Sorry, crazy busy day today, but watch for a nice tribute to Liliya Shobukova and her win at Bank of America Chicago Marathon tomorrow!
VCB IS IN PARIS AND PLANS INDOOR RACES
PARIS (FRA): Double olympic winner at 200 m Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown plans a handful of races during the indoor season 2010. During this process she will also decide whether to compete at World Indoor Championships in March in Doha. On Tuesday she is in France to be designated as a UNESCO Champion for Sport at Paris Headquarters. The ceremony will be held in the presence of Olivia Grange Jamaicaâ€˜s Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture. The 2007 100 m world champion will be designated in this capacity â€žin recognition of her advocacy for gender equity in sport and her dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organizationâ€œ.
KOZMUS DECISION FINAL
LJUBLJANA (SLO): Slovenian hammer gold medalist from Beijing and Berlin Primoz Kozmus ruled out his return to competition. He said that in latest interview with Ekipa.org. Kozmus shocked last week everybody with his decision to end the career. â€žI will not change my mind. My decision is final,â€œ he was quoted. Initially he said that the final decision will come in spring 2010.â€œI know that I could earn more money when continuing with my throwing. With this decision I lost financially. But it is my personal decision, I do not want to blame anybody. But I m so, now a new chapter in my life is starting and I m sure I will enjoy it,â€œ Kozmus said.
KALLUR HOPES FOR INDOOR SEASON
FALUN (SWE): Although the pain is still there there is lot of hope for indoor season for Swedish 60 m hurdles world record holder Susanna Kallur. â€žX-ray pictures are showing that it is getting better and better, â€žshe said for Swedish TV. She is doing training now on ice with her father who is former NHL ice-hockey player together with sister Jenny who is also coming from injury.
KLUFT THINKS ABOUT THE FUTURE
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Former combined events star Carolina KlÃ¼ft is undergoing her rehabilitation after injury in good speed. It is faster than expected, she said for Swedish TV. She wants to be back for Olympic Games 2012 for sure, but also European Championships 2010 and World Championships 2011 is possible. She can ran currently at 70 percent.
WLODARCZYK SOON OK AND WITH NEW COACH
WARSZAWA (POL): Hammer world record holder and world champion Anita Wlodarczyk is having a new coach. It is Krzysztof Kaliszewski (37) who is also guiding the preparation of men silver medalist Szymon Ziolkowski. She ended her cooperation with Czeslaw Cybulski last season, before the world championships. Her ankle injury from world record celebration is over, she will start the preparation for next season early November in Szklarska Poreba. The healing process was without surgery. She had also her holidays in Egypt.
TALLENT WALKED THE MARATHON
MELBOURNE (AUS): Double olympic walking medalist from Beijing Jared Tallent also competed at SundayÂ´s Melbourne Marathon. He walked the distance in 3:08:40.
LONDON (GBR): Legendary sprinter Michael Johnson has identified London 2012â€˜s strategy of reducing the size of its Olympic stadium once the Games are over as being the most efficient way of ensuring the best value for money. Writes insidethegames.com. The Olympic Stadium in London is due to be downsized from 80,000 to 25,000 after the 2012 Games under plans that would see the track retained, unlike in Atlanta. â€žAlthough the track is no longer there in Atlanta, the stadium is used by the Atlanta Braves, and itâ€˜s better that it be used from the point of view of the taxpayer,â€œ Johnson said. â€žThe track in Sydney where the 2000 Olympics took place still exists, but nothing takes place there.
DAKAR (SEN): African Athletics Confederation in its ranking of the meetings has Rabat from Morroco as first with 11 767 points ahead of another Morrocan fixture in Tanger (11 718) and third is the IAAF GP Meet of Dakar (11 587). Top five is completed by Abuja in Nigeria (11 522) and third Morrocan meeting in Casablanca (11 433). Comparing with All-Athletics.com rankings the top three are the same. Rabat has 84 380 points (overall score including promotion score, is 31st in the world), Tanger 81 640 (56 in the world) and Dakar 79 708 (76 in the world). The only remaining African meeting in top 100 is Germiston in South Africa as 95th (77 972).
DUBLIN (IRL): Irish media are informing that banned coach David Farrow is responsible for the training of Irish Olympic hopeful Rose Anne Galligan. The 21-years old runner was sixth this summer at 1500 m in the European U23 Championships. Farrow was handed a five-year suspension by UK Athletics in 2007 after being accused and found guilty of â€šabusing his position of trustâ€˜. However, the 57-year old has been working with Galligan and accompanied her to the European under-23 event in Lithuania this year. The Irish team management was not aware at the time that UK Athletics had withdrawn Mr Farrowâ€˜s licence to coach.
LONDON (GBR): The Telegraph writes, that IAAF President Lamine Diack plans to travel to South Africa for a face-to-face meeting with Caster Semenya to explain the results of her gender verification test.
The 800 m world champion has yet to be notified about the medical examination she underwent following her triumph in Berlin, despite leaked reports that she is a hermaphrodite, with both male and female sexual organs. The test results are still being scrutinised by scientific experts and lawyers but Diack hopes to be in a position to fly to South Africa to meet the 18 year-old before the end of the month. Writes The Telegraph. The official outcome of the case may be known at IAAF Council Meeting planned for November 20-21 in Monaco.
EUROPEAN CALENDAR 2010
BUDAPEST (HUN): Some facts from published Pre-Calendar 2010 (changes are possible), which will be finalised during European Athletics Convention end of this week in Budapest.
European Team Championships (June 19/20): The main Super League will be held in Bergen, First League in Budapest, Second League in Belgrade and Third League in Marsa, Malta.
European Cup Combined Events (June 26/27): Super League in Tallinn, First League in Hengelo and Second League in Ribeira Brava, Portugal.
European Permit Events
Premium Meetings: In pre-calendar not listed from 2009 Premium meetings is Tallinn. One level down (classic) are Thessaloniki and Zaragoza. The meeting of Malaga will not be held. New premiums are Barcelona and Pedros Cup in Szczecin, Poland.
Classic Meetings: New meetings here are four from Germany Cuxhaven, Cottbus, Leverkusen, Biberach, Spanish Huelva and Karlstad in Sweden. Coming down from Premium are Zaragoza and Thessaloniki. Not beeing in this category for 2010 are Belgrade, Lappeenranta and Linz.
Indoor: Only four meetings remained. No permits for Bydgoszcz Indoor Jumping meet and junior meet Grigoryan in Moscow.
Walking: Three new meetings in Algarve, Portugal, Alytus in Lithuania and Essex in Great Britain. Not beeing a permit here is Dublin in comparison to 2009.
Cross-Country: New permits here are Burgos in Spain and Budapest. Not beeing here in comparison to 2008/9 season are Hannuit in Belgium, Alcobendas in Spain and Istanbul.
IVANO-FRANKIVSK (UKR, Oct 11): Serhiy Budza won the Ukrainian 50 km walk title in new life-time best 3:53:30 ahead of Andriy Kovenko who at age of 35 also improved to 3:58:50.
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