Singapore Open Athletics Meet 2009

>> November 30, 2009

The 71st Singapore open athletics meet held on 29th of November 2009 at SAA Center of Excellent, Gombak Stadium. Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, Australia, Chinese Taipei and several others were taking part.

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Bolt to earn more than USD 10 million a year !!!

>> November 28, 2009


With his rising popularity, the world fastest man is on-track to become the the first track star to earn $10 million a year in endorsements, prize money, and appearance fees.
Bolt agent Ricky Simms mentioned to the media that previous top track stars like Carl Lewis, Maurice Greene and Michael Johnson at the peak of their career was earning $5-7 million a year and Bolt is likely to surpassed that.

We all know endorsements for athletics is paltry compared to sports such as golf where Tigers Wood commands an estimated $100 million a year bounty.

Currently the Jamaican is contracted to Puma which is worth some $1.5 million a year, Gatorade and Digicel (a Caribbean mobile company) and have yet to endorse licensing his image for products such as games, supplements, food and action figures.

Indeed the man is stuff of legend, he says it best when quoted, “My main goal is to be a legend in my sport. You have to stay on top every year. You can’t be fast this season and the next two not be there.”

Ref: IAAF

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Usain Bolt & Sanya Richards - World Athletes of the Year 2009

>> November 23, 2009

During the celebrations of the World Athletics Gala hosted by International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack in the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d’Eté, Monte Carlo, on Sunday 22 November, 23-year-old Jamaican Usain Bolt and USA’s 24-year-old Sanya Richards were crowned as the Male and Female World Athletes of the Year 2009.

Bolt, who again captivated the attention of the sporting world with his World 100m and 200m gold medals, earned the honour for the second consecutive year.

“It’s been an amazing season, but also a trying season,” said Bolt, who broke his own World records with stunning 9.58 and 19.19 performances at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. “To be named athlete of the year is such a great honour, it shows that all the work we put in pays off.”

Like Bolt in the shorter sprints, Richards dominated the women’s 400m, producing seven of the year’s 10 fastest performances and finally won her first World title.

“I was asked if this feeling would be the same as being World champion and it really is,” said Richards, who had previously been named World Athlete of the Year in 2006. “Considering the other athletes I was up against this year, I know this must have been a really tough decision.”

2009 World Athletics Gala Awards


Male World Athlete of the Year
Usain Bolt (JAM)

Female World Athlete of the Year
Sanya Richards (USA)

Coach of the Year
Clyde Hart (USA

Inaugural IAAF World Journalist Award
Gustav Schwenk (GER)


World Athletes of the Year 1988 - 2008

Men … Women

1988 Carl Lewis (USA) … Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA)
1989 Roger Kingdom (USA) … Ana Fidelia Quirot (CUB)
1990 Steve Backley (GBR) … Merlene Ottey (JAM)
1991 Carl Lewis (USA) … Katrin Krabbe (GER)
1992 Kevin Young (USA) … Heike Henkel (GER)
1993 Colin Jackson (GBR) … Sally Gunnell (GBR)
1994 Noureddine Morceli (ALG) … Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA)
1995 Jonathan Edwards (GBR) … Gwen Torrence (USA)
1996 Michael Johnson (USA) … Svetlana Masterkova (RUS)
1997 Wilson Kipketer (DEN) … Marion Jones (USA)
1998 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) … Marion Jones (USA)
1999 Michael Johnson (USA) … Gabriela Szabo (ROM)
2000 Jan Zelezny (CZE) … ------
2001 Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) … Stacy Dragila (USA)
2002 Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) … Paula Radcliffe (GBR)
2003 Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) … Hestrie Cloete (RSA)
2004 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) … Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)
2005 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) … Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)
2006 Asafa Powell (JAM) … Sanya Richards (USA)
2007 Tyson Gay (USA) … Meseret Defar (ETH)
2008 Usain Bolt (JAM) … Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)

Source: IAAF

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Video Highlight - Tyson Gay 9.75s

>> November 22, 2009

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IAAF Diamond League

Monaco - The top stars of international athletics were on display this evening at the Fairmont Hotel, Monaco, to give their backing to the IAAF Diamond League, with the organisers of the new global track and field circuit honoured to announce those same athletes as its Ambassadors and as contracted participants for 2010.

IAAF Diamond League Ambassadors are Kenenisa Bekele, Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay, Steven Hooker (not in Monaco), Yelena Isinbayeva, Asafa Powell, Sanya Richards, Andreas Thorkildsen, Blanka Vlasic.

The IAAF Diamond League is composed of 14 meetings spread across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA, and will showcase 32 athletics disciplines which have been carefully distributed amongst the meetings. In each discipline there will be an “IAAF Diamond Race” with points available throughout the season. Winners of each Diamond Race get a Diamond Trophy which will include 4 carats of diamonds but more importantly, they will have showed season long consistency to earn the unchallenged honour of being the World Number 1.

Starting in 2010, the IAAF Diamond League will offer more athletes, more earning opportunities with prize money totalling 6.63 MILLION dollars. The IAAF Diamond League will be discussing central contracts with at least the top two athletes in each discipline to secure exciting ‘head to head’ confrontations between the world’s best on a regular basis throughout the IAAF Diamond League season which in 2010 stretches from mid-May to the end of August.

Bolt, Gay and Powell throughout the season

The IAAF Diamond League is especially pleased to confirm that with the racing commitments of Bolt, Gay and Powell secured, every one of the 14 meetings will see at least one of these sprint stars compete; many meetings will have two of them in action and a lucky few will have the three fastest men on show.

Across all disciplines the details of exactly which athlete is competing in which meetings next year will be delivered in further announcements between now and the first meeting of the IAAF Diamond League in Doha on 14 May 2010.

IAAF Diamond League – 2010 Calendar

Doha (QAT) – Fri 14 May
Shanghai (CHN) – Sun 23 May
Oslo (NOR) – Fri 4 June
Rome (ITA) – Thu 10 June
New York (USA) – Sat 12 June
Eugene (USA) – Sat 3 July
Lausanne (SUI) – Thu 8 July
Gateshead (GBR) – Sat 10 July
Paris (FRA) – Fri 16 July
Monaco (MON) – Thu 22 July
Stockholm (SWE) – Fri 6 Aug
London (GBR) – Fri 13 and Sat 14 Aug
Zürich (SUI) – Thu 19 Aug
Brussels (BEL) – Fri 27 Aug


Source: IAAF

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Tyson Gay & Sanya Richards selected USA Athletes of the Year

Indianapolis, USA - Tyson Gay and Sanya Richards were named winners of the 2009 Jesse Owens Awards by USA Track & Field. This marks the second time in their careers that Gay and Richards have earned this prestigious distinction. Gay initially won the award in 2007, and Richards was the recipient in 2006.

Established in 1981, the Jesse Owens Award is USA Track & Field's highest accolade, presented annually to the outstanding U.S. male and female track and field performers. This year's awards will be presented on Saturday, 5 December at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Indianapolis, Ind. The event is held in conjunction with USA Track & Field's 2009 Annual Meeting.

TYSON GAY


Although he suffered from a nagging groin injury that hampered him during the majority of the 2009 outdoor season, Tyson Gay put on an amazing display of sprinting that will not soon be forgotten.

A triple gold medalist at the 2007 World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, Japan, Gay suffered a hamstring injury at the 2008 Olympic Trials that kept him from performing at his best at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Gay leaped back on to the world stage in a major way in 2009 by posting the then third-fastest time ever in the men's 200m with his win at the 30 May Reebok Invitational in New York in 19.58 seconds.

Also last summer, Gay equalled or improved upon his American 100m record a remarkable three times within a three-month time frame. Gay equaled his American record of 9.77 with his 10 July win at the Golden Gala in Rome, running the identical time he first posted at the 2008 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

In capturing the silver medal at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Gay lowered his national record to 9.71 before lowering it again to 9.69 seconds with his commanding win in Shanghai on 20 September. In 2009, Gay posted the second, third and fourth-fastest 100m times in the world that season, and he is currently tied with Jamaica's Usain Bolt for the second-fastest time ever recorded in the men's 100m of 9.69 seconds. He also owns the third-fastest 100m time ever of 9.71. Gay's 200m time of 19.58 from the 2009 Reebok Grand Prix ranks as the fifth-fastest in history.


SANYA RICHARDS


2005 World Outdoor Championships silver medalist Sanya Richards entered the 2009 campaign as the #1 world ranked women's 400m runner by Track & Field News over the last four years. Recognized worldwide as the dominant force in her event, Richards had yet to capture the elusive individual Olympic or World Outdoor Championships title needed to fill a nagging hole in her glittering resume.

The 2008 Olympic Games bronze medallist, Richards broke away from Jamaica's Shericka Williams with 70 metres to go and ran by her lonesome the rest of the way to victory, crossing the finish line in the third-fastest time in the world this season of 49.00 seconds. With her victory, Richards joined Jearl Miles (2003, Stuttgart) as the only Americans ever to win the women's 400 meters at a World Outdoor Championships.

Richards, who ran the anchor leg on Team USA's gold medal winning 4x400m relay team (3:17.83, World leader), finished the season with the four fastest women's 400m times in the world this year, and her world-leading time of 48.83 seconds from her win in Brussels, Belgium, earned her a share of the AF Golden League Jackpot for the third time in her career. Richards' performance in Brussels equaled the second-best time ever by an American first posted by National Track & Field Hall of Famer Valerie Brisco-Hooks in winning the gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Other finallists for the men's Jesse Owens Award were Christian Cantwell, Kerron Clement, Trey Hardee, Bernard Lagat, LaShawn Merritt and Dwight Phillips. Women's finalists included Jenny Barringer, Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter and Brittney Reese.

Source: USATF

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2009 Athletes of the Year Finalists

>> November 21, 2009

The world-wide Athletics family will gather for yet another prestigious celebration when the 2009 World Athletics Gala is held at the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d’Eté this Sunday 22 November.

Hosted by International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack, the World Athletics Gala will be highlighted by the announcements of the Male and the Female World Athlete of the Year 2009, with the awards presented live on stage.

Five men & women athletes are in the run for 2009 World Athlete of the Year.
The winners of the 2009 World Athlete of the Year Awards will be announced live, on stage, during the 2009 World athletics gala, which will take place in Monaco on 22 November 2009.

The five finalists for the men’s category are as follows:


Kenenisa Bekele
27 years old


• Became the first man ever to win a 5000/10,000m double at the IAAF WCh
• Has set a Championship record 26:46.31 in the longer event in Berlin
• Has won his third share of the ÅF Golden League Jackpot
• Has set the fastest times in the world this year at 5000 and 10,000m
• Remained undefeated at 3000, 5000 and 10,000m through 2009

Usain Bolt
23 years old


• Won three gold medals at the 100,200 and 4×100m at the WCh
• Set two World records 9.58 at 100m and 19.19 at 200m in Berlin
• Won the World Athletics Final 200m in a competition record 19.68
• Has run 5 times under 9.90 and 3 times under 19.60
• Remained undefeated in finals at 100, 200 and 400m throughout 2009

Tyson Gay
27 years old


• Won the 100m silver medal at the Berlin World Championships
• Has become the second fastest 100m runner of all time at 9.69
• Has improved the American record three times and run 6 times under 9.95
• Won the World Athletics Final 100m in 9.88
• Has become the third fastest 200m of all-time at 19.58

Steve Hooker
27 years old


• Won the Berlin WCh Pole Vault through injury taking only 2 jumps
• Has become the second highest pole vaulter of all-time with a 6.06 (indoor)
• Has cleared the highest bar in 16 years
• Has jumped 3 times over 6 metres (indoors)
• Has won 8 out of 10 competitions (indoors and outdoors) in 2009

Andreas Thorkildsen
27 years old


• Won the Berlin World Championships Javelin Throw gold medal
• Has established the year’s farthest throw at 91.28m
• Has thrown 5 times over 88 metres in 2009
• Won the World Athletics Final at 87.75m
• Has won 9 out of 13 competitions in 2009



The five finalists for the women’s category are as follows:


Yelena Isinbayeva
27 years old


o Set a World outdoor record 5.06m in Zürich
o Set a World Indoor record 5.00m in Donetsk
o Has won her second share of the ÅF Golden League Jackpot
o Has set the four highest marks in the world in 2009
o Has won 12 out 14 competitions (indoors and outdoors) in 2009


Sanya Richards
24 years old


o Finally struck 400m gold in Berlin and anchored the US 4x400m to a 2nd gold medal
o Has won her third share of the ÅF Golden League Jackpot
o Won the World Athletics Final 400m in 49.95
o Has set the 4 fastest times in the world in 2009
o Has won 10 out of 11 competitions in 2009


Valerie Vili
25 years old


o Won the Shot Put gold medal at the Berlin World Championships
o Has improved the Oceania record twice and broken 21 metres for the first time
o Has set 9 of the ten farthest throws in the world in 2009 and the best in 5 years
o Won the World Athletics Final in a competition record 21.07m
o Has remained undefeated throughout 2009


Blanka Vlasic
26 years old

o Won the High Jump gold medal at the Berlin World Championships
o Has become the sole second all-time outdoor performer at 2.08m
o Has cleared the highest bar outdoors in 22 years!
o Has jumped 14 times over 2 metres and 8 times over 2.03m
o Has won 19 out of 23 competitions (indoors and outdoors) in 2009


Anita Wlodarczyk
24 years old


o Won the Hammer Throw gold medal at the Berlin World Championships
o Set a 77.96m World record in Berlin
o Has set the two farthest throws in the world in 2009
o Has thrown 9 times over 75 metres
o Has won 12 out of 14 competitions in 2009

Source: IAAF

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Some of the Video Highlights from the 18th Asian Athletics Championship 2009 (click here)

>> November 12, 2009

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18th Asian Athletics Championship 2009 Guangzhou (CHN) , 10-14 Nov - FULL RESULTS

To view FULL RESULTS kindly click the title above.

MEN
110m hurdles: 1 Liu Xiang (Chn) 13.50s, 2 Shi Dong Peng (Chn) 13.67, 3 Park Tae-kyong (Kor) 13.82... 5 Robani Hassan (Mas) 14.06;

3,000m steeplechase: 1 Tarek Mubarek Taher (Brn) 8:33.58s, 2 Lin Xiang Qian (Chn) 8:34.13, 3 Abubaker Ali Kamal (Qat) 8:34.73;

20km walk: 1 Li Jian Bo (Chn) 1:22:55s, 2 Chu Ya Fei (Chn) 1:22:56, 3 Park Chil-sung (Kor) 1:24:51... 6 Teoh Boon Lim (Mas) 1:32:39, 7 Lo Choon Sieng (Mas) 1:35:20.

Long jump: 1 Li Jin Zhe (Chn) 8.16m, 2 Hussain Taher Al Saba (Ksa) 7.96, 3 Yu Zhen Wei (Chn) 7.96.

100m: 1 Zhang Peimeng (Chn) 10.28s, 2 Naoki Tsukahara (Jpn) 10.32, 3 Guo Fan (Chn) 10.37, 4 Suryo Agung Wibowo (Ina) 10.41, 5 Barakat Al Harthi (Oma) 10.45, 6 Shehan Ambepitiya (Sri) 10.49, 7 Sathya Suresh (Ind) 10.62, 8 Abdul Najeeb (Ind) 10.63.

400m: 1 Liu Xiaosheng (Chn) 46.55s, 2 Yuzo Kanemaru (Jpn) 46.60, 3 Ismail Al-Sibyani (Ksa) 46.84.

1,500m: 1 Othman Shaween (Ksa) 3:46.08s, 2 Chaminda Wijekon (Sri) 3:47.01, 3 Hamza Chatholi (Ind) 3:48.44... 9 M. Vadivellan (Mas) 3:55.32.

Pole vault: 1 Liu Feiliang (Chn) 5.60m, 2 Yang Quan (Chn) 5.45, 3 Daichi Sawano (Jpn) 5.45.

Shot put: 1 Om Prakash Singh Karhana (Ind) 19.87m, 2 Chang Ming-Huang (Tai) 19.34, 3 Zhang Jun (Chn) 19.15.

Hammer throw: 1 Dishov Nazarov (Tjk) 76.92m, 2 Ali Zenkawi (Kuw) 73.45m, 3 Ma Liang (Chn) 70.08m.

5000m: 1 James Kwalia C Kurui (Qat) 14:02.90, 2 Hasan Mahboob (Brn) 14:03.44, 3 Essa Ismail Rasheed (Qat) 14:04.52.

WOMEN
3,000m steeplechase: 1 Yoshika Tatsumi (Jpn) 10:05.94s, 2 Sudha Singh (Ind) 10:10.77, 3 Kiran Tiwari (Ind) 10:34.55... 5 Melinder Kaur (Mas) 11:07.36;

Pole vault: 1 Li Caixia (Chn) 4.30m, 2 Wu Sha (Chn) 4.15, 3 Choi Yun-hee (Kor) 4.00... 5 Roslinda Samsu (Mas) 3.60;

Javelin: 1 Liu Chun Hua (Chn) 57.93, 2 Li Ling Wei (Chn) 55.13, 3 Kim Kyong-ae (Kor) 53.84.

100m: 1 Chisato Fukushima (Jpn) 11.27s, 2 Vu Thi Huong (Vie) 11.50s, 3 Jyothi Hiriyur Manjunath (Ind) 11.60s, 4 Tao Yu Jia (Chn) 11.63, 5 Mayumi Watanabe (Jpn) 11.72, 6 Chan Jue (Chn) 11.78, 7 Jintara Seangdee (Tha) 11.95.

400m: 1 Asami Tanno (Jpn) 53.32s, 2 Chen Lin (Chn) 53.55, 3 Manjeet Kaur (Ind) 53.66.

1,500m: 1 Zhou Hai Yan (Chn) 4:32.74s, 2 Liu Fang (Chn) 4:33.35, 3 Truong Thanh Hang (Vie) 4:33.46... 9 K. Ganthimanthi (Mas) 4:41.35.

100m hurdles: 1 Sun Ya Wei (Chn) 13.19s, 2 Asuka Terada (Jpn) 13.20, 3 Dedeh Erawati (Ina) 13.32.

Triple jump: 1 Olga Rypakova (Kaz) 14.53m, 2 Xu Ting Ting (Chn) 14.11, 3 Irina Litvinenko (Kaz) 13.99.

Hammer: 1 Zhang Wen Xiu (Chn) 72.07m, 2 Hao Shu Ai (Chn) 65.87, 3 Yuka Murofushi (Jpn) 61.99... 7 Tan Song Hwa (Mas) 54.19.

Long Jump: 1 Marestella Torres (Phi) 6.51m SB, 2 Chen Ya Ling (Chn) 6.28m, 3 Sachiko Masumi (Jap) 6.28m.

5000m: 1 Zue Fei (Chn)16:05.19, 2 Tejitu Daba Chalchissa (BRN) 16:05.45 PB, 3 Kavita Raut (Ind) 16:05.90 PB.

Shot put: Gong Li Jiou (Chi) 19.04m, 2 Liu Xiang Rong (Chi) 17.55m, 3 Leyla Rajabi (Iri) 16.71m.

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Malaysian athletes in action;


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