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News from around the World- EME News (Feb 9, 2018)

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EME NEWS (FEB 9, 2018)
 
Chemutai close to WR
RAS AL KHAIMAH (UAE, Feb 9): Kenya’s Fancy Chemutai just missed Joyciline Jepkosgei’s world record of 64:51 (15:15 5km, 30:34 10km, 46:07 15km, 61:35 20km) in the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, stopping the clock at 64:52 with Mary Keitany a very close second in a 64:55 PB on the road to her world record attempt in the London Marathon in April. Caroline Kipkirui was third in a 65:07 PB ahead of Joan Chelimo (65:37 PB) while Jepkosgei had to settle for fifth in 66:46, her first defeat at the distance in twelve months. The top-seven finishers in the women’s race all broke the 67-minute mark. In the men’s race, Kenya’s Bedan Karoki retained his title, moving to fourth on the world all-time lists with 58:40 course record (13:53 5km, 27:48 10km, 41:44 15km, 55:55 20km) ahead of Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer, whose 59:00 was the fastest time in history by a debutante. Kenyans Alex Kibet was third in 59:06 as the top seven finishers all broke the one-hour mark. Also in women race Degitu Azimeraw recorded the fastest debut marathon time 66:47 as 6th.
Ta Lou 7.08, Thiam shot put PB
EAUBONNE (FRA, Feb 9): London silver medalist Marie Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast won the 60 m at the special women indoor meet with second fastest of the season 7.08. Second Carina Horn 7.10 what is national indoor record for South Africa and third Carolle Zahi 7.20 (but 7.19 in heats). Olympic and World gold medalist Nafi Thiam opened the season with 3052 triathlon score ((190 high jump, 15.52 shot put PB and 8.35 hurdles). Second Katarina Johnson Thompson 2820 (193, 11.49 and 8.36) and third Antoinette Nana Djimou 2744 (173, 14.17, 8.36). They competed in high jump with specialists, Johnson-Thompson was the winner but 193 also for second Levern Spencer. Poland´s Anna Kielbasinska won the 200 m in the European lead 23.19 and Finland´s Nooralotta Neziri was the best in hurdles 8.07. Neutral Anzhelika Sidorova cleared 472 to win the pole vault and in long jump second best jump decided. Lauma Griva of Latvia 652 (646) and former World Indoor champion Eloyse Lesueur-Aymonin 652 (638). Ethiopian Habitam Alemu won the 800 m in 2:01.79. In the 3000 m British Melissa Courtney was the best 8:57.33 beating Poland´s Sofia Ennaoui 8:57.53 and Sweden´s Linn Nilsson 8:58.31 overall PB.
 
Delivering change report nr 3
LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen has published his third annual report entitled ‘Delivering Change.’ The 20-page report offers an overview of European Athletics' activities up to the end of the third calendar year of President Hansen's mandate and outlines the progress made towards realising the five-part agenda outlined in his election manifesto 'Leading Change'. “From my perspective, I see 2017 as a year of success and satisfaction even if we still have a lot of hard work to do and challenges to address in the future. The feedback I have received from our Member Federations and others in the sport during my travels has confirmed my impression," said Hansen.
 
 
Coleman for another fast 60 m
BOSTON (USA): The highlight of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix (4th leg of IAAF World Indoor Tour) on Saturday will be World silver medalist Christian Coleman running the 60 m. It will be his second meet of the season after clocking 6.37 in January in Clemson. This time faster than the official World Indoor Record will not be ratified due to different technical issues. Women´s top event should be the 60 m hurdles with Christina Manning and Sharicka Nelvis running top times currently
 
Event by event preview
 
Men
 
60 m: Coleman in shape will for sure go for Maurice Greene´s meet record 6.45, but possibly even faster.
 
300 m (non Tour event): Taplin in current shape can attack not only the meet record 32.67 but also World best 31.87. And not to forget World 200 m medalist Jereem Richards in the field.
 
400 m (non Tour event): Caribbean affair: Cedenio or Lendore.
 
800 m: Berian and Brazier should improve the meet record of Rich Kenah 1:47.92 from 1997.
 
1500 m (non Tour event): Chris O´Hare after Millrose win to top the field also here.
 
3000 m: Ethiopians Gebremeskel and Gebrhiwot are the main names, but also Cheserek, Spain´s Mechaal and Kenyan Rutto.
 
TJ: Chris Carter achieved already 16.85 this year and should get easy tour points.
 
 
Women
 
400 m: World champion Phylis Francis to win, meet record 51.88 under threat.
 
800 m (non Tour event): Raevyn Rogers will fight with Charlene Lipsey. What is the shape of Lynsey Sharp?
 
1500 m: This looks to be Ethiopian affair with Seyaum and Tsegay.
 
3000 m (non Tour event): World champ Coburn against former World champ Simpson. European participation Twell.
 
60 mH: Manning and Nelvis can go for Gail Devers meet record 7.85 from 2004.
 
HJ: Canadian Alyx Treasure could be tipped for the win based on this years results.
 
 
 
 
 
OTHER NEWS
 
RAS AL KHAIMAH (UAE): After running 59:00 on his debut, Jemal Yimer is hoping to represent Ethiopia at the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on 24 March according to his agent Malcolm Anderson, informs LetsRun. If he’s not selected, he will run the Lisbon Half Marathon on 11 March instead.
 
MADRID (ESP): After taking victory over 1500m in Madrid on Thursday night, Genzebe Dibaba will next compete in Sabadell on 13 February. From her Twitter page.
 
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Leading American marathon-runners Jordan Hasay and Sara Hall have been named on a 10-strong team for the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on 24 March. The men’s team is headed by Leonard Korir and Samuel Chelanga while former world 1500m and 5000m champion Bernard Lagat makes his first appearance in an American vest on the roads at the age of 43.
 
BERLIN (GER): German high jumper Ariane Friedrich has said she has felt “cheated” after silver medallist Anna Chicherova was retroactively disqualified from the 2009 World Championships for a doping offence, informs Leichtathletik.de. Friedrich will be promoted from bronze to silver but she said the news has “broken the moment.”
 
BERLIN (GER): German sprint hurdler Nadine Hildebrand will miss the remainder of the indoor season due to injury, informs Leichtathletik.de.
 
GATESHEAD (GBR): World and European indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty will focus on the 200m outdoors this summer, informs Athletics Weekly. “I’m going to put a huge emphasis on the 200m. In 2012 and 2013 that was my primary event before I won the World Indoors at the 60m and now I’m going to give myself a real fighting chance over the 200m. I think it’s actually a better event for me than the 100m if I completely commit to it so the European Championships in Berlin will be the main aim for me,” he said.
 
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): British Olympian Tom Bosworth is set to race walk against runners and joggers at one of Britain’s popular free 5k “parkruns” tomorrow to promote the British Athletics Indoor Championships.  One week ahead of those World trials in Birmingham, he will line up with around 600 in the city’s biggest parkrun, where volunteers will receive free tickets for one of the sessions. His walk PB of 18:49.47 would have put him inside the top 20 of last weekend’s event.
 
ROME (ITA): World indoor high jump champion Gianmarco Tamberi is to miss the remainder of the indoor season due to a minor injury he picked up in training last week. The Italian has been advised to take five days off before returning to training to concentrate on the outdoor season where the European Championships will be his focus. He will be devastated to miss the Italian Championships in Ancona, he no-heighted in Banska Bystrica last weekend.
 
MAGGLINGEN (SUI): European under-23 heptathlon champion Caroline Agnou will compete in three events at the Swiss Indoor Championships in Magglingen, Switzerland, on February 17-18. The Swiss federation reports.
 
TOKYO (JPN): Men’s world 20k record-holder Yusuke Suzuki has been suspended for six months (backdated to October) by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations for fraudulent expense claims against the body, reports Japan Running News. The athlete who clocked his world best 1:16:36 in March last year reportedly claimed for 150 trips from Chiba to a clinic in Tokyo (about 47k) when he was actually staying with friends nearby in the capital. It is said he also filed claims for eight treatment sessions he did not attend.
 
COPENHAGEN (DAN): Poland’s former world relay gold medallist Piotr Haczek has been appointed as Danish Athletics Federation head coach. Senior vice president Bo B. Overgaard becomes elite manager for the federation.
 
WELLINGTON (NZL): Brothers Jake and Zane Robertson have been added to New Zealand’s team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in March. Both will run over 10,000m while Zane has the option of adding the marathon. Zane won 5000m bronze at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, while Jake was ninth after a fall in that race. Zane’s 2015 59:47 half-marathon makes him one of the fastest non-Africans in history, while Jake clocked 60:01 against high-profile opposition in Houston this year. The team now numbers 18.
 
ROME (ITA): Head of media at Italian federation FIDAL Marco Sicari got recently a new responsibility. He is now also deputy general secretary or the areas of operations, personnel affairs, management control, supplies, innovation and digitalization. Another new deputy general secretary is Maria Putzu.
 
POZNAN (POL): New indoor hall for athletics will be build in Poznan with 200 m track. Informs PZLA website.
 
FRANKFURT (GER): German European indoor medalist in long jump Claudia Salman-Rath (31) would need to pass the full 2018 including Berlin European Championships. She will not enough time to be fit for the home top event. She will undergo a second knee operation next week. Her next goals will be World Championships 2019 and Olympic Games 2020.
 
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Coaches Ralph Lindeman and Megan Watson will lead Team USATF at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, informs USATF.
 
NEW YORK (US): Andy Butchart will not compete at the Commonwealth Games in April due to a foot fracture injury. He injured at the Millrose Games where he finished 5th over 3000 m. Informs fastrunning.com.
 
 
 
WEEKEND PREVIEWS
 
GENT (BEL): Two-time world 200m champion Dafne Schippers opens her season over 60m at the IFAM Meeting in Ghent on Saturday. Fellow European 100m champion Churandy Martina competes in the 60m while Belgian favourite Eline Berings competes in the 60m hurdles. Former world bronze medallist Amel Tuka faces Bahrain’s Abraham Rotich and the Netherlands’ Thijmen Kupers in a good quality 800m while Great Britain’s Adelle Tracey faces Ethiopia’s Kore Tola in the women’s 800m. Charlie Grice competes in the 1500m with Jakob Ingebrigtsen looking for the World Indoor Championships qualifying time of 3:39.50 while Germany’s Hanna Klein is the favourite in the women’s 1500m. On the in-field, top names in action include Olympic and European high jump silver medallist Mirela Demireva and China’s Xue Changrui in the pole vault.
 
LAGOS (NGR): Fastest entrants on paper for the Access Lagos City Marathon on Saturday are Kenyan’s Georgina Rono (2:21:39 PB) and Ethiopia’s Tadese Tola (2:04:49PB). Rono faces former winners Rodah Jepkorir from Kenya and Ethiopia’s Halima Hassen while Tola faces Kenya’s Levy Matebo (2:05:16 PB).
 
LEIPZIG (GER): Three-time European champion David Storl will return to action in Sassnitz on 11 February, informs Leichtathletik.de. He will face opposition from world bronze medallist Stipe Zunic from Croatia and Romania’s Andrei Gag. World silver medallist Anita Marton headlines the women’s shot.
 
SAN VITTORE OLONA (ITA, Feb 11): Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega and Beyenu Degefa will seek to defend their titles at the Cinque Mulini in San Vittore Olona on Sunday, IAAF reports.  Barega, the current world under-20 5000m champion, takes on world cross-country junior champion Jacob Kiplimo of Uganda. Ethiopia’s Telahun Haile Bekele, who recently won in Rovereto, and Eritrea’s Filmon Ande also compete, while Italian hopes rest with twice European junior champion Yeman Crippa. Twice world junior champion Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia is favourite on the women’s side. As well as world under-20 3000m champion Degefa, she will be challenged by Kenyan steeplechasers Norah Tanui and Daisy Jepkemei. Non-Africans hopes include Britain’s former European champion Gemma Steel and Italian 5000m champion Valeria Roffino, plus Italian marathon champion Federica Dal Ri. The IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting is being held for the 86th year.
 
ROUEN (FRA): Kind Arena here will be the place of the Perche Elite Tour meet on Saturday. At the special pole vault meet Renaud Lavillenie as meet record holder (604 in 2014) will face his Olympic rival Thiago Braz and Greek record holder Kostadinos Filippidis. Special entry is the decathlon World champion Kevin Mayer. In the men competition also Olympic winner is competing. Ekaterini Stefanidi will be there against British record holder Holly Bradshaw and meet record holder another Greek Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou (471 in 2016). Also both French record holders will jump Marion Fiack and Ninom Guillon Romarin.
 
LINZ (AUT): Gugl Indoor meeting on Saturday will have Austrian combined events stars Ivona Dadic and Sarah Lagger with Verena Preiner in hurdles and long jump. Also Beate Schrott and Stephanie Bendrat will run the hurdles. Croatian record holder Ivan Horvat and Slovenian women record holder Tina Sutej are the stars of pole vault competitions. Men´s 60 m duel between best Slovak Jan Volko and top Czech Dominik Zalesky will be another expected event.
 
CHEMNITZ (GER): German favorites for the Saturday´s international indoor meet in Sportforum here. Melanie Bauschke for long jump, Tobias Scherbarth in pole vault, Eike Onnen in high jump, Erik Balnuweit in the hurdles and Rebekka Haase in both women 60 m and 200 m. Poland´s Rafal Omelko is the men´s 400 m favorite and in women 400 m duel of Slovenian talent Agata Zupin against Slovak World Indoor finalist Iveta Putalova is expected. But the main event of the meet will be men´s triple jump with European champion Max Hess against Alexis Copello and Poland´s Karol Hoffmann.
 
MONTREAL (CAN): The 60 m World leader Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast will be the main name of the Montreal Grand Prix indoor meet on Saturday. Hurdles specialist Sage Watson runs the flat 400 m, mile record holder Kate van Buskirk is in her event and shot put record holder Brittany Crew also. Jamaican global finalist Damar Forbes is the long jump favorite. In the 60 m US sprinters Jeff Demps, Brandon Carnes and John Teeters will face fast Canadians Andre Ford and Gavin Smellie. In the 60 m hurdles Johnathan Cabral is running with Eddie Lovett and Shane Brathwaite from Caribbean nations.
 
ROTSELAAR (BEL): Belgian CC series Easykit CrossCup continues this Sunday in Rotselaar with long avaited return of Louise Carton after injury. She did not compete 6 months and started to train only in January. Carton also plans to run at the last meet of the series which will be the national CC championships in Brussels. Soufiane Bouchikhi is the favorite of the men race together with Isaac Kimeli.
 
PRAHA (CZE): Czech combined events championships will have this weekend Adam Sebastian Helcelet in heptathlon going for his fourth national title. It is his last chance to achieve a score which would be necessary for the invitation to Birmingham. Also in the field European U20 Champion Jan Dolezal and Marek Lukas. Women´s pentathlon should be a fight between Eliska Klucinova and Katerina Cachova. Slovak record holder Lucia Vadlejch will compete as guest.
 
 
 
 
 
RESULTS
 
SUMY (UKR, Feb 9): During first day of Ukrainian indoor championships World U20 record holder Alina Shukh (will turn 19 on February 12) scored 4472 points (60mH – 8.88; HJ – 185; SP – 13.45m; LJ – 605; 800m – 2:16.47) to win women’s pentathlon ahead of Rimma Hordiyenko 4323 PB and Iryna Rofe-Beketova (still 19) 4113 PB. Khrystyna Stuy sprinted 7.33 over 60m. Oleksandr Sokolov (20) was fastest in men’s final in 6.70 PB ahead of Serhiy Smelyk 6.72. Vladyslav Malukhin cleared 550 in men’s pole vault.
 
MOGILYOV (BLR, Feb 9): At National U20 indoor championships Dzmitry Karpuk have been rewriting Belarusian indoor junior record in men’s shot put four times and finally won competition with 20.59 (6 kg). 
 
JOHANNESBURG (RSA, Feb 9): World U20 300 m best Clarence Munyai tried again at this distance and won the Classic Shoot Out in 32.08. His top mark is 31.61 from Ostrava Golden Spike last year.
 
ERFURT (GER, Feb 9): Julian Reus won the 60 m at the 5th National Meet here with 6.60. Marius Probst topped the 800 m in 1:47.33 and Christopher Linke went the 3000 m walk in 10:49.33. Rebekka Haase clocked twice 7.27 in women 60 m (heats and finals) and Cindy Roleder clocked fine 7.95 in the hurdles. The event was watched by 1100 spectators.
 
 
 
SAD NEWS
 
SYDNEY (AUS): Athletics Australia has said javelin thrower Jarrod Bannister has died at the age of 33 in the Netherlands where he had been living and training, informs AP. The national governing body has said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Bannister’s death. Bannister holds the Australian javelin record at 89.02m from 2008 and won the Commonwealth title in 2010.
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