A look at some of the latest news and results from the world of the sport, including entry information for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games athletics
Record marathon fields
The final entries for Rio 2016 athletics have been released by the IAAF. There will be record sized fields for the marathons with 159 entrants for the men’s race and 160 entrants for the women’s race. Previously the biggest fields assembled for the Olympic marathons were 124 for the men in Atlanta and 118 for the women in London.
In the entries athletes who for example did not compete in the summer season, like Blanka Vlasic or Pedro Pablo Pichardo, were also confirmed.
Also entered is hammer title defender Krisztian Pars who is trying to find the right shape.
Bolt sounds optimistic
Usain Bolt’s press conference in Rio had big media interest. As BBC informed, Bolt defended athletics’ future at an unconventional news conference in Rio featuring a dance troupe and a rapping Norwegian.
“People should have faith. We’re weeding out the bad ones. I think we’re going in the right direction,” he said.
Bolt, who said in February he would retire from athletics after the 2017 World Championships, confirmed this would be his last Olympics.
Kaliese Spencer will represent Jamaica in the women’s 400m hurdles after Janieve Russell apparently failed to show enough improvements after her recent injury, informs the Jamaica Gleaner.
Russell was one of the medal favourites in the 400m hurdles but she has been suffering with a foot injury in recent months and hasn’t raced since June 12. Team leader for Jamaica’s track and field unit at the Olympic Games Ludlow Watts could not provide any insight as to why Russell was left off the IAAF’s entry list.
Watts told The Gleaner that he did not have any information at this point after the leading Jamaican was not seen among entrants for the 400m hurdles. This is after sources inside Russell’s MVP Camp expressed surprise at the news, while noting that the athlete was in good shape to meet any fitness requirement and compete her in Rio, informs Jamaica Gleaner.
Yelena Isinbayeva to travel to Rio
Yelena Isinbayeva will still travel to Rio de Janeiro even if her appeal against the CAS decision to uphold her suspension proves unsuccessful, informs sports.ru.
“It is nice to know that we share this injustice together and would prefer to act than to pity and sympathise. From the heart I say thank you! As an acting athlete I will not be able to fly to the Olympics, but as a candidate for the IOC Athletes’ Commission I have every right. So on August 14 will fly to Rio,” she said on Instagram.
Dafne Schippers deals with pressure
“The pressure is very high,” said fastest European Dafne Schippers ahead of Rio. “But not for me. I give myself more pressure than people put on me.”
Brussels Diamond League organisers also informed that Schippers will compete in the 100m at the meeting on September 9. Schippers won the 200m last year, beating Allyson Felix and Elaine Thompson in the process.
Tamberi and Perkovic are European Athletes of the Month
Gianmarco Tamberi and Sandra Perkovic have been voted European Athletes of the Month for July by fans on social media.
Tamberi cleared an Italian high jump record of 2.39m in Monaco before injuring his ankle when attempting 2.41m, while Perkovic won her fourth successive European discus title in Amsterdam.
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