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  • #31
    Yeman Crippa runs his first half in ten days v Wanders in Napoli. Sub 61?

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Aussiestatman View Post
      Yeman Crippa runs his first half in ten days v Wanders in Napoli. Sub 61?
      I'd hope for sub-60 by Crippa. 60-high seems about right for Wanders. He's not really knocked on in the way people expected in the last couple of years (though I know he's had some illness recently).

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      • #33
        A British woman contending in the lead pack of a big international marathon for the first time since Paula? ... Surely not?

        But yes, that is what we could have on Sunday with Jess Piasecki in the Sevilla Marathon. After her brilliant 67:20 Half 3 weeks ago in Alicante she should be capable of a 2:21/22 which would have her possibly contending for the win against several Ethiopians with 2:21 - 2:24 PBs.

        It'll be dead easy to watch at 7.30am on YouTube (see the Live Streaming Links thread).

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        • #34
          Eilish McColgan finished sixth in UAE RAK half marathon in 66.26, eclipsing Paula's official NR. Girmawit Gebru ran 64.14 to beat Hellen Obiri by 8s.

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          • #35
            Impressive from Eilish! Is she planning on moving up to the full marathon at some point?

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            • jjimbojames
              jjimbojames commented
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              I suspect she’ll get through this year and move up, to have a full year at it before Paris. She seems to lack the confidence on the track to use this strength, and doesn’t have the turn of pace of others to blast the last lap. A bit like Paula, the marathon seems her best chance of a WC/OG-level medal

            • trickstat
              trickstat commented
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              I think she has said that she is planning to move up to the marathon at some stage.

          • #36
            There is and has been quite a list of British women who end up marathon running cos they lack any real finishing speed. And pr was no exception going up to marathon running to get her only global gold medal. I hope McColgan tries for one last 5 K or even 10K before marathons are her way to go. The coaching of our athletes at the 5 K/10 K is not something to dwell on as we all know that over 1500m both men and women we have never had athletes of real finishing speed, except Mo, a fine exception.

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            • trickstat
              trickstat commented
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              Yes I'd agree about the finishing kick thing. Since I first got interested in the sport in the mid to late 70s, we have had some athletes who can finish reasonably fast but Mo has been the only one we've had who you really fancied to win when there has been a group of more than about 4 athletes at the bell. I remember Eamonn Martin had a fairly decent kick but then Steve Cram blew him away in the last 200 of a 5000 (1989 UK Champs?) so it can't have been particularly stunning.

          • #37
            Originally posted by LuckySpikes View Post
            A British woman contending in the lead pack of a big international marathon for the first time since Paula? ... Surely not?

            But yes, that is what we could have on Sunday with Jess Piasecki in the Sevilla Marathon. After her brilliant 67:20 Half 3 weeks ago in Alicante she should be capable of a 2:21/22 which would have her possibly contending for the win against several Ethiopians with 2:21 - 2:24 PBs.

            It'll be dead easy to watch at 7.30am on YouTube (see the Live Streaming Links thread).
            Jess Piasecki was never in the lead pack contending for the win - I didn't realise the lead pack were going out at 2:18 pace!

            HOWEVER, she did finish 5th in 2:22:27! That's UK #2 all-time ahead of #3 Mara Yamauchi 2:23:12. A brilliant run - I'm really chuffed for her.

            Alemu Megertu won in 2:18:51 PB WL.

            In the Men's race, Asrar Abderehman (ETH) won in 2:04:43 PB WL. Ayad Lamdassem took sole ownership of the Spanish record again, taking 10s off the previous mark with 2:06:25.

            Awaiting results of all the other Brits competing (there doesn't seem to be a live leaderboard).
            Last edited by LuckySpikes; 20-02-22, 14:10.

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            • Occasional Hope
              Occasional Hope commented
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              Excellent run by Jess.

            • LuckySpikes
              LuckySpikes commented
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              Halfway for Jess at 1:10:33. Seems like she was shooting for 2:21-flat? Still a great run though and she seems very happy on Twitter.

          • #38
            Jess P will have plenty of opportunity this year to build on her excellent run and show consistency..will she choose WC or CG €

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            • #39
              Originally posted by philipo View Post
              Jess P will have plenty of opportunity this year to build on her excellent run and show consistency..will she choose WC or CG €
              If she's smart she'll choose the European Championships where, at the moment, she would probably start as the favourite for Gold (if Lonah Salpeter chooses the WCh instead as I'd expect). At the Comm Games you don't know if Kenya will send a 'B/C-teamer' capable of running 2:20 or faster. And, increasingly, there's the Ugandans to contend with too.

              If I was her, I'd also give the 10,000 a really good crack this year. She's run 31:20 on the roads recently so could make the 31:25 Worlds standard or, probably more likely, she might want to do that event at a home Comm Games?
              Last edited by LuckySpikes; 20-02-22, 14:29.

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              • #40
                At the CrossCup Hannut it was a 5th podium in 6 World XC Tour races this season for Beatrice Chebet but still no top step as she was beaten by approx 13s by Olympic steeple champ Peruth Chemutai.

                In the Men's race, Samuel Fitwi (GER) took off from Rogers Kibet with 400m to go. Britain's Mahamed Mahamed was 4th.

                By the way, I wouldn't trust the World XC Tour overall standings on the WA website (prize money for the top 6 - $10,000 down to $4,000). Your best 3 points results count but some athletes like Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi and Edinah Jebitok haven't been credited for their 3rd race. Then you've got Megan Keith being credited for her U20 Euro Champs victory (Area Champs do count for the Tour) but Nadia Battocletti, Klara Lukan & Mariana Machado haven't been credited for the U23 Euro Champs nor Meraf Bahta for her Euro Champs 2nd place. I think they are probably just some of the ommissions. It's a bit of a mess! I haven't looked at the Men's in detail to see if they've made similar mistakes.

                Further British results from the Sevilla Marathon -
                31st Josh Griffiths 2:11:28 PB (a WCh standard by 2 seconds!)
                40th Mohamud Aadan 2:12:37

                13th Rose Harvey 2:27:20 PB (a WCh standard by 2 mins)
                25th Phllippa Bowden 2:34:30 (debut)
                29 Steph Davis 2:37:41

                There was a Moroccan record for Majida Maayouf, 2:24:09, a South American record for Gladys Tejeda (PER), 2:25:57, and an Argentine record for Florencia Borelli 2:26:54.

                Full results of a deep race at https://www.worldathletics.org/compe...7176628/result
                Last edited by LuckySpikes; 20-02-22, 17:14.

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                • #41
                  All sports events and training camps in Ukraine have been cancelled for the duration of their state of emergency (initially set at 30 days). However, the participation of national teams in competitions abroad is not (yet?) cancelled. In athletics there's 3 big ones within the next month - the World Race Walking Team Championships, the European Throwing Cup and, of course, World Indoors.

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                  • #42
                    Originally posted by LuckySpikes View Post
                    All sports events and training camps in Ukraine have been cancelled for the duration of their state of emergency (initially set at 30 days). However, the participation of national teams in competitions abroad is not (yet?) cancelled. In athletics there's 3 big ones within the next month - the World Race Walking Team Championships, the European Throwing Cup and, of course, World Indoors.
                    Wonder if anything will happen with regards to Russian athletes - will those with neutral status still be eligible?

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                    • Occasional Hope
                      Occasional Hope commented
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                      I would think so. Even if Russia was to be treated as a pariah nation due to the war - it already is due to the drugs issues, and the ANA's are classed as neutral athletes not as Russians, in theory.

                      As long as they can travel, of course.

                    • trickstat
                      trickstat commented
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                      I suppose there is something of a precedent from the 1990s when what was left of Yugoslavia was banned from team sports but individuals could compete as Independent Olympic Participants or Independent World Participants.

                  • #43
                    Any appearance of Russian athletes would be seen as a coup by the Russian state even if they were ANAs but it would be a rushed decision to preclude them

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                    • #44
                      John Landy has died, famous for his battle with Roger Bannister to be the first to run the sub-4 Mile as well as for their classic race at the Comm Games in 1954.

                      WA Obituary at https://www.worldathletics.org/news/...landy-obituary

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                      • trickstat
                        trickstat commented
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                        He lived quite an interesting life. Amazingly, he is the first of the 1956 Olympic 1500m medallists to die.

                    • #45
                      YY breaks the women’s 10k: 29.14

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                      • Aussiestatman
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                        Second a minute later was Houston half winner, Vicoty. 12th All-time
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