NEW YORK (USA): The New York Road Runners released their final invited field for the 7th annual UAE Healthy Kidney 10-K, scheduled for Staturday, May 14, in Central Park. The 18 athletes on the list will be running for a $60,000 prize money purse, with $25,000 going to the winner, the largest first place prize of any road 10-K in the world. In addition, a $20,000 bonus is on offer should the winner break the course and Central Park record of 27:42 set by Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam last year. Five men had road 10-K personal best times under 28 minutes, led by the two fastest men ever, Leonard Patrick Komon (26:44) and Micah Kogo (27:01), both of Kenya. Writes Race Results Weekly.
CANBERRA (AUS): London Olympics chief Sebastian Coe says he’d like to see Sydney’s party atmosphere from 2000 repeated at the 2012 Olympic Games. Organizing committee chairman Coe told a Parliament House breakfast on Wednesday that the Sydney Games were “the high-water mark for a sporting event ... party atmosphere that was driven by athlete-led performance in the venues, and that permeated the city and I think the whole country.” Coe said he’s also looking forward to five-time gold medalist Ian Thorpe returning to the Olympic pool next year, calling it a “fantastic prospect, his abilities and skills have inspired a generation of young swimmers in London.” Writes Thestar.com.
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