Keeping Track: The latest athletics news on 21st January

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MINICHIELLO WANTS QUESTIONS ASKED AFTER BOWKER DEPARTURE

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill’s former coach Toni Minichiello wants questions to be asked of UK Athletics leadership after the announcement that Chairman Richard Bowker will step down and leave the organisation this month. The Guardian has the details.

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FASTEST EVER HALF MARATHON ON AMERICAN SOIL

24-year-old Kenyan Brigid Kosgei ran a 1:05.50 half marathon – the fastest ever on American soil on Sunday. She won the Chicago Marathon last year and was second in London. Read the article on the IAAF site.

NI CROSS COUNTRY WINS FOR YOUNG PAIR

A 19-year-old and 22-year-old took wins at the IAAF Northern Ireland Cross Country International. Ethiopia’s Meskerem Mamo and Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew came first in the women’s and men’s races respectively. GB’s Emily Hosker-Thornhill was fifth, Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack sixth and Kate Avery seventh. Full BBC Northern Ireland report here.

IMPRESSIVE ISSY AT LEA VALLEY

Former European Youth Champion Isabelle Boffey, who has won four national age group indoor titles in a row, took the Southern indoor title in 2:05.18. Philippa Lowe was behind her by one hundredth of a second. Boffey was one of our Ones To Watch for 2018 on runjumpthrow.com and you can read more about her here. Full results from are on the South of England Athletic Association website.

PIASECKI ON POINT

Over in Spain at the Cross Internacional de Itálica near Seville, Britain’s Jess Piasecki impressed in finishing seventh in a race won by double European champion Yasemin Can. Verity Ockenden was eighth, with other Brits in the top 20. See Fast Running for further detail.

BRITISH OFFICIALS DISAPPOINTED BY WADA’S HANDLING OF RUSSIA

UK anti-doping chiefs have called for change in order to rebuild trust in the World Anti-Doping Agency. They want a review of its handling of the Russia, but also praise WADA for managing to enter Russia’s Moscow testing laboratory. More from BBC Sport.

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STEFANIDI WANTS EURO INDOOR DOUBLE

After successfully defending her European Outdoor crown in Berlin last summer, Greek pole vaulter Katerina Stefanidi wants to add a second European Indoor title to her collection, following up the gold medal she took home from Belgrade. European Athletics have been previewing the competition she’ll face.

Ekaterini Stefanidi defends her European pole vault title.

Ekaterini Stefanidi is coming to Glasgow!After successfully defending her European outdoor title in Berlin, Stefanidi is aiming for back-to-back titles at the European Indoor Championships in March.Throwback to her 4.85m championship record in Berlin last summer. https://www.european-athletics.org/competitions/european-athletics-indoor-championships/news/article=stefanidi-aiming-for-back-back-european-indoor-pole-vault-titles/

Publicado por European Athletics en Jueves, 17 de enero de 2019

BUTCHART PREPARING FOR LONG-AWAITED COMEBACK

Andrew Butchart is preparing to return to the track, nearly a year after breaking his foot, which ruled him out of last season’s major competitions. The 27-year-old Scot says he has noticed a change in his stride since returning to fitness. He’s been speaking to Athletics Weekly.

MÜLLER REMAINS A PARTNER OF BRITISH ATHLETICS

British Athletics say Müller has agreed to extend its current partnership through to 2021. Sainsbury’s was a previous title sponsor.

Andy Pozzi at the Athletics World Cup in 2018. Photo: MV4R Photography
Andy Pozzi at the Athletics World Cup in 2018. Photo: MV4R Photography

WATCH: MINI ATHLETICS GETTING KIDS ACTIVE

Children are being taught basic athletics skills at a ‘Mini Athletics‘ club in Cambridgeshire. There’s a cute video from ITV News, as club organisers joke that the story made light relief from Brexit!

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First published on: 21 January, 2019 2:54 am

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