2011 FBK Games: Big 5,000m, 110 M hurdles, Epic Discus battle, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Dayron Robles, 2010 Lausanne, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jamal_MaryamFV-Rome11.jpgMaryam Jamal, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, photo by PhotoRun.net

Alamirew_YenewFV-Doha11.jpgEliud Kipchoge, Yeneh Alemerew, Edwin Soi, 2011 Doha, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kellie Wells, Dawn Harper, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2011 FBK Hengelo Games, are, for the 31rst year, in honor of Fannie Blankers-Koen, the most famous Dutch athlete in athletics history. In 1948, Fannie won gold medals at 100 meters, 200 meters, 80 meter hurdles and 4 x 100 meter relay. Over here career, Blankers-Koen won four European Championships, and set her last of 12 world records at the age of 34 (1951), and that was in the pentathlon! Fannie Blankers-Koen died, in 2004, at the age of 85.

The track is also named after Fannie Blankers-Koen and the facility sits 15,000. RBR will cover the meeting live tomorrow and also follow up with my real and perceived appreciations of the various events!

Special thanks to the Meet management in Hengelo for their help in getting me to this event!

There should be some amazing events tomorrow. The women's 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters should be very fast, as should the 100 meter hurdles, which is a replay of the 2011 Rome 100m hurdle race.

On the men's side, the studs from the 2011 Doha DL 5,000 meters should be here and that means fast distance running. The men's discus field is a who's who of the discus: Alekna, Harting lead the list! Robles & Trammell should be waging a war over the 110 meter hurdles.

I spent most of the day traveling from Roma to Hengolo, and have to admit to a certain amount of exhaustion. So, I bid you adieu for this evening, and I will look forward to sharing track geek heaven tomorrow!


LAUSANNE (SUI): Just one month before the 36th edition of Athletissima, athletes are showing a lot of interest for the meet, which is part of the Samsung Diamond League. Already 10 world champions are confirmed. The 100m should have eight sprinters who have already run under 10 seconds. They will be lead Asafa Powell and Christophe Lemaître. In the 800m, David Rudisha, the man who smashed the world record twice last year, will run against Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, Alfred Kirwa Yego and Youssef Saad Kamel, who were gold, silver and bronze medalist at the last World championships. In the 5000m, the first confirmed athletes have all run under 13 minutes last year, with, for example the Ethiopians Imane Merga and Tariku Bekele. The young Ethiopian Yenew Alamirew, who has just set the world best performance of the year in the 3'000m in Doha, will also be in the race. The 110m hurdles will be led by the world record holder Dayron Robles, whereas, in the 400m hurdles, we will see all medalists of the last World championships in Berlin with Kerron Clement, Javier Culson and Bershawn Jackson. The field events will be just as fascinating, with Renaud Lavillenie confirmed in the pole vault, Andreas Thorkildsen in the javelin, Teddy Tamgho versus Philipps Idowu in the triple jump, Christian Cantwell versus Tomasz Majewski in the shot put (for first time at the meet since 2000). In the women's events, the following World champions are already confirmed: Sanya Richards-Ross in the 400 m, Maryam Jamal in the 1500 m, Brigitte Foster-Hylton in the 100 m hurdles, Blanka Vlasic in the high jump and Dani Samuels in the discus throw.



BYDGOSZCZ (POL): Enea Cup of Bydgoszcz on June 3 (EA Premium)! is having as top names Philips Idowu in the triple jump, duel of 800 m runners Adam Kszczot and Marcin Lewandowski against Mbulaeni Mulaudzi. Men´s pole vault will see the revelation of the indoor season Pawel Wojciechowski against Raphael Holzdeppe and Yevgeniy Lukyanenko. US Joel Brown is the star of the 110 m hurdles.



OSTRAVA (CZE): Olympic and world gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown arrived on Friday to Ostrava to compete on Tuesday at 50th Ostrava Golden Spike (IAAF World Challenge). It is her debut here, but an important one. "It looks like this will be my last race before the Jamaican Trials, that means an important one. I will run heats and finals, two possibilities for a good time. My goal is to be faster as at my last meet and that was 10.92 in Shanghai," said the sprinter who also confirmed she will double at the national trials in order to qualify in both sprints for Daegu. Also in Ostrava on Friday in the lobby of the hotel already Sanya Richards-Ross, Kerron Clement, Daniel Bailey, Yohan Blake and as a special guest for the jubilee meet Maurice Greene who competed here back in 1995 during his first European tour. The traditional children competition called Chocolate Spike had around 1000 kids running on Friday in the stadium.



GOTZIS (AUT): The 37th edition of the Hypo-Meeting in Götzis features a very strong men's decathlon field event though Olympic Champion Brian Clay and world record holder Roman Sebrle recently dropped out. World champions Trey Hardee and Jessica Ennis lead the way in the Austrian leg of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge. Hardee will be looking to win his first title in Götzis against Cubans Leonel Suarez, Yordanis Garcia and Yunior Diaz and a strong Dutch squad of Eelco Sintnicolaas and Ingmar Vos. Hardee's compatriot Jake Arnold, Ukraine's Oleksiy Kasyanov, Estonia's Mikk Pahapill and Andres Raja are among other top names to watch. The German squad will be led by Pascal Berenbruch, Jan Felix Knobel, Norman Müller and Rico Freimuth, who is the son of 1985 and 1988 Götzis winner Uwe Freimuth. European champion Romain Barras will be missing in Götzis after injuries have slowed his preparation for the 2011 season. In total the field features 18 men with a PB of over 8000 points. In the women's heptathlon Jessica Ennis makes her long awaited return after injury ruined her indoor season. She will face tough opposition though led by Nataliya Dobrynska, the 2008 Beijing Olympic champion and 2010 World Indoor as well as last year's European Championships second-placer, Tatyana Chernova from Russia and German Jennifer Oeser. Other top names are European indoor champion Antoinette Nana Djimou , Austra Skujte, Margaret Simpson and Lilli Scharzkopf. Jessica Zelinka is making her competitive return after giving birth to her first child.



HENGELO (NED): Dutch athletes Churandy Martina (100m), Gregory Sedoc (110H), Bram Som (800m) and Yvonne Hak (800m) are expected to be the Dutch stars at the FBK-Games in Hengelo on May 29th (IAAF World Challenge). Sedoc takes on a strong hurdles field with world record holder Dayron Robles as well as Terence Trammell starting their 2011 campaign. The men's 800m features Polish top athletes Marcin Lewandowski and Asam Kszczot while the women's race shows the battle between European silver medalist Yvonne Hak and British Jeanny Meadows. The women's hurdles race is a re-run from Rome with Dawn Harper taking on Lolo Jones, Kellie Wells and Danielle Carruthers. Strong distance races are foreseen with World champion Yusuf Saad Kamel, Mekonnen Gebremedhin and Geoffrey Rono in the 1500m and up and coming star Yenew Alamirew, Eliud Kipchoge and Augustine Choge in the 5000m. The women's distance races are highlighted by Maryam Jamal in the 1500m and Silvia Kibet in the 5000m. In the field events the clash between world champions Irving Saladino and Dwight Philips is most interesting as well as Erik Cadées discus clash with world champion Robert Harting, Piotr Malachowski, Virgilijus Alkna and fellow Dutchman Rutger Smith. The men's shot put will be held on Saturday at the Hengelo town square with Rutger Smith taking on Christian Cantwell, Reese Hoffa, Adam Nelson and Dylan Armstrong.







LONDON (GBR) : Double European champion Mo Farah will go head-to-head with compatriot Chris Thompson at both the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix and the Aviva London Grand Prix this summer. Farah and Thompson, who achieved a memorable 1-2 at the European Championships last summer when representing the Aviva Great Britain & Northern Ireland team over 10000m, will drop down a distance to the 5000m for their very own battle of the Brits. Mo Farah added he plans on running four Samsung Diamond League competitions before the IAAF World Championships in Daegu.


ST JOHNS (ANT): Antigua sprinter Daniel Bailey is looking forward to getting his season started and taking on trainingpartner Usain Bolt when competing in Ostrava on Tuesday. Bailey, who spoke to the Antigua Observer, said training has been going very well as he has lost weight and gained muscle. Before starting the season Bailey has bought tickets to watch his team Manchester United play the Champions League final on Saturday. His main aim remains to get under 10 seconds, to do some PR (for Antigua & Barbuda) and to break the national record.


LAUSANNE (SUI): Spanish walker Jesús Ángel García could enter the athletics' history books this summer as the first man to reach double figures in world championships appearances. Garcia, who is 41, competed in every World Championships since 1993 and is now named among Spain's walkers selected for the IAAF World championships in Daegu. Garcia made his debut at the World Championships in Stuttgart in 1993 where he won the 50km walk. In the initial Spanish selection Garcia is joined by Mikel Odriozola and Jose Ignacio Diaz. Maria Vasco, Beatriz Pascual and Maria Jose Poves are named for the women's 20km writes European Athletics.


LAGOS (NIG): The women's 100m race at this year's Nigeria/Mobil track and field championships scheduled for Calabar next month, will be the most explosive in recent years, following the incredible 10.99 run by Oludamola Osayomi last weekend in Brazil. Blessing Okagbare, who will be aiming at breaking the 11 seconds barrier as well, will be Osayomi's biggest opposition reports Next.


JOHANNESBURG (RSA):South Africa will not launch a bid for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics after the Government decided that it was not the right time writes Insidethegames. South Africa's Cabinet said it had considered a request by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) to bid for 2020, but "has decided that it is better for the country to consolidate the gains of the 2010 FIFA World Cup for now". Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth were all interested in bidding.


BERLIN (GER): Germany has appointed Michael Vesper as its Chef de Mission for next year's Olympic Games in London. Vesper had fulfilled the same role at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. Thomas Bach, the President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), and competitive sports vice-president Christa Thiel will also take up key posts at the head of the German delegation at the Games. Dr Bernd Wolfarth is the chief team doctor and Klaus Eder is the senior physiotherapist of the team reports Insidethegames.


NEW YORK (USA): Another longtime NBC Sports executive is leaving, a week after chief Dick Ebersol resigned. Ken Schanzer announced his retirement Thursday after three decades at the network, including the last 13 years as president of the sports division. At the request of the company, Schanzer will stay on through the end of the summer informs Sports illustrated.


LONDON (GBR): A recent report by EU Athletes finds that even in Europe, the continent where the campaign to combat drug-taking should be at its most sophisticated, more than half of all the national anti-doping agencies do not meet the reporting standards required by the WADA Code, which was established in 2003. Based on the 2009 figures only 20 of the 49 actually provided annual reports, only 17 had adequate data and only 11 both published them and sent them to WADA.


ALBANY (USA): Before the air horn even sounds, a new record has been broken at the 33rd annual Freihofer's Run for Women set for Saturday, June 4th in Albany, NY. With seven days to go until the prestigious 5K, 4,082 registrants have signed up. This total betters the previous race day registration record of 4,029 set in 2009.


TOKYO (JPN): Japan announced its World Championships team for the walking. In the men´s 20 km the only selected athlete so far is Yusuke Suzuki. In the 50 km Koichiro Morioka, Takayuki Tanii and Hirooki Arai. Women will have full trio at 20 km with Kumi Otoshi, Masumi Fuchise and Mayumu Kawasaki.


TOKYO (JPN): Japanese selection criteria for London 2012 were announced. First, the athletes must have Olympic "A" standard. Except for the marathon, top Japanese in Daegu will be included in the Olympic team provided he/she finishes in top 8 in Daegu. The winner of the national championships next year will also make the Olympic team. The walkers must win the nationals with time under: Men's 20KmW (1:20:29) Women's 20KmW (1:29:59) and M50KmW (3:51:59). For the marathon, top Japanese in Daegu will make the Olympic team provided he/she wins a medal. As with previous years, Fukuoka, Tokyo and Lake Biwa for men and Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya for women will also serve as the Olympic qualifying races.


TORONTO (CAN): Haiti triple jump record holder with 17.39 Samyr Laine signed an endorsement deal with Mizuno. "I am very excited about the association and the support provided to me by Mizuno".







MANCHESTER (GBR, May 27): Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius stole the show with two gold medals as his Rest of the World side moved within sight of victory after a whirlwind day at the BT Paralympic World Cup. He clocked 11.04 (-0.2) in the 100 m and paralympic world record in the 400 m 47.28. "I'm extremely chuffed. I came out here to enjoy the race and didn't have any eyes on breaking world records so to do it is fantastic. I wanted to run at my own pace and see where it would take me and that's exactly what happened. I'm so happy and blessed to have the support I do here and I wish I could thank everyone. I've been running here for the past seven years and it's great to run in a place so passionate about Paralympic sport and so educated when it comes to disability. I truly am blessed and over the moon," he was quoted at event website. His next race is 50th Ostrava Golden Spike at 400 m (IAAF World Challenge) on Tuesday.


GOREE ISLAND (SEN, May 27): The usual pre-programme at Goree Island before Dakar Grand Prix (on Saturday) by shot putters was controlled by Cubans. Carlos Veliz (20.18) and Misledys Gonzalez (18.36) won the competitions.

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