UK Athletics to break ties with FastTrack, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Tyson Gay vs. Asafa Powell, 2010 AVIVA Gateshead, photo by

In one of the more news worthy moments of the weekend, UK Athletics has decided to take over the management of its major meetings, developing it's own in house team and no longer out sourcing that work to Fast Track. Fast Track has not only managed the meets for UK Athletics but also managed it's sponsorship business, including the AVIVA sponsorship deal, which was, the largest sponsorship deal outside of European football.

Also, read the note from Ken Young of the Analytical Distance runner, on the course at Boston and Geoffrey Mutai's performance. There is no one tougher on course measurement and the aiding effects of winds, etc than Mr. Young. I personally witnessed his meeting with Derek Clayton, the former world best marathoner holder, way back in 1983 or 84.  Mr. Young does not think the Boston course, nor the wind had an aiding effect that is more than acceptable.

Still, Boston, in my humble opinion,  should be considered the world best....all conditions.


DAEGU (KOR): US record holder David Oliver will start his Asian tour on May 12 in Daegu at IAAF World Challenge meet. He is current world leader with 13.16 and was undefeated last year outdoors. After the competition on the site of this years World Championships he will continue to Shanghai for the Samsung Diamond League meet on May 15. In China he will meet with home hero Liu Xiang. After that his next meet will be the Prefontaine Classic on June 3, also part of Samsung Diamone League. It is not yet known, when he will meet for first time outdoors the world record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba.



NEW YORK (USA): Geoffrey Mutai's time at last Monday's Boston Marathon was indeed fast, but according to an analysis released by the independent Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS) his mark should not be viewed as excessively aided. Writing in this week's "Analytical Distance Runner," the official ARRS publication, chief analyst Ken Young wrote: "It should also be noted that Geoffrey Mutai who ran 2:03:02, was ranked 2 on the ARRS competitive rankings and he had been ranked 1 for four weeks earlier in the year. When Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) set the current world record of 2:03:58, he was ranked 10 in the world. Hence, it is not surprising that Mutai could be capable of significantly bettering the world record. Too bad that he ran this on a course that is not eligible for records." According to the Young's Race Time Bias (RTB) calculation, a measure of how fast athletes run based on their previous performances over all distances, the times at Boston were 1:37 fast for the men and 1:42 seconds fast for the women. That worked out to 2.29 seconds per kilometer for the men and 2.41 seconds per kilometer for the women. Both figures are well within the 5 seconds per kilometer value the ARRS uses to disqualify performances as excessively aided. "The net drop is worth about 3 sec/km," Young continued. "The observed times were roughly 2.4 sec/km faster than expected for the 43 elite runners making up the time comparisons. Hence, one could conclude that the wind aid was sufficient to balance out the effect of the hills (such as they are)."



LONDON (GBR): UK Athletics are to take over organizng the sport's flagship televised events in the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics after ending their 14-year partnership with commercial partners Fast Track. Informs Fast Track, the company founded by Commonwealth Games 400 meters hurdles champion Alan Pascoe and now run by World Championship silver medallist Jon Ridgeon, have been informed that their contract will not be renewed when it finishes at the end of the indoor season next March. Instead UK Athletics will take over the running of the country's major events from the summer of 2012, including the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace, using its own in-house team it plans to set-up. Fast Track, which is now part of the Chime Communication group, has organized the televised domestic meetings on behalf of the governing body as well as securing new commercial and television partners and servicing existing clients. Fast Track were behind the L50 million ($83 million) six-year deal that UK Athletics signed with Aviva in 2006 that, at the time, was the biggest sponsorship contract signed by a sport outside football. "We're disappointed but we understand the change in philosophy in UKA and we're proud of what we've done for them," said Ridgeon, the managing director of Fast Track.




RESULTS (Gill 20+, Lemaitre 10.19, Wanjuki WL at 10 km)



AIX-LES-BAINS (FRA, Apr 23): Triple European Champion Christophe Lemaitre started the season with excellent 10.19 (+0.8) 100 m at the opening meet of the season. He was also second leg runner in the winning 4x100 m team of Aix-les-Bains, final time 40.08.


NORTH SHORE (NZL, Apr 23): New Zealand´s 16 years old super shot put talent Jacko Gill impressed again. At special shot put event at Millennium Centre of North Shore he improved the senior national record to 20.01 m. The former mark of Les Mills 19.80 was standing from 1967. He achieved so also the B-standard for Daegu 2011 but according to IAAF rules he is not eligible in this event to compete in his age at the World Championships. But as he will be 18 in 2012 he is eligibile for Olympic Games 2012. No other U17 athlete ever achieved with senior implement a 20 meters result. Gill's coach Didier Poppe said: "I thought Jacko would certainly go over 19m today, maybe around 19.30m, but 20m at his age is just phenomenal; unbelievable." New Zealand media are informing. Gill is now off to New Caledonia for a further competition in Noumea in 10 days then back into solid training for the World Youth Championships in France in July.


KOBE (JPN, Apr 23): Kenyan Jacob Wanjuki posted world leading 27:48.74 in the 10 000 m at the Hyogo Relays first day. It is also his huge personal best. Three other Kenyans went sub 28 too. Gideon Ngatuny 27:49.26 (he was 5k leader at 13:58), Patrick Mwaka 27:49.93 and Paul Kuira 27:50.26.


CAPE TOWN (RSA, Apr 23): South African George Ntshiliza produced a late surge to break the foreign stranglehold and won the 56km Two Oceans ultra-marathon in 3:08:31. He is first home athlete winning this race since 2003. Second and third places for Lesotho runners Motlhokoa Nkhabutlane (3:08:49) and Tsotang Maine (3:09:19). Russian women triumph by Nurgalieva sisters. Olesya won in 3:33:58 over Elena 3:37:54. Third for Mamorallo Tjoka, the Lesotho marathon record holder, achieving 3:42:12. European high placing for Simona Staicu of Hungary as fourth 3:42:59. Supersports writes that large Kenyan contingent took control of the men's race in the first half, but after injecting an erratic pace, they fell back one by one. Lusapho April defended his men's half-marathon title in 1:03.58 and Helalia Johannes of Namibia was the best woman in 1:11:56.


STAWELL (AUS, Apr 23): 2003 100 m world champion Kim Collins of St. Kitts has declared he can become the third man in the Stawell Gift's 133-year history to win from scratch following his stunning heat victory. He clocked in heats 12.52 and is top favorite for Tuesday. Only two sprinters have been capable of winning Australia's famous foot race from the back mark. National 100 m champion Aaron Rouge-Serret won his heat in 12.49. 400 m star Ben Offereins also surged late to win his heat in 12.55. John Steffensen finished third in his heat but progressed through as one of the fastest qualifiers, as did early Gift favourite, national 400m hurdles champion Brendan Cole, who finished a close second in his heat. Australian media are writing.


PADERBORN (GER, Apr 23): Titus Mbishei of Kenya won the 65th Easter race of Paderborn with 28:05 at 10 km. Ugandan Thomas Ayeko was second in 28:06 and third Jacob Cheshari 28:29. Best European was German Andre Pollmächer as 11th (29:26). Women race winner was Doris Changeiywo in 32:03 ahead of Esther Chemtai 32:11 and 2010 World CC Champion Emily Chebet 32:41. Fourth one of top German runners Sabrina Mockenhaupt in 32:43. Kenyan Sammy Korir was the half-marathon winner in 1:03:16, in the women category Abebech Afework 1:12:45 ahead of Asha Gigi 1:13:20 and Susan Chepkemei 1:13:34. Some 3300 runners competed.







DURHAM: Olympic long jump fourth placer Ngoni Makusha of Zimbabwe won the ACC title with 772 in his speciality and clocked good 10.34 (-1.5) in the 100 m heats. French European U23 medalist Mateo Sossah won the decathlon with 7773 points score.


LAWRENCE: New meet record at Kansas Relays for Canadian record holder and Olympic finalist Scott Russell in javelin 81.96 m.


LUBBOCK: US Indoor champion Omo Osaghae achieved another windy fast hurdles time 13.18 (+3.8) at Texas Tech Invite. Gil Roberts clocked 45.81 in the 400 m, Jason Young achieved 62.76 in discus and Jamaican Kawayne Fisher windy 10.23 (+5.6) at the 100 m.


EUGENE: Kenyan Sally Kipyego posted world leading personal best 4:06.23 at 1500 m during first day of Oregon Relays. Amber Purvis clocked 23.13 (+2.0) in the 200 m.


LA JOLLA: Suzy Powell won the Triton Invitational discus over US elite with 60.79. Olympic winner Stephanie Trafton Brown was 6th (58.57). Jessica Cosby was the best in hammer (69.52) over Canadian record holder Sultana Frizell (68.74).


NASHVILLE: Nigerian Stangley Ggagbeke leaped to solid 806 (+1.8) at Vanderbilt Invitational.


LOUISVILLE: Latvian Laura Igaune again improved women national hammer record to 63.56 at Wood/Lyles Invitational.


PRINCETON: Dominica´s 400 m world participant Erison Hurtault improved his best at 800 m with 1:48.60 win at the Larry Ellis Invite.







LONDON (GBR): Latest Pat Butcher´s blog called Marathon, what Marathon? at


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