Category Archives: Athletics

International Association of Athletics Federations – Hall of Fame

Up until now Athletics has never had an Official Hall of Fame. But on Thursday March 8th the IAAF announced the creation of one and the first 12 members.

The first 12 inaugural Members are:


Jesse Owens (USA)

1936 100/200/LJ + WR 100, 200 & LJ (25 years)


Abebe Bikila (ETH)

1960, 1964 Oly MAR + WR


Paavo Nurmi (FIN)

1920 10,000, 1924 1500/5000 & 1928 10,000 + WR 1500, Mile, 3000, 5000 & 10,000


Carl Lewis (USA)

1984 100/200/LJ & 1988/1992/1996 LJ + WR 100 + 5 world titles


Emil Zátopek (TCH)

1948 10,000 & 1952 5000/10,000/Mar + WR 5000 & 10,000


Al Oerter (USA)

1956/1960/1964/1968 DT + WR DT


Adhemar da Silva (BRA)

1952/1956 TJ + WR TJ


Ed Moses (USA)

1976/1984 400H + WR 400H (16 years) + 2 world titles


Fanny Blankers-Koen (NED)

1948 100/200/80H + WR 100, 80H, HJ, LJ & Pen


Betty Cuthbert (AUS)

1956 100/200 & 1964 400 + WR 200


Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA)

1988 LJ/Hep & 1992 Hep + WR LJ & Hep (25 years as at 7.7.2011) + 4 world titles


Wang Junxia (CHN)

1996 Oly 5000 & 93 World 10,000 + WR 3000 (18 years as at 12.9.2011) & 10,000 (18 years as at 8.9.2011)

To see the full IAAF press release click the link below.

IAAF Hall of Fame created – First 12 Members announced

via – International Association of Athletics Federations.

I would personally have had Michael Johnson included. Broke many a world record and won many top titles. But who else would you include in your Hall of Fame?


Future Star – Tom Farrell

I’ve known of Tom for a number of years through Border Harriers Athletics Club in Carlisle, UK. Tom, only 20 years old, was always very driven and through the encouragement of his parents took his talent to the USA where he would study and compete. Tom is the future of long distance running for Team GB. Having moved to the USA to study he currently is attending Oklahoma State University and is mixing study with hard graft as he tries to make the Team GB Athletics Olympic squad for the 5,000m.

Already this year Farrell in his first race of 2012 on the 28th of January in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the Razorback Invitational ran a new personal best 7mins 52.38 secs over 3,000m indoors finishing in 4th place. Tom knocked more than two seconds off his previous best time. This time was the 2nd fastest ever by a GB U-23 indoors and puts him ahead of Mo Farah at the same age in the Indoor Rankings. Farah only managed 7mins 54.08 secs at the same age.

Last year Tom ran the “B” standard for the 5,000m in California during the Summer of 2011 (5000m 13mins 26.59 secs) and will be hoping to step up to the A standard this Summer. Last year Tom ended up 2nd ranked GB athlete only to Mo Farah the current World 5000m Champion. The standard that Tom is aiming for is 13mins 20.0 secs and after the fantastic progression seen from him last year this time barrier is most definitely within this young mans grasp.

This years Olympics may come to soon in terms of winning a medal for Tom but he has his sight set on 2016 where he hopes to take on the best of the Africans and claim a medal. But at only 20 Tom has the world at his feet and definitely has the drive and determination to not only qualify for the Olympics this summer but to cause a stir in the world of Athletics over the coming year.

Cuba, Sudan and now Great Britain!

At the weekend 39-year-old Yamile Aldama by being the second oldest winner of a World Athletics Championship medal when she claimed victory in the Triple Jump at the World Indoors.

Having been born in Cuba Yamile started her international career representing them. Winning Silver at the World Indoor Championships in 1999 she then represented her country of birth at the 2000 Olympics where she finished fourth.

In 2001 Yamile married a Scottish man and re-located to the UK where she applied for citizenship. However , shortly after, her husband was sentenced to 15 years for his part in drug trafficking heroin valued at £40million. Yamile, unconnected with the offence, chose to remain in the UK but her application for citizenship started to hit rocks. This caused her to be unable to represent Team GB at the major sporting events.

Because of these problems Yamile looked at other options and with offers from a number of countries she chose to represent Sudan. After acquiring the Sudanese citizenship on January 23, 2004, she went to represent Sudan at the 2004 Summer Olympics where she finished in fifth place. In 2004 she also broke the Sudanese triple jump record achieving 15.28 metres.

On February 5, 2010, nearly ten years after her initial application, she finally gained British citizenship. And on the 13th of March 2012 she finally got the news that the IOC had finalised her application to change the nation of representation. Meaning that after over 10 years of trying Yamile will compete for Team GB at this years Olympics in London.

An International Olympic Committee statement said: “In both cases the Executive Board agreed to the request to reduce the three-year waiting period outlined in the Olympic Charter as the requirements for such reduction or cancellation had been met.”

UK World Indoor Athletics Team

A 39-strong squad has been announced as part of the Aviva Great Britain & Northern Ireland team for the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey  9 – 11 March.

The team is led by Jessica Ennis who will be in the Pentathlon and Mo Farrah who will be going in the 3,000m. The event allows many top British athletes to step up there preparations for the Olympics later in the year.

Dwain Chambers will look to defend his 60m title, while Robbie Grabarz who has had a great start to the season will look to take a medal in the High Jump.

On the womens side Yamile Aldama will look to win a medal in the Triple Jump at the age of 40. Young Pole Vaulter Holly Bleasdale will be looking to win her first major medal.

Aviva GB & NI Team:



Dwain Chambers (self-coached) – Belgrave (PB: 6.42 SB: 6.58)
*Andy Robertson (Sam Robertson) – Sale Harriers (PB: 6.61 SB: 6.61)


Nigel Levine (Linford Christie) – Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow (PB: 45.71 SB: 45.71)
Richard Buck (Steve Fudge) – City of York (PB: 45.88 SB: 45.88)


Joe Thomas (Arwyn Davies) – Cardiff (PB: 1:46.35 SB: 1:46.35)
Andrew Osagie (Craig Winrow) – Harlow (PB: 1:46.53 SB: 1:46.53)


Lewis Moses (John Nuttall) – New Marske (PB: 3:41.33 SB: 3:41.33)
James Brewer (Craig Winrow) – Cheltenham (PB: 3:38.03 SB: 3:38.03)


Mo Farah (Alberto Salazar) – Newham & Essex (PB: 7:34.47 SB: 7:37.4)


Andy Pozzi (Malcolm Arnold) – Stratford-Upon-Avon (PB: 7.62 SB: 7.62)

High Jump:

Samson Oni (Trevor Llewelyn) – Belgrave (PB: 2.31 SB: 2.31)
Robbie Grabarz (Fuzz Ahmed) – Newham & Essex (PB: 2.34 SB: 2.34)

Pole Vault:

Steve Lewis (Dan Pfaff) – Newham & Essex (PB: 5.72 SB: 5.72)
*Andrew Sutcliffe (Julien Raffalli-Ebezant) – Sale Harriers (PB: 5.55 SB: 5.55)

Long Jump

*JJ Jegede (Peter Stanley) – Newham & Essex (PB: 8.04 SB: 8.04)


Nigel Levine (Linford Christie) – Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
Richard Buck (Steve Fudge) – City of York
Conrad Williams (Linford Christie) – Kent
Michael Bingham (Kevin Tyler) – Birchfield
James Forman (Andy Forman) – Isle of Wight
Luke Lennon Ford (Linford Christie) – Birchfield



Asha Philip (Christine Bowmaker) – Newham & Essex (PB: 7.19 SB: 7.19)
Jodie Williams (Mike McFarlane) – Herts Phoenix (PB: 7.21 SB: 7.29)


Shana Cox (Lloyd Cowan) – Woodford Green Essex Ladies (PB: 52.16 SB: 52.18)
Nadine Okyere (Joe Caines) – Birchfield (PB:53.01 SB:53.01)


Marilyn Okoro (Ayo Falola) – Shaftesbury Barnet (PB: 1:59.27 SB: 2:02.62)


Helen Clitheroe (John Nuttall) – Preston (PB: 8:39.81 SB: 8:45.59)


Tiffany Porter (James Henry) – Woodford Green Essex Ladies (PB: 7.80 SB: 7.93)

Pole Vault:

Holly Bleasdale (Julien Raffalli- Ebezant) – Blackburn (PB: 4.87 SB: 4.87)
Katie Byres (Julien Raffalli- Ebezant) – Sale Harriers (PB: 4.52 SB: 4.52)

Long Jump:

Shara Proctor (Rana Reider) – Birchfield (PB: 6.80 SB: 6.80)

Triple Jump:

Yamile Aldama (Frank Attoh) – Shaftesbury Barnet (PB: 14.90 SB: 14.09)


Jessica Ennis (Toni Minichiello) – Sheffield (PB: 4937)


Shana Cox (Lloyd Cowan) – Woodford Green Essex Ladies
Nadine Okyere (Joe Caines) –  Birchfield
Nicola Sanders (Tony Lester) Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
Christine Ohuruogu (Lloyd Cowan) – Newham & Essex
Perri Shakes-Drayton (Chris Zah) – Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets
Laura Langowski (Nick Dakin) – Coventry

*Subject to qualification standard reached by 27 February

Aviva Grand Prix

Tha Aviva Grand Prix took place on Saturday and many of the top British athletes took part in this top indoor event. The big names included Jessica Ennis and Mo Farrah.

In the Women’s Pole Vault Holly Bleasdale continued her good form with a solid jump of 4.70m, this jump ensured victory for the Brit as she looks to continue her development ahead of the Olympics later in the year.

In the mens Long Jump JJ Jegede surprised the field with a jump of 8.04m. This puts JJ into the top 10 in the world for this year just ahead of the World Indoor Championships next month.

Another performance of note from a Brit came from Robbie Grabarz in the mens High Jump. Currently ranked 3rd in the world with a jump of 2.34m, Robbie continued his fine form with a jump of 2.32m to claim victory.

In the forth jumping event of the day saw a star performance from Brit Shara Proctor. Proctor has recently changed allegiance to Great Britain as her native Anguilla does not have an olympic committee so could not compete at the olympics. Proctor stole the show from Jessica Ennis, who jumped 6.47m, with a new National Record of 6.80m. This performance by Shara was the performance of the day and will now put her in with a medal chance at the World Indoors.

In the women’s 60m Hurdles Jessica Ennis performed in imperious fashion as she destroyed the filed with a world leading time of 7.87 seconds. Competing against some of the best athletes in the world this will give Ennis great confidence as she looks to the season ahead and in particular the Olympics.

Nigel Levine claimed victory in the mens 400m, after what can only be described as a bizarre instance that saw leader Nery Brenes of Costa Rica trip in the finishing straight when comfortably leading and fall flat on his face.

From BBC Sport: Nery Brenes Trips

Mo Farah failed in his bid for victory in the 2 mile event. Mo running over a shorter distance than usual never seemed to be able to hit the pace needed to compete against those around him. This result will have been a great disappointment for the fans, but I am sure that Farah will have been impressed with his run as he looks ahead to the Olympics and taking on the Kenyans and Ethiopians over longer distances.

Other impressive results at th Aviva Grand Prix saw Asafa Powell defeated by fellow Jamaican Lerone Clarke as he set a new National Record of 6.47 seconde over 60m. Clarke will now look to the summer as the battle to claim a place in the Jamaican National teams heats up with World Record holder Usain Bolt, World Champion Yohan Blake and Powell all except to be in the team already. The men’s 60m hurdles saw China’s Liu Xiang claim a new National Record as he defeated Cuba’s world record holder Dayron Robles in a time of 7.41secs.