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DOHA DEFENDERS FOR ISTANBUL
BRATISLAVA (SVK): As usual in olympic year which is coming in 2012 many athletes are calculating differently with their planning. The list of athletes who want to defend their World Indoor titles from Doha also in Istanbul is over 50 percent level. On the men side Dwain Chambers at 60 m, Abubaker Kaki at 800 m, Derese Mekonnen in the 1500 m, Bernard Lagat at 3000 m, Dayron Robles (60 m Hurdles), Ivan Ukhov in high jump, Fabrice Lapierre in long jump, Christian Cantwell in shot put are ready to go. In some cases they still need to undergo home qualification (in some cases very tough) process. Bryan Clay (heptathlon) must still decide if he wants to try to achieve a top mark during the indoor season but most probably not. Steven Hooker in pole vault will start end of January in Australia and will see later. Not clear is the situation of Chris Brown at 400 m who recently changed agents and for sure not in Istanbul will be triple jump title defender Teddy Tamgho who is banned by French Athletics Federation and due to his injury did not plan for indoors in any case. On the women side confirmed as non Istanbul are Debbie Dunn at 400 m (Her rehab from her stress fracture this summer prevented her of coming back to soon. Training at the moment is going well, but Indoors will not fit in her road to London 2012), Mariya Savinova at 800 m, Fabiana Murer in pole vault and Olga Rypakova in the triple jump. Later decisions are expected from Veronica Campbell-Brown at 60 m and Nadezhda Ostapchuk in shot put. Confirmed interest for Istanbul is known from Kalkidan Gezahegn (1500 m), Meseret Defar (3000 m), Lolo Jones (60 m hurdles), Blanka Vlasic (high jump), Brittney Reese (long jump) and Jessica Ennis (pentathlon).
DAEGU WINNERS FOR ISTANBUL
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Another group to follow for the coming indoor season are the Daegu winners. In relevent events confirmed interest for indoors and Istanbul is from Jesse Williams in high jump, David Storl in shot put, Brittney Reese in long jump and Valerie Adams in shot put. Solid possibility is existing from those who will do some competitions and might decide during the indoor season whether to go to Turkey. They are Mo Farah, Jason Richardson, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Jenny Simpson. Also Tatyana Chernova wants to see how her high jump will got and decide later about her Istanbul pentathlon invitation Another group decided to do some indoor competitions but no Istanbul. In this group Kirani James, Pawel Wojciechowski, Trey Hardee (final decision in January), Mariya Savinova, Anna Chicherova, Fabiana Murer and Olga Saladukha. No for the indoor season comes from Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt, David Rudisha, Asbel Kiprop, Dwight Phillips, Carmelita Jeter, Amantle Montsho and Vivian Cheruiyot. Undecided in this case Christian Taylor (decision early February, he is taking the semester of the school to focus on Olympics) and Sally Pearson (also connected to her recent injury).
My personal top ten moments of 2011 related to athletics
1)Usain Bolt playing golf with Jaromir Jagr and Ivan Lendl before Ostrava meet
2)Ivan Ukhov asking for bar at 230 while doing warm-up in Hustopece (and easily clearing)
3)Veronica Campbell-Brown clocking first sub 11 for Ostrava with huge 10.76
4)Antonietta Di Martino clearing 204 with some room Italian record in Banska Bystrica
5)Usain Bolt Press conference presenter in Oslo City Hall, a place where Nobel Prize is given
6)Our athletes Petr Svoboda and Denisa Rosolova beeing European Indoor Champions
7)Ivan Ukhov trying world indoor record 244 in Hustopece (there with Sotomayor in the hall) and Banska Bystrica
8)LJ Van Zyl finally breaks 48 seconds in Ostrava with world lead 47.66
9)In the 7th attempt since 2003 the steeple meet record of Ostrava went (Kipsiele 8:02.55)
10)Daegu press conferences presenter: all exciting (journalists tell Merga he is disqualified, UB joking, Lemaitre trying fair english etc. etc.)
special: Opening ceremony presenter World Ice-Hockey Championships in Bratislava