Bernard Lagat, Nike Pre 2009, photo by PhotoRun.net.
RBR spoke to Ricky Simms, manager of Usain Bolt last night. His injury is slight, and he will be able to start running most likely next week. Tyson Gay had a good MRI, but the sciatica pain is there, which came back after his 19.41 for the straight 200 meters. Yesterday, when Allyson Felix was asked about the straight 200 meters she ran last month in the UK, she said, "It was very long!".
Bernard Lagat told us that he was recovered from his 5,000 meter AR. And Matt Tegenkamp and Evan Jager are also in the 1,500 meters with Bernard!
EME NEWS (JUNE 11, 2010)
BOLT WILL BE IN NY, BUT NOT RUNNING
NEW YORK (USA): Fastest man on earth Usain Bolt will be a special guest at Saturday´s adidas Grand Prix in New York. Because of his small achilles injury he is unable to compete, but will „be there to support his team-mates." It was also reported he should strat with training early next week in order to be ready for his next planned competition in Lausanne on July 8 at 200 m. In order to accommodate the in-depth fields of more than 200 athletes from across the globe, the starting time of the meet (adidas Grand Prix in NYC) has been pushed up to 3pm this Saturday. The meet will still conclude shortly after 6.30 pm local time as previously scheduled. Australia´s olympic medalist Sally Pearson will open her Diamond League 100 m hurdles season. After a race against time to have her entry to the USA approved, Australian Eloise Wellings will touch down in New York just hours before the starter's gun sounds and will run the 5000 m. Czech best pole vaulter and Doha 6th placer Michal Balner will be forced to rely on help of his jumping colleagues. His poles were not allowed in the plane from Prague to Big Apple.
ROMA (ITA): In All-Athletics.com one day meeting rankings Golden Gala of Rome is number two with 92 433 total score. Oslo Bislett Games is leading with 92 527 only 94 points more. Third Doha has 91 877 and fourth Shanghai 90 509. Ostrava leads the IAAF World Challenge meets as fifth in the current rankings (88 561). More details at www.all-athletics.com. Interesting from the background of the meet is the strange reason when Jermaine Gonzales and David Neville did not finish the 400 m race. They were hindered by the overhead camera taking shots approaching the final bend, writes TrackAlerts. Another interesting point is about the French sprintig talent Christophe Lemaitre (being second in 10.09) as he forgot to pack his spikes and only discovered the mistake four hours before the meeting started.
TORINO (ITA): 11th Memorial Primo Nebiolo (EA Premium meet) will have world record holder Dayron Robles at 110 m hurdles as a top star. He will come to run on Saturday as the fresh winner from Golden Gala. Another highlight will be men´s 800 m with second fastest man in the world this year, Abubaker Kaki of Sudan. Relay world record holder Michael Frater of Jamaica will face in the 100 m home stars Fabio Cerutti and Simone Collio. Interesting also triple jump as Fabrizio Donato and Daniele Greco will compete against Jadel Gregorio and Cuban David Girat. Nicola Vizzoni is the hammer star and the 5000 m will have strong Kenyan and Ethiopian presence with Italians Daniele Meucci and Andrea Lalli. In women´s 400 m Libania Grenot competes against Britain´s Nicola Sanders. Beijing olympic silver medalist US Sheena Tosta is the top name of women´s 400 m hurdles. Italian top middle distance runner Elisa Cusma is switching to 1500 m.
ISTANBUL (TUR): 65th edition of Cezmi Or Memorial (he was 10.6 and 22.4 sprinter in the fourties) in Istanbul (EA Classic meet) is building its promotion on the presence of world indoor champion Dwain Chambers running the 100 m. Because of injuries his main rivals (Ramil Guliyev and Steve Mullings) withdrew. Good quality on Saturday in men´s high jump where Russian Aleksandr Shustov is the co-world leader with 233. Latvian Maris Urtans is the shot put favorite and in hammer Turkish record holder Esref Apak will clash with Hungarian Krisztian Pars. Strong field in women´s 1500 m where European leader Anna Mishchenko of Ukraine will face in-shape Romanian Liliana Barbulescu and Turkish European Indoor champion Alemitu Bekele. Nevin Yanit the Turkish 100 m hurdles record holder is the top name in her event. Ukrainian world junior record holder Vira Rebryk has the same status in women javelin. Russians (Kayukova, Kutyakova, Kulik) are the favorites in triple jump. Solid international fields also in women steeple and 400 m race.
PRAGUE (CZE): 17th Josef Odlozil Memorial (EA Premium) on Monday (June 14) will have as best athletes Czech stars. Juliska Stadium (home of army Dukla Praha club) will cheer mainly for javelin world record holder Barbora Spotakova coming from Golden Gala win in Rome. Another top name from Roma Zuzana Hejnova (new natinal record 54.13) will run the 400 m hurdles against Romanian Angela Morosanu and Belgian Elodie Ouedraogo. Sprint revelation of the year, former multi-eventer and long jumper Denisa Rosolova runs the 200 m (against 4x100 m olympic winner Russian Yulia Chermoshanskaya) with the aim to attack the 23 seconds barrier. Hurdler Petr Svoboda wants to make for Rome disappointment before the home crowd, but will have tough rivals in US hurdlers (Akins, Wilson, Porter) and European Champion Stanislav Olijars of Latvia. In the main event 1500 m (where Josef Odlozil competed) Jakub Holusa is facing strong Africans and Saudi Arabian record holder Mohamed Shahween with German Wolfram Muller. For local public Lenka Masna wants to offer something in the women 800 m (in the field also Ukrainian Petlyuk and Slovak Klocova) and coming into shape is olympic finalist Roman Novotny in long jump (last weekend 806). His main opponents will be Ignisious Gaisah of Ghana, Morten Jensen, the Danish record holder. Strong field as usual in men´s steeple with group of Kenyans (Elijah Chelimo, James Kosgei, Collins Kosgei) with Europeans, for example Pieter Desmet of Belgium. German world junior record holder David Storl with Latvian Maris Urtans are the shot put favorites. In the 400 m hurdles Jamaican Berlin participant Josef Robertson will fight for top place, improvement is expected from Czech Josef Prorok who recently bettered his flat PB to 46.48.
NEW YORK (USA): adidas Grand Prix preview, fifth leg of IAAF Diamond League, event by event (15 Diamond race events, four more events added).
100 m: D. Bailey, Blake were not in Europe so far, all best US sprinters there, but super-stars are injured, sub 10 still possible.
800 m: World Champ Mulaudzi in clash with in-shape Kiprop.
1500 m: World indoor champ Mekonnen against Bernard Lagat, who will run his first 1500 m this year outdoors coming from 3 in Ostrava and 5 in Oslo. This is not Diamond race event.
Steeple: Paul Kipsiele Koech can attack the world lead, good pacing permitting.
400mH: This is the field of the meet, world leader Culson, world champ Clement, former world champ Jackson, not to forget Trinidad´s super talent Gordon.
High Jump: Jonas, Manson, world champ 2007 Thomas, but also Swedish Thornblad favorites in this open contest.
Pole Vault: Oslo winner Lavillenie is full of energy, will Hooker finally attack the top position?
Triple Jump: World champ Idowu, world leader Tamgho, season opener for 2004 oly winner Olsson.
Javelin Throw: Thorkildsen vs. Pitkamäki, how the young Czech Frydrych will mix the cards this time?
200 m: Female clash of the day Felix vs. Campbell-Brown, what will show the surprise world leader at 100 m Baptiste.
400 m: African Amantle Montsho has another chance to win, this is not Diamond race event.
800 m: Non Diamond race event, with US runners.
1500 m: Great field, unbeaten Langat, Burka, all top US runners and do not forget Meseret Defar.
5000 m: Season track debut of Tirunesh Dibaba, will she go for a fast one?
100mHurdles: Lolo vs. Priscilla, another one. Crawford, Pearson and return of Kallur also there.
3-event: Ennis vs. Fountain, in shot put, long jump, over the hurdles
Pole Vault: Return of Jenny Suhr, but this is not Diamond event.
Long Jump: Kucherenko clear favorite.
Shot Put: Vili should win, what will be the shape of Mikhnevich (no competitions since March)
Discus Throw: Sandra Perkovic with a chance against US throwers.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): USATF and RunnerSpace.com agreed to stream US national championships. The event will be held during last weekend of June in Des Moines.
LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics has announced there is a wide interest from TV partners across Europe to broadcast the SPAR European Team Championships. The event will take place the weekend of June 19th and 20th in Bergen, Norway and interested partners include the BBC (UK), TVE (Spain), YLE (Finland) and NRK (Norway). On top of that, Eurosport will cover the event in 12 countries while Dubai Sports Channel will televise in the Middle East and Eurosport Asia and ESPN Star Sports across Asia. In the top league Germany will defend its title against other favorites Great Britain and Russia. On the same weekend the European Team Championships 1st League will take place in Budapest, Hungary, 2nd League in Belgrade, Serbia, and 3rd League in Marsa, Malta.
NEW YORK (USA): American 100m record holder Tyson Gay has made it clear he will not quit the sport until he ran 9.5 over the 100m. Gay currently holds a personal best of 9.69 which he ran last year in the final of the IAAF World championships. "I want to run 9.5, I think I can. That's what my goal is and I won't quit until I'm able to reach that goal." Gay was quoted by sportinglife.com. Gay is currently struggling with hamstring problem. The Guardian writes that he has been told by a specialist that he may be „running too fast for his body" after his latest injury setback. „It's been bothering me ever since Manchester. It is something coming from my back, something that happened to me years ago - sciatica - something with my nerve, that is causing my hamstring to tighten up," he was quoted by the Guardian. It remains to be seen whether he would be able to compete at US Nationals as next target.
NASSAU (BAH): 10 years after winning the Olympic silver medal in the 200m during the Sydney Olympic games Bahamian Pauline Davis-Thompson received the 200m gold medal during an official ceremony in her home country. Davis-Thompson receives her medal after Marion Jones admitted using performance enhancing drugs at the time of the 2000 Olympic Games.
MOSCOW (RUS): Russian Athletics Federation informed that the national U23 Championships will not be held in Kazan but in Cheboksary in July (2-4).
EUGENE (USA, Jun 10): Second day of NCAA Championships saw excellent decathlon start of world indoor record holder Ashton Eaton. He clocked 10.37 (+0.5), jumped 790 (+1.1), poor 12.60 in the shot, high jump 202 and excellent 46.28 in the 400 m. In total massive 4500 points. It is 30th best ever first day and could be well at 87-88 level at the end. 400 m is his overall PB and 100 with long jump decathlon PB´s. Canadian Brianne Theisen improved her best to 6094 points and successfully defended her title. In other women finals European wins for Slovak Nikola Lomnicka in the hammer (65.57) and Portugal´s Patricia Mamona (14.01, +1.3, new national record) in the triple jump. Male finals had more average winning marks. Jordan Scott with 540 in pole vault (571 jumper Jason Colwick no-heighted at 530), Craig Kinsley 76.29 (PB) in javelin and Kenyan Sam Chelanga 28:37.40 in the 10 000 m. In prelims fast 13.32 (+1.1) by Ronnie Ash at 110 m hurdles, Queen Harrison 12.68 (+1.6) in women 100 m hurdles, Porscha Lucas 22.49 (+1.1) in the 200 m (third fastest in the world 2010) and Florida in men´s 4x400 m (3:03.34). Curtis Mitchell was the fastest in men´s 200 m heats (20.59, +1.1) with Maurice Mitchell (a 20.24 performer this year) being a non-qualifier.