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Anyhow, the real rumor of the day is the possibility that Tyson Gay may be running at Nike Prefontaine, per our esteemed colleague Alfons Juck, our man in Eastern Europe. Alfons cites Tom Jordan as saying that IF they both run, they will both be in the same section of the 100 meters. As many know, unless you were at a Dead show this past weekend, Tyson Gay ran 19.58 for 200 meters, virtually having a sack lunch before second place showed up. Asafa Powell, running the 100 meters, had a more difficult day at the office.
We will update on this tomorrow.
Tyson Gay, from US Trials, July 2008, courtesy of PhotoRun.net.
POSSIBILITY THAT GAY RUNS AGAINST POWELL
EUGENE (USA): Prefontaine Classic could see this Sunday the duel Asafa Powell vs. Tyson Gay at 100 m. Meet director Tom Jordan said for agencies that they will be in the same section if both running. â€žHe would really like to run at Prefontaine,â€œ Gayâ€˜s manager Mark Wetmore was quoted. Powell is already for long time entered into Pre Meet.
LONDON (GBR): Olympic javelin finalist Goldie Sayers has been ruled out of action for six weeks after being diagnosed with a partial stress fracture in her lower back. Sayers, who finished fourth at the Beijing Games with a UK record of 65.75metres , is remaining optimistic she can still make the Aviva GB team for the IAAF World Championships in Berlin beginning on August 15. Her means Sayers will be unable to compete at the European Team Championships in Leira, Portugal on June 21 and the World trials in Birmingham which begin on July 10.
BAALA OUT IN JUNE
PARIS (FRA): In Sunday May 24 during the preparation in Font-Romeu, double European champion at 1500 m Mehdi Baala suffered a sprained left ankle. A few days after resuming training, he felt a pain which was confirmed as sprain after examinations. The French, whose goal is to run the 1500 m in Berlin at World Championships, should therefore not compete in June.
BEKELE SHOULD BE OK FOR BERLIN
HENGELO (NED): Star runner Kenenisa Bekele did not finish the 1500 m race in Hengelo due to slight pain in his right thigh. His management confirmed that he is ok and plans to run again the 5000 m in Berlin at DKB-ISTAF Golden League opening. He started with the training later due to injury and also because he started to build a hotel in Ethiopia. But now is fully concentrated for running.
MARSEILLE (FRA): Another race was confirmed for British Dwain Chambers. He will run the 100 m and 200 m in Marseille on July 4.
BERLIN (GER): After the menâ€˜s marathon on August 22nd, the 10K Champions Run will start at 3.45pm at the same place. In this way, â€šnormalâ€˜ athletes get the chance to run also the original round of the World championshipsâ€˜ marathon. The route is like a sightseeing tour through Berlin. 10.000 athletes can compete, registrations are possible until July 17th.
FRANKFURT (GER): Competitions schedule of European indoor high jump champion Ariane Friedrich will be: June 5th in Baunatal, June 14th at ISTAF in Berlin, June 20th and 21st in Leira, Portugal, June 26th in Buehl, July 4th and 5th at German Championships in Ulm, July 10th to 12th in Belgrad (Universiade), July 17th in Paris, July 28th in Monaco, August 2nd in Wattenscheid.
LJUBLJANA (SLO): World indoor record holder at 800 m Jolanda Ceplak of Slovenia plans her return after two years of doping ban. She wants to compete on July 28 in Maribor at local meet.
LAUSANNE (SUI): After sprinting star Usain Bolt of Jamaica another three olympic winners from Beijing signed for this years Athletissima in Lausanne on July 7. At 110 m hurdles Dayron Robles from Cuba, in long jump Irving Saladino of Panama and in pole vault Australian Steven Hooker. RAS AL KHAIMAH (UAE): The registration for the 2010 RAK Half-marathon opened on June 1. The RAK Half Marathon will be held on 12 February 2010 and is an IAAF Silver Label Race and a full member of the Association of Marathons and Distance Running (AIMS). For registration information and to know more about the race itself visit www.rakmarathon.org. Registration closes on November 30, 2009.
EUGENE (USA): 35th Prefontaine Classic announced line-ups for this Sunday in jumping events. In high jump olympic winner Andrey Silnov in his first competition of 2009 against his home rivals Ivan Ukhov and Yaroslav Rybakov, world leader Andra Manson, Eugene-based Jesse Williams. Also in the field world champion 2007 Donald Thomas of Bahamas. In menÂ´s long jump the rivalry from Hengelo will continue. Irving Saladino vs. Dwight Phillips. In women long jump world leader Brittney Reese competes against Estonian European indoor champion Ksenija Balta. Russian world indoor champion Yevgeniy Lukyanenko will compete against US elite Derek Miles with Jacob Pauli and Tim Mack.
WIEN (AUT): Top Austrian distance runner GÃ¼nther Weidlinger still hopes he can make the World Championships in Berlin. After his stress fracture which found out just recently he withdrew from European Team Championships. He debuted in marathon in Vienna in April with 2:12:39.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): World record holder Paula Radcliffe despite having only recently resumed full time training has been chosen along with Mara Yamauchi for the IAAF World Championships marathon in August. UK Athletics have named the world record holder and winner of the 2005 title in Helsinki along with Yamauchi who was a superb runner up at the Flora London Marathon in April. The 35-year-old currently training at high altitude in Font Romeau in the French Pyrenees was forced to pull out of this yearâ€˜s London Marathon because of the injury. The UKâ€˜s fastest ever female walker 24-year-old Jo Jackson has earned her place and there are high hopes she will benefit from the experience in the build-up to the 2012 London Olympic Games. Writes David Martin.
POLIGNY (FRA): Former world champion Eunice Barber plans her first meet since July 2008 this sunday in Poligny in long jump. The 34 years old athlete wants to resume her activities after she was not able to qualify for Olympic Games last year.
LONDON (GBR): Another blog of Pat Butcher: Bolt chasing history at http://www.globerunner.org/blog/?p=175
LÂ´HOSPITALET (ESP, May 30): Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius is quicker again. At local meet in Spain he won the 400 m in 47.50 ahead of David Canal (47.64).
KYIV (UKR, May 29): Andriy Borodkin tossed the shot to 20.09 at Ukrainian throwing meet.
SOPOT (POL, May 31): At 22nd Women Pole Vault meet at a molo near the Baltic Sea Anna Rogowska achieved high quality 461 cm.
ZARY (POL, May 31): In 6th men Slusarski Memorial German win by Hendrik Gruber with 552 as his more famous country-man Tim Lobinger no-heighted.
LJUBLJANA (SLO, June 1): Bosnian Hamza Alic won the shot put (19.75) at second meet of Slovenian Grand Prix. US Steve Manz was second (19.71). Italian Anna Giordano Bruno cleared 440 in pole vault and Croatian Jurica Grabusic the 110 m hurdles (13.75, +0.2). Best Slovenian sprinter Matic Osovnikar won in 10.53 (+0.5).
CHANIA (GRE, June 1): In addition to 61st Venizelia Meeting (European Athletics Classic Meet) Philips Idowu leaped to 17.60 with too much wind-aid +2.4 but had legal 17.36 and 17.35. SudanÂ´s Yamila Aldama got 14.48 in women competition ahead of Russian European indoor champion Anastasiya Taranova-Potapova (14.40). From doping returning Bulgarian Vanya Stambolova posted 55.97 at 400 m hurdles. Turkish record holder Karin Melis-Mey leaped to 662 in long jump, PolandÂ´s Marcin Starzak was the best in men category (796). Romanian Monica Stoian achieved 60.40 in javelin and three high jumpers cleared 224 in order Konstantinos Baniotis, Dragutin Topic of Serbia and Tom Parsons of Great Britain. Overseas wins for Aziz Zakari of Ghana at 100 m (10.32), Jamaican Michael Blackwood 45.80 at 400 m, US LaRon Bennett 49.63 at 400 m hurdles and Kaltouma Nadjina of Tchad 51.37 at 400 m.
DESSAU (GER, June 2): 11th Anhalt Meeting (European Athletics Classic) saw German javelin thrower Mark Frank achieving good 83.86 ahead of olympic medalist Ainars Kovals (81.62). Nadine Kleinert posted 19.80 in shot put, what is fourth best mark of the year. Russian Sergey Kucheryanu won the pole vault (570) beating Germans Tim Lobinger and Alexander Straub (both 560). Anja Demut leaped to 14.12 PB in triple jump but was beaten by Russian Anna Pyatykh (14.17). World champion Franka Dietzsch was again unhappy as fifth in discus (56.23), winner Wioleta Potepa of Poland got 63.24. Briton Rikki Fifton won the 100 m in 10.25.
BASEL (SUI, June 1): 19-year-old Swiss hurdler Lisa Urech achieved a new Swiss U23-record of 13.18 (+1.3).
RAVENNA (ITA, May 31): Stefano Baldini won the Italian half-marathon championships in 1:03:48 in front of Giammarco Console (1:03:50h). Rosaria Console came first in the womenâ€˜s race after 1:11:31 before Nadia Ejjafini (1:11:38).
WESEL (GER): Kristin Gierisch (1990) achieved with 13.97 new German junior and U23 record. The junior one was improved substantially with 50 cm bettering the mark of Anja Vokuhl who was first junior world champion in triple jump in 1992.
HAVANA (CUB): Third in Barrientos women triple jump Dailenis Alcantara (17) improved CAC junior triple jump record to 14.36 m.. It is also 8th best ever junior performer.
Thanks to Alfons Juck.
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