A look at some of the latest news and results from the world of athletics, including the nominees for European Athletics Golden Tracks awards
Nominees for Golden Tracks
European Athletics has announced the nominees for the male and female European Athletes of the Year and Rising Stars in its European Athletics Golden Tracks awards.
The nominees for the men’s award are Mo Farah, Christoph Harting, Kevin Mayer, Pawel Fajdek, Renaud Lavillenie, Orlando Ortega, Thomas Rohler, Gianmarco Tamberi, Yasmani Copello and Matej Toth and the nominees for the women’s award are Ruth Beitia, Sara Kolak, Anita Marton, Sandra Perkovic, Sara Petersen, Dafne Schippers, Ivana Spanovic, Ekaterini Stefanidi, Nafissatou Thiam and Anita Wlodarczyk. Kolak and Thiam are also nominated for the rising star award.
The Golden Tracks trophy will be awarded to the men’s and women’s European Athletes of the Year at a televised gala evening in Funchal, Portugal, on October 15.
Nelson Evora switches coach
Nelson Evora will be coached by legendary Cuban long jumper and childhood hero Ivan Pedroso after splitting with his long-time coach Joao Ganco, informs the Record.
Pedroso is the coach of Venezuelan triple jump star Yulimar Rojas and has also helped Teddy Tamgho in the past.
‘Around-Taihu’ multi-day race walking competition
The four-day walking competition around Lake Taihu in China has some interesting names competing from Sunday to Wednesday. Not only France’s race walk legend Yohann Diniz in his first competition since the gruelling Rio 50km but also Jared Tallent, Dane Bird-Smith and Evan Dunfee, with the Chinese elite headed by Olympic winner Liu Hong.
Paul Tanui among winners in Osaka
The second day of the Japanese Corporate Championships had Kenyan world medallist Paul Tanui winning the 10,000m in 28:04.23, while another Kenyan, Ronald Kwemoi, topped the 1500m in 3:38.92.
National champion and Olympic semi-finalist Keisuke Nozawa won the 400m hurdles in 49.21, in the women’s final it was Satomi Kubokura with 56.72. Shota Iizuka won the 200m in 20.57 (0.0) and Mizuno the men’s 4x100m in 39.37. Olympian Eiki Takahashi won the 10,000m walk in 39:22.11.
In the famous Swedish Lidingoloppet the winner in the men’s 30km race was Kenyan Japhet Kipkorir in a time of 1:37:52, just one second ahead of Ethiopian Desta Kibrom. In third, Sweden’s David Nilsson’s 1:38:45 beat Mustafa Mohamed with 1:39:58.
Maria Larsson won the women’s 30km in 1:56:54 ahead of former miler and record-holder Marin Ewerlof with 1:58:51. The women’s 15km was an Ethiopian affair with Alemi Tsegaye’s 53:40 beating Boneshi Tamene’s 54:38. In third was Sara Holmgren with 55:37.
Cardiff Half Marathon
In-form Kenyan Violah Jepchumba will compete in the Cardiff Half Marathon on October 2, informs organisers. Jepchumba is arguably the world’s leading road racer at present and holds world-leading marks at 10km (30:24) and the half-marathon (65:51).
Jepchumba will face former Paris Marathon winner Filomena Cheyech, reigning champion Lenah Jerotich and Ethiopians Zerfie Limeneh and Helen Tola.
Paris Marathon winner Cyprian Kotut is the top name in the men’s elite field.
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