Alan Webb has pulled out of the Drake Relays this weekend. Alan has had a rough time, first with cramps at the US 8k in Central Park and then a dnf with a half mile to go in Carlsbad. He said, at the time of Carsbad that he was doing all he could to stay up with the crowd.
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EME NEWS (APR 25, 2008)
HOWARD 195 IN HIGH JUMP
DES MOINES (USA): World medalist Chaunte Howard won the Mall High Jump at 99th Drake Relays with clearing 195 and trying for two meters. She equaled with that her own world lead. Amy Acuff as second achieved 190. Athens fourth placer Jamie Nieto won the menÂ´s high jump which was held at Jordan Creek Town Center with 225. Strong field with Jim Dilling (220), Bahamian Trevor Barry (220), Adam Shunk (215) and Jesse Williams (215) followed. Fiona Asigbee won the Heptathlon in new event record 5788 points and Joe Detmer scored 7712 in decathlon. Collegiate 10 000 m record holder Lisa Koll won the 5000 m in 15:59.29.
FAMIGLIETTI 8:24.34 IN STEEPLE
PHILADELPHIA (USA): Anthony Famiglietti clocked excellent 8:24.34 to win the steeple at 114th Penn Relays at Franklin Field. In the heats of women relays Texas AM was the fastest at 4×100 m (43.40) and 4×400 m (3:32.25, Jessica Beard clocked 51.2 as anchor).
WEBB NOT RUNNING
DES MOINES (USA): American mile record holder Alan Webb is a late withdrawal from the Drake Relays where he was scheduled to defend his title on Saturday. Webb struggling with his recent form in the build-up to the Olympic Games in August, feels his training hasn’t progressed to the point where he can do himself justice in Des Moines.
Last year he broke the meeting record with a then world leader of 3:51.71. â€žMy training hasn’t progressed to where I feel I can deliver the type of performance that I would like to for the Drake Relays,” he told reporters.
WORLD INDOOR RECORDS RATIFIED
MONTE CARLO: IAAF ratified remaining world indoor records from the current season. Both 1500 m times of Yelena Soboleva of Russia. First 3:58.05 at Russian Championships in Moscow (Feb 10) and then at World Indoor Championships in Valencia (3:57.71 on March 9). Susanna KallurÂ´s 7.68 at 60 m Hurdles from IAAF Indoor Permit in Karlsruhe on Feb 10 was also approved. There is no remaining record to be approved as the mark of Yelena Isinbayeva in Pole Vault 495 in Donyetsk on Feb 16 was ratified earlier. There was no male world indoor record in official event this year.
ATKINS TO OPEN AT 100 m
BERKELEY (USA): Bahamian Osaka silver holder Derrick Atkins will open the season at 100 m on Saturday at Brutus Hamilton Invitational in California. Last year at the same meet he clocked his first sub 10 with 9.98. Jason Heard who clocked 10.16 already this year could be his main opponent. Atkins is also entered for 200 m.
FELIX TO DOUBLE AT CARSON MEET
CARSON (USA): Triple world champion Allyson Felix who is running this weekend for USA Team at Penn Relays at both 4×100 m and 4×400 m is planning to double at Adidas Classic meet on May 18 in Carson, California. She did not compete yet individually this season. Still open question is which distances will contest at this IAAF World Athletics Area Permit qualifier the male sprint world champion Tyson Gay.
BALDINI WITH STRESS FRACTURE
ROMA (ITA): Reigning Olympic marathon winner Stefano Baldini of Italy is having a stress fracture after London marathon and will not be able to run for nearly three weeks. But there is no danger he will miss the Olympic Games in August.
MUROFUSHI WILL NOT OPEN IN OSAKA
OSAKA (JPN): JapanÂ´s hammer Olympic winner Koji Murofushi will not open the season at Osaka Grand Prix meet on May 10. He injured his back and must wait for the first competition of the year.
NEW AREA QUALIFYING MEETS
MONTE CARLO: IAAF informs about changes in group of Qualifying Area Permit meetings for IAAF World Athletics Tour. At this meets points can also be acquired by athletes for the IAAF / VTB Bank World Athletics Final, Stuttgart, Germany, 13-14 September, in throws even as category Grand Prix. The meeting in Ponce, Puerto Rico which will be held on 17 May, has been added to the 2008 APM-Q calendar, while the meeting in Rabat, Morocco (14 June) is replaced by Algiers, Algeria (29 May), and the fixture in Manaus, Brazil (22 May) is replaced by Rio, Brazil (18 May). The Linz meeting in Austria is now no longer part of the 2008 APM-Q calendar because it was canceled.
ETHIOPIAN STARS FOR AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopian team for African Championships contains the stars. Kenenisa Bekele is entered for 10 000 m, his brother Tariku for 5000 m and world indoor champion Deresse Mekonen for the 1500 m. On the women side Gelete Burka runs 1500 m, world athlete of the year 2007 Meseret Defar the 5000 m and world champion Tirunesh Dibaba the 10 000 m. Distance entries as per championships website (the fourth runner will be deleted at the technical meeting)
800m: Henok Legesse, Eshetu Zewde, Sheferaw Wole, Henok Tesfaye
1500m: Derese Mekonnen, Diriba Gafa, Demma Daba
5000m: Tariku Bekele, Ali Abdosh, Markos Genetti, Ibrahim Jeylan
10000m: Kenenisa Bekele, Gebregziabher Gebremariam, Eshetu Wondimu, Ibrahim
800m: Mestawet Tadesse, Kalkidan Gezhagne, Medina Kedir, Asmerwork Bekele
1500m: Gelete Burka, Meskerem Assefa, Emebet Etea
5000m: Meseret Defar, Meselech Melkamu, Belaynesh Fekadu
10000m: Tirunesh Dibaba, Mestawet Tufa, Wude Ayalew, Ejegayehou Dibaba
KENYA WITHOUT SAMBU
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya will compete at African Championships without injured 400 m runner Ezra Sambu who is medalist from African Games in the past. Haron Keitany has also been included in the squad to compete in the 1500m race. He finished third during the trials and has been recalled to the camp at Nyayo stadium. He will team up with Gideon Gathimba and Geoffrey Rono in the four-lap race. The current rains have disrupted training program but the team has soldiered on looking to beat the Ethiopians on their own turf and retain the title they won in Mauritius.
FRENCH SHOT PUT RECORD
USSEL (FRA, Apr 23): At local evening meet new French shot put record was registered. Yves Niare achieved already in first throw 20.34 m and added in last series exactly 20 meters. His former national mark was 20.21 from last year.
ALEKNA WITH WORLD LEAD
VILNIUS (LTU, Apr 24): Olympic discus winner Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania started his season excellent. At local at Vingio Stadium he achieved new world lead 68.68 m. After he said per Lithuanian media that his first international competitions should be at FBK Games in Hengelo and ISTAF-DKB in Berlin.
LALAKOVA TO MISS THE GAMES
PRAHA (CZE): Czech Indoor high jump record holder and Osaka finalist Barbora Lalakova injured heavily during a training camp in Lanzarote, Grand Canaria. She strained her achilles at left foot. She was already qualified for the games with indoor 197 cm. Immediately she was flying home and underwent a surgery. It happened during a training session. She would need about five months to return to training.
BARCELONA: The web page of European Athletics Championship Barcelona 2010 has been presented in Barcelona. The new web site can be located in www.bcn2010.org.
MONTE CARLO: Olympic and World champion Michael Johnson will be the next guest star to Chat Live with athletics fans around the world on the IAAF website. Starting at 4pm CET on Monday 28 April, the 200m and 400m World record holder will be available to answer questions for a duration of 30 minutes.
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