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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 15:48

Get up to speed

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Peta Bee hears some expert advice on how you can train yourself to get faster

Speed is of the essence but, if you aren’t blessed with the genes of a sprinter, how do you pick up your pace?

Speed work and training methods designed to improve power and sprint technique are invaluable when it comes to improvement of running times and overall performance. And, while we aren’t all destined to run 100m at top speed, we are all capable of getting faster. Here, we ask the experts how to do it:

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 15:30

News from around the World - EME News (Nov 21, 2017)

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New male AOY
MONACO (MON): On Friday a new male IAAF Athlete of the Year will be announced. From the three finalists Wayde Van Niekerk, Mo Farah and Mutaz Essa Barshim no one so far had this title won. It is also marking a post Bolt era. The Jamaican sprinter won this award since 2008 six times. Interestingly a high jumper also never got the award (the celebrations started in 1988), last time a long distance runner got it was in 2005 by Kenenisa Bekele and a 400 m champion was the winner last time in 1999 (Michael Johnson). Among the three women finalists Almaz Ayana is last year winner, but Ekaterini Stefanidi and Nafi Thiam would be newcomers. Pole vault winner was last time in 2008 Yelena Isinbayeva and combined eventer back in 1994 (Jackie Joyner-Kersee). The winners will be announced on Friday evening.
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:23

News from around the World - EME News (Nov 20, 2017)

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IAAF Awards on Friday
MONACO (MON): The attention of the athletics world will shift to Monaco this week as the Mediterranean Principality prepares to host the IAAF Athletics Awards 2017, the annual celebration honouring the world's best athletes. Nearly 80 of the world's best athletes will gather to help celebrate the past year and to meet with members of the media who will also assemble to cover the numerous events that will be taking place. Some of the athletes expected include recently-minted world champions Mutaz Barshim, Ekaterini Stefanidi, Yulimar Rojas, Elijah Manangoi, Hellen Obiri, Luvo Manyonga and Maria Lasitskene, to name but a few. The IAAF Athletics Awards 2017 will take place at the Grimaldi Forum on Friday. In addition to the announcement of the men's and women's Athletes of the Year, the recipients of the IAAF Rising Star Awards, Coaching Achievement Award, Women's Award and President's Award will also be revealed. The event will be broadcast live via IAAF Radio. On Saturday and SundayIAAF Council meeting will be staged. Informs the IAAF.

(photos: Procam International} - Leonard Korir ran 59:52 for third fastest half marathon ever by an American - Ethiopian runners Berhanu Legese and Almaz Ayana took the honours at the 13th edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon – and the 10th anniversary of Airtel as the title sponsor of the prestigious race – crossing the line in the Indian city’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in 59:46 and 1:07:11 respectively to take US$27,000 first prize cheques on Sunday (19).

Monday, 20 November 2017 00:51

News from around the World - EME News (Nov 19, 2017)

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Ayana with great HM debut
DELHI (IND, Nov 19): World 10,000m record-holder Almaz Ayana claimed victory on her half marathon debut at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in 67:11, leading an Ethiopian clean sweep ahead of Ababel Yeshaneh (67:19) and Netsanet Gudeta (67:24). Former world marathon silver medallist Helah Kiprop was fourth in 68:07, one place ahead of reigning champion Worknesh Degefa from Ethiopia (68:09). Loganathan Suriya was the top home finisher in eighth in 70:29, breaking the Indian record by 33 seconds. In the men’s race, Berhanu Legese (59:46) and Andamlak Belihu (59:51) took an Ethiopian one-two with Leonard Korir third in 59:52, missing the American record by just nine seconds. Ethiopia’s Asefa Negewo (59:54) and Kenya’s Jorum Okumbo (59:58) also broke the one hour-mark in fourth and fifth with world marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui from Kenya sixth in 60:04. Nitendra Singh Rawat was the top Indian finisher in tenth in 63:53. With help from organisers.
Sunday, 19 November 2017 00:13

News from around the World - EME News (Nov 18, 2017)

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De Grasse plans for Gold Coast
TORONTO (CAN): Big plans for Olympic medalist Andre De Grasse for the Commonwealth Games next April. As news.com.au informs that while he’s yet to decide whether he’ll do the sprint double or focus on either the 100m or 200m, De Grasse is determined to get redemption after a disappointing Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow in 2014. “The last Commonwealth Games I didn’t really do well,” he recalls. “So for me it’s a great opportunity to come back to my second Commonwealth Games and try to redeem myself. At Glasgow I didn’t make it out of the semi-finals. While the whole thing was a great experience, I didn’t do well on the track and I’m determined to change that on the Gold Coast.” He missed the World Championships in London last summer due to an injury.
Sunday, 19 November 2017 00:06

News from around the World - EME News (Nov 17, 2017)

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Cheptegei wants fast race
NIJMEGEN (NED): Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei headlines the elite field for the Zevenheuvelenloop (Seven Hills Run) where he is aiming to attack the world 15km record of 41:13. The world record stands to Kenya’s Leonard Komon who is also in the line-up. Other standout names include Brit Callum Hawkins and Ethiopians Yenew Alamirew and Mekonnen Gebremedhin. The elite women’s field is headed by world marathon champion Rose Chelimo from Bahrain. From Alberto Stretti.
Friday, 17 November 2017 14:25

News from around the World - EME News (Nov 16, 2017)

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Felix thinks Tokyo 400 m
ABU DHABI (UAE): Allyson Felix is committed to the 400m for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She told Reuters: ”I think I haven’t reached my full potential in the 400s as of now. The Tokyo Olympics (in 2020) is my goal. I’m working towards that and I want to give it my all. It is a very strenuous process. If it doesn’t happen, there are a lot of things to do after my running career.”
Thursday, 16 November 2017 02:38

News from around the World - EME News (Nov 15, 2017)

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Europe vs USA in planning
MINSK (BLR): A match between Europe and the United States is expected to be staged ahead of the IAAF World Championships in Doha in the newly refurbished Dinamo Stadium in Minsk in September 2019. European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen was present at a press conference in the Belarusian capital on Tuesday where the subject was discussed. He was joined by Belarus Athletic Federation President Vadim Devyatovskiy; Minister of Sport and Tourism in Belarus Alexander Shamko; Deputy Mayor of the City of Minsk Igor Yurkevich; as well as reigning European javelin champion Tatsiana Khaladovich and European U20 high jump champion Maksim Nedasekau.  This match would be the first time Belarus has staged a global athletics competition on this level and the Minister Shamko has emphasised the match has the full backing of the local and state authorities. The redevelopment of the stadium is currently in process. It should be officialy open on June 21, 2018. Minsk will also host in summer of 2019 the European Games. Inform Belarus media.
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 23:26

Coach insight- Trevor Painter

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Enjoy this piece from Athletics Weekly on British coach Trevor Painter. He has some very good insight into both technical and practical aspects of coaching. One of the best articles on coaching I've read recently...