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Organisers to Change Marathon Venue over Heat Fear

first_imgInternational Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said athlete welfare was “at the heart” of changes.Sapporo can be as much as six degrees cooler than Tokyo in peak summer.The plans will be discussed by the IOC at the end of the month as part of a special session on “heat countermeasures”.International Association of Athletics Federations president Lord Coe said: “Giving athletes the best platform for their performances within the environment they are in is central to all major events, and we will work with the organisers to create the very best marathon and race walk courses for next year’s Olympic Games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram TOKYO OLYMPICSThe marathon and race walking at next summer’s Tokyo Olympics are set to be moved to Sapporo – 800km to the north – because of its cooler conditions.Measures to combat the heat in the Japanese capital, including better shade and water sprays, have been trialled at test events this summer.last_img read more

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Rosberg rebounds from Austin frustration to claim first victory since June

first_imgNico Rosberg finally converted a pole position into a race victory again by beating Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes-dominated Mexican GP.A week after gifting his team-mate the win in Austin with a late error – a result which confirmed Hamilton as the 2015 world champion – Rosberg made no mistake this time to claim his first win since June’s Austrian GP.Rosberg led from the lights, ensuring an anticipated heated first corner battle never materialised, although a twist in proceedings briefly seemed on the cards when Hamilton stayed out an extra lap at the second stops to question whether his tyre wear really required an extra visit to the pits.A late Safety Car – called for a crash for Sebastian Vettel, who endured an unusually torrid race – wiped out what had been Rosberg’s three-second lead, but the German, despite a brief off-track moment, stayed out front when racing resumed and claimed just his fourth win of the year.Hamilton, who also ran wide late on as he attempted to apply the pressure, finished 1.9 seconds back to confirm Mercedes’ 10th one-two finish of the year. The world champions’ drivers are now also back in formation at the head of the Drivers’ Championship as Rosberg moved back ahead of Vettel.The world champion, meanwhile, congratulated his team-mate on his victory: “Nico drove a fantastic race. I’ve never seen a crowd like this, it is like a football game.” Although Hamilton’s goal for the season, a third world championship, had already been achieved before his arrival in Mexico City, Rosberg’s win means the Briton’s chance to equal the record for the most wins in a single campaign has ended.–last_img read more

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