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55 countries to compete in Cheboksary
30.04.2008
At present, 55* IAAF member federations have entered for the 23rd IAAF Race Walking Cup which takes place on 10-11 May in Cheboksary. The total number of athletes is 452 (290 men and 162 women).

Following Vlasic and Fasuba, Kenyan stars to come in Zhukovsky
29.04.2008
Some World Athletics stars have confirmed their participation in 50th Znamensky Memorial, a European Premium Outdoor Meeting, in Zhukovsky on 15 June. Famous Kenyan athletes Moses Mosop and Leonard Komon will run 5000m, Georgiy and Serafim Znamenskys favorite event.

Valentin Balakhnichov: we had to disqualify Lysenko and Khoroshin for 2 years
27.04.2008
Russian Athletics Federation took decision to disqualify hammer throwers Tatyana Lysenko and Yekaterina Khoroshikh for two years, the federations president and IAAF Council member Valentin Balakhnichov told the All Sports agency.

Svetlana Ponomarenko wins in Nashville
27.04.2008
Svetlana Ponomarenko won at the 9th Country Music Marathon in Nashville (USA) clocking 2:30:33.

Ilya Markov second in Madrid
27.04.2008
Ilya Markov finished second over the mens 10km RW at the Grand Prix of Mortalaz meeting clocking 39:57 in Spanish Madrid. The winner was Francisco Fernandez from Spain with 38:28.

Irina Timofeyeva wins in Hamburg
27.04.2008
Irina Timofeyeva won todays Hamburg marathon setting the personal best and the marathon record of 2:24:14. Kenias Pamela Chepchumba run up with 2:28:36 and Ethiopias Ashagigi Roba was third clocking 2:29:28. Another Russian Olga Rosseyeva finished eighth with 2:32:10.

Tatyana Lebedeva named SLAVA Athlete of the Year
25.04.2008
Tatyana Lebedeva was named the Female Athlete of the Year of the 2007 SLAVA Russian Sports Awards ceremony held in Moscow today.

World Records ratified
25.04.2008
Monte-Carlo - The following World Records have recently been ratified...

World champions to meet in Zhukovsky
23.04.2008
The organizing committee of the 50th Znamensky Memorial has received first confirmations of participation in the meeting. This years World Indoor champions Blanka Vlasic from Croatia and Osoluji Fasuba from Nigeria come to Zhukovsky on 15 June.

Biktimirova second in Boston
21.04.2008
Alevtina Biktimirova finished second at the Boston Marathon clocking 2:25:27. Alevtina leaded the race and lost just 2 second at the finish line allowing Ephiopias Dire Tune to win. Last years champion Lidiya Grigoriyeva was 9th clocking 2:35:57.

Oleg Kulkon wins in Zurich
21.04.2008
Oleg Kulkov won Sundays Zurich marathon setting a personal best and Russias season second of 2:11:15. Kulkov placed third at the European 10000m Cup one week ago.

Dmitriy Safronov leads 10000m
21.04.2008
Dmitriy Safronov clocked the Russian 10000 season best of 28.15,11 at Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, USA.

Ivanova wins Nagano marathon
21.04.2008
Alevtina Ivanova defended her Nagano Olympic Commemorative Marathon titles Sunday. Ivanova, 32, improved her personal best by clocking two hours 26 minutes 39 seconds to beat Kate Smyth of Australia with 2:28:52 and Dorota Gruca of Poland (2:31:54).

50th Znamensky Memorial Events
14.04.2008
The 50th edition of the Znamensky Memorial, European Premium Otdoor Meeting, will take place in Zhukovsky, Moscow region, in 2 months on 15 June. The timetable consists of 8 mens events (100 m, 400 m, 800 m, 5000 m, Pole Vault, Triple Jump, Javelin Throw, 4 x 100 m Relay) and 9 womens events (100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m, 100 mH, 400 mH, High Jump, Long Jump, Javelin Throw).

Russian successes in marathons
13.04.2008
There were some important marathons on weekend, and the Flora London marathon was the main of them. In London, Svetlana Zakharova placed second clocking a good time of 2:24:39, and Germanys Irina Mikitenko won the race with 2:24.14.

Russian men won in Istanbul
13.04.2008
Russian mens team won at the 12th European Cup 10000m held in Istanbul, Turkey. It was for the first time for Russian team which beat strong teams from Spain and Italy, placed second and third correspondingly.

TFN named Soboleva the best
10.04.2008
Famous Track and Field News magazine named 1500m World Indoor Champion and indoor record holder Yelena Soboleva the World best female athlete of the season. Yearly, Yelena was named the Russian best athlete of the season at RusAthletics.com.

No IAAF disciplinary sanctions for Gulfiya Khanafeyeva
02.04.2008
IAAF will not apply disciplinary sanctions for Russian hammer thrower Gulfiya Khanafeyeva according to the report of an anti-doping laboratory of Penang, said Russian Athletics President and IAAF Council member Valentin Balakhnichov taking part in the IAAF Council meeting in London.

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