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TRAINING: Sprinting super star Usain Bolt had training on December 24 but will get two extra days off. That is Monday and Tuesday as for him Sunday is regular rest day. The fastest man on earth will be back to training on Wednesday. Heptathlon star Jessica Ennis won't be following the footsteps of fellow multi-event legend Daley Thompson and training on Christmas Day. Ennis says for UK media Sunday will be treated as her usual day off as she prepares for the most important year of her life. Czech decathlon star Roman Sebrle will have the days off with his two children and wife Eva. Legendary javelin world record holder Jan Zelezny gave free time to his group until January 3. They will of course have some jogs and other activities in the mean-time but nothing major. Slovak hammer star Libor Charfreitag came home to Slovakia from Dallas for two weeks and will even compete on December 30 in Trnava in winter outdoor weight throw. Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius was also in training on December 24, but will not be at the track on Sunday what is his usual rest day.
BIRTHDAY: Christmas Birthday for US world medalist sprinter Wallace Spearmon. He celebrated his 26 years on December 24. He is back in training after missing most of 2011 due to injury.
VOLGOGRAD (RUS): Russian star olympic winner and world champion Tatyana Lebedeva was elected the President of athletics federation of Volgograd region. She is also vice-president of All-Russia Athletics federation and prepares for a come-back in olympic year. Another top athlete living in Volgograd Yelena Isinbayeva supported the decision of Lebedeva to accept the elections result.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya national athletics coach Julius Kirwa predicts a tough 2012 athletics year for the Kenya after excellent performances this year. Kirwa believes Athletics Kenya will have to work hard to ensure to maintain the high standards set by athletes both at regional and global levels of competition. "2011 was a very good year for our runners and the challenge now is to ensure we take the same performances to next year particularly because it is an Olympics year," said Kirwa. Kirwa said he will be laying a special focus on reclaiming the 800m gold medals that were won by Wilfred Bungei and Pamela Jelimo at the 2008 edition of the games held in Beijing, China. "Kenya has abundant talent and all that matters is a great understanding between an athlete and coach," he said. "I have a vision that we are going to do well and the athletes have also shown they are ready to work hard as they did this year." "You know surprises in Kenya can come from anywhere and we might even have some unknown athletes making the list the Olympic Games," observed Kirwa. All-Africa.com informs.
RIGA (LAT): World long jump bronze winner Ineta Radvica was voted Latvian Sportswoman of the Year 2011. In the shortlist for that award also other track athletes heptathlete Aiga Grabuste and javelin thrower Madara Palameika. In the male short list no track representative was listed. The traditional awards evening was held in Splendid Palace Theathre.
NAIROBI (KEN): The Nation informs that a school named in honour of former world 800 metres champion Janeth Jepkosgei was opened in Nandi County on Friday ahead of Saturday's Shoe 4 Africa women's road race in Iten. Athletics Kenya national chairman, Isaiah Kiplagat, and the founder of Shoe4Africa, Toby Tanser, led residents of Kabirirsang village in the official opening of Janeth Jepkosgei Shoe4Africa Primary School, Kapsumbeiywo. Shoe4Africa spent 8 million Kenyan shilling on the project that has an administration block and classrooms.
EGMOND (NED): Boston marathon winner in 2010 Kenyan Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot signed for the 40th PWN Egmond Half Marathon on January 8. Also in the field Eritrean Samuel Tsegay and Kenyan Wilfred Kirwa (last year second placer here).
BUCURESTI (ROU): Hammer throw European U23 Champion and Daegu 6th placer Bianca Perie was named Romanian Athlete of the Year 2011. Romanian Athletics Federation announced her name from shortlist of other 14 athletes who were also awarded without specific rankings. They are Marian Oprea, Ligia Grozav, Roxana Perie, Denisa Dragomir, Rebeca Rus, Andreea Ograzeanu, Esthera Petre, Carmen Toma, Alexandru Ghinea, Bianca Razor, Alina Rotaru, Elena Panaet, Ioana Doaga and Ioana Dan.
MOSCOW (RUS, Dec 24): In the opening indoor meet fast 600 m by only 15 years old Anna Ustinova (born 1996) 1:32.95.
CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES (FRA, Dec 23): Kenyan Sammy Kagara Main won here a 8 km road race (23:00).