Aldama Thinks after London, Lavillenie to Open in Ostrava, by Larry Eder


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The story of Yamile Aldima and her family, and how she triumphed over a challenging decade to make the World Indoors team and win the gold medal! Read the story below, which is hard to imagine, much less, believe.....

Aldama thinks after London
LONDON (GBR): David Martin writes that veteran Yamile Aldama the fresh World Indoor Champion (with world masters record) admits the victory might motivate her to extend her career. Aldama thrilled British supporters with her gold medal success in Istanbul last Saturday and has already hinted she might change her plans to retire after this summer's Olympic Games. The 40-year-old Cuban born's display in Istanbul was the culmination of almost a decade in which she overcame the family upheaval  of husband Andrew Dodds being jailed for 15 years after he was convicted of storing 100 kilograms of heroine at a warehouse in Barking.  It was a traumatic time for Aldama and his incarceration meant that she was refused a British passport which prevented her competing at the 2003 World Championships in Paris when she was in the kind of shape to win much needed prize money for herself and son Amil. Fortunately before the following year's Olympic Games Andy Norman one of the most powerful managers in global athletics, wheeled and dealed on her behalf and fixed it for her to compete in the colours of Sudan where she placed fifth. Aldama's first positive good luck came with the release of Dodds in 2009 and the following year and now a British citizen, saw her cleared to compete for her adopted country in November 2010 after Sudan supported the change of allegiance. Now Frank Attoh her long time coach and personal friend insists Aldama who lives in Wembley and can see the Olympic Stadium from her home is adamant she can approach 15 metres which might win a medal this August in London and then extend her career.

Lavillenie to open in Ostrava
OSTRAVA (CZE): Fresh World Indoor Champion Renaud Lavillenie of France will open his summer season at 51st Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting on May 25. The Czech IAAF World Challenge meet will have men´s pole vault for first time since 2008 and organizers are hoping he can attack the meet record 577 cm set in 2008 by Yevgeniy Lukyanenko of Russia. "I heard about Ostrava meeting from my colleagues and I m glad the meet will have after some years men´s pole vault. My plans are clear for the summer with Helsinki and London and Ostrava will be the starting point.  First meet is always very important and I want to give the crowd a good show. In case all we be well with my shape and conditions I think I would be able to attack the meet record 577 cm," said the 2010 European Champion for the organizers. Already earlier confirmed stars for the meet are Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, LaShawn Merritt, Oscar Pistorius, Barbora Spotakova, Dayron Robles, Christian Cantwell and Dylan Armstrong.

Komon debuting in Praha and thinks WR
PRAHA (CZE): Road world record holderLeonard Patrick Komon revealed the site of his half marathon debut. It will be in Prague on March 31. He also said he wants to attack the current world record 58:23 of Zersenay Tadese achieved in 2010 in Lisbon. Komon, a 24 year old long-distance runner from Kenya, should have the support of two pacemakers from his group (Rono and Chesari). Also in the field last year's winner Philemon Limo who was the first to run the course on Czech soil in under one hour (59:30) and Kenneth Kipkemoi with 59:11 last Sunday in Den Haag. For anyone able to beat the world record, there is a prize of 100 000 Euros. First place prize is 4000 E and course record bonus 5000 E. Aside from top runners, the Hervis Prague Half Marathon also draws a wide range of other runners. The record capacity of 11 000 start numbers was sold out already two months in advance.

Simon for fifth Olympics
BUCURESTI (ROU): Romanian media are informing that 38-years old Lidia Simon will be selected for her fifth Olympics based on her Nagoya 2:33:41 result last Sunday (19th position). The marathon world champion 2001 started with 6th place in Atlanta 1996, that was followed by silver in Sydney 2000, a non-finish in Athens 2004 and 8th place in Beijing 2008.


SAN VITORE (ITA): The Cinque Mulini IAAF Permit Meeting Cross Country race will celebrate its 80th anniversary this Sunday. It will be a special edition for the legendary Northern Italian race which has been held staged since 1933 even during the second World War. The stand-out names are last year's 5000 metres World Championships sixth placer and 12:51.95 runner Thomas Longosiwa and 2011 European Cross Country champion Atelaw Bekele from Belgium.  The other three Kenyans in this year's field are Bernard Rotich, who finished third at the Antrim IAAF Cross Country race on 21 January and fourth at the Police Cross Country Championships in Kenya, Solomon Kirwa Yego and William Kibor.  Another medallist  from the European Cross Country Championships in Velenje is José Rocha from Portugal, who finished third in the Slovenian town. The top Italians are cross country veteran Gabriele De Nard, who won his second National cross country title in Borgo Valsugana last January and Italian middle distance runners Merihum Crespi and Abdellah Haidane, respectively 1500 and 3000 metres Italian Indoor champions last month.  The top name in the women's race is Kenyan Prisca Jepleting, who won the 5000 metres World Championships bronze medal in Osaka 2007 and finished fourth in the 10000 metres at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. She will battle against  Moroccan Btissam Lakhoad who finished fourth in the 1500 metres at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu. Ines Monteiro from Portugal is the top European name in the field. Silvia Weissteiner, who won the Italian cross country title in Borgo Valsugana in 2012, Olympic 3000 metres steeplechase Elena Romagnolo, Agnes Tschurtschenthaler and Federica Dal Ri are the best Italians in the field. 

ROMA (ITA): The 18th edition of the Rome Marathon ACEA, a IAAF Gold Label Road Race has attracted 15500 road runners from 82 countries (8500 Italians and 7000 foreigners from all corners of the world) who will toe the starting-line from the world-wide famous Fori Imperiali this Sunday. The programme also features the popular Roma Fun 4 km mass race which reached a record figure of 80 000 road runners in the previous years.  No less than 7 top runners with a sub-2:09 PB and 14 runners with a sub-2:10 PB will take part. Nicholas Kemboi from Qatar is the fastest runner in the field with a PB of 2:08:01 set in Valencia in 2011. Kemboi will clash against Ethiopians Dereje Tesfaye Gebrehiwot (PB 2:08:28), Gidena Gebremeghin (PB 2:08:28), 2011 Tadese Toledo Aredo (2:09:02), winner in three Italian top marathons (Florence 2010, Padua 2011 and Venice 2011), Hussan Roba Adelo (2:09:09), Fikadu Kassa Kedir (2:09:15), Demssew Abebe Tsega (2:09:44) and Kenyans Nickson Kurgat (PB 2:08:36), Luka Kanda (2:08:40), Daniel Kipkurui Kosgei (2:08:45), Samson Kiprono Barmao (2:08:56), Thomas Kipchumba Chemitei (2:09:21), Cosmas Koech Kimutai (2:09:25) and Philemon Gita Baaru (2:09:51).  The last three editions of the Rome Marathon were won by Ethiopian Firihwot Dado, who went on to conquer the 2011 New York City Marathon last November. The fastest woman in the field is Kenyan Hellen Kimutai who set her lifetime best of 2:25.53 in Hamburg 2003 and finished ninth at the 2005 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki. She has already competed in Rome in 2007 when she finished second in 2:26:46.
The Kenyan will square off against Ethiopians Fatuma Dergo Sado (2:28:01), Shuru Diriba Dulume (2:28:26), Bizunesh Mohamed Urgesa (2:31:09), Ashete Dido Bekere (2:31.35), Kenyan Margaret Toroitich (2:31.09) and Russians Nina Podnebesnova (2:31.36), Yevgeniya Danilova (2:31.44) and Marina Kovaleva (2:32.20).  Both Italian all-comers records were set in the Eternal city. The men's course race is held by Benjamin Kiptoo who clocked 2:07:17, while Russian Galina Bogomolova set the women's course record running 2:22.53 in 2008.

LUGANO (SUI): Italian Olympic Champion Alex Schwazer is but one of a handful of star names to take part in this weekend's Lugano Trophy - Memorial Mario Albisetti Walking, the first of the European Athletics Race Walking Permit Meetings on Sunday. Schwazer last competed in this event two years ago, when he sensationally broke the Italian 20km Walk record with 1.18.24 held by 1980 Olympic legend Maurizio Damilano but has had mixed fortunes since then and struggled to rediscover his form in 2011. However a very strong win in the Italian Winter Championships last month, where he walked 35km in one of the fastest times in history suggests the 27-year-old is coming back into the sort of form which saw him destroy the 50km field in Beijing four years ago. "I had some injury problems last year and I never really got back to my top form" said Schwazer from his Milan training base "although now I feel as good as ever and am so confident I am planning to race the 50km in Dudince six days after Lugano to show me exactly where I am". Perhaps the great threat to Schwazer will come from double French European 50km Champion Yohann Diniz who memorably set a world record over 50km last year and has an 1.18.58 best time. The Russian challenge will be headed by Pyotr Trofimov a 1.19.02 performer and Ireland's Robert Heffernan, who placed 4th over 20km and 50km at the last European Championships will also be in the hunt towards the business end of the race. Schwazer's fellow Italian Olympic medallist Elisa Rigaudo leads the women's 20km field after recovering from her 2011 absence due to the birth of a baby daughter Elena. There is a large Russian presence entered including Tatiana Sibileva who has a best of 1.25.52 and 2009 World Championship silver medallist Olive Loughnane will also be hoping to set a mark tom put her Olympic preparation on track. Sylvia Korzeniowska, the sister of four time Olympic Champion Robert Korzeniowski is also entered and will be hoping to secure her place on the French team for London. On a day of a full programme Ireland's World Youths 5,000m Walk Champion Kate Veale will be hoping to break her own Irish record this time competing over 10km.

CAPE TOWN (RSA): The Kenyan team will be one of five of the strongest countries in the world to compete at the CAA Africa Cross Country Championships on Sunday when they defend their title. With the absence of a World Cross Country Championships in 2012, the Africa Cross Country Championships will serve as the biggest event this year. This year the Kenyan team will send only four athletes in each category to defend their title. This policy carries an element of risk as should a team member have to withdraw, Kenya will not be eligible for the team prize as four athletes are required to finish. The senior men's team consists of Frederick Ndunge, Timothy Kiptoo, Vincent Chepkok and Clement Langat while the senior women are Joyce Chepkirui, Margareta Muriuki, Emily Chebet and Esther Ndiema. Vincent Chepkok is, on paper, the most experienced of the men's team. He finished 3rd at the 2011 World Championship. The full list of teams entered are: South Africa, Kenya, Eritrea, Morocco, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Congo, Egypt, Uganda, Mauritius, Rwanda, Mozambique, Zambia, Angola, Botswana, Sudan, Namibia, Swaziland, Malawi, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. SA federation website informs.


MINSK (BLR): Belarus is sending 11 athletes for the European Cup Winter Throwing this weekend in Bar, Montenegro. The top entry is fresh silver medal winner from Istanbul in the shot put Nadezhda Ostapchuk who will be the main favorite of her event. In hammer Sergey Kolomoyets, in women discus Svetlana Serova are the other names to follow.

MOSCOW (RUS): Russia will have in Bar 23 athletes in all events and categories. Top female names are hammer world champion Tatyana Lysenko, former discus European champion Darya Pishchalnikova and shot put European indoor winner 2011 Anna Avdeyeva. Also to note Soslan Tsirikhov in men´s shot put and Kirill Ikonnikov in men hammer.  Dmitriy Tarabin is the one to follow in javelin.



LONDON (GBR) : World 800m bronze medalist Andrew Osagie talked to BBC about his ambitions for this summer and announced that he will compete at this year's European championships in Helsinki. Osagie will be among the favourites to win a medal in Helsinki.

LONDON (GBR): Steve Backley, the former javelin star and the first British athlete to medal at three consecutive Olympic Games, has launched the Cadbury Keep Team GB Pumped Parade, a 3D spectacle to encourage the public to get behind the country's medal hopes at London 2012 writes Insidethegames. The virtual parade can be viewed at and is also available via Facebook and Twitter.

LAUSANNE (SUI): Frankie Fredericks is set to remain as a member of the IOC when his current term expires later this year after he was one of five people nominated for election in London. Under the rules of the IOC, his eight-year term is due to expire at London and he would have been forced to step down as the chairman of the IOC Athlete's commission. He will now be allowed to continue. A similar situation happened to Fredericks' predecessor as chairman of the Athletes' Commission, Sergey Bubka, who was elected to continue as an IOC member when his term ended in 2008 according to Insidethegames.

NEW ORLEANS (USA): The New Orleans Saints announced today that the club has named former NFL star wide receiver and 12-year coaching veteran Henry Ellard as the team's wide receivers coach. Ellard is a former triple jumper competing at the 1992 Olympic Games and holds a personal best of 16.73.

LAUSANNE (SUI): The long-running revenue negotiations between international and U.S. Olympic officials made progress in recent weeks, but failed to produce an agreement in time for the two-day IOC executive board meetings in Lausanne. IOC President Jacques Rogge hopes to resolve the revenue issue in further meetings. 

COLORADO SPRINGS (USA): Budweiser and the U.S. Olympic Committee announced that the beer brand is extending its exclusive malt beverage sponsorship and renewing its commitment to the USOC and Team USA through 2016. Budweiser's partnership with the USOC spans nearly three decades and includes 14 Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games.

DUSSELDORF (GER): German athletes André Pollmächer and Jan Fitschen have confirmed their participation at the Düsseldorf marathon on April 29 th . Both athlete are hoping to qualify for the London Olympic Games and run the standard of 2:12 reports

LAUSANNE (SUI): The CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) informs it has upheld an appeal by the IAAF and banned Spanish walker Francisco Fernandez for two years. That means the 2004 Athens olympic silver winner will not be able to participate in his fourth Olympic Games in London (also 7th both in Sydney and Beijing). His initial two years ban was reduced to one year (starting in February 2010) by Spanish Athletics Federation but IAAF challenged this decision. In the mean-time Fernandez was competing in 2011 even at World Championships in Daegu (non finisher) and was the national champion at 20 km and 10 000 m on the track. To serve the second year of the ban he will miss the 2012 season. Spanish media are quoting Fernandez as hugely dissapointed as his ban was reduced to one year based on the fact that he was cooperating in the investigation.


SYDNEY (AUS, Mar 15): During day two of the 2012 Australian Junior Athletics Championships round one of the men's 400m also delivered, as Australian Flame Steven Solomon set a new meet record of 46.19 to blaze into the final on Saturday.
NEW DELHI (IND, Mar 12-15): Top results at the 60th All India Police Athletics champioships at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium were Ravindra Rautela achieving 3:45.89 in the 1500 m and Jai Bhagwan 1:24:00.02 in the 20 000 m walk.

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