Tyson Gay, Rome Golden Gala, photo by PhotoRun.net.
Tyson Gay is the second fastest sprinter in history. He set AR twice this season, with a sore groin. Mark Wetmore, his manager, announced that Tyson’s surgery was successful this past week! Congrats to Yelena Isinbayeva for winning the Asturia Award, known as the Nobel prize of sports awards.
And on the Caster Semenya front, word from South Africa is that some bright bulb is suggesting an apology from Lamine Diack over the gender testing. Funny, Leone Chuene, ASA President, is still holding his post. That the man has not been castigated in public in South Africa is pure cowardice-the man is responsible for using a young athlete for his own gains-no other way to write about it.
MIAMI (USA): Second fastest 100 m sprinter and 2007 World Champion Tyson Gay successfully completed surgery on his injured groin, his manager, Mark Wetmore revealed on Saturday.
He underwent a minor surgery on both sides of his groin in Philadelphia on Friday. He was saying this after his last race in Daegu that he is planning a surgery. â€œThe doctor (William Meyers) was really, really happy with the surgery and Tyson should start walking today,â€ Wetmore was saying to Reuters. Wetmore said negotiations for Gayâ€˜s participation in the new Diamond League circuit next year were continuing. Both Gay and Bolt are likely to run a mixture of 100 and 200 metres on the world circuit. â€žThe idea is to have both run seven (Diamond League) meets, possibly even eight with a couple of a match-ups between the two throughout the year,â€œ Wetmore said. â€žAnd to put those match-ups on the calendar early. â€žThe plan is to have that done by the IAAF Gala (on November 22 in Monaco),â€œ said Wetmore, who is also the organiser for the Diamond Leagueâ€˜s New York meeting. Writes Reuters.
KAZAN (RUS): At Russian Sports Industry Forum the main speech was made by Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev. Russian president said in his opening speech that he expects this event to be held annually and helping the sport as a global player. Russian vice-prime minister Aleksandr Zhukov said that more than 3500 persons are taking part in the forum. Also speaking was IAAF President Lamine Diack who thanked President Medvedev for his support for the sports.
OVIEDO (ESP): Pole vault world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva was awarded the annual Prince of Asturia award. It is also called the Nobel Prize of Sports. She was named the number one from strong group of candidates including Hale Gebrselassie, Roger Federer, basketball-player Pau Gazol or FC Barcelona football club. The award is given since 1981 and among the winners are such track greats like Carl Lewis, Hicham El Guerrouj, Sergey Bubka or Javier Sotomayor.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Insidethegames.com writes, that IAAF President Lamine Diack must apologize to world 800 metres champion Caster Semenya before the South African Government will open talks, a senior official warned. Butana Komphela, the South African Sports and Recreation Portfolio Committee chairman, claimed Diack would have to say sorry â€žto Caster Semenya, her family and the people of South Africaâ€œ before any discussions on the issue could take place. Nick Davies, a spokesman for the IAAF, said that it was important consensus to be reached over the results of the sex tests conducted on Semenya, which have been analysed by eight medical experts – four from inside the IAAF Medical Commission and four from outside. Caster Semenyaâ€˜s gender is being questioned because her critics are jealous that she broke a South African junior record held by Zola Budd a leading member of Athletics South Africa (ASA) has claimed. Dr Simon Dlamini, the chairman of the ASA finance committee, made the allegation after Harold Adams, South Africaâ€˜s team doctor, claimed that Leonard Chuene had deliberately politicised the row over the world 800 metres champion and tried to sow seeds of confusion to deflect any of the blame away from him. A leaked confidential report from Adams claims that Chuene, the President of ASA, consulted top-level politicians before deciding, against Adamsâ€˜s advice, to let Semenya run in the World Championship in Berlin in August even though he knew already there were doubts over her gender.
SYDNEY (AUS): Australian top athletes are considering switching the events. 100 m hurdles olympic medalist Sally McLellan said she wants to try heptathlon next year. It should happen at April National Championships. 400 m hurdles world champion Jana Rawlinson claimed that she could give up athletics after the London 2012 Olympics and try to qualify in the triathlon for Rio 2016.
BARCELONA (ESP): The football stars of FC Barcelona supported the European Athletics Championships Barcelona 2010 after a training session taking pictures with Barni, the eventâ€™s mascot, today. Some of the teamâ€™s best players, Messi, Xavi and Puyol as well as head coach Pep Guardiola and the clubâ€™s director of public relations Manel Estiarte, now also join Barniâ€™s photo album next to an uncountable number of famous, national and international, stars.
NEW YORK (USA): New York City Marathon background news from Race Results Weekly. Stuart Weiss has joined the ING New York City Marathon as the eventâ€˜s new medical director, replacing Louis Maharam, who resigned late last month.This yearâ€˜s race will have over 40,000 runners on the starting line, the largest-ever marathon in history. While there are other marathons with over 40,000 entrants, only about 75% of them actually get to the race and thus cannot be counted as having participated. The largest-ever marathon in history was the 2007 ING New York City Marathon with 39,265 starters and 38,607 finishers.
JINAN (CHN): The result of young Lu Monjia in the women long jump (674) is third ever best in the U17 category. And the best by Heike Daute is 691 and not 702 which was wind-aided.
Special thanks to Alfons Juck, EME News.
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