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Posted: February 26, 2009  :

(RRW) Athletics: Athlete And Event News Wrap-Up

From David Monti

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TERGAT JOINS FIELD FOR GREAT IRELAND RUN: Two-time Olympic silver medalist and former marathon world record holder Paul Tergat has joined the field for the Great Ireland Run in Dublin in April 5. Tergat, 39, who won five consecutive IAAF World Cross Country titles, will run this popular 10-K for the first time. "Tergat may now be considered one of athletics elder statesman but he is still ambitious, training hard and remains a world class athlete who will be a strong contender in Dublin," said Andy Caine, the meeting's elite athletes manager in an e-mail message. USA-based Mary Cullen is also in the race and is the leading entrant on the women's side. "We're delighted Cullen has decided to compete in the Great Ireland Run and yes, of course, it does raise the possibility of the first Irish victory for five years," Caine added.

CONFIDENCE IS KEY FOR GOUCHER: Kara Goucher discusses her development as an athlete in a feature story by Joe Battaglia at "One of my biggest struggles as an athlete has been my lack of confidence and dealing with the doubts that enter my mind," Goucher told Battaglia. "It's as if I have two voices in my head, one that says anything is possible and one that tells me I am not good enough." The full story is here:

PEACHTREE ROAD RACE WILL TIME ALL FINISHERS: The Atlanta Track Club annouced today that the 40th edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race on July 4 would feature transponder timing for all 55,000 participants. In past years, only the top section of the race, about 7,500 runners, were times. "We are always looking at ways to improve the event experience for participants in the AJC Peachtree Road Race,” said Tracey Russell, executive director of the Atlanta Track Club in a prepared statement. "Providing official timing for all participants will give runners the opportunity to see how they perform in one of the largest road races in the world." The race, which will host the USA Men's 10-K Championship, will use the disposable ChronoTrack D-Tag timing device.

SIMON, OMINAMI LEAD INVITED RUNNERS FOR NAGOYA MARATHON: Olympic silver medalist Lidia Simon of Romania (2:22:54 PB) and former Rotterdam Marathon champion Takami Ominami of Japan (2:23:43 PB) lead the list of invited athletes for the Nagoya Marathon on March 8. The other international invited athletes are: Bai Xue, China, 2:23:27; Tabitha Tsatsa, Zimbabwe, 2:29:20; Caroline Kilel, Kenya, 2:30:22 and Sally Meyerhoff, USA, 2:35:52. The other invited Japanese athletes are: Chika Horie, 2:26:11; Haruko Okamoto, 2:27:01; Ayumi Nakayama, 2:28:50; Yumi Hirata, 2:29:23; Yuko Machida, 2:29:48; Yuka Ezaki, 2:31:35; and Hitomi Niiya, 2:31:01. Three Japanese women will also make their debuts: Yoshiko Fujinaga, 70:24 half-marathon; Aya Manome, 70:59; and Mayumi Fujita, 71:02.

DITA TO SPEAK AT SPORTSWOMEN OF COLORADO BANQUET: Olympic marathon champion Constantina Dita, a long-time Colorado resident, will be the featured speaker at the Sportswomen of Colorado’s 35th Annual Awards Celebration in Denver on March 8. Dita, who lives in Erie with her son, Rafael, said: "I am really honored to be chosen to speak at the awards dinner for the Sportswomen of Colorado. Colorado has been a great place for me. This is a fantastic organization, and we should all encourage young girls to play sports and be active."

AMERICAN JUSTIN YOUNG GETS INVITED STATUS AT TOKYO MARATHON: Justin Young, who ran a 2:13:54 personal best at the Fortis Marathon Rotterdam last year, was given invited status at the new Tokyo Marathon on March 22, a rare designation for an American man. "Opportunities like racing at the Tokyo Marathon do not come often; some runners never have an opportunity like this," Young said through a media release. "So the fact that this is something special is what I have focused on during the months of training leading up to the race. My preparations have been exceptional, and I have built upon my fitness each and every year of my marathon career." He added: "Everything is set up to have a major breakthrough. It's just a matter of believing that anything is possible." Young said he would like to qualify for the IAAF World Championships in Athletics.

COX POSTS 50-K VIDEO: Marathoner turned ultrarunner, Josh Cox, has posted a video about his USA 50-K record-breaking run at the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon last month. The video is broke into two parts. The first part is here: and the second part is here:

USTFCCCA NAMES AWARD AFTER BEVERLY KEARNEY: The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced that the organization will name the Association’s Division I Women’s Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year award in honor of USTFCCCA Hall of Famer and current University of Texas women’s head coach Beverly Kearney. Kearney's teams have won four NCAA indoor titles, three outdoor titles and over 20 conference titles over her 20 year career.

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