Isinbayeva clears 4.60m, Shkolina over Vlasic, Tamgho hurts ankle, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Yelena Isinbayeva, 2010 World Indoor Champs, photo by

Yelena Isinbayeva cleared 4.60m to win her first competition in over 18 months, in Heusden. She will have two more competitions in the next ten days. The big question is, with all of the changes Ms. Isinbayeva has made in 2011, can she reach the heights she has before? More than anything, can she compete with the vaulters of today? My guess, yes, and yes. Stay tuned....

Vlasic_Blanka-Rome11.jpg Blanka Vlasic, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma, photo by

Blanka Vlasic lost to Svetlana Shkolina at the women's high jump at the 33rd Eberstadt high jump event. Shkolina cleared 1.99m in the jump off between her and Vlasic, who tried and missed at 2.01m. This is Ms. Shkolina's outdoor personal best.

Shkolina_Svetlana-Zurich09.jpgShkolina, 2010 Zurich, photo by

And, then, over the weekend, Teddy Tamgho, jumping in the U23 European champs, hurt his ankle. An MRI is being performed early in the week, and details will be forthcoming. It is NOT believed that Monsieur Tamgho's injury is severe enough to stop his planned competition in Daegu, Korea in just over 40 days.

Tamgho_TeddyPC-Lausanne11.jpgTeddy Tamgho, 2011 Lausanne, photo by



NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya named a strong squad of 55 for the World Championship in Daegu, South Korea next month and another one team of 99 runners who will take part in the All Africa Games in September in Maputo, Mozambique as the curtains came down on the national championship staged at the Nyayo National Stadium. As usual, several of the top names in the country were strong enough to secure their berths, but numerous saw their hopes fade with each lap and will have to wait for a year before they can have a chance to make another attempt, this time round for the Olympics games in London in 2012. Top names like David Rudisha, the world 800m record holder, Vivian Cheruiyot, Ezekeiel Kemboi were all included in the star studded team , which will seek to improve on the third place the country finished in the last championship in Berlin in 2009. "It was crucial; for me to make the team to Daegu. I still have one race in Monaco and then I will head back home to immerse myself in training hoping that I will emerge stronger at the world championships," said Rudisha. However, some big names were left scratching their scalps after they failed to weather the storm including World Indoor 1,500m champion Haron Keitany, Olympic 3,000m steeplechase silver medallist Eunice Jepkorir and Daniel Kipchirchir Komen, the former world indoor 1,500m silver medallist. Vivian Cheruiyot and Linet Masai will double in Daegu in 5/10 combination.  The team will start its training on July 25 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. The Daegu team: Men - Vincent Kiplagat Kosgei (400m Hurdles),  David Rudisha, Jackson Kivuva, Alfred Kirwa Yego (800m), Silas Kiplagat, Asbel Kiprop, Nixon Chepseba (1,500m), Isaiah Kiplagat, Thomas Longosiwa, Eliud Kipchoge (5,000m), Brimin Kipruto, Richard Matelong, Abraham Chirchir, Ezekiel Kemboi (3,000m SC),  Peter Kirui, Wilson Kiprop, Martin Irungu (10,000m), Eliud Kiptanui, Abel Kirui, Vincent Kipruto, Benjamin Kiptoo Kolum, David Barmasai Tumo (marathon). David Kimutai, Josphat Sirma (20km Walk), Anderson Mureta, Mark Mutai, Vincent Mumo, Vincent Kiplagat, Jackson Kivuva, Julius Kirwa, Jonathan Kibet (Reserve) (4x400m). Women - Janet Jepkosgei, Eunice Sum, Jerono Koech (800 m), Nancy Lagat, Viola Kibiwott, Hellen Obiri, (1500 m), Milcah Chemos, Lydia Rotich, Mercy Njoroge (3,000m Sc), Sylvia Kibet, Linet Masai, Mercy Cherono, Vivian Cheruiyot (5,000m), Vivian Cheruiyot, Sally Kipyego, Priscah Jepleting, Linet Masai (10,000m). Edna Kiplagat, Philes Ongori, Sharon Cherop, Prisca Jeptoo, Caroline Rotich (Marathon), Grace Wanjiru, Emily Ngii (20 km walk). Informs Elias Makori.



NAIROBI (KEN, Jul 16): Top result by Silas Kiplagat clocking a world lead 3:31.39 at 1500 m ahead of olympic winner Asbel Kiprop 3:32.26 and Daniel Kipchirchir Komen 3:32.47.  Fourth Collins Cheboi 3:33.94 beating Nixon Chepseba 3:33.96 (was selected for Daegu as world leader until the trials). Olympic winner Brimin Kipruto clocked to win the steeple during final day of Kenyan championships in 8:20.19 ahead of Richard Mateelong 8:21.39 and Abraham Chirchir getting the third spot in 8:22.34 (world champion Ezekiel Kemboi was not forced to run). First non-qualifier is Willy Komen 8:22.63 followed by Abel Mutai 8:27.49, again non-qualified is world leader Paul Kipsiele Koech. World record holder David Rudisha impressed with 1:43.76 win at 800 m beating Jackson Kivuva 1:44.40 and 2007 World champ Alfred Kirwa Yego 1:44.76. Fourth Job Kinyor 1:45.07 ahead of World junior champion David Mutua 1:45.55. Here Boaz Lalang was only 8th 1:46.88. In the 5000 m junior Isaiah Koech won in 13:21.31 ahead of Thomas Longosiwa 13:22.89 and former world champion Eliud Kipchoge 13:23.48 (going to his 5th world championships). Anderson Mureta won the 400 m in 45.70 and was also the best in the 200 m (21.07). Super fast 1:18:20 Kenyan record in walking by David Kimutai. Janeth Jepkosgei won the 800 m in 1:59.34 beating Eunice Sum 1:59.66 and Cherono Koech 1:59.68. Sylvia Kibet was the best in the 5000 m 15:38.5 ahead of Linet Masai 15:40.5 and Mercy Cherono 15:42.4. Hellen Obiri was the surprise 1500 m winner in 4:08.68 ahead of Joyce Chepkirui 4:08.80 and olympic winner Nancy Langat 4:08.90. Diamond race leader Milcah Chemos clocked 9:32.0 to win the steeple over Lydia Rotich 9:32.2 and Mercy Njoroge 9:34.0. Another Kenyan walking record in women 20 km when Grace Wanjiru achieved 1:28:15. With the help from Elias Makori.



OSTRAVA  (CZE, Jul 16): In total 15 finals were staged during third day of 8th European U23 Championships. Romanian Esthera Petre equalled the championships record with excellent 198 third attempt clearance and improved her best by 6 cm. She also had good jumps at two metres. Ukrainian Oksana Okuneva as second also improved to 194 and third Burcu Ayhan of Turkey improved her own national record to 194. Another gold for Romania as Bianca Perie won the hammer with meet record 71.59. Pawel Wojciechowski of Poland beat Germans in the pole vault with 570 outdoor PB (and two good attempts at 585). Germany celebrated both javelin wins. World junior champion Till Woschler improved to 84.38 beating Fatih Avan of Turkey (84.11) and Russian Dmitriy Tarabin (83.18). Sarah Mayer with 59.29 life-time best beat the favorite Vira Rebryk of Ukraine (58.95). Ukrainian Darya Pizhankova after beeing second at 100 m won the 200 m in 23.20 (-1.0). In the men´s 200 m Stefanos-Likourgos Tsakonas of Greece improved to 20.56 (-1.4) and beat 100 m winner James Alaka 20.60 (20.59 PB in the semis) and Czech Pavel Maslak (20.67, in the semis 20.66 improvement). Both hurdles finals ended with a surprise. Russian favorite Konstantin Shabanov did not qualify for the final and the win went to his team-mate Sergey Shubenkov (13.56, -0.4) ahead of impressively improved Hungarian Balazs Baji (13.58). Belarus Alina Talay beat in women final with 12.91 (-1.0) the Swiss European senior leader Lisa Urech (13.00). Russian favorite Olga Topilskaya won the 400 m (51.45) and Briton Nigel Levine improved on his medal since 2009 to 46.10 win after close finish with Brian Gregan of Ireland (46.12 PB). Ukrainian favorites dominated the women 400 m hurdles as Anna Yaroshchuk clocked 54.77 to beat Hana Titimets (54.91). Third Briton Meghan Beasley improved to 55.69 and fourth Vera Barbosa of Portugal clocked national senior record 55.81. In the men´s Jack Green won with 49.13 over his British team-mate Nathan Woodward who was leading but stumbled at the last hurdle (49.28). Third in Serbian U23 record Emir Bekric 49.61. Second long distance gold for Norway for Sindre Buraas winning slow 5000 m in 14.22.69 and Turkish women steeple win for Gulcan Mingir in 9:47.83. Czech Katerina Cachova leads the heptathlon after first day with 3617 just two points ahead of Yana Maksimava of Belarus (3615). Russian European indoor champion Darya Klishina impressed in the long jump qualification with 681 (-0.8).



HEUSDEN (BEL, Jul 16): The KBC Nacht van de Atletiek (EA Premium) registered the return of world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia. She cleared in rainy conditions 450 and 460 in first and missed three times at 470. Her next meet is scheduled for Lignano, Italy on Tuesday. Second German Carolin Hingst achieved also 460 but in third attempt. Kenyan Albert Rop clocked 13:10.37 to win the 5000 m over David Bett 13:13.66 and Ugandan Abraham Kiplimo 13:14.33. William Biwott Tanui won the 1500 m in 3:35.93. And third Kenyan win for Anthony Chemut in the 800 m (1:45.74) beating US Tyler Mulder 1:46.05. South African Thuso Mpuang was the best in the 200 m (20.76, +2.4) and US Fred Townsend the 110 m hurdles (13.43, +1.6). South African Cornel Fredericks dominated the 400 m hurdles in 49.25. Steeple win for Ben Bruce of USA 8:26.16, in the 4x400 m Belgium with Duerinck, J. Borlee, Gillet and K. Borlee achieved 3:02.81 ahead of South Africa getting Daegu standard 3:03.37 what opens the door also for Oscar Pistorius to be selected. Impressive 11.15 (0.0) by Bahamian world medalist Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie ahead of Barbara Pierre 11.18 in the women 100 m. Ethiopian Almensch Belete won the 5000 m in 15:09.71 ahead of Genet Ayalew of Ethiopia 15:10.45.



EBERSTADT (GER, Jul 16): Russian Svetlana Shkolina cleared 199 and won after jump-off the women competition at the 33rd Eberstadt High Jump meet. It is her outdoor personal best and second best mark this year in the world. Supported by 1000 spectators Blanka Vlasic was second (197, she passed 199 and tried at 201) and Nigerian Doreen Amata third with 195 (national record equalled). Fourth Marina Aitova of Kazakhstan (193) ahead of Emma Green-Tregaro of Sweden (also 193). All top three cleared 195 in first. At 197 Amata passed and Shkolina with Vlasic cleared in first. At 199 Amata and Shkolina were not succesfull and Vlasic passed and was also not jumping 201. To establish the winner a jump-off was necessary. It started at 199 and Shkolina cleared.







RATINGEN (GER, Jul 16): Algerian Larbi Bouraada leads the decathlon at IAAF Combined Events Challenge meet in Ratingen with good score of 4409 points. Nearly 3300 spectators saw Rico Freimuth at the second place 4228 and South African Willem Coertzen third 4192. World medalist Jennifer Oeser has after first 3851 leading score ahead Aige Grabuste of Latvia 3758 and Remona Fransen of Netherlands 3720 (186 in high jump).


MAYAGUEZ (PUR, Jul 15): In the Friday´s 100 m finals during first day of CAC Championships both gold medals for Trinidad sprinters. Keston Bledman clocked 10.05 (-0.5) to win the men´s race ahead of Daniel Bailey of Antigua 10.11 and world junior champion Dexter Lee of Jamaica 10.18. Semoy Hackett was the best in women´s race in 11.27 (+0.5) beating two Jamaicans Jura Levy 11.36 and Simone Facey 11.39.


VELLETRI (ITA, Jul 15): US Richard Jones clocked at International meet here 1:47.36 at 800 m.


PADOVA (ITA, Jul 16): The EA Classic meeting "Città di Padova" started on Saturday with a hammer competition won by US Amber Campbell 67.98 beating Italian Silvia Salis 67.69.


VARAZDIN (CRO, Jul 16): Hungarian Robert Fazekas achieved here 63.26 in discus and new Slovenian import Brent LaRue won the 400 m in 46.40.


NANCHANG (CHN, Jul 16): During first day of National GP final meet Gong Lijiao improved her season best in shot put to 20.11. Wang Yu cleared 228 life-time best in the high jump.


BARCELONA (ESP, Jul 16): Angel David Rodriguez won the Trofeu Nemesi Ponsati meet at 100 m in 10.40 (-0.8) and clocked fast 10.29 (-0.3) in the heats.







OSTRAVA (CZE): Triple jump star Teddy Tamgho injured his ankle in the warm-up for the qualification Saturday morning at European U23 Championships in Ostrava. A MRI after his arrival back to France will decide about the nature of the injury. It is expected that Daegu World Championships will not be in danger.


BIRMINGHAM (GBR):  UK Athletics has confirmed it is staying in Birmingham, rather than moving to the London Olympic stadium, when it leaves its office in Solihull this October.  The national governing body for track and field will take up residence at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium in October, moving into the new and as yet unnamed grandstand which was opened on Sunday for the Samsung Diamond League meeting, taking the stadium's capacity to 12,500. Informs Insidethegames.


LONDON (GBR): Latest Pat Butcher´s blog at called new biography of John Tarrant.

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