Coaching Athletics Quarterly

News From Around the World

Muir is helping ticket sales – LONDON (GBR): Two-time European indoor champion Laura Muir has sparked a huge rush for tickets for this summer’s IAAF World Championships London 2017 (04-13 August) following her stunning double gold medal win in Belgrade. Muir said: “I am really looking forward to London and to see that so many people are interested in my events is great for my confidence. I believe my confidence is showing in my performances and I was delighted to come away with two golds at the European Indoor Championships. Doing so many races back to back was great with a view to the IAAF World Championships in London and I can’t wait to put in the hard work and see what I can achieve in front of a massive home crowd.” The platform has already proved a huge success with 5,346 sales made from genuine athletics fans to other genuine athletics fans since tickets for all sessions across both Championships officially went back on sale at 10am on Wednesday 8 March. From a release by the organisers.

SAFP to miss the 2017 season KINGSTON (JAM): Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will miss the 2017 season as she is expecting her first child, informs Track Alerts. “All my focus heading into training for my 2017 season was on getting healthy and putting myself in the best possible fitness to successfully defend my title in London 2017. But life is filled with many blessings with God. So here I am thinking about being the greatest mother I can be with my biggest blessing and the promise God made me,” she said on her social media accounts. Fraser-Pryce is aiming to return to action in 2018.

9.58 popular ticket - LONDON (GBR): Tickets for all athletics sessions at the London Stadium for World Championships will go back on sale from 8 March at 10.00 am. Organisers have also increased the availability of the massively popular ‘Bolt ticket’ – a £9.58 children’s ticket in honour of the legendary Jamaican’s 100m world record, following a huge response from families purchasing tickets.

World leads Harrison and Baker - ALBUQUERQUE (USA, Mar 5): World 100 m hurdles record-holder Keni Harrison clocked a world-leading 7.74 in the 60m hurdles heats to tie Gail Devers’ champs record before winning the final in 7.81 by 0.01 from Jasmin Stowers in 7.82 (7.92 heat). Christina Manning clocked 7.87 in the heat but was a distant third in the final in 8.02. Aries Merritt won his first US indoor title since 2012 with victory in the men’s 60m hurdles in 7.51 from Aleec Harris (7.54) and Jarret Eaton (7.59). Ronnie Baker won the 60m in a world-leading 6.45 (6.54 heat) from LeShon Collins (6.54) while Morolake Akinosun won the women’s 60m in 7.08 from Dezerea Bryant (7.11).

Kirwa for Nagoya Women Marathon - NAGOYA (JPN): Olympic marathon silver medallist and course record-holder Eunice Kirwa from Bahrain will defend her Nagoya Women’s Marathon title on 12 March, informs Japan Running News. Kirwa will face strong domestic opposition from Rei Ohara (2:23:20), Mao Kiyota (2:24:32) and Reia Iwade (2:24:38) who finished third, fourth and fifth respectively last year. Miho Shimizu (69:41) and Yuka Ando (69:51) will make their full marathon debuts while other leading international names include former world silver medallist Valeria Straneo from Italy, Ethiopia’s Fatuma Sado, Kenya’s Monica Jepkoech and Spain's Alessandra Aguilar.

Balkan Championships this Saturday
BELGRADE (SRB): Top test for the facilities in the Kombank Arena before the European Indoor Championships will be this Saturday at the Balkan Championships. Entered are 271 athletes from 16 countries. The biggest teams are coming from Turkey and home Serbia. The 7 hours programme covers all championships events. Ivana Spanovic and Asmir Kolasinac will be top home stars.  In the Greek team for example World Indoor medalist in women triple jump Paraskevi Papahristou.

Van Niekerk to run at Provincial Champs
BLOEMFONTEIN (RSA): Next competition for 400 m Olympic winner and World record holder Wayde van Niekerk is planned for weekend March 10 and 11. He will contest the Provincial championships in Bloemfontein. The coach will decide later which events he will run, but it will be more than one. Confirms his agent Peet Van Zyl.


DARMSTADT (GER): A 45-member team has been chosen to represent Germany at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade. Leading names on the team include reigning shot put champion David Storl, European triple jump champion Max Hess and former world pole vault champion Raphael Holzdeppe. Konstanze Klosterhalfen has been chosen for both the 1500m and 3000m while Pamela Dutkiewicz and Cindy Roleder start among the favourites in the 60m hurdles. European U20 champion Gina Luckenkemper has chosen to forego the champs but the Germans will still be well represented in the 60m by Rebekka Haase, Lisa Mayer and Alexandra Burghardt. Multi-events specialist Claudia Rath will contest the individual long jump along with Alexandra Wester and Maryse Luzolo.

ISTANBUL (TUR): Turkey is sending 15 athletes to Belgrade, additions are possible after Balkan Championships. Main stars will be European Champions and medalists from distance races. Yasemin Can will run 3000 m, Ozlem Kaya 1500 m or 3000 m, Ali Kay and Aras Kaya also the 3000 m on the men side. Strong is also the men 4x400 m team. The only athlete in technical events will be Emel Dereli for women shot put.

PARIS (FRA): A 30-strong team will represent France at the European Indoor Championships. Star names on the team include Olympic decathlon silver medallist Kevin Mayer in the heptathlon and reigning European indoor champion Pascal Martinot-Lagarde who makes up a strong triumvirate in the 60m hurdles along with Aurel Manga and Garfield Darien. Other leading medal hopes include Kevin Menaldo in the pole vault, Jean-Marc Pontvianne and Melvin Raffin (junior) in the triple jump and Floria Guei in the 400m.  

KYIV (UKR): A team of 32 athletes will represent Ukraine at the European Indoor Championships. Leading medal contenders include former European indoor 60m champion Olesya Povh, world indoor U20 pentathlon record-holder Alina Shukh and a strong trio in the high jump including Yuliya Levcheko and veteran Oksana Okuneva. Former world and European triple jump champion Olha Saladukha is a notable absentee.

TALLINN (EST): Estonia is sending 6 athletes (3 men and 3 women) to Belgrade. Ksenija Balta who in 2009 the long jump is entered for 60 m and her specialty. Heptathlete Maicel Uibo is another top name,  he is invited based on his 2016 result and did not compete so far indoors. 

COPENHAGEN (DEN):  European 400 m hurdles champion Sara Petersen is the main name in the Danish team. 4 men and 2 women is the summary. Also to note young sprinter Kristoffer Hari for the 60 m and experienced Andreas Bube for 800 m. Unfortunately high jumper Janick Klausen is out due to heel injury.

BUDAPEST (HUN): Hungarian team will have 15 athletes with Anita Marton in shot put and Balazs Baji in 60 m hurdles the main medal hopes.  Also to note Tamas Kazi in the 1500 m and two strong names for pentathlon Gyorgyi Zsivoczky-Farkas with Xenia Krizsan.

BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Multi-eventer Liam Ramsey has been added to the British team for the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade next week but European indoor 3000m silver medallist Lee Emanuel has pulled out.

MOSCOW (RUS): Former champion Darya Klishina will train in Rome ahead of the European Indoor Championships according to her agent Alexey Nikolaev, informs R-Sport. Klishina will arrive in the Serbian capital next Wednesday.


SAN JUAN (PUR): IAAF President Sebastian Coe will attend the annual meeting of the North, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Confederation (NACAC) Council this weekend at Caribe Hilton hotel in San Juan. Informs Trackalerts. Responding to an invitation by NACAC President Victor Lopez, Coe and the area’s officials will discuss key issues to the sport in the region, including proposed amendments to the NACAC Constitution following the IAAF Constitution changes last December. During the two-day meeting (Friday and Saturday), the NACAC Council will examine the results of their 2014-207 strategic plan and the area calendar featuring 18 meets in seven countries in the lead-up to the IAAF World Championships in London in August.

MOSCOW (RUS): RusAF president Dmitry Shlyakhtin has said the next meeting between the IAAF taskforce and the ARAF won’t take place until May, informs TASS. “Based on the current understanding of the situation, our next meeting may take place until earlier than May. But we cannot exclude any kind of change,” he said. 

MOSCOW (RUS): Senior Russian coach Anton Nazarov has tipped Polina Knoroz as the future of Russian pole vaulting, informs R-Sport. ”Sidorova proved her status [at the Russian Indoor Championships],  Mullina and Krasnova were good, but it is worth noting the result of Polina Knoroz, born in 1999, who vaulted 4.50m...she is a very promising girl, we hope that by 2020 she will jump very high,” he said. Knoroz is the daughter of former European 400m hurdles bronze medallist Anna Knoroz. 

NEW YORK (USA): Rio Olympians Molly Huddle, Amy Cragg and Desiree Linden will all compete in the NYC Half on 19 March, informs organisers. Huddle and Cragg are preparing for summer seasons on the track while Linden is in training for the Boston Marathon in April. Former Boston and New York Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi and New York Marathon third-placer Abdi Abdirahman are the top domestic names in the men’s race. 

NAIROBI (KEN): Sarah Chepchirchir is targeting a podium finish in the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday, informs the Daily Nation. “My training was fine and I thank God so far because it was injury free. I want to run a good race on Sunday and my prayer is to be on the podium,” said Chepchirchir, who is hoping to make the Kenyan team for the World Championships in London this summer. 

ROTTERDAM (NED): Kenyans Marius Kimutai, Laban Korir, Festus Talam, Philemon Rono, Lucas Rotich and Luka Kanda have all been confirmed for the Rotterdam Marathon on 9 April, informs NOS. Kimutai is the fastest of the six with a 2:05:47 PB while Talam memorably won the Eindhoven Marathon last year in 2:06:26 despite starting the race only as a pacemaker.

NAIROBI (KEN): Former world junior 10 000 m bronze medallist Nicholas Kosimbei has replaced Bedan Karoki on the Kenyan team for the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, informs the Daily Nation. Karoki finished second at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships but has chosen to forego the event in order to focus on the London Marathon.

VAXJO (SWE): Angelica Bengtsson was initially planning to miss the entirety of the indoor season but she has announced on her Instagram page that she has made a last-minute decision to compete at the Swedish Indoor Championships in Vaxjo this weekend.

LEIPZIG (GER): Sprinter Tatjana Pinto said bruises on her knee and calf prevented her from taking part in the 60m final at the German Indoor Championships, informs Leichtathletik.de. "Unfortunately, I could not compete because of calf and knee bruises. I would have certainly been faster but we did not want to take any risks. Nevertheless, I am satisfied with it. The focus is on the summer with the World Cup in London,” she said.  Pinto clocked 7.20 in the heat and 7.18 in the semifinal.

REIMS (FRA): Steeple star Mahiedine Mekhissi has returned to his previous coach Farouk Madaci, informs L’Equipe. Farouk had previously coached Mekhissi between 2009 and 2012. 

KYIV (UKR): Ukraine has named a team of 17 to compete at the European Winter Throws Cup in Las Palmas, 11-12 March. The squad includes Mykyta Nesterenko (discus), Natalia Semenova (discus), Hanna Hatsko-Fedusova (javelin) and Alyona Shamotina (hammer).

PRAHA (CZE): Czech Indoor Championships will be held this weekend in the Prague´s Stromovka Hall. All main names will compete, fresh World Indoor Tour winner Pavel Maslak will run the 200 m. It will be also last chance for a group of athletes to achieve the standard for European Indoor Championships in Belgrade.  Czech Television will prepare from both days live transmissions.

BRUSSELS (BEL): Experienced meeting maker Wilfried Meert is ending as the Meeting Director of the Memorial Van Damme. "After 40 years “at the helm”, I gladly pass the baton to Cédric Van Branteghem, who joined our team in September 2015. I am convinced he has the necessary talent to successfully drive our meeting further forward. However, I will not totally disappear from our sport as I will continue to work with the Diamond League meeting of Rabat as the "Athlete's liaison". I will also retain my position as President of the Board of the Memorial Van Damme," said Meert in a statement.

MOSCOW (RUS): The Swiss Federal Court denied Sergey Shubenkov’s and Yelena Isinbayeva’s appeals submitted in August 2016 against the CAS decision on the non-admission of Russian athletes to perform at Rio Olympics, informs TASS referring to official court’s statement.

AUCKLAND (NZL):  Multiple New Zealand distance running record holder Kim Smith (35) has announced her retirement from the sport.  She is one of New Zealand’s all-time great female distance runners and, has quit the sport due to a persistent foot injury.

DAKAR (SEN):  The Confederation of African Athletics is seeking a new host for the African Youth championships (U18), after the hosting rights were withdrawn from Equatorial Guinea.

MONTREAL  (CAN):  Mondo announced a partnership with Athletics Canada. As part of the partnership, Mondo will provide custom portable track system that will allow Athletics Canada to put on events almost anywhere in Canada. The organization plans use the new track system to stage street events.  “Our goal is to stage events where Canadian athletes, such as sprinter Andre De Grasse, high jumper Derek Drouin and pole vaulter Shawn Barber, can show off the sport and be literally within arm’s length of fans and spectators,” said Mathieu Gentès, director of corporate services, Athletics Canada. Informs federation website.


AUCKLAND (NZL, Feb 22): Rio Olympic bronze medalist Eliza McCartney was the star of special pole vault competition in the Atrium in Auckland’s CBD Britomart complex on a warm summer  evening. She cleared excellent 470 from a shortened runway. “To be able to get up near my PB was just awesome," McCartney said after she soared over the 4.70 mark at her first attempt. "I'm super happy to be back up to the same heights even though I'm on a slightly shorter runup." Morgann Leleux from USA finished second on a countback from Canadian Rio Olympic finalist Alysha Newman, both clearing 440. From NZ Athletics. 

BIRMINGHAM (USA, Feb 21): Rafael Scott won the 60 m at the Sun Belt Championships in 6.67 ahead of Jaylen Bacon 6.68. Both were faster in heats with 6.63 and 6.60. Tramesha Hardy won three events, 60 m 7.46, 200 m 23.69 and 400 m 53.84.

TERNI (ITA, Feb 19): Moroccan Mohamed Hajjy won the San Valentino Marathon in 2:19:01 ahead of Carmine Buccilli 2:19:26. Silvia Tamburi topped women in 2:49:12. 
TRABZON (TUR, Feb 19): At the 37th Trabzon Road Race at 18.988 km Kenyan wins for Paul Kipkemoi Kipkorir 57:09 and Esther Chesang 1:04:32.  Best Turkish were Mert Girmalegese second (57:33) and Esma Aydemir third (1:04:33).

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Genzebe wants another record - TORUN (POL): After breaking the world 2000m record in Sabadell, Genzebe Dibaba will aim to break her world indoor 1500m record of 3:55.17 in Torun. "I'm in very good condition so I believe that I can beat the world record,” said Dibaba, who has requested the pacemaker to pass through the 800m mark in 2:06. Adam Kszczot will be aiming to extend his unbeaten streak over 800m where he will face Karlsruhe winner Erik Sowinski, home favourite Joanna Jozwik goes head-to-head with Marina Arzamasava in the women’s 800m while Silas Kiplagat and Elijah Manangoi are set to go head-to-head in the 1500m.

Thiam in shape - PARIS (FRA, Feb 8): Olympic heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam was in great shape in her season’s opener at the Meeting de Paris Indoor, winning the triathlon with 2861 points ahead of Antoinette Nana Djimou (2825) and Nadine Broersen (2761). Thiam started with 6.32m in the LJ before going out to an overall 15.35m PB in the shot before closing with 8.45 in the 60mH (just 0.02 off her PB). Bastien Auzeil won the men’s triathlon with 2461 points (6.75m, 14.91m, 8.24) after leader Kevin Mayer was a DNF in the 60mH having gone out to 7.17m in the LJ and 15.14m in the shot put.

Farah speaks - ADDIS ABABA (ETH): World and Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah has described Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries including his nation of birth of Somalia as “incredibly divisive and discriminatory,” informs Sky Sports News. Farah is currently training at high altitude in Ethiopia and he was left unclear as to whether he would be allowed to return home to Oregon after Trump signed the Executive Order. However, the British Foreign Office later clarified the situation and said British nationals are exempt from Trump’s order. “Mo is relieved that he will be able to return to his family once his current training camp concludes, however, as he said in his earlier statement, he still fundamentally disagrees with this incredibly divisive and discriminatory policy,” read a statement. Farah will travel back to the United States after racing in the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on 18 February.

Ito leads Japanese hopes - OSAKA (JPN): World marathon seventh-placer Mai Ito leads the Japanese hopes at the Osaka International Women's Marathon on 29 January, informs Japan Running News. Ito has a 2:24:42 PB and a good showing will put her in contention for a place on the Japanese team for the World Championships in London this August. Other domestic contenders include former winner Risa Shigetomo (2:23:23) and last year’s runner-up Misato Horie (2:26:40). The leading international competitors in the line-up include Bahrain’s Shitaye Eshete (2:24:42), Poland’s Iwona Lewandowska (2:27:47) and Ethiopia’s Muluhabt Tsega (2:29:17).

Lisek 592 WL, NR - COTTBUS (GER, Jan 25): Poland´s Olympic fourth placer and Beijing Worlds bronze medalist Piotr Lisek jumped in super style at the Springer Meeting of Cottbus in Germany. More than 2000 spectators saw his 11 jumps as 578 clearance was already enough for win. But then he added first time clearance at 583 WL and second attempt over 592 what was not only WL but also meet record and Poland´s record in or out.

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