EME NEWS (MAR 8, 2018)
Jobodwana wins 150 m, Gatlin fourth
PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 8): At the second meet of new South African Series Anaso Jobodwana won the expected 150 m in 15.08 (-0.3) with World champion Justin Gatlin fourth in 15.23. Between them Roscoe Engel 15.17 and Luxolo Adams 15.18. National 100 m record holder Akani Simbine won the 100 m in fast 10.05 (-0.8) over Clarence Munyai 10.22 and Simon Magakwe also 10.22. Interesting to see return of Ngoni Makusha of Zimbabwe winning the B race in 10.25 (+1.3), his fastest since 2011. Botswana´s Isaac Makwala won the 300 m in 31.77 ahead of Thapelo Pora 32.57. World champion Nicholas Bett posted 48.88 World lead in the 400 m hurdles and beat the home elite Le Roux Hamman 49.22 followed by LJ Van Zyl 49.45 with Cornel Fredericks 49.63 and youth champion Sokwakhana Zazini 49.82 PB. In women 400 m hurdles Wenda Nel 55.31 and in the 200 m Justine Palframan 23.32 (-1.4). Men high hurdles winner Antonio Alkana posted 13.61 (+0.3) and Ruswahl Samaai leaped to 824 (-0.7) in the long jump. At altitude good quality 7:49.48 in the 3000 m by Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei and 1:47.20 by last year World U18 Champion Kenyan George Manangoi 1:47.20 in the 800 m.
Coe about replacing Bolt
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): IAAF President Sebastian Coe spoke with AIPS young reporters. About the issue of replacing Usain Bolt he said: "You don’t replace Usain Bolt. So what do we need from the athletes? We need the athletes to be more accessible. We need to make sure that we are telling their stories properly. I have a working proposition that to find people to fill Usain Bolt’s shoes where the performance is the passport that gets you to the championship. You then need promotion and that needs to be done by the federation, by us or by helping the athletes to get in the right media environment to tell their stories. It’s not because Usain Bolt has won a lot of Olympic medals or his world records that has made him to what he is. That is fantastic, but that’s not what has captured the imagination of the public around. They like the showmanship, they like the fact that he’s got a personality. We need the promotion, but we really need the athletes to allow their own personality to come through."
Vetter the star
LEIRIA (POR): World javelin champion Johannes Vetter will compete in the European Throwing Cup in Leiria during the weekend. Vetter will almost certainly challenge the event record of 85.85m having already surpassed the 90m line this season. Two other reigning global champions will be in action on the men’s side: Rio winner Germany’s Christoph Harting in the discus and London winner Poland’s Pawel Fajdek in the hammer. Harting will face world silver medallist Daniel Stahl from Sweden and last year’s winner Lukas Weisshaidinger from Austria in the discus and Fajdek will face last year’s winner Quentin Bigot from France in the hammer. On the women’s side, recently crowned world indoor champion Anita Marton from Hungary will contest both the shot put and discus in Leiria. The discus line-up also includes event record-holder Nadine Muller and the Germans will also be strong in the women’s javelin courtesy of former world champion Katharina Molitor and Christin Hussong. Favourites in the women’s hammer are world bronze medallist Malwina Kopron from Poland, world-leader Hanna Malyshik from Belarus and former world bronze medallist and last year’s winner Alexandra Tavernier from France. Outstanding heptathletes Geraldine Ruckstuhl from Switzerland and Alina Shukh from Ukraine also compete in the javelin, although Shukh will compete in the U23 competition instead.
NAGOYA (JPN): The line-up for the Nagoya Women’s Marathon is headed by the Kenyan triumvirate of Lucy Kabuu (2:19:34 PB), Valary Jemeli (2:20:53 PB) and world fourth-placer Filomena Cheyech (2:21:22 PB). Four Japanese runners with sub-2:25 PBs are also in the line-up including Sairi Maeda (2:22:48 PB), Rei Ohara (2:23:20PB), last year’s third placer Mao Kiyota (2:23:47 PB) and Reia Iwade (2:24:38 PB) who will all be looking to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Trials. Last year’s Houston and Rotterdam Marathon winner Meskerem Assefa (2:24:18 PB) from Ethiopia is another leading entrant while the European challenge includes Poland’s Karolina Nadolska (2:26:31 PB) and Italy’s Sara Dossena (2:29:39 PB).
ROME (ITA): On the road to the Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon winner Galen Rupp will compete in the Rome-Ostia Half Marathon where he could challenge the sub-one hour mark in good conditions. The American record stands to Ryan Hall at 59:43 but the course between Rome-Ostia is point-to-point and thus not record-eligible. The elite field includes two sub-one hour performers: Kenya’s Justus Kangogo (59:31 PB) and Ethiopia’s Dino Sefir (59:42 PB). Favourites in the women’s race are Kenya’s Rebecca Chesire (68:21 PB), Ethiopians Amane Beriso (68:43), Koren Jelela (70:52 PB) and Haftamenesh Tesfay (74:29 PB) who clocked 2:20:13 PB in the Dubai Marathon in January. With help from Alberto Stretti.
OSTRAVA (CZE): Both Czech medalists from Birmingham confirmed their attendance at the 57th Ostrava Golden Spike Meet on June 13 (IAAF World Challenge). Pavel Maslak will run the 400 m for the third time, was so far always 3rd. Tomas Stanek in shot put will defend his last year win in a new place where shot put circle will be placed also for the September IAAF Continental Cup.
MONACO (MON): Starting from International Women’s Day on Thursday (8) and for the duration of Women’s History Month, the IAAF will celebrate the role of women in athletics. The IAAF will be celebrating pioneers in their field by publishing interviews, videos and features with athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and medical staff using the hashtag #IAAFGenderAgenda. IAAF president Sebastian Coe acknowledged while there is “parity in pay” and “parity in play,” there is not yet parity at administrative level.
AARHUS (DEN): The IAAF has approved the cross country course for the 2019 World Cross Country Championships which will consist of a 2km loop with a 75m elevation ascent/descent on each lap through grass, mud and sand, informs organisers. "With the approval of the Danish proposal for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2019, we can now take cross country running back to its roots. Cross country is a about running beyond the limits. Together with the organisers, the city of Aarhus and Sport Event Denmark we will for sure stage an event that will go down in history,” said IAAF representative Luis Saladie. Former world cross country champion Annette Sergent was one of the athletes invited to test out the course. “I enjoyed very much the course. It is a real cross country course with a lot of up- and downhill as it is very intense with curves and you must keep concentrated all the time. There is not much time to recover,” she said.
ABUJA (NGR): Officials in Nigeria are calling for an emergency congress over the alleged disappearance of a $150,000 grant from the IAAF, the Guardian Nigeria reports. The piece has said the IAAF paid $150,000 by mistake to Athletics Federation of Nigeria instead of the $15,000 annual grant to member federations. The world governing body discovered the error and requested the excess be returned, but no one within AFN appears to know anything about the money.
PRETORIA (RSA): Akani Simbine will contest both the 100m and 200m at the South African Championships ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next month, informs Times Live.
LONDON (GBR): Kathrine Switzer, who was the first woman to enter and race in the Boston Marathon in 1967, will compete in the Virgin Money London Marathon for the first time in 2018 on 22 April, informs organisers.
OHRDRUF (GER): European U23 cross country champion Alina Reh will compete in the senior race at the German Cross Country Championships in Ohrdruf on 10 March, informs Leichtathletik.de. Reh, who has been suffering from an ankle injury since then, will face European cross country fifth-placer Elena Burkard as well as European 3000m steeplechase champion Antje Moldner-Schmidt and veteran Sabrina Mockenhaupt. Reigning champion Florian Orth competes in the men’s race.
PORTALEGRE (POR): Multiple European medallist Jessica Augusto will compete in the Portuguese Cross Country Championships on 18 March, informs the Record.
DUBLIN (IRL): Ireland’s former world 5000m champion Sonia O’Sullivan has written about how much has changed in women’s athletics since her early in her career. On International Women’s Day, she aired her thoughts in the Irish Times: “Women’s sport has changed drastically from the early days, not just at the elite side of sport, but at all levels of fitness.”
LEIRIA (POR): Portugal shot putters Francisco Belo and Tsanko Arnaudov will not compete during the weekend in Leiria due to injuries.
KINGSTON (JAM): World and Olympic 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod was not planning to compete at the Commonwealth Games despite the reports that he was not available. That was said by Jamaican Federation president Warren Blake.
VIENNA (AUT): Austrian World Indoor silver medalist in pentathlon Ivona Dadic confirmed that her first heptathlon of the outdoor season will be Ratingen in June. Her main goal is European Championships in Berlin. She plans now 10 weeks of base training to improve in all events with 3 weeks at the end at IMG Academy in Florida. Due to her preparation plans towards Berlin she will miss this year the Gotzis event.
VIENNA (AUT): Austria is sending 3 runners to World Half Marathon Championships. Lemawork Ketema, Peter Herzog and Christian Steinhammer.
DUBLIN (IRL): Ten Irish athletes have been selected for the World Half Marathon Championships. Five men and five women. In the female team Lizzie Lee, Laura Shaughnessy, Fionnuala Ross, Claire McCarthy and Laura Graham. In the men selection Stephen Scullion, Kevin Dooney, Kevin Seaward, Paul Pollock and Sergiu Ciobanu.
KYIV (UKR): Two-time world indoor silver medallist in men heptathlon Oleksiy Kasyanov and Moscow world champion in women’s heptathlon Anna Kasyanova (Melnychenko) became parents. Their first baby girl saw the world on the International Women’s Day on Thursday.
DALIAN (CHN, Mar 8): Second day of national indoor GP meet saw Hu Linpeng winning high jump with 188 PB and in shot put Guo Tianqian 17.83 indoor PB.
PATIALA (IND, Mar 8): Federation Cup ended with national record at 400 m hurdles as Ayyasamy Dharun clocked 49.45. Jinson Johnson after 800 m won also the 1500 m in 3:39.69 PB what is also second best by an Indian ever. Siddhanth Thingalaya won the high hurdles in 13.76 (0.0) and Arpinder Singh triple 16.61 ahead of Renjith Maheswary 16.51. Among women another national U20 record (after 400 m) for talented Hima Das who won the 200 m in 23.37 (0.0). Purnima Hembram scored good quality 5815 in heptathlon.