2011 World Youth Champs: 1,375 athletes,173 countries entered, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

The 1,375 athletes, from 173 countries will be competing July 6-10 in Lille, France for the 7th World Youth Championships. RBR is here to get a feel of the first day, and then we will keep up to date with IAAF coverage! The opening ceremony is tonight! IMG_3560.jpg



MONACO (MON): High Jumper Blanka Vlasic and 800m runner David Rudisha will compete in Monaco on July 22nd for the 10th stage of the Samsung Diamond League. Both have been named World Athletes of the Year for 2010 during the World Athletics Gala last November right in Monaco. Current world season leader in 2011 thanks to his 1:43.46 win in Nancy, Rudisha will come to Monaco with the intention of staying unbeaten and improving his 2011 best. Informs Diamond League website.



BIRMINGHAM (GBR): World Indoor champion Teddy Tamgho has confirmed he will line up against Phillips Idowu in the triple jump at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix, enhancing the event's status as one of the strongest fields in world athletics this year. Tamgho will renew his rivalry with the reigning World and European champion Phillips Idowu, only 10 days after the Parisian's victory in the Lausanne leg of the Samsung Diamond League. Organizers are informing in a release. In the highlighted 100 m heats and final will be staged. Asafa Powell will face training group rivals Michael Frater and Nesta Carter, US is represented by Mike Rodgers and Trell Kimmons, sub 10 this year for Keston Bledman of Trinidad, latest sub 10 Jaisuma Saidy Ndure of Norway and home strong group of sprinters.



PARIS (FRA): Friday´s AREVA 400 m field is expceptional. World leader Rondell Bartholomew of Grenada will have his European meeting debut. He competed before in Europe at World Championships in Berlin 2009 and World Juniors 2008 in Bydgoszcz. Also in the field former world and olympic winner Jeremy Wariner, another Daegu bound US runner Greg Nixon, Jamaican record holder Jermaine Gonzales, European leader Jonathan Borlee and Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius of South Africa. In total in 11 events (out of 16) current world leaders are competing at Stade de France. Interesting to see in women 100 m Jamaicans Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart with Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad against Europeans - fastest Bulgarian Ivet Lalova, Ukrainian duo Olesya Povh and Marya Ryemyen and home stars Myriam Soumare with Veronique Mang. US is represented by Shalonda Solomon.



LILLE (FRA): Whom to watch at the IAAF World Youth Championships. Top stars are two throwers, holders of best ever results in their category. New Zealand shot putter Jacko Gill (23.86 with 5 kg) and Hungarian hammer thrower Bence Pasztor (83.92 with 5 kg and he will be U17 also in 2012). In sprints Jamaican duo Odean Skeen and Odail Tood should rule, the last year Youth Olympic Games winner Jazeel Murphy is injured. In the 200/400 m combination US Arman Hall is the special name. Ethiopian Mohamed Aman with a sub 1:46 is the top name for 800 m. Also fast Qatar´s Hamza Driouch set for 800/1500 m combination. Kenyan Gilbert Kirui is the name to watch in the 2000 m steeple (he clocked sub 8:30 int the 3k already). Russian Pavel Parshin is the walking favorite and home star is in the high jump, Gael Rotardier. The duel of the championships in girls section should happen at 400 m when Jamaican Chris-Ann Gordon (51.62 this year) will run against last year World Junior Champion Shanae Miller of Bahamas (improved this year to 51.85). Jamaican favorites for sprints are Christiania Williams at 100 m and Shericka Jackson at 200 m. Briton Jessica Judd is fast at 800 m (2:02.70) and US Trinity Wilson should be the hurdles star. Special to see Ukrainian Maryna Bekh in long jump who will belong to U17 also next year and already jumped 647 cm.



MADRID (ESP): Saturday´s Meeting Madrid 2011 (IAAF World Challenge) will be highlighted by top 100 m field. Former olympic winner and now Daegu-bound Justin Gatlin will meet with British World indoor champion Dwain Chambers. Also in the race other US sprinters Travis Padgett and Rae Edwards along with Turkish record holder Ramil Guliyev. Loaded fields specially in all running events. Home spectators will watch mainly women 1500 m with both home stars Nuria Fernandez, the European champion and another Barcelona medalist Natalia Rodriguez. Russian Znamensky winner Yekaterina Martynova, US Jenny Simpson, Moroccan Siham Hilali and Ukrainian Natalya Tobias are other top names. The World indoor medalist Sergio Sanchez runs the 3000 m with Kenyans Joseph Kiplimo and Yusuf Biwott, James Kwalia the world medalist from Qatar and experienced Rui Silva of Portugal. Men´s hammer belongs to IAAF HT Challenge. Competing World champ Primoz Kozmus, Euro winner Libor Charfreitag, World leader Aleksey Zagorniy, US Champion Kibwe Johnson and other Barcelona medalist Nicola Vizzoni. Meet record 78.49 should go (Dilshod Nazarov in 2010). NCAA Champion at 100 m hurdles Nia Ali is going to have European debut here and will run against home number one Josephine Oniya, Canadian Angela Whyte and Czech champion Lucie Skrobakova. Another Spanish star high jumper Ruth Beitia will face Bulgarian Venelina Veneva, Lavern Spencer of St. Lucia and Ana Simic from Croatia.



BUDAPEST (HUN): More stars for the inaugural Istvan Gyulai Memorial in Budapest on July 30 include Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius against the home 400 m talent and national junior record holder Marcell Deak Nagy. In the 100 m hurdles three world champions will compete, Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Perdita Felicien and Derval O´Rourke. In the discus former olympic winner Virgilijus Alekna will compete with home stars Zoltan Kovago and Robert Fazekas.







MUMBAI (IND): Long jump world record holder Mike Powell answered for The Hindu about the possibility that 9 meters could be achieved. "Yes...of course. I wish I could get Usain Bolt to jump. He would jump 9 something, if I was his coach! When I look at today's jumpers I don't think they are technically as good as we were. I watched Lewis, Larry Myricks and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. I learned from them. Today's jumpers are different. They go through a coach, but who's going to explain to them what I did."


LILLE (FRA): 1375 young athletes, 757 boys and 618 girls, representing 173 countries, will be participating in the 7th World Youth Championships, scheduled from 6 to 10 July 2011 at the Stadium Nord in Lille Métropole. The largest delegation: Spain with 43 athletes (following on from the host country). The smallest delegation: 63 countries are featuring just a single athlete at the event. Among them, 42 are sending a boy and 21 are sending a girl. The largest female contingent: the German delegation stands out with 22 girls and 7 boys. On average, 54 countries are represented by at least 10 athletes. The French delegation, the host country, is made up of 51 athletes, 26 girls and 25 boys. Among them, 38 of the 51 athletes were born in 1994 (2nd year youths), the remaining 13 athletes were born in 1995 (1st year youths). The first team to set their bags down in northern France was Kuwait, whose costs have been covered by the Conseil Général du Pas-de-Calais County Council since 21 June, within the scope of the Pas-de-Calais 2012 mission. A dozen countries from Central and South America arrived at the CROUS (Regional Centre assisting with Student Accommodation) in Lille on 25 June for some preparatory training sessions. In addition, some other delegations are in training in France or Europe, with New Zealand preparing in Reims for example. Organizers are informing in a release. The Opening ceremony will be held on Tuesday at 1830 hours. At the heart of the city, 700 local participants and 1,200 athletes will come together, at the Grand'Place.


DURBAN (RSA): The IOC Executive Board met in Durban ahead of the 123rd IOC Session, at which the host city of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will be chosen. The EB confirmed the inclusion of ski slopestyle (men and women), snowboard slopestyle (men and women) and snowboard parallel special slalom on the sports programme of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The EB also agreed on a shortlist of sports that will be considered for inclusion in the sports programme of the 2020 Olympiad. The sports are: baseball, karate, roller sports, softball, sports climbing, squash, wakeboard and wushu, one of which could be added to the 2020 sports programme to be voted on by the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires in 2013. The programme can include a maximum of 28 sports. The EB reviewed the situation of the Ghana Olympic Committee, which has been suspended since January due to government interference (as a result of the national sports legislation in force) into the operations of the Olympic Movement in Ghana. It was agreed that the EB would consider lifting the suspension of the NOC of Ghana as soon as all formal steps for the adoption and official publication of the newly amended sports legislation are fully completed by the Ghana authorities and the IOC is formally notified of the development.


FRANKFURT (GER): Discus world champion Robert Harting admitted that when Munich will get the Winter Olympic Games 2018 he will be ready to try the bob-sleigh with the aim to compete at the games. In summer he would be happy the same year compete at European Championships 2018 on home soil. Berlin is bidding for that event.


LONDON (GBR): The London 2012 ticketing system has been defended by IOC President Jacques Rogge who claimed that the demand to watch the Games was "amazing". The system of selling tickets has been condemned in Britain but is being hailed as a major success internationally writes Insidethegames.


LONDON (GBR): The World Anti-Doping Agency has signed a deal with a major drug maker to alert them to potentially performance-enhancing substances in medicines before they hit the market. WADA said the deal with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will see GSK scientists review medicines their British company is developing to identify any substances with a high risk of abuse in sport reports Brisbane sports.




NATIONAL TEAMS (Tamgho for Ostrava U23)



MELBOURNE (AUS): Victorians Kaila McKnight and Jeff Riseley have been added to the now 32-strong Australian Flame team bound for the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu.


VIENNA (AUT): Austria is sending 5 men and 4 women for the European U23 Championships in Ostrava next week. Top names are middle distance runner Andreas Vojta (recently improved to 3:37.82 at 1500 m) and decathlete Dominik Distelberger. Last year world junior finalist Jennifer Wenth runs the 1500 m.


BRATISLAVA (SVK): Slovakia will have in Ostrava seven athletes. Four men and three women. Interesting name is female shot putter Ivana Kristoficova who is world record holder in shot put of deaf athletes (15.53 m). For the World University Games in China Slovakia sends four athletes. Throwers Daniel Vanek (shot put), Marcel Lomnicky (hammer), Martin Benak (javelin) and female walker Maria Czakova.


DARMSTADT (GER): Germany sends for the Universiade in China 19 athletes (Aug 12-23). Medal hopes are 400 m hurdles runner Georg Fleischahuer, pole vaulter Kristina Gadschiew, long jumper Michelle Weitzel and discus thrower Sabine Rumpf.


PARIS (FRA) : The French athletics federation has revealed its team for the European U23 Championships next week in Ostrava. Biggest name on the roster is world triple jump record holder Teddy Tamgho. Alson on the team are last year's world 110m hurdles champion Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and triple jumper Yoann Rapinier. 42 male athletes and 31 females athletes will represent France.


BRUSSELS (BEL): Belgium is sending out 19 athletes to the European U23 championships including main medal contenders Anne Zagré in the 100m hurdles, Jeroen D'hoedt who will compete in the 3000m steeple chase and decathlete Thomas Van der Plaetsen.


PRAHA (CZE): Czech Republic as organising country also finalised its roster for the U23 event. In the team 18 men and 17 women. The top names are Katerina Cachova for heptathlon, sprinter Pavel Maslak, hurdler Martin Mazac, javelin thrower Jakub Vadlejch and hammer thrower Katerina Safrankova. Two interesting family relations. Jana Slaninova selected for 200 m and 4x100 m is the daughter of late Jan Slanina (coach and meet organizer) and Tatjana Kocembova (world medalist at 400 m in 1983) now Netolickova. Jan Kubista at 800 m is son of Jan Kubista sr. who is still Czech 1500 m national record holder with 3:34.87 in 1983. Men and women will compete in the 4x100 m relay.







ATLANTA (USA, Jul 4): Kenyan Sammy Kitwara and Ethiopian Worknesh Kidane were winners of their respective races at the 42nd AJC Peachtree Road Race. The Kenyan and Ethiopian stars spoilt the Independence Day celebrations of their American hosts hoping for home victories when covering the 10 kilometer course in Atlanta with times of 28:05 and 31:23. Kitwara outpaced fellow countryman Mathew Kisorio by two seconds with Ridouane Harroufi of Morocco third in 28:27 while Ben True claimed his first ever USA 10 km crown when finishing fifth in 28:28 just a second ahead of Ed Moran. Kidane as is her regular tactic broke away early and won easily in 31:23 with Kenya's Alice Timbilili 31:48, splitting her from her Ethiopian teammate Belainesh Gebre who crossed the line  in 31:59.


LILLESTROM (NOR, Jul 4): At Lillestrøm Games national record holder Ezinne Okparaebo sprinted to 23.85 (+1.0) in the 200 m. South African Hannes Dreyer won both sprints in 10.45 (+0.7) and 21.17 (+0.5). Son of famous father Jonas Mogenburg improved in the long jump to 754 (+1.2). South African Andre Olivier won the 800 m in 1:47.19 and best female runner Ingvill Makestad Bovim ran with men in another race (2:01.27).


HAVANA (CUB, Jun 24): As usual late infos from Cuba. At another open meet Michael Herrera scored fast double 10.31 (0.0) and 20.52 (+0.3) in the sprints. Josleidy Ribalta got 14.09 (0.0) in women triple jump.


PIHTIPUDAS (FIN, Jul 3): Two 80+ marks at the meet in Finland. Jarkko Koski-Vahala achieved 81.53 and Antti Ruuskanen 80.15.


HOUSTON (USA, Jun 30): Bermudan CAC Champion Tyrone Smith leaped here to quality 816 (+1.8) in the long jump. Trinidad´s Aaron Armstrong clocked 10.26 in the 100 m.







TRELAWNY (JAM): Olympian Pablo McNeil, the first of Usain Bolt's five High School coaches, passed away on Monday night. McNeil, born September 12, 1939, died at the Falmouth Hospital at 8:30 pm Jamaica time. He represented his country at the 1964 1968 Summer Olympic Games. At the 1964 Games, McNeil reached the semifinal of the 100 meters, finishing sixth, and later ran the first leg on Jamaica's 4x100m team, which was fourth in the final, the time 39.4secs. Patrick Robinson, Lyndie Headley and Dennis Johnson completed the quartet. He again failed to reach the final of the 1968 Games, this time dropping out at the second round. Informs Track Alerts.

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