In Austin, Texas for the 2011 Running Event, the show of record for the specialty running business. Four days of conferences and expo meetings. Coming at end of several trade shows and conventions, which is how our sport ends the year. Watch for updates!
CHICHEROVA TO OPEN IN BELGIUM
ANTWERP (BEL): High jump world champion Russian Anna Chicherova confirmed her first competition of the indoor season. She will compete at the Golden High Jump Gala in Lotto Arena of Antwerp on January 28. This special women high jump meet will be held to celebrate the come back of the home star and olympic winner Tia Hellebaut after giving birth to her second child.
LAGAT ON HIS WAY TO ISTANBUL
NEW YORK (USA): Armory Foundation president Dr. Norb Sander announced that Bernard Lagat, owner of a record eight Wanamaker Mile titles, will compete in the 5000m during the Millrose Games at the Armory New Balance Track & Field Center on February 11. „The 5,000 meters at the Millrose Games at the Armory is a race I'm really excited about," Lagat said for armorytrack.com „Galen (Rupp) broke my U.S. record so of course I have to try and get it back." Lagat previously broke the US two-mile record when running at The Armory. Lagat plans later to continue to compete during the indoor season and try to defend his World Indoor title from Doha 2010 at the 3000 m in Istanbul. He is also announced for the mile at US Open in Madison Square Garden on January 28.
CLERMONT FERRANDS (FRA): European indoor champion Renaud Lavillenie has fractured on Tuesday his left hand in an accident in training. Lavillenie's pole broke in the middle of a training jump and smashed the athlete to the ground. Fortunately the Frenchman has no other injuries besides his fractured hand. Lavillenie will undergo emergency surgery and it remains unclear whether he will be able to jump indoors reports athle.com. He is expected to be back in training in mid-January.
KIPROP GETS THE MEDAL
NAIROBI (KEN): David Martin writes that Kenyan Asbel Kiprop the 2008 Olympic 1500 meters champion finally received his gold medal at a ceremony in Nairobi on Wednesday morning. Kiprop who initially finished runner up to Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain, was elevated to winner the following year after his rival was confirmed as having failed a doping test at the Beijing Games. Kiprop who added the IAAF World Championships 1500m title to his name in Daegu this summer was presented with his award by legendary fellow countryman Kip Keino one of the World's greatest ever distance runners, prior to a luncheon in Nairobi. Kiprop after his 2011 World Championships success in Daegu has along with other Kenyan winners in Korea, already been pre-selected for next year's London Olympic Games.
PEARSON TO START END OF JANUARY
MELBOURNE (AUS): Dailytelegraph.com.au informs that World Athlete of the Year Sally Pearson plans to open the season end of January in Adelaide. Before that she's about to embark on the toughest month of training ahead of the countdown to the Olympics. So bad will December be on the training track that hurdle ace Pearson described it as „vomit material".
MILLS PLEASED WITH LOWERED STANDARDS
KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt coach Glen Mills welcomed the changes of olympic standards for London by IAAF. „I have always thought that the 400m standard was far too high compared to some of the other events, so I am glad that they have rethought the process," Mills expressed to The Gleaner following the launch of inaugural Racers Zenith Awards on Tuesday at the Spanish Court Hotel. „I think what might have happened is that in the 400m they haven't been able to fill a lot of the early rounds, and based on what happened last season, it wasn't a great year in terms of 400 (meters) numbers," he further reasoned. The awards ceremony, which will take the form of a banquet, is slated to be held at The Jamaica Pegasus on January 6. Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of the organising committee for the London Olympics and senior vice-president of the IAAF, will be the keynote speaker. The audience will also be treated to a diverse entertainment package headlined by Tarrus Riley. The six award categories for the inaugural ceremony are: Racers Gold Medal Award, Racers Award of Merit, Racers Award of Honour, Racers Award of Appreciation, President's Awards and Coaches Award. Informs The Gleaner.
HAMBURG (GER): Haspa Marathon Hamburg announced their partnership with Global Sports Communication. Global Sports Communication (GSC) owned by Jos Hermens, will be consulting partner of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg. The company will be responsible for the elite field. Goals include; improvement of the course record, improvement of the elite athlete services and to advice on new initiatives in international marathon running. Haspa Marathon Hamburg has a rich tradition, former winners include; Vanderlei Lima, Rodgers Rop, Julio Rey (CR-Holder 2.06.52 in 2006) on the mens-side and Irina Timofeyeva (CR-Holder 2.24.14 in 2008), Edith Masai, Katrin Dörre among women.
BERLIN (GER): Nestlé Waters is the new premium sponsor of the German athletics association DLV with the aim of branding its water Vittel. The company has signed up with DLV for three years and will be involved in all running projects launched by the DLV.
ROTTERDAM (NED): New Balance has become the fourth major sponsor for the ABN AMRO Rotterdam marathon. The shoe company has signed a contract with organizers for multiple years but no amounts have been released. New Balance takes over from adidas who had been the main sponsor since 2001. The 32nd edition of the ABN AMRO Rotterdam marathon is planned for April 12 2012.
LONDON (GBR): British sprinter James Ellington (10.23 and 20.52 PB´s) reached his target when opening on eBay his sponsorships quest. After less than seven hours he was at the wanted level of 30 000 GBP.
LONDON (GBR): Paula Radcliffe described the plan to more than double the budget for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for London 2012 to 94 million euro as „frivolous". Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and the Olympics, claimed that a meeting of the Prime Minister, the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and himself had decided that they needed to maximise and promote London to the four billion television viewers after being presented with a range of ceremonial components across the ceremonies.
ARNSTADT (GER): Leichtathletik.de writes that the top German high jump fixture in Arnstadt on February 4 counts with the participation of European medalist and top home jumper Ariane Friedrich. After her achilles surgery a year ago she hopes to compete in winter 2012.
NAIROBI (KEN): Athletes dominate the shortlist for this year's Sports Personality of the Year Awards (Soya) in Kenya with winners lined-up to be feted at the annual black-tie Gala on December 14. On Wednesday, organisers released the selected final five that will be whittled down to three who will contest the awards next week. In the main male category from top six five are from athletics (Rudisha, Makau, G. Mutai, Mosop, J. Yego javelin), from women selection three are athletes (V. Cheruiyot, E. Kiplagat, Keitany). Kenyan media are informing.
LONDON (GBR): British newspaper The Sun was given a first look at the apartments and townhouses which will accommodate up to 17,000 Olympic athletes next year before becoming a ready-made new neighborhood for East Londoners. The newly-named East Village will be the base from more than 200 countries. Workers are now handing out the finishing touches, while furnishings will be moved in by The LOCOG early next year.
DOHA (QAT): The 6000 athletes from 22 Arab nations competing in the 12th edition of the Arab Games starting on Friday have every reason to win, with substantial financial rewards introduced by the Arab Games Organising Committee (AGOC) and host, the Qatar Olympic Committee. Informs AIPS website. It is the first time in the history of the games that cash incentives have been introduced. Cash rewards will be presented to athletes who break Arab records, individual and team sport medal winners. The individual who wins the most medals will also take home a bundle of cash. Not only will the athletes walk away from Doha richer but their NOC's will also be rewarded. For every record broken the athlete and his/her National Olympic Committee will both receive $5,000. Each gold medalist will receive $5,000, silver medal winners $3,000 and bronze medal winners $2,000. The individual with the most medals and his or her NOC will each receive $70,000. Gold medal winning teams and their NOC's will receive $50,000, silver $30,000 and bronze $10,000. Syrian athletes will be absent after the country boycotted an Arab League decision to suspend the country's membership. Teams from Libya and Iraq will be present. Al Emadi Enterprises will sponsor the prestigious International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Executive Committee meeting in Doha. The AIPS meeting is scheduled to be held from December 9 - 12. Athletics in Khalifa Stadium will be held Dec 15-17 and 19-20.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Nordic Sport have been choosen to be a supplier of full set Athletics Euipment to European Athletics Championship in Helsinki, Finland 2012. During the European Championship in Helsinki Nordic Sport will introduce many new products, such as new Telescopic High Jump stands, new Electronic Pole Vault stands (with possibility to change to manual control in 30 seconds), worlds biggest Landing Pits for High Jump and Pole Vault.
LAUSANNE (SUI): The month of November saw a crossover between the end of the road running season and the increase in the number of cross country races which made for a busy month. Many nations held trials for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships which will take place in Velenje, Slovenia, on Sunday 11 December. Following this, European Athletics is pleased to announce that athletes from 13 countries have been nominated for the European Athlete of the Month award for November. The voting will close on Monday 19 December at noon.
LAUSANNE (SUI): European Olympic Committees President Patrick Hickey has been nominated to replace Mexican Mario Vazquez Rana on IOC Executive Board. The nomination was made by the executive council of the Association of National Olympic Committees. In another issue ASOIF sent five-point letter to federations and IOC President Jacques Rogge opposing the European Olympic Committees plan to stage European Games.
MELBOURNE (AUS, Dec 3): In warm-up for Zatopek 10 Kenyans Rueben Kosgei (14:02.5, former steeple olympic winner) and Luke Kipkosgei (14:36.4) tested their shape at 5000 m.
MALAGA (ESP, Dec 6): Morrocan Abdelhadi El Mouaziz won the 2nd Maratón Ciudad de Málaga in 2:19:22. Third was former world champion Martin Fiz (2:27:39). Best woman Gemma Alcazar achieved 2:57:16.