Paula Radcliffe to have surgery, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Radcliffe_PaulaWide-Berlin11.JPGPaula Radcliffe, 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Paula Radcliffe finished third in the BMW Berlin Marathon this past Sunday. Afterwards, she admitted that she was not really happy with the marathon, but she would take a rest and then, start training for London. Paula Radcliffe will have surgery on her left ankle this week, to remove a bone spur. After that, Radcliffe will focus on London.

I had a conversation this morning with a friend who was noting that Paula Radcliffe did pretty well in Berlin. He also made this observation: " Paula Radcliffe can medal in London, perhaps even win. She just has to stay out of the lead for the first 35k, and then make those last seven kilometers count, like never before. " London 2012 will be her focus.

 Makau_PatrickFVWR1a-Berlin11.jpgPatrick Makau, 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

 

MAKAU LEADS WMM

BERLIN (GER): It was Kenya's day at the BMW Berlin Marathon today as Patrick Makau broke Haile Gebrselassie's world record to leap to the top of the 2010/11 World Marathon Majors standings while Florence Kiplagat moved to fifth on the women's leaderboard as she became only the 11th women to break the 2:20 barrier. Makau leads the WMM 2010-11 with 60 points and remaining races in Chicago and New York. Second Emmanuel Mutai has 55 and third Tsegaye Kebede 41 ahead of Geoffrey Mutai 40 and Gebre Gebremariam 35.  Russian Liliya Shobukhova still leads the women's 2010/11 series with 65 points, five ahead of New York champion Edna Kiplagat and 30 more than London winner Mary Keitany. Fourth Bezunesh Bekele has 30 and four runners with 25 points (F. Kiplagat, Kebede, Erkesso and Kilel).

 

PROOF FOR KENYANS

BERLIN (GER): If further proof were needed of the ascendancy of Kenyan distance running over their perennial rivals, the Ethiopians, notwithstanding the substantial inconvenience offered by the likes of Mo Farah, Bernard Lagat and Galen Rupp on the track, and Ryan Hall on the road, then it came with this weekend's results from the BMW Berlin Marathon. A world record by Patrick Makau, who won (from two colleagues) by over four minutes, while prompting the abandonment of world record holder Haile Gebrselassie; and a first-time marathon finish and victory for his compatriot Florence Kiplagat, who won by two and a half minutes from, admittedly ageing luminaries as Marathon Majors' winner Irina Mikitenko, and world record holder Paula Radcliffe. There have been fast Kenyans in the past, notably Duncan Kibet, who ran 2.04.27 in Rotterdam 2009, then lined up alongside Gebrselassie here in Berlin five months later, only to be blown away. Makau is made of sterner stuff, as anyone who saw his Berlin victory last year, in a downpour, would testify. Yesterday's demolition job, first of Geb, then of his world record, merely underlined Makau's strength. But he has a racing brain to go with it. Like many Kenyans brought up in country communities, Makau is not the most demonstrative of characters; but as well as having the build to withstand long fast training, he thinks tactically. His manager Zane Branson reports that, after his first two marathons, Makau told him that his opponents could now recognise that he tended to follow, then finish strong, telling Branson, "I'm going to have to change that". If there was any sense at Athletics Kenya HQ, Makau would be inked onto a squad sheet for London 2012 right now. But, given that ascendancy referred to earlier, at least among the men, perhaps the Kenyan 'suits' are waiting for better. And Makau himself did tell us post-race that he wasn't the only man capable of going sub-2.03. "Preparing for the Olympic marathon would be different to the big city races such as Berlin. Firstly, there are no pacemakers so, if I am selected, I think I would train a little differently to how I prepared for Berlin. Here I knew I was preparing to run against the world record holder. In the Olympics it would be different," Makau was quoted. Writes Pat Butcher.

 

LONDON LEADS

BUDAPEST (HUN): London still leads the All-Athletics.com marathon rankings of 2011 after last weekend with 10 728 points, Berlin is second 10 098 and Boston third 9946. In separate men order London has 6537 ahead of Boston 6335 and Berlin 6207. Women top three are London 6616 over Dubai 6247 and Berlin 6186.

 

TOUGH SELECTION

NAIROBI (KEN): Athletics Kenya said the selection of the marathon team for next year's London Olympics would be extremely difficult considering the number of elite runners who have qualified. Over 50 women and 150 men, led by the new world record holder Patrick Makau, have attained the marathon qualifying marks. But with only three places in each category up for grabs, the Kenyan selectors conceded they will be spoilt for choice when the final team is named next April. "It will be a stiff competition to pick the final squad. We will have to take into account their ranking, performance and consistency to get the best," Athletics Kenya secretary David Okeyo told AFP.

 

AFRICAN CHAMPS 2014 IN MOROCCO

RABAT (MAR): As part of his official visit to Morocco, the President of the CAA Malboum Kalkaba Hamad held talks with Minister of Youth and Sports of Morocco Moncef Belkhayat. This interview took place in the presence of Mr Abdeslam Ahizoune, President of the Royal Moroccan Athletics Federation and focused on the organization of African Athletics Championships in Morocco in 2014. It was confirmed aftewards the 19th African Championships will be held in 2014 in Morocco. The bid to host in the same year the 2014 IAAF Intercontinental Cup offers itself "an opportunity for Africa to host this major event on the international calendar", said the President of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), Cameroonian Hamad Kalkaba Malboum. "The five members representing Africa in the board of the IAAF executive body will support the Moroccan bid," not in competition with any other country " to convince the other members Board to bring their choice for the second time on our continent, "said Kalkaba Malboum. It should be remembered that Johannesburg, South Africa had hosted this event under its old formula (World Cup) in 1998.

 

RADCLIFFE FOR SURGERY

LONDON (GBR): Paula Radcliffe will undergo surgery to remove a bone spur from her left ankle this week, before she gets her preparations for the London Olympics fully underway. Radcliffe reached the qualifying standard for next year's Olympic Games with her run at the weekend's Berlin Marathon. While the performance was encouraging as she looks towards next summer, she has now revealed that she will have to undergo surgery to solve what could otherwise become a painful problem.

 

HAILE FOR DUBAI

BERLIN (GER): Ethiopian athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie will not entertain thoughts of retiring and will focus instead on qualifying for next year's Olympics, his manager told AFP on Sunday. The 38-year-old two-time 10,000m Olympic champion failed to finish the Berlin Marathon on Sunday and saw his world record destroyed by Kenyan Patrick Makau. "He wants to run another marathon and this could well be in Dubai on January 27, 2012" said Hermens while he added that Gebrselassie had suffered from breathing problems during the race which forced him to pull out at the 35km mark.

 

 

 

OTHER NEWS

 

 

WIESBADEN (GER): Hammer world record holder Betty Heidler was named Sports Woman of the Year in the Hesse state. She won this award already for the fourth time. Michael Deyhle was voted Coach of the Year and is also the coach of Heidler.

 

LONDON (GBR): The British Olympic Association (BOA) Board of Directors have reviewed and approved the Team Members Agreement which sets out the rules governing athletes' conduct and obligations if selected to represent Team GB the London 2012 Olympic Games.  The 25-page document was developed during an extensive consultation process that lasted more than six months and included review and input from the BOA Athletes' Commission as well as representatives from the National Governing Bodies, the Olympic sport team leaders and athlete representatives/agents. It requests athletes to take part in two victory celebrations - one two days after the Olympics Closing Ceremony on August 14 at the O2 Arena in London and an athletes' parade in the city on September 10 - the day after the conclusion of the London 2012 Paralympics. There is also a demand for all athletes to participate in one "fundraising event organised by the BOA in the period between the end of the [London] Games and the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro." However, two requests were dropped during the consultation process. The first requested all team members to participate in a major team launch on May 11 next year shortly before the start of the Olympics and the second for them to attend a VIP sponsors' dinners during London 2012. Writes insidethegames.

 

ORLANDO (USA): US sprinting record holder Tyson Gay has signed a deal with Abbott's EAS Sports Nutrition brand to serve as an ambassador for the EAS new 100% Certified program. Through the 100% Certified program, EAS said that all its sports nutrition products are "banned substance tested" by industry-leading, independent, laboratories and marked with a "tested and true" seal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Other members of Team EAS include Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers, golfer Charles Howell III and extreme athletes Sam Tickle and Mark Weir.

 

FLAGSTAFF (USA): Former high jump world champion and Olympian Troy Kemp of Bahamas has joined the NAU track and field coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2011-12 season, head coach Eric Heins announced. Kemp, who competed for Boise State from 1987-88, comes to NAU after spending the past 10 years coaching on the club and high school levels in Boise, Idaho. Informs azdailysun.

 

EINDHOVEN (NED): Dutch marathoner Luc Krotwaar wants to buy Lornah Kiplagat's training center in Iten, Kenya. Krotwaar is aiming to construct a professional marathon team and sees the training centre as an ideal training base to prepare for a marathon according to ed.nl.

 

BERLIN (GER): The Hypomeeting in Götzis was this year again the strongest competition in the IAAF Combined events series. With a total of 117.800 points the Hypomeeting was stonger than Ratingen (115.030) , Talence (114.684) and Kladno (113.113).  The IAAF World Championships scored a total of 119.104 points writes leichtathletik.de. This scores are based on the results only. In the All-Athletics.com rankings (results and quality of participants) from the combined events meetings Gotzis has 10 402 ahead of Talence 10 092 and Kladno 9929 with Ratingen 9588.

 

PORT OF SPAIN (TRI): 1984 Olympian Ali St. Louis (52) died in vehicular crash on Sunday night near his home in D'Abadie. St. Louis competed in the men's 400 m heats at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and was part of the 4x400m silver relay run at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1986. St. Louis was also a IAAF Level Five Middle/Long Distance and Race Walking coach and also a starter at track meets reports trackalerts.com.

 

LAUSANNE (SUI): The organizers of the European Jumps and Hurdles Symposium, part of the European Athletics Coaching Summit Series, have announced their line-up of international expert speakers. Peter Beek (NED), Benke Blomkvist (SWE), Frans Bosch (NED), Torbjörn Eriksson (SWE), Tapani Keränen (FIN), Lars Nielsen (DEN), Dan Pfaff (USA) and Gary Winckler (USA) have all confirmed their participation in the event. The theme of the conference is technical skills. The speakers will present their views regarding key technical elements, how to develop and change technique and how they put the elements into practice in the planning process reports European Athletics.

 

KINGSTON (JAM): Coach Glen Mills pointed out for trackalerts.com that statements made by Asafa Powell earlier this year have been a great motivation for Yohan Blake. Powell had spoken up about Blake stating that 'this is a big man thing, not a boy thing'. Mills said on KLAS Radio: "I found it amusing. It was uncharacteristic of the gentleman, but its part of the sport and part of what makes it interesting. I'm sure it had more effect on Yohan than but it was a good motivating point for him to prove himself."

 

KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt has finished a successful promotional tour for his sponsor Digicel. Digicel and Usain Bolt have been partners since 2004 and Usain has featured in all of the company's major campaigns during that period. This time, Usain and Digicel took their campaign to the French West Indies islands, Martinique and Guadeloupe. Bolt traveled to the islands and met with Digicel staff and conducted a number of television and radio interviews.

 

NASSAU (BAH): Veteran sprinter Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie is not ready to retire from the sport yet. Ferguson-McKenzie said to The Tribune she has a lot more into her tank before she will call it quits and is looking forward to running at least until 2013.  "If the 100 doesn't work out, then I will just continue to focus on the 200 and the relay. But I think the future is all positive for me, so I might as well go for it." Ferguson-McKenzie was quoted.

 

BRYANSK (RUS): Russian 1500 m champion Yekaterina Martynova married Yevgeniy Sharmin who is also national championships medalist in the 800 m.   

 

MOSCOW (RUS): IAAF informs that an IAAF delegation led by Senior-Vice President Bob Hersh, paid a site visit to Moscow's impressive Luzhniki stadium. The stadium will be the venue for the 14th edition of the IAAF World Championships, which will take place from 10 to 18 August 2013. The Luzhniki stadium is the centre piece of the Olympic Complex of Luzhniki, which is one of the biggest sporting complexes in the world and most famously hosted the 1980 Olympic Games. Senior-Vice President Hersh was accompanied on the site visit by his fellow Technical Delegates Bill Bailey and IAAF Technical Committee Chairman Jorge Salcedo, with IAAF Competitions Director Paul Hardy and Competitions Dept Senior Manager Carlo de Angeli composing the rest of the delegation.

 

 

 

STATS

 

 

BERLIN (GER):  With WR of 2:03:38 by Makau, his top 5 average is now 2:05:07, second behind Haile's top 5 average of 2:04:57. Makau's top 3 average since 2008 is now 2:04:31, second behind Mutai's 2:04:22 (including 2:03:02 from Boston).  Berlin's top 10 average is now 2:04:55, ahead of Rotterdam marathon, with the average of 2:05:07. It is now the fastest marathon in the world under this criteria. Makau now has two sub-2:05 marathon, and four sub-2:06 marathon, both second behind Haile Gebrselassie. Kiplagat became the 11th women to crack 2:20 for the marathon.  As a 24 years old, Kiplagat is the youngest to crack 2:20 barrier. Kiplagat became the third women (after Radcliffe and Sun Yingjie) to crack both 2:20 marathon and 30:30 10 000 m. Kiplagat became the second runner with sub 2:20 this year, first time more than one runner broke 2:20 in a season since 2006.  The record is three in 2003.  Mikitenko ran fastest marathon as 39 years old. In fact, she ran fastest marathon for anyone over (but not including) 37years old.  Kari Steinn Karlsson set a national record for Iceland in his debut at the distance (2:17:12 ).  He ran for UCLA. Italian steeplechaser Stefano Scaini paced his wife, Anna Incerti, to her 2:25:32 PB. Scaini ran 2:25:46. Twenty of the top-25 women set personal bests. Gabriela Traña set a national record of 2:38:22 for Costarica. From Ken Nakamura and David Monti.

 

 

 

RESULTS

 

 

TOWNSVILLE (AUS, Sep 25): Veronica Torr of New Zealand scored good 5637 points in heptathlon, her new personal best.

 

ST. PETERSBURG (RUS, Sep 25): Ukrainian Oleksandr Borisyuk won the Kazankina road mile in 4:15.5 ahead of Aleksey Popov 4:17.8. Oksana Belyakova as best woman achieved 4:58.0.

 

ST. PETERSBURG (RUS, Sep 25): Andrey Karpin won the 30 km road race from Pushkin to St. Petersburg in 1:34:17 ahead of Sergey Lukin 1:34:22. Top woman Lyubov Morgunova clocked 1:49:48.

 

KUALA LUMPUR (MAS, Sep 24): Best result at Malaysian Open Meeting with athletes from 10 countries was the long jump 652 by Yuliya Tarasova of Uzbekistan.

 

BEYROUTH (LEB, Sep 23-25): The West Asian Youth Championships were held last weekend with athletes from 13 countries.  Mustafa Ammar Shaheen from Iraq semi-finalist at  World Youth 2011, improved his PB from 53.67 to 51.58 and   was surprising winner over silver medalist from Lille Saleh Ibrahim Mohammad of Saudi Arabia with 52.29 in the 400 m hurdles. In high jump Muammer Aissa Barshim of Qatar (brother of World Junior Champion 2010) improved his PB  by 2 cm to 208 cm.

 

WREXHAM (GBR, Sep 25): Improvement in javelin at open meet here for Mervyn Luckwell to 82.92 and then 83.52, the best by a British athlete since 2006.

 

NARUTO (JPN, Sep 25): Fast sprints but wind-aided from Japanese Corporate Championships. Naoki Tsukahara posted 10.27 (+2.8) in men´s 100 m and Momoko Takahashi 11.42 (+3.2) in women´s race. Ayako Kimura was more lucky in the women 100 m hurdles with 13.25 aided by +1.7.

 

RAGUSA (ITA, Sep 24): Diamond Race winner Imane Merga won the 20th Memorial Peppe Greco road race at cobblestones with 28:37.8 clearly at 10 km ahead of Kenyans Edwin Soi (28:48.4) and Thomas Longosiwa (28:45.4). Sylvia Kibet was the best in women 7 km in 24:35.9 ahead of Moroccan Myriam Selsouli (24:36.8). From RRW.

 

BOGOTA (COL, Sep 25): Ethiopian Belainesh Gebre competed at 5th Carrera La Mujer (12 km) as her final tune-up before the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  The 2010 Honolulu Marathon winner had only Kenyan 10-K record holder Joyce Chepkirui with her after the first of three 4 km laps, but opened up a 30 second gap after the second lap (26:56).  She would run the rest of the race alone to record a course record 40:46. Second Chepkirui clocked 41:51 and third Emily Chebet 42:06. From RRW.

 

MONTREAL (CAN, Sep 25): Kenyan Luka Chelimo clocked new course record at Marathon Oasis de Montreal with 2:13:45. Also new event best in women category for Serkalem Biset Abrha of Ethiopia 2:33:21.

 

DOMAZLICE (CZE, Sep 24): Fine javelin throwing at the end of the season by Jan Zelezny boys. Jakub Vadlejch improved his season best to 84.08 (his second best ever) ahead of Daegu fourth placer Vitezslav Vesely (83.18) and Petr Frydrych (79.38). Vesely also competed in Prostejov the day after and achieved 77.64 m.

 

GUANAJUATO (MEX, Sep 25): Kenyan Hillary Kimaiyo won the marathon here in 2:14:50, best woman Jessica Patricia Rodriguez achieved 2:49:01.

 

BEOGRAD (SRB, Sep 25): Talented European junior champion Amela Terzic won the 12th women´s run in Beograd with 26:04.17. Second Teodora Simovic 26:57.08 and third Sonja Stolic 27:24.86.

 

ELDORET (KEN, Sep 25) Moses Kigen beat a strong field over 1000 runners to win the third edition of Eldoret Peace race. The third placer from last NYC Marathon clocked 44:10 in the 15 km. His training mate John Mutai trailed him all the way to finish second in 44:40. In the women's category, little known Fridah Chelanga won in 48:16.

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