News from around the World- EME News (Mar 14, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Mar 14, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 14, 2018)
Walsh 22.06 big win
TIMARU (NZL, Mar 14): World indoor shot champion Tom Walsh produced a winning 22.06m in his hometown Super Shot meeting to beat his own New Zealand residents’ record. His second-round effort put him clear in front of arguably the best ever field shot field assembled in New Zealand. Canada’s Tim Nedow was second with 20.77m, while Australia’s Damien Birkinhead was third with 20.75m and Ryan Whiting fourth with 20.54m. Jamaican O´Dayne Richards with 20.49 ended fifth ahead of Poland´s record holder Konrad Bukowiecki 20.19. Canada’s Brittany Crew won the women’s event with 17.89 ahead of another Canadian Taryn Suttie 16.99. After the win Walsh told “The world record's 23.12m and if I don't get there soon then someone else will so that's my goal.”
Dibaba sub 2 minutes in her 1500 m
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): According to official split times provided by Seiko, Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba covered the last 800m in the 1500m final at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in 1:59.82 with silver and bronze medallists Laura Muir and Sifan Hassan clocking 2:00.26 and 2:01.59 respectively. Dibaba also covered the last 1500m in the 3000m in 4:03.76, although Hassan was faster over the second half of the at 4:03.12. In the men’s 3000m final, Yomif Kejelcha’s 1500m splits were 4:32.62/3:41.79. Samuel Tefera closed with splits of 25.88 for the last 200m and 52.06 for the last 400m in the 1500m final, although silver medallist Marcin Lewandowski from Poland was faster at 25.77 and 51.90 respectively. The quickest single 100m sections in the 800m came courtesy of Egypt’s Mohamed Ahmed Hamada (12.18) and the United States’ Raevyn Rogers (13.71) in the heats. From IAAF.
Holloway is not having a favorite event
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Super versatile Grant Holloway (hurdles, long jump, 400 m) said for that he is not having a favorite event. "I do not have a favorite event. It´s whatever coach Holloway tells me to do at that time, that´s my favorite event." TFN points out that one has to wonder how long Holloway will stay in the collegiate ranks. About missing World Indoors he said: "I think everybody knows that I´m a gamer. Im unhappy that I wasn´t there, but I´m glad someone from the USA got on the podium."
BERLIN (GER): German heptathlete Claudia Salman-Rath is on the road to recovery after knee surgery and hopes to resume training in May, informs “Physically I am fine, I have no complaints after the operation and can walk normally,” she said. “Of course, missing the home European Championships niggles at me but the cancellation and surgery had to be made with regards to the 2019 World Championships and 2020 Olympics and especially my health.” Salman-Rath said the decision to have surgery was made after an MRI scan revealed an edema in the knee. "It was relatively clear to me that I had to cancel this season. I wanted to be competitive at the European Championships in Berlin and that would not have been possible.”
DUBLIN (IRL): Olympic 400m hurdles fourth-placer Thomas Barr has spoken out against TUE abuse in athletics, informs the Irish Times. “I certainly think having one or two TUEs next to your name, without good reason, can look a bit suspicious. Obviously some people do need them, for the likes of their asthma inhalers, but then I think people who have this long list of TUEs is absolutely ridiculous,” he said. Barr has only required one TUE in his career, back in 2015 when he was struggling with a hip injury.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Veteran discus thrower Benn Harradine is planning to retire from athletics after the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next month, informs The Herald. “I don’t really have any great expectations, but I’m confident of sticking to my process. Really focus on what I can control in order to throw as far as possible. If I can do that, I know I can be competitive. Whether that’s medals or top eight, it’s hard to say. I’m confident I’ve got the ability to throw far when it matters and I proved that to myself at nationals,” he said and hopes to go to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo either in a leadership or coaching capacity.
NEW DELHI (IND): World U20 record-holder and champion Neeraj Chopra is one of four Indian athletes to travel out to Gold Coast in order to prepare and acclimatise ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next month, informs the Indian Express.
ACCRA (GHA): The Ghanaian team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast includes world indoor 60m finalist Sean Safo-Antwi and American-based sprinter Gemma Acheampong, informs Graphic Online.
PORT MORESBY (PNG): Papua New Guinea will be sending eleven athletes to the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast including national long jump (6.39m) and triple jump (13.28m) record-holder Rellie Kaputin and 400m hurdler Mowen Boino (50.37 PB) who will be competing in his fifth Commonwealth Games, informs Radio NZ.
HAMBURG (GER): Former world and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda wants to improve on his second-place finish from last year in 2:07:31when he returns to the Hamburg Marathon on 29 April, informs organisers. “Last year the weather conditions with hail storms and the cold were dreadful but, on the other hand, the service provided for us athletes and the enthusiasm of the spectators was absolutely first class and very welcoming. That’s why I’m very happy to be returning and want to improve on what I did last year,” he said.
AZKOITIA (ESP): Kenyan veteran Mark Kiptoo will attempt to break Haile Gebrselassie’s world over-40 record of 61:40 in the Azkoitia-Azpeitia Half Marathon on 24 March, informs organisers. Kiptoo will face teammates Kiprono Kiptum (60:17 PB) and Emmanuel Bett (60:08 PB).
LAREDO (ESP): World and Olympic 10,000m medallist Paul Tanui will compete in the Laredo 10km on Saturday, informs organisers.
CHLEF (ALG): The Kenyan team for the African Cross Country Championships in Chlef, Algeria is expected to depart from Nairobi on Wednesday evening, informs the Daily Nation. At the last championships in Yaounde, Cameroon in 2016, Kenya won eight gold medals, taking all the individual and team titles. Kenya has named an especially strong senior women’s team including Stacy Ndiwa, Sandra Chebet, Celliphine Chespol and Margaret Chelimo.
GUIYANG (CHN): Indian 3000m steeplechase (9:19.76) and half marathon (70:52) record-holder Lalita Babar is the standout name on the Indian team for the Asian Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China on 15 March, informs the Indian Express.
BERLIN (GER): Discussion around the “I Run Clean” programme took place on the opening day of the European Athletics Communications Managers Seminar in Berlin. On the second day of the three-day event, the topic will be the international communications strategy for the 2018 European Athletics Championships. Participation in the “I Run Clean” programme will be made mandatory for the first time at the European U18 Championships in Györ, Hungary, in July. European Athletics anticipates that 95% of athletes will compete the anti-doping awareness scheme by the mobile app.
WASHINGTON (USA): American Drew Windle hopes his recent surprise world indoor 800m silver medal will improve his ability to get into meetings. The self-claimed underdog told “There is a lot of politics in the sport to get into better meets. It doesn’t always depend on what you’ve done but who you know. Sometimes meets take athletes with lesser credentials because their agent might be in good with a meet director. Having a silver medal, it’s kind of hard to argue not putting me into better meets.”
LONDON (GBR): A rough event schedule for the Athletics World Cup in London on 14-15 July has been revealed on the organisers’ website. The women’s pole vault and hammer, plus men’s 200m and 800m will be among the events taking place on day one, while all disciplines will be mirrored across the other gender on day two. Sessions will run approximately 7-10pm.
KINGSTON (JAM): Danniel Thomas-Dodd could become the top shot-putter in the world, in the view of Michael Vassell, throws coach for the Jamaican team at the World Indoors, where she took silver. “I must say she and her coach did a lot of work, and it is evident, and I think she has the fall work to get to 19.8 - possibly 20 - metres, and I hope we'll see that some time this year,” he told Jamaica Gleaner. "I don't know when, but I know that based on that path she is on, she will get it out to 20 metres this year, and I think she should be the number-one thrower in the world.”
MONTREAL (CAN): The Canadian Olympic Committee will host the World Anti-Doping Association’s first global athlete forum, in Calgary on 3-4 June. More than 150 athlete leaders will meet to discuss key developments in anti-doping, including current issues.
LONDON (GBR): The Vitality London 10,000 on May 27, the capital’s greatest 10K race, will see around 12,500 runners take on this inspiring course, starting and finishing on The Mall, St James’s Park, and featuring many of London’s most iconic landmarks. It will also incorporate the British Athletics 10km Championships for men and women.
FLAGSTAFF (USA): Northern Arizona Elite announced that the team has signed a new multi-year partnership with Hoka One One through the 2020 Olympic cycle. The 2018 HOKA NAZ Elite Roster includes Scott Fauble and Kellyn Taylor with Aaron Braun, Matt Llano and Scott Smith along with Craig Lutz and Futsum Zienasellassie. Joining Taylor on the women’s side is Stephanie Bruce. The team’s newest member is seven-time U.S. National Champion Aliphine Tuliamuk. Signed in January, Tuliamuk moved to Flagstaff in February and will compete in this weekend’s United Airlines NYC Half Marathon. Another change to the roster will be veteran Ben Bruce, who will move into an assistant coaching role in addition to continuing his career as an athlete. Informs a release.
GUIYANG (CHN): South Asian Junior Athletics Championships (SAJAC) will take place on 5-6 May 2018 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Sports Complex, Diyagama.
SYDNEY (AUS,  Mar 14): Montanna McAvoy produced the only qualifier for the World U20 Championships on the opening day of the Australian Junior Championships. She took the 5000m in a winning 16:35.44 to book her place in Tampere.
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