Amy Begley Runs 8:53.73, Galen Rupp 13:32.53, Sato 28:27.93, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Galen Rupp, Brutus Hamilton 5,000m, photo by

The Brutus Hamilton Invite, in Berkeley, California was hosted the NYRR Distance Carnival. This year, Amy Begley won the 3,000 m race, in 8:53.73, a world leader. Galen Rupp won the 5,000 meters in 13:32.53 and Yuri Sato of Japan won the 10,000 meters in 28:27.93. While we thank NYRR for sponsoring the event in Berkeley, we wonder, outloud, why they did not put their resources into events such as Stanford Distance Carnival or Mt. SAC Distance Carnival, established events that could always use some support. At this time, our sport does not need more events, but events that are better produced and with better fields. 




LOS ANGELES (USA): Distance running fans in the United States can watch Sunday's Virgin London Marathon on Universal Sports, either online or on television. In Europe the sports channel Eurosport is broadcasting the race in its entirety.


LONDON (GBR): International sports odds maker favors Irina Mikitenko and Samuel Wanjiru to win. Mikitenko, the defending champion from Germany, has been given 2.5-to-1 odds to win.  Last year's Bank of America Chicago Marathon champion Liliya Shobukhova of Russia is ranked next at 5.0-to-1, and British hope Mara Yamauchi is ranked third at 8.0-to-1.  Reigning IAAF World Marathon championn Bai Xue of China is ranked fourth at 9.0-to-1. On the men's side Wanjiru, the men's defending champion from Kenya, was given 2.75-to-1 odds.  Surprisingly, Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese was ranked second at 4.0-to-1, despite the fact that he has never finished a marathon.  Olympic bronze medallist Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia was given 6.50-to-1 odds, and the second-fastest man in world history, Duncan Kibet of Kenya, was ranked fourth at 8.0-to-1. Writes RRW.







PHILADELPHIA (USA): He's the fastest man on the planet so it makes sense that he would conduct the fastest press conference in the world. Olympic champion and world-record-holder Usain Bolt met the Penn Relays press on Friday morning and answered all their questions in less than 15 minutes. He is returning to Penn Relays for first time since 2005. In 2002 and '03 he ran for William Knibb Memorial High School in the prep division. Then he represented his country in the USA vs. The World series, first in the 4×400 in 2004, then on the sprint medley in '05.  "This year I'm probably going to try to be easier, I'm not trying to do anything special this year," he said when asked about his goals. "This year is going to be as relaxing as possible, because next year is very serious. So this year is kinda taking it easy." The meet website info. Asked if he would be at the event which gets underway in India on October 3, the world 100 and 200 metres champion said that the decision lay in the hands of his coach, Glen Mills. „My coach decides that. He hasn't told me, so I'm not sure about that." About improvement of Tyson Gay at 400 m: „Seeing Tyson Gay break 45 seconds is not a motivation for me. But if I have to do it, I have to do it. If it takes that for me to become a legend in the sport, I will do it."


PHILADELPHIA (USA): 400 m world champion Sanya Richards-Ross tweaked her quad. „I kind of tweaked my quad today at practice a bit, but hopefully I should be able to go tomorrow," she said. World and olympic finalist Darvos Patton: „Beating Jamaica, that's what it's all about. This is my 10th tear at the Relays. We've won nine out of 10."


PHILADELPHIA (USA): US teams have been announced. In the 4x100 m USA Blue is stronger with Dix, Rodgers, Crawford and world leader Ivory Williams. USA Red has Bailey, Padgett, Patton, Edwards. Jamaican teams still not known, but Bolt will anchor one of the two. Most probably with other Racers TC colleagues Forsythe, M. Anderson and Blake. The other selection should be Frater, Carter, Thomas and X. Brown. In the men 4x400 m US will have Blue team again stronger with B. Jackson, Torrence, Clement and A. Taylor. Red is Gaymon, Betters, X. Carter and Neville. In the women 4x100 m Jamaica has still five names there, but strong (Calvert, Facey, Fraser, Simpson and Stewart). USA Blue is high quality with L. Barber, Felix, M. Barber and Jeter, the Red selection has Ofili, V. Powell, Boone- Smith and A. Anderson. In the 4x400 m US Blue has Dunn, Felix, Demus, Richards. The Red team has Leach, E. Collins, Trotter and Hastings.





KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica Gleaner informs about sensational entry of US sprint record holder Tyson Gay into Jamaica Invitational meet for 400 m. On May 1 he will so run his first international race over one lap. So far he had three outdoor and one indoor race in US and recently improved to excellent 44.89 in Gainesville. He will face world indoor champion Chris Brown of Bahamas and world medalist Renny Quow of Trinidad.







GOREE ISLAND (SEN, Apr 23): Shot Put competitions were staged as usual the day  before the Dakar IAAF World Challenge Meeting at historical place of Goree Island. In the men competition a close battle won by Portugal record holder and olympian Marco Fortes with 19.65. Second place for US 20 m putter Rhuben Williams who registered 18.63 and third Orazio Cremona of South Africa (18.30). In the women competition a US win happened. World indoor 6th placer and Olympic finalist Jill Camarena-Williams was the best with 18.81 m. Trinidad´s record holder Cleopatra Borel-Brown achieved 18.01 as second and another US thrower Sarah Stevens was third with 17.64. Meeting records 21.30 and 19.51 remained untouched. Among the spectators also IAAF President Lamine Diack. The main programme will be staged at Leopold Senghor stadium on Saturday late afternoon local time.


DES MOINES (USA, Apr 23): Last year US javelin champion Kara Patterson highlighted the Friday action at Drake Relays with new meet record 61.80. It is also her second best career mark. Texas El Paso with anchor Nigerian olympic medalist Blessing Okagbare won the 4x100 m in 44.71 and 4x200 m in 1:34.20. Baylor clocked 1:21.64 in the men´s 4x200 m.


PHILADELPHIA (USA, Apr 23): Teams of Texas AM ruled the events on Friday at Penn Relays. Men achieved fastest qualifiers 39.37, 1:21.22 and 3:04.84 in 4x1, 4x2 and 4x4. Women of Texas AM won the 4x100 m in 43.09 and so defended their title from last year. They were also fastest in the 4x200 m heats (1:31.00). In the women shuttle hurdles relay Texas AM even posted new college record 52.50 with Jamaican Natasha Ruddock as anchor. In individual events Johnny Dutch was the fastest in 400 m hurdles but his 50.09 were affected by negative wind in first part of the race. On the other hand Queen Harrison posted in 100 m hurdles heats wind-aided 12.46 (+3.1). Marcus Rowland (10.25, +0.2) and Lakya Brookins (11.32, +1.9) were the fastest in 100 m college heats. Nigerian Stanley Ggagbeke won the long jump with windy 790.


BERKELEY (USA, Apr 23): Amy Begley achieved season´s fastest 3000 m during first day of Brutus Hamilton Invitational with 8:53.73. Second Canadian Malindi Elmore got 8:57.97. Galen Rupp opened his season with 13:32.53 at 5000 m and Japanese Yuki Sato was the best in the 10 000 m (28:27.93).


LA JOLLA (USA, Apr 23): Dutch discus thrower Monique Jansen confirmed her shape with 59.66 win during first day of Triton Invitational.

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