Bolt Vs Powell May 26, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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I have to admit, I love track & field and field & track. Anyway you do it.  Besides fast sprints, big throws, middle distance running, a great jump competition, or a epic battle of javelin throwers, there is not much I do not love about track & field. In the end, it comes down to the competition. Any time you forget that, remember, rule one, two, three of track & field: It's Competition, its' Presentation, then, its Competition and Presentation.

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ROMA (ITA): First clash of top sprinters in 2011 is now confirmed. Usain Bolt will run against Asafa Powell the 100 m at Rome Golden Gala Samsung Diamond League meeting on May 26. They met in direct clash nine-times so far and the score is 8:1 in favor of world record holder and world champion Bolt. The programme of Powell before Rome is not known, Bolt will most probably run the Jamaica Invitational on May 7 in Kingston as his season opener. There will be not too many possibilities for this clash as their programmes will go different ways during the season. Possibly again in Daegu at World Championships or before that during Bolt´s 100 m appearances, the only one in July so far confirmed is Monaco. Another top clash at Golden Gala will be the women´s 400 m when current world champions will met. Allyson Felix with Sanya Richards-Ross. They last time met at 400 m at 2009 Zurich Weltklasse meet, the score is 4:1 in favor of Richards-Ross. The same year of 2009 they already had one clash in Rome and Richards-Ross was the winner with Felix 5th. Already earlier announced was also the appearance of world record holder David Rudisha at 800 m at Rome´s Olympic stadium.



AUSTIN (USA): Tyson Gay and Jeremy Wariner will compete at the 2011 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays as part of a 4x400m relay team on Saturday, April 9. Joining them on the mile-relay will be Reggie Witherspoon and Lionel Larry. Organizers are writing on their website. The pair are no stranger to the Texas Relays as Wariner was the 4x400m relay that set the then-meet record in 2004 (3:00.04). Gay ran a leg of USA Red's 4x100m relay that won the invitational event in 2006 and also competed in 2002 for Barton County where he won the 100m in 10.35. The 84th running of the Relays will be held Wednesday-Saturday, April 6-9 at Mike A. Myers Stadium.



PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 23): Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius clocked a huge 400 m 45.61 personal best at the Provincial Championships in Pretoria. He had a clean race with massive last 150 meters. Willie de Beer came second with 46.12 and South African Junior Champion Jacques de Swardt third with 46.55. De Swardt was leading until 250 meters (first 200 in 21.7), but then Pistorious found another gear and just took off. His previous best was 46.02 from last year in Italy (Celle Ligure on July 8). Pistorius who is multiple paralympic gold medalist achieved so the B-standard for individual race at Daegu World Championships and also most probably for the Olympic Games 2012 B-standard (standards not yet officially confirmed by IAAF). Estie Wittstock won the women race with 52.68 in her first race of the season.



DUDINCE (SVK): Another top addition into the Dudince EA Walking permit this Saturday in Slovakia is the former European Champion Francisco "Paquillo" Fernandez. He will compete in the 50 km against former Australian world champion Nathan Deakes, Berlin medalist at 20 km Eder Sanchez of Mexico and Slovakian IAAF World Cup winner Matej Toth. For Fernandez it will be the second competition after one year ban and the second 50 km in his career. The first one was in San Pedro del Pinatar (Murcia) in 2009 (Spanish Race Walking Championships) with 3:41:02.



BUDAPEST (HUN): IAAF informs that just days after the passing of the five year anniversary of the death of Istvan Gyulai, it was announced that the 1st edition of the "István Gyulai Memorial -Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix 2011" will take place on 30 July in the Ferenc Puskás Stadium, in Budapest. The event is named after one of the most recognised and most popular Hungarian sports diplomats, the former General Secretary of both the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The press conference announcing the event saw the presence of Attila Czene, the State Secretary for Sports in Hungary, Tibor Gécsek, 1998 Hammer Throw European Champion and László Szalma, double Long Jump European Indoor Champion, both of whom competed regularly at the famous Budapest Grand Prix in 1980s in front of a capacity crowd of over 40,000 spectators. The guests were also greeted by a personal video-welcome message by IAAF President Lamine Diack, who wished the organisers all the best and recognised the achievements of Gyulai. While Czene assured the guests that the event enjoys the full support of the government, Gécsek and Szalma shared memories of their competitive careers under the international guidance and often commentary of Gyulai. The Ostrava Golden Spike meeting is organizing since 2006 every year one sprinting male event as Istvan Gyulai Memorial.



LONDON (GBR): The earthquake and tsunami in Japan has seen the Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF) relocate its World Championships women's trial race to Europe. Nine athletes have been added to the elite field for the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday April 17 where they will chase selection for the World Championships in Daegu in August. Informs David Martin. Virgin London Marathon race director David Bedford said: "We have all watched with horror the devastating scenes from Japan and we send our sympathies and condolences to our friends and colleagues there." Yuri Kano, winner of the Nagoya marathon last year, who has a personal best of 2:24:27, Mizuho Nasukawa, a former Tokyo marathon champion, and Yurika Nakamura, the Nagoya champion in 2008 will be amongst the visitors. With only Yoshimi Ozaki, this year's Yokohama marathon winner, already selected for Japan's Daegu team, there are still four places up for grabs. Ken Nakamura adds that Hiromi Ominami indicated that she will run Boston, and Yuko Machida and Seika Iwamura will run Daegu. The exact qualifying standard along with part of the World Championships marathon team (all the men and part of women, Yoshimi Ozaki has qualified automatically in Yokohama) will be announced on March 31.







UTRECHT (NED) : Kenyan Lydia Kurgat has confirmed she will return to Utrecht for the Jaarbeurs Utrecht Marathon on April 25th. Kurgat won in Utrecht two years ago and holds the course record of 2:34.28. Also in the race are Dutch Mariska Kramer and Kenyan Viola Kimetto. Goal is to run under 2:35.


LAUSANNE (SUI): European indoor 3000m champion Helen Clitheroe confirmed to European Athletics she has run her last steeplechase race last year at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Despite finishing 4th in Delhi and holding the British national record in the event Clitheroe admits the hurdling is too difficult and frustrating. She will focus on the 5000m for the next two years.


MADRID (ESP): Spanish marathoner Chema Martinez, along with football player David Villa, is the face of a new promotional campaign set up by the Spanish athletics federation and supported by Divina Pastora Seguros. The campaign will travel through Spain's major cities under the theme 'united by a passion' and should help raise funds for the UNICEF project 'schools for Africa'.


RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Following a visit to Brazil by the US President Barack Obama, the United States Export-Import Bank launched a 1 billion dollar incentive scheme for Brazilian companies involved in projects for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro reports Insidethegames.


ROTTERDAM (NED): The ABN AMRO Rotterdam marathon has closed its entries and will welcome over 22.000 runners in different distances. 12.647 athletes will take part in the marathon.


CHICAGO (USA): Not only is the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K a popular rite of spring amongst tens of thousands of recreational runners in Chicago, but the world's largest 8K is also a desirable event for some of the most promising distance runners in North America. Two of those elite athletes - U.S. Olympian Amy Yoder Begley and Canadian national record holder Simon Bairu - officially announced plans to compete in the 2011 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K on April 10. For Begley and Bairu, Chicago's festive kick-off to the outdoor running season will ignite their spring and summer racing campaigns as they prepare for the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in August. Organizers are informing in a release.


JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Reigning 800 m world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi informed media that: "I will be back at training before the end of this month, most likely on Thursday." He will miss the new Yellow Pages interprovincial series, which was launched by Athletics South Africa in Johannesburg this week. The last time Mulaudzi competed was at the African senior track and field championships in Kenya in June last year, where he withdrew in the first round due to the injury. The first leg of the interprovincial championships will take place at Germiston Stadium on Saturday. Top athletes who will take part include world champion Caster Semenya and current 400 m hurdles world leader LJ van Zyl.


MANAUS (BRA): World junior championships shot put winner Geisa Arcanjo of Brazil recieved a warning from her national federation CBAt after testing positive for hydrochlorothiazide. The test came from her winning competition on July 20 in Moncton and that means she will lose the gold medal. The National Disciplinary Committee of Brazilian federation (CBAt) voted for smallest possible ban. Warning does not mean any more bans, but disqualification from the competition when the sample was taken. She was provisionally suspended from October 20 when IAAF confirmed that both A and B analysis confirmed the presence of the prohibited substance. Gold medal will most probably now go to Chinese Meng Qianqian with other two medalist to her team-mate Cui Shuang and Russian Yevgeniya Smirnova.


LAWRENCE (USA): The city of Lawrence will help showcase a unique portion of the 2011 Kansas Relays, as city commissioners gave their stamp of approval on three downtown events. Downtown Lawrence will now be the stage for the elite men's shot put, elite men's long jump and the street mile events. The shot put will kick things off Wednesday, April 20, with the street mile and long jump being contested the following day. Top names for shot put should be reigning world champion Christian Cantwell, former world champion Reese Hoffa and Cory Martin. Along with them Canadian record holder Dylan Armstrong, Jamaican record holder Dorian Scott. Main invitiational events will be held on Saturday April 23.


SAO CAETANO DO SUL (BRA): Top pole vault coach Vitaliy Petrov who no longer coaches Yelena Isinbayeva will have now more time to support his event worldwide. First activity is announced from Brazil where Petrov is staging a coaching clinic this week in Sao Paulo. Brazilian federation would be interested to sign him for helping the national athletes until Rio Olympic Games 2016. Petrov is not able to take this offer at least until 2012 when his commitment runs with IAAF training center in Formia.


NAIROBI (KEN): Former multiple world champion Paul Tergat has congratulated the national cross country team for winning six out of eight titles at the global event last Sunday in Spain, but added that they could have done better. Informs East Standard. Tergat said without the 12km men's title, the performance is not complete. "The boys did well, but they should have done better. Without Joseph Ebuya and Leonard Komon, the team was lacking the much-needed experience," said Tergat, who won the title from 1995 to 1999. Perhaps, Tergat said, selectors should have reviewed the matter of Komon. Tergat's sentiments were supported by John Nguugi, another former five-time winner (1985-1989, 1992), who averred that without the men's 12km title, it was like killing the animal but not bringing home the most important parts of the carcass.


LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics organised a bidding seminar in Lausanne for 2014 European Team Championships. Present were Italy and Russia, also mentioned Great Britain, Czech Republic and Ukraine.







ROTTERDAM (NED): Please correct that Fyles Ongori is Kenyan and not Ethiopian.



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