Polish middle distance ace Marcin Lewandowski will be targeting the national 2000m record at the 2nd Irena Szewinska Memorial, a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting, which will inaugurate the country’s athletics season on 19 August in Bydgoszcz.
Germany leads the European Team Championships after the second day of competition in Lille, France.
European indoor 1500m champion and three-time world 800m finalist has been one of the most consistent middle-distance runners for the past decade. The vastly experienced Pole talks about how he overcame a passport nightmare on the eve of the IAAF World Championships Moscow 2013.
In athletics, there are certain athletes whose physical make-up seems almost crafted for their specific event. Take the tall, slender figure of Airine Palsyte in the high jump, the broad, hulking power of Konrad Bukowiecki in the shot put or the aggressive, ruthless running of Laura Muir over 1500m.
Last year, Kenya fulfilled its role as favourite and took the victory but they made astonishing hard work of it with an erratic race which showed tactical naivety and inexperience at relay running over this distance, so what lessons will they have learned?
European 800m champion Adam Kszczot has been named by the Polish Athletics Association (PZLA) in both the 4x800m and distance medley relay for the IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015.
In the middle-distance races, Kenya is always the first name to be mentioned, and here they hold the world record, a 7:02.43 from 2006. They’ll be represented in Nassau by Alfred Kipketer, Ferguson Cheruiyot, Job Kinyor, James Magut, Nicholas Kipkoech, and Sammy Kirongo.