2012 Bupa Great Manchester Run: Patrick Makau vs Haile Gebrselassie, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Patrick Makau, Haile Gebrselassie, 2011 BMW Berlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Bupa Great Manchester Run 10k will feature Patrick Makau, WR in marathon and Haile Gebrselassie, the former WR holder, one of the 27 he has set. This epic battle over 10k is May 20, seven days before Gebreselassie's run in Hengelo over 10,000m, as part of the Ethiopian Olympic Trials.

Aries Merritt over the weekend ran 13.03 PB, after a wind-aided 12.98 over the 110m hurdles. Lui Xiang opened in 13.09 in Kawasaki, Japan. David Oliver has opened fast as well! Some strong hurdling action early on!

Still getting over Lopez Lomong's 13:11 for 5,000 meters the hard way at Payton Jordan Invitational. So, which event will Lopez run? The 800m? The 1,500m? The 5,000m? Or will he mess us all up and jump into the steeplechase? Inquiring minds want to know! 


MANCHESTER (GBR): Reigning world marathon record holder Patrick Makau, after his shock omission from Kenya's Olympic Games team, will compete at the Bupa Great Manchester Run on 20 May. Makau will go head-to-head with Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie, whose world record he broke by 21 seconds at last September's BMW Berlin Marathon, with a time of 2:03:38. The African superstars will be part of a 40,000 strong field in the IAAF Gold Label 10k race, which Gebrselassie has won on four previous occasions, and for the last three years following his first success in 2005. The Bupa Great Manchester Run will be celebrating its tenth staging this year after being first staged in 2003 as a legacy to the City's magnificent hosting of the previous year's Commonwealth Games. Organizers are informing.



HENGELO (NED): Dutch media are reporting that Ethiopian Athletics federation will stage its 10 000 m olympic trials in Hengelo on May 27 at the FBK Games. Ethiopian sources are adding that Haile Gebrselassie and Gebre Gebremariam after not recording fast marathon times will try to qualify for the Olympic Games at this distance.



ADLER (RUS, May 8): Sergey Sviridov won the Russian Cup in decathlon with 8366 points what is not only world leading mark but also Russian U23 record. Artyem Lukyanenko was second 8080 and third Aleksandr Tabala 8070. Yana Panteleyeva won the heptathlon with 6001 points.



EUGENE (USA): World champion Jenny Simpson is confirmed for the 38th Prefontaine Classic in the 1500 m. Several others will contest Simpson for example Americans Anna Pierce and Shannon Rowbury. A Canadian with impressive experience, Sheila Reid will enter the contest. An 18-year-old from Ethiopia, Tizita Bogale, will likely keep the race honest. She has a best of 4:03.94 and won the World Junior Championships gold in 2010 at age 16. Europe will be represented by Jemma Simpson of Great Britain and Lidia Chojecka from Poland. The men's 800 m features great examples of the extremes of experience and youth, both from America and beyond. Abubaker Kaki of Sudan earned the silver medal at last year's World Championships as a 22-year-old. Four other finalists from Daegu will be on hand for a pre-London reunion. The most decorated of the group is bronze medalist Yuriy Borzakovskiy of Russia, the 2004 olympic winner. Perhaps the most intriguing of the entrants is the youngest, 18-year-old Mohamed Aman of Ethiopia. The two other Daegu finalists, Nick Symmonds of the U.S. and Adam Kszczot of Poland, were ranked No. 6 and No. 7, respectively by T&FN last year. Also to note the participation of 2009 World Champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa. The women's 800 meters brings together an elite field led by two world-class Americans who are the fastest since the turn of the century in Alysia Montano and Maggie Vessey.







MONACO (MON): IAAF Fantasy Athletics is an exciting online game which will run through the 14 meeting series of the Samsung Diamond League from May to September. And is starting again this year. The goal of Fantasy Athletics is to assemble a team of champion athletes which you believe will be as successful as possible during the Samsung Diamond League. The Fantasy Athletics game will begin with the opening Samsung Diamond League meeting in Doha this Friday with each of the 14 Samsung Diamond League meetings crowning 1 Fantasy Athletics winner who will be awarded one authentic IAAF Centenary Polo Shirt.


ROMA (ITA): Italian nominees for olympic marathon are Ruggero Pertile on the men side and three women Rosalba Console, Anna Incerti and Valeria Straneoi.


MADRID (ESP): In Spain three men proposed for olympic selection are Carles Castillejo, José Carlos Hernández and Ignacio Cáceres. On the women side Vanessa Veiga with Elena Espeso.







BANGKOK (THA, May 8): First leg of Asian Grand Prix circuit brought improvement of Kuwaiti hurdler Abdulaziz Al-Mandeel to 13.58 (-0.3) at 110 m hurdles. Igor Zaytsev of Uzbekistan achieved 80.25 in javelin and Joseph Sajeesh of India won the 800 m in 1:47.78. Chinese Zhang Peimeng clocked 10.48 (-0.1) in the 100 m. Hongkong won the 4x100 m in 39.28. In women events Gizel Khubbieva of Uzbekistan won the 100 m in 11.39 (-0.4) and solid 800 m for Truong Thanh Hang of Vietnam 2:02.15 ahead of Anna Sidorova of Uzbekistan 2:02.22.


OUAGADOUGOU (BKF, May 5): At African Confederation meeting fast sprints by Abdourahim Haroun of Chad with 10.38 (-0.2) and 20.69. At the 100 m he equaled his national record and at the 200 m this is new national mark.


CHISINAU (MDA, May 7): Zalina Marghieva improved the national record in hammer throw during the National University Championship. During the series she broke the national record twice: 74.21 and then 74.47. The previous record was 73.60 and was established in Bar during the European Cup Winter Throwing in March this year. Marina Marghieva did not participate in this competition, while the younger brother Serghei Marghiev (19) got 73.90. Another good result was established by Natalia Artic in discus 61.82.


PUNE (IND, May 8): At 11th National Junior Federation Cup Kuldeep Singh won the 10 000 m walk in 43:37.66.


KLATOVY (CZE, May 8): Czech javelin thrower Petr Frydrych started with 80.05 in the javelin at his home meet.


TERGNIER (FRA, May 8): Strong winds here as Nicolas Gomont leaped to 806 in the long jump with +5.2 support.


OLOMOUC (CZE, May 8): Oldriska Maresova improved to 192 in the high jump, Ladislav Prasil to 19.74 in the shot put. Jakub Vadlejch won the javelin with 79.78. Czech Team clocked 39.92 in the 4x100 m relay.


MINSK (BLR, May 8): Winners of Belarus CC main event were Sergey Platonov 14:30 at 5 km and Irina Ananeko 13:11 at 4 km.


GIMCHEON (KOR, May 8): New Korean pole vault record by Choi Yun-Hee with 441 clearance at the national championships.

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