Sergei Bubka cleared 20 feet, six and one half inches, and Yelena Isinbayeva has cleared 16 feet, 4 inches. Consider for a moment that a double decker tourist bus, such as one that could be found in London, is 14 and one half feet high. Now Ms. Isinbayeva is considering 5.10 meters. or 16 feet, 8 and one half inches!
YEGO NEARLY 80 M
NAIROBI (KEN, Apr 17): Kenyan media are informing that Julius Yego improved the national javelin record to 79.95 what is olympic B standard during the 10 000 m Olympics Pre-Trial meet. The main event of the day was won by Moses Masai in 28:10.3. Top 15 were suppose to qualify from the 10k for the trials race at Prefontaine Classic in Eugene (June 1, one day before the main programme). Second was former 5k world champion Eliud Kipchoge 28:11.0 ahead of Lucas Rotich 28:12.0 and Mark Kiptoo 28:17.4. Missing the race were for example 2007 Osaka World Championship 10 000 m bronze medallist Martin Mathathi, last year's national champion Peter Kirui, 2008 World Cross Country Championships silver medallist Leonard Komon or last year sub 27 runner Mathew Kisorio. Mark Mutai clocked 46.0 at the 400 m in another additional event.
RUDISHA, SANYA AND TOP JAVELIN FIELDS
OSTRAVA (CZE): World record holder David Rudisha will return to Ostrava for the 51st Golden Spike Meeting (IAAF World Challenge, May 25) for the fourth time. He won here in 2009 and 2010 and was second in 2008. But for first time he will run at the Czech meet as world record holder and world champion. It will be his third 800 m of the year after Melbourne and Doha. „Ostrava has always been one of my favourite meets. I've won and lost there and always had good competition. I was disappointed to miss Ostrava last year because of injury and i'm very happy to be coming back. I hope to run a strong race for the great public this year, „ says Rudisha. Another top highlight will be women´s 400 m as this years World Indoor Champion Sanya Richards-Ross will return after last years 3rd place in top shape. Organizers are hoping the 2009 World Champion will attack one of the oldest meet records 49.67 by Tana Kocembova in 1983. „Tatiana Kocembova is a legend in the 400m so it's great to see Denisa Rosolova carrying on the tradition in Ostrava. She has shown great promise. She ran well against me last year. I am looking forward to the rematch," the US Champion said. Meet director Jan Zelezny was able at today´s press conference confirm great javelin fields. For the women competition a Daegu rematch between Russian world champion Mariya Abakumova and home star and world record holder Barbora Spotakova. „"It has been always a pleasure competing in Czech republic. I am glad I may come to Ostrava this year, where I am always lucky," said Abakumova who so far in Ostrava always beat Spotakova. Men´s field will have not only Jan Zelezny training group but also Norway´s olympic winner Andreas Thorkildsen and last year Ostrava winner and later World Champion Matthias De Zordo of Germany. „I am very much looking forward to come to Ostrava, especially as I had to cancel last year. The Golden Spike will be my second meet of the year and I am sure all throwers will do their best to please the crowd and the Meet Director and world recordholder," said Thorkildsen for the organisers.
YELENA THINKS 510
MONACO (MON): Yelena Isinbaeva again confirmed what she said earlier, she wants to compete only in 2012 and 2013 and then retire. Speaking in an interview with Laureus.com in Monaco, where she lives and trains, Isinbayeva said: "In London, my main competitors will be myself, because I know how high I can jump and I know that height is almost impossible for my rivals. I am not worrying about the Olympics. I am confident because I know that right now everything is fine in my life." Her current outdoors world record is 5.06 meters, so how high can she go to win the gold medal? She said: "My coach says that my potential is 5.10 and higher, so that right now and with my present preparation, I am able to jump 5.10." In the interview, the two-time winner of the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award also said that before the retirement she hopes to break Sergey Bubka's record of 35 world records before then. She has currently set 30 world records herself.
PLS TO OPEN IN GUADELOUPE
EDMONTON (CAN): The women's 100 m hurdles will be one of the most anticipated races at the Donovan Bailey Invitational in Edmonton on June 16. The addition of Priscilla Lopes-Schliep has made it the main event. In the race also other Canadian hurdles olympic hopefuls Perdita Felicien, Nikkita Holder, Phylicia George and Angela Whyte. „I'm very excited to compete in front of a home crowd that has meant so much to me over my career. The people of Edmonton will be in for a real treat with great fields and excellent performances," said Lopes-Schliep. "The organizing committee is working hard to ensure world class fields across the board." Lopes-Schliep who has competed in just one race since giving birth to her daughter in September 2011 will open her season on May 1 in Guadeloupe .
HAILE FOR MANCHESTER
MANCHESTER (GBR): Running legend Haile Gebrselassie still in great shape although no longer intending to represent Ethiopia in this summer's Olympic Marathon will bid for a fifth win in next month's Bupa Great Manchester Run. As he said right after Vienna City Half Marathon he acknowledges Manchester's 10 kilometers course one of the fastest in the world. „That was a good victory for me and considering I was running on my own for virtually the whole race my time was good," said Gebrselassie who passed Radcliffe after 15.3 kilometers and finished in a time of 60 minutes 52 seconds. The Bupa Great Manchester Run which will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary after being first staged in 2003 as a legacy to the City's magnificent hosting of the previous year's Commonwealth Games, has accepted a record 40,000 entries for this year's race. Mara Yamauchi who has already been named to represent Team GB in the London Olympic Marathon will be joined by several other top Britons in the women's race including 20-year-old Charlotte Purdue who returning from injury narrowly failed to defend her title in last Sunday's SPAR Great Ireland Run.
BRUSSELS (BEL) : Belgian national team member Kevin Rans had ended his career as a pole vaulter. Rans managed to reach the final of the 2005 and 2009 IAAF world championships and is national record holder with a jump of 570 (indoor and outdoor). Rans had tested positive for cortisone at the Turin European indoor championships but later managed to proof his innocence. Rans told Belgian media he has never been able to recover from the false doping accusation and is now officially ending his athletics career.
PARIS (FRA): The French athletics association has announced its selection for the IAAF World race walking cup in Russia's city Saransk on May 12th and 13th. Yohan Diniz will lead the men's team when competing in the 20km. Sylwia Korzeniowska leads the women's team in the 20km race.
BERLIN (GER): German athletics is welcoming a new, completely mobile structure that combines both a pole vault pit with a long jump area. The concept is based on the Austrian popular street meeting 'Golden roof challenge' and will allow several German cities to host similar events. So far Munich (June 5th) and Koln (June 24th) will use the IAAF certified structure to host a street event.
LONDON (GBR): More than 200 Pre-Games Training Camp agreements across Britain, representing 93 countries, have been signed for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, Sebastian Coe has revealed according to Insidethegames. The camps are arranged through formal agreements between facilities in the UK and National Olympic and Paralympic Committees (NOC/ NPC) and international teams.
LONDON (GBR): Latest Pat Butcher´s blog at www.globerunner.org: Coe & Ovett Book Reissued, Film Delayed.
ISTANBUL (TUR): The Turkish Football Federation confirmed that it had submitted a bid to UEFA to host football's 2020 European Championship, leaving a fresh question mark over Istanbul's bid to stage the Olympics and Paralympics in the same year.
DUNCANVILLE (USA, Apr 12): Fastest 400 m by a US High School Athlete this year was the 46.18 by Aldrich Bailey, his personal best.