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Selemon Barega to attack the world indoor 3000m record

Tokyo Olympic Games 10000m champion, Selemon Barega is to return to race at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais, a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting, in Lievin on 17 February.

The 21 year-old moved to third place on the world indoor all-time list with his performance in Lievin last year, where he clocked 7:26.10 finishing second behind his fellow country-mate Getnet Wale who threatened Daniel Komen’s 24 years, long standing world record of 7:24.90. The World U20 bronze medalist Champion missed to break the record with nine seconds.

The world indoor silver medallist, will focus to attack the world indoor 3000m record in Lievein. Six men had bettered 7:30 for 3000m indoors. Now the figure stands at 10, with the fourth-place finisher in last year’s edition, Berihu Aregawi, also dipping under the mark with 7:29.24.

World indoor 1500m record holder, Gudaf Tsegay will also be returning to Lievin but this time he will be racing the mile.

The meeting will also include world indoor 60m hurdles record-holder Grant Holloway, Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs and Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen returns to race Lievin 1500m

Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen is to return to race at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais, a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting, in Lievin on 17 February.

The 21-year-old opened his 2021 season with victory in Lievin, breaking the European 1500m record with 3:31.80 after a dominant run which saw him win by five seconds and improve Hicham el Guerrouj’s meeting record by 0.21.

That performance put him fifth on the world all-time list, just 0.76 off Samuel Tefera’s world indoor record set in 2019.

Ingebrigtsen went on to achieve a gold medal double at the European Indoor Championships in Torun, taking titles in the 1500m and 3000m, before an outdoor season which included his Olympic 1500m victory in Tokyo.

He will be joined in the Lievin 1500m field by his brother Filip, the 2017 world bronze medallist.

The Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais is one of the seven Gold-level World Indoor Tour meetings taking place in 2022. In 2021, the meeting was highlighted by Gudaf Tsegay’s world indoor 1500m record and the 24-year-old Ethiopian will also be back in Lievin next month to race the mile.

Other athletes announced for the meeting include Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs. The Italian sprinter achieved his first victory of 2021 in the French town, winning the 60m in 6.54.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen beats Aras Kaya to lift the European Cross Country title

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, rounded off a memorable 2021 with European Cross Country gold in Dublin beating the two-time European champion Aras Kaya from Turkey in the men’s 10 km race that was held at the Sport Ireland Campus in Fingal-Dublin.

The 21-year-old Norwegian middle-distance star claimed his first European senior gold medal in his debut as he also beat three-time European under 23 cross country champion Jimmy Gressier from France.

Ingebrigtsen crowned a memorable 2021 season in which he won the Olympic 1500 metres in Tokyo setting the European record of 3:28.32. His older brother Filip did not finish the race.

The leading group was whittled down to four runners by the end of the second large lap: Kaya, Ingebrigtsen, Gressier and Yeman Crippa with one lap and a half to go. Crippa dropped out of the race because of a stomach problem on the penultimate lap.

Kaya pushed the pace ahead of Ingebrigtsen. They broke away from Gressier at the bell.

The Olympic 1500m champion stepped up his pace, dropping Kaya and increased his lead to cut the tape 30:15.

Kaya came home in second in 30:29 with Gressier closed the first three podium finishes in 30:38.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen to make senior debut at the European Cross Country Championships

Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen will make his debut in the senior men’s race at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Fingal-Dublin on 12 December.

Ingebrigtsen has dominated the U20 race since 2016, winning four successive individual titles and also leading Norway to the U20 team title in Tilburg 2018.

Jakob will be lining up alongside his older brother Filip who memorably won the senior men’s title at those championships three years ago.

The Norwegian team will also be strong contenders to land their first ever senior title as a collective. Their team is strengthened by the inclusion of Zerei Kbrom who recently relieved Jakob Ingebrigtsen of his Norwegian 10km record with 27:39 in Valencia.

Another perennial medal contender on the Norwegian team is Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal, a medallist in the senior women’s race at the last five editions of the European Cross Country Championships.

After winning four successive silver medals between 2015 and 2018, Grovdal upgraded to silver behind Turkey’s four-time winner Yasemin Can in 2019. Will Grovdal go one step better and land the senior title some 12 years after she won the U20 title when Dublin staged these championships in 2009?

The full Norwegian team can be found here.

Source: european-athletics.com

Kipchoge, Cheptegei sail to the World Male Athlete of the Year Award Finals

Two times Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and Olympic 5000m champion Joshua Cheptegei have sailed through to the finals of the World Athletics’ Male Athlete of the Year award that will be held on December 1.

Kipchoge became the first man since 1980 to successfully defend his Olympic marathon title, and his time of 2 hours 8min 38sec gave him a winning margin of 80 seconds – the biggest at the Games since 1972.

Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis still has a chance at winning the award for the second year running. He achieved Olympic, Diamond League and European indoor titles in the pole vault. Karsten Warholm from Norway is the other finalist, having twice broken the 400m hurdles world record set by American Kevin Young that had stood for more than 28 years.

Also on the battle for the prestigious award is the undefeated American shot putter Ryan Crouser.

The shocker of the night is Norway’s Tokyo 2020 and European Indoor 1500m gold medallist Jakob Ingebrigtsen who failed to make the cut for not gaining enough votes.

World Athletics revealed last month the initial shortlist of 10 Olympic champions last month, and a three-way voting process reduced the number to half.

The World Athletics Council’s votes are 50 per cent of the result, with the World Athletics Family and public votes both holding 25 per cent.

Italy furious after world’s fastest man excluded from 2021 Athlete of the year list

The Italian Olympic movement is furious over the exclusion of sprinter Marcell Jacobs from the nominees list for male athlete of the year by World Athletics, with a senior official calling it “a lack of respect” and “profoundly wrong.”

The sport’s governing body announced a list of 10 nominees for the prestigious award but found no room for the only man to win two golds on the track at the Tokyo Olympics. Jacobs was the surprise Olympic champion in the 100 metres – the signature event of track and field – and also helped Italy to gold in the 4×100 relay.

“It’s profoundly wrong,” Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malagò said Friday, a day after the nominees were announced. “We’re very upset.”

Italian high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi, who tied for Olympic gold with Mutaz Barshim in his event moments before Jacobs won the 100, also failed to make the cut. Malagò said the omissions amount to “a lack of respect toward our two athletes.”

The 10 nominees are Joshua Cheptegei, Ryan Crouser, Mondo Duplantis, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Eliud Kipchoge, Pedro Pichardo, Daniel Stahl, Miltiadis Tentoglou, Damian Warner and Karsten Warholm. The nominees were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of World Athletics. The winner will be announced in December.

Jacobs, also won the 60 meters at the European Indoor championships in March, did not compete after the Olympics, when he withdrew from his remaining Diamond League events to recover from a knee injury. “As always, the World Athletics Awards will recognise athletes who have performed at the highest level across the year, taking into account not only the Olympic Games, but the one-day meeting circuits,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said.

Source: stuff.co.nz

Eliud Kipchoge nominated for Male Athlete of the Year award

World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge is among the 10 nominees for the Male Athlete of the Year, World Athletics has announced.

The 36 year-old defended his Rio title at the Tokyo Olympics.

The nominees for 2021 Male World Athlete of the Year are:

  1. Joshua Cheptegei Uganda (Olympic 5000m and 10000m champion)
  2. Ryan Crouser (American shot putter and discus thrower)
  3. Mondo Duplantis – Swedish–American pole vaulter and the current world indoor record holder
  4. Jakob Ingebrigtsen Norwegian middle-distance runner. Won gold at the 1500m in the Olympics
  5. Pedro Pichardo Cuban-born Portuguese triple jumper and current Olympic
  6. Daniel Stahl – Swedish athlete specializing in the discus throw
  7. Miltiadis Tentoglou – Greek Long jump athlete who won gold at Tokyo 2020
  8. Damian Warner Canadian track and field athlete specializing in decathlon. He is a 2020 Olympic champion and is set to be inducted to Canada’s Walk of fame
  9. Karsten Warholm – Norwegian athlete specializing in 400m hurdles. He won gold at the men’s 400m hurdles final at Tokyo 2020

The voting process officially began on Thursday, with the World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family set to cast their votes by email.

For fans, they will be able to vote via the World Athletics social media platforms either by ‘liking’ a graphic of their favourite athlete or via a retweet on twitter.

Men’s and women’s European Athlete of the Year finalists announced

With 10 days until the Golden Tracks award ceremony takes place in Lausanne, Switzerland on 16 October, we can announce the three finalists for the men’s and women’s European Athlete of the Year.

The shortlist includes both the 2019 European Athletes of the Year Mariya Lasitskene and Karsten Warholm, both of whom won gold medals at the Tokyo Olympic Games and trophies in the Diamond League final in Zurich.

The shortlist was determined by a four-part voting process which incorporates votes from fans across social media, Member Federations, media and an expert European Athletics panel. Each section constituted 25 percent of the vote.

Sifan Hassan (The Netherlands)

Sifan Hassan almost pulled off the unthinkable feat of winning three individual gold medals at the same Olympics. Hassan won the 5000m and 10,000m titles but the Dutchwoman came up narrowly short in the 1500m, settling for bronze behind Faith Kipyegon and Laura Muir.

Hassan’s pre-Olympic campaign was highlighted by a world 10,000m record of 29:06.82 in Hengelo – a mark which was beaten on the same track only two days later by Letesenbet Gidey – and while her exploits in Tokyo had understandably caught up her, the seemingly indefitagle Hassan still finished her season with a flourish.

After winning over 5000m in Eugene, Hassan ran one of the fastest mile times in history in Brussels with 4:14.74 before finishing a close second to Kipyegon over 1500m in the Diamond League final in Zurich.

Mariya Lasitskene (Authorised Neutral Athlete / Russia)

Mariya Lasitskene has won multiple world and European titles both indoors and outdoors but an Olympic medal was conspicuously absent from her collection.

Still a junior at the time of the 2012 Olympics, Lasitskene missed out on selection for London and the blanket ban on Russian athletes meant Lasitskene was absent from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Troubled by a knee injury all season, Lasitskene only qualified for the final by virtue of a third-time clearance at 1.95m but the Russian showed her immense competitive mettle by clearing season’s best of 2.02m and then 2.04m to seal the title.

Lasitskene, who was the 2019 European Athlete of the Year, then went on to clear 2.05m in the Diamond League final in Zurich. Will she become just the second athlete after Dafne Schippers (2014-15) to win the award in back-to-back editions?

Anita Wlodarczyk (Poland)

Like Lasitskene, Anita Wlodarczyk was on the comeback trail from injury but the seasoned campaigner had timed her peak to perfection.

The world record-holder created history at the Olympic Games in Tokyo by becoming the first female athlete to win three successive gold medals in the same event, clinching a third gold medal in the hammer with a winning mark of 78.48m – her best mark in three years.

Armand Duplantis (Sweden)

His world record of 6.18m remains just beyond his reach for now but Armand Duplantis achieved a record for consistency at the highest level, clearing six metres or higher in no fewer than 12 competitions indoors and outdoors.

His indoor season was highlighted by a 6.10m clearance in Belgrade, a precursor to another title at the European Indoor Championships in Torun where he cleared 6.05m to take ownership of the championship record in the arena in which he broke the world record for the first time in 2020.

Duplantis suffered two unexpected losses outdoors but the American-based Swede won every significant competition including gold at the Olympic Games with 6.02m and the Diamond League final in Zurich with 6.06m.

Duplantis has previously been a winner at the Golden Tracks. He was named joint men’s Rising Star in 2018 alongside Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen following their incredible exploits at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin.

Lamont Marcell Jacobs (Italy)

The men’s sprinting scene was thrust wide open this season and the vastly improving Lamont Marcell Jacobs duly filled this void with two scintillating performances in the 100m at the Tokyo Olympics.

Having broken the 10 second-barrier ahead of Tokyo, Jacobs eclipsed the European record with a 9.83 clocking in the semifinal before storming to gold in the final in 9.80. Further success came at the end of the championships as Jacobs ran the second leg of Italy’s gold medal-winning team in the 4x100m.

Jacobs gave notice of what was to come this summer by dominating the 60m at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Torun where he won gold in a world lead of 6.47. He also caught the attention of eagle-eyed track fans with a scintillating 8.91 split at the World Relays in Silesia.

Karsten Warholm (Norway)

Karsten Warholm raced lightly in 2021 but his performances were of a stratospheric standard.

Warholm clinched the world record from Kevin Young, appropriately on home soil at the Bislett Games in Oslo with 46.70 but the Norwegian tore his record asunder at the Olympic Games in Tokyo where he broke through the 46 second-barrier with 45.94 – a respectable time even for the 400m flat!

For the third successive season, Warholm enjoyed an unbeaten campaign in the 400m hurdles. He also took notable wins in Monaco and Berlin as well as in Zurich at the Diamond League final.

At 25, Warholm is one of the few athletes to have won both the Rising Star award and the men’s European Athlete of the Year award. Will he win again in Lausanne?

Source: european-athletics.com

Timothy Cheruiyot cements his legacy in Zurich

Olympic silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot cemented his legacy as the world 1500m veteran when he beat his perennial rival Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the finals of the Wanda Diamond League series that were held on Thursday (9) in Zurich.

Cheruiyot held off his rival to win his fourth Diamond League trophy in 3:31.37.

Cheruiyot of late has been grappling with an injury and has also been nursing a sick child, factors that have also contributed to his sub-par performance.

His coach Bernard Ouma said people sometimes forget that athletes are human beings too.

“On a podium, people see athletes, others see machines that are running and have to be position one. At the back of my mind as a coach, I see a human being with social challenges as well, the family perspective and personal as well,” he said.

Norwagian wonder boy, Ingebrigtsen was left with no option but to settle in second place in 3:31.45

Australia’s Stewart Mcsweyn took the third spot in a time of 3:32.14.

Kenya’s Ronald Kwemoi and Charles Simotwo finished in sixth and seventh place in 3:33.34 season best and 3:34.24 respectively. Bethwell Birgen also from Kenya finished last in 3:46.01

Timothy Cheruiyot to battle Jacob Ingebrigtsen in Zurich

World 1,500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot will renew his rivalry with Olympic 1,500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the Zurich Diamond League.

The duo, who have been battling in various championships across the world will be meeting for the 15th time with Norwegian Ingebrigtsen with Kenyan losing twice to the young star.

Ingebrigtsen has become the centre of attraction international more after beating Cheruiyot to win the Olympic title at the concluded Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The European 1500m champion was on fire during the Prefontaine Classic meet in Eugene, as he trounced Cheruiyot in 3:47.24 in a world leading, National Record and Diamond League Record which placed him as the ninth fastest outdoor performer in history.

Cheruiyot of late has been grappling with an injury and has also been nursing a sick child, factors that have also contributed to his sub-par performance.

His coach Bernard Ouma said people sometimes forget that athletes are human beings too.

“On a podium, people see athletes, others see machines that are running and have to be position one. At the back of my mind as a coach, I see a human being with social challenges as well, the family perspective and personal as well,” he said.

This race has some of the fastest runners ever assembled as the top five athletes are sub 3:30 with the rest being sub3:34 like Spaniard Mohamed Katir, Australia’s Stewart Mcsweyn and Abel Kipsang from Kenya have the fastest time on paper as they carry seasons best of 3:28.76, 3:29.51 and 3:29.56 respectively.

Others yearning for the title are Kenyan Charles Simotwo (93:30.30), Australia’s Oliver Hoare (3:33.19)   Spain’s Ignacio Fontes (3:33.27) Ronald Kwemoi fromKenya (3:33.53) and Matthew Ramsden (3:34.08) from Australia.

Kenya and Australia has the highest number of athletes in this race as they both are represented by three athletes


1500M MEN

  1. Timothy Cheruiyot    (KEN) 3:28.28
  2. Jacob Ingebrigtsen     (NOR) 3:28.32
  3. Mohamed Katir          (SPN)  3:28.76
  4. Stewart Mcsweyn       (AUS) 3:29.51
  5. Abel Kipsang              (KEN) 3:29.56
  6. Charles Simotwo        (KEN) 3:30.30
  7. Oliver Hoare               (AUS)  3:33.19
  8. Ignacio Fontes            (SPN)  3:33.27
  9. Ronald Kwemoi           (KEN) 3:33.53
  10. Matthew Ramsden     (AUS) 3:34.08