OSTRAVA (CZE, Jul 15): Morning session of 2nd day of European U23 Championships saw Briton Lawrence Clarke and Russian Aleksey Dryomin clocking the fastest heat 110 m hurdles times 13.73. French last year world junior champion Pascal Martinot Lagarde was out after 14.33. German Sophie Kleeberg led the shot put women qualifiers with 17.39 m. In the women pole vault 415 (and first attempt 410) were enough to qualify and in men´s high jump 211. No major casualties are reported. Romanian favorite Bianca Perie was the best win women hammer qualification 69.91. Poland´s Lukasz Oslizlo clocked the fastest steeple heat time 8:38.28 also a lifetime best for him. Eduard Mikhan leads decathlon after 7 events with 5881 ahead of Serbian Mihail Dudas 5823 and Czech Adam Sebastian Helcelet 5762 who lost his lead in discus (37.77) after PB at 110 m hurdles (14.35). Best at hurdles was Russian Artyom Lukyanenko (14.33) and in discus German Jan Felix Knobel (49.09) but his hopes were damaged earlier when not finishing the hurdles.
UKHOV AND VLASIC
EBERSTADT (GER): The 33rd special high jump meeting in Eberstadt starts on Friday with U23 competitions, will have women with Blanka Vlasic, Ruth Beitia, Emma Green-Tregaro and Svetlana Shkolina on Saturday. Men´s competition on Sunday has Ivan Ukho, Raul Spank, Aleksey Dmitrik, Jaroslav Baba and Donald Thomas. World leadings marks 237 and 200 will be under threat.
ISINBAYEVA IS BACK
HEUSDEN (BEL): Yelena Isinbayeva will return to outdoor competitions for first time since 2009. The multiple world record holder plans her season opener for Saturday´s 32nd KBC Nacht in Heusden (EA Premium). The home star Borlee twins will compete in the 4x400 m relay against Germany and Botswana. Another olympic winner from Beijing competing is US Stephanie Trafton-Brown in discus and Portugal´s Nelson Evora in the triple jump. As usual top distance times are expected in men´s 800 m, steeple and 5000 m and women 5000 m (Goucher, Clitheroe). South African Cornel Fredericks runs the 400 m hurdles against US Justin Gaymon.
PADOVA (ITA): The 25th meeting Citta di Padova (EA Classic) will have on Sunday excellent women 200 m duel of Jamaicans Kerron Stewart against Sherone Simpson. In the 100 m again Jamaican Michael Frater and Nesta Carter are the favorites. Bladu Runner Oscar Pistorius continues here in his quest to qualify for Daegu at the 400 m. Cuban world record holder Dayron Robles is the 110 m hurdles star. In the pole vault US Brad Walker, Briton Steven Lewis and German Bjorn Otto. Lithuanian Virgilijus Alekna is the top name for discus. NCAA Champion Nia Ali runs the 100 m hurdles, Funmi Jimoh competes in the long jump and Amber Campbell in hammer. Fast times are expected in the 800 m men (Wheating) and women (J. Simpson, Rowbury) and 1500 m (Wurth-Thomas, Vessey among others).
LONDON (GBR): UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee has claimed that his opinion on the British Olympic Association's (BOA) controversial lifetime Olympic ban for convicted drugs cheats is not relevant simply because he has no jurisdiction over the matter. Sprint star Dwain Chambers, one of Britain's most high profile athletes, is back competing for UK Athletics under van Commenee after serving a two-year ban in 2003 for taking performance enhancing drugs but the BOA's policy means that he is unable to compete at the Olympics. This ruling is in contrast to other National Olympic Committees, such as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), who allow athletes that have returned from a drug ban, such as Athens 2004 Olympic 100 meter champion Justin Gatlin, to compete at the Olympic Games. Van Commenee did not state categorically whether or not he supported the ruling but claimed that these athletes in the UK such as Chambers have to obey the BOA ruling regardless of their thoughts on it. Writes insidethegames.
DOHA (QAT): Doha still have to make up their minds about whether they will bid for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics despite Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the head of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), claiming here that they do plan to put themselves forward. Sheikh Ahmad, a Kuwaiti, had revealed in an interview that he had been told they were going to bid but that nothing had been officially announced yet. But a spokesman for the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) insisted that the Sheikh's claim on the eve of the OCA General Assembly was premature, even though Doha had promised as long ago as August 2008 that they would bid. Writes Insidethegames. Doha bid for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics but were controversially cut from the short-list because their proposed dates were outside the window that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had published.
MAYAGUEZ (PUR): Jamaican Neville "Teddy" McCook has been returned as President of the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Track & Field Association. At the association's election of officers here on Thursday, McCook defeated Keith Joseph of St. Vincent and The Grenadines 25-6 to take his second term in office. The victory means McCook will return as IAAF Area Representative. Joseph after losing to McCook returned to lose the vice presidency voting to Barbadian Noel Lynch 18-13.