Dave Bedford must be grinning ear to ear today! The toughest team to make in 2012 may be the Kenyan Marathon team, where twelve were invited to get involved. The shoot out will be at 2012 Virgin London, where four to six of the possible members will put it all on the line. It could take a new world record to make the Kenyan Olympic marathon team!
The sponsorship imbroglio is getting " tiresome" per several of our sports sponsors. "We welcome new sponsors, we just want to make sure that all sponsors will honor the same rules. That simple."
I have spent last two days at Outdoor Retailer, Winter Market. Great to see so many friends, new and old. Brooks has become that brand that, focusing on its core business, has tripled its business since 2001. Focus is key in this business climate. Note that the six or seven brands that are thriving are focused on their own unique mission. " Anyone silly enough to take Nike on, or try, head on, is, well, just asking for it." noted one keen observer.
RBR expresses strong concern over the Ethiopian Federation verbal warfare with over thirty of its elite athletes. Hopefully, the Federation will see that while, yes, they can find people to run, not using their elite of elite athletes will only hurt Ethiopia and their countrymen and women will wonder why their great athletes, who they take much pride in, did not represent them in various events. We hope that cooler minds prevail.
In Salt Lake City airport, for some more travel. Wishing all a great weekend, and my father, Stanley Eder, a belated birthday.
4 FROM 6 PRE-SELECTED KENYANS IN LONDON
LONDON (GBR): Reigning World Marathon Majors men's champion Emmanuel Mutai will defend his Virgin London Marathon title on Sunday, April 22, race director Dave Bedford announced. Mutai will be just one of six exceptional Kenyan men who will compete in the race, all of whom hope to solidify their place on their country's Olympic team. Mutai--who is not related to the Boston and ING New York City Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai--scored a magnificent victory at London last year, smashing the course record by 30 seconds and clocking 2:04:40, a personal best. He won by 65 seconds, an astonishing gap for such a high level race. Behind Mutai, Kenyan compatriots Martin Lel and Patrick Makau sprinted for second place, with Lel finishing just half a stride up on Makau, who would later set the world record of 2:03:38 at the BMW Berlin Marathon last September. Both men will return to London to compete again this year, Bedford said. The three other Kenyans slated to compete are BMW Frankfurt Marathon champion Wilson Kipsang, reigning and two-time world champion Abel Kirui, and the 2011 IAAF World Championships marathon silver medalist Vincent Kipruto. This are four runners from 6 Kenyans pre-selected for London Games. Other two are Moses Mosop (Rotterdam) and Geoffrey Mutai (Boston). In addition to the Kenyan squad who will run in London, Bedford also announced 11 other Africans who are all capable of winning the race. The cream of that crop are Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede and Feyisa Lilesa, both of whom have world championships bronze medals; Morocco's Jaouad Gharib, twice the world marathon champion and an Olympic silver medalist; and Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese, the world record holder for the half-marathon. Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil, twice the ING New York City Marathon champion, is the lone elite men's entrant from the Americas. Finally, 11 British men were named, each of whom has a chance to make their Olympic team by being the first Briton over the finish line under 2:12:00. The best men Bedford named from that group are Lee Merrien (2:14:27 PB) and Ben Whitby (2:15:09). Informs Race Results Weekly.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Ethiosports.com informs that the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) said that it has indefinitely banned 35 athletes, including Olympic Champions Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba, for failing to report to camp in preparation of the 2012 London Olympic Games, said technical director Dube Jilo in an interview with Sheger FM 102.1. He said that discipline shall not be compromised and warned that there are capable athletes in the country who can fill in the vacant spots. However, the ban would be reconsidered as soon as the athletes report for training, he said. Jilo further noted that a number of coaches and athletes managers were also banned for failing to present their credentials to the federation as the rules stipulate. Kenenisa Bekele said for agencies that he is injured and could not come to the camp. Banned except of Kenenisa Bekele frong long distance runners Sileshi Sihine, Tariku Bekele, Tilahun Regassa, Dino Sefir, Ayele Abshiro, Getaneh Molla, Lelisa Desisa and Hunegaw Mesfin. On the women side except of Tirunesh Dibaba also Meselech Melkamu, Wude Ayalew, Firehiwot Goshu, Ruth Aga, Kidist Lema, Waganesh Mekasha and Tsigereda Girma. From 1500 m runners reigning World indoor champion Kalkidan Gezahegn and Tizita Bogale. From steeple runners Etenesh Diro, Mekdes Bekele and Hiwot Ayalew. From Marathon runners Abraham Cherkos and females Mamitu Daska, Tiki Gelana, Mare Dibaba, Koreni Jelila, Bizunesh Bekele, Aberu Kebede, Aselefech Merga, Merima Mohammed, Atsede Habtamu, Shitaye Bedasso, Atsede Bayisa and Genet Getaneh. Athletes' Managers Representatives and coaches banned include Getaneh Tessema (Gete Wami's husband), Gemedu Dodofa, Geta Zeru, Haji Adelo, Elias Kebede and Abraham Shiferaw.
SVOBODA TO MISS INDOORS
PRAGUE (CZE): Hurdles European indoor champion Petr Svoboda continues to be unlucky. After missing the whole summer season of 2011 he will not be able to compete also during the indoor season 2012. His right achilles is still bothering him after he started the preparation in October. He will undergo next week a surgery and hopes to resume training within one month. „Main goals Helsinki and London are remaining. I would be able actually start the preparation for the summer earlier than when I would compete indoors," said the Czech record holder.
KOMON THE STAR
ELGOIBAR (ESP): The European CC Permit race 35th Cross Internacional de Elgoibar „Memorial Juan Muguerza" will have road world record holder Leonard Komon as the main star. Also in the field world junior CC winner Geoffrey Kipsang, the 18-years old Geoffrey Kirui, Paul Tanui on the Kenyan side with Ethiopian Hunegaw Mesfin and Portugal´s European CC medalist Jose Rocha. From home runners Chema Martinez and Javier Guerra are the leaders. Kenyans Priscah Jepleting with Pauline Korikwiang are leading the women field with Ethiopians Wude Ayalew and Hiwot Ayalew along with Spanish Alessandra Aguilar and Diana Martin.
ISINBAYEVA TO OPEN HER SEASON
VOLGOGRAD (RUS): At Saturday´s Governor Cup in Volgograd pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva will open her indoor season. Other top Russian names are sprinter Yulia Gushchina and pole vaulter Aleksandra Kiryashova. After long travel Kenyan Ismael Kombich also arrived for the meet to run the 1500 m. Another special guest is St. Kitts relay world medalist Antoine Adams for the 60 m race.
LEMAITRE FOR ROME AND PARIS
PARIS (FRA): European sprinting champion French Christophe Lemaitre said he has in his mind two Diamond League meetings for summer, Rome on May 31 (that would be against Usain Bolt) and home AREVA in Paris on July 6. In his summer schedule also first round and last round of Club Championships and National Championships in the middle of June in Angers. He thinks about only one individual event at each European Championships in Helsinki and Olympic Games in London. Relay is part of his plans at both top events. For the indoor season he is scheduled for three events, home meets in Lievin on February 14 and Val du Reuil on February 18 and National Indoor Championships.
SALADINO FOR SURGERY
PANAMA CITY (PAN): EME NEWS already reported that long jump olympic winner from Beijing Irving Saladino will pass the indoor season. Now it is revealed that he will travel to Colombia to underwent a surgery on his left knee. Since 2009 Saladino struggled with pain and injuries. He hopes to make it on time for the summer season.
BERLIN (GER) : Germany's hurdler Jens Werrman is preparing a comeback after an Achilles injury kept him out of competition for almost two years. After three surgeries on his Achilles, Werrman will start training again at the end of the month and is preparing a warm weather training camp in the United States in April. The 24 year old has a PB of 13.51 from 2009 reports leichtathletik.de.
LAUSANNE (SUI): With the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki just over five months away, European Athletics is launching the online media accreditation procedure for written press and photographers. Organizers have worked out country quotas for written press and photographers based on attendance at previous European Athletics Championships.
LOS ANGELES (USA): World champion sprinter Carmelita Jeter will be presented with the prestigious Sportswoman of the Year award during the seventh annual LA Sports Awards on March 15th. The LA Sports Awards are presented by the Los Angeles Sports Council to celebrate the greatest moments of the year in sports in the Los Angeles/Orange County area.
LONDON (GBR): UK Anti-Doping has confirmed that Bernice Wilson has been given a four-year suspension following an anti-doping rule violation. Wilson tested positive for the anabolic steroids testosterone and clenbuterol on 12 June 2011 and was provisionally suspended from all competition on 9 July 2011. The British sprinter now is banned from participation in sport up to and including 8 July 2015.
LONDON (GBR): Professor David Cowan, whose team from King's College, London will be operating the London 2012 anti-doping laboratory, has warned that competitors in key Olympic sports such as cycling and athletics could face retrospective sanctions for doping infringements, even if they do not test positive at the Games. Cowan will oversee the analysis of at least 6,250 urine samples during the period of the Olympics and blood samples from 20 per cent of competitors , more than at any previous Games, and as many as his team normally process in a year reports Insidethegames.
LONDON (GBR): Malaysia's Prince Tunku Imran, the new President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), has claimed that giving flexibility to host cities of the Commonwealth Games is helping to create more interest in bidding for prestigious competition. A number of countries have already expressed a provisional interest in hosting the event in the near future, including South Africa, Canada and New Zealand according to Insidethegames.
KINGSTON (JAM): Veronica Campbell-Brown looks set to walk away with her fourth RJR Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the year award in the last six years, while the Sportsman of the Year award will trigger another Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake showdown at aceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus. Other female nominees include WBC Junior Featherweight champion Alicia Ashley, Pan American Games 200m individual medley silver medallist Alia Atkinson, 400m hurdles Diamond League winner Kaliese Spencer, and World Championships 400m hurdles silver medallist Melaine Walker. Bolt and Blake take on Cricketer Marlon Samuels, who scored over 600 runs in regional first-class competition, Asafa Powell, Lerone Clarke, the Pan American Games 100m champion and boxer Nicholas Walters reports The Jamaica Gleaner.
KARLSRUHE (GER): European 100m champion Verena Sailer is set to compete at the IHM Indoor meeting in Karlsruhe on February 12th (IAAF Permit). The German athlete is returning to competition after an Achilles injury slowed her down in 2011. Sailer is one of many top German stars competing such as Ariane Friedrich, Carolin Nytra, Silke Spiegelburg, Martina Strutz, David Storl and Jennifer Oeser.
BUDAPEST (HUN): Once again London Marathon is ranked as the Nr.1 marathon of the year while the top road running race was New Delhi Half Marathon - according to the All-Athletics.com Competition Rankings. The most Top-100-ranked marathons (12) were organized in the United States while USA and France had the most Top-100 races (16-16) in the Road Running category. To see more check with www.all-athletics.com.
NEWCASTLE (AUS): American throwers Mike Hazle and Russ Winger will lead the international challenge at the Hunter Track Classic on Saturday as Australian athletes descend on Newcastle (NSW) for continuing preparation for the Qantas Melbourne Track Classic and Nomination Trials. In the discus, Winger may have a tougher battle to beat world championship finalist Benn Harradine. The men's 1500m field has been boosted by the inclusion of British Commonwealth Games 1500m finalist Nick McCormick, 30, who has a personal best of 3:35.74 and last season competed at the European Indoor Championships. Informs Athletics Australia.
WUPPERTAL (GER): World medalist Martina Strutz will be the star of 25th edition of Wuppertal jumping meet on Saturday. Nearly 1000 spectators will see her duel with Lisa Ryzih, Kristina Gadschiew and Julia Hutter. In men´s high jump Russian Daegu silver winner Aleksey Dmitrik will open his season against Brits Robbie Grabarz and Samson Oni, Slovak Peter Horak and Germans will be headed by Eike Onnen.
FRANKFURT (GER): Germany announced its team for the Aviva Match in Glasgow on January 28. European medalist from Barcelona Carsten Schlangen runs the 1500 m, talented hurder Gregor Traber is selected for 60 m hurdles and Karsten Dilla who already cleared 572 last weekend is selected for the pole vault. In the women team top long jumper Bianca Kappler, the olympic finalist.
MOSCOW (RUS): Tatyana Lebedeva and other top russian athletes like high jumper Andrey Silnov underwent a special bath in the ice hole of Moscow river. The Ephiphany bath was performed in Odintsovo district. It was done according to a long and old tradition which says the the baptismal water has miraculous power.
EDMONTON (CAN): The World Silver Medalist and current World Number 1 in Shot Put, Dylan Armstrong has confirmed his participation at the Donovan Bailey Invitational. Armstrong, will headline a strong field of Olympians who will compete on June 15th at the inaugural street meet in downtown Edmonton, the day before the international track competitions are scheduled. "I am very happy to be coming back to Edmonton, It's always great to throw at home and this meet is an important part of my Olympic preparation" Armstrong said. He is scheduled to open his indoor international season at Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville in February.
ST JOHN'S (ANT): Antiguan top sprinter Brendan Christian is currently on island and holding talks with members of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) and the government as they seek to resolve issues that had led to the sprinter boycotting at least two major international meets last year. Christian had missed the Pan American Games and World Championships in Daegu. NOC President Paul "Chet" Greene explained the need to have the athlete come to Antigua and hold talks with major stakeholders as they seek to have his issues resolved. Christian is also set to meet with members of the Ministry of Sports and the Antigua & Barbuda Athletic Association and Greene is hoping to have a firm handle on the situation.