EME NEWS (MAR 13, 2018)
S. Kiprotich for Hamburg
HAMBURG (GER): Former world and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda will race in the Hamburg Marathon on 29 April. He will face Kenyans Sammy Kitwara (2:04:28 PB) and Stephen Chebogut (2:05:52 PB) and Bahrain’s Shumi Dechase, who won this race in 2014 in a 2:06:43 PB. From Alberto Stretti.
Karoki out of Valencia
VALENCIA (ESP): Bedan Karoki has pulled out of the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on 24 March due to a hamstring injury, informs the Daily Nation. “It’s so disappointing but even though I am training, I can’t push hard,” he said. Karoki hopes to return to action in time for the London Marathon on 22 April. He has been replaced on the Kenyan team for Valencia by Alex Oloitiptip (58:51 PB).
K. Bekele for Berne 10 miles
BERNE (SUI): Less than one month after the London Marathon, Kenenisa Bekele will compete over 10-miles in the Berne Grand Prix on 19 May, informs organisers. Bekele will face home favourite and reigning European half marathon champion Tadesse Abraham. Fpr Bekele it will be his debut at 10 miles. ARRS lists 44:23 by Haile Gebrselassie from Tilburg 2005 as all-time best at this distance.
PORT OF SPAIN (TTO): Leading athletes Machel Cedenio, Renny Quow and Jarrin Solomon have all been recognised by Trinidad & Tobago President Anthony Carmona and presented with the country's second highest national awards - the Chaconia Gold, informs the Guardian Trinidad & Tobago.
ABUJA (NGR): The sports ministry has said the first Nigerian athletes will depart the country for Brisbane on 23 March in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next month, informs the Punch Nigeria.
KINGSTON (JAM): Honorary Secretary of the Jamaica Athletic Administration Association (JAAA) Garth Gayle has asked fans to temper their expectations after acknowledging Jamaican athletics is going through a period of transition, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. "The thing is that we have become spoilt. Making a global final is still a great performance. We need Jamaica to be patient with our athletes as they seek glory for themselves and for the country. What we are going through is the changing of the guard, and as athletes change, there will be the rise and fall of a country. But we haven't fallen, because when you look at Jamaica's place within the country rankings, we are in the top-10,” he said.
NAIROBI (KEN): After finishing fourth in the 3000m at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Hellen Obiri is “going back to the drawing board” ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast where she will contest the 5000m, informs Capital FM. “Now it’s going back to the drawing board, I will go back to train hard after losing out on a medal in Birmingham. Commonwealth Games is around the corner so I will go correct my mistakes and focus on winning gold in Gold Coast,” she said. Obiri has said she has been focusing on her strength rather than speed this winter and lacked the turn of pace in the closing stages of the 3000m in Birmingham. “This year I have been doing a lot of cross country, I have not focused on track and that’s why I did not have reaction and speed, but I will work on it.”
MONACO (MON): The Court of Arbitration for Sport has cleared IAAF medical and scientific senior manager Pierre-Yves Garnier of wrongdoing with regards to receipt of monies from Lamine Diack in connection to the Champagnole commemorative athletics event. His provisional three-month suspension has been cancelled. The IAAF also announced that Garnier’s “partial refusal and delay in cooperating with the Ethics Board investigation was a violation of article C1(12) of the Code of Ethics and upheld the findings of breach of this article, but only imposed a censure in respect of this breach in the circumstances of the case.” The CAS ordered the world governing body to pay $4000 towards Garnier’s legal fees.
LONDON (GBR): UK Anti-Doping has warned athletes not to refuse a drugs test if offered discontinued samples bottles, BBC reports. The World Anti-Doping Association in January admitted bottles produced by Swiss company Berlinger could be opened without evidence of tampering. The British body advised athletes asked to provide samples in such recipticles to take the test but note any concerns.
BERLIN (GER): Olympians Corinna Harrer, Anja Scherl and Philipp Pflieger are hoping for fast times when they compete over 10,000m in Regensberg on March 17
CANBERRA (AUS): Ella Nelson has withdrawn from Australia’s team for the Commonwealth Games on medical grounds. She will be replaced by Larissa Pasternatsky, who will make her Games debut in the 200m.
ROME (ITA): Italy has named a team of four for the IAAF World Half-marathon Championships in Valencia on March 24: Eyob Ghebrehiwet Faniel, Lorenzi Dini, Sara Brogiato, Giovanna Epis.
COPENHAGEN (DEN): Denmark has announced its team of three for the World Half. Anna Holm will join Abdi Hakin Ulad and Jesper Faurschou in Valencia.
LEIRIA (POR): European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen described this year’s edition of the European Throwing Cup in Leiria as “one of the best I’ve attended.” “We knew that Leiria would stage an excellent competition. The city has played host to many big competitions at junior and senior level in recent seasons and the quality of organisation has always been of a very high standard. I can also say this year’s European Throwing Cup was one of the best I’ve attended,” said President Hansen. The 2019 edition of the European Throwing Cup will be held in Samorin, Slovakia on 9-10 March. Informs European Athletics.
LONDON (GBR): Athletics World Cup London 2018 will take place at the London Stadium on 14-15 July this year and 8 nations which will compete (USA, South Africa, Poland, Germany, Jamaica, France, China and home Great Britain) impressed also at recent World Indoors. Chief Executive of the Athletics World Cup, Niels de Vos said: “Seeing the eight Athletics World Cup nations win a staggering 41 medals, 12 of which were gold, at the IAAF World Indoor Championships shows that we are in for a fantastic event come July 14-15." Featuring all eight field events alongside all track events from 100m through to the 1500m, plus 4x100m and 4x400m relays, the Athletics World Cup will follow on from the success of London 2017. Winning team will get 450 000 USD equally distributed between the team members down to 100 000 USD for the 8th team. A release informs.
TORONTO (CAN): Tilastopaja and the IAAF statistics database currently list 20.09 by Sibusiso Matsenjwa of Swaziland on January 27th in Pretoria as the 2018 world lead. Carole Fuchs writes that she believes the original result file to be wrong and the result to be in the 20.90s region (20.92? as reported by the SWZ Olympic committee). The performance is out of range with other performances on that day (Anaso Jobodwana did 20.96 in another heat). Also Swaziland lists 20.58 as national record of Matsenjwa from last year.
KENITRA (MAR, Mar 11): In Morocco, the 34-year old men's high jump record was broken. 22-year old Marouane Kacimi cleared a bar at 218. It is one cm better than the 217 by Mohamed Aghlal at the 1984 African championships. From Carole Fuchs.