Keeping Track: Monday news column 7th January

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ARTER ECLIPSES PARKRUN RECORD

Distance runner Charlotte Arter clocked a new record for parkrun with a time of 15:50 in Cardiff on Saturday. More in Dai Sport.

FAST SEASON START FOR MUIR

Laura Muir impressed at the GAA Miler Meet in Glasgow, by opening up her season with a quick 5000m on Friday night. There’s a report in Athletics Weekly and you can find full results here. There was even time to sign autographs for adoring young fans.

IRISH RECORD FOR O’CONNOR

Kate O’Connor, who has just turned 18 and represented Northern Ireland at last spring’s Commonwealth Games, has set a senior Irish record in the pentathlon. John Lane won the senior men’s competition at the England Athletics Combined Events Championships in Sheffield. There’s more from England Athletics, including results of the Race Walking Championships.

MILLS STARTS 2019 WITH MORE AGE GROUP SUCCESS

Meanwhile, Holly Mills started 2019 on a bright note by retaining her England U20 Combined Events title at the national indoor championships in Sheffield. See the England Athletics site for the details.

BMC WINS FOR WEBB AND TARPLEE

A decent line-up at the BMC Sheffield Grand Prix saw Jamie Webb win the Men’s 1500m A Race in a lifetime best of 3:43.59, while Claire Tarplee won the Women’s A Race in 4:21.85. Jonny Davies won the Men’s 3000m. See results here and watch a selection of videos from the event here.

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DEBELA TAKES THE TAPE IN CHINA

Dejene Debela of Ethiopia won the first IAAF Gold Label race of 2019, with victory in the Xiamen Marathon in China. Read this report from the IAAF.

UNEQUAL RACE DISTANCES AVOIDS DAYLIGHT PROBLEM, CLAIMS OFFICIAL

Debate ensues over the IAAF’s new rules regarding equal distances for men and women. Essex is one county to have introduced equal distances, but one anonymous official tells The Telegraph that women running a shorter distance makes it easier for two full races to be run separately so the course can be dismantled before it gets dark.

AIR QUALITY BEING MONITORED BY THE IAAF

A device to check on the air quality of a stadium in Sydney, Australia, has been installed as part of a wider IAAF project. In time, the governing body hopes to assess data from different stadia to analyse whether performances are affected by the air quality offered to athletes training in different parts of the world.

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First published on: 7 January, 2019 12:53 pm

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