LONDON (GBR): Croydonguardian writes that after Barcelona tough competition looks set to continue two weeks later at the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on August 13 and 14, with the continent’s top athletes competing among an international field. The article says that Teddy Tamgho could face Philips Idowu there, Svetlana Feofanova should be the star of pole vault, Britain top 800 m runners should face Russian number one Mariya Savinova. Men javelin should see worlds number one Andreas Thorkildsen. Europe’s top three ranked high jumpers, Russian athletes Ivan Ukhov, Aleksandr Shustov and Andrey Silnov, will be challenging each other in the men’s high jump at Crystal Palace, guaranteeing a fantastic and closely contested competition. In the women’s high jump, reigning World Champion Blanka Vlasic leads a top European field with Italy’s Antonietta di Martino and Spain’s Ruth Beita both providing stiff competition for the world champion, each having cleared 2m this year. Finally, in the women’s 1500m Britain’s Lisa Dobriskey will be going head to head with world leader Anna Alminova of Russia.
NEW YORK (USA): RRW informs that, the 2009 IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships bronze medallist Dathan Ritzenhein has become a father for the second time.Ritzenhein‘s wife, Kalin, gave birth to a boy, Jude William Ritzenhein, at 10:22 a.m. on Friday, July 23.The baby weighed 7 lbs, 15 oz. (3.6 kg) and was 19.5 inches (49.5cm) long. Ritzenhein, who also announced last week that he will run the ING New York City Marathon on November 7, already has a daughter, Addison („Addy“), who will be 3 years-old on September 28.
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