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At 41 years young, Haile Gebrselassie still has plenty of ambitions to fulfil, but the Ethiopian has been told he will have to fight to defend his title at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in Glasgow on Sunday (5).
With the series having concluded at the recent Asian Games, Germany’s Rico Freimuth and Nadine Broersen of the Netherlands ended the year as the overall winners of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge.
There will be serious attempts to break the course records at both the Rock ’n’ Roll EDP Lisbon Marathon and the Rock ’n’ Roll Vodafone Half Marathon of Portugal, two IAAF Gold Label Road Races, on Sunday (5) in Lisbon.
One athlete was competing in his ninth marathon of the year; another was contesting the first marathon of his career. Surprisingly, it was the latter who came away with the gold medal in the final athletics event of the Asian Games in Inchon on Friday (3).
The international Smarna Gora Mountain Running Race remains one of the highlights of the mountain-running season, and on Saturday (4) it will double up as the final competition in the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) World Cup.
They were already leading the athletics medal table at the Asian Games in the Korean city of Inchon, but China went from strength to strength on Thursday (2), adding four more gold medals to their tally.
Defending champion Vincent Kipruto will return to the BMW Frankfurt Marathon on 26 October, but he will face a pair of Ethiopians with sub-2:05 bests at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race.
The men’s and women’s 800m finals at the Asian Games in Inchon on Wednesday (1), the fifth day of athletics, could not have been more different.
His winning mark in Talence last month may not have been one of his highest scores to date, but Mikk Pahapill didn’t mind. He was simply happy to get through the decathlon in one piece.
Ehsan Hadidi got Iran’s first gold medal of the athletics programme when he won the men's discus for the third successive Games on the fourth day of the athletics at the Asian Games in the South Korean city of Inchon on Tuesday (30).
In the wake of his marathon world record* at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in Berlin on Sunday, Dennis Kimetto had some bad news for his rivals.
There was no world record, or even an improvement on his own Asian record, for Mutaz Barshim and he had to be content with just adding the Asian Games record to his ever-growing list of accolades, but there was no doubt that the Qatari high jumper was the star of the show on the third day of the athletics programme in the South Korean city of Inchon on Monday (29).
Cornel Fredericks enjoyed a memorable 2014 season after securing men’s 400m hurdles titles at the Commonwealth Games, African Championships and, most recently, the IAAF Continental Cup just two weeks ago.
Ethiopia’s pre-race favorite Belaynesh Oljira swept to a decisive win in the women-only Carrera de la Mujer 10km, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, crossing the line in the Colombian capital Bogota in 33:52 on Sunday (28).
Qatari sprinter Femi Ogunode provided the biggest highlight of an entertaining second day of the 2014 Asian Games athletics programme when he sped to an Asian 100m record of 9.93 in the South Korean city of Inchon on Sunday (28).
Kenya's Dennis Kimetto broke the marathon world record* at the BMW Berlin Marathon on with a time of 2:02:57 at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on Sunday (28).
The beginning of October will mark the opening of the voting process for the 2014 World Athletes of the Year ahead of the International Athletics Foundation World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Friday 21 November 2014.
United Arab Emirates distance runner Alia Saeed Mohammed took more than 40 seconds off her own 10,000m national record, clocking 31:51.86, to become the first athletics gold medallist at the 2014 Asian Games in the South Korean city of Inchon on Saturday (27).
Breaking the world record was the predominant topic of conversation at the traditional pre-event press conference on Friday (28) for the elite men who will be contesting the 41st edition of the BMW Berlin Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, this coming Sunday.
The IAAF is deeply saddened to learn that former high jump world record-holder Dorothy Odam-Tyler has died at the age of 94.