Yohan Blake for Edmonton, Chris Solinsky starting Spring training, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Chris Solinsky, 2010 Payton Jordan Invitational,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Chris Solinsky's 2010 was a dream year. The American record at 10,000 meters, four superb 5,000 meter races and a wonderful race at 3,000 meters. 2011 was a tough year, as Chris dealt with injuries, made the US team to Daegu, but could not run due to his injuries. 2012 is starting slow, as he stays in Portland right now, to be close to his trainer. Overcoming hamstring injuries has been tough, and Chris Solinsky, a former Wisconsin Badger, and now part of Jerry Schumachers' training group in the elite Nike Oregon TC, is focusing on the US Olympic Trials.

Per a recent article in EME News ( credited to Runnersworld.com), Chris is taking it week by week, running 60-80 miles per week, seeing how his fitness comes along, and trying to put more and more good days of training together. Solinsky will not try the 10,000m this year, but is focusing on the 5,000 meters and still needs to get the A standard (13:20).

Solinsky is a runner with tremendous heart and will. His former AR at 10,000m showed just an inkling of the talent and promise that coach Jerry Schumacher sees in him.

We wish him well.



EDMONTON (CAN): Third pre-Trials meet was revealed for 100 m world champion Yohan Blake. After Kingston on May 5 and New York on June 9 he will compete at the Donovan Bailey Invitational on June 16 at Foote Field in Edmonton. He will run his third international 100 m of the season, for the moment there are no 200 m races set for him before Jamaican Trials. Edmonton is third meet of the National Track League's (NTL). The series will also make stops in Vancouver (June 10), Victoria (June 13), Moncton (July 5), Halifax (July 8), and Toronto (July 11). „I'm very excited to come to Edmonton and race. I've heard nothing but good things about the city and am looking forward to experiencing Canada for my first time" Blake said. Donovan Bailey, Invitational Ambassador, Canadian Olympic Hall of Famer and Canadian Olympic 100-meters Champion commented, "It's with great pleasure that we welcome Yohan to the Donovan Bailey Invitational. By bringing in the best talents, building a strong partnership with the City of Edmonton and developing the business and entertainment value of track and field, we are setting the stage to be the premier international track meet in North America. We are honoured to have Yohan as our first headliner." Edmonton hosted the 2001 World Championships.



HELSINKI (FIN): The Helsinki Olympic Stadium that will host the 21st European Athletics Championships through 27 June to 1 July is rapidly filling up. With 100 hundred days to go, 100,000 tickets - a figure nearing the stadium limit - have been sold or reserved for the event. Informs European Athletics. „Since opening sales for individual day tickets, trade has significantly increased. At the moment, the five-day stadium event has over 100,000 tickets sold or reserved," said General Secretary Esa Honkalehto. This figure does not include tickets reserved for media or seats reserved for volunteers and athletes. „Germany, Russia, Great Britain, Poland and Spain are sending over 100 team members to attend the summer event. Finland will respond to this challenge by selecting about 60 of our top athletes from around Finland," said Antti Pihlakoski, the LOC chief. At the moment 12 athletes have been selected for the Finnish team, but the final number will be significantly higher when the registration period ends on 19 June. Finnish rock band The Rasmus have been selected to provide the official Helsinki European Athletics Championships competition song. With over 3.5 million album sales worldwide, The Rasmus are considered one of Finland's best exports. The band will release their new album, self-titled „The Rasmus", on 18 April 2012.



EUGENE (USA): Runnersworld.com informs that former US 10 000 m record holder Chris Solinsky did not travel to altitude training with his training group, but remained at home in southwest Portland, for access to his physical therapist, whom he sees three times a week. When to open his season is a date that changes week to week. He may target the 5000 m race at the Payton Jordan Invitational, hosted by Stanford, on April 29. He says the latest he'll open will be at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on June 2. This year, the 10K is out of the question, he says. In the 5000 m he still needs the A qualifier of sub 13:20. Solinsky knows that he's behind schedule for the Olympic trials.







STELLENBOSCH (RSA, Mar 20): First Yellow Pages series meet saw national record holder Ruben Ramolefi winning the steeple in 8:27.50, four seconds behind the olympic qualifier. Gladwin Mzazi won the 5000 m in 13:24.13 what is fourth fastest by a South African, but missed also the London norm of 13:20. Peter van der Westhuizen was the best in the 1500 m in 3:38.61. Pierre de Villiers set a new South African record 11:24.04 in the men's 3000 m walk on the track.







DUDINCE (SVK): The course record of Yohann Diniz 3:38:45 is not from last year, but from 2009.

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