Sally Pearson Dreams of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder



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Sally Pearson won the 2011 World championships in Daegu, Korea after a flawless season. Now, she is dreaming of bringing the 2018 Commonwealth games to the Gold Coast of Australia....

EME NEWS (NOV 8, 2011)




MONACO (MON): The Gala's 600+ guests on Saturday, who will include many of the world's top athletics stars, past and present, will be entertained this year by Orquesta Broadway, a salsa, charanga dance band which for virtually 50 years has been at the forefront of the Latin Music scene in New York City. The band's name comes from 135th Street and Broadway in Manhattan where the founding line-up all lived. Informs IAAF.



MONACO (MON): IAAF informs that a three-day meeting of the IAAF Council, Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 November, which will conclude with the decision regarding the host city for the 2017 IAAF World Championships (also World Indoors 2014, World Juniors 2014, Continental Cup 2014, World Half Marathon 2014), will be the focus of a packed schedule of meetings which will be held around the Saturday´s World Athletics Gala. Gatherings of various IAAF Commissions, the IAF Council, the Samsung Diamond League Assembly and meetings between the IAAF and World Masters Athletics are among those that will be staged before, during, and immediately following the weekend.



LAUSANNE (SUI): The EA Council approved at its session in Helsinki the calendar for the outdoor one-day meetings in Europe. The 2012 series of European Athletics Outdoor Premium Meetings will include 12 meetings (four more than in 2011) while the Classic series will comprise of 11 meetings (two less than in 2011). The Internationales Hochsprung-Meeting in Eberstadt, Germany, which is dedicated to the high jump, has been given the status of a special Premium Meeting. In comparison to the earlier published calendars one of the oldest meetings in Europe, the Kusocinski Memorial will be at the end of the day in the Premium category (held in Szczecin currently). Also Spitzenleichtathletik meet of Luzern which had pending status will be as in 2011 in the Classic category. No more Greek meetings in this categories, they will have Area Permit status. The current calendar for 2012, EA Premium: Jun 2 Bydgoszcz and Nancy, Jun 5 Montreuil, Jun 8 Torino, Jun 9 Lille, Jun 11 Prague, Jul 3 Reims, Jul 7 Heusden, Jul 8 Strasbourg, Jul 10 Sotteville, Jul 21 Szczecin, Sep 4 Rovereto. EA Classic: May 25 Dessau, Jun 7 Huelva, Jun 9 Istanbul, Jun 14 Velenje, Jun 17 Zhukovskiy, Jul 17 Luzern, Aug 20 Linz, Aug 26 Dubnica, Sep 1 Terra Sarda, Sep 2 Padova, Sep 5 Milano, Sep 7-9 Eberstadt.



LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics has awarded to the Slovakian spa town of Dudince, which boasts a rich tradition of race walking, the 2013 edition of the biennial European Cup Race walking. Dudince will stage this event already for third time after 1998 and 2001. The Spanish federations' proposal to move the 2012 European Cup 10000m from Palafrugelle to the city of Bilbao has also been accepted by European Athletics. The annual event will now take place on 3 June 2012, while in 2013 the event will be staged in the Bulgarian city of Pravets.



KINGSTON (JAM): Information reaching is that Veronica Campbell-Brown is changing coaches. This means Claude Grant, the man who conditioned her for the last year, during which she won her first 200m World title, is no longer the athlete's coach. Grant is the third coach working with Campbell-Brown in three years. Previously the Jamaican athlete was coached by Anthony Carpenter and Lance Brauman.



BEOGRAD (SRB): Serbia continues in long term plans with athletics after Belgrade was awarded the European CC Championships in 2013. General secretary of the national federation and former 400 m runner Slobodan Brankovic is optimistic about the Belgrade bid to stage European Indoor Championships in 2015. The multifunctional hall Arena is close to the airport and offers enough space for athletics. Brankovic hopes that the city will cover the costs of the new track which will be needed. Other bidders are Istanbul (with the planned experience from World Indoors 2012) and Prague (with 02 Arena where already a succesfull one day meet was held in winter of 2009 with participation of Yelena Isinbayeva and 2 miles world best by Meseret Defar).







MONTREAL (CAN): Priscilla Lopes Schliep, the Olympic Bronze Medalist and former World Number one at 100 m hurdles, will be addressing more than 200 University students from across Canada on November 12th at the 16th Annual John Molson school of business Sports Marketing conference. Lopes-Schliep who will discuss the parallels of what is needed for success in both business and in sport will be making her first public appearance since giving birth to Nataliya Ava Schliep in mid September. She slowly returns back to training and plans to compete in summer 2012.


NEW YORK (USA): Lauren Fleshman has had a bit of a traumatic pre-race experience when she debuted at the ING New York City marathon last weekend. The multiple US 5000m national champion had temporary tattoos of her own company Picky Bars on her body but was forced to take them off just minutes before the race as it is against the rules of the World Marathon Majors. Many USA athletes have supported Fleshman and her attempt to promote her own company by speaking up on Twitter or the internet.


LONDON (GBR): Daley Thompson is happy to add his voice to the cause to bring the 2017 World Athletics ­Championships to London. The IAAF meets in Monaco this week and will vote on Friday as to where the Championships are staged. "We have a fantastic chance. It is going to be very difficult in Doha because it is so warm," said Thompson. "They are having to make adjustments like running the marathon in the middle of the night - which is not going to be fair - and they might struggle just to get people to come and watch it." Thompson was quoted by the Daily Express.


SYDNEY (AUS): World 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson says that winning the 2011 World Athlete of the Year award and helping the Gold Coast bring home the 2018 Commonwealth Games would be the icing on the cake to a sensational year. The 25-year-old hurdler was this weekend named in the final three for the 2011 World Athlete of the Year, along with shot putter Valerie Adams (NZL) who was undefeated all season and set an Oceania record at the IAAF World Championships, and Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot, who added 5000m and 10,000m gold medals to the world cross-country title she won earlier in the season. Pearson will also know this weekend whether it has won the right to host the Commonwealth Games in 2018. As an ambassador to the bid Pearson has been actively involved throughout the campaign and she admits a home Games will be the incentive she needs if she is to continue competing for another seven years according to athletics australia website.


NEW YORK (USA): Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya and Liliya Shobukhova of Russia have been crowned champions of the 2010-2011 World Marathon Majors series, and both were presented $500,000 USD for their respective accomplishments on Monday personally. „The World Marathon Majors are the best events and have the strongest fields," said Emmanuel Mutai. „The series includes races over a two-year period, and to earn the most points over that time and win the series is very difficult so I am proud of my achievement. I came to New York [this weekend] in the lead for the series, knowing that I needed to be at least among the top 3. When I realized that I would be second in the race, I knew this meant that I had won in the final standings. Yes, I was very much thinking about the World Marathon Majors during the race." Female winner Liliya Shobukhova: „I want to thank the World Marathon Majors for its great idea to raise awareness of the sport and its top athletes. The series has helped both to identify talented runners and to place attention on marathon running. I don't think I would have achieved such heights in marathoning without the series, even after many years in the sport. Also, the World Marathon Majors has helped the best marathoners to focus on the best events, which adds to the competition and which surely will help anyone in their preparation for the Olympics."


WATTENSCHEID (GER): Pole vaulter and Daegu fifth placer Malte Mohr is changing his clubs and says he wants to compete indoors and outdoors in full mood and quality for the top events in Istanbul, Helsinki and London. Another goal for him is to clear six meters. His best is 590 on the square, 586 indoors and 585 in classic stadiums outdoors. In 2012 he will compete for TV Wattenscheid and is leaving his current club LG Stadtwerke Munich. Chauncey Johnson remains his coach.


VILNIUS (LTU): Legendary discus thrower Virgilijus Alekna will be an adviser for Lithuanian interior ministry. Local media are informing. The multiple olympic and world winner will be next year 40 but still plans to compete at London Games.


LONDON (GBR): writes that London fears its bid to host the world athletics championships in its new Olympic Stadium in 2017 is threatened this week by a GBP 5 million inducement from rivals Doha. Dailymail says that Doha is expected to offer to pay the IAAF's entire bill for prize money. London has not tried to match it, offering only to organise coaching and competitive opportunities for women officials from developing nations. Writes the paper. Ed Warner, chairman of UK Athletics, said: „It would not be possible for us to find a sponsor to pay the prize money because there is nothing to offer them in return. The IAAF already has major corporate sponsors whose names are displayed on athletes' bibs."


CHIBA (JPN): The organizers of the 2011 International Chiba Ekiden held a press conference to announce the teams for the Nov. 23 event. Teams from ten countries including Japan, Kenya and the United States will face off against the defending champion Japanese University Select Team and a team made up of top runners from hosts Chiba Prefecture over the six-stage, 42.195 km race. Each team includes three men and three women who will alternate stages in handing off the tasuki. Informs Brett Larner on his blog.







SYDNEY (AUS, Nov 6): Discus world champion Dani Samuels achieved 59.40 at a local meet.


ALGERS (ALG, Nov 1): Athletics International informs that the Algers Marathon on November 1 was held on a short course. That means also the Algerian record 2:09:11 by Slimane Moulay will not be approved.


KOSCIAN (POL, Nov 7): Arkadiusz Gardzielewski clocked 1:03:28 PB to win the 7th Half Marathon here. He was better than strong Ukrainian group headed by Vitaliy Shafar (1:04:06). But Olga Kotowska recorded the women win for Ukraine in 1:13:58 ahead of Svitlana Stanko (1:14:38).







NEW YORK (USA): Ken Nakamura offers thoughts about who is the best current marathon runner in the world. In a year which is the best for the quality of marathon results ever. Also all WMM events improved their men´s course records and interestingly no women course record was improved at this five marathons in 2011. Fresh NY winner Geoffrey Mutai has fastest "2011 Average" and second fastest "2010-2011Average." Both Geoffrey Mutai and Wilson Chebet won two marathon races in a row (won both races this year), while Wilson Kipsang won three marathon races in a row. Moses Mosop has second fastest "2011 Average." Largest "Average winning margin" is recorded by Wilson Kipsang. In the last two years Abel Kirui has not run very fast nor won any marathon except for the 2011 World Championships. However, Kirui, twice World Champion, is a supreme championships runner. Fast times means much more when recorded on the slower course. So 2:05:06 by Mutai is much more meaningful because it was recorded in New York, where top 10 average for the race is 2:07:32, more than two minutes slower than Berlin, Rotterdam or London.

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