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McLeod_Omar1-Lausanne16.jpgOmar McLeod, David Oliver, photo by PhotoRun.net

McLeod at Millrose Games
NEW YORK (USA): The oldest one day indoor meeting the NYRR Millrose Games announced great 60 m hurdles duel. Olympic winner Omar McLeod will face on February 11 at Armory 2011 World champion Jason Richardson and Beijing Worlds participant Aleec Harris. From twitter.

RunBlogRun Opines: The 110 meter hurdles and the 60 meter hurdles for men are two of the toughest events in the sport of athletics. At the Millrose Games, the 60 meter hurdles will be one of the most competitive. Omar McLeod, Olympic champion, is the man for 2017. Every hurdler in the world will want to take him down next year.

DeGrasse_AndreFL-Rio16.jpgAndre De Grasse, photo by PhotoRun.net

De Grasse over Crosby
TORONTO (CAN): The Canadian Press news agency named olympic medalist in sprints Andre De Grasse as Canadian Sports Person of the Year 2016. The Markham sprinter earned 43 votes (66 per cent) in the annual survey of editors and broadcasters from across the country. Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was second with 18 votes (28 %). High jumper Derek Drouin, who won gold in Rio, earned two votes, while Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and tennis star Milos Raonic each received one.

RunBlogRun opines: Andre De Grasse is one of the new real stars of the sport. His racing in Rio was exemplary. It will be exciting to see him in 2017!

Sumgong_JemimaFV-Rio16.jpgJemima Sumgong, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sumgong for Sao Paulo

SAO PAULO (BRA): Olympic marathon gold medalist Jemima Sumgong is the latest top name announced for the 92nd Corrida de San Silvestre here on December 31. Already earlier confirmed were Ethiopian Ymer Ayalew and top Brazilian name Joziane da Silva Cardoso.

RunBlogRun opines: Jemima Sumgong had what can be described as a roller derby like year. Her fall at London precipitated a fine win in that April race, and her win in the humidity and heat of Rio showed her versatility. Good luck to Jemima in the San Silvestre race, won by many of the finest runners in the world.

Coe_Seb1b-IAAFgala16.jpgSeb Coe, in deep contemplation, photo by PhotoRun.net

NEW DELHI (IND): The Statesman.com writes that IAAF President Sebastian Coe says that India has the capability to host big ticket track and field events and he would love to see the prestigious Diamond League Meeting being held in the country in near future. "I know it is possible. New Delhi also hosted the World Half Marathon Championships way back in 2004 and it was hugely successful. So, I am sure India is well capable of hosting big international events. I want to see IAAF events coming to India. It's important IAAF increases its global footprint, particularly for our big one-day athletics events. Asia, including India, is an important market. That will be where our focus is. I would love to have a Diamond League event in India one day," he added.

RunBlogRun opines: Of course, Seb Coe is right. India could be the next great athletic world power. There are 25 races, at least, in India, with over 20,000 runners. There are a plethora of road races with six figure prize purses. There are fine athletic performances, and some amazing athletes coming through their antiquated system. The real issue is this: drug testing has to catch up with the sport in India's enthusiasm. If it does, India will be the next great global sports power.

Spanovic_Ivana1-OlyGame16.jpgIvana Spanovic, photo by PhotoRun.net

LONDON (GBR): Long jump European Champion Ivana Spanovic said for London 2017 website she will spend Christmas home because she is in preparation for the European Indoor Championships on home soil. She also confirmed she trains also on Christmas Day: "Yes I do. I don't think about it because when I was little and my birthday was on a working day or I was training. Now I'm older, it's my job, that's what I do and I love it. I don't think about it, but I do like to finish my training session early enough to get everything done that I want to do on Christmas day."

RunBlogRun opines: Athletes train to perform at their best. They train on weekends, holidays, in mornings, evenings. Ivana Spanovic is a fine athlete, and she is preparing for the European Indoor Championships in her homeland. We look forward to seeing her battle for the Euro Indoor title.

Geist_JordanH-NBON16.jpgJordan Geist, photo by PhotoRun.net

GREENSBURG (USA, Dec 22): Junior Jordan Geist (18) broke the national high school record with senior implement at Thursday night's Hempfield Area Competition. He achieved 20.82 what is third all-time best U20 ever after 21.14 Konrad Bukowiecki and 21.05 Terry Albritton. Indoors it is second best ever. Geist achieved that mark in last round, he has signed with the University of Arizona. He was third at US U20 Championships last summer.

Tokyo 2020 budget adjusted down

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Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo 2020, courtesy of Guardian.UK

TOKYO (JPN): Organisers of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo informed about their new budget of between ¥1.6 trillion (£11 billion/$13.6 billion/€13.1 billion) and ¥1.8 trillion (£12.4 billion/$15.3 billion/€14.7 billion). The official cost estimate, revealed during a Four-Party Political Working Group meeting, is down from the maximum budget cap of ¥2 trillion (£13.8 billion/$17 billion/€16.4 billion) cited by Tokyo 2020 President Yoshirō Mori last month. Informs insidethegames.

Kemboi-JagerR1a-Rio16.jpgEzekial Kemboi and Evan Jager, after the Big Race in Rio! photo by PhotoRun.net

NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya's multiple World and Olympic steeplechase gold medallist Ezekiel Kemboi on Wednesday described Kenya's Olympic officials as "tourists" and blamed them for failing to appeal against the disqualification that saw him stripped of his bronze medal at the Rio Olympic Games. Informs Daily Nation.

RunBlogRun opines: Mr. Kemboi, the elder statesman of Steeplechasers, was quite gentle when he called the Kenyan Olympic officials 'tourists'. That there was not a protest filed to defend the most bemedaled steepler of all times is sad. I am no doctor, but the DQ of Mr. Kemboi was lacking common sense. Some common sense must be used in DQing athletes, such as, them impacting others.

Ward-Rupp-Keflezighi-Rio16.jpgJared Ward, Galen Rupp, Meb Keflezighi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Top US names for Boston
BOSTON (USA): Olympic medalists and Rio 2016 Olympians Shalane Flanagan, Meb Keflezighi and Galen Rupp will lead the home country charge at the 2017 Boston Marathon, organizers reported today, just three of a strong American team which will toe the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass., on Monday, April 17. Also competing for the unofficial Team USA in Boston will be 2016 Rio Olympic Marathoners Des Linden (2:22:38 PB) and Jared Ward (2:11:30). Other Americans in the race will be four-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, recently third at the TCS New York City Marathon; Shadrack Biwott, recently fifth in New York; Sean Quigley, who has a 2:13:30 personal best; Clara Santucci, the 2015 Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon champion; Esther Atkins, the 2014 USA marathon champion; and Jordan Hasay, who will make her marathon debut. From RRW.

RunBlogRun opines: In this very historic and American marathon, it is great to see a top U.S. field. Meb will be competing in his last Boston as an elite and Galen in his first as an elite. Shalane Flanagan and Des Linden put it all on the line each and every time they race. Looking forward to Boston 2017!

Johnson_KatarinaSPW-Rio16.jpgKatarina Johnson-Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net

KJT joins French Group
LIVERPOOL (GBR): European indoor pentathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson will join Kevin Mayer and Antoinette Nana Djimou's training group in Montpellier, informs L'Equipe. Johnson-Thompson split up with her long-time coach Mike Holmes after the Olympics and will now be coached by Bertrand Valcin and Jean Yves Cochand while Bruno Gajer will advise her in the 800m. Johnson-Thompson will travel out to Stellenbosch in South Africa for a warm weather training trip next month ahead of the indoor season. According to The Sun, Olympic 200m finalist Adam Gemili has joined Rana Reider's group after splitting up with Steve Fudge.

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