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Barshim celebrated also in Sweden
LUND (SWE): Last weekend the High Jump World champion Mutaz Essa Barshim staged his European wedding in Sweden. Among the some 100 guests also French pole vault star Renaud Lavillenie, Italian star Gianmarco Tamberi and South African World record holder Wayde Van Niekerk. This part followed the wedding staged in Qatar with some 300 guests. His wife is now Alexandra Barshim with roots in athletics.

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BLOEMFONTEIN (RSA): Caster Semenya won two awards at the annual SA Sports Awards in Bloemfontein last night. The world and Olympic 800m champion was named Sportswoman of the Year and Sports Star of the Year at the awards held by Sport and Recreation South Africa, a national government department. From iol.co.za.

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Gebrselassie resigned

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Gebrselassie resigned
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Ethiopian journalist Elshadai Negash has reported that Haile Gebrselassie has stepped down as President of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation after two years in function. "Happening now: @hailegebr announces shock resignation from #Ethiopia Athletics Federation presidency. First #EAF president to quit midterm in seventeen years," he said on Twitter. "Resignation comes after protests by athletes in #Sululta complaining of lack of facilities and services by the federation. @HaileGebr says differences are not longer reconcilable," writes Negash. The federation vice-president, 1992 Olympic champion Derartu Tulu will assume the presidential duties until new elections are held.
-- Elshadai Negash (@ElshSuperStar) November 12, 2018

DrZaeenXcAE6jd1.jpg-large.jpgPortugal sports minister Mr. Joao Rebelo visited AAM Annual meeting, photo by Alfonz Juck/EME News

The Association of Athletic Managers is one of the most unknown, and yet, also, most important organizations in the sport. Please read the release below carefully. The AAM notes that they were not familiar with the IAAF World rankings protocal and they voice some concerns. (To see some other concerns on IAAF Rankings, please read our feature by A. Lennart Julin, http://www.runblogrun.com/2018/10/why-the-proposed-iaaf-world-rankings-never-can-be-a-fair-tool-for-determining-championship-entries-p.html, part 1 and part 2, http://www.runblogrun.com/2018/10/why-the-proposed-iaaf-world-rankings-never-can-be-a-fair-tool-for-determining-championship-entries-p-1.html.)

To learn more about AAM, please go to their website: https://www.athleticsmanagers.com.

Dominique Scott is one of South Africa's finest distance runners. Dominique was an NCAA champion at the University of Arkansas. She won titles both indoor outdoor, while taking 3rd in the NCAA cross country. Dominique now competes for adidas and is coached by Joe Bosshard, where she trains with Emma Coburn and Aisha Praught Leer.

Scott_Dominique-NBin17.jpgDominique Scott, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dominique competed over 10,000 meters in Rio in 2016. In 2018, Dominique competed in the World Indoors at 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters last March 2017 in Birmingham, England.

This is the second of 4 tips from Dominique Scott, who was interviewed by RunBlogRun on October 8, 2018. Dominique Scott went to Rhenish High School in Capetown, South Africa. Dominique ran 4:28 at 1500m, 9:40 for 3000m, and 34:28 for 10k. Those times recieved the attention of Lance Harter, long time coach at the University of Arkansas.

We thank Dominique Scott for her time and boundless enthusiasm.

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Claye_Will1b-Pre18.jpgWill Claye, photo by PhotoRun.net

The NYC Armory announced an upcoming indoor T&F camp, with a fine group of athletes and coaches! If you can make it, be there!

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PORTLAND (USA): Alberto Salazar has confirmed he is longer working Olympic 1500m champion Matt Centrowitz. The split was revealed by Letsrun on November 3 and the Nike Oregon Project head has since told Oregon Live: "He has let us know he is not running with the Oregon Project. I'm not coaching him."

Dominique Scott is a fine distance runner from South Africa, who travelled to the University of Arkansas. While a the Univeristy of Arkansas, under the direction of Coach Lance Harter, Dominique won both the 5,000m and 10,000m at the 2016 NCAA Championships. Dominque saw great success as well in cross country, taking 3rd in the NCAA Cross Country Champs in 2015.

Scott_Dominique-BAA10k17.jpgDominique Scott, BAA 10, 2017, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dominique also represented South Africa at the Rio Olympics and also the World Indoor Championships. In 2018, Dominique set three PBs at the 5000 meters, as well as PBs at the mile and 1,500 meters.

We asked Dominique to provide us with three training tips for young athletes. This was recorded on October 8, 2018, in Las Vegas at the Global Athletics Conference.

I have been wanting to do this one for awhile.

After watching Kenenisa Bekele walk off the course with less than 2 kilometers to go, and a definite sub 2:07, I read the comments by both Jos Hermans, his manager and Renato Canova, a prominent and out spoken coach. Hermans noted that Bekele does not respect the distance. That seems to be a fact. Canova noted that, for Bekele to be successful at 42.295 kilometers, he must radically change his training. I think the fact is buried in the hyperbole.

Bekele_KenenisaPC-Brussels11.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by Photorun.net

The fact is that Eliud Kipchoge lives like a monk when he trains. Months of work, consistent food, sleep and training. Mo Farah goes to Ethiopia or Kenya to do his work.

While both Kipchoge and Farah may make their success seem easy to come by, it is not. Kipchoge came up through the ranks, in cross country, track and finally, road runniing. It took Kipchoge several years on the roads to become, as Paula Radcliffe and Steve Cram are fond of saying, "the zen master of the marathon."

Mo Farah's win in Chicago was both brilliant and dominating. He turned it off until 35km and then, let the field have it. His move, with 800 meters to go, was gut wrenching, but Farah has the racing touch. He is the warrior monk of the marathon.

What will Kenensa Bekele do with the mararthon? Contrary to what Jos Hermans said, Bekele may have it the talent, but not the desire to do the work to deliver a fast time.

SydneyM1.jpgSydney McLaughlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

After several months of rumors, the biggest sponsorship in athletics in several years, for an athlete, was announced. New Balance had won the sponsorship sweepstakes over Sydney McLaughlin. Sydney McLaughlin was feted by many of the largest footwear brands in the world. Sydney is a fine 400 meter hurdler and fine 400 meter runner. The key note is that Sydney transcends running. An able communicator in social media, Sydney McLaughlin will attract young woman and young men to New Balance. That is what NB needs to continue to grow and prosper.

In the track & field world, Usain Bolt was the highest paid sponsorship, at the top of his form. On the women's side, Sydney McLaughlin may be the new sponsorship record for women track & field athletes. Allyson Felix is probably the sponsorship record holder until Sydney came along. Never discount Allyson, as she has been a pro since she was 18, about 14 years ago.

What is important about Sydney and why should you care? In her generation, Sydney McLaughlin required not only a large amount of money, but also, fine product to capture her interest and that of her family and management team. McLaughlin's mastery of social media draws large numbers to her brand, and hopefully to New Balance.

NB has developed a small but successful team of women athletes, from Olympic/World Champion medalists Jenny Simpson, Emma Coburn to World Champion medalist Brenda Martinez. Sydney McLaughlin will be part of the next generation of NB athletes. Along with NYC Marathon and London Marathon, NB has nimbly picked their sports marketing targets.

Sydney McLaughlin should smile all the way to the proverbial bank. If she continues to develop, picks up a few global medals, NB will be smiling as well.

Offiical release is posted below:

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