Rudisha to Debut at 1,000 meters at 50th Golden Spike (Ostrava), by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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David Rudisha, 2010 Rieti, World Record at 800 meters, photo by

David Rudisha, the revelation at the end of 2010, will be fascinating to watch in 2011! At the 50th Golden Spike, in Ostrava, Mr. Rudisha will venture 2 1/2 times around the track! Let's see what he can do! (Usain Bolt is running in Ostrava already!)


OSTRAVA (CZE): World record holder and IAAF AOY 2010 Kenyan David Rudisha will make his 1000 m debut at the jubilee 50th Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting on May 31. Organizers announced at a press conference. It will be his fourth appearance in the Czech city (second in 2008 and winner in 2009 and 2010). The event itself will also be staged for first time. "I'm very happy to be running again in Ostrava. It is a good meeting; of course one of my favourites. This year it's exciting for me to be running a new distance; my first time to try 1000 meters. I understand why people might ask me about the world record but really I can't talk of this yet.....I aim to run a strong race and to run well but I think it is not realistic to think of world record for my first attempt at the distance. Maybe in the future I can come back to do this in Ostrava," Rudisha said in a statement for the organizers. After two races in Australia (1:43.88 and 1:44:80) he plans two competitions before Ostrava. In Doha and in Rome Rudisha will check his 800 m shape. Russian world´s top high jumper Ivan Ukhov is well known in Czech Republic, but from indoor competitions. Now he will for first time jump outdoors in Ostrava. Organizers are hoping he may attack the meet (231) or stadium (232) records. The Russian who was undefeated last indoor season will debut outdoors in Ostrava. His indoor debuts in last two years were remarkable (237 and 238 in Hustopece). But it should be admitted, his outdoor best is 236. His main rival will be home star Jaroslav Baba who won silver at European Indoor Championships. Baba now lives in Prague but comes from Ostrava area and trained at the City Stadium of Ostrava since beginning of his career for 10 years. Men´s high jump will be staged at the meet for first time since 2007. Third top name announced is "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius from South Africa for the 400 m. He recently improved to excellent 45.61 what is Daegu B-qualifier. "I am very excited to be competing in Ostrava, I have never had the opportunity to compete there yet and I know the organizers have been trying to get me to compete here for the past couple of seasons and I am glad this time round the dates could work out. I know the field will be strong in the 400m and the race tough but I will most certainly look to try and achieve the IAAF A standard in Ostrava and give it my best. I have only followed the meeting on TV here in SA and it always seem such a great meet to compete in with the crowd always supporting the athletes," the Paralympic gold medalist said for the organizers. Pistorius will race this weekend at South African Championships and plans before Ostrava to compete at Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.



VIENNA (AUT): A group of strong Kenyans have been signed for the 28th edition of the Vienna City Marathon on 17th April. Among them is the former IAAF World Half Marathon Champion Paul Kirui. While the Kenyans are expected to target the 2:07:38 course record they will additionally give Haile Gebrselassie quite a run through the Austrian capital. Ethiopia's superstar will be competing in the half marathon and run a unique chase race. The elite marathon runners will get a head start and it will be Haile's aim to catch them before he finishes his half marathon. The time difference at the start has yet to be determined. More than 30,000 runners have already entered the various events of the Vienna City Marathon. One of his strongest opponents will be Patrick Ivuti. Isaac Macharia is another experienced marathon runner who will compete in the Vienna City Marathon. Actually his best result so far came in a race with Haile Gebrselassie. When the Ethiopian took the Dubai Marathon in 2008 with 2:04:53 the Kenyan was second in 2:07:16. Joseph Ngeny and Wilson Kigen could also play a part when it comes to determining the Vienna City Marathon champion.



VILNIUS (LTU): Unfortunately the doping case of Lithuanian long distance runner Zivile Balciunaite (32) is confirmed. She is banned for two years, the Lithuanian Athletics Federation informed after the meeting of its disciplinary committee. She won the marathon at European Championships in Barcelona with 2:31:14 but will now be disqualified and forced to return the gold medal. Agencies are writing that her test in Barcelona showed a deviation from the allowed ratio between the male sex hormone testosterone and epitestosterone. Balciunaite was provisionally banned already end of last year. Her ban will end on Sep 6, 2012 and that means she will miss also Olympic Games in London. The lawyers of the runners are considering an appeal to CAS in Lausanne. Gold medal from European Championships Marathon will so go to Russian Nailya Yulamanova, silver for Italian Anna Incerti and bronze for Ukrainian Tetyana Filonyuk.







ISTANBUL (GBR): British coach John Trower will be technical adviser to Turkish javelin talent Fatih Avan till 2012 London Games. He will arrive to Turkey in late April for one week and after that will in different time frames support the young thrower and his coach Metin Altintas. In similar position is helping in Turkey for hammer throwers Slovenian Vladimir Kevo, the former coach of olympic gold medalist Primoz Kozmus. The 22 years old Avan improved in March at European Cup Winter Throwing to national record 80.19 m.


KINGSTON (JAM): Track superstar Usain Bolt continues to make headlines in the international press. Bolt is to appear in a feature story in VIBE Magazine, the popular and highly regarded urban American music and lifestyle publication. This comes on the heels of recent articles in the British publications News & Star and This Is London. Hip hop star '50 Cent' is featured on the issue's cover and it also includes a story on reggae legend Bob Marley. Bolt on his facebook is now very close to 4 millions fans.


LAUSANNE (SUI): March was an action-packed month for European athletes, with the European Cup Winter Throwing in Sofia, IAAF World Cross Country Championships and a number of race walking and road races across the continent. The highly successful European Athletics Indoor Championships in Paris also took place early last month but performances at the event were taken into account during voting for February's European Athlete of the Month. Following this, European Athletics is pleased to announce these athletes from 14 countries have been nominated for the European Athlete of the Month award for March. The voting will close on Monday 18 April at noon.


PARIS (FRA) : The French Athletics Federation (FFA) has signed a convention against homophobia in sports. The convention was proposed by the French Minister of Sport and urges the FFA to help in the fight against homophobia and discrimination in general.


BERLIN (GER) : The German national championships will be televised on the national television channels ARD and ZDF. ARD takes care of the broadcasting on Saturday July 23rd, while ZDF will televise the event on Sunday July 24th. In total the event will be televised for over 4 hours reports


BERLIN (GER): After her disappointing display at the Berlin Half Marathon Sabrina Mockenhaupt wrote on her website she wants to forget the race as soon as possible. Mockenhaupt stressed that her early exit from the race had nothing to do with injury but admits she suffered from the heat and went out too fast. The German athlete now wants to refocus, forget about the race and will announce a new competition soon.


LONDON (GBR): David Bedford, the race director of the Virgin London Marathon, has quit his position as manager of the 2012 Olympic marathon because of his "frustration" with the Games organizers. Bedford's colleague at the London Marathon, chief executive Nick Bitel, has revealed that the 61-year-old former world 10,000 meters record holder stood down from his Olympic role in February. "We are a professional business run by professionals and it was very difficult to work for another organisation who in the main have never organised an event of their own." Bedford was quoted. Bedford also described the handling of the decision to cut out East End boroughs from the marathon route as "appalling" writes Insidethegames.


MADRID (ESP): President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Marisol Casado has been appointed chair of a worldwide project to create a Global Framework for Recognition of Coaching Competence and Qualifications reports Insidethegames. The announcement was made by the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) at its 35th General Assembly. Marisol Casado along with Patrick Baumann, Secretary General of the International Basketball Federation, were elected as new Council Members of ASOIF. Dr Hassan Moustafa, President of the International Handball Federation, was re-elected. Pat McQuaid, President of UCI remains Vice-President. ASOIF thanked outgoing Council Members, Bruno Grandi and Bob Elphinston for their great contribution during the last years. ASOIF head Denis Oswald said the calendar of events is already full and is not seeing place for new European Games.


LONDON (GBR): International sports federations will be insured for up to 100 million dollar in the event the 2012 London Olympics are canceled because of war or terrorism. Andrew Ryan, director of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations, says the 26 sports on the Olympic program will pay in into the policy.


LONDON (GBR): WADA's chief executive David Howman said these athletes try to manipulate their drug test results by drinking two liters or more of water diluting the test results to such a degree they are no longer able to provide a positive case. Howman also suggested that the collection and testing of back-up B samples should be scrapped in order to save time and money in the fight against drugs writes The Telegraph.


LONDON (GBR): New guidelines over athletes' gender at the London 2012 Olympics will be announced by the International Olympic Committee. In an attempt to avoid any embarrassing repetition of the Caster Semenya case, the IOC's executive board, who are meeting in London, will agree on the new guidelines and the testing regime for determining gender. Prof Arne Ljunqvist, head of the IOC's medical commission, is expected to appear at a news conference to explain the new rules following the meeting.


NEW YORK (USA): Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles says he will revisit his track-and-field career should the NFL lockout drag on for months. Charles, who was a track All-American at the University of Texas, participated most notably in the 400 meter hurdles. In this event he won a bronze medal at World Youth Championships 2003 in Sherbrooke and in 2006 posted 10.23 in the 100 m. He also said he has talked with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson and Titans running back Chris Johnson about joining him on the track-and-field circuit this summer.


AMSTERDAM (NED): Kenyan Eliud Kiptanui is one of the favourites for this week's ABN AMRO Rotterdam Marathon. Kiptanui made a great display in his debut marathon in Prague where he ran 2:05.39 but later on disappointed in the marathon of Berlin. Kiptanui is now aiming for a strong performance in Rotterdam even claiming he could one day get close to Haile Gebreselassie's world record writes


FRANKFURT (GER): Representatives of 60 athletics clubs and 45 Member Federations attending the first European Athletics Clubs Conference, which took place in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1-3 April, have called on European Athletics to increase its support for the development of national athletics clubs systems across Europe. In an unanimously adopted communiqué, the 120 participants asked a newly created European Athletics Clubs Working Group to promote the exchange of ideas and best practice with regard to club operations, propose ways to develop the international competition system for clubs and suggest activities that integrate clubs in the delivery of European Athletics' 'Your Sport for Life' strategy.


BERLIN (GER): The organizers of ISTAF meeting in Berlin (Sep 11) is offering 25 percent discount for tickets if bought until May 15. That concerns tickets in categories 2, 3 and 4. In total 60 000 spectators are expected at the most traditional one day meeting in Germany.


ATHENS (GRE): Agencies are informing that Greek sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou won't face maximum sentences if convicted in a perjury trial, under recommendations made in court Tuesday. The Sydney Olympic medalists are on trial, accused of faking a motorcycle accident on the eve of the Athens Games in 2004 after missing a doping test that led to their sporting suspension. The perjury charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Public persecutor Giorgos Petrou urged the court to reduce their sentence if convicted, accusing their coach Christos Tzekos of being primarily responsible. Tzekos denied all allegations for Greek media.







GERMISTON (RSA, Apr 3): Talented Lebogang Moeng improved in the finals at South African U23 Championships to 20.58 (+0.5) in the 200 m. Also impressive the 20.67 (+0.8) by junior champion Wade van Niekerk. Two more top results from U23 category. Cornel Fredericks clocked 48.95 in the 400 m hurdles and Luvo Manyonga leaped to 807 in long jump.


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