lunedì 27 luglio 2015

#LONDONDL the day after...so many emotions ...

Back from an excellent edition of #LondonDL...so happy for the experience and thanks very much to local media-team for the amazing job done.

Endless emotions for me to see such a great show!!..

At the end highlights video to see again what happened


 

Highlights and much more...


sabato 25 luglio 2015

ASHER-SMITH & PROCTOR BREAK BRITISH RECORDS ON ‘SUPER SATURDAY’ AT SAINSBURY’S ANNIVERSARY GAMES


ASHER-SMITH & PROCTOR BREAK BRITISH RECORDS ON 'SUPER SATURDAY' AT SAINSBURY'S ANNIVERSARY GAMES
There was double delight on day two of the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games as Dina Asher-Smith (coach: John Blackie) and Shara Proctor (Rana Reider) both broke their own British records in a crazy two minutes inside the former Olympic stadium.

The Sainsbury's performance of the day deservedly went to Asher-Smith for that record breaking 10.99 run, which came as she won heat one of the women's 100m. That time knocked three hundredths off her old record set two months ago in the Netherlands, which is where the eventual 100m winner Dafne Schippers is from.

Heptathlete turned sprinter, Schippers was also in record breaking from, running a scorching 10.92 Dutch national record to take victory in the final, but it was Asher-Smith who undoubtedly got the biggest cheer. Fourth in the final with another strong 11.06 performance, the youngster was delighted with her day's work:

"It has been absolutely amazing - I thought I was in good shape but I didn't realise I was in that good shape!"

Well done to Dafne because making the switch from heptathlon to sprints isn't easy but she has made it look like she was made for it.

"I'm in the ten seconds now – I'm absolutely over the moon! When I crossed that line I was just beaming, I am so happy! Going into Beijing, I have my fingers crossed for selection next week, but I'm really looking forward to it."

As she did in her heat, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor finished second, just dipping inside 11 seconds with a 10.98 run, whilst Murielle Ahoure was third in 11.01.

Just moments after Asher-Smiths record breaking run, there was visible jubilation for Shara Proctor, who after three straight fouls broke the British long jump record with her final jump. Leading the competition all the way, she produced a textbook final round effort of 6.98m to eclipse her own British record.

"This crowd is what helped me the most - the claps just echoed and it gave me an extra boost. I honestly did not expect to jump so far - I'm just speechless. I'm happy to be here and be healthy. I'm happy to be back and competing so well in this stadium and there is more to come!"

It was also a good day for European U23 silver medallist Jazmin Sawyers (Alan Lerwill) who put together the best series of jumps of her young career, culminating in second place in 6.66m, just 5cm down on her personal best. Heptathlon queens Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Mike Holmes) and Jess Ennis-Hill (Toni Minichiello) were fourth (6.50m) and seventh (6.37 SB) respectively.

The men's pole vault was very much worth the wait, as Renauld Lavillenie soaring over a 6.03m meeting record to take victory. After the weather caused last night's competition to be postponed, the field returned today and were treated to sunshine, and it clearly helped Lavillenie's performance.

Runner-up Shawn Barber broke the Canadian record with a 5.93m clearance in second, but it was Olympic champion Lavillenie who took the spoils.

"I'm very happy to be able to jump today instead of yesterday, as today was perfect conditions for us. It was sunny, it was not so cold and the wind was okay and it was a really good performance. Now I have to stay focused and go back and train for Beijing.

"Jumping six metes is always a good performance and to be able to do it again in London, for me is really important. It's good that I was able to clear at the first height is important, it's what I want for the World Championships."

Not only did they get the baton round safely, but GB & NI 'A' took a popular victory in the men's 4x100m relay ahead of a fast finishing French quartet. Making amends for a false start in the 100m yesterday, Richard Kilty ran a good leg before handing over to Harry Aikines-Aryeetey who stormed down the backstraight. James Ellington (Linford Christie) extended the lead around the bend and just about got the baton to Chijindu Ujah (Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo) safely, the youngster holding his nerve to hold off Jimmy Vicaut and anchor the team to a 38.32 clocking.

In the end a photo-finish was needed as France were just two hundredths behind the winners, with GB & NI 'B' getting up for third in 38.73.

There was drama in the men's long jump as Marquis Dendy stole victory with his final jump of the competiton. He soared out to 8.38m, just 1cm shy of his personal best to surpass long-time leader Zarck Visser.

Greg Rutherford (Tawiah-Dodoo) had to settle for third, his best mark of 8.18m coming in round five after fouling his first three jumps. The Olympic champion was disappointed after only his second defeat in seven competitions this year.

"It was very frustrating; if I could have got one in the first three jumps I think I could have won the competition, but that's what happens in the long jump. If you don't get your run up correct you can end up finishing third like today, so I'm really disappointed.

"The crowd were out of this world, everything was incredible and I would have liked to have won again, so that is what has really hurt me. Obviously last time I was here was the greatest sporting day of my life and then to come away here with a third is not great, so I'm not pleased with that at all."

It was a yo-yo performance by Asbel Kiprop but he was in the right place at the right time, crossing the line first to win the Emsley Carr Mile for the second successive year. In truth it was a rather poor race as nobody wanted to take up the early running, meaning it would all come down to the last lap. After finding himself at the back, the rangy Kenyan moved up round the outside, before kicking away down the homestraight to win in 3.54.87.

Second place went to two-time 1500m world medallist Matthew Centrowitz in 3.55.03, with Charlie Grice (Bigg) the pick of the six Brits in the field, finishing an impressive fourth in 3.55.27.
The fireworks shot into the sky as Eunice Sum, clad in blue and with hair to match, took a sensational 1.58.44 victory in the women's 800m. The pace was good all the way but coming off the final bend it was the
Kenyan who was still full of running, and she streaked clear to take the win and with it four Diamond Race points.

Stepping down from 1500m, Sifan Hassan was rewarded for her efforts with a personal best in second place, whilst Lynsey Sharp (Rana Reider) finished like a train to go from fifth to third down the homestraight. The Scot also ran her fastest time of 2015, 1.59.57, and afterwards said:

"It was good; it's the first race I've been tactically happy with! It has taken me a few races to get into it but it was good mixing it with the big girls so I'm happy with it. I want to get better each race I do, so everything is going in the right direction towards Beijing.

"It's unbelievable - the only thing I can compare this to is the Olympics and the Commonwealths, and it brought back so many memories - it's amazing. Now I've got Stockholm on Thursday, which is my last race before Worlds."

The men's 800m came down to a 100m sprint as Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha and Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos went head to head once more.

Since the Olympic Games in this stadium three years ago, Amos has a 5-0 head to head record against his great rival, and that trend continued again today, as the young Botswanan edged away in the final 30 metres to win in 1.44.57 versus 1.44.67.

There was also plenty to shout about for the British athletes in the field too; Michael Rimmer (Jon Bigg) running a second Beijing qualifying standard and season's best of 1.45.67 and two places further back in seventh, European junior champion Kyle Langford (George Harrison) obliterating his lifetime best with a 1.45.78 run.

There was a meeting record in the women's 200m as Elaine Thompson upset the favourites, smashing her personal best to take the win in 22.10. Chasing her hard down the homestraight was American Tori Bowie, whilst Margaret Adeoye (Christie) was the pick of the Brits in seventh. There was yet another season's best for Jessica Ennis-Hill, running 23.49 in her third event of the weekend, and of her form she commented:

"I have definitely got to be pleased with how the weekend went. I was made up with my hurdles, that did surprise me and the long jump is all about getting a bit more consistent and solid. The 200m was much harder because those girls are so quick. Hopefully with a little more training the times will continue to go down."

Commonwealth Games champion Mercy Cherono defied what looked like an unassailable Molly Huddle lead, running down the American in the final 400m to take 5,000m victory in 14.54.81. Huddle was the only athlete to go with the pacemaker, and brave as it was she paid the price for her fast early pace in the closing laps, but still broke 15 minutes with a 14.57.42 run in second, well clear of the rest of the field.

European U23 10,000m silver medallist Rhona Auckland (Joyce Hogg) showed her ever improving speed as she stepped down to 12 and a half laps and shattered her personal best, clocking 15.27.60 in seventh place. Kate Avery (Tony Simmons) was eighth in 15.27.94, whilst there were personal bests for Jess Coulson (Mick Woods) and Beth Potter (Woods) in tenth and thirteenth respectively.

It may not have been a Diamond Race, but the men's 400mH boasted a quality line-up, including the man who lies second in said competition, Johnny Dutch. It was his teammate Michael Tinsley who stole the show though, a comprehensive winner in 49.02. South African Lj van Zyl finished well to hold on to second, whilst GB & NI's Niall Flannery (Nick Dakin) ran a great race to finish third in 49.53. There was also a season's best of 49.85 for Dai Greene (Benke Blomkvist) in fifth.

South African record holder Wayde Van Niekerk put in a commanding performance to win the men's 400m in 44.63, well clear of his rivals. British athletes Rabah Yousif (Carol Williams) and Martyn Rooney (Reider) were sixth and seventh respectively in 45.43 and 45.73.

Just when Diamond Race leader Jarius Birech looked as if he'd won the men's 3000m steeplechase in a last lap burn up, his young compatriot Conseslus Kipruto accelerated off the final barrier to snatch victory in 8.09.47. The pace was steady all the way, meaning the pace was always going to pick up over the final 400m, so much so that former Olympic champion Paul Koech was run out of it in third. The sole Brit in the race Rob Mullett (David Leach) was left slightly disappointed as he came agonizingly close to the World Championships qualifying standard with an 8.31.32 personal best.

There was perhaps an upset in the women's shot put, as golden girl Valarie Adams had to settle for second as she continues her return from injury. It was Michelle Carter of the USA who prevailed, a first round effort of 19.74m wrapping up the win ahead of Adams' 18.59m.

Greek high-flier Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou took victory on countback in the women's pole vault, a first time clearance putting her ahead of runner-up Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia, who cleared 4.79m on her second attempt, a personal best.

There were three notable season's bests in the women's javelin where the first two were separated by just a single centimetre. Latvian Palameika Madara took the spoils in the end, her SB eclipsing Barbora Spotakova's that had come one round earlier. The third and final SB of the competition went to Goldie Sayers, who after returning from injury in Loughborough last week, threw 62.09m for sixth.








venerdì 24 luglio 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Seb Coe Promises Olympic Athletics Dividend to Member Federations if Elected IAAF President




 

 

Seb Coe Promises Olympic Athletics Dividend to Member Federations if Elected IAAF President

 

Extra USD $22 million for Athletics Development

 

24 July: London, UK:  IAAF Presidential candidate Seb Coe has today promised an Olympic Athletics Dividend to all of the IAAF's 214 Member Federations if he is elected President.  The dividend would be funded through approximately half of the quadrennial fee received from the International Olympic Committee [IOC], and underpinned by a strategic review of existing IAAF structures and use of resources.  This would be in alignment with the IAAF Strategic Plan and World Athletic Series Renovation Workshop project. 

The Olympic Athletics Dividend – which is in addition to all existing IAAF development grants – would be distributed on an equal share basis and equates to at least $100,000 per Federation to be invested in Athletics development over a four year cycle, totalling around $22 million. 

Coe has committed to making the first Olympic Athletics Dividend grant of $25,000 to all Federations in Q1 2016 as a recognition of the key role Athletics played in the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games.  The next grant would be available in early 2017 reflecting the contribution from Athletics to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  The Dividend will not breach the reserves policy of the IAAF or harm the financial health of the organisation, which has seen reserves grow under the leadership of current IAAF President Lamine Diack to $76m at the end of 2013. 

The Olympic Athletics Dividend would be distributed to Federations for projects based on a number of core principles including:

·         Funds would be allocated against set objectives and criteria to enhance the work of the Member Federations based on their own strategic priorities

·         Robust internal structures would supervise the distribution of the Olympic Athletics Dividend which would be published in the IAAF's independently audited accounts.

There will be a wide scope of projects the Olympic Athletics Dividend could help fund including construction, refurbishment or maintenance of facilities; purchase or hire of equipment; preparation and training of athletes, coaches and team officials including travel support; staging of national and regional competitions; and the delivery of development and talent identification programmes in schools and clubs.

Speaking ahead of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London, Seb Coe said:   

"If I am elected President, I will ensure that an Olympic Athletics Dividend is established and available to all of the IAAF's 214 Member Federations to help fund Athletics projects and development on the ground, where it matters most.  The dividend, which would total around $22m over a four year period, would be funded through approximately half of the quadrennial fee received from the International Olympic Committee and underpinned by a strategic review of existing IAAF structures and use of resources.  This would be in alignment with the IAAF Strategic Plan and World Athletic Series Renovation Workshop project. 

"I have worked closely with a leading firm of chartered accountants to act as a financial adviser in drawing up this proposal to ensure it is feasible and sustainable.  I am confident it is both. I have also discussed the concept with IAAF colleagues and members of the Athletics family and I'm encouraged by their support and grateful for their input which has helped shape this initiative.

 

"Robust internal structures would oversee the distribution of the Dividend to ensure that it is used for maximum effect and against set objectives and criteria agreed by the Member Federation.  I want to see the IAAF work hand in hand with the Member Federations to support and identify opportunities that fit with their strategic priorities.  Crucially, this Dividend will also allow for Federations to plan over a longer term.

"This plan is underpinned by a strong long term IAAF commercial partnership with Dentsu, a healthy level of IAAF financial reserves built up under the presidency of Lamine Diack, my commitment to review IAAF structures and use of resources if I am elected President, as well as a focussed approach to new sources of revenue.  IAAF reserves, including those monies from the IOC, need to be maintained at a prudent level. But we must also ensure those funds are put to work through the Federations who are best placed to deliver Athletics on the ground and around the globe."

ENDS



lunedì 13 luglio 2015

MORRISONS GREAT NEWHAM RUN:SOMETHING NEW...SOMETHING EXCITING...


OFFICIAL PAGE WITH ALL INFOS

Sunday in Newham,very close to Olympic Park ,GreatRun will present first edition of Morrisons Great Newham Run with a elite team realy (i spoke about it below here), a Family Run , and LondonRun for more experienced athletes.
It will be absolutely amazing and fantastic to close ur competition inside a legendary stadium as the Olympics one.
At official site above here u can find all details to enter to the events still not closed...a great success in few years hoped by the organizers.

From GreatRun site .. from AthleticsWeekly  ... from CityAm  ... 3 different pieces who will explain very clearly which will be the real meaning of this new  excting event.

EVENT GUIDE FOR ALL OF YOU  interested to be in Newham to compete,to support ur friends and have fun in an amazing area such as Olympic Park.



MORRISON GREAT NEWHAM RUN TEAM ELITE:

A fabolous team from Kenya will try for sure to go under 2h in marathon all together?? i am sure about it!!



Morrisons great newham london run team relay elite start list #1 130715 elite relay from Alberto Stretti


The prospect of a sub two hour marathon on English soil is beckoning, with a quartet of leading Kenyan road runners named in an international men’s team for the ground-breaking Morrisons Great Newham London Run 4 x ¼ Marathon Team Relay at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday 19 July.
Mike Kigen, who pushed Britain’s Mo Farah to the wire in the 2014 Great North Run, 2015 Morrisons Great Manchester Run winner Stephen Sambu, 2014 Tokyo Marathon champion Dickson Chumba and 2015 world number two half marathon runner Cyprian Kotut have agreed to join forces to have a combined crack at the hallowed two hour barrier that has thus far eluded the world’s best individual marathon men.
The world record for the classic 26.2 mile distance stands at 2 hours 2 minutes 57 seconds to Dennis Kimetto and the Kenyan’s compatriots look to have an excellent chance of not just bettering those figures but also breaking two hours when they each run a 10.54km leg of the 2012 Olympic Park in East London.
The Kenyan Fab Four all boast sub 29 minute personal bests for 10km on the roads.
Kigen, runner-up in the World Cup 5,000m race in 2006 and sixth in the World Cross Country Championships in the same year, has a 10km best of 27 minutes 25 seconds. In April this year the 29-year-old finished fourth in the Paris Marathon, clocking 2 hours 7 minutes 42 seconds.
Sambu leads the 2015 world rankings for 10km on the roads with the 27 minutes 30 seconds he recorded in winning the Morrisons Great Manchester Run last month. The 26-year-old, who trains in Arizona with former world 1500m and 5,000m champion Bernard Lagat, also has a lifetime best of 27 minutes 25 seconds at the distance – a time he achieved in Boston last year.
Chumba, 28, has a 10km PB of 28 minutes 47 seconds. He has a marathon best of 2 hours 4 minutes 32 seconds, which he clocked as the third placed finisher in Chicago last year. 
Kotut, 23, has run 28 minutes 17 seconds for 10km. He is the world’s second fastest half marathon man this year, courtesy of a 59 minutes 28 seconds clocking in the City-Pier-City race in the Netherlands.
Kigen, Sambu, Chumba and Kotut will line up against a British men’s team featuring Scottish cross country champion Andy Butchart, who finished a battling third in the 3,000m at the European Team Championships Super League in Cheboksary, Russia, last weekend. 
Butchart will team up with fellow Scots Luke Caldwell and Callum Hawkins, who both ran for the host nation in the 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last summer, plus English cross country champion Charlie Hulson of Sale Harriers Manchester.
A strong British women’s quartet comprises European Under 23 cross country champion Rhona Auckland, Commonwealth Games 5,000m and 10,000m finalist Beth Potter, English cross country champion Lily Partridge and Stockport Harrier Jess Coulson, who finished fourth in the European Cup 10,000m track race earlier this month.
The 4 x ¼ Marathon Team Relay is open to runners of all abilities. Each runner completes two laps of the course, running 10.54km, precisely a quarter marathon, and the prizes on offer in both the men’s and women’s sections are £2,000 for the winning team, £1,000 for the runners-up and £500 for the third placed team.
Prize money is to be divided equally among each four runners with an additional £500 bonus to go to the winning club – or to a charity chosen by the winning team, if the runners are not all members of the same club.

mercoledì 8 luglio 2015

Eliud Kipchoge is ready for the challenge: Showdown of top athletes at the BMW BERLIN MARATHON on September 27



 

Once again, the fastest marathon course in the world has drawn the crème de la crème of endurance runners to the start. The most successful marathon runner in the last twelve months will face the second- and third-fastest marathon runners of all times at the BMW BERLIN MARATHON on September 27. 

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, who won the London Marathon in the spring of 2015 and the Chicago Marathon in October 2014, hopes to demonstrate that he is the best marathon runner in the world on September 27 in Berlin. However, he will be facing strong competition at the 42nd edition of the BMW BERLIN MARATHON. First, there is Emmanuel Mutai, who is the third-fastest marathon runner of all times, who last year at the BMW BERLIN MARATHON finished just behind the winner, Dennis Kimetto, who set a new world record in 2:02:57. Mutai, who did quite a bit of the pace work for this world record, finished in 2:03:13 hrs. The third in this top trio is Geoffrey Mutai (not related), who four years ago ran the classic distance of 42.195 km faster than anyone before him at his victory at the traditional Boston Marathon with a time of 2:03:02. Boston Marathon times, however, are not eligible for records or best times, as the total gradient of the course is too great (plus start/finish lines too far apart). 

All three athletes have this in common: They all have experience with the Berlin course and all have stood on the winners’ podium. Kipchoge was second with his personal best time of 2:04:05 in 2013, behind his fellow countryman, Wilson Kipsang, who set a world record (2:03:23). Last year, Emmanuel Mutai finished second, and Geoffrey Mutai had a spot on the podium twice: in 2010 behind Patrick Makau (2:05:10) after a race in the pouring rain, and in 2012 as the winner with a time of 2:04:15.

“We are delighted to have these three runners at the start, and with their qualifications, we can certainly look forward to exciting race,” says Race Director Mark Milde, who is responsible for signing the top runners at the BMW BERLIN MARATHON.



The BMW BERLIN MARATHON is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM), the association of the six most important marathons in the world (Tokyo, London, Boston, Berlin, Chicago, New York).

Brief portraits of the top three runners:

Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya, b. 5 November 1984
Best Time: 2:04:05 (Berlin 2013)
2003Junior World Champion in Cross Country
WCh 1st 5.000 m
2004OlyGames 3rd 5.000 m
2007WCh 2nd 5.000 m
2008OlyGames 2nd 5.000 m
2010CG 2nd 5.000 m
20131st Hamburg-Marathon
2nd BMW BERLIN MARATHON
20141st Rotterdam Marathon
  1st Bank of America Chicago Marathon
20151st Virgin Money London Marathon

Emmanuel Mutai, Kenia, b. 12 October 1984
Best time 2:03:13 (Berlin 2014)
Marathon
20071st Rotterdam
20092nd WM
20102nd London
  2nd New York 
20111st London
  2nd New York 
20132nd London
  2nd Chicago 
2014 2nd Berlin 

Geoffrey Mutai, Kenia, b. 7 October 1981
Best time: 2:03:02 (Boston 2011)
Marathon
20102nd Rotterdam 
  2nd Berlin 
20111st Boston 
  1st New York 
20121st Berlin 
20131st New York 

WCh: World Athletics Championships
OlyGames: Olympic Games
CG: Commonwealth Games

domenica 5 luglio 2015

MIDDLE DISTANCES in #MEETINGAREVA #PARISDL


Strepitosa edizione della Diamond League a Parigi...Che onore avere assistito a gare di cosi alto profilo e qualita...
Posted by Alberto Stretti on Domenica 5 luglio 2015




OFFICIAL RESULTS MIDDLE DISTANCES RACES

lunedì 22 giugno 2015

LA BELLEZZA DELLA MATTONI OLOMOUC HALF:UNA MEZZAMARATONA PROIETTATA NEL FUTURO


Alcuni scatti del mio weekend a Olomouc !!
Posted by Alberto Stretti on Lunedì 22 giugno 2015
Avevo sentito parlare tanto del circuito RunCzech in Repubblica Ceca,circuito di 7 gare nelle piu importanti citta' di quella nazione e finalmente sono riuscito a coronare un mio sogno presenziando alla sesta Mattoni Olomouc HalfMarathon.
Una esperienza folgorante sotto ogni punto di vista per la bonta' di tutto lo staff nel curare l evento sotto ogni dettaglio.Organizzando alcuni eventi sul territorio italiano,ho preso l occasione per osservare come lavorano gli altri e imparare: notevoli e molteplici gli spunti che sono stati offerti.Dettaglio innovativo che mi ha colpito tantissimo e' stato il tetto partenti inferiore alle reali capacita' logistiche dell organizzazione:una scelta che potrebbe risultare azzardata alla maggior parte ma che il presidentissimo Carlo Capalbo (un italiano di successo all['estero ) mi ha motivato con un concetto assai importante :"Preferisco rinunciare a qualche migliaio di partenti ma voglio continuare ad essere in grado di assistere ogni podista al meglio senza rischiare nulla." Posso confermare in toto questo concetto,avendo potuto verificare ogni dettaglio..dalla partenza... dal ristoro finale e da quelli in gara...passando alla assistenza al podista nell immediato dopo gara e al Runners Party dove tutti han potuto trovare ristoro per una gara fantastica corsa alle 19 di Sabato sera:orario forse insolito in Italia ma veramente affascinante.
Apprezzato anche il fatto di come tutto il percorso fosse chiuso al traffico..dal primo all ultimo podista...dando grande precedenza alla sicurezza e come la popolazione locale fosse scesa in strada per applaudire ogni podista in gara dando proprio un senso al momento di festa.Veramente piacevoli anche i tanti gruppi musicali di giovani che allietavano la corsa delle migliaia di runners.
Fascinoso il percorso attraverso i lunghi e viali della cittadina di Olomouc,caratterizzata da tanta storia e arte con palazzi maestosi anche lungo il percorso spesso immerso nel verde dei parchi.Olomouc,capitale della Moravia, una regione dove i castelli da visitare abbondano in un paesaggio meraviglioso.Olomouc ..le cui origini si perdono nella storia ove si narra che fu proprio Giulio Cesare il fondatore.
Sono rimasto molto impressionato dalla grande quantita di storia e cultura che ogni via...ogni palazzo di Olomouc potesse regalare.
Un percorso completamente piatto e scorrevole per una gara dove molti erano i campioni al via alla ricerca di prestazioni importanti :vittoria al maschile per un giovane keniano in 60.22 con il campionissimo Wilson Kipsang e il campione mondiale Stephen Kiprotich tra gli eccellenti piazzati di giornata:due atleti alla ricerca della condizione migliore proprio a Olomouc in vista dei prossimi mondiali di Pechino.
Bonta' del percorso confermata dallo stratosferico tempo di una Mary Keitany decisamente in palla e capace di correre in 66.38 abbassando di oltre due minuti il record del percorso.
Dietro di loro circa 8mila runners che verso il tramonto sono giunti nella centralissima Horni Namesti (la piazza centrale ) veramente felici della loro prova per una vera festa della corsa.
Mi ha impressionato la filosofia dello staff ceco che ho notato sempre alla ricerca di soluzioni nuove per attrarre il podista e prossimamente verranno svelate nuove esperienze anche in digitale per conivolgere tutti ancora di piu.
Emoziona il pensiero che il prossimo evento RunCzech possa essere in una citta' a dir poco leggendaria e cosi densa di storia e cultura come Praga per una 10k maestosa sempre il sabato sera per le vie del centro storico.
Leggendo le localita' del circuito penso che ne valga la pena parteciparvi per tanti motivi anche per il runner normale:Percorsi scorrevoli che permettono a tutti i runners,dal campione al master,di poter dare il proprio meglio tecnicamente,una organizzazione come detto perfetta che assiste il podista in ogni dove al limite della perfezione totale,contesto storico-culturale che permette a chiunque di abbinare una gara di livello ad una gita con tutta la famiglia....gare che quando tagli il traguardo trovi sempre il sorriso per l'accoglienza che ricevi.
IL 5 Settembre la 10k di Praga..di sabato sera... impossibile mancare!!..io ci saro'...e voi?