October 2014 Archives
(Editor's note: The following piece was posted on the World Marathon Majors site this morning).
Statement By World Marathon Majors regarding Rita Jeptoo
World Marathon Majors is disappointed to learn that Rita Jeptoo has apparently had an A test that proved positive for a banned substance under IAAF rules.
World Marathon Majors has been at the forefront of the fight against doping in our sport and has a rule that no athlete can win the World Marathon Majors Series title, who has been in breach of IAAF anti-doping rules. WMM events were the first major events to confirm that all elite athletes taking part in their events would be blood tested and have consistently called for wider testing by others. Additionally, WWM has previously agreed that any athlete found guilty of a doping offence will not be invited back to its races.
As part of that fight against doping, WMM has been giving support and financial help to the IAAF anti doping drive and helped fund a wider programme of out of competition testing.
Nick Bitel General Counsel of WMM said, "WMM has always held a stern line on drugs cheats and has been proactively supporting the sports governing bodies to ensure the integrity of the athletes competing in their races. Cheats need to understand that they are not welcome in our sport and that they will be caught."
At present there has been no decision in this case by the IAAF, including in relation to sanctions, and as a result WMM is unable to comment further until that determination has been made although in the circumstances it has been decided to postpone the WMM Awards Ceremony that was due to take place on the 2nd November 2014.
About World Marathon Majors
Established in 2006, World Marathon Majors (WMM) is a race series comprised of the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin London, BMW Berlin, Bank of America Chicago, and TCS New York City Marathons. In the years in which they are run, WMM also includes the IAAF World Championships and Olympic Marathons. At the conclusion of a two-year cycle, WMM offers a $1 million prize purse to be split equally between the top male and female marathoners in the world. The inaugural 2006 - 2007 series launched at the 110th Boston Marathon on April 17, 2006 and concluded at the ING New York City Marathon on November 4, 2007. The 2013 - 2014 series begins with the Tokyo Marathon on February 24, 2013 and will conclude at the TCS New York City Marathon on November 2, 2014.
(Editor's note: This story broke early in the hours of Friday, October 31, 2014. RunBlogRun will update the piece with confirmed information as news breaks. I find reporting on drug positives one of the most unfortunate parts of my profession. However, I do believe, that to clean up our sport, and to give this sport to the next generation, we must be diligent in our coverage of both the positives and negatives of our sport culture. )
Oscar Pistorius banned by International Paralympic Committee after five-year jail sentence
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Oscar Pistorius will not be able to compete at any major event, including Rio 2016, for five years, even if he is released before his five year sentence is complete, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has ruled.
The judge in his case, Thokozile Masipa, found the South African guilty of culpable homicide while he was also handed a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms offence.
Despite Pistorius' defence lawyer Barry Roux claiming that he expects the sprinter to serve a minimum of 10 months in jail before being considered for house arrest, the IPC has confirmed that he will not be able to compete in any of their sanctioned events for the full five-year sentence.
"If someone is charged by court they must serve their full sentence regardless of whether they are released early or not," Craig Spence, director of media and communications at the IPC, toldinsidethegames.
PARIS (FRA): L´Équipe informs about French top athletes and their indoor plans for 2015. On the positive side are pole vault star Renaud Lavillenie, hurdlers Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Cindy Billaud, long jump European champion Eloyse Lesueur, all ready fight for gold in the Prague O2 Arena in March. Favorite of triple jump will be Benjamin Compaore and surprisingly also planning for Euroi ndoors is the 800m record holder Pierre-Ambroise Bosse along with decathlon European medalist Kevin Mayer. Not thinking about competing in the coming indoor season are both sprinters Jimmy Vicaut (the title defender from Goteborg) and Christophe Lemaitre. Triple jumper Teddy Tamgho will be still banned early March. Female French fastest Myriam Soumare is also not having indoor in her plans. Steeple star and European 1500 m champion Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad is thinking about some races indoors but not the championships, under questionmark is also another European medalist Yoann Kowal.
PRETORIA (RSA): South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has received a prison sentence of 5 years for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, inform AP and AFP. Judge Thokozile Masipa also sentenced Pistorius to three years in prison for unlawfully firing a gun in a restaurant. She ordered that this sentence be wholly suspended. Pistorius could be released after 10 months in jail to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest. However he will not be allowed to compete in IPC events until the 5 years are completed. National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube said that the prosecution had not yet decided whether they would appeal, saying, "We have 14 days to consider the law and we will (need to) be sure that the facts and law will allow us to appeal." Pistorius' sentence starts immediately.
"CHIME SPORTS MARKETING Strategy were appointed by the Greater London Authority to manage the public consultation process for Crystal Palace but have been working with the GLA to ensure a number of options to retain the athletic track are on the table, and they are keen to ensure the widest and fullest consultation on the possible future of Crystal Palace is undertaken.The public consultation process is ongoing at the moment.
BAKU (AZE): French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and sprinter Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands were named European Athletes of the Year at the Golden Tracks awards ceremony in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Saturday evening. Great Britain's 200 m European Champion Adam Gemili and Russia's high jumper Mariya Kuchina claimed the European Athletics Rising Star awards. With the Golden Tracks being shown live on television and streamed live across the world, all four athletes were present to collect their trophies in a glittering ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel in the iconic Flame Towers accompanied by the Orient Express band live music. Lavillenie, Kuchina and Schippers plan to compete indoors next year, but Gemili for the moment no. Azerbaijan public television channel iTV produced a 45-minute programme that was made available live to European Broadcasting Union members, with the programme also being broadcast on national television later that evening. In the men ranking second Bohdan Bondarenko and third Mo Farah, in women ranking second Anita Wlodarczyk and third Ruth Beitia. In the Rising Star ranking among men second Polish shot putter Konrad Bukowiecki and third French hurdler Wilhelm Belocian. In the women ranking second Swiss pole vaulter Angelica Moser and third Czech walking World junior champion Anezka Drahotova. Also presented to Briton Scott Grace the European Athletics Innovation Award (20 000 CHF) for his programme to retain and develop young athletes called "Athletics 365". In total 57 coaches are awarded representing 31 federations, among them directly in Baku from Turkey Zeynep Batar for her coaching work in junior category and Maharram Sultanadze, the head coach of Azerbaijan federation.
KIPCHOGE AND R. JEPTOO
Eliud Kipchoge and Rita Jeptoo,
photo courtesy of Bank of America Chicago Marathon
CHICAGO (USA, Oct 12): Superb edition of Chicago Marathon run in perfect weather conditions. The men's race went out fast, with a first mile of . They then settled to a average pace, with Tariku Bekele bringing them through half way in 62:12. Girmay Gebrselassie and Geoffrey Kirui then paced the pack to 30km in 1:28:46. The first important move of the day came shortly before 35km, with a first kick by Eliud Kipchoge, Sammy Kitwara and Dickson Chumba. At around 38-39km Kipchoge made an impressive break, moving strongly away from the field to give him a big enough margin to be able to relax and smile over the final metres. Kipchoge crossed the line in 2:04:11, just 6 seconds shy of his PB; leading home Sammy Kitwara (2:04:28 PB) and Dickson Chumba (2:04:32 big PB), the former gardener of Martin Lel; making it a Kenya 1-2-3. Ethiopian track great Kenenisa Bekele could finish 4th in 2:05:51, with jet lag and sleeping problems given as possible reasons for his inability to stick with the front group. Bernard Koech of Kenya (2:08.30) completed the top five, while Bobby Curtis (USA) ran 2:11.20 to be the first American and non-African over the line as 9th. Eritrean Ghirmay Gebrselassie deserves a special mention for pacing until 30k and still being able to finish the race in a good 2:09:08 for sixth place. Looking at the marathon splits, Kipchoge ran 35:25 for the last 12 195 m, which is only 4 seconds slower than Kimetto did during his world record; and 2 seconds slower than Kipsang did during his. Kipchoge's last 2195m was run in , which is 10 seconds faster than Kimetto ran in Berlin. In the women's race, they ran a slower-than-predicted 1:12:35. The leading group stayed together until 35k. Over the next 5km, Rita Jeptoo made her big move for the gold and nobody was able to answer her; she had a 34 second gap when she reached 40 km. She won in 2:24:35 and became the first woman to win 4 majors consecutively. Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba clocked 2:25:37 for second, while third went to Kenya's Florence Kiplagat (2:25:57), who appeared very tired during the last part of the race. In 5th position, was the the first American and first non-African; Amy Hastings (2:27:03). With the help from Alberto Stretti.
Updated September 7, 2016
This is from the @RunBlogRun Archives. David Hunter wrote this profound piece on the late Ivo Van Damme, a favorite athlete of mine from the 1970s, and his importance to his homeland in August 2014. For Belgium, Van Damme's premature death in an auto accident in December 1976 extinguished a budding legacy for Belgian middle distance running at the time. The Van Damme Memorial, managed by friends of the late athlete, is a fitting tribute to a fine athlete. David Hunter got it right: for Belgium, Ivo Van Damme was their equivalent of Steve Prefontaine.
Ivo Van Damme was a brilliant Belgian runner whose life was cut short a year after the death of Steve Prefontaine. Van Damme, as one will find out, was not the "usual Belgian". Van Damme was the silver medalist in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. His death, in the Christmas season of 1976, was a shock to his countrymen.