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From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
 
Ghazal 226 MR
ASHGABAT (TKM, Sep 20): On the final day of the athletics programme at the Asian Indoor Games, world bronze medallist Majd Eddin Ghazal from Syria set a championship record of 2.26m to win the high jump on countback from Iran’s Keyvan Ghanbarzadeh (for him national indoor record) before unsuccessful attempts at 2.28m and 2.30m. World finalist Bian Ka from China won the shot put with 17.34m and India’s Arpinder Singh won the triple jump title with 16.21m. On the track, Ajay Saroj won the 1500m in 3:48.67 despite falling in the early stages while there were 800m titles for Qatar’s Jamal Hairane (1:49.33) and Sri Lanka’s Gayanthika Abeyrathne (2:05.12). Elsewhere, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Al-Qaree won the heptathlon title with 5343 points, Thailand won the women’s 4x400m in 3:43.41 and Pakistan upset Qatar for the men’s 4x400m title, 3:11.40 to 3:12.58.
 
Lilesa for Chicago
CHICAGO (USA): Olympic silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa from Ethiopia and former New York Marathon winner Stanley Biwott have been added to the elite men’s field for the Chicago Marathon on 8 October, informs organisers. Other new recruits include former two-time Amsterdam Marathon winner Bernard Kipyego and Ezekiel Chebii, who won the Lake Biwa Marathon earlier this season. Japan’s Yuki Takamiya and Zambia’s Jordan Chipangama have withdrawn from the race. Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei and Maegan Krifchin from the United States have been added to the elite women’s field.
 
Germany wins Fly Europe
ROMA (ITA, Sep 20): Germany won the third Fly Europe event of the season at Piazza del Popolo here with 47.5 points clearly. Second home side Italy 28 with France third 25.5 and Great Britain with Spain tied for fourth 25. In Berlin USA won over Germany and in Paris France over Germany. Claudia Salman-Rath was the best in long in all four rounds, top mark was 643. Kevin Menaldo won two pole vault rounds achieving also the best of the day 538 cm. In the sprint at 30 m fastest time was recorded by German Julian Reus 3.95 with Briton Reuben Arthur having 3.97.
 
 
BERLIN MARATHON NEWS
 
BERLIN (GER): Eliud Kipchoge believes the world marathon record will be lowered down to the 2:01 mark “in one or two years,” informs race organisers. “I am not going to commit to a specific year. If I were to do that I would be putting a brake on the developments, including my own. What I will predict, though, is that in one or two years, a time of 2:01 or 2:01:30 will become a reality,” he said. As well as breaking the world record, Kipchoge also wants to win a Grand Slam of World Marathon Majors races before he retires. “Of the marathon majors, I still want Tokyo, Boston and New York, and I also want to take another shot at the two-hour barrier. I learned a lot in Monza.”
 
BERLIN (GER): Wilson Kipsang believes he is “better placed than anyone” to break the world marathon record of 2:02:57 in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, informs Xinhua. "I can't wait for the race day. I am looking forward to battle against Bekele and Kipchoge. I am better placed than anyone else to break the world record. I have done it before and believe I am able to do it again," he said. Kipsang set a world record of 2:03:23 on this course in 2013 before his training partner Dennis Kimetto eclipsed the record the following year.
 
BERLIN (GER): Valary Aiyabei’s coach and husband Kennedy Tarus believes she can challenge the course record of 2:19:12 in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, informs the Daily Nation. “She can lower the course record in Berlin. We just hope for the best. We’ve done our part,” he said. Aiyabei won the Prague Marathon in May in a lifetime best of 2:21:57. Tarus will also pace Aiyabei on Sunday.
 
BERLIN (GER): After recording the first DNF of her career in the London Marathon this April, Swiss record-holder Maja Neuenschwander is looking to bounce back in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, informs Swiss Athletics. “My training has gone well and I feel ready for Berlin,” she said.
 
BERLIN (GER): British marathon-runner Lily Partridge is aiming to break the 2:30 barrier for the first time in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday in a bid for selection for the Commonwealth Games next April, informs Athletics Weekly. “Berlin is the last opportunity. I’m going to have to go under 2:30 if I want to go to the Commonwealths. That is the first goal. I’d like to go faster than that but the primary goal is to run under 2:30 for the Commonwealths,” she said. Partridge clocked 2:32:09 on her marathon debut in Seville in February.
 
 
OTHER NEWS
 
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Best Slovak middle distance runner in recent years Lucia Hrivnak Klocova announced her retirement (will be 34 in November) due to health issues and second pregnancy. Her first son Adam was born in 2013, her next child is expected to be born on April 1 next year according to the doctors. "I wanted to compete in 2017 but due to several health issues I was not able and after the news came about pregnancy it was clear I will end my competitive career on the track," said the runner. But she also admitted she might be back to run, but only on the roads and with maximum distance to be 15 km. Hrivnak Klocova clocked in her career 21 sub 2 minutes times in the 800 m and was given this year additionally the bronze from 2010 European Championships in Barcelona after the disqualification of Russian Mariya Savinova. After switching to 1500 m she is now excellent 5th (improved from 8th on the track) in the London Olympic final 2012. She was also World Junior bronze medalist 2000 and silver winner 2002. Her European junior title comes from 2001 and European U23 silver from 2003. Hrivnak Klocova competed at 4 Olympic Games and 6 World Championships.
 
CARDIFF (GBR): Former world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene is aiming to make the Welsh team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April, informs BBC News. Greene has struggled with injury in recent seasons but he is confident he can still compete at a global level. "I feel that since I've been away, the 400m hurdles hasn't moved on. I’ve seen people qualify for finals a lot slower than what I was running when I was near my best. So I look at that and think I can still compete with these guys,” he said.
 
MOMBASA (KEN): Paul Maina and Nancy Jebet will be defending their titles at the 34th edition of the Safaricom Mombasa International Marathon on Sunday. The two will be among the over 1,000 local and international athletes taking part. Other upcoming races in the Series include: Kericho Road Race, Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial - Ndalat, Madoka Half Marathon, Imenti South Road Race and the Kisumu County National Marathon which will wind up this year's edition in December.
 
AMSTERDAM (NED): World heptathlon bronze medallist Anouk Vetter admitted she didn’t believe she could challenge for the medals after the completion of the first day in London, informs Atletiek.nl. "I was in shape, but I did not know what my level would be. After the first day I had excluded the chance of a medal. Only one hour before we left the bus for 800m, I knew that the lead was pretty big, so I almost had a cry - my dream came so close. A little scary feeling, but also cool,” she said. Vetter also said her build up was far from ideal and she was unable to jump from between January to April due to a knee injury.
 
ULM (GER): Former European U20 3000m and 5000m champion Alina Reh has said one of her goals next season is to break the 15-minute mark for 5000m, informs European Athletics. “The goal is to run each lap a second faster. If this is the case, I would cross the line in 14:58. I think this is quite realistic for 2018,” she said.
 
DAR ES SALAAM (TAN): Athletics Tanzania has unveiled ambitious plans to establish a high performance training centre in Mbeya Region to develop the country’s promising young athletes, informs Tanzania Daily News. “For the past decades, we have witnessed little investments in athletics - we want to turn things around by investing heavily in the sport,” said president Anthony Mtaka, who added the centre was part of a “serious” effort to bolster the country’s prospects in athletics.
 
REGENSBURG (GER): An indoor athletics arena is set to be built in Regensburg by 2021 or 2022, informs Leichtathletik.de. The project is set to cost 14 million euros.
 
SOFIA (BUL): Fastest Bulgarian and former European champion Ivet Lalova-Collio said she will compete during indoor season in the 60 m. But also admitted in an interview with sportal.bg that the main goal will be European championships in Berlin in summer. This year she made it to semifinals in both 100 m and 200 m at London World championships.
 
DORTMUND (GER): The track in the Helnut Kornig Halle in Dortmund will be rebuilded to 6 lanes. Additional two lanes will be added. The long term plan is that the facility will be able to host national championships and international events. The work on the modernisation is planned for 2019. The investment should be at 5 to 6 millions euro level.
 
PRAHA (CZE): The 2019 Czech Championships will be staged in Brno. It was decided by Czech Athletics Federation.
 
PRAHA (CZE): The oldest road race in Europe Bechovice-Praha at 10 km will be staged as 121st edition this Sunday. Main name in women category will be Eva Vrabcova, the 14th placer from World championships marathon this year. She clocked her fastest in 2015 when she won in 33:27 what is the second best in the history of the race (Kenyan Nancy Wambui clocked 33:18 in 2014). Men´s category is wide open,
 
PARIS (FRA): Following the bad weather in the West Indies, the Region Ile-de-France will welcome athletes whose facilities have been damaged. Informs L´Equipe. Hurricanes in the French West Indies have damaged athletic tracks. In order to allow the athletes to continue training the Ile-de-France Region is committed to support their arrival in metropolitan France during four training courses in 2018 to enable them to participate in the French championships.
 
GOTZIS (AUT): The organisers of HYPO-Meeting of Gotzis informed that they score when counting top 8 marks in decathlon and heptathlon is the best from all events of 2017 with final score of 120 333 points. Second is London World Championships 119 600 and third Decastar from last weekend with 111 314 points. Gotzis has also the best heptathlon with 53 380 while the best decathlon is from London Worlds with 67 183 points.
 
 
RESULTS
 
STAVANGER (NOR, Sep 20): One day after his 17th birthday European U20 Champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen won the Mosvannslopet road race at 3.05 km with 8:00 course record. The former one was 8:20.
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
 
Freimuth and Schafer
MONACO (MON): For second time after last year Germany has both winners of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge. After last event in Talence over the weekend Rico Freimuth with 25 592 points and Carolin Schafer with 20 199 points are the winners of the 2017 series. Last year they were Schafer (lower score than this year) with Kai Kazmirek who was this year third (24 986). For Freimuth also second win in the series after 2014. Second in decathlon is Canadian Decastar winner Damian Warner with 25 152, fourth Estonian Janek Oiglane 24 578 ahead of Ukrainian Oleksiy Kasyanov 24 531 and Czech Adam Sebastian Helcelet 24 506. In women ranking second Dutch Talence winner Anouk Vetter 19 496 and third Cuban Yargelis Rodriguez 19 166. In top six also Hungarian Xenia Kriszan 19 028 with Dutch Nadine Visser 18 908 and Swiss junior Geraldine Ruckstuhl 18 655. Both World champions Kevin Mayer and Nafi Thiam did not had enough scores. Record scores in the series (since 1998) belong to Tomas Dvorak 26 476 in 1999 and Carolina Kluft 20 541 in 2004. Top 8 are getting prize money from 30 000 USD to 5000 USD in overall series ranking.
 
Coburn Aims for Sub 9
BOULDER (USA): World steeplechase champion Emma Coburn has said one of her main goals next season is to break the nine-minute barrier for the first time, informs Gary Cohen Running. “I’m really hoping to break nine minutes in the steeplechase, win another U.S. title and then also the Diamond League final is a big deal,” she said. “Eventually I would like to do a 5000m, maybe next year. I’ve never run one so it seems like a new, fun, scary, exciting challenge. But breaking nine minutes is number one.”
 
 
OTHER NEWS
 
NAIROBI (KEN): World marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui isn’t planning to contest any more marathons in 2017, informs the Daily Nation. “I won’t run any marathon this year. I want to relax after my world championships feat,” said Kirui, who is planning to run the Delhi Half Marathon on 19 November. Kirui has also backed Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang to “obliterate” the world marathon record in Berlin next weekend. “I have confidence that Kipchoge and Kipsang have what it takes to obliterate the record. This is a race where each athlete must sacrifice and go for it,” he said.
 
KINGSTON (JAM): Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is aiming to return to training next month after giving birth to her first child in August, informs the Jamaica Observer. “I know I am resuming training next month; not sure when will be the exact time, but I know its next month,” she said. Fraser-Pryce has said she won’t rush back to competition but she has cited the 2019 World Championships in Doha as a long-term goal.
 
CHRISTCHURCH (NZL): Valerie Adams’ former coach Kirsten Hellier has been appointed by Athletics New Zealand as chief throws coach, informs http://stuff.co.nz . Hellier currently coaches world and Olympic shot put finalist Jacko Gill.
 
ULM (GER): After setting a German U23 half marathon record of 71:21 in Ulm, former European U20 3000m and 5000m champion Alina Reh has confirmed she will continue to focus on the 5000m, informs Leichtathletik.de. “In addition to the 5000m I would also like to race over 10,000m. I think I have [a good time] in the 25 laps, because I bring a good level of training and I also enjoy the tempo runs in the training. On the other hand, I must not neglect the speed. The goal is to run 1500m in 4:10 minutes or even below. This makes it ideal for the 5000m,” she said.
 
CHORZOW (POL): New top stadium with athletics track and other facilities was completed in Poland. The Stadium Slaski in Chorzow will host the 64th Kusocinski Memorial (EA Classic), one of the oldest one day meetings in Europe. It will be first top athletics event at the modernised facility. Chorzow Stadium is one one of the biggest stadiums in Europe lately renovated and equipped for athletics. The regional government is interested to stage here in future top events, first big bid should be for European Championships 2022. In 2019 also the 95th national championships will be held here on the blue track.
 
PAVIA (ITA): European triple jump indoor champion from 2013 Daniele Greco (28) underwent a new achilles tendon surgery on the right leg. Now three months of recovery are waiting for him. It his fourth surgery in three years. He hopes to be back competing at top level.
 
UDINE (ITA): Kenyan-born Dutch Lornah Kiplagat oficially retired from competitive running at the Udine Half Marathon on Sunday in Italy. She celebrated 10 years since her World title win here and also World records at 20 km and Half-Marathon back in 2007. She also recieved the honorary citizenship of Udine.
 
ROMA (ITA): After four years Italian shot putter Chiara Rosa was promoted to bronze medal from European Indoor Championships 2013 in Goteborg. The reason was the disqualification of Russian Yevgeniya Kolodko who was initially second. European Athletics informed FIDAL officialy about the change in the results. Italy so has now 6 medals from this championships.
 
MOSCOW (RUS): Ukrainian athletics federation did not agree to shorten the transfer period for two former Ukrainians, middle distance runner Anzhelika Shevchenko and pole-vaulter Georgiy Bykov, informs TASS.  Both Shevchenko and Bykov moved to Sankt Peterburg. Last time they represented Ukraine internationally was in 2012 and 2011. The 29-year-old Shevchenko also faced two-year ban until February 2015.
 
 
RESULTS
 
ASHGABAT (TKM, Sep 18): Indoor athletics started at the 5th Asian Indoor Games and Martial Arts. Ahmad Al-Moualed of Saudi Arabia won the 60 m hurdles in national record 7.66 ahead of Lee Jungjoon of Korea who also achieved national indoor record 7.77. Kazakhstan scored wins in technical events by Olympic winner 2012 Olga Rypakova 643 in long jump and Games records by Sergey Grigoryev 543 in the pole vault and Ivan Ivanov 19.60 in shot put. Nadiya Dusanova won for Uzbekistan the high jump with 186. Asian Games winner Alia Mohammed Saeed won for United Arab Emirates the women 3000 m in 9:25.03 and women 60 m hurdles went to Liu Lai Yiu of Hongkong in 8.41. Tough programme for World 400 m medalist Abdalelah Haroun of Qatar who won during Monday heats (49.09) and semifinals (48.38) of the 400 m and also his heat in the 800 m (1:56.06, debut at the distance). Fastest in 400 m semis was Mikhail Litvin of Kazakhstan with solid 46.85. Purnima Hembram from India won the pentathlon with national record score 4062 points.
 
PROVIDENCE (USA, Sep 17): This event hosted the USA 5 km road championships for men from 2002 through 2016, and for women from 2005 through 2016 (the 2017 championships will be held at the Abbott Dash to the Finish 5-K in New York City on 4 November). This year Jordan Mann (14:33.4) and Aisling Cuffe (16:28.2) got the wins at the 28th CVS Health Downtown 5-K.
 
SANTA FE (USA, Sep 17): Kenyan Boniface Kongin in 63:15 won the 7th Santa Fe Thunder Half-Marathon. Women winner Simegn Abnet from Ethiopia clocked 72:27.
 
SALA (SVK, Sep 16): Slovak 10 km road champions Jaroslav Szabo 31:56 and Zuzana Durcova 36:49.
 
IWATE (JPN, Sep 17): Winners of Ichinoseki Half-Marathon were Kenyan Joseph Onsarigo 64:34 and Kanae Shimoyama in 76:10.
 
BERLIN (GER, Sep 17): Former World medalist and high jumper Raul Spank won a 3 hours decathlon with 7053 points score. He cleared 216 in his former special event.
 
 
CORRECTION
 
TALENCE (FRA): Correct score of Czech Eliska Klucinova was 6028 points.
 
 
 
 
 
 
By Dave Hunter (Sept, 10, 2017, London)
 
Although the IAAF World Championships in Athletics concluded almost a month ago, it will always be enjoyable to look back and savor those special moments. While your favorites may well differ, here are my top ten moments - in ascending order, of course!
 
 
10. Amy Cragg’s Gutty Bronze Medal Marathon Performance.
 
There is a moment of truth in the marathon when every racer faces a pacing challenge. It is then the athlete must make a decision: Do I back off? Or do I persevere? Perhaps no one knows this any more thoroughly than veteran marathoner Amy Cragg, given her devastating 4th-place finish in the 2012 United States Olympic Trials. And in the final 10 kilometers of the World Championship marathon, Cragg - running just off the podium and hanging on in 4th behind Filomena Cheyech - faced that moment once again. The 32-year-old American athlete stayed cool, kept her poise, and went to work: tucking in behind the Kenyan, holding ground, and covering all moves. Patience also was required, and Cragg had it. Dead even with her African rival at 40K, Cragg waited until the final 300 meters to unleash one final gear shift in her quest for a medal. It worked. Cragg [2:27:18] gapped Cheyech [2:27:21] and nearly caught Edna Kiplagat [2:27:18] at the line. Cragg’s 2nd half in 1:11:36 - the fastest of all competitors - gave her a negative split by over 4 minutes. Only 10 seconds separated the top 4 finishers, but Cragg claimed her World Championship marathon bronze medal - only the 2nd world championship marathon medal captured by an American and the first in 34 years [Marianne Dickerson, Helsinki, 1983].
 
 
9. Karsten Warholm Defeats Kerron Clement For 400H Gold.
 
Many thought the final of the men’s 400 meter hurdles might produce a piece of track & field history with reigning Olympic champion Kerron Clement becoming the first man ever to capture 3 world 400H titles. But Norway’s 21-year-old Karsten Warholm had other ideas. In the rain-marred final, the young Norwegian got out quickly and built a backstretch lead over Clement. The indoor 400 meter record holder began to move in the 3rd 100 meters and was closing the gap on Warholm. The Norwegian kept his poise down the homestretch while Clement’s hurdle form - always an Achilles heel for the American - began to unravel. Warholm [48.35] crossed first, while Turkey’s Yasmani Copello [48.49] slid past a disheartened Clement [48.52] for the silver. Once across the line, the disbelieving new world champion displayed his best impersonation of fellow countryman Edward Munch’s "The Scream" - an image from these championships that will long be remembered.
 
 
8. Taylor, Claye Go 1-2 In mTJ. 
 
The men’s triple jump final showcased yet another spirited battle between Americans Christian Taylor and Will Claye. The final featured 5 lead changes between the two former University of Florida teammates with Taylor - the defending champion, American record holder, and the reigning Olympic champion - finally prevailing: 17.63/58¼" to 17.63/57'10¼". It is invigorating to realize that 27-year old Taylor and the 26-year-old Claye could continue this rivalry - inspiring each other to even greater performances - for years to come.
 
 
7. Kendricks Prevails In Strategic PV Battle. 
 
The pole vault final was a 5 man chess match when the bar went up to 5.89m/19'3¾". American Sam Kendricks - sailing along in an undefeated storybook season - kept his card clean with a first attempt clearance. Passing from a lower height miss, Poland’s Piotr Lisek also made a first attempt clearance while his countrymen Pawel Wojeiechowski went out. '12 Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie made it over on his second attempt while China's Changrui Xue - flawless until this bar - went 3 and out. At 5.95m/19'6¼", the 3 remaining athletes all missed their first two attempts. On 3rd attempts, Kendricks made a critical clutch clearance while Lisek missed - but retired in 2nd place. Lavillenie faced a choice: a final jump clearance at 5.95m would move him from bronze to silver; or should he pass to 6.01/19'8½ for a shot a possible gold? The Frenchman immediately passed. After Kendricks sustained a first attempt miss at the new height he had never before cleared, Lavillenie had one final jump for the gold. And when Renaud missed, Sam Kendricks had his first world championship medal.
 
 
6. Stefanidi Outduels Morris For Pole Vault Gold. 
 
The women’s pole vault final highlighted another great rivalry between young, blossoming athletes. USA’s Sandi Morris - who entered the competition at 4.45m/14'7¼ - jumped cleanly through 4.75/15'7". Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi - who came in at 4.65m/15'3" - did so as well. The 25-year-pd Morris' 1st attempt miss at 4.82/15'9¾ opened the door for her Greek opponent who took full advantage with her 1st attempt clearance at that height. When Morris passed and subsequently went out at 4.89m/15'9¾", Stefanidi had the gold with only 4 jumps! With the crown already in hand, the 27-year-old Stanford graduate added a 1st attempt clearance at 16'1¼ just for good measure. While her 3 attempts at 5.02/16'5½" were unsuccessful - Stefanidi had her first world championship title and with it likely clinched this year’s #1 world ranking.
 
 
5. The Great Battle in the Women’s LJ. 
 
On a chilly evening, the deep field in the women's long jump final engaged in the fierce battle for the world championship medals. Olympic finalist Darya Klishina was the early leader with a 1st round leap of 6.78m/22'3". In the second round Serbia's Ivana Spanovic popped out 6.96m/22'10" to move into 1st. By the 3rd round, reigning indoor and outdoor long jump champion Brittney Reese had solved the tricky winds and stretched out 7.02m/23'½" to take the lead. In the final 3 rounds, Russia's Klishina jumped 7.02/22'11¾" in the 5th round to move into 2nd and bump Spanovic to 3rd. And in the final round, Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta bulled her way onto the podium with a leap of 6.97m/22'10½" to slide into 3rd and push the Serbian off the medal stand. The riveting competition concluded with the top four performers finishing within .06m/'2¼" of one another.
 
 
4. Isaac Makwala Emerges From Quarantine To Make 200m Final.
 
In the flurry of daily stunning performances at these world championships, it was easy for many to overlook the trials, the tribulations, and ultimately the inspiring performance of Botswanan sprinter Isaac Makwala. Troubled by the quick onset of a stomach virus in the middle of these championships, the 200m/400m specialist was initially denied the opportunity to compete in the opening round of the men's 200 meters as well as the final of the men's 400 meters where he was expected to challenge world record holder and Olympic gold medalist Wayde van Niekerk. After a period in enforced quarantine [!], some closed-door lobbying, and IAAF reconsideration, it was determined on the day of semi-final round of the men’s 200 meters that Makwala would be given a solo opportunity to qualify for the semi to be held later that evening. Makwala could advance if he ran his solo heat in 20.53 or faster. Buoyed by cheers from the stadium throng, Makwala trudged out amidst a driving rain to make his attempt from his assigned lane: lane 2. Alone in the darkness, the Botswanan sprint star powered around the curve and splashed through puddles to cross the line in 20.20. Ecstatic upon seeing his qualifying time, Makwala immediately dropped to the ground and proceeded to fire off 5 textbook pushups to affirm his recovery - and his joy. 3 hours later, Makwala - now in lane 1 - ran 20.14 in his semi-final to earn an automatic qualifier for the 200 meter final. Few will ultimately remember that Isaac Makwala finished 6th in the men's 200m championship race two days later. But legions will remember the unorthodox and difficult pathway he successfully navigated to make the final.
 
 
3. Farah's WC 3-Peat In 10,000.
 
Racing Mohammed Farah in a championship setting is always difficult. But going up against Sir Mo - a man who had not lost a world championship distance race final in 6 years - in London's Olympic Stadium before 66,000 adoring British fans was likely to be bordering on the impossible. Farah's East African opponents - who had done little to unnerve Farah in earlier championship settings - decided this time to attempt to make him uncomfortable. Right from the opening gun, the pace was quick [2:39 for the 1st kilo] and the cat and mouse tactics of the past were discarded as an honest-paced final emerged. The two-time defending champion stayed calm: covering all moves and not seizing the lead until 2 laps remained. At the bell, Farah was followed closely by Joshua Chetegei, Paul Tanui, and Bedan Muchiri - 4 superb athletes fighting for 3 medals. As the bunched quartet approached the backstretch, the crowd gasped as Farah was soundly clipped from behind. Only an impulsive ballet-like move by the Olympic 10,000 meter champion prevented another Rio-like fall. The trip seemed to energize Farah who accelerated down the backstretch and opened a gap. Clocking 56 seconds on the final circuit - stumble and all - Farah completed the race with a punishing 5:07 final 2000 meters to stop the clock a 26:49.32 - his fastest championship clocking and his 2nd best 10K mark ever. And it earned him his 3rd consecutive world championship 10,000 meter gold medal.
 
 
2. Two Americans Defeat Bolt in 100m. 
 
In the men’s 100 meters, the seemingly-invincible Usain Bolt showed signs of vulnerability in the first two rounds. Was Bolt just playing possum? Or was the greatest sprinter of all time really on the ropes? In the final, the sprint legend - who has employed cautious starts ever since his 2011 false start ejection in Daegu - got out horribly, was all over the lane, and trailed the fast-starting Americans Justin Gatlin and the early-leading Christian Coleman. The long-striding Bolt closed with a vengeance, but it was not enough, as Gatlin - in lane 8 - hit the line first in 9.92, followed by his countryman [9.94] and the Jamaican two-time defending champion [9.95]. Undoubtedly disappointed, Bolt was nonetheless most gracious in extending congratulations to the winner. He embraced the American victor who looked equally relieved and exuberant with his unexpected victory. The capacity crowd- disappointed that they had not viewed Bolt's final individual championship victory - unleashed a torrent of boos upon the new champion. The hooting did not appear to bother Gatlin who now had won his second world championship 100 meter gold medal 12 years after his first one.
 
 
1. USA’s Coburn and Frerichs Grab Steeple Gold and Silver. 
 
While others might certainly have different #1 moments, if you are a dyed-in-the-wool Team USA fan there could hardly be another top choice. Although the American squad sustained a blow in this event when Colleen Quigley was disqualified in the heats for a controversial lane violation, the first round buzz in the mixed zone was all about how well the U.S's other two athletes performed. Olympic bronze medalist Emma Coburn looked completely relaxed and easily advanced in her opening heat. And automatic qualifier Courtney Frerichs confided in the mixed zone that her first round race "was the easiest 9:25 I've ever run" and that during her WC buildup she had "been PRing in workouts." The final was a strange one. Shortly after 400 meters, early Kenyan leader Beatrice Chepkoech failed to duck off the track toward the initial water jump. Backtracking, the Kenyan corrected her gaffe, rejoined the lead back, and ultimately finished 4th. The race adopted a solid, but not crazy, cadence as Bahraini Ruth Jebet - the world record holder - split 1K in 3:02 with the Americans right in the hunt. The real racing began after 2K’s [6:03]. Veteran Coburn - with upstart Frerichs covering her elder's every move - made a decisive move with 250 meters to go. It was a break to which the Kenyans did not - or could not - respond. With smooth, aggressive clearances over the final water jump, the two Americans were 1-2. Avoiding disaster down the homestretch, Coburn [9:02.58, AR, #6 all-time] and Frerichs [9:03.77, PR, then #7 all-time] crossed 1-2, both bettering Coburn's American record, defeating the world record holder and the top 3 performers on the world list, and grabbing the first-ever USA medals in this event. The twosome's spontaneous post-finish line celebration was pure, incredulous joy. Upon reflection, no one coming to London could have honestly believed that the United States would win more World Championship steeplechase medals than Kenya. But - as the saying goes - that's why they run the races.
 
Monday, 18 September 2017 14:45

Mo Farah wins fourth Great North Run in 60:06

By Stuart Weir
It was business as usual at the Great North Run men's half marathon with Mo Farah winning for the fourth time in a row in a time of 1:00:06. Having covered Mo Farah's last track race - 3 times (last World Championship, last track race in Britain and last-ever track race), I was at the Great North Run, I suppose, to record Mo’s first race as an ex-track runner.
 
It was not his easiest victory. Jake Robertson (New Zealand) who was second in 1:00:12, lead Mo until the last few hundred yards when Mo raced clear. Mo later admitted that with 3–4 miles to go he was hanging on.
 
Farah said afterwards: “It was an amazing race. Jake pushed the pace on and tried to get rid of me. He almost got rid of me—I wasn't going to tell him that—but he almost got rid of me with three miles to go, because I was hurting. It was a great race today. I really enjoyed it. I just had to dig deep.
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
 
Warner and Vetter
TALENCE (FRA, Sep 17): European champion and world bronze medallist Anouk Vetter won the heptathlon at the Talence Decastar with 6363 points. Vetter led overnight and she extended her advantage on the second day with marks of 6.18m in the long jump, 52.49m in the javelin and 2:20.99 in the 800m. Hungary’s Xenia Krizsan (6282), Cuba’s Yorgelis Rodriguez (6126) and Czech Republic’s Eliska Klucinova (6126) all surpassed the 6000-point barrier as well. In the decathlon, overnight leader Damian Warner from Canada won with 8252 points ahead of Germany’s Kai Kazmirek (8020) and Ukraine’s Oleksiy Kasyanov (8016).
 
Cheroben 58:40 WL
COPENHAGEN (DEN, Sep 17): Abraham Cheroben ran the fourth fastest time in history to win the Copenhagen Half Marathon in 58:40. He moved to third on the world all-time lists behind Zersenay Tadese (58:23 and 58:31) and Sammy Wanjiru (58:33). His splits were: 13:49 5km, 27:51 10km, 41:53 15km, 55:51 20km. As well as being a world-lead and a course record, Cheroben’s time is also an Asian record after transferring allegiance from Kenya to Bahrain last year. For just the second time in history, three athletes break the sub-59 minute barrier in the same race with Kenyans Jorum Okombo (58:48) and Alex Korio (58:51) finishing second and third. Leonard Barsoton finished fifth in 59:28 on his half marathon debut and there was a Ugandan record in sixth with Moses Kurong clocking 59:50. Reigning champion James Mwangi has been injured in the build-up and faded to 12th in 62:05 while Germany’s Arne Gabius was the top European finisher in 17th in 62:31. In the women’s race, Bahrain’s Eunice Chumba raced to a course record and lifetime best of 66:11 ahead of Kenyans Joan Chelimo (66:25) and Brigid Kosgei (66:35). Sara Hall was the top non-African born finisher in tenth in a lifetime best of 69:37.
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Pearson to Continue Without Coach
GOLD COAST (AUS): World 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson will continue to coach herself heading towards the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April, informs the Daily Telegraph Australia. “That was the plan when I started out coaching myself last year. I kept an open mind and said if it doesn’t work out then I can always find someone that can help. But it’s worked well. At the same time I have a very open mind and if it does happen, I will be comfortable with it, but at the moment it’s purely me,” she said.
 
Beitia Wants to Continue
SANTANDER (ESP): Olympic high jump champion Ruth Beitia, 38, hopes to compete for at least one more season but the Spaniard is still waiting for the results of medical tests conducted after the World Championships where she finished 12th, informs Marca. “It is very clear: I want to do athletics with the same enthusiasm and the same desire. This is no longer a sport, it is my passion. I would love to jump again but you have to be cautious, you have to wait and I have to talk to Ramón Torralbo "I would like to continue to jump in 2018,” she said. Beitia has been suffering from joint pain this summer and hopes to get the results before the end of the month.
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Berlin Fields Completed
BERLIN (GER): The elite fields have been confirmed for the Berlin Marathon on 24 September. Aside from Kenenisa Bekele, Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang, the men’s field also includes former world record-holder Patrick Makau, former world champion Luke Kibet and Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew, who has a 59:11 half marathon PB. Pacemakers include former Chicago Marathon runner-up Sammy Kitwara, who has a lifetime best of 2:04:28. The elite field in the women’s race is headed by former winner Gladys Cherono from Kenya and Prague Marathon winner Valary Aiyabei, plus Ethiopians Amane Beriso, Gullume Tollesa, Meseret Mengistu and Ruti Aga. Reigning champion Aberu Kebede is a late withdrawal. From Alberto Stretti.
 
V. Jepchumba Plans a Fast Time in Usti
USTI NAD LABEM (CZE): Violah Jepchumba is the standout entrant in the Usti nad Labem Half Marathon which takes place on 15 September, informs organisers. Jepchumba is one of the fastest athletes of all-time over the distance with a 65:22 PB and she was third over 10km in Prague last Saturday in 30:25. The field also includes teammates Lucy Cheruiyot (68:17 PB) and Yvonne Jelagat (68:19 PB) while Eva Vrabcova is aiming to break the Czech record of 71:02. “I believe I can run that time and I’m going to give it my all. The Usti course is a little bit more challenging but I’ll be spurred on by the local atmosphere and am really looking forward to it,” she said. Top names in the men’s race include Kenyans Solomon Yego (58:44 PB), Barselius Kipyego (59:15) and Kenneth Keter (59:48) and Morocco’s Aziz Lahbabi (59:25).
 
Diamond League 2017 Facts
MONACO (MON): IAAF summarised the 2017 IAAF Diamond League with important facts. Nine athletes who won Diamond Trophies last season managed to successfully defend their title in 2017. The 27-year-old Sandra Perkovic won her sixth Diamond Trophy, a record tally in a women’s event. She now boasts 38 career wins in the IAAF Diamond League and 45 scoring performances, both also record totals.Fellow thrower Barbora Spotakova also made history. Having won the Diamond Trophy in 2010, the Czech javelin thrower’s victory this year marked the longest span between two Diamond Trophies. After winning the 200m in Zurich and the 400m in Brussels, Shaunae Miller-Uibo became just the fourth athlete in history to secure two Diamond Trophies within the same season, following Allyson Felix in 2010, Carmelita Jeter in 2011 and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in 2013. Meanwhile, high jumper Maria Lasitskene added her name to the list of four other athletes to have achieved a perfect record, winning at all of the IAAF Diamond League fixtures within one season. And while Renaud Lavillenie’s seven-year record streak of Diamond Trophies came to an end, the French pole vaulter extended one of his other records: he has now competed at a record 51 IAAF Diamond League meetings. IAAF Diamond League records were established in eight events throughout the course of 2017. The new format of the IAAF Diamond League left the door open for potential surprise winners. For example Darrell Hill in shot put, Noah Lyles in the 200 m, Kyron McMaster in the 400 m hurdles.
 
Defar in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (USA): Former two-time Olympic 5000m champion Meseret Defar from Ethiopia will compete in the Philadelphia Half Marathon on 17 September, informs organisers. Defar headlines a strong women’s field which also includes former Boston Marathon winners Caroline Rotich from Kenya and Buzunesh Deba from Ethiopia as well as top American distance runner Jordan Hasay, who finished third in Boston on her debut in April. Olympic marathon bronze medallist Galen Rupp headlines a largely domestic men’s race on the road to the Chicago Marathon next month.
 
 
OTHER NEWS
 
BERLIN (GER): Eliud Kipchoge admits there is pressure on his shoulders to break the world marathon record after clocking 2:00:25 in Monza as part of the ‘Breaking Two’ project earlier this season, informs Capital FM. "With the three of us [Kenenisa Bekele and Wilson Kipsang]. I think I am the only one under pressure heading to the race in Berlin. If the two of them have 40 percent pressure, then I have 95 percent because of the time I ran in Monza and the Olympic gold as well. I have a lot of pressure,” he said. “I expect a tough and beautiful race but at the end of the day, there will only be one winner.”
 
NEW YORK (USA): Former runner-up Geoffrey Kamworor is targeting the victory in the New York Marathon on 5 November, informs the Daily Nation. “I am going for victory and nothing else. I am used to tough opposition but I am ready to give by best and deliver,” he said. He ran so far 6 marathons, never won and his fastest 2:06:12 is from first one in Berlin 2012.
 
GLASGOW (GBR): Olympic 5000m sixth-placer Andrew Butchart will make his half marathon debut in the Great Scottish Run on 1 October, informs Athletics Weekly. “I’m planning to do a half-marathon in Glasgow straight away, just to see my fitness off a break. Then I’ll speak to coach and work out when we go to altitude and when we do races. It’s just for a bit of fun. I’ve not raced in Scotland for a long time,” he said. Butchart is targeting the Commonwealth Games and European Championships next season and hasn’t ruled out the World Indoor Championships either.
 
DELHI (IND): The Delhi Half Marathon which takes place on 19 November has been awarded IAAF Gold Label status, informs the Press Trust of India. This was announced at the launch of the 10th edition of the race.
 
HAMBURG (GER): An adjoining half marathon will be staged as part of the programme for the 33rd edition of the Hamburg Marathon on 29 April, informs Leichtathletik.de. Sabrina Mockenhaupt has already confirmed her participation in the event.
 
CAPE TOWN (RSA): Plans to name the Green Point Athletics Track after Wayde van Niekerk have been put on hold, informs the Times Live. “After discussions between the executive mayor‚ the premier of the Western Cape and the chairperson of the naming committee‚ it was agreed that the City of Cape Town would not proceed with the previous proposal that the Green Point Athletics Track be renamed after Wayde van Niekerk‚” said a report presented to the council. Instead, a “heroes’ wall” would be built around the stadium, honouring all athletes who have achieved Olympic hero status.
 
BRNO (CZE): Top names competing at the European Champions Club Cup U20 Group A in Brno, Czech Republic include European U20 200m champion Maya Bruney, European U20 hammer silver medallist Aliaksandr Shymanovich and European U18 2000m steeplechase champion Anna Mark Helwigh, informs European Athletics. Istanbul-based Fenerbahce will be chasing a fourth successive victory in the women’s division and London-based Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers are back to defend the crown they won in Castellon, Spain last year in the men’s division. Group B will be held in Leiria, Portugal with 10 boys teams and 7 girls vying for promotion into the Group A.
 
LIMA (PER): Cross-country running is set to return to the Olympics after a 94-year absence following its inclusion within the athletics programme at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. A total of 32 sports and 241 events were confirmed for the Buenos Aires 2018 programme during a presentation held during the IOC Session here. Insidethegames has been told that the cross-country running events will take place around the perimeter of the Olympic Park and will be held in addition to track and field competitions.
 
TUSCALOOSA (USA): Trinidad Express informed about more details about World 200 m medalist Jereem Richards and his decision going pro. Richards plans to complete his studies at University of Alabama. He is in his final semester, and will be able to focus wholly and solely on his track pursuits in 2018. Richards is being represented by Global Athletics & Marketing, Inc., with the company’s president Mark Wetmore serving as his agent with having adidas as main supporter partner.
 
PARIS (FRA): In the plans of Paris 2024 Olympic Games athletics is planned for Stade de France, including opening and closing ceremony. Marathon is planned to be situated around Eiffel Tower.
 
NEWCASTLE (GBR): Last weekend´s Great North Run registered a record number of 43 127 finishers from 140 countries.
 
LONDON (GBR): Athletics Weekly informs that legendary Mo Farah might consider to participate at Tokyo Games 2020. It depends on how succesful he will be on the roads. If top results he might be thinking about running the Olympic marathon in 2020. Writes Athletics Weekly.
 
LONDON (GBR): European 400 m champion and multiple relay World medalist Martyn Rooney is having as next goal to move to 800 m. Back in 2005 he tried the distance with 1:50.55. His best at 400 m 44.45 comes from 2015 World championships in Beijing. But before the move he would still love to run at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast at least in the 4x400 m team. Informs Athletics Weekly.
 
SYDNEY (AUS): Athletics is a major step closer to achieving its goal of becoming the largest participation sport in Australia, with a new drive to boost involvement at all levels. Fresh from her win at the world championships in London, Sally Pearson announced in Sydney today a landmark partnership between Coles, Athletics Australia and Little Athletics Australia. The three year multi-million dollar deal will support grassroots athletics across Australia.
 
LIMA (PER): Representatives from the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) and IAAF have met to discuss ways in which they can help countries recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma. CANOC member Keith Joseph and IAAF President Sebastian Coe held discussions here during the IOC session regarding providing those who have been hit by the deadly storm with synthetic athletics tracks. Barbados, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Antigua and Barbuda and the US Virgin Islands are among places most strongly affected by Irma. Informs insidethegames.
 
 
RESULTS
 
PALERMO (ITA, Sep 12): Sensational improvement by 23 years old Italian steeple runner Osama Zoghlami at the meet here to 8:22.94. The runner of Tunisian origin who competes for Italy since 2013 won at European U23 Championships 2015 a bronze medal and his previous PB was 8:35.49.
 
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Berlin 2018: 75 000 tickets sold
BERLIN (GER): First record for Berlin European Championships 2018. 330 days before the event already 75 000 tickets have been sold. It is the best start ever for the championships in terms of ticket sales. London World Championships succes contributed, top foreign sales came from Great Britain, Poland, Switzerland and Netherlands. In total 300 000 spectators are expected. New in offer are hospitality tickets with exclusive service.
 
All set for Freimuth and Schafer to win CE Challenge
TALENCE (FRA): German Rico Freimuth leads the standings of IAAF Combined Events Challenge with 25 592 points before the last event this weekends Decastar in Talence. He is not competing but his position looks to be ok unless somebody gets more than 8600 points. German Kai Kazmirek needs 8626 and Canadian Damian Warner 8692 to attack the first place. Top star and World champion Kevin Mayer has only one score so far and is unable to be in the top position. On the women side the leading position of German Caroline Schafer is even more safe with 20 199 points and is also not competing.
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS - Athens Marathon Expects 50 000 Runners - ATHENS (GRE): The 35th edition of the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” takes place on Sunday, November 12, beginning as ever from the coastal town of Marathon and leading elite and mass runners on the challenging course into the heart of Athens and the finish line in the marble arena of the Panathenaic Stadium. Prior to the marathon’s start on the second Sunday morning in November, the spotlight will be shared with the 11th International “Marathon Symposium” of the AIMS, organised by SEGAS. The venue for the annual meeting of more than 60 race directors from around the world has become an ideal match since AIMS moved its headquarters to Athens in 2011. Athens will also host the 11th AIMS Best Marathon Runner Awards Gala, with the best male and female runner over the classic distance in 2017 being decided by the votes of the more than 400 AIMS members. This year over 50,000 runners are expected to register for the various events in the Greek capital. They will include a record of at least 18,500 who will run the classic marathon with more than 8,500 of them arriving in Athens from over 100 countries. From Race News Service.
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS - Farah commited to London Marathon 2018
LONDON (GBR): Mo Farah confirmed he will run the Virgin Money London Marathon next year (April 22), the first step in his new road career. He has competed there twice before, dropping out as planned in 2013 and running 2:08:21 for eighth in 2014. “When I decided to concentrate solely on the roads from 2018 I knew that I wanted this to be my first marathon,” said Farah. “The London Marathon has been a great supporter of me over the years. It doesn’t feel that long ago that I was running the Mini Marathon and in my early years the London Marathon provided me with crucial funding support.”
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