Marathons ask so many questions, not least the one asked of every runner from the fastest to the slowest: how to hold it together when things get tough in the last 10km.
National cross-country champion Leonard Korir and two-time world champion Bernard Lagat will lead the US team at the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 on 24 March.
London had its Super Saturday in 2012. The 2016 US Olympic Trials in Eugene condensed its Super Saturday (9) into 20 minutes. First, Bernard Lagat kicked to win the 5000m as if he were aged 21, not 41. Then Justin Gatlin beat LaShawn Merritt in a 200m in which both ran under 19.80. Finally, hometown favorite and American football player Devon Allen won the 110m hurdles by the biggest margin in history of the US Olympic Trials.
The local headlines in California were dominated by Bernard Lagat's world M40 masters' best of 27:49.35 in the 10,000m, but Irene Cheptai’s 31:13:58 also commanded a huge amount of attention at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, USA on Sunday (1).
Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha will return to the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene on 28 May after last year becoming the youngest ever winner of the 5000m at the Prefontaine Classic, organisers of the meeting announced on Monday (18).
All good things must come to an end. A month after turning 41, Bernard Lagat knows that his racing days are numbered.
The IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene has a history of producing fast 5000m races, including the only sub-13:00 times – five and counting – recorded on US soil. That number could rise at this year’s Prefontaine Classic on 30 May.
World and Olympic champions at all distances ranging from 1500m to the marathon will be meeting over 10km for the Morrisons Great Manchester Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (10).
This year’s ExxonMobil Bislett Games in Oslo celebrates the 50th Anniversary Dream Mile and the IAAF Diamond League meeting director Steinar Hoen has assembled what is arguably the deepest and most highly-regarded field ever seen at the famous Bislett Stadium.
Bernard Lagat, five times a world champion on the track indoors and outdoors, will be aiming for another mark in the record books when he makes his 10km road race debut on 10 May at the Morrisons Great Manchester Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.