Walter Dix for Lignano Relay, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Walter Dix, 2011 Nike Pre Classic, photo by

Walter Dix seems to be recovered from his strong double in Eugene at the US champs. We will be heading to Youth Champs' first media conference later today!
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NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan long distances world champions duo Vivian Cheruiyot and Linet Masai are in preparation for the national trials planned for Nairobi next week (July 15-16). They will not compete until then. Both would be ready even to double at World Championships in Daegu, but all depends on the Athletics Kenya decision. In both events (5000 m and 10 000 m for women) Kenya can have four runners in Daegu.



GAINESVILLE (USA): Double US champion Walter Dix is currently in training for European circuit. He had a minor cramp at the trials. Only date confirmed for him so far is the Lignano meet on July 19 where US team is going to run the relay.



HEUSDEN (BEL): French European record holder at 100 m Christine Arron plans a comeback race in Heusden (EA Premium) Belgium on July 16. Another star confirmed for the event is olympic triple jump winner Nelson Evora of Portugal. Already earlier it was confirmed that multiple world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva from Russia plans to open her summer season here.



PARIS (FRA): First years sub 8 minutes steeple could be expected this Friday at AREVA Samsung Diamond League meet in Paris. Reigning world champion Ezekiel Kemboi will run against home European champion Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad. In race also other 15 runners, but this two are the top favorites. The world lead is held by Paul Kipsiele Koech 8:01.83 in Oslo, he is already in preparation for the trials. The meet record is 8:00.90 by Brimin Kipruto from last year.



KOBE (JPN): Until now 40 (out of 45) Asian member federations entered athletes for the continental championships which will be held in Kobe from July 7 to 10. No entries were forwarded from Bhutan, Cambodia, Myanmar, Yemen and North Korea. Overall 671 athletes were entered, 115 from JPN (who are allowed to compete with 3 athletes per event against all other countries with only 2), followed by the teams from India (53), China (49), Iran (37) and Kazakhstan (32). Most entries are for men´s 100 m (35) against only 6 entries for women´s shot put and only 7 for women´s 10000 m, pole vault and hammer throw. The biggest star is Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang. Informs Heinrich Hubbeling.



ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS): 2004 800 m olympic winner Yuriy Borzakovskiy after his Sunday´s 800 m European lead is scheduled to run again on Saturday in Madrid at the IAAF World Challenge meet and then will start his preparation for Daegu which will be interupted only by National Championships. He also announced he still wants to compete at two Olympic Games in his career, not only London 2012 but also Rio de Janeiro 2016.







MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF announced that it has signed a 10 year licensing deal with Nirmal Lifestyle, one of India's leading real estate companies. Nirmal Lifestyle will help to promote and develop athletics in India by creating international standard athletic facilities and academies across the country. These centres, which will be certified by IAAF, will be equipped with of top class training facilities and will benefit from the expertise of IAAF certified coaching expertise. An exclusive licensing agreement was signed by Dharmesh Jain, Chairman and MD, Nirmal Lifestyle, and Elio Locatelli, Development Director, IAAF, on 4 July, 2011 in the presence of Mike Powell, World Long Jump record holder. Nirmal Lifestyle will work closely with the IAAF and its national member federation "Athletics Federation of India" in designing and developing athletics and athletes in India at grass-root and performance level. Informs IAAF.


TORUN (POL): In the Polish city of Turn the building of a multi-function sports hall started. It will be not only for ball games but also for athletics with 6 lane 200 m track. It should be ready by December 2012.


BALTIMORE (USA): World Express Athletic Management is proud to announce the addition of Univ. of Oregon's Jamesha Youngblood to its roster of athletes.  Youngblood enjoyed a very successful career in Eugene Oregon earning 6 All-American awards, winning 5 conference titles, setting 5 school records and was an NCAA Champion on the 4x400m relay indoors.


LONDON (GBR): Latest Pat Butcher´s blog  is called Geb and Radcliffe in Berlin.


ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS): At the beginning of Znamensky Memorial on Sunday in a special celebration the end of the career of 800 m runner Dmitriy Bogdanov was announced. He was European indoor champion 2005, training partner of Yuriy Borzakovskiy and works now for Russian Federation the coaches group.


LILLE (FRA): IAAF has on its website the Provisional Entry List for the IAAF World Youth Championships, Lille, France (6 - 10 July 2011).


KAMPALA (UGA): Moses Kipsiro is unlikely to defend his 10,000m gold at the All Africa Games due next month in Mozambique. The Commonwealth Games double gold medallist is struggling with ill health, which has badly affected his fitness levels. "For quite some time, I have been unknowingly suffering from malaria and typhoid. I never felt sick but would tire easily in races," Kipsiro was quoted in The Daily Monitor and will face a race against time to compete at the World Championships in Daegu in August.


NEW YORK (USA): New Millrose Games meet director Ray Flynn said that he is committed to maintaining a strong high school presence at New York City's premier annual indoor event. The Millrose Games has been a fixture in the city since 1908 and has been held at Madison Square Garden since 1914. However, it is moving across town to the The Armory in 2012. The Armory is a more intimate setting. It has seating for about 4,000 spectators. The 2012 meet will also be pushed back two weeks from its usual late January date, to Feb. 11. And it will move its traditional Friday evening time slot to Saturday in order to be more family-friendly. Dye stat website informs.


KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica's best ever female high jump mark has been thrown into controversy as it has emerged recently that Maresa Cadienhead-Ryan cleared 195 meters in 2002, but Sheree Francis is listed as the holder. Cadienhead-Ryan was 3rd with 1.75m at Trials last month, which brought the mark to light. Francis, in February of 2010, cleared 1.91m to beat 1.90m, which according to the records of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) was Dianne Guthrie's national record set all the way back in 1992 in Harrisonburgh, United States. Francis improved on her previous mark later in the year, jumping 1.93m at an All Comers Meet at GC Foster College. However, Cadienhead-Ryan, who attended Windward Road All Age before migrating to Canada at age 13, had cleared 1.95m to win the Division 2 Championships for Abilene Christian University in 2002. The mark 1.95, still the D2 record, was done on May 24, 2002 in San Angelo, Texas, but was not registered as the Jamaica record, and is still nowhere to be found on the JAAA's record books. Informs Track Alerts.


BRUSSELS (BEL): Belgian Decathlete Thomas Van der Plaetsen has launched his website The website will be updated in Dutch, French and English.


LAGOS (NIG): The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has come under fire for its shoddy technical planning at the Cross River All Nigeria Championships concluded last Saturday in Calabar. The Championships were a selection trial for the Daegu 2011 world championhips and the All Africa Games but former Olympic champion and world record holder in the 400m, Lee Evans, the AFN was breaking the rules of the sport, disadvantaging the athletes.


LONDON (GBR) : West Ham United have announced they will take legal action against The Sunday Times and Tottenham Hostpur following allegations involving the 836 million dollar Olympic Stadium. The case casts further doubt over the process used to choose them as the tennants after London 2012 reports Insidethegames.


LONDON (GBR): Travel agency Thomas Cook is now the only place for large numbers of fans to obtain tickets to the London 2012 Olympic Games after the second application ballot closed. The package holiday provider is a 32 million dollar Tier Two sponsor of London 2012 and has a number of deals for various sports during next year's Games, including athletics, gymnastics, volleyball and water polo writes Insidethegames.


UDEN (NED): Dutch federation press officer Eric Roeske is also keen masters runner, but on Saturday at the Mondo Keien Meet in Uden he competed in his farewell race at age of 49 and achieved 55.17. His career lasted for 23 years, his best 46.99 was achieved in 1996. He won multiple national championships medals and the same in his second career which was in the masters categories. In the 40+ category he is second fastest ever 47.86.







VICTORIA (CAN, Jul 3): Second National Track League meet in Canada saw again impressive shot put by national record holder Dylan Armstrong (21.36). Daegu-bound Khadevis Robinson won the 800 m in 1:45.85 ahead of last year junior Casimir Loxom 1:46.71. Canadian Bryan Barnett posted solid 20.54 (+1.5) at 200 m over Manteo Mitchell 20.78 (he won the 400 m in 45.96). In women events Phylicia George clocked 11.38 PB (-1.4) at 100 m and also fast 12.96 (-1.4) over the hurdles. Canadian distance wins for Jessica Smith (2:02.12 at 800 m) and Nicole Sifuentes (4:09.68 at 1500 m). US Mary Saxer cleared 446 cm. The round of the league is planned for July 10 in Halifax.


HENDON (GBR, Jul 3): Athletics Weekly reports that defending champions Newham&  Essex Beagles returned to winning ways in the second round of the British Athletics League. Sudanese international 400m runner Rabah Yousif helped the Beagles to a 33-point victory over runners-up City of Manchester as he coasted to an individual win in 45.82 and later anchored the 4x400m relay squad to first place.  Adbul Buhari got in discus impressive 63.58 and James Ellington won the 200 m in 20.82. Other winners at the meeting included Rhys Williams in the 400m hurdles (49.94), Alex Smith in the hammer (71.97m), Tom Parsons in the high jump (228).


FOZ DE IGUAZU (BRA, Jul 3): Franck Caldeira won the Medio Maraton de las Cataratas in 1:03:05. Kenyan Dorcas Kiptanus was the best woman in 1:13:31.


PORT ELIZABETH (RSA, Jul 2): Stephen Mokoka of South Africa reclaimed his National Half Marathon Champion title in 1:02:07. Second Xolisa Tyali got 1:02:44 and third Lucky Mohale 1:03:04.


VITORIA (ESP, Jul 2): Sprinter Angel David Rodriguez clocked 10.34 (+1.6) in heats and 10.30 (+1.8) in the finals of GP Diputacion de Alava meet.


TELESE TERME (ITA, Jul 3): Kenyan Ezekiel Meli won the 10 km road race here in 28:44. In women race Anna Incerti clocked 33:22 to beat Rosaria Console 33:30

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