Dix Vs ICON Managment=No Racing for Dix, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder


Walter Dix ran 10.00 for 100 meters recently. Now, due to arbitration, Walter Dix, the bronze medalist at 100 and 200 meters from Beijing, is sitting on the bench, so to speak. He is not allowed to compete for appearance or prize money until the arbitration is heard. On April 21, he will meet with USATF CEO Doug Logan. Logan has offered to try and mediate the dispute between Dix and ICON Management.

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ATHENS (GRE): Agencies are reporting that the doping ban of 2004 walking Olympic winner Athanasia Tsoumeleka was confirmed. Traces of CERA, the new version of EPO doping were found in her sample from January this year. She still denies any knowledge of this but again confirmed end of her career.

MOSCOW (RUS): All-Sport informs about two doping cases from Russian Indoor Championships in February. Within doping control by national body positive for EPO were the 1500 m winner Vladimir Ezhov from Chelyabinsk (3:44.66) and female runner Yelena Kanales who ended seventh in the same event (4:13.39). New champion will be the initially second placed Vyacheslav Sokolov.

TALLAHASSEE (USA): As South Florida Sun-Sentinel informs, the fastest man in America Walter Dix may be in jeopardy of not running in several major meets this season. He is in arbitration to get out of a six-month trial contract with agent Kimberly Holland of Atlanta-based ICON Management. Until the arbitration is settled, Dix who won bronze medals in the 100 and 200 last summer at the Olympic Games will not be allowed to run in any major meets or accept appearance fees. Dix is scheduled to travel to Indianapolis for an April 21 meeting with USA Track and Field‘s Doug Logan. The sport‘s new CEO will try to mediate the dispute for Dix who started the season with a world leading 10.00 against a head-wind. The arbitration is still working its way through the process that may last through July and seriously hamper Dix‘s U.S. and European meet schedule. The only other meet Dix is already under contract to compete in is the Penn Relays.


PYONGYANG (PRK, Apr 12): At the 22nd Mangyongdae Marathon here Chinese Wang Zemin clocked 2:14:21 to win as Heinrich Hubbeling reports. Namibian Reinhold Iita was close second in 2:14:23.

DONGIO (SUI, Apr 13): Kenyan Cross Country Trials winner this year Moses Mosop won at the annual Media Blenio Grand Prix Road Race in Dongio in 28:52 beating his fellow contryman Wilson Kiprop by 29 seconds (29:21) with Spain’s José Manuel Martinez, 2006 European 10,000m silver medallist a further second adrift (29:22). Multiple CC champion Sergiy Lebid of Ukraine was fifth (29:37). Olympic winner 2004 Stefano Baldini, who ran the last marathon of his career at the Olympic Games in Beijing, finished a distant eleventh in 30:40.

GUERNSEY (GBR, Apr 12): British distance talent Stephanie Twell smashed her own course record to post the second fastest time by a British woman this year at KPMG Easter 10k road race. Forced to miss last year’s Easter Festival, she was determined to make amends on her return to an island she plainly loves. Her time of 32:35 was a massive personal best and raised her spirits after a slightly disappointing run at the recent world cross-country championships in Jordan, when she led home the British team.


KANCHABURI (THA): Late addition from March 25th National Junior Games as Heinrich Hubbeling reports. Suphachai Chimdee (18) won the 200 m in national senior and junior record 20.68 (+0.2).

DUBAI (UAE, Apr 10-11): Two sprint records from National Athletics Cup here as Omar Juma Bilal clocked 20.73 at 200 m and Hassan Ali Obaid 46.61 at 400 m.

DAEGU (KOR, Apr 12): Fast time at Daegu International Marathon. 27-years old home runner Ji Young-Jun won in 2:08:30 what is his new PB. His former mark was 2:08:43 from Seoul Marathon in 2003. Kenyan Kiprotich Kenei got 2:10:00 as second beating his team-mate Samson Barmao (2:10:01) and Ethiopian Chala Lemi (2:10:01). Ethiopian Yeshi Esayias was the best woman in 2:30:44 ahead of home Yoon Sun-Sook (2:32:04).


MOSCOW (RUS): Website runners.ru informs that on Apr 6 former world class runner Svetlana Ulmasova of Uzbekistan died at age of 56 years. She was twice European Champion at 3000 m in 1978 and 1982 in colours of that time Soviet Union. She also clocked at 3000 m world record 8:26.78 in Kiyev on 25 July 1982.

Special thanks to EME News and Alfons Juck.

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