Koki Ikeda is all but guaranteed an Olympic 20km place after the Japanese went for broke over the final 500 metres of a race that only survived when it changed its name.
Going into the Nagoya Women’s Marathon on Sunday (8), the goal for Japan’s leading distance runners was clear: run faster than 2:21:47 at the World Athletics Platinum Label road race and secure a spot on the national Olympic team.
Olympic heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam stole the show at the French Indoor Championships in Lievin on Sunday (1), winning the women’s long jump with 6.79m.
Applying different running tactics, Johnatas de Oliveira and Genevive Lalonde made history for Brazil and Canada respectively by earning their country’s first ever senior title at the 4th Pan American Cross Country Cup in Langford, Canada, on Saturday (29).
Birhanu Legese successfully defended his Tokyo Marathon crown in 2:04:15, while Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter took more than two minutes off the women’s course record, winning the World Athletics Platinum Label road race in 2:17:45 on Sunday (1).
Galen Rupp and Aliphine Tuliamuk booked their spots to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after churning out impressive victories at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon in Atlanta on Saturday (29).
Konstanze Klosterhalfen of Germany and Karissa Schweizer of the US shattered Area records in the 5000m and 3000m, respectively, at the Boston University Last Chance Invitational on Thursday (27).
Pole vault sensation Armand Duplantis maintained his incredible run of form with a 6.01m victory at the Perche Elite Tour meeting in Clermont-Ferrand on Sunday (23).
Ethiopia’s Mekuant Ayenew and Uganda’s Juliet Chekwel captured commanding victories at the 36th Zurich Maratón de Sevilla, a World Athletics Gold Label road race, on Sunday (23) with respective clockings of 2:04:46 and 2:23:13.