First win in the World Cup for Roman Koudelka, Yes, The FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, This is special, and the competition continues in Ruka (FIN) on Thursday.
Roman Koudelka won the first individual competition of the new season. With jumps on 138 m and 139.5 m the Czech, who already won the qualification on Friday, scored a total of 276.4 points. Austrian Stefan Kraft and Andreas Wellinger of Germany followed in second and third.
Koudelka already lead his team to a good sixth place in Saturday’s team competition. After his first win in the World Cup he said: “I’m very happy about this win. The whole weekend went very well for me. I feel mentally strong and worked hard in summer. Now I hope that I can also show good performances in the next competitions.”
Kraft made amends
Stefan Kraft made amends for the disappointing eighth place of Austria in the team competition. With 142 m and 136 m and 274.1 points he came in 3.4 points ahead of Wellinger. “Of course I’m very happy about the second place today. I was hoping for a good start of the season and it couldn’t have gone any better. Roman was too strong, you could tell that during the whole weekend. It was a well-deserved win for him”, Kraft told after the competition.
Andreas Wellinger posted jumps on 140 m and 133.5 m. It was a good weekend for the 19-year-old. “I’m very satisfied today. My jumps were getting better and better this weekend. The conditions today were very good. I want to thank everyone who worked to prepare the hill. It was a very fair competition.”
Anders Fannemel also showed a very good performance today. With jumps on 143 m and 134 m (268.4 points) the Norwegian missed the podium by only 2.3 points.
Prevc improves his performance
Peter Prevc was able to improve his performance compared to the team competition and came in fifth with 263.9 points. Veteran Noriaki Kasai was sixth with 261.4 points, 5.2 points ahead of Simon Ammann (7th). Markus Eisenbichler had his weakest jump of the weekend in the final round today with 129 m, but still his 250.8 points were good enough for the German to finish on a good eighth place. Michael Hayboeck (249.3 points) and local hero Richard Freitag (248.0 points) came in ninth and tenth.
French Vincent Descombes Sevoie achieved a good result today and finished twelfth, behind Norway’s Anders Bardal. In absence of double Olympic Champion Kamil Stoch, who couldn’t compete due to an injury, Piotr Zyla was the best Pole in 14th, right behind Taku Takeuchi. For Gregor Schlierenzauer the season started with a 15th place.
Young Swiss Kilian Peier landed on a very good 17th place. Lauri Asikainen, who could not repeat his strong performance of the team competition, was the best Finn in 19th.
FIS Grand Prix winner Jernej Damjan and 4-Hills-Tournament winner Thomas Diethart were among those, who failed to make the cut for the final. Also team Olympic Champion Andreas Wank of Germany couldn’t qualify for the second round.
The FIS Ski Jumping World Cup continues in Ruka (FIN) on Thursday.
ROGER FEDERER DEFEATS RICHARD GASQUET, (6-4) (6-2) (6-2), WINS THE FIRST DAVIS CUP TITLE FOR SWITZERLANDIN THE HISTORY OF THE EVENT!!!
The Basel native’s humility was on display as he reflected on the achievement following the match. For Federer, it was a team effort.
“This one’s for the boys,” said the 33 year old. “This is not for me, this is for them.”
He and Stan Wawrinka teamed to clinch the doubles rubber on Saturday after Wawrinka earned the first point of the tie with a four-set win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Federer admitted that while the title was important, it does not mark the final piece of the puzzle in his illustrious career.
“Everybody worked incredibly hard to get me match ready and Stan has put in so much effort over the years and played an unbelievable weekend. That’s what gave me the opportunity today. I’m very much aware of that.”
Coupled with a run to the final at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the victory gives Federer considerable momentum in his quest for 1,000 match wins. Currently at No. 996, he will vie for the milestone at the season-opening Brisbane International presented by Suncorp in January. The 2014 runner-up to Lleyton Hewitt, he would clinch the feat with a run to the title.
Federer caps an impressive 2014 campaign, eclipsing the 70-match win threshold in a season for the sixth time and capturing five titles in 11 finals. His maiden Shanghai Rolex Masters crown in October gave him his 23rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy and he would return to World No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time in 17 months.
Last week, the Swiss made a record 13th consecutive appearance at the season finale, where he reached his ninth final. Additionally, his 17 wins against the Top 10 are the most since 2007.
“I’m unbelievably happy,” added Federer. “It’s an amazing feeling to be celebrating with my friends. It was just a great match, great atmosphere, a beautiful weekend for tennis… I’m happy I was able to stay calm and play a good match when I had to and I’m happy for all the guys on the team.”
THE MYBOYSAY NATIONS INTERNATIONAL TENNIS ENTHUSIASTS WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE TEAM OF SWITZERLAND, AND ALSO, ROGER FEDERER ON THEIR COUNTRY’S FIRST DAVIS CUP WIN.Read More
Race – Brilliant Hamilton Claims World Title With Abu Dhabi Victory OF THE FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABIGRAND PRIX
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton produced a faultless performance in Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening to claim his 11th win of the season and with it his second world drivers’ crown.
Hamilton – previously champion in 2008 – made the perfect start to grab the lead from polesitting team mate Nico Rosberg, giving him the platform to control the race from the front. Williams’ Felipe Massa meanwhile slotted into third from the start ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button, while Valtteri Bottas in the second Williams tumbled down the order after an awful start from third.
For the first 23 laps Rosberg kept Hamilton honest, the duo rarely separated by more than two seconds, but the race turned dramatically on Lap 24 as Rosberg’s car began to slow as he lost ERS and then other systems began to fail.
The German began to slip back, the loss of second to Massa the first act of a slow and anguished plummet down the points places. While he did his best to hang on to a top-five result – crucial for his title chances – he gradually slipped out of contention. To add insult to brutal, cruel luck, he was lapped by Hamilton in the closing stages, and eventually finished 14th after Romain Grosjean crept by the stricken Silver Arrow in his Lotus.
Despite such misfortune, Rosberg showed dignity in defeat as he was one of the first to congratulate his season-long championship rival Hamilton. The Briton described his second title – and the first for Mercedes since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1955 – as the greatest day of his life.
But even with Rosberg out of the picture, the Briton’s 11th victory of the year was no easy run. Massa was hungry for Williams’ first success since Barcelona 2012 and made the best use of a very long second stint to gamble on a set of supersoft tyres for the final 12 laps. Initially he slashed the gap to race leader Hamilton, but with a handful of laps to go his tyres began to lose their vital grip and he didn’t quite have enough to challenge the Mercedes, finishing 2.5 seconds behind at the chequered flag.
Bottas did recover from his poor start to clinch third, sealing an excellent day for Williams – it was their first double podium since 2005, and earned them third place in the 2014 constructors’ championship.
Daniel Ricciardo drove a brilliant race for Red Bull to surge from the pit lane to fourth, chasing hard after Bottas in the closing stages, while Button drove another blinder to take fifth for McLaren ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India. That was enough to keep McLaren in fifth place overall in the constructors’ standings, even though Sergio Perez gave Force India a strong finale by fending off Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel – who like Ricciardo started from the pit lane – in a fight for seventh.
Ferrari had an appalling race, as even Fernando Alonso could only muster ninth on his final drive with the prancing horse, just ahead of team mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Kevin Magnussen was 11th in the second McLaren after first-lap brushes with Hulkenberg and Sauber’s Adrian Sutil, while Jean-Eric Vergne was Toro Rosso’s sole finisher in 12th after Daniil Kvyat was forced to stop early on with technical problems.
With Grosjean leading the bitterly disappointed Rosberg home, Esteban Gutierrez headed team mate Sutil as their Sauber careers came to an end. It is the first time in Sauber’s F1 history that the team have failed to score a point over a season.
Will Stevens was the final finisher for Caterham after a steady debut, as team mate Kamui Kobayashi joined Kvyat and Pastor Maldonado, whose Lotus caught fire, on the retirements list.
“2007 was a very bad experience losing the world championship in the last race,” Hamilton admitted. “I fell to a low over which I had no control. In 2008 I came back and won the championship but Felipe here won the race and won the championship for a few seconds, before I got it back in the last corner. So I lost it and won it and, while that was great, my emotions were shot. I wasn’t so mature, I didn’t have the knowledge I have now.
“Normally before a race you have butterflies in your stomach and are nervous, but today I felt extremely calm. It was weird; was that a good thing or a bad thing? Obviously it was good!
“Last night I kept thinking that tomorrow is the big date, something could happen to the car and that would be the championship done. Naturally you think of all the negative things that could happen but I tried really hard bring all the positives into it, and I brought into the race and looked after the car. It helped when Nico’s car was not performing, and when he fell out of the points I knew I could fight Felipe.
“Today was the greatest race of my life.”
THE MYBOYSAY NATION OF FORMULA 1 ENTHUSIASTS WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE GREATEST DRIVER IN BRITISH HISTORY, LEWIS HAMILTON, ON WHAT HE SAYS IS HIS GREATEST VICTORY THUS FAR IN HIS CAREER.Read More
Lionel Messi’s hat-trick against Sevilla on Saturday gave him yet another record, in this case one that had stood for 59 years. With 253 Liga goals now to his name, the Argentinian ace is out on his own at the top of the Spanish league’s all-time scoring charts, replacing the legendary Telmo Zarra, who chalked up 251 goals before retiring in 1955.
“My father would have been happy to lose his record to Messi,” said Carmen Zarra, the daughter of the fabled Athletic Bilbao striker, speaking on Radio Catalunya a few days ago. “We’re mad about Athletic in my house, but I’m sure my father would have loved Messi because he seems like a very upright person on and off the pitch. He’s someone people can look up to.
“We’re not annoyed about it, not at all,” she added. “The record had to be broken one day. Nearly 60 years have gone by and it’s time someone beat it, though I’ve got to be honest and say that I would have liked an Athletic player to do it.”
Comparing footballers can be a complex task, one that sometimes fails to do justice to the players involved, especially when they hail from two wholly different eras. Mindful of that, FIFA.com recalls the careers of these two goalscoring magicians and puts their achievements into context.
It took the Athletic striker 15 years to amass his record tally of 251 goals, though it should be pointed out that the Spanish league featured only 14 or 16 teams in the days when he was terrorising defences. Operating in a 20-team league since making his debut on 16 October 2004, Messi has taken just over a decade to eclipse Zarra.
Those statistics do not tell the whole story, however. Zarra scored his 251 goals in 277 matches, an average of 0.9 per game, a shade better than the diminutive Argentinian, whose 253 goals have come in 289 outings, a strike rate of 0.87 per game.
The voracious Athletic forward was the Spanish league’s pichichi (top scorer) on six separate occasions, with his record 1950/51 haul of 38 goals remaining out on its own until 1990, when Real Madrid’s Mexican striker Hugo Sanchez equalled it, albeit in 35 matches to Zarra’s 30. The record stood until 2011, when Cristiano Ronaldo racked up 41 goals in 34 games, only for Messi to raise the bar even higher the following season in scoring 50 goals in 37 matches, one of three occasions on which La Pulga has taken the pichichi award.
The Basque striker retired when he was 35, while Messi is only 27 and has several years in which to add to his record goal tally. The Argentinian was just 17 when he made his league debut, with Zarra stepping out for the first time at the age of 19.
Messi broke another of Zarra’s records back in February this year, beating his mark of 335 goals for a single Spanish club in all competitions. The Basque front man did all his goalscoring for his beloved Athletic. Likewise, Messi has never found the back of the net for any club other than Barcelona.
THE MYBOYSAY NATION’S WORLD OF SOCCER ENTHUSIASTS WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE LIONEL MESSI ON HIS GREAT ACHIEVEMENT.Read More
FIFA Club World Cup, Animal instincts set to light up Morocco, FUTBOL IS ABOUT TO TAKE OVER, Morocco, host country of the FIFA Club World Cup 2014 WILL BE THE PARTY LAND 24HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK, UNTIL THE FAT LADY SINGS!! .
Morocco, host country of the FIFA Club World Cup MOROCCO, Presented by Toyota, December 10th thru December 20th, 2014. This is the History of a beautiful country that’s prepared to host the world, and give them a beautiful experience.
The Phoenicians were the first people to set foot on the mild Moroccan coasts and they founded the city of Carthage, the seat of the first stable civilization to govern the Northwest of Africa (known as the Maghreb). They joined with the indigenous ethnic group of North Africa (the Berbers) and coexisted until the arrival of the Romans.
After the Punic war and the destruction of Carthage in 146 B.C, the Romans established a rule of tyranny in the Maghreb until 110 B.C, when there was a rebellion against the Romans.
Next came the Vandals from the North of Germany, crossing the Pyrenees to invade North Africa. They occupied Carthage until the Berbers rose in rebellion in 477 A.D. The Vandals weakened until the Byzantines replaced them. After 632, Muslim armies emerged from the Arabian Peninsula to conquer the Persian and the Byzantine empires and managed to dominate the Eastern Mediterranean. When they took over Egypt, they extended their domination to the west, toward the Maghreb countries. It was then that they founded the city of Kairouan.
A momentous chapter in the history of Morocco was recorded when Berbers, filling the ranks of the Arab army, contributed decisively to the conquest of Andalusia in 711. At the same time, the land of the Maghreb had become independent of the ruling governors of the time, and the Maghrebian kingdom and principalities appeared.
The Idrissid dynasty established an Islamic state and Idriss II founded the city of Fez in 808. The University of al-Karaouine, thought by many to be the oldest university in the world, was established in 857.
Thus, Morocco is an African, Berbern, Andalusian, Arab and Mediterranean country, a land where every one’s roots are elsewhere, where differences are welcomed and celebrated. The succession of dynasties, dating from the Idrissids to today have created political stability based on a traditional monarchy.
This continuity has strengthened since independence was established in 1956. Since then, Morocco has marched resolutely towards democracy, with the ruling monarch, King Mohamed VI, recently introducing reforms that could lead to a constitutional monarchy.
The Moroccan economy remains strongly marked by the agricultural activity both in terms of production and marketing. Major exported products are fresh Citrus fruits – especially oranges – with other products including tomatoes, potatoes, and canned fruits and vegetables.
Morocco boasts two sea coastlines; the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, extending over 3,500km. Moroccan coasts contain a vast wealth of marine resources. The creation of a 200 nautical mile-long Exclusive Economic Zone (ZEE) has increased the maritime area under national jurisdiction to beyond one million kilometers.
Being one of the first countries in the world to have a varied lithic industry, Morocco – thanks to its ancient traditions and the diversity of its population and culture – succeeded in preserving this wealth and developing its carpets, traditional suits, jewels, pottery, ceramics, engraved wood, chiseled zellij and carved plaster. The handicraft sector occupies a distinguished position in the Moroccan economy and employs a substantial number of Moroccans.
Mining has been one of Morocco’s most practiced economic activities. Since the beginning of the 20th century, major manganese, iron, zinc, lead and phosphate fields were discovered. Morocco contains three-quarters of the world’s phosphates reserves. It is the world’s first exporter and third producer.
Being endowed with important natural assets, as well as a rich and varied cultural heritage, Morocco has opted for the promotion of the tourist sector, putting in place a voluntarist strategy of tourism development which is likely to trigger a sustainable and integrated development dynamics.
Statistics from the Ministry of Industry confirm the predominance of chemicals and para-chemicals, agro-industry, textiles and clothing. The remainder is shared among the metallurgical, mechanical, electric and electronic industries.
During the past decade, the Moroccan banking system has seen an outstanding process of reform, with astute management fostering growth and development, rising assets, deposits and loans. There has also been a steady and remarkably high inflow of receipts, with institutions working to channel them into new products and investments. Authorities received a series of broadly positive reports by key analytical bodies, including Standard and Poor’s and the IMF.
Morocco offers sportspeople ideal playing conditions in terms of weather. Its temperature remains well within comfortable limits during the months of January to March, ranging from a low average of 13° C in January to a high average of 15° C in March, with a maximum of 19° C, which is perfect for practicing football. Humidity is not a factor that will affect play in Morocco. The air is dry and comfortable throughout the summer.
The genesis of Moroccan football
The first Moroccan clubs (Union Sportive Marocaine, Stade Marocain and Sporting Club of Roches Noires) were created as early as 1913, and the first competitions took place in 1916.
Union Sportive Marocaine (USM), the oldest club, emerged as a genuine standard bearer for Moroccan football, seizing 13 national championships between 1922 and ‘42. Those kind of international confrontations inspired domestic footballers to emulate and ultimately put their own stamp on the technical and tactical brilliance of the Austrian ‘Wunderteam’. Among those local footballers, one emerged whose skill at keeping the ball at his foot remains legendary: Larbi Ben Barek.
The Perle Noire era
Ben Barek, known as the ‘Perle Noire’ (Black Pearl), catapulted on to the international scene in a memorable match between Morocco and France on 12 April 1937. The north Africans won 4-2 and Ben Barek went on to become the first Moroccan to play beyond his country’s borders when he joined Marseille in 1939 and swiftly became a France international. Following World War II, Ben Barek returned to Europe and his adoring fans, playing for Stade Francais, Atletico Madrid and Marseille once again. He helped OM win numerous titles and ended his international carrier at the age of 40 by outshining the German world champions in Hanover in 1954. Thanks to Ben Barek and other football masters such as Abderrahmane Mahjoubn, who was nicknamed the ‘Prince of the Park’, and Just Fontaine, Moroccan football improved steadily. Fontaine went on to score 13 goals in six matches for France at Sweden 1958 – a record at one edition of a FIFA World Cup which still stands today.
In Chile 1962 qualifying, Morocco defeated Tunisia and Ghana to move into an intercontinental play-off with Spain for a place at the FIFA World Cup. The Africans lost 1-0 at home and 3-2 away to the team that would win UEFA EURO 1964, but they nevertheless gained a reputation as ‘the Land of football’. The skillful and self-assured Moroccan team, standing against one of the world’s strongest squads, helped to awaken the tremendous potential of African football.
Finally, in 1970, Morocco managed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup. Though drawing once and losing twice, the Atlas Lions earned tremendous respect after leading for 70 minutes against a West German team including Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller, before finally losing 2-1.
In 1976, Morocco finally capped its rise to international football prominence. Facing African powers Nigeria, Egypt, Zaire, Sudan and Guinea, Morocco won the CAF African Cup of Nations, led by their phenomenal marksman and 1975 African Footballer of the Year, Ahmed Faras.
Morocco renewed themselves in the late 1970s to meet the challenges of increasing professionalism in football, and, in 1986, impressed at the FIFA World Cup in Mexico. By winning their group, which included England, Poland and Portugal, Morocco became the first African country to qualify for the second round.
Only a great free-kick from Lothar Matthaus in the 87th minute spoiled Morocco’s bid to upset Germany in the first knockout round. Once again, Morocco had forged the way for the great African teams that would follow, among them Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana.
Thereafter, Morocco participated in USA 1994 and France 1998.
At that latter tournament, another Moroccan achieved a notable ‘football first’. Indeed Said Belqola became the first African to referee a FIFA World Cup Final, turning in a fine performance as France beat Brazil 3-0.
In 2004, Morocco overcame Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Algeria and Mali en route to the continental final, only to lose out 2-1 to Tunisia. The following year, at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, Morocco eliminated Italy in the quarter-finals before losing to Nigeria in the last four.
The opening kick-off of the FIFA Club World Cup 2014 is just around the corner, and the anticipation for the competition is growing by the minute. The trailer above takes inspiration from the animal kingdom to encapsulate the excitement from tournaments past and anticipates what lies ahead at Morocco 2013. The artwork of the trailer depicts the beauty and passion of football through the analogy of the wild animal. The trailer’s Executive Producer So Ono from Japanese advertising agency Dentsu spoke with FIFA.com about the key concepts his team aimed to convey.
“We are only 20 days away from the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014,” Ono said. “Only seven out of over 301,000 football clubs are left standing in the race to win the 11th edition of this prestigious competition. All players will listen to their instinct and demonstrate their abilities to the fullest to win, and football fans all over the world are getting excited to witness such great football. Football calls on your passion, your emotion, and your instincts. This is what we can see in the video.”
The film is also composed with exclusive footage showing various highlights in the history of the tournament. The trailer’s Creative Director Kentaro Shihaku from GLIDER, an independent design agency, explained that the film expresses the outbursts of energy and spontaneity exhibited on the football pitch.
“FIFA Club World Cup is a dream-stage for football fans around the world,” Shihaku said. “At the same time it is a battlefield for players to decide the best of the world. Naturally, there is only one spot for the champion club, and players need to survive every single match. Players perform at the ultimate level, and we see outburst, or natural spontaneity, of passion in the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014.”
The Myboysay Nation of Soccer(Futbol)Enthusiasts would wish all participants a healthy and great tournament. To all of The World Myboysay Nation of Sports Enthusiasts that will be attending the 2014 FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP MOROCCO, Please Enjoy.Read More
|100 metres||9.58||Berlin, Germany||16 August 2009||WR||Also has the second fastest time (9.63) and shares the third fastest time of 9.69 with Tyson Gay and Yohan Blake. Bolt’s 9.63 is the Olympic record, set at the 2012 games.|
|150 metres||14.35||Manchester, United Kingdom||17 May 2009||World best||He ran the last 100 m in 8.70, the fastest ever recorded time over a 100 m distance. This would equal an average speed of 41.38 km/h (25.71 mph).|
|200 metres||19.19||Berlin, Germany||20 August 2009||WR||Also holds the Olympic record with 19.30, which was then (2008) a world record.|
|300 metres||30.97||Ostrava, Czech Republic||27 May 2010||This is the second fastest time, behind Michael Johnson’s 30.85. The event is not recognized by the IAAF.|
|400 metres||45.28||Kingston, Jamaica||5 May 2007|
|4 × 100 metres relay||36.84||London, England||11 August 2012||WR||Shared with Yohan Blake, Michael Frater and Nesta Carter.|
- IAAF World Athlete of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
- Track & Field Athlete of the Year: 2008, 2009
- Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: 2009, 2010, 2013
- BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2012
- L’Équipe Champion of Champions: 2008, 2009, 2012
- Jamaica Sportsman of the year: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
- Marca Leyenda (2009)
- In October 2008, he was made a Commander of the Order of Distinction, which entitles him to use the post nominal letters CD.
- In 2009, at age 23, Usain Bolt became the youngest member so far, of the Order of Jamaica. The award was ‘for outstanding performance in the field of athletics at the international level’. In the Jamaican honours system, this is considered the equivalent of a knighthood in the British honours system, and entitles him to be formally styled “The Honourable“, and to use the post nominal letters.
International competition record
THE MYBOYSAY NATION OF TRACK AND FIELD ENTHUSIASTS WOULS LIKE TO CONGRATULATE USAIN BOLT ON ALL OF HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS THUS FAR, AND WISH HIM WELL IN THE 2016 OLYMPICS IN RIO.
“Staging finals in the morning was done at the request of the Rio LOC and the Olympic Broadcasting Service, supported by the International Olympic Committee. Having finals in the morning will also ensure that we receive maximum visibility for athletics at the Olympics across all time zones,” said IAAF Competitions Director Paul Hardy.
“There will be 13 finals in the mornings: the five road events (three race walks and two marathons) and also eight events in the stadium.
“Out of those eight, there will be an even split between genders as well as between track and field events.
“The first final in the morning will be the women’s 10,000m on the opening day. We are obviously hoping that this will be an exciting race and set the tone for the whole of the athletics programme in Rio.
“Our prevailing view was that the leading distance runners will welcome this change to the athletics programme at the Olympics as they will often have competitions throughout the year in the morning, such as road or cross country races, and so will be accustomed to this timing,” added Hardy.
Hardy confirmed that here will be at least one final in each of the six morning sessions held in the stadium and at least one final in the morning of nine out of the 10 days of athletics competition.
The Former European 60 Hurdles World Indoor Champion, Susanna Kallur of Sweden, to make comeback at XL Galan in Stockholm
Sweden’s 60m hurdles world indoor record-holder Susanna Kallur will make her highly anticipated return to hurdling in Stockholm on 19 February at the XL Galan, an IAAF Indoor Permit meeting.
The former European champion set the existing 60m hurdles world indoor record of 7.68 in 2008. Eleven days later, she broke the XL Galan meeting record with 7.74, but injury forced her to withdraw from the World Indoor Championships that winter at the semi-final stage.
More misfortune came her way later that year when she crashed out of the semi-final at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Since then, a series of injuries and setbacks has prevented the 33-year-old from putting together a full season. She competed in three 100m hurdles races in 2010, then finally made a tentative return to action earlier this year, competing in a small handful of 100m races.
In 2012, Kallur had an intramedullary nail – a piece of metal the length of the bone – fixated into her tibia. In April last year, she had one of the screws removed from the intramedullary nail as it was chafing against her ankle bone.
But now the Swede is ready to return to hurdling and has one eye on making it to the 2016 Olympic Games. Her appearance at the XL Galan is a small but significant step on the road to Rio.
“It feels a bit like this is my last chance at a comeback,” she said on her website last year. “I have chosen not to rush but to let the body take plenty of time in getting used to the higher load again.”Read More
IAAF signs a new convention with the Principality of Monaco, The MyBoySay International Sports Enthusiasts reports!!
IAAF signs a new convention with the Principality of Monaco,represented by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, at the Fairmont Hotel in Monaco on Friday (21).
The principal elements of the convention concern the continued residence of the IAAF in the Principality and the move of the IAAF offices to a new location within the Principality early next year.
“It is with the greatest of pleasure and pride that in the final year of my last mandate as president of the International Association of Athletics Federations that I have the honour to sign a new convention with the Principality of Monaco,” said President Diack.
“The existing IAAF headquarters were officially inaugurated in Monaco on 10 June 1994 in the presence of His Serene Highness Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Twenty years ago the Principality embraced the Olympics’ number one sport.
“A warm friendly relationship between the palace, the people of Monaco and the IAAF has existed ever since.
“I remember so well the words of my predecessor Dr Primo Nebiolo declaring in 1994 that: ‘after 82 years of existence, the IAAF has finally found its true home.’
“In 2012, when the IAAF celebrated its 100th anniversary, those words were exemplified when the personnel of IAAF HQ were welcomed to the gardens of the palace for a memorable birthday party.
“The IAAF is delighted that the new convention will witness the opening of new offices next year, located at Quai Antoine 1er.
“This transfer will allow us to bring together all the various departments and divisions of the IAAF under the same roof. I also want to underline how much this move will further cement the enduring relationship of the IAAF with the Principality of Monaco.
“In the name of all my colleagues of the IAAF Council, I would therefore like to thank His Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco for his enduring hospitality,” added President Diack.
“I would like to say how thrilled I am that the relationship between the Principality and the IAAF is ongoing, especially with these new premises,” commented His Serene Highness Prince Albert II.
“The bond between athletics and the Principality are long lasting and strong. Its practice is widely spread in our educational structures as well as with the athletics section of A.S. Monaco, which has just celebrated 90 years of existence.
“It is now 30 years, on the initiative of the late Primo Nebiolo, that the International Athletic Foundation was founded in Monaco. This organisation has a mission to help promote athletics, particularly in supporting the development of appropriate infrastructures.
“The same year, in 1984, I created the Monegasque Athletics Federation, which enabled us to acquire international recognition.
“As such, beginning in 1985, the Monegasque Athletics Federation, using the Stade Louis II, was able to launch and develop international events and in particular, the Herculis Meeting.
“I am delighted to emphasize that in 2014 and for the second time in its history, our meeting was classified as the best international (one day) meeting.
“Since 1993, a new phase of our relationship was reached with the agreement allowing the establishment of the IAAF Headquarters which was inaugurated in spring 1994 by my father, Prince Rainier III and Primo Nebiolo.
“Twenty years have since elapsed and today I am pleased to announce that this fruitful cooperation has reached a new milestone with the extension of the IAAF headquarters and the allocation of additional space located on Quai Albert 1er. These new premises will allow you to group IAAF activities into two venues, which are currently spread over four different sites in the Principality.”
“Dear Lamine, I am delighted by this reinforcement of our relationship which is largely due to your firm and tenacious will to root the IAAF in Monaco. A desire of which I pay tribute and one you know I share,· added His Serene Highness.