Keeping Track: Monday news column 29th October

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BOLT STRIKES BACK

Usain Bolt has hit out at critics of his attempts to forge a career in football on his Instagram, saying “remember if you don’t try, you’ve already failed”. It follows Irish footballer Andy Keogh saying he has a touch “like a trampoline”. There’s also a round-up of the latest on his contract offer here.

DAILY MAIL QUESTIONS ATHLETICS WORLD CUP

The Daily Mail  has recorded a damning verdict on the Athletics World Cup, held for the first time in London in the summer. Among the criticisms it cites is that the event took place on the same weekend as the FIFA World Cup final and that some big names did not take part.

The article does not include a statement in the defence of the organisers, but it does make clear that former UK Athletics Chief Executive Niels de Vos wasn’t concerned by no-shows, having said at the time: “We always knew that a couple of athletes wouldn’t be able to make it because they had signed contracts for Diamond League events.”

Athletics World Cup. Photo: MV4RPhotography.
The finish of the women’s 200m at the Athletics World Cup. Photo: MV4R Photography.

MO IS MORE THAN UNBEATABLE

Sir Mo Farah has been given great praise following his Chicago Marathon victory this month. Paula Radcliffe, who has held the world record in the marathon for fifteen years has championed his mentality of getting the win of all costs in Athletics Weekly. She jokes that Farah simply “doesn’t know how to lose”.

EDINBURGH UNI AND CENTRAL ENJOY SCOTTISH XC WINS

It was a good day in the office for Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds and Central AC as their teams won the senior women’s and men’s races at the Lindsays’ Scottish National Cross Country Relays. Read a full report here, with videos to follow here. See the Scottish Athletics site for full results.

The Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounds team who made it a hat-trick of successes at Cumbernauld in the Senior Women’s race (L-R) Holly Page, Rebecca Johnstone, Steph Pennycook and Anna Macfadyen
The Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounds team of Holly Page, Rebecca Johnstone, Steph Pennycook and Anna Macfadyen. Photo: Bobby Gavin.

RECOGNITION FOR RUTHERFORD

Greg Rutherford claimed the Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Athletics Golden Tracks award ceremony in Lausanne. The British long jumper and London 2012 ‘Super Saturday’ hero described it as “a really humbling and amazing evening” in this interview posted on Twitter.

MAYER AND ASHER-SMITH CLAIM TOP EUROPEAN PRIZES

At the same ceremony in Switzerland, French decathlete Kevin Mayer and British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith were given Male and Female European Athlete of the Year awards respectively. You can watch some short highlights below and find more details on the European Athletics website.

LIBBY CLEGG EXPECTING A CHILD

Two-time Paralympic champion Libby Clegg has announced that she is expecting a child.

Clegg, who is registered blind and competes with a guide runner, won 100 and 200m gold in the T11 category in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. That was one better than the pair of silvers she picked up at London 2012. Her partner Dan Powell is also an Olympian, in judo. Libby has shared the news on her Instagram page.

BAN FOR RUSSIAN THROWER

Russian hammer thrower Tatyana Kachegina has been given a four-year ban after testing positive for banned substances. Russia’s athletics federation says her sample showed up with anabolic steroids among other items which aren’t allowed. More from BBC Sport.

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First published on: 29 October, 2018 9:00 am

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