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  January 24, 2021:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(CBC) Athletics: Runner Andrea Seccafien pursues 10,000m standard as Tokyo Olympics debate rages on
Canadian living in Australia to race Monday at national track and field championships

(Watch Athletics) Athletics: Athing Mu breaks 40-year-old NCAA 600m record

(Stuff NZ) Athletics: Eliza McCartney's comeback over before it begins at Potts Classic in Hastings

(The Sportsman) Athletics: The Great Wall, Las Vegas And The Bucket-List Marathons To Run Before You Die
You can run 26.2 miles in some of the most spectacular settings in the world

(The Guardian) Drugs in Sport: Dr Richard Freeman 'crossed line' buying banned drug, tribunal hears
GMC case summary against Dr Freeman begins - ‘We submit there is a pattern of lies to protect himself’

(WA) Athletics: Watch the inaugural American Track League meeting in Fayetteville

(AllAfrica) Athletics: Nakaayi Skips Indoors to Focus On Olympics

(Track and Field News) Athletics: Donavan Brazier Looking For Big Numbers Beyond The 800
He’s the fastest American 2-lap runner ever, but Donavan Brazier is bullish on his prospects in the 1500 and 4×4

(The Guardian) Athletics: Kelly Holmes: 'There’s a lot of people struggling mentally… I want to lift their spirits'
The 2004 double Olympic champion has turned her attention to the home-fitness market... when she’s not videoing her alpacas

(Runner's World) Athletics: For Olympian Molly Seidel, a New Sponsorship Deal Rewards a Career Year
Last year’s breakout star in the marathon signs with Puma

(Runner's World) Running: Jim Walmsley Shatters the 100K American Record, But Misses the World Record by 11 Seconds
The king of Western States came so close at the Project Carbon X 2 race

(Globe and Mail) Olympics: Like it or not, Japan will be host to the Olympics this summer - because there’s no alternative

(CBC) Athletics: Competing, not cash, lures De Grasse, other Canadians to Sunday track and field meet
2019 world double medallist to race indoor 60m as headliner of star-packed field

(Japan Running News) Olympics: Cancelation of Olympics Would Result in Estimated $43.5 Billion Loss, 1% of Japanese GDP

(Inside the Games) Olympics: IOC has failed to learn its lesson with pretence that Tokyo 2020 not under threat

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Sharpe Bounded To Meet History In 1956
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  January 23, 2021:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(Independent.IE) Athletics: There was real greatness, honesty and enthusiasm about Jerry Kiernan. We really will miss him There was real greatness, honesty and enthusiasm about Jerry Kiernan. We really will miss him

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Omanyala runs fastest 100m ever on Kenyan soil
* AK senior vice president Paul Mutwii, who is in charge of competitions said athletes coming from doping bans will compete in local and international events but won’t get selected for international assignments
* The wind was cruising at 3.4 metres per second when Omanyala tore the red tartan track at the 30,000 seater arena yet the required speed should be below 2.0m/s
* With Omanyala blasting to perhaps the fastest time in the world this year, Otieno returned the second fastest time in 100m when he won the first heat in 10.32sec beating Tarzana Kamanga and Benson Okoth who timed 10.59 and 10.73 respectively

(Inside the Games) Olympics: Study finds Tokyo 2020 with no spectators would result in economic loss of up to $23 billion

(OKW) Athletics: First of 4 American Track League Meets at Randal Tyson Track Center on Sunday

(Mirror) Athletics: Dina Asher-Smith back on track next week and could go to European Indoor Champs
World 200m champion confirmed for Karlsruhe and Dusseldorf meets on day plug pulled on British Indoor Champs

(WA) Athletics: Martinot-Lagarde debuts with 7.54, Zango leaps 17.05m in Miramas - weekend round-up

(Cycling Tips) Cycling: Tour de France broadcaster NBC Sports will shut down by the end of the year
(Watch Athletics) Athletics: Adrian Piperi 21.12m improves his own NCAA shot put record with 21.12m

(Track and Field News) Athletics: How Will The Revamped 2021 Diamond League Work?
The world’s top athletes are ready for Diamond Trophy celebrations again in ’21 after missing out in ’20

(ABC) Athletics: Olympic Games not just financial, it's spiritual, says Lord Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics

(Mirror) Olympics: Olympic chief Thomas Bach insists Tokyo Games WILL go ahead and there is 'no Plan B'

(The Independent) Athletics:London Marathon ‘optimistic’ record 50,000 runners will participate in October
The mass run’s director is confident the race will go ahead if all adults have been offered vaccinations

(Furman Paladins) Athletics: Ponder Runs Sub-4:00 Mile; Paladins Set Two Meet Records At Samford Invitational

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Providence’s Smith Left Field In The Dust
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  January 22, 2021:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(RRW) Athletics: British Athletics Indoor Championships Cancelled
This represents the first time that these Championships, which were to be held behind closed doors to reduce the potential spread of the novel coronavirus, have been cancelled in 60 years

(Lindsey Hein) Athletics: Episode 298: Erika Kemp - Training for the Olympic Standard with the B.A.A.
Erika Kemp joins the podcast today! She runs with the Boston Athletic Association with Adidas and is currently training to hit the Olympic Standard in the 5K. She’ll be racing in Austin, TX in a few weeks to try and get the job done. She is currently just 4 seconds away from the standard with a 5K PR of 15:14 currently

(Runner's World) Athletics: Nick Willis Set a Record by Running a Sub-4 Mile for the 19th Straight Year. Here’s How He Did It
The 37-year-old has a lot left in the bank

(Balls.IE) Athletics: Ciara Mageean Pays Powerful Tribute To Jerry Kiernan

(Belfast Telegraph) Athletics: Mo Farah set to defend Antrim Coast crown as Half Marathon granted elite world status

(Michezo) Athletics: AK begin 2025 World Athletics Championships bid preps
Should Kenya win the hosting rights for the 2025 World Athletics Championships, the event will be epic and the first of its kind in Africa

(USATF) Athletics: Lightfoot’s record vault earns him USATF Athlete of the Week honors

(Eurosport UK) Athletics: British Athletics cancels indoor championships in Glasgow next month due to coronavirus concerns
British Athletics has cancelled its indoor championships set to begin in Glasgow next month due to the coronavirus pandemic, the governing body confirmed on Friday. "British Athletics recognises our social responsibility to reduce Covid-19 transmission and to not overburden the National Health Service."
(BBC) British Athletics Indoor Championships: Glasgow event cancelled amid Covid concerns

(Daily Nation) Olympics:With six months to go, cancellation fears cloud Tokyo Olympics
* Publicly, organisers are still adamant the Games can go ahead, and say they can be held safely even if the virus is not under control by the time the flame is lit on July 23
* However, with much of the world still paralysed by Covid-19, and Tokyo under a state of emergency, the doubting voices are growing louder
* Tokyo 2020 chiefs say another postponement is "absolutely impossible", meaning the Games will be cancelled if they cannot go ahead this year

(The Times) Cycling:The Tour de France is magical - but is it holding cycling back?
In the second of our new weekly cycling column, David Walsh says that the legendary race is a barrier to adopting a Formula One-style calendar that could fix a financially dysfunctional sport

(The Times) Olympics: Japan looks for a way out of Tokyo Olympics because of Covid

(BBC) Athletics: London Marathon organisers 'optimistic' 2021 race will have record 50,000 runners
London Marathon organisers are "very optimistic" a record 50,000 runners will be able to take part in the race when it is held on 3 October.

(Daily News) Athletics: NOC-K strikes Team Kenya deal with lottery company
* Team Kenya Chef de Mission Waithaka Kioni welcomed the deal saying it would help athletes take their A-game in Tokyo and usurp the Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016 medal tallies
* Kenya’s medal haul of six gold, six silver and one bronze in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil remains the best performance by the country at the Olympics. Beijing 2008 saw Kenya bag six gold, four silver and six bronze in what stands out as the second best ever performance

(Track and Field News) Athletics: A Still-Fit Jenn Suhr Going Strong At 39
Jenn Suhr is looking to vault her way to a fourth straight Olympic Trials win

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Gatlin Doubled Up In Back-To-Back Years
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  January 21, 2021:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(Citius Mag) Athletics: Big Ideas for the Sport + We Have A Track Meet
Kyle Merber and I sat down for nearly two and a half hours to look back at his career but also highlight areas for change and improvement.

(CTolleRun) Running: Hayden Hawks - Focus on Being Fresh
Carrie chats with ultramarathoner Hayden Hawks! They discuss his upcoming attempt at setting the 100K World Record at the HOKA Project Carbon X 2, his dream of setting the record at Western States, how the lack of travel has helped him this past year, and much more!

(Spikes) Athletics: Spikes by Jip Vastenburg
Listen to your body. It’s one of the things everyone says, and with good reason.

Athletics: London Plans World's First 100,000-Person Marathon
The 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon is set to be the biggest marathon ever staged anywhere in the world, with an incredible 100,000 runners scheduled to take part on Sunday 3 October

(WA) Athletics: How unpredictability and diversity have become a key feature of the World Athletics Relays

(The Straits Times) Olympics: World athletics chief Coe 'sure we will be there' but says Tokyo Games will look 'different'

(VeloNews) Triathlon: Q&A Cameron Wurf: ‘Cycling has the biggest impact on Kona, you win in the run’
Aussie multi-sport star returned to the WorldTour in 2020 to shine at Kona, but ended up racing more than ever expected on the road

(Fast Running) Athletics: Where East Meets West
In the first of a three-part series, the astonishing coaching career of Hungarian Mihály Iglói is unpicked by Matt Long, Geoff James & Zakarias Karasz

(BBC) Athletics: Lloyd Cowan: Why unsung coach will be remembered as 'one of the greats'
If you don't know much about athletics, you probably won't have heard of Lloyd Cowan

(The Star) Athletics: AK warn they will not bend the relay series rules for anyone
* AK's vice-president and director of competitions Paul Mutwii said participation in 3rd leg and trials for the AK Relay Series will be by invitation
* Those who do not show up for the first and second legs of the series will be barred from competing in the 3rd leg and trials
* Information on the relay series have been sent to the World Athletics and organisers of the World Relay Championship in Poland

(WA) Athletics: Asher-Smith takes on Swoboda, Del Ponte and Pinto in Karlsruhe
(AW) Dina Asher-Smith set for Karlsruhe 60m
World 200m champion returns to indoor racing for the first time since 2018

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: UTEP’s Hoglund First To Crack 70-Foot Barrier
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  January 20, 2021:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(RRW) Athletics: Flashback - 20 Years Ago Today Alan Webb Broke 4:00 Indoors For the First Time
Alan Webb, an 18 year-old senior at South South Lakes High School in Reston, Va., became the first U.S. prep athlete to run under four minutes for the mile indoors at today's New Balance Games at the Armory Track & Field Center

(Runner's World) Running: This Group Is Crushing Stereotypes About Muslim Women Who Run
Hijabi Runners provides a safe, encouraging space for Muslim women to get started in the sport

(RRW) Athletics: Peachtree Road Race Planned As Two Day, In-Person Event for 2021
What is usually the nation's largest 10-K with over 60,000 finishers, the AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta is planned as a smaller, two-day event for July 3 and 4, Atlanta Track Club (ATC) officials announced today

(Voice Online) Athletics: Candid Dame Kelly Holmes reveals her depression and self harm anguish
Athens double gold medallist: "Mental health is a thing that you don't think about. It just impacts your life like nothing."

(Gulf News) Athletics: Ras Al Khaimah bracing for world’s ‘fastest half marathon’
Top quality field in place as registrations fill up fast for annual race on February 19

(WA) Athletics: Doha to Tokyo: Kelsey-Lee Barber

(Atlanta Track Club) Athletics: AJC Peachtree Road Race to Return In-Person in 2021

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: NCAA & NJCAA ITF National Athletes of the Week

(Yahoo) Olympics:Tokyo Olympics 'unlikely to go ahead in 2021'

(AW) Athletics: Sarah Inglis added to Scottish ‘Marathon Project’
The Canada-based athlete narrowly missed the Olympic qualifying time with an impressive 2:29:41 debut in December

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: LSU’s Hobbs Couldn’t Be Caught In 2018
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  January 19, 2021:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(RRW) Athletics: Neff Gets Canadian 50-K Record in Houston
Canadian Calum Neff ran a pending national record 2:51:27 for 50 kilometers at a special competition held in Houston Sunday

(Voice Online) Athletics: Olympic legend Christine Ohuruogu talks of the pain of losing her coach
Lloyd, 58, was a former sprint hurdler turned coach who guided the careers of many athletes taking some of them to the highest echelons of achievement within the sport

(Track and Field News) Athletics:Katie Nageotte Bouncing Back From COVID Hit
It’s a matter of numbers as Katie Nageotte had an impressive ’20 then was struck by C19 and now readies for ’21

(The Telegraph*) Athletics: UK Athletics chief hits back at Paula Radcliffe and Laura Muir over cross country distances row
A group including Radcliffe and Muir expressed concern to UK Athletics about plans to equalise race distances in cross country

(Times Colonist) Athletics: Victoria marathon reverts to its 'Royal' ways

(RT) Athletics:‘I worry how it can affect my body’: High jump queen Lasitskene says she’ll avoid Covid vaccine for now over side effects fears

(Naples Daily News) Athletics: Naples Daily News Half Marathon: Stinson wins second title, Flanagan wins in debut

(Sowetan Live) Athletics: ASA halts national activities on account of pandemic
Athletes urged not to lose hope over Olympics

(The Morning Shakeout) Athletics: Podcast: Episode 144 with Craig Curley
"I’m responsible for my life and what I want to do in this world. And whatever silly thing that I am good at, I’m going to pursue it and not look back. I believe I could be super fast and I don’t want to waste those gifts. And that was kind of my moment of, ‘I’m gonna do this running thing.’ Because in the beginning it was really easy to be like, ‘I quit running, I don’t need to run competitively, I don’t need to do any of that.’ But when that happened to me, that event, it changed me in the sense that there’s lot of people who have different gifts and they don’t use [them]. And I wanted to make sure that I used my gifts because I think if we all use our gifts we could do something really special, not for ourselves, but for our family, and, if we’re really good, we can do something for our community, wherever we live."

(Daily Mail) Olympics: Tokyo 2020 willing to permit only 6,000 athletes to attend Opening and Closing Ceremonies, with almost HALF of all 11,000 competitors set to miss out on grand opening as organisers 'reconsider' plans amid Covid-19 measures
* Tokyo 2020 will 'reconsider' how many athletes can attend the Ceremonies
* This summer's Games were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic
* It is understood that only 6,000 of the 11,000 athletes will be able to attend
* Countermeasures to contain the virus have been introduced by organisers

(Japan Running News) Athletics: Osaka Women's Marathon to be Run on 2.8 km Loop Inside Nagai Park

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Michael Johnson Had 1990 NCAAs To Remember
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  January 18, 2021:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(Daily Nation) Athletics: NOC-K presents sponsorship cheques to six elite athletes
* At the same time, Mandago revealed that the devolved unit is constructing a high altitude training centre at Chagayaa with the capacity of hosting 400 athletes.
* He also added that works on the county’s 64 Stadium will be completed in the next 18 months

(The Telegraph*) Athletics: High-profile British female runners 'saddened' by UK Athletics' drive to equalise cross country distances
Paula Radcliffe and Laura Muir are among those who have criticised UKA, claiming changes could lead to a drop off in female participation

(EA) Athletics: Mayer and Thiam spearhead early combined events entrants for Torun
Kevin Mayer and Nafissatou Thiam took a double in the combined events at the Belgrade 2017 European Athletics Indoor Championships and they have both expressed an interest in challenging for more continental honours in Torun in March

(EA) Athletics: Glittering pole vault line-ups confirmed for Rouen
The organisers of the Perche Elite Tour in Rouen have assembled glittering line-ups replete with reigning global and continental champions for both the men’s and women’s pole vault competitions on 6 February.

(ABC) Athletics: Marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk, Olympic trials winner, gives birth
Tuliamuk plans to compete at the Tokyo Olympics

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Top-10 Marks of the Week
Collegiate track & field is back in a record-setting way!

(Dyestat) Athletics: Alexa Efraimson Makes Training Move, Joins Pete Julian Group
Efraimson's Fresh Start Includes Elite Teammates 'To Push Me Every Single Day'

(BBC) Athletics: Allyson Felix and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on motherhood, sexism and postponed Olympic Games
"It is a feeling you can't explain unless you experience it. You talk about it but it's wilder and more crazy than that."

(The Guardian) Drugs in Sport: Athletics has served 196 doping bans since 2017. There's a lesson here for other sports
Track and field takes doping seriously, banning 66 Olympic and world medallists since the Athletics Integrity Unit’s launch in 2017

(Track and Field News) Athletics: Indoor Eruptions — A Recordbreaking Weekend
Athing Mu ran away from the competition in setting an American Junior 800 Record here at the Nelson Invitational

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Riley Completed Unprecedented Double In 2012
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  January 17, 2021:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(CBC) Athletics: Running 'easy': Aaron Brown's escape from the darkness of doubt
The Canadian sprint champ feels he's overcome the self-doubt that has held him back

(Cycling News) Drugs in Sport: CAS slams Russia doping scheme as 'cover up of cover-up'
WADA disappointed as CAS reduces ban on Russia to two years, excluding Paris 2024 Olympic Games

(BBC) Drugs in Sport: German sports doctor jailed over blood doping scandal
A German sports doctor has been jailed for nearly five years for masterminding a doping ring for athletes between 2012 and 2019

(Fast Running) Athletics: Lockdown sees virtual racing back on the agenda
The new national lockdown has once again put virtual racing back on the agenda as the only competitive option for UK distance runners, at least the ones without ‘elite athlete status’. Gill Bland brings us the detail

(EA) Athletics: Lavillenie soars over 5.92m in Bordeaux
Renaud Lavillenie officially enters the veteran ranks when he celebrates his 35th birthday in September but the grand old man of the pole vault made a sterling season’s opener at the Star Perche Officiel in Bordeaux on Saturday

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Coach Chelangat: Kiplimo will conquer the world
* High altitude Kapchorwa region in Uganda has churned out prolific athletes such as multiple record holder Cheptegei and ex-Olympics marathon champion Kiprotich
* At only 20, Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo is fast becoming a thorn in the flesh for Kenyan athletes, he is the holder of the junior men’s World Cross Country crown and is also the World Half Marathon champion. His coach tips him to go places
* The fast-rising Kiplimo has been giving Kenyan athletes sleepless nights, and his opponents usually refer to him as tough

(Naples News) Athletics: Naples Daily News Half Marathon: 2018 men's champ Parker Stinson on road back from surgery

(WA) Athletics: With 2020 challenges behind them, members of the Refugee Team eagerly looking ahead

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Leatherwood Rolled To Back-To-Back 400 Titles
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships

Naples Half-Marathon - Naples, Florida






  January 16, 2021:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(Irish Times) Athletics: Sonia O’Sullivan: How and why Tokyo Olympics need to go ahead
Strict testing and quarantine protocols in Australia can be used as an example

(BBC) Athletics: Triple jumper Hugues Fabrice Zango first to go beyond 18 metres indoors
Burkina Faso's Hugues Fabrice Zango became the first athlete to triple jump over 18 metres indoors with a 18.07m effort in Aubiere, France

(Tri247) Triathlon: BMC Pro Triathlon Team announces 2021 line up, sponsors and plans

(AP) Athletics: Long road to normalcy: Virtual village connects marathoners

(Track and Field News) Athletics: Isaiah Harris Is Swimming With The Big Fish
An NCAA 800 win in his junior year led Isaiah Harris to join the pro ranks early

(Anadolu Agency) Athletics: Turkish athletes train in Ethiopia for Tokyo Olympics
Two-month training in Ethiopian town of Sululta will enable Turkish athletes to qualify for Tokyo Olympics, say team leaders

(WA) Athletics: Browning scorches wind-assisted 9.96, Wanjiru and Muneria win in Ruiru

(Sky Sports) Athletics: Jazmin Sawyers: Tokyo Olympics uncertainty won't alter my focus on the Games
Sawyers reached Rio 2016 long jump final at her debut Olympics; Stoke-born athlete, also a singer-songwriter, discusses lockdown and training for Tokyo; Sawyers: "Disruption is across the board but I do think it's a good thing because in my career, I'm still on the up"

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Impressive Wanjiru wins maiden Prison Cross Country title
* The 24-year-old Wanjiru, who finished fourth in 10,000m at 2019 World Championships in Doha, clocked 33 minutes and 43.53 seconds to add another Prisons title to her collection
* Wanjiru, the Prisons 10,000m champion and 2015 African Games 5,000m champion edged out the 2017 World Cross Championships bronze medallist Lillian Kasait to second place in 34:17.01
* Whether Wanjiru will also take part in the National Cross Country Championships due February 13 in Kisii remains to be seen

(Jamaica Observer) Athletics: Coach David Riley says systematic prejudices hurting sport

(UDTFCCCA) Athletics: Iowa’s Jones Made Distance History
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  January 15, 2021:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(RRW) Athletics: Boston Marathon Race Director Now Directing Mass Vaccination Sites
With mass-participation running events on hold, longtime Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray has shifted his event-organizing skills to perhaps the most important race of the 21st century: getting every American vaccinated against COVID19

(Mirror) Athletics: Fatima Whitbread grew up in desperate hunger and would count beans on her toast
EXCLUSIVE: Olympic great has called for an urgent review of the free school meal provision and has labelled the meal parcels on offer by providers as "utterly disgraceful"

(SGB Media) Athletics: Nike Sues Nearly 600 Websites For Selling Counterfeit Sneakers

(ITU) Triathlon: Bids Open For 2023 & 2024 World Triathlon Championship Finals

(Lindsey Hein) Athletics: Episode 297: Allie Ostrander - 3X NCAA Champion on running with Brooks Beasts & Coaching
Allie Ostrander joins us today! She is a Steeple Chaser and runs for the Brooks Beast professionally. Allie is a three time NCAA champion. She ran for Boise State University and is originally from Alaska!

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(Runner's World) Athletics: Mary Cain and Alexi Pappas Both Suffered in Silence. Then They Saved Each Other
The two elite runners reveal how they turned their trauma into trust and leaned on an unlikely friendship to start healing

(AW) Athletics: Thousands respond to cross-country gender equality survey
UKA chief executive Jo Coates says the debate over racing distances on the country is only just beginning after 7500 people complete online questionnaire

(The Guardian) Drugs in Sport: Brianna McNeal, Olympic 100m hurdles champion, could face eight-year ban
Charge is for ‘tampering with the results management process’ - American had previous one-year ban for whereabouts violation

(Daily Princetonian) Athletics: Guttormsen records highest jump ever by Ivy League pole vaulter, eyes Olympics

(Track and Field News) Athletics: Vaulter Olivia Gruver Is Packing Extra Motivation
"Last year I was on kind of a great roll," says Olivia Gruver of her truncated 2020

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Locke Doubled Up On Sprint Titles In 1926
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  January 14, 2021:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(RRW) Athletics: Asics Is New Title Sponsor of Falmouth Road Race
ASICS has committed to a multi-year title sponsorship of the Falmouth Road Race, one of America's most iconic summer running events

(CTolleRun) Athletics: Heather Knight Pech - Stay In The Game Longer
Carrie chats with rockstar Masters runner Heather Knight Pech! They chat about how she got started in the sport, why she believes consistency is the key to her success, what gives her the drive to compete, her fashion career prior to running, how she’s preparing to break 3 hours in the marathon, and more!

Athletics: Grandma’s Marathon Will Keep Half Capacity Field Limit For 2021
Organization Will Continue Working with State, Local Officials on COVID-Modified Race Plan

(CBC) Athletics: Shot putter Brittany Crew sheds 15 pounds, says nutrition 'missing piece of puzzle'
Canadian record holder moving freely in circle, weight room during Olympic training

(NY Times) Drugs in Sport: Three Judges Endorsed Penalties for Russia’s Doping. Then They Cut the Ban in Half.
A Court of Arbitration for Sport panel substantiated much of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s findings on Russia’s doping cover-up, and then let the Russians off the hoo

(Mirror) Athletics: Dai Greene: Olympics in doubt but we have to believe, we have to stay strong
"In order to keep my intensity up I have to believe Tokyo is going to go ahead, even though it’s kind of at a tipping point"

(San Diego Union-Tribune) Drugs in Sport: Olympic champion Rollins-McNeal suspended in doping case
(Daily Nation) Olympic hurdles champion McNeal suspended for 'tampering' of doping control
* The 29-year-old American, who claimed Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and also won world gold in Moscow in 2013, was charged with "tampering" with part of a doping contro

(GlobeRunner) Drugs in Sport: By Other Means
Edward Snowden and Dr Grigory Rodchenkov are whistle-blowers whose revelations were so explosive that they have become political refugees from their homeland, the USA and Russia respectively

(AW) Athletics: Andrew Pozzi speaking the language of success
The decision to uproot life to Italy and work with a new coach brought big challenges but the world indoor champion is beginning to see his hard work bear fruit

(VeloNews) Drugs in Sport: WADA founding president Dick Pound retires from board
Canadian emerged as antagonist to Lance Armstrong after helping to found WADA in 1999

(The Sourth African) Drugs in Sport: Nike drop SA long jumper Luvo Manyonga after suspension
Already hit with a provisional suspension Luvo Manyonga has now learned that Nike have pulled their sponsorship

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: McLain Bounded To All-Conditions TJ Best
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  January 13, 2021:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(Dyestat) Athletics: Nation's Best to Link Up With World U-20 4x800m Record in Sight at Virginia Showcase

(The Star) Athletics: Much work ahead to improve Kenya’s fortunes in sprints
* Lane violations, poor exchange of the baton and lacklustre speeds were common mistakes committed by athletes during the 1st leg of the AK Relay Series at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday
* Athletes interviewed attributed the mistakes to lack of proper coaching and poor communication among relay teams
* However, AK president Jack Tuwei and sprints coach Stephen Mwaniki were grateful that these mistakes appeared early enough so that they can be rectified

(Track and Field News) Athletics: Teen Sprint Sensation Erriyon Knighton Goes Pro
16 might be a young age at which to enter the run-for-pay ranks, but when you’ve already run the 200 in 20.33…...

(Sportico) Olympics: Olympics Delay Lets NBC Develop AI for Ad Objectives to Maximize Tokyo Return

(Greek City Times) Athletics: On this day in 1873, Olympic legend Spyridon Louis was born
In 1896, Spyridon Louis made Greek sporting history. He won the first marathon race of the modern Olympic Games in Athens.

Out of Thin Air: Running Wisdom and Magic from Above the Clouds in Ethiopia (The Guardian) Athletics: Out of Thin Air by Michael Crawley review – the secrets of marathon success
An inspiring study by an international runner and anthropologist who goes to Ethiopia to find out why east Africa’s long-distance runners lead the world
If you watch any major marathon in the world, almost without exception you will see a group of Kenyan and Ethiopian runners battling it out at the front. What is it that propels so many athletes from this corner of east Africa to dominate the sport of long distance running so completely?
Out of Thin Air is Michael Crawley’s account of living for 15 months in Addis Ababa with a group of Ethiopian athletes; he is there primarily as an anthropologist but also as an international-level runner. He tries to be unobtrusive: he runs, learns Amharic, eats injera and gets as close as he can to his subjects. He ventures into the forest with them on their easy training days, joins in with 3am runs around the city, ventures to far-off mountains for training camps and even takes part in a few races. Although he is a Scotland international athlete, you can’t help but admire his bravery at entering the famous Jan Meda cross-country race, where his only goal is not to get lapped. At one point he meets a bus conductor who says he once tried running but quickly gave it up because he was no good – though he was faster than Crawley over 10km.

(The Province) Athletics: Natasha Wodak willing to play waiting game with her Olympic marathon qualifying time
"You can sit there and worry that someone is going to run faster than you. It’s entirely possible and it’s also completely out of my control." " Natasha Wodak

(WA) Athletics: Doha to Tokyo: Steven Gardiner
Few athletes had a regular season in 2020. Some were able to compete in a handful of international races, some stayed local and contested a few low-key meetings, while others took a complete break from competition

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Stellar field for Kenya Prisons Cross Country Championships
* The race also has the likes of 2012 London Olympics 5,000m bronze medallist, Thomas Longosiwa, Kenya’s representative in 5,000m at the 2017 London World Championships, Mangata Ndiwa and former Africa 10,000m silver medallist Wilfred Kimitei.
* World 1,500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot will gauge his strength in the men’s 10km battle alongside 2010 Commonwealth Games 1,500m champion Silas Kiplagat

(The Star) Athletics: Much work ahead to improve Kenya’s fortunes in sprints
* Lane violations, poor exchange of the baton and lacklustre speeds were common mistakes committed by athletes during the 1st leg of the AK Relay Series at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday
* Athletes interviewed attributed the mistakes to lack of proper coaching and poor communication among relay teams
* However, AK president Jack Tuwei and sprints coach Stephen Mwaniki were grateful that these mistakes appeared early enough so that they can be rectified

(BBC) Athletics: Coronavirus in the UK: Elite athletes must not abuse exemption - Emily Diamond
British athlete Emily Diamond has urged elite athletes not to abuse the exemption that allows them to train and compete during the national lockdown

(Kimbia) Athletics: Bumbalough on his retirement from pro running

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Carr Displayed His World Record Speed
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(RRW) Athletics: New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi Marathon Requires Two-Week Quarantine For Elite Athletes
Following a similar policy to last December's Taipei Marathon, the independent New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi Marathon on March 21, will require elite athletes to go through a legally-mandated, two-week quarantine before the race

(CTS) Endurance Sports: Hand in hand: INSCYD Partners with CTS to revolutionize performance diagnostics

(Citisu Mag) Athletics: Andrew Bumbalough Retires: Exit Interview with a Bowerman Track Club OG and One of America’s Most Consistent 5K Runners

(The Atlantic) Women in Sport: Female Athletes Need to See Puberty as a Power, Not a Weakness
I had the opportunity to safely and naturally grow a body durable enough to compete not only in college, but also beyond

(Runner's World) Athletics: 2021 USATF Indoor Championships Have Been Canceled Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic
The event was scheduled to take place in February

(The Morning Shakeout) Athletics: Podcast: Episode 143 with Frank Lara
"I think at Furman I ended up doing a lot on my own, just thinking, ‘Oh, I have to do all this stuff to be good.’ So I ended up overdoing a lot of things that I ultimately was kind of wearing myself out trying to get all this stuff done—just in my head to have an edge on everybody. But I think a big factor now is just that I’m letting myself recover and rest and I go into every race feeling super good and super fresh because I have taken the time to focus on letting my body relax and only stressing it out when it needs to be stressed. I think that’s been a big factor…I found that giving myself actual ample time to recover and rest has been the biggest change for me. I think it’s a big factor to the success I’m having now."

(Mirror) Athletics: Athletics mourns passing of Lloyd Cowan, the coach who made a generation believe
"He was always there, like another father to me; the coach I turned to when I had a bad race and was feeling awful - or a good one and wanted someone to celebrate with."

(ESPN) Olympics: 80% say Tokyo Olympics shouldn't, won't happen
More than 80% of people in Japan who were surveyed in two polls in the last few days say the Tokyo Olympics should be canceled or postponed, or say they believe the Olympics will not take place

(Track and Field News) Athletics: American Track League Four-Meet Indoor Espn/Espn2 Deal Announced

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Joaquim Cruz’d To Meet Record, 800-1500 Double
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(AW) Athletics: Tsigie Gebreselama keeps her focus in face of conflict
Up-and-coming star wins Great Ethiopian Run despite disruption due to civil war and the coronavirus pandemic

(BBC) Olympics: Olympic & Paralympic athletes face vaccine 'moral dilemma' - Neil Fachie
Athletes face a "moral dilemma" if given priority for the Covid-19 vaccine prior to this summer's Tokyo Games, said Scottish Paralympian Neil Fachie

(The Telegraph*) Athletics: Interview: Adelle Tracey ready to be the face of Team GB in Tokyo
Almost nine years on from being hand picked as a torchbearer for London 2012, Tracey finally feels ready to realise her potential

(Outside Online) Athletics: Tracksmith Made Running Culture Something You Can Buy
The brand's ethos signals a departure from an apparel industry that has been dominated by giant shoe companies. But can it stay true to the soul of the sport?

(Evening Standard) Athletics: Lloyd Cowan dead: Former athlete and coach to Christine Ohuruogu passes away, aged 58

(Jamaica Observer) Athletics: Dream Chaser?
Asafa Powell still dreams of Olympic medal, 100th sub-10 run

(The Star) Athletics: AK confirms bid for 2025 World Athletics Championship
* AK has received the bid documents and is working hard with the Ministry of Sports' support to prepare a bid
* The deadline for submitting the bid is on September 1 before the successful bidder is announced in December.
* Kenya is fast establishing a reputation as a host of a major athletics events

(Daily Maverick) Drugs in Sport: Sprinter Horn still in limbo over positive dope test
Olympic hopeful Carina Horn’s career is still up in the air after prohibited substances were found in her system following a 2019 drug test

(Watch Athletics: Natoya Goule and Kameron Jones clock fast times in the 600m in Clemson

(USA Today ) Athletics: Marathon trials champion uses Olympic postponement to start family
Even if she couldn't immediately renew her nursing assistant license to help during the coronavirus pandemic, marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk was determined to be productive through a one-year postponement until the Tokyo Olympic

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Back-To-Back 200-Meter Crowns For Annelus
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(Olympic Channel) Athletics: Podcast: Emma Coburn on 2021 goals, the U.S. Olympic trials, and more
The first podcast of our Olympic year is with Emma Coburn - a world champion steeplechaser from the United States. She is an Olympic bronze medallist and an eight-time U.S national champion. Emma speaks about a range of subjects including her new project with Christian Taylor called the Athletics Association, her specific goals for 2021, and why loves the crowd in London

(NCAA) Athletics: 2021 Inspiration Award: Chaunté Lowe
Former Georgia Tech track star uses cancer battle to raise awareness, bring hope

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Hosts dominate Great Ethiopian Run, Kenyan challenge withers
* Initially programmed to feature 50,000 runners, Sunday’s race was trimmed to 12,500 in compliance with Covid-19 protocols issued by Ethiopian authorities.
* The mass runners started off in three distinct waves at the iconic Meskel Square to help decongest the course, with every runner required to run with a mask, save for the 300 elites

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Haile Gebrselassie: The secret behind my business success
* Well, from 1,000 employees in 2015, and at 47 years of age today, Gebrselassie’s businesses have increased tremendously and he now has over 3,000 employees across his investments in Ethiopia and beyond.
* From a monthly income of just Sh2,000 as a professional Ethiopian Police runner in 1990, legend now banks over Sh83 million each month from his businesses
* Gebrselassie owns Marathon Motors, a vehicle business that also assembles Hyundai cars, and which recently rolled off the first electric car from its assembly plant

(Daily Nation) Olympics: Poll: Support for Olympics hits new low in Japan
* Public sentiment towards the Olympics in Japan has been less than optimistic for months.
* Two polls in July showed the majority thought the event should be postponed again or cancelled, while a survey released in December by national broadcaster NHK found that only 27 percent of respondents supported holding the Games in 202

(Daily Nation) Athletics: 'Get serious!' Syombua tells relay runners
* Syombua, who is also the national 400m record holder, said proper preparations was key to securing the Tokyo ticket
* All the three legs of the series and the national trials will be staged at the Nyayo National Stadium owing to the challenges posed by Covid-19 protocols
* Syombua, Jared Momanyi, Maureen Thomas and Aron Koech won bronze medals in mixed relays at the 2019 World Relay Championships in Yokohama, Japan

(New Times) Athletics: Kigali Peace Marathon 2021 set for June 20

(Reuters) Drugs in Sport: Problems looming for 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, says Pound

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Indoors? Outdoors? Johnson Starred In The PV
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(EA) Athletics: Mahuchikh soars over 2.02m on her season’s debut in Kyiv
World high jump silver medallist Yaroslava Mahuchikh made a brilliant season’s debut at the Christmas Starts in Kyiv on Saturday (9), the traditional curtain raiser to the Ukrainian indoor athletics season

(AW) Athletics:"Athletes are more than medals"
The UKA Athletes’ Commission wants to hear from across the sport

(Inside the Games) Athletics: Russian high jumper Chicherova performs U-turn on retirement decision
London 2012 Olympic high jump champion and convicted drugs cheat Anna Chicherova has reversed her decision to retire for a second time

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Hosts hope to maintain winning tradition in Great Ethiopian Run
* Interestingly, no non-Ethiopian has won the annual race for the last 19 years, with Kenyans coming close twice in sprint finishes
* Initially, a field of 50,000 would have pounded the streets of the Addis, but because of Covid-19 precautions, a 12,500 have been registered, including 300 elite runners
* What’s special about the Great Ethiopian Run that’s not witnessed in Kenyan races is that the Addis race attracts Ethiopia’s top runners, many of whom have launched their careers at Meskel Square

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Athletes shake off rust in opening leg of AK Relay Series
* Different from other competitions, the distance for the races were made longer, with Athletics Kenya (AK) vice president Paul Mutwii explaining that the move was meant to "test the athlete’s endurance"
* In the race that attracted 17 runners, Kipsang took the lead in the last bend to win the race in four minutes and two seconds
* It was a tough battle in the men’s 1000m (800m), with Noah Kibet beating Cornelius Tuwei by three seconds

(Runner's World) Athletics: Leadership Changes, Mass Layoffs Continue at NYRR
The moves come in the wake of a law firm investigation into workplace issues and amid lost revenue from canceled events

(BBC) Athletics: Dai Greene: Veteran hurdler's fears over Olympic qualifying
Former 400m hurdles world champion Dai Greene fears Great Britain's Tokyo Olympics hopefuls will miss out if attempts at qualifying are hit by a lack of qualifying events

(BBC) Drugs in Sport: Luvo Manyonga: South Africa long jump star given provisional anti-doping ban
Olympic long jump silver medallist Luvo Manyonga has been provisionally suspended for three breaches of anti-doping rules in 12 months

(AC) Athletics: Kelsie Ahbe Vaults Into the Next Phase
Kelsie Ahbe has decided to retire from competitive athletics. A two-time All-American, a Big 10 Champion and runner-up at the 2014 NCAA Championships, Ahbe represented Canada with distinction on the pole vault runway after college

(USATF) Athletics: 2021 USATF Indoor Championships, Combined Events Canceled
The 2021 USATF Indoor Championships, originally scheduled for Feb. 20-21 in Albuquerque, N.M., have been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, USATF announced today

(AW) Drugs in Sport: Two-year ban for Alfred Kipketer
Kenya’s 2014 world U20 800m champion is suspended for whereabouts failures

(Track and Field News) Athletics: T&FN Interview - Sara Hall
A U.S.-leading 2:20:32 in The Marathon Project race gave Sara Hall 4 PRs in her 5 races in 2020

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Beard Capped Sensational Year At NCAAs
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(Inside the Games) Athletics: Postponed Los Angeles Marathon organisers give COVID-19 guideline updates
Organisers of the postponed Los Angeles Marathon, The McCourt Foundation, has given guidelines for its running festival to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic

(Daily Nation) Drugs in Sport: Elijah Manang'oi banned for doping offence
* Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) had on July 23 flagged down the 2017 World 1,500m champion over whereabouts failures
* AIU has since found Manang'oi guilty and banned him for two years starting December 22, 2019 - which is the date of third whereabouts failure - to December 21, 2021

(Inside the Games) Drugs in Sport: South African Olympic long jump silver medallist provisionally suspended for whereabouts failure
South Africa's Olympic and World Championships silver medallist Luvo Manyonga is the latest high-profile athlete who could face a suspension following an anti-doping violation for missing three tests in a year

(Podium Runner) Athletics: How to Run an Impressive Marathon Debut
Ben Preisner reflects on his near-perfect marathon debut, outlining four important tips for your first marathon, or your next

(Runner's World) Athletics: Months of Work Led to a Huge PR—and the Olympic Standard—for Dani Shanahan
The NAZ Elite runner tripped and fell midrace (!) but still managed a personal best in the 10,000 meters

(WA) Athletics: The captivating allure of the Hakone Ekiden, one of Japan’s most popular annual sporting events

(Lindsey Hein) Athletics: Episode 296: Lauren Floris – Co-Host of the Up and Running Podcast!
Lauren Floris, co-host of the Up and Running Podcast joins me today! If you don’t know Lauren- She first appeared on this show in 2017 for episode 95 right after she first qualified for the Olympic Trials.

(Watch Athletics: Akimenko Clears 2.30m WL in High Jump at Christmas Starts

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Tokyo Olympics 'safe and secure' despite virus emergency, say organisers
* Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday announced the month-long measure covering the greater Tokyo area, taking effect from Friday, as the country battles a surge in infections
* Tokyo 2020 chiefs have already said that another postponement of the Games -- set to begin on July 23 -- is out of the question

(AW) Athletics: "If you don’t run fast, nobody cares"
World 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith on why she won’t be losing sight of her priorities, dealing with fame, improving her mental strength and preparing for the “exciting time” which lies ahead

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Addis hosts 20th Great Ethiopian Run, Africa’s biggest post-coronavirus sports event
* Speaking at a pre-race press conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Addis Ababa on Friday, Gebrselassie, a multiple world record holder in distance running, said the race will continue to make positive contribution beyond prize money
* Great Ethiopian Run General Manager Ermias Ayele said they had initially targeted a field of 50,000 runners, but due to the Covid-19 restrictions, 25 percent of that field will be in action on Sunday
* All 300 elite athletes Friday underwent Covid-19 tests at the Millennium Hall with the Covid-19 travel-related restrictions also meaning that there will be fewer international runners in this year’s edition

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(Run Blog Run) Athletics: Gjert Ingebrrigtsen has said Jakob, Filip and Henrik would have remained training at home if the use of altitude chambers were allowed in Norway
Altitude chambers can help athletes build endurance and strength. Some consider it more than a training aid. The brothers Ingebrigtsen could train at home with an Altiitude chambers. Gjert, their dad and coach, knows how to train his sons, due to many reasons. Gjert has years observing what works and does not work. Gjert is a keen observer, a huge skill that any successful coach possesses

(ESPN UK) Olympics: IOC member Richard Pound says he's not sure Tokyo Games will happen

(Runner's World) Athletics: Looking Back at the Best Moments From the Millrose Games
For the first time, the iconic track meet has been canceled. So let’s take a walk down memory lane

(CTolleRun) Athletics: Duane Scotti - Spark It Up
Carrie chats with physical therapist and running coach Duane Scotti! They discuss common running injuries and how to rehabilitate them, how he found his way into the running world from the world of dance, how to read your body, and much more!

(GlobeRunner) Athletics: Lean on Me
I’ve mentioned my US colleague, Walt Murphy’s newsletter This Day in Track & Field a couple of times in the past. Walt has given me permission to reproduce a recent obituary about the extraordinary life of Joe Clark, immortalised by Morgan Freeman in the film, Lean on Me, but perhaps better known in athletics circles as the father of Olympians Joetta and Haze

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Biles Brothers Boast Historic Winning Feat
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(Toronto Sun) Athletics: New attitude, and altitude, for pole vaulter Anicka Newell

(AW) Athletics: Paula Radcliffe and Zola Pieterse on the cross-country distance debate
Former world cross-country champions believe arguing about racing distances in the quest for gender equality should not be a priority

(RRW) Athletics: New Meet In Austin Targets Olympic, Olympic Trials Qualifying Marks
A new, outdoor track meet scheduled for Austin, Texas, on February 26 and 27, will focus on helping athletes to achieve Tokyo Olympic Games and USA Olympic Trials qualifying marks for middle and long distance events

(The Mirror UK) Athletics: Tokyo-bound stars not out to jump queue for vaccine insists British Olympic boss
"The priority has to be the people who need it most; front line workers, the elderly and the vulnerable"

(Podium Runner) Athletics: Running with Her Whole Heart
Curiosity, resiliency, and spirituality have propelled Sara Hall to unexpected marathon success in her late thirties. She intends to explore her potential as long as she still loves to run

(Royal Gazette) Athletics: Raynor reaffirms Bermuda remains ready to host Carifta Games

Athletics: All Running Together Separately - Coming To Your Hometown: The Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon 2021 Is Going Global
Israel's Largest Sports Event - The Digital Edition - February 19-25, 2021

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Nyayo Stadium to host entire AK Relay Series
* AK director for competitions Paul Mutwii Thursday disclosed that it has been a challenge for them to host major competitions outside Nairobi because of Covid-19 protocols
* Mutwii noted that during the first leg on January 9, they will shift from the usual short and middle distance events to different distances
* Mutwii noted that the third leg will be attended by athletes through invitation whose start list will have been done during the previous two legs

(Reuters) Athletics: Kandie gunning for 10,000m glory for Kenya in Tokyo

(Diamond League) Athletics: One to Watch in 2021: Wayde Van Niekerk
The South African sprinter made a long-awaited return from injury in 2020 and will be hoping to compete on the biggest stage once again in 2021

(Cycling News) Drugs in Sport: 2020 elite men's Czech cyclo-cross champion banned for doping positive
Czech federation bans 43-year-old Emil Hekele for four years after doping control turns up two banned steroids

(Canadian Running Magazine) Athletics: Half-marathon training with Canadian record holder Andrea Seccafien
You might not be able to match Seccafien's national best of 1:09:38, but this track workout can help you secure a PB of your own

(Tri247) Triathlon:255 Triathlon Launches Relay Format

(3Wire Sports) Athletics: The virus is still winning
Happy New Year, welcome 2021, and here we are, exactly 200 days until the purported start of the Tokyo Summer Games

(Tianna Bee) Athletics: During the first week of October I picked up my phone an average of 100 times a day according to my phone’s insights
Almost obsessively I checked my bank balance awaiting my last payment from Nike

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Branta Set NCAA MRs In 1500, 3000
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(RRW) Athletics: Despite Pandemic, These 2020 Races Found a Way
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck last March, the vast majority of running events were rapidly cancelled

(Inside the Games) Olympics: Pound claims prioritising athletes for COVID-19 vaccine is "most realistic way" of staging Tokyo 2020
Senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Richard Pound has claimed prioritising athletes for the COVID-19 vaccine would be the "most realistic way" of ensuring the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games take place

(EA) Athletics: Lavillenie maps out his plans for the 2021 indoor season
Renaud Lavillenie is planning a full indoor season culminating with the Torun 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships which will take place at the Arena Torun from 5-7 March

(Daily Nation*) Athletics: Dr Rosa: Kenya needs full year to prepare for 10,000m Olympic gold
* Kamathi reclaimed the title previously won twice in a row at the World Championships through Paul Kipkoech (1987, Rome) and Moses Tanui (1991, Tokyo).
* Naftali Temu remains the only Kenyan to have won an Olympic 10,000m gold which he did way back at the 1968 Mexico Games

(Olympic.org) Athletics: Decathlon star Kevin Mayer is focused on one thing – winning gold in Tokyo
French decathlete Kevin Mayer, Olympic silver medallist at Rio 2016, world champion in London the following year and world record-holder since 2018 in this combined discipline, now has just one goal in mind: gold in Tokyo! We talk to a champion who loves both his sport and Japanese culture

(The Sun UK) Olympics: Team GB star Dasaolu aiming to compete in TWO Olympics in just SEVEN MONTHS – sprinting in summer & bobsleigh in winter

(BBC) Athletics: Welsh Indoor Championships and Welsh Cross Country Championships ruled out in 2021
The Welsh Indoor Championships and Welsh Cross Country Championships will not be held this year because of the coronavirus pandemic

(NY Times) Running: Saying Goodbye to an Endless Year With a 24-Hour Race
To welcome 2021 in a memorable way, I ran from 9 a.m. on New Year’s Eve to 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day

(Podium Runner) Athletics: The Importance of Running Your Own Race, and a Case Study on How To Do It
How Natasha Wodak executed her impressive return to the marathon to become the 2nd fastest woman in Canadian history

(RunnerSpace) Athletics: Ryan Hill Joins HOKA Northern Arizona Elite
The 2016 World Indoor silver medalist at 3,000 meters will remain focused on the 5,000 meters ahead of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials

(EA) Athletics: Bekh-Romanchuk and Kokhan voted Ukrainian Athletes of the Year
Long jumper Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk and hammer thrower Myhaylo Kokhan have been voted Ukrainian Athletes of the Year for 2020

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Brophy Led “Deca Central” With MR In 1992
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(Tri247) Triathlon: PTO announces Chief Marketing Officer
Professional Triathletes Organisation Announces Appointment Of Tim Godfrey As Chief Marketing Officer

(Daily Nation) Athletics: NOC-K to launch 'bubble' camps next month
* Mutuku said Kenya’s Olympic team will proceed to an international training camp in Kurume City, Japan, for at least 14 days ahead of the Games, adding that NOC-K will continue assisting teams that are still battling to earn Olympic qualification
* "In support of these, NOC-K, in conjunction with International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (Anoca) is providing scholarships to at least 15 athletes to help them prepare for Olympic Games," he explained

(DAI Sport) Athletics: Welsh Indoor And Cross Country Championships Cancelled Due To COVID-19

(The Morning Shakeout) Athletics: Podcast: Episode 142 with Alexi Pappas
"If we don’t know what the most important thing to do in a day is, or in a moment, then we will become more like leaves, blowing with every breeze. And so I think there have been times in my life where if I wasn’t clear with myself on my own priorities or my goals then I was behaving more like a leaf and being blown around—and I don’t think we want to be like rocks, where we’re not affected by anything, but I think I’ve grown and try to be more like a tree where there’s some roots but you can still feel the breeze. I say this thing—that tomorrow starts tonight—and I really mean it when I say I just prepare as best I can for the next day or the next thing I’m doing so that I give myself the best chance at attacking what my north star is first."

(AW) Athletics: Jim Ryun - the world’s deadliest ever finisher?
Steve Smythe looks again at great milers of the past and makes perhaps a surprising choice as the world’s fastest ever finisher, often overlooked as he was at his peak well over half a century ago

(WA) Athletics: After steady rise, marathon ace Legese sets sights on Olympic glory

(AfricaNews) Athletics:Moroccan steeplechaser Soufiane El Bakkali on hunt for Olympic gold

(Daily Nation*) Athletics: How AK plans to win elusive 10,000 metres Olympic gold
* AK President Jack Tuwei says the federation will identify medal probables and put them in camp as part of the preparations for Tokyo.
* He said that the athletes who will be selected must undergo the mandatory tests a requirement by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) as one way of avoiding the 2019 scenario where athletes who had been selected to compete in the 5,000m were dropped ahead of the World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

(Armory Track) Athletics: The Armory Welcomes Topflight Student-Athletes to U.S. Air Force Hispanic Games on January 9th-10th

(The Telegraph*) Athletics: Athletics health check for 2021: Which stars are waning, who is on the rise and what is the sport's looming crisis?
After a year almost devoid of international competition, all eyes are on the Tokyo Olympics

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: UCLA’s Brenner Won Amazing SP Duel In 1984
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(The Star) Athletics: Coe calls for innovation in shoe technology as records fall
* Cheptegei broke the men’s 10,000m world record and Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey demolished the women’s 5,000m record in Valencia in October last year, with both wearing Nike’s ZoomX Dragonfly spikes.
* A debate over runners’ shoes has been raging since high-tech shoes developed by Nike played a starring role in two of the biggest distance-running achievements of 2019

(Inside the Games) Olympics: CONI President Malagò warns risk of Italian flag and anthem ban at Tokyo 2020 is "very high"
Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) President Giovanni Malagò has warned the risk of the country's flag and anthem being banned at this year's Olympic Games in Tokyo is "very high" due to potential Government interference

(Jamaica Obserrver) Athletics: Boldon says Briana Williams' career as junior is over
Coach Ato Boldon is sticking to his guns that his star pupil Briana Williams' days of competing against juniors were over despite the athlete only turning 18 earlier this year and still being able to defend her World Athletics Under-20 sprint double title in Nairobi, Kenya, next year

(WomenRunCanada) Athletics:EP 56. Natasha Wodak and The Marathon Project
Natasha Wodak became the second-fastest Canadian woman running the marathon in 2:26:19 on December 20th at The Marathon Project in Chandler, AZ. And I wanted to know EVERYTHING. She and I dug deep on everything from committing to the start line, how training went, to how the miles all rolled out. You don't want to miss this chat with one of the coolest women in running

(Citius Mag) Athletics: Emma Bates On Taking Lessons From A Hard 2020, Running 2:25:40 At The Marathon Project

(Runner's World) Athletics: This Mother and Daughter, Who Both Have a BRCA Gene Variant, Find Strength in Running
Judi Donnelly ran through breast cancer treatment years ago. Jenny Donnelly Grimshaw recently ran the FKT of the Manhattan perimeter

(Japan Running News) Athletics: Komazawa University Pulls Off Last-Second Come-From-Behind Win at 2021 Hakone Ekiden

(The Guardian) Olympics: A golden year for sport? 2021 is already looking like 2020 - with a bitter twist
The Olympics and Euros will likely take place in pared back form, but the overall landscape is looking a lot more like it was in 2020 than we were expecting just a month ago

(The Guardian) Athletics: Sebastian Coe shrugs off concerns that Nike track spikes give unfair advantage
Contentious shoes worn by numerous recent record-breakers - World Athletics chief does not want to ‘suffocate innovation"
(The Telegraph*) Super shoes are good for athletics, says Seb Coe
President of World Athletics believes innovation will not ruin spectacle of world records being broken at Tokyo Olympics
(Mirror) Seb Coe relaxed over game-changing shoe technology in athletics saying: "We shouldn't be in the business of trying to suffocate innovation"
"It's clear that performances in these shoes, both road and track, should be in a separate category, or at least asterisked" Tim Hutchings

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Ellerbe, Misipeka Dominated The Hammer
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(Toni Reavis) Athletics: Taking on 2021
Wandering in a Running World

(Daily Mail) Olympics: New fears for postponed Tokyo Olympic Games as Japan's capital reports a daily record of 1,337 new Covid-19 infections
* A spike in coronavirus cases in Tokyo has raised fresh fears about the Olympics
* Japan’s capital reported a daily record of 1,337 new infections on Thursday
* Japan has banned all non-resident foreigners from entering until January 31
* However, Olympic organisers still insist the Games will take place in the summer

(GQ) Athletics: Meet Team GB's next gen Tokyo Olympics hopefuls
With the Tokyo Olympics just over six months away, this is Team GB's next gen and the track and field athletes most likely to go for gold…

(Balls.IE) Athletics: From High School American Football Star To Competing For Ireland

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Bagyula Boasted Incredible Pole Vault Prowess
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(Paul Merca Blogspot) Athletics: Redshirt freshman Sam Tanner runs fastest 1500m by a Husky
University of Washington redshirt freshman Sam Tanner (left/photo by Paul Merca) wasted no time ringing in the new year at the Tauranga Twilight meet, running the fastest time ever by a Husky over 1500 meters Friday nigh

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Little-known Kiprop, Chirchir win Ol Kalou Cross Country
* Kiprop would chest the finishing tape in 29 minutes and 44.2 seconds, beating Elphas Cheboi from Elgeyo Marakwet and Iten’s Weldon Kipkirui, who finished second and third in 29:47.5 and 29:50.3 respectively
* Kiprop now turns his focus to the upcoming regional cross country and national cross country championships before the track season
* Chirchir tore the course at the People’s Park and the field in 33:33.4 to leave another Elgeyo Marakwet athlete Caroline Chepkoech battling for second place in 33:37.5 with youngster Edinah Jebitok from Kapkaimur coming in third in 33:45.4

(Japan Running News) Athletics: Fujitsu Wins First New Year Ekiden National Title in 12 Years

(CGTN) Athletics: 6,000 runners in Shanghai welcome 2021 with half marathon

(ABC) Athletics: The athletics training group helping runners from all backgrounds get back on track
It's a cool weekday afternoon at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, with the usual assortment of runners ranging from schoolkids to professionals going through their paces

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Rotich Went Back-To-Back-To-Back In Steeple
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(WA) Athletics: Inspired by pacing and training with stars, Kimeli looks to become one of the greats

(WA) Athletics: New Year's road round-up: Kipkemboi and Chelimo win in Bolzano, Dibaba and Obiri victorious in Barcelona
(EA) Hendrix just misses European 5km record in Bolzano; Amdouni clocks 27:42 for 10km in Barcelona

(Lindsey Hein) Athletics: Episode 295: Andrea Rameriz Limon - Mexico’s 3rd fastest all time Marathoner; 2:26:34 at The Marathon Project
Andrea Rameriz Limon places 6th at the Marathon Project in a time of 2:26:34 on December 20th. This was a huge break through race for Andrea as hit the Olympic Standard for the first time (Olympic Standard is 2:29:30) AND she became the third fastest marathoner from Mexico of all time

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Obiri leads Kenya's success in New Year eve races in Spain
* Obiri, who is also the world cross country champion, still managed to conquer despite a fall in the last kilometre, beating Moroccan Majida Maayouf to second place in 33:19 as home athlete Marta Galimany settled third in 33:52
* Simiu clocked 27:41, beating Faniel Eyob from Italy in 28:08 with Olympic 5,000m silver medallist, Kenyan-born Paul Chelimo from USA coming in third in 28:14
* In Bolzano, Italy, world 5,000m silver medallist Margaret Chelimo braved the wintry conditions to win the women's BO classic 10km race on New Year’s eve

(AmoMama) Athletics: Allyson Felix Speaks Candidly about Plans to Expand Her Family after 2020 Summer Olympics
Olympic medalist Allyson Felix seems to enjoy motherhood as she parents her daughter, Camryn. She also plans to have more children after the 2021 Games

(TeamUSA) Athletics: Colleen Quigley Reflects On Silver Linings In 2020, Sets Goals For Olympic Year In 2021

(Daily Mail) Olympics: New fears for postponed Tokyo Olympic Games as Japan's capital reports a daily record of 1,337 new Covid-19 infections
* A spike in coronavirus cases in Tokyo has raised fresh fears about the Olympics
* Japan’s capital reported a daily record of 1,337 new infections on Thursday
* Japan has banned all non-resident foreigners from entering until January 31
* However, Olympic organisers still insist the Games will take place in the summer

(The Telegraph*) Athletics: Seb Coe advises Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson to talk to Jessica Ennis-Hill on coping with pressure
Having both won gold in the 2019 World Championships the British duo have huge weight of expectation heading into the Tokyo Olympics

(The Guardian) Athletics: Team GB's Olympic contenders should seek advice from Ennis-Hill, says Coe
Coe urges gold medal hopefuls to reach out to Ennis-Hill - Jessica Ennis-Hill’s London 2012 preparation was ‘textbook

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Lawrence Twins Doubled Down On Outdoor Crowns
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships





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