Athletissima Preview: Powell, Rudisha, Robles, Vlasic and many more
LAUSANNE (SUI): Athletissima started in 1977 and is ready for another superb edition at the Pontaise Stadium on Thursday, the future sees a new stadium here. Rudisha, Robles, men´s triple and shot put with Vlasic and Reese are the top highlights. More than 30 olympic, world and european gold medalists are entered. The meet in the Olympic city will end with a firework and performance of English singer, pianist and rock violinist Joni Fuller.
Event by event
MEN 100 m: Powell as Jamaican Trials winner (with Carter, Frater, Martina of Caribbean) against Europeans Lemaitre and Ndure. 400 m (non DL): Bahamian trials winner Pinder against Jam record holder Gonzales and Euro champ Kevin Borlee. 800 m: Race of the evening Rudisha is back, can he attack 1:42.61 meet record, another WL very possible. Against him World champ Mulaudzi, Euro champ Lewandowski, in-shape Laalou, Oly winner Kiprop. 5000 m: First 5000 m for under 13 at Pontaise? DR winner Merga, Kipchoge, Choge, Tariku Bekele and from younger generation Chepkok. 110mH (non DL): Robles and Turner. This meet has a special relationship to this event. Always something happens.
NEW DELHI (IND): The bitter dispute over proposed reforms of Indian sports administration in the wake of the shameful buildup to last year’s Commonwealth Games is showing no signs of abating. Without reform the country of 1.1 billion could be excluded from the Olympics Games. A bill to be introduced to parliament this year proposes significant changes, including oversight of election protocols, rules to ensure athletes are involved in administration and provisions to clean up doping and stamp out age fraud across the sporting spectrum reports dawn.com.
MONACO (MON): In changes of nationalities department latest switches from IAAF are British sprinter Tim Abeyie for Ghana (from June 23 this year), Paul Kemboi of Kenya is now Polat Kemboi Arikan of Turkey and can represent his new country from June 8, 2013. His 5000 m best is 13:18.12. Cuban high jumper and triple jumper Lysvany Perez is now Spanish but can represent his new country only since March 25, 2014. Jamaican long/triple jumper Julian Reid goes British and can start for new country since August 16, 2011.
YALTA (UKR, Jun 26): At Ukrainian U17 Championships Alina Halchenko went 5000 m walk in 22:37.19 and Heorhiy Bykov cleared 530 in the pole vault.
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