Steve Hooker Aims to compete at Monaco, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Renaud Lavillenie, Steve Hooker, photo by PhotoRun.net

Steve Hooker has taken nine months away from the pole vault. His intention is to return at the Herculis/Monaco meeting. We wish him the very best  in Monaco and several years of healthy pole vaulting.

CHERNOVA GETS MEET RECORD 6773 POINTS
KLADNO (CZE, Jun 16): Russian Tatyana Chernova highlighted the 5th TNT-Fortuna meeting (IAAF CE Challenge) with superb personal best and second best of 2011 6773 points. The result which is also meeting record belongs to top 20 performers of all-time. She achieved 659, 52.00 and 2:10.62 during second day. "I wanted to achieve world lead. But in long jump I was not able to find the right approach. Fortunately I gave everything in javelin and 800 m and improved my best," she was quoted. Second Karolina Tyminska of Poland also got life-time best 6516 points (658, 40.17 and 2:08.33). Aige Grabuste of Latvia had 6252 (long jump PB 665) as third with Czech Katerina Cachova fourth 5897 beating Iceland´s record holder Helga Thorsteinsdottir 5856 and Dutch Jolanda Keizer 5804. Cuban world medalist Leonel Suarez managed during second day of decathlon 14.67, 45.66, 500, 67.18 and 4:27.98 and that was enough to win in dramatic end with final score of 8231 points. Second Belgian Hans Van Alphen improved to 8120 score and missed the national record only by 22 points. Third South African record holder Willem Coertzen achieved 8094 still beating Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan who was leading after discus (51.18) and had also good 510 in pole vault but weak 51.82 in javelin and 4:52.73 in the 1500 m. Three more achieved 8+ results. Brazilian Carlos Chinin for first time in his career went over 8000 with 8068, sixth Yordanis Garcia of Cuba 8067 and seventh European champion Romain Barras 8010. Overnight leader Darius Draudvila was 10th (7734). All-time hero Roman Sebrle struggled with right shape and health issues but bravely ended the event with 7343 as 18th. 

RIVALS FOR RUDISHA
LAUSANNE (SUI): The 36th edition of Athletissima (part of Samsung Diamond League) announced that against David Rudisha competing in the 800 m will be the reigning world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and reigning European Champion Marcin Lewandowski. The confrontation between the Ethiopians Imane Merga and Tariku Bekele against the Kenyan quintet Chepkok, Choge, Kiptoo, Rotich and Soi will be exciting to follow in the 5000 m. In the 400 m Hurdles the world elite will be present, number one LJ Van Zyl with  Kerron Clement, Javier Culson, Dai Greene and Bershawn Jackson. Dayron Robles is the star of 110 m hurdles and world champion Brittney Reese in women long jump. In women 1500 m world champion and home resident Maryam Jamal runs against Gelete Burka and Ibtissam Lakhouad of Morocco.

KRAVCHENKO OUT OF DAEGU
KLADNO (CZE): Decathlon olympic silver winner Andrey Kravchenko of Belarus after long jump in Kladno suffered pain in achilles, his long standing problem. He was quoted as saying in Kladno that the season is over for him and has no chances to compete in Daegu at World Championships.

GREENE FOR UK MEETS
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): European and Commonwealth champion hurdler Dai Greene has set his sights on becoming British record holder this summer, with two big opportunities on home soil when he lines up at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix and Aviva London Grand Prix as part of his preparations for World Championships glory. The 25-year-old will look to stamp his authority on the track ahead of this year's IAAF World Championships by breaking the British Record that has stood for almost 20 years. Greene will have his first chance at Kriss Akabusi's long-standing British benchmark of 47.82, set in August 1992, when he lines up at Birmingham Alexander Stadium on 10 July, before returning for a second attempt at the record at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre four weeks later as part of his final preparations for the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea later in August.

HOOKER AIMS FOR HERCULIS RETURN
MONACO (MON) : World Champion Steve Hooker is aiming to return to competing on July 22nd in Monaco at the Herculis meet part of Samsung Diamond League after a nine month lay-off. Hooker took a long resting period during the winter and is hoping to gradually improve throughout the season. "Physically, now, I'm feeling really good. The last two months have been really solid. I've got a large block of training done and I'm in good shape" Hooker was quoted in his IAAF online diary. It is still an option that the Australian pole vaulter starts competing in Paris on July 8th.

ZVEREVA THINKS ABOUT 2012 GAMES AT AGE OF 50+
MINSK (BLR): Belarus discus thrower Elina Zvereva already at age of 50 plans to compete at London Olympic Games 2012. It could be her 6th games since 1988 when missing only the 1992 edition of Barcelona. The best placing was the win in Sydney 2000. "I never was regretting to choose discus. Athletics is part of my life, that is my secret to compete so long," she was quoted. Her daughter Alena Bochina might have the chance to compete with her at the games.



OTHER NEWS


LILLE (FRA):  New Zealander Jacko Gill, 16 years of age, dreams of being the World Youth Champion in a few weeks' time. The appearance of the prodigious shot-putter, the youngest junior World Champion in the history of the World Junior Championships in Moncton (Canada) last year, is much awaited in Villeneuve d'Ascq. 

NEWCASTLE (GBR): Asics steps up to sponsor UK's Great Run Series.
  
EBERSTADT (GER) : The duel between German athletes Raul Spank and Eike Onnen is announced to be the highlight of the Eberstadt high jump meeting on July 17th. Spank holds a season's best of 232 while Onnen has jumped 231 this year. Both athletes have already competed against each other 12 times and they have each won 6 times. Also jumping are indoor world champion Ivan Ukhov, world leader Aleksey Dmitrik, Czech European indoor silver winner Jaroslav Baba and US number one Jesse Williams.

LEVERKUSEN (GER): After a year and a half of injury problems Danny Ecker is making his return to competition at a special pole vault event in Leverkusen this weekend. The German indoor record holder  has suffered from long term back problems and anticipates to make a moderate return. Also competing are Tim Lobinger, Hendrik Gruber and Raphael Holzdeppe.

ADDIS ABABA (ETH): The organizers of the Great Ethiopian Run 10K road race has announced that the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) has become the title sponsor for the 11th edition of the Great Ethiopian Run on November 27th. In the past 10 years dkt-Ethiopia, Total, Toyota and Ethiopian Airlines have been sponsors of the event.

LOS ANGELES (USA): Former Olympian and Gilroy high school track coach Alvin Harrison has pleaded guilty to felony DUI charges in an Orange County courtroom and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 3 years probation. Harrison was at the steering wheel of the high school track team's van when returning from a local competition and caused an accident when under influence of alcohol.

TOKYO (JAP): Japan sends out a 89 strong team to the 2011 Asian Championships in Kobe in July. 49 male athletes and 40 female athletes will represent the country. Best known names are javelin world medalist Yukifumi Murakami and pole vault national record holder Daichi Sawano.

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Carlos Nuzman, the President of Rio 2016, has been taken to hospital after suffering from heart problems. Rio's Organising Committee said in a statement that the 69-year-old Nuzman, a member of the International Olympic Committee, had checked himself into a hospital late Tuesday after a routine health exam showed an abnormal heart rhythm writes Insidethegames.
 
TOKYO (JAP): Japanese Olympic officials expect to know within weeks if Tokyo will bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics."We expect a decision will be in late June or early July," Japan Olympic Committee president Tsunekazu Takeda told The Associated Press. "Tokyo had a great plan for 2016, and has excellent financing."

BUDAPEST (HUN): Samsung Diamond League meetings, in Oslo and in New York, have strongly contributed to lots of changes in the All-Athletics.com World Rankings, which are published each Wednesday. However there are only a few changes in the Nr.1 positions in the different events. One of these "new" leaders is Paul Kipsiele Koech who had been in the second position only for three weeks and now regained the top spot in the Men's 3000m Steeplechase from Brimin Kiprop Kipruto. Another Oslo-winner, Fabiana Murer is also an old-new ranking leader. She had been the number one until March 15, but then Svetlana Feofanova took the lead. Since yesterday it's the Brazilian again who can call herself the world's leading female pole vaulter. Yargelis Savigne is not a brand new event leader either. The Cuban has already been in the top position for a total of 107 weeks in her career, but the last time she was leading was back in late August last year. In the latest rankings she has regained the lead in the Women's Triple Jump.

KINGSTON (JAM): World and olympic winner at 100 m Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce confirmed for Track Alerts she will double at National Championships next week."I'm doing OK, I'm doing nothing outside the ordinary", she went on further to say "I'm gonna go back home and continue my training in preparation for the National Championships."

VOLGOGRAD (RUS): Jumping legend Tatyana Lebedeva plans to start her preparation in autumn for the 2012 season with the aim to compete at London 2012 Games. "We already agreed with my coach that in fall we will start to hard work and train. I want to jump already in winter," said double mother Lebedeva.



EUROPEAN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS NEWS


FRANCE: France has modified its team for the European Team championships in Stockholm in three places. World triple jump record holder Teddy Tamgho is replaced by Karl Taillepierre, Heni Kechi takes the place of Adrien Clemenceau in the 400m hurdles and in the javelin Jerome Haeffler is being replaced by Killian Durechou. They also release more information on Teddy Tamgho's injury and explained that team doctor Jean-Michel Serra urged Tamgho not to compete following pain on his right ankle which started hurting during his last jump at the New York Adidas Grand Prix. Tamgho should be fit to return to action in Laussane at the end of the month.

GERMANY:  Sebastian Ernst will not be available for Germany at the 200 m due to bronchitis. German team hopes for third place as in last year.

TV: The Stockholm 2011 SPAR European Team Championships is set to receive 50 hours of live television coverage on the continent, according to the latest broadcast intentions for the biggest team athletics event of the year. The international broadcasters' intentions received by European Athletics show there will be at least 54 hours of free-to-air television coverage in Europe of the 18-19 June championships, with 50 hours of live coverage. National broadcasters from 11 European countries have so far confirmed their plans for coverage of the event. In addition, pan-European channel Eurosport plans to show the majority of the championships live across its 59 territories. Outside of Europe, Eurosport Asia, Dubai Sports Channel and ESPN Star will broadcast the event.



PREVIEWS (with help from EA website)


STOCKHOLM (SWE):  Great Britain's head coach Charles van Commenee and British team captain David Greene believe that they can have the Russians looking over their shoulder at the SPAR European Team Championships in Stockholm this weekend. Germany hopes to defend their third place from last year. Last year, Russia scored 379.5 points across the two days in the Norwegian city of Bergen, winning from Great Britain by a massive 62.5 points. Nevertheless, Britain - whose men's team were winners of the former European Cup on several occasions - impressed when moving up a spot from third place at the inaugural Championships in 2009. According to Athletics Weekly's calculations based on current form, the overall final team standings could have Russia winning with 353 points over Germany 344 and France 320. Ukraine should be fourth (311), Great Britain fifth (309), Poland sixth (272) ahead of Italy (252), Spain (224) and Czech Republic (224). Relegation for Belarus (202), Portugal (170) and Sweden (140). Top names in nearly all teams with number of Barcelona winners. Special to see Christophe Lemaitre of France doubling in sprints.

IZMIR (TUR):  Greece, Norway and Finland were relegated from the SPAR Team Championships last year but they were given the perfect example of how to respond to that sort of disappointment by Czech Republic, Sweden and Portugal at the 2010 European Team Championships First League in Budapest.  All three returned immediately to the top flight of the Championships just a year after they all went down following the inaugural SPAR Team Championships in 2009. Last year's relegated teams all have personnel in their ranks who could help them finish in the three promotion places in the Turkish city of Izmir. Greece are strong in the field events thanks to men like high jumper Konstadinos Baniótis and pole vaulter Konstadinos Filippídis, as well as the ever-consistent 2006 European Athletics Championships 400m hurdles gold medallist Periklís Iakovákis. Norway counst on hurdler Christina Vukicevic and sprinter Ezinne Okparaebo. However, pushing this trio for the promotion places should be Romania, Hungary and The Netherlands.  Romanian star is 2010 European Athletics Championships men's triple jump silver medallist Marian Oprea. Hungary will have hammer thrower Krisztián Pars looking for his third consecutive First league win and although The Netherlands may have few star names in their team, apart from middle-distance runner Yvonne Hak, historically they have a high level of all round consistency.

NOVI SAD (SRB): The Second League will see home Serbia the team which just missed out on promotion to the European Team Championships First League last year, finishing fourth on home soil in Belgrade to attack the promotion. Women long jump with improved Lauma Griva and home star Ivana Spanovic will be one of the highlights. Almost none of the other seven nations: Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia can be counted out. Estonia and Lithuania were relegated from the First League 12 months ago and will be bidding to regain their status immediately. Estonia should have national record holder Marek Niit coming from US NCAA season in sprints and Mart Israel in discus. Bulgaria is having European leaders Ivet Lalova at 100 m and Vania Stambolova at 400  m hurdles (and she will also run the 400 m) along with high jumper Venelina Veneva. Slovakia has top names European champion Libor Charfreitag in hammer, world medalist Martina Hrasnova in hammer, European indoor medalist Dana Veldakova in triple jump and Barcelona fourth placer at 800 m Lucia Klocova.  As well as the battle for promotion, there will also be a fierce fight to avoid going down with Denmark and Latvia being the most likely candidates. Another top athlete competing will be the javelin world leader Vadim Vasilevskis of Latvia.

REYKJAVIK (ISL): No less than 15 teams will make their way to the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik for the 2011 European Team Championships Third League. Israel and Moldova were relegated from the Second League in 2010 but will start as favourites to make an immediate return. High jumpers Dmitriy Kroyter and Danielle Frenkel should help Israel considerably, although the latter could face some strong competition from Montenegro's 2010 world junior champion Marija Vuković. Pole vaulters Yevgeniy Olkhovskiy and Jillian Schwartz also have a very good chance of taking maximum points for Israel. Moldova will be primarily looking to its distance runners to provide a lot of points. Cyprus were relegated from the Second League in 2009 and, having just missed out on getting promoted last year, they will not want to fall short again, despite the absence of two-time World Championships medallist Kyriakos Iaonnou. Perhaps one dark horse might be Azerbaijan, who have a stable of excellent distance runners although their weakness in the field events might tell against them over the course of two days of competition.

 

RESULTS


NAIROBI (KEN, Jun 15): Former World Cross country champion Edna Kimaiyo during final day of the Administration Police championships at Nyayo National Stadium won the 10 000 m event in 35:11.9 and then claimed the women's 3000 m steeplechase in 11:22.5 and capped a successful day with the women 5000 m title in 17:32.5. Collins Cheboi got the 1500 m in fast 3:36.9 ahead of Bethwel Birgen 3:40.7.

OSTERODE (GER, Jun 15): Markus Munch achieved here Daegu standard in discus with 65.19 m. Second Martin Wierig 64.32 and third Australian Ben Harradine 63.45. In women shot put Christina Schwanitz got 18.38. 

AVELLINO (ITA, Jun 15): Cuban hurdler Omar Cisneros won the flat 400 m here at the 25th Trofeo Citta di Avellino in 47.14. Senegal´s Fatou Souma won the 400 m in 52.70. 

TALENCE (FRA, Jun 15): Junior pole vaulter Kevin Menaldo cleared here 535 cm.

PODOLSK (RUS, Jun 16): Hammer champions of Moscow Region were Sergey Litvinov (78.63) and Mariya Bespalova (67.83).

DONETSK (UKR, Jun 16): 15-years old Maryna Bekh (born 1995) leaped to superb 647 (+1.6) long jump life-time best during second day of Ukrainian Junior Championships. Also to note 187 in high jump of Irina Gerashchenko and 23.63 (+0.4) in the 200 m by Mariya Shmidova.

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