Nesta Carter thinks PB and wants to run in Doha, by Alfons Juck and note by Larry Eder

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Nesta Carter, 2011 Nike Pre, photo by PhotoRun.net

Nesta Carter was a good interview at the US Open. Thoughtful, Carter does not mince words. He runs well, pays respect to his competitors, Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, but Nesta Carter believes in himself. He knows he can run faster, and wants to break through to another level, and he has patience.

Nesta Carter is one of those young athletes who could surprise many of us in 2012. In this piece, Alfons Jucks discusses Carter's plans for 2012. Nesta Carter recently took the silver medal in the 60 meters at the World Indoors in Istanbul, Turkey.

Better than anyone, Nesta Carter knows that the Jamaican Olympic Trials will be the toughest meet of his year: making it out of the Jamaican Trials could be tougher than London 2012.

 

RECORD NUMBERS OF WALKERS

DUDINCE (SVK): Record number of 343 walkers from 34 countries is entered for Saturday´s 31st Dudinska Patdesiatka EA Walking Permit meet. The site of next years European Cup will have huge 110 walkers for the main 50 km event (8.30 am start). Top entry is olympic winner from Beijing Italian Alex Schwazer who might attack after 20 km last Sunday in Lugano also another national mark 3:36:04 from 2007. Three Slovak walkers are aiming for the olympic A-qualifier 3:59 (Milos Batovsky, Anton Kucmin, Dusan Majdan). The best home Matej Toth who is already pre-selected for London 50 km will do the 20 km against European champion and also last weekend NR breaker Yohann Diniz of France. The Frenchman is course record holder in Dudince at 50 km with 3:38:45 from last year. The 50 km is also national championships race not only for Slovakia but also for Czech Republic and Hungary. New 1 km loop will be ready in accordance for the European Cup 2013 needs.

 

NESTA THINKS PB AND WANTS TO RUN IN DOHA

KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican 60 m world indoor bronze winner Nesta Carter plans to improve his personal best of 9.78 in the 100 m this summer. He said that for Jamaica Observer. Carter was happy with his bronze: „It is my first individual medal at world stage," he said in Istanbul. Carter, who is a member of the Stephen Francis-coached MVP Track and Field Club plans to compete at the Samsung Diamond League opener in Doha as well as the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene a few weeks later as preparation for the National Senior Championships in June.

 

 

 

OTHER NEWS

 

 

SARANSK (RUS): 57 countries confirmed the participation at the IAAF Race Walking World Cup in Saransk, Russia on May 12-13. Informed Russian Federation general secretary Mikhail Butov. At the recent LOC meeting also IAAF Vice President Sergey Bubka took part. In total 1000 persons are expected to come to Saransk, which is the capital of Mordovia Republic. Russia 2 TV Channel will broadcast and produce the event.

 

MOSCOW (RUS): Russian Athletics Federation President Valentin Balakhnichev confirmed that Russian Athletics Olympic team will prepare for the games in Bath one week before the competitions will begin.

 

MOSCOW (RUS): Russian Anti-Doping Agency RUSADA informed about positive A sample of walker Dementiy Cheparev (will be 20 in October). He tested positive at Russian Winter Walking Championships on February 18 in Sochi. Cheparev was 10th in the 35 km race with 2:39:17. He is last year European Cup junior bronze medalist and 2009 World Youth silver winner. He was provisionally suspended until the case be solved.

 

LONDON (GBR): VISA started its worldwide olympic campaign and used track athletes. For example sprinting star Usain Bolt and pole vault queen Yelena Isinbaeva.

 

GRAND CAYMAN (CAY): The Cayman Islands announced plans for the first ever Cayman Invitational. The outdoor meet will comprise of eleven track and 2 field events and will be held on May 9th. The one day competition will take place at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town, Grand Cayman and will feature over eighty professional track athletes. The lineup for the inaugural event includes for example world champion Carmelita Jeter, shot put world medalist Dylan Armstrong, Jamaican 400 m runner Novlene Williams, Michael Frater, member of the Jamaican 4x100 meter World Record holder team and World Indoor Champion 2010 Chris Brown at 400 m.

 

LONDON (GBR): The Olympic Flame will be carried across the finish line of the World's biggest half marathon in South Shields when passing through the town during its nationwide tour on Saturday 16 June. It was revealed on Monday the Flame will spend an hour in South Tyneside, initially being driven in a convoy from Leam Lane in Jarrow and then along Newcastle Road and Western Approach to the Town Hall. The Flame due to arrive from Greece on 18 May will visit 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the UK over 70 days, and the route has been mapped so the Flame will come within 10 miles of 95 per cent of the population. Informs David Martin.

 

DUBNICA (SVK): The Slovak city of Dubnica will stage this year European Champion Clubs Cup B and C groups on May 27 (Sunday). The final number of competing clubs is still be finalized, but it is expected that B group will be full with 8 men and 8 women teams and C group might have 2-3 teams in each category. Dubnica already staged the B group in 2009 and 2007. The A group will be held on May 26-27 in Portugal, Vila Real Santo Antonio.

 

BRUNSSUM (NED): The Netherland's best long distance athletes Jesper Van der Wielen en Khalid Choukoud are going head to head at the Parelloop in Brunssum on April 1st. Both Dutch athletes will face good competition from Belgian European cross country champion Atelaw Bekele and countryman Abdi Nageeye writes losseveter.nl.

 

ROTTERDAM (NED): Top kenyan athletes Moses Mosop, Sammy Kitwara and Peter Kirui have been previously announced for the ABN AMRO Rotterdam Marathon on April 15. But organizers now also confirm the participation of top Ethiopian runners such as Getu Feleke (2:05.16) and Yemane Adhane (2:06.29). Both athletes are feeling very good and are hoping to gain qualification for the London Olympic Games when running in Rotterdam, what means they are aiming to break the 2:04.23 that compatriot Ayele Abshero ran in Dubai earlier this year. Also in the race are Maroccan Rashid Kisri (2:06.28) and Kenyan athlete Stephen Kibet (2:09.27). Organizer Mario Kadiks added that Moses Mosop is taking his marathon world record attempt so serious that he has checked the marathon course on March 5th while taking notes of how to run the course best.

 

HANNOVER (GER): Reuben Kosgei finally wants to make a major step in the marathon. Kenya's Olympic Steeplechase Champion from Sydney 2000 will run the TUI Hannover Marathon on 6th May and hopes to significantly improve his personal best. The 32 year-old, who also was World Champion in the Steeplechase in 2001, had run his first marathon attempt in Vienna in 2009. In warm conditions he did not finish the race. In the autumn of that year he had a second go at the distance and had more success. In Florence he finished second with 2:11:22, beaten by just one second. There will be strong opposition for Reuben Kosgei in Hannover. The fastest in the field will be Nixon Kipkoech Machichim. The Kenyan ran 2:08:22 when placing fourth in the Toronto Marathon in 2010. This year he has already competed in the Mumbai Marathon, where he placed fifth in 2:11:37. Three more runner with personal bests of sub 2:10 will be in the field on 6th May: Kenyan Edwin Kutto, who is the brother of the reigning World Marathon Champion Abel Kirui, has achieved 2:08:57 in Eindhoven last year. Amos Matui (Kenya/2:09:35) and Botoru Tsegaye (Ethiopia/2:09:57) are the other two. The two-year old men's course record from Yussuf Sangoka (Kenya) stands at 2:08:52. In the women's race the course record will be the target as well: Last year's winner Georgina Rono (Kenya) is the holder of this one with 2:31:19. Ethiopia's Fatuma Sado will be the favourite on 6th May. The winner of the Hamburg Marathon in 2011, who has run 2:28:01 in that race, intends to run the first sub 2:30 time in the history of the TUI Marathon Hannover.

 

LAUSANNE (SUI): Czech rising middle distance star Jakub Holuša, who finished fifth over 800m at the 2010 European Athletics Championships in Barcelona, told European Athletics he doesn't want to miss out on a medal again. "If I stay healthy, I want to focus on the highest positions in Helsinki and if I succeed, it will give me the power and confidence to fight in London (at the Olympic Games) too," reflected the best European 800m runner in Istanbul. Holusa who was running in the past both 800 m and 1500 m wants to concentrate only on 800 in 2012. He also plans to run at the top home meet, the 51st Golden Spike of Ostrava on May 25 (IAAF World Challenge).

 

LONDON (GBR): LOCOG boss Sebastian Coe gave assurance that there would not be any airport chaos during the summer sporting extravaganza as feared by some airlines earlier this week. „There won't be chaos, (London's) Heathrow airport operates at full capacity all the time," he told a press conference writes yahoo.news. Coe also said there would be no changes to the original budgets for the games. The operating budget of 2.38 billion dollar managed by the organizing committee and another of 11.1 billion dollar for infrastructure projects.

 

PRAGUE (CZE): Former soccer star Pavel Nedved signed to run the Hervis Prague Half Marathon on Saturday, March 31. Nedved, now 39 years of age, ran for the first time here back in 2009 together with his recent team players from Sparta and the national team, Lokvenc and Votava. „After two years break, I am really looking forward to taking on the Prague half-marathon course. To the beautiful race atmosphere and Prague itself because running through the city without cars isn't something you can bank on every day. Once again I'll be taking part with my friends, Tomáš Votava and Tomáš Pecek. We see the half-marathon as a tough test in preparation for the May Prague marathon. Depending on our shape, we'll take the decision about whether to try the whole one", he told of his expectations. Nedved ran in 2009 1:49:44. Last year in September he took part in the 10 km Mattoni Grand Prix evening race finishing up 511th out of 3299 participants with a time of 46:26. Organizers are informing in a release.

 

 

 

RESULTS

 

 

HAVANA (CUB, Mar 16-17): During first day of throwing former world champion Yipsi Moreno achieved 72.93 in the hammer. On next day during Jose Godoy High Jump Memorial solid men competition. First Diego Ferrin of Ecuador, second home Sergio Mestre and third Brendan Williams of Dominica all cleared 225 cm. For 20 years old Mestre new personal best, for Williams national record.

 

DAKAR (SEN, Mar 17): 400 m world champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana made her season's debut on 100m (11.64w) at the national Ligue de Dakar. Her 100 m national record from last year is 11.60.

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