BOLT AND SAFP AGAIN
BUDAPEST (HUN): Jamaican sprint superstars Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are the male and female Athletes of the Year respectively according to All-Athletics.com, the world leading track and field statistics website. They are also the best in North and Central America Area. Other continental AOY are in Africa Ezekiel Kemboi with Blessing Okagbare, in Asia Mutaz Essa Barshim and Japanese long distance runner Hitomi Niya. In Europe Bohdan Bondarenko with Zuzana Hejnova, in Oceania Jared Tallent with Valerie Adams and in South America Mauro Vinicius da Silva and Catherine Ibarguen.
ITEN (KEN): World and Olympic 1500 m winner Asbel Kiprop has refuted the allegations published in Kenyan media, saying “I am a trained police officer, understand the law which I swore to safeguard and, above all, I cannot go out there and harass my fans. I have a big dream for 2014 in my athletics career which I bank on my Kenyan fans, Mr Mukuria included, for support.” He also explained, “As a police officer, I am not assigned a gun while not on duty. At the moment, I am only armed with my spikes and training shoes. I do not take alcohol. I am an Olympic champion and I do at all times live to the spirit of Olympic movement of being non-alcoholic.” Kiprop said that had went to the bar, along with his training partners Andrew Rotich, Anthony Maritim, James Kangogo and Clement Lang’at, to get food after having watched the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea. In an earlier report of the people.co.ke it is said that he is set to be charged in an Iten court in connection with the assault of a night guard Mr. Mukuria.
KIPROTICH SHOULD BE OK
KAMPALA (UGA): World and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda has suffered an injury but it should be nothing serious, sources are saying. He should be ok for his next planned events like London Marathon and Commonwealth Games. Meanwhile the Ugandan Athletics federation is preparing many other athletes for the Commonwealth Games, including 2005 World steeplechase champion Dorcus Inzikuru who is making a return from injury. With the help from Alberto Stretti.
NASSAU (BAH): 19 year old Shaunae Miller, who finished 4th in the 200m at the Worlds in Moscow, is preparing for her first full season as a professional athlete, reports tribune242.com. The Bahamian, who is still pursuing academics at the University of Georgia, says that her training is going great and she is really excited for the indoor season in which she hopes to compete in Sopot at the World Indoors over 400m. The former World Youth and World Junior 400m champion says that she has stepped up her training under Coach George Cleare. Also in her plans for 2014 are the Carifta Games and the IAAF World Relays.
CORK (IRL): World 50km walk champion Robert Heffernan of Ireland has got invited to the NYRR Millrose Games at the armory on February 15, he informs via his Facebook.
GLASGOW (GBR): A specially designed 50 pence ($0.82/€0.60) coin, featuring a runner and a cyclist, will be launched in 2014 to mark the staging of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, informsinsidethegames.biz.
WACO (USA): Top USA 200m runner Wallace Spearmon has announced that he will run indoors this season, with meets in Arkansas and NYRR Millrose on his schedule so far, he informs via his Twitter.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Thirty athletes have been named to Team USA for the 25th Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country race on Saturday, January 11, informs USATF. Former winner Bobby Mack and Chris Derrick, who finished 10th at the 2013 World Cross Country, highlight the senior men’s selections. The race will be streamed live by USATF.tv.
HIRSON (FRA): French high jumper Mickael Hanany has reversed his decision not to compete indoors this season and will compete at the French indoor meeting in Hirson on January 18, informsaisnenouvelle.fr. The 30 year old equaled his indoor best last year by jumping 228, while he won the French outdoor national championships with a leap of 231, just 1cm of his outdoor best from 2008.
DAKAR (SEN): The Executive Board of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) will meet in Dakar on January 18 and 19 to discuss issues including the new Strategic Plan of continental athletics (Continental Athletic Strategic Plan „PSAP“) initiated by the CAA, they inform on their website. This plan was developed following the recommendations of the Global Strategic Plan for the period 2013 to 2016 which was launched last August by IAAF at its congress in Moscow. The new marketing policy of the CAA will also be addressed at the meeting.
EGMOND (NED): Adrienne Herzog will run the 42nd Egmond Half Marathon on January 12th, informs dichtbij.nl. The 28-year-old cross country specialist ran her first half marathon in 2013, running a personal best of 71:40. The race in Egmond will be her second race after completing the “cooling-off period”, which was determined in consultation between her and the Athletics Union, after doping allegations were made against her in the Dutch press.
AMOREBIETA (ESP): The 60th edition of the Cross Internacional Zornotza will have Spanish elite on Sunday in the line-up. In men 10.7km European CC Champion Alemayehu Bezabeh against Ivan Fernandez, Mohamed Marhoun, Antonio Jimenez, Antonio Abadia and Javier Guerra. In women 6.7 km Iris Fuentes-Pila with Diana Martin and Lidia Rodriguez. From Africans Ugandans Timothy Toroitich and Simon Ayeko with Kenyan Cyprian Kotut who won on Tuesday We run Rome 10 km. Ugandan Rebecca Cheptegei who already won races this season in Spain will be competing on the women side with Kenyan Magdalene Masai and Ethiopian Marta Tigabea.
DUSSELDORF (GER): The 9th PSD Bank Meeting on January 30 (EA Indoor Permit) will have both top German shot putters competing. World champion David Storl against Tomasz Majewski (the same duel then two days later in Karlsruhe) and European Indoor champion from Goteborg Asmir Kolasinac and in women competition the Moscow silver medalist Christina Schwanitz.
NICE (FRA): The 15th edition of the Prom Classic road race in Nice will have European CC Champion Sophie Duarte as top name. She wants to attack the course record of Christelle Daunay which is 32:26 at the 10 km. In the men race James Theuri clocked course record 28:50 and he is competing again. Among the favorites also Ruben Lindongo and Abedellatif Meftah.
HAMBURG (GER): The star relationship ended, informs SID. Hurdler Carolin Nytra and long jumper Sebastian Bayer are no longer a pair. They were together for 6 and half years. Nytra will train in Mannheim, Bayer in Hamburg, both will pass the indoor season and concentrate on European Championships in Zurich.
COTTBUS (GER): Organisers of Indoor Jumping meet of Cottbus (January 22) announced that Sweden´s star Emma Green-Tregaro will compete at their event. Her main rival will be Russian Irina Gordeyeva who is with 201 the event record holder.
LUANDA (ANG, Jan 2): At the track meet traditionally held after the Sao Silvestre road race some top stars competed. In the 1500 m Birhanu Legene clocked 3:44.07 to win, Kenyan Janet Kisa topped the women race in 4:17.65. In the 3000 m Ethiopian wins for Kinde Atanaw 8:03.74 and Sofia Abebe 9:18.71 who beat Etenesh Dido 9:19.81 and Kenyan Flomena Cheyech 9:20.48. Yenew Alamirew topped the men 5000 m in 13:49.92 over Yusuf Biwott 13:51.22 and Atsedu Tsegay 13:51.64. Sao Silvestre winner Stanley Biwott competed in the 1500 m and was only 6th.
HAKONE (JPN, Jan 3): In the 90th Hakone Ekiden on Thursday and Friday Toyo University won in 10:52:51. Second Komazawa University 10:57:25, second all-time and third Nittai University 11:03:51 what is all-time fifth best time. Runners of 23 teams covered 217.9 km in 10 stages. Informs Brett Larner.
ANTRIM (GBR): Please correct that Almensch Belete was 8th in Belgrade at European CC Championships in December and Veerle Dejaeghere was 17th.