The story behind the story in the 200 meters was Dafne Schippers return to the 200 meters, better her form from 2016, and take out Marie-Jose Ta Lou, who was the revelation of the women's sprints in 2017. Marie-Jose Ta Lou, from the Cote d'Ivoire, is proud of her country and proud to be an African sprinter and train in Africa (Dakar, Senegal).

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Shaunae Miller-Uibo had a masterful turn and last 50 meters, and ran herself into the bronze medal, after an exhausting and emotionally draining 400 meters. Watch this video if you are a 200 meter runner. You are watching three of the finest women sprinters in the world!

Special thanks to Mike Deering and Adam Johnson Eder on filming these events and AJ Felice for the briliant opening intros!

I love the throws. I have a picture up of Imre Nemeth in my home. I have pictures of Miklos Nemeth from his wonderous javelin throw in Montreal. As a Hungarian-American, I have a special affinity to the hammer.

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We were treated to Pawel Fajdek, Valeriy Pronkin, and Wojciech Nowicki really speaking about the secrets of the hammer. Fajdek is a fantastic athlete. The Polish star loves his event, and if you provide him questions with some knowledge of the event, he will reveal more (and he did here). I have not spoken to Valery Pronkin, but he speaks and looks like he comes out of a novel by Turgenev or Gogol. Pronkin was not happy with his throwing, and he noted that. Wajciech Nowicki was pleased with his medal and his PB this season.

If you are a throw coach, keep this one in your file (we have included all 52 videos from the 2017 London World Champs in our program now).

After nearly three weeks past the exciting BMW Berlin Marathon, which I watched on German TV, and followed on the website, I have some deep thoughts regarding one of the fastest marathons in the world. Read them, and then, tell me what you think. You can always reach me at [email protected].

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The pace makers do their work, BMW 2017 Berlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the beginning of week 18. The fartlek, Tempo Run and long run are key. The races are very important, and each one is becoming more and more important.

Enjoy your runs. Remember how lucky you are with each day of running.

clifton 4.jpgRunning your warm up, photo by HOKA ONE ONE.

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Lasitskene about her goals
MOSCOW (RUS): World high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene has played down her chances of winning the female IAAF Athlete of the Year award next month, informs Athletics Weekly. "Honestly, I don't believe that I will be even in the top three. It's so subjective, you know what I mean? Somebody loves jumps, somebody else loves running. Somebody prefers blondes, somebody prefers brunettes. Too many 'somebody.' If you look at the world rankings, for example, at all-athletics.com, you'll see that right now I'm in the first position and I have more points than the best male athlete. It shows that I was consistent for the whole season," she said. Lasitskene has outlined her main goals next year are the World Indoor Championships and European Championships. She also wants to improve her personal best in the coming year. In 2017 she was unbeaten.
Cherono_LawrencePort1-Kenya17.jpgLawrence Cherono, photo by PhotoRun.net
L. Cherono wins Amsterdam 2:05:09 PB, Nageeye 2:08:16 NR and EL
AMSTERDAM (NED, Oct 15): With splits of 62:51/62:18, Kenya's Lawrence Cherono won the TCS Amsterdam Marathon in a lifetime best of 2:05:09, breaking Daniel Wanjiru's course record by twelve seconds. The top five runners all broke the 2:06-barrier: Kenyans Norbert Kigen (2:05:13) and Abraham Kiptum (2:05:26) made it an all-Kenyan podium with Ethiopia's Mule Wasihun (2:05:39) and Kenya's Amos Kipruto (2:05:43) fourth and fifth respectively. The fastest entrant in the race Tesfaye Abera from Ethiopia finished eighth in 2:07:39 while Abdi Nageeye set a Dutch record and European lead 2017 of 2:08:16 to finish ninth. Notable non-finishers included former three-time winner Wilson Chebet from Kenya and debutant Zane Robertson from New Zealand. Ethiopia's Tadelech Bekele won the women's race in a lifetime best of 2:21:54(70:12/71:42) ahead of Kenya's Gladys Chesire (2:24:51) and Ethiopia's Azmera Abreha (2:25:23). Notable track runner Viola Kibiwott from Kenya was fourth in a 2:25:32 PB with former Boston Marathon winner Caroline Rotich fifth in 2:26:26.
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Chepchirchir defended
LISBON (POR, Oct 15): Kenya's Sarah Chepchirchir defended her title in the Lisbon Marathon, clocking 2:27:57 ahead of Ethiopians Afera Godfay (2:28:46) and Sichala Kumeshi (2:38:52). Kenya's Ishhimael Chemtan won the men's race in 2:10:51 from Bahrain's El Hassan El-Abassi (2:10:57) and Kenya's Daniel Limo (2:15:30). Bahrain's Eunice Chumba won the half marathon in 68:48 from Kenya's Visiline Jepkesho (69:31) and world marathon champion Rose Chelimo (69:48) while Sara Moreira was the top Portuguese finisher in sixth in 73:29. Ethiopia's Birhan Nebebew won the men's half marathon in 62:02 from Eritrea's Goitom Kifle (62:14) and Ethiopia's Deme Abate (62:20).
Chepchirchir_SarahFV-Lisbon17.jpGSarah Chepchirchir, photo by PhotoRun.net

Title (0;00;06;01).jpgFrank Gagliano is the head coach for HOKA ONE ONE NJNYTC. Frank has dedicated his life to coaching athletes and help them develop their skills. Gags, as he is called, believes in the power of cross country. Enjoy this video from the HOKA ONE ONE Coaching Series.

Here is the news from the recent meetings from European Athletics Association, with special thanks from EME News.

Vetter_JohannesQH1a-OlyGame16.jpgJohannes Vetter, photo by PhotoRun.net

1282856_G08_W01 JOhannes Vetter.jpgJohannes Vetter, 2017 European Athletics Athlete of the Year, photo from Getty/European Athletics
On Saturday night, October 14, the European Athletics Association named Johannes Vetter and Ekaterina Stefanidi as their 2017 athletes of the year. The story below is from the European Athletics site.

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