Latest Athletics News (Week 1 July 2018)

Latest Athletics News


Christine Ohuruogu hung up her boots at 34

Great Britain’s modern-day pioneer in Athletics, ChrisitneOhuruogo called a day on her illustrious career, and this decision comes just a few days before the start of the World Championship. Christine won gold at 2008 Beijing Olympics after she won the World Championship a year before. Her dark and glorious days intertwined little bit, as she was on the verge of getting suspended by British Olympic Association due to failed drug tests, but bylaws had other plans.

Christine won the World Championship held in Moscow in 2013 after securing silver in the 2012 London Olympics. She cited niggling injuries and study pressure as reasons that kept her from getting in the mix, and after a wave of emotions she feels that it was a much-needed break. She reflected on her career and remarked her 4 Olympic medals and 5 World Championship medals as testimonies to her career.


Louzanne Coetzee setting Berlin ablaze

The South African athlete took centre stage in Berlin where she broke her own women’s 5000m record, but also the women’s T11 800m. Coetzee was at the top of her game as she finished the latter at 2.25 minutes. Coetzee hasn’t had the best of starts but her showings in 2016 Brazil Paralympics showed glimpses of her talents, and it was until previous year where she grew into her element and took the World by storm. Her T11 800m event makes her the fastest African ever in that category.


Katarina Johnson-Thompson keeping herself down to earth

The 25-year old athlete has been termed a prodigy on several times and her Commonwealth Games Heptathlon win is a testimony to her talents. However, Katarina comes of as the reserve kind and has kept her humility intact. She feels the peak is yet to be reached, but she will build on from her experience at Gold Coast in April. Katarina was earmarked as to take the baton from the hands of Dennis Lewis and Jessica Ennis-Hill, but after 3 World Championships, she hasn’t got the fruitful results.

However, she feels heptathletes hit their peak a tad south of 20. Katarina has made many alterations to her approach and after her split with mentor and coach Mike Holmes, she is now under the guidance of Bertrand Valcin. This comes as a huge step as she set up her camp in the South of France, few thousand kilometres from her home in Liverpool. However, Katarina believes all these sacrifices are going to help her in the long run.