AUGUST 2006 - VOL. 6, N. 8 (N. 61)
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• SOUTH KOREA / Anne Lundblad selected for the 100k World Cup
According to a July 18th release made by UsaTF (www.usatf.org), Anne Riddle Lundblad, 40, has been selected to represent the U.S. at the 100k World Championship that will be held in Misari, South Korea on October 8th, 2006. Last year, she led the U.S. team to a gold medal as she finished second at the 100k World Cup in held in Japan. When asked how she feels about being selected to be on this year's team she says, "I'm pleased to be on this year's World Cup team. I believe that this year's women's team is the strongest we've had in years, and I'm excited to see what kind of results we can post on an international level. As far as my own training, I've had to adjust my training a bit due to a late spring injury. Right now I'm focusing on rebuilding a solid base. I plan to race some shorter distances in the coming months to focus on leg speed. This year's course (outside of Seoul, South Korea) is supposed to be a flat, fast one, so I'm hoping to better my performance from last year".
• INDONESIA / Jakarta International 10K results
On July 2nd in Indonesia, the Jakarta International 10K had Wilberforce Talel (Kenya) first in 28:36, Johnstone Chepkwony (Kenya) second in 28:37 and Chane Abera (Ethiopia) third in 29:06. "Boston Marathon" champion Rita Jeptoo (Kenya), according to a "Spar News" report via Letsrun.com, captured the women's crown in 32:46, with Irina Timofeyeva (Russia) second in 32:55 and Nina Rillstone (New Zealand) third in 33:02. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• JAPAN / Mizuki Noguchi and Cyrus Njui win Sapporo International Half Marathon
Mizuki Noguchi, the 2004 Olympic marathon champion won the "Sapporo International Half marathon" in the course record time of 1:08:14. She eclipsed the course record, 1:08:23, by Catherine Ndereba, recorded in 2003. Finishing second in the race, one minute and five seconds behind, was Hiromi Ominami who won the "Sapporo Half Marathon" in 2004. Ongori Philes, a Kenyan based in Sapporo, was running her second half marathon of her career. She finished third in 1:10:00. The men's race was won by Cyrus Njui, a Kenyan running for Nissan Motors, a corporate track team in Japan. It was twelfth straight years that a Kenyan who runs for the Japanese corporate track team, won the "Sapporo Half Marathon". Njui completed the course in 1:01:16, five seconds ahead of Girma Assefa, an Ethiopian who runs for Subaru, another corporate track team in Japan. Another Ethiopian, Tesfaye Girma, who runs for Honda Motors, finished third another three seconds back. The winning time was mere five seconds behind the record, 1:01:11, recorded by Samuel Kabiru in the 2002 edition of the race. The Africans - seven Kenyans and two Ethiopians - occupied first nine places. The first Japanese was Masayuki Tomura in tenth place. Samuel Wanjiru, a former world record holder at the half marathon, finished disappointing 11th, nearly two minutes behind the winner. Source: www.arrs.net
• CYPRUS / Inaugural Amathunta Half Marathon
The inaugural "Cyprus Amathunta Half Marathon & 10 km" takes place on Sunday 19th November 2006 and with two different distances it is addressed to runners of all standards and ages. The International Amathunta Half Marathon & 10 km is under the auspices of the Cypriot Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Mr. George Lilikas. The event which is co-organized from NIKI Sports Management and Agios Tychonas Community Board promises to be one of the greatest road races ever run in Cyprus. Both start and finish areas are located at the historic city kingdom of Amathus at Agios Tychonas. A fast time is expected as the course is classified as mostly flat and fast. Participants of both races will do an out and back loop along the scenic beach road of Agios Tychonas. The distance has been measured according to AIMS standards. Runners from all over Europe will gather at Agios Tychonas to enjoy the company of like-minded people and race against a varied field of competitors. The number of overseas entries will outperform the number of runners from Cyprus. Enjoy traditional Cypriot and Greek dancing after the race and make the effort to join in. The event will also incorporate a number of activities which will make it a fun event for all the family. Full details at www.spidernet.net/main/web/amathuntahalfmarathon.
• UNITED KINGDOM / Kahlefeldt class act
Commonwealth Champion Brad Kahlefeldt of Australia won a spectacular men's elite race at the newly renamed "Salford BG Triathlon World Cup" at Salford Quays held on July 30. The Commonwealth champion stayed in the front pack and cruised into the lead at the half way point of the run section in front of the biggest World Cup crowd ever seen. Britain's European Under 23 Champion, Will Clarke, recorded his best ever result with bronze to underline his huge potential. This was Kahlefeldt's fourth visit to Salford but first time on the winner's podium. Clarke finished in third place behind the world champion Peter Robertson who had to settle for silver behind his Australian teammate. Sam Warriner of New Zealand won the women's elite race. After getting into a strong lead group in during the bike leg, Warriner broke into an immediate lead at the start of the run leg. Britain's Liz Batchford led after the bike leg but a collision with a lapped athlete in the bike to run transition area allowed Warriner to take the lead. Blatchford faded during the run but her seventh place finish was enough to qualify for the World Championships in Lausanne. Warriner was a world age group champion in 2001 and her career as a professional triathlete has been combined with full time teaching. One of her former pupils, Nicky Samuels also raced today. Originally from Farnham, Warriner moved to New Zealand eight years ago. Team mate Andrew Hewitt finished in third place with Brazil's Mariana Ohata in second. Source: www.transitiontimes.com
• ITALY / Cosimo Aliandro wins the Italian National Championships
On July 7th in Torino, the Italian National Championships had Cosimo Aliandro taking the men's 5000 title in 13:50.97, with Stefano La Rosa second in 13:51.38, Daniele Meucci third in 13:53.40, Ivan Di Mario fourth in 13:59.48, and Gabriele Di Nardo fifth in 14:00.13. Meucci doubled to take the 10,000m title in 28:44.79, with Marco Mazza second in 28:52.93, and Denis Curzi third in 28:54.16. Silvia Weissteiner claimed the women's 5000m in 15:46.35, with Renate Ruëgge second in 15:57.91, and Adelina De Soccio third in 16:09.42. Gloria Marconi captured the 10,000m title in 33:08.46, with Silvia Sommagio second in 33:13.31 and Vincenza Sicari third in 33:51.64, Claudia Pinna fourth in 33:52.88, and Rosita Rota Gelpi fifth in 34:04.37. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• FLORIDA (USA) / Road Race Management Race Directors' Meeting
The 24th annual Road Race Management Race Directors' Meeting will be held on October 12-14 in Fort Lauderdale. This is the world's foremost, oldest, and most prestigious race directors' meeting and trade exhibit. Here race organizers can network with many of the sport's prominent and best-known event directors, sponsors, national running media, sports organizations, and other race directors. Race directing in the 21st century offers significant opportunities as well as growing challenges. That is why each year Road Race Management recruits many of the sport's most experienced and articulate faculty who will share their secrets of success with you. Learn how they cope with new challenges and improve their events year after year. For more information and a complete schedule of the sessions and events being offered at this year's meeting is available at www.rrm.com.
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