In addition, the prestigious adidas Dream Mile and Dream 100, which for the past several years have showcased some of the nation’s best prep athletes at the adidas Grand Prix in NYC, will move to Boston as a highlight of the event. At the adidas Boost Boston Games, races 400 meters and longer will be held Friday evening, June 17, at George Dilboy Memorial Stadium in Somerville, and will be highlighted by a festival at which fans can mingle with Olympic stars. The street meet, which will put sprints, hurdles, pole vault, and long jump in the spotlight, is set for Saturday afternoon, June 18, and will feature a Mondo track constructed on historic Charles Street between the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. The street meet will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). Informs the organizers Global Athletics and Marketing of Mark Wetmore.
Kipchoge top stats, next target Rio
LONDON (GBR): The half marathon split of 61:24 in the London Marathon was the fastest in marathon history while the 25km (1:12:39) and 30km (1:27:13) were also the fastest ever recorded en route times. The British all-comers’ record of 2:03:05 is now the third fastest behind Germany (2:02:57, Kimetto) and the United States (2:03:02, G. Mutai). The average time from the top-10 fastest performances in London is now 2:04:34, bettered only by the Berlin Marathon with 2:03:49. Kipchoge's sub-2:05 streak now stands at four and his sub-2:06 streak is now an also unmatched seven. Of the nine runners to break 2:04, eight are Kenyan. Haile Gebrselassie is the only non-Kenyan to crack this barrier. Kipchoge who has as next target the Olympic marathon gold has 5 top marathon average now 2:04:01, surpassing Kipsang's 2:04:13 and now the best in the history. Stats from Ken Nakamura. The 37th edition of the London Marathon will take place on Sunday 23 April 2017.
Hassan to attack 2000 m WR
HENGELO (NED): The World indoor champion Sifan Hassan will run a 2000 m race at the 35th AA Drink FBK Games on Sunday 22 May. Hassan aims to attack the current world record hold by Sonia O’Sullivan. In 1994 O’Sullivan ran 5:23.36. Various athletes tried to break the world record in the past, but did not succeed. Hassan knows it’s not a done deal: “I’m really looking forward to the AA Drink FBK Games in Hengelo as it will be my first race on Dutch soil since my gold medal at the World Indoor Championships in Portland. Running for a home crowd excites me and offers me the support to do my upmost. Although I have been running competitions all over the world, Hengelo is special for me. I’m hoping for the crowd to support me in my challenge to run a new world record, as I can need all the support to make my dream come true .”
Birech, Hejnova, Ayana and more
RABAT (MAR): Organisers of the Meeting International Mohammed VI have confirmed that five more Diamond Race winners from last year will be in action at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat on 22 May. The women’s 800m contains three global champions as world indoor champion Francine Niyonsaba takes on world champion Marina Arzamasova and 2013 world champion and three-time Diamond Race winner Eunice Sum. Diamond Race steeplechase winner Jairus Birech returns to Rabat following his victory last year and he will face meeting record-holder Paul Kipsiele Koech, world silver medallist Conseslus Kipruto and two-time Olympic silver medallist Mahiedine Mekhissi. Zuzana Hejnova, twice a winner of the world title and the Diamond Race, leads a 400m hurdles field that includes five finalists from last year’s World Championships. The Czech star will be up against world bronze medallist Cassandra Tate, Jamaican champion Janieve Russell, Danish record-holder Sara Petersen, African champion Wenda Nel and world indoor 400m champion Kemi Adekoya. In the men’s 110m hurdles, Diamond Race winner and 2013 world champion David Oliver takes on 2011 world champion Jason Richardson, 2015 US indoor champion Aleec Harris and 2014 world indoor bronze medallist Garfield Darien of France. Panama’s 2015 Diamond Race winner Alonso Edward is part of a 200m field that includes world 100m bronze medallist Trayvon Bromell, 2013 world bronze medallist Curtis Mitchell, Asian record-holder Femi Ogunode and Moroccan record-holder Aziz Ouhadi, who won at this meeting in 2013. Having won over 3000m in Rabat last year with an African all-comers’ record of 8:22.22, world champion Almaz Ayana will contest the 5000m in the Moroccan capital this year. Two of the men in the 400m field joined the illustrious sub-44-second club last year. Botswana’s Isaac Makwala and Jamaican record-holder Rusheen McDonald, with respective PBs of 43.72 and 43.93, will join the likes of US champion David Verburg and Olympic 4x400m champion Chris Brown of The Bahamas. From DL website.
LONDON (GBR): Craig Mottram missed out on making his fifth Australian Olympic team after finishing the London Marathon in 2:28:39 on his debut, informs the Sydney Morning Herald. The former world 5000m bronze medallist doesn’t harbour any aspirations to contest the distance again. "And this will be my first and last - never again,” he said.
LONDON (GBR): German record-holder Arne Gabius was a DNF in the London Marathon due to stomach cramps, informs Leichtathletik.de. He dropped out just after the halfway point.
LONDON (GBR): London Marathon officials are continuing to take legal proceedings against Liliya Shobukhova, winner of the race in 2010 but retrospectively disqualified for doping, to recover a share of the $1.5 million in prize money she earned. The London Marathon launched legal proceedings last year against Shobukhova in a court in London. Informs insidethegames.
ELDORET (KEN): Wesley Korir has called on the Kenyan Federation to select him for the Olympic marathon team in Rio de Janeiro, informs The Star. “Going by my current form, I believe I am ready for the big stage,” said Korir, who finished fourth behind three Ethiopians in Boston earlier this month in 2:14:05. “For me, this is the only chance I can run at the Olympic Games because my age won’t allow me to compete in the next. I have analysed the weather conditions in Rio and they suit me perfectly well,” he added. Korir is renowned for performing well in tactical races and won the Boston Marathon in 2012 in hot conditions.
NAIROBNI (KEN): World and Olympic winner Asbel Kiprop maintains that any athlete found doping should serve time in jail, informs Pulse.ng. “I am a lucky athlete because this law has come during my time. Our (Kenya's) name has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. From now on, dopers should serve jail terms. But those already banned should just serve their sanctions,” he said. On his form, Kiprop believes he is only at fifty percent fitness despite running an early season 1:44.6 world lead over 800m. “I am only 50 percent fit now. By the time of the (Olympic) Trials, I hope to be 70 or 80 percent, then I will be good to go," he said.
NAIROBI (KEN): World champion Julius Yego is confident he can replicate that form at the Olympic Games, informs Super Sport, informs Reuters. "Everybody thinks I should win a medal, Kenya's first javelin medal in Rio. Even myself, I think I will do it. I have a feeling that I will do it. Rio is three months away and I am looking forward to a good build up. I am well ahead of my schedule, almost 60 percent fit at the moment, and obviously better than this time last year,” he said. Yego will open at Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting internationally on May 20.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): World champion and World record holder Genzebe Dibaba had to postpone her season’s opener in the President’s Cup in Dubai due to a foot injury but coach Jama Aden has said the injury shouldn’t keep her out for too long, informs Gulf News. “At the most, she will be out for the next two weeks, and this is a big risk for us especially because it is a few months before the Olympic Games. But the good thing is that she is able to keep working on her endurance training by cycling and going to the gym,” said Aden. Dibaba was due to contest the 10,000m in Dubai but the world 1500m champion is still planning to make her debut at that distance before the Olympic Games. Aden said she might open the season in Oslo at Bislett Games.
KINGSTON (JAM): Michael Frater is aiming to make the Olympic team for Rio after two injury plagued seasons, informs Stabroek News. “I’ve had to refocus and rejuvenate my body, all the time thinking about my ultimate goal of the Olympics. I had to go back to day one to get that hunger and dedication, and it’s really paying off,” he said. Frater added that the Jamaican team is primed to retain their Olympic 4x100m title in Rio the summer. “A lot of the guys are getting closer to the end of their careers and Usain is saying he’s going to do this for about two more years. It’s the last go-around for most of us and we’re looking to continue our winning trend and end on a high,” he said.
LONDON (GBR): There was one fatality in yesterday’s Virgin Money London Marathon. British Army officer David Seath, 31, collapsed at the 23-mile mark and died in hospital after receiving immediate medical treatment on the course. The London Marathon team has expressed their sincere condolences to David’s family and friends.
GLASGOW (GBR): For Glasgow it is top news to recieve the right to stage the European Indoor Championships in 2019. Niels de Vos, British Athletics Chief Executive, said: “It is great news for British sport that Glasgow will be the host of the European Athletics Indoor Championships in 2019. With the city’s amazing track record of hosting major events, in particular the 2014 Commonwealth Games and British Athletics events for many years, I’m certain that this will be a great championships. This event will cap off an exciting few years for British Athletics following the recent IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff, the 2017 IAAF and IPC World Championships in London and the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham and we’re confident of showcasing the best talent in European athletics.”
MOSCOW (RUS): Another meeting between the ARAF management and the IAAF Task Force Group has finished in London. "It was a working meeting where we discussed details of our issues, which we have already done and which we have to carry out in the nearest time. No decision has been taken there. That is current routine process, which, hopefully, will lead us to the result in June,” said ARAF general secretary Mikhail Butov to Sport-Express.
FAYTTEVILLE (USA): Plans for fast men from the last weekend. Asian record holder Femi Ogunode plans next races at his home IAAF Diamond League in Doha, then at chinese meetings Shanghai DL and Beijing IAAF World Challenge. He will still stay in Asia for Chinese Taipei Open on May 19-20. Jamaican hurdles World indoor champion Omar McLeod plans to race not so frequently with next outings this week in Des Moines at Drake Relays followed by Shanghai DL and Prefontaine Classic in Eugene.
AMSTERDAM (NED): Belarus athletics federation president and former hammer thrower Vadim Devyatovskiy informed on his federation website that the Minsk bid for European Indoors 2019 was well recieved. Despite the bid did not win his country plans to try to stage top events in future years. Next ones could be European Cup 10 000 m in 2017 and match Europe vs USA in 2019.
OFFENBURG (GER): German javelin news. Beijing 7th placer Johannes Vetter will open the season in Rehlingen on May 16. Leichtathletik.de informs he achieved personal best with 900 g javelin 78.00 m. 2011 World champion Matthias de Zordo plans to throw for first time after the injury and surgery on May 27 in Dessau.
BEOGRAD (SRB): Bad weather forced the postponement of the 23rd edition of the Smoki Smokic Children’s Marathon in Belgrade which was initially scheduled for 9 April but the climax of the event still took place albeit on a revised date of 23 April. Buoyed by governmental support and corporate sponsorship, the event is staged to get young children in Serbia fit and healthy and factoring in previous editions of the event, 370,000 participants have taken part since it was first held. The grand final was staged this weekend but 16,000 pre-schoolers from around the city took part in the preliminary events. The 150 best competitors were invited to the final where they were split up into twelve groups. Informs European Athletics.
ISTANBUL (TUR): Fresh European U23 half marathon record holder Ali Kaya confirmed after the race his ambition to double at Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro at 5000 m and 10 000 m. He managed the finals in both events also last year in Beijing.
OSLO (NOR, Apr 23): Eritrean Awet Kibrab won the 10 km Sentrumsløpet in 29:18 with best home runner Asbjorn Persen third 29:20. Women winner Runa Skrove Falch 34:07.
KOBE (JPN, Apr 24): Kenyan Paul Tanui clocked World leading 27:22.28 in the 10 000 m during second day of Hyogo Relays. Second Ethiopian Mamiyo Nuguse 27:24.85, third Rodgers Chumo 27:43.85. Last under 28 was Bernard Kimani 27:50.81 with top Japanese Takashi Ichida fifth in 28:22.57. Felista Wanjugu of Kenya won the women 10 000 m in 32:11.68 over Yuka Ando 32:16.34 and Risa Yokoe 32:24.87. In total 15 runners clocked sub 33 minutes. Ronald Kwemoi posted 3:38.86 to win the 1500 m ahead of Masaki Toda 3:39.67 PB.
YOKOHAMA (JPN, Apr 24): Second day of Nittai University Distance distance meet saw Kenyan William Malel winning the 5000 m in 13:23.65 ahead of Charles Muneria 13:23.79.
NEW DELHI (IND, Apr 24): The first leg of Indian Grand Prix was held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and there was a fire in transformer that shut down electric power supply just prior to the start of the meet. That resulted into non-functioning of photo-finish equipment and false start system. Moreover there was no wind-guage equipment in place. Sprints were hand-timed. Amiya Mallick clocked 10.1 in the men 100 m and Srabani Nanda 11.3 in women 100 m. Muhammed Anas won the 400 m in 45.6 and Suriya the women 3000 m in 9:04.5. Good javelin marks by talented junior Neeraj Chopra 79.54 over Shiupal Singh 79.34. In women javelin Annu Rani 58.42.
RUBIERA (ITA, Apr 24): New Ugandan women 10 000 m record by Juliet Chekwell 31:37.99 here. Her previous national mark was 32.20.95 from the Beijing final last year.
MEDELLIN (COL, Apr 24): Final day of Colombian national championships registered John Freddy Murillo 16.74 (+1.6) national record in triple jump. In women heptathlon Evelis Aguilar won with 5917 points ahead of Alizbeth Felix of Puertorico 5907 national record and third Ana Camila Pirelli new record for Paraguay 5879 points (including national hurdles record 13.40). Rafith Rodriguez won the 800 m in 1:48.79, Mauricio Ortega discus 62.67 and Diego Palomeque 20.66 in the 200 m.
AGADIR (MAR, Apr 24): Tunisian Atef Saad won the 4th edition of Marathon international vert d'Agadir in 2:13:51. On the podium behind him Kenyans Douglas Chebii 2:14:59 and Anthony Wairuri 2:15:11. Ethiopian women winner was Ayantu Dirbabisa 2:45:33. Jonathan Yego topped half marathon in 1:02:59, among women Debele Degafa 1:17:11.
ZALAEGERSZEG (HUN, Apr 23): Discus throwing at István Németh Memorial. Iran´s Mohammed Samimi 63.81 ahead of Peter Savanyu 62.50 personal best.
POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA, Apr 22): Additions to the open meet. Thapelo Phora won the 400 m in 45.96, in women 600 m Dutch Sanne Verstegen 1:28.06. Jacob Rozani won the 800 m in 1:46.38 ahead of Kabelo Mohlosi 1:46.45. German Gregor Traber won the hurdles in 13.59 (+1.4). Mayookha Johny from India missed her national triple record only by 2 cm with 14.09 (+0.6). Hungarian junior Bence Halasz improved his 6 kg hammer PB to 81.21 m.
SAN DIEGO (USA): Daniel Stahl did not throw a PB 66.42m, his PB is 66.89 since 2014.
CHELYABINSK (RUS): Rusathletics.com informs that ARAF presidium member from January 2016, senior vice-president of Chelyabinsk regional athletics federation, former race walking coach and head coach of Chelyabinsk athletics team Anatoliy Boyarchuk passed away aged 56.
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