Aries Merritt, 2012 US indoor, photo by PhotoRun.net
Jason Richardson, 2011 Daegu, photo by PhotoRun.net
David Oliver, 2010 USATF, photo by PhotoRun.net
The meet at Oxy, held Friday, May 18, which will be a beast master of a meet, will have hot steeplechase, 1,500m and 5,000m among others. Dathan Ritzenhein is going for the A standard in the 5,000m and Galen Rupp is running the 1,500m. Watch that event on Flotrack tomorrow! Watch for updates there as well!
SHANGHAI PREVIEW: Liu vs Americans
SHANGHAI (CHN): The second stop of Samsung Diamond League 2012 will be on Saturday in Chinese mega city Shanghai. All eyes will be on the local hero Liu Xiang in the duel with top Americans. Weather permitting this should be the highlight of the meet. Women duel of the day should be the 200 m with last two world champions in sprints from Daegu Veronica Campbell-Brown versus Carmelita Jeter. Another top duel in the women 400 m world champion Montsho against Kingston winner and world leader Novlene Williams-Mills. First top clashes of the season will be staged mainly in men´s 5000 m and javelin and also women´s 1500 m and steeple.
EVENT BY EVENT PREVIEW
100 m: Powell again against Rodgers and Carter, added is former world champ Collins
800 m: In shape world champ at 1500 m Kiprop against Euro champ Lewandowski, or a surprise from behind?
5000 m: Ethiopians looking for fast olympic qualifying times (Kenenisa, Gebremeskel, Yenew) against Kenyans headed by Chepkok and Choge
110mH: The race of the day, last one in the programme - not only Oliver, Merritt and Richardson but mainly local mega star Liu Xiang, first legal sub 13 of the year?
400mH: Batman vs Angelo, also included is Van Zyl
PV: Hooker, Walker and against them Germans Mohr and Otto
TJ: World champ Taylor, world indoor champ Claye but also jumping in season opener Idowu and with many competitions already Aussie Frayne
SP: US champs: Cantwell, Hoffa, Whiting and Canadian Armstrong
JT: First top clash of the year and season openers for Thorkildsen, Pitamäki, world champ De Zordo after Daegu wants to show improvement, Czechs waiting behind
200 m: Female clash of the day: VCB vs Jeter, world lead 22.31 under threat
400 m: World leader N. Williams-Mills with world champ Montsho, that will be fast
1500 m: World indoor champ Genzebe Dibaba expected to rule in this race (Kenyans with Obiri will be attacking)
Steeple: This race will produce for sure a world lead, Chemos against bulk of Ethiopians
HJ: Chaunte Lowe is the top jumper of the field and she already did two meters in recent weeks
LJ: US duo Jimoh - DeLoach against very fast Okagbare and season opener for Proctor
DT: Fresh US record holder Brown-Trafton, Eurochamp Perkovic, but home world champ Li Yanfeng is in Europe
MARATHON TEAM CONFIRMED
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): It is confirmed what EME NEWS already reported last week, the Ethiopian selection for the olympic marathon in London. There is only one difference, EME reported about the selection of Yemane Adhane, but the place went to Getu Feleke. Other names are confirmed. Top two from Dubai Ayele Abshero and Dino Sefer and women team is composed by Tiki Gelana, who won the Rotterdam race and two best from Dubai Aselefech Mergia with Mare Dibaba.
TOP MEN´S HIGH JUMP
ROMA (ITA): The Golden Gala stop of Samsung Diamond League informed about new names for the May 31. 100 m addition is 2003 world champion Kim Collins. Meanwhile other star-studded athletes add their names to the starting list of the men's high jump. The field features US reigning World champion Jesse Williams and Russian former World Indoor champion Ivan Ukhov. They will take on Russian Aleksey Dmitrik (world silver medallist in Daegu), Greek surprise Dimitrios Chondrokoukis (World Indoor medallist in Istanbul and winner in the first leg of the Samsung Diamond League in Doha) and young rising star Mutaz Essa Barshim from Qatar. Fresh Italian record holder Marzia Caravelli, who clocked 12.85 at the French meeting in Montgeron, will run the 100 meters hurdles against a very strong field which features Beijing 2008 Olympic gold and bronze medalists Dawn Harper from the USA and Canadian Priscilla Lopes Schliep and US Danielle Carruthers (world silver medallist in Daegu 2011) and Tiffany Porter (world indoor silver medallist in Istanbul 2012). The fastest woman in the field will be Berlin 2009 World gold medallist Brigitte Foster Hylton from Jamaica who has already clocked 12.51 in Kingston at the beginning of May. In the throw events the javelin will be in the spotlight. Czech Republic's Barbora Spotakova, reigning Olympic champion and World record holder (72.28 m) will be looking for a re-match against Russian Mariya Abakumova who beat her at the World Championships in Daegu.
KENENISA FOR BISLETT
OSLO (NOR): Ethopia's Kenenisa Bekele will contest the 5000 m at the ExxonMobil Bislett Games in Oslo on June 7th. Bekele a multi medallist at World Championships and Olympic Games will use the race in the Samsung Diamond League as an important ingredient in his preparation to defend his 5000m Gold medal in London Olympic Games later this year. Bekele will run after 3000 m in Doha also 5000 m in Shanghai and Eugene before Oslo. The 5000m field being assembled at Bislett looks to be one of the strongest ever and contains many athletes with personal bests under 13 minutes. Previous Oslo winner Imane Merga (12:53.58) will lead a group of highly credentialed competitors that will look to challenge the superiority of Bekele over the distance. His countrymen Sileshi Sihine (12:47.04) and Dejen Gebremeskel (12:53.56), Kenyans Joseph Ebuya (12:51.00/a World Cross Country Champion), Lucas Rotich (12:55.06), James Kwalia (12.54:58) and the Commonwealth Champion from Uganda Moses Kipsiro (12:50.72). There will also be great local interest for the fans with the performance of the young Norwegians Sondre Moen and Sindre Buraas.
SPEARMON AT 150 M
MANCHESTER (GBR): The Powerade Great CityGames, Manchester taking place this Sunday will be one of the last chances to see several world class stars bidding for Olympic Games glory in London later this summer - including one of Team GB's best medal hopes, Jessica Ennis at the 100 m hurdles. The 2009 World heptathlon champion joins a star studded line up at the innovative street meeting in the city's Deansgate, including American Olympic medal contenders Wallace Spearmon, Danielle Carruthers, Dawn Harper and Sanya Richards-Ross plus potential British hopefuls Andy Turner and Holly Bleasdale. Spearmon, who suffered the heartbreak of being disqualified after finishing third over 200m at the Beijing Olympics, has already shown top class form this season on Amercian soil. He is determined to continue it over 150m, lining up against the European sprint trio of Francis Obikwelu from Portugal and the British pair of Dwain Chambers and Marlon Devonish - who is the fastest Briton over the distance. The meeting will also see Sanya Richards-Ross is running straight 200 m against 2007 World silver medallist Nicola Sanders and Czech European indoor champion Denisa Rosolova. German European champion Verena Sailer runs the 100 m. Andy Turner, Felix Sanchez and Jehue Gordon will clash in the 200 m hurdles.
MAGGI 685, MURER BEATEN
SAO PAULO (BRA, May 16): Brazilian Athletics Tour continued in Sao Paulo in cold conditions (16 degrees and 73 percent of humidity). Olympic winner Maurren Higa Maggi won the long jump with excellent 685 (+0.5) what is second best of the year behind Brittney Reese. Second Keila Costa 668 (+1.4). World champion Fabiana Murer started the season with 450 and was beaten by Cuban record holder Yarisley Silva who cleared 465 meet record in first attempt and tried at 476. Good meet records in both hammer competitions. US Jessica Cosby 72.05 and Dilshod Nazarov of Tajikistan 76.61 in close battle over Czech Lukas Melich 76.60. In other throws wins for Cuban Yainelis Ribeaux 59.03 in javelin, home Ronald Odair in discus (62.39), Argentinean German Lauro (20.21) and Misleidys Gonzalez of Cuba (18.53) in the shot put. Romanian Mihai Donisan was the best in the high jump (224 over Wanner Miller of Colombia 224 PB) and Brazilian Jonathan Henrique 16.41 (+1.3) in the triple jump. In distances Kleberson Davide won the 800 m in 1:46.64 over Kenyan Anthony Chemut 1:46.86 and Colombian Rafith Rodriguez 1:47.18. Other wins for Salia El Ouali of Morocco in women 1500 m 4:15.96 and Joseph Kitur of Kenya in the 5000 m (13:50.96). The 100 m sprints Marc Burns of Trinidad clocking 10.31 (+0.6) over Sandro Viana 10.32 and Lauryn Williams of USA 11.28 (+1.6) also closely ahead of Rosangela Santos 11.29. Brazil also won all four relays men 39.26 and 3:04.53 and women 43.25 and 3:32.49.
BUBKA AGAINST BOYCOTT
SARANSK (RUS): While being in Saransk, Russia, for the IAAF World Race Walking Cup, IOC Member and IAAF Vice President Ukrainian Sergey Bubka gave an interview to the major Russian sport media 'Sport-Express'. Legendary pole vaulter shared his vision of the UEFA Euro 2012 boycott talks, as well as the athletics legacy of the tournament and the ambitions of his country for hosting major sport championships. 'Any boycott of the sport event is senseless', said Bubka while being asked about the talks on boycott of Ukraine's part of the tournament from European countries. 'I have personally been a victim of the 1984 Olympics boycotted by the USSR team. What have we won from it? Who has got benefits from the Western boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics? Let us remember the lessons history gives us. Whatever happens we should never associate sport with politics.' Ukraine has ambitions for hosting major sport events in the near future, confirmed Sergey Bubka who is the President of Ukrainian NOC. 'Legacy of the UEFA Euro 2012 will help us. When the reconstruction of the NSC Olympiysky in Kyiv was held I made my best to save the athletic track at the stadium. As the reconstruction was funded from national budget the decision was made that the arena should serve not only football but other sports, namely athletics. That is why I can now confirm our plans to host IAAF and EAA events in Kyiv.'
MANCHESTER (GBR): The Bupa Great Manchester Run will have in the 10 km on Sunday also top fields. Legendary Haile Gebrselassie runs against marathon world record holder Patrick Makau, this years marathon world leader and London bound Ayele Abshero and another top Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede. From Europeans multiple European CC Champion Sergiy Lebid and Spanish Carles Castillejo. On the women side 2009 world champion Linet Masai with another Kenyan Doris Changeiywo will clash with home top runners Mara Yamauchi, Charlotte Purdue and Gemma Steel. European field is headed by Italian Anna Incerti.
TURNOV (CZE): The traditional Danek Memorial meet in Turnov on May 22 will have as usual strong discus field. World champion Robert Harting will face European Champion Piotr Malachowski, olympic winner Gerd Kanter and former European gold medalist Robert Fazekas of Hungary. Also in the field improved Polish thrower Robert Urbanek and top Czech Jan Marcell. Interesting relay is also planned, South Africa will compete against teams of Czech Republic and Slovakia.
MELBOURNE (AUS): Athletics Australia confirmed that the following athletes have been identified for nomination to the Australian Olympic Committee in June to compete at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the men's and women's marathon, as well as the men's 20km walk. For women marathon Jessica Tengrove, Lisa Weightman and Benita Willis for men Michael Shelley, Martin Dent and Jeff Hunt. In the 20 km walk Chris Erickson and Adam Rutter, already earlier named was Jared Tallent.
LONDON (GBR): UK hurdles record holder Tiffany Porter revealed for thisislondon.co.uk that she plans to have a tour of meets in Europe in next days with Ostrava, Rome and Oslo. She also said: „This weekend is my graduation, when I officially get my pharmacy degree. It hasn't hit me yet as I had some last-minute assignments to finish. I'm even going to take the day off from training. Jeff and I are entertaining 30 friends and family at home after the ceremony. I'm proud of the achievement, as proud as anything I've done in athletics. Next week Jeff and I will travel to Ostrava before we go our separate ways for a bit. It's not ideal but that's athletics and it is what it is." Her coach is not coming over so she will be working with Lloyd Cowan's group based at Lee Valley, which includes Christine Ohuruogu, Andy Turner and Shana Cox.
MUNICH (GER): One of top German pole vaulters Fabian Schulze will miss the olympic season. He will undergo achilles surgery and so not compete this year. The surgery will happen on May 23. He already now thinks about the season 2013.
SOFIA (BUL): Bulgarian top high jumper Viktor Ninov is a fresh and proud father. His son was born this week, is named Daniel with 50 cm and 3.06 kg.
NAMUR (BEL) : Belgian decathlete Hans Van Alphen has announced he will not compete at the European championships in Helsinki in June. Van Alphen is already qualified for the London Olympic Games and is putting his full attention on the Olympic decathlon. Van Alphen is also set to compete at the IAAF combined events challenge meeting in Götzis next week reports Het Nieuwsblad.
BRUSSELS (BEL): European indoor 60m hurdles bronze medalist Adrien Deghelt will not be able to return to competition in the next few weeks. Deghelt sustained a rupture in his hamstring during the indoor season and recently also developed pain in his knee. The Belgian athlete remains optimistic and believes he could still make it to the European championships and maybe even the London Olympic Games according to Het Nieuwsblad.
DALLAS (USA): The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) have said that they are not considering putting forward a Dallas bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games at this stage. Dallas is one of the major sporting cities in America and illustrated its capability to host a major sporting competition last year when it hosted the Super Bowl for the first time ever at the 80,000 capacity Cowboys Stadium in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area reports Insidethegames.
ATLANTA (USA): Defending Olympic long jump champion Dwight Phillips told USA Today he is working towards breaking Mike Powell's world record. "That's what I work towards every day, because at this point, I've accomplished all the major accolades as winning the Olympics and world championships. The only thing I'm really missing is the world record. It has to be the right atmosphere, and the Olympic Games is the stage for things like that to happen" Philllips was quoted.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): South African two-lap specialist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi has denied a media report that an injury could derail his London Olympic Games ambitions. Mulaudzi said he was scheduled to race at this weekend's Shanghai Diamond League meeting but had to withdraw due to illness. The veteran middle-distance athlete had been plagued by injuries since he won a gold medal at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin, but confirmed he will be running in Ostrava later this month reports supersport.com.
DORTMUND (GER, May 16): Fast 1500 m race for Denise Krebs at local meet in cold weather 4:08.55.
NAIROBI (KEN, May 17): The world's fastest marathoner Geoffrey Mutai and 2006 Commonwealth Games 10,000 meters champion Lucy Kabuu staged impressive performances to win their respective races at the Kenya Police Athletics Championships, informs The Nation. Mutai clocked 28:23.0 "After being left out of the marathon team, I have to focus on other things. This is part of my preparations and nothing comes easy," said Mutai, who is leaving next week for a 10km race in Canada. Kabuu achieved 15:45.8 at the 5000 m beating Janet Kisa 15:50.0. Commonwealth Games winner Grace Momanyi was fifth 16:16.5 and former world class steeple runner Ruth Bosibori was 6th in 16:30.5.
SALZBURG (AUT, May 17): Hurdles record holder Beate Schrott clocked 13.38 (+0.7) what was the top mark at the Austrian Club Championships.
ZEULENRODA (GER, May 17): At International meet Moroccan Bader Rassioui clocked solid 3:37.79 to win the 1500 m over South African Juan Van Deventer 3:38.69 and top German Carsten Schlangen 3:39.41. Helge Schwarzer went over the hurdles with 13.73 (+2.0) and Sebastian Keiner won the 800 m in 1:47.79. Poland´s Dariusz Kuc was the fastest in the 100 m (10.37, +0.2).
ST. NIKLAAS (BEL, May 17): At first Flanders Cup meet Melissa Dupre improved her own Belgian javelin record to 58.51. US Fred Townsend clocked 13.70 (-0.9) in the 110 m hurdles and decathlon hope Thomas Van Der Plaetsen cleared 205 in the high jump to win.