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Men 4x1 and 4x4 with highest number of teams

NASSAU (BAH): For the 2nd IAAF World Relays in total 669 athletes from 43 countries are entered. The highest number of teams in men 4x100 m and 4x400 with 24, followed by women 4x100 m 22, men 4x200 m 21, women 4x400 m 18. Smaller numbers in women 4x200 m 9 and then in middle distance relays, 4x800 m 7 men and 8 women teams and Distance Medley Relay 7 men and 8 women teams again. In all events this entry figures are higher than number of competing teams in first edition in 2014 with only one exception. That is women 4x800 m this year entered 8 teams, last year competed 9 teams. 

AWMM to continue in Beijing
NEW YORK (USA): After first three races (Tokyo, Boston, London) of the 9th series of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) there are different point scorers in both men and women races from each competition. In all scoring positions from one to five. That means Endeshaw Negese, Lelisa Desisa and Eliud Kipchoge on the men side with 25 points and Birhane Dibaba, Caroline Rotich and Tigist Tufa on the women side. In one scoring cycle athletes can score in two races. Next race to score is World Championships in Beijing, then Berlin, Chicago, New York and the final race of the 9th series will be Tokyo. That will then change with Boston beeing the first and last competition in 2016 and 2017 of the 10th series.  

Lavillenie confirmed Herculis and spoke to media
MONACO (MON): Pole vault world record-holder and Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie will head to Monaco for the Herculis meeting on 17 July in the hope of winning for a fourth time at the IAAF Diamond League competition. His past three performances at the Louis II Stadium, each one separated by two years, speak for themselves. In 2009 he won with 5.88m and then improved to 5.90m in 2011. Two years ago he triumphed again, this time with 5.96m, which was an IAAF Diamond League record until he bettered it himself with 6.02m in London one week later. There are several potential targets for Lavillenie to aim for in Monaco. The meeting record is 600, set by Maksim Tarasov in 1999. The stadium record belongs to Tim Mack with his 601 clearance from 2004. Lavillenie owns the IAAF Diamond League record with his 602. His next pole vault competition after two in Des Moines as in Doha. He also spoke to media in a teleconference organised by the IAAF. "For next year my goal is to win a second Olympic gold medal in Rio. I’m still really excited and really motivated. My first Olympic title in London was a great competition which has given me good memories. I want to recreate those good memories at the next Olympics; that’s what keeps me motivated in training every day." He also added: "For Doha my goal is to break the meeting record and set a world-leading mark. I hope I can jump about 590, but we’ll see if the weather conditions will allow me to jump high. I’m really confident and I’ve done some really good training, so I think I can do it."



OTHER NEWS

MOSCOW (RUS): Senior coach of endurance group in national athletics team Yevgeniy Pudov declared that reigning European bronze medallist Aleksey Reunkov already booked his ticket to World championships after he finished 9th at London Marathon with 2:10:10. In the same time his coach Yuriy Kukanov noted that they aimed to break national marathon record in London but weather and pacemakers work weren’t so helpful. “I’m glad that we already achieved Beijing standard but our main goal is successful performance at Rio Olympics,” said Kukanov to Rusthletics.com. 

PARIS (FRA): President of French Athletics Federation and IAAF Council member Bernard Amsalem announced before general assembly of FFA in Caen that he wants to be the candidate for IAAF Council and even thinks about the vice-president post.

LONDON (GBR): The 200 m European champion Adam Gemili is hoping for a high 2:1 from his degree in sports and exercise science at the University of East London – “but if I smash up my dissertation potentially I can take it up to a first,” he says – but increasingly he has eyes only for the track. “I’m in very good shape,” Gemili says. “Last year I had a couple of minor injuries, but I’ve not had anything this year. My plan is to open up in the 100m in May and get a personal best, and then run some 200m races before the UK trials in July.” After that his focus will turn to the world championships in Beijing in August where he will be aiming to continue to medal success he enjoyed in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games and in Zurich at the European championships in 2014. Inform Guardian sport. 

SUZHOU (CHN): The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is now the largest International Federation, with 222 National Associations. Informs ITTF in a release. Sao Tome & Principe and South Sudan were accepted into the ITTF family today at the ITTF Annual General Meeting (AGM) to overtake Volleyball as the largest International Federation. For example Wales, Guernsey or Isle of Man are member countries in comparing with athletics which has 214 members.

MANCHESTER (GBR): Heptathletes Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson will come up against British European champions in next month's Great CityGames. Ennis-Hill against Tiffany Porter at 100 m hurdles and Johnson-Thompson with Eilidh Child at 200 m hurdles. 

MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF approved the change of nationality for Ukrainian hammer throw Olympian Hanna Skydan to Azerbaijan. She can represent her new country also in championships starting from June 1 this year.

MONACO (MON): In latest IAAF list of sanctioned athletes Kenyan marathon runner Joseph Mutinda banned for 3 years until February 2017, he had positive test at Austin Marathon in 2014. Confirmed is the 2 years ban by South African sub 10 record holder in the 100 m Simon Magakwe because of refusal to submit to an out-ofcompetition test. He will not be able to compete until January 28, 2017. Also two years for Dutch female long distance runner Adrienne Herzog until May 13, 2016, she was positive in an out of competition test in November 2013 in USA. Turkish high jump national U23 and junior record holder Umit Tan is banned until May 8 this year for 2 years because of refusal of the out of competition test. In the list also one year ban for Chinese women javelin olympic 5th placer from London Lu Huihui who was positive in April 2013 and was oficially banned until April 2014. In the case of 400 m World champion Amantle Montsho it is now confirmed that she is banned until August 28, 2016 and will so miss the Olympic Games in Rio. She was tested positive at the Commonwealth Games last year. From Greece banned for 2 years are sprinter Grigoria Keramida (until June 26, 2016), shot putter Mihail Stamatoyannis (until June 22, 2016) and 110 m hurdler Theopistos Mavridis (until July 1, 2016). 

MELBOURNE (AUS): Athletics Australia has named Phil Jones as their new CEO. Prior to joining Athletics Australia, Jones served as the CEO of Yachting Australia. He served as a key member of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Events Committee for more than a decade and chaired the ISAF Olympic Commission in 2010.

LONDON (GBR): World 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu will compete at the Anniversary Games, London Diamond League, which will take place on July 24 and 25, inform AW. Her performance in London has been a good indicator of how she will perform at the major championships. She won in 2008 before later taking the Olympic title. She won again in 2012, before taking Olympic silver and then she won again in 2013 ahead of winning her second world title.

MADRID (ESP): Javier Guerra, Carles Castillejo and Alessandra Aguilar have been named on Spain’s marathon team for the 2015 World Championships, report MARCA. Guerra and Aguilar were both in action in London, with Castillejo competing at the Barcelona Marathon.  

PARIS (FRA): French decathlete Romain Barras plans to retire after the 2015 season, report L’Equipe. The 34 year old, who won the European title in 2010, has had an injured groin for the last three years and now he is dealing with a calf injury. Despite this, he hopes to compete in a decathlon soon, with Oyonnax on the final weekend of May a possibility.

LISBON (POR): Sara Moreira will race the Prague Marathon this weekend, after withdrawing from the London Marathon due to a knee injury, report Record. The 29 year old, who finished third at the 2014 NYC Marathon, said that while her training was disrupted by the injury, she still has enough fitness to perform well.

CALI (COL): The Colombian government will cover the deficit of the World Youths, report rcnradio.com. The director of the Colombian institute of sport said that he would gladly supply enough funds so that the event will run smoothly.

GIFU (JPN): Kenya’s Bedan Karoki will defend his title at the Gifu Seiryu Half-Marathon on May 17. The world cross country silver medallist is undefeated at the half marathon distance, having had three outings over the distance, all last year. This year his main competition could come from James Rungaru, who won the Nice half marathon last weekend in a personal best of 60:12. Strong marathoner Tsegaye Kebede (59:35, 2008) will make a somewhat rare appearance in a half marathon. After a 9th place finish at the world cross, Tanzania’s Ismail Juma (62:42, 2013) could be a contender. Australia’s Ben St Lawrence and Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi are also entered. Kenya’s Paskalia Kipkoech (67:17, 2012) is the fastest in the women’s field, although she didn’t race last year. The second fastest, Ethiopia’s Atsede Baysa (67:33, 2013), already has two marathons under her belt for the year. Also in the field is Asian Games marathon champion Eunice Jepkirui (68:31, 2014), who showed good form in winning the Nagoya Marathon in March.

NASSAU (BAH): The Brazilian team are the first international team to arrive in Nassau ahead of the 2015 World Relays. Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Managing Director, Lionel Haven said over 40 countries have confirmed to participate in the IAAF/ BTC World Relays.

NASSAU (BAH): The IAAF will award a total prize purse of USD $1.4million for the men's and women's races at the IAAF/BTC World Relays. The prize money from first to eight in each race is as follows; 50,000, 30,000, 20,000, 12,000, 10,000, 8000, 6000 and 4000. Any team who breaks a world record in Nassau will be awarded a US $50,000 bonus by the IAAF. The distance medley (which comprises legs of 1200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m) will be officially recognised as a world record distance from May 1, 2015.

LOS ANGELES (USA): Competitor.com informs that Stephanie Rothstein Bruce has a 10-month-old son and is 20 weeks pregnant with her next little child and she keeps on running. The Hoka One One Northern Arizona Elite runner won the SLO Half Marathon on Sunday in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Her time of 1:23:14beat second-place Allison Gonzales by 1:40.

NAIROBI (KEN): Wilson Kipsang has said that the cold conditions in London prevented him from beating Eliud Kipchoge to the marathon finish line, report Capital FM. “Since I have less fat, it was not easy to resist such a pace in such conditions, considering I also did a lot of work to break from the group,” said the former world record holder. Dennis Kimetto said that the reason he didn’t perform better was due to an injured knee, “At 39K I felt my pain in my injured knee and pushed back but I didn’t expect Kipchoge to win. I thought I would win.” Kipsang hopes to be included in the Kenyan team for this year’s world championships. Eliud Kipchoge thinks more about fast race in Berlin in September and Olympic marathon participation next year. 

SOCHI (RUS): The IAAF and International University Sports Federation (FISU) have signed a Collaboration Convention, inform IAAF. FISU are the organisers of the World University Games, which will take place this year in Gwangju, South Korea.

FLORO (NOR): Jaysuma Saidy Ndure and Ezinne Okparaebo will compete in Floro on June 6, report aftenposten.no. Last year, Ndure clocked 9.95, which was initially announced as a Norwegian record before it was found that there was a problem with the wind gauge. 

LAUSANNE (SUI): Agencies are informing that the court of arbitration for sport CAS said a hearing scheduled for Wednesday in the doping case of the three-times Chicago Marathon winner Liliya Shobukhova has been cancelled. The court could not confirm why an appeal filed by the IAAF to double Shobukhova’s ban to four years would not take place. Reports in Russia suggest the IAAF, the Russian athletics federation and the athlete have reached an out-of-court settlement. Acting President of Russian Federation Vadim Zelichenok said for R-Sport: "They agreed on something, but what is it in detail, I do not know."

MOSCOW (RUS): All-Russian athletics federation and Russian anti-doping agency will sign a agreement about teamwork in fight against doping in athletics. “We’ll lay special emphasis on educational programmes and prevention of doping, especially among teenagers. We also plan to conduct workshops like we had in Kislovodsk training camp for our national team. In future such events should be available in regional sport schools and reserve teams,” said Vadim Zelichenok.     




RESULTS

MANAMA (BRN, Apr 27): Bahrain was the best country at the 19th Arab Championships with 31 medals (12-9-10). Second best Morocco 8-6-6 and third Qatar 6-6-2. In total 13 countries won medals. The best result of the final day was the 13:17.97 meet record in the 5000 m by World indoor champion Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti in his debut at the distance. Second Albert Rop of Bahrain 13:18.55 and third Oiki Eilo (new name in Bahrain vest) 13:29:03. Femi Ogunode won the 200 m for Qatar in windy 20.52 (+2.5). Musab Balla won 800 m gold for Qatar in 1:46.74. And Qatar also won the 4x400 m in meet record 3:04.93 over Bahrain 3:06.23 and Saudi Arabia 3:06.57. Two wins for the home country, Shumi Dechasa half marathon with only 3 competitors in very brace1:02:50 and Ali Khamis Abbas 400 m hurdles 50.10. Kuweit got two technical wins. Saleh Abdullah Al-Haddad 796 in long jump and Essa Al-Zankawi in discus 63.22 national record over Qatari Ahmad Mohamed Dheeb 63.01. In women events new Bahraini name Adedoyin Odiong won the 200 m in 22.98 (+2.2). Also women half marathon with only 2 runners showed very interesting1:11:02 meet best by Bahraini Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa. Two more meet records for Moroccan Lamiae Lhabz over 400 m hurdles who in 56.64 surprisingly beat home star Kemi Adekoya 56.73. In the 4x400 m Bahrain not only MR but also national record 3:36.77 over Morocco 3:38.60. Interesting to add from first day very fast 100 m heat by men (+0.6) with three national records. Winner Kuweiti junior Meshaal Khalifa Al-Mutairi 10.06, second Aziz Ouhadi 10.07 for Morocco and third Barakat Al-Harthi 10.08 for Oman. Femi Ogunode won the second heat in 10.27.

ISTANBUL (TUR, Apr 26): Organisers released official results of the Istanbul HM. Confirming Evans Kiplagat as winner in 1:00:13 ahead of Leonard Langat1:00:16, Joseph Kiptum 1:00:17 and Titus Mbishei 1:00:18. Under 1:01 also Richard Mengich 1:00:23 and Abraham Kosongwor 1:00:25. Best Ethiopian as 7th Terefa Delesa 1:02:46. Best Turkish Aykut Tasdemir as 12th in 1:06:32. Even higher quality the 1:06:38 win for Gladys Cherono, what is third fastest of 2015. Second Helah Kiprop 1:08:23 and third Muluhabt Tsega 1:09:22. Best European Nastassia Ivanova of Belarus as 9th 1:16:27 and best Turkish Turkan Erismis 1:19:29 as 12th.

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