Savinova:Undecided about Indoors, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Mariya Savinova, 2011 World Championships, photo by

Mariya Savinova won one of the most exciting women's 800 meters that I had seen in years. In Daegu, Caster Semenya looked like she had won the race, with fifty meters to go, when Mariya Savinova moved into the second lane, and went by Semenya like Semenya was sitting still. The picture above shows the look on Savinova's face at the moment of victory in Daegu.

Savinova is undecided on the indoor season. I will be curious to see who runs a full indoor season anyway. There is only one goal for track & field athletes in 2012, and it is in the city of London, it is called the Olympics. 

Savinova undecided about indoors
ARONA (ESP): World 800 m champion Mariya Savinova was a proud recipient of the European Athletics Athlete of the Year trophy presented by Mondo. In exclusive evening dress she confirmed her main goal for next year is Olympic Games. Savinova is still undecided about indoor season ("but I like to compete indoors"), the decision will fall in next days. In two weeks time she will start her preparation for 2012. About European Championships in Helsinki she adds, " in case I will recieve a wild card from our nationals I think I will be interested to run in Helsinki." Russian Championships which will serve as trials for Olympics will be held from July 3 to 6 in Cheboksary. That is just two days after European Championships which are ending on July 1.

Storl plans full season
ARONA (ESP): German shot put world champion David Storl who recieved on Saturday evening the EA Rising Star Award confirmed he is planning a full year of competition in 2012. First he plans to be there during the indoor season with climax the World Indoor Championships in Turkey. In the summer he wants to be ready for both top events - the European Championships in Helsinki and Olympic Games in London. "We already considered it with my coach, I can attack top positions at both events," said one of the most surprising Daegu gold medalists. He was also asked about the European record 23.06 of Ulf Timmermann. "Let me first get the 22 metres, the 23 is for the moment far away, but you never know in future," said Storl. The women Rising Star Award was presented to British sprinter and European junior champion Jodie Williams. She confirmed that her main goal next year is to compete at Olympic Games in her home country.

Medal ceremonies outside of the stadium
ARONA (ESP): During a presentation of plans by the organisers of Helsinki 2012 European Championships it was revealed they are planning a new concept of victory ceremonies. At least new for athletics, but already used in other sports. Medalists will get flowers in the stadium and the medal ceremonies will be held each day in the evening in the park just close to the stadium. Before the action in the stadium every evening the last events from the day before will be awarded and after the programme of the day the majority of events of that given day. In-between entertainment and concerts.

Farah sent video message
ARONA (ESP): During the European Athletics Awards Night in Magma Events Centre of Costa Adeje in Tenerife the award for the best male athlete Mo Farah was presented to Lord Sebastian Coe. The 5000 m world champion was unable to travel from his base in Portland, Oregon. Farah sent a video message for the guests of the evening. It is not yet decided whether he will compete at European CC Championships in December for Great Britain.

More awards
ARONA (ESP): Other awards of the evening were the Women Leadership Award on behalf of 30 national winners presented to Anni Kirvesniemi-Bosco of Finland, the Coaching Awards for the Latvian experienced coach Valentina Eiduka and Belgian 400 m expert Jacques Borlee. Three young women from Hungary, Poland and Slovakia will be recipients of the scholarship at Lausanne University and Italian former great distance runner and later journalist for Corriere dello Sport Franco Fava recieved an  award for his 40 years contribution to athletics.

Emerging Chinese name winning
BEIJING (CHN, Oct 16): Kenyans dominated as expected Beijing Marathon. Francis Kiprop clocked 2:09:00 to beat Samuel Muturi (the 2009 winner here) 2:09:43 and Prague winner Benson Barus 2:10:15. Unknown Wei Xiaojie was the best woman in fast 2:28:05. Second Ethiopian Yeshi Esayias clocked 2:29:29 ahead of double world champion Catherine Ndereba 2:30:14 (her first marathon since Yokohama in November 2009).  Fourth place for another home runner Jin Lingling 2:30:27. "My coach told me before the race that the most important thing is to focus on myself and don't pay much attention to winning the medals," said Wei, who has taken part in Xiamen Marathon this year but didn't get good result. "I had expected to finish the race within 2:27:00, but I am still satisfied with my result," concluded the female winner for Xinhua.

Kenyans dominating
GONGJU (KOR, Oct 16): Wilson Loyanai of Kenya who is this years Mombasa winner was the best at Gongju Marathon in Korea with new personal best 2:09:23. Also other podium places for Kenyans who changed the winning country in the lists in recent years (Ethiopia). Second Michael Kimani achieved 2:10:29 and third Felix Keny 2:11:19. In national women race Lim Kyung-Hee got 2:38:21 to win.


LONDON (GBR): Insidethegames informs that Brazil's Fabiana Murer, the newly-crowned world pole vault champion, is to renew her rivalry with Yelena Isinbayeva - this time off the track after she was unveiled as the latest ambassador backing London's campaign to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships.  Murer, 30, succeeded Isinbayeva as world champion in Daegu in August and the two will now head-to-head again because the Russian is backing Doha's bid to host the 2017 Championships. Murer is the latest high-profile foreign athlete to come out in support of London, joining Ethiopia's double Olympic 10,000 metres champions Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele, Jamaica's former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell and America's Jesse Williams, the new world high jump champion, who is another new ambassador.

BRUSSELS (BEL): Belgian European silver triple jump medalist Svetlana Bolshakova has released a book in Belgium about her life. Bolshakova was born and raised in Russia before she met her Belgian husband and now competes for Belgium. The athlete has had to face a large number of injuries during her career and earlier this year ruptured her Achilles tendon. The 27-year old hopes to be back in time for the London Olympic Games next year. 

BERLIN (GER): German shot putter Marco Schmidt is already making plans for when he ends his athletics career. Schmidt thinks about taking up handball again or look into competing for a local American football team he told German newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung. He improved his outdoor best this year to 20.51 and was Daegu first non-qualifier with 20.06 m.

SCARBOROUGH (TRI): World championships women's 100m bronze medallist Kelly Ann Baptiste will receive $100,000 (approximately US$ 15,600) for performance at this year's world Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Tobago House of Assembly Orville London made the announcement at a cocktail reception held in honour of Baptiste on Friday night. Informs Trackalerts. "Sometimes we as Tobagonians don't understand what we have achieved as an island and as a people. We must recognize that an island of 55,000 has produced three medalists at the World Championships, an average of one medal for 18,000. I don't know of any country that has that ratio," he added. The day was significant for her as she celebrated her 25th birthday.

GUADALAJARA (MEX): Agencies are informing that three doping cases have emerged before competition at Pan Am Games. One of the cases is connected to athletics. Brazilian female distance runner Simone Alves tested positive for EPO on August 3 at the national championships where she won with area record 31:16.56 at the 10 000 m. She was already banned in her career, for 3 months last year from December to February 2011 for oxilofrine. B sample from August test confirmed the result of the A test. Brazilian federation is now waiting whether Alves will use the possibility for an appeal.


BALTIMORE (USA, Oct 15): Kenyan Stephen Muange debuted at the distance and won the Baltimore Marathon in 2:15:16. Ethiopian Ambese Tolosa was second 2:15:20 and his team-mate Alemayehu Tesfaye third 2:15:22 in a close finish. Ukrainian Olena Shurhno was the best woman in new course record 2:29:11. It is her second sub 2:30 result after achieving 2:28:34 early June in San Diego. The 2011 Baltimore Running Festival kicked off with 25,000 runners taking to the streets under blue skies and cool fall weather. Local media are informing.

HARTFORD (USA, Oct 15): Kim Smith of New Zealand won the ING Hartford Half-marathon in 1:11:18 what is new course record. The previous from last year was also hers with 1:11:32. Kenyan Solomon Too won the marathon in 2:21:03 and US Erice Jesseman was the best woman after 2:45:00 and qualifed for Olympic Trials race.

HIRATSUKA (JPN, Oct 15): Yusuke Kotani clocked good 10.29 (+1.5) at 100 m to win during Corporate team versus Collegiate team match. Yoichi Iwafune was the best at 110m hurdles in 13.70 (+0.6). In women hurdles solid duel won by Yuka Nomura 13.21 (+1.5) ahead of Ayako Kimura 13.28. National record holder Satomi Kubokura achieved 57.01 at 400m hurdles.

FUKUROI (JPN, Oct 15): High quality 10 000 m race at the 4th Shizuoka Prefecture Distance time trial. Kenyan Edward Waweru got 27:23.82 ahead of John Thuo 27:24.41 and Patrick Muendo 27:33.14 personal best. Best Japanese Chihiro Miyawaki achieved life-time best 28:01.00 as fourth. In women 5000 m Yuko Shimizu was timed with 15:46.05 and high schooler Beatrice Murugi of Kenya clocked 9:02.35 in the 3000 m.

NANDI NORTH (KEN, Oct 15): Kenyan CC season started with World Championships marathon bronze medallist Prisca Jeptoo and upstart Hillary Kemboi winning senior races at the third edition of Ndalat Gaa cross-country meeting in Nandi North. Informs The Nation. She clocked 27:45.1 at 8 km ahead new talents Faridah Chelangat (27:53.7) and Vanesh Chemutai (27:55.5). Upcoming runner Nancy Jepkemoi blazed the trails in the women's 6 kmrace, winning in 20:56.5 ahead of former world cross-country medallist Jackline Chepng'eno (20:59.2) and last year's world cross-country runner Alice Aprot (21:12.8). Hillary Kemboi stunned a quality-line up to win the men's 12-kilometre race in 36:29.3 ahead of Geoffrey Kirui (36:32.1) and Dennis Kipruto (36:45.1).

PORTLAND (USA, Oct 15): Indian Commonwealth gold medalist Krishna Poonia achieved at throwing meet here olympic qualifier 61.12 in discus. She will return to India in the first week of November. She is at the Throws Centre at Concordia University at Oregon, Portland since July under the guidance of former Olympic champion Mac Wilkins.

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