London 2012 Ticket Plan: Here's the Scoop! by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Schematic diagram of the proposed marathon rou...

All things  London 2012 have become interesting. Weeks agao, it was the outrage over the London 2012 marathon course. Now, the ticket plans for London 2012 will be announced later this week! Details below!




LONDON (GBR): More than six million tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games will go on sale from March 15. Announcing the news, Sebastian Coe, chairman of London 2012, also revealed tickets for the Paralympics will be available from September 9. The process for 6.6 million Olympic Games tickets available to the general public will open for six weeks, enabling people to consider their options before making their final choices and applying. Applications will close on April 26 and all oversubscribed sessions will be allocated via a ballot process. Informs insidethegames.



DOHA (QAT): Qatar is bidding to organize World Championships in 2017. Local media are informing. Other possible bidders are London and Istanbul. The decision will be made by IAAF Council this November. Qatar will host FIFA World Cup 2022 and wants to organize also World Handball Championships in 2015.



MADRID (ESP): At the 16th Gala Anual del Atletismo Español as Athletes of the Year 2010 awarded were both European 1500 m champions Arturo Casado and Nuria Fernandez. Also other awards were given for juniors, clubs, coaches, institutions and others. Fernandez did not attend the gala evening. The Board of Governors of Spanish Athletics Federation RFEA decided on the eve of the Gala to endorse and support by unanimous vote, the actions carried out by the RFEA to date with the events surrounding "Operation Galgo" concerning those who have been judicially affected by criminal charges. RFEA also agreed to open proceedings on the disciplinary level against all charged persons and proposes a four years ban for those involved in the using or promoting illegal techniques of biological support to athletes.











AUBIERE (FRA, Jan 15): European Champion Renaud Lavillenie cleared excellent 592 in his first attempt at Capitale Perche indoor meeting and even tried at 602 new national record height. Second Jerome Clavier and third Damiel Dossevi went over 557 cm. Maria Ribeiro-Tavares was the best woman (437).



SHEFFIELD (GBR, Jan 15): World and European combined events champion Jessica Ennis started her indoor season at the Northern Championships with victory in the 60 m hurdles in 8.15 and second in the shot with an indoor best of 14.11. She also ran impressive 7.44 in the 60 m heat (did not run final). Ennis plans to compete over hurdles and in long jump in Loughborough next Saturday. At the same meeting Bernice Wilson won the 60 m in 7.34.


NORMAN 6.58 AT 60 M

SEATTLE (USA, Jan 15): Fastest 60 m so far in the season by Josh Norman 6.58 winning the UW Indoor Preview. Excellent at this oversized track also new facility record at 3000 m by Lisa Koll 8:53.13. Maggie Vessey won the 800 m in 2:09.14. Junior female sprinter English Gardner (born 1992) improved to 7.29 at 60 m. Former Greek supertalent in pole vault Ekaterini Stefanidi improved at age 20 her overall best to 441 cm. Norris Frederick leaped to 780 in long jump.







LEE VALLEY (GBR, Jan 15): At Southern Championships Gemma Bennett won the 60 m hurdles in 8.16 and Nick Gayle the men´s race in 7.82. Darvin Edwards from St. Lucia cleared 220 in high jump.


MANCHESTER (GBR, Jan 15): In the Perche Tour meet World junior medalist Holly Bleasdale improved her indoor PB to 432. Male winner Luke Cutts got 532 cm.


LVIV (UKR, Jan 15): Dmytro Demyanyuk won his father Memorial high jump meeting with excellent 230 cm clearance. Oksana Okuneva was the best woman (186).


ZOETERMEER (NED, Jan 15): Patrick van Luijk qualified to European Indoors with 6.67 in the heats and 6.66 in the finals of 60 m here. With 6.66 he also equalled his life-time best from 2009.


SINDELFINGEN (GER, Jan 15): Swiss hurdler Lisa Urech clocked 8.04 in heats and 8.05 in finals here and qualified to Paris. Marco Schmidt achieved good 20.20 in shot put and Helge Schwarzer achieved 7.73 in heats and 7.74 in finals of 60 m hurdles.


MAGDEBURG (GER, Jan 15): Josephine Terlecki improved her indoor shot put best to 17.81 m.


LEVERKUSEN (GER, Jan 15): World medalist in heptathlon Jennifer Oeser clocked at 60 m hurdles here 8.57, only 0.01 shy of her personal best from 2009. Cathleen Tschirch registered fast 23.66 at 200 m.


LUDWIGSHAFEN (GER, Jan 15): Berlin Worlds finalist Kristina Gadschiew cleared 461 overall pole vault best here at regional championships in first attempt. She did not try for a better mark afterwards.


BERLIN (GER, Jan 15): German top walker Melanie Seeger posted 3000 m indoor time 12:39.34.


UDINE (ITA, Jan 15): Solid begin for sprinters at 60 m. European 2002 medalist Manuela Levorato achieved 7.32, her fastest since 2004. Jacques Riparelli got 6.73 in men´s race.


OLOMOUC (CZE, Jan 15): Olympic finalist Roman Novotny started his season with good 784 at regional meet and also improved his 60 m best to 6.81. Second to Jan Veleba (6.80).


OREBRO (SWE, Jan 15): New Swedish pole vault record at Orebro Indoor Games. Youth Olympic Games winner and World Junior Champion Angelica Bengtsson (17) went over 442 and improved the former mark by 2 cm. She only once in her career jumped higher, last year 447 outdoors.


MINSK (BLR, Jan 14): World champion Russian Yaroslav Rybakov cleared here in his season opener 224 cm. European U23 2009 medalist Alena Kopets improved from under 18 metres level to 18.82 in women shot put. Good also 52.66 for Svetlana Usovich at 400 m. Veronika Shutkova (661) beat in long jump Anastasiya Mironchik-Ivanova (654). Talented Aleksandr Linnik won three events (6.73, 21.48 and 7.88).


BREST (BLR, Jan 14): At Gavrilov Memorial indoor meet Sergey Cheberyak improved the national 2000 m record to 5:11.69. But the winner was Ukrainian guest Aleksandr Borisyuk (5:10.67). 2004 Olympic winner Yulia Nesterenko achieved 7.35 in the 60 m heats, but did not run the finals. Yuliana Yuschhenko clocked excellent 1:26.97 to win the 600 m.


LUBBOCK (USA, Jan 15): Good 55 m times at Texas Tech Meet. Omo Osaghae clocked 7.15 over the hurdles and Terra Evans sprinted women´s flat distance in 6.85.


BATON ROUGE (USA, Jan 15): World indoor champion Lolo Jones started her season with 8.10 in heats at Purple Tiger Invitational. Trinidad´s Semoy Hackett was fast at 60 m in 7.28. Zedric Thomas improved his best from the same meet last year by 2 cm to 802 ahead of Damar Forbes of Jamaica who got his first ever 8 metres (exactly). Big improvement for JUCO last year finalist Horatio Williams with 6.61 at 60 m. He clearly beat pro Trell Kimmons (6.70).


CLEMSON (USA, Jan 15): NCAA champion Torrin Lawrence opened the season with 48.08 at 400 m. Harry Adams got 6.67 in the 60 m and Stormy Kendrick 7.32 in women 60 m.


UNIVERSITY PARK (USA, Jan 15): Australian record holder Ryan Foster achieved 2:19.96 in the 1000 m at Nittany Lion Challenge meet. Ryan Whiting tossed 20.89 in the shot put. Excellent shape for 400 m specialist Natasha Hastings who achieved 7.32 at 60 m and 23.22 in the 200 m.








SEVILLE (ESP, Jan 16): Kenyans dominated at the 29th Cross Internacional de Italica (IAAF Permit) on sunny and warm day. In nice duel Vivian Cheruiyot beat at 8 km her world champion colleague Linet Masai by 3 seconds (26:02-26:05). Third Pauline Korikwiang (26:27) ahead of Mercy Cherono (26:35). Fifth best Ethiopian Emebet Anteneh (27:01) and sixth best Spanish Alessandra Aguilar 27:04. Also to note 7th Benita Willis of Australia (27:05), 9th Hungarian Aniko Kalovics (27:34) and 10th Kenyan steeple olympic medalist Eunice Jepkorir (27:53). In men´s 10.8 km road world record holder Leonard Komon won with fast long finish (30:38) ahead of Matthew Kisorio (30:46) and Hosea Macharinyang (31:01). Fourth best Ethiopian Abera Kuma who was able to beat reigning world terrain champion Joseph Ebuya to fifth (both timed at 31:09). Ayad Lamdassem as best Spanish runner finished at the sixth position (31:21). World track leader 2010 Kiprono Menjo was 7th (31:25) ahead of Vincent Chepkok (31:32) and Tariku Bekele (31:36). Multiple European Champion Sergiy Lebid was 12th (31:53).



MUMBAI (IND, Jan 16): New course records at 8th Mumbai Marathon in India by Ethiopians. Girma Assefa clocked first sub 2:10 in the history of the race with 2:09:54. Second another Ethiopian Botoru Tsegaye Wolde also went sub 2:10 and his life-time best 2:09:57. Third Kenyan Patrick Muriuku was timed exactly at 2:10:00. Two-time winner, Commonwealth gold medalist and favourite John Kelai placed sixth in 2:11:05. Ethiopian 2:24 runner Korene Jelila improved the women event best to 2:26:56 ahead of Merima Mohamed 2:29:04 and Elfemesh Alemu 2:30:04. Favorite Bizunesh Urgessa was fifth 2:32:28. The Ethiopian winners will get 36 000 USD each from the total prize pool of 325 000 USD. Half-Marathon winner B.C. Tilak achieved new course record 1:04:45. Sydney Olympics 400m champion Cathy Freeman was the brand ambassador for the race this year. She joined a host of celebrity artists from Bollywood, Corporate World and social networks. With veterans, wheel chair and open category of races include as much as 38 400 runners.


KYOTO (JPN, Jan 16): Kyoto won 29th Inter-Prefectural Women's Ekiden when taking the the lead just before the end of sixth stage. Kayoko Fukushi, national 3000m, 5000m and half marathon record holder anchored for Kyoto. Final time in sunny weather was 2:17:16 ahead of Okayama 2:18:07 and Fukuoka 2:19:00.


NAIROBI (KEN, Jan 15): Road specialist Geoffrey Mutai won clearly the senior men's 12-kilometre race at the Kenya Police Cross Country Championship at the Ngong Race Course ground, informs The Nation. Mutai achieved 37:26 ahead of Philemon Rono 37:52 and Lucas Rotich 37:55. In women´s 8 km Pauline Njeri win in 29:02 ahead of New York Marathon champion Edna Kiplagat 29:04.


LAUSANNE (SUI, Jan 15): Cross Cup winners were home runner Philipp Bandi at 8 km (26:08) and German Anna Hahner (22:44 at 6 km).


WELLINGTON (NZL, Jan 15): At World Cross Country Championships Trial Daniel Wallis won the senior 12 km in 39:29. Wallis led the whole way, in the warm breezy conditions, beating Adam Carlson by 14 seconds. Carlson passed James Coubrough on the final lap (39:53 as third). Penny Peskett won the women's 8km in 28:13.


HAMILTON (BER, Jan 15): Kenya's Phillip Lagat unexpectedly stole the show at KPMG Invitational Mile by beating red-hot favourite Shadrack Biwot who reigned supreme a year ago, local media are informing. Lagat achieved 4:20.2 ahead of US Luke Watson 4:20.5 and third Biwot 4:20.8. Jamaican Kenia Sinclair was the best woman in 4:33.6 ahead of her country colleague Korene Hinds 4:46.8.

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