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I remember being in the Atlanta stadium and hearing how the local professional baseball team would destroy such a wonderful stadium and track facility. This was in 1996. Now, it seems like one of the two actual bidders on the 2012 Stadium post London Olympics, has the same idea!
Tradition be damned. Legacy be damned. It will be fascinating to see how this works out. The sad thing is, three years after London 2012, a potential world championships in Europe was declined, for the second time, by London.
Here is a question for us to consider on our walks, runs or workouts tonight? If the World Champs are held outside of Europe and North America for three straight World Champs, what happens to new track fans? I am all for we are the world, we are the children, and I loved both Osaka and Beijing, and will enjoy Daegu.
The issue is that track fans in US and Europe will stay up all night to watch the sport, if someone cares to show it on terrestial tv or digital. It is all sounding too much, like, to quote a philospher of American baseball, Yogi Berra, " It is like deja vu all over again."
TWO BIDDERS FOR 2012 STADIUM
LONDON (GBR): The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) will enter into final negotiations with two major bidders to take over the Olympic Stadium after London 2012 - a consortium led by Tottenham Hotspur with AEG and a consortium of West Ham United and the London Borough of Newham. Writes insidethegames. Tottenham plan to make the East London stadium an 80,000-seat venue. West Ham want to create a 60,000-capacity arena for football, athletics, concerts and community use. It is understood that Tottenham's controversial plan calls for the stadium to be demolished and rebuilt and the athletics legacy to be moved to Crystal Palace.
WANJIRU VS. MAKAU
HEERENBERG (NED): The organizers of Wincanton Montferland Run over 15 km announced for the event on December 5 a super star. Olympic marathon winner Samuel Wanjiru will compete against another top name, the world leader Patrick Makau. The course record 42:36 by legendary Haile Gebrselassie will be under threat (42:36 in 2007). The two marathon stars never met at the classical 42 195 m distance.
CHIBA (JPN): Brett Larner informs on his japan running website that the organizers of the 2010 International Chiba Ekiden announced the entry lists for this year's edition, scheduled as always for November 23. The last of the great international ekidens, Chiba has in recent years scaled down to an interesting format of mixed-gender teams, with top men and women from 12 teams worldwide alternating stages on a six-leg, 42.195 course. Top names this year include Kenyan Wilson Kiprop, Russian Mariya Konovalova and Australian Craig Mottram. International teams are Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Kenya, Norway, Romania, Russia and USA.
BERLIN (GER): European 100m champion Verena Sailer was awarded the Bambi award in the category 'sport' for her performances during the European Championships in Barcelona. The Bambi awards are considered one of the most important awards in Germany and is voted by the public writes leichtathletik.de.
NAIROBI (KEN): As from 2011 Kenyan athletes will be subjected to doping tests in all local marathons and other races. Kenyan Athletics stated they want to avoid the embarrassment of a positive test by a Kenyan athlete in international races. The federation is also working on integrating the country's four major marathons into a grand prix with a national jackpot prize. They added that no marathon in the country should give out less than 200,000 shilling to the winner reports standardmedia.co.ke.
TORONTO (CAN): It has been revealed that the athlete who got seriously ill during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi was Canadian pole vaulter Gabriella Duclos-Lasnier who came down with Typhoid fever. The athlete has spent three days in emergency when coming back to Canada but has now resumed training. Duclos-Lasnier will prepare for the 2011 season in Italy writes cbcsports.ca.
AUCKLAND (NZL): Super talented shot putter Jacko Gill (15) has become the youngest North Harbour Club AIMES Awards Supreme winner. As well as winning the Supreme Award, Gill - world junior shot put champion - won the 2010 North Harbour Club, Millennium Institute of Sport and Health and AUT University AIMES Award for Excellence in Sport. He received a total of $20,000. He says he will use the money to fund a season on the European athletics circuit in 2011, compete at the World Youth Championships in July in France, and attend a high-level training camp in France with Olympic shot put gold medallist and world champion Valerie Adams. Stuff.co.nz informs.
HELSINKI (FIN): Barcelona pole vault participant and national champion Eemeli Salomäki from Finland has been suspended for three months after testing positive for a banned substance. Finnish Athletics says Salomaki tested positive at the Joensuu Games in August for the banned drug indapamide. His win at Joensuu Games (535) will be cancelled. Also matches Sweden-Finland and Decanation will see his result deleted and changing the points scoring. His personal best is 560 from last year and this year.
TORINO (ITA): Italians Ruggero Pertile and Danilo Goffi are the top favourites for the 24th edition of the Torino Marathon on Sunday. Pertile is last year's runner-up here and clocked Europe's fastest time in 2009 (2:09.53). Goffi recently withdrew from the Marathon of Venice but is convinced he can bring a strong performance on Sunday. The Italian favorites will be challenged by Kenyans Benson Cherono, who won the Milan Marathon in 2007, and John Komen who won the marathon of Venice in 2009 as well as the Turin half marathon. The women's race will be wide open with Russian twin sisters Olesya (2:27.37) en Yelena Nurgalieva (2:29.49) and Ethiopian Tola Geleta Fate (2:28.58).
OEIRAS (POR): IAAF World CC permit circuit continues on Saturday with the 12th edition of the race in Oeiras with main favorite the world CC silver winner Teklemariam Medhin of Eritrea. He won the first race of the series last weekend and beat world champion Kenyan Joseph Ebuya. Other top international name will be Kenyan Edwin Soi. Home runners will be represented by full line-up because the race is qualification for European CC event to be staged in December in Portugal (Albufeira). Home runners Jessica Augusto, Dulce Felix, Sara Moreira, Analia Rosa, Ana Dias among others will face Australian Benita Willis and Kenyan Eunice Jepkorir, olympic medalist in steeple. With help of IAAF and Portugal media.
GOLENIOW (POL, Nov 11): European 800 m champion Marcin Lewandowski won the Independence mile in 4:22 ahead of Hungarian Barnabas Bene (4:22). In women´s race the winners was Russian Natalya Slednikova (5:04). In the 10 km races wins for Hungarian Laszlo Toth (30:07) and Lithuanian Rasa Drazdauskaite the Athens marathon winner recently (33:55).
WARSZAWA (POL, Nov 11): Another Independence road race in Warszawa with 6000 participants registered at 10 km as winner Mariusz Gizynski (29:57) and Karolina Jarzynska (33:49).
ARNAY LE DUC (FRA, Nov 11): Burundi´s Ezechiel Nizigimana won the 43rd Cross D´Arnay le Duc at 7.85 km in 23:29. Russian veteran Vyacheslav Shabunin was fourth (24:02). Women 5.45 km winner as Aurelie Coulaud (19:01).