The competitive life span of an elite athlete is not long. The average elite life span of a top sprinter is three years. One must choose his or her races thoughtfully, and planning the career becomes even more important. At the top of the their game, the world’s best know that there are hundreds, no thousands of sprinters who would want what they have.
Lauryn Williams, the Olympic silver medalist and World Champ gold medalist, is reassessing her goals and training in 2010, and will be racing less, in order to focus on 2011-2012. Earlier this year, Yelena Isinbayeva spoke of cutting back in 2010, as have some other athletes.
2011, 2012, 2013, will feature three years of global championships, and if one wants to run well then, one has to plan long term….
Former 100 m
world champion Lauryn Williams is not planning a tough competition schedule for
2011. Beaver County Times is informing. She wants to
rest this year and compete on limited basis. “Why would you want to play the
other 17 games if there’s no Super Bowl at the end? I think there’s value in
letting your body recuperate,” said Williams. She wants to be back for 2011
Worlds and 2012 Olympics. Williams is 26 and was 5th at last year World
Championships in the 100 m.
TWO COURSE RECORDS
HANNOVER (GER, May 2):
New course records at 20th Hannover Marathon. Kenyan Yusuf Songoka achieved
2:08:52 personal best and Ukrainian Kateryna Stetsenko 2:31:36. Second man
Samson Ramadhani from Tanzania
got 2:09:45 ahead of Kenyans Edwin Kutto (2:09:50) and Samson Bungei (2:09:58).
Also fifth Lusapho April from South
Africa improved his best to 2:10:45. Songoka
planned to run Vienna Marathon but due to flights difficulties he could not
travel. In women race second and third Kenyans Gladys Otero (2:32:47) and Irene
Kwambai (2:34:14). In total around 14 000 participants were registered.
EDINBURGH (GBR, May 2): 2009 World CC champion Florence Kiplagat won
the Great Edinburgh Run in 32:10 ahead of team-mates Grace Momanyi (32:20) and
Doris Changeiywo (32:23). Best European PortugalÂ´s Jessica Augusto was fourth
(32:32). Competing on home soil, Great Ireland 10km winner Freya Murray was
slightly under-par, as she took seventh in 33:35, writes Athletics Weekly. Former
two-time Olympic 10 000 m
champion Derartu Tulu from Ethiopia
was also not in her very best form as she finished 8th in 34:38. Also in
men race full podium for Kenyans. Titus Mbishei won in 28:46 ahead of favorite
Edwin Soi (29:00) and Vincent Yator (29:10). Best European Ukrainian Sergiy
Lebid (29:18) as fourth.
MAR DEL PLATA (ARG, May 2): South American Grand Prix
circuit continued with Torneo Justo Roman in Argentina. Home South American
hammer record holder Jennifer Dahlgren achieved 71.64 m win. Shot put
record holder German Lauro won his event with 19.40 and improved his discus
best to 62.53. From Brazilian guests Anselmo Gomes won the 110 m hurdles (13.74, +1.6),
Andre Nilson the 100 m
(10.34, +1.8) and Jadel Gregorio the triple jump (16.34, +0.8).
BAR (MNE, May 1): Serbian Dragana Tomasevic won women
discus with 62.55 beating Croatian world leader Sandra Perkovic (61.01).
Bosnian Hamza Alic got 20.07
in shot put.
May 2): National 10 000 m
champions were Angiezska Ciolek (33:41.00) and steeple specialist Tomasz Szymkowiak
(28:41.90). Italian guest Cosimo Caliandro was the winner (28:40.94).
May 1): Kirk Thornton clocked 13.65 (+0.8) at 110 m hurdles and Moncton eligible junior
Eric Kynard cleared 224 in
May 1): At Kirby Invitational meet Latvian sprinter Ronalds Arajs achieved
10.37 (+0.7) in 100 m
heats. Kenyan Anderson Mutegi improved to 45.32 in the 400 m.
(CHI, May 1): At Chilean Championships new national long jump record as Daniel
Pineda leaped to 797 (-0.3).
CASTELLON (ESP, May 1): Reigning European champion Francis Obikwelu of Portugal
registered 10.43 (+1.8) at 100
m during Fernando Ubeda Memorial. Another guest from
Portugal Rui Silva won the 5000
m in 13:41.90. Spanish discus thrower Frank Casanas
achieved 64.90 m.
BAIE MAHAULT (FRA, May 1): Additions to Guadeloupe
International meet. World indoor champion Debbie Dunn won the 400 m in 50.95 over Natasha
Hastings (51.14). Kenyan David Bett posted years fastest 3000 m 7:40.70 with Levi
Matebo also of Kenya
second (7:41.36). Triple world champion Yargelis Savigne from Cuba was 7th in
long jump (625).
PUY (FRA, May 1): Ethiopian olympic steeple fourth placer
Jakob Yarso debuted in the 15
km road race with winning the 28th edition of Puy in
43:09. Kenyans followed Peter Kurui (43:11) and Martin Toroitich (43:44).
Ethiopian Freysetadese Baru was the best woman in 49:48 one second ahead of
Kenyan Pamela Lisoreng (49:49).
May 1): Top Spanish runners competed in the 3rd road mile here. Nuria Fernandez
was the best woman in 4:56. In menÂ´s race Manuel Olmedo won after 4:10 one
second ahead of Juan Carlos Higuero (4:11) and Alvaro Rodriguez (4:12). World
indoor medalist Sergio Sanchez was 6th (4:17).
SAO PAULO (BRA,
May 2): Kenyan Stanley Biwott won the 16th Sao Paulo Marathon in new course
record and personal best 2:11:22. Also the remaining podium placings for
Kenyans. Second Jontahan Kosgei 2:12:13 and third Philip Biwot 2:14:08. Best
home runner and national champion Marcos Elias as fourth (2:19:45). In women
race Brazilian win for Marizete Moreira in 2:39:28 ahead of Kenyan favorite
Margaret Okayo (2:40:23). In all races 20 000 participants, in marathon 5000
what is by 25 percent more than last year.
ODERZO (ITA, May 1): Stefano La Rosa won the road race here at 9.8 km in 28:50 one second
ahead of Andrea Lalli (28:51). In women 5.4 km Tanzanian Zakia Mrisho was the best in
17:05 ahead of Anna Incerti (17:40) and Romanian Ancuta Bobocel (17:48).
(JAM): Jamaica Observer writes that worldÂ´s fastest man Usain Bolt, who has
been featured in many international magazines, including Sports Illustrated,
GQ, Times, Esquire is now one of the most popular sports stars on the social
network site Facebook. The 23-year-old, who was watched by a record 54,000
spectators at last weekend’s 116th staging of the Penn Relays while clocking
8.79seconds on Jamaica’s Yellow 4×100 team, had just under 1,777,153 fans
registered to his Facebook page as at Friday, April 30. That’s less than
300,000 behind NBA superstar Lebron James (1,871,674) and FIFA World Player
Lionel Messi (1,867,478). But is 300 000 more Facebook fans than golfer Tiger