I do believe that we have to draw a line in the sand where drugs in our sport are truly discouraged. I do think the Euro meetings agreement makes sense.
Only one or two RBR updates Tuesday and Wednesday, as I have eye surgery on Tuesday and will be out for about 48 hours!
GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2010
(SRB): Top European one day meetings want to continue in their tough stance
against doping athletes who are returning from a ban. At yearly General
Assembly (Friday October 15) during European Athletics Convention in Serbia the
representatives of majority of the members agreed to continue with the
recommendation not to invite athletes coming from two years (or more) doping
ban or are in other means bringing athletics into disreputation. The meetings
also evaluated first year of Samsung Diamond League, IAAF World Challenge
series and new regulations for European Athletics one day meetings. In the
elections the current board headed by StockholmÂ´s DN Galan meet director Rajne
Soderberg was re-elected. The only new member is Terry McHugh former IrelandÂ´s
national team javelin thrower who is representing Luzern EA Classic meeting in Switzerland. He
replaced French Gerard Fremaux. Other board members remained, Wilfried Meert as
vice-president, Jacky Delapierre as general secretary, Fedde Zwanenburg as
treasurer and Jean-Pierre Schoebel, Ian Stewart and Alfons Juck as members.
Spring Meeting of the organisation will be held on April 15 in London on the eve of EA Congress and London
Marathon. The theme of the meeting will be Marketing and Sponsoring of the one
day meetings. Full press-release at www.euromeetings.org.
CHAMPIONS NOT THINKING ABOUT THE MARATHON NOW
(CHN): Interesting plans in the background of the fresh World Half Marathon
champions from Kenya.
As IAAF writes Wilson Kiprop was a man who had to borrow money for bus fare
just so he could get himself to races in Kenya. That perseverance paid off
for him, whose rise in the ranks this year included the national and African
10,000m titles on home turf in the high altitude of Nairobi. He’s already run a marathon,
finishing fifth in 2:09:09 in Prague in May, but he’s not yet ready to turn his
full attentions to the longer distance. “I’m not ready for another marathon
this year. But I am looking to run well and the World Cross Country
Championships,” said Kiprop. The same goes for women winner Florence Kiplagat.
Although she’s the national record holder in the 10,000m on the track at 30:11.59
from 2009, she said she still has plenty to achieve on the track before looking
further. “I didn’t have a good season on the track this year,” Kiplagat said.
“So I have to achieve more there before thinking about the marathon. I have
already won a medal at Cross Country and I have to look for a medal before I
leave the track. That is my goal for next year (Daegu) and at the next
MADRID (ESP): One of the top Spanish middle
distance runners Alvaro Rodriguez is planning a solid indoor schedule. The 2007
European U23 champion at 1500
m wants to qualify for European Indoor Championships in Paris and there attack
the podium. “I want to think about medals, but first I must qualify,” Rodriguez
was quoted. He has 3:35.76 from 2009 as best time and was unable to qualify for
(CZE): Czech Republic
already selected its team of five runners for the European CC Championships in Albufeira, Portugal
in december. In the men race Jan Kreisinger and Milan Kocourek will compete. In
menÂ´s U23 Lukas Kourek and in women U23 Lucie Sekanova. The only junior female
(CRO): The organizers of IAAF World Challenge meet Hanzekovic Memorial in Zagreb published a book
about the history of the event which celebrated this year 60 years of staging.
DETROIT (USA): Kenyan former
NCAA Champion at 10 000 m
Boaz Cheboiywo signed up only two days before the SundayÂ´s Detroit Marathon
hoping to take a shot at the course record, after he fell 12 miles into the Chicago
Marathon and did not finish. Cheboiywo, 32, of Ypsilanti began cramping up 10 miles into the Free
Press Marathon. He had hoped to reach the halfway mark in 66 minutes, but was
two minutes behind that pace. Cheboiywo had such a big deal that he stopped at
Mile 16 and got into a pace vehicle with the intention of quitting. The car was
stopped for a couple minutes with no sign of any other marathon runners behind.
Cheboiywo has only one finished marathon so far, 2:21:40 in New York 2008.
Winning Jordan Desilets got 2:28:30. Local media are writing.
KIENBAUM (GER): German
Athletics Federation DLV is starting this weekend new education course for
coaches for the B-licence. Interestingly some of the top athletes are taking
part. For example long jump European Champion Christian Reif, former discus
world champion Franka Dietzsch and another former medalist triple jumper
Charles Friedek. From the still active athletes also shot putter Nadine
Kleinert, middle-distance runner Janina Goldfuss and javelin thrower Mark Frank
are among the participants.
BEOGRAD (SRB): More awards
during the special night in Belgrade
where European Athletes of the year 2010 were celebrated. Estonia’s Raul
Rabane was the overall winner of the 2010 European Athletics Innovation Award
for his project entitled The Social Role Of An Athlete, much of which involved
the collaboration of his compatriot and 2008 Olympic Games discus champion Gerd
Kanter. A European Athletics Coaches Roll of Honour has also been inaugurated
and Spain’s Manuel Pascua,
the coach of 2010 European Athletics Championships women’s 1500 metres champion
Nuria Fernandez, received an inscribed award as a representative of all 56
coaches who guided their athletes to success in Barcelona this summer.
(JAM): Top sportswear manufacturing company Puma, who over the years have
helped several Jamaican institutions and individuals in their development, have
continued their support to Jamaica’s
track & field, now taking on the Mico
track and field team. On Friday, the school received training and competition
equipment ahead of next season’s intercollegiate championships. Former sprinter
Juliet Campbell, the company’s project manager, who handed over the gears, said
they would be sticking with the school as long as the results are there to
show. Writes TrackAlerts.
(USA): Chinese Sports
manufacturer Li Ning is one of the more recent and interesting entries into Portland’s growing circle
of footwear companies. In the world’s most populous nation, home-grown Li-Ning
has seen sales in recent years pass every competitor except for Oregon-based
Nike. But when it comes to United
States consumers, Li-Ning is almost a total
unknown. Its launch this week into the running-shoe market, an important
strategic step for a company trying to gain a foothold here. The company’s
North American headquarters sports a payroll of 28 people in its Pearl District
offices. That’s a far cry from the almost 7,000 at Nike’s sprawling campus near
Writes oregon-live.com. In athletics top faces of Li Ning are Yelena
Isinbayeva, Andreas Thorkildsen and Asafa Powell.
(NED): Respected agent and athletes liaison at many events on the track and on
the road Jos Hermens was quoted as saying after the fast SundayÂ´s jubilee edition
of Amsterdam marathon: “Amsterdam has now the best time with the
lowest budget in the world.” In All-Athletics.com rankings Amsterdam
marathon is currently number 8, leaders are London,
Chicago and Berlin. In separate men marathon rankings Amsterdam is even better
seventh, in separate women order the Dutch race is number 10.
PETTINENGO (ITA, Oct 17):
Ethiopian Sule Utura won the 40th Giro di Pettinengo in 12:29 ahead of another
Ethiopian Itaa Bedada (12:39) and best home runner Elena Romagnolo (12:42).
Fourth placer Asmerawork Bekele got 12:59, she was the winner the day before at
19th road mile in Biella
(4:55) ahead of Bedada (4:56). In the menÂ´s race Kenyans dominated, Philemon
Limo (26:23) ahead of Alex Korio (26:30) and Mike Kigen (26:34).
CAMPOBASSO (ITA, Oct 17):
Italian walking FIDAL Grand Prix race winner at 10 km was Marco De Luca in
42:11 over Jean Jacques Nkouloukidi 42:19.
VILLA DI SERIO (ITA, Oct 17):
Belarussian walkers dominated the international 50 km walking race here. Ivan
Trotskiy posted 3:56:32 ahead of Andrey Talashko 4:01:08. Third best Italian
Leonardo Dessi 4:04:46, personal best. As usual women also competed here at 50 km and Lithuanian Brigita
Virbalyte achieved 4:25:22 ahead of Swiss Laura Polli 5:06:44.
(USA, Oct 17): At 26th
edition of the marathon Lindsay Nelson won the women category in 2:45:08 (PB)
and Jason Gutierrez (both USA)
was the best male runner in 2:19:41.
Oct 17): Jason Ordway won the 31st Columbus Marathon in 2:18:08, women winner
Russian Elena Kaledina got 2:44:20. New course records in Half Marathon by
Kenyan Kiprotich Kitui 1:03:30 and US Allison Grace 1:14:20.
TORONTO (CAN, Oct 16): Former world indoor
silver medalist in the 1500 m
Canadian Carmen Douma-Hussar in her first Canadian road race won the women’s 10 km at the Oasis ZooRun in
33:23. With that she is also Canadian Champion. Defending champion Malindi
Elmore fnished in second place (34:12). An Alberta-based Kenyan won the men’s
race, Kip Kangogo after 29:48 ahead of Rob Watson 30:02.
Butler provided splits from 4×400 m relays at Commonwealth Games. There was no
sub 45 second registered in men category. Kenyan Mark Mutai anchored as fastest
with 45.01 but that was not enough to beat Australia who had better average
and Sean Wroe 45.11 last part. Bahamas
(4th place) had two strong runners but also two slower ones. Michael Mathieu
posted second leg at estimated 45.0 level and Ramon Miller anchored with 45.10.
In women relay Mandeep Kaur was fast anchor for winning India (51.15),
but faster Canadian last runner Carline Muir who clocked 50.74 to bring her
team to bronze medals. Also fifth Scotland had two fast legs (Eilidh
Child 51.4 and Lee McConnell 50.61). Interesting to note Sally Pearson as
anchor for Australia
(52.57) and individual winner Amantle Montsho in finals only 52.63 at her leg,
but 51.31 in
New York Times writes about the death of former shot put world record holder
James E. Fuchs. He developed a new way to throw the shot to compensate for a
leg injury and used the technique to set world records and dominate
shot-putting over two remarkable seasons. He died in Manhattan on Oct. 8 at age of 82. His death
was confirmed by his daughter K. C. Fuchs, who said he had had numerous
illnesses. Track and Field News ranked Mr. Fuchs as number one in the 1949 and
1950, during which he set four world records.
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