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Tokyo Olympics 100m champion won’t run again until 2022

Olympic 100m champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs has said he will not compete again until next year.

In response to a question on social media about when he would next race, the 26-year-old responded with “2022”.

Jacobs followed up his shock 100m victory in Tokyo with another gold as part of Italy’s 4x100m relay team.

His manager Marcello Magnani said injury was not a factor in the decision to take a break, but the time off is a preventative measure.

“It is simply that Marcell has given so much this year, all he had, so to insist [on competing] would only mean risking an injury,” Magnani added.

European indoor 60m champion Jacobs, who only switched away from long jump in 2018, produced one of the biggest surprises in Tokyo when he won 100m gold in in 9.80 seconds.

It was only in May that he broke the 10-second barrier for the first time.

He was next scheduled to run on August 21 at the Eugene Diamond League meet in the United States.

After that, Jacobs was to appear on 3 September in Brussels and then anticipated to compete on 9 September in Zurich for the season-ending Diamond League Finals.

Mo Farah’s coach hints at track return

Sir Mo Farah’s coach has hinted the 35-year-old could be tempted by a return to the track at next year’s World Championships.

The four-time Olympic champion won his first major marathon title in Chicago on Sunday, setting a new European record of two hours five minutes and 11 seconds. He has turned his attention to road racing after calling time on his track career last year.

But his coach Gary Lough was quoted as saying by several national newspapers: “I think he will sit down with a few of us and look at his general plan for next year. “He really wants to run the World Championships, but what he runs at the World Championships hasn’t been decided.”

Next year’s Worlds take place in Doha in the autumn and the marathon would be the only road race available there to Farah, who in the build-up to the race in Chicago declared his intention to compete in the marathon at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Lough added: “He might change things up a bit next year and surprise a few people, so we will see.”

WADA defends reinstatement of Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency

The World Anti-Doping Agency has defended its decision to reinstate Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

RUSADA had been suspended since November 2015 for alleged state-sponsored doping, but the move to reinstate them last week has been criticized by athletes and also UK Anti Doping who said it was “deeply troubling for clean sport”.

WADA President Sir Craig Reedie told Sky Sports News: “I have a written letter from Russia’s Minister of Sport accepting the conditions that we imposed for the reinstatement of RUSADA.

“One of them was to accept effectively the Schmidt report, which they did, and the important part there was an admission that there was involvement of officials from the Ministry of Sport.

“Secondly, they have guaranteed us access to the laboratory and the time limit we set was December 31.

“I take the view that it is unlikely that senior ministerial officials in Russia would make those guarantees when they weren’t prepared to make them.”

He added: “It is better to move forward, above all to get access to the data we need because there are 2,800 samples we need to look at.

“It is really important that we have a functioning anti-doping agency in Moscow.

“I can’t understand why people would prefer to do nothing and carry on with the situation that existed before when quite clearly there was no move at all from Russia to make any change on the two conditions that had been imposed.”

The International Association of Athletics Federations President, Seb Coe, says they will await an independent report before a decision is made on reinstating Russia.

Reedie added the anti-doping testing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be rigorous.

“Every effort will be made to make sure that every athlete who appears in the Olympic Games in Tokyo is a clean athlete.

“I’m not going to guarantee that we don’t have the occasional sinner but I can guarantee you that every possible effort will be made that it doesn’t happen before the Games.”

Source: skysports.com

Kenyan-born marathoner acquires South Korean citizenship

Kenyan-born marathoner Wilson Loyanae Erupe has acquired Korean citizenship, capping off a journey that began more than three years ago.

Oh Chang-seok, a former men’s national marathon coach who now acts as an agent for Erupe, said the 29-year-old athlete was granted citizenship by the justice ministry on Tuesday.

He failed in his previous bid in April 2016. But he has been competing for a Korean municipal government since June 2015.

According to Oh, Erupe will adopt a Korean name, Oh Joo-han, which translates into “I run for Korea.”

Erupe once hoped to represent Korea at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Erupe’s personal best is 2:05:13, set at the Seoul International Marathon in March 2016. The current South Korean national record is 2:07:20, set by former Olympic silver medalist Lee Bong-ju in 2000.

Oh Chang-seok believes Erupe can fight for a spot on the podium at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but recent rules by the International Association of Athletics Federations on transfer of allegiance will make Erupe ineligible.

Under the rules adopted last week at an IAAF council meeting with immediate effect, athletes must wait three years after switching allegiance before representing their adopted country.

Erupe will make his first appearance as a Korean citizen at the Gyeongju International Marathon in Gyeongju, some 370 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Oct. 21.

Erupe’s pursuit of a Korean passport once divided the local athletics community. Some said he could provide a much-needed shot in the arm for South Korean marathon running, which has stagnated for years. No Korean has made it under the 2:10:00 mark since Jeong Jin-hyeok’s 2:09:28 in 2011.

On the other hand, critics said they’d rather see homegrown runners, not foreign-born athletes, revive the once-proud marathon tradition.

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Yego hopes to return stronger after Commonwealth Games miss

Olympic javelin champion Julius Yego of Kenya has promised to return to competition stronger after his comeback ended in a disaster at the Commonwealth Games.

Yego failed to make the finals and will return to the drawing board ahead of the Diamond League season, which starts next month.

The Kenyan will launch his track and field season in Shanghai, China and wants to quickly forget his nightmare throw in Commonwealth Games.

It was the first major competition for the 28-year old Kenyan since his nagging groin problem halted his progress and saw him loss both the Rio Olympic Games and World Championships javelin titles.

“Mistakes make those who believe in winning like me stronger. Sorry for everyone who believed and counted on me to deliver. I may have disappointed you, I’m disappointed too,” he said on Saturday.

Yego has a full year to get his grove back with neither World Championships nor the Olympics in 2018. He still believes he will be fit enough to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I make mistakes and I’m heartbroken. However, I will come back stronger and make you happy. It was a huge one but sorry for the miss. Sometimes things go not our way,” he added.

Lack of technical coaches and equipment in Kenya have always hampered Yego’s progress, but he believes he will overcome it.

source: xinhuanet.com

Yimer looks to break Medal Ground In Valencia

It usually takes young Ethiopian runners time to ward away the shyness and agree to interviews, especially when their most recent performance have catapulted them to the short list of favourites ahead of an upcoming major championships.

And it took some time and patience to convince Jemal Yimer, one of the key athletes to watch in the fight for the men’s title at the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 following his scorching 59:00 debut for the distance at the RAK Half in the UAE last month. The 21-year-old finished second there in the fastest debut half marathon performance ever.

“Jemal does not like to talk much about his performances, nor show off or boast about his achievements,” his agent Malcolm Anderson says. “He is grounded, patient, and listens to the various people who support his athletics.”

Behind his quiet demeanor and short answers to interview questions lays a steely discipline that has so far been rewarded by upward mobility in an international career that has spanned less than two years.

RAPID RISE IN NATIONAL RANKS

Before venturing into the half marathon for the first time, Yimer’s best performances came at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 where he placed fifth in the 10,000m and earlier that year when he finished fourth in the senior men’s 10km at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017. These results, after his nation team debut at the 2016 African Championship in Durban, South Africa, where he was fourth in the 10,000m, show an athlete who is consistently finding a place on Ethiopia’s ultra-competitive major championship teams and knocking on the door for a medal.

“The world half marathon [championships] was my plan for 2018 because there are no major [track] championships in my event [10000m],” he says.

“My preparation has gone very well. I expect the team and myself to win medals [in Valencia]. That is why I am super excited when I am included in the team for the world championships. When I train in the national, the feeling is just different.”

Competing in Valencia is yet another step in fulfilling a prophesy that began two decades ago in the South Wollo zone of Ethiopia’s Amhara region. Born to a family of farmers and raised by his mother because his father was serving in the military during his early years, Yimer grew up with a sense of national duty and longed to serve his country in the line of duty.

STRONG COACH-ATHLETE BOND

“I really remember the time when I started running,” he says. “It was in 2010 when I was in school. I am not sure [what the event was], but I was watching TV and it was showing Tirunesh (Dibaba) and Kenenisa (Bekele) racing. I really wanted to be a runner and I was ready to fight for it. It meant wearing the national colours. It was an honour.”

His route to the top would go through the youth development centre in Debreberhan, very close to his home town, under the tutelage of coach Habtemariam Ayehu who would go on to play a crucial role in his development.

“He was ready to do anything for me,” he says. “There is this story in 2015 that I remember. I had a traffic accident when I was on my way to training. Habte was waiting for my arrival at the training ground. I was in a very good form. Unfortunately, the small van I was traveling in fell. That day, I saw him punching the vehicle [in anger] and crying after watching my critically wounded knee. I trust him after that because I watched him that day. He is like a mom and dad. He is the one behind my story from village to the world championships.”

That trust has helped guide Yimer to call-ups to Ethiopian squads for the last two years. Although Valencia is a major stepping stone in his development and presents a chance to finally break medal ground, Yimer says his immediate future lays on the track where he will be aiming for honours over the 10000m at the 2019 world championships in Doha and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I am a man of the track,” he says. “I feel like the track is where I breathe better. I can train there the whole day.”