In the triple jump World Indoor champion Yekaterina Koneva of Russia 14.28 (+1.0) meet record and in 4x400 m Russia (Renzhina, Kotlyarova, Ryzhova, Krivoshapka) 3:28.75 beating Ukraine 3:30.66 and Bahrain for national record 3:32.62. On the men side one Games record for Asian 400 m record holder Yousef Al-Masrahi from Saudi Arabia 45.18 ahead of Arokia Rajiv from India 45.57 PB and Bahraini junior Abbas Abubaker 45.73. Another Saudi Arabian win for Ali Saad Al-Deraan in the 800 m with 1:45.50 personal best over Kenyan Jackson Kivuva 1:45.70 and former European champion Marcin Lewandowski 1:46.36. In the 100 m final national record for Oman by Barakat Al-Harthi 10.16 (+1.7) just ahead of Iran´s Reza Ghasemi 10.18 and Moroccan Aziz Ouhadi 10.25. Algerian African Games winner Abdelmalik Lahoulou won the 400 m hurdles in 49.43 beating Russian Timofey Chalyy 49.88 and Kenyan Boniface Mucheru 49.91. Russian got two gold medals with Pavel Shalin 766 (-0.1) in long jump and Kiril Ikonnikov 75.88 in hammer. Brazilian record holder Darlan Romani ruled in shot put with 20.08 ahead of Bob Bertemes of Luxembourg 19.60. Also to note that Bahraini youth runner Salwa Eid Nasser with 52.97 was the fastest in women 400 m heats and Russian Yekaterina Galitskaya 13.22 (-1.1) in women 100 m hurdles heats. Here World bronze medalist Alina Talay of Belarus was disqualified after a false start.
Atanaw to defend
BERLIN (GER): Kinde Atanaw of Ethiopia will defend his title at the Grand 10km in Berlinon Sunday. Last year, Ayalew won the race by 15 seconds from Reuben Maiyo; the Kenyan will also return to the race on Sunday in what will be his first competition of the year. However, the biggest Kenyan threat to Ayalew may come from 18 year old John Langat, the winner of the Appingedam 10km in June and a runner-up at the recent Dam to Dam 10 Miles. Langat is not the only high class youngster in the field, as world junior champion Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda, who placed 9th in the 10 000 m in Beijing, is also entered. 33 year old steeple specialist Paul Kipsiele Koech of Kenya is another leading entrant; he will make his debut over the distance. Koech finished his track season in style with wins at ISTAF Berlin and Weltklasse. On the home front, Arne Gabius will warm up for his German marathon record attempt in Frankfurt; he finished fourth here last year in a PB of 28:08 shortly before his successful marathon debut. The women’s race will feature the top two from the recent All Africa Games 10 000 m, Kenyans Alice Nawowuna and Gladys Cheshire. Both will have a battle on their hands as Sutume Asefa is in the field. The Ethiopian has a nearly flawless record this year; she equalled the world best over 25km in winning the Berlin BIG 25km and has the 9th fastest 10km time in the world in 2015. Joyce Chepkirui, the winner for the last two years, will not defend her title.
Coe in India
NEW DELHI (IND): IAAF President Seb Coe has signed an expression of intent with the Sports Authority of India, along with the Athletics Federation of India, for the establishment of a national centre of excellence for athletics, inform IAAF. The high performance athletics academy will be based at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium Complex, New Delhi and will focus on the coaching of ‘speed, power and technical events’ covering all sprints, jumps and the combined events. The IAAF will assist the education of elite coaches and help arrange athletics specialists to visit and work with the academy’s event coaches. “The IAAF must do everything possible to assist member federations with getting well-trained and educated coaches and athletes together. It also can’t be a one-size-fits-all scheme. We have to be flexible about how we tailor our development programmes to the needs of smaller federations,” concluded President Coe, who later attended a school athletics competition at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium.
Hansen in Lithuania
PALANGA (LTU): European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen travelled from Denmark to Lithuania to meet with representatives of the Baltic federations in the municipality of Palanga, upon invitation of the city mayor Šarūnas Vaitkus on Monday. The meeting was scheduled to learn more about the current situation in the Baltic region and the priorities of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian federations. They also discussed the coordination of the competition calendar in the three countries. The next European Athletics Congress will be in Vilnius in 2017.
RIO (BRA): Organisers of the Rio 2016 Olympics have announced cuts to their budget, report insidethegames. The infrastructure and the volunteer programme will be most severely hit. Rio 2016’s director of communications Mario Andrada said that the test event infrastructure will be significantly scaled back and all promotional videos must now be made in-house. Rio 2016 organisers have also announced an initiative to help smaller Brazilian businesses benefit from the Olympics and Paralympics; they hope the scheme will generate around R$300 million (77 million USD).
MONTEGO BAY (JAM): Jamaican sprinting star Asafa Powell says he is excited about his chance to become the first man in the history of track and field to run 100 legal sub-10 seconds times in the 100m race. Now he has 93 and the record one could come in 2016. "I am very excited about getting the 100 sub-10 seconds time," he said recently at a cocktail reception put on by Sagicor at Secrets Hotel in Freeport, Montego Bay. Powell and teammate Novlene Williams Mills were guests of the insurance company.
ELDORET (KEN): Florence Kiplagat, one of the favourites for this weekend’s Chicago Marathon, aims to make a big stride toward Olympic selection by winning in the Windy City, report Xinhua. The half marathon world record holder had hoped to compete at this year’s world championships, but didn’t achieve the qualifying time for the 10 000 m. “It is time to redeem my image,” said the 28 year old Kenyan who has two Berlin Marathon wins to her name. “I missed the chance to run 10 000 m at the World Championships because I wanted to focus on this race, and now I have to prove that my decision to sit out of Beijing worlds was right.”
ROME (ITA): A guest at the Corsa Dei Santi in Rome on November 1 will be sprint legend Carl Lewis, report FIDAL. The event is raising funds for a support project helping children in the Ebola hit Liberia.
ELDORET (KEN): Coach Claudio Berardelli has refuted the statement made by Rosa & Associati which said that his contract had been terminated, report Xinhua. “I can accept the company saying I did not watch the athletes in my camp closely enough. What I can't accept is saying I was terminated since it was my decision to leave the company when my contract expired,” said Berardelli.
NASSAU (BAH): Namibian sprinting legend Frank Fredericks is the guest on episode 18 of the third season of IAAF Inside Athletics. He speaks to host and former rival Ato Boldon about his beginnings in athletics, the competitors he raced against, his work on the IAAF Council, his visions for athletics and his transition from a competitor to an athletics official. He spoke of his desire for the top tier of track and field to have a year round circuit, utilising the southern hemisphere.
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): German pole vault record holder and Olympic silver medalist from London Bjorn Otto stated after his visit of Rio de Janeiro there is still lot of work to do. The Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium has current capacity of 45 000 and should be improved to 60 000 for athletics. That is still less then last Games in Beijing (91 000) and London (80 000). Because of this process the tribunes at North and South side will be increased. Still important to note that athletics sectors need to fit in. Otto for example saw now that the pole vaulters may have to start their run up on the oval. But he was laughing with the hope all will be ok until the Games.
MEXICO (MEX): Pan American Games winner at 10 000 m Brenda Flores plans to run the event also at the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Her aim is top ten position. For future another dream is set, to switch to marathon and achieved as first hispanic female runner sub 2:22. She ran so far three half marathons, the last one this March in New York with 1:13:54 as 19th.
SANTO DOMINGO (DOM): This weekend´s 25th NACACTFCA Congress (NACAC Coaches) will have as key speakers Cubans Ismael Lopez (Walcott), Raul Calderon (Caballero), Alexander Navas (Y. Silva) and Daniel Osorio (Pichardo). Also in the list US Sue Humphrey who coached top high jumpers as Charles Austin and Amy Acuff and Jamaican Patrick Dawson from Racers TC of Glenn Mills. The congress will be staged from Thursday till Sunday witht the title "Developing Systems in Athletics".
MONACO (MON): In the latest 2015-16 IAAF Cross Country Permit series calendar is to note that missing are two traditional fixtures. The cross races in Brussels (usually in second half of December) and Edinburgh which was the main British fixture on the CC scene.
NEW YORK (USA): Italy's former European CC Champion Andrea Lalli has been added to the pro field of the TCS New York City Marathon. Informs David Monti on his twitter.
LONDON (GBR): Media all over the World are remembering, on October 6 in 1985 Marita Koch achieved at World Cup in Canberra the still valid 400 m World record 47.60. That is 30 years ago. Now at age of 58 she has two fashion shops in Rostock and her name is Meier-Koch. "Everyone who knows me knows that I don't seek the publicity," she said. "If I am asked, then I answer. Aside from that, I just have to live with it." Writes the BBC.
OSLO (NOR): Norway´s top runners are planning to compete in marathons in next weeks. Marta Myhre in Eindhoven this weekend, Sondre Nordstat Moen in Firenze in November. Denmark´s Abdi Hakin Ulad is to run his debut in marathon in Frankfurt end of this month and to attack the Danish Olympic standard 2:15:15.
KNOXVILLE (USA): Utsports.com informs that two-time All-American Bill Skinner passed away on Monday after a fierce battle with pancreatic cancer. Skinner was an elite javelin thrower and lettered at Tennessee from 1968-70. He took second at the NCAA Championships in 1969 with a distance of 83.28 and won the NCAA title in 1970 with distance of 82.49. In 1970, he swept the NCAA, AAU and USTFF titles.