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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.



Expect more from the Kiplimo v Cheptegei rivalry

Joshua Cheptegei might have missed out on a World Half Marathon podium finish, but expect to see more battles between him and fellow Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo.

Kiplimo on Saturday produced an outstanding final five kilometre performance to become the first Ugandan to win the world 21km event.

Cheptegei, fresh from three world records, had gone to Poland's city of Gdynia as favourite only to finish in fourth place.

Full story (New Vision)


Peres Jepchirchir struck while the iron was hot

Tactful calculations and obeying her gut feeling helped World Half Marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir to set a new women’s only record over the distance in Gdynia, Poland on Saturday.

“When I reached a distance of about 150 metres to the tape, and I knew that if I kicked early my opponents would have beaten me so I delayed. That is the trick I used. When I went for the tape, they tried to react but I dashed to victory,” she said.

Full story (The Nation)


I’ll be back in big way, says Kipchoge

Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge is still recovering from the London Marathon setback in which he finished eighth on 4 October.

“I will take time to recover from the London Marathon loss. I’m healing, I want to move on and focus on the future,” he said on Thursday after touring the Isuzu D-Max Pick-up assembly line in Nairobi.

The world marathon record holder, who had won 10 consecutive marathons since 2014 before this year's London debacle on October 4 in which a blocked ear thwarted his bid for a fifth title, signed a new partnership agreement with Isuzu East Africa that will run until after 2020 Tokyo Olympics that were postponed to next year.

Full story (The Nation)


Bianca Williams: 'The way police treated me — I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy'

In the days after what Bianca Williams refers to as “the incident”, a knock at the door was enough to unsettle her. The Team GB sprinter says she often found herself fearfully peeking through the peephole of her front door, afraid in her own home.

Initially, the 26-year-old could not bring herself to leave the house – even to go to training. More than three months after she was stopped and searched by the police, Williams still finds herself looking over her shoulder in the car.

Full story (The Telegraph)


World champ Anderson Peters: The possibility is what motivates me

Anderson Peters is a man who doesn’t want to put a label or a limit on himself.

One of the biggest surprise winners at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, the Grenadian javelin thrower was already very confident in his ability to shine.

He now wants to “become the Olympic champion,” and “break the world record” in a sport that he seems well suited for.

Full story (Olympic Channel)


From noon to night: The incredible record-breaking pole vault final

Pole vault and the summer Olympics have a relationship that goes back to the inception of the Games, with the event featuring in every edition since 1896. But even with such a rich, long history, the Tokyo 1964 men’s competition is the type historians cherish and talk about every time Olympic pole vaulting is mentioned.

Heading into the 1964 Olympics, the United States were the undisputed pole vault kings, having won the gold medal at every Games since 1896. And with world record holder Fred Hansen leading the charge, another gold medal was almost inevitable.

Well, almost.

Full story (Olympic Channel)


How to reduce stress fracture risk

Getting faster is hard work – long training runs; muscle searing track sessions; hill repeats – runners are used to enduring the fatigue and discomfort that come with a hard workout and most are willing to put up with the common aches and pains of an active lifestyle. But, sometimes that nagging discomfort gets worse after running on it. The deep aching pain of a stressed bone is unlike that of muscle soreness or fatigue and, as many have learned, running through the signs of an overloaded bone can lead to a stress fracture.

Full story (Podium Runner)


How staying at home has helped your feet

For the past couple of months, the vast majority of us have been staying at home due to circumstances related to COVID-19. For many people, this has been challenging in almost every aspect of our lives. However, one silver lining is the health of your feet. The reality is that while staying at home more often, we’ve spent more time shoeless, and less time wearing shoes that are hard on our feet. Your foot health has likely improved quite a bit while you’ve been staying at home, and we’ll discuss why and how to capitalize on that moving forward.

Full story (Podium Runner)


Coaching 'philosophies'

I blame Jeremy Harries. The highly experienced Preston based coach, whose leading elite luminaries included developing the likes of John Nuttall and Helen Clitheroe (both well established at top flight coaching in their own right) had become a leading light in England Athletics coach education and was grilling me on “my coaching philosophy”. A heavy matter.

Full story (Fast Running)


Why running won't ruin your knees

Could running actually be good for your knees?

That idea is at the heart of a fascinating new study of the differing effects of running and walking on the knee joint. Using motion capture and sophisticated computer modeling, the study confirms that running pummels knees more than walking does. But in the process, the authors conclude, running likely also fortifies and bulks up the cartilage, the rubbery tissue that cushions the ends of bones. The findings raise the beguiling possibility that, instead of harming knees, running might fortify them and help to stave off knee arthritis.

Full story (New York Times)


Women are better runners than men

Faster doesn’t mean better.

This analysis covers 2,348,505 marathon results achieved during the 2009-2019 period. The purpose was to analyze differences in pace throughout the marathon between women and men.

The data has shown that women are 18.33% better at keeping an even pace than men. They burn out less in the 2nd half of the marathon.

Full story (Run Repeat)