Isinbayeva to Stockholm, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Yelena Isinbayeva, 2009 Zurich, photo by
Yelena Isinbayeva will be busy in February! On February 6, Yelena jumps in Moscow, on February 12, Yelena jumps in Donetsk and on February 22, Yelena Isinbayeva competes in Stockholm!

KINGSTON (JAM): Sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown and 400 m runner Jermaine Gonzales, were named Jamaica's track & field athletes of the year, while Bertland Cameron (former 400 m world champion) took the coach's award, at Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) Scotiabank sponsored Golden Cleats Awards Luncheon, held at the Terra Nova hotel in Kingston. Gonzales, who enjoyed his best year ever, lowering Roxbert Martin's 13-year-old 400m record from 44.49 to 44.40 secs, was selected ahead of World and Olympic triple gold medalist Usain Bolt; who last year ran 19.56, the fourth fastest time ever over 200m. Nesta Carter, the 4th fastest Jamaican ever, over 100m, with 9.78 secs and Commonwealth Games 100m Champion Lerone Clarke, were also mentioned. Writes TrackAlerts. "I am very appreciative of this award and to be selected as the JAAA Athlete of the Year," Campbell-Brown commented, "This is an honor, because its a lot of hard work that goes into our preparation." Diamond League 400m hurdles winner, Kaliese Spencer; Commonwealth Games triple jump champion Trecia-Kay Smith; and Sheree Francis, the high jump, Commonwealth Games and CAC Games silver medalist, were mentioned for their outstanding performances in 2010.



SEVILLA (ESP): Reigning world champions Joseph Ebuya and Emily Chebet headline brilliant fields for the '29th Cross Internacional de Itálica' in Sevilla (IAAF Permit) on Sunday. Ebuya will be seeking to score another victory over Tekelmariam Medhin having beaten the silver medallist behind him in last year's IAAF World Championships in Alcobendas on December 5 a month after losing to the Eritrean in Atapuerca. The outstanding line-up also features Kenya's Leonard Komon the World road running 10 kilometres and 15km record holder who is defending his title and Ethiopia's Tariku Bekele a two-time runner up at the Spanish meeting. Also announced are steeple world record holder Saif Saeed Shaheen, Kiprono Menjo and Vincent Chepkok making it the best men´s field so far this terrain season. Chebet faces a daunting task against her fellow Kenyan world champions,defending champion here Linet Masai and Vivian Cheruiyot.



STOCKHOLM (SWE): Multiple pole vault world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva confirmed her third meet of the indoor season. After Russian Winter in Moscow (Feb 6) and Donetsk Pole Vault Stars (Feb 12) she will jump at the XL-Galan in Ericsson Globe on February 22. " I look forward to start competing again. I am motivated and healthy, and I feel that the training went well" said Yelena on her website and added: " It will be exciting to compete in the Globe for the first time. I have heard from other athletes that it is a nice arena." She will have the chance for a revenge with last years number one Fabiana Murer of Brazil, also jumping will be Swedish 17-years old Youth Olympic Games and World Junior winner Angelica Bengtsson. Swedish stars Emma Green and Christian Olsson also earlier confirmed the Stockholm date.



KINGSTON (JAM): Worlds fastest man Usain Bolt joins the group of supporters of olympic track legacy after London 2012 Games. He said on his twitter: "London needs to keep the track in the Olympic Stadium after 2012. It would be good to run there after. Keep the track." Another voice of support came from double European Champion Mo Farah who wrote on the twitter: "Olympic legacy for Olympic Stadium. Save the Stadium and say YES to West Ham's bid."







DUBAI (UAE): Ethiopian athletes Chala Dechase and Eshetu Wendimu after a titanic battle last year will renew rivalries when they go head-to head at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 21. After last year's three-way battle with eventual winner and compatriot Haile Gebrselassie, the two are no longer unknown quantities in international distance running and will be among the favourites to lift the $250,000 first prize. Just thirteen seconds separated them in Dubai in 2010 with Dechase taking second in 2:06:33 just 24 seconds behind Ethiopian legend Gebrselassie.


BELFAST (GBR): Charlotte Purdue after her excellent fourth place in last weekend's Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country faces another stiff test in Antrim on January 22 at IAAF CC Permit race. Purdue is scheduled to go head-to-head with Kenya's Commonwealth Games 10000m gold medallist Grace Momyani who is also a very experienced cross country performer. Purdue coached by Mick Woods will also face Kenya's Esther Chemtai, the IAAF World Cross Country junior bronze medallist and fellow Brits Louise Damen and Gemma Steel. Kenya's Mike Kigen will defend his title against Andy Vernon and the Irish duo of Michael Mulhare and Joe Sweeney.


LONDON (GBR): Ed Warner, chairman of UK Athletics, has explicitly denied the suggestion made this week by those handling Tottenham's bid to redevelop the 2012 Olympic Stadium that his organisation has refused to engage with them on their plans for an athletics legacy elsewhere. Writes insidethegames. Warner said he had a one-to-one meeting with Sir Keith Mills, the former chief executive of the London 2012 bid committee who now sits on the Spurs Board, at which he was promised access to their legacy proposals, but has not subsequently been offered any access to them. Warner was reacting to recent statements in the press about Tottenham's plans to knock down the Olympic Stadium after the Games and redevelop the site as a 60,000-seater football stadium if their bid is chosen above West Ham's plan - which will incorporate an athletics track - by the Olympic Park Legacy Company on January 28.


LAUSANNE (SUI): Sprinter Churandy Martina will not compete for The Netherlands in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Martina and other athletes from The Netherlands Antilles who will qualify for London will compete as independent athletes under the Olympic flag. The Netherlands Antilles are no longer recognized by the IOC but due to a period of transition the athletes will only start to compete for The Netherlands after the London Olympic Games. Similar arrangements were made in past Olympics for athletes from Yugoslavia and East Timor. The situation causes confusion for the athletes and federations involved as the President of The Netherlands Antilles Olympic Committee Remco Tevreden believes this means Martina will still be able to compete for The Netherlands Antilles at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, while the Dutch Athletics federation claims the athletes will compete for The Netherlands until the London Olympic Games reports Dutch newspaper


LAUSANNE (SUI): The IOC also announced they have suspended Ghana which means Ghana's Olympic Committee (GOC) will no longer receive IOC funding, its officials are banned from attending any Olympic events and Ghana's athletes are barred from competing in the Olympics. The sanctions could be lifted before the London Games if Ghana complies with IOC regulations and assures the complete independence of the national body.The IOC has complained in particular that Government officials in Ghana are appointing the Presidents of national sports federations. The decision had reduced the number of countries eligible to compete in London from 205 to 202. Kuwait was already suspended last year for political interference by the government. India have also been warned that unless they resolve several issues they face the risk of being banned from competing at London next year reports Insidethegames.


EINDHOVEN (NED): The marathon of Eindhoven wants to become among the world's top 10 running events by 2013. The organization wants to improve the course record to 2:05 in the men's race and 2:23 in the women's race. Currently the course records stand at 2:07.01 and 2:25.35. For the organization 2011 means a year of making the event more international with the Eindhoven airport near by. The Eindhoven Marathon attracts about 2000 foreign runners each year.


BERLIN (GER): German vaulter Silke Spiegelburg is focusing on the German indoor championships and the European indoor championships. Spiegelburg had to rely on alternative training for some weeks following a small injury but believes she is still as strong as ever. The European silver medalist from Barcelona will start her indoor season at local championships this weekend confirms


NEW YORK (USA): Kara Goucher will run the New York City Half Marathon on March 20 reports The New York City Half Marathon will be Goucher's second competitive race after giving birth to her son last September. It will also be her last preparation before running the Boston Marathon in April. Goucher is making her return to the sport on Sunday at the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona. However, on her blog Goucher explained the difficult situation with her son Colt who is currently in the hospital. The Goucher family will only be able to travel to Arizona when Colt is feeling better and is being released from the hospital.


LAUSANNE (SUI): IOC President Jacques Rogge favours West Ham's bid to take over the London Olympic Stadium over Tottenham's because he wants a running track to remain at the venue after the 2012 Games. The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) is due to make a decision between the two bids before March and Rogge said he will not intervene on the issue. "If a solution could be found for the track we would be happy but don't expect the IOC to intervene in an issue where we are not responsible." Rogge was quoted on


LINZ (AUT): Long jump world indoor champion 2008 Naide Gomes of Portugal signed for Linz International Gugl Indoor on February 3. Meet organizer Wolgang Adler said her motivation was backed when she heard about excellent results last year at the arena.


NASSAU (BAH): TrackAlerts informs that the 2011 Carifta Games was thrown into further doubt when the Bahamas Association of Athletic Association (BAAA), decided at a meeting that they would not be hosting the event. According to a highly placed source, the Bahamas decision to not host the Games, was because with less than three months to go, they have not yet received a written commitment from North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC).


LONDON (GBR): A children's charity which has Madonna as chairman of its board of directors has signed up British sprinter Dwain Chambers as an ambassador for 2011. Success for Kids (SFK), which describes itself as "the largest international social emotional learning organisation in the world" announced that the current world and European 60 metres champion - who was banned for two years in 2003 after a high profile doping case - will represent it "in cities across the globe to share his life experiences with the students that SFK serves".


PARIS (FRA): The organizers of European Indoor Championships in Paris are informing that the event should be like no other. The originality of the event isn't solely restricted to the colours of its stands however. Indeed there is something new for both the public and the athletes on the track. A team of around 20 people will be entirely dedicated to providing entertainment during the three days of competition. It will notably include an on-the-field entertainer, a mascot and a group of cheerleaders ... the opening ceremony at 15:00 hours on Friday 4 March is likely to set the tone. In addition to the delegates' parade of nations, it will have a surprise for the public. An artist of some kind will be its project manager and the French capital its central theme.


MUMBAI (IND): Every year the people of Mumbai join together for a celebration in mid-January as Mumbai Marathon becomes one of the festivals in India's financial capital. The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon will be held on Sunday. Fresh from his Commonwealth Games victory, Kenyan John Kelai look stronger to recapture his title in the men's race. Kelai was a back-to-back winner at Mumbai in 2007 and 2008. He had a third place finish in the 2009 race when his compatriot Kenneth Mungara sets a course record 2:11:51. In the women's side, defending champion Bizunesh Urgesa is return to take her title. The Ethiopian, a medalist in distance track races in both World Youth and World Junior championships in the past, set her foot on the road only two years ago and already tasted success through victories in Istanbul (2009) and Mumbai (2010).


KOBE (JPN): Triple European sprint gold medalist Christophe Lemaitre just a few days before taking off for a training session in Miami, Florida (Jan 14-29) headed off to Japan, between 4 and 9 January, after accepting an invitation from his equipment manufacturer Asics. Accompanied by his coach, Pierre Carraz, the triple European champion 2010 (100m, 200m and 4x100m) spent two long days immersed in the brand's Research and Development centre in Kobe. The aim was to carry out a highly detailed series of tests and measurements, intended to come up with a design for a new pair of entirely custom-made sprint shoes, boasting all the latest technological innovations. All of this was geared towards providing Christophe with the very best preparation for competition. He should receive the first prototypes of his new shoes this winter and they are set to be more suited to training rather than actual competition. An even more well-designed model will then be supplied for the upcoming summer season, which he is likely to wear at the World Championships in Daegu.


DUBNICA (SVK): After 16 years of hurdles career Slovak record holder Miriam Cupakova (formerly Bobkova) at age of 31 ended her active involvement in athletics. The holder of 25 national records at 60 m hurdles and 100 m hurdles (bests 8.04 and 13.04) competed at one Olympic games, World championships and two European indoor and outdoor championships. She will be missed in Slovak athletics and by her club Spartak Dubnica. There is no replacement seen in Slovak athletics in her event. She is now expecting her first child to be born in August and then wants to continue work as coach.




RESULTS (Ptacnikova 460, Finley 20.71)



PRAHA (CZE, Jan 14): World indoor and European outdoor finalist Jirina Ptacnikova started her season at high note. She cleared 460 in first attempt at local meet in Strahov Hall and equalled so her indoor PB already so early. Then she tried at 466 what would be new national indoor record (465 Katerina Badurova in 2007). Her next meet is in Wuppertal on January 21. Excellent early shape also for Moncton 200 m finalist and Czech Junior Athlete of the Year Pavel Maslak. He improved the Czech all-time 300 m best to excellent 33.30.


VILNIUS (LTU, Jan 13): World junior silver medalist Airine Palsyte cleared good 190 at local meet. Lina Grincikaite sprinted to 7.42 at 60 m, multi-eventer Austra Skujyte got 636 in long jump. In men jumps Raivydas Stanys cleared 223 in high jump and Darius Aucyna 785 in long jump.


HOUSTON (USA, Jan 14): Former US Champ Mike Rodgers opened with 6.66 at 60 m and Aries Merritt confirmed solid early shape at 60 m hurdles with 7.63 (also 7.68 in heats). Ukrainian Barcelona 4th placer Viktoriya Rybalko jumped to 661 and beat Funmi Jimoh (642). Alexandria Anderson clocked in heats and finals the same 7.31 at 60 m during Leonard Hilton Memorial meet.


ALLENDALE (USA, Jan 14): Mark Hollis got over 562 in pole vault at Bob Eubanks Open. Hurdler Jeff Porter started with 7.79 and equalled his 60 m best 6.82 from 2006.


AIR FORCE ACADEMY (USA, Jan 14): Kylie Hutson cleared 440 in pole vault here. Solid 60 m was won by Jeremy Dodson (6.64) ahead of Joe Morris (6.65). Jenny Simpson (formerly Barringer) the US steeple record holder won the 800 m in 2:07.79.


LUBBOCK (USA, Jan 14): Hammer world number one Libor Charfreitag of Slovakia started his weight throw indoor campaing which should contain four competitions. At Texas Tech Open after fouls got 23.45. "Technically not bad, I think I have lot more in myself," said the European Champion who is the holder of European all-time best in this event (25.68 in 2005). Russian olympic relay medalist Anton Kokorin clocked at oversized track here 1:09.32 at 600 y (slower than laswt year at the same meet 1:09.20).


LINCOLN (USA, Jan 14): Sub 10 sprinter Ivory Williams clocked in heats of Holiday Inn Invitational 6.74 at 60 m.


LEXINGTON (USA, Jan 14): Garland Porter (28) improved his weight throw best during first day of University of Kentucky Invitational to 23.97 and was so even better than Euro Champ Charfreitag in Lubbock.


NEW YORK (USA, Jan 14): Reggie Dixon achieved 6.65 at 60 m during Gotham Cup meet. In other races solid times for Ugandan Julius Mutekanga 1:02.59 at 500 m and Aaron Younger 1:18.91 at 600 m.


BLACKSBURG (USA, Jan 14): The 2009 NCAA Indoor Champion Lakya Brookins clocked solid 7.25 at 60 m in her opener. Amber Campbell got good 23.05 in weight throw. Darius Law posted 33.28 at 300 m.


FAYETTEVILLE (USA, Jan 14): Jamaican Tarik Batchelor leaped here to his second best career mark 798 in long jump.


LAWRENCE (USA, Jan 14): Sensational improvement for 20-years old shot putter Mason Finley (203 cm, 150 kg per Tilastopaja) to 20.71 at the dual meet here. His former best from US Championships last summer in Des Moines was 19.74 (8th place). In discus he is US junior record holder with 1.75 kg implement (65.34 in 2009).


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