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Paris 2024: World Athletics to introduce repechage round in all individual track events

Paris 2024: World Athletics to introduce repechage round in all individual track events

The World Athletics Council on Monday has said that theu will introduced a repechage round to all individual track events from 200m to 1500m in distance, including the hurdles events at the Paris Olympics.

“In the new repechage format, athletes who do not qualify by place in round one heats, will have a second chance to qualify for the semi-finals by participating in repechage heats,” the World Body said in a stament.

“The new rule will replace the former system of athletes advancing through fastest times in addition to the top placings in the first round heats.

“These events will now have four rounds – round one, repechage round, semi-finals and the final, with schedules varying according to the specific nature of the event.

“The new format means that every athlete competing in the events with a repechage round will have at least two races at the Olympic Games.”

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said: “After consulting with our athletes and broadcasters, we believe this is an innovation which will make progression in these events more straightforward for athletes and will build anticipation for fans and broadcasters.

The repechage rounds will give more exposure to our sport during the peak Olympic period and will be carefully scheduled to ensure that every event on our Olympic programme retains its share of the spotlight.”

The World body also approved entry standards for the 10,000m, marathon, combined events and race walk at the World Athletics Championships Budapest, which will be held 19-27 August next year.

The entry standards are projected to provide 50% of the quota in each event and were determined by statistical analysis of recent years´ performance levels. The remaining quota in each event will qualify either through world rankings, finishing position at designated competitions or by wild card.

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NC State Swimmers Sweep Day 3 Individual Events at Cary Sectionals

NC State Swimmers Sweep Day 3 Individual Events at Cary Sectionals


  • July 14-17, 2022
  • Triangle Aquatic Center, Cary, NC
  • LCM
  • Live Results
  • Results on Meet Mobile as “2022 ESSZ Speedo Southern Sectionals”

NC State swimmers dominated the third night of the Southern Sectionals meet in Cary, NC, winning all six individual events.

NC State’s Yara Hierath won her second event of the meet with a 4:16.88 in the 400 free. The rising junior also won the 800 free to start off the meet on Thursday.

Likewise, her teammate Abby Arens got her 2nd win of the week with a lifetime best and a win 59.04 in the 100 fly after winning the 200 IM on Thursday. Her teammate Kylee Alons was the only other swimmer under a minute, touching 2nd in 59.95.

Heather MacCausland made it three for three for the Wolfpack with a 1:09.17 win in the 100 breast. Her teammate Andrea Podmanikova took 2nd in 1:09.59. Both Alons and Podmanikova just wrapped up their senior seasons in Raleigh, but intend to return for a fifth year.

With only four teams entered in the 800 free relay, East Carolina Aquatics took the win in 8:33.00. The youngest two swimmers on the squad, Emily Armen and Adeline Cloutier, each split 2:06s.

The men’s side of the competition followed a pretty similar pattern. James Plage nearly got under the 3:50 mark with a 3:50.06 win the 400 free, with no one else within 8 seconds of his time tonight. That’s a new best for Plage, with his previous best of 3:51.41 coming from last summer’s Olympic Trials. Like Hierath, Plage won the 800 free on Thursday.

The Wolfpack men particularly dominated the 100 fly, taking the top three spots as those three swimmers battled it down to the final stroke. Luke Miller got his hand on the wall first with a 52.76 after going a lifetime best 52.64 in prelims. It was a battle of the Noahs behind him, with Noah Henderson just touch ahead of Noah Bowers, 53.05 to 53.06. The pair had previous lifetime bests of 53.40 and 53.41.

Another NC State soon-to-be fifth year, Rafal Kusto, won the 100 breast in 1:02.23, followed by Texas commit Will Scholtz of Lakeside at 1:02.99.

SwimMac went 1-2 in the 800 free relay, with 200 and 400 IM winner Baylor Nelson anchoring the winning ‘A’ team in 1:50.63, en route to a 7:40.99 win.

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Local athletes set to dominate individual events at Penn Relays

Local athletes set to dominate individual events at Penn Relays

Performances in the relays have received the lion’s share of the spotlight, but Jamaican high schools have also done very well in individual events at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia in the United States.

This trend should continue this week as several of these athletes are highly ranked on the World Athletics Under-20 Top List.

After a magnificent season so far in both the triple and long jump events, where he has won the double at both the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships (Champs) and the Carifta Games, Kingston College’s (KC) Jaydon Hibbert looks set to end his high school career on a high when he competes in the Championships of America High School Boys triple jump. The unbeaten Hibbert, who is ranked number one in both events among all juniors, will only contest the triple jump at the Penn Relays as both events take place simultaneously.

Hibbert, who won silver in the triple jump a year ago at the World Under-20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, has a leading mark of 16.66 metres and the University of Tennessee-bound athlete is expected to take top spot at the Penn Relays. Rajaun Ricketts of Jamaica College (JC) who finished second at Champs with 15.11m, is also down to contest the event.

JC’s Uroy Ryan, who was second to Hibbert in the Class One long jump at Champs, with 7.75m to Hibbert’s 7.87m, will be hoping to give Jamaica back-to-back wins in the event following Wayne Pinnock’s success in 2019. Petersfield High’s Rayon Walters and Demario Prince of St Jago High, with 7.32m and 7.28m, respectively, will also compete in the long jump.


Aaron McKenzie is expected to give KC their second individual success in the high jump. The Champs Class Two winner with 2.11m, topped his teammate, Verol Sam, who won in Class One with 2.05m. McKenzie will be eager to make up for his loss at the Carifta Games, where he ended third in the Under-17 category.

Edwin Allen High’s Christopher Young and Calabar High’s Kobe Lawrence, who finished first and second, respectively, in the Class One Boys’ Shot Put, look set to dominate in this event, where Young is the top seed with 19.37m and Lawrence, the second seed, with 18.86m. Young’s teammate at Edwin Allen, Trevor Gunzell, the Champs Class One discus winner, should complete a double success for the school. His season’s best 61.65m should make him hard to beat.

Following her disappointment at Champs in the Class One discus, where she was the overwhelming favourite to win but could only manage seventh, Holmwood Technical’s Cedricka Williams should shine in the event at the Penn Relays. Williams, who is ranked number two on the World Under-20 Top list with 53.91m, showed her pedigree at the Carifta Games with an impressive win in the under-20 event. She should ensure that the title remains in Jamaica following the win by Excelsior High’s Adrianne Adams in 2019. St Jago’s Abigail Marston and Camperdown High’s pair of Britannia Johnson and Victoria Christie are also in this event.

St Jago’s Anishka McDonald, the Carifta under-20 high jump champion, is expected to have a battle royal in the event with Toria Caven. Vere Technical’s Caven won in Class Two at Champs and has a season’s best of 1.78m, just behind McDonald, whose season’s best is 1.79m. McDonald did not compete at Champs.

Edwin Allen’s Serena Cole should close out a good meet for Jamaica when she contests the long jump. Ranked number two on the World Under-20 Top list with a best of 6.36m, Cole won in the Class One event at Champs and at the under-20 level at the Carifta Games.

Athletes will not get the chance to go for glory in the 400m hurdles, an event that Jamaica has dominated over the years. The organisers have removed it from the schedule for this year’s meet.

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Mikaela Shiffrin Skids Out Again in Final Beijing Olympics Individual Event

Mikaela Shiffrin Skids Out Again in Final Beijing Olympics Individual Event

YANQING, China—Mikaela Shiffrin skidded out of the the third of her five races at the Beijing Olympics on Thursday, the alpine combined, meaning the U.S. skiing superstar won’t win an individual medal at these Games.

Shiffrin passed the fifth gate—where she had skied out in the first two races at these Olympics, then had actual nightmares about it as she slept—but faltered a few gates later.