record holder, plans to compete at the IAAF World Championships in Edmonton despite recent back trouble. The Moroccan-born runner will be representing the United States for the first time since becoming a citizen last year.
Along with the previously announced attack on the women’s mile world indoor record at the Globen Galan, there will be two other world indoor record attempts at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Stockholm on 17 February.
The 108th edition of the NYRR Millrose Games, held at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory on Saturday (14), produced two world bests and five world-leading marks.
Big-time indoor athletics returned to the Czech capital Prague for the first time in five years and high jumpers stole the show at the 02 Arena, with Ivan Ukhov jumping an absolute Russian record and 2014 world-leading height of 2.42m on Tuesday (25).
The traditional Moscow Christmas Cup meeting on Sunday (12) saw two world-leading performances from a pair of Svetlanas: middle distance runner Svetlana Karamasheva and long jumper Svetlana Biryukova.
Britain’s athletes produced some of the best performances of the Great North City Games with Dwain Chambers taking the 100m in 10.04, Chris Tomlinson winning the Long Jump with an event record of 8.18m and Anyika Onuora clocking 16.70 for the 150m. But it was team USA that won the match versus Great Britain with a convincing score of 6-3. Each winner of the nine disciplines collected one point.
Eight London Olympic gold medallists will take part in the Rieti IAAF World Challenge meeting at the Raul Guidobaldi Stadium on Sunday 9 September.
Ashton Eaton may be the Decathlon World record holder and – now, Olympic champion – but he was happy to let his fellow American and silver medallist Trey Hardee, the 2009 and 2011 World champion, do the talking for him when it came to assessing his place in the overall scheme of the athletics world.
Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana took the Olympic women’s Marathon title in London today following in the footsteps of 1996 winner Fatuma Roba, the only previous medallist from her east African country in this event. Her winning time of 2:23:07 was way off her national record of 2:18:58 set when winning the Rotterdam marathon this spring but in today’s wet conditions, which saw her slip over earlier on, it was a triumph and most importantly inside the Olympic record. The previous fastest was Naoko Takahashi in Sydney in 2:23:14.