16 JAN 2006 General News

IAAF AUCTION - World and Olympic memories of Bekele and Isinbayeva - What’s your bid?

Yelena Isinbayeva donates spikes to the IAAF (IAAF)Yelena Isinbayeva donates spikes to the IAAF (IAAF) © Copyright

MonteCarloWorld Athletes of the Year, Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) and Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS), have donated historically significant items of memorabilia for the charity auction which began this morning.

All the auction lots are available for bids for a ten day period via the on-line auction house eBay, CLICK HERE TO BID

The IAAF’s humanitarian project ‘Athletics for a Better World: The IAAF Stars’ Donation Fund’, offers fans of World and Olympic track and field athletics the chance to buy pieces of unique sporting history.

Fifty star athletes from the Olympics’ number one sport, 23 of whom have been World Record breakers during their career, have donated items of personal memorabilia associated with some of their greatest sporting triumphs to the project whose proceeds are to be distributed between three United Nations organisations, FAO, UNICEF and the WFP.

Check out – http://www.iaaf.org/AFABW for further information.

Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)

Kenenisa Bekele, 23, the reigning Olympic and two-time World 10,000m champion has donated his Paris 2003 competition vest. It was on 24 August 2003 at those World Championships in the French capital that the Ethiopian marvel first became a global track champion, having already dominated the cross country discipline since 2002. His winning time in Paris was 26:49.57, then the tenth fastest in history, and in the process he out-sprinted his legendary compatriot Haile Gebrselassie for gold.

Kenenisa Bekele’s autographed 2003 World Championship vest is now open for bids on ebay.

Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)

Yelena Isinbayeva, 23, the reigning Olympic and World champion for the women’s Pole Vault, has donated the competition shoes which she wore when taking the Olympic gold medal with a World record of 4.91m, on 24 August 2004 in Athens, Greece. In a final which saw nine Olympic records, Isinbayeva dramatically cleared 4.80m on her first and last try to grab the gold medal position after being on the verge of elimination after first time failures at 4.70m and 4.75m. She then soared over 4.85m and then the World record 4.91m at the first try.

Yelena Isinbayeva’s autographed 2004 Olympic competition shoes are now open for bids on ebay. Also as part of the auction lot is a Russian Team T-Shirt which has been signed by her.