Tyson Gay on Usain Bolt: "He's pushing me to run faster & faster", by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder


Tyson Gay, USA Champs, 2009, photo by PhotoRun.net.

Tyson Gay is healthy once again. Injuries that date back to his time at Arkansas were operated on this past fall, and Gay is showing his form, having run a 44.89 for 400 meters, and a new found confidence. All this means that a Bolt versus Gay clash this year could take us to new found heights in the world of sprinting! 


CHULA VISTA (USA, Apr 29): Discus olympic gold medalist Gerd Kanter of Estonia started his summer season with excellent world leading 71.45 at OTC meet in Chula Vista. It is also his fifth best of the career and best ever in the center. His best throw comes from round five in the series: 67.98 - 61.68 - 65.81 - 67.15 - 71.45 - 67.06. Kanter with this mark passed Lithuanian Virgilijus Alekna in all-time top 10 throws average with 71.38 over 71.30. Writes team75plus.com. Second was US Jarred Rome with 66.71 and third another Estonian Mart Israel (64.35, coming back after surgery) ahead of Australian Ben Harradine (64.01). Dutch Eric Cadee followed as fifth (63.59). In the B-competition big improvement for young Norwegian Fredrik Amundgaard 63.72.  Becky Breisch won women discus with 63.89 ahead of Asian Games medalist Krishna Poonia of India who bettered her lifetime best to 63.69.  Shot put winners were Russ Winger (19.96) and Dutch Melissa Boekelman (17.38). The competition was staged in good conditions, 16 degrees, partly cloudy, right side wind 3-5 m/s. Next throwing meet with same competitors will be staged on May 6. Informs globalthrowing.com.



BAIE MAHAULT (FRA): Latest addition into the start list of Guadeloupe meet on May 1 is the Jamaican 100 m olympic silver medalist Sherone Simpson. After communication misunderstandings she did not had a lane in Kingston and so will run in Baie Mahault. At the Jamaican meet definitely the race would be tougher for her with Kerron Stewart and Carmelita Jeter, first years sub 11 could be expected. In the Guadeloupe meet she will face current world leader US LaShauntea Moore.



ORLANDO (USA): „I've already programmed my mind to run faster," US record holder Tyson Gay said in a teleconference organised by IAAF and reported by The Independent. „I'm thinking of 9.58 or faster this year. I'm very thankful that Usain Bolt is running as fast as he is because he's pushing me to run faster and faster. It's a huge motivation for me and it's a huge thing for the sport. It's something that track and field needs." About his ambitions at 400 m he said per IAAF: „I've always had it in me to run a fast 400. I was a state champion in high school in the 400. But I never liked doing it. And my coach told me that if I ran the 400 I wouldn't be able to do the 100. And I do like running the 100 more. But it's definitely a goal to make a relay team." Gay has a personal best of 30.8, from a training run, in the 300 m. The distance Usain Bolt will try in Ostrava on May 27. They will be together on Saturday in Kingston but in different events. Gay in the 400 m and Bolt in the 200 m. Their next possible clash and first this year in the 100 m is scheduled for New York meet on June 12.  Next known is set for Brussels on Aug 27. A third should be planned too. It looks like they will not meet together this year in the 200 m.



DOHA (QAT): IAAF announced more names announced for Diamond League opener on May 14. Mainly shot put world champion Christian Cantwell who should clash with olympic gold medalist Tomasz Majewski of Poland. In women 200 meters Jamaican Kerron Stewart is the latest addition. She plans only two races in May. On Saturday in Kingston at 100 m and in Doha at 200 m. EME NEWS already informed that Kerron Clement and Lolo Jones will participate also in their special events.  Earlier based on their ambassadors role it was clear that Sanya Richards-Ross (currently sidelined by an injury), Kenenisa Bekele (5000 m), Allyson Felix (400 m), Asafa Powell (100 m), Barbora Spotáková and Blanka Vlasic will be under spotlight in the Qatar Sports Club Stadium.







BUDAPEST (HUN): London Marathon winners Tsegaye Kebede and Liliya Shobukhova are the new leaders of the All-Athletics.com World Rankings in the Men's and Women's Marathon respectively. Informs All-Athletics.com. The Ethiopian runner improved his score to 1398 thanks to winning last Sunday's prestigious event. Liliya Shobukhova of Russia, who won in London with a new personal best, is the new Nr.1 of the Women's Marathon for the first time in her career. More at www.all-athletics.com.


BUDAPEST (HUN): Before the weekend leading event in all-athletics competition rankings in one day meetings category of 2010 is Dakar ahead of Sydney and Melbourne. But after Saturday Kingston and Guadeloupe might change it.


LOS ANGELES (USA): Two-time Honda LA Marathon champion Wesley Korir of Kenya will throw out the first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers home game against cross-town rivals the Los Angles Angels on June 12.  „Korir follows recent pitches by actors Matthew McConoughay, Pamela Anderson, Victoria Beckham and famed Black Eye Pea, Will. i. am," said Korir's manager Karen Locke via e-mail.  Interestingly, Korir, who lives in Louisville, Ky., used to work in a baseball bat factory engraving famed Louisville Slugger bats. Informs Race Results Weekly.


NEW YORK (USA): Rising American stars Bobby Curtis, Patrick Smyth, and Mo Trafeh will join three-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman and four-time Chicago Marathon winner Khalid Khannouchi, who is looking to make his running comeback, at the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K on Saturday, May 15, in Central Park, it was announced by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.The top Americans will face a tough international contingent, which includes 2010 NYC Half-Marathon champion Peter Kamais of Kenya, Australian 10,000-meter record-holder (27:29.73) Collis Birmingham, and seven-time NCAA Champion Alistair Cragg of Ireland. Also toeing the line on May 15 will be 2009 World Cross Country Champion Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia, who boasts the fastest 10,000-meter time in the field (26:52.73).


PRAHA (CZE): World silver medalist from 2007 in pole vault Czech record holder Katerina Badurova announced her retirement. Main reason are health problems, specially damaged ligaments in her knee. She was former gymnast but also here because of muscle problems and achilles problems she switched to pole vault. Her last big meet was Olympic competition in Beijing, but she was unable to clear a height there.


ANTALYA (TUR): At a gala dinner hosted by FIFA on the first evening of the 73rd annual congress of the International Sports Press Association FIFA announced great news for the media: free internet at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa. Something already used in athletics.


TALLAHASSEE (USA):  The Florida State men's track team, which won three straight national titles from 2006 to 2008 and finished second in 2009, has lost star sprinter Charles Clark for the remainder of the year. As nolesports.com informs he tore his quadriceps in practice and will be out from four to six months. He is 6th from last year World Championships in Berlin at 200 m and has a 20.22 PB from 2008.


LAUSANNE (SUI): Eveline Hodler of Switzerland became a national winner of the14th series of profiles of inaugural Women's Leadership Awards, European Athletics. She has done all when it comes to the sport of athletics, from an athlete to coach, technical official to event organiser. She is one of the most versatile person in Swiss Athletics writes European Athletics. She is involved also in European Champion Club affairs and responsible for this years organisation of the senior B category in Bern on May 30.


MILANO (ITA): Alex Schwazer of Italy is the the biggest name of the 53rd edition of the Coppa Cittŕ di Sesto San Giovanni near Milan, the IAAF Race Walking Challenge held on May 1. He is looking to become the first Italian to win the 20km Sesto race since 2004. The starting list features Yohann Diniz from France, Eric Tysse and Trond Nymark of Norway, André Höhne of Germany, Robert Heffernan of Ireland, Joao Vieira of Portugal, Hatem Ghoula of Tunisia, Alexandr Yargunkin of Russia and Ding Chen and Wang Zhen of China. Also a women's race will be highlighted by world medalist Olive Loughnane of Ireland, Vera Santos of Portugal, Melanie Seeger of Germany and Yanfei Li of China. The other top-names are national record holders Jo Jackson of Great Britain and the Swiss sisters Marie and Laura Polli informed iaaf.org.


SAO PAULO (BRA): The Sao Paulo marathon will be held this Sunday with top home names running. Franck Caldeira with Claudir Rodrigues (winner in 2008) and Giomar Pereira da Silva. Kenyan Jonathan Kipkorir is the foreign top name. He is winner of this years Mainichi marathon in February. Maria Zeferina Baldaia was the women winner in 2002 and 2008 and is going to run against Marizete Moreira dos Santos and Marizete Rezende. Former Kenyan star Margaret Okayo is the top international name.







CARACAS (VEN, Apr 29): Home 400 m runner Freddy Mezones improved during first day of Iriarte meet (South American Grand Prix) to lifetime best 46.16.


LAFAYETTE (USA, Apr 29): Bahamian olympic relay medalist Michael Matheiu came close here to his 200 m best with 20.85 win. His PB is 20.80 from 2007.







Virginia Powell recently married Shawn Crawford earlier then reported, already on April 16 in Los Angeles. Thanks to Jon Hendershott for the correction.


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