Note that Deena Kastor and Ryan Hall are going to Bolder Boulder this coming Memorial Day Weekend!
EME NEWS (MAY 12, 2008)
AIKINES-ARYEETEY IMPROVES TO 10.18
PAVIA (ITA, May 11): Further to this EAP Meeting (on Sunday already reported Slovak triple jump record 14.51 by Dana Veldakova) great improvement for former World junior and youth champion Harry Aikines-Aryeetey of Great Britain. After excellent training camp in Formia, Italy he clocked in heats 10.18 (+1.4) and finals 10.20 (-0.3). Former best of this 19 years old sprinter was 10.35 from his World Youth win back in 2005. However already during indoor season signs of improvement were registered with PB 6.59 at 60 m. 2003 European Junior Champion Leon Baptiste as second also improved to 10.31. Another British sprinting talent 17 years old Ashlee Nelson who won last year bronze at World Youth Championships bettered her best substantially to 11.37 (+2.0). Italian Anita Pistone was close second with the same time. Dutch High Jumper Martin Nuyens went over 223 cm what is his outdoor best and Italian Triple Jumper Fabrizio Schembri got 16.84 (+0.2).
NOGUCHI LAST PRE-OLYMPIC TEST
SENDAI (JPN, May 11): Reigning Olympic winner Mizuki Noguchi won the 18th Sendai Half-marathon in her last race before Olympic marathon. She clocked 1:08:25 surging away from Julia Mombi (Kenya, second 1:08:31) with 1km to go. Kenyan Harun Njoroge won the men race after 1:01:55. That is the second fastest time in the history of the race. However, it was far behind the course record, 59:43, established by Samuel Wanjiru in 2005. The national marathon record holder Toshinari Takaoka was ninth in 1:02:32.
HALL AND KASTOR FOR BOULDER
DENVER (USA): Denver Post informs that Beijing Olympians in marathon and number oneÂ´s in US running scene Ryan Hall and Deena Kastor will compete at 30th Bolder Boulder race on May 26. Kastor already won here three times.
THANOU THINKING ABOUT RELAY, HALKIA NOT SATISFIED
AGIOS KOSMAS (GRE): As www.hellenicathletes.com informs, first summer appearance of Ekaterini Thanou running at club championships with 11.99 was into -2.7 wind. “I am very happy for that. I was expecting the medal, and now I will wait to see the decision of the IOC for the gold from Sydney. I don’t want to say anything further about that,” she was quoted about getting silver from Edmonton 2001 in wake of Marion Jones case. As the website points out, she might concentrate this year on relay and this could be her last year running. Olympic 400 m Hurdles winner Fani Halkia clocked low-key 59.24 to win her event. “I am very upset, because I felt good before the race. At the 2nd hurdle I lost my rhythm and I made a lot of mistakes. I just finished the race for my club. I am in good shape and you will see very soon what I am capable of for this year,” said Halkia according to the website.
PAKISTANI HURDLER BANNED
ISLAMABAD (PAK): Pakistani national indoor record holder Muhammad Sajjad at 60 m Hurdles (7.95) lost his bronze medal from Asian Indoor Championships held in February in Doha. He finished third at 60 m Hurdles (8.03) but failed at the doping control. His national federation banned him for two years.
VAN HOOSTE SELECTED
BRUXELLES (BEL): 35 years old runner Tom Van Hooste was selected for Olympic Games after his great personal best 2:10:38 in April in Rotterdam. It will be his first participation at the games and first Belgian in marathon since 1996 by Eddy Hellebuyck. He was given the position despite not achieving the wanted norm (2:09:45).
IAAF World Athletics Tour has so far this year three meetings behind and Qatar Grand Prix clearly leads in the scoring with 84 610 points. In comparison to last year interesting improvement from 83 765. On the other side big down for Osaka not only because bad weather with 78 391 points (last year 81 358). Better than Osaka is Melbourne meeting totaling 78 828 points what is at last year level (78 916). Next GP meeting is on Saturday the only African fixture in Dakar.
Russian Team for Olympic Games is now having 6 names confirmed after IAAF World Race Walking Cup with Borchin and Markov at 20 km, Nizhegorodov and Kanaykin at 50 km and Kaniskina and Sibileva at 20 km for women. Third places will be given on June 7-8 during national championships held in Saransk.
At the end of the highly successful event President of Chuvashya Nikolay Fedorov awarded silver winner at 20 km Tatyana Sibileva a new flat. She was the only Cheboksary home athlete with senior medal.
Former world champion Olimpiada Ivanova was happy that her world record at 20 km was not broken. “I m happy that my record stayed but also wanted that our walkers will win. I m happy they were so good as a team. It is tough to compare myself with Olga Kaniskina. When I was in her age we raced at 10 km and also nowadays we have different techniques and training methods,” she was quoted by All Sport.
The oldest competitor in Cheboksary was 55 years old Fabio Ruzzier of Slovenia, unfortunately he was disqualified during 50 km race. He is overall oldest at IAAF World Race Walking Cup. His best is 4:13:48 from 1997.
Italian Alex Schwazer with 3:37:04 as third at 50 km achieved the best ever result in that position.
GIFU (JPN, May 10): Kenyans run solid 10 000 m at Gifu during Chubu Corporate Championships. Martin Mukure (28:07.89) beat Osaka bronze medalist Martin Mathathi (28:08.56).
HUNTSVILLE (USA, May 10): At Southland Conference sprinter Teddy Williams scored an impressive double with PB at 100 m 10.16 (+1.9) and windy 20.60 (+3.1).
DENTON (USA, May 11): Sprinter Tawanna Meadows made for highlights at Sun Belt Conference Championships. She won both sprints clocking 11.27 PB (+0.9) and 23.35 (+1.0). Earlier in the heats she got 200 m PB 23.14 (+1.2) and windy 11.13 (+4.2).
YALTA (UKR, May 7-8): Adds from Ukrainian University Championships. World indoor silver medalist Tetyana Petlyuk surprisingly lost her first summer 800 m with 2:02.09 to Zoya Hladun-Nesterenko (2:01.18). Good high jumping by young Andriy Protsenko, the European junior silver medalist 2007 improved to 225.
ALBACETE (ESP, May 11): Silas Sang achieved good 1:01:11 to win the Half-marathon here. Eritrean Mihret Tadesse was the best woman (1:12:41).
Top events of the week will be the Dakar Grand Prix on Saturday and Adidas Track Classic in Carson on Sunday. Brazilian series continues with Fortaleza on Wednesday and Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. Russian season starts during the week with first open competition in Moscow, Blanka Vlasic is organizing high jump meeting in Split on Thursday. Interesting Area Permit fixture on Saturday in Ponce, Puerto Rico. On the road Copenhagen, Lodz, Riga and Karstadt marathons with strong 10 km race in Bangalore, India.
JERSEY CITY (USA): Regarding the results of the Newport 10 km with Catherine Ndereba, David Monti corrects that the race takes place in the city of Jersey City, in the state of New Jersey (NJ). Newport is the name of a giant housing complex in Jersey City which overlooks the Hudson River and has a nice view of Manhattan across the water.
OXY Invitational (Burns 10.21 and good times by Dzingai) was held in Eagle Rock and not Little Rock.
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