EME NEWS (SEP 12, 2013)
STARS ARE READY FOR CLASH OF TITANS
NEWCASTLE (GBR): Mo Farah, the double Olympic and World 5000m and 10000m gold medallist, has another major target in his sights when bidding to become the first male Briton since 1985 to win the Bupa Great North Run. Steve Kenyon scored that victory in the infancy of the UK‘s biggest road running event, established in 1981. Since then male British athletes have found it an impossible task to notch a men‘s victory, with African athletes virtually dominating the half marathon from Newcastle to South Shields. “I can still compete at the highest level and I look forward to giving both of them a run for their money,” said another top star of the Sunday race, Haile Gebrselassie. „This is something special for everyone. It’s going to be a tough contest for all of us which I am sure will result in an exciting race.” Farah, who has prepared at altitude in Font Romeu for his latest challenge, said: “I have experience on the roads but this will be only my third half marathon race. I won in New York in 2011 and New Orleans earlier this year. I hope to make it a third win in the North East.” Kenenisa Bekele, the distraction of finally completing the building of his luxury hotel in Addis Ababa out of the way, insisted: „I will try my best, but of course the race is not easy and this will be my first half marathon.”
NEW SPANISH CASES
MADRID (ESP): The former European Indoor 3000 m record holder and World indoor medalist Sergio Sanchez and Alberto Lozano, who improved his 5000 m personal best by over a minute in the past year, have been provisionally suspended after testing positive for banned substances at the Spanish Championships in July, reports Marca.com. Meanwhile, Masdeporte.es.com is reporting that Spanish steeplechaser, Angel Mullera (11th in Moscow) has tested positive also at the national event in Alcobendas. But Mullera explained that he had medical authorisation to use the substances because of his asthma problems which started back in 2001.
G. MUTAI FOR UDINE HM
UDINE (ITA): Holder of the fastest marathon time ever Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai will compete in the Udine Half Marathon on September 22 in Italy. Informs Alberto Stretti. Italian European CC Champion Andrea Lalli is also scheduled to run. On the women side Agnes Mutune, Goretti Jepkoech, Joyce Kiplimo are the Kenyan names. Rosalba Console is the top Italian female name, from Hungary Krisztina Papp should be also noted.
LONDON (GBR): Latest Usain Bolt autobiography ‚Faster Than Lightning‘ is out this week. Bolt himself writes that it is My Life, My Journey, My Battles, My Victory, My Autobiography.
PLANS FOR STREET GAMES IN LONDON
LONDON (GBR): Athletics Weekly informs that plans are underway to bring the successful CityGames concept to London next summer. Nova International – the organiser of this Saturday’s Great North CityGames on Tyneside and the CityGames in Manchester in May – is in talks to stage one of its ground-breaking street athletics events in the British capital at three separate venues simultaneously in 2014. The Mall has been touted as a possible location for sprints and hurdles races, with field events such as pole vault held at nearby Horseguard’s Parade and longer track events taking place at the Millennium Arena in Battersea Park. “We could see sprinters such as Usain Bolt charging down The Mall, with spectators able to glance at a big screen and watch Jenn Suhr pole vaulting and maybe Mo Farah racing on the track at Battersea Park,” said Nova International’s Brendan Foster, painting a dream scenario of what a London CityGames could look like in theory. The CityGames was first staged on the Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside in autumn 2008. A temporary track has been used for the meeting which was later added for the May fixture in Manchester.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Swedish high jumper, Ebba Jungmark will undergo surgery on Friday(September 13th) for a foot injury, reports gp.se. The 26 year old world indoor silver medallist says that it will be another four to five months before she will be able to jump again.
NAIROBI (KEN): The Kenyan Olympic Committee says that they will ban individuals and federations found guilty of age cheating, reports allafrica.com. The secretary general of the committee FK Paul said “when you cheat, you are cheating our children and not our opponents. „When we find that you are culpable, we will ban you and then prompt the government to take the necessary action. I want to urge federations to be strict since age cheating will not only deny Kenya important slots in these competitions but also dent our image. Let us be honest with ourselves”.
KAMPALA (UGA): Former 5000m and 10000m Commonwealth champion, Moses Kipsiro has been awarded a house by the Ugandan government, reports allafrica.com. The three bedroom house is located in Kapchorwa. The new house is his fourth in the Sebei region.
MONTE CARLO (MON): The most prolific IAAF Diamond League performer is Kenyan middle-distance runner Asbel Kiprop, who has made 29 appearances in Diamond Race events since 2010. In a single discipline, Montsho boasts the most appearances with 27. This year Diamond League records were set in seven individual events – men’s 400m, 1500m, High Jump, Pole Vault, and the women’s 400m, Pole Vault and Long jump.
MONTE CARLO (MON): The IAAF wishes to thank its principal online suppliers AFTER, CANON - deltatre, Eurosportech, Getty Images, Haymarket Network and SEIKO who via the IAAF app and website helped deliver the coverage of 14th edition of the IAAF World Championships, Moscow. During Moscow 2013, the IAAF Website witnessed over 30% more visitors and over 25% more unique users than for the same period during Daegu 2011, while the launch of the IAAF App, the official Live results, stats and news application for iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android devices from the Home of World Athletics was greeted extremely positively.
NEW YORK (USA): The New York Road Runners, organizers of the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile presented by Nissan, announced their professional fields for the September 22, contest today, led by IAAF World Championships silver medalists Nick Symmonds and Jenny Simpson. A total of 14 Olympians will toe the starting line in New York City in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the world‘s largest road mile. Among the field of nineteen men are 2011 race champion and two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat, Olympic medalists Leo Manzano and Nick Willis, as well as 2013 USA Road Mile champion Garrett Heath. Seven members of Team USA at last months IAAF World Championships will be racing, including Symmonds, Lagat, Manzano, Ryan Hill, Daniel Huling, Evan Jager, and Lopez Lomong. Notable international runners joining Willis—sixth in 2010-- are Australians Collis Birmingham, Ryan Gregson, Ben St. Lawrence, and Brett Robinson, and Mexico‘s Pablo Solares. Solares recently got engaged to American miler Shannon Rowbury, who will be contesting the women‘s race. Simpson will be joined on the line by four Olympians in Americans Rowbury and Morgan Uceny, as well as Briton‘s Hannah England and Eilish McColgan. Rowbury won both the 2009 and 2010 Fifth Avenue Miles, while England placed third at last year‘s race and a heartbreaking fourth at the IAAF World Championships 1500m. Former NCAA standouts from overseas will also be competing: Zoe Buckman, a University of Oregon alum who finished seventh at the 2013 IAAF World Championships 1500m, will be racing, as will former Florida State Seminoles Susan Kuijken (Netherlands) and Violah Lagat (Kenya). Lagat is Bernard Lagat‘s sister. Italy‘s Margherita Magnani, who also competed in the recent IAAF World Championships, rounds out the field. Informs Race Results Weekly.
MADRID (ESP): The mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, has ruled out a bid for the 2024 Olympic Games after the Spanish capital failed in their bid to host the 2020 edition, reports Reuters. „I think that for the moment the Olympic race has given us all the benefits we can expect from it in the next few years,“ Botella said at a breakfast forum with business and political leaders in Madrid on Thursday. „I believe, therefore, that Madrid should not seek to host the 2024 Games,“ she added.
ABUJA (NGR): Double world medallist, Blessing Okagbare has been gifted a cash sum, equal to 18372 USD, by Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, reports thisdaylive.com. Jonathan promised that Okagbare and her coach Daniel Esebinimo will also receive national honours.
BUENOS AIRES (ARG): The newly elected president of the IOC, Thomas Bach of Germany wants to change the bidding process for future Olympic Games, reports ESPN. Bach explained that he would like to experience a greater level of individuality, sustainable planning and inclusion of the local population in future Olympic bids. He said that currently most of the Olympic bids are written by the same people so that all the bids are very similar to each other and they mightn’t necessarily suit the potential host city.
BRUSSELS (BEL): The athletics track at the King Badouin stadium in Brussels, which hosts the Memorial Van Damme IAAF Diamond League, will not be removed according to the proposed redevelopment plans to prepare the stadium for the European football championships in 2020, reports sbs.com.au. The redevelopment plans to include a new stadium with a capacity of up to 60,000 which will be likely used as the new home stadium of Brussels based football club Anderlecht. But there are still some questionmarks in the whole situation. But all the parties involved agreed athletics track will be part of the plans.
MONTREAL (CAN): The World Ant-Doping Agency (WADA) will publish an updated list of prohibited substances next month, reports 10tv.com. The updated list will include hydrocodone and tramadol while caffeine and nicotine will be continue to be monitored to detect patterns of misuse. The WADA board has approved funding for 29 research projects, including „longitudinal monitoring for testosterone abuse“ and „EPO gene doping detection.“
ELDORET (KEN): Two-time world marathon champion Abel Kirui of Kenya has confirmed his participation at the inaugural Eldoret Kimbilio Hospice Charity Marathon set for October 13, reports allafrica.com. Kirui, was unable to defend his world championship title in Moscow, due to injury. This marathon will be the second biggest marathon in Eldoret after Kass Marathon that transverses in two counties of Uasin Gishu and Nandi.
WARENDORF (GER, Sep 12): European Military Championships in athletics started with a square pole vault here. Daniel Clemens won with 560 (equaled personal best), second Lukasz Michalski of Poland 550. Other events in the stadium will be held on Saturday and Sunday with 187 athletes from 17 countries.
NICE (FRA, Sep 12): Third day of athletics at Francophone Games registered two new games records. In men javelin Lukasz Grzesczuk of Poland 78.62 and in women long jump also from Poland Anna Jagaciak 668 cm. Here second another Pole Teresa Dobija 666 and third Christabel Nettey of Canada 663. Ancuta Bobocel from Romania won the women steeple in9:46.82. In women 1500 m two Morrocans topped the field, Rabab Arrafi 4:18.70 ahead of Siham Hilali 4:18.89. Third Angelika Cichocka from Poland 4:19.37. French 400 m women duel by Floria Guei 52.31 and Marie Gayot 52.33. Antoine Gillet from Belgium won the men 400 m 46.64. In 4x100 m relays Belgian women clocked 44.70 to win, in men race Canada 39.14 beat the home side France 39.36. Joint decathlon overnight leaders are French Bastien Auzeil and Darko Pesic of Montenegro with 4019 points.
EME News September 12th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin ManganWritten by Super User
How often do the accomplishments of Mo Farah get totally overshadowed by one person he races against? Not very. On Sunday he will go against two such men. At the Bupa Great North Run Farah will go against legends Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele. Between the two of them they have 12 Gold medals from the Outdoor World Championships and Olympics and have set the 5k and 10k world records five times and Gebreselassie set the Marathon World Record twice. Kinda makes Farah's two Olympic golds and two World Champs golds look insignificant. But Farah will probably be the best man on Sunday as he is still in fantastic form following his Moscow brilliance. Gebreselassie, who is arguably the greatest distance runner of all time, will have experience on his side but is too far past his prime and probably won't be able to keep up with Farah. Bekele presents a more intriguing matchup with Farah. He is the current 5k and 10k world record holder, but has yet to run a half marathon and has battled injury which has curtailed his dominance from the late 00s. Anytime 3 living legends like Farah, Gebreselassie and Bekele race together it will always be a great show. The action happens on Sunday in Newcastle.
EME NEWS (SEP 12, 2013)