And then there were five (IAAF Male Athlete of year candidates), by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Haile and Meb, 2010 ING NYCM, photo by

The 2010 ING NYCM may have been the best, in terms of media involvement. The numbers of fans who were on the course to see Edison Pena should not be estimated. The retirement of Haile Gebrselassie was true drama and may have been one of the most honest moments of frustration by the worlds' best distance runner, that we have ever witnessed. One keen observer of the sport noted that it was one thing for Haile to be beat on the road by other competitors, it is totally another to be defeated by his body. The finishing rate of 98.5 percent is amazing as well! Congrats to the ING NYCM team and all 44, 380 plus who finished the marathon this year!

This week, there is an Agents & Representatives meeting in Boston. The meeting will be discussing several proposals that establish a clear message that drug cheats will not be tolerated in the sport. There is also some furor over how some sponsors have not been following IAAF rules over logo size and design. RBR hopes that these can be worked out in a collegial and thoughtful way. For our sport to grow and prosper, we need to be seen as professional.


MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF announced male finalists for the 2010 World Athlete of the Year award. Following a three-week poll which combined online votes from track and field fans around the world on the one hand and email votes from the recognized IAAF Family on the other hand in the top five are US sprinter Tyson Gay, hurdler David Oliver, 800 m world record holder David Rudisha, Eritrean World half marathon record holder Zersenay Tadese and as only European the javelin thrower Andreas Thorkildsen. The winners of the 2010 World Athlete of the Year Awards will be announced live, on stage, during the 2010 World Athletics Gala, which will take place in Monaco, on 21 November. Women finalists will be announced on Wednesday.



LISBON (POR): The continent's best athletes will compete at the 2012 European Athletics Championships following a renewed and unanimous commitment from all 50 of European Athletics' Member Federations. Leaders of the national federations from across Europe gave their full support to the 2012 Championships, which will take place in Helsinki between 27 June and 1 July, at the recent European Athletics Convention held in Belgrade. Informs European Athletics.







LONDON (GBR): Media are speculating that Haile Gebrselassie could reverse his decision to retire from competitive racing once the high emotion of his dramatic New York exit have subsided, according to close confidants of the Ethiopian. Informs Daily Telegraph. Many observers are thinking it could be the case that the retirement will be changed. Olympic winner Samuel Wanjiru said for universalsports he will miss Haile but plans to attack his world record. "I have to go to Berlin to do it," said Wanjiru, who has won on flat courses in London and Chicago but came nowhere near the record in doing so. "Berlin is a very fast, very flat course, better than London or Chicago. It is also where Haile broke the record. Next year, if I get in good training I say let's try to go to Berlin and maybe try to break the record."


AMSTERDAM (NED): Yvonne Wisse-Van Langen confirms in an interview with that she is training for a comeback. The Dutch heptathlete injured her knee while competing in Gotzis earlier this year and was forced to use crutches for 8 weeks following surgery. Van Langen anticipates to return to competition for the 2011 outdoor season, while her main goal is to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games.


NEW YORK (USA): Swiss European marathon champion Viktor Rothlin who did not finish on Sunday the NYC Marathon said for Swiss media his next target will be London Marathon in April next year.


LONDON (GBR): Allyson Felix has stated for the BBC that the current world records are out of reach and suggested it is worth looking into the possibility of scrapping certain world records in women's athletics.


KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican coach Stephen Francis has been issued with a strong reprimand by the Jamaican Amateur Athletics Federation writes Francis admitted and apologized for his involvement in giving his athlete Shelly-An Fraser a painkiller which was followed by a positive test result of the athlete.


RIO DE JANAIRO (BRA): Following an attempted robbery on Formula one driver Jens Button a Brazilian official has confirmed there is still a lot to improve to secure the security of athletes during the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. Brazil usually doesn't suffer from terrorist threats but street crime is a heavy problem in the country. The IOC has stated it has confidence that the Brazilian government will provide a secure and safe Games in 2016 Universal sports writes.


LONDON (GBR): Paula Radcliffe confirmed she was back in training only one week after giving birth to her son Raphael. Radcliffe went through a traumatic labour where Raphael had to be resuscitated after the umbilical court was wrapped around his neck. In Hello! Magazine Radcliffe was quoted "I probably had a week completely off. I started doing a bit of cross training, walking and pelvic floor exercises, things like that. I'm hoping to do some running by Christmas and be back to doing normal training in January."


NAIROBI (KEN): Olympic 800 m gold medalist Pamela Jelimo confirmed she believes she can make a strong comeback after career threatening injuries pulled her down for the last two years. Jelimo will restart by running a couple of cross country races to how she performs in endurance, writes in an elaborate interview on the athlete. Jelimo also was quoted that she draws inspiration from athletes such as Sanya Richards and Kenenisa Bekele who have also coming back from injuries.


KINGSTON (JAM): TrackAlerts writes there are growing concerns that a number of major track and field events for next year could be jeopardised because of the state of the track inside the National Stadium. The May 7 International Invitational meet, which has been upgraded to IAAF World Challenge long with Boys and Girls Champs as well as the Gibson Relays are among the events which could be affected. The upgrading work on the track and that of Stadium East, the warm-up area, was scheduled to begin in February after the Government was reported to have secured US one million dollars from the Singapore. This was later rescheduled to July of this year after Jamaica's National Championships.


KYIV (UKR): Top Ukrainian female combined eventers, olympic gold medalist Natalya Dobrynska and Lyudmyla Yosypenko are unlikely to compete at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Paris. Writes Ukrainian federaiton website. They will be invited by EA based on their positions in the 2010 lists. Also not competing mainly in women pentathlon are expected Jessica Ennis and Jennifer Oeser.


VIENNA (AUT): Marathon runner and Mountain running world champion Andrea Mayr was 9th in the Austrian Sportswoman of the Year vote what is a great result considering all other sports.


RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): IMG Worldwide, the sports and entertainment force active also in athletics, has formed a joint venture with the Brazilian EBX Group to develop sports businesses in Brazil, the latest in a series of moves by IMG to push into the world's fastest-growing economies. Writes New York Times.


NEW YORK (USA): Two more interesting results from NYC marathon from tennis department. In her debut Amélie Mauresmo, 31, who retired last year, ran 3:40:20. She finished ahead Roland-Garros 1983 winner Yannick Noah, 50, who clocked 4:01:38.



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