News From Around the World - EME NEWS (APR 21, 2017)
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Simbine twice sub 10 - POTCHESFTROOM (RSA, Apr 21): South African record holder Akani Simbine confirmed who is the fastest in the country and currently also in the World. He clocked during first day of National Championships first 10.06 (+0.3) in heats, then superb 9.94 (+0.2) in semifinals and won the title in cold evening in 9.95 against -0.7 wind. He has now in total 12 legal sub 10 times in his career. Respect to 400 m World record holder Wayde Van Niekerk who with strong finish was second 10.04 (10.22 in heats and 10.05 in semifinals) just edging Thando Roto also 10.04, fourth Henricho Bruintjies 10.17. Another top sprinter Anaso Jobodwana did not run the final due to a cramp (10.19 in heats). The same for female fastest Carina Horn who after 11.13 (+0.6) in heats and 11.10 (+0.8) in semifinals did not contest the final due to abdominal pain. Title went to Alyssa Conley 11.41 (-0.2). Sunette Viljoen won javelin 63.49, Wenda Nel 400 m hurdles 55.16 (55.17 in heats) and Le Roux Hamman men race 49.35 ahead of LJ Van Zyl 49.52. Sensation in the 5000 m as home favorite Elroy Gelant was clearly leading going into final lap but was eventually beaten by Thabang Mosiako (14:03.84 PB to 14:05.59). Phil-Mar Janse Van Rensburg won men javelin 79.86, Caster Semenya eased in women 800 m heats 2:08.05 and Ranti Dikgale posted personal best 45.74 in men 400 m heats.
Rollins banned for 1 year
MIAMI (USA): Olympic 100m hurdles champion Brianna Rollins has been suspended for one year for missing three drug tests in the space of twelve months. Rollins is banned until 18 December and will therefore miss the entirety of the season, including the World Championships. One of her missed tests came on the same day she travelled to Washington to meet Barack Obama. “It is with my deepest regrets that I have to miss the 2017 outdoor season. I accept full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension, and I am disappointed that I will have to miss this coming outdoor season, as a result of my confusion over how the whereabouts system worked,” said Rollins.
LONDON (GBR): Florence Kiplagat believes it is possible for a woman to run a half marathon in 62 minutes one day, informs Athletics Illustrated. “Maybe 62, but under 60 is not possible in my opinion. Only if they do it like sub-2-hour project now is trying,” she said. Kiplagat is targeting a sub-2:20 clocking in the London Marathon on Sunday.
LONDON (GBR): Rio Olympian Tsegai Tewelde is looking to beat his best time of 2:12:23 in the London Marathon on Sunday, informs organisers. “I would like to get a personal best on Sunday. I’ll work hard and see what’s possible,” he said. Tewelde has been training with Zersenay Tadese in the build-up to this year’s race. With Callum Hawkins already guaranteed a place, Tewelde will also be aiming to secure one of the two remaining spots on the British marathon team for the World Championships.
LONDON (GBR): Former junior star Charlotte Purdue feels in the shape of her life heading into the London Marathon, informs organisers. “I’m pretty confident ahead of Sunday – all my sessions have been faster than October. I did one session of 5x5km that was two and a half minutes faster, but all my sessions have been about five minutes better than before London last year,” she said. Purdue ran 2:30:04 in the Frankfurt Marathon last October.
LONDON (GBR): Zamzam Farah has been granted asylum in Britain and will take part in the London Marathon on Sunday, informs AP. Farah represented Somalia at the 2012 Olympics in London where she took part in the 400m but remained in Britain after receiving death threats from Islamist extremist group al-Shabab.
NASSAU (BAH): The IAAF continues to work tirelessly to bring its events to athletics fans across the globe who this weekend have the opportunity to watch the very best relay teams in the world in action. Action from Nassau’s Thomas A Robinson Stadium will be available to watch across all the IAAF’s continental Areas via a combination of coverage on the channels of several broadcasters and a geo-blocked live stream which will be available in more than 110 countries. The live stream will be simultaneously shown on the IAAF’s Official YouTube channel and Facebook page.
NASSAU (BAH): Olympic 100 and 200 m winner Elaine Thompson will head the Jamaican challenge against USA. The US Team won the golden bation at both previous editions always ahead of Jamaica. Third place in first edition for Kenya, in second for Poland.
NASSAU (BAH): The number of runners at the event is down to 509 (286 men and 223 women), one less team comparing to entries earlier this week in men 4x400 m (now 18, out is India), women 4x200 m (now 9, out is Canada) and women 4x400 m (now 16, out is India).
NASSAU (BAH): German sprinters Josefina Elsler and Robert Hering have pulled out of the World Relays due to injury, informs
HAMBURG (GER): Jessica Augusto has confirmed she is aiming to break Rosa Mota’s 32-year-old Portuguese record in the Hamburg Marathon on Sunday, informs Race News Service. “I want to improve the time of Rosa Mota. I think it is possible. I have trained for this and all went well,” she said. The men’s race features Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich who is aiming to run 2:06. “Eliud is a very good friend. We train together and spend time together. He was the one who recommended me to run Hamburg this spring. I knew before that Hamburg has a good and fast course,” he said.
VIENNA (AUT): Ethiopia’s Deribe Roba is aiming to run in the 2:05-2:06 range in the Vienna City Marathon on Sunday, informs Race News Service. “I am looking forward to Vienna and hope for a fast race. Of course much will depend on the weather. If the weather is fine I want to run 2:05 or 2:06 on Sunday,” he said. Kenya’s Eliud Kiptanui is the fastest entrant with a 2:05:21 PB but his journey has been delayed by visa issues.
GIFU (JPN): World half marathon record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei will return to action in the Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon on Sunday and could challenge both the course record of 68:55 and the Japanese all-comers’ record of 66:43, informs IAAF. The field also includes Ethiopia’s Belaynesh Oljira (67:27), Kenya’s Philes Ongori (67:38) and top Japanese entrant Yuka Ando (69:51). The men’s line-up includes a trio of Kenyans with sub-one hour lifetime bests: Bernard Kipyego (59:10), Paul Kuira (59:47) and Kenneth Keter (59:48).
YANGZHOU (CHN): Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew will be looking to claim his third title in succession in the Yangzhou Half Marathon on Sunday. Geremew faces a stacked field including sub-59 performers Atsedu Tsegay (58:47) and Abraham Cheroben (58:48) along with world 10km and 15km record-holder Leonard Komon. Kenya’s Mary Wacera will go head-to-head with Ethiopia’s Genet Yalew in the women’s race. From IAAF.
WARSAW (POL): The fastest entrants for the Warsaw Marathon on Sunday are Ethiopia’a Bazu Worku (2:05:25 PB) and Bahrain’s Merima Mohammed (2:23:06 PB), informs IAAF.
BUCURESTI (ROU): New President of Romanian Athletics Federation is Florin Florea. He was elected on Friday at General Assembly of the federation. He won in second round with 103:83 votes over Traian Badea. Former head Ion Sandu was not going for another term. Out in first round were legends like marathon olympic winner Constantina Dita and high jump European champion Monica Iagar along with Constantin Iacoban and Constantin Obreja. Florea is former sprinter, also national youth champion indoors at 60 m, he also clocked hand timed 5.5 in the 50 m in 1987. In the period 2013-2015 he was general secretary of the federation and currently works as counselor to the Minister of Youth and Sport, Marius Dunca.
MOSCOW (RUS): Russia’s deputy prime minister Vitaliy Mutko has questioned the methods used to detect turinabol, informs TASS. Multiple Russian athletes have failed retests for the substance, including former world 400m bronze medallist Antonina Krivoshapka. “Most violations are currently detected according to a technology designed by a former head of Russian lab. Turinabol tests are his invention. Currently, a number of athletes filed lawsuits against his method. The outcome is unclear, but certain experts belive that this test will find turinabol even in coffee,” he said.
MOSCOW (RUS): Eight more Russian athletes have applied to the IAAF for eligibility to compete internationally as neutral participants, informs Sport Express. Former European 400m champion Kseniya Aksyonova is among the latest names to apply for international eligibility along with former European 4x400m champion Pavel Trenikhin.
LONDON (GBR): The UK Government is calling on cities planning on bidding for the 2022 Commonwealth Games to establish plans for how they would host the event, informs Liverpool, London, Manchester and Birmingham have all expressed an interest in staging the event which was initially set to take place in Durban. The UK Government has also said it will consider multi-city bid proposals. A replacement for Durban is supposed to be announced at some point before the end of the summer. Birmingham officially declared the interest.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario has said coaches and agents face punishment if their athletes are caught doping, informs “Kenya can’t suffer anymore over doping menace. Clean athletes would be protected while those entangled in doping would be exposed and humiliated. Cheats will be exposed irrespective of their world status, their agents and coaches will be brought to book,” he said.
BERLIN (GER): A strong domestic 5000 m field in Berlin has been assembled for 29 April, informs Top names include Sabrina Mockenhaupt, Jana Sussmann and double European U20 champion Alina Reh.
PODEBRADY (CZE): The European Cup Race Walking Cup in Podebrady in May has a new ambassador together with the home star Anežka Drahotová. It is the Olympic 50k race walk champion from Rio 2016 Matej Toth. He considers Poděbrady one of the best race walking courses. "It is a big honour for me to become the European Race Walking Cup ambassador in Poděbrady. Maybe, there will be some people who start to ask why there is a Slovak athlete in this role. Why do I support the foreign event? The answer is clear. Poděbrady is one of the best events since the beginning of my career and I am strongly connected with it," explains the Slovak representative and the new European Cup ambassador. Organisers inform.
DOHA (QAT): Mutaz Essa Barshim believes he is capable of surpassing Javier Sotomayor’s long-standing world high jump record if he stays injury free, informs the Gulf Times. “I feel good. If I stay injury free, I think I would have a very good shot at the world record. I had two close jumps in two seasons,” he said. Barshim has hinted he will compete sparingly in the build-up to the World Championships to London. which is his main aim “When I was young, I was stupid, I was competing every month. I was just jumping from place to place. I had been to four continents in 10 days! But I can’t do this anymore,” he said. Barshim has already cleared 2.35m this season and plans to jump in Doha and Shanghai in May.
MINSK (BLR): Belarus has new athletics family. Decathlete Vitaliy Zhuk (7400 personal best) married pole vaulter Iryna Yakaltsevich (451 personal best).
HYDERABAD (IND, Apr 21): During the opening day of 14th Youth championships of India two national records were registered. Seema in girls 3000 m 9:56.25 and Gurindervir Singh in boys 100 m with 10.74. Informs Murali Krishnan.
LAWRENCE (USA, Apr 20): At Kansas Relays street pole vault wins for Nick Meyer 549 and Kristen Hixson 458 over Mary Saxer and Kortney Ross, both 448.
CHULA VISTA (USA, Apr 20): Jamaican Fedrick Dacres won the discus at the open meet here with 67.30 ahead of Andrew Evans who improved to 66.61. In women discus in usually good conditions Liz Podominick 61.22, second Maggie Ewen personal best 60.51 and third Kelsey Card also 60.51. In pole vault Japanese Seito Yamamoto 571 and Kristen Brown 451.
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