Urech not ready yet
ZURICH (SUI): Swiss hurdler record holder Lisa Urech has worries. Her preparation after hip surgery half a year ago is not going according to the plans. Her trainingwas going well, before she started to feel pain in her left hip. She still hopes to make it to London Games in full health and top condition. All was well until middle of April when the pain started during training camp in Mallorca. Her season begin is not clear yet.
Carter has the chance on Saturday
KINGSTON (JAM): In an interview with the Jamaican Gleaner sprinter Nesta Carter speaks about being overshadowed by his compatriots even though he has a personal best time of 9.78. Carter, who earlier this year won his first individual international sprint medal at the IAAF World indoor championships, added that he continues to work hard and is confident he can improve on his best time of 9.78. He can prove his abilities this Saturday at Jamaica Invitational in Kingston (IAAF World Challenge) beeing in the field with world record holder Usain Bolt, team-mate Michael Frater, Richard Thompson of Trinidad and US sprinter Darvis Patton.
VCB to open in Doha
DOHA (QAT): World and olympic winner Veronica Campbell-Brown postoponed her season debut for the Samsung Diamond League opener in Doha on May 11 with a 100 m race. "I am yet to compete outdoors, not by choice as I had a 200m scheduled mid-April, however, weather and a changing schedule scrapped that idea. I will now open my 2012 outdoor season in Doha, Qatar," she said for IAAF. Her next races afterwards will be two 200 m sprints, in Shanghai and Ostrava.
BRUSSELS (BEL): Belgian 400m hurdler Elodie Ouedraogo told Belgian media this could be her last year as a competitive athlete, although she added she is still improving in the 400m hurdles. Ouedraogo narrowly missed out on a spot in the final at last year's IAAF World Championships and is hoping to at least repeat that feat in London this year.
WILLEMSTAD (CUR): The athletics federation from Curaçao has selected its first athlete for the London Olympic Games. The federation confirmed that 400m runner Lie-Marvin Bonevasia ran 45.77 in Columbia at Restrepo meet on Saturday and has achieved the B-standard. As an athlete from the former Netherlands Antilles Bonevasia can compete in London under the Olympic flag reports Wereldomroep.
FRANKFURT (GER): Leichtathletik.de reports that high jumper Ariane Friedrich has been seriously hampered in her Olympic training by media attention following a case in which she was sexually offended. Friedrich continuously changes her training location within the Frankfurt area in order to be able to train. She has also logged off from Facebook.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Multiple European, world and Olympic medallist Fiona May will share her expertise in horizontal jumps at a coaching clinic in Helsinki on 26 June, a day ahead of the start of the 2012 European Athletics Championships in the Finnish capital reports European Athletics . The clinic, organised by the Local Organising Committee of Hesinki 2012, is aimed at developing women's long and triple jump skills, which will help budding athletes from Finland to grow.
EUGENE (USA): American long distance athlete Jordan Hasay is rethinking her Olympic goals for London. The 20-year old athlete, who managed a semi-final place in the 2008 Olympic trials at the age of 16, disappointed last weekend at the Payton Jordan Invitational and is far off from reaching the Olympic A-standard. She told ksby.com she might not be able to do well enough this year and will have to postpone her Olympic dream.
EUGENE (USA): Five time NCAA pole vault champion Tommy Skipper (28) is set for a comeback after he stopped training in 2009. Skipper, who is currently without contract and financial help, is dreaming of qualifying for the London Olympic Games. To The Register Guard he added that visiting fellow pole vaulter Brad Walker has ignited in him the fire to jump again. His best is 580 from 2007.
LONDON (GBR): The Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) ruling against the British Olympic Association's (BOA) policy of lifetime bans for serious doping offenders has polarised opinion within British sporting circles. The BBC pundit and former world 110 metres hurdles champion Colin Jackson says he has "no doubt" that Dwain Chambers, who served a two-year doping ban, will now be part of the British Olympic team in London. European and Commonwealth 110m hurdles champion Andy Turner tweeted: "Either make lifetime ban for drug cheats worldwide or scrap it completely." Fellow British sprinter Tyrone Edgar has welcomed the possibility of Chambers running at this year's Olympics. Daniel Caines, the former world indoor 400m champion and past Olympian, also tweeted in favour of Chambers and others affected by the latest ruling. Kriss Akabusi, the former European 400m hurdles champion, writing on www.akabusi.com, said he was not in favour of the BOA life ban. Akabusi's old training partner Roger Black, twice European 400m champion and Atlanta 1996 Olympic silver medallist, disagrees, and his views have been backed by numerous competitors within British sport. Writes insidethegames.
SAO PAULO (BRA): Brazil confirmed olympic selection for its marathon runners. Three men will be former NYC Marathon winner Marilson Gomes dos Santos (2:08:33) with Paulo Roberto Paula (2:10:23) and Franck Caldeira (2:12:03). The only woman will be Adriana Aparecida da Silva (2:29:17).
MONACO (MON): IAAF confirmed latest changes of nationalities. Olympic triple jump winner Francois Mbango is eligible to compete for France since April 16, 2012. The Cameroon athlete had the new citizenship since September 16, 2010. Romanian distance runner Nuta Olaru is able to represent USA from November 21, 2012.
OTTAWA (CAN): Athletics Canada is pleased to announce the five athletes, coach, builder and three in memoriam inductees who will be enriched as part of the class of 2012. Charmaine Crooks, Milton Ottey, Guillaume Leblanc, Dave Steen and Bruny Surin will be inducted in the athlete category.
BUDAPEST (HUN): "Celebrate with the winners" is the motto for the second Istvan Gyulai Memorial planned for August 20, just some days after the Olympic Games. Secretary of State Attila Czene informed about the financial support of the state towards the meet. First confirmed star is the local hammer hero and world medalist, current world leader Krisztian Pars.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Slovakia will compete in Saransk at IAAF Race Walking World Cup without the best walker Matej Toth who gives priority to olympic preparation. In the team four individuals, Dusan Majdan at the 50 km, Maria Czakova in the 20 km and juniors Patrik Spevak with Katarina Strmenova
KYIV (UKR): Ukraine is sending teams for all races in Saransk. Men senior 20 km team is composed by Ruslan Dmitrenko, Nazar Kovalenko, junior Igor Lyashchenko, Andriy Kovenko and Ivan Losev. The 50 km walkers are Oleksiy Kazanin, Oleksiy Shelest, Sergiy Budza, Igor Glavan and Oleksandr Venglovskiy. In the women 20 km Nadya Borovska, Olena Shumkina, Olga Yakovenko, Olena Shevchuk and Natalya Zhornyak.
ERIE (USA): Olympic marathon winner Constantina Dita is at age of 42 still thinking not only about London 2012 but also Rio de Janeiro 2016. For prosport.ro she said: "Perhaps I will retire after the London Olympics, but you never know, maybe if I rest two years I can take part at age of 46." She also thinking about switching to US citizenship.
MARSEILLE (FRA, May 1): Kenyan Titus Masai won the 10 km road race Conseil General here with 28:20, best French Ruben Lidongo was 9th (29:35). Gutema Imana of Ethiopia was the best woman in 32:44 ahead of improved French runner Laurane Picoche 33:34.
PUY (FRA, May 1): 18-years old Ethiopian Fikadu Haftu won in 43:10 the 15 km road race here. The course record remained at 42:43 level by Paul Kosgei. Women winner was Kenyan Gladys Chepchirchir with 49:28 ahead of the Ethiopian Aheza Kiros 49:48. Also here the course record of Iness Chenonge 48:13 was not attacked.
MAROILLES (FRA, May 1): At the 20 km race here Ben El Hassane of Morocco won in 59:05 ahead of Kenyans Kennedy Kimutai 59:07 and William Kipsang 59:43. Women race winner was Ethiopian Bizuayezhu Ehite in 1:08:58 clearly beating Leonida Mosop of Kenya 1:12:15.
ODERZO (ITA, May 1): At the 17th edition of the road race here multiple European CC Champion Sergiy Lebid won the 9.8 km in 28:33. Second Ahmed Nasef 28:47. In women 5.47 km home elite dominated, Elena Romagnolo 17:26 ahead of Ana Incerti 17:33, Federica Dal Ri 17:40 and Silvia Weissteiner 17:46.
ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS, Apr 29): Alevtina Ivanova won the Asics 10 km road race in 32:31 ahead of steeple world record holder Gulnara Galkina 32:43. Nikolay Chavkin was the best male runner in 29:35.
INNSBRUCK (AUT, May 1): Miler Andreas Vojta won the national 10 000 m track title with 30:47.40.
PALMANOVA (ITA, May 1): At the 10th edition of the meet here Tania Vincenzino leaped to 652 (+0.4) in the long jump and missed the Helsinki standard only by 3 cm. Her best from 2009 is 654 cm.
BASEL (SUI, May 1): Solid sprinting here by Alex Wilson with 10.41 (+0.1) in the 100 m and 33.08 in the 300 m.