As the athletics world took its first few tentative steps into 2020, the 2019 World Championships decathlon seemed a world away.
Having undergone serious shoulder surgery, elbow and achilles issues as well as a cancer scare, there is little wonder Maria Andrejczyk has had to draw upon her 'warrior' spirit after several years of turmoil.
Over the course of a running career that began in the early 1990s, New Zealander Melissa Moon amassed 21 national titles, and made national teams for the World Half Marathon Championships, World Cross Country Championships and World University Games. But it wasn't until she took on another challenge - running up and down mountain trails, and later up staircases that lead to the observation decks of the world’s tallest buildings, non-traditional venues that today’s runners in lockdown are beginning to embrace - that Moon finally found her true running calling.
Ron Freeman has produced numerous noteworthy accomplishments in his 72 years.
María Vicente loves athletics so much that even the combined events isn’t enough for her.
Andrew Douglas knows how it feels to spend an extended period of time away from the office.
The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games may have caused athletes to undergo a significant re-jig of their plans in order to now peak for the summer of 2021.
When Italy’s 17-year-old rising star Larissa Iapichino won the European U20 long jump title last year, she followed some very big, and very familiar footsteps: those of her mother, Fiona May, who took the same title in 1987, eight years before winning the first of her two world long jump crowns.
Drawing from the Boston Athletic Association’s vast well of experience, CEO Tom Grilk believes preparation is key to helping them and other race and event organisers navigate a route through the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Thirty-five years ago today in Rotterdam, Portugal’s Carlos Lopes smashed the world best for the marathon by 53 seconds with a time of 2:07:12 to become the first man to run the distance in under two hours and eight minutes.