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DAEGU ON EUROSPORT
MONACO (MON): Great news for athletics fans in Europe. The IAAF announced the conclusion of a Pan-European broadcasting deal brokered by IEC in Sports, IAAF's media rights agency for Europe and Africa, with Eurosport for the IAAF World Athletics Series of events from 2011 to 2013. The agreement begins with LIVE coverage of the 2011 IAAF World Championships, Daegu, Korea (27 Aug to 4 Sep) and also covers the following edition in 2013 in Moscow, Russia (10 - 18 Aug). Eurosport expects to reach very strong viewership for Daegu 2011 and will broadcast at least the 100 hours of dedicated coverage it showed for the 2009 IAAF World Championships that took place in Berlin and attracted 66 million different European viewers on Eurosport. In addition to the outdoor World Championships, the deal also includes wide coverage of the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Istanbul, Turkey (9-11 March), the World Junior, World Youth, World Cross Country and World Half Marathon Championships. As well as Eurosport's television broadcasting of the World Athletics Series events on Eurosport and Eurosport 2, the agreement also allows for LIVE streaming via internet and mobile devices.
SUCCESFULL EDITION OF EUROPEAN U23
OSTRAVA (CZE): The 8th edition of European U23 Championships in Ostrava achieved in All-Athletics.com scoring 164 555 points and is currently the fourth best multidays competition in 2011. Better only US Championships, SPAR European Team Championships in Stockholm and NCAA Championships. Only the 2003 edition in Bydgoszcz (165 228) has more points than Ostrava from the other European U23 Championships.
EL-SHERYF GETS HERCULIS INVITE
MONACO (MON): The organizers of Herculis Samsung Diamond League in Monaco this Friday reacted promptly on the injury of Teddy Tamgho who was not able to jump in Ostrava at the European U23 Championships and will pass also his expected clash with Philips Idowu in Monte Carlo. They secured the participation of new top competitor, the fresh European U23 Champion Sheryf El-Sheryf from Ukraine who improved on Sunday to 17.72 m. In Monaco competing will be also the other star from Ostrava event, Russian long jumper Darya Klishina who improved in Ostrava to 705 cm. She will face the reigning World Champion and World leader Brittney Reese of USA and fresh Bahamian record holder and CAC winner Bianca Stuart.
ENNIS AT UK TRIALS
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): World and European heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis will compete in no less than five individual disciplines at the forthcoming Aviva UK Trials and Championships as she steps up preparations for the defence of her World title later this summer. While the 25-year-old will contest the high jump and 100m hurdles - the disciplines she won back in 2009 when she last competed at the Trials - she will also line up in the long jump, shot put and javelin. Ennis' first national title was the hurdles in 2007, but this year she must contend with Tiffany Ofili-Porter, who only two months ago broke the 15-year-old British record with a season's best 12.77secs. The City of Sheffield athlete has already won the Gotzis Hypo meeting this summer and admits a good performance at Birmingham Alexander Stadium on 29-31 July could set her on her way to World Championships glory in Daegu next month. Organizers are informing in a release.
US RELAYS IN LIGNANO
LIGNANO (ITA): Tuesday´s 22nd Sport Solidarieta meet in Lignano will have US national men and women teams running 4x100 m relay in preparation for the World Championships. Another top star is Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva. Great clash is expected in men´s 100 m when Jamaican Steve Mullings (his first race since Jamaican Trials) runs against in-shape Nesta Carter and US Mike Rodgers. In the women 100 m the start of the world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser is expected. Women 100 m hurdles will see Kellie Wells against Nia Ali and another world champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton. Oscar Pistorius will have his last chance for individual qualification for the 400 m in Daegu.
THORKILDSEN FOR LUZERN
LUZERN (SUI): The Spitzenleichtathletik meet of Luzern this Thursday (EA Classic) attracted another world star for the jubilee edition. Men´s javelin will see world and European champion Andreas Thorkildsen. Also throwing Turkish record holder Fatih Avan who recently won a silver medal at European U23 Championships in Ostrava, US Champion Mike Hazle, Ukrainian record holder Roman Avramenko and Igor Janik of Poland. Women´s 100 m will see olympic medalist Sherone Simpson from Jamaica. Already earlier the participation of Yelena Isinbayeva was announced.
LONDON (GBR): Visa has announced it will sponsor four new United States Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls on their journey to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games providing direct funding, promotional support and life skills training in their quest for glory. Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long, track and field athlete Lopez Lomong, wheelchair basketball player Alana Nichols and gymnast Alicia Sacramone, join an elite group of long-time Visa-sponsored US athletes that include Olympic champions such as swimmers Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff, track and field sprint athlete Allyson Felix, beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh, gymnast Nastia Liukin and decathlete Bryan Clay.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Seventy-nine young athletes have been selected to represent the United States at the 2011 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships July 22-24 in Miramar, Fla. Among them fast sprinter Marvin Bracy and hurdlers Trinity Wilson and Eddie Lovett.
BUDAPEST (HUN): Last week it was the 183rd week in his career that Jamaican sprint sensation Asafa Powell leads the All-Athletics.com Men's 100m World Ranking. Powell had been used to this position, but not lately. Thanks to his excellent recent performances Powell took the leading position in the latest rankings. Both other new event leaders last week are shot putters. It is the first time ever that Dylan Armstrong can call himself a world ranking leader. The Canadian thrower now shares the top spot in the men's Shot Put with Christian Cantwell of the USA. Valerie Adams of New Zealand had already led the women's world shot put ranking for 119 weeks before, but it took exactly one year for her to regain the lead again from Nadezhda Ostapchuk of Belarus. Informs All-Athletics.com website.
SYDNEY (AUS): Athletics Australia confirmed that Victoria Police have found a complaint made by John Steffensen about an alleged incident with Athletics Australia President Rob Fildes OAM at the 89th Australian Athletics Championships as unsubstantiated. Athletics Australia was informed that, in the opinion of officers at Richmond Police Station, Fildes has no case to answer. Steffensen has been informed of the decision through his lawyers.
LONDON (GBR): Britain's athletes should be allowed to march in the Opening Ceremony at London 2012, the chairman of the International Olympic Committee Athletes' Commisssion Frankie Fredericks has claimed here. The four-time Olympic silver medallist said that if UK Athletics' head coach Charles van Commenee imposed his blanket ban on the track and field team taking part in the Ceremony then they risked missing out on some of the most special moments of the Olympics. The Games are due to open next year on July 27, a week before the athletics event begins on August 3, but van Commenee believes it would be counterproductive for the athletes to attend the event just days before the biggest competition of their lives. Fredericks, however, disagrees and has offered to help find a solution so that Britain's athletes can take participate by shortening the length of time that they spend taking part in the Ceremony. Fredericks carried the Namibian flag at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona when his country made its debut in the Games, which did not stop him winning silver medals in the 100 and 200 meters. Informs insidethegames. Van Commenee has claimed that the Opening Ceremony "doesn't fit in the professional preparation for the biggest event of your life".
RATINGEN (GER): After the Ratingen meet all is set for the names who will compete for Germany in Daegu in combined events. Jan-Felix Knobel qualified already in Gotzis and should be in Korea with Rico Freimuth and Pascal Behrenbruch. The women heptathlon team will be composed by Jennifer Oeser, Lilli Schwarzkopf and Julia Mächtig. Final confirmation from the national federation DLV is still necessary.
BARCELONA (ESP): The 17th International meet in Barcelona this Friday (EA Premium) confirmed the participation of Jamaican Daegu-bound sprinter Yohan Blake at 100 m. It will be the first competition for Blake since Jamaican championships. He will attack not only the meet record (10.14) but it is expected that he can come close to the stadium record 9.96 by Linford Christie when winning the Olympic gold in 1992. Also competing is Cuban world record holder Dayron Robles at 110 m hurdles and Spanish European champions at 1500 m Nuria Fernandez with Arturo Casado.
MONTREAL (CAN): Sprint Management (formerly Top Elite Management) is proud to announce the signing of 23 year old Canadian Hurdler Phylicia George. Phylicia is coming off of back to back wins in the NTL series that saw her set a new personal best in Halifax of 12.76 (-1.0) and repeat three days later by winning the Toronto Track & Field Games over fellow Canadian Perdita Felicien 12.87 (-1.7). Phylicia is one of three Canadians who will represent Canada at the World Championships later this summer. Phylicia will continue to train as planned towards worlds and will race next at the Aviva Grand Prix early August in London where she will make her Diamond League debut.
MAYAGUEZ (PUR): Grenada stars were competing at the weekend´s CAC Championships, but only in relays. Young star Kirani James and world leader Rondell Bartholomew ran second and fourth leg for Grenada team which as fifth with 3:04.27 clocked new national record at 4x400 m.
NAIROBI (KEN): One of the current world leaders will not compete in Daegu at the World Championships. It is Kenyan steeple runner Paul Kipsiele Koech, he was only 7th at the trials with 8:34.35. He leads 2011 World lists with 8:01.83 from Bislett Games in Oslo. But it is not for first time that it happened to Koech. He is running at world level since 2002 and so far made three times (World Championships 2005 and 2009 and Olympic Games 2004).
NAIROBI (KEN): German statistician and national records expert Winfried Kramer points out that at the Kenyan trials the walks were most probably held at the same course used at last year's African championships which was considered as short.