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Statisticians A Lennart Julin and Mirko Jalava look back on the best relay performances of the year.
Defending women’s champion by Birtukan Fente Alemu, of Ethiopia, and Ireland’s 2012 and 2013 winner Fionnuala McCormack will compete in the IAAF Antrim International Cross Country meeting on Saturday 16 January, organisers of the IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting announced on Tuesday (22).
The 59th Campaccio-International Cross Country will see Bahrain’s 2014 winner Albert Rop return to try to regain his title on 6 January, organisers announced on Monday (21).
Three world records at the championship distances and the third-fastest 50km of all time tells a tale of race walkers shooting for the stars in 2015.
Geoffrey Kamworor is among the most versatile distance runners on the planet and has won gold medals at the 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, as well as the 10,000m silver medal at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 this summer. The Kenyan took time out from training to chat about some of the best things in his life.
One week after just missing out on an individual medal at the European Cross Country Championships in the French town of Hyeres, Fionnuala McCormack travcelled north and claimed her first victory at the Iris Lotto CrossCup in Brussels on Sunday (20).
Former Dubai Marathon champion Tirfi Tsegaye will be looking for a successful return to the Middle East when she joins the field for the 2016 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on 22 January, organisers of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race announced on Sunday (20).
Despite running his third fastest time ever and winning his second consecutive Diamond Race, 200m specialist Alonso Edward believes that 2015 was merely an “OK season”.
New Zealand’s Eliza McCartney broke the pole vault world junior record * when she scaled 4.64m at the Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Saturday (19).
The IAAF Diamond League is delighted to announce the distribution of event disciplines for the 2016 season.
The IAAF would like to wish the global athletics family a merry Christmas and a very happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year!
Ethiopia’s Tsegay Kebede will compete for the first time at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on 22 January, organisers for the IAAF Gold Label Road Race announced on Thursday (17).
Thursday 17 December marks 100 days until the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships Cardiff 2016, the biggest athletics event ever to be held in Wales, which will take place on Saturday 26 March.
The IAAF is saddened to hear the news that Ljubica ‘Gabre’ Gabric has died at the age of 101 on Wednesday (16).
World 200m champion and European record-holder Dafne Schippers is the latest stellar name to be added to the field for the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe on Saturday 6 February, organisers of the opening competition of the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Tour announced on Thursday (17).
Olympic relay gold medalist, Enefiok Udo-Obong, believes the 2016 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will not only be well organized, but that it will also be glamorous.Enee Udo-Obong, whose blistering anchor of the men 4x400m at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games gave Nigeria her first relay gold medal, said: “With the caliber of people on the Organizing Committee, I’m looking forward to a well-organized race.”
“The chairman, Deji Tinubu, is highly meticulous and a man who pays special attention to little details.
“There’s also Yussuf Alli, a man who been to many local and international championships and organized many local events from the Abuja 2003 All Africa Games, CAA Grand Prix, National trials, Okpekpe Road Races, Aba Marathon and many more.
“We also have Tayo Popoola, one the best sports event organizers, as well as other experts in media, security, doping, and other areas, so I expect a very well organized race,” he added.
The Athens 2004 Olympic Games bronze medalist believes that Lagos being the capital of entertainment in Africa should expect musicians, actors and actresses plus other classes of entertainment gurus and celebrities to turn up and support the race,
“I won’t be running, but am appealing to Lagosians, especially our celebrities, to come out in their thousands to support the race, cheer the runners and make it a day of fun for everybody.”
Udo-Obong noted that Lagos has lost a lot by waiting this long before giving her people a marathon.
“The marathon is part of mega cities worldwide and Lagos robbed itself of the immense benefits of marathon by not having one till now,” he said.
“But I’m glad we have one now and really appreciate the efforts of Lagos State, the athletics family, sponsors and everybody that worked hard to come up with this initiative.
“I am positive it will be glamorous and well organized. This is great for Lagos, very great,” Udo-Obong concluded.
USA’s world decathlon champion Ashton Eaton and Cuba’s world pole vault champion Yarisley Silva were named the 2015 NACAC Athletes of the Year, the North Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) announced on Wednesday (16).
Organisers of the Boston Marathon today announced that Lelisa Desisa and Caroline Rotich will defend their titles at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on 18 April 2016.
Defending champion Thomas Ayeko of Uganda and newly crowned European under-23 cross-country champion Louise Carton are the latest athletes to sign up for the Antrim International Cross Country, an IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting, on 16 January.
The IAAF is sadden to learn that the well-known British coach Ayo Falola died on Monday (14) at the age of 47 after a long battle with cancer.