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Idowu's decision to leave the indoor season alone goes completely with the focus he has put on London 2012. As Philips told RBR in New York City at the adidas NYC GP : " London 2012 is my focus, I will compete when it makes sense, but this is a long build up."
As Sebastian Coe noted so elegantly a decade or more ago: the triple jump is an event that takes much from the body. Ask Christian Olsson, the great Swedish jumper.
LONDON (GBR): Triple jump European Champion from Barcelona Philips Idowu is passing the indoor season. After Nelson Evora injury, Teddy Tamgho ban and Christian Taylor undecided about the indoor it looks like the title in Istanbul will be very open.
Sebrle returning to the match
PRAHA (CZE): Legendary Roman Sebrle is returning to an old activity. He will compete for the Czech Republic at the international combined events match this weekend against Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain and France in Praha. The world record holder returned last week from training camp in South Africa and feels to be in solid shape. Last time he competed in this match was in 1999 in Den Haag (third with 5836 points). Another top home entry will be World and European 400 m hurdles finalist Zuzana Hejnova who will try with pentathlon. In heptathlon also Adam Sebastian Helcelet with 7969 decathlon best, he won the match last year. Czech Republic was men´s match winner and France women are the title defenders.
Bekele thinking another national vest
LONDON (GBR): Insidethagames writes that Kenenisa Bekele is so upset about what has happened that he is reportedly considering running for another country. Bekele's manager Jos Hermens, who has also guided the career of Bekele's fellow Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie, his predecessor as Olympic 10,000 metres champion and world record holder, told insidethegames: "I have just spoken to Kenenisa, who is back home, and he is so upset about the whole thing that he is saying 'Let me run for another country'. He says the first time he knew anything about it was when he saw the reports on Ethiopian TV. He said to me 'I have not been shown any respect'. He has told the federation he does not want to train on the Mondo track at the national stadium because it is too hard and it could lead to injury. Kenenisa and Haile were among several athletes who asked the authorities not to lay a hard track there three years ago, but they were ignored. This is a nation with the world's best endurance runners, and they lay a sprinter's track at the national stadium. You can't believe it. In a couple of months' time Kenenisa is going to set up a softer track of his own 10 kilometres outside Addis. He has spent $1 million of his own money on it, and it will mean other Ethiopian athletes can train there too. But instead of getting thanks, this is the way they treat him. It's unbelievable. Kenenisa is not due to run until the end of February, but this is going to affect seven or eight athletes who are supposed to be running in the Dubai marathon in a week's time." Hermens also added: "This is something the IAAF have to look into and I hope they can sort it out."
UB and VCB
KINGSTON (JAM): With swirling discussions about his relationship with rival sprinter and Racers Track Club teammate Yohan Blake, newly crown RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the Year, Usain Bolt, took the opportunity of Friday night's glitzy ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel to set the record straight. Bolt, while collecting the spoils of another successful season, which saw him win the 200m at the IAAF World Championships, register the fastest time over 100m with a 9.76 clocking, while finishing the season unbeaten, made it clear that the friendship between himself and Blake has not been affected by the latter's recent breakthrough. "There was a lot of things stirring up in the media, so I thought I would take the opportunity to clear it up," said Bolt, in front of a packed ballroom and live television audience. "It's good to have rivalries, but when you try to break up a friendship, that is the wrong way to go. The rivalry is always going to be there, because we are two great athletes, but in training, it's all about hard work and outside of that, we are good friends. We will ... enjoy our friendship and we will both continue to work hard. If I win, Jamaica wins, and if Yohan wins, Jamaica wins, so it's good for the country anyway," Bolt added. Bolt won the Jamaican Sportsman of the Year Award, Blake was named the runner-up Sportsman of the Year. There were not many surprises when world 200m champion and 100m silver medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown was announced by co-hosts Neville Bell and Simon Crosskill as the 2011 National Sportswoman of the Year. It was for her for the fifth-time to win. Among the surprises of the night, however, was Asafa Powell's victory in the People's Choice Award for his 10.08 seconds win in the 100m at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships last June. Powell's run received more public votes that Yohan Blake's 19.26 seconds 200m run in Brussels, which was the overwhelming favourite to get the popular approval from the members of the public. With help from Jamaican Gleaner.
Top jumping expected
COTTBUS (GER): Wednesday´s jumping indoor meet in Cottbus, Germany recieved a cancellation from Poland´s pole vault world champion Pawel Wojciechowski. He is not yet in the shape. He will be replaced by German Hendrik Gruber. Other top Germans jumping are Karsten Dilla, Bjorn Otto and Raphael Holzdeppe. International jumpers will be Poland´s Daegu fourth placer Lukasz Michalski, Greek record holder Kostas Filippidis, Briton Steven Lewis and former world champion Giuseppe Gibilisco of Italy. In second event of the evening, women´s high jump, Irina Gordeyeva with 194 last weekend is the top based on this years mark. But Svetlana Shkolina will open here her season, also jumping US record holder Chaunte Howard-Lowe, Spanish record holder Ruth Beitia and Canadian Commonwealth Games winner Nicole Forrester. Also in the field Romanian European U23 Champion Esthera Petre.
BERLIN (GER) : German hurdler Carolin Nytra is happy to return to competition at the indoor meeting of Karlsruhe on February 12th. Nytra has missed most of the 2011 season due to injury but feels ready to come back as strong as before. Should her return in Karlsruhe go well she might also compete in Birmingham and at the German national indoor championships she said to leichtathletik.de.
WUPPERTAL (GER): 16-year old Falk Wendrich (born in 1995) improved on the German junior high jump youth record when jumping 219 in Wuppertal this weekend. The youngster has big dreams as he hopes to one day be among the world's best jumpers. Wendrich is adviced by former Olympic high jump champion Dietmar Mögenburg who himself as a junior jumped 232 in 1979.
LAUSANNE (SUI): The newly formed European Athletics Education Commission met for its first working session in Frankfurt, Germany, over the weekend reports European athletics. Chaired by Council member Frank Hensel, the commission reviewed European Athletics' educational activities in 2011, discussed the overall education philosophy and concept for the period 2012-2015 and developed recommendations for 2012, which will be put forward to the Executive Committee.
ST. GEORGE'S (GRN): In Grenada The Kirani James Boulevard was unveiled writes trackalerts.com. Also former 400m runner Alleyne Francique has been recognised by his country and saw a roundabout re-named in his honour.
ST JOHN'S (ANT): US based national sprinter Brendan Christian has committed to representing Antigua & Barbuda at this summer's 2012 Olympic Games in London. The athlete's commitment came following a series of meetings with the National Olympic Committee (NOC), government officials that included Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, Antigua & Barbuda Athletic Association (ABAA) and the Ministry of Sports reports the Antigua Observer.
KINGSTON (JAM): Olympic 400m hurdles champion Melaine Walker is not sure whether she will run the 400m flat race this year. Walker talked to The Jamaican Observer and was quoted "I'm not sure. I'm not a lover of the flat 400, neither the 400 hurdles, but it's working for me and I'm grateful for the 400m hurdles, but I don't think I'll be a great 400 flat runner". Walker might do some 400m races in the build up to the Olympic Games with the aim of being selected for the 4x400m.
AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch heptathlete Yvonne Van Langen is confident she can have a very strong year. The 29-year old kicked off her season with a 8.44 run over the 60m hurdles and will contest her first indoor pentathlon in Prague this weekend. Also Dutch athletes Nadine Broersen, Remona Fransen and youngster Femke Pluim will compete in Prague. The Dutch men's team consists of Eugène Martineau, Pelle Rietveld, Pim Jehee and Adriaan Saman reports alltrackpress.nl.
SAN JUAN (PUR): The Pan American cross country and marathon championships will be added to the athletics calendar in the continent in 2013, the Association of Pan American Athletics (APA) Executive Board agreed in their first meeting here. Caracas will host the marathon event in 2013. The cross country competition is scheduled for February 16 next year in a South American city yet to be confirmed. Lima will welcome race walkers for the Pan American Cup February 9-10 and will also host the Pan American junior championships August 2-4, both in 2013. Another continental event to be held this Olympic year will be the Pan American Combined Events Championships in Canada in early May. APA president Víctor López introduced the organization's strategic plan for 2012-2015, with focus on integrating all regions in the continent and in line with the IAAF's World Athletics Plan. Treasurer Alain Jean Pierre (Haiti) presented APA's current financial situation and the Budget proposal for 2012. APA was formed on October 28, 2011 on the occasion of the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, México.
OSTRAVA (CZE): Czech Olympic medalist 2004 and Daegu fourth placer Jaroslav Baba will start his indoor season at "Ostravska latka" high jump meet on Tuesday in Ostrava. The European indoor 2011 silver winner will compete against US Keith Moffat, St. Lucia world finalist Darvin Edwards, Romanian Mihai Donisan and Poland´s Piotr Sleboda with Konrad Owczarek among others.
HALLE (GER): Daegu discus silver winner Nadine Muller after good mark during the weekend in snowy Halle announced she will compete at the European Cup Winter Throwing in March. This years event will be held in Bar, Montenegro on March 17-18.
NAIROBI (KEN): Olympic and world 1500 m winner Asbel Kiprop announced his next races for Australian tour. After competing during the weekend in Kenya in cross country he said he will race the 800 m in Sydney in February and 1500 m in Melbourne early March at the IAAF World Challenge event.
OTTAWA (CAN): Athletics Canada announced an exciting new partnership which will see BioSteel Sports Supplements fueling Canadian athletes on their quest for national and international accolades. Their product line features the BioSteel High Performance Sports Drink, BioSteel Advanced Recovery Formula and BioSteel whey protein isolate. Part of this new partnership is also world number one ranked shot putter Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., who will join Team BioSteel. On Team BioSteel Armstrong joins a list of impressive athletes such as Mike Cammalleri of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Calgary Flames, Carey Price of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens, Steven Stamkos of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning and Heather Moyse who took home gold in the bobsleigh at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
ZURICH (SUI): Swiss hurdles record holder Lisa Urech reports that her healing process after a surgery goes well. Three months ago she was operated on her hip. Olympic participation in summer is possible. Even European Championships participation is not out of the question.
PANAMA CITY (PAN): Olympic champion in long jump Irving Saladino informed through his management company that he is not planning a surgery. Just passing the indoor season in order to concentrate on the summer. Informations in local media were not correct.
SEVILLA (ESP): Spanish Athletes of the Year 2011 were awarded during the 17th Gala del Atletismo at Hotel Alcora de San Juan de Aznalfarache (Sevilla). Among 200 guests and award recipients also the top senior ones, 1500 m runners Natalia Rodriguez and Manuel Olmeod.
IZHEVSK (RUS, Jan 22): At regional championships Anna Krylova (formerly Kuropatkina) improved her indoor triple jump best to 14.24 m.
DORTMUND (GER, Jan 22): Denise Krebs improved at a local meet to 9:10.07 in the 3000 m. Second Ethiopian Eleni Gebrehiwot who seeks German citizenship in 9:14.28.