Liu Xiang is largest draw of Asian Games (surprise?), by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

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           Front page of Youth Daily, August 2008, Beijing, photo by Larry Eder

The tickets for Liu Xiang's hurdle rounds are selling on the black market for 20 times face value, per Alfons Juck! The regular tickets for the hurdles at the Asian Games are sold out!
Sure hope Liu hurdles well!  This gives you a small idea of how popular Liu Xiang is in China.
On the day of his injury in 2008, Chinese national TV played day long films on Liu Xiang and
his coach, it was amazing to witness.


TORINO (ITA, Nov 14): Italian win at 24th Torino Marathon. Ruggero Pertile clocked 2:10:58 to be the best. This race is special for the Barcelona 4th placer as he clocked here last year his personal best 2:09:53. Second Kenyan Lawrence Kimaiyo got 2:11:45 and third Ethiopian Habteselassie Lemma 2:12:21, another Italian Danilo Goffi was fifth (2:14:38). Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo in her third marathon achieved for first time sub 2:30 and won in 2:27:01. Second Ethiopian Fate Tola (2:28:21) ahead of another Kenyan Florence Chepsoi (2:32:38). Then followed Russians Nina Podnebesnova (2:34:02) and Yelena Nurgalyeva (2:34:08).



OEIRAS (POR, Nov 13): Portugal female runners confirmed their great shape before European CC Championships to be held in December in Albufeira. Analia Rosa won the second IAAF Permit CC race of the season in Oeiras with 20:01 at the 6 km. Second was Kenyan Ann Wanjiru (20:04) but then again home top runners followed. Ana Dias as third (20:08) ahead of Sandra Moreira (20:15). Former World gold medalist on terrain Benita Willis of Australia was 7th (21:16). Eritrean world silver winner from Bydgoszcz Teklemariam Medhin repeated his last weekend win from Burgos here at 9 km (28:33). His team-mate Kidane Tadese was second (28:37) ahead of Kenyans Edwin Soi (28:42) and Matthew Kipkoech (28:47). Best home runners were Yousef El Kalai (29:10), Rui Pedro Silva (29:25) and Licinio Pimentel (29:28).



OEIRAS (POR): After the Saturday´s race the Portugal Athletics Federation pre-selected for the European event on home soil in december 5 athletes. Three women (Analia Rosa, Ana Dias and Sara Moreira) and two men (Yousef El Kalai with Rui Pedro Silva). The rest of three women and four men will be added after the last qualification race in Torres Vedras (November 28).



CANNES (FRA, Nov 14): New women course record highlighted the 3rd Alpes Maritimes marathon from Nice to Cannes. Ethiopian Radiya Roba improved not only her PB but also the event best (2:33:56) to 2:30:37. Second Kenyan Emily Rotich got 2:33:08 and third Adeline Roche also won the national title in 2:38:31 (career fastest by four seconds). Male winner another Ethiopian Tsegaye Botoru debuted at the distance with impressive 2:10:27 and missed the course record only by 10 seconds. Second Kenyan Mark Tanui got 2:11:02 and third Shume Hailu of Ethiopia 2:12:24. French title for Rachid Ghanmouni who also debuted in the marathon with more than solid 2:12:59.







POTSDAM (GER): German steeple record holder and world finalist Antje Moldner is back in training after she missed the 2010 because of Lymphoid cells disease. Her main goal is Olympic final in 2012.


KINGSTON (JAM): General Manager of Independence Park Limited, Major Desmon Brown said for TrackAlerts about questions concerning the reparation works at National Stadium in Kingston that an engineer from Germany was scheduled to be in the island during the week as part of the process and a new running track should be in place by mid-February. This revelation raises the question as to whether the plan is for a new track or merely repairs as was suggested earlier.


GUANGZHOU (CHN): The Star informs that athletics tickets for days when hurdler Liu Xiang is scheduled to run sold out on the first day they went on sale. On the black market they are available for 20-times more of the regular price.


VIENNA (AUT): From Austrian running scene. Steeple national champion Martin Proll (8:13.74 PB) has set his sights on the marathon debut. That should happen on April 10 next year in Linz and the target is sub 2:13. The World Mountain running champion Andrea Mayr will miss the spring marathon but wants to run olympic qualifier in one of the fall marathons in 2011.


LONDON (GBR): European high hurdles champion Andy Turner started after Commonwealth gold with training for 2011. "1st proper track session today, wasn't as painfull as I thought it would be, its good to be back," he said on his twitter. Turner is expected to run also in the indoor season and at European Championships in Paris.


MARA (KEN): Winners in this year's Masai Mara International Marathon will earn more after organisers of the event increased prize money by 400 percent. Top runners in the main 21km race for men and women will pocket Sh250,000 each (3000 USD), up from Sh50,000 (650 USD) champions pocketed in the inaugural event last year. The marathon is scheduled for November 20 at Olchoro Oiruwua Wildlife Conservancy of Mara. The top 10 finishers in men and women's races will get awards. Kenyan media are informing.







VOLPIANO (ITA, Nov 14): The 7th Cross Della Volpe was also qualification race for Italian runners for European CC event in Albufeira. Cosimo Caliandro won the 8 km in 28:22 ahead of Yuri Floriani (28:23) and Gabriele De Nard (28:24). In women´s 6 km Agnes Tschurtschenthaler won in 26:08 clearly over Valentina Belotti (26:17).


LIVORNO (ITA, Nov 14): Kenyan Eric Chirchir won the jubilee 30th Livorno Marathon clocking 2:17:10 ahead of Philemon Kipkering (2:19:48). Women winner Ilaria Bianchi posted 2:42:02.


KIPKELION (KEN, Nov 13): World Cross Country junior women's champion Mercy Cherono won the women 8 km race at the second KCB/Athletics Kenya national cross country meeting (30:03). Second was Purity Cherotich (30:04) and third Mercy Chelagat (30:12). Writes The Nation. Cherono's younger sister, Caroline Chepkoech dominated the junior 6 km (22:11). The men's 12 km race went to World junior 5000 m silver winner John Chepkwony (38:02) ahead of Bydgoszcz participant Charles Kibet (38:06) and Peter Koech (38:26). Nicholas Togom took the junior men's race at 8 km (24:53). Togom is another of the three sons of veteran Some Muge, father of Matthew Kisorio and Peter Kemeli.


RICHMOND (USA, Nov 13): Kenyan Mark Chepses won the 2010 SunTrust Richmond Marathon, his first marathon title in the United States, with a time of 2:19:13. Tezeta Dengersa of Turkey was the first female to cross the finish line, clocking in her second marathon 2:49:10. Organizers are informing on their website. An all-time record of 16,106 runners participated in this weekend's events. The 26.2-mile SunTrust Richmond Marathon drew in 4952 runners, while the McDonald's Half Marathon had 6605 and the HCA Virginia 8k had 4549 participants.


BILLANCOURT (FRA, Nov 14): Young Eritrean Samson Gebreyohanes (18) won the 14th Boulogne-Billancourt half marathon in close finish timed at 1:03:01. Second Kenyan Geoffrey Terer (1:03:02) and third another Eritrean junior Mulue Andom (1:03:02). Kenyan Sarah Chepchirchir was the best woman after 1:11:01.


KAPENGURIA (KEN, Nov 13): Levi Matebo scored a second victory to add to his 2006 success at the 8th Tegla Loroupe Peace Race in 27:55 at 9.94 km. Behind him Philemon Yator (27:58) and Paul Lonyagat (28:04). Pamela Lisoreng was the best woman in 32:51. With help from IAAF site.


JAMBOL (BUL, Nov 13): Winners at 44th Diana CC race in Bulgaria were home runners Silvia Danekova (3 km) and Shaban Mustafa (5 km).


MARTIGNY (SUI, Nov 13): Ethiopian Tolossa Chengere who lives in Switzerland won the 35th Corrida d´Octodure in 22:37 at 7.76 km. Simon Tesfaye was second (22:37) and Daniel Kiptum third (22:41). Swiss Eveline Jetziner was the best woman at 5.4 km in 17:29.


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