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May 28, 2020

2020 Boston Marathon is cancelled

Lawrence Cherono won the men’s Boston Marathon title in 2019

The Boston Marathon has been cancelled for the first time in its 124-year history because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The race had initially been postponed from 20 April to 14 September.

However, Boston mayor Marty Walsh said the race could not be held in 2019 because of public health fears.

“There’s no way to hold the usual race [...]

 
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May 28, 2020

‘I was so nervous I was shaking in the blocks’

Jessie Knight’s winning time in Glasgow makes her the fourth fastest woman in the world in 2020

The indoor season, as big names open up on small tracks, is a chance for fans to get up close to athletics’ biggest and brightest.

Ask Jessie Knight.

The 25-year-old, a primary school teacher from Surrey, travelled up for the Glasgow Grand Prix at the city’s Emirates Arena in February.

“Justyna [...]

 
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May 27, 2020

Sonia O’Sullivan relieved she is not having to deal with lockdown as an athlete

O’Sullivan was 5,000m silver medallist at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney – five years after winning World Championship gold over the distance

Irish great Sonia O’Sullivan says she “can’t imagine” what the lockdown period is like for athletes attempting to plot a course for the rescheduled Olympics in Tokyo next year.

“I was somebody who definitely thrived on running races and being competitive,” said O’Sullivan, 50.

“It’s a massive challenge for athletes to go through this every day.”

O’Sullivan clinched the Olympic 5,000m silver medal in 2000 and won the world title over [...]

 
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May 27, 2020

London’s Anniversary Games cancelled

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (centre) wins the women’s 100m at the 2019 Anniversary Games at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Anniversary Games in London have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, UK Athletics has confirmed.

London Stadium had been scheduled to host the event – also part of the Diamond League season – on 4-5 July.

UK Athletics is “hugely disappointed” to cancel the Games, its chief executive Joanna Coates [...]

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