TEAM WITHOUT TOP WINNERS
NAIROBI (KEN): Title
defender Abel Kirui leads the
male Kenyan marathon team for World Championships in Daegu. He will be
by Vincent Kipruto (2nd Rotterdam), David
Barmasai (1st Dubai), Benjamin Kiptoo (1st Paris) and Eliud Kiptanui
(4th Rotterdam). Women headliner is New York City winner (3rd London
this year) Edna Kiplagat with Philles Ongori (1st Rotterdam),
Sharon Cherop (3rd Boston), Prisca Jeptoo (1st Paris) and Caroline
Rotich (4th Boston). That means London
winner Emmanuel Mutai, Boston fast runners
Geoffrey Mutai and Moses Mosop with Martin Lel and Rotterdam winner
Wilson Chebet will not run.
On the women side notable absentees are London
winner Mary Keitany, Prague winner Lydia
Cheromei and Boston
winner Caroline Kilel. They all turned down the possibility and will
focus on fall marathons. Kenyan media are informing.
GAY OUT, SANCHEZ IN
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Former World 100 meters and 200m
champion Tyson Gay will miss the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix next Sunday
because of an ongoing problem from the hip injury which forced him out of the
recent USA Track and Field Championships in Eugene. Still Asafa Powell is in the line-up
after excellent Lausanne
9.78 world lead. Also in the field with sub 10 this year US Mike Rodgers,
PowellÂ´s training partner Mike Frater and Keston Bledman of Trinidad.
Olympic gold medallist and two-time world champion Felix Sanchez is also set
for the meet where he will line-up in a mouth-watering 400m hurdles competition
against another former world champion Bershawn Jackson and Britain’s own
European and Commonwealth champion Dai Greene. Other stars for Birmingham include Mo
Farah, Phillips Idowu, Carmelita Jeter, Sanya Richards-Ross and Andreas Thorkildsen.
ARMSTRONG 21.21, FAST DISTANCE
VANCOUVER (CAN, Jul 1):
World leader in shot put Dylan
Armstrong won the second meet (but in reality first as Edmonton was
canceled) of new Canadian
National Track League. At Harry Jerome Classic he achieved 21.21 ahead
Noah Bryant 20.41. Another Canadian star former hurdles world champion
Felicien posted 12.79 (-0.7) to win her event ahead of Angela Whyte
Fast 800 m
winner Andrew Ellerton improved his best by one second to 1:45.04 ahead
World junior medalist Casimir Loxsom also PB 1:45.28. Third Richard
Jones of USA 1:45.56 PB and fourth Prince Mumba of Zambia improved
the national record to 1:46.14. Very solid times also in the 1500 m
races Nate Brannen
3:36.75 (second another Canadian Geoff Martenson 3:37.56, huge PB).
Elmore got 4:07.86 in the women race. In sprints US wins for Rae Edwards
10.30 (+0.2) in the 100 m
and Manteo Mitchell 46.19 at 400
m. In technical events Rachel Yurkovich improved to 60.40 in women
because it is also B-standard for Daegu she qualified to the World
Championships (was 2nd at Trials but without the standard). Mary Saxer
to 455 in
the pole vault, Norris Frederick leaped to 810 (+0.5) in the long jump
Bianca Stuart 664 (0.0) in the women competition. German Kathrin Klaas
European guest winning the hammer (72.40) and Scott Russell in javelin
beat the US Champion Mike Hazle (77.04). Third meet is in Victoria on
Sunday, July 3.
MORENO AND PARS WINNING FIRST STAGE
ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS, Jul 2): The hammer qualifications at 53rd Znamensky
Memorial were staged on Saturday, all competitors had 3 throws and top four men
and women qualified for Sunday finals. In women event Cuban Yipsi Moreno
achieved in second round 73.66 and was the best (had also first throw 72.54
enough to qualify), second home best Tatyana Lysenko used only one throw, 73.51 in first and was
second. World record holder Betty Heidler had all three attempts, started with
a foul and continued with 72.64 and 73.10 and was third of the day. Fourth
qualifier Zalina Marghieva of Moldova
with 72.12. First non qualifier was her sister Marina Marghieva 69.38. In men
qualification Hungarian European medalist Krisztian Pars ruled with 77.90. Then
Russians Sergey Litvinov 76.71 and Kiril Ikonnikov 76.09. Last for Sunday is
Dilshod Nazarov of Tajikistan
with 75.31. Out is world leader Aleksey Zagorniy (72.96) and US champion Kibwe Johnson (71.43).
GOODWIN TO CONCENTRATE ON TRACK
DALLAS (USA): Longhorns wide receiver Marquise
Goodwin will skip the 2011 season in order to concentrate on track and field.
Goodwin, who would have been a junior this fall, will use a redshirt this
season. He intends to return to football in 2012, as a redshirt junior. He will
train for the 2011 world championships and, possibly, the 2012 Summer Olympics
Goodwin won the US
long jump title recently and will represent at the World Championships in
Daegu. At age of 20 he is also world junior champion from 2008, his legal best
is 818 from 2009, but when winning the national title a week ago he posted
Bringing the largest contingent ever to the World Masters Athletics
Championships, 1,915 members of Team USA will be on a medal hunt to
excel on home soil while competing against 4,804 competitors from 93 countries.
This event is the top worldwide competition for athletes 35+ in track and
field. Competition will run July 6-17 at Hornet Stadium on the campus of Sacramento State University.
Informs USATF. US stars to watch are olympic winner Al Joyner, former world
record holder Willie Banks, jazz great and world champion runner Nolan Shaheed,
61, Pasadena, Calif. played lead trumpet for Count basie, Dizzie Gillespie,
Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye, Sullivan Finalist Philippa
Raschker, 64, Marietta, Ga. the only masters athlete in history to be a
finalist for the Sullivan Award given to the overall top U.S. athlete. Has set
more than 100 masters world records. Ed Burke, 3-time Olympian in the hammer
throw and the U.S. Team’s Flag bearer at the 1984 Games.
BERLIN (GER): German decathlete Norman MÃ¼ller
underwent two surgeries on his lungs. MÃ¼ller suffered a pneumothorax on June
9th and then again a week later again. He had similar complaints in 2008 but
was then treated more conservatively. The German athlete recently scored 7997
points to rank 12th at the Hypo Meeting in GÃ¶tzis but will now have to postpone
a return to training until at least September writes leichtathletik.de.
BUDAPEST (HUN): Hungary
is sending 18 boys and 14 girls to World Youth Championships in Lille next week. The
biggest medal hope is the world leader in this category, hammer thrower Bence
Pasztor (16 years).
ALBERTVILLE (FRA, Jul 1): Discus olympic winner Stephanie
Brown-Trafton won the discus with 60.55 at the National meeting D1 at Winter
Olympic Games site. South African Thuso Mpuang was the best in the 100 m (10.47, +1.1) and Jorge
Paula of Portugal
improved his 400 m
hurdles PB to 49.72. French high jumpers cleared 221: Fabrice St. Jean and
Mathias Cianci. Sonia Tavares of Portugal
clocked 11.41 to win the women 100
m and Marylin Okoro of Great Britain got 2:02.36 in the 800 m. Former top French
runner Elodie Guegan returned after injury with 2:04.67 as second.
CHEBOKSARY (RUS, Jul 1): Russian junior championships
started (627 athletes from 61 regions) with excellent 440 in pole vault by Natalya
Demidenko. It is her best and she will belong to junior category also next
year. In shot put Maksim Afonin got 19.36 and Natalya Troneva 16.13. Hurdles
winners were Taras Lemko (14.01) and Yekaterina Bleskina (13.61).
KAUNAS (LTU, Jul 1): Lithuanian U23 and junior
championships started with fast 100
m by junior Kostas Skrabulis (10.52, +2.0) and good long
jump in U23 by Darius Aucyna 790
MYRTLE BEACH (USA, Jul 1): Magdalyn Ewen was a dominant force in the
young women’s shot put and discus throws, highlighting day four of the USA
Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Ewen took gold
medals in both events and was just a meter shy of 2011 USA Outdoor champion
Michelle Carter’s national youth shot put record with 14.71 and 48.57 m.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Norway
is fourth European country with sub 10 runner, in last survey we forgot
Portugal with Francis Obikwelu besides Great Britain and France.