Pearson in France
SOTTEVILLE (FRA): French Pro Athle Tour continues in Sotteville with Olympic winner Sally Pearson as the biggest star of 100 m hurdles. 2009 World champion Ryan Brathwaite runs the men hurdles against Dayron Robles and improved Thomas Martinot-Lagarde. Trinidad champion Keston Bledman is in the 100 m and 2009 World medalist Alonso Edward of Panama in the 200 m. Three more top women to mention. Improved Almaz Ayana (2nd in Paris 5000 m) runs the steeple, world leader Yarisley Silva of Cuba is in the pole vault and Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast in the women 100 m.
Top names for Donetsk
DONETSK (UKR): At the 8th World Youth Championships to follow this week will be Jamaican sprinters Michael OÂ´Hara (100 m, 200 m), Devaugh Baker (400 m) and Yanique Thompson in girls 100 m hurdles. Unusualy also Christofer Bryan could win the high jump for Jamaica. Cuba has also strong group of gold medal contenders, Lazaro Martinez in the triple jump and Santiago Ford in octathlon are the top ones. Kenya offers Robert Biwott in the 1500 m and Nicholas Bett with Justus Lagat in the boys and Rose Chepngetich in girls steeple. Australian Matt Denny could well attack first position in discus and hammer. In the latter one he will have it tough with South American record holder Joaquin Gomez of Argentina. Russian Anatoliy Ryapolov is the long jump headliner. Boys shout put should be exclusive duel of Konrad Bukowiecki from Poland against German talent Patrick Muller. Girls sprints are offering talented Swede Irene Ekelund against US Arianna Washington. Anita Hinriksdottir from Island is in the absence of US star Mary Cain the top favorite and ready for a fast time in the girls 800 m. Ethiopian power in Tigist Gashaw (1500 m), Turkey has shot put favorite Emel Dereli (already competed for example last year at World Indoors) and Russian traditionally in walking by Olga Shargina. Hungary offers this time girls hammed domination by Reka Gyuratz and Helga Volgyi. Venezuela is sending pole vault favorite and continental youth record holder Robeilys Peinado.
MONTEGO BAY (JAM): Garth Gayle, General Secretary of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), has described as “real sad” the situation that led to 400m hurdler Daeshon Gordon being left behind while the Jamaican team headed to the IAAF World Youth Championships in Ukraine last week. The 16-year-old American-born Gordon was unable to join her teammates, as she did not have the required documents that would confirm her Jamaican nationality to the satisfaction of the IAAF regulations, Gayle told the Jamaica Observer . Gordon, whose parents are Jamaicans, is ranked third in the girls 400m hurdles after she ran a personal best 58.92 seconds to easily win the nationals.
PARIS (FRA): Anna Chicherova with her 201Paris cleared the 2 meters barrier for jubilee 40th time in a competition.
HAVANA (CUB): Cuban hurdler Orlando Ortega was suspended by his national federation for 6 months for serious misconduct. That means he will not be able to compete also at the World Championships in Moscow. His coach Kelvin Antunez was removed from the office, Cuban media are informing.
VIENNA (AUT): Two weeks after her hamstring injury at European Team Championships in Kaunas the Austrian hurdles record holder Beate Schrott recieved green light for easy training. In next two weeks she can train, but not touching speed or technique.
PARIS (FRA): TheAreva IAAF Diamond League meet was also the farewell competition of French pole vaulter Romain Mesnil at age of 36. He cleared 530 as 11th, his season best remains indoor 562. Mesnil won two World championships silvers in 2007 and 2009 and jumped 595 personal best in 2003. Won 12 national titles and also European silver 2006 in Goteborg.
ULM (GER): At German Championships final thank you was said to following retiring athletes: pole vaulter Danny E
cker, long jumper Nils Winter and female sprinter Anne Cibis.
PARIS (FRA): In the opening ceremony programme at Paris DL meet one minute of silence was performed in order to remember the death of the legendary French long distance runner Alain Mimoun.
PARIS (FRA): It was decided that the 2014 French outdoor championships will be held in Reims, informs LÂ´Ã‰quipe. This years edition will be held this weekend in Paris, but in the Charlety stadium.
VALENCE (FRA): The 9th edition of the match Decanation will be held this year onin Valence. The competition in decathlon events will have this year not only home France but also USA, Germany, Russia, Italy, Cuba, Balkan select and Nordic countries team.
LIEGE (BEL): Former world indoor champion Terrence Trammell plans to return to Europe for the Meeting International dÂ´Athletisme de la Province de Liege. In the 110 m hurdles he will face more US hurdlers Joel Brown, Spencer Adams and Belgians Adrien Deghelt with Damien Broothaerts. Talented Belgian Nafi Thiam will have her last preparation meet before European Junior Championships in Rieti, she will compete in the long jump.
HEUSDEN (BEL): ForÂ´s KBC Nacht in Heusden (EA Premium) strong 800 m is announced with multiple world indoor champion Abubaker Kaki of Sudan and Abraham Rotich who now runs for Bahrain. From Belgians Jan Van den Broek hopes for a fast time.
LYON (FRA): European champion 2010 in decathlon Romain Barras will not compete this season because of a groin injury.
MOSCOW (RUS): All-Russian athletics federation announced team for European Junior Championships composed by 28 boys and 24 girls. There are some European junior season leaders in the list: Pavel Ivashko 400m, Timofey Chalyy 400mH, Mikhail Strelkov 10 000m, Valeriy Pronkin in hammer, Pavel Parshin for walking, Yekaterina Renzhina 400 m, Alyona Kudashkina 5000 m and Nadezhda Leontyeva for walking. “We are looking forward European Juniors with optimism” said senior coach of Russian national junior team Viktor Shpak. “We hope for about 20 medals including 7-8 golds. But I’m not sure it’ll be enough for first place in medal standings.”
ULM (GER): Clemens Prokop informed he will again in November bid for his current position, president of German Athletics Federation DLV. Also confirmed is that the 2014 German Championships will be again in Ulm,.
LONDON (GBR): British media are informing that olympic long jump winner Greg Rutherford could miss World Championships in Moscow after pulling his right hamstring during the Areva meeting in Paris. Rutherford said on twitter: “Looks like bad news people. The old injury strikes. Hamstring pull.”he said on his twitter: “Off to find out the extent of the damage to my hamstring. Lets hope it’s not too bad.”
NAIROBI (KEN): Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) has expressed its confidence in Marrakech, Morocco hosting the 19th edition of the African Athletics Championships in August 2014. Marrakech will also host in the same year the IAAF Continental Cup. A signing ceremony was held in Marrakech between CAA and Morocco Athletics Federation for the championships, which will be held from. At the same time, Kampala, the capital of Uganda, was picked to stage the 2014 African Cross Country Championships in March.
MADRID (ESP):IAAF World Challenge meet in Madrid will have good shot put field. World champion David Storl leads the entries. Against him US Joe Kovacs, Bulgarian record holder Georgi Ivanov and PortugalÂ´s Marco Fortes. Best Spanish putter currently Borja Vivas will also compete. In the 100 m Spanish record holder Angel David Rodriguez will face Jamaican olympic relay winner Nesta Carter and Kemar Hyman from Cayman Islands. From home stars European champion Ruth Beitia is in the high jump.
VIENNA (AUT): Good news for Austrian athletics fans. For first time since 1995 in Goteborg the Austrian TV ORF will broadcast the World Championships this year.
KAZAN (RUS, Jul 8): In the morning session at the Universiade Dmitriy Tarabin won the javelin qualification 77.35, Japanese Keisuke Nozawa was the best in the 400 m hurdles heats 50.01 and home Ilgizar Safiulin topped the steeple heats in .27.
KITAMI (JPN, Jul 6): Kenyan Alex Mwangi won the 10 000 m in 28:03.00 at the Hokuren Distance Challenge. In women 10 000 m top four under 32:10. Kasumi Nishihara 32:05.88 ahead of Yuka Takashima 32:06.70, Mai Ito 32:07.41 and Rei Ohara 32:08.73.
CHULA VISTA (USA, Jul 5): Some top marks here. George Kitchens leaped to 817 in the long jump over Ron Taylor 814 and even higher quality triple jump by Will Claye 17.47.
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA, Jul 7): 41-years old Brazilian Giomar Pereira da Silva won the 9th Maration de Rio de Janeiro, the Olympic city in 2016 in 2:18:03. He was followed by Kenyans Willy Kimutai 2:18:11 and Jonathan Kipkorir 2:19:40. In women category top three places for Africans. Ethiopian Letay Hadush 2:40:18 ahead of Kenyans Rose Jepchumba 2:41:34 and Pamela Anisomaki 2:43:30. Fourth best Brazilian Marily dos Santos 2:43:30.
DENIZLI (TUR, Jul 7): Boys of Turkey and girls of Greece were the top teams at the Balkan Junior Championships. From final day to mention Turkish Asli Arik winning the girls 800 m in.14 and on the boys side Mesud Pezer of Bosnia wins the discus with 59.82 NJR and Krasimir Stoychkov of Bulgaria clocked 14.06 (+0.1) at the 110 m hurdles.
MORELIA (MEX): It is to note that the CAC Championships in Mexican Morelia were held in 1950 m altitude wh
at explains some fast sprints.