Usain Bolt, 2011 AREVA Paris, photo by PhotoRun.net
Vivian Cheruiyot, 2011 WC 5,000m, photo by PhotoRun.net
Robert Harting, 2011 WC discus, photo by PhotoRun.net
Good luck to all in the Fifth Avenue Mile on Saturday, September 24, 2011. On Saturday & Sunday, September 24-25, BMW Berlin Marathon will have over 70,000 participants, from a youth run, to a inline skating marathon, to a full marathon over the famous BMW Berlin Marathon course, held on Sunday, September 25, 2011. Good luck to all....
HARTING, ADAMS, CHERUIYOT, BOLT AT 200 M
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Who is ending the season 2011 unbeaten? Mainly two throwers with solid winning streaks running. Discus world champion Robert Harting despite injured knee won all his 16 competitions (only finals counting). His last loss comes from early August 2010 (Nottwil) and with 5 more wins from last year his streak is currently at 21. Shot put world champion Valerie Adams is also unbeaten in 2011 after 13 competitions and the streak is at 16 with three more wins from 2010 (last loss in Zurich Main train station on August 18, 2010). Usain Bolt continues in his winning streak at 200 m (last loss on September 14, 2007 in Brussels to Spearmon and X. Carter). After four wining finals in 2011 the number is at 17 (six in 2008, five in 2009 and two in 2010). Impressive season and unbeaten on the track is Kenyan double world champion Vivian Cheruiyot. She won her only race at 3000 m, five at 5000 m and her first three career 10 000 m races. Her winning streak continues at 5000 m since August 13, 2010 (in London to Tirunesh Dibaba) and is currently at 8 finals. Grenada´s super-talent Kirani James is unbeaten outdoors with 8 finals (but has one not finished race indoors) at 400 m. In special events unbeaten Trey Hardee in decathlon (two wins) and Russian walking heroes Valeriy Borchin (5 races in total and is unbeaten at 20 km since May 10 2008 with in total 7 races) and Olga Kaniskina (4 races in total). Close to unbeaten seasons were David Rudisha at 800 m (lost in last race of the season in Milano, had before 26 winning streak since 2009, counting finals only) and Sally Pearson at 100 m hurdles (also lost in last race in Brussels, had before 13 races winning streak from August 27, 2010). Fine seasons also for other women sprinters. Carmelita Jeter won all 10 finals except of one (Shanghai DL to Veronica Campbell-Brown), Veronica Campbell-Brown won four out of five 200 m finals (lost in Kingston to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce). Amantle Montsho lost her first two races in the 400 m but then went unbeaten in 8 finals including World Championships.
FITH AVENUE MILE
NEW YORK (USA): The 2010 defending champions Amine Laalou of Morocco and US Shannon Rowbury will take on a truly impressive roster that includes eight Olympians and four 2011 World Championship medallists at Saturday's 31st Fifth Avenue Mile here. While Laalou and Rowbury failed to advance to the 1500m finals at the World Championships in Daegu, they will seek redemption on Fifth Avenue. Rowbury and 1500 m world champion Jenny Simpson will be joined by 800m specialists Alysia Montano (2011 USA 800m Champion, fourth at World Championships 800m) and Maggie Vessey (sixth at the World Championships 800m), miler Morgan Uceny (2011 USA and Diamond League 1500m Champion) and Sally Kipyego (2011 silver medalist at the World Championships 10,000m). The men's elite race will be highlighted by four-time World Champion, two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat, who will once again battle it out against Amine Laalou of Morocco who out-kicked him in the 2010 edition of the race. Others on the men's roster include Nick Symmonds (four-time USA 800m champion, fifth at the World Championships 800m), David Torrence (three-time USA road mile champion), Jeff Riseley (Australian 1500m Champion), and Lagat's training partner Boaz Lalang (silver medalist at the World Indoor Championships 800m, runner-up at the 2009 Fifth Avenue Mile). The athletes will be competing for a $30,000 prize purse. Informs Race Results Weekly.
KANTER AIMING FOR TOP MARK
HELSINGBORG (SWE): Olympic discus winner Gerd Kanter who is late good shape will have his last competition on Saturday in Helsingborg, Sweden. His main aim there in expected good discus conditions is to attack 69.50 m what is the leading throw in the world by Zoltan Kovago. Conditions in Helsingborg on Saturday should be fine; the weather forecast is good even no big winds are expected. But with the history that Gerd has there with all kinds of breakthroughs in practices as well as in meets through the years he is expected to throw far there.
MURER LEADS BRAZILIAN TEAM
SAO PAULO (BRA): Pole vault world champion Fabiana Murer leads the 62 athletes strong Brazilian team for Panamerican Games in Guadalajara, Mexico in October. Among 30 men also strong sprinting group with Daegu 6th placer at 200 m Bruno de Barros. Kleberson Davide and Lutimar Paes will run the 800 m and marathon specialist Marilson Gomes dos Santos the 10 000 m. Pole vaulter Fabio Gomes da Silva a improved walkers Moacir Zimmermann and Caio Bonfim will have also chances for top position. Among 30 women sprinter Ana Claudia Silva and long jump olympic winner Maurren Higa Maggi.
WALNUT (USA): Top athletics star Usain Bolt plans an appearance at MtSAC College in California. It will happen on September 27 at Hilmer Lodge.
KARLSRUHE (GER): Organisers of Karlsruhe indoor meet confirmed the staging of the event on February 12 next winter. It will be the 28th edition of the event. The name will be "Internationales Hallenleichtathletik Meeting Karlsruhe" that means without a title sponsor. Despite that fact there should be funds available to invite world stars and German elite. German indoor scene lost the event in Stuttgart for 2012 where also the title sponsor did not continue the cooperation with the organizers.
JENA (GER): The German city of Jena is having new indoor hall for athletics. After two years of building the 3,7 millions Euro worth project was opened by honorary guests, among them also legendary Heike Drechsler. It is a training hall with 60 m and 110 m straight and 150 m track.
TORONTO (CAN): The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced that Jacob Zorzella-Manners, an athletics athlete, has received a two-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The violation occurred during in-competition doping control on June 25, 2011 and resulted from the athlete's urine sample returning an adverse analytical finding for cannabis. He is this years Canadian triple jump champion with 15.80 personal best.
BERLIN (GER) : The German athletics Association DLV has opened ticketsales for the 2012 German Championships on June 16-17 in Bochum Wattenscheid. 17.000 spectators are expected for the event.
BEIJING (CHN): Kenya's former world marathon record holder, Paul Tergat, has urged the world to make sports accessible to all. Tergat was speaking at the 14th World Conference on Sport for All, an integral part of the Olympic Movement, which is being organised by the Beijing Olympic City Development Association (BODA) in conjunction with the IOC Sports for All Commission. Tergat said Kenya has been able to conquer the world in distance running mainly because Kenyans have made running virtually a lifestyle reports The Daily Nation.
BERLIN (GER): European marathon champion Nailya Yulamanova pulled out from Sunday´s Berlin Marathon due to fever and flu like symptoms. Informs her management company Posso Sports on its twitter.
BEIJING (CHN): China will have to wait for another two decades, if not longer, before hosting another Olympic Games to give other nations a fair chance, IOC president Jacques Rogge told the Xinhua news agency. Rogge said many other Chinese cities, including Shanghai and Guangzhou, all had the ability to host the Olympics."But at the very least China will have to wait 20 years or longer," Rogge was quoted.
LONDON (GBR): The British Olympic Association (BOA) are set to decide this November whether or not to put forward a bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Glasgow City Council has already contacted the BOA expressing an interest in hosting the prestigious event for 15 to 18-year-old elite athletes and the subject was discussed by the BOA board of directors according to Insidethegames.
LONDON (GBR): Mo Farah and Dai Greene, Britain's two newest athletics heroes, have joined together with some of the sport's greatest names from the past, including Denise Lewis and Jonathan Edwards, to back London's bid to host the 2017 World Championships at the Olympic Stadium writes Insidethegames. They have all been unveiled as official ambassadors for the bid, the first significant initiative by UK Athletics since the campaign was officially launched earlier this year. Other ambassadors unveiled include Phillips Idowu and Hannah England. Sally Gunnell, the 1992 Olympic 400m hurdles champion, Steve Cram, the 1983 world 1500m champion and former world mile record holder, and Roger Black, the 1996 Olympic 400m silver medallist, complete the line-up.
BERLIN (GER): German javelin thrower Katharina Moliter is not only going to throw the javelin this winter but will also play on the Leverkusen volleyball team. Moliter has already started training with the team and hopes to play as many games as possible before the volleyball season ends in March. After that she will put her full focus again on the javelin and the London Olympic Games.
BRUSSELS (BEL): Former European indoor 60m hurdles champion Eline Berings will no longer receive financial support from the Belgian government. The hurdler missed the European indoor championships in Paris and could not defend her title due to a knee injury. The 25-year old underwent surgery earlier this year and is working on her come back. If she performs well during the indoor season she will regain her financial support.
PARIS (FRA): French World fourth placer and European record holder in steeple Bouabdellah Tahri successfully underwent surgery to his leg and has already started rehabilitating with the aim of returning to the highest level in the spring of 2012. Tahri was forced to turn to surgery after the injury has been bothering him for over a year and a half.
TRENTON (USA): AP informs that nothing will happen (at least for the moment) with the political career of legendary jumper/sprinter Carl Lewis. A federal appeals panel ruled Thursday that he should be removed from a state Senate ballot because he does not meet the New Jersey's four-year residency requirement. Lewis' lawyer said he has not decided whether to appeal, but time is running short: Ballots are about to go to the printer for an election less than seven weeks away.
BRUSSELS (BEL): Interesting stat from Brussels women 1500 m race. Ingvill Makestad got the 14th position fastest ever 4:03.79, Jenny Simpson achieved the 13th fastest ever 4:03.68 and Poland´s Renata Plis got the 12th fastest ever 4:03.50 (also personal best).
WATFORD (GBR, Sep 21): Leon Baptiste clocked solid 10.42 (+0.7) and 20.81 (+0.8) here.