EME NEWS (DEC 12, 2017)
Chelimo vs Moen
SAN GIORGIO (ITA): IAAF Permit Cross Country season will continue in 2018 with “Campaccio” historical cross country scheduled for 6th January near Milano. One of most ancient CC races in Europe will be held for 61st time. Olympic silver medalist US Paul Chelimo will run against fresh European marathon record holder Sondre Nordstadt Moen. Italians will be part of this incredible race with reigning European marathon champion Daniele Meucci and Eyob Faniel winner of recent Venice Marathon. Also there Yohanes Chiappinelli and Yeman Crippa. Defending champion who is now also World champion Hellen Obiri will lead the women field. Agnes Tirop who won London 10k bronze will be her main contender with two rising talents Lilian Rengeruk and Letesenbet Giday, who is the reigning World CC U20 champion. US marathoner Desiree Linden will complete the international field. Sara Dossena with Nadia Battocletti are leading the home runners.
Kendricks in Dusseldorf
DUSSELDORF (GER): An excellent pole vault line-up has been assembled for the PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf on 6 February, informs organisers. The line-up for this IAAF World Indoor Tour meet includes the last four world outdoor champions: Sam Kendricks (2017), Shawn Barber (2015), Raphael Holzdeppe (2013) and Pawel Wojciechowski (2011) as well as reigning European indoor champion Piotr Lisek and former world indoor champion Kostas Filippidis.
Wild cards for Berlin
LAUSANNE (SUI): Title defenders will get Wild Cards. The Amsterdam 2016 gold medalists or reigning champions in other events from Zurich 2014 (marathon, walks) will get Wild Cards to compete at European Championships 2018 in Berlin. As a result in an event where the country has four athletes all four will be permitted to compete. Also included into the programme of European Championships is for first time women 50 km walk. The entry standard is 4:50:00 at 50 km or 1:39:00 at 20 km. The only event without entry standard is marathon. Entry standards are published on European Athletics website.
Gatlin thinks Tokyo 2020
PARIS (FRA): L´Equipe Magazine published a long interview with 100 m World champion Justin Gatlin. He admits he considered in London after the win to end his career. "It is very true. Two seconds after the finish, I said to myself: "It's over, that's it!" And then two seconds later, I thought no. Because I have the feeling of having more things to achieve: to beat the American record (9.69 of Tyson Gay) and to finish as I started in 2004, by an Olympic title in Tokyo," said Gatlin who will be at age of 39 in Tokyo.
IAAF simplified applications
MONACO (MON): The IAAF Doping Review Board has approved an updated version of the guidelines for 2018 Authorised Neutral Athlete status applications under IAAF Competition Rule 22.1A. Also, a new simplified application form for 2017 Authorised Neutral Athletes seeking eligibility to compete in international competitions in 2018 has been approved by the Doping Review Board. IAAF President Sebastian Coe commented: “As Taskforce chairperson Rune Andersen reported to Council on 26 November, RusAF continue to work hard at reforming Russian track and field. There has been progress, as most, but not all, of the Verification Criteria have been met. In that context we need to continue to safeguard the interests of clean athletes worldwide. To assist this process, we have today issued updated guidelines and offered a simpler application process for previous ANA athletes to reapply for continued permission to compete internationally next year.” Informs the IAAF.
SYDNEY (AUS): World 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson has been named Female Athlete of the Year at the AIS Sport Performance Awards in Sydney, informs Athletics Australia. “Celebrating success, after such a trying time has been enjoyable. Awards are not the reason we compete, but it is an honour to be recognised. I’m looking forward to the summer ahead, competing at my best and of course, competing in front of a home crowd at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” she said.
TOKYO (JPN): From 2019, the Tokyo Marathon Foundation has announced the Tokyo Marathon will be moved from its current date on the last Sunday of February to the first Sunday of March, informs Japan Running News. The move has been made in order to prevent a possible clash with the new Emperor’s Birthday which is a national holiday in the country.
STIRLING (GBR): Scotland has announced its athletics team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in Australia. The standout names on the team include Eilidh Doyle (400m hurdles), Lynsey Sharp (800m), Jake Wightman (1500m), Chris O’Hare (1500m), Andrew Butchart (5000m), Eilish McColgan (5000m) and Callum Hawkins (marathon). Laura Muir ruled herself out of selection contention due to a clash with her studies but she is aiming to compete at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in March.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Written press journalists and photographers can now apply for accreditation for the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham via the event’s official website. The deadline is 15 February 2018.
SOFIA (BUL): Sportal.bg informs that EA Vice President Dobromir Karamarinov will be the team leader of Europe at the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava in September 2018.
CAPE TOWN (RSA): South African Athletics federation informed on its website that as part of ASA’s incentive programme athletes will recieve financial bonuses for their medals at World Championships in London in total of 710 000 R (around 50 000 USD). Wayde van Niekerk will get 250 000 R, Caster Semenya 230 000, Luvo Manyonga 150 000 and Rushwahl Samaai 80 000.
SAITAMA (JPN): The top two finishers in the Saitama International Marathon last month have had their times annulled after the race organisers admitted they were wrongly directed by officials in the closing stages which meant they didn’t cover the full marathon distance, informs Japan Running News. "This was a mistake by the organisers and the athletes did nothing wrong. There was no effect on the finishing order and no advantage gained in terms of the distance run,” said JAAF executive director Mitsugi Ogata.
MOSCOW (RUS): The Russian Olympic Committee has voted unanimously to agree to let the country's athletes compete under a neutral flag at Pyeongchang 2018. Informs insidethegames.
MOSCOW (RUS): The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has said Daniil Kotov (pole vault), Yegor Nikolayev (1500m) and Anatoliy Ryapolov (long jump) have applied for permission from the IAAF to compete internationally as neutral competitors, informs insidethegames.biz
. Federation spokesperson Natalia Yukhareva also told TASS there were still 50 applications which had not yet been filed. The Russian athletics federation also received from the IAAF a simplified form of application for those Russian athletes, who already had permission to compete internationally in 2017 (four Mariya Lasitskene, Anzhelika Sidorova, Aleksandr Menkov and Illya Ivanyuk already send their applications).
MELBOURNE (AUS): Patrick Tiernan is the top entrant for the Zatopek 10,000 on 14 December which doubles up as the Australian 10,000m Championships, informs Athletics Australia. The first two eligible athletes across the finish line will gain automatic nomination for the Australian team for the Commonwealth Games in April.
ALICANTE (ESP): Having been named Spanish Athlete of the Year, European indoor heptathlon silver medallist Jorge Urena is seeking to improve even further in 2017, informs MARCA. “I want to improve in all events but I have more room for improvement on the discus which I am still trying to polish to gain at least one hundred more points. The Spanish decathlon record is still far away but in 2018, I will try to surpass the 8300 point-barrier and fight for the podium at the Berlin European Championship, although it is very difficult. Being in the first eight would be fine,” he said.
PRETORIA (RSA): Oscar Pistorius has been hurt in a prison brawl less than a fortnight after receiving an increased sentence, informs BBC News. Pistorius was allegedly involved in a fight over the use of a public phone and sustained a bruise.
MOSCOW (RUS): RusAF informs that the federation has received special requirements established by the IAAF for Russian athletes, who are looking forward to perform at World U20 and European U18 Championships. All these athletes must be included in the national registered testing pool no later than 1 January 2018 and must provide information about their location directly to the ADAMS system. It was noted additionally that admission to above-mentioned champs doesn’t mean the permission to perform at any other international competitions.
MINSK (BLR): Prize money for Minsk Half Marathon 2018 will be doubled, informs BFLA. It became possible after signing of an agreement between Belarussian athletics federation and Moskva-Minsk bank about collaboration at this event next year.
BERLIN (GER): More explanation to new addition in the LOC Berlin 2018. There was since the beginning (i.e. creation of LOC BEM 2018) two CEOs, i.e. an operational one Frank Kowalski and a non-operational one Ernst Burgbacher who used to be the DLV treasurer. Heinz König replaces Ernst Burgbacher as non-operational CEO and is appointed in the supervisory Board of BEM2018, since Ernst Burgbacher has withdrawn from the DLV treasurer position after the recent elections of the DLV Council.
MONACO (MON): The IAAF is seeking an Event Operations Coordinator at its Monaco headquarters. The Event Operations Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of specific operational aspects of various IAAF World Athletics Series (WAS) events and Olympic Games such as accommodation, accreditation, transport, logistics and volunteers, reporting to the Event Manager of each event. The closing date for applications is 4 January 2018.
ZURICH (SUI): New coach of the women 4x100 m Swiss national team will be for 2018 former hurdler Raphael Monachon.
MANAGUA (NCA, Dec 11): From Central American Games to report that Andrea Ferris from Panama won the women 800 m in 2:06.75. Panama also won men 4x100 m in 41.05. Javelin winner Luis Mario Taracena from Guatemala got 71.78.
PORT VILA (VAN, Dec 12): At Pacific Mini Games Kelvin Masor from Samoa won the 100 m in 10.84 (-1.2). Toea Wisil from Papua New Guinea fulfilled her favorite role in women 100 m in 12.00 (-1.3).
JAKARTA (INA, Dec 6-9): At Indonesian National Championships 17 years old Idan Fauzan Richsa cleared 520 in the pole vault. It is not only national senior record but also a Asian U18 2017 leader. Rio Maholtra equaled the 110 m hurdles national record with 14.08 (-0.5) and Eki Febri Ekawati achieved new national mark in women shot put with 15.60. Also to note 10.54 in men 100 m final (+0.5) by Dewa Made Mudiyasa and 779 (-0.2) in long jump by Sapwaturrahman. From Heinrich Hubbeling.
ABUJA (NGR, Dec 7): At Nigerian Commonwealth Games trials Egwero Ogho-Oghene won the 100 m in 10.37 (+0.1). The next Commonwealth Games Trials comes up in the city of Uyo from the 14-17 February.
KINYAMBU (KEN, Dec 12): Japan-based athlete Alex Mutiso won a CC race in 24:58 during Kenya Pipeline Company Thange Cross-country meeting held at Maikuu Primary and Secondary School grounds in Kinyambu, Makueni County. Second Patrick Mutunga 25:03 and third Jackson Kavesa 25:16. Philip Mulei won U20 race in 20:40 and top woman was Winfred Mbithe 23:04 ahead of Nancy Nzisa 23:08 and Naomi Bahati 23:15.
PADERBORN (GER, Dec 10): One of the best German sprinters Tatjana Pinto showed early fast shape at a local indoor meet with 7.33 in the 60 m and 23.32 over 200 m.
ULM (GER, Dec 10): At an indoor meet good shot put by decathletes. Arthur Abele 15.17 with Tim Nowak 14.15.