LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics announced that Ireland’s David Gillick and Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey have been voted as the European Athletes of the Month for February. Gillick, a two-time European indoor 400m champion, started the indoor season in brilliant fashion by equaling his own two-year-old national 400m record of 45.52 at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham. The 26-year-old remains the fastest European over the distance this season. Abeylegesse, a multiple Olympic and world medallist, made a sparkling Half Marathon debut clocking a course record and world-leading time of 1:07:07 in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Croatian High Jump star Blanka Vlašic once again finished a close runner-up in the women‘s poll while Turkey’s middle-distance runner Alemitu Bekele, who set a European indoor 5000m record of 14:46.44 in Stockholm, finished third. Spanish middle-distance star Sergio Sánchez and triple jumper Fabrizio Donato of Italy finished second and third respectively in the men‘s poll.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA):The Athletics South Africa (ASA) announced the teams for the World Cross Country championship in Bydgoszcz, Poland on March 28. Senior men: Lungisa Mdadelwa, Stephen Mokoka, Xolisa Tyali, Kgosi Tsosane, Sibabalwe Mzazi, Siyabonga Nkonde.Senior women: Lebogang Phalula, Lebo Phalula, Petronella Thomas, Ntombisintu Mfunzi, Tebogo Masehla, Marelise Retief.„We really can‘t predict how the team will do because it‘s winter over there and we‘ve been told that it‘s cold and raining a lot,“ Stephen Mokoka, 32nd in the senior men‘s 12km race at the 2009 global championship in Amman said. Mokoka, 25, is by far the oldest member of the six-member team - with an average age of only 21.
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