Athletics

LANE ONE: Who’s the best? The IAAF is down to its top five...

Apart from the doping, politics, suspensions and court cases, there was some pretty good sport taking place in 2018. The awards are starting to be announced and one of the best of the year-end awards programs is the Athlete of the Year awards in track & field, presented annually in a big gala in Monaco, […]
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ATHLETICS: Kenya’s Kipyegon Bett suspended for doping

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has been busy, posting notices of suspensions, especially for Kenyan 800 m star Kipyegon Bett. The 2017 World Championships bronze medalist, with a best of 1:43.76 (from 2016), the 20-year-old Bett was guilty of two different violations. He did not appear for an out-of-competition test in February and then use […]
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LANE ONE: Dealing with state-run doping: Indecision, then punishment, now a defined protocol

Since the Russian doping scandal exploded in 2015, a series of organizations have tried to deal with the fallout, including what to do with currently-competing Russian athletes. What we have seen in the past three years is a slow and steady evolution of the bureaucratic responses to this shock and which has now reached its […]
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LANE ONE: Willie Banks seeks to heal USA Track & Field’s open wound

In the avalanche of horrific sex-abuse scandals that have plagued many of the U.S. National Governing Bodies, USA Track & Field has barely been mentioned. While USA Gymnastics stands at the edge of dissolution and Congressional inquiries have featured a parade of NGB senior executives from bobsled, figure skating, swimming, taekwondo, weightlifting and others, track […]
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LANE ONE: Not all hosting costs are going down; Budapest to spend $111...

The plague of high costs which has confounded the International Olympic Committee, especially in attracting cities to host the Olympic Winter Games is spreading to other sports, most notably track & field. It’s true that we’re talking millions vs. billions, but did you know that the 2021 and 2023 IAAF World Track & Field Championships […]
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ATHLETICS: Keitany cruises to fourth New York City Marathon title

Kenya’s Mary Keitany, one of the greatest women marathoners in history, placed her name next to marathon legends Grete Waitz and Bill Rodgers in winning her fourth TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday. Only those three have won this race four (or more) times, and Keitany dominated the field, thinning the lead pack from […]
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ATHLETICS PREVIEW: Kamworer and Flanagan to defend New York City Marathon titles

The final World Marathon Majors race for 2018 is the 48th edition of the TCS New York City Marathon, coming this Sunday, starting on Staten Island and then racing in all five of the New York City boroughs. The celebrated five-boroughs course began in 1976, but is hardly a time-friendly route for the elite fields. […]
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ATHLETICS: London’s World Cup may have lost GDP 1 million!

The British newspaper The Daily Mail reported that the 14-15 July World Cup national team event held at London’s Olympic Stadium was a significant money loser: “[I]nsiders believe it has cost UKA ‘in excess of £1million’ because of scheduling difficulties, poor ticket sales, issues with major sportswear manufacturers, a lack of appearance money and chaos […]
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ATHLETICS: IAAF announces its Athletes of the Year nominees, and you can vote,...

Amid all the doping, politics and money issues, let’s talk about sports for once, as the IAAF announced its Athletes of the Year nominees: Men: ∙ Timothy Cheruiyot (KEN) ~ 1,500 m Diamond League Champ & world leader ∙ Christian Coleman (USA) ~ 100 m Diamond League Champ & world leader ∙ Mondo Duplantis (SWE) […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IAAF stays femininity regs until Court review is completed

The International Assn. of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics South Africa have agreed that the implementation of the IAAF’s new Eligibility Regulations for the Female Classification will be delayed from 1 November of this year until at least 26 March 2019 to allow for an expedited ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport. After […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: IAAF begins allowing transfers of allegiance again

Following up on its new rules for nationality transfers, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) issued its first group of approvals for athletes to represent “new” countries. Its “Nationality Review Panel” has received 14 applications thus far and has ruled on eight, allowing five transfers of allegiance and declaring three other athletes eligible for […]
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ATHLETICS: Farah and Kosgei run away from Chicago Marathon fields

Two close races turned into runaways as Britain’s Mo Farah and Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won big victories in Sunday’s 41st Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Farah was racing a field in which seven men had better lifetime bests than his 2:06:21, but he raced in the rainy and cool conditions in Chicago just as he […]
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ATHLETICS Preview: Rupp vs. Farah vs. the new kids in Sunday’s Chicago Marathon

The 41st edition of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon promises to be one of the most intriguing yet, with a classic match-up of old friends and former training partners Galen Rupp of the U.S. and Olympic legend Mo Farah (GBR; pictured). The pair went 1-2 in the 2012 Olympic 10,000 meters, with Farah winning […]
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LANE ONE: Remarkable WADA investigation of Kenyan doping finds it “unsophisticated”

There have been entirely too many doping positives coming out of Kenya and its legendary distance-running program, leading to suspensions of stars like 2008 Olympic 1,500 m gold medalist and three-time World Champion Asbel Kiprop. So the World Anti-Doping Agency undertook to find out what was going on there and created, with the Athletics Integrity […]
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ATHLETICS: U.S. jumps star Will Claye cleared in doping positive

Three-time Olympic long jump and triple jump medalist Will Claye of the U.S. was cleared from a positive test for the steroid Clenburerol, which, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, “was determined to have been ingested by him without fault or negligence.” Claye tested positive in an out-of-competition test on 1 August of this year. […]
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ATHLETICS: World Champion Arevalo collects Around Taihu title

Multi-day events are nothing new in track & field, but a three-day walking festival? The Around Taihu International Race Walking Competition in Suzhou (CHN) put together a 20 km race, followed by two 12 km races on the following days to create a cycling-style “stage” program that ended with reigning 20 km World Champion Eider […]
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ATHLETICS: Russia sues the IAAF for reinstatement

The reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has now emboldened the Russian Athletics Federation to demand similar treatment from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The Russians have filed an appeal of the IAAF’s suspension with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, asking for an “annullment” of the […]
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ATHLETICS: Remember Allyson Felix?

What’s happened to Allyson Felix? We didn’t see much of the six-time Olympic gold medalist in 2018; she ran just five times between late April and mid-June, with very modest results: 11.30 in the 100 m and 51.35 in the 400 m. But she has a plan and noted it a couple of days ago […]
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ATHLETICS: World Record II: Mayer’s redemption is 9,126 in Talence!

France’s Kevin Mayer was looking for redemption for his failure at the European Championships in Berlin (GER) last month when he had no fair mark in the long jump and failed to win as expected. He had a “second chance,” the annual Decastar event in Talence (FRA), where he could let loose. He’d already had […]
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ATHLETICS: World Record I: Kipchoge glides to 2:01:39 in Berlin!

Once again, the Berlin Marathon was the setting for a historic marathon as Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge made history by lowering the world record to an astonishing 2:01:39. He had trained for it and made it happen, almost by himself. He set out on a hot pace and already had a nine-second lead over the rest […]
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