STATUS QUO — November

THE LATEST in the aches, pains & eligibility departments (noting that our big annual collegiate recruiting feature, Where They Are Going, will be in the December edition):

WR holder Brigid Kosgei was forced out of the London Marathon with a hamstring problem. (MARK SHEARMAN)

Provisional doping suspensions have been announced for a rash of Kenyans: Mark Kangogo, Kenneth Kiprop, Diana Kipyokei, Betty Lempus, Ibrahim Mukinga, Kenneth Kiprop Renju, Ibrahim Wachira.

Maternity department: Brenda Martinez, who hasn’t competed since the Olympic Trials, has announced that she is expecting a child in March; fellow halfmiler Kate Grace has announced she is expecting sometime next year too.

After losing the tail end of the track season to a calf injury, Muktar Edris returned to racing in October. “I am now back in good shape,” he said.

Mo Farah pulled out of the London Marathon with a hip injury.

Three-time NCAA triple jump champ Emmanuel Ihemeje has announced his departure from Oregon.

Henrik Ingebrigtsen, while continuing to train and compete, will now be serving as coordinator for brothers Filip and Jakob.

Peres Jepchirchir has withdrawn from the New York Marathon due to an unspecified injury.

Jacob Kiplimo withdrew from the Delhi Half-Marathon with a minor hamstring problem.

A minor hamstring injury knocked WR holder Brigid Kosgei out of the London Marathon.

Former long jump world champ Luvo Manyonga, currently serving a ban until December 2024 for whereabouts violations, says he is clean of his drug addiction now and hoping to return to the sport.

Olympic walk champion Antonella Palmisano had surgery on her left leg. She missed Worlds because of the injury.


The Club Scene…

BYU women’s coach Diljeet Taylor is now heading a pro group called “Taylor Made Elite” in addition to her collegiate duties. On the roster are former Cougar stars Anna Bennett, Erica Jarvis, Whittni Morgan, and Courtney Wayment.

Stanford alum Christina Aragon has joined the Nike Bowerman training group.

Craig Engels has left the Union Athletic Club and is training in San Luis Obispo with Ryan Vanhoy, who was his coach at Mississippi.

Emily Infeld has signed on with Team Boss.

McKenna Keegan, runner-up in the NCAA 800 for Villanova, has joined the Union Athletic Club.

Also joining the Union AC is Michaela Meyer, who won the NCAA 800 in ’21 for Virginia.

World and Olympic heptathlon champ Nafi Thiam has parted with her coach of the last 14 years, Roger Lespagnard.

Jamaican sprint prodigy Briana Williams has left the coaching of Ato Boldon to work with Gregory Little and Michael Frater.

Futsum Zienasellassie has rejoined HOKA NAZ Elite as the one-time USATF 10M champion shifts his focus to the marathon.


The Retirement Corner…

Germany’s 8304-point decathlete Mathias Brugger has retired at age 30.

James Dasaolu, the ’14 European 100 champion for Britain, is done at age 35.

Although she’s only 26, German heptathlete Louisa Grauvogel has hung ’em up, citing acute hearing loss brought on by the stress of training.

An NCAA scorer while at UCLA before going on to represent Greece internationally, shot putter Nick Scarvelis has retired at 30 to become the throws coach at UC San Diego.

Swiss hurdler Noemi Zbären, 28, a WC semifinalist, has announced her retirement to concentrate on her biomedical research.


Doping Suspensions…
3 years — Philemon Kacheran (Kenya, marathon), Kamelpreet Kaur (India, discus), Marius Kipserum (Kenya, marathon), Felix Korir (Kenya, marathon), Fernanda Mata (Venezuela, triple jump), Emmanuel Saina (Kenya, marathon), Shivpal Singh (India, javelin);
22 months — CJ Ujah (Great Britain, sprints);
15 months — Jakub Krzewina (Poland, sprints);
10 months — Lilian Rengeruk (Kenya, distance). □

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