Ottey back on track
Italy - July 12
this evening in a small competition in Nuoro, Sardinia,
Italy. The weather conditions were miserable with a
cold 13 degrees Celsius.
what Merlene said afteh th race:
was looking forward to run in good conditions but
unfortunately the weather was simply terrible.
However, for me the most important thing was to run and
feel the excitement of competition. I am pleased to be
back on the track and confident that I will improve in
every race and be at the top of my form for the
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Athletics in Slovenia.
do have some great athletes capable of wining Olympic
medals, like Brigita
(National Champion & record holder, silver medallist at
100 m hurdles in Atlanta '96), Brigita
(National record holder at 400 & 800 m), Britta
(National & European Champion in High Jump), Alenka
(National Champion & record holder in 100 & 200 m), Eufemija
(National record holder in Javelin), Anja
(National champion & record holder and at the same time
one of the best women Triple Jumpers in the World these
year with 14,69 m), Matija
(best white performer in 400 m at WC - Sevilla '99) and
(National champion & record holder in long jump - PB
Their photos are all presented below (Gif Animation) while
we're preparing their personal home pages. They're to be
ready within a month or so. Meanwhile (while we manage to
translate the rest of our pages) you're welcome to our pages
in Slovene - if you have any questions, please fill
in the form
and you'll get all your answers. In case you'd like to know
more about our country, you're kindly invited to my pages
(see links at the bottom).
also host two great Athletes preparing themselves for the
Sydney Olympics in our capital Ljubljana. Jamaican Merlene
one of the greatest female athletes of all times is getting
ready for her last Olympiad under the guidance of Srdjan
American long jumper (bronze medallist at Barcelona &
Atlanta Games) believes the experience of our ex-champion Borut
(spouse & coach of our champion Britta
and also a coach of our triple jumper Anja
can help him improve his performance in Sydney.
you may have noticed, links to the left are translated but
they lead to pages in Slovene, so
please, be patient - translations are in progress...
besides our track & field pages we've prepared
information on some very special and extreme achievements
where Slovenians take part or play the main role. Some of the
events of the kind are about to happen in the near future
and well try to cover them. Lets just mention some of them:
extreme skier Davo
plans to be the first one to ski from the
"roof" of the planet - Mount
The event is planned to happen in August
of our great mountaineers and photographers, Stane
is on his way to The
promises to win extreme 'Hi-Tec
deserts in the USA
alpine climbers Pavle
are on their way to South
mountains where they intend to climb on Jirishance
one of our best alpine climbers Silvo
with his friend Mauro
is trying to climb over some extremely difficult peaks
in the Valley
in S. America
the events mentioned above are covered live (so far in
Slovene only) on The Internet
will be covered through our English pages as well.
proudly presenting our champions that have already met their
Olympic entry standards.
our athletes whose photos you've seen at the right animation
are presented at a special
where we very shortly intend to publish their own stories as
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been announced today that our champion in 100 m hurdles, Brigita
(second at the Games in Atlanta 1996) is getting back to the
track after she's been operated a month ago. Her come back
is timed for the meeting in
that Brigita will try to "catch the train" for the
Olympics in Sydney (she has to reconfirm her entry
standard). We all hope she'll be able to do it soonest
possible - if not at the mentioned meeting.
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to the latest IAAF's
list of the best athletes,
published a few days ago, there are two our athletes at the
our record holder & national champion in 100 and 200 m
(her coach is Jure
is ranked No. 12 in the world
improved his ratings after having had some series of jumps
over 8 m and is ranked 6.th in the world (his coach is Srdjan
- recently more spoken of as Merlene Ottey's coach)
should, however not forget our triple-jump champion Anja
(at the photo to the right) who recently had a series
of jumps over 14 m - and that puts her in the third position
in the world this year. We also have to mention Roman
who still holds 50.th position in marathon this year in the
world, as well as some other athletes (girls foremost) that
are getting better and better in the pre-Olympic season.
remain in the first league in Europe
Poland - July 9
our National Teams remain in the first league of the
European Cup competition - while our men fought tough to
remain in the group, our female team took fourth place as
expected and predicted by our experts.
greatest success on the first day belongs to our long distance runner
(photo to the left). She again improved one of her own
national records, this time at 1.500
Her time 4:06.77
means an improvement over her last year's achievement by
0.57 seconds. She also improved a 19
National record in 3.000 m set by
Helena's new record is
in all our athletes set 6 new national records within last
two days (besides
Helena's 2 records here are the other 4):
in a hammer throw - 73,34
(photo above right) in a 400 m race - it means an improvement
of her own record set earlier this year in Austin, USA by 0.7
relay 4 x 100 m: Maja
improved previous record by 0.15 seconds - new record: 45.10.
relay 4 x 400 m:
which is almost 3 seconds faster thena the previous record.
first races to come
Zürich, July 7
to the message received late tonight from her manager D. P.
Zimemrmann, on Wednesday
night, July 12
Merlene is going to have her first
after a ban by the IAAf has been withdrawn.
she is going to test her shape on a small meeting in Sardena,
with us on that night for we're arranging to keep you
updated - our LIVE
might well be organized immediately after her race.
got first three medals
veterans team has already began to gather medals at European
Veterans Championship in Finland (as they cannot get rid of
the habit to be coming back with a bunch of them every
time). They are not yet all together in Finland and they've
already won two medals.
from Poljcane (age group: 45 - 50) won a 10.000 m
race (his time: 33:02.90) and was thus decorated with the
golden medal, while Marija
(age group: 35 do 40) with a throw of 13,61
shot put won one of her many medals, this time a bronze one.
photo above shows two great friends and great athletes, both
long distance runners Milan Kotnik
)in the yellow jacket) and Marjan Krempl.
While Marjan already has his golden medal, we dre to bet
Milan will also get one at least - he's used to winning, not
only at veterans races although he turned 50. His race, probably
at 21 or 42 km is expected within next few days.
third medal, this time it's a silver one goes to Branko
our ex-champion and record holder in high jump. With 1,75
in his second attempt he was equal to Persuanen
from Finland, but the host managed to go over that mark in
his first attempt.
our teams keep their positions?
National Team (male & female) is in Poland where they
are going to try to keep their positions in the first league
of the competition, although many of our best athletes had
to stay at home - most of them due to illness or injuries.
Regardless of that fact we do hope they will manage to
keep their positions.
first athletes of the highest rank, our long jump champion Gregor
from a leg muscle and ankle injury, so our captain, discus
thrower Igor Primc will have to do his best to maintain the
position for the men team, while our sprinter Alenka
(below right) and middle distance runner Brigita
(above left), are not expected to have any tough competition.
They are both in a very good shape and we anticipate their
wins. the female team is expected to keep their position in
the first league much easier than men.
men team is facing the following field: Austria,
Two of these teams will have to leave the first league.
girls, however a re facing the following field: Beloruse,
Ottey's Press Conference
per today afternoon you can watch Merlene's
regarding her nandrolone case and the last decision of the
IAAF arbitrary panel. Merlene's Conference held in Ljubljana
yesterday has been recorded and you can see & hear what she,
her manager and her coach had to say. All you need is go to
her page and use your Real Player.
coming back as we're preparing transcription of Merlene'
coach's statements since they were recorded in Slovene only.
to the very latest agreement Merlene should log in for the LIVE
session from her first race next week.
is acquitted and goes to Sydney!
Zürich, July 3. 09:12 PM (GMT + 01:00)
has just announced the great news on Merlene's case: Merlene
Ottey has been found NOT GUILTY and can continue to perform
and go to The Games in Sydney as well.
genuine message from Mr. Zimmerman is at our pages devoted
to Merlene and the Press Conference that is to be held on
Wednesday, July 5 at 4 PM at Hotel UNION in Ljubljana. Her
Press Conference will be recorded and transmitted via our
server worldwide at approximately 7 PM the very same
day (Real Player). Later on, most likely the
next day we're organizing our LIVE CHAT as we have promised.
MERLENE - 7. th MEDAL TO BE WON!
men relay team first in Europe
men Relay Team TK
from Novo mesto,
with Borut Veber from Sevnica and Boštjan Buc has
won the European
Realay Championship in Paris.
In the 4 x 1.500 m relay they were simply the best.
team members: Aleš
Tomic, Marko Gorenc, Bostjan Buc in
won the European title running
The second place belongs to Denmark,
while the host's relay, France
came to the third position.
team, however had another goal in mind before
leaving for the Championship. They were hoping to run
good enough to improve our national record
that is nearly 34 years old. They were quite short to
fulfill this goal, so our record remains 15:29.7,
a record that was set on September 25 in 1966 in
Trbovlje. At that time our relay team members were:
athletes of one of our best Athletic Clubs of all
Kladivar from Celje.
of this unexpected success will follow when the team
returns from Paris. Congratulations go to the team an
also to their coach
who managed to get them prepared despite Jernej
illness (he had to be pulled out of the team the very
forwarded from Paris by: Borut