News from around the World- EME News (Mar 22, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Mar 22, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 22, 2018)
Samaai 839, Adams 20.01, Simbine 10.08
PAARL (RSA, Mar 22): London bronze medalist Ruswahl Samaai leaped to excellent 839 to win the long jump during third leg of Liquid Telecom Athletics Grand Prix series in South Africa. With +1.0 wind it is his second career best in a series of five 8 metres jumps. "Our plan is always to execute on the first jump and take it from there. I knew I was going to get a big jump today – I could feel it. Now we just have to stay healthy and improve. I have bigger distances in mind. I don’t like to talk about performances but I need to showcase (what I can do)," said Samaai for Second 20 years old Cheswell Johnson improved to 812 (-0.7) and beat Zarck Visser 799 and Khotso Mokoena 789. Caster Semenya attacked 34 year old 1500 m national record of Zola Budd but clocked 4:02.50 World lead and her second best ever. Second Dominique Scott 4:08.61 who was for most of the race with Semenya. The timing showed after finish line 3:57 but it was corrected later. Fast 200 m was won by Luxolo Adams who improved to 20.01 (+1.9) after a top duel with Anaso Jobodwana who was timed with 20.07. In the 100 m national record holder Akani Simbine posted good 10.08 (-0.4) clearly ahead of Simon Magakwe 10.24 and Henricho Bruintjies 10.27. Surprise in men’s javelin where Rocco van Rooyen won with a throw of 75.20 in difficult wind conditions. Former World champion Julius Yego was fourth 73.34. Antonio Alkana won the hurdles in World leading 13.39 (+0.1), also Cornel Fredericks 49.68 in the 400 m hurdles and Carina Horn 11.25 (-0.5) in women´s 100 m. Victor Hogan topped discus 63.19 and in solid middle distances Ryhardt Van Rensburg 1:46.15 in the 800 m and steeple specialist Rantso Mokopane big mile PB 3:58.92 over 19 years old George Kusche 3:58.96 PB.
Stevens 64.02, Asher-Smith 22.90
BRISBANE (AUS, Mar 22): Former world discus champion Dani Stevens warmed up for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next month with 64.02m in the discus at the Brisbane Summer of Athletics Grand Prix meet. European 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith won the 200m in 22.90 into a 1.5 m/s headwind and Japan’s Ryota Yamagata clocked a fast 10.15 in the 100m. There was an Australian one-two in the men’s 800m courtesy of Joshua Ralph (1:47.53) and Dylan Stenson (1:47.88) while Olympic 1500m champion Matt Centrowitz faded to sixth in 1:53.25. Elsewhere on the track, there were one-lap wins for Japan’s Julian Walsh in the 400m flat (46.29) and Jack Green in the 400m hurdles (50.24), Georgia Griffiths won a solo 1500m in 4:11.97 and Pat Tiernan won the 5000m in 13:40.98. There was a good quality hammer with Chris Bennett going out to 75.11m to defeat Australia’s Matthew Denny (74.77m) and Kurtis Marschall cleared 5.40m in the pole vault. Jamaican Tajay Gayle won the long jump 789, in other sprints Canadians Crystal Emmanuel 11.43 in women 100 m and Aaron Brown 20.95 in the men´s 200 m.
VALENCIA (ESP): A total prize purse of 245,000 USD is on offer at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia. The individual winners will each receive 30,000 USD with prize-money going down sixth-place (3000 USD). The winning teams will receive 15,000 USD and there is also the incentive of a 50,000 USD world record bonus. The current ratified world records in single-sex races are: Zersenay Tadese at 58:23 and Lornah Kiplagat at 66:25.
VALENCIA (ESP): Kenyan Leonard Barsoton is targeting a podium finish at the World Half Marathon Championships, informs the Daily Nation. “My training went on well and I will be looking forward to a good run where I want to be on the podium,” he said. Barsoton won a silver medal behind Geoffrey Kamworor at the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala last March.
VALENCIA (ESP): Charlotte Purdue has been chosen as the British team captain for the World Half Marathon Championships.
VALENCIA (ESP): Jordan Hasay is a late withdrawal from the American team for the World Half Marathon Championships due to a tight plantar. Natosha Rogers has also pulled out due to a knee injury.
VALENCIA (USA): The 21.1 km course for Saturday's IAAF/Trinidad Alonso World Half-Marathon Championships is not only flat and fast, but is arguably one of the most beautiful road race courses in the world. Starting and finishing at the iconic Ciudad De Les Artes y la Ciencias (City of Arts & Sciences) designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, about one-third of the course hugs the sunken Jardin del Turia, the 110-hectare park in the heart of this city which was formerly a riverbed.  The athletes will pass fountains, historic buildings, palm trees and flowering trees which already fully-bloomed just two days into spring.  The pavement is very smooth; snow and road salt never touch the streets here. The finish is nothing short of spectacular.  When the athletes re-enter the City of Arts & Sciences, they will run along one of the reflecting pools, make a hard right just before the Science Museum, up a specially constructed ramp, then a hard left for the final run to the finish line on an elevated promenade with pools of water on both sides.  The finish straight is covered with a light blue carpet which, at the moment, is under a layer of protective plastic film. Describes David Monti for Race Results Weekly.
MONACO (MON): The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Thursday welcomed an extra voluntary financial donation of US $50,000 from the Local Organising Committee of the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 to strengthen the out-of-competition testing programme for the event to be held on Saturday. In addition to the doping controls conducted as part of the usual out-of-competition testing programme on the elite athletes in the IAAF Registered Testing Pool, the AIU was able to conduct more than 120 no-notice out-of-competition doping controls on athletes who will take part in the championships.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Insidethegames informs that WADA President Sir Craig Reedie claims they "made some progress" during a meeting with Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov here today. Kolobkov, an Olympic fencing champion at Sydney 2000, also met with an IAAF panel alongside Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) President Dmitry Shlyakhtin earlier today. He admitted that they still have a "different approach to certain positions" and that "not all the issues are settled". Shlyakhtin reportedly added that they will now update the IAAF Task Force chaired by Rune Anderson "on a monthly basis."
GABORONE (BOT): Isaac Makwala will only contest the 400m and the 4x400m at the Commonwealth Games as the schedule does not allow for a 200/400m double, informs the Herald Australia.
BOSTON (USA): World marathon silver medallist Tamirat Tola and former Dubai and London Marathon winner Aselefech Mergia have been added to the elite fields for the Boston Marathon on 16 April, informs organisers. The fields are headed by reigning champions Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat and leading Americans Galen Rupp and Shalane Flanagan, winners of last year’s Chicago and New York Marathons respectively.
BOSTON (USA): Desiree Linden believes USA could end the 33-year-long spell without a women’s winner at the Boston Marathon next month. The historic race on 16 April will feature four of the fastest American women in history in Deena Kastor, Jordan Hasay, Shalane Flanagan and Linden, plus Molly Huddle. “Everyone’s looking at this field of American women and I think people are really excited about our chances,” Linden told “So [my goal] is to compete up front and hopefully have that battle on Boylston again. And have a different outcome this time, for sure.”
NAIROBI (KEN): World marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui is keen to defend his Boston Marathon on 16 April, he told Xinhua. "It is always very tough winning a marathon title for two straight years, but I am very determined and hungry to make this happen. I know I will be a man under scrutiny from my rivals, but winning a second Boston Marathon title attracts me," he said.
BERLIN (GER): Reigning European steeplechase champion Gesa Felicitas Krause will compete at the Berlin Half Marathon on 8 April, reports. The German made her debut at the distance in Ras Al-Khaimah in 2017 but dropped out at 15km. She will have for company her training partner Katharina Heinig. On the men’s side, Gilbert Masai of Kenya will defend his title while his compatriot and former winner Richard Mengich also returns. Middle distance specialist Homiyu Tesfaye, who earlier this year became the fastest German for more than 20 years with a 61:20 PB, also lines up on home soil.
HANNOVER (GER): German Philipp Baar will defend his half marathon title (64:57) at the HAJ Hannover Marathon on April 8. Anja Scherl, Franziska Reng and Corinna Harrer are among the top entrants on the women’s side, reports.
ROME (ITA): Reigning European and former world indoor high jump champion Gianmarco Tamberi has signed a sponsorship deal with Puma, informs Inside Sport.
MADRID (ESP): Former world 800m bronze medallist Mayte Martinez is competing at the European Indoor Masters Championships in Madrid this week, informs MARCA. Now 41, Martinez clocked 2:25.07 to qualify for the 40-45 800m final. “My initial motivation is to enjoy myself, I left athletics in a traumatic way and I have had some very hard years in which I did not even want to watch the sport because I had a very bad time but, well, that is now behind me and the fact that both the European and the World Masters Championships are in Spain is an incentive to make the decision to return,” she said.
DORTMUND (GER): Superstar Usain Bolt will train with Borussia Dortmund on Friday. German media are informing based on twitter posts on both sides. The training will be open to public.
COPENHAGEN (DEN): The former Moroccan athlete Nezha Bidouane was the undisputed star of the Francophone Day, held on Tuesday evening at the University of Copenhagen, under the terms “Sport and French: Challenges , values ​​and identities “.
OSTRAVA (CZE): Road Show to promote IAAF Continental Cup was staged on Thursday in Ostrava Athletics Hall. One of the Czech ambassadors javelin World record holder Barbora Spotakova was personally there, ambassador of Team Europe Colin Jackson was conntected via phone. Around 300 children from 19 Ostrava schools and also around 200 students from 10 Ostrava region high schools competed as part of the Ostrava Supports Continents competition. Already 70% of all tickets for the competition on September 8-9 are sold.
STANFORD (CAN): Canadian World finalist and NCAA Champion Justyn Knight plans his 10 000 m debut for Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto on March 30. Also in the entry list Hassan Abdi, Grant Fischer, Lopez Lomong.
KINGSTON (JAM, Mar 21): From 2nd day of ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Champs to note 777 in long jump by winner Wayne Pinno (+0.1). Calabar High clocked in the 4x100 m heats 39.49.
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