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By Larry Eder
The 2:20:57 run by Jordan Hasay in Chicago on Sunday, October 8, 2017 was historic. Jordan Hasay ran 2:23:00 in her marathon debut and shocked many. Truth is this, Jordan Hasay was made for the marathon, and Alberto Salzar knew that. Jordan Hasay is one of the guttiest runners I have ever seen, and she does not give an inch. In college racing she had great races and not so great races. She was not a happy camper when she did not do well, but that is okay.
As a professional athlete, Jordan raced over 5k and 10k, and she battled in every race. In 2016, she began her evolution into road running, but one wonders if that was Alberto Salazar's plan for the entire time.
In Houston in January 2017, Jordan ran 1:08:45 and opened many eyes. Her build up to Boston continued and her run there was flawless. I was happy to see her focus at the end of the race, against the world's best, and her gutty finish. And then, her summer of training prior to Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Jordan Hasay is one of the kindest athletes to interview. She thanks media for their support of her story. She speaks well and thoughtfully.
But remember this, Jordan Hasay is a marathon gladiator. In the fine line of Joan Benoit Samuelson, Deena Kastor, Kara Goucher, Tirunesh Dibaba, Mary Keitany and Edna Kiplagat, these women dig in and fight for each and every meter. I recall running the 1980 Cascade Run Off, and getting absolutely dusted over the last 3k by Lorraine Moller, who gave the guys with her a lesson in downhill running, cranking 5:08 and 5:05. It opened my mind to just how amazing women distance runners were and are.
Jordan Hasay showed guts running 2:18:20 pace through half way, with Tirunesh Dibaba, who is moving her focus from the track the roads, in the lead. Jordan ran 2:20:57, the finest time by an American woman ever in North America, and breaking Joan Benoit Samuelson's 1985 American course record of 2:21:21.
What is Jordan Hasay's secret? Her amazing focus, her beliefs in herself? her support structure?
Jordan's Instagram account shows the detailed workouts that Jordan and Galen [Rupp] did for this race. That attention to detail, the core work, the long runs, the long temp runs, the work on the track all summer long gives these athletes a quiet confidence that they have done EVERYTHING to prepare for the race.
Jordan Hasay was happy and confident in her presser post race.
She has many more great races to run!
Thursday, 12 October 2017 13:21

News From Around the World: EME NEWS (Oct 9, 2017)

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From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Africa Has Plans for Worlds
RABAT (MAR): Confederation of African Athletics president Hamad Malboum Kalkaba believes Africa can host the IAAF World Championships for the first time in 2025, Xinhua reports. In a statement, he said Kenya, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa all had the economic potential to put on the event in eight years’ time.
Roleder Ready for 2018
BERLIN (GER): After cutting short her 2017 season due to injury, sprint hurdler Cindy Roleder has increased the frequency of her physio visits from once to several times a week in order to compensate for her weaknesses, she said in an interview with The German is now pain-free and training for the defence of her European title next year.
Four organisers to be decided
MONACO (MON): Next meeting of the IAAF Council in November will decide who will organise four IAAF World Athletics Series events in 2020. Not only World Indoor Championships, but also World Half Marathon Championships, World U20 Championships and World Race Walking Team Championships.
CHICAGO (USA): Retired Olympic heptathlon bronze medallist Brianne Theisen-Eaton completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, her debut at 26 miles, in 3:55:08.
CHICAGO (USA): Jordan Hasay spoke about finding her ideal distance after running 2:20:57 in her second marathon in Chicago yesterday. “I had always hoped that I’d be great at the marathon, and so I’m really glad we decided to move up this young,” she was quoted by as saying. “I just love the marathon. That’s what I was telling myself out there, I’m just like you’re great in the marathon, this is your event, this is what you love. I just love the training for it, I love the buildup. It’s definitely my event. Some people are just gifted at certain things.”
CHICAGO (USA): In Bank of America Chicago Marathon, more than 43,000 runners, an event record, crossed the finish line in Chicago’s “front yard,” Grant Park. This year’s race celebrated 40 years of running history with participants from more than 100 countries and all 50 states.
CHICAGO (USA): Top 10 performance average for Chicago Marathon has improved to 2:19:45 in women section. Tirunesh Dibaba's top 3 performance average is 2:19:01, third behind Radcliffe 2:16:48 and Keitany 2:18:19. With 2:20:57 Jordan Hasay became the fastest American on the US soil and her 2:20:57 is also best third place here. The 5 km segment 14:25 for Galen Rupp from 35 to 40 km was the fastest in Chicago history. From Ken Nakamura.
CHICAGO (USA): Rupp and Dibaba also secured their first ever Abbott World Marathon Majors victories. Rupp’s win moves him into joint first on the Majors leaderboard on 25 points, level with Geoffrey Kirui, Daniel Wanjiru and Eliud Kipchoge, while Dibaba takes an outright lead in the women’s standings on 41.
BERLIN (GER): Sabre fencer Max Hartung and canoeist Silke Kassner have launched plans to form a breakaway group after criticising the current set-up of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) Athletes' Committee. Hartung, the chairman of the Athletes' Committee, and Kassner, his deputy, told German television channel ARD that they are hoping to establish an athlete organisation which would be independent from the DOSB. The "Athleten Deutschland" group would be a network of athlete representatives from Olympic, non-Olympic and Paralympic sports bodies in the country. Informs insidethegames.
OBERHAUSEN (GER): German U23 champion at 400 m Hurdles Joshua Abuaku (21, 50.79) is changing his coaching environment. He will now train under Olympic winner Volker Beck who is national head coach for the event in Germany. He will move to Frankfurt because of this. His training partners will be Luke Campbell and Georg Fleischhauer.
BERLIN (GER): Representatives from Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Great convened for the “G5” meeting in Berlin last week. Among the topics discussed were plans for next year’s European Athletics Championships, a review of the 2017 IAAF World Championships and the digital challenges facing European athletics, writes The federations also discussed the future of Fly Europe concept. 
LAGOS (NGR): The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has been awarded an IAAF bronze label for next year’s race in February, according to
NEW YORK (USA): The United Airlines NYC Half will feature an expanded field and new course in 2018. Around 22,500 runners are expected for the race on March 18. Last year the event had 19,409 finishers. It will start in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, head over the Manhattan Bridge, and finish in Central Park. “We’re proud to have worked with New York Road Runners to coordinate a new route that now includes both Brooklyn and Manhattan, and this year even more runners will get to run this race as well as take in the New York City landmarks and views along the redesigned course,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.  
BERLIN (GER): Despite her recent good quality races on the road, Alina Reh will concentrate next year on the track and the distance will be 5000 m. Next target is to achieve a sub 15 minutes time. She also plans to run 10 000 m on the track and plans to start in two weeks high altitude training in South Africa.
MALY LAPAS (SVK): Fastest Slovak and European U23 Champion over 200 m Jan Volko won during the weekend a special race. It is called wife-carrying cross country at 253.5 m with barriers. He clocked (with 10 years old Ema, daughter of his coach Nada Bendova on his shoulder) 59.98. Hammer Olympic finalist Marcel Lomnicky was second by 7 seconds. Of course it was all a big fun.
PAPRADNO (SVK): Another athletics wedding happened during the weekend in Central Slovakia. Javelin World silver medalist and twice Diamond League winner Czech Jakub Vadlejch married Slovak combined eventer and hurdler Lucia Slanickova. She will be now called Lucia Vadlejch. Present at the wedding also his coach Jan Zelezny and training partners Vitezslav Vesely, Petr Frydrych and Jaroslav Jilek.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Machine Gun Kelly, Teyana Taylor, Jacob Latimore, Annie Ilonzeh, Claudia Jordan and Towanda Braxton will add star power to USA Track & Field’s Black Tie & Sneakers Gala, slated for Thursday, November 2 at The Armory in Upper Manhattan. Celebrities from across the entertainment industry will join current track & field stars, Hall of Famers, business executives and national tastemakers at USATF’s annual gala, which will be broadcast on the Olympic Channel. Informs the USATF.
MATSUYAMA (JPN, Oct 9): In the Monday programme at National Sports Festival new Japanese U20 record in girls 5000 m track walk 21:33.44 by Nanako Fujii (18). Fast 3000 m 8:54.27 by 18 years old Reiko Tanaka. New PB in women 100 m hurdles for Masumi Aoki 13.18 (+0.5). In men hurdles windy times 13.47 (+2.2) by Genta Masuno and 13.58 by Taio Kanai. In javelin Takuto Kominami 77.94 and over 400 m life-time best for Yoshinobu Imoto 46.38.
ASUNCION (PAR, Oct 8): Freddy Maidana won the 200 m at Paraguay Championships in good 20.91 (+0.9). He missed his national record from 2014 by only 0.01.
IZUMO CITY (JPN, Oct 9): Tokai University beat defending champions Aoyama Gakuin University in the Izumo Ekiden, reports Japan Running News. The winning time was 2:11:59 and the margin 93 seconds.
SANTIAGO (CHI, Oct 8): Final day of South American U18 Games saw Brazilian long jumper Adrian Vieira achieving the best result with 772 cm. In discus Argentinian Nazareno Sasia 58.67 (1.5 kg).
WASHINGTON (USA, Oct 8): In the shadow of the Pentagon, Haron Lagat began his Sunday run and won the Army Ten Miler in 49:23. Susan Tanui was the best woman in 56:50.
Thursday, 12 October 2017 13:11

News From Around the World: EME NEWS (Oct 11, 2017)

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Adams Happy Mother
AUCKLAND (NZL): World and Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams (33) has given birth to her first child a baby girl. “Welcome to the world, Kimoana Josephine Adams-Price,” she said on Twitter. Adams is aiming to return to competition in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April.
European Gathering in Lithuania
VILNIUS (LTU): The traditional autumn gathering of European athletics administrators will be held end of this week in Vilnius, Lithuania. The European Athletics Convention is designed to better support Member Federations, offering opportunities for education, networking and socialising, along with the usual meetings and calendar planning activities. On Saturday the 26th European Athletics Congress will be held with expected representatives from 51 member federations and in the evening televised European Athletics Golden Tracks gala where the best male and female athletes from 2017 will be awarded. There will also be a Rising Star award for the young athletes and a lifetime achievement prize for one of Lithuania’s most treasured stars. Lithuanian high jump star Airine Palsyte along with Andy Kay will be the presenters of the gala evening.
Events for World Indoor Tour
MONACO (MON): The disciplines for the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Tour have been confirmed. The scoring disciplines for the men are: 60m, 800m, 3000m/5000m, shot put, pole vault and triple jump. For the women, the scoring disciplines are: 400m, 1500m, 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump. The individual winners of each event will receive $20,000 prize money and a wildcard for the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. The World Indoor Tour is made up of six meetings: Karlsruhe (3 February), Dusseldorf (6 February), Madrid (8 February, new member), Boston (10 February), Torun (15 February) and Glasgow (25 February).
MONACO (MON): The IAAF has ratified Sydney McLaughlin’s world U20 400m hurdles record of 53.82 set at the US Championships in Sacramento on 25 June (6th place). McLaughlin already held the record at 54.15 from the Olympic Trials last year.
NEW YORK (USA): After dropping out of the Berlin Marathon at the 30km checkpoint, former world record-holder Wilson Kipsang has been added to the New York Marathon field on 5 November, informs AP. Former runner-up Buzunesh Deba from Ethiopia has also been added to the elite women’s field.
NEW YORK (USA): During a conference call with the media, Shalane Flanagan said her preparations are going “exceptionally well” ahead of the New York Marathon on 5 November and described the time off she had this winter due to injury as a “blessing.” “My training has gone exceptionally well,” said Flanagan, who was forced to miss the Boston Marathon this April due to a back injury. From
NEW YORK (USA): Former winner Meb Keflezighi has said he hopes to be “very competitive” on his marathon farewell in New York next month. "I'm healthy, which is a big battle. I hope to be very competitive. I'm here up in Mammoth Lakes, away from my wife and kids for five weeks. I want my last one to be a good one. Many people think it's going to just be a show, but I would regret if I didn't give it everything I had,” he said. From RRW. 
NEW YORK (USA): Olympic 1500m champion Matt Centrowitz and Olympic 5000m silver medallist Paul Chelimo lead the field for the USATF 5K Championships which will be held on the eve of the New York Marathon on 4 November, informs organisers. The line-up also includes Ben True and Leonard Korir. Top names on the women’s side include Brenda Martinez and Desiree Linden.
LONDON (GBR): World Olympians Association chief executive Mike Miller has called for athletes to be fitted with microchips in a bid to combat doping in sport, informs The Guardian. “In order to stop doping we need to chip our athletes where the latest technology is there. Some people say it’s an invasion of privacy, well, sport is a club and people don’t have to join the club if they don’t want to, if they can’t follow the rules. Microchips get over the issue of whether the technology can be manipulated because they have no control over the device,” he said to anti-doping leaders at a forum on integrity in sport in Westminster, London.
LAUSANNE (SUI): A report on Russian doping was used by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the first time to uphold the suspension of triple jumper Anna Pyatykh, informs AP. Case arbiter Jens Evald ruled the “circumstantial evidence” was proof enough and the documents leaked by former Moscow laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov showed "the athlete took part of a sophisticated doping plan or scheme and that she used multiple prohibited substances on more than one occasion.”
MOSCOW (RUS): IAAF president Sebastian Coe has said the All-Russia Athletics Federation is making progress in meeting the criteria set by the governing body after their suspension in November 2015, informs Sport Express. “The first thing I did after the suspension of the membership of the VFLA was to create an independent group, led by the Norwegian anti-doping expert Rune Andersen. Five criteria were defined. I do not know when the VFLA will be rebuilt, but I can definitely say that there are things that give me confidence in the last few months. It can be concluded that there is progress,” he said.
LONDON (GBR): Adam Gemili is aiming to contest the 100m at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April, informs The Sun. "I want to get selected for the 100m. That's what I've put forward to them as I didn't really run too many 200s this season,” he said. "The competition will be tough because the Jamaicans and South Africans are going to be there.” Gemili won a silver medal in the 100m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
BEIRUT (LIB): Kenya’s Edwin Kiptoo will defend his title in the Beirut Marathon on 12 November, informs organisers. In hot conditions, Kiptoo clocked 2:13:19 to win last year. “My goal is to improve my time and also to retain my position of last year. Though I have pressure as defending champion, I know I can make it,” he said.
HAMBURG (GER): Sabrina Mockenhaupt will compete in the Tokyo Marathon on 25 February, informs Japan Running News. Mockenhaupt is looking to make the German team for the European Championships in Berlin next August.
CANBERRA (AUS): Steve Hooker will be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame at the 33rd Sport Australia Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday, informs Athletics Australia.
GLASGOW (GBR): Five athletes are in the running to receive the FPSG Scottish athlete of the year honour ahead of next month's awards dinner. Informs Athletics Weekly. They are Callum Hawkins, Sammi Kinghorn, Eilish McColgan, Laura Muir and Chris O’Hare.
DES MOINES (USA): The 50th edition of the Drake Road Races will feature a new date, new fast courses, a new 10k race and finishes inside Drake Stadium on the iconic Blue Oval, Blake Boldon, the Director of the Drake Relays announced. "We're thrilled to move the Drake Road Races to April 22 to officially start Relays week and give all participants a chance to run on the Blue Oval," Boldon said. Road races will start a full week of events for the 109th running of America's Athletic Classic.  Event website informs.
CANBERRA (AUS, Oct 7): The 400 m hurdles Australian champion Lauren Wells was back to long jump since 2008 and achieved new PB 644 (+1.2).
KYIV (UKR): The correct time of Belarus women marathon record is 2:23:06 by Aliaksandra Duliba from Dubai 2015. 

Professional athlete field to include 12 past champions, 22 Olympians, and 20 Paralympians from 29 different countries - New York, October 10, 2017 — Former champion Wilson Kipsang of Kenya and two-time runner-up Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia, who trains in the Bronx, have been added to the professional athlete field for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 5.

Tatyana McFadden sets course record to capture her eighth victory and the “Silver Bullet” Marcel Hug defends his title - CHICAGO -- In today’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, more than 43,000* runners, an event record, crossed the finish line in Chicago’s “front yard,” Grant Park. This year’s race celebrated 40 years of running history with participants from more than 100 countries and all 50 states. The inaugural Chicago Marathon started in Daley Plaza on September 25, 1977.

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