News From Around the World - EME NEWS (APR 18, 2017)
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Stellar high hurdles field - EUGENE (USA): Superb field is announced for Prefontaine Classic 110 m hurdles race. The last five No. 1 world-ranked high hurdlers will go head-to-head, the all-star quintet includes the last two Olympic Champions, the last two World Champions and the World Record Holder, all of whom have dipped under the 13-second barrier in their careers. Aries Merritt, Omar McLeod, Sergey Shubenkov, David Oliver, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, Dimitri Bascou and Andy Pozzi are the names. The race will be staged on Saturday May 27 and is a non DL event.
Semenya 400/800, Van Niekerk 100/200
POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA): Caster Semenya will contest the 400m and 800m at the ASA Senior Championships which begin on Friday, informs the Independent Online. Semenya was initially planning to defend her 400m, 800m and 1500m titles before opted to contest just two events. Olympic and world 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk is set to contest the 100m and 200m where he will face strong opposition from Akani Simbine, Anaso Jobodwana and Gift Leotlela. LJ van Zyl is set to go head-to-head with Cornel Fredericks in the 400m hurdles while Wanda Nel is due to contest both the 400m hurdles and 200m. Olympic medallists Sunette Viljoen and Luvo Manyonga will provide the highlights in the technical events and Lebogang Shange is the favourite in the 20km walk.
Grand Champion Race planned
TOKYO (JPN): Japan will employ a two-year qualifying process starting this summer called the 'Grand Champion Series' as part of the selection process for the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics, informs the Japan Times. The series of races will run until the spring of 2019 and the runners with the best times and places will be invited to take part in the Grand Champion Race scheduled to take place on the same course as the Olympic marathon at some point after September 2019. The top two finishers will gain automatic qualification and the remaining spot will be awarded to the runner with the fastest time from three races held between the autumn of 2019 and spring of 2020.
BOSTON (USA): Kathrine Switzer completed the Boston Marathon yesterday some fifty years after officials attempted to remove her from the race which was not open to women at the time, informs BBC News. More than 12,300 women started yesterday’s race and Switzer, 70, completed the course in 4:44:31.
BOSTON (USA): After finishing third in the Boston Marathon on her debut in 2:23:00, Jordan Hasay has said she might opt to stay on the roads rather than try and make the American 10,000m team for the World Championships in London, informs “To be honest, I think I’m just leaning toward staying on the roads,” she said. However, Galen Rupp will try and make the team for London before moving to the roads on a full-time basis.
BOSTON (USA): Last year third placer in Boston Kenyan Joyce Chepkirui was a non-finisher on Monday due to effectively same injury as was the case in NYC last autumn when she placed 4th. Informs twitter of her management company Ikaika.
BOSTON (USA): Participation figures as published by Race Results Weekly are showing a slight decrease. Total entrants from 30 741 last year to 30 153 this year, starters from 27 487 to 27 221 and finishers from 26 639 to 26 411.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): The Ethiopian Athletics Federation has announced the Ethiopian Championships will take place from 16-21 May, informs the Ethiopian Herald. The federation also confirmed that random doping test will be conducted at the championships. The EAF also announced that the U20 championships will take place on April 22-23. Both the junior and the senior athletics championship will take place at the Addis Ababa stadium.
MOSCOW (RUS): Yelena Slesarenko has not appealed to the CAS after being stripped of her fourth-place finish in the high jump from the 2008 Olympics, informs Sport Express. “The situation to date is such that the appeal at the moment is simply unproductive, because there are no positive precedents and it is very costly financially. Any proceedings require serious financial resources,” she said. Slesarenko failed a retest for turinabol.
VERMILLION (USA): Derek Miles has belatedly received his bronze medal from the 2008 Olympic Games, informs Argus Leader. Miles initially finished fourth in the pole vault but was promoted after Denis Yurchenko was stripped of his bronze medal after failing a retest. Miles received the medal at a ceremony at the University of South Dakota where he is a coach at the institution.
ELDORET (KEN): Conseslus Kipruto will be using the 3000m flat at the Doha Diamond League in May for speedwork in his build-up to the World Championships in London where he will contest the steeplechase, informs The Star. “I want to use the event for speed and by August everything will be okay. I am looking forward to the season’s opener but you know I will be competing with the tough guys. However I will be doing my best to make sure that I impress in the track as the season kicks off,” he said.
MUMIAS (KEN): World cross country bronze medallist Lilian Kasait will run over 5000m in the Shanghai Diamond League on 13 May, informs the Daily Nation. “My ultimate target is to get the ticket in 5000 m team for the London World Championships,” she said. Kasait opened her track season with a 15:30.0 victory in the Athletics Kenya meet in Mumias on Saturday.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan media are informing that Sports Kenya acting director general Gordon Oluoch has been transferred to Kenya Academy of Sports where he will serve as the chief executive officer. Oluoch, who had served for many years as Sports Commissioner before he moved to Sports Kenya in March last year, will be replaced by Saima Ondimu, a senior deputy secretary at the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts.
DES MOINES (USA): Grand Blue Mile race as part of Drake Relays will be also 2017 USA Men's & Women's 1 Mile Road Championships on Tuesday April 25. Among elite runners to point out Olympic medalist, in-shape Clayton Murphy, another olympic medalist Leo Manzano and title defender Chad Noelle. In the women section US record holder Shannon Rowbury, Katie Mackey and Amanda Eccleston.
PRAHA (CZE): Czech Republic will have for first time a team at IAAF World Relays this weekend. It will be men´s 4x400 m with Jan Tesar, Patrik Sorm, Michal Desensky and Vit Muller.
MOSCOW (RUS): Former European indoor champion in women long jump Darya Klishina confirmed her participation at the 13th edition of the Golden Roof Challenge in Innsbruck on June 2, informs TASS referring to meeting organizers. Klishina plans to open her summer competitions season at Prefontaine Classic.
PARDUBICE (CZE): Czech Athletics Federation signed memorandum of cooperation with city of Pardubice with the aim to build in four years new indoor hall for athletics here. It was confirmed by federation head Libor Varhanik and city mayor Martin Charvat.
ATLANTA (USA): Olympic triple jump medalist Will Claye is also a top musician. He released his new album titled "Look what you created."
STADSKANAAL (NED, Apr 17): Naom Jebet won the 27th Klap tot Klap Loop at 10 km in 34:33 ahead of another Kenyan Tabitha Gichia 34:48. Men winner Moses Yator 31:19 just three seconds over Dutch Joeri Wolf 31:22.
WILLEMSTAD (NED, Apr 17): Jamaica ended for 33rd time as the best country at the Flow Carifta Games (46th edition) with 39 gold, 28 silver and 19 bronze medals. Second position for Trinidad and Tobago (7-5-10) and third for Bahamas (6-5-10). During last day Orlando Francis of St. Kitts cleared 222 in high jump, also senior NR for his country. Jamal Walton of Cayman Islands won the U20 200 m in 21.29 (-0.7), double on the girls side for Khalifa St. Fort of Trinidad 23.99 (+0.5). Hurdles winners from Jamaica Orlando Bennett 13.60 (+1.0) and Amoi Brown 13.44 (+0.4). In the U18 category 200 m wins for Jamaicans Michael Stephens 21.30 (+0.9) and Michae Harriot 23.73 (+0.1). Hurdles for Dejour Russell 13.14 (+2.4) and Brittany Anderson 13.16 (-2.1, youth height), also Jamaicans. Daniel Cope from Jamaica won discus with 61.25 (1.5 kg). In the 4x400 m relays Jamaican won both girls finals 3:37.96 (U20) and 3:38.73 (U18). In the boys finals wins for Trinidad and Tobago 3:09.32 and Bahamas 3:14.65.
WIESBADEN (GER): Three time discus Olympian (1968-1976) Hein-Direck Neu of Germany died last Friday at age of 73.
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