adidas Grand Prix preview, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Brittney Reese, Jenn Suhr, Blanka Vlasic, 
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David Rudisha, 
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Tyson Gay, 
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Sherone Simpson, Sanya Richards-Ross, Veronica Campbell-Brown, 
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It is early on Saturday morning in New York City. Most of the athletes have crashed, and downstairs at the Grand Hyatt, some coaches, managers and agents are talking track. The staff for the adidas Grand Prix has just finished up getting athletes from the airports and the team working on the meet is still working. Tomorrow will be an early meet, starting at 9 am with the discus and ending at 3.45 PM. will be there from the first discus throw to the last relay. Even with possible tough weather, it should be a fantastic meet. If you are at home, please watch it on TV, follow us on twitter, FB or live. Support your sport.

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Support the adidas grand prix NYC tomorrow, it should be a great meet! 





NEW YORK (USA): Third meet of IAAF Diamond League in „Big Apple" on a new blue track is promising exciting duels. Gay, Rudisha, two very special names. Returns of Vlasic and Sanya and top women pole vault field. Meet records and world leads in danger. In between also junior, high school, even masters and kids competition. The only worry, chilly weather, possible some rain.



Event by event






100 m: Gay against strong sub 10 group (Ashmeade, R. Bailey, Bailey-Cole, Carter, Thompson). But first heats and then the final.


200 m: Non-DL. Clear favorite Weir, first sub 20 of the year?


400 m: Non-DL. Former champ Wariner. K. Borlee from Europe and two relay medalists from London Mance and McQuay.


800 m: Rudisha is expected to be faster than in Doha, so WL is very possible.


5000 m: Gebremeskel and Gebrhiwot for world lead, meet record13:02.90 also possible.


110mH: Open field, based on this year Ortega. World lead 13.16 in danger. Merritt injured, Oliver and Richardson missing.


TJ: Taylor vs. Idowu.


SP: Whiting is the leader. Hoffa, Majewski, possibly Cantwell attacking from behind.






100 m: Non-DL. Baptiste, return of Hooker, also running Bartoletta.


200 m: VCB should improve the WL 22.31.


400 m: Deep field, return of SRR, but also WL Montsho, EL Ohuruogu, Shericka and Novlene Williams from Jamaica.


1500 m: Doha winner Aregawi is the clear favorite. Meet record4:01.60 in danger.


Steeple: Chepkirui most probably to win again, meet record 9:27.29 should be broken.


HJ: Return of Vlasic, but Barrett is already in shape. Meet record 194 will go. For first time this year in DL.


PV: Top technical field of the day. Suhr vs. Silva should bring something special. But also Murer, Spiegelburg, Bleasdale, Svobodova.


LJ: Reese should confirm her flying mark from Doha. Meet record 674 will be send to the past.


DT: Another solo of Perkovic. She will be the new meet record holder (currently 63.97).


JT: First big clash of the year (Abakumova, Obergfoll, Viljoen, Rebryk), for first time held in DL 2013.





NEW YORK (USA): US record holder Tyson Gay said for L´Équipe he is not yet sure about doubling at US Championships in June. „I felt my groin after the 200 in Clermont. It's been a while since I had not run so fast in the curve. I give myself time to decide if I double at the trials. That was the initial idea, but we must see how I feel." Gay also confirmed that New York will be his last meet before the Championships.



MOSCOW (RUS): High jump London Olympic and reigning world champion Anna Chicherova explained to All Sport news agency why she has refused to compete in the New York Diamond League meet. "My first competition in Tokyo was very exciting and I have been recovering after that trip too long. It took more than week of my time. That's why I decided to come back home after my second competition in Beijing to make quiet preparation for next European event I'll have in Rome. Moreover I made only eight jumping practices till now including performances in Tokyo and Beijing. So after clearing 202 in China I'm sure I have good potential to improve my results more but travel to USA would take a lot of my energy and power," said the 30-year-old Russian.



VOLGOGRAD (RUS): Coach of pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva Yevgeniy Trofimov informed All Sport news agency that she will go to rehabilitation clinic in Munich on May 26 to make some consultations and treatments of her injury. "We made medical examinations in Shanghai. Chinese doctors are sure that pain in Yelena's leg is just recurrence of an old injury which became inflamed after we started to train on usual competitions surface." Trofimov also betrayed a secret that on April 29 Isinbayeva cleared 5.11 at last indoor training session. World record is 506 cm. "Yelena is ready now like never! She has a big desire to jump, good physical and great mental condition. The only one current problem is the pain in her left leg. If we resolve that problem in the near time I'll not be worried about the outcome of Moscow Worlds."







PARIS (FRA): French long distance runner Hassan Hirt was banned for two years and his suspension will end on December 16, 2014. He tested positive early August last year for EPO and was excluded from the French team in London.


OTTAWA (CAN): Athletics Canada selected 56 athletes to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) 2013 Summer Universiade (FISU) team that will compete in Kazan, Russia. In the team also five olympians from London. Melissa Bishop, Inaki Gomez, Julie Labonte, Segun Makinde and Sarah Wells.


TORONTO (CAN): The 2013 National Track League announced that 37 Olympians have confirmed their participation at the 3rd annual Toronto International Track & Field Games (TITFG) on June 11 at the University of Toronto's Varsity Centre. The meet is second in the Canadian circuit. Headliners at the TITFG include 2012 Olympic Games bronze high jump medalist Derek Drouin, reigning 100m Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games champion Lerone Clarke of Jamaica and 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist and previous World and Pan American Games Champion Lauryn Williams in the women's 100 m. The men's 400 m will feature a pair of 2012 Olympic Games medallists in Michael Mathieu of the Bahamas and Manteo Mitchell of the United States.


MOSCOW (RUS): Management of sports and entertainment events in Moscow received more than 4 thousand applications from those who want to volunteer at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow. „Despite the fact that it is even more than the required number of volunteers the receipt of applications is still going on as we don't have enough applications for some specific activities," said the first deputy general director Alexander Buzdakov. LOC expects to involve about 3500 volunteers in Moscow championships. Mr. Buzdakov also noted they still need technical and transport specialists, engineers and doctors.


SAN JUAN (PUR): Puerto Rico announced the bid of Professor Victor Lopez, one of the most respected personalities in the world of athletics in the Americas, to run for the presidency of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation (NACAC). Lopez, 69, aims to fill the vacuum left by the late NACAC chairman Neville ‚Teddy‚ McCook of Jamaica, who passed away on February 11. Elections for the new NACAC president will be held in Moscow on August 6th, before the start of the World Championships.


NEW DELHI (IND): India will send a 10 member team, including 2 girls, to the World Youth Athletics Championships to be held at Donetsk in July.







HAVANA (CUB, May 17-18): Good discus here, in women category Yaime Perez 64.08 and Jorge Fernandez 63.30 in men section. Daysurami Bonne clocked 51.2 in the women 400 m.


BUCURESTI (ROU, May 24): Olympic medalist Marian Oprea got 16.57 (-2.4) in triple jump at national meet.

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