2011 Rome Compeed Golden Gala: Felix running 200/400 as test for Daegu/London, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Allyson Felix, 2010 AVIVA London, photo by PhotoRun.net

Allyson Felix is one of the biggest stars, and also most talented athletes in our sport. Under the careful eye of Coach Bobby Kersee, Felix has developed into one of the most powerful long sprinters in the world. Over 200 meters, Felix and VCB have dueled to the delight of track fans for the past eight years.

Felix may be even a better runner over the long sprint that is the 400 meters. In her desire to seek new challenges, Felix is running the 200 meters and 400 meters at the Rome Compeed Golden Gala, the third stop on the 2011 Samsung Diamond League tour.

Felix will be running at the Stadio Olympico against Sanya Richards-Ross, the 2009 World Champion at 400 meters, in both the 200 and 400 meters this evening. With a strong crowd promised, glorious weather, the meet should be amazing and RBR will provide you updates, per event, real time, LIVE (2 pm EST, 3 pm CST, and 5 PM PST in the States).

We look forward to covering the 2011 Rome Compeed Golden Gala for our readers!



ROME (ITA): For Allyson Felix the double evening at 200 m and 400 m will be a special test before her decision whether to double also at World Championships in Daegu. "2010 was a more relaxed year. This year my preparation has been more intense before two big championships years. I have not taken a definitive decision concerning the 200-400 meters in Daegu but I am considering to run the 400 meters at the US Nationals," she was quoted as saying. Her US rival Sanya Richards-Ross is returning after break to Europe. "I am excited to be back again in the European circuit. We have not many opportunities to double 200 and 400 meters in the same meeting and Rome will offer me the chance to do a good speed work and to test how my shape is at this point of the season." The 400 m is at 20.30 and the 200 m at 21.15. Quotes from IAAF.



SOCHI (RUS, May 25): Anna Chicherova returned to competition in great style. In her first meet during second day of Russian Team Championships since September 2009 she cleared world leading 196 cm in second attempt. Until then she was going over all heights in first. Second Irina Gordeyeva 194 and third Youth Olympic Games winner Mariya Kuchina 192. Yulia Chermoshanskaya posted second fastest 200 m in Europe this year 22.81 (+0.5). Svetlana Klyuka won the 800 m in European leading 1:59.26 ahead of Yelena Kostetskaya 2:00.39 and returning Yelena Soboleva 2:03.45. Aleksandr Shustov cleared 230 in high jump and beat olympic winner Andrey Silnov (224). Anna Kuropatkina improved in triple jump to 14.35, in men competition Aleksey Fedorov 17.01. Sergey Polyanskiy leaped to 800 cm in long jump, Igor Pavlov cleared 564 in pole vault. Olesya Syreva won the 5000 m in 15:22.10. New shot put name Aleksandr Lobynya improved again to 21.00 and beat Ivan Yushkov (20.38). In women competition Ana Omarova got 19.05.



ROME (ITA): French sprinting star Christophe Lemaitre is considering to concentrate only on 200 m next year at Olympic Games 2012 in London. But this year he wants to double in Daegu. "I am very happy with my preparation this winter. Last year everything was new for me. This year I am ready to compete against the best sprinters in the world. This year I am going to run more 100 metres but I will be trying to double 100 and 200 metres in Daegu", said Lemaitre. In other sprint debate both Lemaitre and Asafa Powell said they would welcome Dwain Chambers back at big meetings.



RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): IAAF World Challenge continues on Thursday with last fifth meet of Brazilian Tour in Rio de Janeiro. Home fans are eagerly waiting on season debut of world indoor champion Fabiana Murer. The current world lead 461 might go. In the indoor season 2011 she started with 474 and last summer with 475 cm. Other top names include olympic winners Maurren Higa Maggi in long jump, Melaine Walker at 400 m hurdles and sprint duel Dwain Chambers vs. Dexter Lee in the 100 m. Hammer continues with challenge scoring events for both men and women. More at www.world-challenge.org.







ROME (ITA): Latest withdrawals are Russians. Steeple world record holder Gulnara Samitova-Galkina and 400 m runner Antonina Krivoshapka. Also injured is French sprinter Martial Mbandjock.


MANNHEIM (GER): European 100 m champion Verena Sailer was forced to withdraw from the meetings in Hengelo on May 29 and Dessau on June 1. It is because of her achilles problems, she is under the guidance of expert doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt. Her main aim of the season Daegu World Championships remain valid.


STOCKHOLM (SWE): Swedish TV website informs that Jenny Kallur is ending her career at age of 30. Her top position was European indoor silver 2005 in Madrid. "This is absolutely the right thing for me," she was quoted as saying. In recent years she had serious injury problems, her last normal season was back in 2007. Her twin sister Susanna is preparing to be back this year. Her best remains so 12.85 from 2005.


ROME (ITA): Usain Bolt believes Yohan Blake's attitude in training suggests that he will be "really good" in the near future. "This kid is like a beast," Bolt was quoted by BBC saying. "If you see him in training, he strives to beat me everyday in training. He works so hard and he's going to be really good in the future I promise - that's one thing I'm sure of. He tells me 'I'm going to beat you'. I keep telling him 'no! It's not going to happen'. That keeps me on my toes - because I see how hard that he works." They will be together at 50th Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting but in different events, Bolt runs the 100 m and Blake the 200 m.


OSTRAVA (GER): German Barcelona silver winner Mathias De Zordo is the latest top name for 50th jubilee Ostrava Golden Spike javelin competition. Meeting director Jan Zelezny is satisfied that a kind of replacement was found after world champion Andresa Thorkildsen got injured. In the competition also Tero Pitkamaki, Sergey Makarov and home star Petr Frydrych. Olympic medalist Shawn Crawford runs the 200 m, former world champion Kim Collins is the latest entry for the 100 m. Women´s 400 m will see this season so far unbeaten Francine McCorory of USA and Jamaican winner from Sao Paulo Rosemarie Whyte. Also running is Russian European indoor silver medalist Olesya Krasnomovets. New guest in terms of the 50th jubilee is the 100 meters javelin thrower with the old model Uwe Hohn of Germany.


BRUSSELS (BEL): Twitter information says that VRT-SPORZA acquired the TV rights for world championships in Daegu and Moscow.


PORTLAND (USA): Three-time USA cross country champion and world half-marathon bronze medallist Dathan Ritzenhein counted himself lucky this morning after an out of control car grazed his at high speed on an Oregon highway last night. "I was driving back from dropping the family off at the airport (they were going to Michigan), and I was going down the freeway when a big old car came flying up two lanes over," Ritzenhein recounted in an e-mail to Race Results Weekly today. Ritzenhein, who has two children, was unhurt but mentally shaken up. The 28 year-old Ritzenhein, who is coached by Alberto Salazar, is still making his way back from the foot surgery he underwent earlier this year. Salazar recently told the Oregonian newspaper that Ritzenhein was planning to run the 10,000m at the USA Outdoor Championships next month. Informs RRW.


ALBANY (USA): Officials at the Freihofer's Run for Women, the only 5K road race in the world to hold a prestigious (silver) label designation by the International Association of Athletics Federations, the sport's worldwide governing body, today announced that Emily Chebet will return to New York's capital city on Saturday, June 4th to defend her 5K title. Chebet, winner of last year's World Cross-Country title in Poland, will be joined in the lead pack by Aheza Kiros (Ethiopia), who last month cruised to victory at the speedy Carlsbad 5000 (15:12); Mamitu Daska (Ethiopia), winner of the 2011 Houston Marathon (2:26.33) and runner-up at the 2009 Freihofer's (15:30); and, Misiker Mekkonin (Ethiopia), 1st Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K.







LA CHAUX DE FONDS (SUI, May 25): Top Swiss sprinters fought with strong winds. Amaru Schenkel won the 100 m with 10.60 (-2.0) and 200 m in 21.10 (-3.3).


KUNSHAN (CHN, May 25): Chinese female shot putters are improving their shape. At national GP meet Gong Lijiao with 20.10 and Li Ling with 19.72 improved their season bests.


NIJMEGEN (NED, May 25): Fast 5000 m ended the Nijmegen Global Athletics Meeting. Ethiopian junior (and fresh African Junior Champion) Yitayal Atnafu (18) improved to 13:16.30 as the winner ahead of Ugandan Abraham Kiplimo (13:16.86 also PB). Third another junior Kenyan Japeth Korir with 13:17.18 and fourth Philemon Yator (19) 13:18.35. Interesting to note huge improvements for Jake Robertson of New Zealand as 7th to 13:22.28 and Norway´s Sondre Buraas as 8th to 13:28.07. US Craig Miller won the 1500 m in 3:37.56 over Briton Nic McCormick 3:38.07. Also to note Veerle Dejaeghere achieving 9:51.65 in women steeple, Briton Emma Jackson 4:12.42 in the 1500 m and Martijn Scheepers 1:47.42 in the 800 m. World junior medalist Annet Negesa of Uganda won the women 800 m in 2:02.38.


BEOGRAD (SRB, May 25): First International meeting organised by Beograd Athletics Federation (replacing the former EAA fixture) at the Military Academy Stadium saw Croatian Ana Simic clearing good 192 cm in high jump. Home shot putters this time could not go over 20 meters. Milan Jotanovic achieved 19.98 and Asmir Kolasinac 19.25.

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