Coaching Athletics Quarterly

Track & Field

World 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi returned to top form with an excellent victory in the Dream Mile at Oslo's Bislett Games on Thursday night (7), the fifth meeting of the 2018 IAAF Diamond League.

The winners of the three most recent outdoor global 400m titles will clash over one lap of the track at the Prefontaine Classic, an IAAF Diamond League meeting, on 25-26 May.

(Boston, Mass) -- With just five days to go until the third edition of the adidas Boost Boston Games hits the streets, most recent results highlight athletes are in prime shape to light up the track on May 19 – 20. Sprinters in particular, who will compete in the “street-meet” part on Charles Street on Sunday, May 20, have been showing sizzling form on the international circuit as the IAAF Diamond League got underway in Doha on May 4th.

The 14 invitational events feature 56 total Olympians/Paralympians and nine Olympic/Paralympic gold medalists, eight silver medalists and nine bronze medalists. Combined, those 56 Olympians/Paralympians have won a total of 36 Olympic/Paralympic medals.

When viewed through the lens of social media, the life of a teenage athletics icon can seem deceptively glamorous. But as Sydney McLaughlin knows, the routine required to reach the top is far more mundane.

Whether it’s the alarm that pulls her from her bed at 6am each morning or the hours spent toiling in the weights room, track or study halls at the University of Kentucky, the 18-year-old New Jersey native does not get by on her gifts alone; there’s also a whole lot of graft.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 17:44

Clearing the Comfort Zone

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US pole vaulter Katie Nageotte has a secret. It's a secret that helped her win her first national title, make her first international team, and finish fifth among the best pole vaulters in the world.

At 26 years-old, Katie Nageotte has finally figured out her key to success in competition. Her coach, multiple world medallist Brad Walker, played a huge role in her change in attitude towards the pole vault.

The Register-Guard, the Eugene newspaper that certainly covers quite a bit of track news for the inhabitants of TrackTown USA, takes a good look at what Nijel Amos and his coach Mark Rowland are doing to try to get him back to his Olympic medal form and go after the 800 world record. A lofty goal, certainly, but Amos is perhaps the most talented 800 runner ever and his motivation and focus seem to be at an all-time high. Stay tuned, big things might be on the horizon for the OTC Elite and Botswana runner...

The men’s 800-meter Olympic final in 2012 became an instant classic as soon as all eight runners had crossed the finish line in rapid, record-breaking succession.

Kenya’s David Rudisha reset his world record by becoming the first man to break 1 minute, 41 seconds to win the gold medal in 1:40.91.

Three months ago, Northern Arizona had three guys in the top 10 at NCAA XC. Andy Trouard wasn’t one of them. Now he’s the program’s first national champion on the track since David McNeill in 2010.

When Mike Smith arrived at Northern Arizona University in the fall of 2016, it didn’t take him long to figure out Andy Trouard was not a miler. The Lumberjacks’ head cross country coach, Eric Heins, was leaving after the season; Smith was his replacement. Since Heins was still handling the main coaching duties, that gave Smith a lot of time to observe. And when he looked at Trouard, he saw great acceleration and the strength to push to the finish line from a long way out, but he did not see a miler.

Monday, 12 March 2018 22:31

Josh Kerr’s American dream

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US-based Scot Josh Kerr is starting to feel he truly belongs at the top level

When Josh Kerr says he’s “getting comfortable”, that doesn’t mean he’s allowing any form of complacency to creep into his athletics. Far from it.

Great examination of the DQ trigger-happy officiating of the 2018 World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England by Alan Abrahamson. This is a very good summation and commentary on what has, rather unfortunately, become the big story from a meet in which a lot of great Track & Field actually happened. I'm not one to focus on the nit-picky aspects of what can be a rather mundane sport at times, but this goes well beyond what I would normally overlook, the IAAF needs to take a serious look at the officiating of this meet, particularly given that by far the most DQs ever at an IAAF World Championships occured in Birmingham this year and in 2003.

Regarding the DQs in the men's 400 final, eventual champion Pavel Maslak says it best: “They would have beaten me, anyway,” Maslak said. “So even if it is gold, it will have a bronze flavor for me.” Enjoy Abrahamson's article, and be disappointed in the officiating...

The men’s 400 meters here Saturday night at the 2018 world indoor track and field championships was awesome. Until, suddenly, it was not...

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