From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Kimetto for Honolulu
HONOLULU (USA): World marathon record-holder Dennis Kimetto will compete in the Honolulu Marathon on 10 December, informs organisers. Kimetto lined up in the Chicago Marathon last month but was a DNF due to injury. The field also includes reigning champion and course record-holder Lawrence Cherono and former champion Wilson Chebet.
Lavillenie thinks 2024
PARIS (FRA): Renaud Lavillenie hasn’t ruled out competing on home soil at the 2024 Olympics in Paris (at the time of the Games will be nearly 38) and is also hoping to assume a role in the Organising Committee, informs insidethegames.biz. “I have no idea how I can be involved - I am pretty sure I will be involved as a role model at least, and maybe I can be involved also inside the Organising Committee. I think I will not be retired when the Games come here. My goal for the Paris 2024 Olympics for sure is to be part of the athletes' team,” he said.
NAIROBI (KEN): World 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi has spoken of how the disappointment of not making the Kenyan team for the 2013 World Championships persuaded him to move directly up from 400m, for which he had a PB of 47.33. “When I was training for the 400 metres I would always do well in the endurance sessions and I could easily run 3x800 (in training),” he told the IAAF. “I also remember my old coach Colm O’Connell telling me I could one day become world 1500 metres champion. I was so disappointed not to make another team (for the 400m) I told my coach (Bernard Ouma) I want to try the 1500. My coach said, ‘no, try the 800 metres first’ but I knew in my heart I needed to go directly to the 1500 metres.” Manangoi is aiming to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April.
NAIROBI (KEN): Hellen Obiri has said she believes she has been consistent enough in 2017 to deserve a place on the short-list for the IAAF Athlete of the Year, informs the Daily Nation. “I was consistent whole year, winning the World title besides running two fastest times this year in Rome (14:18.37) and Shanghai (14:22.47) in 5000m. It’s not fair at all but that inspires me to perform even better next season,” she said. Obiri is targeting the 3000m at the World Indoor Championships and the 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games next year.
MOSCOW (RUS): President of the All-Russia Athletics Federation Dmitry Shlyakhtin has said they will not meet with the IAAF Taskforce again until after the next IAAF Council meeting on 25-26 November when chairman Rune Andersen will provide an update on Russia’s progress towards reinstatement, informs Sport Express.
MOSCOW (RUS): All-Russia Athletics Federation president Dmitry Shlyakhtin hopes to pay any outstanding debts owed to athletes before the end of 2017, informs Sport Express. “At the moment, VFLA has certain debts to athletes. Our federation is going through a difficult period, the amount of funding by the sponsors in connection with the doping scandals has significantly decreased. But our athletes continue to be our main value. We are working to resolve this issue. In particular, we now form a strong board of trustees of the federation. We expect to pay all by the end of 2017.” said Shlyakhtin.
FRANKFURT (GER): Heptathlete Claudia Salman-Rath is making good progress after a knee operation and is aiming to return in time for the Gotzis Hypo-Meeting in May, informs Leichtathletik.de. Salman-Rath is aiming to resume full training in mid-December and her first training camp is scheduled for Tenerife in January. Salman-Rath is focusing solely on the heptathlon at the European Championships in Berlin but she would also like to contest the long jump at the 2020 Olympics.
BERLIN (GER): Franziska Reng has talked of how a fall in the first half of the Frankfurt Marathon last month affected her badly during the race, leichtathletik.de reports. Despite finishing 13th in a PB and European Championships qualifying time of 2:34:57, the German said her knee was numb and she had to alter her gait. "It's the hardest thing I've done in my life so far,” she said.
MINSK (BLR): Despite missing the 2017 season due to illness, hammer thrower Ivan Tikhon is aiming to return to competition next season and plans to compete through until 2020 when he will be 44, informs the BFLA. “All preparations are directed to participate in the European Championship-2018, which will be held in August in Berlin. The most important of my goals is to participate in the Olympic Games in 2020,” he said.
BEIRUT (LBN): Dominic Ruto will offer the sternest challenge to defending champion Edwin Kiptoo at the Blom Bank Beirut Marathon title on November 12, Xinhua news agency writes. Ruto, who clocked a PB of 2:09:08 for second in Rome this year, said: “My training for the Beirut marathon has been quite good so far. I skipped a race in China in September but I got a tendon injury and I had to reschedule my plans. Recent workouts have gone well giving me a feeling that I can try to be competitive.”
ABUJA (NGR): Individuals in Nigeria have raised alarm over a claimed lack of funding for the country’s athletes’ preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, according to The Guardian (of Nigeria). The story’s headline suggests Nigeria’s participation in the Gold Coast event is in jeopardy.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Voting is open to the public for USATF’s annual Wing Awards, which honour the country’s top track, field and running performances. Until November 13, fans can vote via an online form. The winners will receive their honours at the Jesse Owens Awards Banquet on December 2, at the USATF Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
AKRON (USA): The University of Akron track and field programme will host the sixth Annual Pole Vault Convention at Stile Athletics Field House from 6-7 January.
TALLINN (EST): Estonian discus thrower Martin Kupper will start co-operation with the Olympic winner Gerd Kanter and trainer Indrek Tustit. This also means he will end the cooperation with Alexander Tammert which started in 2012. Kanter welcomed this decision and said: "My age needs a motivating training partner."
LAUSANNE (SUI): The best broadcast coverage of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 was celebrated on Tuesday evening in Lausanne as the IOC announced the winners of the prestigious Golden Rings Awards. The winners of the night were Brazil’s SporTV – part of host broadcaster of Rio 2016 Globo Group - who picked up the award for Best Olympic Programme and a host of other recognitions while NBC of the United States went home with three Golden Rings for Best Olympic Feature, Best Olympic Profile and Best Olympic Digital Service. The BBC picked up the award for the The Best On-Air Promotion for a unique build up to its Rio 2016 coverage that included Brazil’s diverse wildlife competing in Olympic disciplines. Informs the AIPS.
COLORADO SPRINGS (USA): USADA announced that former triple jumper Kenta Bell (40) a coach in the sport of track and field, has accepted a lifetime ban for engaging in and orchestrating prohibited doping conduct as the coach of the Thinking Feet Track Club. Bell committed a prior anti-doping rule violation in 2007 while competing as a track and field athlete. Bell was Olympic Games 2004 finalist and World finalist in 2003 and 2005.