EME NEWS (MAR 11, 2018)
4x400 m Relay World record
COLLEGE STATION (USA, Mar 10): Not only World Indoor record at 400 m by Southern California´s Michael Norman 44.52 (EME NEWS reported about it in the Mar 10 issue) but another WR was registered at the NCAA first division championships. But it was not the winning Southern California in the 4x400 m with fastest ever 3:00.77 but the second placed Texas AM with 3:01.39. The winners with Zach Shinnick (46.24), Rai Benjamin (44.35), Ricky Morgan (45.67) and Michael Norman (44.52) had with Benjamin a runner from Antigua so they did not fulfill the rule about runners from the same country. But second placers from Texas Ilolo Izu (46.57), Robert Grant (44.84), Devin Dixon (45.48) and Mylik Kerley (44.52) were all US runners. Third Florida achieved third fastest ever 3:01.43 but had Nigerian Kunle Fasasi (46.42) with hurdles star Grant Holloway (44.91) and then Jamaican Chantz Sawyers (45.36) and Denmark´s Benjamin Vedel with 44.75 split. All 3 teams were faster than Poland at World Indoors 3:01.77, at that time World Indoor record. In women 4x400 m USC also won with 3:27.45 ahead of Purdue 3:28.82.
Hall 20.02 US record
COLLEGE STATION (USA, Mar 10): Also 200 m world leads highlighted the second day of the NCAA Champs. Elijah Hall improved to 20.02 US record and second fastest ever behind Frankie Fredericks 19.92 from 1996. Behind him Nigerian Divine Oduduru 20.21 and in another race Rai Benjamin from Antigua 20.34 national record. Hall also won the 60 m in 6.52 PB ahead of Jamaican Raheem Chambers 6.53 PB and Demek Kemp 6.55 PB. In women 200 m Gabrielle Thomas achieved 22.38 not only World lead and US college record but she also tied the 5th best ever performer and got fastest since 2005. From US runners only Gwen Torrence was faster with 22.33 in 1996. Second Lynna Irby 22.55 PB, but in another race event faster 22.41 life-time best by Ashley Henderson ahead of 400 m star Sydney McLaughlin 22.80. Aleia Hobbs won the 60 m in 7.07 PB and MR (also tied college record) ahead of Mikiah Brisco 7.11 and Natalliah Whyte 7.12 PB. Hurdles winners Grant Holloway 7.47 and Payton Chadwick edging Anna Cockrell by 0.004 (7.922 to 7.926, personal best for both). Here 6th Tara Davis 8.14 but she clocked in heats World U20 indoor record with 7.98 (official mark by Klaudia Siciarz from Poland is 8.00 from 2017).
Saruni 1:45.15 in the 800 m
COLLEGE STATION (USA, Mar 10): Distance races had Kenyan Michael Saruni winning the 800 m in fast 1:45.15 PB and MR ahead of Isaiah Harris 1:46.08 PB. British runner Josh Kerr got the mile 3:57.02 and Andy Trouard with 8:04.94 did not allow second gold for Canadian Justyn Knight (8:05.76) after his win over 5000 m. Karissa Schweizer achieved the double after 5k she also won the 3000 m in 8:53.36 beating Allie Ostrander 8:54.35. Elinor Purrier topped the mile 4:31.76 and Sabrina Sutherland in 2:01.55 personal best won the 800 m ahead of Ireland´s Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner 2:02.46 national record. In technical events British Tim Duckworth won the heptathlon with national record 6188 points (6.84 in the 60, 774 in long jump and 217 in high jump) ahead of Hunter Veith 6090 PB and Tyler Adams 6081 PB. World lead 24.02 in weight throw for David Lucas and Jamaican O´Brien Wasome personal best 16.82 in triple. In high jump no one went over 230 with top three getting 229 in the order based on count back Randall Cunningham ahead of Trey Culver and Shelby McEwen. Bad luck for Cunningham who cleared all including 229 without a miss but broke the tibia and fibula in his left leg on his first approach at 232 and will reportedly miss the entire outdoor season. Keturah Orji returned from World Indoors to win the triple 14.27 MR, in the pole vault Alexis Jacobus 466 PB and MR and Victoria Hoggard 461 PB and Kaitlyn Long 23.30 weight throw.
Vetter gets 92.70 superb MR
LEIRIA (POR, Mar 11): World champion Johannes Vetter confirmed his excellent early season shape by extending his world-leading mark to 92.70m on the second day of the European Throwing Cup. Vetter added nearly seven metres to the championship record of 85.85m, improving to 88.28m in the third round before 92.70m in the fifth round. His five valid throws all would have sufficed for victory: 85.57m, 88.28m, 84.29m, 92.70m and 82.80m. Teammate Bernhard Seifert was the only other thrower to surpass the 80m line in the competition with 80.62m, although Romania’s Alexandru Novac and Hungary’s Norbert Rivasz-Toth went out to 80.73m and 80.26m respectively in the U23 competition. There was a good quality shot put competition with neutral athlete Aleksandr Lesnoy producing two throws in excess of the 21m line - 21.32m and 21.21m - to defeat Poland’s Michal Haratyk (21.18m) and last year’s winner Mezud Peser from Bosnia & Herzegovina (20.71m). In the discus, Germany's Nadine Muller went out to 60.42m to defeat home favourite Irina Rodrigues by three centimetres (60.39m) with neutral athlete Yulia Maltseva third with 59.59m. World leader Hanna Malyshik from Belarus won the hammer with 72.62m from last year’s winner Alexandra Tavernier from France (71.20m) and world bronze medallist Malwina Kopron (69.54m) while Hungary’s Reka Gyuratz produced a good 69.00m in the U23 hammer as the winner. Norway´s Marcus Thomsen won the U23 shot put with 19.61 and in U23 women discus the win for Croatian Maria Tolj 56.31.
NAGOYA (JPN, Mar 11): Ethiopia’s Meskerem Assefa won the Nagoya Women´s Marathon in a 2:21:45 PB with negative splits of 71:32/70:13. “I wanted to win, especially because it is a women only marathon,” Assefa told the IAAF. Kenya’s Valary Jemeli, who led by 17 seconds at 30km and 16 seconds at 35km, was second in 2:22:48 with Japan runners filling the next four spots: Hanami Sekine (2:23:07 debut), Reia Iwade (2:26:28), Keiko Nogami (2:26:33 PB) and Hanae Tanaka (2:27:40). The top-11 athletes broke the sub-2:30 barrier with Poland’s Karolina Nadolska the top European finisher in 14th in 2:30:46. After passing through halfway with the leading group in 71:33, world fourth-placer Filomena Cheyech faded to 19th in 2:33:01.
LISBON (POR, Mar 11): On his half marathon debut, Kenya’s Erick Kiptanui won the Lisbon Half Marathon in 60:05 from Eritrea’s Yohanes Gebregergish (60:16) and Kenya’s Morris Gachaga (60:17). World record-holder and former winner Zersenay Tadese was fifth in 60:29. Ethiopia’s Etagegne Woldu led a clean sweep in the women’s race in 71:27 from Belaynesh Oljira (71:29) and Helen Bekele Tola (71:33).
ROME (ITA, Mar 11): Chicago Marathon winner Galen Rupp set a 59:47 PB (13:50 5km, 28:09 10km, 42:44 15km) to win the Rome-Ostia Half Marathon ahead of Kenyans Moses Kemei (60:44) and Justus Kangogo (61:02). “It was an amazing race. It went according to plans without wind and rain along the course. I knew I was in good shape,” he told the IAAF. Rupp was also the first non-African winner of the men’s race since Stefano Baldini in 1997. After a big breakthrough in the Dubai Marathon in January when she was fifth in 2:20:13, Ethiopia’s Haftamenesh Tesfay won the women’s race in a 69:02 PB from Dera Dida (69:21 PB) and Kenya’s Rebecca Chesire (71:04). Rosaria Console was the top Italian finisher in sixth in 73:45. Best male European finisher was Ukrainian Ihor Olefirenko 64:47 as 10th
DEN HAAG (NED, Mar 11): Kenya’s James Rungaru won the City-Pier-City Loop Half Marathon in a fast 59:38 from Leonard Langat (59:41) and Dominic Kiptarus (60:07). Switzerland’s Maja Neuenschwander won the women’s race in a 70:46 PB ahead of Genet Beyene 71:52. In the men category best European was German Homiyu Tesfaye personal best 61:20 as 6th and best Dutch Khalid Choukoud as 13th 63:38.
BARCELONA (ESP, Mar 11): Anthony Maritim led a Kenyan clean sweep in the Barcelona Marathon in 2:08:08 ahead of Silas Too (2:08:26) and Hillary Kipsambu (2:08:53). Former London and Chicago Marathon winner Tsegaye Kebede was fifth in 2:09:25, his 18th sub-2:10 marathon. Kenya’s Ruth Chebitok won the women’s race in 2:25:49 from Ethiopians Tsegaye Beyene (2:27:08) and Worknesh Alemu (2:28:19).
BRESCIA (ITA, Mar 11): Shadrack Kimaiyo Kiptoo won the Brescia Marathon in 2:17:36 from Martin Cheruiyot (2:18:31). Esther Wanjiru won the women’s race in 2:34:02and finished third overall.
SAO PAULO (BRA, Mar 11): Denis Kemboi won the 12th Sao Paulo Half Marathon in 65:21 ahead of Giovani dos Santos 65:26. Joziane Cardoso was a home winner in women category with 76:54.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH, Mar 11): Tsehaye Gemechu won the Women First 5 km here in 16:06 ahead of Debash Killal 16:09 and Yenenesh Tilahun 16:10. From Carole Fuchs.
PITTSBURG (USA, Mar 10): Canadian Mobolade Ajomale won both sprints at NCAA Division II Championships in 6.60 and 20.91 (second Jonte Baker 6.61). The best result was 45.93 PB in the 400 m by Myles Pringle, also to note 1:47.23 PB in the 800 m for 20 years old Briton Thomas Staines and women 60 m 7.26 by Jamaican Dianna Johnson, life-time best for her.
BIRMINGHAM (USA, Mar 10) From NCAA Division III Championships to note Jamal Watkins winning the 60 m in 6.78 (faster 6.74 in heats). Wadeline Jonathas from Haiti won 4 events in women category: 60 m in 7.41 (7.40 in heats), 24.07 in the 200 m (23.90 in heats), 54.28 in the 400 m and 594 long jump.
NEW YORK (USA, Mar 10): At New Balance High School Nationals Anthony Schwartz 6.63 in the 60 m heats, Tamari Davis 23.24 in the 200 m heats and Zachery Bradford 550 in the pole vault.
ANTEQUERA (ESP, Mar 11): Andrea Jimenez clocked new Spanish record of her category with 54.26 in the 400 m during Spanish U18 indoor championships.
NORTHRDIGE (USA, Mar 10): Olympic winner at 400 m hurdles Dalilah Muhammad tested her shape at the CSUN All Comers meet. In the rarely contested 200 m hurdles her 25.20 (-1.0) is a all-time best. Statisticians had before as best mark 25.79 by Swiss Noemi Zbaren in 2014 and Australian Lauren Wells in 2017. Also a hand timed 24.8 by Yadisleidi Pedroso of Italy from 2013 is listed. Muhammad also won the 600 m in 1:30.70. In men situation and hurdlers duel Reggie Wyatt beat 2013 World champion Jehue Gordon in the 600 m 1:20.14 to 1:20.96 but in the 200 m hurdles Gordon was better in 23.41 (-1.2) to 24.21.
MONTEVIDEO (URU, Mar 10): At South American GP meet Olympic finalist Emiliano Lasa won the long jump with 763 (+0.6).
KINGSTON (JAM, Mar 10): Rasheed Dwyer confirmed good shape at windy G.C. Foster Classics with 20.34 (-1.7) in the 200m over 400 m specialist Javon Francis 20.83. Demish Gaye won the 400 m in 45.76. Among women Natasha Morrison 11.48 (-1.4) and Christania Williams 11.46 (-5.0) in another race. Sashalee Forbes got the 200 m in 23.19 (-1.7) ahead of Sherone Simpson 23.41 and Tiffany James clocked 52.21 in the 400 m. In hurdles events Hansle Parchment got 13.68 (-2.7) and in the 400 m Ansert Whyte 49.66 over Jaheel Hyde 49.76 and in women race Janieve Russell 56.43. Also to note Fedrick Dacres 62.33 in discus, Tisanna Hichling 673 in long jump (no wind info) and Shanieka Ricketts 14.16 (+1.5) in triple. From U20 events Christopher Taylor 45.92 in the 400 m, Rovane Williams 50.32 in the 400 m hurdles, also Kevona Davis 23.13 (-1.4) in the 200 m.
HAMILTON (NZL, Mar 11): Fresh World Indoor Champion Tom Walsh won the national shot put title with 21.58. Interesting improvement for Hamish Kerr in high jump with 221 clearance. Angela Petty won after 800 m also the 1500 m in 4:18.94.
MYRTLE BEACH (USA, Mar 10): European champion Tiffany Porter clocked 13.14 (+2.0) at 100 m hurdles during Coastal Invitational meet.
MENDOZA (ARG, Mar 11): New Argentinian U23 women 400 m hurdles record by Fiorella Chiappe with 56.74 here.
CC AND WALKING RESULTS
LUTSK (UKR, Mar 10-11): Valeriy Litanyuk 2:34:28 and Alina Tsviliy 3:04:19 won 35km at Ukrainian winter race walking championships. Ivan Losev clocked 1:20:53 over 20km ahead of Ruslan Dmytrenko 1:21:12 and Ivan Banzeruk 1:21:25. Nadiya Borovska was fastest in women’s race in 1:29:22. Inna Kashyna 1:32:24 finished second and Valentyna Myronchuk was third with 1:32:38.
LUGANO (SUI, Mar 11): Japanese Koki Ikeda won the Lugano Trophy, 15th Memorial Mario Albisetti walking competition with 1:21.26 in the 20 km. It was his first competition outside of Japan. British record holder Tom Bosworth was second 1:21:28 and third another Japanese Masatora Kawano 1:21:31. Italian Stefano Chiesa was fourth 1:21:46 and fifth Isaac Palma from Mexico 1:21:57. Italian women win for national record holder Eleonora Giorgi 1:30:31 beating Czech Anezka Drahotova 1:30:48(her best since Rio Games 2016) and British Bethan Davies 1:31:53 personal best.
GUBBIO (ITA, Mar 11): African runners competing for Italian Clubs were the winners of Italian CC Championships. Kenyan Ishmael Kalale in men´s 10 km with 30:38 over Joel Mwangi 30:50 with Yohannes Chappinelli third in 30:52 and getting the Italian title. Silver for Lorenzo Dini 31:05 (overall 6th) and bronze for Michele Fontana 31:33 (overall 10th). Ugandan Juliet Chekwel dominated women 8 km in 28:15 with Kenyan Ivyne Lagat second 28:51 and third Martina Merlo with Italian title 28:52. Francesca Bertoni was fourth 28:55 and Valeria Roffino fifth 28:56 for the podium places within Italian Championships.
AMSTERDAM (NED, Mar 11): Netherlands CC titles for Edwin de Vries at 12 km (43:27) and Andrea Deelstra at 9 km (36:07).
MERIDA (ESP, Mar 11): Trihas Gebre won the senior women’s 10km at the Spanish Cross Country Championships in 34:53, winning by 10 seconds from Irene Sanchez with marathon specialist Azucena Diaz third in 35:14. Veteran Ayad Lamdassem won the senior men’s 10km in 31:14 by eight seconds from European 10,000m bronze medallist Antonio Abadia and Juan Antonio Perez (31:30).
PLOUAY (FRA, Mar 11): East African runners dominated the senior women’s race at the French Cross Country Championships with Ethiopia’s Chaltu Negasa (34:30), Kenya’s Beth Muthoni (34:46) and Eritrea’s Mekdes Woldu (34:52) taking the first three spots with former European cross country champion Sophie Duarte crowned French champion in fourth, also in 34:52. Morhad Amdouni won the senior men’s race from Hassan Hirt (33:46) with long-time internationals Yoann Kowal (34:08), Florian Carvalho (34:09) and Hassan Chahdi (34:17) rounding out the top five.