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Dubai - Citius, Altirs, Fortius

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Dubai puts a different slant on the Olympic motto of citius, altius, fortius. Development was dynamic, the bust was bigger, as was the bail-out, and the towers are taller. Now, in the wake of Monday’s opening of the Burj Khalifa, rising more than 800 metres over the desert floor, the emirate awaits the arrival of Haile Gebrselassie, fastest man in the world at the longest race.

 

Inside a decade, the upcoming Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon (January 22) has gone from a backwater event to one of the world’s fastest races. That says race director Peter Connerton is thanks to several factors. “Standard Chartered coming in as title sponsor half a dozen years ago put us on a firm basis, and Dubai Holding putting up a million dollars prize money (with a $1m bonus for a world record) two years ago helped us to get Haile on board.

36th ANNUAL COLGATE WOMEN'S GAMES DRAW HUNDREDS OF HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES ON NEW YEAR'S EVE

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Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (12/31-1/3) -- On a bitterly cold New Year's Eve, hundreds of high school-age female athletes--some from as far away as Philadelphia and New Jersey--flocked to Brooklyn's Pratt Institute to compete at the 36th Annual Colgate Women's Games, the nation's longest running free track and field competition for girls and women.

Hall and Keflezighi to face off in Boston

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19 December 2009 - Boston, USA – A head-to-head battle between the top U.S. marathoners Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall will be among the key highlights of the 2010 BAA Boston Marathoner, organisers announced.

Source: http://www.iaaf.org/LRR09/news/newsid=55158.html

Lebid and Augusto aiming for revenge in Brussels - Cross Country Preview

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18 December 2009 - Brussels, Belgium – Sergiy Lebid and Jessica Augusto are coming to Brussels with a mission. The Ukrainian finished third at the European Championships last week in Dublin, a competition he had won 8 times before while the Portuguese counted amongst the favourites to win the European title, but faded badly into fourth place.

Source: http://www.iaaf.org/CROS10/news/newsid=55153.html

USATF Masters Hall of Fame Adds 14 Members

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INDIANAPOLIS – National Track & Field Hall of Famer Bill Rodgers leads an impressive group of 14 athletes that have been elected to the USA Track & Field Masters Hall of Fame.

In addition to Rodgers, active Masters athletes entering the Hall of Fame include George Cohen, William Daprano, Ray Feick, Mary Harada, Bob Lida, Bob Matteson, Bruce McBarnette, Charley Miller and Gerald Vaughn. Old timer athletes to enter the Hall of Fame are Jerry Crockett, Tim Dyas, Bert Morrow and Algene Williams.