JTG 5-A-Day

Bekele’s Dubai Drop-Out, Rutherford’s Rescue, Boston Bans Bad-Mouthing; Your JTG 5-A-Day

1. Badmouth Ban For Boston

If you happen to work for the city of Boston it is now forbidden for you to bad-mouth the 2024 Olympic bid. The mayor of Boston and the U.S. Olympic committee signed an agreement which fobids city employees from statements, written or oral which “reflect unfavorably upon, denigrate or disparage, or are detrimental to the reputation” of the IOC, USOC or the Olympic Games.

Full Story here


2. Glasgow International to Kick-Start Indoors

International athletes from France, Germany, Great Britain, and a separate Scottish team will face off in the Emirates arena in Glasgow tomorrow (Saturday). This event tends to lead to some decent early season results for GB athletes, and the likes of world indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty will be hoping for a good marker.

Further details on the event here


3. Rutherford’s Rescue Mission

Olympic Long Jump champion Greg Rutherford took on an unfamiliar task this week, acting as animal rescue for an injured deer. Rutherford came upon the injured animal while out walking his dogs and proceeded to walk around two miles home carrying it. He documented the events in a number of tweets, but unfortunately the deer was eventually put to sleep. Oh deer.

Story and tweets here


4. Russia’s Top Coach Resigns

Russia, drugs, coaches, race-walking, etc. The latest chapter in this torrid doping affair has seen the head coach of Russian athletics tender his resignation from his post.

More details here


5. Dubai Drop-Out For Bekele

One of the greatest athletes of all-time on the track and XC, Kenenisa Bekele, was forced to drop out of the Dubai marathon in the early hours of Friday morning. In his third attempt at the distance Bekele made it to the 36km mark before he retired. Feidhlim Kelly wrote earlier about how it may be a distance too far for the Ethiopian in this piece.
Bekele’s coach spoke to friend of this site Alberto Stretti here
Check out the race highlights below:

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, physical therapist, and MSc student. He is current national 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the sprint hurdles events. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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