2011 ING New York: Could Tsegaye Kebede, Jaouad Gharib or Kim Smith steal the show? by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder,

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Tsegaye Kebede, 2010 Virgin London Marathon,
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Gharib_Jaouad-LondonM10.jpgJaouad Gharib, 2010 Virgin London Marathon,
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Kim Smith, 2010 Virgin London Marathon,
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Runblogrun noted its picks for the 2011 ING New York City Marathon via tweetdeck on Thursday: Geoffrey Mutai, Gebre Gebremariam and Meb Keflezighi in top five.  Well, on the men's side, make sure that you watch Tsegaye Kebede and Jaouad Gharib-neither should be taken lightly.

On the women's side, most of the excitement is about Mary Keitany's potential to destroy the course record. I would also suggest serious consideration be given to Kim Smith. Kim is a serious contender! 

Kebede waiting behind Kenyans
NEW YORK (USA): Sunday´s ING NYC Marathon is one of the top events on the road scene. Very interesting is that there will be no pacemakers in the race. Ken Nakamurs is asking following questions, also the male winner of World Marathon Majors 2011 will be decided.  Kenyan Matthew Kisorio, who is making marathon debut, could be the sixth runner to dip under 27 for 10 000m, 60 minutes for half marathon and 2:07 for the marathon. The fastest marathon in November is 2:07:43 by Tesfaye Tola in 2001 New York Marathon. Can 39 years old Gharib be the oldest to crack 2:08 for the marathon? Lopes is the oldest to go under 2:08 at 38 years of age. Sub-2:08 by Gharib will be his 8th; Haile has record 10 sub-2:08 times. If Emmanuel Mutai run sub-2:08, it will be his 7th, if her run sub-2:07, it will be his 6th. RRW points out also that with all the talk about Kenya's recent dominance in the marathon and how Emmanuel Mutai will be taking on Geoffrey Mutai at the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, one competitor may be getting overlooked: Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede. After all, the 24-year-old did win the 2010 London Marathon, is a two-time Fukuoka Marathon champion, and owns bronze medals from both the 2008 Olympic Games and 2009 World Championships.

Amsterdam promises championships like never before
HELSINKI (FIN): It will be the first time that the Championships, which started in 1934, will be held in the Netherlands. That is after Amsterdam was awarded the European Championships 2015. The event is due to be held at the Olympisch Stadion, which was built to host the 1928 Olympics. Dutch officials hope that a successful event could be the launchpad for a bid to host the 2028 Olympics and Paralympics to mark the centenary of those Games, a point acknowledged by Eric van der Burg, Amsterdam's Vice-Mayor. Ellen van Langen, the 1992 Olympic 800 metres champion and currently Head of Elite sport for the Royal Dutch Federation, was part of the delegation that presented the bid. "We are proud to have been selected among such strong competitors and we thank the EA Council Members for their trust," she said. "We promise to deliver a European Championships like never before," van Langen was quoted as saying. But the decision is a blow to Istanbul, who were hoping that they would be selected to give their current campaign to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics a boost. Informs insidethegames. Amsterdam's campaign was managed by TSE Consultants, the Swiss-based firm who are undertaking the same role for Doha who are bidding for 2017 World Championships.

Golden Spike awards
BYDGOSZCZ (POL): The traditional Golden Spikes awards evening Gala was held in Bydgoszcz. There were winners announced in numerous categories. Pole Vault world champion Pawel Wojciechowski was the winner in the category Surprise of the Year.  His coach Wlodzimierz Michalski is coach of the year. Judge of the year is Czeslaw Lubarski and Golden Coach Kazimierz Koszewski. Personality Award was given to legendary walker Robert Korzeniowski.  Event of the year was the European Cup Combined Events in Bydgoszcz and National Junior Championships in Szczecin. Special honour in memoriam to Bronislaw Malinowski. Club of the year in the national league was AZS AWF Krakow. Also categories veteran of the year and sponsors of the year were awarded.


LONDON (GBR): People across the United Kingdom will wake to the sound of bells being rung, at 8:00 BST next year on July 27, the day of the Opening Ceremony of London 2012, as loudly as possible for three minutes, it was officially announced.

BUDAPEST (HUN): It should be noted that the 2012 European CC Championships will be held not exactly in Budapest, but in the city called Szentendre.  This town can be found north from Budapest at the bank of Danube.

FRANKFURT (GER): Former long distance runner Wolf-Dieter Poschmann got the German federation DLV 2011 Media Award for his work. He was former Chief of Sports of ZDF station and is currently Chief Sports reporter in the same station.

CARDIFF (GBR): Wales media are reporting that 400 m hurdles Dai Greene has no problem with his 'favourite' tag ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games - and even says the public expectation can provide the fuel to fire him to glory next summer. "I love competing in major championships and I've got a lot of confidence in myself, mainly from how got on in the last few I've raced in," said the Carmarthenshire athlete. Greene was speaking to promote The National Lottery Olympic Park Run, a five-mile race around the Olympic Park which will see 5000 members of the public have the opportunity to become the first people to cross the finish line at the Olympic Stadium in March next year. Wales media are reporting.

DALLAS (USA): Star-telegram.com informs about former world and olympic 400m winner Jeremy Wariner. He had his last competition of 2011 in July and withdrew from World Championships in Daegu due to an injury.  "For many years, I ran as a favorite with a target on my back, so I know both situations," Wariner said Thursday morning after a Team USA flag-raising ceremony at the Citi headquarters in Irving. "It's fun no matter what: Having people chase after you or trying to chase after people is always fun. To me it doesn't matter. I think I'm still one of the favorites just because of who I am and my history." Wariner is getting married Saturday and feels at 27 he's just entering his prime. He doesn't plan on London being his last Olympics. "I have a few years; sprinters usually peak around 30 or 31," he said. "I'm hoping to go to 2016 in Brazil. I was hoping it would have come to the States in Chicago, but unfortunately it didn't. I'm not looking ahead to that. I have these Olympics next and that's my goal. I've got to keep training hard and prepare for it," he said for Star-telegram.com.

DOHA (QAT): The Asian Athletics Association, on behalf of its 44 members, has expressed its support for the Doha 2017 bid to host the IAAF World Championships. The bid is in line with the long-term development plans of Asian Athletics as it promises to develop new solutions that would help Athletics to further develop throughout the region, and around the world, reads a statement from the Asian body. Qatar media are informing.

LONDON (GBR): World champion at 100 m Carmelita Jeter and Kenyan double world winner Vivian Cheruiyot are the latest official ambassadors for London's bid to host the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

LAUSANNE (SUI):  The International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s 2020 Applicant City Seminar wrapped up in Lausanne, with representatives from all six cities bidding for the 2020 Olympic Games in attendance. Delegates from the 2020 Applicant Cities of Baku (Azerbaijan), Doha (Qatar), Istanbul (Turkey), Madrid (Spain), Rome (Italy) and Tokyo (Japan) took part in the two-day meeting, which was led by Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli and Head of Bid City Relations Jacqueline Barrett. The host city of the 2020 Games will be chosen at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 7 September 2013. Following the Applicant City Seminar, the Bid Committees of the six cities will apply what they have learnt to their respective bids, with their Application Files and guarantee letters due by 15 February 2012. The Files will then be analysed by an IOC working group that will report to the IOC Executive Board (EB). Upon the basis of its report, the EB will select the Candidate Cities in May 2012, thereby bringing a close to Phase 1 of the IOC's two-step procedure (also known as the Candidature Acceptance Procedure). IOC informs.

ATHENS (GRE): Good news from Greece. The Athens Classic Marathon will be held as planned on Sunday, November 13. Organizers confirmed for Greek media that they expect in total 18 000 runners from 84 countries in all races. OPAP (betting and lottery games company) confirmed its commitment to support the marathon until 2016.

GLASGOW (GBR): BBC reports that former Scotland rugby star Thom Evans has set his sights on a switch to athletics and a place at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. The 26-year-old was forced to retire from rugby following a serious neck injury in February 2010. Evans has been training with Margot Wells, wife of  1980 100 m Olympic winner  Allan, and is concentrating on the 200 m and 400 m. He plans to compete during the coming indoor season.


KITAKYUSHU (JPN, Nov 3): 2009 world javelin medalist Yukifumi Murakami is still having solid shape with 83.24 mark at a local meet.

WOLLONGONG (AUS, Nov 5): Youth sprinter Jarrod Geddes clocked here windy 10.36 (+5.6) at the 100 m just beating Jake Hammond (also 10.36).


MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF informs that Carl-Gustav Tollemar, the Honorary Chairman of the IAAF Technical Committee had passed away on November 3. Carl-Gustav Tollemar (born 28 January 1924), who was a recipient of the IAAF Veteran Pin in 1993, was an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of Svenska Friidrottsförbundet. He was elected to IAAF Technical Committee in 1984 and held the Chairman position from 1987 until 1999. During Tollemar stewardship of the IAAF Technical Committee there were major steps made in the development of guidelines for the planning of track and field facilities, setting international standards for the various products used in athletics from equipment to track surfaces, a resource of knowledge which today is represented by the fourth edition of the IAAF Track and Field Facilities Manual which was published in 2008. Informs IAAF.

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