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Jacob Ingebrigtsen and Bjerkeli Grøvdal to defend Euro Cross Country

Norway announces big names in strong team for European Cross Country Championships in Turin

Reigning European cross-country champions Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal will defend their titles in Turin, Italy, on December 11.

Ingebrigtsen won the senior men’s title last year in Dublin ahead of Aras Kaya of Turkey and Jimmy Gressier of France to add to the four titles he won as an under-20 from 2016-2019.

The 22-year-old is also the reigning Olympic 1500m and world 5000m champion and will be joined in Turin by brothers Filip and Henrik Ingebrigtsen.

Henrik won the under-23 title 10 years ago while Filip captured the senior title in 2018.

Grøvdal took the women’s senior title 12 months ago ahead of Meraf Bahta of Sweden and Alina Reh of Germany.

The 32-year-old is also a former European under-20 champion from 2009, she is a three-time Olympian and earlier this year broke Ingrid Kristiansen’s long-standing Norwegian 5000m record with 14:31.07 in Oslo.

Spain has also named a strong team for the event led by world 1500m bronze medallist Mohamed Katir.


SOurce: athleticsweekly.com

Wanda Diamond League in Numbers

The Wanda Diamond League returned for its 13th season in 2022, taking place over 13 meetings from May to September.

Yet it proved to be anything but an inauspicious year as the series celebrated another thrilling summer of athletics action. Here’s a look back at the year in numbers.

Global series

Phileas Fogg may have made it around the world in 80 days, but the Wanda Diamond League had to settle for 118. Starting in Doha on May 13th, the series travelled to four different continents and 12 different countries as the biggest stars of world athletics battled it out for a place in the final. Among the stops were series stalwarts such as Monaco, Brussels and Oslo, but also a new addition in Silesia, which hosted the first ever Diamond League meeting on Polish soil.

It was also a truly global series in terms of participation. A total of 1084 athletes (555 male, 529 female) from 88 different countries took part in the Diamond League in 2022, almost 200 more than in the previous season. There were 146 winners of individual events, hailing from 48 different countries, while the 32 Diamond League Champions encompassed 21 different nationalities.


Poland was not the only country to make a Diamond League debut in 2022. There were also several nations who picked up their first ever win and their first ever title in athletics’ most prestigious one-day series. Soufiane El Bakkali finally broke his Diamond Trophy duck to become the first Moroccan Diamond League Champion in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, winning four out of five meetings in the men’s 3000m steeplechase to take his first ever title.

Neeraj Chopra also made national history in the men’s javelin, becoming the first Indian to win a Diamond League meeting with victory in Lausanne and the first to win the Diamond Trophy with a win in Zurich a few weeks later. Slovenia also celebrated their first title as Kristjan Ceh stormed to a perfect record of five wins in five in the men’s discus, while Marileidy Paulino became the first ever Diamond League champion from the Dominican Republic in the women’s 400m.

Record breakers and pace setters

More than ever in 2022, the Wanda Diamond League proved itself to be the series where the world’s best set the standard for elite track and field. No less than 51 world leads were set on the circuit this year in 16 men’s and 14 women’s events.

There was also the usual flood of historic performances, with 55 new national records set by athletes from 29 different countries. These included Faith Kipyegon’s Kenyan record of 3:50.37 in the women’s 1500m in Monaco and Jakob Ingebrigtsen’s 3:46.46 Norwegian record on home soil in the men’s mile in Oslo.

Area records also fell like flies in 2022, as seven new marks were set across three different areas and five different disciplines. Highlights included Marie-Josée Ta Lou’s African record of 10.72 in the women’s 100m in Monaco and Tobi Amusan’s African record of 12.41 in the women’s 100m hurdles in Paris, a mark she later bettered with her world record at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

Many athletes also made series history, with a total of 10 Diamond League records broken in the course of 2022. Seven of them came in points-scoring events, including Joe Kovacs title-winning throw of 23.23m in the men’s shot put and Michael Norman’s staggering 43.60 in the men’s 400m in Eugene.

Click here to browse all Diamond League records and all-time Diamond League statistics

Source: diamondleague.com

Eliud Kipchoge nominated for the World Athlete of the Year Award

Two times Olympic marathon champion, Eliud Kipchoge has been nominated for the 2022 World Athlete of the Year Gala Award that will be held in December.

Kipchoge recently made history as the fastest man on earth after breaking his own world marathon record by thirty seconds.

The 37 year-old is the only other Kenyan male to win the award after the 800m world record holder David Rudisha winning it 2010.

Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco has also been added to the list, making it two male athletes from the Continent.

Below are the 2022 nominees for World Athlete of the Year

  1. Kristjan Ceh (Slovakia)

– World discus champion

– Diamond League discus champion, throwing a national record 71.27m on the circuit in Birmingham

– European discus silver medallist

2. Alison dos Santos (Brazil)

– World 400m hurdles champion

– Diamond League 400m hurdles champion

– Ran a world-leading South American record of 46.29

3. Mondo Duplantis (Sweden)

– World pole vault champion indoors and outdoors

– Diamond League and European pole vault champion

– Improved his world record to 6.19m and 6.20m indoors, and then 6.21m outdoors

4. Soufiane El Bakkali (Morocco)

– World 3000m steeplechase champion

– Diamond League 3000m steeplechase champion

– Unbeaten in 2022, running a world-leading 7:58.28 in Rabat

5. Grant Holloway (USA)

– World 110m hurdles champion

– World indoor 60m hurdles champion

– Diamond League 110m hurdles champion

6. Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Norway)

– World 5000m champion, world 1500m silver medallist indoors and outdoors

– European 1500m and 5000m champion

– Diamond League 1500m champion in a world-leading 3:29.02

7. Eliud Kipchoge, (Kenya)

– Improved his world marathon record to 2:01:09

– Berlin Marathon champion

– Tokyo Marathon champion

8. Noah Lyles (USA)

– World 200m champion

– Diamond League 200m champion

– Ran a world-leading national record of 19.31 to move to third on the world all-time list

9. Anderson Peters (Grenada)

– World javelin champion

– Commonwealth javelin silver medallist

– Threw a world-leading NACAC record of 93.07m, moving to fifth on the world all-time list

10. Pedro Pichardo (Portugal)

– World triple jump champion with a world-leading leap of 17.95m

A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.

The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the World Athletics social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this week; a ‘like’ on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.

Voting for the World Athletes of the Year closes at midnight on Monday 31 October. At the conclusion of the voting process, five women and five men finalists will be announced by World Athletics.

The winners will be revealed on World Athletics’ social media platforms in early December.

Further information about the World Athletics Awards 2022 will be announced in the coming weeks.

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

Jacon Ingebrigtsen wins 5000m gold in Munich

Olympic 1500m champion, Jacon Ingebrigtsen lived to his expectations as he defended his 5000m title on Tuesday at the European Athletics Championships held in Munich.

Ingerbrigtsen shocked the world as a 17 year-old prodigy when he claimed both the 1500m and 5,000m title at the last Euro champion held in Germany.

The 21 year-old who is reigning World champion over the 5000m distance took the honors in a time of 13:21.13 with World 1500m bronze medallist, Mohamed Katir from Spain, winning his first medal in a European Championship when he took silver in 13:22.98.

The 2018 bronze medallist in 10,000m, Ethiopian-born Italian, Yemaneberhan Crippa closed the podium three finishes with a bronze medal in 13:24.83.

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

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 faces Jakob Ingebrigtsen in Oslo

Newly crowned Africa 1500m, champion Abel Kipsang leads a strong field that includes Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the Oslo Diamond League that will be held on Thursday (16) at Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway.

Kipsang who is also the World Indoor bronze medallist will take on the world Indoor silver medallist in the famous Dream Mile.

Ingerbrigtsen holds 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 while Kipsang holds 3:50.87 that he got this year also at the same venue.

Kipsang will also take the likes of Spain’s Mohammed Katir, Australia’s Stewart McSweyn.


Where to watch Pre Classic Diamond League

Watch the live show that includes, Beatrice Chepkoech, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Noah Lylesat the Pre Classic Diamond League Meeting that will be held on Friday (27) in Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

The meeting will be streamed in a number of territories on the Wanda Diamond League YouTube page from 13.00 local time (GMT -7)

The livestream will NOT be available in all territories.

To find out where the meeting may be broadcast in your country, check the list below. If your country does not appear on the list, please check local listings. The list is subject to change, and some broadcasters may only show highlights coverage, while others will show the meeting live. Please check your local listings to find out more information.

Territories Broadcaster
Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Reunion, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, Socotra, South Africa, St. Helena and Ascension, Swaziland, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Zanzibar, Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Mayotte, Morocco, Saint Helena, Somalia, Togo, Tunisia, Western Sahara Supersport (English) / Canal+ (French)
Argentina TeleRed
Australia Fox Sports
Baltics: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania TV3 (SIA)
Balkans: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia Sportklub
Belgium VRT
Brazil Globo / Newco – Band Sport
Bulgaria A1 – Sport Max
Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba), Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands Flow Sports
China CCTV
Czech Republic Ceska Televize
Denmark NENT
Finland MTV
France / Monaco Sportall / AthleTV
Germany Sky Deutschland
Greece / Cyprus TAF / ERT
India Viacom 18
Israel Charlton
Italy and the Vatican City Sky / Rai
Hungary MTVA
Macau TDM
Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic Sky Mexico
Netherlands Ziggo Sports / NOS
New Zealand Spark
Norway NRK
Poland Polsat
Portugal Sport TV Portugal
Singapore Starhub
South Korea KBS
Slovakia RTV
Spain Movistar
Sweden C More-TV4 / SVT
Switzerland SRG
Thailand Cineplex / Mono
Turkey Ssport
United Kingdom, Guernsey, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man- audio BBC Service overseas BBC
Ukraine Sentana
USA NBC Sports
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Bhutan, Bolivia, Chile, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, Venezuela Wanda Diamond League YouTube / Facebook

Levy Kibet runs away with the 5000m title in Huelva

World U20 3000m bronze medallist Levy Kibet ran away with the 5000m race title at the 17th edition of Meeting Iberoamericano de Atletismo which is a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting held on Wednesday (25) in Huelva, Spain.

The 18 year-old who came to this race with the second fastest time on paper of 13:16.57 that he got early this month at the Kip Keino Classic where he finished in fourth, fought for the honors with Eritrea’s Merhawi Mebrahtu who pushed him to the wall but the Kenyan managed to hold him off  to cross the line with the third fastest time this season (Jakob Ingebrigtsen 13:02.03 and Addis Yihune 13:02.10) and a new personal best of 13:03.09.

Mebrahtu was forced to settle in second but he managed to set a new Eritrean National U20 record and a new personal best of 13:04.09 with the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics silver medallist Thierry Ndikumwenayo from Burundi closing the podium three finishes in a time of 13:06.46.

Spain’s Oussim Ouamaiz and Hamish Carson from New Zealand came home in fourth and fifth place in a 13:06.74 and 13:17.27 (pb) respectively.

The 2019 European U23 bronze medallist, Elzan Bibic finished sixth with a new Serbian National record of 13:24.42


5000M MEN

  1. Levy Kibet                           (KEN) 13:03.09
  2. Merhawi Mebrahtu            (ERT) 13:04.09
  3. Thierry Ndikumwenayo    (BUR) 13:06.46
  4. Oussim Ouamaiz                (SPN) 13:06.74
  5. Hamish Carson                   (NZL) 13:17.27