Harting's Dream: Throw Across a River! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Robert Harting is not a man who shies away from competition. He is also not shy around his fans, and realizes, as do most modern athletes, that if you entertain the fans, your sport grows.
So, Robert Hartings' current idea, to throw something across a river, makes a lot of sense! Could be a lot of fun, and great on TV! Heck, it has to be more enjoyable that watching the current TV detritus focused on half wits from state of  New Jersey.

Robert Harting, 2009 WC Berlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

Then, there is Sergei Bubka's comments on the 2017 London World Champs bid. In a moment of frankness that is most unusual for a VP in the IAAF, Bubka noted the obvious. London has pulled out of two bids for the World Champs: both 2005 and 2015. The 2017 bid makes sense, but how will the IAAF respond? And will the possible runs by either Mr. Bubka or Mr. Coe as successsors to President Diack play any role in 2017? Stay tuned, gentle readers.


BERLIN (GER): Disucs world champion Robert Harting has urged organizers to come up with new competition formats and ways of entertaining the public. The German athlete would be prepared to meet the public and competing in events organized in public spaces, as some of the pole vault events do. The 26-year old believes competition could be more attractive for television when there are smaller fields which makes it easier to follow for the general public, Harting said for leichtathletik.de. He even proposed throwing over the Spree river in Berlin. Throws with 60, 65 or 70 meters will do it in a special place in Berlin.


          Robert Harting after winning the 2009 WC in Berlin, photo by PhotoRun.net


TEMPE (USA): 32nd Sun Angel Classic meet will have a special guest World indoor champion Dwain Chambers from Great Britain. He will run the 100 m on Saturday. In the start list is also one of the fastest collegians Rakieem Salaam with last indoor season improvement to 6.54 at 60 m.


              Dwain Chambers, 2011 Euro Indoors, March 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net


AUCKLAND (NZL): Athletics New Zealand has announced the initial selections for the World Championships in Daegu. Four athletes named are shot put title defender Valerie Adams, javelin thrower Stuart Farquhar, middle distance runner Nikki Hamblin and hurdler Andrea Miller. Further selections will be announced in June and the final team selection will be announced after 8 August.



LONDON (GBR): Sergey Bubka has claimed that London's bid to host the 2017 IAAF World Championships will be harmed by Britain's three previous failures to secure the event. Britain's bid to host the 2003 Championships were shelved after plans to build an athletics track in the new national stadium at Wembley were abandoned and despite London being awarded the 2005 Championships, the city pulled out of staging them because then Prime Minister Tony Blair backtracked on the promised that the Government would build a brand new stadium at Picketts Lock. The latest failure for the 2015 World Championships came at the end of last year after the Government claimed they were unable to commit to backing the bid because of uncertainty over the future of the Olympic Stadium. Bubka says the trio of disasters is damaging for Britain's bid to host the 2017 Championships. "I can't speak for all of my colleagues at the IAAF but this is not positive for Great Britain. When you pull out a third time, serious questions must be asked and it is understandable that the IAAF grow tired of this". Bubka was quoted on Insidethegames.



OSTRAVA (CZE): One of the first non-English Usain Bolt books My Story: 9.58 will be published in Czech language. Organisers of Ostrava Golden Spike meeting where Usain comes since 2006 (and missed only 2007) together with a Czech publishing house decided to agree with the publishers. The translation is nearly finished and the book will be ready by the time of Ostrava Meeting on May 31. "We hope Usain will read for us some parts in Czech language," said meeting director Jan Zelezny with a smile. Bolt also commented on that: "I am delighted that my autobiography Usain Bolt 9.58 My Story will be translated into Czech. This will give my Czech Republic fans a chance to read about my life growing up in Jamaica and my journey to the 2008 Beijing Olympics."



DAEGU (KOR): The 3rd Daegu International Marathon on Sunday will have strong elite field. Kenyans should rule in the men competition. Elijah Keitany has 2:06:41 from Amsterdam 2009 and also has 2:09:19 from last Frankfurt. Former track world champion Richard Limo clocked sub 2:10 every year since running his first marathon in 2007 and 2:06:45 as the fastest. Elias Kemboi is having 2:07:04 from Frankfurt 2010 as third and Felix Keny 2:07:36 being second last year in Barcelona. Japanese Takeshi Hamano is having 2:09:18 on his credit and best European is Ukrainian Oleksandr Sitkovskiy with 2:10:18. Home Ji Young-yun the Asian Games winner will also run. In total 16 runners in the entry list are having sub 2:10 bests. In women race Ethiopians are the favorites. Atsede Bayisa was fifth in Dubai in January (2:25:08) but has 2:22:04 best from winning Paris last year. Atsede Habtamu was better in Dubai this year (2:24:26) and Alemitu Abera registered 2:27:56 last year in Istanbul. Best Kenyan is Irene Jerotich (2:28:57), best European Russian Yelena Sokolova (2:28:01) and best Japanese Yuko Machida (2:29:35). A total of 15,000 marathoners consisting of 300 elite athletes and 14,700 amateurs are expected to participate. The course is the same as planned for World Championships marathon. Elite athletes will be required to complete a 15km-loop twice, and a 12.195km loop once. The Marathon will start and finish at the historic Gukchae-bosang Memorial Park in downtown Daegu.







DAEGU (KOR): IAAF Council meeting held in Daegu from Saturday till Monday will as one of the main issues establish the qualification standards for Olympic Games 2012. Also first calendar for 2012 should be approved.


MADRID (ESP): Competitor Group (CGI) has announced an agreement with the Madrid Marathon and the global expansion of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series. The 'Maratón de Rock 'n' Roll Madrid' is set to become the famous Rock 'n' Roll series' first international event in 2012. The deal includes retaining the existing Madrid Marathon operations team, Elipse Iniciativas, to compliment CGI's marketing expertise. The event's rebranding as part of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series will focus on providing an enhanced on-course entertainment experience for runners.


YAOUNDE (CMR): Cameroon's Hamad Kalkaba Malboum is heading for a 3rd term as president of the African Confederation as he stands as the only candidate for the position. The AAC elective congress will be held on April 17-18 in Yaounde. Informs African Athletics facebook.


MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF announced further 'free to air' broadcasting deals in five European territories. Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia and Turkey deals have been concluded by IEC in Sports, IAAF's exclusive media rights agency for Europe and Africa, for the 2011-2013 IAAF World Athletic Series. With the announcement of these latest five territories, IEC in Sports has now completed broadcasting agreements in over 70 territories. In Europe the agreements are with EBU members in all but two territories and on a 'free to air' basis in all but one territory, Cyprus. Informs IAAF.


DUBLIN (IRL): Europe's leading cross-country runners Briton Charlotte Purdue and Ukrainian Sergey Lebid lead the fields for Spar Great Ireland Run on Sunday at 10 km. The top European finisher in Punta Umbria Purdue will compete against Ethiopian Berhane Adere. Also running home stars Fionualla Britton and Mary Cullen along with Hungarian Aniko Kalovics. Ireland´s Martin Fagan, Spanish Jesus Espana, recently improved on the track Rui Silva of Portugal are other male top names. The event serves also as Irish road 10 km championships. With help from Athletics Weekly.


AUSTIN (USA): Sanya Richards-Ross will be followed by Get Up Sports Radio in the build up to the IAAF World Championships in Daegu. 'Defending the dream' is an exclusive series of interviews that will include Richards-Ross training, pre/post race analysis, goals, game plan and life. She plans to run the 4x400 m on Saturday at Texas Relays in case her team will have enough top runners available.


NEW YORK (USA): A 30 million dollar slander lawsuit against the US Anti-Doping Agency, filed by Trevor Graham,  has been dismissed. According to Federal judge James Fox his court lacked jurisdiction to hear claims by Trevor Graham, who said USADA had slandered him based on allegations he gave performance enhancing drugs to athletes and affiliated his name with the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative doping scandal. Graham was banned from coaching for life by the USADA in 2008 reports Eurosports.


NEW ORLEANS (USA): Women world cross country champion, Vivian Cheruiyot might be competing at the Crescent City Classic 10k on April 23 in New Orleans with the aim of breaking the world record over the distance. Cheruiyot, who clocked a strong 31:02.07 in her debut 10 000 m in Spain last Saturday expressed her desire to lower Britain's Paula Radcliffe 30:21 all time best in women's 10k. "I'm going to prepare and try to break the world record in 10k in the USA later this month then I will focus on the Diamond League," Cheruiyot was quoted on Capital Sports.


MELBOURNE (AUS): With just one week to go before the 89th Australian Championships Athletics Australia has revealed almost 700 athletes are set to compete at Melbourne Olympic Park. With the championships doubling as the selection trial for the IAAF world championships in Daegu, Australia's best track and field stars will be keen to ensure that they have both the qualifying standard and the national crown, which is needed for the automatic selection. this year's Championships also marks the last time the event will be held at Melbourne Olympic Park as athletics in Victoria prepares to move to a new, state-of-the-art venue at Albert Park reports Athletics Australia.


BUDAPEST (HUN): Before this weekend´s huge marathon Sunday Dubai leads in the All-Athletics.com marathon rankings 2011. Second is Tokyo ahead of Rome. In special men order Lake Biwa is the number one ahead of Tokyo and Dubai and in the women marathon ranking Dubai leads ahead of Yokohama and Rome. But this might change after this weekend. More details on www.all-athletics.com.


DES MOINES (USA): Olympic pole vaulter, Derek Miles is used to an occasional twist - but even he's intrigued by the Drake Relays co-ed competition April 27 at Jordan Creek Town Center. Miles will be among the elite male and female vaulters who will be paired into teams for a unique competition in the West Des Moines mall. Miles will also compete solo as part of an invitational event April 30 at Drake Stadium. The pairings for the mall event are interesting: Miles/Steiner-Bennett, Hollis/Owen, B. Walker/Hutson, J. Scott/Holliday, Lanaro/Schwartz. Writes Des Moines Register.







AUSTIN (USA, Apr 7): Second day of Texas Relays saw Leo Manzano winning an 800 m invitational race in 1:47.89 ahead of Kenyan Jackson Kivuna 1:48.17. NCAA indoor 5th placer Michael Morrison scored 7921 points in decathlon, his personal best. Also women heptathlon winner improved to lifetime best, Chelsea Carrier to 5927 points. Puerto-Rican Jamele Mason clocked in heats of 400 m hurdles 49.97.




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