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• NETHERLANDS / Roosendaal half marathon results
These are the results of the half marathon held in Roosendaal on Sunday June 26: (men) 1. Jeroen van Damme 1:04:34; 2. Martin Lauret 1:07:11; 3. Jos Lemmens 1:09:34. Here are the results of the 10 kilometer race: (men) 1. Saji Abdel 30:47; 2. Huub Maas 31:11; 3. Patrick van Meel 33:10; (women) 1. Marleen van der Graaff 37:20; 2. Ingrid Versteegh 38:06. Source: www.arrs.net
• CHINA / Chinese Track & Field Championships
Between June 24-26 in Changsha were held the Chinese Track & Field Championships. The IAAF's Mirko Jalava reports that Sun Yingjie and Olympic 10,000m champion Xing Huina ran in separate 5000 heats which were combined as final times. And they were heated, in the sense that the temperature was 34 °C (93 °F). Sun won heat one in 15:31.10, with Chen Xiofang second in 15:50.41, Dong Xiaoqin third in 15:55.21 and Zhu Yanmei fourth in 13:55.59. Xing won the second heat in 15:42.61, and was accorded second overall ahead of Xiofang, Xiaoqin and Yanmei. The next day Xing also competing in the 1500m to finish a close second in 4:16.52. The final day's women's 10,000m featured World Championship bronze medalist Sun doubling back in 30 °C temperatures. However, Sun was outkicked in the last lap by "Dong-A Seoul Marathon" champion (2:23:24) Zhou Chunxiu, 32:40.77 to 32:43.20, with 18-year-old Zhu Yanmei adding to her fifth over 5000m with a distant third in 33:48.80. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• ITALY / Stefano Baldini wins the Golden Shoe
The Italian Olympic marathon gold medal winner Stefano Baldini has been announced as the top athlete in the world by the Association of International Marathons and Road Races (Aims). Baldini received the top award in world road running, the "Golden Shoe" on June 30 in Turin from Organizing Committee of the Winter Olympic Games of Torino 2006 deputy president Evelina Christillin and at the presence of Italian Federation of Athletics regional president Maurizio Damilano. Hiroaki Chosa, Aims president comments: "I am delighted on behalf of the 204 member races of Aims across over eighty countries to officially announce Stefano Baldini as the world athlete of the year. Stefano is a fine athlete and it is fitting recognition of his achievements that he should win this global award". Stefano Baldini comments: "I am greatly honoured to accept this prestigious global award. I look forward to putting the Golden Shoe beside my Olympic gold medal". The award stretches back into 2004 when the highlight of Stefano's year was undoubtedly his Olympic medal winning performance in the Olympic marathon (2:10:55).
• PORTUGAL / European Cup First League Group B
On June 18th and 19th in Leiria, the European Cup First League Group B had marathon world recordholder Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain) winning the women's 3000m in 8:50.18, Alesia Turava (Belarus) gaining silver in 8:55.13, Jolene Byrne (Ireland) bronze in a personal best 9:03.30, Jessica Augusto placing fourth in 9:11.58 and Adrienne Herzog (Netherlands) fifth in 9:22.23. Rui Silva won the tactical men's equivalent in 8:10.26, with James Nolan (Ireland) second in 8:11.18, Monder Rizki (Belgium) third in 8:11.70, Oleksandr Sitkovsky (Ukraine) fourth in 8:11.85 and recent Dutch record setter Gert-Jan Liefers fifth in 8:11.95. Volha Krautsova (Belarus) blew away the women's 5000m field in a personal best 15:10.14, with Radcliffe doubling back to silver in 15:27.67, Fernando Ribeiro collecting bronze in 15:38.34, Olivera Jevtic fourth in 15:47.59 and Maria McCambridge fifth in 15:58.50. Ricardo Ribas topped the men's 12-1/2 lapper in 14:24.47, with Rob Detert taking silver in 14:24.99 and Vitaliy Shafar bronze in 14:25.58. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• IDAHO (USA) / Five visually-impaired triathletes finish Ironman
Five visually-impaired triathletes competing in the "Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene" on June 26 in Coeur d'Alene finished the 2005 event. The five triathletes: Aaron Scheidies, Lindsey Jessup, Charles Plaskon, Dave Bigoney, and Heidi Musser all finished before the 17 hour cut off. Each triathlete is a part of the C Different Foundation and will be featured in documentary feature film entitled "Victory over darkness". The C Different Foundation was created to inspire visually-impaired people around the world to lead active and healthy lives, to educate the general public about the visually-impaired and to change the perspectives that people have about the visually-impaired. Scheidies finished with an overall time of 12 hours, 49 minutes and 37 seconds; Jessup finished in 14:54:59 and Plaskon finished in 15:31:35. Bigoney finished with an overall time of 16:40:08, and Musser finished with a time of 16:51:05. Along with completing the 2005 "Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene", Scheidies also raised money through the Janus Charity Challenge for the foundation. A total of 1761 triathletes from around the world competed in the event. Athletes competed for 80 qualifying spots to the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona (Usa/Hawaii) as well as a $50,000 men's pro prize purse. Source: www.transitiontimes.com
• BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA / Sarajevo Urban Challenge
Sarajevo will be the pleyground for an adventure race for the first time on July 9. Most heard of Sarajevo through the CNN and BBC news reports on the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the endless siege of the city that lasted from May 1992 to February 1996. It was the longest siege in modern history. It is hard to imagine that such a misfortune happened to a city that in 1984, just ten years prior to the terrible war, hosted one of the greatest sporting events in history, the Winter Olympic Games, an event that sent out a message of peace and friendship to every corner of the world. Just 400 kilometers from Vienna, geografically in the heart of Europe, Sarajevo still stands as a living monument of the history of survival of the city that was built on the crossroads of Western and Eastern civilizations. Its history embodies so many different cultures, religions and people and has many stories to tell. Yet, the wounds are still fresh, but Sarajevo is standing proudly as it always did. Its citizens are turning a fresh page and looking foward to a better tomorrow. The "Sarajevo Urban Challenge" is just one of the things that will help prove Sarajevo is an immortal city. For more details visit www.sarajevo-challenge.com.
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