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Coronavirus: European Athletics Championships canceled due to COVID-19

April 25, 2020

European Athletics Championships canceled
European athletics championships

Paris: The 2020 European Athletics Championships, due to be held in Paris toward the finish of August, have been dropped in view of the COVID-19 episode, coordinators said on Thursday.

“The choice to drop was driven by the progressing coronavirus pandemic and the related dangers connected to the present circumstance, which are a long way from being leveled out, just as the current restriction on mass social affairs in France,” European Athletics said in an announcement

The titles turned into the most recent major game to be dropped or deferred by the pandemic with others including the Olympic Games, and soccer’s European Championship and Copa America, which have all been pushed back by one year.

Jean Gracia, leader of the Organizing Committee European Athletics Championships Paris 2020 expressed,

“Driven by the passion around a competent, dynamic and motivated team, we studied specific plans geared around hosting the event. However, despite great expectations on the part of the athletes, we’ve made the decision with the FFA to take the logical step in terms of the responsibility that has guided our decisions over recent weeks. This decision, which has been hard to make, is also a way for us to contribute to the fight to combat the pandemic, by avoiding sizeable gatherings of people from a great variety of backgrounds, both nationally and internationally.”



Whittaker Runs US #1 2:03, Johnson Goes 8:27 Over Weekend

Whittaker on Friday after clocking her US #1 time in the 800 at Ocean Breeze in New York.

Juliette Whittaker competed in the 800 at the Fastrack Last Chance meet at Ocean Breeze in New York and clocked a 2:03.01 personal best, more than two seconds faster than her previous best from last year’s New Balance Outdoor Nationals. It’s the top time in the country, the fastest time ever by a Maryland girl in the indoor 800 (update: the US number three all-time), and is just another accomplishment on her already impressively-long list as she winds down her sophomore indoor season.

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Saint Lucian triple jumper Sandisha Antonine takes aim at Tokyo 2020

February 18, 2020

Article by Terry Finisterre

Sandisha Antoine is celebrating her 28th birthday in a very unfamiliar place. She is uncertain, perhaps a little bit scared. And indubitably very excited about what lays ahead for one of Saint Lucia’s genuine champions.

Sandisha Antoine was just 15 years old when she set her first Saint Lucia national record. Her mark of 12.11 meters was enough to win her silver in the under-17 girl’s triple jump at the 36th CARIFTA Games on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Chantel Malone of the British Virgin Islands, the gold medallist that day, would go on to win long jump gold at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

 Sandisha Antonine
Sandisha  2009 CARIFTA

Sandisha Antonine Up and Down Year

She finished 12th in the triple jump in Lima. However, 2019 has been an odd year for her. Born in Belle Vue, Vieux Fort. Sandisha has spent most of her life in Martinique. One of the leading horizontal jumpers from the English-speaking Caribbean since she was a teenager. Sandisha cleared 6.41m in January to win the 1er Tour Hivernages at the Stade L. Achille in Fort de France.

However, even though she has declared her intention to break Michelle Baptiste’s 22-year-old national record of 6.47m. It is a triple jump that is her pet event. She has hopped, skipped, and jumped her way to the best distance of 13.91m in 2018. Barely having competed in 2017. The pattern of improvement and drop-off goes back to her early twenties.

Even after winning that CARIFTA silver medal in 2007. Few Saint Lucians knew much about the teenager who spoke as much French as she did English, or maybe even more French than English. This, although she went on to compete at the Commonwealth Youth Championships and traveled to China to represent Saint Lucia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a youth ambassador.

Sandisha Antoine won CARIFTA gold at the George Odlum National Stadium in 2009. A stone’s throw from her birthplace, with her family cheering her on. That meet was the most successful ever for Saint Lucia and the most memorable for many of the participants from outside of Saint Lucia. A year later, she repeated as CARIFTA champion in the Cayman Islands.

 Sandisha Antonine
Sandisha Antonine 2009 CARIFTA

Onto the Present

Then came an injury-riddled 2011, through which Sandisha focused on accountancy and management studies at DCG Lycée Joseph Gaillard in Fort-De-France. A comeback year followed in 2012 when she set three new career-best marks. At the French Under-23 National Championships in Reims, her 13.16m national record was second in the triple jump, and she won an OECS long jump title.

In 2013, she became the France under-23 champion but then was out of competition in 2014. Another personal-best, another national record in 2015, only to come full circle in 2017, and almost starting all over.

This time around, Sandisha is truly starting over. “The 2019 season ended on a pretty bitter note for me,” she says. “I couldn’t accomplish everything I was hoping for. It’s been a roller-coaster, not only physically, but above all mentally, with big periods of doubt and questioning. I still got to learn a lot about myself and especially I know I haven’t reached my limits yet!”

And so, with an Olympic year in 2020, with support from the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and her sponsors LS Trade (a range of natural products for muscle recovery and everyday use for body, hair, and diet), the French-Saint Lucian jumper – ranked as high as 112th in the world for one week – has moved to Jamaica. There, she will train with world number 2.

 Sandisha Antonine
Sandisha Antonine

New Training Partner

Shanieka Ricketts is a two-time North and Central American and Caribbean champion, Diamond League event winner, Pan Am and Commonwealth medallist, and a 2019 World Championships silver medallist. She is also Sandisha’s new training partner. Just three months separate the two, but a world of experience and attainment.

That gap can close quickly, as Ricketts has shown the past few years. Formerly a relatively unknown jumper, she is now one of the world’s best. That’s thanks in part to the tutelage of her husband/coach, Kerry-Lee Ricketts. The jumps and strength and conditioning coach at The University of the West Indies, Mona, he is Sandisha’s new coach as well.

“I needed to come out of my comfort zone, experience a new programme, and most of all have some more focus on my first event – triple jump,” explains Sandisha, whose statuesque figure and stunning looks have also gained her some acclaim as a model. “I needed to be in an environment where I can only focus on track.”

And so far, so good. The early returns, she says, have been promising. “It’s been good for a start, we’ve not gotten to the heart of the programme yet. But I can see that the training methods are different from what I knew. Taking aim at the Olympics, Tokyo 2020, is the plan. I know I can be way better than what I am now and that I have not exploited my full potential. And having the world silver medalist in my training group is an extra boost.”

If this Vieux Fort native can make it to Japan by way of Kingston 7, she will surely have taken inspiration from her former training mate at Asco Inter Atlas, Albert Reynolds. The javelin thrower from Babonneau won his first Pan Am medal and made his first World Championships field this year, at the age of 31. Next year, similarly, Sandisha is hoping to introduce herself to the world as well.

 Sandisha Antonine
Sandisha Antonine

Mondo Duplantis Breaks own world record in Pole Vault

Mondo Duplantis
Mondo Duplantis sets a new pole vault world record after clearing 6.18 meters. Photograph: Stephen Pond/British Athletics via Getty Images

Mondo Duplantis reinforced his status as being at the vanguard of athletics’ new wave of super talents by breaking the world pole vault record for the second time in a week at the Glasgow grand Prix.

Above all The way the 20-year-old Mondo Duplantis cleared 6.18m – easily beating the mark he set in Poland last week – to earn another $30,000 bonus from World Athletics suggested there will be plenty more pay cheques coming his way.

“It’s the best little split second that could ever be,” said Duplantis, describing how he felt once he was over the bar. “Everything builds up to that one tiny little moment. That little free-fall is a magical moment.”

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Virus shadow on a race meet

Six countries withdraw from the event

By Jayesh Thaker in Jamshedpur/Ranchi
  • Published 10.02.20, 1:11 AM
  • Updated 10.02.20, 1:11 AM

The international race walking championship, scheduled to be held for the first time in Ranchi on February 15-16, has lost much of its sheen, thanks to the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China.

Six countries — China, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Hong Kong —have backed out of the competition.

However now, only four countries — Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan — will be part of the event.

For instance, Instead of 70 international athletes, around 20 will now take part in the championship.

“The six countries have decided not to take part in the championship because of coronavirus,” said Jharkhand Athletics Association (JAA) president M.K. Pathak.

However, the 3rd International Race Walking Championship will be held at Mega Sports Complex in Hotwar. The 7th National Race Walk Meet will also be conducted at the venue.

In addition, international competition will serve as a qualification for this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

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Nike's newest running shoes

ZoomX Vapor retails for $250

Nike’s newest running shoes: 1 banned 1 isn’t

The Air Zoom line includes a high-end shoe that will be allowed in competition under the new World Athletics guidelines.

New York

NIKE Inc is expanding its controversial running innovation. The technology that prompted track’s international governing body to rewrite its rules on sneakers – to new sports and new products.

Above all, the company unveiled on Wednesday a footwear series featuring its new foam, carbon-fiber plates and small pockets of air underneath the forefoot. The Air Zoom line includes a high-end running shoe. Which the company said will be allowed in competition under the new World Athletics guideline. And a more affordable running sneaker, which won’t.

In addition, the sneakers show that the Beaverton, Oregon-based company is willing to separate the guidelines for Olympians from the products that it pitches towards amateur runners. Weekend warriors can run in whatever shoes they’d like, and at a cheaper price than previous iterations. The US$200 trainer may make the technology accessible to a wider set of consumers.

“You want to protect those athletes more. You want to give them more foam, cushioning under the forefoot,” said Tony Bignell, Nike’s vice president of footwear innovation. “We will launch that shoe, because it’s a great shoe.”


Above all the higher-end running shoe is the final version of the prototype that elite marathoner Eliud Kipchoge wore in October when he ran 26.2 miles on a closed course in less than two hours. Its release comes less than a week after World Athletics clarified its guidelines on sneakers. Saying they couldn’t have more than one carbon-fiber plate. And couldn’t have soles more than 40 millimeters thick.

However, under those regulations. Which involves measuring at a specific place on a men’s size-8 1/2 shoe. This new top-end shoe measures 39.5 millimeters. The more durable trainer has a stock height of more than 40 millimeters.

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Nike's newest running shoes


Mondo Duplantis sets new World Record in Pole Vault

February 9, 2020

Mondo Duplantis
Mondo Duplantis

Armand Mondo Duplantis, a 20-year-old Swede raised in Louisiana, broke a six-year-old record in the pole vault at an indoor meet on Saturday.

Duplantis cleared 6.17 meters — or 20 feet and nearly 3 inches — in Torun, Poland.

“It’s something that I wanted since I was 3 years old,” the dual citizen Mondo Duplantis said, according to World Athletics. “It doesn’t feel like it’s really happening right now. It kind of feels fake, this whole thing, like I didn’t actually break the world record like there’s a catch to it or something.”

However, France’s Renaud Lavillenie held the previous overall record of 6.16 meters, set at an indoor meet in Ukraine in 2014. Ukrainian legend Sergey Bubka holds the outdoor world record of 6.14 meters, set in 1994.

Duplantis, the world silver medalist, took three attempts at a world record at an indoor meet on Tuesday.

In contrast he and American Sam Kendricks, the two-time reigning world champion. Traded head-to-head wins in the last year and are the Tokyo Olympic favorites. Kendricks broke an 18-year-old U.S. indoor record by clearing 6.01 meters at a different meet Saturday.

Above all Mondo Duplantis is bidding to become the youngest Olympic pole vault champion since 1932, according to the OlyMADMen.

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Idaho set to ban Biological boys

Idaho set to ban Biological boys from girl sports

Article by Bill Colley Fox News Radio

The video below (please follow the link at bottom) from Monty Python is a good argument for separating biological boys from biological girls in sports.  In contrast, a 205-pound transgender athlete doesn’t really belong with your 105-pound daughter on a track, field or boxing ring.  In addition, the politically correct and the LGBT community will scream we’re hurting somebody’s feelings (as if that should be against the law). However, they aren’t really concerned about

In addition, Barbara Ehardt was a big-time college basketball coach and now serves in the Idaho House of Representatives.  However, we told you last week about her proposed law banning biological boys from competing against girls.

Ehardt has been working on her bill for 18 months.  There are likely many parents who’ll lobby on her behalf.

She joined us this week on Magic Valley this morning. In addition, The Representative from Idaho Falls still backs Title IX provisions but from her own experience shares, girls simply develop at different levels and in different ways.

Across the country, 18 states already have similar laws on the books.  In conclusion Idaho could make it 25 as 6 other states are also considering the law this year.

Read More: Idaho Set to Ban Biological Boys from Girls Sports | the girls feel.


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Below are some similar articles we have released on the controversial topic of Gender Issues.  Above all Philippine, Athletics has had at least 10 cases of this over the last 30 or so years. 

Nancy Navalta

Caster Semenya

Coronavirus outbreak ‘could throw cold water’ on Tokyo Olympics, senior official says

2020 World Indoor Tour Karlruhse Results

Feb 2, 2020

Above all the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe featured some amazing performances. In conclusion, a fine women’s 60m hurdles (7.84), a fine women’s HJ (2.02m), and a fine men’s 3000m (7:38.50). In addition the finest performance of the night, by Yaroslava Mahuchikh, taking the high jump in a WL of 2.02m!

World Indoor Tour Karlruhse Results
60 Hurdles Tobi Amusan Clocks a new African Record in the 60 Hurdles Photo Credit: Onotimehin Nelson , Al Naija Media.

Indoor Meeting – Karlsruhe
Karlsruhe (Messehalle), 31/01/2020

Men’s results

800 Metres – Men – World Athletics Indoor Tour
1 Smaili , Mostafa MAR 1:46.38 10
2 De Arriba , Álvaro ESP 1:47.87 7
3 Farken , Robert GER 1:47.91 5
4 Kramer , Andreas SWE 1:48.71 3
5 Borkowski , Mateusz POL 1:48.89
6 Ordóñez , Saúl ESP 1:49.72
Rojo , Guillermo ESP DNF

3000 Metres – Men – World Athletics Indoor Tour
1 Birgen , Bethwell KEN 7:38.50 10
2 Balew , Birhanu BRN 7:40.93 7
3 Soget , Justus KEN 7:41.31 5
4 Kiplangat , Davis KEN 7:42.58 3
5 Bibic , Elzan SRB 7:47.03
6 Osman , Ilyas Yonis SOM 7:56.07
7 Fehr , Marcel GER 7:57.06
8 Oumaiz , Ouassim ESP 7:59.77
9 Orth , Florian GER 8:05.05
Abele , Lukas GER DNF
Jiménez , Sergio ESP DNF
Mechaal , Adel ESP DNF
Soet , Gilbert Kwemoi KEN DNF

Pole Vault – Men – World Athletics Indoor Tour
1 Lavillenie , Renaud FRA 5.70 10
2 Lavillenie , Valentin FRA 5.70 7
3 Vloon , Menno NED 5.70 5
4 Lita Baehre , Bo Kanda GER 5.60 3
5 Blech , Torben GER 5.60
6 Stecchi , Claudio Michel ITA 5.60
7 Walsh , Cole USA 5.60
8 Collet , Mathieu FRA 5.60
9 Kendricks , Sam USA 5.50
10 Filippidis , Konstantinos GRE 5.35

Long Jump – Men – Indoor Meeting

1 Cáceres , Eusebio ESP 7.99
2 Mazur , Vladyslav UKR 7.84
3 Howard , Julian GER 7.88
4 Entholzner , Maximilan GER 7.72
5 Szabó , László HUN 7.69
6 Randrianasolo , Yann FRA 7.59
7 Randazzo , Filippo ITA 7.59
8 Jefferson , Trumaine USA 7.47

Women’s results

60 Metres – Women Heats Heat 1 – Indoor Meeting

1 Sant , MaryBeth USA 7.29 Q
2 Seidlová , Klára CZE 7.32 Q
3 Mayer , Lisa GER 7.33 q
4 Vaisman , Diana ISR 7.33 q
5 Mihambo , Malaika GER 7.37 q
6 de Liz , Tamiris BRA 7.39
7 Haase , Rebekka GER 7.40

60 Metres – Women Heats Heat 2 – Indoor Meeting

1 Collins , Shania USA 7.25 Q
2 Del Ponte , Ajla SUI 7.30 Q
3 Kwadwo , Keshia Beverly GER 7.35 q
4 Parker , Kiara USA 7.37
5 Kwadwo , Yasmin GER 7.42
6 Burghardt , Alexandra GER 7.50
7 Uphoff , Denise GER 7.60

60 Metres – Women Final – Indoor Meeting

1 Collins , Shania USA 7.20
2 Del Ponte , Ajla SUI 7.27
3 Seidlová , Klára CZE 7.30
4 Sant , MaryBeth USA 7.30
5 Vaisman , Diana ISR 7.33
6 Kwadwo , Keshia Beverly GER 7.34
7 Mayer , Lisa GER 7.45
Parker , Kiara USA DNS

400 Metres – Women Final Heat 1 – World Athletics Indoor Tour
1 Folorunso , Ayomide ITA 52.56 10
2 Melnyk , Tetyana UKR 52.96 3
3 Bryzhina , Anastasiya UKR 54.57
4 Schmidt , Alica GER 54.63

400 Metres – Women Final Heat 2 – World Athletics Indoor Tour
1 Sprunger , Lea SUI 52.56 7
2 de Witte , Lisanne NED 52.70 5
3 Vondrová , Lada CZE 52.99
4 Baumann , Jackie GER 53.76

1500 Metres – Women – World Athletics Indoor Tour
1 Embaye , Axumawit ETH 4:07.94 10
2 Nanyondo , Winnie UGA 4:08.06 7
3 Hailu , Lemlem ETH 4:08.32 5
4 Chepkoech , Beatrice KEN 4:08.59 3
5 Pérez , Marta ESP 4:10.52
6 Guerrero , Esther ESP 4:10.84
7 Trost , Katharina GER 4:10.89
8 Granz , Caterina GER 4:14.71
Sclabas , Delia SUI DNF
Yarigo , Noélie BEN DNF

3000 Metres – Women – World Athletics Indoor Tour
1 Worku , Fantu ETH 8:37.58 10
2 Kiprop , Quailyne Jebiwott KEN 8:40.27 7
3 Gega , Luiza ALB 8:44.46 5
4 Kite , Gloriah KEN 8:48.74 3
5 Bobocea , Claudia Mihaela ROU 8:51.06
6 Berhe , Meselu ETH 9:11.27
Kiplangat , Josephine Chelangat KEN DNF
Klein , Hanna GER DNF
Mäki , Kristiina CZE DNF

60 Metres Hurdles – Women Heats Heat 1 – World Athletics Indoor Tour

1 Amusan , Tobi NGR 7.95 Q
2 Clemons , Christina USA 8.00 Q
3 Neziri , Nooralotta FIN 8.06 q
4 Bogliolo , Luminosa ITA 8.08 q
5 Korte , Annimari FIN 8.11
6 Zagre , Anne BEL 8.19
7 Lobe , Ricarda GER 8.19
8 Schrott , Beate AUT 8.28

60 Metres Hurdles – Women Heats Heat 2 – World Athletics Indoor Tour

1 Talay , Alina BLR 8.01 Q
2 Kozák , Luca HUN 8.02 Q
3 Roleder , Cindy GER 8.05 q
4 Hurske , Reetta FIN 8.07 q
5 Chadwick , Payton USA 8.11
6 Alessandrini , Sacha FRA 8.27
7 Zbären , Noemi SUI 8.50

60 Metres Hurdles – Women Final – World Athletics Indoor Tour
1 Amusan , Tobi NGR 7.84 10
2 Clemons , Christina USA 7.98 7
3 Hurske , Reetta FIN 8.02 5
4 Bogliolo , Luminosa ITA 8.02 3
5 Kozák , Luca HUN 8.02
6 Neziri , Nooralotta FIN 8.03
7 Roleder , Cindy GER 8.11
Talay , Alina BLR DQ

High Jump – Women – World Athletics Indoor Tour
1 Mahuchikh , Yaroslava UKR 2.02 10
2 Levchenko , Yuliya UKR 1.99 7
3 Onnen , Imke GER 1.96 5
4 Lang , Salome SUI 1.93 3
5 Gerashchenko , Iryna UKR 1.93
6 Butts , Tynita USA 1.89
7 Spencer , Levern LCA 1.89

Long Jump – Women – World Athletics Indoor Tour
1 Bekh-Romanchuk , Maryna UKR 6.92 10
2 Mihambo , Malaika GER 6.83 7
3 Sagnia , Khaddi SWE 6.72 5
4 Lesueur-Aymonin , Éloyse FRA 6.62 3
5 Nguyen , Anasztázia HUN 6.56
6 Irozuru , Abigail GBR 6.56
7 Veiga , Evelise POR 6.38
8 Assani , Mikaelle GER 6.37
9 Iapichino , Larissa ITA 6.22

World Indoors Cancelled




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