A week today, in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, something wonderful/dispiriting will take place: the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships.
Four runners under the team leadership of Kenya's Tegla Loroupe will form an Athlete Refugee Team in the mixed relay event at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships in Kampala.
If you want a pointer as to how the athletics competition will go at next month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, tomorrow’s Herculis meeting at the Stade Louis II in Monaco - whose participants include Dafne Schippers, Asbel Kiprop, Mo Farah, Mutaz Essa Barshim and Caster Semenya – will offer telling information.
Australia’s Olympic TV network, 7Olympics, has just put out a short clip of footage from the London 2012 Olympics featuring home race walker Jared Tallent en route to his eventual golden glory in the 50km race walk - eventual in the sense that he had to wait until June 17, 2016, 1,405 days later, to claim the medal originally won by Sergey Kirdyapkin.
Renaud Lavillenie plans to be in the Stade de France for his country’s opening match as hosts of Euro 2016 on Friday (June 10) - but first the Olympic pole vault champion has a job to do in Oslo’s Bislett Stadium as he seeks to extend his lead in the International Association of Athletics Federations’ Diamond League race.
The storm which had turned the track into a stream two hours before the final session of the 15th International Association of Athletics World Championships may have passed, but electricity remained in the Bird’s Nest stadium tonight as Chinese athletes, perhaps inspired by the unlikely silver earned by their men’s 4x100 metres sprinters the previous night, added two more of the same colour.
Genzebe Dibaba tonight broke Qu Yunxia’s 22-year-old women’s world 1500 metres record at the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) Diamond League meeting in Monaco with a time of 3min 50.07sec.
Leading runners from Rosa Associati and Gerrard van der Veen’s Volare Sports stables, including double world 1500 metres champion Asbel Kiprop and world marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto, have taken part in a joint press conference in Eldoret to protest against Athletics Kenya’s suspension of their managers.
Athletics Kenya has suspended two agencies - Rosa Associati and Volare Sports - for six months pending investigations into a spate of doping cases involving home athletes.