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NEW YORK (USA): Stephen Shay ran the New York Marathon on Sunday (16th in 2:19:47), for the first time, in memory of his brother Ryan, a 2:14 marathoner who died when racing the marathon in 2007, report AP. Stephen is aiming to qualify on the US marathon team for the US Olympics. It was in the US Olympic marathon trials in which Ryan died.

NEW YORK (USA): The New York City Marathon has recognised their 1 millionth finisher; Katherine Slingluff. In being the one millionth finisher she has won guaranteed entry into the race for life and free running gear. Inform AP.

NEW YORK (USA): Claudio Berardelli, the coach of Rita Jeptoo, has spoken to LetsRun about his athlete’s positive test. “I feel stupid. I feel like I’m no longer able to do this job — I don’t know what is my real impact because now it seems like there is something going on behind the scenes,” explained Berardelli, who has coached Jeptoo since 2012. “If the story of Rita can be the key to open the door of the dirty system, please let Rita pay for it,” he added.

NEW YORK (USA): Mission for Sunday in New York for Mary Keitany was to delete 2011 when, due to a wrong tactics, she started too fast and finished too tired.”I am really happy for winning, being 16 months far from distance due to maternity was not easy but now i am really happy to be back and to have done it in New York”. Her coach Gabriele Nicola and her manager Gianni Demadonna were satisfied. “She was physically perfect in 2011 but today was perfect also in her mind improving so much in her economy of the race,” said Demadonna. Even in bad weather conditions Keitany demonstrated her talent between 35k and 40k when she ran 16:15 (that would be 2:19 pace) before running an impressive 7:07 in last 2195 m. With the help of Alberto Mazzucchelli.

NEW YORK (USA): The impressive number of finishers at the NYC Marathon was 30 034 males and 20 398 females.

NEW YORK (USA): The three women who made the New York City Marathon podium gave their take on the race to the media afterwards. Portugal’s Sara Moreira said that she dedicated her 3rd place finish to her son, William, who had turned 1 the day before the race. Runner-up Jemima Sumgong of Kenya spoke about how she thought that she had a good chance of winning the race when she gapped Mark Keitany, but admitted that she knew Keitany was capable of coming back. She also revealed that it was a hamstring injury that kept her out of the Chicago Marathon. Mary Keitany said that she had planned to up the pace at around the 20 mile mark, adding that she was very happy that she had a good day and was able to win.

NEW YORK (USA): Wilson Kipsang admitted, to the media at the post race press conference, that he felt “very strong” from the beginning of Sunday’s New York City Marathon. The former world record holder said that the hilly nature of the course and the windy conditions made for a situation where nobody wanted to lead. He also said that he really trusted in his ability to kick and admitted that the fact that he needed to win the race in order to claim the WMM jackpot was at the forefront of his mind throughout. Ethiopia’s Gebre Gebremariam said that he was very happy with his third place finish as he does not feel as if he is in good shape. The runner-up, Lelisa Desisa, also said that he was very happy with his result as he was in much discomfort during the race as he needed to use the bathroom.



KINGSTON (JAM): 2011 World champion in the 100 m Yohan Blake started on Monday with training after injuries plagued his last two seasons. He was the last top member of Racers Track Club to be back in training for the 2015 season. Blake did some light stuff already last week. Confirms his agent Cubie Seegobin.


MONACO (MON): The IAAF Evaluation Commission will submit their report to the IAAF Council on November 7, following their, now concluded, visit to the three cities bidding for the 2019 World Championships, inform IAAF. IAAF Vice President Sebastian Coe led the commission, which also included IAAF Council colleagues Abby Hoffman and Katsuyuki Tanaka, a delegation from IAAF staff led by the IAAF General Secretary Essar Gabriel as well as representatives from the IAAF marketing partner Dentsu/AMS. After visiting, Barcelona, Eugene and Doha; Lord Coe said, “The Evaluation Commission was able to assist and advise each candidate during our visit, as we want them to be able to make the best possible presentation to the IAAF Council on the 18 November.” The final decision will be made by the IAAF Council following these presentations.


KYIV (UKR): Triple jump London Olympic medallist, three-time European and former world champion Olha Saladukha denied informations that she is going to miss the coming indoor season completely. From November 2, she started preparation for next season at Portugal training camp. “I was forced to move from Donetsk to Kyiv because of situation on the east of Ukraine. So I had to solve many living problems during my short break of training but I’m doing good enough to begin new preparation focusing on Beijing Worlds where I want fight for gold,” said 31-year-old Ukrainian for FLAU web site.



BIRMINGHAM (GBR): British Athletics has announced the athletes selected to be on the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) for 2014 – 2015. The selection of these athletes is based on their potential to win medals at Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The WCPP, funded by the National Lottery through UK Sport, is split into two levels. Podium is for athletes with the potential to medal at Rio 2016, while Podium Potential is for athletes developing towards Tokyo 2020. Olympic champions Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford and Jessica Ennis Hill lead the 20 athletes selected for Podium funding. World Junior medallists Morgan Lake and David Omeregie are included in the 39 athletes selected for Podium Potential funding. 18 athletes will also be supported under the Olympic Relay funding.

DOHA (QAT): The third edition of the Doha Goals Forum started at the Aspire Academy in Doha today, inform Xinhua. During the forum, world leaders will discuss advancing social and economic change through sport. This year’s forum aims to help determine how best to implement initiative at the national and community level as well as launch new innovative initiatives and programs. IAAF Vice President Sebastian Coe is one of the leading speakers at the event.

BERLIN (GER): Berlin will launch their Olympic bid on Monday after the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) decided that either Berlin or Hamburg would bid for the 2024 games, inform AFP. Organisers hope to call the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic summer Games the “Berlympics” if the bid is successful. They will launch their bid with a social media campaign, using the slogan “We want to play”. The DOSB will decide on their candidate on March 21 of next year. Then a referendum will be held to seek local support.

TOCO (TTO): Olympic javelin champion Keshorn Walcott was been awarded a 5 bedroom house, which he was promised after winning gold in London, report The house is situated on 20,000 square feet of land in Cumana, Toco. The 21 year old plans to move into the house before Christmas. His new $2.67 million home consists of 3,250 square feet on the ground floor and 1,500 square feet on the first floor. Walcott had originally been giving a different house which did not suit him.

DARMSTADT (GER): The German Athletics Federation has announced that amputee long jumper Markus Rehm will be allowed to keep his German senior long jump title from this year, report This decision was made after an examination of the available documentation could not prove without reasonable doubt that transtibial amputee athletes have an advantage from jumping of their prosthetic limbs. DLV vice president Frank Hamm said that tests they have conducted in Ulm give strong indications that Rehm would have an advantage, but that the evidence from previous studies was not able to give conclusive proof of this. The DLV has also announced a new rule that excludes the common rating of able bodied athletes and disabled athletes. This does not affect athletes competing in the same competitions.

SAPELE (NGR): Nigerian sprinter-long jumper Blessing Okagbare will be married to Nigerian national football player Jude Igho Otegheri on November 7 in her birthplace of Sapele, inform All Africa. “Getting married won’t stop me from doing the usual things on the track,” said the double world medallist who is already back training in preparation for 2015. “There are lots of work to do and I have started training well ahead, “I will return to the track soon after my wedding.”

SURREY (GBR): Julia Bleasdale has said that she has not stepped up to the marathon and that her win at the hilly Greensand Marathon was used as more of an extended training run, report Athletics Weekly. She is now training in Ethiopia after overcoming a summer leg injury which she believes was a result of a knock sustained when a dog jumped at her. During her time in Ethiopia she will be involved in the Great Ethiopia Run, while her training in Africa will consist of weeks of at least 80 miles of running.

LAUSANNE (SUI): The IOC has hailed a UN resolution recognising the autonomy of sport as an important tool that will help foster political neutrality as well as lead to less boycotts and discrimination, inform Reuters. The U.N. General Assembly stated in their resolution that it supported the independence and autonomy of sport as well as the mission of the IOC in leading the Olympic Movement.

CHANTILLY (FRA): At European Athletics Council meeting Czech Athletics Federation President Libor Varhanik gave a well-received report on the Prague 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships, which will take place from 6-8 March.

STELLENBOSCH (RSA): Athletics Kenya vice presidents David Okeyo and Jackson Tuwei have confirmed that top Kenyan marathoner Rita Jeptoo has tested positive for EPO, inform AP. Okeyo said that the Kenyan federation will meet on Tuesday to discuss the issue. Jeptoo’s agent, Federico Rosa, said that he expects Jeptoo to fly to Nairobi on Tuesday and added that he would advise Jeptoo to not ask for the B sample to be tested. Okeyo stated that, “If Rita accepts the results of the ‘A’ sample, then we will have 21 days to follow process.”

NEW YORK (USA): Claudio Berardelli, the coach of Rita Jeptoo, has spoken to LetsRun about his athlete’s positive test. “I feel stupid. I feel like I’m no longer able to do this job — I don’t know what is my real impact because now it seems like there is something going on behind the scenes,” explained Berardelli, who has coached Jeptoo since 2012. “If the story of Rita can be the key to open the door of the dirty system, please let Rita pay for it,” he added.

KYIV (UKR): Executive committee of Ukrainian athletics federation banned for four years 36-year-old shot putter Andriy Borodkin (PB 20.38 from 2004). His sample from June 2014 contained stanozolol. Disqualification started from July 27, 2014.  27-year-old hammer thrower Dmytro Mykolaychuk (PB 75.24 from 2011) was banned for two years (from 11.09.2014 till 11.09.2016) because of positive doping test in July. Boldenone, anastrazol, tamoxifenum were detected in his sample. 30-year-old 400 m runner Mykhaylo Knysh also got two-year ban from September 16, 2014. His sample collected at national championships in July was positive for stanazolol and carphedon.

VOLGOGRAD (RUS): Charity foundation of pole vault two-time Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva opened new sport hall in Lenisk special school for dull hearing children. “Children from this school have been waited for sport hall more than 35 years. That is first big accomplished project of our programme “Every child deserves chance for podium”.  We are primarily focused on helping troubled children, the kids from poor families and orphans. I believe that we chose the right direction as these children have a chance to fulfil themselves through sports and physical culture. Sports helps anyone to cope with the negative thoughts and moods,” Isinbayeva said.

MOSCOW (RUS): Russian national team coaches meeting named 63 athletes who could be potential medallists at Olympic Games 2016 and have priority in preparation for Rio. Some famous names like steeplechase Olympic champion Yuliya Zaripova and two-time heptathlon Olympic medallist Tatyana Chernova are absent in the list. “That is because we have not any confirmation from these athletes about their intentions to come back after giving birth to their kids,” explained head coach of Russian national athletics team Valentin Maslakov. “In any case this list isn’t finalised and will get more accurate next season” added Maslakov.

SOFIA (BUL): Bulgarian high jump champion Mirela Demireva will change coaches. She will now train under the guidance of Rini Van Leeuwen. Her previous coach for many years was Lilyana Videva. She will now move to Zoetemeer to train. Her best is 195 from 2012.


GLASGOW (GBR): Five Scots who won Commonwealth Games and European Championships medals will vie for this year’s Scottish Athlete of the Year award. The shortlist features Eilidh Child, Libby Clegg, Mark Dry, Chris O’Hare and Lynsey Sharp.

LAGOS (NGR): informs that each time there is an international competition you are sure to witness a number of Nigerian starring in the colours of other countries and the list is endless, Phillips Idowu participated for Britain in the triple jump at the last Olympics, James Idowu was in the colours of Britain at the London Olympics so too is Christine Ohuruogu,  Marilyn Okoro, Abiodun Oyepitan, Abdul Buhari, Lawrence Okoye and the list is endless. With the build up to the Rio Olympics generating momentum, another Nigeria-David Omoregie will be joining the train for Wales. With his parents originating from Nigeria, the family have moved around from Cardiff to Durham to Haverford West and back to Cardiff.

KYIV (UKR): The annual Kyiv half-marathon changed the date in 2015. Instead of traditional April it will be held in September.




NEW DELHI (IND, Nov 3): Nanikanda Arumugam won the 100 m at Indian Championships in 10.56. In long jump Ankit Sharma equaled the meet record with 787 cm (0.0). Tintu Luka won women 800 m in solid 2:03.88 and men 400 m winner Kunhu Mohammad clocked 46.97.


PARIS (FRA, Nov 2): Best only female team at Paris Ekiden was France in 2:28:48. Among other teams also walking world record holder Yohan Diniz and European heptathlon champion Antoinetta Nana Djimou.


KUMAGAYA (JPN, Nov 3): Universal Entertainment won the East Japanese Corporate team Women’s Ekiden in 2:18:36 ahead of Dai-ichi Life 2:19:03 and Panasonic 2:19:49. In the men race Konica Minolta 3:49:34 over Nissin Foods 3:50:18 and Honda 3:51:17


RALEIGH (USA, Nov 2): Michelle Langan improved to 2:39:38 at City of Oaks Raleigh Marathon and was overall 5th. Best male was Latvian Arturs Bareikis in 2:29:32.



SOFIA (BUL): Bulgarian record holder in pentathlon and heptathlon Valentina Dimitrova died on Sunday. Informs Aleksandar Vangelov. She was born May 4 1956. She was World Student Champion in Sofia in 1977, sixth at EC in Athens 1982 and fifth at WC Helsinki 1983. Also 7th at Olympic Games 1980 in Moscow in pentathlon. Married to one of the most successful Bulgarian coaches Georgi Dimitrov, she ended her sport career in 1984 after heavy injury. She has two sons and continued through the years as sport teacher and coach.

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