Latest Athletics News (Week 4 April 2018)

Mo Farah breaks British Marathon record

With third place in the 2018 London Marathon, Mo Farah broke the British marathon record, making him the fastest man in Britain’s history. The crowd watched as an exhausted Farah crossed the finishing line of his second London Marathon in a time of 2:06:21, shattering the 33-year-old British record of 2:07:13, set by Steve Jones. Mo reportedly even faced two mix-ups at the water stations, where he said that the marathon staff were busy taking pictures instead of helping him with his drink. The marathon was won by Olympic champion Eluid Kipchoge in a time of 2:04:17. Farah had finished in 8th place on his debut London Marathon in 2014 and has shown startling improvement after an intensive three-month training in Ethiopia. Mo says his plan was to stick with the leaders, whatever be the pace they were to go at and that he could follow through except at the start when Kipchoge opened with a blistering start. 35-year-old Mo has won 10 world and Olympic titles in his track career and now intends to fully focus on marathon running. Farah’s impressive performance despite the water bottle mix-up shows his immense dedication and this latest accomplishment can be marked as a great start to his marathon career.

No Letterkenny International Meet in 2018

According to an announcement by the Letterkenny Athletic Club, the Letterkenny International Track and Field meet will not be taking place this year and that the event will again be staged in 2019. The Club went to say that the tartan track in Letterkenny has been graced by world champions and medallists from over 30 countries and it is to the credit and support of Letterkenny’s sponsors. At the 2014 Letterkenny International Meet, the world got its first sub 4-minute mile on Donegal soil when double Olympian Juan Luis Barrios crossed the line at 03:59:43. The 2015 Letterkenny Meet also went down in history when three Irish athletes, Kerry O’Flaherty, Sara Treacy and Michelle Finn secure qualifying standards for the 2016 Olympics, all in the same race.

Hounds retain rank in IWLCA Polls

The UIndy Women’s Lacrosse team hold steady to their 12th rank in the latest Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association polls after rolling past Davenport University team on Sunday. In fact, all teams but two in the top-20 of the polls have stayed in the same position as in last week’s poll. The Greyhounds also have a rank of 14 in the US/Nike lacrosse poll. On Sunday, the team had a 19-7 victory against Davenport University, with Delaney Davidson scoring nine goals. In the same game, Anna Rulapaugh scored her 100th goal, becoming the second Greyhound to have attained that number.