8). Ronnie Ash was fastest over the hurdles in 13.31 (+0.9). In women sprints Jeneba Tarmoh clocked two life-time bests 11.19 (+0.1) and 22.65 (+0.7). Jamaican Natasha Ruddock won the 100 m hurdles in windy 12.89 (+2.1). Curtis Mitchell impressed in the 200 m (20.46, life-time best).

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