Zaripova out of Moscow Championships! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Yuliya Zaripova, photo by

Well, the old saying goes that, from ten days before a major championship, the only thing one can do is get injured, has been proven right once again! Yuliya Zaripova, the London Olympic champion, World Champion, European champion, should have been able to win the steeple in just about any situation. Well, except one.

Zaripova hit a steeple barrier and hurt both her knee and tore groin muscle. Ughh. 

IAAF met with IOC
MOSCOW (RUS): The IAAF Council met with the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee at the Radisson Royal Hotel in Moscow. IAAF President Lamine Diack took the opportunity to say farewell in an official capacity to IOC President Jacques Rogge. To mark the occasion, Jacque Rogge was presented with a special tapestry that had been commissioned on behalf of the IAAF by Lamine Diack, and which was produced in the IAAF President's home nation Senegal. Dr Rogge praised the IAAF efforts in the fight against doping and supported the fact that IAAF will return to four-year sanctions for serious doping offences, starting on 1 January 2015.


RUSSIA: All-Sport News Agency informs that the participation of world champion Olga Kaniskina at 20 km walk and olympic winner Sergey Kirdyapkin at 50 km walk is not sure. Endurance head coach Aleksey Melnikov said the final decision is not made yet. "Final solution will be taken after their coach Viktor Chegin will decide until this events will begin," said Melnikov for All-Sport. Initial reports saying they are facing health issues.

USA: American 1500m champion Treniere Moser has withdrawn from the World Championships.  Moser, 31, said through a blog post that she had partially ruptured a hamstring tendon. The "next girl" would be Sarah Brown, who finished fifth in the USA Outdoor Championships.  Although she was beaten in that selection race by both Shannon Rowbury and Kerri Gallagher, neither woman is in a position to replace Moser.  Rowbury is already on the USA squad in the 5000m, and Gallagher lacks the World Championships "A" qualification standard of4:05.50 necessary to allow her to join teammates Simpson (the defending world champion), Cain and Cory McGee.  Brown, the former Sarah Bowman, ran 4:05.27 last May. Informs RRW.

RUSSIA: Yuliya Zaripova, the World and Olympic champion in the steeplechase, has had to pull out of the World Championships in Moscow. The 27 year old Russian athlete hit a steeple barrier during training two days ago, seriously hurting her knee and tearing groin muscles. Informs Her season is over, confirmed Russian distance running national coach Aleksey Melnikov. "It is big disappointment for her, she had top chances for the World Championships," said Melnikov.

FRANCE: French top hurdler Pascal Martinot-Lagarde got back pain last Monday during a workout session. Friday, two days before his entry into the World Championships in Moscow he gave an update on his health for L´Équipe: "0n the flat, it was fine. After running over hurdles, I felt a shock. Last two days I could not run. But on the day of my competition in Moscow, I will run. But I would not have the usual explosive technique. I will try to run with my head. "  

BELGIUM: Belgian hurdler Adrien Deghelt will not compete in Moscow because of an injury. 


MOSCOW (RUS): Russia never registered a sub 10 seconds in the 100 m. The fastest time achieved in the country is the 10.03 of Nigerian Olapade Adeniken in June 1996 in Moscow. 

TOKYO (JAP): Japanese sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu is only 17 and he's already run 10.01 for the 100m, but his mark will not be recognised as world junior record due imroper wind gauge used. The 17 year old ran his first Diamond league in London, finishing last in 10.55. Japanese athletes have struggled to transfer top juniors to elite senior level. Two reasons for this problem could be size differences and fatigue caused by going to "boot camp" like schools, according to Japanese reporter Kazushi Nagatsuka. In a report by, Kiryu said that he wants to "enjoy" and "gain experience" in his races in Moscow.

ELDORET (KEN): New electronics have been installed in social hangouts in the towns of Eldoret and Iten so that the IAAF World Championships in Moscow can be viewed by the large amount of athletes, coaches, families and fans that reside in these areas.

MOSCOW (RUS): Usain Bolt says that "it's very important" that he wins back his title. "I want to keep winning every race that I compete in", "I'm in good shape, focused and feeling well". Mo Farah described his competition as "fierce" and admitted that it would be "very tough" to win each race. Informs

MOSCOW (RUS): British sprinter James Dasaolu ran 9.91 (1.1) in the British trials. However, he has failed to back up that time since and has had some injury problems. Dasaolu ran 10.09 (0.9) in 2009 but has not been able to make a big breakthrough because of "physical frailty", reports Despite this the 25 year old is confident of his chances in Moscow. He is the fourth fastest in the men's 100m competition and took silver at the European indoors in March.

MOSCOW (RUS): Australian discus thrower Dani Samuels has admitted that the pressure of being defending champion affected her performance at the world championships in Daegu, informs Samuels won the discus crown in Berlin in 2009, at 21 she was the youngest ever world champion in the event. She struggled in Daegu (10th) and London (12th) but has returned to good form this year with a throw of 64.46. Samuels credits a return to the basketball court, to play alongside her sisters, for the improvement in her fitness this year.

PARIS (FRA): It was now officially confirmed, French 100m hurdler Alice Decaux has tested positive for amphetamines. The test was conducted at the European Team Championships in Gateshead, England. The head of the French federation's disciplinary committee said that Decaux is "provisionally suspended and cannot take part in the World Championships". Informs Reuters.

MOSCOW (RUS): Belgian heptathlete Nafi Thiam writes for, that she is relaxed before the World Championships as her season has already been a successful one after winning gold at the European Juniors in Rieti. She believes that her experience in Rieti has prepared her well for the World stage.

NIJMEGEN (NED): Dutch based  Global Sports Communication has a group of 106 international top athletes competing at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

MOSCOW (RUS): Jon Mulkeen gives a numerical preview of the World Championships on Moscow is the 14th edition of the championships that were first held 30 years ago. 1974 athletes are entered representing 206 nations. 200 territories will receive the television broadcast while 3000 accredited media will operate in Moscow. The total prize money on offer is 7,194,000. The oldest competitor is 43, the youngest 16. 141 medals will be awarded. 31 out of the 42 reigning world champs will compete in Moscow while 34 out of the 41 reigning Olympic champions will compete.

LAUSANNE (SUI): Shot Putter Valerie Adams is "feeling pretty good" but admits she feels more pressure than last year due to the fact she is the overwhelming favourite to take the World title, informs This is the 28 year olds 5th World Championships and she aims to enjoy the experience. Adams says that she works well under pressure and relishes the challenge that comes from it.

MOSCOW (RUS): French vaulter Renaud Lavillenie says that he feels good and that his training has gone very well. He will enter the Pole Vault qualification at 5.65, the automatic qualification height is 5.70. 2013's World Leader was a bronze medallist at the Worlds in Daegu but is a different athlete now with a 6.02 Personal best and an Olympic title under his belt. He is confident that he can add the World title to his list of achievements, saying "when the bar's set at around 5.90m, nobody's gone over but me". However he remains cautious of his rivals emphasising the importance for constant attention and not resting on his laurels. His younger brother Valentin will also compete in the Pole Vault.


PRAHA (CZE): Get your trainers on and set off into the pulsating spirit of Saturday night Prague. The O2 Prague Grand Prix taking place for the 18th time on Saturday 7th September will see a total of 6 500 runners take to the streets to pick up their own adrenalin-fuelled slice of the atmosphere. The start and finish line for the race will be moving to Wenceslas Square this year. Kicking off at 6pm already, we can look forward to checking out the   adidas Women's Race 5 km, a run a five-kilometre long course. This will be followed by the METRO 10k Race providing men and women the opportunity to compare their strength with each other. This race features the Silver Road Label awarded by the International Association of Athletics Federations which attests to its high quality. The organisers have also decided to team up with the Light for the World organisation which supports blind people in Africa. 

ERFURT (GER): The multifunctional Arena of Erfurt will be finished one year later as planned in 2016.  

BAD KOSTRITZ (GER): More World Championships participants signed for the throwing meet in Bad Kostritz on August 25. In discus Martin Wierig, in shot put Christina Schwanitz with David Storl, in javelin the newcomers Lars Hamman with Bernhard Seifert.

CAPE COD (USA): The 41st New Balance Falmouth Road Race will showcase their strong elite women's field by starting them off 10 minutes ahead of the men's elite and the masses, informs Race Results Weekly. This is the first time in the event's history that a separate start will be held. Michelle DeLuties, one of the races media representatives explained that "by giving them their own start, we are better able to allow them to stand out,". The New York City Marathon introduced a separate women's start in 2002 while the Boston marathon followed suit in 2004. The course record for the 7 mile race is 35.02, set by Lornah Kiplagat in 2000.


SZOMBATHELY (HUN, Aug 8): Slovak Nikola Lomnicka achieved here new personal best in women hammer 67.60 m.


LONDON (GBR): The much loved British coach and team manager Bob Ashwood has died from cancer, informs Athletics Weekly. Ashwood coached a large group of athletes in Birmingham as well as at the Virgin London Marathon Young Athlete camps. He also worked as a team coach at the European and World Cross Country Championships.

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