Jenny Simpson to run USA Indoor by Alfons Juck, London 2012 Legacy about to be a nightmare? note by Larry Eder

Jenny Simpson running NB Games mile, January 22, 2011 in 4:28.60 WL, photo by

Great to see Jenny Simpson running the USA Indoor this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Meet does not have a WC this year, so great to see it supported. What does have cache, however, is London 2012, and the folks in UK athletics may have a pr disaster on their hands, if the London stadium is torn down for soccer, and there is a 50/50 chance that it could, as of now.

The nightmare that just will not go away, or the athletics legacy for London 2012 was put off for about two months earlier today, as the powers that be soak in the stench of what might be the pr disaster of the London Games. It is obvious that football (soccer in U.S.) clubs could care a rat's ear if athletics has a viable legacy. Look no farther than the destruction of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic stadium in this country.

That one club will consider using the London facility as a multi use center and the other will consider razing the London stadium, but upgrading the Crystal Palace facility is surprisingly unusual. PR wise, it would be great to keep the London stadium as a multi sport facility. Athletics is on the upswing once again in the UK, and the facility would be a shining beacon for the sport.

What does one say about the Crystal Palace upgrade? RBR loves the AVIVA London GP each year at Crystal Palace. It has tradition, and is a fine facility. It is not, however, a place to house a World Champs bid. But after the 2015 withdrawal, one might consider the chance of London hosting a World Champs about the same as the U.S. hosting one in the next decade: pretty dismal. Trash the stadium, and London would not even have a chance to host the world walleye fishing championships in future decades. (We use walleye for fish fries over here).

Lord Sebastian Coe is right. This is how he put it to BBC 5 after both proposals were discussed live on BBC 5 sportsweek. Coe noted;

"I remember delivering a vision about a generation of young people being inspired to take up Olympic sports, I remember talking about young people in a poor community in East London fashioning their future through sport," he said.

"I'm prepared to revisit my words but I don't recall a whole heap about bulldozing down a publicly-funded community facility, replacing it with a football club and inspiring a generation of Tottenham season ticket holders, however many there may be on a waiting list."

Runblogrun encourages its readers to put any and all pressure on the powers that be, and support the London 2012 legacy and back West Ham's stadium plans. If the UK ever expects to be taken seriously in the global world of sport, the West Ham plan gives them future cache.



KINGSTON (JAM): Worlds fastest Usain Bolt wrote on his twitter on Monday. "I am in training and I start running may." He reffered to main competitions season, he still might run some training competitions in winter in Jamaica. He will decide about it only some days before.



YOKOHAMA (JPN): Former olympic winner Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia is the main international invited runner for Yokohama Women´s Marathon on February 20. Included also Ethiopian Azalech Masresha, Berlin top 10 placer Marisa Barros of Portugal, Russian Alevtina Ivanova and Poland´s Karolina Jarzynska. Top home runners are Yoshimi Ozaki with Mayumi Fujita and Kaori Yoshida, all with sub 2:30 personal bests. High quality pacemakers are Japanese Shoko Mori and Russians Silvia Skvortsova with Albina Mayorova.



OMSK (RUS, Jan 23): Junior European Champion 2009 Aleksandr Menkov leaped to excellent world leading 817 long jump during the regional championships of Siberia. It is also his overall personal bests, in the series he also had 810, 806 and 802. Olesya Syreva posted highly impressive 4:08.93 in the 1500 m and 8:52.90 in the 3000 m. Menkov plans to jump at Russian Winter on February 6 in Moscow.







AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch runner's website reports they have been able to look into the official police files concerning 'operation Galgo'. The website claims Dutch athlete Adrienne Herzog and her coach Manuel Pascua were unsatisfied with the way they approached Herzog's drug abuse and wanted to see things more structured when preparing for the 2011 season. Herzog is a witness in the case as using performance enhancing drugs is not illegal in Spain, drugs trafficking on the other hand is illegal.


PARIS (FRA): Nadir El Fassi (5899) and Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida (4633) lead the French team for the combined events match in Apeldoorn on January 29th and 30th. France will take on The Netherlands, Spain, Great Britain and The Czech Republic announces


ERFURT (GER): Former top German hurdler Thomas Blaschek is improving in bob-sleigh. In his first season he competed at European Championships and is reserve for the World event. His main goal is Winter Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi.


DOHA (QAT): Two more doping cases are announced from Asian Games in November in China. Ahmed Dheeb of Qatar, who won silver in the men's discus, tested positive for exogenous testosterone metabolites.Palestinian Awajna Abdalnasser took part in the men's 800 metres and tested positive for norandrosterone, another anabolic agent. Both were disqualified from the competition and are facing two year bans.


LONDON (GBR): The decision on the future use of the London Olympic Stadium has been postponed. West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur were expecting to hear on January 28th whether they were the preferred bidder for the 2012 venue but the Olympic Park Legacy Company has decided to postpone their decision. "Given the detailed nature of both bids received, we need more time to seek further clarification with both bidders in order to identify a preferred bidder" they claimed. The OPLC hopes to make a decision before the end of March. At the same time Lord Sebastian Coe unequivocally backed West Ham United's campaign to take over the Olympic Stadium because he claimed it is the only option that can deliver on the promises that he made during the capital's successful bid to host the Games. Coe claims he has a 'moral obligation' to ensure the Olympic track stays after the Olympic Games and warned it would trash their international reputation if Tottenham was given the Olympic stadium writes Insidethegames.


NEW YORK (USA): Jenny Simpson (formerly Barringer) confirmed she will compete at the USA national indoor championships although she's not yet sure whether she will run the mile or the 3000m. Simpson also added she is keeping her options open for the outdoor season and hasn't made a decision yet about running the steeplechase, 1500m, mile or even the 5000m.


NICE (FRA): According to a statement from hospital in Nice the health status of former 400 m hurdles world champion Stephane Diagana is progressing well. There are no complications after his injury following the bike crash. He is already out of the intensive care unit.


TOKYO (JPN): Brett Larner informs that following her stage win at the Kita-Kyushu Invitational Women's Ekiden on Sunday, the 10 000 m national record holder and former marathon national record holder Yoko Shibui announced that she will run the Feb. 27 Tokyo Marathon. It will be Shibui's first full marathon since pulling out of the 2009 World Championships marathon team with a stress fracture. "My teammate Reiko Tosa is running, so I thought it would be fun to enter too," Shibui said. "I'm just going to run comfortably without setting any target time." Despite having top-class fields the Tokyo Marathon is not a World Championships selection race for women.


DUSSELDORF (GER): Men´s pole vault is a must at 6th PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf on February 11 (EA Indoor Permit). Germany is one of the top countries in this event and meet director Marc Osenberg devoted most of his activities to pole vault. Alexander Straub wants to win for third time, but Malte Mohr is in great shape. New additions into races are former world champion Eliud Kipchoge at 5000 m and steeple olympic winner Brimin Kipruto in the 1500 m.







CARLSBAD (USA, Jan 23): Kenyan Wesley Korir pulled away from country-mate Macdonald Ondara to win the Carlsbad Half Marathon in 1:02:46. In women category also Kenyan win for Jane Kibii 1:12:33. Mary Akor clocked 2:45:51 to win women marathon.


SANTA POLA (ESP, Jan 23): Fast Half Marathon Vila de Santa Pola as Ethiopian Azmeraw Bekele achieved 1:00:32 ahead of Kenyan Joseph Birech 1:00:40. Moroccan Rika El Moukim won the women race in 1:11:49 ahead of Kenyan Rita Jeptoo 1:12:02.


BREDA (NED, Jan 23): Young Ethiopian Bensa Dereba won the 42nd Mastbocross here at 10.5 km (33:55). Second Dutch Khalid Choukoud (34:02).


PUERTOLLANO (ESP, Jan 23): Ayad Lamdassem won the Cross del Chorizo here with 31:05 ahead of 1500 m Euro winner Arturo Casado (31:15). Women winner Bouchra Chaabi of Morocco achieved 27:31.


ELDORET (KEN, Jan 23): Geoffrey Kipsang earned a commanding victory over a field of 386 other competitors at the 20th edition of the Discovery Kenya Cross Country. He clocked 36:15 ahead of Ismael Rashid (36:36) and Albert Matebor (36:45). The women's senior race was much closer, as former world track medalist Priscah Jepleting hung on for a 1.5-second win in 27:48 over 8 km. Second Priscah Jeptoo (27:50) ahead of Viola Kibiwott (27:56) and Mercy Cherono (28:02). Martin Lel, the two-time ING New York City Marathon champion was 33rd in 38:15 and Asbel Kiprop, the reigning Olympic 1,500-meter gold medalist dropped out. A total of 1917 runners participated in the annual event sponsored by Nike and comprised of 10 races including the men's and women's senior races. The junior races were won by Abraham Kosongor in 24:15 over eight kilometers and by Purity Cherotich in 20:33 over six kilometers. Informs RRW.


KYUSHU (JPN, Jan 23): Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance won the Kita Kyushu Women's Ekiden at 32.8 km in 1:46:40. Second Tenmaya 1:47:28 ahead of Kyudenko 1:47:48.


MONTEFORTE D´ALPONA (ITA, Jan 23): Kenyan Paul Sugut won the 30th jubilee 10.6 km (uphill, descent, uphill) in 31:27. He was followed by Wilson Busienei and Edward Too (both 31:28). A blowout in the women's race where Moroccan Asmae Ghizlane beat her nearest rival by 34 seconds (20:08, 6.05 km).


VERACRUZ (MEX, Jan 23): Top Mexican runner Juan Luis Barrios won the 7th edition of the Half Marathon Puerto de Veracruz in 1:02:48. Kenyans followed, Isaack Kimaiyo was close in 1:02:49 and third Hillary Kimaiyo 1:04:07. Rose Jebet was the best in women category in 1:13:40.


CHRISTCHURCH (NZL, Jan 24): Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius of South Africa stole the show in the T44 200 m for leg amputees at IPC World Championships blistering the straight to take home his first gold medal in a time of 21.80 (+1.4).


AUBIERE (FRA, Jan 23): French indoor junior record for Moncton gold medalist Kevin Mayer in junior heptathlon 5872 points. In senior competition Florian Geffraouis scored 5742 points.


EAUBONNE (FRA, Jan 23): European Champion Myriam Soumare came close to her indoor 200 m PB with 23.36 win here. Fast hurdles for Dimitri Bascou 7.64.


GERMAN ROUND UP (Jan 23): Malte Mohr cleared 580 and Fabian Schulze 570 at regional championships in Sindelfingen. At the same event Marco Schmidt confirmed 20+ shape with 20.32. In Berlin Thomas Schneider got 46.86 at 400 m and in Chemnitz Christina Schwanitz 18.68 in shot put and high jumper Raul Spank solid 15.82 in triple jump.


BERGEN (NOR, Jan 22): Son of former German HJ world record holder Jonas Mogenburg improved the Norway´s indoor U23 record in long jump to 748 cm.


SOFIA (BUL, Jan 23): Georgi Georgiev improved here at 60 m to 6.74 and missed the Paris standard by 0.08 s.


ANN ARBOR (USA, Jan 22): At Simmons Harvey Invitational fast sprints for Michael Ray Garvin at 60 m (6.64) and Jeff Porter at 60 m hurdles (7.70). Olympic medalist Nick Willis of New Zealand tested his shape with 3:58.92 over the mile. Tiffany Ofili who is able to represent Great Britain achieved 8.07 at 60 m hurdles.







NORMAN (USA): The mark of Libor Charfreitag in weight throw was 24.51, not 24.71. But still a huge world lead.

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