European Athletics has announced the European team for the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 to be held on 8-9 September.
The team features several of the leading performers from the recent European Championships and includes the likes of triple European champion Dina Asher-Smith, European 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen, world 400m hurdles champion Karsten Warholm, world pole vault record-holder Renaud Lavillenie, world discus champion Andrius Gudzius, world and Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi, world and Olympic discus champion Sandra Perkovic, world and Olympic hammer champion Anita Wlodarczyk and world 200m champions Ramil Guliyev and Dafne Schippers.
The team also includes four Czech stars who’ll be competing before their own fans at Ostrava’s Mestsky Stadium: shot putter Tomas Stanek, this year’s world indoor bronze medallist; Jakub Vadlejch, the 2017 world silver medallist in the javelin; European 1500m finalist Simona Vrzalova; and Nikola Ogrodnikova, the European javelin silver medallist.
Athletes will be aiming to collect team points, individual prize and a piece, quite literally, of the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 trophy.
EUROPEAN TEAM FOR OSTRAVA
MEN 100m: Jak Ali Harvey (TUR), Churandy Martina (NED) 200m: Ramil Guliyev (TUR), Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (GBR) 400m: Kevin Borlee (BEL), Matthew Hudson-Smith (GBR) 800m: Andreas Kramer (SWE), Michal Rozmys (POL) 1500m: Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR), Marcin Lewandsowski (POL) 3000m: Morhad Amdouni (FRA), Henrik Ingebrigtsen (NOR) 3000m steeplechase: Fernando Carro (ESP), Mahiedine Mekhissi (FRA) 110m hurdles: Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (FRA), Sergey Shubenkov (ANA) 400m hurdles: Yasmani Copello (TUR), Karsten Warholm (NOR) High jump: Ilia Ivaniuk (ANA), Maksim Nedaskau (BLR) Pole vault: Renaud Lavillenie (FRA), Timur Morgunov (ANA) Long jump: Serhii Nykyforov (UKR), Miltiadis Tentoglou (GRE) Triple jump: Nelson Evora (POR), Pablo Torrijos (ESP) Shot put: Michal Haratyk (POL), Tomas Stanek (CZE) Discus: Andrius Gudzius (LTU), Daniel Stahl (SWE) Hammer: Bence Halasz (HUN), Wojciech Nowicki (POL) Javelin: Thomas Rohler (GER), Jakub Vadlejch (CZE) 4x100m: Aykut Ay (TUR), Emre Zafer Barnes (TUR), Ramil Guliyev (TUR), Jak Ali Harvey (TUR), Yigitcan Hekimoglu (TUR), Izzet Safer (TUR) Mixed 4x400m: Kevin Borlee (BEL), Matt Hudson-Smith (GBR) Reserve: Ilya Shkurenov (ANA)
WOMEN 100m: Dina Asher-Smith (GBR), Dafne Schippers (NED) 200m: Ivet Lalova-Collio (BUL), Dafne Schippers (NED) 400m: Lisanne De Witte (NED), Justyna Swiety-Ersetic (POL) 800m: Natalia Pryshchepa (UKR), Anna Sabat (POL) 1500m: Sofia Ennaoui (POL), Simona Vrzalova (CZE) 3000m: Sifan Hassan (NED), Konstanze Klosterhalfen (GER) 3000m steeplechase: Anna Emilie Moller (DEN), Ophélie Claude-Boxberger (FRA) 100m hurdles: Pamela Dutkiewicz (GER), Elvira Herman (BLR) 400m hurdles: Meghan Beesley (GBR), Anna Ryzhkova (UKR) High jump: Mirela Demireva (BUL), Maria Lasitskene (ANA) Pole vault: Anzhelika Sidorova (ANA), Katerina Stefanidi (GRE) Long jump: Malaika Mihambo (GER), Shara Proctor (GBR) Triple jump: Kristin Gierisch (GER), Paraskevi Papahristou (GRE) Shot put: Paulina Guba (POL), Christina Schwanitz (GER) Discus: Nadine Muller (GER), Sandra Perkovic (CRO) Hammer: Alexandra Tavernier (FRA), Anita Wlodarczyk (POL) Javelin: Christin Hussong (GER), Nikola Ogrodnikova (CZE) 4x100m: Dina Asher-Smith (GBR), Kristal Awuah (GBR), Imani Lansiquot (GBR), Ashleigh Nelson (GBR), Bianca Williams (GBR) Mixed 4x400m: Lisanne De Witte (NED), Justyna Swiety-Ersetic (POL) Reserve: Katerina Cachova (CZE)
Many international athletics top stars have already signed up for Weltklasse Zürich 2018. The meeting on 30
August will be another exciting showdown of the sport’s finest athletes
Fastest Man of the Year to Race in the 200m
The world sprint giants will clash in the 200m in Zurich this year. The fastest man of the year, Noah Lyles (USA), is out to pick up a second Diamond Trophy. His opponents in Zurich will include World and European champion Ramil Guliyev (TUR) and the Swiss national record holder and European championship bronze medallist Alex Wilson. Lyles, still only 21 years old, has already clocked 19.65 this year. He has not yet qualified for the 100m final in Brussels, however. The second sprint final will be staged at the IAAF Diamond League final event in Brussels on 31 August.
Shot Putters to Flex their Muscles in Zurich
Walsh, Crouser, Hill, Romani, Haratyk, Storl, Stanek, Whiting. The entry list in the men’s shot put reveals a cast of Olympic, world, and European champions and medallists. European champion Michal Haratyk (POL) will challenge world leader Tomas Walsh (NZL) and Ryan Crouser (USA). They will treat the Zurich fans to a competition on an extraordinary level.
Swiss Stars in the International Programme of Events
Athletics has been on the rise in Switzerland and has produced a number of stars who will be part of this year’s international programme. Angelica MOSER (pole vault), Géraldine RUCKSTUHL (javelin throw), Benjamin GFÖHLER (long jump), Alex WILSON (200m), Mujinga KAMBUNDJI (100m), Lea SPRUNGER (400m h) and Selina BÜCHEL (800m) will no doubt be enjoying the legendary support of the Letzigrund Stadium fans.
Turkish world champion sprinter Ramil Guliyev on Aug. 9 captured the gold medal in the 200-meter men’s race in the European Athletics Championships in Berlin.
Guliyev also broke a record with his 19.76-second showing on day three of the tournament, with British athlete Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake coming in second with 20.04 seconds.
Guliyev, who is originally from Azerbaijan but gained Turkish citizenship in 2011, secured his first gold medal for Turkey last year, in the men’s 200 meters at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in London.
In a telephone call, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan congratulated Guliyev on his achievement.
Earlier Aug. 9, Turkish athlete Yasmani Copello Escobar scored a silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles men’s final.
Escobar ran the 400-meter hurdles in 47.81 seconds, breaking Turkey’s previous record of 47.92 seconds.
Norwegian Karsten Warholm won the gold medal with 47.64 seconds, and Irish Thomas Barr won the bronze with 48.31 seconds.
The European Athletics Championships 2018 are being held on Aug. 6-12.
In 2016 Escobar won the gold medal in the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam.
As the only European sprinter to have broken 20 seconds for the 200m in 2018, Turkey’s world champion Ramil Guliyev finds himself in a good place heading into the major event of the summer.
But just for good measure ahead of the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships, as the German capital co-hosts the first multi-sports European Championships with Glasgow, Guliyev added some fine-tuning to his muscles on Saturday (28) at the Josko Meeting in Andorf, Austria.
In his final action before he heads to the Olympic Stadium, Guliyev not only confirmed his plans to run both sprints, but then ran 20.18 for the 200m and 10.23 in the heats of the 100m followed by 10.15 in the final. Guliyev was one of Europe’s leading stars as he won world gold in London last summer, 12 months after landing silver at the last European Championships in Amsterdam.
A time of 10.10 is his quickest over 100m this season which has him at 13th on the 2018 European lists but it is over 200m where he has really stood out with his blistering 19.90 from the Oslo Diamond League last month putting him top of the lists followed by Spain’s Bruno Hortelano, the defending European champion whose best is his national record of 20.04 from last week.
2018 Avrupa Atletizm Şampiyonasından önceki son yarış ve son hazırlıklar yapıldı. Geriye sadece sezonun en önemli yarışı kaldı ve son 1 sene bu yarış için hazırlanıyorduk ,sizin desteğiyle ülkemizi ve milli takımımızı temsil edeceğiz. #enbuyukTurkiye#theMomentpic.twitter.com/JqaLYnzSCh Ramil Guliyev (@ramil_guliyev) July 29, 2018
Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha headlines a list of no fewer than 14 world and Olympic champions who are expected to grace the Shanghai Diamond League on May 12.
Rudisha, the world record holder over the distance will hope to make it third time lucky after finishing fifth on his Shanghai debut in 2016 and third last year.
Fellow Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot will be hoping to start his Diamond League trophy defence on a the right foot when he parades in the 1500m race.
The stellar line-up includes eight gold medallists from the IAAF World Championships London 2017 and six athletes who struck gold at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, plus nine event winners from last year’s Diamond League and two newly crowned world indoor champions.
Kendra Harrison clinched her first global crown when she took the 60m hurdles title in Birmingham earlier this month, equalling the North American record of 7.70. The outdoor world record-holder will make her Shanghai debut in the 100m hurdles and will face Olympic champion Brianna McNeal (nee Rollins).
The Shanghai crowd will be treated to another tasty head-to-head in the women’s 200m in which two-time world champion Dafne Schippers takes on Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo.
Schippers will be racing in Shanghai for the first time, while Miller-Uibo has fond memories of the city, having triumphed over 400m for the past two years. The Bahamian set an early world lead to take the Shanghai title in 2017 and went on to claim overall Diamond League trophies for both 200m and 400m, setting a national record of 21.88 in the half-lap final in Zurich when her Dutch rival was fourth.
In the men’s 100m China’s world indoor 60m silver medallist Su Bingtian will take on two world champions, Justin Gatlin and Ramil Guliyev. Su brought the crowd to its feet 12 months ago when he clinched his first ever IAAF Diamond League victory and the Chinese record-holder will be hoping for a repeat performance against the world 100m and 200m champions.
Botswana’s Diamond League champion Isaac Makwala will face world silver medallist Steven Gardiner in the 400m.
Omar McLeod will target a third successive Shanghai victory in the 110m hurdles when he takes on Spain’s Orlando Ortega. Jamaica’s world and Olympic champion broke the 13-second barrier when he triumphed here in 2016 before going on to claim the Olympic crown just ahead of Ortega.
Other reigning IAAF Diamond League champions who will be looking for early points include Dalilah Muhammad in the women’s 400m hurdles and Maria Lasitskene, the world indoor and outdoor high jump champion.
Colombia’s Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen is targeting a winning return to Shanghai after she won the women’s triple jump here in 2013 and 2015, as will Luvo Manyonga, the South African who leapt to an IAAF Diamond League and African record of 8.61m to take maximum points in the long jump last May before going to win the world title and Diamond trophy in August. Manyonga will face China’s newly minted Asian indoor champion, Shi Yuhao.
Sam Kendricks, another of last year’s world and IAAF Diamond League champions, takes on the host nation’s World Championships fourth-place finisher, Xue Changrui, in the men’s pole vault. Like McLeod, Kendricks is seeking a Shanghai hat-trick after beating world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie with a vault of 5.88m 12 months ago.
Chinese stars will also feature heavily in the women’s throws, not least world and IAAF Diamond League champion Gong Lijiao, who hopes to repeat her season-boosting shot put victory from 12 months ago. Asian record-holder and world bronze medallist Lyu Huihui will also have high hopes in the javelin. More big names will be announced in the next few weeks.
Who’s the world’s best man over 200m? Should be simple enough. Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev won the world title in London last year.
But, hold on, 10 people recorded faster times in 2017. One of them – Andre de Grasse – won silver behind Usain Bolt at Rio 2016, before a hamstring injury denied him a shot at the worlds. The Canadian, then?
But what about South African star Wayde van Niekerk who had two of the four fastest times of 2017? Or Yohan Blake who is still the second fastest of all time? Or perhaps American Christian Coleman, whose upward trajectory continues apace.
From April, the IAAF intends to sort such crowded scenes into an athletics world order.
What’s the change?
A new world ranking system – similar to those seen in tennis or golf – will provide a run-down of the best athletes in each event.
So in the same way that tennis’ tour organisers, through heavy-duty number crunching, define Roger Federer and Simona Halep as the best players in the world, the IAAF will rank their stars.
It won’t end the eternal bar-room debate, but it will attempt to provide an objective answer.
What rides on it?
Not just prestige. Qualification for IAAF events will move away from obtaining one-off qualifications times, distances and heights and instead be based on athletes’ position in the rankings.
No longer will it be possible to bank on an early-season high-altitude outlier performance as a ticket to the biggest championships.
Instead their five best performances over the previous 12 months, weighted on the profile and significance of the event where they were laid down, will be averaged out to form an athlete’s ranking.
With IAAF qualification as the lure, it is designed to produce consistently more competitive match-ups throughout the sport.
Where have the rankings come from?
They may be new to the IAAF, but the basis of the rankings has been around for decades.
The IAAF have bought up and brought in house a system used to create the previously independent and incredibly detailed All-Athletics rankings.
Essentially a family-run business inherited from his father by Hungarian Atilla Spiriev, the All-Athletics website took more than 9500 events into consideration in 2017 to decide the best of the best.
Such was the respect that they commanded in the sport that some athletes reportedly had their sponsorship deals tied to their All-Athletics ranking.
The IAAF even published the rankings themselves between 2000 and 2006, using them as a talking point for fans before the project fell out of favour with the organisation’s hierarchy.
After tweaking and fine-tuning the All-Athletics model to their own taste, the IAAF will soft-launch the rankings’ latest incarnation, before they come into full effect in September.
That will allow a full 12 months for the rankings to form the basis of qualification for next year’s World Championships in Doha.
World rankings v world records
Could the rankings do something perhaps more significant, though? Could it change the conversation around the sport – switching from historical benchmarks to present-day rivalries?
In May last year, European Athletics – the continental governing body – proposed a ‘year zero’ for world records, wiping out those set before 2005.
Svein Arne Hansen, the European Athletics president, explained that the cut-off date would help restore credibility to the sport as world records “are meaningless if people don’t really believe them”.
A ranking system fans buy into could shift the narrative away from troublesome other-worldy records to extraordinary on-track clashes.
The longest-standing world record on the books was set in Munich in July 1983 – nearly 35 years ago – when the Czech Republic and Slovakia where still one and 32-year-old national Jarmila Kratochvilova ran an eye-popping one minute 53.28 for the 800m.
For a measure, South Africa’s all-conquering Caster Semenya was nearly two seconds off that pace as she claimed gold in the event at London 2017.
Kratochvilova has denied that her extraordinary performance was assisted by the systematic doping regime that existed in her country at the time.
Paula Radcliffe’s 2003 marathon record would also fall foul of a 2005 cut-off designed to coincide with the introduction of storage of blood and urine samples for retrospective testing.
The Briton attacked the proposal as a “heavy-handed” and “cowardly” way to deal with some “really suspicious” records and the proposal seems to have been quietly ushered into the long grass.
How close have modern athletes got?
For athletics chiefs the problem remains though that some world records seem so far out of reach for today’s generation as to be all but irrelevant.
The graphic above shows how close another athlete has got to the current world-record holder over the last five years.
On the track, East German athlete Marita Koch’s 33-year-old 400m mark of 47.60 – also open to suspicion – is streets ahead of the 49.26 s run by American Allyson Felix in winning her world title in 2013.
While modern great Valerie Adams is almost two metres short of what Soviet shot-putter Natalya Lisovskaya achieved in 1987.
Beyond individual injustices, there are other reasons to be cautious about the ‘year zero’ proposal.
Not every seemingly indelible record has remained untouched in today’s era of more stringent doping controls for instance.
Most noticeably, Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana dropped jaws around the Olympic Stadium in Rio when she shattered the 10,000m world record set by China’s Wang Junxia in 1993 by a mammoth 14 seconds.
And seismic step-changes in what is possible are some of the sport’s most cherished moments.
Bob Beamon’s landmark long-jump leap of 8.90m at the 1968 Olympics was beyond the limit of the measuring equipment of the day.
“That’s not a time, it sounds like my dad’s birthday,” said rival Ato Bolden in disbelief after Michael Johnson’s 19.32-run took more than a third of a second off the 200m world record in 1996.
Jonathan Edwards, whose triple jump world record would be wiped by a pre-2005 purge, has also urged caution in presuming that improbable field world records are the product of cheating.
For him, the delicate alchemy behind his 1995 leap of 18.29 proved impossible to replicate despite apparently superior ingredients.
“I was actually faster and stronger after I set that world record in Gothenburg, “he told BBC Sport in July.
“But for whatever reason, I could not translate that into more distance. It is difficult to predict how technique and physique combine, perhaps more than in track events.”
The fear remains though that, short of a whitewash, athletics may never be rid of some marks that are more like suspicious stains on its history.