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If any local club runners had ambitions of winning the first edition of the Umhlanga parkrun race in South Africa earlier this month, their race day ambitions were no doubt quickly modified once it became apparent the fastest and third fastest marathon runners of all-time, Dennis Kimetto and Wilson Kipsang, were taking part during their recent visit to the country.
Born in China’s Shandong Province, the birthplace of the great Confucius and Confucianism, Chinese pole vaulter Xue Changrui is well aware of the importance of modesty and humility.
Both of the Olympic marathon champions, Stephen Kiprotich and Tiki Gelana, will be heading to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon on 22 February, the organisers of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race confirmed on Thursday (27).
Cuba’s three-time world champion Yipsi Moreno ended a successful career on a high note by breaking her own Games record in the hammer to provide one of the main highlights of the first four days of the athletics at the 22nd Central American and Caribbean Games in Xalapa, Mexico.
China is no longer known as a middle and long-distance powerhouse. Their record in cross country is even less remarkable.
The International Athletics Foundation (IAF) council met on Friday morning (21) under the chairmanship of president Lamine Diack and in the presence of HSH the Prince Albert II, honorary president of the foundation.
Double world and OIympic champion Mo Farah will return to his roots when he opens his 2015 racing schedule at the international Great Edinburgh XCountry, an IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting, at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh on 10 January.
Five days after celebrating her 34th birthday, Cuba’s three-time world hammer champion Yipsi Moreno brought to an end her outstanding career on Monday (24).
The 2014 Diamond Race long jump winner Tianna Bartoletta has enjoyed a lengthy career in the sport. The US sprinter-jumper answers some questions about her world at work, rest and play.
Wude Ayalew and Azmeraw Bekele, both past winners of the event, won the men’s and women’s races respectively at the 2014 Great Ethiopian Run 10km in Addis Ababa on Sunday (23).
For the first time in five years, host nation Japan won the Chiba International Ekiden, a mixed six-stage relay held over the marathon distance on Monday (24), coming from behind to overhaul defending champions Kenya on the sixth and final stage.
Here is the first of the IAAF website’s weekly round-ups of the major cross-country races around the world in the coming months, in addition to individual previews and reports of the IAAF Cross Country Permit meetings, as we begin the build-up towards the highlight of the winter, the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China, on 28 March.
Ethiopia’s Guye Adola ran a course record and personal best of of 59:06, the third fastest time of the year, to win the airtel Delhi Half Marathon on Sunday (23).
USA’s Max King and Great Britain’s Ellie Greenwood took the gold medals at the IAU 100km World Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Friday (21).
Renaud Lavillenie and Valerie Adams were crowned the male and female World Athletes of the Year at the World Athletics Gala on Friday night (21), a fitting climax to their stunning seasons.
As usual it is a great pleasure for me to be with you today as we celebrate the best athletes of the year, to look back on the year as a whole, the successes and challenges we have faced but it is also a special occasion for me as this will be my last Athlete of the Year conference before I hand over the baton as president of the IAAF to a successor.
Monaco press points – Mutaz Barshim, Bogdan Bondarenko, Patrik Sjoberg, Dick Fosbury and Javier Sotomayor
Five of the greatest high jumpers of all time gathered in front of the media before the 2014 World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Friday (21) to celebrate a season in which the event – and the rivalry between Mutaz Barshim and Bogdan Bondarenko in particular – has captured the imaginations of track and field fans around the globe.
There are many similarities between Heike Drechsler and Marita Koch. Both are from Germany, both are among this year’s inductees into the IAAF Hall of Fame, both are former world and Olympic champions, both have set multiple world records during their career and they have the same 200m PB of 21.71.
Renaud Lavillenie is hoping for the perfect end to his ‘perfect year’ at the 2014 World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Friday (21), where he is one of three athletes short-listed for the men’s Athlete of the Year award.
Dennis Kimetto is “more than ready” to race for Kenya at next year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the marathon world record-holder said today ahead of the 2014 World Athletics Gala in Monaco where he is one of three athletes shortlisted for the men’s Athlete of the Year award.