Isinbayeva to open at home, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Yelena Isinbayeva, photo by

Yelena Isinbayeva is opening her 2012 season in Russia on January 21, 2012. Teddy Tamgho gets a six month ban for his October actions and the list is long on the athletes of the year from around the world....
EME NEWS (DEC 20, 2011)

Isinbayeva to open at home
VOLGOGRAD (RUS): informs about first indoor meet 2012 for multiple pole vault world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva. She is scheduled to start her indoor season at home in Volgograd on January 21. The Volgograd Cup meet is upgraded next month to international level. Isinbayeva said that while in Moscow at a special evening to support veterans and heroes of Russian Athletics. Isinbayeva last time competed at home indoors in Volgograd ten years ago in 2002.

Superb 1500 m by juniors
DOHA (QAT, Dec 19-20): Morocco was the best country with 11-4-9 medals in athletics at Arab Games. Second best home Qatar (6-3-4) ahead of Saudi Arabia (6-0-1) and Egypt (5-12-5). During final day on Tuesday fast 1500 m was registered with three juniors hugely improving. Djibouti´s Hassan Ayanleh won in sensational meet record 3:34.32 (he did not had sub 3:40 before) what is new national senior record and 16th best junior performer of all-time. Second Qatari Hamza Driouch got new Asian junior record 3:34.43. And third Mohamad Al-Garni of Qatar, the former Asian junior record holder, clocked life-time best 3:34.61. More meet records for Moroccan women at 4x100 m (46.16), Malika Akkaoui at 800 m (2:02.42, second gold after winning the 400 m) and Nisrin Dinar (391 in pole vault). On the men side games records for Algerian triple jump winner Issam Nima (16.59, +0.4) and Mohammed Al-Karee of Saudi Arabia in decathlon (7677, also national record and beating favorite Hamid Dhouibi of Tunisia with 7664). In other events Moroccan Aziz Ouhadi won the 200 m (20.69, +0.3) beating home favorite Femi Ogunode (21.01), double African Games winner Yasser Ibrahim of Egypt was the best in shot put (19.44), another home win for steeple specialist Ali Abubaker Kamal in the 5000 m (13:45.60 PB). Saudi Arabian Ahmad Al-Mouled won the 110 m hurdles in new national record 13.60 (+0.4) ahead of Algerian record holder Othman Hadj Lazib (13.74). Saudi Arabia won both male relays in 39.67 (over Oman 39.84) and 3:07.22 (over Sudan 3:07.47). From women results to mention Baya Rahouli, the olympic and world finalist from Algeria, winning the triple jump (14.01, +0.7) and surprise win in the 5000 m for UAE´s Alia Saeed (16:11.54) over Bahraini favorites.

Murer number one in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Pole vault world champion Fabiana Murer was elected Brazilian Sportswoman of the Year 2011. She won the "Prêmio Brasil Olímpico" during an evening at Municipal Theatre in Rio de Janeiro. Also in selection of top three was long jumper and Pan Am Games gold medalist Maurren Maggi. In male awards no athletics representation in top three.

Bubka helping basketball
KYIV (UKR): IAAF Vice President Sergey Bubka was instrumental in helping Ukraine to get another top sporting event. Last weekend in the Munich Marriott hotel FIBA Europe President Mr Olafur Rafnsson has announced that EuroBasket 2015 will be hosted by Ukraine. The announcement followed the impressive presentation made by the bid team led by Ukrainian Federation's President Oleksandr Volkov and IOC Member Sergey Bubka as the key speakers.  Ukraine has accomplished its mission triumphantly with Sergey Bubka making a final emotional speech. "I'm happy and proud for my country and personally for my friend Sasha Volkov whom I know for many years. This victory is very important for us as FIBA Europe Eurobasket is one of the greatest European sport events after the UEFA Euro which Ukraine will host next summer. Our bid has full support inside the country as well as financial guarantees from the President and Government. EuroBasket will help the popularity of the game in my country involving thousands of kids into basketball. It will also serve other sports as redesigned and constructed world class venues will be able to host competitions in 50 sports and disciplines. I've been lucky to be a part of the three winning bids for Ukraine in the recent years including UEFA Euro 2012 bid, 2013 IAAF Youth World Championships for Donetsk and now EuroBasket. I'm sure we are on the right way getting valuable experience from every successful bid", said Sergey Bubka who is a President of Ukrainian National Olympic Committee since 2005.

Tamgho banned
PARIS (FRA): World indoor triple jump record holder Teddy Tamgho will be eligible to compete in London next year at the Olympic Games. He got six months ban with further six suspended after an incident with a female athlete which happened last October in France. It runs until May 18, he anyway did not plan to compete in the indoor season. He was also fined with 1500 euros and 50 hours of community service and has been given three years probation period. "He expressed his regrets and acknowledges the verdict," the spokesman of French Athletics Federation said.


PARIS (FRA): Fastest European Christophe Lemaître has been named Athlete of the Year 2011 by French athletics magazine Athlé. Lemaître was a clear winner (5505 points) over European indoor champion Renaud Lavillenie (3545) and upcoming sprint star Jimmy Vicaut (3527) reports Fourth place for steeple star Mahiedine Mekhissi Benabbad (2141) ahead of Teddy Tamgho (1199) and walker Yohan Diniz (879). Best woman sprinter Myriam Soumare was 9th (868).

NASSAU (BAH): The Bahamas Athletics Federation has awarded high jumper Trevor Barry the Charlie Major award for his performances at the IAAF World Championships where he won the bronze medal. Barry also won the High Jump at the Central American and Caribbean Sr. Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Anthonique Strachan was named junior athlete of the year. Strachan finished second in the Central American and Caribbean Sr. Championships with 22.90 and later improved her PB to 22.70 at the Pan American Jr. Championships reports trackalerts.

LUCENEC (SVK): European indoor bronze medalist from Paris-Bercy triple jumper Dana Veldakova was for first time elected Slovak Athlete of the Year 2011. And it is only for second time that a woman got the first place. The only previous female winner was Martina Hrasnova in 2009. Veldakova got 510 points in the Slovak Athletics Federation poll ahead of walker Matej Toth (464) and 800 m runner Lucia Klocova (410). Coach of the year was Radoslav Dubovsky who is guiding the winner Dana and her twin sister and long jumper Jana Veldakova. Junior/U23 athlete of the year is high jumper Matus Bubenik (8th from European U23 Championships) and newcomer of the year young triple jumper Tomas Veszelka (9th in Lille at World Youth Championships). Coach of juniors of the year is walking expert Roman Bencik. "It is nice ending of the year, but I must admit I wanted achieve more in Daegu where I was 11th. In Korea I was physically in top shape, but could not manage the technique. For next year Olympics, Helsinki and Istanbul are top three events, in all I want to be at least in top 8. And also to break my own Slovak records 14.51 outdoors and 14.40 indoors," said Veldakova.

CARACAS (VEN): Venezuelan Athletes of the Year 2011 are the walker Milangela Rosales on the women side and distance runners Jose Pena with Eduard Villanueva on the men´s. Rosales was silver winner at South American Championships in the 20 km walk and improved national records on the track and on the road. Pena won Pan American Games in Mexico in the steeple and Villanueva was a surprise World Championships 1500 m finalist (8th).

ZURICH (SUI): Hurdler Lisa Urech and sprinter Reto Amaru Schenkel were voted Swiss Athletes of the Year 2011. It was a result of a vote on national federation website and experts decision.


MONACO (MON): IAAF ratified the marathon world record of Patrik Makau, the 2:03:38 achieved in Berlin on September 25. Also his 30 km split was approved, 1:27:38.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Athletics expert Csaba Schulek, who is Head of Sports rights Acquisitions, Sales and International Projects at Magyar Televízió in Hungary, was elected as one of the three vice-chairpersons on the Sports Presidency of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The 40-year-old Schulek is the son of the late Agoston Schulek, a former Vice-President of European Athletics and has extensive experience of working on athletics events writes European Athletics.

PERTH (AUS): Olympic relay silver medallist John Steffensen says the 400 metres will be one of the standout events on the 2012 Australian Athletics Tour due to the depth of domestic competition. Also because US relay world champion Greg Nixon will be coming. The US runner is scheduled to compete in Perth on 11 February and in Sydney on 18 February.  The former world indoor champion can expect a battle on the track against Ben Offereins and Steffensen as well as rising star Steve Solomon. Informs Athletics Australia.
SYDNEY (AUS): Athletics Australia is excited to announce the Nine Network, Fox Sports and Telstra Bigpond as its broadcast partners for the 2012 Australian Athletics Tour. Providing unprecedented access to track and field as the build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games continues, the Nine Network will replay Tour action from Perth, Sydney and Melbourne less than 24 hours after it happens before ongoing highlights on Fox Sports across the summer.
LONDON (GBR) : British sprinter James Ellington has collected 40.000 euro with his stunt of selling his sponsorship on Ebay. Ellington had lost all his funding after injuries slowed him down in the last four years and decided to put himself on Ebay. In 10 days time about 45 people made 71 bids reports ANP.

SEOUL (ROK): Dong Hoo Moon, the former Vice President and Secretary General of the Daegu 2011 Organising Committee that recently staged one of the most successful IAAF World Championships in history, has been awarded the prestigious 'Korean Sports Figure of the Year Award'. SportsForum 21, a leading organization composed of influential figures in the fields of sport, media and academia, presented a plaque to Moon in honor of his immense contributions to the IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011 reports the IAAF.

DUBLIN (IRE): Athletics Ireland announces that Irish Throwers will receive a welcome boost from a new sponsorship agreement with Polanik - Ireland has had a rich history in throwing particular in the Hammer from Olympic Gold Medallist, Pat O'Callaghan right through to World Track and Field Finalist, Eileen O'Keeffe who retired this year. The next generation of throwers such as Junior Record Holders Killian Barry and Cara Kennedy will benefit from the new sponsorship.


GEELONG (AUS, Dec 18): Australian discus thrower Julian Wruck improved to 65.74 m at the Athletics Victoria Throwers meet. He is world junior medalist 2010.


MADRID (ESP): Maryam Jamal is not entered into the San Silvestre Vallecana road race on December 31. Her management company corrected the information from EME NEWS (DEC 19, 2011).

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