P. Jeptoo vs. Keitany RAS AL KHAIMAH (UAE): The RAK Half Marathon on February 13 will, yet again, feature a line-up of some of the top road runners in the world. In the women’s race, Priscah Jeptoo (66:11) will defend her title, while course record holder and two time winner Mary Keitany (65:50) will also return. Both athletes are building up for the London Marathon on April 26.
BOULDER – Chris Derrick ran away from the field late to take the men’s race for the third consecutive time, while local favorite Laura Thweatt put on a clinic over the final mile of the race, as both runners took home top prize at the USATF Cross Country Championships Saturday in Boulder, Colorado.
KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt is expected to open his 2015 campaign over 400m at the Camperdown Classic on February 14, inform AFP. The Camperdown Classic is organised by the Racers Track Club, of which Bolt is a member. Several other of the clubs members are expected to be competing in the meet. Bolt’s fastest season opener over 400m is the 45.87 he ran at this meet in 2010. In his world record breaking 2008 and 2009 seasons, he opened with 46.94 and 46.35 respectively.
BANSKA BYSTRICA (SVK, Feb 4): Mutaz Barshim improved his Asian record by two centimetres to 2.40m at the Banskobystrická latka 2015 high jump competition, a European Athletics Indoor Permit Meeting, and extended the select club of jumpers who have cleared this height to eight men in the Slovakian town of Banska Bystrica on Wednesday. His previous Asian record had been 2.38m, set when winning at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Barshim, who holds the Asian outdoor record with 2.43m, was competing in the first of four indoor meetings in the next three weeks, and had arrived in Banska Bystrica saying only that he wanted to enjoy himself. His feats certainly brought a smile to each of the 1000 faces in the packed the packed Stiavnichach sports hall. His next competition will be over the border in Trinec, Czech Republic, next Sunday. There were still five men in the competition when the bar was raised to what was a world-leading height of 2.35m, which makes it the deepest competition by far this year and a statistic that might possibly survive to the end of the indoor season. Barshim sailed clear at his second attempt and nobody else could join him, although Russia’s Ivan Ukhov’s first two attempt at the height were good efforts. However, the London 2012 Olympic Games champion had to settle for third place on the night as his best height was 2.31m and he then elected pass 2.33m, a height with Ukraine’s 2014 European Championships silver medallist Andriy Protsenko, who had been struggling to find his rhythm earlier in the evening, cleared on his second attempt. Without any rivals remaining, Barshim had the stage to himself and utilised it to the full, flying clear at 2.40m with a lot of daylight between his torso and the bar, although he just skimmed the bar with his hamstrings. He took one effort at 2.44m but in fairness, it was not a good attempt and he decided then to call it a day.
ROMA (ITA): Italian sprinter and national record holder Manuela Levorato retired at age of 38. She confirmed that for a local newspaper as she is expecting twins. Her best moment came in 2002 in Munich at European Championships with two bronze medals in 100 m and 200 m. Her national marks are 11.14 and 22.60.
GRANOLLERS (ESP): Wilson Kipsang says he is in good form ahead of his title defence at the Granollers Half Marathon on Sunday, report mundodeportivo. The former marathon world record holder was questioned about the possibility that he could regain the world record in London. “I will go for the record,” he said. “If the weather is good and if my opponents are really ready for a fast time, I think it is possible to establish a new world record in London.”
Understanding how your body uses oxygen during exercise is the key to faster times.
By Amby Burfoot
November 14, 2001
All aerobic endurance activities, like running, bicycling, swimming, and cross-country skiing, are essentially contests to see how much oxygen your body can deliver to your exercising muscles. Increase the amount of oxygen, and you can run, bike, swim, or ski faster.
Four runners who have gone under the elite bench mark of one hour, including the defending champion Martin Mathathi will be on the start line of the 69th edition of Kagawa Marugame Half Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race on Sunday (1).
Mathathi won the last year’s race with 1:00:11, the Kenya’s fastest half marathon since 2011 when recorded his personal best of 58:56 at the Great North Run in the north of England.
DUSSELDORF (GER, Jan 29): Six World leads, one German national record and a live appearance of pop and soul singer Stefanie Heinzmann marked the atmospheric 10th edition of the „PSD Bank Meeting“ in front of a sell-out crowd of 2000 at the Athletics Hall at Arena Sportpark in Duesseldorf. Organisers inform. In sprints Kim Collins and James Dasaolu clocked 6.52 as top two in the 60 m, both fastest 2015 closed the evening. Before that on the straight world lead for Belarus Alina Talay who as first this year dipped under 8 seconds at 60 m hurdles in 7.96. Three world leads on the oval. In the 800 m Adam Kszczot 1:46.48 ahead of his countrymate Marcin Lewandowski 1:46.74, in the 3000 m Nixon Chepseba 7:44.72 ahead of Paul Kipsiele Koech 7:45.79 and Moroccan Othmane El Goumri 7:47.77. In the 5000 m the goal of the organisers was fulfilled, German Arne Gabius won in national record and world leading 13:27.54. He is also 9th best European ever indoors at the distance. The last World lead of the evening in men shot put by the reigning undercover champion US Ryan Whiting 20.83 beating Christian Cantwell 20.53. Surprise winners in women 60 m South African Carina Horn with 7.21 PB, also Briton Lawrence Clarke in men hurdles 7.63 life-time best ahead of Erik Balnuweit 7.64 and third Olympic winner Dayron Robles 7.74. In the pole vault Robert Sobera of Poland with 565 beat World indoor champion Kostas Filippidis 560. Swiss Selina Buchel in 2:01.87 was better in the 800 m than European medalist Joanna Jozwik 2:02.19 and Kristin Gierisch with indoor PB 14.30 was better in triple jump than European champion Olha Saladuha 14.14. In the 1500 m Bethwell Birgen scored the Kenyan win 3:40.58 over home star Homiyu Tesfaye 3:41.08.
Alphonz Juck, EME News
Heptathlon European U23 bronze medallist 2013 Anastasiya Mokhnyuk improved her pentathlon PB by 200 points to 4707 points world lead during first day of national indoor team championships. Her results 8.13 PB, 180, 13.73 PB, 653, 2:19.05 PB. Heptathlon world champion Hanna Kasyanova (former Melnichenko) finished second at 60m hurdles with 8.27 behind Olena Yanovska 8.24. Nataliya Pohrebnyak (7.21) won women 60m ahead of Olesya Povkh (7.25) and Viktoriya Kashcheyeva (former Pyatachenko) 7.34. 19-year-old Ilona Kyrychenko leaped to 637 to win the women long jump. Olha Holodna became the best in shot put with 17.20m. Ivan Banzeruk won 5000 m walk with 19:38.41 ahead of Oleksandr Venhlovskyy 19:40.98.
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