Chaunte Howard Lowe, 2011 Ostrava, photo by PhotoRun.net
Chaunte Howard Lowe, AR in high jump, is baaaaaacccckkk! She just opened for 2012 with a clearance of 1.88m. Last year, Chaunte had a baby and had a short season. Let's see what Chaunte can do. She has spoken of her dream of an Olympic medal!
CHAUNTE LOWE RETURNING WITH 188
NASHVILLE (USA, Jan 7): US high jump record holder Chaunte Lowe returned to competition with solid 188 clearance at Ed Temple Invitational. She jumped once in 2011 at US Champs after her second child was born in Spring. Now she is back after good training and hoping to attack top results. She plans to open internationally at Moravia High Jump Tour in the Czech Republic, Hustopece on January 28 and Trinec on January 30. In the 55 m Bahamian Tamicka Clarke clocked 6.95, in men´s 55 m hurdles Jamaican Eric Keddo 7.31.
TOP AWARDS FOR BLAKE AND WHYTE
KINGSTON (JAM): World 100m champion Yohan Blake walked away with the Male Athlete of the Year Award while Rosemarie Whyte, who in 2011 broke 50 seconds (49.84) for the first time, was the Female Athlete of the Year at Racers TC Awards Evening. Schillonie Calvert, who took her 100m personal best to 11.05 and ran 22.55 over 200m, also a lifetime best, and Warren Weir, recorded a PB of 20.43, were the Most Improved Female and Male athletes. Kenroy Anderson was the Most Punctual athlete announced by Racers. The Grand Belisario Ballroom was transformed into a red-and-blue-themed ceremonial splendour, a clear homage to the strong Camperdown High School influence and background in the club as athletes, coaches and administrators celebrated their own and honoured those who have made invaluable contributions to the sport locally. Usain Bolt walked away with the Founders Award of Excellence for his impact on the sport. „Tonight marks a significant milestone for the club. It's the first time that we are showing our gratitude to those who have made invaluable contributions to the development of Racers Track Club," said head of the club Glen Mills. Awards were also presented to all of the clubs' 11 medallists at international championships last year - Celia Walters, Bailey-Cole, Wilbert Walker, Daniel Bailey, Shereefa Lloyd, Davita Prendergast, Whyte, Allodin Fothergill, Jermaine Gonzales, Blake and Bolt. Racers Medal of Appreciation went to Dr Tanya Clarke (medical services), Dr Akshai Mansingh (sports medicine), Dr Carl Bruce (medical sciences), Dr Paula Dawson (sports medicine), Par Lue Chin (physiotherapy), Wendy Peart (physiotherapy). Racers Award of Merit to voluntary services: Dr Warren Blake - (sports medicine and orthopedic services), Dr Aggrey Irons (sports medicine, sports psychology), Dr Herb Elliot (anti-doping), Grace Jackson (operational support), Ricky Simms (operational support, sports management and sponsorship). Racers Award of Merit for coaches Jason Dawson and Bert Cameron. Racers Gold Medal Award went among others to agent Cubie Seegobin. Informs Jamaican Gleaner.
ANOTHER AWARD FOR BLAKE AND VCB
SAN JUAN (PUR): Jamaican World champions Yohan Blake and Veronica Campbell-Brown were selected the Central American and Caribbean athletes of 2011, the region's athletics governing body (CACAC) announced. Blake took the 100m title and ran the third leg of the world record breaking 4x100m relay squad at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu. Three weeks later, he ran the second fastest time ever in the 200m (19.26) at the Diamond League meeting in Brussels. Two-time Olympic 200m winner Campbell-Brown collected her first world crown at the distance, after finishing runner-up in the 100m. The 29-year old Jamaican shows an impressive collection of 10 World Championships medals, including her 100m gold from Helsinki 2005. Quartermilers Kirani James of Grenada and Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas, were selected the junior athletes of 2011. At 18, James became the youngest ever individual world champion when taking the 400m final in Daegu. Miller added the World Youth gold in Lille to the junior crown won in Moncton in 2010.
AMOREBIETA (ESP, Jan 8): Kenyan 2010 World CC Champion Joseph Ebuya won the 58th Zornotza CC race with 31:33 at 10.7 km. World medalist 2011 Vincent Chepkok was second in 31:43 ahead of Eritrean Hunegaw Mesfin 32:03. Lucas Rotich of Kenya was fourth in 32:07 and another World CC medalist 2011 Teklemariam Medhin of Eritrea was way back fifth 32:50. Best Spanish Daniel Mateo as 9th in 33:43. Eritrean Nazareth Weldu was a surprise winner of women 6.7 km in 23:45 ahead of more experienced Kenyan Priscah Jepleting 23:53 and best Spanish Lidia Rodriguez 23:56.
F. KIPLAGAT BEATEN
EGMOND (NED, Jan 8): Ethiopian Dawit Wolde was the best at the 40th Egmond Half Marathon in fast 1:00:46. It is new course record, the former was 1:01:19 by Greg van Hest since 1999. Kenyan Gideon Kipketer was second (1:01:03) ahead of Eritrean Samuel Tsegay 1:01:09. Best Dutch runner was Khalid Choukoud as 6th in 1:03:13 after close finish with Michel Butter also 1:03:13. Surprise in women category as Ethiopian Meseret Hailu (a 2:30 marathon runner) beat in 1:11:18 (PB) the pre-race favorite and Berlin Marathon winner Florence Kiplagat of Kenya 1:11:21 and Dutch Hilda Kibet 1:11:45. Fourth Flomena Chepchirchir 1:11:48 and 6th best Dutch runner Ilse Pol 1:13:27.
EUGENE (USA): Oregonlive.com says that US 10 000 m record holder Galen Rupp was informing that he is withdrawing from the US Olympic Marathon Trials next Saturday in Houston. Rupp, who never has run a marathon, said he entered originally because he felt confident in his training and wanted to keep his Olympic options open. But after thinking about it, he concluded that competing in a marathon now would limit his ability to run his best 10,000 at the Olympic Games in August. Rupp said he thinks his best chance at an Olympic medal is in the 10,000.
MOLETJIE (RSA): 2009 World champion South African 800 m runner Caster Semenya celebrated her 21st birthday in style at her home village of GaMasehlong in Moletjie near Polokwane. SA media are informing. The 800m world champion celebrated with family and close friends, including new coach Maria Mutola, herself a former 800m world champion, and poet Mzwakhe Mbuli. Life has changed for the Semenya family, who used to stay in a mud hut until the Limpopo provincial government built them a new home in recognition of her achievements. 21 years old is a special birthday in terms of African traditional views. Her training with Mutola is going well, is more professional. She thinks about competing during the SA season later in the years 2012 and might compete in May for first time outside Africa.
MILANO (ITA): Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius continues to make for headlines. On Saturday evening he took part in the Italian TV contest Dancing with the stars as special guest. His partner was Italian dancer Annalisa Longo and they performed an excellent Tango as Italian media are writing. „The judges were way to kind and the audience was special beyond words," Pistorius said on his twitter.
BERLIN (GER, Jan 8): Daegu silver medalist Martina Strutz did not start well into the season. She no heighted at local meet at 430 cm.
ANCONA (ITA, Jan 8): Italian Marzia Caravelli achieved at a local meet here 8.21 at 60 m Hurdles and missed the Istanbul standard only by 0.03 s.
UNIVERSITY PARK (USA, Jan 7): Brycen Spratling clocked 1:01.86 in the 500 m at Penn State Indoor Relays. Yvette Lewis showed early solid shape with 8.12 at 60 m hurdles (8.13 in heats). 21-years old sprinter Mahagony Jones improved to 7.41 and 23.68 in the 60 m and 200 m. Second in the 200 m Kirsten Nieuwendam achieved new national record for Surinam 23.76 (she also clocked NR at 60 m 7.51). Hurdler Fawn Dorr posted in the 500 m good 1:10.44.
LAWRENCE (USA, Jan 7): Ivory Williams was timed with 6.66 at the Bill Easton Classic meet and achieved so far the fastest time of the indoor season. Hurdler Dexter Faulk was second (6.77) but won his specialty with 7.67.
COLLEGE STATION (USA, Jan 7): Aldrich Bailey proved his talent during second day of Texas High School Classic. First he ran 47.05 at 400 m to move to No. 6 on the all-time high school indoor list. He followed that with a 21.14 at 200 m, that boosted him to =No. 6 ever. Informs trackandfieldnews.com.
TORONTO (CAN, Jan 7): Canadian Olympian Taylor Milne posted good 2:20.94 at the 1000 m here.
NICE (FRA, Jan 8): National champion Abdellatif Meftah won in good weather (10 degrees) the 10 km road prom classic in Nice with good 28:47. Second Gregory Beugnet 28:57 and third Thibaud Nael 28:58. Laurane Picoche was the best woman in 33:19.
VALENCIA (ESP, Jan 8): Moroccan wins at 10 km road race Divina Pastora here. Hassane Ahouchar clocked 29:18 and Fatima Ayachi 32:56.
FUENSALIDA (ESP, Jan 8): Double European junior champion from Tallinn Gabriel Navarro won the Calzado Cross in Feunsalida with 29:03 at 10 km ahead of Rafael Martinez 29:43. Ana Lozano was the 7 km women winner (26:00). The organizers did not had enough funds to invite foreign runners.
VARZEA GRANDE (BRA, Jan 8): Kenyan Mark Korir won the 28th Corrida de Reis at 10 km in 30:03 ahead of his team-mate Barnabas Korir 30:25. Also in women 10 km Kenyans ruled, Eunice Kirwa 34:35 ahead of Nancy Kipron 35:27. The race was held in big humidity and hot temperatures.
ORLANDO (USA, Jan 8): Brazilian Fredison Costa won the Disney Marathon in 2:19:01. Also second place for former multiple winner Brazilian Adriano Bastos 2:19:15. US Renee High was the top woman after 2:48:33.
BLACKTOWN (AUS, Jan 8): Melissa Breen is dominating so far the local races. Here she clocked 11.44 (+1.7) in the 100 m.
JACKSON (USA, Jan 7): 37-years old Kenyan Richard Kessio who lives in Houston won the fifth annual Mississippi Blues Marathon in 2:20:28. It is the slowest winning time since first year, it was held in non-traditional hot weather. Morocco's Malika Mejdoub was the top female finisher and sixth overall runner with a time of 2:43:56.