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Follow all the action online – IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 2015

IAAF - 4 hours 29 min ago
The IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 2015 gets under way on Saturday (28) and you can follow all the action on the IAAF website.
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Guiyang capitalises on being IAAF World Cross Country Championships host

IAAF - 6 hours 49 min ago
The IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 2015 will be the third time the championships have been staged on the continent of Asia, and the fact that all three editions have come in the past decade shows the growing importance and rising profile of not only cross-country running but athletics in general within Asia.
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IAAF ambassador Sonia O'Sullivan is a committed cross country fan

IAAF - 7 hours 20 min ago
Seventeen years on from completing her historic long and short-course double at the 1998 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Sonia O’Sullivan took to the stage as an IAAF ambassador at this year’s pre-event press conference in Guiyang, China, on Friday (27).
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Athletes' press conference – IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 2015

IAAF - 8 hours 41 min ago
The IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 2015 pre-event press conference took place at the Guiyang Olympic Stadium, China, with four of the expected leading participants in the senior races facing the media on Friday (27).
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SINOLUBE is the official lubricant of the IAAF

IAAF - 9 hours 15 min ago
The IAAF announced that SINOLUBE (Sinopec Lubricants) will be the official lubricant of the IAAF at a press conference in the Chinese city of Guiyang on Friday (27).
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Course conditions could play to Derrick’s strengths in Guiyang

IAAF - 9 hours 54 min ago
After helping the USA to their first team medal since 2001 at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships two years ago, Chris Derrick hopes those championships marked, “an upswing, rather than a peak” of his country’s current purple patch at cross country.
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President Diack: "Guiyang is a truly significant moment for cross country"

IAAF - 10 hours 18 min ago
IAAF President Lamine Diack faced the media at the traditional pre-event press conference for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 2015 on Friday (27).
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Komon targets world-leading half-marathon time in Prague

IAAF - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 8:28pm
Leonard Komon is ready to produce something special at the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon. The 10km and 15km world record-holder will be contesting just his second race at the distance at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on Saturday (28).
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Radcliffe reflects on past experiences at IAAF World Half Marathon Championships

IAAF - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 6:12pm
With exactly one year to go to the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships, three-time world half marathon champion Paula Radcliffe explained what makes the global 13.1-mile contest so special.
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Lavillenie joins Bolt as Paris headliner – IAAF Diamond League

IAAF - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 3:37pm
This year’s Meeting Areva will showcase some of the world’s best athletes when the IAAF Diamond League series reaches Paris on 4 July.
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Home star Schippers to sprint in Hengelo

IAAF - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 1:15pm
Triple European sprint champion Dafne Schippers will compete on 24 May at the AA Drink FBK Games in Hengelo, organisers of the IAAF World Challenge meeting have announced.
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IAAF appeals six decisions recently made by RUSADA

IAAF - Wed, 25/03/2015 - 4:29pm
The IAAF confirms having filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration in Lausanne, Switzerland against the decisions rendered by RUSADA in the cases of Valeriy Borchin, Olga Kaniskina, Sergey Bakulin, Sergey Kirdyapkin, Vladimir Kanaykin and Yuliya Zaripova.
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Stockholm’s IAAF Diamond League meeting enters new partnership

IAAF - Wed, 25/03/2015 - 2:14pm
The IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stockholm is entering into an exciting partnership with BAUHAUS, which means that, for the first time since 1967 the competition will change its name from DN Galan and will now be known as Stockholm BAUHAUS Athletics.
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Usain Bolt returns to New York – IAAF Diamond League

IAAF - Wed, 25/03/2015 - 1:27pm
Usain Bolt will compete at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York City for the first time since 2008 when he returns to the IAAF Diamond League meeting on 13 June.
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Cali set to be hit by Australian Hale storm

IAAF - Wed, 25/03/2015 - 11:40am
When you were a child, did anyone ever warn you not to pull faces because, should the wind change, you would be stuck with that expression?
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Okpekpe 2015: Nigeria’s Deborah Pam sets high targets

Athletics Africa - Tue, 24/03/2015 - 9:02pm

By Tunde Eludini | AthleticsAfrica.Com

Nigeria’s leading marathoner, Deborah Pam is hoping she can spring a surprise at the 2015 edition of the after posting an excellent performance at the seventh edition of the that was held last weekend in Ibadan.

The Plateau state-born athlete, who emerged the best Nigerian woman during the last two editions of Okpekpe road race, won the 42km Ibadan marathon in a record time of 3hrs, 3mins and 23secs.

Deborah Pam said after her victory in Ibadan that she had come of age and hopefully she would emerge the overall winner at this year edition of the Okpekpe race in May.

“I have been consistent at the competition for the past two years, but I don’t want to settle for less again,” Pam said.

“I want to become the first Nigerian athlete to win the competition and I will be going back home to intensify preparation for the competition.

“I would have started early but school activities have been affecting my preparation, but with this victory in Ibadan, I can move on from here,” she added.

Meanwhile, the coordinator of the race, , has urged members of the Okpekpe community to actively take part in the tournament.

“We want more indigenes of the state to be actively involved in the race, we are really looking forward to the locals winning something and hopefully represent Nigeria at the Olympics,” the former Nigeria international said.

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Australia names team for IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015

IAAF - Tue, 24/03/2015 - 2:43pm
Colombia is calling for 22 talented young Australians, with Athletics Australia selectors confirming the team bound for the IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015.
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Deji Aliu: ‘Don’t play politics with sports’

Athletics Africa - Tue, 24/03/2015 - 2:34pm

By NAN | AthleticsAfrica.Com

The 2004 Olympic 4x100m relay bronze medalist, Deji Aliu, has advised Nigerian sports administrators not to play politics with sports.

Aliu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that mixing sports and politics would affect sports development.

The 2003 All-Africa Games 100m champion, who spoke on Monday during the Athletics TV talent hunt audition, tagged ‘the Making of Champions‘ said that sentiments should be discarded when conducting trials.

“We are very sentimental in this part of the world,” said Aliu. “But for me, being an athlete, I have been there, I have seen it all, I will always celebrate talents. I do not want to know where you are coming from or who you are.”

“When I saw a talent at the Lagos audition, who I heard competed at the IBILE Games but was not picked, I knew he will be great, he has not really had training but if trained well, he will be big in the world.”

Aliu, who was also a 100m gold medalist at the 1994 World Junior Championships in Portugal, noted that talent in sports goes with time, “so real talents discovered should be given the opportunity”.

said the notion that if an athlete is not working with a particular coach, such athletes are discriminated against in the team selection is not fair to the state and the country.

“People who think like that should be sent out of the system,” said Aliu.

“I will be a coward if I shy away from this issue because it has been going on for a while. They do not want the best athletes to be there, rather, they want their own athlete to be there.

“This is not helping the system because they feel they are not going to take the glory but then if you don’t take the glory as an individual, the country will take, so why don’t you look at it this way.”

“We have a lot of talents in Nigeria but they are untapped and I thought let me do my quota by discovering and nurturing talents to Olympics standard,” he concluded.

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Pam, Ismail set course records at Splash FM Integrity Marathon

Athletics Africa - Tue, 24/03/2015 - 12:25pm

By Motunde Smith | AthleticsAfrica.Com

Deborah Pam and Harris Ismail both smashed the course records to win the titles at the 2015 Splash FM Integrity Marathon race in Ibadan, Nigeria on Sunday, March 22.

The Plateau State’s duo, who both emerged winners in the male and female categories at the 2013 edition of the 42km marathon race, again repeated the feat this year at the Obafemi Awolowo stadium finish point.

Nigeria’s leading marathoner, won the women’s race in 3:03:23, bettering the 3:06:51 she set to win the 42km marathon in 2013, ahead of Lydia Michael from Nasarawa State.

The 21-year-old Pam, a student of College of Education, Gindiri, Plateau State and a staff of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), won the first prize money of N400,000 ($2,000 USD).

Nasarawa state’s Lydia Michael, 21, took home N200,000 ($1,000 USD) prize money for coming second and Elizabeth Pawa Nuhu, 23, also from Nasarawa, earned N100,000 ($500 USD) for third place.

Olamide Oluwaseun, 17, from Lagos state, and Blessing Baraka, from Borno state, took home N60,000 ($300 USD) and N40,000 ($200 USD) for fourth and fifth positions respectively.

Meanwhile, Pam said after her victory in Ibadan that she now want to focus on winning the in May.

“I have been consistent at the competition for the past two years, but I don’t want to settle for less again,” she said.

“I want to become the first Nigerian athlete to win the competition and I will be going back home to intensify preparation for the competition.”

“I would have started early but school activities have been affecting my preparation, but with this victory in Ibadan, I can move on from here,” she added.

Ismail reclaims crown

Runners at the 2015 Splash FM Integrity Marathon race – AthleticsAfrica.Com / Photo credit: Splash FM Ibadan.

broke the course record of 2:39:58 he set when he won the 5th edition of the marathon in 2013 with a decent 2:35:06 finish on Sunday.

Ismail reclaimed the men’s title he could not defend last year due to illness. The 33-year-old also took home the top prize of N600,000 ($3,000 USD).

Sharabutu Philips, 26, from Nasarawa State, who came second in 2013 and fifth in 2014 clocked 2:35:21 to finish second and got N300,000 ($1,500 USD) for his effort.

Abdulahi Ibrahim, 25, from Nasarawa State, who finished fourth in 2014, clocked 2:37:37 for third place. He also went home with a sum of N150,000 ($750 USD).

Iliya Pam from Plateau state and Danjuma Gyang from Nasarawa State, who finished in fourth and fifth positions, both went home with N90,000 ($450 USD) and N60,000 ($300 USD) respectively.

Nine hundred athletes from all over Nigeria took part in the 7th edition of the annual which was co-sponsored by Splash FM Ibadan and the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Oyo State, Teslim Folarin.

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Categories: Africa

Senior men’s preview – IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 2015

IAAF - Tue, 24/03/2015 - 11:17am
Just like the senior men’s race two years ago, which produced more than its fair share of surprises, the event at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 2015 is shaping up to be more than a straight-forward contest between Ethiopia and Kenya.
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