Khalifa International Stadium host the Doha 2019 World Athletics Championships - Oregon22
DOHA, QATAR - SEPTEMBER 27: Tajay Gayle of Jamaica competes in the Men's Long Jump qualification during day one of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on September 27, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

EUGENE (USA): SVT reports that Daniel Stahl will not be accompanied at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 in Eugene by his coach Vesteinn Hafsteinsson, who is suffering with chronic fatigue and made the decision not to travel.

“It is extremely sad. Vesteinn has worked hard and he needs to rest; you can say that he has gone into the wall, it is probably the best decision, that he is at home and resting and the rest of us know exactly what to do, we have received a training program … It is a little better for every day that comes, we have had contact, I have reported a little how the training has gone,” said Stahl

EUGENE (USA): Having raced sparingly due to a hamstring injury, Dalilah Muhammad feels capable of challenging her lifetime best at the World Championships in Oregon, informs Reuters.

“My injury wasn’t super severe, but it just didn’t make sense to kind of risk going out there and kind of reinjuring it and retweaking it …

I’m feeling really strong now. I’m capable of running fast … I’m capable of running a PR,” she said. Muhammad hasn’t raced since the Birmingham Diamond League in mid-May.

EUGENE (USA): Laura Muir has said her motivation has gone up since winning Olympic silver and that she has gained “an awful lot of confidence,” informs BBC Sport. “I don’t think my motivation is going to go down because of that [Olympic medal]. If anything, it’s going to go up. Now I’ve got nothing to lose. It’s given me an awful lot of confidence as an athlete to know that I’ve been there and done it. I’m just so pleased that I was able to go out there and get that medal last year. It does take a lot of pressure off myself,” she said.

EUGENE (USA): Filippo Tortu has said the Italian 4x100m team is keen to demonstrate that Olympic gold in Tokyo “wasn’t a one-off,” informs World Athletics. “We have to put Tokyo’s legendary moments behind us; it’s important to confirm that Tokyo wasn’t a one-off. We all share the desire to improve individually – we are a very competitive group, and because the level of Italian sprinting has risen a lot, everyone wants a spot on the relay,” he said.

KINGSTON (JAM): The defending long jump champion Tajay Gayle tells TVJ Sports he will decide on Friday whether to defend his title in Oregon, after only returning to training on Sunday. Gayle hurt his left knee on June 25 at the Jamaican trials after landing badly on his fifth attempt. 

EUGENE (USA): Ahead of her world long jump title defence, Malaika Mihambo has said she has “achieved everything that one could wish for” and hopes being more relaxed will take her beyond her lifetime best of 7.30 meters, informs dpa. “In my sporting life I have achieved everything that one could wish for. I am very grateful for that. I find that I no longer have this hunger for titles or the feeling that I have to prove something to anyone else or to myself. That’s why I can now go to the start very easily and relaxed. I hope that I can use this looseness to jump even better and further,” she said.

BERKELEY (USA): World record holder Karsten Warholm is approaching a decision on whether he will compete at Worlds. Norwegian TV2 was given exclusive access to follow Warholm’s training on the USA’s oldest athletics track built in 1932, Edwards Stadium, inside the University of California, Berkeley campus.

“I feel confident that I will run in the Championships, otherwise I would not have been here. At the same time, it is not 100 percent, but I still feel that it is possible. When the test will be done is not yet clear. It can be the best day this year, if it goes well, or the worst, if it goes bad. I will never get rid of the feeling that the World Championships is still a bit in the air, but so far there is no difficulty,” says Warholm. The heats of men´s 400-meter hurdles are on Saturday, July 16.

EUGENE (USA): Veteran 400-meter runner Isaac Makwala from Botswana has said he has “unfinished business” with the World Championships, informs BBC Sport. “I have unfinished business with the World Championships. This year’s Championships are important for me because I missed the [400m] in 2017, and in 2019 I didn’t go to Doha because I was injured. This will be my last World Championships, and this is the medal that I’m missing – so my target is only that,” he said.

KAYSERI (TUR): Spanish runner Adel Mechaal, who already recovered from COVID, is currently in preparation in Turkey. He sleeps at 2000 meters altitude and is going down to the city of Kayseri to train in 1000 meters altitude. 

TOKYO (JPN): News from Japan’s team say that women’s 10,000-meter member Narumi Kobayashi was pulled from the team after testing positive in her pre-departure COVID test at Narita Airport. She is not reported to be experiencing any symptoms. No athlete will be added to the team in her place, informs Japan Running News.

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