AfrikaReport: Rudisha withdraws, Semenya and Jelimo clash in Ostrava, Pistorius wins in Manchester, joins Dibaba in New York..and more

Usain Bolt might be the headline act in Ostrava, but the biggest clash of the day could be in the women's 800m with former World Champion, Caster Semenya of South Africa vs reigning Olympic Champion Pamela Jelimo of Kenya. Sad David Rudisha withdrew.

In New York, South African Oscar Pistorius, fresh from winning the 200m at Paralympic World Cup in Manchester with 22.08 on Tuesday and Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, the reigning Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion will surely thrill the crowd.

Results and More.......

OSTRAVA (CZE): Both 800m stars Pamela Jelimo with Caster Semenya will compete on Friday on May 25 at 51st Ostrava Golden Spike (IAAF World Challenge). The latest addition to the start list is Ethiopian 800 m revelation Fantu Magiso with Doha improvement to 1:57.90. Organisers were forced to accept an important withdrawal from 800m world record holder David Rudisha.

"David Rudisha withdrew from Ostrava meeting due to unforeseen circumstances in Kenya with local sponsor commitments. Organisers are not able to control issues in Kenya, are surprised and disappointed but without any possibility to do something," the organisers said.

In the men 800m still Polands Adam Kszczot with Briton Andrew Osagie and top 1500 m runner Nixon Chepseba (recently 1:45.6 in Kenya) are hoping for a fast time as is local hero Jakub Holusa with Czech national record thoughts.

NEW YORK (USA): Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, the reigning Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion, and Panama’s 2008 Olympic Long Jump gold medallist Irving Saladino, headline the latest batch of athletes announced for the eighth edition of the adidas Grand Prix – Samsung Diamond League which takes place at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, New York on 9 June.

Joining the men’s 800m field in New York is 22-year-old Abubaker Kaki of Sudan, the two-time World Indoor champion. Returning to the adidas Grand Prix at 400m will be four-time Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius, who is seeking to become the first double amputee to compete in track and field athletics at the Olympic Games. 

MANCHESTER (GBR, May 22): Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius from South Africa won the 200m at Paralympic World Cup in Manchester with 22.08 secs.

DUBLIN (IRL): Clonliffe Harriers announced that legendary double Olympic champion Kip Keino will return to the Morton Stadium Santry on Friday the 25th of May. Clonliffe Harriers will play host to Kip Keino for ‘An evening with Kip Keino’ presented by Irish Runner Editor Frank Greall

TRIBUNA (BRA, May 20): 10 km road race winners Mark Korir 28:01 and Pasalia Kipkoech Chepkorir lit the course on fire here, clocking an eye-popping 30:57 in the women‘s race, informs RRW.

SAN FRANCISCO (USA, May 20): At 101st Zazzle Bay to Breakers 12 km (22 984 finishers) Sammy Kitwara won with 34:41 ahead of Allan Kiprono 34:49 and Deriba Merga 35:43. Mamitu Daska as top woman clocked 39:03. From RRW.

LEIDEN (NED, May 20): Kenyan Simon Rugut won the 22nd Leiden Marathon in 2:15:55. Ethiopian Marshet Jimma clocked 2:41:25 as top woman.

(Additional Information by Alfonz Juck/EME News © 2012 )

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