Reduced Standards for London 2012 (six events), by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Valerie Adams, 2011 WC Daegu, by

Valerie Adams, the best women shot putter on the planet, will be defending in Istanbul for the IAAF World Indoor Champs. Also note that six events had their qualifying standards lessened, per the IAAF, for the London 2012 Olympic Games.




AUCKLAND (NZL): New Zealand media are informing that shot put World Champion Valerie Adams wants to retain her world indoor title from 2010. But Adams' progress this year raises a bigger question than the world indoor title. „I really don't know. I'm 27, I've been in the sport 12 years and I'm still throwing personal bests. That's got to count for something. It's a matter of waiting and seeing. But if I can consistently get into those late 20s, early 21m region then the jump to the next level is there. But I don't really give a damn about the world record," Adams said. „My aim in 2012 is to throw further than 21.24m and my goal is to win the Olympics," she adds. But, for the time being, Rio 2016 is not on the agenda. „I would love to go to Rio, but that's all down to whether the body and mind can continue," she said.



MONACO (MON): IAAF reduced the qualification standards for London Olympic Games in six events. In men events only 400 m : A standard to 45.30 (previously 45.25) and B standard to 45.90 (45.70). In women events in the 400 m the A-standard from 51.50 to 51.55 and B from 52.30 to 52.35. In the 5000 m A standard is now 15:20.00 (15:15.00) and B 15:30.00 (15:25.00). Another reduction in the 400 m hurdles, A from 55.40 to 55.50 and B from 56.55 to 56.65. Shot put standards were change from 18.35 to 18.30 (A) and 17.30 to 17.20 (B). In javelin only A standard was lowered from 61.50 to 61.00.



MOSCOW (RUS): Russia is sending to Velenje for Sunday´s European CC Championships both junior teams (boys and girls including top name Gulshat Fazlitdinova) and also U23 men´s team. The only senior will be Yegor Nikolayev who was bronze winner in last edition in the U23 category. No entries in women´s senior and U23 races.



LONDON (GBR): Athletics Weekly informs that the British Olympic Association announced the selection of Paula Radcliffe, Mara Yamauchi and Scott Overall to compete for Team GB in the marathon at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The trio are the first names to be announced on the athletics team, having all achieved the Olympic 'A' qualifying standard this year. A second round of Team GB marathon selections for the Olympic Games will take place following the London Marathon in April 2012.



ATHENS (GRE): Greece Athletes of the Year are high jumper Dimitrios Hondroukokis (5th in Daegu) and pole vaulter Nikolia Kiriakopoulou (8th in Daegu and multiple national record breaker). They were awarded during an event organised by Friends of Athletics group and held in Cultural Center Galaxy in the municipality of New Smyrna.



SOFIA (BUL): Bulgarian Athlete of the year 2011 is versatile long sprinter and Daegu 6th placer at 400 m hurdles Vanya Stambolova. She got 335 points in the vote of magazine Atletika. Only five points behind was world championships finalist in the 100 m Ivet Lalova (330). Third place for high jumper Viktor Ninov (223). Stambolova won the award for third time in her career and for second time in a row.



CAPE TOWN (RSA): South Africa's 400m hurdles record holder and last season number one LJ van Zyl won't participate in next year's Yellow Pages Series as well as the SA Athletics Championships in order to focus on the Olympic Games in London."The Olympic Games in London are just too important. We can't afford to take unnecessary risks," Hennie Kotzé, Van Zyl's coach told the Beeld newspaper. He clocked twice world leading 400m hurdles mark 47.66 in 2011, at high altitude in Pretoria and at sea level in Ostrava. Van Zyl plans to open the season at Samsung Diamond League 2012 opener on Doha, Qatar early May at flat 400 m and one week later in Shanghai he plans to run his first 400 m hurdles of the 2012.



KARLSRUHE (GER): Shot put world champion David Storl is the first top name for IHM Karlsruhe IAAF Indoor meet on February 12. The 28th edition of the meet will have men´s shot put after some years and meet coordinator Alain Blondel wants to offer for Storl high quality opposition. Despite early difficulties the organisers confirmed now that the budget will remain on the nearly same level as in 2011. Organizers are informing in a release.







ADDIS ABABA (ETH): It was not only the 36,000 participants who featured in a record-breaking spate of activity at the 2011 Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Great Ethiopian Run 10km last month. While the 36,000 participants represented a new record for a road race in Africa, the race also set new fundraising records as well as attracting the highest-ever number of participants from abroad (more than 350) in its ten-year history. More international charities than ever before came to Ethiopia to take part in the race. They were led by a group of 70 participants from Orbis Ireland who raised more than 200,000 euro through their participation in the run. Other charities taking part included Action Aid led by their ambassador former Olympic champion Sally Gunnell and Concern Worldwide led by former world cross-country champion John Treacy. A group of participants came from the Knarvikmila race in Norway, having raised more than $28,000 for the official fundraising campaign. The official fundraising campaign of the 10km known as "I'm running for a child" raised more than 1 million birr ($58,000) reaching its target well before race weekend. Informs the event website.


PARIS (FRA) : World youth triple jump champion Sokhna Gallé talked to about her return to training and the start of her doctor studies. Gallé is currently residing in Paris where she is attending University, which has kept her from training well. Gallé however is not thinking about ending her career and remains confident about her performances in the upcoming season.


LONDON (GBR): The British National Audit Office (NAO) have warned the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics could exceed its 10.8 billion euro public sector funding package after the Government doubled their estimated security costs. The November 2011 Olympic Quarterly Economic Report showed that the security budget for the Games had risen from 328 million euro to a huge 643 million euro. This leaves little margin for any further unforeseen costs emerging in the final eight months reports Insidethegames.


NEW DELHI (IND): Indian media are reporting about Usain Bolt helping in preparation of Indian Cricket team but when confirming with Bolt´s agent Ricky Simms the whole story comes out as not true.


VALENCIA (ESP): Race Results Weekly informs that the winner of Maratón Divina Pastora Valencia one week ago Isaiah Kiplagat Kosgei, competed previously under the name „Adam Ismail Khamis" (sometimes spelled „Aadham Ismaeel Khamis") of Bahrain. According to his agent, he finished his „cooperation" with Bahrain last year, and his back to Kenyan citizenship. The passport issuance date is 23-Feb-2011.


OTTAWA (CAN): Athletics Canada published its selection criteria for nomination to the 2012 Olympic Games team. The criteria reflect an athlete's performance readiness to finish in the top 12, or top 24 for selected Rising Stars. The qualifying period culminates with the Canadian Championships and Selection Trials in Calgary June 27 to 30. All athletes with aspirations to the Olympic team, outside of the 50-kilometer race walk and marathon events, must compete and finish in the top 3 at the Selection Trials in order to be eligible for nomination. Athletics Canada's objectives for the 2012 Olympic Games include improving on the country ranking, number of overall medals, top 8 and top 12 finishes from recent Olympic Games and World Championships. "Our results at the 2008 Olympic Games (in Beijing) were a clear improvement over Sydney and Athens, we're looking at building on this success and we expect more in London," said Martin Goulet, Athletics Canada Chief High Performance Officer. Federation release informs.







MAZATLAN (MEX, Dec 4): Winner of 13th Gran Maratón Pacífico was Kenyan Simon Njoroge with new course record 2:11:05. Mexican women win for Karina Perez in 2:36:12.


PORTLAND (USA, Dec 3): Track Newsletter reports that on cool and foggy morning, Futsum Zeinasellassie (North Central, Indianapolis) ran away with the boys crown and Sarah Baxter (Simi Valley, California) won by 4 seconds on the girls side at the 8th Nike Cross Nationals. But this event is more about teams. Defending boys champ Carroll (Southlake, Texas) came up just a few points short as Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, New Jersey) took the title. The girls' side remained a New York affair as the Empire Staters continued to be the only ones ever to win.







LAS VEGAS (HUN): Correct winning time for Hungarian Zsófia Erdélyi was 2:48:59 in her first marathon. In her first Half Marathon in October in Long Beach she won too. Informs Gyorgy Csiki.

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