LANZAROTE (ESP): 2010 European triple jump bronze medalist Svetlana Bolshakova is hopeful that she will recover in time for the Olympic Games from her Achilles injury. Bolshakova, talking to Belgian media at a training camp on the Spanish island Lanzarote, ruptured her Achilles tendon while competing in Rabat in June earlier this year but is confident she can make a successful comeback. She will not compete before June 2012 but aims at qualifying for the European Championships in Helsinki upon her return.
NEW YORK (USA): World long jump champion Brittany Reese has been involved with her community and has purchased over 100 turkeys for Thanksgiving holiday and donated the food to non profit organizations. Reese and her family will also work with the Mount Bethel Baptist Church in her hometown Gulfport to distribute 20 Thanksgiving baskets to deserving families.
LANZAROTE (ESP): Defening Olympic High jump champion Tia Hellebaut is still confident she is on track for a successful comeback in 2012. Hellebaut still wants to lose two more kilo's before returning to competition at the end of January but stressed that training is going very well. She confirmed she wants to defend her Olympic title but added that she will not travel to London if she feels she cannot jump at least 2 meters.
HINRICHS BACK IN TRAINING
BERLIN (GER): German shot putter Denise Hinrichs is training well following a serious knee injury that kept her from competing during the summer season. Hinrichs, who managed 8th at the European Championships in Barcelona, ripped off the ACL in her knee when competing indoors but is confident she will be ready for the European championships and the London Olympic Games in 2012. She is still unsure whether she will compete indoors writes leichtathletik.de.
SELECTION MEETS IN GERMANY
BERLIN (GER): The German meetings of Dessau, Rehlingen, Regensburg, Cottbus and Rhede as well as the throwing meet in Halle will be selection meetings for German athletes towards the European championships in Helsinki and the London Olympic Games. DLV sportsdirector Thomas Kurschilgen is setting high standards for German athletes at these meetings in order to send the strongest possible German team to the Olympic Games according to Leichtathletik.de.
WOJCIECHOWSKI WITH INTEREST
LAUSANNE (SUI): Poland's world champion pole vaulter Pawel Wojciechowski talked to Polish local newspaper Express Bydgoski about how his life has changed since winning his world title. Wojciechowski explained that his success has surpassed his wildest expectations as he was aiming to win the European U23 title for this season. The Polish youngster is now learning to deal with the added attention and media demands but explained that now he is back in training and more than ever focused on the Olympic Games.
BRISTOL (GBR, Nov 13): British distance runner Gemma Steel is hoping to do well at the European Cross country championships in Velenje on December 11. The 27-year old Briton impressively won the Bupa Great Birmingham Run last month, winning over the half marathon course in a personal best of 72:21 reports skysports.com. Steel won the McCain Bristol Cross Challenge last weekend by 41 seconds over fellow British international Naomi Taschimowitz and Justina Heslop. Steel managed 27th last year but is now aiming for a top 10 position in the event.
BAHAMAS NAMES FOR LONDON
NASSAU (BAH): The Bahamian Athletics Association has named nine male and five female athletes who have already reached the A standard for the London Olympic Games. In the men's 200m Michael Mathieu is the only sprinter while Demetrius Pinder, Chris Brown and Ramon Miller all reached the A standard in the 400m. Donald Thomas and Trevor Barry are representing in the high jump while Raymond Higgs and Leevan Sands qualified for the long and triple jump. Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie is still going strong for the 100m and 200m. With also Anthonique Strachan and Nivea Smith in the 200m. Youngster Shaunae Miller has the A Standard for the 400m and Bianca Stuart got it for the long jump reports trackalerts.
BOLT WANTS TO BE STRONG
KINGSTON (JAM): Despite Yohan Blake's stunning 19.26 performance at the Samsung Diamond League meeting in Brussels, world record holder for the event, Usain Bolt, said he will not allow his rival to beat him over that distance. Bolt added that the 200m is his favourite event and has worked hard to perfect his 200m run over the years writes trackalerts.
COPENHAGEN (DEN): The Danish Sports Confederation (DIF) has abrogated rules forbidding former doping offenders from representing Denmark in the Olympic Games, in a move likely to increase pressure on the British Olympic Association (BOA) to take similar steps. DIF said the decision was a reaction to last month's landmark ruling by the CAS that an International Olympic Committee (IOC) ban on convicted drug cheats was "invalid and unenforceable" reports Insidethegames.
ST. LUCIA WILL STAGE YCG
CASTRIES (STK): Castries, the capital of St Lucia, has been chosen to host the sixth Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017 announces insidethegames. The competition is a small-scale version of the Commonwealth Games and is designed for the youth of the 71 Commonwealth countries for athletes aged between 14 and 18 years old. The first edition of the competition was held in Edinburgh in 2000 with the Isle of Man successfully staging the competition earlier this year in September when 800 athletes competed across 110 events in seven sports.
MERGA AND MASAI
ATAPUERCA (ESP, Nov 13): The IAAF Cross Country Permit Series got underway on Sunday with reigning World Cross Country champion Imane Merga of Ethiopia and Kenya's Linet Masai taking the win at the 8th 'Cross Internacional de Atapuerca'. Merga outsprinted Eritrea's Kidane Tadese in the closing 100 metres to grab a narrow one-second victory. Humegnaw Mesfin from Ethiopia closed the podium some meters after the top two. Linet Masai delighted the crowd with a solo run from midway to win with a massive 22-second gap over Ethiopia's Belaynesh Oljira and Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo. Ethiopians Ayalew Hiwot and Genzebe Dibaba completed the top five.