LONDON (GBR): Daily Mail writes that Sebastian Coe will bid to become president of the International Association of Athletics Federations next year, 11 months before he completes his role as chief organizer of the 2012 London Olympics. Friends say he has been persuaded by prompting from several major European countries to offer himself to succeed Lamine Diack when elections are held before the world athletics championships in 2011. It is rare and it last happened in 1948 when Lord Burghley, Britain’s last IAAF president and, like Coe, an Olympic gold medallist, chaired the London Olympic Games organizing committee. Lord Coe, a vice-president of the IAAF, refused to comment but his European backers say the only thing delaying a formal declaration is the uncertainty over Diack’s intentions.
WIEN (AUT, Jan 23): Two national records at ASVO Vienna Indoor Gala meeting in the Ferry Dusika Hall. Estonian Maris Magi achieved 52.98 at 400 m and Ireland´s Kelly Proper leaped to 662 in long jump. German Nadine Kleinert achieved 18.44 in shot put. Austrian Andreas Rapatz with 46.87 at 400 m and Czech Jakub Holusa with 1:46.96 at 800 m also showed Doha qualifications.
BELFAST (GBR, Jan 23): At the Antrim international cross country (IAAF Permit) Irish athlete Mary Cullen took first place in the women’s race in 18:45 with Hungarian Aniko Kalovics in second. Pre race favorite Hayley Yelling came in fifth in 19:39 just ahead of American Delilah DiCrescenzo. In the men’s race Kenyan Mike Kigen crossed the finish first in 27:49 before England’s Andy Vernon and Mexican Juan Luis Barrios. Mengisteab from Eritrea and Skinner from England completed the top five in Belfast.
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