Since 2012, Caterine Ibarguen has turned the triple jump into a discipline of four elements: hop, step, jump, win.
Almaz Ayana missed out on the women’s world 5000m record by just over five seconds at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat two weeks ago and came, agonisingly, even closer in Rome as she stopped the clock at 14:12.59 on Thursday (2), just 1.44 off the mark set by her Ethiopian compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba eight years ago.
There were 37,727 spectators in Rome’s Olympic Stadium for the IAAF Diamond League meeting on Thursday (2), and the vast majority of them saved their loudest cheers for local hero high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi, who put almost as much effort into rousing them to greater decibels as he did into a compelling competition which was eventually won by Ukraine’s 2013 world champion Bogdan Bondarenko.
South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk, the world 400m champion and the fastest man in the world last year over one lap of the track, will compete at the Adidas Boost Boston Games on 17-18 June.
All eyes will be on Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai in his first race following a seven-month layoff from racing at the fifth edition of the Mattoni Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Saturday (4).
The Meeting de Madrid 2016 will feature rising 800m star Amel Tuka and former world pole vault champion Raphael Holzeppe on Thursday 23 June, organisers of the IAAF World Challenge meeting in the Spanish capital announced on Tuesday (2).