WANG ZHEN AND LIU HONG WINNERS IN THE RACE AND OVERALL
ERDOS (CHN, Sep 14): IAAF Race Walking Challenge 2012 ended with a final meet and home chinese wins. In the men 10 km olympic bronze medalist Wang Zhen achieved 39:27 ahead of other 3 team-mates. Second London fourth placer Cai Zelin 39:44, third olympic winner Chen Ding 39:51 and fourth Li Jianbo 39:56. Best non-Chinese was young Australian Dane Bird-Smith 40:32 as fifth ahead of Hiroki Arai of Japan 40:41 and Mexican world medalist Eder Sanchez 40:50. Best European Spanish Miguel Angel Lopez was 8th in 41:01. From 50 km olympic medalists silver holder Jared Tallent was 11th (42:29) and home bronze winner Si Tianfeng was a non-finisher. In women race olympic fourth placer Liu Hong clocked 43:18 as the best ahead of Portugal´s Ana Cabecinha (9th in London) 43:31 and junior and olympic 6th placer Lu Xiuzhi 43:37. Fourth Spanish Beatriz Pascual 43:54 ahead of Italian Elisa Rigaudo 44:24 and Russian Tatyana Korotkova 44:52. The only London medalist in the race Qieyang Shenjie was disqualified. With help from Tilastopaja. Both winners Wang Zhen and Liu Hong won so also the IAAF Challenge and will get 30 000 USD. They were both leaders in the series even before the finals.
KEMBOI ON THE ROAD
CASTELBUONO (ITA): IAAF writes that the 10km Giro Podistico di Castelbuono race will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Sunday. Three Olympic medallists from London 2012 will line-up for what promises to be a fantastic clash which will certainly live up to the race's tradition. Kenyan Ezekiel Kemboi, reigning Olympic and World champion in the 3000m Steeplechase, will take on Thomas Longosiwa from Kenya and Tariku Bekele from Ethiopia, respectively Olympic bronze medallists in the 5000m and the 10,000m. Kemboi said that he will try the Marathon in the future and the Castelbuono race will be his first step to his transition from a steeplechaser to a 42 km runner.
BOSTON (USA): Jenn Suhr is set to deliver on the promise to share her Olympic gold medal with everyone who encouraged and supported her on her journey, her management team announced as it outlined competition dates for a Jenn Suhr Gold Medal Tour of Western New York. The tour will include at least eight local appearances, three of which will include actual pole vault competitions.
ST. LOUIS (USA): US media are reporting that during the Detroit Lions' win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh reportedly had a special guest watch his two-tackle, one-sack performance. According to Media Takeout, Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones was at the game, and the pair are reportedly dating. She finished fourth in the 100m hurdles at the Olympics. Jones has talked publicly how she has decided to remain a virgin until marriage. Jones will be in Washington, D.C., on Friday in a visit to the White House with other Olympians. In an exclusive interview with Playbook Jones is striking down a rumor that has spread across the Internet. „We are not currently dating," said Jones, who is preparing along with other Olympians for their visit Friday to the White House. „However, if the Lions win the Super Bowl and he wants to use the ring to propose to me, then we'll see."
MOSCOW (RUS): Beijing high jump winner Andrey Silnov (was 8th in London) is part of a group coached by Evgeniy Zagorulko whose three athletes, Silnov, Anna Chicherova (gold) and Aleksandr Shustov (15q) all carried injuries into the Games. „Injuries happen because of severe stress, but all of us have a different character so to speak of a system error is impossible," explained Silnov. There has been talk of Zagorulko retiring, but Silnov insists he will continue for at least one more year. Despite his injury, Silnov appeared in two more meetings after the Olympics in Birmingham and Zurich where he finished third on both occasions. Was that not taking a chance with his injury? „These meetings were planned a long time ago, and it was necessary to take part in them. It would have been wrong to not go even in this situation," said Silnov who now has to make a decision on what to do about his Achilles tendon. „I am trying to figure out what to do for the best. And on that decision will depend whether I take part in the winter season or not. To be precise, right now I cannot commit myself to saying anything about the foot or the winter season," said Silnov per European Athletics website.
LJUBLJANA (SLO): Slovenian javelin record holder Martina Ratej will undergo next week a surgery on her right elbow. „On certain movements I feel pain in the right elbow and investigations have shown that in order to train and throw pain free I would need the surgery," she said. She will have enough time to start preparations for next season on time.
SOFIA (BUL): Bulgarian long jump champion from last year and national indoor record holder Magdalena Khristova (35) and national hurdles record holder Zhivko Videnov (35, last competitions in 2008) will become coaches in newly established club „Priority Sport". The club will start its activities with a junior and children competition this Sunday in Sofia.
CLEVELAND (USA): Insidethegames informs that relay Olympic gold medallist Tianna Madison is being sued by her parents, who claim that she spread stories they had been selfish and bullying and cheated her financially. Robert and Jo Ann Madison, who live in Elyria, Ohio, filed the libel, slander and defamation lawsuit in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Cleveland. They claim that they have been loving, supportive and generous parents. The parents' lawsuit seeks more than USD 25.000 each in compensatory and punitive damages.
LONDON (GBR): Eva Loeffler, daughter of the man who began the Paralympic Movement, Dr. Ludwig Guttman, has revealed that she is against the Paralympics merging with the Olympics for fear that the event will lose its unique identity. The possibility of such a move has been mooted for several years now and has gained fresh momentum following the success of London 2012, which saw record crowds and television viewing figures. Writes insidethegames.
MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF approved two senior world records from 2012. Decathlon of Ashton Eaton 9039 points and 25 km road time 1:11:18 by Denis Kimetto from Berlin on May 6. Also two records were approved on junior level by Russian Sergey Morgunov in the long jump (835 in Cheboksary on June 20) and Egyptian Ashraf Elseify from World Juniors in Barcelona 85.57 on July 14.
ERDOS (CHN, Sep 14): In national 20 km women walk win for Li Yanfei in 1:31:57 ahead of He Qin 1:32:17. In junior category Luo Xingcai achieved 1:34.06. In youth 10 km races boys win for Gao Wengkui (41:36) and girls for Yang Jiayu (46:49). From Tilastopaja.
TIANJIN (CHN, Sep 14): From Chinese Student Games to note the 100 m win for Zhang Peimeng in 10.38 (+1.7) and women hurdles 13.13 (+1.5) for Wu Shijiao, informs Tilastopaja.
LEE VALLEY (GBR, Sep 12): Former junior star Harry Aikines-Aryeteey still competes, here he clocked windy 10.35 (+2.1).
KOSE (EST): Discus thrower Daniel Stĺhl is not German, but Swedish.
BRESCIA (ITA): Italian agent Federico Rosa adds to the case of Boston marathon podium runner Jemima Jelagat that „the intraarticular injection of glucocorticoid ( prednisolone) is not " apparently" not a doping. It is completely an allowed treatment since 2010 for what no exemption is needed and not even need to be declared. I spent a summer to get out of this as we have no idea why she has been given a sanction."