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Runner's Web August 2020 FrontPage Archive

  October 22, 2020:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(AW) Athletics: Strong summer boosts Laura Muir after injury
After a 2019 disrupted by a calf tear, the Scot showed world-leading form in 2020 and hopes to take that forward to Tokyo

(Sky Sports) Drugs in Sport: WADA develops new method to detect 'substitute' urine samples
Method was developed during an investigation into weightlifting and will now be used in other sports

(CTolleRun) Athlwtics: Sara Hall - Stay In the Game Longer
Sara Hall talks London Marathon, shares her secrets to continued improvement, and goes in-depth on her training nutrition. Hear about Sara’s experience in the London bubble and learn why she decided to partner with UCAN in this exclusive Q&A hosted by Olympian Carrie Tollefson

(RRW) Athletics: Boston Marathon Virtual Experience Raises $32 Million For Charity
The event may have been virtual, but the money was real

(NBC) Drugs in Sport: Shaunae Miller-Uibo questions Salwa Eid Naser case of missed drug tests

(Wake Forest Law-Review) Women in Sport: Chasing Equality: Is Caster Semenya’s Battle Against the IAAF Really Over?

(The Telegraph) Athletics: I am so excited by what is to come - Tokyo and beyond - Dina Asher-Smith
At this time of year I normally need a break before I look towards the following summer but now I feel rested and ready to keep pushing

(CUBuffs) Athletics: Wetmore-Wednesday Top Races: Coburn Finishes Career With Pair of Titles in 2013

(Scottish Athletics) Athletics: ‘Sleeping right, eating right and training well - that’s what brings out my best performances’ - Jemma Reekie

(Inside the Games) Drugs in Sport: WADA President Banka expresses concern over Naser whereabouts case
The President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Witold Banka has expressed concern at the outcome of the Salwa Eid Naser whereabouts case – which cleared the Bahraini sprinter of any wrongdoing

(Digital Sport) Triathlon: Brownlee brothers invest in triathlon market leaders HUUB

(The Telegraph) Athletics: Bianca Williams exclusive interview: 'The way police treated me — I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy'
British sprinter joins MP Dawn Butler to discuss how in Britain if you are black you are 10 times more likely to be stopped and searched

(The Asahi Shimbun) Athletics: Fukuoka marathon given World Athletics Heritage status

Athletics: West Coast Dominates Athletics Canada 42k Relay Challenge
Olympians and national record holders turned out in support of the Athletics Canada 42km Relay Challenge October 17 and 18 and for a chance to have a bit of fun during these Covid 19 restrictions.

(Runner's World) Athletics: The NAZ Elite Team Runs Away With the Win in the First Michigan Pro Ekiden
In a battle of pro teams, the Flagstaff group emerged as the relay champ

(The Donga-A Ilbo) Athletics: Non-contact Seoul Marathon to be held for two days from Saturday

(Indy Star) Athletics: Notre Dame grad Molly Seidel conquers 'demons' and the marathon

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Peters At Head Of Jav U’s Class
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  October 21, 2020:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(RRW) Athletics: Michigan Pro Ekiden Results
At this first-time event organized by the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project, Hoka Northern Arizona Elite dominated the competition

(Neshub) Athletics: Tokyo Olympics 2021: More gold in Dame Valerie Adams' future, says new coach Dale Stevenson

(The Guardian) Drugs in Sport: Miller-Uibo furious over Naser doping decision as Wada expresses concerns
Naser competed in Doha despite whereabouts failures - Olympic champion questions World Athletics and AIU

(The Telegraph) Paralympics: Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft: Birmingham 2022 is a massive opportunity for women's and para sport
Commonwealth Games to include more women athletes and para sport than ever before

(RRW) Athletics: Quick Watch Guide - Today's Michigan Pro Ekiden
The inaugural Michigan Pro Ekiden will be held this morning in Stony Creek MetroPark in Shelby Township, Michiga

(Gulf News) Athletics: Dubai City Half Marathon first mass event since COVID-19 pandemic
Friday’s race to start and finish at Dubai International Financial Centre

(WA) Athletics: Remembering how Snell tore up the Tokyo track on his way to historic double

(The Telegraph) Drugs in Sport: Blundering tester and controversial loophole allow Salwa Eid Naser to escape doping ban
Independent tribunal explains that tester tried to contact 400m world champion, but knocked on the wrong door

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Fitzgerald Hurdled Into The Record Books
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  October 20, 2020:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(Indian Express) Athletics: Wavelight Debate: Jos Hermens, pioneer from 70s, says ‘athletes still have to run’>A?
With multiple world records falling at events where 'wavelights' were switched on, questions have been raised if this generation of athletes are benefitting from the pacing aid

(TASS) Drugs in Sport: Russia’s Lasitskene outraged by Bahraini runner Naser case outcome
The World Athletics tribunal failed to prove that Salwa Eid Naser indeed missed her test and thus lifted her suspension
(The Guardian) World 400m champion escapes ban after tester knocked on wrong door
No punishment for Salwa Eid Naser over missed test - Doping officer knocked on door containing gas canisters

(NewsLion) Athletics: Expect more from the Kiplimo v Cheptegei rivalry
While some in Uganda Athletics Federation see the competition negatively, the new trend should be embraced

(Royal Gazette) Triathlon: Duffy in line-up for unique $1m event
Flora Duffy has been confirmed in the line-up to compete in the Professional Triathletes Organisation 2020 Middle Distance World Championships at the iconic Daytona International Speedway in December

(NBC) Drugs in Sport: Salwa Eid Naser, world 400m champion, cleared in drug-testing case

(WA) Athletics: Wyomia Tyus: Still fighting for recognition as the first back-to-back Olympic 100m champion

(Daily Nation) Athletics: NOC-K to put up High Performance Centre
* NOC-K acting secretary general Francis Mutuku has disclosed that the HPC is part of their long term approach to have their wholly owned and run facility primarily for national teams
* NOC-K’s Youth Commission has been working on the concept of OlympiAfrica in Kenya and the executive adopted its proposal for implementation
* IOC formed the OlympiAfrica Foundation with the objective of promoting the development of sports in Africa through its Olympism network

(The Moerning Shakeout) Athletics: Podcast: Episode 131 with Gary Towne
"What we do on the daily basis to have success in our sport sets you up so well for what you’re going to be doing in the real world. But just the pursuit of success in our sport does so much for success in the real world, I feel like. If you can train as hard we do for a 10K, say, and then go out there and just squeeze every bit of yourself out of yourself for 25 laps and mentally stay engaged that whole way and talk yourself through all the tough points of the race, I mean, you can do anything. Like, I have yard projects that are just daunting sometimes and I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ve got this, you know?’ and it’s all because of my running background. So I feel like, you know, just what we do as runners goes a long way."

(Runner's World UK) Athletics: Cheptegei calls out Mo Farah for missing the World Half Championships
'It’s quite really ridiculous that he’s not in the field,' says 5000m and 10,000m record holder

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Coburn Picked Up Where She Left Off
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  October 19, 2020:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(WA) Athletics: Refugee team member Nait-Hammou on his half marathon debut: 'I didn't come to participate, I came to perform'

(BBC) Athletics: Laura Muir hails impact of coach Andy Young in 'challenging' 2020
Laura Muir says her coach Andy Young "has done a phenomenal job" in helping steer her through an historic 2020

(Concerned Women for America) Women in Sport: University Forced to Rescind Transgender Sports Policy
University Forced to Rescind Transgender Policy as Violation of Title IX after Biological Male wins NCAA Championship in Women’s Track

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Tergat, Kamworor tip Kandie to be the next big thing

(The Guardian) Athletics: Paula Dunn: 'I’m nice but I'm not weak. People get that mixed up'
The first woman to become a head coach at British Athletics believes it is possible to succeed in sport being kind and that the obsession with medals has gone too far

(Japan Today) Triathlon: 3 hurt, 1 critically, in bike crash during Ironman triathlon

(Jamaica Observer) Athletics: Usain Bolt statue to be erected in Trelawny by year end, says Grange

(Tokyo 2020) Athletics: Donavan Brazier happy to be living in the moment with Tokyo 2020 on the horizon
After the "relief" of his spectacular World Championships win in 2019, Donavan Brazier is running with less pressure on his shoulders heading into an Olympic year. Tokyo 2020 caught up with him to talk about everything from missing out on Rio 2016, to finding redemption in Doha and a possible future in the NFL

(Emirates News Agency) Triathlon: Dubai Sports Council opens registration for November 27th Dubai Women’s Triathlon

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Joe Dial Vaulted To NCAA History
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  October 18, 2020:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(NY Times) Athletics: Lauren Fleshman’s Feminist Approach to Coaching
She won national championships but her career likely suffered because she made herself too thin. Now she is coaching an all-female running team to make sure others don’t suffer the same fate.

(Globe and Mail) Vycling:: Mathieu Van der Poel wins Tour of Flanders, Julian Alaphilippe crashes out

(Gulf Today) Athletics: Registration begins for next years Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon

(Runner's World) Athletics: Running From the Fire This Time
The challenges of the pandemic have shifted my perspective on home. Running has redefined it

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Eliud Kipchoge heaps praise on NMG
* Kipchoge also hailed NMG’s Eldoret office for their superb work in covering the athletes while in training
* I really don’t know how to thank Rose Wangui, Benard Rotich, Steve Keter and Jared Nyataya for their selflessness and service."

(EA) Athletics: Grovdal smashes Kristiansen’s Norwegian 10km record with 30:32
European 3000m steeplechase bronze medallist Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal smashed Ingrid Kristiansen’s long-standing Norwegian 10km record of 30:59 at the Hytteplanmila in Hole, Norway on Saturday (17), setting one of the fastest times ever by a European

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Peres: My next target is the Valencia Marathon
* Champion overcomes coronavirus troubles to clinch title
* On Saturday, Jepchirchir recaptured the crown she won last in 2016 in Cardiff

(AZCentral) Athletics: Chandler Marathon Project field set, includes Flagstaff's Sara Hall coming off London PR

(Runner's World) Athletics: Peres Jepchirchir Sets Women-Only World Record at Half Marathon World Championships
The Kenyan distance runner broke her own world record

(Sweat Science on Outside Online) Athletics: How Your Muscle Fibers Might Predict Overtraining
A new study suggests that slow-twitch runners can handle higher mileage than fast-twitch runners before showing signs of overtraining

(Daily Mail) Athletics: When Daniel Bramble had his funding cut after injury, the GB Olympic hopeful had to become an Amazon driver... but now it's time for the long-jumper to deliver medals in Tokyo
* Five-time champion Daniel Bramble is one of Britain's greatest long-jumpers
* But the Team GB Olympic hopeful has been working as a amazon driver
* After an injury saw his athletic funding cut short, he also set up GoFundMe page
* After raising £14,000 as it stands, he is ready to prove he can qualify for Tokyo

(The Telegraph) Paralympics: Paula Dunn interview: 'We need to tackle the white, suburban nature of our Paralympic athletics team'
UK Athletics' Paralympic head coach is determined to increase the number of BAME athletes under her charge

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: An Illustrious Career For Charlie Craig
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - Toronto, ON
CANCELLED/VIRTUAL RACE***

TCS Amsterdam Marathon - NL
***CANCELLED***






  October 17, 2020:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(WA) Athletics: After second global title and world record, Jepchirchir cements place in history as a half marathon all-time great

(RRW) Athletics: Jepchirchir & Kiplimo Take World Half-Marathon Titles In Fast Races
In what was decidedly a good day in a bad year for road running, Kenya's Peres Jepchirchir and Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo took the gold medals at today's World Athletics Half-Marathon Championships in the Polish seaside city of Gdynia about 21 kilometers north of Gdansk

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Uganda's Kiplimo stuns Kandie to win World Half Marathon gold
* Jacob Kiplimo won the race in a Championship Record
* Joshua Cheptegei, who was making his debut over the distance, settled fourth
* Kandie was second behind Kiplimo

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Peres Jepchirchir wins World Half Marathon Championships title
* The Kenyan on Saturday won the World Half Marathon Championships title in yet another women's only world record of 1:05:16 in Gdynia, Poland

(Mirror) Athletics: Former sprinter Christian Malcolm gives long distance a go as he starts work as head coach of British Athletics
Commonwealth Games bosses voice confidence that Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson will play some part at Birmingham 2022

(Olympic Channel) Athletics: Cheptegei confident ahead of World Half Marathon Championships: "I am hungry for the title"
World record-holders Cheptegei and Peres Jepchirchir lead the men and women's field on Saturday, October 17th in Gdynia, Poland

(The Star) Athletics: Jepchirchir faces Yeshaneh at World Half Marathon in Gdyni
* From 2013 onwards there have been separate world records in women’s roads events - one for women-only races, and one for mixed races
* And this year both half marathon records have been broken with Ethiopia’s Yeshaneh clocking 1:04:31 at the Ras Al-Khaimah in February and Kenya’s Jepchirchir running 1:05:34 in a women-only race at the Prague 21.1K in September

(Track and Field News) Athletics:World Half-Marathon Stats Preview - 2020

(VMPM) Athletics: Creating the bubble, cutting-edge technology, flexible thinking – how the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon became the only major city marathon to take place since the Covid-19 pandemic struck

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Two Long Jump Titles For Carol Lewis
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships

World Athletics Half Marathon Championships - Gdynia, Poland






  October 16, 2020:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(Lindsey Hein) Athletics: Episode 280: Leah Falland (O’Connor) – The On Athletics Club: A Fresh New Start
Leah Falland (O’Connor) just joined the brand new On Running team (The On Athletics Club) coached by Dathan Ritzenhein out in Boulder, CO

(RRW) Athletics: All Eyes On Cheptegei At Saturday's World Athletics Half-Marathon Championship
The man of the hour --although probably a few seconds less-- for Saturday's World Athletics Half-Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland, is multiple world record holder Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda, despite the fact that the reigning world cross country and 10,000m champion has never run the half-marathon distance outside of training

(The Guardian) Athletics: Donation helps long jumper drop delivery job and revive Olympic dream
British indoor champion Dan Bramble worked for Amazon - Gymshark helps athlete reach £12,000 target for Olympics

(Scottish Athletics) Athletics: ‘Wins and fast times in 2020 helped put my confidence back on track’ – Laura Muir
(Scotsman) Laura Muir refocuses on Olympic goals after making most of disrupted season
Among the slew of sporting events thrown into disarray by Covid this year it is the postponement of the Olympics which has caused most disruption

(CBC) Athletics: Natasha Wodak's marathon training return is welcomed motivation during pandemic
B.C. runner among 8 Canadians to race The Marathon Project on Dec. 20 in Arizona

(Watch Athletics) Athletics: Cheptegei aims his first World Half Marathon Championships title in Gdansk
Men‘s and women‘s preview for the World Athletics Half Marathon Champiosnhips Gdansk 2020 on Saturday 17 October

(BBC) Olympics: 'Big shift' in UK Sport funding for Olympics and Paralympics
UK Sport will focus future funding of Olympic and Paralympic sport on medal potential over a 12-year period instead of four

(The Guardian) Athletics: Birmingham 2022 condenses athletics schedule in bid to attract top names
Commonwealth Games to open with T20 cricket at Edgbaston - Event sandwiched by World and European championships

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Harris Set Discus World Record In 1941
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  October 15, 2020:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(BBC) Triathlon: Project Iceman: Anders Hofman and Antarctica's first Ironman triathlon

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Kenyan siblings hoping to shine in Poland
* Dorcas says that she is privileged to be competing with two former world record holders, Netsanet Gudeta and Joyciline Jepkosgei, current world record holders Peres Jepchirchir (women only) and Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh (mixed gender).
* I know the race will be tough given that we shall be competing with some of the fastest athletes, but I know it will be a beautiful race. I have done adequate training and what remains is to implement on Saturday,” said Dorcas, the family’s ninth born

(RRW) Athletics: World Athletics Half-Marathon Championships To Feature Top Masters Women
While the women's division of Saturday's World Athletics Half-Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland, will feature powerful young stars like world record holders Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia and Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya who hope to win the world title, the race will also showcase some of the sport's best over-40 women who are still running at a high level

(CTolleRun) Endurance Sportsd: Sarah Canney - Ebb And Flow To Everything
Carrie chats with entrepreneur and elite snowshoer Sarah Canney! They chat about how she has handled her rollercoaster ride of life with grace and determination, how she battled her eating disorder, competing at the World Snowshoe Championships, and so much more!

(The Guardian) Drugs in Sport: Dr Richard Freeman tells medical tribunal: I have never doped a rider
Steve Peters hits back at former British Cycling doctor - Allegations were ‘to make excuses’, says Peters

(Observer UG) Athletics: Cheptegei goes for more honours in world marathon
Joshua Cheptegei will presumably be the main attraction this Saturday, October 17, as he makes his debut in the World Athletics Half Marathon Championship in Gdynia, Poland

(BBC) Drugs in Sport:Daniel Wanjiru: London Marathon 2017 winner banned for doping
Kenya's Daniel Wanjiru, winner of the 2017 London Marathon, has been banned from athletics until 2023 for doping

(SPU) Athletics: NCAA Champ Joins Track / XC Staff
Ostrander won trio of D1 steeplechase titles, made cross country awards podium

(Washington Post*) Athletics: Lights on the track are helping runners shatter world records

(The Star) Athletics: Manangói eyes return to track after completing military training
* The former World U-18 champion revealed that he is looking forward to partly trading the gun for the running spikes early next year after completing his induction
* The athlete, who prior to joining the military was training under the watchful eye of coach Bernard Ouma at the Rongai Athletics Club, said the military training has helped him keep fit throughout the months

(BBC) Athletics: Shura Kitata on what it took to beat Eliud Kipchoge in the London Marathon
What does it take to beat Eliud Kipchoge, the only man to ever run a marathon in under two hours?

(AW) Athletics: Steve Cram at 60
As the Jarrow Arrow celebrates his landmark birthday, Steve Smythe picks out his best performances

(Capital FM) Athletics: Jepchirchir’s World Record Ratified ahead of World Half Marathon showdown
Ahead of their clash at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir and Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands have had their recent world record-breaking feats ratified

(CBC) Athletics: Athletes 'understand' as Canada withdraws from half marathon worlds after COVID-19 spike in Poland
Rachel Cliff had faith in Athletics Canada to make best decision for athletes' safety

(WA) Athletics: Cheptegei aims to end dream year on a high at World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia 2020

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Two Laps To Glory For Everett
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  October 14, 2020:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(Balanced Runner) Athletics: https://www.balancedrunner.com/london-marathon-2020-kosgei-hall-chepngetich-kitata-kipchumba-kipchoge/
What a joy to watch a marathon again. Let’s just dive right in and look at the different movement strategies the runners used and how this related to their performances

(Outside Online) Athletics: Cutting College Track Hits Black Athletes the Hardest
Former Princeton runner Russell Dinkins argues that universities should preserve their "most accessible" sport

(WA) Athletics: World record-holders Jepchirchir and Yeshaneh set to clash at World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia 2020

Athletics: DuChene and Coolsaet Lead Recreational Teams in Athletics Canada 42K Relay Challenge
Olympic marathoners Krista DuChene and Reid Coolsaet lead teams of athletes they are coaching at this weekend’s virtual Athletics Canada 42km relay challenge

(Daily Nation) Drugs in Sport: Kenyan marathon star handed four-year ban for doping
* Wanjiru, 28, was provisionally suspended in April for "use of a prohibited substance/method" after "abnormalities" were found in his biological passport.
* The suspension has been backdated to start from December 9 last year

(The Independent) Athletics: Morgan Lake on Tokyo 2020, Black Lives Matter and juggling high jump with university
The uncertainty of the pandemic threw Britain’s leading high jumper out of kilter but she has found stability and focus once more as the Games finally loom into view

(CBC) Athletics: Athletics Canada withdraws competitors from Half Marathon Championships in Poland
Organization's chief medical officer deems travel too risky due to COVID-19 concerns

(Sweat Science on Outside Online) Athletics: Why Don't Runners' Knees Fail More Often?
Biology suggests that decades of running should invariably blow out your knees. Scientists are trying to understand why that doesn’t happen

(The Star) Athletics: Drugs in Sport: Why Kenyans are violating the whereabout rule
* Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was banned for four years in July for missing a doping test
* Whereabout rule requires specific elite athletes to provide information on their locations within a three-month period
* The rule has however attracted criticism for violating athletes' privacy

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Why Uganda's Cheptegei ‘feels no pressure’ ahead of Poland race
* In his first track race since the advent of coronavirus early this year, Cheptegei clocked 12:35.35 to beat Bekele’s previous record by two seconds.
* Heading into Valencia last week, Cheptegei only had the 18th quickest time over 10,000m with a best in Doha of 26:48.36, over half a minute outside the record
(WA) Cheptegei aims to end dream year on a high at World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia 2020

(BBC) Athletics: Dina Asher-Smith speaks to Eddie Hearn's 'No Passion No Point' on Olympics and Kaizen
World 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith says she was "relieved" when the 2020 Olympics was postponed and feels the rejigged calendar presents athletics with significant opportunities

(Daily Mail) Cycling: Flagship Giro d'Italia cycling race is thrown into chaos by coronavirus as two full teams and two other elite riders withdraw from the event following a series of positive tests
* The Giro d'Italia cycling race has been hit by a series of positive Covid-19 tests
* Two entire teams - Mitchelton-Scott and Jumbo-Visma - have withdrawn
* Dutch contender Steven Kruijswijk and rider Michael Matthews are both out too
* Organisers stayed firm and insisted the plan is still to finish race on October 25

(NBC) Athletics: Top track and field athletes of 2020: Women’s rankings
Men’s rankings

(WA) Athletics: Course, scoring and prize money details – World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia 2020

(Track and Field News) Athletics: Omar Craddock Has Designs On The Podium
Typifying the disjointed campaign that athletes endured this year, Omar Craddock’s single outdoor "competition" consisted of him jumping at an empty stadium in California while his rivals were performing virtually in Florida and Portugal

(USTFCCCQA) Athletics: Brooks Made NCAA Shot Put History
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  October 13, 2020:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

(AI) Athletics: Sifan Hassan ends her season early
After a short but tiring season, athlete Sifan Hassan has decided not to participate in World Athletics Half Marathon Championships is Gdynia, Poland

(CBC) Athletics: Player's Own Voice podcast: Malindi Elmore stopped focusing on results, started smashing records
Canadian marathoner and mother heading to Tokyo Olympics

(Japan Times) Women in Sport: JOC to protect female athletes targeted by exploitative photos

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Coach Makau confident Kenya will dominate World Half Marathon
* Makau, who won silver medals at the 2007 Udine and 2008 Rio de Janeiro editions, said he is aware of stiff competition and the adverse weather that awaits them in Poland
* Makau, a former world marathon record holder, indicated that the women’s team is the finest ever with on form 2016 world half champion Peres Jepchirchir back in the team
* Team manager Patrick Kipsang said the weather is Gdynia will range from between six degrees to 11 degrees on the competition day

(Inside the Games) Athletics: Should athletics track world records undergo a javelin-like reset because of new shoe technology?<./A>

(The Morning SHakeout) Athletics: Podcast: Episode 130 with Elle Purrier
"Yeah, I’ve had moments of like, ‘Wow, this is really happening.’ And so that’s pretty cool because I think it’s really important to enjoy those moments. I feel like people are always looking to the next thing and the next goal and that’s a huge part of the sport but I also think it’s really important to sit back and be like, ‘Wow, this is happening right now.’ I think just taking it one step at a time and just enjoying where you are is really important."

(Runner's World) Athletics: Tracksmith Is Hosting a Virtual Race to Help Save College Running Programs
NCAA track and field teams across the nation are being cut. This race will help support them

(Daily Mail) Athletics: Cash-strapped UK Athletics will bid to stage Diamond League event in 2021 but future of London Anniversary Games and Gateshead event still hang in the balance after loss of £2m-a-year broadcast deal
* UK Athletics will submit bids to stage a Diamond League event before deadline
* But there remains major possibility they will have to give up their place
* Both Anniversary Games in London and Gateshead event cancelled this year
* UKA in financial difficulties after expiration of their £2m-a-year TV contract

(The Star) Athletics: No rest for Kipyego despite Amsterdam disappointment
* Bernard Kipyego training hard to improve his personal best and gain more podium finishes
* Two-time Amsterdam Marathon winner Kipyego had planned to compete in the Amsterdam Marathon before it was cancelled
* He hopes that the Covid-19 pandemic would come to an end so that he can resume normal training activities

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Scott One-Upped Himself In 1978
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






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(Lindsey Hein) Athletics: Episode 279: Tristan Woodfine - 2:10:51 in London; A Canadian Olympic Standard!
Tristan Woodfine just ran the Olympic Standard for the marathon at the London Marathon this past weekend in a time of 2:10:51. He has quite the marathon progression story- in April, 2018 he ran his second marathon in 2:18:55 at Ottawa Marathon which was a 9 minute PR from his first marathon. He then ran 2:15:19 in Houston January 2019 and a 2:13:16 at the Toronto Marathon in October 2019

(Podium Runner) Athletics: The Road to Sara Hall’s London Marathon PR
After Sara Hall's second-place finish in the London Marathon, her coach (and husband) Ryan Hall discusses the ups and downs of the last year - indeed, of their entire careers

(Washington Post) Athletics: Nike was born on the track. Scandal and the pandemic may change its running business

(Olympic Channel) Athletics: Karsten Warholm: Why nobody is going to be the next Usain Bolt
Norwegian hurdles ace talks Bolt's big shoes, his pre-race 'Viking Roar', and why 2020 was so amazing for him in a sporting sense

(Runner's World) Athletics: London Marathon Elites Prove Every Runner Needs a Strong Finishing Kick
Here’s how you can build the strength and power to surge like Sara Hall and Shura Kitata

(Daily Mail) Athletics: Cash-strapped UK Athletics will bid to stage Diamond League event in 2021 but future of London Anniversary Games and Gateshead event still hang in the balance after loss of £2m-a-year broadcast deal
* UK Athletics will submit bids to stage a Diamond League event before deadline
* But there remains major possibility they will have to give up their place
* Both Anniversary Games in London and Gateshead event cancelled this year
* UKA in financial difficulties after expiration of their £2m-a-year TV contract

(Irish Examiner) Athletics: How four Irish athletics greats put aside their rivalries for a world record that still stands today
In truth, Eamonn Coghlan, Marcus O’Sullivan, Frank O’Mara, and Ray Flynn didn’t even want to be there. In the end, it was a night all four still treasure

(WA) Athletics:How World Half organisers have adapted to ensure event can go ahead in 2020

(Daily Mail) Cycling: Simon Yates withdraws from the Giro d'Italia because of positive Covid-19 test after British rider showed 'very mild symptoms' following stage seven
* Yates was tested after showing 'very mild symptoms' during Friday's stage
* The British rider was tested twice for coronavirus and both returned positive
* Yates is to undergo a period of quarantine and has withdrawn from the race
* All other riders and staff in his Mitchelton-Scott team tested negative

(Daily Mail) Cycling: Mark Cavendish hints at retirement after finishing 74th at Gent-Wevelgem and being left out of Bahrain-McLaren's Tour de France squad
* Cyclist Mark Cavendish says he may have finished the last race of his career
* The Brit has struggled for form, and was left out of the Tour de France squad
* His contract expires at the end of the year, and he is due to race on Wednesday

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Sheffield Won An Incredible 400H Final
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships






  October 11, 2020:  [Links load in new window, * = Registration Req'd]  

<(The Independent) Athletics: ‘I want to tell them I’m sorry’: Oscar Pistorius pleads for forgiveness of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp’s family
Jailed paralympian said to be ‘more concerned’ about seeking absolution than parole

(Inside the Games) Athletics: More than 80 Russian athletes test positive for COVID-19 at training camps
A total of 81 Russian athletes have tested positive for coronavirus at various federal and regional training bases around the country, according to Alexei Morozov, the director of the Russian Sports Ministry's Department of Top Level Sport

(Toni Reavis) Athletics: Making it Memorable
Ten years ago today, the late Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya outdueled Ethiopia’s Tsegay Kebede to win the Chicago Marathon and the $500,000 bonus as the World Marathon Majors Series IV champion

(Philadelphia Tribune) Athletics: The World's Fastest Family
There is not a lot of rhyme or reason to the chosen pursuits of the children born to world’s great athletes

(Jamaica Gleaner) Athletics: ‘Amateurish’ JAAA needs change - Mills

(EA) Athletics: Hassan shatters European 10,000m record with 29:36.67 in Hengelo
In cold and wet conditions, double world champion Sifan Hassan shattered Paula Radcliffe’s long-standing European 10,000m record in a late season race in Hengelo on Saturday
(Daily Nation) Chepng'etich, Hassan fail in world record bids in Hengelo
* Efforts by home athlete Sifan Hassan and Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha to break the 10,000m (women) and 5,000m (men) world records respectively failed spectacularly amidst the afternoon showers
* Paced by among others 3,000m world 3,000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, who is also the world champion, Chepng’etich clocked two minutes and 40.50 second
(Track and Field News) Hassan Runs New 10,000 European Record In Hengelo

(The Scotsman) Athletics: Laura Muir, Jemma Reekie and Jake Wightman share top athletics award
Laura Muir, Jemma Reekie and Jake Wightman have been named joint winners of Scottish Athletics’ top award in an unprecedented three-way tie

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Bjorklund Led Calvary Under 6-Mile MR In 1971
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(BBC) Athletics: Sifan Hassan sets new European women's 10,000m record beating Paula Radcliffe time
Sifan Hassan has set a new European record for the women's 10,000m, beating Paula Radcliffe's 2002 mark by more than 24 seconds in the Netherlands

(Daily Mail) Cycling: Simon Yates withdraws from the Giro d'Italia because of positive Covid-19 test after British rider showed 'very mild symptoms' following stage seven
* Yates was tested after showing 'very mild symptoms' during Friday's stage
* The British rider was tested twice for coronavirus and both returned positive
* Yates is to undergo a period of quarantine and has withdrawn from the race
* All other riders and staff in his Mitchelton-Scott team tested negative

(Inside the Games) Athletics: Brendan Foster awarded knighthood in Queen's Birthday Honours list

Triathlon: Vincent Luis makes it three from three in Arzachena
It was another fantastic World Cup with a stellar line up and brand new course on the Italian island of Sardinia, but the result was to be a familiar one

(Citizen Digital) Athletics: Makau backs Kipchoge to bounce back
* Former world marathon record holder Patrick Makau has backed Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge to bounce back from his shock defeat at the London Marathon last Sunday.
* The retired marathoner recounted how, in April 2011, he failed to clinch the London Marathon title despite being among the favourites

Triathlon: Flora Duffy dazzles in Arzachena World Cup
It was one of those performances you just had to take a step back and admire as Flora Duffy took the tough Arzachena World Cup course by the neck and raced solo for an hour to win another brilliant gold
(Royal Gazette) Duffy blows away field in Italy

(Gulf News) Athletics: ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon postponed until next year
Decision made by ADSC amid prevailing coronavirus pandemic situation

(The Independent) Athletics: IOC denies media claim of meddling in French investigation
The IOC denies claims President Thomas Bach intervened to help steer an Olympic official implicated in corruption away from France where the investigation is being led

(Irish Times) Athletics: Physical evidence of virtual reporting days becoming sadly apparent
All this watching events unfold on little screens should come with a health warning

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Okagbare Mined For History In 2010
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(RRW) Athletics: Michigan Pro Ekiden & Half-Marathon Born Out of Necessity
With the cancellation of nearly every important American road or cross country race this fall because of the pandemic, coach Kevin Hanson of the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project took stock of the competitive situation for his team

(BBC) Athletics: Callum Hawkins misses World Half Marathon Championships with injury
Callum Hawkins will miss next Saturday's World Half Marathon Championships with an ankle injury

(The Guardian) Athletics: Bianca Williams threatens to boycott watered-down inquiry into police
Handcuffing and search of athlete and partner are being investigated merely as potential misconduct

(CTolleRun) Athletics: Bank of America Chicago Marathon Virtual Experience
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon takes on the streets of Chicago every October. Race day creates an experience unlike any other. From the runners, the volunteers, and the spectators it is an awesome day. Join Carrie as she learns of 3 very different experiences and the role running has played in their lives!

(Spikes) Athletics: Stroger by Zene´y van der Walt
I think of it as a blessing in disguise. Yes, the past seven months have been different _ and difficult - but there are some positives

(WA) Athletics: Weekend road preview: Maiyo and Yamaguchi lead Sofia Marathon fields, Kiprop the favourite in Bucharest

(Sydney Morning Herald) Athletics: Athletics urged to curb influence of 'super shoes'

(Tempo Journal) Athletics: 6 Run Communities Keeping it Moving
Exploring how running shops and their communities keep runners moving

Athletics: Vienna City Marathon set for this Monday
Join the first worldwide anniversary race of Eliud Kipchoge’s sub two hour marathon

(RRW) Athletics: 2021 Tokyo Marathon To Move To the Fall
Organizers of the 2021 Tokyo Marathon, part of the global Abbott World Marathon Majors series, have decided to shift the race from it's traditional early March position in the calendar to October as a response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

(NY Times) Athletics: Reading All the Books on Nike, Déjà Vu Sets In
"Win at All Costs" is the latest effort, following books like "Swoosh," "Bowerman and the Men of Oregon" and "No Logo," to better understand the company.

(The Independent) Athletics: Joshua Cheptegei, Nike and the rise of technology in running
The Ugandan broke the 10,000m world record this week wearing the new Nike ZoomX Dragonfly spikes

(Canadian Running Magazine) Athletics: The ultimate carbon-plated shoe guide
We've tried a ton of carbon-plated shoes. Here's how to find the one that's right for you

(The Telegraph) Athletics: Exclusive: Super-shoes are 'distorting the true ability of elite athletes'
Scientist Yannis Pitsiladis says the increasing influence of advanced technology in footwear is undermining the integrity of the sport

(Royal Gazette) Triathlon: Royal Gazette Bermuda Triangle Challenge cancelled

(USATF) Athletics: Hall, FloJo earn Athlete of the Week honors

(Track and Field News) Athletics: Sara Hall Made The Most Of Running Alone
In closely contested races Sara Hall has an ability to tenaciously wear down and outkick opponents

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Kiss The Competition Goodbye
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(Mirror) Athletics: Five police officers investigated for misconduct after athlete's "racial profiling" claim
Team GB athlete Bianca Williams accused officers of "racial profiling" when she and partner Ricardo dos Santos were stopped by police in west London in July

(CTolleRun) Athletics: Hassan Mead - Save U of MN Men’s Track!
Carrie chats with Minnesota native and Olympian Hassan Mead! They start right away with his fight to reinstate the men’s track and field program at the University of Minnesota. They also touch on his shift in training and mindset during this pandemic, dealing with adversity, where he finds inspiration, and much more!

Athletics: BC Endurance Project Enters Two Elite Teams in Athletics Canada 42K Relay Challenge
Former Canadian marathon record holder Rachel Cliff and 2016 Olympian, Luc Bruchet, are also part of the two ‘Gdynia' squads - named for the city in Poland where the world half marathon championships will take place.

(The Independent) Athletics: Lord Coe puts pressure on IOC to overturn ban on taking a knee
‘I have been very clear; if an athlete wishes to take a knee on a podium, then I am supportive of that’

(The Telegraph) Athletics: Letesenbet Gidey and Joshua Cheptegei set new world records raising further questions about legitimacy of shoe technology
At an event in Spain, Gidey broke the women’s 5,000m time while Cheptegei set a new world record for the the men’s 10,000m

(Runner's World) Athletics: Letesenbet Gidey Breaks the 5,000-Meter World Record on a Historic Night in Spain
The previous record, set by Tirunesh Dibaba, stood for 12 years
Another World Record for Joshua Cheptegei, This Time in the 10,000 Meters
Cheptegei broke the 15-year-old record, previously held by Kenenisa Bekele, by more than six seconds

(Inside the Games) Athletics: World Athletics Championship silver medallist criticises Trump after he downplays coronavirus
World Athletics Championship silver medallist Kara Goucher has hit out at United States President Donald Trump for allegedly not taking COVID-19 seriously following his short spell in hospital to receive treatment for the virus

(CBC) Athletics: CBC Sports Oral Histories: The Fastest Man In The World
What was happening behind the scenes when Donovan Bailey blazed to a new 100-metre world record at Atlanta 1996

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Innovation or manipulation? Track technology continues unabated
* Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei smashed the men's 10,000m world record on Wednesday, slicing an astonishing six seconds off the mark set in 2005 by Kenenisa Bekele
* Cheptegei's performance came after Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey chalked off an equally remarkable four seconds from the previous record for the women's 5,000m set by Tirunesh Dibaba in 2008

(IOL) Athletics: It is an honour to be in my position, and I do not take it lightly - Wayde van Niekerk

(Irish Times) Athletics: Sonia O’Sullivan: Running in a bubble may be the future for elite athletes
The London Marathon’s biosecure bubble was a taster of how Tokyo Olympics may work

(The Guardian) Athletics: Cheptegei and Gidey smash world track records using controversial spikes
Joshua Cheptegei knocks six seconds off men’s 10,000m record - Letesenbet Gidey takes four seconds off women’s 5,000m time
(CBC) Cheptegei, Gidey break long-distance world records at Spain track meet
Runners successfully use new technology to surpass long-standing mark

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: LSU’s Duncan Roared To 200 History
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(RRW) Athletics: World Records for Cheptegei and Gidey in Valencia
Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei and Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey broke two of athletics' toughest world records tonight in Valencia, clocking 26:11.00 for 10,000m and 14:06.62 for 5000m, respectively, at the Estadi del Turia

(ITU) Triathlon: Racing heads to Italy for Arzachena World Cup
The second rescheduled World Cup of the 2020 World Triathlon season gets underway in Italy on Saturday, and there is another hatful of big names heading to Sardinia to tackle a beautiful, brand-new Arzachena course

(BBC) Athletics: Laura Muir & Jemma Reekie among nominees for Scottish Athletics' award
Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie are among the nominees for Scottish Athletics' performer of the year award

(NBC) Athletics: Eliud Kipchoge’s historic streak ends, and what comes next, from the eyes of his coach

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Kamworor left out of half marathon team, Uganda picks Cheptegei
* Kamworor’s replacement is one of the sweeping changes Athletics Kenya have made to the team they had initially picked for the event
* AK director of competitions, Paul Mutwii disclosed that they have entered a team of 10 athletes; five men and five women for the 24th edition of the world half marathon
* Besides Jepchirchir, who hold women’s only half marathon world record of 1:05:34, the team has former mixed women’s half marathon world record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei (1:04:51)

(Olympic Channel) Athletics: Joshua Cheptegei will easily break the 10,000m world record in Valencia predicts Haile Gebrselassie
Gebrselassie says the reigning world 10,000m and cross-country champion can run “sub 26 minutes” over 10km on Wednesday

(NY Times) Health and Fitness: How the Pandemic Is Changing Our Exercise Habits
Many of us have been moving less since the pandemic began. But some, including many older men and women, seem to be moving more

(Sweat Science on Outside Online) Endurance Sports: Why Endurance Athletes Feel Less Pain
Even compared to athletes from other sports, endurance athletes have a unique relationship with discomfort

(The Star) Athletics: Cheptegei’s 10,000m world record assault revealed
* Organisers of the event, dubbed the NN Valencia World Record Day, released details of Cheptegei’s assault on the 26:17.53 mark set by Kenenisa Bekele in Brussels 15 years ago, the longest standing men’s 10,000m world record in history
* Although Kimeli will try to reach the 6000-metre point, Cheptegei will likely race against the clock for much of the second half but will also have a wavelight as a reference over the waning kilometres

(AW) Athletics: Kitata springs marathon shock as Kipchoge loses in London
Defending champion and world record-holder comes eighth in a remarkable 40th Race, while Jonny Mellor clinches British title
Runaway win for Brigid Kosgei in London
World record-holder storms to victory by three minutes as American Sara Hall and Brits Natasha Cockram and Naomi Mitchell enjoy inspired runs in wet conditions
Storming Sara Hall reflects on “redemptive” London Marathon
American engages her "hunting mode" to sprint to second place in tough conditions
"It’s not the end of the world that I can’t win"
The marathon king is philosophical in defeat after finishing eighth in London
Laura Weightman and Eric Jenkins impress at Fast 5km in Wigan
Emphatic victories for the Brit and American on a wet and blowy evening in the north-west of England with Weightman climbing to No.3 on UK all-time rankings

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Brookins Hurdled To All-Time Marks
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(Eurosport UK) Athletics: Dina Asher-Smith 'shocked and hurt' by '12 Years a Slave' social media post
Dina Asher-Smith has expressed her disappointment at a social media post which was intended to celebrate Black History Month but featured the message "slavery was hard and so is this" in relation to a series of workouts. PureGym have since removed the post and described it as "wholly unacceptable" but Team GB sprinter Asher-Smith was among those to condemn it

(The Sctosman) Athletics: Liz McColgan hints asterisk should accompany records set in Nike’s controversial Alphafly shoes
Liz McColgan has reignited the debate over Nike’s controversial Alphafly running shoes

Athletics: East Versus West Battle Expected With Athletics Canada 42K Relay Challenge
A ladies team from Newfoundland led by Kate Bazeley will challenge the Quarantine Queens (Natasha Wodak, Malindi Elmore, Kinsey Middleton, Emily Setlack) during the Athletics Canada 42k Relay Challenge

(WA) Athletics: Hassan, Kipyegon and Kejelcha to chase fast times at distance meeting in Hengelo

(WA) Athletics: Inspired and advised by legends, Kitata’s rise continues with London Marathon triumph

(The Onion) Athletics: Nike CEO Steps Down In Disgrace After Footage Emerges Of A Guy Running Really Slow While Wearing Their Sneakers

(Click2Houston) Athletics: 2021 Chevron Houston Marathon canceled because of coronavirus pandemic
Weekend of race events to be held virtually

(The Morning Shakeout) Athletics: Podcast: Episode 129 with Kilian Jornet
" think that’s probably what my mother said about being self-destructive: that I go until it breaks. I probably could start to find this balance much before but I’m just pushing it, pushing it, pushing it until it’s too late and then, like, ‘OK, or I die, or I need to change.’ And it goes up to that point. I hope that all these chapters are closed and that now the balance is here."

(Daily Nation) Athletics: It was my ear, laments Kipchoge after London shocker
* Kipchoge’s compatriot Brigid Kosgei made light work of awful conditions that were coupled with rains and cold at St James Park to retain her title
* Renowned sports therapist Japheth Kariakim indicated that the several conditions in London could have affected most athletes who are not used to the weather
* The ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to Kenya, Mele Alem congratulated both Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes for their outstanding performance that saw them beat the world

(CBC) Athletics: Maturity, work ethic, self-belief: How Tristan Woodfine rebuilt his running form
Canadian met Tokyo Olympic standard by clocking 2:10:51 PB at London Marathon

(Daily Mail) Athletics: Stephen Maguire quits UK Athletics after relay guru was snubbed for head coach role taken by Christian Malcolm last month
* Team GB's Olympics hopes have been dashed after Stephen Maguire resigned
* The relay guru was snubbed for the UK Athletics head coach role last month
* Christian Malcolm was handed the role much to the disappointment of Maguire

(Stuff NZ) Athletics: Queenstown to get 'much-needed boost' as 10,000 runners sign up for marathon

(Runner's World) Athletics: Build the Bubble and They Will Come: Life Inside the Unprecedented London Marathon Bubble
The race organizers went to astonishing lengths to pull off the first world marathon major of the pandemic

(Track and Field News) Athletics: London Marathon Men - Shura Wins As Kipchoge Fades

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Flo Knows Winning Triple Jump Titles
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(Daily Emerald) Athletics: COVID-19 prompts questions around track and field in 2021, 2022

(WA) Athletics: Details of Cheptegei's 10,000m world record assault revealed

(Japan Running News) Athletics: Tokyo Marathon to be Held in Fall of 2021 With Field of 38,000

(Evening Standard) Athletics: Eliud Kipchoge vows to regain No.1 status after London Marathon defeat
Eliud Kipchoge has pledged to regain his place as the world’s best marathon runner after struggling at yesterday’s London Marathon.

(The Star) Athletics: Jepchirchir leads strong Kenyan field for Valencia races
* She will be up against fellow Kenyans including the former world half marathon record-holder, Joyciline Jepkosgei, Joan Chelimo and Fancy Chemutai.
*Two world records have been set in the men’s 10km in the Spanish city, along with two women’s world records for the half marathon

(The Star) Athletics:Why Kipchoge lost in the London Marathon
* Kipchoge said that his right ear was blocked and then he really cramped midway through the race
*He finished eighth as Ethiopia's Shura Kitata took top honours ahead of Kenya's Vincent Kipchumba
*Kipchoge vows a lethal assault on the Tokyo Olympics in 2021

(Track and Filed News) Athletics: London Marathon Women - Kosgei Zinging In The Rain
Due to the weather, "I struggled a lot today," said Kosgei after her third London win

(ITU) Triathlon: World Triathlon announces first dates of 2021 season schedule

(BBC) Athletics: London Marathon 2020: Eliud Kipchoge beaten as Shura Kitata takes title
World record holder Eliud Kipchoge was beaten in the London Marathon as Shura Kitata won a thrilling sprint finish to claim an unexpected victory
(The Telegraph) Eliud Kipchoge reveals blocked ear struggles as he finishes surprise eighth in London Marathon
The Kenyan's seven-year winning streak came to an end as Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata snatched his marathon crown in the capital

(Glasgow Times) Athletics: Marathon proves a step too far for Steph Twell
Steph Twell found the challenge of hitting top gear amid a pandemic had been a step too far after she limped out of the London Marathon

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Event Dominance Propelled South Carolina’s Run
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London Men's Marathon Webcast on NDIZI TV
Women's Race

(The Guardian) Athletics: London Marathon 2020 - in pictures
The best pictures from an unorthodox marathon as competitors lapped St James’ Park before entering the Mall. In the men’s race, Eliud Kipchoge lost over 26.2 miles for the first time in seven year

(Cycling News) Cycling:Pogacar rode without power meter or computer for La Planche des Belles Filles
Slovenian rode 'to feel' for stage 20 climb and still broke the record

(BBC) Athletics: Fast 5K: Laura Weightman sets sights on Paula Radcliffe record
Laura Weightman will have Paula Radcliffe's 2001 road time for 5,000m of 14min 57secs in mind when she races at Monday's Fast 5K meeting in Wigan

(Runner's World) Athletics: What Happened to Eliud Kipchoge at the 2020 London Marathon?
The world’s best marathoner explains why he had an uncharacteristically off day

(RRW) Athletics: Kosgei Dominates, Kitata and Hall Surprise at London Marathon
Shockingly, world record holder, reigning Olympic marathon champion, and four-time London winner Eliud Kipchoge finished eighth

(The Independent) Athletics: London Marathon 2020: Shura Kitata beats Eliud Kipchoge in shock result
Ethiopian outsider stuns four-time London Marathon winner Kipchoge to take victory after holding off Kenyan Vincent Kipchumba in a sprint to the line
(NBC) Athletics: Eliud Kipchoge defeated at London Marathon, ending historic win streak

(StabroekNews) Athletics: Fraser-Pryce targets ‘10.6 or even 10.5’ as she chases historic third Olympic title

(The Guardian) Athletics:London Marathon: Kitata takes men's race, Kosgei defends women's title - as it happened!
* Shock on the St James’s Park course as Eliud Kipchoge finishes eighth
* Slow men’s race sees Ethiopian Kitata win his first World Marathon Major
* Earlier in the women’s race Brigid Kosgei won her second title in a row

(Daily Mail) Athletics: Brigid Kosgei defends London Marathon title but just misses out on world record in the dreadful wet conditions as annual race finally goes ahead six months after original date due to Covid-19
* Brigid Kosegi's crossed line with a time of two hours, 18 minutes and 58 seconds
* She missed out on world record in an all-female race by just under two minutes
* However difficult wet conditions in the capital saw her bid fall just short
* Kosegi had battled with Ruth Chepngetich for most of the London Marathon
* Sara Hall came second for the United States after passing Chepngetich late on
(Runner's World) Molly Seidel Finishes 6th at 2020 London Marathon
The elite-only 26.2 was Seidel’s second marathon, and she ran more than two minutes better than her debut time

(CBC) Canada's Tristan Woodfine runs Olympic standard, personal-best time at London Marathon
Cobden, Ont., native clocks 2:10:51 to shave over 2 minutes off previous PB
(Globe and Mail) Canadian wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos wins London Marathon, Tristan Woodfine runs Tokyo standard

(Daily Mail) Athletics: Eliud Kipchoge is battling the clock again at the London Marathon but will his controversial Nike super shoes propel him to history today?
* Eliud Kipchoge rocks up for the London Marathon with the chance of history
* Kenenisa Bekele's absence due to a calf injury means the race is now with time
* Will the British weather be the barrier or can the super shoes deliver a record?

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Eliud Kipchoge leads Kenya's quest for glory in London
* The race will be televised live on Nation Media Group’s NTV Kenya and NTV Uganda
* Kenya will be represented by a strong team headed by world marathon record holders Kipchoge and Kosgei in the men’s and women’s categories, respectively

(WA) Athletics: World champions shine as Kip Keino Classic delivers the magic in Nairobi

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Calhoun High Hurdled Into The Record Book
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(Capital FM) Athletics: World record holder Chepkoech floors steeple field to cruise to victory at Kip Keino Classic
World record holder Beatrice Chepkoech was peerless as she cruised to victory in the 3,000m steeplechase, flooring the entire field to finish in a time of 9:29.05, finishing ahead of former world champion Hyvin Kiyeng

(Daily Nation) Athletics: 2020 London Marathon: The dark horses to keep an eye on
* The organisers will have to look elsewhere to spice up the men’s race, which was expected to draw fireworks as Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele was set to go head-to-head with Kenya’s world record holder Eliud Kipchoge
* Despite the last-minute change in the men’s race, the women’s race still offers the expected Brigid Kosgei v Ruth Chepng’etich battle

(NBC) Athletics: Eliud Kipchoge, Brigid Kosgei take world record resumes into a very different London Marathon

(Inside the Games) Athletics: World Athletics award Heritage Plaques to six historic road races
World Athletics Heritage Plaques have been awarded to six road races, including the Around the Bay Road Race in Hamilton, the oldest event of its kind in North America

(iNews UK) Athletics: Molly Seidel: ‘The girls’ system is extremely unsustainable and unhealthy’
Runner claims the entire system is broken rather than poisoned by bad coaches

(Irish Times) Athletics: New normal of marathon running is looking strangely abnormal
Sunday’s London Marathon will see elite athletes run 20 laps of St James’s Park

(BBC) Athletics: London Marathon 2020: Months late and mostly not in London
When the annual London Marathon starts this Sunday, 4 October, it will look worlds away from previous editions of the race
(The Guardian) London Marathon hopes to retain spirit in park laps and virtual runs
Race director hopes ‘mind-boggling’ preparation, socially distanced laps and virtual entrants will make race a success

(Runner's Tribe) Athletics: Steve Moneghetti The Inspiration of a Generation

(Outside Online) Athletics: A New Book on Nike Pulls No Punches
'Win at All Costs' is an indictment of more than just the Nike Oregon Project

(NY Times) Athletics: Eliud Kipchoge Emerges as the Philosopher-King of Running
He is already the greatest marathoner ever, but Kipchoge, who competes in London on Sunday, has evolved into something of a Zen master as well. Where does that come from? Look to his heritage

(Runner's World) Athletics: Four Americans in London Hope for Personal Bests
Jared Ward, Sara Hall, Molly Seidel, and Lindsay Flanagan are relishing the opportunity for a major marathon in the midst of an uncertain year

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Lights, camera, action! Kip Keino Classic finally here with 30 nations represented
Top athletes predict fast times on refurbished Nyayo National Stadium track as action starts Saturday

(Evening Standard) Athletics: Eliud Kipchoge tips Mo Farah to become major force in the marathon after Tokyo Olympic Games
Mo Farah has been predicted to take the marathon by storm when he quits track racing for a second time after next year’s Olympics.

(Track and Field News) Athletics: London Marathon Preview - Kipchoge To Go It Alone?
Injury Knocks Bekele Out Of The Race
(BBC) Kenenisa Bekele to miss race because of injury
Bekele admitted on Wednesday that he had injured himself earlier this year trying to use the latest incarnation of Nike's shoe technology

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Howl Yes! Bell Vaulted To Greatness
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(The Telegraph) Athletics: Second coming has 41-year-old Mum Helen Davies setting sights on Tokyo Olympics ahead of London Marathon
Exclusive interview: Marathon Mum eyes sub 2hr 29min 30sec Olympic mark as she prepares to tackle modified 26.2-mile course

(RRW) Athletics:Bekele Scratches From London Marathon Upending Race
Bekele, 38, picked up a small injury in his left calf in the final weeks of preparation for the hotly-anticipated showdown between the Ethiopian star and marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya

(RRW) Athletics: British Athletes Hope London Marathon Will Deliver Olympic Qualifying Performances
While the USA marathon team for the Tokyo Olympics is already set with all six places filled based on the results of last February's Olympic Trials race, the British team only has one confirmed athlete so far, Scotland's Callum Hawkins

(AW) Athletics: British athletes are raising the bar, says Mo Farah
Four-time Olympic champion feels that a change in mindset is paying off for the current crop of domestic middle-distance talent

(CBC) Athletics: Olympic hopefuls Levins, Woodfine anxious to test fitness at London Marathon
Fellow Canadians Brent Lakatos, Josh Cassidy in Sunday's 15-man wheelchair race

(Runner's World) Athletics: What Molly Huddle Missed About Racing During the Pandemic
Here’s what we all have to look forward to eventually

(The Independent) Athletics: Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele duel in London Marathon’s battle of stars and shoes
The Kenyan is attempting to claim a fifth victory at the iconic race

(Runner's World) Athletics: How to Watch the 2020 London Marathon
You don’t want to miss the two fastest marathoners go head-to-head
Watch for the Stellar Women’s Field to Threaten Records at the London Marathon
Three of the finest marathoners in history will be racing inside the unprecedented bubble

Athletics: Athens Marathon, run on legendary course, canceled due to pandemic

(Capital FM) Athletics: Kamworor opts out of World Half Marathon Championship
Geoffrey Kamworor’s hunt for a fourth World Half Marathon Championship has been put on hold after he confirmed he will not compete at the rescheduled 2020 edition set for Gdynia, Poland on October 17

(USATF) Athletics: Chadwick, Lewis earn Athlete of the Week honors

((The News) Women in Sport:Semenya lawyer prepares testosterone rule challenge in European court

(WA) Athletics: Nairobi ready to unleash fresh African experience at Kip Keino Classic

(Inside the Games) Athletics:Kenyan road runner recovering in hospital after hippo attack
Kenyan road runner Edwin Mokua is recovering from broken ribs and a hand injury after he was attacked by a hippopotamus on a training run

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: McLaughlin Had No Hurdling Competition
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(The Guardian) Athletics: Larger bottoms are key to male sprinting success, study finds
Researches find that athletes with larger gluteus maximus are more likely to be faster sprinters

(RRW) Athletics: World Record Holder Faces World Champion At London Marathon
Sunday's 40th Virgin Money London Marathon will see the first head-to-head marathon between world record holder Brigid Kosgei and reigning world champion Ruth Chepngetich, likely Kenyan teammates at next summer's Tokyo Olympics

(CTolleRun) Athletics: erna Volker - We Exist, We are Real
Carrie chats with Verna Volker, the founder of Native Women Running! They talk about how she grew up in the Navajo Nation with 9 siblings, how she found running, creating community for all native women, and much more

(VMLM) Athletics: Kipchoge poised for great Bekele showdown

(CHEK) Athletics: Vancouver Island man to race in elite COVID-19 bubble at London Marathon
Cameron Levins prepared for Sunday's London Marathon on a compound somewhere outside of England's capital on Tuesday

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Why late bloomer Cherono can't wait to compete in Valencia
* Boston Marathon that was to be held in April was cancelled before Chicago Marathon also suffered the same fate leaving the 32-year-old Cherono in the cold
* The Valencia Marathon organisers have selected a strong team that comprises of Ethiopia's Birhanu Legese (2:02:48) - who is the third fastest man in the distance behind Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopia’ Kenenisa Bekele
* Kipchoge and Bekele, who are only separated by two seconds, go head-to-head in the London Marathon on Sunday

(USATF) Athletics: 2020 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships and 5 KM Championships canceled

(ITV) Athletics: Elite athlete Kenenisa Bekele worried about boredom in Sunday's London Marathon

(Spikes) Athletics: The Transition by Steph Twell
As a junior, the world is your oyster. You want to make every international team, be at the front of every race, and no matter how fast run you run you always want to go faster

(Evening Standard) Athletics: London Marathon 2020: Eliud Kipchoge is finally facing a challenge to his crown
There will, in all probability, come a day in a marathon when Eliud Kipchoge finally cracks

(Sporting News) Women in Sport: van Niekerk voices support for Semenya amid CAS appeal
Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk has come out in support of compatriot Caster Semenya

(Daily Nation) Athletics: Kipchoge, Bekele face media ahead of London Marathon duel
* The Kenyan defended the use of the controversial carbon-fibre shoes he used to break the two-hour barrier in Austria in October 2019, which did not count as a world record due to the special conditions, including the use of rotating pacemakers
* Ethiopia's Bekele, a double 10,000m Olympic champion, was just two seconds outside Kipchoge's world record of 2hr 01min 39sec when he won last year's Berlin Maratho

(The Guardian) Athletics: Eliud Kipchoge denies platform Nike shoes offer London race advantage
World record holder will wear Alphafly Next%s on Sunday - Critics of shoe should ‘open their hearts and move on’

(Track and Field News) Athletics: Great Matchups — Five Fantastic 10Ks: Geb vs. Tergat
They rage among the best 10K clashes ever seen: Haile Gebrselassie vs. Paul Tergat at the World Champs of ’95, 97 & 99 and the ’96 and ’00 Olympics. Five major championships in succession over six seasons, with the last a squeaker for the ages. Each time the diminutive Ethiopian outkicked the tall Kenyan. Geb’s margins of victory—1.58 (1.75 ahead of bronze medalist Tergat), 0.83, 1.04, 1.29 and an unreal 0.09—were oh-so-tight every time, but enough to win.
As recounted in the T&FN editions of October ’95, October ’96, November ’97, November ’99 & December ’00, here’s how the races played out

(USTFCCCA) Athletics: Oregon’s Jerome Sprinted To NCAA Glory
Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships





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