Luguelin Santos prepares for first indoor season, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Luguelin Santos, 400 meters, London 2012, photo by

The 400 meters in London was lead by a 19 year old, Kirani James, and an 18 year old, Luguelin Santos. Santos has decided to give the indoor circuit in 2013 a serious approach, so it will be interesting to see Santos on the global circuit. 

US circuit looks to be New Balance Indoor (February 2), Millrose Games (February 16) and USATF Indoor (March 2-3). European Indoor Champs in Goteborg, Sweden, March 1-3. 

Santos for first indoor season
SANTO DOMINGO (DOM): World junior champion and olympic silver medalist Luguelin Santos of Dominican Republic is celebrating on Monday his 19th birthday. The young star of the 400 m improved in this year to 44.45 what is also national senior record. Santos plans for first indoor season 2013, he competed undercover only twice so far, at World Indoors in Istanbul this March with 47.07 in heats and 46.83 in semifinals. 

Abeylegesse aiming for London marathon
ISTANBUL (TUR): Turkish running star Elvan Abeylegesse is slowly returning from baby break. On Sunday she was second in the 15 km held during Istanbul Marathon. The double olympic medalist from Beijing 2008 also said she wants to be fully ready in 2013. Her first goal of the next year should be marathon debut in London in April. 

Golazo confirms indoor meet
BRUSSELS (BEL) : Organizers Golazo have announced they will organizer once again an elite meeting  at the indoor facility in Gent. Last year Golazo had cancelled the event due to financial problems, however, they have now confirmed they found a new sponsor and will organize the event on February 10 as IAAF Indoor Permit. So far Tia Hellebaut, Hans Van Alphen and Kevin and Jonathan Borlée have already confirmed they are competing.


TOKYO (JPN): Japanese London Olympics long distance track team member and 10 000 m national champion Yuki Sato (25) gave the first public indication that he is looking toward the marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Asked about Rio he replied, "I want be there in Rio wearing the Rising Sun.  Whether that's on the track or on the road is fine.  I want to be successful in the marathon, and my goal there is a medal."  Informs Brett Larner on his blog. 

MADRID (ESP): Spanish Athletics Federation announced financial cuts for the future due to difficult economic situation in the country. For example the doping control budget should be reduced by 50 percent. 

BERLIN (GER): Discus world and olympic winner Robert Harting is dating with another discus thrower, the 22-years old Helsinki fifth placer Julia Fischer. In an interview with "Welt am Sonntag" he said he wants to have more stricter separation between sports and private life. 

SANTIAGO (CHI): Chilean shot put record holder (18.80) and olympic finalist Natalia Duco displays her talent also in the arts as painter. On Wednesday in Galeria Angelini in Santiago de Chile her first exhibition will be opened with the name "Inner-City" with six other artists. Duco is also World Junior Champion 2008. 

LONDON (GBR): Insidethegames informs that Germany's Thomas Bach (68) has said talk of Jacques Rogge's successor as International Olympic Committee (IOC) President is still premature, despite being widely considered as favourite for the prestigious position when it becomes vacant next year. Rogge will officially step down in September 2013 at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, where a new IOC President will be elected. Speculation is increasing as to who will replace the Belgian and Bach, a current IOC vice-president, is said to be leading the pack.

MELBOURNE (AUS): The Victorian Institute of Sport has dumped its best known names - twice world champion hurdler Jana Pittman and distance runner Craig Mottram - in favour of younger athletes with a better chance of winning medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. Track and field program manager Derek Boothroyd confirmed there had been a cleanout, with junior athletes who had performed at the recent world championships in Barcelona now the stars of the scholarship program. They include 19-year-old shot-putter Damien Birkenhead, who won bronze in Barcelona, and long jumper Brooke Stratton, 18, and javelin thrower Luke Cann, 18, who both came seventh in their events. Informs The Courrier.

LAUSANNE (SUI): IOC headquarters in Lausanne closed until at least Wednesday as flood cuts communications and damages archives.

TILBURG (NED): Norwegian long distance star Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal has confirmed she will compete at the Warandeloop in Tilburg on November 25. Bjerkeli Grøvdal will take on Dutch Adrienne Herzog and is using the race to prepare for the European cross country championships in Budapest reports

MANNHEIM (GER): Yasmin Kwadwo, one of Germany's top sprint talents, has moved to Mannheim to train with Valerij Bauer. Kwadwo told she carefully considered the move but felt she needed a change after back problems kept her from competing this year. Kwadwo now trains with former European champion Verena Sailer.

ROME (ITA): The Associated Press reports that Rome is gearing up for another attempt to bid for the 2024 Olympics. After a brutal last minute scrapping of the 2020 bid in February of this year, Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno spoke out in the press that they need to get ready for 2017 when the 2024 bids will be decided by the IOC.

LONDON (GBR): Rio 2016 has restructured its team at the top level by appointing Sidney Levy as its new chief executive in, what it described, as a bid to "strengthen its organisational structure" writes Insidethegames. Levy replaced Leonardo Gryner, who becomes the chief operations officer.

GEORGETOWN (CAY): Jamaican world class sub 10 sprinter Michael Frater handed over gear to the group of kids coached by Cydonie Motherstill and her husband Ato Stephens. Frater, who understands will be running for a vice president position at the upcoming Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) elections, said he was happy to do "anything to aid the youths in their development in track & field." Motherstill, who has represented Cayman Islands for more than two decades with destination, and Stephens, a former Trinidad & Tobago athlete, are working together to build the profile of track & field in the small Caribbean island. Mothersill earlier this year staged the inaugural Cayman Invitational and last Saturday hosted a 'Dine with the Olympians Luncheon' to raise funds for the Cayman Athletics Association. Informs Trackalerts.

VALENCIA (ESP): Special guest at the Valencia Moto Grand Prix was pole vault olympic winner Renaud Lavillenie. He also met with French star Kilian Jornet. 

KOLKATA (IND): informs that alleging a "huge conspiracy" after police filed a chargesheet claiming she was a male, South Asian Games gold medallist athlete Pinki Parmanik (26)  Monday said the investigating authorities were trying to force her to commit suicide. Pinki said that contrary to the police claim, the medical report had concluded that she was incapable of committing rape. However, she said despite requests, she had not been given a copy of the medical report. Her bests were 52.46 and 2:02.49 from 2006 in the 400 m and 800 m. She was Asian Games 2006 relay winner and Commonwealth Games 2006 relay silver holder.  


FUKUI (JPN, Nov 11): Canon Athletes Club won the Fukui Super Ladies Ekiden at 30 km with 6 stages with 1:38:00.

RICHMOND (USA, Nov 11): Kenyan Kipkoech Ruto has won the Anthem Richmond Marathon in 2:15:14. Second Eric Kirchir clocked 2:15:54 and third title defender Kennedy Kimei 2:15:55. Aziza Aliyu of Ethiopia was the women's winner with a time of 2:40:21 ahead of Russian Irina Aleksandrova 2:43:42. A record of more than 6000 runners entered the marathon.

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA, Nov 11): Kenyan Edwin Kipsang won the 9th edition of the Corrida Panamericana de 10 km in 28:34. Second Ismail Juma of Tanzania 28:56 and third home Giovani dos Santos 28:58. Ethiopian Meseret Biratu was the top woman in 33:40 beating Kenyan Nancy Kiprono 34:08.

SAN ANTONIO (USA, Nov 11): Kenyan Stanley Biwott who was scheduled to run the ING New York City Marathon last Sunday, used his fitness here to shatter the course record in the Rock and Roll San Antonio half-marathon to 1:01:09.  "This was a good test for me, I knew that I could do something in New York," Biwott told race organizers.  "I liked the spectators and I like San Antonio. They cheer for me a lot." Writes Race Results Weekly. 

AMORA (POR, Nov 11): 23rd edition of the Cross Internacional Cidade de Amora saw home runners ruling in their qualification quest for European event in Hungary. Fernando Silva won the men´s 10 km in 31:41 ahead of Luis Feiteira 31:43 and Alberto Paulo 31:45. In women 6 km Dulce Felix was the best in 20:48 in front of Leonor Carneiro 21:08 and Catarina Ribeiro 21:14 (she was also the best in the U23 category). 

NEGREIRA (ESP, Nov 11): In the 33rd edition of 10 km road race Ethiopian wins for Tsegaye Mekonen 29:45 and Marta Tigabea 33:36.

LOUVIERS (FRA, Nov 11): In the 75th edition of the Cross Challenge Carrington Ukrainian Vasil Matviychuk won the 9,17 km in 28:17 beating Simon Munyutu 28:25 and Patrick Kimani 28:29. In women 4.22 km Betty Muringi clocked 14:16 ahead of Martha Komu 14:41.

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