It may be a bit premature to say that Muktar Edris is the next great Ethiopian distance runner, but the 20-year-old is already faster over 5000m than Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie were at that age.
Sprinter-long jumper Tori Bowie has emerged as one of the standout stars of the 2014 season, ending the year as the fastest woman in the world over 100m.
While the winners of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday (12) were very much expected, the way those victories developed at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race was something of a surprise.
A close finish between Joyce Chepkirui and Emily Chebet produced the highlight of the ASICS Grand 10 in Berlin on Sunday (12).
Tilahun Regassa is starting to amass a more-than-respectable marathon record after winning the 2014 De Lage Landen Marathon Eindhoven in 2:06:21 on Sunday (12).
With China enjoying huge success at the Asian Games, where the athletics action ended just nine days ago, it was always clear that many of the top athletes gaining success there would not appear at the National Championships on 9-12 October just more than a week later.
Muktar Edris cantered to victory in the famous Giro Internazionale Citta di Trento 10km race in Italy, the Ethiopian winning in 28:52 to bring to an end the five-year winning streak of Kenya’s Edwin Soi on Saturday (11).
Commonwealth marathon champion Michael Shelley will be aiming for a place in the history books when he makes his debut in the Bupa Great South Run on 26 October by becoming the first Australian man to win the IAAF Gold Label Road Race.
The latest partner of the IAAF’s landmark new social responsibility programme Athletics for a Better World (ABW) is parkrun.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon organisers are talking about course records – or better yet, a men’s world record – and, to fulfil those lofty ambitions, the IAAF Gold Label Road Race has signed up seven men with personal bests of 2:05 or better and five women who have or could dip under the 2:20 mark to be on the start line on Sunday (12).
Joyce Chepkirui returns to the ASICS Grand 10 in Berlin on Sunday (12) with the aim of putting herself on the top of the pile for the 10km distance on the roads this year.
Leonard Komon, the 10km and 15km world record holder on the roads, revealed he has been inspired by the recent 2:02:57 world record set by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto and will have it in his mind during his marathon debut at the 2014 De Lage Landen Marathon Eindhoven on Sunday (12).
With the addition of Ethiopia’s Tariku Jufar to the 2014 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, organisers of the IAAF Silver Label Road Race on 19 October can proudly point to the fact that four men in the field have beaten 2:07 in the past three years.
The 13th episode of IAAF Inside Athletics is available to watch online now.
Next up to answer our work, rest and play questions is Jamaican 400m hurdling star Kaliese Spencer.
Kenyan runners executed a clean sweep and won all four races at the two IAAF Gold Label Road Races – the Rock ’n’ Roll EDP Lisbon Marathon and the Rock ’n’ Roll Vodafone Half Marathon – contested in the Portuguese capital on Sunday (5).
Two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat pulled out an impressive victory at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run in Glasgow to lead home a Kenyan 1-2 over the half marathon distance at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on Sunday (5).
Andrea Mayr continued her domination of the 2014 World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) World Cup and clinched victory in the season-long series with a win and a course record at the famous Smarna Gora race in Slovenia on Saturday (4).
At 41 years young, Haile Gebrselassie still has plenty of ambitions to fulfil, but the Ethiopian has been told he will have to fight to defend his title at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in Glasgow on Sunday (5).
With the series having concluded at the recent Asian Games, Germany’s Rico Freimuth and Nadine Broersen of the Netherlands ended the year as the overall winners of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge.