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Get vaccinated or else you won’t participate at Commonwealth and World Championships

The United Kingdom Government has drawn up plans for dramatic crackdown on anti-vaxx athletes, excluding them from any ‘elite-sport quarantine exemptions.

Plans were being drawn up on Friday (7) night to those who refuse to be vaccinated against coronavirus from the Government’s “elite sport exemption”.

The dramatic crackdown on anti-vaxx athletes would prevent them being able to train or compete for between five and 10 days while they quarantine upon their return to Britain from a foreign country.

The new rules could prevent unvaccinated track-and-field athletes competing at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham if they travel to the World Championships in Eugene. The two events are days apart. Like footballers, unjabbed athletes would face a torrid time regardless if they would usually return to the UK to train between competitions that take place across the world.

Mo Farah’s coach hints at track return

Sir Mo Farah’s coach has hinted the 35-year-old could be tempted by a return to the track at next year’s World Championships.

The four-time Olympic champion won his first major marathon title in Chicago on Sunday, setting a new European record of two hours five minutes and 11 seconds. He has turned his attention to road racing after calling time on his track career last year.

But his coach Gary Lough was quoted as saying by several national newspapers: “I think he will sit down with a few of us and look at his general plan for next year. “He really wants to run the World Championships, but what he runs at the World Championships hasn’t been decided.”

Next year’s Worlds take place in Doha in the autumn and the marathon would be the only road race available there to Farah, who in the build-up to the race in Chicago declared his intention to compete in the marathon at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Lough added: “He might change things up a bit next year and surprise a few people, so we will see.”

Tuwei and Kaberia Discuss Kenyan Bid For 2020 IAAf World U20 Championships

The president of Athletics Kenya, Lieutenant General Jackson Tuwei, and the Principal Secretary for Sports in Kenya, Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia, visited the IAAF headquarters in Monaco on Friday (22) to discuss Kenya’s bid to host the 2020 IAAF World U20 Championships.

After successfully hosting the World U18 Championships in Nairobi last year, with crowds of up to 60,000 in attendance, Kenya is keen to host the next level of global competition to add to its rich history in the sport.

“If we succeed with the world under 20 in 2020, we may even bid for the World Championships,” General Tuwei said.

Addressing the IAAF staff, General Tuwei said Athletics Kenya had embraced athletics at all levels, from youth and junior to senior and masters competition, but still faced challenges.

These included: talent identification and the nurturing of talent among Kenyan school children, diversifying the sport beyond Kenya’s famous distance running tradition and eliminating doping, which had emerged as an issue over the past 20 years.

General Tuwei and Ambassador Kaberia both said that Kenya was determined to eradicate doping in their country.

“Doping is cheating, it’s not right, it’s not fair,” General Tuwei said.

“We want our athletes to win clean and fair, as they did from the beginning.”

Ambassador Kaberia said the bid for the 2020 World U20 Championships was “very important” to Kenya and had strong government support.

He noted that 42 percent of Kenya’s population was under 15 (only 17 percent over 50) and sport was a vital component in the country’s development.

“I think we have a very strong team in Kenya,” he said. “Athletics is a very important part of our life. Everyone loves athletics in Kenya. You saw it during the world under 18 and you will see it again in 2020.”


Kemboi back to winning ways as he snatches Città di Telesia 10Km Race

Kenya’s Ezekiel Cheboi made his entry into road running with a winning start by snatching victory in his debut on the roads in Italy.

Kemboi one of the greatest champions of Athletics in the 3000 Hedge specialties  at the 12th edition of the Trofeo Città di Telesia, an international road race of 10 km in Italy on Sunday.

The runner blazed the trail to victory by posting 29:54 to add to his accolades, in his long career not yet finished, in which he has won two Olympic Games, four World Championships then a long series of Silver and Bronze medals in various world competitions including the Iaaf Grand Prix, not counting the titles in the Commonwealth Games, the Pan-African Games, the African Championships from the Junior category.

The 2015 European Junior 10,000m champion, Italian runner Pietro Riva spoiled a Kenyan 1-2 party by squeezing himself into second spot on home soil in a time of 29:59 to be sandwiched Kemboi’s compatriot Philemon Kipchumba (30:01).

The 2011 under 23 European 10,000m silver medalist Italian born Morrocan Ahmed El Mazoury missed on a podium finish in fourth place by clocking 30:03 as the Mountain Classic Athletics Club runner Rwanda’s under 20 national 10km track record holder Jean-Marie Vianney Myasiro was fifth in 30:11.

Italian Rosaria Console fresh from managing a third place in the Mattoni Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon in the Czech Republic on June 2nd, upped her game to breast the tape in 33:29 to claim the women’s race to thrill the home fans.

Jesús Luis Alós Memorial Cross (Huesca, Spain) champion Burundian Elvaine Nimbona was top African finisher with second spot finish in 33:47 as the 2017 CrossHill  Ukraine’s  Sofiya Yaremchul completed the last podium finish place in 33:52.

Kipruto targets to break steeplechase world record

World and Olympic Games 3000m steeplechase king Conseslus Kipruto, will be targeting a win at this year’s Monaco Diamond League in May following his triumph at the concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

After winning all world events, starting with gold medals from World Youth championships, world championships, Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games, Kipruto will be eyeing a world record in Monaco Diamond League.

With the IAAF meeting kicking off on 4th May in Doha, Qatar, Kipruto will on course for a world record on a course with Monaco having historical fastest course.

As he recovers from Commonwealth Games, Kipruto will skip Doha and train for water and barriers record when he kicks off the journey at Shanghai in 5,000m before tackling Eugene course.

“This year, I have to do something special in Monaco. As I make a debut on the course, I will be eyeing for world record. I have to concentrate in quality training ahead of the races” said Kipruto.

The world record has stayed for fourteen years since Kenyan neutralized Qatari international Saif Shaheen formerly Stephen Cherono broke Moses Kiptanui’s record to 7:53.63 since 2004.

Commenting on Gold Coast, where he won the only missing gold in his medal cabinet, Kipruto said “I confirm in Gold Coast that I was in top form. It was an easy race winning in 8.10.08. If I could have pushed more I think I would have run sub 7 but I want to improve on that in the next events.”


Mo Farah can become greatest ever marathon runner, says coach Gary Lough

Mo Farah has the potential to become one of the world’s finest marathon runners and compete for medals against the mighty Eliud Kipchoge within the next two years, his coach has said.

Gary Lough, who started working with Farah after the he had retired from the track last year, believes that the Briton can reach a “similar level” to Kipchoge, the man who many believe to be the greatest marathon runner of all time.

Farah displayed his credentials over the longer distance with an impressive performance in Sunday’s London Marathon, when he finished third in the scorching London heat and smashed Steve Jones’s 33-year-old British record.

Under the guidance of Lough, who coached his wife Paula Radcliffe to the marathon world record in 2003, Farah will gear his efforts towards success at next year’s world championships in Doha before a likely attempt at the marathon title at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The current Olympic champion is the peerless Kipchoge, who this weekend won the London Marathon for the third time.

“Eliud is the best marathon runner ever,” Lough said. “I think Mo can get to a similar level and I think if you put him into a championship environment, like next year in Doha or certainly 2020 in Tokyo, I definitely think Mo Farah should be someone who people have got major concerns about.”

Farah is more suited to running in a championship as the absence of pacemakers generally creates a slower, more tactical race. Farah’s excellent track career, in which he won 10 world and Olympic titles, was largely a result of his tactical awareness and ability to manage races, rather than raw speed.

The 35-year-old’s performance this weekend was a demonstration of how much he has invested in the marathon since his retirement from the track last year.

Mo Farah now targets World Championships

Sir Mo Farah has his sights set on World Championships glory next year following his third-placed finish at the London Marathon.

Farah not only beat Steve Jones’ 33-year-old British record with a time of two hours six minutes and 21 seconds, he also proved to himself that he can mix it with the best.

The 35-year-old multiple Olympic and world track medallist may have finished two minutes behind Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, who made it a hat-trick of wins following his successes in 2015 and 2016, and runner-up Tola Shura Kitata of Ethiopia.

But with the likes of Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele and last year’s winner Daniel Wanjiru of Kenya trailing behind, Farah now knows that with a bit of fine-tuning – not least when it comes to collecting his drinks bottles – he has a real shot at success in Doha 2019.

“As you saw it’s all about learning, I did have a few problems getting a drink,” he said with a smile.

“But it took me so many years on the track, you don’t just do it overnight. Over time I hope to get it right so my aim is to continue.

“If I can run 2:06 at the World Championships, they don’t go that quick there. So my aim is maybe in the autumn to try and run another marathon and then see what happens in the summer of 2019.

“My aim is to keep learning, keep bringing my time down and mixing with these guys.

“Forget the time, look who I finished behind. And then there’s Kenenisa, Daniel… you wouldn’t have put me in the top three.”

Welshman Jones may have lost his record, set in Chicago in 1985, but Paula Radliffe’s 15-year world mark in the women’s marathon remains intact.

Last year’s winner Mary Keitany and runner-up Tirunesh Dibaba clearly had Radcliffe’s record on their minds but the sweltering conditions proved too much and allowed 34-year-old Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot to claim victory.

Meanwhile, Great Britain’s David Weir won the men’s wheelchair race for an unprecedented eighth time.

source: standard.co.uk

Tanui faces Edris Muktar at Prefontaine Classic

Olympic 10,000 silver medalist Paul Tanui faces a stern test in the two mile race at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on May 26.
Tanui, who is also the world 10,000m bronze medallist faces a quality field in the event including compatriot Ronald Kwemoi, world 5000m champion Muktar Edris of Ethiopia. Kwemoi won the Bowerman Mile last year while Edris ended Mo Farah’s reign last summer at the World Championships.
The Ethiopian beat Farah, always a fast finisher, at his own game with a ferocious 52.4 last lap. For Edris, the gold was his first track major medal of any color – his only other medal being the bronze he earned at the 2015 World Cross Country Championships in China.
Meanwhile, his Ethiopian teammate, Yomif Kejelcha, raced to a second successive world indoor 3000m title in Birmingham last month. Kejelcha, 20, has twice raced to unprecedented feats at Hayward Field. In 2014, he became the youngest ever 5000m winner at the World Junior Championships, in Eugene. In 2015 he made his biggest splash, winning the Pre-Classic and becoming the youngest 5000m winner by four years. A fantastic season saw him winning the Diamond League as well with a 12:53.98 PB. He’s also the fastest in the field at 3000m with 7:28.19, the current world U20 record.
The youth fountain from Ethiopia continues with 18-year-old Selemon Barega, who became the youngest indoor 3000m medallist with his silver medal finish behind Kejelcha in Birmingham. He won the world U20 5000m title in 2016.
The field also includes Paul Chelimo, the only racer in the field with medals from Rio and last summer’s World Championships. Both –Rio silver and London bronze ­— came with thrilling finishes and are among the best ever by a US athlete.
Newly-crowned double Commonwealth Games champion Joshua Cheptegei is also in the mix. He was second over 10,000m at last year’s World Championships and the world junior champion over the distance in 2014. Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed is also in the field, the double silver Commonwealth medallist after finishing runner-up behind Cheptegei in both track races in Gold Coast.
Others in the field include Bahrain’s Albert Rop, who has a 12:51.96 5000m lifetime best, Ryan Hill, the 2016 world indoor 3000m silver medallist, who has a 7:30.93 personal best over that distance, Eric Jenkins, 26, who won indoor NCAA titles for Oregon over 3000m and 5000m, Hassan Mead, the US 10,000m champion, Shadrack Kipchirchir, the US road 5km champion; and Australian Patrick Tiernan, the 2016 NCAA cross country champion.
The 2-mile distance comes in a year with no major international championship 5000m races outside of the annual IAAF Diamond League, which incorporates the two mile and 3000m into its point standings for the 5000m. The-Pre Classic two mile record of 8:03.50, set in 2007 by Australian Craig Mottram, remains the fastest run on US soil.

Callum Hawkins discharged from hospital

Scotland’s Callum Hawkins has been discharged from hospital after collapsing just over a mile from the end of the Commonwealth Games men’s marathon while leading.

Hawkins, 25, spent Sunday being treated at Gold Coast University Hospital after he had succumbed to hot conditions.

Scotland have asked Games organisers why he had to wait several minutes for treatment at the roadside.

Hawkins thanked medics and said: “It’s great to be back with my team-mates.”

He was aiming for his first major title, having come fourth in the World Championships last year, and had a lead of around two minutes before he fell.

Compatriot Robbie Simpson took bronze in a race won by Australia’s Mike Shelley in two hours 16 minutes 46 seconds, with Uganda’s Munyo Solomon Mutai second.

Organisers have said they will investigate whether there was an excessive delay in getting help to Hawkins, who had managed to get up and run another couple of hundred metres before collapsing again, hitting his head on a roadside barrier.

“You can’t have medical people on every kilometre of the race,” Gold Coast organising committee chief executive Mark Peters said.

On Sunday Commonwealth Games Scotland chair Paul Bush said he hoped “lessons could be learned” about the incident.

“As you know the international rules are very clear in that an athlete has to declare themselves unfit to race [before they can receive any medical attention],” he said.

“But the second time he fell, he was a little bit exposed and we probably would have liked to see more prompt attention to him.

“So that’s something we’ve raised with the organisers. It’s not a time to be critical. It’s a time to look, in the cold light of day, to see what lessons can be learned for future marathons around the world in these conditions, which were unbelievably tough.”

Source: bbb.com

Conseslus, Obiri upbeat as they seek to deliver medals

World and Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto is upbeat that his late arrival for the Commonwealth Games here in Gold Coast will translate into good results.

Kipruto said their delay back home was deliberate because they wanted to train in familiar environment.

“This kind of weather in Gold Coast is always tricky and that is why we preferred to stay back and train a bit longer at home,” he said.

He said they will use the next three days to acclimatise before swinging into action this Friday. “I am ready and as usual, I will be going for gold,” he noted.

He said he decided to honour the Commonwealth Games despite other elite athletes staying away because it was on his schedule from the word go.

“I always plan my schedule early and this time, Commonwealth Games featured prominently because it is a less busy year with no World Championships or Olympic Games,” he added.

He said there is no much this year and that is why he opted for the games. “From here, I am headed for the Diamond League and I intend to do around five meetings starting with Doha next month,” he added.

He said the Africa athletics Championships in Nigeria are also top on his agenda and if everything remains constant, he will honour the event.

As usual, he believes steeplechase will be a Kenyan affair and sees no much opposition here.

Obiri, who also arrived together with Kipruto, echoed the same sentiments.

She said Commonwealth Games hold a special place in her heart and that is why she is here.

Like Kipruto, she said she intends to honor the Diamond League series and the Africa Championships in the coming months.

She also said she is feeling great after delaying back home for the purposes of training.

Obiri and Kipruto arrived alongside Margaret Chelimo, Eva Cherono (5,000m); Amos Kirui, Abraham Kibiwott (3,000m steeplechase) and 10,000m trio of Rodgers Kwemoi, Jonathan Muia and Josphat Bett