Tergat to get Bikila Award, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

One of the coolest things about the ING NYCM week is that they have something fascinating going on each day of the week. The Abebe Bikila Award has been a high point for me each year and this year, it goes to Paul Tergat, former WR holder and the man who pushed Haile Gebrselassie so close in Sydney!

Also, on Friday, November 5, Dick Patrick will receive the George Hirsch Award for Running Journalism. Congrats to both deserving individuals!

                            Paul Tergat in Lake Biawa, 2009, photo by PhotoRun.net.



ZAGREB (CRO): Croatian Athletics Federation is planning to bid for two important events in future. That is the result of succesfull end of the last season with Zagreb Grand Prix Meeting (Tyson Gay competing) and IAAF Continental Cup in Split. First is World Indoor Championships 2014 in Zagreb and second European Championships 2016 (the shorter version) in Split. Croatia currently has no indoor track and with the bid also the need for high quality training and competition for the local athletics will be fulfilled.



PORTSMOUTH (GBR): Steeple world record holder Saif Saeed Shaheen of Qatar contested his longest race of the career on Sunday in Portsmouth. And the result was excellent, second place with 46:37. His next plans are including road or cross country races after Christmas in Europe. The 2003 and 2005 world champion plans for summer 2011 to be back in top shape. Asian Games in November are not in his plan.



NEW YORK (USA): Rivals will meet again. But not in direct clash. Haile Gebrselassie will debut on the course of New York City Marathon and his Kenyan rival Paul Tergat will receive the New York Road Runners Abebe Bikila award for his contributions to distance running at the start of the Continental Airlines International Friendship Run on Nov. 6. The New York Road Runners has presented the Bikila award since 1978. New York Times writes.



ATHENS (GRE): 2009 high jump world medalist Kyriacos Ioannou of Cyprus did not had a good 2010 season. Early July at Athletissima in Lausanne he cleared 230 and was third, but from then on battled with injury and missed European Championships and Commonwealth Games. But currently he is in fourth week in good preparation and aims towards European Indoor Championships in Paris. His coach Dimitris Efthimiou confirmed that Paris is the main goal in the coming winter. At last European Indoor Championships in Torino 2009 Ioannou won the silver medal.



HELSINKI (FIN): Javelin thrower Tero Pitkamäki who won bronze in Barcelona was named Finland´s Athlete of the Year 2010 by the national federation. His coach Hannu Kangas is the coach of the year. Female athlete of 2010 is hammer thrower Merja Korpela (8th in Barcelona).







LONDON (GBR): Dunsar Media Company Limited, the publishing house behind insidethegames.biz, insideworldparasport.biz and insideworldfootball, has been awarded the regions' Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for the Most Promising New Business 2010.


ACAPULCO (MEX): Agencies are informing that Panama's Olympic Commission faces suspension in a dispute over the leadership of the body, IOC president Jacques Rogge said. Two groups are battling for control of Panama's Olympic Commission, leading Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli to demand the resignation of the committee's members. This situation already resulted to fhe fact that Panama lost the chance to organize the 2013 Bolivarian Games. If valid problems in 2012 that could bring difficulties for top stars like long jumper Irving Saladino and sprinter Alonso Edward in connection to their participation at the London 2012 Games.


SHANGHAI (CHN): China Daily informs that hurdles former world record holder Liu Xiang is targeting his third successive victory at the Asian Games next month, one of his biggest events during a prolonged comeback from an Achilles' tendon injury. "I want to win at my third Asian Games and add one gold medal for China. I'm in good form recently and I want to get the right feeling back gradually," Liu was quoted. His coach Sun said he can run between 13.30-13.40. Exactly 13.40 is the best time of the year for Liu in 2010. Only one hurdler achieved faster time this year in Asia, his team-mate Shi Dongpeng 13.39 when he beat him at Shanghai Diamond League meeting.


DUSSELDORF (GER): German 100 m olympic winner from 1976 in Montreal Annegret Richter who just recently celebrated her 60th birthday supported the cancellation of current world records. For German Sports News Agency SID her quote confirmed the view to start from zero with the records.


GOTEBORG (SWE): European Athletics concluded a successful (and first) visit to Gothenburg for the kick-off meeting of the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships to be held in the Swedish city. European Athletics Director General Christian Milz led the delegation from the office in Lausanne which met with Swedish Athletics Federation President Lennart Karlberg and key members of the "Göteborg 2013" Organising Committee. The European Athletics delegation visited the Scandinavium arena where the 32nd edition of the event will be hosted 1-3 March 2013. Informs European Athletics.


NAIROBI (KEN): Sunday will give over 14,000 people who have registered for this year's 8th Standard Chartered Nairobi International Marathon a chance to become instant millionaires should they win the 42-kilometre road race. The Nation writes. Last year, the race attracted about 13,000 people and has Standard Chartered Bank funding it until 2012.


LANSING (USA): Three time World participant and 2004 Olympian Paul Terek (31) confirmed his retirement. The multi-eventer is ending with 8312 best decathlon score from 2004 Olympic Trials. Despite excellent results he may be a little more known for his Ninja Warrior appearances, as he strutted his stuff on the popular Japanese game show. This year he was not competing, but in 2009 was still 5th at US Nationals.


ACAPULCO (MEX): IOC informs that the 5th International Athletes' Forum will be held in Colorado Springs in October 2011. Led by the IOC's Athletes' Commission, the event will bring together sportsmen and women from all continents as well as from International Federations to discuss the current matters affecting their career and lives after their years of high-level competition. It was also agreed that Los Angeles, USA, will organise the 5th IOC World Conference on Women and Sport in February 2012.


KINGSTON (JAM): News from Racers TC (Usain Bolt Club) as presented by TrackAlerts. Coach Glen Mills said that because of recent injuries the 2007 200 m world finalist Marvin Anderson might switch to 400 m in 2011. His bests of 2010 were 10.21 and 20.48. Beijing Olympic women 400 m finalist Rosemarie Whyte is battling with a career threatening injury. "In the case of Rosemarie", Mills said, "you don't want to put the blame on anyone, but the facts are, she suffered a major injury in 2006. An injury that was partially healed and because she did not receive proper treatment, became chronic over the years." Mills further said the injury is causing her great pain and discomfort and added "I know she is under great stress, because it's career threatening."


MOSCOW (RUS): Readers of Rusathletics.com website decided that Russian Athletes of the Year 2010 are 800 m European champion Mariya Savinova with 1386 points and with a tie high jumper Ivan Ukhov and 400 m runner Vladimir Krasnov in the men section (both 842 points). In total 4167 persons voted. In women ranking second 400 m hurdler Natalya Antyukh (511) ahead of walker Olga Kaniskina (490). In men situation third High Jump Euro winner Aleksandr Shustov (662) ahead of 800 m star Yuriy Borzakovskiy (329). The official title Russian Athlete of the Year will be decided by the Russian Athletics Federation on October 29. The results from the website readers will be counting towards the ranking along with the opinion of the federation representatives.


TUNIS (TUN): African Athletics United informs that the Tunisian federation is recruiting a foreign technician to take the job of national technical director and has set its choice on Jean-Patrick Thirion of France.


ROMA (ITA): Dates and sites for key senior Italian Championships in 2011. The indoor ones will be held in Ancona on February 19-20 and the outdoor champs in Torino June 25-26.

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