A round-up of some of the latest news from the world of the report, including reports that sprinter Miguel Francis has requested an allegiance switch from Antigua and Barbuda to GB
Francis set to run for GB?
Miguel Francis has reportedly requested to transfer his allegiance from Antigua and Barbuda to the United Kingdom, informs the Antigua Observer.
Sources close to the sprinter have said the Antigua & Barbuda Athletics Association is currently in receipt of the “transfer of allegiance” request and will discuss this development during a meeting next week.
Kebede wants to run sub-2:20
Aberu Kebede is looking to secure her third victory in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday and break the 2:20 barrier for the first time in the process, informs organisers.
“I have trained well and hope that this time I will finally break the 2:20 barrier,“ said Kebede, whose lifetime best of 2:20:30 dates back to the 2012 Berlin Marathon. She finished second last year in 2:20:48 behind Gladys Cherono.
One of her main rivals will be team-mate and former Tokyo Marathon winner Birhane Dibaba. “I know about the fast course and the great support from the spectators. Additionally I have heard that the weather is ofter favourable in Berlin,” she said.
Amane Beriso is a late scratch due to injury.
The only sub-2:20 of 2016 is 2:19:41 by Tirfi Tsegaye achieved in January in Dubai.
Kimetto out of Chicago
World record-holder Dennis Kimetto has pulled out of the Chicago Marathon citing injury, informs organisers. Other withdrawals include last year’s third placer Sammy Ndungu and America’s Nick Arciniaga but Shanghai Marathon winner Paul Lonyangata has been added to the men’s field.
Notable additions to the women’s race include last year’s runner-up Yebrgual Melese and her Ethiopian team-mate Meskerem Assefa as well as former world youth 3000m champion Purity Rionoripo and Paris Marathon winner Visiline Jepkesho.
Kipruto thinks WR
The season ended on a high for Conseslus Kipruto as he won the Olympic title and the Diamond Trophy. Wednesday was a joyous day for him as he celebrated his success with family and friends with an elaborate home coming in Luliet village in Nandi county.
He took the time to relive the season that was and also gave a preview of his mission for 2017.
“I have done my part this season and come next year, I want to try to go for world record since it has stayed intact for long without its time being lowered,” said Kipruto of the 7:53.63 mark.
Gay delays competitive bobsled debut
Tyson Gay has postponed his competitive bobsled debut after pulling out of the National Push Championships which are held in Calgary, Canada due to insufficient preparation, informs AFP.
“Gay flew to Calgary two days ago after finishing commitments following the 2016 Rio Olympics and has pushed a sled no more than 10 times. After meeting with the coaching staff it was decided that it was in Gay’s best interest to focus on learning and to watch today’s competition,” said a Team USA spokesperson.
The statement added he would continue to train with the US bobsled team and may compete in combination pushes. Another former sprinter Ryan Bailey won his category by 0.10 to take the title.
Bolt 2:07 800m
Sprint star Usain Bolt revealed in a Facebook chat that he has run 2:07 for 800m. He also believes he is capable of breaking the five minute-barrier for the mile. “Of course I can break five minutes; I’m not that bad!” he said.
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