Robert Harting and Ariane Friedrich to compete in ISTAF/Berlin, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Robert Harting, WC Berlin 2009, photo by

Take a moment, gentle readers, and look at the picture. Deep breath, look at the crowd in the background and every photographer in the Berlin Olympic Stadium, trying to get a picture of Germany's hero, Robert Harting, who put it all together, kicking butt on the entire discus field! One of my favorite parts of Berlin WC 2009 were the performances of Germany's field eventers, in front of their home crowd. Each night, we were treated to one great performance
after another!


Ariane Friedrich, WC Berlin 2009, August 2009, photo by

Ariane Friedrich, the premier German women high jumper, was in the battle of
her life in Berlin, taking a bronze medal. Friedrich had huge pressure on her after the 2.06m clearance. Her coach told me the day after the competition, that he had figured that she had a good shot for the bronze, with Vlasic in top form. The show was the Vlasic-Friederich show for much of that night!

Two of Germany's most popular athletes, discus gold medalist Robert Harting and
high jump bronze medalist Arian Friedrich, will headline ISTAF Berlin, on August 22, 2010...Harting had the crowd screaming last year in Berlin, when he just dominated the discus field. Ariane Friedrich, who could pass for the lead singer of X, had the crowd roaring during
the Vlasic-Friedrich high jump show in Berlin last August!

EME NEWS (MAY 20, 2010)




BELEM (BRA, May 19): Fast sprints, very good 3000 m and second best hammer of the year by Belarus Darya Pchelnik (75.42) highlighted the second meet of Brazilian Tour in the State of Para. In 28 degrees and 60 percent humidity and before more than 12 000 spectators in the evening French Martial Mbandjock beat a solid 100 m field in 10.15 (+0.4). Trinidad´s Emmanuel Callender and Bahamian Derrick Atkins achieved 10.21 and Lerone Clarke of Jamaica was fourth (10.23). Jamaican Sheri-Ann Brooks was the fastest in women 100 m with very good 11.16 (+0.2) over Gabon´s Rudy Zang Milama (11.25). Another Jamaican and relay world champion Simone Facey won the 200 m (23.09, +0.1, she was only 4th in the 100 m 11.50). Very good both one lap races for men. Justin Gaymon clocked 49.17 over 400 m hurdles beating Andres Silva of Uruguay who celebrated new national record 49.18 and close third Jamaican Markino Buckley (49.20).  Bahamian relay medalist Michael Mathieu was the best in 45.56 beating home Eduardo de Oliveira (45.60) and US Greg Nixon (45.64). Interestingly only fifth Xavier Carter of USA (46.79). Top six runners went sub 7:50 in the 3000 m in hot weather. Winning David Bett achieved 7:42.59 ahead of Ethiopian steeple specialist Roba Gari (7:43.38) and Byron Piedra of Ecuador who improved his own national record to 7:47.06. In two male technical events US Mark Hollis won the pole vault (555) and in hammer one cm decided between Dilshod Nazarov (76.94) and Igors Sokolovs (76.93). From women events to add 13.12 (+0.4) by Brigith Merlano of Colombia at 100 m hurdles and close 800 m when Panama´s Andrea Ferris beat Marian Burnett of Guyana (both 2:02.78). Natalia Duco of Chile was the best in shot put (17.49) and Levern Spencer of St. Lucia beat in jump-off Canadian Nicole Forrester (185 to 184).







OSLO (NOR, May 19): At the Adidas meet in Bislett Stadium new Norwegian junior record for Henrik Ingebrigtsen with 7:58.15. Second European steeple champion Jukka Keskisalo of Finland (8:00.96). European junior champ Ezinne Okparaebo clocked national best over 150 m in  17.31 (+0.2). Ingvill Makestad clocked European lead of the season 8:54.57 in the 3000 m.


HONGKONG (HKG, May 16): Tsui Chi Ho improved the Hong-Kong national 100 m record at 53rd Festival of Sport with 10.28 (+1.3).


WATFORD (GBR, May 19): World junior champion Stephanie Twell clocked excellent 8:50.96 at the meet in North London, but could not be on top of the list as it was together with men.







BERLIN (GER): The biggest one day meeting in Germany, the ISTAF of Berlin announced first two headliners for the event on August 22. Discus world champion Robert Harting and high jump star Ariane Friedrich. Berlin also expressed its interest to stage European Championships in 2018.


STOCKHOLM (SWE): DN Galan has this week launched MixedZone, which their own portal with a two-way communication. By a simple click on Facebook Connect are logged in and the first thing you encounter is "Welcome to MixedZone  - DN Galans official portal where opinions are exchanged and the news is fresh. Where the blogs are the most interesting and the hottest inside tips. Other features are The Expertbooth - Offers livereporting from all the Diamond League meetings, and helps you follow the Diamond Race. Play Table - Offers betting tips on the track & field meetings. DN Galan one Step Ahead - Latest news about DN Galan and Diamond League, gives you the latest inside gossip/tips. DannyWess - The manager Daniel Wessfeldts blog, where he writes about everything he experience during his many trips around the world. In a photoalbum, the athletes that are ready for the DN Galan. The MixedZone is yet only available in swedish, but the english version should be ready in the near future.


GOTZIS (AUT): More new names for Hypo Meeting (May 29-30), part of IAAF Combined Events Challenge. French European indoor medalist from Torino Antoinette Nana-Djimou is the latest heptathlon entry. Canadian Jessica Zelinka returns after baby-break. Ukrainian Hanna Melnychenko was 6th in Berlin and her team-mate Lyudmyla Yosypenko even fifth. Dutch Yvonne van Langen (formerly Wisse), Sweden´s Jessica Samuelsson and Swiss champion Linda Zublin arev rounding the field. Already before announced was that all olympic medalists from Beijing will compete (Dobrynska, Fountain, Chernova), that means also all World Indoor medalists (including Ennis) and from Berlin medalists only Poland´s Kamila Chudzik.


LONDON (GBR): Reigning Olympic and World champion shot putter Valerie Vili is to compete at both of Britain's IAAF Diamond League events this summer to maintain her position as number one in the world. Vili, who is one of 14 IAAF Diamond League Ambassadors, will contest the Shot Put at the Aviva British Grand Prix held at Gateshead International Stadium on 10 July and the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on 13 and 14 August. Informs IAAF. She is making her IDL debut this Sunday in Shanghai and could be a good candidate for the first place in Diamond Race in her event.


KALAMATA (GRE): The Greek European Athletics Classic Meeting of Kalamata planned for May 29 announced its first top names. Bulgarian 400 m European champion Vania Stambolova will compete. Also in the men´s 3000 m Kenyan Vincent Rono and Qatari Rashid Ismail are the headliners.


OTTAWA (CAN): Ahletics Canada announced sites for future championships. Moncton which is the site for this years World Junior championships will stage the 2013 and 2014 senior Canadian Championships.  In 2011 and 2012 the event will be in Calgary.


SHANGHAI (CHN): Usain Bolt announced his new partnership after arriving to Shanghai, China. His new partner is watch maker Hublot. Bolt runs here the 200 m on Sunday.


BERLIN (GER): German decathlete Arthur Abele will miss part of the season due to another groin injury. Abele missed the 2009 season because of a similar injury and now faces loosing the 2010 season as well as surgery will keep him out of training for at least four weeks. Abele has his strongest season in 2007 when he scored 8372 in Ratingen and ended ninth at the IAAF World championships in Osaka confirms the Sindelfigen/boblingen newspaper. 


VIENNA (AUT): Tim Lobinger has been confirmed for a street pole vaulting competition in Vienna on June 1st. Also confirmed are Austrian decathlete Roland Schwarzl, US Mark Hollis, German Michael Frauen and British Paul Walker.


BARCELONA (ESP): Seven of Spain's most popular athletes will be the stars of a tv advertisement campaign in the lead up to the European athletics championshisps in Barcelona in July. The advertisement focuses on explaining the complexity of athletics with Spanish elite athletes showing their events. Starring in the advertisement are Manuel Martinez (shot put), Concha Montaner (long jump), Jackson Quinonez (110H), Narroa Agirre (pole vault), Angel David Rodriguez (100m), Reyes Estevez (1500m) and Juan Carlos Higuero (1500m).


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