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Local stars Sandra Perkovic, Blanka Vlasic and Ana Simic will command much of the spotlight in the Croatian capital Zagreb at the Boris Hanzekovic Memorial, the penultimate IAAF World Challenge meeting of 2014, on Tuesday (2).
Discus throwers like Australia’s 2009 world champion Dani Samuels are always seeking the perfect trajectory but fans of athletics are sometimes guilty of having the same expectation for the career of an international athlete.
The ISTAF Berlin meeting, part of the IAAF World Challenge, will see nine Olympic, 15 world and 15 European champions lining up on the blue track of Berlin’s iconic Olympic stadium on Sunday (31).
The Confederation of African Athletics has announced the Africa team for the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup to be held in Marrakech, Morocco on 13-14 September.
Several races at the first of this year’s IAAF Diamond League finals had thrilling finishes but the one that had the packed Letzigrund Stadium gasping was the women’s 1500m, when the USA’s Jenny Simpson held off a desperate charge from Shannon Rowbury to win in 3:59.92, just 0.01 ahead of her compatriot on Thursday (28).
After some outstanding men’s javelin throwing in the same stadium barely two weeks ago, there was another fine display in the IAAF Diamond League final. But instead of it being European champion Antti Ruuskanen who took the honours, it was Germany’s Thomas Rohler's turn to shine instead on Thursday (28).
Mariya Kuchina may not be the world leader, but she has still been the most consistent female high jumper this year. She has also shown she has strong nerves and that quality was particularly on display when winning her discipline at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich on Thursday (28).
Think of the words Olympic, 400m and Australia, and Cathy Freeman almost certainly comes to mind.
The traditional press conference the day before any IAAF Diamond League meeting saw four athletes who had made their mark in Zurich at the European Championships earlier in August take the stage to talk about their achievements in the Swiss city and look ahead to the first of this year’s IAAF Diamond League finals.
It might be a slight exaggeration to say Youth Olympic Games champion Angelica Moser was born to pole vault, but if you were to put together all the ingredients to cook up the prototype athlete for her event, then she would be it.
The first of two IAAF Diamond League finals will take place at the famous Weltklasse meeting in Zurich with no fewer than 16 Diamond Races to be concluded on Thursday.
Tirunesh Dibaba, the Ethiopian who holds the world and Olympic 10,000m titles, will renew her rivalry with Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat when she lines up in the Bupa Great North Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday 7 September.
With the series having ended at the recent European Championships, Ukraine’s Ruslan Dmytrenko and China’s Liu Hong held on to their lead in the IAAF Race Walking Challenge standings, ending the season as the overall winners.
The Asian Athletics Association and Oceania Athletics today announced the Asia-Pacific team for the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup to be held in Marrakech, Morocco on 13-14 September.
The curtain come down on the athletics programme at the second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing with the thrilling and innovative mixed 8x100m relay providing a rousing finale to seven days of high quality competition.
The provisional entry lists are now available for the 13th meeting – and first final – of the 2014 season of the IAAF Diamond League in Zurich on 28 August.
At the age of four, Antti Ruuskanen gazed at the television in his parents’ home entranced by the sight of Tapio Korjus launching his javelin to win the men’s gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. To complete the small boy’s day, another Finn, Seppo Raty, picked up the bronze medal behind the great Czech Jan Zelezny.
At first glance it looks like just another throw-away comment, the kind made by athletes all over the world immediately after a race – an easy line tailor-made to please the local organisers, the local crowd and the host nation.
The 2004 Olympic and 2011 world hammer champion Koji Murofushi is still among the world’s elite throwers at the age of 39 and earlier this year he won a record 20th Japanese title.
Follow the exciting action which takes place during the 2014 IAAF Diamond League season with the news and results service supplied by the official IAAF Diamond League website and the IAAF Diamond League section of this website.