BUDAPEST (HUN): Last week it was the 183rd week in his career that Jamaican sprint sensation Asafa Powell leads the All-Athletics.com Men’s 100m World Ranking. Powell had been used to this position, but not lately. Thanks to his excellent recent performances Powell took the leading position in the latest rankings. Both other new event leaders last week are shot putters. It is the first time ever that Dylan Armstrong can call himself a world ranking leader. The Canadian thrower now shares the top spot in the men’s Shot Put with Christian Cantwell of the USA. Valerie Adams of New Zealand had already led the women’s world shot put ranking for 119 weeks before, but it took exactly one year for her to regain the lead again from Nadezhda Ostapchuk of Belarus. Informs All-Athletics.com website.
BARCELONA (ESP): The 17th International meet in Barcelona this Friday (EA Premium) confirmed the participation of Jamaican Daegu-bound sprinter Yohan Blake at 100 m. It will be the first competition for Blake since Jamaican championships. He will attack not only the meet record (10.14) but it is expected that he can come close to the stadium record 9.96 by Linford Christie when winning the Olympic gold in 1992. Also competing is Cuban world record holder Dayron Robles at 110 m hurdles and Spanish European champions at 1500 m Nuria Fernandez with Arturo Casado.
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