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Coaching Athletics Quarterly

News From Around the World

The way to compete - MONACO (MON): An updated set of guidelines has been submitted to the Russian Athletics Federation for athletes wishing to apply to compete internationally in 2017. The guidelines outline the criteria that athletes must meet to be able to apply for permission to compete in international competitions as a neutral athlete. One of the criteria requires athletes to show they are not directly implicated in any way knowingly or unknowingly in the country’s doping scandals.

Coe optimistic - MONACO (MON): IAAF President Sebastian Coe looks optimistic into 2017. "2016 was a year of challenge and change. 2017 will be one of implementation and innovation as we continue to restore trust in athletics," he wrote on his twitter.

Bolt will be everywhere in 2020 - KINGSTON (JAM): Sprinting hero Usain Bolt said for L´Equipe what he will do during 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I will be in the stadium. That's for sure. I want to be at the next Olympic Games to be able to attend all the competitions that I have always wanted to see. I've never seen swimming, I've always wanted to go to a basketball game at the Olympics, I want to see football. I want to see everything, I want to be everywhere! I'm already looking forward to it. One thing is for sure: during the next Olympics, you will see me in pictures everywhere!

Bolt did 54 m with javelin - KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt revealed for L´Equipe how ended his javelin bet at the Olympics. It happened in Rio the evening after his last gold medal, in the movie Im Bolt pictures from his throw are included, but what was the result? "Yes, it was a gamble! With my team, we made a bet during the season. Some said I was able to throw a javelin more than 50 meters. Others, on the contrary, like Ricky and NJ, did not believe in it. So we organized a bet with Ricky, NJ and my masseuse. My masseuse bet on 60 meters. That's what I bet on. In the end, I threw 54 meters, I think. So I won two bets and I lost one. It's not bad performance, but I had so much pain on my arm after that!"

Wlodarczyk AOY by TFN - MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Poland´s hammer star Anita Wlodarczyk was for second time voted Track and Field News Women Athlete of the Year after 2014. She is only fourth thrower with this title (before Faina Melnik, Ilone Briesenick and Valerie Adams). As the magazine website informs, the international panel of experts had little difficulty in choosing the best woman of the Olympic year. The 31-year-old Pole twice broke her own World Record, the first time in claiming gold in Rio. In forging an incredibly dominant season, Włodarczyk won all 12 of her meets and produced no fewer than the 42 farthest throws of the year. Second is IAAF AOY Almaz Ayana ahead of Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson. In the top ten fourth is Ruth Jebet ahead of Keni Harrison and Sandra Perkovic. Number seven goes for Caster Semenya over Shaunae Miller, Vivian Cheruiyot and Caterine Ibarguen.

Kiplagat will return to her record course - BARCELONA (ESP): World Half Marathon record holder Florence Kiplagat will return to the record place as she is confirmed again for eDreams Mitja Marato de Barcelona on February 12 next year. Kiplagat clocked in 2014 and 2015 editions in total including split times 5 world records. It will be her fourth start at this event. Her aim is to be the first woman with sub 65 minutes time. Informs mundodeportivo.com.

van Niekerk and Wlodarczyk by AI readers - LONDON (GBR): Olympic champions and world record breakers Wayde van Niekerk and Anita Wlodarczyk were voted world athletes of the year by Athletics International readers (results and news bulletin published by Mel Watman and Peter Matthews).

Shaunae considering a double - NASSAU (BAH): Olympic 400 m champion Shaunae Miller is considering a 200/400m double at the 2017 World Championships in London, informs SPIKES. “We’re definitely looking to do it next year. It’s something on the menu, so we’re working hard towards it and hopefully it’ll work out for the best,” she said. Miller also said she might even aim to race the 800m next year as well.

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