A round-up of some of the latest global athletics news, including athletes announced for the Prefontaine Classic, Drake Relays and Ostrava Golden Spike
Kovacs vs Storl
The men’s shot put is promising a duel between the last two world champions at the Prefontaine Classic (IAAF Diamond League) on May 28 as Joe Kovacs is set to go up against David Storl.
Also competing is double Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski, world indoor champion Tom Walsh, 2007 world champion Reese Hoffa and last year’s world bronze medalist O’Dayne Richards from Jamaica.
Barber, Oliver and top relays in Texas
A strained calf muscle might force Jenn Suhr to scratch a planned appearance at the Texas Relays this weekend, informs MyStatesman.com. “I’m not going to make a poor decision and push it if I shouldn’t,” she said.
Likewise, world youth champion Khalifa St. Fort is also a doubt for the 100m at the Texas Relays, informs World-Track.org. She sustained a hip injury at the Carifta Games in Grenada at the weekend.
The event will be one of the biggest track meets in the nation as more than 7500 athletes are set to compete at Mike A. Myers Stadium for the 89th running of the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Another star of the women’s pole vault is Demi Payne and in the men’s event is world champion Shawn Barber.
Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago is entered for the 100m and 200m. Her national team is scheduled for the women’s 4x100m against two US teams (Red and White).
Wallace Spearmon is entered in the 200m. In the 100m is Ryan Bailey, NCAA indoor champ Ronnie Baker and Cameron Burrell along with Japanese star Yoshihide Kiryu. Former world champion David Oliver is listed in the 110m hurdles.
A strong 1500m line-up has been assembled for the Drake Relays on April 30, including former world champion Jenny Simpson.
Her leading challenger will be former world 800m bronze medallist Brenda Martinez.
Other leading names include Morgan Uceny, Mary Cain, Treniere Moser, Gabe Grunewald and Kenya’s Violah Lagat.
Headlining the women’s long jump field is Brittney Reese, the global gold medalist. Also due to compete is Janay DeLoach, Tianna Bartoletta, Canadian record-holder Christabel Nettey, Briton Lorraine Ugen, Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare and more US jumpers Chelsea Hayes, Funmi Jimoh and combined eventer Sharon Day-Monroe.
The women’s shot put field includes world indoor champion Michelle Carter along with Jill Camarena-Williams, Cleopatra Borel, Tia Brooks with Daniella Bunch, Brittany Smith, Jeneva Stevens, Felisha Johnson and Jessica Ramsey.
Ostrava Golden Spike
World hammer champions Pawel Fajdek and Anita Wlodarczyk will compete in the jubilee 55th Ostrava Golden Spike meeting on May 19 (IAAF World Challenge), informs organisers.
They are usual participants here, and the hammer – as part of IAAF Hammer Challenge – will be staged as usual one day before the main programme.
Organisers are hoping the duo will attack the current meet records from 2012 (Krisztian Pars with 82.28m and Betty Heidler with 78.07m).
Already announced for the meeting are Shawn Barber for the pole vault and Julius Yego in the javelin. Also top Czech stars Vitezslav Vesely, Jakub Holusa and Pavel Maslak are confirmed.
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