Paula Radcliffe to be first GB athlete selected for 2012, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Paula Radcliffe, 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

This has been a great week for Paula Radcliffe. Earlier in the week, the IAAF announced that her 2:15:25 would rightly be the World record, and on Thursday, it was announced that Paula would be the first GB athlete named to the AVIVA GB team for London 2012 in the sport of athletics!

KOZMUS AND RATEJ

LJUBLJANA (SLO): Slovenian Athletes of the Year 2011 are hammer world bronze medalist Primoz Kozmus and javelin record holder and Daegu 7th placer Martina Ratej. It was announced during a special celebration evening hosted by Slovenian Athletics Federation. Second was mountain runner Mitja Kosovelj and third high jumper Rozle Prezelj. In women ranking second place for triple jumper Snezana Rodic and third pole vaulter Tina Sutej. Coaches of the year are Marjan Ogorevc (Kozmus) and Andrej Hajnsek (Ratej). Best club of 2011 is Mass Ljubljana.

 

RADCLIFFE TO BE SELECTED

LONDON (GBR): Daily Mail informs that marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe will have the honour of being the first British athlete chosen to compete in next year's London Games. Chief coach Charles van Commenee confirmed that Radcliffe is certain to be chosen when the selection of marathon runners is made early next month. It will be her fifth games after Atlanta, Sydney (on the track) and Athens and Beijing (on the road).

 

BUBKA CONGRATULATES LONDON

MONTE CARLO (MON): Legendary pole vaulter and IAAF Vice President Sergey Bubka congratulated London which has been awarded the right to host 2017 IAAF World Championships. „There was a long road for London to this victory with two previous unsuccessful bids. Today, the time is right. They truly deserve to stage the IAAF World Championships. I congratulate London and the whole bid team led by my colleague Seb Coe for a well done job. Today's victory as well as Beijing 2015 shows us what Olympic legacy really means. Thanks to Olympics our sport received two fascinating venues in two fascinating cities used for the greatest athletics event. I'm sure that 2017 IAAF World Championships at the 2012 Olympic Stadium will give a powerful boost to athletics in the UK."

 

ELECTION DETAILS FROM JAMAICA

KINGSTON (JAM): TrackAlerts informs that it took a vote-off at executive meeting to decide on Dr. Warren Blake's presidency of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), at least for the next year. Under the JAAA constitution, if the President dies, a successor would have to be identified at least 10 days before an Annual General Meeting (AGM) is called and in this case, one is set for the 29th of November. This means, on Monday night, directed by the constitution, any member of the council could have offered himself or herself for the top post as unlike other associations the first vice president doesn't automatically take the reins. 1976 Olympic 200m champion Donald Quarrie, a council member, nominated Dr. Blake and Judith Ewart put up Grace Jackson, the 1988 Seoul Olympic 200m silver medalist and first vice president for seven years. In the end, the 15 (voting) members who were in attendance at the meeting voted and Dr. Blake came out on top - 12 votes to 3. The co-opted members, all of whom were in attendance, are without voting powers. This is now settled until the next voting AGM set for November 2012, as it was agreed that no challenge would be forthcoming on November 29. The constitution states if there were to be a challenge, a resolution would have to be passed. Quarrie was the lone nominee to replace Dr. Blake as second vice president. Grace Jackson is so 1st Vice President. In the Management Committee from former top athletes Bertland Cameron and new co-opted member is former sprinter Juliet Cuthbert.

 

 

 

VELENJE NEWS

 

 

PRAGUE (CZE): Czech Athletics Federation named four athletes for the European CC Championships on December 11 in Velenje, Slovenia. Milan Kocourek will compete in the men´s race. In the U23 races Lucie Sekanova and Jakub Bajza and in the junior boys race Petr Kaminski.

 

BRUSSEL (BEL): Belgian Jeroen D'Hoedt is unlikely to run at the Lotto Cross Cup race in Roeselare on November 27. The race is a selection race for the Belgian team at the European Cross Country championships in December where D'Hoedt was hoping to win a medal in the U23 race according to Het Nieuwsblad.

 

DARMSTADT (GER): The course of the Darmstadt cross country race on Sunday November 20 has been changed. After 26 years the race moves to southern Darmstadt where, according to organizers, the infrastructure is much better. This weekend's race is a selection race for Germany's team at the European cross country championships

 

 

 

OTHER NEWS

 

 

MANCHESTER (GBR): The British favourite 10k running event, the Bupa Great Manchester Run, will celebrate its tenth staging on Sunday May 20th 2012 when 40,000 runners descend on the streets of the city. First held in May 2003 as a legacy event following the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the Bupa Great Manchester Run has developed into a weekend festival of running, including mini and junior events and the Great CityGames, where Deansgate is transformed into a sprint track to host the fastest runners on the planet.  Organised by Nova International in partnership with Manchester City Council, over a quarter of a million people have entered the event since 10,000 people first took to the streets in 2003  Approximately 25,000 runners of all abilities have already entered for 2012. Organizers are informing in a release.

 

WILLEMSTAD (NED): Sprinter Brian Mariano has visited Dutch Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte to discuss the 2012 season. Mariano confirmed that he wants to race over 60m at the IAAF World indoor championships and is also preparing to compete in Helsinki at the European championships before heading to London for the Olympic Games. Schotte also discussed with Mariano the fact that he now runs under the Dutch flag reports versgeperst.com.

 

PRETORIA (RSA): Former 1500m world record holder Sydney Maree has been convicted to five years in a South African prison. Maree, who ran for the United States because of the Apartheid regime in South Africa, reportedly laundered money. Maree had disappeared earlier this year but his family now knows that he is staying in a Pretoria prison and is healthy. A group of family, friends and consultants are claiming that Maree has been convicted without proper charges and a trial reports losseveter.nl.

 

SCARBOROUGH (TRI): World Championships women's 100m bronze medalist Kelly Ann Baptiste, said in an interview with trackalerts that the Junior Carifta Games have defined her career. "Making my first team has had the biggest impact on my career in terms of where I saw myself, where I wanted to be, it defined my career. I was not exposed to that level of athletics until I went to the Carifta Games." Baptiste also said that she is preparing for the Olympic Games in the same way as other years and hopes to win a medal when in London.

 

SAN DIEGO (USA): Competitor Group (CGI) announced that the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series will officially add a half-marathon in Dublin, Ireland to its schedule of events in 2012. CGI has reached a partnership with Athletics Ireland to launch the inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon, which is expected to attract more than 10,000 participants and is currently scheduled for Monday, August 6, 2012.

 

KAMPALA (UGA): Former steeple world champion Dorcus Inzikuru is plotting another return to the big stage after getting injured and canceling her comeback earlier this year. "I am returning stronger than you have seen me in recent years," Inzikuru said in an interview with Daily Monitor. Inzikuru added that she wants to win international medals again and wants to compete in the London Olympic Games.

 

LONDON (GBR): Colin Moynihan has declared the British Olympic Association (BOA) will "vigorously defend" its selection policy in the face of a challenge from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The matter will be taken before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in order to secure clarification over the BOA's position of a lifetime ban for drug cheats. WADA wrote to the BOA last month requesting the matter be taken before CAS, a suggestion that was ignored. A second letter arrived from WADA in the last 48 hours outlining a legal position that is strongly disputed by the BOA, which has now agreed to seek a judgement from CAS according to Scotsman.com.

 

LONDON (GBR): New book about Usain Bolt will be published next week in Britain. The Story of the World's Fastest Man is the title. This book shows, the 6ft 5in tall Bolt is by no means an overnight sensation. His almost freak-like talents have been carefully honed and nurtured over almost a decade, ever since he took the 200 meters gold medal at the 2002 World Junior Championships, which made him the competition's youngest-ever gold medallist at 16. Award-winning athletics writer Steven Downes, a former editor of Athletics Weekly, has followed the Jamaican since his global debut.

 

MONTEVIDEO (URU): Uruguay´s fastest sprinter Heber Viera retired at age of 32. An emotional tribute was staged last weekend for him. His national records are from 1999 (10.15 at 100 m) and 2002 (20.46 at 200 m). He competed at Olympic Games and World Championships and won several South American and Ibero-American medals and titles.

 

ACCRA (GHA): US sports equipment maker Saucony will provide kits for Ghana's national team at the 2012 African Championships and Olympic Games.

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