JTG 5-A-Day

Britton Skips World Cross; Haile the Hero; Steeplechase Champ falls hard; Your JTG 5-a-day

1. Britton skips World Cross Country to hit the road
Fionnuala Britton has decided the give the World Cross Country in China at the end of March a miss in favour of getting ready for a tilt at the marathon later in the year. The Kilcoole athlete’s non-participation means that no Irish athletes will now be sent to the event, including the bronze-medal winning team from the European Cross Country Championships in December. Check the story here.

2. Get em High
If you love the high jump, you’ll love this article by Forever Sport, where they analyse what is one of the world’s most exciting sporting events at the moment, which is enjoying a golden era due a batch of 20-somethings that include Bohdan Bondarenko and Mutaz Essa Barshim. This article features the opinions of high jump legends Dick Fosbury and Javier Sotomayor, along with many of the current stars, and is well worth a read. Check it here.

3. Judd talks about her comeback
British 800m star Jessica Judd says she fell out of love with the sport last year after enduring a miserable injury spell, which included a stress fracture to her back. Judd, though, has put that behind her (pun intended) and is back (yep, intended again) on track for a big season in 2015. Read about how her sister beating her in training gave her a crucial wake-up call here.

4. Russian Doping Roulette claims another victim
Olympic steeplechase champion Yuliya Zaripova is set to be stripped of several of her titles after it was revealed today that she had abnormalities in her biological passport. The Russian is the latest of several high-profile stars who have been busted this week, with five A-list race walkers banned earlier in the week. Story here.

5. Emperor Haile on the past, present and future
Haile Gebrselassie was in Dubai this week for the Marathon, and he gave an interesting interview, where he discussed his great rivalry with Paul Tergat, how he trains these days, and what the future might hold. Read it here, and while you’re at it, check out the race of races, his Syndney 2000 10,000m duel with his Kenyan nemesis.


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Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy is a freelance journalist, a once-serious, now-retired athlete who writes for a number of international publications in the running industry. He has won two sports-writing awards, the Peter Ball Memorial Award in Ireland and the Wills Writing Award in the UK. Nationally, he previously worked for the Sunday Tribune, Irish Runner magazine and has written for the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent, the Guardian and The Independent in Britain. He is a regular contributor to Running Times, Runner's World, RunBlogRun and the IAAF website.
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