Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hersh leads VP vote; Americans earn IAAF committee spots

DAEGU, South Korea – USATF Board member Robert Hersh led the voting as one of four IAAF vice presidents while three more Americans were elected to IAAF posts during the recently concluded IAAF Congress.

The Congress took place this week in the run-up to the 2011 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which run August 27-Sept. 4 in Daegu.

A longtime USATF board member and IAAF Council member, Hersh was re-elected as an IAAF vice president, leading the vote with 175 ballots. Second in voting was Qatari Athletics President Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad with 171, former British middle-distance world record holder and Olympic gold medalist Sebastian Coe was third with 169, and pole vault World record holder Sergey Bubka of Ukraine took the fourth and final vice president spot with 159.

David Katz led the voting to remain on the IAAF Technical Committee; 12 committee members were elected in a field of 28 candidates. Anne Timmons was second in balloting among 18 candidates, earning one of eight Women’s Committee spots, and Rex Harvey claimed one of eight Masters Committee positions as the fourth-highest vote getter in a field of 15.

“The USA Track & Field board of directors was very strategic in putting forth who they felt were our strongest candidates in these committee races,” said USATF Interim CEO Mike McNees. “We are proud of Bob, David, Anne and Rex for being elected to these posts and thank all of our candidates in all the races for their efforts and commitment to our sport.”

For full IAAF election results, visit

Robert Hersh (USA)

Date of birth 12 February 1940
Nationality American
Languages English

Positions held in the IAAF
Council Member since 1999
Technical Committee Member 1984-1999
Chairman, Competition Working Group 1984-1999
Positions held in National Federation
Member Board of Directors
Rules Committee Chairman
Track & Field Records Sub-Committee Chairman

Additional Information
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Columbia University
Juris Doctor Degree, Harvard Law School
Technical Delegate
World Indoor Championships, 1991
Pan-American Junior Championships 1986
Numerous IAAF Grand Prix and Permit Meetings
ITO (International Technical Official)
World Indoor Championships, 1993
Grand Prix Finals, 1989 and 1996
Stadium Announcer
Olympic Games 1984-1996
World Championships 1991-1999
World Cup in Athletics 1994-1998
World Indoor Championships 1987-1999
World Junior Championships 1994 and 1998
Member, ATFS (Association of Track & Field Statisticians)

President (8 November 1999 -)
Lamine Diack (SEN)
Senior Vice President
Dr Arne Ljungqvist (SWE)

Vice Presidents
Dapeng Lou (CHN)
Dr. Helmut Digel (GER)
Amadeo Francis (PUR)

Honorary Treasurer
H Robert H Stinson (GBR)

General Secretary
Istvan Gyulai (HUN)

William Bailey (AUS)
Sergey Bubka (UKR)
Leonard Chuene (RSA)
Nawal El Moutawakel - Bennis (MAR)
Alpheus Finlayson (BAH)
R. Gesta De Melo (BRA)
Gianni Gola (ITA)
Robert Hersh (USA)
Abby Hoffman (CAN)
A. Juantorena Danger (CUB)
Suresh Kalmadi (IND)
Isaiah Kiplagat (KEN)
Neville McCook (JAM)
C. Moreno Bravo (MEX)
José Maria Odriozola (ESP)
Jung-Ki Park (KOR)
Jean Poczobut (FRA)
Jamel Simohamed (ALG)
Igor Ter-Ovanesian (RUS)
Taizo Watanabe (JPN)
Hansjörg Wirz (SUI)

Keith Conning: Bob Hersh, 71, is a senior editor of Track and Field News. Hersh was one of the announcers for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Hersh and Bob Jarvis, the voice of the Golden West Invitational in Folsom, California, are graduates of the Harvard Law School. My son, Andrew, 39, is a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He starts his third of a five year Ed.D. program this fall. Andy spent the summer studying Mandarin in Beijing. He is emphasizing the study of higher education in China.

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