Desi Davila, the women who battled to the final steps in 2011 Boston Marathon, will be running 5,000 meters this weekend at the Portland, Oregon Track & Field Festival. And on Saturday, June 11, 2011, across the country, the adidas Grand Prix will be happening at the Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island, right in the center of New York City!
OSLO (NOR): World record track (69 official world
records) will see the next Exxon Mobil Bislett Games on Thursday and all is set
for great athletics evening. Only 300 tickets remained on Wendesday afternoon.
Usain Bolt and his first ever appearance at the meet is the big hit.
Event by event preview
200 m: Bolt runs first 200 of the year, also debuting in Norway. Can he
attack world lead 19.95 of Ashmeade? His closest rival should be home star
Dream mile: Chepseba is back after slight injury, will have it tough
against Keitany, S. Kiplagat, oly champ Kiprop
and in-shape Riseley.
Steeple: Kipruto is ready, but also French Mekhissi-Benabaad wants to
attack 8 minutes what would mean ER, Koech also there but now having many races
110mH: Open race, possibly Merritt against Thomas and Turner.
HJ: Meet director is former HJer so the field is best ever so far this
year: Williams leads
DR with Ukhov, Rybakov, Shustov, Silnov all top Russians in. But Spank
and Ioannou are also jumping well.
LJ: Rutherford for UK
record? Mokoena wants to win too, Eurochamp Reif, but in shape to count with
DT: Kanter looks obvious, Alekna with Cadee should be counted too.
JT: Even without Thorkildsen excellent field with WL holder Vasilevskis,
Pitkamaki, Frydrych, De Zordo. WJR holder Sirmais in first DL of his career.
100 m: Looks like European win, strong Ukrainians Povh and Ryemyen,
Eurochamp Sailer, but fastest this year is Lalova. And home star Okparaebo not
400 m: Montsho comes with Eugene
win. Rosolova is ready, Williams-Mills back from injury, what is the shape of
Firova and Krivoshapka?
800 m: One of the best fields of the meet, world lead a big possibility:
Semenya, Jepkosgei, Savinova, but also Hachlaf and Meadows.
5000 m: Defar the top name is season track debut, also in the race
Melkamu and Eurowinner Alemitu Bekele, world lead could go (V. Cheruyiot is
400mH: Czech Hejnova on paper, shape of Euro gold medallist Antyukh is
PV: Rogowska vs. Murer, another WL possible.
TJ: Saladuha vs. Savigne, first 15+ of the year possible.
SP: Ostapchuk vs. Adams for first time
1500 m: Solid field in the pre-programme with good Africans (G. Rono, N.
Kemboi) against group of Europeans who want to attack Daegu standard.
100mH: Home star Vukicevic is the reason of this event with heats and
ROBLES IN TORINO
TORINO (ITA): Italian star athletes are ready to light up the 12th Primo
Nebiolo Memorial on June 10th in Turin
(EA Premium Meet). European indoor medalists Fabrizio Donato and Simona La Mantia star in the triple
jump. Donato will clash with olympic winner Nelson Evora of Portugal. World
champion 2005 Trecia Smith and Slovak Euro indoor medalist Dana Veldakova are
the rivals for La
Mantia. Simone Collio and Elisa Cusma Piccione lead their
respective events as well. International big names are 110H world record holder
Dayron Robles (main rival US Jeff Porter who improved on Tuesday to 13.34),
Americn Yvette Lewis in women hurdles, now 400m runner Kelly Sotherthon and
Spanish Juan Carlos Higuero in the 1500 m. World leader Aleksey Dmitrik and Greek
Kostadinos Baniotis with Briton Samson Oni go head to head in the high jump.
Great hammer is expected from world leader Aleksey Zagorniy and last weekend
80+ home Nicola Vizzoni. In women javelin European Champion Linda Stihl will
compete with best Italian Zahra Bani. Rabat
winner and Moroccan record holder Aziz Ouhadi is the favorite of the sprint.
WORLD LEAD MILE, LEMAITRE IS ALSO
EUROPEAN U23 RECORD
MONTREUIL (FRA, Jun 7): Additional results from Tuesday
meet include world leading mile of Hind Dehiba in 4:29.59 over Ethiopian
Bertukan Feyisa 4:31.04 and Russian Tatyana Gudkova 4:32.89. MenÂ´s 5000 m was also fast with
Ethiopian Ayele Abshero winning in personal best 13:11.01 over Kenyan Yusuf
Biwott 13:11.19, third Kenyan junior Paul Loyangat 13:11.2, fourth Joseph
Kiplimo 13:13.77 and fifth Ugandan Goeffrey Kusuro with PB 13:14.02. Another
running surprise was still U17 category runner Mohamed Aman of Ethiopia
1:45.74 in the 800 m.
Moroccan Mouhcine El Amine was second 1:46.21 with French Jeff Lastennet third
1:46.25, PB. Belarus
new star Marina Arzamasava won the women 800 m in good 1:59.74. Ukrainian fast sprinters
first time in the summer competed internationally. Marya Ryemyen beat in 11.25
(+0.3) European indoor winner Olesya Povh (11.32) with Veronique Mang third
(11.44). Remaining winners include Zalina Marghieva of Moldova in
hammer 70.18 and Bahamian Michael Mathieu in the 400 m (45.73). Also to note that LemaitreÂ´s 9.96 is European
U23 record, second in pole vault Romain Mesnil cleared good 573 and second at
100m hurdles was Belarus Alina Talai with 12.94.
KLADNO (CZE): Next weeks 5th TNT-Fortuna IAAF Combined Events Challenge
meet in Kladno has secured the participation of heptathlon headliner. Russian
olympic and world indoor medalist Tatyana Chernova is the name. She was second
recently in Gotzis with 6539 points. Organizers hopes she will attack the meet
record 6421 points. In menÂ´s decathlon home legend Roman Sebrle, European
champion Romain Barras, Andrey Kravchenko of Belarus and Cubans are the top
ISTANBUL (TUR): The 66th Cezmi Or Memorial on Saturday
(EA Classic) confirmed the presence of World Indoor Champion Dwain Chambers of Great Britain.
He should fight in the 100 m
with new Turkish representative Ramil Guliyev.
WIEN (AUT): Australian 3:39.68 1500 m runner Brenton Rowe is now eligible to
He will arrive next week from Melbourne and is
ready to compete for Austria
at European Team Championships in Novi
Sad on June 18-19. His grandparents came from Austria. This
January he also clocked 7:57.49 in the 3000 m.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Turkey’s
Meryem Erdogan will be bidding for a double triumph at the European Athletics
U23 Championships in Ostrava
next month the athletes confirmed on the website of the Turkish Athletics
Federation. Erdogan is likely to contest both the 5000m and 10000m. The only
time the distance event double has been done before at the European Athletics
U23 Championships was two years ago when Russia’s Natalya Popkova won both
events writes European Athletics.
PORTLAND (USA): Desiree Davila highlights the
Portland Track Festival on June 10-11. The 2011 Boston Marathon runner-up will
be competing in the 5000m.
Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis has won an uncontested Democratic
primary in a New Jersey
state Senate race. Although he still has legal hurdles ahead before he can
appear on the general election ballot in November writes AP.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): USATF chairman Stephanie
Hightower and USATF chief of sport performance Benita Fitzgerald Mosley have
both told The Associated Press that despite some reservations, the quest for 30
medals at the 2012 Olympic Games is still on the radar. Though the mission was
created by former CEO Doug Logan, leaders at USA Track and Field are still
committed to the goal of trying to win 30 medals at the London Olympics.
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Former 400m hurdles Olympic Champion
Nawal El Moutawakel will today lead the start of latest visit of the IOC
Coordination Commission visit to Rio
de Janeiro to inspect how preparations are going for
the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes has been very
confident and announced they are about a year in advance of the schedule
imposed by the IOC reports Insidethegames.