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  • Emmanouil Karalis: I love vaulting because...
    Posted on November 15, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Greek teenager Emmanouil Karalis finished fifth in the pole vault at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 earlier this year, clearing 5.80m – a height only one other U20 athlete in history has ever bettered. […]

  • Czech athletics official and author Trkal dies
    Posted on November 14, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    The IAAF is deeply saddened to hear that Viktor Trkal, a well-known athletics official, author, judge and coach in the Czech Republic, died on Sunday (11) at the age of 89. […]

  • High and low – Claire Tallent
    Posted on November 14, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Claire Tallent was shown the red card in two of the biggest races of her career, but the Australian race walker rebounded from those disappointments to take bronze on her 50km debut at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships Taicang 2018. […]

  • Kiplimo and Teferi reign at Atapuerca as IAAF Cross Country Permit kicks off in Burgos
    Posted on November 11, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo and Ethiopia’s Senberi Teferi were victorious at the 15th ‘Cross Internacional de Atapuerca’, the opening race of the 2018-19 IAAF Cross Country Permit series held in windy conditions on Sunday (11) in Burgos, Spain. […]

  • Town of Runners takes the top prize at FICA
    Posted on November 11, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Town of Runners, the 2012 documentary directed by Jerry Rothwell about young runners from the Ethiopian rural town of Bekoji, took the top prize – an impressive golden Achilles trophy – at the International Athletics Film Festival (FICA) in San Sebastian, Spain, on Saturday (10). […]

  • Road round-up: Chepngetich storms through 2:19 barrier in Istanbul, Course records for El Aaraby in Beirut and Masai at Hefei
    Posted on November 11, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich stormed to a Turkish all-comers record at the 40th Vodafone Istanbul Marathon on Sunday (11), clocking 2:18:35 at this IAAF Gold Label Road Race. Felix Kimutai made it a Kenyan double with his 2:09:57 victory in the men’s race, also the fastest time ever run on Turkish soil. […]

  • Armistice Day: Remembering the athletes who died in the First World War
    Posted on November 10, 2018 at 12:20 am

    In 1912 in Stockholm, the men’s 5000m made its Olympic debut in spectacular fashion as Finland’s Hannes Kolehmainen and France’s Jean Bouin staged a stirring duel in which both broke the former world record by 25 seconds. Kolehmainen eventually triumphed by just 0.1 of a second. But within six years three of the top six finishers in that race, young men in their prime on that golden day, would be dead, all casualties of the Great War. […]

  • Molla and Teferi return to defend titles in Burgos
    Posted on November 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    The Ethiopian pair of Getane Molla and Senbere Teferi will defend their titles at the ‘Cross de Atapuerca’ in Burgos on Sunday (11), the first of nine 2018-19 IAAF Cross Country Permit meetings which will conclude on 3 February in Albufeira. […]

  • IAAF seeking candidates for its Vetting Panel
    Posted on November 9, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    The IAAF is seeking candidates to fill a vacancy on its Vetting Panel. […]

  • Kimutai and Chepngetich the favourites at Istanbul Marathon - weekend road racing preview
    Posted on November 9, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Marius Kimutai and defending champion Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya will start as the favourites at the Vodafone Istanbul Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (11). […]

  • Muir set to return to Birmingham for Indoor Grand Prix
    Posted on November 8, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Double European indoor champion and multiple British record-holder Laura Muir is the first big name confirmed for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on 16 February, part of the IAAF World Indoor Tour. […]

  • Thomas Barr: I love hurdling because...
    Posted on November 8, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    European bronze medallist Thomas Barr explains how inspiring the next generation is the ultimate bi-product of competing in the 400m hurdles. […]

  • World Athlete of the Year 2018 nominees – throws and combined events
    Posted on November 8, 2018 at 3:33 am

    With just five days to go before voting for the 2018 World Athletes of the Year concludes, here’s a closer look at this year's men’s and women’s nominees in the throwing and combined events. […]

  • Kipchoge and Cherono named AIMS Best Marathon Runners for 2018
    Posted on November 7, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    The world running organisation, the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), has named Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono as the male and female winners of the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Awards for 2018. […]

  • Lilesa targets winning return at Dubai Marathon
    Posted on November 7, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Olympic silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa will make a welcome return to the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon when he lines up for the IAAF Gold Label road race on 25 January. […]

  • High and low – Tobi Amusan
    Posted on November 7, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Nigerian sprint hurdler Tobi Amusan ended 2018, her first professional season, with the Commonwealth and African titles. The 21-year-old explains how gold at the 2015 African Games set her on the path to glory. […]

  • Job vacancy: event operations coordinator
    Posted on November 7, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    The IAAF is seeking an event operations coordinator at its Monaco headquarters. […]

  • International Athletics Film Festival opens in San Sebastian
    Posted on November 7, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    The first International Athletics Film Festival (FICA) got underway in the Spanish city of San Sebastian – home to the prestigious annual San Sebastian International Film Festival since 1953 – on Tuesday (6) with a showing of Carlos Saura’s Marathon, the official film of the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games. […]

  • World Athlete of the Year 2018 nominees – jumps
    Posted on November 7, 2018 at 11:28 am

    With just six days to go before voting for the 2018 World Athletes of the Year concludes, here’s a closer look at this year's men’s and women’s nominees in the jumping events. […]

  • IAAF Inside Athletics – Mike Powell
    Posted on November 6, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    The 17th episode of this season's IAAF Inside Athletics is available to watch online now and features an exclusive interview with world long jump record-holder Mike Powell. […]

  • World Athlete of the Year 2018 nominees – middle and long distance
    Posted on November 6, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    With just one week to go before voting for the 2018 World Athletes of the Year concludes, here’s a closer look at this year's men’s and women’s nominees in the middle and long-distance events. […]

  • Dacres and Miller-Uibo named NACAC athletes of the year
    Posted on November 5, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Jamaican discus thrower Fedrick Dacres and Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller-Uibo have been named the NACAC (North American, Central American and Caribbean) athletes of 2018. […]

  • World Athlete of the Year 2018 nominees – sprints and hurdles
    Posted on November 5, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    With just eight days to go before voting for the 2018 World Athletes of the Year concludes, here’s a closer look at this year's men’s and women’s nominees in the sprints and hurdles. […]

  • Keitany and Desisa finish strongly to take New York City Marathon titles
    Posted on November 4, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Kenya’s Mary Keitany and Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa turned in stunning performances to win two very contrasting races at the New York City Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, on Sunday morning (4). […]

  • Road round-up: Chelimo takes US 5km title in New York, course records fall in Hangzhou, Porto and Nice
    Posted on November 3, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Olympic 5000m silver medallist Paul Chelimo broke the course record and Emily Sisson picked up her first win at the USATF 5K Championships, hosted by the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K in New York on Saturday (3). […]

  • Bekele chasing successful defence and course record at Hangzhou - weekend road racing preview
    Posted on November 2, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Ethiopia’s Azmeraw Bekele will be looking to claim back-to-back victories and challenge his own course record at the Hangzhou Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label road race, on Sunday (4). […]

  • Stadium air quality monitor installed in Addis Ababa, first in Africa
    Posted on November 2, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    The second air quality monitor in the IAAF’s pilot programme to measure air quality at stadiums around the world was installed at Addis Ababa Stadium on Friday (2), the project’s first in Africa. […]

  • Kamworor and Flanagan back to defend New York Marathon titles
    Posted on November 2, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Defending champions Geoffrey Kamworor and Shalane Flanagan will be hoping for a sweet sense of deja vu on their return to the Big Apple on Sunday (4) for the TCS New York City Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race. […]

  • Entries open for Fan photograph of the year contest
    Posted on November 1, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Entries are now open for the best photograph of the year taken in 2018 by a fan photographer. […]

  • Radcliffe underscores importance of IAAF air quality initiative at WHO conference in Geneva
    Posted on November 1, 2018 at 10:30 am

    IAAF Ambassador Paula Radcliffe underscored the importance of the IAAF's air quality initiative during a presentation at the First World Health Organisation Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health in Geneva on Wednesday (31). […]

  • IAAF Inside Athletics Podcast 17 - Adam Gemili
    Posted on October 30, 2018 at 11:36 am

    The 17th edition of the IAAF Inside Athletics podcast, with special guest Adam Gemili, is now available. […]

  • Breakthrough season is just the beginning for Hobbs
    Posted on October 29, 2018 at 10:33 am

    It all started with a chase, a terrified sprint from a snarling dog near her home in New Orleans. […]

  • Tsegay, Kawauchi and Ghebreslassie lead Fukuoka Marathon field
    Posted on October 29, 2018 at 12:22 am

    This year’s Fukuoka Marathon will have 2016 winner Yemane Tsegay, 2015 world champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie and Japanese hero Yuki Kawauchi on the start line for the IAAF Gold Label road race on 2 December. […]

  • Kiptum breaks world half marathon record in Valencia with 58:18
    Posted on October 28, 2018 at 10:25 am

    One year after his compatriot Joyciline Jepkosgei broke the women’s world record at the Medio Maratón de Valencia Trinidad Alfonso, Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum broke the men’s world record* at the IAAF Gold Label road race on Sunday (28), clocking 58:18 to take five seconds off the mark set by Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese in 2010. […]

  • Assefa breaks course record at Frankfurt Marathon
    Posted on October 28, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Having finished on the lower steps of the podium at last year’s Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, Ethiopia’s Meskerem Assefa and Kelkile Gezahegn topped the podium at this year’s edition of the IAAF Gold Label road race on Sunday (28). […]

  • Road round-up: race records smashed in Ljubljana, Adugna leads Ethiopian double in Cassis
    Posted on October 28, 2018 at 5:17 am

    Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia and Kenyan Visiline Jepkesho shattered the race records at the 23rd Volkswagen Ljubljana Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label road race, on Sunday (28). […]

  • A steady rise and newfound confidence leads Guba to world shot put elite
    Posted on October 27, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    To the more casual fan, Paulina Guba’s might not have been a familiar name prior to 2018. The Polish shot putter burst into the top echelons only this year after her victory at the European Championships. Guba, now 27, has in fact been going at it for a while, earning her first national title in 2011, but her road to the top has not been a straightforward one. […]

  • Mayer and Asher-Smith named European athletes of the year
    Posted on October 27, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Kevin Mayer and Dina Asher-Smith were named European Athletes of the Year at the Golden Tracks award ceremony in Lausanne on Friday (26). […]

  • Fast times the target in Frankfurt, Lemma and Jepkesho the favourites in Ljubljana - weekend road running preview
    Posted on October 26, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    With fields boasting 14 men who have dipped under 2:10 and ten women with sub-2:25 credentials, the Frankfurt Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, will welcome its strongest fields ever during its 37th running on Sunday (28). […]

  • Cheroben targetting fourth title at Valencia Half Marathon
    Posted on October 26, 2018 at 9:06 am

    World Half Marathon Championships silver medallist Abraham Cheroben will start as favourite at the Media Maratón de Valencia Trinidad Alfonso, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (28). […]

  • Koen Naert: I love running because…
    Posted on October 25, 2018 at 3:27 am

    Koen Naert’s passion for running carried him to the European marathon title earlier this year. The Belgian distance runner explains why he loves running so much. […]

  • High and low – Aisha Praught Leer
    Posted on October 24, 2018 at 9:58 am

    After injury nearly ruled her out of her first Olympics, Aisha Praught-Leer made history in 2018 becoming the first Jamaican woman since 1994 to win a Commonwealth title in a distance event when taking 3000m steeplechase gold. […]

  • Judges for IAAF Photograph of the Year Award announced
    Posted on October 24, 2018 at 7:00 am

    The IAAF is pleased to announce the distinguished panel of experts that will select the Best Athletics Photograph of the Year for 2018. […]

  • Jos Hermens’ story behind the picture - remembering Abebe Bikila
    Posted on October 23, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Dutch athletics manager Jos Hermens talks about the significance of this image of him by the statue of the late two-time Olympic marathon champion Abebe Bikila. […]

  • Belete breaks course record at Toronto Marathon
    Posted on October 21, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Despite frigid cold temperatures and a biting northwest wind that proved an impediment to many competitors, the 2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon yielded a new course record as Bahrain’s Mimi Belete claimed victory in 2:22:29. […]

  • IAAF seeking candidates for Independent Member of Athletics Integrity Unit Board Appointments Panel
    Posted on October 21, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    The IAAF is seeking candidates for the Independent Member of the Athletics Integrity Unit Board Appointments Panel. […]

  • Cherono clocks 2:04:06 Dutch all-comers record in Amsterdam
    Posted on October 21, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Lawrence Cherono shattered the course record at the TCS Amsterdam Marathon, clocking 2:04:06 at the 43rd edition of this IAAF Gold Label Road Race on Sunday (21). […]

  • Debutante Gemechu clocks 1:06:50 course record at Delhi Half Marathon
    Posted on October 21, 2018 at 9:15 am

    The pre-race publicity for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 focused on a duel between Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgogei, quite rightly considering their careers and 2018 racing records, but Dibaba’s compatriot Tsehay Gemechu hadn’t read the script and flew to a course record of 1:06:50 on Sunday (21). […]

  • 50 years since the day Dick Fosbury revolutionised the high jump
    Posted on October 20, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    In the public imagination, Sunday 20 October 1968 is the day that high jumping changed forever. […]

  • Dibaba and Jepkosgei ready to duel in Delhi
    Posted on October 19, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    At the pre-race press conference for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei both pronounced themselves fit and ready to go at the IAAF Gold Label road race on Sunday (21). […]