Course Record in Dublin! by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder


Our friend, Tom Bedford, used the Dublin course to win a very hefty wager about his athletic ability just a year or two ago, I believe. He put the wager to good use, raising money for a fine cause. Nice to see so many marathoners in Dublin as Moses Kangogo Kibet of Kenya ran 2:08:58, and Russian Tatyana Aryasova ran 2:26:13-both negative splitting! 

EME NEWS (OCT 25, 2010)




LJUBLJANA (SLO): 2008 hammer olympic winner and 2009 world champion Primoz Kozmus is back after one year of no throwing. He initially ended his career after 2009 season and wants to throw again in 2011. His agent Uros Zager confirmed that he was practicing already for some time. The news release came after the Monday meeting with Prime Minister Borut Pahor, and the Minister of Education and Sport Igor Lukšic. "I had to stop my career because of number of reasons that were of personal nature. However, I am a sportsman at heart and I think that I can still achieve a lot. I had enough regeneration and Im returning in full health," he was quoted. It is not clear whether he will continue to work with coach Vladimir Kevo. His last competition was on September 15, 2009 in Szczecin, Poland.



DUBLIN (IRL, Mon 25): Course records for both the men's and women's winners at 31st adidas Dublin Marathon on Bank Holiday day. Kenyan Moses Kangogo Kibet and Russian Tatyana Aryasova, who both ran "negative split" races achieved that. Kibet was with four other contenders at the half-way point (1:05:22), and five other contenders at 30 km (1:32:24). He then quickened his pace to cover the second half of the race in 1:03:36 and won by 46 seconds in 2:08:58; course record holder Aleksey Sokolov finished fifth in 2:10:31 as best European. Second Ethiopian Fikadu Kedir (2:09:44), third and fourth Kenyans Maurice Mutinda (2:10:25) and Jonathan Chesoo (2:10:27).  Aryasova trailed first half leader Kateryna Stetsenko by half a minute, 1:14:12 to 1:14:41.  But Aryasova, the 2008 Honda LA Marathon champion, scorched the second half in 1:11:32 to blow away the field in a course record and personal best 2:26:13. Second Stetsenko of Ukraine also lifetime best 2:27:51 and the same for third Russian Elza Kireyeva 2:28:02. Last sub 2:30 time for Ethiopian Tiki Gelana as fourth 2:29:53. Writes Race Results Weekly.



KINGSTON (USA): 400 m hurdles veteran Danny McFarlane despite his age of 38 plans to continue with his track career. The Athens 2004 silver winner will chase history at next year's IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. At last year's staging in Berlin, McFarlane joined walkers Canadian Tim Berrett and Spanish Jesus Angel Garcia, as the only athletes to have taken part in nine World Championships; now the Jamaican intends to stand in the history books with 10 appearances. Writes TrackAlerts. Also Garcia who is still racing aims to compete in Daegu. "It's something that I am going to eat, sleep and think about a lot," explained McFarlane, who also said he is well aware of the task he faces. His first accomplishment will be to make it to Daegu, because according to him, "Getting a top-three berth in Jamaica trials, is not going to be as easy as it used to be" National champion Isa Phillips, Leford Green, the fastest Jamaican in 2010, Olympic finalist Markino Buckley and Adrian Findlay, are four sub-49 guys, while Josef Robertson and Roxroy Cato are two of the athletes who will be looking to break the 49 barrier next season. In 2010 McFarlane´s best was 49.12.







BRUGES (BEL): 2005 110 m hurdles world champion Ladji Doucoure will undergo this week a bone surgery and will be not able to train for three months. That means he will miss the entire indoor season and also the European Indoor Championships at home in Paris. His main goal remains London 2012.


MOSCOW (RUS): Youth Olympic Games high jump winner Mariya Kuchina with 190 personal best is aiming at the European Junior Championships next year in Tallinn. She is changing her home from Prokhladniy in Kabardino-Balkaria region to Volgograd. Her parents are going with her, both from sports background. Father played basketball and mother voleyball. She also changed coaches from Gennadiy Garikovich to Boris Gorkov who in the past guided olympic winner Yelena Slesarenko. Coach Garikovich thinks that Kuchina in two years should go over two metres.


NEW YORK (USA): Interesting oldies entries for New York City Marathon on November 7. 1996 Olympic gold medalist at 5000 m Venuste Niyongabo (36) runs currently for Italy but the he won the olympic gold for Burundi. It should be his debut at the marathon distance. Spanish Fabian Roncero is now 40 years old and is 6th placer in marathon at the World Championships 1997. Dutch former elite steeple runner Simon Vroemen (European 2002 silver winner) is also entered. In women category Liz McColgan of UK at age of 46 will be running, she has 2:26:52 from 1997 and is track world champion in the 10 000 m from 1991.


BUDAPEST (HUN): Hungarian Athletics Federation announced its Athletes of the Year 2010. The titles went to hurdler Daniel Kiss who won bronze medal in Barcelona and among women the long distance runner Krisztina Papp (8th in Barcelona at 10 000 m). Coach of the year is Istvan Tomhauser who leads the preparation of national record holder Kiss. In the U23 category the top ones are hurdler Balazs Baji and shot putter Anita Marton, in the junior category 400 m runner Marcell Deak Nagy and middle distance runner Viktoria Gyurkes.


TALLAHASSE (USA): Sister is following the brothers. Belgian sprinter Olivia Borlée will train for three months in Florida. The planned stay should begin in mid March and last till late May at the  Florida State University in Tallahassee. "Jonathan has convinced me to go to the United States," she said for Le Soir. "It allows me to be in the best condition to train and to stay away from any potential problems in Belgium. Moreover, I will also train with other athletes, such as Romanian Angela Morosanu, last summer fifth at the 400m hurdles at the European Championship. " The sprinter plans now six weeks training in South Africa and then to have full indoor season at 60 m with the aim to compete at European Indoor Championships in Paris.


SANTA FE (ARG): Special guest at hammer throw clinic for Argentinian and other throwers from South America. The 55-years old world record holder and world champion Yuriy Sedykh.


PRAGUE (CZE): Prague Indoor meeting in the biggest hall in the country (02 Arena) which debuted in 2009 will be postponed for future years. In 2010 it was not held due to the clash with Winter Olympic Games and other activities of the organizing body. For the 2011 the organising companies Ceska Sportovni and TK Plus informed that it will not be staged due to the priorities given to jubilee 50th Ostrava Golden Spike meeting (IAAF World Challenge) planned for May 31 2011. During the first edition of the indoor meet Meseret Defar clocked 2 miles all-time world best and Yelena Isinbayeva attacked the world indoor record in pole vault.


NEUBRANDENBURG (GER): Triple discus world champion Franka Dietzsch plans a new career in politics. She also just went through a German Athletics Federation coaches B-licence course. She plans to remain working for the Deutsche Kreditbank, the coaches course was more personal interest for her. She plans her future connected to politics as she was approached by the CDU party.


NIJVERDAL (NED): Junior national team members in middle and long distances had a special guest during their one weekend training gathering. It was the multiple olympic and world gold medalist Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia. The world record holder has a 14 days stay in Netherlands under the supervision of physiotherapist Joost Vollaard. Between the treatments he was able to have short runs. It is not known when Bekele is going to return to competition. His last event was Edinburgh cross country in January 2010.


BUDAPEST (HUN): The traditional Supermarathon Vienna-Bratislava-Budapest was cancelled this year because of financial reasons. But a Half Marathon was still staged on October 23 in Budapest, won by Laszlo Toth in 1:08:53 ahead of Ethiopian Erkolo Ashkenafi 1:09:08. Women winner Simona Staciu got 1:21:21.


GUANGZHOU (CHN): The final one million tickets for the 16th Asian Games have gone on sale. Informs insidethegames. More than three million spectators are expected to attend the Games, which get under way in the Chinese "Flower City" of Guangzhou in 18 days' time.







LJUBLJANA (SLO): The winner of the men's race, Evans Ruto, is not Evans Rutto (with two t's) who ran 2:05:50 at the 2003 Chicago Marathon as fastest debutante. Points out RRW.

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