2011 DN Galan Stockholm: Adams & Cantwell Win ShotPut, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Christian Cantwell, 2011 Herculis Monaco DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

Valerie Adams and Christian Cantwell won the 2011 DN Galan Stockholm DL Shot put, which was held on July 28, 2011. Cantwell had a huge throw in 21.70m for him, and Valerie Adams on with a throw of 20.57m.

The big show for Friday night will be one Usain Bolt. Bolt made BBC and local Swedish TV on Thursday evening. He is drawing the crowd at the Stockholm Diamond League.

" I am one of the best in the world. I am not worried. As soon as you worry, you do not run well." noted a thoughtful Usain Bolt after he was questioned about his fitness and ability to run against the young sprinters.

Bolt_UsainPC1c-RomeDL11.jpgUsain Bolt, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, photo by PhotoRun.net

STOCKHOLM (SWE, Jul 28): DN Galan Big Shot was held for third time at Kungstradgarden. World champion Valerie Adams won the women competition which was part of Diamond Race with second round effort of 20.57 m. She missed the meet record by 6 cm. European champion Nadezhda Ostapchuk of Belarus attacked in fifth round but 20.37 was not enough. US Jill Camarena-Williams third 19.87 ahead of Trinidad´s record holder Cleopatra Borel-Brown 19.15 and German Christina Schwanitz who achieved her season best 19.14. Adams now leads the Diamond Race and is unbeaten so far this season. Men´s competition was not part of the Diamond Race and world champion Christian Cantwell comes into the shape in right time. He started with 21.44 and improved in fourth round to 21.70. It is his second best of the season. Olympic winner Tomasz Majewski was coming close in last round with 21.60 effort. His best of 2011 and fourth best of the career. World leader Dylan Armstrong was fourth 21.00 just ahead of Reese Hoffa 20.91. 

STOCKHOLM (SWE): 11th Samsung Diamond League meet of the season at the legendary Olympic Stadium in Stockholm which has more world records than another top Scandinavian place the Bislett of Oslo. All is set to see last time before Daegu Usain Bolt, but also other top issues are expected. Duel of the hurdlers and return of LaShawn Merritt. The other question is how fast can go Vivian Cheruiyot. 

Event by event preview

200 m: Usain Bolt attacking his own world lead 19.86, no major opponents. And wants his first win here.
400 m: Return of Merritt, European meet debut by Bartholomew, also running Wariner, Gonzales, Ch.Brown and J. Borlee.
1500 m: S. Kiplagat vs. Kiprop, world lead?
Steeple: Kipsiele Koech now alone - can he again attack a fast time? He is the stadium record holder here.
110mH: Duel of the evening: Robles vs. Oliver. 
HJ: J. Williams in first meet after US Trials against Russians and young Qatari.
LJ: Saladino and from injury returning Watt.
DT: Kanter vs. Malachowski and Alekna, Harting is missing due to knee problems.
JT: Another clear effort for Thorkildsen? First 90 in the Olympic Stadium and of 2011?

100 m: Carmelita Jetter attacking stadium record 10.90.
800 m: Sinclair back from injury, Semenya debuting here, Russians, US runners, all is possible.
5000 m: Vivian Cheruiyot aiming for a fast time, real chance to improve Defar´s WL.
400mH: Jamaican affair, Spencer and is Walker in better shape than earlier in the season?
PV: The best field of the year so far, Isinbayeva, Suhr, Germans, Murer, Feofanova, you cannot ask for more. World lead should be guaranteed.
TJ: Savigne unbeaten on the circuit so far, can she go 15 ? Meet record 14.85 should go. 
Others: Good quality B-races men 400 m, men 1500 m, women 800 m and revenge from Bislett Games in Cross Country mile of nordic skieers Hellner of Sweden and Northug of Norway. 


BIRMINGHAM (GBR): British media are informing that top two long jumpers Chris Tomlinson and Greg Rutherford, will miss this weekend's trials. Both athletes have picked up injuries in training and will not compete in Birmingham this weekend, where they will be hoping two of their domestic rivals do not achieve the qualifying standard. UK Athletics regulations state that the top two in the trials will be selected for the world championships if they achieve the 'A' standard within the qualifying period, which ends on 7 August.

LJUBLJANA (SLO): Pierre Weiss, the IAAF General Secretary, points out that 400 m hurdler Brent LaRue will not be eligible to compete for Slovenia at next year's Olympics. In his case, as an athlete who has not previously competed internationally, there is a two-year waiting period from acquiring citizenship before he can represent his new country in international competition. Thus, as LaRue became a Slovenian citizen on 13 July 2011 he will not become eligible to compete for that country until 13 July 2013. Writes Athletics Information. 

CAPE ELIZABETH (USA): American marathon record holder Deena Kastor will continue her comeback from maternity leave at the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10-K in Cape Elizabeth, Me., a week from Saturday, organizers reported. For Kastor, 38, the Beach to Beacon will be her second race since giving birth to daughter Piper Bloom Kastor on Feb. 21.  She first dipped her toe back in the competitive distance running waters at the NYRR New York Mini 10-K on June 11, where she clocked 35 minutes flat, good for 25th place.  She'll be using the Beach to Beacon as part of her build up to the USA Olympic Marathon Trials on January 14.  It's also a race she's long wanted to do, especially given her admiration for race founder Joan Samuelson. Elite athlete coordinator Larry Barthlow has recruited a very strong women's field, including Ethiopia's Werknesh Kidane, Wude Ayalew Yimer, Aheza Kiros, Misiker Mekonnin Demissie, Buzunesh Deba, and Belainesh Gebre.  Other contenders for victory include Kenyans Catherine Ndereba and Jelliah Kerubo Tinega.  Kastor's USA teammate at the Beach to Beacon will be marathoner Adriana Nelson. On the men's side, Gebre Gebremariam, the defending champion from Ethiopia and last November's ING New York City Marathon champion, will be in an excellent field which also includes top Kenyans Micah Kogo, Sam Chelanga, Wilson Chebet, and Alan Kiprono amongst others.  Informs RRW. 

LONDON (GBR): Olympic 400 metres hurdles bronze medallist Tasha Danvers has announced she will not compete at the next month's World Championships in Daegu and has halted her season. Writes David Martin. The 33-year-old who has been troubled by injuries in recent years will instead and in agreement with UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee and her own Malcolm Arnold, will concentrate on being at her best for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

ISTANBUL (TUR): Double olympic medalist Elvan Abeylegesse gave birth to her first child, a daughter, on Thursday morning. The European 2010 10 000 m champion plans to return to track and compete at London Olympic Games 2012. The last race of the European 10 000 m record holder was at the IAAF Continental Cup last September. Daughter Arsema was born at 9.20 am local time after caesaraian section and was 49.5 cm and 3.190 kg.
GLASGOW (SCO) : Organizers of the International Festival of Athletics Coaching (IFAC) which will take place in Glascow from 28 to 30 October have opened  the online registration system. This year's edition will feature presentations by former European indoor champion high jumper Dalton Grant (GBR), Don Babbitt (USA), Wolfgang Ritzdorf (GER), Vern Gambetta (USA), Penny Werthner (CAN), Elio Locatelli (ITA) and Jimmy Beauttah (KEN).

NEW YORK (USA): Allyson Felix admitted that she wants to test if her body can handle the 200m and 400m combination in Daegu, so that she knows whether she will be able to do the double at the London Olympic Games. "I'm happy to get this chance, to try it out before it's all on the line," Felix said for Sports Illustrated.

 LONDON (GBR): Sebastian Coe has rejected calls for athletes who are caught taking recreational drugs to face the possibility of lesser bans than those who take performance-enhancing substances. Coe said for The Independent that such moves display the "morality of the knackers' yard". Coe commented on the issue following the suggestion of a senior member of UK Anti-Doping that there should be a difference drawn between drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy and some medications, like asthma inhalers, and those that competitors take to boost performance.

 CHICAGO (USA): Ryan Hall confirmed he is set to compete at the Bank of America Chicago marathon on October 9th. Hall believes that the Chicago marathon wont compromise his chances at the Olympic marathon trials held in Houston on January 14th. Also running in Chicago will be Kenyan Moses Mosop who ran 2:03.06 in Boston earlier this year.

 GATESHEAD (GBR):  Nova International are delighted that deliberations which have taken place within the relevant committees of the IAAF has resulted in a recommendation to and subsequent endorsement by the Council of the IAAF that performances established at competitions on "out of stadia" facilities should be recognised. This decision, which is encapsulated in the new IAAF Rule of Competition 149.2 is subject to strict technical conditions being complied with and appropriate IAAF permits and agreements regarding dates been in place. There is little doubt that the principal "out of stadia" facility in the UK if not the world is that which has been constructed by Nova in Deansgate, Manchester and on the Gateshead quayside in May and September respectively for the last three years.



ALBI (FRA, Jul 28): French Championships started in good weather with hammer titles going to Manuela Montebrun (69.06) and Frederick Pouzy (74.31). In women long jump favorite Eloyse Lesueur won with windy 662 (+2.8). Nadia Vigliano was the best in javelin 55.59. In tactical distances wins for Hassan Hirt 13:58.11 and marathon record holder Christelle Daunay 16:03.64 at 5000 m. Sophie Duarte got the women steeple title in 10:00.70. Christophe Lemaitre helped the Aix-les-Bains team on the second leg to win the 4x100 m in solid 39.55. Czech guest, legendary Roman Sebrle leads the decathlon after first day with 4122 points ahead of European champion Romain Barras 4093 and Florian Geffrouais 4085. 

MINSK (BLR, Jul 28): Nastasiya Mironchik-Ivanova confirmed good long jump shape at an international meet here with windy 692 (+2.9) and legal 681 (+1.4). Good hammer won by Yuriy Shayunov 78.70 over Valeriy Svyatokho 78.02. Pavel Lyzhin won the shot put (20.02). Latvian guest Stanislav Olijars clocked 13.89 (+1.9) at 110 m hurdles and Belarus women team achieved 44.40 at 4x100 m.

TRABZON (TUR, Jul 28): Hungarian super hammer talent 16-years old Bence Pasztor improved during European Youth Olympic Festival his own world all-time youth best with 5 kg implement to 84.41 m. His former mark from this June in Veszprem was 83.92 m. Excellent also second Ukrainian Sergiy Regeda with 80.81 m. Another Ukrainian Vladyslav Chernikov won the shot put with 20.13 (5 kg).  Dutch Nadine Visser won the 100 m hurdles in 13.28 (+0.5, 76.2) and Italian Lorenzo Perin clocked 13.44 (+1.3) at 110 m hurdles (91.4).

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