croflash wrote:I'm wondering whether the the exclusion of the Hammer Throw in the Diamond League has played a (minor) role in that process too.
I very much doubt that. Very few, if any, of those meets had hammer throws anyway. He did not compete in any meet this year that will be part of the Diamond League next year.
I read another article that said his decision was due to "personal reasons."
That was last year when a lot of other events got the same treatment. Come 2010 the HT is basically going to be the only event that will be left out, giving less financial incentive. The WAF is also gone which was a possibility to get huge earnings compared to standard meetings Hammer Throwers were invited to.
As I said, I don't know if that was part of the reason why he is contemplating retirement, but I would imagine that financial aspects are also being considered.
I, Christopher Lukezic, am officially retired. Peace out!
A couple oof LetsRun threads with too much of the LR junk.
[There seems to be a bit of confusion:
There is this later post by him (poster has a e-mail link, although not a certainty]
RE: I, Christopher Lukezic, am officially retired. Peace out! 11/11/2009 12:57PM - in reply to Bareut Doll Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
It was meant as a joke dude! You'd be surprised how many professional runners post on here in anonymity.
Ahh. I'll miss this site.
Last edited by 26mi235 on Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:11 pm, edited 1 time in total.
polevaultpower wrote:Jillian Schwartz - getting married
I talked to Jillian at Millrose. She has retired. Doing some coaching at Columbia and is getting into the agenting business.
According to a story on the T&FN homepage, Schwartz has switched nationality to Israel and aims to compete in 2012. Does anyone know if she has married an Israeli athlete?
On the subject of retired athletes, Rakia Al-Gasara has hung up her spikes at the age of 27 with some health concerns. "Her decision came after many months of medical tests," according to EME news (link on homepage).
You don't actually have to be Jewish to compete in the Maccabiah games. It used to be that way, but then the rules changed as international participation waned. Additionally, as long as she can prove her mother was Jewish she can easily obtain Israeli citizenship.
highjumpfan wrote:You don't actually have to be Jewish to compete in the Maccabiah games. It used to be that way, but then the rules changed as international participation waned. . . .
Can you point me to source that says that? I was not aware of that change and everything I can find on the web suggests that, apart from non-Jewish Israelis, the event is still open only to Jewish athletes.
can't point to a source other then first hand experience. Having competed several times in the Maccabiah games and been very friendly with several of the T&F athletes, I can assure you that starting in 2001 they opened the competition up to non-Jewish, Non-Israeli athletes by invitation. 2001 woman's 100 meter champion was from Turkey.
Last weekend, Steffi Nerius has been elected German sportswoman of the year. (First track and field athlete to win since Heike Drechsler in 2000.) Steffi has had a great career and saved the best for last. World champion on home soil at age 37. Perfect ending.
German shot putter Petra Lammert has announced her retirement after numerous elbow injuries, aged just 26. She finished 6th at the Euro's this year but was the European Indoor champion in 2009 and finished 3rd at the Euro's in 2006 and 5th at the Worlds in 2007. Her best is 20.04 from 2007.
Another German to retire is Jala Gangnus, at just 24. She is not so well known, but got silver in the European U20 champs in 2005 and was the German champion in 2006, reaching the SF in 2006. Her best time is 23.24 from when she was 20 but again, injuries have wrecked her career.