Jessica Augusto, the bronze medalist from the European Championships at 10,000 meters this past year, lead the Portugese women to the champions circle with her superb win here!
This gold medal will go well with Augusto’s junior championship ten years ago! Augusto won 8.2 kilometers in 26:52. Portugal’s women beat France and Great Britain for the team championship!
UK AGAIN NUMBER ONE, LEBID IS UNBELIEVABLE
ALBUFEIRA (POR, Dec 12): As in
Dublin last year also this year in Portugal Great Britain was the best team of
17th European CC Championships with 4 golds, 1 silver and two bronze medals (last
year it was even more 3-6-3). Portugal
at home soil was second best country (2-2-3) ahead of France (2-2-0) and Spain (1-2-3). Eleven countries won
medals (last year 12). Sergiy Lebid again improved his status as best European
CC runner of the history. The 2011 edition will be held in Velenje, Slovenia.
Ukrainian Serhiy Lebid confirmed who is the boss (still) and with his finish in
the last 300 m
dominated again at age of 35. The man who competed in all editions of European
CC Championships won his 9th gold in 29:15. Three seconds behind was SpainÂ´s
Ayad Lamdassem (29:18) who had no answer to Lebid’s turn of speed over the
final 400m but hung on to claim the silver medal, after finishing fifth in
Dublin 12 months ago, while Portugal’s
Youssef El Kalai, who had surged at the start of the last lap to test his
rivals, won an exciting battle for the bronze in 29:19. The two Frenchman
Mourad Amdouni and Abdellatif Meftah came home fourth and fifth respectively
(both 29:21) but had the huge compensation of helping their country dethrone
Spain after three years of their rivals being on top. Portugal got silver ahead of Spain. JesÃºs
EspaÃ±a, the 2006 European Athletics Championships 5000m champion and the silver
medallist over the same distance this summer, was ninth while local middle
distance legend Rui Silva, who also won a bronze medal in 2007 in his only previous
outing at the European CC event, completed the Portuguese scoring quartet by
finishing in 17th place. Portugal’s
Jessica Augusto added the senior women’s title to the one she won as a junior a
decade ago with one of the most dominating performance seen at this event in
recent years. It was first women senior gold medal for Portugal at
this event. She clocked at 8.17
km 26:52 and was 5 seconds ahead of Turkish Binnaz Uslu.
In fight for bronze Ana Dulce Felix beat IrelandÂ´s Fionnualla Britton (both
timed at 26:59). Portugal
was clear team winner ahead of Great Britain
Of the two former senior women’s champions Ukraine’s 2006 winner Tetyana Holovchenko
was seventh while Great Britain’s defending champion Hayley Yelling-Higham
struggled home in 28th place, clearly not fully recovered after a severe cold
dominated menÂ´s U23 race. Hassan Chahdi and Florian Carvalho ended top two at 8.17 km (24:11 and 24:14).
Bronze surprisingly for Russian Yegor Nikolayev (24:15). Belgian Jeroen DÂ´Hoedt
was fourth (24:23). But teams gold went to Ireland
ahead of France and Spain. When the
news had filtered though that Norway’s
Karoline Bjerkeli GrÃ¸vdal had been injured in November and felt she was not fit
enough to make the trip to Albufeira,
Erdogan was always going to be the prohibitive favourite and she didn’t
disappoint. She won at 6070 m
in 20:08. Cristina Jordan of Spain
was second nine seconds behind (20:17). Great Britain’s Emma Pallant ended
third in 20:28. Great Britain
took their third team gold medal of the day ahead of Russia
Spanish distance running has an illustrious history but Abdelaziz Merzougui
became just the second man from the country, following in the footsteps of
Yusef El Nasri in 1998, to take the junior boys title. Merzoughui, the Spanish
junior 3000m steeplechase record holder, executed a perfect race plan and
covered 6070 m
course in 18:07. Serbia’s Nemanja Cerovac, who was seventh in Dublin 12 months
and who made the final of the 1500m at the 2010 World Junior Championships in
Canada, chased Merzoughui off the bend and over the final 100m and was given
the same time and the silver medal but, in truth, the Spaniard had everything
under control and was never under serious threat from the bushy-haired Serbian.
Portugal’s Rui Pinto, who was sixth 12 months ago, was cheered all the way to
the line as he took the host nation’s first medal when he finished third, two
seconds behind the leading pair and holding off a late challenge from the
Ukrainian surprise package Ivan Strebkov, who ran a fantastic last lap to make
up nine places and who also clocked 18:09. Norway’s pre-race favourite Sondre
Nordstad Moen ended fifth (18:16). Great Britain
won teams ahead of Portugal
In junior girls race after finishing third three years ago, second in 2008 but
missing last year’s SPAR European Cross Country Championships because of
injury, Great Britain’s
Charlotte Purdue finally made it to the top of the podium after a four year
journey in 12:42 after 3.97
km. Second Serbian Amela Terzic with 17 seconds behind
and third another Briton Emelia Gorecka came through strongly over the final 1500 m (13:00) to overtake
Russian favorite Gulshat Fazlitdinova (13:03). Two runners on the podium helped
Great Britain to regain the
team medals they relinquished to Russia
last year in Dublin, second was Germany and third Romania. Text with help of European
MADRID (ESP): 2009 European CC Champion
Alemayehu Bezabeh confessed to the police that he used banned substances.
Police found a bag of his blood, Spanish media are informing. His coach Manuel
Pasqua was one of the arrested 14 persons on Thursday when operation Galgo
started. The head of the 24th Madrid Court (TJSM) released on Sunday after
questioning coach Manuel Pasqua, current coach of Marta Dominguez Cesar Perez,
runner Alberto Garcia and agent Jose Alonso among others. They must report any changes
connected to them like changing of address etc. Eight persons are remaining
detained. This group includes also steeple worlds champion Marta Dominguez who
will be questioned next week via video conference (she was released under
charges because of pregnancy). Civil Guard informed that the decision about the
direct action on December 9 was agreed already in middle of November. The
investigations were going on since April.
(JAM): TrackAlerts reports that popular sprinter Asafa Powell made a visit to Auckland, New
Zealand for a promotional photoshoot with
his new Chinese sponsor Li Ning. According to stuff.co.nz, Powell, during his
three-day visit he had photoshoots at Takapuna
Beach and Mount Eden,
where he was ambushed by former Commonwealth Games cyclist Gavin Stevens, now
one of the world’s best masters’ marathoners.
KINGSTON (JAM): CAC website informs that
world indoor champions Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown and Cuban Dayron Robles
were named Central American & Caribbean Athletes of the Year 2010. In the junior
category the awards are going to Kirani James of Grenada (400 m) and Cuban jumper
JANIERO (BRA): Elson Miranda (45), who is the coach of Diamond League winner
and World Indoor pole vault champion Fabiana Murer won the prize for the best
coach of the year awarded as Premio Brasil Olimpico. It was in the category
individual sports, in teams sports the award went to menÂ´s national voleyball
team coach Bernardinho Rezende.
Dec 12): Kenyan Nicholas Chelimo won the 2010 Honolulu Marathon in humid
conditions timed at 2:15:18. Next placers also from Kenya, Richard Limo second 2:17:18
and Solomon Bushendich third 2:19:54 ahead of Gilbert Kirwa 2:20:58. Seven-time
winner here Jimmy Muindi still respectable fifth (2:22:34). Story happened
around the women winner. Belainesh Gebre of Ethiopia won in 2:32:13 in her
marathon debut, but media are reporting that race officials reviewed photos and
other race records because of a possible rule violation, in which Gebre may
have received illegal assistance from her boyfriend. It was alleged that the
boyfriend, Ezkayas Tsegaya, helped to pace her, and also gave her water and
other drinks from containers that he wore on a belt around his waist. Experienced
Russian and previous winner here Svetlana Zakharova who was second (2:33:01)
filed a protest. Honolulu Marathon president Dr. Jim Barahal said that
Tsegaya’s actions may have been inappropriate. But Gebre, who was a late entry
into the race, also did not have access to aid stations that were available to
invited elite runners and so Gebre was confirmed as winner. Writes
hawaiinewsnow.com. Third was JapanÂ´s Kaori Yoshida in 2:39:02. A total of 22 806 runners entered the race
(13 490 from them from Japan).
ZURICH (SUI, Dec 12): Another Swiss win
during the weekend for Paul Kipkorir after Sion. He was the best at Zurich
Silvesterlauf in 25:32 at 9.8
km. Eritrean Abraham Tadesse and fellow Kenyna Daniel
Chebii were three seconds behind second and third. Christian Belz was best
Swiss runner as 7th (26:02). He afterwards announced his retirement. Jerome
Schaffner who was 8th is the overall Post Cup series winner. Kenyan Caroline
Chepkwony won womenÂ´s 7 km
in 20:48 and defender her last year title. Here the Post Cup honours goes to
BEIT-SHEÂ´AN (ISR, Dec 10): New
Israeli half-marathon record at 32nd Beit-SheÂ´an race when Moges Tesseme
clocked 1:03:20. Former Ethiopian was 20th at European Championships in Barcelona at 10 000 m.
HASTINGS (NZL, Dec 11): New
ZealandÂ´s super shot put talent Jacko Gill improved the all-time best
with 5 kg implement to impressive 23.86 m. Former best mark
was 23.23 by PolandÂ´s Youth Olympic Games winner Krzysztof Brzozowski
winning the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore this summer. Gill will be
years old (December 20) and is already world junior champion with 6 kg
SION (SUI, Dec 11): Kenyan Paul
Kipkorir clocked new course record 19:48 to win the 42th Christmas Run in Sion.
Daniel Chebii was 21 seconds behind him as second. Former Olympic silver
medalist Ejegayehu Dibaba was the best woman in 15:55 at 5 km. Kenyan Caroline
Chepkwony was 39 behind her.
(ESP, Dec 10): Favorite Juan Carlos de la Ossa was only fourth at the 34th Cross de Navidad
de la Palma
at Tenerife, Grand Canaria. Winner at 7.59 km was Jose Carlos
Hernandez ahead of Miguel Vaquero and Ciro Zapico.
CALVIA (ESP, Dec 12): PolandÂ´s
Maciej Miereczko won the 27th Calvia Marathon in 2:22:31.
ROMA (ITA, Dec 12): Kenyan
Erastus Chirchir was the best after 29:09 at the 10 km Fuimicino road race.
BURLADA (ESP, Dec 12): Africans
dominated the 19th Hire-Herri cross race in Navarra region. Cuthbert Nyasango
was the best at 10 km
(30:29) with best home runner steeple specialist Eliseo Martin third (31:22)
and 1500 m
Euro winner Arturo Casado fourth (31:38). South African Lebogang Phalula won
the womenÂ´s 6.12 km
FERROL (ESP, Dec 12): Kenyan
Daniel Keitany won the 25th Memorial Adolfo Ros in 1:03:08 at the
half-marathon. Best European Marco Morgado of Portugal who debuted at the
distance in good 1:04:19 as fourth.
REGGIO EMILIA (ITA, Dec 12):
Moroccan Taoufik Barhoumi won the 15th Reggio Emilia Marathon
in life-time best 2:15:55. Second Tamas Kovacs of Hungary improved to 2:16:07 (his
first sub 2:20). Italian Ilaria Bianchi was the best woman in 2:40:23 ahead of
Hungarian Monika Nagy (2:45:29 another personal best).
CASTELLON (ESP, Dec 12): Fast
debut of Castellon Marathon. In the first edition Ethiopian Solomon Tsige
clocked new career best 2:10:37. His previous mark was 2:11:47 while winning Hamburg in 2009.
Moroccan Hassan Achouchar was second in 2:13:20. Best home runner was Jose
Manuel “Chema” Martinez
who was second at European Championships. He achieved 2:17:50 as seventh.
MELBOURNE (AUS, Dec 12):
Commonwealth Games silver medallist Luke Adams has claimed his maiden national
50km road walking title on a big day of racing for Australia’s
elite road walking community in Fawkner
Park, Melbourne. Her clocked excellent 3:47:34 and
clearly achieved the Daegu standard 3:58. Double olympic medalist Jared Tallent
did not finish the race, withdrawing just before the 40km-mark. Ian Rayson (22)
in his first 50 got 3:59:43 as second. Berlin
participant Adam Rutter took out the men’s 20 km walk in a time of
1:24.56. In the women’s 20 km
event, New Delhi silver medallist Claire Tallent took the honours in a time of
1:35.38, one minute clear of young gun Regan Lamble (8th in Moncton this year)
on her 20 km
debut (1:36:40). Writes Athletics Australia.
EAUBONNE (FRA, Dec 11):
European relay silver medalist Lina Jacques-Sebastien clocked solid 23.65 at 200 m during her season
Dec 11): Erik Kynard who was world juniors 2008 participant started his indoor
campaign with new overall life-time best 227 cm.
STADTALLENDORF (GER, Dec 11):
Felix Goltl improved at 60 m
Dec 11): Reggie Dixon was the fastest at Golden Flash Gala meet with 6.68 and
21.31 sprint wins.
COLLEGE STATION (USA,
Dec 17): Fast 60 m
by Jessica Young 7.23 at Reveille Invitational. Berlin Worlds participant Aries
Merritt won the 60 m
hurdles in 7.73. Zambian record holder Gerald Phiri was the fastest in menÂ´s 60 m in 6.70. He beat world
junior 100 m
silver winner from Moncton Charles Silmon (6.73). Joey Roberts showed early 800 m shape 1:49.47.
PRINCETON (USA, Dec 11):
At New YearÂ´s Invitational meet fast 300 m by 20-years old Austin Hollimon 33.68.
(JAM, Dec 12): Talented sprinter Jazeel Murphy (16) who is Carifta winner from
2009 competed for first time since March and clocked at development meet 16.6
at 150 m.