Allyson Felix will run 200/400m in Daegu, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Allyson Felix, 2011 Doha DL, photo by

Well, one of the big questions for Daegu has been answered, Allyson Felix, in fact, is doubling over the 200 meters and 400 meters!

LOS ANGELES (USA): There are still some major questions open before Daegu World Championships. For example in which shape will return LaShawn Merritt or will Kenenisa Bekele finally defend his title? But one question in that range is answered. Allyson Felix has announced that she intends competing in both the 200 meters and 400m in Daegu. The American star has courted the idea of doubling for almost the entire year and having a wildcard entry to the 200 as the defending champion where she will chase a fourth successive title, she qualified for the 400 when winning at the US trials in June. Now Felix who has two Samsung Diamond League 400 victories under her belt this year is set to take on a challenge which will test her physical strength to the limit. The 25-year-old's biggest challengers over the one lap distance are likely to be Anastasiya Kapachinskaya who went to the top of the 2011 World rankings with her victory in the Russian Championships last Friday and Amantle Montsho of Botswana, an undisputed leader in the current Samsung Diamond League series. In special situation Felix could be in position to attack four gold medals, in addition to individual 200 m and 400 m also both relays.

STOCKHOLM (SWE): World and olympic 400 m winner LaShawn Merritt will be back at DN Galan Samsung Diamond League meet in Stockholm on Friday. His 21 months of ineligibility ends on July 27 and he will compete for first time since Shanghai meet on Sep 20 in 2009. By the way he was unbeaten in 2009 at the 400 m. His last loss goes back to Zurich meet on August 29, 2008. On Friday he will face a tough field headed by his main US rival Jeremy Wariner, world leader Rondell Bartholomew of Grenada, Jamaican record holder Jermaine Gonzalez, world indoor champion Chris Brown of Bahamas, US hurdler Angelo Taylor and Belgian Jonathan Borlee who over the weekend clocked sub 45 seconds at the national championships. All events at Stockholm meet have excellent line-up. Usain Bolt in his last test before Daegu at 200 m is expecting Caribbean rivals, fellow Jamaicans Nickel Ashmeade, Marvin Anderson, Ainsley Waugh with Trinidad´s Richard Thompson and Norway´s record holder Jaisuma Saidy Ndure.

MONTE CARLO (MON): The biggest sports event on the planet in 2011, the 13th edition of the IAAF World Championships, Daegu, Korea takes place from Saturday 27 August to Sunday 4 September, with over 200 teams and 2000 athletes from the IAAF's national Member Federations taking part in nine days of what will be exciting and entertaining competition. In the week prior to the championships, the members of the present IAAF Council meet for their last session (Mon 22) before elections for the executive body take place on the first day of the 48th IAAF Congress (Wed 24/Thu 25; opening ceremony evening of Tue 23). Then, as is traditional on the day prior (Fri 26) to the start of the World Championships, the new IAAF Council meets the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), with a joint press conference given by the Presidents of the IAAF and IOC following that meeting. On Friday evening (26) the Local Organising Committee of Daegu 2011 hosts a 'Welcome Night', in Duryu Park, while on the following day the Official Opening Ceremony of the IAAF World Championships takes place in Daegu Stadium, ahead of the evening session of competition. A second IAAF Council meeting is held on the morning of the last day of competition (Sun 4), while at the end of the final session at the stadium there is an Official Closing Ceremony, including the traditional handover of the IAAF flag to Moscow 2013, the next hosts of the IAAF World Championships, which is followed by a Final Banquet at the Athletes' Village. Writes IAAF in its latest Newsletter.

ALBI (FRA): Special guest at French Championships which will start on Thursday will be Czech ecathlon world record holder Roman Sebrle. It will be his last chance to attack the Daegu standard of 8000 points. "My recent trainings were ok, I will try to do it," said Sebrle who will compete against reigning European Champion Romain Barras. Other home stars competing will be Christophe Lemaitre in sprints, Renaud Lavillenie in pole vault and Bob Tahri in the steeple. On the women side Veronique Mang and Myriam Soumare in women sprints, Muriel Hurtis at 400 m, Hind Dehiba in the middle distances, Melanie Melfort in high jump, olympic winner Francoise Mbango in the triple jump and long jumper Eloyse Lesueur. Provisionally banned after their fight in Monaco are running stars Mehdi Baala and Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad. Triple jump world indoor record holder Teddy Tamgho already finished his season due to ankle injury.


BERLIN (GER) : Over 2 million people watched the German national championships on German television stations ARD and ZDF. On Saturday the ARD reached 2,27 million viewers, on Sunday 2,40 million viewers tuned in on ZDF. In 2010, 1,25 million people watched the event on television

LONDON (GBR) : London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe claimed the success of the overseas legacy program 'International Inspiration', which has involved top athletes like Denise Lewis. The program has shown that they have kept the promise it made to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) when it was awarded the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Singapore more than six years ago. The program has delivered on its promise a year earlier than planned as International Inspiration has already achieved its vision of reaching 12 million children in 20 countries reports Insidethegames.

LONDON (GBR): Despite the prospect of a home Olympic Games next summer, a new study has revealed that 64 per cent of British parents admit that so far the Games have failed to fully ignite the imaginations of their children, particularly their interest in athletics. Nearly two thirds of parents say their children do not regularly participate in athletics at school or outside school hours, according to the study by the official sponsors of UK Athletics SPAR.

LONDON (GBR): Phillips Idowu believes he could join compatriots Daley Thompson, Sally Gunnell and Jonathan Edwards in the British Athletics Platinum club of athletes that completed the clean sweep of Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth gold medals and topped it all off with a world record. Idowu added in an interview with The Mirror that he won't visit the Olympic Stadium prior to the Olympic Games for fear of burning out 'mentally and emotionally'.

LONDON (GBR): Defending Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu said not to be bothered by being the face of the London Olympic Games. "What matters most to me is that the Olympics are in my borough. It's being held in the streets where I grew up. I lived there long before we got the Games and I still live there now. That's why it doesn't matter if I'm the public face of the Games or not. It has a far more personal meaning to me." she was quoted in The Guardian.

OTTAWA (CAN): Brunel University, one of the UK's best universities for sport, will serve as the location of Athletics Canada's 2012 Paralympic Games pre-Games training camp. An agreement with Brunel University has been reached which will put the world-class sports facilities at the London University at the disposal of the Canadian athletes in their final preparations for London 2012. The Canadian coaching team will visit Brunel University mid-October 2011 for a final planning visit and will return with the athletes in May 2012 for their Simulation Camp and Paralympic Test Event. The final pre-Games preparation camp will be August 20 to 26, 2012.

TALLINN (EST): At the end of the European junior championships in Tallinn, Italian athletics federation (FIDAL) President Franco Arese invited the international community to Rieti for the 2013 European junior Championships and added that Rieti enthusiastically embraces the challenge of hosting a successful championships.

LAUSANNE (SUI): The man who flew to the top of the Bird's Nest to light the cauldron at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games has become the latest Olympic Movement benefactor. Six-time Olympic gymnastics medalist-turned sporting goods entrepreneur, China's Li Ning donated USD 1 million to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Li, who won three gold, two silver and a bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics was joined by Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell and American triple jumper Christian Taylor, all part of the Li Ning stable. Li said he was delighted that his company was the first Chinese sports company to donate to the museum. Informs AIPS.

MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF recently ratified the women 20 km race walking world record 1:25:08 by Russian Vera Sokolova achieved at National Winter Walking Championships on February 26 this year in Sochi. There are faster times in the history and specially achieved in Russia, but this year international judges were present and doping control was organised.

MONTE CARLO (MON): In latest published changes of nationality Swiss long jumper Gregory Bianchi (best 766 cm) is now representing Italy. He already represented Italy at European U23 Championships in Ostrava. British hurdler Mensah Elliott with 13.82 best from 2000 is now eligible to compete for Gambia.


TRABZON (TUR, Jul 26): During second day of athletics at European Youth Olympic Festival German Daniel Kolsch won the 100 m in 10.66 (+1.7), Ukrainian Ivan Horodyskyy the 3000 m (8:21.99) and Czech Dominik Kosar the discus (56.04). In the girls events Briton Sophie Papps got the 100 m in 11.82 (+1.0), Russian Alena Kudashkina the 3000 m 9:18.46. In technical events gold for Spain in the triple jump by Ana Peleteiro 13.17 (+1.4), French Dior Delophont in the high jump 185, Italian Roberta Bruni in the pole vault 410 and Greek Florentia Kalogeraki 48.31 in the discus.

PORT OF SPAIN (TRI, Jul 23-24): National young star Jehue Gordon beat in solid 48.92 at 400 m hurdles the former star Felix Sanchez (49.75) during Hampton International Games. Brendan Christian of Antigua won the 200 m in 20.73 ahead of home Rondell Sorrillo 20.76. During first day at Hasely Crawford Stadium Aaron Armstrong won the 100 m in 10.13, in the second section Jamaican Oshane Bailey got 10.18 ahead of Emmanuel Callender 10.19 . Jamaica's Oral Thompson captured the men's 400m title in 45.88. US Natasha Hastings got the women 400 m in 51.64. Ginnie Crawford achieved 12.91 at 100 m hurdles.

TORONTO (CAN, Jul 24): Khamica Bingham established a new Canadian youth record in the girl's 100-meters at Athletics Ontario's Bantam Midget Youth Championship. Khamica won the race in 11.53 seconds surpassing the 2003 mark of 11.54 held by Jenni Hucul.

NERJA (ESP, Jul 23): Sweden´s Linus Thornblad cleared here 225 cm in the high jump.

LOS CORRALES (ESP, Jul 25): Spanish high jump record holder Ruth Beitia went over 195 cm here and tried at 197 cm. It is her season best.


MIRAMAR (USA, Jul 24): The correct name of Pan-Am Junior champs boys 10 000 m walk winner is Eider Arevalo and he is not from Mexico but from Colombia.

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