Latest Athletics News (Week 4 July 2018)

Latest Athletics News

Adenegan and Hahn break world records at London Anniversary Games

Wheelchair racer Kare Adenegan set an amazing new world record at the London Anniversary Games, in the T34 100 metres race. Finishing the race in a searing 16.80 seconds, the Coventry Godiva athlete broke compatriot Hannah Cockroft’s existing record of 17.18 seconds. The 17-year-oldwas heard saying,” I was hungry for it and gave it all on the track.” Having watched Hannah Cockroft at the London 2012 Paralympics, Adenegan took up the sport and made her mark earlier this season when she lowered her personal best to 17.37 seconds. At the World Para-athletics Championships that took place last year in London, Adenegan a silver for 100 metres along with third place finishes in both the 400 metres and 800 metres. Another world record at the event was set in T38 200 metres by world champion, Sophie Hahn. The 21-year-old had a comfortable victory with her time of 25.93 seconds, and improvement over the existing record of 26.11 seconds, set by Hahn herself, last summer. Hahn said,” The training has been going really well, and watching Kare really inspired me.”

 

Chepkoech sets new 3000m steeplechase world record

On a night filled with impressive performances at Monaco’s Diamond League meeting, Beatrice Chepkoech shattered the 3000 metres steeplechase record with stunning display of confidence. With a time of 8:44.33 seconds, the 27-year-old beat the two year old record of 8:52.78 seconds, set by Ruth Jebet from Bahrain. Jebet is among the many athletes and coaches who were named on Friday to be facing disciplinary actions for allegations of doping. Chepkoech had been fourth behind Ruth Jebet at the 2016 Olympics and could not perform well enough to win a medal at the 2017 World Championships that was held at London. During this Diamond League, seeing pacemaker Caroline Tuigone drop out, Chepkoech maintained her strong pace, beating her previous best by almost over 15 seconds.

 

Rutherford to miss out on European Championships due to injuries

Greg Rutherford recently disclosed that he will be unable to defend his title at the European Championships, which is to be held in Berlin this August. The 31-year-old long jump champion has world, Olympic and Commonwealth titles to his credit. However, at the recent Anniversary Games in London, he could only manage a 7.75m, a distance almost a metre off Rutherford’s personal best. Though Rutherford could not compete at the British Championship due to an appendix problem, he could have still been eligible for Berlin as the defending champion. However, the athlete sadly announced that his health is rendering him unable to train properly and hence, competing at the European Championships is not a feasible option for him.