2011 AREVA Paris: Bolt runs with flu, Robles over Oliver by .003, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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

Well, the orchestration of the AREVA Paris meeting was, nearly perfect. The last three events, the mens' 110m hurdles, the men's 1,500 meters and the men's 200 meters closed it spectacularly.

The women's 100 meters, where Kelly Ann Baptiste ran one of her best executed races ever, (runners 1 and 3 in that race were coached by Coach Braumann, who now has five male sprinters under 10.00 this year as well), and provided just a great competition, between Baptiste, Campbell-Brown and Stewart.

The 110m hurdles was a match of two different styles, and Robles and Oliver were together from the third hurdle. The difference was a bit of experience, as Robles leant just a bit earlier and Oliver responded just a bit later. Oliver noted the need to be completely on game with Robles. What these two have is respect for each other, and with Liu Xiang, it could be one of the highlights of Daegu!

The men's 1,500 meters was a fast, exciting race, and Amine Laalou put it all out there, holding off Kiprop and Lagat. Lagat is rounding into form and looks dangerous over the 5,000 meter distance. I believe he is the prohibitive favorite in Daegu, if the field lets it dawdle. Lagat is at the top of his racing game. Nice to see Nick Willis, our Kiwi coached by Ron Warhurst, running so well. Just a nice guy and fun racer.

Very happy to see Matt Centrowitz, Jr., Leonel Manzano and Andrew Wheating make the standard. Andrew has woken up and is racing once again. And Leonel-when he is on, he has the finish of a Rui Silva. Matt Centrowitz has got some real power there, and I want to see him mix it up in Daegu.

Usain Bolt-What can you say? Even when he is sick, the guy runs a 20.03, and he was totally relaxed out there (he looked beat afterwards). Lemaitre is showing that he has the patience and drive to develop into a world challenger, and the French crowd loved him and Lavillenie!

Now, time to write about ARIVA Birmingham, and see some serious triple jumping and 5,000 meter running, among other events (saw Tomasz Majewski, so know that Circus Athleticus-the shot put world tour--is here, will be a lot of fun to watch the guys throw the sixteen pound ball of steel).

Bolt running with flu, Robles over Oliver by 0.003

PARIS (FRA, Jul 8): 8th stop of Samsung Diamond League, AREVA at Stade de France on the new Mondo track registered four world leading marks, two meet records. Bolt won, but was close not to compete due to flu, Robles beats Oliver by 0.003 and home crowds (49 174 the biggest of the year in the SDL and could be only beaten by Van Damme of Brussels due to the capacity of the stadiums) celebrated wins for Mekhissi in steeple and Lavillenie in pole vault.


200 m: Bolt despite flu wins and continues with unbeaten streak at the distance. Problems of starting equipment caused a nearly 15 minutes delay. Second Lemaitre improved his European lead of the season to 20.21.

400 m: World indoor champ Brown back to winning ways, but was the only one with sub 45 seconds (44.94). Jonathan Borlee confirms number one in Europe and Oscar Pistorius again sub 46 but not enough for Daegu.

1500 m: Continental Cup winner Laalou gets his big win here in 3:32.15 over Kiprop and Lagat. Excellent depth with 12 runners under 3:35. French Yoann Kowal improves to European lead 2011 3:33.75.

Steeple: Big French win for MMB in personal best, European lead and second fastest of the year 8:02.09. World champ Kemboi beaten. Junior Jairus Kipchoge improves to 8:11.31 as 5th and Poland´s Parszczynski by 10 seconds to 8:15.47 as 8th.

110mH: The race was close but faster times were expected. Robles was leading all the way and got it in 13.087 over Oliver 13.090 and remains unbeaten.

HJ: A tie at 232, Dmitrik was ready to continue, Baba was happy with a tie. Small worlds final with all except J. Wiĺliams and Shustov competing.

PV: Lavillenie cleared in second 573 and that was it. Other five jumpers did not manage at that height. He won at the meet for third time.

LJ: Saladino saved it in 5th round 840, otherwise would be fourth with second best 819. Britons were close, Tomlinson national record 835 (also European lead) and Rutherford season best 827.

DT: Harting won despite knee problems with only valid throw and is unbeaten so far in this summer, Malachowski (6 cm) and Kanter (8 cm) were close.


100 m: Baptiste from Claremont camp of coach Brauman was a winner in 10.91 (+0.6, only her fourth race of the season) with a better start over disappointed VCB 10.95 and Stewart 11.04.

800 m: Caster Semenya won her first Diamond League in 2:00.18. Expectations were for a faster time.

5000 m: Defar is faster and faster, world leading 14:29.52 over Ejigu 14:31.66.

400mH: Surprise of the evening, Zuzana Hejnova improved hugely to world leading and national record 53.29 and beat all main rivals (except of Demus) for Daegu.

TJ: Yargelis Savigne leaped in fourth round to world leading 14.99 and is promising 15 in next meet. Saladuha also confirms top shape with 14.81.

SP: Valerie Adams got 20.78 (equaled meet record and season best) and 20.72 to win over all main rivals. Second Ostapchuk 20.49 and third Camarena-Williams equaled US record 20.18. Fourth Borel-Brown also Trinidad record 19.42. Good quality also in depth.

JT: First throw of Obergfoll decided, 68.01 was a world lead and meet record. Spotakova responded in second with season best 67.57 (and had also 65.82 in last throw) with Abakumova this time third (65.12).


LILLE (FRA, Jul 8): During third day of World Youth Championships Romanian Ligia Grizav won the high jump with 187 on count-back with Irina Herashenko of Ukraine. Jamaican Chanice Porter won the bronze (182). Kate Veale dominated in the girls 5000 m walk and won for Ireland first gold medal at this event with world leading 21:45.59. Silver for Mao Yanxue of China 22:00.15 and third Russian Nadezha Leontyeva 22:00.84. Home win for Sokhna Galle in the triple jump (13.62). Chinese Liu Jingyu was second (13.57) and bronze for Ana Peleteiro 12.92. US Armin Hall won the 400 m as expected in 46.01. Kenyan Leken Kishoyian was second 46.58 ahead of Patryk Dobek of Poland 46.67. Shaunae Miller of Bahamas won after World Juniors last year in Moncton also this time in 51.84 what is new junior national record. Second Christian Brennan of Canada 52.12 and third Jamaican Olivia James 52.14. The other Jamaican favorite Chris-Ann Gordon was 7th (53.31). Africans dominated in the 2000 m steeple with Conselus Kipruto 5:28.65, Gilbert Kirui 5:30.49 and Zacharia Kiprotich of Uganda 5:37.98. New meet record for Hungarian favorite Bence Pasztor in hammer 82.60 ahead of Ozkan Baltaci of Turkey 78.63 and Ukrainian Serhiy Reheda 74.06. South African Andries van der Merve won the 110 m hurdles in 13.41 ahead of Joshua Hawkins of New Zealand 13.44 and French runner Wilhelm Belocian 13,51. Interestingly no US runner in the finals.

FAST 3000 M

RHEDE (GER, Jul 8): South African wins at Rhede International meet as Lehann Fourie clocked 13.62 (+0.5) at 110 m hurdles and Ofentse Mogawane 45.65 in the 400 m. Fast 3000 m won by Hamish Carson of New Zealand with huge PB 7:49.24. Second Elroy Gelant of South Africa 7:49.92 and third German Arne Gabius 7:50.18. Jamaican Ryan Shields posted 10.28 (+0.7) in the 100 m and US Deun White 20.74 (+0.7) in the 200 m. Robert Martey of Ghana was the best in the long jump 792 (+0.2). In the women long jump Karin Melis Mey now representing Turkey leaped to 660 (+0.6) and South American record holder Jennifer Dahlgren got 69.62 in hammer. Interesting to note that 16 years old Ahmad Mohamed Ashraf of Qatar achieved 82.61 with 5 kg hammer. He was not competing in Lille at World Youth Championships where with this mark he would be on the podium. His Asian Youth record is even better 83.18 in April in Doha.


SANTRY (IRL, Jul 8): At Morton Mile Jordan McNamara of USA won with 3:56.82 ahead of Brandon Bethke 3:57.34. World junior and youth medalist Ciara Mageean clocked 2:03.21 at the 800 m and visually impaired sprinter Jason Smyth 10.39 and 20.95 double.

ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS, Jul 6): At Moscow Region Championships Yuriy Borzakovskiy clocked 46.86 in the 400 m. Yekaterina Kupina was the best in the 800 m (2:01.44) and Tatyana Lysenko won the hammer (73.03). Mariya Bespalova as second improved to 71.93 and third Gulfiya Khanafeyeva for first time achieved 70+ after returning from doping ban 71.11.

GRODNO (BLR, Jul 8): During last day of Belarus Championships Natalya Vyatkina achieved 14.17 in the triple jump, Natalya Koreyvo won after 1500 m also the 800 m (2:02.99) and Anna Nosenko clocked 15:46.08 to win the 5000 m.

MONCTON (CAN, Jul 8): Phylicia George of Canada clocked 13.09 (-1.0) at 100 m hurdles during Hub City Classic on the track of last year World Junior Championships. Mark Dillon and US Jamie Nieto cleared 220 in the high jump.

NEUSTADT (GER, Jul 8): In mixed race fast 2:01.85 for Corinna Harrer at the 800 m, 2006 European marathon champion Ulrike Maisch clocked 9:31.38 in the 3000 m.


LAUSANNE (SUI): The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently awarded the broadcast rights for future Olympic Games in the countries of Germany, the Republic of Korea and France. ARD and ZDF were granted the broadcast rights in Germany for the XXII Olympic Winter Games (2014) in Sochi, Russia, and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad (2016) in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. ARD and ZDF have acquired the broadcast rights across all media platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, internet and mobile. The International Olympic Committee has awarded SBS the exclusive broadcast rights in the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018 in PyeongChang, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020, the XXIV Olympic Winter Games in 2022 and the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad to be celebrated in 2024, the latter three of which have yet to be awarded to a host city. France Télévisions has won the exclusive broadcast rights in France for the XXII Olympic Winter Games (2014) in Sochi, Russia, and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad (2016) in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, as well as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (2018) in PyeongChang and the 2020 Olympic Games, which have yet to be awarded to a host city.
France Télévisions have acquired the broadcast rights across all media platforms, including internet and mobile.

NEW YORK (USA): Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason will trade in his cleats and a spot behind the microphone of his popular morning talk show for a pair of running shoes as he and family members join members of Team Boomer and approximately 5000 runners as part of Boomer's Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe, a 10K in Central Park on Saturday, July 9. The race benefits the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which heightens awareness, education, and the quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis, while providing financial support to research aimed at finding a cure.

MINSK (BLR): European junior shot put champion 2009 Alyona Dubitskaya (nee Hryshko) became a mother on July 7. She and her husband, Oleg Dubitskiy who was bronze medal winner in hammer at world junior championships 2008 celebrated birth of a daughter.

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