Kara Goucher, 2011 WC, photo by PhotoRun.net
Shalane Flanagan, 2011 USA Outdoor, by Photorun.net
BOLT VS BLAKE POSSIBLE
KINGSTON (JAM): Reuters informs that the coach of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake has raised the possibility that the two Jamaican sprinters could race each other earlier than expected next year. It is expected that they will clash at Jamaican Trials end of June and at London Olympic Games early August. Glen Mills said they could meet against each other in one race before then, if their managers agreed and the money was right. „That depends on the races that the managers have gotten confirmation for," Mills told Reuters. „It doesn't matter, if we're in the 200 and whoever lines up in the 200 and we are comfortable with our negotiations and conditions, whoever lines up lines up, it doesn't matter to us. And the same thing in the 100, whoever lines up 100, that's as long as we comfortable with out conditions, it doesn't matter to us," said agent of Blake Cubie Seegobin.
DITA FOR OSAKA
ERIE (USA): Beijing olympic marathon winner Constatina Dita (41) of Romania is currently in heavy training in Erie, Colorado in temperatures under zero degrees and in snow. All is set towards the Osaka Marathon, her next race in January. In 2011 she did not complete a marathon, last time she finished the classic distance was London Marathon 2010 as 25th (2:41:12). Dita also confirmed she wants to stay with Romanian citizenship and end her career running for her country at London Games 2012.
KRAVCHENKO CHANGED TO ANOTHER COACH
KISLOVODSK (RUS): Beijing decathlon silver medalist Andrey Kravchenko of Belarus changed the coach. He is now guided by Vladimir Kudryavtsev, a Russian who has in his group also long jumper Tatyana Kotova, heptahtlon world champion Tatyana Chernova, triple jumper Dmitriy Plotnikov, hurdler Irina Shevchenko. Kravchenko (25) missed Daegu because of injury, now should be healthy and ready for 2012.
DE ZORDO WITH BIG PLANS
SAARBRUCKEN (GER): Javelin world champion Matthias de Zordo has big plans for the coming year. He said for Leichtathletik Magazine that he wants to throw for first time over 90 meters and win in Helsinki and London. In the interview with the magazine he also reveals his tactics during a competition and about his relation to coach and former thrower Boris Henry.
KINGSTON (JAM): World 100 m champion Yohan Blake has signed a endorsement deal with Wisynco through it's brand WATA on Wednesday. The deal was signed at the company's head office at White Marl, St. Catherine. The initial period of signing is for three years with an option to renew when it expires. The value of the contract is reported to be in the millions and on par with those signed on the international scene. There will also be incentives for performances such gold medals and records. Informs TrackAlerts.
CAPE TOWN (RSA): Agencies are informing that 400 m world record holder Michael Johnson is now supporting Oscar Pistorius competing with able-bodied athletes. Pistorius still needs to qualify for this summer's London Olympics. Johnson told The Associated Press he admired the South African as "the poster boy" for athletes overcoming disability. The two have become good friends, and shared a stage at a sports conference on Wednesday. They greeted each other warmly backstage at the Beyond Sport Summit in Cape Town.
GLASGOW (GBR): UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee will launch his athletes' Olympic year preparations with a commanding assignment against world athletics powerhouse Russia at the 2012 Aviva International Match. The event, to be held in Glasgow on 28 January, will pit the Aviva GB & NI team's athletes against three-time competition winner Russia in their final appearance on home soil ahead of the London Olympic Games. The Aviva GB & NI team, competing for the first time since the summer's World Championships in Daegu, will also take on teams from the USA, Germany and a Commonwealth representative line-up at next year's meet.
KAKOGAWA (JPN): Brett Larner informs that the organizers of the 23rd Kakogawa Marathon, scheduled for Dec. 23 in Hyogo prefecture, have announced that Daegu World Championshiops marathon 10th-place finisher Remi Nakazato will run this year's race. Nakazato finished 2nd in her marathon debut at February's Yokohama International Women's Marathon to qualify for the World Championships team. In Daegu she was the second Japanese finisher. Nakazato will race in Kakogawa's 10 km division. The event features full marathon, 10 km, 5 km and 2 km distances, with 5000 people total entered.
LONDON (GBR): Cyclist Mark Cavendish and swimmer Rebecca Adlington have been voted Britain's Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively in a poll of members of the UK-based Sports Journalists' Association. UK Media are informing. US Open golf champion Rory McIlroy and world athletics 5000 m champion Mo Farah were the runners-up in the men's category.
MIAMI (USA): World 2007 track medalist Kara Goucher, who was fifth in the 2011 Boston Marathon with a personal best of 2:24:52, will run the Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon on Sunday. Her best is 1:06:57. Also in the race other top US long distance runners olympic medalist Shalane Flanagan (1:08:37 PB) and multiple NCAA star Lisa Uhl (debut at half marathon).
NAIROBI (KEN): Agent Ricky Simms of Pace Sports Management was awarded at recent Kenyan athletics awards as best athletics representative by producing the most runners that brought honour to Kenya. The top name represented is Vivian Cheruiyot the female athlete of the year in the country.