Canada name new full-time athletics coach
Canada has chosen Olympic relay winner, Glenroy Gilbert as their permanent head coach. Earlier he was only named as a coach for next month’s World Athletics Championships, but the offer has turned permanent. Also, a new high-performance director in the form of Simon Nathan has also been appointed. The Athletics Canada had been without a coach since last December. The 48-year-old Gilbert was in the Canadian relay team that won the gold medal in 1996. He was in the organization since 2006 as the relay coach. Under Glenroy Gilbert, the Canada relay team achieved bronze medals in the 2016 Olympics and 2015 championships. Simon Nathan has previously worked as a director for Australia and UK. The athletes are preparing for the championships in their camp at Spain.
Mo Farah to defend his world titles in Britain
The reigning 5,000 and 10,000 meters world champion Mo Farah, will be defending his titles at the World Athletics Championships at Britain. The dual Olympic winner is the first draw among other 78 athletes. Farah has been in tremendous form and is undefeated in both the distances since 2011. It will be interesting to see how Mo Farah fares in his home turf. The athletics director of Britain, Neil Black is happy with the British team. He feels they can perform better than Rio. Along with Farah, long jumper, Greg Rutherford will also be looking to defend his title at his home ground. Get some great football betting tips here.
German athlete records second highest javelin throw
German athlete Johannes Vetter threw a record setting 94.44 meters in Lucerne. Although this throw I quite impressive, the longest throw of 98.48 meters still belongs to Jan Zelezny. The Czech established this world record way back in 1996.
UAE para athlete dies tragically
Para athlete Abdullah Hayayei has passed away as a result of a training accident. This United Arab Emirates athlete was training in London for the World Para Athletics championships. The 36-year-old died after a metal throwing cage fell on him. Although paramedics were rushed to the spot, he was pronounced dead soon after. The police along with the Health and Safety Executive are investigating this heart-rending occurrence. The vice president of UAE International Paralympic committee, Majid Rashed, has confirmed the incident. There are also reports that this accident was also witnessed by Abdullah Hayayei’s teammates and UAE staff. Hayayei, the father of a five-year-old, was preparing to participate in the F34 class in the championships. Everyone was in shock after the incident, said Rashed. Hayayei was a very hard working athlete with a determination for winning and was very close with every member of the team, added the vice president.