Bolt Sees 9.4 as Possible, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder


                                 Usain Bolt in Laussane, photo by

So, 9.4 is possible?, read on.


PARIS (FRA): Sprinting star Usain Bolt had great interview with Le Grand Journal, one of France's most popular media shows. He was as fun as ever and did a great job. For L´Equipe he confirmed that in his winter programme he plans to run at local meets in Jamaica two 400 m races and one 4x100 m and one 4x400 m relay. His real summer season is going to be opened at Kingston IAAF World Challenge meeting on May 7.  About 2010 Bolt said to L´Equipe: "My body needed rest. In 2009 I was in great shape, I thought it will remain so, but it is never so. Today I still have a stiff right Achilles tendon, but doctors say it's normal." For 2011 he sees as main rivals Gay, Powell, Blake, Bailey and mentioned European Champion Christophe Lemaitre because he is young and talented. About his future career Usain Bolt says: "I say that to become the legend that I want to be, I must keep my titles. Because anyone can come one day and win an Olympic title. But do it twice is what I want to achieve." The Jamaican thinks 9.4 is possible and he sees also room to improve in the 200 m (19.19).  "I can always improve my turn and technically, the last fifty meters, my shoulders went up too much because I stretched too much in Berlin," he said.



KINGSTON (JAM): US hurdler David Oliver who is one of the finalists for World Athlete of the Year Award 2010 said for TrackAlerts that Kenyan 800 m world record holder David Rudisha is for him the man for the highest honour to be given in Monaco over the weekend. Both athletes Oliver and Rudisha were unbeaten this season.



BARCELONA (ESP): This Sunday´s  Jean Bouin Grand Prix road race in Montjuic Parc is expecting about 10 000 participants to celebrate 90 years of the event and 87th edition. Top names for the 10 km elite races are Kenyan world leader Kiprono Menjo and European 1500 m bronze winner Natalia Rodriguez, both seeking their third wins here. World indoor medalist at 3000 m Sergio Sanchez will run at Jean Bouin for first time in his career. Main rival for Rodriguez will be Kenyan olympic silver winner from Beijing in the steeple Eunice Jepkorir. Spanish media are informing.



NAIROBI (KEN): The 2009 African Championships silver medalist John Kemboi will miss the cross country season after suffering a minor fracture in his right shinbone. Informs Phil Minshull. Kemboi, who was also 10th as a junior at the '09 World Cross Country  and won the Azalea Trail 10K in March, as well as reduced his 3000 m, 5000 m and 10 000 times on the track in the summer, had his leg put in a cast last week and it should remain there until the start of December. He expects to be able to make a full return to competition next summer with the aim of making the Kenyan team going the World Championships in Daegu.







LONDON (GBR): John Coates, who is the president of the Australian Olympic Committee, has been elected as President at the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and so will replace Italian Mino Auletta who is stepping down. Coates was chosen ahead of Canadian Dick Pound, who is the former President of the WADA, and will serve a full four-year term, which will include the Olympics at London in 2012 and Sochi in 2014. Coates will begin officially on January 1, 2011 confirms Insidethegames.


PRETORIA (RSA): High jump world champion from 2003 Jacques Freitag plans to contribute to the future of South Africa's high jumping. Has started the Tuks Junior High Jump Academy in partnership with the University of Pretoria.


TUNIS (TUN): Tunisian steeple world finalist from Berlin Habiba Ghribi missed 2010 due to toe surgery. She is now back in training for 2010 and is based in Aix-les-Bains in France. Her high quality national steeple record is 9:12.52.


BERLIN (GER): Next Laureus World Sports Awards will be held as in this year in Abu Dhabi, in Emirates Palace. The date set is Monday, February 7 2011. It was confirmed by Chairman of the Laureus Academy Edwin Moses during a meeting of the Academy in Berlin.


TOKYO (JPN): Brett Larner´s Japan running news blog informs that 2004 Olympic women marathon gold medalist and national record holder Mizuki Noguchi is on the entry list announced for the National Jitsugyodan Ekiden Championships to be held on December 19 in Gifu. Should she start it will be the second race of her comeback. Noguchi withdrew from the Beijing Olympics marathon after sustaining an injury to her left thigh. On October 24 she ran in the West Japan Jitsugyodan Women's Ekiden, her first race in 2 years, 5 months.


INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Allyson Felix and David Oliver have been named the winners of the 2010 Jesse Owens Awards, USA track and field has announced. It is the first time hurdler David Oliver wins the award and the third time for Allyson Felix.  The Jesse Owens Award is USA Track & Field's highest accolade, presented annually to the outstanding U.S. male and female track and field performers.


AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch steeple runner Simon Vroemen has received a two year doping sentence following a positive doping test on June 14th 2008. The Dutch authorities had first cleared Vroemen but the Dutch doping authorities continued their charges that led to Vroemens suspention now. Vroemen already sat out part of his suspention from July 21st 2008 until January 28th 2010 and now will have to sit out the rest of his ban Dutch media report.


LONDON (GBR): Jessica Ennis has expressed to be sad about compatriot Kelly Sotherton leaving the heptathlon and venturing into the 400m. She believes Sotherton has had a fabulous career in the heptathlon and will be successful as well in the 400m. Ennis added in the interview with she is happy about the performances of Louis Hazel and welcomes more competition from her side.


HERTFORDSHIRE (GBR): The "Hertfordshire is Ready For Winners Partnership" have announced that the National Olympic Committees (NOC) of St Kitts and Nevis and  St Lucia , will  live locally and train in county training camps during the build up to London 2012 confirms British Virgin Islands were the first to commit to Hertfordshire in June 2009.


LONDON (GBR): British Sports Minister Hugh Robertson has unveiled a new London 2012 mass participation legacy programme which sees 217 million dollar of National Lottery money invested reports The programme is titled 'Places People Play' and will be delivered by Sport England in partnership with the British Olympic Association and ParalympicsGB.


MONACO (MON): From 1 - 3 December, the Peace and Sport International Forum will bring together in Principality of Monaco leading decision-makers from sport, politics, the private sector and civil society who wish to put sport at the service of sustainable peace.The impressive line-up of speakers will include: marathon legend Paula Radcliffe, President of SportAccord Hein Verbruggen, President of the Haitian Olympic Committee Jean-Edouard Baker and former 800 m world champion and world record holder Wilson Kipketer.


DUBLIN (IRL): Jason Smyth's chances of defending his 100 and 200 metres at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships in Christchurch next year have been thrown into doubt because of his failure to recover from a back injury.  The 23-year-old Irishman had hoped to return to full training later this month but a scan has revealed that there is "no significant improvement" to the problem which prevented him from competing at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Smyth has already been forced to abandon plans to travel to Florida to train due to the injury and visa problems and there is growing concern that he may not recover in time to compete in New Zealand. Writes insidethegames.


ALAMOSA (USA):  Joe Vigil, one of the most influential distance running coaches in American history, was honored by his alma mater, Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., last Saturday with a life-sized bronze statue of him.  Vigil, 80, taught and coached at Adams State for nearly three decades. "They usually dedicate bronze statues to dead people, but I'm not done yet," Vigil quipped at the unveiling ceremony.  "I have more to learn and a lot to do.  If you make one person's life better in your lifetime, then you've had a great life." Over 300 people were in attendance, according to the running industry trade group Running USA, including Vigil's most famous athlete, Olympic bronze medallist Deena Kastor.  Vigil began to coach Kastor, then Deena Drossin, after she graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1996, taking her to the high altitude of Alamosa where she famously trained through the brutal winters there. Writes RRW.


PRAHA (CZE): Javelin world record holder Barbora Spotakova who was recently voted for fourth time in a row Czech Athlete of the Year is enjoying first weeks of cooperation with her new coach, legendary Jan Zelezny. For the latest IAAF diaries she also revealed: "In the meantime I have passed my test to ride a motorcycle - with no problems. Now I have to decide which one to buy, although I am going to wait until Spring. But I am thinking that I will get myself a big BMW bike - something designed for travelling long distances." After the weekend when she will be IAAF guest in Monte Carlo at World Athletics Gala her next training camp will be in Lanzarote, Grand Canaria from early December.


TORONTO (CAN): World championship and olympic medalist at 100 m hurdles Priscilla Lopes-Schliep will take part in Special Olympics Gala in Toronto on November 30. She will then head to a training camp in St. Kitts in December (1-15). Also part of the evening will be Jamaican Commonwealth Games winner at 100 m Lerone Clarke and Canadian high jump winner Nicole Forrester.


LONDON (GBR):  Tottenham's proposal to take over London's Olympic Stadium with AEG after the Games in 2012 is "completely unacceptable" to UK Athletics (UKA). Writes BBC. While Tottenham plan to make the east-London stadium an 80,000-seat venue, West Ham want to create a 60,000-capacity arena for football, athletics, concerts and community use in a collaboration with Newham Council. The Tottenham bid has been submitted in collaboration with AEG, which runs the O2 Arena beside the River Thames in Greenwich, south London.


ZURICH (SUI): European marathon champion Viktor Rothlin will have three weeks break from running after beeing non-finisher of the New York marathon. He also is not planning any more races this year. His next goal is a spring marathon, the place to be confirmed. There is enough time for solid preparation, incorportaing also a training camp in Kenya from January until March next year. His next race planned is on March 19, the "Kerzerslauf" at 15 km in Switzerland.


MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF ratified the only men´s world indoor record of 2010, the 6499 points of Ashton Eaton in heptathlon during the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville (March 12-13). That means all marks from 2010 valid for world record purpose have been ratified.


WATTENSCHEID (GER): German female walking national record holder Sabine Krantz declared her next aim is Daegu World Championships 2011. The 29-years old athlete gave birth to son Thomas this year and is now back in full training. At last World Championshipsin Berlin she was a non-finisher and competed at three other worlds. Her best position was 8th in 2007 in Osaka.

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