Marquise Goodwin to concentrate on Track & Field! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Marquise Goodwin, 2009 USA Outdoor Champs, photo by

I am not saying anything to jinx it, but it is sure nice to see a talented football athlete focus on track and field. All I am saying....


NAIROBI (KEN): Title defender Abel Kirui leads the male Kenyan marathon team for World Championships in Daegu. He will be joined by Vincent Kipruto (2nd Rotterdam), David Barmasai (1st Dubai), Benjamin Kiptoo (1st Paris) and Eliud Kiptanui (4th Rotterdam). Women headliner is New York City winner (3rd London this year) Edna Kiplagat with Philles Ongori (1st Rotterdam), Sharon Cherop (3rd Boston), Prisca Jeptoo (1st Paris) and Caroline Rotich (4th Boston). That means London winner Emmanuel Mutai, Boston fast runners Geoffrey Mutai and Moses Mosop with Martin Lel and Rotterdam winner Wilson Chebet will not run. On the women side notable absentees are London winner Mary Keitany, Prague winner Lydia Cheromei and Boston winner Caroline Kilel. They all turned down the possibility and will instead focus on fall marathons. Kenyan media are informing.



BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Former World 100 meters and 200m champion Tyson Gay will miss the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix next Sunday because of an ongoing problem from the hip injury which forced him out of the recent USA Track and Field Championships in Eugene. Still Asafa Powell is in the line-up after excellent Lausanne 9.78 world lead. Also in the field with sub 10 this year US Mike Rodgers, Powell´s training partner Mike Frater and Keston Bledman of Trinidad. Olympic gold medallist and two-time world champion Felix Sanchez is also set for the meet where he will line-up in a mouth-watering 400m hurdles competition against another former world champion Bershawn Jackson and Britain's own European and Commonwealth champion Dai Greene. Other stars for Birmingham include Mo Farah, Phillips Idowu, Carmelita Jeter, Sanya Richards-Ross and Andreas Thorkildsen.



VANCOUVER (CAN, Jul 1): World leader in shot put Dylan Armstrong won the second meet (but in reality first as Edmonton was canceled) of new Canadian National Track League. At Harry Jerome Classic he achieved 21.21 ahead of US Noah Bryant 20.41. Another Canadian star former hurdles world champion Perdita Felicien posted 12.79 (-0.7) to win her event ahead of Angela Whyte (12.88). Fast 800 m winner Andrew Ellerton improved his best by one second to 1:45.04 ahead of World junior medalist Casimir Loxsom also PB 1:45.28. Third Richard Jones of USA 1:45.56 PB and fourth Prince Mumba of Zambia improved the national record to 1:46.14. Very solid times also in the 1500 m races Nate Brannen 3:36.75 (second another Canadian Geoff Martenson 3:37.56, huge PB). Malindi Elmore got 4:07.86 in the women race. In sprints US wins for Rae Edwards got 10.30 (+0.2) in the 100 m and Manteo Mitchell 46.19 at 400 m. In technical events Rachel Yurkovich improved to 60.40 in women javelin and because it is also B-standard for Daegu she qualified to the World Championships (was 2nd at Trials but without the standard). Mary Saxer improved to 455 in the pole vault, Norris Frederick leaped to 810 (+0.5) in the long jump and Bianca Stuart 664 (0.0) in the women competition. German Kathrin Klaas was the European guest winning the hammer (72.40) and Scott Russell in javelin (79.51) beat the US Champion Mike Hazle (77.04). Third meet is in Victoria on Sunday, July 3.



ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS, Jul 2): The hammer qualifications at 53rd Znamensky Memorial were staged on Saturday, all competitors had 3 throws and top four men and women qualified for Sunday finals. In women event Cuban Yipsi Moreno achieved in second round 73.66 and was the best (had also first throw 72.54 enough to qualify), second home best Tatyana Lysenko used only one throw, 73.51 in first and was second. World record holder Betty Heidler had all three attempts, started with a foul and continued with 72.64 and 73.10 and was third of the day. Fourth qualifier Zalina Marghieva of Moldova with 72.12. First non qualifier was her sister Marina Marghieva 69.38. In men qualification Hungarian European medalist Krisztian Pars ruled with 77.90. Then Russians Sergey Litvinov 76.71 and Kiril Ikonnikov 76.09. Last for Sunday is Dilshod Nazarov of Tajikistan with 75.31. Out is world leader Aleksey Zagorniy (72.96) and US champion Kibwe Johnson (71.43).



DALLAS (USA): Longhorns wide receiver Marquise Goodwin will skip the 2011 season in order to concentrate on track and field. Goodwin, who would have been a junior this fall, will use a redshirt this season. He intends to return to football in 2012, as a redshirt junior. He will train for the 2011 world championships and, possibly, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Goodwin won the US long jump title recently and will represent at the World Championships in Daegu. At age of 20 he is also world junior champion from 2008, his legal best is 818 from 2009, but when winning the national title a week ago he posted windy 833.







INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Bringing the largest contingent ever to the World Masters Athletics Championships, 1,915 members of Team USA will be on a medal hunt to excel on home soil while competing against 4,804 competitors from 93 countries. This event is the top worldwide competition for athletes 35+ in track and field. Competition will run July 6-17 at Hornet Stadium on the campus of Sacramento State University. Informs USATF. US stars to watch are olympic winner Al Joyner, former world record holder Willie Banks, jazz great and world champion runner Nolan Shaheed, 61, Pasadena, Calif. played lead trumpet for Count basie, Dizzie Gillespie, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye, Sullivan Finalist Philippa Raschker, 64, Marietta, Ga. the only masters athlete in history to be a finalist for the Sullivan Award given to the overall top U.S. athlete. Has set more than 100 masters world records. Ed Burke, 3-time Olympian in the hammer throw and the U.S. Team's Flag bearer at the 1984 Games.


BERLIN (GER): German decathlete Norman Müller underwent two surgeries on his lungs. Müller suffered a pneumothorax on June 9th and then again a week later again. He had similar complaints in 2008 but was then treated more conservatively. The German athlete recently scored 7997 points to rank 12th at the Hypo Meeting in Götzis but will now have to postpone a return to training until at least September writes


BUDAPEST (HUN): Hungary is sending 18 boys and 14 girls to World Youth Championships in Lille next week. The biggest medal hope is the world leader in this category, hammer thrower Bence Pasztor (16 years).







ALBERTVILLE (FRA, Jul 1): Discus olympic winner Stephanie Brown-Trafton won the discus with 60.55 at the National meeting D1 at Winter Olympic Games site. South African Thuso Mpuang was the best in the 100 m (10.47, +1.1) and Jorge Paula of Portugal improved his 400 m hurdles PB to 49.72. French high jumpers cleared 221: Fabrice St. Jean and Mathias Cianci. Sonia Tavares of Portugal clocked 11.41 to win the women 100 m and Marylin Okoro of Great Britain got 2:02.36 in the 800 m. Former top French runner Elodie Guegan returned after injury with 2:04.67 as second.


CHEBOKSARY (RUS, Jul 1): Russian junior championships started (627 athletes from 61 regions) with excellent 440 in pole vault by Natalya Demidenko. It is her best and she will belong to junior category also next year. In shot put Maksim Afonin got 19.36 and Natalya Troneva 16.13. Hurdles winners were Taras Lemko (14.01) and Yekaterina Bleskina (13.61).


KAUNAS (LTU, Jul 1): Lithuanian U23 and junior championships started with fast 100 m by junior Kostas Skrabulis (10.52, +2.0) and good long jump in U23 by Darius Aucyna 790 cm.


MYRTLE BEACH (USA, Jul 1): Magdalyn Ewen was a dominant force in the young women's shot put and discus throws, highlighting day four of the USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Ewen took gold medals in both events and was just a meter shy of 2011 USA Outdoor champion Michelle Carter's national youth shot put record with 14.71 and 48.57 m.







LAUSANNE (SUI): Norway is fourth European country with sub 10 runner, in last survey we forgot Portugal with Francis Obikwelu besides Great Britain and France.

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