BOLT AND CHARITY GAME
LONDON (GBR): British media are writing that Usain Bolt who has been angling for a chance to play for Manchester United now might have his chance--in a charity match. After winning his first of three gold medals at the London Olympics last month, Bolt reiterated his desire to have a trial with the club and gained support from Man United defender Rio Ferdinand, who said he would speak to manager Sir Alex Ferguson about making it happen. Now Bolt could have a chance to show what he can do on the pitch, albeit not with Ferdinand and his teammates, but with a team of retired Man United legends in what has become a regular charity match against Real Madrid's old boys next summer. „But it's interesting he says he'd like to play in a charity game. It could be brilliant, and next year when we play Real Madrid's Legends again, there could be opportunities to bring him up and see how he does," Sir Alex Ferguson was quoted as saying.
LEMAITRE, ADAMS, SAVINOVA
RIETI (FRA): French European champion Christophe Lemaitre will have one more race this season after Van Damme 200 m. He will run in Rieti on Sunday in the 100 m against his main home rival Jimmy Vicaut. Two more olympic winners have been added to the women fields. Russian Mariya Savinova will run the 800 m and Valerie Adams of New Zealand will compete in the shot put. The meet will start already on Saturday with hammer throw qualification.
DEFAR FOR HALF MARATHON
PHILADELPHIA (USA): On September 16th, look out for a fast crowd of elites to rock at the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon in Philadelphia. Examiner.com writes. Meseret Defar, the 2010 Rock n' Roll winner and London Olympics 5000 m gold medalist, Firehiwot Dado, the winner of the 2011 New York City Marathon, Sharon Cherop, the winner of the 2012 Boston Marathon, and Buzunesh Deba, runner-up at the 2011 New York City Marathon will lead the forces for the women. Defar will have her second half marathon ever after 1:07:45 Philadelphia win in 2010. Up for grabs will be the world record (1:05:50), set by Kenya's Mary Keitany in February 2011, and the race record of 1:07:11 set by New Zealand's Kim Smith last year.
BRUSSELS (BEL): 2008 olympic winner Brimin Kipruto who fell during olympic final in London and finished only 5th will return to racing for first time since then at Friday´s Samsung Diamond League final in Brussels. High quality field at Van Damme Memorial is headed by world leader Paul Kipsiele Koech who has enough to points to win the Diamond Race. The only olympic medalist in the race will be Abel Mutai as gold and silver holders Ezekiel Kemboi and Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad already ended their seasons. But runnning will be in-shape Zagreb winner Jairus Birech, super talent Conseslus Kipruto and from European point of view French miler Yoann Kowal who is trying steeple in second part of the season. The 1500 m olympic semifinalist ran in Albi in August at Decanation 8:23.37 personal best and could well attack the 8:20 barrier.
SPOTAKOVA FOR HEPTATHLON
PRAHA (CZE): Javelin olympic winner Barbora Spotakova will travel to Brussels for the Samsung Diamond League final as already confirmed winner of the Diamond race. „I can compete without stress and want to enjoy fully the competition. But of course I will try to be the best as always," she said. Her next trip will be during the weekend to the ZOO in the city of Liberec where she should baptist small white tigers. But the sensation is that she will compete in heptathlon at Decastar of Talance on September 15-16. It will be her first heptathlon since 2002. Her best from 2000 is 5873 points and she says: „I do not have any specific goals, but I think I should be able to improve my personal best."
LONDON (GBR): Someone claiming to have taken some water from an ice bath Mo Farah was in during the Olympic Games is selling the water on Ebay. The starting price is 1,000 dollar, however there are no bids yet according to US Today.
BRUSSELS (BEL): Belgian 400m hurdler Elodie Ouedraogo has announced the Samsung Diamond league meeting in Brussels will be her goodbye race. Ouedraogo ran a personal best this year in the Olympic semi final 55.20 and is in the best shape of her life, but the 31 year old decided she wants to end her career on a high note.
BRUSSELS (BEL): At a press conference in Brussels ahead of the Van Damme Samsung Diamond League meeting of Brussels, the Borlée brothers have confirmed they are in very good shape and are ready to please the Belgian crowds. Kevin and Jonathan have each just run one race after the London Olympics and told Belgian media they have prepared well for the big show on Friday.
BERLIN (GER): A meeting in Brno on September 11th is officially the last competition for German long jumper Nils Winter. The former European indoor silver medalist is ending his career at the age of 35 confirms leichtathletik.de.
FOXBOROUGH (USA): Jeff Demps will not play for the Patriots this season after being placed on injured reserve on Friday. Demps came up limping in the fourth quarter of the team's preseason finale. However, he is signed through the 2014 season, so still is a factor into the team's longer-range planning reports ESPN.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Three-time 2012 Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix has been named a finalist for The Women's Sports Foundation's Sportswoman of the Year award announces USATF. 14 finalists from individual and team sports have been named based on athletic performances between August 1, 2011, and August 12, 2012. Sportswoman of the Year honorees will be announced during the 33rd Annual Salute to Women in Sports awards gala.
ARSENAL (GBR): Olympic double gold winner Mo Farah wants a coaching job at his beloved Arsenal when he quits running he told The Daily Mail. Farah trained with the Arsenal players earlier this year and is the second athlete thinking about football since Usain Bolt admitted he would love to play for Manchester United.
LONDON (GBR): Ukrainian NOC President and IOC Executive Board member Sergey Bubka visited Paralympic Village at the London's East End meeting with the athletes, coaches and officials from Ukrainian Paralympic team. After examining the accommodation condition for paralympians in the village, Bubka met with the athletes and the President of Ukrainian Paralympic Committee Valery Sushkevich congratulating them with the successful performance. Team Ukraine currently placed on the 4th place in the 2012 Paralympic Games' medal count winning (by the end of Tuesday, September 4th) 51 medals, 19 of which are gold medals. 'Olympians and Paralympians are one single family', said Sergey Bubka talking to athletes. 'They share the same goals, the same ideas and the same dreams. Olympic athletes and supporters admire the performances of Paralympians who glorify human's spirit'.
BERLIN (GER): IAAF World Challenge meet ISTAF nears renewal of sponsorship deal and had 1 million of viewers in ARD on Sunday.
BEOGRAD (SRB): Indoor Athletics Hall will be build in Beograd. Minister for sport Alisa Maric and military head Miroljub Nikolic signed an agreement about the start of the construction of the hall. It will be first hall in Serbia for athletics and built at 7200 square meters. The plans are that it should be completed by end of 2013.
COTTBUS (GER): Meet director Ulrich Hobeck hopes the outdoor meet of Cottbus will be back in summer 2013 after it was not held this year. But first he needs to secure the finances for Cottbus jumping meet indoors in January next year. For this event the main sponsor is not continuing with the support. Informs Lausitzer Rundschau.
MELBOURNE (AUS): Australian media are writing that the next step in the career of four-time Olympian Craig Mottram will take him to one of the world's most famous marathons. Mottram is targeting his debut over the classic distance at either the London or Boston marathon next April. He quit track athletics after the London Games.
NEW YORK (USA): Highlight of the indoors season 2013 in New York´s Armory will be the 106th Millrose Games on February 16. Last year's Millrose -- the first at The Armory -- was credited with re-energizing New York's signature track & field event. Stars like Sanya Richards-Ross, Bernard Lagat, Jesse Williams, Jenny Simpson and LaShawn Merritt gave chase to history and put on an electrifying and intimate show for the sell-out crowd. „The demand will again be great for reserved seating, but we will once again -- particularly for the high school qualifiers -- be sure to have reasonably-price tickets available for their supporters," said Dr. Sander. Millrose Games tickets will go on sale later this month, but a large pool will be held for sale after the Millrose Trials on Wed., Jan. 16.
CHIARI (ITA, Sep 4): At 26th Pole Vault meet at Piazza Zanardelli Czech Jan Kudlicka cleared 565 to win ahead of his team-mate Michal Balner 545 cm.
CELJE (SLO, Sep 5): At Slovenian national GP meet hammer olympic medalist Primoz Kozmus did not compete due to an injury. In his absence British win for Mark Dry 73.33. Also British sprinting wins for Rion Pierre (10.46, +0.4) and Richard Strachan (46.12 at 400 m). Best female result was the javelin of national record holder Martina Ratej 60.55 m.
KLADNO (CZE, Sep 5): Ladislav Prasil improved his PB in shot put here to 20.05 m. Tomas Vonavka got 60.70 in discus and Michal Fiala 71.22 in hammer. Jarmila Klimesova won the javelin with 58.29.
LONDON (GBR, Sep 5): Oscar Pistorius won his 100 m heat at Paralympic Games with 11.18 (-0.1), but Briton Jonnie Peacock was faster in the other heat in 11.08 (-1.6). From this heat also 200 m winner Brazilian Alan Oliveira advanced with 11.56. Later South Africa beat Brazil in the 4x100 m 41.78 to 41.92 and Pistorius as the anchor was clearly faster than Oliveira who beat him at the 200 m.