Coaching Athletics Quarterly

News From Around the World

Highest number in men 4x100 m - NASSAU (BAH): In total 546 runners from 35 countries are expected to 3rd IAAF World Relays in Nassau this weekend. The 2nd edition in 2015 had 669 runners from 43 countries entered (one more event was staged). From the 2017 figure 283 men and 216 women. The highest number of teams is in the men 4x100 with 21 followed by men 4x400 m 19 and women 4x400 m 17. In the women 4x100 m 14 teams are entered. In the 4x200 m 15 men and 10 women teams. The remaining three events will have straight finals. Men 4x800 m has 7 and women 5 teams. In the first time organised Mixed 4x400 m relay exactly 8 teams are entered.

Stellar high hurdles field - EUGENE (USA): Superb field is announced for Prefontaine Classic 110 m hurdles race. The last five No. 1 world-ranked high hurdlers will go head-to-head, the all-star quintet includes the last two Olympic Champions, the last two World Champions and the World Record Holder, all of whom have dipped under the 13-second barrier in their careers. Aries Merritt, Omar McLeod, Sergey Shubenkov, David Oliver, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, Dimitri Bascou and Andy Pozzi are the names. The race will be staged on Saturday May 27 and is a non DL event.
Kenyan double  - BOSTON (USA, Apr 17): Geoffrey Kirui (2:09:37) and Edna Kiplagat (2:21:52) made it a Kenyan double in the Boston Marathon. Kiplagat ran a big negative split of 69:19 to win on her race debut ahead of Bahrain’s Rose Chelimo (2:22:51) and debutante Jordan Hasay (2:23:00) with long-time leader Desiree Linden fourth in 2:25:06. Kiplagat, 37, also became the oldest winner of the women’s race since 1977. Reigning champion Atsede Baysa from Ethiopia dropped off the pace after the 15km mark and faded to 22nd in 2:40:07 while notable DNFs included Kenyans Joyce Chepkirui and former winner Caroline Rotich. Kirui broke away from Galen Rupp in the last five kilometres to win the men’s race in 2:09:37 (64:35/65:02) to Rupp’s 2:09:58. His training partner Suguro Osako was third in 2:10:28 ahead of Shadrack Biwott (2:12:08), Wilson Chebet (2:12:35) and Abdi Abdirahman (2:12:45). Six Americans finished inside the top-10 although former winner Meb Keflezighi finished down the field in his penultimate marathon in 13th (2:17:00). Fastest entrant Emmanuel Mutai was a distant 18th in 2:19:33 while notable DNFs included reigning champion Lemi Berhanu, Sisay Lemma and Kenyans Daniel Salel and Sammy Kitwara.
Kenenisa tops the list - LONDON (GBR): Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele tops the list of world class contenders for the men’s elite race at London Marathon 2017. He seeks to become only the third Ethiopian man ever to win the coveted London Marathon title and the first since two-time winner Tsegaye Kebede in 2013. He will face five opponents who have run marathons quicker than 2:06, while the field contains two marathon world champions, three of the top five finishers from last summer’s Olympic Games, and the winners of the Abbott World Marathon Majors races in Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago and New York in 2016. Specially to mention his team-mates, Feyisa Lilesa, Tesfaye Abera and and Tilahun Regassa. Abel Kirui and Daniel Wanjiru willo lead the Kenyan challenge. Eritrea’s young star Ghirmay Ghebreslassie returns to London after finishing fourth last April in a PB 2:07:46 and is 2015 World champion. A number of Britain’s best will be out in force too seeking a place on the London 2017 World Championship team. Former European 10 000 m silver medallist Chris Thompson, London 2012 Olympian Scott Overall and Rio Olympian Tsegai Tewelde are the leading contenders. Organisers are writing in a preview.
IAAF COUNCIL DAY ONE - LONDON (GBR): World Championships this summer in London is on track at this stage of preparations to deliver a great event with full stadia and passionate fans. The international tickets sales are the best ever with 605,000 tickets sold to date, more than any other IAAF World Championships. This includes 80,000 children’s tickets at the Usain Bolt price of £9.58. The marathon start and finish will be on Tower Bridge and the course of 4x10km loops is very spectator friendly and takes in many iconic London landmarks with victory ceremonies held in the Tower of London Moat. The race walks will be held on a two-kilometre loop along The Mall, between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square with the world famous ‘Changing of the Guard’ being featured with victory ceremonies taking place against the stunning backdrop of Buckingham Palace at the end of the day. Report from the LOC was the main point during first day of the 209th IAAF Council Meeting. Second day should have in the agenda also the programme of athletics at the Olympic Games 2020.
De Grasse against a top field - WALNUT (USA): The 59th MtSAC Relays in Walnut this weekend is having in start lists some top names and clashes. In the 100 m invitational Olympic medalist Andre de Grasse is scheduled to run against Grenada winner Mike Rodgers, indoor World leader Ronnie Baker, Briton CJ Ujah and 200 m Olympian Ameer Webb. Another Rio medalist Clayton Murphy is in the 800 m with Duaine Solomon and Erik Sowinski. World record holder Aries Merritt should be in the 110 m Hurdles with Aleec Harris. Australian Fabrice Lapierre is in long jump.
Kiprop, C. Kipruto, Harrison vs Rollins - DOHA (QAT): Three-time world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop is confirmed for the 1500m at the Doha Diamond League on 5 May where he will face teammates Silas Kiplagat and Elijah Manangoi. Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto will contest the 3000m flat against Olympic 5000m silver medallist Paul Chelimo and Ethiopians Hagos Gebrhiwet and world indoor champion Yomif Kejelcha. World record-holder Kendra Harrison goes head-to-head with Olympic champion Brianna Rollins in the 100m hurdles with Nia Ali, Cindy Ofili and European champion Cindy Roleder also in the field.
Harrison and Thompson for Kingston Invite - KINGSTON (JAM): Asafa Powell, Elaine Thompson, Andre De Grasse and Kendra “Keni” Harrison are the big names announced for the Jamaica Invitational on May 20 (IAAF World Challenge). The organizers also announced rising Jamaican star quarter-miler Javon Francis and American Lashawn Merritt (in the 200 m against De Grasse) will be on show. Thompson will run the 200 m. Powell will go in the men’s 100 m against US Mike Rodgers. World and Olympic bronze medallist Shericka Jackson takes on fellow Jamaican Stephenie Ann McPherson in the 400m, while Olympic finalist Christania Williams will contest the 100m. Informs Trackalerts.

Viljoen 62.82, Simbine 20.32 - POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA, Mar 15): Olympic javelin silver medalist Sunette Viljoen opened at Speed Series meet here the season with London standard 62.82. "I’m very happy with that. I’ve put in a lot of hard work and it is all coming together now, so it is really good to qualify for the worlds at my first meeting," Viljoen said. Olympic winner at 800 m Caster Semenya debuted in the 3000 m with 9:36.29 PB.  "The distance is a bit long for me. I’m used to running under two minutes on the track, then go home.

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.