It usually takes young Ethiopian runners time to ward away the shyness and agree to interviews, especially when their most recent performance have catapulted them to the short list of favourites ahead of an upcoming major championships.

And it took some time and patience to convince Jemal Yimer, one of the key athletes to watch in the fight for the men’s title at the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 following his scorching 59:00 debut for the distance at the RAK Half in the UAE last month. The 21-year-old finished second there in the fastest debut half marathon performance ever.

Thursday, 22 March 2018 09:35

News from around the World- EME News (Mar 21, 2018)

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Friday Night at Pre
EUGENE (USA): Friday Night at Pre on May 25 will include a special men´s pole vault within the Prefontaine Classic (non DL event). Jumping will be World Indoor champion Renaud Lavillenie and outdoor World champion Sam Kendricks. Also an 18-year-old, high school sensation Mondo Duplantis, has joined the field of world-class vaulters who successfully petitioned meet organizers to add the event to the program. More stars are included headed by Olympic gold medalist Thiago Braz, World champions Raphael Holzdeppe with Pawel Wojciechowski and European indoor champion Piotr Lisek.

Stina Funke never intended to become an athlete representative. But what started out as a summer job assisting agent Daniel Wessfeldt is now her career.

“I started doing some work there by checking the fax machine,” explains the Swede, a former national-level long and triple jumper. “This was before the computer era.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 16:11

News from around the World- EME News (Mar 20, 2018)

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Coleman and Lasitskene by TFN
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Track and Field News published its Indoor Athletes of the Year 2018. On the men side sprinter Christian Coleman and on the women one high jumper Mariya Lasitskene. Honourable mention goes also to Miochael Norman, Elijah Hall and Tom Walsh. Among women to Genzebe Dibaba and Murielle Ahoure. US Indoor Athletes of the Year are of course Coleman and hurdler Kendra Harrison. Collegiate men is Michael Norman and Keturah Orji in women section. High School top names are pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis and distance runner Katelyn Tuohy.

An American woman hasn’t won the Boston Marathon since 1985. But there’s a confidence within this year’s elite runners that the 32-year drought will come to an end on April 16.

“I can’t wait to match up against this American crew. I think it’s going to be so fun. It’s the best group of Americans ever,” 2011 Boston Marathon runner-up Des Linden told WBZ-TV.

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