Gebremariam blasts 27:42 in Central Park/Bolt in Korea, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Gebre Gebremariam, Healthy Kidney 10k, photo by

Gebre Gebremariam, the 2009 World Cross country champ, won the
UAE Healthy Kidney 10k in a new course record, 27:42 this morning
in Central Park! Gebremariam and Peter Kamais hit the halfway in
13:47, and were neck and neck, until, just after six miles, Gebre
Gebremariam took off, to win by seven seconds, running the fastest
time ever in Central Park!

EME NEWS (MAY 15, 2010)


CHIHUAHUA (MEX, May 15): The first day of the 24th IAAF World Race Walking Cup produced a big surprise with Slovakian Matej Toth (27) winning the 50 km race. Toth, who came in after 3:53.30 and closed the last 5km in 21:44, won a first ever Slovakian medal and was a big upset for hometown favorite Horacio Nava who got second in 3:54.16. Nava had been out on a solo race for over 40km but was caught by Toth in the last kilometer. Third was pre-race favorite  Australian Jared Tallent in 3:54.55. Chinese Si Tianfeng was fourth (3:55:06) and Spanish veteran Jesus Angel Garcia fifth (3:55:41). The team standings were headed by China as three athletes were ranked in the top nine. Mexico had to be content with second while Russia took the bronze. 13 walkers dipped sub four hours. Another Slovak Jozef Pribilinec won in the past a World Cup but at that time he represented Czecho-Slovakia (1983 in Bergen). Toth who was in Berlin twice in the top ten (50 and 20 km) said after the race: „Great feelings. I knew that after the high altitude training camp here in Mexico that im in good shape. But I was not dreaming about the gold at all. I was going slowly faster and faster but until the 38th km for this was still a training I was not thinking about medals. From 44th km I was in a big euphory and did not had any obstacles. Now I looking forward to see my family again after one month in Mexico."

SEOUL (KOR): Fastest man on earth Usain Bolt started his Asian journey and arrived on Saturday in Korea. He will run on Wednesday at IAAF World Challenge Meet in Daegu on May 19, then his Diamond League opener in Shanghai on Sunday on May 23 will follow with 200 m and his trip will be ended in Ostrava, Czech Republic on May 27 with a 300 m debut. Yonhap news agency informed that Bolt said „it will be a very fast time" and that he will run „as hard as always." In the 100 m he will run against four US sprinters Rodgers, Kimmons, Padgett and Rae Edwards and his team-mates Frater and Forsythe. Other top races of the meet are women´s 100 m where Carmelita Jeter will clash with Veronica Campbell-Brown and men´s 110 m hurdles with Dayron Robles, Ryan Brathwaite and David Oliver.



HALLE (GER, May 15): Excellent results despite 7 degrees and rain at 36th throwing meet in Halle, Germany. Special was the appearance of Ralf Bartels who came from Doha hot weather to European cold and still won with 20.76 over Canadian Dylan Armstrong (20.70, the same route from Qatar) and Poland´s Jakub Giza improved as third to 20.06. World champion Robert Harting beat with 66.37 his main rival from Berlin Piotr Malachowski of Poland (65.15) with German Martin Wierig improving to 64.52 as third. Another home win for Markus Esser in hammer (78.87) with Sergej Litvinov second (78.47 personal best) and world leader Slovak Libor Charfreitag third (77.11). Latvian Ainars Kovals won the javelin (82.33) and Russian Ilya Korotkov was second (81.23). Three German wins also in women competitions. Betty Heidler with excellent 75.24 in hammer over world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk (74.00, Cuban Yipsi Moreno returned after baby break with 69.63 as 6th). Nadine Kleiner was the best in close shot put battle (19.08) over  Petra Lammert (19.05). Linda Stahl was the best in javelin (61.16). World finalist Li Yanfeng won the discus (62.97) and was better than world leader Nadine Muller (62.34).


NEW YORK (USA, May 15): The 2009 IAAF World Cross Country champion Gebre Gebremariam ran the fastest-ever 10-K in Central Park, winning the 6th annual UAE Healthy Kidney 10-K in 27:42. Gebremariam, 25 from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ran aggressively with Kenyan Peter Kamais, the 2010 NYC Half-Marathon champion, right from the gun. Kamais was second in 27:49  just one second slower than Tadese Tola's one year-old course record. Kenyan Julius Kogo finished third (28:19) and Briton Chris Thompson fourth (28:25). In addition to his first place prize of $7500, Gebremariam also won a special $20,000 bonus for breaking Tola's record. Writes Race Results Weekly.



ROMA (ITA, May 15): Return of long jump European Champion Andrew Howe. The Italian sprinted the 100 m at the Club Championships in 10.29, but assisted by +3.7. Emanuele Di Gregorio won another race here with 10.30 (+3.0). In Imperia Silvia Salis achieved 70.33 in hammer throw.







LISSE (NED, May 15):  Dutch junior heptathlete Dafne Schippers ran 17.20 (+2.0) for the 150m during the first Spar Baancircuit meet in The Netherlands. Her time is the best ever performance by a Dutch athlete. Former European champion Bram Som won the 1000 m in world leading 2:17.01, with Arnaud Okken second in 2:17.30. American Fredrick Townsend won the 110H in 13.85 with Marcel Van der Westen second in 13.96. Decathlete Ingmar Vos has secured his ticket for the European Championships in Barcelona, with 14.74 in the 110H and 420 in the pole vault the KNAU believes he has shown enough competitiveness to defend his 2009 qualifying performance. Erik Cadee managed 61.54 in the discus, Melissa Boekelmans 17.66 in the shot put. Corinne Nugter got 15.36 in the shot put to qualify for the World Junior Championships.  The Dutch junior 4x100m team ran a new national record of 45.14, good to qualify for the World Junior Championships as well.

PRAHA (CZE, May 14): At open meet in Slavia Stadium in 9 degrees and bad weather excellent shape by world indoor semifinalist Denisa Rosolova who clocked 17.34 in the 150 m and 37.09 in the 300 m. Josef Prorok posted Czech all-time best in the 500 m in 1:01.09 and won also the 300 m hurdles in 36.31. Junior Pavel Maslak was the fastest in the flat 300 m in 33.57 and decathlon great Roman Sebrle clocked in his race 35.96. Zuzana Bergrova achieved 40.8 in the 300 m hurdles. Both Bergrova and Rosolova in the wake of Jamaican possible doping situation from Doha (not officially confirmed) might be promoted for a bronze medal in the 4x400 m relay. 


MOSCOW (RUS, May 14): Second day of Russian Open Competition. Former world record holder Tatyana Lysenko achieved 74.49 in hammer. In men competition Igor Vinichenko got 77.40. In the 2000 m steeple races Ildar Minshin won in 5:29.15 and Lyubov Kharlamova clocked 6:24.42. 22 years old Yekaterina Vukolova improved to 23.12 (+1.5) in the 200 m.


BUDAPEST (HUN, May 14): In a local meeting in Budapest Zoltán Kovago threw 68.94 in discus throw. That is the third best mark of the year.
RADENCI (SLO, May 15): Kenyan Joshua Kipruto Kurui won the jubilee 30th Marathon of Three Hearts in Slovenia. His winning times was 2:19:38. Home win in women category by Daneja Grandovec who got 2:47:10. Slovenian prime minister Borut Pahor was running the half-marathon.

KREUZTAL (GER, May 15): Solid marks by German combined eventers at a special meet. World medalist Jennifer Oeser clocked 18.17 in the 150 m, 13.60 in the 100 m hurdles, 624 in long jump and 13.44 in shot put. Pascal Behrenbruch achieved 15.97 in shot put.

CELJE (SLO, May 15): At Club competition solid 10.48 (+1.0) at 100 m by Matis Osovnikar. Jolanda Batagelj (formerly Ceplak) won the 1500 m in 4:34.58.

KUNSHAN (CHN, May 15): During first day of National Grand Prix meeting Berlin finalist Liu Xiangrong achieved in women shot put 18.48. Lao Yi sprinted the 100 m in 10.39 (-0.4). Writes Tilastopaja.

ATLANTA (USA, May 14): Kelly-Ann Baptiste clocked fast 11.15 100 m (0.0) in the heats during Georgia Tech Invitational. Second Shalonda Solomon also fast (11.16). Maurice Mitchell was the best in men heats (10.25, +0.6) and Ty Akins clocked 13.44 (-0.9) in the 110 m hurdles heats. Olympic heptathlon medalist Hyleas Fountain won the long jump (649, 0.0). Supervet Briton Roald Bradstock won the javelin with excellent 71.07 for 48 years of age.

MEADVILLE (USA, May 14): Jeremy Scott cleared at Gator Invitational 570 in pole vault.

ALBUQUERQUE (USA, May 14): At Mountain West Conference good long jump. Winner Mindy McClurkin leaped to windy 663 (+2.5) and second 19-years old Whitney Gipson improved to 660 (+0.9). 18-years old junior sprinter Charles Silmon bettered his best in 100 m heats to 10.25 (+1.9).


BARCELONA (ESP): IOC President Jacques Rogge, IAAF President Lamine Diack and a total of 15 members of the International Olympic Committee will visit Barcelona during the European Athletics Championships Barcelona 2010. For example:  Prince Albert from Monaco (President of the International Athletics Foundation), Arne Ljungqvist (IOC Medical Commission President), former athletes Valery Borzov, Sergey Bubka, Guy Drut, Hicham El Guerrouj, Nawal El Moutawakil, Frank Fredericks, Kipchoge Keino, Irena Szewinska and Jan Zelezny (also as a coach), Stefka Kostadinova (president of national Olympic committee In Bulgary), Robert Emmian (president Armenian Athletics Federation), Lord Sebastian Coe (president of the London Organising Committee of the 2012 Summer Olympics). Also Jacques Rogge has been elected honorary president of the World Congress on Science in Athletics, to be held ahead of the Championships in Barcelona's Sport Science Institute (INEF).

DOHA (QAT): IAAF President Lamine Diack is planning to make USD 8 million worth of cuts to help the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) overcome its finanical difficulties, he said in Doha. Writes

HOUSTON (USA): As informs former 100 m sprinter Trindon Holliday has reached a contract agreement with Houston Texans. NFL sources told FOX 26 Sports Holliday agrees to a four-year contract worth $1.88 million. He becomes the first player from the Texans 2010 draft to reach a contract agreement with the club. His best in the 100 m is 10.00 from last year.

NEW YORK (USA): Former miler Rich Kenah, Marketing Director of Global Athletics & Marketing (GA&M), organizers of the adidas Grand Prix in New York, has accepted an invitation to be a panelist at the inaugural CLM TV Sports Symposium, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York, May 27. Informs TrackAlerts.

NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya Airways, a sponsor of the African championships, has announced a 20 per cent discount on all air tickets for all the officials and athletes flying in from all over Africa for the event. Informs Carole Fuchs African Athletics Facebook.


Last week in Sendai half marathon Martin Mathathi became the 65th runner to crack 60 minutes for the half marathon. He is only 7th runner in the history having sub 27 in the 10 000 m and sub 60 for half-marathon. Writes Ken Nakamura.


The daughter of Zhanna and Mark Block was born in Miami Beach, not Johnson City.

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