EME NEWS (JAN 8, 2018)
Daska the top name
HOUSTON (USA): New York Marathon third-placer Mamitu Daska will compete in the Houston Marathon on 14 January, informs organisers. Daska is the fastest entrant in the field with a 2:21:59 PB and she claimed victory in this race back in 2011. She will face a strong challenge from Ethiopian teammates Abebech Afework (2:23:33 PB), Biruktayit Degefa (2:23:51 PB) and Belaynesh Oljira (2:24:21 PB). In the men’s race, reigning champion Dominic Ondoro (2:08:00 PB) faces Ethiopians Bazu Worku (2:05:25 PB) and Yitayal Atnafu (2:07:21 PB).
R. Chelimo targets London Marathon
MANAMA (BRN): World champion Rose Chelimo is targeting the London Marathon in April and the Asian Games in Jakarta in August, informs RRW. "I'm expecting to achieve a lot this year. London is the most competitive race. There are many athletes there but I'm trying my best to at least run well,” she said. Chelimo made her season’s debut in the Safi Half Marathon in Morocco on Sunday when she finished fourth in 73:30.
125 000 tickets sold
BERLIN (GER): With 200 days until the European Championships in Berlin, the organisers have announced that 125,000 tickets have already been sold for the event. “I am delighted that 125,000 tickets have already been sold so far. In the history of the European Athletics Championships, such a great pre-sale result has never been seen seven months before the start of the event,” said president of the German Athletics Federation Jurgen Kessing.
NAIROBI (KEN): Japheth Kemei has been confirmed as the head coach for Kenya’s athletics team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April, informs the Daily Nation. The marathon teams for the Commonwealth Games will be confirmed tomorrow along with Kenya’s teams for the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia in March.
GLASGOW (GBR): Laura Muir is targeting the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham this March but she is yet to decide if she will attempt a 1500/3000m double, informs BBC Sport. "The timetable does allow for the two but I am not sure yet whether I am doing two or just the one," she said. Muir said she was “reasonably happy” with her season’s opener of 8:37.21 in a mixed race in Glasgow on Sunday. "I think it sets up a good momentum for the year and this gives you that benchmark you can work on throughout the year. I'm reasonably happy. You always want to run a bit faster. I'm excited for the next few months."
PORTO DE MOS (POR): World 50km race walk record-holder Ines Henriques was pleased to clock 2:45:51 over 35km at the Portuguese Race Walking Championships in Porto de Mos on Sunday and believes she can further improve her world 50km race walk record of 4:05:56, informs the Record. “My coach Jorge Miguel told me that there are still 15 more kilometres to go, and it's true, but I felt very, very good. I did the last five kilometres at quite a fast pace so I think I can still improve my world 50km walk record,” she said. Henriques was aiming to clock 2:48 on Sunday.
ORLANDO (USA): World 100m champion Justin Gatlin has been seen training with his former coach Brooks Johnson in Orlando, informs L’Equipe. Gatlin sacked his long-time coach Dennis Mitchell after he was embroiled in a doping controversy last month.
BATON ROUGE (USA): American 100m hurdler Jasmin Stowers is targeting a medal at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, informs IAAF. “I want to win a medal at World Indoors, and also become the Diamond League champion,” she said. Stowers had a disappointing 2017 in which she didn’t make the US team for the World Championships and suffered a heavy fall at the Diamond League in London. “The doctor told me that was a crucial time because if I fell again and got another concussion it would be really bad; I could have got brain damage. As a hurdler you expect it to be a broken arm or a broken leg, but not a head injury that keeps you out.”
SANTO DOMINGO (DOM): Luguelin and Juander Santos will relocate to Bahrain along with national 100m and 200m record-holder Mariely Sanchez in order to continue training with their coach Jose Ludwig Rubio who has been recruited by the Bahrain Athletics Federation, informs the Estrella de Panama. "I changed and improved when I left Bayaguana for Santo Domingo, then I left the country to study and train in Puerto Rico, and now I think I will also improve, since I can dedicate myself more time to the tracks, because I finished my university studies,” said Luguelin Santos. The triumvirate still look set to represent the Dominican Republic in international competition and Luguelin has said he is targeting the Central American Games in Barranquilla in May.
LEVERKUSEN (GER): German heptathlete Kira Biesenbach looks set to miss the 2018 season after tearing her left Achilles tendon, informs Leichtathletik.de. Biesenbach is a former medallist at the World U18 Championships and European U23 Championships. Biesenbach has suffered numerous injuries including a right cruciate ligament tear but she is still aiming to return to the multi-events. "Before I can say something more specific, of course, I have to first get well again. But the desire for the heptathlon is still there. I have to be patient again - but I'm well-versed in that."
LONDON (GBR): Express.co.uk
informs in an interview with Usain Bolt after he flew into the Bahamas for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament about his soccer plans. Bolt is planned to have a trial in March with Borussia Dortmund which has been organised by Puma. He also confirmed: "The injury is now fine and I'm back fully fit."
MINSK (BLR): Head of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko awarded triple jump European junior champion 2017 Violetta Skvartsova with the special president’s prize "Belarusian Sports Olympus" for successful performance at international level and an active civil position, reports the presidential press service. During the medal ceremony at European U20 Championships in Grosseto, Skvartsova left the podium in protest because anthem of another country was played.
MADRID (ESP): The Spanish IAAF World Indoor Tour leg in Madrid on February 8 confirmed the participation of high jump World champion Mariya Lasitskene. It will be held in the two years old facility of Centro Deportivo Municipal Gallur. Lasitskene still needs IAAF permission to compete as neutral athlete for the 2018.
TAMPA (USA): The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, announced that Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF), one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies, will become the new title partner for the 15th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon, which returns January 12-14, 2018. In addition to renewing as a Series Partner in 2018, Synchrony Financial also signed on for the second consecutive year as a title partner for the Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon, which will take place on June 2-3, 2018.
YEKATERINBURG (RUS): High jump world silver medallist Danyil Lysenko is satisfied with 235 in his first competition of the season. “I never started season so strongly. I’m really in great shape. The most important task for now is to recieve the IAAF permit for international competitions. I hope to get it and then perform at the World Indoors in Birmingham,” Lysenko told TASS. His coach Yevgeniy Zagorulko even noted that “Lysenko is ready for World record, but it is not something he has in his mind. First of all, he must learn how to jump consistently 230 and higher.”
ATHENS (GRE): Greek 400 m hurdles champion Katerina Dalaka is going to participate in the Survivor reality game. She will get paid weekly salary and she says she will continue training there (Dominican Republic).
SYDNEY (AUS): A team of 111 will represent Australia in athletics at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Informs Athletics Australia. The quota will be made up of 88 able-bodied and 23 para-athletes, an increase of 13 from the team for Glasgow, where 98 were selected.
MONACO (MON): The IAAF is seeking a Lead counsel in sport law and governance. Reporting directly to the Director of Legal and Business Affairs, The Lead counsel in sport law and governance provides advice on constitutional and regulatory matters and implements any required action for sport governance. She/he also advises the various IAAF departments in drafting tenders, in using standard contracts, in contract management, compliance, risk management proceedings and more generally assists on all corporate and commercial issues. The closing date for applications is 23 January 2018.
LONDON (GBR): Mel Watman’s latest book, My Life In Athletics, is one of six titles shortlisted for the 2018 TAFWA (Track & Field Writers of America) Armory Foundation Book Award for the leading book published in the previous year on track & field, cross country and running. The winner will be announced in New York on February 1, two days before the Millrose Games at The Armory. Informs Athletics International.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): British Athletics informs that there are four changes to the British Athletics team for the Great Edinburgh XCountry taking place on Saturday 13 January. In the senior women’s race, fresh from full Cross Challenge points in Antrim last weekend, Verity Ockenden comes into the British side alongside Louise Damen. The pair replace Amy Griffiths and Elle Vernon who have sadly withdrawn due to injury. Jack Martin and Andy Heyes take the places of Dewi Griffiths and Sam Stabler in the senior men’s race.
PRAHA (CZE, Jan 8): Sprinter Dominik Zalesky won the Czech University Indoor Championships in Strahov Hall with new PB 6.67. High jump European U20 Champion from last year Michaela Hruba won high jump with 185 and long jump with new PB 602.
GEELONG (AUS, Jan 7): At Shield meet at Landy Field Daniela Roman improved at 400 m hurdles to 56.94.
AUCKLAND (NZL, Jan 6): Joseph Millar clocked wind-assisted 10.23 (+3.0) in the 100 m.
VALENCIA (ESP, Jan 7): Luis Salort clocked new Spanish U20 record over senior 60 m hurdles in 7.91.