Good afternoon, and what can I tell ya?
The Iris Lotto CrossCup Brussels, an IAAF Permit cross country meet, was held in the Belgian capitol on Sunday. Winners were Isiah Koech (Kenya), who beat the crap out of European champ Atelaw Bekele (Belgium), and Caroline Chepkwony (Kenya).
IAAF recap and results
The Safaricom Kisumu Marathon was held on Sunday in the Kenyan city. Winners were Joseph Biwott (2:13:41) and Irene Mogaka (2:38:00). Kenyans don’t mess around with marathons: a few cheaters were caught and arrested.
Daily Nation story
Other road racing news…
Running Times’ weekend wrap
Galen Rupp has entered the 2012 Olympic Trials marathon.
USATF Long Distance Chairman Glenn Latimer says “I think he could be a marathon medal contender in London. Whereas in 10,000 meters, he won’t win a medal.” While I agree with the first part of his statement, I’m not so sure the latter has much truth to it. In any case, the timing of both races at the Trials and the Olympics does not require an either/or approach; he could do the double and not suffer a bit for it.
Jamaica’s Gleaner says the IOC should rearrange the relay schedule for Usain Bolt.
A British sprinter put his sponsorship up for bid on eBay and got a pledge of over $50,000, but the anonymous bidder has yet to reveal himself.
Over the weekend, Jacko Gill broke the World Record for the 5 kg “youth” shot put with 24.45 meters.
For comparison’s sake, note that Michael Carter’s legendary US high school record, when converted to metrics, is further (81’ 3” = 24.78m) and with a heavier shot (12 lb = 5.44 kg).
That’s the news, and I am outta here!