Per TFN, the bible of the sport, Wallace Spearmon's 19.90 or better time for six straight
years over the 200 meter distance! And yes, Haile Gebrselassie will run through London
2012-look, get off the guys' back, we have all had days like Haile had in ING NYCM. It was
one of the most honest moments from a fascinating athlete.
I am in Austin, Texas at the Runnng Event. This show, now in its fifth year, has 1,440 attendees (500 from running stores, representing 300 storefronts), plus 200 plus exhibitors, making it the most important specialty running show on the globe! More updates from there today, off to check out some footwear and apparel!
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Global Sports Communication confirmed Sunday reports from Ethiopia. Haile Gebrselassie is back. After an emotional and sudden retirement last week at the press conference in New York, Haile Gebrselassie took some time to think things over. Coming back to Ethiopia, he was overloaded with heartwarming reactions from all over the world. Many people, also close to Haile, asked him to come back on his decision, says the release of GSC. The running legend has decided to continue his career and get the focus back on the Olympic marathon in London 2012. "When my knee is better again I will start focussing on my next race. Thank you again for all your support!," said Gebrselassie on his twitter. His next scheduled race is the Tokyo Marathon in February next year.
Top sprinters - what they are doing?
SPRINTERS WORLD: Three of the current best sprinters of the planet did not met on the circuit in one race in 2010. But they ran against each other one time. Usain Bolt beat Asafa Powell in Paris and lost to Tyson Gay in Stockholm and Gay beat Powell in Gateshead. Bolt started his training in excellent way in Kingston early last month and is this week in Europe for promotional reasons. He watched on Sunday Milano football derby, visited Ferrari headquarters in Maranello (also driving on fast cars) and continued to France. There he will recieve on Tuesday the Sports Academy Grand Prix 2010 Award. He will do a number of interviews and photo shoots in Paris (Canal+, L´Equipe, Men´s Health etc.) and will spent Wednesday in Munich. Tyson Gay also started his training for 2011 earlier than in past years and his agent Mark Wetmore informs that he is healthy after some years with difficulties at this time of the year. Gay is one of the finalists of IAAF World Athletes of the Year poll and will be in Monte Carlo over the weekend. Third in the party Asafa Powell also started some weeks ago his training for 2011 and was a special guest over the weekend in Atlanta at the wedding of Trinidad´s sprinter Marc Burns. All three do not plan races during the coming indoor season.
Not only Gala
MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF informs that the eyes of the athletics world will be on the Principality of Monaco during the next eight days. As well as the staging of the 2010 World Athletics Gala, Monaco will be a hive of administrative work, with a two-day sitting of the IAAF Council (Friday and Saturday) one of 16 meetings which concern the governing and organisation of the sport. The main decisions should concern IAAF World Championships 2015 (Beijing as the only candidate) and other IAAF World Athletics Series events. The Gala will not only celebrate the best athletes of 2010 but also give the IAAF family the opportunity to mark other outstanding achievements via a number of other awards and honours including those for the Rising Star, Coach of the Year, World Journalist etc. The Gala's 600+ guests, who will include many of the world's top athletics stars, past and present, will be entertained this year by Kassav, the zouk band formed in Paris in 1979, whose Caribbean creole mix of carnival inspired dance rhythms has led to the releasing of over 20 albums. Gatherings of various IAAF Commissions, the Advisory Board, a coordination meeting concerning Daegu 2011, the IAF Council and various meetings of the Samsung Diamond League are among those that will be staged before, during, and immediately following the weekend.
Greene and Shobukhova
LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics announced that British hurdler David Greene and Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova have been voted as the European Athletes of the Month for October. Portugal's Hermano Ferreira, who produced the second best time by a European over the half marathon this year when clocking 61:24 to take the title at the European Champion Clubs Cup in Torres Vedras, was voted second in the men's poll while Russia's Aleksey V. Sokolov, who produced the third best time by a European in the marathon this year clocking 2:10:31 at the Dublin Marathon, came third. The British duo of Louise Hazel and Jo Jackson finished second and third respectively in the women's poll. Hazel took full advantage of the absence of world champion Jessica Ennis and produced a lifetime best score of 6156 points to take gold for England at the Commonwealth Games. She also set individual personal bests in the hurdles, 200 metres, long jump and javelin. Jackson produced a Games record of 1:34:22 to take the 20km walk gold for England in Delhi.
O´Rourke is the AOY in Ireland
DUBLIN (IRL): Hurdler Derval O´Rourke was named the Athlete of the Year in Ireland and was also given the Track Athlete of the Year award after winning silver at European Championships in Barcelona. In a year in which 27 other Irish records were set, Robert Heffernan took the race walking award, long-jumper Kelly Proper was the Field Athlete of the Year and Mark Kenneally won Cross-Country/Road Athlete of the Year. Sprinter Ailis McSweeney won the 'Most Inspirational Performance' award for breaking Michelle Carroll's 32-year-old Irish 100m record. Awards were given at the Woodies DIY/Tipperary Crystal national athletics awards dinner in Crown Plaza of Dublin. O´Rourke intends to compete during the coming indoor season with the aim to suceed at European Indoor Championships in Paris. She is world indoor champion 2006.
BERLIN (GER): Some of sport's greatest living legends from around the globe, including Edwin Moses, will converge on Germany this week for the 2010 Laureus World Sports Academy Forum. Informs insidethegames. Stars such as Marcus Allen, Kapil Dev, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sean Fitzpatrick, Dawn Fraser and Tanni Grey-Thompson will be joined by Marvin Hagler, Kip Keino, Franz Klammer, Alexy Nemov, Morné du Plessis, Hugo Porta, Mark Spitz, Daley Thompson and Steve Waugh at the event. The forum, which will focus on how sport can fight global social problems, is being held in Berlin from Tuesday until Wednesday), and will then move on to Milan, Italy, for its second phase later in the week.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Gold Coast Mayor and legendary runner Ron Clarke has warned that some of the facilities being planned for the city if its bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games is successful are unneccessary. Clarke, one of history's greatest-ever runners who competed in three Commonwealth Games, winning four silver medals, has claimed that the Gold Coast already has facilities good enough to host the event and that they should model it on the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, which he claims were the most successful in history. Clarke has expressly questioned the need for the four proposed indoor sporting complexes earmarked for Coomera, at least two at Carrara and one at Robina, next to Skilled Park. Informs insidethegames.
BRUSSELS (BEL): Father and coach Jacques Borlée hopes that his son and European 400m champion Kevin Borlée will soon make the transition to the 800 m. Jacques Borlée believes Kevin could be a better 800m runner than the 400m athlete he is today, Kevin however, made clear he wants to stay in the 400m for a little longer. Borlée also added that twin brother Jonathan Borlée (44.71) has huge potential to still improve on his best time and connect with the world's best he said for Belgian media.
MONACO (MON): In her IAAF online diaries Allyson Felix describes she has been back into training for the 2011 season and is focusing on conditioning, weight room and long runs. She also won't do any indoor meets unless it is for training. She also mentions she wants to manage her racing schedule for 2011 very strictly as it will be a long season.
SYDNEY (AUS): On Athletics.com.au Steve Hooker described the 2010 season as being very different with major championships at the start and the end of the season and says he had a lower-key approach to the season. Hooker will attack the 2011 and 2012 season with more intensity and desire and mentioned he gets strong motivation from European young talents Renaud Lavillenie and Malte Mohr.
KINGSTON (JAM): Olympic 100m champion Shelly-An Fraser has underlined her commitment to the MVP track club and her coach Stephen Francis in an interview with Carribeansportsnetwork.com. "I am with Stephen Francis and MVP Track Club 100 per cent. They are the reasons why I have been able to achieve all I have at this point, they are the force behind me in everything and I have no intention to change camp," Fraser noted in the interview. The athlete is currently suspended for a positive drugs test until January 2011 but is looking forward to coming back in next season.
GUANGZHOU (CHN): Hurdles star Liu Xiang has decided not to live in the athletes village when he arrived to the Asian Games on Monday. The 2004 olympic gold medalist will stay near Guangzhou''s posh central businnes district on the Pearl River''s Erping Island as he undergoes fine tuning before his races, Nanjing''s Modern Express said. His heats are scheduled for November 22 and finals two days later.
VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI has warned athletes not to strengthen their bodies "at all costs" or through illegal substances. Benedict said Monday that sports, when done with passion, can help develop ethics and a taste for "healthy competitiveness." But he said during an audience at the Vatican with a group of ski instructors that an athlete's body "cannot be considered an object" or be "worshipped." Instead, it should be respected and not treated like a "tool to be strengthened at all costs, maybe even using unlawful means." AP informs.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): 35,000 runners are expected to take part in this Sunday's 10th Anniversary of the Great Ethiopian Run here. This indicates a slight increase from last year when 33,000 runners took part in the biggest road race in Africa. This year's event is sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines and is named Ethiopian Airlines Great Ethiopian Run. Main race is the International 10k run, which attracts big names. The race's ambassador is Haile Gebrselassie who has been instrumental in the success of the event-managing organization. Informs Ethiosports.com.
LONDON (GBR): The agency responsible for success of UK one day meetings Fast Track spreads international wings with New Hong Kong Office, informs Sportcal.com.
BARCELONA (ESP): The European Athletics Championships Barcelona 2010 have published a Final Result Book of last summer's top athletics event. To download from www.bcn2010.org under the news/publications section.
T&FN stat of the day: Wallace Spearmon is the only 200-meter runner ever to record a 19.90 or faster 6 years in a row.
Unbeaten in 2010 in championship events are: Tyson Gay 100 m (5 finals), Usain Bolt 200 m (2), David Rudisha 800 m (12), David Oliver 110 m Hurdles (15), Ashton Eaton decathlon (3), Stanislav Yemelyanov 20 km walk (3). On the women side Veronica Campbell-Brown 200 m (4), Allyson Felix 400 m (4), Tirunesh Dibaba 5000 m (3) and Jessica Ennis heptathlon (2). Counting only finals and for races from 10 000 and longer only three or more wins counting. In terms of real long winning season the headliners are Rudisha and Oliver.
MONTEREY (USA, Nov 14): Kenyan Macdonald Ondara beat training partner Kiprotich Kirui in a close contest on the men's side of 8th Big Sur Half Marathon in 1:03:20 and 1:03:23. Ethiopian women's winner Belainesh Gebre, paced by her boyfriend Ezkyas Sisay, smashed Jen Rhines's course record and also set a personal best 1:09:43. Informs RRW.
PANAMA CITY (PAN, Nov 14): South American Road Circuit ended with 10 km race won by Colombian Jason Gutierrez in 30:33 ahead of Cleveland Forde of Guyana (31:28). Brazilian Antonia Bernadete Lins won also the third race of the series in 36:54 ahead of home Andrea Ferris (37:12) who is national record holder at 1500 m and 2:02 800 m runner.