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Friday, June 17, 2016
Smith & Pilgrim to Compete in Washington State

Tyler Smith
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Tyler Smith and Nick Pilgrim will compete this weekend in Monroe, Washington State in US Triathlon Association’s Elite Series Triathlons.

The USAT Junior and Youth Elite Series are the premier triathlon race series for athletes 13 to 19 year olds in the United States. Consisting of four national-caliber competitions each spring and summer, the series prepares athletes for draft-legal competition and qualification to US teams competing at international championships. Each event has two competition categories – a Youth Elite Cup and a Junior Elite Cup – in which athletes are grouped by age and gender. Courses are designed to mimic Olympic style racing, with multiple laps and high speed transitions, making races exciting to watch.

Both Smith and Pilgrim are no strangers to this race series having already competed in various series events over the years. Smith will race junior whilst Pilgrim will be in the youth category. Both of them have shown in previous races that they can compete at this level and both have strong chances of finishing in the top ten or better.

Both Pilgrim and Smith compete on Saturday 18th June, with Pilgrim’s race at 12.30pm Bermuda Time and Smith’s race at 3pm Bermuda Time.
Friday, June 17, 2016
IAAF to keep Suspension of Russian Athletics

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Russia's suspension from the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) will remain in place after a failure to meet criteria required by the body's Task Force.

A rule change has been passed potentially allowing athletes "not tainted by the system" to compete as independent athletes, but it has been emphasized that only those based outside Russia in recent years would be eligible.

Only a "handful" would be expected to participate.

Passing doping tests is no guarantee of being clean, Task Force chair Rune Andersen said, due to the deep-rooted problems within the Russian system which have still not been addressed.

In a damning report today, delivered to the IAAF ruling Council, it was found that "several important verification criteria have not yet been fully satisfied".

"The deep-seated culture of tolerance (or worse) for doping that got the All-Russia Athletic Federation [ARAF, but referred to as RusAF in the report] suspended in the first place appears not to have changed materially to date.

"The head coach of the Russian athletics team and many of the athletes on the team appear unwilling to acknowledge the nature and extent of the doping problem in Russian athletes; and certain athletes and coaches appear willing to ignore the doping rules.

"...Efforts to test athletes in Russia have continued to encounter serious obstacles and difficulties."

The report, which also took advice from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), predicted that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) remains 18 to 24 months away from being deemed compliant.

In the meantime, no Russian athletes or officials will be able to participate in the sport, with the country's Council member Mikhail Butov also required to stand-down.

This all comes after the ARAF was suspended by the IAAF in November following the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) report of systemic and state-sponsored doping within the athletics team.

Forty-four specific criteria were then drawn up by the Task Force.

All but two members of the 27-strong Council were present for today's meeting, with 24 participating in the discussions on Russia due to Butov's absence to avoid a conflict of interest.

No vote was made due to a unanimous decision that the suspension should remain in place.

Concerns were raised by serveral members, insidethegames understands, including Ukrainian vice-president Sergey Bubka, but all ultimately voted in favour.

“I think our decision sends a very very powerful message," said IAAF President Sebastian Coe.

"There was an unanimous decision that Russian athletes could not return 'without undermining the confidence of competitors and public."
Sunday, June 05, 2016
You Go Girl Relay

Estwanik, Palmer & Schindel
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The team of Ashley Estwanik, Kristen Palmer and Allison Schindel are the 2016 You Go Girl Relay Open Champions.

The trio covered the course in a time of 23:05, finishing second in the open category was the coach's Choice team of Alicia Hancock, Gayle Lindsay and Grace Worthington White who clocked 23:56 and the Tacos and Tequila team of Cary Butterfield, Teresa Humphrey and Patricia Borland finished third in a time of 25:20.

The Rainbow Dash team of Fiona Lines, Zoe Roberts and Camryn Lines won the Family Run race with a time of 27:32, the MAAC Juniors team that consist of Jessie Marshall, Ashley Irby and Brianna Mawer clocked a time of 25:10 on their way to winning the Corporate race.

Click Here to see the Full 2016 Bermuda Cycling Academy Crit Results

 
 
Friday, June 03, 2016
Former Bermuda International 10K Champion Hoping for Olympic Spot

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Sarah Brown the 2014 HSBC Bermuda 10K Road Race Female Champion is preparing to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games 4 months after having a baby.

The top American middle-distance runner gave birth to her first child, a girl.

Abigail Ann Brown arrived at 2:39 a.m. on March 4th, weighing in at 5 pounds, 15 ounces, and “mom and baby are doing great,” Darren Brown reported.

Now Sarah Brown will begin her next big project, making it to the starting line at this summer’s U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials. Brown hasn’t been shy about making her goals public—she hopes to make the U.S. team heading to Rio in the 1500 meters. She has just over four months to prepare for the opening round of the women’s 1500, scheduled to take place July 7th.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Joyner-Kersee To Host Clinic In Bermuda

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Jacqueline "Jackie" Joyner-Kersee will be in Bermuda on October 15th to be the guest speaker at the Bermuda Olympic Association’s 80th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Fairmont Southampton.

Joyner-Kersee is an American retired track and field athlete, ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the women's Heptathlon as well as in the Women's Long Jump. She won three Gold, one Silver, and two Bronze Olympic Medals, in those two events at four different Olympic Games. Sports Illustrated for Women magazine voted Joyner-Kersee the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th century, just ahead of Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

Prior to the Gala Dinner Joyner-Kersee will host a Youth Sports Clinic from 11:45am – 1:30pm at the National Sports Center for ages 8 – 18.

Youngsters who attend the clinic will learn proper form and technique and receive valuable feedback from a world famous Olympian as she takes them through special drills.

Registration form is attached or email eventboa@gmail.com for more information. Limited number of 250 attendees register early.

After retiring as a competitive athlete, Joyner-Kersee has been involved with many philanthropic efforts and has joined the Board of Directors for USA Track & Field (USATF), the national governing body of the sport.

Joyner-Kersee is one of the most famous athletes to have overcome severe asthma.

Click Here to see the Registration Form for Joyner-Kersee Youth Sports Clinic
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