Jepkosgei Returns to Praha
PRAGUE (CZE): At the Birell Grand Prix 10k, Joyciline Jepkosgei will return to the scene of her remarkable 64:52 Prague Half Marathon world record from this spring. She will be joined by Violah Jepchumba, who on that day was one second behind her at the 10km point in 30:05 - well inside the world best for the distance of 30:21. Also in the field is Fancy Chemutai, who this year ran 30:23 in Appingedam, what is the WL for 10 km only. Abraham Kipyatich, last yearâ€™s menâ€™s winner, is back and takes on Benard Kimeli, world-leader this year on the roads with 27:15, and Mathew Kimeli, who is world U20 leader on the track with 27:14.43. Ethiopiaâ€™s Jemal Yimer Mekkonen, fifth over 10,000m at the World Championships, ought to be another contender.
Farah vs Ritzenhein and Lilesa
NEWCASTLE (GBR): Mo Farah aims to become only the second person to win four Great North Run titles, with last yearâ€™s runner-up Dathan Ritzenhein hoping to challenge to the end as last year. Zane (59:47) and Jake Robertson (60:01), plus 2016 Olympic marathon silver marathon Feyisa Lilesa from Ethiopia will also hope to challenge. Bernard Lagat returns to the distance for the first time since his 2013 debut (62:33). A strong womenâ€™s field has Vivian Cheruiyot and Mary Keitany, winners over the last two years, headlining the field. Other top names in the line-up include Magdalene Masai (67:13), Betsy Saina (69:27) and Caroline Kipkirui, who paced Keitany in London. Top Brits in the field include Alyson Dixon and former runner-up Hemma Steel.
Van Niekerk Plans 100/200 m Double
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): World champion Wayde van Niekerk confirmed at adidas sponsorship launch here that he plans a double 100 m and 200 m at Commonwealth Games next April in Gold Coast. â€śIt is the only plan right now, and I am excited wanting to double. It is a new style, and environment I need to get myself into,â€ť Van Niekerk said. â€śHopefully I can prove to myself that I belong in all three events.â€ť Informs iol.co.za.
LONDON (GBR): Birmingham has been named as the preferred host candidate city to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Following the decision by Commonwealth Games England, the Midlands city, which is proposing to upgrade its Diamond League venue to a 40,000-seater, it is expected to be up against Kuala Lumpur as main rival, subject to UK government formalising the bid. Both Birmingham and Liverpool made a run for 2022 after the Games were stripped from Durban earlier this year.
SYDNEY (AUS): Usain Bolt will be right at home at an Optus-sponsored VIP party held in his name at the Overseas Passenger Terminal Thursday night in Sydney, Australia. There he will take to the decks to DJ alongside The Avalanches, who are playing to a 400 VIP crowd. Writes trackalerts. The 31-year-old charmed morning TV viewers before heading off to shoot a round of TV commercials.
BERLIN (GER): World 5000m and 10,000m record-holder Kenenisa Bekele believes he is capable of running 2:01 for the marathon, informs athletics.co.ke. The 35-year-old has said he is eyeing â€śjust the world recordâ€ť in the Berlin Marathon later this month but told reporters he believes he can run â€śaround 2:01:30â€ť before retiring.
ORLANDO (USA): Former world 110m hurdles champion David Oliver has retired from athletics at the age of 35, informs NBC Olympics. Oliver was announced yesterday as the director for the track and field programme at Howard University and his agent Daniel Wessfeldt confirmed he had retired. Oliverâ€™s lifetime best in the 110m hurdles stands at 12.89.
LAUSANNE (GBR): Pole vaulter Ekaterini Stefanidi is looking forward to defending her European title at the famous Berlin Olympic Stadium next year. â€śI am really excited about it,â€ť she told European Athletics of the competition set for August 7-12 next year. â€śEach year (at the ISTAF) it is all men, so I have not competed there.â€ť She says she will continue to train mainly indoors in Ohio and Greece as she has done in recent seasons.
ANGERS (FRA): World 800m champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse said he almost lost an eye in an attack last week which forced him to cancel the rest of his season, informs Lâ€™Equipe. "I am much better, I would like people to know. I would like to say that I was very lucky in my misfortune - I almost lost my eye, but there is nothing serious in the end,â€ť he said. Even though Bosse will not be competing, he will still attend the DecaNation in Angers as a spectator on Saturday.
LEXINGTON (USA): World 400m hurdles champion Kori Carter has described next season as an â€śoff yearâ€ť and will focus on the 100m hurdles, informs Team USA. â€śStep one is next year and itâ€™s an off year, so Iâ€™m excited about that. After that I want to make sure we do well next worlds (in 2019). I have these next three years to prepare me for Tokyo,â€ť she said.
LONDON (GBR): Georgia Bekyra, head of ticketing operations at London 2017 told theticketingbusiness.com regarding UK Athleticsâ€™ success: â€śWe did it with less resources, less people and less money than any other event of this scale, and we still made it to a world record of sales and a world record of how many people have come through these doors in such a short time. People assume itâ€™s been bigger in terms of resources and money.â€ť
PLZEN (CZE): On Sunday Czech Team Championships will be staged in Plzen for 62nd time. Title defenders are men of Dukla Praha and women of USK Praha. Main names competing will be javelin London bronze medalist Petr Frydrych with pole vaulters Jan Kudlicka and Michal Balner. Ladislav Prasil will compete in shot put and Pavel Maslak in sprints. Long jump record holder Radek Juska is also there along with hurdler Petr Svoboda. Top women names are European U20 Champion Michaela Hruba (will try also triple jump) with pole vaulters Jirina Ptacnikova and Romana Malacova. Denisa Rosolova will run flat 400 m. Hammer world medalist Katerina Safrankova will be there too along with top Slovak names competing for Czech clubs like Iveta Putalova, Alexandra Bezekova and Veldakova twins.
TIANJIN (CHN, Sep 7): At Chinese National Games national pole vault record holder Xue Changrui won his event with 560 and Wang Shizhu improved to 76.12 in men hammer for winning. Guo Qi topped decathlon with 7666 points. In women events Xu Qiuzi 15:46.42 in the 5000 m and Lu Minjia 663 (-0.1) in long jump. 50 km walk saw Xu Faguang winning in 3:54:02 ahead of Wang Qin 3:54:46 and Lu Dongpo 3:54:47. Olympic silver medalist from Rio Cai Zelin was a non finisher. From Tilastopaja.
WATFORD (GBR, Sep 6): In mixed races fast times by Jessica Judd, 2:02.84 in the 800 m and 8:43.24 in the 3000 m with Melissa Courtney also good 8:43.72.
PFUNGSTADT (GER, Sep 6): New 800 m PB 2:03.09 for steeple European champion Gesa Felicitas Krause here. In men 800 m Bosnian Amel Tuka clocked good quality 1:45.62.