Keeping Track: Monday news column 12th November

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IAAF SHELVES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFICATION PLAN

The IAAF says competitors will qualify for next year’s World Athletics Championships in Doha based on the traditional method of achieving standards, rather than a proposed World Rankings system. President Sebastian Coe insists the points system – set to come in for the 2019 season – is the way forward, but admits that athletes and federations need time to understand it better. View the full story.

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AVERY AND MAHAMED CUT THE TAPE IN MILTON MEYNES

Kate Avery continued some good recent form on her comeback trail with first place in the British Athletics Cross Challenge event in Milton Keynes. Mahamed Mahamed won the men’s race on Saturday. Here is a review of what happened.

CROSS COUNTRY WIN FOR REEKIE

Jemma Reekie and Sol Sweeney clinched victories at the Lindsays’ scottishathletics Short Course Cross Country Championships in Lanark. Reekie won the under 20 event in 2016, before triumphing at senior level over the weekend.  “I think I’ve shown today how much I have progressed since then”, she commented. Read the full report here and find Jemma’s full verdict on her stellar 2018 season here.

MUIR EXCITED BY FIRST TITLE DEFENCE

Laura Muir has been a busy bee this week. Training kids at a Birmingham primary school was followed by interviews on BBC Radio 5 Live and Sky in London.

The European champion and British 1500m record holder was helping to launch next year’s Muller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, where she’s expected to compete ahead of the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, which will be her first ever chance to defend a title. There’s more in Athletics Weekly.

CHELIMO LEAVES THE ARMY

Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo has written in a blog post on his website that he has left the United States Army and its World Class Athletes Program (WCAP). Chelimo was born in Kenya, but found a path to citizenship through the military. The 28-year-old is now officially sponsored by Nike and wrote an article on his site thanking both parties.

A screenshot from a blog post by Paul Chelimo
A screenshot from a blog post by Paul Chelimo.

TWELL OPTS TO GO THE MARATHON DISTANCE

Sticking with the Scottish theme, European and Commonwealth medalist Steph Twell has turned to the marathon in an attempt to add medals on the road to a successful track career. She’ll set off on her first 26.2 mile challenge next month.

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📣Time to make steps towards my new goals🏁 I'm excited to announce that I'll be debuting at my first marathon in Valencia this December 2nd! Since turning 5 x's British 5km Champ, it feels right to steer my training in a new direction and prepare myself with a wider skill set over the road and longer distances. I've alway wanted to see how I fare over 26.2 and to one day call myself a marthoner so… there's no time like the present 💁 It doesn't mean I'll step off the track for good but for now I'm enjoying the training and the road ahead💗 For another preview, click on the link in my bio ♞☝ #26.2 #roadrunner #endurance #marathon #marathontraining #newbalance #trailrunning #goals #longrun

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ITALIAN HIGH JUMPERS LOOK FOR CONTINENTAL GLORY

In Alessia Trost, Elena Vallortigara and Gianmarco Tamberi, Italy has an exciting selection of high jumping talent. The trio are looking ahead to the spring with medals in their sights with no Italian man ever having won the European Indoor title and only two women having achieved it. Vallortigara in particular managed an incredible 2.02m clearance in London this year. They’ve been speaking to European Athletics about their ambitions.

GARDNER LENDS HER EXPERTISE

Olympic champion US sprinter English Gardner has joined the coaching staff at Princeton University in New Jersey. The 26-year-old, who was part of the 4x100m relay winning quartet in 2016, is to become a “volunteer assistant” helping out the Princeton Tigers team. Fellow Olympians Fred Samara and Robby Andrews are already on the coaching staff.

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First published on: 12 November, 2018 6:00 am

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