2012 Compeed Golden Gala Roma: Not Only Men's 100m, but also Women's 5,000m and 800m, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder


    Thompson, Bolt, Lemaitre, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala Roma,

                              photo by PhotoRun.net

Per our friend, Alfons Juck, here is the preview from EME News that gives you an insider view into the Golden Gala Roma, that will be held tomorrow in the Stadio Olympico. Are the athletes ready? You bet. Some superb racing tomorrow coming out of Rome tomorrow, I believe. Bolt could run quite fast tomorrow, probably 9.82-9.84. And watch for the first sub 14:30 this year, in May!, with the battle surpreme from Meseret Defar and Vivian Cheruiyot! It would be nice to see Renaud Lavillenie clear 6 meters, as he looked like a meet away from clearing that height last weekend.


Defar vs Cheruiyot, 2012 Doha DL, photo by PhotoRun.net


Kim Collins, Christophe LeMaitre, Poster of Usain, Asafa Powell, Roma 2012,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Bolt_UsainDJ-Rome12.jpgGrand Master Flash: Usain Bolt doing his DJ thing, photo by PhotoRun.net


ROME (ITA): Compeed Golden Gala meet started in 1980 and another excellent version is ready for Thursday as this years third Samsung Diamond League meet. Organisers are hoping for 46 000 fans in the Olympic Stadium in nice summer evening. All eyes will be on the 100 m seeing Usain Bolt in duel against Asafa Powell and Christophe Lemaitre. But very special also Meseret Defar vs Vivian Cheruiyot in the 5000 m and classy fields in other women races (800 m and 100 m hurdles). Fast times are expected also in men´s steeple and 400 m hurdles. From technical events Renaud Lavillenie in pole vault and first years duel Adams vs Ostapchuk in the shot put should be the highlights.


Preview by events





100 m: Bolt wants to show fast time after Ostrava, against him not only Collins and Clarke like last Friday but also Powell and Lemaitre.


800 m: The only non-DL individual event has Kenyan junior record holder Kosencha against solid European field (Osagie, Reina, Lewandowski, Holusa).


Steeple: Koech is the world leader, Kemboi wants to run fast, but look for season debut of Mekhissi.


400mH: The top field of the year with unbeaten Culson, world champ Greene, Batman and again in shape Felix Sanchez.


HJ: Would be Chondrokoukis able to repeat Doha win? J. Williams again there, but season openers for Ukhov and Mutaz.


PV: World leader Lavillenie is going against top Germans Mohr and Otto and olympic winner Hooker.


LJ: Britons Rutherford and Tomlinson vs Mokoena and Menkov. Phillips and Saladino not yet ready from injuries and Germans not here.


DT: Even field - Kovago, Malachowski, Hadadi, Kanter.


4x100 m: Canada, Germany, Britain and home team can go for fast times.


4x400 m: Belgium, South Africa and Britain with Italy.






100 m: Jamaican elite here among themselves: Fraser-Pryce, Stewart, Simpson.


800 m: That is a field, not only Semenya, Magiso, Jelimo as in Ostrava but also world champ Savinova and former gold medalist Jepkosgei. Like olympic final.


1500 m: Genzebe Dibaba in another solo effort.


5000 m: For second time this year after Doha: Vivian Cheruiyot vs. Meseret Defar.


100mH: Another exclusive field: Harper, Wells, Porter, PLS, BFH, Lolo and former world champ Perry.


400mH: Jamaicans (Walker, Spencer) against Europeans (Antyukh, Shakes-Drayton, Hejnova). Will Demus show increased shape?


TJ: All three Daegu medalists for first time competing together this year: Saladukha, Rypakova, Ibarguen.


SP: First outdoor clash Adams vs Ostapchuk.


JT: Spotakova wants to win after Ostrava again over Abakumova, this time also top German rival Obergfoll is added.







DURBAN (RSA): The 87th Comrades Marathon on Sunday the world's largest ultra-marathon, is a "down" run this year from Pietermaritzburg (670m above sea level) to coastal Durban. The distance will be 89.28 km, the same as it was in 2010. „It" in the first sentence refers to two sides of the same coin: If Stephen Muzhingi wins again, he will be the first runner since Bruce Fordyce in 1988 to take four titles in a row. (Fordyce, of course, won eight in succession.) And he will be the first male runner since Derek Preiss in 1975 to win the Two Oceans and Comrades in the same year. One can start a discussion of the women's race with a question, too, but it is not the usual one about which of the Nurgalieva twins is going to win. Olesya has had a baby (she was not injured, as previously announced), and Elena will be on her own (as she was in the Two Oceans). Informs RRW. The former double world cross-country champion Zola Pieterse, who turned 46 on Saturday and still holds three world junior track records and four SA senior and junior records, tested the ultra waters (almost literally, considering the weather!) at the Two Oceans and came away with a fifth place in the veteran category. Then she won the category in the Loskop 50 km, finishing fifth overall. She is also an interesting entry.


MOSCOW (RUS): Website Rian.ru informs that the KGB in Belarus has arrested the head coach of the national track and field team, a local sports website reported Wednesday. The circumstances of Anatoly Baduyev's detention are unclear, including where and why he was seized, according to the website of one of the country's leading sports publications, Pressball. A KGB spokesman, Alexander Antonovich, refused to comment when contacted by RIA Novosti. Tuesday's report says Baduev is incriminated in two alleged offenses: extortion and misspending sponsorship funds raised by the deputy chairman of the Council of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Potupchik.


NEW YORK (USA): Race Results Weekly informs that the officials from adidas announced that USA 800 meter runner Robby Andrews had been signed to an endorsement contract. The 21 year-old, originally from Manalapan, N.J., but now living and training in Charlottesville, Va., was the 2011 NCAA 800m champion and the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships bronze medalist.


BOSTON (USA): The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced that Geoffrey Mutai, the world's fastest marathoner, will defend his title at the second annual B.A.A. 10K on Sunday, June 24. Defending B.A.A. 10K champion, Caroline Kilel will square off with reigning Boston Marathon champion Sharon Cherop. The race starts and finishes on Charles Street between the Public Garden and historic Boston Common. A partial list of elite athlete biographies is attached to this release.







KLADNO (CZE, May 30): At special pole vault (but in the stadium) Jan Kudlicka improved to olympic qualifier of 573 cm.


ATHENS (GRE, May 30): At women-only Filothei meet Bulgarian Mirela Demireva won the high jump with 190 clearance and home Niki Panetta was the best in the triple jump 14.15 m.


ORIMATTILA (FIN, May 30): Antti Ruuskanen achieved with javelin 82.60 m.


BREST (BLR, May 29): During first day of Belarus junior championships the best result in high jump by Andrey Churilo with 228 personal best clearance.


WAGENINGEN (NED, May 30): At 10 000 m race Bahraini Hassan Mahboob won in new national record 27:21.40. Second Eritrean Nguse Amlosom improved to 27:28.10 and personal best also for third Mexican Juan Lino Barrios 27:28.82. Fourth place for former Kenyan now running for USA Joseph Chirlee also lifetime best 27:43.96.

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