Robles OK and Ready, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Dayron Robles, Golden Gala Rome 2009, photo by

Robles will run his first Diamond League Meeting on Thursday, June 10.
He has run 13.12 so far this season...


ROMA (ITA): World record holder Dayron Robles is ready to run his first Diamond League meet of the year on Thursday at Rome Golden Gala. That was confirmed by his coach Santiago Antunez. He is doing OK after falling to the track at the FBK Games on Sunday. His next meet after Rome will be in Italy, on June 12 at Primo Nebiolo Memorial in Torino (EA Premium). After that Robles will return to Cuba for training.



BUDAPEST (HUN): In latest one day meeting rankings for 2010 Oslo Bislett Games leads with 92 527 points. Also second and third place for Diamond League meetings. Doha 91 877 and Shanghai 90 509. Fourth place for the current best IAAF World Challenge Meet, the Golden Spike of Ostrava (88 561) and fifth best EA Premium meet Enea Cup in Bydgoszcz (86 826).



NEW YORK (USA): Long distance legend and current marathon world record holder Haile Gebreselassie will make his debut in the New York city marathon in November. Gebreselassie, who holds 25 world records, made the announcement was made in New York where Gebrselassie joined 1,500 schoolchildren for the New York Road Runners Mighty Milers Fun Run."It has been a long dream of mine to compete in this outstanding event, and I'm so excited about competing for the first time in my career in the ING New York City Marathon this November, " said Gebrselassie. "I know my longtime friend Tesfaye Jifar has the course record in New York and with all of us in the field I believe that we might be able to make it a race which can be remembered for a long time as a historical race." Gebreselassie was quoted.



LONDON (GBR):  Good news for athletics in Britain as the BBC Production Team have won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Sports Coverage award for the Berlin World Championships. It's the biggest television award in the UK.







COLOGNE (GER): 4662 athletes have so far announced their participation in the Köln Marathon on October 3rd. Another 5391 participants will take part in the half marathon and 776 skaters have subscribed to compete in the Inlinemarathon confirms The Köln Marathon will also stage a 10K road race for the first time.


LONDON (GBR): UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)  hopes to catch more drug cheats in the build-up to the Olympic Games with the help of a confidential telephone hot line. Callers will be able to speak to someone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each call will be answered by professional call handlers trained in anti-doping. Hugh Robertson, the new Sports and Olympics Minister, who helped launch the hot line, is confident that it will help ensure that Britain's reputation is not damaged by a major doping scandal confirms insidethegames.


ZURICH (SUI): Weltklasse Zürich will have a special competition in cooperation with Puma called Usain Bolt-Malwettbewerb. Children from 8 to 15 years of age will be able from June 7 to July 9 create a personal Puma T-Shirt for Usain Bolt. The best proposals will be shown at Zurich Main Railway Station on August 17 and 18.


NEW YORK (USA): Race Results Weekly writes that there was more evidence that the strong growth in running event participation in the United States has not abated. Twin Cities in Motion, the organizers of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, October 3, in Minneapolis/St. Paul, announced that their event had already reached its 11,200 runner capacity. In related news, organizers of the Chevron Houston Marathon, scheduled for January 30, 2011, have decided to adopt a lottery entry system to manager better growing demand from runners.  The race had previously used a first come, first served system. The combined participant cap for the races will remain at 22,000 with 11,000 reserved for each of the marathon and half-marathon fields.


EUGENE (USA): All three Berlin medalists will compete at 36th Prefonatine Classic in women Pole Vault. Anna Rogowska, Monika Pyrek and Chelsea Johnson. Then add in comebacking Jenn Suhr and world leader and world indoor champion Fabiana Murer of Brazil.


PARIS (FRA): French Mélanie Melfort is aiming for the podium at the European Championships in Barcelona. Melfort currently is the French high jump record holder with 197 and was 9th in last year World Championships in Berlin. Melfort did not take part in the World indoor championships in Doha earlier this year to fully focus on this summer's European Championships.


PARIS (FRA): The French Athletics Association (FFA) and the Jamaican Athletics association have signed a partnership between the two federations. The partnership includes a training camp for youth athletes in the Antilles that will end with a competition between all the participants. Jamaica also agreed to be present on the Décanation on September 11th in Annecy, a competition that will also welcome China, Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia and The United States confirms







BYDGOSZCZ (POL): The best edition of Enea Cup (EA Premium Meet) registered first outdoor track world record by home hero Anita Wlodarczyk with 78.30 m. She had also 77.67 before. More top marks were achieved by Christian Cantwell in shot put 21.50, Anna Rogowska's 4.71m clearance in the Pole Vault and Piotr Malachowski's 67.56m in the Discus Throw. One of the most eagerly anticipated events on the track was the women's 100m Hurdles race. While the headwind of 1.8 metres per second slowed down the runners, the race was nonetheless an exciting one. Former World champion Perdita Felicien narrowly prevailed in the end with her 12.99, beating Delloreen Ennis by just 0.03 and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep by 0.06. The men's 400 m hurdles race also ended with a come-from-behind victory. David Greene set a strong pace, but started to struggle somewhat in the final straight, allowing LJ van Zyl to pass him. The South African took the race in 48.87 and the Briton finished in 48.96, both men setting season's bests and for Greene also European lead of 2010. In the longest race of the night, the 3000m Steeplechase, there was an expected 1-2-3 for Kenyan runners, led by Elijah Chelimo with 8:16.56. The home crowd also had something to cheer about, though, as Tomasz Szymkowiak finished a creditable fourth with a new personal best of 8:21.12. With the help of IAAF.


BANGALORE (IND): Excellent jumping at Asian Grand Prix meet in 3000 foot altitude. Chinese Yu Zhenwei produced just one legal jump, that of 8.12m on his second attempt, but that was good enough for him to win the long jump title. It was a personal best for the 24-year-old Army man whose previous best of 8.11m had come at the National Grand Prix meet at Zhaoqing in April last year. Indian record holder Renjith Maheswary repeated his Pune feat of winning the Triple Jump. This time he touched 17 metres, his second best jump ever behind his National Record of 17.04m posted in the Asian GP meet in Guwahati (India) in 2007. Asian champion Zhang Peimeng avenged his defeat in Pune by taking the men's 100m sprint title in 10.31. Uzbek Svetlana Radzivil had a tougher fight on hand than at Pune, though she did win the high jump eventually, beating Kazakh Anna Ustinova at 1.93m on countback. Writes IAAF.


ALBANY (USA): Reigning IAAF World Cross Country champion Emily Chebet overcame steamy conditions and an even hotter field here to win the 32nd Freihofer's Run for Women 5-K in course record time.  The 24 year-old mother from Kericho, Kenya, who still has the youthful looks and smile of a teenager, sailed down the homestretch on Madison Avenue to break the tape in 15:12. Writes RRW.


SAN DIEGO (USA): For Richard Limo, the 2001 world 5000m champion, victory at 13th Rock and Roll Marathon was sweet.  Since moving up to the marathon in 2007 and running 2:06:45 at Amsterdam to finish second, Limo had never won a marathon.  To make sure the image of his victory was properly preserved, he stopped cold right on the finish line, arms outstretch to pose for photographers after 2:09:58. Second William Chebor got 2:10:15. Third fading Leonard Mucheru in 2:11:48.The women's race went much like it did the last two years: Russian Yulia Gromova, a former training partner of two-time ING New York City Marathon winner Jelena Prokopcuka, won here for the third consecutive time, clocking 2:27:42.  Her time was just five seconds off of her personal best recorded here last year.   This event added a half-marathon for the first time.  The shorter race saw 13,561 finishers, bringing the event's finisher total to a record 24,186. From RRW.


STOCKHOLM (SWE): Isabellah Andersson scored her third consecutive victory at 32nd Stockholm Marathon and, like last year, won by a wide margin in 2:31:35.  In the men's race Joseph Lagat Kimeli came close to his personal best (2:12:27, Valencia, 2008), and won by over three minutes clocking 2:12:48. Informs RRW.


MARSEILLE (FRA):  Great Britain's Mo Farah shattered his personal best to capture the European Cup 10,000m, breaking away and beating the field by over 15 seconds in 27:28.86 (PB).  The Briton broke his previous personal best by 16 seconds.  Portugal's Inès Monteiro won the women's race for the second year in a row, defeating a stellar field in 31:13.58.  Placing ninth and over a minute and a half back of the winner was Germany's Irina Mikitenko (32:48.69). France won the team competition on the men's side by a slim margin, while Portugal dominated on the women's side, thanks in part to 40 year-old 1996 Oly winner Fernanda Ribeiro who finished 7th (32:25.61). From RRW.


WALNUT (USA): At Jim Bush Southern Cal USATF Championships Khadevis Robinson won the 800 m in 1:46.51 and Mexican Giovanni Lanaro cleared excellent 575 in pole vault. Hurdles great Felix Sanchez won the 400 m flat in 46.02.


GOLD COAST (AUS): Winter Series of meetings saw olympic medalist Sally McLellan-Pearson clocking 11.41 (+1.7) in the 100 m and 12.97 (+1.7) over the hurdles.  In another meet her time was 13.08 (+3.3).


MOSCOW (RUS): European leading mark at Moscow City Championships in women 400 m as Anastasiya Kapachinskaya achieved 50.78. Impressive also the long jump of Pavel Shalin who achieved second best mark in Europe this year and for first time went over 8 meters with 825 (+1.2). He was more triple jumper in last year and European U23 finalist. World indoor champion Ivan Ukhov cleared 230 in his first competition of the season. Fast also women 3000 m as Natalya Popkova clocked world leading 8:45.10. Veteran (M40) Vyacheslav Shabunin achieved two fast times 3:42.67 at 1500 m and 8:02.54 at 3000 m. In women 800 m Svetlana Klyuka won in 2:00.01 and Yevgeniya Isakova clocked 55.97 in the 400 m hurdles.


MARUGAME (JPN): Hammer hero Koji Murofushi won another national title with 77.35. Also at Japanese Championships Masashi Eriguchi won the 100 m gold in 10.26 (0.0) but was faster in heats (10.16, +1.8).  Kenji Fujimitsu as 200 m winner achieved also high quality time of 20.38 (+1.2). Yuzo Kanemaru posted 45.56 at 400 m and Kenji Narisako 49.01 at 400 m hurdles. Also to note the 13.58 by Tasuku Tanonaka at 110 m hurdles (+1.8) and 55.83 for Satomi Kubokura in women´s 400 m hurdles. Kenyan guest Martin Mathathi was the best at 5000 m in 13:16.91. Kayoko Fukushi registered 5/10 double, in the latter one 31:47.56. In technical events world medalist Yukifumi Murakami won the javelin title (80.60) and Yohei Sugai leaped to 810 (+1.8) in long jump. Sensation in pole vault as Daichi Sawano no heighted at 550.


HENDON (GBR): Hammer throw world best in M45 category was broken by Mick Jones with 70.36. Also at that meeting Tosin Oke achieved 17.05 (+0.8).


MINSK (BLR): At Olympic Prizes meet Yanina Provalinskaya-Karolchik achieved 19.95 in shot put. As usual good hammer by Pavel Krivitskiy 78.88 and Darya Pchelnik 73.03. Sergey Roganov improved in discus to 64.28 and Anastasiya Mironchik leaped to 678 in long jump.


OORDEGEM (BEL): Four Belgian athletes qualified for Barcelona here during the IFAM meeting. Star of the night Jonathan Borlee clocked a solid 20.61 in the 200m. Both Nils Duerinck and Michael Bultheel qualified in the 400m hurdles with times of 50.22 and 50.28. In the 400m Antoine Gillet managed the U23 qualification mark with his 46.67. US athlete Fredrick Townsend won the 110H in 13.60 while Briton Lee McConnell won the 400m in 51.63.


SAN FERNANDO (ESP): The final day of the 14th Iberoamerican Championships in Spain was highlighted by nothing but finals. In the 800m Cuban Yeimer Lopez broke the championships record with 1:45.36 while in the javelin throw Guillermo Martinez from Cuba also broke the championships record by throwing 81.71. Portuguese Jessica Augusto won the 3000m women final also in a championships record of 8:46.59. Another championships record was set by Cuban Anay Tejeda who won the short hurdles in 12.84. The women's high jump was won by Spanish favorite Ruth Beitia in 189, but in the 3000m favorite Reyes Esteves (8:15.58) got narrowly beaten by Brazilian Leandro Prates Oliveira (8:15.55). Puerto Rican Hector Cotto won the 110H in 13.54, Brazilian Nilson de Oliveira took the 200m in 20.94. Andrea Ferris Quintero from Panama won the 800m in 2:02.86. The men's 4x400m relay was taken home by Cuba in 3:04.86, the women's 4x400m also went to Cuba with 3:30.73. World indoor champion Fabiana Murer was the star on the first day as she broke the meet  record with a world leading 485 jump in the women's pole vault. In the 10 km walk Portuguese Ana Cabecinha got the gold medal. Another Championships record was registered by Cuban Alexis Copello in the triple jump with 17.28, taking the gold ahead of compatriot Yoandri Betanzos (17.19), Brazilian Jadel Gegorio took bronze with  a 16.82 jump. New championships record also in the 5000m where Spanish favorite Ayad Lamdassen won in 13:32.18. Portuguese Marco Fortes also managed to put a championships record to his name with his 20.69 shot put throw. Last championships record of the day came in the 3000m steeple chase in which Spanish Rosa Morato Rodriguez won by a 13 seconds lead in 9:40.26. Easy victory for Spanish Mercedes Chilla Lopez who managed a 62.39 winning performance in the javelin. Angel David Rodriguez took a home victory in the 100m with 10.35. Cuban Omar Cisneros registered by far the best performance in the 400H semi finals with at time of 49.36.


MARSEILLE (FRA): Ahead of European Cup 10 000 m a national meet category D2 was held. Sprint star Christoph Lemaitre clocked 20.56 (-1.8) to win the 200 m. Nicholas Kemboi won fast 1500 m in 3:35.31. Senegal´s Mamadou Kasse Hann was excellent at 400 m hurdles in 49.14. US Brian Johnson leaped to 808 (+0.4) in long jump.


ST. POLTEN (AUT): Despite cold weather with some rain Clemens Zeller posted new Austrian 400 m record 45.69. European champion Vania Stambolova of Bulgaria won the 400 m hurdles in European leading 54.57.


FIRENZE (ITA): Raffaella Lamera sensationally leaped over 195 in high jump at Italian Clubs Cup meet. Former world champion Giuseppe Gibilisco cleared 570 in pole vault and Fabrizio Donato achieved 17.00 in triple jump.


SAVEDALEN (SWE): New Swedish shot put record by Helena Engman 18.12 at Folksam Challenge meet. Phillip Nossmy clocked 13.56 (+1.9) at 110 m hurdles.


VIERSEN (GER): Linus Thornblad is back. The Swedish top high jumper won the special men´s meet in Germany with 228 clearance.


CONSTANTA (ROU): At International Romanian Championships the come-back of olympic medalist Marian Oprea continued with 16.88 effort (0.0).


INNSBRUCK (AUT): Golden Roof Challenge, a special jumping meet on the square, registered excellent long jumping by men. Ghana´s Ignisious Gaisah leaped to 818 and Morten Jensen of Denmark 814.


BAD LANGENSALZA (GER): Top marks also at German special long jump meet. Olympic champion Irving Saladino won with 830 (+0.9). Second Tomi Evila of Finland achieved new national record 822 (+2.0), third Christian Reif 821 (+0.2). Russian Yuliya Pidluzhnaya was the best woman (677, +1.8, PB).


REGENSBURG (GER): Excellent relay duel here as Germany clocked 38.62 over two British teams (38.80 and 38.89). James Ellington was the fastest in the 100 m in 10.28 (+0.1). Verena Sailer won the women´s 100 m in 11.32 (-0.4)  and Caroline Hingst went over 460 in pole vault.


CLERMONT (USA): Trinidad´s Kelly-Ann Baptiste clocked at this meet in Florida impressive 10.84 (+1.8) at 100 m. It would be world lead and national record, but sources are saying timing and wind info might be doubtful. Second Shalonda Solomon achieved would-be PB 10.90. More details would be welcome. Another Trinidad´s sprinter Keston Bledman won men´s race in windy 9.93 (+2.8). Olympic medalist Walter Dix got 10.05 (+2.4) in heats. Chris Lawson won the 200 m in 20.30 (+2.3).


SCHONEBECK (GER): Nadine Muller came from Oslo win to another excellent display of shape in women discus with 65.41 m. Petra Lammer achieved 19.19 in shot put. In men´s shot Ralf Bartels impressive with 20.72. Matthias De Zordo improved in javelin to 84.38.







POSTOJNA (SLO): Correction in Merlene Otteys time to 11.95. Still world best for 50plus age.

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