2011 BMW Berlin Marathon: Haile is coming back! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Haile Gebrselassie, 2009, real, -Berlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

Haile Gebrselassie, a man who has set 24 wolrd records over his career, will be returning his most important racing courses to run at the end of September 2011. The 2011 event has been sold out since February 2010, as the BMW Berlin marathon (with new sponsor).

BERLIN (GER): What was expected is now confirmed. World marathon record holder Haile Gebreselassie has announced his fifth start in the Berlin Marathon. The 38th edition of the Berlin Marathon on September 25th will welcome Gebreselassie for a fifth time as the Ethiopian won the race from 2006 to 2009, setting a world record in the process. Last year Gebreselassie had ventured to the New York City Marathon but said on his twitter he is more than happy to return to Berlin where he will aim at running the Olympic Games standard. In the women's race Irina Mikitenko is back again on the course where her marathon career had started in 2007. In the following year she clocked 2:19:19 hrs here for a course record making her the fourth fastest woman of all time. In 2008 and 2009 she won the World Marathon Majors series of marathons. In 2010 she was handicapped by an injury dropping out at the Virgin London Marathon in the spring and placing 5th at Chicago in the fall. Last April she ran 2:24:41 for seventh place in London after running most of the distance on her own. In Berlin she wants to qualify for the Olympic marathon 2012 in London. The BMW BERLIN MARATHON is sold out since February. Registration had started October 18th. The participation limit is set at 40.000. The BMW BERLIN MARATHON will be televised live on n-tv nationally for four hours and on Eurosport from 9 until 11.30 a.m. Organizers are informing in a release.

KINGSTON (JAM): Former 100m World record holder Asafa Powell is keeping a cool head ahead of what is expected to be a hotly contested National Trials despite discussion in some circles that the sprinter may not finish in the top three. Informs Jamaica Star. "I am in good shape to run at the trials as I have overcome the small injury I got two weeks ago at the Rabat meet in Morocco. I am going into the championships with the same mind frame as I have done in the past," said Powell.

OTTAWA (CAN):  Quarter-miler Tyler Christopher has officially announced his retirement from the sport of athletics. The track star steps away from competition after a very successful career highlighted by a World Indoor title in 2008 and a bronze medal at the 2005 World Outdoor Championships. Athletics Canada informs.  His illustrious career will be honored Saturday June 25 as part of Athletics Canada's Awards & Hall of Fame Induction Banquet taking place in Calgary, site of the 2011 Canadian Track and Field Championships June 22-25.  

KINGSTON (JAM): Track Alerts informs that Usain Bolt when returning to racing his Facebook fan base grew by a whopping 650,000 in just over two months, from April 1 to June 16. Bolt has surpassed the 4.6 million fans and may very well reach 5 million before the start of the World Championship in Daegu. UK, USA and France are the top countries - but top cities include Rome, London, Manchester, Paris, Bangalore and Mumbai. Rome has been number one for an extended period including since the start of 2011. Usain continues to have the 18 - 24 male age group as his most popular fans accounting for 33 per cent, while the 13 - 17 age group, also male, is close by with 30 per cent of his overall fan base. His highest female age group is the 13 - 17 age group with 8 per cent.


STOCKHOLM (SWE): Multi-events hero Carolina Kluft ruled out a return to the hepthathlon at next year's London Olympics following her switch to the long and triple jumps. She confirmed that at a news conference before SPAR European Team Championships. Earlier she confirmed she will end her career after 2012.

IZMIR (TUR): The Borlée twins Jonathan and Kevin spoke to the press this morning ahead of the European Team championships and confirmed they have 44.5 in mind for this season. Jonathan is already qualified for the IAAF World Championships in both the 200m, 400m and 4x400m but will only compete in the 400m and 4x400m. European champion Kevin Borlée reported to be more interested in medals than in fast times, while both brothers aim at running the final later this year in Daegu. They will not meet in a race together until Daegu. 

IZMIR (TUR): Super sprinter Merlene Ottey who is still competing at age of 51 arrived to Izmir with the Slovenian team. The legendary former Jamaican representative is here as alternate for the relay. She raced already raced this season in Celje at National Cup meet as fourth in 12.07 against -1.6 wind.

IZMIR (TUR): Home team of Turkey hopes for promotion into the highest category in 2013. Also 100 m Hurdles champion Nevin Yanit will compete. She started twice in Turkey this season with 13.49 and 13.50. But other high hopes are connected to reigning European champion at 5000 m Alemitu Bekele. Team captain discus thrower Ercument Olgundeniz was positive about the spirit of the team and the chances. "We hope to be promoted," he was quoted as saying. 

STOCKHOLM (ESP): Spanish sprinter Digna Luz Murillo (Colombian origin) will not compete during the weekend for Spain in Stockholm at the 100 m. It is because she acknowledged she was working with coach Manuel Pascua, one of coaches charged in Operation Greyhound. Spanish federation RFEA decided to send Murillo back home. She will be replaced by Cotan Amparo in the invidual race and by Belen Recio in the relay.


AMSTERDAM (NED) : Jolanda Keizer, who succesfully finished the heptathlon at the TNT Fortuna combined events challenge in Kladno, said to Dutch media she is ready to attack the IAAF World Championships standard at the European Cup Combined events. Keizer recently moved to Sweden to train along with Carolina Kluft after injuries had slowed her down in the last 2 years.
LONDON (GBR): The British Olympic Association (BOA) managed to stay in the black last year, in spite of significant increases in both its cost of sales and administrative expenses reports insidethegames. The body, which has faced severe financial pressures in recent years as the UK prepares to host the 2012 Olympic Games, managed to make a pre-tax profit for the year ended December 31, 2010 of exactly 379,664 dollar.

KLADNO (CZE): Addition to TNT-Fortuna combined events meeting is that French junior Kevin Mayer, Octathlon World Youth Champion in 2009 and Decathlon World Junior Champion in 2010, improved French National Junior record (with seniors hurdles & implements) with 7992. He added strong near 200 points to Ladji Doucouré's previous mark (7794 in 2001). Interestingly, his total is better than his National record for Junior Decathlon (7928 since last year at WJC in Moncton).
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): The July edition of Track and Field News informs that 2009 World medalist in pole vault Chelsea Johnson retired at age of 27 due to lack of enthusiasm. She competed last time in Australia in winter and cleared 410 cm.

KINGSTON (JAM):  Youth Olympic Games champion Odean Skeen and Jazeel Murphy, winner of the 2011 Carifta Games Under-20 boys 100m, head Jamaica's World Youth team for Lille.
Three world leaders Edwin Allen's Christania Williams with 11.39secs at 100m, Vere Tech's Shericka Jackson's 200m time of 23.32 and Holmwood Tech's Chris-Ann Gordon, who ran 51.62 to win the Class 2 400m at Champs, are the top athletes on the female side.

MELBOURNE (AUS): World indoor champion 2008 at 800 m Tamsyn Lewis who got married recently would prefer to be known by her married name Tamsyn Manou.
ATLANTA (USA): Doyle Management Group is excited to announce its first round of collegiate signees. DMG will now represent hurdler Nia Ali of the University of Southern California;  400m runner from US Virgin Islands Tabarie Henry, sprinter Gerald Phiri of Zimbabwe and Jamaican long/triple jumper Julian Reid of Texas A&M. DMG CEO Paul Doyle is proud to be adding such a talented group of clients to his agency. "I'm really excited about the quality of athletes and the quality of people that we have signed. Our four signees epitomize the type of athlete we're looking for: hardworking, talented, good people."

SEOUL (KOR):  Agencies are informing that the head coach of South Korea's marathon team is being investigated for allegedly doping his athletes who include an Asian Games gold medallist, police said on Friday. Coach Jeong Man-Hwa has since April allegedly made his marathoners inject themselves with illegal substances that increase red blood cells but are hard to detect in drug tests, Yonhap news agency said. Among them is Ji Young-Jun, who won the gold medal at the Guangzhou Asian Games last November. According to the Korea Association of Athletics Federations (KAAF), Jeong has told KAAF president Oh Dong-Jin that he is innocent, Yonhap reported.

SAPPORO (JPN): The elite field for the July 3 Sapporo International Half Marathon is headlined by the 2010 World Half Marathon champion Florence Kiplagat of Kenya and 2010 Asian Games men's marathon gold medalist Youngjun Ji from Korea. Defending champions Cyrus Njui and Yuri Kano with 2009 Sapporo winner Gideon Ngatuny will also return. Informs Brett Larner on his japanrunningnews blog.

PORT OF SPAIN (TRI): In a press release on Friday the National Administration of Athletic Associations of Trinidad & Tobago advised  "that the Sagicor Open Championships 2011 due to take place on the 25th and 26th June 2011 is postponed until further notice because of the inclement weather that has affected the completion of the Hasely Crawford Stadium."

OLOMOUC (CZE): Top names were announced for the Volkswagen Olomouc Half Marathon which that takes on Saturday. In the men´s category, the expected favourite is Eliud Kiptanui from Kenya who won last year´s Volkswagen Prague Marathon, running his personal best time of 2:05:39 and creating a new race record as well as one of the best times in the marathon distance running history. In the women's category, the city´s own athletic star, Petra Kaminkova, has again confirmed her participation in this year´s race and she is sure to be the number one Czech favourite. There are 4 women with sub-73:00 PB's taking part in the race, including Kaminkova.

LONDON (GBR): Latest Pat Butcher´s blog at www.globerunner.org - Riot? What Riot?

STOCKHOLM (SWE): Nordic Sport informs that the company became the official supplier to European Athletics Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.


GOLD COAST (AUS, Jun 17): Round 2 of the Gold Coast Winter Series has delivered fast paced track results with local hero Sally Pearson sending a commanding message to her international rivals in the women's 100m hurdles. She clocked her season best 12.74 (+1.1) before travelling next week to Europe and compete first at Athletissima of Lausanne. It is also the fastest legal time ever by an Australian on home soil. Pearson also competed in the flat 100m dash, again improving on her national title winning time to cross the line in 11.35 (w: +0.6). Meanwhile in the men's 100m, Matt Davies and world indoor championships long jump bronze medallist Mitchell Watt both clocked 10.31 (w: +1.1). The time elevates the duo to number one on the 2011 Australian rankings list, and for Watt confirms his developing speed which on the international long jump runway will prove vital. Davies also competed in the men's 200m, taking victory in a time of 20.79 (w: -0.9). Informs Athletics Australia.
CHULA VISTA (USA, Jun 16): Former pole vault world champion Brad Walker is returning in right time into top shape with world leading 584 cm here. Ian Waltz won men discus with 65.43 over Briton Carl Myerscough 65.04. Also highly respectable 64.30 in women discus for Becky Breisch. Becky Holliday cleared 455 in the pole vault. Windy long jumping saw Jarrod Tobler 822 and Briana Glenn 700 cm. 

NAIROBI (KEN, Jun 17): Guest runner Kenneth Kipkemoi convincingly won the 10,000m race on the first day of this year's Prisons Athletics championships at Nyayo National Stadium after clocking a time of 28:06.6. Joseph Birech, a former Fukuoka Cross Country champion, settled for second position in a time of 28:42.2, while Bernard Rotich followed closely in 28:42.8. The fourth place went to John Mwangangi, the Africa cross country champion in 28:47.4, while Bernard Rotich was fifth in 28:56.0. In a slow 5000 m race, Catherine Ndereba, who was expected to thrive, failed in the final sprint as Jane Mwikali held out strong to clinch victory in 16:28.04, with Alice Mogire taking second place in 16:36.23, while Ndereba was third in 16:48.56. 

NOVI SAD (SRB, Jun 17): In test competition at Second League Slovak Jana Veldakova leaped to 650 in the long jump.

STOCKHOLM (SWE, Jun 17): In pre-competition programme Great Britian clocked fast 38.72 at 4x100 m with Malcolm, Pickering, Ellington and Akinees-Aryeetey. Second Russia 39.22 and third Czech Republic 39.45.

IZMIR (TUR, Jun 17): Swiss Reto Schenkel clocked fastest 100 m (10.51, +0.6) in the pre-programme at the First League. 

BENXI (CHN, Jun 17): Chinese national GP walk meet saw 16-years old Liu Xu achieving fast 42:50 in the women 10 km. Men 20 km winner was Cui Zhide in 1:24:08.

BRESSANONE (ITA, Jun 16): During Italian Junior championships excellent high jump by Gianmarco Tamberi 225 cm. In the U23 competition Michele Tumi clocked 10.35 (-0.5) at the 100 m and Federico Tontodonati 41:35.65 in the 10 000 m walk. In the women U23 5000 m walk Eleonora Anna Giorgi got 22:41.60 over Antonella Palmisano 22:53.81.

WATFORD (GBR, Jun 15): U17 athlete Jessica Judd (born 1995) achieved fast 2:02.70 at BMC races meet.

LOHJA (FIN, Jun 16): Eemeli Salomäki cleared 560 in the pole vault at the meet here.

GREENSBORO (USA, Jun 16): The 2011 New Balance Outdoor Nationals began with two record-breaking races here in Greensboro, site of the 2011 USA high school outdoor track and field championships. On the first day of competition, the boys' and girls' 5000m races took center stage as the only running finals contested on the blue track on the campus of North Carolina A&T.  Edward Cheserek, a sophomore from Newark, N.J, led the boys' race wire-to-wire, breaking the two year-old meet record in the process with 14:25.74. The girl's 5000m was a tactical affair for Wesley Frazier in 16:24.83.

TORHOUT (BEL, Jun 17): At the 32nd Nacht Van Vlaanderen Gino van Geyte won the marathon in 2:22:16, Alemitu Bekele was the best woman after 2:46:16. In the 10 km race Kenyan wins for Alfred Cherop 29:18 and Christine Chepkonga 35:46.

TOWNSVILLE (AUS, Jun 10-12): Robbie Crowther leaped to 800 (+0.5( in the long jump and Jarrod Bannister is back into 80+ shape with 81.30 in javelin.

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