News from around the World- EME News (Mar 20, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Mar 20, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 20, 2018)
Coleman and Lasitskene by TFN
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Track and Field News published its Indoor Athletes of the Year 2018. On the men side sprinter Christian Coleman and on the women one high jumper Mariya Lasitskene. Honourable mention goes also to Miochael Norman, Elijah Hall and Tom Walsh. Among women to Genzebe Dibaba and Murielle Ahoure. US Indoor Athletes of the Year are of course Coleman and hurdler Kendra Harrison. Collegiate men is Michael Norman and Keturah Orji in women section. High School top names are pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis and distance runner Katelyn Tuohy.
Kimetto in Vienna
VIENNA (AUT): World record-holder Dennis Kimetto is set to race in the Vienna Marathon on 22 April, informs organisers. “Dennis wants to show something in Vienna. I hope that the final part of his preparations will also go well. He is an athlete of extraordinary quality. After he ran his world record in Berlin physical problems started. I think the race in Berlin took a lot out of his body. We suggested to him to run in Vienna because we have good experience with the event and the course is fine for running a good time.” said his manager Gerard van de Veen. Kimetto clocked 2:02:57 in the Berlin Marathon in 2014 but he has only broken the 2:10-barrier once since then.
Toth in Dudince
DUDINCE (SVK): The traditional walking meet in Dudince, Slovakia (EA Walking Permit) will celebrate this Saturday its 37th edition. Top name to watch will be Slovak hero and World and Olympic gold medalist Matej Toth who will compete in his first 50 km since Rio win. After succesfull training camp in South Africa Toth wants not only to fulfill the Berlin standard but also to achieve a final time at 3:45 level. "That requites 4:30 pace and because of good recent training it should be possible to achieve something around 3:45," said Toth. Also coming World champion Eider Arevalo from Colombia who is expected to compete in the 20 km as will be also Sandra Arenas, fifth last year in London in the women race. In the 50 km for women 10 walkers are entered, among them also Maria Katerinka Czakova one of the best Slovak walkers in debut at the distance.  In total nearly 200 walkers from 23 countries are expected. Slovakia and Hungary will have at 50 km men national championships, Poland in women 50 km. Berlin standards 1:25 and 1:37 at 20 km and 4:08 and 4:50 at 50 km will be the goal of big group of participants.
Bowie wants more 200 m
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): The 100 m World champion Tori Bowie wants to contest more 200 m races this summer than last year. In 2017 Bowie competed only at 3 events in the half-lap race (Gainesville, Prefontaine, US Champs). "As far as the outdoor season, my goal is to focus more on the 200 this year. It would be lovely to have a [200] bye for the 2019 World Championships year. But I know that right now I just have
to continue to stay consistent in what I’m doing and see what happens," she said in an interview with Track and Field News. As World champion she already has the bye for Doha 2019 in the 100 m.
Coleman for London DL
LONDON (GBR): World indoor 60m champion and record-holder Christian Coleman is aiming to break Tyson Gay’s American 100m record of 9.69 but has hinted Usain Bolt’s world record is unattainable for the time being, informs BBC Sport. "Tyson Gay's record is more in reach than Usain Bolt’s. I’ll be prepared to run fast this season. I'll get in a good race with a lot of competition and I'll be ready to run fast - that's when records are broken,” he said. Coleman´s latest confirmed meet is the Muller Anniversary Games London Diamond League on 21-22 July, he also is already confirmed for Paris Diamond League on June 30.
GOLD COAST (AUS): World 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson and three-time Paralympic gold medallist Kurt Fearnley have been named co-captains of the Australian athletics team for the Commonwealth Games. Pearson will defend her 100m hurdles title in Gold Coast and will also contest the 4x100m. "It is always an honour to represent Australia but to be nominated as a team captain is a bonus and one I’m very pleased to accept. I’m looking forward to using my experience at major championships and three previous Commonwealth Games to lead and mentor our young Australian athletes,” said Pearson.
ATLANTA (USA): Olympic 400 m winner Shaunae Miller-Uibo is in full preparation for the Commonwealth Games. The multiple World medalist plans to run the 200 m in Australia. Miller-Uibo ran only one race indoors and equaled all-time best in the 300 m with 35.45 at the Millrose Games. The 23 years old sprinter was a 6th placer at last Games in 2014.
KAMPALA (UGA): Reigning Commonwealth 10,000m champion Moses Kipsiro has been dropped from Uganda’s team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs ESPN. "We decided that since we already had athletes with better times than Kipsiro in Marathon, we had to drop him. Since Kipsiro gave us a condition to be on the marathon team and not to defend his 10,000m gold medal, we decided to drop him and include Thomas Ayeko instead,” said UAF President Dominic Otuchet.
NAIROBI (KEN): Celliphine Chespol will seek his second senior title in as many months in next month’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast where she will contest the 3000m steeplechase, informs the Daily Nation. Still only 18, Chespol won the senior women’s title at the African Cross Country Championships in Chlef, Algeria on Saturday despite miscounting the laps.
KIGALI (RWA): Rwandan distance runner Salome Nyirarukundo is hoping to challenge the Kenyans over 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs New Times Rwanda. “It is an open secret that Ethiopia and Kenya are the world leaders in distance running but because Ethiopia is not part of the Commonwealth, it leaves Kenyans as overwhelming favourites.  My dream is to see my country’s flag flying high for the first time at these games,” she said. Nyirarukundo lowered her national half marathon record to 68:36 in Barcelona last month and has been training at altitude in Eldoret ahead of the event.
KUALA LUMPUR (MAS): A payout of RM10,000 (approximately 2000 euros) will be awarded to Malaysian sportspeople who claim medals in the athletics programme at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs the Malay Mail Online.
ST PETER PORT (GBR): British 400m hurdler Sam Wallbridge has pulled out of Guernsey’s team for the Commonwealth Games after fracturing his collarbone, informs BBC Sport. The standout name on the team is Cameron Chalmers, who finished fourth in the 400m at the European U23 Championships last year.
PRETORIA (RSA): World champion Luvo Manyonga has parted company with his coach Neil Cornelius, informs "Neil Cornelius, my coach for the past three years, has guided and mentored me to become world champion, Olympic silver medallist and Diamond League champion. I want to thank him for everything he has done for me," Manyonga was quoted by Newton Agency. “However, after such great success, I have had to take stock of where I am and look to find new ways to push the boundaries of performance and continued improvement.” Manyonga is in preparation for Commonwealth Games.
VALENCIA (ESP): Legends of distance running are going to be present at IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on Saturday. World champions Paula Radcliffe, Sonia O´Sullivan, Elena Meyer and Lornah Kiplagat. They will be also part of the traditional IAAF/LOC press conference on Friday midday in the area of finish line of the race. From current participants announced to meet the media are two-time World champion Geoffrey Kamworor, legendary Bernard Lagat, Spanish champion Marta Esteban and South American gold medalist Florencia Borelli from Argentina. On the officials side IAAF President Sebastian Coe and Spanish federation president Raul Chapado.
VALENCIA (ESP): IAAF informs that Valencia is ready to welcome more than 15,000 runners from 87 countries at the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships. A record entry of 300 athletes will contest the elite race. The masses, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to run alongside some of the world’s greatest distance athletes on a spectacular course. The 21.1km course has been specially designed for the championships, providing a quick route along wide avenues without any sharp bends. The stunning start next to the City of Arts and Sciences combines with a special finish line on a boardwalk over water, providing a rapid finale to the event. Teams may have five runners to start and top three finishers for each team will score points. Team results are decided by the aggregate of places recorded by the scoring athletes of each team.
BRISBANE (AUS): Sally Pearson in another news has pulled out of Thursday´s meeting in Brisbane where she was expected to contest both the 100m flat and 100m hurdles, informs the Courier Mail. “She is not racing on Thursday and will be focusing on her training for the Games,” said Australian head coach Craig Hilliard. The women’s 100m in Brisbane tomorrow night features European 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith while Olympic 1500m champion Matt Centrowitz drops down in distance to contest the 800m.
AUCKLAND (NZL): World shot put champion Tom Walsh will face another top class international field on the road to the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next month at the Sir Graeme Douglas International Track Challenge in Auckland on Sunday, informs the NZ Herald. Walsh will face a line-up including Poland’s Konrad Bukowiecki, former two-time world indoor champion Ryan Whiting and Jamaica’s O’Dayne Richards while multiple former world and Olympic champion Valerie Adams faces Canada’s Brittany Crew in the women’s event. Eliza McCartney will also compete in the pole vault.
AUCKLAND (NZL): Eliza McCartney’s coach Jeremy McColl has said her pupil has the ability to surpass the five meters mark in the pole vault, informs NZ City. "She's been jumping it in training, it's only a matter of time before it clicks in comp. And she can jump a lot higher than that,” he said. McCartney jumped better than her Oceanian record but her 490 will not be ratified most probably due to sloping runway.
PERTH (AUS): Kim Mickle has announced her retirement from athletics at the age go 33, informs the West Australian. Mickle won a silver medal in the javelin at the 2013 World Championships before gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Mickle required two shoulder reconstructions and an anterior cruciate ligament injury after injuring herself in an Australian rules football league match.
BARCELONA (ESP): Retired Spanish middle distance runner Reyes Estevez will run the Berlin Marathon in September, informs MARCA.
NEW YORK (USA): ESPN The Magazine´s 20th anniversary presented the 20 for 20 ranking of dominant sports persons. Leading the order is Tiger Woods, from athletics Usain Bolt is number 10 (still ahead of Lionel Messi who is 11th) and Allyson Felix number 16.
LONDON (GBR): Evening Standard informs that IAAF President Sebastian Coe has called on the public to fight for the future of Crystal Palace National Sports Centre as campaigners warned of the potential closure of the venue and the end of athletics in south-east London. The centre is thought to be costing its owners, the Greater London Authority, about £1million a year and is becoming increasingly run down.
PAARL (RSA): Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies are the top names of the men´s 100 m at the third and final meet of Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series at the Dal Josaphat Stadium, Paarl on Thursday. Included in the 100m field also: the national champion in the 100m, Simon Magakwe, the 200m SA champion, Luxolo Adams as well as Roscoe Engel who finished 4th at the national championships and Retshiditswe Mlenga, the 18-year-old World Youth Champion who finished 5th at the national championships in the 100m final.
KINGSTON (JAM): Calabar High School star Christopher Taylor is set to compete in the 200m only at this year's Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships. The 18-year-old Taylor, who has been doubling at 200m and 400m since 2013, has apparently told the coaching staff he wants to focus on the IAAF World U20 Junior Championships in July. Calabar High and Edwin Allen High schools are highly favoured to retain their titles at the 108th staging of the super attended event which starts on Tuesday at the National Stadium.
KUALA LUMPUR (MAS, Mar 18): At All-Comers meet in Malaysia Khairul Hafiz Jantan clocked 10.34 (+1.5) in the 100 m. In the pole vault 531 national record for Mohd Iskandar Alwi. Also in other jumps solid results: 782 by Luqman Hakim Mohd Ramlan in long jump and 16.27 by Muhammad Hakimi Ismail in triple.
ABUJA (NGR, Mar 17-18): More results from national GP meet. Seye Ogunlewe was timed with 10.23 (+0.5) in the 100 m ahead of Egwero Ogho-Oghene 10.30. Glory Nathaniel won women 400 m hurdles in 56.14.
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