Latest Athletics News (Week 1 February 2018)

London Stadium set to inaugurate the new Athletics World Cup

The talk of the Athletics town is that the new Athletics World Cup is going to take place, and the London Stadium awaits to do the honours. The British Athletics may soon announce a two-day track and field World Cup that will host top eight nations, a first of its kind. More of an expansion of the “Meet”; an event between the Great Britain and USA. To spice up things a tad bit, the approximate date is set to be around July 14-15, coinciding with the FIFA World Cup Final and the Wimbledon Finals. However, there hangs cloud over this decision as the popularity of the World Cup may be hampered if it clashes with such gigantic events.

Britain USA will be joined by France, China, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Jamaica or Russia.  Considering the rumours true, the event will be held in the format of the British Athletics in August, and will cater to the needs of the audience. The format will follow a proportionate mixture of running, hurdles, jumping, and relays with no respite for the audiences, and will minimalize boredom. The International Association of Athletics Federation has given the green signal, but British Athletics refrained from commenting on it.


New Zealand names 15 new athletes to represent in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

New Zealand has directed its focus to build another set of World Class athletes from a prodigious herd. To ensure balance, the team will consist of veterans and young guns in every event. Nick Willis and Valerie Adams, 1500m specialist and shot putter respectively will be eyeing for their fifth and fourth Commonwealth appearances respectively. Adams has been a constant star since her arrival and this could be her chance to bag her 4th consecutive gold medals in the Commonwealth games. Willis will eye similar feat and despite reaching 34, he looks set to carry on for another 4-5 years. Tom Walsh, World Shot Put champion will line up for his second Commonwealth appearance, and the precocious Eliza McCartney ready to go all guns blazing.


Sally Pearson set to light up the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Sally Pearson is a self-made perfectionist, and there is no doubting that. Breezing over hurdles literally and figuratively all her life, Sally is gearing up for another Commonwealth appearance, and her performance in the Queensland Athletics Championships showed that she is on another level. Sally completed the heat with ease, and the final was clocked at 12.67sec, a feat that she feels “Okay”. Sally has expressed her wish to continue post the Commonwealth Games and eyes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 31-year old is eyeing for her third goal in the Commonwealth games, a feat to envy.