News from around the World (MAY 18, 2017)
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News from around the World (MAY 18, 2017)

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Four World leads 2017 - BAIE MAHAULT (FRA, May 17): The traditional elite meet in Guadeloupe registered in total 4 World leads 2017. At Meeting Pro Athlé (French series) World Indoor champion Yulimar Rojas got the top mark of the year in triple 14.67 (+1.2). Jamaicans followed Kimberly Williams 14.35 (+1.4) and Shanieka Thomas 14.13 (-0.3). 2012 Olympic winner Brittney Reese leaped to long jump WL 698 (-0.2) ahead of British European indoor medalist Lorraine Ugen 676 (+0.4). Also third WL in jumping event, Will Claye of USA 17.40 (+0.5) in men triple what actually equaled the top mark of Cuban Andy Diaz. Behind him Chris Benard 17.15 (-0.2) with 2008 Olympic winner Nelson Evora fourth 16.77 (-0.1). Fourth WL in women 400 m hurdles when Kori Carter in 54.53 beat Jamaican Ristananna Tracey 54.56 and US Jaide Stepter 54.96. Olympic winner Ryan Crouser was clearly on top in shot put 21.79 one meter ahead of Jamaican O´Dayne Richards and Chukwu Enekwechi 20.67 PB. In sprints Mike Rodgers in 10.08 (-0.2) beat Canadian Andre De Grasse 10.10. LaShawn Merritt was the best in the 400 m 44.99 with Paul Dedewo second 45.14 PB. Also fast Aleec Harris 13.18 (0.0) and Sharika Nelvis 12.58 (-0.1) in the hurdles. Jenna Prandini scored a double with 11.25 (-0.4) and 22.70 (0.0) wins. In middle distances Andrew Bayer won steeple 8:28.89 and Cuban Rose Mary Almanza 800 m in 2:00.26. St. Lucia´s Levern Spencer was the best in women high jump 192.
Farah headlines Pre 5k
EUGENE (USA): Mo Farah leads the cast in men 5000 m at the Prefontaine Classic this year. More than half the field own an Olympic or World Championships medal in events also including the 10k, steeplechase, half-marathon and cross-country. The 5k was the favorite race distance of Steve Prefontaine includes also US Olympic medalist Paul Chelimo, bronze winner Hagos Gebrhiwot, another Ethiopian top runner and DL winner Yomif Kejelcha. Special status for World CC Champion Geoffrey Kamworor and steeple Olympic winner Conseslus Kipruto. Also to mention Joshua Cheptegei, Albert Rop, Caleb Ndiku and Briton Andrew Butchart. US elite will be represented by Ryan Hill, Ben True, Hassan Mead and Eric Jenkins.
Top throwing fields
HALLE (GER): Excellent throwing fields have been assembled once again for the Halle Werfertagen on 20 May, informs World record-holder Anita Wlodarczyk from Poland headlines the women’s hammer while teammate Pawel Fajdek goes head-to-head with Olympic champion Dilshod Nazarov from Tajikistan in the men’s event. World champions Piotr Malachowski and Denia Caballero are confirmed for the discus while former world champion David Storl goes head-to-head with Czech Republic’s Tomas Stanek on his outdoor debut in the shot put. World champion Katharina Molitor is set to go head-to-head with European U23 champion Christin Hussong again in the javelin.
Tugusz 67.21 WL and European U23 record
BAKU (AZE, May 18): World leading women javelin by Eda Tugusz (20) of Turkey 67.21 was the best result of 3rd day of athletics at Islamic Solidarity Games. It is also national record and European U23 record. Another top mark by Ramil Guliyev also from Turkey who after 100 m also won the 200 m in fast 20.08 (+0.6). Steeple World record holder Ruth Jebet also won second event, she was best in 5000 m with 14:53.41 PB. Behind her European champion Yasemin Can from Turkey 14:53.50. Third Darya Maslova clocked new national record for Kirgyzstan 15:00.42 and close behind her Alia Mohamed Saeed of United Arab Emirates 15:00.45 PB. Moroccan wins in men races, Mostafa Smaili 1:45.78 in the 800 m and Mohamed Tindouft 8:26.26 PB in steeple. Bahrain´s Ofonime Odiong won the 200 m in 22.95 (+1.7) ahead of 100 m winner Gina Bass from Gambia 23.15. Esref Apak won close battle in men hammer with 74.32 and fast heat times in women 400 m by Kemi Adekoya 51.46 and Salwa Eid Nasser (will be soon 19) 51.94.
MUNICH (GER): Retired German pole vaulter Tim Lobinger has been diagnosed with leukaemia and is currently undergoing chemotherapy, informs “We can only wish Tim all the best and keep our fingers crossed that medical treatment is successful,” said DLV president Clemens Prokop.
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican sub 10 king Asafa Powell was forced to withdraw from Saturday´s Jamaica Invitational due to achilles tendonitis.
KINGSTON (JAM): Two-time world and Rio Olympic triple jump champion Caterine Ibarguen will make her season debut at Jamaica Invitational. High jump favorite will be Levern Spencer of St. Lucia. Rio bronze medallist, Sam Kendricks, start as favourite in the men’s pole vault.
MONTREAL (CAN): Insidethegames writes that pole vault World record holder Yelena Isinbayeva will be forced to stand down from her position as chair of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) on May 31 as part of criteria laid out by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), it was announced. It is nothing against Isinbayeva directly but WADA have urged RUSADA to ensure there is an independent chairperson and to install a conflict of interest policy as part of four "immediate requirements" previously established as part of their path to recompliance. In an update presented to the WADA Foundation Board, deputy director general Rob Koehler confirmed these had been accepted by RUSADA. The rule regarding access to Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) samples has already been met, while RUSADA is also in the process of opening up the "closed cities" to doping control officers. Once RUSADA has adhered to these four regulations, they will be permitted to resume testing, Koehler said. WADA anticipate part of this could happen at a RUSADA meeting on May 31. Wites insidethegames.
MONTREAL (CAN): An Independent Testing Authority (ITA) will be established and could be in operation before next year's Winter Olympic Games after the proposal was rubber-stamped at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Foundation Board meeting. Steering Group chairperson Valérie Fourneyron, the former French Sports Minister, confirmed that the IOC would fund the ITA. The new group will be comprised of five members - an independent President, a representative from the IOC, a member of an International Federation (IFs), an athlete and an independent and neutral expert. Writes insidethegames.
FLAGSTAFF (GER): Olympic 5000m finalist Andrew Butchart has said Mo Farah is not unbeatable and he believes he can also challenge for a medal at the World Championships in London, informs BBC Sport. "Nobody is invincible. It's easier for me because I am the underdog. It's going to be hard [for Mo]. Obviously it's Mo's last ever World Championships, so the spotlight is going to be on him. But I could potentially get a medal there, who knows?" he said. Butchart is currently training at altitude in Flagstaff, Arizona.
BANGALORE (IND): Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew will be targeting a third successive victory in the TCS World 10K Bengaluru on Sunday, informs organisers. “I love this race and Bengaluru. I have run well here the past two years and there is always a very strong field, and I like to push myself. I am now a confirmed road runner,” he said. He will face opposition from world record-holder Leonard Komon from Kenya and New Zealand’s Zane Robertson, who clocked 27:28 last October. In the sights of all the top men’s runners is the course record of 27:44, set by Kenya’s Geoffrey. In the women’s race, world cross country champion Irene Cheptai faces world marathon silver medallist and Kenyan teammate Helah Kiprop.
BANGKOK (UKR): Rio Olympian Oleg Olefirenko (2:12:04) is the leading entrant for the Bangkok Marathon on Saturday, informs organisers. He will face opposition from Kenya’s Silas Muturi and Ethiopia’s Danny Abera, the younger brother of former world and Olympic marathon champion Gezahegn. The fastest entrant for the women’s race is Kenya’s Esther Macharia (2:30:50).
BRUSSELS (BEL): The Belfius Brussels Marathon & Half Marathon, this year on October 1, will be the first Golazo event to get the quality label 'Great Run'.  The Great Run Company and Golazo announced extensive cooperation last month, aimed primarily at expanding the Great Run brand in the rest of the world.
PARIS (FRA): French hurdles Olympic medalist and European champion Dimitri Bascou will not compete this weekend at French Clubs League. He will focus to open his season next week at Prefontaine Classic on May 27 in Eugene. Informs L´Equipe.
KYIV (UKR): Ukraine will send four men and four women for European 10 000 m Cup in June in Minsk. Former European junior champion Dmytro Lashyn leads men squad following by Roman Romanenko, Yehor Zhukov and Artem Kazban. Viktoriya Kalyuzhna, Yulia Shmatenko, Olha Kotovska and Olena Serdyuk are in the women quartet.
KYIV (UKR): Ukrainian federation approved the marathon team for World Championships 2017. Ihor Olefirenko, Ihor Russ, Yuriy Rusyuk on the men side and Viktoriya Khapilina, Darya Mykhaylova and Tetyana Vernyhor from women side will represent Ukraine in London.
MOSCOW (RUS): The IAAF will consider half of the remaining applications from Russian athletes to perform internationally as neutral competitors next week, informs R-Sport referring to the press office of the governing body. It is also noted that for the other half of the remaining applications it is necessary to conduct an additional investigation, including re-tests of doping samples and examination of information provided by an independent WADA commission led by Richard McLaren.
PRAHA (CZE): The organisers of 24th Odlozil Memorial (EA Classic) which will be held in the Prague Juliska Stadium on Monday June 5 presented Czech 400 m star Pavel Maslak as one of the headliners. Triple European Indoor champion said he will try to win the race as last year but is expecting tough fight with Botswana´s Isaac Makwala, European champion Martyn Rooney and Dutch Liemarvin Bonevacia with another European medalist Donald Blair-Sanford of Israel.
MONACO (MON): The IAAF is looking to add a Head of Event Operations to their event delivery team. Working under the guidance and direction of the Competition and Events Director in Monaco, the successful candidate will manage the event coordination aspects of all World Athletics Series (WAS) events and Olympic Games. The closing date for applications is 31 May 2017. Informs
DUBLIN (IRL): A strong Irish team will compete at the European Race Walking Cup on Sunday in Podebrady. The team will be spearheaded by 2013 World champion Robert Heffernan who will compete alongside Alex Wright and Cian McManamon in the 20 km while Brendan Boyce gets action underway in the 50km – his first time to compete over the distance in the this event.
PODEBRADY (CZE): Main favorite in men 50 km will be Ihor Hlavan from Ukraine. He was fourth at World Championships 2013 and 2015, two years ago in Murcia at European Cup ended second and helped Ukrainian team to bronze.
JINAN (CHN, May 18): At Chinese Championships sensation of the day in men pole vault as Ding Bangchao (20) improved from 530 to 570 in the pole vault. Second Xue Changrui 560. In men events also to note Bie Ge winning the 200 m in 20.64 life-time best (+0.1) and Ma Lei also personal best in 110 m hurdles 13.55 (-0.1). From women events hurdles 12.98 by Wu Shijiao, Tan Jian won discus 58.47 and Luo Na hammer 70.44.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH, May 16-18): Dera Dida (20) won the women 10 000 m during first day of 46th Ethiopian national championships in 33:58.41. Second African junior champion 2015 Etagegn Woldu 33:58.95 and third Gebeyanesh Ayalew (13th at World CC in Kampala) 34:00.15. In men 10 000 m close finish among top three. Winner Anduamlak Belhu 28:32.37 surprisingly beat World CC medalist Muktar Edris 28:32.74 and new name Moges Tiumay 28:32.96. In the second day Efrem Mekonnen won the 400 m in 46.60 and interesting to note 100 m winners Bedru Mehammed 10.55 national record and Ebise Kebede 11.98. During third day Birtukan Adamu won women steeple 10:14.68. In the 800 m Mahlet Mulugeta 2:02.20 ahead of Tigist Ketema 2:02.55 and on the men side Tadesse Lemi 1:46.69 beating Mengistu Alemu 1:46.80 and Temam Tura 1:46.95.
OREM (USA, May 16): Sweden´s Niklas Arrhenius achieved good discus season best 65.01 at a competition in Utah.
KROPYVNYTSKYY (UKR, May 17-18): 15-year-old Yaroslava Mahuchikh cleared 190 PB to win girls high jump at National U18 team championships. Mykhaylo Kokhan with 79.38 topped the 5 kg hammer.
SALON DE PROVENCE (FRA, May 17): Hungarian Zoltan Kovago won here discus with 62.18.
NAIROBI (KEN, May 18): At Police Championships Lilian Kasait won the 5000 m women in 15:36.3 clearly ahead of steeple World champion Hyvin Kiyeng 15:51.1. Javelin record holder Julius Yego got 78.40 win. Doha 1500 m winner Elijah Manangoi showed shape with 1:44.8 800 m win ahead of Justus Koech 1:45.0 and Job Kinyor 1:45.2. Emily Cherotich was the best woman in 2:03.5. Vincent Rono topped the 10 000 m in 28:10.1 over Peter Kirui who with 28:29.3 won the other race. Beatrice Chepkoech won the women steeple in 9:50.1.
NEUBRANDENBURG (GER, May 17): Claudine Vita won the shot put with 17.62 at the local meet here. 
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