EME NEWS (JUNE 21, 2010)
50 YEARS FROM 10.0
ZURICH (SUI): A jubilee in Zurich. German Armin Hary clocked world record 10.0 hand timed on June 21, 1960 in Letzigrund Stadium, that means before 50 years. It was last 100 m world record by a white sprinter. Hary was running during that evening twice because his first race at 7.45 pm also 10.0 was not accepted due to his false start. He wanted to run once again and clocked 10.0 at 8.20 pm. He has from that time the starting blocks, his competition shirt and the spikes. All this three items will be displayed in Zurich Main Train Station on Aug 17 this year during a personal meeting with Usain Bolt.
STEWART SHOULD BE BACK FOR HERCULIS
AUBURN (USA): Oympics and World Champs 100m silver medalist, Kerron Stewart is expected back at her training base early this week after seeking a medical assessment in Munich, Germany, following her injury in France last weekend. Trackalerts.com spoke exclusively to her coach Bahamian Henry Rolle and he was very optimistic about his charge's immediate future. She should compete in Monte Carlo on July 22 as first race.
POWELL VS. GAY TWICE
LONDON (GBR): Former world record holder Asafa Powell and three time world champion Tyson Gay will go head to head for the first time this season at the Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead on July 10th. A rematch is already set with both athletes also competing at the Aviva London Grand Prix on August 13th and 14th. The last three races Tyson Gay has been able to finish ahead of Powell, however Powell has had a great start to the season and has expressed his confidence in breaking the world record over the 100m. Gateshead race will not be part of Diamond Race, at the meet the 200 m has this status. Tyson Gay who is not competing at US Nationals should first run in Eugene on July 3 the 200 m. In Lausanne at 200 m on July 8 Usain Bolt is the head-liner. In Paris on July 16 in the 100 m Bolt and Powell will clash. Monaco on July 22 has Gay over 200 m. In the last part of the circuit in August Stockholm announced Gay for 100 m and London Powell vs. Gay in the 100 m. Finals should then see Bolt at 200 m in Zurich and all three best at 100 m in Brussels (Bolt - Gay - Powell) as the only one meet of the season.
OVERALL INCREASE AT ETCH
BUDAPEST (HUN): In All-Athletics.com scoring this years edition of European Team Championships marked increase of results level mainly in lower leagues. Bergen highest category of European Team Championships had 169 337 points what is less than the first edition in Leiria last year (169 915), the margin is not big. But the First League was better this year in Budapest (161 837) than last year Bergen (158 318). Second League this year Belgrade was slightly better than last year Banska Bystrica (151 385 and 151 102) and Third League was better this year significantly as Marsa scored 144 065 and Sarajevo 2009 139 777.
LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics is looking for a new Event Consultant to join a young team of professionals at its head office in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Event Consultant's role will be to manage the sponsors' rights and all event-related marketing activities. He/she will deal directly with the sponsors, taking care of building relationships, managing contracts and supporting sponsor promotional activities among others.
CORK (IRL): Olympic and world medalist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep confirmed her schedule until Canadian nationals end of July in Toronto. She will run on July 3 at Cork City Games, on July 8 Athletissima in Lausanne and on July 10 Diamond League meet in Gateshead.
SYDNEY (AUS): Australian media are reporting that Jamaican triple Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt has been offered almost a million dollars by Australian rugby league officials to race the league's fastest players. According to reports, after over three months of top-level talks, discussions between organisers and Bolt are now at an advanced stage. "The discussions have been very positive, great actually. He would set the city alight without a doubt," The Sunday Telegraph quoted Hayden Knowles, meet director, as saying. Bolt´s agent Ricky Simms confirmed there has been talk about it, but no money discussion yet.
NEW YORK (USA): RRW informs that fresh off of her victories at the NCAA Championships at both 5000m and 10,000m, Iowa State's Lisa Koll has made her first move towards turning pro, signing a management contract with Peter Stubbs Management (PSM) of San Francisco, Calif. The 22 year-old Iowa native from Fort Dodge told Race Results Weekly last Friday in a telephone interview that she felt very comfortable with her decision and was looking forward to racing the 10,000m at this week's USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines.
LAUSANNE (SUI): 30 projects have been entered for the 2010 European Athletics Innovation Awards, confirms European-athletics.org. Each project contributes to the development of one or more aspects of athletics. A selected jury will announce the winner per category in August.
BARCELONA (ESP): In an exclusive interview with the Barcelona 2010 European Championships organizing committee Spanish Javelin thrower Mercedes Chilla has spoken about her chances of repeating her bronze medal performance from the European Championships in Gothenburg when competing in Barcelona later this year. Chilla just recently threw a new national record in Valencia with 64.07, which ranks her fifth on the European rankings and sixth on the world rankings. Chilla will only compete two more times in Spain to be able to focus on the European Championships in which she believes she can win a medal.
LONDON (GBR): BP intends to stay one of the main sponsors of the London 2012 Olympic Games. BP currently faces huge problems due to an oil leak in the Mexican Gulf however CEO Peter Mather said the company has no intention of withdrawing its sponsorship of the London Olympics, a deal valued at about $58 million."This is something we've committed to a long time ago and will remain committed to," he was quoted on sports.espn.go.com.
AUCKLAND (NZL): The New Zealand athletics association will send out a team of 11 youngsters to the Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore in August. Shot putter Jacko Gill, who has set world age records in the last years, will head the team.
LONDON (GBR): British young sprint star Jodie Williams will focus on the 200m during the IAAF World junior championships in Canada later this year. The 16-year-old is currently the number one junior in the world after clocking 11.24 in the 100m and 22.79 in the 200m but will focus on the longer distance when competing in Canada.
NAIROBI (KEN): First two athletes from the national trials will win automatic slots in the Kenya team for the senior Africa Athletics Championship this weekend. The Nation informs. Kenya will select 144 athletes to compete in all events during the national championship from Thursday to Saturday at Nyayo National Stadium. Kenya will be hosting the Africa Athletics championship at the same venue from July 28 to August 1. "Everyone has to come to the trials and run and earn a place. Even the defending champions have to run here. I expect everyone to compete including all our elite athletes because the IAAF Diamond League is over now," said Kiplagat.
EUGENE (USA): Track and Field News website informs that the 2010 TAFWA annual awards were announced at breakfast last Friday in Eugene. The winners for 2010 are: Jesse Abramson Award: Sieg Lindstrom, Track & Field News, Los Altos, Calif. Sam Skinner Award: Dave Johnson, director of the Penn Relays, Philadelphia. The inaugural Cordner Nelson Book Award: Christopher McDougall, the author of „Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen," published by Alfred A. Knopf. Adam Jacobs Memorial Award: Paul Merca, of paulmerca.blogspot.com, Seattle, Wash. Rich Clarkson Award: Cheryl Treworgy, of PrettySporty.com, Saxapahaw, N.C. This award is dedicated to excellence in photography.
BEDFORD (GBR, Jun 20): At UK World Junior Trials in the discus Lawrence Okoye achieved 63.92, world number two this year. It was his first meet outside of schools competition as his main sport is rugby.
LILLEHAMMER (NOR, Jun 20): Norway´s Stine Kufaas improved to 193 in high jump.
SHIBETSU (JPN, Jun 20): At Hokuren Distance Challenge Ethiopian Nahom Mesfin achieved 28:07.80 in the 10 000 m.
BERGEN (NOR): Fastest splits at SPAR European Team Championships in men´s 4x400 m Russian Vladimir Krasnov 44.12. In women teams Natalya Antyukh as third in Russian squad 50.35. Second fastest for Briton Perri Shakes-Drayton who anchored Great Britain in 50.51.
DULUTH (USA, Jun 10): In the 34th Grandma's Marathon Kenyan Philemon Kemboi clocked 2:15:44 to win. Buzunesh Deba, a petite Ethiopian who lives in New York City, won her second marathon of the year (third of her career), setting a personal best 2:31:35 to win the women's marathon. Russian Ramilya Burangulova at age of 48 was 5th in respectable 2:40:07. Even one year older Firaya Sultanova-Zhdanova clocked 2:42:37 as 7th. Writes RRW.
RADES (TUN, Jun 19): South African Ofentse Mogawane clocked good 45.86 to win the 400 m at this African Permit meet. Cuban guest Omar Cisneros clocked hand-timed 49.2 at 400 m hurdles.
JAKARTA (INA, Jun 20): Kenyan wins at 10 km road race. Titus Masai clocked 28:21 over Ugandan Martin Toroitich (28:34) and Harry Chirchir (28:39). In women race Gladys Kwambai got 33:50 over Russian Tatyana Aryasova (33:53).
ADDITION: The meet where Christian Cantwell achieved his 22.35 world lead was called Lindenwood Summer Throws Series and was held at Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri near St Louis.