Coaching Athletics Quarterly

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 15, 2017 – Grandma’s Marathon, which will host its 41st annual weekend of running events in Duluth on June 15-17, has become a bronze sponsor of the Team USA Minnesota Distance Training Center.  As part of the sponsorship, the Grandma’s Marathon organization will also provide Team USA Minnesota with 10 entries to the sold-out Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon to use as a fundraiser.

Gatlin plans for early racing - ORLANDO (USA): Olympic and World medalist Justin Gatlin plans to compete already in April. He passed as usual the indoor season. Gatlin plans to open at Grenada Invitational in the 100 m on April 8. Then relay appearances should follow for USA. At IAAF World Relays in Nassau and Penn Relays the following weekend in Philadelphia. After that the US Champion plans to run on the circuit, also in Asia, but the races are not yet finally confirmed except of IAAF World Challenge in Kawasaki on May 21. Informs his agent Renaldo Nehemiah.

Defending champion Shuko Genemo will return to the Vienna City Marathon. The Ethiopian youngster caused a surprise when she took Austria’s most prestigious road running event with a personal best of 2:24:31 despite very strong winds in 2016. While the weather was the most difficult opponent for Genemo a year ago this time it may well be a compatriot: Meseret Mengistu is among the female athletes announced by the organisers today. The experienced Ethiopian marathon runner features a personal record of 2:23:26. The 34th Vienna City Marathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, will take place on 23rd April. Including road races at other distances more than 39,000 runners have entered the event so far. Online registration and information is still available at: www.vienna-marathon.com

Crouser heads the field for Pre - EUGENE (USA): Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser leads a power-packed shot put field at the Prefontaine Classic that includes all of the world’s best. The 43rd Prefontaine Classic, part of the IAAF Diamond League will be held May 26-27, 2017 at historic Hayward Field. Confirmed also World champion Joe Kovacs, Tom Walsh of New Zealand, German top shot star David Storl and fresh European Indoor champion Konrad Bukowiecki. Also in the field Kurt Roberts and Congo´s record holder Franck Elemba.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- Competitive fields led to fast times and close finishes Saturday, as Olympian Leonard Korir and Jordan Hasay continued their strong 2017 campaigns with big victories at the USATF 15 km Championships in Jacksonville, Florida, hosted by the Gate River Run.

NYRR Times Square Youth Run gives 1,000 youth runners the free opportunity to run 1500 meters in one of New York City's most iconic locations right alongside the 13.1-mile course; Official partners to offer engaging activations that will enhance the race experience for runners and spectators - NEW YORK (March 13, 2017)—The streets of New York City will come alive on Sunday, March 19, as 20,000 runners of all ages and abilities from more than 90 countries around the world embark on a 13.1-mile journey through Manhattan at the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half. Simultaneously, iconic Times Square will play host to 1,000 youth participants taking on a 1500 meter out-and-back course in the third annual NYRR Times Square Youth Run. New York Road Runners’ popular half-marathon event will feature numerous sponsor activations that will engage the running community throughout race week.

Kirwa 2:21:17 PB - NAGOYA (JPN, Mar 12): Despite falling at the start, Olympic silver medallist Eunice Kirwa claimed her third title in the Nagoya Women’s Marathon in a lifetime best and course record of 2:21:17 (70:21/70:56) ahead of debutante Yuka Ando (2:21:36). Ando becomes the fastest debutante in Japanese marathon history and moves to fourth on the Japanese all-time lists behind Mizuki Noguchi (2:19:12), Yoko Shibui (2:19:41) and Naoko Takahashi (2:19:46). Japanese runners filled the next seven places with Mao Kiyota (2:23:47) and Sayaka Kuwahara (2:26:09) third and fourth respectively. Former world marathon silver medallist Valeria Straneo was a non-starter.

Weber 85.85, Weisshaidinger 65.73 - LAS PALMAS (ESP, Mar 11): On the first day of the European Throwing Cup in Las Palmas, Julian Weber went out to a world-leading 85.85m to win the javelin by more than seven metres from Italy’s Roberto Bertolini (78.78m). Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger was the best in discus with excellent 65.73m from Lithuania’s Andrius Gudzius (64.18m). Another top mark came in the hammer with world bronze medallist Alexandra Tavernier going out to 71.71m to beat Katrin Klaas (71.06m) while Sweden’s Ida Storm set a 70.97m PB in the ‘B’ competition. European indoor shot put champion Anita Marton won again with 18.05m from France’s Jessica Cerival 17.50 and Euroindoors medalist Yulia Leantsiuk 17.48 while Fanny Roos won the U23 competition in 17.53m. Olympic javelin champion Sara Kolak won the U23 javelin with 61.01m from Turkey’s Eda Tugsuz (60.98m) and Germany’s Alexej Mikhailov won the U23 hammer with 71.56 PB from 19-year-old Bence Halasz (71.51m). U23 men discus winner was Alin Firfirica of Romania 59.62.

Reider to lead Schippers coaching - ARNHEM (NED): Rana Reider has replaced Bart Bennema as Dafne Schippers’ lead coach, informs De Volkskrant. "We have after the Olympics pressed the reset button. We wanted to take the next step. It is necessary to try new things,” said Bennema, who added Schippers is in good shape ahead of the summer season. "She had a good winter. Dafne had a post-Olympic dip, but she is now completely fresh. Her times are faster again." She was not competing during the indoor season and no plans are yet public for the summer.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo and World Championship bronze medalist Emily Infeld lead strong men’s and women’s contingents into the USATF 15 km Championships Saturday morning in Jacksonville, Florida, hosted by the Gate River Run.

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