Haile tripped by lowly rock, sore knee, now 4 weeks recoup, No Tokyo Marathon, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Haile Gebrselassie has a knee injury, and he will have to rest for the next 4 weeks. Which means, no Tokyo marathon this coming weekend. The little emperor fell on a rock during training and hit his knee, which will take a month to recover. He next races April 17 at the Vienna Marathon.

Gebrselassie is considered by many to be the greatest distance runner of his time, with wins at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic 10,000 meters, wins at the 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999 World Champs, along with 24-25 world records or bests from 1,500 meters indoors to the hour run!
2010 was a mercurial year for him, as he saw some successes, but had to drop out of his first run at ING NYCM marathon and also their spring half marathon in the Big Apple.

Haile wins Dubai 10.jpgHaile, when his knee was fine: 2010 Dubai Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net.
Haile out of Tokyo
TOKYO (JPN): Legendary Haile Gebrselassie will not start in the Tokyo Marathon this Sunday. The world record holder on the marathon fell during a training. He unluckily fell on a rock and bruised his knee. He will not be recovered in time for Sunday race as it will take about four weeks to recover. Gebrselassie is very disappointed as he was really eager to show the world that he came back  well after his injury and sudden retirement in New York. "I am really disappointed as I felt great in training and I was ready to show something special again. I am sorry for my Japanese friends and fans. But I will come to Japan again," he was quoted. His next target is Vienna half marathon on April 17 and Bupa Great Manchester Run later in May at 10 km. Favorites for Sunday in Tokyo are so Yemane Tsegay, Hailu Mekonnen from Ethiopia and Kenyans Gideon Ngatuny and Paul Biwott.
Last international meet before Paris
METZ (FRA): Last international indoor meeting before the Euro Champs in Paris is the event in Metz, France on Friday. In the men´s 1500 m Kenyans Shadrack Korir, Bethgel Birgen will clash with fresh Russian champion Vyacheslav Sokolov. Sprints will have also good fields. In the women 60 m Veronique Mang and Christine Arron are the top stars, in the 400 m Muriel Hurtis. Russian Irina Makarcheva runs the 800 m. In men events at 60 m Martial Mbandjock, Ronald Pognon and best Austrian Ryan Moseley are the top names. At 60 m hurdles Garfield Darien who missed the national championships will test his shape. Legendary Roman Sebrle will test his shape at 60 m hurdles and in shot put.

Rupp in, Merritt out
ALBUQUERQUE (USA): Before US nationals some top names scratched from National Indoor Championships but interesting addition for the 3000 m race is fresh 5k indoor record holder Galen Rupp. His duel with Bernard Lagat will be one of the highlights of the event. On the negative side is the withdrawal of second fastest hurdler Aries Merritt who false started on Tuesday in Stockholm. Dusty Jonas will not be in high jump, Garrett Heath in the 3000 m and Russell Brown is out of the mile.

A. Kiprop added to Melbourne
MELBOURNE (AUS): Olympic 1500 m champion Asbel Kiprop has confirmed his participation in the 1500m at the Athletics Australia Grand Prix meetings in Melbourne and Sydney. The Melbourne field will also include New Zealand's Nick Willis, US miler Alan Webb and Australian Jeff Riseley who beat Kiprop last year in Melbourne. On March 3 the Melbourne meet will also start the 2nd year of IAAF World Challenge series.


PARIS (FRA) : Ahead of the European indoor championships in Paris, triple European sprint medalist Myriam Soumaré confirmed she is excited about the championships and ready to break her personal best time. Soumaré said she is not informed about her competitors and also doesn't want to know what the French national 60m record is. The athlete aims at enjoying the championships and didn't set any specific goals for herself writes athle.com.

STOCKHOLM (SWE): High jump Barcelona silver winner Emma Green will not try to jump at this weekend´s national championships and so will miss also Paris. "The risk to jump and beeing not totally healthy is too big," said her coach Yannick Tregaro. Green injured during her first jump at Hustopece meeting on January 29. She already trains, but is unable to exercise the full approach.

BRUSSELS (BEL): Sigrid Van den Bempt (1500m) and heptathlete Thomas Van der Plaetsen are the latest additions to the Belgian team for the European indoor championships. Vanden Bempt ran the standard this week in Stockholm, while 20-year old Van der Plaetsen received his invitation for the heptathlon from European Athletics. The full Belgian team will be announced on Monday.



BERLIN (GER): Early as never before the BMW Berlin-Marathon has sold out its 40,000 entries. Just one thousand bib numbers are left, all of them are charity entries for 142,195 Euro, of which 42,195 Euro are substituting childhood poverty in Germany (via "RTL Spendenmarathon", a charity organized by TV company RTL). One year ago the marathon had sold out on April 20th. Organizers are informing.

PARIS (FRA): Former hurdler Linda Ferga-Khodadin (34) who was European indoor champion 2000 is nowadays busy working as an agent. The world indoor bronze winner 2004 in Budapest is having in her team one of the current brightest stars triple jumper Teddy Tamgho. The indoor world record holder switched agents after 2010 and ended his cooperation with Rene Auguin.

CHRISTCHURCH (NZL): Brian Roe points out that the loss of the QEII stadium track and warmup track due to liquefaction after the earthquake in Christchurch, is the second track in Oceania to be lost to natural disasters this year. The Track at the University of Queensland in Brisbane is very close to the Brisbane River and was completely washed away in the recent floods - just one week after being re-surfaced.
BERLIN (GER): Denise Hinrichs underwent surgery on her knee after she sustained a rupture in her knee ligaments when throwing at a shot put meeting in Nordhausen. The surgery went well and Hinrichs hopes to be back in training within a couple of weeks confirms leichtathletik.de.

BIRMINGHAM (GBR): The Birmingham city council has dropped the idea of charging residence to watch training sessions of Olympic athletes staying in the city ahead of the London Olympic Games. The Jamaican and United States athletics teams will be based in Birmingham in the weeks leading up to the Olympics and will train on tracks at the Alexander Stadium and Birmingham University reports The Telegraph.

ROME (ITA): Mario Pescante, the vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and former Italian sports minister, has been confirmed as President of Rome's bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi offered his full support to the bid. Rome last held the Olympics in 1960 and this is their first bid since they were the favourites to host the 2004 Games but were beaten by Athens writes Insidethegames.

MANAMA (BRN): The Bahrein Athletics Association has announced a 13 strong squad for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Spain on March 20th. The team will be headed by double world champion Maryam Yusuf Jamal. The athletes have been split into two groups for their ongoing training camps in Kenya and Ethiopia writes The Gulf Daily News.

NEW DELHI (IND): A number of leading Delhi Commonwealth Games officials, including the two closest aides of chairman Suresh Kalmadi, have been arrested in connection with a 24 million dollar contract awarded to Swiss Timing writes Insidethegames. Organising committee Secretary General Lalit Bhanot and the director general, VK Verma, are accused of financial irregularities linked to the Games. These are the latest and most high-profile arrests in the ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption over last year's multi-billion dollar Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

AUCKLAND (NZL): A fundraising event in Wellington, organised to raise money for earthquake victims in Christchurch on Saturday, will feature beside Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis also America's top milers Alan Webb, Will Leer and Brandon Bethke as well as Britian's Lee Emanuel. The program includes a men's elite mile, men's 800m, men's and women's 1500m and men's and women's long jump.

LONDON (GBR): It is very unlikely the 2012 British trials will be held inside the Olympic Stadium says UK Athletics. Due to logistical issues, including preparation for the Olympic opening ceremony, British athletes will most likely not compete at the Olympic stadium ahead of the Olympics. The first test event inside the Olympic Stadium is set to be the 2012 British Universities (BUCS) championships confirms the BBC.

LOS ANGELES (USA): Agencies are informing that new NCAA president Mark Emmert has made it clear that under his watch, college athletes will not be compensated as though they were professionals. "They are student-athletes. They are not our employees, they don't work for us," he said. "They are our students, so we don't pay them." He was quoted.

GRAND PRARIE (USA): One of top US sprinters Marshevet Myers who also improved her old long jump record recently closed the indoor season and will not compete at the nationals. "Looking back on my indoor season, I really feel good about my accomplishments. I set some high standards for myself and thankfully, God saw fit to allow me to reach my goals while showing me some areas where I could improve. In fact, training is going really well so far as I head into the outdoor season that is quickly approaching. I feel great and look forward to each workout because I know that each one gets me closer and closer to my goals - not to mention the fact that the weather has been great here recently," she said on her blog. Myers plans to start with relay competitions in spring, first is planned for March 19 at TSU Relays in Houston. Myers (formerly Hooker) is Beijing 200 m fifth placer and has 10.93 and 22.34 personal bests from 2008.

PRETORIA (RSA): World champion Caster Semenya wants to run 400 m and 1500 m in the second leg of the Yellow Pages Series on Friday in Pretoria. "It's going to be a hectic season but I'm ready to continue doing well," she was quoted.


OTROKOVICE (CZE, Feb 23): Ukrainian 60 m champion Roman Bublyk clocked new meet record at the international event here at unusual 40 yards with 4.54. The event continues on Thursday.

YALTA (UKR, Feb 23-24): During Ukrainian Winter Throwing Championships Sergiy Regeda achieved in U17 category (5 kg) solid 73.64 m. In women hammer on Thursday Moldova´s sisters were the best. Zalina Marghieva 71.61 and Marina Marghieva 70.37. As third with national title Natalya Zolotukhina 67.50.

AARHUS (DEN, Feb 23): Martin Krabbe clocked at sprint meeting 5.90 in the 50 m.

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