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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

World Indoors postponed to 2025

World Athletics Council has decided to postpone the World Athletics Indoor Championships that was to be held in Nanjing,  in 2023 to 2025 due to the pandemic restrictions in China.

The WA council has postponed it for third time because of the Covid-19 pandemic and will now take place in 2025, 40 years after the inaugural edition in Paris.

The championships were scheduled to take place in 2020 but were pushed back to 2021 and then 2023. They will now occur five years after the initial date.

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said the early decision was “to give certainty to athletes and member federations preparing for the 2023 competition season.”

“Unfortunately, the time frame will prevent us from relocating the 2023 event,” Coe said, “but the indoor championships will return in 2024 in Glasgow.”

Eglay Nalyanya suspended for doping

Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Eglay Nafuna Nalyanya for the Presence/Use of a Prohibited Substance (Norandrosterone) which is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, had been selected by Athletics Kenya to represent the country at the World Athletics Indoor Championships that were held in Belgrade, Serbia,  but she did not participate in the event due to tests that were carried on her which returned traces of bolandione, but the report was never released.

The 25 year-old has been issued with the Notice of Allegation by AIU.

Marcell Jacobs to Light Up 100m In Oslo

Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs will be looking to get valuable Diamond League points on the board when he lines up in the 100m at Oslo’s Bislett Games on June 16th.

Jacobs, 27, is hoping to claim a first ever Diamond Trophy this year after stunning the world with a gold-medal winning European record of 9.80 at the Tokyo Games last summer.

The Italian remains in fine form, having charged to gold in the 60m at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade two months ago. One major title which still eludes him is the Diamond Trophy, but Jacobs looks set to launch a serious title charge this year, having already signed up to run in Oslo and at his home meeting in Rome.

In June, he will be the first 100m Olympic champion to compete at the Oslo Diamond League since Usain Bolt broke the meeting record there with 9.79 in 2012, famously crashing into a flower girl just after he crossed the finish line.

Source: diamondleague.com

Russian, Belarusian athletes to be excluded from Diamond League

The Diamond League of track and field competitions has banned Russian Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA) and Belarusian athletes from its events “for the foreseeable future”, organisers said, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Earlier this month, World Athletics banned the two countries’ athletes, support staff and officials from all events for the foreseeable future, and said the sanction included Russian athletes who had the ANA status in 2022.

“The Wanda Diamond League meetings accepted the recommendation of the board that Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA) and Belarus athletes be excluded from all Diamond League meetings for the foreseeable future,” organisers said.

“This recommendation… reflects the practical and logistical issues meetings may face if ANA athletes from Russia and athletes from Belarus were to be invited to compete.

The Russian Athletics Federation has been suspended from World Athletics since 2015 due to doping violations, and its competitors have not been allowed to compete under the country’s flag at international events.

The International Olympic Committee has recommended that events in Russia be cancelled or relocated and that Russian and Belarusian athletes not take part or compete under a neutral flag.

Many sports bodies have moved events and suspended Russian and Belarusian teams or athletes from competing while sponsors have ended contracts in protests against the war.

Russian and Belarusian athletes are also excluded from the World Athletics Indoor Championships, which begin on Friday in Belgrade.

 

Ferdinard Omanyala: I am coming for you, Marcell Jacobs and Christian Coleman

Africa’s fastest man in 100m Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala is rearing to dethrone the two best runners in the world as he plans a show of a life time at the 18th edition of the World Athletics Indoor Championships that will be held from Friday 18 March to Sunday 20 March, 2022, at the Serbian capital’s Stark Arena in Belgrade.

The 26 year-old will face off the Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs and the defending champion and world indoor 60m record-holder, Christian Coleman from the United States.

Omanyala set his first ever National Record in the 60m at the Miramas meeting four weeks ago in France where he finished in fourth place in 6:68 and two weeks later he was at it again breaking 0.03 seconds from his previous record of 6.63 to a new record of 6:60 seconds.

The Kenyan Indoor National Record holder in 60m went for the record for the third yesterday as he lowered it again when he crossed the line in a new personal best of 6.57 while finishing in fourth place with Jacobs taking the honors.

Omanyala smashed the Stadium Record at the third Athletics Kenya Track and Field Meeting event that was held at Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday (5) in Nairobi with a World Leading time of 10.00 seconds.

Speaking exclusively to Athletics News, Omanyala was full of energy and ready to face the Jacobs and Coleman. “My body is great shape right now and my plan is to show the two my worth at this world stage, I have studied their races and learned on how to counter them and beat them at their own game, said Omanyala.

“I had problem with my pick up from the block which was slow but the outing and performance in France has given me enough confidence. My coach (Ducan Ayiemba) has taken me through pick sessions and with his great input and technical knowhow, I think am ready for the World stage not just for appearance but to introduce Kenya sprinting dominance to the world,” Omanyala added.

The soft spoken but tough in training coach said, “I have done what is supposed to be done from my end and I have full confidence in his capacity that he will perform well”.

Omanyala will battle the Italian who is determined to become the first reigning Olympic 100m champion to claim the world indoor 60m race.

Jacobs, who is the Italian 60m record holder, came to the International scene at the 2021 European Indoor Championships where he took the honors in a blistering time of 6:47. He suffered his first false start disqualification of his career in the Belgrade Indoor Meeting early March this year but the member of the Tokyo gold medal-winning 4 × 100 m relay, has won nine out of nine 60m races that he has started this season.

Coleman the double medallist at the World Athletics Championships in 2017, also winning silver medals in both the 100 m and 4 × 100-meter relay in the same year, will targeting to become the second man to win the title back-to-back after Bruny Surin from Canada who won it in1993 in Toronto and in Barcelona in 1995.

Africa game 100m champion Arthur Cisse, will also be on the start line after equaling his Ivorian record of 6.53 in Metz last month.

Where to watch the World Athletics Indoor Championships

The World Athletics has published the final entry lists for the World Athletics Indoor Championships that will be held in from Friday, March 18 to Sunday, March 20 in Belgrade, Serbia.

The World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22 will be streamed live in a number of territories on the World Athletics YouTube and Facebook channels.

Livestream schedule (local time)

Day one:
9:25 morning session
17:20 afternoon session

Day two:
9:20 morning session
17:40 afternoon session

Day three:
9:55 morning session
16:25 afternoon session

You can download the final entry lists below:

The livestream will not be available in all territories.

To find out where coverage may be broadcast in your country, check the list below. The list is subject to change, and some broadcasters may only show highlights coverage, while others will show the event live. Please check your local listings to find out more information.

Territories Broadcaster
Argentina & South America TyC Sports
Australia SBS
Balkans Arena Sport
Belarus BTRC
Belgium (South) RTBF
Belgium (North) VRT
Brazil Globo
Burkina Faso RTB
Canada CBC
Chile TVN
China CCTV
Colombia RTVC
Comores Island ORTC
Croatia HRT
Cuba ICRT
Cyprus CYCBC
Czech Republic CT
Democratic Republic of Congo RTNC
Denmark TV2
Estonia EEERR
Eswatini Eswatini TV
Finland YLE
Gambia GRTS
Greece ERT
Hungary MTVA
Iceland RUV
Israel The Sports Channel
Italy RAI
Jamaica Television Jamaica
Japan TBS
Kenya KBC
Madagascar ORTM
Malawi MBC
Malaysia and Brunei ASTRO
Netherlands NOS
New Zealand Sky Network NZ
Niger Tele Sahel
Norway NRK
Panama MEDCOM
Pan Caribbean TV Jamaica
Pan Latin America ESPN International
Pan Middle East beIN Sports
Pan Sub-Saharan Africa SuperSport
Poland TVP
Portugal RTP
Rwanda RTV
Serbia RTS
Seychelles SBC
Slovakia RTVS
Slovenia RTVSLO
South Africa SABC
South Korea Sky Sports
Spain TVE
Sweden TV4
Switzerland SSR
Tanzania UTV, ZNBC2
Ukraine UAPBC
United Kingdom BBC
Uruguay VTV
USA NBC
Venezuela Meridiano

Berihu Aregawi – fast times on the track, but slow and steady approach off it

The Kidane Mihret Church in the Kotobe neighbourhood in Addis Ababa is busy most afternoons. Ethiopian Orthodox Christians in the area often come to pray or give money and food to homeless who congregate around the church’s gates. Many wear gabi – a traditional white homemade cotton cloth – draped over their heads and shoulders.

Nearly every afternoon Berihu Aregawi can be seen walking, often in his orange and blue tracksuit, to his afternoon training session.

Kidane Mihret sits neatly at an important crossroads to get to the Yeka Forest in Addis Ababa, a small runner’s oasis reachable by a quick 15-minute walk from a bustling neighbourhood. Between 4-6pm dozens of Ethiopian athletes go to the forest to do their famous zig-zag jogs through eucalyptus trees, a tradition that’s well sedimented in the soil, with clearly-trodden paths.

Over the course of the past eight years, Aregawi has seldom missed one of these sessions. He made this daily journey long before he followed up a fourth-place finish at the Olympics with a Wanda Diamond League victory in Zurich in 2021. It was true leading up to his world 5km record on the final day of 2021 when he ran 12:49 in Barcelona. It was true before running his world indoor lead of 7:26.20 over 3000m in Karlsruhe. And it will continue to be true as the 20-year-old prepares for the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22, and competitions moving forward.

Berihu Aregawi wins the 5000m at the Wanda Diamond League final in Zurich (© Matt Quine)

Many Ethiopian athletes pursue long distance running to change their lives, and as soon as they come into some money, they start making investments to accrue more wealth and status. Aregawi is in no rush to do so.

“Not yet, not yet,” he commonly refrains, when asked about buying a home, a car, or even a television. “I don’t do much outside of training besides resting, but I do like to watch training videos and running content on YouTube.”

Aregawi uses his phone and has been inspired, amid a lot of running content, by the well-known Spartan lifestyle Eliud Kipchoge has become famous for. He’s watched many of the short documentaries where understanding English is not a prerequisite for getting a sense of the humility that some of the world’s top athletes share.

He also studies racing tactics by his Ethiopian role models, Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebreselassie, and, notably, Hagos Gebrhiwet. Like Aregawi, Gebrhiwet is also from the Tigray region of Ethiopia – the northern most state in Ethiopia that has been embroiled in a civil war since November 2020. Aregawi grew up with five younger sisters and one younger brother in the countryside and began running in local competitions, much to the chagrin of his father, who viewed the pursuit as too risky of an endeavour. Sceptical of the athletic profession, Aregawi’s father wanted him to take a more traditional path and ensure he could help to take care of the family. But once he was offered a club position in Addis, his father’s mind gradually changed.

Berihu Aregawi and Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Lausanne (© Matt Quine)

“When I was starting out I really wanted to be like Hagos,” Aregawi said, “He was really the first from my region and it’s easier to identify with someone that comes from the same place you come from.”

Not too long later, he became Gebrhiwet’s training partner, “Training with Hagos on the national team has given me big steps in my training. He’s also been a really good friend to me, and always offered me help when I have adversity.”

After training for two years in Addis Ababa, Aregawi was selected for his first national team in 2018, when he competed at the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. Aregawi finished third in the 10,000m, behind Rhonex Kipruto of Kenya and Jacob Kiplimo of Uganda.

“To represent Ethiopia for the first time and come in third was a really big deal,” he remembers of his first international trip. Finland in July could not have been more different to Ethiopia at that time of year. Ethiopia’s geographical position means the sun rises and sets at about the same time throughout the year, and July and August are characterised by heavy, sometimes torrential, rains. Mid-July in Tampere, by contrast, was sunny, temperate, and had only a few hours of darkness each day.

After his first podium finish in Tampere, Aregawi signed his first contract and returned to Ethiopia with the goal of representing the country at the Olympics. His incremental improvement has evidently been working, but until this past year, his progression has been overshadowed by some of his Olympic teammates, like Selemon Barega, who won the Olympic 10,000m title.

While many Olympians began to tire on the Wanda Diamond League circuit, Aregawi appeared to gain steam, culminating in a victory at the final 5000m held for the first time on the track built around Zurich’s city centre.

Since winning the Diamond League title, Aregawi has made some more changes relating to his training, returning to regular training with his club, Ethiopia Electric, and coach Melaku. His training partners are not big names, yet, but he’s enjoying working with Solomon Berihu and Haftam Abadi, two of several members of his club. Other changes in lifestyle can remain on the backburner.

“It’s important to stay humble and patient,” Aregawi said. “I don’t want to rush into the next stage of life because I still have big goals I haven’t accomplished.”

Berihu Aregawi breaks the world 5km record in Barcelona (© Xavi Ballart)

The changes appeared to have worked. In November, he thought he broke Joshua Cheptegei’s world 5km record when it appeared he finished under 12:50 in Lille, France, but the official results showed 12:52. One month later, on New Year’s Eve, he ran 12:49 in Barcelona to claim the record alongside Ejegayehu Taye, another Ethiopian rising distance talent.

Then, in January 2022, Aregawi claimed the world’s top indoor time over 3000m in Karlsruhe, Germany, running the second half of his race completely alone. His time of 7:26.20 puts him fifth on the world indoor all-time list and gives him the top time heading into the World Indoor Championships.

Due to the conflict in Tigray, Aregawi has had minimal conflict with his family members over the past two years. With phone and internet mostly disabled in Tigray, Aregawi has been running, and excelling, looking forward to a time when he can share his success his family.

Until then, when asked about lavish celebrations, Aregawi’s response is one of caution and gradualness. “Not yet, not yet,” he continues to say – an odd refrain beckoning for slowness from one of the world’s fastest runners.

Athletics Kenya names the World Athletics Indoor team

Athletics Kenya has selected ten athletes to represent the country at the World Athletics Indoor Championships that will be held from 18th – 20th March, 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia.

The team is led by Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala who has been great form in recent times. The 26 year-old broke the 100m Stadium Record at the third Athletics Kenya Track and field weekend meeting that were over the weekend at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.

The team comprises of:

1. NAME EVENT
1. Ferdinand Omanyala 60M
2. Naomi Korir 800M
3. Collins Kipruto 800M
4. Eglay Nalyanya 800M
5. Noah Kibet 800M
6. Ednah Jebitok 1500M, 3000M
7. Beatrice Chebet 3000M
8. Jacob Krop 3000M
9. Daniel Ebenyo Simiu 3000M
10. Abel Kipsang 1500m

The delegation of six individuals will accompany the team that is led by Barnaba Kitilit and the 2008 Olympic silver medallist in 800m race, Janet Busienei who is the team coach.

Officials include:

  1. Ahmed Hassan         – Technical Leader
  2. Philomena Francis  – Team Medical
  3. Lydia Muraya            – Team Official
  4. Irene Wamui             – Team Official

Another World Lead for Femke Bol at Dutch Indoor Championships

Femke Bol provided one of the highlights of a packed weekend of national indoor championships action at the Dutch Indoor Championships in Apeldoorn on Sunday (27).

The European indoor champion and Olympic 400m hurdles bronze medallist glided to victory in the 400m final in 50.30 which not only improved her world lead but also surpassed both her Dutch indoor (50.63) and outdoor (50.37) records.

Her time was also the fastest by a European since 2007 when Nicola Sanders won the European indoor title in Birmingham in 50.02. Only three athletes have ever broken the 50 second-barrier indoors but Bol’s ascent is such that this could be a target at the upcoming World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade.

Bol’s training partner and friend Lieke Klaver led at the bell but she held on well as Bol charged away in the last 150 metres, finishing second in a lifetime best of 51.20. Klaver was also part of the gold medal-winning Dutch team at the European Indoor Championships in Torun last year and their coach Laurent Meuwly believes they are primed to challenge on the global stage in Serbia next month.