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Olympic entry standards.
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is going to run in Sydney
yesterday's successful come back at the international
meeting in Trieste, Italy, Brigita came out with her final
decision today. After having discussed and reconsidered
situation with her coach Jure
decided to go to Sydney Olympics.
decision has been well thought over over the night and
today's morning and doesn't
mean that she is definitely going to compete at the Olympics.
One should be aware that Brigita is very responsible person
and she said a few hours ago she will only compete if by the
end of August she feels confident enough to run at least 12.80
coach however, is already confident enough in Brigita and
has no doubt whatsoever that she'll soon be capable of
reconfirming her Olympic entry standard (which is 13.10
seconds), if not earlier than by August
started her intensive training session today at Ljubljana
stadium and will continue to work in Ljubljana for another 3
days. After that, on Monday she travels to Koper,
where she and her good friend, our fastest female athlete,
national champion and record holder at 100 m and 200 m, Alenka
(also coached by Jure Kastelic) will remain for some10 days.
today's decision besides a fundamental change of her
training also means that she'll have to test her
capabilities at an appropriate competition. She plans to run
some 4 races in August
and by the end of the next month she also plans to run at
some GP meetings.
tomorrow as a "rabbit" in Oslo
left for Oslo, Norway today, early afternoon. She's been
invited to play a role of a
"rabbit" to the world's best female runners at
1.500 m at the Golden League meeting
tomorrow. An exceptional praise to our best 400 and 800 m
runner - national champion at middle distances who proved in
her recent races at home she could pull well over a 400 m as
well as over 800 m. And it had to be noticed by the Oslo
has also been invited to play the same role in Stockholm's
meeting on Tuesday, August 1.
Brigita's come back
was yesterday late afternoon when I met Brigita
and her coach Jure
Ljubljana Athletic stadium and both were quite relaxed and
confident about today's Brigita's come back to the track.
They didn't seem to be completely sure in a successful come
back after two years absence, but brigita told me (while
those snapshots were taken): "If
I do it, OK, if not this wouldn't mean the end of the world
That kind of approach to her today's return to the track and
competitions after so many injuries and an operation she had
in April this year, must have been the main reason for
success today in Trieste. Brigita's attendance at Sydney
Olympics now all of a sudden becomes a reality. Her coach
Kastelic seemed to be as optimistic as she was -
he told me he expects Brigita to be capable
of running some 12.80 in about a month and a half
(exactly the time at her disposal in case she decides to go
bit worried, of course, ...
last appearance to the track was "ages ago"
- her last attendance to any track competition
Moscow two years ago
- after that an era of injuries had come and caused
Brigita's absence even from the normal training
routine. Finally in April this year she had to undergo
an operation and many had cut Brigita out of our National
Team for Sydney,
and there were many who thought her career has ended
forever! While celebrating her 30.th birthday on May
21. This year she was not confident in her come-back
was an awful era when nobody seemed to be able to help
her, but Brigita most certainly knows how important it
was for her to have her friends and her coach at her
finally today it had happened what we were all eagerly
waiting for - she made a very successful come-back
as her coach has just told me during our phone
conversation after the race. "Her
result (she ran 13.49) is nothing worth mentioning",
he said, but she ran technically an excellent race!
the most important fact however, is that she felt no
pain - nor during the race neither after it. "She
failed to be enough aggressive between hurdles but
this is normal to me due to her lack of strength",
said I'm not going to ...
all in here !?
Brigita and her coach seemed to be satisfied
with the race itself and seemed to be confident enough to
make a positive decision regarding Brigita's attendance in Sydney.
final decision where to continue her training process and to
compete at Sydney Olympics
expected tonight or early tomorrow
morning and we will inform you as soon as we hear from Brigita
and her coach.
i understood Mr.
the decision is completely up to the athlete herself, but
since he is confident Brigita
could prepare herself to be capable of running some 12.80
at the time of her Olympic races, we
expect Brigita to agree to that.
Olympic Track&Field Team
JAMAICA’S OLYMPIC TRACK &
on the successful Track & Field Championships,
held at the National Stadium last weekend, the Jamaica
Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) late this evening
advised the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) of the
selection of 48 athletes for the 2000 Olympic Games. The
Team is to be ratified by the JOA at a meeting scheduled for
Tuesday, July 24, 2000.
Team, is comprised of twenty-six (26) women and
twenty-two (22) men is as follows:
Peta-Gaye Dowdie; Beverly McDonald; Tanya Lawrence; Merlene
Veronica Campbell; Astia Walker; Merlene Frazer; Juliet
Campbell; Lorraine Graham; Sandie Richards; Andrea Thomas;
Michelle Burgher; Celena Clarke; Charmaine Howell; Madrea
Hyman; Delloreen Ennis-London; Michelle Freeman; Brigitte
Foster; Deon Hemmings; Catherine Scott; Patrina Allen; Karen
Beautle; Elva Goulbourne; Lacena Golding; Keisha Spencer and
Frater; Christopher Williams; Patrick Jarrett; Llewlyn
Bredwood; Dwight Thomas; Donovan Powell; Omar Brown; Ricardo
Williams; Gregory Haughton; Danny McFarlane; Davian Clarke;
Michael Blackwood; Sanjay Ayre;Michael McDonald; Brandon
Simpson; Marvin Watts; Robert Foster; Kemel Thompson;
Dinsdale Morgan; Ian Weakly; James Beckford and Claston
the Track & Field contingent are: Mr Winston Ulett
(Manager); Assistant Managers Mrs Marie Tavares and Mr
Lincoln Eatmon. Head Coach Mr Glen Mills assisted by Messrs
Dennis Johnson; Michael Clarke; Raymond Graham; Stephen
Francis and Fitz Coleman. The Medical Team is headed by Dr
Aggrey Irons assisted by Dr Glenton Smith; Physiotherapists
Mrs Marcia Swyer Forbes and Mrs Karen Rattray.
members of the 2000 Olympic Track & Field Team are
invited to a formal reception, being hosted by the Jamaica
Olympic Association, at the Le Meridian Jamaica Pegasus
Hotel, Tuesday, July 25, at 5:30p.m.
misses out automatic Olympics spot
Ottey misses out on automatic 100 metres Olympics spot
Jamaica, July 22, (Reuters)
missed out on an automatic spot to run the 100 meters at the
Sydney Olympics when she could only finish fourth in the
Jamaica trials final on Friday night.
she gets a second chance of making the Olympic squad on
Saturday when she contests the 200 meters and she could also
still make it as part of the relay team.
40, needing a top-three finish to guarantee selection for
the 100 meters at the Games, ran 11.27 seconds in the final
retaining her title in 11.19.
slowest effort of the three appearances she made at the
meet. She had clocked 11.09 in the first round Thursday and
11.15 in the semifinal earlier on Friday.
the U.S. Collegiate 200-metre champion, survived a tight
finish, to beat 1999 world championship 200-metre silver
(11.20) and Tanya Lawrence (11.21).
finished in 11:27 seconds - behind winner Peta-Gaye Dowdie,
Beverley McDonald and Tanya Lawrence.
were slow at the start but Dowdie, a student at Louisiana
State University, accelerated in mid-stretch to catch and
beat McDonald and Lawrence and retain her national title in 11:19
night, at preliminary trials, Ottey beat all those
youngsters in 11.09 seconds.
the 40-year-old Ottey, is expected to make Jamaica's Olympic
squad, but only in the 4x100 meter relay team.
four runners are expected to form Jamaica's 4x100 relay team
at the Australian Olympics in September.
winner of seven Olympic medals and 14 world championship
medals including two gold, has been at every summer Games
since Moscow in 1980.
said on Friday her enforced absence from athletics as a
result of the drug-taking allegation had been like a ``death
sentence'' but she remained confident she would get in shape
in time for the Games.
about six weeks I can get to running under 11 seconds ...
I've done it in the past. I have the experience and I have
was banned after testing positive for the controversial
anabolic steroid nandrolone but the ban was lifted on July 3
by an International Amateur Athletic Federation panel.
Ottey in semifinals
Jamaica - July 21
Ottey, trying to qualify for her sixth Olympic team, advanced to
the semifinals of 100 meters Thursday at Jamaica's Olympic
trials. She won her heat race in 11.09 seconds.
who has kept a low profile since arriving in Jamaica five
days ago, had a slow start but made up ground on runner-up Tanya
then eased up at the line for the win.
30 meters to go I was in a daze, but I got going and it was
easy after that,'' she
said and than added:
feels great to run here at home in Jamaica where I have
been running since the 1970's. I am still a bit rusty and
uncomfortable to run with others but very happy with the
improvement over last weeks 11.42 sec in Italy. I came
here to qualify for the Olympic team so it is too early to
celebrate. I am looking forward to two more good and very
competitive races tomorrow evening."
semifinal and final are scheduled for tomorrow July 21 at
5 pm and 7 pm respectively.
needs to finish in the top three of Friday's
100 m final
to qualify for the event at the Sydney Olympics.
sixth in Salamanca
performed today at Salamanca
meeting in Spain and placed sixth with a jump of 7,78 m.
Today's winner is James
from Jamaica - his best today was 8,34 m. World record
holder, world record holder, Cuban Ivan
finished fourth today - he also had no jump over 8 m.
meeting was Gregor's
latest official meeting before leaving to our coast where he
will be preparing himself (along with some other athletes
coached by Srdjan
for the Olympic Games.
Matija & Merlene chasing Sydney
na Koroškem, Kingston - Jamajka
(left), our national champion and record holder at 400
m and a record holder at 800 m as well as Matija
(below right), our national champion and record holder
at 400 m, will tonight try to catch their tickets for
Sydney - Brigita
a race at
800 m, while
Matija is going to try to reconfirm his entry
standard at 400 m.
can expect reports on their races late tonight (around
10;00 PM local time).
same task is in front of our friend, Jamaican Merlene
who will in her hometown Kingston
to confirm her entry standard at 100 m. Tonight around
6:00 PM local time she's having the heats while her
final race is expected tomorrow. If she confirms her
entry standard, which is 11.06 seconds for a 100 m -
females, she travels to Sydney, although there has
a hint from her national association's president Mr.
Adrian Wallace that Merlene is going to Sydney anyway
- their only condition is that Merlene appears at the
the photo to the left you can see Merlene
about a month ago, photographed at Ljubljana stadium
while preparing under guidance of her coach Srdjan
her trials as well as for the Games in Sydney.
Championshis in Kranj
championships ended with no big surprises although some were
expected - the only exception was men's 100 m race.
Otherwise all last year's champions who performed in the
past two days, confirmed their national titles.
foremost exceptional result, however is Brigita
Langerholc's new national
record at 400 m
- she ran 52.59,
and this is her third consecutive race under 53 seconds this
year. Her race at 400 m (as well as her Sunday's race at 800
m) confirms she's in great shape. Although her performance
at 800 m on Sunday was not good enough to ensure her Olympic
entry standard reconfirmed. She did well her first 400 m
(under 57 seconds as she had planned) and if there was a
good "rabbit" in front to help her, she would have
(Picture above shows the start of the race with Helena
Javornik and Brigita Langerholc in front).
a pity that none of the officials of our National Athletic
could help her and her friend (and a rival, too)
find a suitable 400m runner to pull them towards entry
new national champion Jolanda
stronger in the second half of the race and she overran
Brigita in the last 15 meters of the race that ended with
and very pleasant surprise at the same time
were our best sprinters - in a 100 m race they all proved to
be in a great shape. The most pleasant and unexpected
surprise of all, however, was young Matic
(to the right - in a blue dress and below
performance, who ran 10.34
which is second best in Slovenia of all times. The only one
who was not surprised by this exceptional achievement was
his coach Albert
predicted Matic's great performance for the season. Other
sprinter, members of our 4 x 100 m national relay team also
performed very well - another three of them ran under 10.50.
Not surprisingly then, that they
promised a new national record
in a near future - before the Games, as they
promising, however, was Matija
(to the left) Saturday's performance at 400 m, since he's
still recovering from several illnesses and had lost well
over a month of his training. The
best white runner at 400 m at Sevilla last year
getting better and better and at this event he was also only
0.26 short to reconfirm his Olympic entry standard. He
managed however, to run much better than both his colleagues
from the national 4 x 400 m relay team,
tomorrow under 1:59.00?
very pleasing surprises mark the first
day of our National
Championships in Kranj
- although the weather conditions were not allowing any
better results - let's all hope tomorrow it gets better.
only new national
was set by the host club's (Triglav
(photo to the left) who managed to improve her recently set
record mark in 400 m by 0.27 seconds. her new mark is
Both she and her coach Dobrivoje
(upper right) were sincerely happy about her latest
achievement. Today's success might well be a good
announcement of what we can expect of her tomorrow,
she'll be chasing her qualifying entry
standard for Sydney in 800 m.
If she manages to run under 1:59.00
she will have her entry standard and a new national record.
She is the first Slovene female athlete to run 800 m under 2
minutes (exactly one year ago) - and my prediction is, that tomorrow
afternoon she's going to be the first to run well under 1:59.00
(with a little bit luck - if she could find a good
"rabbit" - she might even go under 1:58.00).
A bit risky prediction though (she also tried to avoid it
today), but as weather conditions should be in her favor
she could have done it!
greatest surprise of the day, however is Matic
(above left) excellent performance
in men's 100 m. Matic
beaten our champion and an absolute favorite Urban
and at the same time he became second fastest Slovenian ever.
His time: 10.34!
champion and record holder in 400 m, Matija
who is still recovering from several illnesses and some
minor injuries, also ran a very impressing 46.31
- having bad weather with slight rain in mind, this is an
excellent achievement as well.
other events there were no surprises at all. Our new
champions are (most of them are former champions as well):
in 100 m, Anja
in triple jump, Helena
in 1.500 m, Natasa
in discus throw, Katka
in 100 m hurdles and Veronika
in 5.000 m
in 1.500 m, Damjan
in 110 m hurdles, Gregor
in long jump, M.
in shot put and Robi
in javelin throw and ZAK-MASS
relay team 4 x 100 m.
can see all the results here
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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.