Radcliffe to run in Beijing, EME News, by Alfons Juck, Notes by Larry Eder

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Paula Radcliffe is in a no win situation. Her amazing runner career has had its share of injuries and she is bereft of an Olympic medal. She will be running in Beijing but has been astute enough not to promise any medal.....



EME NEWS (AUG 4, 2008) UPDATE

Radcliffe will run

MACAU: Paula Radcliffe on arriving at the British Olympic Association preparation camp in Macau announced the good news she will run in the Olympic marathon on August 17. Radcliffe revealing good progress has been made from the stress fracture in her left thigh, isn't predicting whether she can or cannot win a medal. But the world marathon record holder is clearly going to give it her best shot after working so hard and disproving medical advice it would be impossible to compete in Beijing. Writes David Martin.

OTHER NEWS

BRUSSELS (BEL): European sprinting champion Kim Gevaert announced today that she wants to retire after next indoor season. She is 30 years old and the coming Olympic Games will be her last global event. She plans to run 100 m, 200 m and relay in Beijing. Next winter she may be at European Indoor Championships in Torino.

DAILAN (CHN): US sprint world champion Tyson Gay should arrive according to the agencies news to China on Tuesday and appear for training camp by Wednesday. He was treated in Germany after his injury at US Trials and did not race since then. He is also expecting to the camp because of the relay practice. It was also said that Jennifer Stuczynski and Jeremy Wariner will not join the camp at all.

MONACO: IAAF ratified after 100 m world record also other global marks from this year. Both world records from Golden Spike in Ostrava (12.87 by Dayron Robles at 110 m Hurdles and 18 517 m one hour by Dire Tune). Also first two world junior records of Pamela Jelimo were ratified (1:55.76 in Hengelo and 1:54.99 in Berlin, still remains the 1:54.97 from Paris). The only world junior record from Bydgoszcz was also approved, the javelin mark by Vira Rebryk (63.01).

BOJANO (ITA, Aug 3): Ukrainian runner Vasil Matviychuk the 3rd edition of Troge Matese road race at 10.2 km after 29:44.8. Reigning marathon Olympic winner Stefano Baldini in his last test before Beijing ended fourth (29:56.3). Between the winner and him two Kenyan Toroitich (29:49.3) and Busienei (29:49.7).

LAUSANNE (SUI): July was a month filled with Golden Leagues, Grand Prix and National Athletics Championships where Europe's top athletes were busy putting the finishing touches on their Olympic preparations. Following this, European Athletics is pleased to announce that athletes from 13 countries have been nominated for the European Athlete of the Month Award for July. The voting will close on Tuesday August 12 at 12 noon.

TOKIO (JPN): As Japanese sources are informing the Tokyo International Women`s Marathon, scheduled to end after this year`s 30th anniversary running on Nov. 16th, will be replaced with a new international women`s marathon in Yokohama. The first edition of the new race is scheduled to take place in Nov. 2009. The race is expected to feature elite foreign and domestic runners to continue in the tradition of the Tokyo International Women`s Marathon.

LAWRENCEVILLE (USA): The Guardian reports that reigning Olympic champion Justin Gatlin who is not able to defend his title is refocusing his life at a gym on the outskirts of Atlanta. He plans to try to qualify for 2012 Games.

WIEN (AUT): One of the very few European runners (less than 10) for track 10 000 m Austrian Gunther Weidlinger reports good shape from his pre-camp in Hong Kong. On Aug 12 he will travel to Beijing. His aim is to be the best non-African runner in this event. The race will be as straight final on Aug 17 at 22.45 local time.

OLYMPIC TEAMS

KAZAKHSTAN: This Asian country is sending 19 athletes. The leader is the medalist from Athens Dmitriy Karpov in decathlon.

The team

Men - 100 m: Vyacheslav Muravyov, 400mH: Yevgeniy Meleshenko, marathon: Takhir Mamashayev, 20 km w: Rustem Kuvatov, HJ: Sergey Zasimovich, TJ: Roman Valiyev, Dec: Dmitriy Karpov

Wom - 400 m: Olga Tereshkova, 100mH: Anastasya Pilipenko, Natalya Ivoninskaya, 400mH: Tatyana Azarova, 20 km w: Svetlana Tolstaya, HJ: Marina Aitova, Yekaterina Yevseyeva, LJ: Olga Rypakova, TJ: Rypakova, Irina Litvinenko, Yelena Parfyonova, SP: Iolanta Ulyeva, Hep: Irina Naumenko

Used with permission of Alfons Juck, publisher of EME News.

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