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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

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