Kebede will not run 2 marathons in 4 weeks, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

                        Kebede at Virgin London, April 2010, photo by

In the media room last Sunday after the race, Chicago columnist Philip Hersh asked
Tsegaye Kebede if he would run ING NYC with the outside chance that he could defeat the
fresh field assembled for the Nov.7 race. Kebede played a bit with Mr. Hersh, and it took
a response from Kebede's agent to end the rumors. In the news report from Alfons
Juck, it is clear that Kebede realizes he could have a long career ahead of him, if he does not do things like two world class marathons in four weeks. 

EME NEWS (OCT 13-14, 2010)




NEW DELHI (IND, Oct 14):  Kenyan's John Kelai and Irene Jerotich claimed the Commonwealth Games marathon titles on the final day's action in Delhi on Thursday. Winning time of Kelai was 2:14:35. Second Australian Michael Shelley 2:15:28 and third Amos Matui clocking 2:15:58. Mike Tebulo of Malawi improved to 2:18:31 as fourth. In tough conditions (24 degrees at morning 6.30 start and 72 percent humidity) Jerotich fought a tight battle with teammate Irene Mogake before pulling away for a 11 seconds win in 2:34:32. Mogake achieved 2:34:43 and Aussie Lisa Weightman finished third (2:35:25).



NEW DELHI (IND): In final medal rankings of athletics at Commonwealth Games Kenya is the leader with 11-10-8 (in total 29 medals). Second Australia is close with 11-6-3 and third England has 7-8-11. Fourth place for Canada 7-2-7, Jamaica is fifth 2-4-1 just edging home India 2-3-7 and Nigeria 2-3-1. In total 24 countries won medals in athletics.



BEOGRAD (SRB, Oct 13): Josphat Menjo of Kenya capped a historic breakthrough season by winning the Belgrade Race Through History this afternoon, taking five seconds from the long standing course record, with 16.53 for the six kilometre lap around the Kalemedgan fortress in the Serbian capital. Menjo, 31, outsprinted compatriots Eliud Kipchoge (16:55) and Stephen Tum (16:56), who finished second and third, while Saif Saaeed Shaheen of Qatar, in the first road race of his eventful career just outleaned Kenya-based New Zealander Jake Robertson for fourth (16:57). Robertson was timed at 16:58 ahead of best European Laszlo Toth of Hungary (17:00). Such was the quality of the field for the sun-soaked race, rather than the threatened rain, that the top five ran faster or equal to the record of 16.58, set by Brahim Lahlafi of Morocco at the inaugural event in 1996. More on Pat Butcher´s blog



NEW YORK (USA):  Ethiopian Chicago marathon second placer Tsegaye Kebede confirmed he will not run the New York City Marathon to attack the World Marathon Majors 2009-10 overall win. He is 10 points behind Samuel Wanjiru. "New York was never in his mind before Chicago," his agent Valentijn Trouw said for The New York Times in a phone interview from his offices in the Netherlands. "He thought about it briefly after Chicago, but then we realized it was not a good idea. Tsegaye has a lot of good years to come, we hope at least 10 years and maybe 12." Trouw added that Kebede, a recent surprise as a top global marathon contender, plans to run in the New York City Marathon. But its relatively tough course and race date have not yet made it a priority. London, Berlin and Chicago offer easier courses and a better chance than New York for Kebede to set a world record.  Kebede could make his New York City Marathon debut in 2011, although 2012 is more likely. Trouw explained that the best time for Wanjiru to run in New York would be after an Olympic or world championship marathon due to the extra month of rest the New York race offers as a fall marathon option.



BEIJING (CHN): IAAF informs that an IAAF Evaluation Commission headed by Senior Vice President Sergey Bubka has just completed a two-day visit to Beijing to investigate the Chinese capital's bid to host the 2015 IAAF World Championships. Beijing is one of two candidates to be hosts for the 2015 IAAF World Championships, their rivals being another Olympic city, London, who are set to stage the 2012 edition. The decision on the venue will be taken at the IAAF Council meeting in Monte Carlo on Saturday 20 November. During the meeting with the Mayor, Bubka, who is Chairman of the IAAF Evaluation Commission commented, "The evaluation team has been very warmly welcomed and have had very fruitful meetings. We are pleased to see the level of support for this bid from the Chinese authorities and there seems to be a real desire to build on the legacy of the 2008 Games by staging the World Championships in the Bird's Nest stadium. This bid from Beijing is a very serious one, with all partners committed and passionate about making athletics even more popular in China."



NANNING (CHN): The prize money of 30 000 USD for individual winners and 15 000 USD for winning teams was confirmed by IAAF for Saturday´s IAAF / SINOPEC World Half Marathon Championships. Top 6 individuals and teams will be awarded. There is also a world record bonus of 50 000 USD offered. Women race is starting at 8.30 am local time and for men at 9 am. The championships will take place in City Centre, starting & finishing in Wuxiang Square. The course is flat, from 8 to 12m wide. Main favorites are Eritrean Zersenay Tadese and Kenyans in men´s race and Ethiopian and Kenyans in women race.



LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics confirmed five candidate cities to stage the 2013 SPAR European Team Championships. Braunschweig (GER), Bydgoszcz (POL), Gateshead (GBR), Kiyiv (UKR) and Ostrava (CZE) have all sent applications to European Athletics and a decision on the host of the 4th SPAR European Team Championships will be made at the European Athletics Council meeting in May 2011. The 2011 SPAR European Team Championships will be staged in the Swedish capital Stockholm on 18-19 June, the third host city following successful events in Leiria (POR) and Bergen (NOR) in the last two years. There will be no SPAR Team Championships in 2012 as the European Athletics Championships will be staged in Helsinki between 27 June and 1 July.



BEOGRAD (SRB): The traditional autumn gathering of athletics officials is now called European Athletics Convention and its third edition will be held from Thursday to Saturday in Belgrade, Serbia.  More than 350 key athletics decision makers and a record number of media representatives are attending the event, informs European Athletics. The weekend will be culminating with the European Athletics Awards Night presented by MONDO on Saturday night with awarding Blanka Vlasic, Christoph Lemaitre with the titles. It will start with forum for European one-day meetings on Thursday, continue with various groups meetings (Euromeetings, Nordic Countries, Balkan Countries, Clubs competitions etc.), calendar issues and extraordinary EA Congress on Saturday. 







DENVER (USA): Dathan Ritzenhein who is in preparation for New York City Marathon in November has withdrawn from he Denver Rock´n Roll Half Marathon scheduled for this Sunday. "But since coming to Albuquerque for some altitude training, we have had some excellent workouts, and this has forced us to re-evaluate our final preparation for New York. As much as I would love to run in Denver, we regrettably have to take the prudent approach of skipping this weekend's race. It's with a heavy heart that I have to make the decision not to run in Denver, but as my focus for the year has always been to be at my best for New York, this will give me the best chance of achieving my goals," Ritzenhein was quoted at


LOS ANGELES (USA): will offer live streaming coverage of this weekend's 2010 IAAF/SINOPEC World Half-Marathon Championships from Nanning, China.  If you live in the United States, the coverage is very conveniently timed for 8:00 p.m. on Friday night Eastern time.  The cost is just 1.99 USD.


MUNCHEN (GER): Last German women 100 m olympic winner Annegret Richter is celebrating her 60th birthday. "When you feel well and no pain, then there is no problem. I m really not feeling too old," she was quoted.


BEIJING (CHN): IAAF informs that professor Arne Ljungqvist (SWE), Honorary Life Vice-President and former Senior Vice-President of the IAAF has launched the Chinese version of his book which was first published in Swedish in 2008. On 29 September 2010, the Chinese Sports Ministry organised the launch of the Mandarin language version of Professor Ljungqvist's book 'Doping Nemesis' which quote 'lifts the lid off Anti-Doping-secrets!'


CHAPEL HILL (USA): In wire reports the cause of death of former world and olympic winner Antonio Pettigrew, who admitted to doping and was stripped of a gold medal, was confirmed as committing suicide by overdosing on a drug common to sleeping pills. That is  according to an autopsy report released Wednesday. Pettigrew (42) was found dead in the backseat of his locked car in August.


NEW DELHI (IND): Canadian The Star writes that somewhere between the fifth and sixth rounds of the Commonwealth Games long jump, Canadian coach Carla Nicholls may have saved a life. Nicholls was coaching Canada's jumping contingent Sunday night but she had to spring into life-saving action when Nigerian jumper Comfort Onyali collapsed with a seizure and stopped breathing. Nicholls was with the two Canadians when she spotted a cameraman frantically waving for help just before the sixth round of the competition. Since no one was responding, the coach from Regina darted through a barrier and on to the infield.


MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Hurdler Terrence Trammell is not planning to compete indoors 2011 but hopes to be back in full strength for the outdoor campaign. He confirmed that for Missing the '10 outdoor campaign did provide an important break for Trammell, who cared for his ailing father Leonard during that time. The elder Trammell passed away in July in Decatur. "It was most important for me this year to be there for my dad," the hurdler says. While Trammell the competitor was naturally disappointed that he couldn't be a key rival for U.S. teammate David Oliver during his undefeated season, Trammell says, "Honestly, I felt like it just wasn't my time. I felt great for David, who put together one of the best years of hurdling ever."He got the American Record but not the World Record, so that mark is still there to shoot at. But overall I was happy for David."


LONDON (GBR): British runner Andrew Lemoncello has been left out after he was denied a Chinese visa and as a result will miss this weekend's IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Nanning.


NEW DELHI (IND): Third doping case in athletics at Commonwealth Games is connected to Indian female walker Rani Yadav. She finished sixth in the 20 km race and was positive with anabolic agent 19-Norandrosterone. She is provisionally suspended. Before two Nigerian athletes were disqualified, female sprinter Oludamola Osayomi and male hurdler Samuel Okon.


MELBOURNE (AUS): Australian anti-doping agency announced two years suspension for Nigerian sprinter Bola Lawal (10.29 personal best in 2009) who lives and trains in Australia. He was positive for methandienon at IAAF World Challenge Meeting in Melbourne in March and will not be able to race until April 12, 2012. Initially he won the 100 m (10.33) and was second in the 200 m (20.91) at the meeting.


MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF approved the world junior record of Almaz Ayana (18) at 3000 m steeple with 9:22.51 during the Brussels IAAF Samsung Diamond League finals.







VARAZDIN (CRO, Oct 9): Huge improvement for 21 years old Croatian hammer thrower Mirko Micuda. From 68.86 to 74.06 at a local meet. He is former world and european junior finalist.







NEW DELHI (IND): The 38.74 winning time of England is not Indian all-comers record as Canada achieved faster 38.45 in heats.


NEW DELHI (IND): Beatrice Faumuina of New Zealand is world champion 1997 and not 2007.


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