Photos by Giancarlo Columbo - There were breakout victories for hitherto little known Daniel Mateiko of Kenya and Tsigie Gebreselama of Ethiopia in the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in the United Arab Emirates early Saturday morning. And the imperious manner of their wins on a breezy, humid morning with a sea mist invading the latter stages suggests they both have a very bright future. Yet the contrast in their race-winning tactics could hardly have been greater. Mateiko led from the gun, and only conceded the lead for brief periods, before outgunning his colleagues John Korir and Isaia Lasoi in the final kilometre, to win in a world leading 58min 45sec. Korir and Lasoi finished five and ten seconds behind respectively.

Konstanze Klosterhalfen, Peres Jepchirchir and Tamirat Tola PHOTO: Giancarlo Colombo

New regime, new course, but with Olympic and world champions and the usual array of speedsters, Saturday’s Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon is virtually assured of the sort of fast times that have been a feature of the event throughout its 17 year history, including three women’s world records.

PHOTO:T. Wiedensohler

BERLIN - It's finally time! Olympic, World and European Champions will be coming to Berlin's Mercedes-Benz Arena tomorrow, Friday, February 23, for the ISTAF INDOOR. 12,000 fans are expected to attend the world's biggest indoor athletics meeting.

By Larry Eder. 1. BBC actually showed seven hours of coverage on Saturday, Feb. 16 and five hours on Sunday. The meet was held in Birmingham Natonal Indoor Stadium, now the Ulitta stadium. Even BBC has learned that, after jerking athletics fans around last yearand not paying UK Athletics some pennies, the BBC, bless their soul, has remembered, that lots of Brits love track & field, and that, in an Olympic year, lots of Brit athletes will be shaking it up a bit in Paris. And Brits love to show up the French.