PADOVA (ITA): The 12th edition of the Maratona Sant’Antonio in Padua will feature the return of Ben Chebet who won this marathon in 2009 in 2:09:42, which stands as the course record and the only time under 2:10 in the history of the Padua Marathon. The weather forecast is expected to be ideal for marathon running with overcast sky and temperature around 14°C. Chebet also won five marathons in his career: Innsbruck 2005, Trieste 2006 Carpi 2008, Thessaloniki 2008 and Florence 2009. Chebet will take on Italian Denis Curzi, who took part in the European Championships in Barcelona, Aredo Tadese from Ethiopia, winner at the 2010 Florence Marathon in his debut over the distance and Kenyan Peter Some Kimeli, winner at the 2010 Rome Ostia Half Marathon in his first ever race outside Kenya. The women’s race will feature Kenyan Florence Chepsoi (PB 2:32:18 in Prague last year), Ethiopia’s Tiruwork Mekonnen Lemma (2:31:17 in Rome 2010). Italian hopes will be carried by Ivana Iozzia who will be looking to repeat her win in Padua in 2005 which earned the Italian Marathon title. The field is completed by Brazil’s Michele Das Chagas, winner in Porto Alegre in 2010, and Ukraine’s Olena Biloshuk, winner in Utrecht in 2010. The Padua race will be run on a new course from Campodarsego to Prato della Valle, one of the biggest squares in Europe in the heart of Padua.
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LONDON (GBR): Tottenham Hotspur have taken the first step in their efforts to secure a judicial review to overturn the decision to hand the Olympic Stadium to Premier League rivals West Ham United after next year’s Games. Tottenham’s action is specifically aimed at Newham Council which has pledged a 65 million dollar loan to finance West Ham’s move to Stratford, rather than against the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) reports Insidethegames.
MELBOURNE (AUS): After two years spent combating a career-threatening achilles tendon injury Australian Craig Mottram appears finally to have gained the upperhand. After a strong debut over 5000m at the Melbourne Track Classic last month, he was the first non-African finisher (21st) at the world cross country championships three weeks ago and now Mottram believes he can win the gold medal when competing in the 1500m at the Australian Championships this weekend. Mottram has also already set his sights on rejoining the ranks of the world’s best 5000m runners in Europe on his way to the world championships in Daegu in August reports The Australian.
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