Blake 9.95, LeMaitre 9.96 NR, WL for Tamgho (17.67m), Lavillenie (5.83m), by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Lavillenie_Renaud-Rome11.jpgRenaud Lavillenie, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, photo by

Yohan Blake took a few good sprinters down, running 9.95 in Montreuil, France, in the first ProAthlet meeting of 2011. Christophe LeMaitre ran a smart 9.96, for a new French NR, as Teddy Tamgho (now coming to adidas grand prix NYC) jumped 17.67m, and Renaud Lavillenie cleared 5.83m.

Tamgho_TeddyR-EuroInd11.jpgTeddy Tamgho keeping it real (en Francais), 2011 European Indoors, photo by

Bolt_UsainH-Rome11.jpg2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, Thompson, Bolt, LeMaitre, photo by


MONTREUIL (FRA, Jun 7): The first Pro Athle Tour 2011 meet in Montreuil (third edition) saw superb 100 m race. Jamaican Yohan Blake clocked 9.95 (+0.9) and second triple European champion Christophe Lemaitre achieved new French record 9.96. It is third position in European all-time list behind Francis Obikwelu (9.86 in 2004) and Linford Christie (9.87 in 1993). Third Daniel Bailey got 10.00 and fourth Dwain Chambers 10.09. World indoor champion Teddy Tamgho leaped to world leading 17.67 in second round of the triple jump. In the pole vault European Champion Renaud Lavillenie cleared another world leading mark 2011 583 cm. He needed three attempts interestingly on his opening height 543 cm, but 583 was mastered in first and tried afterwards at 588. Former world champion Perdita Felicien of Canada won the 100 m hurdles in 12.75 (+1.3). In the 110 m hurdles personal bests for top two US athletes, Joel Brown 13.22 (+1.0, equaled his mark from 2005) and Jeff Porter 13.34.


RAKVERE (EST, Jun 7): Estonian Big Bank Kuldliiga series continued with second meet and Russian Olga Balayeva highlighted it with personal best 679 (+1.5) in long jump. Estonian Veera Baranova leaped to windy 14.00 (+2.3) in the triple jump (and legal 13.96 +1.5). Egyptian record holder Omar El Ghazaly achieved 62.54 in the discus. Ukrainian Oleksandr Pyatnytsa won the javelin (78.95) over Mihkel Kukk (78.66). Anna Iljustsenko cleared 190 in high jump and Russian Vasiliy Kopeykin windy 792 (+2.7) in long jump.

NAIROBI (KEN, Jun 7): World junior CC champion Faith Chepngetich was beaten to second position in the women's 1500 m during the Junior Triangular Athletics Championships held at Nyayo National Stadium in 4:19.2. Sheila Chemngetich clocked 4:14.8 as the winner. The event served also as trials meet for World U17 Championships in Lille, France in July. Cyrus Ruto from St. Francis School, Kimuron, won the men's 5000 m in 13:45.3. Second Albert Rop achieved 13:46.2.

PRAGUE (CZE, Jun 7): European Indoor 2009 hurdles medalist Lucie Skrobakova clocked Daegu standard at the Praga Academica meet with 12.95 (+1.4) at 100 m hurdles. Good 400 m hurdles as Josef Prorok achieved 50.38 and Zuzana Bergrova 57.17. In discus 64.33 for Jan Marcell and 60.58 for Vera Cechlova.


NAIROBI (KEN): The mother of marathon olympic winner Samuel Wanjiru on Tuesday moved to the High Court in Nakuru for a second time seeking orders to stop his burial. Ms Hannah Wanjiru sought orders restraining her daughter-in-law, Terezah Njeri, or her agents from removing the athlete's body from Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi until investigations into the cause of her son's death were concluded. Informs The Nation. Ms Wanjiru said the post-mortem examination showed her son died from injuries inflicted by a blunt object to the back of his head.

LAUSANNE (SUI): Agencies are informing that the IOC said NBC has retained its hold on U.S. Olympic television rights by defeating rival bids from ESPN and FOX and securing a four-games deal through 2020 worth nearly $4.4 billion. NBC won the bid less than a month after the resignation of longtime sports and Olympics chief Dick Ebersol in a dispute with the new owners from Comcast. The victory extends NBC's reign as the Olympic network in the United States, a period stretching back 20 years. NBC now will have exclusive rights to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the 2018 Winter Games and 2020 Olympics, whose sites have not yet been chosen.

KINGSTON (JAM): Asafa Powell is confident that he will be fit and ready for Jamaica's trials which will decide who will make the trip to World Championships in Daegu. Powell, who previously held the world 100m record of 9.74 before Usain Bolt ran 9.72 in 2008, 9.69 in 2008 and 9.58 in 2009, was affected by his hamstring in Sunday's 100m race in Rabat, Morocco. He felt pain in his right hamstring about 20m and opted to walk across the finish line in 36.13 sec. On Monday, Powell assured his fans and the wider track & field world that he will be ok to chase his dream in Daegu. "I am not too worried about it. I was cautious in the race when I felt some tightness and I am confident I will be ready and fit by the trials," he was quoted as saying. When contacted Bruce James, MVP president on Tuesday, he confined Powell is back in Jamaica. "He continues to receive treatment and we are hoping to get him back in training as soon as possible," Bruce said. Informs Track Alerts.

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