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IAAF President Lamine Diack hailed the organisers of the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014 ahead of the start of the two-day competition on Saturday but also said that he had a note of regret at the traditional pre-event press conference on Friday (12).
By any measure, Renaud Lavillenie has had an incredible season, losing just once in 23 contests, completing a hat-trick of European Championship golds, and adding a fifth consecutive Diamond Race victory to the iconic pole vault world record he broke during the indoor season, way back in February.
Scanning down the list of winners of the men’s 800m in the combined 37-year history of the IAAF Continental Cup and its predecessor, the IAAF World Cup, one name is conspicuously absent.
Ignisious Gaisah may have been a late replacement for world leader Greg Rutherford, but who needs the Olympic and European champion when you have a flying Dutchman?
Many of the athletes who competed in last weekend’s Prague Grand Prix 10km will stay in the Czech Republic for the Mattoni Half Marathon in Usti nad Labem on Sunday (14) to compete against the fourth-fastest half-marathon runner in history at the IAAF Silver Label Road Race.
As expected, Renaud Lavillenie was the easy winner in the men’s pole vault, earning maximum points for Team Europe.
With a field boasting four of the five men who have cleared 2.40m or better this season, the men’s high jump is one of the most anticipated competitions at this weekend’s IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech.
With just two days to go before the start of the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014, which takes place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday (13-14), brief previews for all 40 events have been published.
The IAAF is saddened to hear of the death of Yoshinori Sakai, who lit the flame at the 1964 Olympic Games when he was 19. He died of a brain haemorrhage at a Tokyo hospital early Wednesday morning (10) at the age of 69.
Haile Gebrselassie is to defend his title at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run in Glasgow on Sunday 5 October, organisers for the IAAF Gold Label Road Race announced on Thursday (11).
For the second year in succession, Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk won the women’s IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge, while Krisztian Pars beat last year’s winner Pawel Fajdek in the men’s contest.
Kenyan runners have dominated the men’s race of the BMW Frankfurt Marathon for more than a decade as the past 12 champions of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race have all come from Kenya.
As the scene of the past five men’s world records, it’s no surprise that once again some of the world’s best runners will be taking part in the BMW Berlin Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 28 September.
Marathon world record-holder Wilson Kipsang will headline a stacked men’s field on 2 November at the TCS New York City Marathon, while two-time world champion Edna Kiplagat and fellow Kenyan Mary Keitany are in the women’s field of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race.
Christophe Lemaitre will defend his Continental Cup title in Marrakech after picking up two silver medals at the European Championships last month. The Frenchman lines up alongside James Dasaolu, the Briton who beat him in Zurich and ran a season’s best of 10.00 in Brussels last Friday.
Anita Wlodarczyk kept the women’s hammer throw title firmly in Europe’s hands after her dominating victory that kicked off the field event action on day two at Le Grand Stade in Marrakech.
It’s no surprise that the Americas will field the women to beat.
With no Justin Gatlin or Warren Weir, this will be seen as Alonso Edward’s race to lose, and the Panamanian has certainly had an impressive season, clocking a national 100m record and running two sub-20 200s. He also knows how to win, notching up seven victories out of 10 races.
Dafne Schippers lost her world lead to Allyson Felix’s 22.02 clocking at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels last Friday, finishing third behind her Europe team-mate in Marrakech, Myriam Soumare of France.
Five of the world’s seven fastest quarter-milers in 2014 are in the field. LaShawn Merritt is the quickest of those, with 43.92, and the 28-year-old US sprinter – the 2008 Olympic champion, two-time world champion and winner of the 2014 Diamond Race – will start as the man to beat.