by Carolyn Mather, Running Journal with comment from RUNBLOGRUN -
The Atlanta Track Club is in the midst of monumental changes within their organization. Their long term sponsorship agreement with the Mizuno brand was announced less than three months ago. The appointment of Amy Begley, who many remember for her gutty run in the 2008 U.S.
A quick understanding of Molly Huddle courtesy USATF
Two-time USA Outdoor 5,000m champion - 2011 (15:10.01); 2014 (15:01.56)
Three-time USA Outdoor runner-up - 2013 (15:35.45); 2012 (15:14.40); 2010 (15:30.89)
Two-time USA XC runner-up – 2011 (26:31); 2010 (26:01)
2004 USA Junior 3,000m champion (15:57.22)
Seven-time USA Road Champion (5 km, 10 km, 10 mile and 7 mile distances)
Gamera for third time
OSAKA (JPN, Jan 25): Ukrainian Tetyana Gamera won Osaka Women's Marathon for three straight years. She also set national record 2:22:09 when beating Latvian Jelena Prokopcuka who achieved the best time ever for 38 years old runner 2:24:07. For Gamera it is also best time by an European runner in 2015. Third best Japanese Risa Shigetomo 2:26:39 ahead of Yuko Watanabe 2:28:36 and Chieko Kido who debuted with 2:29:08. Kenyan Selly Kaptich Chepyego won the accompanying half marathon in 1:09:43
US INDOOR FRIDAY (Jan 23)
LEXINGTON: Rod McCravy Invitational had at oversized track Canadian Andre de Grasse 20.90 in the 200 m, Vernon Norwood 1:08.84 in the 600 yards and Eric Jenkins 13:31.76 in the 5000 m. On the women side Jada Martin sprinted 23.44 in the 200 m, Courtney Okolo 1:19.85 in the 600 y. Sandi Morris and Melissa Gergel cleared 453 in the pole vault and Shakeela Saunders leaped to 653 in the long jump.
“Hello everyone! The month of August was a slow but exciting period for me. It marked the end of my track season for 2014 and signalled the start of my academic year.
“During this month, I did an overview of myself and my career, analyzing where and I was and what I am hoping to accomplish; and I am now quite pleased with the road ahead!
Giving runners a great starting point for finding the perfect shoe, FORTIUS Media Group, LLC, in partnership with Cregg Weinmann, the Running Network’s footwear and apparel editor since 1998, reveals its top 10 shoes of 2014.
The combined winners of 85 global marathons will seek to win the coveted Boston Marathon title at April's 119th running of the historic race. The elite field includes Meb Keflezighi, Lelisa Desisa, Wesley Korir, Sharon Cherop and Caroline Kilel. - BOSTON (January 20, 2015) —In its 30th year as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock Financial today announced the elite field for the 119th running of the Boston Marathon on April 20. A complete field list follows.
Russian walking sagaMOSCOW (RUS): Five Russian race-walkers, including three Olympic gold medalists, have been banned by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency due to anomalies in their respective biological passports, inform AP. 2012 50 km Olympic champion Sergey Kirdyapkin, 2008 Olympic 20 km champion Olga Kaniskina, and 2011 50 km World champion Sergey Bakulin have all received bans of three years and two months. All three doping cases have been backdated to late 2012. 2008 Olympic 20 km champion Valery Borchin has been banned for eight years, from October 2008, for a second doping offense, while 2011 World medallist Vladimir Kanaykin was banned for life for a repeat offense. Kaniskina and Borchin will lose their World 20 km titles from 2009 and 2011, while Kirdyapkin will lose his World 50 km title from 2009 and also World Cup win 2012. Bakulin will lose 2011 50 km gold and Kanaykin will also lose his world 20 km silver from 2011. The athletes that look set to be upgraded to World champions are Trond Nymark from Norway (50 km, 2009), Wang Hao of China (20 km men, 2009), Olive Loughnane of Ireland (20 km women, 2009), Luis Fernando Lopez of Colombia (20 km men, 2011), Denis Nizhegorodov (50 km men, 2011) and Liu Hong of China (20 km women, 2011).
HOUSTON (January 18, 2015) - Near-perfect conditions yielded speedy performances Sunday at the 43rd Chevron Houston Marathon as Yebrgual Arage ran the second fastest time ever by a woman at Houston and Birhanu Gedefa outkicked Gebo Burka to take the men's race. It was the seventh straight sweep of the titles by Ethiopia.
Gesta de Melo re-elected - MANAUS (BRA): Brazilian Roberto Gesta de Melo was re-elected for another four year term as president of Consudatle (South American Athletics Confederation). He was also confirmed at the congress of the organisation as the nominee of South America for the IAAF Council.
Ndiku with top award
NAIROBI (KEN): Sportsnewsarena.com informs that Commonwealth and Africa champions Caleb Ndiku and Eunice Sum were named Kenya’s Sportsman and Sportswoman of 2014 at a colorful awards ceremony gala held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, KICC Nairobi on Friday evening. Julius Yego, the gold medalist in javelin from Commonwealth Games and World marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto were celebrated as the SOYA most outstanding performers of the ended season. It was Yego’s second successive SOYA outstanding trophy. Ndiku was also named the overall Sportsman of the Year during a particularly satisfying night for the 22-year old, whose season has began on a wrong footing because of a knee injury that has already locked him out of the World Cross Country chase for a senior medal after winning the junior race in Poland in 2010. Ndiku was picked ahead of steeplechaser Jairus Birech. It was an athletics sweep in the women’s category with Commonwealth Games 5000 m champion Mercy Cherono bagging the runners-up trophy ahead of Faith Kipyegon the 1500 m gold medalist from the same event. Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich the World and Olympic marathon champion was in attendance as the celebrity guest.
Skechers Performance Returns as the Official Footwear and Apparel Sponsor of the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon
Skechers Performance Elite Athlete Meb Keflezighi to Run the Aramco Half Marathon - MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (January 15, 2015)—Skechers Performance will proudly return to Houston, Texas on January 18, 2015 as the official footwear and apparel sponsor of the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon. Skechers Performance will be exhibiting at the coinciding expo, January 16-18, 2015 where it will debut a limited edition apparel and footwear collection. The division is also excited to announce Meb Keflezighi will be running in the Aramco Half Marathon. Meb will join a host of Skechers Performance special guests comprised of athletes, brand ambassadors and international invitees from around the world.
Medhin vs Toroitich - SEVILLA (ESP): The traditional Cross Internacional de Italica will have this Sunday the 33rd edition (IAAF CC Permit) with strong African presence. The winners of previous races in Spain will fight again, Teklemariam Medhin of Eritrea against Timothy Toroitich of Uganda.
Ten athletes with sub-2:06 lifetime bests including reigning champion Wilson Kipsang, world record-holder Dennis Kimetto and Kenenisa Bekele will be lining up in the Virgin Money London Marathon on 26 April - A glittering elite men’s field including reigning champion Wilson Kipsang has been put in place for the 35th edition of the Virgin Money London Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road R
Aramco Houston Half Marathon to host USA Half Marathon Championships - HOUSTON (January 7, 2015) - The 43rd edition of the Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend features stacked fields in both the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon, which plays host to the USA Half Marathon Championships.
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