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Coaching Athletics Quarterly

News & Features

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.

Global Performance Brand Challenges Runners to Three Mountain Resort Trail Race Events That Will Push Athletes to the Extreme - Baltimore, MD (March 8, 2017) — Under Armour (NYSE: UA, UAA), the global leader in innovative performance footwear, apparel and equipment, today announces the inaugural 2017 Under Armour Mountain Running Series in partnership with POWDR Adventure Lifestyle CO. Created for trail running enthusiasts and professionals, this North American trail running series provides unmatched racing experiences in beautiful mountain environments of the most iconic resort destinations in the United States. Race course locations offer diverse climates, different distances and varying elevations and terrain built to push athletes to find the edges of their potential.

Course record holder and defending champion Lusapho April of South Africa will duel with German record holder Arne Gabius in the HAJ Hannover Marathon on 9th April. However there are three Kenyans in the race with superior personal bests who could upset the two prominent runners. The women’s race will have a German favourite: Former Ethiopian Fate Tola targets Hannover’s course record of 2:27:07. The HAJ Hannover Marathon is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race. Entry for the event is still possible at: www.marathon-hannover.de

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).

Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 7, 2017 – Five Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Meghan Peyton, Jon Peterson, Rob Molke, Kevin Lewis and Ryan Rutherford – will be among the deep field of competitors at the USATF 15k Championships in Jacksonville on March 11.  The championships will be run in conjunction with the 40th annual Gate River Run which will have some 20,000 participants.

Sprinting away from 2013 winner Vincent Kipruto with 300 metres to go, Ezekiel Chebii of Kenya won the 72nd Lake Biwa Marathon in Otsu, Japan, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (5).

It must have been the longest two minutes of her life. Midway through the women’s long jump final on the final day of the European Championships in Belgrade on Sunday (5), the heroine of the home nation, Ivana Spanovic, charged down the runway, soared into the air and splashed into the sand with what looked a leap well in excess of seven metres.

In athletics, there are certain athletes whose physical make-up seems almost crafted for their specific event. Take the tall, slender figure of Airine Palsyte in the high jump, the broad, hulking power of Konrad Bukowiecki in the shot put or the aggressive, ruthless running of Laura Muir over 1500m.

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico -- Just over a year and a half after a kidney transplant, Aries Merritt (Atlanta, Georgia) completed a storybook comeback, winning the 60-meter hurdles title to highlight the final day of the USATF Indoor Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Over the three-day Championships, two world bests were set and eight meet records were broken or tied.

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