Berlin 2018: 75 000 tickets sold - BERLIN (GER): First record for Berlin European Championships 2018. 330 days before the event already 75 000 tickets have been sold. It is the best start ever for the championships in terms of ticket sales. London World Championships succes contributed, top foreign sales came from Great Britain, Poland, Switzerland and Netherlands. In total 300 000 spectators are expected. New in offer are hospitality tickets with exclusive service.
Athens marathon expects 50 000 runners - ATHENS (GRE): The 35th edition of the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” takes place on Sunday, November 12, beginning as ever from the coastal town of Marathon and leading elite and mass runners on the challenging course into the heart of Athens and the finish line in the marble arena of the Panathenaic Stadium. Prior to the marathon’s start on the second Sunday morning in November, the spotlight will be shared with the 11th International “Marathon Symposium” of the AIMS, organised by SEGAS. The venue for the annual meeting of more than 60 race directors from around the world has become an ideal match since AIMS moved its headquarters to Athens in 2011. Athens will also host the 11th AIMS Best Marathon Runner Awards Gala, with the best male and female runner over the classic distance in 2017 being decided by the votes of the more than 400 AIMS members. This year over 50,000 runners are expected to register for the various events in the Greek capital. They will include a record of at least 18,500 who will run the classic marathon with more than 8,500 of them arriving in Athens from over 100 countries. From Race News Service.
Farah commited to London Marathon 2018 - LONDON (GBR): Mo Farah confirmed he will run the Virgin Money London Marathon next year (April 22), the first step in his new road career. He has competed there twice before, dropping out as planned in 2013 and running 2:08:21 for eighth in 2014. “When I decided to concentrate solely on the roads from 2018 I knew that I wanted this to be my first marathon,” said Farah. “The London Marathon has been a great supporter of me over the years. It doesn’t feel that long ago that I was running the Mini Marathon and in my early years the London Marathon provided me with crucial funding support.”
Amos for 500 m - NEWCASTLE (GBR): Nijel Amos and Aries Merritt are among the top international stars taking part in the Great North CityGames at Newcastle-Gateshead on September 9. Amos will race over 500m where he will face a line-up including fellow 800m specialist Guy Learmonth and 400m specialists Martyn Rooney, Dwayne Cowan and Rabah Yousif while Merritt faces teammate Jarrett Eaton and former European indoor champion Petr Svoboda in the 110m hurdles.
Arevalo and de Sena - MONACO (MON): World champion Eider Arevalo of Colombia is also winner of the 2017 IAAF Race Walking Challenge with 36 points. Second Brazilian bronze medalist from London Caio Bonfim 25 and third Andres Chocho of Ecuador also 25. In the fourth place South African record holder Lebogang Shange with 20, he was also fourth in London. Canadian Evan Dunfee takes fifth 19, the same score for 6th placer Perseus Karlstrom from Sweden.
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