- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 24, 2002

Although she's just 17, we probably will be seeing Tanzanian Josephine Deemay soon on the U.S. racing circuits where the big money is.
Deemay tore apart a loaded elite field of women runners in her first trip outside her native land, running 10 kilometers in 34 minutes, 37 seconds in Kenya. If the time looks slow, it was run at 2,300 meters of altitude.
Among the also-rans were 2002 New York City Marathon champ Joyce Chepchumba and fourth-place finisher Esther Kiplagat. Deemay also stole the show from Lornah Kiplagat, a top marathoner who organized the race to celebrate the two-year anniversary of her high-altitude training center in Iten, an area of Tanzania renowned for producing world-class athletes.
Kiplagat, who holds world bests for 10 miles and 20 kilometers, established the altitude camp in the Rift Valley two years ago because she believes the Kenyan culture discriminates against women.
Fast genes must run in the family, because Kiplagat's nephew, Silas Kiplagat, was second in the Marathon in the Parks last Sunday in Montgomery County.
Calling all transplants
The 14th Worldwide Transplant Games have been awarded to Nancy, France, it was announced last week. The Games are scheduled for July19-27.
Some 1,500 athletes from 64 nations are expected to participate. I was surprised to learn these Games which include track and field have been contested every other year since 1989.
The Games were the brainchild of Maurice Slapak, an English surgeon who hoped to promote the idea of organ transplants and the successful lives that individuals with transplanted organs may lead.
Currying favor
Sunita Rani of India will be allowed to compete domestically even though she tested positive for banned drugs at last month's Asian Games, according to authorities at the Amateur Athletics Association of India (AAFI).
But before you condemn India and the 23-year-old Rani, who was stripped of her 1,500-meter gold and 5,000-meter bronze in the Asian Games after testing positive for nandrolone, just think of how USA Track & Field protects its marquee athletes.
Rani and the AAFI have maintained her innocence, laying blame on the laboratory where she was tested.
Fall apart
Autumn is my favorite season for running and racing. You can't beat the weather, usually in the 50s and 60s except that this year we have had an unusually wet streak which has not been appreciated by runners.
Autumn also is the season to cross train. I have learned for years that cross training is vital to balancing the running body, which is built up disproportionately through running.
Although others may choose to bike, swim or row, my cross training favorite is raking. Lots of raking. Every weekend. Which is why chiropractor appointments dominate my Monday mornings.
Time warp The biggest track news of the week was the decision by the International Association of Athletics Federations and the 2004 Athens Olympic organizers to start the men's and women's Olympic marathons (Aug.28-29) at 7a.m. rather than at 7p.m.
Heat was a major consideration. A bigger consideration was television coverage, which could have been affected by poor early evening light.
Freebie
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