550 for SPAR European XC on Dec. 11, by Alfons Juck, Nike Border Clash on Nov. 20, note by Larry Eder

2010 Nike Border Clash, photo by Nike Communications

The Nike Border Clash, now in its 13th year, is one of our favorite events of the year. The event was the brainchild of two cross country geeks who worked at Nike, John Truax and Josh Rowe. Over the years, it has grown into a key event in the sport and a prime example of how to innovate in our sport.

Runblogrun will be covering the event tomorrow, as we have done for the past 13 years! We hope to see you there!



LAUSANNE (SUI): After the preliminary entries closed, the names of 550 athletes from 33 European Athletics Member Federations had been set into contest the six races that will make up the 2011 SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Velenje, Slovenia, on 11 December. However, after the deadline, Luxembourg has been allowed to make a late entry and Montenegro has also expressed an interest in sending athletes. All this means that there is the good chance that there will be several SPAR European Cross Country Championships records set or equaled in Velenje next month. The highest number of countries to participate were the 34 nations that made the trip to the town of Albufeira on Portugal's Algarve coast for last year's championships. Overall, the record number of competitors has been the 468 runners that competed at the 2006, 2008 and 2010 SPAR European Cross Country Championships. There will inevitably be fewer people on the start line in Velenje than the 550 initial entries as Member Federations can enter up to eight people in a race but only six can run, and there is always a small number of last minute withdrawals. Informs European Athletics.



MOSCOW (RUS): Readers of website Rusathletics.com decided that 800 m runners Mariya Savinova and Yuriy Borzakovskiy are Russian Athletes of the Year 2011. Savinova was also elected European AOY 2011. In the earlier vote by Russian Athletics Federation the top places went to Anna Chicherova and Borzakovskiy, third poll is expected from sports journalists. In the website vote second places for Anna Chicherova and walker Valeriy Borchin and third positions for Mariya Abakumova and Aleksey Dmitrik.



SCHIELLEITEN (AUT): Austrian federation OLV organised recently a seminar with prevention against doping as one of the main topics. And they invited a special guests, Andreas Krieger with his wife Ute Krieger-Krause, both former high level sportsmen in former East Germany. They told their unbelievable story. Because Andreas Krieger was formerly Heidi Krieger the female European Champion 1986 in the shot put with 21.10 m. She was also European junior champion and achieved indoors 20.51 as junior in 1984 and that is now listed in the first list of IAAF World Junior Indoor records recently published. „When I was 17 I got more male hormons than Ben Johnson. I was able in two weeks to lift more than 100 tons in the weight-lifting room, Arnold Schwarzenegger was nothings against myself," now he explains. The surgery which changed Heidi to Andreas happened in 1997. In 2002 already as he, he married Ute Krieger-Krause, former swimmer. They are now recognized victims of doping by the state and are working in the fight against doping. More in the Austrian federation newsletter: http://www.oelv.at/newsletter/register.php.







LEVERKUSEN (GER): The 2005 European U23 javelin champion German Annika Suthe ends her throwing career. Her last meet was in the summer at the German Championships where she was ninth. She had in recent years elbow problems. Her best comes from 2004 when she still as junior achieved German U19 record 61.38. The same year she won silver at world junior championships in Grosseto.


HELSINKI (FIN): Finland's public TV station YLE added 2014 and 2016 Olympics Rights to 2012 in deal with Sportfive. They agreed a deal to broadcast the 2014 winter Olympic Games in Sochi and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.


DALLAS (USA): Sacbee.com writes that in an unequivocal victory for the popular nutritional supplement maker USPlabs, a federal judge in Maryland today summarily dismissed a $1.8 million lawsuit filed by a disgruntled track and field athlete seeking to blame the company for his testing positive for a substance banned in competition. The lawsuit, brought by Maryland-based track athlete Phillipe H. DeRosier, Jr. resulted from DeRosier's ban by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for his use of a substance contained in the best-selling supplement Jack3d. The presence of the compound was listed on the product label. In dismissing all six counts of DeRosier's complaint, U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake held that his damages claims were based on testimony that was „wholly speculative and conclusory." De Rosier´s bests are 10.20 (2008) and 20.53 (2009).


LONDON (GBR): Heptathlon star and London 2012 Olympic medal hopeful Jessica Ennis has been honoured by the Prince of Wales. Prince Charles presented Ennis with an MBE for her services to athletics in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.


KINGSTON (JAM): A month after her return to Jamaica to begin training with the Racers Track and Field Club under the tutelage of head coach Glen Mills, 2010 Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles bronze medallist Nickiesha Wilson seems to be settling in just fine. „Everyone is great. Just really happy to be a part of that group and it makes me happy to be around such people," Wilson told the Jamaica Observer in a recent interview. The former Louisiana State University star athlete who graduated with a degree in exercise science has spent the time since her return concentrating on her 400m under the expert eyes of 1983 world champion Bert Cameron. „I'm sponsored by Adidas and it's (Racers) an Adidas camp and I just like the way Bert (Cameron) coaches people and the whole Racers on a whole... it's doing phenomenal and I wanted to be part of such a great group," she added. Her best is 53.97 from 2007 and clocked in 2011 55.57 and was Daegu semifinalist.


MADRID (ESP): Statistician Andres Martinez listed on his blog http://statisticsatlet.blogspot.com the best sprinters based on their average of top 5 fastest legal times. Leader Usain Bolt has 9.702 average ahead of Tyson Gay 9.744 and Asafa Powell 9.754. Fourth is former world record holder Maurice Greene 9.824 and fifth Nesta Carter 9.856 ahead of Ato Boldon 9.862 and Yohan Blake 9.872. Top ten are rounded by Frank Fredericks 9.886, Steve Mullings 9.896 and Justin Gatlin 9.898. Former olympic winners Donovan Bailey is 11th (9.900), Carl Lewis 16th (9.914) and best European Linford Christie 19th (9.926).


GENT (BEL): At the end of the day there will be international indoor meet in Gent this winter. The Flemish Athletics League will organise a new meet on February 19 and it will be called IFAM indoors. Flanders Indoors which was part of IAAF circuit and organised by Golazo company will not be staged next year because the main sponsor Belgacom did not continue with the support.


PRETORIA (RSA): African Athletics facebook page informs about South African female javelin thrower Tazmin Brits - 2007 world youth champion and 2010 world junior bronze medallist - who sustained serious injuries in a car accident on Wednesday.


ATHENS (GRE): AIMS website informs that the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Greece, Pavlos Yeroulanos, and the President of AIMS, Paco Borao, opened a permanent headquarters for AIMS in offices within the Olympic Complex in Athens at an address bearing the name of the first Olympic Marathon winner, as it is located in Spyros Louis Avenue. The 5th AIMS Marathon Symposium took place with a medical theme, featuring speakers from the Marathons of Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Vienna and Athens, and including and the lighting of the flame at the Marathon Tomb as part of the associated ceremonies last week.







EMBU (KEN, Nov 19): Daegu fourth placer at 5000 m Isaiah Koech returned from injury to win the men 12km event at the 3rd KCB/AK National Cross Country meet with 36:02 at 12 km. The 2009 World Youth 3000m champion was joined on the winner's rostrum by Winfridah Kwamboka (women 8km senior, 28:04), Africa Cross titleholder, Japheth Korir (junior men 8km, 23:47) and Zipp

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