News from around the World- EME News (Feb 26, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Feb 26, 2018)

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EME NEWS (FEB 26, 2018)
McLaughlin 50.52 World U20 record
COLLEGE STATION (USA, Feb 25): On the final day of the SEC Conference Champs, Sydney McLaughlin set a world junior indoor record and world lead for the 400m of 50.52. After running 50.97 in the heat the previous day, the former world youth 400m hurdles champion went through 200m in 23.75 and went on to move to third on the continental senior all-time list. Former record of Sanya Richards was 50.82 from 2004. 19-year-old fellow American Lynna Irby, a senior, almost caught her as she came home in 50.62, lower than her outdoor PB. The latter then won the 200m in a world-leading 22.66 over Mikiah Brisco 22.81 and Kayelle Clarke 22.83 NR for Trinidad and Tobago. Jamaican Akeem Bloomfield won the 400m in 45.02 as Nathan Strother was second in 45.59. Kenzo Cotton won the 60 m in 6.59 and also won his final race in the 200 m 20.61, but in other one Mustaqeem Williams was faster with 20.55. World leader Grant Holloway won the hurldes in 7.53. In women 60 m Mikiah Brisco 7.10 ahead of Aleia Hobbs 7.14 and hurdles Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puertorico 7.98. US record holder Keturah Orji won the triple 14.18 ahead of French Yanis David 14.11 PB. Logan Boss cleared 191 in high jump. Sensational shot put improvement for 22 years old Josh Awotunde of Nigeria from 20.38 to 21.33 national indoor record. Texas AM won men´s 4x400 m in 3:02.35 ahead of Florida 3:02.65, women title for LSU 3:30.85.
Relay indoor WR at 4x800 m
BOSTON (USA, Feb 25): The Hoka One One New Jersey/New York Track Club set a pending 4x800m world record at Boston University Last Chance meet, timing 7:11.30 to get the narrow win over Atlanta Track Club which also got with 7:11.84 under the previous standard (7:13.11 US All-Stars from 2014). Joe Mcasey (1:49.03), Kyle Merber (1:47.11), Chris Giesting (1:47.43), and Jesse Garn (1:47.33) combined to set the new world mark. Also, a USA high school record was smashed in the 800m, as Josh Hoey (Pennsylvania) ran 1:47.67 to place second. Winner Christian Harrison 1:46.83. Hoey, who is headed to the University of Oregon in the fall, beat Robby Andrews's mark of 1:49.21.  There were also fast times in the mile (3:53.40 for Izaic Yorks and 4:30.98 for Nicole Tully), and a world-leading mark in the 5000m for Emily Sisson (15:13.76). Ce´aira Brown posted 2:00.86 in the 800 m, new PB. Bolade Ajomale of Canada won the 60 m in 6.63 and 200 m in 20.67 indoor PB. Behind him national indoor records for Ghana (20.79 Martin Owusu-Antwi) and Montserrat (20.89 Julius Morris).
Bolt signed in football
KINGSTON (JAM): World sprint record-holder Usain Bolt says he has signed to play for a football club, the identity of which he will announce tomorrow. The lifelong Manchester United fan wrote on Twitter on Sunday: "I've signed for a football team! Find out which one this Tuesday at 8am GMT." He was due to have trials with German team Borussia Dortmund and has also been training recently with South African team Mamelodi Sundowns.

BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Greg Rutherford’s participation at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham is in the balance after a below-par performance in Glasgow where he was fourth with 7.89m, informs Sky Sports. "It doesn't look good at the moment to be totally honest. As I've always said, I'm not there to make up the numbers and I'm there to win medals. Jumping like that, maybe I might catch an 8m or so, but I don't feel like that's good enough and that's insulting to the other long jumpers if I'm going in there claiming that I can go out there and win it. I have got to see how I pull up after this. I have got to be honest, after last week I still felt absolutely awful after trials. My body was really struggling and that's just the workload,” he said. Rutherford had already ruled himself out of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): European indoor 60m hurdles champion Andrew Pozzi is targeting his first global senior medal at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, informs the Daily Telegraph. “Winning the European indoors last year was the first big step and I want to follow on by upgrading that to a world indoor medal. Last year I did it in the most pressurised circumstances. I was, I think it’s fair to say, the outstanding favourite and I had the three fastest times in the world last year. I was going there with heavy expectations to win,” he said.
GLASGOW (GBR): Ekaterini Stefanidi was pleased to jump without any pain for the first time this season at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix yesterday when she cleared a stadium record of 4.75m, informs European Athletics. “I knew I was running much better today; we got to go on much bigger poles that I haven’t been on since the outdoor season. Physically I’m right there where I need to be for the World Indoor Championships but mentally I wasn’t quite ready. Coming into the indoor season, I really thought I would start with a big, big jump but after my first meet, I had a bit of a pain and I think it affected me more mentally than physically. Today I was pain free - it was the first meet I was pain free,” she said.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): The statistics handbook for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 is now available on the IAAF website as an ebook and a downloadable PDF. The 390-page book has been produced in collaboration with the Association of Track and Field Statisticians (ATFS) and edited by renowned athletics statistician Mark Butler. Informs the IAAF.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): With the latest season of the IAAF World Indoor Tour having come to a close after the last of its six meetings, 11 athletes have booked their place at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018. In addition to a winner-takes-all US$20,000 bonus, the 11 individual discipline winners – along with the 11 winners from last year – automatically qualify for the IAAF World Indoor Championships by wild card. The final decision about entering an individual athlete for the World Indoor Championships, as always, rests with the athlete’s national federation. From 2018 Tour winners initially not selected were Christina Manning in the 60 m hurdles and Sosthene Moguenara in long jump. This two could be added into the fields as third ones from their countries.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Late additions to the American team for the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham include Tori Franklin (triple jump), Keturah Orji (triple jump), Erik Kynard (high jump) and Inika McPherson (high jump), informs USATF. 
PARIS (FRA): Axel Chapelle has been added to the French team for the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, informs L’Equipe. Chapelle smashed his lifetime best with 5.88m in Clermont-Ferrand on Sunday afternoon.
MINSK (BLR): Belarus is sending a team of nine athletes to the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham: Krystsina Tsimanoskaya (60m), Vitaly Parakhonko (60m hurdles), Alina Talay and Elvira Herman (60m hurdles), Maksim Nedasekau and Pavel Seliverstau (high jump), Iryna Vaskouskaya (triple jump) and Yulia Leantsiuk and Aliona Dubitskaya (shot put).
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): World championships sprint relay silver medallist Daryll Neita has withdrawn from the 60m at the World Indoors and will be replaced by Bianca Williams. British Athletics cited a “fitness setback” shortly after her second at the trials, when she was one place ahead of Williams.
BUDAPEST (HUN): Hungary confirmed 5 athletes for Birmingham. Hurdlers Balazs Baji, Greta Kerekes and Luca Kozak. In shot put the biggest medal hope Anita Marton and in pentathlon Xenia Krizsan.
CHISINAU (MDA): The only Moldovan athlete will be female shot putter Dimitriana Surdu.
BUCURESTI (ROU): Romania will send at the end of the day four female athletes. Claudia Bobocea for 1500/3000 double, Ana Nesteriuc for 60 m hurdles, Alina Rotaru in long jump and Andreea Panturoiu in triple jump.
DARMSTADT (GER): Germany is sending a team of 18 athletes to the European Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal, on 10-11 March, informs The team includes Olympic discus champion Christoph Harting, world javelin champion Johannes Vetter, 2015 world javelin champion Katharina Molitor, former European U23 javelin champion Christin Hussong and former two-time world discus medallist Nadine Muller.
KYIV (UKR): Ukraine has named a team of 16 athletes for the European Throwing Cup, including Mykyta Nesterenko (discus) and Hilb Piskunov (hammer) on the men’s side and Olha Holodnaya (shot put), Alyona Shamotina (hammer) and Hanna Hatsko-Fedusova (javelin) on the women’s side. European U20 heptathlon champion Alina Shukh will compete in the U23 javelin.
ABUJA (NGR): Nigeria has selected a team of 37 athletes for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April, informs Channels Television Nigeria. Reigning champion Blessing Okagbare has been named in both the 100m and 200m while other leading names on the team include Tobi Amusan (100m hurdles), Patience Okon-George (400m), Regina George (400 m), Doreen Amata (high jump) and Stephen Mozia (shot put).
LONDON (GBR): European 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith is confirmed for the London Diamond League on 21-22 July, informs British Athletics.
PAARL (RSA): Multiple South African indoor record-holder Dominique Scott-Efurd will face Caster Semenya over 1500m at the third and final Athletix Grand Prix Series meeting at the Dal Josaphat Stadium in Paarl on 22 March, informs Sport 24. Scott will contest the 1500m and 3000m at the World Indoor Championships.
NAIROBI (KEN): Vincent Yator, who was injured last week in a road accident which killed Francis Kiplagat, will miss the Paris Half-marathon on March 4, Xinhua reports. "Yator has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home in care of his family, friends and teammates. Good news and best wishes from the entire team," his management group, Ikaika Sports, said on Saturday.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Former world 200m bronze medallist Anaso Jobodwana is confident after his windy 10.07 100m in Pretoria on Saturday. The South African, who will run over 200m at the Athletix Grand Prix in Johannesburg on Thursday, told “I know now that there is speed in my legs. The challenge is to figure out how to be consistently fast in races and to make sure I stay fast.
“It is now only February. I aim to be still able to run fast times in September. The ultimate goal is to run a good race at next year’s World Championships.”
MONTREAL (CAN): The World Anti-Doping Association has issued a statement stressing that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency remains non-compliant with the global body’s code. It was in response to the International Olympic Committee at the weekend declaring its ban on Russia would end if there are no further doping positives from Russians at the recent Winter Olympics.
TOKYO (JPN): Stomach issues have been confirmed as the reason for Wilson Kipsang’s DNF at the Tokyo Marathon yesterday. The former world record-holder ended the defence of his title in Japan at 15k. He told Xinhua: “I really wanted to go fast, but after suffering from stomach problems the last two days before the race, I didn't have the power to run a decent race today."
BOSTON (USA): World indoor champion Matt Centrowitz, speaking after a 1:49.0 800m relay leg in Boston yesterday, says one of his goals for 2018 is to set a US record in either the mile or 1500m. Centrowitz, who is missing the indoor season to instead race in Australia, to where he will travel this weekend, told “And just, even records put aside, just having a positive — I’d like to go back to USAs, win that as well. And just kind of work on some things that I haven’t been able to, I guess, do well in the past. Which is compete in Diamond League meets and run fast and just kind of push those middle laps.” Centrowitz clocked 1:48.98 800 m split in the relay.
MONACO (MON): Mo Farah is among the athletes up for honours at the star-studded Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco on Tuesday. Justin Gatlin and Sally Pearson are also in the running for the comeback award. Allyson Felix and Caster Semenya are contenders for sportswoman honours. Markus Rehm is a nominee for the disability award.
PARIS (FRA): France will send a team of seven to the European Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal, on 10-11 March. Former world bronze medallist Alexandra Tavernier is accompanied by fellow hammer thrower Camille Sainte Luce and javelin thrower Alexia Kogut Kubiak on the women’s side. Quentin Bigot, the 2017 world fourth-placer, lines up in the hammer circle with Yann Chaussinand. Shot-putter Antoine Duponchel, discus throwers Lolasson Djouhan and Jordan Guehaseim, and javelin thrower Lukas Moutards complete the team.
VIENNA (AUS): Austrian long distance runner Jennifer Wenth ended her career because of different injuries. She achieved World finals in Beijing and Olympic final in Rio in the 5000 m and was multiple Austrian record holder. "This decision was not easy, but I needed to admit in my current health situation I would not be able to train as needed," she said. She collected in total 47 national titles in different events.
CEDAR FALLS (USA, Feb 25): Big improvement for 19 years old hurdler Jaylen McConico at Missouri Valley Championships to 7.64 at 60 m hurdles. Derrius Rodgers won the 60 m in 6.65.
HANOVER (USA, Feb 25): Fast Gabrielle Thomas at Ivy League Championships with 7.26 and 23.26 60/200 double.
ADLER (RUS, Feb 25): Moscow world bronze medallist Dmitriy Tarabin 80.20m and world junior champion 2014 Yekaterina Starygina (22) 60.97m PB topped javelin competitions during last day of the Russian winter throwing Cup.
CANNES (FRA, Feb 25): 26th Semi-Marathon winners here Dieudonne Nsengiyumva from Burundi 64:42 and Ethiopian Adanech Mesfen 75:21. In the 20th edition of 10 km race Nicolas Navarro 29:44 and Ethiopian Chaltu Negasa 32:30 were the winners.
DIEKIRCH (LUX, Feb 25): Italian Ahmed El Mazoury won the 48th ING Eurocross event at 10.03 km in 32:43. Second David Nilsson of Sweden 33:06 and third German Samuel Fitwi 33:31. In women 5.61 km win for German Elena Burkard 17:12 over Poland´s Matylda Kowal 17:47.
PRETORIA (Feb, 23-24): Anaso Jobodwana clocked windy 10.07 (+3.3) at Gauteng North Championships ahead of Henricho Bruintjies 10.15 (but legal 10.18 +1.9 in semifinal). In semifinals 300 m World U20 record holder Clarence Munyai clocked personal best 10.10 (+1.9). Thapelo Pora posted 45.92 in 400 m semifinals. Ruan de Vries 13.63 (+1.4) at 110 m hurdles and Leroux Hamman 49.76 over LJ Van Zyl 50.06 in the 400 m hurdles were other notable finals. In semifinals Sokwakhana Zazini 49.86 PB for the World U18 record holder (youth height). Caster Semenya won the 400 m in 52.45 and Wenda Nel hurdles 56.63.
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