News from around the World- EME News (Mar 21, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Mar 21, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 21, 2018)
Friday Night at Pre
EUGENE (USA): Friday Night at Pre on May 25 will include a special men´s pole vault within the Prefontaine Classic (non DL event). Jumping will be World Indoor champion Renaud Lavillenie and outdoor World champion Sam Kendricks. Also an 18-year-old, high school sensation Mondo Duplantis, has joined the field of world-class vaulters who successfully petitioned meet organizers to add the event to the program. More stars are included headed by Olympic gold medalist Thiago Braz, World champions Raphael Holzdeppe with Pawel Wojciechowski and European indoor champion Piotr Lisek.
Coburn vs Grovdal
OSLO (NOR): World champion Emma Coburn and Karoline Grovdal are both confirmed for the steeplechase in the Bislett Games Oslo Diamond League on 7 June, informs Norsk Friidrett. After contesting the 1500m and 5000m at the World Championships, Grovdal ran a solo 9:13.35 at the Norwegian Championships last August. She is also contemplating a 3000m steeplechase/5000m double at the European Championships in Berlin.
NAIROBI (KEN): Bad news from Kenyan camp. The 2016 World Half Marathon bronze medallist Mary Wacera and Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon champion Fancy Chemutai have withdrawn from the World Half Marathon Championship due Saturday in Valencia. Kenya will now be represented by three athletes at the championships - World Half Marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei, Ruth Chepgnetich and Pauline Kaveke. Athletics Kenya chief executive officer Susan Kamau said that Wacera and Chemutai's withdrawal made it impossible to replace them. A last ditch effort to have reserve Joan Chelimo included by the IAAF failed as the final entries were closed before.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Ethiopian Jemal Yimer is targeting individual and team medals at the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on Saturday, informs IAAF. “My preparation has gone very well. I expect the team and myself to win medals [in Valencia]. That is why I am super excited when I am included in the team for the world championships. When I train in the national, the feeling is just different,” he said. Yimer has no intentions to move up to the marathon yet and is targeting the 10,000m at the 2019 World Championships and 2020 Olympics.
ITEN (KEN): Kenyan-based Swiss distance runner Julien Wanders is targeting a good placing rather than a fast time in the World Half Marathon Championships, informs SPIKES. “I’m not looking for a time, just a good position. I will tell myself to go for the win and see what I can do. I’ll try to keep up with the top guys and if I can get a medal, it’s good, but if I can get top 10 it’s good, too,” he said. Wanders, who has been based in Iten since the age of 18, is planning to contest either the 5000m or 10,000m at the European Championships in Berlin.
MINSK (BLR): Belarus is sending a women’s team to the World Half Marathon Championships which is headed by Olympic marathon fifth-placer Volha Mazuronak.
MONACO (MON): The IAAF’s statistical handbook for the World Half-marathon Championships is available now for download from the website.
AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch champion Michel Butter has pulled out of the World Half after sustaining a hip injury two weeks ago. The 62:25 runner has competed in the event only once - in 2013 when he was a DNF.
PARIS (FRA): Fanny Pruvost, who has a foot injury, has been replaced on the French team for the World Half by Fadouwa Ledhem, who has a PB of 74:50 and competed at the Euro Cross in 2009.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Slovakia will have in Valencia as the only one representative male runner Tibor Sahajda who from eastern part of the country switched his club recently to BMSC Bratislava. He wants to attack his PB of 66:26. He spent more than two months of training in Kenya and his coach there Edward Rono expects him to run around 64 minutes. Sahajda improved last fall to Berlin qualifier 2:18:44 in marathon.
MONACO (MON): The IAAF has ratified two world records. Right in time before World Half Marathon Championships Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei’s world half marathon record of 64:51 from Valencia last October and Greece’s Emmanouil Karalis’ world indoor U20 pole vault record of 5.78m in February 2018.

NAIROBI (KEN): The Kenyan athletics team for the Commonwealth Games has threatened to stop training until their allowances are paid, informs the Daily Nation. The athletes also want the government to provide training kit among other equipment. National Olympic Committee of Kenya president Paul Tergat said the allowances and the remaining kit would be settled by Wednesday this week but these issues still have not been resolved.
GLASGOW (GBR): Eilidh Doyle is looking forward to the Commonwealth Games next month after exceeding her expectations at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham with a bronze medal in the 400m flat, informs Athletics Weekly. “In order to be ready for the Commonwealth Games in April we planned a full indoor season, not really targeting the World Indoors, just thinking that if I was running well enough to make the team that would be great because it would give me some extra races,” she said. “Things have already gone better than expected and I have started the year with a medal. So that gives me confidence going forward, knowing that my flat speed is there.” Doyle will be looking for her third successive medal in the 400m hurdles in Gold Coast next month.
NICOSIA (CYP): Cyprus have confirmed a 47-member team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games as they mark their 10th participation at the multi-sport event. Athletics will have 17 names there with hurdles olympic finalist Milan Trajkovic the standout name.
ADELAIDE (AUS): Young Australian pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall has said he is being advised by former Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker, informs Eurosport. “We are often in contact mainly about technical stuff to do with my jumping and how to best approach things like that. He once told me that he regrets not spending more time on his run up throughout his career and continually drums into me about getting my penultimate step down as fast as I can to prepare me for a higher more explosive takeoff,” he said. Marschall finished fourth at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham earlier this month.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov and All-Russian Athletics Federation president Dmitry Shlyakhtin will meet with the IAAF Taskforce headed by Rune Anderson in Lausanne on Thursday, informs R-Sport. "Since the last meeting with the working group in November 2017, VFLA has carried out a large-scale work aimed at adhering to the requirements of anti-doping rules by athletes and coaches and fulfilling the criteria for the restoration of the federation in the IAAF,” said a release from the federation.
CAPE TOWN (RSA): Akani Simbine has said he was forced to complete a recent training session on a cricket field after being ejected from the Greek Point Stadium in Cape Town ahead of the Athletix Grand Prix meet in nearby Paarl on Thursday, informs the Times Live. “They told us we couldn’t train there because we don’t have permission,” he said. “It’s just disappointing you don’t let a national athlete train. My concern is what happens to the people who train here permanently,” he said.
MADRID (ESP): Spain has named a 25-strong team for the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, China on 5-6 May, including former world champion Miguel Angel Lopez and Alvaro Martin in the 20km race walk. Super-veteran Jesus Angel Garcia, 48, continues in international competition in the 50km race walk. Spain will also be fielding a team in the women’s 50km race walk including Julia Takacs.
MOSCOW (RUS): The women’s 50km race walk has been added to the programme at this year’s Russian Race Walking Championships on 9-10 June, informs Sport Express.
GLASGOW (GBR): European indoor 1500m and 3000m champion Laura Muir has confirmed she is targeting the 2019 European Indoor Championships on home soil in Glasgow, informs European Athletics. “It is a great opportunity to have another home championships in a stadium that I know so well. I have competed there a lot, I have trained there a lot and running on home soil is going to be very exciting. I have fond memories of the European Indoors from last year,” she said.
LAUSANNE (SUI): World Anti-Doping Association president Craig Reedie has admitted his frustration with what he sees as a lack of co-operation from the Russian authorities in their ongoing doping crisis. The Briton, speaking in a keynote speech to open the WADA Symposium here, said they had sent four letters proposing a joint inspection of the Moscow Laboratory alongside the Russian Investigatory Committee chaired by Vitaly Smirnov. All four overtures have been ignored. Russia, compliance and sample bottle security are three major items on the agenda at the annual World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Symposium this week.
PARIS (FRA): The family of French junior international hurdler Mathieu Louisy have aired concern for the 20-year, from whom they have received no reports since March 15, informs L’Equipe. The athlete, who has a sprint hurdles PB of 13.88 and competed at the European Junior Championships last year, was in Las Vegas when he last spoke to his family and informed them he was not feeling well. But later it was revealed he was arrested last Friday after giving a false statement to an official. The Las Vegas Review-Journal police statement reports the athletes family was warned and that French authorities are following the situation.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): In connection with the Athletics World Cup, British Athletics has appointed agency MATTA to develop the brand identity campaign. The agency came up with the campaign line “The Track. The Field. The World” and logo for the inaugural edition in London in July.
TAMPA (USA): The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has announced that local bay area favorite, Tainted Love, will bring “The best of the ‘80s live” as they headline the 2018 United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco on April 8. Continuing a strong tradition of bringing fun to the run with great music at the core, the post-race concert will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday to cap a day of great racing that includes more music than ever before.
AUSTIN (USA): Top international star at 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays will be French pole vault World record holder Renaud Lavillenie. On March 31 also jumping will be Shawn Barber, Kevin Menaldo, Scott Houston and Stanley Joseph. Questionmark remains about Mondo Duplantis who also wants to jump but that is a problem for his school category competition system. How much longer he remains a prep vaulter will be decided soon.
VIENNA (AUT): Austria has already 5 athletes qualified for Berlin European Championships (Ivona Dadic and Verena Preiner for heptathlon, Dominik Distelberger for decathlon, Lukas Weisshaidinger for discus and Valentin Pfeil in marathon). They expect the final number of participant at level of 15 athletes. Interesting will be the fight for third heptathlon place between Sarah Lagger and Karin Strametz. The one with better points score will be selected. Also a team for men´s marathon is expected.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): CSOB Bratislava Marathon announced at a press conference they are already having 10 059 runners (different races) entered from 61 countries. That is a new record already some weeks before the 13th edition of the event on April 7-8. The organisers are keeping their latest philosophy with not inviting elite runners and concentrating on mass participation.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Fresh World Indoor 400 m champion Courtney Okolo plans to open her outdoor campaign at the Texas Relays end of March. She plans to be part of a 4x4 that will mark a season drilled in on the 1-lap race. “I’ll probably do a couple of 200s, but my focus this year is all on the 400,” she says. “That’s where I’m putting everything.” Her outdoor best is the still-standing Collegiate Record of 49.71 from 2 years ago and she’s ready to put that in danger.
VANCOUVER (CAN): This year’s Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic will mark the annual event's 35th anniversary and to celebrate, will be held over two days for the first time (June 26-27). The expanded format of one of Canada’s premier track and field events will pit some of the country’s best athletes against one another and will be held in conjunction with Canada’s national sprint team taking on the fastest men and women from China in a unique Team Sprint Challenge.
NEW DELHI (IND): Javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang, who had tested positive for marijuana last year, was let off with a reprimand on Wednesday by the anti-doping disciplinary panel of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). Kang had tested positive when samples were collected in May during the 3rd leg of the 2017 Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi. However, Kang’s future remains uncertain as he has a steroid violation against his name following an out-of-competition test. The test results of his ‘B’ sample are still awaited. Informs indianexpress.
KINGSTON (JAM, Mar 20): First day of Boys and Girls Championships in Jamaica had in the 200 m heats as fastest Anthony Carpenter 20.94 (+0.7) and in the oldest girls category Michae Harriott (+0.1) and Ockere Myrie (+0.5) both 23.78. Kevona Davis posted 23.92 (-4.0) in the U16 girls heats and Brianna Lyston 24.07 (-0.2) in the U14 category.
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