Natalya Dobrynska will compete against Jessica Ennis in May at the IAAF Combined events in Gotzis, Austria. The two multi-event champions will get to see where each athlete is two months before the London Olympic Games…Richard Buck, the anchor on the AVIVA GBR and NI team at the World Indoors was not to receive support this year. To his surprise, he received letter and check for 10,000 pounds sterling upon his return from Istanbul.
NEWS (MAR 16, 2012)
AGAINST ENNIS AGAIN IN MAY
(TUR): Different plans for fresh world indoor champions and record holders from
Istanbul in combined events. Ashton Eaton plans to compete in selected meetings
until the US Trials where he wants to have his only decathlon prior to the
Olympic Games. Ukrainian Natalya Dobrynska as having the Austrian IAAF Combined
Events Challenge meet in Gotzis, Austria in her mind. There she will clash
again with her main rival from Istanbul, Briton Jessica Ennis.
10K TRIALS IN EUGENE
(KEN): Kenyan media are informing that the men 10 000 m Kenyan Olympics Trial
race will be held at the June 1 one day before the main programme of 38th
Prefontaine Classic Samsung Diamond League meeting. That decision seeks to draw
a line on the controversy that has dogged the federation since February
when it first announced plans to hold Trials in another country. Other long
distance track events (men 5000 m and women 5000 m and 10 000 m) will be held
during the trials planned for end of June. The Oregon Trial will feature 15 top
runners and no designated pace makers and Athletics Kenya will select the first
two finishers automatically before the panel of selectors vote on who to award
the third wildcard ticket. The 10 000 m race will be part of a special
“Hollister Night at Hayward,” in honor of the late Geoff Hollister, a Nike
pioneer, who was instrumental in the creation of many of Oregon’s most notable
track and field and running events, including the Pre Classic. Besides the
men’s 10,000, also the international mile, men’s triple jump, women’s discus
and women’s hammer throw will be contested on Friday. Those are all Diamond
(NED): The traditional Mondo Keien Meet held in Uden (planned for July 7) will
not be staged in 2012. Because of this Arena Games in Hilversum will be now
staged on July 8. Uden hopes to be back in 2013.
(GBR): Richard Buck who anchored Great Britain to silver in Istanbul in the
relay appeared on ITV local news programme Calendar to discuss his loss of
funding, and within days a letter arrived with a cheque worth of 10
000 GBP attached. â€žIt’s difficult to put into words really,” said Buck, who had
been working in a supermarket to support his training programme. Informs
ANGELES (USA): US top sprinter Allyson Felix said for IAAF: “It feels like the
season is right around the corner and I’m so excited. I can’t wait to open
up with a few relays as I traditionally have at the Jackie
Joyner-Kersee Invitational (April 14) and the Mt. San Antonio College Relays
(April 21). The U.S. Olympic Trials will be here before you know it. Right now
I’m in an extremely intense period of training.”
(GBR): UK Athletics has once again made the shortlist for the Sport Governing
Body of the Year Award, sponsored by the Daily Telegraph, completing the shortlist
line-up for the Sport Industry Awards 2012. Following the Aviva GB & NI
team’s best ever performance at a World indoor Championships, UKA have
been judged against four key pillars of governance – Performance, Leadership,
Community and Ethics – in one of the most exciting years in the history of
British sport. UKA’s achievements will also be profiled in the Daily Telegraph
in the next six weeks, before the star-studded Sport Industry Awards ceremony
on Wednesday 2nd May.
(USA): The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K announced that Chicago area
native Delilah DiCrescenzo will be among those competing for the women’s title
at the 33rd annual race on Sunday, March 25. DiCrescenzo made her mark as a local
high school standout before becoming a star runner on the national and
international levels. The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K also announced
that Olympian Diane Nukuri-Johnson will take part in Chicago’s popular kick-off
to the spring running season as she prepares for the opportunity to compete in
this summer’s Olympic Games. The men’s elite field will be headlined by U.S.
Olympic Marathon runner Abdi Abdirahman, while three-time Bank of America
Chicago Marathon champion Liliya Shobukhova has withdrawn from the race due to
(USA): British distance runner Jo Pavey suffering from flu has withdrawn from
the New York City half marathon on Sunday, a race where she was aiming to
make a statement to UK athletics selectors. Pavey who holds the Olympic marathon
qualifying standard was hoping a good performance at the weekend would
enhance her chances of gaining the remaining position in Team GB alongside
Paula Radcliffe and Mara Yamauchi.
(FRA) : French newcomer sprinter Emmanuel Biron, who managed a sixth place
in the World indoor 60m final, is confident he will take the next step this
summer and can clock the Olympic qualifying standard of 10.08. He also added
for athle.com that with Christophe LemaÃ®tre, Jimmy Vicaut and him France has a very
strong 4x100m relay team for this summer’s championships.
(GER): Long jumper Nils Winter has been named athletes spokesperson for the
German athletics federation DLV. Winter has been an athlete for over 25 years
and managed the silver medal at the 2009 European indoor championships, he is
following up marathoner Susanne Hahn reports leichtathletik.de.
(SUI): French upcoming hurdler Pascal Martinot-Lagarde has high ambitions for
this summer after winning the bronze medal in the 60m hurdles in Istanbul. In
addition to doing well at the European championships in Helsinki and, of
course, at the Olympic Games in London, he wants to run faster than any
European since DoucourÃ© seven years ago. â€žThis summer I want to run 13.20,”
added Martinot-Lagarde for European Athletics.
(GBR): The media got a first glimpse today of what life will be like for
athletes competing at this summer’s Games as the first completed apartments in
the London 2012 Athletes’ Village were made open to view. Former triple jumper
Jonathan Edwards, chair of the Athletes’ Committee, which has worked on the
plans to accommodate up to 16,000 said the basic facilities matched or bettered
anything previously seen at a Games he told Insidethegames.
(GBR): Doha 2020 chief executive Noora Al Mannai claimed that the financial
strength of Qatar puts them in a very strong position in terms of their
Olympic and Paralympic bid given that the current worldwide economic downturn
has hit most countries across the globe. Rome previously withdrew from the race
due to economic problems and also Madrid is concerned with its financial plan
according to Insidethegames.
(USA): Maroon PR announced that current and four-time world champion long
jumper Brittney Reese has officially retained the firm’s services for her media
and public relations needs. Maroon PR will work closely with Reese to increase
her media exposure as she continues her march to the London Olympics in 2012.
(SUI): Yelena Isinbaeva of Russia and PolandÂ´s 800 m runner Adam Kszczot have
been named European Athletes of February. Jessica Ennis ahead of Anna
Chicherova are second and third in women order, in the menÂ´s second is French
Renaud Lavillenie and third Ilham Tanui Ozbilen, representing Turkey in the 1500
(GBR): British long jumper Chris Tomlinson, who is European 2010 bronze
medalist, after passing the indoor 2012 is in hard training for the summer. The
Olympics will be his main target and he is still undecided about the European
Championships. Tomlinson with national records 835 outdoor and 818 indoor
recently celebrated the birth of his son Raphael Rovardi Tomlinson.
(ESP): A total of 19 455 runners, 4321 more than in the last edition have
registered to take part on March 25 in the Zurich MaratÃ³ de Barcelona. That
represents a growth of more than 28% in relation to 2011.
(KOR): Course record holder Sylvester Teimet of Kenya and defending champion
Abderrahim Goumri of Morocco will return to clash at the Seoul International Marathon
on Sunday. The men’s course record of 2:06:49 was set by Teimet in 2010, who
improved the previous record, set by three-time winner Gert Thys from South
Africa in 2004, by 17 seconds. The women’s course standard of 2:19:51, set by
China’s Chunxiu Zhou, has remained unbeatable since 2006. In women category
last year’s runner up Yanan Wei from China (PB 2:23:13, Seoul Marathon 2007) is
returning to defend her title. She finished in 2:27:13 and is striving to
improve her result. She can expect tough competition from Ethiopians headed by
Askale Tafa Magarsa. Informs IAAF.
(AUS, Mar 16): Third day of the Australian Junior Athletics Championships saw
Steve Solomon running a season’s best and meet record of 45.99 in the 400m
as Damien Birkinhead broke his own national record in the shot put with a last
round throw of 20.35m (6 kg).
(EST, Mar 15): During first day of 4th European Indoor Championships of deaf
athletes Latvian Maris Grenins achieved two new European indoor records for
deaf with 6.88 in the 60 m and 728 in the long jump. Slovak Ivana Kristoficova
registered even world indoor deaf record in the shot put 15.37 m (she also
overall best female shot putter in the country).
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