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Coaching Athletics Quarterly

Track & Field

ALBUQUERQUE -- USATF Indoor Championships kicked off with a full day of multi-event competition. Erica Bougard(Byhalia, Mississippi) defended her pentathlon national title, winning with 4,760 points, the second highest score in American history and just short of the American record of 4805. The men completed four events in the heptathlon with Devon Williams (Marietta, Georgia) and 2015 national Heptathlon champion Jeremy Taiwo (Renton, Washington) in a close battle for first.

Friday, 16 February 2018 23:01

Czech Mate

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When it comes to the tactical game of chess that is the 1500m, Jakub Holusa has the ultimate finishing move.

“There is something inside me, inside my body or mind,” says Jakub Holusa, trying to explain why he always finishes his races like a bullet train. “Maybe it’s from God and I was born with this, but I’m a big fighter. I never quit the race before the finish.”

Monday, 12 February 2018 20:19

Cichocka dreaming of one more step

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Interesting article from the IAAF about Polish middle distance star Angelika Cichocka. The article seems to mostly focus on her recent training camp in Australia. Most notable to me from a coaching perspective is how her 800 meter PB improved last season when her training shifted more to a 1500 meter emphasis. Don't underestimate how much having some training sessions more typically used by people who train for an event slightly shorter and/or slightly longer than yours can benefit your main event. In the example of Cichoka, her 800 background and training surely helped her with the speed at the end of a championship 1500 and her 1500 training and racing would help her aerobic ability in the 800 as well. Enjoy this piece from the IAAF...

As a first-time visitor to Australia, much less the high plains village of Falls Creek, Angelika Cichocka didn’t know quite what to expect.

The rush, the roar, the race – Donavan Brazier takes a moment to reflect on some of the biggest moments of his fledgling career, and even when we chatted, deep in the off-season, there’s no disguising the excitement on the 20-year-old’s face.

(PHOTO:Camera 4 / TOP Sportmarketing) Four Olympic champions, five World champions and six European gold medallists will be in action at the fifth edition of the ISTAF INDOOR meeting in Berlin on Friday evening. Renaud Lavillenie of France and Brazil’s Thiago Braz, winners of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic titles respectively, will meet in the pole vault, while Tianna Bartoletta of the USA has set her sights just as high with a double start: the Olympic long jump and sprint relay champion will run the 60m as well as competing in her specialist field event. Special safety nets will be installed for the discus competition which closes the meeting and this promises to be another highlight with the presence of Berlin’s very own Olympic champion from the 2012 London Games, Robert Harting.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 19:03

Kaela Edwards is on the right track

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Cool feature from SPIKES about former OK State star Kaela Edwards. From a coaching perspective, this article really hits on how injuries can make for a stronger athlete in the long run.

Editor's note: High school track coaches looking to recruit athletes to their team, try dropping this stat to the football players and coaches on your campus:

Fifteen offensive linemen were named to the 2017 Associated Press All-America teams.

Eleven of them threw shot put in high school.

Sunday, 07 January 2018 02:03

RADAR technology for Shot Put metrics

Track & Field is joining other sports in integrating emerging technologies to enhance sport performance. In an article for TechRepublic, Asha McLean talks to USOC senior sports technologist Phil Cheetham about integrating radar technology to instantly analyze shot put throws. Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs were apparently aided by knowing metrics such as release height, angle and velocity as well as overall throw distance instantly during training sessions in the run up to the 2016 Olympics were they won Gold and Silver.

Thursday, 04 January 2018 21:02

Filip Ingebrigtsen's top tips

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Norway's Filip Ingebrigtsen comes from a family of super-milers. The 1500m world bronze medallist from London 2017 and reigning European champion shares some of his best pieces of advice.

Championship tip

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 19:37

2017 IAAF Diamond League review - part two

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The eighth edition of the IAAF Diamond League series was the first in which the overall title in each event was determined solely by performance at one of the two final meetings in Zurich and Brussels.

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