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Ferrand-Prévot and Carod win short track events at Val di Sole MTB World Cup

Ferrand-Prévot and Carod win short track events at Val di Sole MTB World Cup

The final round of the first-ever World Cup season in the cross-country Short Track (XCC), saw world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (BMC) win the women’s race and her BMC teammate Titouan Carod win the men’s on Friday, in Val di Sole, Italy. 

The first overall series titles went to Alessandra Keller (Thomus Maxon) and Alan Hatherly (Cannondale Factory).

The women’s 20-minute race quickly came down to four riders – Ferrand-Prévot, Keller, Loana Lecomte (Canyon Collective) and Olympic XCO champion Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory).

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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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What to know about the track and field world championships

What to know about the track and field world championships

The track and field world championships, the sport’s largest stage outside of the Olympics, are about to be contested in North America for the first time. Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., the spiritual home of track and field in the United States, will host the planet’s fastest runners, longest throwers and highest fliers over 10 days starting Friday.

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Rissveds, Colombo win Lenzerheide World Cup short track events

Rissveds, Colombo win Lenzerheide World Cup short track events

Jenny Rissveds won the fifth stop of the Short Track (XCC) series in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on Friday. The Swede held off the strong Swiss duo of Alessandra Keller and Jolanda Neff in picture-perfect conditions in Switzerland, which was held on a one-kilometre course around the Bike Arena. 

“Lenzerheide is quite similar to Sweden. Many roots. I like that. I didn’t really have a strategy, but found I was the fastest through the root passages, so I just went for it. I just found a good balance in my life. I’m happy and I love cycling and I enjoy racing too. It can go on like this,” Rissveds said after the UCI MTB World Cup victory, her third podium of the year in short track.

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National track meet expected to boost Township’s economy – Aldergrove Star

National track meet expected to boost Township’s economy - Aldergrove Star

Bringing one of the biggest track and field competitions in Canada to Langley will have impacts far beyond the medals handed out on the podiums, say organizers and local politicians.

It’s part of a decades-long process that has seen Langley Township position itself as a sports tourism destination, aimed at bringing in big events and economic spin offs.

Getting the Bell Canada Track and Field Championships here was a marathon, not a sprint.

Although the Township has been expanding its sports fields and its track facilities for years, the seed for the current event was planted in 2014 and 2015 when McLeod Athletic Park hosted the Canadian Youth Track and Field championships, said Brent Dolfo, chair of the Bell Canada host committee.

It’s also been regularly hosting the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships, the most recent of which just wrapped up last week.

“We began to dream of what would it take to hold the national championships here in Langley,” Dolfo recalled.

The Langley Mustangs, the track club Dolfo has been affiliated with for years, connected to the business community, and with the Township’s Parks department.

For an event of this size, you need to be in lockstep with the local municipality, Dolfo said.

“The council was very enthusiastic,” he said.

By early 2017, that dream was becoming a reality, as the Township was shortlisted along with five other communities. It would win the right to host the games for two years by the end of 2017, but its facilities would need some upgrades. Many were already scheduled or were repairs, such as to the grandstand’s aging roof, but others were needed to bring the facilities up to the standard of a national event.

READ ALSO: Langley short-listed for elite meet

What would become a $5 million project included a brand-new track surface, a four lane 60-metre warm-up track, an additional long jump pit, an expanded high jump fan, a new shot put area, an additional pole vault area, extra security fencing and gating, and a new designated spectator areas for the field events, along with more parking.

The organizational ability of the host club and the Township’s facilities won Langley Township the bid, beating out major cities like Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, and Edmonton.

And then COVID scuttled plans for two years.

READ MORE: McLeod Athletic Park still closed as $5 million upgrades near completion

“Even last year, there was no national championships,” Dolfo said.

So this year and next, the Township will finally host the event, which attracts top athletes seeking to qualify for the Olympics.

With big names like Andre De Grasse and Damian Warner, a significant number of spectators are expected. The stands and new temporary seating can accommodate up to 4,000 fans a day, said Dolfo.

This is by far the biggest track event Langley has ever hosted, and it may be the springboard to hosting even more high-level meets in the coming years.

Township Mayor Jack Froese said having the facilities allows for more than one big event.

“It attracts more events,” he said, noting that Vancouver is considering another Winter Olympics bid because it already has the facilities from 2010.

Then there are spin offs from sports tourism, which come in two ways.

First, there’s the direct spending as people buy gas and food and fill up local hotels during the events themselves. That can also spin out into future events, even in different sports, as the Township has the Langley Events Centre with its rink, basketball courts, and gymnastics facilities, along with plenty of softball and soccer fields.

Beyond sports, it’s a chance to show off Langley.

“It exposes people that normally wouldn’t come here,” said Froese.

That could draw people back for Langley’s agritourism, its vineyard and wineries, and its historical sites around Fort Langley.

The Township is hoping to capitalize on the event, and will be studying its impact.

“Economic Investment and Development will be completing an economic impact assessment at the completion of the track and field event,” said Valerie Gakfa, senior manager of Economic Investment, “and for numerous other sporting events in 2022, and once final data & information is available, we aim to communicate it to the public and media.

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Black Kite FocusTags allows users to track high-profile cyber events – Help Net Security

Black Kite FocusTags allows users to track high-profile cyber events - Help Net Security

Black Kite released FocusTags, helping users to track high-profile cyber events and identify which vendors have been affected within their supply chain.

Black Kite FocusTags

This latest capability furthers the company’s mission to provide continuous monitoring of vendors to identify and mitigate ransomware and other risks. FocusTags are automatically applied following high-profile cyberattacks but can also be added to help with supply chain organization.

“Time is of the essence when a cyber event disrupts the digital supply chain. You need immediate visibility into what happened and which of your vendors are at risk so you can take action,” said Chris Bush, CCO of Black Kite. “Our FocusTags give users the speed, clarity and visibility they need to manage incidents at scale and protect their bottom-line.”

Examples of incidents that trigger FocusTags include known ransomware attacks (such as those by Conti, Clop and REvil), data breaches (such as Lapsus$), geopolitical events that affect vendors in conflicted areas (such as the current war in Ukraine) and violations of the National Defense Authorization Act 2019 Section 889.

Black Kite FocusTags can also be used to filter vendor ecosystems. For example, a custom tag can be added to identify critical vendors who hold a large amount of PII or to indicate vendors that may have internal systems access.

“Our clients need continuous monitoring so they can ensure the safety and reliability of their supply chains. Point-in-time monitoring is simply not an effective strategy for combating the complexity of cyber incidents today,” said Chuck Schauber, VP of Product Strategy for Black Kite. “FocusTags makes it easy to see, organize and collaborate with vendors at scale.”

Black Kite provides technical, financial, and compliance-related third-party cyber risk intelligence. The technology eliminates false positives and ensures a holistic approach to vendor risk management.

Black Kite FocusTags are available now.

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What are the key global events markets will track this week?

Stock market, BSE, sensex, markets

snapped their three-week winning run last week, marred by increased volatility, after the hiked repo rate by 50 basis points and raised target for FY23.

The sentiment weakened further as global tumbled ahead of the US Federal Reserve’s monetary policy meeting this week.

Meanwhile, last week the BSE Sensex touched a high of 55,832 early in the week, and thereafter drifted to a low of 54,206, and finally ended the week with a loss of 1,466 points or 2.6 per cent.

The NSE Nifty shed 2.3 per cent to 16,202, and the Bank Nifty dropped 2.2 per cent.

This week, all eyes will be on the US Fed’s two-day monetary policy meeting on June 14 and 15, where investors will track Fed chair Jerome Powell’s outlook on energy prices, and economic recovery.

According to a Reuters poll, the US Fed is expected to hike interest rate by 50 basis points in June and July, with higher probability of a similar rate hike in September.

That apart, Bank of England and Bank of Japan are also slated to take interest rate decisions on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Back home, will take note of crucial numbers.

The Consumer Price Index-based inflation for May will be announced on Monday, followed by Wholesale Price Index-based inflation on Tuesday.

Technically, weekly trend for the Nifty has turned bearish with its 20-Weekly Moving Average slipping below the -.

The broader trend indicates that the index could slide towards 15,800 – 15,300 if the 50-pack index fails to cross 16,900 level.

Against this backdrop, the NSE Nifty may test its support at 16,000-mark, below which the next significant support is at 15,800.

Similarly, the BSE Sensex may swing in a range of 53,300 to 55,300, with support expected around 53,950 and resistance at 55,050.

Among individual stocks, Bajaj Auto will be in focus ahead of its board meet on June 14 to consider share buyback.

Besides, recently listed LIC India and Prudent Advisory will be on radar as the compulsory 30-day lock-in period for anchor investors will end on June 13 and June 17, respectively.

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4A state track: Niwot girls continue domination and other events from Day 3

4A state track: Niwot girls continue domination and other events from Day 3

LAKEWOOD – The Niwot girls are making a habit of not only winning track and field team titles, but doing it in dominating fashion.
On Sunday, the Cougars completed yet another impressive run to the top at the Class 4A state meet at Jeffco Stadium. Niwot won its third title in a row, its second three-peat in the last nine meets (also 2013-15). 
Led by individual and relay champions, the Cougars finished with 170 points to roll past second-place Mullen (61) by 109 points. Niwot won by 135 points last year and by 65 points in 2019.
“Yeah, I mean, it feels really nice,” said junior Kimora Northrup, who won the 100-meter hurdles and finished second in 300 hurdles. “We all work so hard all year long. It’s nice to win the 100 hurdles so I can contribute 10 points to the team title and then even eight with this one (300).”
Overall, Niwot won eight of the 19 events, including four wins on Sunday. In addition to Northrup’s 100 hurdles win, Madison Shults won the 400 meters (56.05 seconds), with teammate Stella Vieth in second (56.26). Eva Klingbeil won the 1,600 in 4:49.66, adding to the 3,200-meter title she won on Saturday.
Niwot also won the 1,600-meter relay in 3:55.18. Shults, a junior, teamed with sophomores Julia Rudolph and Mia Prok and freshman Bella Nelson in the 1,600 relay.
15508Northrup came in as the defending champion in the 300 hurdles, but was edged by Mullen’s Kilah Freelon. She did get the 100 hurdles title she missed out on last year, though. She was second in 2021.
“I had a little fire underneath me (after losing the 100 last year),” she said. “This year, I haven’t had good races in the 100s, so I had a lot of emotions. I was definitely ready for the 100s and I just didn’t have my best race today in the 300s and Kilah did amazing. I’ve got to give it to her.”
McCormick sets another record
Longmont senior Connor McCormick had a sizzling final kick in the boys 1,600-meter run, racing past Niwot’s Zane Bergen in the last 100 meters to win the title and set a 4A meet record in the process.
McCormick, who ran just behind Bergen during the first 1,500 meters, finished in 4:06.97, while Bergen was second in 4:07.72. Bergen had set the previous record a year ago with a time of 4:09.51.
McCormick also set a meet record in winning the 3,200 on Saturday. In addition, this week he was runner-up (to Bergen) in the 800 and helped Longmont to second place in the 3,200-meter relay.
15509Led by McCormick, Longmont won the boys team title for the first time since 2012. The Trojans finished with 76 points to outlast Cheyenne Mountain and Niwot, who tied for second (60 points each). This is Longmont’s fourth team title since 2008.
Kelleghan, Meeks repeat
Silver Creek’s Megan Kelleghan was dominant in winning the 4A girls pole vault a year ago.
On Sunday, she was dominant again.
The Raptors’ junior won her second consecutive title with a winning leap of 13-feet. Victoria Sanders of Discovery Canyon was second, at 11-9. Kelleghan came up just shy of topping the state meet record she set a year ago at 13-4.5.
Northfield’s Giovanna Meeks was a repeat champion, as well, easily winning the girls discus with a throw of 161 feet, 11 inches – nearly 41 feet ahead of Durango’s Sydney Flores (121-1).
Meeks, who won the shot put on Thursday, closes her career as a three-time champion. She won the discus in 2021, but an ankle injury prevented her from competing in the shot put.
In other individual events, Thompson Valley’s Avery Kennison won the 100 meters with a time of 12.52, just ahead of Palisade’s Gabrielle Horton (12.66); Mesa Ridge’s Janise Everett won the 200 meters in 25.03, with Discovery Canyon’s Lauren McDowell second (25.53); and Mullen’s Kilah Freelon won the 300 hurdles in 42.13, with Northrup second.
Mesa Ridge took the title in the 400 relay with a time of 48.64 seconds. Juniors Danaya Kinnard, Rimari Facey and Janise Everett teamed with freshman Olivia Clay to knock off second-place Discovery Canyon (49.06).
Blanton defends title
Justin Blanton of Grand Junction Central closed his career as a multi-year champion.
The senior successfully defended his 2021 title in the 400 meters, winning on Sunday in 47.68 seconds. Zach Ryan of Northfield was second, in 48.25. Then, he won the 200 meters in 21.99 seconds, with Ryan second (22.42).
“It just feels good, finally,” he said. “It’s something that I’ve been working for this whole year that I honestly didn’t think I was gonna get just because of times I was putting down. But, I believe my coach knew what he was doing. He said, ‘We’re just gonna tear you down for the first part of the season and have you peak at that state meet,’ and I believe him.”
Last year, Blanton won the 400 while finishing second in the 100 and 200. He narrowly lost the 100 again on Saturday.
“Defending the 400 was important, but getting that 200 also shows that, hey, I’m still one of the fastest dudes in the whole state,” Blanton said.
Widefield’s Derek Allen also won a pair of titles, taking both hurdles. He won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.07 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 38.06. Allen was the defending champion in the 300 hurdles and runner-up in the 110 hurdles a year ago.
Also in 4A boys, Erie’s Blake Barnett won the 100 meters in 11.11, just .02 of a second ahead of Blanton (11.13); Alec Falk of Palmer Ridge easily won the discus (181-8) by nearly 16 feet over Daniel Baroumbaye of Grand Junction Central (165-11); and Lucas Couron of Riverdale Ridge won the pole vault with a personal-best leap of 15-9. 
Northfield won the 400-meter relay. Juniors Amarion Richardson, Zach Ryan and Karamoko Soto teamed with sophomore Isaak Easley to post a winning time of 42.21, finishing ahead of Pueblo West (42.51). 
Niwot capped the meet with a win in the 1,600 meters. Bergen and fellow senior Nicholas Stade teamed with juniors Ben Classen and Eric Walker to cruise to a winning time of 3:20.84 – nearly three seconds ahead of Pueblo West (3:23.44).