WILLIS GETS MEDAL AND WINS ONE MILE
(NZL, Feb 26): Top New Zealand´s runner Nick Willis recieved his
olympic 1500 m silver medal from Beijing 2008 on Saturday in an
emotional event at Newtown Park in Wellington. The ceremony was planned
to be staged during a Christchurch meet on the same day but after the
devastating earthquake it was moved to Wellington as a fund-raiser for
the victims. In a one mile race Willis clocked excellent 3:58.37 ahead
of US runners Will Leer 3:58.80 and Brandon Bethke 4:00.04. NZ media
are writing that another training partner, US record holder Alan Webb,
who earlier in the evening ran the 800 m, helped the pacemaking as the
field reeled off 60 second laps after a 58 for the opening 400m.
KOMON FOR PUERTO RICO DESPITE AK AGAINST
JUAN (PUR): Kenyan road world record holder Leonard Komon is competing
on Sunday at San Juan 10km despite Athletics Kenya not allowing Punta
Umbria team members to go. That was the reason why Vivian Cheruiyot and
Linet Masai will not run as they initialy wanted to attack the women
road WR at the distance. Athletics Kenya General Secretary David Okeyo
said Komon would be dropped from World CC Team if he ran in Puerto Rico,
FELEKE THE TOP NAME
(ITA): The 37th edition of the Mezza Maratona Roma-Ostia, Italy's
largest half-marathon, has a record field of 12,000 entries with hope
of 10,000 actual finishers which will be a new record (there were 8509
finishers last year). That's because the slightly downhill,
point-to-point course from Rome to Ostia has been modified to reduce the
distance along the water near the finish to just 300m, thus mitigating
the chance for bothersome headwinds. The change was accomplished by
extending the opening loop to three kilometers before the runners begin
the long straightaway to Ostia on the Via Christoforo Colombo. Leading
that field will be the Ethiopian Abreham Cherkos Feleke, the 21 year-old
who in 2006 set the world youth record for 5000m of 12:54.19, still his
personal best. His road racing experience is limited, but he ran 13:15
for 5 km on the road in Carlsbad in 2006, and made a fine marathon
debut in Amsterdam last October in 2:07:29, finishing fourth. Chasing
Feleke will be Italy's Ruggero Pertile, the 2010 Torino Marathon
champion who has run 1:02:17 for the half-marathon distance. Other
contenders include Kenyans Abraham Chebii --whose 1:02:59 half-marathon
best is misleading because he's run 12:52.99 and 27:04.20 on the track--
and Joel Kimurer, who clocked 1:00:09 when he won the Hervis Prague
Half-Marathon last March. Elite athlete coordinator Giampaolo Urlando
has arranged a match-up of two of Europe's best athletes on the women's
side. Jessica Augusto, the petite Portuguese who won the bronze medal
at 10,000m at the European Championships last summer in Barcelona, will
face off with Italy's Anna Incerti, whose bronze medal in Barcelona came
in the marathon. Also competing for the women's title will be Kenya's
Monica Wangari (1:10:33 PB), Hungary's Krisztina Papp (1:10:53),
Ethiopia's Abeba Zemichael and Gadse Bedane (no known performances to
RRW), Ukraine's Olha Kotovska (1:14:16), Norway's Kirsten Marathon
Melkevik (1:10:19), and China's Changqin Ding (1:20:01). Informs RRW.
(JPN): Respected agent and former top runner Jos Hermens was in Tokyo
to explain the current situation around Haile Gebrselassie. "Haile
Gebrselassie asked me to come to Tokyo to explain to everybody what has
happened. He is sorry that he could not be here. He was looking forward
to compete here. Having won the Fukuoka Marathon before, he enjoys
running in Japan. His training was going very well. However, last week
he injured his knee when he fell during the training run in the
countryside. Sometimes he falls, but falling on grass is not a problem.
But this time he banged his left knee on the hard rock when he fell and
it was very painful. He wounded his knee, so he rested for a few days.
But after a few days his pain has shifted more to the inside of his
knee. When he tried to run on a treadmill for 10 minutes, it was very
painful on his both knees. By favoring his left knee, his right knee
also started to hurt. So he decided to have it diagnose with MRI. The
MRI showed that his knee is bruised and the conclusion was that this
injury will be difficult to heal in a few days or a week. It will take a
month to recover. He is very sorry and he promises to comeback to
here, hopefully next year. Of course, you never know for sure about
future, but he really would like to comeback to Tokyo." Hermens also
added that the ultimate goal is London 2012 Olympic marathon and for
that Haile needs to run fast time to qualify for the Ethiopian team. "It
is difficult to say anything about his program in the next few months,
but his next marathon will be in the fall. He is determined to run much
longer into the future. He is still very strong. Also the MRI shows that
besides the bruise his knee is very strong and shows no damage in knee
itself. His first scheduled race will be half marathon in Vienna in
mid-April, but not sure whether he will be ready for the race or not. It
all depends on the speed of his recovery. But, it will be very
difficult to compete there. In May, he is scheduled to run 10Km in
Manchester. Hopefully he will be recovered for that race. Half marathon
and 10Km races are important to him for speed workouts. However, at the
moment, recovering from an injury is most important," added Hermens.
IAAF COMING TO LEIPZIG
German athletes are competing during this weekend National Indoor
Championships in Lepzig with added motivation. Open letter of top group
of competitors regarding live broadcast from Daegu in summer brought new
initiatives. Television ARD/ZDF is now saying they are ready to open
again the negotiations. For Sunday in Leipzig is a press conference
announced with participation of IAAF Director of Communications Nick
Davies and IAAF Council member Helmut Digel is expected.
Leichtathletik.de is thinking that the TV rights issue will be one of
the themes of the conference.
(TUR): Headliner of 12 members team of Turkey is 3000 m title defender
Alemitu Bekele. In total Turkey will send 7 women and 5 men. The team -
men - 400 m: Tamac, 800 m: Kilic, 1500 m: Koyuncu, Girmalegese, 3000 m:
Akkas, Girmalegese. Women - 400 m: Redif, Saka, 800 m: Kurt, Aydin, 1500
m: Karakaya, 3000 m: Bekele, Haydar.
(ROU): Romania is sending 16 athletes, only four are men but with the
biggest medal hope Marian Oprea in triple jump. Other three men are Alin
Anghel also in triple jump, Adrian Vasile in long jump and Cristian
Vorovenci for the 800 m. Remaining 12 athletes are females - 60 m:
Ograzeanu, 800 m: Nunu, Lavric, 1500 m: Bobocel, Doaga, 3000 m: Barca,
high jump: Petre, long jump: Deiac, Tigau, Sandu, triple jump: Bujin,
High jump world leader Antonietta Di Martino and triple jump title
defender Fabrizio Donato are the headliners of Italian team which is
composed of 27 athletes (14 men and 13 women). The team - men - 60 m: Di
Gregorio, Tumi, 800 m: Scapini, 3000 m: La Rosa, Meucci, 60m hurdles:
Abate, high jump: N. Ciotti, Fassinotti, pole vault: Gibilisco,
Piantella, Stecchi, long jump: Donato, triple jump: Donato, Greco,
Schembri. Women - 60 m: Levorato, 60 m hurdles: Pennella, high jump: Di
Martino, Lamera, pole vault: Benecchi, Bruno, triple jump: La Mantia,
shot put: Rosa, 4x400 m: Arcioni, Bazzoni, Bonfanti, Milani, Spacca.
(JPN, Feb 26): Kenyan Bitan Karoki won after dominating the Chiba
Cross Country also the the Fukuoka race (IAAF CC Permit). At 10 km he
clocked 27:52 ahead of other Kenyans living in Japan Nicholas Makau
(28:50) and Jacob Wanjuki (28:53). Fourth best Japanese Akinobu Murasawa
28:58. In Japanese women field Hitomi Niiya won with front running
tactics clearly in 19:09 at 6 km ahead of Yuko Shimizu (19:28) and Ai
Igarashi (19:36). Bernard Waweru of Kenyan won the 8 km junior race
(23:11) and Japanese Katsuki Suga was the best in junior girls in 19:10
at 6 km over Kenyans and would be second among women.
RIGA (LAT, Feb 25): Latvian jumping
and sprinting talent Elvijs Misans (21) improved at a local meet to
exactly 8 metres in long jump and said an important word for the Paris
team selectors. His previous best was 770 from early February. Misans
also won the 60 m at the meet with 6.82.
BUCURESTI (ROU, Feb 25-26): Ioana
Doaga who is also selected for European Indoor Championships scored an
interesting double (2:06.38 at 800 m and 4:19.35 in the 1500 m) at
Romanian Indoor Junior Championships.
NORMAN (USA, Feb 25): Irish runner David Rooney improved hugely to 13:46.25 win at 5000 m at Southland Conference Champs.
BLACKSBURG (USA, Feb 25): Zimbabwean
long jump olympic fourth placer and national record holder Ngonidzashe
Makusha leaped at ACC Championships to third best mark in the world this
year 815 cm. In women long jump Jamaican Kimberly Williams who is
triple jump CAC champion, improved to 655 cm in long jump. In sprint
heats Maurice Mitchell clocked 6.61 at 60 m, Brandon Byram 21.02 at 200 m
and Brianna Rollins 8.13 in women´s 60 m hurdles.
LINCOLN (USA, Feb 25): Jessica Beard
clocked fast 22.97 in the 200 m heats during Big 12 meet and could
challenge the world lead (22.89) in the finals. Jeneba Tarmoh had the
second fastest 23.18 and Tiffany Townsend posted 7.24 in 60 m heats.
Rakieem Salaam confirmed his position in men´s sprints beeing fastest in
60 m (6.62) and 200 m (20.97) heats. Bahamian Demetrius Pinder got
46.53 in 400 m heats and Jamaican Keiron Stewart 7.70 in 60 m hurdles
HOUSTON (USA, Feb 25): Talented junior Aurieyall Scott (18) improved in 60 m heats to 7.27 at Conference USA meet.
(USA, Feb 25): Good 5000 m also at Pacific Mountain Conference as Miles
Unterreiner achieved his PB 13:48.13 and Mohamud Ide new national
indoor record for Somalia 13:48.15.
NAMPA (USA, Feb 25): Kurt Felix scored a new Grenada national record in heptathlon 5691 points during WAC Conference meet.
(CAN, Feb 25): Sam Effah posted 33.75 at 300 m during first day of
Canada West Championships meet. In the women 300 m also fast 37.89 by
PERTH (AUS, Feb 26): Russian Sergey Kucheryanu who lives in Australia cleared 550 in pole vault during an Interclub meet.
AUCKLAND (NZL, Feb 26): Carl Van der Speck clocked 10.43 (+2.8) in the 100 m during Auckland Championships.
SAO PAULO (BRA, Feb 23): Olympic
winner Maurren Maggi returned to competition at local sprint/jumps
meeting with 632 (+0.5) win. Her team-mate Keila Costa was more
impressive in triple jump 14.24 (-0.8). In men´s jumps Rogerio Bispo got
788 (+0.9) in long jump and Jefferson Sabino 16.93 (+0.3) in the triple