Preliminary analysis of data collected at last weekend’s World Athletics Half Marathon Championships indicates that Gdynia has the best air quality of any major athletics event or road race measured since World Athletics’ Air Quality Project started in 2018.
As part of World Athletics' clean air initiative and its ongoing research into athletic performance in extreme environments, staff from the Health and Science department recorded environmental and air quality data along the Tokyo 2020 Olympic marathon course in Sapporo, Japan, on Saturday (8), exactly one year before the men’s race is scheduled to take place.
In the long distance running community, there was much to celebrate at last month’s Valencia Marathon. For the first time, four women broke 2:19 in the same race. Five dipped under 2:20, another first. Both the men’s and women’s race winners, Kinde Atanaw Alayew and Roza Dereje, set Spanish all-comers records. And all the while, the quality of the air that they, and the 23,089 other runners who started the race were breathing, was measured and monitored.
As part of the IAAF’s continued pilot programme to measure air quality at stadiums around the world, the project's first air quality monitor in Asia was installed on Friday (10) at Yokohama International Stadium on the eve of the IAAF World Relays Yokohama 2019.