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Coaching Athletics Quarterly

JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- Competitive fields led to fast times and close finishes Saturday, as Olympian Leonard Korir and Jordan Hasay continued their strong 2017 campaigns with big victories at the USATF 15 km Championships in Jacksonville, Florida, hosted by the Gate River Run.

Kirwa 2:21:17 PB - NAGOYA (JPN, Mar 12): Despite falling at the start, Olympic silver medallist Eunice Kirwa claimed her third title in the Nagoya Women’s Marathon in a lifetime best and course record of 2:21:17 (70:21/70:56) ahead of debutante Yuka Ando (2:21:36). Ando becomes the fastest debutante in Japanese marathon history and moves to fourth on the Japanese all-time lists behind Mizuki Noguchi (2:19:12), Yoko Shibui (2:19:41) and Naoko Takahashi (2:19:46). Japanese runners filled the next seven places with Mao Kiyota (2:23:47) and Sayaka Kuwahara (2:26:09) third and fourth respectively. Former world marathon silver medallist Valeria Straneo was a non-starter.

Weber 85.85, Weisshaidinger 65.73 - LAS PALMAS (ESP, Mar 11): On the first day of the European Throwing Cup in Las Palmas, Julian Weber went out to a world-leading 85.85m to win the javelin by more than seven metres from Italy’s Roberto Bertolini (78.78m). Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger was the best in discus with excellent 65.73m from Lithuania’s Andrius Gudzius (64.18m). Another top mark came in the hammer with world bronze medallist Alexandra Tavernier going out to 71.71m to beat Katrin Klaas (71.06m) while Sweden’s Ida Storm set a 70.97m PB in the ‘B’ competition. European indoor shot put champion Anita Marton won again with 18.05m from France’s Jessica Cerival 17.50 and Euroindoors medalist Yulia Leantsiuk 17.48 while Fanny Roos won the U23 competition in 17.53m. Olympic javelin champion Sara Kolak won the U23 javelin with 61.01m from Turkey’s Eda Tugsuz (60.98m) and Germany’s Alexej Mikhailov won the U23 hammer with 71.56 PB from 19-year-old Bence Halasz (71.51m). U23 men discus winner was Alin Firfirica of Romania 59.62.

Reider to lead Schippers coaching - ARNHEM (NED): Rana Reider has replaced Bart Bennema as Dafne Schippers’ lead coach, informs De Volkskrant. "We have after the Olympics pressed the reset button. We wanted to take the next step. It is necessary to try new things,” said Bennema, who added Schippers is in good shape ahead of the summer season. "She had a good winter. Dafne had a post-Olympic dip, but she is now completely fresh. Her times are faster again." She was not competing during the indoor season and no plans are yet public for the summer.

Muir is helping ticket sales – LONDON (GBR): Two-time European indoor champion Laura Muir has sparked a huge rush for tickets for this summer’s IAAF World Championships London 2017 (04-13 August) following her stunning double gold medal win in Belgrade. Muir said: “I am really looking forward to London and to see that so many people are interested in my events is great for my confidence. I believe my confidence is showing in my performances and I was delighted to come away with two golds at the European Indoor Championships. Doing so many races back to back was great with a view to the IAAF World Championships in London and I can’t wait to put in the hard work and see what I can achieve in front of a massive home crowd.” The platform has already proved a huge success with 5,346 sales made from genuine athletics fans to other genuine athletics fans since tickets for all sessions across both Championships officially went back on sale at 10am on Wednesday 8 March. From a release by the organisers.

SAFP to miss the 2017 season KINGSTON (JAM): Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will miss the 2017 season as she is expecting her first child, informs Track Alerts. “All my focus heading into training for my 2017 season was on getting healthy and putting myself in the best possible fitness to successfully defend my title in London 2017. But life is filled with many blessings with God. So here I am thinking about being the greatest mother I can be with my biggest blessing and the promise God made me,” she said on her social media accounts. Fraser-Pryce is aiming to return to action in 2018.

Global Performance Brand Challenges Runners to Three Mountain Resort Trail Race Events That Will Push Athletes to the Extreme - Baltimore, MD (March 8, 2017) — Under Armour (NYSE: UA, UAA), the global leader in innovative performance footwear, apparel and equipment, today announces the inaugural 2017 Under Armour Mountain Running Series in partnership with POWDR Adventure Lifestyle CO. Created for trail running enthusiasts and professionals, this North American trail running series provides unmatched racing experiences in beautiful mountain environments of the most iconic resort destinations in the United States. Race course locations offer diverse climates, different distances and varying elevations and terrain built to push athletes to find the edges of their potential.

Course record holder and defending champion Lusapho April of South Africa will duel with German record holder Arne Gabius in the HAJ Hannover Marathon on 9th April. However there are three Kenyans in the race with superior personal bests who could upset the two prominent runners. The women’s race will have a German favourite: Former Ethiopian Fate Tola targets Hannover’s course record of 2:27:07. The HAJ Hannover Marathon is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race. Entry for the event is still possible at: www.marathon-hannover.de

9.58 popular ticket - LONDON (GBR): Tickets for all athletics sessions at the London Stadium for World Championships will go back on sale from 8 March at 10.00 am. Organisers have also increased the availability of the massively popular ‘Bolt ticket’ – a £9.58 children’s ticket in honour of the legendary Jamaican’s 100m world record, following a huge response from families purchasing tickets.

World leads Harrison and Baker - ALBUQUERQUE (USA, Mar 5): World 100 m hurdles record-holder Keni Harrison clocked a world-leading 7.74 in the 60m hurdles heats to tie Gail Devers’ champs record before winning the final in 7.81 by 0.01 from Jasmin Stowers in 7.82 (7.92 heat). Christina Manning clocked 7.87 in the heat but was a distant third in the final in 8.02. Aries Merritt won his first US indoor title since 2012 with victory in the men’s 60m hurdles in 7.51 from Aleec Harris (7.54) and Jarret Eaton (7.59). Ronnie Baker won the 60m in a world-leading 6.45 (6.54 heat) from LeShon Collins (6.54) while Morolake Akinosun won the women’s 60m in 7.08 from Dezerea Bryant (7.11).

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