LEBID PLANS TO COMPETE AGAIN
VELENJE (SLO): Nine times European CC Champion Sergiy Lebid plans to compete also at the next edition of the event in December 2012 in Szentendre near Budapest in Hungary. „Yes, I plan to be there. I also want to run the 5000 m in Helsinki at European Championships and at the Olympic Games later next year," said Lebid who went out from the race for the first time in his 18 participations at the European CC Champs. „It was after 7 km, I felt I cannot improve as I was at that time running at around 15-16 positions. Podium was too far away for me," admitted Lebid who missed important parts of his preparation for Velenje because of snow. He plans to run also this weekend in Brussels at IAAF CC Permit event and traditionally also the Bolzano Silvester Race on the last day of 2011. The 36 years old Ukrainian plans to debut in marathon in 2013 or 2014.
TOP WOMEN FIELD FOR LONDON MARATHON
LONDON (GBR): Virgin London Marathon announced names for its women elite field on April 22 next year. Kenyan selection will be headed by title defender Mary Keitany, followed with world champion Edna Kiplagat, Berlin winner Florence Kiplagat and Daegu silver medalist Priscah Jeptoo. Again competing will be 2008 and 2009 winner here German Irina Mikitenko, Olympic winner Constantina Dita of Romania, Russians Inga Abitova with Mariya Konovalova, Swedish record holder Isabellah Andersson and European CC champion 2010 Jessica Augusto of Portugal. From Ethiopians Atsede Bayisa, Ejegayehu Dibaba, Aberu Kebede, Korene Jelila and Bezunesh Bekele.
STRUTZ AND HILDEBRAND IN KARLSRUHE
KARLSRUHE (GER): Organisers of IHM Karlsruhe indoor meet (IAAF Permit) announced top two home pole vaulters competing. On February 12 world medalist Martina Strutz will clash with Silke Spiegelburg who is German indoor record holder with 476 cm. Strutz is outdoor record holder with 480 from World Championships in Daegu. Her indoor best is „only" 455 cm.
NO MEET FOR GILL DUE TO BAD WEATHER
AUCKLAND (NZL): Shot put sensation Jacko Gill has praised New Zealand's drug testing programme, saying it keeps the knockers at bay. Gill's father Walter, a former top New Zealand thrower, admits that steroid rumors are inevitable given his son's stupendous achievements but added Jacko Gill has already been through 15 random urine tests. Gill has also given two blood samples recently as the drug testing agency builds a profile that will allow them to spot abnormalities according to The New Zealand Herald. In the other development Gill was unable to compete again on Monday at Sovereign Stadium on the North Shore due to poor weather in Auckland. Gill was to throw with the 6kg weight seeking to improve on his world best for 16 and 17 years. Next Monday he will attempt to improve his under-18 world best with the 5kg weight for 16 and 17 years.
BERLIN (GER): German hurdler Nadine Hildebrand has changed her coach to the 67 year old Werner Späth in the hope of competing at the London Olympic Games. The 2010 European 100 m hurdles finalist failed to progress in 2011 and considered the change necessary for 2012. Späth previously managed to bring hurdlers Birgit Hamann and Stephanie Kampf to the Olympic Games reports Leichtathletik.de.
TORONTO (CAN): The Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games Organising Committee have announced the appointment of 10 elite Canadian athletes to its newly created Athlete Advisory Council. The Council will be chaired by the former Paralympic swimmer Carla Qualtrough and also includes track and field athletes Trevino Betty and Nicole Forrester reports insidethegames.
MELBOURNE (AUS): The Board of Queensland Athletics announces the appointment of David Gynther as Chief Executive Officer. Gynther is departing his current role as Athletics Australia's Manager of Sport in mid-January and will take up his new position later that month writes athletics.com. Gynther was also meet director of Melbourne IAAF World Challenge meet.
LONDON (GBR): London 2012 head Sebastian Coe has defended the budget hike for the Games' opening and closing ceremonies, saying it will make for the „largest piece of television ever". The British government last week agreed to more than double the budget for the ceremonies to 81 million pounds. „The government saw what we have created in the main ceremonies and wanted to invest more in this unique promotion of Britain to four billion people around the world," Coe told reporters.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): World 400 m hurdles bronze medallist LJ van Zyl crowned his dream season by bagging South Africa's golden girl of road running, Irvette van Blerk. The couple got engaged on Saturday, a day before Van Zyl left for a training camp in preparation for next year's London Olympic Games. The couple are planning to tie the knot six weeks after the Games writes iol.co.za.
LONDON (GBR): British 800 m runner Jenny Meadows continues to train as hard as ever, her mind set on bringing home a medal in what she anticipates will be her last Olympic Games. The ‚pocket rocket' as she is known, spoke to insidethegames after having given a training session at Deanery High School in Wigan, her former school, before taking a question and answer session. „I'd say this will be my last Olympics...I won't retire until a couple of years after," she told insidethegames. „I'm thinking Glasgow 2014 [Commonwealth Games] would be a good opportunity; it's in Britain, but I've been saying this will be my last Olympics," said the medalist from Berlin 2009 and Barcelona 2010.
KINGSTON (JAM): Trackalerts informs that sprinting star Usain Bolt was quick to remind those who think young Jamaican training partner Yohan Blake will be the favourite for next year's London Games 100 meters that he was still the man to beat. „A lot of people have said guys are going to beat me but I am still No 1. I am still the Olympic champion," the world's fastest man told Reuters in a telephone interview from Kingston on Saturday. „It doesn't really matter what people say. I go out there and prove them wrong everyday," Bolt said from the set of a new Gatorade campaign that is launching early next year.
MONACO (MON, Dec 11): Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe after returning from training camp in Kenya won the 17th Cursa Natale at 10 km with 32:06, competing on a hilly course. She was fourth overall.
NARA (JPN, Dec 11): Winners of Nara Marathon were among 8971 finishers Osamu Hirata 2:20:23 and Yoshimi Hoshino 2:47:50.
KUMAMOTO (JPN, Dec 10): Chicago Marathon 3rd placer Kayoko Fukushi clocked 15:50.66 at the 5000 m here.
HONOLULU (USA, Dec 11): Race Results Weekly informs that gusty winds and high humidity may have slowed the finish times at the Honolulu Marathon, but those conditions helped spawn exciting head-to-head races for both men and women, culminating in victories for Kenyan Nicholas Chelimo (2:14:55) and Ethiopian Woynishet Girma (2:31:41). Over 20,000 runners entered what was the 39th edition of America's fifth-largest marathon. Close second was Patrick Ivuti 2:14:58 ahead of debuting Josphat Boit 2:15:40. Second best woman was another Ethiopian Misiker Mekonnin Demissie 2:31:53 ahead of best European in the race Russian Valentina Galimova 2:31:55. Excellent the 41-years old Svetlana Zakharova with 2:33:17 as 5th.
MIAMI BEACH (USA, Dec 11): At Miami Half-Marathon Shalane Flanagan won in 1:09:58 ahead of world medalist Kara Goucher 1:12:59 and Lisa Uhl who debuted at the distance with 1:15:24. Canadian Simon Bairu was the best male runner in 1:05:38.
SAO PAULO (BRA, Dec 10): At 45th Carrera Sargento Gonzaguinha at 15 km two-time ING New York City Marathon champion Marilson Gomes Dos Santos successfully defended his title here in 44:23. From RRW.
GRANOLLERS (ESP, Dec 11): Kenyan wins at 45th CC race of Granollers. Hillary Kipchumba clocked 28:30 at 10 km ahead of Kiprono Menjo 28:49 and Moroccan Ilas Fifa 29:08. European 1500 m champion Arturo Casado was 7th (29:54). In the women 6.5 km Joan Chelimo was the best (21:23) ahead of Gema Barrachina 21:54.
PACE (FRA, Dec 11): At Cross Nacional de Rennes win for Kenyan Abel Ndemi in 30:51 beating French James Theuri 30:52 and Josphat Muraga 31:36.
GETAFE (ESP, Dec 11): Veteran Jesus Angela Garcia was third at 10 km walk (43:12) during 14th walking meet here. Winner Jose Diaz achieved 42:47. Women winner Maria Jose Poves achieved 45:07.
KENT (USA, Dec 10): Great improvement for 27 years old US shot putter Justin Rodhe. At Golden Flash meet he achieved 20.77, his previous best from last May was 20.06.
BLOOMINGTON (USA, Dec 10): At Hoosier Open indoor meet Diego Estrada, who just changed from Mexico to USA ran a very fast 5000 m for this early in the season 13:39.54.
(RUS, Dec 11): At Talanov indoor memorial Anton Kozlov (17 years old) improved
Russian U18 800 m indoor record of Yuriy Borzakovskiy to 1:52.29. The 2004
olympic winner Borzakovskiy achieved 1:52.8 in December 1997 as 16 years old.
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