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• ITALY / International Meeting of Athletics in Rome
The "Golden Gala", the 23rd International Meeting of Athletics, has kept this year its position within the Golden League, which includes the seven most important meetings in the world. It will be possible to view a series of contests at the highest level, with the greatest champions in the world. The 2003 edition of the "Golden Gala" will be broadcasted on the national television with more than 100 other countries connected. On the evening of July 11th, 2003, the Olympic Stadium will be roofed with special covers, which will indeed provide it with a scenographic look. The number of seats will be reduced from 86,000 to 50,000. The presence of Haile Gebrselassie, the extraordinary Ethiopian champion who will run at the Olympicum Stadium for the 5000 meters race, has been officially announced by Gianni Gola, President of the Italian Athletic Federation, and Luigi D'Onofrio, Meeting Director. "Gebre", the so-called "smiling champion" for his ever-present smile, is the world record holder for both the 5000 meters (12.39,36) and the 10.000 meters events (26.22,75).
• BRAZIL / Rio de Janeiro Marathon is back after two years
After two years the city of Rio de Janeiro had its marathon back on June 29. This time the course was all along the seashore, no doubt one of the most beautiful of the world. The warm weather and high humidity prevented fast times. Among the man, the winner was Alex Januário with the time of 2:16.39. Second place was Flávio Alves in 2:21.19, while Marcos dos Santos was third in 2:21.34. The female competition was won by Leoni Justino da Silva in 2:46.54. Source: www.copacabanarunners.net
• TURKEY / Estonia and Turkey go up to European First League
The European Nations Cup Second League Competitions in Athletics ended on June 22, 2003 at the Istanbul Olympic Stadium. There were twentythousand spectators in the stadium. Sureyya Ayhan, the shining star of Turkey, won easily in 1500 meters women by two hundreds meters difference. Mr. Mehmet Ali Sahin, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, was among the spectators. At the end of the competitions Estonia and Turkey in women, Romania and Croatia in men went up to the European First league. Women team ranking: 1° Estonia (200,5 points), 2° Turkey (195), 3° Israel (172), 4° Croatia (160), 5° Cyprus Greek section (146), 6° Moldova (128), 7° Georgia (91), 8° Bosnia-Herzegovina (88), 9° Armenia (82,5), 10° Azerbaijan (72), 11° Albania (71), 12° Macedonia (15). Men team ranking: 1° Romania (209 points), 2° Croatia (183), 3° Turkey (175,5), 4° Cyprus Greek section (164), 5° Serbia-Montenegro (162), 6° Moldova (121), 7° Bosnia-Herzegovina (114), 8° Azerbaijan (106), 9° Armenia (103,5), 10° Georgia (103), 11° Albania (75), 12° Macedonia (15). Source: http://maratonturk.cjb.net
• ARMENIA / Places still available for the Raid Karen Aventure
There are still some places available to participate to the second edition of the "Raid Karen Aventure" in Armenia, programmed between the 7th and 17th of July. The raid, organized by Arménie Sport Nature, is an original trip associating sport and tourism and includes icewalk on the Araghatz, mountain bike, canoe on Sevan lake, orienteering and horse riding in mountain near Ajdahak, rope climbing at Guegart and Garni, traditional games of Armenia and photo contest. The raid takes place in Armenia, between Turkey and Azerbaidjan. The departure is from Vanadzor, the arrival in Garni via the Lake Sevan, mountain chain of Gheghart. For more details contact Arménie Sport Nature - Raid Karen Aventure (16 passage du Bourg l'Abbé, F - 75002 Paris, France, firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit http://raidsnature.com.
• ITALY / Skyrunning World Championship Circuit 2003
The SkyRace "Maratona del Cielo" held in the upper Camonica Valley, in programme the 6th of July, will be this year valid as the third trial of the Skyrunning World Championship Circuit FSA (Federation for Sport at Altitude). On the start line there will probably be more than 400 runners, half ready to climb over Monte Sèllero (2744 meters) and other ready for the 42 kilomters of the "Sentiero 4 Luglio" and Passo Salina (2433 meters) for the short marathon. The last preparations are being made in the Córteno Golgi valley for the great effort that the organization, led by Giacomo Salvadori and a group of helpers, is starting to sustain during the next days, with enthusiasm and dedication: the numerous entry of the Spaniards, world champion 2002 Agustí Roc Amador included; the first important names that start to appear, from the slovakian Milan Madaj to the valtrumpian Marco Maini, from the bergamasc Michele Semperboni to the veteran Gianpaolo Tosi, from Giovanna Cavalli to Gisella Bendotti, from Fabio Bonfanti to Tiziano Ambrosi, from Massimo Colombo to Francesco Marini, from the strong british woman Ruth Pickvance (second time) to the first girl under 18 in the half marathon. And last but not least Adriano Salvadori, first recordman on 1994. Another good news, comunicated by the president Marino Giacometti, is the presence of a Japanese television troupe from the TBS that will film the event. The accommodation for the special guests - Tomoko Aoyagi, Toshimi Niina and Hiroyuki Ideda - has already been reserved.
• CROATIA / Mythical Mountain in one breath!
The "Velebit Adventure Trekking" is an adventure-race-based 3 days and nights trekking race adapted both for professional and amateur athletes. The race - held on July 11-13, 2003 - involves two-member teams who challenge 150 kilometers over Croatia's Mythical Mountain - Velebit - a place where Adriatic Sea meets mystic mountain range of Dinara. During the race competitors must carry compulsory equipment at all times, passing trough the mandatory checkpoints and navigating over the entire course. In order to complete the race they have to define their strategies of movement, resting, sleeping and plan all necessary food and drink supplies. During the whole course of the race, competitors can only rely on themselves and their teammates. Be a part of this unique journey that will reveal unexpected beauties! More information at www.adventurerace.hr.
• ECUADOR / Carrera Ultimas Noticias in Quito
On June 8th in high-altitude Quito (2926 meters / 9600 feet elevation), Lazarus Nyakeraka (Kenya) picked up his second-straight "Carrera Ultimas Noticias 13.9K" title. Nyakeraka improved 19 seconds over last year during a 42.52 win, with five-times winner Silvio Guerra second in 44.19 and 2002 runner-up Franklin Tenorio third. Susana Diaz (Mexico) edged Ramilia Burangulova (Russia) for the women's win, the two timed in 51.30 and 51.32 in front of América Mateos' (Mexico) 52.24. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com) THE BADWATER ULTRAMARATHON COMPLETE INVITATION LIST
Nevada (Usa) - The 2003 edition of the legendary, epic, 135 mile, invitational running race "Badwater Ultramarathon" from Badwater in Death Valley (elevation 280 feet below sea level) to Whitney Portals on Mt. Whitney (elevation 8360 feet) will take place July 22-24, 2003 in the American State of Nevada. A great tradition began with Al Arnold's original trek from Badwater to Mt. Whitney in 1977, followed by hundreds of successful, and unsuccessful, solo efforts, and more recently with the "Badwater 135 Races" produced by Hi-Tec from 1988 through 1999. That tradition lives on in the Badwater Ultramarathon, presented by adventureCORPS. Ninety athletes have received invitations to compete in the 2003 "Badwater Ultramarathon", the world's toughest running race. They are 18 women and 72 men, citizens of twelve countries: Austria (1), Brazil (2), Canada (2), France (5), Germany (6), Luxemboug (1), Mexico (1), Monaco (1), Switzerland (1), United Kingdom (3), United States of America (67).
Women: Tracy Bahr, Jane Ballantyne, Julia Bramer, Bonnie Busch, Mary Campilongo, Patricia Cook, Louise Cooper, Barbara A. Elia, Anita Marie Fromm, Lisa Henson, Mary Kashurba, Janice I. Levet, Pamela J. Reed, JodyLynn Reicher, Gillian Robinson, Monica Scholz, Nancy Shura, Lisa R. Smith-Batchen.
Men: Rudy Afanador, Jay Anderson, Christopher Bergland, Jay Birmingham, Chet Blanton, Jim Bodoh, Adam Bookspan, Patrick Cande, Ruben Cantu, Mark Cockbain, Sergio Cordeiro, Doug Croxall, Conrad Daniel, Joseph A. DeSena, Michael M. Doppelmayr, Sigurd Dutz, Greg Eason, Ken Eielson, Charlie Engle, Luis James Escobar, Holger Finkernagel, Winfried Friedel, Eberhard Frixe, Chris Frost, Dave Goodwin, Luis Guerrero, Norman Haines, Bob Haugh, Christopher K. Hendley, Michael Hernandez, Jürgen Hofmann, Ben Jones, Mick Justin, Mike Karch, Dimitri Kieffer, Roger Klein, William LaDieu, Bill Lockton, Scott Ludwig, Don Lundell, Frank MacMillan, W. Curt Maples, Dan Marinsik, Daniel J. Martin, Manoel de Jesus Mendes, Jean Jaques Merienne, Gary L Morris, Mark Morris, Peter Mueller, Blade Norman, Nathan Ochsner, Gilles Pallaruelo, Ian Parker, Keith Alan Peterson, Joe Prusaitis, John Radich, Christopher Rampacek, Dave Remington, Wayne Simpson, James Smith, Marvin Snowbarger, Stuart Sorensen, Eric Steele, Howie Stern, Marshall Ulrich, Andy Velazco, Charles Vincent, Jean Pierre Vozel, Charles F. Waskevich Jr., Arthur Webb, Scott Weber, Uli Weber.
Congratulations to this fine field of runners! The organizers are really excited by, and proud of, the level and variety of talent that stepped up to the plate this year. They had initially planned to accept 125 applications and then invited up to 90 entrants. But the quality of applications, and thus athletes, that they were receiving this year was so incredible that they narrowed the window down to 100 instead. To see the online roster, as well as their bio's as they confirm their entry, click www.badwaterultra.com/2003web/2003roster.htm.
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