Liu Xiang runs 13.09 at Asian Games: He's back! by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Liu_XiangQ-Worldi10.jpg         Liu Xiang, World Indoors, Doha, Qatar, March 2010, by

After two years of trials and tribulations, Liu Xiang ran 13.09 for the 110m hurdles, taking his third Asian Games title. Samsung DL for 2011 events have been finalized, and Galen Rupp and Alan Webb will be running the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 5k in San Jose, CA on Thanksgiving, with 15,000 running the 10k at the same event!

Excellent article by Elliot Almond in San Jose Mercury News of Galen Rupp's increase in mileage from 80 miles a week to 100 miles under the watchful eyes of Alberto Salazar, his coach. Alan Webb will also be running the 5k, as he has been working with Salazar for the past several months. Congrats to Mark Winitz, who put together the impressive 5k field at the
Applied Materials Silcon Valley Turkey Trot 5k!


MONTE CARLO (MON): The General Assembly of the Diamond League in Monaco had a constructive two days (Monday and Tuesday) of discussions, which included final decisions regarding the distribution of event disciplines for next season which are now also being announced. Further announcements regarding the 2011 season of the Samsung Diamond League will be made in the coming weeks. The dates of the meetings were known already earlier. Now the events are set. For example men´s 100 m will be staged in Doha, Rome, New York, Lausanne, Birmingham, Monaco and Zurich. The other highly anticipated event in 2011, men´s 110 m hurdles will be organised in Shanghai, Eugene, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm, London and Zurich. Pole Vault women will be in Shanghai, Eugene, Oslo, Birmingham, Stockholm, London and Zurich. Women High Jump in Shanghai, Rome, New York, Lausanne, Birmingham, Monaco and Brussels. The global TV viewers figures dramatically increased in 2010 compared to 2009 Golden League. In 2010 it was more than 252 millions audience to nearly 88 millions in 2009. The hours of coverage rose from 1345 in 2009 to 3425 in 2010.



GUANGZHOU (CHN, Nov 24): 80 000 spectators saw olympic 2004 winner and former world record holder Liu Xiang cruising into the finish-line of 110 m hurdles in fast 13.09 (+1.1). His best time since winning the world title in Osaka 2007. Only David Oliver and Dayron Robles were faster this season. "I didn't think I'd be able to run 13.09 seconds and break the Asian Games record. I'm really so happy and actually I was very relaxed. The atmosphere in the stadium was really great," Liu who is now three time winner at the games said for agencies. His team mate Shi Dongpeng was second (13.38) and third Park Tae-Kyong clocked new Korean record 13.48. Another Games record also for discus winner Ehsan Hadadi of Iran with high quality 67.99. Second Ahmed Mohamed Dheeb improved national record for Qatar 64.56. Bronze again for Iran as Mohammad Samimi tossed 63.46. Indian Vikas Gowda managed 63.13, but was only fourth. Korean jumping record holder Kim Duk-Hyung won the long jump with 811 (-0.2) ahead of home Su Xiong Feng (805) and favorite Hussein Taher Al-Sabee of Saudi Arabia (796). Chinese women dominated the pole vault. Fourth from Continental Cup Li Ciaxia cleared 430 as the second Li Ling. China never lost this event at the Games. From the heats to note the Qatari junior record for 400 m winner Femi Ogunode who clocked 20.58 (+0.6) in the 200 m heats. In another race Omar Juma of UAE improved the national record to 20.63 (+1.0). Saudi Arabian Mohamed Al-Salhi was the fastest in men´s 800 m heats (1:46.47) and Japanese Kenji Narisako in 400 m hurdles heats (50.15). On the women side the fastest in heats Chisato Fukushima of Japan in the 200 m (23.75, +0.3). Kazakhstan´s Margarita Matsko in the 800 m (2:03.23, with 1500 m gold medalist Maryam Jamal 2:04.54 also easy), Chinese Sun Yawei in the 100 m hurdles (13.15, +0.9) and Indian A.C. Ashwini with life-time best in the 400 m hurdles (56.43).



MONTE CARLO (MON): For first time Area Champions will be automatically qualified for the World Championships without beeing forced to have the entry standard. IAAF agreed on last council meeting on entry rules for the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. The Area Champions (in 2010 for example Europe and Africa) will be considered as having achieved the "A" standard. Area Champions from 2011 will be also considered. It should be added that the national federation will have the ultimate authority to enter the athlete or not, based on its own domestic standard or qualification system. Area Champions qualification is not valid for relays and marathon.







KINGSTON (JAM): In a statement issued by Shelly-Ann Fraser and her management at MVP track club the Jamaican sprinter says she is looking forward to the 2011 IAAF World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games. Fraser is currently sitting out a 6 month drug suspension but wants to stress that what she tested positive for what is not a performance enhancing drug and not a masking agent. She decided to compete in Shanghai to not let down the thousands of supporters that had shown up to see her compete in her first ever Diamond League competition.


LONDON (GBR): IAAF General Secretary Pierre Weiss admitted that London's bid to host the 2017 World Championships could be damaged by the country's three previous failures to secure the event reports Insidethegames. "Of course we were all very disappointed when London pulled out of the bid to host 2015 and I think our friends at UK Athletics were also very disappointed about that too. It is the third time this has happened and now, in 2017, that will certainly be in the back of everyone's minds." Weiss was quoted. However, Weiss did offer the London bid hope by suggesting it remains a strong contender to host the competition because of the stature of the city and its strong athletics background. "The event will go to the city which puts forward the best technical bid as has always been the case in the past. There is no doubt that London has the capacity to host a wonderful event in 2017". The IAAF will make its decision for the 2017 World Championships in November 2011.


BRUSSELS (BEL): The Belgian 4x400m team has been named the Walloonian sports team of the year. The team, headed by the Borlee twins, conquered the bronze medal for Belgium at this years European Championships and consists of mostly Walloonian athletes.


PARIS (FRA): French walker Yohann Diniz has confirmed in an interview with that he will focus on the 50 km race for the next 2 years. Diniz has in the passed attempted the 20 and 50 double but believes he will be better off just focussing on the 50 when competing at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu and the Olympic Games in London. Diniz is back into training after a two month rest period and will return to competition on March 12, when he will attack the World 50 000 m record on the track in his hometown Reims. After that, he will only again attempt the 50 km race in Daegu. In 2012 Diniz plans to only walk one race, the 50 in London.


BOLZANO (ITA): The 36th edition of the International New Year's Eve Run BOclassic in Bolzano (December 31) will have Kenyan olympic medalist Edwin Soi going for fourth victory and German marathon star Irina Mikitenko in women race. The organizers are saying in a release that they are trying to get double European champion Mo Farah into their race. Elite men will run 10 km and women 5 km.


MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF Senior Vice-President Sergey Bubka has voiced his "extreme disappointment" at the suggestion by Britain's Minister for Sport and Olympics, Hugh Robertson - exclusively reported by insidethegames - that his recent call for London to retain a running track at the Olympic Stadium was prompted by his political ambitions within the sport. "I am extremely disappointed to read that my concerns about the London 2012 stadium are being linked to political aspirations," said the former world and Olympic pole vault champion. Informs insidethegames.


NEW DELHI (IND): Indian police have arrested the sacked treasurer of the Delhi Commonwealth Games Organising Committee in connection with an investigation into alleged corruption and may soon begin questioning chairman Suresh Kalmadi, it has been reported. Writers


AMSTERDAM (NED): Latest information from Netherlands about plans on new sprinting income Churandy Martina is that he is not planning to compete at European Indoor Championships in March in Paris.


LONDON (GBR): World Championships in Berlin 6th placer in long jump Shara Proctor of Anguilla has held British citizenship since birth and her request to switch allegiance has now been cleared by the IAAF. UK media are informing. She plans to represent Great Britain at Olympic Games 2012. Proctor is immediately installed as the British number one for both long jump and triple jump, thanks to her season's bests 669 and 13.88 (indoors) respectively. Great Britain had no representative in the women's long jump at the Barcelona European Championships.


LAUSANNE (SUI): The newly elected European Athletics Athletes Commission convened for the first time at European Athletics headquarters in Lausanne on Tuesday, and unanimously appointed Finland javelin thrower Mikaela Ingberg as their chairperson. Sweden's multiple European, Olympic and World Championships high jump medallist Kajsa Bergqvist was named as vice chairperson of the commission that will serve from 2010 to 2014. The eight-member commission, which was elected during the 20th edition of the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona, includes decathlon superstar Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic, former pole vault world champion Rens Blom of the Netherlands, multiple European and World Championships shot put medallist Manuel Martinez of Spain, along with British hurdler Tasha Danvers, reigning World Championships pole vault silver medallist Monika Pyrek of Poland and Austrian long-distance specialist Gunther Weidlinger. The commission members welcomed European Athletics' initiative to organise the European Athletics Championships every two years. The commission agreed that its primary area of focus and discussion at the beginning of its four-year tenure will be European competition structure and anti-doping education. Writes European Athletics.


SAN JOSE (USA): American track stars Galen Rupp and Alan Webb lead the entry list for Thursday´s sixth annual Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot/Elite 5-K in San Jose, the West Coast's most competitive and fastest Thanksgiving Day race. Informs Race Results Weekly. The two Americans are only part of a very strong and deep field assembled by elite athlete coordinator Mark Winitz. Course record holder Scott Bauhs who ran 13:37 to win this race in 2008, is also entered, along with Belgian Monder Rizki (5000m PB of 13:04.06), American Bolota Asmerom (13:15.16), Kenyans Josphat Boit (13:17.12) and Kevin Chelimo (13:30.55), and Moroccan Ali Maataoui (13:32.14) amongst others. The field of invited women is smaller (18), but is also solid. Misiker Mekonnin Demissie of Ethiopia, who raced most of her career as Teyba Naser of Bahrain before switching her citizenship back to Ethiopia, is the top entrant with a road PB of 15:35.


MUNDEN (GER): German female sprinter Jala Gangnus is ending her career at age of 24 because of injury reasons and back problems. In 2005 she won silver medal at European Junior Championships. In 2006 she clocked her best 23.24 at 200 m and was Goteborg European Championships semifinalist.


INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Hurdlers coaches are succesfull this year. Not only Cuban Santiago Antunez got the coach award during World Athletics Gala. Brooks Johnson, who coached David Oliver to number one world ranking, has been named the 2010 Nike Coach of the Year by USA Track & Field. Johnson will be honored on Saturday, December 4 at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. "It's obviously good to receive recognition for your work," said Johnson. "But any success is a collaboration and there are too many other people involved in this success to name." Writes USATF. "Brooks enjoyed an extraordinary season in 2010, and Nike is pleased to present this award to such a deserving coach," said John Capriotti, Global Sports Marketing Director for Nike. "With David having such a terrific season it shows that Brooks is able to bring out the best in his athletes, and he's very passionate about his craft. I congratulate him on a fine job, he has earned this award and recognition."


NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan media are informing that world 800 m record holder David Rudisha will only consider himself one of the greatest athletes of all time when he wins the world and Olympics titles over the next two years, his coach Calm O´Connell was quoted as saying. Another elaborate home-coming celebration was organised for the second time, on his return from Monaco on Tuesday where he was awarded the World Athlete of the Year 2010. Irish coach O'Connell warned him that he must keep his feet on the ground ahead of the busy and hectic season ahead. "Rudisha should realise there is much work to be done and what he has achieved this year is a phase in his career," 0'Connell said.


VOLGOGRAD (RUS): 2004 high jump olympic winner Yelena Slesarenko underwent last August two surgeries on both legs. Left one is fully ok, but right one must be used carefully, says Slesarenko for "Im in training with our whole group of coach Zagorulko, I m jumping, running, but beeing careful with the right leg," explains Slesarenko. The group is having its training camp in Tsachkadzor in Armenia in good weather. In the team also olympic winner Andrey Silnov and European gold medalist Aleksandr Shustov. The 28-years old double world indoor champion Slesarenko will still miss the indoor season 2011 and hopes to compete in summer.


ATHENS (GRE): Fifth placer from Barcelona at 400 m hurdles Periklis Iakovakis and 100 m finalist Yeoriya Kokloni are Greek Athletes of the Year 2010 by Association of Friends of Athletics. Special award ceremony will be held on December 5 in New Smyrna.


ADDIS ABABA (ETH): The Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) is organising first of a series of cross country races this season on December 4th at the Jan Meda race course. The event, which is officially named the Ethiopian Clubs Cross Country Championships, was originally slated for November 14th, but was postponed for three weeks following a special appeal by clubs to be given time to prepare for the Great Ethiopian Run international 10km held last weekend. The race at the Jan Meda race course, which has served as the venue for the regional and national cross country championships for the last thirty years, is the first of four cross country races to be held in the 2010/11 season with the season coming to the end in February with the staging of the trials to pick Ethiopia's team for the World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria. Writes Great Ethiopian Run website.







SIOFOK (HUN, Nov 21): Judit Nagy won the 7th Intersport Balaton Marathon in solid 2:37:42 ahead of Katalin Farkas 2:38:19.


HACHIOJI (JPN, Nov 24): Yusuke Takabayashi won the 10 000 m at Hachioji Long Distance meet in 28:10.19. In women´s 5000 m Ethiopian Betelhem Moges posted 15:24:53 ahead of Kayo Sugihara 15:24.66.


NAGOYA (JPN, Nov 23): Kenyans dominated the last Nagoya Half Marathon. Martin Mathathi achieved 1:00:29 ahead of Jacob Wanjuki 1:00:32 and Mekubo Mogusu 1:01:12.


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