Recently in 2018 Commonwealth Games Category

scotland-marathon-commonwealth-hawkins-shelley-australia-michael_d73cf0b6-40bf-11e8-bfff-c0c145c8e053.jpgMichael Shelley passes Callum Hawkins, 2018 CG Marathon, photo courtesy of Hindustan Times (all copyrights retained by Hindustan Times)
Dramatic marathon ending
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 15): There was a dramatic climax to the men's marathon at the Commonwealth Games. Scotland's Callum Hawkins had amassed a two-minute lead but the 25-year-old collapsed at the 40km checkpoint and had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance and will remain in hospital overnight as a precaution. Reigning champion Michael Shelley from Australia was the beneficiary, coming through to successfully defend his title in 2:16:46 ahead of Uganda's Solomon Mutai (2:19:02) and Scotland's Robbie Simpson (2:19:36). Northern Ireland's Kevin Seaward was the only other runner to break the 2:20-barrier in fourth in 2:19:54. Kenyans Julius Karinga (2:24:26) and Kenneth Mungara (2:25:42) were ninth and tenth respectively. In demanding conditions (27C temperature and 69% humidity) seven of the 24 starters didn't complete the distance. In the women's race, Namibia's Helalia Johannes won the title in 2:32:40 ahead of Australians Lisa Weightman (2:33:23) and Jessica Trengove (2:34:09). Only the top six finishers broke the 2:40-barrier.
RunBlogRun opines: This was one hot mess. The LOC should have considered an earlier time for both men's and women's marathons, but they, for some reason don't. This totally changes the marathon landscapes. All the athletes ran bravely, but Callum Hawkins pushed himself too hard, and fall at 40 kilometers. He required medical attention and overnight in hospital for observation. We saw note from Scottish Athletics that Callum was recovering well. Michael Shelley took silver in 2010 New Delhi, in only his second marathon. In 2014 Glasgow, Shelley moved up to gold, and in this hot house, Shelley kept his running under control and passed Hawkins as Callum was being administered from medical staff. Again, if he had been touched, the marathoner would have been disqualified. Yes, an archaic rule that goes back to 1908 Olympics and Doriando Petri (read about it). The last one so dramatic was from the 1954 Empire Games, when Jim Peters, the first man under 2:20, collapsed at the finish line. This could have been avoided.

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Michael Shelley was the silver medalist in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. In Glasgow, Michael came back in 2014 and took gold in the Commonwealth Games. HIs second win, in the Gold Coast, was quite dramatic and Justin Lagat writes about that amazing race. A terribly hot day, and many on twitter was asking why the LOC had picked such late times in the day for the marathon runs, knowing weather is hot at that time of day and year. Johannes Helalia from Namibia is first athlete from her country to take a gold in the Commonwealth Games marathon.

Shelly_Michael-Berlin15.jpgMichael Shelley, photo by PhotoRun.net

What if the 4x100m team require a field eventer? Stuart Weir observed the 4x100m team fielded by Team England took an unique approach. He thinks that it is such a good idea he wants to make it a permanent approach to the relay.

team england 4 x 100m .jpgTeam England 4 x 100 meter team, photo by Stuart Weir

Manangoi_ElijahFHR1-WorCH17.jpgElijah Manangoi, photo by PhotoRun.net
England wins both 4x100 m relays in World leads
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 14): Kenyans Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot repeated their one-two from last year's World Championships on the final day of stadium track and field action at the Commonwealth Games. Manangoi ran 3:34.78 as Cheruiyot was on 3:35.17. Scotland's Jake Wightman won bronze in 3:35.97. World champion Hellen Obiri won a tactical 5000 m in 15:13.11, chased closely until the final straight by team-mate Margaret Kipkemboi (15:15.28). England's Laura Weightman won bronze in 15:25.84 . India's Neeraj Chopra took the javelin with 86.47m - a season's best and one centimetre below the world junior record he set two years ago. Australia's Hamish Peacock took silver with 82.59m and Grenada's Anderson Peters the bronze with 82.20m. In her fourth Games, high jumper Levern Spencer took her and Saint Lucia's first Commonwealth gold, clearing 1.95m (WL) to beat England's Morgan Lake (1.93m) and Australia's Nicola McDermott (1.91m PB). England took both sprint relays. The quartet of Reuben Arthur, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey combined to run 38.13 (WL) ahead of South Africa (38.24 NR) and Jamaica (38.35). On the women's side, Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith, Bianca Williams and Lorraine Ugen clocked 42.46 (WL) - the fastest ever by a team representing England. Jamaica won silver with 42.52 and Nigeria the bronze (42.75). Jamaica won the women's 4x400m in a world lead 3:24.00 through Christine Day, Anastasia Le Roy, Janieve Russell and Stephenie McPherson. Nigeria took second with 3:25.29 and Amantle Montsho moved Botswana from fifth to third on the final leg with the quickest split overall of 49.59, bringing home a national record 3:26.86. Botswana took the men's race, in which the medallist were separated by less than two tenths. Leaname Maotoanong, Babaloki Thebe, Onkabetse Nkobolo and Isaac Makwala got the baton round in 3:01.78 to win from Bahamas (3:01.92) and Jamaica (3:01.97). Guyana's Troy Doris took the triple jump win with 16.88m.
Kipruto_ConseslusFV1-RioOlyG16.jpgConseslus Kipruto, photo by PhotoRun.net
Cheptegei_Joshua-WorC17.jpgJoshua Cheptegai, photo by PhotoRun.net
Kenya´s steeple sweep
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 13): Caster Semenya completed the middle distance double at the Commonwealth Games, setting another championship record in the 800m in 1:56.68 (58.66/58.02) ahead of Kenya's Margaret Wambui (1:58.07) with Jamaica's Natoye Goule running a 1:58.82 PB for bronze. Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei also won his second gold medal of the championships, smashing the championship record in the 10,000m with 27:19.62 ahead of Canada's Mo Ahmed (27:20.56) and Rodgers Kwemoi (27:28.66). New Zealand's Jake Robertson finished fifth in a national record of 27:30.90 as the top eight finishers all broke the 28-minute mark. World and Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto added the Commonwealth title to his haul, setting another championship record of 8:10.08 ahead of Abraham Kibiwott (8:10.62) with Amos Kirui ensuring a Kenyan clean sweep with a late charge to pip Canada's Matthew Hughes on the line, 8:12.24 to 8:12.33. There were also two championship records on the field: Canada's Alysha Newman cleared 4.75m on her final attempt of pole vault to defeat Eliza McCartney (4.70m) and Nina Kennedy (4.60m) while Jamaica's Fedrick Dacres secured the discus title with a championship record of 68.20m ahead of teammate Traves Smikle (63.98m) and Cyprus' Apostolos Parellis (63.61m) with Australia's Matt Denny fourth (62.53m). Jamaica also won gold in the shot put courtesy of Danniel Thomas-Dodd who set a national record of 19.36m to defeat reigning three-time champion Valerie Adams, who improved her season's best to 18.70m in her first major competition since maternity leave. Elsewhere, Nigeria's Tobi Amusan won the 100m hurdles title in 12.68 ahead of Jamaicans Danielle Williams (12.78) and Yanique Thompson (12.97) and England's Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the heptathlon with 6255 points ahead of teenagers Nina Schultz from Canada (6133 PB) and England's Niamh Emerson (6043 PB). England posted a fast 38.15 in the 4x100m heats but there was a shock in men's javelin qualifying as 2015 World champion Julius Yego failed to reach the final with 74.55m. The two pools were led by Australia's Hamish Peacock with 81.22m.

Isis Holt just won the Commonwealth IPC award for the 100 meters earlier this week. Stuart Weir has seen her run on three continents, and he writes a strong piece for her consideration, especially as she is only sixteen years old!

Isis Doha.jpgIsis Holt, IPC Doha 2015, photo courtesy of IPC

Obiri_Hellen1-PreC16.jpgHellen Obiri, photo by PhotoRun.net

Manangoi_ElijahFHR1-WorCH17.jpgElijah Manangoi, photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat wrote this piece on Day 7 of the Commonwealth Games, where Kenya won two gold medals, in both the women's 5000 meters and men's 1,500 meters giving Kenya two more gold medal!

Johnson_KaterinaFL-WorInd18.jpgKaterina Johnson-Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Newman_Alysha1-WC17.jpgAlysha Newman, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thomas_Danniel1-London17.jpgDanniel Thomas-Dodd, photo by PhotoRun.net

The women's performances on Friday, April 13, 2018 from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games featured the heptathlon, shot put, pole vault and 100 meter hurdles. This article is about the Stuart Weir, our friend from England.

20180413_211424.jpgNatoye Goule, bronze medalist, 800 meters, Jamaica, photo by J. Stuart Weir

20180413_221258.jpgNatoya Goule, Jamaica, bronze, 800 meters, photo by J. Stuart Weir

Stuart Weir wrote this column on the women's 800 meters, and the performance in bronze by Natoye Goule, the runner from Jamaica who ran a fine run for the bronze medal.

A fun day of distance running with Kenyan men taking the sweep in the men's steeplechase and the 10,000 meters men was the finish of the double for the Joshua Cheptugei. Here's Stuart Weir's column on day 5 men's action. More to come!

Kipruto_ConseslusFV1-RioOlyG16.jpgConseslus Kipruto, photo by PhotoRun.net

Cheptegei_Joshua-WorC17.jpgJoshua Cheptegei, photo by PhotoRun.net

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