Brittney Reese Graduates, Roman Avramenko hurls 84.30m, for Ukranian Jav Record! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Reese_Brittany-Paris10.jpgBrittney Reese, 2010 Areva Paris Meeting, photo by PhotoRun.net

Congrats to Brittney Reese, World Champion, indoor & out, in the long jump, who graduated from college on May 14. Brittany graduated from the University of Mississippi, with a degree in English and a minor in Psychology!

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AVRAMENKO 84.30 UKRAINAN JAVELIN RECORD
YALTA (UKR, May 17-19): Former junior world and European medalist Roman Avramenko achieved during National Universiade new Ukrainian javelin record 84.30. He registered the mark right in the first attempt, also second try 83.13 had a good quality. Former national mark of Oleksandr Pyatnytsa from last year was 84.11. Second Barcelona finalist Dmytro Kosynsky also improved his best to 82.72. Another top mark came from heptathlete Inna Ahkozova who registered European leading mark 2011 in the long jump 683 cm (+1.7, also a huge PB). Andriy Makarchev leaped in men competition to 809 (+1.2) ahead of triple specialist Sheryf El-Sheryf 799 (+2.0, also won triple with 16.92 +2.0) and Vadim Adamchuk (will be 17 on May 30) who achieved new national youth record 795 cm (+1.9). Natalya Lupu won the 800 m in 2:03.45. Fast sprinters from indoor season competed in the 200 m. Olesya Povh and Mariya Ryemyen clocked identical 23.1 (hand timed) in separate heats (-1.0 and -0.4) and did not compete in the finals. Womens sprints winner was Darya Pizhankova with 11.2 hand (0.0) and 23.32 (0.0). Anna Titimets posted good quality 55.5 hand timed 400 m hurdles.

MARTINA IS DUTCH
AMSTERDAM (NED): Olympic sprinter for The Netherlands Antilles Churandy Martina has decided he will compete for The Netherlands. Martina is following the lead of sprinters Brian Mariano and Obed Martis who also opted to compete for The Netherlands after the IOC and IAAF no longer recognized The Netherlands Antilles. The Dutch athletics federation KNAU has commented that they are very happy with the decision of Martina and confirmed they will add him among their elite athletes. In 2009 Martina was the first athlete on Dutch soil to run under 10 sec. He did this in the FBK Games in Hengelo, where he will run the 100m again next week Sunday, May 29.

REESE GRADUATED
OXFORD (USA): Long jump world champion Brittney Reese graduated from the University of Mississippi on May 14th with her degree in English and a minor in Psychology. She was a student in the School of Liberal Arts. She will now fully concentrate on jumping. Reese is confirmed for Compeed Golden Gala in Rome on May 26 and New York adidas Grand Prix on June 11.

BLAKE FOR FAST 200 M, FIELD FOR BOLT
OSTRAVA (CZE): Jamaican sprinting sensation Yohan Blake will come to 50th jubilee Ostrava Golden Spike meeting on May 31 to run the 200 m (IAAF World Challenge). Organizers are hoping he can come close to the meet record of Usain Bolt which is 19.83 since 2008. "I am very happy with my training and progress so far this year. I feel confident, and I hope to remain healthy and injury free for the season. I look forward to competing in Ostrava for the track and field fans there. The 200m is still my favorite event. I will be going all out to set a very fast time in continuing my preparation for the 2011 Outdoor World Championships this August," he said in a prepared statement for the organizers. Blake clocked last year 19.78 and this year windy 9.80 in the 100 m at Jamaica Invitational in Kingston. Bolt himself will run the 100 m in Ostrava. The field which will run against the world record holder was revealed. The roster includes current world leader Steve Mullings (9.90) and Commonwealth Games winner Lerone Clarke from Jamaica, also in the field Berlin Worlds fourth placer Daniel Bailey of Antigua with Kansas Relays winner Ivory Williams of USA. Europe will be represented by two Barcelona medalists Briton Mark Lewis-Francis and French Martial Mbandjock. More new names for Ostrava include olympic winner 2004 Koji Murofushi of Japan and 2008 gold medalist Primoz Kozmus of Slovenia (in his international return after one year break) for men´s hammer (on May 30). German World medalist Raul Spank adds the high jump field (against Ivan Ukhov and Jaroslav Baba), Doha and Shanghai 1500 m winner Nixon Chepseba is new name for the 1000 m roster. Bahamian world medalist Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie comes for the 100 m (vs. Veronica Campbell-Brown) and another bronze Berlin winner Wude Ayalew will chase team-mate Meselech Melkamu in women´s 10 000 m. Special guests will be legendary tennis player Ivan Lendl and one of the current best ice-hockey players in the world Jaromir Jagr.

HURDLES WARS
ROMA/HENGELO (ITA/NED): Twice in short time the best female hurdlers will meet against each other. After Doha and Daegu meets another clash of olympic winner Dawn Harper, world indoor champ Lolo Jones and world leader Kellie Wells will happen at the meetings in Rome on May 26 and in Hengelo on May 29. Interesting European additions will be in Rome Norwegian record holder Christina Vukicevic and Tiffany Ofili-Porter now representing Great Britain. In Hengelo German European indoor gold medalist Carolin Nytra. In both races also former world champion Perdita Felicien of Canada, US hurdlers Danielle Carruthers and Ginnie Powell-Crawford along with Swiss Lisa Urech. Current fastest time of the season 12.58 should not remain on top after this two meets. Concerning meet records, the 12.39 from Rome is tough, but 12.65 in Hengelo is definitely beatable.



OTHER NEWS


TOKYO (JPN): Olympic marathon winner 2004 Mizuki Noguchi has no pain from her injury, and has been training seriously since early March. Basically her training is mostly around 20Km run and her total mileage currently is 1000Km a month. She expressed her desire to run a half marathon in the summer. Japanese media are informing.

NEW YORK (USA): RRW informs that Kara Goucher, the 2008 USA 5000m champion, said that although she was named to the USA team for the marathon for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, competing in that discipline is actually her second choice. "I will compete in the 10,000m at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships," she wrote on her blog at Competitor.com "If I'm able to qualify for the World Championships in that event, I'll run it, and skip the marathon, passing my marathon slot to current alternate Zoila Gomez. If I don't qualify, I'll go ahead and run the marathon."

STOCKHOLM (SWE): Swedish superstar and triple World heptathlon champion Carolina Klüft announced she will end her athletics career after the 2012 London Olympic Games. The European heptathlon record holder told Swedish radio station Radiosporten she is not yet too old for the sport but is looking forward to trying other things in life. Klüft also added she is not interested in becoming a coach as she admitted she is getting tired of the sport. Klüft holds a personal best of 7032 points and was voted European athlete of the year in both 2003 and 2006.

KINGSTON (JAM): Former Jamaican top athletes Juliet Cuthbert and Bert Cameron will serve for another three years on the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel. Cuthbert, one of Jamaica's best sprinters of all-time, won a silver medal in both the 100m and 200m at the 1992 Olympic Games. Cameron won the 400m world title at the 1983 Helsinki World Championships writes Trackalerts.

EUGENE (USA): The 2011 Prefontaine Classic has released its fields for the women's jumping events. In the women's pole vault the meet record set by Stacy Dragila in 2002 is definitely under threat with world number one Fabiana Murer, American recordholder Jenn Suhr and Russian Svetlana Feofanova in the field. Also present is reigning world champion Anna Rogowska, up-and-coming Kylie Hutson and Swedish junior sensation Angelica Bengtsson. Also in the triple jump the 14.62 meeting record might not stand for long with the presence of Russian Nadezhda Alekhina, European champion Olha Saladukha, Anna Pyatykh, Anastasiya Potapova and Yekaterina Kayukova.

NEW YORK (USA): US sources are informing about retirement of NBC Sports head Dick Ebersol. He had been President of NBC Sports since 1989 and one of the biggest movers in the industry for a long time.

BERLIN (GER): Clemens Prokop, President of the German Athletics Association, warned that the country's Interstate Broadcasting Agreement risks turning athletics into a second-class sport. On Sundays and after 8pm sponsorship for public service broadcasters has been brought in to protect certain events, such as German national football matches, from falling into the hands of pay TV channels. Athletics is not on the list and so Prokop is wondering if athletics does not have to be protected. "All sports apart from football are wanted, and we don't want a situation where just football is broadcast in colour and everything else in black and white." Prokop was quoted by insidethegames.biz.

ATLANTA (USA): Soft drink giant Coca-Cola has unveiled the eight American athletes that will form the basis of the company's US advertising campaign for the London 2012 Olympics. American 110m hurdles record holder David Oliver is part of the group that will represent the brand. The London 2012 Games become the third consecutive Olympics for which Coca-Cola has selected competing athletes to represent the brand, following on from campaigns for Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

LAUSANNE (SUI): Spain's European 1500m indoor champion Manuel Olmedo will be the star of the Meeting Iberoamericano in Huelva on June 2nd. Olmedo will be looking to improve on his personal best of 3:36.98 as the meet is known to always produce good marks. Another highlight of the meet is the men's 5000m in which Spanish athlete Jesus Espana will take on Portuguese Rui Silva.

LOUGHBOROUGH (GBR): World and European heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis is set to compete in two events at this weekend's Loughborough International meeting as she gets ready to contest her first heptathlon of the year in Götzis, Austria, on May 28-29. Informs Athletics Weekly. One of the events confirmed is javelin. One of the expected highlights is the men's 100m where European silver medalist Mark Lewis-Francis will take on Christian Malcolm, James Dasaolu, Craig Pickering and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. World silver medalist Lisa Dobriskey steps down in distance with Hannah England as the pair clash over 800 m.

NAIROBI (KEN): A Kenyan court on Thursday temporarily halted any burial plans for Olympic marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru until investigations on his death are complete. The athlete's mother, Ann Wanjiru, went to court to stop the burial arrangements, claiming that there was a foul play in the death of her son. Agencies are informing. Mr Justice Anyara Emukule granted a 14-day injunction after Ms Hanna Wanjiru went to court to stop Ms Teresia Njeri from burying her husband. The athlete's body will stay at the Lee Funeral Home until the court in Nakuru hears both parties. Adds The Nation.

LONDON (GBR): With one year to go until the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK, the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has launched the 'Moment to shine' public nomination campaign, which will see 2,012 Torchbearer places on offer. Through the campaign, members of the public can nominate someone living in the UK who has inspired them reports London 2012.



RESULTS


TEHRAN (IRI, May): Athletics in Iran is improving. As Heinrich Hubbeling reports Kaveh Mousavi improved the national hammer record on May 12 to 75.26. Mohammad Samimi achieved at the same meeting 64.10 in discus over Mahmoud Samimi 63.98. At another meet on May 16 Ali Akbar Rabiei clocked excellent 10.32 in the 100 m. Rouhollah Asghari posted 13.71 in the 110 m hurdles on May 18. At women championships good quality sprint national records for Maryam Toosi with 11.84 and 23.73 on May 14 and 15.

SZOMBATHELY (HUN, May 18): In the local club throwing meeting hammer European medalist Krisztian Pars threw over 80 m (80.17). His club-mate, the 20 years old Dániel Szabó threw first time over 70 m (70.29). In the shot put Om Prakash Singh of India set 19.07.

TALLINN (EST, May 18): Former javelin world champion Andrus Varnik achieved at a local meet 76.20, his best since 2009. He was third in a competition won by Risto Matas (77.37, his best since 2008).

LIMA (PER, May 14): 16-years old walking sensation from Peru Yuli Magali Capcha improved the South American senior record in 5000 m walking to 21:53.8 at a local meet.

SAMSUN (TUR, May 19): Bekir Karayel (1:04:28) and Bahar Dogan (1:12:05) won the half-marathon here.



CORRECTION

LAUSANNE (SUI): Chris Thompson (27:27.36) and Dulce Felix (31:33.42) currently hold the European leading 10.000m times but will not necessarily be on their country's team for the European Cup 10.000m in Oslo on June 4th

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