News from around the World- EME News (Mar 18, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Mar 18, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 18, 2018)
True and Diriba
NEW YORK (USA, Mar 18): Ben True became the first winner of the men’s race in NYC Half history, winning on a cold and blustery morning in 62:39 from compatriot Dathan Ritzenhein (62:42) with Chris Thompson third in 62:43. Ethiopia’s Teshome Mekonen was fourth in 62:44 while pre-race favourite Wilson Chebet from Kenya, the only runner in the field with a sub-one hour PB, had to settle for ninth in 63:37. In the women’s race, Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba outsprinted Emily Sisson, 72:23 to 72:24. Norway’s Karoline Grovdal comprised the podium in third in 72:43 with Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska fourth in 72:50. Betsy Saina was the top Kenyan finisher in seventh in 73:31 but Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot was a non-finisher, dropping out in the tenth mile. "Vivian had problems breathing in the cold weather," said her manager Mike Skinner.
Loyanae 2:06:57
SEOUL (KOR, Mar 18): Wilson Loyanae regained his title in the Seoul International Marathon in 2:06:57, leading Kenya to a sweep of the first five places. Mark Korir (2:07:03) and Benson Kipruto (2:07:11) made up the podium with arguable-pre race favourite Marius Kimutai (2:07:45) and Felix Kipchirchir Kiprotich (2:07:57) fourth and fifth respectively. Morocco’s Said Ait Addi was the first non-Kenyan finisher in sixth in 2:08:43 and Ukraine’s Oleksandr Sitkovskiy was the top European finisher in ninth in2:10:12. Ethiopia’s Damte Hiru won the women’s race in 2:24:08 from Kenyans Margaret Agai (2:24:30) and Monica Jepkoech (2:24:31) with Ethiopian veteran Mulu Seboka fourth in 2:25:01. There was a South Korean record on home soil for Kim Do-Yeon who was fifth in 2:25:41 and a Mongolian record for Munkhzaya Bayartsogt (2:31:12) in 10th.
Sule Utura and Weldon Kirui
LOS ANGELES (USA, Mar 18): Former world U20 5000m champion Sule Utura from Ethiopia won the Los Angeles Marathon in 2:33:50 from teammate Tsehay Desalegn (2:33:58) and Kenya’s Hellen Jepkurgat (2:34:03). Christina Vergara-Aleshire was the leading US finisher in fourth in 2:34:25 while Ukrainian veteran Olena Shurkhno was the leading European finisher in seventh in 2:37:22. Pre-race favourite Dire Tune from Ethiopia dropped out just before the halfway mark. Kenya’s Weldon Kirui won the men’s race in 2:11:47 from Ethiopia’s Gebresadik Adhana (2:11:57) with reigning champion Elisha Barno from Kenya third in 2:12:47. Ukraine’s Ihor Russ was fourth in 2:15:51 with Rachid Ezzouniou the leading US finisher in seventh in 2:22:42.
Kawauchi wins but collapsed
NEW TAIPEI CITY (TPE, Mar 18): In hot and humid conditions, reigning champion Yuki Kawauchi from Japan took a gun-to-tape win in the Wan Jin Shi Marathon in 2:14:12 ahead of Kenya’s Johnstone Kibet (2:14:40) and Ethiopia’s Aredom Tuemay Degefa (2:14:54). Kawauchi collapsed after the finish-line and was treated for dehydration in the medical tent. Rael Kiyara led a Kenyan one-two in the women’s race in 2:35:57 from teammate Chemtai Rionotukei (2:35:58) with North Korea’s former winner Kim Ji-Hyang third in 2:38:10.
McCartney 490
AUCKLAND (NZL, Mar 18): Olympic pole vault bronze medalist Eliza McCartney cleared on a temporary runway down Federal Street in central Auckland 490 what is better than current Oceanian record. But as New Zealand federation web says, it is unlikely to be ratified as a new record because of the gently sloping temporary runway. Finishing second in the competition was American Morgann LeLeux with 435 while Kiwi Imogen Ayris (17) produced her highest ever vault 420. The SKYCITY Vertical Pursuit was the third meeting in the 2018 Athletics NZ International Series.
Fastest 100 m by 15 years old girl
JACKSONVILLE (USA, Mar 17: High School section of Bob Hayes Invitational saw Jamaican Briana Williams clocking 11.13 (+1.7) in girls 100 m. It is all-time best for 15 years old sprinters. Former mark of Marion Jones was 11.17 from 1991.
TUCSON: At Willie Williams Classic Canadian hurdles Olympic finalist Sage Watson clocked 51.62 PB in the 400 m.
ATLANTA: Cayman Island´s Kemar Hyman achieved 10.33 (-0.4) in the 100 m at the Yellow Jacket Invitational. Kendal Williams posted 20.84 (-0.1) in the 200 m. Olympic medalist Kerron Stewart from Jamaica won the women 100 m in 11.48 (-0.9) and Kai Selvon from Trinidad and Tobago was timed with 23.14 (+0.2) in the 200 m.
ORLANDO: World silver medalist at 400 m Steven Gardiner from Bahamas could not celebrate PB in the 200 m as his 20.35 was aided by +2.1 at Black and Gold Challenge.
LAFAYETTE: Devin King cleared 553 in the pole vault and Akanni Hislop from Trinidad won the 100 m with windy 10.22 (+4.4). Fast 4x100 m by LSU (Brisco, K. Johnson, C. Hall, Hobbs), 42.65 is current World lead.
FORT WORTH: TCU Invitational registered World leading 482 in women pole vault by Jenn Suhr. Also 10.28 (-0.8) in the 100 m by Cordero Gray, the same time for 2nd 18 years old Tinotenda Matiyenga of Zimbabwe what is national U20 record. Matiyenga clocked then 20.79 in the 200 m, but no national U20 mark as the wind was +2.1. British long jumper Lorraine Ugen clocked personal best 11.37 (+1.9) in the 100 m.
TEMPE: Baldy Castillo Invitational in Arizona saw outdoor debut 2018 for Fred Kerley who clocked 20.41 (+0.6) in the 200 m, Chris Royster posted 10.25 (+1.2) in the 100 m. Also fast 400 m as Paul Dedewo clocked 45.21. Chris Nilsen along with Spanish decathlete Pau Tonnesen cleared 550 in the pole vault. For Tonnesen outdoor PB. Canadian record holder Christabel Nettey leaped to 673 (0.0) in the long jump and Texas AM achieved 43.47 in women 4x100 m.
LOS ANGELES: Kendall Ellis was back to racing after superb running at NCAA Indoors last weekend with 23.10 (-1.3) win in the 200 m at Trojan Invitational. Second hurdler Jaide Stepter 23.18 PB. Deanna Hill who was 100/200 specialist improved in the 400 m to 53.26 and with USC they clocked 43.49 in the 4x100 m.
CORAL GABLES: Canadian Aiyanna Stiverne improved at Hurricane Invitational to 51.93 in the 400 m. In High School section Shaun Shivers clocked 10.29 in the 100 m and Cayman Island´s Jamal Walton 45.42 in the 400 m.
SACRAMENTO: Mobolade Ajomale from Canada won the 100 m in 10.32 (+1.9) at Hornet Invitational.
HOUSTON: At Southern Relays Chris Carter who was 5th at World Indoors in Birmingham tied his outdoor PB of 17.18 (+1.6). He achieved that mark already in 2016, but also got 17.20 this indoor season.
SYDNEY (AUS, Mar 18): The fifth and final day of the 2018 Australian Junior Athletics Championships saw in hot weather Zane Branco clocking meet record in U20 boys 200 m 20.68 (+1.5) PB. Mia Gross took girls U20 200 m in 23.41 but aided by +4.1. Fresh hurdles record holder Sophie White also won the 100 m in 11.61 (+1.2) PB. The U18 men’s 100m saw Edward Nkeita claim the win in a time of 10.52 (+0.8), girls Mietta Russell achieved 11.65 (+2.5).
ABUJA (NGR, Mar 17): At Nigerian Grand Prix meet 20 years old African junior champion last year Yinka Ajayi clocked personal best 51.22 in the 400 m ahead of Patience George 51.82.
ATHLONE (IRL, Mar 18): Rhasidat Adeleke proved the star turn once more on the Day 2 of the Irish Life Health Juvenile Indoor Championships. The 15 years old clocked 7.43 meet record in the U17 girls 60 m.
CAMAGUEY (CUB, Mar 16): Addition to Cuban meet Reynier Mena 20.50 (-0.4) in the 200 m. Also to note wind speed of Juan Miguel Echevarria 840 World lead and outdoor PB +1.5, his only other legal jump was 818 (+1.2) in second attempt, the best mark was from round 5.
GURABO (PUR, Mar 17): Mexican Jesus Lopez clocked 1:15.94 national best in the 600 m at Spring Break Classic meet ahead of home star Javier Culson 1:17.86 debut. Aries Sanchez from Venezuela leaped to windy 660 (+3.2) in women long jump.
SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO (BRA, Mar 18): At national meet Vitor Hugo clocked 20.66 (+0.7) in the 200 m. In high jump Talles Frederico and Fernando Carvalho both cleared 222.
LIMASSOL (CYP, Mar 18): Wins for Kenya’s Simon Kirui (2:18:28) and Serbia’s Olivera Jevtic (2:44:26) in the Limassol Marathon. Jevtic was also crowned Balkan champion. No other runner went here sub 2:30.
GDYNIA (POL, Mar 18): Uganda’s Ben Somikwo won the Gydnia Half Marathon in 63:32 by one second from Spain's El Hassan Oubaddi (63:33) with Kenya’s Joseph Mumo (63:53) completing the podium. Kenya’s Christine Oigo won the women’s race in 73:54 from teammate Ruth Matebo (73:58). Best Europeans were Poland´s Marcin Chabowski 64:53 as 6th and Ukrainian Viktoriya Khapilina 74:19 as 4th.
BRUNSSUM (NED, Mar 18): Maureen Koster took the victory on home soil over 10km at the Parelloop, outsprinting Kenya’s Naomi Vaati. They were both timed at 32:15 with Evaline Chirchir third in 32:33. Uganda’s Joel Ayeko won a close men’s race in 29:06 by one second from Kenya’s Dominic Kipngeno Mibei 29:07 and Chahib Lakhar from Spain 29:08.
RIFT VALLEY (KEN, Mar 17): Winners of Rift Valley half-marathon were Samuel Lomoi 65:16 and Georgina Rono 73:01. Informs Carole Fuchs.
BOUSKOURA (MAR, Mar 18): Winners of the 15 km road race here were Ali Chaif 46:42 and Ethiopian Yitayish Mekonene 53:24.
NUAILLE (FRA, Mar 18): Collins Chebii won the Semi-marathon de Massif Forestier here in 64:41. Top woman Jane Chelagat clocked 75:51.
TORINO (ITA, Mar 18): Andrew Kwemoi in 63:55 won the Santander La Mezza di Torino. He was followed by Joash Koech 64:02 and Yassine Rachik 64:07. Women winner Mary Wangari got 74:47 ahead of Catherine Bertone 75:07.
CAGLIARI (ITA, Mar 18): Mohammed Hajjy won the 8th Cagliari Marathon in 2:19:48 ahead of Kenyan Samson Mungai 2:20:08.
MONFORTE (POR, Mar 18): Portugal CC Championships had Rui Teixeira winning the men´s 10 km in 32:16 over Rui Pinto 32:38 and Samuel Barata 32:48. Fourth Rui Pedro Silva 33:03. Women title at 8 km for Catarina Ribeiro 29:46 ahead of Sara Moreira 29:52 and Ines Monteiro 30:41.
MERIGNAC (FRA, Mar 18): 20 years old Gabriel Bordier won the French 20 km walk title in 1:24:03. Second Fabien Bernabe 1:25:37 and third European champion Yohann Diniz 1:25:51 but he competed without special preparation. Another top name Kevin Campion was disqualified after 12 km. Emilie Menuet won the women 20 km in 1:33:11.
NOMI CITY (JPN, Mar 18): Japanese Fumitaka Oikawa with 1:21:32 won the Asian 20 km walk title ahead of Korean Kim Hyunsub 1:21:52 and Kazakhstan´s Georgiy Shako 1:21:57. Diasuke Matsunaga was overall fastest in 1:20:55 but was not part of Asian Champs ranking. Chinese National Games 2017 silver medalist Duan Dandan won the women race in 1:35:12. Also here silver for Korea Jeon Yeongeun 1:36:33 and Kaori Kawazoe bronze for Japan 1:37:47.
CASTELLON (ESP, Mar 18): Spanish 20 km walk title for Alvaro Martin 1:21:48 ahead of 2015 World Champion Miguel Angel Lopez 1:21:51 and Luis Alberto Amezcua 1:22:52. Women title for Maria Perez 1:31:46 over Raquel Gonzalez 1:33:03 and Julia Takacs 1:33:23.
BUDAPEST (HUN): Gyorgy Csiki informs that former middle distance runner Tamas Szantho died after a long illness (cancer) on 15 March in the USA at the age of 67. He competed with the name Szanto and was representing Hungary at European Indoors in 1988 and 1978 in the 1500 m. His PB was 3:40.72 indoors what was at that time also national record.
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