News from around the World- EME News (Mar 28, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Mar 28, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 28, 2018)
Nettey 692 WL in long jump
BRISBANE (AUS, Mar 28): In blustery conditions at the Queensland International Track Classic, Zharnel Hughes won the 200m in a fast 20.23 against a headwind of 1.6 m/s with Botswana’s Isaac Makwala winning a separate 200m race in 20.51 (-0.9). Elaine Thompson was one of a number of leading Jamaicans in action, winning the 100m in 11.72 (-1.7 m/s) although Dina Asher-Smith was much faster at 11.31 (-1.0) in a another 100m race. Yohan Blake was the fastest overall in the 100m with 10.34 (no wind reading) while last year’s breakout hurdler Ronald Levy won the 110m hurdles in 13.83 (-1.8) with world indoor champion Andrew Pozzi only fourth in 13.99. Reigning Commonwealth champion Stephenie-Ann McPherson won the 400m in 51.07 with former world champion Amantle Montsho winning a separate race in 51.79 while teammate Shericka Jackson was the fastest across two races of the 200m in 23.05 (-1.3). There were good wins in the 400m hurdles from Jack Green (49.80) and South Africa’s Wenda Nel (55.01) and Laura Weightman clocked a fast 4:05.89 to win the 1500m. The highlight on the in-field was an excellent long jump in which Canada’s Christabel Nettey went out to a wind-legal world-leading 6.92m (1.8) ahead of Brooke Stratton (6.88m, 1.9) although Shara Proctor’s 6.84m was just over the legal wind limit at 2.3 m/s. World finalist Kelsey-Lee Roberts extended her PB to 64.57m to win the javelin with teammate Hamish Peacock going out to 80.25m in the men’s javelin. Brandon Starc cleared 226 in the high jump. In the hammer, Chris Bennett went out to 74.08m with Osian Jones setting a Welsh record of 71.62m in second while Canada’s Jillian Weir surpassed the 70m line in the women’s event with 70.72m. Also in the field, Damian Birkenhead won the shot put with 20.30m and Kurtis Marschall cleared 5.45m in the pole vault. England won both 4x100m relays in world-leading times of 38.31 (Kilty, Hughes, Gemili, Aikines-Aryeetey) ahead of Canada 38.97 and 43.20 (Philip, Asher-Smith, B. Williams, Humphreys) respectively and Dane Bird-Smith won the 3000m race walk in 10.56.06 ahead of Canada’s Evan Dunfee (11:28.41).
McLeod leads Pre 110 m Hurdles field
EUGENE (USA): Jamaican Olympic and World gold medalist Omar McLeod’s hopes for a third straight Prefontaine Classic victory this May but it will require him to beat the deepest field of 110 meter hurdlers ever assembled in meet history. On May 26 he will be the headliner with World record holder Aries Merritt, 2015 World Champion Sergey Shubenkov, Olympic silver medalist Orlando Ortega with bronze winner Dimitri Bascou, World Indoor champion Andy Pozzi, Jamaican Ronald Levy and second US hurdler in the field Devon Allen. 
GOLD COAST (AUS): Sally Pearson has revealed she has been struggling with an Achilles injury in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs the Courier Mail. “All athletes have niggling injury issues they have to face and I am no different. This is not a career ending injury but the timing is extremely disappointing. Australia can rest assured I will be certainly working hard to overcome what is just another challenge in my career,” she said. Pearson ran the first leg of the 4x100m at the Queensland International Track Classic in Brisbane, leading Australia off to a 43.76 clocking.
BRISBANE (AUS): After just missing out on the medals at the World Championships in London, Yohan Blake is looking forward to a “better year” and is aiming to start his season with a medal at the Commonwealth Games, informs the Courier Mail. “I’m doing some good work in training and my cadence is coming back. I’m looking forward to that night in the final in Australia. I don’t have a Commonwealth medal. It’s very important for me to have one in my trophy case,” he said. Blake will contest the 100m and 4x100m at the Commonwealth Games.
PRETORIA (RSA): Recently crowned South African 100m record-holder Carina Horn has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games due to injury, informs Horn hopes to race in the Doha Diamond League on 4 May. 
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican sprinter Simone Facey has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast due to inadequate travel arrangements, informs Track Alerts. “I have withdraw from the Commonwealth Games. I wasn’t comfortable with the travel arrangements that I received. It would have take me almost 40 hours to reach Australia,” she said on her Facebook page.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta  ordered Sports Chief Secretary Rashid Echesa to ensure Commonwealth Games-bound Kenyan team are paid their allowances immediately and directed the Ministry of Sports to pay any outstanding cash rewards to athletes dating back to 2012, informs the Daily Nation. “I told the president in my speech that medallists going back to the 2012 London Olympics up to date have not received their cash rewards. Most of us haven’t gotten our allowances for Commonwealth Games,” said team captain Elijah Manangoi. 
MONACO (MON): The IAAF has formally ratified Christian Coleman’s world 60m record of 6.34 from the US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque on 18 February. That also confirms his 6.37 from Clemson in January will not be ratified.
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica has expressed an interest in staging the 2020 World U20 Championships, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. "It would be very important to cement our place as a track and field powerhouse, to show that we cannot only compete well, but that we can also host these types of events at the highest level. We have expressed to the Government that we have a wish to host these events that aren't too long - like the World Under-20 Championships - we have expressed that desire to have it staged here again," said JAAA president Dr. Warren Blake. It should be noted that Edmonton is already in process to bid for this championships.
NAIROBI (KEN): Joyciline Jepkosgei’s manager Davor Savija has said she had to take anti-inflammatories before the World Half Marathon race after sustaining a minor injury in training. “Unfortunately, several days before travel to Valencia, during training session, Joyciline stepped on a sharp stone, with moderate contusion of left foot. Anti-inflammatory and ice for around 48 hours before the race helped as much as possible and silver medal was well earned,” he said on Twitter.
MOSCOW (RUS): One hundred usual applications of Russian athletes and 44 simplified ones were sent to the IAAF starting from December 2017, informs TASS referring to RusAF press-office information.
PRAHA (CZE): Czech Athletics Federation published the names of foreign athletes who are registered for the coming summer season as allowed to compete for Czech Clubs in the Clubs League. The majority of this foreigners comes from neighbours in Slovakia headed by top names like Jan Volko, Iveta Putalova, Lucia Vadlejch and Martin Kucera. Interesting to see in the list also triple jumper Alexis Copello, who competes for Azerbaijan.
NIJMEGEN (NED): NN Running Team will be also seen at Boston Marathon on April 16. Geoffrey Kirui will return to defend his last year win. Along with him Abdi Nageeye, who last year enjoyed the best season of his career so far setting two marathon PBs highlighted by his Dutch record time of 2:08:16 in Amsterdam.  Also competing in the distinctive white NN Running Team vest is Kenyan Philemon Rono. In the women’s race, NN Running Team athlete Gladys Chesir will aim to build on her impressive marathon debut time of 2:24:51 in Amsterdam last year. In Rotterdam on April 8 Kenyan Laban Korir and Ethiopia’s Mule Wasihun and Abera Kuma will be in action. And also in Hamburg on April 29 former World and Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich is in action for the NN Running Team. Kenya’s Stephen Chebogut, the 2017 runner-up in Paris, is also in action.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): World and Olympic medalist in triple jump Will Claye said in an interview with that he considers to skip the outdoor season.
PARIS (FRA): French star runner Mahiedine Mekhissi competed over 10 km last weekend in Moirans and the road event was a new experience for him. But the main goal remains the double at European Championships in Berlin with 5000/steeple combination. On Tuesday he flew for another five week training camp in Mammoth Lakes in California. First track meet this year should be at 5000 m in May.
KINGSTON (JAM): Fresh Jamaican U18 record holder Kevona Davis (16) withdrew from this weekend´s Carifta Games in Nassau. It is due to a sore hamstring injury, which she suffered at the recent schools championships. Informs Jamaica Gleaner.
NASSAU (BAH): This year’s Carifta, the 47th version will be staged from March 31 to April 2 at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau. The host nation will be represented by an 80-member team, and they will be joined by nearly 700 athletes from 25 other nations in the Caribbean and around the region. Jamaica has won 41 of the 46 titles, including 33 straight dating back to 1985. The Bahamas has won four titles in 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1984, and Bermuda has won the other one, in 1975.
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