Allyson Felix: Looking Forward to Vacation, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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                    Allyson Felix, USA Outdoor 2010, Des Moines, by PhotoRun.net.

Allyson Felix has had a long season. A short indoor season, ending with a gold in
the 4x400 meters, a change in sponsorship (adidas to Nike), and lots of 400 meter
and 200 meter races, showed what might be on the minds of Coach Bob Kersee and
Allyson Felix; the double in Daegu 2011 or London 2012?


Here double, 200 meters on Friday and 400 meters on Saturday, at the AVIVA London
Grand Prix, showed what she is capable of, and she can win such a double!

FELIX LOOKING FORWARD TO VACATION
BRUSSELS (BEL): 400 m Samsung Diamond League winner (and expected 200 winner this evening) Allyson Felix is eager to get on her plane to Los Angeles and a vacation and revealing her plans for the fall, said: "I'm going on holiday. I am going to go to the Bahamas and take a cruise with my friends.Then I am actually going back to London to do some stuff. My Lakers are playing in London and I'm going to check out an Arsenal game - just things like that before I get back into training." Writes David Martin. Despite her normally precise forward planning, her considerations haven't taken into account the IAF World Gala in Monaco where she is likely to be a really strong candidate to be named: "Woman Athlete of the Year." Felix a shy grin on her face, admitted: "Oh, I haven't even given it any thought at all It would be a shock. I don't know about that but it would be an honour. You've mentioned it for the first time." 

SEMENYA TWICE IN ITALY
BRUSSELS (BEL): 800 m world champion  Caster Semenya is "confident" of winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, in October, her manager said on Thursday per media reports. She was included among the final names added to the South African team on Wednesday. She runs on Friday evening in Brussels and has two more European meetings scheduled. In Rovereto on Aug 31 (EA Premium meet) and in Milano on September 9. In Rovereto her main rivals will be Russian 1:58 runner Yelena Kofanova and home star Elisa Cusma. 

YELENA AND BUBKA IN RIETI
RIETI (ITA):  Special guest of the 40th jubilee meet in Rieti will be multiple world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva. She is in training in Formia near Rome and will come after her appeareance as ambassador at Youth Olympic Games. She is scheduled to meet with the press on Saturday. Also IAAF Senior Vice-President Sergey Bubka is planning to come as special guest of this jubilee Rieti meeting.

BLAKE VS. GATLIN
ROVERETO (ITA): Italian EA Premium Meeting 46th Palio Citta della Quercia in Rovereto next Tuesday August 31 will have a special highlight in men´s 100 m. Fast Jamaican Yohan Blake who improved this year to 9.89 and runs in Brussels on Friday will face returning former olympic and world gold medalist Justin Gatlin. The US sprinter had so far including heats five races in Europe since his ban ended and the fastest is 10.17. Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius will compete in Rovereto at 400 m. Another star will be German javelin thrower Christina Obergfoll, the silver medal winner from Barcelona. 



OTHER NEWS

LAGOS (NGR): Nigerian media are informing that with only a month to go, for the Commonwealth Games billed for October 3-14 in New Delhi, India Nigerian elite athletes have vowed not to report to camp unless their allowances from the African Championships in Kenya were paid. As at yesterday only a handful of athletes were in camp in Oghara, Delta State. The coaches listed for the exercise are still expecting a full house since the camp was opened last Wednesday.

RIETI (ITA): The hammer competitions in Rieti will be organised as qualifications and final. First stage on Saturday will have all athletes competing and havíng 3 throws. Only top four men and women will qualify for the Sunday´s second stage and will have four throws then. For IAAF HT Challenge for the finalists only result from Sunday will count, for those who will finish on Saturday 5th and lower their mark will count for the challenge. Men´s competition is having in total 12 athletes, women 11. Except of Betty Heidler, all European medalists are entered. 

PARIS (FRA): Legendary French sprinter Christine Arron (36) decided to end her season after running 11.59 at 100 m on Tuesday in Lille. She was a silver medal winner at European Championships in the relay. She will resume the training in the fall. 

LJUBLJANA (SLO): Sunday´s 5th Cvetan and Sustersic Memorial meet will be one of the best in Slovenia this year. Part of National Grand Prix series will see for example olympic medalist Mariya Abakumova fighting with home record holder Martina Ratej in javelin throw. Another local top athlete Snezana Rodic will have strong opponents in triple jump with European Champion Olga Saladukha of Ukraine, Russian Nadezhda Alekhina and Slovak Euroindoor medalist Dana Veldakova. Poland´s Przemyslaw Czerwinski who was third in Barcelona is the pole vault main name. Slovenian best sprinter Matic Osovnikar will have good opponents in Austrian Ryan Moseley and Jamaican world relay medalist Marvin Anderson. Legendary Merlene Ottey at age of 50 will also run.



RESULTS

VALGA (EST, Aug 25): Asian discus record holder Ehsan Hadadi won a discus competition in Estonia with solid 65.18 m. Second was home Mart Israel (63.08).

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