April 25, 2012

Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang at the 2012 London Marathon     Photo: tompagenet/Flickr

Kenya Selects Olympic Marathon Team

World record holder left off

Kenya's athletics federation on Wednesday announced that it had chosen its men's and women's marathon teams for the upcoming London Olympic Games. Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany, winners of Sunday's London Marathon, head the three-runner squads alongside two-time world champion Abel Kirui, New York City Marathon winner Edna Kiplagat, 2:03:06 runner Moses Mosop, and Priscah Jeptoo. Notably, world record holder Patrick Makau, who dropped out of the London Marathon on Sunday, and 2011 Boston and New York City winner Geoffrey Mutai, who dropped out of the Boston last week, were not chosen. In 2011, Kenyan marathoners won all five marathon majors and ran 24 of the year's 25 fastest record-legal times, greatly complicating the Olympic selection process. Athletics Kenya appears to have penalized Makau and Mutai for failing to finish races this spring.

Read more at IAAF.org

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A centote in Mexico     Photo: Vokeron7/Flickr

Ancient Skeleton Missing From Cave

Archaeologists place wanted posters

A 10,000-year-old skeleton of an early American dubbed Young Hol Chan II has vanished from the underwater reservoir where it was interred in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Mexico City's National Institute of Anthropology and History posted "wanted" flyers in supermarkets, bakeries, and dive shops around the town of Tulum, asking residents to keep a lookout for the bones, which they presume were stolen. The cenote, or sinkhole, in which the remains were discovered in 2010 also holds the Young Man of Chan Hol, along with ancient elephants and giant sloths entombed when sea levels were lower. Archaeologists have no way of guarding the hundreds of cenotes in the region.

Read more at New Scientist

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Deepwater Horizon oil spill     Photo: lagohsep/Flickr

Feds Make First Arrest in BP Oil Disaster

Engineer deleted texts about spill's scale

On Tuesday, federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against a former BP engineer for allegedly deleting hundreds of text messages about the scale of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the first to arise from the 2010 disaster. Kurt Mix, who was part of a BP team trying to estimate the amount of crude flowing from the well, was arrested and charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for destroying evidence. In court papers, the FBI said it was investigating whether BP knew the oil well was leaking more crude than it admitted publicly. The deleted texts included a report that the well was flowing at a rate three times that of the company's estimate. Under the Clean Water Act, BP's financial liability is partly determined by how much oil was discharged.

Read more at Bloomberg Businessweek

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Tom Boonen in 2009     Photo: bram_souffreau/Flickr

Omega Pharma-QuickStep Limits Tweets

Riders to keep quiet after finishing

The director of the Omega Pharma-QuickStep cycling team has banned riders from sending tweets after finishing a race. Brian Holm will not let riders tweet within an hour of finishing in an effort to keep post-race frustrations offline. "I think they just need to get their rawest emotion out of their minds after a sprint," Holm said. "Otherwise they might write something they regret." Holm added that he thinks the proper use of social media can create debate and be good for the sport. Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider Tom Boonen leads WorldTour rankings.

Read more at Cycling News

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