News from around the World- EME News (Dec 11, 2017)
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News from around the World- EME News (Dec 11, 2017)

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EME NEWS (DEC 11, 2017)
Flanagan confirms Boston
BOSTON (USA): New York Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan and Chicago Marathon winner Galen Rupp are both confirmed for the Boston Marathon on 16 April, informs organisers. Flanagan will face a line-up which includes the previously announced reigning champion Edna Kiplagat from Kenya. Other top American names confirmed for the women’s line-up include last year’s third placer Jordan Hasay; former runner-up Desiree Linden; long-time American record-holder Deena Kastor; world and Olympic 10,000m finalist Molly Huddle; and in-form Sara Hall. On the men’s side, last year’s runner-up Rupp renews his rivalry with Kenya’s reigning champion Geoffrey Kirui. Veterans Dathan Ritzenhein and Abdi Abdirahman are also confirmed.
SAMORIN (SVK): Former two-time winner Fionnuala McCormack was disappointed to finish 12th in the senior women’s race at the European Cross Country Championships but the Irishwoman believes she can still claim another title, informs the Irish Independent. "It's of significance to me this time because up until now I was the only one who had won back-to-backs. I dreamt I'd challenge her for the title and I knew it was going to be tough, but I honestly believe I did my best on the build-up. Maybe I'll try to stop her [Can] doing three in a row,” she said. Can became just the second athlete in championship history to claim back-to-back titles in the senior women’s race.
SAMORIN (SVK): After winning the senior men’s race in Samorin, Turkey’s Kaan Kigen Ozbilen has set his sights on the Boston Marathon in April. “Anyway it was a tough competition - the cold made the run much harder. I loved the course, it was very special and I even did not mind about the frozen water jumps as they were not too wide. Now I will be preparing for a marathon in Boston,” he said in a flash interview.
SAMORIN (SVK): After winning silver in the senior men’s race, Adel Mechaal will race next weekend at the Cross Nacional Fiestas de la Virgen in Yecla.
SAMORIN (SVK):  Hungary won first individual silver in history of Eurocross by Toth in the U20 race. Knowles-Jones won gold thus completing medal set; she won bronze in 2016 and silver in 2015; previously Gorecka, Purdue, Terzic and Bobocel have won complete set of medals. Ingebrigtsen became 4th runner (after Crippa, Y Rybakov and Bene) to successfully defend the U20 men's race in Euro Cross. First individual gold for Germany by Reh in U23 Women's race in Euro Cross. For the third time in history (after 2009, 2010) France won gold and silver in U23 men's race at Euro Cross. The winning margin of 15 sec tied the maximum winning margin in the women senior race from 1995; however, note that course was much shorter in 1995. For the second time in history of Euro Cross, Turkey won both senior men's individual as well as team title. By Ken Nakamura.

SAMORIN (SVK): Next organisers in Tilburg, Netherlands presented their plans at a press conference here. The course will be run through a safari park. The date for the 25th edition of the event is December 9 under the motto Creating Crossovers. 
HONOLULU (USA): After demolishing the course record in the Honolulu Marathon with 2:22:15 yesterday, Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei is aiming to break the sub-2:20 barrier next year, informs RRW. "Maybe next year, I want to improve to run 2:18 or 2:17. I want to break the course record (in New York, London, or Boston),” she said. Kosgei ran her lifetime best of 2:20:22 only eight weeks ago in the Chicago Marathon.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Birmingham is expected to present their latest financial offer in a bid to finally secure the 2022 Commonwealth Games, informs A Cabinet meeting of Birmingham City Council agreed a final bid to be presented to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), who have been seeking financial reassurances before awarding the Games to the city.
HALLE (GER): Two-time world decathlon bronze medallist Rico Freimuth is aiming to compete in the heptathlon at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, informs "It is Rico's plan to start at the World Indoor Championships," confirmed his coach Wolfgang Kuhne. He will only compete in individual events ahead of the World Indoor Championships.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Desiree Henry has pulled out of the English team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April. “800m runner Alex Bell has been added to the England team for the Commonwealth Games after Desiree Henry withdrew from the 100m and 4x100m,” said Athletics Weekly on Twitter.
NEW YORK (USA): Shalane Flanagan was voted 2017 New York Road Runners Pro Performer of the Year by the public and the media after becoming the first American woman to win the TCS New York City Marathon open division in 40 years on 5 November, informs NYRR. “It’s an honor to win this award, as the names I was up against were so impressive,” Flanagan said. “But it’s not all about just the performances; it goes beyond that. It’s about us being good people and inspiring others.”
LAGOS (NGR): Kenya’s Georgina Rono (2:24:33 PB) and Ethiopia’s Azalech Masresha (2:25:34 PB) will compete in the Lagos Marathon on 10 February, informs the Daily Trust Nigeria.
HONOLULU (USA): Canadian Betty Jean McHugh shattered the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS) single-age world record for women 90 years or older at Honolulu Marathon with 6:47:31. Informs RRW. "I felt great because my son had come with my two grandchildren so we had a three-generation race and all my friends were here to celebrate this great event. I was nervous in the beginning because I had an accident and I hadn’t trained. I was going to walk the whole thing and then I decided to give it a go. So, it was a walk and run but I still managed to do a reasonable time,” McHugh told Race Results Weekly.
HONOLULU (USA): Former 800 m star and World medalist Nick Symmonds clocked at Honolulu Marathon 3:00:35.
GAVLE (SWE): New athletics hall in Sweden was opened in Gavle during the weekend. It includes 200 m track with 6 lanes and it is called Omegahallen. Sprint straight is so long that it can accomodate also 110 m hurdles race. It is 27th hall with 200 m track in Sweden.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya has set up a team of experts to help raise funds to help it prepare for next year's Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast. The Marketing and Fundraising Commission will also oversee the management of National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) funds. Informs insidethegames.
MOSCOW (RUS): The Russian Athletics Federation is currently considering applications from approximately 30 athletes for admission to perform internationally next year as neutral competitors, informs R-Sport referring to the head of the RusAF press service Natalia Yukhareva. Subsequently approved documents will be forwarded to the IAAF.
MINSK (BLR): The BFLA web site announced athletes that confirmed their participation at special high jump meeting in Stolitsa shopping mall on December 23. European junior champion Maksim Nedasekau (233 PB) will lead men’s field following by reigning European indoor medalist Pavel Seliverstau (232i PB), European U23 champion Dmitry Nabokau (229i PB) and Andrei Skabeika (226 PB) – all from Belarus. As EME NEWS informed earlier, reigning world gold and silver medalists Mariya Lasitskene from Russia and Ukrainian Yuliya Levchenko will compete against reigning world youth champion Yaroslava Mahuchikh (192 PB) and former European junior champion Kareryna Tabashnyk (195 PB) from Ukraine as well as best Belarussian high jumpers Karina Taranda, Yelizaveta Shimanovich and Mariya Zhodik.
ST. GOAR (GER): German federation Vice President Heinz Konig was named as another managing director of BEM 2018 together with Frank Kowalski. That is the decision of the first meeting of DLV Board after the elections. New president Jurgen Kessing will be the Anti-Doping responsible person in name of DLV as was the former head Clemens Prokop.
DOHA (QAT): Olympic pole vault winner Thiago Braz is currently having a training camp in Doha until end of December. He is undergoing with his coach Vitaliy Petrov special training for the indoor season which he will start on January 26 at ISTAF Indoor in Berlin.
BASSETERRE (SKN): At its Quadrennial General Meeting on Saturday, the member clubs and affiliates of the St. Kitts & Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, SKNAAA, elected a new Executive Committee to
serve for the next four years. In his first remarks as the new president Val Henry made clear that he is committed to ensuring that the sport will be ‘athlete centric’. Former top female sprinter Meritzer Williams is the athletes representative in the body.
GABORONE (BOT): Media sources in Botswana are reporting that Africa's 2017 top quartermiler Lydia Jele is alleged to have tested positive to a banned substance. No more details are available at this time.
The 400m specialist improved her PB to 50.32 in 2017 on March 25th in altitude in Pretoria and was a semi-finalist at the 2017 London World Championships (51.57). She was part of the 4x400m relay that finished 7th in London after improving the national record to 3:26.90 in the heats. She also broke Botswana's national record in the 100m (11.39 in Francistown on May 13). Writes Carole Fuchs.
CANBERRA (AUS, Dec 7): Josh Clarke clocked here fast 10.26 (0.0) in the 100 m.
LEXINGTON (USA, Dec 9): Sarah Pagano claimed a dominant win in the individual 6km at the USATF Club Cross Country Championships in 19:40 but her team Boston Athletic Association missed out on the team title despite fielding three finishers in the top seven as Hanson-Brooks Project athletes were the winners. There was more success for Hanson-Brooks Distance Project in the men’s race as Ian La Mere claimed the individual 10km in 29:10 by two seconds ahead of Emmanuel Bor in 29:12 but with their five scoring counters all finishing inside the top-11 Tinman Elite claimed the team title with 41 points.
CALI (COL, Dec 10): Chilean middle distance runner Carlos Martin Diaz won the 28th edition of the road race here in 30:09 ahead of Colombian Jeison Suarez 30:11. Muriel Cuneo won women in 34:36.
PORT VILA (VAN, Dec 11): First day of athletics at Pacific Mini Games saw Rellie Kaputin from Papua New Guinea leaping to 640 (+3.3) in women long jump. She studies in USA, was London participant, her national record is 639.
SABADELL (ESP, Dec 10): Spanish U20 indoor best in boys 300 m by Aleix Porras 34.04.
PARMA (ITA, Dec 10): 17 years old walker Riccardo Orsoni achieved 12:25.82 in the 3000 m distance indoors. It is Italian all-time best for this age category.
PAROW (RSA, Dec 9): Roscoe Engel won sprints at another league meet in South Africa with 10.43 (+1.9) and 21.03 (+2.0). National record holder Antonio Alkana posted windy 13.65 (+5.1) over the hurdles.
PRETORIA (RSA, Dec 2): In late additions to the meet from which EME NEWS reported Viljoen´s javelin also to note Anaso Jobodwana winning the 100 m in 10.34. He was also second in the 200 m 20.85 behind Luxolo Adams 20.51 (+5.1). Hamman Le Roux won the 400 m hurdles 50.03. Cheswill Johnson with 781 (+1.4) beat in long jump Zarck Visser 765 (-0.4) and Khotso Mokoean topped triple with 16.55 (-0.5).
MANAGUA (NCA, Dec 10): Costarican star Nery Brenes won the 200 m at Central American Games in 20.56 ahead of 100 m winner Shermal Colimore 20.67. Women 200 m winner Tracy Joseph of Costarica achieved also good 23.19. Andrea Vargas posted 13.12 (+1.2) in the 100 m hurdles, national record for Costarica. Olympic medalist Erick Barrondo from Guatemala topped men 20 km walk in 1:26:41.
NEW YORK (USA, Dec 9): Ethiopian wins at the Ted Corbitt 15 km road race in Central Park. On a very cold day, Teshome Mekonen broke his own course record with 44:43. Belaynesh Fikadu was the best woman in 54:36 just 3 seconds ahead of US Erika Fluehr. From RRW.
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