Mo Farah among the three finalists for IAAF World Athlete of the Year award
The 34-year-old Briton who defended his 10000-metre title in London in August has been shortlisted as one of the three finalists set to receive the prestigious IAAF World Athlete of the Year award. He is going up against South African Wayde van Niekerk who also successfully defended his 400-metre title and Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim who won the high jump event in London. Four times Olympic winner Mo Farah retired from track racing at an all-time high of his career after winning the gold in the 10,000 metre and silver in the 5000 metre at the World Athletics Championship in London that was held this August to concentrate on his marathon career. The winner will be announced at the IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco to be held on 24th of November.
Veteran marathon runner Albert Meijer all set to hang up his boots after Singapore marathon
The 58-year-old Dutch marathon runner has had his share of marathons with 156 marathons under his belt. Albert Meijer believes that he is fast approaching the age where he might not be able to carry on with his battered knees anymore. And he has decided to bring his running career to a close with a final go at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) on the 3rd of December in the 42nd country he has ever raced in. He started off with 5km runs which went up to 10kms and finally culminated in the form Ironman marathons. He won his first Ironman marathon in 1992, but he is not planning to take it easy at the SCSM and wants to put his all into winning his 157th victory. He is hopeful for at least breaking the 4-hour record, and if he fails to finish, then he has hinted that he just might return next year to take care of unfinished business.
Shalane Flanagan first American woman in 40 years to win New York Marathon
36-year-old American athlete Shalane Flanagan who came in second in 2010 and was sixth in last year’s Olympics won in 2 hours 26 minutes 53 seconds. Missing out on her 4th consecutive victory and coming in close second 61 seconds late was Kenya’s Mary Keitany. More than 50,000 runners across 125 countries took part in the race stretched across five boroughs. It was almost head to head up till the 23-mile mark at which point Flanagan pulled away from Keitany and Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska to finally win the race. The last American to win the race was Miki Gorman in 1977 and Flanagan after 40 years has successfully emulated her compatriot.