Pole Vault Queen, Yelena Isinbayeva, photo by PhotoRun.net.
Vitaly Petrov, is, if not the best, one of the best coaches of the pole vault on our small planet. Besides Sergei Bubka, who was one of his students during his formative years, Petrov has coached many other great vaulters, including Yelena Isinbayeva.
Petrov, in recent statements on the Russian Federation website, cast some questions on the fitness level of Yelena Isinbayeva, the current world record holder in the women’s pole vault. Petrov pulls no punches. It seems that Yelena has not had enough indoor training sessions to give Petrov confidence in her fitness.
Yelena Isinbayeva is one of the most popular athletes in our sport, and her twenty-four world records in the pole vault, and Olympic and World Championship medals attest to her position at the top of the women’s pole vault. The last two years, have been, however, difficult.
The pole vault is one of our most challenging events. It is also one of the most technical. Petrov’s program combines gymnastics, core training and strong technical work. In past, successful buildups, Isinbayeva has not jumped until early Spring training.
Our sport is quite competitive and it is a testament to the evolution in the women’s pole vault that vaulters from Brazil, Germany, the US, and Russia, are challenging Isinbayeva. Only time will tell if Yelena can remain the top vaulter in the world.
Perhaps 1972 Olympic gold medalist and 1976 Olympic silver medalist Frank Shorter said it best, when he noted prior to the 1980 Olympic marathon trials that it was hard to stay motivated and hungry after the first gold medal….
TRELAWNY (JAM): The fastest man
in the world Usain Bolt spent Christmas with his family at home in Trelawny.
Bolt posted on his facebook: “Christmas is a very special time for us in Jamaica. We
spend with family and very close friends. I want to wish you all (wherever in
the world you are) a Blessed and Holy Season – One Love.”
HOUILLES (FRA): The 39th
Corrida de Houilles will have on December 26 at the 10 km as top names olympic 10 000 m and 5000 m medalists Micah Kogo
with Edwin Soi of Kenya.
Main rivals will be Ethiopian Imane Merga, one of the current top French
runners Abdellatif Meftah and young Kenyan Titus Mbishei. Interesting entry is
US 15 km
champion Mohamed Trafeh. In womenÂ´s race Ethiopian title defender Sule Utura
Gedo is the top name with Kenyan Priscila Jepleting and PortugalÂ´s Marisa
Barros. Home runners will be headed by steeple record holder Sophie Duarte.
(ETH): Another legend of athletics Haile Gebrselassie who will run 10 km on Friday in Angola noted on his twitter: “In Ethiopia
we celebrate Christmas in January and new year in september, but for now I wish
you all a merry christmas and a great 2011!”
BACK IN GOOD TRAINING
SPALA (POL): Pole vault world
champion Anna Rogowska is back in good training after injuries in 2010 and
wants to compete during the indoor season. “I want to fight for a medal at
European Indoor Championships in Paris,”
she was quoted by Polish media. Before Christmas she was having her training in
the Polish Olympic Center in Spala where are the best indoor conditions in the
country. One of her competitions will be PedroÂ´s Cup in Bydgoszcz on February 16.
(GBR): Athletics Ireland
informs that newly crowned European CC junior champion Charlotte Purdue will be
competing in next month’s Antrim IAAF International Cross Country at Greenmount
on January 22nd. The event is organised by Athletics Northern Ireland and
sponsored by Antrim Borough Council while still part of the UK wide McCain
Cross Challenge. An amount of 15,000 USD is on offer in prize money this year
for the senior races. The opposition will include Ethiopian Aheza Kiros (Mary
Cullen who won last year is not racing because of a broken collar bone). Also
announced for Greenmount is top GB cross country runner Andy Vernon. He will
have it tough at 8 km
against Ethiopians Ali Abdosh and Dejene Gebremeskel.
FORMIA (ITA): Coach Vitaliy
Petrov said for the Russian Athletics Federation website that Yelena
Isinbayeva‘s preparations for her return to the sport are far from perfect.
Isinbayeva trains most of the time in Italy
and from time to time in Monaco
but with the cold weather and the rain her outdoor training is being hampered.
Isinbayeva is doing a lot of jump sessions outdoors and only does small
upcoming middle distance talent Imana Truyers (17) will undergo surgery on the
knee. The junior athlete sustained the injury when falling down during her race
at the European cross country championships. The knee ligaments were ruptured
to the third degree but Truyers still managed to continue and finish 17th in
the race, report Belgian media.
PARIS (FRA): A group of elite
French pole vaulters is back in France
after a training camp in the island
of RÃ©union. The group,
among others with Renaud Lavillenie, Romain Mesnil, Damiel Dossevi and Vanessa
Boslak, had a highly succesful training camp and praised the great conditions
in which they trained on athle.com.
(JAM): MVP athletes Sherone Simpson, Shericka Williams and Trishina McGowan
brought christmas to the Walker’s Home of Safety
when giving away christmas gifts to the children at the home. 400m hurdler
McGowan came up with the idea and got her teammates involved in the project
(ITA): Rome has
launched a campaign to promote its bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic
Games. With the new scheme ‘schools for Rome 2020’ the city aims at
getting local students enthusiastic about the bid. The goal of the programme is
to actively involve schools in the city’s candidature and help spread awareness
of the importance of sports and the Olympic spirit of competition writes
(TUR): Turkish Youth and Sports Director Yunus Akgul has called hosting the
Olympic Games in Istanbul
is a priority task for the country. Akgul mentionned the special attention
sports have been receiving in Turkey
as the country hosted several major sporting events reports Trend.
LONDON (GBR): West Ham United vice-chairman
Karren Brady said rivals Tottenham Hotspurs are not welcome in the area of the
2012 Olympic Stadium. West Ham United are the favourites to take over the
Olympic Stadium after the London Games but Tottenham’s bid seems increasingly
strong and financially more viable writes Insidethegames. “Spurs are trying to
muscle in where they are not wanted” Brady was quoted.
LAUSANNE (SUI): IOC President Jacques Rogge
has called 2010 a
good year for the IOC and marked the success of the Olympic Winter Games in
Vancouver and the inaugural Youth Olympic Games but also mourns the loss of
Juan Antonio Samaranch in 2010. For 2011 Rogge wants to continue safeguarding
the sport from doping and corruption and is looking forward to the first Winter
Youth Olympic Games and the selection of the host city of the 2018 Olympic
Winter Games. Rogge also is looking forward to opening more Olympic Youth
Development Centres and awaits the visit of the Secretary-General of the United
Nations Ban Ki-Moon in January 2011.
BERLIN (GER): Congratulations to agent and
track journalist Marisa Reich, her daughter Mailin was born on December 17.
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica Gleaner
writes that having upgraded the JN International Invitational meet to IAAF World
Challenge status, the sport’s world governing body has also committed 30 000
USD as for every other meet in the series towards the staging of the event,
which will run at the National Stadium on May 7 next year. Additionally, it has
also been revealed that the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) was
originally approached by the IAAF ahead of this year’s staging of the meet,
with the idea of an upgrade. However, certain proposed changes to the meet
structure and the number of events that could be run, forced careful
consideration from the administration. “We had the opportunity to have the meet
upgraded from this year, but it was something that we were reluctant to really
take on at that time given the number of events and the types of events that
they (IAAF) normally wants to see and there were other little things that we
felt would affect the way we have been running our meet in the past,” said JAAA
President Howard Aris.
MADRID (ESP): El Pais writes that antidoping
experts of IAAF have for years seen in Marta DomÃnguez’s blood profile too much
correctness, and far too little variation. As a result they didn’t think twice
about including her on a list of suspicious athletes, athletes whom they were
sure were doping, based on indirect findings, but for whom they still lacked
absolute proof. In an attempt to find the exact substance whose effects they
could clearly see in the tests, the IAAF had this select group of suspicious
athletes undergo an increased number of antidoping controls. The IAAF’s
suspicions weren’t solely due to the predictable chart that could be traced
from DomÃnguez’s hematocrit values over the course of years, which were always
the same and predicable and well within permitted limits. Rather, these
suspicious also came out of the fact that even before the 2008 Beijing
Olympics, the IAAF had received warning from the Spanish Federation that
DomÃnguez had begun working with CÃ©sar PÃ©rez, the hurdling coach who has since
been charged in Operation Greyhound, writes LetÂ´s Run translated from El Pais.
(IND): India’s new track sensation Ashwini
Akkunji claimed lack of corporate sponsorship even after winning two gold
medals in last month’s Asian Games but still remains upbeat about a podium
finish in the 2012 London Olympics. Ashwini wants to become the first Indian
woman athlete to win an individual gold in the Olympics but for that to happen
she said she needs money to compete in the European circuit and top IAAF
events. “I need to compete in the European circuit, in big events like Diamond
League of the IAAF to improve upon my timing before the London Games. For that
I need financial support but corporate sponsorship is not coming. I am looking
for that,” said Ashwini, who won gold in 400m hurdles and helped the 4x400m relay
team to win a yellow metal in the Asian Games. Indian media are writing. Her
best is 56.15.
PORT OF SPAIN
(TRI): World Junior 400 m
hurdles champion Jehue Gordon and double Continental Cup winner Kelly-Ann
Baptiste won the Trinidad Guardian Newspapers Sports desk Male and Female
Sports Personality awards for 2010. Unlike Gordon, Baptiste was unable to
attend the awards function held a the company’s office, St Vincent Street, Port of Spain,
Trinidad on Thursday 23 December, to collect
her award. Writes TrackAlerts.
PARIS (FRA): Sports media group
LÂ´Ã‰quipe has named triple European gold medalist sprinter Christoph Lemaitre
the Champion des Champions in France
in the year 2010.
MOSCOW (RUS): The board of Russian Athletics
Federation at is meeting on December 24 approved expected budget for 2011 worth
of 118 millions of rubles. That is nearly 4 millions USD.
LONDON (GBR): The Queen has made sport the
focus of her Christmas Day message this year, giving a massive boost as the
countdown to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic really begins. Writes
(IND): India’s federal investigators have
searched the residences of Suresh Kalmadi, the chairman of Delhi 2010, as it
continued its investigations into alleged corruption at the Commonwealth Games.
OMSK (RUS, Dec 25): At Bulatov Memorial
indoor meet European champion Mariya Savinova won the 600 m in 1:29.43 ahead of
Yevgeniya Zinurova (1:30.64). Last year at the same meet Savinova was quicker
(1:28.45). Mariya Bolikova posted 7.30 at 60 m and Irina Maracheva was the best in the 2000 m race in solid
5:48.23. Second was Yelena Zadorozhnaya with 5:50.18 and third Olesya Syreva
5:50.40. In the menÂ´s 2000 m
Ivan Tukhtachev got 5:13.95 with veteran Vyacheslav Shabunin third (5:18.49).
Fastest over 60 m
was Mikhail Idrisov (6.79).
ITEN (KEN, Dec 24): Former
world junior champion Rose Kosgei won the Shoe4Africa 5 km race in Kenya after 16:34. As Hardloop
Krant informs second Alice Timbilil clocked 16:349 and third Jepchirchir
Cheruiyot 16:59. At this Christmas race prizes were given by Florence Kiplagat,
Sylvia Kibet, Janet Jepkosgei, Viola Kibiwott, Peninah Arusei, Wilson Kipsang,
Wilson Kiprop and Mo Farah.
(LTU, Dec 25): The 35th jubilee New YearÂ´s Eve race in the streets of Vilnius saw Violeta
Godlewska winning the 12 km
in 46:49, in the menÂ´s category Mantas Diliunas posted 38:00. Around 500