Nike Pre Classic will have all the best in 400m hurdles, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Natalya Antyuhk, London 2012, 
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The Nike Prefontaine Classic is now seven weeks away and the fields continue to get more exciting. In the women's 400 meter hurdles, for example, all three medalists from London and 
the number one in the event as well.

The beauty of the Prefontaine Classic is that, one field after another, gives the fan great competitions to watch and talk about later. Our sport is all about the competition, and I think close races outweigh fast races. Give me a close race everytime.  The thing is, when you have fast, or high, or WL and competitive, it does not get any better than that. 

Traveling back from London today. A great weekend coming up with Drake and Penn Relays! 

EME NEWS (APR 22, 2013)

All the best in women 400 m hurdles
EUGENE (USA): The women's 400 m hurdles at the Prefontaine Classic will provide World Championships final calibre field. Reigning Olympic and World Championships gold medalists meet the woman ranked No. 1 in the world. Three stars headline a power-packed field at the 39th Prefontaine Classic to be held at historic Hayward Field on June 1.  All three medalists from London Natalya Antyukh, Lashinda Demus and Zuzana Hejnova. World ranked number one and Diamond Race winner was Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica. Antyukh will debut in Eugene. Also to run European Indoor champion at 400 m Perri Shakes-Drayton and another Czech Denisa Rosolova. And US rising hurdlers Georganne Moline and T'erea Brown.  Informs the IAAF.

Powell back in training
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica Gleaner informs that Asafa Powell said he is recovering well after suffering a hamstring injury in Australia late last month, however, he is still uncertain about whether or not he will recover in time for the May 4 Jamaica International Invitational, to be held inside the National Stadium. Powell, a two-time world 100m bronze medallist, is already back in training at the University of Technology-based MVP Track Club, but the 30-year-old said he his exercising patience concerning his return to the track. "The recovery is coming on quite well, I'm getting better very fast. I didn't think it (injury) was anything serious but it turned out to be a bit more serious than I thought, but it still wasn't an injury to keep me out for weeks. I'm back in training right now actually," Powell told The Gleaner.


NAIROBI (KEN): Sunday's London Marathon and the Boston Marathon held over a week ago were some of the most important spring marathons. And Athletics Kenya officials and coaches have been monitoring these races closely and are set to select provisional marathon teams for the World Championships in Athletics set for August in Moscow after deliberations. However, while women marathoners has been impressive, men's performances have left a sour taste in the mouths of local athletics authorities and the coaches. AK President Isaiah Kiplagat said the association will meet with a panel of coaches to discuss the performances today before naming the provisional teams for Moscow. "The women have been exemplary but the men have not been impressive," Kiplagat said. "However, there should be no cause for worry since the coaches will address the issue with athletes who will be selected."

LONDON (GBR): In the 33rd Virgin London Marathon, an unfortunate accident happened between Olympic champion Tiki Gelana in the elite women's race and Josh Cassidy, the world's fastest wheelchair racer, next to a feeding station near the 15km point of the course. "We regard this as a racing incident which happened in the midst of two fiercely contested battles between some of the best marathon competitors in the world. We understand that the athletes involved were very frustrated by what happened as it clearly had an impact on their prospects in the races, but we believe neither competitor was to blame. We have spoken to both athletes about the incident and are satisfied that they accept it was an accident and do not hold any person or organisation responsible," organizers stated.

LONDON (GBR): After London Marathon, Tsegaye Kebede has most sub-2:08 marathon (11), one more than Haile Gebrselassie.  Also in number of sub-2:09 marathon category, Tsegaye now ties with Gharib with 13. 

LONDON (GBR): Pat Butcher´s latest blog at London Marathon Bad Management, Gelana pays the price.
LONDON (GBR):  The London Marathon announced a five-year extension to its sponsorship deal with Virgin Money, and revealed a new race logo and title for 2014. Virgin Money, the banking division of the Virgin Group of companies, will continue as London Marathon sponsor until at least 2017, while the race will change its name from the Virgin London Marathon to the Virgin Money London Marathon from next year. Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah revealed the event's new logo at the Tower Hotel in London today just 24 hours after running the first half of the 2013 race. The Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion ran with the leading men as part of his preparation for making a full marathon debut at the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon. In all, 34 278 runners finished the race wearing black ribbons to remember those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.


SYDNEY (AUS): Athletics Australia has retained its position as one of the top four sports funded by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) following the announcement of highperformance funding allocations for the financial year 2013/14. The ASC announced that athletics would receive a total investment of $6,866,400 for its High Performance and Participation Programs, as well as an additional $1.43 million through the Australian Paralympic Committee for its Paralympic Preparation Program.
NORDHAUSEN (GER): The special shot put indoor meet in Nordhausen, Germany will no longer continue to be staged. After 13 years meet director Werner Hutcher announced his decision.

EDMONTON (CAN): Jamaican sprinting star Veronica Campbell-Brown will make her Canadian debut at the Edmonton International track classic on June 29. "I am thoroughly excited at the prospect of competing in Canada for the first time, and in Edmonton-home of the 2001 World Championships-to boot," said Campbell-Brown. "I have monitored the results from previous Canadian summer circuits, and I am keen to compete in front of supportive fans!"

MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Pole vaulters are the Indoor Athletes of the Year 2013 by Track and Field News. The US magazine gave the top spots to French Renaud Lavillenie and US Jenn Suhr. Honorable mention goes on the men side to Galen Rupp, Eelco Sintnicolaas and Ryan Whiting on the men side and Murielle Ahoure and Genzebe Dibaba on the women side.

PARIS (FRA): European champion Yohan Diniz leads the French selection for European Cup Race Walking in Dudince, Slovakia on May 19. He will compete in his special event the 50 km. In the men 20 km Kevin Campion and Aurelien Quinion were selected. The full women 20 km team consists of Amandine Marcou, Emilie Menuet, Ines Pastorino and Emilie Tissot. The only junior girl will be Cecile Deleuze and team for junior boys Jean Blancheteau, Adrien Cassagnes and Yanis Souaber. Until May 3 additions are still possible

INDIANAPOLIS (USA): 2012 Olympic 1500 m silver medalist Leo Manzano and 2009 World Championship 1500 m bronze medalist Shannon Rowbury lead the men's and women's fields at the USA 1 Mile Road Championships, hosted by the Grand Blue Mile in Des Moines, Iowa this Tuesday. Along with Manzano and Rowbury, two-time Olympian Matt Tegenkamp, two-time Olympian Alice Schmidt, 800m Olympian Geena Gall and 2008 1,500m Olympian Christin Wurth-Thomas are entered in the field.  In addition to the half dozen Olympians competing, 2012 USA 1 Mile Road Championship winners Craig Miller and Heather Kampf are entered. Other notable contenders on the women's side include U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials 4th place 1,500m finisher Gabrielle Anderson, 6th place 1,500m finisher Sarah Bowman-Brown and Kate Grace. On the men's side, Will Leer should contend for the title, he clocked last weekend world leading 5000 m in Walnut.


POCHEFSTROOM (RSA, Apr 20): More from the meet where Czech Ladislav Prasil achieved the outdoor world lead of 21.47 in the shot put. Olympic 800 m medalist Nijel Amos won the 400 m in 46.51. RSA Junior Record Holder Ruan de Vries opened with 13.59 PB at 110 m hurdles (-0.1). 2009 RSA Champion Wouter Le Roux also started into the season with 49.85 in 400 m hurdles. Robert Oosthuizen got 81.97 in javelin. 

HYOGO (JPN, Apr 21): Cold rain and wind hit the biggest of the domestic meets, the Hyogo Relay Carnival.  In the Grand Prix 10000 m, Patrick Mutunga from Kenya continued his climb to the top of the Japanese circuit with a world-leading 27:40.44 to win over world-level medalists Paul Tanui 27:51.13 and Martin Mathathi 27:58.44. Last sub 28 Patrick Muendo as fourth 27:59.15. Top Japanese Yuichiro Ueno 28:16.79 as fifth.  Sally Chepyego easily won the Grand Prix women's 10 000 m in 32:00.02.  Runner-up Rei Ohara was far back in 32:32.15.

WAJIMA (JPN, Apr 21): Takayuki Tanii won the Japanese 50 km walk championships in 3:44:25 ahead of Koichiro Morioka 3:50:51.

SATRA (SWE, Apr 20): New Zealand super talent Jacko Gill while in Sweden competed for first time in his career indoors at the special "Superkula" competition. He achieved Oceanian junior indoor record with 6 kg shot 21.43 in his third throw. 

CAMPINAS (BRA, Apr 21): Tamara de Souza won the Copa Nacional de Pruebas Combinadas de Brasil with 5673 points. Second Ana Camila Pirelli scored new national record for Paraguay 5617 points.

PRINCETON (USA, Apr 19): Julia Ratcliffe added 1.80 metres to her New Zealand senior and under 20 national hammer throw records with her third round effort of 68.80 m. It also bettered her Oceania junior record.

BISHKEK (KGZ, Apr 20): Fast 400 m races but hand-timed at the International Meeting at Bishkek for Russians Pavel Trenikhin 46.4 and Ksenija Ustalova 51.1. 

STELLENBOSCH (RSA, Apr 15): Elroy Gelant achieved here world leading 7:44.92 in the 3000 m. SA Champion Simon Magakwe clocked hand timed 9.9 in the 100 m.

HAVANA (CUB, Apr 20): Raidel Acea clocked high quality 1:13.9 at the 600 m during local meet. It is not only national best, but one of the all-time top times. William Collazo won the 400 m in 45.5 and Daysurami Bonne 51.5 in the women race.

MARRAKECH (MAR, Apr 20): Sensational improvement for 27-years old Moroccan runner Zakaria Mazouzi who clocked world leading 3:31.94 in the 1500 m. He did not had sub 3:40 before 2013 and improved in March in Morocco to 3:38.72. Second Sadik Mikhou (22) also big personal best 3:33.31. Third Fouad Kaam 3:37.45. National sprint record holder Aziz Ouhadi won the 100 m in 10.32 (-0.8).

HILVERSUM (NED, Apr 21): John Kipsang won here the 10 km road race in 28:36. Second David Kogei 28:50 and third Evans Kipkoech 28:53. Lucy Macharia as top woman got 32:24 ahead of Tabitha Gachia 32:43 and Valentine Kibet 32:53. 

VANCOUVER (CAN, Apr 21): Kenyan Paul Kimugul won the 29th Vancouver Sun Run at 10 km in 29:04. Natasha Fraser scored a home win in 32:42. This mega-race continues to grow in size, with over 45,000 finishers this year.  This makes it the third largest 10-K in North America behind Peachtree in Atlanta (57,754 finishers in 2012) and Bolder Boulder (47,925). Writes RRW.

KORSCHENBROICH (GER, Apr 21): Kenyan Isaac Mwangi won there the 25th Korschenbroicher City-Lauf with 28:29 at 10 km. Second Moroccan Ilias Fifa 28:34 and third Ugandan Ben Siwa 28:39. No rest for Poland's Karolina Jarzynska, who ran a course record 2:26:45 at the Lódz Marathon last Sunday, won the women's 5 km in 15:35.

BARCELONA (ESP, Apr 21): Joes Manuel Martinez won the 15th Cursa de Bombers at 10 km in 29:48. Women winner Judit Pla Roig achieved 33:09.

WARSZAWA (POL, Apr 21): To add that Henryk Szost did not finish the race, he withdrew on the 32nd km due to the calf injury. Probable his time on the finishing line was recorded when he ccrosed it inside the car. Nordic skiing world star Justyna Kowalczyk clocked 36:08 in women 10 km, it was her debut on the road. Also 800 m European Indoor Champion Adam Kszczot finished the 10 km in 32:13.


MAINZ (GER): At age of 70 died last week German Hans-Joachim Walde. He was second in decathlon at Olympic Games 1968 in Mexico and third in 1964 in Tokyo. He also won bronze at European Championships 1971 in Helsinki. 


IVRY SUR SEINE (FRA): The winner of the Humarathon Dawit Weldeselasie was not from Ethiopia, but from Eritrea.

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