News from around the World- EME News (Mar 27, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Mar 27, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 27, 2018)

Blake vs Gemili and Forte
BRISBANE (AUS): Leading Jamaican sprinters will be competing in the Queensland International Track Classic in Brisbane on 28 March ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson and Olympic 100 finalist Christania Williams face Dina Asher-Smith and Asha Philip in the 100m and former world champion Yohan Blake and Julian Forte face a line-up including Adam Gemili in the men’s 100m. Ronald Levy faces world indoor champion Andrew Pozzi in the 110m hurdles; world bronze medallist Janieve Russell goes head-to-head with South Africa’s Wenda Nel in the 400m hurdles; while the women’s 400m flat line-up is headed by reigning Commonwealth champion Stephenie-Ann McPherson and former world champion Amantle Montsho from Botswana. Isaac Makwala steps down to the 200m where he will face Brits Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Zharnel Hughes while Baboloki Thebe will face sub-44 competitor Rusheen McDonald from Jamaica in the men’s 400m. Elsewhere on the track, Diamond League champion Kyron McMaster competes in the 400m hurdles while top names in the 3000m race walk are Australia’s Dane Bird-Smith and Canada’s Evan Dunfee. On the field, Australian record-holder and world-leader Kathryn Mitchell faces Canada’s Liz Gleadle in the javelin and world-leader Kurtis Marschall competes in the pole vault.
Schippers vs Thompson vs Ta Lou vs Ahoure
DOHA (QAT): The women’s 100m promises to be one of the highlights of the evening at Doha Diamond League opener on May 4 as 100 m reigning Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica will go head to head with reigning 200m World Champion and Olympic silver medallist Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands, 2017 world silver medallist in the 100m and 200m, Marie-Josée Tao Lou of the Ivory Coast and fellow country-woman 2018 World Indoor Champion over 60m, Murielle Ahouré. Meanwhile the women’s 3000m will see reigning World Champion and Olympic silver medallist in the 5000m Hellen Obiri lead of strong field of Kenyans, which includes 2013 World Youth Champion and 2014 World Junior silver medallist in the 3000m, Lilian Kasait Rengeruk and fifth-place finisher at the 2017 World championships, Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi. Reigning 1500m world silver medallist and Olympic bronze medallist, Jenny Simpson of the USA, will move up to the longer distance in Doha and will provide a strong challenge for the Kenyans. This year, the Doha Diamond League will add an extra element of excitement as the high jump will move out of the stadium for its own special event on Thursday 3rd May at Doha’s iconic Museum of Islamic Arts (MIA) Park. Fans will be able to watch the best high-jumpers in the world including home star Mutaz Essa Barshim (he informed about it via Gulf Times) leap over Doha’s stunning skyline for an unmissable and memorable event. Inform the organisers.
Duplantis cleared
AUSTIN (USA): The 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Built By The Home Depot begin Wednesday and Meet Director James Barr released the list of final qualifiers. Once again, more than 7,000 athletes will be competing at the event that takes place Wednesday through Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Athletes from across the nation and globe with 35 states represented among the entries. Athletes from 21 countries will compete as well. Elite men´s pole vault with Renaud Lavillenie, Shawn Barber and Mondo Duplantis (was cleared and recieved a waiver to compete here) will be one of the highlights on Saturday. 2012 Olympic winner Jenn Suhr is set to compete in women´s pole vault. More than a dozen Olympians are entered with Lifetime Longhorn Ashley Spencer making her outdoor season debut in the 400m hurdles. Men´s 100 m invitational race will have Japan´s Aska Cambridge, long jump olympic winner Jeff Henderson and Gil Roberts (400 m specialist) with Charles Silmon. The women's invitational is highlighted by the trio of Blessing Okagbare, Tynia Gaither and Kerron Stewart. The collegiate sprints events are sure to be fast again with Aleia Hobbs, Mikiah Brisco and Teahna Daniels along with NCAA record holder Gabrielle Thomas. From organisers release.
Harrison and McLeod for Florida Relays
GAINESVILLE (USA): Percy Beard Track will host this weekend the Pepsi Florida Relays. Among notable entries are hurdles stars, World record holder Kendra Harrison and Jamaican olympic champion Omar McLeod. Both are entered into the flat 100 m sprint. World champion Kori Carter is scheduled for 100 m hurdles. In the men´s 110 m hurdles NCAA Champion and World indoor leader Grant Holloway is the top name.

MOSCOW (RUS): Mariya Lasitskene plans to compete in at least five stages of the IAAF Diamond League ahead of the European Championships in Berlin in August, informs R-Sport. Lasitskene informed she is confirmed for Shanghai (12 May), Rome (31 May), Stockholm (10 June), Paris (30 June) and Rabat (13 July) as well as Hengelo on 3 June.
ELDORET (KEN): Fresh from winning the world half marathon title in Valencia, Geoffrey Kamworor is planning a summer season on the track before the New York Marathon in November, informs the Daily Nation. “When I go back to training, I will be concentrating on track events in 5000m and 10,000m,” he said.
ROME (ITA): Reigning two-time champion Rahma Tusa (2:25:12 PB) from Ethiopia will defend her title in the Rome Marathon on 8 April, informs organisers. Tusa will face opposition from former Boston Marathon winner Sharon Cherop from Kenya (2:22:28 PB) and teammate Angela Tanui (2:26:31 PB). The men’s elite field includes two sub-2:06 competitors: Kenya’s Jafred Kipchumba (2:05:48 PB) and Ethiopia’s Girmay Berhanu (2:05:49 PB).
DUSSELDORF (GER): Olympic marathon fifth-placer Volha Mazuronak from Belarus will compete in the Dusseldorf Marathon on 29 April, informs organisers. Mazuronak, who is now coached by Wolfgang Heinig, has a PB of 2:23:54 and could challenge the course record of 2:25:49 held by Kenya's Agnes Barsosio. The line-up also includes reigning champion Doroteia Peixoto from Portugal (2:32:00 PB) and former winner Zsofia Erdelyi from Hungary (2:35:37 PB). The men’s line-up includes Kenya’s Edwin Kiptoo (2:11:24 PB) and Japan’s Hideyuki Ikegami (2:13:41 PB).
ABUJA (NGR): Nigeria’s sports ministry suspended Athletics Federation of Nigeria’s vice president Olamide George over charges connected with the selling of an illegal drug to an athlete, reports. However, a story two weeks ago on said he was suspended, the report also citing the missing $150,000 erroneously transferred from the IAAF to the federation.
MADRID (ESP): Carles Castillejo, the athlete whom Spain dropped from the World Half team after a mix-up over the number of athletes who could be submitted, has spoken about his motivation for running in the mass race behind the elites, which led to him finishing 29th overall in 62:06. After finishing just seconds after Spanish team No.1 Ayad Lamdassem, he told IAAF: “When the gun went, I told myself that I had come to run, and I wanted to show what I had trained for. I did not run to prove anything in particular, I just wanted to make the best possible time, the one I had in my legs, and the circumstances of the race allowed me to do a great performance.”
HANNOVER (GER): Hannover Marathon is growing. Next edition on April 8 has already now more entries (22 671) than last year record participation (22 450). Part of the event will be also German Half Marathon championships.
VALENCIA (ESP): After World Championships also a meeting of the IAAF Road Running Commission was held here, chaired by Commission Chairman Carlo Capalbo. Proposals to fine-tune the mechanics of the IAAF Rankings for road races were discussed, including the introduction of an international road racing calendar in some form since results will be a factor in the rankings which will be introduced later this year. Other topics included the need for a review of the advertising regulations in road races where conditions can vary greatly from in-stadium events, the creation of an Area-based quality certification scheme for road races, and the introduction of a 'pro license' which would help anti-doping authorities better monitor elite and emerging athletes.
NIJMEGEN (NED): After enjoying a glorious first year highlighted by three Marathon Major victories, the NN Running Team will move into the heart of their second ever spring marathon campaign optimistic of further success in a range of world-class races. In London Marathon Eliud Kipchoge will be the main name along with Kenenisa Bekele. Further bolstering the NN Running Team challenge are former world marathon champions Abel Kirui and Ghirmay Ghebreslassie. On the women’s side, the NN Running Team challenge is led by Ethiopia’s Tadelech Bekele.
TORUN (POL): Polish city of Torun is working hard in their quest to be awarded the staging of European Indoor Championships 2021. They are running a campaign called Time for Torun where top polish and other international athletes along with sports officials and politicians are via social media expressing their support for the bid. European Athletics will decide end of April, the other candidate is Apeldoorn in Netherlands.
GABORONE (BOT): Botswana has named a strong athletics team for the Commonwealth Games including reigning Commonwealth 800m champion Nijel Amos and former world 400m champion Amantle Montsho, informs Southern Times Africa. Isaac Makwala is part of a strong triumvirate in the 400m along with Baboloki Thebe and Karabo Sibanda who have all been named in the team’s 4x400m relay team along with Amos.
ST GEORGE’S (GRN): Reigning Commonwealth 400m champion Kirani James won’t defend his title in Gold Coast but Grenada will still be represented by three athletes in the event including Bralon Taplin and Rondell Bartholomew. Kurt Felix and Lindon Victor will compete in the decathlon with the latter also named in the 4x400m team while Anderson Peters will challenge for a medal in the javelin.
GOLD COAST (AUS): According to the most recent entry-lists for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson will only contest the 200m where she will face Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo and European 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith. Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare is only listed in the 4x100m for the time being. Last year’s world-leader Kyron McMaster has also entered the 400m hurdles and will face former world champions Nicholas Bett from Kenya and Dai Greene from Wales.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Jamaica’s team for the Commonwealth Games also includes Warren Weir, who initially announced his retirement after the World Championships in London while Sherone Simpson, who is on the comeback from maternity leave, has been named in Jamaica’s 4x100m team.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Linden Hall is targeting a medal in the 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs SBS News. "I definitely wouldn't rule it out. The 1500m is one of those events that if you're in that final and you run smart you can be on that podium whether you're the fastest or the slowest going in. It's definitely something on my mind,” said Hall, whose lifetime best stands at 4:01.78. Her main rivals will be South Africa's Caster Semenya and Kenyans Winny Chebet and Beatrice Chepkoech.
GOLD COAST (AUS): World U20 champion and record-holder Neeraj Chopra is aiming to make the podium at his first Commonwealth Games, informs the Business Standard. "This is my first Commonwealth and I am very excited. I participated in South Asian Games but the Commonwealth Games is much bigger and am determined to give my 100 percent. I want to make my debut memorable. I am here to give my best and if I will able to eke out my best performance then hopeful I will return will a medal from here. My only target is to give my best," he said. Chopra, who has already arrived in Gold Coast to acclimatise, will face former world champion Julius Yego from Kenya and home favourite Hamish Peacock.
NAIROBI (KEN): At the age of 44, Kenneth Mungara is looking to claim the marathon title at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs organisers. “I’m happy to represent my country, many people dream of wearing the Kenyan vest, not only me, and because I was given this privilege and responsibility, I need to make sure I use it well. I am coming to win the race, that’s the only plan,” he said.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Insidethegames informs that IAAF President Sebastian Coe is to work for Australian broadcaster Channel 7 during next month's Commonwealth Games. The double Olympic champion will work alongside the legendary Bruce McAvaney during the Games. Due to injuries and illness, Coe did not compete in the Commonwealth Games until the end of his career. He ran the last major international race of his career at Auckland in 1990, coming sixth in the 800m.
MARSA (TUN, Mar 25): Tunisian Rio Marathon Olympian Atef Saad won the Megara Half Marathon in good 62:19 PB. From Carole Fuchs.
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