Nike Unveils New Footwear For Sprints, Distance Races

 

 

A retail version of Nike’s Zoom Alphafly NEXT% footwear was unveiled Wednesday by the shoemaker, only days after new World Athletics rules-tightening on prototype shoes.

The Air Zoom Viperfly is aimed for the 100-meter sprint crowd, while Nike’s Air Zoom Victory is designed for 800m to 10-kilometer races, with sales expected to begin this summer.

Just five days earlier, the global track and field governing body introduced tougher rules on footwear for competitors.

Nike’s controversial Alphafly prototype shoes were worn by Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge when he broke the two-hour marathon barrier in Vienna last October.

“For runners, records like the four-minute mile and two-hour marathon are barometers of progress. These are barriers that have tested human potential. When someone like Eliud breaks them, our collective belief about what’s possible changes,” says Tony Bignell, Nike’s vice president of Footwear Innovation.

“Barriers are inspiring to innovators. Like athletes, when a barrier is in front of us, we are challenged to think differently and push game-changing progress in footwear design.”

The NEXT% designs are aimed at maximizing sports science with design to boost body performance through technological enhancement.

The latest version adds air pods in the forefoot and foam in the heel.

“The groundbreaking research that led to the original Vaporfly unlocked an entirely new way of thinking about marathon shoes,” said Carrie Dimoff, an elite marathoner and member of Nike’s Advanced Innovation Team.

“Once we understood the plate and foam as a system, we started thinking about ways to make the system even more effective.”

“That’s when we struck upon the idea of adding Nike Air to store and return even more of a runner’s energy and provide even more cushioning.”

Viperfly incorporates an innovative new carbon plate in the shoe sole designed to provide responsiveness and energy, following deep study of race strategy and performance and runner’s needs over the final 20 meters of a sprint.

Victory has foam, a carbon fiber plate and a unique welded sole that divides the unit into two separate pockets provides impact protection and allows for a smooth transition without sacrificing control.

AFP

Over 1000 Athletes Compete In Channels Track And Field Classics

 

The second edition of the Channels Track and Field Classics has kicked off at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

The U-17 athletics development competition features over fifty secondary schools in Lagos competing in 10 events.

Action commence at about 9:30am with over 1000 athletes from various schools.

Join us as we bring you updates from the event taking place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

READ ALSO: FGC’s Dabana, Others Emerge Winners In Channels Track And Field Championship


18:30pm: That will be all for today, join us tomorrow as we continue our coverage of the Channels Track and Field Classics; more winners to expected to emerge.


18:21pm: Ijaye Senior Grammar School wins Heat 3.


18:16pm: Baptist Girls Academy, Obanikoro, wins Heat 2 in the relay race.


18:10pm: State Senior High School, Ikeja wins Heat 1 of the 100m Girls 4×4 relay.


17:51pm: Olaolu Olatunde from Temple College wins the 200m Boys gold medal after winning gold in Boys’ long jump.

Meanwhile, Alimot Alowonle from Tindip College, Ikorodu is on fire again, she has won the gold medal in the 200m Girls.


17:08pm: 15-year-old Okeke Blessing of Nigerian Navy Secondary school, wins Heat 11 of the girls 100m hurdles race.


17:01pm: Omorodion Blessing of Agidimgbi Senior Grammer School wins hurdles 100m girls.


17:00pm: SanyaOlu Tunmininu of Lafrograms College, Ifako, wins 100m Hurdles girls heat 7.


16:46pm: Semiah Akekoromowei from State Senior High School, Ikeja wins Heat 6.


16:45pm: Mukoro Grace from Ijaye Senior Grammar School wins Heat 5.


16:42pm: Ikeije Munachi from AFSS, Anthony wins Heat 4.


14:36pm: Grace Owoniyi from Oreyo Senior Grammar School wins Heat 3.


16:26pm: Alaere Peterside from Chrisland College wins Heat 1


16:25pm: Ongoing now is 100m girls hurdles.


15:29pm: Chwuang Celestine of Kings College wins Heat 14 (Boys category)


15:19PM: Asuoha Victor of Saint Gregory’s College wins Heat 11 for the 400m race.


15:07pm: Arinola Timileyin from The Apostolic Church Grammar School, Katy wins Heat 6.


13:04pm: Salisu Temitayo from Kings College wins Heat 7.


15:03pm: Adebayo Yusuf from ISL wins Heat 8.


14:38pm: Ndudemilade Achigbu from Elimshire College, Ojuelegba, wins Heat 3.


14:33pm: Omonehin David from Pathfinders College, Aguda wins Heat 2 (boys category).


14:29pm: Buliechi Mgbeokwere from Chrisland College, Idimu win Heat 1 (boys category).


14:24pm: Moses Zipporah of the International school Unilag wins Heat 10 Girls.


14:23pm: Grace Owoniyi from Oreyo Senior Grammar School, Ikorodu wins Heat 12.


14:23pm: The 400m Boys Category is begins.

 


14:14pm: Richard Laura of the Federal Govt College Ijaniki wins Heat 10.


14:10pm: 12-year-old Nwankwo-Iwe Daniella Babinghton Macaulay Junior Seminary wins Heat 9 (Girls).


14:04pm: Oyinkansola Sani of Atlantic Hall  wins Heat 8 (Girls).


13:46pm: Ayotomiwa Biodun-Alagbe from Atlantic Hall, Epe wins Heat 5.


13:42pm: Ejembi Victoria, Federal Government Girls College wins Girls Long Jump Final with a throw of 5.00m.


13:37pm: Kehinde Ojo from Ijaye Senior Grammar School wins Heat 3.


13:31pm: Kendra Ukeje from Chrisland College, Ejigbo wins 400m girls Heat 2.


13:29pm: 15-years-old Dopemu Toluwani of Kits and Kin International College Wins Heat 1 of 400m.


13:12pm: The 400m for Boys and Girls is next



13:09pm: Ikeonyeka John from Fed Govt College, Ijanikin wins Heat 13.


13:01pm: Ajayi Oluwademilade from International School, UNILAG (ISL) wins Heat 12.


12:51pm – Abdulkareem Kamaldeen from Agidingbi Senior Grammar School wins Heat 10.


12:49pm – Kitan Oloko from Igbobi College, Yaba wins Heat 9.


12:45pm – Adedoyin Adeyoyin from Kings College wins Heat 8.


12:43pm – Ashimi Hassan from Ogunmodede College, Epe wins Heat 7.



12:28pm – Realph Treasure from BMJS, Ikorodu wins Heat 3.


12:23pm – Chiemeka Ogbogu from St Gregory College, Ikoyi wins Heat 2.


12:20pm – Olaolu Olatunde from Temple College, Ikeja wins 200m Boys Heat 1


12: 17pm – John Stella from Kingsfield College, Ikorodu wins Heat 12, the last for 200m Girls.


12:14pm – Sanyaolu Tumininu from Lafrograms College, Agege wins Heat 11.


12:12pm – Adenuga Odunayo from The Apostolic Church Grammar School wins Heat 10.


12:12pm: Vivian Ugwuanyi from Fed Govt College, Ijaniki wins Heat 9.



11:58am:  Winners emerge from Heat 2 Girls 200m (Victoria Ejembi, Federal Government Girls College).

Similarly, Fatokun Motunrayo, Ogunmodede Senior College, Epe, wins Heat 3.


11:53am: The first heat for the 200m (girls) gets underway.



11:48am: Long jump kicks-off.


11:43am:  Heat 2 commences.


10:00am: Accreditation exercise commences.

Winners Emerge From Lagos Kids Mini Marathon

 

The Lagos Kids Mini Marathon has come to an end with winners emerging in the various categories.

The race, which covered 3km to 5km, comprised three age segments – seven to eight years, nine to 12 years, and 13 to 15 years and above.

It also featured a new category called Walkaton – covering 1.2km for kids between ages four and six.

Read Also: Lagos Kids Mini Marathon Kicks Off

Emerging as first in the 1.2km Boys Category B is Fani-Kayode Fafunwa, while Ayodele Abigail emerged winner in the female category.

In the 3km Boys Category B, Arinze Okoli came first and he received a cash prize of N25,000 while Kehinde Ojo came first in the female category. She also received a cash prize of N25,000.

In the 5km Girls category, Israel Oluwabunmi came first position, while Jaiyeola Taiwo came first in the male category.

It is his second time of winning the gold medal, as he also participated last year.

See Photos Below.

Kenya’s Kosgei Crushes Radcliffe World Record In Chicago Marathon

Brigid Kosgei of Kenya poses for a photo after breaking the world record to win the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Quinn Harris/Getty Images/AFP 

 

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei shattered Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old world record Sunday, winning the Chicago Marathon in two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds.

Kosgei broke the mark of 2:15:25 set by Radcliffe in the London Marathon on April 13, 2003 as she won in Chicago for the second straight year.

Kosgei, the 25-year-old who also won in London in April and clocked the fastest half-marathon in history this year of 1:04:28 at the Great North Run, quickly separated herself from the women’s field as she ran with two male pace-setters.

Lawrence Cherono made it a Kenyan double with victory in the men’s race, as Mo Farah finished a distant eighth to end a week when he hit back at critics over his work with disgraced coach Alberto Salazar.

Kosgei crossed the finish line alone, with Ethiopians Ababel Yeshaneh and Gelete Burka a second and third in 2:20:51 and 2:20:55.

“I’m happy and I feel good,” Kosgei said. “People were cheering all along the course, which gave me more energy.

“I felt my body was moving, moving, moving so I went for it.”

While the IAAF called the 2:17:01 clocked by Mary Jepkosgei Keitany at the 2017 London Marathon a “women only” world record posted without male pace-setters, it’s Radcliffe’s mark — so long untouchable — that has been the grail for female marathon runners.

The British great was in Chicago and posed for photos with Kosgei.

“I think we’ve always known that time was going to come,” Radcliffe said. “When I saw how fast Brigid was running in the first part of the race, if she was able to hold that together, she was always going to beat the time.”

Radcliffe had also held the Chicago course record of 2:17:18 — set in winning the 2002 race in what was then a world record.

“That was a very special day for me and it’s a very special day for Brigid today,” Radcliffe said.

Kosgei’s performance continued a remarkable weekend in the punishing event, coming a day after fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to break two hours at the distance when he clocked 1hr 59min 40.2sec on a specially prepared course in a Vienna park.

Kosgei signalled her intentions with an astonishing first five kilometers in 15:28 — so far inside Radcliffe’s world record pace that it seemed she might have ruined her chances out of the gate.

But she settled into a more sustainable rhythm, and powered relentlessly to the finish line.

Her halfway split of 1:06:59 had Kosgei comfortably inside world-record pace, and her lead expanded over the second half as her pursuers felt the effects.

The pace-setters dropped away in the closing kilometers, leaving Kosgei to break the tape alone, her arms raised in celebration.

Cherono sprints to win

Cherono won a men’s race that came down to the wire in 2:05:45 — barely edging Ethiopia’s Dejene Debela who was second in 2:05:46 with another Ethiopian, Asefa Mengstu, third in 2:05:48.

Last year’s winner Farah was never a factor — finishing in 2:09:58.

The Briton — who set a European record in Chicago last year — was among an early lead group that began to disintegrate around the 10km mark, leaving half a dozen runners, including Cherono, setting the pace.

Kenya’s Bedan Karoki challenged late but faded before the last turn toward the finish to leave Cherono, Debela and Mengstu to sprint for the line.

“All of a sudden when we reached 41 kilometers the (others) were not going again,” Cherono said. “I decided to kick and felt I was still having enough energy to sprint.

“I tried my luck, and it worked.”

US distance running guru Salazar has been banned for four years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for a string of doping violations.

Nike shut down its Oregon Project running group headed by Salazar, and four-time Olympic gold medalist Farah arrived in Chicago for his defence to find himself again denying any irregularities during his time with the coach.

Caster Semenya Says She Is ‘Unquestionably A Woman’

South Africa’s Caster Semenya runs to victory in the women’s 800 metres during the IAAF Diam nd League athletics ‘Herculis’ meeting at The Stade Louis II Stadium in Monaco on July 20, 2018.
Valery HACHE / AFP

 

South African 800m Olympic champion Caster Semenya on Thursday said she was “unquestionably a woman after the IAAF denied reports that it would argue that she should be classified as a biological male.

Semenya, 28, issued the statement ahead of a landmark hearing at the Court of Arbitration (CAS) next week that will challenge a proposed rule by the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) aiming to restrict testosterone levels in female runners.

“Ms Semenya is unquestionably a woman. She is a heroine and an inspiration to many around the world,” her lawyers said in a statement.

“She asks that she be respected and treated as any other athlete.”

The rules would force so-called “hyperandrogenic” athletes or those with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) to keep testosterone levels below a prescribed amount.

The rules were to have been instituted in November 2018 but have been put on ice pending next week’s hearings.

Supported by the South African Athletics Federation, the two-time Olympic champion in the 800m (2012, 2016) and three-time world champion (2009, 2011, 2017) has denounced the proposals.

“I just want to run naturally, the way I was born. It is not fair that I am told I must change. It is not fair that people question who I am,” she has said previously.

“She looks forward to responding to the IAAF at the upcoming CAS hearing,” Semenya’s legal team said, adding that “her genetic gift should be celebrated, not discriminated against”.

As well as Semenya, the silver and bronze medallists of the 800m at the Rio Olympics, Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Kenya’s Margaret Wambui, have also faced questions about their testosterone levels.

“The IAAF is not classifying any DSD athlete as male,” the IAAF said in a statement. “To preserve fair competition in the female category, it is necessary to require DSD athletes to reduce their testosterone down to female levels.”

A CAS spokesman confirmed to AFP on Thursday that the hearing is scheduled for next week in Lausanne from Monday to Friday with Semenya in attendance.

AFP

Channels TV Launches Track And Field Classics

 

Channels Television has announced the launch of a new grassroots development programme tagged the “Channels Track and Field Classics”.

The athletics competition is for boys and girls in Secondary schools, under the age of 17.

Participants must be bona fide students of their schools and will be required to provide genuine proof of identification.

The two-day event will take place on November 11 and 12, 2018 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium and will commence on both days at 9:00 am.

For the maiden edition, the tournament will be strictly invitational for schools in Lagos State where over 1000 students from the six educational districts in the state will compete.

Participants will compete in the following events:

100 metres
200 metres
400 metres
4 X 100 metres relay
4 X 400 metres relay
400 metres hurdles
800 metres
Long Jump

The major objective of the competition is to re-ignite the interest of athletics in schools, discover and nurture talents for the country.

In conjunction with the Lagos State Sports Commission, the event will monitor the talents after the tournament and also encourage them to excel in their education.

Channels Television’s grassroots development campaign started in 2009 with the Kids Cup – a football competition for U-13 boys in primary schools which is now an international tournament, with schools from Ghana and Benin Republic competing.

The track and field classics will also feature an exhibition event involving visually impaired and amputee athletes.

Delta Set To Host African Athletics Championship, Says Okowa

Delta Set To Host African Athletics Championship, Says Okowa

 

Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, says the state is ready to host the 2018 Confederation of African Athletics’ (CAA) African Senior Athletics Championship.

The governor who said this on Thursday in Asaba also revealed that the Stephen Keshi Stadium, venue of the championship, would be ready for use in May.

He spoke to reporters in the state capital during one of his periodic visits to inspect the ongoing construction work at the stadium, with a view to ensuring that the contractor works according to schedule.

As part of preparations ahead of the tournament which takes place in August, Governor Okowa reiterated his commitment to ensuring that all is set and in place for the upcoming competition.

“I am told by the contractors that looking onto the month of May, they should be completing this project and I believe that once the stadium is completed, some of these national assignments and competitions will also take place here.

“The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has already spoken towards that because once something is good, it cannot be hidden,” he said.

The governor further revealed that the state government is planning to promote sporting activities in its effort to engage the youths with more productive activities.

Accompanied some top government officials, Okowa inspected some facilities at the stadium which include grassing for field, construction of the tartan tracks, the VIP lounges, and training areas among others.

The Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba has a sitting capacity of 22,000 and it is expected to serve the purpose of the athletics championship.

U.S. Olympic Runner Found Dead

File Photo: American Middle-Distance Runner, David Torrence (second from right) competes in the Men’s 1500 Meter Run Preliminaries on day seven of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at the Hayward Field on June 28, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

The United States track and field community paid tribute to California-based athlete David Torrence on Tuesday after the Olympic middle-distance runner was found dead in Arizona.

Torrence, 31, who represented Peru in last year’s Olympics, was discovered at the bottom of an apartment block’s swimming pool in Scottsdale early on Monday, local media reported. A cause of death was being investigated.

“The track world lost a great friend and athlete today,” USA Track and Field wrote on Twitter.

“Today we lost an amazing athlete and an even greater friend,” Kyle Merber, a friend of Torrence and fellow elite runner added.

Torrence was born in Okinawa, Japan, and was raised in the United States. He represented the US for years but last year was cleared to compete for Peru, on the basis of having a Peruvian mother.

Torrence finished in 15th and last place in the final of the 5,000 meters in Rio last year, around 40 seconds behind British winner Mo Farah.

He was involved in the investigation into Somalian coach Jama Aden, who was arrested by Spanish police last year as part of a probe into doping.

Torrence later revealed he had supplied information to authorities following an earlier training stint with Aden, who has coached an array of runners including Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba.

AFP

Mo Farah Says Media Sometimes ‘Unfair’ To Him

Olympic and world champion Mo Farah criticised media coverage of his legacy at a news conference in London on Sunday.

Farah, who grabbed silver in the final of the men’s 5000 metres in London on Saturday, said he felt the media had been ‘unfair’ towards him with questions about doping and that he felt it was like some want to ‘destroy’ his legacy.

Some of Farah’s frustrations stem from questions relating to his coach Alberto Salazar, a Cuban-born American marathon runner who has worked with the Briton since 2011, who was accused of violating anti-doping rules in a BBC documentary in 2015, including allegations he had given 2012 Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp the banned anabolic steroid testosterone.

Farah was exonerated by UK Athletics who found no impropriety on his part after receiving the initial findings of a review into his relationship with Salazar.

On the track, Farah’s aura of invincibility after six years of unrelenting success was finally cracked in his very last major track race on Saturday as he lost his world 5,000 metres title to Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris.

Seeking a fitting end to his matchless long-distance racing career before moving to marathon running, the 34-year-old Briton’s bid for a fifth straight global 10,000/5,000m double was scuppered as he had to settle for the silver.

Yet even in defeat, Farah demonstrated his champion’s spirit as he fought back in the dying metres to take silver when it looked as if he would be shut out of the medals completely.

Farah Won’t Be Pulled From An Event In My Situation – Makwala

Makwala

Botswana sprinter Isaac Makwala claimed on Wednesday that had fellow athletes Mo Farah or Usain Bolt been in a similar situation to him they would have been allowed to compete at the World Athletics Championships.

Makwala was prevented from running in Monday’s opening 200 metres heat and Tuesday’s 400m final after falling victim to an outbreak of sickness that has hit scores of competitors.

The 30-year-old, seen as a leading contender in both events, had insisted he was fit enough to race while the governing International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had said that he had an infectious disease and needed to be quarantined.

Speaking to the BBC, Makwala said that he believed star athletes such as Farah and Bolt would not have been treated in the same way by the IAAF.

South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk stormed to victory in the men’s 400m final, finishing in a time of 43.98 seconds, but there was almost as much interest in the empty lane alongside him where Makwala should have been.

Makwala said that he felt van Niekerk’s winning time would have been within his grasp and was disappointed he lost the opportunity to challenge for the gold medal.

On Wednesday the IAAF announced that the quarantine period had ended and Makwala could run in the semi-finals in the evening – provided he first achieved the qualifying time of 20.53 seconds in an individual time trial before the main session.

Channels To Launch International Athletics Classics In 2018 – Momoh

The Chairman, Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh has hinted about the launching of an international athletics classics in 2018.

He made this known while speaking at the final day of the Channels Kids Cup competition which held at the Campos Square mini stadium.

Mr Momoh said the inclusion of athletics would complement the football games.

“This is the first international competition, we are so loving it and we are so excited. The sky is the limit for our kids and I just want to seize the opportunity to say that we are going to be launching an international classics; athletics next year which would be track and field events to complement what we are doing in football but the sky is the limit and we will get there.”

Mr Momoh also expressed appreciation to former heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield, for gracing the ninth edition of the competition.

Paris To Host 2020 European Championships

Paris has been confirmed as the host city for the 2020 European Athletics Championships, European Athletics confirmed on Friday.

The 26th edition of the championships will take place at the Stade Sebastien Charlety from August 26-30.

Paris was the sole bidder following the withdrawal of Tbilisi last year.
The athletes’ village will be located in the International university campus, which is a two-minute walk from the stadium.

Paris hosted the 2003 athletics world championships at the Stade de France, which is located in the outskirts of the French capital.

“We are all looking forward, all European Athletics is looking forward to being here in 2020, especially because in 2020 we will be after the Olympics and I think that will add a great promotional value to the championships at that time,” European Athletics President, Svein Arne Hansen, said.