Coaching Athletics Quarterly

Track & Field

LONDON -- With a furious finish and a lean for the ages, Tori Bowieupgraded her 2016 Olympic silver medal to World Championship gold Sunday night in the women’s 100 meters, tumbling through the finish line for a history-making win for Team USATF at Queen Elizabeth Stadium.

Friday, 28 July 2017 19:08

Spikes Skype Bot is launched

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“The SPIKES Bot platform enables new fans to break down the complexities of athletics. The simple and interactive Skype interface will allow our bot users to explore, follow and receive real-time updates based on their specific interests. Fans can learn or go deeper into the sport.


Spikes Bot in action (Skype)


“Launched as the IAAF World Championships London 2017 are set to begin, the bot enhances the experience of the fan, regardless of whether you are at home watching on TV, on the go trying to keep up with the action, or in the stadium getting additional background.

“Businesswise, we are also learning in real time what fans are interested in, to optimise the coverage of our sport to best feed fans’ appetites,” concluded Gers.

The SPIKES Bot will bring you up close and personal with all of the action from the IAAF World Championships. Updates from Skype will include videos and images of the most breathtaking moments, all served directly to you, as well as 'Live View', a one-click way to get updated with live reports directly from the Olympic Stadium in London.

The SPIKES Bot also lets you customise which athletes and specific competitions you wish to be updated on through the 'My Spikes' watch-list. And if you want to share the excitement with your friends and family, simply add Spikes to your group chat to begin the action.


SPIKES bot in action - desktop (IAAF)


While the championships don’t begin until 4 August, add the SPIKES Bot to your contact list today by searching for “SPIKES Bot” in the Skype Bot Directory, read the bot’s profile and terms, and then click 'Add to Contacts'.  From today you can view completion schedules, set your preferences, and get up-to-date with your favourite athletes.

To learn more about bots and in which countries they are available please visit the Skype FAQ and Skype Bots feature page and to read the Skype Blog about the SPIKES Bot click here.

INDIANAPOLIS -- After her record-breaking 800m performance at Monaco Diamond League on Friday, 2016 Rio Olympian and World Indoor silver medalist Ajee’ Wilson is awarded USATF Athlete of the Week honors.

Leeds Beckett University, in cooperation with the IAAF, will carry out the biggest biomechanics research project ever conducted in athletics during next month’s IAAF World Championships London 2017.

Reigning 200m world champion Dafne Schippers will go head-to-head with Britain’s finest sprinters in a post-world championship celebration showdown at the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham on Sunday 20 August.

It was as the men’s 400m field exited the final bend in last Friday night’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco that a tantalising glimpse of the Post-Bolt athletics world was revealed.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Four reigning World champions and eight 2016 Olympic individual gold medalists will lead 132 athletes on the Team USATF roster for the 2017 IAAF World Championships, held August 4-13 in London, England. Representing the U.S. in the delegation announced Monday by USA Track & Field are 77 Olympians, including 13 Olympic medalists from 2012 who will return to London Stadium for another chance at the podium.Overall, 39 World Championships and/or Olympic medalists are part of the Team USATF roster.

Wilson Kipsang returns: Former World Record Holder still hungry for success - (PHOTO:SCC-Events/Jiro Mochizuki) - The elite field for the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on September 24 has grown in star quality even more with the announcement that the man who broke the world record there in 2013, Wilson Kipsang, will join his fellow Kenyan and current world number one Eliud Kipchoge on the start line. Organisers had announced the start of the Olympic Marathon Champion Kipchoge earlier this month. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) event and an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 20, 2017NBC Sports Group continues coverage of the IAAF Diamond League tomorrow, Friday, July 21, from Monaco, live at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN and streamed live via authentication on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, and with a subscription to NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass.” As part of its coverage, NBC Sports Gold will present exclusive bonus coverage of field events, highlights, replays, and an exclusive 30-minute preview of the event.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 15:42

Bolt to race in Monaco – IAAF Diamond League

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Organisers of the Herculis EBS meeting have confirmed that Usain Bolt will compete at the IAAF Diamond League meeting on 21 July as part of his farewell tour.

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