OSTRAVA (CZE): Sold out City Stadium (22 000) saw another succesfull (49th) edition of the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting. Six world leading marks (men 100, 300, 3000, javelin, women 10 000, hammer), three meet records (100, 300, 3000). Also 7 European leading marks were registered. In official 100 yards splits 9.07 and 9.09 by Asafa Powell and 10.15 by Shelly-Ann Fraser were all-time world bests. Yevgeniya Polyakova achieved European all-time best 10.45. The impressive 13.12 by Dayron Robles is one of the fastest times ever in pouring rain. Specially men´s 110 m hurdles and women 100 m were held in the strongest rain. The results all sprinters would be able to achieve in good weather remained as not fulfilled dream of the organizers. After the event which is broadcasted in more than 130 countries world-wide journalists asked what is missing that the meet is not included in the IAAF Diamond League. Golden Spike meet director legendary Jan Zelezny was able to answer: „We always stated we wanted to be part of it. For the first year we were not invited, but we are remaining hopeful for the future. The financial guarantees are available, great spectators, media interest and mainly top stars like Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell or Dayron Robles like our event and we hope they will be returning. We do not have too many arguments to offer why we are not invited. I can only guess it is because the series wants to be world-wide and cannot have too many European events even when there are differences in quality of some aspects. On the other hand the Central and Eastern part of Europe which produces high quality athletes is not represented in the circuit. Our excellent spectators who remained in the non-covered stands despite the rain until the end deserve my big thank you.“
CAPE TOWN (RSA): Caster Semenya is not banned from competition, Athletics South Africa (ASA) has made it clear. But she is still waiting for her gender verification tests from IAAF, which are not expected until June. She has not competed since winning a gold medal at the Berlin world championships. Her coach said that the meet on June 24 is canceled but she said for Reuters: „I‘m still training every day. Every athlete wants a gold at the Olympics, and that‘s still my goal.“
LONDON (GBR): The 2012 organizing committee aims at involving young people into the Olympic movement as they plan the route of the Olympic Torch relay. For the next 70 days a total of 8,000 torch bearers will help the flame around the UK before reaching its final destination, London, the weekend before the 2012 Games begin on July 27. London 2012 is committed to making sure at least 50 percent of the 4000 torch bearers are under the age of 24. The route is planned only within the UK and not internationally to avoid problems with protesters, as happened in 2008 writes insidethegames.biz.
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