Vinn Lannana Serving his sport,"doing exactly what I am doing," by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Lananna_Vin-USOlyT08.JPGVinn Lananna, 2008 US Olympic Trials, photo by

Let's make it very clear. Vinn Lananna and his team gave us the 2008 Olympic Trials, one of the best events most track fans will ever remember in their lives. His resurrection of both the Stanford programs, and now the Oregon program, made Lananna a poster-boy for the possible new CEO position for USA Track & Field, in many observers' minds.

Speaking very honestly, in the heralded site, Lananna admitted being interviewed for the USATF CEO position, but believing that he was serving his sport best, at this time, championing track & field at the country's most visible track program, he decided that it was best to stay on at Oregon.

My belief is that Vinn can do whatever he sets his mind to. We need good, creative people in the key positions in our sport. Lananna is positioned to support our sport at Oregon and also with the support he receives from that little footwear company based in Beaverton with the swoosh.

For Vinn Lananna, and the sport he loves, he made the right decision. And yes, I am looking forward to see how fast Andrew Wheating runs this season! 




ROME (ITA): Agencies are reporting that IAAF president Lamine Diack said on Thursday he will stand unopposed for re-election when the IAAF Congress meets on August 24. Diack, 77, announced his decision to bid for another term last year, stating he was still in good health and had work to complete.



HENGELO (NED): Latest addition into women 5000 m field is former olympic winner, world champion and world record holder Meseret Defar of Ethiopia. She will face mainly Sentayehu Ejigu her country-mate and Kenyan Sylvia Kibet.







NIJMEGEN (NED): The ABN AMRO Seven Hills run has opened its registration for the 15K. The race, scheduled on November 20th, will allow 33.000 athletes to register for the 15K race. Participants who make the choice for Greenchoice 100% green energy at home can register for free and will receive a free train ticket to the event.


WEINHEIMER (GER): The Kurpfalz Gala in Weinheim on Saturday will feature German long jumper Bianca Kappler and the Swedish 4x100m team under the lead of Carolina Klüft, who will take on the German 4x100m team.


EUGENE (USA): University of Oregon coach Vin Lananna admitted that he met with board members for USA Track & Field about the USATF's vacant CEO position. Lananna declined to call his meeting with members of the USATF board an interview. "It was important for me to hear what they were talking about and so on. But I'll quickly respond that I think that right now, for me, the best way to make a contribution, is to do exactly what I'm doing." Lananna was quoted in


NAIROBI (KEN): The Daily Nation reports that a postmortem examination on the body of marathon star Samuel Wanjiru will be conducted on Friday by a government pathologist. Burial committee chairman Ndegwa Wahome said the athlete's mother Hannah Wanjiru and wife Teresia Njeri had agreed to have the examination conducted to help find out Wanjiru's cause of death.


LONDON (GBR): Phillips Idowu has insists he is more interested in breaking the triple jump world record than defending his world title later this year. The Olympic silver medallist's ultimate focus remains triple jump gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games but added for the Daily Mirror "I'd rather jump a world record than have the world title, and then win the Olympic title next year."


HENGELO (NED): On Sunday during the 29th edition of the FBK-Games (IAAF World Challenge) the 100 meters hurdles for women will be a real champions ball. The highest ranked athlete is the American Dawn Harper who in 2008 during the Olympics in Beijing won the gold. She can expect competition from another Americans world indoor champ Lolo Jones and world leader Kellie Wells. The stadium record in this event is from the Swedish Susanna Kallur who ran 12.65 in 2005. The meet organizers will award, from this year on, a through the Oldenzaalse artist Antoinette Ruiter produced bronze statue from Fanny Blankers-Koen and a bonus of 2500 euro's for every improvement of a stadium record.


HENGELO (NED): Ethiopia has yet another running wonder. Yenew Alamirew seems to have everything that can make him the successor of the living running legends Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele. The spectators of the 29th edition of the FBK-Games will make acquaintance with this athlete on Sunday when he runs the 5000 m. Since a year and a half Alamirew is coached by athlete's manager Jos Hermens and his colleague Valentijn Trouw. Jos Hermens is curious what Alamirew can run on the 5000 meters by now after he ran a 13:16.53 on the 5th of June in the Belgium Oordegem last year."He should be able to run sub 13.", thinks Hermens.


HENGELO (NED): Latest addition into women 5000 m field is former olympic winner, world champion and world record holder Meseret Defar of Ethiopia. She will face mainly Sentayehu Ejigu her country-mate and Kenyan Sylvia Kibet.


KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican Championships will for the first time be contested over four days, as opposed to the customary three. The event will now start with a number of heats on the morning of Thursday, June 23, and will end on Sunday, June 26, at the National Stadium. Jamaican media are informing.


EUGENE (USA): US Eugene-based runners Nick Symmonds and Tyler Mulder will test themselves against Abubaker Kaki of Sudan and Kenyan Boaz Lalang in the 800 meters in the Prefontaine Classic, June 4 at Hayward Field. Informs Oregon Live. Olympian Andrew Wheating , another member of OTC/Eugene, will run in the Pre Classic, but it hasn't been determined whether it will be in the 800 or 1500 m.


KINGSTON (JAM): World and Olympic sprint double champion, Usain Bolt, who is also the holder of both world records, will be conferred with the honorary doctor of laws degree. This means he will be refered to as Ambassador-At-Large, Dr. The Honorable Usain St. Leo Bolt. In a statement from University of the West Indies on Wednesday, Bolt was being recognised for his athletic prowess. He will get his honorary doctorate later this year.


MADRID (ESP): Spanish Athletics Federation RFEA after marathon announced also team members for Daegu in walking events. Francisco Fernández, Jesús Ángel García and María Vasco were named as the headliners. Also in the team for 20 km Benjamin Sanchez. The other two names Juan Manuel Molina and Miguel Angel Lopez will have the chance to qualify in June races. For the 50 km also Mikel Odriozola and Jose Ignacio Diaz were included. In the women 20 km Maira Jose Poves and Beatriz Pascual are the other entries.


SOCHI (RUS, May 24-25): Interesting notes to Russian Team Championships. Yelena Soboleva returned as 7th in the 1500 m 4:10.36. The winner Yuliya Zaripova is formerly Zarudneva, the steeple runner (4:07.01). 800 m specialist Mariya Savinova was 5th in 400 m (52.94) and European fourth placer Vladimir Krasnov was only third in the 400 m (46.86).


HIGH JUMPERS: Stefan Holm turned 35 on Wednesday and Stevan Zoric 40.

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