Ostrava, Hengelo, Roma, Eugene: a week of amazing athletics! by Alfons Juck,note by Larry Eder

Veronica Campbell-Brown, Ostrava 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net

Soi_EdwinFV-Hengelo11.jpgEdwin Soi, 2011 FBK Hengelo, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bolt_UsainH-Rome11.jpgRichard Thompson, Usain Bolt, Christophe LeMaitre, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala Roma, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lagat-Koech-Pre11.JPGBernard Lagat, Peter Koech, 2011 Nike Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

One month from the Olympic Trials, two months, two weeks from the Olympics, track & field is heating up around the globe! RBR will be at FBK Hengelo, Nike Pre and the adidas GP NYC, plus the Olympic Trials and Olympics this summer. We head out tomorrow for Hengelo, and will cover the street shot put as well as the meeting on Sunday.

OSTRAVA (CZE): Triple Olympic champion from Beijing 2008 Jamaican top sprinter Usain Bolt had his press conference in Ostrava. The biggest star of 2012 Ostrava Golden Spike received his start number. "I have to work as well as before Beijing, I have to stay focused. I´m glad I continue well in the preparation, my coach is also satisfied. I expect to run fast, continue the way I started the season. I hope the weather will be as nice as this, I have never seen such a sunny weather in Ostrava. I remember bad weather, perfect fans, and the all the photographers shooting all the time. It is going to be a very good season. I´m never worried about others, as long I´m in a good shape. But it is good for the sport."

NAIROBI (KENA): Athletics Kenya has defended the country's athletes against doping allegations made by German national broadcaster ARD and said on Wednesday it would investigate the claims. Last weekend's "Sportschau" program, under the headline 'Kenyan runners under doping suspicion', claimed widespread abuse of banned substances by some of Kenya's elite runners. Writes Reuters.

OSTRAVA (CZE): Both hammer competitions, part of the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge, will be held in Ostrava on Thursday. Specially women one will have a stellar field with world record holder Betty Heidler, 2009 world champ Anita Wlodarczyk and former world champ Yipsi Moreno. Among men, Krisztián Pars of Hungary will try to break meet record and world leading mark. 51st Ostrava Golden Spike will be broadcast to more than 150 countries all over the world. Mainly to mention live transmissions by Eurosport, Al Jazeera, Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN Star in Asia, CCTV 5 in China, Band Sports in Brazil, Sport Plus of France, PCTV in Mexico, Sportmax in Caribbean region, Supersport in South Africa, TV4 Sport in Sweden and Sport TV stations in Portugal and Turkey. TBS of Japan will show the meet delayed. Follow the meet website www.zlatatretra.cz with all the latest infos, including video-interviews.


NEW YORK (USA): Tirunesh Dibaba, the defending Olympic gold medalist at 5000m and 10,000m, and American middle distance ace Robby Andrews have both been added to the adidas Grand Prix elite fields, according to a statement released yesterday by the meet's organizers. Ethiopia's Dibaba will run the 5000m at the June 9th meeting, the same event at which she holds the current world record at 14:11.15.

EUGENE (USA): World champions Brittney Reese and Christian Taylor are the latest jumping stars for the 38th annual Prefontaine Classic on June 2 in Eugene. In women field also reigning olympic winner Maurren Maggi, European champion Ineta Radevica, Briton Shara Proctor. In men´s triple Will Claye the world indoor champion should be the main rival with Cubans Alexis Copello and David Girat.

QUEBEC CITY (CAN): Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo were today put on the shortlist to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics as Baku and Doha were axed. Informs insidethegames.

HENGELO (NED) : European 800m silver medalist Yvonne Hak cancelled her participation at the FBK-Games on May 27th because of pain in her Achilles tendon. Hak confirmed there is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon but explained she is still in the running for Olympic qualification according to RTV NoordHolland.

AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch sprinter Churandy Martina confirmed he will compete at this year's European championships in Helsinki but is undecided about the event. Martina, who arrived in The Netherlands for the FBK-Games, will compete for his new country in both Helsinki and London.

BRUSSELS (BEL): Olympic winner Tia Hellebaut believes she is now in much better shape than this winter and told Belgian media she is excited about competing this summer. Hellebaut said she is stronger and fitter but is still lacking competition to be in top shape. She will start her Olympic campaign at the IAAF World challenge meeting of Rabat.

BERLIN (GER): German hurlder Carolyn Nytra has canceled her first competitive appearances of the season. Nytra was set to start her Olympic campaign at the IAAF World challenge meeting of Ostrava and the Pfingstsportfest in Rehlingen but has withdrawn with a minor muscle injury reports leichtathletik.de.

LONDON (GBR): Usain Bolt now has his own dedicated watch made by Hublot. The watch, called the King Power Usain Bolt, has a gold bracelet and holds the logo of Usain Bolt.

NEW YORK (USA): 1500m runner Leo Manzano told USA Today he has had what he calls his "best training in a very long time." Manzano will face two of the USA's top 1,500 runners at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York on June 9. Lagat, a two-time Olympic medalist in the event, and Matthew Centrowitz, who won bronze at last year's world championships, are scheduled to race. Then Manzano will compete in the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene.

QUEBEC CITY (USA): International and U.S. Olympic leaders are close to finalizing a deal to settle the long-running financial dispute that has soured relations and undermined recent American bids for the games, a senior official said to ESPN. The International Olympic Committee and U.S. Olympic Committee are nearing agreement on a new revenue-sharing deal that would clear the way for U.S. cities to bid again for future games, IOC executive board member Denis Oswald told The Associated Press.

LAUSANNE (SUI): The race to host the 2020 Summer Olympics reached the first hurdle with five cities trying to avoid being dropped from the bidding marathon by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Istanbul, Madrid, Tokyo, Doha and Azerbaijan's Baku will try to convince an evaluation committee they are ready to stage the world's biggest sporting spectacle and remain in the high stakes runoff that will not conclude until September 2013 when the IOC will vote on a host in Buenos Aires reports Reuters.

LONDON (GBR): The high volume of drugs tests to be conducted at London 2012 provides no guarantee that cheats will not win medals, according to a blood doping expert. Much has been made of the level of testing planned for this summer's Olympics and Paralympics, with around 6,000 samples set to be analysed, more than at any previous Games.nYet Professor Carsten Lundby (pictured below) of the Zurich Centre for Integrative Human Physiology (ZIHP), has told insidethegames that he thinks it "unlikely" that doped athletes will not claim medals."I do not think that the large number of tests conducted during the Games is a valid guarantee that a doped athlete will not win a medal," Lundby said.

ISTANBUL (TUR): Istanbul is still on target to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, insisting that staging the event is still more important to Turkey than football's European Championships reports Insidethegames. The country's financial capital remain many people's favourites for the Olympics but have seen their candidature undermined by the Turkish Football Federation's decision to submit a bid for the European Championships in the same year.

MONTE CARLO (MON): The IAAF and the Diamond League AG anounced the 2013 Meeting Calendar for the Samsung Diamond League, the premier series of invitational track and field meetings in the world. The 2013 season will be composed of 14 meetings taking place from May to September across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA.

BRISBANE (AUS): The Australian and Oceania long jump record holder Mitchell Watt is ready for his first hit-out since winning the Samsung Diamond League in Zurich (SUI) last September, and will compete at Meet 2 of the Queensland Athletics Winter Series. The Gold Coast International Athletics Track on May 26th is Watt's last home competition before traveling overseas announces athletics.au.

ALBANY (USA): Two historic all-women's road races, held on the same weekend next month 6800 kilometers apart and on different continents, boast top-notch fields. In Albany, N.Y., the capital of New York State about 240 kilometers north of New York City, the 34th Freihofer's Run for Women will be held on Saturday, June 2. Organizers announced yesterday that the IAAF Silver Label road race will feature a diverse and strong international field led by Kenyans Joyce Chepkirui and Emily Chebet, Ethiopian Mamitu Daska, and Australian Benita Willis. In Vienna, Austria, on the following day, the 25th Vienna Women's Run will take place. A record 30,100 women have signed up for both the 5-K and 10-K events, and a trio of top athletes will lead the invited field for the 5-K: Portugal's Ana Dulce Félix, Latvia's Jelena Prokopcuka, and Hungary's Krisztina Papp. Informs Race Results Weekly.


RECKLINGHAUSEN (GER, May 23): Bjorn Otto cleared at square jumping here world leading 583 in the pole vault. In women competition a tie for Norways Cathrine Larsasen and Belgian record holder Fanny Smets with 430. World medalist Martina Strutz did not jump because of achilles worries.

ZIELONA GORA (POL, May 23): Wojciech Praczyk improved here the national junior record with 1.75 kg implement in discus to 63.22 m.

KOBLENZ (GER, May 23): Maren Kock clocked 15:27.65 Helsinki standard in the women 5000 m at the meet here. Second Simret Restle-Apel also with 15:28.71 as second.

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