EME NEWS (MAR 12, 2018)
Van Niekerk plans to come back stronger
PRETORIA (RSA): Olympic and world 400m Champion Wayde van Niekerk has vowed to come back stronger from the injury that has ruled him out of the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast of Australia next month. “Rehabilitation is going very well‚ we are in the positive stage now and I am looking forward to the process of working towards to the upcoming season‚” he said. “I am working very hard to try and master this rehabilitation phase that I am going through now so that I get back to business. I will come back stronger than before," he said. Informs timeslive.co.za
Walsh to throw twice this week
CHRISTCHURCH (NZL): World indoor and outdoor champion Tom Walsh is expecting to produce some bigger throws after smashing multiple lifetime bests in the gym, informs News Hub NZ. "I'm bigger, faster and stronger than I have ever been. My squat went up 20kgs, my deadlift went up 40kgs, my bench went up 10kg, my vertical jump has gone up and my throwing is going up. I'm in a great place at the moment - I just got to nail that technique when I got that freshness, and the hardest part is when I have the freshness lining up because I have all this horsepower and it's new to me and I don't know what to do with it, so expect big things,” he said. Walsh has two more competitions lined up before the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April. This competitions will be this week in New Zeland.
National Championships buzz
PRETORIA (RSA): The buzz of excitement comes before South African Championships which will be held this week (15-17 March) at Tuks Athletics Stadium at the University of Pretoria in Tshwane. Olympic champion Caster Semenya, confirmed that she will compete in the 800m and 1 500m events. Sprinter Akani Simbine, who opened his season with a 10.05 victory over 100m at the Grand Prix Meeting in Tshwane, said he too will turn out in two individual events at the annual national championships Long jumper Ruswahl Samaai, who launched an impressive 8.24m leap in Tshwane last week, is also eager to compete for the national crown with the World Championships bronze medallist lining up against in-form global champion, Luvo Manyonga. Informs SA federation website.
PRETORIA (RSA): World and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya is aiming to contest both the 800m and 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next month, informs Sport 24.
NEW DELHI (IND): World U20 javelin champion and record-holder Neeraj Chopra is one of the standout names in the Indian team for the Commonwealth Games, informs the Hindustan Times. Other standout names on the team include veteran discus thrower Seema Antil and 19-year-old Tejaswin Shankar, who holds the Indian indoor and outdoor high jump record with 2.28m.
LEIRIA (POR): Ukraine won two team titles at the European Throwing Cup. Their men scored 4225 points and U23 female throwers 3613 points. Germany topped women with 4145 points and Italy U23 men with 3990 points.
BANJUL (GAM): The Gambia is poised to make their return to the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next month, informs insidethegames.biz
. The African country missed the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after former president Yahya Jammeh withdrew from the Commonwealth of Nations in 2013, describing its existence as a "neo-colonial institution.” They have since been readmitted under the country’s new president Adama Barrow but the decision is dependent on their readmission being approved by the CGF (Commonwealth Games Federation) at its General Assembly in the Gold Coast on March 31
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Three-time Olympic medallist Kelly Sotherton wants to use her role on the IAAF Gender Taskforce to ensure equity in all areas of the sport, including coaching. “There’s a need for more coaches full stop. The current crop of coaches should be encouraging anyone who wants to coach by being mentors, advisors, being supportive and giving guidance. It’s about utilising the already abundant wealth of knowledge we have in our sport,” she said. From IAAF.
MOSCOW (RUS): Former Olympic high jump champion Anna Chicherova has said she probably won’t return to competition after her ban expires on 30 June, informs Sport Express. “Will I return to the sport after 30 June? Probably no, than yes. Will my return depend on whether I will have the opportunity to compete in foreign competitions? Partly yes, but the situation is different.” she said.
LEIRIA (POR): Russian head coach Vadim Khersontsev was pleased with the overall performance of the Russian throwers who competed as Authorised Neutral Athletes at the European Throwing Cup in Leiria, informs Sport Express. “I believe that our athletes performed very well at this tournament. All our athletes have acquired a very valuable international competitive experience,” he said.
BERLIN (GER): After running a 61:20 PB in the Den Haag Half Marathon on Sunday, 1500m specialist Homiyu Tesfaye is confirmed for the Berlin Half Marathon on 8 April.
OHRDRUF (GER): Leading German distance runners outlined their goals for the summer season after the German Cross Country Championships in Ohrdruf on Saturday, informs Leichtathletik.de. After finishing second in the senior women’s race, Alina Reh will focus on the 10,000m at the European Championships in Berlin. Philipp Pflieger’s main focus in the Hamburg Marathon is to seal the qualifying time of 2:14 for the European Championships while Timo Benitz is aiming for a medal in the 1500m after finishing seventh in 2014.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Swiss manufacturer Berlinger have announced they will withdraw from the doping control business in the "medium term" after the reporting of more problems with their sample collection bottles.It follows customer feedback earlier this month that a "limited" number of bottles had cracked when frozen. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has begun a process to "actively explore" alternative sources of sample collection kits. Informs insidethegames.
ROME (ITA): Italian federation website informs that end of last week FIDAL had a top visit from IAAF President Sebastian Coe. He was welcomed by president Alfio Giomi and also by CONI head Giovanni Malago. Coe was in Rome for IAAF Diamond League General Assembly, informs fidal website.
AARHUS (DEN): Danish Athletics Federation website informs that brewery Mikkeller was confirmed as title sponsor for IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2019. The event will be held on March 30, 2019 around Moesgaard Musem in Aarhus.
CARACAS (VEN): Big welcome for Yulimar Rojas who defended her triple jump world indoor title in Caracas. She mentioned this title was the toughest to get mainly because she was injured two months before Birmingham. Rojas also said it was hard for her due to cold temperatures and heavy snow in England. World Indoors was for her first and last competition of the indoor season. Rojas also created the foundation "Team Rojas 45" which will try to support athletes.
TOKYO (JPN): JAAF announced that Miyuki Uehara who is Rio Olympian in the women's 5000 m, has withdrawn from the World Half Marathon Championships after sustaining an injury to her right Achilles tendon. Informs Brett Larner.
NEW YORK (USA, Mar 11): At New Balance High School Nationals Anthony Schwartz clocked 6.59 PB in the 60 m to win. Austin Kratz topped the 200 m in 21.01 and Brian Herron the 400 m in 46.31. Ayden Owens from Puertorico won the 60 m hurdles 7.59 and Trey Knight 25.27 in the weight throw. In the girls events Tamari Davis 7.25 and 23.46 in the 200 m, also 52.74 in the 400 m for Arria Minor and 8.05 for Tia Jones at 60 m hurdles.
XIANLIN (CHN, Mar 11-12): Fast 60 m improvement by Xu Zhouzheng in the 60 m to 6.53 PB. Xu who has 10.29 100 m PB clocked first PB in heats with 6.57. At national indoor GP meet also to note excellent 819 in long jump by Huang Changzhou who was 10th in Birmingham at World Indoors. Combined eventer Wang Qingling achieved 665 overall PB in women long jump. Cheng Jianhang won in 7.70 PB the 60 m hurdles. From Tilastopaja.
XI´AN (CHN, Mar 11-12): At another national indoor GP meet Bie Ge clocked 21.04 PB in the 200 m and Xu Xiaolong won the triple with 16.66. Women sprint double for Wei Yongli 7.21 and 23.97. From Tilastopaja.
BARROWFORD (GBR, Mar 10): At Podium 5 km another excellent road racing result for miler Laura Weightman whose 15:25 PB puts her as fourth on the British all-time list. Second Kate Avery 15:52 PB. From RRW.
MEGARA (GRE, Mar 11): Greek walking titles for Alexandros Papamihail 1:28:58 and Antigoni Drisbioti 1:34:44 in the 20 km.
TOKUSHIMA (JPN, Mar 11): Freqeuent runner Yuki Kawauchi won the Yoshinogawa City Riverside Half Marathon in course record 65:50. From Brett Larner.
SANTIAGO (CHI, Mar 10): In women shot put competition Cleopatra Borel from Trinidad and Tobago with 18.20 beat home star Natalia Duco 17.31.
MONTEVIDEO (URU, Mar 11): Deborah Rodriguez clocked 2:02.99 to win the 800 m here at South American GP meet.
WUPPERTAL (GER, Mar 11): Katharina Bauer ended the indoor season with 441 pole vault clearance at McDonalds-Meeting Wuppertal.