2011 DecaNation, Doha Bid for 2017, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Morgan Uceny, 2011 Lausanne, photo by PhotoRun.net

Having a very tough Daegu was U.S. champion Morgan Uceny. Looking good through the rounds, Uceny was caught in a tumble during the 1,500m final, finishing out of the medals. A tough tumble to someone who was thought to be a real medal contender.

Morgan came back at the Brussels meeting, winning the DL and running fastest time of the year with her fine 4:00.06 for the 1,500 meters.

Morgan Uceny is one of those athletes who we will see on the medal stands over the next few years. As in life, in our sport, one has to hit the lows to appreciate the high points .

NICE (FRA): Seventh Decanation (teams match in decathlon events) will see 8 teams battling for the overall win. In previous editions USA won four times and Russia with France got one each. Also this year team USA will compete as favorite with world finalist Maggie Vassey in the 800 m, shot put world medalist Jill Camarena-Williams on the women side, sprinter Justin Gatlin and pole vaulter Derek Miles to name on the men side. But Russia will be also strong with world champion Tatyana Lysenko in hammer, Anastasiya Kapachinskaya in the 400 m, Yelena Slesarenko in high jump and Aleksandr Menkov in long jump. Home team of France will have two stars Christophe Lemaitre in the 100 m and Renaud Lavillenie in the pole vault. Germany as usual strong in throws with world champion David Storl in shot put, Markus Esser and Kathrin Klaas in hammer. Malte Mohr is entered into the pole vault. The other teams are South Africa, China, Spain and England.

BRUSSELS (BEL): Doha unveiled in Brussels more details of its bid to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships, including staging the long distance events like the marathon at night to avoid the worst of the heat and also offering to organise the International Paralympic Committee World Championships immediately afterwards. It also, not surprisingly, was keen to emphasise that it already had the majority of its infrastructure in place to stage the Championships, unlike its only rival London, whose bid continues to suffer from uncertainty over the future of the Olympic Stadium. The Khalifa Stadium will feature the latest state-of-the-art cooling technology for the Championships, which would take place in the middle of September if Qatar's bid is successful. The marathon, which traditionally takes place in the morning, would be scheduled in the evening, along the Corniche waterfront, including one of the races being incorporated into the Opening Ceremony. Doha is also proposing to build Athletics City to accommodate the the competitors and officials during the Championships The development would offer luxury apartments, five star hotels, restaurants and entertainment facilities. They also promised that the Khalifa Stadium would be full to its 40,000 capacity each day.

TORONTO (CAN): Canadian hurdling star Priscilla Lopes-Schliep is a mom. The olympic medalist gave birth Friday to a baby girl Nataliya Ava, who weighed in at eight pounds one ounce. It's the first child for the Olympic bronze medallist from Whitby, Ont., and husband Bronsen Schliep. Lopes-Schliep posted on Twitter: "Thank you everyone for all your support, Bronsen & I our very happy to announce the birth of our daughter Nataliya Ava Schliep!" She trained through most of her pregnancy with her sights set on next summer's London Olympics.


KINGSTON (JAM): Two of MVP star athletes, Brigitte Foster-Hylton and Michael Frater are now representing 361 degree, a Chinese company. Track Alerts contacted their agent Paul Doyle who confirmed: "Yes, I can confirm that Brigitte and Michael are now representing 361." Also signed to 361 is 400 m hurdles runner and world championships semifinalist Josef Robertson.

MADRID (ESP): Spanish sprinter Estela Garcia (11.68 and 23.87 bests) did not participate in Daegu after failing a doping test conducted during the national championships early August. Daily "Publico" revealed that that was the real reason why she was removed from the national relay team for Korea. At that time the reason presented publicly was an injury. Papers are reporting that she still waits for the results of B sample analysis.

TALLINN (EST): The Estonian Athletic Federation has invited coaches, athletes and combined events enthusiasts to take part in the 1st European Decathlon Conference in Tallinn, 5 and 6, October 2011. Olympic Champion Erki Nool and Russia's Yevgeniy Zagorulko will be the headline speakers at the conference, which is part of the 2011 European Athletics Coaching Summit Series and will include presentations, sample training sessions and biomechanical analyses focused on the High Jump and Long Jump in the context of the decathlon.

BERN (SUI): Swiss javelin record holder Stefan Muller is ending his career. He will have his last competition on Saturday during Swiss Team Championships in Bern. His national record from 2006 is 82.07 m. In that year he was 7th at European Championships in Goteborg. He will be 32 next week.


ELDORET (KEN): Hundreds of people turned up for the grand homecoming ceremony of World double gold medallist Vivian Cheruiyot in Eldoret on Wednesday. At hand to receive the queen of distance running back from South Korea were family members, relatives, top athletes and a senior colleague from Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer, Patrick Ndunda. And at the official reception at the Mayor's Parlour, Eldoret Mayor William Rono announced that the municipality will name one of the town's streets in honour of the 5,000m and 10,000m winner in Daegu. Writes The Nation.Vivian's mother Angelina and father William Cheruiyot rubbed her with the ornamental plant sinendet that is used to bless heroes from the Kalenjin community. Mama Angelina then led the mursik (sour milk)-drinking fanfare that usually greets their returning world beaters. Cheruiyot revealed a plan to do a double at next year's London Olympics.


BLAKE: His reaction time was 0.269. This is nearly one tenth to normal. 19.26 minus 0.1 makes...He said he had been "patient" at the start.

CORRECTION: Matthias De Zordo is Diamond Race winner, not Thorkildsen.

SCORING: In all-athletics.com scoring Van Damme is number four of the season (top three are Monaco, Eugene and Zurich).

DIAMOND RACE: Each of the 32 overall event winners receives a spectacular Diamond Race Trophy and a cash prize of US$40,000 ($1,280,000), which combined with the US$480,000 ($6,720,000) available at each of the 14 meetings, brings the total prize money distributed by Samsung Diamond League in 2011 to a total of US$8 Million. Four athletes repeated their DR wins also in 2011 from Zurich winners (Koech, Cheruiyot, Spencer and Reese) and seven more came in from Brussels winners (Rudisha, Merga, Lavillenie, Jeter, Chemos, Vlasic and Barrios). Interesting also to note that all last year winners competed in the final also this year except of two in Zurich (Gay and Wariner) and seven in Brussels (Spearmon, B. Jackson, Tamgho, Felix, Langat, Lopes-Schliep, Savigne). Last year Vlasic was the only one with winning all seven meetings in her event, this year there was not such athlete, closest with five wins Adams, Chemos and Montsho. On the other side of barrier is high jump winner Jesse Williams who won only one meeting.

DR winners 2011 in Zurich events - 100 m: Powell (2010 Gay), 400 m: James (Wariner), 1500 m: Chepseba (Kiprop), SC: Koech (Koech), 110mH: Robles (Oliver), HJ: Williams (Ukhov), LJ: Watt (Phillips), DT: Alekna Malachowski). Women - 200 m: Jeter (Felix), 800 m: Meadows (Jepkosgei), 5000 m: Cheruiyot (Cheruiyot), 400mH: Spencer (Spencer), PV: Spiegelburg (Murer), LJ: Reese (Reese), SP: Adams (Ostapchuk), JT: Obergfoll (Spotakova).

DR winners 2011 in Brussels events - 200 m: Dix (Spearmon in 2010), 800 m: Rudisha (Rudisha), 5000 m: Merga (Merga), 400mH: Greene (B. Jackson), PV: Lavillenie (Lavillenie), TJ: Idowu (Tamgho), SP: Armstrong (Cantwell), JT: De Zordo (Thorkildsen). Women - 100 m: Jeter (Jeter), 400 m: Montsho (Felix), 1500 m: Uceny (Langat), SC: Chemos (Chemos), 100mH: Carruthers (Lopes-Schliep), HJ: Vlasic (Vlasic), TJ: Saladukha (Savigne), DT: Barrios (Barrios).


BELLINZONA (SUI, Sep 15): Italian sprinter Jacques Riparelli clocked fast 10.26 (+0.5) to win at a international meet here. Top duel in long jump ended with a win for French Eloyse Lesueur 668 beating Swiss record holder Irene Pusterla 655. Rieti hurdles winner Emanuele Abate continued in that way and won again in 13.58 (+0.6). Ukrainian Natalya Pyhyda posted 51.98 at 400 m ahead of European U23 Champion Olga Topilskaya of Russia (53.42). Melanie Melfort cleared 188 to win the high jump ahead of world finalist Deirdre Ryan of Ireland (184) and best Swiss Beatrice Lundmark (also 184).

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