News from around the World- EME News (Mar 15, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Mar 15, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 15, 2018)
 
Horn 11.03 NR, Dlodlo 10.11 NJR
PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 15): South African Championships started at Tuks Stadium with women 100 m national record as Carina Horn won her semifinal in World leading 11.03 (0.0). Finals are on Friday. She was also the previous record holder with 11.06 from 2015 along with Evette de Klerk from 1990. Horn aims for sub 11 on Friday as she told iol.co.za: “If the weather is fine, hopefully, I can get to sub-11 because that is my goal, I feel it is coming now that I have the record.” In men´s 100 m semifinals the fastest was Roscoe Engel with 10.06 PB (+1.7) ahead of Thando Dlodlo who will be 19 in April with improved national U20 record to 10.11. Dlodlo achieved first PB in heats 10.15 (+0.7). Simon Magakwe won the second semifinal in 10.09 (-0.7) ahead of Anaso Jobodwana 10.21 and winner of the first one Henricho Bruintjies achieved 10.10 (-0.2). Fastest in heats was national record holder Akani Simbine 10.11 (+0.7) but did not run the semifinal because of slight hamstring problem. Another U20 record by the national boys team (including fresh record holder Dlodlo) in the 4x100 m with 39.46. World champion Luvo Manyonga was the best in the long jump qualification 803 (+0.2), Wenda Nel topped 400 m hurdles heats 54.96 World lead and Lindsey Hanekom on the men side 49.39. Thapelo Pora with 46.04 was the fastest of men´s 400 m heats. Victor Hogan won discus (61.42) and favorites were the best ones in long distances Stephen Mokoka 10 000 m (29:34.56) and Dominique Scott-Efurd 5000 m (16:55.05).
Vetter and Rohler vs Vadlejch and Frydrych
EUGENE (USA): World and Olympic champions respectively Johannes Vetter and Thomas Rohler will headline a strong men’s javelin line-up at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene, this event to be held during Friday evening on May 25. The meeting record of 87.37m was surpassed by the pair a combined 38 times in 2017. Czech World medalists Jakub Vadlejch and Petr Frydrych will also compete, along with 91m-plus performer Andreas Hoffman and World U20 record holder Neeraj Chopra from India. The final positions in the field will be filled later this spring with the best-performing throwers not already included. After his 92.70m opener at the European Throws Championships last weekend Vetter told Leichtathletik.de he believes there is more to come. “I'm not yet in the phase where I'm really lively and fast, that's all that is yet to come. That's why I hope there will be a few meters left,” he said.
 
 
 
PREVIEWS
 
NEW YORK (USA): Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot from Kenya (67:44 PB) will face Ethiopians Mamitu Daska (66:28 PB) and Buze Diriba (66:50 PB) in the United Airlines NYC Half on Sunday, informs organisers. The elite women’s field also includes fellow Kenyans Caroline Rotich (68:52 PB) and Betsy Saina (69:17 PB) and leading Americans Emily Sisson (68:21 PB), Aliphine Tuliamuk (69:16 PB), Serena Burla (70:08 PB) and Desiree Linden (70:34 PB). The elite men’s field is headed by Kenyans Wilson Chebet (59:15 PB) and Stephen Sambu (60:41 PB) and Ethiopia’s Teshome Mekonnen (60:27 PB) with Dathan Ritzenhein (60:00 PB) and Abdi Abdirahman (60:29 PB) leading the American charge.
 
LOS ANGELES (USA): Former Boston Marathon winner Dire Tune (2:23:44 PB) from Ethiopia continues her comeback to racing in the Los Angeles Marathon on 18 March, informs organisers. After a six-year absence, Tune returned to action with victory in the Florence Marathon in November in 2:28:55. The fastest entrant is Ukrainian veteran Olena Shurhno (2:23:32 PB). Kenya’s reigning champions Elisha Barno (2:09:45 PB) and Hellen Jepkurgat (2:31:07 PB) will defend their titles with the men’s field headed by Ethiopia’s Gebresadik Adhana (2:06:21 PB).
 
SYDNEY (AUS): Reigning Olympic 1500m champion Matt Centrowitz will be one of the star attractions in the Sydney Grand Prix on 17 March when he will contest his specialist event. With Sally Pearson a late withdrawal from the 100m hurdles (but she is still confirmed for Brisbane March 28), top Australian interest includes Kelsey-Lee Roberts and Kathryn Mitchell in the javelin and former world champion Dani Stevens in the discus. Elsewhere, European 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith faces leading Australian prospect Riley Day in the 100m and India’s Neeraj Chopora faces Hamish Peacock in the men’s javelin.
 
CHRISTCHURCH (NZL): The Athletics NZ International shot put Series moves to Christchurch on Friday evening for The Big Shot at the Retro Sports Facility on the corner of Durham and Kilmore Streets. New Zealands world champion shot putter Tom Walsh has invited some of the best shot putters in the world to New Zealand and after he soundly beat them all in Timaru on Wednesday, he now gets to take them on in the city he calls home. Meanwhile, New Zealands other international shot put star, Dame Valerie Adams will take on some quality opposition in the womens event as she builds to the Commonwealth Games.
 
 
 
OTHER NEWS
 
DOHA (QAT): In exactly 50 days’ time, the ninth IAAF Diamond League season will get underway at the Qatar Sports Club in Doha on 4 May. As in all the previous eight seasons, the series will begin in Qatar before concluding on back-to-back days in Zurich (30 August) and Brussels (31 August).  From the IAAF Diamond League website.
 
AMSTERDAM (NED): Nadine Visser has opted to focus on the 100m hurdles this year after winning bronze in the 60m hurdles at the World Indoor Championships earlier this month. The Dutchwoman announced on Twitter she would skip competing in Gotzis and focus instead on the 100m hurdles at the European Championships. Visser, who has a heptathlon PB of 6467 and finished seventh in both multi-events and hurdles at the 2017 World Championships, set a 7.83 national record in Birmingham to go with her 12.78 PB in the outdoor event.
 
NAIROBI (KEN): Athletics Kenya is aiming to crack down on officials and coaches alleged to have molested athletes. AK President Jackson Tuwei told the Daily Nation: “We want to assure the government that Athletics Kenya will crackdown on coaches implicated in such acts and subsequently bring them to book. As it is now, some coaches are under probe and if found guilty of misconduct, we will not only ban them but also revoke their licenses.”
 
BOSTON (USA): Ken Goe is reporting that Alberto Salazar believes Jordan Hasay is in form to break the 2:20-barrier in good conditions in the Boston Marathon next month, informs Oregon Live. Hasay was third in the Chicago Marathon in October in 2:20:57.
 
MANCHESTER (GBR): Mo Farah has been confirmed to play against Usain Bolt in the England team at the Soccer Aid for Unicef football match at Old Trafford on June 10, writes Fastrunning.com. “Usain has the speed but I have the stamina so we’ll see who comes out on top at the end of 90 mins,” said Farah, whose team will take on a World XI.
 
BERLIN (GER): The media accreditation process for the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin is now open.
 
AUSTIN (USA): Recent NCAA indoor pentathlon champion Taliyah Brooks and NCAA indoor heptathlon silver medallist Hunter Veith head the multi-events line-up for the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on March 28-31.
 
KYIV (UKR): Executive committee of Ukrainian athletics federation banned 400m European silver medallist 2014 Olha Zemlyak (28) and former 60m European indoor champion Olesya Povkh (30) for eight and four years respectively starting from 3 August 2017. All results of Olha Zemlyak were cancelled from 5 July 2016. That means she lost individual 7th place and 4x400m women’s relay 5th place at Rio Olympics as well as two silvers (individual and relay) at European Team Championships 2017. Results of Olesya Povkh were cancelled starting from June 15, 2016, including 6th place in 4x100m relay at Rio Olympics and 60m silver medal at European Indoors in Belgrade 2017. Due to this decision, Ewa Swoboda from Poland and Mujinga Kambudji from Switzerland should be upgraded to silver and bronze medals in Belgrade 2017. 
 
LIMASSOL (CYP): Around 15 000 runners from 66 countries are set to gather in Cyprus for the 12th edition of the OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO weekend on March 17-18. Now a two-day celebration of running in one of Europe’s most beautiful race locations, the event includes six races and a range of activities and entertainment.
 
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): The jumps analysis from World Indoors showed that the three principals in the men’s long were all accurate when it mattered. Juan Miguel Echevarría, Luvo Manyonga and Marquis Dendy were respectively only 2.7cm, 0.2cm and 1.2cm short of the board edge on their best jumps. Just four centimetres covered those medallists, but in the triple jump the equivalent margin was one centimetre less. Of the top three in that event, only silver medallist Almir dos Santos “won” a phase with his 6.34m jump in round two. The longest hop was Zhu Yaming’s 6.45m, while the longest stepper was 41-year-old Fabrizio Donato with 5.60m. Among the women jumpers, Quanesha Burks lost most on the runway. She had two long jumps with a gross distance farther than 6.90m, but was behind the board edge by at least 13.2cm on all her valid efforts. The woman one place ahead of her, Sosthene Moguenara Taroum, lost only 1.6cm on the leap which earned her the bronze. From the IAAF.
 
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): USATF’s Domestic Relay Program is kicking off it’s 2018 outdoor season at the Prairie View Relays, March 23-24. Twenty-five athletes have been selected to participate in the program in preparation for USA vs. World at the Penn Relays. Participation in the Domestic Relay Program is not required to make a relay team at Penn Relays, however participating in one or more of the events will be considered by USATF when selecting team members. Other meets in the program before Penn are Florida Relays and Texas Relays, in April Tom Jones Invitational and MtSAC Invitational. For Prairie View confirmed among others Justin Gatlin, LaShawn Merritt, Michael Cherry, Mike Rodgers and from women Ashley Spencer, Francena McCorory or Candyce McGrone.
 
 
 
 
RESULTS
 
GUIYANG (CHN, Mar 15): China’s Peng Jianhua and Li Dan took narrow wins at the 14th Asian Cross Country Championships. Peng won in 38:22 for the senior men’s 12km by four seconds from Japan’s Kazuya Nishiyama who led his country to the team title. Third also Japanese Shunsuke Imanishi 38:28. Li clocked 28:03 for the senior women’s 8km race to beat Japan's Yukari Abe by three seconds. India’s Sanjivani Jadhav was third as Japan had three in the top six to take the team title. In boys U20 8 km Cairen Suolang from China won in 25:35, team title for Japan. In girls U20 6 km Yuna Wada from Japan was the winner 20:43 and team title also for Japan.
 
CAMAGUEY (CUB, Mar 14): Reynier Mena clocked 10.13 PB in the 100 m at the Rafael Fortún stadium here. Behind him Roberto Skyers 10.18 and Harlyn Perez life-time best 10.25. In the traditional women discus duel Yaime Perez with 64.63 beat 2015 World champion Denia Caballero 61.78. In triple jump Liadamgis Povea 14.03 and in shot put Yaniuvis Lopez 18.09. Roger Iribarne was timed with 13.63 in the 110 m hurdles. In women high jump Isis Guerra 187 ahead of World Indoor pentathlon bronze medalist Yargelis Rodriguez 184. An official retirement ceremony was held in honour of two-time World Championships javelin medallist and national record holder in javelin Guillermo Martinez, who hails from Camaguey. From Javier Clavelo.
 
SYDNEY (AUS, Mar 15): Sophie White clocked a new meet record and a Youth Olympic Games qualifier in the heats of the U18 100m hurdles during 2nd day of Australian U20 Championships with 13.30 (+1.1).
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