In the media room last Sunday after the race, Chicago columnist Philip Hersh asked
Tsegaye Kebede if he would run ING NYC with the outside chance that he could defeat the
fresh field assembled for the Nov.7 race. Kebede played a bit with Mr. Hersh, and it took
a response from Kebede’s agent to end the rumors. In the news report from Alfons
Juck, it is clear that Kebede realizes he could have a long career ahead of him, if he does not do things like two world class marathons in four weeks.
EME NEWS (OCT
(IND, Oct 14):
Kenyan’s John Kelai and Irene Jerotich claimed the Commonwealth Games
marathon titles on the final day’s action in Delhi on Thursday. Winning time of
Kelai was 2:14:35. Second Australian Michael Shelley 2:15:28 and third Amos
Matui clocking 2:15:58. Mike Tebulo of Malawi improved to 2:18:31 as
fourth. In tough conditions (24 degrees at morning 6.30 start and 72 percent
humidity) Jerotich fought a tight battle with teammate Irene Mogake before
pulling away for a 11 seconds win in 2:34:32. Mogake achieved 2:34:43 and
Aussie Lisa Weightman finished third (2:35:25).
KENYA AHEAD OF AUSTRALIA
final medal rankings of athletics at Commonwealth Games Kenya is the leader with
11-10-8 (in total 29 medals). Second Australia
is close with 11-6-3 and third England
has 7-8-11. Fourth place for Canada
7-2-7, Jamaica is fifth
2-4-1 just edging home India
2-3-7 and Nigeria
total 24 countries won medals in athletics.
BEATS THEM ALL
BEOGRAD (SRB, Oct 13): Josphat
Menjo of Kenya
capped a historic breakthrough season by winning the Belgrade Race Through
History this afternoon, taking five seconds from the long standing course
record, with 16.53 for the six kilometre lap around the Kalemedgan fortress in
the Serbian capital. Menjo, 31, outsprinted compatriots Eliud Kipchoge (16:55)
and Stephen Tum (16:56), who finished second and third, while Saif Saaeed
Shaheen of Qatar, in the first road race of his eventful career just outleaned
Kenya-based New Zealander Jake Robertson for fourth (16:57). Robertson was
timed at 16:58 ahead of best European Laszlo Toth of Hungary (17:00). Such was the
quality of the field for the sun-soaked race, rather than the threatened rain,
that the top five ran faster or equal to the record of 16.58, set by Brahim
Lahlafi of Morocco
at the inaugural event in 1996. More on Pat ButcherÂ´s blog www.globerunner.org.
PLANS FOR FUTURE
(USA): Ethiopian Chicago marathon second placer
Tsegaye Kebede confirmed he will not run the New York City Marathon to
the World Marathon Majors 2009-10 overall win. He is 10 points behind
Wanjiru. “New York was never in his mind
before Chicago,” his agent Valentijn Trouw said
for The New York Times in a phone interview from his offices in the
“He thought about it briefly after Chicago,
but then we realized it was not a good idea. Tsegaye has a lot of good
come, we hope at least 10 years and maybe 12.” Trouw added that Kebede, a
as a top global marathon contender, plans to run in the New York City
But its relatively tough course and race date have not yet made it a
priority. London, Berlin and Chicago offer easier courses and a better
chance than New York for Kebede to
set a world record. Kebede could make
his New York City Marathon debut in 2011, although 2012 is more likely. Trouw
explained that the best time for Wanjiru to run in New
York would be after an Olympic or world championship marathon due
to the extra month of rest the New
York race offers as a fall marathon option.
(CHN): IAAF informs that an IAAF Evaluation Commission headed by Senior Vice
President Sergey Bubka has just completed a two-day visit to Beijing to investigate the Chinese capital’s
bid to host the 2015 IAAF World Championships. Beijing
is one of two candidates to be hosts for the 2015 IAAF World Championships,
their rivals being another Olympic city, London,
who are set to stage the 2012 edition. The decision on the venue will be taken
at the IAAF Council meeting in Monte
Carlo on Saturday 20 November. During the meeting with
the Mayor, Bubka, who is Chairman of the IAAF Evaluation Commission commented,
“The evaluation team has been very warmly welcomed and have had very fruitful
meetings. We are pleased to see the level of support for this bid from the
Chinese authorities and there seems to be a real desire to build on the legacy
of the 2008 Games by staging the World Championships in the Bird’s Nest
stadium. This bid from Beijing is a very serious
one, with all partners committed and passionate about making athletics even
more popular in China.”
NANNING (CHN): The prize money of 30 000 USD
for individual winners and 15 000 USD for winning teams was confirmed by IAAF
for SaturdayÂ´s IAAF / SINOPEC World Half Marathon Championships. Top 6
individuals and teams will be awarded. There is also a world record bonus of 50
000 USD offered. Women race is starting at 8.30 am local time and for men at 9
am. The championships will take place in City Centre, starting & finishing
in Wuxiang Square.
The course is flat, from 8 to 12m wide. Main favorites are Eritrean Zersenay
Tadese and Kenyans in menÂ´s race and Ethiopian and Kenyans in women race.
LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics confirmed
five candidate cities to stage the 2013 SPAR European Team Championships.
Braunschweig (GER), Bydgoszcz (POL), Gateshead (GBR), Kiyiv (UKR) and Ostrava
(CZE) have all sent applications to European Athletics and a decision on the
host of the 4th SPAR European Team Championships will be made at the European
Athletics Council meeting in May 2011. The 2011 SPAR European Team
Championships will be staged in the Swedish capital Stockholm
on 18-19 June, the third host city following successful events in Leiria (POR)
(NOR) in the last two years. There will be no SPAR Team Championships in 2012
as the European Athletics Championships will be staged in Helsinki between 27 June and 1 July.
GATHERING IN SERBIA
BEOGRAD (SRB): The traditional
autumn gathering of athletics officials is now called European Athletics
Convention and its third edition will be held from Thursday to Saturday in Belgrade, Serbia. More than 350 key athletics decision makers
and a record number of media representatives are attending the event, informs
European Athletics. The weekend will be culminating with the European Athletics
Awards Night presented by MONDO on Saturday night with awarding Blanka Vlasic,
Christoph Lemaitre with the titles. It will start with forum for European
one-day meetings on Thursday, continue with various groups meetings
(Euromeetings, Nordic Countries, Balkan Countries, Clubs competitions etc.), calendar
issues and extraordinary EA Congress on Saturday.
Dathan Ritzenhein who is in preparation for New York City Marathon in November
has withdrawn from he Denver RockÂ´n Roll Half Marathon scheduled for this
Sunday. “But since coming to Albuquerque for
some altitude training, we have had some excellent workouts, and this has
forced us to re-evaluate our final preparation for New York. As much as I would love to run in Denver, we regrettably
have to take the prudent approach of skipping this weekend’s race. It’s with a
heavy heart that I have to make the decision not to run in Denver, but as my
focus for the year has always been to be at my best for New York, this will
give me the best chance of achieving my goals,” Ritzenhein was quoted at
LOS ANGELES (USA): UniversalSports.com will offer live
streaming coverage of this weekend’s 2010 IAAF/SINOPEC World Half-Marathon
Championships from Nanning,
China. If you live in the United States, the coverage is very
conveniently timed for 8:00 p.m. on Friday night Eastern time. The cost is just 1.99 USD.
MUNCHEN (GER): Last German
women 100 m
olympic winner Annegret Richter is celebrating her 60th birthday. “When you
feel well and no pain, then there is no problem. I m really not feeling too
old,” she was quoted.
BEIJING (CHN): IAAF informs that professor
Arne Ljungqvist (SWE), Honorary Life Vice-President and former Senior
Vice-President of the IAAF has launched the Chinese version of his book which
was first published in Swedish in 2008. On 29 September 2010, the Chinese
Sports Ministry organised the launch of the Mandarin language version of
Professor Ljungqvist’s book ‘Doping Nemesis’ which quote ‘lifts the lid off
CHAPEL HILL (USA): In wire
reports the cause of death of former world and olympic winner Antonio
Pettigrew, who admitted to doping and was stripped of a gold medal, was
confirmed as committing suicide by overdosing on a drug common to sleeping
pills. That is according to an autopsy
report released Wednesday. Pettigrew (42) was found dead in the backseat of his
locked car in August.
Canadian The Star writes that somewhere between the fifth and sixth rounds of
the Commonwealth Games long jump, Canadian coach Carla Nicholls may have saved
a life. Nicholls was coaching Canada’s
jumping contingent Sunday night but she had to spring into life-saving action
when Nigerian jumper Comfort Onyali collapsed with a seizure and stopped
breathing. Nicholls was with the two Canadians when she spotted a cameraman
frantically waving for help just before the sixth round of the competition.
Since no one was responding, the coach from Regina darted through a barrier and on to the
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA):
Hurdler Terrence Trammell is not planning to compete indoors 2011 but hopes to
be back in full strength for the outdoor campaign. He confirmed that for www.trackandfieldnews.com.
Missing the ’10 outdoor campaign did provide an important break for Trammell,
who cared for his ailing father Leonard during that time. The elder Trammell
passed away in July in Decatur.
“It was most important for me this year to be there for my dad,” the hurdler
says. While Trammell the competitor was naturally disappointed that he couldn’t
be a key rival for U.S.
teammate David Oliver during his undefeated season, Trammell says, “Honestly, I
felt like it just wasn’t my time. I felt great for David, who put together one
of the best years of hurdling ever.”He got the American Record but not the
World Record, so that mark is still there to shoot at. But overall I was happy
(GBR): British runner Andrew Lemoncello has been left out after he was denied a
Chinese visa and as a result will miss this weekend’s IAAF World Half Marathon
Championships in Nanning.
doping case in athletics at Commonwealth Games is connected to Indian female
walker Rani Yadav. She finished sixth in the 20 km race and was positive
with anabolic agent 19-Norandrosterone. She is provisionally suspended. Before
two Nigerian athletes were disqualified, female sprinter Oludamola Osayomi and
male hurdler Samuel Okon.
MELBOURNE (AUS): Australian
anti-doping agency announced two years suspension for Nigerian sprinter Bola
Lawal (10.29 personal best in 2009) who lives and trains in Australia. He was positive for
methandienon at IAAF World Challenge Meeting in Melbourne in March and will not be able to
race until April 12, 2012. Initially he won the 100 m (10.33) and was second
in the 200 m
(20.91) at the meeting.
MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF approved the world
junior record of Almaz Ayana (18) at 3000 m steeple with 9:22.51 during the Brussels
IAAF Samsung Diamond League finals.
VARAZDIN (CRO, Oct 9): Huge
improvement for 21 years old Croatian hammer thrower Mirko Micuda. From 68.86
to 74.06 at a local meet. He is former world and european junior finalist.
(IND): The 38.74 winning time of England is not Indian all-comers record as Canada
achieved faster 38.45 in
(IND): Beatrice Faumuina of New Zealand is world champion 1997
and not 2007.
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