Brian Olinger & Sally Kipyego win Manchester Road Race, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder


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Brian Olinger & Sally Kipyego won the prestigious Manchester Road Race on Thanksgiving Day. The Manchester Road Race has been one of the top Thanksgiving Day road races in the US for many years.

Kipyego-FlanaganH-Payton11.JPGSally Kipyego, 2011 Payton Jordan /Kim McDonald 10,000m, photo by

ATLANTA (USA): Top three decathletes in USA are all medal contenders for Olympic Games in London. The only one who for sure wants to compete also at World Indoor Championships is the undercover heptathlon world record holder Ashton Eaton. For World Champion Trey Hardee and Olympic winner Bryan Clay the decision is not yet set. Eaton will accept his automatic invitation to Istanbul and will compete in individual events at small meets leading up to US Indoor champs where he will compete in selected events to prepare for Turkey. At the global championships the Daegu bronze winner will contest the only heptathlon of the winter and hopes there to attack his own world indoor record 6568 from 2011. Double world champion Hardee after reconstructive surgery of his elbow in September had initially ruled out competing indoors. But now as his rehab has progressed faster than imagined, indoors remains a distant possibility. A decision will not be made until January. Hardee competed only once before at World Indoors, won silver behind Clay in Doha in 2010. The oldest from the trio Beijing winner Clay is training very well at the moment but planning to take things as they come.  He already competed at four World Indoor events (two golds and two silvers). Clay plans early season competitions in Mid January and will decide whether or not to pursue qualification for Istanbul. In any case only two US athletes will be allowed to compete in the Istanbul heptathlon. Eaton is invited and second could qualify as per 2012 result or by IAAF invitation. Informs agent of the trio Paul Doyle.

LEFFRINCKOUCKE (FRA): 22nd edition of the Cross de l´Acier on Sunday will have a special duel in men´s category. Last two world champions will clash together at this EA Permit event. Kenyan Joseph Ebuya who is also title defender here and Ethiopian Imane Merga. French runners will take this event at 9.95 km in good numbers as it is final qualification for the European CC Championships. For example national CC winner Morhad Amdouni added with Noureddine Smail, Abdellatif Meftah and James Theuri. On the women side for 6.55 km Ethiopia will have 2:25 marathon runner Feyse Tadese, Almensch Belete and Azemra Gebru who is World junior CC medalist from Punta Umbria. European countries are represented by Irish Fionnualla Britton and Turkish Binnaz Uslu. Miler Hind Dehyba leads the national challenge.

LONDON (GBR): Title defender Dwain Chambers is in hard training currently for the indoor season. His management informs that he has in mind his personal best 6.42 at 60 m what is also European indoor record. Main aim is to defend his title from Doha 2010 in Istanbul in March. To be able to run in Turkey he must qualify at UK Indoor Trials on February 11-12 in Sheffield. Chambers is invited as guest from Chelsea FC to attend the Champions League Valencia game on the 6th December.

HARARE (ZIM): The World long jump medalist Ngoni Makusha said for that he is confident of doing well at the 2012 London Olympic Games. As per home rules he is qualified for Long jump for London and wants to achieve the same also at 100 m. "My main goal now is just to continue working hard and getting the right preparation before the games, hopefully staying fit and avoiding injuries," said Makusha. He has been on a week-long visit in the country to promote the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee's London 2012 Olympic Games fundraising campaign dubbed "Going for Gold". Makusha is on an athletics scholarship at Florida State University in the US where he will be graduating with a degree in Applied Economics in three weeks. He plans to compete at World Indoor Championships in Istanbul too.

MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF Council recently decided about integrating Challenges into World Athletics Series Competitions. In the year prior to the World Indoor Championships, the winner of the Combined Events Challenge will be invited to participate in the World Indoor Championships (if he/she is already entitled to the invitation, this is extended to the next ranked athlete). But this concerns the 2014 event as the rules for 2012 were already set before this decision. The top three in the Combined Events Challenge will be considered as having achieved the 'A' standard for the following year's World Championships or Olympic Games. The top three in the Race Walking Challenge will be considered as having achieved the 'A' standard (in the 20km) for the following year's World Championships or Olympic Games. Unfortunately this is not including IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge.

LOS ANGELES (USA): Daegu participant and US Champs and NCAA medalist at 800 m Charles Jock is passing the indoor season in order to prepare for the Olympic summer. The main for the UC Irvine collegian will be to qualify for London Games. Jock under guidance of coach Jeff Perkins improved in 2011 to 1:44.67 at age of 22.


SOCHI (RUS): Britain's David Hemery, the 1968 Olympic 400 metres champion, was awarded the prestigious European Olympic Committees' (EOC) 2011 Laurel Award here. Writes insidethegames. Hemery received the award at the 40th EOC General Assembly from Ireland's Patrick Hickey, President of the EOC.The Laurel Award is bestowed by the EOC to individuals in Europe who have achieved remarkable sporting merit and have performed outstanding services for sport in their country. Hemery was one of three distinguished figures to receive the Laurel Award. The others were France's Alain Calmat, the 1964 Olympic figure skating silver medallist and his country's former Sports Minister, and Portugal's Luis Santos, who has played a strategic role in the promotion of handball in his country. Later, Polish cyclist Tobiasz Lis was the first receipent of an award for most promising young sportperson in Europe created in honour of Piotr Nurowski, the former President of the Polish Olympic Committee (POC) who was killed in a plane crash last year.

MELBOURNE (AUS): Australian Flame captain Steve Hooker will launch next Wednesday the Australian Athletics Tour and discuss his preparations as the road to London begins. The Tour starts on December 10 with Zatopek 10, continues in Brisbane on January 14, Newcastle on January 21, Adelaide on January 28, Hobart on February 4, Perth on February 11, Sydney Track Classic on February 18 and IAAF World Challenge Meet in Melbourne on March 2-3.

OTTAWA (CAN): The 2011 Canadian Cross Country Championships take place this Saturday in Vancouver, B.C. at Jericho Beach Park with Canadian titles on the line in the masters, seniors and junior age categories.  The championships serve as the selection meet for the national team which will compete at the 2012 NACAC (North America Central America and Caribbean) Cross Country Championships in March. Defending men's senior champion Cameron Levins is fresh off a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships and will be looking for nothing less than gold when he lines up in the men's senior race. In the women's senior race 2011 Canadian 10km road race champion Dayna Pidhoresky will be looking to capture another title this season.

LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz has welcomed the move by IAAF to return to the European Broadcasting Union as its media rights partner in Europe for the World Athletics Series from 2014 to 2017. "EBU provides the biggest platform to promote athletics on public free-to-air TV channels throughout Europe so this agreement by IAAF and EBU is very good news as it will play a vital role in our ongoing aim to further increase the popularity of athletics on the continent," said President Wirz. Last year, European Athletics announced the renewal of its long-running contract with the EBU - a partnership that has been in place since 1981 - for the period 2012-2015. The renewed commitment covers all of European Athletics' major events including the Helsinki 2012 and Zurich 2014 European Athletics Championships, the Göteborg 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships and the yet to be awarded 2015 indoor championships. The agreement also covers the European Athletics Team Championships and SPAR European Cross Country Championships taking place during the four-year contract period.

NIJMEGEN (NED): Global Sports Communication (headed by Jos Hermens) will organize a 10 000 m for both men and women at annual Nijmegen Global Athletics (NGA) meeting to be held on Friday 25th May 2012. The event will be called Nijmegen Global Athletics Olympic Edition. The aim is to create the best possible circumstances for athletes in order to qualify for the London Olympics. Another top event will just follow on May 27 the FBK Games of Hengelo, IAAF World Challenge Meeting.

NEW DELHI (IND): The Sunday´s Airtel Delhi Half Marathon has as top favorites Kenyan Sammy Kitwara as previously announced Deriba Merga withdrew. But Ethiopia will still have a top name in the field with Lelisa Desisa. Also to note sub one hour runners Kenyan Philemon Limo and Ethiopian Dino Sefer. In the women competition Aselefech Mergia will compete for fifth time here as top favorite. Kenyan Lucy Kabuu Wangui will be her main rival along with Lydia Cheromei and Aberu Kebede.

ADDIS ABABA (ETH): On Sunday also the biggest Ethiopian race will be staged. The 2011 Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Great Ethiopian Run at 10 km on Sunday and 2011 Plan Ethiopia Children Races on Saturday. In the 10th edition of the International 10km race last year 32,000 medals were distributed at the finish and many more unofficial participants joining in, an estimated total of around 35,000 took part in the race, many walking round the 10km course which in 2010 used a new route to cater for the larger numbers. A total of 260 international participants took part in the race. The official fundraising campaign in 2010, "I AM RUNNING FOR A CHILD" raised over 800,000 birr for the two beneficiary charities Abebech Gobena and Mary Joy. Informs event website.

LONDON (GBR): Pat Butcher names his latest blog at Time for Marathons to Split from IAAF.


MANCHESTER (USA, Nov 24): American Brian Olinger and Kenyan Sally Kipyego won historic 75th Manchester Road Race in Manchester, Conn. Informs Race Results Weekly. Olinger who is best known as a steeplechaser (8:19.29 PB), clocked 21:33 for the hilly 4.748 mile course, winning America's most prestigious Thanksgiving Day race for the first time (he had finished third twice in 2007 and 2008).  That gave the Reebok-sponsored athlete a six-second victory over compatriot Landon Peacock (21:39) of the ZAP Fitness program.  Andrew Carlson of Team USA Minnesota finished third (21:41), giving the USA men a sweep of the podium.  For the 25 year-old Kipyego, who runs for the Nike-sponsored Oregon Track Club the win was her second at Manchester.  She clocked 24:22, 14 seconds slower than her winning time last year.  The reigning IAAF World Championships silver medalist at 10,000m finished comfortably ahead of American Meghan Armstrong-Peyton of Team USA Minnesota/Asics (25:03) and Ethiopians Alemtsehay Misganaw and Bedada Bekelech (both were timed in 25:15). Both winners won 4000 USD prize money.

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