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HOUSTON (USA): Galen Rupp has pulled out of the Houston Half Marathon on Sunday due to a foot injury, informs organisers. "Unfortunately I will be unable to race on Sunday due to plantar fasciitis in my foot. It is improving, but not enough to run a half marathon on. I hope to get the chance to run the Aramco Houston Half Marathon in the future," he said. Rupp was rumoured to be planning an attempt on Ryan Hall's American record of 59:43. Mare Dibaba has pulled out of the women's half marathon due to a death in the family while Tigist Tufa has also withdrawn due to injury. The half marathon fields are headed by Ethiopians Feyisa Lilesa and Yigrem Demelash in the men's race and Kenya's Mary Wacera in the women's race while Ethiopians Biruktayit Degefa and Birhanu Gedefa will defend their marathon titles.

RunBlogRun opines: Galen Rupp won his second Olympic medal in 2016, with his bronze in the marathon, added to his silver in the 10,000 meters in 2012. The trials of marathon training are well known. We wish Galen a speedy recovery. Houston has a strong field in both the half marathon and the marathon, with 33,000 total runners in the 5k, half marathon and marathon.

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MERZIG (GER): 2013 World champion Raphael Holzdeppe will open his indoor campaign at the 3rd edition of special pole vault meet in Merzig on Saturday. Replacement for late withdrawal of Renaud Lavillenie will be Piotr Lisek from Poland. Also Pawel Wojciechowski was confirmed earlier, he is 2011 World champion. Malte Mohr with Karsten Dilla will be other German vaulters competing for top positions. Some 1000 spectators are expected in the Circus Tent where the jumping will be staged.

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Kimetto and much more

BOSTON (USA): World record-holder Dennis Kimetto will compete in the Boston Marathon on 17 April, informs organisers. Kimetto is one of seven runners in the field with a sub-2:05 lifetime best along with his Kenyan teammates Emmanuel Mutai (2:03:13), Patrick Makau (2:03:38) and Sammy Kitwara (2:04:28). Reigning champion Lemi Berhanu (2:04:33) is also in the line-up along with fellow Ethiopians Yemane Tsegay (2:04:48) and Dino Sefir (2:04:50). Former champion Meb Keflezighi (2:08:37) will run his penultimate marathon in Boston while Abdi Abdirahman (2:08:56) and Olympic bronze medallist Galen Rupp (2:10:05) also spearhead the domestic challenge. The elite women's race includes three athletes with sub-2:20 PBs: Kenyans Gladys Cherono (2:19:25) and Edna Kiplagat (2:19:50) with Ethiopia's Buzunesh Deba, who holds the course record with 2:19:59. Other notable entrants include home favourite Shalane Flanagan (2:21:14) reigning champion Atsede Baysa (2:22:03), former NYC winner top European Jelena Prokopcuka (2:22:56) and 2014 champion Caroline Rotich (2:23:22).

RunBlogRun opines: Boston Marathon is putting together a tremendous field. Galen Rupp, who is suffering from plantar fasciitis, will have his hands full. If Dennis Kimetto can put his fitness together, Boston could be very, very fast. This will also be Meb Keflezighi's last elite Boston marathon run. On the women's side, Shalane Flanagan and Desi Linden will be in the thick of the battle.

Clean Athletics by UKA



Clean Athletics by UKA
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): UK Athletics (UKA) has today launched its own Clean Athletics brand with the aim of reinforcing UK Athletics' commitment to athletes competing free from performance-enhancing drugs. UK Athletics will seek to enforce a lifetime ban against representing Great Britain for any athlete found guilty of a serious anti-doping violation. Bans should be extended to a minimum of eight years for serious doping offences to ensure that cheating athletes miss two Olympic or Paralympic cycles. Lifetime bans should also be applied in appropriate cases.

RunBlogRun opines: UK Athletics has made no illusions that it would not do all it could to protect its brand. Fans in the GBR will applaud this as will most athletes and coaches. Whether it is legal is a whole other matter. We will only find out when it is challenged in the courts.

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Bolt, Farah, Thompson etc among Laureus nominees
MONACO (MON): Olympic champions Mo Farah, Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson are among the nominees for the Laureus World Sports Awards. Farah and Bolt are nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award while Thompson and Allyson Felix are nominated for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award. Olympic and European high jump champion Ruth Beitia has been nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year award while Almaz Ayana and Wayde van Niekerk are nominated for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award. The winners will be revealed in Monaco on February 14.

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Crouser believes WR
CHULA VISTA (USA): Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser believes Randy Barnes' world record of 23.12m will be broken before 2020, informs IAAF. "I think it will happen before 2020. We are such a young group and with four more years at least one of us should be over 23 metres. In fact, I think it is possible there could be multiple athletes over 23 metres. There is still a little way to go but with three guys pushing each other, that's when we could see those performances over 23 metres. And 23.12m," he said.

RunBlogRun opines: The men's shot put in Rio was one of the best events of the Olympics. It was the end of the era for Tomaz Majewski, 2008 and 2012 champion, and beginning of battles for Ryan Crouser, Joe Kovacs and a new impetus for David Storl, among others. Crouser is fun to watch, emotional, and poised. From a family of fine throwers, the gene pool for competition helps him. Can he break the World Record? Many have tried. It will be sure fun to watch!

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Bekele I
DUBAI (UAE): Kenenisa Bekele will compete at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on 20 January, informs organisers. Bekele will be looking to challenge the course record of 2:04:23 and he might also attempt to break Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57 after winning the Berlin Marathon in September in an Ethiopian record of 2:03:03. "I knew I had trained well and I knew what my strengths were. The Berlin race was fantastic but I could see that I still had to make a couple of changes in my training," he said. Bekele is also aiming to race at the World Championships in London this August. One of his main rivals will be Tsegaye Mekonnen, who won this race in 2014 in an unofficial world junior record of 2:04:32.

Bekele II
LONDON (GBR): Kenenisa Bekele will also compete in the Virgin Money London Marathon on 23 April, informs organisers. Bekele finished third last year before becoming the world's second fastest marathon runner of all-time with 2:03:03 in the Berlin Marathon. "The field is always the best and victory means so much. After finishing third last year, I know what I need to do to win," said Bekele. He will face last year's runner-up Stanley Biwott who will be looking to bounce back after DNFs in the Olympics and New York Marathon. He is also the second fastest in the field with his 2:03:51 PB from last year's race. Other top names in the field include last year's Dubai Marathon winner Tesfaye Abera (2:04:24), Olympic silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa (2:04:52), two-time world marathon champion Abel Kirui (2:05:04), Amsterdam Marathon winner Daniel Wanjiru (2:05:21), Tilahun Regassa (2:05:27), European champion Tadesse Abraham (2:06:40) and world champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (2:07:46). Chris Thompson (2:11:19) leads the British challenge in London while Kenya's Bedan Karoki will make his full marathon debut.

RunBlogRun opines: I am no doctor, but this should be a challenge even for the great Bekele? Let me get my head around this one, and I will opine tomorrow on it. Right now I have a parliment hearing to watch, to read about , and to listen.

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USA beat Europe and GBR
EDINBURGH (GBR, Jan 7): The United States (149) defeated Europe (152) and Great Britain (208) in the team competition at the Great Edinburgh XCountry (EA CC Permit). Leonard Korir won the men's 8km in a sprint finish ahead of front running Callum Hawkins, 24:03 to 24:04, with European cross country champion Aras Kaya third in 24:21. Reigning champion Garrett Heath finished sixth in 24:43 while Mo Farah was never a factor and finished a distant seventh on his season's debut in 24:49. European cross country champion Yasemin Can won the senior women's 6km in 20:36 ahead of Fionnuala McCormack (20:57) and Meryam Akdag (21:02) with USA's Emily Lipari fourth in 21:17. Former European cross country champion Gemma Steel was a DNF. Brit Harriet Knowles-Jones and American Noah Affolder won the junior races while Laura Muir anchored the British team to victory in the 4x1km relay with a 2:53 anchor leg.

RunBlogRun opines: What more can I say about this? My visit in 2014 was one of my favorite events that I have ever visited. The course, the team aspect, the city of Edinburgh all make it, plus the citizen race the next day. It is creativity like this that needs to be used to nurture cross country back from the brink.

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Hayes 35.71 US 300 m record
CLEMSON (USA, Jan 7): World indoor relay champion Quanera Hayes showed top early shape at the Orange and Purple Indoor meet. She won the 300 m in her first ever race at the distance in new US record and third best result of all-time 35.71. Second super talent and U20 World champion Candace Hill 36.86 (for her also first ever race at 300 m). Hill missed US U20 indoor record of Francena McCorory 36.67 from 2007. In the 60 m they changed the positions, Hill won in 7.30 ahead of Hayes 7.34, for both personal bests. Joanna Atkins won the 200 m (23.31) and 400 m (53.26). In his first year out of U20 category Grant Holloway confirmed his top talent (will be 20 in November). He clocked 32.80 in the 300 m and also 7.63 in the 60 m hurdles, big personal bests. In the 300 m he was the fastest overall, but over the hurdles in open category Jarret Eaton did 7.62 and Spencer Adams 7.66. Tevin Hester topped the 60 m in 6.63 (also 6.62 in heats) and 200 m in 20.96. In women 60 m hurdles Christina Manning achieved 8.03 over Jacqi Coward 8.07. Greek Tatiana Gousin improved in high jump to 190 and triple US record holder and Olympic 4th placer Keturah Orji equaled her indoor PB in long jump 651. Jamaican wins for Olivia James in women 500 m 1:11.62, Clayton Brown 225 PB in high jump and Ashinia Miller in men shot put 19.55.

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Obiri beats Kipyegon
SAN GIORGIO SU LEGNANO (ITA, Jan 6): Olympic 5000 m silver medallist Hellen Obiri defeated Olympic 1500 m champion Faith Kipyegon at the Campaccio Cross Country (IAAF CC Permit). Obiri won the senior women's race in 18:33 by three seconds from Kipyegon with reigning world cross country champion Agnes Tirop third in 18:56 to make it a Kenyan sweep. Ethiopia's Gelete Burka was fourth in 19:02 with Sara Dossena the top Italian finisher in seventh in 20:33. Muktar Edris (28:54) and Imane Merga (28:55) led an Ethiopian one-two in the men's race with Kenya's Jairus Birech third in 28:59. Olympic steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto finished sixth in 29:20 with Yemaneberhan Crippa the top home finisher in eighth in 29:48.

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