Usain Bolt Reveals Events (Early season), by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Usain Bolt, 2011 IAAF Gala, photo by PhotoRun.net

London 2012 is only six months away. Usain Bolt will race three times in February, a 400 meters and two relays. The 2012 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix is Saturday, February 4, 5-8 pm, with TV on ESPN2 on Sunday, February 5, 2 PM EST. Next weekend is even crazier, Millrose Games on Saturday, February 11, USA Track & Field Invitational on Saturday, February 11, in Fayetteville, Arkansas (TV on ESPN2 on Sunday, Feb. 12, check local listings), and USA Club Cross Country in St. Louis, Mo on Feb. 11. Talk about a crazy weekend!

 

 

BOLT REVEALS EVENTS

KINGSTON (JAM): Sprinting star Usain Bolt revealed on his website the events he will run at three local Jamaican meetings. He is taking this competitions as part of his training process. Bolt should run twice 400 m and once both relays. His first competition at Camperdown Classic on February 11 will be the 400 m. Then at Gibson Relays on February 25 Bolt will run both relays 4x100 m and 4x400 m on behalf of Racers TC. The third date is March 17 at UWI Invitational Meet and again the 400 m. His best at this distance is 45.27 from May 2007, his fastest at this training meets was 45.54 in February 2009. His training partner and 100 m world champion Yohan Blake will also run the 400 m on February 11, but it is expected they will be in separate races.

 

TOP NAMES FOR SLOVAK HJ MEET

BANSKA BYSTRICA (SVK): Next week´s 19th edition of Europa SC High Jump meet on February 8 has completed the fields. To previously announced both Daegu world champions Jesse Williams (one of his favorite meets) and Anna Chicherova (debut here) later added were Daegu bronze winners Trevor Barry of Bahamas and Antonietta Di Martino of Italy (also last year winner with superb 204). The final addition of top names: olympic winner Tia Hellebaut and world indoor champion and last year men´s winner Ivan Ukhov (already twice jumped 238 in the Stiavnicky Hall). Central Slovakian city of Banska Bystrica is known for a good surface for many top jumpers. Also coming is US record holder Chaunte Lowe. The organizers are giving usually the chance for some up and coming names. This year for example to Italian talent Alessia Trost who just last weekend improved the national junior record to 191 and Danish European junior silver winner from Tallinn Janick Klausen (last weekend 225 cm).

 

ROBLES FOR DUSSELDORF

DUSSELDORF (GER): Cuban hurdles world record holder Dayron Robles will open his European indoor campaign in Dusseldorf on February 10. His management confirmed. He was recently training in Martinique. Robles plans more meets (so far announced Lievin) and wants to try also to win the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.

 

BLEASDALE FOR BIRMINGHAM

BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Current world leader Holly Bleasdale will step up her Olympic pole vault preparations at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday 18 February. The last time Bleasdale competed at the NIA she placed third in the national under 20 titles with a clearance of 3.90m. This month she will return to the venue as the world's leading pole vault athlete and one of Britain's greatest hopes for London 2012. Bleasdale, who will also compete in Bydgoszcz on February 8 (against Yelena Isinbaeva) and at the Aviva Indoor UK Trials and Championships in Sheffield next weekend, said: "I've competed at the NIA before and I'm really excited to return to the venue and improve on my previous performance. It's important that I keep competing throughout the year so I have a few milestones leading up to the Olympic Games. The field at Birmingham should be really strong and obviously it forces me to jump higher if it's a really competitive field, so hopefully it will be a good meet for me." Her main rivals in Birmingham will be 2009 World Champion Anna Rogowska of Poland, her team-mate Monika Pyrek and fresh German record setter Silke Spiegelburg along with Czech Jirina Ptacnikova.

 

LOLO 7.96

LINZ (AUT, Feb 2): 8th Guglindoor meet brought US World indoor champion Lolo Jones to win the 60 m hurdles in new facility record 7.96. Second Yvette Lewis (8.00, but 7.98 in heats) and third German Cindy Roleder 8.13 ahead of 2006 World indoor champion Derval O´Rourke 8.18. „The time is ok, it was my first race after the flight to Europe and I was worried to be too tired," said Jones who continues to Moscow for Sunday´s Russian Winter. In the Tips Arena Greek Kostas Filippidis was the best in the pole vault (562) and Ghana´s former world indoor champion Ignisious Gaisah in the long jump (793). US Brianna Glenn was the on top in women´s long jump (635). Daegu finalist Serbian Asmir Kolasinac improved in shot put not only the stadium record but also his overall career top mark to 20.64 m. In women shot put German Christina Schwanitz achieved 18.58 m. Kenyan Benson Seurei clocked in a solo race 7:48.97 at the 3000 m (second placed athlete had 8:17). Czech sprinter Katerina Cechova won the 60 m in 7.38 but registered personal best and Istanbul standard in heats 7.31. In men´s 60 m US Josh Norman got 6.63 ahead of Nigerian Ogho-Oghene Egwero 6.64.

 

 

 

WEEKEND MEETS

 

 

MONDEVILLE (FRA): Another international fixture in France in Mondeville on Saturday will see following highlights. Former olympic and world winner Felix Sanchez will again try in the unusual 400 m hurdles indoors, his world best is 49.73. In the 60 m home European medalist Martial Mbandjock is facing Italian Simone Collio, in women´60 m season opener for world finalist Ivet Lalova of Bulgaria. Fast Ethiopian Abiyot Abinet runs again the 3000 m. Romain Mesnil is competing in the pole vault. Top names for hurdles Briton Lawrence Clarke and US Nichole Denby.

 

ARNSTADT (GER): 36th edition of Hochsprung mit Musik of Arnstadt has on Saturday top fields. World leaders are very possible. In women competition World champion Anna Chicherova against Daegu bronze medalist Antonietta Di Martino (season opener), home star Ariane Friedrich on her come-back path, olympic winner Tia Hellebaut and US record holder Chaunte Lowe as returning mothers, Russian top duo Svetlana Shkolina and Irina Gordeyeva and another duo from Sweden Emma Green Tregaro and Ebba Jungmark. World champion Jesse Williams is the headliner against World indoor champion Ivan Ukhov, silver winner from Daegu and co world leader Aleksey Dmitrik. In the field also top German Raul Spank and Czech European indoor silver medalist Jaroslav Baba. Current women world class is completely there, some male jumpers gave preference to Moscow.

 

TAMPERE (FIN): The traditional Tampere indoor meet Tahtien Kisat will boost on men´s pole vault and three top Germans Malte Mohr, Fabian Schulze and Tim Lobinger. World medalist 2005 Tommi Evila is the star of men´s long jump (against Ukrainian Andriy Makarchev and Tyrone Smith of Bermuda). St. Kitts sprinters Antoine Adams and Tameka Williams will be favorites of their events.

 

MOSCOW (RUS): Russian Winter in Moscow (IAAF Permit) is the top meet of the weekend. In the men´s 60 m Dwain Chambers opens the season against double world medalist Kim Collins and with Josh Norman, Rakieem Salaam and fast Ramil Guliyev. Another top clash the 600 m with Yuriy Borzakovskiy against Adam Kszczot and Kenyans. US hurdlers Kevin Craddock and Joel Brown will face in-shape Konstantin Shabanov. Title defender Aleksander Menkov will compete in the long jump with Ignisious Gaisah of Ghana, Godfrey Mokoena and Greek record holder Luis Tsatoumas. Co-world leader Andrey Silnov will face in the high jump European Champion Aleksandr Shustov and world medalist Trevor Barry of Bahamas. Cuban Daegu silver winner Lazaro Borges is the star of pole vault in duel with Ukrainian Maksim Mazuryk, German Bjorn Otto and Russians are headed by in-shape Dmitriy Starodubtsev and olympic medalist Yevgeniy Lukyanenko. European U23 Champion Darya Klishina is the star of women long jump, US hurdles Lolo Jones and Kellie Wells in their event, Bulgarian world leader Vania Stambolova competes in the 400 m. Fast times are expected in women 1000 m. Special attention for walking events. In women world and olympic winner Olga Kaniskina is the main name, in men´s Valeriy Borchin and Sergey Bakulin, the winners from Daegu. French European champion Yohan Diniz makes solid foreign opposition.

 

BOSTON (USA): The top US pro fixture of the weekend, New Balance Indoor Grand Prix will see Kirani James in his season opener at 400 m, Mo Farah in the mile against Galen Rupp and Silas Kiplagat, Ethiopians and Matt Centrowitz in the 3000 m. Top last years miler Morgan Uceny runs the 1000 m, David Oliver 60 m hurdles, Jenn Suhr is in the pole vault. Meseret Defar and Jenny Simpson in the 3000 m and Tirunesh Dibaba over two miles.

 

 

 

OTHER NEWS

 

 

NAGOYA (JPN): Brett Larner informs that with her ultimate target of making the London Olympics in mind, Daegu World Championships marathon 5th placer Yukiko Akaba announced that she will run the final domestic Olympic selection race, the Mar. 11 Nagoya Women's Marathon (formerly the Nagoya International Women's Marathon), abandoning her plans to run the Feb. 26 Tokyo Marathon where she was last week named as an invited elite. On the strength of her World Championships performance Akaba had a good chance to be picked for the Olympic team without running one of the selection races, but, explained her husband and coach Shuhei Akaba on the couple's blog, „Not wanting to choose an alternative that might end up unhappily, Yukiko made this decision herself."

 

LONDON (GBR) : British prince Harry will make his first official foreign visit to Jamaica and is scheduled to meet Usain Bolt in practice. Prince Harry already officially claimed he would love to race against Usain Bolt writes The Telegrapgh.

 

BERLIN (GER): German sprinter Marion Wagner suffered a setback in what will be her last season on the track. Wagner managed a decent 7.45 over 60m in her first indoor competition but now has to cancel the remaining indoor competitions on her schedule. The 34-year-old sustained an injury in training and has to rest for at least 10 days reports leichathletik.de.

 

BERLIN (GER): The German Athletics Association (DLV) has announced a partnership with social security service BAMER GEK. DLV will help the company to promote a healthy lifestyle. The contract runs until the end of 2014.

 

LONDON (GBR): London 2012 revealed that the Olympic Flame will arrive in Britain at a military base in Cornwall on a gold liveried British Airways aeroplane on May 18. The flame will have been lit by the sun's rays in Olympia a week earlier writes Insidethegames.

 

LONDON (GBR): Switzerland's Denis Oswald has announced his resignation as President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) in a formal letter to the organisation's 28 member federations. The 64-year-old finishes his eight-year term on the Board this summer at the Olympics reports Insidethegames.

 

PORTLAND (USA): Olympian Amy Yoder Begley has joined Oregon Track Club Elite/Eugene. Yoder Begley, who competed in the 10,000 in 2008 in Beijing, moved to Eugene from Portland early last month. After two years of struggling with lower leg problems, she wanted to train on the softer surfaces of the Eugene running trails she said to oregonlive.com.

 

PORTLAND (USA): Dathan Ritzenhein could be on the starting line of next week's US Cross country championships in St. Louis. It's been less than a month since the 2008 Olympian ran a personal record of 2:09.55 at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston, but finished fourth. Ritzenhein is stating that he has recovered very quickly from his marathon outing according to oregonlive.com.

 

LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics announced that athletes from nine countries have been nominated for the January award. At the end of each month, a panel of experts produces a shortlist of the outstanding athletes and performances achieved by European athletes during that month, which is then mailed to the European athletics media and thousands of fans who have signed up to receive news from European Athletics. The voting will close on 17 February at noon CET.

 

INDIANAPOLIS (USA): The USA Track & Field Foundation announced the 2012 recipients of the John W. James Endowment grant. The seventeen outstanding men and women receiving a 4000 USD grant include Gwendolyn Berry (hammer throw), Lance Brooks (discus throw), Noah Bryant (shot put), Mike Hazle (javelin throw), Britney Henry (hammer throw), Cyrus Hostetler (javelin throw), Kibwe Johnson (hammer throw), A.G. Kruger (hammer throw), Cory Martin (shot put), Suzy Powell (discus throw), Aretha Thurmond (discus throw), Sarah Walker (shot put/hammer throw), Ian Waltz (discus throw), Corey White (javelin throw), Russ Winger (discus throw/shot put), Jason Young (discus throw) and Rachel Yurkovich (javelin throw). USATF informs.

 

VIENNA (AUT): Austrian Athletics Awards Gala celebrated on Wednesday the Athletes of the Year miler Andreas Vojta and hurdler Beate Schrott. Special guest was European Athletics President Hansjorg Wirz. Austrian Athletics Federation also announced it will bid to stage the European Indoor Championships 2017 in Vienna. Austrian Athletics Milestone award was given to Olympic high jump bronze medalist from 1972 and former world record holder (192 in 1971) Ilona Gusenbauer. Athletics Ambassador of the Year Award went to main organizer of Vienna City Marathon and former top runner Wolfgang Konrad.

 

PANAMA CITY (PAN): Reigning olympic long jump winner Irving Saladino had a small treatment and has to take back in training for the next six weeks. „He is careful but the injury is not too serious and we expect no problems in his preparation for the Olympic Games," his management company Global Sports Communication said.

 

BUDAPEST (HUN): Website All-Athletics.com comes up with yet another world premiere, the All-Marathon World Lists. It's the first time that anyone has published such extra deep marathon world lists. The men's list includes all received and processed results down to 3:30:00 while the standard for the women's list is 4:00:00.

 

 

 

RESULTS

 

 

MALABAR (TRI, Jan 28): 400 m hurdles world class runner Jehue Gordon won two events at local meet, 14.51 (110 m Hurdles) and 1:58.37 (800 m).

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