2012 Ostrava Golden Spike (May 25): Bolt Hopes for 9.7, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Usain Bolt, Ostrava 2010, photo by PhotoRun.net

Usain Bolt plans to run very fast in Ostrava, per his comments in Alfons Juck's update on his meet, the Golden Spike in Ostrava. I had hoped to go this year, but it will have to be 2013 now. Looking forward to seeing the races on Friday, May 25.

EME NEWS (MAY 21-22, 2012)




TURNOV (CZE, May 22): German world champion Robert Harting was the top star of Ludvik Danek Memorial meet with world leading personal best 70.66. Second European Champion Piotr Malachowski 67.37 and third Olympic winner Gerd Kanter 66.32. Fourth Robert Urbanek of Poland 64.24 and fifth Hungarian Robert Fazekas 64.17. Canadian world medalist Dylan Armstrong won the shot put with 20.92 ahead of improved Czech putter Ladislav Prasil 19.91. Vera Cechlova was the best in the discus with 60.94, olympic B-qualifier. Czech 4x100 m qualified to Helsinki with 39.44.  Stepan Wagner leaped to windy 808 (+2.5) in the long jump. Sprints were against the wind, Hannes Dreyer of South Africa clocked 10.52 (-1.0) in the 100 m. German Thomas Schneider won the 400 m in 46.74 ahead of Lebogang Moeng of South Africa 47.39. Roman Sebrle tested his shape before Gotzis with 47.52 in the discus.



OSTRAVA (CZE): Fastest man on earth arrived on Monday to Ostrava. Usain Bolt will compete for the 6th time here on Friday on May 25 at 51st Ostrava Golden Spike (IAAF World Challenge). He arrived in good mood and hopes to improve his season best here and thinks about clocking a 9.7. He will face four other top 10 sprinters (Jamaican Lerone Clarke, world medalist Kim Collins, Briton Dwain Chambers and US Darvis Patton). Also in Ostrava already since Tuesday sprinting stars Veronica Campbell-Brown and Wallace Spearmon both planning to attack fast 200 m times. US 400 m star Sanya Richards-Ross had good training on Tuesday and aims for her first sub 50 of the year after nice Manchester win at straight 200 m. Both 800 m stars Pamela Jelimo with Caster Semenya are in town too. The latest addition to the start list is Ethiopian 800 m revelation Fantu Magiso with Doha improvement to 1:57.90. Organisers were forced to accept an important withdrawal from 800 m world record holder David Rudisha. „David Rudisha withdrew from Ostrava meeting due to unforeseen circumstances in Kenya with local sponsor commitments. Organisers are not able to control issues in Kenya, are surprised and disappointed but without any possibility to do something," the organisers said. In the men 800 m still Polands Adam Kszczot with Briton Andrew Osagie and top 1500 m runner Nixon Chepseba (recently 1:45.6 in Kenya) are hoping for a fast time as is local hero Jakub Holusa with Czech national record thoughts. Both hammer competitions will be held on May 24 and specially the women one will have a stellar field with world record holder Betty Heidler, world champion Tatyana Lysenko, 2009 world champ Anita Wlodarczyk and former world champ Yipsi Moreno.



EUGENE (USA): Pre Classic high hurdles field is awesome on June 2. World record holder Dayron Robles in his US debut meets Liu Xiang, Jason Richardson, David Oliver and Aries Merritt. Also in the field the best hurdler among the combined eventers Ashton Eaton and European Champion Andy Turner.







SOFIA (BUL): Bulgarian sprinter Inna Eftimova, who tested positive for growth hormone somatotropin, has been suspended for two years for doping.


SPLIT (CRO): Agencies are informing that Blanka Vlasic may miss the London Olympics because of health problems. She has had surgery on her left ankle and heel this year, but the recovery was complicated by a prolonged bacterial infection.


NEW YORK (USA): Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba, the reigning Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion, and Panama's 2008 Olympic Long Jump gold medallist Irving Saladino, headline the latest batch of athletes announced for the eighth edition of the adidas Grand Prix - Samsung Diamond League which takes place at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island, New York on 9 June. Joining the men's 800m field in New York is 22-year-old Abubaker Kaki of Sudan, the two-time World Indoor champion. Returning to the adidas Grand Prix at 400m will be four-time Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius, who is seeking to become the first double amputee to compete in track and field athletics at the Olympic Games.  Making their adidas Grand Prix debuts, and offering fans a high quality three-way match-up in the men's Long Jump are the reigning Olympic champion Saladino, Mitchell Watt of Australia, and Britain's Greg Rutherford.


AMSTERDAM (NED): Although Dutch sprinter Patrick Van Luijk impressed with a time of 20.54 over 200m and is now qualified for the London Olympic Games, the sprinter is hamperd by a herniated disc. Van Luijk told Dutch media he has been suffering with back and hamstring pains for several weeks and has now figured out what the problem is. The 27-year old is still hopefull to compete at the European championships and the Olympic Games.


KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt's fan base on Facebook now stands at 6.675 million. In less than 18 months the number of fans has doubled. Facebook is reporting that the most popular week was the week starting August 28, 2011 with more than half of his fan base checking on his page. For example India's fan base has increased by 117 per cent to 685,683 informs TrackAlerts.


AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch super talent Dafne Schippers is hopeful about her qualification for the London Olympic Games in the heptathlon. Schippers plans to score a big mark at the IAAF Combined events meeting in Götzis but announced she will not compete in the heptathlon at the European championships in Helsinki. Instead, the youngster will most likely compete in the 200m in Helsinki and the heptathlon in London reports losseveter.nl.


BERLIN (GER): German hammer world record holder Betty Heidler is set to compete in Germany for the first time this season. Heidler will throw at the tenth edition of the hammer throw meeting if Fränkisch-Crumbach on May 27th. The meeting is expecting an elite field including Kathrin Klaas, Zhang Wenxiu (China), Sultana Frizell (Canada), Jennifer Dahlgren (Argentina), Sophie Hitchon (UK) und Mona Holm (Norway) reports leichtathletik.de.


LONDON (GBR): London 2012 has unveiled the design of the Olympic and Paralympic Games tickets with their delivery, along with Games travel cards and spectator guides, set to begin this week reports Insidethegames. The tickets have been designed by FutureBrand, part of McCann Worldgroup, and each features the sport pictogram and colour scheme of a specific venue to help spectators find the correct destination.


HOLZMINDEN (GER): Swedish world junior record holder in pole vault Angelica Bengtsson will open the season here during the weekend.


AUCKLAND (NZL): Middle distance athlete Nikki Hamblin has hit a further injury setback in her desperate bid for Olympic selection. The Commonwealth Games 800m and 1500m silver medallist was scheduled to contest the longer distance at a Diamond League meet in Shanghai overnight, hoping to prove her credentials but a previously inflamed bursa between the Achilles tendon and heel has flared up again while preparing in Hong Kong for the meet and Hamblin was forced to withdraw. Hamblin, who has to proof she is healthy to compete at her best in London, believes that once she is able to run she will do well enough for Olympic selection reports the New Zealand Herald.


LONDON (GBR): With this year's Ramadan planned during the London Olympic Games, many muslim athletes might be in trouble when competing in London. Foreseeing potential problems the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) nutrition working group came to the conclusion that Ramadan fasting could be problematic for some athletes in some sports. Medical experts say that, theoretically at least, a reduction of food intake during Ramadan could deplete an athlete's liver and muscle glycogen stores. This is likely to lead to a drop in performance, particularly in sports requiring muscle strength reports Reuters.


WATTENSCHEID (GER): German pole vaulter Malte Mohr injured himself at the Shanghai Diamond League meet at his knee and cancelled his coming meetings. It happened during the second attempt at 572.


DUBLIN (IRL): Clonliffe Harriers announced that legendary double Olympic champion Kip Keino will return to the Morton Stadium Santry on Friday the 25th of May. Clonliffe Harriers will play host to Kip Keino for 'An evening with Kip Keino' presented by Irish Runner Editor Frank Greally.


AUCKLAND (NZL): New Zealand media are informing that the Olympic head-to-head between Valerie Adams and Nadzeya Ostapchuk is heating up. Adams Nick Cowan confirmed to the Sunday Star-Times that Adams' competitive Olympic campaign will start this month, at the third leg of the Diamond League in Rome on May 31. She will face there Ostapchuk.


MANCHESTER (GBR): David Martin writes that Haile Gebrselassie's emphatic 10 kilometres win at the Bupa Great Manchester Run on Sunday may yet see the Ethiopian legend not chosen for his country's marathon team line up for yet another Olympic appearance in London later this summer. Gebrselassie was absolutely delighted with how he performed in Manchester and particularly the world leading mark which bettered by eight seconds the clocking that Bekele set with his win at last month's SPAR Great Ireland Run. That prompted him to strongly hint that if he can mix it with the best Ethiopian's at what has been dubbed as his final 10,000m race at the FBK Games in Hengelo next Sunday, he will don another national vest for the London Games.


MADRID (ESP): Spanish middle distance runner Eugenio Barrios ended his career at age of 35 years because of series of injuries. He participated in the 800 m at two world championships 2005 and 2007 and two European indoor championships in 2000 and 2005.


BRUSSELS (BEL) : Belgian up and coming sprinter Hanne Claes managed to qualify for the European championships in Helsinki in June. The youngster ran the 200m standard when winning the Flemish championships in 23.39. At the Walloonian championships Fanny Smets broke the one-year old national pole vault record when jumping 4.22.


PARIS (FRA): With his new personal best of 8008 point, decathlete Bastien Auzeil has his eyes set on the Olympic qualifying standard of 8200 points reports athle.com. Auzeil completes a large group of French decathletes who will be fighting to represent the French team in London. Also Sossah, Geffrouais, Quérin, Mayer and El Fassi are set to compete at the French combined events championships.


LONDON (GBR): The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has received more than 90 official submissions as part of the process of revising the World Anti-Doping Code, which provides the framework for harmonised anti-doping policies. WADA said these submissions comprised 1,366 individual comments. A first draft of the revised code is set to be sent to WADA stakeholders on June 1, with a final draft to be tabled for approval at the World Conference on Doping in Sport to be held in Johannesburg in November 2013 reports Insidethegames.


EDMONTON (CAN): The National Track League's Donovan Bailey Invitational will play host to USA's best 110-metre hurdlers as 2011 World Champion Jason Richardson is set to take on Terrance Trammell and an all-star line-up that includes Dexter Faulk, Jeff Porter and Joel Brown from the USA, as well as Canadians Damian Warner and Ingvar Moseley and Jamaica's Richard Philips. The action will happen at Foote Field on Saturday, June 16.


ZURICH (SUI): Switzerland will welcome after 60 years (1954 Bern) the European Championships 2014 in Zurich from August 12 to 17. Swiss TV SRG confirmed it will be its biggest broadcasting production ever. In total 1400 athletes and 800 coaches and officials will be at the event. Volunteers number will be up to 2500 and in total 250 000 spectators are expected.


LONDON (GBR): Jessica Ennis is still playing down recommendations she should double up at the Olympic Games and apart from  the heptathlon where she is a medal candidate also compete in the 100 metres hurdles. Ennis again showed her hurdling ability  when defeating reigning Olympic champion Dawn Harper and last year's World silver medallist Danielle Carruthers with a superb performance at the Powerade CityGames Manchester on Sunday. Nevertheless she and coach Toni Minichiello were delighted despite that human error she produced a brilliant display to scalp the two American's who will be major contenders for medals at the London Olympics in August. Ennis who defends her heptathlon title this weekend at the Hypo Gotzis meet in Austria however is still of the opinion that mixing the multi event and hurdles races isn't a realistic option.







TRIBUNA (BRA, May 20): 10 km road race winners Mark Korir 28:01 and Pasalia Kipkoech Chepkorir lit the course on fire here, clocking an eye-popping 30:57 in the women's race, informs RRW.


SAN FRANCISCO (USA, May 20): At 101st Zazzle Bay to Breakers 12 km (22 984 finishers) Sammy Kitwara won with 34:41 ahead of Allan Kiprono 34:49 and Deriba Merga 35:43. Mamitu Daska as top woman clocked 39:03. From RRW.


LEIDEN (NED, May 20): Kenyan Simon Rugut won the 22nd Leiden Marathon in 2:15:55. Ethiopian Marshet Jimma clocked 2:41:25 as top woman.


CHEBOKSARY (RUS, May 19): Kirill Ikonnikov got here 78.34 in the hammer throw. Women winner Mariya Bespalova 71.42.


TBILIS (GEO, May 19): At Georgian Championships Armenian guest Vardan Pahlevanyan achieved good quality 812 cm life time best in the long jump.


KYIV (UKR, May 19): At throwing meet Irina Novozhylova improved to 74.10 in hammer.


AMMAN (JOR, May 16-19): At 15th  PanArab Junior Champs Egypt was the top country (Morocco did not compete). Qatari Ashraf Ajmad Al-Saifi still belonging to U17 category achieved with 6 kg junior hammer 78.62 m.


MANCHESTER (GBR, May 22): Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius won the 200 m at Paralympic World Cup here with 22.08.


PODOLSK (RUS, May 20): At Russian Walking Grand Prix wins for Tatyana Korotkova 43:57 and Sergey Sergachev 39:16.

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