Thursday, September 18, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Farah, Schippers look for big Euros medal hauls

By
August 13, 2014 |

ZURICH — Britain’s Mo Farah wants to underscore his status as the pre-eminent long-distance runner of his age with another double in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the European Championships.

Dafne Schippers could evoke memories of her Dutch compatriot Fanny Blankers-Koen by winning a sprint triple at the six-day event opening Tuesday.

Farah has been unbeaten at the Euros since he won his first double in 2010, then defended his 5,000 meters title in Helsinki two years ago — his only race there as he prepared for the London Olympics.

Two Olympic gold medals and a similar double at the 2013 world championships in Moscow has put him on a status in distance running only slightly lower than Ethiopian greats Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele.

A late withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games early this month because of a stomach ailment has cast some doubt on his form and raised some criticism he picked the easier European competition over one which included many of the best African runners.

Still, in Switzerland he should be busy enough with one 10,000 final and possibly a 5,000 heat and final in a mere five days.

Schippers should be even busier with a possible eight races over six days — three over 100, three over 200 and two relays.

“Eight races, I am not used to that at all. But I have great speed and form,” she said.

Schippers has one big thing in her favor — she is a heptathlete; athletes known for stamina and perseverance until they, usually literally, drop after the last of seven events.

This season, she shares the top European time over the 100 with France’s Myriam Soumare at 11.03 seconds and is on her own with the best European time of 22.34 over 200. In the 4×100 relays, the Dutch team could give any other European nation a run for its money.

She only decided to skip the heptathlon at the Euros after an excellent training camp in Florida in April, where her speed stood out. “At that point I thought, ‘who knows? Why not give it a try at the euros.’ It is the ideal opportunity.

Ahead of the races this week, she was adamant she would go back to the seven-event discipline where she won bronze at the world championships last year.

Yet a sprint triple here would be the best performance for a Dutchwoman since Blankers-Koen won three gold and a silver at the 1950 Euros in Brussels.

“It was before my time but those were incredible performances. It is very special,” she said.

Schippers starts out with the 100 heats on Tuesday.

Beyond the chase for multiple medals, the outstanding event with a realistic shot at a world record will be Friday’s high jump, pitting world champion Bogdan Bondarenko of Ukraine against Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov of Russia.

Both are chasing the 21-year-old world record of 2.45 meters set by Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor. Bondarenko set a European record of 2.42 this year, while Ukhov follows closely behind with 2.41 he jumped this spring.

In the women’s high jump, the issue will not be how high, but how well athletes can bounce back.

Blanka Vlasic of Croatia won two world titles before she needed an operation on her Achilles two years ago. Her recovery was slow, but this season she has jumped 2 meters again, only .01 shy of the world’s top mark by Anna Chicherova. And since the Russian is out injured, 30-year-old Vlasic could take her first title in four years.

Renaud Lavillenie coming back from injury. The French pole vaulter needed 16 stitches in his left foot after a botched attempt at a world record of 6.21 meters this winter, but the Olympic champion has confidently returned to dominate the outdoor season and will be looking for his third straight European title.

“It will mean a lot to win three titles in a row,” Lavellenie said. “It will show that I can be consistent over years.

Two years ago, Germany topped the medal standings with 16 overall, including six gold, after a tight race right up to the last day with France, Ukraine and Russia. It could be close again on Sunday at the 25,000-capacity Letzigrund Stadium.

 

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

 
Theatre DeVille in Vacaville closes

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Suisun council candidates all voice business-friendly platforms

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Drug court success stories tell their tales

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Suisun City Senior Center seeks holiday donations

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

Lunafest returns to Fairfield in November

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Pepperbelly’s for sale

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

Jury selection begins in 2011 Fairfield murder trial

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3

 
Seniors get help at Kroc Center health fair

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Man fleeing deputy jumps into South Putah Canal, asks for help

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Fairfield police log: Sept. 16, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

Suisun City police log: Sept. 16, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

 
Weather for Sept. 18, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: B10

.

US / World

Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
More than 2,000 homes threatened in California fire

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Maps provide early warning of California fire risk

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Ex-VA doctor: Phoenix report a ‘whitewash’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

School district police stock up free military gear

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
NASA’s Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

US military role in Iraq raises combat questions

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Doctor says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has cancer

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

US scientist: Ebola unlikely to become airborne

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Liberia president praises US for Ebola help pledge

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
AP Interview: Iraq premier says no foreign troops

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

.

Opinion

Why Obama needs congressional authority to wage war

By Albert R. Hunt | From Page: A7

 
Democrats shouldn’t rely on pot and gay marriage

By Ramesh Ponnuru | From Page: A7

 
Homeless find welcome in Vallejo

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A7

.

Living

Community Calendar: Sept. 18, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
My brother fails to make an effort to when it comes to my kids

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

.

Entertainment

U2 returns to iTunes Top 100 — 26 times

By Los Angeles Times | From Page: B4

 
Directors Guild finds TV diversity hiring stalled

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

.

Sports

Rodriguez gets 1st MEL soccer win since return to league

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

 
Giants snap tie in 9th, beat Arizona to narrow gap in West to 2

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
49ers’ Kaepernick fined for inappropriate language

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Sharks sign D Braun to 5-year, $19 M extension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Rockets acquire Jason Terry, picks from Kings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Panthers remove DE Greg Hardy from active roster

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Raiders rookie Derek Carr focuses on job at hand

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Barry Bonds appeal heads back to court

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Pegulas’ bid to buy Bills OK’d by NFL committee

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
FSU benches Winston for 1st half of Clemson game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Umpire West suspended 1 game for grabbing jersey

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
After making ‘mistake,’ Vikings bench RB Peterson

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

.

Business

Brown signs ride-sharing insurance legislation

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
US homebuilder confidence soars in September

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

Anthem, hospitals join to offer new insurance plan

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Drag queens dress down Facebook over names

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

Wells Fargo pays $290,000 in sex harassment case

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

.

Obituaries

Margaret King

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9