IAAF Research Brings Interesting Results
LONDON (GBR): The IAAF, in cooperation with a number of specialist organisations and individuals, have in the last week been gathering and analysing data, discussing and experimenting with new techniques and technologies at the IAAF World Championships London 2017. On the field of play the IAAF has been trialling body cameras on some athletes who have volunteered to support this experiment. Leeds Beckett University, in cooperation with the IAAF, are carrying out the biggest biomechanics research project ever conducted in athletics during the IAAF World Championships London 2017. Some interesting data are for example from men 10 000 m, despite being an arduous endurance event, the very best athletes exhibited running speeds in excess of 25 km/h in the final 100m. Ekaterini Stefanidi in pole vault approached the box with a lower speed compared to the other medallists. This perhaps facilitated a take-off positon closer to the box and a steeper take-off angle: 27.5Â° compared with (14.4 â€“ 21.3Â°) of the other finalists. The total duration of the throw for both gold and silver medallists in women discus was noticeably shorter (<800ms) than their two nearest opponents. This indicates the paramount importance of the explosiveness required to perform a successful throw. Fuller data and analysis for these and another 13 events will be published later in the year. Informs the IAAF.
ZURICH (SUI): BotswanaÂ´s star Isaac Makwala was not running the 400 m final in London. But his chance comes on Thursday at the IAAF Diamond League final. In his first race over one lap since World Championships he will face from London finals only silver medalist Steven Gardiner. The rest of the Weltklasse field was not in the finals. US duo Vernon Norwood and Gil Roberts, South African Pieter Conradie and three Europeans Kevin Borlee, Pavel Maslak and Liemarvin Bonevacia.
LONDON (GBR): Justin Gatlin has issued what is claimed to be his first public apology for his two doping infringements. The world 100m champion told ITV News he had sent a letter of apology to the IAAF years ago but added: "If they wanted an official apology, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I apologise for any wrongdoings or any black eyes I brought onto the sport, I love the sport that's why I've come back to run and try to run to the best of my ability and for that I've worked hard to right my wrongs.â€ť The American also talked of his hurt at being booed following his win at London 2017. His next race will be IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich on Thursday.
MOSCOW (RUS): Former Russian Athletics Federation president Valentin Balakhnichev has ruled out appealing the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sportâ€™s to uphold a lifetime ban from athletics. The former IAAF treasurer, along with Papa Massata Diack and Alexei Melnikov, had unsuccessfully challenged the ruling of the IAAF Ethics Commission, which had investigated allegations of financial corruption at the top of the sport.
TOKYO (JPN): A one-day national holiday may be declared in Japan for the opening day of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo in order to ease traffic congestion, reports the Asahi Shimbun. A reform bill is being prepared for the one-off holiday and it expected to be passed by government. The Games are set to open on July 24, 2020, when a massive strain on the public transport network is predicted.
TALENCE (FRA): World decathlon champion Kevin Mayer will compete in the Decastar de Talence on 16-17 September, informs Lâ€™Equipe. Mayer will face a strong field including five of the top eight finishers from the World Championships: Kai Kazmirek, Damian Warner, Oleksiy Kasyanov, Kurt Felix and Adam Sebastian Helcelet.
EUGENE (USA): Shalane Flanagan received her upgraded silver medal from the 10,000m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics on Monday. A representative from the US Olympic Committee delivered it to her home in Oregon after she declined the offer of a ceremony. The American had crossed the line third in Beijing behind winner Tirunesh Dibaba and Elvan Abeylegesse, who had her results from 2007-9 expunged after a positive re-test.
BERLIN (GER): World 100m hurdles bronze medallist Pamela Dutkiewicz will miss the remainder of the season due to a badly bruised knee sustained in a fall in Warsaw last Tuesday, informs Leichtathletik.de. She was planning to race in Zurich, Berlin and Zagreb before the end of the season.
BERLIN (GER): Konstanze Klosterhalfen admitted she didnâ€™t plan to break the German 3000m record in the Birmingham Diamond League, informs Leichtathletik.de. â€śAfter the World Championships, I was a bit disappointed and glad to be back home. But then I absolutely wanted to run again and have a fast race. And I had no pressure at all in Birmingham. I just wanted to run and see what happens. I had a lot of fun with it, and I came away with the record,â€ť she said. Klosterhalfen will race over 1500m in Berlin on Sunday but she hasnâ€™t yet decided if she will compete in the Diamond League final in Brussels.
LONDON (GBR): The 2017 summer of world athletics in Britain has officially come to an end but fear not, the MĂĽller Anniversary Games returns in 2018 bigger and better than ever. Taking place in the legendary London Stadium on the 27th & 28th July, the event will be over two days; Friday night will see sprint night under the lights with the 100m final and Saturday will offer multiple track and field events in the sunshine on the final day. Loyal British Athletics fans are offered exclusive 20% off tickets. The window will close on the 31st August 2017 @23:59.
HOHENLIMBURG (GER): At flat water canoe European Junior and U23 Championships Zoe Jakob (16) of Germany won a silver medal, she is also regional pole vault U18 Champion with 355 best.
FORT WORTH (USA): Zimbabwe's Chengetayi Mapaya, 2017 African u20 champion in the triple jump (16.30m in Tlemcen on July 1st), has joined the Texas Christian University to pursue his studies and athletics career. Informs Carole Fuchs.
ATLANTA (USA): Indoor track and field will be making a grand return to Georgia this coming winter. LakePoint Sports, Dunamis Sports Group and the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF) announced that they will host an open/professional, collegiate, high school and youth â€śSuper Meetâ€ť from February 8-11, 2018 at the LakePoint Sports Champions Center in Emerson, GA (about 30 minutes northwest of Atlanta). It will be the first full-fledged indoor meet in the state in more than 20 years, since prior to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Informs nationalscholastic.org.
KUALA LUMPUR (MAS, Aug 22): Athletics on the track started at 29th SEA Games in Malaysia. In 100 m sprint the winners were home junior Khairul Hafiz Jantan in 10.38 (0.0, faster 10.34 in heats +0.3) and Le Tu Chinh from Vietnam 11.56 (-0.2, faster 11.49 in heats +0.9). Eric Cray who represents Philippines won the 400 m hurdles in 50.03 and was second in the 100 m 10.43. Silver in hurdles for VietnamÂ´s Quach Cong Lich in 50.05 national record. Another VietnamÂ´s national record in women 400 m hurdles by Nguyen Thu Huyen 56.06 (also a Games record). ThailandÂ´s Nuttha Nacharn won women javelin 55.04. Games record in men 20 000 m walk by Hendro from Indonesia 1:32:11.27. From Heinrich Hubbeling.
ZURICH (SUI): In his final track race, four-time (not six) Olympic champion Mo Farah plans to set the record straight after his London defeat against world champion Muktar Edris.