Greg Rutherford’s fitness issues before Tokyo 2020
Long jump veteran and 2012 London Olympic gold medalist Greg Rutherford is not confident about his chances for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 30 year old secured a bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics but was unable to participate in the Athletics meet at London in August due to injury. Now the long jumper is not sure how his body will respond to strenuous training and regiment. Speaking to various reporters, Rutherford said that if his body was willing to go on he would keep on competing and winning medals. If he felt that his body will not be able to cope up with the events he would stop. Greg Rutherford has been included in the team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia but his future in the long run still looks cloudy.
Laura Graham retains her marathon title
Ace Irish athlete Laura Graham successfully defended her title at the SSE Air Tricity Dublin Marathon. The 31 year old completed the marathon in her second best timing of 2 hours 39 minutes and 6 seconds. Graham looked very comfortable throughout the race, never slipping and maintaining a steady lead to win the marathon. This comes after her individual best performance of 2 hours 37 minutes at Berlin. The mother of four said that her next target is the European Marathon taking place in Berlin. This win also secured her 7000 euros as prize money. The marathon was completed by Catriona Jennings in the second place and Pauline Curley in the third.
Meraf Bahta on a winning roll
Meraf Bahta is having quite the year it seems. The Swedish runner claimed a double at the Swedish Cross Country Championships. The former European champion finished the 4 km in 14:06 and won the 8 km the next day at a time of 29:47. She had last participated at the European Championship in 2014, where she claimed a bronze medal. Cross Country Last week Meraf Bahta had set a 10 km record of 31 minutes and 44 seconds. Bahta’s next aim is the SPAR European Cross country Championships in December and the European Athletics Championship next year.
Freddy Sittuk wins the Irish marathon
Kenyan athlete Freddy Sittuk won the Dublin marathon as an Irish. In a move unheard of, the authorities declared the Kenyan man as the first Irish finisher in the Dublin marathon. Freddy Sittuk who is from Kenya had been with the Irish club Rahney Shamrock since 2012. Although he was in the Irish club he also went back to his homeland for any participation. According to the Athletics rule book of Ireland, any player associated with an Irish club can and living in Ireland for six continuous months can participate in a national title. This also makes Sittuk the first Kenyan born Irish winner.