Spearmon Thinks 400 meters, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder


Wallace Spearmon has told EME News that his 200 meters in Zurich will send his season. In 2013, Spearmon is considering doubling at 200 and 400. Spearmon's 200 meter finish is what Wallace has been known for his finish over the last 50 meters. It will be interesting to see what he can do over 400 meters. And, oh, Wallace Spearmon has run in 45.29. 

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EME NEWS (AUG 31, 2012)




ZURICH (SUI): Big news from Olympic fourth placer at 200 m Wallace Spearmon. He wants to switch to 400 m next year. „I'm going to go ahead & say that was my last 200 of the season my body is tired. It was a good year. Next year, I'm going in 200 & 400!" he said on his twitter. Spearmon clocked back in 2006 45.22 as his lifetime best.



ZURICH (SUI): Olympic long jump winner Brittney Reese was fighting with her injury in Zurich and that is the reason for her 9th place. It is a stress fracture in her left ankle. She confirmed after the competition she is now going home and finish the season.



ZURICH (SUI): After two olympic gold medals Sanya Richards-Ross also won the Diamond Race. „This season was a dream for me. I wanted to win an Olympic gold medal since I was nine years old. It is so hard to come back after the Olympics and this is my sixth win here. I love this meeting, it is phenomenal. Despite the rain, the audience is so great, I appreciate that. My motivation and my aim for 2013 will be to start to run faster and faster, I want to achieve a new PB next year," she said after winning at Letzigrund Stadium.



BERLIN (GER): Discus olympic winner Robert Harting will have on Sunday his last meet of the season at ISTAF (IAAF World Challenge). He also spoke about his winning streak which is currently at 32 finals the longest in male athletics (in female Valerie Adams at 28). Harting confirmed in 2013 he wants to attack the third gold in a row at World Championships and also confirmed his aim to defend the olympic gold in Rio 2016.



NEW YORK (USA): Olympic winner Tirunesh Dibaba confirmed for the Running Times she plans to run her first competitive marathon in spring 2013. She says she needs at least 6 months of marathon preparations. „I've always loved the marathon. I do not know why but it has a place in my heart," she was quoted as saying. Dibaba already ended her track season 2012 and she might be unbeaten forever at 10 000 m on the track in case she will no longer contest the event. She won all her 9 races at the distance since the debut in 2005.



LILLE (FRA): The Semi Marathon de Lille on Saturday will have top names this year again on Saturday. Number one this year will be Ethiopian Atsedu Tsegay with his 58:47 from Prague Half. Against him Bernard Kipyego with 59:10 and attention also to Philemon Limo with 59:30 last April. Also to mention Lucas Rotich with 26:43.98 on the track and 59:44 half. But the big news is the debut of former world champion and olympic medalist on the track Eliud Kipchoge. Lydia Cheromei will be the best woman with 1:07:26 in Prague last spring. Chepchirchirs are the top rivals: Sarah with 1:08:07 and Filomena with 1:08:22. Diane Chepkemoi will be a possible outsider with 1:09:08. Also in women race another great  track name will try half for first time. Former world medalist Priscah Jepleting Cherono with 14:35:30 on 5000 m and 30:56.43 at the 10 000 m.







TEL AVIV (ISR): Interesting information from israelhayom.com. Pole vaulter Alex Averbuch, who turns 38 in a month, Israel's greatest track and field athlete ever, is expected to report Sunday to the nearest unemployment office to look for work. Averbuch immigrated to Israel toward the end of the 1990s after winning the bronze medal in the decathlon at the World Championships. He decided to focus on the pole vault and the results were quick to follow. He won the bronze at the World Championships in Seville in 1999 and a silver medal at the World Championships in Edmonton in 2001.  After failing to qualify for the finals at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, Averbuch decided to leave the sport. A few months later, the Olympic Committee of Israel and the Sport Authority of the Culture and Sports Ministry decided that his new job with the Israeli Athletics Association would be project manager for professionalism in track and field. Within the framework of his duties, Averbuch placed a major emphasis on investing in children and younger aspiring athletes, and in 2011 founded the first training camp of its kind for children at the Wingate Institute.


RIETI (ITA): French top sprinter and last year European junior champion Jimmy Vicaut announced that he will end his season at Rieti IAAF World Challenge meet on September 9. Last week in Lausanne he improved to 10.02 in the 100 m. Before that he is also scheduled to run in Berlin and Brussels.


PARIS (FRA): European walking champion Yohan Diniz spent two weeks with his family in Barcelona and now will prepare for New York City Marathon as last year.  He wants to forget his terrible disqualification in the 50 km walk where he finished 8th and later was removed from results because of accepting a bottle of water out of official area. Diniz also did not decide about his future and thinks to switch his preparation for the 20 km race.


ZURICH (SUI): Swiss hurdles record holder Lisa Urech must have again a surgery on her hip in the coming weeks.  In autumn 2011 she had arthroscopic surgery on her left hip. Pain returned after the races and she decided to end the season early July and not participate at the Olympic Games. Her best result was 13.08 from early June. Intensive medical examinations during the past few weeks have now revealed that the left, already operated hip has healed well. There is however, due to the size of the surgery still space to clean and so to avoid the pain. The surgery will be done on September 11 and requires around four weeks of rehabilitation. In early October another surgery will be performed on her right hip. It will be basically the same operation as last year on the left hip. The goals are clear 2014 European Championships in Zurich and 2016 Rio Games. Moscow 2013 is not the goal due all mentioned surgery plans.


TILLBURG (NED): Another great road race in Holland at 10 miles on Sunday. In women race  Joyce Chepkirui (hope completely recovered by last little injury) against Linet Masai and Emily Chebet as precious outsider.  In men race marathon world record holder Patrick Makau will test his shape less than two months before his marathon in Frankfurt and it will be very interesting to see him finally running in good shape. Against him last year winner Philemon Rono and John Mwangangi.


BUDAPEST (HUN): Despite rain and cold Weltklasse Zurich is ranked number two in one day meetings All-Athletics.com rankings. The qualify of the field was the best from all the meets.

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