Karsten Warholm in the footsteps of Kevin Young

The 400m hurdles world champion Karsten Warholm broke the second fastest time in history and broke his own European record (46 "87) on Sunday in Stockholm.

Warholm cut 5 hundredths from his old mark, established last year in Zurich (46''92). He already held the second all-time world performance behind American Kevin Young's world record (46''78) set in 1992.

Zambian Samuel Matete (Africa record holder 47''10 since 1991) and Senegalese Amadou Dia Ba (47''23 in 1988) are respectively 7th and 9th best performers in the World Top 10.

Van Niekerk wants to run the 400m in less than 43 ''

Almost three years after a serious knee injury, Wayde Van Niekerk, the South African world record holder in the 400m (43''03), wants to become the first man to complete the lap in less than 43 ''.

Olympic champion in 2016 in Rio and double world champion (in 2015 and 2017), Van Niekerk was injured in October 2017 during a touch rugby match with other celebrities

“World Athletics Continental Tour Gold 2020” Nairobi hosts “Kip Keino Classic” on September 26

The international athletics season will commence in earnest in exactly four weeks’ time when the first of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meetings is held at Turku in Finland.

Following a challenging start to the year, competition is starting to resume in many countries and the action will heat up on 11 August when Turku kicks off the inaugural World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series.

Continental Tour Gold meetings, the top tier of the world's best one-day competitions outside the Diamond League, will be held throughout August and September.

The series is scheduled to include stops in eight countries in total, including Hungary (Székesfehérvár, 19 Aug), Japan (Tokyo, 23 Aug), Poland (Silesia, 6 Sep), Czech Republic (Ostrava, 8 Sep), Croatia (Zagreb, 15 Sep), Kenya (Nairobi, 26 Sep) and China (Nanjing, date tbc).

The Kip Keino Classic, which will be hosted in Nairobi’s freshly refurbished Nyayo National Stadium, will attract many of the leading Kenyan athletes.

Senegal's 2022 Youth Olympic Games postponed to 2026

The next Youth Olympic Games (YOG), a sporting event for athletes aged 15 to 18, will take place in 2026 rather than 2022, announced the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Senegal. The IOC invokes in particular the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 and "the operational and financial consequences of the global health crisis" to justify the delay in the first Games organized on the African continent.

Wanda Diamond League announces updates to 2020 calendar

The Wanda Diamond League today announced further alterations to its provisional 2020 calendar, with the cancellation of two meetings and a further event pushed back until September.



11th June 2020 (Impossible Games - WDL exhibition event)



9th July 2020 (Inspiration Games - WDL exhibition event)



14th August 2020



23rd August 2020



2nd September 2020 (WDL exhibition event)



4th September 2020



12th September 2020 (tbc)



17th September 2020



19th September 2020



9th October 2020



17th October 2020 (venue tba)

The 2020 editions of the following meetings have been cancelled:




193 athletes offered grants from Athlete Welfare Fund

World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation (IAF) announced that 193 athletes from 58 member federations will be offered one-time grants of US$3000 through an Athlete Welfare Fund announced in April to help support professional athletes experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Initially totalling US$500,000 when its creation was announced on 28 April, generous contributions since have made US$600,000 ultimately available to athletes in need.

Fabrice Zango, host of COMPAAO

The Forum of the Media Committee for the Promotion of Athletics in West Africa (COMPPAOO) receives Friday, May 29, 2020 Fabrice Zango, from Burkina Faso, bronze medalist in the triple jump at the world athletics championships in Doha 2019.

Anthony Koffi, guest of the "COMPAAO Tribune"

The Tribune of the Media Committee for the Promotion of Athletics in West Africa (COMPAAO) receives Ivorian trainer Anthony Koffi on Friday 23 May 2020 at 4 p.m. GMT. The theme chosen is: "Athletes in the test of Covid-19 ".

Anthony Koffi has proven himself at the Dakar International Athletics Center (CIAD) by allowing the Botswana Amantle Montso to become world champion in the 400m. Anthony Koffi is also the coach of champion Ta Lou Marie Josée and Cissé Gué.

“Diamond League 2020” without Rabat

As of mid-August the athletic tracks will again receive runners' tips as part of the "Diamond League". A reorganized calendar has just been revealed by the organizers with the dates of the next meetings with the exception of those in Rabat and Zurich, which have been canceled. The new programming, in the context of Covid-19, will be extended over two months. On August 14, the first meeting of the season in Monaco opens, which will be immediately followed by those of Gateshead, August 16 and Stockholm. In September return to competition with the meeting in Lausanne on the 2nd, that of Paris on the 4th, Rome on the 17th and Shanghai on the 19th. To close this particular season, the Diamond League will take up residence in Eugene on October 04, in Doha on 09 October and in a city yet to be confirmed in China on October 17. It will be the last stage of this season which, as we can see, will not go to Rabat as in previous years. A decision of the organizers who also eliminated the finals from Zurich.