World Junior Update, Day 1, plus Global Athletic News, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder


As the World Junior Championships get going, Alfons Juck keeps RBRers updated
on all things track & field on the global front! European champs are one week away!

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MONCTON (CAN, Jul 19): Kenya's Mercy Cherono in a thrilling finish brilliantly defended her World Junior Championships 3000 metres title from Bydgoszcz in Moncton during first day of IAAF World Junior Championships. As David Martin writes, Cherono in a race which went to the wire, won in a world leading time for the year of 8:55.07 when although finishing very quickly herself, she had to withstand blistering finishes from Ethiopian Emebet Anteneh who clocked a personal best 8:55.24 and Layes Abdullayeva (of Ethiopian origin) who set a Azerbaijan record of 8:55.33. Next best European was Austrian Jennifer Wenth as 7th in new national junior record 9:09.20. „It feels so good, I was so happy because I defended my gold," said Cherono on a hot and humid Moncton evening. „The best part was that I felt so comfortable out there. My plan was to defend my gold, but the race was difficult because of the weather," added Cherono. Now she is also this year's IAAF World Junior Cross Country champion on a second return to Bydgoszcz and her future career looks exceedingly bright and already she is being groomed for stardom by her inclusion the Samsung Diamond League circuit (7th in Shanghai 14:47.13 at 5000 m). On Tuesday evening local time two more titles will be given, boys 10 000 m and girls shot put.

PARIS (FRA): Cameroonian double Olympic triple jump medallist Françoise Mbango Etone has changed nationality and is now a French citizen. Mbango Etone has defended the Cameroonian colours at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games but now has opted for the French nationality after living in Paris for most of her life.

MONTE CARLO (MON): Latest high quality new name for Herculis Samsung Diamond League meet on Thursday is Kenyan 1500 m olympic winner Asbel Kiprop. He won DL race in Oslo, Eugene and Gateshead and was second in Shanghai and leads the Diamond Race with 14 points. His main rivals will be former world champion Bernard Lagat of USA, group of Kenyans headed by Shanghai winner Augustine Choge and top Morrocan Amine Laalou. In the women´s 3000 m Bahraini miler Maryam Jamal was added and Shanghai 5000 m winner Sentayehu Ejigu of Ethiopia, along with already announced Anna Alminova they would be able to attack the world lead 8:34.58 of Vivian Cheruiyot.

MONTE CARLO (MON): In latest IAAF Newsletter in the latest confirmed doping cases also one of the fastest Asian women Rukya Al-Gassra of Bahrain (she clocked 11.12 and 22.65 in 2008). She had positive out of competition test in Italy last year and is banned for two years until September 16, 2011. She was Beijing Olympics and Berlin Worlds 200 m semifinalist. Another interesting name also from Bahrain is long distance runner Mimi Belete. She was disqualifed as winner at Eurocross in Diekirch in Luxemburg in February this year at 5.35 km. Because the substance found was not major she got only public warning. Winner is so French Marilyne Pellen.

MONCTON (CAN): Media are informing that IAAF president Lamine Diack has said that South Africa's successful hosting of the FIFA World Cup has proved to the world that Africa is ready to host any international sporting event. "At first, many believed that the World Cup would not take place. But what South Africa did proved them wrong," Diack told the press in Canada. Diack said that Africa's good people, stadiums and weather were all rich landmarks to prove how ready Africa was. Africa has only hosted one-day World Cross country championship in Mombasa (2007) and Morocco (1998), but never the world junior or senior track and field event. "Morocco put in their bid for 2013 but afterwards pulled out. South Africa has proved to the world that we are ready and what we are waiting for is a city to bid for the hosting rights," said Diack.

MOSCOW (RUS): Changes in Russian Team for Barcelona as confirmed by head-coach Valentin Maslakov for All-Sport. New name in men´s javelin is Ilya Korotkov, also two more decathletes have been selected Aleksandr Pogorelov and Vasiliy Kharlamov. Sprinter Vyacheslav Kolesnichenko was added to 200 m. Unfortunately Yevgeniya Polyakova is injured and so the olympic winning 4x100 m team will not be able to have the same composition. Maslakov also said medals could be expected in nearly all women events, but in men´s only in six to seven events. He also revealed that last days of preparation are spent by some in Cheboksary, another group is in Podolsk and also one in Moscow.


BARCELONA (ESP): Over a thousand hours of TV couverage will be broadcasted during the European championships in Barcelona. All European broadcasters as well as some major broadcasters in Asia and America have bought the rights for the six day championships.

BARCELONA (ESP): The final entries for the European championships are in, in total a list of 1626 athletes will be competing over de six days. 50 European federations have at least 1 athlete in Barcelona. The total of 891 male and 735 female athletes breaks the record number of 1288 athletes that competed in Gothenburg. A massive group of 69 athletes will compete at the male Marathon, while 44 women will start at the 42,195km race.

LAUSANNE (SUI): In an interview IOC president Jacques Rogge has claimed the United States Olympic committee (USOC) has learned it cannot live in isolation. Rogge praised the new leadership at the USOC, which is trying to rebuild the organisation's damaged international reputation following rows over revenue sharing which culminated in Chicago being humiliatingly overlooked for the 2016 Olympics. The IOC president also mentioned to have been impressed with the USOC chairman Larry Probst and chief executive Scott Blackmun, who have made a determined effort recently to build bridges with the Olympic Movement writes insidethegames.

NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan 800m athlete Janet Jepkosgei and 400m runner Anderson Mureta have received the Kenyan flag from the country's President as captain's of the Kenyan team at the upcoming African Championships. The President pointed out that there was no reason for the Kenyan team not to win the overall team rankings writes

CARDIFF (GBR): Sports Wales has the ambitious aim to become the best small nation in the world in coming sporting events. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow they have even targeted no less than 35 medals. Wales has a population of under three million but have also targetted between six and 10 medals across the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games and at least 30 medals in the next two Paralympic Games confirms insidethegames.

BARCELONA (ESP): Among the team officials at the European Championships also some interesting names such as Igor Astapkovich, a five time silver medallist hammer thrower, Javelin world record holder Jan Zelezny, decathlete legend Thomas Dvorak, German discus world record holder Jurgen Schult, former double European pole vault champion Alex Averbuch, Olympic Gold medallist Gabriela Szabo and double world indoor champion in the pole vault Radion Gataulin.

BOSTON (USA): US 100 m record holder Tyson Gay announced his new official facebook Fan Page. At the Official Fan Page of Tyson Gay to find: videos from Tyson's competitions, photos of Tyson, latest news and results on the fastest man in American history, updates on upcoming competitions.

BARCELONA (ESP): The opening ceremony of the European athletics championships will contain different assests then in the past. The ceremony will take place on Monday evening July 26th in the surrounding areas of the Olympic stadium and closer to the city center. Hansel Cereza has created a ceremony around the Magic Fountain of Montjuic. The presentation of the 50 teams participating at the event will be supported by the official Barcelona 2010 Anthem 'Anthem for Europe' created by Nacho Cano.

BARCELONA (ESP): Sports apparel company Joma will pay tribute to the anonymous athlete during the European championships in Barcelona. The brand is an official partner of the event and will showcase three statues of European paratriathlon champion Iñaki Castañeda.

LONDON (GBR): Pat Butcher´s latest blog at Memories of South Africa's ‚Lost' Distance Runners

CASTELBUONO (ITA): RRW writes, that the The 85th Giro Podistico Internazionale di Castelbuono, Italy's oldest competitive road race, will feature Olympic Marathon gold medalist Samuel Wanjiru and defending champion Vincent Kipruto. The race is scheduled for Monday, July 26. The invitation-only race is held on a 1130m loop, which athletes cover 10 times for a total distance of 11,300m. The event record is 33:46 by Kenyan Martin Lel set in 2004.

NEW DELHI (IND): India's Sports Minister M.S Gill has claimed that Commonwealth Games Federation President Mike Fennell should do more to stop the world's top athletes like Usain Bolt and Sir Chris Hoy withdrawing from the Commonwealth Games later this year in October. There are growing frustrations in India over the lack of interest with certain top stars as the country's government has invested a lot of money into the event. Fennell was asked by the Indian Sports Minister to stop sending officials and send more of the top athletes confirms insidethegames.


ARGOS ORESTIKO (GRE, Jul 14): 3rd stage Greek Grand Prix meet saw Mihail Mertzanidis-Despoteris improved to 805 (+1.3) and qualified for Barcelona. He is European junior bronze medalist 2005 and Barcelona will be his first senior championships. Adonia Stergiou cleared 191 in high jump.

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