Euromeetings General Assembly 2010, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder


The Euro Meetings are being held in Zagreb this week. Yesterday, they upheld the Euro one day meetings agreement not to accept athletes who have received a two year ban to compete in their events...congrats to Boston Marathon 2011 for selling out in less than one day!

I do believe that we have to draw a line in the sand where drugs in our sport are truly discouraged. I do think the Euro meetings agreement makes sense. 

Only one or two RBR updates Tuesday and Wednesday, as I have eye surgery on Tuesday and will be out for about 48 hours!


BEOGRAD (SRB): Top European one day meetings want to continue in their tough stance against doping athletes who are returning from a ban. At yearly General Assembly (Friday October 15) during European Athletics Convention in Serbia the representatives of majority of the members agreed to continue with the recommendation not to invite athletes coming from two years (or more) doping ban or are in other means bringing athletics into disreputation. The meetings also evaluated first year of Samsung Diamond League, IAAF World Challenge series and new regulations for European Athletics one day meetings. In the elections the current board headed by Stockholm´s DN Galan meet director Rajne Soderberg was re-elected. The only new member is Terry McHugh former Ireland´s national team javelin thrower who is representing Luzern EA Classic meeting in Switzerland. He replaced French Gerard Fremaux. Other board members remained, Wilfried Meert as vice-president, Jacky Delapierre as general secretary, Fedde Zwanenburg as treasurer and Jean-Pierre Schoebel, Ian Stewart and Alfons Juck as members. Spring Meeting of the organisation will be held on April 15 in London on the eve of EA Congress and London Marathon. The theme of the meeting will be Marketing and Sponsoring of the one day meetings. Full press-release at



NANNING (CHN): Interesting plans in the background of the fresh World Half Marathon champions from Kenya. As IAAF writes Wilson Kiprop was a man who had to borrow money for bus fare just so he could get himself to races in Kenya. That perseverance paid off for him, whose rise in the ranks this year included the national and African 10,000m titles on home turf in the high altitude of Nairobi. He's already run a marathon, finishing fifth in 2:09:09 in Prague in May, but he's not yet ready to turn his full attentions to the longer distance. "I'm not ready for another marathon this year. But I am looking to run well and the World Cross Country Championships," said Kiprop. The same goes for women winner Florence Kiplagat. Although she's the national record holder in the 10,000m on the track at 30:11.59 from 2009, she said she still has plenty to achieve on the track before looking further. "I didn't have a good season on the track this year," Kiplagat said. "So I have to achieve more there before thinking about the marathon. I have already won a medal at Cross Country and I have to look for a medal before I leave the track. That is my goal for next year (Daegu) and at the next Olympics."







MADRID (ESP): One of the top Spanish middle distance runners Alvaro Rodriguez is planning a solid indoor schedule. The 2007 European U23 champion at 1500 m wants to qualify for European Indoor Championships in Paris and there attack the podium. "I want to think about medals, but first I must qualify," Rodriguez was quoted. He has 3:35.76 from 2009 as best time and was unable to qualify for Barcelona 2010.


PRAGUE (CZE): Czech Republic already selected its team of five runners for the European CC Championships in Albufeira, Portugal in december. In the men race Jan Kreisinger and Milan Kocourek will compete. In men´s U23 Lukas Kourek and in women U23 Lucie Sekanova. The only junior female Diana Mezulianikova.


ZAGREB (CRO): The organizers of IAAF World Challenge meet Hanzekovic Memorial in Zagreb published a book about the history of the event which celebrated this year 60 years of staging.


DETROIT (USA): Kenyan former NCAA Champion at 10 000 m Boaz Cheboiywo signed up only two days before the Sunday´s Detroit Marathon hoping to take a shot at the course record, after he fell 12 miles into the Chicago Marathon and did not finish. Cheboiywo, 32, of Ypsilanti began cramping up 10 miles into the Free Press Marathon. He had hoped to reach the halfway mark in 66 minutes, but was two minutes behind that pace. Cheboiywo had such a big deal that he stopped at Mile 16 and got into a pace vehicle with the intention of quitting. The car was stopped for a couple minutes with no sign of any other marathon runners behind. Cheboiywo has only one finished marathon so far, 2:21:40 in New York 2008. Winning Jordan Desilets got 2:28:30. Local media are writing.


KIENBAUM (GER): German Athletics Federation DLV is starting this weekend new education course for coaches for the B-licence. Interestingly some of the top athletes are taking part. For example long jump European Champion Christian Reif, former discus world champion Franka Dietzsch and another former medalist triple jumper Charles Friedek. From the still active athletes also shot putter Nadine Kleinert, middle-distance runner Janina Goldfuss and javelin thrower Mark Frank are among the participants.


BEOGRAD (SRB): More awards during the special night in Belgrade where European Athletes of the year 2010 were celebrated. Estonia's Raul Rabane was the overall winner of the 2010 European Athletics Innovation Award for his project entitled The Social Role Of An Athlete, much of which involved the collaboration of his compatriot and 2008 Olympic Games discus champion Gerd Kanter. A European Athletics Coaches Roll of Honour has also been inaugurated and Spain's Manuel Pascua, the coach of 2010 European Athletics Championships women's 1500 metres champion Nuria Fernandez, received an inscribed award as a representative of all 56 coaches who guided their athletes to success in Barcelona this summer.


KINGSTON (JAM): Top sportswear manufacturing company Puma, who over the years have helped several Jamaican institutions and individuals in their development, have continued their support to Jamaica's track & field, now taking on the Mico University College track and field team. On Friday, the school received training and competition equipment ahead of next season's intercollegiate championships. Former sprinter Juliet Campbell, the company's project manager, who handed over the gears, said they would be sticking with the school as long as the results are there to show. Writes TrackAlerts.


PORTLAND (USA): Chinese Sports manufacturer Li Ning is one of the more recent and interesting entries into Portland's growing circle of footwear companies. In the world's most populous nation, home-grown Li-Ning has seen sales in recent years pass every competitor except for Oregon-based Nike. But when it comes to United States consumers, Li-Ning is almost a total unknown. Its launch this week into the running-shoe market, an important strategic step for a company trying to gain a foothold here. The company's North American headquarters sports a payroll of 28 people in its Pearl District offices. That's a far cry from the almost 7,000 at Nike's sprawling campus near Beaverton. Writes In athletics top faces of Li Ning are Yelena Isinbayeva, Andreas Thorkildsen and Asafa Powell.


AMSTERDAM (NED): Respected agent and athletes liaison at many events on the track and on the road Jos Hermens was quoted as saying after the fast Sunday´s jubilee edition of Amsterdam marathon: "Amsterdam has now the best time with the lowest budget in the world." In rankings Amsterdam marathon is currently number 8, leaders are London, Chicago and Berlin. In separate men marathon rankings Amsterdam is even better seventh, in separate women order the Dutch race is number 10.







PETTINENGO (ITA, Oct 17): Ethiopian Sule Utura won the 40th Giro di Pettinengo in 12:29 ahead of another Ethiopian Itaa Bedada (12:39) and best home runner Elena Romagnolo (12:42). Fourth placer Asmerawork Bekele got 12:59, she was the winner the day before at 19th road mile in Biella (4:55) ahead of Bedada (4:56). In the men´s race Kenyans dominated, Philemon Limo (26:23) ahead of Alex Korio (26:30) and Mike Kigen (26:34).


CAMPOBASSO (ITA, Oct 17): Italian walking FIDAL Grand Prix race winner at 10 km was Marco De Luca in 42:11 over Jean Jacques Nkouloukidi 42:19.


VILLA DI SERIO (ITA, Oct 17): Belarussian walkers dominated the international 50 km walking race here. Ivan Trotskiy posted 3:56:32 ahead of Andrey Talashko 4:01:08. Third best Italian Leonardo Dessi 4:04:46, personal best. As usual women also competed here at 50 km and Lithuanian Brigita Virbalyte achieved 4:25:22 ahead of Swiss Laura Polli 5:06:44.


LONG BEACH (USA, Oct 17): At 26th edition of the marathon Lindsay Nelson won the women category in 2:45:08 (PB) and Jason Gutierrez (both USA) was the best male runner in 2:19:41.


COLUMBUS (USA, Oct 17): Jason Ordway won the 31st Columbus Marathon in 2:18:08, women winner Russian Elena Kaledina got 2:44:20. New course records in Half Marathon by Kenyan Kiprotich Kitui 1:03:30 and US Allison Grace 1:14:20.


TORONTO (CAN, Oct 16): Former world indoor silver medalist in the 1500 m Canadian Carmen Douma-Hussar in her first Canadian road race won the women's 10 km at the Oasis ZooRun in 33:23. With that she is also Canadian Champion. Defending champion Malindi Elmore fnished in second place (34:12). An Alberta-based Kenyan won the men's race, Kip Kangogo after 29:48 ahead of Rob Watson 30:02.







NEW DELHI (IND): Mark Butler provided splits from 4x400 m relays at Commonwealth Games. There was no sub 45 second registered in men category. Kenyan Mark Mutai anchored as fastest with 45.01 but that was not enough to beat Australia who had better average and Sean Wroe 45.11 last part. Bahamas (4th place) had two strong runners but also two slower ones. Michael Mathieu posted second leg at estimated 45.0 level and Ramon Miller anchored with 45.10. In women relay Mandeep Kaur was fast anchor for winning India (51.15), but faster Canadian last runner Carline Muir who clocked 50.74 to bring her team to bronze medals. Also fifth Scotland had two fast legs (Eilidh Child 51.4 and Lee McConnell 50.61). Interesting to note Sally Pearson as anchor for Australia (52.57) and individual winner Amantle Montsho in finals only 52.63 at her leg, but 51.31 in heats.







NEW YORK (USA): New York Times writes about the death of former shot put world record holder James E. Fuchs. He developed a new way to throw the shot to compensate for a leg injury and used the technique to set world records and dominate shot-putting over two remarkable seasons. He died in Manhattan on Oct. 8 at age of 82. His death was confirmed by his daughter K. C. Fuchs, who said he had had numerous illnesses. Track and Field News ranked Mr. Fuchs as number one in the 1949 and 1950, during which he set four world records.



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