Pedroso Dreams of WR for Tamgho, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Teddy Tamgho, Indoor WR, 2011 Euro Indoor, March 5, 2011,
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In 1995, in Goteborg, Sweden, at the World Outdoor Championships, after Ivan Pedroso won his gold medal in the long jump, he thanked his country (Cuba) and dedicated his medal to his country's leader, Fidel Castro.

Senor Pedroso won many medals over his career, and his speeches, sparkling with Marxist ideology, were pleasantly consistent-the guy loves his country and his country's leader. Besides being a good Marxist, Ivan Pedroso is one of our sports' most talented long jumpers.

Now, Senor Pedroso is coaching Monsieur Teddy Tamgho, one of the most talented long jump and triple jumpers on this planet. Ivan Pedroso believes that Teddy Tamgho can break Jonathan Edwards WR in the triple jump of 18.29 meters. Senor Pedroso is targeting London 2012 for this huge effort. In his conversations, Ivan Pedroso is quite accurate: Teddy Tamgho will have to be in excellent shape to even venture into the same stratosphere as Jonathan Edwards.

Monsieur Tamgho just broke the WR indoors for the triple jump twice during the European Indoors on March 5, 2011. What was more fascinating to me was his long  jumping. Tamgho long jumped like a new jumper, preferring safe jumps over taking chances. In fact, two of his jumps warranted at least the silver medal in the Euro indoors, except that he jumped so far in front of the plasticine barrier that he missed the bronze medal by 2 cm and the silver by 5 cm!  

Teddy Tamgho will have his hands full in both Daegu and London. First, there is Phillip Idowu, who is just talented enough and fast enough to challenge Tamgho inch for inch. And if Dick Booth, the U.S. coach who is considered one of the world's top jump coaches, continues to develop his two young triple jumpers, it could be very crowded in London on the medal stands.

Idowu_Phillips1-Gateshead10.jpgPhillip Idowu, 2010 AVIVA Gateshead,
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Some believe that World records are for small, quiet meets at the end of the season. World Champs and Olympic events are all about the competition. But, it could be, with one, two or, four exceptional jumpers, that both Daegu and London have very exciting triple jump competitions! In Goteborg, in 1995,  when Jonathan Edwards broke the world record for the triple jump twice, the crowd went absolutely crazy.

I dream of great triple jumps in Daegu and London.....


HAVANA (CUB, Mar 18-19): World triple jump champion Yargelis Savigne is already in excellent shape when she achieved world leading 14.95 at Copa Cuba meet. She was quoted as saying that her target for summer is to break the world record 15.50 by Ukrainian Inessa Kravets from 1995. Second Mabel Gay also in solid shape with 14.65 (just 1 cm shy of her best) and third Yusmay Bicet 14.20. In men´s triple Alexis Copello won with 17.22 over Yoandri Betanzos (17.18) and David Girat (17.16). Victor Moya won the high jump with 225 cm clearance. Arasay Thondike with 70.16 beat surprisingly former world champion Yipsi Moreno in hammer (69.56). Misleidys Gonzalez was the best in shot put (18.72). In men´s throws two new meet records. Carlos Veliz achieved 20.18 in shot put and Guillermo Martinez 84.64 in javelin.



ZAGREB (CRO): Two cities are bidding for IAAF World Indoor Championships 2014. It is Croatian Zagreb with Arena Hall and Polish city of Sopot near the Baltic Sea. IAAF Council will decide in November this year. Both halls were not used for athletics so far.



OSAKA (JPN): The organizers of the first running of the Osaka Marathon, scheduled for October 30, announced that 171,744 people applied for the new race by the Mar. 15 application deadline, 5.7 times the number of available spots. 154,822 people applied for the 28,000 places in the full marathon, while 16,922 people applied for the 2000 places in the 8.8 km challenge run. Among areas affected by last week's earthquake and tsunami disasters, 440 people from Miyagi prefecture, 144 from Iwate, 290 from Fukushima and 977 from Ibaraki applied for the race. Informs Brett Larner on his blog.



ORLANDO (USA): Jamaican sprint hurdler Delloreen Ennis has set the bar high for the 2011 season. Higher than ever before. She turned 36 years old on March 5, says she is expecting to exceed all she has done in the past after changing coaches at the start of this season, plus she has started working with a group for the first time in her long career. In Orlando she is part of Brooks Johnson camp . She skipped the Indoors season this year to continue "working out some technical stuff" and also to correct "some things" as the whole package is about strength and speed. The Florida Relays at the start of April could be where she opens, she hinted, but said her main early season meet will be at the Jamaica International Invitational on May 7. Writes Jamaica Observer. Ennis won so far three world championships medals at 100 m hurdles in three editions in a row. Silver in 2005 and bronzes in 2007 and 2009, her best is 12.50 from 2007. She is also double olympic finalist.



HAVANA (CUB): Former long jump world champion Ivan Pedroso is currently is coaching one of the biggest hits of the sport, French triple jumper Teddy Tamgho. Pedroso was quoted as saying for agencies that he sees in Tamgho the potential to break Jonathan Edwards world record of 18.29 from 1995. But first goal is London 2012. "He must be 100% for London," said Pedroso who added that this year the main goal is Daegu and Diamond League circuit.

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Paris loves Teddy Tamgho, March 5, 2011, photo by






CHERUIYOT: "I have won everything now, save for that elusive Olympic medal. Well that is a year from now and let me now focus on World Championship and that I can start worrying about it next year. I will now see how best to defend my 5000 m title in Daegu in September," said the women race winner Vivian Cheruiyot.


MERGA: "I have not established my programme for the summer but the possibility of doubling over 5000m and 10,000m at the World Championships this summer is there for me. Perhaps I will have one race at the end of April and then I will start running in the Diamond League again," added men race dominator Imane Merga. He, and his manager Gianni Demadonna, are currently looking around for fast 10,000m races so that he can establish his credentials for Daegu. Writes IAAF. And he has still one more CC race, this Sunday the Cross Alà Dei Sardi in the eponymous Sardinian town (Tariku Bekele should be his main rival).


STATS: In women junior race Ethiopia won two individual medals first since 2008. In men´s junior race every year since 2006 both men and women's junior races were won by runners from same country. In women senior competition Linet Masai won third consecutive silver, matching Mariano Haro who won three consecutive silvers from 1973 to 1975 in men´s race. Kenyan women finished one-two for the third year in a row. US won team bronze for the second year in a row. Vivian Cheruiyot became the sixth women to win both junior and senior gold. For the first time since 2007 Kenyan men won two medals in senior race. Uganda achieved team bronze after finishing 4th in the last two years.


FIGHT: The Ethiopian Abera Kuma and Eritrean Samuel Tsegay were disqualified after they started to beat each other in the home straight in the men race. Kuma accused Tsegay to step on his heel on the purpose.







BALTIMORE (USA): Agent Mark Pryor confirmed on his twitter that long jump world champion Brittney Reese will travel to Europe prior to US Championships serving also as Daegu Trials. The olympic fifth placer from Beijing should compete at Samsung Diamond League meet Golden Gala of Rome on May 26. It will be her first European appearance since winning the Weltklasse of Zurich in 2010.


ZURICH (SUI): Delegates of the assembly of Swiss Athletics approved a change that will allow current president Hansruedi Muller remain as head of the organisation also for 2014 when Zurich will host the European Championships. As per statutes after two election periods he would no longer be able to bid again and this time will end in 2013. But because of the European Championships and his role in the preparation the period was enlarged by two more years. The assembly was held at Letzigrund Stadium of Zurich.


LOS ANGELES (USA): Markos Geneti became the 74th sub-2:07 marathon runner ever after his Los Angelese marathon win and debut. Informs Ken Nakamura.


NEW YORK (USA): New York City half marathon winner Caroline Rotich ran to a new course record of 1:08.52 last weekend but admitted her heart felt heavy after the recent disasters in Japan. Rotich has spent her teenage years in Sendai after earning a scholarship to Sendai Ikuei Gakuen, the same high school that Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru attended, when she was 14 years old. After the race Rotich was quoted "I remember how things were when I was there and to see how they are now breaks my heart."


CASABLANCA (MOR): The Moroccan city of Casablanca could be launching a bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games has Morocco's Sports Minister Moncef Belkhayat revealed. Casablanca is the country's largest city, with a population of three million, and has long been considered as a possible candidate to be the first in Africa to host the Games. Belkhayat has now confirmed that serious planning has already taken place about a possible bid reports Insidethegames.


ELDORET (KEN): Swedish marathoner Isabellah Andersson has sustained an injury to her left knee that will keep her from competing until at least the end of May. The former Kenyan athlete, who now competes for Sweden, started feeling pain in her knee after a training run and requires small surgery. Andersson holds personal bests of 2:23.41 for the marathon (Swedish record this January in Dubai) and 1:10.02 for the half marathon reports Hardloopnieuws.


AMSTERDAM (NED): As in previous years the organizing committee of the FBK-Games in association with the Dutch Athletics Association KNAU, will organize a FBK-Challenge before the start of the top one day meet FBK-Games (IAAF World Challenge competition). The FBK-Challenge has to give opportunities to young talents from The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany to compete.


SUNDERLAND (GBR): The University of Sunderland is to be the training base for Grenada's Olympic team ahead of the 2012 London Olympics writes Insidethegames. The announcement comes three months after a Grenadian National Olympics Committee (GNOC) delegation spent a day touring the university's facilities. One of top talents will most probably be sprinter Kirani James who recently clocked indoor junior all-time best at 400 m (44.80) and is multiple IAAF World junior and youth champion.


LONDON (GBR): Following a new report published by Laureus World Sports Academy sports projects are highly effective when it comes to tackling youth crime and anti-social behaviour and can save the government money writes Insidethegames. The report 'Teenage Kicks' was commissioned by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and produced by charity think tank and consultancy New Philanthropy Capital (NPC).


SEOUL (KOR): Korean figure skating Olympic champion Kim Yu-Na will attend Tuesday´s opening ceremony of the 74th AIPS Congress in Seoul. "Smart Korea - Sports Korea" is the theme given by the organizers.







KINGSTON (JAM, Mar 20): Defending champion Shericka Jackson took the U20 girls 200m title in 23.85 during second day of Carifta Jamaican Trials. Celia Walters of Racers TC was second (24.04). In the boys 200 m Kemarley Brown achieved 21.14 to win. The Carifta Trials came a week after the Gibson Relays, while the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' & Girls' Athletic Championships are set to begin next week Wednesday. The 2011 Carifta Games will be held at the Montego Bay Sports Complex from April 23 to 25. Informs Jamaica Observer.


GENT (BEL): 8th European Indoor Masters Championships ended on Sunday in the Flanders Sports Arena. Some 3000 participants from 44 countries were registered. Spanish Miguel Angel Prieto achieved new world masters indoor record in category 45+ at 3000 m walk with 12:14.77. He was 20 km bronze medalist at European Championships 1986 in Stuttgart. Sweden´s Mattias Sunneborn scored 4302 points in pentathlon (age 40+), another world indoor masters record. He is still national indoor and outdoor record holder in long jump (820 and 821 in 1996 and 1995) and European Indoor Champion in 1996.







LUGANO (SUI): Hassanine Sbai didn't set a new Tunisian record at 20 km here as reported on Sunday. Hatem Ghoula clocked 1:19:02 in 1997 what is also the current African record.



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