Rudisha & Vlasic are TFN's AOY, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

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David Rudisha celebrates his second WR in one week, Rieti, September 2010, photo by PhotoRun.net.

Vlasic_BlankaR-LondonDL10.JPG                   Blanka Vlasic, Aviva London, August 2010, photo by PhotoRun.net

The bible of the sport, Track & Field News proclaims David Rudisha and Blanka Vlasic to be the 2010 Athletes of the Year. The IAAF chose them as well. Well, you can not do much better than that! Congratulations to both Mr. Rudisha and Ms. Vlasic for standing out in 2010, in our global sport!

RUDISHA AND VLASIC BY TFN

MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): As in Monaco at IAAF World Athletics Gala also Track and Field News announced David Rudisha and Blanka Vlasic as Athletes of the Year 2010. Being a consensus winner in the TFN AOY award used to be rare. It happened only twice over the span of some 40 years; now it has happened three years in a row, as David Rudisha has followed Usain Bolt's two perfect years with one of his own. The first two aces were scored by legends Henry Rono in '78 and Michael Johnson in '96. Writes TFN website. Rudisha recieved the perfect 300 score. Three US athletes followed: David Oliver (269), Christian Cantwell (209) and Tyson Gay (205) for 2-4. Andreas Thorkildsen as best European athlete is fifth (189) followed by Teddy Tamgho (99). At places 7-9 again US athletes, Bershawn Jackson (84), Jeremy Wariner (75) and Dwight Phillips (67). Top ten is completed by marathon runner Patrick Makau (43). Losing only twice in a long 20-meet season, Blanka Vlašic was a clear choice for the female honor. The 26-year-old Croatian became the first high jump winner since Heike Henkel in '91 with 289 points. DL double winner Allyson Felix was second (230) and beacuse of great season third shot putter Nadezhda Ostapchuk (227). Fourth Jessica Ennis (167) followed by another European (and last in top ten) Liliya Shobukhova (130). Veronica Campbell-Brown is 6th (104) ahead of Olga Rypakova (91), Tirunesh Dibaba (79), Fabiana Murer (72) and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (62) as 10th.

 

TOP CLASHES IN BOLZANO

BOLZANO (ITA): The 36th edition of the international New Year's Eve run BOclassic in Bozen/Bolzano may more than ever be considered as the best cast in the world. Europe's Number 1 Mo Farah from Great Britain encounters Olympic third and titleholder Edwin Soi, the Diamond League winner Imane Merga and record winner Serhiy Lebid. The women's run has never been better cast than this year. Vivian Cheruiyot, the current 5000m world champion with one of the best marathoners Irina Mikitenko are coming to Bozen/Bolzano. The elite runs for women (5 km) and for men (10 km) are going to start at 3 pm on 31 December. Up to 15,000 spectators are going to be expected in South Tyroleans biggest "lounge" and along the track. The weather forcast predicts sunshine and mild temperatures. Organizers are informing in a release.

 

FUKUSHIMA AOY IN JAPAN

TOKYO (JPN): Awards for 2010 by Japan Athletics Federation JAAF. Athlete of the Year is female sprinter Chisato Fukushima who broke 100 m and 200 m national records this year. Outstanding Athletes were named javelin throwers Yukifumi Murakami and Yuki Ebihara. Shota Iizuka who won the 200 m at World Junior Championships in Moncton got the Rising Star award.

 

ANOTHER ATHLETICS WEDDING

CULIACAN (MEX): 2010 CAC Champion and 2007 Pan American pole vault silver medalist, Giovanni Lanaro married his longtime girlfriend, Mireya Beltran, a former Mexican heptathlete and record holder in a catholic ceremony on Tuesday in Culiacan, Mexico. Lanaro has a personal best of 582 and has won such meetings as Prefontaine, NY Grand Prix and Modesto Relays. Also attending the wedding was Japan's decathlete, Hiro Tanaka. The couple lives in Los Angeles.

 

NADAL AND VLASIC

LAUSANNE (SUI): Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal and Croatian high jump queen Blanka Vlasic have been voted the two best athletes of 2010 by the members of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS). The  online poll attracted the votes of 515 sports     journalists from 93 nations. Writes AIPS.  Not surprisingly Spain's victorious FIFA World Cup 2010 team took the honour for AIPS Best     Team 2010, well ahead of the Canadian national hockey team with 1906 votes to 486. Brazil's victorious World Cup volleyball team were not far behind on 453 votes. The AIPS Best Press Facilities award went to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa. Staged across nine cities and in 10 venues, FIFA and the local organising committee provided free wireless internet at all venues and press centres for thousands of international and local media.  The Vancouver Winter Olympics press facilities came in second with 678 votes against the 828 votes registered online for the FIFA World Cup, South Africa. Wimbledon was third favourite among the sports scribes. From athletics point of view to add that in male ranking David Rudisha was 5th and in the category best press facilities the European Championships in Barcelona ended as fourth best of the year ahead of Asian Games.

 

FELIX IS US AOY

MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Versatile sprinter Allyson Felix was voted US Women Athlete of the Year 2010 by Track and Field News unanimously as all 24 international panelists went for her (240 points). In total 16 athletes recieved votes. Second Brittney Reese (183) was only 8 ahead of Chaunte Lowe (175) and 11 ahead of Carmelita Jeter (172). Fifth Lashinda Demus (158) with big margin over 6th Kara Patterson (96). Seventh Lolo Jones (81) over Debbie Dunn (68), Alysia Johnson (63) and Molly Huddle (25).

 

WANJIRU IN PROBLEMS

NAIROBI (KEN): Daily Nation writes that Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru has been charged with threatening to kill his wife, Tereza Njeri, using an illegal firearm. The two-time Boston marathon winner was also charged with threatening to kill their househelp, Nancy Njoki, and wounding a security guard, William Masinde. One of the world best runners denied the charges in a Nyahururu court and was released on a bond of Sh300,000 with a similar surety. He is said to have been committed the offences on Wednesday at his Muthaiga estate home in Nyahururu town. Next hearing is planned for March 2011. Wanjiru said through his lawyer Ndegwa Wahome that he had been framed.

 

NAMES MENTIONED

MADRID (ESP): Spanish media are informing that The Guardia Civil investigation in Galgo doping case is now also indicating names and doping schedules of the athletes as prepared by coach Manuel Pascua. The codes were identified. Sheets found in Pascua´s home are corresponding with names of the athletes and their plans. Mentioned in this situation are top Spanish runners like Nuria Fernandez, Reyes Estevez, Alemayehu Bezabeh, Eugenio Barrios and Miguel Quesada along with sprinter Digna Murillo. Also mentioned is Dutch runner Adrienne Herzog. Also conversation with double European Champion from 2006 sprinter Francis Obikwelu is included in the media in this connection. One of the most respected coaches in Portugal Moniz Perreira believes in the innocence of Obikwelu.

 

 

 

OTHER NEWS

 

 

EDINBURGH (GBR): Defending champion Ricky Stevenson and Nick McCormick another previous winner of the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country four kilometres race will be tested to the limit at the 2011 meeting on January 8. The event has been thrown open to overseas competitors and the organiser's decision will see reigning Olympic champion's Asbel Kiprop and Brimin Kipruto both shooting for the title. Kiprop and Kipruto who claimed the 1500 metres and 3000 metres steeplechase gold medals at the 2008 Games, will be joined by fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, a former World 5000m champion, who was also runner-up over that distance in Beijing. The Brit duo will also be severely tested by Spaniard Arturo Casado an outstanding winner of the European Championships 1500m title last August, who will be carrying the hopes of mainland Europe. Informs David Martin.

 

RALEIGH (USA): For Reuters.com, the headline 'Tired Gay succumbs to Dix in 200 meters' mattered most to its readers. At least in terms of clicks. The story, posted in the wake of Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix victory over former world champion sprinter Tyson Gay at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting in Eugene last summer was newsworthy to fans of track and field, but it was the snickers drawn by the headline which made it the most popular of the year, and an internet meme all it's own. Media are writing.

 

SOEST (NED): Former European 800 m Indoor Champion Arnoud Okken will not run on Friday the Sylvesterloop in Soest. He was title defender in the short course. Okken only recently returned from training camp in Kenya and did not feel the right competition rhythm and needs more training and adaption. His main aim in winter is Paris Euro Indoor. Also Dutch cross country champion Khalid Choukoud will not run here. Choukoud is sick and will not be able to recover in time for the race, writes losseveter.nl.

 

NAIROBI (KEN): Double Euro gold medalist Mohammed Farah winds up his six-week training stint in Kenya this week and he hopes to take part in a few cross-country meets before focusing on European Indoor championship. Writes Kenyan media. Farah would be testing his Kenyan training in Edinburgh alongside Chris Thompson after the duo enjoyed their best ever track seasons this year. Farah said his training has been perfect and hopes to return next season. "I have enjoyed training at both Kaptagat and Iten with Moses and Denis Masai. My main focus would be in the European Indoor and World championship in Daegu, where I hope to win a medal," said Farah, 27.

 

TOKYO (JPN): Brett Larner named in his blog Japanese male runner of the year Arata Fujiwara who won the Ottawa Marathon in May.

 

BERLIN (GER) : High jump star Ariane Friedrich is hopeful she will be back in top shape for the 2012 Olympic Games. Friedrich ruptured her Achilles tendon in training and underwent surgery. She will only be able to do general fitness exercises for the next six months which makes her participation at the IAAF World championships highly doubtful. Friedrich will work with a large team of physiotherapists and doctors to bring her back in top shape writes leichtathletik.de.

 

BOULDER (USA): The Gazette reports that USATF is expected to finish the year within its 20,4 million dollar budget. The projects USATF has conducted in 2010 generated 12,1 million dollar in sponsorships and 2,7 million dollar in US Olympic Committee grants. USA Track & Field broke even on national team competitions, the Visa Championship Series, the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and summer youth and Junior Olympic stops. USATF's governance and administration costs totaled 6.4 million dollar, including 573,700 dollar to former chief executive officer Doug Logan, who took home a 140,000 dollar bonus. Former managing director of development James Elias got 188,104 dollar and chief operating officer Mike McNees, serving as interim CEO, received 174,041 dollar with 32,658 dollar in incentives.

 

ACCRA (GHA): President of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) and former triple jumper Francis Dodoo, said the federation is in close collaboration with Cuba and France to learn from its coaching experience. Dodoo also said the GAA is determined to build on the female success they had at the Commonwealth Games by sending them out to more international meetings writes ghananewsagency.org.

 

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): IOC President Jacques Rogge has laid the first stone at the site of the Athlete Village for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Rogge praised the preparation for the Games in presence of various VIPs such as former FIFA President Joao     Havelange, Rio State Governor Sergio Cabral, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and Nawal El Moutawakel, who is the chair of the IOC's Coordination Commission writes Insidethegames.

 

LONDON (GBR): New top-secret documents have illustrated the pressure that Britain's top athletes, including Sebastian Coe, came under from Margaret Thatcher not to take part in the 1980 Moscow Olympics reports Insidethegames. In a series of letters to the British Olympic Association (BOA) Margaret Thatcher warned it would be "against British interests and wrong" for them to compete and urges the boycotting of the Games. Lord Coe and other British athletes chose to compete in Moscow despite the opposition. Coe's victory in the 1500 m over compatriot Steve Ovett remains one of the most famous races in Olympic history.

 

 

 

RESULTS

 

 

TRNAVA (SVK, Dec 30): European Hammer champion Libor Charfreitag ended the year on a winning note. He was the best at the 28th Silvester Weight Throwing outdoors at home in Trnava (10.5 kg implement). He won here for 16th time, his best mark was 41.36 and missed his own meet record by 1.92 m but was better as for example last year. Berlin bronze medalist Martina Hrasnova returned to competition after giving birth to the daughter Rebeka early July. She achieved 22.30 m and missed her own meet record by 2.34 m. She was satisfied as her return to training was marked in September. Second in men´s competition was 2009 NCAA Champion of Virginia Tech Marcel Lomnicky (35.96) and third world youth medalist 2009 Tomas Kruzliak (31.56). Athletes competed in freezing cold, minus 10 degrees.

 

LEON (ESP, Dec 30): Moroccan El Mouzazi´s dominated the 14th San Silvestre road race in Leon at 6 km. Hamid won and Abdelhadid was second, both in 17:35. Third best Spanish Alejandro Fernandez (17:43). Women winner Paula Berodia clocked 20:21.

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