2012 Bislett Games/Oslo: Bolt Vs. Polwell, for 12th time, but first time in Oslo, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Kim Collins, Usain Bolt, Christophe Lemaitre, 2012 Compeed Roma,
 photo by Photorun.net

Thorkildsen_Andreas-Lausanne11.jpgAndreas Thorkildsen, 2011 Lausanne, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Bislett Games, to be held on Thursday, June 7, will feature the match up, for the twelfth time, between Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell. Bolt ran 9.76 to Powell's 9.91 in their last race, in Rome on May 31.

Andreas Thorkildsen, who had been invited to Nike Pre's amazing javelin display, but declined to prepare himself for his home turf, Oslo. For Thorkildsen, all of the javelin studs are now coming to visit him.

RBR will update on the Bislett Games, as we head to the adidas Grand Prix tomorrow morning! Should be a great weekend of track & field, especially with the NCAA Champs going on in Des Moines.



OSLO(NOR): One of the most traditional one day meet in the world, the Bislett Games of Oslo, will be on Thursday seen mainly as 100 m clash of Usain Bolt with Asafa Powell. It will be the last event in the programme. World athlete of the year 2011 Sally Pearson is opening her European hurdles campaign. Local fans will also wait for Andreas Thorkildsen in javelin, best Ethiopian runners are entered in the men´s 5000 m and high quality field is also in the women 1500 m.


Event by event preview





100 m: Bolt vs Powell for the 12th time, but first time in Oslo. For Bolt also first 100 m in Oslo after last year debut in the 200 m, for Powell already 6th appearance here, for both last meet before Jamaican Trials.


Mile: Dream Mile is always with great field, possibly this year Asbel Kiprop with slight advantage over the others.


5000 m: Ethiopian trials, both Bekeles, Gebremeskel, Shanghai winner Gebrehiwot, Sihine, Merga, they need fast times for London.


400mH: Culson so far unbeaten, world is waiting for first sub 48 of the year.


PV: Lavillenie is the leader, can he improve his top mark of 2012?


TJ: World Champ Taylor against European leader Adams.


SP: This time without Americans, but Armstrong, Majewski and Storl can deliver.


JT: This is the technical event of the evening, everybody hopes for home win of Thorkildsen, world lead should fall. But ready also Vesely, Vasilevski, Pitkamäki coming from training camp with Zelezny, healthy De Zordo and world leader Farquhar.






100 m: This is a non-DL race for Norway national record holder and European leader Okparaebo.


200 m: Stewart and Simpson against in-shape Ryemyen of Ukraine.


400 m: Expected solo race by world champ Montsho.


1500 m: Revenge for Rome, Aregawi against Genzebe Dibaba. Also US Uceny and Pierce and many other top runners.


Steeple: Chemos vs Ethiopian.


100mH: Heats and finals here, great field, but mainly European opener 2012 for World Champ Pearson.


HJ: Lowe vs Hellebaut.


LJ: Here 3 top Russians Kucherenko, Sokolova, Zaytseva against Briton Proctor.


DT: Perkovic is in shape, Muller and Barrios are the world medalists.


National races: Some interesting names here like Sweden´s Johan Wissman in the 400 m, Ukrainian Hanna Titimets in the 400 m hurdles and solid field in men´s 1500 m.



PARIS (FRA): With a month to go until the 2012 edition, the MEETING AREVA is taking shape. Indeed the Ile de France meeting, which forms the seventh stage of the Samsung Diamond League, is this year benefiting from a very favourable position in the international event schedule. Due to take place on Friday 6 July, it falls just three weeks before the start of the Olympic Games in London. Men s 800 m will see world record holder David Rudisha running against world indoor champion and his last time beater in autumn 2011 Moroccan Mohamed Aman. In the 5000 m old timers Kenenisa Bekele and Bernard Lagat are the star names, but will it be enough to win here? Something special for local spectators will be men´s steeple. Number one so far Paul Kipsiele Koech will try for a fast time and also both home stars  Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad and Bouabdellah Tahri.



KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican Olympic Trials and National Championships published its time-table. The most watched event men 100 m will have first round on June 28 at 10 am and 2nd round the same day in the evening at 7.15 pm. On June 29 semifinals will be held at 7.25 pm and finals at 9.25 pm. For doublers the 200 m first round will follow next morning at 9 am and semifinals at 8.35 pm. Finals will be held on Sunday July 1 at 7.30 pm.







NEW DELHI (IND): Indian athletics recently informed about series of positive doping tests. Heinrich Hubbeling writes that at April Federation Cup in Patiala for example javelin national junior record by Rohit Kumar 76.73 will not be valid, or discus winner Kripal Singh with 58.59.


OTTAWA (CAN): In its ongoing efforts to grow the sport of track and field outside traditional avenues, Athletics Canada confirmed that athletes will have the opportunity to feature their Twitter handles on the upcoming Canadian Track and Field Trials' race bibs. "We need to continue to find new and innovative ways to promote our sport and our athletes," said Mathieu Gentčs, Athletics Canada Director of Public Relations and Corporate Services.


CHEBOKSARY (RUS): World medalist 2009 Aleksandr Pogorelov was unable to finish the Russian Combined Events Championships during the weekend because of an injury. Afterwards he said for Russian media this might be the end of his career. 







MUNCHEN (GER, Jun 5): Addition to square jumping women long jump winner was Russian Yelena Sokolova with good quality 680 cm. In total 10 000 spectators followed this special event.

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