News from around the World- EME News (Mar 17, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Mar 17, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 17, 2018)
De Grasse out from CG
TORONTO (CAN): Canadian olympic medalist Andre De Grasse has made the decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games in order to be better prepared for a full outdoor season. After a 2017 season that ended with a hamstring injury, De Grasse began training for the 2018 season cautiously. His 2017 injury is completely healed and he is 100% healthy, he’s just not where he wants to be yet from a fitness standpoint. “To me the Commonwealth Games was going to be a great opportunity to display my talents to a passionate fan base in Australia. I wouldn’t want to go in there at any less than my best and for that reason we have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the Games. My team and I feel like this is the best decision for the long term. I will now train hard through the spring to be ready for a strong and full outdoor season.” said De Grasse. De Grasse will start his outdoor season with a 100m race at the Drake Relays at the end of April, before turning his attention to the Diamond League meets and eventually the NACAC championships in his home town of Toronto. Informs his agent Paul Doyle.
Echevarria 840 WL
CAMAGUEY (CUB, Mar 14-16): World Indoor champion in long jump Juan Miguel Echevarria (comes from Camaguey) confirmed his top shape at the local meet here with outdoor PB and WL 840 cm. Yarisley Silva cleared 440 in the pole vault. Also to note 16.89 by Cristian Napoles in triple jump. Winners of 400 m hurdles were Leandro Zamora in 49.61 and Zurian Hechevarria 56.35. Rose Mary Almanza was timed with 2:03.75 in women 800 m and Cuba achieved 3:04.71 in men´s 4x400 m. Adriana Rodriguez scored 5880 points in heptathlon.
AUCKLAND (NZL): New Zealand´s shotputter Jacko Gill's Commonwealth Games quest is over, with Athletics New Zealand confirming the 22-year-old won't be a late addition to the squad. Gill, who spent December in hospital with Myocarditis, a swelling of the heart muscle, had hoped to be cleared by doctors earlier this month. However a planned scan on March 6 never materialised, and time has run out for the Aucklander.
SEOUL (KOR): IAAF informs that Marius Kimutai will line up for the Seoul Marathon with the aim of achieving his third successive victory but the Kenyan faces a tough challenge at the IAAF Gold Label road race on Sunday. Wilson Erupe Loyanae first won in the Korean capital in 2012, clocking a course record of 2:05:37. He won againthree years later in 2:06:11 and then successfully defended his title in 2016 in 2:05:13, an improvement on his course record. Like Kimutai, Deribe Robi will be contesting the Seoul Marathon for the first time. The Ethiopian set his best of 2:05:58 at the 2015 Eindhoven Marathon. He already has one marathon under his belt this year – a 2:12:09 run in Xiamen – and ran 2:06:38 at the Valencia Marathon five months ago. Margaret Agai won in the Korean capital last year, clocking 2:25:52 and that makes her women favorite.
US FRIDAY (Mar 16)
CORAL GABLES: Nate Richartz cleared 560 PB during 1st day of Hurricane Invitational.
ATLANTA: At Yellow Jacket Invitational Briton Neil Gourley 3:40.37 in the 1500 m and Dutch Denzel Comenentia 72.63 life-time best in hammer.
SAN ANTONIO: World medalist Jereem Richards clocked fast 20.27 (+0.4) to win the 200 m at the Spring Break Invitational.
TEMPE: First day of Baldy Castillo Invitational saw Brooke Andersen getting 70.98 PB in women hammer and Alyssa Olin 58.36 PB in javelin.
EMPORIA: Travis Collins sped to windy 10.18 (+3.3) in the 100 m at Spring Classic.
IRVINE: Sindri Gudmundsson from Iceland achieved 80.49 PB in javelin here.
TUCSON: Willie Williams Classic opening day had Brittany Brown getting World leading 22.83 (+2.0) in the 200 m and Canadian Sage Watson 56.52 in the 400 m hurdles. Among men Jeshua Anderson 49.86 and Antonio Woodward windy 20.61 (+2.4).
CAMAGUEY (CUB): Cuban legendary coach Milan Matos, who led Ivan Pedroso to the 2000 Olympic and nine world titles in the long jump, died earlier this week in Havana due to lung cancer. He was 68. Matos, who set the Cuban long jump record of 7.96m in 1975 and competed at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games, won the Central American and Caribbean title in 1973, followed by two silver medals at the 1974 and 1978 Central American and Caribbean Games. “He was a very dynamic person, always paying attention to the slightest technical detail. He was a coach who instilled a lot of confidence and trust,” said IAAF Vicepresident and Cuban Athletics Federation president Alberto Juantorena. From Javier Clavelo.
Barkach and Chespol
CHLEF (ALG, Mar 17): Rising talent Alfred Barkach and steeple World U20 record holder Celliphine Chespol took the senior titles for Kenya at the African Cross Country Championships. Barkach, who improved from 36th in last year’s Kenyan nationals to second this winter, beat Julius Kogo into second and Uganda’s Thomas Akeyo into third in a sprint finish as all three were given the same time of 30:47 for the 10km. Ethiopian Enyew Mekonnen was next in 31:01 and then Kenya’s Emmanuel Bor, who ran 31:14 to seal Kenyan team gold. Uganda’s Philip Kipyeko, who was runner-up last year, was sixth in 31:19. Chespol, last year’s World Cross junior bronze medallist, took the tape in the 10km in 35:10 by a margin of three seconds despite miscounting the laps and momentarily stopping one too early. Margaret Chelimo was second as Ethiopia’s Yeshi Kalayu prevented a Kenyan podium sweep in clocking 35:26. Stacy Ndiwa (35:27) and Sandra Chebet (35:47) were next home to complete the Kenyan team win. Ethiopians Girmawit Gebru (20:40) and Tsige Selama (20:54) led home the junior women’s 6km as Kenya’s Hellen Ekale (20:55) was third. Kenya’s Ronex Kipruto took the junior men’s 8km in 25:01, five seconds clear of compatriot Stanley Waithaka. Ethiopia’s Solomon Berihu was third in 25:08 as Kenya won both junior team titles. However, Ethiopia easily won the mixed relay, clocking 23:52 from Kenya (24:15) and Morocco (25:07).
Centrowitz wins
SYDNEY (AUS, Mar 17): At the Sydney Grand Prix, world No.1 Kathryn Mitchell with 64.84m won the javelin from Kelsey-Lee Roberts (55.27m) and Canada’s Liz Gleadle (52.29m). Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz of USA took victory in the 1500m in 3:37.96 ahead of Jeff Riseley 3:38.69. GB Olympic relay bronze medallist Dina Asher-Smith took the 100m in 11.24 (+0.9) ahead of talented Riley Day 11.50 PB (she later also won the 200 m in 23.39 +0.1). Brooke Stratton jumped 6.74 (+0.5) to win the long jump. Other wins included: Liz Parnov (4.35m in the pole vault), Danni Stevens (66.09m in the discus) and 17 years old Bendere Oboya (52.33 in the 400m). Linden Hall clocked 8:53.27 PB in the 3000 m. In the men’s sprints, hurdler Devon Allen claimed the win over 100m in 10.26 (0.0) from Joseph Millar (NZ) and Alex Hartmann (Qld) who both finished on 10.46. Hartmann then followed with a win in the 200m dash in 20.65 (+1.5).
Walelegn 27:36, Abadia 27:47 NR
LAREDO (ESP, Mar 17): Amdework Walelegn of Ethiopia won the Laredo 10km in 27:36. In second, Toni Abadia set a Spanish record of 27:47, four seconds ahead of Kenya’s Timothy Kiplagat, who was given the same time as fourth-placer Peter Langat. Olympic medalist Paul Tanui from Kenya was a late withdrawal due to discomfort in achilles tendon. Kenya’s Mary Waithira was first woman in 31:47, well ahead of runner-up Zulema Fuentes-Pila of Spain (33:24), while Britain’s Hannah Viner (34:15) was third.
Semenya 1:57.80 WL, Manyonga 841w
PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 17): World and Olympic champion Caster Semenya ran virtually in her own race in the 800 m on last day of the South African Championships. Her time of 1:57.80 is a world lead, the quickest ever time in March and gave her victory by more than eight seconds. The highest-class event, though, was the men’s long jump, in which world champion Luvo Manyonga landed at 8.41m (+2.1) to beat world bronze medallist Ruswahl Samaai (821, +1.7). Zarck Visser was third with 807 (+1.7). In the absence of Clarence Munyai, who ran a sensational 19.69 in the semi-final yesterday, Luxulo Adams broke his PB by 0.31, running 20.08 (+1.8). Thando Dlodlo was second in 20.41 and Roscoe Engel third 20.44. Justine Palframan won a sprint double, clocking 22.97 in the 200m to beat Tamzin Thomas (23.12) into second. In the 400m, she was also near her PB as her 51.31 put her more than two second clear. Wenda Nel won the 400m hurdles in 55.01, but also of note was the national junior record of 55.05 for runner-up Zeney van der Walt. Other wins included: Tshepo Tshite (1:46.04 in the 800m), Peter Conradie (45.55 in the 400m) and Lindsey Hanekom (49.17 in the 400m hurdles) ahead of World U18 Champion Zazini Sokhawkhana 49.42 PB.
Marathon indoor all-time bests
NEW YORK (USA, Mar 17): Armory Indoor track saw new indoor all-time bests in marathon. Malcolm Richards on the men side with 2:19:01 and Lindsey Scherf among women with 2:40:55. Previous all-time marks were 2:21:48 and 2:42:30.
MONACO (MON): Provisional entries for the World Half-marathon Championships in Valencia on March 24 have become available on the IAAF website. It is set for the biggest edition with 176 men and 139 women from 87 countries entered. Previous high was in 1993 in Brussels with 254 competitors but there was also a junior race staged.
ASTANA (KAZ): Danial Akhmetov became the new president of the Kazakhstan athletics federation. The decision was made at an extraordinary conference held in Astana on Friday. The previous head of the organization Adilbek Dzhaksybekov was elected the president of the Kazakhstan football federation in February 2018.
MADRID (ESP): The European Indoor Masters Championships which will start on Monday in Madrid are having record entries of 3844 athletes. It is for third time this event is held in Spain after two editions in San Sebastian (2003 and 2013).
KERZERS (SUI, Mar 17): Kenya’s James Kibet took the 15km Kerzerslauf in 43:28, beating Switzerland’s marathon record holder Abraham Tadesse (43:56) into second, while another Kenyan Moses Wamaitha (43:59) was third. Janet Gichumi made it a Kenyan double with a time of 51:09, finishing 23 seconds ahead of the host nation’s Maude Mathys. Maryanne Wanjiru was third in 52:17.
SYDNEY (AUS, Mar 17): Day 4 of the 2018 Australian Junior Athletics Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre saw Josh Cowley winning U18 long jump with 747.
ZAGAN (POL, Mar 17): The 90th Poland´s CC Championships were held on snow. Katarzyna Rutkowska won women 5 km in 16:25 ahead of Katarzyna Broniatowska 16:44. Men´s 4 km saw Mateusz Demczyszak winning in 11:31 ahead of Patryk Blaszczyk 11:34. In the 10 km Tomasz Grycko 29:12 ahead of Krystian Zalewski 29:19.
KECSKEMET (HUN, Mar 17): Winners of main senior races at 110th Hungarian CC Championships were Laszlo Gregor 24:35 at 8 km and Zita Kacser 20:37 in women´s 6 km.
SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO (BRA, Mar 17): First day of Brazilian national meet had Vitor Hugo winning the 100 m in 10.28 (+1.2) ahead of Rodrigo do Nascimento 10.30. Lucas Marcelino won the long jump 782 (+1.2) and Laila Ferrer 58.30 in javelin.
GENT (BEL, Mar 17): The Olympic Running Team including Isaac Kimeli and Jeroen D´Hoedt won the Sfinx Ekiden here in 2:07:24 and missed the Belgian record by 27 seconds.
THESSALONIKI (GRE, Mar 17): At Greek Winter Throwing Championships Odiseas Mouzenidis won U20 shot put with 20.61 (6 kg) and missed his NJR by 6 cm. Hristos Frantzeskakis improved in U20 hammer (6 kg) to 75.18. Combined eventer Sofia Ifantidou won women javelin with 55.24 and in women discus Hrisola Anagnostopoulou 59.39.
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