News from around the World- EME News (Mar 23, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Mar 23, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 23, 2018)
Queen Elizabeth II to start the London Marathon
LONDON (GBR): Queen Elizabeth II will be the official starter for the London Marathon on 22 April, informs organisers. The Queen will step on to a special podium in front of the Round Tower in the grounds of Windsor Castle to push the start button at 10:00am.
Bolt impressed
DORTMUND (GER): Usain Bolt impressed during a training session with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund on Friday. According to, he showed “glimpses of flair” and headed home a goal, but had few trademark sprints. The eight-time Olympic champion also stressed to media how serious he is about making it in football. Some 1400 spectators watched the training.
VALENCIA (ESP): Geoffrey Kamworor will be looking to become just the second male athlete in history after Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese to win three or more titles at the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on Saturday. Kamworor is one of four athletes in the men’s race with a lifetime best under the 59-minute mark: Bahrain’s Abraham Cheroben (58:40 PB) and Kenyans Jorum Okombo (58:48 PB), Alex Korio (58:54 PB) and Kamworor (58:54). The fastest runner based on season’s bests is Ethiopia’s Yemal Jimer with 59:00 while European hopes will be focused on Switzerland’s Julien Wanders, who clocked a 60:09 PB in Barcelona last month. Kenya and Ethiopia will contend for the team title while Uganda, Eritrea, Bahrain, Japan and the United States, whose team includes Leonard Korir and Bernard Lagat, will also challenge for team honours.
VALENCIA (ESP): World half marathon record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei will make her global championships debut in Valencia. Jepkosgei clocked 64:51 WR in the Valencia Half Marathon last year but she only clocked 66:46 in the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon last month. The Kenyan team has been weakened by the late withdrawals of Fancy Chemutai and Mary Wacera and replacements were unable to be drafted in, although another key challenger for the title is Ruth Chepngetich (66:19 PB). Bahrain has named a strong team headed by world marathon champion Rose Chelimo (68:08 PB) and Asian record-holder Eunice Chumba (66:11 PB) while Ethiopia is fielding a fairly inexperienced team with Netsanet Gudeta (67:26 PB) their best known name. Japan will challenge for their tenth successive team medal and their fastest runner is Mao Ichiyama (69:14 PB). Top Europeans in the field include Spanish record-holder Trihas Gebre, Brits Gemma Steel and Charlotte Purdue and Belarus’ Volha Mazuronak.
VALENCIA (ESP): The final start list were published with record 288 athletes --160 men and 122 women-- from 82 countries.
VALENCIA (ESP): Carles Castillejo and Marta Galimany have both been dropped from the Spanish team for the World Half Marathon Championships, informs MARCA. The Spanish Federation named six athletes per event before realising earlier this week that only five athletes can run . "First of all I want to apologise to the affected athletes. The IAAF allowed us to register six athletes, although only five could compete and that is a mistake that crept in our regulations when we sent out the circular,” said president Raul Chapado. "We have no justification, it is a serious mistake and from tomorrow we will start working so that it does not happen again. Internally we will value in our governing board what responsibility there may be.”
VALENCIA (ESP): IAAF President Sebastian Coe has said the inclusion of a mass race at the World Half Marathon Championships is a good means to connect the elite and grass roots aspect of the sport. “Our challenge is to make sure that they feel part of the athletics family, that they feel a part of what Usain Bolt and our fantastic athletes, past and present, have done. And the challenge, of course, is making sure that we grow our sport not just around those extraordinary competitors in so many wonderful disciplines, but also on the road and en masse,” he said at the pre-event press conference.
VALENCIA (ESP): Day before the races the men and women involved in the organisation of road running events around the world gathered in the Spanish city for the 2nd IAAF Global Road Running Seminar. With an array of speakers from IAAF Label Gold Label road races and many other stakeholders from the world of road running among almost 200 delegates, the seminar addressed four main areas of interest: commercial aspects of road running, integrity, TV production and distribution, communications and elite athletes. A focal point of the first session, which was orientated around providing ideas and a framework relating to improving the business models of road running events, was a panel discussion involving some of the most influential and informed people in the world of running. The second session addressed integrity and saw a keynote speech from Brent Clothier of the independent Athletics Integrity Unit, who described the organisation’s aims and objectives and how they operated with respect to road running. Tom Grilk, CEO of the Boston Marathon, concluded the session by giving the philosophical and ethical reasoning about why integrity should matter to road rac organisers. TV coverage dominated the day’s discussions and presentations and at no time more so than at the start of the third session when the well-known TV commentator Tim Hutchings stood up to provide what he termed a “constructively critical analysis of how many races can do better with their TV production.” The closing address came from Michael Crawley of the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh, who talked in depth about Ethiopian distance runners. From the IAAF.
VALENCIA (ESP): The IAAF will stream the action on its official YouTube and Facebook pages to selected countries. A separate digital stream will be available for the UK. NBC Universal, NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel in USA, CCTV in China and TBS in Japan are among the TV broadcasters. Balkans, Denmark.
VALENCIA (ESP): After turning 43 last December (second oldest in the start list), two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat did not think he would make another appearance at an IAAF World Championships.  Beginning with the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in 2001, Lagat had qualified for 11 world championships, both indoors and outdoors, and had won three indoor titles and two outdoors.  Although still competing, he was largely viewed as a "legend" athlete racing here and there for his own satisfaction in the twilight of his career. "I'm just here to run a personal best," he said for RRW. If the weather cooperates, Lagat could improve his personal best, but beating Haile Gebreselasie's world over-40 record of 1:01:09 would be a tall order, Lagat said.
NASSAU (BAH): Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo will contest the 200m and 4x100m for Bahamas at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs Tribune 242. Their athletics team also includes former world high jump champion Donald Thomas while Steven Gardiner will contest the 200m and the 4x400m. Machel Cedenio and Lalonde Gordon, who were also part of their gold medal-winning team in the 4x400m at the World Championships, will compete in both the 400m and 4x400m. Other standout names in the team include Michelle Lee Ahye and Khalifa St Fort in the 100m and 4x100m, Sparkle McKnight in the 400m hurdles and Cleopatra Borel in the shot put.
KINGSTON (JAM): Former world 100m record-holder Asafa Powell has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games due to a hamstring injury, informs the Herald Sun.
KINGSTON (JAM): Elaine Thompson is “undecided” on which event to take part in at the Commonwealth Games but she hasn’t ruled out contesting both the 100m and 200m, informs the Courier Mail. “I’m not sure. It’s still undecided. Honestly I’m not sure what event (I’ll do) but whichever event I get, if I do both, I’m going out there to do (a full effort),” she said.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Botswana’s Isaac Makwala has decided not to compete in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games as he would have to compete in the heats on the morning before his potential appearance in the  one-lap final, reports. Makwala, who last year ran a 43.92 400m and 19.77 200m within 75 minutes, will start quickest on 2017 times in the 400m - as he would have done the 200m. 
VENLO (NED): Kenya’s Meshack Koech will defend his title in the Venlo Half Marathon on Sunday and he is aiming to attack the course record of 59:44, informs organisers. The men’s field also includes sub-one hour performers Mustapha El Aziz from Morocco (59:29 PB) and Kenya’s Gilbert Masai (59:31 PB). The women’s line-up is headed by Kenyans Nancy Kiprop (67:22 PB), Lucy Karimi (68:43 PB) and Perendis Lekapana (69:13 PB) and Dutch Olympians Jip Vastenburg (71:04 PB) and Andrea Deelstra (73:37 PB).
MILAN (ITA): A strong women’s line-up has been assembled for the Stramilano Half Marathon in Milan including Ethiopians Sutume Asefa (68:40 PB) and former world 10,000m bronze medallist Wude Ayalew (67:58 PB) and Kenyans Philes Ongori (67:38 PB) and former winner Lucy Murigi (70:52 PB). The fastest entrant in the men’s race is Kenya’s Simon Cheprot (59:20 PB). From FIDAL.
WARSAW (POL): Course record-holders Victor Kipchirchir (60:48) and Pauline Njeru (69:06) will both return to the Warsaw Half Marathon on Sunday. Kipchirchir is the fastest entrant in the men’s race with a 59:31 PB and will face opposition from teammates Ezrah Sang (60:36 PB) and Hillary Maiyo (61:05 PB). Njeru is also the fastest in the women’s race with a 68:20 PB ahead of Ethiopia’s Birhan Mihretu (70:00 PB). From IAAF.
CARLSBAD (USA): Former European U20 champion Emelia Gorecka is among the top entrants for the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday, informs organisers. Gorecka will face a line-up including Canada’s Jessica O’Connell and Mexico’s Brenda Flores. The men’s line-up includes Swedish middle distance runners Kalle Berglund and Johan Rogestedt.
LONDON (GBR): Commonwealth long jump silver medallist Jazmin Sawyers has spoken of the sacrifices she has had to make in moving from her home in Britain to Florida to focus on training. The 23-year-old, who will go for Commonwealth gold in Gold Coast for England next month, told “Ultimately, you go to training in the morning and then you come home. I’ve moved to a country I don’t really know and that is culturally more different than I expected. I’m away from all my friends, family, boyfriend and that’s a big sacrifice, to uproot your life to move to a different country. It has been a challenge, but to me it is worth it to get results.”
DUDINCE (SVK): The Dudince 50, featuring Olympic 50km race walk champion Matej Toth, will be streamed live tomorrow at
EUGENE (USA): 2012 Olympic 800m silver Nijel Amos has linked up with Oregon Track Club Elite to be coached by Mark Rowland, reports The two met in 2016, when the Botswanan athlete expressed a desire to join the group. Rowland said: “Nijel didn’t know how he did what he did (in 2012) and now he’s a few years down the line with more experiences that sometimes get in the way and we’re like, let’s break that down and try and use a common-sense approach and try and get him back to a level that he’s competed at in the past and hopefully beyond.”
PRAGUE (CZE): Race organisers RunCzech have launched EuroHeroes, an initiative to celebrate European running stars and promote active lifestyles on the continent. The organisers of the high-class Prague Marathon and Prague Half Marathon will, for two of its IAAF Gold Label races - Mattoni Karlovy Vary Half Marathon (on May 19) and Mattoni České Budějovice Half Marathon (on June 2) - invite only European athletes, including the best domestic athletes, to be part of the elite field. The press release read in part: “21st century long-distance running has been dominated by East African runners... Amid such incredible African stars, Europe has struggled to find its own heroes. The media and, therefore, the public no longer pay attention to local elite runners whom fans and athletes can identify with and whose performances should serve as inspiration for the next generation.”
LAUSANNE (SUI): The World Anti-Doping Association will be able to issue heavier penalties to non-compliant states, under its new rules coming into force on April 1, reports. WADA will be able to propose the expulsion of nations from the Olympics, although only the International Olympic Committee will be able issue the suspension. A draft Charter of Athletes' Rights has been proposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to provide more protection on areas including the right to fair justice, equal testing and freedom of expression. Informs insidethegames.
LAUSANNE (SUI): World Anti-Doping Association Craig Reedie stressed the need for funding for its activities needed to be increased by 8%, 15%, 15% and 5% respectively over the period 2018-2021.
TREVISO (ITA): Uganda’s 2:14 runner Simon Kipngetich will be among the elites at the Treviso Marathon on Sunday.
BEIJING (CHN, Mar 23): First day of Chinese Indoor Grand Prix final meet saw sensational improvement by sprtiner Xu Zhouzheng who won the 60 m in fast PB 6.48. It is fourth fastest in the indoor season 2018. Second Quan Yingrui 6.59 PB. Women 60 m Wei Yongli clocked 7.22. Yao Jie won pole vault with 560 clearance.
PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 23): Chederick Van Wyk clocked here 10.31 and 20.60 (+0.1) in the 100 m and 200 m. Justine Palframan won the women 200 m in 23.23 (+0.2).
POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA, Mar 21-23): At South African High School Championships Ruben Elso won the U20 200 m in 20.50. In the U18 100 m the winner Mikaa-Il Mohamed clocked 10.47 but was also timed with 10.18 in heats most probably wind-aided. Evandere Kasimbingue posted 46.38 in the U18 400 m.
KINGSTON (JAM, Mar 22): At Schools Champs Christopher Taylor got 20.52 (+0.9) in the 200 m semifinals, in other race Anthony Carpenter 20.57 (+0.6). Fastest in 100 m heats was Michali Everett in 10.42 (+0.2). In the girls U18 200 m semifinals fast 22.92 (+0.6) by Kevona Davis.
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