Nike Pre has stacked distance fields! by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

USATF Champs, June 2009, 5,000 meters,  photo by

I arrived at the U.S. champs late last night, and have spent most of the day meeting athletes, coaches and with the footwear companies. There will be some good competitions today, starting about 4 pm at Drake University. Allyson Felix, Lo Lo Jones, Wallace Spearmon are all competing, as well as Christian Cantwell & Chaunte Howard-Lowe. The distances should be compelling tonight as well ! Word is that Wallace Spearmon is doubling in 100m/200m!

Spoke to Matt Tegenkamp this morning. Teegs, Evan, running 1,500 meters in Des Moines,
and watch out for a screaming 5,000 meters in Eugene! RBR will see you there as well! If
you see me in stands, ask for a poster. We have posters of Galen Rupp/Dathan Ritzenhein,
Chris Solinsky/Allyson Felix, Bernard Lagat/Chaunte Howard-Lowe, thanks to the support
of John Capriotti at Nike athletics! 200,000 of each are mailing over the next few weeks to
coaches and athletes with their Athletes Only Summer issues!

EME NEWS (JUN 23, 2010)

All Berlin medalists in women steeple
EUGENE (USA): Of the two Samsung Diamond League distance races in the 36th annual Prefontaine Classic on 3 July, the women's 3000m Steeplechase and men's 5000m, one is certain to see a meet record set, and that's the newest addition to the international women's programme, the Steeplechase. In women steeple the gold, silver and bronze medallists from last year's Berlin World Championships will inaugurate the event in ten days at Hayward Field. Marta Dominguez of Spain, Yuliya Zarudneva of Russia and Milcah Chemos Cheiywa of Kenya finished 1-2-3 a year ago in Berlin. The Kenyan is currently the leader in the season long Diamond Race in this discipline after victories in Oslo and Rome.  The men's 5000m holds similar meet record-setting potential. A sub-13:00 clocking has never been achieved in the USA and this is the field that can finally do it.  Some of the fastest runners of 2010 are in the race, led by Kenyan's 2003 World champion Eliud Kipchoge, currently the fastest in the world following his win in Doha (12:51.21) and Ethiopia's Imane Merga, the year's third quickest of the season so far (12:53.81), who leads the 5000m Diamond Race standings after wins in Oslo and Rome. Joining them are their countrymen, Ethiopian Tariku Bekele (12:53.97) and Kenyan Mathew Kisorio (12:57.83). Add in another Kenyan Edwin Soi, who was the second quickest runner of 2009 and is a multiple winner of the now discontinued World Athletics Final, and USA stars Chris Solinsky and Matt Tegenkamp (both of whom are members of the sub-13:00 club), and no fewer than ten runners in the field have broken 13-minutes either last year or this. US All-comers record is 13:02.90 by Micah Kogo of Kenya. The Prefontaine Classic and Hayward Field record is 13:07.83, set by Luke Kipkosgei in 1998. Tickets have sold so well for Prefontaine Classic that to cope with demand of interest in the inaugural season of the Samsung Diamond League, an additional 500 seats are being built this week at historic Hayward Field. The organizers are informing.

Kenyan Trials
NAIROBI (KEN): Former  800m world champion Janeth Jepkosgei will lead over a thousand athletes as the country selects its best runners for the continental event next month. Jepkosgei, like many other elite athletes, have returned home to fight for places on Kenya team and the trials on Thursday will confirm who is fit enough to wear the national jersey come July 28 to August 1 when Nyayo National Stadium will stage continent's premier event, the Senior Africa Athletics Championship. The first two athletes across the line will qualify while the third will be picked through the coaches' wild card. Kenya will select a total of 144 athletes in all events. Jepkosgei will however seek another stage to end any doubt in the simmering rivalry with Olympic Champion Pamela Jelimo. Writes The Nation. World 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot is struggling with a thigh strain leaving Sylvia Kibet, the world silver medallist as the favourite. Linet Masai, the world 10,000m champion will also line up as she seeks to secure the African title.

Bolt news from Australia
MELBOURNE (AUS): Australian Daily Telegraph writes that Usain Bolt definitely intends to visit Australia this year. Whether he competes in a proposed 100m race in Sydney is still under negotiation but is looking promising. Whether the world's fastest man competes against NRL players as well as fliers from other football codes is under discussion between meet director Hayden Knowles and Bolt's people in Jamaica. The even is planned at Homebush on the night of September 15. Sources last night confirmed to The Daily Telegraph that Bolt, the greatest sprinter in history, wants to come to Australia for a holiday in September after he wraps up his season, most likely on August 27 at the final Diamond League meet in Brussels or at the latest at the Continental Cup in Split, Croatia, on September 4-5.

Powell looking for a fast race
KINGSTON (JAM): World leader at 100 m Asafa Powell is looking forward to this weekend's National Championships. Jamaica Gleaner is writing.  "This season, I am more healthy than before and this has been my best start to a season ever," said Powell, who has recorded the two fastest times in the event this season. Powell, who will next race in Gateshead in Europe stated that it was unlikely he would defend his 100 metres title at this year's Commonwealth Games. This weekend, he is hoping to run impressively at the National Championships. He is also disappointed that defending champion, Usain Bolt, will be missing. "I was looking forward to face Usain on local soil, as I know the fans wanted to see both of us, but he has his reasons." His team-mates Michael Frater and Nesta Carter will compete too. He also spoke about his new contract with Li Ning, the Chinese business firm.


CHICAGO (USA): The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced a preliminary roster of elite athletes that includes several of the United States' top female marathon performers. Headlining the U.S. contingent are Olympians Magdalena Lewy-Boulet and Colleen De Reuck. Challenging them for top American honors will be IAAF World Championship team members Desiree Davila and Tera Moody, along with Melissa White. In its 33rd year and a member of the World Marathon Majors, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon annually attracts 45,000 runners, including a world class elite field, and 1.5 million spectators. As a result of its national and international draw, the iconic race assists in raising $10 million for a variety of charitable causes while generating an estimated $143 million economic impact to its host city. The 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will start and finish in Chicago's Grant Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 10.  Organizers are writing in a release.

FRANKFURT (GER): Germany selected its 10 000 m runners for European Championships in Barcelona. Title defender Jan Fitschen leads the male trio accompanied by national champion Christian Glatting. Sabrina Mockenhaupt is the top woman also selected. More names will be added after national championships in July.

DES MOINES (USA): 2005 world long jump champion Tianna Madison appears to be back on course as she prepares for the U.S. Track and Field Championships. Former U.S. Olympic women's team head coach Brooks Johnson is now her coach in Orlando where she now lives and trains. Finding another coach was a problem since Madison parted ways with Bobby Kersee after the 2008 Olympic Trials.

DES MOINES (USA): Trevor Barron, Sam Crouser, Connor McCullough, Tyler Sorensen and Lauren Chambers will compete at the 2010 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 23-27. The USA Junior Championships will serve as the selection meet for the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada, July 19-25. The top two finishers in each event in Des Moines who meet IAAF qualifying standards will be invited to compete at the World Championship meet. Informs TrackAlerts.



MANNHEIM (GER): Olympic and world winner in pole vault Steven Hooker confirmed another competition in Germany. After beeing entered into Wattenscheid this Saturday he will also jump at Bauhaus Junior Gala meet in Mannheim during the weekend July 3-4.Together with Briton Steve Lewis they will jump with juniors as special guests. Also other events will have seniors there. Hooker has his base while in Europe in Koln, Germany.


ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS): New star for Znamensky Memorial (this Saturday in Zhukovskiy near Moscow) is the steeple world record holder Saif Saeed Shaheen of Qatar. He will run his special event during this IAAF World Challenge meeting at Meteor Stadium. His rivals will be Roba Gari of Ethiopia, Brahim Taleb of Morocco, more Kenyans Patrick Terer and pacemaker David Langat. Meet record 8:18.46 of Moses Kiptanui from 1995 will be in danger.

LISBON (POR): Portugal already pre-selected its walkers for European Championships in Barcelona. Very strong women trio are Vera Santos, Ines Henriques and Ana Cabecinha. For men´s 20 km the places are reserved for Joao Vieira and Sergio Vieira.


BARAKALDO (ESP, Jun 23): Moroccan born but representing Spain Abdelaziz Merzougui  achieved at the international meet of Barakaldo new Spanish junior steeple record with 8::33.29. He was beaten by Angel Mullera who got 8:25.99. Impressive also Arturo Casado in his first race of the season with 3:36.22 at 1500 m ahead of Eduard Villanueva of Venezuela 3:38.96 as second. David Bustos improved his 800 m best to 1:46.12.



PRAGUE (CZE, Jun 23): Current best Czech pole vaulters dominated the Prague Pole Vault meet at Ventzeslas square. Michal Balner cleared 556 what was enough to win, but afterwards in first attempt went over 572 what is his outdoor best. He then gave the public good tries at 580. Second was Jan Kudlicka with 546 and third US Jeff Ryan with the same result. Jirina Ptacnikova was the winner with 440 and tried afterwards at her new PB height and meet record mark 466. She hopes a result at this level will come soon. Meet record 465 was set by legendary Yelena Isinbayeva. A tie for second place with Romana Malacova and Norway´s Catherine Larsasen with 425 cm.

NANTES (FRA, Jun 23): French sprinter Veronique Mang confirmed solid shape with 23.14 (+0.6) win at 200 m during an international meet in France. Second Myriam Soumare clocked 23.27. Former world champion Amy Mbacke Thiam of Senegal registered 400 m win 52.25 over US Moushami Robinson 52.27. Moroccan Aziz Ouhadi was the best at 100 m (10.36, +1.5), US Chris Dykes won the 200 m (20.78. +0.6). Good hurdles by French Bano Traore (13.59, +0.1) and Belgian Michel Bultheel who dipped sub 50 for third time in 10 days (49.84).


DARMSTADT (GER, Jun 23): In the 33rd City Run of Darmstadt Caroline Chepkwony clocked 17:49 to win at 5.5 km. Two seconds behind was another Kenyan Leah Malot who is the winner here four times in the past.  In the men´s 7.6 km Daniel Chebii of Kenya was the best after 21:54. Ethiopian Bane Tola was second (21:56) and third Hosea Tuei (21:57).

OSTERODE (GER, Jun 22): Peter Sack returned to solid shot put shape with 20.00 at a meet here. Marieke Rittweg got 60.26 in javelin.



GABORONE (BOT, Jun 19-20): Tjipekapora Herunga of Namibia clocked 23.96 seconds in 200 meter and won the gold medal and in  400 meter she claimed another gold in a remarkable time of 53.17 seconds at the Botswana National Athletics Championships in Gaborone. A middle distance athlete, Daniel Nghipadulwa, in extremely freezing conditions  clocked in 1: 48.95 seconds in 800 meters.

WARSZAWA (POL, Jun 20): Former oly winner Szymon Ziolkowski improved his season best to 76.63 m.


ALPE ADRIA (ITA, Jun 22): Alessia Trost (17) with her 190 in high jump tied also Italian junior and U17 records. 

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