Usain Bolt in Ostrava, May 31, 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net
The crowds will be at the EXXON Bislett this Thursday in Oslo, Norway for the top quality athletes who will be running on the fifth stop of the 2011 Samsung Diamond League series!
GATESHEAD GETS EURO TEAMS 2013
(GER): European Athletics has awarded the 2013 European Team
Championships to the English city of Gateshead. The European Athletics
Council made the decision Monday afternoon after UK Athletics and the
City of Gateshead presented their candidacy to host the 4th edition of
the Super League. Gateshead will host European Athletics’ flagship team
event for the first time after hosting its predecessor, the SPAR
European Cup, in 1989 and 2000. Braunschweig (Germany), Bydgoszcz
(Poland), Gateshead and Ostrava (Czech Republic), made their final
presentations to the European Athletics Council in Frankfurt during its
129th meeting on Monday – the first time four cities had made it to the
final stage of the bidding process for a European Athletics event.
Informs EA in a release.
(NOR): The organisers of EXXON Mobil Bislett Games, the 5th stop of
Samsung Diamond League welcomed on Monday the superstar Usain Bolt. He
runs on Thursday his first 200 m of the year in his debut at the meet.
In the start list his closest rival could be home star Jaisuma Saidy
Ndure with 19.89 national record (2007) and 20.26 season best from Pre
Classic what is also European lead 2011. On the other hand they also
received news from World and European javelin champion Andreas
Thorkildsen that he will not be able to throw at Bislett Games. “I can
not exactly say I’m surprised that this message comes, for I have been
quite involved in this case, and gut feeling told me that he was not
going to reach our event, “meet director Steinar Hoen was quoted by
Norwegian News Agency NTB. Hoen also added that the meet is virtually
sold out, only few hundred of tickets are left. Thorkildsen could be
back for Kuortane Meet on June 25 and Lausanne DL on June 30 but not for
European Team Championships in Turkey. In other issue a great women 800
m field was announced with two last world champions Caster Semenya and
Janeth Jepkosgei with European Champion Mariya Savinova, Briton Jennifer
Meadows and Rabat winner Halima Hachlaf. NorwayÂ´s Ingvill Makestad who
clocked last weekend national mark at 1000 m in Floro will chase her own
NR 1:59.82 from last year in Zagreb.
HOFFA WON DESPITE ACCIDENT
(USA): Registerguard.com informs that 2007 shot put world champ and
current world leader Reese Hoffa felt his training was on schedule for
the shot put in the Prefontaine Classic, but then an accident in his
basement weight room took a chunk out of his left foot just 48 hours
before he entered the ring at Hayward Field. “I knew as soon as I did
it, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,'” Hoffa said. “In my mind I had to be
perfect to compete with these guys. Six guys over 21 meters, this is one
tough competition.” But he still won with 21.67 m. “I was anticipating
only taking one throw, getting over 21 meters, make it respectable and
then rest and watch the rest of the competition,” Hoffa said. “Take
fourth or fifth and be happy with that. After my second throw, I thought
I better keep throwing because I have a chance to win it.” Hoffa said
he stepped on a piece of metal underneath the air-conditioning unit in
the weight room of his Athens, Ga., home on Thursday. The accident cut
one toe and left a gash in the ball of his foot. The foot was still
bleeding Friday when Hoffa had to run to make one of the three
connecting flights for his cross-country trip to the meet.
(ESP): Family of former long jump champion Yago Lamela have released
that the Spanish athlete has been admitted in a closed institution as
the former European indoor long jump record holder is suffering from a
LAUSANNE (SUI): The IOC is meeting in
Laussanne to decide which channel should broadcast the Olympic Games
after London 2012 in the USA. A figure of more than 4 billion dollar
could be tabled by one of the major United States television networks.
Representatives from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Fox Sports, Walt Disney
Co. comapny ESPN with ABC, and Comcast’s NBC Universal will all be
making presentations to the IOC at the Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne
about their proposed Olympic coverage writes Insidethegames.
LONDON (GBR): Sebastian Coe has
claimed that many of the problems that have overwhelmed FIFA and its
President Sepp Blatter recently could have been avoided if they had
adopted anti-corruption World Cup bidding reforms he had proposed more
than two years ago. Coe was appointed as the first-ever chairman of
FIFA’s Ethics Committee when it was set-up in 2006 but stepped down in
February 2009 to avoid a conflict of interests because he was involved
in England’s disastrous bid to host the 2018 World Cup. During his
period there Coe had sought to introduce new rules to avoid the kind of
allegations that have rocked FIFA in recent weeks reports
BRUSSELS (BEL): European triple jump
bronze medalist Svetlana Bolshakova may miss the World Championships in
August. Bolshakova sustained an injury to her heel when competing in
Rabat oon Sunday and doctors fear she might have ruptured her achilles
tendon. The Belgian athlete will undergo more examinations before more
information will be released reports sporza.be.
NEW DELHI (IND): Commonwealth Games
gold medallist discus thrower Krishna Poonia returns to action this week
with her eyes firmly set on London Olympics. Poonia had been sidelined
for over 6 months with a knee injury but now makes her return on June
11th at the National Inter-state Athletics Meet in Bangalore confirms
LONDON (GBR): Strong words by UK
Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee is he expressed his optimism
that Mo Farah can build on his stellar 10,000 metres performance at the
Prefontaine Classic by winning medals at this summer’s World
Championships and at the London Olympics. The Dutchman described Farah’s
victory in Eugene, Oregon, as “truly world-class” after he shattered
the British and European 10,000m records writes The Telegraph.
LONDON (GBR): Latest Pat ButcherÂ´s blog at www.globerunner.org: Farah sets the pace.
BUENOS AIRES (ARG,
Jun 5): Last day of 47th South American Championships had Brazil male
relay wins 39.87 and 3:08.95. In women relays Colombia beat in 44.11 the
Brazilian team (44.56). In the 4×400 m Brazil was clear (3:31.66). More
Brazil golds at 10 000 m (Giovani dos Santos 28:41.02 and Simone Alves
31:59.11 second SAm runner under 32 and silver winner Rosa Godoy
clocking 32:51.10 NR for Argentina). Also Fabio Gomes fulfilled his
favorite role in pole vault (535). Colombia got three wins as Arley
Ibarguen and Maria Murillo won the javelin (73.61 and 55.85) and in the
women 20 km walk by Ingrid Hernandez (1:32:09.4 – continental record for
track walking). Remaining wins for Peru (Jorge McFarlane 795 in long
jump) and Ecuador (Andres Chocho 1:20:23.8 in the 20 km walk what was
South American record for track walk over Gustavo Restrepo 1:20:36.6 and
Yerko Ayala of Chile 1:20:47.2). Brazil was the best country in medals
(21-16-14), Colombia and Argentina followed.
LAGOS (NGR, Jun 5): Obinna Metu won the 100 m at national Golden League meet in 10.27.
KAMLOOPS (CAN, Jun 5): US Hammer thrower Kibwe Johnson continues in solid shape as he won here with 78.10.
Jun 5): Moroccan Abdellah Taghrafet won the 15 km international road
race (24th edition) in 43:31 over Eritrean Kiflom Sium 44.19. Best woman
was Kenyan Winnie Jepkemoi (50:12).
LODZ (POL, Jun
5): Kenyan Sammy Limo won the Lodz Marathon in 2:16:39, best woman was
Belarus Maryan Damantsevich (2:42:20) in close finish over Agnieszka
Janasiak (also 2:42:20).
(USA, Jun 5): The big story of 14th San Diego Marathon was in the
women’s race. Buzunesh Deba, the Bronx-based Ethiopian who won the Honda
LA Marathon last March, bolted through the first half in 69:20,
accompanied by friend and compatriot Misiker Mekonnin Demissie. Deba
broke Demissie and, although she slowed down in the second half,
nonetheless ran an event record 2:23:31, the fastest ever marathon run
in the State of California by a woman. Mekonnin got a personal best in
second place (2:25:21). Third Helena Kirop 2:27:01 ahead of Russian
Olena Shurkhno 2:28:34. Male winner Negari Terfa of Ethiopia achieved
2:11:18 over his team-mate Tesfaye Sendiku 2:12:23 and best Kenyan
Gilbert Chepkwony 2:12:50. In the men’s half-marathon, Meb Keflezighi
was an easy winner after Martin Lel dropped out. Running 1:02:50, he won
by about three minutes. Informs RRW.
(NED, Jun 5): Fast 10 km at the Witserloot Dakrun by Philip Langat in
27:54, women winner Moroccan Rkia El Moukim got 33:02. From RRW.
Jun 4-5): World medalist Trond Nymark won two events at Norwegian
walking championships. On Saturday on the track the 10 000 m in 41:44.3
and on Sunday the 20 km on the road (1:25:44). Kjersti Tysse Platzer was
the best in the 5000 m track walk 24:44.2 after she ended her
international career in autumn 2009.
CORK (IRL, Jun
6): Irish Marathon champion Sergiu Ciobanu defended his Cork Marathon
title in new course record 2:25:34. Women winner was a masters runner
Angela McCann with 2:53:31. Around 8500 participants were registered in
(USA): Note that Amy Weissenbach (correct spelling) is a 16-year-old HS
junior (one more year of HS eligibility), and her time (2:02.04 at 800
m) is number 2 among world juniors, number 1 among world youth, and
faster than any US collegian or NCAA entrant.
COPENHAGEN (DEN): The meet reported over the weekend was held on June 3 and 4.
(MAR): Other estimation of Rabat crowd recieved by EME NEWS was at 30
000 level. The capacity is 46 000, and it was about 2/3 full at its
peak. And it was a terrific crowd as well, very lively. Informs EME NEWS
RABAT (MAR): Correction in 3000 m
results is that second was not Sylvia Kibet but Priscah Jepleting in
8:47.15. Kibet was 5th (8:51.31).