Eaton and Hardee to Gotzis, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Eaton, Hardee, World Champs 2011, 
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With less than 95 days before Moscow 2013, the athletes of the world are coming out of hibernation, or long training. The Doha League is less than four days away and the battles that will be fought there will be eye opening. and the  will be there to witness the opening of the 2013 Diamond League season. 

In the next four weeks, we will see Doha (May 10), Shanghai (May 18), adidas GP NYC (May 25) and the Pre Classic (June 1). That is four weeks of great global track & field! 

Bolt ok for Wednesday
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican Gleaner and Observer are informing that Usain Bolt will travel to Cayman Islands on Tuesday to take part in the Cayman Invitational on Wednesday in Georgetown.  "My coach and I decided I should go to Cayman and run," Bolt was quoted as saying while adding "It is much less pressure running on the straight." Bolt will run his first 100 m of the year there.  Also, he was asked to comment on American Tyson Gay's winning 100 m clocking of 9.86 on Saturday. Bolt said it was a good time, noting that Gay has run that fast before so it was another run in that bracket for the American. 

Eaton and Hardee for Gotzis
GOTZIS (AUT): Organisers of 39th hypomeeting in Gotzis (IAAF CE Challenge) confirmed that world record holder Ashton Eaton will compete in this Austrian meet on May 25-26. Eaton himself already said that earlier.  His rivals will be other US decathlete, current world champion Trey Hardee, world junior champion Gunnar Nixon and Jake Arnold. Also everyoung Roman Sebrle is scheduled to compete in his 15th and final Gotzis. Czech Republic with rich tradition at this meet will have also the young Adam Sebastian Helcelet, home participant will be Domink Distelberger. In heptathlon Russian world champion Tatyana Chernova is the top name as Briton Jessica Ennis will not compete due to a wedding, organizers are saying. Also in the field European Champion Antoinette Nana Djimou of France and US 2011 Champion Sharon Day. 

R. Crouser 21.09 shot put
WACO (USA, May 5): Charles Silmon scored a sprint double during the final day of Big 12 Championships with 10.18 (+2.3) and 20.33 (+1.4) PB. Kyle Clemons improved to 45.10 when winning the 400 m. But the result of the day was huge personal best for 2009 World youth champion Ryan Crouser (now 20 years old) with 21.09 in the shot put. Michael Stigler clocked 49.79 in the 400 m hurdles. In women sprints Paris Daniels got 22.73 (+1.6) in the 200 m over Cierra White 22.89, for both life-time bests. In the 100 m the result was opposite, White 11.25 (+1.6) and Daniels 11.34. Diamond Dixon won the 400 m in 51.73.

Two world leads
SAN DIEGO (USA, May 5):  New distance meet Rerun San Diego saw first sub 2 minutes of the outdoor season when in-shape Brenda Martinez clocked 1:59.59. Second Chanelle Price 2:01.20 over Treniere Moser 2:01.65. And fourth super talent Mary Cain 2:01.68 improvement at age of 17. Dutch Susan Kuijken won the mile in another world leading mark 4:27.13 ahead of Brianna Felnagle 4:28.90. Olympic finalist Duane Solomon won the men 800 m in 1:46.54 ahead of Erik Sowinski 1:46.76 and long distance runner Lopez Lomong 1:47.07.

Women 100 m battle
EUGENE (USA): Another classic battle in the ongoing USA vs. Jamaica turf battle for sprint dominance will play itself out in the women's 100 Meters at the 39th Pre Classic on June 1st  at Hayward Field. Fresh winner from Kingston Veronica Campbell-Brown with olympic winner Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and Kerron Stewart will clash against world champion Carmelita Jeter, Allyson Felix and Tianna Bartoletta. The field will be added by two Africans Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria and Muriella Ahoure from Ivory Coast. You cannot ask for more even in a world championships final. 


DOHA (QAT): The 2013 outdoor season will be Kim Collins' nineteenth year at the international athletics circuit. His first international race comes this Friday at Doha Diamond League 2013 opener. Interestingly he will debut in Doha. "My goal is to reset abolish myself as a great sprinter. I am looking forward to the entire 2013 track and field season. If I make it to Moscow, that will be a big plus," said Collins who also admitted he wants to be a coach after ending his career.  Doha offers in the 100 m mainly Justin Gatlin, Mike Rodgers and Collins. From Jamaicans Nesta Carter, Jason Young and Jacques Harvey are coming. Also in the race 2007 World medalist Derrick Atkins of Bahamas and Asian record holder Samuel Francis from Qatar.

DOHA (QAT): Double olympic winner Andreas Thorkildsen who is already in Doha came face to face with another tough task that he had to cope with; Equestrian Javelin Throw. Although he hadn't ride a horse since his childhood, Andreas accepted with pleasure the challenge to throw a javelin while riding a proud Arabian breed horse at Al Shaqab, Qatar's famous equestrian center. "I suppose they gave me an "easy" one to ride" cheerful Andreas said after the photoshooting and right before he enjoyed a tour at Al Shaqab's state-of-the-art facilities.

DOHA (QAT): No show will be current world champion in the high jump Jesse Williams who injured his foot. He still hopes to be ok for Shanghai Diamond League on May 18.

DOHA (QAT): US champs kind of race in women 100 m hurdles with 7 US runners and Briton Tiffany Porter who lives and trains overseas. Quality is not missing, two olympic medalists Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells, popular Lolo Jones, fast indoors Yvette Lewis, fast this season Queen Harrison and always ready for top time Virginia Crawford. World lead should go (12.62), also the meet record 12.52 by Canadian Priscilla Lopes-Schliep from 2009 will be under threat. 


ADDIS ABEBA (ETH): Kenenisa Bekele will run the 10 000 m at Pre Classic what is also Ethiopian qualification race for the World Championships in Moscow. It was confirmed by his agent Jos Hermens for French daily L´Équipe.

SAO PAULO (BRA): Brazilian fast women will compete at the Brazilian Athletics Tour 2013, a three meet series. Ana Claudia Lemos, Franciela Krasucki and Rosangela Santos will face US LaShauntea Moore, Mikele Barber and Tori Bowie. Also coming from Bahamas Sheniqua Ferguson.

BANGKOK (THA): Sally Pearson, London 2012 Olympic champion hurdler from Australia plans to compete in 4x100 relay event of 2nd leg of Asian Grand Prix at Chonburi and Colombo on 8th May and 12th May.

BUDAPEST (HUN): In the latest rankings London Marathon is leading the 2013 marathon rankings of with 10 702 points. Second place for Dubai 10 048, third is Paris 9932 ahead of Tokyo 9870.  More at

TURNOV (CZE): Organiser of the Danek Memorial in Turnov confirmed that on May 28 in main event the discus Gerd Kanter, Virgilijus Alekna and Piotr Malachowski should throw. In the shot put announced is Canadian olympic finalist Dylan Armstrong. He should compete against European list leader home putter Ladislav Prasil. 

KLADNO (CZE): The 7th edition of Kladno Combined Events meeting announced change of the name to "TNT Express Meeting". It will be staged on June 8-9 as part of IAAF Combined Events Challenge. Already confirmed are Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan, Cuban olympic medalist Leonel Suaraze and Serbian Mihai Dudas. Also Adam Sebastian Helcelet will be after Gotzis ready to compete again as the top home decathlete. Three time second placer here Karolina Tyminska of Poland confirmed her participation in women heptathlon. Also in the field Cuban Yargelis Rodriguez, still a junior and tpop Greek Sofia Ifantidou also a good quality javelin thrower. Czech side will be represented by two time winner Eliska Klucinova with Katerina Cachova.

AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch Michel Butter has returned to light training after his marathon success at the Rotterdam marathon two weeks ago. Butter has started preparations for the IAAF World championships in Moscow and also confirmed his upcoming competitions such as the half marathon of Zwolle and the Dutch 10.000m championships. He will also travel to Cortina to assist the employees of his main sponsor PWc in a 30K run he told
PARIS (FRA): A lot has changed for French hammer thrower Stéphanie Falzon since she placed 9th at the last year's Olympic Games. Falzon no longer trains with Gilles Dupray and now is assisted by former portuguese thrower Victor Costa and Aurélien Boisrond. She has also completely changed her technique and hopes the changes will lead her to the IAAF World championships this summer according to


BELFAST (GBR, May 6): Kenyan favorite Joel Kipsang won the Belfast City Marathon in 2:19:28. New women course record was achieved by Ukrainian Nataliya Lehonkova 2:36:50, also personal best for the 31-years old runner. 

PITTSBURGH (USA, May 5): Kenyan James Kirwa defended in 2:13:37 his win from last year at 5th Pittsburgh Marathon. American Mary Akor won the women's in 2:37:35. In the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, Kenyans Julius Kogo and Risper Gesabwa won in 1:02:32 and 1:13:16 respectively with Kogo setting a course record. Under clear, cool conditions, there were 22,761 entrants in both races combined, an event record. Event website informs.  Second Stephen Njoroge achieved 2:14:10. In women race second Ethiopian Beyene Guangul 2:38:05. Solid also second in half marathon Linus Chumba 1:03:12.

SPOKANE (USA, May 5): Ethiopian wins at the 37th Lilac Bloomsday Run at the 12 km. It wasn't easy, but in the end Belete Assefa managed a decisive surge that carried him away from Kenyan Emmanuel Bett to become the first Ethiopian male champion the race history.  Buzunesh Deba, made it three in a row  for Ethiopian women (39:53) at Bloomsday, as she shook off a determined effort by fellow Ethiopian Makida Adbela (40:15). A field of over 51,000 signed up for this year's Bloomsday, all of whom  were given a "Bloomsday Stands With Boston" bracelet to wear during the race. Organizers are saying. Along with top competition in all Bloomsday divisions, 47,165 finishers enjoyed performances from nearly 30 bands, vocalists and performing groupes along the course.

KERICHO (KEN, May 5): Alice Chelangat overcame stiff opposition to win the fourth edition of the Kericho International Marathon in 2:51:07. East Standard informs. Debutant Elizabeth Chepngeno emerged second in 3:06.39. Confusion marked the men's category that saw no athlete awarded. Some athletes had covered 42km while some had run 52km after being misled by the guides. Athletics Kenya (AK) chairman Isaiah Kiplagat said his office will deliberate on the matter and will come up with a decision on how to give awards to the category by Wednesday. Those who clocked their best in the men's 42km race are Gilbert Kiptum (2:45:10), Abraham Kirui (2:47:22) and Leonard Langat (2:49:35). World Cross Country champion Emily Chebet clocked 30:01 to defend the women's 10 km (times looking to be too fast, EME NEWS note) title for the third time in a row. Second Pascalia Chepkorir 30:03 followed by Emmy Chepkirui in 30:05. Josephat Bett was the top male runner in 28:59 ahead of Boniface Kongin 29:01 and Leonard Kipkoech 29:07.

BRISTOL (GBR, May 5): Another good performance for British runner Gemma Steel, getting the win here in the women's race in 32:15, 9 seconds off of her personal best. Dave Webb won the men category in 30:05. From RRW. 


BRUSSELS (BEL, May 5): At the fast track of Brussels' Stade Roi Boudouin, Kevin Borlée opened his season with a decent 45.72. Kevin finished ahead of his brother Dylan Borlée who clocked 47.77.

VILA NOVA DE CERDEIRA (POR, May 5): Spanish guest Frank Casanas achieved here good discus 65.38 m. 

CHULA VISTA (USA, May 2): At another OTC Pre-World meet Nick Mossberg won the pole vault with 560 personal best and Ireland´s record holder Tori Pena cleared 445 in women event.

SAO PAULO (BRA, May 5): 19-years old Higor Silva Alves improved in the long jump to 788 (+0.2) and will be so a medal contender for the Pan-Am junior Champs in August in Colombia. 

LOS ANGELES (USA, May 5): At Pac 12 multis Dakotah Keys won the decathlon with 8001 points personal best over Jeremy Taiwo 7998. In women heptathlon Keia Pinnick scored 5801 points. 

PISCATAWAY (USA, May 5): Final day of Big East Champs sawa Chris Giesting winning the 400 m in 45.90 over Brycen Spratling 45.94. Kenyan Carvin Nkanata posted 20.83 (+0.7) in the 200 m and Terrence Somerville windy 13.41 (+4.7) over the hurdles.

HAYS (USA, May 5): Jamiacan Romel Lewis won the 100 m at MIAA Champs in 10.26 (+1.7) personal best.

DURHAM (USA, May 5): Slovak hammer thrower Marcel Lomnicky got good 76.87 at Duke Twilight in bad weather.



TARNBY (DEN, May 5): Danish sprinting talent Kristoffer Hari and his Sunday 200 m time 21.77 was not Danish youth record but Danish 16 years old best. Danish youth record is held by Lars Pedersen (17y) with 21.44 in 1983.

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