News from around the World- EME News (Mar 26, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Mar 26, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 26, 2018)
Okagbare for 100 m
ABILENE (USA): Fresh African record holder Blessing Okagbare after her 22.04 last weekend plans a 100 m at Texas Relays on this Saturday. "I’m excited by my time in the 200m. I’ve been mostly focusing on the 100m and was really just doing this 200m race as a fitness test. My coach said I executed my race well but there were still mistakes I made. I’m excited to see what I’m capable of in the 100m this weekend," she said. Okagbare originally planned to run only relay at Commonwealth Games. This may change after the fast time in the 200 m. 
Gudeta a surprise winner
VALENCIA (ESP): Netsanet Gudeta’s manager, Gianni Demadonna, did not expect her to break the world half marathon record at the World Half Marathon Championships and said she was also a late addition to the Ethiopian team for Valencia, informs IAAF. “In truth, I am very surprised, and I think everyone in the Ethiopian federation would have been surprised. It was a great performance and she was in good shape, a personal best was our target, but the world record not something we were thinking about even a few days ago,” he said. Gudeta didn’t take part in the Ethiopian Trials which clashed with the Dubai Marathon where Gudeta was a DNF but she was still invited to train with the national team ahead of the event. “The Ethiopian federation decided that despite Netsanet not having competed in the trials they wanted someone with experience to train with the others and act as a mentor and guide. However, still there was no expectation that Netsanet was in the type of form that could challenge for the individual gold medal. The focus of attention during the training camp was on the team gold.”
KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt doesn’t think his world records will be broken “any time soon,” informs AOL. "In the future, but not any time soon. I think the person is going to take a couple of years before the record is broken. Hopefully it's a Jamaican so I can feel really proud,” he said.
GLASGOW (GBR): Laura Muir’s coach, Andy Young, believes she has the ability to challenge Paula Radcliffe’s British and European 10,000m record of 30:01.09, informs BBC Sport. "I think she's got the scope to go on to 10,000m to the marathon. The sessions we do in training are large-volume sessions and I think already in a matter of weeks she could go out and be challenging for the British record over 10k if that's what she wanted. But I made her the promise, as long as she kept getting faster over the shorter distances, she can stay down there. Her preference is to do the 800m and 1500m,” he said.
BERLIN (GER): With packages starting from 199 euros, the organisers of the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships have launched a promotional ticket and hotel bundle deal over the Easter period. The promotional deal includes a two night stay in a three star or four star hotel in downtown Berlin, a pair of tickets for two evening sessions in the second price category and a boat tour of the River Spree. 
GLASGOW (GBR): Exclusive priority ticket access for the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow from 1-3 March opened at 10.00am local-time on Monday 26 March. Priority access for tickets will run until 11.59pm on 1 April before the general release of tickets on 2 April.
SOFIA (BUL): European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen and First Vice President Dobromir Karamarinov were handed the starter’s pistol this weekend to officially get the “Run Bulgaria” relay race (3x1786m) under way in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria. More than 300 runners took part in the race, which is part of the “Run Bulgaria” project – a running series aimed at runners of all abilities and managed by the Bulgarian Athletic Federation in the context of the European Athletics’ Running for All programme.
SAITAMA (JPN): Yuki Kawauchi received a certificate from Guinness World Records in his hometown on Sunday for running an unprecedented 78 marathons under the 2:20-mark, informs the Japan Times. “I’m very happy but this is still a passing point. I’m now aiming to reach 100 (sub-2:20s) to be called the hard-bitten Kawauchi,” he said.
PORT OF SPAIN (TTO): Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) President Brian Lewis has backed a government policy which will financially reward athletes who win medals at major sporting events such as the Olympics, informs Athletes who win gold medals at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will receive one million Trinidad & Tobago dollars and the new government policy will be backdated to reward athletes who won medals at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships and 2016 Olympics, such as Rio javelin bronze medallist Keshorn Walcott.
PRETORIA (RSA): World and Olympic 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk has backed Akani Simbine to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs Sport 24. “It’s non-negotiable, Akani is a guaranteed medal contender. He has to deliver a medal performance. But as a country, we should not put too much pressure on him. He knows that he has big responsibility of producing a performance at the games,” said Van Niekerk. Simbine will compete in both the 100m and 200m in Gold Coast.
KINGSTON (JAM): Dejour Russell, 17, is looking forward to the Commonwealth Games after winning the ISSA Boys’ Championships in Kingston, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. Russell clocked 13.10 in the U20 hurdles and has already clocked 13.32 in the senior hurdles. "For me, I can't wait for it (the Games). I know that I will be going up against the big boys, but I know that I am ready," said Russell. "It is all training from now on for me because I am really motivated at this time to go to the Commonwealth Games,” he said.
CHRISTCHURCH (NZL): Valerie Adams has spoken out against the decision taken by the Tongan government to ban school girls from playing rugby and boxing, informs News Now NZ. "I just don't know all of a sudden this has come out that these girls, these women aren't even allowed to play rugby or do boxing, and I just think it's wrong on every level. Why would you want to kill someone's dreams of doing something good for their country?" said Adams, whose mother was born in Tonga.
ABUJA (NGR): IAAF officials are confident a missing payment of $150,000 sent to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) by mistake last year will be returned soon, informs This sum was sent to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) last year instead of the scheduled payment of $15,000 due to be awarded to national federations. "We are pleased to see that the Nigerian Minister for Sport has launched an investigation and we understand that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria is cooperating with them. We hope to have the funds reimbursed shortly,” said a spokesperson for the IAAF.
JENA (GER): Olympic javelin champion Thomas Rohler will open his season at the Doha IAAF Diamond League on 4 May, informs Rohler has also revealed he has made some technical changes which have brought him more throwing speed.
LONDON (GBR): Organisers of the Athletics World Cup have revealed 250,000 tickets have been requested ahead of the ticket ballot, while more than 2000 volunteer enquiries have been received. Three days remain for registration of interest for the inaugural eight-way international match in London, which will take place on July 14-15.
CANBERRA (AUS): Australia has announced a team of 57 for the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, in July.  It includes Commonwealth youth gold medallists Bendere Oboya (400m) and Carley Thomas (800m), the former of whom will, along with Riley Day (200m and 4x100m) and Celeste Mucci (heptathlon) also compete in the Commonwealth Games next month.
WELLINGTON (NZL): Twice world indoor champion Ryan Whiting has described Tom Walsh as the No.1 “clean” shot putter in history following the New Zealander’s 22.67m last weekend which was the best throw in the world since 2003. The American told "For me, what he did today was the 'clean' world record.  All the guys in the '80s and '90s were as dirty as can be, and I think Tom's now the top of what you've seen as a clean shot putter.”
OTTAWA (CAN): Canadian athlete Nate Brannen, who was 10th over 1500m at the 2016 Olympics has announced his retirement from track and field at the age of 35. The athlete who had a metric mile best of 3:34.22 and competed at four World Championships and two Olympics, says he will race a marathon.
BRAGA (POR): Portugal will have top runners art the Trofeu Iberico at 10 000 m which will be staged in Braga on April 7. Sara Moreira and Ines Monteiro are in the women team with Rui Pedro Silva and Rui Pinto in men one.
CAPE TOWN (RSA): World champion Caster Semenya has been named as the flag bearer for Team South Africa at the opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games in Australia. She plans to run 800 m and 1500 m at the Games.
MONTREAL (CAN): An investigation into historical allegations of doping in China is still ongoing. An inquiry was launched by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) last year after Xue Yinxian, a former doctor for the Chinese Olympic team, alleged that medals won in the 1980s and 1990s were achieved through a systematic doping programme existing across all sports. WADA director of Intelligence and Investigations Günter Younger admitted that the probe is made more complex by the timeline. An update is due to be given at the next WADA Executive Committee meeting on May 16 in Montreal. Informs insidethegames.
TOKYO (JPN): The Tokyo 2020 Oympic and Paralympic Games organizing committee announced that the Olympic marathon and race walk courses will be formally finalized in late May. The committee had planned on a finalization of the courses within the 2017 fiscal year but were unable to achieve that target due to delays in the IAAF's official approval process. The marathon will start and finish at the new Olympic stadium, taking in Asakusa, Ginza and other major sightseeing spots in central Tokyo along the way. The race walks will be held on the loop around the Imperial Palace. From Brett Larner.
VALENCIA (ESP): Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has welcomed the actions of the IAAF in allowing the country’s flag to be raised at World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, defying a ruling from the Spanish Government. Before the race, the Gibraltar Amateur Athletic Association (GAAA) had tweeted that the national flag had not been raised at the Championships due to instructions from Madrid. Informs insidethegames.
SAO PAULO (BRA): The President of the Brazilian Athletics Confederation, José Antonio Martins Fernandes, Toninho, resigned on Sunday. Vice President Warlindo Carneiro da Silva Filho took the office.
ESKILSTUNA (SWE): Björn O. Nilsson was re-elected as President of Swedish Athletics federation.
CONCEPCION DEL URUGUAY (ARG, Mar 25): At Grand Prix Hugo Mario La Nasa meet Jesus Vazquez of Venezuela clocked 10.40 (+1.9) in the 100 m. Brazilian wins for Andre Thiago in the 800 m 1:48.74 and Aleixo Bento 16.62 (+2.3 and 16.37 +0.6) in triple. From Argentinians Joaquin Gomez in hammer 73.64 and fresh 400 m hurdles record holder Fiorella Chiappe 53.98 in the 400 m.
SAO PAULO (BRA, Mar 24): At Torneo Valdir Jose Barbanti Rodrigo Nascimento won the 100 m in 10.24 ahead of Vitor Hugo 10.32. Derick de Souza clocked 20.62 in the 200 m.
CARLSBAD (USA, Mar 25): On the men's side of 33rd Carlsbad 5000, Kalle Berglund became the first-ever Swedish winner, running 14:15, the slowest winning time in the history of the race.  On the women's side, Emelia Gorecka became the first-ever British winner, prevailing in a two-woman battle over American 1500m runner Sarah Brown 16:04 to 16:05.  Like Berglund, Gorecka's winning time was the slowest in race history. From RRW.
CHICAGO (USA, Mar 25): Fourth consecutive win at 39th Bank of American Shamrock Shuffle 8km for Kenyan Stephen Sambu 23:10 in what was a very close race against Isiah Koech and Ian La Mere, both also 23:10.  In the women's race, Laura Thweatt ran her first race in 48 weeks, winning easily in 26:02.  Thweatt had been recovering from a severe hip injury after running a personal best 2:25:38 at the Virgin Money London Marathon in April 2017. Informs RRW.
MOBILE (USA, Mar 25): Kenyan winners at 41st Azalea Trail Run 10 km. Benard Ngeno posted the fastest winning time since 2003 27:45. Monicah Ngige was the best woman in 32:18.
CUENCA (ECU, Mar 24): Wind readings from the meet in Ecuador. The 10.22 by Alex Quinonez were ok with +1.1 support, but the 11.13 would-be PB of Narcisa Landazuri was aided by +2.7.
BUCURESTI (ROU): Romanian Athletics Federation website informs about the death of former top discus thrower Iosif Nagy at age of 71 after a heart failure. His best 68.12 from 1983 in Zaragoza is still valid national record. He was 1976 and 1980 Olympian and 1982 European finalist.
NEW ORLEANS (USA): Mel Rosen, the head coach at Auburn University from 1963-91 and a 2001 inductee into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)  Coaches Hall of Fame, passed away on Sunday at the age of 90.
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