David Oliver, en route to his AR of 12.89, photo by PhotoRun.net.
All-Athletics.com, the ultimate in track geek web statistics, ranked Areva Meeting de Paris as the top meet, performance-wise in 2010. Amazing performances in front of 50,000 fans in the Stade de France, home of the 2003 World Champs (St. Denis, France). One of our friends, Ron Wayne, promotions manager for Mizuno USA (and yes, one of U.S. top marathoners in the 70s), emailed us that the meet was amazing to watch in person!
Nice to see Bolt racing well again. The women’s 5,000 meters was one of the highest rated events of the night! But, for me, David Oliver setting the AR for the 110 meter hurdles just shows how fast this guy can run.
In Des Moines, I had some time with Coach Brooks Johnson, and complemented Brooks on his athlete, David Oliver. My comment was, this guy looks primed for a record. Brooks just smiled and noted that David is going to run much faster this year.
RBR’s prediction: David Oliver will get the WR this summer. We’re thinking here about 12.86!
WINS, OLIVER GETS AGAIN CLOSER TO WR
PARIS (JUL 16, 2010): Nearly 50 000 spectators saw in nice summer evening (not
too hot as in other parts of Europe) 5 world leads, 2 European leads, 7 meet
records and expected 100 m
highlight at the end when Usain Bolt remained unbeaten. Pole vaulter Lavillenie
gave the crowd the much expected home win. Oliver came close to high hurdles
world record and Alminova clocked hube sub 4 minutes despite arriving to meet
hotel only 8 hours before the race.
100 m: Despite not beeing in top shape still enough to win. Bolt clocks meet
record 9.84 (-0.3). Powell beaten by 0.07 and third Blake life-time best 9.95.
Lemaitre got his valuable lesson, fifth 10.09.
400 m: Jermaine Gonzales was closing and achieved PB of 44.63 but still not
enough to beat former world champ Wariner whio lowered the world lead for second
time in a row to 44.49. Third Jonathan Borlee 44.77, Belgian record and
European lead 2010.
800 m: Kaki controlled the race in 1:43.50. World champion Mulaudzi second
1:44.11, reigning Euro gold medalist Som is coming into shape in right time
1:44.58 and NCAA Champ Wheating in his pro debut a PR of 1:44.62 fourth.
European leader Lewandowski initially third (1:44.40) was disqualified for
running out of his lane.
Steeple: Olympic gold medalist Kipruto was again faster and improved his best
and own world lead to 8:00.90. He clearly beat his main Kenyan rivals. Best
non-African Polish champ Szymkowiak as 8th with life-time best 8:18.23.
110mH: When he would lean up better at the finish line he could have the world
record. But Oliver is again closer 12.89 (+0.5) to the global mark. Should be
added that it is US record, world lead and meet record. Wilson good second
13.12 and NCAA champ Ash third 13.21.
PV: Something for the crowds. Lavillenie won clearly already with 576 first
attempt clearance, but then added two more heights 581 and 591, both in second.
Then had tries at 607. Olympic winner Hooker was a non-heighter at 540 as
he did not had his day.
TJ: Copello was leading until round five with 17.33, 17.34, 17.42, 17.45
improvements each jump. In the fifth round his team-mate Girat went over him
17.49. World champ Idowu fourth, beaten by Ukrainian Kuznyetsov by 1 cm (17.21-17.20).
JT: Thorkildsen in class of his own, two throws enough to win 85.63 and 87.50.
4×100 m: Barcelona warm-up. Britain wins in 38.70 over Italy (38.75) and Poland
(39.14). Home stars did not finish.
200 m: Allyson Felix ruled in her second 200 m of the year in 22.14 (0.0).
Ferguson-McKenzie coming from lane one still beeing third, experience is
1500 m: Anna Alminova comes from another planet, after two races in Saransk on
Wednesday and Thursday in the third at Stade de France she clocks world leading
3:57.65. After some 3-4 hours sleep in last 24 hours. US Wurth-Thomas second
with PB 3:59.59 and even more joy for French Dehiba in national record 3:59.76.
Other four PBÂ´s were registered but the top names faded (Jamal, Burka).
5000 m: Vivian Cheruiyot finallly moved the world lead in the sub 14:30 region
with 14.27.41. She was pushed hard in last two laps by Ethiopian rivals (Ejigu,
Melkamu). Third Abeylegesse clocked European lead of the 2010 14:31.52.
HJ: Vlasic won despite claiming the surface for her here is hard. Her 202 first
attempt clearance was excellent. Lowe this time two meters.
LJ: High quality field was beaten by world champ Reese with last attempt 679.
Gomes over triple specialist Savigne second. Russians were tired from their
Nationals and were in positions 4-6 (Klishina, Kotova, Kucherenko).
SP: Ostapchuk without proper warm-up still managed a meet record 20.78.
Her second best 20.16 still enough to beat Vili (20.13).
DT: Barrios is in the best shape in recent days and scored another win 65.53
(also a meet record).
STATS: Areva Meeting is first in All-Athletics.com rankings with final score of
93 168, for example only two meets had last year better score. By finishing
second with 14:28.39 Sentayehu Ejigu became the 11th runner to crack 14:30
barrier for 5000 m.
MOSCOW (RUS): Russian Athletics Federation confirmed the team for Barcelona,
initially four names were selected for menÂ´s high jump but after another
consideration olympic winner Andrey Silnov was left out from the team. World
junior leader Darya Klishina is also out of the team after poor result at
Selection – men – 100 m: Idrisov, 4×100 m: Idrisov, Kolesnichenko, Teplykh,
Olefir, Smirnov, 400 m: Krasnov, Dyldin, Trenikhin, 4×400 m: Krasnov, Dyldin,
Trenikhin, Aksenov, Petukhov, Derevyagin, 800 m: Borzakovskiy, Koldin, 5000 m:
Orlov, Yevg. Rybakov, 10 000 m: Shapovalov, 110 mH: Borisov, Shabanov, 400mH:
Derevyagin, SC: Farnosov, Minshin, HJ: Shustov, Ukhov, Dmitrik, PV:
Starodubtsev, Kivalov, Gripich, LJ: Shalin, Plotnikov, TJ: Plotnir, Adams,
Yefremov, DT: Pishchalnikov, JT: Makarov, HT: Vinichenko, dec: Drozdov, 20 km walk: Borchin, Krivov,
Yemelyanov, 50 km: Kirdyapkin, Bakulin, Andronov, marathon: Abramov, Kulkov,
women – 100 m: Gurova, Mekhti-Zade, Katsura, 4×100 m: Gurova, Mekhti-Zade,
Katsura, Fedoriva, Gushchina, Chermoshanskaya, 200 m: Fedoriva, Kapachinskaya,
Chermoshanskaya, 400 m: Ustalova, Firova, Krivoshapka, 4×400 m: Ustalova,
Kapachinskaya, Firova, Krivoshapka, Nazarova, Zadorina, 800 m: Savinova,
Andrianova, Klyuka, 1500 m: Alminova, Yevdokimova, Zbrozhek, 5000 m:
Konovalova, Grechishnikova, Golovkina, 10 000 m: Shobukhova, Abitova, Sokolova,
100mH: Samylova, Dektyareva, 400mH: Antyukh, Isakova, N. Ivanova, SC:
Zarudneva, Kharlamova, Kuzmina, HJ: Shkolina, Gordeyeva, PV: Feofanova,
Golubchikova, LJ: Kolchanova, Kotova, Kucherenko, TJ: Alekhina, Murtazina,
Kutyakova, SP: Avdeyeva, O. Ivanova, DT: Sadova, Saykina, HT: Lysenko, JT:
Abakumova, hep: Chernova, Panteleyeva, Goncharova, 20km w: Kirdyapkina,
Sokolova, Kaniskina, mar: Plaksina, Pushkareva, Skvortsova, Timofeyeva,
FOR BERLIN MARATHON
BERLIN (GER): 37th Berlin Marathon announced that one of the best home runners
Sabrina Mockenhaupt will compete in the race on September 26. Her aim would be
to improve her best 2:26:22 from 2008. She will debut in the Berlin Marathon.
LIGNANO (ITA): SundayÂ´s international meet in Lignano Sabbiadoro in Italy will
have as special guest star US sprinter Tyson Gay, but he will not run. Gay is
spending his days in this Italian summer resort before going to Monaco DL and
run the 200 m.
Also PowellÂ´s group MVP is using Lignano as their summer base while in Europe.
Member of the group Nesta Carter will run the 100 m on Sunday against
Wallace Spearmon and Marc Burns. Dusty Jonas is the star of high jump and
Blessing Okagbare of the long jump.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Olympic and world winner Carolina Kluft will compete at
European Championships in Barcelona. Despite not achieving the expected 655 in Karlstad she was selected
based on a wild card by Swedish Athletics Federation.
ROMA (ITA): Italian team will be in Barcelona without hammer throwe Clarissa
Claretti. The world and olympic finalist is not feeling the appropriate shape
and technical condition.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Shot putter Milan Haborak was not named in the final Slovak
selection for Barcelona. As an official reason coming from the athlete an
injury is mentioned and possible end of career. But in the same time Slovak
Anti-Doping Agency confirmed that an unnamed track and field athlete had
positive out of competition test for stanozolol. The Agency and the national
federation did not confirm the name, but said the athlete asked for B-sample
analysis. Slovak media are speculating that this athlete is Haborak who already
served a two years ban (2004-2006) and would face a life-ban when
CAPE TOWN (RSA): RRW writes that the fairytale story of Sergio Motsoeneng’s
third place finish in this year’s Comrades Marathon was possibly tarnished when
it was announced that the South African runner had preliminarily tested
positive for an as yet unreported performance enhancing substance. Motsoeneng’s
“B” sample will now be tested. As reported in Race Results Weekly after the
ultramarathon on May 30, Motsoeneng finished ninth in the 1999 Comrades, but
was disqualified after an objection was lodged and it was found that he and his
brother Sefako had run the race as a relay, sharing the same vest, numbers
and transponder (they changed more than once during the race in roadside
toilets), but making the mistake of wearing their watches on different arms –
and this was noticed on race photographs. Both brothers were banned from the
Comrades for ten years, later reduced to five years. At the time the Motsoenengs,
who at first denied the allegations, used their poverty as an excuse for their
dishonesty. This year Sergio was back in the Comrades with the stated aim of
making amends for their transgression -and he did so resoundingly in 5:35:58.
(He also ran in 2006 and 2009, finishing 29th last year.) He won R90,000 (USD
11,700) in prize money.
LAUSANNE (SUI): European athletics has launched a new homepage on its
dedicated to the European championships in Barcelona. The webpage will provide
all results, profiles, news, interviews, previews, photos and videos. The
webpage also includes new media initiatives such as twitter and facebook.
LAUSANNE (SUI): The CAS has overruled a decision by the IOC and decided
the seven teammates of Marion Jones should be given back their relay medals of
the 2000 Olympic Games. The US athletes were forced to give back their medals
after Marion Jones admitted she used performance enhancing drugs during those
Olympic Games. Athletes part of the 4x400m relay squad were Jearl Miles-Clark,
Monique Hennagan, LaTasha Colander Clark and Andrea Anderson, part of the
4x100m team were Chryste Gaines, Torri Edwards, Nanceen Perry and Passion Richardson.
LAPINLAHTI (FIN): Caster Semenya is preparing for het second race since her
comeback and will face some stiffer opposition while running in the Savo Games.
Among them will be Britain’s Marilyn Okoro who holds a personal best under
2 minutes and last competed against Semenya in the Berlin final. Meanwhile
Semenya’s agent believes she can improve on her 2:04 time by two or three
seconds when running in Lapinlahti.
LOS ANGELES (USA): Jamaican sprint super star Usain Bolt won the award for the
Best Track and Field Athlete at the 17th annual ESPY awards ceremony. Bolt
collected the award, following his stunning world record breaking performances
at the world championships in Berlin last year.
BUCURESTI (ROU, Jul 16): During first day of National Championships Bianca
Perie the former world junior and youth gold medalist went for first time in
her career over 70 m
with huge 73.52 m.
Liliana Barbulescu clocked 4:10.98 in the 1500 m and Adelina Gavrila
leaped to 14.41 (0.0) in triple jump. Andrea Ograzeanu was the fastest in the 100 m (11.46, 0.0). Mihai
Donisan cleared 225 in
high jump. Tough programme for sprinter Catalin Cimpeanu who won 100 m in 10.47 (and 10.44 in heats) and 400 m in 46.72.
PORDENONE (ITA, Jul 16): Italian sprinter Jacques Riparelli clocked 10.32
(+0.7) in heats and 10.33 (+0.3) in finals during 16th edition of a meet
here. High jump talent Alessia Trost cleared 187.
HUAIAN (CHN, Jul 16): New Asian youth record at Chinese U17 championships at 110 m hurdles (91.4) when Chu Pengfei clocked 13.25
(-0.4). Possibly a new talent emerging in a wake of Liu Xiang health
BONDOUFLE (FRA, Jul 15): Samuel Coco-Viloin clocked 13.57 (0.0) at a meet
here with Ladji Doucoure only third (13.82). That means the 2005 world champion
is out of any considerations connected to European Championships.
VALMEIRA (LAT, Jul 16): Shot putter Maris Urtans achieved 20.24 and javelin
thrower Ainars Kovals 81.88 during first day of PresidentÂ´s meet. Sinta
Ozolina-Kovale was the best in javelin (60.08).
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