Vivian Cheruiyot & Patrick Makau are Kenyan Athletes of Year: Robles Returns, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Vivian Cheruiyot with her fans, 2011 Nike Pre Classic, photo by

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Kenyan athletes Vivian Cheruiyot and Patrick Makau are the Kenyan athletes of the year. A tough year and such a high level of competition for Kenyan athletes.

Chris Solinsky is training once again. We caught up with him at the NXN and he was up to running about five miles, just trying to be patient. Amy Yoder Begley was seven weeks after surgery, and she was going to run just about four miles, with lots of core work. Amy's specialty on twitter is finding notable, but unusual holidays, like National Cupcake Day.

Dayron Robles will be running in Dusseldorf. Kim Collins, 2011 bronze medalist in the 100 meters, will be running World Indoors!



NAIROBI (KEN): Remarkable season that produced world gold medals in the 5000 and 10 000 m and the cross country saw Vivian Cheruiyot named the 2011 Kenya Sports Personality of the Year on Wednesday night at the Safaricom Kenya Sports Personality of the Year Awards (Soya) gala. It was a double celebration for Athletics Kenya when Patrick Makau and Cheruiyot walked away with the top prizes. Makau was named Sportsman of the Year after clocking marathon world record. Ethiopia's top athlete, Meselech Melkamu, was the chief guest at the awards ceremony sponsored by Safaricom, National Bank of Kenya, CCK, SuperSport, Multichoice Kenya, NSSF and Huawei. Informs The Nation.



MOSCOW (RUS): Russian High Jump European Champion from Barcelona Aleksandr Shustov will start his season already early in January in Russia. His first event will be on January 7 in Yekaterinburg at Luch Meeting and on January 9 at Lukashevich Memorial in Chelyabinsk. Also Russian Winter on February 5 is in the plan. „We agreed with my coach that I will jump indoors because training is going well but we have no specific goals. In case I will qualify for Istanbul it will be good, but if not nothing happens, main priority is Olympic Games," said Shustov.



AMSTERDAM (NED): Double gold medalist from Daegu and former World Champion at 100 m Kim Collins of St. Kitts has plans for indoor season 2012. At age of 35 he wants to compete at World Indoor Championships in Istanbul and also at the meetings in the weeks before. Collins has a 6.50 best at 60 m from last winter season and so far won two silvers at World Indoors in 2003 and 2008.



NEW YORK (USA): Millrose Games meet director Ray Flynn announced that 2008 Olympic Gold medal winner LaShawn Merritt will compete in the 500m at the 105th Millrose Games on Feb. 11 at The Armory. Merritt will attempt to break the world indoor best for 500m. No one has ever broken one minute in the indoor 500m with Ken Lowery holding the World best (no records officially ratified at this distance) with 1:00.17 since 1987 (Indianapolis).



DUSSELDORF (GER): First top names for 7th PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf on February 10 (EA Indoor Permit) are in shot put. German world champion David Storl will meet with olympic winner Tomasz Majewski and world indoor champion 2008 and 2010 Christian Cantwell. Summer world record holder and olympic gold medalist Dayron Robles returns for 60 m Hurdles and old timer Kim Collins is scheduled for the 60 m. Live TV transmission is secured by Eurosport which recently signed for the event for the next three years.



MONACO (MON): IAAF informs that the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul (March 9-11) are shaping up to become the biggest gathering in terms of participating nations in the history of these championships, exceeding the previous record set four years ago in Valencia. Following the deadline for Preliminary Entry Lists last Monday 12 December, no fewer than 160 of the IAAF's Member Federations have confirmed their intention of sending a team to Istanbul. In Valencia 2008 147 countries took part in the event with the second best gathering taking place in Doha 2010 with 142 nations competing. With the Final Entry Lists finalised on 27 February 2012 (midnight Monaco time), Istanbul 2012 is on track to break the record in terms of participating national. In term of participating athletes, the previous record belongs to the edition of Paris 1997 where 712 men and women competed followed by Budapest 2004 with a total of 677 athletes. Again, Istanbul could break more records as no fewer than 847 athletes have been entered in the Preliminary Entry Lists, 450 men and 397 women, figures which are on line to become the highest in the history of the World Indoor Championships.



DUBAI (UAE): Reigning champions David Barmasai of Kenya and Ethiopian Aselefech Mergia will return to the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon next month determined not only to defend their titles but strengthen their bids for Olympic Games selection. This year's race saw Kenya's Barmasai emerge as the surprise package in the men's contest, storming home for the second win of his short marathon career in a time of 2:07:18 while Mergia clinched the women's title for Ethiopia in 2:22:45. With the Dubai route renowned as arguably the flattest in the world, organisers apart from the pair of current title holders expect to see a stellar up line up attracted to be alongside them at the race on 27 January. Informs David Martin.







AMSTERDAM (NED) : Dutch 800m runner Arnoud Okken is ending his 800m career to focus fully on the 1500m. Okken suffered with two different injuries in the last year and decided he can no longer fulfill the speed training required for the 800m. The 29-year old athlete now wants to qualify for the London Olympic Games in the 1500m writes


BERLIN (GER): Malte Mohr hopes to win a third consecutive German national indoor title at the DLV German indoor championships in Karlsruhe on February 25th and 26th. Mohr is aiming to compete in all major German championships in 2012 and added that he aims to jump over 6 meters. Apart from Mohr a group of German athletes has already confirmed their presence at the national indoor championships including Raul Spank, David Storl, Martina Strutz, Silke Spiegelburg, Christian Reif and Sebastian Bayer reports


KINGSTON (JAM): On Saturday Dec 3rd, more than 200 Agents gathered in Tokyo, Paris and St Louis to gain certification for a new IAAF Examination, exclusive to agents who have been licensed for less than seven years. Prior to the exam many agents expressed concern of the need to write such a test, as they already represents many top athletes and clearly are fully aware of the rules and how the business works. However now that the results are public the overall pass mark was 83%, which showed a high degree of professionalism by active agents within the IAAF writes Trackalerts.


NEW YORK (USA): World 400m Champion Kirani James said, continued national support of athletes is important, as they set sights on Olympic medals in 2012. James, who came to New York this weekend to receive an award from The Grenada Boys' Secondary School's Alumni Association of New York, warns that attention would be drawn to himself and Rondell Bartholomew in the one-lap event, but that they are prepared for the challenge when the Olympic Games come round according to


LONDON (GBR): McDonald's staff have been competing fiercely for the chance to work in the Olympic Park during the Games next summer. The company, a worldwide Olympic sponsor, has four restaurants in the Olympic Park during London 2012, and 2,000 crew members will be chosen to work in those outlets. More than 6,000 staff have been involved in the competition to work in the Park, with 50 managers also being selected from existing ranks to lead crews at the Games next summer reports Insidethegames.


LONDON (GBR): The British Olympic Association (BOA) announced that it has filed a formal appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), challenging a decision last month by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that declared its controversial anti-doping bylaw non-compliant, which could leave the door open for athletes like Dwain Chambers to represent Team GB at London 2012. The BOA and WADA have agreed that CAS is the appropriate forum for resolution of this matter, and both parties are seeking to arrange matters so that a decision can be made by CAS before the end of April 2012 according to


PERTH (AUS): Three of Australia's best field-event athletes will square off against world-class competitors from the United States at the Perth Track Classic in February. Olympic discus champion Stephanie Brown-Trafton, US javelin record holder Kara Patterson and former US pole vault champion Mark Hollis have all accepted invitations to the February 11 meet. They will square off against 2009 world discus champ Dani Samuels, Commonwealth javelin silver medallist Kimberley Mickle and Olympic and world pole vault champion Steve Hooker writes


LONDON (GBR): Senior officials from the British Olympic Association are considering whether to attend the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year awards after no women were included on the 10-strong shortlist. BOA chairman Lord Moynihan and chief executive Andy Hunt have been invited to next Thursday awards and are still considering whether to attend reports


SAN ANTONIO (USA): The Bowerman Award, which debuted in 2009, will be presented to the nation's top male and female collegiate track and field athletes from the 2011 indoor and outdoor seasons. This year's men's finalists are Washington State's Jeshua Anderson, Florida State's Ngoni Makusha of Zimbabwe and Florida's Christian Taylor. The women's finalists are Texas A&M's Jessica Beard, LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan and Arkansas' Tina Sutej of Slovenia. Oregon decathlete Ashton Eaton and Virginia Tech hurdler Queen Harrison are the 2010 winners of the award.


OSLO (NOR): Olympic javelin winner Andreas Thorkildsen signed with Coca-Cola. He will become ambassador of the brand in the activities the company is preparing ahead of Olympic Games in London.


BUDAPEST (HUN): World hammer silver winner Krisztian Pars is Hungarian male Athlete of the Year 2011. On the women side the top position also for a hammer thrower. Eva Orban was a silver winner at World University Games. In the U23 category the top positions for hurdler Balazs Baji (silver in Ostrava at European U23 event) and shot putter Anina Marton. In the junior category 400 m European junior champion Marcell Deak Nagy and hurdler Petra Munkacsy. Hammer throwers won top positions in youth category. Super talent Bence Pasztor who won World Youth Championships and European Youth Olympic Festival and Beatrix Banga was 5th there and 6th in Lille.


JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Athletics South Africa announced the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Federation as Frik Vermaak. Vermaak's experience ensured that he was chosen for the position out of 25 candidates. He has been involved in athletics since 1978 in various capacities, some of which include Race Walking Coach, LOC member of various meetings including the first Soweto Marathon, Team Manager between 1986 and 1999 and also as Chairperson of the South African Athletics Statisticians (SAAS). Vermaak has also been involved in Radio and TV sports commentary for close to 20 years. Athletics South Africa President James Evans welcomed Vermaak and expressed his belief that Vermaak will assist in reviving the fortunes of athletics in the country. "Frik has immense experience in the sport and in business. He convinced the Board, during an exhaustive process, that he was the correct candidate and we are sure that his appointment will be the first step in the process towards putting athletics back at the top of the sporting pile in South Africa." Informs ASA website.


MADRID (ESP): Spanish athlete Josephine Onyia has been suspended for 2 years after another positive anti-doping test. Onyia previously tested positive in 2008 after testing positive for Methylhexanamine and Clenbuterol but only received a suspension of 2 years after the IAAF went to the CAS to overrule the Spanish Federation's decision to not suspend Onyia. The IAAF could again overrule the RFEA's decision as a second doping offence could mean a life ban from the sport reports EME NEWS already informed about it, but the verdict of Spanish Federation was not known at that time.







BARQUISIMETO (VEN, Dec 13): During Venezuelan National Games new national record in decathlon by William Valor with 7691 points. Informs Venezuelan federation website. In statistics is a better mark by Douglas Fernandez 7734 points back in 1983.

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