Lauren Fleshman has baby boy, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Congrats to Lauren Fleshman on the birth of her baby boy, Jude Eiger Thomas, who was born on June 10. Lauren Fleshman has more ideas in one day than most people have in a lifetime. The co-founder of Picky Bars, Lauren was a top collegiate runner, and elite Nike runner for much of her career. Lauren was also featured in one of the best ads EVER by Nike: Objectify me. 

We congratulate Lauren and her family and wish them the very best. 

Lauren Fleshman, USA Outdoors 2010, 
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OSLO (NOR): After 6th leg of IAAF Diamond League 7 athletes are enjoying winning all three of their events within the series. One male representative is Kenyan steeple runner Conseslus Kipruto, the remaining six are women. Amantle Montsho at 400 m, Abeba Aregawi at 1500 m, Zuzana Hejnova 400 m hurdles, Caterine Ibarguen triple jump, Sandra Perkovic discus and Christine Obergfoll javelin. The series will now have a break until June 30 in Birmingham.

EDMONTON (CAN): Olympic double gold medallist Sanya Richards-Ross of the United States is the latest addition to a talent-laden lineup at the Edmonton International Track Classic on June 29. Meet director Peter Ogilvie, who also is executive-director of Athletics Alberta, said Thursday the Jamaican-born Richards-Ross has agreed to compete at Edmonton's Foote Field in the fourth edition of the meet, which is the third stop on the five-city National Track League. In the men's 200-metre sprint, Olympic bronze medallist Warren Weir of Jamaica will be up against American Walter Dix, and Canada's Jared Connaughton, who anchored Canada's 4x100-metre relay team that crossed the finish line third in London but was disqualified for a lane violation committed on the final bend by Connaughton. Janay Deloach of the U.S., who won bronze in the long jump at the 2012 Summer Olympics, will lead a strong field in that event in Edmonton.

MOSCOW (RUS): Russian head coach Valentin Maslakov informed All-Sport Agency that after many years it looks like the pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva will compete at the National Championships in July. The event will be in Luzhniki Stadium July 22-25. Maslakov also informed that Isinbayeva is ok and in good training.

FRANKFURT (GER): Change in pole vault in German team for European Team Championships in Gateshead. Selected Martina Strutz gave her place to Silke Spiegelburg who won the Diamond League in Oslo on Thursday. Strutz has her study appointment on Monday after the competition and would not be able to make it in current air connections. At the 100 m the entry will be Tatjana Pinto. In men triple jump Manuel Ziegler. In the 4x100 m instead of Lucas Jakubczyk selected is Maximilian Kessler.

SZCZECIN (POL): The 59th edition of Kusocinski Memorial (EA Classic) will have on Saturday top names mainly in throwing events. Both hammers will have IAAF Hammer Challenge status. In men competition olympic winner Krisztian Pars will compete with world leader Dilshod Nazarov, Czech Lukas Melich and home Pawel Fajdek with Szymon Ziolkowski. In women world record holder Betty Heidler will face another olympic medalist Anita Wlodarczyk. Olympic winner Tomasz Majewski in the shot put is competing against reigning world champion German David Storl and Canadian Dylan Armstrong with Bulgarian record holder Georgi Ivanov. World leader and recently improved Piotr Malachowski wants to throw despite back difficulties in Oslo, his rivals Mario Pestano of Spain and home Robert Urbanek. Another olympic medalist is German Raphael Holzdeppe in the pole vault. Poland´s 800 m star Adam Kszczot is facing Kenyans Edwin Melly and Abraham Kiplagat. Fastest Japanese Shota Iizuka is the 200 m favorite. Briton Lisa Dobriskey is entered in the women 1500 m against home elite and German Diana Sujew with Luiza Gega of Albania. Overseas jumpers (Mexican Rivera and Smith of Bermuda) are ready for Polish talent Tomasz Jasczcuk in the long jump.

LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics informs that a total television audience of 66 million watched the Göteborg 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships in March, an increase on the viewing figures of the previous two editions. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Repucom confirmed in a report to European Athletics that the cumulative figure (excluding news audiences) is 6 million higher than for the Paris 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships and 9 million higher than Torino 2009. Broadcasters in 23 European countries and pan-European channel Eurosport produced about 300 hours of coverage for the world's biggest athletics event since the Olympic Games in London. Next edition of the European Indoors will be in Praha in 2015.


RATINGEN (GER): Ratingen IAAF World Challenge combined events meet this weekend is the last chance for the German athletes to qualify for the IAAF World Championships this summer and, so far, only the Decathlon world leader Michael Schrader, who scored 8427 points in Ulm last month but will be a spectator in Ratingen, can be relatively sure to of a ticket to Moscow. US-student Johannes Hock, too, set a good mark of 8293 points in Eugene last month, but the event didn't count as qualification event and, being only 21-years-old, his main goal will be the European Athletics U23 Championships in Tampere, Finland, next month. Hock will not compete, but 2012 European champion Pascal Behrenbruch and Rico Freimuth, sixth at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will. Another strong contender for a ticket to Moscow is Frankfurt's Jan Felix Knobel. Two German athletes have already proven their fighting spirit in the bad conditions in Götzis: Norman Müller and Kai Kazmirek were the only Germans to finish the Decathlon there. In the Heptathlon, Julia Machtig returns to Ratingen with good memories. Similar to Knobel, it was in Ratingen last year where she qualified for the Olympic Games, scoring a personal best of 6345 points. From the IAAF.

KOLN (GER): Olympic medalist Björn Otto and Greek counterpart Konstandinos Filippidis are set to do battle on Sunday during the third Tour Stop of the Golden Fly Series - the BUDERUS Kölner RheinSpringen at Rheinauhafen. Also competing in Sunday's pole vault competition will be Karsten Dilla, winner of the Golden Fly Series - Jump & Fly München and Alhaji Jeng alongside Michael Frauen and Hendrik Gruber, Kim Yoo Suk and Thiago Braz da Silva and Augusto de Oliveira both of Brazil. Spain´s Luis Felipe Meliz and Ignisious Gaisah will continue their Golden Fly Series combat for the third tim. Naide Gomes, Alina Rotaru and Lauma Griva will compete against the home athletes Stefanie Voss and Melanie Bauschke for the ladies Long Jump prize.

HEROUVILLE (FRA): Bad luck for French hurdlers. Garfield Darien has withdrawn from the Herouville meet on Thursday two hours before the race. Former star Ladji Doucoure was out in heats with 14.58.

OTTAWA (CAN): Athletics Canada announced that three Canadian communities have submitted a letter of intent to move forward in the domestic bid process to host the 2017 IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics. The successful domestic bid candidate will move onto the international bid phase. The communities are Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.

LONDON (GBR): BBC will provide its biggest ever offering of live athletics action this summer with coverage available on TV, radio, online, mobile and connected TV. Its website informs. The package includes the World Athletics Championships, Diamond League, European Team Championships and the London Anniversary Games. Programming will run across BBC One, Two and Three, plus BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra. Viewers will also be able to experience the coverage via online and interactive services.

BIRMINGHAM (GBR): British Athletics has welcomed Active People Survey results, which show athletics to be the sport taken up by the highest number of people over the past seven years. Since the Games were awarded to London in 2005, athletics has increased participation by 604 200. The survey shows that the last 12 months has seen a particular surge in track and field participation, with a 25% increase following the London 2012 Games, where athletics provided some of the most inspirational moments for the watching nation.

SALZBURG (AUT): Top decathletes are ready for a triathlon at the Salzburger Leichtathletik Gala on Saturday. Confirmed are Dutch Eelco Sintnicolaas and Pieter Braun as well as Dimitriy Karpov, Andrei Krauchanka and Mikk Pahapill. In the women's field Nadine Broersen, Myrte Goor, Hanna Melnychenko, Laura Ikauniece and Ellen Sprunger are set to compete. Best Austrian athletes Beate Schrott and Andreas Vojta (800 m) will also compete.

BRUSSELS (BEL): Following her 12.95 run in the 100m hurdler race in Oslo, belgian Sara Aerts told Belgian media she might put her focus on the hurdlers rather than the heptathlon. Aerts, who competed in last year's Olympic Games heptathlon, has the B-standard for the IAAF World championships but will now focus on reaching the standard of 12.94 over the hurdlers.

PARIS (FRA): Marion Lotout surprised by vaulting to 460 at the meeting national in Grenoble and in an interview with the French athlete confirmed she had been jumping well in training and now has her goal set on the French national record held by Vanessa Boslak at 470. Lotout added she digested her disappointing performance from last year's Olympic Games and hopes to reach the final at this year's IAAF World championships.


BEND (USA): US long distance runner Lauren Fleshman gave birth to a boy Jude Eiger Thomas on June 10.

NAIROBI (KEN): One of world's best steeple runners Paul Kipsiele Koech is also a happy father.


RIETI (ITA, Jun 14): During first day of Italian U23 and Junior Championships fast 100 m by Delmas Obou 10.27 (+0.6) in the U23 category. He is of Ivory Coast origin. In women U23 100 m Gloria Hooper achieved 11.45 (+0.4). In junior events to note 72.51 in hammer (6 kg) by Marco Bortolato and 10 000 m walk 41:51.09 by Vito Minei.

KAZAN (RUS, Jun 14): First day of Russian Junior Championships had talented sprinter Kristina Sivkova (16) winning the 100 m in 11.70 (-0.5). Kristina Bondarenko cleared 425 in girls pole vault.

BOURG EN BRESSE (FRA, Jun 14): At throwing meet World junior champion from Barcelona Alexandra Tavernier improved in hammer to 70.70. Tumatai Dauphin achieved 19.76 in men shot put.

CARQUEFOU (FRA, Jun 14): Ethiopians won at International meet here. Alemayehu Zebene 3:39.17 at 1500 m and Mosinet Gezemew 13:31.45 at 5000 m. In women 5000 m Nazaret Weldu from Eritrea got 15:45.48.

RIED (AUT, Jun 14): At the "Messe Ried Leichtathletik Nacht" meet German Ralf Bartels won the shot put in his season best 20.13. Namibian spritner Hitjivure Kaanjuka won both sprints in 10.43 (+0.1, 10.42 in heats) and 21.20 (-1.0). Matthew Burton from Great Britain got 781 in long jump and Latvian Mareks Arents cleared 550 in the pole vault. 2006 World indoor champion Derval O´Rourke of Ireland won the hurdles in 13.59 (-0.9). Namibian sprint wins also in women category: Globine Mayova 11.74 and 24.15 and Tjipekapora Herunga 53.06.

CHULA VISTA (USA, Jun 13): At another meet of the series here former World champion Brad Walker cleared 575 in the pole vault, Tyrone Stewart achieved 812 in the long jump ahead of Ronald Taylor 805. In women pole vault Ireland´s Tori Pena got 450 over April Steiner also 450.

SZOMBATHELY (HUN, Jun 12): Hungarian hammer girsl talent Helga Volgyi achieved at Savaria Cup world best with 3 kg implement 73.62.

DERBY (GBR, Jun 8): Late addition from the weekend as world junior champion Adam Gemili opened with solid 10.28 (+1.7) at the Interclubs meet. He competes during the weekend in Bedford at UK U23 Trials.

NARA (JPN, Jun 14): Neither heat nor fatigue bothers this 17-year-old. With a 100 m best of 10.01, Yoshihide Kiryu (17, Rakunan H.S.) ran at Nara's Konoike Field with his team's 4x100 m relay in the qualifying heats for the National High School Track and Field Championships. With temperatures in Nara peaking at 35 degrees, sweat was pouring down Kiryu's face even just moving from the warmup track to the main ground. Informs Brett Larner.

DENIZLI (TUR, Jun 13): New Turkish junior record Sen Furkan 21.42 at the 200 m during the national junior championships.

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