Monday, December 28, 2009

News of Note: 21 December - 28 December

Yelling to take on Dibaba in Edinburgh (21 December 2009) - Briton Hayley Yelling will race against reigning Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba at the Bupa Great Edinburgh International Cross Country permit race on 9 January 2010.

Packed domestic season in 2010 (24 December 2009) - The Ethiopian domestic circuit will feature no fewer than 20 competitions in 2010. In addition, Ethiopians will take part in a number of international competitions around the world.

Bekele Targets 3,000 Meters World Indoor Record (25 December 2009) - Kenenisa Bekele hoping to set a fourth world indoor record next year in Birmingham, England. 3,000 meters is the distance he ran to win his only world indoor title in 2006.

Abyu renews rivalry with Gebrselassie (26 December 2009) - British marathoner Tomas Abyu, originally of Ethiopia, will race against his "hero" Haile Gebrselassie at the 2010 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 22.

2009 - End of Year Reviews - IAAF
The revolution in the marathon - 2009 produces an unprecedented explosion in record times (28 December 2009) - 20 different male runners - from just three countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, and Morocco - ran sub-2:07 marathons in 2009.