Tyson Gay: Happy with 2010, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Tyson Gay is happy with his 2010 season. The guy has had his best season since 2007, and this year he defeated Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt! His 9.78 in the cold, wet weather of London on the AVIVA GP night may was the icing on the cake of his defeat of Usain Bolt. 2011 will be another year, but Tyson should savor 2010, for he has now made the sprints real races once again!

Tyson Gay, AVIVA London GP, August 2010, photo by PhotoRun.net.


MONTE CARLO (USA): Tyson Gay is happy with the season 2010. For IAAF he said: „Looking back, I am happy. Real happy. I am thankful I am healthy and that I enjoyed the successful season. I don't want to sound greedy, but I am still looking and hoping for more in the future. 2011 and 2012 are going to be big years and everyone knows why. I am glad that the Diamond League launched in 2010. While all of the match-ups between Asafa, Usain and others didn't happen as planned due to injuries, the fact that we did race each other at least once was good for all of us." He also praised the renewal of his cooperation with adidas: „A big thank you to adidas for their continued support. They have stood by me through the good and bad times of my career and I am happy and thankful that they recently renewed their commitment to me in a way that guarantees that we'll be together right up until my retirement."



BERLIN (GER): German runner Sabrina Mockenhaupt is hoping to end up on the podium at the 37th edition of the real,- Berlin Marathon. Aiming for a personal best she is facing stiff competition tough by three Ethiopian women and one runner from Japan. Mockenhaupt ran her PR 2008 by winning the Frankfurt Marathon in 2:26:22 hrs making her the number two female German marathon runner behind Irina Mikitenko (who is running Chicago two weeks later). Main contenders on the flat and fast Berlin course are Bezunesh Bekele (27) who placed 4th at the Virgin London Marathon in April and owns a PR of 2:23:09 hrs. Aberu Kebede came in 2nd at the Dubai Marathon in January clocking a PR of 2:24:26 hrs and Genet Getaneh's PB is at 2:26:27 hrs. Japanese Tomo Morimoto won the Vienna City Marathon in 2006 clocking a PR of 2:24:33. Organizers are informing in a release.







BEIJING (CHN): China Daily informs that Liu Xiang apologized for his recent criticism of teachers. The 110-meter hurdles star made headlines for a blog he posted during Teachers' Day on Sept 10. Liu replied on his micro-blog at sina.com on Monday that: „Public figures should be more careful with their words and deeds. It's better to say something nice." Liu initially wished all teachers a happy festival on his blog on Sept 10. However, after joining a discussion with fans, he wrote: „It's disgusting for some teachers to ask students to pay for after-school classes. The content has no major difference to regular school." After struggling with a foot injury since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Liu is now preparing for the Guangzhou Asian Games.


TALENCE (FRA): This weekend's Décastar in Talence is the last stop of the IAAF World combined events challenge special meetings (still to count also Commonwealth Games and Asian Games) and promises to be a rematch of the stars of the European Championships in Barcelona. In the decathlon French Romain Barras is looking to be the star of the weekend as the reigning European champion takes on silver and bronze medalists Eelco Sintnicolaas and Andrey Kravchenko. Also number four and five from Barcelona Mikk Pahapill and Hans Van Alphen will be present and ready to take on Cuban stars Leonel Suarez, who is the world silver medalist from Berlin, and Yordani Garcia. In addition, another seven athletes have conquered the 8000points barrier this year: Oleksey Kasyanov, Aleksey Drozdov, Maurice Smith, Brent Newdick, Pascal Behrenbruch, Roland Schwarzl and Andres Raja. In the overall IAAF World combined events challenge Barras is currently leading with 25,063 points followed by Suarez with 24,641 points. The heptathlon shows off Olympic Champion and double Talence winner Nataliya Dobrinska who managed a personal best of 6778 points in Barcelona and could be the first ever 3-time winner in Talence. She will be heavily challenged though by former world junior champion Tatyana Chernova and compatriots Hanna Melnychenko and Lyudmila Yosypenko. On top, the field holds another seven athletes who broke 6000 points this year: Eliska Klucinova, Karolina Tyminska, Marina Goncharova, Jessica Samuelsson, Sara Aerts, Marisa de Aniceto and Bettie Wade. In the overall standings of the IAAF challenge Gerrmany's Jennifer Oeser leads with 19,303 points, followed by Lyudmyla Yosypenko with 18.608 points. Main rivals for the overall title are Chernova and Dobrynska, who have thus far only competed twice this season.


BEIJING (CHN): The 2010 IAAF Race Walking Challenge Final will be staged this year in Beijing in familiar surroundings from the 2008 Olympics. Writes IAAF. In the men's race Chinese walkers are the favourites too, both for winning the final competition and in the total points of the 2010 Challenge as well. Twenty two-year-old Chu Yafei leads the standings with 40 points and has a good chance to clinch his win in Beijing. Chu has raced three times over the 20km distance this season winning the La Coruńa meeting with a 1:21:11 season's best and also placed second at the World Cup in Chihuahua completing a Chinese 1-2 behind winner Wang Hao. Matej Toth of Slovak Republic is the next best in total points with 30 followed closely behind Wang Hao and Colombian Luis López, who both have 28 points. Toth said for Slovak media he feels good shape and wants to attack the podium. Another big name looking for a win in this competition is Australian double olympic medalist Jared Tallent. In the women race Portuguese Vera Santos almost has the total IAAF Race Walking Challenge win in her bag already. With the Russian walking stars absent from this competition, the seasoned 28-year-old Santos will be looking to score the biggest win of her career. German Melanie Seeger is lurking 10 points behind leading Santos (40p) and still has a chance to challenge for the total points win. Another Portuguese Inęs Henriques and Chinese Li Yanfei are probably too far away in points having scored 25 and 23 points respectively, but of course could take the win in the 20km race here. Winners will get 30 000 USD each.


BERLIN (GER): European 100 m hurdles bronze medalist Carolin Nytra has launched a new website www.carolin-nytra.de. She will give regular updates on her website about her training, competitions and results.


DULUTH (USA): Garret Heath and Will Leer are the American favorites announced for the Grandma's Minnesota Mile on September 19th. They will be joined by Kenyans Philip Lagat, Richard Kandie and Moses Waweru. On the women's side Amy Mortimer headlines the group. 2000$ will be rewarded to the winners of the race.


LONDON (GBR): The London Assembly published a damming cross-party report stating that the plans to transform the London 2012 Olympic Stadium into a 25,000 seat athletics arena were not only „flawed" but also contributed to delays in securing a lasting legacy for the area. Writes insidethegames.biz. The report, from the Assembly's Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism (EDCST) Committee, also gave a huge boost to West Ham United's hopes of taking over the Olympic Stadium by concluding it is likely that only a major football or rugby club could provide the huge crowds and regular use that would allow the venue to pay for itself and provide significant local employment. While the Committee acknowledged that Baroness Margret Ford's Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) was now actively looking at a wider range of tenants, they slammed the Olympic Board's original insistence on a solely athletics-led future for the stadium saying it was a „missed opportunity" to deliver the most sustainable and beneficial legacy for the local community. The report also looked at the future of the 90,000 square metre media centre for 2012 which will be home to the world's press during the Games as both the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and Main Press Centre (MBC). The media centre is planned to house a „creative industry hub" after the Games but the report concluded that extra funding is needed to convert the buildings and upgrade transport links to attract would be tenants after London 2012. The OPLC is currently in negotiation with a number of potential tenants for the stadium, including favourites West Ham and entertainment giant AEG, with an announcement expected early next year.


LONDON (GBR): Latest Pat Butcher´s blog at www.globerunner.org is called Toby Tanser's charities.


MOSCOW (RUS): Women 800 m European Champion Mariya Savinova informed she plans to pass the coming indoor season. „I never did that, I always competed indoors and outdoors even when I was a junior," she said. But also admitted that the coach could allow her for some indoor races, mainly Russian Winter meet. Savinova also added that the world indoor record 1:55.82 of Jolanda Ceplak might not be out of her reach. She also commented on oldest women world record the 1:53.28 of Czech Jarmila Kratochvilova since 1983. „I think it is possible to beat. You need hard work for that."


ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS): Olympic 800 m winner from 2004 Yuriy Borzakovskiy said for Russian media that his heel injury is getting better and plans to start with training in October. He did not decided yet about the indoor season at European Championships in Paris. „We will see with my coach Vyacheslav Yevstratov after I start with the training," he said.


FRANKURT (GER): German Athletics Federation DLV changed the date for the next years national outdoor championships from early July to July 23-24. The event will be staged in Kassel and the change was done because of dates collision (and subsequent TV times) with FIFA Women World Cup which will be held in Germany from June 26 until July 17.


NEWCASTLE (GBR): By running Sunday's 30th BUPA Great North Run here, Haile Gebrselassie will be fulfilling a promise he made ten years ago in Sydney, Australia. Writes Race Results Weekly. After winning the Olympic 10 000 m title for the second time, Gebrselassie went to a press conference held by the Great North Run organizers, Nova International, announcing that he would run his first-ever half-marathon at their event. He was joined by Britain's Paula Radcliffe, and Nova International chief executive officer Brendan Foster. „In Sydney we had already done a deal with Haile to run his first big road race," Foster explained here today. „The deal was done and we had a press conference in Sydney at Circular Quays. We had Haile there, we had Paula Radcliffe there." But Gebrselassie suffered an injury during the Olympic final, and didn't make it to Newcastle. A year later, Gebrselassie did make his half-marathon debut in Britain, but it was in Bristol at the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships. He won in 60:03, setting the stage for a brilliant road running career which had the real,-Berlin Marathon as its centerpiece. That event usually takes place in the same September timeframe as the Great North Run.


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