Lel for Dubai, ASICS signs Honda LA Marathon, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Martin Lel, 2011 Mardi Gras Half Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Martin Lel will be running the Dubai Marathon in January 2012. Lel, who is training well, is looking for a strong performance. ASICS already sent out an email blast noting their sponsorship of the Honda LA marathon. ASICS America also has sponsorships of ING NYCM, Paris & Tokyo Marathons.




DUBAI (UAE): Kenyan Martin Lel after his fantastic return to competition when finishing runner up at the Virgin London Marathon in April will commence his New Year's schedule with a testing race in the United Arab Emirates. Lel a three-time London winner and twice in New York will debut in the 2012 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on 27 January where he will start favourite to lift the US$250,000 first prize. Before that he is also scheduled to run the Sao Paulo Sao Silvestre race on December 31 in Brazil. "We have been after Martin for a long time now so we are delighted he has agreed to run in Dubai for the first time in January," said race director Peter Connerton after ticking off the name of another superstar who has always been on his wish list for the Middle East's top meeting.



NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan media are informing that world marathon record holder Patrick Makau is now gearing up for a spring half marathon. „I am training well in Ngong and look forward to the half marathon. Things couldn't be better," the soft spoken world record holder said.



BRUSSELS (BEL): European cross country champion Atelaw Bekele will receive a full time contract from the Flemish athletics association in order to continue his running career. The Ethiopian born athlete surprised by winning the European cross country championships, urging authorities to arranging for him to continue to train professionally reports sport.be.







MANCHESTER (GBR): An emotional Mark Cavendish picked up the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at a live televised ceremony in Manchester. Third place went to long distance runner Mo Farah after the 28-year-old claimed gold and silver in the World Championships in Daegu in the 5.000m and 10.000m respectively reports insidethegames. In the vote Cavendish got 169 152 with Farah 29 780. World champion at 400 m Hurdles Dai Greene the only other track athlete among top ten nominees was 9th with 9022 votes. Among guests also female stars Jessica Ennis and Paula Radcliffe.


BERLIN (GER): After over 50 years of publishing the DLV year book, leichtathletik.de now publishes a free E-book to document the year 2011. The E-book will contain the usual rankings and exclusive pictures.


HAMILTON (BER):Tyrone Smith and Arantxa King walked away with Male and Female Athletes of the Year awards at the Bermuda Track and Field Association (BTFA) banquet. Long jumper Smith won a gold medal at the CAC Games in Mayaguez, posting a leap of 8.06 to top the podium while King also had a year to remember, jumping a personal best of 6.47, good enough to earn her a silver medal at the CAC Games reports The Royal Gazette.


EUGENE (USA): Galen Rupp is keeping all of his options open for the time being but said he will decide in the next couple of weeks whether to run in the U.S. Olympic Trials marathon in Houston on January 14. Rupp recently said that he is seriously considering running in the Trials marathon, which would be his first marathon, and perhaps try to qualify in the 10,000m as well. However, Rupp hasn't ruled out the 5.000/10.000m double either according to trackfocus.


DOHA (QAT): At the 32nd session of the Supreme Council for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the leaders of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE all confirmed their full support for Doha's bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Commenting on GCC support for Doha's bid, Noora Al Mannai, CEO of Doha 2020, said: "Doha 2020 is a bid not just for Qatar but for the entire Middle East." Reports The Peninsula.


PORT OF SPAIN (TRI): Sprinter Kelly Ann Baptiste walked away with the Sportswoman of the Year award during the Guardian Sports Desk's Annual Awards Ceremony in Trinidad and Tobago. Baptiste won Trinidad and Tobago's only medal of the 13th IAAF World Championships when she placed third (10.98) in the women's 100m. Later she also helped breaking the national relay record in the 4x100m final in Daegu writes The Guardian.


MADRID (ESP): Spanish race walker Juan Manual Molina, bronze medalist at the 2005 world championships, has graduated with his doctoral thesis titled 'Vision of Olympism and its educational implications of university students as Teacher of Physical Education'. The 32 year old is 13 times Spanish race walking champion.


ATHENS (GRE): European Athletics President Hansjorg Wirz recently visited Greece to discuss development issues surrounding athletics in the country. He met with State Secretary of Sports Panagiotis Bixatsis. One of the themes was also the amount of 150 000 E owed from meetings to pay the participation of foreign athletes in Kalamata, Chania, Rethymno, Filothei and Patras.


HENGELO (NED): Since January 2012 the organisation of FBK Games in Hengelo will be strengthened by commercial director Mark Pastoor. The new function was created to improve in the area of sponsorship and marketing. There are also plans existing to improve the facilities in the stadium. Next edition of this IAAF World Challenge Meeting will be held on Sunday May 27, 2012. For future the organization of the meet is considering a move from traditional end of May/early June period to early July.


MONACO (MON): Respected track agent Robert Wagner married recently former US sprinter Kelli White (35). She is now known as Kelli White-Wagner.


SOCHI (RUS): Baltika has become the official beer supplier to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and Paralympics, giving them the right to supply their drinks at hospitality events before and during the Games. It is the latest deal agreed by Sochi 2014, who have broken an Olympic domestic sponsorship record in raising $1.2 billion (Ł765,000/€919,000). Informs Insidethegames.


OTTAWA (CAN): The 2011 Canadian athletics (track and field) season saw many highlights such as the launch of the National Track League, Dylan Armstrong's domination in the shot put, young sprinter Christian Brennan's breakout performance at the World Youth Championships, Michelle Stilwell's world record in the wheelchair 200-meters and the resurgence in men's marathon running. The season will also be known as one for the record books with 69 new Canadian records set. Athletics Canada informs in a release.


DOHA (QAT): During the recently concluded Arab Games Qatar 2011, it has been decided to award Lebanon the next tournament in 2015 while the competitions of those with special needs have been, for the first time, merged with other competitions. Positive doping cases in the Arab Games Qatar 2011 may be seen as negative incidents in the competitions. In fact around 14 athletes were dismissed from athletics and Body-Building competitions or medals has been withdrawn. However, it may also be a positive point for the organizing committee's unbiased as some of those athletes are in fact from the host country. Informs AIPS website.


NEW DELHI (IND): Agencies are reporting that six Indian female athletes tested positive and banned by national anti-doping agency NADA for one year. They will miss so the Olympic Games in London. Among them members of 4x400 m team which won Commonwealth Games in 2010 at home (Sini Jose, Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur). Others were Jauna Murmu, Priyanka Panwar and Tiana Mary Thomas. NADA banned the runners only for one year. Advocate Dinesh Dayal who headed the NADA-instituted panel, handed a reduced sentence since he considered the athletes were not significantly at fault. The chief culprit, according to the findings, is Yuri Ogorodnik, the SAI-appointed Ukrainian coach at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala. The batch of the stimulant ginseng he administered to the athletes was found to be ‚contaminated' with banned substances. Indian media are informing The ban would come into effect from the date the athletes were suspended following the doping violations earlier this year. Murmu and Mandeep were suspended on June 23, Jose and Tiana on June 30, and Akkunji and Panwar on July 4. Their ban would have ended by the time the Olympics begin in London, on July 27. That, however, does not entitle them for participation in the mega event since barring Mandeep and Murmu, the others would be still serving the ban when the Athletic Association of India (AAI) conducts its last event for selection of athletes for the Olympics at the inter-state meet in Hyderabad from June 24-27, 2012.


IRVINE (USA): ASICS America Corporation announced its partnership with the Honda LA Marathon as the official apparel and footwear sponsor. This will be ASICS' first sponsorship of the iconic „Stadium to the Sea" race that will take place Sunday, March 18, 2012. This marks yet another ASICS' sponsorship of a major marathon worldwide, including the ING New York City Marathon, Tokyo Marathon and Paris Marathon. Informs marketwatch.com.







MOSCOW (RUS, Dec 23): During first day of indoor Students Meet the best result in men´s shot put by Maksim Sidorov. The European indoor bronze winner achieved 20.32 and has also 20.31 and 20.23 in the series. Former world indoor champion Natalya Nazarova started her campaign with 1:30.12 in the 600 m. Irina Tarasova got in women shot put 18.00 and fastest in the 60 m was last season Russian champion at the distance Natalya Murinovich clocking 7.45. In the men´s 60 m Aleksandr Brednev won the final (6.81) ahead of hurdler Konstantin Shabanov (6.84, faster in semis 6.81). But overall fastest time was achieved by Yevgeniy Ustavschikov in semifinals 6.75.


MINSK (BLR, Dec 23): Former world junior medalist Aleksandr Linnik scored a nice double at Christmas Indoor meet here with 5.86 at the 50 m and 33.78 in the 300 m. World semifinalist Maria Arzamasava posted in the 600 m finals also good 1:28.74. In women sprints Yulia Balykina clocked 6.35 in the 50 m and Alina Talay 6.89 in the 50 m hurdles. Turkish guest Kemal Koyuncu won the 1000 m in 2:29.10. Daegu fourth placer (missed by her hair the medal) Anastasiya Mironchik-Ivanova competed in a special event five jump and achieved 21.50 m.


OKAYAMA (JPN, Dec 23): Yukiko Akaba won the Sanyo Ladies road race during national holiday day (Emperor's birthday, his 78th) in solid course record 1:09:16. Second Yoko Miyauchi 1:09:23 and third Kenyan Sally Chepyego 1:09:58. Fourth placer Mai Ito was still ahead of Olympic 2004 marathon winner Mizuki Noguchi who got 1:10:48. In the accompanying 10 km race Kenyan Ann Karindi achieved 32:47.


MOSCOW (RUS, Dec 18): At opening indoor meet here talented 16-years old runner Anton Kozlov from city of Vladimir improved another Russian indoor U17 record with 5:30.17 at 2000 m. Earlier in December as EME NEWS reported Kozlov also improved national 800 m indoor U17 record with 1:52.29.

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