Bolt to run Rome, by Alfons Juck, On Ryan Hall's beard, note by Larry Eder

Usain Bolt has announced that he will be competing in the Rome Golden Gala meet on May 26. At the Houston Marathon press conference on Friday, Ryan Hall, the fastest active American marathon, who has had a quixotic last couple of years of racing, was sporting a beard which Ryan had started about three months ago.


Described as Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford portrayed this Western icon in the early 1970s), or just plain, "hairy", Ryan seemed bemused about all of the concern about his beard, his lack of a coach, and his conversations with his creator.

Ryan told the assembled media that his training has gone well, and that he was testing himself on his way to Boston (about eleven weeks from this weekend). Hall does wear his faith, which seems quite genuine, on his proverbial sleeve.

In this day and age, a cynic might find room to berate Hall, however, I believe that his faith is one of his core strengths. How he races on Saturday is the key.

14 of the 16 publishers in the Running Network LLC met in Houston over the Chevron Houston Marathon weekend to discuss recent and upcoming challenges in media. They will also be covering the U.S. half marathon championships on Saturday, and the Chevron marathon and Aramco half marathon on Sunday!  

EME NEWS (JAN 28, 2011)




ROME (ITA): Organizers of Compeed Golden Gala meet of Rome (May 26) announced the participation of two superstars of current scene. Debuting at the meet will be fastest man on earth Usain Bolt with a 100 m race. Meet record is high quality 9.77 by Tyson Gay from 2009. Kenyan David Rudisha will run the 800 m, his first in Europe in the summer. He will return to the country of his world record in Rieti. "I'm looking forward to test the reaction of the Roman crowd, whose love for sports is well known worldwide. I know that the Olympic stadium has a very fast track, as some of the best sprinters ran remarkable times there in the last ten years. I hope to put my name on that list, hopefully somewhere on the top. I am working hard to be ready for the 26th of May," Bolt said for IAAF. "It will be my first European and Samsung Diamond League competition, in a season leading to the IAAF World Championships in Daegu. I am fully recovered, after the injury I suffered the last summer, and the training has been going according to the plans of my coach. I am confident I will be able to get the best shape at the right time in the summer. I only want to say to the people in Italy: come to the Rome Olympic Stadium on 26 May, we will enjoy a great athletics party there." Bolt will not run at this weekends Queens meet in Kingston, but some of the Jamaican top athletes will. The 2011 edition of the Golden Gala will be the first of three with a new title sponsor. Compeed, the prestigious brand from Johnson & Johnson, will add its name to the Golden Gala until 2013.



GLASGOW (GBR): European Champion Andy Turner knows he faces a severe test when opening his indoor season against David Oliver at the Aviva International Match in Glasgow on Saturday. Now Turner after himself achieving a European and Commonwealth double, is hoping to challenge the giant American in the annual five nation match between Great Britain, the USA, Germany, Sweden and a Commonwealth Select side. Turner said of their 60m hurdles encounter: "He's probably going to be going into the race full of confidence just based on what he did last year. He was pretty much untouchable outdoors, head and shoulders above anybody else in the world. He doesn't know what it feels like to be beaten at the moment. He hasn't been beaten for ages." Writes David Martin.



HUSTOPECE (CZE): Second leg of 7th Moravia High Jump Tour is promising even more exciting battles than the first one on Wednesday in Trinec. At "Hustopecske skakani" in Hustopece in Southern part of Moravia near Brno in women competition added to young sensation Mariya Kuchina and European medalist Emma Green will be Russian fourth placer from Barcelona Svetlana Shkolina (in Cottbus on Wednesday 196) and former great returning after health difficulties, the 2004 olympic winner Yelena Slesarenko. Discussions are going on wether first two metres of the season would be possible. And also whether the youngster Kuchina will have the power to improve again from her 197 world junior all-time best and second best in any conditions for a 18 years old jumper. Actually her mark is the bestr by a junior since 1989. European Champion Aleksandr Shustov who is so far undefeated this indoor will compete against his main rival, the world indoor champion Ivan Ukhov. The Samsung Diamond League winner Ukhov is opening the season in Czech Republic. But he can jump high even in first competition of the year, last year he did the same with 237 opener in Hustopece. This meet record is well remebered by the crowd here, because he did it without touching the bar. Another new name will be 2007 World Champion Donald Thomas of Bahamas. Special guest in Hustopece, multiple world record holder Javier Sotomayor of Cuba. Live results and hopefully also pictures at, more info at:







AMSTERDAM (NED): European Decathlon silver medalist Eelco Sintnicolaas starts his indoor season this weekend in Apeldoorn where he will contest three events as a warm up for the European Athletics indoor combined events in Tallinn. Sintnicolaas confirmed he is in his best shape ever and aims at performing well at the European indoor championships in Paris.


LAUSANNE (SUI): Ticket sales for multi-day tickets for the 2011 European Athletics Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia are open announced European Athletics. Fans can buy 4-day tickets only at this point. The tickets are available for 15€, children and senior citizens can buy the tickets for 9€.


PARIS (FRA): No less than 700 athletes from 50 different countries are expected to compete at European Indoor Championships in Paris. And the event is already booked out. The television coverage proposed by France Télévisions will enable viewers to witness all the major events taking place on the track in Paris. France Télévisions will produce an international signal incorporating 27 cameras and 12 slow motion recorders for the various overseas television stations broadcasting this event. During the three days of competition, France Télévisions will broadcast nearly 20 hours of live footage on France 2, France 3 and France Ô. Eurovision secures that the championships will be shown in more than 40 countries for around 150 hours. As a Member of the Union, France Télévisions has accepted to act as Host Broadcaster for the Championships. Eurovision, the premier distributor of sports and news content for the world's top broadcast and media platforms, will distribute live coverage of the Championships on its global satellite and fibre network. Some European channels will nevertheless be making the trip to Paris Bercy. Those who have already confirmed include: Eurosport (in 3 languages, German, English and French), TRT for Turkey, DR for Denmark, RTVS for Slovenia, NOS for Holland, ERT for Greece, RTP for Portugal, SVT for Sweden, YLE for Finland, TVR for Romania, ERR for Estonia, RTE for Ireland, VRT and RTBF for Belgium and the BBC for the United Kingdom. Organizers are informing in a release.


BRUSSELS (BEL): Defending 60m hurdles European indoor champion Eline Berings is looking forward to defending her title in Paris. The hurdler has had two difficult years in which she was knocked out in the series of the Barcelona European Championships. Since changing her coach last fall Berings told Belgian media she is feeling confident again and is in good shape.


LONDON (GBR): World junior 400m hurdles finalist and relay bronze medalist Jack Green is looking ahead to a breakout 2011 season after being convinced by European and Commonwealth champion David Greene to join him in Malcolm Arnold's stable writes Athletics Weekly. Green was all set to go to Nebraska University at the end of 2010, but a timely call by hurdles coaching guru Arnold persuaded him to move to Bath. Green has recently returned from the UKA warm-weather training trip to South Africa and aims at qualifying for the 400m at the European indoor championships. "Outdoors, Malcolm has set me the target of getting the World Championships A standard (49.25), although I feel I could even dip under 49 seconds," Greene was quoted.


LONDON (GBR): Mark Lewis-Francis has admitted his career-threatening injury problems and the loss of his Lottery funding last year made him re-evaluate his attitude to athletics. 28-year-old sprinter now claims he is hungrier than ever and will open his indoor season at the Aviva International in Glasgow. "To be honest, I don't think I realised my potential as a youngster. As an adult now, and an experienced athlete, I'd love to be running the kind of times I was running then" Lewis-Francis was quoted in The Telegraph.


LAUSANNE (SUI): Former 400m hurdlers world record holder Edwin Moses was honoured with a career World Fairplay Award in recognition of his work on promoting drug-free and amateur sport announced the International Fair Play Committee and the International Sports Journalists' Association (AIPS). The Act of Fair Play Award for the year was given jointly to three athletes - Decathlete Darius Draudvila, Amin Zadeh, an Iranian soccer player, and Chinese wrestler Gao Feng. Draudvila received the prize after he lent his pole to European decathlon bronze medallist winner Andrei Krauchanka, who had broken his pole during the pole vault competition at the European Championships in Barcelona. The inaugural Power of Sport Award, was shared by three people--Nawal El Moutawakel, May El Khalil and Erlingur Johansson. El Moutawakel was the first Moroccan, African and Arab woman to win an Olympic gold medal when winning the 400m hurdles at the 1984 Olympic Games and is now a leading figure in the International Olympic Committee.


GLASGOW (SCO): Former world champion at 100 m Kim Collins from St. Kitts announced 2011 will be his last year as a professional athlete. Collins opens the season at the International match in Glasgow and confirmed for the Scottish Sun he considers having made the Olympic 100m final the biggest achievement of his career.


MADRID (ESP): Decathlete Augustin Felix will lead the Spanish team at the International combined events match in Reims this weekend. Felix holds a personal best of 5784.


LONDON (GBR): Tottenham Hotspur have released images showing for the first time how Crystal Palace would look following a facelift which forms part of their legacy plan for athletics in London after the 2012 Olympics. The images show an expanded stadium with 9,500 extra seats boosting the capacity to 25,000. Under Spurs' plans the stadium could be expanded by a further 15,000 - the level needed to stage a World or European Athletics Championships. UK Athletics, which has formally supported the rival West Ham's bid which will retain a running track within the Stratford Olympic Stadium, has described Tottenham's plans for athletics as "incredibly thin" reports Insidethegames.


PUNTA UMBRIA (ESP): His Royal Highness the Prince of Asturias, Felipe de Borbón y Grecia, visited the circuit of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Punta Umbría 2011, during an event in Andalusia with the president of the Junta de Andalucía, José Antonio Griñán, the minister of Tourism, Commerce and Sport of the Junta de Andalucía, Luciano Alonso, the president of the Diputación de Huelva, Petronila Guerrero, and the major of Punta Umbría, Gonzalo Rodríguez. The Prince of Asturias reviewed the circuit and was very satisfied with the facilities that will host Punta Umbria 2011 on March 20th. This event will place Andalusia one more time in the focus of the best world sport events and confirm that this region is an irresistible setting for sportspeople and sport tourism. The expected visit of Prince Felipe was an important institutional support for the organizers. Organizers are informing in a release.


SOCHI (RUS): Russian Athletics Federation invited international judges for first time for its Winter Walking Championships in Sochi at the end of February. That would mean also world records will be possibly ratified. Top judges Peter Marlow (GBR), Pierce O'Callaghan (IRL) and Luis Saladie (ESP) were invited to Russia. In past years marks better than ratified world records were not approved because of missing international walking judges. For example last February the 1:25:11 of Anisiya Kirdyapkina at women´s 20 km race.


ZURICH (SUI): Organizers of famous Weltklasse Zurich awarded the best volunteers of the year. „Life time Volunteer Achievment Award" was given to Petr "Dubi" Kvet who is helping to coordinate nearly everything in the stadium for many years. Kvet who is of Czech origin is a must connected to Weltklasse meeting.


TORONTO (CAN): Commonwealth Gold Medalist and seven-time Canadian champion in high jump Nicole Forrester will be up for auction as a bachelorette in support for the Canadian Center for Abuse Awareness. The inaugural Eligible Inc. Bachelor & Bachelorette Charity Auction takes places on February 3rd, 2011at the Capitol Event Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. Twenty-one famous bachelors and bachelorettes will be auctioned including former Toronto Blue Jays baseball player Drew Taylor, and Elena Semikina, reigning Miss Universe Canada 2010. The event will be hosted by four-time Olympian Brian Stemmle. Dream date packages may include dinner, entertainment, great life experiences, exceptional destinations and many other desirable gifts.







ZAPORIZHZHYA (UKR, Jan 28): Former world indoor medalist Tetyana Petlyuk won the 800 m during second day of Ukrainian Cup meet in 2:03.86. Dmytro Tyden got the triple jump (16.60) and Valeriya Mara clocked 9:13.99 at 3000 m. In both high jumps Oksana Okuneva (189) and Dmytro Demyanyuk (220) were the winners.


COLUMBIA (USA, Jan 26): Barbados world junior hurdles finalist from 2008 Kierre Beckles clocked at 55 m hurdles new women national record of 7.97 at local meet here.


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