Lavillenie hopes for Indoors, Bolt Confirms Early Races, Centro Jr to Millrose Games, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Renaud Lavillenie, 2011 Euro Indoor Champs, photo by

Renaud Lavillenie ruptured one of his hands this past fall. His surgeon seems happy with his progress and in two weeks, the French vaulter hopes to begin training. He still has eyes on jumping indoors. Asafa Powell, the man who has run 76 times under 10 seconds for 100 meters, is eyeing the World Indoor Champs in Istanbul, Turkey.

Powell_AsafaPC-Lausanne11.jpgAsafa Powell, 2011 Lausanne DL, photo by 

Matt Centrowitz, Jr. the 2011 WC 1,500 meter bronze medalist, who recently signed with Nike (he is represented by Ricky Simms/PACE Sports Management), will be running at the Millrose Games on February 11, 2012, one week after his indoor debut at the NB Indoor Grand Prix on February 4, 2012. See the release RBR posted on the endorsement and Matt's future training plans...

Matt Centrowtiz, Jr., 2011 WC 1,500m semi-finals, photo by

EME NEWS (JAN 11, 2012)

Saladino no indoors
NIJMEGEN (NED): Reigning olympic long jump champion Irving Saladino of Panama will miss the indoor season 2012. He decided so in order to stay focused on the outdoor season with Olympic Games as the highlight. Informs his management company Global Sports Communication.

Bolt confirms early races
KINGSTON (JAM): Superstar Usain Bolt informs on his website that he will contest three training meets in early season in Jamaica. As expected at Camperdown Classic on February 11 and Gibson Classic on February 25 and on March 17 at UWI Invitational, all three meets in Kingston. Coach Glen Mills will decide nearer the time in which events he will compete. It is expected it will be a mixture of relays and flat races (400 m).

Fraser-Pryce for 200 m
KINGSTON (JAM): Another reigning Olympic champion Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (at 100 m) has for years toyed with the 200m, but has never run it at a major championship. However, she looks set to tackle the sprint double at the 2012 London Olympics. She has a personal best 22.15 over 200m from 2008 and admitted to The Gleaner that she wants to run the event. "Yes, I want to do the 200 metres," Fraser-Pryce expressed. "The likelihood is there, I can't tell you if I am a 100 per cent sure, but it is something that is in the talks between me and my coach. I am definitely looking forward to doing the 200m and qualifying for it at the national trials, then look forward to it at the London Games," she added. She will open her season on the January 28 at the Grace Jackson meet, where she will be running the 400 m (her best rom last spring is 54.93).

Pearson to open with relay
BRISBANE (AUS): World athlete of the year 2011 Australian hurdler Sally Pearson will make her first appearance in the Olympic year at the Brisbane Track Classic on Saturday. Australian media are informing.  She will contest the 4x100m relay, hoping to help her teammates qualify for the London Games. Pearson, who has been having treatment for a quadriceps injury sustained late last year, may also consider running the 100 metres after the relay. Former world champion Jana Pittman should also compete at the 300 m and 4x400 m relay.

Kenya will wait
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya will wait until the spring marathons to name its final team for the London Olympics. Informs Xinhua. David Okeyo, the Athletics Kenya (AK) secretary general, said it is crucial to judge athletes keen to represent the country in London after April events especially in London, Boston and Rotterdam marathons. Already world record holder Patrick Makau, who is also the Berlin marathon champion, Abel Kirui and Edna Kiplagat the world marathon champions have been named in the Kenyan team. That means one male and two female places are available only. Lot of top candidates are ready (Kipsang, M. Mosop, G. Mutai, E. Mutai mainly among men and F. Kiplagat, Keitany, Kilel among women).

Lavillenie hopes for indoor
PARIS (FRA): European pole vault champion Renaud Lavillenie must still wait two weeks before he can start with special pole vault training. But he still aims for the indoor season and has as first competition the Pole Vault Stars meet in Donetsk on February 11 in mind. Lavillenie ruptured his left hand early in December and underwent a surgery. After last visit of his surgeon he reports on his website that the doctor is satisfied with the progress and he can start to use his hand in normal life.

Kenyan favorites for Tiberias Marathon
TIBERIAS (ISR): The 35th Tiberias Marathon on Thursday around the See of Galilee will have five runners with under 2:09 PB's. In total 1700 runners are expected. John Sammy Kibet has the fastest time 2:08:17 but Leonard Mucheru with 2:08:53 is former two-time winner. Also to note Edwin Koech Kutto (2:08:57) and Francis Kibiwott (2:09:00). Last with sub 2:09 is Patrick Tambwe (2:08:55) from Congo who was last year second. The fastest on paper among the women is Hirut Beyene Guangul (2:40:14) from Ethiopia. Course records are 2:08:07 by Kenyan Jackson Kipkoech Kotut in 2009 and 2:34:17 by Slovak Maria Starovska since 1992 (at that time represented Czecho-Slovakia).

Merga for Dubai
DUBAI (UAE): Former Boston champion (2009) Deriba Merga is set to join a very strong field including Martin Lel of Kenya when competing at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 27. The Ethiopian who placed fourth in the 2008 Olympic Marathon before his brilliant win over the tough Boston course the following spring, cemented him amongst the world's best performers with those displays. "Speaking to Deriba in Ethiopia last month, it was obvious how keen he is to compete in Dubai," said event director Peter Connerton, who continues to pull together a world-class field of elite runners for the $1 million race. Writes David Martin. His best is 2:06:38 from London 2008.

Centrowitz for Millrose
NEW YORK (USA): Millrose Games meet director Ray Flynn announced that 1500m sensation Matthew Centrowitz will run in the NYRR Wanamaker Mile in the 105th Millrose Games on February 11. "I'm excited to be running and it will be my first mile/1500m of the year," said Centrowitz,and added "to debut in the Millrose Games with my father and sister, who will be competing there as well, I can't think of a better meet to do it in." In the race also Jeff See from other confirmed milers.

Wyludda aims for Paralympics
HALLE (GER): 1996 discus olympic winner Ilke Wyludda is a big fighter. After loosing part of her leg last year she started again to train. She aims to qualify for London Paralympic Games in summer. Her coach will be as during her track career Gerhard Bottcher.  She trains now five days per week and combines it with her job as a doctor. The 42-years old double European Champion plans to compete early March at disabled indoor competitions in Germany.

Nesta replaces Thompson
NEW YORK (USA): Interesting replacement in the 50 m field at US Open in Madison Square Garden on January 28. Richard Thompson of Trinidad will be replaced by Jamaican Nesta Carter. Already earlier were announced Asafa Powell, Daniel Bailey and US sprinters Justin Gatlin with Trell Kimmons. Carter is the winner of last Millrose Games in MSG in 2011 with fast 6.52 at 60 m and known as top starter. With his 9.78 100 m best he can be one of the top contenders in the race.


BERLIN (GER) : German 800m indoor and outdoor champion Jana Hartman will not compete during the indoor season. Hartmann sustained a foot injury while training in Flagstaff and decided she will stay away from running indoors even though the injury has now healed reports

KINGSTON (JAM): After expressed their disappointment with the food in Daegu for last Summer's World Championships, Grace foods and Service announced that it will be the nutrition sponsors for Jamaican athletes during their preparation for London 2012. Grace has pledged a minimum of 5 million dollar to the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) through donation of ten cents from the sales of its most popular products writes trackalerts.

LONDON (GBR): Twenty years after helping his injured son across the finish line in Barcelona, Jim Redmond has been selected to carry the Olympic flame during the torch relay for the London Games. Redmond created one of the most memorable moments in Olympic history in 1992 with his spontaneous act to help his crying, injured son during a semifinal of the 400 meters. With Derek Redmond hobbling badly with a torn hamstring, his father ran onto the track and virtually carried him the rest of the way reports AP.

TORONTO (CAN): After a year off to adjust to her marriage and arrival of her first child, quarter-miler Christine Amertil of Bahamas is getting ready for her return to track and field. The 30-year-old, whose daughter Jessica Ling was born on August 21, is residing in Ontario, Canada with her husband, Spencer. "The plan is to train and maybe get into a few indoor meets, but I'm not sure as yet," said Amertil in an interview with The Tribune from her home. "I'm just getting adjusted to having a baby, but the focus is on getting ready for the Olympics this year. That's the main focus right now." She was quoted.

NEW YORK (USA): ESPN Films has announced the first sports documentary filmmaking grant to be awarded through the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. The first grant recipient, chosen from a pool of nominees, is Town of Runners from award-winning U.K.-based director Jerry Rothwell. Town of runners is a feature documentary  about young people from the Ethiopian rural town of Bekoji, home to the current Olympic and World champions Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenenisa Bekele.

NEW YORK (USA): The 35th-annual Empire State Building Run-Up Powered by the MMRF will take place on Wednesday, February 8. In a departure from years past, the race will be held in the evening. After racing up 1,576 steps, 650 participants will be rewarded with the city lights and a colorfully lit Observation Deck. Informs NYRR. In 2011, Thomas Dold of Germany took home his record-setting sixth consecutive Run-Up victory when he reached the top in 10:10. He will be back again to defend his title in 2012. In the women's division, Alice McNamara of Australia took home her first Run-Up victory in her first attempt in a time of 13:03. McNamara will not be back to defend her title, but past champions Suzy Walsham of Singapore and US Cindy Moll Harris will return.

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