Usain in full training, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Some people are just starting their break from 2010 and for some, like Usain Bolt, the road to Daegu, Korea is beginning. In fact, three years of championship events, 2011 World Champs, London 2012, and World Champs 2013. That is longer than many elite athletes careers at the top! Bolt_UsainTurn-Ostrava10.jpg                   Usain Bolt running the 300 metres in Ostrava, photo by

Usain Bolt just told the IAAF that he is excited about beginning his training once again!

EME NEWS (OCT 26, 2010)




KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt continues in his training which started on first Monday of October. He confirmed for IAAF that he now feels totally healthy and plans to try to defend his Berlin titles in Daegu next summer. "Training has started and the good news is that I am 100% healthy and am completely over my back and Achilles problems from the summer. I am really enjoying training at the moment. For the first time in my career I was looking forward to getting back into training before my end of season break was over. I am looking forward to defending my 100 and 200 metres titles at the 2011 IAAF World Championships titles in Korea and so I know the importance of putting in the work required. Coach Glen Mills is also aware of that (smile)...he is putting on the pressure from early, but so far so good," IAAF quoted the fastest man on earth.



FRANKFURT (GER): The amazing development of recent years seems set to continue in Sunday's Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon. With 18 men featuring personal bests of sub 2:10 and eight of them having run faster than 2:07:15 last year's world-class course record from Gilbert Kirwa (Kenya/2:06:14) will be targeted. If weather conditions are fine the Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon could well see its first sub 2:06 time. The event is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. While organisers had released names of the men's elite field earlier the women runners have now been announced. In contrast to the men the women did not quite live up to expectations in the past few years. This is why a much stronger field has been signed for Sunday. The aim is to finally break the five year-old course record set by Russia's Alevtina Biktimirova (2:25:12). Five runners have been entered with personal bests of sub 2:26. Among them are Ethiopians Dire Tune and Mare Dibaba. Tune has a personal best of 2:24:40 and was the winner of the Boston Marathon in 2008. Just recently she won the silver medal in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. Dibaba ran a great marathon debut in Rome, where she finished third with 2:25:38 in March this year. Earlier she had improved Tune's national half marathon record to 67:13 minutes. Two Kenyans - defending champion Agnes Kiprop (PB: 2:26:22) and Caroline Kilel (2:25:24) - plus Hilda Kibet (Netherlands/2:30:33) could do very well as well. Meanwhile European champion Zivile Balciunaite had to withdraw due to illness and former world record holder and world champion Catherine Ndereba can not run because of a foot injury. Organizers are informing in a release.



WARSZAWA (POL): Polish athletes of the Year 2010 are discus European champion Piotr Malachowski (1276 points) and hammer world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk (1050). That is the result of the 41st edition of the poll organised by Sport newspaper and Polish federation PZLA. The best athletes are recieving Golden Spikes. Both winners defended their last year titles. In women order second pole vaulter Anna Rogowska (592) and third heptathlete Karolina Tyminska (520). In men situation it was more tougher with more European top perfomers second shot putter Tomasz Majewski (1220) and third 800 m gold medalist Marcin Lewandowski (992). In the Olympic Center of John Paul II in Warszawa more awards for jumper Anna Jagaciak (newcomer of the year) and Witold Suski (coach of the year, Malachowski).



MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF confirmed current doping cases in its latest newsletter. Named are both Jamaicans 400 m runner Bobby-Gaye Wilkins (two years ban from World Indoor Championships in Doha) until April 8, 2012 and sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser (six months) until January 7, 2011. Another top case is the ban for Belarus 400 m hurdler Katsiaryna Artsiukh who initially won the world junior championships in Moncton in July but after this race was positive and is banned until August 11, 2012. The title will now go to Russian Vera Rudakova, silver to US Evonne Britton and bronze for Japanese Shiori Miki.







MONTE CARLO (MON): In total 16 marathons have been awarded the IAAF Gold Label Road Race, the highest-level certification in the world for road races, for the year 2011. In 2010, there were 14 races which got the Gold Label, the new ones are the marathons in Prague and Rome. From this 16 races seven are in Europe, six in Asia and three in USA.


TULSA (USA): US media are informing that the offseason for WNBA rookie (and former sprinter/jumper) Marion Jones has been anything but typical. After completing the season with the Tulsa Shock, Jones has celebrated her 35th birthday, will be releasing a book and is the subject of an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary next week. The book, "On the Right Track" and the documentary "Press Pause" give a glimpse that few have ever seen into the life of Jones.


MONTE CARLO (MON): The 1:01:40 half marathon runner Rachid Ghanmouni recieved IAAF approval to change from Morocco to France. He will be eligible to represent in athletics his new country since October 22 in 2012.


ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Ethisport informs that the desecrated tombstone of Ethiopia's greatest athlete Abebe Bikila was finally restored and officially unveiled in the presence of his family members and friends. In March 2007, a group of unknown individuals entered the Joseph Cemetery and desecrated the tombstones of the two-time Olympic marathon winner Abebe Bikila and that of his partner and Mexico Olympic gold medalist Mamo Wolde. There are no words as to when Mamo Wolde's tombstone will be restored.


LONDON (GBR): After having her hopes of winning the London Marathon destroyed by the volcanic ash cloud Mara Yamauchi is taking no chances for the ING New York City Marathon next month. Informs insidethegames. Yamauchi, who won the NYC Half-Marathon in the spring, added: "Hopefully this time there won't be any volcanic ash clouds to deal with, but you never know - something else might come up. With the assistance of New York Road Runners officials, Yamauchi and her husband and coach Shige are leaving their training camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to fly to Newark, New Jersey, where they will stay overnight at the airport before taking a train down to nearby Princeton, New Jersey tomorrow.


INDIANAPOLIS (USA): After the ban of Ramon Clay the USATF informs that two-time Olympian Darvis "Doc" Patton has been named the 2002 USA Outdoor 200m champion following the October 22 announcement by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that the winner of that race, Ramon Clay, has received a doping suspension and been stripped of his title.


LONDON (GBR): British 100 m world junior and youth champion Jodie Williams said will remain focused on junior competition in 2011. The only exception could European Indoor Championships in Paris in March. Already this year her performances were worth of senior Euro event in Barcelona but she preffered World juniors in Canada. With Estonia hosting the European Junior Championships Williams plans to travel there.


MOSCOW (RUS): Journalist Aleksandr Gorbenko has been named vice-mayor of Moscow who will be responsible among other issues also for sports. He was general director of Rosiyskaya Gazeta.


FUKUOKA (JPN): Brett Larner informs on his blog that on Sunday the 2004 Olympic marathon gold medalist Mizuki Noguchi made a comeback from injury troubles that have plagued her since her withdrawal from the Beijing Olympics, running her first race in 2 years and 5 months at the 6-stage, 42.195 km West Japan Jitsugyodan Women's Ekiden in Fukuoka prefecture. Noguchi placed 5th on the 10.5 km Third Stage, running a credible time of 34:15. Noguchi ran like a bouncing rubber ball, looking as strong and resilient as she used to be. "Before I ran I was half nervous and half looking forward to it," she told reporters. "But once I started running I forgot everything about the long blank spot in my life." She is now looking at running a half marathon. Looking toward the London Olympics Noguchi says, "I have never given up on the next Olympics. This was a good start. I'll keep running until my legs break down permanently."


LISBON (POR): Iberoamerican 10 000 m championships on the track will return in the 2011. It will be staged in Spain on April 2, either in Huelva or in Punta Umbria.







KIROVOHRAD (UKR, Oct 23-24): Former European CC winner Tetyana Holovchenko won another national terrain title at 8 km (29:55). Viktoriya Pohoryelska was the best in the U23 category (30:21). She also won the 4 km title the day before in her age category (14:18) and was faster than best senior woman Hana Pyeshkova (14:39). Volodymyr Kyts was the best in the senior men 4 km (12:23) and Ihor Heletiy in the 10 km (31:22).


GEORGETOWN (GUY, Oct 24): Guayana´s best runner Cleveland Forde the 10 km road race here in 32:44 and women winner was Brazilian Antonia Lins da Silva (37:46). It was first race of South American road race circuit, next will be on Saturday in Paramaribo, Surinam.


BARUERI (BRA, Oct 24): Brazilian World Championships 2011 50 km walk trial was won by Jose Alessandro Baggio in 4:02:36 ahead of national record holder Mario Jose dos Santos 4:03:30.


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