November 2014 Archives
Renaud Lavillenie, Valerie Adams,
IAAF Male and Female World Athlete of the Year,
photo by PhotoRun.net
SHOT PUT QUEEN AND AIRLAVILLENIE
MONACO (MON): For first time ever female thrower is the World Athlete of the Year, the New Zealand shot put queen Valerie Adams. She was awarded the title along with 100 000 USD prize money at the traditional World Athletics Gala in Monaco at an non-traditional place, Chapiteau de Fontvieille. „I am humble and honoured to get this award. It is very special for me, my country, all the throwers. First of all I want to thank you my coach Jean-Pierre Egger," said Adams. She was unbeaten this season and continues with the current longest winning streak of 56 competitions. Other finalists were Genzebe Dibaba and Dafne Schippers. French Pole Vault flying artist Renaud Lavillenie won after European trophy also the World Trophy as first male pole vaulter and only second jumper since Jonathan Edwards in 1995. „It is a dream come true for me, I could not expect more. Next year I want to win the World Championships gold as I do not have it in my collection." He plans fully compete already indoors, whereby Adams after two recent surgeries thinks about return in June. Other male finalists were Mutaz Essa Barshim and Dennis Kimetto.
Valerie Adams, 2014 IAAF's Women World Athlete of the Year,
photo by PhotoRun.net
(Editor's comments: I have not been so pleased in picks on awards in years! First, the US picks Meb and Jenny, and now, two of our favorite global athletes, Valerie Adams and Renaud Lavillenie are Female and Male athletes of the year. Bravo!
Valerie had a tough season, even thought 56 straight wins don't show it! Fighting pain in each competition, Valerie kept her sense of humor (which makes press conferences with her a riot, put her and Greg Rutherford together and you have a lot of fun. )
Renaud Lavillenie, is, well, a superstar as well. His vaulting is superb. His ability to comprehend his event is fascinating, and his athleticism is, well, what makes him the French Bubka.
I have to say, my respect for Renaud went up with his disappointment in Gothenburg in 2013. He knew that he would go higher, and in 2014, in one short month, he did!)
An athlete and his coach, US Olympic Trials 2004,
photo by PhotoRun.net
As the man who has guided Meb Keflezighi for the duration of his senior career - and one of the most instrumental figureheads in the renaissance of American distance running - Bob Larsen is a man with an enviable wealth of wisdom when it comes to coaching.
Currently, Larsen coaches just Keflezighi, though the number of athletes he has developed from high school to college to elite levels down through the years is colossal. His coaching has spanned all levels of the sport, from his days at Grossmont College in the 1960s to a successful tenure as UCLA Head Coach in the '80s, and more recently working at the Mammoth Track Club - and in 2005 his achievements earned him the prestigious Bill Bowerman award from the National Distance Running Hall of Fame.
Larsen is in New York this weekend to follow his star pupil Keflzighi on his attempt to regain the New York City Marathon title, and he spoke to Cathal Dennehy for RunBlogRun yesterday and allowed us to pick his brains on a range of topics. Here is the first of a two-part discussion.
WOMEN CR 2:29:12 BY TSEGA
BEIRUT (LIB, Nov 9): Around 40 000 people took to the streets to run the annual peace marathon here under beautiful conditions. After signaling the start of the race; Ethiopian distance legend Haile Gebresalassie along with Beirut Marathon Association President May El Khalil. In the male elite race; the athletes took off from the stating line under the guidance of pacemakers Issac Korir of Bahrain and Legese Adugna of Ethiopia. The pacemakers lead what started our to be a solid attempt on the course record hitting 5km in ; Half Marathon in 64:25 and 30km in 1:33:36; well under the course record pace. After a superb pacing job; the last 12km was left up to Fikadu Girma and Abdela Godana, both of Ethiopia to challenge each other for the win under increasing hot temperatures; it was evident that the warm temperatures took a toll on the athletes as paced slowed from 32km. After vomiting on the course; Fikadu Girma gathered himself to take the victory over his training partner Abdela Godana; in 2:12:28 to Godana's 2:13:28. In the female elite race; debutante Muluhabt Tsega of Ethiopia; made good on her pre race promise of running the course record as she cruised to a quick 2:29:12 over the classic distance. Tsega took the race from start line to finish line; and never looked back; she was followed by Monica Jepkoech of Kenya in 2:30:49; both ladies were under the previous course record time set by 2011 champion Seada Kedir of Ethiopia; who again found herself on the podium in Beirut; finishing 3rd this year. From Hussein Makke.
Feyisa Bekele, photo by PhotoRun.net
F. BEKELE WINS, GREAT IMPROVEMENT BY LEBID
SEOUL (KOR, Nov 9): Ethiopian Feyisa Bekele won his second marathon of the career (after Annecy in 2012) as he was the best at the Joon Ang Marathon in second fastest of the career 2:07:43 (2:06:26 in Amsterdam 2012). In close battle Kenyans followed. Evans Kiplagat Chebet in 2:07:46 PB and Thomas Kiplagat in 2:07:52 a huge PB, for first time under . European Cross Country king and nine time gold medalist Ukrainian Sergiy Lebid is continuing in his new career in marathon. And here in Korea improved to excellent 2:08:32 personal best as fourth. It was his third completed marathon, previous best from Lisboa 2013 was 2:11:24. His time is also second best by an European in 2014 behind Mo Farah who clocked in London in April 2:08:21. Under two more Kenyans Luka Rotich 2:08:48 as fifth and Daniel Kipkurgat Rono 2:09:15 as sixth. Kenyan runner James Kipsang Kwambai was 9th in 2:11:31.
MEN CR 2:10:37 BY KANDIE
ATHENS (GRE, Nov 9): High temperature and humidity did not prevent Felix Kandie to win the authentic marathon in Athens with a course record. His time 2:10:37 improved the performance of Italian Stefano Baldini (2:10:55 from 2004 Olympic Games). It is also a personal best for the 27 years old Kenyan who had 2:16:12 before. Second was his compatriot and winner here in 2010 and 2012 Raymond Bett in 2:12:34 and another Kenyan Josphat Chobei was third with 2:15.38. Kenyany also dominated women as Naomi Jepkosgei clocked 2:41:06 to win. She was followed by defending champion Nancy Rotich in 2:41:29 and Linah Chirchir 2:42:41. Kandie said after the race: „I felt strong, I didn't start too fast in the begining. I battled, above all I was afraid of Bett, but the best would win. The course is difficult, so I am pleased for what I achieved here." Best non-African Japanese Sho Matsumoto as 8th in 2:20:53. Greek champions are Christoforos Merousis 2:25:15 and Sofia Riga 2:45.38 (6th overall). The event had a record entry of 13,000 runners. With help from Tolis Lelekidis.
ATHENS (GRE): Kenyans Dennis Kimetto and Florence Kiplagat were named the 2014 AIMS Best Marathon Runners (BMR) of the Year during the association's annual gala in Athens. The award was introduced by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) in 2013. The athletes were honoured during a gala in the Greek capital, where the Athens Marathon will be staged on the original course on Sunday. 30 year-old Dennis Kimetto broke the marathon world record in the recent Berlin Marathon, clocking the first sub time in history with 2:02:57. "I am very happy to be here and proud to be named the Marathon Runner of the Year. I would never have imagined that I could be so successful when I ran my first international race at the beginning of 2012 - it is amazing," said Dennis Kimetto, who added: "The Olympic marathon in 2016 is my next big goal." Florence Kiplagat also established a world record earlier this year. The 27 year-old improved the half marathon mark to 65:12 in Barcelona. The Berlin Marathon winner from 2013 then took second in London this April with a world-class time of 2:20:24. "I feel honoured to receive this award in Athens. It will be a motivation for me to run even better in the future," said Florence Kiplagat. "I think I can run faster in the marathon, but somehow I am still a bit afraid of the distance," said the Kenyan, who has a marathon PB of 2:19:44. "We always try to reward the best runners. That is why we have the two world record holders here," said AIMS President Paco Borao. After the recent positive doping test of Kenyan Rita Jeptoo he said: "We have to fight cheating. Doping is exactly the opposite of our aims and goals!" AIMS officials also presented three other awards during the gala, which was shown life on Greek national TV. George Hirsch, the publisher of Runner's World who is still involved in the New York City Marathon, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Jo Schindler, the Race Director of the Frankfurt Marathon, was presented with the Green Award for his event. The German race was honoured as being extraordinary environmentally friendly. The Social Award was given to the Tokyo Marathon for its charity programme. This year participants in the race collected 1.9 Million Euros for the event's official charity programme called Tsunagu. The 32nd edition of the Athens Marathon will take place with a record number of 13,000 runners. Adding races at shorter distances on that day the total will reach around 35,000 athletes. From Race News Service.
LISBON (POR): US sprinter Mike Rodgers plans to run in the indoor season and compete in Europe. He will be one of the top sprinters going to run in the indoor season without World Indoor Championships. His best is 6.48 over the 60 m in 2011.
LISBON (POR): The sport of athletics is ready for changes and needs modernisation. This is one of the messages from the traditional fall athletics managers meeting. The 2014 AAM Annual Meeting was held this year in Lisbon, Portugal. Managers reviewed the 2014 season and discussed what is expected in 2015. In the session with the IAAF, ways of cooperation were on the table. Among guests attenduíng were, IAAF Senior Vice President Robert Hersh, IAAF Competitions Director Paul Hardy and IAAF Legal advisor Habib Cisse. Discussion points were related to competition structures, rules, calendar and timely payments. Managers also presented new ideas for the the IAAF World Challenge series. With IAAF Diamond League organizers, the last season and several points of improving the communication with agents were discussed. Kristian Hysen of IMG gave a presentation about TV distribution and new ideas related to social media. Paul Doyle showed his plan on how to continue with the new series called the American Track League. Over 60 leading persons from the world-wide athletics family attended the meeting. The 2015 Annual Meeting was set for San Juan, Puerto-Rico.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan marathoner Rita Jeptoo has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for EPO. The Boston and Chicago Marathon champion met with Athletics Kenya (AK) on Tuesday and made the decision to request that her B sample be tested. After the meeting, AK vice president David Okeyo told the media, "AK is taking this matter very seriously and we would like to prove to the world that we are not lying on things that we know are bad. We are taking doping issues very seriously and should, and I repeat, should; the case of Rita is not supported by any facts as required by the rules of doping, AK will take very drastic action." Inform capitalfm.co.ke and Reuters.