Top marathoners for Italy race
CASTELBUONO (ITA): Race Results Weekly informs that the organizers of the 86th Giro Podistico di Castelbuono announced that they had recruited the male champions of the Boston, London and New York City Marathons to compete head-to-head in their race on Tuesday, July 26. In a coup for race director Mario Fesi, his event in a small Sicilian city will be the first ever where Kenyans Geoffrey Mutai (Boston winner) and Emmanuel Mutai (London), and Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam (New York) compete in the same race. Known as "La Corsa Piu' Antica" (the Ancient Race) because it was first held in 1912, the traditional distance for the Giro Podistico di Castelbuono has been 11.3 kilometers. The athletes would run ten laps of an 1130-meter loop over the ancient streets tiled with volcanic stone, starting and finishing in the Piazza Margherita. This year, however, the race will be a certified 10-K held on the same course, and the athletes will run just under nine laps, instead. Organizers also said that USA half-marathon record holder Ryan Hall would be competing in Castelbuono for the first time. Hall was supposed to run the race last year, but was forced to withdraw to attend to an undisclosed family problem.
Gay confirmed, is out for 2011
VAIL (USA): Reuters confirms what was expected, also when he was not named in the relay pool for Daegu. US record holder Tyson Gay had an arthroscopic procedure on his injured right hip and will not run again this year, his manager Mark Wetmore said. He had the surgery on Tuesday in Vail, Colorado. "The doctor was pleased with the outcome and believes Tyson will resume his normal base training in the fall as he prepares for 2012," said Wetmore.
40 000 expected on Friday
PARIS (FRA): News before Friday´s AREVA Samsung Diamond League in Paris. It is expected that around 40 000 will come to see the stars, mainly Usain Bolt who will run in the lane 6 of the 200 m. Home star Christophe Lemaitre is in five. Interesting to note that Bolt never run before 200 m in France in Europe, only one before in Fort-de-France (Caribbean area) in Martinique in 2006 (20.08, +1.5). The French all-comers record is 19.95 by Frankie Fredericks in 1996 at Charlety stadium in Paris. Latest withdrawals are German javelin Euro winner Linda Stahl and Ethiopian Meselech Melkamu in the 5000 m.
Jacko Gill show
LILLE (FRA, Jul 7): Super talent Jacko Gill from New Zealand was the star of the second day at World Youth Championships. In second round he got superb world youth best 24.35 with 5 kg implement. He also had following 24.03, 23.54 and 24.02 marks. His previous world best from December 2010 was 23.86. "It was good competition so I was really quite pumped, I just hit that first throw and the second was quite good so to know I was hopefully going to win the competition quite early was good," said Gill for NZ Athletics website. The other two medals for USA: Tyler Schultz was second 20.25 ahead of Braheme Days 20.14. Another top mark came from Australian Jake Stein who won the octathlon with world leading 6491 points after six personal bests. "This is the best day of my life, all I can say is that I'm stoked," Stein said. Silver for Fredrick Ekholm of Sweden 6127 and bronze for Brazilian Felipe dos Santos 5966. US dominated in the girls 100 m final (-0.6), Jennifer Madu won in 11.57 ahead of Myasia Jacobs 11.61 and Jamaican favorite Christiania Williams who was leading until 90 m 11.63. Close finish in the boys 100 m, finally the gold for Jamaica as Odail Todd got 10.51 (-0.3). Second Japanese Kazuma Oseto 10.52 and third home French Michael-Meba Zeze 10.57. German Christin Hussong improved three times her javelin best, the winning mark was world leading 59.74 m. Silver for Sofi Flinck of Sweden 54.62 and bronze for Monique Cilione of Australia 52.77. Trinity Wilson of USA won the 100m hurdles in world leading 13.11 ahead of Swiss Noemi Zbaren 13.17. World best of French Adriana Lamalle 13.08 was close. Kendall Williams of USA got the bronze (13.28). Qing Lin won the long jump for the China 783 ahead of Johan Taleus of Sweden 744 and Italian Stefano Brago 742.
Bahrain wins both 10 000 m
KOBE (JPN, Jul 7): Asian Championships started with Bahrain wins in the 10 000 m races. Hasan Mahboob won the men's with 28:35.49, while his teammate Bilisuma Shume Gelasa was second with 28:36.30. Akinobu Murasawa of Japan was third with 28:40.63. Shitaya Eshete won the women's 100000m with 32:47.80, while her teammate Kareema Jasim was second with 32:50.70. The defending Asian Games champion Preeja Sreedharan of India was third with 33:15.55. As expected, the defending Asian Champion and Asian Games' champion Ehsan Hadadi of Iran won the discus with 62.27m. Mayookha Johny of India was the best in the long jump with 656, while Lu Minjia of China was second 4cm behind with 6.52m. Saeko Okayama of Japan jumped 6.51m in the last round and for a while she was hoping for the gold, but it was 5cm too short. Masumi Aya of Japan won the women's hammer 66.21, thus became the first non-Chinese to win this event at Asian Championships. Note that Chinese had completely dominated the women's hammer, having won all Asian Championships as well as Asian Games until today. The fastest qualifier in the 100 m was Guzel Khubbieva of Uzbekistan, 2006 Asian Game's champion, with 11.50. Liu Chunhua of China successfully defended her javelin title with 58.05m throw, while her team mate Wang Ping was second with 55.80m. Su Bingtian recorded fastest time, 10.31, in the second semi of 100 m, while Masashi Eriguchi, coached by Nobuharu Asahara, recorded the fastest time,10.36, in the first semi of 100m. The Asian record (9.99) holder Samuel Francis was second to Eriguchi in the heat 2 with 10.51, but he did not contest the semi. Kazakhstan´s Olga Tereshkova won the second semi of 400 m with 53.53, while Chinese Chen Jingwen won first semi with 54.06. Double Asian Games' champion Femi Ogunode of Qatar was originally listed in the entry of 400m, but did not contest the event. In his absence, now the favorite Yuzo Kanemaru won first heat in 46.84. Hideyuki Hirose won second heat in 46.35 while Ahmed Al-Marjibi won third heat in 46.06. Akihoko Nakamura of Japan leads the Decathlon with 4044 after the first day, while Bharata Inder Singh of India is second with 3961. With help from Ken Nakamura.
Isinbayeva for Luzern
LUZERN (SUI): Yelena Isinbayeva is now set for second meet of the summer. After Heusden on July 16 she will jump in Luzern at the 25th jubilee Spitzenleichtathletik Meet on July 21. „I wanto thank the organisers to invite me. I m looking forward to compete in the jubilee 25th edition. And I hope I will be able to enjoy the Luzern City atmosphere after the meet," said Isinbayeva in a quote prepared by the organizers. Swiss record holder Nicole Buchler will also jump.
New stadium look
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Olympic medallist and local hero Kelly Sotherton gave members of the media an exclusive tour of the newly-renovated Birmingham Alexander Stadium ahead of its grand opening at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday. Sotherton was joined by Aviva Great Britain and Northern Ireland teammates and fellow Birmingham locals Louise Hazel and Tom Parsons as members of the press had the chance to see first-hand the view that over 5,000 spectators seated in the new back straight stand will get this Sunday afternoon, as some of the world's finest athletes come to town for leg nine of the Samsung Diamond League.
Sharing deal IOC and USOC
DURBAN (RSA): A revenue-sharing deal between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) looks possible by year-end after a positive meeting. Informs insidethegames. The lunch-time meeting, called after recent talks in Lausanne broke down with important issues still unresolved, saw progress both on the divisive question of a new revenue-sharing formula and another sticking-point concerning the use of video footage of Olympic events in the United States. Any new formula would not come into effect until 2020. The USOC currently receives a 20 per cent share of global sponsorship revenue and a 12.75 per cent share of US broadcast rights deals. Many international officials think it is too big a portion.
TEL AVIV (ISR, Jul 7): During second day of 75th Israeli Championships Kenyan Cyprian Kokut ran 13:42.68 at the 5000 m, an all-comers record. Russian Aleksandr Gripich cleared 555 in the pole vault. Excellent high jump won by young Russian Mariya Kuchina clearing 192 over Israeli record holder Danielle Frenkel 189.
GRODNO (BLR, Jul 7): Belarus Championships first day highlights were Natalya Koreyvo 4:07.43 in the 1500 m and in the shot put titles for Natalya Mikhnevich 19.05 and Pavel Lyzhin 20.17 (in the absence of European Champion Andrey Mikhnevich). Pavel Krivitskiy won the hammer with 77.42. Yulia Balykina beat with 11.51 in the 100 m the 2004 olympic winner Yulia Nesterenko 11.58. Aleksandar Linnik won the men´s 100 m 10.40. Yuliana Yushchenko won the 400 m (52.51) when Yulia Yurenya achieved national junior record 53.04 in the heats. In the 20 km the titles in fast times for Ivan Trotskiy 1:20:48 and Anastasiya Yatsevich 1:29:30.