EME NEWS (NOV 6-7, 2010)
KIYENG MISSED THE COURSE RECORD BY 2 TWO SECONDS
SEOUL (KOR, Nov 7): Winner Kenyan David Kemboi Kiyeng with 2:08:15 missed the course record by two seconds at the Seoul Marathon (2:08:13 Jason Mbote 2006). Second Moroccan Mohamed El Hachimi dipped his lifetime best for first time under 2:10 clocking 2:08:17 after finishing at the Jamsil main Olympic stadium from 1988 Games. Also under 2:09 third Ethiopian Wegayehu Girma (2:08:25 PB) and fourth South African multiple national champion in different races Stephen Mokoka in excellent debut 2:08:33. Winner will get 70 000 USD and another 10 000 USD as time bonus.
BEIRUT (LIB, Nov 7): Mohamed Temam of Ethiopia conceded his pacing role shortly after halfway on a bright, sunny, hot morning in the Middle East at he BLOM Beirut Marathon. But race favourite, his colleague Abere Chane misjudged his effort, and Temam swept past at 40k, going on to win in 2.16.43. Chane came limping in, second in 2.17.30, and James Macharia of Kenya was third in 2.18.20. The women's race was clearer cut, but another victory for an Ethiopian. Etaferehu Tarekegn played her role perfectly as favourite. She headed a group of three at 30k, when she began to push the pace. At 37k, she was alone, and won in 2.41.15. She had said that the heat would not worry her, but admitted that it made a difference. "It was hot," she conceded afterwards. Her colleague Mihiret Anamo was second in 2.44.04, and Irina Kazubovskaya of Russia was third in 2:46:05. The organisers had hoped for new records in their eight annual event, and they were rewarded with a national men's record for Hussein Awadah. He clocked 2.20.31 in seventh place, and took five seconds off his previous record, from Berlin 2008. Writes Pat Butcher.
EUROPEAN CC 2012 TO HUNGARY
LISBON (POR): European Athletics has awarded the 2012 European Cross Country Championships to the Hungarian town of Szentendre in Budapest. Informs EA. The decision was taken after the Hungarian athletics federation, supported by the Hungarian Open Air Museum (Skansen), presented the host city candidacy for the 19th edition of the annual cross country event on Friday at the ongoing European Athletics Council meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. It will be the first time a Hungarian city will have hosted the European Cross Country Championships.
SPOTAKOVA FOR FOURTH TIME IN A ROW
PRAGUE (CZE): Javelin world record holder Barbora Spotakova was awarded for fourth time in a row the title Athlete of the Year in Czech Republic. In the vote of athletics officials, coaches and media she recieved 1314 points. At the usual Gala evening in Prague´s Hotel Ambassador at Venceslas Square (and live broadcasted by main Czech TV channel in Saturday evening prime time) second place went to hurdler Zuzana Hejnova (4th in Barcelona at 400 m hurdles, 1074) in close battle over high hurdler Petr Svoboda (1042). In the top ten following were 800 m runner Jakub Holusa (759), pole vaulter Jirina Ptacnikova (657), 400 m runner Denisa Rosolova (633), 800 m runner Lenka Masna (433), high jumper Jaroslav Baba (364), javelin thrower Petr Frydrych (311) and heptathlete Eliska Klucinova (204). Coach of the year was Martina Blazkova (three athletes in the top ten Hejnova, Rosolova, Klucinova), junior of the year sprinter and world junior finalist Pavel Maslak and newcomer of the year 400 m hurdler Josef Prorok (6th in Barcelona). After 14 years not in top ten was combined events hero Roman Sebrle (12th). Petr Svoboda was also singing during the programme, Barbora Spotakova was for a while the presenter of the evening. "Of course that I m glad for the win, but I would wish for Czech Athletics more medals next year," said Spotakova who was the only Czech medalist in Barcelona.
HAILE HAS KNEE INFLAMATION
NEW YORK (USA): "I have some inflamation in my right knee, because of the long travel to NY city. No big problem, just some fluids. Hopefully the knee holds," Haile Gebrselassie posted on his twitter in the Sunday morning. "We have come a long way together." That's how Paul Tergat began his surprise introduction of Haile Gebrselassie at Friday's press conference, and he could not have spoken truer words. Two of the greatest high-stakes track duels in history - at 10,000 meters in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics - were between these two men, whose long and intense rivalry has spawned a deep friendship. Informs New York Marathon organizers. Britain's second fastest female marathoner ever, Mara Yamauchi, returns to New York for her debut on this course, after running away with a first place finish in the New York City Half Marathon in March. Her 1:09:25 time smashed the course record by 18 seconds. And with her PR of 2:23:12 in the 2009 London Marathon, her emergence as a prominent marathoner puts her in contention for podium status Sunday. Universal Sports has live coverage, also Eurosport broadcasts live the event. Shortly before the race a great weather is reported.
COTTBUS (GER): Uli Hobeck who heads the indoor and outdoor meetings in Cottbus was re-elected as German Meetings President.
OSLO (NOR): Norwegian media confirm that the doping case of walker Erik Tysse has been delayed by the Norwegian Athletics Federation until January 2011. Tysse tested positive for CERA while competing in Italy earlier this year, the athlete however denies having taken banned products and has said to be disappointed by the decision to delay his hearing. Tysse is not allowed to compete until the hearing and faces a two year ban.
GELNHAUSEN (GER): Double World Marathon Majors winner Irina Mikitenko changes the clubs. She goes from TV Wattenscheid 01 to Sportclub Gelnhausen (former club of Harald Schmid).
LONDON (GBR): UKA announced that on 12th November it will start with offers to loyal supporters an exclusive pre-sale and 20% ticket discount for the 2011 Aviva Series events. The Aviva Series sees world leading athletics travelling across the UK and our 2011 journey gets under way with the unique opportunity to see athletes compete as part of a team, in the Aviva International Match at Glasgow's Kelvin Hal ISA on 29th January. The calender then goes to the EIS-Sheffield for the Aviva UK Indoor Trials and Championships on 12th & 13th February. Next year sports fans in the Midlands are in for a real treat as the next three events head to Birmingham. First up, the world number one indoor athletics event, the Aviva Indoor Grand Prix, returns to the NIA in February. On 10th July the Aviva British Grand Prix is coming to Birmingham and, as part of the Samsung Diamond League, it promises to be a thriller. The Aviva GB and NI team will return to the Alexander Stadium for the Aviva UK Trials and Championships on 27th - 29th July. Last event will be the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on 5th and 6th August. Writes UK Athletics.
HERZOGENAURACH (GER): Businness newspapers are informing that sportswear maker Adidas AG reported a 25 percent increase in third-quarter earnings, helped by strong demand for football products and a return to growth in its Chinese business, and raised its full-year outlook. Adidas said it made a net profit of euro 266 million in the July-September period, up from euro 213 million a year earlier.
TALLINN (EST): Estonia's second best decathlete Andres Raja returned to his previous coach Andrey Nazarov. In the mean-time he was part of Remigia Nazaroviene group. Olympian Raja is 10th placer from Barcelona.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): In the boys High School Athlete of the Year selections of Track and Field News sprinters were missing, in the girls situation, they are dominating. Ashton Purvis leads ahead of Octavius Freeman, third is hurdler Kori Carter.
BRISTOL (GBR): Several hundred people witnessed Filton College's newly laid running track. Teams of children from local Bristol schools chatter in their groups under floodlights, awaiting occasional calls to action. The section of enclosed seating near the finishing line is full up with spectators and VIPs, all sheltering from an evening wind that whips the banners set out along the infield into ceaseless activity. TV camera crews from ITV and BBC are on the prowl, their lights shining into the gloom of the stands to pick out relevant visiting parties. And at the centre of each picture, at the end of each microphone, is a man in a bulky Kenyan track suit and yellow baseball cap - a man whose exploits as an athlete have ensured him a place in sporting history, but whose exploits since retiring have earned him an even more fabled place. Kip Keino. Writes insidethegames. Keino is here in an official capacity as chairman of Kenya's national Olympic committee and an International Olympic Committee member. His purpose is to open a £1 million track which will be known as the Kip Keino Athletics Stadium, and to confirm the agreement that Kenyan competitors will use Filton College's brand new facilities as their official training base before the London 2012 Games.
PFORZHEIM (GER, Nov 6): Favorites won the first competition of German Cross-Cup. Arne Gabius at 8.4 km in 25:49 and Verena Dreier at 6 km in 20:42 ahead of Simret Restle 21:02.
TALA (KEN, Nov 6): Kenyan seven races CC circuit started with senior men 12 km win for Timothy Kiptoo (34:52) beating John Mwangangi (35:20) and Richard Ndegwa (35:30). Pauline Njeri was the best woman at 6 km (27:06) edging Margaret Wangari (27:15) and Eunice Mumbua (27:29). Simon Cheprot from Masai family was the best in junior 8 km (23:05) and Faith Chepng'etich clocked 19:26 at 6 km to be the best in girls junior race. Other world junior top ten placers followed with Esther Chemtai (19:27) and Alice Aprot (19:30). Next race is on November 13 in Kipkelion. With help from IAAF.
KITAKUYUSHU (JPN, Nov 3): Paul Kipngetich Tanui clocked here excellent 13:17.13 at 5000 m. World medalist Yukifumi Murakami won the javelin with 78.65 and took with him silver medalist from Moncton Genki Dyene to national junior record 78.57.