Felix Sanchez, 2007 Osaka WC, photo by PhotoRun.net
Chaunte Howard, 2010 USA Outdoor, photo by PhotoRun.net
Haile aiming for Tokyo Marathon
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Legendary Haile Gebrselassie has announced during a visit to South Africa that he is considering chasing the Olympic Marathon qualifying time in Tokyo next February. Gebrselassie who failed to achieve it when dropping out of last month's BMW Berlin Marathon knows he will have to run close to two hours five minutes or even faster if he is to be picked by the Ethiopian selectors who base their choices on times rather than a qualification standard. The 38-year-old should have competed in this year's Tokyo Marathon but after a fall in training and badly bruising both his knees he was a last minute withdrawal. However it was strongly hinted at that time he would make amends by competing in the 2012 race which will take place on 26 February in the Japanese capital. His next race is Birmingham Half-Marathon on October 23.
Sanchez for 4th Pan-Am Games
SANTO DOMINGO (DOM): Headliner of Dominican Republic team for Pan Am Games will be former olympic and world gold medalist at 400 m Hurdles Felix Sanchez. He competed in last three games. Was winner in 2003 and twice fourth in 1999 and 2007.
Howard-Lowe plans indoor season
ATLANTA (USA): Full indoor season is in the plan of US high jump record holder Chaunte Howard-Lowe. After giving birth to her second child earlier this year she tried to qualify for Daegu. But it was too early (9th with 178). Now she is back in good training and hopes to jump at World Indoor Championships in Istanbul. Informs her management. At last World Indoors in Doha she won a bronze medal, her indoor best is 198 cm. Outdoors Howard-Lowe is holder of US record with 205 cm.
Europe is behind London bid
ARONA (ESP): "I am convinced that we have to be in London in 2017 and I am 100 percent behind UK Athletics' efforts to bring the World Championships back to Europe," said European Athletics President Hansjorg Wirz on the sidelines of the annual European Athletics Convention in Arona, Spain, on Thursday. "Europe is the centre of the athletics world and our athletes and fans deserve the stage London will provide. Having supported the efforts of the authorities in London to retain the track in the Olympic stadium, the IAAF must now follow through by awarding the event to justify the investment and secure the legacy of the London Games." The bid is also supported by British legends such as Jonathan Edwards, triple jump world record holder, Sally Gunnell, the 1992 Olympic Games 400m hurdles champion, Steve Cram, the 1983 World Championships 1500m winner and former world mile record holder, and Roger Black, the 1986 and 1990 European Athletics Championships 400m gold medallist. Mo Farah, 2011 European Athlete of the Year, recently joined 400m hurdles world champion David Greene, 2010 European Athletics Championships triple jump champion Phillips Idowu, and Hannah England, who won the silver medal in the 1500m at the World Championships, as an official ambassador. Informs European Athletics.
NEW YORK (USA): American road running in 2012 got a $200,000 shot in the arm today with the announcement of the new B.A.A. Distance Medley, a Boston-based race series. Officials of the Boston Athletic Association, the founders and organizers of the Boston Marathon, have decided to link three of their already popular road races --the B.A.A. 5-K, B.A.A. 10-K and B.A.A. Half-Marathon-- into a series for 2012 with the overall male and female series champions earning $100,000 each, by far the largest "grand prix" check for a series of road or track races held exclusively in the United States. The 5-K is scheduled for April 15, the 10-K for June 24, and the half-marathon for October 7. Informs RRW.
OTTAWA (CAN): The 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM), set for this Sunday October 16, will feature Canada's top marathoners such as Reid Coolsaet, Eric Gillis and Dylan Wykes. The IAAF Silver Road Race Label event is for many Canadian Olympic hopefuls the race to qualify for an Olympic spot on the Canadian team. Currently Reid Coolsaet is the only Canadian to have dipped under Athletics Canada's Olympic Games qualification time running 2:11:23 at last year's STWM.
LINZ (AUT): The outdoor meeting of Linz, Austria is returning after some years. The Gugl Gala is scheduled for August 20 and is aiming for European Athletics Classic Status. Last year when the outdoor version of Gugl was held was in 2007.
BERLIN (GER): German European junior steeplechase champion Gesa Felicitas Krause has been nominated among Germany's top 10 best junior athletes. In a break-through year Felicitas Krause took victory in Tallinn in July and then went on to become 9th at the World Championships in Daegu clocking European junior record. The award of junior athlete of the year will be award during a ceremony in which high jumper Raul Spank will co-present the awards announced leichtathletik.de.
GUADALAJARA (MEX): United States Olympic Committee (USOC) chief executive Scott Blackmun has claimed the only reason they approached the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ruling on drug cheats was because they needed some clarity on the laws. Following a joint request for arbitration filed by the IOC and the USOC, the CAS declared last week that the IOC's rule 45 or "Osaka Rule" banning any athlete serving a suspension of six months or more for doping violations from the subsequent Olympic Games was "invalid and unenforceable". "This issue was never an attack on the IOC; it was actually the complete opposite," Blackmun told insidethegames here where he is part of the USOC delegation for the 2011 Pan American Games.
LONDON (GBR): Insidethegames writes that more and more major sports events will go to emerging markets like Qatar rather than established nations in years to come. That was the prediction of sports business expert Dan Jones who said there were a whole host of nations that were unaffected by the economic crisis. Speaking at the International Sports Events Management (ISEM) conference here, Jones, Deloitte's Sports Business Group leading partner, said that traditional sports organisers were going to have to fight even harder to secure top events and prevent being ignored. Seven out 19 races in the Formula One calendar now took place in emerging markets, he pointed out, compared with only three a decade ago.
LAUSANNE (SUI): The design for the 2011 SPAR European Team Championship in Stockholm in June has been voted as the second best design at the Swedish Design Award in the Identity Print Profile category reports European Athletics. Martin Reintz, the design artist for Stockholm 2011 has been involved with athletics design for a number of years. In the past he has made inspirational designs for the DN Galan Diamond League meeting and more notably the 2006 European Athletics Championship in Göteborg.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): USA Track & Field announced the release of the competition schedule for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials that will take place June 21 to July 1. The first official U.S. Olympic Trials event begins on the evening of Thursday June 21, with a special edition of the men's and women's hammer throw at the Nike Campus in Beaverton. Friday will be the first full day of action with a rest day on Tuesday and Wednesday. Special community events, including an all-comers meet hosted by the Oregon Track Club, will give fans a chance to compete at Hayward Field's hallowed grounds on the non-competition days. The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be broadcast on NBC and its affiliates.
LONDON (GBR): British disgraced sprinter Dwain Chambers wants to run at next year's Olympic Games. The sprinter and his manager, Siza Agha, made that clear during a talk they gave to the pupils at Hillview Secondary school in Tonbridge. However, Chambers is in a stand-off with the British Olympic Association, which is sticking with its bylaw that bans him and other drugs offenders from competing. Agha said that he and Chambers were hoping an "amicable solution" can be reached, but stressed that "the resolution which we would ideally want is that Dwain would run in the Olympics. We make no disguise about that. Dwain would love to run in the Olympics and I would love to see him there. I think it would be good for British sport for that to happen" he was quoted by The Guardian.
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican singer Nadine Sutherland has been receiving quite of bit of buzz for her track 'Cougar' since Yohan Blake won the IAAF World Championships in Daegu. The track 'Cougar', speaks to the phenomenon of older women partnering with much younger men in intimate relations.In the video, Blake along with former national footballer Fabian Davis and male model Marlon Birbridge are the objects of attention by cougars including Sutherland, who declares in the single that she's "not a Cougar, but know a lot about it." So far, the video for the track released last year has nearly 20,000 page views on YouTube, reports The Jamaica Observer.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): For the third year in a row, track and field fans have the opportunity to help select the annual Jesse Owens Awards winners. In the women's category main contenders are world champions Lashinda Demus, Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter, Jenny Simpson and Brittney Reese. The men's list is also stars studded with Walter Dix, Ashton Eaton, Ryan Hall, Trey Hardee, Bernard Lagat, Dwight Phillips and Jason Richardson. The honors going to the sport's top athletes of the year is selected by a vote from both the media and online fan balloting.This year's awards will be presented December 3 at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held in conjunction with USA Track & Field's 2011 Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.
WASHINGTON (USA): Allyson Felix, as part of of the President's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, will join President Barack Obama and a Presidential Delegation to Mexico to attend the Opening Ceremony of the XVI Pan American Games on October 14 reported the White House in a release.
BELGRADE (SRB): This years edition of well known road race "Through History" in Belgrade was not held this year due to financial and organisational difficulties. It was planned inititaly for this week.
JAEN (ESP, Oct 12): European U23 steeple champion Sebastian Martos won the 24th edition of Manuel Pancorbo road mile in 4:32.8. In the women race first place for Ethiopian Firehiwot Goshu in 5:16.5.