If you are not a European athlete or a Commonwealth athlete, this is a
good year to take it easy. Sometimes athletes are able to make that decision
and sometimes, the body makes that decision for them!
Sanya Richards will be missing the rest of the season. It will take a bit of
time for her to recover from her injuries, so she has announced that she will
taking the rest of the season off to recover.
EME NEWS (JUL 17, 2010)
NO MORE RACES
MONTE CARLO (MON): Samsung Diamond League Ambassador Sanya Richards
will not compete this season. She explains for IAAF: “Besides enjoying the
happiest day of my life on my 25th birthday, I have been plagued with
flares from my Behcets disease, struggled with injuries, and have had
unfortunate mishaps that have resulted in me having to take the remainder of
the season off to recover. After hurting my quad in April, I doubled my
efforts to rehab and pushed my training to be prepared for US Nationals. I went
there in hopes that the three rounds would be exactly what I needed to get
my fast twitch muscles firing and ready to compete with the best again. After
running the semi-finals I knew my leg wasn’t where I wanted it to be
but still wanted to give it a shot. Coach Hart felt differently and
insisted I give myself more time to heal. The very next day I went to
the stadium to sit with Coach and discuss the remainder of the season. I fell
down the stairs, severely twisting my ankle and bruising my tailbone.” She ran
three races this year, 2:10.74 in the 800 m early in April and two rounds at US
Nationals (51.91 and 51.82).
MONTE CARLO (MON): Herculis Samsung Diamond League meeting on Thursday next
week is promising a revenge for 200 m at Prefontaine Classic in Eugene. US
world champion 2007 Tyson Gay will compete against Walter Dix. For Gay only
second 200 m
of the year after Eugene, for Dix already 8th final (when do not counting two
rounds at US Nationals). He lost only once at US Nationals to Spearmon, but won
4 Diamond League events and with another possibility to score will be already confirmed
winner of the Diamond Race before the final race in Zurich. In Eugene Dix got
19.72 and Gay 19.76. In the race of Herculis also US Champion Wallace Spearmon.
GERMANY (BRAUNSCHWEIG): Ariane Friedrich cleared in third attempt two meters
and won her fourth national title in a row. Betty Heidler got in hammer
sixth title and new meet record 75.82 clearly over Kathrin Klaas (68.85).
Nadine Kleinert was the best in shot put (19.12) beating Petra Lammert (19.05)
and Denise Hinrichs (18.34). Nadine Muller coming from Paris DL won the discus
with 63.07 over improved Sabine Rumpf who qualified to Barcelona with 62.21.
Carolin Nytra confirmed excellent hurdles shape with 12.71 (-0.9) win, a meet
record. Other notable women wins for Verena Sailer at 100 m (11.23, -0.6), Sabrina
Mockenhaupt at 5000 m
(15:36.17) and Katja Demut in triple jump (14.15, +1.2). In men events Malte
Mohr won the pole vault clearing 575 over Raphael Holzdeppe 570 and also third
Fabian Schulze (560) will travel to Spain. Christian Reif was the best in long
jump (818, +0.3), but second placed Euroindoor 2009 winner Sebastian Bayer
leaped to only 771 and will remain home. Only 80+ in javelin by Matthias De
Zordo (80.05). Sensation in 100
m final won by Alexander Kosenkow (10.29, +1.2) who was
faster than Christian Blum (10.33), Marius Broening (10.37) and pre-race
favorite Tobias Unger (10.37). Matthias Buhler won the hurdles in 13.59 (+0.1)
when the fastest on paper Alexander John (13.56 in heats) fell down
in the finals.
SLOVENIA (VELENJE): Merlene Ottey won silver in the 100 m after 11.77 (+0.3) and
beat all the younger runners except of the winner Sabina Veit (11.63). Matic
Osovnikar clocked 10.43 (-0.5) in menÂ´s 100 m and Sebastijan Jagarinec 46.43 in the 400 m. Best result of the day
by Snezana Rodic with 14.23 (+0.5) in triple, also in this event record holder
Marija Sestak announced she will no longer compete this year.
CZECH REPUBLIC (TRINEC): Jirina Ptacnikova confirmed excellent shape with first
attempt 466 personal best win and had good tries at new national record height 476 in pole vault. Excellent
shape by the hurdlers. Petr Svoboda clocked 13.33 (+0.9) in heats and 13.36
(-0.7) in the finals. Lucie Skrobakova got her second fastest ever in heats
12.90 (+1.7) and 12.92 (+0.9) win in the finals. 100 m titles for favorites
Jan Veleba (10.46, -1.0) and Katerina Cechova (11.59 -2.4, but 11.51 in heats). Good shot
put battle as Antonin Zalsky (19.98) beat Remigius Machura jr. (19.52). Vera
Cechlova coming from Paris DL got her expected discus title with 59.17.
SWITZERLAND (LUGANO): During second day new Swiss long jump record by Irene
Pusterla with 676 (+1.6). She improved so the historical mark of Meta Antenen
673 from European Championships 1971
in Helsinki where she won the bronze. Another female
improvement of high quality by hurdler Lisa Urech who clocked 12.84 (+0.4) at 100 m hurdles, second best
Swiss ever. In the sprints wins for Rolf Malcolm Fongue (10.47, +0.5) and Reto
Amaro Schenkel 21.09 (+0.9). Yves Zellweger improved to 785 (+0.9) in long jump
on Friday. 20-years old Jacqueline Gasser improved to 23.79 (+0.8) to win the 200 m.
ESTONIA (TALLINN): European indoor champion Ksenija Balta equalled her Estonian
record 680 (+0.1) in long jump. Taavi Peetre won the shot put (19.75) and
former world champion Andrus Varnik (72.18) was second in javelin behind Ahti
SPAIN (AVILES): Excellent 5000
m highlighted the first day of national champs in the
host country of the coming European Championships. Reigning 5000 m Euro winner Jesus
Espana won in 13:18.46 and is in right time in right shape. Second Alemayehu
Bezabeh 13:18.95 and third Sergio Sanchez 13:19.21. Fourth place and no
selection for Carles Castillejo (13:19.25). Beatriz Pascual achieved in 10 000 m walk national
record and fastest in the world this year 42:40.33. Natalia Rodriguez won
tactical 1500 m
(4:21.45), Rosa Morato the steeple (9:45.57). Angel David Rodriguez was the
fastest in the 100 m
(10.44, +1.1) and Mercedes Chilla was the best as expected in javelin (61.04).
Long jump saw Luis Felipe Meliz getting 806 (+1.1) ahead of Joan Lino Martinez
(791, +1.6). Borja Vivas won the shot put with 19.91, a Euro qualifier.
BELGIUM (BRUSSELS): Also Kevin Borlee comes into the shape after his
twin-brother Jacques clocked national record in Paris. He achieved 45.22 season
best in heats on Saturday. Eline Berings posted windy 13.09 (+3.6) in the 100 m hurdles heats. Finals
are on Sunday.
NETHERLANDS (AMSTERDAM): Best first day result in discus as Erik Cadee achieved
63.18 to win. Races finals are on Sunday.
PORTUGAL (LEIRIA): Olympic winner in triple jump Nelson Evora returned with
16.36 effort in triple jump in his first meet of the year. It was his first
competition since Zurich Weltklasse meet 2009. Marco Fortes won the shot put
with his second best ever mark 20.57
ROMANIA (BUCURESTI): Discus veteran Nicoleta Grasu even coming from second
place in Paris on Friday achieved her second best of the season 63.37 to win
the title. Cornelia Deiac won the long jump with good 670 (+1.1) and Andrea
Ograzeanu registered a sprint double with 23.68 (+0.4) 200 m win. Ancuta Bobocel won
the 800 m
(2:03.74) and Angela Morosanu the 400
m hurdles (57.30). Sergiu Ursu got the best male result,
64.26 win in discus.
ABASHIRI (JPN, July 17): At Hokuren Distance Challenge fast 5000 m by Kenyans living in
Japan. Edward Waweru achieved 13:18.54 ahead of 17-years old Patrick Muendo
Mwaka 13:21.45. In mixed 10
000 m race Ryoko Kizaki posted 31:38.71, her fastest of
the career. In good 10 000
m walks Koichiro Morioka went 40:45.07 and Kumi Otoshi
44:36.54 on the women side.
VELLETRI (ITA, Jul 17): Italian long jump star Andrew Howe leaped to 792 (+0.2)
at a international meet near Rome. US wins for J-Mee Samuels in the 100 m (10.19, +0.2) and
Phoebe Wright in the 800 m
(2:01.70). Qatari Thamer Kamal won the 3000 m in 7:52.77.
GATESHEAD (GBR, Jul 17): On day one of the first England championships Tremayne
Gilling won the 100m in 10.25 (+0.5). A big improvement, he before only
once clocked sub 10.40.
SZEKESFEHERVAR (HUN, Jul 17): Hurdles national record holder Daniel Kiss
clocked 13.70 against -1.0 wind at ARAK Kupa meet. Kristof Nemeth came close to
his hammer PB with 76.38.
GRAND HAVEN (USA, Jul 17): At Grand Haven Beach Vault this weekend Mark Hollis
cleared meet record 566 and on the women side NCAA champ Kylie Hutson 442.
SOSNOWIEC (POL, Jul 17): New national shot put youth record with 5kg implement
for Krzysztof Brzozowski 22.00
Ken Nakamura gives more stats related to fast 5000 m on Friday in
Paris.The best marks for places, for 3rd and 5th were set. Elvan Abeylegesse
was third in 14:31.52 replacing 14:31.91 by Meselech
Melkamu from Shanghai earlier this year as the fastest 3rd place time. Jessica
Augusto was fifth in 14:37.07 replacing 14:37.44 by Meselech Melkamu from Oslo
in 2006 as the fastest 5th place time.