Pistorius Must run another "A", Bubka in Sarajevo, by Alfons Juck, ING New York on Sunday, note by Larry Eder

Oscar Pistorius, 2011 Milano, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bubka_Sergei1a-Youth09.jpgSergey Bubka, photo by PhotoRun.net

Gebremariam_GebreFV_B2B10.JpgGebre Gebremariam, 2010 NB Falmouth Road Race,
photo by PhotoRun.net

MutaiLeads-Boston11.JPGGeoffrey Mutai, 2011 BAA Boston Marathon,
photo by PhotoRun.net

What a weekend of sports! Cross country conference for colleges, and state meets for high schools across the U.S. The 2011 ING NYCM marathon, where Geoffrey Mutai and Gebre Gebremariam will duel and Mary Keitany should put the course record out of reach for woman. Great conditions should abound for Sunday as 40,000 plus marathoners brave the first Big City marathon (remember, the ING NYCM moved from five loops around Central Park, then, in 1976, became the race through five boroughs). Fred Lebow is smiling down from the spectator stands in heaven on his NYRR and wonderful marathon.

Sergey Bubka spent an emotional few days in Sarajevo with young athletes and coaches, visiting the site of the 1984 Winter Olympics. Oscar Pistorious must run another A standard to make the Australian Olympic team.

Pistorius in a campaign
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Oscar Pistorius must run another 400-meter "A'' qualifying time in the three months before the London Olympics to make history as the first amputee athlete to run at an able-bodied games, South Africa's Olympic Committee said according to Universal Sports. Clarifying its 2012 qualifying criteria, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee said that the double-amputee athlete had not yet qualified despite running inside the "A'' time in July, which earned Pistorius an historic place at the world championships in Daegu, South Korea. In another issue Nike has launched a major new sportswear campaign titled "Always On" which stars South African four-time Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius.  In order to celebrate the launch, a special event was held at Sandton City shopping centre in Johannesburg, not far from where Pistorius was born and raised, which was attended by 30 young aspiring runners, 300 fans and the superstar athlete himself. The film sees the 24-year-old double leg amputee discuss the challenges he has had to overcome to achieve success on a road that has seen him become the first amputee in history to compete at the IAAF World Athletics Championships. The advert also sees Pistorius discuss the tattoo inked across his back which is the Bible verse 1 Corinthians 9:26-27.

Lilesa is out
NEW YORK (USA): Some interesting news before Sunday´s ING NYC Marathon. Short-track speedskater star Apolo Ohno wants to run "3.30 or so". Another top name from another sport is legendary ice-hockey player Mark Messier who will run at age of 50. From elite field to note that Daegu bronze winner Feyisa Lilesa from Ethiopia withdrew citing a lack of fitness. Among guests also sprinters Wallace Spearmon and Lolo Jones.

Dubai with Gold Label
DUBAI (UAE): David Martin reports that  the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has become the first meeting in the region to be awarded International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Gold Label status. The world's richest long distance running event which will stage the 2012  race on 27 January,  has joined the athletics elite following its inclusion by the world governing body. Organisers report it is not only the first time a middle east-based running event of any kind has gained the prestigious award,  it also firmly establishes the event's credentials as the number one marathon in Asia. It also places Dubai where the legendary Haile Gebrselassie has been a regular competitor in recent years, in the sport's top division alongside the World Major Marathon cities including Berlin and London.
Luzern in good condition, just waiting for the status
LUZERN (SUI): Spitzenleichathletik meet of Luzern will be held as planned on July 17 next year. Only the status remains open and will be confirmed this week by European Athletics. This is to clarify the initial item by EME NEWS where Luzern was mentioned without status. The event which was the best in the EA Classic category in 2011 according to the All-Athletics.com rankings will have the same prize money structures as in the last 5 years. That is including also diamond jackpot for the best results. Luzern is third best meet in Switzerland behind the Diamond League meetings in Zurich and Lausanne.

Bubka in Sarajevo
SARAJEVO (BIH): Last weekend in Sarajevo, a solemn session of the Assembly of the Athletics Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was held marking the Centenary of the modern athletics in this country and 15th anniversary of the unforgettable IAAF Solidarity Meeting - Sarajevo 96. It was a large gathering of top former and current athletes, coaches and athletic workers, which was attended by many prominent guests, headed by Sergey Bubka, IAAF Vice President. This event, as well as the visit of Bubka attracted great public and media attention, and immensely contributed to the promotion of athletic sport in the country. Bubka paid a visit to the venue of that meeting - Kosevo Olympic Stadium (now called Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium), the site of the opening ceremony of the 1984 Winter Olympic Games hosted by Sarajevo. The venue was bombarded during the Bosnian war of 1992-1995, as well as the whole city. Its reconstruction was initiated by the athletes' community of Sarajevo straight after the end of the war.  Of all the meetings Bubka took part in while in Sarajevo, "Chat with the Champions" was the most emotional. "I talked to young athletes and students. I saw their eyes shining. I know they are passionate about sport and they do understand that Olympic values and fair play rules can help them not only to win the competitions but to consolidate people of their country", the pole vault world record holder was quoted.

Head coach proposes wild cards
MOSCOW (RUS): Russian Head Coach Valentin Maslakov proposed at the recent Conference of the Russian Athletics Federation that the World champions from Daegu will recieve wild cards for Olympic Games in London. That would mean they must not compete early July at the National Championships (the main olympic selection meet) and would be able to compete at European Championships in Helsinki. As Breakthrough Athletes of the Year were voted at Rusathletics.com among women double European U23 Champion at 800 m and 1500 m Yelena Arzhakova (she also won European indoor title at 1500 m) and from male ranks high jump world silver winner Aleksey Dmitrik.


BERLIN (GER) : German former triple jumper Charles Friedek is prosecuting the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) for not selecting him for the 2008 Olympic Games. Friedek, who retired from the sport in 2009, is demanding 120,000€ from the DOSB which he claimed to have lost by not being selected in 2008. Friedek had twice jumped the standard of 17.00 but was not sent out reports Leichathletik.de.

BERLIN (GER): German triple jump record holder Katja Demut is back in training after disappointingly missing the Daegu world championships with injury. Demut is planning to compete in just a few indoor competitions and will then go on to prepare for the European championships in Helsinki and the Olympic Games in London she said to leichtathletik.de.


LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics announces that the 2012 European Cup Winter Throwing is to be held in Bar, Montenegro, on 17-18 March. This will be the first time that Montenegro will host the annual competition for athletes specialising in the events of discus, javelin and hammer throwing and the shot.


GUADALAJARA (MEX): Victor Lopez of Puerto Rico was elected unopposed as the inaugural Association of Pan American Athletics (APA) President, a new regional body that replaces the Pan American Athletics Commission. Lopez played a crucial role in the creation of the IAAF's Coaches Commission as well as the North America, Central America and Caribbean Track & Field Coaches Association. He chairs both organizations and has also led the Central American and Caribbean Athletics Confederation (CACAC) since 1998 reports Trackalerts.

MELBOURNE (AUS): Athletics Australia has identified seven athletes who finished top eight at the recent IAAF World Championships, including medallists Sally Pearson, Mitchell Watt and Jared Tallent, for early nomination to the Australian Olympic Committee. As per the Olympic nomination criteria, the following athletes have been identified for early nomination, and, subject to meeting ongoing form and fitness, will be nominated to the AOC for selection to the 2012 Australian Olympic Team in June 2012: Luke Adams ( 50km Walk),  Jarrod Bannister (Javelin), Benn Harradine (Discus), Kim Mickle (Javelin), Sally Pearson (100m Hurdles), Jared Tallent (50km Walk), Mitchell Watt (Long Jump).

ZURICH (SUI): Sportfive, the international sports marketing agency, has agreed a media rights deal in Switzerland for the 2014 winter Olympics and the 2016 Olympic Games with SRG SSR, the country's dominant public tv station.

MONACO (MON): IAAF confirmed the ratification of the only world record at World Championships in Daegu, the 37.04 by Jamaica in the 4x100 m relay.

ATAPUERCA (ESP): Diario de Burgos informs that former 10 000 m world champion Linet Masai of Kenya will be the star of the 8th Cross Atapuerca here on November 13, the first event of the IAAF CC circuit 2011/12. She will face Ethiopian title defender Genzebe Dibaba. In men´s race the top name is another world winner, the CC champion from Punta Umbria Imane Merga of Ethiopia. Eritrean Teklemariam Medhin who won last year will be his top opponent. Initially also world champion Vivian Cheruiyot was mentioned but she will be in Monaco at IAAF World Athletics Gala.

LONDON (GBR): Three of Russia's top athletes of the current generation have been unveiled as ambassadors for London's bid to host the 2017 IAAF World Championships. The 2011 European Athlete of the Year Mariya Savinova and her compatriot Tatyana Chernova, who won gold medals over 800m and in the heptathlon at this summer's World Championships, as well as high jumper Aleksey Dmitrik, who took a silver medal in Daegu, are the latest athletes to voice their support for London. Informs European Athletics.


RANCHI (IND, Nov 2-3):  Tamil Nadu sprinter V. Praveen Muthukumaran and Bihar's international Sunanda Sarkar lived-up to expectations to win the marquee event of the day--100m--in youth boys and girls divisions respectively.  Praveen, clocked 10.75 for a new record at the 27th National junior championships. Sunanda, represented the nation in this year's World Youth Championships in Lille, missed the 10-year-old meet mark of 12.10 held by Chitra K. Soman since 2001.  The Bihari girl however posted a personal best 12.14 for victory.  Another meet record when Ashish Rohilla walked 10 km in 43:40.7 for the junior men's title. Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Durgesh Kumar Pal had no match in his favourite 400m hurdles.  Moving in to junior men category for the first time Durgesh running over the barriers in perfect style to register a new national junior best of 50.86. Writes Murali Krishnan.


BERLIN (GER): Leichtathletik.de informs that on October 27 at age of 89 died former IAAF and EAA Council member Georg Wieczisk. He was also former President of DVfL what was the national federation for East Germany.

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