A round-up of some of the latest news and results from the world of athletics, including Campaccio action and New Balance Indoor Grand Prix entries
Obiri beats Kipyegon
Olympic 5000m silver medallist Hellen Obiri defeated Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon at the 60th edition of the Campaccio cross country (IAAF CC Permit) on Friday.
Obiri won the senior women’s race in a course record time of 18:33, three seconds ahead of Kipyegon, with reigning world cross country champion Agnes Tirop third in 18:56 to make it a Kenyan sweep.
Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka was fourth in 19:02, with Sara Dossena the top Italian finisher in seventh in 20:33.
Muktar Edris (28:54) and Imane Merga (28:55) provided an Ethiopian one-two in the men’s race, with Kenya’s Jairus Birech third in 28:59.
Olympic steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto finished sixth in 29:20 with Yemaneberhan Crippa the top home finisher in eighth in 29:48.
Murto attacks WJR
The last day of the meeting in Tignes had pole vault competitions. Finnish jumpers ruled in the women’s competition.
World under-20 medallist Wilma Murto cleared 4.66m on her third attempt and had three tries at a world indoor junior record height of 4.72m (she holds the record with 4.71m from last January).
In second, Minna Nikkanen went over 4.51m and France’s Marion Lotout cleared 4.41m ahead of another junior, Sweden’s Lisa Gunnarsson, with 4.31m.
Stanley Joseph topped the men’s competition with 5.63m ahead of Alexandre Feger’s 5.53m indoor PB.
Murphy for 3000m pro debut
Olympic 5000m silver and bronze medallists Paul Chelimo and Hagos Gebrhiwet will take on Olympic 800m bronze medallist Clayton Murphy at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix when the US middle-distance runner steps up in distance (to 3000m, he ran in college indoors, 8:18) at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Boston on January 28.
Three national under-20 record-holders have also been confirmed to make their New Balance Indoor Grand Prix debuts: Noah Lyles (300m), Candace Hill and Donavan Brazier (600m). These athletes will be joined at the event by the previously-announced Olympic gold medallists Matthew Centrowitz, Jenn Suhr and Ekaterini Stefanidi, plus Olympic bronze medallists Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn.
Pearson continues competition
London 2012 Olympic 100m champion Sally Pearson is continuing with competing in Australia, this time she won an outdoor 60m hurdles race in 8.08.
The two-time Olympian and middle distance runner Frank Murphy, who was inducted into the Athletics Ireland Hall of Fame in 2014, passed away on Thursday. He had been fighting Parkinson’s disease for the last number of years.
In 1969 Murphy beat John Whetton over 1500m in the British AAA Championships only for the roles to be narrowly reversed at the European Athletics Championships in Athens. His finishing time of 3:39.51 was a then Irish record.
The Drumcondra native added another silver to his collection a year later in the 1500m at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Vienna and represented Ireland at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico and again in Munich in 1972.
With information from Athletics Ireland.
Jean Poczobut, who served as IAAF honorary treasurer from 2003 to 2011, died on Wednesday at the age of 80.
He was a member of the IAAF Council (1995 to 2011) and a recipient of the IAAF Golden Order of Merit (2011) and IAAF Veteran Pin (2003).
On his passing, Poczobut was an IAAF honorary life vice president and an honorary member of the International Athletics Foundation.
With information from the IAAF.
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