Coe_Seb1a-IAAFgala16.jpgSeb Coe, another chat with Parliament? photo by PhotoRun.net

LONDON (GBR): IAAF President Sebastian Coe has not refused to answer further questions following a request from the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and is ready to provide additional evidence in the Combating Doping in Sport inquiry. Following last week's questioning of David Bedford, the former London Marathon race director and head of the IAAF Road Running Commission, the Committee expressed their intention for Coe to be recalled to face further questions before the end of January. Informs insidethegames.

RunBlogRun opines: I am no doctor, but after having watched a few Parliament hearings on BBC and C-Span, I would rather do laundry, or clean my office than sit in front of the aforementioned committee. I am considering starting a Kickstarter campaign to provide Lord Coe with a few beverages after his next journey to chat with the Culture, media and Sport Select Committee. Such a meeting will not be pretty.

We will just have to wait to see.

Hastings_NatashaFV-NBind16.jpgNatasha Hastings, NBIndoorGP2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Hunter told me that he was very proud of his piece on Natasha Hastings. I agree, it is one of his finest. Natasha Hastings is one of our most talented, hardworking and focused athletes. She is an amazing example of how fantastic the athletes in our sport can be. Natasha is also terribly bright, as the winner of her Conference Scholar Athlete while under the thoughtful coaching of Coach Curtis Frye.

I look at Natasha Hastings and see, not only a relay gold medalist 8 times over, but individual medals in her future. We will watch her closely in 2017 and beyond.

DSCN8875.JPGNoah Kipkemboi on his way to win the senior men's race, photo by Justin Lagat/Kenyanathlete

Next to the steeplechase, Kenya holds World Cross Counry dear to its heart. The World Cross Country title is a big deal and the level of competition to make the team, across Kenya, is tremendous. Justin Lagat wrote this piece about his local sub county race, that was held on January 14, 2017.

This is the first week of your Spring training. Some of you will have indoor races, some of your will have outdoor all comers. Some of you might find a one mile, or 5k at local road race. The idea is to get in a good effort today.

Lane_ClaudiaBW-FLfinals16.jpgClaudia Lane, Winner, FL 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Saturday, Race day, January 21, 2017. If you can race, 800 meters, 1000 meters, or 2 miles. Do a long warm up and long cool down. In the race, get out well and kick from 400 meters out in the 2 mile and 200 meters out in the 1000 meters or 800 meters. cooldown long as well. Five push ups, five bent leg sit ups.

Kipsang_WilsonLeds1-Berlin16.jpgWilson Kipsang, photo by PhotoRun.net

W. Kipsang in Tokyo
TOKYO (JPN): Former world marathon record-holder Wilson Kipsang will headline the first WMM race of the year Tokyo Marathon on 26 February, informs organisers. Kipsang will face teammates Bernard Kipyego (2:06:19) and Dickson Chumba (2:04:32) who finished second and third in last year's race along with leading Ethiopians Tadese Tola (2:04:49) and Tsegaye Kebede (2:04:38). Top names in the women's race include Ethiopians Amane Beriso (2:20:48), Amane Gobena (2:21:51) and Birhane Dibaba (2:22:30) while Kenyan track star Betsy Saina (67:22 HM) will make her full marathon debut. The fastest entrant is Lucy Kabuu (2:19:34) who is on the comeback trail.

RunBlogRun Opines: Wilson Kipsang set the WR in 2013 in Berlin, with his fine 2:03:23. It was broken in 2014 by Dennis Kimetto with his 2:02:57 run in 2014, also in Berlin. Kipsang won London in 2014 and placed second in the iconic Berlin race in 2016 against Kenenisa Bekele, where Bekele won and Kipsang ran his PB of 2:03:13. Now, a revitalized Wilson Kipsang heads to Tokyo to win his third World Marathon Majors race . Remember, Wilson has run five sub 2:05 marathons, and is an Olympic bronze medalist!

 Tola wins Dubai 2017.jpgTamirat Tola wins 2017 Dubai Marathon

Tola 2:04:11 CR
DUBAI (UAE, Jan 20): Kenenisa Bekele suffered a big disappointment at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon where he dropped out after the halfway point. Bekele was planning to chase Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57 but the Ethiopian fell right at the start after being tripped from behind. While he made up the ground on the leaders, Bekele lost contact again at the 10km checkpoint before dropping out around the 23km (he passed halfway in 62:49) where he was seen holding his calf. Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Tamirat Tola came through to take a surprise victory in a course record (and PB) and world-lead of 2:04:11 (61:34/62:37) in warm conditions to become the ninth fastest marathon runner of all-time, comfortably ahead of teammates Mule Wasihun (2:06:46) and Sisay Lemma (2:08:04) with Kenya's Mark Pkorir Lokwanamoi the first non-Ethiopian finisher in fifth (2:08:37). French Timothee Bommier was the best European as 13th in 2:14:50 PB. Debutante Worknesh Degefa won the women's race in a world-lead 2:22:35 as Ethiopians filled the top nine places. Shure Demise (2:22:57) and Yebrgual Melese (2:23:13) were made up the podium with Finland's Anne-Mari Hyrylainen (2:32:18) the first non-Ethiopian finisher in tenth. Both winners claimed 200,000 USD.

Aregawi_Abeba-World15.jpgAbeba Aregawi, WC 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

STOCKHOLM (SWE): Having been cleared of doping charges, Abeba Aregawi is allowed to represent Sweden in international competition again following a meeting of the Svensk Friidrott board, informs the Expressen. "Now she has completed what was required, she can be a part of the Swedish national team again. Abeba has been very cooperative in this case. The question is a good example of how we can contribute to a clean sport, and how we can support Abeba. We should remember that she is not suspended for doping," said Svensk Friidrott chairman Bjorn Nilsson. Aregawi is currently training in Ethiopia and will miss the indoor season.

Aregawi_Abeba-Birmingham15.jpgAbeba Aregawi, photo by PhotoRun.net

RunBlogRun opines: RunBlogRun is dissappointed with this decision of Swedish athletic federation, as this is not just about doping issues, but whether Ms. Aregawi was actually ever living as a Swedish national. This nationalism for hire, next to doping is the issue that is crushing our sport. Many countries do this transfering of national allegiance, and many are much more blatant than Sweden.

Coach Gags explains it all -thumb-500x273-21143.pngFrank Gagliano and Larry Eder, November 4, 2016, photo by The Shoe Addicts

Coaching is both art and science. Great coaches are made, carefully hones over decades. They learn from successes and from failures. They learn from discussions with fellow coaches. They never stop learning.

Coach Gags is an example of such a person. He is one of the finest coaches in the world. He is more, however, than a man who will teach you how to run a better 800 meters or finish faster in a semi-final. He challenges you to be a better human being. That is what coaches do, help us be our better selves. The late Sam Adam, coach and Director of Track & Field at UC Santa Barbara once told me to always remember, that coaches are educators.

Here is part three of our interview with Frank Gagliano, coach of the HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club. Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of RunBlogRun.

Henriques-Cabecinha-Walk20k13.jpgInes Henriques, 20k racewalk, photo by PhotoRun.net

Henriques 4:08:25 WR
PORTO DE MOS (POR, Jan 15): Olympic 12th placer in 20 km walk Ines Henriques debuted at the new distance 50 km with 4:08:25 what could be the first IAAF official World record in case all conditions will be fulfilled. It was of national walking championships at the 35 and 50 km distances. The top mark until now was 4:10:59 by Monica Svensson of Sweden in 2007. IAAF decided that at last council meeting that as of 1 January 2017 any performances equal to or faster than 4:30:00 would be accepted as having fulfilled the conditions for a world record. "We achieved the goals we were looking for, which were to be the first Portuguese woman to race the distance and to set a world record," said Jorge Miguel, Henriques' coach and the race director of the IAAF Race Walking Challenge meeting in Rio Maior for the IAAF. Joao Vieira was the best male at 35 km in 2:38:40.

RunBlogRun opines: The 50k Race Walk is fraught with history. The longest event on the Olympic and World Champs calendar, is both historic and challenging. The efforts in the 50k race walk are similar to those exerted in cross country skiing and long distance running. Nice to see Women getting recognition with the longest event in our sport of athletics.

No one could have planned this one! The Dubai marathon had surprises for everyone. Kenenisa Bekele, so confidant before the race, falls at the start and drops out with a calve injury at 22 kilometers. Tamirat Tola and Worknesh Degafa lead an Ethiopian sweep of all top three places!

Bekele falls.jpgKenenisa Bekele falls as the race starts, photo from Dubai Marathon

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