News from around the World- EME News (Dec 2, 2017)
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News from around the World- EME News (Dec 2, 2017)

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EME NEWS (DEC 2, 2017)
Lavillenie´s indoor plan
PARIS (FRA): World record-holder Renaud Lavillenie is looking forward to two weeks’ training in La Reunion with fellow French pole vaulters from Monday, reports L’Equipe. His coach, Philippe d'Encausse, said training was going well as he prepares for the trip with Kevin Menaldo, Stanley Joseph, Valentin Lavillenie and Axel Chapelle. Lavillenie’s confirmed appearance for the indoor season are Berlin (January 26), Karlsruhe (February 3), Rouen (February 10), the French Championships in Liévin (February 17-18) and Clermont-Ferrand (February 25).
USATF Awards
COLUMBUS (USA): USATF honored outstanding contributions by both individual members and regional associations at the Annual Awards Breakfast on Saturdaymorning as part of 2017 USATF Annual Meeting at Hyatt Regency Columbus. Athlete of the Year is Emma Coburn, Male Jumper of the Year is Christian Taylor, female Brittney Reese. Best Male Long Jumper is Jarrion Lawson, Best Female Hurdler Kori Carter. In the category Male Athlete of the Year Justin Gatlin was named, Best Female Short Hurdler Kendra Harrison, Best All-Around Athletes Sam Kendricks. Best Male Thrower is Joe Kovacs, Lifetime Achievement Award for Carl Lewis and Athlete of the Future is Christian Coleman. Athletes of the Year in cross country are Leonard Korir and Aliphine Tuliamok. Al Oerter Male Thrower of the Year is Joe Kovacs, Glenn Cunningham Award for Evan Jager, Harrison Dillard Award for Justin Gatlin and Jim Thorpe Award for Christian Taylor, with John Bennett Award for Trey Hardee. Informs the USATF.
Innovations for Continental Cup
OSTRAVA (CZE): Czech Athletics Federation informs that not only great tickets sales less than one year in advance (more than half of the tickets already sold for both days) but also innovations will be a top boost for the IAAF Continental Cup next September in Ostrava. At the last IAAF Council meeting changes in the format of the event have been approved. Teams will have one score from each event in the format of 8, 6, 4 and 2 points (based on combined result of both athletes per team). That should more encourage the team spirit. Also each team as announced will have ambassadors/captains who will be involved in the competition. They will have per day two jokers they can bet on winning in one male and female event per day, if succesfull the team will get double points. It will be decided by Colin Jackson (Europe), Mike Powell (Americas), Nezha Bidouane (Africa) and Jana Pittman (Asia-Pacific). In the throwing and long and triple jump competitions all 8 athletes will have 3 attempts. Into round 4 only best from each team will advance and into round 5 only top two which will decide about the winner. In the 3000 m and steeple races all runners will be there until 1400 m, afterwards after each lap the last runner will be eliminated. For the last round 4 runners will remain. Already earlier announced was the mixed 4x400 m relay, the running order decided by each team (2 men and 2 women).
LONDON (GBR): Budgeting errors concerning the 2012 Olympic Stadium are costing the UK tax payer £20 million ($26.9m), claims London mayor Sadiq Khan in a new report, London Evening Standard reports. Blaming his predecessor Boris Johnson, Khan said the running cost of the retractable seating needed to convert the arena back and fore between football and athletics use was £10 million per annum rather than the £300,000 budgeted. Other errors mean the public sector company charged with running the stadium will lose a claimed £140 million over its first 10 years.
EDINBURGH (GBR): 1980 Olympic 100m champion Allan Wells reminisced as the famous Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh closes its doors for the final time tomorrow. The sprinter, who was an 18-year-old volunteer when the arena staged the 1970 Commonwealth Games, told the Scotsman: “To have an all-weather track was kind of space-age. Every other track at that time was cinder. The only one to compare was Crystal Palace, but Meadowbank was superior for being a proper complex with its big hall and all the other facilities. I felt very proud of my city for having staged such a great Games and for the local people to then be able to enjoy Meadowbank – everyone did.” Bringing to an end the 47-year history of the stadium, redevelopments on the site will see a new sports centre, including a new athletics track, open in 2020.
LONDON (GBR): The Commonwealth Games Federation has announced it has received “updates” from Australia, Canada, England and Malaysia in the bidding process for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Following Durban losing the right earlier this year to stage the Games, England submitted Birmingham as a bid, but this was deemed “not fully compliant”. Today’s statement from the CGF did not confirm official bids, but Birmingham, as well as Kuala Lumpur and Victoria are understood to be interested.
BIETHGHEIMER (GBR): Alina Reh will seek a fifth consecutive victory in the Bietigheimer New Year’s Eve 11.1 km this month, reports. Following her appearance at the Euro Cross, the German might try to break her course record of 38:47.
DUBLIN (IRL): Athletics Ireland has announced a vacancy for the post of chief executive officer. John Foley has held the post since 2009.
MADRID (ESP): Spanish discus record holder Sabina Asenjo will have a new coach. It will be multiple national champion in shot put Manuel Martinez.
MADRID (ESP): Catalonia is for 15th time in a row the best regional federation within Spanish athletics based on the results at different national championships. Second is Valencia ahead of Madrid, Andalucia, fifth place for Castilla y Leon.
NEW YORK (USA): New York Road Runners has announced 10 professional athletes as finalists for the 2017 NYRR Pro Performer of the Year. These finalists were chosen by an NYRR selection committee based on their performances at NYRR races in 2017. Running fans, as well as members of the media, are invited to vote online for the top NYRR Pro Performer of the Year through 12:00 p.m. ET on Friday, December 8. In the selection of 10 candidates are Mamitu Daska, Shalane Flanagan, Sifan Hassan, Molly Huddle, Marcel Hug, Geoffrey Kamworor, Mary Keitany, Manuela Schär, Jenny Simpson and Nick Willis.
KROMBACH (GER): German Runners of the Year are marathon specialist Arne Gabius and among women as last year steeple specialist Gesa Felicitas Krause. Both were awarded at a Gala Evening. Behind Krause second Konstanze Klosterhalfen and third Sabrina Mockenhaupt. In the men vote second Hendrik Pfeiffer and third last year winner Richard Ringer.
ANTALYA (TUR): The 200 m World champion Ramil Guliyev plans to attack the 200 m European record in 2018. But also has European Championships in Berlin and Mediterranean Games as goals for next year. In long term he wants to attack the podium at Tokyo Games 2020. Informs
PRAHA (CZE): Javelin throwers, World champion Barbora Spotakova and silver medalist Jakub Vadlejch were voted into the top ten of Czech Sports in 2017. The final results will be announced at a Gala Evening on December 21. Spotakova already won twice in the past this vote in 2008 and 2012. Vadlejch is for first time in the top 10. Outside top ten Zuzana Hejnova was 23rd, Petr Frydrych 24th and Jakub Holusa 28th. In the teams poll 10th place for men´s 4x400 m relay.
GENEVA (SUI, Dec 2): Switzerland’s Julien Wanders won the 7.323km elite men’s race at the 40th edition of the Course de l’Escalade road event in 20:59, beating Kenya’s Fredrick Kipkosgei (21:08). Uganda’s Abel Sigowo was third in 21:38. Next best European French European steeple champion Yoann Kowal as 6th in 21:46. Ethiopia’s Helen Bekele, who like the men’s winner was from the organising club Stade Genève, won the women’s race in 23:50. The Barcelona Marathon winner took her third consecutive victory in the event, needing a sprint finish to cross the line two seconds ahead of Kenya’s Magdalene Masai (23:52). Britain’s Steph Twell was third with 24:03, with first Swiss Fabienne Schlumpf next in 24:23. A Swiss record of 45,000 took part over all the races.
GOSSAU (SUI, Dec 2): In the 30th Gossau Christmas Run at 8.5 km wins for Bruno Albuquerque (25:07) and 800 m specialist Selina Buchel (29:03).
HASTINGS (NZL, Dec 2): At New Zealand´s Secondary Schools Championships Olivia McTaggart cleared 430 in the pole vault. Also to note Maddison Wesche 17.02 with 3 kg shot and Anthony Nobilo 75.55 with 5 kg hammer.
SYDNEY (AUS, Dec 2): Rohan Browning clocked windy 20.54 (+2.9) in the men 200 m, on the women side legal 23.29 by 19 years old Jessica Thornton (+0.4).
PRETORIA (RSA, Dec 2): Olympic medalist Sunette Viljoen returned to competition after health issues with 60.84 javelin win from second attempt. She also with that qualified for the Commonwealth Games next April.
GOLD COAST (AUS, Dec 2): Hurdles World champion Sally Pearson was back to competition. She clocked in a mixed 60 m against men 7.36 (-2.2) in the flat 60 m.
KISUMU (KEN, Dec 1): Bernard Tangus (2:20:24) and Hellen Chepkut were the winners of the 13th World Aids Marathon in Kisumu.
YOKOHAMA (JPN, Dec 2): At Nittai University Time Trials good women 5000 m won by Tomoka Kimura in 15:12.47 PB ahead of Kenyan U20 runner Hellen Ekalale 15:21.74. Daniel Kipkemoi won men´s 10 000 m in 28:21.30.
ARANDA DE DUERO (ESP, Dec 2): Ayoub Mokhtar (men 9.47 km, 29:20) and Irene Sanchez-Escribano (women 7.9 km, 28:40) won the 32nd edition of the Cross de la Constitucion here.
ORLANDO (USA, Dec 2): Kenyan Evans Kirwa won the 41st OUC Orlando Half Marathon in 64:59. Sweden´s Sara Trane was the best woman in 82:55.
PORTLAND (USA, Dec 2): Winners of individual races at the Nike Cross Nationals were Aidan Troutner from Southwest (15:04) and Katelyn Touhy from New York (16:45). Team wins for the boys of Purcellville and girls of Manlius.
KISII (KEN, Dec 2): World U18 walking bronze medalist Dominic Ndingiti emerged victorious 43:16.6 in the 10 000 m walk on good day for Africa 400m hurdles silver medallist Maureen Jelagat in the Athletics Kenya Track and Field Meeting, she won her event in 60.53. Josephine Chelagat won 800 m (2:09.1) and the 1500 m (4:17.0). World 800m bronze medallist Kipyegon Bett, who was to take part in the 400 m was not running for fear getting an injury owing to the poor track.
WICHITA (USA, Dec 1): Hunter Veith (22) scored good 5998 in heptathlon at the Shocker Multi indoor meet. New PB for the NCAA 2017 decathlon sixth placer.
BIRMINGHAM (USA, Dec 1): Hakim Montgomery clocked 6.70 in the 60 m and Tray Oates cleared 550 (indoor PB) in the pole vault at the Icebreaker indoor meet.
ALLENDALE (USA, Dec 1): At Holiday Open indoor meet Kenyan James Ngandu won the 5000 m in 13:57.54. Canadian women won their events, Nicole Sifuentes 2:09.10 in the 800 m and Jamime Morrisey 9:15.54 in the 3000 m. Kristen Hixson cleared 425 in the pole vault.
SOUTH BEND (USA, Dec 1): Jacob Dumford won the men 1000 m at Blue and Gold Invitational in 2:21.45.
YOUNGSTOWN (USA, Dec 1): The best result of the Friday first weekend of the new indoor season was the 7.65 in the 60 m hurdles by 20 years old Chad Zallow here.
STATEN ISLAND (USA, Dec 1): US Champs 4th placer at 400 m hurdles this year Byron Robinson won the 500 m here in 1:01.62 over Jamaican Andre Clarke 1:02.91 and Champ Page 1:02.97. In women 500 m Jamaican Yanique Haye-Smith clocked 1:10.98 beating Canadian World relay participant Travia Jones 1:11.25.
BROOKINGS (USA, Dec 1): Good Jamaican wins at the Holiday Open meet by Gawain Williams 6.76 in the 60 m and Titania Markland 1:29.89 in women 600 m.
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