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Coaching Athletics Quarterly

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Photos: Winners Gilbert Yegon and Volha Mazuronak, credit: METRO Marathon Düsseldorf / Klaus-Dieter Weber - Volha Mazuronak produced the top performance at the METRO Marathon Düsseldorf as the Belorussian athlete ran a women's course record of 2:25:25. Mazuronak, the top European finisher in fifth place in the 2016 Olympic Marathon in Rio, dominated the race. The German runner Fabienne Amrhein was a surprise second placer, improving her best to 2:32:35. Her personal best was inside the team qualifying time for the European Championships in Berlin this summer. The Kenyan Rose Maru finished third in 2:33:55 with last year's women's champion Doroteia Peixoto Alves of Portugal fourth in 2:35:15.

EME NEWS (APR 26, 2018)
 
Coleman for Shanghai DL
SHANGHAI (CHN): World Indoor champion Christian Coleman will make his Diamond League debut in Shanghai on 12 May when he goes head-to-head with defending champion Su Bingtian in a 100m showdown that’s sure to be one of the highlights of a star-studded evening of world-class athletics. Also running World champion Justin Gatlin. Canada’s Olympic bronze medallist, Andre de Grasse, will also be in the mix with British relay World champion Chijindu Ujah. In the 100 m also world 200m champion, Ramil Guliyev from Turkey and Japanese record holder Yoshihide Kiryu – two more sub-10 men. The women’s 200m line-up is no less impressive with two-time world champion Dafne Schippers making her Shanghai debut against Jamaica’s double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson. Also sprinting will be Marie Josee Ta Lou and Commonwealth gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo with US Kimberlyn Duncan and Deejah Steven with Kyra Jefferson. Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland and top local runner Wei Yongli are completing the field.

Two-time race winner Clara Santucci and defending men’s champion Jacob Chemtai ready to capture another crown at 10th edition on Sunday, May 6 in the City of Champions

PITTSBURGH – Two-time winner Clara Santucci and defending men’s champion Jacob Chemtai will be seeking repeats against top international fields at the 2018 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, set for Sunday, May 6. This year’s 26.2 mile race features a prize purse of $57,000, including $8,000 for each race champion.

The 14 invitational events feature 56 total Olympians/Paralympians and nine Olympic/Paralympic gold medalists, eight silver medalists and nine bronze medalists. Combined, those 56 Olympians/Paralympians have won a total of 36 Olympic/Paralympic medals.

(Photo:Isabella Andersson, Stephen Chebogut, Emmanuel Mutai, Sammy Kitwara and Stephen Kiprotich (left to right) during the press conference in Hamburg. Credit: HochZwei / Haspa Marathon Hamburg) - Emmanuel Mutai hopes he will return to running fast again when he competes in the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on Sunday. The Kenyan is the fourth fastest marathon runner ever with a personal best of 2:03:13. In what is probably the strongest men’s elite field ever assembled in the history of Germany’s biggest spring marathon five men feature personal bests of sub 2:06. The field includes the Olympic Champion from London 2012, Stephen Kiprotich. However there are half a dozen runners in the race with faster personal bests than the Ugandan.

Thursday, 26 April 2018 21:23

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 25, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 25, 2018)
 
Olympic winners at Drake
DES MOINES (USA): Several Olympic champions are set to be in action among a stellar cast at the Drake Relays, which gets under way with the multi-events today. Following recent huge throws, world indoor champion Tom Walsh takes on Olympic champion Ryan Crouser, Tom Walsh, Ryan Whiting and Darrell Hill in shot put. The 100m hurdles is among the top events, starring world record-holder Kendra Harrison as she faces Jasmin Stowers, Dawn Harper-Nelson, Kori Carter, Kristi Castlin and Dawn Harper-Nelson. The 400m hurdles sees Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad against Ashley Spencer and Georganne Moline. A top women’s pole vault includes Olympic silver medallist Sandi Morris, Katie Nageotte, Alysha Newman and Anicka Newell, while Sam Kendricks and Shawn Barber go in the men’s event. Another highlight is the men’s 100m involving Andre de Grasse, CJ Ujah and Ameer Webb.  Leo Manzano and Lawi Lalang go in the men’s mile while Jenny Simpson takes on the two miles.  Javier Culson and Annsert Whyte line up in the 400m hurdles. Vashti Cunningham and Levern Spencer face off in the high jump. Traves Smikle is in the discus circle, while 2012 Olympic champion Aries Merritt is against Jarret Eaton and Devon Allen in the 110m hurdles.
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 16:01

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 24, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 24, 2018)
 
De Grasse is ready
DES MOINES (USA): Treble Olympic sprint medallist Andre de Grasse has declared himself “100 per cent” fit after suffering a grade-2 hamstring strain on the eve of the World Championships in London, informs CBC. "I'm 100 per cent. Right now, it's just about working the rust off, whether it's in my warmup or just trying to get back into race mode and be competitive. That's probably my only issue,” he said. De Grasse last raced on 16 July over 200m in Rabat and he will make his comeback over 100m at the Drake Relays in Des Moines on Saturday.

Coach Patrick Sang knows the sport as coach and athlete. His unique view allows him to advise many of the finest athletes in the world. One of them is an athlete who has won three London Marathons. Another is an athlete who has won three world half marathon championships and two world cross country championships.

EME NEWS (APR 22, 2018)
 
Kipchoge and Cheruiyot
LONDON (GBR, Apr 22): Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won his third London Marathon title on a warm day with temperatures exceeding 20C, extending his marathon record to 10 wins from 11 starts since 2013. The pacemakers hit the halfway point in 61:00 as requested but the world record began to fall away from view over the course of the second half as the temperatures began to rise. Kipchoge covered the second half in 63:17, crossing the finish-line in the Mall in 2:04:17 ahead of 21-year-old Ethiopian Shura Kitata who improved his PB to 2:04:49 (61:00/63:49) on his World Marathon Majors debut. Kitata remained in touch with Kipchoge until the 24th mile which Kipchoge covered in 4:44. Four years after contesting the only previous marathon of his career until today, Mo Farah was an excellent third in a British record of 2:06:21(61:03/65:18, 3rd best in European all-time list), surpassing Steve Jones’ long-standing British record of 2:07:13 set in 1985. Former two-time world champion Abel Kirui rallied to finish fourth in 2:07:07 while last year’s runner-up Kenenisa Bekele and reigning champion Daniel Wanjiru had to settle for sixth (2:08:53) and eighth (2:10:35) respectively. One notable non-finisher was former world champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie from Eritrea who dropped out just before the halfway point. In the women’s race, Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot ran a well-measured race to win her first World Marathon Majors race in 2:18:31 PB (68:56/69:34) ahead of teammate Brigid Kosgei in 2:20:13 and Ethiopia’s Tadelech Bekele in 2:21:40 with the top three all setting PBs. Aided by three male pacemakers Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba both set off in pursuit of Paula Radcliffe’s outright world record of 2:15:25 through 5km in 15:46, 10km in 31:46 and 15km in 47:46. Dibaba began to slip off world record pace before the 20km checkpoint and dropped out just before the 30km checkpoint while Keitany, who passed halfway inside world record pace in 67:16, was caught by Cheruiyot just after the 35km mark, fading to fifth in 2:24:27 (67:16/77:11). Cheruiyot also moves to fourth on the world all-time lists.

At 51, Kentucky’s “Coach Flo”—Edrick Floréal—has arrived at an enviable position in the sport.

The Wildcat mentor need only take a glance around his Lexington track to see an assemblage of talent that would sell tickets at any meet. There’s Kori Carter, the world champ in the 400 hurdles. She often works with World Indoor hurdle champ Kendra Harrison, who is also the WR holder in the 100H. And don’t forget Jamaica’s Omar McLeod, the Olympic and world champion in the 110 hurdles.

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