News from around the World- EME News (Jan 16, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Jan 16, 2018)

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EME NEWS (JAN 16, 2018)
Farah for Laureus
MONACO (MON): World 10,000m champion Mo Farah has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award while triple world medallist Allyson Felix and world 800m champion Caster Semenya are both nominated for the World Sportswoman of the Year accolade. In other categories, world champions Justin Gatlin and Sally Pearson are both nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year award and Marcel Hug and Markus Rehm for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability award. The World Sports Awards will be held in Monaco on 27 February
Barshim for Slovakia
BANSKA BYSTRICA (SVK): World champion and IAAF Athlete of the Year 2017 Qatari star Mutaz Essa Barshim returns to Slovakia. He will compete as head-line name at the 24th edition of the Banska Bystrica High Jump meet with music on February 6. He won here in 2013 with 236 and in 2015 with meet record 240 cm. At that time it was his first indoor 240 jump and Asian record. As he said he wants to concentrate in 2018 on jumping high without global championships. Among his rivals many of the current top jumpers. Reigning World Indoor champion Gianmarco Tamberi, European Indoor champion Sylwester Bednarek, Olympic medalist Robbie Grabarz, World champion 2007 Donald Thomas. Also world finalists from London Edgar Rivera of Mexico, German Mateusz Przybylko, Bulgarian Tihomir Ivanov and Chinese Wang Yu. Not to forget Belarus duo European indoor medalist Pavel Seliverstau and European U20 champion Maksim Nedasekau. Looks like the top field before World Indoors in Birmingham where high jump will be staged as special event on Thursday, March 1.
Kamworor leads the team for Valencia
NAIROBI (KEN): Athletics Kenya has named a strong team for the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on 24 March headed by reigning two-time champion Geoffrey Kamworor (58:54 PB) and world half marathon record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei (64:51 PB). Kamworor is joined by the silver medallist two years ago Bedan Karoki (59:10 PB) along with Jorum Okombo (58:48 PB), Leonard Barsoton (59:28 PB) and Barselius Kipyego (59:14 PB). Jepkosgei is at the helm of a strong women’s line-up which includes two-time medallist Mary Wacera (66:29 PB), Fancy Chemutai (65:36 PB), Ruth Chepngetich (66:19 PB) and Pauline Kaveke (68:04 PB). The reserves are Alex Korio (58:51 PB) and Joan Chelimo (66:25 PB).
IAAF Solidarity Fund
SAN JUAN (PUR): IAAF President Sebastian Coe visited Puerto Rico to continue discussions and on this occasion hear first-hand about the devastating damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Jose last year, informs IAAF. Visiting Toa Baja and meeting representatives from six Member Federations in San Juan, Coe was humbled by the destruction that so many people lived through and heartened by the generosity of spirit shown by the communities in the area. "There is still so much that needs to be done to rebuild the lives of those affected by these hurricanes but it is heartening and humbling to see what has been accomplished by communities, their governments and by collaboration of neighbouring countries and islands,” he said. To assist with the rebuilding efforts, the IAAF has announced a US$500,000 solidarity fund to help Member Federations in the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) area recover from the devastating damage caused last year by the four hurricanes. "I hope these funds will go some way to rebuilding the sport in the countries most affected by the hurricanes," said Coe.
DNA test went well
VILA REAL DO SANTO ANTONIO (POR): A brand new form of athletics the Dynamic New Athletics DNA was given its first official examination at a test event staged at the Complexo Desportivo in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal, on Sunday (14) with the support and organisation of the Portuguese Athletics Federation and the Algarve Athletics Association. An event incorporating the key themes of Dynamic New Athletics will be unveiled at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, Belarus. Spanish-based team Andalucia claimed the overall title at the test event after going into the final race with 104 points and winning the Hunt. Sporting Lisboa & Benfica collected second place with Juventud Vidigalense from Leiria finishing third. The test event elicited positive feedback from participants, coaches and stakeholders alike. “Obviously there is still lots of work ahead of us to refine the concept but it is great to see we are on track," said EA Council member Libor Varhanik who is responsible for the project. The format for the 2019 European Games will be finalised at the upcoming European Athletics Council Meeting in April ahead of the next test event which will be held in Minsk on 2-3 July. Informs European Athletics.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya’s marathon team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April is led by Kenneth Mungara, 44, who holds the world over-40 record at 2:08:38 and has a lifetime best of 2:07:36 from 2011. Nicholas Kamakya (2:06:34 PB) and Julius Karinga (2:08:01 PB) make up the men’s team while the selected trio for the women’s race is Sheila Jerotich (2:27:34 PB), Shelmith Muriuki (2:38:18 PB) and Hellen Nzembi (2:35:58 PB).
STOCKHOLM (SWE): World discus silver medallist Daniel Stahl has been named 2017 Swedish Sportsman of the Year, informs European Athletics. Not since Stefan Holm in 2005 has an athlete claimed that accolade. European U20 pole vault champion and world U20 record-holder Armand Duplantis was also named Newcomer of the Year.
POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA): Botswana’s Nijel Amos is currently training at altitude in Potchefstroom ahead of the upcoming season, informs Daily Nail. Amos is targeting the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April where he will line up as the reigning 800m champion and he will prepare for the event with training stints in Kenya in March before travelling to Portland, Oregon to focus on speedwork.
KAMPALA (UGA): Ugandan Olympic Committee (UOC) President William Blick has warned athletes who vanish during the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast will face "tough" sanctions, informs Blick added that athletes who represent Uganda at Gold Coast 2018 will have to sign a code of conduct in light of a recent spate of sportspeople disappearing during international competitions. Three members of the Ugandan team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow remained in the United Kingdom after the championships.
HOUSTON (USA): Molly Huddle has said her budding rivalry with Jordan Hasay is “good for the sport” and is looking forward to facing her again in the Boston Marathon in April, informs the Houston Chronicle. “I think her recent marathon success is going to spark a good rivalry. She’s just at another level of running right now. Rivalries are good for the sport. I think we’re going to be finishing close to each other in Boston,” she said. Huddle beat Hasay in the Houston Half Marathon and set an American record of 67:25 in the process.
MADRID (ESP): European indoor champions Richard Kilty and Pavel Maslak are confirmed for Madrid on 8 February, informs MARCA. Kilty will face Yunier Perez and Angel David Rodriguez in the 60m and Maslak will take on former world and Olympic medallist Luguelin Santos in the 400m.
COLOGNE (GER): Italy’s Marco Fassinotti is the top name in the High Jump Meeting with Music in Cologne on 24 January, informs The men’s field also includes three of Germany’s best young athletes: Tobias Potye, Lucas Mihota and Justin Klandermann.
OSAKA (JPN): Invited elites Reia Iwade and Hisami Ishii have pulled out of the Osaka International Women’s Marathon on 28 January due to injuries, informs Japan Running News. Iwade has thigh injury while Ishii has sustained a stress fracture in the left side of her pelvis.
HANNUT (BEL): Brit Andy Vernon will defend his title in the senior men’s race at the Easykit CrossCup in Hannut on Sunday, informs organisers. Vernon will face home favourite Soufiane Bouchikhi, who finished fifth at the European Cross Country Championships in Samorin last month. Favourites in the women’s race include Ethiopia’s Birtukan Adamu, Romania’s Roxana Barca and Poland’s Katarina Rutkowska.
BROVARY (UKR): After victory in Aubiere with world leading mark of 6016 points in heptathlon Oleksiy Kasyanov thinks that it’ll be enough to be invited for the World Indoors in Birmingham. “One day before departure to France I injured my elbow during lifting session. That is why I would like to use the time before Worlds for treatment and preparation. I don’t yet know whether I’ll perform at the nationals. If yes, then only in individual events,” said 32-year-old Ukrainian.
ATHENS (GRE): Greece athletics could be back on track as the Greek government is able now to support the athletics federation with 3.000.000 euros for 2018.
LOUISVILLE (USA): US Indoor 60 m champion from last year Ronnie Baker (6.45 PB) is targeting the World Indoors in Birmingham. He is not planning to compete in Europe before US Championships but only in America. One of his key events will be Millrose Games on February 3. Also 400 m World relay champion Quanera Hayes wants to qualify for Birmingham. Informs the management company of both.
LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics significantly increased its presence and activity on its social media portals, helping engage a young tech-savvy audience with athletics and making it one of the leading continental sports federations in Europe in its utilisation of social media. The success in developing the European Athletics presence and profile was particularly notable on Twitter with the @EuroAthletics feed more than doubling its number of followers during 2017. By the end of last year, the European Athletics Facebook page had almost 277,000 followers, an increase of 10.4 % over the previous year.
PRAHA (CZE, Jan 16): Czech sprinter Klara Seidlova continues in improvements as she clocked here in an open meet in Stromovka Hall new PB and Birmingham standard in the 60 m 7.29. In another race she confirmed the status with 7.32 win. Daniel Nemecek clocked 1:02.55 in the 500 m and later 33.76 in the 300 m. Here the best Michal Desensky 33.50 and Jan Jirka 33.53.
CANBERRA (AUS, Jan 14): At All Comers meet good 400 m hurdles races by New Zealand´s Cameron French in 49.98 and Lauren Wells on the women side 56.20.
UST-KAMENOGORSK (KAZ, Jan 15-16): Asian indoor record in men’s 4x200m was improved at the Kazakhstan indoor nationals by quartet of Karaganda regional team, when Vitaliy Zems, Vladislav Grigoryev, Vyacheslav Zems and David Yefremov in 1:26.10. That is 0.34 faster than previous record, which was set by Japan in 1991. Tatyana Neroznak broke 35-year-old national indoor record in women’s 3000m with 9:17.94. 
KENT (USA, Jan 13): Addition from Raymond Invitational is the new overall personal best in triple jump by Brazilian Almir dos Santos with 17.06.
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