MEMORIES OF LONDON 2017
IT’S ALWAYS a sad moment when a major championship draws to an end. At the IAAF World Championships in London I remember leaving the stadium at around midnight on the final day and workmen were already ripping down the athletics infrastructure in the mixed zone. Then, in the following days, the withdrawal symptoms kick in.
It’s now been almost two months since the glorious events of London 2017. The dust has settled on the championships and the stadium has reverted to football mode, with West Ham facing Spurs in the Premier League this weekend, for example.
This summer our results editor Steve Smythe attended his 11th IAAF World Championships and he offers some reflections on p24-29 of this issue.
What are your memories? Let us know by emailing haveyoursay@athleticsweekly. com and we’ll print them in our letters page this autumn.
EVERY now and again there is a mouth-watering clash that captures the imagination of the road running world. Over the half-marathon distance we saw it at the Great North Run in 2013 when Mo Farah faced Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie.
Now, in the BMW Berlin Marathon this weekend, Bekele takes on Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge and former world recordholder Wilson Kipsang in a race to break Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2:02:57 (see preview p56).
The race is live on Eurosport and will be covered in depth in next week’s AW. Not surprisingly, some people are talking about a sub-two-hour marathon. Despite Kipchoge’s amazing 2:00:25 in Monza in May, it’s too early to talk seriously about a sub-two on a course like Berlin. But we could see an official world record given the quality of the line-up.
Above: Dennis Kimetto
Cover: Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (Dan Vernon) and the London Stadium (Mark Shearman)
Jason Henderson, editor