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By Alfons Juck, EME NEWS 
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.
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 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.
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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BY LARRY EDER—It's Saturday morning, August 20, and I am sitting on my bed in my little AirBnB, right across the street from the Engenhao Stadium. With my brother, Brian, and Victor Sailer, I have been here for the duration. This morning, I'm catching up.
So, this is my piece on the women's 400 meters, one of the finest races of the entire Olympic experience, which was marred, for me, by Americans thinking that somehow, the gold medal was taken from Allyson Felix. Shaunae Miller took the gold, because, this time, she got across the finish line first. That is what it is like in all races. Olympic track & field is not a theatre project, where one knows the outcome and it is the interpretation of the experience. It is not professional wrestling, where the outcome is preordained. These are real athletes, who put their regular lives on hold, so that, for a decade or so of their lives, they, run, jump and throw to see just how far they can go!
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