A round-up of some of the latest athletics news and results from around the world
Tadese for Cardiff
World half-marathon record-holder Zersenay Tadese is due to compete at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff on March 26 where he will face a line-up including Britain’s Mo Farah and Kenyans Geoffrey Kamworor and Bedan Karoki, reports Super Sport.
Tadese is a former five-time winner of this event.
Vienna City Marathon
Kenya’s Levy Omari, a 2:05:16 performer, will compete in the Vienna City Marathon on April 10.
Other recruits include Robert Chemosin (2:08:05 PB) and former 1500m runner Suleiman Simotwo (2:08:48), while David Kogei, who paced Eliud Kipchoge in the Berlin Marathon last year, will make his full marathon debut.
Organisers expect more than 40,000 entries for the 33rd edition of the race. Information from organisers.
President Hansen at Serbian Open
European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen was one of the special guests at the inaugural Serbian Open which was staged in the newly-built indoor facilities in Belgrade.
The arena which hosted the meet will serve as the training venue for the 2017 European Indoor Championships with the competition taking place at the Kombank Arena.
“It was a great pleasure to attend the first Serbian Open here in Belgrade. European Athletics has been closely following the progress of the constructions and we can only be delighted with the results,” said Hansen.
“The Serbian spectators are always so enthusiastic and I’m very much looking forward to the European Indoors in Belgrade next year.”
Rudisha discusses Kenya’s anti-doping efforts
David Rudisha has said a lack of money and testing infrastructure has stymied Kenya’s fight against doping, reports The Associated Press.
“We don’t have labs in Kenya so we depend on international labs and most of them are there to assess those who are elite and top of the world. So what about the others who are running locally, who are training locally? Nobody knows them. It’s a big challenge,” he said.
Rudisha will compete in Melbourne at the IAAF World Challenge meet on Saturday.
France team for IAAF World Indoors
A small team of nine athletes – eight men and one woman – have been named on the French team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland.
The squad is led by Renaud Lavillenie in the pole vault, while Dimitri Bascou and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde start among the favourites in the 60m hurdles.
Fresh from jumping 8.23m aged 35 at the French Indoor Champs, Kafetien Gomis competes in the long jump, while European champion Benjamin Compaore is their sole entrant in the triple jump.
Kevin Mayer starts among the favourites for the heptathlon title.
The sole female entrant is Carole Zahi, who recently gained French nationality having previously competed for the Ivory Coast. She will contest the 60m.
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