To paraphrase, " it's Meb's world, we just live in it." The ING NYCM marathon is just about here. As I flew in from a vacation to Newark, the airport was getting busy, the weather on Thursday was awful and planes were delayed. But, by mid-day Friday, all will be good with
the Big Apple. Looking forward to seeing many of you around the city this weekend!
Too bad that London withdrew from the 2015 WC bidding process as it seems that many of the proposals on how to use London 2012 stadium do not include the athletics track. For 2015, looks like we are going to Beijing! The IAAF will have the final say about that one!
JAMAL AND BAI XUE ALSO CONFIRMED
GUANGZHOU (CHN): Even when home hurdler Liu Xiang is billed as the biggest star of the athletics part of the coming Asian Games all three Asian World Champions from Berlin 2009 are also scheduled to compete. EME NEWS already reported about Yusuf Saad Kamel from Bahrain who will run the 1500 m and probably also the 800 m. His team colleague Maryam Jamal who won women gold at 1500 m in Germany in 2009 is entered too. She is also named for the 800 m where she will be also a medal threat. Chinese marathon world champion Bai Xue will compete in the 10 000 m. She has excellent PB at the distance 31:17.62 when she won the National Games in 2009.
EBUYA TO RUN ON SUNDAY
BURGOS (ESP): Reigning world CC champion Kenyan Joseph Ebuya will start on Sunday his terrain season with the aim at the end in March in Punta Umbria succesfully defend his global title. His road begins where it should also end, that means in Spain. Ebuya fresh from excellent Portsmouth ten miler will be the biggest star of the first meet of IAAF Cross Country Permits Circuit 2010/11. In the 7th Cross Atapuerca in the "Parque Arqueologico" he will face the man who was second behind him in Bydgoszcz Eritrean Teklemariam Medhin and Spanish European champion Alemayehu Bezabeh. Organizers informed Spanish media. Also running other top home athletes, European 1500 m champion Arturo Casado, World indoor silver winner Sergio Sanchez, Barcelona silver holder from 1500 m Diego Ruiz and three other big names from present and past in Spain Jesus Espana, Reyes Estevez and Manuel Olmedo. Women favorite will be 10 000 m world champion and World CC silver winner from Poland Kenyan Linet Masai. Her main rival should be Australian Benita Willis who is world CC champion from 2004. Rosa Morato is the biggest home name, also to watch Dutch Adrienne Herzog and world junior CC champ Genzebe Dibaba who is title defender from last year. In all races 3000 runners are expected.
DOMINGUEZ WILL MISS 2011
MADRID (ESP): Reigning World Champion in women steeple Marta Dominguez will not defend her title from Berlin in Daegu next year. The reason is simple, as Spanish media are informing, she is already for almost three months pregnant. The silver winner from European Championships in Barcelona will not compete in 2011 and will target London Olympic Games in 2012. Dominguez celebrated on November 3 her 35th birthday.
NAIROBI (KEN): The Nation writes that Athletics Kenya has, on the eve of the new 2010/2011 athletics season, reiterated its warning to elite runners that they will not be selected for international duty if they skip the local cross country series. Paul Mutwii, the AK vice chairman, said athletes must take the weekend cross country meetings seriously to build on their endurance and fitness as a new season starts in Matuu on Saturday. "All elite athletes are required to participate in two competitions either in track or cross country locally for them to qualify for selection for any championship the country competes in," said AK chairman Isaiah Kiplagat. In Matuu, newly crowned Berlin Marathon champion Patrick Makau will lead several local athletes in the event including former World Junior 3,000m steeplechase silver medallist Elizabeth Mueni, World Youth 2,000m silver medallist Lucia Kameni Muia and Fridah Kaimuri.
DUBLIN (IRL): Irish top runner and Euro indoor 3000 m medalist Mary Cullen has suffered an injury which has unfortunately ruled her out of the European Cross-Country Championships in Portugal next month. Irish Athletics website informs. Her injury has come as a result of falling off her bicycle in Dublin which she was using as part of her strength training programme in the build up to her participation in the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships later this month in Derry and the Euro-Cross later in mid-December. As a result of the fall Mary suffered a broken collar bone and will have an operation on Friday to start the process of getting the bone to knit together again.
PRAHA (CZE): Interesting news from Czech Athletics Federation website. Olympic pole vault finalist Jan Kudlicka wants to use his talent and try heptathlon in the indoor season 2011. Barcelona 10th placer will start his preparation in that sense for the winter season.
HAVANA (CUB): Prensa Latina informs that Cuban Santiago Antunez will be honoured as coach of the year by IAAF. He should be given the award at the traditional World Athletics Gala in two weeks. Antunez guided Anier Garcia to olympic gold in 2000 and Dayron Robles to another olympic gold in 2008. He had under his belt also hurdlers like Anay Tejeda, Reinaldo Quintero, Yunier Hernández, Emilio Valle and Aliuska López.
NEW YORK (USA): European marathon champion Viktor Rothlin arrived to New York in good mood before his 20th career-marathon. After 7th place in 2005 his aim for the second New York Marathon is to be in the top ten.
BEIJING (CHN): Hurdles 2004 Olympic winner and former world record holder Liu Xiang has joined the ranks of supporters for Beijing's Bid to host the IAAF World Championships in 2015: "As you might guess I have a special relationship with the Bird's Nest", said Liu Xiang when asked for the reason for his support. "In the very stadium I experienced how it feels to be in the focus of the crowd's joyful cheers and expectations and then to be personally devastated due to the tragic incident but at the same time moved by the compassion of the ten-thousands in the wonderful stadium in 2008. Based on that experience, the marvelous atmosphere during the Games and Chinese enthusiasm for sports and athletics, I can promise that Beijing will deliver wonderful IAAF World Championships in 2015, if entrusted with this honour." In October, Andreas Thorkildsen, javelin champion from Norway, had announced his support for the bid of the Chinese capital. From trackandfieldnews.com.
LONDON (GBR): Croydonguardian writes that double European champion Mo Farah is still undecided whether he will compete at European CC Championships in December in Portugal. In November he plans a training stay in Kenya and only after return from Africa the decision should be made. Prior to jetting off to Kenya Farah, as part of his Visa Team 2012 commitments, took time out to act as an honorary captain for the NFL International Series game between the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos at Wembley.
LONDON (GBR): Possible bidders to contest the 2017 World Championships race against London are Rome, Istanbul and Doha as British media are informing.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): All-time track and field greats Jearl Miles Clark, Dyrol Burleson, Roy Cochran, Ralph Craig and journalist James Dunaway have been elected to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, USA Track & Field announced. The Class of 2010 will be inducted Saturday evening, December 4, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held in conjunction with USATF's 2010 Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.
AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch Athletics Federation informs on its website that the road world record at 10 km by Leonard Patrick Komon 26:44 in Utrecht on September 26 was approved by IAAF.
BRUSSELS (BEL): Ethiopian athlete Yohannes Belda has been convicted to one year in prison by Belgian authorities. Belda tried to bring five Ethiopians into Belgium this summer stating they were on their way to a track meeting. However, Belda was the only person with a valid passport and speaking English.
MUNICH (GER): The German federal government has announced it will support Munich's bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The government's support guarantees financial support of the Games and the application of legal regulations in the fight against doping should Munich win the Games. Main rivals in the bidding process are Annecy and Pyeongchang. The IOC will make its decision in Durban on July 6, 2011 writes insidethegames.
LONDON (GBR): British Olympic Association CEO Andy Hunt believes it is pointless to set a medal target for the London Olympics. At this point Hunt insists it is useless to set a target of improving on the 47 medals team GB won in the Beijing Olympics where GB ranked 4th after China, USA and Russia. "Right now, the main objective is to maximise opportunities from 2012, both in terms of medal outcome as well as from a commercial and sporting legacy perspective." Hunt was quoted on morethanthegames.co.uk.
LONDON (GBR): Latest Pat Butcher´s blog at www.globerunner.org is about Marathon to Athens - The Champions Reminisce.
NEW YORK (USA): Ken Nakamura points out some stats which can be achieved on Sunday at NYC Marathon. How fast can Mary Keitany, Shalane Flanagan and Werknesh Kidane run on their debut? Radcliffe's 2:18:56 may be out of reach, but Sakamoto's 2:21:51, the second fastest debut time might be a possibility. Haile Gebrselassie can attack the fastest marathon by a 37 years old runner which is currently at 2:06:55.
TOKYO (JPN): Future plans are known for the top Japanese marathon runners. Yukiko Akaba will run Osaka Ladies Marathon in January and Yoshimi Ozaki will compete either in Osaka or in Yokohama in February. Takayuki Matsumiya, Toshinari Suwa and Yoshitaka Iwamizu (steeple national record holder) will contest Fukuoka this year in December.
TAKAHATA (JPN, Oct 31): At Takahata walking meet Hirooki Arai won the 50 km race in 3:56:22. Kumi Otoshi was the best woman at 20 km in 1:32:46.
ATHENS (USA, Oct 28): Shot put series continued in Athens and Taiwan´s Chang Ming-Huang improved his own national record to 20.37. He is bronze medalist from Asian Games 2006 and can attack the podium also in Guangzhou later this month. Former world champion Adam Nelson got 19.82 as second. Informs Tilastopaja.