It was a balmy 36 degrees when the sun began to descend behind the Qatar Sports Club stadium on Tuesday evening and Abdalelah Haroun was about to kick off one of his last speed workouts ahead of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.
Few athletes better encapsulate the term ‘global traveller’ than Abdalelah Haroun.
World bronze medallist Abdalelah Haroun successfully defended his 400m title on the second day of the Asian Indoor Championships in Tehran on Friday (2).
Olga Rypakova drew on her years of experience to capture a career fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts gold medal in the triple jump in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on Tuesday (19).
Prior to the championships, a one-two for Botswana wasn’t beyond the realms of possibility, but their challenge started to peter away after the semifinals when 44.22 performer and world U20 leader Baboloki Thebe – who stopped the clock at 44.67 – was disqualified for a lane infringement.
Dominating victories by Michael Norman in the 200m and Anna Cockrell in the 400m hurdles pushed the USA’s all-time gold medal tally at these championships past the 100 mark to highlight the fourth day of action at the IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016 on Friday (22).
Local heroes Mutaz Essa Barshim and Abdalelah Haroun will be out to impress their home fans at the opening IAAF Diamond League meeting of 2016, which see the series start in Doha on 6 May.
Another Asian indoor record and six competition records fell on the second day of the Asian Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar, but it was local star Mohamed Al-Garni’s successful 1500m title defence that brought the crowd to their feet in the Aspire Dome on Saturday (20).
Along with the previously announced attack on the women’s mile world indoor record at the Globen Galan, there will be two other world indoor record attempts at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Stockholm on 17 February.
Sprinters Mike Rodgers and Elaine Thompson were crowned as ‘the best performers’ at the 33rd Meeting de Madrid, the annual IAAF World Challenge meeting in the Spanish capital, on Saturday evening (11).
Both 100m events should provide the main highlights on Saturday (11) at the Meeting de Madrid, an IAAF World Challenge event and Spain’s most prestigious track and field competition.
Less than 24 hours after South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk broke his African record with 43.96 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris, Isaac Makwala took it back with a sensational 43.72 run at the Resisprint meeting in the Swiss city of La Chaux-de-Fonds on Sunday (5).