Coaching Athletics Quarterly

News From Around the World

Amos for 500 m - NEWCASTLE (GBR): Nijel Amos and Aries Merritt are among the top international stars taking part in the Great North CityGames at Newcastle-Gateshead on September 9. Amos will race over 500m where he will face a line-up including fellow 800m specialist Guy Learmonth and 400m specialists Martyn Rooney, Dwayne Cowan and Rabah Yousif while Merritt faces teammate Jarrett Eaton and former European indoor champion Petr Svoboda in the 110m hurdles.

Arevalo and de Sena - MONACO (MON): World champion Eider Arevalo of Colombia is also winner of the 2017 IAAF Race Walking Challenge with 36 points. Second Brazilian bronze medalist from London Caio Bonfim 25 and third Andres Chocho of Ecuador also 25. In the fourth place South African record holder Lebogang Shange with 20, he was also fourth in London. Canadian Evan Dunfee takes fifth 19, the same score for 6th placer Perseus Karlstrom from Sweden. In women category first ever Brazilian win for World Championships fourth placer Erica de Sena with 34 points.

Vivian and Mo - NEWCASTLE (GBR): Vivian Cheruiyot and Mo Farah will defend their titles in the Great North Run on 10 September. Cheruiyot will go head-to-head with former two-time winner and reigning London Marathon champion Mary Keitany while fellow Kenyans Betsy Saina and Caroline Kipkirui, who paced Keitany in the London Marathon in April, could also challenge. Top Brits in the field include Alyson Dixon and former runner-up Gemma Steel. In the men’s race, Farah will face last year’s runner-up Dathan Ritzenhein, New Zealanders Jake and Zane Robertson and veteran Bernard Lagat.

18 Champions in Zurich - ZURICH (SUI): After being forced to withdraw from the 400m final, Isaac Makwala will go head-to-head with world and Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk in the Weltklasse Zurich IAAF Diamond League on 24 August, informs organisers. Van Niekerk is one of 18 world champions from London confirmed with world 5000m champion Muktar Edris going head-to-head again with world 10,000m champion Mo Farah in another standout clash over 5000m. Other world champions confirmed are Dafne Schippers (200m), Caster Semenya (800m), Sally Pearson (100m hurdles), Emma Coburn (3000m steeplechase), Yulimar Rojas (triple jump), Ekaterini Stefanidi (pole vault), Gong Lijiao (shot put), Barbora Spotakova (javelin), Justin Gatlin (100m), Elijah Manangoi (1500m), Karsten Warholm (400m hurdles), Mutaz Essa Barshim (high jump), Sam Kendricks (pole vault), Luvo Manyonga (long jump) and Johannes Vetter (javelin).

QUOTE OF THE DAY "I found Viking helmet in the crowd and it just felt right. I thought it was suitable for the occasion. It is cold and wet like Norway so I guess it suited me,"
Karsten Warholm.

QUOTE OF THE DAY - Renaud Lavillenie: "I cheered for Bosse, it helped me to keep my motivation. I am very proud for him. We are competing at the best level, enjoying ourselves and showing emotions - that is why we love this sport.”

LONDON NEWS - NAIROBI (KEN): David Rudisha is satisfied with his final preparations for the World Championships where he will defend his title, informs Citizen Digital. “The preparations have been going on well since we reported in camp. I’m happy with the training since this is a very crucial time for us as we make the final preparations. I have been working on endurance, speed and some good track sessions just to make sure that we have everything balanced. The preparations have been good and we’re all up for this,” he said.

Medals will be reallocated - LONDON (GBR): Five athletes and eleven teams have accepted invitations to receive reallocated World Championships medals at this year’s event in London, the IAAF has announced. Following doping disqualifications, USA’s 4x400m quartet from the 2013 edition will receive their gold medals in the London Stadium before the opening session on August 4. The other gold awarded will be to Jessica Ennis, the 2011 winner, and this will take place before the evening action on August 6. With regards to other athletes unable to take up the invitation, the IAAF is in contact with member federations who will find other appropriate opportunities.

KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt heads a team of 56 for London 2017. Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson and Rio 2016 hurdles winner Omar McLeod are also going to Britain. Former World record holder Asafa Powell who was seeking medical exemption was not selected. In the women 100 m also named Simone Facey, Jura Levy and Sashalee Forbes.

4x400 m World U20 record - TRUJILLO (PER, Jul 23): The USA closed the 19th Pan American U20 Championships on a high note by breaking the men’s U20 4x400m world record. Brian Herron, Zachary Shinnick, Sean Hooper and Josephus Lyles pushed themselves to a new time of 3:00.33 minutes, erasing the 13-year old mark of 3:01.09, set by another USA squad that included future Olympic champions Lashawn Merritt and Kerron Clement. Christopher Taylor, the 2015 world U18 400m gold medallist, anchored the Jamaican quartet to a new national U20 record in 3:03.77.