Two Relay Golds in Moncton! Christian Cantwell and Steven Segal? by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

USA Jr 4 x 100 m relay, World Jr Champs 2010, photo by

Congrats to the USA 4 x 100 meter teams at the World Junior Champs. Both
teams took gold, and the girls team set two ARs in two days! Lots of kudos on
US team and World Juniors. Congrats to RBR columnist Parker Morse, whose
day five column. on loosing, was picked up by our friends at!

US 4 x 100 meter relay team, World Junior Champs, photo by

And then, RBR super deity, Christian Cantwell. Per the Columbia, Mo newspaper, poor
Christian does not seem to have any compnetition out there. May sell papers, but not good
to say to global throwers. Excitement in his competitions compared to the excitement of a
Steven Segal movie going straight to DVD. Now, I for one, watch Steven, late at night on
TBS, when editing. And I also find Christian's competitions fascinating! His 22.41m, or
73-61/4 at the Nike Pre, on the last throw, as a moment that transcended any reference to
Steve Segal. Perhaps Charles Bronson, or maybe a Bruce Willis flick, but, dear God, Steven
Segal? Oh, and yes, Christian could get that WR I promised ealry in the spring in August!

Christian Cantwell wants competition! Shown here in Shanghai, May 2010, photo by

Two relay golds for USA

MONCTON (CAN, Jul 24): The United States dominated both 4x100 metres relays at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton on Saturday. The women's team for the second time in 24 hours lowered their national record streaking 43.44 to victory ahead of Germany 43.74 and the Netherlands 44.09 NR. The Great Britain team with the inclusion of Jodie Williams the 100m gold medallist, were expected to give the American's a race for their money. But it ended in disaster when Williams running the second leg failed to take the baton cleanly from Rebekah Wilson and the team failing to finish.   The USA men's squad scored a a fifth conesecutive win achieving it in great style as they posted the the World's second fastest ever time of 38.93. Michael Granger, 100m silver medallist Charles Silmon, Eric Harris and Oliver Bradwell, roasted Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago who nevertheless produced their best of the season with marks of 39.55 and 39.72. Belarusia's Katsiaryna Artsiukh maintaining faith in her ability on a windy afternoon in the Stade de Moncton lowered her World leading 400m hurdles time for the year to 56.16. Second Russian Vera Rudakova 57.16. Kenya's David Bett was never stretched after breaking away in mid race along with teammate John Kipkoech and easily capturing the 5000 medal in a time of 13:23.76. Kipkoech although tiring and being tracked down by Moroccan Aziz Lahbabi, still had enough energy to finish in a PB 13:26.03 with the Moroccan posting a national record of 13:28.92. Sweden´s Angelica Bengtsson added another gold medal to her already prolific collection when taking the pole vault title with a clearance of 425 ahead of German Victoria Von Eynatten (420) and Briton Holly Bleasdale (415). Sophie Hooton a former ballet dancer became the first Briton ever to win a World Junior Championships hammer gold medal with the best throw of her life - another national record of 66.01m. Second World Youth champion Barbara Spiler of Slovenia (65.28) and third world number two Li Zhang of China, who threw 63.96. World leader Andrius Gudzius in second place behind Andrei Gag (61.85m) after the first round recovered to take the lead with 63.45m in the next and go on to score an expected victory. The Lithuanian who threw 65.51m at the end of June proceeded to dominate the competition with further efforts of 62.49m and 63.41m before producing his winner of 63.78m (1.75 kg)  in the fifth round. Gag of Romania who improved his PB from 61.48m claimed second position with Australian Julian Wruck taking third place thanks to a second round throw of 61.09m.  With help of David Martin. The Championships will end on Sunday.


BARCELONA (ESP): Barcelona's mayor Jordi Hereu has visited the facilities for the European championships and was quoted 'Barcelona is once more the sports capital of Europe. "We are very proud the European championships will take place on Spanish soil for the first time in history."

FRANCE: World indoor record holder Teddy Tamgho is ok and ready to compete in Barcelona. That was confirmed by his agent Rene Auguin. He had problems with injured calf and passed even top French one day meet the AREVA Samsung Diamond League in Paris.

POLAND: Good news from Poland that hammer world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk is ready to throw in Spain and also olympic finalist hurdler Artur Noga is ok to run. But on the other side due to foot injury pole vault world champion Anna Rogowska will be absent. This decision happened after Friday´s training. Star hurdler Anna Jesien is also not fully healthy and will run only 4x400 m relay in Barcelona. She is is suffering from an muscle injury during national championships earlier this month. That means the only Polish representative in the women 400 m hurdles will be Marzena Koscielniak.

CYPRUS: Despite announcing two days ago he will travel to Spain, the world medalist in high jump Kyriacos Ioannou of Cyprus changed his mind. In last training he felt the pain in the leg again and decided to stay home. Ioannou won silver in Berlin last year and was to debut at outdoor European Championships.


DAVENPORT (USA): The final startlist for the Quad-City Times Bix 7, which will play host to the USA 7-mile road race championships, features elite athletes Ryan Hall and The 2010 NCAA 5000m and 10,000m champion Lisa Koll. Meb  Keflezighi, a two-time Bix winner and the defending champion, was forced to withdraw with a knee injury. Molly  Huddle, the women's defending champion, has decided to extend her European track season.  

MELBOURNE (AUS): Athletics Australia has announced a team of six athletes to contest the 2010 IAAF world half marathon in Nanning, China on October 16th . Flying the flag for Australia in the men's event will be Clint Perrett. Benita Willis will head the women's team and will be joined by Nikki Chapple, Cassie Fien, Jessica Trengrove and Melinda Vernon.

LONDON (GBR):  Procter & Gamble will become the latest major multi-national company to sign up as a sponsor of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in a deal that will include London 2012. A press conference is scheduled in London to announce that P&G signed a deal to become the IOC's 11th global sponsor. The deal will extend the one that P&G signed with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) last September, which included 17 of the company's barnds, including many used by women, such as Cover Girl, Olay, Pantene and Secret.

COLUMBIA (USA):  Columbia Tribune writes about shot putter number one Christian Cantwell that he can't find somebody to regularly push him, his recent victories carrying all the suspense of a straight-to-video Steven Seagal thriller. It is time, Missouri throws Coach Brett Halter told the former Tigers star, to "chase the ghosts of the past." But for Cantwell and the next generation of throwers, another measure of greatness lies in the distance: the world record. "Of course, I think it can," Cantwell said after a recent practice at Walton Stadium about world record. "It's just going to take a lot of right things." Cantwell eyes a full August schedule with Stockholm, London, Zurich, Dubnica, Brussels, Zagreb and Continental Cup in Split and plans to extend the season until Kawasaki meet in Japan on September 19.

WARSZAWA (POL): Polish federation website informs that hurdler Marek Plawgo underwent a surgery in Turku, Finland this week. His ankle was operated by famous Finnish doctor  Sakari Orava. It is expected that in one month time he would be ready to start with training for next season. Plawgo won silver at last European Championships in Goteborg.

MOSCOW (RUS): World indoor record holder at 1500 m Yelena Soboleva of Russia gave birth this week to a boy (3.320 kg and 54 cm). Russian media are informing. She is banned until April 30, 2011 and it is expected she will return to racing after that.


MAYAGUEZ (PUR, Jul 24): 21st CAC Games in Puerto-Rico started with athletics on Saturday. Fast 20 km walk saw Mexican Eder Sanchez winning in new games record 1:22:32 over Colombian duo. Second Luis Lopez got 1:22:55 and third Gustavo Restrepo life-time best 1:22:56. Women 20 km walk winner was Sandra Galvis of Colombia 1:38:27 and hammer women gold also for Colombia as Ely Moreno achieved 66.98.

NELSON MANDELA BAY (RSA, Jul 24): Lucky Mohale won the South African Half-marathon title in personal best 1:01:58. Life-time best also for second Sibusiso Nzima (1:02:10). Irvette van Blerk clocked also PB to get the women title in 1:11:09.

CHIURO (ITA, Jul 24): France won an international U17 match in Italy with 291 points over home squad (246) and Slovenia (136).

SALT LAKE CITY (USA, Jul 24): Ethiopian Alene Reta won the Deseret News 10 km road race in new course record 27:19. Ireland´s Andrew Ledwith as second improved national record of John Treacy (27:46 in 1985) to 27:35. Teyba Naser was the best woman in fast 31:41. Edward Kiptum was the best in marathon 2:20:48.

SANTANDER (ESP, Jul 24): Helsinki 2005 800 m semifinalist Eugenio Barrios clocked at 4th Gran Premoi Cantabria a solid 1500 m in 3:40.76.

BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Jul 24): Toby Sandeman clocked 10.43 (-0.1) over 100 m at Birmingham Games and Chris Bailie posted 13.82 (-0.1) in the 110 m hurdles.

BELFAST (GBR, Jul 24): Solid races at BMC Series meet as Emma Jackson clocked 2:01.66 in the 800 m and Australians Lisa Corrigan 4:10.38 and Georgie Clarke 4:10.67 in the 1500 m. US Liz Maloy got good 8:56.89 over 3000 m.

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