Athletics

Daily Visual 20.02.16: Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix

Back in December the International Association of Athletics Federations announced the inaugural World Indoor Tour, an attempt to replicate the relative success of the Diamond League within the context of early-season indoor athletics, offering a points system and $20,000 in prize money to the overall winner of each discipline, and automatic qualification for the World Indoor Championships which will take place in…

Daily Visual 11.09.15: Diamond League Finals

Friday night in Brussels – officially the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme – saw the final IAAF Diamond League meet of the 2015 athletics season. The climax of the Diamond League is in fact split over a couple of meets, with half of the contested disciplines concluding just over a week ago, on 3 September in Zurich, and the other half reaching…

2015 World Championships in Athletics: Bloopers

Prior to the men’s 100 metres final on Sunday evening, as the nine competing athletes stood out on the track in the Bird’s Nest stadium and the world’s attention focused on Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin, a pianist took to the edge of the infield and briefly ran his hands up and down a keyboard’s keys. Greeted with a frisson of audible excitement by…

2015 World Championships in Athletics: Duels

The 2015 World Championships in Athletics – the 15th IAAF World Championships – took place last week in Beijing. Over nine days, from Saturday 22 August to Sunday 30 August, and sixteen sessions morning and evening, 144 medals were on offer across 47 events. 1,933 athletes competed from 206 nations, with 43 of these nations coming away from the Championships…

Daily Visual 22.08.15: World Championships in Athletics Day One

The 2015 World Championships in Athletics commenced today in Beijing. The largest sporting event to take place in the Bird’s Nest stadium since the 2008 Summer Olympics, the World Championships will run until next Sunday, 30 August. Getting underway from 7:30 am on Saturday morning, out on the streets of the Chinese capital, the men’s marathon brought the first medalist of the Championships. The…

Daily Visual 25.07.15: Anniversary Games 2015

Previously known as the London Grand Prix, since 2013 the athletics meet held in the English capital each July has been dubbed the Anniversary Games: commemorating the 2012 London Olympics, and taking place in the city’s Olympic Stadium. Last year the meet proper had to be switched to Hampden Park, Glasgow, while work continued on the rebuilding of the Olympic Stadium….

Daily Visual 15.07.15: Kenyan Athletes Walk for Peace

Today some of Kenya’s greatest distance runners – organised and led by 2010 Commonwealth marathon gold medalist John Kelai, and scheduled to include former marathon world record holders Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, Paul Tergat, and Tegla Loroupe; twice Olympic steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi; Irene Jerotich, Alex Kipchirchir, Douglas Wakiihuri, and Andrew Lesuuda; and as an exception to the rule, the Ugandan 2012…

Daily Visual 10.07.15: Mo Farah Wins in Lausanne

Mo Farah – the reigning Olympic champion over 5,000 and 10,000 metres, and arguably Britain’s greatest ever athlete – made a winning return to the track yesterday evening, coming first in the 5,000 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne. Farah is part of the Nike Oregon Project, based in Portland and established in 2001, whose head coach is…

Paula Radcliffe’s 2015 London Marathon Time in Context

On Sunday, Paula Radcliffe ran the 2015 London Marathon in what she has stated will prove her last competitive race. Despite an Achilles injury hampering her preparation for the event, Radcliffe completed the 26.2 miles, in a time of 2 hours 36 minutes and 55 seconds. Thanking the crowd and those runners who, she admitted, had sacrificed their own races…