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TORONTO (CAN): Canadian olympic medalist Andre De Grasse has made the decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games in order to be better prepared for a full outdoor season. After a 2017 season that ended with a hamstring injury, De Grasse began training for the 2018 season cautiously. His 2017 injury is completely healed and he is 100% healthy, he's just not where he wants to be yet from a fitness standpoint. "To me the Commonwealth Games was going to be a great opportunity to display my talents to a passionate fan base in Australia. I wouldn't want to go in there at any less than my best and for that reason we have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the Games. My team and I feel like this is the best decision for the long term. I will now train hard through the spring to be ready for a strong and full outdoor season." said De Grasse. De Grasse will start his outdoor season with a 100m race at the Drake Relays at the end of April, before turning his attention to the Diamond League meets and eventually the NACAC championships in his home town of Toronto. Informs his agent Paul Doyle.
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RunBlogRun opines: Coming back from injuries is one of the toughest realities of our sport. Pushing to get into shape fast does not work. De Grasse is making right decision to hold off his opening.

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KAMPALA (UGA): Uganda has named a team of 24 athletes for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast from 4-15 April. World silver medallist Joshua Cheptegei has been named for both the 5000m and 10,000m and world U20 cross country champion Jacob Kiplimo will join Cheptegei in the 10,000m. Former world bronze medallist Solomon Mutai is part of a strong marathon team while top names on the women's side include Dorcus Ajok and Halima Nakaayi (800m), Winnie Nanyondo (1500m) and Mercyline Chelangat (10,000m). From Carole Fuchs.

The World Indoor Champs is March 1-4, the World Half Marathon is March 24, and the Commonwealth Games is in April. A busy schedule for many elite athletes and the chance for some new stars to emerge in Kenya. Here is the story by Justin Lagat on the recent Trials.

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Pearson 12.73, Dubler 8229
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GOLD COAST (AUS, Feb 17): World champion Sally Pearson took her 16th national title, clocking 12.73 (+1.1) in the 100 m hurdles at the Australian Championships. Although five hundredths outside her world lead, she was well ahead of runner-up Michelle Jenneke (13.14), who also confirmed her place on the team. Three-time Commonwealth Games representative Kathyrn Mitchell won the javelin with 65.51m, short of her recent Oceanian record, with Kelsey-Lee Roberts second on 62.21m. Former world junior silver medallist Cedric Dubler added more than 100 points to his PB as he won the decathlon with 8229. The world lead came courtesy of PBs in the javelin (56.37m), shot (13.01m), 100m (10.63), 110m hurdles (13.86) and pole vault 5.20m. Nina Kennedy emerged winner from a high-quality pole vault final, registering 4.60m. Former world junior silver medallist Liz Parnov cleared 4.25m in second and former world youth champion Vicky Parnov was equal third with 4.10m. New Zealand's Olympic bronze medallist Eliza McCartney no-heighted. Brandon Starc won the high jump with 2.28m, a world lead at his third attempt. Another world lead came in the 800m, but for the winner of the B final Joseph Deng, who clocked a PB 1:45.71, although the gold went to Luke Mathews 1:45.90. Nicholas Hough also went to the top of the world rankings as he took the 110m hurdles in 13.76/-0.2. Doing likewise were Linden Hall (4:07.55 in the 1500m, ahead of Zoe Buckman 4:08.15) and Anneliese Rubie (51.92m in the 400m, 2nd Bendere Oboya 51.94). Other winners were Maddison Wesche (16.45m in the shot) and Murray Goodwin (46.24 in the 400m).


CHRISTCHURCH (NZL): Tom Walsh isn't taking anything for granted at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April, informs TV New Zealand. "If you throw anything over 21m, you should have a medal. But men's shot put in the Commonwealth has risen - last Comms I broke the Commonwealth record, had it for 24 hours before O'Dayne [Richards] broke it with 21m. Now there's five guys that threw over that last year. It shows you how much the level has risen, but the first thing to take care of is world indoors because I've got to take care of that crown," he said.

RunBlogRun opines: Tom Walsh won the London World Championships last summer. I recall an interview post London, where I asked Tom why he threw well when his competition had bad days in London. Walsh told me about a bad competiton in a Junior championship. He reminds himself of that competition, in order to stay focused. Walsh enjoys the sport, and the competition. Watch for some big throws from the Kiwi champ in 2018!

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CANBERRA (AUS): Reigning world 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson will race at the ACT Athletics Championships which begins on Friday, informs Athletics Australia. Pearson will face Michelle Jenneke in her specialist event.

RunBlogRun opines: Sally Pearson's victory was one of the most inspiring moments in London last summer. To come back in an event that requires rythm and perfect timing, was, well astounding. So happy to see Sally Pearson come back from such a tough injury cycle and to see her race her best in London once again. Can not wait to see her race in 2018. Sally is always a fun interview.

Justin Gatlin wrote this fine column a couple of weeks ago to show RunBlogRun readers how the Commonwealth Games,to be held in April 2018 in Australia. That is just one of the major events in 2018 for Kenyan athletes, from World Indoors, in Birmingham, to World Half marathons in Valencia, Spain, both in March, Commonwealth in April, and Diamond League, May to August! How will the top stars of Kenya prepare for the 2018 season? Justin Lagat has some suggestions!

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