TOP AWARD FOR BUBKA
KYIV (UKR): Legendary pole vaulter Sergey Bubka, President of the NOC of Ukraine, was awarded the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise of 4th grade. The award was conferred on him by the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of referendum on the Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine which took place on December 1st, 1991. The Act was supported by 90% of Ukrainians. The Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise is awarded for distinguished services to the state and the Ukrainian nation. Akihito, Emperor of Japan, Shimon Peres, President of Israel, and Jacques Chirac, ex-President of France, are all among the few who received this Order. In 2001 Sergey Bubka became the first Ukrainian athlete to receive the highest state award of Ukraine - «Hero of Ukraine».
LAST FOUR WORLD CHAMPIONS COMPETING
NORDHAUSEN (GER): The top shot put indoor meet in Nordhausen (January 20) presented the international field of four throwers for the 12th edition. It is composed by World Champions Christian Cantwell, Reese Hoffa and Adam Nelson along with Olympic winner Tomasz Majewski. Along with home throwers current world champion David Storl, former European gold medalist Ralf Bartels and Marco Schmidt it is the best field ever for the german fixture. David Storl promoted this week the event directly in Nordhausen where he on the square was throwing over four cars. In women competition Germans Nadine Kleinert, Christina Schwanitz, Josephine Terlecki against Italian Chiara Rosa and Dutch Melissa Boekelmann.
EJAFFINI THE HEADLINER
ROMA (ITA): Italy will send 21 runners to the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Velenje, Slovenia, on 11 December with Nadia Ejjafini their big hope for a medal in the senior women's race.m In the senior men's team is Gabriele De Nard who has competed in 14 previous Championships, making him the second most prolific racer in the history of the event behind only Sergey Lebid. Also in the senior men's team for the Azzurri is Ruggero Pertile, one of Europe's top marathon runners who was voted as the European Athlete of the Month for November 2010. Italy is sending four full teams (men, men U23, junior men and senior women).
COLD WEATHER EXPECTED
LAS VEGAS (USA): With their early morning starts, runners competing in the big marathons in Chicago and New York know that they can wear extra clothes in the early miles, then shed them as the day warms up. But competitors in Sunday's Zappos.com Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon here will face the opposite challenge: falling temperatures and a lack of warming sunshine after they start in the late afternoon and run into the night. According to various weather forecasting services, the high temperature for Sunday here of 52°F (11°C) will come at about 3:00 p.m. One hour later, when the marathoners set off on The Strip in front of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, the temperature will already be down to 49°F (9°C), and by 5:30 p.m. when the half-marathoners start it will be closer to 45°F (7°C). When the first marathoner finishes, it will be down to 44°F, and when the last marathoners come in at 10:00 p.m. it will be a chilly 39°F (4°C). Race officials will definitely be on the lookout for athletes suffering from hypothermia, and said here today that they are ready. Informs Race Results Weekly.
SCIENCE NOT ENOUGH
LONDON (GBR): Insidetghegames writes that science alone is no longer enough to catch all drug cheats, a leading figure in the fight against doping in sport has admitted. In a sobering resume of the balance of forces in this high-profile battle in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, David Howman, director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) told the Partnership for Clean Competition Conference in New York: "We all should know by now that the fight against doping in sport has reached the stage where science alone will not eradicate cheating or often even detect it. Sample collection and analysis is getting more expensive. The rules appear to some to be getting more complicated. Laboratory directors and scientists in general continue to be conservative. Indeed, it may be suggested that some err in favour of not returning adverse results for fear of the legal process and the time required to give evidence under attack." The sport industry, he said, was now estimated to be a $800 billion (£510 billion/€594 billion) a year business. "Analytical findings suggest about 1-2 per cent, but recent studies suggest double digits," he said. To deal with the current situation, Howman argued, investigations needed to form "an integral part" of any effective anti-doping programme. He disclosed that a new document had now been sent to all anti-doping organisations worldwide including "good, practical, sensible suggestions" on how to go about working with law enforcement, customs, immigration and other officials "in order to properly and appropriately share information".
KINGSTON (JAM): Racers Track Club will launch their first Inaugural Fundraising and Awards Banquet, on Tuesday December 6, 2011, at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston, at 10:00 am. In what could well turn out to be a star studded affair, this ground breaking venture seems befitting to the highly successful Racers outfit, who spearheaded by sprint top coach Glen Mills, over the last few years rewrote the manuals on sprinting. Expected to be among the awardees, are sprint sensations Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake. In another informations from Jamaica by Trackalerts Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt looks to be the top candidates for Jamaican Athlete of the Year awards. Female top candidate is 200 m world champion Veronica Campbell-Brown. The annual Golden Cleats Awards, at the Terra Nova Hotel, will be held next Friday, Dec. 9.
DEBA FOR BOSTON
BOSTON (USA): Universalsports.com informs that after narrowly missing out on victory in the ING New York City marathon in November, Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba will run the Boston marathon in April. Deba finished the New York marathon in 2:23:19, four seconds behind the winner and her compatriot Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado, and ahead of London champion Mary Keitany of Kenya. A resident of the Bronx borough of New York and the fastest female marathoner ever from the city, Deba prepared for the race in her home turf, but she will temporarily flee the Northeast winter to train for Boston in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
PEARSON AMONG NOMINEES
MELBOURNE (AUS): Smh.com.au informs that The Sports Performer Awards, presented by the The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age , recognising outstanding achievements in the year of Australian sport is having as one of the nominees also 100 m hurdles world champion and IAAF AOY Sally Pearson.
DATE FOR KENYAN SOYA CHANGED
NAIROBI (KEN): The dates for the Kenya Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) have been changed from December 9th to 14 in Nairobi. The other changes in the gala night that fetes sports personalities is that it will not be held at the traditional Kenyatta International Conference Centre instead it has been switched to the historical site of Arboretum Forest. SOYA has attracted guests who are internationally renowned personalities and they include former Nigeria football international Taribo West, former world marathon record holder Haile Gebreselasie, Olympic 10,000m and 5,000m champion and six time world cross country champion Kenenisa Bekele both from Ethiopia, former France football national team player Marcel Dessaily among others. Soya patron former marathon record holder Paul Tergat said they were forced to change the dates owing to some of the invited guests will committed elsewhere on that particular date to be unavailable. Kenyan media are informing.
ST. LOUIS (USA): Runblogrun.com writes about second day of USATF convention. The highlight was the AAC meeting where uniforms and logos were discussed. Credit should be given to Jon Drummond and Benita Fitzgerald Mosley for organizing the meeting. Credit should also be given to manufacterer reps from Nike ( John Capriotti), Saucony (Mark Bossardet), Reebok (Patrick Joyce), adidas (Spencer Nel), meet management (Ian Stewart), marketing (Rich Kenah), IAAF (Bob Hersh) and Mike McNees from USATF. Max Siegel provided some strong observations. Credit Stephanie Hightower for stepping in and keeping the meeting in perspective. The information provided was like a Marketing 101 master's class in real live, day to day brand marketing. President Hightower said it best, take the time to understand each other.
LAWRENCE (USA, Dec 2): US 13.13 hurdler Dexter Faulk is already fast during the first indoor weekend in USA. At Bob Timmons Challenge he clocked 7.64 at 60 m Hurdles.
JONESBORO (USA, Dec 2): Fourth placer from last World Indoors in Doha Trell Kimmons achieved at 55 m at Kick-Off Classic meet here 6.31 win (he was also third in the 200 m 22.24). Kimmons was also part of US relay team in Daegu. Sharika Nelvis of home team was solid sprint/hurdles winner with 6.87 at 55 m and 7.88 at 55 m hurdles.
NYAHURURU (KEN, Dec 3): The fifth NBK/AK National Cross Country series meeting in Nyahururu served up new winners in the four categories after some of the expected top contenders failed to show-up, some no doubt put off by the soggy under foot conditions. Informs IAAF. Paul Lonyangata won the men´s 12 km in 36:47 ahead of Linus Chumba (36:52) and Caleb Mwangangi (37:10). Margaret Wangari was the best in women 8 km (27:43) clearly over Fridah Chelangat (28:04) and Veronica Nyaruai (28:19). Junior winners were Justin Cheruiyot (8 km, 24:06) and Mercy Kibowen (20:37, 6 km).
ARANDA DE DUERO (ESP, Dec 3): Eritrean Adhanom Habraha (26:42 at 9.985 km) and Ugandan Rebecca Cheptegei (19:09 at 6.105 km) were the winners at the Cross de la Constitución de Aranda de Duero. Second was another Eritrean Kiflom Sium with four seconds behind (26:46).
SOFIA (BUL): Hammer thrower Viktor Apostolov who died at age of 49 this week was not Balkan champion 1990. He finished first but was then disqualified for a positive drug test, the title going to his fellow Bulgarian Ivan Tanev.