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It usually takes young Ethiopian runners time to ward away the shyness and agree to interviews, especially when their most recent performance have catapulted them to the short list of favourites ahead of an upcoming major championships.
World record-holder Dennis Kimetto will next compete over 26.2 miles at the Vienna City Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, on 22 April.
The Spanish city of Valencia is ready to welcome more than 15,000 runners from 87 countries at the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 on Saturday 24 March.
The second episode of the sixth season of IAAF Inside Athletics is available to watch online now and features an exclusive interview with Venezuela's world triple jump champion Yulimar Rojas.
World indoor champion Christian Coleman will run at the Müller Anniversary Games when the IAAF Diamond League meeting heads to London on 21-22 July.
More than two decades later, Jamaica’s Deon Hemmings still recalls the moment she created history as if it was yesterday.
Dutch distance runner Lornah Kiplagat was a master of the 21.1km distance, securing a hat-trick of world half marathon titles between 2006 and 2008.
“Up until I was six or seven, all my holidays were joining my dad at his training camps,” recalls Silke Bernhard, head of digital media with the DLV. “My mother, two little girls on the beach somewhere, then all of the athletes and my dad."
Ben Somikwo of Uganda and Christine Oigo of Kenya were the winners of the third edition of ONICO Gdynia Half Marathon on Sunday (18).
Daisuke Matsunaga completed a straight hat-trick of 20kms wins in the 42nd Asian Race Walk Championships at Nomi, Japan, by a comfortable margin on Sunday (18).
Wilson Erupe Loyanae of Kenya collected a fourth Seoul Marathon title while Damte Hiru of Ethiopia prevailed in the women's contest at this IAAF Gold Label road race on Sunday (18).
Emerging star Riley Day and multi-eventers Ashley Moloney and Celeste Mucci are likely to head the Australian team for the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018 later this year.
Japan's Yuki Kawauchi took top honours in the New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label road race, on Sunday (18).
Many of the country’s leading athletes were in action at the South African Championships, which concluded after three days of action on Saturday (17), but the most noteworthy performance of the weekend came from an up-and-coming sprinter who has no global medals to his name – yet.
Celliphine Chespol and Alfred Barkach secured a Kenyan double in the senior races at the African Cross Country Championships in the Algerian city of Chlef on Saturday (17).
South Africa’s Elana Meyer was a pioneer of the half marathon. Not only did she set four world records for the distance, but in 1994 she became the first African woman to win a world half marathon title.
Marius Kimutai will line up for the Seoul Marathon with the aim of achieving his third successive victory over 26.2 miles, but the Kenyan faces a tough challenge at the IAAF Gold Label road race on Sunday (17).
When Yuki Kawauchi last raced the New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi Marathon, it took a course record to beat him. Two years on from that run, the prolific racer from Japan will return to the IAAF Silver Label road race seeking not only victory but an improvement on the course record on Sunday (18).
Defending ONICO Gdynia Half Marathon champion Hillary Maiyo and last year’s runner-up Christine Oigo will start as favourites at the third edition of the IAAF Bronze Label road race on Sunday (18).
Athletics, like many sports, can prepare a person for their life beyond their sports career. Learning how to rise above challenges certainly helped 2000 Olympic 400m bronze medallist Katharine Merry in her move to a career in broadcasting.