Huge weekend in Southern California this weekend: High School Sections, Junior College State and adidas Track Classic. Note that 800 meters and 5,000 meters are running Saturday night around 8 pm, so be there by 7 pm or so!
I am off to my alma mater, Santa Clara University to meet at the Cross Country House with fellow alums. I will be back to cover the meet on Sunday!
EME NEWS (MAY 17, 2008)
Radcliffe with hip injury
LONDON (GBR): Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe is positive about being ready for the Beijing Olympic Games despite being diagnosed as having developed a hip injury, her agent has revealed. Informs David Martin.
She developed pain in her left hip two weeks ago and, although it was not picked up in an original scan, a second scan showed that the gluteus minimus muscle had pulled away and put pressure on the bone. The 34-year-old is now using crutches in order to relieve the pressure on her hip and hopes by resting now she will be ready for the Olympics in August.
Lolo looking forward to European tour
DES MOINES (USA): World indoor hurdles champion Lolo Jones is resting this weekend and preparing for tough European schedule which is ahead of her. She will compete in Hengelo on May 24 followed by Belgrade on May 29. Then two Golden League outings in Berlin and Oslo and her trip will finish at Ostrava Golden Spike on June 12. All that should help her in preparation for US Olympic Trials end of June in Eugene. Her US rivals Olympic winner Joanna Hayes and last year US Champion Virginia Powell are running in Carson while world champion Michelle Perry injured herself in Modesto and her next racing plan is not known yet.
Montgomery sentenced to 46 months
NEW YORK (USA): Former US Olympic sprinter and world record holder Tim Montgomery has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for a cheque fraud and money laundering scheme that also helped bring down Marion Jones, his former girlfriend. News agencies are informing. The sentencing marked the latest down for 9.78 sprinter in 2002, who was already in federal custody on suspicion of conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute in Virginia. He has yet to be tried in that case.
ATFS Annual published
LONDON (GBR): Peter Matthews published again his famous ATFS Annual “Athletics 2008”. This is a must for all involved in our sport. Very interesting story about Korean unknown runner from sixties, very interesting comparisons how athletics is developing in terms of results. Did you know who was leading the world lists in 1957 and 1958? Or the list of female high jumpers by their number of competitions over two metres? All this is there beside the usual reviews, previews, biographies, records, lists and index.
Lukyanenko begins in Dessau
MOSCOW (RUS): World Indoor Pole Vault Champion Yevgeniy Lukyanenko is starting his season at meeting in Dessau, Germany on May 30. The 590 cm jumper who is for many observers the next candidate for six metres then stays in Germany and should compete in Berlin at DKB ISTAF opening of Golden League on June 1. After that Moscow Cup European Athletics Permit on June 10 and Ostrava Golden Spike in Czech Republic on June 12.
US CONFERENCES â€“ FRIDAY: Zack Llyod shot put sensation
TEMPE (PAC 10): Arizona Shot Putter Zack Lloyd sensationally improved to 21.03 m to win the conference title. His previous best was 19.93 from early May. He beat NCAA Indoor champion Ryan Whiting (20.30). Big improvement also for Jessica Pressley in women shot with 18.79 m (her previous best 18.16). Triple Jump NCAA Champion Erica McLain won the Long Jump (650, -0.7).
AUBURN (SEC): Jangy Addy won the decathlon and became the latest member of 8000 points club with total score of 8010 points. His second day began with great 13.70 at 110 m Hurdles, continued with 46.08 discus, 435 pole vault, 54.70 javelin and 5:02.34 1500 m. TrinidadÂ´s ten flat sprinter Richard Thompson clocked the fastest in the 200 m heats (20.75, 0.0). New conference record at 10 000 m. Kenyan Tyson David achieved 28:23.01 ahead of Australian Shawn Forrest who improved to 28:24.44.
EL PASO (CONFERENCE USA): Nigerian jumping talent and triple national record holder Blessing Okagbare improved to 670 (0.0) in Long Jump. French High Jumper Mickael Hanany won the men competition (759). 23 years old shot putter Susan King bettered her PB to 17.84.
FORTH WORTH (MOUNTAIN WEST): St.Kitts sprints record holder Virgil Hodge clocked good 22.78 in heats of 200 m. Her national mark is 22.68 from last year.
BOISE (WAC): Greek Long Jumper Savvas Diakonikolas again improved to win the conference title with 789 cm (+0.5).
ATHENS (USA, May 16): British runner Barbara Parker clocked 9:55.07 at steeple to win during first day of Georgia Tech Invitational.
YALTA (UKR, May 16): Russia leads with 338 points after first day of youth five-nations match. Ukraine is second (304) ahead of Belarus (296), Turkey (176) and Latvia (130). World youth champion Natalya Mamlina of Russia achieved 183 in High Jump. As always good walks by Russians. Dmitriy Chepalyev went 44:24.14 at 10 000 m and Anna Lukyanova 23:02.37 at 5000 m.
ANCHORAGE (USA, May 16): Interesting improvement with 12 pounds shot (5.44 kg) in Alaska by high school athlete Jordan Clarke with excellent 21.48 m.
DOLENJSKE TEPLICE (SLO, May 16): Slovenian Nina Kolaric improved in Long Jump to 663 (1.1) and achieved the B-olympic standard. She missed the national record of Ksenija Predikaka since 1996 only by 1 cm.
TRNAVA (SVK, May 17): Slovak Athlete of the Year 2007 Libor Charfreitag competed just day after returning from his Brazil trip. But only because it was in his hometown and achieved after long travel 75.46 m. His next competition is over the following weekend at European Champion Clubs Cup in Portugal. Peter Horak cleared 220 in High Jump and had solid attempts at 224.
RADENCI (SLO, May 17): Veteran Helena Javornik (42) won the 28th Three Hearts Marathon in Radenci, Slovenia. She clocked very solid 2:39:23 to get the national title and her 12th win at the event. It was her second marathon of the year after she won in Treviso in March (2:28:36). Kenyan Silas Rutto was the best man as he debuted with 2:24:45.
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