Vin Lananna Dreams: 2019 World Champs for Eugene? by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Vin Lananna noted that he would like to see a World Championship in Eugene, Oregon. The IAAF is known to support a World Championship Outdoor in the US, but there have been challenges. The problem has been how the prize money is taxed, but real issue is stadium that would buid, not embarrass the sport.

Vin Lananna, it is now said, is setting his eyes on a World Champs in the US. Let's see what happens with this one. Vin has put together some of our best championships, two tremendous Olympic Trials, and he was head coach of the USA team in Daegu. The guy is goal oriented so lets stay tune on this one.

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STOCKHOLM (SWE): Australian Sally Pearson, currently the world leader in the 100m Hurdles, will begin her post-Olympic competitive tour at the DN Galan in Stockholm on August 17, the tenth stop on the Samsung Diamond League circuit. The Stockholm Stadium record is 12.42, set by Gail Devers in 2002. „The 2010 Diamond League win in Stockholm was special and I look forward to get back again after the Olympics," Pearson said. „I love the Stockholm Stadium after my 3 visits in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and want to come back and run fast and take home a diamond for a new stadium record." But earlier than that as she is already in Europe she will continue to compete this Saturday at the meet of Nivelles in Belgium.



HOLMDEL (USA, Jun 16): At 26th New Jersey International Invitational sensational 100 m improvement for 28-years old US sprinter Phil DeRosier who first got 10.11 (+1.3) in heats and then 9.97 (+0.8) in the finals. His PB from 2008 was 10.20 and season best from May 10.30. Second Jeremy Bascom 10.21 and Aziz Zakari of Ghana won the other final in 10.23 (+0.2). Fast 1500 m personal best for Canadian Sheila Reid 4:07.88 ahead of New Zealand´s Lucy van Dalen 4:08.10 also PB and Serbian Marina Muncan olympic qualifier 4:08.33.



NAIROBI (KEN): Athletics Kenya has given special clearance to top six finishers in women 800m race at the national championships to compete on Saturday during the country's track and field trials to select the Olympic team to London Games. David Okeyo, AK Secretary General, said the six will be joined by Olympic champion Pamela Jelimo and silver medallist Janeth Jepkosgei in the race, where the top three earns a ticket to Olympics. Okeyo also said that other events in middle distance, which have over 15 qualifiers will have a pre-trial race on Thursday at Nyayo National Stadium, to pick the finalists who will compete on Saturday.



EUGENE (USA): When Vin Lananna (fresh 59) first arrived at the University of Oregon nearly seven years ago, he was described as a dreamer. A visionary. An optimist with the energy to see things beyond the horizon before others would think of them. As the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials are about to unfold at Hayward Field, he can look back with satisfaction that the majority of his most ambitious plans have come to fruition. His next project is bringing the world's best track and field athletes to Eugene. Oregon is already engaged to do that on a somewhat smaller scale when it hosts the World Junior Track & Field Championships in 2014, the first time that meet has ever been held in the U.S. Lananna wants to take the next step -- bidding for the 2019 IAAF World Championships of Athletics. In the history of the event, which dates back to 1983 in Helsinki, the World Outdoor Championships have never come to the U.S., because there is no track and field facility in this country that currently meets the IAAF requirement of a minimum capacity of 30,000 spectators. When he looks to the future, he envisions a fully restored Hayward Field, preserving its history but upgrading the facility to meet IAAF standards and provide a fun and comfortable place to witness track and field events. Informs Eugene Register Guard.



NAIROBI (KEN): Athletics Kenya selected 44 athletes for the 18th edition of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Porto Novo, Benin. But now they say only 40 will travel. They start residential training on Wednesday at the Kasarani and depart for Benin on June 24. Former world 5000 m champion Eliud Kipchoge together with Geoffrey Kirui and Lucas Kimeli Rotich are Kenya's representatives in the 10,000m. They were picked in Eugene, Oregon on June 2. However, their participation is depending on the fact how they will do in the 5000 m trials. Standby athletes waiting to fill their vacancy are Kenneth Kipkemoi, and Lewis Mosoti. Kenya team: men - 100m: Ibrahim Muya, Tony Chirchir, Emmanuel Letunkunye; 400m: Vincent Mumo, Boniface Mweresa, Collins Omae; 400m hurdles: Boniface Mucheru, Vincent Kosgei; 800m: Anthony Chemut, Cornelius Kiplagat, Richard Kiplagat; 1,500m: Caleb Mwangangi, James Magut, Abednego Chesebe; 3000m sc: Abel Mutai, Wilson Maraba, Abraham Chirchir; 5000m: Geoffrey Kipsang, Jonathan Maiyo, Timothy Kiptoo; 10,000m: Eliud Kipchoge, Geoffrey Kirui, Lucas Kimeli Rotich. Women - 400m: Joyce Zakari, Catherine Nandi; 400m hurdles: Maureen Jelagat; 800m: Eunica Sum, Jane Jelagat, Sylvia Chesebe; 1,500m: Margaret Wangare, Mary Kuria, Berin Nenkambi; 3000m sc: Mercy Njoroge, Ivin Jepkemoi, Fanenca Chemutai; 5,000m: Gladys Cherono, Veronicah Nyaruai, Janet Khisa; 10,000m: Priscah Jepleting, Betsy Saina, Margaret Akai; 20km walk: Grace Wanjiru, Emily Ngii; Javelin: Lindah Oseso.



BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Kenenisa Bekele the reigning Olympic 10 000 metres champion will attempt to gain selection to defend his title in London with an impressive performance at next weekend's Aviva Trials in Birmingham. Bekele knows he must demonstrate to the Ethiopian selectors he is in mint condition and the best man for the job if he is to return to Great Britain and race over 25 laps when the Games track and field programme takes place from August 3-12. The world record holder for the distance and last year's World leader will be determined to challenge the fastest times achieved by his fellow countrymen this season, headed by the 27:11.70 posted by Tariku his younger brother with his victory at the FBK Games in Hengelo last month. Both Bekele's are in the ine up for the race in Birmingham's Alexander Stadium on Friday night where other guest runners will include reigning Commonwealth champion Moses Kipsiro of Uganda and Ethiopia's former IAAF World Cross Country gold medallist Gebre Gebremariam. Based on times the qualified athletes are so far Tariku Bekele, Lelisa Desisa (27:11.98) and Sileshi Sihine (27:12.60). British 10,000m Olympic hopefuls will be aiming for the Olympic A standard of 27:45.00. British juniors will require 31:30.00 to qualify for the World Junior Championships starting in Barcelona on July 10. Informs David Martin.







EUGENE (USA): Distance runner Lopez Lomong plans to run 5000 m and 1500 m at US Olympic Trials. He finished the 5000 m end of April with a wicked 54-second final 400 meters, crossing the line in triumph, arms spread wide. Except, Lomong was mistaken, confused by a race update from the Stanford public address announcer. The big finish was a lap too soon. Lomong slowed down, nearly stopping, looked uncomprehendingly at a time on the scoreboard that clearly was impossible, then heard spectators shouting that he still had another 400 to run. He still finished in superb PB and winning 13:11.63. Earlier in winter was 6th at World Indoor Championships 3000 m. Since his april 5k sensation he ran a 800 m in Eagle Rock (1:46.21) and was 15th at Pre Classic mile (3:55.14).


LONDON (GBR): Olympic 400 metres hurdles bronze medallist Natasha Danvers has after a lengthy period of injuries announced her retirement from a sport she has served withg distinction. The 34-year-old one of Great Britain's longest serving athletes who has battled a series of injuries since achieving a memorable podium finish in Beijing four years ago, has conceded that her body is not able to meet the demands of another Olympic Games. "It's extremely disappointing not to be able to put myself into contention for selection for London 2012," the Malcolm Arnold coached athlete said in a UK Athletics release on Sunday.


WATTENSCHEID (GER): Former European indoor champion in pole vault Danny Ecker will end this year his career. He was unable to jump at weekend national championships and plans his farewell competition for August 25 in Leverkusen.


PORTLAND (USA): NCAA 5000 m and 10 000 m champion Cam Levins of Southern Utah University has signed a professional sponsorship deal with Nike. The high-mileage Canadian, who is likely to double at the London Olympic Games in the same events, said that he's grateful for Nike's support and was bowled over by the size of the first equipment shipment he received at his home.







MYKOLAIV (UKR, Jun 17): At Kovpak Memorial high jump (in the stadium) high quality personal bests for winners. European U23 Champion from last year Bohdan Bondarenko cleared 231 and national champion Olena Holosha 196 in women competition. Both improved their bests by 1 cm.


RIEHEN (SUI, Jun 17): Nicole Buchler cleared here new Swiss pole vault record 460 cm.


BULLE (SUI, Jun 17): Fast sprints by Swiss athletes at Cantonal Champs. Rolf Fongue won the 100 m in 10.25 (+1.5) PB ahead of Alex Wilson 10.26, Swiss U23 record and Reto Schenkel 10.27 (he was faster 10.25 +1.6 in heats). Wilson then clocked windy 20.43 (+2.8) in the 200 m.


HELSINGBORG (SWE, Jun 17): At IFK Throwing Meet Australian Ben Harradine won the discus 65.81 ahead of home Niklas Arrhenius 64.69, Norway´s Gaute Myklebust 64.08 and Austrian Gerhard Mayer 63.33.


KINGSTON (JAM, Jun 17): Jevaughn Minzie and Saqukine Cameron completed sprint double victories, but it was the man, Julian Forte, who skipped the 100m, that stole the spotlight at the two-day Jamaica Junior Trials, which ended Sunday with 20.38 (+1.0) PB. He told journalists „it wasn't the perfect race. I slipped in the blocks, but I executed well." Meanwhile, Minzie who ran a personal best 10.28 on Saturday to take the 100m, returned 21.37 in the U17 category. In the girls section, Edwin Allen's Cameron, who ran the 200/400m at Champs, ran into a -1.2m/s wind to top a strong 200m field in 24.27, adding to her 100m time of 11.70. Chanice Porter of Manchester High was also outstanding on the day, taking the women's Under-20 high jump with 1.86m, after failing to clear the national junior record height of 1.88m, held by Kimberly Williamson, who was second with 1.83m. Porter had already leapt 6.78m in the long jump, supported by a +4.3m/s wind on Saturday. World Youth bronze medallist Olivia James continued to prove her championship mettle when she defeated Chrisann Gordon and Sandrae Farquharson to take the women's Under-20 400 m with 53.16. World Youth 100m champion Odail Todd has been ruled out of the remainder of the Jamaica Junior Trials because of hamstring injury.


BLOOMINGTON (USA, Jun 17): Tyreek Hill pulled away from the field in the men's 200 m taking home his second gold medal to highlight the final day of competition at the USA Junior Championships. Hill won the 100m (10.28) on Friday and closed with a 20.57 (+0.1) in the 200m. Hill, who had a large cheering section of family watching him win, will compete in both events for Team USA at the World Junior Championships. In the 200 m as world leader. Second Aaron Ernest got 20.88. In women 200 m Olivia Ekpone clocked 23.18 (-0.5) beating 100 m winner Dezerea Bryant 23.30. Superb 45.37 in the 400 m by Aldrich Bailey ahead of Arman Hall 45.77. Ashley Spencer the NCAA Champion fulfilled her role with 51.68 400 m win. The women's and men's 1,500m races produced exciting finishes by both Bronxville High School sophomore Mary Cain and Austin Mudd of the University of Wisconsin. Cain's early pace pushing and depth of competitors in the field helped her to reach a new personal best of 4:14.74 while Mudd had to fight to the finish to win in 3:46.50. Cain bettered Jordan Hasay's Junior meet record of 4:16.98 set in 2007. In the final event of the day, Rodney Brown of Louisiana State University broke the USA Junior meet record in the men's discus with a throw of 62.99. Brown's throw bettered the previous meet record, set by Mason Finley in 2009, by over two feet.


GREENSBORO (USA, Jun 16): Michael Cherry won the 400 m in 46.37 at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals. Kadecia Bird was the top girl in the 400 m (52.14), she also achieved windy 23.26 (+3.5) in the 200 m heats.


NOVI SAD (SRB, Jun 17): During second day of Serbian Championships Ivana Spanovic leaped to 650 in the long jump and Emir Bekric clocked good 49.87 in the 400 m hurdles. Vedran Samac registered 76.72 in the javelin.


MARINGA (BRA, Jun 17): Long jumper Higor Silva Alves highlighted the last day of Brazilian junior championships with 796 (+3.8).


KAZAN (RUS, Jun 16): At Tatarstan Championships Yelena Migunova clocked 23.05 in the 200 m.


SAO PAULO (BRA, Jun 17): After three years of Kenyan wins at Sao Paulo Marathon now a Brazilian runner got the top position. Pan Am Champion Solonei Rocha da Silva achieved 2:12:25 to win ahead of Kenyans Hillary Kimaiyo 2:16:37 and Katui Kipkemboi 2:17:32. In women race Elizabeth Rumokol of Kenyan clocked PB 2:31:31 to win over Adugna Dibaba of Ethiopia 2:34:58 and Nancy Kipron 2:39:14. Best home runner Marily dos Santos was fifth in 2:40:37.


PANAMA CITY (PAN, Jun 17): Ethiopian Alene Reta won the Gatorade Panama Half Marathon in 1:04:26 beatig Miguel Almachi of Ecuador 1:05:20. Kenyan Grace Wantubi was the best woman in 1:15:03 ahead of Yolanda Caballero of Colombia 1:15:41.







KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican media are informing that on Friday legendary 400 m runner George Kerr died at age of 74 years. He suffered a massive heart attack on June 4. He was the first athlete to have the Jamaican flag hoisted for a gold medal when he won the 400m and 800m at the Central America and Caribbean Games held at the National Stadium in 1962. At the 1960 Olympics when Jamaican athletes competed as part of the British West Indies team, Kerr won bronze medals in the 800m and as a member of the men's 4x400m team.

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