A look at some of the latest athletics news from the world of the sport, including updates on the World Half Marathon Championships
190 entries for IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships
Nearly 200 international athletes – including Kenya’s defending men’s champion Geoffrey Kamworor – are expected to be in action in the Welsh capital as 190 athletes (99 men and 91 women) have been confirmed as entered by 49 IAAF Member Federations.
Europe has 19 countries (35 men and 30 women).
The last edition of this event in Copenhagen had 108 male and 88 female finishers.
The runners will be joining around 20,000 runners who will be in the mass participation race on the same course.
Tadese out of World Half
Eritrean world record-holder Zersenay Tadese will not compete at the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff due to illness which forced him to spend ten days in bed.
Tadese, who has a record number of 13 medals from this event, will therefore miss his record 10th appearance at this championships which started in 1992.
Top hurdlers for Drake Relays
The 107th Drake Relays (April 27-30) will have an excellent men’s 110m hurdles field headed by world record-holder and Olympic champion Aries Merritt, meet director Brian Brown has announced.
The seven announced athletes have made a total of four Olympic appearances with three Olympic medals between them. This event will be part of the Rio Olympic Games Preview on April 30 on the Blue Oval.
Also in the field are Hansle Parchment, David Oliver, Aleec Harris, Andrew Riley, Ronnie Ash and fresh world Indoor champion Omar McLeod.
Six of the top eight men’s 400m hurdlers in the world are also scheduled to compete. Bershawn Jackson with Kerron Clement, Michael Tinsley, Javier Culson and Jeffery Gibson with Johnny Dutch, Justin Gaymon and LaRon Bennett.
IAAF chairpersons announced
IAAF announced the chairpersons of the new commissions and advisory groups which are designed to assist the delivery of a fundamental programme of change to the sport’s global administration.
Rozle Prezelj had already been announced as head of the Athletes Commission and Rajne Soderberg for the One-Day Meetings Advisory Group.
Other commissions will be headed by Paul Deighton (Audit and Finance), Victor Lopez (Coaches), Abby Hoffman (Competition), Hamad Kalkaba Malboum (Internationbal Relations), Prince Albert II (International Relations), Maria Clarke (Legal), Pierre Weiss (Masters), Harold Adams (Medical and Anti-Doping), Carlo Capalbo (Road Running), Bernard Amsalem (Values) and Dahlan Al Hamad (Youth Engagement and Social Media).
To add chairpersons of advisory groups: Max Seigel (Commercial and Marketing), Hansjorg Wirz (Competition Calendar), Stephanie Hightower (Conflict Resolution), Marc Ventouillac (Press and Media Operations), Adille Sumariwalla (Strategic Communications), Sylvia Barlag (Sustainable Development), Alex Gilady (Television and Digital) and Libor Varhanik (World Athletics Series Renovation).
Spotakova sustains injury
Two-time Olympic javelin champion Barbora Spotakova fractured a bone in her right foot while playing tennis during a training camp in the Canary Islands, reports Czech Athletics.
“It may be that I have to postpone the start of the season but I believe that I will be ready for the Olympics,” she said.
With a 2:25:14 PB, Kenya’s Emily Ngetich is the fastest woman in the elite line-up for the Rome Marathon on April 10.
The line-up also includes Ethiopians Mulu Diro (2:29:10), Metaferiya Zenebe (2:30:08) and Adhana Desalegn (2:31:25) and home favourite Silvia Weissteiner, who ran a 2:32:35 debut last year to win the Turin Marathon.
The fastest runners in the men’s race are Morocco’s Rachid Kisri (2:06:48) and Ethiopians Tariku Jufar (2:06:51), Debebe Tolosa (2:07:41), Alemayehu Belachew (2:09:32) and Kenya’s Silas Cheboit (2:07:15).
Some 16,500 runners are due to take part in this year’s race which is held slightly later in the season than usual.
Information from organisers.
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