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IAAF AND CIFP TO RECOGNISE MOMENT OF FAIR PLAY FROM IAAF WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS DOHA 2019

The International Fair Play Committee (CIFP), in partnership with the IAAF, will look for moments that epitomise fair play during the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 with a view to recognising one athlete or moment at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2019 later in the year.

The CIFP was established more than 50 years ago to promote the principles of fair play in sport – fair competition, respect, friendship, team spirit, equality and sport without doping. It honours those who respect the written and unwritten rules of sport, which include integrity, solidarity, tolerance, care, excellence and joy, and who set an example for others, on and off the field.

Since Willye White was first honoured with an International Fair Play Trophy in 1965, many other track and field athletes have been recognised for instances of fair play. At the IAAF World Championships alone, eight awards have been handed out since 2003.

Spanish high jumper Ruth Beitia was the latest recipient of an award. She was recognised for her efforts to console Alessia Trost of Italy after she failed to qualify for the high jump final at the IAAF World Championships London 2017. It was an emotional moment for Trost, whose mother and former coach had passed away earlier that year.

Two athletes were also recognised for their actions at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA’s Abbey D’Agostino and New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin were the protagonists in one of the most uplifting moments of the Games. After they were both tripped in their heat of the 5000m, they put aside their personal anguish to help one another to get back on their feet. Although clearly in pain from the incident, the pair completed the race.

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Fans invited to vote for fair play moment
At this year’s World Championships, a jury comprising members of the CIFP and IAAF will create a shortlist of five fair play moments from the championships. During the week following the championships, fans will be able to cast their votes for the shortlisted moment that they feel best exemplifies fair play. These votes will be combined with the votes from the jury to determine three finalists for the Fair Play Award. The winner will be revealed at the IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco on 23 November.

“Since the 2003 World Championships in Paris, CIFP and the IAAF have had a wonderful opportunity to award a special Fair Play prize for athletics,” said CIFP President Jen? Kamuti. “We are once again thrilled to partner with the IAAF to honour incredible acts of fair play during the World Championships, and to bring the spirit of sportsmanship to a new geography in Doha, Qatar.”

Speaking on behalf of the IAAF, President Sebastian Coe said, “I am absolutely delighted that the International Fair Play Committee in collaboration with the IAAF will once again honour a Fair Play Moment at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019. Athletics is proud that several of our elite athletes have been past recipients of this award – most recently at the 2017 World Championships. This latest initiative demonstrates our profound commitment towards one of the core values of our sport: competing in the spirit of Fair Play.”

Jury members
Sunil Sabharwal (USA) Secretary General, CIFP
Kory Tarpenning (USA) Board Member, CIFP
Nawal El Moutawakel (MAR) IAAF Council Member
Valerie Adams (NZL) IAAF Athletes’ Commission
Adam Kszczot (POL) IAAF Athletes’ Commission
Ashton Eaton (USA) IAAF ambassador
Ximena Restrepo (CHI) member federation representative
Renaud Longuevre (FRA) coach
Jon Ridgeon (GBR) IAAF CEO

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PROVISIONAL ENTRY LISTS PUBLISHED FOR IAAF WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS DOHA 2019

Entry lists for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 confirm that more than 1900 athletes from 209 teams will be in action in the Qatari capital between 27 September and 6 October.

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The 1928 entries comprise 1039 men and 889 women. Of the 44 individual winners from two years ago, 38 will defend their titles in Doha. All 30 of the newly minted Diamond League champions will also be in action.

Some athletes set to compete in Doha will make history.

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Allyson Felix, the most decorated athlete in IAAF World Championships history, will have the opportunity of increasing her record tally. The US sprinter has 16 World Championships medals (11 gold, three silver and two bronze) and has been named as part of USA’s 4x400m squad.

When Spanish race walker Jesus Angel Garcia takes to the start line for the 50km race walk on 28 September, not only will the 49-year-old extend his own record number of appearances to 13, but the 1993 world champion will also become the oldest competitor ever to take part in an IAAF World Championships.

Official start lists will become available after the technical meeting on the evening of Thursday 26 September.

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TDK AND QNB TO SUPPORT IAAF’S WORLD RECORD PROGRAMME IN DOHA

A galaxy of stars will descend on Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday 27 September for 10 days of scintillating action at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, where the IAAF will once again run its world record programme.

Athletes who set a world record will be eligible* for a special award of US$100,000 offered by TDK and Qatar National Bank (QNB). The performance must be an improvement on the existing IAAF world record. Performances which equal the existing IAAF world record will not be eligible for a world record award.

Portugal’s Ines Henriques, who set a world record of 4:05:56 in the women’s 50km race walk at the World Championships in London two years ago, and USA’s Ashton Eaton, who broke the decathlon world record in Beijing in 2015 and will be one of the IAAF’s Ambassadors in Doha, are two of the most recent recipients of a world record award.

TDK’s involvement with the IAAF World Championships goes far beyond the world record programme as the Japanese electronics company has been the main bib sponsor for men’s events for all 16 previous editions and will maintain that involvement in Doha.

QNB, which joined the IAAF as a partner last year, will offer the same generous sponsorship package for women’s events at the IAAF World Championships.

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Prize money

Aside from the world record programme, a total of US$ 7,530,000 in prize money will be paid* by the IAAF in Doha as follows:

Individual events
Gold: US$ 60,000
Silver: US$ 30,000
Bronze: US$ 20,000
fourth place: US$ 15,000
fifth place: US$ 10,000
sixth place: US$ 6000
seventh place: US$ 5000
eighth place: US$ 4000

Relays (per team)
Gold: US$ 80,000
Silver: US$ 40,000
Bronze: US$ 20,000
fourth place: US$ 16,000
fifth place: US$ 12,000
sixth place: US$ 8000
seventh place: US$ 6000
eighth place: US$ 4000

* The payment of prize money and bonuses is dependent upon the usual ratification process.

WITH WORLD HALF MARATHON RECORD, KAMWOROR CEMENTS STATUS AS ONE OF HISTORY’S GREATEST EVER ATHLETES AT THE DISTANCE

Before he even lined up in Copenhagen on Sunday (15), Geoffrey Kamworor was already considered to be one of the best ever half marathon runners in history.

At the age of 26, the Kenyan had won three consecutive world titles at the distance – as well as winning two world cross-country titles in the ‘off’ years in between. He had won nine of his 13 career half marathons and had a lifetime best of 58:54.

But the one achievement missing from the half marathon section of his CV was a world record.

Three weeks ago, Kamworor won the hotly contested Kenyan 10,000m title, clocking 27:24.76 in the altitude of Nairobi, hinting at his strong form ahead of the Copenhagen Half Marathon.

The conditions in the Danish capital on the day weren’t quite perfect – if anything, the brief heavy rain shower was reminiscent of the torrid weather in Cardiff in 2016 when Kamworor won the second of his three world half marathon crowns – but it wasn’t enough to derail his world record aims.

Geoffrey Kamworor
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He gradually increased his pace up to and including 15 kilometres, clipping off the five-kilometre segments in 13:53, 13:41 and 13:31. His pace dipped slightly from then on as he followed it with 13:56, but he was still well inside his target pace.

Kamworor was rewarded with a finishing time of 58:01, taking 17 seconds off the previous world record and confirming his status as one of the all-time greats over 13.1 miles.

KAMWOROR BREAKS WORLD HALF MARATHON RECORD IN COPENHAGEN WITH 58:01

Geoffrey Kamworor took 17 seconds off the world record at the Copenhagen Half Marathon on Sunday (15), winning the IAAF Gold Label road race in 58:01*.

The 26-year-old Kenyan returned to the Danish capital, the scene of his first of three world half-marathon titles, in a bid to improve on the world record of 58:18 set in Valencia last year by Abraham Kiptum.

Outside of his appearances at the World Half Marathon Championships, it was Kamworor’s first 13.1-mile race since November 2014. His goal of breaking the world record was such an important target that he passed up the opportunity to compete at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.

Kamworor was part of a large group through the first five kilometres, covered in 13:51, just outside world record pace, but he upped the tempo and reached 10 kilometres in 27:32, six seconds inside his target time.

Shortly after, he was out in front alone but faced the prospect of covering the final 11 kilometres without company. It didn’t seem to faze him, though, nor did the brief heavy rain fall that occurred with 37 minutes on the clock.

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He covered the next five-kilometre segment in a swift 13:31, reaching 15 kilometres in 41:03, 11 seconds inside sub-58-minute pace. His pace dropped slightly for the final quarter but he looked strong and was still operating well inside world record pace.

The clock ticked over to 58 minutes just before Kamworor reached the finish line and moments later his winning mark was confirmed at 58:01. Five other men finished inside 60 minutes with Bernard Kipkorir taking second place in 59:16 from Ethiopia’s Berehanu Wendemu Tsegu (59:22) and Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo (59:27).

Ethiopia’s Birhane Dibaba Adugna, the 2018 Tokyo Marathon champion, won the women’s race in 1:05:57, taking almost two minutes off her lifetime best.

*Subject to the usual ratification procedure

IAAF APPROVES THE APPLICATION OF RUSSIA’S YEKATERINA IVONINA TO COMPETE INTERNATIONALLY AS A NEUTRAL ATHLETE

The IAAF Doping Review Board has agreed that the application of Russian middle distance runner Yekaterina Ivonina has met the exceptional eligibility criteria to compete in international competition as a neutral athlete under competition Rule 22.1A(b) while the Russian national federation (RusAF) remains suspended.

The application process for athletes seeking neutral status in international competitions in 2019 opened in December 2018. A total of 129 Russian athletes have so far been declared eligible to compete as authorised neutral athletes in 2019. 58 applications have so far been rejected and one neutral athlete status has been revoked.

The Doping Review Board is composed of Robert Hersh (chair), Sylvia Barlag and Antti Pihlakoski.

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The participation of all these athletes as neutral athletes in international competition is still subject to formalities for eligibility under IAAF Rules being completed and subject to acceptance of their entries by individual meeting organisers.

As this is an ongoing process, the IAAF will only make announcements as and when decisions are made by the Doping Review Board concerning successful applications and those athletes have been informed.

IAAF APPROVES THE APPLICATION OF 11 RUSSIANS TO COMPETE INTERNATIONALLY AS NEUTRAL ATHLETES

The IAAF Doping Review Board has agreed that the applications of 11 Russian athletes have met the exceptional eligibility criteria to compete in international competition as neutral athletes in 2019 under competition Rule 22.1A(b) while the Russian national federation (RusAF) remains suspended.

The application process for athletes seeking neutral status in international competitions in 2019 opened in December 2018. A total of 128 Russian athletes have so far been declared eligible to compete as authorised neutral athletes in 2019. 58 applications have so far been rejected and one neutral athlete status has been revoked.

The Doping Review Board, which is composed of Robert Hersh (chair), Sylvia Barlag and Antti Pihlakoski, has accepted the applications of the following athletes:

Kseniya Aksyonova (400m)
Mikhail Akimenko (High Jump)
Irina Ivanova (Pole Vault)
Vladislav Panasenkov (Javelin)
Dmitriy Sorokin (Triple Jump)
Sardana Trofimova (Marathon)
Anna Tropina (3000m steeplechase)
Yuliya Turova (20km race walk)
Nataliya Aksenova (High Jump)
Anatoliy Rybakov (5000/10000m)
Konstantin Shabanov (110mH)

The participation of all these athletes as neutral athletes in international competition is still subject to formalities for eligibility under IAAF Rules being completed and subject to acceptance of their entries by individual meeting organisers.

As this is an ongoing process, the IAAF will only make announcements as and when decisions are made by the Doping Review Board concerning successful applications and those athletes have been informed.