Usain Bolt in Minor Accident, Dathan Ritzenhein runs 2 x 5000m, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Dathan Ritzenhein, FBK Games, Hengelo, photo by

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Dathan Ritzenhein ran a two times the 5000m at Portland Track & Field Festival, running the first 5,000m in 13:19, and coming back, a half hour later, running the second 5,000m in 13:56. We met with Dathan after the Hengelo Meeting, where he ran 27:50.8. He was heading back to Park City, Utah, for more training.

The BBC reported this morning that Usain Bolt was involved in a car accident in Jamaica in the early hours of Sunday morning. Asafa Powell was also at the scene of the accident. Neither Usain Bolt nor Asafa Powell were injured in this accident. Bolt's spokesperson noted the Usain Bolt was resting at home.

Bolt in minor accident
KINGSTON (JAM): Sprinting star Usain Bolt was said to be resting at home after walking away from what was described as a "minor accident" just after daybreak in Half-Way-Tree this morning. Bolt's publicist Carole Beckford confirmed there was an accident involving the sprinting superstar but said he was unhurt and was "at home sleeping". Reports are that Bolt, who just returned to the island after competing in Europe the last few weeks, was involved in an accident just after 5:15 am on his way home from a party. Bolt suffered no injuries. His sprinter colleague Asafa Powell was not involved as he confirmed on his twitter despite some reports. Jamaican media are informing.

Klucinova and Karpov
KLADNO (CZE, Jun 10): Czech Eliska Klucinova won the TNT Fortuna Meeting (IAAF CE Challenge) with new Czech record in heptathlon 6283 points and qualified for Olympic Games in London. Second Katarina Johnson-Thompson of Great Britain improved the national junior record to 6428, third Yana Maksimava of Belarus 6103. Top four men scored over 8000 points. Winner Dmitriy Karpov was better by one point than in May in Desenzano with 8173. Second world record holder Roman Sebrle with 8097 qualified for European Championships in Helsinki. It was his 48th decathlon over this barrier, he is the best ever in this. Third Pelle Rietveld of Netherlands 8073 PB and fourth Adam Sebastian Helcelet with 8044 personal best.

8 meet records
BRAZZAVILLE (CGO, Jun 10): The 7th Grand Prix of Brazzaville Meet (African Golden Status) had 8000 spectators 27 degrees warm weather. It was the best meet ever here with not less than  8 meet records and three Congo national records. In the shot put men with the 20 years old Frank Elemba 17.57 and female sprinter Bazolo Lorene in both sprints 11.72 and 23.95. The meet was attended by Mr Hamad Kalkaba Malboum president of CAA. From meet record specially to note fast steeple by Kenyan Abel Mutai 8:08.44 ahead of Ethiopian Gari Roba 8:08.85 and Jairus Kipchoge 8:09.34. Moroccan sprinter Aziz Ouhadi had a great double with two meet records 10.10 and 20.50 in sprints. Cuban Omar Cisneros had another one at 400 m hurdles 48.90 and Moroccan Yacine Bensghir in the 1500 m 3:36.47. US Miles Smith won the 400 m in 46.08. US Shayla Mahan scored a sprint double with 11.35 and 22.91 MR+PB. Moushami Robinson won the 400 m in 52.14 (former world champion Amy Mbacke Thiam fifth 54.12). Fast 400 m hurdles by Cuban Yusneidys Pedroso 54.89 MR over Nigerian Ajoke Odumosu 55.03. Gudeto Feyene of Ethiopia won the women 1500 m in 4:06.66. Huge marks in women javelin (as per official results) by Romanians Eliza Toader 64.35 and Felicia Moldovan 62.08.

Kirdyapkina 1:27:43
MOSCOW (RUS, Jun 10): Sergey Morozov won the Russian 20 km walk championships in 1:19:51 but is not sure he will be considered for the third spot in the Olympic Team. Second Andrey Ruzavin 1:20:49 ahead of Denis Strelkov 1:21:09. In the women competition Anisya Kirdyapkina achieved high quality 1:27:43 and was proposed into the Olympic Team. Second Vera Sokolova 1:28:05 ahead of Marina Pandakova 1:28:47. Still under 1:30 also fourth Nina Okhotnikova 1:28:48 and fifth Svetlana Vasilyeva 1:29:42. Junior wins for Pawel Parshin 41:14.73 and Yekaterina Medvedeva 44:30.49 and youth wins for Nikolay Markov 42:43.71 with Olga Shargina 22:30.40 (5000 m). The junior and youth competitions were held in rain and were also trials for World Junior Championships in Barcelona.

Zelinka surprise 12.76
VANCOUVER (CAN, Jun 10): Canadian heptathlon record holder Jessica Zelinka surprised the specialists at the Harry Jerome Meet (first of NTL series) with 12.76 (+1.4) personal best win. Second US Ginnie Crawford 12.87. New PB also for Jessica Smith winning the 800 m in 1:59.86 over US Alice Schmidt 1:59.93. Nicole Sifuentes got the 1500 m in 4:06.90 and US Keshia Baker the 400 m in 51.52. New Canadian javelin record for Liz Gleadle with 61.15. In men events fast 1500 m by Andrew Wheating 3:35.89, with Matt Centrowitz fourth 3:37.22. Khadevis Robinson posted 1:45.16 in the 800 m and Manteo Mitchell 45.53 in the 400 m for US wins. Impressive second in the 400 m decathlete Ashton Eaton in his second fastest ever time 45.87. Dylan Armstrong got 21.24 in the shot put, Mike Mason cleared 228 in the high jump and Curtis Moss achieved 80.43 in the javelin.

Brazil the best country
BARQUISIMETO (VEN, Jun 10): Brazil was the best team of 15th Iberoamerican Championships with total of 44 medals (14-18-12) ahead of Cuba (8-6-4) and Colombia (6-3-5). New South American women discus recory by Brazilian Andressa Morais highlighted the last day 64.21 m. Cuban Dailis Caballero won the pole vault with 450 and Brazilian Eliane Martins the long jump (655, -1.9). Adrien Munoz of Cuba was the best in the 1500 m (4:20.36), in men´s race Brazilian Leandro Prates (3:47.76). Lucimara Silvestre won the heptathlon (6160) and Colombian James Rendon the 20 000 m walk (1:26:12.03). Brazil won 3 out of 4 relays (both 4x100 m 39.01 and 43.90 and women 4x400 m 3:28.56). Cuba was the best in men 4x400 m with excellent 3:00.43 the fastest of the year so far by a national team. Second Venezuela 3:01.70 and third Dominican Republic 3:03.05 ahead of Brazil 3:03.05.


BEDFORD (GBR, Jun 10): Perri Shakes Drayton ran a personal best 51.26 for 400m and is now ready for great race with Eilidh Child in Olympic trials 400m Hurdles. Also preparing for the trials was Jessica Ennis who won the long Jump with 6.40 (1.6) and threw 46.34 in the javelin. Sarah Claxton won 100 m Hurdles in 13.17 (-0.5) and Emma Pooley the high jump with 190. Best results in mens event was Jon Hylton winning 110 m Hurdles in 13.74 (-0.5), Tom Parsons high jump 223 and Mervyn Luckwell javelin 80.81.

ATHENS (GRE, Jun 9-10): The Greek Interclub Championships were held during the weekend in various cities. In Thessaloníki, on Saturday, Spirídon Lebésis won the javelin with a good 82.11, followed by Yervásios Filippídis 78.86, while on Sunday Iliána Korosídou (b. 1995) bettered for the fifth time this year her own national youth record in the hammer with 62.64. In Lárisa (Saturday) discus thrower Yeóryios Trémos recorded another pb in the discus with 62.92. In Pátra (Saturday), Periklís Iakovákis tested himself just one week prior to the national championships and clocked an easy 49.92 at 400 m hurdles, Mihaíl Stamatóyiannis improved his sb in the shot put to 19.64 and Antonía Steryíou cleared 1.92 despite a pain in the leg. In Athens (Ellinikó), on Saturday 42-years old Sávva Líka got very close to the 60m mark with 59.96 and on a windy Sunday morning Eléni Filándra won the 800m in 2:02.38. All marks achieved in the Interclubs that meet qualification standards need to be confirmed again by the athletes in the forthcoming national champs.
LIMASSOL (CYP, Jun 9): During the first day of the National Cypriot Championships, Kyriakos Ioannou, competing for the first time in 2012, cleared a thoroughly promising 230, showing that he is determined to regain his past glory despite being hampered by injuries. No new NR for Apostolos Parellis this time, but an easy victory in the discus with 63.66. Eleni Artymata won the 100m title in 11.54. Competing as guest in the 110m hurdles and in windless conditions, Greek Konstantínos Douvalídis clocked 13.53. From Thomas Constas.
LISBOA (POR, Jun 9-10): At Interclubs Final hurdler Rasul Dabo clocked 13.62. Marcos Caldeira got 16.84 in the triple jump.

ST. WENDEL (GER, Jun 10): At World Class Throwing meet Tomasz Majewski after nice battle achieved 21.21 over David Storl 21.11. Robert Harting won the discus 66.44, Markus Esser the hammer 75.13 and solid javelin marks for Igor Janik of Poland 82.11, Tino Haber 82.10, Thomas Rohler 80.79 and only fourth Matthias de Zordo 79.58. Christina Obergfoll improved her season best in javelin to 67.04 beating Australian Kathryn Mitchell 62.86. Betty Heidler was the best in hammer 70.83.

TAMPERE (FIN, Jun 10): Antti Ruuskanen achieved here best Finnish javelin mark of the year with 84.95. In the long jump Khotso Mokoena leaped to 807, the same result also for Michel Torneus of Sweden as second.

POTENZA (ITA, Jun 9): Fifth from Daegu and former European U23 Champion Daniele Greco improved here in the triple jump to massive 17.47 (+1.7).

PORTLAND (USA, Jun 9): Dathan Ritzenhein achieved at Portland Track Festival an interesting double. He ran a 5000/5000 double about a half hour apart. He ran 13:19.76 in the A section race the turned around and ran 13:58.68 in the B section race. In A second Aaron Braun 13:20.52 ahead of Australian David McNeill 13:21.62.

LISLE (USA, Jun 9): At the Chicagoland Summer Throws Series at Benedictine University Sean Furey, a former U.S. national champion, pushed his personal best to 82.73 in javelin and Craig Kinsley improved as second to 82.31, for both olympic A qualifiers.

POSTOJNA (SLO, Jun 10): Ever-young 52-years old Merlene Ottey improved her season best here to 11.93 (-0.1) in the 100 m. She was second in the race. Rozle Prezelj cleared 222 in the high jump.

ARGENTAN (FRA, Jun 10): Another veteran Christine Arron achieved 11.61 (-1.7) in the 100 m, Mirela Demireva of Bulgaria went over 191 in the high jump.

COLOMBO (SRI, Jun 10): Best result of second day of Asian Junior Championships was the 796 long jump meet record by Chinese Li Qing. Qatari Hamza Driouch won the 1500 m in good 3:39.85.

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