RBR is heading out to the Nike Border Clash, the battle for cross country supremacy between the high school cross country stars of Washington and Oregon. The event, now, in its 13th year, was founded by John Truax and Josh Rowe, and has been one of the key cross country events for us each year. Always held on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Nike gives it some real attention and the gods of weather have given it real Oregon early winter weather for the 4,000 to 4,250 meter course. The race is held November 20, on the Nike campus in Beaverton, Oregon. If you are nearby, get there, as it is a sight to see!
BOLT THINKS ABOUT 2017
LONDON (GBR): BBC informs that Athlete of the Year Usain Bolt confirmed he intends to extend his career by a year to compete at the World Athletics Championships in 2017 after London won the bid to host the event. Bolt who will be 31 in 2017 said earlier he might retire after 2016 Olympic Games. „If this Olympics goes as well as I want it to go then I will definitely stay on. It will be a good look to run at a last World Championships and then retire in London. We'll see," said Bolt for BBC. Asked what events he would aim to compete in, he said: „I'll just pick one - probably the 200m. It depends on how my career goes. But I can't worry about that right now." In another issue South African media reported about Usain Bolt coming to South Africa for an event next week. Bolt´s agent Ricky Simms of Pace Sports Management clarified that it is not true and there has been no contact from SA.
US OPEN CONFIRMED
NEW YORK (USA): As EME NEWS already reported US will have a new meet during the indoor season at an old place. As RRW writes, USA Track and Field (USATF) announced that the first edition of the U.S. Open would be held in Madison Square Garden, and that double-Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat had committed to the meet. The meet, which USATF said would include professional and high school events, keeps elite track and field in the Garden after the decision by the Armory Foundation earlier this year to move the Millrose Games out of that venue and into the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory about seven miles north of the Garden in Washington Heights. The Millrose Games, which will be held on February 11 for the 105th time, is not part of USATF's three-meet Visa Championship Series, while the U.S. Open, New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston (Feb. 4), and USA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque (Feb. 25-26) are. In holding the U.S. Open, USATF will face the same problems they did when they funded the Millrose Games at the Garden: a quirky 145.5m banked track which makes running fast times all but impossible, trying to fill over 16,000 seats, and finding sponsorship to offset some of the estimated „$1 million a year" the New York Times said it cost to stage the meet at the Garden. Ray Flynn directs the Millrose Games and Mark Wetmore the U.S. Open. The US Open has the IAAF Permit status.
EVENTS CONFIRMED FOR SDL 2012
MONACO (MON): The Samsung Diamond League announced the distribution of event disciplines for the 2012 season. Commencing on 11 May 2012 in Doha (QAT), the third season of the Samsung Diamond League is composed of the same 14 of the best invitational track and field meetings in the world as in 2011. The meetings are spread across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA, and compose the top tier of the IAAF's global one-day meeting competition structure. In each of the 32 event disciplines there is a "Diamond Race" with points available throughout the 14 meeting season. Winners of each Diamond Race receive a 40,000 USD cash prize and a spectacular Diamond Trophy but more importantly, they will have shown season long consistency to earn the unchallenged honour of being the World Number 1. The Race Winners will also recieve wild cards for the World Championships 2013 in Moscow. For example men´s 100 m with expected participation of top sprinters will be staged in Shanghai, Rome, Oslo, Paris, London, Stockholm and Brussels. Another interesting event men´s 800 m will be in Shanghai, Eugene, New York, Paris, London, Stockholm and Zurich. Also highly anticipated are the high hurdles duels for Shanghai, Eugene, New York, Monaco, Lausanne, Birmingham and Brussels. Female AOY Sally Pearson can think about Doha, Rome, Oslo, Paris, London, Stockholm and Zurich as these meets will stage women´s 100 m Hurdles. Women pole vault will be in Doha, Eugene, New York, Monaco, Stockholm, Birmingham and Brussels.
HAILE READY FOR SUNDAY AND CONFIRMS TOKYO
NIJMEGEN (NED): Legendary Haile Gebrselassie announced at the pressconference of the 28th Seven hills run (Zevenheuvelenloop) in Nijmegen, that he will run the Tokyo marathon on the 26th of February 2012. The marathon will take place on the 26th of February and Gebrselassie aims to qualify for the Olympic Games in Londen. Gebrselassie tried to qualify before in September, during the Berlin marathon, unfortunately a lungproblem made him to stop without finishing. Now the lung problems are solved, he expects to go to Tokyo in a healthy condition. In 2009 Gebrselassie also planned to run the Tokyo marathon, but he had to cancel this race because of a fall during a training in Ethiopia. After this disappointment he promised his Japanese fans to come back to Tokyo. The Olympic Games of 2012 could be the fifth Olympics for Haile Gebrselassie. This Sunday Haile Gebrselassie will run the Seven hills run in Nijmegen for the fifth time. His management company Global Sports Communication says in a release. „I am completely healthy again and look forward to the race Sunday. It is a great atmosphere and course here in Nijmegen," he said on his twitter. His main rivals should be Kenyans Vincent Kipruto and David Barmasai. 2004 Olympic winner in marathon Mizuki Noguchi of Japan is the main female entry. Kenyan Elizabeth Cherono and Ethiopian Waganesh Mekasha are other names to mention. The race has in its records both current IAAF World Road Records at 15 km. Tirunesh Dibaba clocked here in 2009 46:28 and last year Leonard Komon men´s course record 41:13.
MULLINGS FACING LIFE-BAN
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings was found guilty by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, at the Jamaica Conference Center. Informs Trackalerts. Disciplinary panel chairman Lennox Gayle said they are satisfied with the evidences given by JADCO witnesses and they agreed all the proper procedures were followed in the case. Mullings' team, they said, failed to prove any breach had occured. Mullings tested positive for the masking agent furosemide, at Jamaica's National Senior Championships, in June of this year. He had earlier received two set-backs in the hearing, which opened the case in August, the first was a request by his lawyers to have the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory in Canada re-test the sample and then last week the panel refused to have his affidavit, in his absence, entered into testimony. Mullings is facing a lifetime ban.
MERGA AND MERGIA
NEW DELHI (IND): Times of India are informing that two-time winners from Ethiopia, Deriba Merga and Aselefech Megia, will return to fight for the men's and women's titles respectively in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, which will be started from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the capital on November 27. According to Ian Ladbrooke, a consultant for the elite athlete field and Tim Hutchings, a renowned commentator on long distance events, the men's and women's fields promise to be the best and fastest yet, with a strong likelihood of new course records being set. Another top Ethiopians in the race will be Tilahun Regassa and Lelisa Desisa, Kenyan challenge will be headed by Sammy Kitwara.
LONDON (GBR): Colin Moynihan has come under attack from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after the British Olympic Association (BOA) referred its controversial doping bylaw to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), fiercely disputing his version of events which led to the decision. The chairman of the BOA has launched a sustained attack on WADA this week, culminating yesterday in claiming that they were „letting athletes down" as he insisted that Britain had been asked by the Montreal-based organisation to drop its bylaw which prevents any athletes with a doping offence against their name from competing for TeamGB in the Olympics. Now John Fahey, the chairman of WADA, has claimed that Moynihan has mis-represented the situation and that they have now asked the BOA to drop the bylaw, which has been in place since 1992. Writes insidethegames.
CARDIFF (GBR): Respected coach Malcolm Arnold, who guided Dai Greene to this year's world 400-meter hurdles title in Daegu, has been named High Performance Coach of the Year at the annual Sport Wales Coach of the Year awards in Cardiff. Greene, who also won the European title for Britain and the Commonwealth title for Wales last year, has benefited from the coaching expertise that helped John Akii-Bua of Uganda win the Olympic 400m hurdles title in 1972 and which steered Colin Jackson to a wealth of 110m hurdles successes, including two world titles and a world record. Greene's younger training partner, Jack Green, also made the semi-finals in Daegu in what was his first World Championship experience.
INCHEON (KOR): The Organisers of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea have drawn a huge budget of USD 1.62 Billion for the 17th edition of the games. The Incheon Asian Games Organisers have already began construction on 16 of the 23 new venues which will be put up for the games. Informs AIPS website.
SAN JOSE (USA): Hammer world champion Koji Murofushi of Japan is coming to the WTC San Jose City College Thanksgiving Clinic. The legendary Asian athlete along with his coach Tore Gustafsson will be in attendance to teach attendees all about the hammer. Informs John Godina on his facebook.
LOS ANGELES (USA): US top athletes took a break from training to fly to Hollywood for a promotional shoot with NBC Sports and the United States Olympic Committee, as they get ready up for the upcoming Olympic Year. The group includes in front of the camera Bryan Clay, Trey Hardee, Ashton Eaton, Jill Camarena-Williams, Jesse Williams, Dwight Phillips, David Oliver, Lashinda Demus, Dawn Harper, Bershawn Jackson, Carmelita Jeter, Lolo Jones, LaShawn Merritt, Brittney Reese, Jason Richardson, Christian Taylor, Kellie Wells and Allyson Felix.
YOKOHAMA (JPN): Sunday´s Yokohama women marathon expects unseasonably warm weather, possibly as high as 25 degrees. Top foreign runners are Briton Mara Yamauchi and Kenyan Salina Kosgei with Ethiopian Robe Guta. Yoshimi Ozaki is the top home entry. It is the first of the three domestic selection races for the Japanese women's Olympic marathon team. One of the Japan's marathon favorites, 2:08:37 man Yuki Kawauchi is the invited star for Sunday's Ageo City Half Marathon, the world's deepest half. Writes Brett Larner.
SORIA (ESP): IAAF CC Permit series continues in Spain in Soria on Sunday. Kenyan favorites are Vincent Chepkok and Prisca Jeptoo. The fields are not as strong as week before in Atapuerca.
NEW YORK (USA): Jack Pfeifer was re-elected as president of the Track and Field Writers of America (TAFWA). Also re-elected Parker Morse as vice-president, Tom Casacky is new treasurer and Don Kopriva new secretary.
ALM-ATY (KZK): Olympic and world medalist in decathlon Dmitriy Karpov changed coaches before the start of the olympic preparation. Local media are informing that he ended the cooperation with Pavel Hamalainen and will be coached by his father Vasiliy Karpov. His last big medal comes from 2008 World Indoor Championships and was not satisfied with his 21st position in Daegu last summer.
ATHENS (GRE): Bulgarian media are informing that on November 11 the Greek triple jumper Paraskevi Papahristou was born for second time. The European U23 2011 champion ran into another athlete while training at the Olympic Stadium. She fell with blood pouring down from her mouth and swallowed tongue. Only immediate action of her coach Georgi Pomashki saved her life as he with great efforts opened her mouth.