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Weekend reads: the best athletics stories from the past seven days

Start your weekend here, with a round-up of some of the best athletics, running and fitness-related stories from the past seven days.



91-year-old Olympic gold medallist Charles Moore is running his final lap with purpose

Charles Moore

A little rain couldn’t sidetrack Charles H. Moore Jr.

“It was wet - not too bad - soggy to a degree,” Moore recalled of the rainy day he won the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the Olympic Games Helsinki 1952. He defeated his Soviet rival by half a second and tied his own Olympic record from the quarterfinals – also run in the rain. And this was still the cinder track era.

As the Pennsylvania native took his lap of honor, “There were chants of ‘Charlie Moore! Charlie Moore!’” he said. “It was a thrill to do that.”

While rain couldn’t slow him down or dampen his spirits, 68 years later a diagnosis of inoperable pancreatic cancer has only strengthened Moore’s resolve to make the most of his remaining time.

Full article (Team USA)


Burkina Faso's Hugues-Fabrice Zango, a PhD student among triple jumpers

Hugues-Fabrice Zango

Leading a top athletics career while pursuing a high university education is not for everyone. Yet this is the feat that the Burkinabe Hugues-Fabrice Zango, one of the world leaders in triple jump and PhD student in electrical engineering, has achieved.

The member of Artois Athlétisme is a special case. On paper, juggling research and training seems like a challenge. Not for the native of Koudougou, used to extended days and to combining two seemingly completely dissimilar activities.

Full article (Le Monde)


Dale Greig and the women’s marathon in the 1960s

Dale Greig

Imagine a time when women did not run in road races. Imagine a time when women were told distance running would harm their health. Imagine a time when running in a marathon meant risking being jeered at or even assaulted.

This time was in my lifetime. I was born in 1963. Women in the UK were not permitted to compete in road races until late 1975. I was 21 by the time the women’s marathon made it on to the Olympics programme at Los Angeles 1984.

When I was one year old, a Scottish woman called Dale Greig broke the rules and ran a marathon.

Full article (Run Young 50)


World champion Mutaz Barshim is back to full training mode

Mutaz Barshim

Mutaz Barshim's historic victory at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha demonstrated his extraordinary ability to overcome difficulties and challenges.

The Qatari high jumper is now preparing for the challenges that lie ahead in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Full article (I Love Qatar)


Jo Pavey will be ready

Jo Pavey

The overwhelming sense you get when speaking to Jo Pavey is that she’s a woman who knows what she wants and is not about to be distracted from her goal. Her mantra – have a plan, but be flexible.

She wants to become a 6 time Olympian and to do that she needs to qualify for team GB in the 10,000m.

But Jo knows it’s not that simple – she’s a good deal older than the other athletes vying for a place and while experience counts for a lot, age brings with it the need to be careful.

Full article (Fast Running)


Great matchups: Liquori beats Ryun in the Dream Mile

Marty Liquori

Track's history is full of great head-to-head clashes. To kick off our new series of trips to the Track & Field News vaults to find coverage of some of the most memorable battles, we take you back to our II May 1971 edition for a legendary four-lap clash pitting Jim Ryun against Marty Liquori. That issue featured a pair of stories on the Dream Mile, first a news piece by Jim Dunaway & Bob Hersh and then an accompanying feature by Hersh.

Full article (Track & Field News)


Dinée Dorame wants us to acknowledge the land when we run

Dinee Dorame

When Dinée Dorame competes at a local turkey trot or any race rooted in the history of colonization, she carries a heavy burden.

As a citizen of the Navajo Nation, Dorame often feels disrespected when she sees runners dressed as pilgrims and Native Americans next to her during the annual Albuquerque Thanksgiving Day 5K at Kit Carson Park. Instead of focusing on her own effort, she thinks of the history of genocide, land theft (in which Indigenous people were removed from their lands by colonizers), and assault on Native culture that Indigenous communities have endured for centuries. In addition to those triggers, Dorame must race in a park named after Carson — a fur trapper who waged a destructive war against the Navajo in 1863.

Full article (Runner's World)


The New York Pioneer Club – the forgotten heroes of running

Ted Corbitt of the New York Pioneer Club

In the current edition of Like the Wind, we tell the story of a remarkable group of runners who used track, road and ultra running as a way to create hope and pride in young people treated as second-class citizens in society, challenge racism in sport and beyond and change the face of road running around the world.

So how is it that the New York Pioneer Club isn’t lauded – or even particularly well known – today?

With archive stories and the personal memories of Gary Corbitt, NYPC founder Ted’s son, we were able to start to piece together not only the history of the club, but also its legacy and impact.

Full article (Like The Wind)


For this young scientist, running is part of the scientific process

Lillian Kay Petersen

Los Alamos, New Mexico, may be remembered most for its ties to the Manhattan Project, which brought us the atomic bomb, but it has continued to be a science town to this day. The Los Alamos National Laboratory is the largest employer in the area, meaning this town of fewer than 20,000 people has one of the highest per capita rates of Ph.Ds in the country.

But ask anyone from the Los Alamos run community, and they’ll tell you they’re a city of runners and scientists.

Seventeen-year-old Los Alamos native Lillian Kay Petersen is no exception, though she is exceptional. Petersen, who’s been a cross-country and track runner since she was in seventh grade, recently won the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest STEM competition for high school seniors.

Full article (Women's Running)