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ATHLETICS: Kejelcha takes world mile record in special Boston race

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again, right? The third record try by Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha turned out to be the charm, as he broke the world indoor mile record by running 3:47.01 in Boston in a special race held after the IC4A/ECAC Indoor Championships at Boston University. Kejelcha had some within 0.01 […]
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ATHLETICS: Legese and Aga run away with wins in rainy Tokyo Marathon

The conditions were much less than ideal for the Tokyo Marathon, the first of the World Marathon Majors races for 2019. It rained throughout, with occasional wind gusts, but that did not deter two excellent races by Ethiopians Berhanu Legese and Ruti Aga. The favorite coming into the race was Kenyan Dickson Chumba, already a […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Bekele headlines first World Marathon Major of 2019, in Tokyo

The first of the six World Marathon Majors races is Sunday in Japan for the 13th Tokyo Marathon, with an excellent elite field assembled and hopes for a course record or better: Men: 2:03:03 ‘16 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) ~ 2004 OG gold 10,000 m; 2008 golds 5,000-10,000 2:04:04 ‘18 Marius Kipserem (KEN) ~ 2016 Rotterdam […]
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ATHLETICS Panorama: Five Russians appeal doping verdicts, while USATF Board continues Lananna’s suspension

The Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed 12 Russian doping positives in an announcement on 1 February, for offenses mostly during the 2012-14 period. Five of the 12 have filed appeals to the Court’s Appeals Arbitration Division: ● Lyukman Adams ~ Triple Jump: 2014 World Indoor Champion ● Ivan Ukhov ~ High Jump: 2012 Olympic […]
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LANE ONE: The Paris 2024 legacy will be about athletes, but not Olympians

The Paris 2024 organizing committee created plenty of headlines last week with its announcement that it would ask the International Olympic Committee to approve four “added” sports to the Games: Skateboarding, Sport Climbing, Surfing and Breakdancing. The latter drew most of the attention and the Paris 2024 folks created a gaudy, 29-page press kit (here) […]
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ATHLETICS: Brazier sets 600 m world record; Mu gets 600 m American Record...

In a magical 12-minute span inside the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, New York, what makes indoor track so great was on display with two record performances at the USATF National Indoor Championships. The women’s 600 m final was a showdown between a 16-year-old high school junior from Trenton Central in New Jersey, […]
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ATHLETICS: Quigley outlasts Houlihan for upset win and first national title

American distance ace Shelby Houlihan had a lot going for her coming into the USATF National Indoor Championships at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Center in Staten Island, New York on Saturday. She had won the 1,500 m/mile and 3,000 m/two-mile at the last two U.S. Indoors and had just come off of a U.S. Cross […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: USATF Indoor Champs start Friday on Staten Island

There was a time when the U.S. National Indoor Championships and New York – especially Madison Square Garden – were synonymous. But that was a long time ago and the long run at the Garden ended in 1993 after 24 straight years there (and dozens of years before). But the USATF Indoors is back in […]
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ATHLETICS: Jakob Ingebrigtsen upsets Tefera in Dusseldorf, as Ta Lou runs 7.02

The race to watch at the final stop on the IAAF World Indoor Tour in Dusseldorf (GER) was supposed to be the men’s 1,500m, pitting the entire Ingebrigtsen family from Norway against the new world-record holder, Samuel Tefera of Ethiopia. But someone forgot to tell Marie Josee Ta Lou (CIV). She had the fastest time […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: IAAF World Indoor Tour ends in Dusseldorf on Wednesday

The sixth and final leg of the IAAF World Indoor Tour comes Wednesday at a sold-out Sportpark Arena in Dusseldorf (GER) for the PSD Bank Meeting. Beyond the individual match-ups are the Tour titles, which are worth $20,000 to the winners, plus an automatic entry into next year’s World Indoor Championships. The current Tour event […]
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ATHLETICS: U.S., Simbassa and Sieracki sweep NACAC Cross Country Champs

The North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Cross Country Championships was won, once again, by the United States in Port of Spain (TTO). The U.S. not only won the men’s and women’s team titles, but also took the individual titles. Abbabiya Simbassa won his second NACAC X-C crown, having previously won in […]
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ATHLETICS: World Indoor 1,500 m Record falls to Tefera in Birmingham

All eyes in Birmingham (GBR) were on Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha in his attempt at the indoor world record in the 1,500 m, but it was his countryman Samuel Tefera who beat him to the tape and took the title of “World Record Holder” for himself. Kejelcha had run alone the week before in the Millrose […]
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ATHLETICS: Another record try for Kejelcha at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in...

Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha came this close to setting a world record in the mile last week at the Millrose Games in New York, but he finished 0.01 short of tying Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj’s 3:48.45 from 1997. Now Kejelcha sets sail after another El Guerrouj record, also from 1997, his 3:31.18 in the 1,500 m, […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Newspaper story ignites forthcoming hearing on IAAF’s regulations on female...

The question of whether and how the IAAF can regulate the definition of “women” in track & field is now at the boiling point, thanks to a Wednesday report in The Times (GBR). Its story reported that the IAAF, governing body for track & field, will argue before the Court of Arbitration for Sport that […]
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ATHLETICS: Kejelcha misses World Indoor Mile mark by 0.01 at Millrose Games

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, but it was a thrilling try as Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha made a brilliant effort at breaking Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj’s 1997 mile mark of 3:48.45 at the New York Road Runners Millrose Games at the Armory in New York. He ran 3:48.46. Kejelcha got a fast pace […]
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ATHLETICS: World leads for Sidorova and Rojas and American Record for Franklin in...

The field events had the fireworks at the IAAF Indoor World Series meet in Madrid on Friday, especially in the women’s vault and triple jump. Russian Anzhelika Sidorova cleared 4.91 m (16-1 1/4), a lifetime best indoors or out, on her third try at the height. That mark is not only a world leader for […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Indoor mile record targeted in Saturday’s Millrose Games

The mile has been one of the mainstays of indoor track & field for decades and is perhaps the most cherished record on the books. Today it stands at 3:48.45 by Morocco’s Hicham el Guerrouj back in 1997, but it may not make it past Saturday’s New York Road Runners Millrose Games at the New […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Race walking desperate to save its place on the Olympic...

It’s no secret that when discussions about contracting the number of athletes and events in the Olympic Games come up, race walking is always mentioned. The race walking community knows this, too, and some major changes to the entire discipline were recommended by the IAAF Race Walking Committee. The proposals promise to re-shape the entire […]
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ATHLETICS: Swoboda upsets Ta Lou and Kendricks wins vault in Torun

The third stop on the IAAF World Indoor Tour was in the Torun Arena in Poland, where the home fans had a lot to cheer about, especially sprint star Ewa Swoboda. Already having defeated Dutch star Dafne Schippers in Karlsruhe (GER) last week, Poland’s Swoboda took on an even bigger challenge in 2018 World Indoor […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Poland faces the world in IAAF World Indoor Tour in Torun

The third stop in the IAAF World Indoor Tour comes Wednesday in Torun (POL) for the Orlen Copernicus Cup. In case you were wondering, “Orlen” is the meet sponsor – an oil and gas refiner – and not directly related to Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th Century astronomer and mathematician who was born in Torun! There […]
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