News from around the World- EME News (Mar 16, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Mar 16, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 16, 2018)
Munyai 19.69 NR and WL
PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 16): During second day of South African Championships sensational improvement by African Junior Champion last year Clarence Munyai (20) who clocked in semifinals of 200 m 19.69 (-0.5) what is not only new national record (Wayde van Niekerk 19.84 last year) but also a World lead 2018. It is additionally 10th best performer ever and only 0.01 behind Frankie Frederick´s African record 19.68 from Atlanta Games 1996. The 8 better performers ever than the two Africans are from USA and Jamaica. Munyai was fast already in heats with 20.23 (+0.5). “I knew the conditions were going to be good so I decided to go for a record in the semifinals,” said Munyai who is Commonwealth Games bound.“It’s a massive achievement.” Luxolo Adams won his semifinal in 20.39 (+1.7) PB. Finals of 200 m are on Saturday. Carina Horn after national record on Thursday in semifinals (11.03) was again fast also when winning the 100 m title in 11.08 (+1.7, her 4th fastest ever) ahead of Tebogo Mamathu 11.27 PB. Much anticipated 100 m final by men was won by Simon Magakwe with 10.07 against -1.3 strong wind. Second junior record holder Thando Dlodlo 10.15, third Henricho Bruintjies 10.15 and fourth fastest from semifinals Roscoe Engel 10.27 as Anaso Jobodwana did not run due to injury. Caster Semenya won the 1500 m in 4:10.68 and also clocked fast 1:58.92 winning her 800 m heat. Kabelo Mohlosi in men´s 800 m semifinal 1:46.20 personal best. Also to note fastest in men´s 400 m semifinals Pieter Conradie 45.59 and in women 200 m semifinals Justine Palframan 23.06 (+0.3). Antonio Alkana won the 110 m Hurdles in 13.48 (-0.2) World lead. From technical events to note as winners Khotsko Mokoena 17.09 (+2.7) in triple, Orazio Cremona good 20.71 in shot put and Chris Harmse 70.62 in hammer. Chris Moleya cleared 223 to win the high jump over World U18 Champion Breyton Poole 220 and Friedrich Pretorius scored 7764 points in decahlon.
Walsh 21.65, Adams 18.06
CHRISTCHURCH (NZL, Mar 16): The Big Shot in Christchurch proved two things on Friday evening -Tom Walsh is hard to beat and Dame Valerie Adams is on the improve, writes New Zealand’s world champion Walsh won his 7th meet in a row in 2018 with 21.65. Jamaican O’Dayne Richards improved on his Timaru performance two days earlier to finish in second place with 20.61m. Tim Nedow from Canada finished in third on 20.50m to make it a Commonwealth trifecta for the three medallists from the 2014 Glasgow Games. Fourth US Ryan Whiting 20.45 over European Indoor champion Konrad Bukowiecki 20.39. In the Women’s contest, Dame Valerie Adams started strongly with a season’s best 18.03m and led the competition at the conclusion of the fifth round. Canada’s Brittany Crew, winner at the Timaru Super Shot, hit a winning 18.42m on her final throw and while Dame Valerie improved with the final put of the competition to 18.06, she could not close the gap. Informs
KINGSTON (JAM): Twice Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is set to make her comeback following pregnancy and injury in June according to MVP club manager Bruce James. The Jamaican, who defended her Olympic 100m title in 2012, last competed when when winning relay silver in 2016 Olympics. She gave birth in August 2017. James told “Shelly-Ann is training to compete this year. She is expected to take to the track by early June this year. So she is training and will be training right through the Commonwealth Games. Her aim is to be ready by the end of May, early June to start her official competition."
NEW TAIPEI CITY (TPE): Japan’s reigning champion Yuki Kawauchi will target the course record of 2:13:05 in the New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi Marathon on Sunday. Kawauchi will face course record-holder William Chebor and Kenyan teammate Sylvester Teimet, the fastest athlete in the field with a 2:06:49 PB. Former winner Kim Ji Hyang (2:28:06 PB) from North Korea will face Kenyans Rael Kiyara (2:25:23 PB) and Chemutai Rionotukei (2:26:30 PB) in the women’s race. From IAAF.
GDYNIA (POL): Reigning champion Hillary Maiyo (61:05 PB) and last year’s runner-up Christine Oigo (71:32 PB) are among the favourites in the Gdynia Half Marathon on Sunday, informs IAAF.
NAIROBI (KEN): According to Juan Manuel Botella, Fancy Chemutai has pulled out of the Kenyan team for the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on 24 March. Chemutai came within a fraction of the world record with 64:53 in the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon. She has been replaced by Joan Chelimo (65:37 PB).
NAIROBI (KEN): Emerging Kenyan road racer Jorum Okombo is targeting a medal in his first showing in a major event at the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on 24 March, informs the Daily Nation. “I have never represented Kenya in any event and having been selected to participate in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, I want to make it to the podium,” he said. “My training has been good so far and what has remained is to meet with the other team members we finalise our training in Ngong.” Okombo clocked 58:48 in the Copenhagen Half Marathon last September and was fourth in Ras Al Khaimah last month in 59:36.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Injured Sara Hall has been replaced by Emma Bates on USA’s team for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on 24 March. Bates clocked a PB 72:52 in Doha last year. Hall, who was 15th at the 2016 World Half, revealed last week she had been training on a bike in a bid to stay fit for the Boston Marathon.
VALENCIA (ESP): IAAF President Sebastian Coe will be on-site for the World Half Marathon Championships on 24 March but he will not compete in the mass race, informs MARCA.
NEW YORK (USA): World indoor best-holder Chris Zablocki will compete at the Armory NYC Indoor Marathon tomorrow, Letsrun reports. On the 200m banked track, the American will defend the title he won with that 2:21:48 last year. 2016 Honolulu Marathon runner-up Lindsey Scherf will compete in the women’s event.
LOUGHBOROUGH (GBR): After surpassing the 6000-point barrier at the European U20 Championships last summer, Niamh Emerson is targeting a medal in the heptathlon at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next month, informs Athletics Weekly. “My best performance so far was probably the European juniors last year. I didn’t ever really expect to get a medal as the competition was so tough and I didn’t expect to score over 6000 points. So it was a complete shock to finish in fourth with 6013. The standard of the event was stupidly high, so I was really pleased. I was aiming for 5900-something before the championships,” she said. Emerson finished 2017 ranked third in the Commonwealth behind Katarina Johnson-Thompson (6691) and Canada’s Nina Schultz (6021).
LONDON (GBR): European long jump silver medallist Jazmin Sawyers took a break from preparations for the upcoming Commonwealth Games to record the official Team England anthem for the Gold Coast 2018. On the newly released video, Sawyers duets with Tokio Myers, winner of The Voice 2017, a UK talent show on which she also appeared, in a modern take on the hymn Jerusalem.
SYDNEY (AUS): European 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith will race over 100m in Sydney on Saturday and over 200m in Brisbane on 28 March ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs the Courier Mail.
PRETORIA (RSA): Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya this week received a university diploma in sports science from North West University,
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): The Birmingham International Marathon, first staged last year, will not take place in 2018. Organisers The Great Run Company instead want to instead spend time improving the route. The established half-marathon will still go ahead on October 14.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Da’mira Allen, who won three gold medals at the USATF Youth Indoor Championships last weekend, has been named USATF athlete of the week. Competing in the 9-10 age group, she clocked 60.43, 2:26.03 and 5:00.24 for the 400m, 800m and 1500m respectively.
AUCKLAND (NZL): Olympic bronze medallist Eliza McCartney will compete at the SKYCITY Vertical Pursuit Pole Vault street event on Sunday. American Morgann Leleux and Canadian Anicka Newell will also be in action on the runway next to the Sky Tower. Six-time New Zealand champion Nick Southgate goes in the men’s field.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Professor Arne Ljungqvists Anti-Doping Foundation has decided to take the initiative to start the development of a new doping control system in order to secure the integrity of the doping control process. The potential integrity issue with the BEREG-KIT and Berglingers decision to cease production of the doping control kits, calls for an immediate action to develop a modern secure, reliable and trustworthy doping control system for sports and other testing segments, says Professor Arne Ljungqvist, former IAAF Vice President. The idea is to establish a research and development (R&D) project with the purpose to develop a secure sample collection system. The development project has been set up in collaboration with a team from The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. Informs a release.
AZKOITIA (ESP): While Kenyan veteran Mark Kiptoo says he will attempt to break Haile Gebrselassie's world over 40 record of 61:40 in the Azkoitia-Azpeitia Half Marathon on March 24. The same day another legend will be also chasing that time, former track star and World champion Bernard Lagat. He will run as member of team USA at the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia. His best from Houston in January is 62:00.
CHARLOTTE (USA): This weekend UNC-Charlotte hosts the 49er Classic. Highlights per Flotrack include Caroline Sang who will open her outdoor season on her home track in the 1500m and 3000m. Jamaican Natoya Goule should provide the best competition for Sang in the 1500 m. Another highlight will be Diamond League winner Kyron McMaster at 400 m Hurdles. Bershawn Jackson announced his retirement from track and field last season, but the 400m hurdle legend is listed on the entry list in the 800m.
SARANSK (RUS): New indoor arena for football and athletics was opened in Saransk on Friday. This sports complex has all facilities for national team training, including 400m track with eight lanes, fields for technical events, gym and fitness area, hotel with restaurant and medical center.
AUBURN (USA): Akeem Bloomfield set another Jamaican national record of 44.86 in the NCAA indoor 400-meter final last weekend. “It was a very good race,” Bloomfield said. “A time of 44.86 is a pretty fast time. I didn’t get the win, but I’m happy with the time. I feel happy about the race and the entire indoor season.” His sights are on April, May and June. “It’s time to rest a bit, refocus and get back in the game for the outdoor season.” Informs trackalerts.
SYDNEY (AUS, Mar 16): During third day of Australian Junior Championships Sophie White equaled Sally Pearson´s U18 Australian record wih 13.14 (+0.2) in the final of the 100m hurdles. Declan Tingay in the men’s U20 10 000 m walk achieved 42:33.15, among girls Katie Hayward 45:48.45. In the U20 women’s 100m hurdles Celeste Mucci set a new meet record in a time of 13.35 (+1.3).
WINFIELD (USA, Mar 15): Kadrin Williams clocked windy 10.15 (+5.0) in the 100 m at the Southwestern Invitational.
HOUSTON (USA, Mar 15): Barbados Mario Burke in 10.24 (+4.5) beat Cameron Burrell 10.32 during Spring Break Invitational meet. Together then they clocked with 200 m indoor record holder Elijah Hall and John Lewis III in 4x100 m 39.22. Candyce McGrone topped women 200 m in 23.45 (+2.7).
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