IAAF: Radcliffe's 2:15:25 is World Marathon Record for Women, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

On November 10, the IAAF, showing admirable common sense, noted that Paula Radcliffe's brilliant 2:15:25, the Bob Beamonesque moment of women's athletics, will stand as the Women's Marathon Record. Hats off to our friends in Monaco...but the real kudoes go to Paula Radcliffe, a women who has shown us how the human heart, and feet for that matter, can overcome many so-called limits...

Paula Radcliffe, 2:15:25, 2003 FLORA London Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net



PRAGUE (CZE) : Marathon world record holder Patrick Makau introduced the runczech.com race series while visiting Prague. The Six races in the runczech.com series next year should help attract foreign runners to the Czech Republic and includes the Hervis Prague Half Marathon, the Volkswagen Prague Marathon, the MATTONI Prague Grand Prix, the Volkswagen Olomouc Half Marathon, the Volkswagen Usti nad Labem Half Marathon, and the Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon. Makau was visiting Prague for the first time before heading to Monte Carlo for the IAAF World Athletics Gala.



MONACO (MON): In Monaco IAAF President Lamine Diack presided over the first of three days in which the newly elected IAAF Council will gather. In his opening speech Diack confirmed that this is his last term of office leading the IAAF. "This term of office will be the very last one during which I will be at the helm of our institution, which is approaching its centenary." Diack was quoted. He also added that though there have been many doubts, the IAAF World Championships in Daegu have been a success and has exceeded all expectations. Before closing his opening address President Diack welcomed the IAAF's new General Secretary Essar Gabriel, who is taking over from retiring General Secretary Pierre Weiss.


2:15:25 WILL STAND

MONACO (MON): Paula Radcliffe's world marathon record of 2:15.25, which she set at the 2003 London Marathon, has again been accepted as the ultimate performance in women's marathon after a decision taken by the newly elected IAAF Council in Monaco. The new council reversed a vote made at the 48th IAAF Congress in Daegu in September that women' world records on the road can no longer be set in a race in which the record setter is competing against men. In the future new records will only be officially recognised and ratified if achieved in women-only races. informs david martin.



MONACO (MON): The IAAF Council has approved a reduction of the ineligibility period for the three athletes whose transfer had previously been approved. Nora Bicet and Lysvanys Perez change from Cuba to Spain while Hassane Fofana from Ivory Coast can now compete for Italy.



BERLIN (GER): European indoor champion Carolin Nytra  is aiming to stand stronger than ever when next year's Olympic Games in London come round. The German athlete didn't run any outdoor competitions after winning the European indoor championships due to injuries and took the summer off in order to rehabilitate and let her body rest. Nytra is now back in full training and is thinking about running two or three indoor races before focusing on the outdoor season according to leichathletik.de.



LAUSANNE (SUI): The Spanish athletics federation has announced that the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, which will be staged between 27 June and 1 July, will be a key point in next year's calendar for its athletes reports European Athletics. Any Spanish athlete who makes the podium in the Finnish capital, up to a maximum of two per event and assuming that he or she has the Olympic qualifying standard, will be automatically selected for the Olympic Games in London a few weeks later. There are currently 62 Spanish athletes with an Olympic qualifying standard.



KINGSTON (JAM): Several errors were pointed out on documents at Steve Mullings' doping case hearing, which started Wednesday morning. One of the mistakes made was of the time Mullings reported to the testing room, where on the testing form was suggested that Mullings reported to the doping room at 8:31 pm instead of 10.31pm. Mullings' lawyers also made clear they have had no access to original documents and only so far have seen photocopies of documents reports Trackalerts. Mullings himself was not present at the hearing for fears for his life when coming to Jamaica and confirmed there have been threats against his life.





LONDON (GBR): According to London 2017 Bid President Sebastian Coe, guaranteeing the use of the Olympics stadium for athletics for the next 99 years has strengthened London's campaign for the 2017 World Championships. Coe admitted the news was a boost while also agreeing with UK Athletics President Ed Warner's view that it would be a better facility by the time of the event."The warm-up track will be moved slightly closer to the stadium, so that again will benefit the athletes, and the Stadium will be reduced from 80,000 to roughly 60,000 and, in that process, everyone sitting in the Stadium will have roof cover." Coe was quoted on Insidethegames.


BRUSSELS (BEL): In a high-stakes competition for the 2017 world championships, rival bidders London and Doha said they are opposed to hosting the 2019 event as a part of a possible IAAF deal to satisfy both cities reports Associated Press. Ahead of Friday's vote for the sport's showcase event, the executive director of the Qatari bid, Abdualla Al Zaini, said he was „not considering any other date" than 2017. London bid chairman Ed Warner said the financial commitments from public authorities could not be switched and „we are in no position" to accept the 2019 championships.







LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics confirms that the 2011 edition of the International Festival of Athletics Coaching was a success and attracted 318 delegates from 26 different countries. The three-day festival included keynote presentations by top speakers and well-received practical workshops including demonstration work with British athletes, former Olympic high jumper Dalton Grant and 2011 European U23 Bronze medallist Lynsey Sharp.


ROME (ITA): Leaders of Rome's bid for the 2020 Olympics are pushing ahead despite Italy's financial and political crisis reports Associated Press. A 42.7 million dollar bid budget has been approved and the bid committee confirmed the importance of continuing the Rome 2020 project with determination as the games would bring economic and development benefits for Rome and the entire country.


CARACAS  (VEN): Venezuelan long jumper Victor Castillo tested positive for a banned stimulant and will be forced to give up his Pan American Games gold medal according to ESPN. The Venezuelan Athletics Federation announced that Castillo's doping test showed traces of methylhexaneamine. However, Castillo was previously suspended for two years in 2006 after tests found furosemide, a banned diuretic and masking agent. Castillo had given Venezuela its first men's gold medal in the long jump at the Pan American Games.


LONDON (GBR): More than half of the world's countries have taken up a multi-million pound offer by the London 2012 Olympic Games organisers to prepare their Olympic teams at an approved training camp in the UK reports The Telegraph. The national Olympic committees have paid up to L25,000 each to prepare in the UK.


ATLANTA (USA): Agent Paul Doyle has opened the Doyle Performance Centre in Atlanta. The indoor facility provides a small track surface and opportunities for weight training. For now only Doyle Management Group athletes will be able to train in the indoor facility as well as some elite athletes from other sports, Paul Doyle explained to Flotrack.  

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