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Coaching Athletics Quarterly

News & Features

Today the Houston Marathon Committee announced changes to the elite fields for the 2017 Aramco Houston Marathon on Sunday, January 15th.

POY: van Niekerk and Ayana - MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA):  World records from Olympic Games are the Performances of The Year by Track and Field News. Wayde van Niekerk´s 43.03 in the 400 m and the 10 000 m by Almaz Ayana 29:17.45. The international panel of voters had little trouble in deciding that.  Van Niekerk became the first man in the history of the voting to produce the unanimous No. 1. In men top five is second 603 by Thiago Braz in Rio, 22.52 in shot put by Ryan Crouser also from Olympics is third followed by two marathon marks, 2:03:03 Kenenisa Bekele in Berlin and 2:03:05 Eliud Kipchoge in London. In the women section more World records were in the selection. Second place for Keni Harrison 12.20 in the 100 m hurdles, third Ruth Jebet 8:52.78 steeple and fourth and fifth two WR´s of Anita Wlodarczyk (82.98 and 82.29).

Obiri beats Kipyegon - SAN GIORGIO SU LEGNANO (ITA, Jan 6): Olympic 5000 m silver medallist Hellen Obiri defeated Olympic 1500 m champion Faith Kipyegon at the Campaccio Cross Country (IAAF CC Permit). Obiri won the senior women’s race in 18:33 by three seconds from Kipyegon with reigning world cross country champion Agnes Tirop third in 18:56 to make it a Kenyan sweep. Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka was fourth in 19:02 with Sara Dossena the top Italian finisher in seventh in 20:33. Muktar Edris (28:54) and Imane Merga (28:55) led an Ethiopian one-two in the men’s race with Kenya’s Jairus Birech third in 28:59. Olympic steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto finished sixth in 29:20 with Yemaneberhan Crippa the top home finisher in eighth in 29:48.

Innovative New Smartwatch Showcases Collaboration with Intel, Google and Strava as well as alliance with Jabra in debut of PaceIQ sports headphones - BOSTON, January 4, 2017– Global athletic leader New Balance announced its inaugural smart wearable from the Digital Sport Division with RunIQ, a “made to run” smartwatch built in collaboration with leading digital, hardware and software companies, including Intel, Google, and Strava, at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today.  In tandem with the launch of RunIQ, New Balance will also debut PaceIQ, Bluetooth wireless sport headphones, with sound by Jabra- the provider of premium sound solutions for sports enthusiasts. RunIQ delivers the perfect combination of the best running features in a stylish accessory that you can wear all day.

Eatons bye-bye  - EUGENE (USA): Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton have jointly announced their retirement from athletics on their official website. Eaton is unbeaten in multi-event competitions since the 2011 World Championships and has won two Olympic and five world titles indoors and outdoors in that period as well as breaking the world heptathlon (6645p) and decathlon (9045p) records. “Frankly there isn’t much more I want to do in sport. I gave the most physically robust years of my life to the discovery and pursuit of my limits in this domain.

HOKA ONE ONE®, a division of Deckers Brands (NYSE: DECK), has launched the EVO Time to Fly elite team—a global, multi-discipline team that includes a cross-section of world-class trail and road runners, track athletes and triathletes

Race Weekend to feature 13 2016 Olympians - HOUSTON (January 4, 2017) - The 45th edition of the Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend features stacked fields in both the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. The 2016 Olympic marathon silver and bronze medalists, Feyisa Lilesa and Galen Rupp, respectively, and the women's Olympic marathon bronze medalist Mare Dibaba, lead the fields in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon with a total of 13 Rio Olympians entered in the two races. Race-day for the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon isSunday, January 15.

The way to compete - MONACO (MON): An updated set of guidelines has been submitted to the Russian Athletics Federation for athletes wishing to apply to compete internationally in 2017. The guidelines outline the criteria that athletes must meet to be able to apply for permission to compete in international competitions as a neutral athlete. One of the criteria requires athletes to show they are not directly implicated in any way knowingly or unknowingly in the country’s doping scandals.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Team USA will take on the world once again at the Great Edinburgh XCountry Challenge, held Saturday, January 7 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Coe optimistic - MONACO (MON): IAAF President Sebastian Coe looks optimistic into 2017. "2016 was a year of challenge and change. 2017 will be one of implementation and innovation as we continue to restore trust in athletics," he wrote on his twitter.

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