Charity record for London Marathon
LONDON (GBR): The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon raised a record-breaking ¬£61.5 million for charity, setting a new world record for an annual single day charity fundraising event for an eleventh successive year. The new record broke the ¬£60 million barrier for the first time and was an increase of more than ¬£2 million on the previous record total of ¬£59.4 million raised from the 2016 event. It brings the overall sum raised for charity since the event was founded in 1981 to more than ¬£890 million. The 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 22 April. It has already set a world record after 386,050 people applied for a place via the public ballot ‚Äď the biggest number of applications for any marathon in the world.
ASHGABAT (TKM): The final entries for the Asian Indoor Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan have been released. Top names for the event include former Olympic triple jump champion Olga Rypakova who has entered the long jump and triple jump while world bronze medallist Majed Eddin Ghazal will be competing in the high jump. On the track, world 400m bronze medallist Abdalelah Haroun from Qatar has entered the 400m and 800m while teammate Abderrahman Samba has also entered the 400m. The athletics programme starts on 18 September.
KINGSTON (JAM): The anti-doping hearing for Jamaican sprinter Jason Livermore began today at the Jamaica Conference Centre, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. Livermore, who won two medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, tested positive for metabolites of Clomiphene and Mesterolone in an out-of-competition drug test last December.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Birmingham could become the sole bidder for the 2022 Commonwealth Games as Kuala Lumpur is unlikely to secure the backing of the Malaysian government, informs insidethegames.biz. The deadline set by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) for cities to announce their intentions to bid for the event is 30 September. The country‚Äôs Prime Minister Najib Razak has said he would prefer to consider a bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games instead.
LISBON (POR): World marathon champion Rose Chelimo from Bahrain will race in the Lisbon Half Marathon on 15 October, informs the Record. Chelimo will face Kenya‚Äôs Ruth Chepngetich (66:19 PB), Ethiopia‚Äôs Genet Ayalew (66:26 PB) and European champion Sara Moreira (69:18 PB). Top names in the men‚Äôs race include Kenya‚Äôs Alex Korio (59:28 PB) and Ethiopians Lelisa Desisa (59:30 PB) and Imane Merga (59:56 PB).
PORTLAND (USA): Sifan Hassan is targeting the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham next March, informs Athletics Weekly. ‚ÄúI can‚Äôt wait. I‚Äôm so disappointed with my outdoor 1500m so I can‚Äôt wait to race indoors,‚ÄĚ said Hassan, who won the 1500m title in Portland in 2016.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Two-time world 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson has been honoured as one of seven finalists nominated for ‚ÄėThe Don‚Äô Award, informs Athletics Australia. The Don Award is widely regarded as Australia‚Äôs leading contemporary sporting award and Pearson was selected from a long-list of 20 potential names.
PARIS (FRA): Five countries will be competing across three events in the "Fly Europe" competition in Paris tomorrow, informs Leichathletik.de. Jimmy Vicaut will face James Dasaolu and Julian Reus in the sprint event, Kevin Menaldo is set to go head-to-head with Tobias Scherbarth in the pole vault while heptathlete Claudia Salman-Rath is the favourite for the long jump.
EUGENE (USA): Oregonlive informs that the planned renovation of Hayward Field has been delayed according to multiple sources. The project now is expected to begin next summer and sources say the renovation is expected to take more than a year and not be complete until some point in 2020. Informs oregonlive.com. The stadium is expected to be closed during renovation, which sources say could force the 2019 Prefontaine Classic, the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships and the 2019 OSAA Track & Field Championships to relocate. Eugene received the bid with the proviso the stadium be modernized and its capacity expanded to 30,000 permanent and temporary seats. No matter where it is held, the 2019 Pre Classic is expected to move from late May to late July or early August because of changes in the international schedule writes oregonlive.
BEIJING (CHN): Chinese sprinter Zhang Peimeng has retired at the age of 30, informs Xinhua. Zhang set a Chinese 100m record of 10.00 in 2013 and helped his country to silver on home soil in the 4x100m at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. "I have done my part for Chinese athletics and I have no regret in this aspect,‚ÄĚ he said.
KYIV (UKR): The eight medallists from the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Gyor, Hungary in July will all receive National Olympic Committee scholarships, informs FLAU. The Ukrainian team won eight medals in Gyor, including three gold medals: Yaroslava Mahuchikh (high jump), Myhaylo Kokhan (hammer) and Oleksiy Kyrylin (discus). "It is very important at this stage to support promising young people who we count on and hope to see after a certain time on the Olympic rostrum,‚ÄĚ said Sergey Bubka, president of the Ukrainian Olympic Committee.
USTER (SUI): European half marathon champion Tadesse Abraham will compete in the Uster Half Marathon on 16 September on the road to the New York Marathon on 5 November, informs organisers.
ULM (GER): Alina Reh will defend her Ulm Half Marathon title on Sunday, informs Leichtathletik.de. Reh clocked 77:17 last year to win by ten minutes.
BANSKA BYSTRICA (SVK): Slovak hammer record holder Martina Hrasnova is ready to continue in her career with the aim to achieve the finals at European Championships in Berlin 2018. "I will now consider my career year by year, Im not sure it will last until Tokyo 2020. I do not want to end my career without having fun from sports. I think I still can do 73 meters," said Hrasnova (34) who has bronze from World Championships 2009 and silvers from European Championships 2012 and 2014. Hrasnova prematurely ended 2017 season as she was not in expected shape after a surgery.
KOSICE (SVK): The oldest marathon in Europe closed the registration for the 94th edition. International Peace Marathon of Kosice (Oct 1) achieved 13 010 registered names for all events what is the end of the technical possibilities. Only in elite category movements are still possible. In the first wave of elite runners announced were three Ethiopians for men category. Tadesse Mamo last year third with 2:10:17 PB with Fikre Assefa 2:10:01 PB and Solomon Lema 2:12:18 PB. From Eritrea (debut for the country in Kosice) comes Gebreyohannes Gezehai with 2:14:25 best (this year in Praha). In women category Worknesh Akemu (2:29:35) and Meseret Alemu (2:29:14) from Ethiopia and Kenyan Hellen Chepkorir (2:35:55).
NEW DELHI (IND): Indian female 400 m runner Priyanka Pawar has been banned for eight-years following a second positive drugs test. Pawar, a member of India's team that won the 4x400 metres relay at Incheon Asian Games 2014, tested positive for mephentermine, a cardiac stimulant during the Inter-State Athletics Championships in Hyderabad in June 2016.