Sotherton Training for Heptathlon, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Kelly Sotherton, Carolina Kluft, 2007 Euro Indoors, photo by

Kelly Sotherton has decided to focus on the heptathlon once again. The Olympic bronze medalist and World Champs bronze medalist is focusing on London 2012......We wish her much luck!




FUKUOKA (JAP) :The Fukuoka marathon has released its list of elite athletes competing in the marathon on December 4th. The Most intriguing runner in the field is Josphat Ndambiri of Kenya who was fifth in the 2007 World Championships over 10.000m. Other names are Dmytro Baranovskyy (2:07:15), Russia's Dmitriy Safronov who ran 2:09:35 in London earlier this year and his compatriot Alexey V. Sokolov (RUS) (2:09:07) as well as Moroccan Ridouane Harroufi (2:10:14).



LANZAROTE (ESP): European indoor 1500m 6th placer Lindsey Degrande is back in training and hopes to qualify for the London Olympic Games. De Grande managed a 9th place at the European U23 championships in July but was soon after her race diagnosed with chronic Leukemia. Although the 22-year old athlete is undergoing heavy treatment to bring the disease in remission, she is still able to do small workouts and remains optimistic about competing professionally in 2012 she told Belgian Media.



ROME (ITA): Moroccan born  Ennaji El Idrissi, after winning the 25th Turin Marathon on Sunday, has announced he intends switching nationality to Italy where he has lived for over two decades. El Idrissi who has been based in Genova since 1988, was an unexpected but fully deserved winner in Turin on Sunday in a personal best time of 2:08.13. Idrissi previously represented Morocco over 5000m at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where he finished 11th in his heat.



BALTIMORE (USA): 2010 World Indoor Long Jump Champion Brittney Reese intends to defend her title in 2012 at the IAAF World indoor championships in Istanbul. Reese and her college coach have discussed indoors and will follow a similar plan in 2010 that led to her 1st indoor world title.  Reese is looking forward to traveling to Istanbul and hopes to produce a 700 mark to defend her title.  This winter Reese plans to run several 60m races and only jump in a couple of meets prior to the US Indoor Championships announces her agency World Express Athletic Management.



NIJMEGEN (NED): Participants of the ABN AMRO seven hills run on November 20th will be able to receive their results live on their facebook page as soon as they cross the finish line. This way, participants will be able to share their results with facebook friends. The novelty is a first for a running event. The race will also be streamed live on the website of the organizers



PARIS (FRA): France's 4x100m relay team has gathered in Paris for the start of their 2012 Olympic mission. Apart from sprint stars Christophe Lemaitre and Jimmy Vicaut, also Yannick Lesourd, Teddy Tinmar and Ronald Pognon are counting to be on the team. Youngsters Guy-Elphčge and Mickael Meba-Zeze have been added to the group according to



BERLIN (GER) : In form German Arne Gabius is not going to Velenje for the European cross country championships. Gabius convincingly won in Pforzheim last Sunday but has no aim to continue the cross country season. In January the German wants to train in Kenya with the hopes of qualifying for the London Olympic Games in the marathon he told



KINGSTON (JAM):  Jamaica's 1976 Olympic 200m champion, Donald Quarrie, has been elevated to 2nd Vice President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), which also elected Dr. Warren Blake as its new president. The JAAA released the statement „pursuant to Section 41 of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association constitution and a special meeting held this evening at its headquarters, Dr. Warren Blake was elected to serve as President of the Association." Quarrie is replacing Blake as the organisation's number two.



LONDON (GBR):  Official Ł5 coins for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been unveiled, with the winners of the competition to design the coins taking Ł5,000 in prize money each. The Olympic coin features a sweep of the London skyline with athletes running around its edge, and the Paralympic coin is split into four features, including a wheel for maneuverability, a target representing accuracy, a stopwatch for speed and the face of Big Ben symbolising London and time itself writes Insidethegames.



DOHA (QAT): Qatar's Olympic chief today outlined the Gulf state's vision for sporting excellence as the oil and gas-rich state signed their latest investment deal. „This joint venture will play an important role in supporting Qatar's 2030 vision of being a global centre of sporting excellence," said Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, secretary general of the Qatar Olympic Committee. The agreement will initially focus on providing integrated facilities management services and property services to Government and private sector clients across the country according to Insidethegames.



LONDON (GBR): The British Olympic Association will decide this week whether to risk a potentially bruising court battle with sprinter Dwain Chambers by sticking with its lifetime Olympic ban for former drug cheats. The issue will be discussed on Wednesday when the BOA's executive board meets for the first time since American athlete LaShawn Merritt, who served a 21-month drug ban, overturned an International Olympic Committee rule that would have barred him from the London Olympics confirms The Telegraph.



LONDON (GBR): British Kelly Sotherton is back in full training even though she is not receiving any funding. Sotherton is confident to give her Olympic dream one more chance and is back to focusing on the heptathlon. Most likely Sotherton will start the 2012 at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Desenzano where she wants to qualify for the Olympic Games. The 35-year old athlete believes she can still score 6400 to 6500 points and even thinks about the world veteran record held by Jane Frederick at 6533 points she told The Guardian.

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