Sha’Carri Richardson crashes out of US track and field championships

Sha’Carri Richardson crashed out of the US track and field championships held on Thursday during the opening night of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Oregon.

The 22 year-old failed to proceed to the next round in in her signature event despite a few promising races heading into the national championships.

Richardson who holds a personal best of 10.72 seconds that she set in 2021 which made her become the sixth fastest woman of all time and the fourth fastest American woman in history, finished in a disappointing twenty third out of thirty one runners and refused to speak to media after the race.

The race was won by Tamari Davis with a time of 11.04 seconds.

She is also entered in the 200m at the meet, so her hopes of making the US team for the world championships next month are still alive albeit dimmer. She must finish in the top three to make the team for the sport’s biggest event outside of the Olympics.

Peres Jepchirchir: My fans should expect good results in Oregon

Tokyo Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir has put her focus to be on the podium at the World Athletics marathon set for next month in Eugene, Oregon, United States.

Jepchirchir who said that she is used to be called in the team late promised her fans that this marathon will be theirs and they should expect good results.

“I was entered into the team due to the public demand and I must thank my fans who insisted that I should be in the team. I must thank God to be in team Kenya, though I joined the team late, I must thank Athletics Kenya,” said Jepchirchir.

Just like the 2021 Olympic Games, the newly crowned Boston marathon champion was entered late into the team and went ahead to win the second Olympic Games marathon gold in a 1-2 podium finish for Kenya with Brigid Kosgei coming home in second place.

“I thank fans who have confidence and trust in me. What I can tell my fans is to pray for me for good health on that day and I will try my best not to let you down. I have earned fans and the public demand because of what I have been doing. I ran well in the Tokyo Olympics even after I joined the team late, I went ahead to win the Olympic Games marathon title. So after that I gained public confidence,” added two time world half marathon champion.

The 29 year-old who became the first woman athlete to win an Olympic marathon gold medal, New York Marathon and Boston Marathon, said that, initially she had rejected the offer but later accepted because she had just competed at the Boston marathon in April and she had little time to prepare.

“I won the Boston marathon in April and when I was told the first time, I did not accept but later I accepted because I had little time to train and prepare for the race. But I believe in myself that I can, the same way I did at the Olympics, I came back and went to compete at the New York marathon with a win,” said Jepchirchir.

Andre De Grasse withdraws from the Canadian track and field

Six-time Olympic medallist, Andre De Grasse has been forced to withdraw from the Canadian track and field championships due to Covid-19.

The 27-year-old who had found his form after shrugging off a foot injury early this year, when he won the 100m at the Oslo Diamond League last week with a season best of 10.05 seconds.

“I’m obviously pretty disappointed not to be able to race at home in front of the Canadian fans in Langley,” De Grasse said in a press statement.

“Hopefully I can get back to training pretty quickly and prepare for the rest of the season.”

De Grasse was expected to race in front of his home fans for the first time since taking the 200m Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020. He joins other Canadian stars Olympic decathlon gold medallist Damian Warner, Olympic 5,000-metre silver medallist Mohammed Ahmed are among the late withdrawals.

World Athletics may bar transgender women from female competition

The World Athletics president, Sebastian Coe, has hailed swimming’s decision to ban transgender women from elite female competition as in “the best interests of its sport” – and hinted that track and field could soon follow suit.

Lord Coe was in Budapest on Sunday as swimming’s governing body, Fina, voted to bar from women’s events trans athletes who have experienced any part of male puberty. Within 24 hours he announced that the World Athletics council would also be reviewing its transgender and DSD (differences in sex development) athletes policies at the end of the year.

“My responsibility is to protect the integrity of women’s sport. We take that very seriously and, if it means that we have to make adjustments to protocols going forward, we will,” Coe said. “And I’ve always made it clear: if we ever get pushed into a corner to that point where we’re making a judgment about fairness or inclusion, I will always fall down on the side of fairness.”

Under World Athletics rules transgender women can compete in the female category provided they suppress their testosterone to below 5nmol/L for 12 months. That rule was also followed by Fina until Sunday, when it changed its regulations after scientific evidence showed trans women retain an advantage even after reducing testosterone.

When asked what he made of Fina’s new policy, Coe was clear. “We see an international federation asserting its primacy in setting rules, regulations and policies that are in the best interest of its sport,” he said. “This is as it should be. We have always believed, and repeated constantly, that biology trumps gender and we will continue to review our regulations in line with this.”

As things stand there are no elite‑level trans track and field athletes, although CeCé Telfer became the first openly transgender person to win an NCAA title in 2019 in the women’s 400m hurdles.

Any toughening of the rules will also affect DSD athletes such as the double Olympic and three-times world championship 800m gold medallist Caster Semenya, the 200m silver medallist from Tokyo 2020 Christine Mboma and Francine Niyonsaba, who won the women’s 5,000m Diamond League final last year.

DSD athletes – who have male testes but do not produce enough of the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), critical for the formation of male external genitalia – have proved a hugely controversial area for athletics.

In 2019 World Athletics went to the court of arbitration for sport to stop DSD athletes running internationally at events between 400m and a mile, unless they take medication to reduce their testosterone levels. They can, however, run in other events. Cas ruled that 46 XY DSD athletes “enjoy a significant sporting advantage … over 46 XX athletes without such DSD” due to biology.

There has been a great deal of sympathy for athletes such as Semenya, who have been raised as women from a young age and want to compete as one, and any changes to World Athletics’ DSD policy would reignite the controversy.

When asked whether the governing body would consider adopting a similar policy to Fina, Coe said: “We have always said our regulations in this area are a living document, specific to our sport and we will follow the science.

“We continue to study, research and contribute to the growing body of evidence that testosterone is a key determinator in performance and have scheduled a discussion on our DSD and transgender regulations with our council at the end of the year.”

Olympic Champion Dame Kelly Holmes announces she is gay

Olympic Champion Dame Kelly Holmes has announced she is gay, and says she has hidden it for 34 years.

Speaking during Pride month, the two-time gold medallist said she realised she was gay at the age of 17 after kissing a fellow female soldier, and that her family and friends have known since 1997.

The Olympic champion told the Sunday Mirror: “I needed to do this now, for me. It was my decision. I’m nervous about saying it. I feel like I’m going to explode with excitement.

“Sometimes I cry with relief. The moment this comes out, I’m essentially getting rid of that fear.”

The 52-year-old also revealed she struggled with her mental health because of having to hide her sexuality, and that she had to keep several same-sex relationships she had during her time in the Women’s Royal Army Corps secret, for fear of being courts marshalled.

Until 2000, it was illegal for gay, lesbian and bisexual people to serve in the British Army, Royal Navy and RAF – and Dame Kelly feared she would still face repercussions for breaking that law during her time in the forces.

She contacted a military LGBTQ+ leader in 2020 to find out if she could be sanctioned for breaking army rules and was told she would not be.

She said: “I felt like I could breathe again, one little call could have saved 28 years of heartache.”

Dame Kelly took part in her final major championship in 2004, with a double gold medal-winning performance at the Athens Olympics.

In 2005 – the year she retired from athletics – she was made a Dame by the Queen.

She has since been made an honorary colonel with the Royal Armoured Corps Training Regiment.

Dame Kelly set up a charity in 2008, created to support retired athletes to transition out of their sport and to create mentoring programmes to inspire young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into sports.

Social media has been flooded with support for the Olympic champion.

She has also started to make a documentary about her experiences called Being Me, where she talks to LGBTQ+ soldiers about their lives in the military now.

Tobi Amusan smashes the African Record in Paris

The 2018 Commonwealth Games 100m hurdle champion, Tobi Amusan, smashed the African championship record last night at the Paris Diamond League Meeting held in Paris, France.

Amusan, who narrowly missed a medal at the Tokyo Olympics, started slowly in yesterday’s Diamond league in Paris, but picked up midway to erase the old African record of 12’86 that she set in 2018 in Asaba with a new record and a personal best of 12.41 seconds.

With the new African record in her kitty, Amusan will surely be one of the athletes to watch at the 2022 World Athletics Championship in Oregon, U.S. next month and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England from July 28 to August 8.

 

Dominic Ondoro wins the Grandma’s Marathon

Kenya’s Dominic Ondoro ran the second fastest course time at the 45th edition of the Grandma’s Marathon held on Saturday in in Duluth, Minnesota, in the United States.

Ondoro who broke Dick Beardsley’s longstanding event record of 2:09.06 in 2014 for his first win in Duluth, came back with a bang with his first competitive race since 2019 when he ran away with the top honors in a time of 2:09.34 and was followed by his compatriot Sammy Rotich who crossed the line in 2:10.07 with James Ngandu closing the podium three finishes in a time of 2:10.17.

“It’s emotional to come back here. I like the way people cheer us and interact with us. That’s what makes me come back and run here,” said Ondoro.

Four times Grandma Marathon winner, Elisha Barno and Cj Albertson from the United States finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:10.22 and 2:10.52 respectively.

The win for Ondoro also extends the winning streak of Kenyan men at Grandma’s Marathon to eight, dating back to his first victory in 2014.

LEADING RESULT

42KM MEN

  1. Dominic Ondoro     (KEN0 2:09:34
  2. Sammy Rotich          (KEN) 2:10.07
  3. James Ngandu          (KEN) 2:10.17
  4. Elisha Barno             (KEN) 2:10.22
  5. Cj Albertson              (USA) 2:10.52

Ruth Mwihaki launches her 5000m running career bare footed

Ruth Mwihaki has joined a number of growing list of athletes, both Kenyan and the international class, running and winning in various races barefoot.

On Saturday, Mwihaki launched her racing career, running barefoot to win the Athletics Kenya Nairobi Region under 20 championships ahead of World Under 20 championships in Cali, Colombia.
The Kiambogo secondary school form two student won the 5,000m race that were held on Saturday (18) at Nairobi West Prisons Grounds.
Coming from Nakuru County she joins the growing list of top athletes who have won at the international level running without shoes. Olympic Games marathon gold medalist Abede Bikila, Zola Buddi, Herb Elliot, Bruch Tullow among others.
Locally, Faith Kioyegon and other runners have attained similar feet and she ran to victory in a time of 16:59.13 ahead Cynthia Chepkirui who crossed the line in a time of 17:17.07 to claim the second spot.
Mwihaki was happy for her coach who brought her to Nairobi to participate in the race.

“I had to convince my coach to bring us and I’m glad it paid off, the weather was favorable to me, which is a good thing because the trials will be held here. Now I will go back to Longonot and continue my training,” said Mwihaki.
Reginah Naiserian closed the podium three finished in a time of 17:40.3

LEADING RESULTS
5000M WOMEN

  1. Ruth Mwihaki            16:59.13
  2. Cynthia Chepkurui   17:17.07
  3. Reginah Naiserian    17:40.3

Winfred Yavi runs the World leading time in 3000m steeplechase in Paris

The 2018 Asian Games champion, Winfred Mutile Yavi blew the women 3000m steeplechase race with a world leading at the Paris Diamond League Meeting held on Saturday (18) in Paris, France.

The 22 year-old who came to this race with the fastest time in world this year of 8:58.71 that she got at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, where she finished in second, lowered it further as she run for the second time sub nine to cross the line in a new personal best of 8:56.55.

Yavi who is a Kenyan-born Bahraini athlete was followed by 17-year-old Sembo Alemayehu from Ethiopia in new personal best of 9:09.98 which is also the New World U18 record hold.

The 2018 Youth Olympic silver medallist, Mekides Abebe also from Ethiopia who came with the second fastest time on paper of 9:03.26 that she got in Eugene closed the podium three finishes in \9:11.09.

Josphat Chumo wins the Iten 10km Road Race

Josphat Chumo won the Iten 10km men’s Road Race that was held on Saturday (18) in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The 25 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 27:58 that he got at the 2018 Prague Grand Prix where he finished in eleventh, lived to his expectations as he crossed the finish line first in a time of 28:55.02 and was followed by Josphat Melly who crossed the finish line in 2936.06 with Felix Kemboi coming home in third in 29:40.07.

Dennis Kitiyo and Laban Kiplimo finished in fourth and fifth in 29:46.00 and 29:46.04 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

10KM MEN

  1. Josphat Chumo     28:55.2
  2. Josphat Melly        29:36.6
  3. Felix Kemboi         29:40.7
  4. Dennis Kitiyo        29:46.0
  5. Laban Kiplimo      29:46.4
  6. Dominic Letting   29:49.0
  7. Abel Kiprop           29:49.5
  8. Nicholas Saitoti    29:50.9
  9. Albert Kipkorir     29:53.8
  10. Josphat Kimutai   29:55.6

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