Covid-19 pandemic: Tempered positive language from World Athletics

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Don’t get too-too excited about the talk of lifting restrictions, we will not be back to a new normal that resembles the old normal for some time, however, the flattening of the curve has been accomplished to some degree in some jurisdictions and the information from some governments have turned a little more optimistic, including from World Athletics.

From World Athletics (the global governing body):

As several countries are beginning to ease their lockdown restrictions, competition organisers are starting to look at alternative ways of holding athletics competitions.

Standard competitions and races may still be some way off, but the Ultimate Garden Clash – Pole Vault Edition will whet the appetite of athletes and fans alike.

On Sunday, May 3 world record-holder Mondo Duplantis of Sweden, two-time world champion Sam Kendricks of the USA and 2012 Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie of France will be connected via a live video link as they compete from the comfort and safety of their own back gardens in a unique competition that will be streamed on the World Athletics YouTube channel.

Here is a list of pending records:

Pending ratification – performances achieved in 2020

• men’s 5km: 13:18 Rhonex Kipruto (KEN) Valencia 12 Jan 2020
• men’s 10km: 26:24 Rhonex Kipruto (KEN) Valencia 12 Jan 2020
• U20 women’s indoor 1500m: 4:01.79 Lemlem Hailu (ETH) Torun 8 Feb 2020
• men’s pole vault: 6.17m Armand Duplantis (SWE) Torun 8 Feb 2020
• men’s pole vault: 6.18m Armand Duplantis (SWE) Glasgow 15 Feb 2020
• men’s 5km: 12:51 Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) Monaco 16 Feb 2020
• U20 women’s indoor 1500m: 4:01.79 Lemlem Hailu (ETH) Lievin 19 Feb 2020
• women’s half marathon: 1:04:31 Ababel Yeshaneh (ETH) Ras Al Khaimah 21 Feb 2020
• women’s indoor triple jump: 15.43m Yulimar Rojas (VEN) Madrid 21 Feb 2020
• U20 men’s indoor 60m hurdles (99.1cm): 7.34 Sasha Zhoya (FRA) Miramas 22 Feb 2020
• U20 women’s indoor 60m hurdles: 7.93 and 7.91 Grace Stark (USA) College Station 28-29 Feb 2020