News from around the World- EME News (Mar 19, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Mar 19, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 19, 2018)
 
Bolt as guest at CG
GOLD COAST (AUS):  Australian media are informing that sprint World record holder Usain Bolt will attend the Commonwealth Games.  As couriermail.com.au writes he will attend the Games for the second week of the event as a celebrity spectator. Bolt’s appearance was confirmed last night by Jamaica’s former 100m world champion Yohan Blake. Official confirmation from the organisers is expected on Tuesday. The 2011 World champion Blake arrived to Australia (Brisbane) during the weekend. He is looking to win his first Commonwealth Games medal on the Gold Coast, after missing the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games due to injury.
Chemutai is ok
NAIROBI (KEN): Fancy Chemutai confirmed her recent ankle issues have cleared up and declared herself ready to challenge for gold at the IAAF World Half-marathon Championships in Valencia. The Kenyan, who missed the world record by one second (and equalled the ratified one) in Ras Al-Khaimah last month, admitted she had missed training sessions because of a injury problem which arose during RAK Half. She and world record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei will be among the favourites in Spain. She told Xinhua: "I have been thrust to the center of the battle and other athletes will be looking out to stop me or Jepkosgei. But I have to put my focus on running my own race.”
 
Semenya plans to attack 1500 m NR
PAARL (RSA): Fresh off her 1000 m SA record and two national titles Caster Semenya will be chasing the women’s 1500m South African record at the Dal Josaphat Stadium in Paarl on Thursday, 22 March 2018 at the third and final Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series Meeting. She will face USA-based Dominique Scott in the 1500m. Record achieved by Zola Budd-Pieterse is 4:01.81. Semenya clocked 4:01.99 at African Championships in 2016. With no pace maker, Semenya will have to do the work herself. Also confirmed for women 100 m is national record holder Carina Horn.
 
 
OTHER NEWS
 
KINGSTON (JAM): Several members of the Jamaican team for the Commonwealth Games, including Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson, are expected to arrive in the host country of Australia tomorrow ahead of the opening ceremony of April 4.
 
LONDON (GBR): Olympic and world 800m finalist Lynsey Sharp is hoping to win a medal over two laps at the Commonwealth Games, as she writes in an article for BBC Sport. “If you look at last year's World Championships final in London, the only Commonwealth athletes in front of me were South Africa's Caster Semenya, Margaret Nyairera Wambui of Kenya and Canadian Melissa Bishop. I think I'm definitely in the mix,” wrote the British athlete, who added she was planning on racing over 400m and then 800m in the build-up to the Gold Coast event.
 
LONDON (GBR): Double world indoor medallist Laura Muir could have been a multiple global champion if she had been racing at a different time, her coach, Andy Young has claimed. "I think in another time or generation, Laura would have cleaned up all sorts of global titles by now," he told BBC Sport, adding of athletes such Genzeba Dibaba, who beat her into second and third respectively in the 1500m and 3000m in Birmingham 2018: “What you can't account for is at the moment you've got some of the best distance runners of all-time in her event - that's the big thing you can't necessarily directly influence."
 
 NAIROBI (KEN): Rising talent Alfred Barkach is aiming for the top following his senior win at the African Cross Country Championships in Algeria last weekend. The 21-year-old Kenyan, who improved from 36th to second in the 2017 and 2018 national cross country championships, told nation.co.ke: “My journey to conquer the world has started with victory in Algeria. My training mate [Geoffrey] Kamworor really inspired me and I want to be like him. Conquer both at cross country and track.”
 
UST-KAMENOGORSK (KAZ): Head of East-Kazakhstan region and new president of the national athletics federation Danial Akhmetov said that they aim to strengthen the coaches team for triple jump Olympic and world champion Olga Rypakova. “Altay athletics Club should find new coach for Rypakova’s physical preparation. They will look for the highest-level coach to help our best athlete to fulfil her potential fully,” Akhmetov told to Kazathletics.
 
PRAHA (CZE): Top Czech walker and former World U20 Champion Anezka Drahotova is back to shape and good mood. In an recent interview with atletika.cz she confirmed after 1:30:48 in Lugano (her fastest since Rio Games) her satisfaction also with the fact that she fulfilled standards for World Team Championships and also European Champs in Berlin. Her next competition will be this Saturday in Dudince, Slovakia. And then Podebrady at home on April 7. Her opinion about 50 km for women: "Honestly, this is nothing for me, it is another style and for me 20 km is something I like. But on the other hand, Im training enough also for this distance and my coach sees my chance at this event. So never say never, I might try it one day, but not before Berlin," said Drahotova.
 
SOFIA (BUL): Top Bulgarian high jumper and London finalist Tihomir Ivanov will spent most of the April at a training camp in Torremolinos, Spain. His preparation aims towards European Championships in Berlin.
 
GEORGETOWN (GUY): Guyana is sending six track athletes to Commonwealth Games. Top names are 400 m runner Winston George and triple jumper Troy Doris.
 
BERLIN (GER): A highly successful European Athletics Communication Manager Seminar was staged in Berlin with discussions on Dynamic New Athletics (DNA), a revolutionary new athletics competition that will make its official debut at the second edition of the European Games in Minsk, Belarus in 2019. Fifty-eight communications experts from 38 Member Federations attended the three-day seminar. The largely youthful group was made up of 28 men and 18 women, which resulted in lively discussions and a healthy variety of viewpoints. Informs european-athletics.org.
 
SAO PAULO (BRA): The only Brazilian representative at World Half Marathon Champs on Saturday in Valencia will be female runner Tatiele Roberta de Carvalho with 73:52 best. She was Rio 2016 Olympian in the 10 000 m. 
 
MIAMI (USA): Miami Norland High junior Tyrese Cooper suffered an injury at New Balance Nationals Indoor on March 11 in New York. At the beginning of the month, Cooper had secured a new all conditions personal best in the 100m of 10.34 (+2.1) seconds at the Sam Burley Invitational. But near the end of that meet, he told Flrunners, he sustained what he believed to be a groin injury. While Cooper is still waiting the results of his full MRI, Cooper's coach Darius Lawshea says the injury impacts his hip flexor and the junior will have to sit approximately 6-8 weeks. Informs milesplit.com.
 
ATLANTA (USA): Relay Olympic winner and World champion US sprinter Morolake Akinosun for first time walked last week after she ruptured her achilles on January 27. On February 1 the achilles was surgically repaired. "I’ll rise up, in spite of the pain; I will rise & I’ll do it 1,000 times," she said on her twitter. Her 100 m PB is 10.95 from 2016.
 
OSLO (NOR): Norwegian Athletics Federation NFIF announced the shopping chain Coop as new general sponsor of the federation. At the presentation of the cooperation also 400 m hurdles World champion Karsten Warholm took part.
 
MOSCOW (RUS): The cases of Russian athletes Tatiana Lebedeva and Maria Abakumova will be considered at CAS on May 14 and 15, informs the CAS press service. In January 2017, the IOC classified Lebedeva and Abakumova guilty in the anti-doping violations due to positive doping tests from the Beijing Olympic Games, when in their samples prohibited substance turinabol was found after re-testing.
 
MOSCOW (RUS): Reigning high jump European Youth Olympic Festival silver medallist Yelena Kulichenko (15, PB 187) has submitted an individual application to the IAAF for permission to compete internationally in neutral status.
 
READING (GBR): What would have been the 36th Sage Reading Half-Marathon was cancelled on Sunday in England due to dangerous weather. Reading, which is just west of London, was hit with snow and freezing temperatures. Informs RRW.
 
TRIER (GER): Top European steeple runner Gesa Felicitas Krause confirmed from her training camp in Potchefstroom she plans to run the Berlin Half Marathon on April 8. Her debut race at Ras Al Khaimah last year was not completed.
 
WALNUT (USA): In a ruling that could jeopardize the 2020 Olympic track and field team trials at Mt. San Antonio College, a judge has ordered a halt to earth-moving work on the Hilmer Lodge Stadium project. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Torribio granted the City of Walnut’s request for a preliminary injunction. Scheduled for June 19-28, 2020, the Mt. SAC trials follow three editions held at the University of Oregon (2008, 2012 and 2016) and two at Sacramento State (2000 and 2004). Mt. SAC beat out 2020 bids from Oregon and Sacramento. But if Mt. SAC can’t host the meet, Oregon might not either, according to recent reporting in the Portland Oregonian due to necessary renovations of Hayward Field for 2021 World Championships. Informs mynewsla.com.
 
 
 
RESULTS
 
MATSUE (JPN, Mar 18): Tomori Tanaka won in 71:39 the Matsue Ladies Half Marathon. Under 72 also second Yuri Nozoe 71:45.
 
TEMUCO (CHI, Mar 18): At Maratón Internacional de la Araucania Kenyan John Gathaiya was the winner with 2:18:59. Second Cristian Zamora from Uruguay 2:21:18and third also national champion of Chile Mauricio Flandez 2:21:27. Women winner Clara de las Nieves Morales 2:59:18.
 
REGENSBURG (GER, Mar 18): Miriam Dattke won the regional 10 000 m track title in good 32:59.07 PB in very cold weather. Philipp Pflieger got 30:02.02 in not only cold, but also windy conditions.
 
 
 
SAD NEWS
 
MOSCOW (RUS): Russian athletics federation informs that discus throw 1956 Melbourne Olympic silver medallist Irina Beglyakova (Chelnaya) passed away aged 85.   
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