IAAF Awards 2020 World Indoors To China; Russia Still In The Hot Seat

Below are a few notes of interest from the 212th IAAF Council Meeting currently being held in Monaco. 

2020 IAAF World Indoor Championships Awarded To China

Nanjing, China, successfully won the bid to host the 2020 IAAF World Indoor Championships over Belgrade, Serbia, and Torun, Poland. Nanjing last hosted a major track and field event in 2014 with the Olympic Youth Games.

The IAAF also announced Gydnia, Poland, as host city of the 2020 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and Minsk, Belarus, as host city of the 2020 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships.

Russia Still Banned -- For Now

The IAAF will not reinstate the Russian Athletics Federation to its membership until the nation fulfills five verification criteria, only one of which it has achieved to date ("support for the Clean Sport Movement"). According to the IAAF briefing, the Russian federation has "partly met" the requirements to improve drug testing and enforce coaching suspensions, but has thus far failed to acknowledge the McLaren findings and reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). 

The McLaren report indicates that state-sponsored doping helped over 1,000 Russian athletes cheat in 30 different sports between 2012 and 2015. 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is slated to decide on December 5 whether or not the entire Russian Athletics Federation will be banned from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games hosted by Pyeongchang, South Korea. Only the track and field athletes were banned from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The Next Ruth Jebet Is Still Wearing A Kenyan Jersey

The transfer of allegiance process will remain frozen until at least March 2018, when the IAAF Working Group is scheduled to meet again on the topic. The group cited "a lack of understanding as to the key drivers behind some transfers." Many of the highest profile athletes from Bahrain, Turkey, and Qatar are actually Kenyan in nationality but are paid to transfer their allegiance.

USATF & NACAC Said Winners Would Get The 'A' Standard--That's Not True

In the wake of last weekend’s North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Championships in Toronto, Canada, confusion has abounded regarding whether or not first-place athletes from the event would receive 2019 IAAF World Championships “A” standards as a result. 

Lyles vs Coleman, Asher-Smith vs Miller-Uibo; Birmingham DL Preview

What Are The Top Races At The Birmingham Diamond League?

The Diamond League picks back up in Birmingham, England, on Saturday after a three-week hiatus for the European Championships. The narrative of the season has been altered a bit by the results at those championships—standout performances elevated several runners and set the stage for an exciting last two weeks of the Diamond League season. 

House Of Run: Teenage Takeover At Euro Champs

Jason and Kevin tackle some unexpected questions after European Championships, including:

These Teens Were Stars Before Mondo Duplantis And Jakob Ingebrigtsen

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2018 European Championships - Men's 1500m, Final - Jakob Ingebrigtsen FTW!

Teenage fever is currently sweeping across the world of track and field. 

Mondo Duplantis' Epic Leap Highlights Flaws In American Record Rules

Mondo Duplantis: Prodigy (Trailer)

Reverberations from 18-year-old Mondo Duplantis’ electrifying 6.05m pole vault clearance on Sunday at the 2018 European Championships are still being felt, and among them is the peculiar question of whether the mark will be ratified as an American record.

She's Back: Shalane Flanagan Going For New York City Repeat

Coach Jerry Schumacher congratulates Shalane Flanagan on her NYC Marathon victory

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At 34, Stephanie Bruce Is Having Her Best Year Yet

There’s a reevaluation that happens when professional runners start to creep into their 30s. Sure, a marathoner might still be in the potential prime of his or her career, but the likelihood of continuing to improve in leaps and bounds decreases significantly with age—especially when you’ve never won a big one before.

But that hasn’t been the case for Stephanie Bruce, who trains with Ben Rosario’s HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite training group in Flagstaff, Arizona. When the 34-year-old mother of two won the AJC Peachtree Road Race in July—which doubles as the USATF National 10K Championships—she captured the first national title of her career with a late-race surge over teammate Aliphine Tuliamuk, the defending Peachtree champion and a nine-time U.S. champion.

Shalane Flanagan Is Still On The Go, And So Is Her New Cookbook

The way Shalane Flanagan tells it, she and her cookbook co-author Elyse Kopecky had no intentions of producing a follow-up to their 2016 New York Times bestseller “Run Fast. Eat Slow.” 

Jordan Mann Reflects On His First Team USA Experience

Jordan Mann Is Eating Chicken Tonight

This is the third entry in a series from Jordan Mann, this year's surprise fifth-place finisher in the U.S. steeplechase and mixed zone media darling. This weekend, he chronicled his experience competing at the North American, Central American, and Caribbean Championships (NACAC) in Toronto, Canada. On Sunday, he finished third in a three-person field. 

Presenting FloTrack's 2018 European Championships Awards

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2018 European Championships - Men's 400m Hurdles, Final

The times were fast, the stars were young, and the meet might have been the best in all of 2018. Let’s recap the 2018 European Championships by handing out some much-deserved awards.