Philips Idowu: No Euro Indoors, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder


                     Philips Idowu, AVIVA Gateshead 2010, photo by

Lord Sebastian Coe is always quotable. Some time ago, in a piece for Sports Illustrated written by Kenny Moore, I believe, Lord Coe spoke about the terrible price that triple jumpers pay for their craft. " The triple jump is the most debilitating of events, " noted Lord Coe. How right he was...and is...

Philips Idowu, one of Great Britain's most prominent WC medalists and more importantly, London 2012, is skipping the European Indoors in Paris, coming this March 2011. While some may castigate Idowu, RBR understands and congratulates Mr. Idowu with his forethought.

Competing in championships since 2007 without a break, Idowu has 2011, 2012 and 2013, if he choose to go that far. Championships make athletes call on both physical and mental strength that needs to be replenished. One can not do that year after year, without a break....stay tuned.....



KINGSTON (JAM): Sprinter Yohan Blake once again proved he is good in other areas of sport. This week he was the top performer at the St Jago Twenty20 Celebrity cricket match. Blake who improved last summer to 9.89 and 19.78 had a good all-round performance, first by taking five wickets for seven runs then returned to hit 40 to lead his Yellow team to victory Garth Garvey's Green team. National 400 m record holder Jermaine Gonzales also showed he is useful with the cricket bat, scoring 22 (2x6, 1x4) for Garvey's Green team. Garvey led the way for his team with 68. Writes TrackAlerts.



KASSEL (GER): writes that Askina Meeting (EA Classic event) will return from Baunatal to the city of Kassel in 2011. That is at least the decision of the regional Hessen Athletics Federation HLV. They also ended the cooperation with meet organiser Heinz Husselman. But Husselman was quoted as saying that he hopes still to find agreement with HLV. Main issue in the whole situation is the fact, that there are unpaid bills from Husselman towards athletes and managers for past edition of the meet. For the moment the date is set for June 8, 2011 in renewed Aue Stadium. But questionmarks are remaining. It is also special because Kassel will host in 2011 the German Championships.



BUCURESTI (ROU): European triple jump silver medalist Marian Oprea was named Romanian Athlete of the Year 2010 by the council of Romanian Athletics Federation. Oprea also won IAAF Continental Cup in Split. In the final nomination also discus thrower Nicoleta Grasu, world junior champion at 800 m Mirela Lavric, world junior silver medalist in discus Andrei Gag, Bianca Razor who won world junior bronze in the 400 m, Alina Rotaru second at Youth Olympic Games in long jump and young mountain runner Denisa Ionela Dragomir.



KINGSTON (JAM): TrackAlerts reports that it will cost the Jamaican Government just under 100 million of Jamaican dollars (approximately US$1.1 million) to re-lay the National Stadium track in Kingston. The country's information minister, Daryl Vaz earlier this week, at the weekly cabinet press briefing, said $97 million is the estimated budget to carry out the necessary repairs to the tracks at the National Stadium and Stadium East. Minister Vaz also said German company BSW Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk, the same company that laid Usain Bolt's track at the University of the West Indies earlier this year, will be responsible for the repairs.



MADRID (ESP): Steeple World champion Marta Dominguez will appear on Wednesday before the judge at the court in Madrid in relation to Operation Galgo. Meanwhile sources told Spanish agency EFE that 2009 European CC Champion Alemayehu Bezabeh has a good chance that he will be not sanctioned in the whole case. There is reasonable evidence that he was decieved. Bezabeh might be able to return to the competition immediately.



LONDON (GBR): Triple jump European champion Philips Idowu is not planning to compete at European Indoor event next March in Paris. He was quoted as saying by The Independent that according to his 18-month plan towards London 2012 he plans only two competitions next indoors. The Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham on February 19 and the Stockholm meet three days later. "The European indoors just doesn't fit into the plan. It'll be great for Teddy. He's jumping in front of a home crowd. He'll probably jump well and put in a good performance but a year later he's got to come to London and compete against me in front of my home crowd. It's going to be fun. It's going to be an exciting couple of years in the triple jump," Idowu said for Independent.







HOFU (JPN, Dec 19): Mongolia´s marathon record holder Ser-Od Bat-Ochir won the Hofu Marathon in 2:14:49. It was his fifth marathon of the year and third fastest career time. Women winner Hiroko Yoshitomi achieved new course record 2:38:01.


MUNICH (GER, Dec 18): Malte Mohr won the Christmas Pole Vault meet with 565 clearance. Second was experienced Tim Lobinger (545) ahead of Fabian Schulze (535).


NYAHURURU (KEN, Dec 18): In the 6th leg of Kenyan CC series Matthew Kisorio beat by 0.4 Charles Kibet in the men´s 12 km race (34:53 for both). The event was held under clear skies with the 600 runners - 97 junior women, 187 junior men, 110 senior women and 200 senior men - battling mild head wind in the first kilometre of the 2km loop. Writes The Nation. The senior women's 8km race had big names and at the end of the four laps it was Sharon Cherop who emerged victorious in 26:13. Linet Chepkirui took the second position in 26:26.


GIFU (JPN, Dec 19): Tenmaya, department store based in Okayama, home town of Hitomi Kinue and Yuko Arimori, both Olympic silver medalists, won the 30th annual JPN Corporate team Women's Ekiden Championships. It was first victory for Tenmaya, who finished second last year, in 2:14:35. Track record holder Kayoko Fukushi was fastest in 3rd stage (10 km) in 31:26 but her team Wacoal was at the end only 8th.


BRYANSK (RUS, Dec 18): Igor Gostev sprinted to hand-timed 6.4 at 60 m during 4th Sinyayev Memorial indoor meet. In women´s 60 m Yuna Mekhti-Zade got 7.0. In 1000 m race Yekaterina Martynova was timed at 2:46.9.


MOSCOW (RUS, Dec 18): During first day of Student Competitions European junior champion 2009 Aleksandr Menkov leaped to 790 in long jump. Yevgeniy Ustavshchikov posted 6.75 to win the 60 m. Former hurdles European indoor champion Aleksandra Antonova tried long jump (571) and shot put (10.85).


DRESDEN (GER, Dec 18): High jump world bronze medalist Raul Spank showed his versatility as he clocked 8.11 to win the 60 m hurdles here.


PAROW (RSA, Dec 18): In the fourth and final leg of Yellow Pages Summer Series (the real series returns in February) Leigh Julius achieved 6.81 at 60 m and was beatean at 150 m (15.70) by Sergio Mullins (15.63). Cornel Fredericks continued in winning, this time 35.15 at 300 m hurdles. African relay champion Sibusiso Sishi got 33.27 at 300 m. Cindy Stewart was the fastest woman in 7.45 and 17.85 (60/150 m double). In the mile Dean Brummer (son of Deon Brummer a known runner in the eighties) was the best in 4:07.91 ahead of Samson Ngoepe (4:11.12).


ALLENDALE (USA, Dec 16): NAIA indoor champion Rumeal McKinney won the 60 m at Grand Valley State Holiday Open meet in 6.72.







LONDON (GBR): Correction in regard to the Great British Runners publication. Jason Henderson corrects: "We drew on many past issues of Athletics Weekly - and of course Mel was editor and a writer for many of the magazines 65-year history, so we gave him a credit in the credits panel. But the bookzine itself was written by a variety of Athletics Weekly staff."

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