Herculis Monaco: Bolt vs. Lemaitre, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Thompson, Bolt, Lemaitre, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, photo by PhotoRun.net

It is now one day past the USA Outdoor Champs and many of those athletes are headed to Europe to race in Lausanne, Paris and or Birmingham.

The US team has some interesting components, from the men's shot to the women's long jump, from the men's 1,500 meter team to the women's 100m hurdles. We have several events that can take one to two medals in the Worlds in the event and others, that it will be a cold day in hell before we see a medal.

That being the case, the loss of Tyson Gay, Wallace Spearmon, Jr. will hurt us in the sprint medals. My modest suggestion is for Walter Dix to focus on the 200 meters, where he has a reasonable shot (his double was superb, but this is the World champs). The Jamaican athletes in the sprints are parallel to the Kenyans in the long distances. It took us two decades of asking questions and challenging our training stratigems for US distance runners to begin making inroads. I believe it is time to ask the right questions for U.S. sprinters, as the world of sprinting has changed, and there are great sprinters from all over the world.

I have seen Christophe Lemaitre run several times, and I enjoy watching him run. I remember asking Brooks Johnson one time if white kids could run fast. The response was quick, the look was something I have never forgot: " Color means nothing, do they want it? are they willing to work? Are they willing to fall?"

Watching David Oliver show his stuff, especially against Liu Xiang at Nike Pre, was fascinating. Oliver was nervous before the race, and yet, he stayed the course, he went past his comfort zone, and battled Xiang for five straight hurdles before David took the race.

This weekend, watching Adam Nelson throw his best since 2008 was one of my highlights of the weekend. Reese Hoffa and Christian Cantwell responded as well, and Cantwell's big foul shows that these three may be our best men's shot put team EVER.

On the women's side, Michelle Carter and Jill Camerena were the highlight of Thursday night. The 19.85m throw by Camerena, followed by 19.86m by Carter and then, a 19.84m by Camerena was, well what sport is supposed to be about.

Then, there was the men's 1,500 meters, and Matt Centrowitz, Jr., running that 52.25 last lap, holding off the likes of Bernard Lagat and Leonel Manzano, running a the last 200 meters like he was Portugal's Rui Silva. Now the job is, get those A standards and focus on Daegu.

Hot, humid conditions and all of the world's best, running for medals. The focus must be there now, the notes on the mirror, about one's goals and one's aspirations. And can one do it in front of 60,000 track fans and few billion TV viewers? That is the nature of the beast: it is what makes our sport so exciting.

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EME NEWS (JUN 27, 2011)

MONTE CARLO (MON): In addition to Usain Bolt, the Fédération Monégasque d'Athlétisme is proud to announce the presence of triple European Champion Christophe Lemaitre who will run the 100m at the Louis II Stadium on July 22nd . After setting a new French record of 9.95 at the European Team Championship in Stockholm Lemaitre will come to Monaco for the 10th stage of the Samsung Diamond League with credible ambitions. Ideally scheduled one month ahead of the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Herculis will offer the European champion a chance to run against the world's best runners. In addition to the triple Olympic and World Champion Usain Bolt, Lemaitre will be running against European Indoor Champion Francis Obikwelu, and the rising stars Yohan Blake and Mike Rodgers, both qualified for Daegu. Organizers are informing in a release. Lemaitre runs against Bolt also in Paris on July 8, but in the 200 m.

LAUSANNE (SUI): Athletes who achieved top marks over the weekend will compete at Athletissima of Lausanne on Thursday. Men´s shot put will see the duel of world leader and Canadian record holder Dylan Armstrong with all Daegu bound US putters Adam Nelson, Christian Cantwell, Reese Hoffa and Ryan Whitting. Also in the field olympic winner Tomasz Majewski. Fresh US world leader in long jump Brittney Reese is the star of long jump. Also other Americans will jump with Janay De Loach and Fumi Jimoh. Belarus European leader Veronika Shutkova, Euro winner Ineta Radevica and Russian junior record holder Darya Klishina are completing the field.

BIBERACH (GER): The Weltklasse in Biberach meet (EA Classic) on Tuesday will have the best field in men´s pole vault. Danny Ecker is returning and also jumping Bjorn Otto. Against them Greek record holder Kostadinos Filippidis and best Poland jumpers Pawel Wojciechowski and Lukasz Michalski. European medalist Carsten Schlangen runs the 800 m, European indoor medalist Thomas Schneider faces in the 400 m South African Offentse Mogawane. Briton Rikki Fifton is the 100 m favorite. In women events Cuban Yareli Barrios is the star of discus and French record holder Eloyse Lesueur in the long jump.

VELENJE (SLO): 16th International Meeting on Miners Day in Slovenia (EA Classic) is having some top names competing on Tuesday. In women javelin Russian Mariya Abakumova will fight with German European champion Linda Stahl. Reigning world champion Yaroslav Rybakov is the star of high jump and reigning European champion Svetlana Feofanova of women pole vault. Excellent field in men´s hammer with home world and olympic winner Primoz Kozmus against European champion Libor Charfreitag, Hungarian Krisztian Pars and German Markus Esser. Other top field for home spectators is women triple jump with Marija Sestak and Snezana Rodic against Russian Anna Pyatykh, Brazilian Keila Costa and Slovak Dana Veldakova with Yamile Aldama representing Sudan. Belarus European leader Veronika Shutkova is in long jump, Jamaican trials finalist Jacques Harvey runs the 100 m and Kenyan Abel Mutai the steeple.

PARIS (FRA): Le Parisien informs that French miler Hind Dehiba who was suspended from 2007 to 2009 for EPO brought her case to justice last week and requested Vaud Canton Court in Switzerland a provisional ruling to allow her to compete in Lausanne on Thursday in the 1500 m. Her argument was that she can only have a shot at Daegu's A standard in high-level races. The court gave a favorable provisional ruling, which would allow her to compete. This is a provisional ruling. The court has not yet ruled on the merits due to too short time between now and Thursday´s race. Athletissima did not invite her as the event is following the recommendation of Euromeetings not to invite athletes with doping past who can harm the image of the sport and the meeting.


ZAGREB (CRO): Croatian Athletics Federation confirmed 6 months ban for discus European Champion Sandra Perkovic. She had positive tests at Diamond League meetings in Shanghai and Rome for methylhexaneamine which is stimulant that is why the sentence is not more. But she will loose her wins and results at the two mentioned meetings and also her huge national record and world leading 69.99 m.

COLORADO SPRINGS (USA): In the wake of current positive tests for methylhexaneamine USADA said that the substance is known by many names including 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA), dimethylpentylamine (DMP) 4-methylhexan-2-amine, Geranamine, and geranium oil, extract, or stems and leaves. Many products sold as dietary supplements openly list this substance on their labels, such as Jack3d (USP Labs), Lipo-6-Black and Hemo-Rage Black (Nutrex), Spriodex (Gaspari Nutrition), F-10 (Advanced Genetics), Clear Shot (E-Pharm), 1.M.R. (BPI Sports) and many others. While it is not known whether the above products actually contain methylhexaneamine, athletes should steer clear of products that advertise to contain these substances. The ongoing problem of dietary supplement mislabeling continues to create risky environment for athletes. Unfortunately, due to the current permissive regulations governing the supplement industry, USADA cannot give guarantees to athletes regarding which products are safe and free from contamination.

KINGSTON (JAM): Additions to Jamaican Championships are that Kaliese Spencer did not contest the 400 m flat final, but she is qualified to Daegu for the 400 m hurdles and should be included into the 4x400 m team. Briggite Foster-Hylton was not running the final of 100 m hurdles because of the injury. Another note is that Leford Green qualified for 400 m hurdles will most probably not use his 400 m flat Daegu bound-position which will allow Jermaine Gonzalez to take it.

PARIS (FRA) : Junior decathlon sensation Kevin Mayer is eyeing 8000+ points at the European Junior Championships in Tallinn in July. The French youngster recently brought the French junior record to 7992 points when competing with senior implements and believes he will be in better shape when competing in Tallinn he said for athle.com.

MADRID (ESP): European 1500m bronze medalist Natalia Rodriguez will be one of the highlights of the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Madrid on July 9th. Rodriguez will face 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Natalyia Tobias, Olympic finalist Siham Hilali and junior Ethiopian Tizita Bogale. Other top names for the competition are discus legend Virgilijus Alekna and hammer world champion Primoz Kozmus.

LONDON (GBR): Another 850,000 tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games were sold in the second round sale reports Insidethegames. More than 150,000 applications have been processed since Friday for around 850,000 tickets. About 60 per cent of request applications were made in the first two hours and during that time 10 sports sold out, some within 15 minutes. Tickets remain only for football, volleyball and wrestling.

LONDON (GBR): Athletes competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London are free to tweet during the competition, the Olympic Committee said. The athletes are actively encouraged to "take part in social media and to post, blog and tweet their experiences," the guidelines from the Olympic Committee (AOC) say, as long as it's not for commercial purposes. Athletes can upload photos to social media sites but cannot sell them or distribute them in other ways. During the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, uploading photos taken at venues was prohibited. Broadcasting audio or video taken inside the venues will stay prohibited in the 2012 London Olympics reports mashable.com.

LAGOS (NIG): Former African sprint queen Mary Onyali has made the list of nominees for ministerial appointments at the Nigerian cabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan. Onyali is Nigeria's most decorated track and field athlete and is hoping to become Nigeria's Sports Minister writes Allafrica.com.

VALLADOLID (ESP): The New York City Marathon is recipient of The Gabarron International Award of Sports 2011, chosen by the jury that is chaired by Mrs. Carmen Izquierdo Vergara, which met in Valladolid, Spain. The members of the jury chose to award one of the most important sporting events after reviewing 26 candidates from Germany, Brazil, China, Spain, the United States, France, England, Italy, Mexico, Portugal and Russia. The Award - an original 18 karat gold work by Cristóbal Gabarrón, the artists who gives the foundation its name - will be presented on October 7th at the Calderon Theater in Valladolid. During the ceremony, nine recipients will be awarded in their respective categories.

ZURICH (SUI): Swiss sprinter Cedric Nabe was provisionally banned by Swiss Antidoping because he did not inform about his whereabouts. The final sanction will be decided later. Nabe clocked this year already 10.30 and is the number one sprinter in the country and was supposed to be also part of the 4x100 m team.

MOSCOW (RUS): The Moscow Open meet (EA Premium) scheduled for June 27 was canceled one month ago.


BIBERACH (GER, Jun 27): The EA Classic meet of Biberach started already on Monday with men´s shot put at the square in the city center. David Storl confirmed top shape with 20.88 win over Candy Bauer 19.98 PB and Ralf Bartels 19.96.

METZ (FRA, Jun 27): At National Meeting Moselle Athlelor Olympic 2004 winner Yuriy Borzakovskiy was second in the 800 m with 1:45.92. He was beaten by Kenyan Job Kinyor 1:45.45. Also other races had good results. Benson Seurei of Kenya 3:36.26 at 1500 m and South African Elroy Gelant improved to 7:41.59 in winning the 3000 m. Another South African win for Edwin Molepo at 3000 m steeple 8:26.82. British sprinter James Ellington scored a fast double 10.23 (+0.4, equalled PB) and 20.52 (+0.6, PB). In the 100 m second Idrissa Adam of Cameroon (10.31) and in the 200 m Simon Magakwe second 20.74 ahead of German Sebastian Ernst 20.78. Pavel Krivitskiy of Belarus won the hammer 77.80 and junior Quentin Bigot got 78.00 with 6 kg implement. Veronique Mang won the 100 m in 11.41 (+0.2) and Justyna Korytkowska of Poland achieved 9:48.67 in the steeple.

KRAGUJEVAC (SRB, Jun 25): Former European champion Dragutin Topic cleared here 221 cm at age of 40 what is new world masters record. He started to think about qualifying for London Games next year where he needs at least 228 cm. He already competed at five Olympics, all since 1992. The previous officially recognized outdoor world best for 40+ category was 215 by Dalton Grant in 2008.

VANCOUVER (CAN, Jun 26): Lethbridge's resident Kenyan, Kip Kangogo won the 13th Vancouver Half Marathon in 1:03:22.

ST. PETERSBURG (RUS, Jun 26): Morrocan Abdellah Taghrrafet won the White Nights Marathon in 2:14:12 PB ahead of his team-mate Hassane Ahouchar 2:14:15 and best Russian Sergey Lukin 2:16:48. Alevtina Ivanova as women winner achieved 2:38:16.

CALABAR (NGR, Jun 25): Ajoke Odumosu won the 400 m hurdles at Nigerian Championships with 56.24. In the 200 m finals Obinna Metu clocked 20.84 and Damola Osayomi 23.33 ahead of Gloria Asumnu 23.47.

KARDLA (EST, Jun 23): At first Taavi Peetre Memorial the Latvian Maris Urtans got excellent 20.60 in the shot put.

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