Thorkildsen is Throwing Once Again, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Andreas Thorkildsen & Tero Pitkamäki: 2010 Icahn Stadium, adidas gp NYC, photo by

Andreas Thorkildsen is recovering from his injury and is already throwing. Yours truly has been sick for four days since adidas gp NYC. Will get info on Oslo and NYC posted asap.
OSLO (NOR): Javelin World champion Andreas Thorkildsen informed about positive improvements on his twitter: "Did my first throwingsesh today after the injury i picked up in Shanghai. Looks like i still got it after one month off." He plans to compete first time after the injury in Kuortane on June 25 against Tero Pitkamäki.

TALLAHASSEE (USA): Sporting Net News informs that Florida State junior sprinter/jumper Ngoni Makusha of Zimbabwe formally announced Wednesday afternoon that he will forego his final year of eligibility and begin competing professionally. Speaking at a prearranged press conference in the Moore Center at Doak Campbell Stadium, Makusha told reporters and others looking on that he is prepared to take the next step in his career. "I am just really happy to be doing this right now," Makusha said. "It has been a real long journey for me here at Florida State. I love it here and I still love it. I don't think I will go anywhere; I will still be a Seminoles. I love working with my coaches and my teammates and I will always cherish that. I think it's that time of my life and my career that I go to another level." He achieved a superb double 9.89 and 840 at the NCAA Championships last weekend. In addition to Makusha's announcement, senior stars Kim Williams, Charles Clark and Brandon Byram each spoke with the media and discussed their plans to pursue professional track & field as well. It is not known yet which management/agent will represent Makusha.

INDIANAPOLIS (USA): USATF Championships entries are showing that Tyson Gay, Walter Dix and also Justin Gatlin are entered into both 100 m and 200 m. Also top collegians will compete (Demps, Mitchell, Salaam). Interestingly Mike Rodgers is not yet entered but still has time until Sunday June 19. Allyson Felix is entered in three events (100 m, 200 m, 400 m), Sanya Richards-Ross into two (200 m, 400 m). In case Felix will run the 200 m (but she has a wild card here) she will face the young world leader from NCAA Kimberlyn Duncan. Hurdles world champ Kerron Clement plans to run flat 400 m. Jumping top collegians Christian Taylor and Will Claye are aiming to make the team for Daegu. Two entries are confirmed by Chaunte Howard (high jump and long jump) after giving birth to a child in first competition since then.

ADDIS ABEBA (ETH): Kenenisa Bekele has confirmed he will compete in the 10.000m at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu later this year. The multiple Olympic and world gold medallist has not raced since January 2010 because of a ruptured muscle in his right calf but expects to run two or three tune-up races next month before seeking his fifth consecutive 10,000m world title in Daegu. Confirms his management group Global Sports.

BRUSSELS (BEL): Olympic high jump champion Tia Hellebaut has announced her second comeback after giving birth to her second daughter Saartje. Hellebaut admitted during a special pressconference she never stopped thinking about the 2012 Olympic Games and is fully convinced she can return to top shape in time to travel to London and defend her Olympic title. Hellebaut has a full time nanny to watch over her two daughters while she rests and trains. She is planning her first competitions during the 2012 indoor season.

KLADNO (CZE, Jun 15): Russian olympic medalist Tatyana Chernova is 174 points ahead of her Gotzis result (6539) after first day of heptathlon at the 5th TNT-Fortuna meet in Kladno, Czech Republic (IAAF CE Challenge). She started with personal best at 100 m hurdles (13.32, -0.5) followed by 13.22 in shot put, 183 in high jump and 23.32 (+2.5) would-be PB in the 200 m and has a 3882 overnight leading score. "I knew I had the shape after Gotzis where not all events were as I expected. That is why I m using Kladno to show my potential, second day is my strong part so I hope for a big score," said Chernova. She can attack meet record 6421 and her non windy best 6618 points. With 3823 points respectable second place for Karolina Tyminska of Poland (13.35 PB-14.41-174-23.52+2.5). She is 10 points ahead of her Beijing personal best 6428 result. Latvian Aiga Grabuste is third (3558) ahead of Jolanda Keizer of Netherlands doing her first heptathlon since 2008 (3496) and Czech hope for U23 Championships in Ostrava Katerina Cachova (3421). In good weather supported by solid crowd men´s results are a surprise. Lithuanian Darius Draudvila leads with 4225 points (10.84-727-15.61-198-49.49). "Of course I must be satisfied, maybe I expected more from the 400 m. But I will fight till the end tommorrow," said the Lithuanian. Brazilian Carlos Chinin is second (4164) and first from the favorites Dmitry Karpov third with 4143 (best in shot put 16.69). Best of Cubans Yordanis Garcia is fifth (4104), European Champion Romain Barras 8th (4053) and world medalist Leonel Suarez 9th (4047). World record holder Roman Sebrle is struggling still not healthy enough from his injury as 19th (3780) but is not giving up. "It is too early, I need 2-3 weeks more to be in the right shape," said Sebrle. Belarus Andrey Kravchenko did not entered high jump after competing in first three events (also 751 long jump).


FRANCE: Triple jump World indoor record holder Teddy Tamgho will not take part in the European Team Championships. He will be replaced by Karl Taillepierre, the reason is not known. Interestingly his main rival Philips Idowu of Great Britain also withdrew. But the British replacement is not at 17+ level.

GREAT BRITAIN: Last changes in British team. In men´s high jump Tom Parsons is replaced by Samson Oni and Michael Rimmer at 800 by Gareth Warburton.

POLAND: Injured javelin thrower Igor Janik is unable to throw and his replacement will be Pawel Rakoczy.

ISRAEL: There will also be a lot of interest in how Israel's evergreen 100m hurdler Irina Lensky fares at the SPAR European Team Championships Third League meeting in Reykjavik. She turned 40 last Sunday and is gunning for the world veteran's best of 13.20, which France's Patricia Girard ran in 2008. She has already run under that mark three times this season, with a best of 13.06, and also ran 13.20 last Saturday, one day before her birthday. Her first race at age 40 was in Prague on Monday and it was excellent 13.27.

RUSSIA: Russian federation confirmed its team for Stockholm. Strong women are having Mariya Abakumova in javelin, Tatyana Lysenko in hammer and returning Darya Pishchalnikova in discus. Young talent Darya Klishina is in long jump and Irina Gordeyeva in high jump. But the strongest are distance runners European champion Mariya Savinova at 800 m, world record holder Gulnara Galkina in steeple, Yelena Zadorozhnaya at 5000 m, Olesya Syreva in the 3000 m and Yekaterina Martynova at 1500 m. European gold medalist Natalya Antyukh runs the 400 m hurdles. On the men side two current world leaders Aleksey Dmitrik in high jump and Aleksey Zagorniy in hammer. European leader Aleksander Menkov is entered into long jump. Former world champion Sergey Makarov is the javelin representative.

CROATIA: Croatia is travelling to Izmir for First League without its top two women stars and current world leaders Blanka Vlasic and Sandra Perkovic.

CZECH REPUBLIC: World record holder Barbora Spotakova is the Czech team leader for Stockholm. Also to note Jaroslav Baba in high jump and European indoor champion Denisa Rosolova doubling at 200 m and 400 m. Doha SDL winner Petr Frydrych is another high quality entry in the men´s javelin. Oslo SDL winner Zuzana Hejnova is the 400 m hurdles favorite. Middle distance runner Jakub Holusa plans also for a double at 800 m and 1500 m and thrower Jan Marcell will try to score in shot put and discus.


PALANGA (LTU): IAAF organised in this Lithuanian city a seminar for presidents of around 50 athletics federation from Eastern Europe and Asia. Main lecturers were IAAF President Lamine Diack, Senior Vice-President Sergey Bubka and EA President Hansjorg Wirz. Informs Bulgarian media. The theme was the role of regional and national federations towards the development of world-wide athletics movement.

BRUSSELS (BEL): Belgium's 4x400m relay team is planning a team building trip to Greenland at the end of October. The team, which includes the succesful Borlée twin brothers and is under the lead of their father Jacques Borlée, will ski up to 30 kilometers every day. A team of the BBC will travel along with the team to shoot a documentary.

LONDON (GBR): Sprint star Tyson Gay has backed training partner and double Paralympic champion Jason Smyth to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics next year. The 24-year-old visually-impaired sprinter from Northern Ireland has improved dramatically since he joined up with top sprinting stars, such as Gay, as part of the Lance Brauman's training group who are based in Florida. He broke his own Northern Ireland record for 100 metres last month with a time of 10.22sec to secure the B-standard for London 2012 Olympics and this year's World Championships in Daegu where he will be hoping to compete for Ireland writes Insidethegames. Smyth is scheduled to represent Ireland this weekend at European Team Championships, First League in Izmir.

KINGSTON (JAM): Kaliese Spencer, despite running a remarkable 50.98 over the 400m in the cold and windy conditions of New York, will solely focus on the 400m hurdles at the Jamaican National Championships. Spencer ran 54.20 this season and will be among the favourites at the World Championships in Daegu. The Jamaican athletes does hopes to be included into the 4x400m relay she said for

JOHANNESBURG (RSA): South Africa's sport minister said on he still wants the country to bid for the 2020 Olympic Games despite a cabinet decision last month to instead spend money on services for the poor. Fikile Mbalula said he hopes to convince his colleagues in President Jacob Zuma's cabinet to revisit plans for an Olympic bid, which the government vetoed after estimating it would cost $50 million reports

LONDON (GBR): Jessica Ennis' coach Toni Minichiello claimed Ennis appearance in New York has been not a good one in the rainy and windy conditions of last weekend. Ennis is already qualified for the IAAF World Championships but will still take part in the Great Britain Trials in Birmingham and is also registered to take part at the North of England Championships in Manchester this weekend where Ennis will do the javelin and long jump.

GOLD COAST (AUS): Olympic hurdles medalist Sally Pearson, who in April won a rare treble of gold medals at the Australian Athletics Championships, will this weekend compete at home on the Gold Coast as she continues her build up to the 2011 IAAF world championships this August. Set to depart Australia for Lausanne on June 26, Pearson will this Saturday compete in both the 100m and 100m hurdles, before backing up the following day for a 60m and 200m dash.

JOHNSON CITY (USA): Total Sports US announced the addition of NCAA pole vault Champion Scott Roth (University of Washington) to its roster. Roth enjoyed a stellar high school career, earning multiple national titles to go along with a World Youth silver and a World Junior berth. This year he captured both the NCAA indoor and outdoor titles and owns an indoor and outdoor personal best of 5.72 meters. Total Sports US, based in Johnson City, Tennessee represents many of the world's top track and field athletes including Lisa Aguilera, Dylan Armstrong, Nataliya Dobrynska, Carmelita Jeter, Lacy Janson, Sally Kipyego, David Payne, Nick Symmonds, Dwight Thomas, Sheena Tosta, Novlene Williams-Mills, and Megan Wright.

KINGSTON (JAM): Last year co-fastest in the world Nesta Carter said he will not be at his best for Jamaica's National Championships set for June 23-26 here at the National Stadium. Carter, in a recent interview, said "I suffered a hamstring injury at the Prefontaine Classic" and added "I just return to full training," while making it clear he would not be at his best by next week. At the Prefontaine Classic, Carter, who looked uncomfortable towards the end, ran 9.92 in what was his second 100m race of the season. The sprinter, the fourth fastest man in history at 9.78, pulled out of last weekend's Adidas Grand Prix in New York. Informs TrackAlerts.

KINGSTON (JAM): World champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton is not too worried about her New York appearance and also Jamaican trials later this month. She is focusing on defending her title later in the season in Daegu. "My national championships is not so much on my agenda, considering that I have an automatic spot into the World Championships, it's about getting ready for August now, so my training is not geared to be sharp now. I'm going to be sharp later on in the season," Foster-Hylton said of the upcoming senior nationals, in an interview that followed an unplaced effort at the Icahn Stadium in New York. She added: "And as everyone knows, I'm coming back from major surgery, so I have work to do and that's what I'm doing." Informs Jamaica Gleaner.

NEW YORK (USA): World champion at 10 000 m Linet Masai disclosed for Universal Sports that she plans to run the July 15-16 Kenyan national trials for the World Championships next, even though she is automatically entered in the Daegu 10,000 as the defending champion, and wasn't sure if her national federation would require her to contest the trials. She would prefer to run the 5000 m at the trials but she is not sure she will be allowed to do it. Preparing for Daegu's 10,000m final on August 27 will mean a limited race schedule for Masai after next month's trials. "We'll do one grand prix after that before the world championships, either Stockholm or London, in the 5000," said her agent Ricky Simms.

JOHANNESBURG (RSA): South African 400m hurdles record holder and world leader LJ van Zyl says he will use his prize money from the domestic athletics season to buy cattle for his family. Van Zyl, the leading one-lap hurdler in the world this year, received a R200 000 cheque from sponsors Yellow Pages on Wednesday for setting a national record of 47.66 seconds in Pretoria in February. "I plan on using the money to pay off my home bond and to buy some cows for my father's farm in Malteno [in the Eastern Cape]," Van Zyl said. "I am pleased with my form and will be returning to Europe in search of more fast times when I compete at the Diamond League meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 30 and Birmingham, England, on July 10," he said. SA media are informing.


BESANCON (FRA, Jun 14): World shot put champion Valerie Adams achieved good 20.19 at the National Meeting here. Ethiopian Neda Etenesh Diro clocked 9:49.18 in the women steeple. Lithuanian Inde Jakubaityte got 60.02 in the javelin. On the men side solid 100 m by Ben Meite of Ivory Coast 10.29 (+0.9) ahead of Ronald Pognon who got his season fastest 10.34. Lithuanian Raivydas Stanys improved in high jump to 228 cm. His previous best was 225 from 2009.

HAVANA (CUB, Jun 10): Moncton silver medalist Ernesto Reve from Cuba improved hugely at a local meet in triple jump to 17.40 (+0.8) and equalled CAC junior record of another Cuban Pedro Perez Duenas who achieved 17.40 back in 1971. At that time it was also a senior world record. Currently 17.40 is third best ever by a junior (better marks by Volker Mai 17.50 in 1985 and Khristo Markov 17.42 in 1984). In women triple jump Yarianna Martinez got 14.40 m.

SIEGBURG (GER, Jun 13): Sabrina Mockenhaupt tested herself before Stockholm with 8:57.35 at 3000 m. She will run 5000 m at the weekend.

MOSCOW (RUS, Jun 14-15): World youth champion 2009 Yana Borodina improved in the Moscow City U20 Championships to excellent 14.35 in the triple jump. This mark belongs to all-time top ten junior list. Seniors competed also out of competition, Anastasiya Kapachinskaya achieved 51.03 at 400 m and Aleksandra Bulanova 2:00.14 in the 800 m.

NAIROBI (KEN, Jun 14): Guest athletes dominated on the first day of this year's Administration Police athletics championships at Nyayo National Stadium. Peter Kirui won the men's 10,000m race, an event dominated by guest runners. He clocked solid 28:29.2 taking the altitude into account ahead of Bernard Kitur 28:44.7. After winning Tuesday's race, Kirui hopes he can make the Kenyan team to the World Championships in Daegu after the national trials next month. Informs East Standard.

PILA (POL, Jun 11): Lukasz Michalski won the International Pole Vault meet with 552 clearance over Vladyslav Revenko 552 and Pawel Wojciechowski 542.

TASHKENT (UZB, Jun 11-12): At Uzbekistan Cup good women jumping by Yuliya Tarasova 668 (+1.4) in long jump and Aleksandra Kotlyarova 14.35 (+1.4) ahead of Anastasiya Juravlyeva 14.32 (+0.4) and Valeriya Kanatova 14.28 (+0.9, national junior record) in the triple jump. Rifat Artikova scored good quality 7975 points in decathlon. Informs Heinrich Hubbeling.

BREST (BLR, Jun 14-15): New national junior record by Yuliya Yurenya in the 400 m (53.17) at national junior championships.

DONETSK (UKR, Jun 15): Oleksander Berbitskiy won the 10 000 m walk during first day of Ukrainian Junior Championships with good 41:39.30. Top 800 m runner Nastasiya Tkachuk won the 400 m in 54.04 and Mariya Shmidova clocked 11.57 (0.0) to be the fastest in the 100 m.

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