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Noah Lyles and Jake Wightman to headline New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

The reigning World Champions in 200m and 1500m, Noah Lyles and Jake Wightman will return to the 28th edition of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix that will be held on February 4, 2023 at the newly refurbished state-of-the-art indoor track and field facility at New Balance’s world headquarters in Brighton, United States.

Lyles will be making his return to action after an impressive season that started off by winning the 60m the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, before going on to an undefeated season over 200m, which included victories at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon and the Diamond League Final, which he won in a new American record and the fourth-fastest time in history of 19.31.

The 25 year-old is currently a finalist for the World Athlete of Year Award ceremony that will be held next month.

The 28 year-old Wightman will also be making a return at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix after a thrilling victory at this year’s World Athletics Championships in the 1500m race that made him the first British man to win gold in the metric mile since Steve Cram in 1983.

After an illustrious performance in Oregon, Wightman went ahead and took bronze medal over 1500m at the Commonwealth Games and the silver in the 800m at the European Championships, before ending his season with his third win at the Fifth Avenue Mile.

The Scot will headline the 3000m in Boston and will wrap up his indoor season at the Birmingham World Indoor Tour Final on February 25.

You can Purchase the tickets at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com

Men’s European Athlete of the Year nominees announced

Have your say and vote now for your men’s European Athlete of the Year across social media!

A long-list of 10 athletes has been compiled by an expert panel based largely on performances achieved at the European Athletics Championships in Munich, World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade and the Diamond League finals in Zurich.

The social media vote accounts for one-quarter of the overall vote with the Member Federations vote, media vote and expert panel vote each accounting for one-quarter of the vote. You can cast your vote by retweeting the image of the athlete you wish to vote for on Twitter, by liking the image on Instagram or by liking or sharing on Facebook.

Voting closes across all channels on Friday 30 September and a shortlist of three athletes will be announced in each category in the week starting 3 October.

In alphabetical order, the 10 nominees are:

  1. Kristjan Ceh                 (SLO)
  2. Armand Duplantis      (SWE)
  3. Jakob Ingebrigtsen     (NOR)
  4. Lamont  Jacobs            (ITA)
  5. Kevin Mayer                (FRA)
  6. Wojciech Nowicki      (POL)
  7. Pedro Pichardo          (POR)
  8. Gianmarco Tamberi   (ITA)
  9. Miltiadis Tentoglou  (GRE)
  10. Jake Wightman           (GBR)
Source: european-athletics.com

Jake Wigh beats Emmanuel Korir in Brussels

World 1500m champion, Jake Wightman beat the Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir to clinch victory at the Brussels Diamond League Meeting held on Friday (02) in Brussels, Belgium.

Wightman pulled clear in the final 200m to claim an impressive victory running under one minute and 44 seconds for the first time in his career and setting a new Scottish record and personal best of 1:43.65.

World silver medallist, Djamel Sedjati, from Algeria came home in second place in 1:44.12 with the race favorite Korir who was also chasing for the third Diamond League trophy closing the podium three finishes in 1:44.12.

The 2018 World U20 bronze medallist, Eliot Crestan from Belgium and Sudan born now Canadian Marco Arop came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:44.24 and 1:44.48 respectively.

Timothy Cheruiyot to battle Jake Wightman, Jakob Ingebrigstsen in Lausanne

Olympic silver medallist, Timothy Cheruiyot will be hoping to qualify for the final in the men’s 1500m at the 11th leg of the Wanda Diamond League that will be held on 26 August 2022 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The 26 year-old who is the three-time champion, comes to this race with a personal best of 3:28.28 that he got at this event in 2019 where he took the honors.

Cheruiyot will fight for the honors alongside his two compatriots, the World Indoor bronze medallist, Abel Kipsang, the twelfth fastest athlete over the distance in the world kamar Etiang and the 2019 All-African Games Bronze medallist, Charles Cheboi.

Cheruiyot has been beaten by Kipsang severally this year including at the Doha Diamond League Meeting and the Kenyan trials to the World championships.

The Rongai Athletics Club based athlete will battle the recently crowned world 1,500m champion Jake Wightman and Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigstsen.

Wightman took the world title when he went under the 3:30 mark with a personal best of 3:29.23 beating the Norwegian to second in 3:29.47 with Cheruiyot finishing a distant sixth in 3:30.69.

Cheruiyot who is coached by Bernard Ouma of RAC was beaten to second place at the just concluded Commonwealth Games by Australian Oliver Hoare with Wightman finishing in third, will be looking to redeem himself as he chases this year’s Diamond League title which if he wins will be his fourth.

Jacob Ingebrigtsen to launch another double attempt in Munich 2022

Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen will be heavily involved in the Munich 2022 European Athletics Championships, part of the wider multisport European Championships, as he defends the 1500m and 5000m titles he won as a 17-year-old at the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships.

The Olympic 1500m champion and world 5000m champion will not, however, face the either of his brothers Filip and Henrik who are both injured nor the Brit who unexpectedly beat him to the world 1500m title in Eugene last month, Jake Wightman.

The latter is concentrating on the 800m in Munich – the event he originally planned to do at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games until he was nudged back to the longer distance because of the number of friends and family who had bought tickets for the final last Saturday when he won bronze in a high quality final in 3:30.53.

With a personal best of 1:44.18 from 2020, Wightman has a realistic chance of adding another European medal to the bronze he won over 1500m in Berlin four years ago – and his victory over 1000m at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Wednesday night in 2:13.88, ninth fastest of all-time, will have done his confidence no harm at all.

France’s Benjamin Robert has the fastest 2022 time of all entrants – the 1:43.75 he clocked in winning at the Paris Diamond League on 18 June in boisterous fashion, squeezing in between the two leaders with enough physicality to be disqualified before being reinstated on appeal. If things get physical in Munich, Robert is unlikely to come off second best.

Tony van Diepen is also well acquainted with the hurly-burly of the track having been a part of the Dutch teams that won 4x400m silver at the Tokyo 2020 Games and mixed 4x400m silver at the World Championships in Oregon.

Individually, van Diepen has won European indoor silver in 2021 and bronze in 2019 over 400m and has a best 800m time of 1:44.14 set this year in Paris after M. Robert had burst past him at the Stade Charlety. Robert’s compatriot Gabriel Tual, seventh in last year’s Olympic final, is third fastest on this year’s European list with 1:44.23, set in – you’ve guessed it – Paris. But the French team will be without the popular Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, the 2017 world champion, due to injury.

Poland’s Patryk Dobek has run 1:44.59 this year and even though he exited in the heats at the World Athletics Championships, he can also draw upon the experience of winning bronze at last year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

Other medal prospects include Sweden’s Andreas Kramer (1:44.59), Ireland’s Mark English (1:44.76), fellow Brits Ben Pattison (1:44.60) and Kyle Langford (1:44.61), Spain’s reigning world indoor champion Mariano Garcia (1:45.12) and the very experienced former two-time world medallist Amel Tuka from Bosnia and Herzegovina (1:46.15) whose lifetime best of 1:42.57 dates back to 2015.

Aside from Bosse, another notable absentee will be the three-time reigning champion Adam Kszczot from Poland who retired at the start of the year.

Ingebrigtsen’s path to double gold is clearer although not without challenges

With Wightman elsewhere, Ingebrigtsen will surely feel happier about the prospect of his 1500m defence, but he will still face a field full of Spanish and British medal threats.

Second on this year’s European list with 3:30.20, Spain’s Mario Garcia will be looking to give the Norwegian wonderboy another run for his money after finishing fourth – two places behind Ingebrigtsen – in Oregon.

The Brits dominate the 2022 European list with six athletes in the top nine and despite the absence of Wightman and Olympic bronze medallist Josh Kerr, Jake Heyward (3:31.08), Neil Gourley (3:32.93) and Matt Stonier (3:32.50) form a trio with clear medal-winning ability.

But Ingebrigtsen, who ran 3:29.47 to take world silver, and ran an Olympic and European record of 3:28.32 at the Tokyo 2020 Games, should have enough to cover any challenge in both events.

In the 5000m, it might be the athlete who appears second from last on the entry-list in terms of season’s bests who could provide the biggest challenge to Ingebrigtsen. That athlete is Spain’s Mohammed Katir who won a bronze medal behind Ingebrigtsen in the 1500m at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon and will be focusing solely on the longer event in Munich.

Katir, 24, has a modest season’s best of 13:43.61 from the Spanish Championships but he showed what he can do over the longer distance by running a national record of 12:50.79 in Rome last summer in the same race where Ingebrigtsen broke the European record with 12:48.65.

Another strong potential challenger is the experienced Spaniard Adel Mechaal, who was fifth in the Olympic 1500m final last year and set a 5000m personal best of 13:06.02 in Oslo in June. Mechaal didn’t make it through to the final of the World Athletics Championships but that wasn’t too surprising as he had only just recovered from an untimely bout of coronavirus which forced him to miss the 1500m.

In both the 5000m and 10,000m, watch out for Italy’s Yemaneberhan Crippa, 25, who has been a star performer in numerous European competitions, winning bronze at the 2019 European Cross Country Championships and the European 10,000m Cup in the same year.

Crippa has the fastest time among the entrants based on season’s best performances in the 10,000m with 27:16.18 ahead of another showboating, talented figure in Jimmy Gressier of France – he of the famous faceplant as he won the 2018 European U23 cross country title. This didn’t stop him from walking through the line to win the same title the following year, demonstrating just how much time he had to spare.

There weren’t quite the same histrionics at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Dublin last December but Gressier let his running do the talking and he came away with his first senior medal in a race where Ingebrigtsen ruled triumphant once again.

Gressier will be focusing solely on the 10,000m in Munich and the Frenchman is the second fastest performer this year with 27:24.51 which he set at the European 10,000m Cup on home soil in Pacé in May when he ran away from the field for the individual title.

Belgium’s Isaac Kimeli is another familiar fixture on the European scene who will go for both the 5000m and 10,000m along with Great Britain’s Sam Atkin and Germany’s Mohamed Mohumed, the latter second to Ingebrigtsen on the 5000m season’s list with 13:03.18.

Italy’s middle distance prospects continue through to the 3000m steeplechase in which they field the two fastest entrants on paper in Ahmed Abdelwahed and Osama Zoghlami, who finished sixth and seventh in Rome in 8:10.29 and 8:11.00 respectively.

But they will be wary of the presence of France’s Djilali Bedrani, who finished fourth in the 2018 European Championships and was fifth at the World Athletics Championships the following year.

Bedrani has only run 8:26.18 so far this year but the potential is obvious. He could very possibly keep the title in French hands with four-time champion Mahiedine Mekhissi ruled out of the championships due to injury.

Others to look out for include home runner Frederik Ruppert, who has clocked 8:15.58 this year, Spain’s Daniel Arce, who has a 2022 personal best of 8:14.31 and Bedrani’s compatriot Mehdi Belhadj, who has clocked 8:16.35 this season.

Source: european-athletics.com

Jake Wightman has become the Commonwealth Games poster-boy aiming for golden hat-trick

Nearly-man Jake Wightman has assumed poster-boy status for these Commonwealth Games and he cannot believe it.

Born 50 miles up the road in Nottingham, the identical twin was an athletics page boy – but never the groom – until a month ago.

In the space of 24 incredible days, the Edinburgh-based 1,500 metres star took a huge leap from collecting minor medals in championships. He became British champion for the first time then flew to the United States and stunned the sport by landing the world title – as dad and coach Geoff provided the stadium commentary.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Wightman, Britain’s first 1,500m world champion since Steve Cram in 1983. “And pretty cool, because my Commonwealth and European bronze medals from 2018 were getting a bit extinct.

“I’m glad I’ve been able to refresh my CV and my dad can actually announce me as something else.”

So impressed was middle-distance legend Sebastian Coe that he believes there is “no reason” Wightman can’t complete a golden hat-trick – here in Birmingham and then at next month’s European Championships.

“Jake will know he has that opportunity,” said Coe of an athlete who has leapfrogged all the 1980s greats to No.3 in the all-time British rankings. “You have to say, putting the kiss of death on it, he has done the hardest one first.

“What Jake achieved in Eugene is a huge deal for British athletics. Absolutely massive. It’s great for him but I think the impact it will have psychologically on a lot of other really good middle-distance runners that we also have will be massive.

“Somebody needed to win something and Jake’s done that. I think that will give permission for the current generation to feel more emboldened in the championship arena.

“The next generation coming through have a role model now.”

Wightman, 28, intends to embrace the responsibility, starting here where he wears the Scottish vest, adding: “I hope I can be a lightning rod for others. “British and Scottish athletics is in such a good place at the moment.

“There’s a lot of people who should be pretty proud at what they did to set the ball rolling. And it’s not finished rolling yet.

“There’s more athletes coming through that will be able to hopefully be as good as this in the coming years.”

Scottish athletics is particularly strong coming into these Games with Laura Muir having delivered one of the most eye-catching performances in Eugene to take women’s 1,500m bronze.

Josh Kerr, Olympic 1,500m bronze medallist, was fifth behind Wightman while Eilish McColgan has broken three British records this year

Jake Wightman shocks the world as he snatches the 1500m gold in Oregon

Great Britain’s Jake Wightman send shock waves as he denied Kenyans their dominance in the 1,500m race when he ran the world leading and second fastest time in the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

Former world champion Timothy Cheruiyot and World Indoor 1500m bronze medallist, Abel Kipsang could not match the great shape of Wightman.

This is the first gold ever in over the distance Wightman gold was since Steve Cram won the inaugural World Championship at Helsinki in 1983.

The 28 year-old held off Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen down the stretch to win the event in a time of 3:29.23 seconds with the latter taking silver in a time of 3:29.47.

World Indoor bronze medallist Mohamed Katir from Spain won his country the bronze medal with a time of 3:29.90.

“It probably won’t sink in until I have retired I don’t think,” he said. “It’s mad. I had such a disappointing year in Tokyo last year. I don’t think people realize how crushing it was to go in with such high expectations and come away hoping for a medal but end up tenth,” said Wightman.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen writes off four records in Oslo

Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen ran the world’s fastest mile in 21 years at the Bislett Games held on Thursday (16) at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway.

Ingerbrigtsen who came to this race with the fastest mile time on paper of 3:47.24 that he got last year at the Hayward Field which is also a National record, was chasing the European record that was set in 1985 by Britain’s Steve Cram of 3:46.32 which he narrowly missed by 14 seconds.

The 21 year-old blazed off when he set a new personal record, Diamond League record, National record and world-leading time of 3:46.46.

Ingerbrigtsen is now placed as the 13th-best time in history and the fastest since world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco clocked 3:44.95 in 2001. El Guerrouj’s world record is 3:43.13 from 1999.

He was followed closely by Australian Ollie Hoare in a time of 3:47.48 which is an Australasian record with Great Britain’s Jake Wightman closing the podium three finishes with a personal best of 3:50.30.

Great Britain’s Neil Gourley finished in fourth in a personal best of 3:52.91 with Charles Grethen finishing in fifth in 3:53.20 which is a Luxemburg National Record

Abel Kipsang to face Adel Mechaal at Müller Indoor Grand Prix

Olympic Games 1500m finalist Abel Kipsang will face the European Indoor record holder in 3000m champion, Adel Mechaal at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix, which is a World Athletics Indoor Tour gold level series that will be held on Friday (19) at the Utilita Arena – Birmingham.

Kipsang is just fresh from winning his first Indoor games race at the the Meweting Metz Monsele Athlelor, where he beat the world 1500m bronze medallist, Marcin Lewandowski.

Kipsang will have an uphill task as he will be battling Mechaal who is on a mission to lower the Spanish indoor record in the 1500m of 3:33.32 that was set in 1999 by Andres Manuel Diaz at a meeting in Piraeus. Greece.

European Champion bronze medallist in 1500m race, Jake Wightman from Britain is another title contender. Wightman who is also the 2018 commonwealth games bronze medallist comes to this race carrying a personal best of 3:29.47 that he got in 2020 in Monaco.

British line-up also features Neil Gourley, who clocked 3:35.32 in Boston on February 12, and Charlie Grice, who set his personal best of 3:30.62 in the 1500m in Monaco in 2019.

Peter Elliott’s British long-standing indoor record of 3:34.20 could be under threat

Adel Mechaal shatters European indoor 3000m Record

European 5000m silver medallist and European indoor 3000m champion Adel Mechaal took the European indoor 3000m record apart at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix that was held on Sunday (6) night at the Ocean Breeze Athletics Complex on Staten Island, in New York.

Mechaal shattered the old European indoor record of 7:32.41 that was set in 2010 by Sergio Sánchez from Spain, setting a new European Record of 7:30.82.

The 31-year-old hit the front a third of the way through and such was his dominance there was never much doubt the rest of the field could catch him.

“I was sure I could do 7:33. I will chase the Spanish Indoor record in Birmingham, and I plan the 3000m at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade. With someone pushing the last few laps, I could have run 7:29, but not better than that today”, said Mechaal.

Two time Olympic 5000m finalist Andrew Butchart from Britain, came home in second in a personal best of 7:37.42, sharing the same time as Luis Grijalva from Guatemala, who improved his national record.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jake Wightman, who was the race favorite, crossed the line in fourth place in 7:37.81 which is his lifetime best.

LEADING RESULTS

3000M MEN 

  1. Adel Mechaal        (SPN) 7:30.82
  2. Andrew Butchart   (BRT) 7:37.42
  3. Luis Grijalva           (GTL) 7:37.42