MONTPELLIER (FRA): European decathlon 2010 champion Romain Barras is after injury slowly back in training and started to think about the World Championships in Moscow and European Championships in Zurich 2014. As far as Rio 2016 concerns Barras is unsure to be able to continue until then. He wants to be more involved in his club MAM Montpelleir and plans to create a meeting. Informs Midi Libre.
UTRECHT (NED): The Jaarbeurs Utrecht Marathon will not be organised in 2013 due to financial difficulties. Main sponsor Jaarbeurs is not continuing and the support of the municipality and the organisers itself is not enough.
ATHENS (GRE): Greek media are informing that 5000 m olympic winner Meseret Defar visited Greece and Athens. She likes the country since her first olympic gold in 2004 and is keen supporter of the Orthodox Church here. Defar even plans after ending her career to establish an Academy for the young runners to support talent from both countries Greece and Ethiopia.
LILONGWE (MAW): Former president of the Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) Godfrey Phiri has bounced back in the hot seat after defeating Dr Richard Nyirongo by 48 to 45 votes. Nyirongo, a lecturer at Chancellor College has been leading the association for the past four years. Informs African Athletics facebook.
KYIV (UKR): Former world class decathlete Aleksandr Apaychev (8709 points national record in 1984) was fired from the post of Head coach of National team in athletics. He was dismissed due to discrepancies and fraud confirmations in financial operations concerning foreign training camps.
NAMUR (BEL): The EAP one day meetings (Europe Athletisme Promotion) will held its 22nd congress from November 2 to 4 in Namur, Belgium. In 2012 15 one day meetings were part of the series. It started on May 6 in Pavia, Italy and ended on July 21 in Amsterdam. In All-Athletics.com meeting rankings the best is Geneve as number 45th in 2012.
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica Gleaner informs that two Jamaican athletes have been tested positive for banned substances. Quarter miler Dominique Blake was 6th at the National Championships at the 400 m (51.72 PB in semis) and national 800 m champion Ricardo Cunningham (PB 1:47.98). Cunningham was tested positive for the substance pseudoephedrine. It was not immediately clear for what substance Blake tested positive. Blake went to the Olympics as part of the 4x400m relay team but did not run.
BOSTON (USA): The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced that a field of world class runners will compete in the 12th B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, on Sunday, October 7. The race will start and finish in Boston's Franklin Park. Among the B.A.A. Distance Medley entrants to compete at the B.A.A. Half Marathon are 2011 B.A.A. Half Marathon champion Ali Abdosh, of Ethiopia; 14-time NCAA All-American Sam Chelanga, of Kenya; 2012 Bolder Boulder 10K and Bellin Run (Green Bay, WI) champion Allan Kiprono, of Kenya; and 2012 B.A.A. 5K third place finisher Lani Rutto, of Kenya. Also to note Irishman Alistair Cragg.
DUBLIN (IRL): The Crowne Plaza in Santry played host to a successful meeting of the European Athletics Competition Committee last weekend. The 14 member commission, including Irish representative Pierce O'Callaghan, discussed a wide range of topics including many relating to the European Team Championships which will take place in Dublin in June 2013. The Committee agreed that Luis Saladie from Spain will be the Technical Delegate for the event in Dublin which was warmly welcomed by coordinator of the event Liam Hennessy. Informs Athletics Ireland website.
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Ricardo Prado, the former Brazilian swimmer and Olympic silver medallist, has been named President of the Sports Advisory Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The 47-year-old from São Paulo, who won silver in the 400 metres individual medley in Los Angeles in 1984 two years after becoming world champion in the event in Ecuador, will lead the 17-person committee which is made up of athletes, coaches and experts of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.
REHLINGEN (GER): 2010 European long jump champion Christian Reif is changing the club. The 847 cm jumper is switching from ABC Ludwigshafen after 11 years to LC Rehlingen. Already in Rehlingen jumping group one of the top females in Germany Bianca Kappler.
TORONTO (CAN): "I would love to be the man who brings the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon title to Ethiopia," says Siraj Gena upon learning that no Ethiopian man has ever won this IAAF Silver Label race. Writes the IAAF. "I want to win in a fast time. Yes, the bonuses are very nice for a fast time but the money is not what really motivates me. I really want to run much faster than my personal best as I am capable of doing and I want to really show my talent this year." The 27-year-old sports a personal best time of 2:08:31 set in Frankfurt a year ago.
CHICAGO (USA): Runnersworld.com writes that things feel different this year about Russian title defender Liliya Shobukhova. In the spring she skipped some planned shorter road races. Then, while representing Russia, she dropped out of August 5's Olympic Marathon. The official story is that she had stomach cramps at the Olympics. The more cynical view, of course, is that she realized she wasn't going to medal and made a strategic decision to save herself for Chicago, writes Runnersworld. That second interpretation isn't necessarily negated by Shobukhova. As she tells the Chicago Sun-Times, she has many reasons to prefer Chicago, including "let's call it, opportunity-wise," she says. "The Chicago Marathon is one of the five Major Marathons with a great history and huge media attention. It goes without saying that Chicago Marathon is one of my most favorite events I've ever competed in."
MOSCOW (RUS): Sprint marriage. Olympic 4x100 m gold medalist from 2008 Aleksandra Fedoriva married Russian 60 m champion 2011 Aleksandr Shpaer.
LONDON (GBR): Britain's Queen Elizabeth is to stage a reception for Team GB athletes. The monarch and her husband Prince Philip will host a garden party at Buckingham Palace on October 23 in honour of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic stars, with all medallists such Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah among the 350 invited guests reports Female First.
TOKYO (JAP): Sprinter Shingo Suetsugu, the Japan record holder and Olympic medalist, is aiming for a full-scale comeback, continuing the return he began last fall following a three-year hiatus. Suetsugu, who holds the Japanese record over 200m, is scheduled to compete again on October 9th confirms The Asahi Shimbun.
LONDON (GBR): One of the most enduring sponsorships in British sport is set to end when Aviva's deal with UK Athletics expires in December. The insurance and finance giant, which is the title sponsor of the British athletics team as well as the six domestic televised meetings, has been the sport's principal backer since 1999, but, according to The Telegraph it is very unlikely that the company will be continuing its relationship because of a change in the way UK Athletics is selling its sponsorship rights from 2013 onwards. Its current contract began five years ago at a cost of almost £50million, making it the biggest sports sponsorship deal in Britain outside football.
AMSTERDAM (NED): Yvonne Hak has decided to stop working with her coach Honoré Hoet and will from now on be coached by Frans Thuijs. Thuijs previously coached Ellen Van Langen to an Olympic Title in 1992 and is making his return to professional coaching. Hak also announced she wants to end her medicine studies by 2014 and will therefore be a full time student next school year. RESULTS
SANTIAGO (CHI, Sep 30): New South American junior record in shot put (6 kg) by home athlete Joaquin Jose Ballivian 19.75 m.