EME NEWS (MAR 9, 2018)
DIAMOND LEAGUE NEWS
PARIS (FRA): Meeting de Paris of IAAF Diamond League (June 30) announced first wave of top names. Four fresh World Indoor champions from Birmingham. US sprinter Christian Coleman, high jump World champion Mariya Lasitskene with home stars Renaud Lavillenie and Kevin Mayer. For decathlon world champion a special triathlon will be held.
MONACO (MON): Herculis EBS 2018 IAAF Diamond League (July 20) confirmed that they started with ticket sales. The 2018 edition will reach new heights with the confirmation of World champions Mutaz Barshim and Katerina Stefanidi who already received their "Diamond Pass". They will be joined by more champions within the next weeks to shine during the Monaco stop of the IAAF Diamond League. Ticket rates are from 10 to 50 euro. This year the Men and Women Shot Put will take place the evening before the meeting on the prestigious Port Hercule, stage of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco. Entrance will be free.
MOSCOW (RUS): World indoor participant in men’s shot put Maksim Afonin will not perform at the European throwing cup in Leiria due to the hip injury, which he got few days before World Indoors, informs TASS referring to senior coach of Russian throwing team Vadim Khersontsev.
LEIRIA (POR): The European Throwing Cup in Leiria this weekend will be streamed live at runjumpthrow.com
. Three feeds will be available over the weekend as world javelin champion Johannes Vetter, Olympic discus champion Christoph Harting and world hammer champion Pawel Fajdek take centre stage.
BELGRADE (SRB): World indoor long jump champion Ivana Spanovic with coach Goran Obradovic were awarded after return with 20 000 and 10 000 euro bonus. Her coach Obradovic said that the next main goal will be the attack for Olympic gold 2020 in Tokyo.
RATINGEN (GER): Organisers of Stadtwerke Mehrkampf Meeting in Ratingen (June 16-17) confirmed the participation of Austrian World indoor silver medalist Ivona Dadic. This event will be the selection meet for German decathletes and heptathletes for European Championships in Berlin.
BRESCIA (ITA): Sunday´s Brescia Marathon announced for Sunday as top name Shadrack Kimaiyo with 2:12:52 personal best from last year in Nairobi. European debut for another Kenyan Martin Cheruiyot. Among women Esther Macharia 2:30:50 best and another European debut for Mosina Moris.
TAMPA (USA): The Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series announced the addition of a new venue to its international tour that will take place in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. The new venue will join Mérida and Oaxaca to complete a Mexican trilogy of musically themed running events. The inaugural event will take place on June 16, 2018 with a half marathon and 10K distance. “This new event North of México City will represent a great choice for many runners who live in the northern part of the country as well as United States athletes who live near the México-US border,” said Luis Gálvez, Director of the Mexican Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series races.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): World indoor 3000m champion Yomif Kejelcha has said one of the bonuses from the Ethiopian government for winning a global title in Birmingham was 500 square metres of land in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, informs The Independent. “In previous years the government would give land to the athletes. This happened to Haile [Gebrselassie], but then stopped for several years. Then last year [at the world championships in London] the government brought them back again,” he said. The story also reports that world indoor 1500m and 3000m champion Genzebe Dibaba has cut ties with Jama Aden and that she has been coached by Hussein Shibo and Tolera Dinka since September 2017.
PRETORIA (RSA): After beating Justin Gatlin over 150m in Pretoria last night, Anaso Jobodwana’s coach Thabo Mathebedi is confident his charge will break the sub-10 barrier for 100m this season, informs Super Sport. “I could have told people beforehand that he will do just from seeing what he is doing during our training sessions. Anaso has rediscovered the confidence in his sprinting abilities. That is exciting. I honestly believe that Anaso can dip under 10 seconds, and when he does, a sub 20-second time in the 200m is also a foregone conclusion,” he said. Jobodwana has a 10.10 PB for 100m and he clocked a national record of 19.87 to win a bronze medal over 200m at the 2015 World Championships.
HAMILTON (NZL): Valerie Adams was presented with her upgraded gold medal from the 2010 World Indoor Championships in Doha moments after winning her 15th national title in Hamilton, informs stuff.co.nz
. Adams initially finished second to Nadzeya Ostapchuk but the Belarusian was later stripped of that title due to a doping violation. "Better late than never. Justice has been served to some extent with bringing this medal home to New Zealand," said Adams, who returned to competition with a throw of 17.83m. "I didn't know what to expect, but I'm happy to win a national title and secure my place at the Commonwealth Games," she said.
KINGSTON (JAM): Reigning world U18 110m hurdles champion Dejour Russell, 17, has been added to Jamaica’s team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs Trackalerts. Top names are reigning Olympic winner Elaine Thompson and former World champion Yohan Blake. They two silver medalists from Birmingham, Kimberly Williams in the triple jump and Danniel Thomas-Dodd in the shot put are also in the team.
JACKSONVILLE (USA): Olympians Molly Huddle and Leonard Korir lead deep and talented fields in Jacksonville Saturday, as the USATF 15 km Championships get underway, hosted by the Gate River Run. Huddle’s biggest challenge could come from fellow 2018 Boston Marathon entrant Jordan Hasay. Other top competition should come from Molly Seidel. Korir should find plenty of competition among a deep field of runners, including Sam Chelanga, Ryan Vail, Jared Ward and Martin Hehir.
NAIROBI (KEN): After finishing fourth over 3000m at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri is expected to report for training with the national team ahead of next month’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs KBC.
CARDIFF (GBR): Dewi Griffiths has pulled out of the Wales Commonwealth Games team in Gold Coast due to an undisclosed injury, informs BBC Sport. Griffiths, who clocked 2:09:49 on his marathon debut in Frankfurt last October, was due to contest the 5000m and 10,000m in Gold Coast. "It's a huge loss for the team,” said head of endurance for Welsh Athletics Chris Jones.
BELFAST (GBR): Sprinter Amy Foster, 29, has been added to Northern Ireland’s team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs BBC Sport.
BARCELONA (ESP): Kenya’s Jonah Chesum will defend his title in the Barcelona Marathon on Sunday, informs IAAF. Chesum, who set a lifetime best of 2:08:57 in last year’s race, will face a strong Ethiopian contingent headed by former London and Chicago Marathon winner Tsegaye Kebede (2:04:38 PB), Tariku Kinfu (2:07:48 PB) and Biro Seboka (2:08:51 PB) while the Kenyan contingent also includes veteran Philip Kimutai (2:06:07 PB), Anthony Maritim (2:09:11 PB) and Hillary Kipsambu (2:09:28 PB). The fastest entrant in the women’s race is Ethiopia’s Worknesh Alemu (2:30:04 PB).
MERIDA (ESP): European indoor 3000m champion Adel Mechaal has pulled out of the Spanish Cross Country Championships in Merida on Sunday due to illness, informs MARCA. European 10,000m bronze medallist Antonio Abadia and multiple European medallist Ayad Lamdassem are the favourites for the senior men’s title while Trihas Gebre is the favourite for the women’s crown.
LOUGHBOROUGH (GBR): Former European cross-country champion Gemma Steel and 2014 European 10,000m silver medallist Andy Vernon are among the entries for the CAU Inter-Counties, UK’s most prestigious cross-country championships, in Loughborough tomorrow, Athletics Weekly reports. Adam Hickey and Phoebe Law will be looking to add to their English National titles from last month.
BAD LANGENSALZA (GER): World champion Luvo Manyonga will compete in the 25th anniversary long jump meeting in Bad Langensalza on 30 June. James Beckford’s meeting record of 8.60m could be under threat.
LEVERKUSEN (GER): The Bayer Meeting in Leverkusen, which halted in 2009, is to make a return on 16 June, Leichathletik.de reports. Called “Bayer Classic” will consist only of women’s 100m, men’s pole vault, men’s long jump and men’s high jump. Gina Lückenkemper has been confirmed for the sprint, while Mateusz Przybylko goes in the high jump and Paralympic champion Markus Rehm competes in the long jump. Next year it will merge with the TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen sports festival and in 2020 a full programme of events will be held, Leichathletik.de reports.
LUGANO (SUI): The Lugano International Race Walks on Sunday will feature in the men’s event over 20km 2016 Olympic sixth-placer Tom Bosworth and 2012 Olympic silver medallist Erick Barrondo. Going in the women’s 20km will be Italian record-holder Eleonori Giorgi, Anezka Drahotova, who was 10th at the Olympics, and Mirna Ortiz, 11th at the 2017 Worlds.
PARIS (FRA): Former world 200m and 400m record-holder Michael Johnson says athletics should not rely on having personalities but instead that competition was the most important thing. Quoted by AFP, he said: “We may not always have them, sure there may be a rich period of time when there are many great personalities with back stories the media and fans are interested in. And then there may be a drought… Competition is what it is all about at the end of the day and should be its core as to how to promote your sport.”
SUCUA (ECU): Brazil’s Erica de Sena, fourth in the 2017 Worlds over 20k, will compete in that event at the South American Race Walk Championships this weekend. She will face Peru’s Kimberley Garcia, who was seventh in the Worlds. 2015 Pan Am 50k champion Andres Chocho heads the line-up in the men’s 20k. Ecuador’s Glenda Morejon, 2017 world under-18 champion, leads the junior entries.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): News from USATF website. Longtime USATF official and technical expert David Katz has been selected as Course Measurer for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 at the recent IAAF Council Meeting in Birmingham. This is his Katz’s third appointment in this role, having previously served in 2012 and 2016. Long-time coach, contributor and technical expert Ed Gorman has joined USATF’s National Office as Associate Director of Championships and Programs. His responsibilities include overseeing the technical aspects of bid documents and serving as Technical Manager at USATF National Track & field Championships.
HAMILTON (NZL, Mar 9): Shot put star Valerie Adams returned to competition after maternity break with 17.83 win at the National Championships. Winners of the 100 m races were Joseph Millar 10.46 (-0.1) and Zoe Hobbs 11.66 (-1.3).
PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 8): Addition to the meet is women 1000 m where Caster Semenya clocked South African record 2:35.43. She was followed by Ugandan runners Halimah Nakaayi 2:37.55 and Winnie Nanyondo 2:37.98. Also to correct that Ngoni Makusha is another runner, not the Zimbabwe´s record holder. This Ngoni is born in 1994, has 10.22 personal best and competed at African Games 2016.
JERUSALEM (ISR, Mar 9): Kenyan winners at the Jerusalem Marathon. Shadrack Kipkogey 2:21:26 and Emily Samoei 2:52:33.