News from around the World- EME News (Mar 7, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Mar 7, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 7, 2018)
Top Shot Put in Eugene
EUGENE (USA): Prefontaine Classic on May 26 as part of IAAF Diamond League will have a superb field in men´s shot put. It will feature every medalist from the last three global championships with 2016 Olympic Champion and Oregon native Ryan Crouser and 2017 World Champion and 2018 World Indoor champion Tom Walsh. Ryan Crouser thrilled last year’s Pre Classic crowd with a Hayward Field record 22.43. Also in the competition 2015 World champion Joe Kovacs, former World champion David Storl, DL winner 2018 Darrell Hill. Bronze winner from Birmingham Tomas Stanek, Poland´s Konrad Bukowiecki with Michal Haratyk and bronze winner from London 2017 Stipe Zunic of Croatia.
Superb World Indoors
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): IAAF president Sebastian Coe has described last weekend’s World Indoor Championships as “one of the most successful of all time”. Athletics Weekly quotes Coe saying: “It was an absolute honour to stage the IAAF World Indoor Championships, and despite the freezing conditions outside, the spectators inside Arena Birmingham created a red-hot atmosphere for the athletes. I would also like to place on record my respect, gratitude and thanks for the efforts of the volunteers, officials and the local organising committee. Despite all of the challenges they faced, they rose to them and made this a Championships to remember.”
BRISBANE (AUS): Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz is to compete in both of Brisbane’s international meetings this month. The American will race on March 22 and March 28 against Commonwealth Games-bound athletes, including Australia’s Luke Mathews, reports. Also due to line up in the latter meet will be Britain’s Zharnel Hughes and Botswana’s Isaac Makwala over 200m.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Great Britain has named a team of 10 athletes to compete at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on March 24. Charlotte Purdue, who won the Vitality Big Half in London on Sunday with a PB of 70:29, heads the women’s line-up. Ben Connor, who clocked 61:12 in Barcelona last month, highlights the men’s quintet. The other members are: Luke Traynor, Tsegai Tewelde, Mohamud Aadan, Dan Studley, Charlotte Arter, Gemma Steel, Tracy Barlow and Faye Fullerton.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): World 4x100m champion Danny Talbot has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games due to injury, informs Athletics Weekly. He has been replaced by two-time European indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty (200 m). Ben Williams (triple jump) has also pulled out of the English team and Sophie McKinna (shot put) has been added.
PORT OF SPAIN (TTO): Ato Boldon has said Trinidad & Tobago will receive their upgraded gold medals from the 4x100m at the 2008 Olympics this year, informs Guardian Trinidad & Tobago. The team finished second behind Jamaica in 2008 who were later stripped of the title after Nesta Carter failed a retest for a stimulant.
AMSTERDAM (NED): Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru is in a positive mood as he prepares for the defence of his Virgin Media London Marathon title next month. After finishing second behind Mo Farah in the Big Half half-marathon on Sunday, he attended a medical check-up in Netherlands, he told Xinhua. "I was not injured but I wanted to just make sure all is well before I continue my training for London Marathon," Wanjiru said. "I felt confident out there as I know I'm in great shape.”
PRETORIA (RSA): Former South African 200m record-holder Anaso Jobodwana is looking forward to taking on world 100m champion Justin Gatlin over 150m at the Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix in Pretoria on Thursday. He told “My training has been going well, but I know the type of athlete, Justin, is. I will have to bring my A-game to the track tomorrow if I want to have any chance.”
CAPE TOWN (RSA): The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee is to pay R55,000 ($4600) to each of the country’s gold medallists at the Commonwealth Games in April. The body will give R12,500 to their coaches and smaller amounts to minor medallists, reports.
PRETORIA (RSA): World 100m champion Justin Gatlin is a big of fan of South Africa’s world 400m record-holder Wayde van Niekerk. Speaking at a press conference ahead of his appearance in meeting in Pretoria, the American was quoted by saying: “It’s poetry in motion watching him run‚ I can tell you that. Him coming down that straight‚ I just see it in my mind … he seems like he’s just gliding like a gazelle bringing it home‚ it’s just amazing to watch. I’m definitely a fan of his‚ for sure.”
BERLIN (GER): European 3000m steeplechase champion Gesa Felicitas Krause of Germany this week will team up with marathon Olympic marathon fifth-placer Volha Mazuronak of Belarus and 2012 Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Habiba Ghribi of Tunisia in a training camp in South Africa, reports.
PRAGUE (KEN): Kenyans Caroline Kipkirui (65:07 PB) and Joan Chelimo (65:37 PB) and Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa (66:14 PB) will compete in the Prague Half Marathon on 7 April, informs organisers. Czech Olympian Eva Vrabcova is the fourth fastest in the field with a 71:06 PB. Six sub-one hour competitors will compete in the men’s race, including Ethiopian record-holder Atsedu Tsegay (58:47 PB) and Kenyans Josphat Tanui (59:22 PB), Justus Kangogo (59:31 PB), Alex Kibet (59:32 PB), Geoffrey Yegon (59:44 PB) and Geoffrey Ronoh (59:45 PB). Spain’s Javier Guerra (61:38 PB) is the leading European entrant.
BARCELONA (ESP): Former world and Olympic bronze medallist Tsegaye Kebede from Ethiopia will compete in the Barcelona Marathon on 11 March, informs L’Esportiu Catalunya.
HANNOVER (GER): Gilbert Kirwa of Kenya leads the field for the Hannover Marathon on 8 reports. Former winner Jacob Cheshari from Kenya and Henryk Szost of Poland will provide the main opposition. Home favourite Fate Tola defends her women’s title against Yue Chao of China and Recho Kosgei of Kenya. Hendrik Pfeiffer and Anja Scherl head the entries for the German Half Marathon championships held separately within the same event.
COLLEGE STATION (USA): World leaders will be in action at the NCAA Division 1 Indoor Championships on March 9-10. Divine Odururu, who has clocked 20.18 in the 200m this year, will be favourite over the one lap, while the 400m could see a close battle between world No.2 Michael Norman and Jamaican Akeem Bloomfield. Still with the sprints, Grant Holloway goes in the 60m hurdles and his 7.42 is still the best this year. As for the fast women, the Sydney McLoughlin - Lynna Irby rematch in the 400 m could be the highlight. The former set a world U20 record and world lead of 50.62 last month in holding off her closing rival. Irby is also entered for the 200m, though, where her 22.66 makes her world No.1. Two 2.33m high jumpers will appear in the shape of Vernon Culver and Trey Culver. Ellinor Purrier, who heads the world mile list, and Kenturah Orji, who has triple jumped 14.53m this season, are also in action.
TIMARU (NZL): Fresh World indoor shot put champion Tom Walsh will be the headline act of the three-pronged shot put competition during the Athletics New Zealand International Series that begins in his hometown of Timaru on March 14. The six-strong field in the men's shot put series (along with Ryan Whiting, O´Dayne Richards and Tim Nedow) - that is being labelled as the strongest shot put field ever assembled in New Zealand - are all top 16 finishers from Birmingham. The three leg series starts with the Timaru Super Shot before The Big Shot in central Christchurch on March 16 and the final leg at Waitakere in the Sir Graeme Douglas International Track Challenge on March 25. Walsh will also throw this weekend at the national championships in Hamilton.
HAMILTON (NZL): World and Olympic winner Valerie Adams is expected to make her comeback from maternity leave at this weekend´s National Championships of New Zealand. She also scheduled for the Christchurch leg of the Shot Put series on March 16.
PARIS (FRA): France is sending two full teams for the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia later this month. Leading the women section are Clemence Calvin and Sophie Duarte. Also there Jacqueline Gandar with Fanny Pruvost and Samira Mezeghrane-Saad. Benjamin Malaty and Benjamin Choquert are male leaders with former miler Florian Carvalho who will debut at the distance. Also in the team Felix Bour and Yosi Goasdue.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Fastest Slovak Jan Volko who was the best European in the 60 m at the World Indoors (6th in the final) confirmed he wants to attack both finals in the 100 m and 200 m at the European Championships in Berlin. Volko plans one month long training camp in April in Monte Gordo, Portugal and hopes to start the outdoor season in second half of May. One of the leading Slovak companies, also a world-wide top company in the IT Security section ESET signed as sponsor for Volko, also because he is an IT student at Slovak Technical University.
DALLAS (USA): The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has announced Toyota as the title partner of the 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon. One of the largest half-marathons in the state of Texas, the event will welcome more than 13,000 participants to the streets of downtown Dallas the weekend of March 24–25.
LIMA (PER): Peru is sending three female runners to World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia. Ines Melchor with Gladys Tejeda and Jovana de la Cruz. Male part of the team will consist from four runners, Cristhian Mendoza, Luis Ostos, JianPierre Castro and Willy Canchanya.
MOSCOW (RUS): Head of RusAF Dmitry Shlyakhtin noted that the latest report of the IAAF taskforce does not give a complete picture of the RusAF fight against doping. “In my opinion, the report does not fully reflect the RusAF activities to restore our membership in the IAAF. We would like the world community to see a more objective picture of what is happening now around track and field in Russia. Concerning the recognition of the McLaren Commission’s conclusions as well as the issue of the full restoration of RUSADA, I would like to clarify that the report of the working group clearly indicates that it isn’t the RusAF competence, but it still remains as one of the important criteria for the reinstatement of our federation,” Shlyakhtin told TASS.
MOSCOW (RUS): High jump world champion Maria Lasitskene was surprised with the RusAF reaction to the IAAF statement about possible total ban for Russian athletes to compete internationally later in the year. "When the head of the RusAF reinstatement commission Aleksandr Parkin said that such IAAF statement could have been influenced by our successful performance at the World Championships in Birmingham, I think that is not acceptable. Already in November it was clear that the national testing of Russian athletes would be needed. In case in July I will not be able to compete even as neutral athlete, I think we will be forced to act more harsh towards our federation," said Lasitskene for RIA Novosti.
PATIALA (IND, Mar 7): 19 years old Tejaswin Shankar cleared at Federation Cup national indoor high jump record 228 cm. He already jumped 228 indoors this year in USA. Second Siddharth Yadav improved to Commonwealth Games qualifier 225 cm. In women 10 000 m another games qualifier for L. Suriya 32:23.96.
XIANLIN (CHN, Mar 7): Xu Zhouzheng clocked 6.60 during first day of National Indoor Grand Prix meet at the 60 m. In the B final Quan Yingrui 6.64 PB. World medalist 2015 Zhang Guowei coming from injury cleared 220 in the high jump as winner. Yuan Qiqi topped women 60 m in 7.25 and 18 years old Chen Qiaoling got 440 PB in the pole vault. From Tilastopaja.
DALIAN (CHN, Mar 7): Wang Yu won the 60 m at another National Indoor Grand Prix meet with 6.69. Zhang Yaoguang achieved 784 in the long jump. From Tilastopaja.
SPLIT (CRO, Mar 5): Discus World champion Sandra Perkovic was competing again after Saturday and achieved World leading 69.13 m. World U18 champion in hammer from 2013 Matija Greguric improved to 72.86.
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