Duliba is now Shafar
KYIV (UKR): Former Belarus marathon runner Aliaksandra Duliba will compete for Ukraine, FLAU president Ihor Hotsul confirmed to EME NEWS. The 29-year-old Belarus record holder (2:26:08 from 2013 when she won Los Angeles Marathon) married to Ukrainian marathoner Vitaliy Shafar and moved to Kyiv. Her disqualification due to doping rules violation finished on 27 September 2017 and she already finished fifth at Bila Tsekva HM on October 1 with 1:14:11. She competed already as Oleksandra Shafar one year after she gave birth to their first child. â€śNow I train together with my husband and under his direction. I wasnâ€™t so fast in my first race, but our altitude training camp in St. Moritz just starts on Wednesday. I hope, Iâ€™ll be ready to run really fast already in December. Now we try to find some good races to check my shape,â€ť said Oleksandra Shafar.
Samorin Getting Ready
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Organisers of the 24th SPAR European CC Championships in Samorin two months before the event informed Slovak media about the preparations, time table, media accreditation. Head coach Martin Pupis hopes all races will have Slovak runners, including the relay. There will be two qualification competitions, on October 29 in Cabaj-Capor and on November 19 the national championships in Samorin on the course of the European event. Two local ambassadors were introduced, celebrity radio voice "Sajfa" who is also a keen marathon runner (3:24:29 in Chicago 2009) and one of the best world-wide athletes in triathlon Richard Varga. Both commited to run the open race which will be held after the championships races. Head of LOC and Slovak federation president Peter Korcok hopes the championships will have record number of participating runners, preliminary entries showing 582 names. So far the biggest number was 525 in Belgrade 2013.
CHICAGO (USA): Paula Radcliffe told Sports Illustrated she believes Jordan Hasay, who improved to 2:20:57 in the Chicago Marathon, is built for the distance. â€śIâ€™ve watched her career unfold with races from 1500 m to when sheâ€™s moved up,â€ť she said. â€śI always thought that she would be a great marathon runner. She has the combination of physical attributes to run a good marathon plus the mental strength and focus."
MOSCOW (RUS): The IAAF will determine Anna Chicherovaâ€™s punishment after her appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) was rejected, informs Sport Express. Chicherova was stripped of her bronze medal from the 2008 Olympic Games after failing a retest for turinabol. Chicherova has said the period of her disqualification will influence whether she will continue her career or retire from athletics.
KINGSTON (JAM): Diamond League winner in the 400m hurdles Kyron McMaster will be coached from now on by top Jamaican coach Lennox Graham, informs the Jamaica Observer. McMasterâ€™s former coach Xavier Samuels was killed in Antigua by Hurricane Irma last month. â€śBasically, they reached out to me. I didn't know he was looking for a coach. I was reading like everybody else about the tragedy and they asked me if I was interested, and I think they knew I knew the coach also. I accepted it knowing that the young man will need some coaching, of course, but off the track he will need some support too because the coach was like a father to him,â€ť he said. Graham currently coaches former world 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams.
PARIS (FRA): Talented French horizontal jumper Heather Arneton will be coached from now on by Jimmy Vicautâ€™s former coach Guy Ontanon, informs Lâ€™Equipe.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin has expressed concerns that nations might not attend next Aprilâ€™s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast unless issues surrounding visas are resolved, informs insidethegames.biz. Under the current system, applications need to be made separately for accreditation and visas and applications cannot be made on behalf of athletes by a third party.
AMSTERDAM (NED): Former Boston Marathon winner Caroline Rotich from Kenya will compete in the Amsterdam Marathon on 15 October, informs organisers. Rotich faces Ethiopians Tadelech Bekele (2:22:23 PB) and Megertu Ifa (2:29:45 PB) while half marathon specialist Genet Yalew makes her debut. Top names in the menâ€™s race include the previously announced Tesfaye Abera (2:04:24 PB), former three-time winner Wilson Chebet (2:05:27) and Mule Wasihun (2:05:44).
MADRID (ESP): European indoor 800m finalist Esther Guerrero is set to focus more on the 1500m next season, informs RFEA. â€śI have not run a 1500m in years because the season's programme has not allowed me to do it but one of the things I have noticed this season is that internationally, I lack the speed necessary to compete in international championships over 800m and now competing in international championships is what motivates me,â€ť she said.
MONACO (MON): The IAAF will name the winner of a new photograph of the year prize at their yearly awards on November 24 in Monaco. It is open to photographers who were accredited at an athletics event in 2017. A similar award for fansâ€™ photographs, in which submissions will be made via Twitter, will also be run.
SAMORIN (SVK): Media accreditation is open for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Samorin, Slovakia, on December 10.
WARSAW (POL): Lublin will host the Polish Championships in 2018, the national federation has announced. The newly renovated stadium will stage the event on July 20-22.
ZURICH (SUI): Swiss 400 m hurdler Lea Sprunger aims to be in top shape at European Championships in Berlin, writes leichtathletik.de. Currently considered number two in Europe behind Czech World champion Zuzana Hejnova. They finished fourth and fifth in London. Sprunger is known for her special smart cooking and she also produces her own furniture parts.
FRANKFURT (GER): German sub 11 sprinter and European medalist Gina Luckenkemper will be a sponsor of a young girl in Ghana as part of the initiative "Children need fans!".
TORONTO (CAN): Athletics Canada is going to launch next week the Toronto 2018: Track & Field In The 6ix. In 2018, the very best of North American, Central American and Caribbean athletes are set to do battle in the heart of downtown Toronto, over three days of championship competition. Part of the launch should be Andre De Grasse, Derek Drouin, Melissa Bishop, Alysha Newman, Aaron Brown and Brittany Crew.
VIENNA (AUT): Already six Austrian athletes achieved the qualification marks for the European Championships 2018. They are three women in heptathlon (Ivona Dadic, Verena Preiner and Sarah Lagger) with decathlete Dominik Distelberger and two marathon runners Valentin Pfeil and Lemawork Ketema.
CHICAGO (USA): Final count of 40th Bank of America Chicago Marathon by RRW says that the number of finishers was 22 908 men and 21 603 women what is 44 511 total. That is a new record up sharply from 40,609 last year and previous race record of 40 801 from 2014.
MINNEAPOLIS (USA): Organizers of the USATF 10 Mile Championships, held in conjunction with the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on 1 October, will award a parallel "equalizer" bonus of $10,000 to women's winner Sara Hall after a discrepancy was discovered in the timing of the event. Informs RRW.
CARDIFF (GBR): The British Athletics Cardiff Cross Challenge will kick-start the domestic cross country season on Saturday. Informs Athletics Weekly. The event, which has moved from January to a place in the autumn, will also host the first fixture in the 2017/18 British Athletics Cross Challenge Series and will incorporate the opening race in the Gwent Cross Country League.
MATSUYAMA (JPN, Oct 10): National record holder and champion Sho Kawamoto won the 800 m during last day of National Sports Festival in new meet record 1:48.00.
ST. GEORGE (USA, Oct 7): The course at 41st St. George Marathon in Utah is severely aided, 18 times the allowable downhill for record-setting. Three-time men's winner Aaron Metler finished third, the same position as last year in 2:18:54. Winner Aaron Fletcher broke the course and event record in his debut, originally set as long ago as 1981 (and equalled six years later), with his 2:14:45. For Fletcher, a former BYU athlete, the race was also his marathon debut. In the women's race defending champion Rosy Lee 2:42:26 was beaten into second by Nicole Lyons 2:41:16. Informs Race Results Weekly.
OVAR (POR, Oct 8): Daniel Pinheiro in 65:19 and Inees Monteiro 72:40 won the 29th Meia Maratona Ciudade de Ovar.
GRODNO (BLR, Oct 7): Aliaksandr Liakhovich clocked 1:21:42 over Dmitriy Dyubin 1:22:50 to win 20km at 26th edition of International Race Walk meeting here. Hanna Drabenia was fastest in women 10 km with 43:52.