Kara Goucher, 2011 WC, photo by PhotoRun.net
Shalane Flanagan, 2011 USA Outdoor, by Photorun.net
VS BLAKE POSSIBLE
(JAM): Reuters informs that the coach of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake has raised
the possibility that the two Jamaican sprinters could race each other earlier
than expected next year. It is expected that they will clash at Jamaican Trials
end of June and at London Olympic Games early August. Glen Mills said they
could meet against each other in one race before then, if their managers agreed
and the money was right. â€žThat depends on the races that the managers have
gotten confirmation for,” Mills told Reuters. â€žIt doesn’t matter, if we’re in
the 200 and whoever lines up in the 200 and we are comfortable with our
negotiations and conditions, whoever lines up lines up, it doesn’t matter to
us. And the same thing in the 100, whoever lines up 100, that’s as long as we
comfortable with out conditions, it doesn’t matter to us,” said agent of Blake
(USA): Beijing olympic marathon winner Constatina Dita (41) of Romania is
currently in heavy training in Erie, Colorado in temperatures under zero
degrees and in snow. All is set towards the Osaka Marathon, her next race in
January. In 2011 she did not complete a marathon, last time she finished
the classic distance was London Marathon 2010 as 25th (2:41:12). Dita also
confirmed she wants to stay with Romanian citizenship and end her career
running for her country at London Games 2012.
CHANGED TO ANOTHER COACH
(RUS): Beijing decathlon silver medalist Andrey Kravchenko of Belarus changed
the coach. He is now guided by Vladimir Kudryavtsev, a Russian who has in
his group also long jumper Tatyana Kotova, heptahtlon world champion Tatyana
Chernova, triple jumper Dmitriy Plotnikov, hurdler Irina Shevchenko. Kravchenko
(25) missed Daegu because of injury, now should be healthy and ready for 2012.
DE ZORDO WITH BIG PLANS
(GER): Javelin world champion Matthias de Zordo has big plans for the coming
year. He said for Leichtathletik Magazine that he wants to throw for first time
over 90 meters and win in Helsinki and London. In the interview with the
magazine he also reveals his tactics during a competition and about his
relation to coach and former thrower Boris Henry.
(JAM): World 100 m champion Yohan Blake has signed a endorsement deal with
Wisynco through it’s brand WATA on Wednesday. The deal was signed at the
company’s head office at White Marl, St. Catherine. The initial period of
signing is for three years with an option to renew when it expires. The value
of the contract is reported to be in the millions and on par with those signed
on the international scene. There will also be incentives for performances such
gold medals and records. Informs TrackAlerts.
TOWN (RSA): Agencies are informing that 400 m world record holder Michael
Johnson is now supporting Oscar Pistorius competing with able-bodied athletes.
Pistorius still needs to qualify for this summer’s London Olympics. Johnson
told The Associated Press he admired the South African as “the poster boy” for
athletes overcoming disability. The two have become good friends, and shared a stage
at a sports conference on Wednesday. They greeted each other warmly
backstage at the Beyond Sport Summit in Cape Town.
(GBR): UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee will launch his athletes’
Olympic year preparations with a commanding assignment against world
athletics powerhouse Russia at the 2012 Aviva International Match. The event,
to be held in Glasgow on 28 January, will pit the Aviva GB & NI team’s
athletes against three-time competition winner Russia in their final appearance
on home soil ahead of the London Olympic Games. The Aviva GB & NI team,
competing for the first time since the summer’s World Championships in Daegu,
will also take on teams from the USA, Germany and a Commonwealth
representative line-up at next year’s meet.
(JPN): Brett Larner informs that the organizers of the 23rd Kakogawa Marathon,
scheduled for Dec. 23 in Hyogo prefecture, have announced that Daegu World
Championshiops marathon 10th-place finisher Remi Nakazato will run this year’s
race. Nakazato finished 2nd in her marathon debut at February’s Yokohama
International Women’s Marathon to qualify for the World Championships team. In
Daegu she was the second Japanese finisher. Nakazato will race in Kakogawa’s 10
km division. The event features full marathon, 10 km, 5 km and 2 km distances,
with 5000 people total entered.
(GBR): Cyclist Mark Cavendish and swimmer Rebecca Adlington have been voted
Britain’s Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively in a poll of
members of the UK-based Sports Journalists’ Association. UK Media are
informing. US Open golf champion Rory McIlroy and world athletics 5000 m
champion Mo Farah were the runners-up in the men’s category.
(USA): World 2007 track medalist Kara Goucher, who was fifth in the 2011 Boston
Marathon with a personal best of 2:24:52, will run the Dodge Latin Music
Miami Beach Half Marathon on Sunday. Her best is 1:06:57. Also in the race
other top US long distance runners olympic medalist Shalane Flanagan (1:08:37
PB) and multiple NCAA star Lisa Uhl (debut at half marathon).
(KEN): Agent Ricky Simms of Pace Sports Management was awarded at recent Kenyan
athletics awards as best athletics representative by producing the most runners
that brought honour to Kenya. The top name represented is Vivian Cheruiyot the
female athlete of the year in the country.
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