HOBART (AUS): Before his hamstring tore off the bone, before his groin gave way, the 2007 50 km world champion Nathan Deakes held the mantle of the world‘s premier road walker. Three frustrating years, and two surgeries later, he will make his long-awaited comeback on Saturday at the national event (and part of IAAF Challenge) in Hobart at 20 km. It‘s the start of a journey the 32-year-old Canberran hopes will take him to the Commonwealth Games in October. Deakes dominated the event in both 2002 and 2006, winning gold in both the 20km and 50km disciplines. „That‘s all my aim is at the moment, just to qualify,“ Deakes said. „I know if I can get across that then with another few more months until October then I‘ll be in pretty good shape to defend.“ Writes canberratimes.com. His last finished competition was a 10 km on the road in Italy in September 2007.
VANCOUVER (CAN): IAAF vice-president Sebastian Coe is to carry the Olympic torch on Friday as it heads towards the opening ceremony of the Winter Games and will receive it from former Hollywood actor and now Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Coe, the chairman of London 2012 and a two-time Olympic 1500 meters champion, will become the third Briton to carry the torch during its 28,000 mile journey. He joins Eddie ‚the Eagle‘ Edwards, the ski jumper who was the unlikely star of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, and four-time Olympic rowing champion Sir Matthew Pinsent, who carried it as it arrived in Whistler last Friday. Informs insidethegames.biz.
...AND MUCH MORE IF YOU ARE IN THE SUBSCRIBERS LIST!!!