The USATF Convention begins on December 1 in Virginia Beach and goes through December 6. The ASBA Winter conference, held near Jacksonville, Florida, is December 5-7. A busy week and then the USCCTCA Convention will be here within a week! A very busy time for the
organization of our sport!
That does not even count the NXN finals (December 4), the Western FootLocker Regional (December 4) and the FootLocker National (December 11)! Oh, and I forgot the JO’s and Winter XC!
AOY IN BRAZIL
SAO PAULO (BRA): Diamond League pole vault
winner Fabiana Murer was chosen as Brazilian Athlete of the Year 2010 by
Brazilian Olympic Committee. The World Indoor Champion is also one of the three
finalists for the Olympic Brazil award (the highest yearly award in the
country) with marathon swimmer Ana Marcela and beach voleyball duo
Juliana/Larissa. In the men three finalists athletics is not represented. The
final announcement will be known on December 20.
(SRB): The prospect of whether a European Games will be launched in 2015 will
be decided by a questionnaire due to be sent out next week to the continent’s
National Olympic Committees (EOC). Patrick Hickey, the President of the European
Olympic Committees (EOC), revealed that the answers provided by the 49 members
of the EOC will be then passed to a consultancy firm who will closely analyse
the information provided before producing a report that will form the basis for
whether to go ahead with the idea. Informs insidethegames. Hickey’s plans to
launch that the event, based upon the Asian Games and the Pan American Games,
received the backing of International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques
Rogge at the EOC Annual Assembly here. Hickey, though, insisted that the event
if it is launched, will not be a mirror image of the Olympics for European
countries, like the Pan American Games is for the Americas but will instead try to
follow the model of the Asian Games which also includes sports like dancesport,
board games and squash. Between 15 and 18 sports are expected to be included on
the Games programme. Athletics already has now European Championships every
AND OESER DIVING
MUNICH (GER): Exclusive duo
pole vaulter Lisa Ryzih and heptathlon world medalist Jennifer Oeser ended
third in special TV show of the channel ProSieben which was contested in
platform diving. Jennifer Oeser was joking afterwards: “We are changing the
sports.” Winning duo beach voleyball player Ilka Semmler with action-modell
Miriam Holler. Also jumping during the evening was pole vaulter Tim Lobinger.
LEIPZIG (GER): Shot putter Peter Sack is
ending his career through a twitter message. Last summer he was struggling with
back injuries. His best from 2008 is 21.18, this year he still achieved 20.00.
Sack won German title in 2007 and twice was also European Cup winner. He was
competing at two Olympic Games and two World Championships. Sack is currently
working as webmaster of home pages of top German athletes.
RAWLINSON TO RUN IN AUSTRALIA?
SYDNEY (AUS): Australian media
are informing that Athletics Australia want the England-based former 400 m hurdles world champion
Jana Rawlinson to be a headline athlete for the Australian Athletics Tour in
2011. The injury-plagued world champion has spent the past several years
training near her home in Loughborough and is said to be keen to return for the
summer competition. World and Olympic champion pole vaulter Steve Hooker and
world champion discus thrower Dani Samuels are down to compete on the tour.
World indoor long jump champion Fabrice Lapierre is also expected to turn out.
PORT AU PRINCE (TRI): Former
sprinter Ephraime Serrette (52) will lead Trindad and Tobago
athletics federation in the future as he was re-elected as president of the
National Association of Athletic Administrations (NAAA) for a second term at
the association’s annual general meeting. Serrette was unopposed and will be at
the helm until 2013. The former national junior 100 m record holder and CAC
Championships medallist (10.26
in 1977) rose to the top-spot four years after the then
president Ken Doldron resigned. He won his first full tenure in 2007. Writes
CC PERMITS (wins for Ebuya and Masai)
LLODIO (ESP, Nov 28): Eritrean
favorite Teklemariam Medhin won the 27th edition of Cross Internacional de
Llodio with 31:24 at 9.7 km.
Nine seconds behind was Kenyan 10
000 m track world leader Kiprono Menjo (31:33) and third
Samuel Tsegay ahead of Kidane Tadese, both of Eritrea timed at 31:40 and 31:50.
Ricardo Serrano was the best Spanish runner as 5th (32:28). Alessandra Aguilar
defended her last year title at 7.6
km in 28:02 clearly ahead of favorite, European CC
medalist Rosa Morato (28:22). PortugalÂ´s favorite and winner from IAAF race in
Oeiras Analia Rosa was misleading into number of laps and finished only ninth.
Third placer was Moroccan Aicha Bani (28:28).
LEFFRINCKOUCKE (FRA, Nov 28):
The best fields of the weekend were at the 21st Cross de lÂ´Acier at the
in Dunkirque area. World terrain champion Joseph Ebuya of Kenya clearly
beat in 28:08 at 9.95 km the 5000 m Diamond League winner
and multiple top runner here in the past years Imane Merga of Ethiopia
(28:37). Third another Kenyan
Mike Kigen (28:42) ahead of Jacob Cheshari (28:52). Best French runners
Abdellatif Meftah as 8th (29:09) and Mokhtar Benhari as 10th (29:21).
world champion Linet Masai won the womenÂ´s 6.55 km in 21:40 ahead of
Ethiopian junior world medalist 2010 Emebet Anteneh (21:59) and World
champion 2009 Purity Rionoripo of Kenya (22:03). In Belgium living
Belete was fourth (22:08). Best French runner Christine Bardelle (6th,
and also to note the 10th position of PolandÂ´s Karolina Jarzynska
TILLBURG (NED, Nov 28):
European runners were fighting for Albufeira selection at the 52nd Warandelloop
in Tillburg. German steeple specialist Steffen Uliczka won the 10 km in 29:42. Here second
place for home runner Khalid Choukoud (29:47) and third Belgian representative
Atelaw Bekele (29:50). Fourth place for French Hassan Belkhanouch (29:52).
Interestingly European marathon leader 2010 Iaroslav Muschinschi of Moldova
finished 8th (30:25). Women 8.1
km clear winner Dutch Adrienne Herzog with 27:30 showed
she is a name to count with in Albufeira. Second Belgian Veerle Dejaeghere
(27:44) ahead of Ukrainian Yulia Ruban (27:54) and another Belgian Xenia Luxem
(27:56). Interesting to note that in U23 category German Richard Ringer beat
(29:52) Belgian top name Jeroen DÂ´ Hoedt (29:55). Barcelona 800 m medalist Yvonne Hak was
third in short race at 2 km
(6:05) which was won by Belgian Sigrid Vandenbempt (5:59).
RESULTS (sub 2:10 in La Rochelle)
ROCHELLE (FRA, Nov 28): New course
records at jubilee 20th La Rochelle Marathon. Ethiopian Haile Haja Gemeda
clocked first sub 2:10 of the event with 2:09:44 (also personal best). Among
around 10 000 runners second Azmeraw Bekele of Ethiopia debuting in 2:10:25 and
third Kenyan Nahashon Kimaiyo (2:10:36, PB). Fourth was Barcelona
non-finisher and title defender here Oleksandr Sitkovskiy of Ukraine
(2:10:46). He clocked last year the course record here 2:10:27. Also in women
race new course record and personal best for Ethiopian Haftu Goteitom 2:28:24.
Followed by her team-mates Meseret Debele (2:30:42, PB) and Marta Markos
(2:32:14). Fourth best European Ukrainian Anzhelina Averkova who at age of 41
improved her best to 2:34:29.
(ITA, Nov 28): Ethiopian wins at 27th Firenze Marathon on a new course. Tadese
Aredo in his debut clocked in close finish 2:12:41 ahead of his team mate
Teshome Gelana (2:12:41). Third also Ethiopian Edea Bane Tola with 2:13:30 (in
a cold and rainy weather he passed the first half in 1:03:43). Great Britain
runner Benedict Whitby was fourth in 2:15:09 (personal best). Double World Half
Marathon participant and 2:08 runner Tariku Jifar of Ethiopia followed with 2:18:06. Rome marathon winner
Firehiwot Dado attacked after 38th km and won in fast 2:28:58. Second young
Meseret Mengistu (20) with life-time best 2:30:45. Third place for Russian
Alena Samokhvalova (2:36:42) ahead of SwedenÂ´s Anna Brigitta Von Schenck
(2:40:28) and best Italian Marcella Mancini (2:44:00). Around 10 000
participants were registered, former formula one pilot Alex Zanardi stopped
with his hand-bike at 35th km due to technical failure.
SAN SEBASTIAN (ESP, Nov 28): Kenyan Elijah
Karanya won the 33rd San Sebastian Marathon in solid 2:13:29. Second home
runner and title defender here Rafael Iglesias (2:13:44). Ethiopian women
winner Trihas Gebre in debut at the distance 2:38:47.
CONDINO (ITA, Nov 28): Italian
European trials at 34th Cross Valle del Chiese in cold weather saw Gabriele De
Nard winning menÂ´s 9 km
in 30:55. Valentina Belotti was best woman with 28:07 at 6 km ahead of Emma Quaglia
TORRES VEDRAS (POR, Nov 28):
The 29th edition of Crosse de Torres Vedras was also Portugal trials for European CC
Championships in Albufeira. Licinio Pimentel won the main menÂ´s race in 31:32
ahead of Eduardo Mbengani (31:36) and former miler Rui Silva (31:40). First U23
runner was Tiago Costa as 7th (32:17). In womenÂ´s race Jessica Augusto clearly
dominated in 18:20. Second Dulce Felix (18:44) ahead of marathon specialist
Marisa Barros (19:15). Best U23 runner was Ana Ferreira as 8th (20:08).
JANEIRO (BRA, Nov 28): Kenyan Mark Korir won the 10km of Rio in 29:18 ahead of other team-mates Barnabas Kosgei
(29:20) and Matthew Kiptoo (29:34). Fourth best home runners Joao Ferreira de
Lima and Joao da Bota in a tie 29:38. Women winner Cruz Nonata da Silva beat
not only Kenyan Bornes Jepkirui but also clocked course record 34:13 (second
ELDORET (KEN, Nov 28): Isaac
Kosgei won the 4th Kass/Standard marathon in 2:20:12 ahead of Francis Kosgei
(2:21:08) and Victor Kipchirchir (2:21:32). Informs The Nation. In the women
category, Magdaline Mukunzi emerged top in 2:44:50 followed by Rebecca Kipsang
2:45:52 and Viola Bor 2:48:52. As early as 5 am a record 2600 runners were at
Chepterit centre in Nandi where the race started. The men and women 12 km was won by Gideon
Kipketer (35:48) ahead of Matthew Kisorio (35:54) and Rose Kosgei (41:27) who
beat Hellen Kirop (41:59) for second. Among the guests also World Athlete of
the Year David Rudisha.
DERRY (IRL, Nov 28): Heavy snow
during Woodie’s DIY Inter County CC
Championships in Ireland.
World junior champion from Moncton
at 1500 m
Ciara Mageean scored another runaway victory in the junior women’s race.
Fionnuala Britton won the senior women’s race at 8 km and the senior men’s race
provided another clear winner Joe Sweeney ahead of Mark Christie at 10 km.
PADENGHE SUL GARDA (ITA, Nov
28): Kenyan Matthew Rugut won the 3rd Half Marathon here in 1:04:12 four
seconds ahead of his team-mate Ezekiel Meli (1:04:16). RwandaÂ´s record holder
Angeline Nyirainsabimana won the women category after 1:15:37.
CARMAUX (FRA, Nov 28): Wins for
at the Cross National Hubert Andre. Godelieke Nizigiyimana won the womenÂ´s 4.38 km in 14:47 ahead of
Kenyan Margaret Waithera (14:50). Ezechiel Nizigiyamana was the best at 8.1 km in 25:20 beating
Kenyan Joseph Kamau (25:23) and his team-mate Audace Bigama (25:57).
BILBAO (ESP, Nov 28): ZimbabweÂ´s record
holder Cuthbert Nyasango won the 22nd edition of San Turce road race at 16 km in 49:30. In close
finish Eritrean Guiton Kifle was second (also 49:30) and third Evans Mayoyo of Kenya (49:45).
Best Spanish runner Manuel Penas as 6th (52:15). Kenyan Winnie Jepkemoi was the
best woman after 55:57.