ROTTERDAM (NED): Kenyan Rita Jeptoo is the latest addition to a strong field for the ABN AMRO Rotterdam marathon on April 10th. Jeptoo holds a personal best of 2:23:38 but will face tough opposition from Dutch Hilda Kibet and Ethiopian Atsede Habtamu. Debuting in the race is Ethiopian Fyles Ongori (1:07.38 for the half marathon). Organizers confirm many athletes have chosen the Rotterdam marathon as a qualifying race for the Daegu world championships.
MELBOURNE (AUS): Red Bull Australia has announced a deal with World and Olympic pole-vault champion Steve Hooker to become a brand ambassador for the energy drink. No financial terms or length of the contract have been given, but Hooker joins other Australian sportsmen associated with the Australian subsidiary of Red Bull, including Formula One driver Mark Webber, and surfer Mick Fanning according to SportsPro.
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