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

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EME NEWS (FEB 16, 2018)
T. Williams 10.10 in the 100 m
GOLD COAST (AUS, Feb 16): Matthew Denny claimed the hammer and discus golds on day two of the Australian Championships. His consecutive hammer title came virtue of a best of 72.78m. Less than 10 hours later he was back for a tighter win in the discus, his 64.03m edging it over Ben Harradine’s 63.56m. Trae Williams became the fastest Australian in more than 10 years as he won the 100m in 10.10 (+0.4), beating his 10.21 PB from the heats. Second Rohan Browning 10.20. Celia Sullohurn, who won the Australian 10,000m title in December, added the 5000m with 15:34.42. Alexandra Hulley eventually came out on top in the hammer final, throwing 64.84m in the fifth found to overcome Lara Nielsen (64.69m). Celeste Mucci ended with a PB 2:26.96 to claim the heptathlon with 5812. Other winners were Emmanuel Fakiye and Meggan O’Riley in the triple jump (16.08m/13.34m) and Riley Day in the 100m (11.56). Cedric Dubler is heading towards 8000 points in the decathlon, leading overnight with 4325.
Ethiopians for Valencia
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Ethiopia’s team for the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 will include the country’s top-ranked athletes for 2018, Jemal Yimer and Ruti Aga. Yimer debuted at the distance in Ras Al-Khaimah last week with a quality 59:00 and will be joined by Getaneh Molla, Betesfa Getahun, Dawit Fikadu and Jiksa Tadesse. Aga won the Houston Half-marathon in 66:39 in January and was second in the 2017 Berlin Marathon with 2:20:41. The women’s team is completed by Zeineba Yimer, Meseret Belete, Bekelech Gudeta and Zinash Mekonnen.
Bradshaw to miss Nationals
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Former European indoor champion Holly Bradshaw will miss the British Indoor Championships and World Indoor Championships due to a hamstring injury. “I am truly saddened to say that I will be stopping my indoor season. During a training session this week, I sustained a minor hamstring injury. Given the short time before the World Indoors, I have decided not to risk returning in time for that event. Thanks for the support,” Bradshaw said on Twitter. Former world and Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford will make his return from injury in Birmingham. The championships will be streamed live via both and the BBC Sport website.
Torun bids for 2021 Euroindoors
TORUN (POL): The City of Torun which staged a succesful IAAF World Indoor Tour meet is bidding for European Indoor Championships in 2021. Their rivals are from Apeldoorn in Netherlands. Both venues will be tested this week as Torun will also do the National Championships and Apeldoorn the Netherlands Indoor Championships with Dafne Schippers as headliner. The decision of European Athletics is expected in April. Torun was also bidding for World Indoor Championships 2020, but lost to Nanjing, China.
LIEVIN (FRA): World decathlon champion Kevin Mayer will contest the 60m, 60m hurdles, long jump and pole vault at the French Indoor Championships in Lievin this weekend, informs AFP. Mayer will contest the heptathlon at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham but he doesn’t think he will challenge Ashton Eaton’s world record. “I’m not going to calculate, but I think I'm still a long way from Ashton Eaton's record, despite my new records, and I'm closer to the outdoor world record than I am indoors. "
LIEVIN (FRA): One of the fastest Europeans ever Christophe Lemaitre said before this weekend´s national indoor championships that whatever happens he is not planning to run at World Indoors in Birmingham.
ANCONA (ITA): Former European indoor and outdoor triple jump champion Fabrizio Donato will make his return from injury at the Italian Indoor Championships in Ancona this weekend where he will look to regain his title at the age of 41, informs FIDAL. "Let's say that I have had excellent answers from the last training sessions and I feel I am in good condition: coming back after an injury is never a simple thing, not even with all the experience that someone like me carries," he said.
TORUN (POL): Piotr Lisek has said he will try and improve his world lead of 5.91m at the Polish Indoor Championships in Torun this weekend, informs PZLA. Konrad Bukowiecki despite his super 22 m throw has been struggling with a finger injury but he will still compete at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. He was surprised to improve his European U23 and Polish shot put record to 22.00m in Torun last night, informs Przeglad Sportowy. “It's hard to say how it happened. In truth, I was not prepared for such a result. Not now when I'm fighting an injury and I can barely throw,” he said.
ABBOTSTOWN (IRL): Thomas Barr, fourth in the 2016 Olympics 400m hurdles, steps down to 200m at the Irish Life Health National Senior Indoor Championships. After her improvement over 400m to 52.08 this season, Phil Healy is also in action. Former European indoor silver medallist Mark English will be favourite in the 800m. The event will be streamed on Athletics Ireland’s Facebook page.
AMSTERDAM (NED): 2015 European indoor 800m bronze medallist Thijmen Kupers will miss the World Indoor Championships because of an Achilles injury he sustained when finishing fifth in Dusseldorf last week. He is expected to be out for about three weeks, reported.
MONTREAL (CAN): The World Anti-Doping Association has announcing the suspending of the Bucharest laboratory for six months from November 29. As a result of non-conformity with the international standard, the Romanian facility will not be able to analyse samples and all those currently awaiting processing will be transported to an accredited lab.
NAIROBI (KEN): World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri is the only athlete to receive a wildcard from Athletics Kenya to compete in the Commonwealth Games ahead of this weekend’s trials in Kasarani, federation president Jackson Tuwei told Hoping to line up over twelve and a half laps in Gold Coast, she is the only athlete who has requested exemption from the trials.
ALBUFEIRA (POR): Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali, the world 3000m steeplechase silver medallist, will start favourite in the men’s race at the Almond Blossom Cross Country, IAAF reports.  Kenyans Daniel Kipchirchir Komen, who won 1500m silver at the 2006 and 2008 Worlds, and Benard Ngeno, who was second in 62:38 at the recent Philadelphia Half, may be the main challengers in the final IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting of the winter. Rui Pedro Silva leads the home challenge. The host nation has better chances on the women’s side, thanks to the inclusion of Carla Salomé Rocha, the 2016 winner who finished third in Caceres last weekend. Kenyans Emily Jepkoech and and Mercyline Jeronoh will also be in the line-up. Ana Dias, a 44-year-old who has appeared in 12 editions of the Euro Cross, will also compete.
VIENNA (AUT): Austrian federation informed that after Ivona Dadic also Dominik Distelberger got an IAAF invitation to compete in heptathlon at the World Indoors in Birmingham. In both combined events competition 12 athletes should compete.
MOSCOW (RUS): RusAF informs that the EA confirmed six Russian athletes, who are eligible to perform as neutral competitors at the European Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal on 10-11 March: hammer throwers Aleksey Sokirskiy, Danila Danilov and Sofia Palkina, discus throwers Viktor Butenko and Yuliya Maltseva as well as shot putter Aleksandr Lesnoy.
PRAHA (CZE): World champion at 400 m hurdles Zuzana Hejnova confirmed she will not compete during the indoor season. She wants to concentrate fully on summer and mainly attack a medal position in Berlin. She is missing a medal from European Championships in her career. Hejnova wants to compete already in May at the Diamond League.
TAICANG (CHN): Friday marked the start of the lunar New Year in China with 2018 being the Year of the Dog. Many of the values traditionally associated with the animal's year will be reflected in the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships Taicang 2018 on 5-6 May. According to Chinese astrology, in the Year of the Dog the world should, ‘embrace new opportunities, not be afraid to experiment or venture in uncharted territories, eat healthily and take up sport to avoid what can also be a year prone to injury’. Writes the IAAF.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Benjamin Cohen has been appointed director general of the Independent Testing Agency (ITA), it was announced. The Swiss, current director the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) European Office and International Federations Relations, was chosen at the first Foundation Board meeting of the new panel in Lausanne. He will now play a key role in overseeing the providing of doping controls and other services to International Federations and major event organisations. Writes insidethegames.
PYEONGCHANG (KOR): Sports on the Summer Olympic programme could be forced to cut the numbers of athletes in their events in order to make way for quota places in additional sports. Existing sports did not lose any spots in order to make way for the five new sports of baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing all added for Tokyo 2020. Olympic Games Delivery Executive Steering Committee chair John Coates has suggested that this situation may have to change in the future.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Athletics South Africa (ASA) in conjunction with Stillwater Sports have unveiled PUMA South Africa as the official footwear and apparel partner of the 2018 Athletix Grand Prix Series. The three meets of the series will be in Johannsburg on March 1, Tshwane on March 8 and Paarl on March 22.
ANCONA (ITA, Feb 16): Italian Indoor Championships started with a men high jump competition which was the only of event of a day. Gianmarco Tamberi who lives and trains in Ancona was not able to compete due to an injury. Surprise winner was World U18 Champion 2015 Stefano Sottile (20) with overall PB 224. On count back behind him three more with 224. Eugenio Rossi of San Marino (indoor national record) and experienced Marco Fassinotti with Silvano Chesani.
MOGILYOV (BLR, Feb 16): During first day of Belarus Indoor Championships Irina Zhuk improved national record in women’s pole vault to 4.57m. Viktoriya Roshchupkina clocked 44:39.55 and Dmitriy Dyubin 40:21.88 over 10,000m race walk. Aleksey Nichipor 20.22m and Yulia Leantsiuk 17.48m were strongest in shot put field. Aliaksandr Linnik and Kristina Timanovskaya sprinted 6.77 and 7.30 in 60m finals. Irina Vaskovskaya 13.95m and Dzmitry Plotnitskiy 16.55m topped triple jump competitions.
SMOLENSK (RUS, Feb 14-16): At Russian indoor combined events championships Yelizaveta Aksyonova scored personal best of 4335 points to win women’s pentathlon in U23 category as well as among senior athletes. 32-year-old Aleksandra Butvina was second with 4264 pints ahead of Margarita Korneychuk 4246 PB. Still 20-year-old Artem Makarenko also became best in both categories in men’s heptathlon, when he improved his PB to 5904 points.
UST-KAMENOGORSK (KAZ, Feb 16): Elina Mikhina clocked 52.53 national indoor record ahead of Svetlana Golendova 52.76 PB to win women’s 400m during first day of the second stage of Kazakhstan Indoor Cup. Both women fulfilled Birmingham standard. Nikita Filippov cleared 550 in men’s pole vault.
MUKACHEVO (UKR, Feb 16): During first day of Ukrainian winter throwing championships Danylo Fedorov won hammer throw in U18 category with 72.20m (5kg implement). Mariana Savdzhy was best in girl’s javelin with 50.58m (500gr implement).
TASHKENT (UZB, Feb 15-16): Good high jumping at Uzbekistan´s Indoor Championships with Dmitriy Melsitov 225 overall PB and Nadiya Dusanova 190.
KLAIPEDA (LTU, Feb 16): During first day of Lithuanian Indoors Adrijus Glebauskas won men high jump 220 and junior Urte Baikstyte women 180 in the absence of injured Airine Palsyte.
MOSCOW (RUS, Feb 14): Additions to Russian Indoor Championships are the 4x400 m relays. In men competition Sverdlovsk Region in 3:10.60 beat St. Petersburg 3:11.08 for the title. Moscow Region won women in 3:35.72 ower Moscow City Team 3:36.71.
ARMAGH (GBR, Feb 15): Euro Cross representative Sam Stabler (13:59) led record number of competitors under 15 minutes (91) at the Brooks Armagh 5k, Britain’s top road race over the distance. 2:09 marathoner Dewi Griffiths continued a comeback from injury with 14:07 in 11th. Laura Weightman won the 3km in 8:59.
TEL AVIV (ISR, Feb 16): Yimer Getahun won the Israeli CC title at 10.2 km in 31:22 two seconds ahead of Takhluini Malaka 31:24 and Maru Tefferi 31:25. Women winner at the same distance was Chemtai Korlima-Salpeter 34:43.
ABUJA (NGR, Feb 15): Enoch Adegoke won in 10.31 PB (-0.2) at age of 18 the Nigerian Commonwealth Games Trials. Second experienced Egwero Ogho-Ogene 10.38. In women 100 m Gladys Igbinosun 11.55 (-0.3, also 11.37 in heats) over 17 years Rosemary Chukwuma 11.58 (but 11.55 PB in semifinals -0.3). The winners of 400 m hurdles Henry Okorie and Glory Onome were timed with 50.89 and 56.77. Queen Obesisan achieved in women hammer national record 66.86. From Tilastopaja.
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