Kara Goucher has a baby boy, (9/24), Colton Mirko, Paula Radcliffe has a baby boy (9/29), Raphael, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Kara Goucher, Paula Radcliffe, NYRR Mini, June 2010, photo by PhotoRun.net

Congrats to Paula Radcliffe and her husband, Gary Lough. Paula had their second child, a boy, Raphael, in Monaco on Wednesday night, September 29. Per Gary, Raphael and Paula are " doing good."

This is just a few days since Kara and Adam Goucher had their first, a boy, who was born last Friday, September 24, in Portland, Oregon. Their boy's name is Colton Mirko Goucher.

Congrats to both families!

EME NEWS (SEP 30, 2010)

Radcliffe second child
MONACO (MON): World Marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe gave birth to her second child in Monaco on Wednesday night. Son Raphael was born at 7.28pm and Radcliffe's husband Gary Lough said both "are doing good." The pair who married in April 2000 had their first offspring Isla who was also born in Monaco on 17 January 2007 and on that occasion Radcliffe was in labour for 27 hours. Radcliffe will now resume her athletics career where the major aim will be winning the 2012 Olympic Marathon title on home soil in London. Writes David Martin.

Mokoena ok
NEW DELHI (IND): Commonwealth Games updates. In Australian team last minute cancellations are discus title defender Scott Martin and female hurdler Hayley Butler, both because of the injuries. Australian team athletes believe Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker should be given the honour of carrying the national flag at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Good news from South African team. Green light was given to long jumper Khotso Mokoena who will be a medal candidate. He is world indoor champion 2008 and silver winner from Olympic Games 2008, World Championships 2009 and World Indoor Championships 2010. Kenyan media are reporting that Amos Mutai and John Kelai are ready to deliver for the country as they continue fine-tuning ahead of Commonwealth Games. As the second group of the national team left the country, the duo took their training to the serene plateau wheat land well aware of the task ahead of them. They will be Kenya's representatives in men's marathon after 2007 world champion Luke Kibet withdrew following an injury he suffered while training. Marathon team coach David Letting said the team would continue with training until on October 8 and leave for New Delhi, India the following day via Doha.

Channel 4 deal with IAAF

MONTE CARLO/LONDON (MON/GBR): IAAF confirmed in a press release what was reported by British media. World governing body for athletics announced the conclusion of a free to air terrestrial deal in the UK with Channel 4, which gives it exclusive media rights to the IAAF World Athletics Series for the period 2011 to 2013. The package includes two world championships as main events in Daegu 2011 and Moscow 2013, also one world indoor championships 2012 in Istanbul and other IAAF Championships in that period. Channel 4 has confirmed it will show almost 50 hours of coverage of Daegu 2011, including all evening sessions and a daily highlights programme in prime time. Channel 4 has also committed marketing and promotional support to its broadcasts and has agreed to produce a high quality domestic feed from Daegu. Channel 4's status as a commercially funded terrestrial channel will also provide additional commercial opportunities for IAAF's marketing partners for the duration of the contract. British media are writing that this deal is ending BBC's long association with the event and deliver another blow to the corporation's self-proclaimed role as the Olympic broadcaster. Daegu 2011 will be the main athletics showcase event before Olympics 2012 which will be broadcasted by BBC.  Prominent athletics presenters including Steve Cram, Jonathan Edwards and Colin Jackson will be expected to remain at the BBC for London 2012 but will be without two world championships. On the other side news are expected from BBC about their Samsung Diamond League coverage for 2011.


CHICAGO (USA): The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced on Thursday its complete 2010 men's and women's elite field. The additions of Ethiopians Deriba Merga and Feyisa Lilesa to the men's competition significantly strengthen what was already shaping up to be the top field in the event's 33-year history. Merga, the 2009 Boston Marathon champion, and Lelisa, who has a personal best 2:05:23, will join forces with defending Bank of America Chicago Marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya, London Marathon champion Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia and Boston Marathon champion Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya. A trio of Ethiopian athletes will take the women's competition to new heights as well: Atsede Bayisa, the two-time Paris Marathon champion, Askale Tafa Magarsa, runner-up at the 2008 Berlin Marathon, and Mamitu Daksa, the 2010 Dubai Marathon champion, have been added to a field that already includes defending Bank of America Chicago Marathon champion Liliya Shobukhova of Russia, London and Berlin Marathon champion Irina Mikitenko of Germany, and top American Magdalena Lewy-Boulet. The welcoming of Merga adds even more intrigue to the race's impact on the 2009-2010 World Marathon Majors series standings as third-ranked Merga (35 points) is one of the only athletes in reach of surpassing top-ranked Wanjiru and Kebede (50 points each) before the series concludes in November in New York. Additional entrants in the men's field include Kenya's Shadrack Biwott for debut, former standout at the University of Oregon and brother of Duncan Kibet, the second fastest marathon runner of all time; Kenya's Wesley Korir, two-time Los Angeles Marathon champion; Ethiopia's Negari Terfa, third place finisher at the 2009 Berlin Marathon; and American Nick Arciniaga, who ran 2:11:46 at the San Diego Marathon, the fourth-ranked time in the U.S. for 2010. Organizers are informing in a release.

FRANKFURT (GER): With half a dozen runners featuring personal bests of sub 2:08 and another eight runners having achieved sub 2:10 times so far the Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon promises to produce yet another thrilling and high-class men's race. If weather conditions are suitable on 31st October the course record of 2:06:14, which was established by Kenyan Gilbert Kirwa a year ago, will be attacked. Germany's oldest city marathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label race, could well see its first sub 2:06 result. A record field of around 13,000 runners is expected to take part in the race. The two men that could be the strongest in a deep field are Kenyans Sylvester Teimet and Wilson Kipsang.  Four more runners signed for the Commerzbank Frankfurt-Marathon have sub 2:08 times. The fastest in the field will be 27 year-old Elijah Keitany. The Kenyan has a personal best of 2:06:41, which he achieved in Amsterdam in 2009 as second. David Mandago is just twelve seconds slower so far. The 32 year-old clocked 2:06:53 in Paris last year, but since this was an extraordinary strong race he finished only sixth. While the three-time winner of the Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon Wilfred Kigen (2005 to 2007 / PB: 2:07:33) had been announced earlier a new addition to the field is Francis Kiprop.  At least four more runners could be in the race for victory at the Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon: Elias Chelimo (Kenya/2:08:15), Yared Asmerom (Eritrea/2:08:34), Siraj Gena (Ethiopia/2:08:39) and Henry Sugut (Kenya), who won this year's Vienna City Marathon with 2:08:40.

PORTSMOUTH (GBR): Swiss Marathon European Champion Viktor Rothlin who was 13th at Lisbon Half-marathon last Sunday will have another tough test before running the New York City Marathon on November 7. He will run at the Bupa Great South Run in Portsmouth on October 24 (10 miles). In the women field olympic winner Constantina Dita of Romania is the latest top entry, but since her Beijing win she is struggling to find the right shape in 2009 and 2010.

KOSICE (SVK): Oldest European Marathon which will be held on Sunday in Kosice, Slovakia closed its registration at 5448 number for all races. Increase is reported in women representation and also in the accompanying half-marathon. Number of countries is 40. More than 1000 runners will compete in marathon itself. Seven Kenyans will fight against three Ethiopians in men elite field. Two of them are having sub 2:10 bests, Kenyans Peter Chebet (2:08:43) and Solomon Bushendich (2:08:52). In women elite four Ethiopians are the main names, headed by Rotterdam 2006 winner Gishu Mindaye (2:28:30).

VIENNA (AUT): The duel of Gunther Weidlinger and Michael Schmid will be the highlight of Austrian 10 km road race championships which will be held on Sunday in the famous Vienna Prater Park.


BERLIN (GER): The athletics federations of France, Germany, Hungary, Spain and Italy will be involved in a project to promote a healthy lifestyle with children. The project is funded by the European commission and will allow clubs affiliated with the federations to receive free information and material.

INDIANAPOLIS (USA): The USA Track & Field Foundation has presented an Elite Athlete Development Grant to Brenda Martinez they announced in a press release. Martinez is an 800m/1500m athlete who graduated from the University of California Riverside, the grant is worth 4000 dollars. She is 2:00.85 and 4:09.52 runner from 2009.

LAUSANNE (SUI): The executive board of the IOC will meet in Acapulco, Mexico from 24 to 26 October 2010. The board will have meetings with the National Olympic Committees and will go over reports for the preparations of the upcoming Olympic events.

LOS ANGELES (USA): Distance runner Meb Keflezighi and thrower Seilala Sua will be inducted in the UCLA hall of fame during a ceremony on October 1st.  Both athletes are considered some of the most successful UCLA athletes in history the university announced in a press release.

LAGOS (NGR): Vanguard newspaper informs that Nigeria may be missing from all international athletics competitions as speculations are rife that the sport's ruling body IAAF, is on the verge of penalising the Athletics Federation of Nigeria over debts owed to athletes.
Since 2009, the international and local athletes who participated at the Abuja grand prix are still being owed their entitlements and their agents have lodged complaints with the IAAF. It was gathered that the IAAF and the Confederation of Africa Athletics Association have reached a point, when they felt that Nigeria should be banned, if the debt owed the athletes are not settled.


YALTA (UKR, Sep 28-30): Hanna Shelekh cleared excellent 430 in pole vault what is new Ukrainian U17 record. It was during the National Championships of Sports Schools and it is third best result in the U17 category in the world in 2010. World junior bronze medalist Ihor Lyashchenko won the 10 000 m walk in 43:01.00. Also to note the 49.88 at 400 m by 15-years old Oleksiy Pozdnyakov. 

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