Top events 2016
BUDAPEST (HUN): Top competitions of the year 2016 per All-Athletics.com are In multi-days competitions Olympic Games ahead of US Olympic Trials and European Championships. In one day meeting Prefontaine Classic ahead of Weltklasse Zurich and Paris Diamond League meeting. World Indoor Championships in Portland is the top indoor event ahead of Glasgow Grand Prix and US Championships, adding two other best indoor meetings are Stockholm and Millrose Games. In the combined events section Olympic Games, US Olympic Trials and Gotzis meet, two other best meets are Talance and Ratingen. In special meetings category All-Star Perche of Clermont-Ferrand tops the list ahead of German throwing meet Sole Cup in Schonebeck and Rouen indoor Pole Vault. Rome World Team Championships is the best walking competition ahead of events in La Coruna and Rio Maior, third best meet is Dudince. In marathons London ahead of Berlin and Dubai and in road running Ras Al Khaimah Half-Marathon ahead of Cardiff World HM Championships and New Delhi Half-Marathon.
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Top events 2016
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Bolt did 54 m with javelin
KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt revealed for L´Equipe how ended his javelin bet at the Olympics. It happened in Rio the evening after his last gold medal, in the movie Im Bolt pictures from his throw are included, but what was the result? "Yes, it was a gamble! With my team, we made a bet during the season. Some said I was able to throw a javelin more than 50 meters. Others, on the contrary, like Ricky and NJ, did not believe in it. So we organized a bet with Ricky, NJ and my masseuse. My masseuse bet on 60 meters. That's what I bet on. In the end, I threw 54 meters, I think. So I won two bets and I lost one. It's not bad performance, but I had so much pain on my arm after that!"
Bukowiecki 22.96 World U20 record
SPALA (POL, Dec 29): Polish World U20 record holder Konrad Bukowiecki improved at an open indoor meet here twice his own U20 World indoor shot put record (6 kg) with 22.72 in third round and 22.96 in fourth round. His previous mark was 22.48 on January 8, 2016 in Torun. Bukowiecki will still compete on Friday to end his U20 career and with the aim to attack the 23 meters. His series on Thursday: 22.30-22.03-22.72-22.96-f-22.
WINSTON-SALEM (USA): JDL Fast Track has begun finalizing the fields for the Fifth Annual Camel City Elite, to be held in Winston-Salem, NC, on Saturday, February 4. This year's event will award over $50,000 in prizes and bonuses in seven events. Headlining this year's event will be Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo in the 3000 m. The next headliner is Melissa Bishop of Canada in women 800 m. Returning for 60 m hurdles is 2013 World champion David Oliver. In the mile Olympic 2012 silver medalist Leo Manzano.
HAVANA (CUB): Alberto Juantorena has called for a renewed investment in sport in Cuba in the build-up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, informs Prensa Latina. "I am quite sure that it is necessary to strengthen the base, increase mass sport and provide sport equipment, which is very important," he said. "Cuba, has many and great possibilities to rescue what we used to have in terms of sports. But, sometimes, people minimise our achievements, being among the top 20 countries in the world and winning five gold medals in the last Olympic Games is a tremendous success." Juantorena won a 400/800m double at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and is currently the president of the Cuban Athletics Federation and IAAF Vice President.
PORTLAND (USA): Galen Rupp will contest the 10 000 m at the US Championships next June but his coach Alberto Salazar has said he will no longer race the 5000m as his training will be geared primarily to the marathon, informs Oregon Live. "You can be effective in the 10,000m while doing marathon training. There is precedent for that. But we won't be doing all that training for a kick. And he won't be running the 5000m anymore. That is gone," he said. Rupp will contest the Boston Marathon next April and also looks likely to run an autumn marathon in 2017.
RunBlogRun opines: Galen Rupp has run two marathons. He won the Olympic Trials in his debut. In his second, he took bronze in the Olympics. This was a natural evolution for Galen Rupp, to move up to the marathon. In his conversation with Ken Goe at OregonLive, Alberto Salazar charted the next phase of Galen Rupp's career. We wish him well.
At Nike Border Clash, I spoke with Galen for a few minutes. He was relaxed and basking in the joy of being a new parent for he and his wife's third child. Galen noted how tired one feels at end of marathon, but how he was getting used to the distance. He still seemed to have interest in racing 10,000 meters, but, Galen Rupp is pretty relaxed. He trusts his coach, Alberto Salazar, impicitly. Rupp focuses on running and racing. Salazar focuses on coaching. It is not a protective device, it is how Rupp handles the pressure at his level of competition.
Ethiopia with life-time ban approach
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Ethiopia will impose lifetime bans athletes with positive doping tests, says Haile Gebrselassie the legendary long distance runner who is the new Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) president. The EAF subsequently announced that it would carry out tests on up to 200 athletes. "Our stand is no excuse towards someone who has cheated. As of today, any athlete who has offended will be hit by a life ban," he said per Reuters. It concerns bans for four or more years.
RunBlogRun opines: Haile Gebrselassie is the new Ethiopian president. Surely he has to show a strong presence and upgrade the testing in Ethiopia. Rumors of little or no testing have to be shown as part of old system as Ethiopia moves into the modern world of out of competition testing.
Yohan Blake, photo by PhotoRun.net
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican sprint star Yohan Blake says he feels the coming year will bring for him, a return to special performances on the track for him. Blake, who made a decent return to top level sprinting after a tough few years with injuries, produced a brilliant throw to run out Cambridge PYC opener Shevon Orrette but failed with the bat, making just one off two deliveries in his YB Afraid Foundation's 'Bring Back The Love' Twenty20 cricket match at Barnett Oval in Montego Bay on Christmas Eve. Informs Jamaica Gleaner.
Suhr at Akron PV Convention
AKRON (USA): The University of Akron track and field program will host the Fifth-Annual Pole Vault Convention at Stile Athletics Field House from January 7th and 8th next year. The event is designed to be an all-inclusive pole vault experience for athletes, coaches and parents and will feature classroom sessions, learn-by-doing clinics, and competitions. Instructors will include world-class coaches and vaulters, in addition to top collegiate and club coaches from the region. The Pole Vault Convention is the vision of Zips' head coach Dennis Mitchell, who had a pair of former standout student-athletes in Shawn Barber and Annika Roloff compete in the Summer Olympics this past August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Olympic winner 2012 Jenn Suhr confirmed her attendance via twitter: "Excited to announce I will be jumping on Jan 7 and Speaking on Jan 8 at the Akron Pole Vault Convention."