Solinsky vs. Lagat, Howard Lowe vs. Vlasic, In Oslo, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Bernard Lagat, Chris Solinsky, World Champs 2009, Berlin, photo by

Chris Solinsky broke the AR for 10,000 meters last month. Bernard Lagat ran his PB for 3,000 meters last week. Both will be running the 5,000 meters at the Bislett Games on Friday evening, in the hopefully, cool, clear June night sky in Oslo, Norway. In Solinsky's interview with RBR, he noted that Oslo was a key event for him, along with running under thirteen minutes at the Nike Prefontaine on July 3.

Chaunte Howard Lowe set a new AR for the high jump of 2.04m or 6'-8.25" on Sunday, May 30, in Cottbus, Germany, breaking the 22 year old record of Louise Ritter (2.03m, 6-7.75, 1988). This was only three days after Lowe had defeated Blanka Vlasic, the current world champion, both indoor and out, in a rainy Ostrava. Watch Howard Lowe and Vlasic will be competing in the high jump in Oslo, Norway on Friday night!

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OSLO (NOR): Top sprinting stars plans in June. World leader at 100 m Asafa Powell is running two times in Europe in next days after his 9.83 in Ostrava. On Friday in Oslo at Bislett Games and on June 10 in Rome at Golden Gala. Usain Bolt has in June only New York Diamond League in plan at 100 m. The schedule of Tyson Gay after his 200 m straight world best in May in Manchester is not known yet. For all three not know are their plans for Jamaican and US Championships still this month.



OSLO (NOR): As per current shape US athletes could shine in events not totally expected before the season at Friday´s third IAAF Diamond League, the Bislett Games in Oslo. High jump will be a clash of world champion Blanka Vlasic against fresh US record holder Chaunte Howard-Lowe (204 on Sunday in Cottbus). Spanish Ruth Beitia and Russian Svetlana Shkolina are also in good shape. In the 5000 m not only lot of Kenyans and Ethiopians but also two US runners will fight for top spot and national record (12:56.27 of Dathan Ritzenhein in Zurich last year).  2007 World champion Bernard Lagat lowered his outdoor 3000 m PB in Ostrava but was not the winner, Chris Solinsky improved the US record at 10 000 m to 26:59.60 on May 1 in California. Main Kenyan rivals will be Doha winner Eliud Kipchoge, Ostrava 3000 m best Yusuf Biwott and Hengelo 3000 m winner Vincent Chepkok.



BRAZZAVILLE (CGO, May 30): African Area Permit meet, the Grand Prix in Brazzaville registered fast meet record of Jamaican Lerone Clarke at 100 m with 10.21 (+0.6). Behind him Obinna Metu of Nigeria (10.31) and Egyptian record holder Amr Seoud (10.32). In the 200 m Metu won (20.66, -0.6) over Seoud (20.69). Steeple world champion Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya dominated in 8:17.55. African Champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana clocked good double 23.05 (-0.7) at 200 m and 50.64 at 400 m. Fast also the 45.63 of South African Ofentse Mogawane in the 400 m. Impressive 3:38.16 1500 m win for 17 years old Gideon Mageka who won last year the World Youth Championships in Italy. Unexpected European win for Lilia Barbulescu of Romania in the 1500 m (4:08.23) over Ethiopian Meskerem Assefa (4:08.78). In technical events Slovak Renata Medgyesova won the long jump (654, -1.0), Portugal record holder Marco Fortes the shot put (19.45) and US Gia Lewis-Smallwood in discus (60.39, over Romanian Nicoleta Grasu 60.11).



KHANIA (GRE, May 31): Reigning European 400 m Champion Bulgarian Vanya Stambolova confirmed good shape at 62nd Venizelia Meet in Khania at Island Crete with another sub 51 time (50.95). The European Athletics Classic meet was held in good weather (25 degrees), some-times little too much wind. Sweden´s Berlin participant Michel Torneus was unlucky as his would-be PB 818 had +2.1 wind. He had also 800 twice. Second olympic medalist Khotso Mokoena of South Africa achieved legal 815 (+1.0). Third Jamaican veteran James Beckford got 793 (+2.0). Overseas sprinters dominated. US Jeff Porter won the 110 m hurdles in 13.55 (+1.7) and Jamaican Josef Robertson of Racers TC the 400 m hurdles (50.21). Cuban Roberto Skyers was the fastest in the 100 m (10.39) over Briton Rion Pierre (10.40). Briton Larry Achike won the triple jump (16.87, +2.4) beating Momchil Karailiev of Bulgaria (16.73, +1.6) and Grenada´s record holder Randy Lewis (16.68, +2.5).Canadian Tabia Charles achieved 100 m (11.91, +0.7) and triple (13.96, +1.0) double. Cyprus record holder Mariana Zahariadi cleared 436 to win the pole vault. Austrian Veronika Watzek was the best with discus (55.88).







BARCELONA (ESP): More than 1800 media representatives from 42 nations, 36 are European, will cover the European Athletics Championships Barcelona 2010. A media tribune has the same location as for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Spanish press will represent the majority also with Germany, followed by the United Kingdom and France. There are 14 nations who will not cover Barcelona 2010 with a journalist, among them Andorra and Gibraltar. The Championships will be broadcasted in over 70 nations, for approximately 340 million TV viewers.


LONDON (GBR): Buckingham Palace has announced the Queen will miss the Commonwealth Games for the first time in almost 50 years. Prince Charles will represent the Royal Family at the Opening Ceremony of the Games.  Athletes and the public have voted 'Jerusalem' as the English national anthem to be played during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October confirms insidethegames.


MELBOURNE (AUS): Cassie Fien,2009 IAAF world half marathon championships representative, will be one of Australia's leading road runners at the 2010 SKINS Sandown Classic in Melbourne this coming weekend. Mark Tucker, the defending champion, will be in the men's feature event.  Informs


MOSCOW (RUS): Russia selected only men´s team for the 14th European Cup 10 000 m which will be staged this Saturday in Marseille. But the aim is high, the squad composed of Rybakov twins Yevgeniy and Anatoliy, Sergey Ivanov, Stepan Kiselev and Aleksey Reunkov wants to win. They already won in 2008 and were second in 2009.


ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS): Women´s 10 000 m race during the Znamensky Memorial (June 26, part of IAAF World Challenge) will be the qualifier for Russian runners for European Championships in Barcelona. It is expected that also London Marathon winner Liliya Shobukhova along with Inga Abitova and Mariya Konovalova will take part.







BRUSSELS (BEL, May 30): Alemitu Bekele won the Brussels 20 km in rain after 1:11:42. Men´s winner was Burundi´s Onesphore Nkunzimana (1:01:29) ahead of Moroccan Najim El Qadi (1:01:31).


VALGA (EST, May 28): The 15th Bruno Junk walking meeting was won by Latvian Arnis Rumbenieks with 42:37. Also women´s 5 km had a Latvian winner. Agenes Pastare achieved 22:34.


YOKOHAMA (JPN, May 29-30): Nahom Mesfin clocked 13:31.04 at 5000 m during Nittai University Distance Meet. Kenyan Mekubo Mogusu won the 10 000 m after 28:16.77.


KHARTOUM (SUD, May 27): Mohamed Younis Ali improved at the CAA meet the Sudanese national high jump record with 221 clearance.


TOA BAJA (PUR, May 30): Kenyan Sammy Kitwara won the Abraham Rosa 10 km on the road with 29:26. Ugandan Martin Toroitich was second (29:41) and Ethiopian Terefe Maregu third (29:42).


JONESBORO (USA, May 30): Israeli Jillian Schwartz cleared new national record 460 at pole vault meet. Second Swiss Nicole Buchler with 430 achieved Barcelona qualifier.


STARA BOLESLAV (CZE, May 30): Czech champion in decathlon was Pavel Baar (7650) and 2007 World Youth Champion Katerina Cachova in heptathlon (5441). New Zealand guest Sarah Cowley was the best with 5652 points.


LOS CORRALES (ESP, May 30): Ruth Beitia cleared 198 in high jump at local meet.


ZHAO QING (CHN, May 30): During second day of Chinese National GP meet world finalist Shi Dongpeng won the 110 m hurdles (13.55, +1.4). Yun Zhiming improved to 804 in long jump (+0.4). Informs Tilastopaja.


MARABELLA (TRI, May 29): Trinidad´s 400 m hurdles talent Jehue Gordon improved his 400 m flat best to 46.43. Keston Bledman sprinted the 100 m with 10.25. Informs TrackAlerts.


SPANISH TOWN (JAM, May 28): At Jamaican All-Comers meet interesting improvement by Oral Thompson with 45.50 at 400 m.


LISBON (POR, May 29): World Championships walking 5th placer Vera Santos achieved during national clubs championships event 12:40.17 in 3000 m on the track.







BIALA PODLASKA (POL, May 29): Konrad Szuster mark was not 62.88 but 62.28 in discus.

FORBACH (FRA, May 30): German Jens Werrmann and not French Dimitri Bascou won here the 110 m hurdles. The times were 13.63 and 13.68 (+1.3). Werrmann was faster in heats with 13.57 (-1.0).


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