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Track & Field News is the bible of the sport. That, dear friends, is the fact. Their Rankings will have track fans, laughing, crying and throwing things for months! But, that is what they are supposed to do! Here, Alfons Juck updates us on the rankings!
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012 TO ALL SUBSCRIBERS OF EME NEWS !
BLAKE OVER BOLT, SUHR OVER MURER BY TFN
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): In the traditional Track and Field News Rankings (men started in 1947 and women in 1956) in 5 women events and 6 men events World Champions from Daegu are not ranked number one. In all other events the gold medalists from Korea are leading the top ten. In comparison with Athletics International it is the same number. The differences between both rankings in terms of leaders are men´s 100 m where AI ranks Bolt first but TFN goes for Blake. In marathon TFN has Geoffrey Mutai, but AI Patrick Makau. In women pole vault TFN goes for Jenny Suhr, AI has Fabiana Murer and in women javelin Christina Obergfoll is number one of TFN and AI has Mariya Abakumova. Other non Daegu number ones are the same as AI (men 110 m hurdles with Robles, PV Lavillenie, LJ Watt, SP Armstrong, HT Pars and women 1500 m Uceny, mar Shobukhova, HT Heidler). The Track & Field News World Rankings, the definitive work on the subject for more than 60 years, are coordinated by T&FN Editor, E. Garry Hill. Current members of the international Rankings team are Nejat Kök, Dave Johnson, Richard Hymans & Jonathan Berenbom.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Kenya scored a winning double in the traditional Track and Field News Athlete of the Year vote. The poll started in 1959 for men and 1974 for women and for first time a Kenyan woman is the number one and only for second time a Kenyan man (after Rudisha for 2010). David Rudisha got 272 points in the vote of an international panel of experts. Second Usain Bolt 259 just ahead of German discus thrower Robert Harting 255. Fourth place for Yohan Blake 244. With more distance fifth Geoffrey Mutai (190) ahead of Mo Farah (174), Kirani James (137), Trey Hardee (67), Dayron Robles (60) and Christian Taylor completing the top ten (39). In total 18 men got votes. Vivian Cheruiyot was a more clear winner with 317 points (96,1 percent) ahead of Sally Pearson (292) and Valerie Adams (252). Fourth position for Carmelita Jeter (217) ahead of Anna Chicherova (144). Sixth is Betty Heidler as best non-world champion with 110 points ahead of Lashinda Demus (108), Tatyana Chernova (66), Mariya Savinova (65) and Veronica Campbell-Brown (56). 17 women achieved points in the vote. The only other non-world champion was Russian Lilya Shobukhova as 12th (37).
OLYMPIC TITLE DEFENDERS AND LONDON
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Looking at the Beijing olympic winners 2008 and their ambitions to defend the titles in 2012 in London one name for sure will be missing. That is Kenyan Samuel Wanjiru, the marathon gold medalist, who is no longer with us. Questionmark remains about 800 m winner Wilfred Bungei who was not competing last year and the female Beijing 800 m winner Pamela Jelimo is also not able to retain similar shape as four years ago. Both did not officially end their careers and both said they want to train for 2012. Similar difficulties are connected to Francoise Mbango in the triple jump. The Cameroon athlete represents now France and since 2008 only once achieved a 14+ mark. Belarus title defender Oksana Miankova registered her last 70+ result back in 2009 and did not prove her olympic gold medalist status since then. But also in this cases, both are reported to train for the olympic year. With her San Silvestre Vallecana win Tirunesh Dibaba the defender at 5000 m and 10 000 m showed she is back and healthy in right time for the Olympic year. The same is expected from another double Beijing winner Kenenisa Bekele who is scheduled to compete in the Edinburgh CC race early in the new year. Belgian high jumper Tia Hellebaut after giving birth to her second child announced her second come-back for end of the January. Already last year back after short retirement period was hammer thrower Primoz Kozmus of Slovenia. After baby break returned last year was the steeple Beijing winner Gulnara Samitova-Galkina of Russia. Difficulties of another nature had 400 m winner LaShawn Merritt who was back in 2011 after a doping ban. Marathon title defender Constantina Dita might have her last year in 2012. Injuries affected the results of other group of Beijing defenders, mainly Andrey Silnov, Steven Hooker, Nelson Evora, Irving Saladino and Bryan Clay on the men side with Christine Ohuruogu and Dawn Harper on the women one. Pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva stopped her career from spring 2010 until winter 2011. Italian walker Alex Schwazer is also back in top training after some negative thoughts. Special case is discus winner Stephanie Brown-Trafton who got two world finals in 2009 and 2011 but was not close to medals. Gold medals at Berlin Worlds 2009 for a trio of Beijing winners who were not able to follow that in Daegu (Shelly-Ann Fraser, Melaine Walker and Andreas Thorkildsen). Another group is fighting on top with solid chances to defend their titles too having different medals at world and continental stage (Brimin Kipruto, Dayron Robles, Angelo Taylor, Gerd Kanter, Nancy Langat, Maurren Maggi, Barbora Spotakova, Natalya Dobrynska). And last but most prominent group of Beijing winners is the one which also won gold medals in Daegu at 2011 Worlds. Usain Bolt, Asbel Kiprop, Valeriy Borchin, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Valerie Adams and Olga Kaniskina.
MY PERSONAL TOP TEN WISHES OF 2012 RELATED TO ATHLETICS
1)Clash of top sprinters in Ostrava
2)One world indoor record at one of the three indoor high jumps
3)One of our athletes gets medal in London
4)Some European titles from Helsinki for our athletes
5)Oldest meet record of Ostrava will go (44.70 Juantorena, 400 m)
6)Athletics Bridge Dubnica meet will see first sub 10 in Slovakia at the 100 m
7)We will have the necessary budgets for all our events
8)Back to TV commentary position at London Games
9)Diamond League will open the door for new members from 2013
10)Slovak Athletics gets major changes after federation elections in fall
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