FOUNDER: Automated Systems and Technology Ltd. Editorial Board Chairman: Mikhail Stepanyants Deputy Chairman: Yuriy Nagornykh, Oleg Kurbatov Council: Evgeniy Bondarenko, Vadim Zelichenok, Pavel Voronkov, Nataliya Ivanova, Sergey Klyugin, Svetlana Masterkova, Oleg Matytsin, Irina Privalova, Svetlana Pleskach-Styrkina, Nikolay Chesnokov, Marina Kuzina Editor in Chief: Oleg Kurbatov Deputy Editor in Chief: Elena Gulyaeva Editors: Andrey Kharchenko Vladimir Spichkov Elena Alekseeva English Editing: C.W. Wrigglesworth Translation: Tatyana Shirokova Design: Natalia Babikova Photo: Robert Maksimov, Nikolay Ivanov, Alexander Kiselev, Reuters, IAAF Cover: Page 1 – photo by Alexander Kiselev, pages 2, 3, 4 – photo by Robert Maksimov This magazine is registered in the Federal Service for the Supervision and Observance of the laws on Mass Communication and the Protection of Cultural Heritage. Registration Certificate ПИ № 23314 dated 5th May 2006. Circulation 1500 issues Editorial office address: Office 108, Bldg 3, 9, Malaya Semenovskaya Street 107023, Moscow, Russia Tel/Fax: +7 495 363 3251; +7 495 363 3250 E-mail: email@example.com Web Site: www.athletics-magazine.com Printed by: “Galeon”, House 16, Bldg 6, Chasovaya Street,125135, Moscow The editors are not responsible for the accuracy of information published in advertising materials and “quotations”. The reprinting or use of materials from this magazine in any way is only permitted with the Editor in Chief’s written consent. Oleg Kurbatov Editor in Chief Dear Readers, Weird weather! Sometimes, you hear that it is impossible to have athletics without rain. But this year was something quite extraordinary; there was rain everywhere; Paris, Zurich and Zhukovsky were all underwater. Not many of the competition organisers were lucky with the weather this year. With less and less time remaining before the main athletics events in the 2009 season, almost every day I looked at the weather forecast for the prognosis for the World Championships in Berlin and asked the question. “Is it really going to be raining at the World Championships?” I remembered 2005, when Helsinki was literally flooded and the pole vault competition had to be postponed until the last day so that the spectators could witness Elena Isinbaeva’s jumping. As an organizer of a competition, I am aware of how dependant outdoor athletic results are on weather. But God’s Office in heaven presented us with perfect weather at the Olympic stadium in Berlin so that the athletes could not help but respond with outstanding results. Read in this issue of “Athletics” magazine, the most interesting things that happened in the athletic stadiums of Europe this summer. Mikhail Stepanyants Chairman of the Editorial Council Dear Friends, This season I have watched with great interest sportsmen gradually get into shape whilst the Athletes’ Representatives tried to offer them the most effective schedule in order that they could earn money and also get into their best form for the main tournament of the season. Competitions are held all over the world, and the athletes move from city to city, from country to country. Thanks to the Internet and television, we can watch how the competitions develop in almost any part of the world. But, I have to admit, I am always impatiently looking forward to the arrival of the World Championships, the main event of the season. This year, these competitions were warmly hosted by Berlin. I think that this championship could rightly be called the ‘Usain Bolt Championships’. The images of his races were incredible and Usain has probably become the most famous athlete in the world. Usain opened the Spanish football season by making the first symbolic kick of the ball in the Bernabeu stadium of the Real Madrid football club. The spectators were ecstatic. Read all about how athletes prepared for Berlin, and what then happened at the World Championships, in this fresh issue of our magazine. Good luck!
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