Vivian Cheruiyot, 2011 IAAF Gala, photo by PhotoRun.net
Lamine Diack/ President, IAAF, Prince Albert of Monaco, Lord Sebastian Coe, IAAF Congress, photo by PhotoRun.net
Sebastian Coe, Sergey Bubka, IAAF Vice Presidents, 2011 IAAF Congress,
photo by PhotoRun.net
ARMSTRONG FOR AWARD
(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
CHERNOVA WANTS TO DOUBLE
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.
PEARSON FOR INDOORS?
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.
GOLD COAST GOT THE GAMES
(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.
ROLE MODELS FROM ATHLETICS
(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.
AWARD FOR BILLOUIN
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.
TORRES 671 CM IN LJ
(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.
LONDON DECISION FLASHBACK
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.
(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.
(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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