Coaching Athletics Quarterly

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EME NEWS (MAR 24, 2018)
Kamworor for 3rd time
VALENCIA (ESP, Mar 24): With an incredible 5km split of 13:01 between 15-20km, Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor stormed to a third successive title at the World Half Marathon Championships in 60:02 (14:32 5km, 29:28 10km, 44:13 15km, 57:14 20km) ahead of Bahrain’s Abraham Cheroben (60:22) and Eritrea’s Aron Kifle (60:31 PB). Jemal Yimer, who had the fastest season’s best with 59:00, just missed out on an individual medal in fourth in 60:33 but led Ethiopia to the team title ahead of Kenya and Bahrain with teammates Getaneh Molla (60:47) and Betesfa Getahun (60:54 PB) fifth and sixth respectively. Switzerland’s Julian Wanders was the top European finisher in eighth in 61:03, one place ahead of European cross country champion Kaan Kigen Ozbilen (61:05). In total, 24 runners ran under 62-minutes with veteran Bernard Lagat just missing his PB in 31st in 62:16.
EME NEWS (MAR 23, 2018)
Queen Elizabeth II to start the London Marathon
LONDON (GBR): Queen Elizabeth II will be the official starter for the London Marathon on 22 April, informs organisers. The Queen will step on to a special podium in front of the Round Tower in the grounds of Windsor Castle to push the start button at 10:00am.

The start list for the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 on 24 March are now available. A record 288 athletes --160 men and 122 women-- from 82 countries have entered.

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.

EME NEWS (MAR 22, 2018)
Samaai 839, Adams 20.01, Simbine 10.08
PAARL (RSA, Mar 22): London bronze medalist Ruswahl Samaai leaped to excellent 839 to win the long jump during third leg of Liquid Telecom Athletics Grand Prix series in South Africa. With +1.0 wind it is his second career best in a series of five 8 metres jumps. "Our plan is always to execute on the first jump and take it from there. I knew I was going to get a big jump today – I could feel it. Now we just have to stay healthy and improve. I have bigger distances in mind. I don’t like to talk about performances but I need to showcase (what I can do)," said Samaai for supersport.com. Second 20 years old Cheswell Johnson improved to 812 (-0.7) and beat Zarck Visser 799 and Khotso Mokoena 789. Caster Semenya attacked 34 year old 1500 m national record of Zola Budd but clocked 4:02.50 World lead and her second best ever. Second Dominique Scott 4:08.61 who was for most of the race with Semenya. The timing showed after finish line 3:57 but it was corrected later. Fast 200 m was won by Luxolo Adams who improved to 20.01 (+1.9) after a top duel with Anaso Jobodwana who was timed with 20.07. In the 100 m national record holder Akani Simbine posted good 10.08 (-0.4) clearly ahead of Simon Magakwe 10.24 and Henricho Bruintjies 10.27. Surprise in men’s javelin where Rocco van Rooyen won with a throw of 75.20 in difficult wind conditions. Former World champion Julius Yego was fourth 73.34. Antonio Alkana won the hurdles in World leading 13.39 (+0.1), also Cornel Fredericks 49.68 in the 400 m hurdles and Carina Horn 11.25 (-0.5) in women´s 100 m. Victor Hogan topped discus 63.19 and in solid middle distances Ryhardt Van Rensburg 1:46.15 in the 800 m and steeple specialist Rantso Mokopane big mile PB 3:58.92 over 19 years old George Kusche 3:58.96 PB.
Thursday, 22 March 2018 16:12

News from around the World - EME News (Mar 21, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 21, 2018)
Friday Night at Pre
EUGENE (USA): Friday Night at Pre on May 25 will include a special men´s pole vault within the Prefontaine Classic (non DL event). Jumping will be World Indoor champion Renaud Lavillenie and outdoor World champion Sam Kendricks. Also an 18-year-old, high school sensation Mondo Duplantis, has joined the field of world-class vaulters who successfully petitioned meet organizers to add the event to the program. More stars are included headed by Olympic gold medalist Thiago Braz, World champions Raphael Holzdeppe with Pawel Wojciechowski and European indoor champion Piotr Lisek.

Training the mind is just as important as training the body. Oftentimes during a race the mind limits performance more than the body, so it'd be foolish to only work on physical and physiological aspects of training. Simultanesouly combining mental training with traditional running workouts might yield the best results, as it's during running that the running mind needs to be at its best. Enjoy reading about how Colleen Quigley and other elite athletes are beginning to incorporate mindfulness training...

Ahead of a recent race, mid-distance steeplechase runner Colleen Quigley was listening to a guided meditation led by Headspace cofounder Andy Puddicombe. Eyes closed, she took a deep breath and relaxed her shoulders as he talked about mental preparedness in a soothing voice through her smartphone. Moments later she lined up at the start and powerfully took off at the gun blast, feeling confident with her training and ample time spent visualizing what she needed to do to win.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 22:47

News from around the World - EME News (Mar 20, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 20, 2018)
Coleman and Lasitskene by TFN
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Track and Field News published its Indoor Athletes of the Year 2018. On the men side sprinter Christian Coleman and on the women one high jumper Mariya Lasitskene. Honourable mention goes also to Miochael Norman, Elijah Hall and Tom Walsh. Among women to Genzebe Dibaba and Murielle Ahoure. US Indoor Athletes of the Year are of course Coleman and hurdler Kendra Harrison. Collegiate men is Michael Norman and Keturah Orji in women section. High School top names are pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis and distance runner Katelyn Tuohy.
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 19:06

SPIKES- Into Thin Air

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As a schoolboy, Julien Wanders studied the dominance of Kenyan distance runners, leading him to make a life-changing decision at the age of 18. Four years on, it's finally paying dividends. 

“It’s a strange life,” says Julien Wanders, almost 6000km from home as he breathes in the fresh, high-altitude air of Iten, Kenya.

EME NEWS (MAR 19, 2018)
Bolt as guest at CG
GOLD COAST (AUS):  Australian media are informing that sprint World record holder Usain Bolt will attend the Commonwealth Games.  As couriermail.com.au writes he will attend the Games for the second week of the event as a celebrity spectator. Bolt’s appearance was confirmed last night by Jamaica’s former 100m world champion Yohan Blake. Official confirmation from the organisers is expected on Tuesday. The 2011 World champion Blake arrived to Australia (Brisbane) during the weekend. He is looking to win his first Commonwealth Games medal on the Gold Coast, after missing the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games due to injury.