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Lolo Jones predicts meet record in Ostrava

11 June 2008

By Dave Ungrady

With countries such as the United States, Canada and Jamaica staging trials for the upcoming Beijing Olympics or national championships in the coming weeks, the IAAF track and field schedule has been trimmed down through early July.

Following the Zlata Tetra Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on June 12, Grand Prix and Golden League IAAF meets will not return until the Atletismo Madrid Grand Prix on July 5.

About one dozen U.S. athletes, including two-time 110-meter hurdles Olympic silver medalist and 2007 world championship silver medalist Terrence Trammell will take part in the Ostrava meet.

Trammell plans to run both the 110-meter hurdles and the 100 meters for the first time since May 22, 2005, when he finished second in the 100 in 10.17 and won the hurdles in 13.11 at the Adidas Track Classic.

Trammell said by phone from Ostrava on Wednesday that the he had hoped to run the double at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York on May 31. "But the schedule didn't permit it," he said. "It helps with my fitness and it's a way of getting some good races in. It will help with running rounds, especially for the trials."

Trammell, who has a personal best 10.04 in the 100 meters, said he would like to run under 10 seconds for the first time. "It depends on the weather," he said. "I feel good."

In the 100 meters, Trammell will face Derrick Atkins, the silver medalist in the event at the 2007 world championships, as well as fellow Americans Michael Rodgers and John Capel.

Dayron Robles of Cuba, who owns a personal best 12.92, and American David Payne, the bronze medalist at the 2007 world championships, should provide the sternest competition for Trammell in the hurdles.

Trammell will be running only his third race of 2008. He took what he described as a "long break" following the World Athletics Finals last September to do some "normal, every day things, like hobbies." He did not compete indoors in 2008 for the second consecutive year. "It helps my mind and body recover and gives me more time to train and to try to cram things to get ready for the indoor season," he said. "I feel stronger at the end of my races."

Usain Bolt of Jamaica, who set the world-record in the 100 meters last month, is scheduled to run his first 200-meter race of the 2008 season against Capel, the 200-meter gold medalist at the 2003 world championships. Bolt won the silver medal in the event at the 2007 world championships.

Jeremy Wariner, the Olympic and world champion in the 400 meters, will compete in the rarely run 300 meters against a field that includes world and Olympic decathlon champion Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic.

American Lolo Jones is the favorite to win the 100-meter hurdles and predicted at a press conference in Ostrava earlier this week that she will break the meet record 12.65. Jones' best time this season is 12.57.

"During the winter I proved a lot," said Jones, who won the 60-meter hurdles at the 2008 world indoor championships. "I am running a lot faster than this time last year."

Christine Ohuruogu, the world champion in the 400 meters, is scheduled to run the event for the first time this season.

The men's 800 meters will feature two of the best young middle distance runners in the world. Abubaker Kaki, 18, of Sudan ran 1:42.69, the fastest time in the event in 11 years, at the Bislett Games on June 6. He will face David Rudisha of Kenya, who ran 1:43.72 in the same meet.

Boston Marathon champion Dire Tune of Ethiopia will attempt to run a world record in the one hour race that features seven runners, including four pace setters.

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