ON YOUR MARKS — October

Yulimar Rojas broke the World Record in winning Olympic TJ gold: next up, she says, is the 16-meter (52-6) barrier. (GLADYS CHAI/ASVOM AGENCY)

WHAT’S IT WORTH? The #506 bib that Steve Prefontaine wore in the ’70 NCAA Cross Country Championships is up for auction; the bidding was up to $6050 when we went to press…

Yulimar Rojas still has big goals after winning the Olympic triple jump with a World Record 51-5 (15.67). She told Reuters that her plan for next year is to stay consistent above 15 meters (49-2½): “Above 15.50 [50-10¼] gives me stability and to reach 16 meters [52-6], it will be easier, so 16m is the most important aspiration that I have.”…

Racing for 24 hours in Poland in late August, Lithuanian Aleksandr Sorokin covered 192.252M (309.4K) which in most people’s minds is a very long drive. That added nearly 4M to the old best.

On a related note, Eliud Kipchoge says that once he’s done with the marathon, he wants to try an ultra-marathon, “Just to feel how it is. Running for more than 4 or 5 days or even run at once for 70 kilometers. I really want to feel the pain of running for a long time.”…

Track great Sifan Hassan says she’s not moving to the roads yet: “I’m still young so I can also focus on the longer distances such as the marathon later. I want another World Record in the 1500 and 5000m. And again in the 10,000. A personal record in the 800 would be beautiful too.”…

Exiled Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, now in Poland, auctioned off her ’19 Euro Champs medal for $20,000…

The U.S. team for the ’22 World Half-Marathon Champs (March 27 in Yangzhou, China) will include the winners of the USATF 10M, 20K, and 25K championships, as well as the top 2 from the USATF Half-Marathon race in December…

Marielle Hall has left the Bowerman TC and will now be coached by Kurt Benninger, husband of Molly Huddle…

Olympian John Godina is now a volunteer throws assistant at Grand Canyon…

The new head of competition management at World Athletics is Pierce O’Callaghan, the Irishman who was Director Of Operations for the ’17 WC and Director Of Readiness in ’19…

Former decathlete Alain Blondel has been appointed as track’s director for the Paris Olympics…

A new CEO for the ’28 LA Olympic organizing committee: Kathy Carter…

Ian Beattie has been appointed the new chair of UK Athletics during what has been called a period of great turmoil for the organization. He previously headed Scottish Athletics…

Petros Kyprianou, past head coach at Georgia, is now director of sports performance at a high school, Episcopal School in Jacksonville…

Olympian Alan Culpepper has joined the UTEP staff to assist with the Miner distance runners…

Sanya Richards-Ross has a new gig coming up as one of the cast members in season 14 of the Bravo reality show Real Housewives Of Atlanta.

Usain Bolt has released an album of Jamaican dancehall music called “Country Yutes.” After its release, it hit No. 1 among reggae albums on iTunes…

Ethiopian Derara Hurisa (2:09:22) was DQed after “winning” September’s Vienna Marathon for having shoes that were 1cm too thick. On his entry he had specified legal shoes, but apparently switched to a too-thick training model…

Ethiopia’s Omer Ahmed won the half-marathon at the Great Bristol Run by nearly 5 minutes with his 1:03:08, then was disqualified. Turns out he had entered the 10K and ending up running 12K farther after missing a turn…

World Athletics made a profit of $2.1 million in ’19, largely because of the $6.8 million it was reimbursed by the Russian federation…

The IOC has suspended North Korea until the end of ’22 for failing to send a team to the Olympics…

The Olympic COVID bubble apparently worked, as Japanese authorities are saying that not a single infection passed from an individual related to the Games to the Japanese public…

Our counterpart in France, the magazine Athlétisme, has celebrated its 100th anniversary…

Winning the women’s shot at the Paralympics was Lisa Adams, sister to past Olympic shot champ Valerie Adams, for a rare family double. A feature-length biopic of Valerie aimed at the New Zealand/Australia market is in the works…

Vesteinn Hafsteinsson, coach of Daniel Ståhl, says he is reducing the star’s training by 25–35% in the coming years. “He does not need to build the house, the house is already built. Now he’s just going to take care of it.”…

What’s an African Record in the 100 worth? For Kenyan Ferdinand Omurwa, at least a car. OdiBet, a gaming firm, gifted him a Toyota Harrier worth $45,000…

The Caster Semenya case is still kicking. The battle between the controversial South African runner and CAS in the European Court of Human Rights has a new wrinkle, as the court has invited the South African Human Rights Commission to intervene as a third party.

Semenya is considering suing WA for damages after the recent correction to the DSD study that was instrumental in derailing her career. Her lawyer described the timing of the correction after the Tokyo Games as “shocking and reprehensible.”…

North Texas will be getting a new indoor facility. In partnership with the Texas Track & Field Coaches Association, RunRite is planning a 200,000 square-foot complex dedicated to track & field…

Alabama State has announced that it will be beginning major renovations to its track facilities…

USC has dedicated the new Colich Track Center as the home of the Trojan track & field programs; it is adjacent to Cromwell Track…

After French athletes won just one medal on the track in Tokyo, the federation’s high-performance director, Florian Rousseau, resigned…

WADA has given warning to the Russian sports minister not to interfere with drug testing in the country, and also to fill the year-old vacancy at the top of RUSADA. “The need for RUSADA to retain its independence is critical,” said WADA head Witold Bańka…

The Asian Youth Games, set for November in Shantou, China, have been postponed to December ’22 because of COVID…

Both the United States and South Korea are bidding to host the ’27 World University Games. The U.S. candidate is North Carolina…

Vladivostok is not the first city that comes to mind when one says “Olympics,” but the Siberian seaport on the Pacific is throwing its hat into the hopper for the ’36 Games. Says the mayor, “We do realize our chances are not that big.”…

Australia is considering a bid to host the ’26 Commonwealth Games

Barranquilla, Colombia, has been confirmed as the host of the ’27 Pan-Am Games

After its successful hosting of the World Juniors (U20) in Nairobi, Athletics Kenya says it is ready to host a World Championship. “In 2007, we hosted the World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, 10 years later we successfully hosted the World Under 18 and now World under 20,” said AK president Jack Tuwei. “The question is what next? We are definitely going to bid for the World Championships in either 2025 or 2027.”…

The next World Cross Country, set for Bathurst, Australia, has been postponed a year, to February 18, 2023…

Meanwhile, Florida’s Leon County has approved a $250,000 bid to host the ’26 World XC at Tallahassee’s Apalachee Regional Park, home of this fall’s NCAA meet…

The World Marathon Majors may be adding South Africa’s Cape Town race to the prestigious loop…

Olympic 4×1 gold medalist Morolake Akinosun won an Emmy as a producer on the video series Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man

A fitting tribute for Olympian Vernon Norwood in his hometown of Morgan City, Louisiana, where the high school track is being named in his honor…

Dunellen, New Jersey, has also renamed a track. The community oval in Columbia Park is now named after favorite daughter Sydney McLaughlin…

What’s in a name? The organizers of the Tokyo Marathon have postponed their ’21 race till March 06, 2022. However, they have cancelled their 2022 race, which was set for March 06… You read that right. There will be a “’21” race in ’22, but no “’22” race. □

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