Boston update: Robert K. Cheruiyot, Evans Cheruiyot out, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

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It is Wednesday afternoon, about 4.40 pm. A short walk will get me to my van, then final packing and off to airport (flight about 7:30 tonight). And where? To Boston, MA for the 114th running of the Boston Marathon. Watch for twitter updates from runblogrun all weekend and our live, eclectic coverage on Monday! Looking forward to seeing everyone at our sport's hallowed event!

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TWO CHERUIYOTS OUT

BOSTON (USA): Last year winners Ethiopian Deriba Merga and Kenyan Salina Kosgei are among the top favorites for 114th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 19. US top name is Ryan Hall who was third last year. Two top Kenyans withdrew due to injuries, four-time winner here Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot (2003, 2006-08) and Chicago 2008 winner Evans Cheruiyot. Other elite Americans in the field are NYC winner Meb Keflezighi, Jason Lehmkuhle, Josh Rohatinsky and Antonio Vega. Some of the other top international contenders are Abderrahim Goumri, Gilbert Yegon, Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot and Chala Dechase. Another miss is four time women winner Catherine Ndereba of Kenya, another injury. 2008 winner Dire Tune of Ethiopia will return again along with 2007 champion Russian Lidia Grigoryeva. Other women elite runners are Madai Perez of Mexico, Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia, Weiwei Sun of China, Bruna Genovese of Italy and Agnes Kiprop of Kenya.

 

EDWARD IN THE 150 M ON THE ROAD

MANCHESTER (GBR): BBC informs that at Manchester Great City Games on May 16 will have also Panamian Alonso Edward silver winner from Berlin 200 m in the 150 m. Top star Tyson Gay did not yet announce his event. In the 150 m for women Christine Ohuruogu will clash with Jessica Ennis. Women´s 200 m will see Sanya Richards-Ross against Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie and Lee McConnell.

 

CLAY AT MTSAC

WALNUT (USA): This weekend´s 52nd MtSAC Relays in Walnut will have some top names competing according to start lists posted on the event website. In the 110 m hurdles olympic winner Bryan Clay should run against US record holder Dominque Arnold (36). Great 400 m is foreseen as Ireland´s David Gillick is due to compete against Briton Martyn Rooney and US olympic medalist David Neville. More Britons running sprints here like Tyrone Edgar in the 100 m. Norway´s record holder Jaisuma Saidy Ndure is entered for 200 m. On the women side world indoor medalist Chaunte Howard-Lowe is scheduled for high jump, hurdler Lashinda Demus for flat 400 m and olympian Sheena Tosta for 400 m hurdles. Great fields also in distance races, for example in the women 5000 m Kenyan Sally Kipyego with Christin Wurth-Thomas or Jenn Rhines.   

 

SEMENYA NOT NAMED (YET)

JOHANNESBURG (RSA): World 800 metres champion Caster Semenya was not named in the preliminary selection of South African team for summer African Championships. That is only preliminary selection, final will be announced early July. In the initial selection 57 names. For example male 800 m world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, world indoor champion in long jump Khotso Mokoena, sprint champion Simon Magakwe, 400 m runner Ofentse Mogawane, middle distance runner Juan Van Deventer, steeple record holder Ruben Ramolefi. Already clear is the trio for 400 m hurdles with Cornel Fredericks, Wouter Le Roux and LJ van Zyl.

 

FORRESTER RINGING THE BELL

TORONTO (CAN): Best Canadian high jumper Nicole Forrester will on behalf of the Queen's Baton Relay 2010 Delhi and Commonwealth Games Canada, supported by the Government of Canada  ringing the bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange Bell on Thursday and participating in the Queen's Baton Relay in honour of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. „After finishing with one of my best indoor seasons, I'm currently preparing for the Continental Cup (formerly known as the World Cup) and the Commonwealth Games, which take place in September and October, respectively.  Having medalled and participated in the Commonwealth Games 3 times, the Commonwealth Games holds a special place for me.  With the exception of the Olympic Games, it is by far my favourite team.  This year I have my sight set on not only winning but setting a games record.  With my long term planning targetted towards 2012 in London, the 2010 Commonwealth Games plays an instrumental role in my road to London," said Forrester.  The baton's journey symbolizes the unity and shared ideals of the Commonwealth of Nations, and enables communities beyond the Host City to share in the Games celebrations.  The Queen's Baton Relay 2010 Delhi commenced from Buckingham Palace, London, on October 29, 2009.

 

 

 

OTHER NEWS

 

 

SENDAI (JPN): Kenyan Mekubo Mogusu is the only runner for Sendai Half Marathon on May 9 with sub one hour best. He clocked 59:48 in 2007 in Marugame. But apart of solid 1:01-1:02 group of home runners and Kenyans based in Japan very interesting debut for one excellent track runner. Martin Mathathi with 26:59.88 10 000 m best and bronze from World championships 2007 in Osaka. Julia Mombi with 1:08:31 is the top women entry. Target would be Samuel Wanjiru's course and Japanese all-comers record of 59:43.

 

BUDAPEST (HUN): In latest All-Athletics.com rankings of 2010 competitions in the marathon section Rotterdam leads over Dubai and Paris the men section. In women Dubai ahead of Paris and Osaka is the top three. In walking competitions Russian Winter Championships are the current number ones with Rio Maior IAAF Challenge second and Lugano EA Permit third.

 

JOHANNESBURG (RSA): World 800 metres champion Caster Semenya was not named in the preliminary selection of South African team for summer African Championships. That is only preliminary selection, final will be announced early July. In the initial selection 57 names. For example male 800 m world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, world indoor champion in long jump Khotso Mokoena, sprint champion Simon Magakwe, 400 m runner Ofentse Mogawane, middle distance runner Juan Van Deventer, steeple record holder Ruben Ramolefi. Already clear is the trio for 400 m hurdles with Cornel Fredericks, Wouter Le Roux and LJ van Zyl.

 

MOMBASA (KENA): The 27th edition of Mombasa International Marathon is to be held on May 9. The Nation writes. Athletics Kenya (AK) Coast branch treasurer, Anisa Abdalla said this year's marathon, sponsored by Safaricom, is expected to attract a record number of participants. Anisa said they also expect many foreigners including athletes from neighbouring countries, Uganda, Tanzania and other South and Central African nations to participate in the annual event.

 

METZ (FRA): French Berlin steeple bronze winner Bouabdallah Tahri will travel for training camp in Ethiopia. After 20 days there he will return and compete in May for his club (Athletisme Metz Metropole) in the club championships. Next training camp is planned in Font-Romeu and Algeria. The international season will start for him with a 2000 m steeple on June 25 in Nancy and 3000 m steeple on June 29 in Metz at an international meeting. French Federation website informs.

 

SOFIA (BUL): A proposed bid from Sofia to host the 2016 Youth Winter Olympic Games has been dropped after Bulgaria admitted that it could not fulfill the conditions set by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Writes insidethegames.biz. „The Bulgarian Olympic Committee (BOC) Executive Bureau decided that the capital city of Sofia will not bid to host the Games in 2016," the BOC said in a statement.

 

BARCELONA (ESP): In an interview with the LOC for this summer's European Championships in Barcelona British world indoor champion Dwain Chambers has explained he is running fast times in practice and feels mentally strong, suggesting he could medal at the championships. Chambers once again expressed his regrets about his mistakes in the past and was quoted that one of the most important things he could have done for track and field was to come back and win the gold medal in Doha "If the youth of today can learn from the mistakes that I have made over the years, then it must be a positive message," Chambers said.

 

MONTE CARLO (MON):  The Local Organising Committee of the IAAF World Championships in Daegu celebrates its  '500 days to go'  before the opening ceremony on August 27th 2011. The celebrations are accompanied by the unveiling of its official mascot and poster. The promotional campaign will be launched in January 2011 and will have the mascot and the poster as one of its main tools, the IAAF announced in a press release.

 

MOSCOW (RUS):  Yelena Isinbayeva's coach Vitaly Petrov is not putting a deadline on the break from competition that the pole vault queen announced last friday. Petrov confirmed that Isinbayeva had undergone a blood test, and also checks on an achilles tendon and a knee in Moscow. „You have to understand the ‚machine' and how she feels within herself before estimating the possible duration of her break from the sport" he told to AFP.  He underlined again that there are no changes in Isinbayeva's long term goals of winning the 2011 and 2013 World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games.

 

MADRID (ESP):  Jesus Angel Garcia and Beatriz Pascual will lead the Spanish team in the upcoming Race Walking World Cup in Chihuahua (Mexico) on May 15th and 16th. The World Cup will be vital to determining the Spanish selection for this summer's European Championships in Barcelona. Garcia, who is one of the best Spanish athletes of all time and who took the bronze in the 50km at last year's World Championships in Berlin, will be joined by Juan Manuel Molina, Mikel Odriozola, Ferran Collados and Jose Alejandro Cambil. Men´s 20 km team is composed of Miguel Angel Lopez, Benjamin Sanchez, Jose David Dominguez, Jose Ignacio Diaz and Francisco Arcilla. In the women's team Beatriz Pascual, sixth in Berlin, will be joined by Maria Vasco, the bronze medalist from the Sydney Olympics and from the World Championships in Osaka, María José Poves, improved Julia Takacs and Lorena Luaces. The team travels this week to Flagstaff, USA for a final training camp.

               

LYON (FRA): French Town Lyon has decided to relaunch its marathon on October 3rd 2010 with the name ‚Run in Lyon'. Last year the marathon was cancelled due to a problem with one of its partners and a very low number of participants. This year, five events will be staged which includes a marathon, half marathon and 10km. The organisation hopes to assemble 10.000 participants writes AFP.

 

LONDON (GBR): Latest Pat Butcher´s blog at www.globerunner.org: Why you should know about William Penny Brookes.

 

MELBOURNE (AUS): Four-time Olympian and world class sprinter Ato Boldon of Trinidad arrived in Australia to promote the message of healthy living and the importance of an active lifestyle at the clinic Nova Batman in Melbourne before heading west for 88th Australian Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games selection trials. Boldon inspired many young athletes in attendance to take action in chasing their dreams wrote www.athletics.com.au.

 

EDINBURGH (IRL): Top African and European stars Edwin Soi from Kenya and Sergey Lebid from Ukraine will produce a great battle at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run held on May 2. They will compete around a newly-created 10 kilometer course centred around Holyrood Park. Irish number one Martin Fagan and Kenya's Vincent Yator will also contest the event said www.sportinglife.com.

 

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