EME News March 6th-7th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
The IAAF World Indoor Championships got underway today on the shores of the Baltic Sea in Sopot, Poland. The women's 800 had the most surprises of any event of the day, with medal favorites Ajee Wilson, Anita Hinriksdottir and Laura Muir not qualifying and Angelika Cichoka and Selina Buchel winning their heats. Mekonnen Gebremedhin, Lopez Lomong and Silas Kiplagat didn't make it out of their heats in the 1500 and Nick Symmonds not advancing in the 800. Ryan Whiting came up big and successfully defended his World Indoor title and New Zealander Tom Walsh had a huge personal best with his final throw to beat out home favorite Tomas Majewski for the bronze medal. In her first high-profile race in some time, Olympic medalist Gamze Bulut was way back in 4:24 in 1500 qualifying. Luguelin Santos and Kseniya Ryzhova both didn't qualify in the 400. There was lots of drama and world class racing on day one, day two should only get better.Add a comment
Elite Field Changes Announced for 2014 Boston Marathon
There have been no changes to the women’s elite field - BOSTON, Mass. — John Hancock Elite Athlete Team changes for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014 were announced this week by John Hancock Financial.
Additions to the elite men’s field include U.S. Olympians Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman and Kenyan elite Mathew Bowen. Withdrawals to the elite men’s field include Kenyan elite Moses Mosop, U.S. Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein and Australian Olympian Jeffrey Hunt.Add a comment
Team USA ready for 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships
SOPOT, Poland — Team USA, led by captains Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Ariz.) and Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas), is poised and ready for the 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships, March 7-9, at Ergo Arena in Sopot, Poland.
2014 U.S. women’s high jump champion Inika McPherson (Houston, Texas) will be the first athlete competing for Team USA in the qualifying round of the women’s high jump to open competition. The event begins at 10 a.m. CET/4 a.m. ET.
The first event on the track in the morning session is the heats of the women’s 400 meters. Both Francena McCorory (Hampton, Va.) and Joanna Atkins (Minneloa, Fla.) will look to advance out of their heats beginning at 10:05 a.m. CET/4:05 a.m. ET. McCorory took home the U.S. indoor title with a world-leading 50.85.Add a comment
EME News March 5th: Sopot Special, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
The World Indoor Championships start on Friday in the Baltic sea port of Sopot, Poland. Alfonz Juck gives us a rundown of what to expect in every event during the weekend. Personally I am most looking forward to watching the women's 800 and men's 1500, because of how many people in each of the fields are capable of winning. Ukhov and Eaton chasing World Records will also be very entertaining. This should be a fantastic meet, one of the best of the year.Add a comment