2012 World Indoors: Biggest team: USA, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Will Claye, TJ/LJ, 2012 USA Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

DeLoach_Janay-USind12.jpgJanay DeLoach, LJ, 2012 USA Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gatlin-TimmonsFH-USind12.jpgJustin Gatlin, Trell Kimmons, 60m, 2012 USA Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

Castlin_KristiR-USind12.jpgKristi Castlin, 60m hurdles, 2012 USA Indoors,
 photo by PhotoRun.net

Centrowitz_Matt-USind12.jpgMatt Centrowtiz, 1,500m, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hall_Sara1-USind12.jpgSara Hall, 3,000m, 2012 USA Indoors,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Hastings_Natasha1-USind12.jpgNatasha Hastings, 400m, 2012 USA Indoors,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Hoffa_Reese1-USind12.jpgReese Hoffa, Shot Put, 2012 USA Indoors,
photo by PhotoRun.net

The US team numbers fifty-one (51), heading to Istanbul, Turkey, for the 2012 World Indoor Championships, being held March 8-11, 2012. The team is pretty impressive, but so are some of the teams from the rest of the world. Looking forward to three solid days of track & field!


USA: The biggest of all teams with 51 athletes. USATF writes that two-time World Indoor 3000 m gold medalist Bernard Lagat and two-time defending long jump gold medalist Brittney Reese join world-leaders Tianna Madison (60m), Sanya Richards-Ross (400m), Kristi Castlin (60mH), Trell Kimmons (60m), Will Claye (TJ and LJ) and Reese Hoffa (SP) as Team USA looks for a repeat performance from 2010 when it won a total of 17 medals to take the overall medal count. The roster also features six athletes who earned individual medals at last summer's World Outdoor Championships in Daegu, South Korea. The list includes Claye, who took a bronze medal in the triple jump, 1500 m bronze medalist Matthew Centrowitz, triple jump gold medalist Christian Taylor, high jump gold medalist Jesse Williams, decathlon silver medalist Ashton Eaton, shot put bronze medalist Jillian Camarena-Williams and long jump gold medalist Reese. The team, men - 60 m: Kimmons, Gatlin, 400 m: Roberts, C. Smith, 800 m: Rutt, T. Everett, 1500 m: Centrowitz, Rupp, 3000 m: Lagat, Lomong, 60mH: Merritt, Craddock, HJ: Williams, PV: Walker, Roth, LJ: Claye, TJ: Claye, Taylor, SP: Hoffa, Whiting, hept: Eaton, 4x400 m: added Wright, M. Mitchell, Iglehart-Summers, Torrence. Women - 60 m: Madison, Pierre, 400 m: Richards-Ross, Hastings, 800 m: Moore, Wright, 1500 m: Martinez, Vaughn, 3000 m: Areson, Hall, 60mH: Castlin, Ivy, HJ: Lowe, McPherson, PV: Suhr, Saxer, LJ: DeLoach, Reese, TJ: Smock, SP: Camarena-Williams, Carter, 4x400 m: added Cole, Hayes, S. Williams, Cousins.

CUBA: In total 11 athletes from Cuba, 7 men a 4 women. Top guns Dayron Robles at 60 m hurdles, Yargelis Savigne in the triple jump and both pole vaulters Lazaro Borges and Yarisley Silva. The team, men - 60mH: Robles, Ortega, PV: Borges, TJ: Copello, Girat, SP: Veliz, Hept: Y. Garcia. Women - PV: Silva, TJ: Savigne, Gay, SP: Gonzalez.

NEW ZEALAND: The only entry is the shot put world champion Valerie Adams.

AZERBAIJAN: Two runners for 3000 m are entered, Layes Abdullayeva and Hayle Ibrahimov.

BELARUS: Only 2 men and 16 women are selected. Andrey Kravchenko for heptathlon and Maksim Lynsha for 60 m hurdles are the male representatives. On the women side shot put title defender Nadezhda Ostapchuk is the top entry, also in the team is 100 m olympic 2004 winner from Athens Yulia Nesterenko. Women team - 60 m: Balykina, Nesterenko, 800 m: Arzamasava, 1500 m: Koreyvo, 60mH: Talay, LJ: Mironchyk-Ivanova, Shutkova, TJ: Detsiuk, SP: Ostapchuk, Kopets, Pent: Maksimava, 4x400 m: Kiyevich, Tashpulatova, S. Usovich, Khlyustova, Yushchanka.

GREECE: In total 8 athletes (5 men and 3 women) have been selected from the Greek Federation. Pole vaulter Konstadínos Filippídis is the only member of the team who participated in the previous edition of 2010, while Loúis Tsátoumas is bound for his 4th appearance in a World Indoor Championships and has been named the captain of the team. Men - 60mH: Douvalídis, HJ: Baniótis, Hondrokoúkis, PV: Filippídis, LJ: Tsátoumas. Women - 800m: Filándra, TJ: Panéta, Papahrístou.

ISRAEL: Former US athletes will represent Israel. In women pole vault Jillian Schwartz and in men´s 800 m Dustin Emrani who improved this winter to 1:47.81.

LATVIA: Two females will compete in the long jump, heptathlete Aiga Grabuste and Lauma Griva.

BOTSWANA: As EME NEWS already reported 400 m world champion Amantle Montsho is not running, the representatives will be men 4x400 m relay team. They will be five: Jamaica-based Isaac Makwala, Obakeng Ngwigwa, Thapelo Ketlogetswe, Pako Seribe and Sakaria Kamberuka.

TURKEY: Host nation selected 20 athletes. Just recently approved is the participation of two high quality runners of Kenyan origin Polat Kemboi and Ilham Tanui. Also in the team European Champion Nevin Yanit at 60 m hurdles. Men - 400 m: Kayas, added for relay: Kilic, Guzel, Tamac, Can, 800 m: Kilic, 1500 m: Koyuncu, I. Tanui, 3000 m: P. Kemboi, LJ: Kulaksiz, SP: Atici. Women - 400 m: Redif, 800 m: Aydin, 1500 m: Cakir, Karakaya, 3000 m: Karakaya, 60mH: Yanit, HJ: Ayhan, LJ: Mey, TJ: Sinmez, SP: Dereli

CROATIA: The national federation asked for an exception for high jumper Ana Simic, she has 192 from last year, 191 this year. Otherwise no athletes with standard in the country.







DUBLIN (IRL): Kenenisa Bekele, the world's greatest ever cross country and track distance runner, will return to the city of one of his greatest achievements when competing at the SPAR Great Ireland Run in Dublin at 10 km. It is 10 years ago next month when, aged only 19, he became the first and only male athlete ever to lift the IAAF World Cross Country long and short course titles in the same year with two magnificent performances at Leopardstown racecourse. Now Bekele's appearance in the SPAR Great Ireland Run on 15 April suggests the reigning Olympic 5000m and 10000m champion, before taking part in this summer's London Games, could be taking a preliminary step in the transition of proving himself as equally successful on the roads which would cement his reputation as the world's best ever distance runner. Writes David Martin.


LONDON (GBR): A 12 million euro Olympic Museum will be opened in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after London 2012 announced the British Olympic Association (BOA) in the presence of Olympic and Sports Minister Hugh Robertson. The Olympic Museum is set to open in 2014 and be situated adjacent to the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower writes Insidethegames.


LONDON (GBR): India have promised that they will not boycott London 2012 in protest over Dow Chemical's sponsorship of the Olympic Games but warned that they could be taking part in the Games „under protest". Indian Olympic Association (IOA) acting-President Vijay Kumar Malhotra revealed that they would discuss the idea at the organistion's next Executive Board reports Insidethegames.


LONDON (GBR): Banned British sprinter Dwain Chambers is unlikely to know until mid-April whether he can compete at the London Olympics, according to the British Olympic Association (BOA)."It is unlikely that there will be a determination by CAS before probably three to four weeks after that hearing, we are expecting a month," BOA chairman Colin Moynihan told reporters from Reuters.


COLORADO SPRINGS (USA): Current National Track & Field Hall of Famers Valerie Brisco, Gail Devers and Dan O'Brien have been named as nominees for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, announced the U.S. Olympic Committee. Fans are eligible to vote for their favorites of the 18 Olympic athletes, five Paralympic athletes and five teams nominated. The three athletes have combined to win a total of seven Olympic gold medals.


MOSCOW (RUS): World indoor record holder at 1500 m Yelena Soboleva who continues in her comeback after being banned before Beijing Olympics said that the she plans to concentrate on the 800 m in the summer. At the last week Russian Indoor Championships she was third in the 1500 m and satisfied as she just recently underwent a achilles surgery.


PARIS (FRA): For its 20th edition, the Paris International Half-Marathon plans with a field of 30 000 runners this Sunday. This year, the field in the men's race will be welcoming several runners whose personal bests come under the one hour mark. Ethiopian Getu Feleke, winner of the 2010 Amsterdam Marathon with a time of 2:05:44', will be the man to watch with a personal best of 59:56. Kenyan challengers will be headed by track world record holder Moses Mosop with 59:20 and also Boston top time 2:03:36 last year. He is also Chicago winner and one the 6 preselected marathon runners in Kenya for olympic games. In the women's race title defender Peninah Arusei, her countrywomen Sarah Jepchirchir and Pauline Kahenya will be attempting to capitalise on recent performances. Organizers are writing in a release.


METZ (FRA): Last big international indoor meet in Europe will be the Athlelor Moselle Indoor in Metz on Wednesday. Main names are European indoor champion Olesya Povkh in the 60 m, former Cuban triple jump world champion Yargelis Savigne (with Mabel Gay), pole vault duel Roman Mesnil against world medalist Lazaro Borges. In the men 60 m Cuban Yuniel Perez will clash with Ramil Guliyev, both are not in Istanbul due to their nationality status. Improved Pascal Martinot Lagarde will fight with Italian record holder Emanuele Abate at 60 m hurdles. Kenyans Ismael Kombich, Remy Limo and Gideon Gathimba are the 1500 m favorites.


CLERMONT (USA): Orlando Sentinel informs that Olympic hurdler Damu Cherry continues her comeback from an Achilles injury as she prepares at the National Training Center for hurdles as she works to come back from injury and prepare for the 2012 Olympic team track and field trials in June in Eugene.


MADRID (ESP): Spanish marathon runner Alessandra Aguilar gave a positive drug test for a stimulant after she won the Cross de Cantimpalos on December 8. The news came out over the weekend and she has admitted that she tested positive.


GOLD COAST (AUS): Athletics legend Ron Clarke has resigned as Mayor of the Gold Coast to run for a seat in Queensland's State election next month and he has claimed that ensuring a successful 2018 Commonwealth Games will be one of his key priorities if he is elected. The 75-year-old from Victoria was a key figure throughout the Gold Coast 2018 bid campaign and his presence at the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) General Assembly in St Kitts and Nevis in November played a decisive factor in helping the Australian city hold off sole rivals Hambantota of Sri Lanka by 43 votes to 27. Insidethegames informs.


PORT OF SPAIN (TRI): A member of Trinidad & Tobago's team to last year's IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Daegu has been linked to a positive test according to a well-placed TrackAlerts.Com source. Information reaching the website is that the test was carried out at last year's Sagicor-NAAA Open Championships (Trials), held August 13-14, but that could not prevent the athlete from competing in Korea because of the time frame between both events. TT's local track and field governing body (NAAA) head Ephraime Serrette did not confirm or deny that there was a positive test, when contacted by TrackAlerts.com. „I don't want to comment on that situation in order to protect the athlete," he said.


ALBUQUERQUE (USA): Galen Rupp and Chaunte Lowe claimed the 2012 Indoor Visa Championship Series titles on the final day of competition at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Both will get the bonus of 25 000 USD. National Championships were the fourth and final stop on the indoor Visa Championship Series.


MODENA (ITA): Marathon 2004 olympic winner Stefano Baldini became father for second time on Sunday evening. First daughter Alessia was born in 2001 and now Laura as second daughter. Mother and wife is the former national 400 m champion Virna De Angeli.







MAGGLINGEN (SUI, Feb 26): Irene Pusterla returned to competition with solid 651 cm. The national record holder confirmed so her fitness for the World Indoors.


GENOVA (ITA, Feb 26): Chinese national walking team dominated the 43rd Ugo Frigerio Trophy on the road. Wang Zhen was the best in men´s 10 km in 38:36 ahead of Si Tianfeng 40:57. In women race Liu Hong got 44:10 and Li Yan Fei 45:06.


SEATTLE (USA, Feb 26): At Brooks High School Invitational at oversized track here fast 400 m times for Najee Glass 46.06 (facility record) and Aldrich Bailey 46.07. Levonte Whitfield won the 60 m in 6.71 ahead of Tatum Taylor also 6.71. In the girls 60 m Shayla Sanders impressive 7.21. Donovan Robertson clocked new US HS record at 60 m hurdles 7.57 (HS height).

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