News from around the World - EME News (Nov 10, 2017)
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News from around the World - EME News (Nov 10, 2017)

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EME NEWS (NOV 10, 2017)
New structure of DL to be known by spring 2018
LONDON (GBR): The General Assembly of the IAAF Diamond League met on Friday in London’s Olympic stadium to review the 2017 season and the structure of the sport’s top tier one-day meeting circuit from 2020 and beyond. The 2017 season marked the first stage of a fundamental restructuring of the IAAF Diamond League which adopted a championship-style model with the finalists competing for a prize pool of $3.2 million. 282 million viewers from across 161 countries worldwide switched on during the season to watch. IAAF President Seb Coe reconfirmed the IAAF’s commitment to the series, a future based upon a programme of radical change aligned to wider reform across the IAAF’s Competition programme. This is a consultative process and currently there are four important pillars of work underway. The first is the general overhaul of the global calendar; second, is the introduction of an IAAF World Rankings system; third, is a comprehensive review of the entire Diamond League structure; and fourth going to market for a new title sponsor. The timeline is to deliver a new structure, which would be implemented in 2020, in the first quarter of 2018. Informs IAAF release.
Kipchoge and Keitany
ATHENS (GRE): Eliud Kipchoge and Mary Keitany are officially the top marathon runners of 2017. The Kenyans were announced winners of the AIMS Best Marathon Runner (BMR) Awards at a Gala in Athens tonight. The event was organised by the AIMS and the Greek federation SEGAS. Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon with a world leading time of 2:03:32 in September while Keitany took the London Marathon in April, clocking an African record of 2:17:01. This is also a world record for a women only race. The winners of the BMR awards were decided by the votes of more than 400 members of AIMS.
Kenenisa and F. Kiplagat for 25 km
KOLKATA (IND): Kenenisa Bekele and Florence Kiplagat will compete in the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K on December 17, organisers have announced. Three-time Olympic champion Bekele will compete for the first time in India and and over the rarely run distance, with eyes on the world record of 71:18 held by Denis Kimetto. "After my first visit to India a few years ago, as an ambassador for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, I have always been wanting to run here,” said Bekele, who dropped out of his last race, the Berlin Marathon. “The TSK25K seems to be the perfect opportunity: the route is historic, the weather expected to be cool and I am hoping to set a new course record, at the very least. I look forward to running in Kolkata and hope my presence motivates people to come and run.”
CAPE TOWN (RSA): informs that Wayde Van Niekerk´s coach Ans Botha will be awarded Coach of the Year by the IAAF later this month. Van Niekerk himself is also is in line for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation after a surgery for an injured knee and will be out for a period of up to six month, ruling him out of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Interestingly this week US sprinter, Curtis Mitchell, is in Bloemfontein and started to work with Ans Botha.
BURGOS (ESP): European champion Ilias Fifa will at the end not be able to run at the IAAF CC Circuit opener Atapuerca on Sunday. He was provisionally suspended by the Spanish Agency for the Protection of Health in Sport (AEPSAD). Also provisionally suspended were among others European U23 finalist in the 1500 m Ayoub Mokhtar and El Madhi Lahoufi who won European CC 2015 U20 medal.
AGADIR (MAR): Two goals for 2018 were mentioned by the 800 m World Champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse. He wants to attack the win at the European Championships in Berlin and also the Diamond League overall win. He might compete in Australia and only one indoor meet in Lievin on February 13. World Indoors in Birmingham are not in his plans.
PRAGUE (CZE): Saturday´s Czech Athletics Gala (live TV transmission) has as favorites javelin throw World medalists. Winner of women competition Barbora Spotakova and men silver medalist Jakub Vadlejch. They both will also sing during the programme as it was revealed by the Czech federation in a release. Already in the past in the programme top athletes like Roman Sebrle or Petr Svoboda were also performing on stage.

BOSTON (USA): Following victory at the TCS New York Marathon last Sunday, Shalane Flanagan says it is too early to decide whether she will next aim for the Boston Marathon in April. “It’s just when you have a big moment like this and then people ask that question, but it’s important right now to soak in the moment. Ever since I was a little girl and watching the Boston Marathon I always dreamed of winning my own major marathon,” she told the Boston Herald in response to being courted by Boston CEO Tom Grilk. “I want to let (a decision) come naturally. Maybe in a couple of weeks.”
MOSCOW (RUS): President of the All-Russia Athletics Federation Dmitry Shlyakhtin has said the federation has done “everything we could” to gain reinstatement, informs Sport Express. “The federation has one goal: to return to the world arena. We did everything we could, we wait for certain deadlines from WADA, RUSADA and the IAAF council,” he said.
MOSCOW (RUS): Anna Chicherova has returned her bronze medal from the 2008 Olympics after being disqualified for failing a retest, informs Sport Express. “I have previously said that I will return this medal, if I can not prove my rightness. I never take my words back, so I parted with this award. So be it,” she said.
MOSCOW (RUS): Former Olympic 20km walk champion Elena Lashmanova is preparing for the 2018 season according to Russian national team head coach Yuriy Borzakovskiy, informs Sport Express. “Elena Lashmanova is currently training, she is preparing for the next season. I would also like to add that none of our leading athletes at the end of the season announced their retirement from the sport,” he said.
CANBERRA (AUS): World 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson and para athlete Isis Holt are among 18 nominees up for sports personality of the year at Australia’s AIS Sport Performance Awards.
BRUSSELS (BEL): The Belgian athletics federation has announced its selection criteria for the European Athletics Championships next year. According to, six athletes already have selection subject to proving fitness: Nafissatou Thiam, Hanne Maudens and Noor Vidts in the heptathlon, Soufiane Bouchikhi and Bashir Abdi in the 10,000m and Koen Naert in the marathon.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): British Athletics has announced the names of 112 athletes on its 2017-8 main funding plan. Mo Farah is the big-name on the list, with performance director Neil Black saying there is still a chance he would accept a British vest on the roads. Sixty-three are on the Olympic programme, with a heavy bias towards relays where much British success has come. Exclusions include Laura Weightman, Chris O’Hare, both 1500m finalists at the Worlds and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. Callum Hawkins and Nick Miller have been elevated from “podium potential” to “podium” level, while Jade Lally, Kate Avery, Isobel Pooley, Chris Baker, Meghan Beesley and Tom Farrell are among those dropped altogether.
WINDHOEK (NAM): Erwin Naimhwaka, president of Athletics Namibia has said his federation are standing by Olympic silver medallist Frank Fredericks, who is being charged with money laundering and corruption in France, The Southern Times reports. Fredericks was the president of the association from 2009-13.
PARIS (FRA): Former World steeple medalist Bob Tahri proposed a coaching project connected to middle distance running to French Athletics Federation FFA.
LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics informs that the succesful European Running Business Conference will be repeated also in 2019.  The inaugural edition was staged in Frankfurt, Germany on 27-28 October in collaboration with the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon which took place on 29 October. The first edition was widely considered a palpable success with 99% of participants either strongly agreeing - or agreeing - the conference was a valuable and worthwhile experience. Likewise, 99% of participants would also recommend attending the next European Running Business Conference to colleagues and relevant stakeholders.
MONACO (MON): The IAAF is seeking a Manager for its Health & Science Department at its Monaco headquarters.
BERLIN (GER): The organisation of German one day meetings called German Meetings changed its structure. They will work from now on as a community of interestets of German Meetings. That will allow more members and other interesting stakeholders to be part of it.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): The Great Ethiopian Run has announced the winners of the elite men’s and women’s races will receive 100,000 birr, informs EthioSports.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Shalane Flanagan has been named athlete of the week by USATF following her victory at the TCS New York City Marathon last weekend.
TOKYO (JPN): Retired Japanese marathon-runner Rumiko Hara has received a suspended prison term for shoplifting from a convenience store in Ashikaga City in July, informs the Tokyo Reporter. Hara was handed a one-year prison term, suspended for three years, for stealing eight items worth about 2,700 yen.

SHANGHAI (CHN): South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka and Ethiopia’s Roza Dereje will defend their titles at the Shanghai International Marathon this Sunday, the IAAF reports. On the men’s side also will be Ethiopia’s Dino Sefir (2:04:50 PB) and fellow Ethiopians Endeshaw Negesse (2:04:52 PB) and Abayneh Ayele (2:07:42 PB), plus Kenya’s Peter Kimeli (2:05:38 PB). The other top women in the IAAF gold label event include Rael Kiyara of Kenya (2:25:23 PB), 2015 London winner Tigist Tufa of Ethiopia (2:21:52 PB) and Margaret Agai of Kenya (2:23:28 PB).
SAITAMA (JPN): Filomena Cheyech, who was fourth at the World Championships marathon this year, will start favourite for the Saitama International Marathon, IAAF reports. The defending champion has a best of 2:21:22 from Paris this year, and the Kenyan faces compatriot Philes Ongori, Shitaye Eshete of Bahrain, Britain’s Charlotte Purdue and the only two Japanese on the elite line-up, Reia Iwade and Kaori Yoshida.
ISTANBUL (TUR): The Turkish all-comers’ records of 2:10:42 and 2:27:27 are set to come under threat in the Istanbul Marathon on Sunday, informs IAAF. Top names in the women’s race include Ethiopia’s Mulu Seboka (2:21:56 PB) and Kenyans Visiline Jepkesho (2:21:37 PB)  and Sharon Cherop (2:22:28 PB) but reigning champion Agnes Barsosio is a late withdrawal due to injury. Top half marathon-runner Ruth Chepngetich (66:19 PB) will make her debut. In the men’s race, Azerbaijan’s Evans Kiplagat (2:09:22 PB) will defend his title in a field led by Ethiopia’s Bazu Worku (2:05:25 PB).
BEIRUT (LBN): Kenya’s Edwin Kiptoo and Ethiopia’s Tigist Girma will defend their titles in the Beirut Marathon on Sunday but the favourite in the women’s race is Bahrain’s Eunice Chumba who set an Asian half marathon record of 66:11 in Copenhagen in September, informs IAAF.
ATHENS (GRE): Kenya’s Milton Rotich is aiming to break the 2:10 barrier in the Athens Marathon on Sunday, informs organisers. “The Athens Marathon offers me a very good opportunity to try to run under 2:10,” he said. In the women’s race, Nancy Arusei will aim to defend her title. “A year ago I didn’t expect to win. This time I am confident because I have trained well and have experience in the marathon,” she said.


MIDDELFART (DEN): Lillebaelt Cross Country will be held here on Saturday not only as Nordic CC Championships but also as EA CC Permit and national championships. Men will run 9 km, women 7.5 km and in the U20 category boys 6 km and girls 4.5 km. Danish Abdi Hakim Ulad will go for his third national title. Norway´s Eiving Oygard and Sweden´s David Nilsson and fresh national champion Napoleon Solomon will be also among the favorites.   In women race strong home trio Simone Glad, Anna Emilie Møller and Maja Alm will go for the honours. Camilla Richardson from Finland and Norway´s Liv Solheimsdal with Sweden´s Sara Holmgren should be mentioned.

PFORZHEIM (GER): The Sparkassen-Cross in Pforzheim on Saturday will incorporate the German Trials for the under-20 teams at the European Cross Country Championships, with the top two gaining automatic selection for the event in Samorin, Slovakia on December 10. Also at stake are the national university titles, informs Leichtathletik.
REGENSDORF (SUI): Swiss qualification for Samorin will start on Sunday at the season opener Wisacher Cross here. Among entries also Olympic steeple finalist Fabienne Schlumpf. Swiss federation plans to send to Slovakia full teams for both U20 races. Delia Sclabas for the girls race is the top name in this category. Switzerland will also consider the participation of the mixed relay team.
BELGRADE (SRB): Top Serbian runners Amela Terzic and Elzan Bibic are aiming to compete at the European CC Championships in Samorin, Slovakia in December. Before that both will run at the Balkan CC Championships in Turkey on November 18.
MILTON KEYNES (GBR): Andy Vernon and Jess Judd are the top names for the second round of the British Athletics Cross Challenge in Milton Keynes on Saturday, reports Athletics Weekly.


PERTH (AUS, Nov 10): 15-years old Sophie White won the 200 m in fast 23.91. One year older Melany Smart clocked 9:12.71 in the 3000 m.
ADELAIDE (AUS, Nov 8): World 7th placer in pole vault Kurtis Marschall cleared 550 here.
WARRINGTON (GBR): Dan Evans, a former national “Inter-Counties” cross-country champion at under-17 level, has died at the age of 19, his club, Warrington AC, announced.
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