By Alfons Juck
Korir Goes Pro
EL PASO (USA): NCAA and Kenyan 800m champion Emmanuel Korir has signed a professional contract with Nike. “The decision for him to turn pro not only benefits him but also the program. We want the best for our athletes and if we can help them achieve the goals they want and help further their education we will do everything we can to help them,” said his coach and Olympic winner Paul Ereng. Korir still plans to finish his studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. The 22 years old runner is current World leader, but in London did not qualify for the final (came unbeaten to World championships in 2017). He is competitively running the 800 m only for second year. His agent will be Karen Locke
Asafa comes to Europe
ZAGREB (CRO): Jamaican sprint star and former World record holder Asafa Powell will return to European post London circuit. He is announced for Zagreb Hanzekovic Memorial (IAAF World Challenge) on August 29. Powell did not qualify for London and still aims at age of 34 to achieve 100 sub 10 times. So far he has 97. But he will not have it easy in Croatia as also Yohan Blake and two World relay champions from Britain Adam Gemili and Danny Talbot are confirmed. Interesting to see also 200 m World champion Ramil Guliyev who was not running the 100 m in London but clocked at home sub 10. Other sub 10 sprinters in the field will be US Mike Rodgers and Ben Meite of Ivory Coast.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Ahead of the Birmingham Diamond League, Mutaz Essa Barshim has said he believes he is still capable of breaking the world high jump record of 2.45m in near future. "A couple of years back, the level was really high and there were a few guys jumping 2.40m. Since then, some of us have battled with injuries. I really hope everyone will be well again; that is what we need to push each other to that same high level. If didn’t think the world record was still a realistic goal, I wouldn’t be here,” he said. Before Sunday´s competition he said: "First of all I want to enjoy tomorrow – my target for this season was to win gold in London; now that is done I want to go out there, enjoy it and jump well. I know I’m in good shape and hopefully I can be pushed and get some pressure to jump higher; I’ve jumped here two times and cleared 2.37m and the meeting record of 2.38m previously, so hopefully I can jump high once again." He is so far unbeaten in 2017 in 8 competitions. After Birmingham he still has Zurich and Eberstadt. Barshim also confirmed he plans to compete indoors 2018 with the aim to won Asian Indoor Championships and World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): 200 m World champion Dafne Schippers who will run on Sunday the 100 m said: “London provided the perfect championships, and it was obviously a tight race but I am delighted to be a world champion. I am excited to be racing again here in Birmingham.”
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Top field is assembled in men shot put. After groin injury again throwing will be World champion Tom Walsh, also there other two World medalists Joe Kovacs and Stipe Zunic. But Czech Tomas Stanek who was fourth showed great shape on Tuesday in Warszawa when he equaled his national record of 22.01. Walsh was quoted as saying: "This one is going to be different because usually I don’t do as well at the majors, so when I return for my next competition, I feel like I have something to prove. This time I don’t have anything to prove."
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Greek athlete Katerina Stefanidi has dominated the pole vault in recent times, adding the world title to her Olympic and European outdoor titles. The charismatic vaulter was in optimistic mood ahead of the Birmingham meeting, after attempting world record height in the London Stadium last week. "Birmingham was the first Diamond League I ever won so it is a very special place and I am looking forward to returning. I love the stadium because the crowd are so close to the vault which is great. I went into London to jump high and I was pleased with a personal record but I think I have more in me so I am looking forward to this competition."
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Good weather is forecasted for Birmingham meet with 19 degrees and no rain, some 1000 tickets were left during Saturday.
BRUSSELS (BEL): Sport.be informs that after Wayde Van Niekerk cancellation the lane in the men 400 m IAAF Diamond League final at Weltklasse Zurich was given to Belgian Kevin Borlee. He was 9th in the current standings. That means in the final will be two Europeans, Borlee (still runs non DL on Sunday in Birmingham) and Czech Pavel Maslak.
BERLIN (GER): The plans to change Berlin Olympic Stadium to football only arena are gone. Daily newspaper Tagesspiegel informs that in the new investment plan of Berlin City ruling council there are no finances planned for such operation until 2021. That would mean Hertha BSC football club should build a new stadium from their own resources.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Swedish middle distance runner Kalle Berglund will miss the remainder of the season due to a leg injury, informs the Expressen.
TAIPEI (TPE): Germany has sent a team of 26 athletes to the World University Games in Taipei, including world finalists Hanna Klein (1500m), Neele Eckhardt (triple jump) and Andreas Hofmann (javelin) and reigning champions Sara Gambetta (shot put) and Martin Grau (3000m steeplechase).
VILNIUS (LTU): European indoor high jump champion Airine Palsyte is the top name on the Lithuanian team for the World University Games.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Mo Farah has supported Birmingham’s bid to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Speaking to BBC Midlands just ahead of the city staging tomorrow’s Diamond League meeting, he said: “I know they had the World Indoors, the European Indoors and we had the World Half Marathon here. So they do know how to put events together and I hope it comes here.” Birmingham is bidding along with Liverpool to be England’s nomination to host the “Friendly Games” after Durban lost the rights earlier this year.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Uganda’s recent world 10,000m silver medallist Joshua Cheptegei is feeling confident as his London conqueror Mo Farah prepares to quit the track. He told Kwese ESPN: "There is nothing that is going to stop me from dominating the 10 000m race.”
TOKYO (JPN): Yumiko Hara, who was sixth at the 2005 World Marathon Championships, was arrested for shoplifting, according to Japan Running News. The report said the 2:23 runner admitted guilt in connection with the July incident, which involved “eight items including cosmetics and soft drinks with a total value of 2700 yen (about US$25) from a local convenience store”.
LONDON (GBR): Mo Farah says he is more relaxed about his forthcoming road career when compared to track running. "I'm definitely more relaxed, more chilled," he told BBC Sport. "I don't have a target on my back. I will have more than fun. It's going to be different but I'm excited."
SPRINGFIELD (USA): American steeplechase Courtney Frerichs says she is struggling to believe she won world silver in London last week. "Sometimes I still find myself wondering if it actually happened," she told the Springfield News Leader.
NASSAU (BAH): Olympic 400m champion Shaune Miller-Uibo is looking ahead to the future positively despite her disappointing Worlds campaign in which she saw the 400m gold - and ultimately any medal - slip through her fingers in the last few strides in London. The athlete who later snatched 200m bronze told tribune242.com: “I think it’s been a great experience for me. I’m still young and I still have a lot more years in me, so I’m just taking it one step at a time. Obviously, the championships didn’t go as planned, but I don’t let things get me down.” She said she is aiming for the World Indoors and Commonwealth Games next spring. She runs the 100 m on Sunday in Birmingham.
KESSEL-LO (BEL, Aug 19): At the Meeting Voor Mon Kenyan World participant Josphat Kiprono Menjo won the 3000 m in 7:55.41. Canadian wins for Anthony Romaniw in the 800 m 1:47.34 and Noelle Montcalm 400 m hurdles 56.47. Pamela Cherotich topped women 5000 m in 15:32.92 and Margaret Adeoye 400 m in 52.56. Dutch wins for Tony Van Diepen in the 400 m 46.43 and Melissa Boekelman in shot put 17.58.
PARNU (EST, Aug 19): Good javelin at the International meet here was World finalist Magnus Kirt achieved 85.41 ahead of Belarus Pavel Mialeshka who improved to 85.01. Belgian record holder Philip Milanov won discus 64.34 over German Martin Wierig 63.77 and home star Gerd Kanter 63.69. European indoor medalist in long jump Serhiy Nikiforov from Ukraine won the long jump 784 (+1.8).
DOMAZLICE (CZE, Aug 19): Hungarian Tamas Kazi won the 1500 m in a solo race with fine 3:38.34. Canadian Gavin Smellie topped the 100 m in 10.45 (-0.9).
KUALA LUMPUR (MAS, Aug 19): South East Asian Games started with marathon wins for Guillaume Soh Rui Yong of Singapore 2:29:27 and among women Mary Joy Tabal of Philippines 2:48:26. Track events will continue from Tuesday until Saturday.
BUDAPEST (HUN, Aug 18): Serbian European U20 Champion Milica Gardasevic won the long jump at the Hungarian Open Champs of the U20 category with 650 (+1.9).
UMEA (SWE, Aug 19): During Nordic Junior Match Henrik Larsson clocked 10.32 (+2.4) in the 100 m and Norway´s Marcus Thomsen achieved 20.67 in shot put (6 kg). Maja Nilsson cleared 186 in the high jump.
WEINAN (CHN, Aug 18-19): During U18 competitions as part of National Games Huang Yonglian won the 100 m in 10.41 (+0.8), Shi Guoxing clocked 13.50 (+1.5) in 110 m hurdles (91.4) and Zhang Jiaxu 42.45 in 10 km walk. On the girls side Yi Tianxao 18.45 with 3 kg shot and Yang Huanhuan 53.97 in discus what is top mark in the category U18 in the World 2017.
STRETFORD (GBR, Aug 19): Top result at BMC meet Charlotte Arter improved in women 10 000 m to 32:37.51.
MERKSEM (BEL): At age of 89 years died long time sports administrator of Olse Merksem Club Jos Nuyens.