HERE’S THE LATEST in the aches, pains & eligibility departments:
Sweden’s Meraf Bahta, the Euro 5K champion in ’14, started competing late this season after a bout with coronavirus. “She’s not in any great shape,” said her coach. “She’s had a tough spring.”
German 55.53 hurdler Jackie Baumann (daughter of Olympic 5000 champ Dieter Baumann) has decided to retire at age 24, saying there is too much pressure on her.
Bad news for the Borlée brothers: both Kevin and Jonathan pulled hamstrings in the 100 final at the Belgian Championships. For Kevin, it was a season-ender.
British walker Tom Bosworth, 6th in the 20K in Rio, has not competed since contracting coronavirus in March. He has only recently recovered.
Donavan Brazier had an undefeated, list-leading season (plus Nos. 4 & 5) in the 800, but he ended it early to deal with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
U.S. hurdler Freddie Crittenden pulled a muscle in the warmups in Doha and was unable to compete.
Garfield Darien has retired at age 32. The French hurdler (13.09 in ’17) won the bronze at the ’14 World Indoor.
American distance runner Noah Droddy on Twitter: “Over the last week in Boulder, I’ve been hit by a car (cycling), and a cyclist (running). Either I’m in the clear for a while now, or something really terrible is about to run over me.”
Amanda Eccleston, the 4th placer in the 1500 at the ’16 Trials, lost some time to injury this summer but returned to training in late June.
After finishing 2nd in the Rome DL 100 Aleia Hobbs pulled out of Doha with an unspecified injury.
’17 discus world champion Andrius Gudžius revealed he broke a 20-meet winning streak for Daniel Ståhl in Berlin despite nursing an injury, having ruptured a buttocks muscle in early September. “The trauma hindered my competition a lot,” he said. “My horse is leg speed; I couldn’t use my leg, so those throws were an imitation.”
Filip Ingebrigtsen pulled out of the Brussels DL with a minor calf injury and didn’t run again.
Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch, the Euro bronze medalist in the high jump, has made progress on the Achilles problems that kept her out of the WC last fall, and resumed training in late September.
Swiss sprinter Mujinga Kambundji terminated her season earlier than planned, citing muscular problems.
Only 20, Emmanouíl Karalís, the Greek vaulter who won silver at last year’s Euro U23 Championships and has a best of 19-¼ (5.80) may be at least semi-retired. He recently signed a soccer contract and says, “Can’t wait to give my shot in professional football.”
Olympic steeple champ Conseslus Kipruto tested positive for COVID-19 and lost his chance to compete in Europe this summer.
Konstanze Klosterhalfen had hoped to compete in Monaco but has put a hold on racing because of pain in her pelvic region.
Steepler Gesa Felicitas Kraus DNFed at the German champs and later ended her season, citing fatigue.
Poland’s Piotr Lisek had to withdraw from the Lausanne DL vault because of a calf injury, but he was quickly back in competition.
Riley Masters had surgery in June to correct a Haglund’s Deformity in his left foot. “Now seemed like a good time to address this chronic pain,” he Instagrammed.
Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, the Doha bronze medalist in the 110 hurdles, suffered a minor injury in his first outdoor outing of the season, missing a week of training.
Hungarian shot putter Anita Márton, a 6-time World Ranker, is expecting a baby in February but still intends to compete in the Olympics.
Belgium’s Hanne Maudens, a 6252-point heptathlete, says she is exhausted physically and mentally, and will be switching to the 400/800 (PRs 55.66 & 2:06.31).
Shaunae Miller-Uibo ended her season with a DNF in the 200 at Drake’s Big Blue event, saying she, “felt a little discomfort in my leg and decided to stop… We’ve had a really great season and it wasn’t worth the risk.”
Back trouble forced Dafne Schippers to withdraw from the Doha DL. “Unfortunately my back needs rest now,” she said. “It was a short and crazy season! Some injury setbacks but most of all some very welcome signs of my old form coming back I’m already looking forward to next season.”
’12 Euro 800 champ Lynsey Sharp did not compete this season after a stress fracture in her toe.
A metatarsal bone fracture ended the year for Serbian LJ star Ivana Španović after just one outdoor meet in June.
Jasmin Stowers has retired at 29. The ’15 USATF Indoor champion, she had a PR of 12.35 outdoors (good for No. 6 on the all-time U.S. list and No. 11 world) and World Ranked four times, with a high of No. 3 in ’15.
OT Marathon winner Aliphine Tuliamuk injured her sacroiliac joint in August. A month later she tweeted, “Today marks 7 days in a row of running, some days, the SI is better than others but overall manageable.”
She had an undefeated, PR-making season going, but French hammer thrower Alexandra Tavernier ended her season prematurely with sore Achilles tendons.
Reigning Olympic heptathlon gold medalist Nafi Thiam, still dealing with Achilles issues, didn’t compete at all outdoors.
Kara Winger has reported that ACL surgery on her left leg was a success and recovery has gone better than expected. “Loving the little victories in this journey when I thought I’d be miserable,” she said on Instagram.
8 years—Ridouane Harroufi (U.S., distances);
4 years—Hassan Chani (Bahrain, distances), El Mahjoub Dazza (Morocco, marathon), Ashish Jakhar (India, hammer);
3 years, 7 months—Vitaliy Shafar (Ukraine, marathon);
3 years, 6 months—Patrick Siele (Kenya, distances);
2 years—Philip Kangogo (Kenya, marathon), Gülcan Mingir (Turkey, steeple), Dzmitry Nabokau (Belarus, high jump);
18 months—Nataliya Pryshchepa (Ukraine, 800). □