MONACO (MON): IAAF Vice President Sergey Bubka is urging a rapid and thorough investigation of the allegations of systematic doping among Russian athletes in a recent German television documentary. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) member from Ukraine, who is expected to run next year for the IAAF Presidency, told insidethegames here that he had met Lamine Diack, the body's current President, and underlined the need for urgent action on this matter. Informs insidethegames. Bubka also released a statement on his website. "This is undoubtedly a challenging time for athletics. As a Vice President of the IAAF, I am deeply shocked and understand that we need to act quickly and transparently now in order to protect the integrity of our sport. Very serious allegations have been made in the German (ARD/WDR) documentary involving such a large number of athletes and officials. I believe in a zero tolerance policy against doping and we have to consistently and relentlessly fight against what is the biggest threat to sport in the 21st Century," he says among other.
MONACO (MON): The IAAF has seen a new documentary on German TV channel ARD on 7 December (part of the programme “SportSchau”) which includes a number of allegations involving doping in Russian athletics, as well as individuals from outside Russia. As was the case for the documentary broadcast by the same channel on 3 December, a transcript in English of this latest documentary will be forwarded to the independent IAAF Ethics Commission, which has already started an investigation into matters which were exposed in both documentaries. The transcript will also be forwarded to all relevant individuals mentioned in the programme and they will be asked to respond to the specific allegations made against each of them. The transcript has also been sent to all Members of the IAAF Council. Finally, with regard to new material revealed in the documentary related to anti-doping, and therefore outside the scope of the Ethics Commission, these will be added to the IAAF investigation that is already under way in full co-operation with WADA. Informs the IAAF.
Mungara (42) wins, Haile third
SINGAPORE (SIN, Dec 7): The dream life of Kenneth Mungara continues, with another marathon victory, this time in the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore in 2:16:42. It was already unlikely that the 42 year old Kenyan would ever have to work behind a barber’s chair again. But another 50 000 USD prize ensures that; unless of course, he wants to open a chain, and show the youngsters how to do it. The expected hot and humid conditions that prevail in Singapore almost all year round inevitably kept the times slow and at 5 am start already 28C were registered. He was followed by other Kenyans David Tarus and Charles Kanyao in 2:19:07 and 2:19:18. Waganesh Amare from Ethiopia was the best woman in 2:46:54 ahead of Kenyans Elizabeth Chemweno 2:47:50 and Pauline Wangui 2:48:59. Fourth Russian Albina Mayorova 2:49:26. Legendary Haile Gebrselassie simply wasn’t expecting the competition to be so hot. He had spent the majority of the two previous days, fulfilling speaking and coaching engagements, and thought he might get an easy ride in the 10 kilometres. But Solomon Keter had other ideas. Fresh from a personal best of 29:04, for a Hong Kong all-comers record one week earlier, and fully acclimatised to the region, Keter ran away from his Kenyan colleague, Thomas Maritim, and Gebrselassie in the final stages of the race, at which point temperatures had topped 30C (86F). He clocked 29:47, Maritim 29:53 and Gebrselassie 30:00. “That’s the worst humidity I’ve ever experienced” said Gebrselassie. “I came here to enjoy myself, I wasn’t prepared. I didn’t expect the Kenyans. Next year, I’ll come just to run, and I’ll be prepared”. From Pat Butcher.
Course records by H. Kiprop and B. Kipyego
COCHIN (IND, Dec 7): New course records at the 2nd Cochin Half Marathon in India. Both by Kenyan favorites. Hellah Kiprop 1:11:40 ahead of Caroline Kilel 1:13:26 and Ethiopian Worknesh Edesa 1:14:42. In men race Amsterdam marathon winner Bernard Kipyego 1:02:38 ahead of Adugna Tekele of Ethiopia 1:03:00 and Lucas Rotich 1:03:17.
Kimetto 13th, Radcliffe 4th
HEERENBERG (NED, Dec 7): New Eritrean name Heskel Tewelde won the 19th Pfixx Solar Montferland Run at 15 km in 43:27. He was followed by Kenyans Norbert Kigen 43:32 and Geoffrey Koech 43:43. Best non African was Dutch Jorit Cleij in 46:43. World record holder Dennis Kimetto ended 13th in 47:00. In women category Ethiopian Askale Maracchi (27) won in 50:44 ahead of trio of home runners Irene van Lieshout 51:59, Kim Dillen 52:00 and Miranda Boonstra 52:04. British World record holder Paula Radcliffe was fourth in 52:48. Interestingly both current world record holders in marathon competed.
MACAO (MAC, Dec 7): At Macao Marathon Kenyan winners, Julius Kiplimo 2:14:43 and Flomena Chepchirchir 2:33:24. Close finish in men race as second Dominic Kangor (second in October in Kosice) was just 4 seconds behind the winner 2:14:47, third Duncan Koech 2:14:48 and fourth Linus Chumba 2:15:20. Best European was Ukrainian Ihor Olefirenko as 9th in 2:17:39. In the women category second Kenyan Hellen Mugo 2:33:35 over Chinese Li Hua Gong 2:33:41 and Russian Natalya Puchkova 2:33:56.
SACRAMENTO (USA, Dec 7): Kenyan Jacob Chemtai won the 32nd California International Marathon in 2:11:56. Even more impressive Volha Mazuronak of Belarus with a new course record and personal best 2:27:33. Former course record was 2:29:21 set by Australia's Nickey Carroll in 1999. Jordan Chipangama of Zambia 2:13:50 and Kiplangat Terer of Kenya 2:14:19 finished second and third in men's race. Jane Kibii, a Kenyan who lives in Colfax, finished second in the women's race after 2:32:24 PB, third Kristen Zaitz 2:32:48 PB and fourth Renee Metivier Baillie 2:34:17. More than 9000 runners rtarted the race at dawn in Folsom, a running throng of humanity set off on a gently rolling course toward downtown Sacramento and the finish line at the state Capitol. Informs SacBee.
MILO (PHI, Dec 7): The Milo Marathon planned for Sunday was because of a hurricane cancelled.
PUNE (IND, Dec 7): Kenyan Amos Maiyo won the Pune Marathon in 2:18:30, his team-mate Daniel Muteti topped the half distance in 1:02:27.
NAHA (JPN, Dec 7): Frequent runner Yuki Kawauchi won 30th anniversary Naha Marathon in a course record 2:13:43. His time took 9:26 off the existing course record and he was more than ten minutes ahead of the 2nd-place finisher. Kawauchi ran the Naha Marathon in preparation for the December 21 Hofu Yomiuri Marathon, where he has set himself the goal of "going for 2:07." Informs Brett Larner.
CASTELLON (ESP, Dec 7): Kenyan wins at the 5th Maraton de Castellon. Daniel Kosgei in 2:10:10 was the best male runner, he missed the course record of Carles Castillejo by only one second (2:10:09). Second Hasan Aouchar of Morocco 2:11:52 and third another Kenyan Robert Kiplimo 2:12:05. Magdelene Mukunzi as top woman was timed with 2:35:40 over her team-mate Abigail Jelagat 2:48:35 and home Laia Canes 2:55:45. In the 10 km wins for Wissem Hosni of Tunisia 29:36 and Isabel Checa 34:11.
MALAGA (ESP, Dec 7): Also fifth edition of the Malaga Maraton had Kenyan winner John Kipkorir Mutai 2:13:10, new course record. Second Moroccan Abdelaziz El Mouaziz 2:15:28 and third another Kenyan Francis Kimutai 2:18:45. Best Spanish Alejandro Martinez 2:21:50 PB. In the women category home win for Gemma Arenas in 2:45:54 PB over Maria Jose Pueyo 2:46:55. In total 27 runners were disqualified by not completing in error about a kilometer from the official route at kilometer 21. Among them also top two in women category, Ethiopian Mamo Adanech (2:36:32 at the finish line) and Kenyan Fridah Chelanag.
IMENTI (KEN, Dec 6): Alexander Mutiso with 48:39 and Monica Wangari 58:04 were the winners at the Imenti South 15 km road race.
KOGELO (KEN, Dec 6): Leonard Langat won the Kogelo 15 km road race over Mathew Kisorio and Nicholas Kipkemboi, informs Runafrica. Times are not reported.
KOSA (JPN, Dec 7): Kenyan Jeremiah Thuku Karemi (coach Koichi Morishita, the Barcelona Olympics marathon silver medalist) had a solid debut over ten miles as he won the 39th Kumamoto Kosa 10-Miler in 45:51, one of the fastest times in the world this year. Second Natsuki Terada 46:33 and third Yuya Konishi 46:35. In women 5 km Mao Ichiyama achieved 16:26 to win.
PAMPULHA (BRA, Dec 7): Brazilian runner Giovani dos Santos won the 18km road race Volta da Pampulha in 53:51. Just three seconds behind Tanzanian Joseph Panga (53:54) and third another Tanzanian Reginald in 54:06. Women winner was also a Brazilian. Joziane clocked 1:02:42 ahead of Natalia Sulle from Tanzania 1:02:52 and Kenyan Jane Seurei 1:12:53.
SAN ANTONIO (USA, Dec 7): Kenyan Augustus Maiyo won the Rock´n´Roll San Antonio half maratho in 1:04:35, best in women category Janet Bawcom (former Kenyan) 1:13:30. Marathon winners Jacob Buhler 2:29:04 and Elizabeth Howard 2:55:49.
LISBON (POR, Dec 7): Luis Pinto won the 2nd Discoveries Half Marathon in 1:05:28 ahead of Helio Fumo 1:06:05. Best woman Vera Nunes 1:16:05.
TUBINGEN (GER, Dec 7): Top German long distance runner Arne Gabius won the 39th LBS Nikolauslauf in 1:08:44 at the half marathon distance. French Anais Saibre was the best woman in 1:22:07.
GALDAKAO (ESP, Dec 7): Moroccan Hassan Oubaddi won the Cross de San Andres in 29:43 at the 10 km. Women 6 km winner was Maitane Melero 21:20. Here Poland´s Natalia Jankowska 6th in 23:12.
GUADIX (ESP, Dec 7): Spanish winter walking championships of juniors had as winners in the 5 km races Diego Garcia 20:11 and Lidia Sanchez-Puebla 22:30. Youth winners were Carlos Tur 22:06 and Irene Vazquez 23:21. In the senior 29th Grand Prix races wins for Alberto Amezcua 19:39 and Raquel Gonzalez 21:33.
GRANOLLERS (ESP, Dec 7): Winners of the Granollers CC were Moroccan Ilias Fifa at the 10 km and Spanish Marta Galimany in women 6.5 km.
Diniz 18:16.76 NR
REIMS (FRA, Dec 7): World record holder Yohann Diniz improved his French 5000 m walk record to 18:16.76 at a regional meet. His former mark was 18:29.44 from January 26 this year also in Reims. He is now 5th best indoor walker ever at the distance. The World best of Russian Mikhail Shchennikov is 18:07.08 from 1995 in Moscow. "For a December 7, not bad, I am only eight seconds off the world record, which will be my next goal after returning from South African training camp. I was on the world best pace until the 3rd km but I listened to Gilles (Rocca, his coach) who has told me that it was not the moment," Diniz said per L´Équipe.
US INDOOR SATURDAY
BOONE: Bahamian World relays participant Tayla Carter clocked at Appalachian Open 6.98 win at the 55 m sprint.
BOSTON: Fast women 5000 m as Sarah Disanza improved hugely from last outdoor 16:24 level to 15:20.57 win here at the Boston University Season Opener over Emily Sisson 15:21.84 PB and French Liv Westphal 15:31.62 huge national record. The Disanza result is the fastest collegiate time by an US runner, fastest overall is New Zealand´s Kim Smith with 15:14.18 in 2004. Cameron Williams (still a junior) achieved 21.20 PB to be the best in men 200 m.
WINSTON SALEM: Marquett Simmons won the 60 m at the Kickoff Classic meet with 6.70 PB over Demek Kemp 6.74 PB.
CARBONDALE: World junior shot put medalist Raven Sanders won her event at the Fast Start meet with 17.16 m.
ITHACA: Spanish sprinter Bruno Hortelano won the 60 m in 6.81 and 300 m with 33.58 at the Greg Page Relays. Good women results by Canadian runners. Hayley Warren 7.37 PB in the 60 m and Gabriela Stafford (still a junior) 9:13.25 PB in the 3000 m.
MANKATO: Myles Hunter (19) was timed in 60 m hurdles with 7.76 PB at the Chuck Peterson Open.
JOPLIN: Jeffrey Fraley clocked 6.74 in the 60 m at the Early Bird Invite.
OUTDOOR TRACK RESULTS
ADELAIDE (AUS, Dec 7): Australia’s fastest boy Jack Hale (16) has delivered the sprint double at the Australian All Schools Championships. He won the 200 m in good 21.29 (+0.1), new personal best. Andrea Thompson achieved in the girl’s under 18 long jump World Youth standard 610 (+1.9). In the boy’s under 18 high jump, Youth Olympian Shemaiah James raised the bar to the meet record height of 220 after finishing the event as last man standing. He was unable to clear the height, but won a commanding gold with a 215 clearance. Informs Athletics Australia.
WANGANUI (NZL, Dec 7): Bailey Stewart (18) improved in the 400 m to 46.67 (also new meet record) when winning the Secondary Schools Championships.
YOKOHAMA (JPN, Dec 7): At the Nittai University Distance meet Kenyan James Mwangi won the 5000 m in 13:33.39 over Leonard Barsoton 13:34.17. Yuko Aoki was the best in women 5000 m 15:45.48 over Kenyan Obare Doricah 15:45.85.