Lisa Koll Wins NCAA 10,000m, Not yet, on Semenya, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Lisa Koll, 2008 US Oly Trials, 10,000 meters, photos by

Last night, in Eugene, Oregon, Lisa Koll battled the field and rain to take the
NCAA 10,000 meter title in 32:49.35. Rain is continuing in Eugene today, but
should clear on Saturday!

In the Semenya case, more waiting......

Not yet, the Semenya case
NEW YORK/JOHANNESBURG (USA): Despite noise and rumours coming out of South Africa please note that the IAAF is not announcing any final statement on Caster Semenya, nor is there an IAAF press conference either in Rome or in South Africa  on this subject. Writes IAAF Communications Director Nick Davies. "The Caster Semenya case is being handled jointly by the IAAF and representatives for Semenya in a satisfactory way. It is important to note though that the procedure has still not been completed and must therefore remain confidential. The IAAF will only issue an official statement at the end of the process, which is now well underway. Until then, all parties should refrain from making statements that could only cause unnecessary confusion," says the IAAF statement.  In this situation South African sports officials on Thursday cancelled a news conference to announce Caster Semenya's future. South African media are reporting.

Return of S. Kallur
NEW YORK (USA): More interesting facts from provisional adidas Grand Prix New York Diamond League meet. Pole vault women as non diamond race event will mark the return of Jenny Suhr into the competition. Russian world leader Olga Kucherenko is the clear favorite in women long jump. Men´s triple jump will see a great match between Teddy Tamgho, Philips Idowu and Christian Olsson who will open his season here. Another Swedish star Susanna Kallur is returning at Icahn Stadium into the big meetings environment. But the field is tough with Lolo Jones, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, Virginia Crawford and Deloreen Ennis-London. In women shot put olympic winner Valerie Vili takes on Belarus Natalia Mikhnevich. Special three-events contest will see world champion Jessica Ennis, olympic medalist Hyleas Fountain and US Bettie Wade competingt in shot put, long jump and 100 m hurdles.


CORK (IRE): Top Irish names have been announced ofr the 59th edition of the Cork City Sports international meet on July 3. Former world indoor champion Derval O'Rourke and Paul Hession will be present as well as Robert Heffernan, Kelly Proper, Ailis McSweeney and Deirdre Ryan. Top international athletes will be Antiguan sprinter Brendan Christian, Alian Pompey from Guyana in women 400 m, American Jamie Nieto in high jump and Cydonie Mothersill from the Cayman Islands in sprints. Kellie Wells, Janay DeLoach and Jessica Ohanaya were invited to take on home star O'Rourke in the hurdles race.

ROME (ITA): The Italian Athletics federation (FIDAL) has announced its team of race walkers and its marathon team for the European Championships in Barcelona. Alex Schwarzer will compete in both the 20km and 50km men's race, in the marathon Olympic winner 2004 Stefano Baldini is the biggest Italian name announced to compete.

MOSCOW (RUS):  Former hurdler Yevgeniy Pechenkin (36) who was also later competing in bob-sleigh is new athletics coach for Russian national skating team. His best at 110 m hurdles was 13.38 in 1996. He competed in summer in summer olympic games 2000 and 2004.





EUGENE (USA, Jun 9): Good results on the first day of the NCAA first division championships at Hayward Field. Lisa Koll won the 10000m women's final in 32:49.35. Other first day winners to note were jumping talent Christian Taylor who achieved 17.09 (+2.9, 17.02 +0.9 legal) in the triple jump. Shot put star Ryan Whiting won the discus (59.06) and Amber Kaufman was the best in high jump with 186. Interestingly Chelsea Taylor jumped higher within heptathlon (187) and leads after first day with 3617 points. Just two ahead of Canadian brianna Theisen.  In heats on the women side Jeneba Tarmoh posted windy 11.05 (+2.7) and Blessing Okagbare legal 11.21 (+1.0) in the 100 m. Jo Atkins was the fastest in 400 m first round (51.88), Phoebe Wright in the 800 m heats (2:02.98) and Queen Harrison at 400 m hurdles (55.35). Texas AM as expected had the best 4x100 m first round (43.41). Highlight of men heats was the 800 my junior Robbie Andrews, his 1:45.54 means third fastest US junior performer ever. Joey Hughes clocked 45.15 in the 400 m heats, Jeshua Anderson 49.21 in the 400 m hurdles heats and Florida 38.94 in 4x100 m first round. Trinidad´s Rondell Sorrillo achieved 10.14 (+2.6) in 100 m heats, in another race Jeff Demps 10.15 (+2.2), and in third heat Rakieem Salaam legal 10.27 (+0.2).

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