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AUSTRALIA'S TOP RUNNERS HIT THE STREETS IN NOOSAA world-class field of distance runners has assembled for the New Balance Bolt to be held in Noosa on Saturday 3 November as part of the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival.
The women's 5K race is set to be a cracker with Goodwill Games 10,000m bronze medallist Susie Power (Vic) taking on World Championships 5000m finalist Benita Willis (ACT), Goodwill Games 3000m steeplechase champion Melissa Rollison (Qld) and many other exciting hopefuls. The race record of 15 minutes 26 seconds set by Kate Richardson in 1997 will be under threat.
In top form is women's favourite Power who recently slashed almost two and half minutes off the women's race record in the City to Surf and won the Burnie 10K in Tasmania and Sunday Telegraph 10K Bridge Run in Sydney. Power will not have it all her own way, as former Bolt winner and Australian representative, Benita Willis is planning to have a real crack at the three-year-old New Balance Bolt race record and Power's recent dominance of women's competition in Australia.
Power and Willis will be pushed by Sydney Olympian, Sarah Jamieson, who celebrated her first Bolt at Noosa last year with a strong third place finish. On the rise are Rollison, former Australian junior representative Ruth McDonnell (Qld) and recent Burnie 10K placegetter Anna Thompson (Tas).
The men's race could prove to be a changing of the guard with Australian running icon Steve Moneghetti up against rising middle distance star Craig Mottram who has improved his personal bests over 1500m, 3000m and 5000m this year.
Also in the line up are last year's winner Dave Evans, Australian 5000m Olympic representative Mike Power who finished second in the event in 2000 and World Championships marathon representative Kim Gillard. The speed will be on to crack Kenyan Joseph Waweru's race record of 13:41 from 1999.
The New Balance Bolt features almost $15,000 in prize money and is restricted to male runners who qualify under 17 minutes and women under 20 minutes over the 5000metre distance. Elite runners compete on a four lap course in the heart of Noosa's resort area lined with spectators at 3.45pm on Saturday 3 November. The New Balance Bolt is the final of 10 events on the running calendar that have been recognised in the Gold category of Athletics Australia's new Running Australia Framework.
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Silvana Trampuz and Drugs banRead News Report Here
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Sydney MarathonTop results from the Marathon and 10km are here.
What the Sydney Morning Herald said about the marathon.
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Commonwealth Games uniform dispute resolvedThis is an update to Games team may wear foreign-made uniforms.
The Australian team, competing at next year's Commonwealth Games in Manchester, will wear locally-made uniforms after fears it would be outfitted with foreign-made garments. After the Federal Government refused to help and a local manufacturer could not be found to make the uniforms, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association was about to send its business overseas.
However, the association's Perry Crosswhite says the problem has been resolved."We've now got to a point where we think we have an agreement with a consortium which involves some Australian manufacturer and a couple of both retail and wholesale makers of uniforms and suppliers," he said.
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Stars Set Sight On Sydney Marathon
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Thumbs Up For ForsythOnly loosely-related running news, is that 1992 Olympic high jump bronze medallist Tim Forsyth returns to Melbourne next week after working for three months in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory developing athletics in Aboriginal communities with the Department of Sport and Recreation.
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CoolRunning Australia Adds World News CategoryThe homepage of CoolRunning Australia has been amended to add a new column to the right hand edge of the screen that will show approx 20 of the latest news reports gathered from worldwide news agencies. The articles are linked to only, and are not saved on the CoolRunning website. The subject matter is defined as "Olympic Sports" but running, big city marathons, track and field, drugs scandals etc form over 90% of articles. Sadly there are no Australian-specific sources, but certainly the information is very useful reading for runners everywhere.
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Naked Jogger Fails To ShowFor 3 days, Gabriel Romanos had nothing to hide. But on Thursday 18th Octovber 2001, the 35 year old was less keen to be seen. Romanos failed to appear at Sutherland Local Court to face 3 charges of wilful and obscene exposure.
The unemployed man's shyness was at odds with his actions last month when he jogged naked through 9 Sydney suburns on 3 separate days. During his travels, Romanos passed major roads, a railway station, 2 schools and a nursing home while wearing only a pair of joggers. He was arrested on September 29th after a passer-by held him at a high school.
Magistrate Deborah Sweeney yesterday convicted Romanos, from Balgownie near Wollongong, in his absence and fined him a total of $850.
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Sydney Marathon Staggers Under Terrorism ThreatRead News Article Here - as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald
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SBS To Show World Half-Marathon Championships on National TVSBS will be showing the 10th World Half Marathon Championship Highlights from 12.30pm for one hour on Sunday 21st October 2001.
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Preview of Australian 6 Day Race at ColacSee news article here
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2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Preparations "On Schedule"The Victorian Government has hit back at National Party claims it is behind schedule in preparations for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. National Party leader Peter Ryan says the Commonwealth Games Arrangement Bill, currently before Parliament, relies too heavily on the Sports Minister instead of establishing an independent body. But the Minister, Justin Madden, says planning and environmental issues will be open for public consultation within a limited timeframe to ensure preparations remain on schedule.
"Things are moving on schedule, we do think that they will be within the budgets to be determined in the next six months and we're very confident that the Games will be delivered on time, on schedule, on budget."
National Party leader Peter Ryan says he has little confidence that the Government can deliver the Games on time and on budget. "You have in charge of it a junior Cabinet minister, whose track record so far was that he promised to save Waverley and couldn't, and wanted to stop the scalpers at the MCG and didn't, and he's now in charge of the second-greatest sporting event on the face of the planet," he said. "You'd have to say there is a real worry about the ability of that minister and the Government at large to deliver on this great project." He added: "When you've got a Government with an established track record of not being able to deliver and a program being run by a junior cabinet minister, you really do have to worry as to whether we can get it over the line."
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Australia considers World Championship hosting bidAustralia may consider a bid to host the 2005 World Athletics Championships after London's right to host the event crumbled when plans for a new stadium at Picketts Lock were scrapped.
Simon Allatson, chief executive of Athletics Australia, revealed the city of Perth, which was already planning a bid to stage the championships in 2007, could host the event. And he said Sydney, which successfully hosted the 2000 Olympic Games last year, had the necessary infrastructure to stage the championships at short notice.
"We have an agreement that Perth will bid for 2007 so it would be up to them if they wanted to bring their bid forward by two years," said Allatson. "Obviously, Sydney and Melbourne could step in as well so we have plenty of options. At this stage we're just planning to bid for 2007 but we could go for 2005 if the IAAF wanted us to."
London looks likely to lose the right to host the prestigious biennial event after the IAAF dismissed the British Government's proposed switch to Sheffield. The move came after plans to develop a 43,000-seater stadium at Picketts Lock in North London were abandoned because the project was deemed too expensive.
Melbourne, which will host the 2006 Commonwealth Games, lost out to London for the 2005 championships.
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MCCANN RUNS THIRD IN RECORD MARATHONWollongong marathon star Kerryn McCann ran to a sensational third placing overnight in the Chicago Marathon in a race where the women's world record was lowered for the second time in a week.
After Japan's Naoko Takahashi set the record at two hours 19 minutes 46 seconds last week in Berlin, Kenya's Catherine Ndereba came out and clocked a remarkable 2:18:47 to win in Chicago yesterday.
McCann, a 34-year-old mother, placed third in 2:26:04 - just five seconds outside her personal best and just over two minutes outside Lisa Ondieki's Australian Best on Record.
In the men's race, Australia's Shaun Creighton finished eighth in 2:11:54 behind Kenyan victor Ben Kimondiu who clocked 2:08.52.
Chicago Marathon - Top 10 men
1. Ben Kimondiu (Kenya) 2:08:52 ($75,000)
2. Paul Tergat (Kenya) 2:08:56
3. Peter Githuka (Kenya) 2:09:00
4. Mohamed Quaadi (France) 2:09:26
5. Noriaki Igarashi (Japan) 2:09:35
6. Rod DeHaven (Madison, Wis) 2:11:40
7. Ondoro Osano (Kenya) 2:11:44
8. SHAUN CREIGHTON (AUS) 2:11:54
9. Mitsunori Hirayama (Jap) 2:12:25
10. Simon Mphulanyane (S. Africa) 2:12:44
Chicago Marathon - Top 10 women
1. Catherine Ndereba (Kenya) 2:18:47 (world record, $175,000)
2. Elfenesh Alemu (Ethiopia) 2:24:54
3. KERRYN McCANN (AUS) 2:26:04
4. Malgorzata Sobanska (Pol) 2:26:08
5. Nives Curti (Italy) 2:28:59
6. Kayoko Obata (Japan) 2:32:19
7. Ichiyo Naganuma (Japan) 2:34:02
8. Anne Van Schuppen (Nether) 2:41:51
9. Karen Schoen (Sweden) 2:42:27
10. Kelly Keeler (Bloomington, MN) 2:43:06
In a big distance running weekend, Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie won another world title, this time at the IAAF World Half Marathon
Championships in Bristol, England while Britain's Paula Radcliffe won the women's title.
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RECORD ATHLETICS AUDIENCE ON SBSSBS Television's coverage of the World Athletics Championships from
Edmonton, Canada in August this year, was seen by an audience of 3.24 million viewers across the five major state capital cities.
By comparison, SBS' audience for the 1990 World Cup was 2.7 million - more than half a million less than for the Edmonton event. By 1998 SBS' World Cup audience grew to over 7 million and SBS is hopeful of similar growth for the athletics.
SBS transmitted around 60 hours over ten days from Edmonton and sent a full production and commentary crew to Canada to cover the event. The SBS Television network owns the free to air rights to all major international athletics events until 2004, including the next World Championships in Paris in 2003.
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Thousands register for Newcastle Masters GamesThe biggest Australian Masters Games on record officially gets underway in Newcastle today, with more than 12,000 people registered to compete. Organisers say the games will boost the region's economy, particularly the hospitality and tourism sectors, as visitors make the most of their stay in the Hunter. Games chief executive Adrian Hurley says everyone is welcome to watch the competition with today's program getting underway from 9:00am AEST.
"We've got eleven events, its probably our quietest day, but today we've got some of the biggest sports, like surf-lifesaving, water polo and baseball will be starting and we've got some trackside and indoor bowls," he said.
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Australian Ultra Runners Announce : Ultrarunner of the year awardRead News article here
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Telstra Zatopek ClassicThe Telstra Zatopek Classic will now be held on Thursday evening, 6th December 2001, at Olympic Park, Melbourne, following the 1st day of competition for the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships.
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Distance Running NewsFor the first time for several years Australia will not be represented at the World Half marathon Championships in Bristol UK on Oct. 6th. However the next World Half Marathon Championship is scheduled for May 2002 in Belgium but as there is no National Half Marathon Championship before that date, selection will be based on athletes achieving the A qualifying time (Men 1:02:40 and women 1:13:30) in other major half marathon events.
Men's and women's teams will be sent to the Chiba International Road Relays on Nov 23rd.With most of our best athletes available it is hoped Australia will maintain its excellent record in this event.
An invitation has been received for the Beijing Women's Ekiden Road Relay next February.
Phil Sly and Richard Gleisner will be representing Australia in the Beijing Marathon on Oct.14th.
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Commonwealth Games team may wear foreign-made uniforms
For the first time in its history, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association may be forced to dress its team for next year's event in Manchester in uniforms made overseas. Association general manager Perry Crosswhite says, given the current poor state of the textile industry in Australia, he is having significant trouble finding a local company to make uniforms. He says Federal Sport Minister Jackie Kelly has refused to give assistance and it will be disappointing if the Australian team is outfitted in foreign-made clothing.
"I really am very concerned about that, because of the fact that the textile industry, it does employ significant numbers of people in this country and I just would hope that we can get them made here," he said. The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union has slammed Ms Kelly's lack of action. The union's Victorian secretary, Michele O'Neil, says it is a disgrace given the current climate in the textile industry. "Everybody knows that we need to do what we can to keep Australian jobs here and to make sure that Australian manufacturers can continue to employ workers here in this country," she said. "It wouldn't just be a little blip if the jobs for the Commonwealth Games uniforms for the Australian team went overseas." Ms O'Neil has questioned the Minister's suitability for the job. "One phone call and we would have been able to provide a comprehensive list to the Minister's office of companies manufacturing here in Australia, paying fair wages and conditions to their workers and making these types of products and making, as I said, a great quality product at a good price," she said. "If Jackie Kelly is getting those sort of phone calls and not able to provide the information, then I don't think she's doing a good job."
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"See Australia" run for charitySee this news article
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Sri Chinmoy Cancels Adelaide 24 hour race due to troubles in USASee this news article
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Burnie Ten Continues Tradition in 2001For the past 16 years, the Burnie Ten has been the bench mark for 10 kilometre road races nationwide and has developed massive community interest and support.The event is steeped in prestige with some of the finest runners set to take part in 2001 adding their names to the honour board.
With less than two weeks to go to the Skilled Burnie Ten on 14 October, marathon legend Steve Moneghetti (Vic), Goodwill Games bronze medallist (10,000m) Susie Power (Vic), Olympic 5000m representative Mike Power (Vic), in-form World Championships 1500m representative Craig Mottram (Vic), Australian marathon rep Kim Gillard (NSW) and cross country star and Olympian Kylie Risk (Tas) have entered to compete among a number of other accomplished runners.
Although the attraction of having the talented athletes scream down Wilson Street is certainly appealing, the Burnie Ten is a community race - an event where children, families, work mates, walkers and avid joggers have the rare chance to mix it with the cream of distance runners in the country. In 1985 the Burnie Ten era kicked into gear, providing the town of Burnie with yet another premier sporting event and giving Tasmania access to world-class athletes. The event has also been a springboard for many athletes, notably inaugural winner Steve Moneghetti who will be competing again this year. When the four-time Olympian crossed the line first to win the 1985 Burnie Ten, few would believe he would be the leader in Australian long distance running for well over a decade. Moneghetti's first win at Burnie was his first major road race win, launching him onto the national scene.
With over 100 percent growth in 16 years, the Burnie Ten is an Australian athletic success story in terms of participation and promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. The introduction of the Advocate Corporate Shield competition which pits business teams against each other in Burnie Ten has grown extensively in the past few years. The competition between schools is also a major part of the event's growth.
Another new innovation as part of last year's Burnie Ten was the running of the 3-2-1 event for kids who were not old enough to compete in the 10 kilometre race. With the emphasis on participation, the concept was very well received with 719 kids taking part in races over three, two and one kilometre in length.
The Burnie Ten has been recognised in a new 'Running Australia' framework under the Gold category alongside the nation's best distance running events. The framework, developed by Athletics Australia, will enhance the quality of running events and encourage more people to the sport. One of the future initiatives of the new framework will be the establishment of a lucrative national series, with the Burnie Ten certain to become one of the selected races.
The 2001 Burnie Ten will also witness the beginning of a relationship between the event and Athletics Australia?s footwear and apparel sponsor, New Balance. New Balance is committed to the development and promotion of the sport of running across all levels. Through their association with Athletics Australia, New Balance has proven their intentions to support quality running events such as the Burnie Ten by establishing a relationship with over 20 races throughout the country.
For more information on the event, visit www.burnieten.com.au or call (03) 6430 5702.
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