Makau with Ambitions, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

                             Patrick Makau, can he get WR? photo by

Patrick Makau is thinking WR at real, Berlin. For that, he may need some help from his Kenyan compatriots, but that will be fascinating to watch. While Universal will not be showing
real, Berlin, RBR has a way for our readers to watch. We will post a link tomorrow for the live broadcast from Germany!


LISBON (POR): Top names are announced for Sunday´s 11th Half-marathon in Lisbon. In women field current HM world champion Mary Keitany will run against Chinese marathon olympic games 4th placer Zhu Xiaolin. Other top Kenyans entered are Alice Timbilili, Lydia Cheromei, Jane Kiptoo and Agnes Kiprop. Ethiopian representation is headed by Yimer Wude. Home runners will be represented by Analia Rosa and Ana Dias. In the men field European champion Viktor Rothlin as Arons Carvalho informs runs against World silver medalist in marathon from Berlin Emmanuel Mutai and other Kenyans Francis Kiprop with Titus Masai. Interesting to see Josphat Kiprono Menjo who improved in second part of the track season to excellent times in the 5000 m and 10 000 m and can be the „dark horse" of the competition. Ethiopian challenge has Tadese Tola and Eritreans Yonas Kifle with Teklemariam Mehdin should not be underestimated. Home leaders are Rui Silva and Rui Pedro Silva etc. The aim is to clock a sub one hour time, last year winner Silas Sang clocked course record 1:00:20. The course was tougher than the fast March one where Zersenay Tadese achieved new world record but for this year a new flat one was prepared.



BERLIN (GER): World leader Patrick Makau reckons with a litle cooperation from his fellow Kenyan rivals he can attack Haile Gebrselassie's world record at the real,-Berlin Marathon on Sunday. Makau after his 2:04:48 winning time at the Rotterdam Marathon in April, is under no illusions it will be an awesome task to lower the current figure of 2:03:59 belonging to legendary Ethiopian. Gebrselassie. But the 25-year-old like Gebrselassie who twice in four appearances set world records in the German capital, knows the flat and fast circuit offers the perfect opportunity to emulate the current two-year-old figure. The world's fourth fastest ever marathoner was referring in particular to fellow countrymen Geoffrey Mutai who finished just seven seconds behind him in their Rotterdam encounter and this year's Prague champion Eliud Kiptanui. The trio are now hoping selected pacemakers will take them initially through the halfway point in 62 minutes and others then prolong the world record schedule until the 30km. Writes David Martin. And Pat Butcher adds that the modern era of marathon running began here in 1998, when the little known Ronaldo da Costa of Brazil broke the decade old world record of Ethiopian Delayneh Dinsamo, with 2:06:05. The weather looks as if it may help out. The bright sunshine and mid-20s celsius temperatures which have reigned over northern Europe this week are due to disappear in the next two days, with showers and 12-15C projected for Sunday morning. More on



MEXICO CITY (MEX): Jamaican world record holder and olympic winner Usain Bolt will not visit Mexico this autumn because the organizers of the congress are owing money for a lecture he gave last year at the World Congress of the Sport, according to the press. The newspaper El Universal issued a statement of Ricky Simms, Bolt's agent, whereby the organizer of the World Sports Congress, held in Mexico City last November, owes a large sum of money to the fastest sprinter of the history. Bolt was invited to take part in the this years celebrations for the bicentenary of Mexico's independence and the centenary of the Revolution. „When this money is paid entirely, we can consider going to another event in your city," Simms told the Mexican newspaper.



FRANKFURT (GER): German Athletics Federation DLV will bid to stage European Team Championships highest category in 2013 with the city of Braunschweig. The other interested city was Erfurt. The European Athletics decision is expected in spring next year. The 2011 edition will be held in Stockholm and in 2012 this event will not be held due to European Championships in Helsinki.







LONDON (GBR): The IAAF Evaluation Commission headed by Senior Vice President Sergey Bubka visited London for a two-day visit at the start of this week to consider the merits of the British capital's bid to host the 2015 IAAF World Championships. Informs IAAF. London, which is the venue for the 2012 Olympic Games, is one of two candidates to be hosts for the 2015 IAAF World Championships, their rivals being Beijing, China who staged the 2008 Olympic Games. The decision on the venue will be taken at the IAAF Council meeting in Monte Carlo, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 November. At a joint press conference, Bubka, who is Chairman of the IAAF Evaluation Commission commented, „we are very satisfied with the process so far. UKA has always been very strong. Britain has an excellent tradition and history in athletics, and after 2012, of course, it's important to continue that legacy." The IAAF Evaluation Commission will survey Beijing's bid next month, a visit which takes place in the week prior to the staging of IAAF / Sinopec World Half Marathon Championships in the Chinese city of Nanning (Sat 16). IAAF says in a release.


RALEIGH (USA): Gene Cherry of Reuters writes that after a tumultuous two years under a chief executive officer with a non-athletics background, USA Track & Field officials are insisting their new leader be familiar with the sport. „It should be someone who is either in or has had a long history of dealing with the sport," Steve Miller, chair of the search committee seeking a replacement for fired CEO Doug Logan, told Reuters in a telephone interview from Las Vegas. Miller, Stephanie Hightower and 1972 Olympic javelin medallist Bill Schmidt have been mentioned as possible successors to Logan. Miller said he would not be a candidate. Schmidt did not return phone calls. Hightower said she would not place her name in the running, but added, „I never say never anymore."


AMSTERDAM (NED): Triple world champion at the distance Dutch and Kenyan-born Lornah Kiplagat will not compete at the World Half-Marathon championships in October in China. After competing on Sunday at Dam to Damloop she suffered a pain in her left calf. Further examinations showed she needs two weeks rest and that means she cannot be ready in full strenght for the October 16 event.


BUDAPEST (HUN): The Decastar combined events meeting in Talence last weekend is the second best special meeting of that category in 2010 according to the rankings. Decastar scored 9946 points, only Hypomeeting of Gotzis was better with 10 372. Third is TNT-Fortuna Meeting in Kladno, Czech Republic with 9738 points.


PRAGUE (CZE): Czech Athletics Federation confirmed two years ban for shot putter Remigius Machura jr. (20.00 personal best this year on July 7) after his positive out of competition test on July 14 for growth hormone. He will be suspended from August 12 2010 for two years and will miss so also Olympic Games in London. Machura will have so cancelled his second place from national championships in Trinec and also his result from European Championships in Barcelona (18.71 in qualification).


COLORADO SPRINGS (USA): Agencies are informing that a drug that is similar to EPO as a way to help patients with kidney problems is in the late stages of development, one in an long list of new pharmaceuticals that anti-doping authorities are monitoring as they struggle to keep sports clean. The drug, called Hematide, is in Stage 3 development, meaning it could be on the market by 2012. Anti-doping authorities say there's a chance some version of the blood-boosting drug could already be available on the black market. Almost every drug on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list, including human growth hormone and steroids, have legitimate medical purposes.


NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan government has asked its sports representatives not to panic over growing security concerns in India ahead of Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka said governments of the two nations were working closely to ensure the 240 participants from Kenya and the rest are safe during the duration of the Games. Also before team captain and steeple world champion Ezekiel Kemboi asked for the usual financial subsidies in a discussion with the team leadership. The discrepancy was solved according to the Kenyan media.


TORONTO (CAN): The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon has announced a strong Ethiopian contingent for their event on Sunday ready to challenge Kenyan male supremacy in the Canadian metropolis. Kenyan men have triumphed for the past 5 years in a row on the flat, fast Toronto Waterfront course. Chala Lemi and Gashaw Melese Asfaw, who were 2nd and 3rd in last year's race, are both confirmed to return. They were passed in the later stages by Kenneth Mungara, who had to run the fastest marathon on Canadian soil to beat them [2:08:32]. They will be joined by Teshome Gelana and Zembaba Yigeze who ran 1st and 2nd in Houston in January. Organizers are writing on their website. To claim victory and the special laurel wreath being brought from Marathon, Greece, as part of the 2,500th Anniversary celebrations of marathon, the Ethiopian pack will have to get by title defender Mungara, Rono, Jafred Chirchir (2:09:15, 1st in Milan this Spring), Nixon Machichim (2:09:08, 3rd in Rome in March), David Njagi (2:09:44 1st in Valencia in February), and David Tarus (2:09:24 in Eindhoven last Fall). Daniel Rono was the 2006 champion at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront, then lost a thrilling sprint to the line in 2007 to John Kelai, as Kelai broke the 31-year old, previous Canadian All-comers mark with his 2:09:30 win. Disappointed, Rono went onto run 2:06:58 in Rotterdam, then place 3rd in New York and 2nd at Boston ‚09.


MOSCOW (RUS): Moscow will have new track facilities in the Luzhniki Area before the 2013 World Championships. As national federation general secretary Mikhail Butov informed according to Moscow Government and Luzhniki management decision the renovation of the athletics track at the main stadium, warm-up track and one training track will happen until 2012. After that test competitions will be staged before the global meet.


SOFIA (BUL): Three top personalities of Bulgarian athletics recieved special commemorative plaques for their success in sports from ministry of sports and physical education Svilen Neykov. They were still world record holder at 100 m hurdles Yordanka Donkova, coach Georgi Dimitrov and recent European medalist Vanya Stambolova. Donkova´s world record celebrated this year 22 years.


LONDON (GBR): John Coates, the president of the Australian Olympic Committee and senior vice-president when Sydney held the Olympic Games, claimed New Delhi should not have been awarded the Commonwealth Games. Coates blames the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) for the current problems over the Athletes Village as they have failed to monitor the constructions properly. „The problem is the Commonwealth Games Federation is under-resourced. It doesn't have the ability to monitor the progress of cities in the way the Olympic Committee does" Coates was quoted on Insidethegames.


LONDON (GBR): The English team officials and athletes have unanimously agreed to compete at the Commonwealth Games. The English team has 17 athletes competing but keeps pressure on the Commonwealth Games organisation to improve on conditions at the Athletes Village and security in and around the stadia.


MADRID (ESP): Spanish high jumper Marta Mendia will retire from the sport. Mendia is one of the most successful Spanish athletes in history winning 13 national titles and representing Spain twice at the Olympic Games and five times at the World championships.







CAIRNS (AUS, Sep 24): Australian top athletes achieved best results during second day of Oceanian Championships. Scott Martin got 19.55 in shot put (ahead of team-mate Dale Stevenson 19.41) and Sean Wroe was the best at 400 m with 46.62 (here second Nelson Stone of Papua New Guinea 47.06). Bronwyn Eagles was best in hammer (62.99) and Josh Hall cleared 220 in high jump for more Australian wins. New Zealand´s win for Andrea Miller at 100 m hurdles (13.55, -0.4) and Salome Dell of Papua New Guinea was the best in the women 800 m (2:07.55). From first day to add 100 m winners. On women side Toea Wisil from Papau New Guinea 11.85 (+1.0) and on the men side guest from Indonesia Suryo Wibowo (10.52, -0.5) ahead of Australian Liam Gander (10.60). Interesting mark in the junior category by 18 years old Ratu Banuve Tabakaucoro of Fiji who improved to 21.69 (-0.6) in the 200 m.


DONETSK (UKR, Sep 23-24): Home jumper Viktor Kuznyetsov who was fourth in Barcelona achieved the best mark of the 15th European Police Championships in athletics. His mark 17.04 (0.0) in the triple jump was also new meet record. Kuznyetsov also won the long jump (778, 0.0). Ukrainian athletes dominated the event. Relay European Champion Natalya Pogrebnyak won both sprints (11.69 and 24.52), Anna Mishchenko achieved 800/1500 double (2:04.12 and 4:35.72). Oleksandr Nartov beat on count-back German Martin Gunther in high jump (both 221). Hana Melnychenko scored 5200 points to win the heptathlon, her colleague olympic winner in heptathlon Natalya Dobrynska was second in long jump (600). Vira Rebryk registered meet record in javelin (57.51). Stine Kufaas of Norway won women´s high jump (185) and Russian Yelena Migunova was the best in the 400 m (52.29). In that race way back as 7th Bulgarian Tsvetelina Kirilova (61.92) who is olympic and world semifinalist at 400 m hurdles. She is in fourth month of pregnancy.

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