Pearson to run indoors? by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Cheruiyot_Vivian-IAAFgala11.jpgVivian Cheruiyot, 2011 IAAF Gala, photo by

Diack-PrinceAlbert-Bubka-IAAFgala11.jpgLamine Diack/ President, IAAF,  Prince Albert of Monaco, Lord Sebastian Coe, IAAF Congress, photo by

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Our photo team,, was busy this past weekend. Here are a few photos from the IAAF Congress and just prior to the IAAF Gala, held in Monaco, November 10-12, 2011. These were shot just after the Athletes of the year were announced and before the IAAF Gala.

TORONTO (CAN): Canadian shot putter Dylan Armstrong is one of six athletes nominated for Sportsnet sixth annual Canadian Athlete of the Year Award. In a new twist this year Sportsnet is using its four media platforms to determine the winner. The final decision, and winner, will be unveiled in the December 8 issue of Sportsnet Magazine. Nominated along with Armstrong are Corey Perry (hockey), Christine Sinclair (soccer), Patrick Chan (figure skating), Joey Votto (baseball) and George St-Pierre (MMA).  

MONTE CARLO (MON): World heptathlon champion Tatyana Chernova told reporters in Monaco that she would like to compete in both the long jump and the heptathlon at next year's Olympic Games. Chernova pointed out that there are at least five girls out there that could win the Olympic heptathlon gold so she is not only paying attention to Jessica Ennis. Should she be able to survive Russia's crueling selection in the long jump she is thinking about competing in both events.
MONTE CARLO (MON): Sally Pearson hasn't completely rules out competing indoors yet. The world champion is currently training well and has planned some 100m and 200m races in Australia during the winter months. Pearson said to reporters in Monte Carlo that she hates not being able to compete while other are and therefore hasn't ruled out the IAAF World Indoor championships in Istanbul. The Australian athlete also added that she is capable of reproducing her 12.2 form from this summer.

LONDON (GBR): The Gold Coast have been awarded the 2018 Commonwealth Games after holding off sole rivals Hambantota of Sri Lanka. Gold Coast 2018 will mark the fifth time that Australia has hosted the Commonwealth Games, with the country having previously staged the competition in 1938, 1962, 1982 and 2006. The decision was made at the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) General Assembly.  where also CGF President Mike Fennell of Jamaica made the announcement in what was his final official act in the position following a 17-year reign that now sees him handover to Prince Tunku Imran of Malaysia reports Insidethegames.

LAUSANNE (SUI): The IOC  today announced the list of Innsbruck 2012 Athlete Role Models (ARMs) for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games taking place from 13 to 22 January in Innsbruck, Austria.  The list features a number of star athlets, among them Frank Fredericks, Sergey Bubka and Hicham el Guerrouj. 

MONTE CARLO (MON): The IAAF has confirmed that France's Alain Billouin is this year's recipient of the IAAF World Journalist Award. The award was presented by IAAF President Lamine Diack at a press conference held prior to the World Athletics Gala. Alain Billouin as a journalist specialised in athletics for 33 years at L'Equipe. He was the head of the Olympic Sports group and the "leader" of the athletics section, and covered all the major events from the 1972 Munich Olympic Games to the IAAF World Championships in Seville 1999. He is also is a former Vice-President of the Athletics Commission of the AIPS and Member of the IAAF Press Commission (1992-2007), and was IAAF Press Delegate at the World Race Walking Cup, Torino 2002. The IAAF World Journalist Award, marks outstanding lifetime contributions in the field of athletics journalism and was inaugurated in 2009. 

PALEMBANG (INA, Nov 12): At the SEA Games on the Indonesian island Sumatra Marestella Torres from the Phillipenes won the long jump with a solid 671 and new SEA Area record. Maria Natalia Londa jumped a new Indonesian record of 647 for a silver medal. General Secretary of Singapore Federation James Wong won his 9th consecutive SEA Games discus Gold medal at the age of 42 with 51.32 m.

MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF President Lamine Diack has expressed his satisfaction with London winning the bid for the 2017 IAAF World Championships. "We had never in the history of the bidding process for the IAAF World Championships this type of ceremony with this amount of interest in the TV and newspapers" Diack was quoted while also adding that the exposure was good for the sport. He also congratulated the Doha bidding committee and hopes they will continue to show interest in the future. Also spokesman for the 2017 London bid Sebastian Coe has expressed his delight and thanked the IAAF for their confidence in the London bid.


PFORZHEIM (GER, Nov 12): Anna Hahner has convincingly won the German cross country race in Pforzheim. The 21 year old covered the 6km course in 18:16. Kenyan Philip Rutto took the win on the 8,4 km race in 23:03, just edging out Arne Gabius (23:07). After the race Rutto admitted he is aiming to run a marathon under 2:10 in the coming year.

UDDEVALLA (SWE, Nov 12): Norway and Sweden led the men's race of the Nordic Cross country championships with the win going to Norway's Urige Buta clearly ahead of Swedish Mikael Ekvall and compatriot Audun Nordtveit. Norway took the overall ranking, ahead of Sweden.

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