Montsho versus Felix: Doha is only a week away! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Amantle Montsho, 
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Allyson Felix, photo by PhotoRun.net


One of the tremendous clashes on opening meet of the Diamond league will be Amantle Montsho versus Allyson Felix! Doha DL has some tremendous opening competitions to get the best series in track & field going for 2013! 

Montsho and Felix are such different runners, at first glance, but both rely on rhythm and huge stores of endurance. Watching them come off the turn in Doha will be very exciting! Next to the women's 1,500m field, the women's 400m will be a barn burner. I can not wait! 

Lots of debate recently on Mo Farah running the first half of the Virgin London Marathon. I was not understanding the reasoning, until I watch Mo speak about it in Portland. When I arrived in London and watched the media frenzy around Mo, and his running the first half under 61 minutes, I could appreciate his need to give the event a run through. The elite marathoners in the London marathon were also sending Mo Farah a bit of a message: good luck in getting into our event. It will fascinating to see Virgin Money London next year! 




EME NEWS (MAY 4, 2013)

Montsho vs. Felix
DOHA (QAT): Organizers of Diamond League opener in Doha confirmed some top clashes for the May 10 event. In the men 1500 m world champion Asbel Kiprop runs in Kenyan duel against Silas Kiplagat. In the 3000 m world junior cc champion Hagos Gebrhiwot against olympic medalist Thomas Longosiwa of Kenya. Very special David Rudisha versus his only beater from 2011 Mohamed Aman. World champion Amantle Montsho runs with olympic 200 m winner Allyson Felix in the 400 m. In the women 1500 m Genzebe Dibaba with Sweden´s Abeba Aregawi and women hurdles Dawn Harper against Lolo Jones. 

3 organisers confirmed
BERLIN (GER): The European Athletics Council decided on the host cities for the 2014 SPAR European Cross Country Championships and 2015 European Athletics U23 Championships and European Athletics Junior Championships at its meeting in Berlin on Saturday. Samokov, a town in Sofia province in Bulgaria, will host the 21st 2014 SPAR European Cross Country Championships, which is set to take place in December that year.  Tallinn in Estonia will host the 10th European Athletics U23 Championships, while Eskilstuna in Sweden will host the 23rd 2015 European Athletics Junior Championships. The three sole bidders presented their candidatures on Saturday morning at the 137th European Athletics Council meeting in Berlin. All three countries will stage this events for first time. 

Valiyev 17.10 in triple
BANGKOK (THA, May 4): Three meet Asian Grand Prix athletics started in the capital of Thailand with top triple jumping when Roman Valiyev of Kazakhstan achieved 17.10 (+0.6) over Indian record holder Renjith Maheswary 16.83 (+0.8) and Arpinder Singh another Indian 16.74.  In sprints the fastest time for Chinese Fan Guo 10.30 (-0.3), in other races the winners Oman Barakat Al-Harthi 10.34 (-1.1) and Iran´s Reza Ghasemi 10.36 (-1.5). Kuweiti record holder Abdulaziz Almandeel posted solid 13.66 over the hurdles. China won 4x100 m in 39.63, Thailand in second race 39.74. In women events Darya Rezmehenko of Uzbekistan leaped to 652 (0.0) in the long jump.  Olympian Sahana Kumari was a lucky winner in the women high jump after sharing the same height (186m) with Uzbekistan's Asian Games silver medallist Nadezhda Dusanova.  The second leg of the Asian Grand Prix will be held at Chonburi in Thailand on 8 May.
  
Walcott second best mark 
PORT OF SPAIN (TRI, May 3): Olympic winner Keshorn Walcott in hist first meet of 2013 and also first meet since sensational olympic win achieved at the Twilight Meet 84.39 m. It his second best mark ever and was only valid throw of the day. Trinidad´s shot put star Cleopatra Borel won her event with 17.75. Cuban guest Jorge Fernandez achieved 63.04 in discus. 17-years old Carifta winner Machel Cedenio won the 400 m in 45.99 over US Marcus Boyd 46.08. In the women 100 m Michele-Lee Ahoye clocked 11.37 (0.0) over US Muna Lee 11.44. National 110 m hurdles champion Mikel Thomas won in 13.46 (+1.5). 



US FRIDAY RESULS

COLORADO SPRINGS: Good 13.62 over the hurdles by Brendan Ames (+1.0) at Twilight Open.

WACO: Serbian women hammer record for Sara Savatovic 64.11 and personal best for Kaitlin Petrillose in pole vault 436.

TALLAHASSEE: At Seminole Twilight Marquise Dendy leaped to 800 cm in the long jump, Bahamian relay olympic winner Michael Mathieu 45.93 in the 400 m and Dentarius Locke 20.63 in the 200 m.

EUGENE: Galen Rupp opened his track season with 7:46.34 win at the 3000 m during the Oregon Twilight. Second Dathan Ritzenhein 7:47.65 who is now more a marathon runner and third Ethiopian Diriba Degefa 7:49.09. Matt Centrowitz won the 800 m in 1:47.95 and Bridget Franek women steeple in 9:46.99. 
 
JOLIET: Remontay McClain clocked 20.54 (+1.9) 200 m personal best in heats of NCCAA Championships.

BLOOMINGTON: Good double by Kind Butler 10.23 (+1.0) and 20.82 (+1.9) at Billy Hayes Invitational. Cory Martin won the shot put with 20.42 m.



OTHER RESULTS

TEHRAN (IRI, May 3): New Iran heptathlon record for Sepideh Tavakoli with 5229 points, in the high jump she equaled the national mark with 178 cm). It was at National League Meeting for women.

BIALYSTOK (POL, May 3): Good javelin by Lukasz Grzeszcuk 83.98 over Marcin Krukowski 80.08.

PALANGA (LTU, May 4): At winter throws in Lithuania Zinaida Sendriute achieved 61.11 in women discus and Andrius Gudzius 61.74 in men discus.

ATTNANG (AUT, May 4): Best Austrian middle distance runner Andreas Vojta won the Attnang road mile in 4:09.89 over an international field. It was first Austrian win here in last 12 years.

KOSICE (SVK, May 4): Veldakova twins started into the season at a local meet in their home-town. Dana achieved 14.01 in triple jump and Jana 632 in the long jump.

DOMAZLICE (CZE, May 4): Czech champions at 10 000 m on the track Milan Kocourek 29:30.20 and Monika Preibischova 34:19.05 Guest Kenyan Henry Kemboi was the overall winner with 29:21.16.

NAIROBI (KEN, May 3-4): At the final leg of National Bank of Kenya/Athletics Kenya meeting at Moi Sports Centre Kasarani John Mwangangi won the 10 000 m in 28:28.3. Second Simon Chirchir 28:31.5 and third Emmanuel Bor 28:35.4. Newcomer Peter Njoroge stunned a classy line-up to win the 5000 m battle in 13:35.0, beating Silas Kimutai (13:47.3) and Kipkemoi Ben (13:41.8). Little-known Lawrence Kemboi (8:33.0) was too strong for Peter Kipkorir (8:36.3) and Isaac Yego (8:40.1) in the steeple. Thomas Musembi easily won the 400 m in 46.7 when David Rudisha ran only in the heats. Gladys Kipkemboi who is a steeple specialist won the 5000 m in good 15:55.5. Commonwealth Games 400m runner Maureen Chelagat confirmed her supremacy when winning the 400 m in 52.6, Pamela Jelimo ran in heats 57.7. From East Standard.

BREMEN (GER, May 4): German 10 000 m champions are Homiyu Tesfaye in 29:08.44 and Eleni Gebrehiwot 32:26.92. In women race second Corinna Harrer 32:44.73.

TEL AVIV (ISR, May 4): Ukrainian olympic finalist Hanna Knyazeva achieved here 14.30 (+1.4) in the triple jump what is Israeli All-Comers record and European lead 2013.

HOGBO (SWE, May 4): Orjan Gronnevig of Norway won the Nordic 10 000 m Challenge in 29:57.84. In women category first place for Simone Glad of Denmark 33:58.76.



OTHER NEWS

GEORGETOWN (CAY): The Cayman Invitational Athletics Meet organisers have fixed a fee of 250 USD for media outlets planning to cover next week's invitational meet. The deadline for accreditation lapsed but members of the press are expected to pay the fee when they pick up the accreditation cards. Informs the AIPS. 

GRAND RAPIDS (USA): Kenyan Robert Letting, who won last year's Fifth Third River Bank Run, will be back to defend his title on May 11, race officials announced. Letting appearance was part of an announcement on three men and three women from Kenya and Ethiopia who will be part of the international field chasing 25 000 USD in open prize money. His challengers will be Julius Keter and Daniel Kipkoech. On the women's side, Pasca Cheruiyot from Kenya and Hirut Beyene Guangul from Ethiopia are two that should battle for top honors.

MANNHEIM (GER): German hurdler and former European indoor champion Carolin Nytra plans her return to competition. She was not competing indoors this year after in summer 2011 and 2012 she was not fully healthy. Nytra hopes to compete end of this month.

ROMA (ITA): Italian Athletics Federation announced that September 12 will be celebrated as Memorial Day Pietro Mennea. It is because on that day in September 1979 Mennea clocked the unbelievable world record 19.72 in the 200 m at the World University Games.

DESSAU (GER): Organisers of the EA Classic meet in Dessau on May 31 announced a top duel in women discus when German Nadine Muller will clash with Chinese World champion Li Yanfeng. European 100 m champion 2010 Verena Sailer is also scheduled to take part as are top male sprinters Alexander Kosenkow, Julian Reus and Lucas Jakubczyk.

SAO PAULO (BRA): Men shot put at Brazilian meet of Uberlandia on May 16 will have world medalist Canadian Dylan Armstrong competing. Also in the fiel US Kurt Roberts, Argentinian olympic finalist German Lauro (20.98 last week), Canadian Justin Rodhe who improved recently to 21.29. The same putters will also compete on May 19 in Sao Paulo. In both events also the best Brazilian Darlan Romani (20.28).

BUDAPEST (HUN): Miklos Gyulai former top sprinter and bob-sleigh olympian remains president of Hungarian Athletics Association MASZ also for next four years. At the annual general meeting in the council among others also former middle distance runner and currently agent in the sport Istvan Knipl or former top long jumper Laszlo Szalma.

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