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Disqualification – the cruel fate of race walkers who get it wrong

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019


In my previous article about race walking, I briefly talked about the threat of disqualification. It is one of the main things that makes the event so exciting and dramatic to watch. It can happen for different reasons but the effect is catastrophic for an athlete and their supporters. But after a while, it will happen to almost every experienced race walker.

In any walking race, there are official judges positioned along the course to ensure that athletes are complying with the definition of race walking – namely that at least one foot is in contact with the ground and that the leg is straight when it is on the ground and in front of the body. (This is Rule 230, which I mentioned last time.) Here is a brief explanation:
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Lee McConnell on Laura Muir

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Lee McConnell believes Hampden heartbreak five years ago and a growing sense of maturity will allow Laura Muir to cope with being the face of Scottish athletics.

Middle distance specialist Muir won an unprecedented Double Double at the European Indoors in Glasgow earlier this month as she successfully defended her 1500m and 3000m titles in fine style on her home track at the Emirates Arena.
The pressure was intense on the adopted Glaswegian – the 25-year-old has lived in the city for almost eight years – as the home favourite, event Ambassador and poster girl for the host GB and NI team.

Muir now insists she regards raised expectations as support rather than pressure and has her own high hopes for the IAAF World Champs in Doha this autumn and then the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.And McConnell, who qualified for the Olympics three times in her own track and field career, feels Laura can take the strain.

‘I am really impressed with the way Laura is handling the spotlight,’ said McConnell.
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Race walking – What every athlete and athletics fan needs to know…

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

One of the best things about athletics is the wide variety of ways in which people can push themselves to their limits. Some of these are pretty obvious – such as the 100m where the goal is: “run fast”. Race walking is probably the least straightforward discipline in athletics, being widely misunderstood, commonly dismissed and sometimes altogether unknown. However, it has a charm and a challenge that will resonate with any athletics fan.

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24-STRONG FULL BRITISH TEAM TO HEAD TO WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

A host of European Cross Country medallists will headline the 24-strong full British team that will head to the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, later this month.

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NO CHANGE TO RUSSIAN STATUS IN IAAF COUNCIL MEETING

Monday, March 11th, 2019

The IAAF Council announced today that there had been no change in status of the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF).

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Yomif Kejelcha breaks world indoor mile record with 3:47.01 in Boston

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha smashed the world indoor record* for the mile, clocking 3:47.01 at the Bruce Lehane Invitational in Boston, Massachusetts, on Sunday (3).

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STUNNING GOLDS BY MUIR & OSKAN-CLARKE LEAD BRITAIN TO BEST EVER HAUL AT EUROPEAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Monday, March 4th, 2019

The final evening of action at the European Indoor Championships saw a record Great Britain & Northern Ireland team deliver spectacularly as golds from Laura Muir (coach: Andy Young, club: Dundee Hawkhill), Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (Jon Bigg, Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow) led the way. Winning six medals on the night, the British team finished the Championships second in the medal table with a best-ever haul at the event of 12 overall (4 gold, 6 silver, 2 bronze).

POZZI ADVANCES TO 60M HURDLES FINAL AS DUCKWORTH SITS SECOND IN HEPTATHLON IN GLASGOW

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

There may have only been three British athletes contesting events on Sunday morning at the European Indoor Championships but reigning champion Andrew Pozzi (coach: Santiago Antunez, club: Stratford-upon-Avon) progressed to the 60m hurdles final and Tim Duckworth (Toby Stevenson, Liverpool) remains in medal contention in second in the heptathlon with one event remaining.

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O’HARE & PHILIP ADD TO BRITISH MEDAL HAUL AT EUROPEAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

The British team claimed two further medals on the second day of the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, taking the tally up to six overall.

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REIGNING CHAMPIONS PHILIP, POZZI AND KILTY LEAD THE WAY IN SECURING SAFE PASSAGE ON MORNING TWO IN GLASGOW

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

There was a clean sweep of sprint and sprint hurdles qualifications on morning two of the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, while Tim Duckworth’s (Toby Stevenson; Liverpool) search for a first senior medal on the international stage began strongly as he heads into this evening with a 38-point lead at the top of the men’s heptathlon leader board following the 60m and long jump.

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