Keeping Track: Monday news column 5th November

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MARATHON WIN FOR MARY

Mary Keitany won her fourth New York City Marathon in 2:22.48 to regain her title. The Kenyan athlete’s time was five-and-a-half minutes off her women’s only marathon world record set in London last year. Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won his first title in the men’s race. More in The Guardian, with full results available here.

MUIR PRAISE FROM KELLY HOLMES

Dame Kelly Holmes has described newly-crowned Scottish Athlete of the Year Laura Muir as ‘the world’s best middle-distance runner’ based on her consistency. Double Olympic champion Holmes has no issue with Muir breaking her British records either, saying “records can be there for a such a long time and it suggests that the sports not moving on”. Click here for a full report from scottishathletics following their awards ceremony.

ROAD RELAY REPORT

There was success for Leeds City and Tonbridge in the senior men’s and women’s races at the Saucony ECCA National Road Relays in Mansfield in a strong competition featuring lots of talented youngsters including Emile Cairess, Emily Hosker-Thornhill, Amelia Quirk, Khahisa Mhlanga, Thomas Keen and Rory Leonard. See a full round-up on the England Athletics site.

FOUR’S THE DREAM FOR INGEBRIGTSEN

No, we aren’t talking about a fourth Ingebrigtsen brother! Jakob Ingebrigtsen says winning four gold medals at under 20 level is his aim. The Norwegian is to defend his European Cross Country title in the Netherlands next month when the championships take place in Tilburg on 9th December in Tilburg. The teenager already has a brace of under 20 titles from the last two years. Read more on the European Athletics website.

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DUBLIN TO HOST 2020 CROSS COUNTRY

Meanwhile, Ireland has been confirmed by European Athletics as the host of the 2020 European Cross Country Championships. The National Sports Centre Campus in Blanchardstown – an outer suburb of Dublin – is the chosen venue.

GREG ON DEALING WITH GRIEF

The sporting world – and Leicester City FC in particular – mourn the loss of Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, while players continue to play.

Greg Rutherford has been talking to BBC Sport about dealing with loss and grief. Greg lost his grandfather just before Beijing 2008 and says “it hit me incredibly hard, so I then left for Beijing, to train and get ready for that. But physiologically, it really did affect me and I started doing really odd things during the competition.”

TAXI DRIVER INSPIRES KSZCZOT

Three-time European champion Adam Kszczot says a conversation with a taxi driver inspired him to become one of Poland’s greatest middle-distance runners. It happened in 2012 on return from a disappointing Olympic games in London, he told the IAAF Diamond League Podcast. Read the story here on RunJumpThrow.com.

LITTLE MONDO STEALS THE SHOW

Footage has appeared of 10-year-old Mondo Duplantis purportedly clearing 3.86m. The now 18-year-old world junior record holder and European champion vaulter has come on a lot since then, but how many 10-year-olds would triumph in front of such an audience?

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First published on: 5 November, 2018 11:48 am

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