Murer AOY in Brazil, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

                   Fabiana Murer, 2010 World Indoor Champion, photo by

Fabiana Murer is the Athlete of the Year in Brazil! With her World Indoor Championship and Samsung DL winner, Murer was a tough contender.

The USATF Convention begins on December 1 in Virginia Beach and goes through December 6. The ASBA Winter conference, held near Jacksonville, Florida, is December 5-7. A busy week and then the USCCTCA Convention will be here within a week! A very busy time for the
organization of our sport!

That does not even count the NXN finals (December 4), the Western FootLocker Regional (December 4) and the FootLocker National (December 11)! Oh, and I forgot the JO's and Winter XC! 


SAO PAULO (BRA): Diamond League pole vault winner Fabiana Murer was chosen as Brazilian Athlete of the Year 2010 by Brazilian Olympic Committee. The World Indoor Champion is also one of the three finalists for the Olympic Brazil award (the highest yearly award in the country) with marathon swimmer Ana Marcela and beach voleyball duo Juliana/Larissa. In the men three finalists athletics is not represented. The final announcement will be known on December 20.



BEOGRAD (SRB): The prospect of whether a European Games will be launched in 2015 will be decided by a questionnaire due to be sent out next week to the continent's National Olympic Committees (EOC). Patrick Hickey, the President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), revealed that the answers provided by the 49 members of the EOC will be then passed to a consultancy firm who will closely analyse the information provided before producing a report that will form the basis for whether to go ahead with the idea. Informs insidethegames. Hickey's plans to launch that the event, based upon the Asian Games and the Pan American Games, received the backing of International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge at the EOC Annual Assembly here. Hickey, though, insisted that the event if it is launched, will not be a mirror image of the Olympics for European countries, like the Pan American Games is for the Americas but will instead try to follow the model of the Asian Games which also includes sports like dancesport, board games and squash. Between 15 and 18 sports are expected to be included on the Games programme. Athletics already has now European Championships every second year.



MUNICH (GER): Exclusive duo pole vaulter Lisa Ryzih and heptathlon world medalist Jennifer Oeser ended third in special TV show of the channel ProSieben which was contested in platform diving. Jennifer Oeser was joking afterwards: "We are changing the sports." Winning duo beach voleyball player Ilka Semmler with action-modell Miriam Holler. Also jumping during the evening was pole vaulter Tim Lobinger.



LEIPZIG (GER): Shot putter Peter Sack is ending his career through a twitter message. Last summer he was struggling with back injuries. His best from 2008 is 21.18, this year he still achieved 20.00. Sack won German title in 2007 and twice was also European Cup winner. He was competing at two Olympic Games and two World Championships. Sack is currently working as webmaster of home pages of top German athletes.


SYDNEY (AUS): Australian media are informing that Athletics Australia want the England-based former 400 m hurdles world champion Jana Rawlinson to be a headline athlete for the Australian Athletics Tour in 2011. The injury-plagued world champion has spent the past several years training near her home in Loughborough and is said to be keen to return for the summer competition. World and Olympic champion pole vaulter Steve Hooker and world champion discus thrower Dani Samuels are down to compete on the tour. World indoor long jump champion Fabrice Lapierre is also expected to turn out.



PORT AU PRINCE (TRI): Former sprinter Ephraime Serrette (52) will lead Trindad and Tobago athletics federation in the future as he was re-elected as president of the National Association of Athletic Administrations (NAAA) for a second term at the association's annual general meeting. Serrette was unopposed and will be at the helm until 2013. The former national junior 100 m record holder and CAC Championships medallist (10.26 in 1977) rose to the top-spot four years after the then president Ken Doldron resigned. He won his first full tenure in 2007. Writes TrackAlerts.




EA CC PERMITS (wins for Ebuya and Masai)



LLODIO (ESP, Nov 28): Eritrean favorite Teklemariam Medhin won the 27th edition of Cross Internacional de Llodio with 31:24 at 9.7 km. Nine seconds behind was Kenyan 10 000 m track world leader Kiprono Menjo (31:33) and third Samuel Tsegay ahead of Kidane Tadese, both of Eritrea timed at 31:40 and 31:50. Ricardo Serrano was the best Spanish runner as 5th (32:28). Alessandra Aguilar defended her last year title at 7.6 km in 28:02 clearly ahead of favorite, European CC medalist Rosa Morato (28:22). Portugal´s favorite and winner from IAAF race in Oeiras Analia Rosa was misleading into number of laps and finished only ninth. Third placer was Moroccan Aicha Bani (28:28).


LEFFRINCKOUCKE (FRA, Nov 28): The best fields of the weekend were at the 21st Cross de l´Acier at the dunes in Dunkirque area. World terrain champion Joseph Ebuya of Kenya clearly beat in 28:08 at 9.95 km the 5000 m Diamond League winner and multiple top runner here in the past years Imane Merga of Ethiopia (28:37). Third another Kenyan Mike Kigen (28:42) ahead of Jacob Cheshari (28:52). Best French runners were Abdellatif Meftah as 8th (29:09) and Mokhtar Benhari as 10th (29:21). Track world champion Linet Masai won the women´s 6.55 km in 21:40 ahead of Ethiopian junior world medalist 2010 Emebet Anteneh (21:59) and World youth champion 2009 Purity Rionoripo of Kenya (22:03). In Belgium living Ethiopian Almensch Belete was fourth (22:08). Best French runner Christine Bardelle (6th, 22:29) and also to note the 10th position of Poland´s Karolina Jarzynska (22:43).


TILLBURG (NED, Nov 28): European runners were fighting for Albufeira selection at the 52nd Warandelloop in Tillburg. German steeple specialist Steffen Uliczka won the 10 km in 29:42. Here second place for home runner Khalid Choukoud (29:47) and third Belgian representative Atelaw Bekele (29:50). Fourth place for French Hassan Belkhanouch (29:52). Interestingly European marathon leader 2010 Iaroslav Muschinschi of Moldova finished 8th (30:25). Women 8.1 km clear winner Dutch Adrienne Herzog with 27:30 showed she is a name to count with in Albufeira. Second Belgian Veerle Dejaeghere (27:44) ahead of Ukrainian Yulia Ruban (27:54) and another Belgian Xenia Luxem (27:56). Interesting to note that in U23 category German Richard Ringer beat (29:52) Belgian top name Jeroen D´ Hoedt (29:55). Barcelona 800 m medalist Yvonne Hak was third in short race at 2 km (6:05) which was won by Belgian Sigrid Vandenbempt (5:59).




OTHER RESULTS (sub 2:10 in La Rochelle)



LA ROCHELLE (FRA, Nov 28): New course records at jubilee 20th La Rochelle Marathon. Ethiopian Haile Haja Gemeda clocked first sub 2:10 of the event with 2:09:44 (also personal best). Among around 10 000 runners second Azmeraw Bekele of Ethiopia debuting in 2:10:25 and third Kenyan Nahashon Kimaiyo (2:10:36, PB). Fourth was Barcelona non-finisher and title defender here Oleksandr Sitkovskiy of Ukraine (2:10:46). He clocked last year the course record here 2:10:27. Also in women race new course record and personal best for Ethiopian Haftu Goteitom 2:28:24. Followed by her team-mates Meseret Debele (2:30:42, PB) and Marta Markos (2:32:14). Fourth best European Ukrainian Anzhelina Averkova who at age of 41 improved her best to 2:34:29.


FIRENZE (ITA, Nov 28): Ethiopian wins at 27th Firenze Marathon on a new course. Tadese Aredo in his debut clocked in close finish 2:12:41 ahead of his team mate Teshome Gelana (2:12:41). Third also Ethiopian Edea Bane Tola with 2:13:30 (in a cold and rainy weather he passed the first half in 1:03:43). Great Britain runner Benedict Whitby was fourth in 2:15:09 (personal best). Double World Half Marathon participant and 2:08 runner Tariku Jifar of Ethiopia followed with 2:18:06. Rome marathon winner Firehiwot Dado attacked after 38th km and won in fast 2:28:58. Second young Meseret Mengistu (20) with life-time best 2:30:45. Third place for Russian Alena Samokhvalova (2:36:42) ahead of Sweden´s Anna Brigitta Von Schenck (2:40:28) and best Italian Marcella Mancini (2:44:00). Around 10 000 participants were registered, former formula one pilot Alex Zanardi stopped with his hand-bike at 35th km due to technical failure.


SAN SEBASTIAN (ESP, Nov 28): Kenyan Elijah Karanya won the 33rd San Sebastian Marathon in solid 2:13:29. Second home runner and title defender here Rafael Iglesias (2:13:44). Ethiopian women winner Trihas Gebre in debut at the distance 2:38:47.


CONDINO (ITA, Nov 28): Italian European trials at 34th Cross Valle del Chiese in cold weather saw Gabriele De Nard winning men´s 9 km in 30:55. Valentina Belotti was best woman with 28:07 at 6 km ahead of Emma Quaglia (28:15).


TORRES VEDRAS (POR, Nov 28): The 29th edition of Crosse de Torres Vedras was also Portugal trials for European CC Championships in Albufeira. Licinio Pimentel won the main men´s race in 31:32 ahead of Eduardo Mbengani (31:36) and former miler Rui Silva (31:40). First U23 runner was Tiago Costa as 7th (32:17). In women´s race Jessica Augusto clearly dominated in 18:20. Second Dulce Felix (18:44) ahead of marathon specialist Marisa Barros (19:15). Best U23 runner was Ana Ferreira as 8th (20:08).


RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA, Nov 28): Kenyan Mark Korir won the 10km of Rio in 29:18 ahead of other team-mates Barnabas Kosgei (29:20) and Matthew Kiptoo (29:34). Fourth best home runners Joao Ferreira de Lima and Joao da Bota in a tie 29:38. Women winner Cruz Nonata da Silva beat not only Kenyan Bornes Jepkirui but also clocked course record 34:13 (second 34:57).


ELDORET (KEN, Nov 28): Isaac Kosgei won the 4th Kass/Standard marathon in 2:20:12 ahead of Francis Kosgei (2:21:08) and Victor Kipchirchir (2:21:32). Informs The Nation. In the women category, Magdaline Mukunzi emerged top in 2:44:50 followed by Rebecca Kipsang 2:45:52 and Viola Bor 2:48:52. As early as 5 am a record 2600 runners were at Chepterit centre in Nandi where the race started. The men and women 12 km was won by Gideon Kipketer (35:48) ahead of Matthew Kisorio (35:54) and Rose Kosgei (41:27) who beat Hellen Kirop (41:59) for second. Among the guests also World Athlete of the Year David Rudisha.


DERRY (IRL, Nov 28): Heavy snow during Woodie's DIY Inter County CC Championships in Ireland. World junior champion from Moncton at 1500 m Ciara Mageean scored another runaway victory in the junior women's race. Fionnuala Britton won the senior women's race at 8 km and the senior men's race provided another clear winner Joe Sweeney ahead of Mark Christie at 10 km.


PADENGHE SUL GARDA (ITA, Nov 28): Kenyan Matthew Rugut won the 3rd Half Marathon here in 1:04:12 four seconds ahead of his team-mate Ezekiel Meli (1:04:16). Rwanda´s record holder Angeline Nyirainsabimana won the women category after 1:15:37.


CARMAUX (FRA, Nov 28): Wins for Burundi at the Cross National Hubert Andre. Godelieke Nizigiyimana won the women´s 4.38 km in 14:47 ahead of Kenyan Margaret Waithera (14:50). Ezechiel Nizigiyamana was the best at 8.1 km in 25:20 beating Kenyan Joseph Kamau (25:23) and his team-mate Audace Bigama (25:57).


BILBAO (ESP, Nov 28): Zimbabwe´s record holder Cuthbert Nyasango won the 22nd edition of San Turce road race at 16 km in 49:30. In close finish Eritrean Guiton Kifle was second (also 49:30) and third Evans Mayoyo of Kenya (49:45). Best Spanish runner Manuel Penas as 6th (52:15). Kenyan Winnie Jepkemoi was the best woman after 55:57.

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