Haile Gebrselassie signs with Johnnie Walker: Now a Walking Man, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Haile Gebrselassie has become the first African to sign with the world's most distributed scotch, Johnnie Walker. Mr. G, the world record holder in the marathon, can now place a small glass (we have not heard if he prefers it on the rocks, or with water) of his favorite scotch on the press table at upcoming events. Is running becoming like golf?

Haile Gebrselassie at real, Berlin, 2009, photo by PhotoRun.net.


BRUSSELS (BEL, Dec 19): Fresh nine-time European CC Champion Sergiy Lebid of Ukraine won the 18th Brussels Iris Lotto CrossCup (IAAF Permit) in snow with 31:27 at 10.5 km. In Laken Park second Kenyan Isaiah Koech (31:28) ahead of Paul Meli (31:29). Next best European was home runner Jeroen D´Hoedt as 7th (32:19). Italian Andrea Lalli was only 13th (32:52). Kenyan Caroline Chepkwony won the women´s 6 km in 20:35. Here second Ireland´s Fionnualla Britton (20:37) ahead of Kenyan Prisca Jepleting (20:45). Fresh European Champion Jessica Augusto was 6th (20:57). Belgian Abdi Nageye won the short course (3 km)  in 9:08.



BADEN-BADEN (GER): 100 m European Champion Verena Sailer was voted third best Sports Woman of the Year in Germany. She was beaten only by Maria Reisch of alpine skiing and biathlete Magdalena Neuner.



ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Running star Haile Gebreselassie signed a USD 100,000 advertisement agreement with the Johnnie Walker, the most widely distributed brand of Scotch whiskey, becoming the first African to advertise the product. Ethiopian media are informing.







TAIPEI (TPE, Dec 19): Ethiopia's Yeshi Esayias Tesemma successfully defended her title in the Taipei women's marathon in 2:30:37 in an event which drew more than 100 000 runners, organisers said. Second Yeshimebet Tadesse Bifa (2:31:09) and third Kenyan Winfridah Nyansikera (2:32:37). Yusuf Songoka from Kenya won the men´s race in 2:14:14. Second and third Ethiopians Gebreslassie Tsegay Reda (2:14:20) and Samuel Woldeamanuel Gebremichael (2:14:23).


RYAZAN (RUS, Dec 18): Mikhail Tsvetkov cleared here indoors 225 in high jump.


MOSCOW (RUS, Dec 19): During second day of students indoor competitions the reigning world junior champion Aleksey Fedorov leaped to 16.30 in triple jump.


MAYENNE (FRA, Dec 19): World junior champion from Moncton Pascal Martinot-Lagarde clocked 7.86 at 60 m hurdles during a local meet.


YECLA (ESP, Dec 19): Eritrean Amanuel Mesel won the 28th Cross Fiestas da la Virgen fe Yelva with 30:25 at 10 km. Second place for Kiflow Sium (30:42) ahead of Swiss Stefan Joly (31:03). In women´s 6 km Moroccan Fatima Ayachi achieved 20:38. Second Bouchra Chaabi ahead of best Spanish Lidia Rodriguez.


VENTA DE BANOS (ESP, Dec 19): Kenyan Lucas Rotich won the 10.575 km at Cross Internacional Venta de Banos in 32:20. Second his team-mate Vincent Chepkok 32:21 with third another Kenyan John Kipkoech (32:24). Best Spanish fourth placer Ayad Lamdassem (32:34). Jesus Espana was seventh (33:17) and fresh U19 Euro winner Abdelaziz Merzougui was 11th (33:50). Alessandra Aguilar won the 6.775 km women race in 23:19. Second Nuria Fernandez (23:20) and third Sara Moreira of Portugal (23:21).


GETXO (ESP, Dec 19): Moroccan Khalid El-Amri won the Memorial Itziar Lopez de Uralde at 9 km in 26:03. Second Kenyan Evans Mayoyo achieved 26:05. Lucy Karimi of Kenya was the best woman in 31:02.


LLORET DE MAR (ESP, Dec 19): Olympic steeple medalist Eunice Jepkorir won the 4th Sant Silvestre 5 km road race in 16:34. In men´s competition Mohamed Behmbarka of Morocco won in 14:29 ahead of Angel Mullera 14:32 with Reyes Estevez beeing fourth (14:41).


ROCHLITZ (GER, Dec 19): Marco Schmidt won the shot put indoor meeting with 19.94 ahead of Arthur Hoppe 19.64 (new life-time best). Top favorite Ralf Bartels was third (19.51). Christina Schwanitz was the best woman (17.39).


GETAFE (ESP, Dec 19): The 13th Trofeo de Marcha had as winners Juan Manuel Molina (42:35 at 10 km) and Julia Takacs (45:42).


PISA (ITA): The Pisa Marathon planned for December 19 was cancelled because of weather reasons.


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