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Abel Kipsang to battle Samuel Tefera at Muller Games

World Indoor 1500m bronze medallist, Abel Kipsang will battle with the World  Indoor 1500m champion Samuel Tefera at the Müller Diamond League that will be held on Saturday 21 May, at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

The Olympic record holder over the distance, who has been in great shape in recent times, beat last week Olympic 1500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot for the second time in a row and will carry his great shape to muller as he will take on Tefera who holds the world indoor record of 3:31.04.

Kipsang who is the current world leader will also face-off with the Olympic 1500m bronze medallist and Scottish record holder Josh Kerr.

Other title contenders includes Great Britain’s Piers Copeland, who is the British indoor champion and Welsh indoor record holder and George Mills the 2016 European under-18 champion.

Olympic 1500m finalist and Australian national record holder, Stewart McSweyn from Australia and his compatriot  Ollie Hoare, Olympic 1500m finalist and the Australian national record holder have also been included on the star studded start list.

Josh Kerr Breaks Two Uk Records

Olympic medallist Josh Kerr produced one of the best displays of middle-distance running in British history as he smashed the UK indoor records in the 1500m and mile in the same race at the Boston University Last Chance Meet, that was held on Sunday (27) in Boston,USA

Kerr won the mile in 3:48.87 to lower Peter Elliot’s long-standing British record, and also the European indoor record.

It was the third fastest ever in the world over the distance indoors. Not only a record display over the mile, his 1500m split was also a British indoor record – also previously held by Peter Elliot in a time 3:32.85, which was the eighth quickest time in history.

Michael Saruni the star to watch at Millrose Games

Kenya’s Michael Saruni will be the star to watch at the Millrose Games, the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting that will be held on January 29, 2020 in New York City.

Saruni is the African indoor record holder with a time of 1:43.98 that places him as the fastest indoor 800m ever achieved in the US. This time also made him the second-fastest indoor performer at that time.

“It will be really great to come back to The Armory and the Millrose Games where I had such a great winning race,” Saruni said.

The 26 years-old will face off with the seventh fastest world indoor all-time list for 800m, Bryce Hoppel who holds a personal best of 1:44.37.  The 24 year-old finished fourth at the 2019 World Championships.

Five other Olympians will take part in this race, including NCAA champion, Isaiah Jewett, Charlie Hunter of Australia, Mexican record-holder Jesus Lopez of Mexico, Spanish record-holder Saul Ordonez and Irish record-holder Mark English. Isaiah Harris, who represented the USA at the 2017 World Championships.

Other top notch athletes to race at the Millrose Games include Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser, Donavan Brazier, world 800m champion, world shot put champion Joe Kovacs, Olympic 800m champion Athing Mu, Olympic pole vault champion Katie Nageotte, world indoor pole vault champion Sandi Morris, world 100m hurdles record-holder Kendra Harrison, 2016 world indoor 60m champion Trayvon Bromell, Olympic 200m bronze medallist Gabby Thomas, and Olympic 1500m bronze medallist Josh Kerr.

THREE-TIME European Champion Chris O’Hare retires from athletics

THREE-TIME European Championship medallist Chris O’Hare has announced his retirement from athletics, 14 months after a hip surgery that effectively curtailed his career.

The Scottish mile record holder, 31, was twelfth on two occasions in final of the world championships and claimed 1500 metres bronze at the 2014 Europeans in Zurich and a medal of the same colour indoors in Prague a year later.

The trailblazer and mentor for Edinburgh AC’s wave of middle-distance stars that includes Josh Kerr and Jake Wightman, he went to the Rio 2016 Olympics as a medal hope but missed out on the 1500 metres final.

A prolific victor on the American track circuit, he returned home from his base in Oklahoma to land 3000m silver at the 2019 European Indoors in Glasgow. But another indoor outing in Boston in February 2020 proved to be his competitive swansong with the father-of-three, now settled Stateside, moving into the real estate industry after clocking 25 sub-4 minute miles – eight more than any other Scottish athlete.

“Retiring is never an easy decision for an athlete to make but I am relieved to say that although I will miss everything about training and racing, I am happy to be a retired athlete,” he said.

“Running has blessed me with so many opportunities and so many wonderful lifelong friendships. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I did without the unwavering support of so many people committed to making my dreams a reality.”

UK Athletics names only 17 athletes on top-level funding for next Olympics

UK ATHLETICS has announced its list of athletes who will receive potentially career-defining funding as the summer Olympics scheduled for Paris in 2024 heave into view.

Among them is Keely Hodgkinson, who has been offered top level funding on the British Athletics Olympic world class programme.

The 19-year-old won 800m silver at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer, smashing Kelly Holmes’s British record, which had stood since 1995, by almost a second.

In March she became the youngest British winner at the European Athletics Indoor Championships for more than half a century and the youngest ever 800m European indoor champion, despite not being on full funding.

Performance director Sara Symington said: “As we start the Paris cycle, and longer-term Los Angeles 2028, we made a number of informed decisions in regard to the world-class programme membership that aligns with our strategic priorities.

“We will work closely with the 67 athlete-and-coach pairings that we are offering membership to, and will look to add support and value in their journey via their individual athlete plan,” she droned.

“The selection process is robust and lengthy and we use a lot of data which is complemented by the knowledge of our event leads to inform the decision-making process.

“We have given careful consideration to those athletes who meet the selection criteria and performance matrix which align to the future ambitions of the world class programme.”

Josh Kerr moves up to podium-level funding after winning 1500m bronze in Japan, as do Andrew Pozzi, Jemma Reekie and Jazmin Sawyers.

Alex Bell, who came seventh in the 800m final, has been offered podium funding just two years after saying she was considering taking legal action against UK Athletics after being overlooked for funding for Tokyo.

They join Dina Asher-Smith, Laura Muir, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Adam Gemili, with just 17 athletes on top-level funding. Reece Prescod and Zharnel Hughes have been downgraded to relay funding only, despite Hughes reaching the 100m Olympic final.

Olympic finalists Lizzie Bird, Jake Heyward and Marc Scott are among the athletes to be offered membership at podium potential level. Andrew Butchart, CJ Ujah and Tom Bosworth have seen their funding cut.

Source: morningstaronline.co.uk

Laura Muir named Scottish Athlete of Year

Tokyo 1500m silver medallist, Laura Muir was  named Scottish Athlete of the Year for 2021 at the 4J Annual Awards that were held on Saturday (9) night in Glasgow.

“We’re more than two months on from Tokyo but it still feels very odd,” said Muir, whose coach Andy Young won Performance Coach of the Year. “When you work so hard for something for so long and then you finally achieve it there is a sense at times that it is not real. I look at the medal sometimes and it is very strange.

Muir was competing against the short-list of fellow Olympic medallist Josh Kerr as well as training partner Jemma Reekie and Eilish McColgan.

Laura Muir to run for Scotland at 2022 Commonwealth Games

Scottish Olympic medallists Laura Muir and Josh Kerr have had their Commonwealth Games places confirmed. Eilish McColgan, Jemma Reekie, Jake Wightman and Andy Butchart will also be in the Birmingham 2022 team after their summer achievements in Tokyo.

The event runs from 28 July to 8 August next year. In a hectic 2022 schedule, the World Championships are in Oregon from 15-24 July, while Munich stages the European Championships from 11-21 August. Muir smashed the British record to finish behind defending champion Faith Kipyegon in the 1500m in Japan.

Kerr finished third over the same distance in a personal best time, while Wightman also made the final. Reekie ran her fastest race to date in Tokyo but had to settle for a fourth place over 800m after she was caught on the line.

McColgan failed to qualify for the 5,000m final after being clipped by opponents but went on to reach the 10,000m final, coming in ninth. Butchart was the only British athlete to make the men’s 5,000m final, finishing 11th.

Can Wightman make it a Commonwealth collection?

 Wightman has a 1500m bronze from the 2018 Commonwealth Games after coming fourth in the 800m on the Gold Coast. Butchart missed out with a broken foot, while Muir did not compete because she was concentrating on her veterinary medicine exams. McColgan finished sixth in the 1500m and 5,000m in Australia, having also come in sixth when competing in the steeplechase at Glasgow 2014.

Last month, she beat her personal best over 10,000m in winning the Great Manchester Run in 30 minutes 52 seconds. And, after winning silver and bronze medals for Great Britain, the 30-year-old believes it’s “the perfect time” to win one for Scotland. “I certainly feel more motivated than ever to win a medal for Scotland,” she told BBC Scotland. “It’s not going to be easy but after the year I’ve had, I feel I’m in the best shape of my life.”

Kerr and Reekie will be making their Commonwealth Games debuts in Birmingham. “I have no doubt the atmosphere will be electric and I’m looking forward to bringing a medal home to Scotland,” said Kerr.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen Beats timothy Cheruiyot as he breaks the 1500m Olympic record

World 1500m champion, Timothy Cheruiyot was beaten to second place by Norwegian sensation Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who produced what felt like the umpteenth coming-of-age performance of his young career to take his first Olympic title.

Cheruiyot who in recent years has had that title reserved him but not longer, as he was defeated Ingebrigtsen, who produced one of the finest finish he broke the Olympic and European record when he crossed the line in 3:28.32

The 20 year-old has battled Cheruiyot thirteenth times but this is the first in which he had come out on top.

Britain’s Josh Kerr, who followed in the footsteps of Keely Hodgkinson and Laura Muir in proving that amid all the hype, this middle-distance crop are the real deal, living up to their promise on the biggest stage. This was his first major medal with a brilliant final lap and almost took Cheruiyot on the line for silver.