Asafa Powell to run Indoors, Wants PBs! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Asafa Powell, photo by

Asafa Powell, the only man to break ten seconds for the 100 meters 76 times, and former world record holder at the 100 meters, plans to run indoors this season. The 2012 World Indoors in Istanbul, Turkey will again be an event where some of the younger athletes will get a chance to excel. Some stars will attend, and some will, noting how Olympic years take so much out an athlete, race sparingly in the indoor season.

Kszczot with some indoor races
BYDGOSZCZ (POL): European indoor and U23 Champion Adam Kszczot of Poland was in good training over two weeks in Spain (Andalucia) with young Wojciech Jarosz. Next camp will be staged in Monte Gordo, Portugal and then Potchefstroom in South Africa. He plans indoor meetings, but not World Indoor Championships. For summer main goal is Olympic Games in London and because of this he will most probably pass on European Championships in Helsinki. Kszczot improved to impressive 1:43.30 in 2011 and was 6th in Daegu at World Championships. Informs PZLA website. His 1:43.30 is 10th best European of all-time and best since 2002.

Fujita no for Fukuoka
FUKUOKA (JPN): Brett Larner informs that the organizers of the Fukuoka International Marathon announced that former national record holder Atsushi Fujita, with a PB of 2:06:51, has withdrawn from its invited athlete field due to pain in his right Achilles tendon. This year's Fukuoka is the first domestic selection race for next year's London Olympics (December 4).

Powell at least PB
KINGSTON (JAM): Asafa Powell said for Trackalerts that he decided to run indoor races for first time since 2004 because training is going well. "I think I could do great things indoors," said the popular sprinter. More details are not known yet, which races he might choose and also whether he will compete in Istanbul at World Indoor Championships. About the possibility to attack the world indoor record he said: "I do not know, maybe. But I want to improve my personal best." That time is 6.56 from 2004. 

Edwards President of Wenlock
LONDON (GBR): Insidethegames informs that Sydney 2000 Olympic triple jump champion Jonathan Edwards has been named as the new President of the prestigious Wenlock Olympian Society in Shropshire. The iconic Society was founded in Much Wenlock back in 1850 by the legendary Dr William Penny Brookes to run the Wenlock Olympian Games. It was this event that inspired Brookes' friend Baron Pierre de Coubertin to create the Olympic Movement, including the first Modern Games at Athens in 1896. Edwards, who also still holds the triple jump world record which he set in 1995, has been the vice-president of the Wenlock Olympian Society but has accepted the post of President after the previous incumbent Roy Rogers died suddenly in April this year at the age of 79.

TOP RESULTS (Liverpool, Basel, Kenya, etc.)

LIVERPOOL (GBR, Nov 26): Andy Vernon won the senior men's race of the McCain Liverpool Cross Challenge Series incorporating the European Cross Country Trials at Sefton Park at 9.8 km with 29:19. Second Mark Draper (29:22) ahead of Ryan McLeod (29:24) and miler Andy Baddeley (29:26). In closer women race Hatti Dean won at 8.1 km in 27:05 four seconds ahead of Gemma Steel (27:09). Distant third Freya Murray (27:32), former track world junior champion Stephanie Twell was 5th (27:37). In mild but increasingly windy conditions, the McCain under-23 titles went to the highly impressive Hannah Walker overall fourth with 27:32 (eighth on the track over 5000 m at the European Under-23 Championships) and Mitch Goose (overall 12th in 29:55) who, following a 40th place finish in last week's NCAA Championships, returned to the UK in a bid to make the team for Velenje. The junior events were won by Aldershot, Farnham and District duo Emelia Gorecka (4.4 km in 14:54) and Jonny Hay (6.7 km in 20:23), both coached by Mick Woods, who will be looking to translate their top European finishing positions in the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships into gold medal performances in Slovenia. With help from UK Athletics website.

SZENTENDRE (HUN, Nov 26): Hungarian CC Championships at the Skanzen Museum of Szentendre were also EA Permit race and test event before 2012 European CC Championships at the same place. Former US collegian and now 2:16 marathon runner Tamas Kovacs won the men´s 8.675 km in 27:35. Second Sandor Szabo (27:46) and third Adam Kovacs (27:52). European U23 finalist from 2009 Monika Nagy was the best in women 6.08 km (21:59) clearly beating favorite Andrea Szederkenyi-Takacs (22:36) and Reka Czebei (22:57). The event was also selection race for Velenje European CC Champs in December.

CLERMONT FERRAND (FRA, Nov 26): Kenyan wins at 54th cross de Volvic in France. Paul Melly achieved 22:47 at 7.39 km for men. Second French runner Nassir Dawud (22:49) and third Eritrean Estifanos Tewelde (22:51). Lucy Macharia won women 4.86 km in 16:53 ahead of marathon runner Martha Komu (17:09) and Eritrean Mekdes Woldu (17:09). Best French runner was miler Fanjanteino Felix as 6th (18:29).

MT. ELGON (KEN, Nov 26): The Nation writes that Timothy Kiptoo and Phanancier Jemutai won the senior races in the fourth leg of Kenya Commercial Bank and Athletics Kenya Cross Country series in Mount Elgon. Homegirl Jemutai, the Chepkoilel meeting winner, stunned a stellar line-up in the women's senior race, winning it in 29:30.1. She was ahead of World Junior 3000 m steeplechase champion Purity Cherotich (30:49.5) and Elizabeth Chemutai (31:10.1). Kiptoo, second in Chepkoilel two weeks ago, beat former World Cross silver medallist Titus Mbishei as he made his intentions for next year's Africa Cross Country gala in Cape Town clear. Kiptoo produced a solid run to win in 38:38.5 ahead of Mbishei (39:11.9), Tanui (39:24.5) and Stephen Arita (39:32.5) followed. World Cross runner Alice Aprot (sister of Joseph Ebuya, 6 km in 21:56.0) and new talent Leonard Barsoton (8 km, 25:16.7) were the best in the junior races at the windy Kapsokwony High School course.

BASEL (SUI, Nov 26): Traditional winners at road races in Switzerland. Eritrean Tadesse Abraham was the best in men´s 10 km in 28:42 at the 29th Basel City Run. Second place for Kenyan Bernard Matheka (28:44) and third Tesfay Felfele of Eritrea (29:10). Best European French Zouhair Oumoussa was 6th (29:18) and best Swiss Philipp Bandi 8th (29:32). Marathon European champion Viktor Rothlin in his first race after NYC Marathon finished 13th (29:54). Kenyan Jane Muia finished on top in women´s 7.8 km (25:39). Second place for current top Swiss female distance runner Patricia Morceli-Buhler (25:43) and third Ethiopian Tsige Worku (25:56). Nearly 8000 entries were registered.

DUDINCE (SVK, Nov 26): Recently London bound marathon runner Katarina Beresova won her third CC Slovak title in Dudince with clear win at 4 km in 14:29. The traditional walking place staged the Slovak cross country championships and saw Jaroslav Szabo achieving a double at 4 km (12:34) and 6 km (29:13). Juraj Vitko was second in milers race (12:37) and Jozef Urban in the longer one (29:14) just ahead of Slovak marathon champion Imrich Pastor (29:16).

BIALYSTOK (POL, Nov 26): Lukasz Oslizlo won the Polish U23 CC title at 7 km in 21:11. Best woman in U23 Championships was Matylda Slezak with 14:32 at 4.5 km. Senior championships will be held in March.

HACHIOJI (JPN, Nov 26): Kenyan Paul Kuira clocked very solid life-time best 27:40.60 at 10 000 m during the Hachioji Distance meet. Three more runners dipped under 28 minutes. Second Japanese Tsuyoshi Ugachi 27:40.69 (improving his PB 27:41.97 from May in California), third Chihiro Miyawaki 27:41.57 (20 years old, first time under 28) and fourth Kenyan Alex Mwangi 27:51.98.

MANAGUA (NCA, Nov 25): Fast 100 m winner at U15 Central American Championships in Nicaragua. Arturo Deliser from Panama at age of 14 years (born in 1997) clocked new meet record 11.11 (-0.6) during first day of the event.

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