Toyota Will Continue as IAAF Partner through 2017, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder


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The Toyota brand has been supportive of the IAAF for many years. Dentsu, the IAAF marketing agency, has announced that Toyota will stay on board until 2017. Good news! 




MONACO (MON): IAAF announced that, with the support of IAAF Marketing Partner Dentsu, the Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has signed an agreement to continue as an official partner of the IAAF World Championships until 2017. Toyota, which was already committed to provide support until the 14th edition of the IAAF World Championships, Moscow, Russia (10 - 18 August 2013), has agreed to extend its commitment to cover the 2015 and 2017 IAAF World Championships which take place respectively in Beijing, China (22-30 August 2015) and London, United Kingdom (5 - 13 August 2017). As an official partner, Toyota's logo will appear on the women's athletes' bibs, with Toyota providing the official vehicles for the IAAF World Championships, including the Marathon lead timing car and approximately 200 vehicles for athlete transportation.



TALENCE (FRA): Javelin double olympic winner and world record holder Barbora Spotakova fulfilled both goals at Decastar Combined Events meeting with personal best in heptathlon 5880 points and best ever javelin result in heptathlon 60.90. „I started with a collision at 8th hurdle, in training Im doing hurdles only until the 6th hurdle. High jump made my mood, I was satisfied with 176 and did not want to continue to risk. On the other side I was disappointed with the shot put, I fouled my second attempt which was over 14 meters. In the 200 m I used my experience from training with my dog and won my race in 25.50. Second day started with long jump, an event I was not doing for ten years. So I was happy to arrive healthy for my top event javelin. Then it was only about ending the heptathlon and the spectators really supported me. I was satisfied with the score, but must admit I expected more in javelin. Now finally the holidays will come," she said for Czech media. Spotakova had 14 javelin competitions (including qualification in London and Talence) and in every competition went over 60 with the worst in Talence and second worst 64.19 at Aviva GP in London. She lost four events (Doha, New York, London, Berlin) and is also clear world rankings leader in javelin.






BRUSSELS (BEL): Following his win at the Décastar in Talence, Belgian decathlete Hans Van Alphen told Belgian media he is looking forward to the next two years with the World championships and the European championships. Van Alphen, who is 30 years old, confirmed he wants to continue to perform on the highest level and does not rule out competing at the Rio Olympic Games.


LAUSANNE (SUI): European athletics reports that according to Russian website Allsports, Tatyana Lebedeva will continue her career for at least another year. „During the winter I shall compete in a couple of meetings, and in the summer I plan to compete for pleasure. I might even give some big meetings a miss like the world championships and just enjoy jumping and the atmosphere" Lebedeva confirmed. The athlete took last year off to give birth to her second child Sacha and added for the interview „I shall continue to quietly train and act as vice-president of the All Russia Athletics Federation. In the upcoming elections I decided not to stand for first Vice-President but decided to continue to work on a voluntary basis."


KINGSTON (JAM): Kemar Bailey-Cole, the latest man to join the sub-10 seconds club, said he is expecting to run even faster come next year. Bailey-Cole said based on his training the sub-10 time dropped in Brussels two weeks ago came as no surprise. Now he is looking forward to 2013 with high expectations. „Not putting any pressure on myself, but I am expecting to run 9.8secs," he said according to


LONDON (GBR): Glasgow 2014 have made their first major raid on London 2012 following the conclusion of the Olympics and Paralympics to appoint Ty Speer as their new deputy chief executive as he will lead the 162 million dollar commercial programme for the Commonwealth Games reports Insidethegames.


ATHENS (GRE): It is an event which every distance runner in the world should either run or attend at some point - the Athens Classic Marathon, scheduled this year for November 11. Writes Pat Butcher ( On the day before the marathon (Saturday, November 10) the sixth annual AIMS Marathon Symposium will be staged in the town of Marathon itself. The subject of this year's Symposium will be 'Levels and Quality Control of a Marathon event'. Principal speakers will be the AIMS board members, Mark Milde (Berlin Marathon), Gary Boshoff (Comrades' Marathon), and Fernando Jamarme (Santiago Marathon). More than 50 organizers of international marathon races are expected to be in Athens for the AIMS Symposium. Since 2012 is the 30th anniversary of both the re-launch of the Athens Classic Marathon, and of the AIMS organisation itself, there will be a Gala dinner, in Athens, on Friday evening, November 10. Legendary marathon athletes and other marathon and athletics figureheads will be honoured by AIMS & the Hellenic federation, SEGAS during this special event.


ST. LOUIS (USA): GO! St. Louis has announced a substantial increase in prize money for the popular half-marathon race presented by PNC Bank, which is part of the GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend, set for April 6 & 7, 2013. The men's and women's winner in the half-marathon will each receive a USD 10,000 prize. Total prize money for one of the Midwest's largest races was increased to USD 47,000, including a USD 1000 bonus for a new course record in the marathon race


KOBLENZ (GER): In the mean-time olympic heptathlon medalist Lilli Schwarzkopf underwent a surgery at the Koblenz Army Hospital. She injured her right achilles on Saturday during the hurdles races in Talence.


LONDON (GBR): Jim Clarke, who served as chairman of the London Marathon from 1995 to 2009 and was instrumental in setting up the entry system for the first event in 1981, has died at the age of 89. Informs insidethegames.







BUDAPEST (HUN, Sep 16): Attila Zsivoczky as guest scored 7703 points in decathlon during Hungarian U23 and U18 Combined Events Championships. Since 2007 he had only one better result 7708 in 2010.


OSLO (NOR, Sep 16): Norwegian hammer record holder Eivind Henriksen scored 4427 points Norwegian best in Throwing Pentathlon with 71.58 hammer, 14.00 shot, 50.14 discus, 54.96 javelin and 21.77 weight throw.


BRATISLAVA (SVK, Sep 15): The 4th Bratislava Night Run, a road race at 9 km had new participation record of 3535 runners. Male winner was triathlon olympian Richard Varga in 27:33 and in women Lucia Janeckova 32:28 ahead of marathon olympian Katarina Beresova 32:34.


LAHAINA (USA, Sep 15): At 12th Front Street Mile wins for David Torrence 3:59 ahead of Will Leer 4:01. Chelsea Reilly set a course record 4:32, beating both Sara Hall 4:42 and her coach, Magdalena Lewy Boulet 4:43. Informs RRW.


O BARCO DE VALDEORRAS (ESP, Sep 15): Spanish road mile champions Victor Riobo 4:23 and Solange Andreia Pereira 4:58.


SANTO DOMINGO (DOM, Sep 15): Jaisa Sanchez 46:13 and Jose Runiera 37:45 were the female and male winners of Saturday's opening North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) 10K Road Race Series here in Dominican Republic. This was the first in a 5-race series organized for Caribbean athletes, but unfortunately, Dominican Republic runners were the only ones to face the start.


ESKILSTUNA (SWE, Sep 15): Nordic Championships in walking saw Norway´s Erik Tysse winning the 20 km race in 1:20:39 ahead of Ato Ibanez of Sweden 1:22:36 personal best and Andreas Gustafsson another lifetime best 1:23:20. Lithuanian Brigita Virbalyte was the best in women 10 km in 45:16 ahead of Latvian Agnese Pastare 47:49.


NDAKAINI (KEN, Sep 15): Masai Mara Half Marathon champion Nicholas Kipkemboi won UAP Ndakaini Half Marathon in 1:04:41 with Peter Kimeu as second also 1:04:41. Christine Chepkemei won women's race in 1:17:02 in the ninth edition's meet that attracted an estimated 3000 runners. Kenyan media are informing.


ELDORET (KEN, Sep 15): African 10 000 m champion Kenneth Kipkemoi launched his cross-country bid with victory in Eldoret over the weekend at the 12 km. He was timed with 35:46 ahead of upcoming marathoner Daniel Kipkemei 36:09 and Stephen Kiprotich 36:14. In senior women, cross-country jackpot chaser Farida Chelanga stole the show 27:28, beating Beatrice Jepkemoi 27:41. From East Standard.


BAROEUIL (FRA, Sep 16): At the international half marathon here Kenyan wins for Just Moranga 1:02:55 and Leonidah Mosop 1:15:57.


VORONOVO (RUS, Sep 16): Russian Walking Grand Prix ended with a final meet won by Mikhail Ryzhov in 39:11 ahead of Andrey Bartsaykin 39:31 and Pyotr Bogatyryov 39:33. Tatyana Korotkova was the best woman in 43:24 beating Marina Pandakova 43:29 and Anna Yermina who was also the best junior in 43:35. Best male junior Kirill Florov achieved 41:09.


TIANJIN (CHN, Sep 17): National Student Games continued with Gong Lijiao winning the women shot put 19.17. Wang Yu cleared 227 in the men high jump, Xie Wenjun 13.73 (+0.2) at 110 m hurdles, Lu Huihui registered 60.11 in women javelin.


DOMAZLICE (CZE, Sep 16): European javelin champion Vitezslav Vesely won here with 79.67 ahead of Igor Janik of Poland 79.40.







TALENCE (FRA): Czech Adam Sebastian Helcelet did not score his first 8+ decathlon in Talence, in June in Kladno he already achieved 8044 points.


ROSARIO (ARG): Argentinian Joaquin Gomez achieved hammer U17 South American record 74.71 at Argentinian national championships of this category and not in the U23 category.

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