Dwain Chambers Will Know by Monday, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Dwain Chambers, by PhotoRun.net

The BOA 's rule that drug positives are not allowed on their teams was challenged by WADA and will be decided by arbitration by CAS this coming week. One of the athletes it will affect in our sport is Dwain Chambers. More details to come....

The Payton Jordan Invitational, held at Stanford University on Sunday, April 29, will have some amazing distance races tomorrow. My favorites are the 5,000m and 10,000m. Alan Webb, US record holder in the mile, will be running in the 1,500m tomorrow. RBR will be there. Remember, our friends at Flotrack will be covering the meet LIVE. Do not miss it!
RBR will cover off our LIVE Blog program.

NEWS (APR 28, 2012)




LONDON (GBR): British sprinter Dwain Chambers and others will find out on Monday whether they will be eligible for selection at London 2012 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed it will announce whether the British Olympic Association's lifetime ban for drug cheats still stands after the weekend. Widespread reports have claimed the BOA stands to lose in its battle to retain a bylaw that sees doping offenders banned from competing at the Olympics for life. Agencies are informing. „In the arbitration between the British Olympic Association [BOA] and the World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA], the CAS will issue its decision on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 4 pm [Swiss time]," the statement says.



DUSSELDORF (GER): Organisers of the Sunday´s METRO GROUP Marathon Dusseldorf hope that both course records will be broken (2:08:32 and 2:26:44) , when they start the 10th edition of their race. The men's field has never been as strong before in the history of the event with Ethiopians Seboka Diriba Tola and Kebebush Haile Lema on the women side the favourites. A group of strong African runners will be challenged by Japan's Yuki Kawauchi. Kenyan top names are Joseph Ngeny (2:08:10), Evans Ruto (2:08:36), Duncan Koech (2:08:38) and Abraham Chelanga (2:08:43). Additionally the defending champion Nahashon Kimaiyo will also return. Fellow-Ethiopians Gishu Mindaye (2:28:30), Melkam Gisaw (2:29:12) and Fantu Eticha Jimma (2:30:25) could do well as well. Kenya's Agnes Jeruto plans to run a very fast debut marathon. While her half marathon best of 72:03 does not sugggest something spectacular she targets a 2:25 time. Two German runners hope to beat the national qualifying time for the Olympics in Duesseldorf: Jan Fitschen, the 10,000 m European Champion from 2006, will have to improve from 2:15:40 to 2:12:00 to book a place in London, while Anna Hahner will have to reach 2:30:00 in her debut marathon. Unfortunately André Pollmächer and Melanie Kraus had both had to cancel their starts due to injuries. Adding all running events staged on Sunday the Dusseldorf Marathon will feature around 14,000 athletes. The marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race. Organizers are informing in a release.







IRELAND: Robert Heffernan and Olive Loughnane are the headliners along with world youth champion Kate Veale (junior women). Heffernan is targeting the 50km Race Walk at this summer's Olympic Games in London and will use the 20km race in Russia to sharpen up and gauge his competitive progress. Heffernan will be joined in the 20km event by Brendan Boyce who has already achieved the 50km qualification standard for the Olympics. Boyce has been in great form lately setting a personal best of 3:57:53 for 50km in the Dudince. In the 50 km Jamie Costin, Colin Griffin and Michael Doyle will compete. In the women 20 km with Loughnane it is Laura Reynolds.


POLAND: 21 walkers have been selected. Full teams into all five races. Men 20 km will have Dawid Tomala, Jakub Jelonek, Rafal Fedaczynski, Dawid Wolski and Patryk Ragowski. In the even stronger 50 km selection four out of five have sub 3:50 personal bests: Rafal Augustyn, Rafal Sikora, Grzegorz Sudol, Lukasz Nowak and Artur Brzozowski also impressive PB 3:50:07. Recently improved women will be also a good team with Paulina Buziak, Agnieszka Szwarnog, Agnieszky Dygacz, Katarzyna Kwoka and Monika Kapera. Lukasz Kostka and Joanna Bermowska are junior headliners.


ITALY: Italy is sending 18 walkers. Missing is olympic winner Alex Schwazer who did not plan for Saransk. But otherwise Beijing medalist Elisa Rigaudo leads the women team along with Sibilla Di Vincenzo, Federica Ferraro, Eleonora Anna Giorgi and Antonella Palmisano (junior winner at last World Cup). Men 20 km will have Vito Di Bari, Matteo Giupponi, Riccardo Macchia and Giorgio Rubino. Men 50 km is composed by Tedorico Caporaso, Marco De Luca, Lorenzo Dessi, Jean Jacques Nkouloukidi and Federico Tontodonati. Youth Olympic Games winner Anna Clemente will compete in the junior girls 10 km with Elena Poli. Two junior boys are Francesco Fortunato and Podebrady winner Vito Minei.


BRAZIL: Nine walkers will travel from Brazil to Saransk. The biggest number in men´s 20 km with Caio Bonfim, Moacir Zimmermann, Daniel Voigt and Jonathan Riekmann. In women 20 km Erica Rocha de Sena, in the 50 km Mario Jose dos Santos Junior. In the junior races Bruno Marques Fidelis in the boys competition and two girls are Elysle da Silva Albino and Larissa Aparecida Bueno.







LAUSANNE (SUI): In an interview with European Athletics Former 400m hurdles great Sally Gunnell said she believes the new European Athletics Championship could be very beneficial to many competitors. „I think having the European Athletics Championships every two years does give athletes, and particularly the next tier of developing athletes, a chance to experience more regularly what a big championship is all about. And many of the European events are bloody tough. It's the next stage up from the Commonwealth Games, and not far off the Worlds and the Olympics." She was quoted.


LONDON (GBR): World-leading body casting sculptor Louise Giblin is set to launch a special exhibition in London, entitled „Body Casting Olympians", next month. It will showcase five British current and former athletes, including Olympic champions Dame Kelly Holmes and Sally Gunnell, and triple Olympic medallist Kriss Akabusi reports insidethegames.







WUHAN (CHN, Apr 28): The two days National Grand Prix meeting saw another women javelin improvement. This time by Beijing Olympic finalist Zhang Li by more than two meters to 64.74. Second Asian record holder Lu Huihui 63.57. Li Yanxi won men´s triple jump (16.84, +0.6). From Tilastopaja.


JOHANNESBURG (RSA, Apr 27): Simon Magakwe after setting his South African national 100 m mark 10.06 (+1.8) in the semifinals of University Championships won the finals in 10.16 (-0.9). Second Hannes Dreyer posted 10.34 but faster with 10.23 (+0.4) in his semifinal. Zarck Visser leaped to long jump personal best 811 (0.0), Willem de Beer won the 400 m (45.73) and world medalist Sunette Viljoen got 60.79 in the javelin.


MERU (KEN, Apr 27): Steeple specialist Mercy Njoroge won the 1500 m in 4:28.2 at the 7th AK Meet first day. Anna Wabera was the best in the 10 000 m (35:35.3). Peter Mwololo topped the men´s field in 29:13.1.


PHILADELPHIA (USA, Apr 27): At Penn Relays on Friday Puertorican sub 50 runner Jamele Mason won the 400 m hurdles in 50.72 and Daegu participant Marquise Goodwin won the long jump (786w). Barbados Latoya Griffith was the best in the women 400 m hurdles 57.88. Jamaican Andrew Riley was the fastest in the 110 m hurdles heats 13.63 (-0.1) and 18-years old junior Aaron Ernest was the best in 100 m college heats 10.26 (+0.8) PB. Texas AM won the women college 4x100 m in 43.87.


DES MOINES (USA, Apr 27): NCAA Indoor champion Tia Brooks won the shot put at Drake Relays achieving new outdoor personal best 18.47 m.


CHULA VISTA (USA, Apr 26): In addition to the already published results the wind speed for Greg Rutherford´s 820 was +1.2. Korean Kim Yoo Suk was the best in the pole vault with 560 cm. His national record is 566 cm.


FUJAIRAH (UAE, Apr 27): Kenyan Evans Kiplagat won the men category at Fujairah Halfmarathon in United Arab Emirates in 1:05:12. It started at 6.30 am and still had 27 degrees temperature and 54 percent humidity. Second Ryadh Al Moustafa of Bahrein 1:07:20. Moroccan Laila Hmatou won the women race in 1:23:49.


DUBAI (UAE, Apr 27): At International Asian Permit meet (Olympic qualifier) at the Police Stadium fast 1500 m dominated by Ethiopians. Dawit Wolde 3:37.44 ahead of Baisa Moleta 3:37.55 and Shiferaw Wole 3:37.60 PB. Mohamed Ahmed Hamada improved his own Egyptian 800 m record with 1:46.31. In women races Feyna Gudato of Ethiopia achieved 4:09.81 PB in the 1500 m. Olympic A standard and second fastest of the year in the 5000 m by Kenyan Beatrice Chepokoech 15:17.41. Second Veronica Wanjiru 15:28.27 ahead of Tiblet Hayu of Ethiopia 15:29.62.


NICOSIA (CYP, Apr 27): National record holder Kostas Douvalidis at the end of this training camp in Cyprus clocked at a local meet good 13.58 (+2.0) at the 110 m hurdles. He also achieved 10.69 (+1.0) in the 100 m. Stella Iro-Ledaki of Greece cleared good 435 cm in the pole vault.


BERLIN (GER, Apr 25): Personal best in women discus for Anna Ruh with 60.43 m. She is European junior silver winner from last year.


SAO PAULO (BRA, Apr 27): At Brazilian distances national championships Silvano Lima Pinto won the 30 000 m in 1:38:47.0.







LONDON (GBR): Ken Nakamura points out that the fastest last 2.195 km in a marathon was 6:36 by Lilya Shobukhova in Chicago 2009. Last Sunday Mary Keitany covered this distance in London with 6:51. Tiki Gelana was timed this year in Rotterdam with 6:52. Keitany still set two records says Nakamura: 15:45 5 km split between 35 and 40 and 22:36 from 35 to the finish.

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