Vivian and Mo - NEWCASTLE (GBR): Vivian Cheruiyot and Mo Farah will defend their titles in the Great North Run on 10 September. Cheruiyot will go head-to-head with former two-time winner and reigning London Marathon champion Mary Keitany while fellow Kenyans Betsy Saina and Caroline Kipkirui, who paced Keitany in the London Marathon in April, could also challenge. Top Brits in the field include Alyson Dixon and former runner-up Gemma Steel. In the men’s race, Farah will face last year’s runner-up Dathan Ritzenhein, New Zealanders Jake and Zane Robertson and veteran Bernard Lagat.

Merritt for street hurdles

NEWCASTLE (GBR): World 110m hurdles record-holder Aries Merritt will compete in the Great North City Games on 9 September, informs Athletics Weekly. The field also includes teammate Jarrett Eaton and former European indoor 60m hurdles champion Petr Svoboda. Former world 100m champion Kim Collins is also confirmed for the 150m.

Again Anita and Pawel
MONACO (MON): For the fourth time in the history of the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge, Polish duo Anita Wlodarczyk and Pawel Fajdek topped the end-of-season standings. For the third year in a row, Wlodarczyk went undefeated for the entire season. Six of her 12 victories this year came in Hammer Throw Challenge meetings. World silver medallist Wang Zheng placed second overall in the challenge standings with 225.77 and Azerbaijan’s Hanna Skydan was third with 221.75. Three-time world champion Fajdek broke his own record score in the men’s Hammer Throw Challenge with 248.48 (Ostrava, Szekesfehervar and Turku). The world and Olympic bronze medallist Wojciech Nowicki scored 236.32 to finish comfortably ahead of Olympic champion Dilshod Nazarov.

Four over 227
TIANJIN (CHN, Sep 4): Close high jump call at Chinese National Games on Monday. Top four cleared 227 and were not able to go over 230. On count back win for Wang Yu ahead of Wang Chen (PB), third Zhang Guowei and fourth Sun Zhao (equaled PB). Feng Zhiqiang won the 400 m hurdles in life-time best 49.66, second Shang Shuo also the best ever for him 49.79. In women hurdles Wang Huan 55.99 ahead if Xaio Xia 56.02, personal bests for both. Wu Shiuia clocked 12.97 (-0.2) in 100 m hurdles. Zhao Qinggang topped men javelin (80.04) and Wang Wupin women triple (13.88, -0.1). Fast times in 200 m heats, Tang Xingqiang 20.67 (-0.5) and Huang Guifen 23.07 (+0.4), PB´s for both. From Tilastopaja.

Taylor thinks 400 m
MUNICH (GER): Olympic and World winner in triple jump Christian Taylor admits he might try something different in 2018 without a global championships. As Suddeutsche Zeitung informs he thinks about competing in the 400 m next year. "I need a mental break," he was quoted as saying. In 2014 Ashton Eaton similarly took a break from decathlon and competed in the 400 m hurdles. Taylor´s best from 2014 at the distance is 45.17.


MOSCOW (RUS): Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov has said doping control officers are now being granted permission to access Russia’s “closed territories and cities” to carry out doping tests, informs TASS. "The Sports Ministry made a decision to let doping control officers having Russian citizenship visit closed territories for doping tests. The issue has been settled by now,” said Kolobkov.

MOSCOW (RUS): Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Mutko has said that "almost all" of the issues required for the eventual reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) have been resolved, informs "Almost all the issues concerning the road-map have been resolved. It is being implemented. There is going to be an audit in September, and another one ahead of the WADA Foundation Board's meeting. If the membership is not restored, then it will be a waste of money,” he said.

MOSCOW (RUS): Two-time world high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene has said on her Twitter page that she is targeting the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham next March. World long jump silver medallist Darya Klishina is also aiming to compete at those championships.

MELBOURNE (AUS): The second edition of the Nitro Athletics Series is unlikely to take place until after the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast from 4-15 April, informs "February is tough with the Commonwealth Games on the horizon so we're currently looking at what the best window is for Nitro," said CEO Darren Gocher.

GOLD COAST (AUS): Sally Pearson has said she has no plans to recruit a coach in the build-up to the 2020 Olympics, informs The Age. ”At this stage, no plans [to go get a coach]. And I haven't had any offers. At the end of the day, I've done everything you can possibly do in the sport. What other person would know better than I would? It's a matter of programming yourself,” she said.

LAUSANNE (SUI): World 200m champion Ramil Guliyev from Turkey and world pole vault champion Ekaterini Stefanidi from Greece have been voted male and female European Athletes of the Month for August. The voting took place across their social media accounts.

LISBON (POR): World bronze medallist Nelson Evora has said he is injury free again and believes he is capable of challenging for the Olympic triple jump title in 2020 at the age of 36, informs the Record. “If I get to the 2020 Olympics aged 36, if I am as I am today, I will not hesitate to say that I go there to challenge for the gold medal,” he said.

PFUNGSTADT (GER): European 3000m steeplechase champion Gesa Felicitas Krause will compete over 800m in a mixed race in Pfungstadt on 6 September, informs Amel Tuka will compete in the men’s race.

MINSK (BLR): Top Belarusian distance runners Maryna Damantsevich, Anastasia Ivanova and Nina Savina will all compete in the Minsk Half Marathon on Sunday, informs BFLA. However, reigning two-time champion Volha Mazuronak will not compete due to health problems.

MOSCOW (RUS): Senior coach of Russian national team Sergey Zhelanov informed that decathlete Illya Shkurenyov would have deep medical examination in the middle of September. He has got a leg injury during first day of decathlon at the London World Championships.

LAUSANNE (SUI): After two weeks of voting on European Athletics Facebook page, the winning artwork to be presented as the main prize to the Women’s Leadership Award winners at the Golden Tracks ceremony in Vilnius, Lithuania on 14 October has been chosen. The quality of entries was very high and the winning entrant of this biannual contest was created by 17-year-old Binasa Memic from Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina whose artwork received more than 4000 like on Facebook, as well as more than 1000 shares. Informs European Athletics.

SYDNEY (AUS): A study led by researchers from Macquarie University has unveiled another way to detect whether a person has taken human growth hormone (GH), by tracking protein levels. Specifically, the researchers used proteomics – the study of proteins and their interactions – to see which proteins had their levels altered when a person takes recombinant human growth hormone, the artificially developed version of the hormone that can be abused by athletes as a performance enhancer. Informs

BRUSSELS (BEL): Belgian 400 m runner and member of succesful relay team Julien Watrin ended his cooperation with coach Jacques Borlee. He informed about it on Sunday viac his facebook.

TIANJIN (CHN): Olympic women 20 km walk winner Liu Hong is not competing at the National Games in China due to pregnancy.

SOISSONS (FRA): Fresh 50 km walk World champion French Yohan Diniz confirmed in an big interview with L´Equipe his big goal now is the 50 km event at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. "Will I be able to mobilize myself once again? The answer is yes because I managed to do it this summer, to mobilize all my strength because I really wanted this title of world champion. And I think I can still mobilize one last time for the Games," he said and added: "I still lack this Olympic medal that still maintains this flame in me. I have three years to prepare as best I can. I have nothing more to prove in all the other competitions. I must be ready in August 2020." For Berlin 2018 he even wants to do a double with 20 km and 50 km races.

ROME (ITA): The European Olympic Committees (EOC) has encouraged governing bodies from across the continent to nominate young champions in summer sports for an award in honour of the late Piotr Nurowski.  Candidates for the prize will be received at the Rome EOC headquarters between now and September 25. The awardee will be decided by the EOC General Assembly in November in Zagreb, capital of Croatia. Greek pole vaulter Emmanouil Karalis is the current holder of the summer prize.

ABIDJAN (CIV): Crazy atmosphere in Abdijan where double world silver medallist in sprints Marie-Josée Ta Lou was widely celebrated on her arrival back home. Informs Carole Fuchs.


NEW HAVEN (USA, Sep 4): Galen Rupp took a narrow victory at the USATF 20K Championships on the road to next month’s Chicago Marathon, winning by one second in 59:04 ahead of Leonard Korir (59:05) and Sam Chelanga (59:16) with Christo Landry fourth (60:36). Jordan Hasay took a runaway victory in the women’s race in 66:35 ahead of reigning champion Aliphine Tuliamuk (67:49) and Sara Hall (67:53).

ADLER (RUS, Sep 4): Yevgniy Sarantsev won the decathlon title at the Russian Team Combined Events Championships with 8010 from Sergey Timshin (7736) and Aleksey Cherkasov (7616). Maria Pavlova won the heptathlon with 5895 from Kristina Koroleva (5574).

CRAIOVA (ROU, Sep 3): After silver at World University Games Nicolae Soare won the Romanian Half marathon title in 1:06:02 clearly over Marius Ionescu 1:09:21. Ancuta Bobocel topped women in 1:13:37.

LADYWELL (GBR, Sep 3): Katrina Wootton ran a big lifetime best of 31:45.63 at the Ladywell 10,000, the fastest time by a Brit in 2017. Paul Martelletti won the men’s race in 29:48.41.

CHRISTCHURCH (NZL, Sep 3): Daniel Balchin in 30:42 and Olivia Burne in 35:05 were the winners of New Zealand 10 km road championships.

BILA TSERKVA (UKR, Sep 2): Serhiy Lebid clocked 31:25 over 10,2km to finish fourth at annual All-Ukrainian cross-country competition here just one second behind Dmytro Lashyn. Roman Romanko 31:14 and Mykola Nyzhnyk 31:21 took first and second places respectively. In women’s 6,1km race Anna Mishchenko (34) returned from two-year ban and finished third with 20:41 behind Viktoriya Pohorelska 20:22 and Yuliya Shmatenko 20:27.