Sanya Richards Out for season, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Sanya Richards, USA 2010 Oudoors, photo by

If you are not a European athlete or a Commonwealth athlete, this is a
good year to take it easy. Sometimes athletes are able to make that decision
and sometimes, the body makes that decision for them!

Sanya Richards will be  missing the rest of the season. It will take a bit of
time for her to recover from her injuries, so she has announced that she will
taking the rest of the season off to recover.

very best

EME NEWS (JUL 17, 2010)

MONTE CARLO (MON): Samsung Diamond League Ambassador Sanya Richards will not compete this season. She explains for IAAF: "Besides enjoying the happiest day of my life on my 25th birthday, I have been plagued with flares from my Behcets disease, struggled with injuries, and have had unfortunate mishaps that have resulted in me having to take the remainder of the season off to recover. After hurting my quad in April, I doubled my efforts to rehab and pushed my training to be prepared for US Nationals. I went there in hopes that the three rounds would be exactly what I needed to get my fast twitch muscles firing and ready to compete with the best again. After running the semi-finals I knew my leg wasn't where I wanted it to be but still wanted to give it a shot. Coach Hart felt differently and insisted I give myself more time to heal. The very next day I went to the stadium to sit with Coach and discuss the remainder of the season. I fell down the stairs, severely twisting my ankle and bruising my tailbone." She ran three races this year, 2:10.74 in the 800 m early in April and two rounds at US Nationals (51.91 and 51.82).

MONTE CARLO (MON): Herculis Samsung Diamond League meeting on Thursday next week is promising a revenge for 200 m at Prefontaine Classic in Eugene. US world champion 2007 Tyson Gay will compete against Walter Dix. For Gay only second 200 m of the year after Eugene, for Dix already 8th final (when do not counting two rounds at US Nationals). He lost only once at US Nationals to Spearmon, but won 4 Diamond League events and with another possibility to score will be already confirmed winner of the Diamond Race before the final race in Zurich. In Eugene Dix got 19.72 and Gay 19.76. In the race of Herculis also US Champion Wallace Spearmon.


GERMANY (BRAUNSCHWEIG): Ariane Friedrich cleared in third attempt two meters and won her fourth national title in a row. Betty Heidler got in hammer sixth title and new meet record 75.82 clearly over Kathrin Klaas (68.85). Nadine Kleinert was the best in shot put (19.12) beating Petra Lammert (19.05) and Denise Hinrichs (18.34). Nadine Muller coming from Paris DL won the discus with 63.07 over improved Sabine Rumpf who qualified to Barcelona with 62.21. Carolin Nytra confirmed excellent hurdles shape with 12.71 (-0.9) win, a meet record. Other notable women wins for Verena Sailer at 100 m (11.23, -0.6), Sabrina Mockenhaupt at 5000 m (15:36.17) and Katja Demut in triple jump (14.15, +1.2). In men events Malte Mohr won the pole vault clearing 575 over Raphael Holzdeppe 570 and also third Fabian Schulze (560) will travel to Spain. Christian Reif was the best in long jump (818, +0.3), but second placed Euroindoor 2009 winner Sebastian Bayer leaped to only 771 and will remain home. Only 80+ in javelin by Matthias De Zordo (80.05). Sensation in 100 m final won by Alexander Kosenkow (10.29, +1.2) who was faster than Christian Blum (10.33), Marius Broening (10.37) and pre-race favorite Tobias Unger (10.37). Matthias Buhler won the hurdles in 13.59 (+0.1) when the fastest on paper Alexander John (13.56 in heats) fell down in the finals.

SLOVENIA (VELENJE): Merlene Ottey won silver in the 100 m after 11.77 (+0.3) and beat all the younger runners except of the winner Sabina Veit (11.63). Matic Osovnikar clocked 10.43 (-0.5) in men´s 100 m and Sebastijan Jagarinec 46.43 in the 400 m. Best result of the day by Snezana Rodic with 14.23 (+0.5) in triple, also in this event record holder Marija Sestak announced she will no longer compete this year.

CZECH REPUBLIC (TRINEC): Jirina Ptacnikova confirmed excellent shape with first attempt 466 personal best win and had good tries at new national record height 476 in pole vault. Excellent shape by the hurdlers. Petr Svoboda clocked 13.33 (+0.9) in heats and 13.36 (-0.7) in the finals. Lucie Skrobakova got her second fastest ever in heats 12.90 (+1.7) and 12.92 (+0.9) win in the finals. 100 m titles for favorites Jan Veleba (10.46, -1.0) and Katerina Cechova (11.59 -2.4, but 11.51 in heats). Good shot put battle as Antonin Zalsky (19.98) beat Remigius Machura jr. (19.52). Vera Cechlova coming from Paris DL got her expected discus title with 59.17.

SWITZERLAND (LUGANO): During second day new Swiss long jump record by Irene Pusterla with 676 (+1.6). She improved so the historical mark of Meta Antenen 673 from European Championships 1971 in Helsinki where she won the bronze. Another female improvement of high quality by hurdler Lisa Urech who clocked 12.84 (+0.4) at 100 m hurdles, second best Swiss ever. In the sprints wins for Rolf Malcolm Fongue (10.47, +0.5) and Reto Amaro Schenkel 21.09 (+0.9). Yves Zellweger improved to 785 (+0.9) in long jump on Friday. 20-years old Jacqueline Gasser improved to 23.79 (+0.8) to win the 200 m.

ESTONIA (TALLINN): European indoor champion Ksenija Balta equalled her Estonian record 680 (+0.1) in long jump. Taavi Peetre won the shot put (19.75) and former world champion Andrus Varnik (72.18) was second in javelin behind Ahti Peder (73.33).

SPAIN (AVILES): Excellent 5000 m highlighted the first day of national champs in the host country of the coming European Championships. Reigning 5000 m Euro winner Jesus Espana won in 13:18.46 and is in right time in right shape. Second Alemayehu Bezabeh 13:18.95 and third Sergio Sanchez 13:19.21. Fourth place and no selection for Carles Castillejo (13:19.25). Beatriz Pascual achieved in 10 000 m walk national record and fastest in the world this year 42:40.33. Natalia Rodriguez won tactical 1500 m (4:21.45), Rosa Morato the steeple (9:45.57). Angel David Rodriguez was the fastest in the 100 m (10.44, +1.1) and Mercedes Chilla was the best as expected in javelin (61.04). Long jump saw Luis Felipe Meliz getting 806 (+1.1) ahead of Joan Lino Martinez (791, +1.6). Borja Vivas won the shot put with 19.91, a Euro qualifier.

BELGIUM (BRUSSELS): Also Kevin Borlee comes into the shape after his twin-brother Jacques clocked national record in Paris. He achieved 45.22 season best in heats on Saturday. Eline Berings posted windy 13.09 (+3.6) in the 100 m hurdles heats. Finals are on Sunday.

NETHERLANDS (AMSTERDAM): Best first day result in discus as Erik Cadee achieved 63.18 to win. Races finals are on Sunday.

PORTUGAL (LEIRIA): Olympic winner in triple jump Nelson Evora returned with 16.36 effort in triple jump in his first meet of the year. It was his first competition since Zurich Weltklasse meet 2009. Marco Fortes won the shot put with his second best ever mark 20.57 m.

ROMANIA (BUCURESTI): Discus veteran Nicoleta Grasu even coming from second place in Paris on Friday achieved her second best of the season 63.37 to win the title. Cornelia Deiac won the long jump with good 670 (+1.1) and Andrea Ograzeanu registered a sprint double with 23.68 (+0.4) 200 m win. Ancuta Bobocel won the 800 m (2:03.74) and Angela Morosanu the 400 m hurdles (57.30). Sergiu Ursu got the best male result, 64.26 win in discus.


ABASHIRI (JPN, July 17): At Hokuren Distance Challenge fast 5000 m by Kenyans living in Japan. Edward Waweru achieved 13:18.54 ahead of 17-years old Patrick Muendo Mwaka 13:21.45. In mixed 10 000 m race Ryoko Kizaki posted 31:38.71, her fastest of the career. In good 10 000 m walks Koichiro Morioka went 40:45.07 and Kumi Otoshi 44:36.54 on the women side.

VELLETRI (ITA, Jul 17): Italian long jump star Andrew Howe leaped to 792 (+0.2) at a international meet near Rome. US wins for J-Mee Samuels in the 100 m (10.19, +0.2) and Phoebe Wright in the 800 m (2:01.70). Qatari Thamer Kamal won the 3000 m in 7:52.77.

GATESHEAD (GBR, Jul 17): On day one of the first England championships Tremayne Gilling won the 100m in 10.25 (+0.5). A big improvement, he before only once clocked sub 10.40.

SZEKESFEHERVAR (HUN, Jul 17): Hurdles national record holder Daniel Kiss clocked 13.70 against -1.0 wind at ARAK Kupa meet. Kristof Nemeth came close to his hammer PB with 76.38.

GRAND HAVEN (USA, Jul 17): At Grand Haven Beach Vault this weekend Mark Hollis cleared meet record 566 and on the women side NCAA champ Kylie Hutson 442.

SOSNOWIEC (POL, Jul 17): New national shot put youth record with 5kg implement for Krzysztof Brzozowski 22.00 m.



Ken Nakamura gives more stats related to fast 5000 m on Friday in Paris.The best marks for places, for 3rd and 5th were set. Elvan Abeylegesse was third in 14:31.52 replacing 14:31.91 by Meselech
Melkamu from Shanghai earlier this year as the fastest 3rd place time. Jessica Augusto was fifth in 14:37.07 replacing 14:37.44 by Meselech Melkamu from Oslo in 2006 as the fastest 5th place time.

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