Thorkildsen Out for two weeks, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Thorkildsen & Pitkamai, 2010 adidas Grand Prix, photo by

Andreas Thorkildsen, one of the two best throwers in the world, will rest for the next two weeks, due to an injury attained while throwing in Shanghai last Sunday. Thorkildsen is one of the most popular athletes in our sport, and we wish him a speedy recovery!



OSLO (NOR): Javelin world champion Andreas Thorkildsen must have a break from athletics for at least two weeks. Norwegian media are informing. He pulled his groin during fifth attempt in Shanghai last Sunday at the Samsung Diamond League meeting and did not throw his last attempt. He must so cancel his participation at 50th jubilee Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting on May 31 and uncertain is also his participation at the Bislett Games at home in Oslo on June 9. "It's a boring situation, and of course it is annoying to be injured when the season barely started. I just need to be patient and follow the medical advice I get and exercise properly to get the fastest possible return. In first place I need to be injury-free as soon as possible. But I hope I can manage until the Bislett Games," Thorkildsen was quoted.



HALLE (GER): Saturday´s 38th edition of Halle Throwing Meeting (Hallesche Werfertage) will see some top clashes. In women hammer European champion Betty Heidler, with current world leader Kathrin Klaas, Slovak Berlin medalist Martina Hrasnova and Olympic medalist Zhang Wenxiu of China. In men hammer Slovak European Champion Libor Charfreitag will compete against best German Markus Esser and former world champion Szymon Ziolkowski of Poland. In discus world champion Robert Harting will be there against Lithuanian hero Virgilijus Alekna. Women discus will see Nadine Muller against Li Yanfeng of China. Javelin stars Christine Obergfoll and Eurowinner Linda Stahl will fight for top position. In men´s javelin Barcelona silver winner Matthias De Zordo is the top name. Canadian record holder Dylan Armstrong throws against Ralf Bartels in men shot put and Nadine Kleinert is the top name of women shot put.



TURNOV (CZE): 12th edition of Ludvik Danek Memorial (1972 Olympic discus winner) will have reigning European champion Piotr Malachowski as top name. Also competing in Turnov on May 24 in the top event of the day will be Hungarians Robert Fazekas and Zoltan Kovago. Also throwing Croatian Roland Varga and Czech improvement of the year Jan Marcell (already twice 66.00 m exactly). Interesting on Marcell is the fact that he studied Nuclear Engineering and is an expert around Nuclear energy and so ready to discuss details for example about Fukushima stories.



OSLO (NOR): Now the first competition of the last top female distance runner is revealed. It was known when Kenyans are opening, later Tirunesh Dibaba was added so the last remained. Ethiopian olympic and world winner Meseret Defar will run the 5000 m at ExxonMobil Bislett Games in Oslo on 9 June, the fifth stop of this year's Samsung Diamond League series. Defar will return to Norway's famous stadium where she established the 5000m World record in 2007. Her time of 14:16.63 took a staggering eight seconds off the record she had established in New York the previous year. Against her reigning world champion Vivian Cheruiyot, the 10 000 m world gold medalist Linet Masai. Other Ethiopians in the race include Sentayehu Ejigu and Meselech Melkamu. Only Tirunesh Dibaba from top elite will be missed in this race, she is running the weekend before at Pre Classic in Eugene and will clash there with both best Kenyan runners. That means after Eugene and Oslo a clear picture about the situation in women long distance track scene will be available.







BEIJING (CHN): Asian Grand Prix 2011 circuit will be staged within next days in China. It starts in Jiaxing on May 22, continues in Kunshan on May 26 and ends in Wunjiang on May 29. Competing will be Chinese top athletes along with the best from India and also for example Iran (discus thrower Ehsan Hadadi or middle distance runner Sajad Moradi).


DAKAR (SEN): Senegalese long jumper Ndiss Kaba Badji will be out for at least 3 months following a knee injury. Kaba Badji is going to miss the IAAF world challenge meeting in Dakar and will only be able to return to training in July. It remains unsure whether he will be able to jump in Daegu during the IAAF World Championships reports


MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Track and Field News published its predictions for US Team in Daegu. They think Tyson Gay and Walter Dix will qualify in both sprints. In the 100 m the third should be Mike Rodgers and in the 200 m Wallace Spearmon. TFN is predicting that former gold medalist Justin Gatlin will be fourth in both 100 m and 200 m at the trials and that would secure him a relay berth.


AUCKLAND (NZL): Athletics New Zealand has announced the appointment of Scott Goodman as the sport's new Performance Director. Goodman was based at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra from 1990 through to 2010 in roles with the Australian Coaching Council,the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Paralympic Committee and Athletics Australia. Goodman's experience to international level in coaching and team management stretches nearly 20 years, notably coaching duel Commonwealth Games Hammer Gold Medallist and Olympian, Stuart Rendell and currently also coaches Australia's National Hammer Champion and 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games representative, Tim Driesen. .Goodman joins Athletics New Zealand at a time when the sport's high performance programme is better resourced than ever before.


ROME (ITA): Andrew Howe adds his name to the starting list of the 31st edition of the Compeed Golden Gala International meeting, the third leg of the Samsung Diamond League on Thursday 26th May at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. The Italian star, who made his seasonal debut on 9th May in Pavia with a solid 45.70, will take part in a 200 meters race which was added to the timetable of the meeting for him. Howe will take on US Shawn Crawford and Britons Christian Malcolm and Leon Baptiste. It will be a tough test for Howe who is fully returning to his best form. Informs DL website. His 200 m best is 20.28 from 2004 when he as junior won the U19 World Championships on Italian soil in Grosseto. And last year in September at Notturna in Milano he came close to that time with 20.30.


NEW YORK (USA): Insidethegames confirms that Dick Ebersol, a hugely influential figure in Olympic broadcasting, has resigned from NBC just as the race for the new United States television contract begins to reach its climax. Ebersol, who was chairman of NBC Sports for 22 years, resigned some five months after Comcast Corp took control of NBC Universal amid reports that he was not happy with the new management. The 63-year-old Ebersol will officially step down from NBC at the end of next month, which means he will not be involved in the company's broadcast of next year's Olympics in London nor the negotiations that are set to take place for the new contract covering Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016. Richard Carrion, the IOC member who is handling the auction, revealed that he had already been contacted by NBC to assure him that Ebersol's resignation did not lessen their determination to retain the Olympic broadcast contract. Ebersol has been replaced by Mark Lazarus, a former high-ranking executive at Time Warner who joined NBC last December.


LONDON (GBR): London 2012 have received 1.8 million requests for tickets for the Olympic men's 100 meters final which is expected to see Jamaican superstar and reigning Olympic champion Usain Bolt face off against American rival Tyson Gay. The 1.8 million fans aiming to attend the blockbuster session at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford on August 5 next year are competing for just 40,000 seats as half of the 80,000 capacity venue is blocked for sponsors, the media and VIPs, including International Olympic Committee (IOC) members. Applicants will find out by 24 June whether they have got any of the 6.6 million Olympics tickets available but what not be informed of what tickets they have received despite having the money taken from their account beforehand. The price of Olympics tickets ranges from £20 ($33) to £725 ($1,179) for the showpiece 100 meters final and reach up to £2,012 ($3,270) for the opening ceremony on July 27 with people likely to check their bank accounts for a clue to what tickets they have been allocated. Informs insidethegames.


NEW YORK (USA): The New York City Marathon won the award Sports Event of the Year at the Sports Business Awards night. The ING NYC Marathon 2010 was chosen from a stellar list of nominees including the 2011 NBA All-Star game, the 2010 NCAA Final Four, and the 2011 Winter X Games.


WARSZAWA (POL): Olympic and world champion in walking Robert Korzeniowski wrote a book about his career and life called "My road to mastery". The 43-years old hero of Polish sports was in the past year sports director of Polish Public TV broadcaster TVP and is currently working on his business. He was also among candidates for European Athletics Council elections in April in London but did not succeed.


OLHAO (POR): The 9th European Cup of Race Walking in Olhaõ, Portugal, on Saturday promises superb display of walking in one day. Five cracking races start with the men's 50k at 7.30am and ready to thrill those watching a promenade like never seen before on the coastal town. Will Russia won all events, will home women achieved something special, individuals like Trond Nymark of Norway or Slovak Matej Toth are planning to mix the cards? These are the questions for the day. Ireland also sends the best ones Robert Heffernan with Olive Loughnane. Elisa Rigaudo returns after baby break on the international stage.







OSLO (NOR, May 19): Top Norwegian female sprinter Ezinne Okparaebo started at Opening Games meet at Bislett Stadium with 17.84 (-2.1) at 150 m. Spanish guest Concepcion Montaner leaped to 644 (+1.4) in long jump. Tormod Hjortnes Larsen posted 33.96 in the 300 m.


TUCSON (USA, May 19): Briton Roald Bradstock set a world age 49 best of 74.73m in Tucson at throwing meet. It was his best throw for 11 years. Stephanie Brown-Trafton won women discus with 61.19 and Indian Vikas Gowda the men´s discus (63.51).


SAVONA (ITA, May 18): Italian Silvia Salis improved her hammer best at a throwing meet to 71.93 m.

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