Jenn Suhr ready to open, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Jenn Suhr, the American record holder in the pole vault, the second highest women's vaulter in history, the World Champ silver medalist in 2009, is healthy and will be competing in Millrose Games this coming Friday night, January 28. Suhr will also be competing in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix In Boston on February 5, 2011.

RBR will be heading to Houston tomorrow for the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon (the U.S. half marathon championships). Watch for our coverage on Saturday and Sunday!

PARIS (FRA): Triple European sprint medalist Martial Mbandjock will be coached by Olympic champion Maurice Greene. The last two years the French sprinter trianed under the guidance of coach John Smith. Mbandjock now continues to train in Los Angeles where Maurice Greene will be in charge of guiding his preparations for the IAAF World championships in Deagu and the London Olympic Games writes La Voix du Nord.

NEW YORK (USA): US media are informing that pole vaulter Jenn Suhr is ready to open her season at Millrose Games and she is happy and healthy. Much has changed in Jenn Stuczynski's life since she won a silver medal in pole vaulting at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. For one thing, she's no longer Jenn Stuczynski. The Roberts Wesleyan College graduate married her coach, Rick Suhr, one year ago and is now Jenn Suhr. Her long, dark locks are also gone, replaced by a blonde bob. "I'm happy and healthy," says Jenn, who turns 29 on Feb. 5.


MELBOURNE (AUS): Australian distance icons Craig Mottram and Benita Willis will spearhead a team of 16 athletes selected to represent Australia at the 2011 IAAF world cross country championships in Punta Umbria, Spain, in March. Mottram's selection marks the first time he is representing Australia since the IAAF Cross Country championships of 2008 in Edinburgh. Also on the men's team are Collis Birmingham, Ben St Lawrence, David McNeill and cross country guns Liam Adams and Clinton Perrett. Commonwealth Games marathon silver medalist Michael Shelley decided not to travel to Spain as he will contest next month's Beppu-Oita marathon in Japan. 2004 World cross country champion Benita Willis leads the women's team along with four-time world cross country representative Lara Tamsett, national 10,000m champion Eloise Wellings, dual world cross country teams bronze medallist Anna Thompson (2006, 2008) and world cross country debutante Kaila McKnight. In eight appearances at the world cross country titles since her debut in 2001, Willis has never finished outside the top 20 reports Athletics Australia.

WATTENSCHEID (GER): Shot putter Denise Hinrichs who won silver at last European Indoor Championships injured her knee and will miss the rest of the indoor season. The surgery is planned for February 17. She injured herself at shot put meeting in Nordhausen last weekend.
MANNHEIM (GER): European 100 m winner Verena Sailer will not run for Germany on Saturday during Aviva Match in Glasgow. It is because of her back problems. Her replacement will be Leena Gunther. 

NEW YORK (USA): Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who is one of NBA's fastest players, challenged Usain Bolt he can beat him. Both Bolt and Celtic player Kevin Garnett appeared in a Gatorade commercial which inspired Rondo to call out to Bolt writes Dime Magazine.

DESSAU (GER): Jumping meeting in Dessau on February 2 announced top pole vaulters Malte Mohr, Fabian Schulze and Alexander Straub. In women´s high jump Italian Antonietta di Martino will clash with Ruth Beitia. 

MONTE CARLO (MON):  IAAF confirmed the two years doping ban of Spanish steeple runner Jose Luis Blanco, informs latest IAAF Newsletter. He is banned for two years until October 26, 2012. That means he will miss Daegu and London. He will also return the bronze from Barcelona European Championships which will go for Moldova´s Ion Luchianov.

DAKAR (SEN): CAfrica Sports has secured free-to-air right to the 2011 Samsung Diamond League athletics series in sub-Saharan Africa.

SAN SEBASTIAN (ESP): European 1500 m champion Nuria Fernandez will return to competition this Sunday at 56th Cross Internacional de San Sebastian on January 30. Her main rival will be olympic steeple medalist Kenyan Eunice Jepkorir.

MOSCOW (RUS): US sprinter Josh Norman who currently leads the world lists with 6.58 signed for Russian Winter IAAF Indoor Permit on February 6. His main rival should be Trinidad´s top sprinter Marc Burns. Other names for men´s 60 m include Emanuele di Gregorio of Italy, Jamaican Oshane Bailey and Nigerian Peter Emelieze.

NEW DELHI (IND): Suresh Kalmadi made it clear that he will not step down from his post of Indian Olympic Association President following his resignation as the Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee. Kalmadi had to give up his position with the Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee because of ongoing investigations into alleged irregularities in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games. Kalmadi claims those issues have nothing to do with his position in the Indian Olympic Association.

LONDON (GBR): More than 33,000 people have applied to train to become one of the 8,000 London Ambassadors that will help visitors during the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics writes Insidethegames. The original target set by London Mayor Boris Johnson was for 25,000 registrations but the programme has attracted unprecedented demand to become one of the army of guides needed to help visitors.

MILANO (ITA): Olympic 50 km champion and European 20 km silver medallist Alex Schwazer suffered a serious knee injury while he was skiing near his home village Racines in Italian Sud Tyrol. "I fell and soon I felt very acute pain. The left knee was swollen and I went immediately to the Vipiteno's hospital. In the next few days I will undergo a scan visit in Pavia." There is a high risk it turns out to be a knee ligament injury which would sideline him for the World Championships in Daegu and the rest of the season. Last week Schwazer, who is now caoched by former 20 km world champion Michele Didoni, met Italian Team Technical Director Francesco Uguagliati and the Carabinieri team's staff to map out the 2011 season. Before Daegu Schwazer had originally planned a 20 km test at the European Walking Cup in Portugal next May.

PARIS (FRA): French shot putter Gaëtan Bucki told he is not surprised with his throw of 20.35 from last weekend. Bucki confirmed he has been training well for the last few months and is finally back after three difficult years. Bucki changed his coach to Eric Lepeuple and claimed he needed some time to adjust to the new training. Bucki's main aim is to reach the finals of the European indoor championships in Paris.

BRECLAV (CZE): Best Czech current jumper Martina Sestakova (formerly Darmovzalova) is stopping her career due to pregnancy. It is expected that the 32-years old athlete most probably will not return back to the competitions. She is expecting her first child in August. Sestakova competed at two World Championships, two European Indoor Championships, Olympic Games and is multiple national champion in long jump and triple jump. Her bests are 666 from 2005 and 14.18 from 2009.
NASSAU (BAH) : The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) executives officially announced that they have officially withdrawn from hosting this year's Carifta Games. President Mike Sands stated it was with careful consideration and consultation that the BAAA and The Bahamas withdrew writes The Freeport News.
DUBLIN (IRE): Leading athletics coach John Dooley has picked out Derval O'Rourke, David Gillick and Robert Heffernan as Ireland's best Olympic medal hopes for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Dooley received the Cork City Sports Athletics Award and named the trio as the big names for next year's Olympics writes The Irish Examiner.


COTTBUS (GER): At the jumping meeting in Cottbus on Wednesday French European Champion Renaud Lavillenie will jump against best Germans (Otto, Straub) in the pole vault. Also in the field improved French Jerome Clavier, Italian hero Giuseppe Gibilisco and best Pole Przemyslaw Czerwinski. In women high jump Spanish record holder Ruth Beitia is the top name. Her main rivals Russian Barcelona 4th placer Svetlana Shkolina and Kazakhstan´s Marina Aitova.

KOLN (GER): The men´s high jump meeting on Wednesday will see African Champion Kabelo Kgosiemang against Eike Onnen, Italian Giulio Ciotti and Briton Tom Parsons.

TRINEC (CZE): First leg of 7th Moravia High Jump Tour is highlighted in men category by the duel of European Champion Aleksandr Shustov with US Jesse Williams. Also in the field best Czech Jaroslav Baba and Commonwealth Games medalist Trevor Barry of Bahamas. European junior champion 2009 Sergey Mudrov belongs also to the favorites. Late addition is Cuban 2005 world medalist Victor Moya who is returning after injuries to the international level. In women event Sweden´s Emma Green is opening her season against Jamaican record holder Sheree Francis and number ones in Norway (Stine Kufaas), Kazakhstan (Anna Ustinova) and Israel (Danielle Frenkel) with Croatia (Ana Simic). Follow live-stream on Wednesday


BRZESZCZE (POL, Jan 23): Youth Olympic Games shot put winner Krzysztof Brzozowski achieved personal best with 6 kg implement worth of 18.13.

BYDGOSZCZ (POL, Jan 23): Pawel Wojciechowski cleared personal best 560 cm in pole vault.

BRISBANE (AUS, Jan 22): Olympic hurdles medalist Sally Pearson achieved 23.66 at 200 m against -1.8 wind.


BELGRADE (SRB): There will be a Memorial Service for Kenth Andersson in the Great Hall of the City Hall in Belgrade, Serbia at 12.00 on Thursday, January 27. Kenth, a three-tim swedish middle distance champion, died suddenly in Belgrade in the early hours of last Thursday morning, at the age of 66. His daughter Lynn and son Daniel have given their blessing for the service while they wait for Kenth's body to be repatriated, for burial in Treleborg, western Sweden, where his parents are buried. Lynn said, "Please go ahead, we all know how much he loved Belgrade. It is much appreciated". Thursday's service will be organised by the Belgrade Marathon, with whom Kenth worked for 20 years, in conjunction with the Athletics Federation of Serbia. The speakers will be three of the original organisers of the Belgrade Marathon -  Dejan Nikolić, Bata Vukelić, with whom Kenth was dining, along with Bata's wife Snežana, when he died, and Vesko Grozdanić - and the general secretary of the national federation, Slobodan Branković. Informs Pat Butcher.


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