Oslo Diamond League Press Conference Highlights

Oslo Diamond League Press Conference Highlights

It’s always a pleasure to return to Oslo’s City Hall for the traditional strawberry party hosted by the mayor of the Norwegian capital on the eve of the ExxonMobil Bislett Games. The building is spectacular (I posted a tour a few years back on my blog), and the company always charming.

In attendance for the press conference were: sprinters Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and Jamaican Elaine Thompson, ahead of their 200m showdown; Canada’s Andre de Grasse, Ameer Webb of the US and Kim Collins of St. Kitts & Nevis, who’ll contest the 100m; and Renaud LaVillenie of France and Canada’s Shawn Barber, respectively the Olympic and world champions in the pole vault.

My highlights summary for the IAAF is here.

Eleven Minutes With Tori Bowie

Tori Bowie Doha 2016

Here are seven images of Tori Bowie, the 2015 US national champion and world championships bronze medalist in the 100m dash. Needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway, she’s one of the fastest women on the planet.

Cross-posted with my blog Piran Café

These were taken during an informal press conference in Doha, Qatar, last week ahead of track and field’s international Diamond League series opener, a competition I’ve covered most years since its inception in 2010. I sat in with Bowie and a couple other journalists for just over 11 minutes, thus the clever title of what I hope will grow into an occasional candid portrait project under the name, “Eleven Minutes With..” or, if time is more constrained, “Seven Minutes With…”. You get the idea.

It’s not a lot of time, but enough to get a general feel for the subject, to experience their different moods and reactions along with an introduction to who they are. It’s a challenge I like, especially so when the subject is as animated as Bowie.

Tori Bowie 2 - Doha May 2016

So, who is Tori Bowie?

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The 2016 Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon – Summary and 41 Images

 

I just returned from Istanbul where I spent the weekend doing some media work for the organizers of last Sunday’s Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon. It was the 11th edition of the event, but just the second that featured a professional elite field.

The men’s race was quite competitive, won by Ali Kaya of Turkey in 1:00:16, a new national record and European Under-23 record. He ran impressively to beat a solid field which included two world record holders: Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea, the world record holder over the half marathon distance, and Kenyan Leonard Komon, the world record holder at 10km and 15km.

Violah Jepchumba of Kenya was dominant in the women’s race, winning by more than a minute in 1:08:17.

In the specialist distance running and track & field media, the weekend was dominated by the London Marathon, one of the premiere 42.2km races in the world. Given that, we managed to attract some decent coverage. A sampling of stories that appeared via press releases I produced and distributed:

Previews:

Reports:

Ali Kaya and Leonard Langat at the 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

Ali Kaya and Leonard Langat at the 2016 Istanbul Half Marathon

 

Image Gallery – 2016 Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon

Below is an image gallery featuring 41 photos of the elite athletes that figured prominently in the race. I shot from a vehicle leading the men’s contest, so unfortunately there are very view images from the women’s.

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Coverage of the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, Doha 2016

I just returned from Doha, Qatar, where I spent last week working with the local organizers’ press team for the 7th Asian Indoor Track & Field Championships. Nearly 300 athletes from 36 countries competed in the three-day event, the largest Asian sporting competition, in terms of participating nations, that will be held in 2016.

Our work appeared in numerous local, regional and international media outlets; below are a links to my daily reports published by the IAAF, the international governing body for track and field.

This was my eighth working visit to Qatar since early 2010, and it’s always interesting to see how rapidly its capital Doha continues to grow and change. You can check out several posts, articles and images from previous visits on my blog here.

 

Elite Athlete Images From the 2015 Beirut Marathon

Jackson Limo winning the 2015 Beirut Marathon

Jackson Limo winning the 2015 Beirut Marathon

BEIRUT, LEBANON — This is Jackson Limo of Kenya who won today’s Banque du Liban Beirut Marathon in a time of 2 hours 11 minutes and four seconds, breaking the course record by nine seconds. Below is Hussein Awada, the first Lebanese to cross the line. He finished eighth overall.

Hussein Awada of Lebanon at the 2015 Beirut Marathon

Hussein Awada of Lebanon at the 2015 Beirut Marathon

 

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2015 Ljubljana Marathon – Coverage and Image Gallery

Paul Kipkemboi at the 2015 Ljubljana Marathon

Paul Kipkemboi at the 2015 Ljubljana Marathon

 

Here are a handful of shots from today’s 20th Ljubljana Marathon, won by Ethiopians Limenih Getachew and Melkam Gizaw. Above, Kenyan Paul Kipkemboi leading the men’s race as a pack of 12 approached the midway point.

Getachew clocked 2:08:19 for his first career marathon win, setting a new race record. Gizaw stopped the clock in 2:25:42, 18 seconds shy of the race record set six years ago, but a new personal best by 42 seconds.

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Coverage From the World Youth Track and Field Championships, Cali 2015

Maribel Vabessa Caicedo at the World Youth Championships in Cali

I was in Cali, Colombia last week as part of the reporting team for the IAAF, track and field’s international governing body, for the ninth edition of the IAAF World Youth Championships, a gathering of the planet’s finest 15, 16 and 17 year-old athletes. Above is Maribel Vanessa Caicedo of Ecuador after the semi-finals of the 100 meter hurdles when she suddenly emerged as one of the fastest teenagers of all-time. Her unlikely rise continued when she won the title about three-and-a-half hours later, claiming the first gold medal ever at these championships for Ecuador. She was smiling a lot then, too.

Besides several event previews and reports, I also contributed a few athlete features as well:

And if want to put a face to a name, I posted some quick snapshots of a few of the athletes on my blog here, here and here.