BEIJING (CHN): Hurdles 2004 Olympic winner and former world record holder Liu Xiang has joined the ranks of supporters for Beijing‘s Bid to host the IAAF World Championships in 2015: “As you might guess I have a special relationship with the Bird’s Nest”, said Liu Xiang when asked for the reason for his support. “In the very stadium I experienced how it feels to be in the focus of the crowd’s joyful cheers and expectations and then to be personally devastated due to the tragic incident but at the same time moved by the compassion of the ten-thousands in the wonderful stadium in 2008. Based on that experience, the marvelous atmosphere during the Games and Chinese enthusiasm for sports and athletics, I can promise that Beijing will deliver wonderful IAAF World Championships in 2015, if entrusted with this honour.” In October, Andreas Thorkildsen, javelin champion from Norway, had announced his support for the bid of the Chinese capital. From trackandfieldnews.com.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): All-time track and field greats Jearl Miles Clark, Dyrol Burleson, Roy Cochran, Ralph Craig and journalist James Dunaway have been elected to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, USA Track & Field announced. The Class of 2010 will be inducted Saturday evening, December 4, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held in conjunction with USATF’s 2010 Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.
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