News from around the World- EME News (Feb 14, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Feb 14, 2018)

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EME NEWS (FEB 14, 2018)
Will Lisek win the Tour before home crowd?
TORUN (POL): IAAF World Indoor Tour fifth leg 4th Copernicus Cup is waiting for 5200 spectators who will follow the meet along with many more worldwide via IAAF stream. Home stars Kszczot, Lewandowski, Swoboda will be attacking top positions. Special is pole vault battle as Lisek leads the tour standings and the winner will be decided here, the same for triple jump as Stanek is already confirmed winner of shot put. Great depth in women 1500 m and as usual fast sprints with tough battles in the 400 m races are expected. 
Event by event preview
60 m: Fastest on paper Ben Meite, but Fisher beat him in Lievin.
400 m (non Tour): Two-time world indoor champion Pavel Maslak faces former world and Olympic medallist Luguelin Santos and former world indoor champion Nery Brenes. But Janezic could be the winner too.
800m: Adam Kszczot will target his fourth successive win of the indoor season at home.
1500m (non Tour): European indoor champion Marcin Lewandowski will be looking for victory at home against training partner Jakub Holusa from Czech Republic and Ethiopian Tolosa with Brit Grice.
60mH (non Tour): World 110m hurdles bronze medallist Balazs Baji faces Milan Trajkovic who set a Cypriot record of 7.55 at the weekend.
Triple jump: Nelson Evora is back in form with a 17.30m season’s best in Madrid. German Hess, Cubans Napoles and Diaz will make his life tough. First time held so MR for sure. And Copello as only one can challenge Evora for the tour win.
Pole vault: In-form Poles Piotr Lisek and Pawel Wojciechowski face Olympic champion Thiago Braz who cleared 5.90m in Rouen at the weekend. Raphael Holzdeppe and Konstadinos Filippidis have cleared 5.88m and 5.85m respectively this year and will also challenge with young star Karalis also in the field. Meet record 577 should go.
Shot put: Czech Republic’s Tomas Stanek should extend his win streak against European indoor champion Konrad Bukowiecki, Michal Haratyk and double World champ Storl. MR 21.04 will go.
60 m (non Tour): Joint world-leader Marie Josee Ta Lou will be looking for her fifth successive win over 60m. Also Asher-Smith here and home star Swoboda.
400 m: Lea Sprunger will be looking to extend her win streak after victories in Karlsruhe and Madrid. Swiety thinks about Polish record. MR 52.17 under threat.
800 m (non Tour): European 1500m champion Angelika Cichocka drops down to the 800m after finishing third in Lievin with Swiss Buchel also in the race.
1500 m: World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri drops down to the 1500m where she will face top Ethiopians Dawit Seyaum and Gudaf Tsegay coming from Boston top places.
60m hurdles: A head-to-head between Germany’s Pamela Dutkiewicz and Belarus’ Alina Talay with the top Americans absent. MR 7.96 should be broken.
High jump: Mariya Lasitskene will be targeting her 36th successive win after an easy victory at the Russian Indoor Championships. Recent global medallist Yuliya Levchenko is also in the line-up. Meet record will go (so far 192).
TORUN (POL): The 5000 m World champion Hellen Obiri from Kenya who will run her first indoor 1500m in Torun since 2014 reacted on the information that Genzebe Dibaba announced a double for World Indoors in Birmingham. "Lets see my tommorrow´s race, but if good, I should also double," Obiri said.
TORUN (POL): Polish 800 m star Marcin Lewandowski dedicated last year earnings at Copernicus Cup indoor meet to a help a surgery for a small girl. He decided that also this year he will follow the same idea and two other small girls with health issues from his home city of Police will be helped. He also promised a fast race in the 1500 m going for a pace at his own Polish record level (1000 m in 2:25) 3:37.37 from 2014.
TORUN (POL): British record holder Dina Asher-Smith runs here the 60 m in preparation for Commonwealth Games. She confirmed, she is not targeting the World Indoors and will not compete during the weekend at the national championships.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan team officials have said David Rudisha and Asbel Kiprop will not seek selection for this year's Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast from 4-15 April, informs AFP. Kenyan team officials have said both Rudisha and Kiprop have opted to focus on the Diamond League series. A total of 170 athletes have been invited for the one-day Kenyan Trials in Nairobi on Saturday, during which the first three runners across the line will earn automatic qualification
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Genzebe Dibaba will be attempting a 1500/3000m double at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. “I will be running both 1500m and 3000m at @iaaforg @WICBham2018! Now home for couple weeks to get ready!“ she said on Twitter. Dibaba won the 1500m in 2012 and the 3000m in 2014 and 2016.
DORTMUND (GER): European U23 1500m champion Konstanze Klosterhalfen plans to contest the 3000m at the German Indoor Championships in Dortmund this weekend and at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, informs
PORTLAND (USA): Reigning champion Francine Niyonsaba has said on social media that she is aiming to defend her 800m title at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.
LIEVIN (FRA): World 800m champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse will miss the remainder of the indoor season due to pain in his hamstrings, informs L’Equipe.
OTTAWA (CAN): Athletics Canada named 14 athletes today, four men and 10 women, to represent Canada at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. Top medal contenders include Damian Warner (heptathlon), Shawn Barber (pole vault) and Brittany Crew (shot put).
PRETORIA (RSA): South Africa has named a 10-strong team for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on 24 March. The standout names on the men's team include Stephen Mokoka and Elroy Gelant.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Australia’s best athletes are set to compete at the 2018 Australian Championships and Commonwealth Games Nomination Trial which begins in Gold Coast’s new-look Carrara Stadium. World 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson will take centre stage in her specialist event and world discus silver medallist Dani Stevens will aim to claim another domestic title. Kathryn Mitchell is the favourite for the javelin after setting a recent world-lead and national record of 67.58 while world outdoor leaders Nina Kennedy (4.71m) and Kurtis Marschall (5.80m) are expected to dominate in the pole vault. Elsewhere, Genevieve LaCaze is attempting to double up in the 5000m and 3000m steeplechase and Cedric Dubler is the favourite for the decathlon title.
EUGENE (USA): Reigning world and Olympic champion Ekaterini Stefanidi and world indoor champion Sandi Morris top a star-studded pole vault field for the Prefontaine Classic (IAAF Diamond League Meet) on 25-26 May which includes eight vaulters with PBs in excess of 4.75m, informs organisers. The line-up also includes former European indoor champion Holly Bradshaw from Great Britain, reigning European indoor silver medallist Lisa Ryzih from Germany and Russia’s former European indoor and outdoor champion Anzhelika Sidorova who recently cleared a 4.87m PB to win the Russian indoor title.
RABAT (MAR): World record-holder Hicham El Guerrouj has advised Edward Cheserek to focus on the 1500m and mile after his 3:49.44/7:38.74 mile/3000m double, informs DyeStat. “Congratulations to Edward Cheserek. Extraordinary performance. I advise you to focus only on the 1500m and mile,” he said on Twitter. After running his 3:49.44 mile, Cheserek told reporters: "You know, probably this is my last mile. But you never know."
KINGSTON (JAM): In its meeting February 3, the NACAC Council chose Professor Luis Roberto Reeves as the new Development Manager in the Area Association that consists of 31 Member Federations and four Associate Members.
MOSCOW (RUS): Russian media has reported that Yelena Isinbayeva has given birth to her second child. Isinbayeva is already a mother to three-year-old daughter Eva and she has just given birth to her first son.
BELGRADE (SRB): Ivana Spanovic will return to the scene of her 7.24m European indoor title win when she lines up at the Serbian Open Indoor Meeting on February 21. The home favourite achieved the longest indoor jump since 1989 at the Kombank Arena last year and will headline the European Athletics Indoor Permit Meeting there. Also in the field will be Alina Rotaru. Former European indoor champion Asmir Kolasinac goes against Mesud Pezer and Tim Nedow in the shot put. In the 400m, former world 400m hurdles bronze medallist Emir Bekric faces 800m specialist Amel Tuka.
EUGENE (USA): The venue for the 2019 and 2020 NCAA outdoor championships has been put out to bid again amid delays around renovations to Hayward Field, 2021 World Championships site, reports. The Eugene track had been set to host both events.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Athletics Australia will award the inaugural Betty Cuthbert award for the best performance at this weekend’s Australian Athletics Championships & Nomination Trial. In memory of the four-time Olympic champion who died last year, the recipient will be awarded at the gala following the conclusion of the Gold Coast event on Sunday.
WELLINGTON (NZL): Defending champion Tom Walsh heads four athletes named in New Zealand’s team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham on March 1-4. The shot-putter, who leads the world outdoor rankings with 21.87m,  will be joined by Olympic pole vault bronze Eliza McCartney. Meanwhile, Hamish Carson and Julian Oakley have been selected for the 3000m.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): The USA Track and Field Foundation has awarded elite athlete development grant to 65 athletes, the amount totalling $273,000. Jasmine Stowers, Sharika Nelvis, Georganne Moline and Ryan Whiting are among them.
ZURICH (SUI): Swiss marathon record holder Tadesse Abraham decided that his next marathon will be the Lake Biwa in Japan on March 4. Since early January he is in preparation in Ethiopia,
BERLIN (GER): Only three weeks after the European Championships on September 2 another piece of World Athletics event will be staged. The 77th ISTAF on September 2 (IAAF World Challenge) with the main theme, the last competition by Robert Harting. The organisers prepared a special ticket action for pairs on Tuesdayand on Wednesday (Valentine Day) there have been 200 times two tickets for price of one available.
MOSCOW (RUS, Feb 14): Former world champion Aleksandr Menkov achieved 823 to win men’s long jump during third and last day of Russian indoor nationals. Artyom Primak was second with 802 and Anatoliy Ryapolov 787 as third. Valentin Smirnov clocked 3:39.27 over 1500m ahead of Vladimir Nikitin 3:39.52. Aleksandra Gulyaeva 4:09.49 was fastest in women’s category. Yevgeniy Rybakov finished first in men’s 5000m in 13:47.22 ahead of Igor Maksimov and Andrey Farnosov (both 13:57.86). In women’s race Yelena Sedova clocked 15:37.06. Olga Kungina was second with 15:39.24 and Svetlana Simakova 15:43.28 as third.
JAKARTA (INA, Feb 14): Last day of Asian Games Pre-Tournament. Chinese women wins for Wang Yang 190 in high jump and Luo Na 72.11 in hammer. Sri Lanka´s U.K. Nilani Rathnayake won the steeple in national record 9:55.59. On the men side Chinese Zhu Yaming 16.79 (-0.2) in triple. Indonesia won men´s 4x100 m in fast 39.07 ahead of Sri Lanka 39.71 and Malaysia 39.91. India topped both 4x400 m races, men in 3:07.06 and women in 3:37.76.
LAS TUNAS (CUB, Feb 10): At Janet throwing memorial Yaime Perez won women discus 67.82 World lead over Denia Caballero 66.09. In javelin Yulenmis Aguilar 58.16.
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