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Issue 501/ 3rd - 9th Sept 2011

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

MSG Wins SOMTEL Ramadan Soccer Competitions

Minister Of Justice Visits Las Anod

Malaysian TV Station Says 1 Of Its Journalists Shot Dead In Somali Capital

Local and Regional Affairs

UN Refugee Agency ‘Not Doing Enough’ On Somalia, Chief Says

Somali Leaders To Hold Rare Conference In Mogadishu

Somalia: Stop Unfair Trials, Executions

East Africa: Thinking Outside the Traditional Funding Box

Amisom Asks For 10,000 Additional Troops For Somalia

Insurgents Are Gone But Mogadishu Still Struggles

US Gives Another $23M In Grants For Famine Relief


Sarkozy, Cameron And Clinton Do Victory Lap As Libyan Rebels Round Up And Kills Black Africans

Features & Commentary

How The CIA Became ‘One Hell Of A Killing Machine’

Drug Trade In Africa: How The Queen Of Khat Got So Rich

Somali Jihadists Recruit Globally

Is There A Political Way Forward For Somalia?

Horn Of Africa: ‘Predictable Crisis’, Unprepared Media, Curtailment Of Information Flow

International News


Somaliland: The Defenseless Democracy

The Reluctant Revolutionaries


Mo Farah Wins Gold In 5,000m For Great Britain At World Championships

Daegu, South Korea, September 4, 2011 Britain's Mo Farah won 5,000m gold at the World Championships while Phillips Idowu took triple jump silver.

Farah, who won the 10,000m silver, held off the challenge of Bernard Lagat of the United States and Ethiopia's Imane Merga, to win in 13 minutes, 23.36.

"I can't quite believe it," Farah told BBC Sport. "I pictured the 10k on the last lap thinking, I came so close then I'm not going to let anyone pass me."

Triple jump defending champion Idowu was pipped to gold by Christian Taylor.

Farah, who has made huge improvements since moving with his family to Oregon at the start of the year to be coached by Alberto Salazar,kept himself out of trouble at the back of the pack for the first 2,000m in a slow-paced race.

A break from Saudi Arabian Hussain Jamaan Alhamdah stretched the pack but Farah moved up through the field to sit on his shoulder as the race entered the final kilometre.

Lagat tracked Farah throughout the second half of the race, but was unable to match his victory over this distance in 2007 and had to settle for a second successive silver.

Farah, who covered the final 400m in 52.87 seconds to become the first British world champion over the distance, added: "It's been hard work and a lot of sacrifices and I have to thank so many people who've been behind me.

"But you can't get carried away. It's a long way [to the London 2012 Olympics]. The aim is to stay injury free. Anything can happen in long distance."

Idowu jumped a season's best 17.70m in the third round to stretch his lead in the triple jump, but American Taylor responded with a 17.96m effort.

And that proved the winning leap as Idowu, who improved to 17.77m in the fourth round, was unable to jump further in his final two attempts and he had to settle for silver.

"It wasn't my day," said the 2009 world champion. "I felt I had that distance in my legs but it never came.

"I jumped two season's best. It wasn't enough but hopefully I can do it next year [at the London 2012 Olympics] and get gold.

"Happy birthday to my daughter. Daddy got you a silver medal."

On Farah's 5,000m gold, Idowu added: "Mo's a great talent and deserved that medal. I'm really pleased for him."

Elsewhere, Britain's men's 4x100m relay team failed to get the baton round in a final that saw Jamaica lower their world record to 37.04 seconds.

America's third-leg runner Darvis Patton fell over after clipping Britain's fourth-leg athlete Harry Aikines-Aryeetey as he came into the changeover zone.

British head coach Charles van Commenee said: "From my perspective it looked like Harry went way too early.

"I'm struggling to understand always why that baton can't get round."

Aikines-Areetey defended himself, saying: "I don't think I went too soon.

"I felt someone hit me and then saw someone tumble over. As to why Marlon [Devonish] couldn't get the baton to me, I've no idea."

The women's 4x100m relay team of Tiffany Porter, Anyika Onuora, Laura Turner and Jeanette Kwakye failed to progress from their heat after finishing fifth.

Kwakye told BBC Radio 5 live: "It's important for us as a team to perform on a world stage.

"Unfortunately we didn't get a time to show what we can do next year but it's about getting the practice as a team ahead of 2012."

BBC Radio 5 live summarizer Darren Campbell said: "The British team performed well but the first-to-second changeover [between Porter and Onuora] was where it was all lost and they were never in contention after that."

Britain's David Webb attained the London 2012 A-standard in finishing 15th in the marathon. His time of two hours, 15 minutes, 48 seconds was a season's best and good enough for 15th.

His team-mate Lee Merrien was 22nd in a race won by Kenya's defending champion Abel Kirui in 2:07.38.

Vincent Kipruto, also of Kenya, took second ahead of Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa.


                     July 2010 - European 10,000m & 5,000m gold

                     Feb 2011 - Moves to Oregon, USA

                     19 Feb, 2011 - Wins European indoor 5,000m in new British record 13:10.60

                     5 March, 2011 - European indoor 3,000m gold

                     20 March, 2011 - New York half marathon champion

                     3 June, 2011 - Wins Diamond League 10,000m race in new British record 26:46.57

                     22 July, 2011 - Wins Diamond League 5,000m race in new British record 12:53.11

                     28 August, 2011 - World 10,000m silver

                     4 September, 2011 - World 5,000m gold

Source: BBC







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