Lots of athletics news today! Christophe Lemaitre, the European junior champ, becomes the first white sprinter to break 10.00 for 100 meters with his legal 9.98 at the French Championships! Poland‘s Marian Woronin was last white sprinter to run 10.00, way back in
Yelena Isinbayeva, World Indoor 2010, Doha, Qatar, photo by PhotoRun.net.
The world’s most medalled women pole vaulter, Yelena Isinbayeva, has had a 18 months, and decided to take a break. She has decided to return to competition in February 2011. At a point in her career where she has nothing to prove, Isinbayeva needs to get into supreme shape, both physically and mentally, to battle the top Polish, German, Brazilian and American vaulters. Her crisis of faith at the World outdoor 2009, in Berlin and her fourth place in
the World Indoor Champs 2010 seemed to resonate with her team. We wish her well.
EME NEWS (JUL 9, 2010)
PLANS RETURN FOR FEBRUARY 2011
MOSCOW (RUS): Coach Vitaliy Petrov said that double olympic winner and multiple
pole vault world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva will be back next indoor
season. He confirmed for All-Sport her first meet after the break in summer
2010 will be Russian Winter IAAF Indoor Permit early February. That also means
that her competitions this year are ruled out. â€žShe already started with light
training in Formia. After 3 months of no training she will need approximately
two months to return to normal situation. There is no hurry and no risks,”
Petrov was quoted.
9.98 A HISTORICAL ACHIEVEMENT
VALENCE (FRA, Jul 9): Friday July 9, 17.45 hrs, finals of 100 m at French Championships
a historical situation. European junior champion Christophe Lemaitre in
his first senior year clocks new national record 9.98 (+1.3). First â€žwhite” sub
10 runner, previously Marian Woronin of Poland had 10.00 in 1984. He is sixth
European overall to get a under 10 result and youngest from all of
them. Second Martial Mbandjock got 10.08 and third Ronald Pognon (former
French record holder with 9.99
in 2005). Lemaitre was still able after this great mark
compete after 7 pm in the 200
m heats and won in 20.96 (+3.1). World indoor champion
Teddy Tamgho achieved windy 17.64 (+2.9, no legal mark) to win the triple jump.
Second Benjamin Compaore got 17.28 (+2.1). Dimitri Bascou was the best at 110 m hurdles in 13.42
(+1.5). Fadil Bellaabouss clocked life-time best in the 400 m hurdles with 49.13.
Yohan Diniz won the 10 000
m walk (40:17.83) and Florian Geffrouais scored 8057
(PB) in decathlon. Tactical wins for Yoann Kowal in the 1500 m (3:45.04) and
Nouredine Smail at 5000 m
(14:07.62). In women events 100
m final was aided by +3.2 as Veronique Mang got
11.16 and Christine Arron 11.27. Sophie Duarte won the steeple (9:52.07)
and Marisa Di Aniceto totalled 6009 points in heptathlon. Lina
Jacques-Sebastian improved in the 200
m heats to 22.86 (+1.8).
BEATS VLASIC, CHAMBERS 10.14, GILLICK 44.95
BARCELONA (ESP): In what is a major test meeting, just a few weeks
ahead of the European Championships to be held on the same track as today’s
Meeting ciutat de Barcelona (EA Premium Meet), Irish David Gillick showed he is
in great form by running a second fastest of the year in Europe 44.95 at 400 m, well ahead of Cuban
William Collazo (45.12). Spanish Arturo Casado clearly didn’t hide his
excellent form by also running a European lead in his event, the 1500m, in
3:35.02 beating South African Juan Van Deventer (3:35.15) and other Spanish
Alvaro Fernandez (3:35.74). Also a meeting record for world indoor
champion Dwain Chambers with 10.14
in the 100m, second in a superb time is Jamaican
junior Dexter Lee who ran 10.16 PB, Michael Rodgers managed 10.23. The times
were run into a head wind of -0.9. Andres Silva from Uruguay won the 400m
hurdles in new national record 49.17 just edging out South African Cornel
Fredericks (49.19). German Sergey Litvinov won the hammer throw with 77.49 just
ahead of Krisztian Pars (76.42). In the men’s high jump Greek Konstadinos
Baniotis took the win in 228, the same height as runner-up Keith Moffatt.
In-shape Chaunte Howard-Lowe beat Blanka Vlasic once again with a jump of
200. A new meeting record that she shares with Vlasic as she as well got
200. Another meeting record was run by Ukrainian Antonina Yefremova
in the 400m with 50.95, Bulgarian Vania Stamobolova got second in 51.05.
Very strong performance by Turkish Nevin Yanit who, with her time of 12.74 in the 100m hurdles
(national record), shows she is one of a pre-championships favorites
upon her return to Barcelona. Christina Vukicevic managed 13.09. In the 1500m
home favorite Marat Dominguez (4:04.27) was beaten on the line by Liliana
Barbulescu from Roumania (4:04.23).Victory for US Porscha Lucas in the
women’s 100m with 11.42, second was Tianna Madison (11.51). Home star Mercedes
Chillas made her favorite’s role come true in the javelin with a throw of
61.87. Ethiopian Sofia Assefa won the 3000m steeple in 9:26.04. German Bianca
Kappler landed at 668 (+2.1) in the long jump, Estonian European Indoor Champion
Ksenija Balta got 658.
GATESHEAD (GBR): BBC informs that Tyson Gay believes Asafa Powell is the man to
beat over 100m, despite world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt’s return from
injury. American Gay and Powell will face each other in the 100m in Saturday’s
Diamond League meeting in Gateshead. â€žI believe right now Asafa is still the
guy to beat, regardless of what anyone else has run in the world,” said Gay.
Powell said â€žI really want all the guys to be in form because I’m not happy
when any of the guys are hurt.”
FRASER WARNING OR 3 MONTHS
KINGSTON (JAM): Olympic and World 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser
could recieve a public warning or maximum 3 months ban. Jamaican media are
informing. In the first case only her Shanghai second place will be deleted. In
the latter one also the other meets in Ostrava, Rabat, nationals and Eugene.
Depends on the date when her sanction will start she still can return to racing
this season in the end of August and early September. Jamaican Gleaner
informs that she tested positive for the drug, which is not deemed a performance-booster
by the World Anti-Doping Agency, but is on its list of
non-performance-enhancing substances, which each athlete must declare if he or
she is taking prior to competing in a meet. The Associated Press has
identified the drug as oxycodone, a painkiller.
IS NEW LEADER
BUDAPEST (HUN): Prefontaine Classic has been at the top of the
All-Athletics.com Competition Ranking for five days. Now the new leader in the â€šInvitational/One-day
competitions’ is Athletissima, Lausanne. The total score is 92 854 ahead of
Eugene (92 586) and Oslo (92 527).
HEUSDEN (BEL): Belgium athletes are getting ready for a double competition
schedule with both Heusden (EA Premium meet) on July 10th and Liege on July
13th. In Heusden Tia Hellebaut will steal the show with her â€šBelgian’ comeback.
Her high jump competition is highly anticipated in the country and will see her
face off against German Ariane Friedrich. The Borlee twins will be present too,
Kevin Borlee will take on Xavier Carter in the 200m and they will again be
stealing the lime light as a special 4x400m relay will be staged. Another
specially strong event will be the 100m hurdles with home favorites Eline
Berings and Elisabeth Davin taking on Damu Cherry and Kellie Wells. No less
than three Belgian athletes, Olivia Borlee, Elodie Ouedraogo and Hanna Marien
will be challenged by Ivet Lalova and Me’lisa Barber in the 200m. Another
interesting event will be the men’s pole vault in which Belgian star Kevin Rans
takes on US Mark Hollis and German’s Richard Spiegelburg and Alexander Straub.
To tradition a big field in the long distances with in the 5000m Craig
Mottram and in the 1500m Daniel Kipchirchir Komen and Lopez Lomong. The 800m
features strong Kenyan Boaz Lalang.
BERLIN (GER): ISTAF meet of Berlin (IAAF World Challenge) informs about
sponsorship deal with Volkswagen which will be used as car sponsor for the meet
on Aug 22.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Future of Athletissima in Lausanne is bright. In 2015 the meet
should be organised in a new stadium. The works should begin in 2013.
58-years meet director Jacky Delapierre informed Swiss media around this years
event that former middle distance runner Olivier Gloor should be his successor
in future. The budget for this years meet was 3.8 millions of Swiss Franks.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): World champion Caster Semenya plans to seek compensation
from Athletics South Africa for financial losses she suffered after being
barred from competing for months because of questions about her sex, her
lawyers said. South African media are informing. “We’re not suing but we may
consider how best she can be compensated for runs and meets that she missed,”
Greg Nott, managing partner at the Johannesburg office of Dewey & LeBoeuf,
which represents Semenya, said in an interview in the city yesterday. “It’ll be
helpful to our client and their athlete in ensuring that her lost earnings are
GLASGOW (SCO): Scottish Athletics has announced the appointment of Steve
Rippon to the new post of Head of Facility and Lead Field Events Coach. Rippons
previously was successful at UK Athletics holding the post of National Event
Coach for pole vault as well as establishing the High Performance Centre at
Loughborough as one of the UK’s leading elite development centres. He will be
based in the Scotstoun facility and his major focus will be on the
development of athletes towards the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
LONDON (GBR): The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) has not yet been able to
come up with a plan to ensure a sustainable future for the 2012
Olympic Park. The OPLC is facing a crisis as it has not yet been able to
get control over the land. The OPLC was established to ensure that the Games’
facilities and infrastructure provided the maximum benefits for East London.
LONDON (GBR): The IOC has claimed it is confident no seats will remain empty at
the 2012 Olympic Games. The FIFA is momentarily facing the problem in South
Africa where tickets have been sold but still seats in the stadium remain open
and give the stadium an empty feel. Gilbert Felli, the IOC’s Executive Director
for the Olympics, said he was happy with London 2012’s ticketing plans following
the visit of the IOC Coordination Commission. â€žA lot of creative work has been
done towards the goal of full stadia and we should be much better off here in
London than we have been at past Games.” Felli was quoted on insidethegames.
BRUSSELS (BEL): Former Belgian sprinter and double European sprint champion Kim
Gevaert is pregnant for the second time. Gevaert ended her career after the
2008 Olympics and gave birth to a son named Vince in 2009. Her second baby
is expected at the end of the year.
GLASGOW (GBR): Respected track writer Doug Gillon has announced his
retirement as The Herald’s athletics correspondent, a job he has
held for 34 years.
BIBERACH (GER, Jul 9): German pole vaulter Carolin Hingst cleared in second
attempt 472, her new personal best and European leader 2010. At â€žWeltklasse in
Biberach” meet (EA Classic) she also tried at German record 478. Another top
German improvement at 400 m
hurdles when Fabienne Kohlmann achieved an Euro qualifier 55.75 beating Czech
Zuzana Bergrova who also had personal best 55.96. Cuban Yareli Barrios competed
just one day after Lausanne and won again the discus (63.87). US Francena
McCorory won the 200 m
in good 22.98 (0.0) and Ukrainian Natalya Pogrebnyak the 100 m (11.54, 0.0). In hot
weather fast men sprints. Jamaican Kimmari Roach won the 100 m in 10.14 (0.0) ahead of
South African Champ Simon Magakwe (10.22) and US J-Mee Samuels (10.23). Magakwe
later won also the 200 m
in 20.67 (0.0). Silvio Schirrmeister improved at 400 m hurdles to 49.86, but
not enough for Barcelona standard. NorwayÂ´s Bjornar Ustad Kristensen won the
steeple in 8:28.52. Pole vault did not brought expected level. Fabian Schulze
won ahead of Raphael Holzdeppe, only 550 for both. In the triple jump Ukrainian
Viktor Kuznyetsov beat Cubans Yoandri Betanzos (16.81) and David Girat (16.57).
BOTTROP (GER, Jul 9): South African junior Luvo Manyonya improved to 819 (+1.5)
at 4th Bottrop Gala meet in long jump. He is so the top favorite for Moncton.
Algerian Othman Hadj Lazib won the 110 m hurdles in new national record 13.51
(-0.2) beating home Alexander John (13.52). Another Algerian win for Imad Touil
in the 1500 m
(3:39.86). German Daniel Schelting clocked a Euro qualifier in the 200 m (20.61, -0.9). Bahamas
Andretti Bain won the 400 m
(46.03). In the 100 m
against -1.4 wind Bahamian champion Adrian Griffiths won in 10.38 and beat US
favorite Travis Padgett (10.39, but 10.20 -0.2 in heats). In women
events Shareese Woods of USA was the fastest at the 200 m (23.07, -0.4) and Svetlana
Usovich of Belarus won the 800
m (2:00.02). Eva Orban of Hungary was the best in hammer
(69.37) and Yulia Tarasova of Uzbekistan in long jump (673, +1.2) beating US
Janay De Loach (661, PB). Nearly 2000 spectators followed the meet which was
for first year part of German Meetings group.
BIELSKO-BIALA (POL, Jul 8-9): Discus world medalist Piotr Malachowski achieved
excellent 67.48 to win the Polish title during first day of national
championships. Olympic gold medalist Tomasz Majewski got in last round of shot
put new season best 21.25. Sprint titles for Robert Kubaczyk (10.36, +0.1) and
Weronika Wedler (11.42, -1.6). Marcin Starzak won the long jump (779), Wioletta
Frankiewicz the 5000 m
(15:46.95) and Monika Pyrek pole vault (420). World champions Anna Rogowska and
Anita Wlodarczyk did not participate. In the Friday programme Wojciech
Kondratowicz surprisingly beat world medalist Szymon Ziolkowski in hammer
(78.18 to 77.51). Anna Jagaciak won long jump (667, +1.5) and Igor Janik the
javelin (78.59). Top two in the menÂ´s 400 m went under 46 seconds. Marcin Marciniszyn
45.71 and Kacper Kozlowski 45.84. Renata Plis won the 800 m in life-time best
2:01.92 and world indoor medalist Adam Kszczot was the best as expected at 800 m (1:47.37, Lewandowski
competed in Lausanne).
KAUNAS (LTU, Jul 9): Lina Grincikaite sprinted to 11.44 at Lithuanian
Championships in the 100 m.
Povilas Mykolaitis leaped to 794
in long jump.
JEKABPILS (LAT, Jul 9): Good throwing during first day of Latvian
Championships. Eriks Rags got 80.08
in javelin and Igors Sokolovs 77.71 in hammer. Women
javelin winner Madara Palameika achieved 59.41. US student Ronalds Arajs won
the 100 m
PARDUBICE (CZE, Jul 7): At local meet Remigius Machura jr. improved to exactly 20.00 m. With that mark he
qualified in shot put for European Championships in Barcelona.
VICTORIA (CAN, Jul 7): Victoria Track Classic meet saw Dylan Armstrong tossing
to 20.52 in
shot put. US Michael Courtney posted 46.19 400 m win. Angela Whyte won
the 100 m
hurdles (13.11, +1.0) and Diane Cummins the 800 m in solid 2:01.29.
JUNIORS CORNER (with help of IAAF web-site)
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Team USA has announced its team for the World Junior
Championships and named a total of 82 athletes. Medal contenders of the
team include 2008 World Junior hammer silver medalist Conor McCullough, 2008
Olympic Trials finalist and five-time USA Junior Outdoors champion Jordan
Hasay, 2009 World Youth 100m and 200m silver medalist Ashton Purvis, 2010 USA
Junior Outdoors discus champion and 2009 Pan Am Junior bronze medalist Erin
Pendleton as well as 2010 USA Junior Outdoors runner-up Lauren Chambers. Other
interesting names are Robby Andrews (800m), Tyler Sorensen (10K) and Maya
Pressley (High jump).
TORONTO (CANADA): Canada Athletics announced its team for the IAAF World junior
championships following the Canadian junior trials held on the track in
Moncton. A number of athletes turned in outstanding performances just
ahead of the world championships such as Caleb Jones who set a new
Canadian Junior Championship record in the men’s javelin with 69.68. In the
women’s side the most impressive performance came in the 400m in which Katie
Reid set a new trials championship record of 53.47 and shows to be in top
shape. In the men’s 400m Alistair Moona broke the trials championship record of
46.55 by clocking 46.54. The team consists of 39 athletes.
KINGSTON (JAM): Dexter Lee is the big star on the Jamaican team announced for
the IAAF World junior championships in Canada. Lee won the 100m at the
last World junior championships in Poland and currently has the fastest junior
time in the world for the 100m. In total Jamaica Athletics Association selected
38 junior athletes.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Most interesting name on the South African Team for the
IAAF World junior championships is pole vaulter Cheyne Rahme. Rahme just
recently improved his own African junior record from 546 to 550.
ROME (ITA): 21 men and 20 women have been selected to represent Italy at the
World Junior Championships. Most interesting name on the team and gold medalist
favorite is Antonella Palmisano who won the gold medal at the IAAF race walking
cup in May. Other medal contender is high jumper Elena Vallortigara who is
currently ranked nr 2 on the world junior list with 190.
PORT OF SPAIN (TRI): Star of the team of Trinidad and Tobago Jehue Gordon
promises to be one of the highlights of the IAAF World junior championships.
The 400m hurdler was the fourth place finisher at the event during the IAAF
World championships in Berlin in 2009 and now is the clear favorite to bring
home the win for his country. Gordon ran the semi-finals of the event in 2008
and would be the first world junior champion for Trinidad and Tobago since 2006.
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