Trey Hardee's surgery a success, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Trey Hardee, 2011 WC, Decathlon, gold, photo by

Trey Hardee, decathlon deity, had surgery on his elbow, after a last throw in javelin at the World Champs decathlon caused some major pain and damage. He blew the ACL in his elbow, and has had surgery on it, which was successful. Watch for the two time Decathlon World Champion to be ready for London 2012. 




FRANKFURT (GER): Strong Ethiopian and Kenyan competitors have been added to the women's field of the BMW Frankfurt Marathon, which will see its 30th edition on 30th October. Merima Mohammed, Mamitu Daska, Fate Tola and Agnes Kiprop will feature in Germany's second major marathon race. Five weeks after the Berlin race, organisers of the BMW Frankfurt Marathon expect a record entry of about 14,000 runners and similar high-class results as seen last Sunday in the capital. So far organisers of the BMW Frankfurt Marathon had announced a number of European women elite runners, who will compete at the jubilee edition. Among them were Germany's Sabrina Mockenhaupt (winner of Frankfurt in 2008/PB: 2:26:21), Liz Yelling (Great Britain/2:28:33), Aniko Kalovics (Hungary/2:29:04), Kirsten Melkevik (Norway/2:29:12), Susanne Hahn (Germany/2:29:26) and Andrea Mayr (Austria/2:30:43). Organizers are informing in a release.



NAIROBI (KEN): The new World Marathon record holder Patrick Makau says he's satisfied with his season that winning the World Marathon Majors title "will just be a bonus" to him. Makau moved to the top of the WMM standings with 60 points after he shattered Haile Gebrselassie's 2008 World record by 21 seconds with a new time of 2:03:38 at Berlin Marathon on Sunday. "My aim in Berlin was to break the world record and then target the Olympic Games. The rest, like winning the WMM, will come as a bonus to me," said Makau. "There is still Chicago Marathon and New York City Marathon to go and anything can happen since Emmanuel is in contention with only five points separating us." Writes The Nation.



LONDON (GBR): The Independent writes that CAS is to rule next week on a case between the US Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee that could yet open the way for sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Millar to compete at the London Olympics. The CAS had been expected to give its decision this week but will now issue a binding judgement next Thursday.



KINGSTON (JAM): MVP Track Club has admitted there are areas of concern within the group and thus would be moving to make corrections. The club made the revelation in a statement to the media on Wednesday, on the heels of several athletes departing the UTech-based Club in recent times. "We recognize and acknowledge that there are areas in which we can improve the general and specific methods of operation for our group and will continue a process of introspection and renewal, with the continued pursuit of building better Jamaican athletes," the club said in a statement. Writes Track Alerts.



DAEGU (KOR): The final number of spectators at IAAF World Championships in Korea was 446 305 nearing the 500 000 which was achieved in Berlin two years ago. But for a country with not that big tradition in athletics this is a impressive figure. The best day was the first day Saturday August 27 evening with 46 123 spectators followed by last evening Sunday September 4 with 35 194. From the morning sessions the best was Friday September 2 with 32 562 spectators.



LONDON (GBR): British long jumper JJ Jegede at a launch event for the Mini London 2012 Edition in the capital, the England champion sailed six meters over the roofs of the three cars. Hopefully the Minis were covered by car insurance in case JJ didn't make the distance and damaged the paint work, or worse. He said afterwards that he was relieved the challenge went off without a hitch, although the distance he was required to clear was far short of the personal best of 8.04 meters he achieved this year at UK Trials in Birmingham. UK media are informing.







BERLIN (GER) : With the advice of the German athletics association (DLV) NAsport will help with adjusting the rules and regulations for materials used in Athletics. The aim is to make sure no athletes get injured or hurts himself because of the use of certain implements. A first congress concerning this topic will be held in March 2012 in Berlin writes


LONDON (GBR): Haile Gebrselassie has called on London 2012 officials to consider the needs of marathon runners and bring forward the start time of the race at next year's Olympic Games in London. The Ethiopian said the proposed start time of 11am "was not good" and interfered with the normal routine of marathon athletes, who are used to very early starts. "Nine in the morning is better for my routine," he told Telegraph Sport.


TORONTO (CAN): Ethiopian Koren Yal is this year again the favourite for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on 16 October. The 24 year old finished fourth last year in a time of 2:24.32 but hopes to break the barrier of 2:24 in this year edition of this IAAF Silver Label Road Race. "My fitness and preparation has been better than last year," she said for the IAAF.


AUSTIN (USA): World decathlon champion Trey Hardee had successful surgery on the ACL in his right elbow. Hardee hurt himself in his last javelin throw at the world championships, knowing that he needed a big throw to win the gold medal. Once Hardee returned check-ups showed the ACL was fully blown and surgery was needed. Hardee will be able to throw in competitions as soon as April 2012 and keeps his goal of winning the 2012 Olympic Games.


AMSTERDAM (NED): Zimbabwe track and field star Ngonidzashe Makusha missed the 10th All-Africa Games in Mozambique, because of fatigue after a tough season, his Dutch agent Caroline Feith clarified. Makusha was supposed to fly straight to Mozambique after the IAAF World Championships in Daegu but did not show for the Games reports News Day.


EDINBURGH (GBR): Martin Mathathi and Lucy Kabuu winners of their respective titles at the recent bupa Great North Run on Tyneside will chase further victories in the sister event in Edinburgh on 2 October. The pair of Kenyan's immediately signed up for the bupa Great Edinburgh Run after scoring phenomenal victories in the World's biggest half marathon race from Newcastle to South Shields. Now the duo who have remained in Teddington, West London, to prepare for their next outing are looking for repeat performances in the 10 kilometers road race, a distance over which they rank amongst the best in the world. Mathathi will face fellow Kenyan John Kelai last year's Commonwealth Games marathon champion while Spain will be represented by former European 10,000 silver medallist Chema Martinez and Ayad Lamdassem who finished second at the European Cross Country last December. Former World 5,000 bronze medallist Craig Mottram carries ther hopes of Australia while Finn Jussi Utrianen of Finland second in this year's Great Ireland Run will also be in the impressive field. Kabuu is in a line up which includes fellow countrywoman and 2010 Commonwealth Games Marathon champion Irene Jerotich while Poland's former Olympic 1,500 finalist Anna Jakubczak will step up in distance. Helen Clitheroe the winner of the bupa Great Manchester Run in May and an outstanding fifth on her half marathon debut on Tyneside heads the British challengers. Kenyan Brimin Kipruto the Olympic steeplechase champion has pulled out of the event after picking up and injury at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. Organizers are informing.


DAKAR (SEN): The African Athletics Confederation did its own ranking of one day meetings (based on five best men and women results) and has Rabat with 11 808 as first ahead of Brazzaville 11 692 and Dakar 11 570. According to IAAF scoring tables the best results achieved on the circuit in Africa in 2011 were the 400 m hurdles of Vania Stambolova (53.68) in Rabat on the women side and best male results was the 21.75 shot put by Dylan Armstrong in Tangier. In the rankings the best is Rabat with 84 608 (26th in the world) ahead of Dakar 81 604 (42nd) and Brazzaville 79 140 (71st).


LONDON (GBR): Athletics Weekly writes that showing off the scars on her ankle from the career-threatening fractures she endured earlier this year, 2008 World Junior Champion Stephanie Twell made a successful return to racing last weekend with the eighth fastest split of the day at the Aldershot and South of England Road Relays. The 22-year-old's career looked to be in shreds in January when she broke her ankle in three places while leading a cross country race in Belgium. "I remember lying down and looking at my leg and I could see the bone underneath the skin at an odd angle," she said of her injury. "It was a spiral fracture, diagonally up the bone, with a shard broken o? at the back." She clocked 13:03, the eighth best time of the day and the fifth best in her Aldershot, Farnham & District team. She now plans to go to Kenya in November with the UKA squad and then race at the European cross country trials in Liverpool in late November. She is, she believes, also still on course to compete for Britain in the 1500m at the 2012 Olympics, followed by the 5000m in 2016 and the marathon in 2020.


NEW YORK (USA): Citi is the official bank sponsor of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams and U.S. Olympic Committee. August marked a year out Tour leading up to the London Games. Beijing 4th placer and reigning U.S. Olympic Trials Pole Vault Champ, Derek Miles will participate in celebrating with a flag raising event in Sioux Falls on October 6 and share his Olympic experience with Citibank employees and community. Miles is a two time Olympian and current U.S. Champion in 2011. He is a world finalist from Daegu with season best of 572 cm.


BRUSSELS (BEL): Almost 11,000 runners will participate in the 8th edition of the Brussels Marathon & Half Marathon, on Sunday, 2 October. The participation figure will be a new record.


ATHENS (GRE): National athletics federation of Greece SEGAS is in difficulties. The board of athletics federation has decided to convene an extraordinary general meeting of club members on October 28 due to cuts in funding from the state. The general assembly will decide the ways in which the federation will react, and suggests that it is possible to suspend its operation when the decisions of the Ministry of Finance (cutting the finances by 40%) will not be changed.







BEIJING (CHN): In the item about Beijing Marathon one of the favorites Kenyan Peter Kamais won the 2010 edition of NYC Half-Marathon, not in 2011.

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