Athletics Briefs: Ramaala quits ASA board, Mosop,Kirui for Rotterdam Marathon

ROTTERDAM (NED): Organizers of the 32nd ABN AMRO Rotterdam Marathon on April 15 have announced their first three stars of the race.

Race director Mario Kadiks is hoping the fast course in Rotterdam could produce a world record and has invited Kenyans Moses Mosop, who debuted in Boston last year in 2:03.06 and later won Chicago in 2:05:37.

Other top names are Peter Kirui who debuted last autumn in Frankfurt (2:06:31) with beeing 6th in Daegu 10 000 m earlier.

Top debut is expected from fast road runner and World half marathon medalist Sammy Kitwara (road bests 27:11 at 10 km and 58:48 at HM).

The course will be remeasured before the race and athletes will start 30min earlier than in previous years.

JOHANNESBURG (RSA): South African running legend Hendrick Ramaala has quit the Athletics South Africa (ASA) administration to get his running career back on track.

This comes after ASA board appointed former banker Frik Vermaak as new chief executive of the cash-strapped federation.

SA media are informing. Ramaala was appointed acting head of administration 12 months ago by the then ASA caretaker boss Ray Mali after the suspension of Molatelo Malehopo.

Ramaala is off to the Middle East for the Dubai International Marathon on January 27 where he is hoping to run under two hours and 10 minutes to qualify for the Olympics.

Chasing his fifth Olympic Games appearance, Ramaala is still undecided about competing at the London Marathon in April

BIRMINGHAM (USA, Jan 12): At Blazer Invitational, D´Angelo Cherry clocked 6.68 in 60m heats. Also a fast 7.24seconds for Nigeria's Gloria Asumnu in the women 60m heats.

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