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2009 - End of Year Reviews – SPRINTS

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from IAAF - Monte-Carlo - In the concluding edition of their comprehensive review of the last 12 months of Athletics competition, statisticians A. Lennart Julin and Mirko Jalava give their impressions of the SPRINTS in 2009. MEN - 100m 9.58.

That number more or less sums up 2009 as far as 100m running is concerned. Usain Bolt cutting more than a tenth off of his one-year-old World record in the World Championships final was not just the greatest moment of the year but arguable of the whole history of 100m running. Such a massive improvement of the most prestigious of all World records should simply not be possible in this day and age.

Lagat to chase history at the 103rd Millrose Games

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from USATF - INDIANAPOLIS - Two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat will attempt to make history when he competes in the legendary Wanamaker Mile on Friday, January 29, at the 103rd Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The 2007 World Outdoor 1,500m and 5,000m champion, Lagat won his seventh Wanamaker Mile title at last year's Millrose Games, which tied all-time Irish legend and "Chariman of the Boards" Eamonn Coghlan for the most wins ever in that prestigious event.

Double Olympic Champion Dibaba Returning to Boston

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BOSTON (Dec. 15) – Ethiopia’s double Olympic Champion Tirunesh Dibaba will be among the headliners at the 2010 Reebok Boston Indoor Games on Feb. 6, organizers announced today. Tickets for the 15th annual Olympic-styled event are on sale now at or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC.

Dibaba, nicknamed the “baby face destroyer” for her devastating finishing kick, is one of the sport’s most accomplished stars.  In addition to her three Olympic medals (Beijing 10,000m – Gold, Beijing 5000m – Gold, Athens 5000m – Bronze), Dibaba owns eight World Championship titles in track and cross country from 2003 through 2008.  She did not compete at the Berlin World Championships due to a foot injury.