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Top innovations for Birmingham 2018

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Top innovations for Birmingham 2018
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): The next years World Indoor Championships in Birmingham will be full of innovations. One day will be added to the usual programme with Thursday staging on March 1 both high jumps as straight finals (men and women) at the same time. Later in the evening also women 3000 m will staged as straight final. During the next days also pole vault with 12 athletes and long jump, triple jump and shot put will be organised as straight finals with 16 participants. Another innovation in this events will be that only top 4 athletes will have the last sixth attempt in the competition. Top 8 will continue after three rounds.
RunBlogRun: I love the city of Birmingham. There is so much history, art, great food and pretty reasonable housing. Also, some fun places to run and walk around. Americans, Europeans, as well as the rest of the world should definitely go to the World Indoor! A fantastic event, a wonderful host and a well educated fan base, kind of Eugene with British accent. OH, and did I say how amazing the curry is?

images.jpgThis is the decisions from the IAAF Appeals Decisions, in their entirety, on the 3000m steeplechase heats and 110m hurdle heats on 6 August 2017.

The IAAF Council meeting on July 31 was all about providing examples of how, under Seb Coe's leadership, the Council begins to move the sport forward. Providing schedules of upcoming events in 2018, announcing a joint ventures to upgrade the quality of content created to promote the sport, and providing athletes more opportunities to tell their personal stories.

Seb Coe believes that much of the attraction of the sport is in the personal stories of success and challenges sought by many of the athletic stars of the sport. In trying to attract another generation to the sport, the ability for the young fans to see upgraded coverage of the sport is part of what is needed.

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David Wallechinsky: Speaking to the best selling writer of the Complete History of the Summer Olympics and the Complete History of the Winter Olympics, by Orrin Konheim

David Wallechsinsky.jpgDavid Wallechinsky, from

As we build towards the 2017 London World Championships (August 4-13, 2017), Orrin Konheim provided @runblogrun with a fascinating interview with David Wallechinsky, the man behind Complete History of the Summer Olympics and the Complete History of the Winter Olympics. Wallechinsky provides @runblogrun readers with some fascinating observations on the sport, on the World Champs, on the Olympic movement, and most importantly, provides our readers with some positive thoughts about the future of the Olympic sport in general and the most popular Olympic sport, athletics, in particular. Topics also include his memories of Rio 2016, his upcoming interview with Sir Roger Bannister and his video work with the IOC.

Comp books of Olympics.jpgThe Complete Books of the Olympics, by David Wallechinsky, from

Caren Chebet and Merc Chepkirui 2000m steeple.jpgCaren Chebet and Merc Chepkirui in the 2000m steeplechase at the 2017 IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017, photo by Getty Images for IAAF

This is day 3 of the 2017 IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017, and our friend, Justin Lagat was on the scene, giving RunBlogRun readers the info on the meet.

Here is Justin Lagat's day two report from Nairobi, Kenya and the IAAF World Under 18 Championships. Justin provides with a first person view of the event and his comments give us a nice highlight of the event. Remember, you can watch it each day via streaming video. Check for the info at

The World Under 18 Championship began today, July 12, in Nairobi, Kenya. Here are some news updates from EME News. Watch for our updates from Justin Lagat!

Magical Kenya 🇰🇪 #wu18nairobi2017 #kenya #nairobi #IAAFcomestoKenya

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Justin Lagat is our eyes and ears in Nairobi for the IAAF World Under 18 Championshps. This is his report on Day 1. We look forward to his notes and comments on this important championships.

What a treat to watch Wayde Van Niekerk race! This season, Wayde has run 9.91 for 100 meters (PB), 200 meters in 19.84 (PB) and recently, on 28 June in 30.81 for 300 meters (yes, you guessed it, a PB).

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On the 6 of July, we wanted Wayde run a fine 400 meters in 43.62. This was, of course, the fastest of the year, and the meet record, but it was the way that Wayde Van Niekerk raced the 400 meters that sent chills down fans's spines. @WaydeDreamer did not come off the 300 meter mark in the lead, but made a short burst, took the lead, and relaxed to the finish, running the easiest 43.62 that this writer has ever seen.

VanNiekerk_WaydeFL-Lausanne17.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, Lausanne DL, photo by

How fast will Wayde Van Niekerk run? My belief is that the first sub 43 second 400 meters is only a matter of time.

Here is my live call of the South African's 400 meters in Lausanne. We hope that you like it!

Muhammad_DalilahSF-USAout17.jpgDalilah Muhammed, 400 meters World Leader, 52.64, photo by

SZEKESFEHERVAR (HUN): Tuesday´s Gyulai Memorial will have top 400 m hurdles with Olympic winenr and World leader Dalilah Muhammad against Kori Carter, Cassandra Tate, Leah Nugent and South African Wenda Nel. Ben Youssef Meite who won Paris DL is the latest addition in the 100 m field along with Christopher Belcher and Akani Simbine who replaced injured Asafa Powell.

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