Robles vs Oliver, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Robles_Dayron-Lausanne10.JPGDayron Robles, Lausanne, 2010, photo by

Oliver_DavidFV1_USOut.JpgDavid Oliver, 2010 USA Outdoor, Des Moines, photo by

Our sport is about competition. Robles and Oliver are very different hurdlers, however, they are similar in one area: they love to compete. 2010 has been David Oliver's year. He has come to an understanding with his size. One of the most powerful men in our sport, David possesses amazing power and tremendous agility. His hurdling this year was mind boggling, and there is more to come! Dayron Robles has fought back from injuries and should, along with China's Liu Xiang, make David Oliver fight for each hurdle race. RBR looks forward to 2011!


STUTTGART (GER): World record holder Dayron Robles who is again healthy against world number one in 2010 David Oliver. That should be one of the highlights of the jubilee 25th edition of Stuttgart Indoor meeting Sparkassen Cup. So far they met indoor five times (per Tilastopaja) and in all cases (twice in 2007 and three times in 2010) Robles was the winner. Debuting at the event will be high jump European indoor champion Ariane Friedrich who missed the meeting in the past due to date clash with Arnstadt high jump (this season on February 19). Her main rival will be Sweden´s Emma Green who beat her in Barcelona last summer. Barcelona winners Verena Sailer and Christian Reif (against Irving Saladino) are also confirmed. Another top name secured is the fastest European, triple gold medalist from Barcelona Christophe Lemaitre. Also the other French star pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie will fight in Schleyer Hall with best home vaulters headed by Malte Mohr. Women´s pole vault will see 2010 world number one Fabiana Murer of Brazil against German elite Silke Spiegelburg with Lisa Ryzih. After four years Tobias Unger should again try one lap, the 200 m.



HAVANA (CUB): 2005 World 800m champion Zulia Calatayud became a mother on Thursday and she believes this milestone cannot compared to any result she has achieved, family sources informed. The 31-year old Cuban delivered 8.4-pound Maria Margarita Labañino Calatayud by caesarean at 3.45am in a Havana hospital on Thursday. Her husband Erlenis Labañino, mother Petra and sister Zoila were present to celebrate with her. The 2006 World Cup champion plans to return to the track, but not in time for the World Championships in Daegu or the Pan American Games in Mexico next year, sources added. Calatayud aims to resume his athletic career next September or earlier if she is fully recovered. "Nothing compares to her, not even my world title. I feel a completely accomplished woman", she said.







MOSCOW (RUS): Russian athletes will have their final training camp before World Championships in Daegu in Asian part of the country. As federation president Valentin Balakhnichev informed it will be either in Khabarovsk, Vladivostok or Irkutsk in Siberia. In other Russia development Coca-Cola became one of the main sponsors. The long time olympic sponsor will be main partner of Russian Winter IAAF Indoor Permit meet on February 6. Coca-Cola will also support other federations projects towards youth and regions.


PARIS (FRA): Former world champion Ladji Doucouré is hopefull about rediscovering his best after he underwent surgery in October. The French athlete explained in an interview with L'Equipe that he is working full time on rehabilitating from the many injuries that have plagued his career but hopes that the surgery finally has brought an end to a constant stream of injuries. The 27-year old has his eyes firmely set on the European indoor championships in Paris and hopes to go on top also at Olympic Games in 2012. Doucoure already competed three times at European Indoor Championships, won twice in 2005 and 2009 and in the first one in 2002 made it to the semifinals. His indoor 60 m hurdles best is 7.42 also a national record from 2005.


TORRELAVEGA (ESP): Spanish High jump record holder Ruth Beitia said for EFE agency that she respects the presumption of innocence of those involved in Operation Galgo. Beitia also added "if someone has committed a mistake, then the person must pay as any other." Beitia was interviewd after attending a promotional meeting with youths. She is planning full indoor season for 2011.


VENTA DE BANOS (ESP): Main Spanish CC race of the weekend will be the 31st Cross Internacional Venta de Banos in Palencia region. In the men´s 10.575 km race home stars like Jesus Espana, Ricardo Serrano or Chema Martinez will run against strong Kenyans Vincent Chepkok, Lucas Rotich and John Kipkoech. In women´s 6.775 km Nuria Fernandez, Alessandra Aguilar will have to fight with Kenynas Margaret Muriuki, Ethiopean Emebet Anteneh and Portugal´s Ana Dias. Saturday´s open race saw nearly 700 participants and many of the them wore pink ribbon to support local star Marta Dominguez. The World steeple champion is in the center of Operation Galgo to investigate doping in sport.


LISBON (POR): Double European indoor long jump champion Naide Gomes of Portugal (2005 and 2007) plans to compete in Paris in March in the next edition of the event. In recent interview for Portugal media she said she cannot promise a medal but commitment and dedication. "I want to win every competition I enter, but you cannot guarantee it. I hope for a positive outcome," she said about European Indoor event next March.


FUNCHAL (POR): European CC Champion Jessica Augusto will compete on December 28 at the 52nd Funchal Sao Silvestre race. Also running will be title defender, former olympic gold medalist Fernanda Ribeiro. In the men´s race Rui Pedro Silva as winner from last edition will run too. The 6 km race is started in the evening, at 8 pm. In women category Benelux oppostion is announced, Belgian Veerle Dejaeghere along with Dutch Miranda Boonstra. In men´s race Kenyan David Bett with Belgian steeple specialist Krijn van Koolwijk. In total 1000 participants are expected at Madeira Island.


MADRID (ESP): Popular Spanish athletics personality, shot put record holder Manuel Martinez has defended the introduction of "biological passport" in athletics, as already used in cycling, as a way to combat doping. "I do not know precisely how effective, but it certainly would be a further obstacle, an obstacle, to make things difficult for those athletes, who would use doping to enhance performance," he was quoted. The biological passport is an individual document that records the results of assessment in each sport, particularly the hematological and urinary steroid profile and changes will be clearly visible.


ADDIS ABABA (ETH): The Ethiopian cross country season will continue this weekend with the staging of the Moha Addis Ababa Cross Country Championships at the Jan Meda race course in Addis Ababa. In the second race of the cross country season following the staging of the Ethiopian Clubs Cross Country Championships, more than 30 clubs from Addis Ababa will take part in the annual championships. Apart from four elite competitions (junior and senior races for men and women), there will be competitions among the city's ten sub-cities and high schools. The men's senior race will once again see marathon runner Feyissa Lelissa, who is preparing for the 2010 Dubai Marathon, taking part in his second cross country race of the season. On his season's debut, Lelisa, a 2:05.23 marathon runner, finished third behind Bekana Daba and Mesfin Hailu two weeks ago on the same venue. Marathon runner Mamitu Daska is the leading name in the women's senior race that also features Bezunesh Urgessa and a strong quartet from the defence club. Great Ethiopian Run website informs.


MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF ratified also 15 km road world record by Leonard Komon 41:13 in Nijmegen on November 21 that means less than one month after the race. That shows the procedures are currently fast enough with the ratification process, including doping control results. In summary all world records set in 2010 are by now ratified.


LONDON (GBR): Latest Pat Butcher´s blog at - Race of the Year? Haile against Kiprono Menjo.


BUDAPEST (HUN): offers another set of statistics at its website. Have you thought that Asia is the deepest Area in the men's 10,000m? By quite a big margin. Both in the women's 800m and 1500m Europe has the highest number of good runners. North and Central American is the leading Area in depth in the 110/100m and the 400m hurdles, no matter wether men or women. More at


LONDON (GBR): The first of a series commemorating the greats of British athletics, this A4 format book of 164 pages is a treat for any athletics enthusiast. It comprises fact-filled biographies, of between 10 and 16 pages each, of Roger Bannister, Dave Bedford, Chris Brasher, Chris Chataway, Seb Coe, Steve Cram, Brendan Foster, Kelly Holmes, Dave Moorcroft, Steve Ovett, Gordon Pirie and Sydney Wooderson. It all makes for a splendidly nostalgic read. There is also a best of the rest' section featuring, albeit briefly, such names as Ann Packer, Derek Ibbotson, Diane Leather, Ian Stewart, Liz McColgan, Peter Elliott, Paula Radcliffe (no doubt she will be showcased in a future book on the top marathoners), Yvonne Murray, Walter George and Wendy Sly, while 'the next generation' profiles Mo Farah, Andy Baddeley, Jenny Meadows, Lisa Dobriskey, Hannah England, Stephanie Twell, Chris Thompson, Jemma Simpson and Michael Rimmer. Written by Mel Watman it is called Great British Runners.







HAMILTON (NZL, Dec 18): World junior shot put champion Jacko Gill missed his 11th world record (of course unofficial). Writes Gill achieved 18.80 but it landed outside of the sector. His 15 years old world best with senior implement is 18.57 m. Gill also announced his goal to qualify for London Olympic Games even when beeing only 17 at that time. On Monday he will celebrate his 16th birthday.

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