ON YOUR MARKS — July

Magnus Kirt is now a WR holder, of sorts: his 297-3 makes him the farthest lefty ever in the javelin. (MARK SHEARMAN)

SPLITMEISTER P.J. Vazel says that Amina Seyni’s final 100 of 12.6 in her breakthrough 49.19 in Lausanne is the fastest final stretch ever run in a top-class women’s 400…

A bill working its way through California’s legislature would allow college athletes in the state to earn compensation for the use of their own name, image or likeness, beginning in 2023. NCAA president Mark Emmert wrote to the committee chairs suggesting that if the bill is passed, athletes from California schools might be ruled ineligible for collegiate competition…

The list-leading 297-3 (90.61) javelin by Estonia’s Magnus Kirt is a world record for a lefty…

Former NCAA Indoor mile champ Karissa Nelson of Samford has signed with the Brooks Beasts (see Last Lap)…

Coco Gauff became the sensation of the tennis world after an amazing run at Wimbledon. Her mother is the former Candi Odom, who scored 4911 in the heptathlon in ’91 for Florida State…

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce still hasn’t decided if she wants to double the 100/200 in Doha, but says she has more work to do: “There are a lot of things that I am still not able to get accurately, and that’s because I’ve not been racing competitively. It’s trying to cement that first 30 and making sure the last 20m I focus more on my technique.”

Rule changes in the high school world include a measure allowing athletes to give competitors assistance provided no advantage is gained by either. Also, the exchange zone in relay races with legs of 200 or less is being increased to 30m, matching the IAAF and NCAA rule change…

Longtime T&FN correspondent Atsushi Hoshino has died at 93. He was Japan’s preeminent track journalist…

Jimmy Reardon, also 93, passed away in June. The 400 Olympian was Villanova’s first Irish recruit…

The IAAF rejected Jakob Ingebrigtsen’s 3:36.21 as a World Junior Indoor Record because the starting equipment wasn’t given a zero-control test. His later 3:36.02, however, passed with flying colors…

The Kingdom of Swaziland will now be called the Kingdom of Eswatini—though the official IAAF abbreviation will remain “SWZ”…

The USOC is now the USOPC as of June 20, incorporating “Paralympic” into the title…

Four-time Olympic hammerer Jud Logan is battling leukemia, having chemo sessions during the season in which his Ashland team won the Div. II outdoor title.

Some retirement: Bernard Lagat’s 2:12:10 for 7th in Australia’s Gold Coast Marathon rates as an American Masters Record. It was the 44-year-old’s second attempt at the distance…

The French city of Tournon-sur-Rhône has named its track after Kevin Mayer. That’s where the decathlon WR holder trained as a youngster…

Gugl Stadium in Linz has hosted meets for 67 years, but current plans for renovation indicate the track will be taken out. The Austrian federation will be taking that problem up with government officials…

Alexander Stadium, the home of the Birmingham DL meet, will be renovated, with seating increased from 12,700 to 18,000—and a capacity of up to 40,000 with temporary seating…

Colombia’s Ximena Restrepo, the ’91 NCAA 400 champ from Nebraska, has been endorsed by all of the South American federations as a candidate for the IAAF vice-presidency…

At July’s NACAC meetings, triple jump legend Willie Banks officially submitted his bid for the IAAF Council…

Stephanie Hightower, the former U.S. member of the IAAF Council, has been elected treasurer of NACAC…

Scotland’s Great Stirling XCountry race, canceled because of funding issues, will be reinvented as part of the new British Athletics Cross Challenge circuit…

The European Cup 10,000 races made use of Wavelight pacemaking lights, which were set at the Doha qualifying standards…

Joyciline Jepkosgei, the half-marathon World Record holder, has put her marathon plans on hold this season in an attempt to make the Kenyan Doha team at 10,000…

Athletes and specators at the Greensboro Street Vault got a frightful jolt when a woman driving a stolen car rammed the barricades and drove through the vaulting area. No one was injured and the driver was later apprehended…

A date hasn’t been set, but French prosecutors have confirmed that former IAAF president Lamine Diack and his son, Papa Massata Diack, will stand trial on corruption charges…

The IOC has opened up a new $145 million headquarters in Lausanne…

Shaunae Miller-Uibo would like to run the 200/400 double in a major championship, but says, “This year it’s not possible. But next year I am hoping for it. I’m hoping they can get the schedule right for us, because it is something we would like to do. A 400/200m double would be a rare achievement – and it would be fun to put it on for the crowd as well.”…

Mariya Lasitskene was among the expected performers at Tübingen, Germany, when a strong storm hit early in the meet, flooding the track and canceling the proceedings…

The reinvention of Tianna Bartoletta? She recently tweeted about a change in her long jump technique forced by wear and tear in her left leg: “Today I jumped off my right for the first time in my entire life as a jumper. This is where I start.”…

The rankings are in—only these are the ones to avoid. According to the Athletics Integrity Unit, the No. 1 nation in current drug bans is Russia at 87, followed by India (42) and Kenya (41)…

Trinidadian sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye was arrested in June in Round Rock, Texas, and charged with assault against her wife…

Russian deputy prime minister Vitally Mutko, who had been banned for life for orchestrating that country’s doping system, has had that verdict overturned on appeal to CAS…

Alex Parnov, who coached Aussie Steve Hooker to the Olympic pole vault gold, has resigned as national vault coach for unspecified inappropriate behavior…

Olympic high jump medalist Chaunté Lowe revealed on Instagram that she has breast cancer at age 35. She opted for a double mastectomy…

Santee, California, will host the U.S. 50K walk Olympic Trials on January 25…

The Kenyan federation has clarified that its World Championship squad will be selected at its late August national championship in Nairobi. It will be the first three across the line who have also undergone three out-of-competition tests and one in-competition…

Christian Taylor doesn’t want the triple jump to be on the Diamond League chopping block: “We want to stay alive, we want to stay in the Diamond League, in track & field. At the end of the day we want to make history. The potential is there for all of us to jump 18m [59-¾] so why not do it?”…

Caster Semenya—even if she loses her current appeal of the CAS decision that is pending in the Swiss courts, may still be eligible to race her chosen distance in Great Britain. Lawyer Marie Demetriou, who specializes in equality law, says that the IAAF rule affecting Semenya is not enforceable under the UK’s Equality Act, because it affects women and not men….

In a surprise move, Stanford coach Chris Miltenberg will be leaving the Farm to take the head coaching job at North Carolina, recently vacated by Harlis Meaders…

British hurdle great Colin Jackson has recently talked about his coming out as gay in ’17 and why he didn’t do it during his athletic career: “If I was a competing athlete I would have found it very distracting for me. When you don’t see many major footballers [coming out], I totally understand how they would feel.” He also revealed that he dealt with eating disorders during his career…

Three female Connecticut prep sprinters have filed a discrimination complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, saying that transgender athletes have cost them scholarship opportunities…

Eilish McColgan is taking the temperature extremes at the next two global championships seriously, having moved her base to hot-weather Doha, where she is being coached by her mother, Liz, the ’91 world champion at 10,000. ◻︎

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