TFN's Garry Hill Opines: World Champs Every Year! , by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

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Track & Field News editor Garry Hill notes that he would prefer a world championships every year, giving his favorite sport ten days each year to nominate the best in athletics! E. Garry Hill makes some sense with this one! What do you think (send us your opinion to [email protected].) And also remember to subscribe to Track & Field News, the bible of our sport (

Congrats to Alan Webb who set a course record at the Applied Technology Silicon Valley in 13:34, with Galen Rupp in 13:39, and Scott Bauhs in 13:47! Also, congratulations to CTRN contributor Mark Winitz who put together an amazing field in both the men and women's 5k
in San Jose, CA yesterday.

Alan Webb is now being coached by Alberto Salazar, and training with Galen Rupp. Webb, the current record holder in the high school mile and the American record holder in the mile as well, is on the comeback trail. We wish him much luck. A great interview, and a favorite of many in the sport, Alan is running well once again, under Salazar's watchful eye.

The Asian Games are down to one more day of track & field. Some strong performances. Biggest revelation: India will be a track and field super power in the not too distant future! Some stunning performances from the Indian women's team!



GUANGZHOU (CHN, Nov 26): Last full day of athletics (on Saturday both marathons remain) registered at Asian Games five Games records. Sensational the 10 000 m race where Bilisuma Shume (Ethiopian origin) improved dramatically from 28:45 level to 27:32.72 win and event best for Bahrain. World medalist James Kwalia of Qatar made for pace (13:46 5km, ended 7th), his team mate Essa Ismail pushed from 7-9 km and got silver in 27:33.09. Third title defender and 5k winner Hassan Mahboob of Bahrain (27:40.07). Also women 5000 m brought gold for Bahrain when 1500 medalist Mimi Belete won in 15:15.59, her personal best. Silver and Indian record for 10k winner Preja Sreedharan (15:15.89) and bronze for Kavita Raut also of India (15:16.54). Japanese Kayoko Fukushi paced through the race and ended fifth (15:25.08). Chinese sprinters won the 4x100 m in national and games record 38.78 ahead of Chinese Taipei 39.05 (also NR), Thailand 39.09 and India 39.10. But in the women short relay Thailand prevailed for first time since 1978 in 44.09. China second 44.22 ahead of Japan 44.41 and Vietnam with national record 44.77. In 4x400 m relays both winning teams scored triple titles in a row. Men of Saudi Arabia in national mark 3:02.30 beating Japan 3:02.43 and China 3:03.66 (national record). Women of India in Games record 3:29.02 beating Kazakhstan 3:30.03 and China 3:30.89. In four technical events Japan´s World bronze medalist Yukifumi Murakami improved his javelin best from Berlin qualification by 5 cm to 83.15 win in second attempt. Second Korean Park Jae-Myong (79.92) and bronze for Rinat Tarzumanov of Uzbekistan (79.65). Li Yanxi defended his title from Doha 2006 in triple jump for China with 16.94 (+1.2). In close contest silver for Yevgeniy Ektov of Kazakhstan (16.86, +1.2), bronze for Cao Shuo (16.84, +0.9) and without medal remains Indian record holder Renjith Maheswary (16.76, +0.8). Uzbekistan celebrated first women high jump gold since 1994. Svetlana Radzivil cleared 195 cm for gold, new event best. Second Nadezda Dusanova also from Uzbekistan 193. Bronze for Anna Ustinova of Kazakhstan (190) on count-back over home Zheng Xingjuan (190). Saudi Arabian Sultan Al-Hebshi defended his shot put title with another Games record 20.57. Silver for home Zhang Jun (19.59) and bronze for pre-Games list leader Chang Ming Huang of Chinese Taipei (19.48).



MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): World Championships every year. That is the way for future by Garry Hill, the editor of Track and Field News in his latest editorial. "The Diamond League has been a promising creation, and lots of regional pride was certainly felt by those who enjoyed the European Championships and Commonwealth Games, but I'm sorry, that's just not the same. I want 10-odd days every year in which there are long sessions devoted to nothing but crowning the best athlete on the planet in each of the 40-plus disciplines. After Daegu '11, London '12 & Moscow '13, that's what I want to see come 2014, not a year where the sport suddenly takes its foot off the accelerator," writes Hill.



KINGSTON (JAM): Asafa Powell staged the first award function for his recently founded 'Asafa Powell Foundation'. Powell was present at the ceremony in the Courtleigh Hotel to give cash awards and sports gear to a number of high school athletes who excelled in competition this year at the Gibson Relays and Boys and Girls Champs report The biggest single beneficiary of the foundation, which gives out cash awards, was St Jago High's 14-year-old Kevaughn Rattray, who broke the Boys Class Three 100m record at the Boys and Girls Championships. He received $30,000. Writes Jamaica Observer. Powell's alma mater, Charlemont High, is suppose to change its name. It should be Asafa Powell High School.



WARSZAWA (POL): Pole vault world medalist Monika Pyrek is very succesfull in Poland´s version of Star Dance competition. On Sunday she will participate in the finals of the contest in the country. In case of win she would be first sportswoman to do so. In the finals Pyrek will perform Cha-Cha and Tango. Her partner will be either Robert Rowinski (recently became ill) or Krzysztof Hulboj. Pyrek who has 482 cm best did not compete because of injuries this year either in Doha nor in Barcelona.







BARCELONA (ESP): The European Athletics CEO Conference begins Saturday in Barcelona, Spain, with the theme of the weekend "Orchestrating Success: Strategy and Leadership in Athletics Organisations." Stuart West of the Loughborough University Business School in England will make the first presentation to European Athletics Member Federation presidents and general secretaries with a talk on building strategy for success. John Antonakis of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland will discuss success through high-impact leadership on Saturday afternoon followed by a workshop on developing personal leadership, with groups led by Antonakis and Jean-Philippe Bonardi of the University of Lausanne. Jari Töykkä, the head of marketing and promotions for the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, will brief the delegates on the progress of the flagship European Athletics event. Informs European Athletics.


PARIS (FRA): French hurdler Fadil Bellaabous is still unsure about his participation at the 2011 European indoor championships in Paris. The 400m hurdler, who set a personal best of 49.13 this year, underwent surgery after the European championships in Barcelona in which he had finished a disappointing 8th in the final. Bellaabous considered running the 800m at the European indoor championships but has not yet been able to return to training after his surgery he confirmed in an interview for


FRANKFURT (GER): All doping samples taken during the Frankfurt Marathon on October 31st have returned negative announced the IAAF and the organization. The Frankfurt marathon hasn't had a doping case since its start in 1981 confirmed organizer Jo Schindler.


LONDON (GBR): Heptathlon world and European champion Jessica Ennis is considering doubling up in the heptathlon and 4x100metres relay at the London Olympics, but only if the extra relay training sessions do not interfere with her main gold medal campaign. Writes The Telegraph. The double with 100 m hurdles is no longer likely because of time-table issues.


LONDON (RUS): Multiple pole vault world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva will support Russia's 2018 Football World Cup. She should be part of the delegation which will present its bid on December 2. England, who are also seeking to host their first World Cup since 1966, also have an athletics influence in the shape of two-time former Olympic 1500m champion and skilled politician IAAF Vice-President Seb Coe, who is a board member for the bid. Adding to the athletics theme the 2000 Olympic 400m champion Cathy Freeman will also be championing the cause of her native Australia to host the 2022 tournament. Confirms Spikes.


WASHINGTON (USA): Nigerian media are informing that Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) signed a sponsorship deal with sports wear manufacturing giant Nike. The deal, which will see the firm kitting Nigeria, and also offering lavish bonus for Nigerian athletes that excel in international events, was signed on behalf of the AFN by its President, Chief Solomon Ogba.


LONDON (GBR): Britain's Minister for Sport and Olympics Hugh Robertson has looked to cool the escalating row between himself and Sergey Bubka by claiming the Ukrainian's recent comments regarding London's athletics legacy are perfectly acceptable. Informs insidethegames.


CLAREMONT (USA): Olympic decathlon winner Bryan Clay ran the Claremont Turkey Trot. As he said on his twitter, he was running with his wife. "Great way to start the day," the twitter message says.







FIRENZE (ITA): More than 10 000 runners from 57 countries will compete at 27th Firenze Marathon seeing historical places like the statue of Dante Alighieri through viale Michelangelo etc. Kenyany Ben Kipruto (2:09:42) with Kenei Kiprotich (2:07:42) and Ethiopian Teshome Gelana (2:07:37 this year winning in Houston) are the top favorites. The course record 2:08:40 of James Kutto in 2006 will be under threat. The same for women´s fastest time 2:28:15 of Slovenian Helena Javornik back in 2002. Here Rome marathon winner Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia (2:25:38), Hungarian Aniko Kalovics (2:26:44), Russian Alena Samokhvalova (2:28:47) and 6th from World Half Marathon Championships in China Meseret Mengistu of Ethiopia to be considered. Among the participats the mayor of the city Matteo Renzi and former Formula 1 pilot Alex Zanardi who is competing with hand-bike.


LLODIO (ESP): World CC silver medalist Teklemariam Medhin of Eritrea is the top name of Sunday´s 27th Cross Internacional de Llodio (EA CC Permit). At 9.7 km against him his team-mates Samuel Tsegay and Kidane Tadese with Kenyan Josephat Kiprono Menjo. Women top name at 7.6 km is home Rosa Morato who won silver medal at last European CC event a year ago. Against her Italian Elena Romagnolo, Analia Rosa of Portugal, Lebogang Phalula of South Africa.


LEFFRINCKOUCKE (FRA): The Cross de l´Acier (EA CC Permit) will have even more stronger international participation headed by world champion Joseph Ebuya and title defender Ethiopian and Diamond League winner Imane Merga at 9.9 km.Merga is known person here, he goes for fourth win in a row. French runners will be represented by Abdellatif Meftah, El-Hassan Lahssini, Badre-Dine Zioini, Loïc Letellier, Morhad Amdouni and James Theuri. In the women 6.5 km race Kenyan world champion Linet Masai and other two medalists from Ethiopia Meselech Melkamu and Wude Ayalew will run. Also Margaret Muriuki with Ejegayehu Dibaba should be counted. French participation is headed by Fatiha Klilech-Fauvel, Laurane Picoche, Carine Pasquier and Samira Mezeghrane. Other race of the Suinday in France, the Sud Ouest CC in Gujan Mestras will have many of top home runners competing. Driss El Himer, Yohan Kowal and Denis Maynaud among men and on the women side Sophie Duarte with Kenyan Martha Komu.


TILBURG (NED): A big field of Dutch and Belgian elite runners prepare for this weekend's edition of the International Warandeloop in Tilburg (EA Cross Country Permit). A large number of races will be run on November 27th, while the elite races are held on November 28th. Favorites for the 10K Crossgala are Atelaw Bekele from Belgium, Mustafa Mohamed from Sweden and from The Netherlands Michiel Butter and Gert-Jan Wassink. In the women's 8100m Crossgala Adrienne Herzog is ready to show her great form. Also in the race are Belgian trio Almensch Belete, Veerle De Jaeghere en Xenia Luxem as well as Danish Maria Sig Moller. The U23 10K has an exciting Belgian-Dutch duel with Belgian Jeroen D'Hoedt en Dutch Abdi Nageeye. The race will be used also as European Trials for German runners. Over 70 German athletes will travel to Tilburg to defend their qualification with Verena Dreier and Melanie Schulz leading the women's field and Steffen Uliczka and Christoph Lohse the men's team.


BUDAPEST (HUN): Already on Saturday in Nepliget Park Hungarian CC Championships will be staged along with EA Permit races. Women at 6 km and men at 9 km.


CONDINO (ITA): The 34th edition of the Cross Valle del Chiese will be for the Italian athletes the last cross country race to qualify for the European Cross Country Championships in Albufeira. Favorites to make the men's team are Gabriele De Nard, Bernard Dematteis, Stefano La Rosa and Yuri Floriani. On the women's team Valentina Belotti, Valentina Costanza and Emma Quaglia will fight for their spot. The junior race will be highlighted by Federica Bevilacqua, who just one week ago managed the win at the IAAF Cross Country permit in Soria.


LIVERPOOL (GBR): Stephanie Twell a three-time former junior gold medallist wishes to be considered for the Aviva Great Britain side for next month's European Cross Country Championships - but will miss the trial race on Saturday. Twell along with Freya Murray the in-form Scot who is injured will be absentee at the McCain Liverpool Cross Challenge incorporating the European Cross Country Trials at Sefton Park, Liverpool. The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist is focusing on her training but wishes to be considered for the Championships in Albufeira, Portugal on December 12, although Murray, has already ruled herself out. Writes David Martin. The first major head-to-head of the domestic cross country season will see Hayley Yelling-Higham defending her title with her sister-in-law Liz Yelling also in the field. European Championships track finalists Hatti Dean and Lisa Dobriskey are also expected to start at the Merseyside venue. The senior men's race is potentially wide open as Ryan McLeod and John Beattie both coached by John Nuttall, return from a Kenyan training camp to face Scott Overall the winner of last weekend's Corta Mato Cidade De Amora Cross International in Portugal.







MANCHESTER (USA, Nov 25): Both Sally Kipyego of Kenya (24:07) and Mourad Marofit of Morocco (21:38) overwhelmed their rivals, winning their respective divisions of the Manchester Road Race. It was the 74th edition of America's most venerable Thanksgiving Day road race, run over a hilly 4.784 mile course on a seasonally cold and cloudy day. Second place in women category for Delilah DiCrescenzo, the American steeplechaser who lives in New York City (24:49). Miler Amy Mortimer finished three seconds behind DiCrescenzo and proclaimed after the race that she was now a 5000 m runner. Informs RRW.


SAN JOSE (USA, Nov 25): US mile record-holder Alan Webb set a new mark during a 5 km race in downtown San Jose with 13:36. At Silicon Valley Turkey Trot second Galen Rupp achieved 13:39. Third Scott Bauhs got 13:47.







DURHAM (USA): Bob Wheeler, a member of the Duke Sports Hall of Fame who participated in the 1972 Olympic Games, passed away late last week in Mountain View, Calif. He was 58. Informs Duke website. Inducted into the Duke Sports Hall of Fame in 1989, Wheeler also was a member of the U.S. Olympic team, competing in the 1500 m at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.

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