Big Weekend of Track & Field: Palo Alto & Kingston! by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Jenny Barringer, New Balance Games 2010, photo by

Big weekend of track and field is fast approaching! In Jamaica, on Saturday, May 1, Usain Bolt will run his first 200 meters in Kingston, with Wallace Spearmon (ran 20.20 at Drake) joining him in the fun! DeeDee Trotter will be running 400 meters in Kingston as well! On the men's side of the track, Tyson Gay will be running another 400 meters! Remember, Tyson ran 44.89 just two weeks ago!

In Palo, Alto, California, also on May 1, the Payton Jordan Invitational will take place. The race of the night should be the men's 10,000 meters, section 1, also known as the Kim McDonald Invitational 10k. The race will feature a who's who of the 10,000 meters in the U.S. racing circuit, including Galen Rupp, Anthony Famiglietti, Tim Nelson, and Mike Aish, to name just a few. Jenny Barringer leads a tough 1,500 meter field for the women and Shalane Flanagan, U.S. record holder at 5,000m, 10,000m, and the half marathon, will be racing over the 5,000 meter distance.

Track season is just about here!




KINGSTON (JAM): This years US indoor champion Ginnie Powell will open at the 100 m hurdles on Saturday in Kingston at Jamaican Invitational. But she will also compete under a new name. She married on April 23 the former olympic gold medalist, winner from Athens 2004, Shawn Crawford. Her new name is Virginia Crawford.



DOHA (QAT): 200 m world champion Allyson Felix decided that at IAAF Diamond League opener she will contest the 400 m. „This year the race will be much more competitive since it is the opening location of the Diamond League so it will be a real treat for athletics fans," she said for IAAF. Her duel with world gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross who is also contracted as Ambassador of the new series is not sure because of the injury of the title holder. Another Bobby Kersee coached athlete 400 m hurdles world champion Kerron Clement is also scheduled to run in Doha on May 14. But for him it will be his second outing of the summer in his special distance. Before he runs this Saturday in Kingston.



HENGELO (NED): FBK Games of Hengelo planned for May 30 is having a new highlight. The organizers announced that in the 110 m hurdles will clash world record holder and olympic winner Dayron Robles of Cuba with reigning world champion Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados. They both should also run against each other on May 19 in Daegu at Korean IAAF World Challenge meet. In Hengelo in the field also top home hurdlers Gregory Sedoc and Marcel van der Westen. According to sources Robles is no longer scheduled to run in Shanghai against home hero,  Liu Xiang on May 23.



DAEGU (KOR): World fastest man Usain Bolt will face a solid field at Daegu IAAF World Challenge meet on May 19 in his first 100 m of the year. USA will be represented by 2009 national champion Mike Rodgers, another Berlin participant Rae Edwards, Doha participant Trell Kimmons and Travis Padgett.



OSAKA (JPN): New star for May 8 Osaka Grand Prix (IAAF World Challenge) is Australian world champion Dani Samuels for discus. Australia will also have a strong men 4x400 m line-up in Japan headed by fresh national champion Ben Offereins. Samuels afterwards continues to Doha Diamond League meet. 



MANCHESTER (GBR): US sprint record holder Tyson Gay confirmed that his distance at GreatCity Games in Manchester on May 16 will be 200 m, but on the straight. He wants to attack the 19.5 by Tommie Smith from San Jose (cinder track), in 1966 what was at that time official IAAF World Record. Actually the original distance was 220 yards for Smith. Tommie Smith should be also present. In women 150 m Christine Ohuruogu will clash with Jessica Ennis and at 200 m Sanya Richards-Ross is scheduled to run. Also 110 m hurdles at Manchester streets is planned with multiple silver medalist from global events US Terrence Trammell, reigning world champion Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados should run the 200 m hurdles. The Sunday morning Bupa Great Manchester Run at 10 km will feature Ethiopian stars Haile Gebrselassie and Derartu Tulu.







ANTALYA (TUR):  Ioannis Daras of  Greece was elected the new president of UEPS at their 32nd Congress in Antalya,Turkey, AIPS website informs. Daras defeated Jura Ozmec of Croatia (athletics commentator) by 27 votes to 11. Lev Rossoshik of Russia was elected vice president with 22 votes against Jerzy Jakobsche of Poland who polled 13. Charles Camenzuli of Malta was elected unopposed as secretary-general and Murat Agca of Turkey was returned unopposed as treaurer.


PRAGUE (CZE): Czech Republic will send junior boys team for IAAF Race Walking World Cup in Mexico in May. They will be Lukas Gdula, Pavel Schrom and Jiri Malysa jr. In women category two representatives in the 20 km will Lucie Pelantova and Zuzana Schindlerova.


PRANGINS (SUI): The 125th European Athletics Council Meeting, held between 30 April and 2 May in Switzerland, will announce city of the 2014 European Athletics Championships, the premier continental athletics event. The 2010 European Athletics Championships will take place in Barcelona through 26 July to 1 August. The 2012 championships are scheduled for Helsinki, Finland, through 27 June to 1 July wrote The only candidate for 2014 edition  is Zurich.


STANFORD (USA): Stanford track and field will host one of the most elite track meetings in the nation with the Payton Jordan Invitational on May 1, informed The men's 10,000 meters will join Galen Rupp, Samuel Chelanga with Alistair Cragg of Ireland. The featured women's event will be the 5,000 meters with Americans Shalane Flanagan and Lisa Koll. Stanford meet will have at 1500 meters All-Americans Chris Derrick, Dylan Ferris and Elliott Heath. Although the Payton Jordan Invitational is known for the distance events, the sprints and field events will also be strong this year.


ANTALYA (TUR): Jayne Pearce, Head of London 2012 Press Operations told the international sports media at today's AIPS Congress session that journalists would be able to use their accredited laptops in locations other than the MPC. Writes AIPS. Jayne Pearce was heavily involved with athletics in the past.


BARCELONA (ESP): Jesús Espana, one of the Spain's big medal hopes, wants to win the 5000 meters at Barcelona 2010, as its his only goal for this year, he said in an interview. But he also said that anyone who represents the Spanish team this summer can win the title, such as Sergio Sánchez, who wants double at 5000 and 10000 meters. The first big test for Espana on track will be in Huelva on June 9, later the European Team Championships and then the Spanish Championships in Avilés.


BAUNATAL (GER): German top stars high jumper Ariane Friedrich and Shot putter Ralf Bartels are announced to compete in the German meeting in Baunatal on June 2nd (EA Classic).


HALLE (GER): World medalist in shot put Ralf Bartels will also be present at throwing meet in Halle on May 15. He will be joined by compatriot Peter Sack and Hungarian Lajos Kurthy. Also on the startlist is Polish Jakub Giza and Andy Dittmar. Canadian record holder Dylan Armstrong was already announced for the meeting in March writes







HIROSHIMA (JPN, Apr 29): New Japanese women 100 m record highlighted Oda Meet in Hiroshima. Chisato Fukushima clocked 11.21 (+1.7) and improved her own mark 11.24 from last june. Second Momoko Takahashi achieved 11.35 and Australian Melissa Breen 11.38 as third. In men´s 100 m Kota Sakuma beat in 10.42 (-0.1) Yusuke Kotani (10.44, but 10.34 +1.4 in heats). Another top mark was the 570 pole vault clearance of national record holder Daichi Sawano, his best mark since 2007. Second Chinese Yang Yansheng cleared 560. African distance winners Kenyan Bitan Karoki (13:48.17) and Ethiopian Betelhem Moges (15:38.70). Also to note 13.25 (-0.2) at 100 m hurdles by Asuka Terada. In men´s hurdles Tasuku Tanonaka achieved 13.79 to win. Japanese meetings circuit continues on Monday in Shizuoka.


BAMAKO (MLI, Apr 27):  Ghana's Ignisious Gaisah has achieved his best performance since coming back from knee surgery, landing at 806 in Bamako at African Area Permit meet. New Mali long jump record for Mamadou Chérif Dia 782 as second if wind is legal. South Africa Ofentse Mogawane won the 400m in 45.89 ahead of Botswana's Isaac Makwala (46.20). Informs Carole Fuchs.


0S (NOR, Apr 25): World-class walker Erik Tysse tested himself with 1:12:01 at 15 km road walk.







ZAGREB (CRO): On Moday died the oldest worlds known sports journalist Zarko Susic at age of 95. It happened in Zagreb in his home. He was born in 1915 and his first article was printed in 1934.  He retired in 1980 after 41 years of being professional sports journalist and writing mainly about athletics. For example he reported from 16 Olympic Games from 1956 until 2004. He was also successful athletics coach. In 2004 he was awarded by IOC for his contribution to sports journalism. Informs Croatian federation website.

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