Ashton Eaton out of Gotzis, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Ashton Eaton, Brianne Thiesen, Harry Marra, A Day in the Life, April 11, 2013, 
photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/IAAF

Ashton Eaton is not competing in Gotzis this coming weekend, due to a small issue with his hamstring. Harry Marra, Eaton's coach, told us this past April that, with the decathlon and pentathlon, it is all about managing the injuries. 

Eaton out of Gotzis
GOTZIS (AUT): Reigning Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder in the decathlon Ashton Eaton has withdrawn from the Hypo Meeting (IAAF CE Challenge) in Götzis this weekend. Registerguard informs. He will not compete at the prestigious event after recently suffering a minor leg injury. Eaton's coach, Harry Marra, said he didn't want to risk any further problems heading into the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 20-24, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. It's the qualifying meet for the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. The injury, which Marra described as "kind of like a strain" of a tendon behind his knee, happened during a high jump workout about 10 days ago. "He's disappointed. We all are, but this is one of those decision points in life. Götzis is the best meet in the world relative to the multi-events for a variety of reasons, but if he goes on and wins at worlds, nobody will remember what happened at Götzis," Marra was quoted as saying. Also Czech legend Roman Sebrle will not able to compete because of his heel problem, but still will be the honorary guest at the event. 

Chicherova 202, Oliver 13.16, Gatlin 9.91
BEIJING (CHN, May 21): Beijing meet debuted in the IAAF World Challenge (as part of preparation for 2015 Worlds) with two world leads and excellent men 100 m race. Some 50 000 spectators in good weather saw in Birds Nest Olympic winner Anna Chicherova clearing in second attempt as first this summer 2+ (202) and trying then at 204. Second Ana Simic of Croatia equaled her 195 PB. In the hurdles duel David Oliver after excellent start clocked 13.16 WL (+0.3) clearly over Dwight Thomas 13.44 and Jason Richardson 13.48. The top result came in the men 100 m as Justin Gatlin finished in top speed in 9.91 (+0.1) over fast starter and first 60 m leader Mike Rodgers 9.96. Third Su Bingtian improved to 10.06 over  Calesio Newman 10.08 and national record holder Zhang Peimeng 10.09. Olympic winner Allyson Felix came close to 200 m WL with her 2013 debut at the distance 22.36 (+0.3). Blessing Okagbare confirmed her top shape with fast 11.04 (+1.2) 100 m win (Sherone Simpson was dq after jumping out of the blocks). LaShawn Merritt did not had any problems with 20.40 (+0.3) 200 m win, former world champion Alfred Kirwa Yego won the 800 m in 1:46.43 as the top entrants did not follow the pacemaker. Hillary Yego confirmed in steeple his Shanghai improvement in 8:09.17 way over olympic winner here in 2008 Brimin Kipruto 8:15.19.Olympic bronze winner Kellie Wells clocked 12.87 (-0.5) to win the hurdles and Kenyans dominated in the women 1500 m as Eunice Sum got 4:04.49 and Mary Kuria 4:05.17. New Chinese revelation Wang Yu came into the meet with 228 PB and ended as a winner with excellent  233 cm over Aleksandr Shustov 231. New Chinese hero after winning in Shanghai Li Jinzhe leaped to 831 (+0.1) but injured his arm and retired after 3 rounds. Second Ignisious Gaisah 813 (0.0) and third Ngoni Makusha 804 (+0.2) with olympic winner at this stadium Irving Saladino only 9th (744). Two sensations in javelin. Russian Dmitriy Tarabin beat with 81.11 the Czech favorite Vitezslav Vesely 80.81 and Mariya Abakumova (wife of Tarabin) lost to Sinta Ozolina-Kovala of Latvia in women javelin (60.26 to 60.90).In first women IAAF hammer challenge competition Tatyana Lysenko won with 73.12 over Hungarian Eva Orban 73.00 NR. More home wins for Cao Shuo in triple (16.72 +0.2), Liu Xiangrong in women shot (18.73) and Li Ling in pole vault (450). Men pole vault winner Igor Bychkov of Spain (560) and women long jump for US Tori Polk (658, +0.1).


EDINBURGH (GBR): Jessica Ennis has said she is looking forward to getting back into competitive action as she prepares to compete in three events at Edinburgh Leisure's Meadowbank Sports Centre onJune 8. It will be the first time that Ennis, who is entered into the hurdles, javelin and long jump at the UK Women's Athletic League Premier Division meeting, will have competed outdoors since her success at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Ennis' coach Tony Minichiello agreed, saying the event is the perfect opportunity to "blow the cobwebs away". He also confirmed that Ennis has a Diamond League meeting in Oslo on her schedule, where she will again compete in two or three individual events, while her first heptathlon competition will be in Tallinn in Estonia at the end of June. Informs Athletics Weekly.

EUGENE (USA): Mary Cain, the phenomenal 17-year-old from Bronxville, New York, has been added to the IAAF Diamond League 800m at the June 1st Prefontaine Classic. Coached by Oregon legend Alberto Salazar, Cain has the potential to not only improve upon her 800 personal best (2:03.34), but to take down the High School and American Junior record of 2:00.07 set by Kim Gallagher in 1982.  In the field olympic winner Mariya Savinova, former olympic winner Pamela Jelimo, Shanghai winner Francine Niyonsaba and top US runner Alysia Montano with Olympic medalist Yekaterina Poistogova and in-shape US Brenda Martinez.

LAUSANNE (SUI): Athletissima of Lausanne confirmed that for July 4date already 9 gold medalists of the 2012 London Olympic Games (5 men and 4 women) are confirmed. The following Olympic champions will be present: Felix Sanchez (400 m hurdles), Renaud Lavillenie (pole vault), Christian Taylor (triple jump), Tomasz Majewski (shot put) and Keshorn Walcott (javelin) in the men's events, and , in the women's event Allyson Felix (200 m), Sanya Richards-Ross (400 m), Sally Pearson (100 m hurdles) and Sandra Perkovic (discus throw). In pole vault, shot put and javelin of men all three London medalists will compete (Lavillenie-Otto-Holzdeppe, Majewski-Storl-Hoffa and Walcott-Pyatnytsa-Ruuskanen). In the 400 m Sanya Richards-Ross will clash with Amantle Montsho and in the 100 m hurdles Sally Pearson (if ok) against Dawn Harper. For the sprints meet director Jacky Delapierre wants to see the current shape and wants to decided about participants after Eugene meeting.

NEW YORK (USA): The sprints at adidas Grand Prix in New York (IAAF Diamond League) on May 25 have been revealed. In the 100 m Tyson Gay will face Nesta Carter, Ryan Bailey and Richard Thompson among others. In women 100  Marshevet Hooker the 2011 relay world champion is making her return here missing the 2012 season to childbirth, in the field also Tianna Bartoletta and Kelly-Ann Baptiste. In the women 200 m Veronica Campbell-Brown faces Bianca Knight.

LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics announced that promising Estonian multi-eventer Maicel Uibo and Croatia's marathon specialist Lisa Stublic have been announced as the European Athletes of the Month for April. Second Czech shot putter Ladislav Prasil and third Portugal walker Joao Vieira.  In the women poll second walking olympic winner Yelena Lashmanova and Czech 400 m hurdler Zuzana Hejnova third.

BRUSSELS (BEL): Belgian heptathlete Sara Aerts has opened her outdoor season well with 13.13 over 100m hurdles and 602 in the long jump. The athlete said on Twitter she feels more than ready for the IAAF World combined events challenge meeting in Gotzis this weekend.
AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch thrower Rutger Smith has succesfully received surgery last night on his right Achilles. Smith, when throwing in Shanghai at the IAAF Diamond League meeting, ruptured his Achilles tendon and is facing a long rehabilitation process. The Dutchman had moved to Los Angeles during the winter with the hopes of better preparing for the upcoming season but will now stay in The Netherlands for follow up on the injury reports
SINN (GER): Belgian high jumper Hannelore Desmet hurt her Achilles while jumping in the german city of Sinn. Desmet confirmed to Belgian media she will have more information on the severity of the injury later this week.
BERLIN (GER): German twin sisters Anna and Lisa Hahner will start training with Italian top coach Renato Canova. The sisters previously worked with German coach Wolfgang Heinig, who ended their cooperation after the Hamburg marathon reports
TOKYO (JPN):  The Japan News website reports that the 10.01 100m by Yoshihide Kiryu on April 29 might not be ratified as equalling the world junior record as there was no ultrasonic wind gauge in operation as specified in IAAF rules for records. The wind gauge in use registered a reading of 0.9m/sec. Informs Athletics International.

YALTA (UKR): Reigning European champion in javelin Vira Rebryk informed EME News about her competitions plan for next weeks. The 24-years old Ukrainian who opened summer season with 64.30m is going to perform at three next Diamond League events in New York (May 25), Eugene (June 1) and Rome (June 6). Reigning national record holder (66.86m) also confirmed her plans to compete at all main season's events: European team championships in Gateshead, World university games in Kazan and World championships in Moscow. 

MELBOURNE (AUS): More Australians than ever will battle it out in the marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow after Athletics Australia confirmed the selection of an additional six charges to compete in one of the toughest events in sport. Set to join the three automatically selected athletes from the Marathon Trial held as part of the Melbourne Marathon last October, the team of nine will be joined by a very strong race walking team of eight. Following the confirmed withdrawal of pre-selected athletes Lisa Weightman and Michael Shelley, the marathon team stands at five women and four men. Marathon Trial gold and silver medallists Jane Fardell and Lauren Shelley will lead the women's squad, with the duo to be joined by London Olympians Jess Trengove and Benita Willis, as well as Australian Flame debutant Nikki Chapple. Competing in the men's event are Marathon Trial winner Scott Westcott and London Olympians Jeff Hunt and Martin Dent. Shawn Forrest, who will compete for Australia for the first time since the 2002 IAAF World Junior Championships, is also set to start. In the walking the team will be led by Olympic silver medallist Jarred Tallent, who was pre-selected after his performance in London last August, the men's 50km walk start list will also include Selection Trial winner Luke Adams and five-time IAAF World Race Walking Cup representative Chris Erickson, while the men's 20km walk features a duo of debutantes in Dane Bird-Smith and Rhydian Cowley. Competing in the women's 20km event are Tanya Holliday, Regan Lamble and Jess Rothwell. The IAAF World Championships team now stands at 35 athletes, with the Final Selectors Meeting to determine all remaining discretionary selections after the close of the IAAF Qualification Period on 29 July 2013.

TUBINGEN (GER): German top track distance runner Arne Gabius confirmed his debut at 10 000 m for Eugene Pre Classic on May 31. If succesful he might double at World Championships in Moscow.

KINGSTON (JAM): Olympic Games sprint relay bronze medallist, Kemar Bailey-Cole, targets a time under 10 seconds at this weekend's Adidas Grand Prix, the third stop in the 2013 IAAF Diamond League Meeting, in New York. However, it seems the young and upcoming sprint star wants to be a regular member of the sub-10 club. Writes Trackalerts. "My focus going into New York will be to execute properly. I most definitely need to work on my start. I would be satisfied with anything under 10 seconds or under 10.09," explained Bailey-Cole, who ran in the 4x100m heats of Jamaica's road to success at the London Olympic Games. "My main goal for the season is to make the World Championships team, not only as a member of the relay squad, but also in the 100m," he said.

IRVINE (USA): Asics America welcomes Track & Field star and 2012 Olympian, Alysia Montaño, to its expanding team of distinguished athletes. Her vibrant persnality and unwavering work ethic make her a strong addition to Asics' talented family of athletes. A fearless competitor in the notoriously challenging 800-meter event, Alysia is easily recognized by the signature flower she wears in her hair while competing.


MIYOSHI (JPN, May 18): At Chugoku district Corporate team Championships Kenyan Charles Ndirangu won the 10 000 m in 28:27.67 and Ayumi Hagiwara posted 32:35.54 in the women race.

CUENCA (ECU, May 15-17): Olympic finalist Alex Quinonez clocked here hand timed 10.0 (-0.3) and 20.83 (-0.5) in sprints.

LETTERKENNY (IRL, May 18): European CC Champ Fionualla Britton achieved in mixed race 8:55.89 at the 3000 m.


PULHEIM (GER): 1989 World indoor champion at 400 m Helga Arendt of Germany died at age of 49 after a long illnes. At that time she was competing for West Germany.

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