News from around the World- EME News (Mar 30, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Mar 30, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 30, 2018)
McLaughlin 22.39 and Gardiner 20.20
GAINESVILLE (USA, Mar 29): Florida Relays started with superb 200 m times. On the women side teen star Sydney McLaughlin clocked huge PB 22.39 (+1.5). It is fastest U20 time since 2003 and fourth best of all-time in that age category. One could think what she can achieve in her specialty 400 m hurdles with such speed. Second Joanna Atkins and third hurdles World record holder Kendra Harrison achieved the same 22.81. For the World Indoor champion Harrison also a PB, previous top mark was 23.00. Fifth in the race was the 400 m hurdles World champion Kori Carter 23.23. Puertorican 100 m hurdles record holder Jasmine Camacho-Quinn won another race with 22.59 but aided by +3.0. In the men´s 200 m new personal best for 400 m World silver medalist Steven Gardiner of Bahamas 20.20 (+2.0) beating 110 m hurdles World champion Omar McLeod 20.49. In the 400 m Bahamian Alonzo Russell got 45.44 win over triple jump World and Olympic winner Christian Taylor 45.48. Taylor´s last 400 m race was at Drake Relays in April 2014 when he clocked personal best 45.17. He plans to run more 400 m races in the summer. Third in the race 400 m hurdles veteran Bershawn Jackson 46.50. Jamaican Shawn Rowe won the 400 m hurdles in life-time best 49.17. In another race Bahamian Jeffery Gibson clocked 49.21 (his fastest since May 2016) over Jamaican Ansert Whyte 49.48. Women winner Grace Claxton from Puertorico achieved 56.30. Grenada´s record holder Anderson Peters won the javelin with 81.57. In high school 100 m prelims fast times for Anthony Schwartz 10.18 (+2.0) and Tamari Davis who at age of 15 improved to 11.29 (+0.5).
Dutch hammer record Comenentia 76.29
AUSTIN (USA, Mar 29): 23 years old Hunter Veith improved to 8046 points in decathlon at the 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. He was great in jumps 778 long and 210 high. Second Solomon Simmons also a personal best with 7946 points, third Scott Filip 7876. Versatile Dutch thrower Denzel Comenentia improved hugely in hammer to two national records, first 76.11 and then 76.29. Taliyah Brooks won the heptathlon with 5946 points over Tyra Gittens from Trinidad and Tobago who scored personal best 5700 points.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Tom Bosworth and Anyika Onuora have been named co-captains of the Team England athletics team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Bosworth will compete in the 20km race walk and Onuora the 400m and 4x400m relay.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Caster Semenya has said she has “mastered the art” of running the 1500m, informs the Independent Online. “It is a tougher race to run but - coming from the world championships we’ve learned from that race. I think we’ve mastered the art of running the 1500 and I don’t think it would be a problem. I’ve run a 4:10 and a 4:02 on my own, taking the lead from the start, which shows I have improved. All I need to do now is to go and execute and secure my gold,” she said. Semenya is targeting both the 800m and 1500m at the Commonwealth Games and will be looking to emulate Kenya’s Nancy Langat who claimed both titles in 2010.
GOLD COAST (AUS): African 400m hurdles champion Wenda Nel believes she is in shape to break her lifetime best of 54.37 at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs organisers. “I am in PB shape and would definitely like to finish these Commonwealth Games better than my first one (Glasgow 2014), when I was disqualified in the final (for running outside her lane),” she said. The entry-list in the 400m hurdles is headed by Jamaica’s Janieve Russell.
BELFAST (GBR): Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) officials have urged Northern Ireland's Government to end the political stalemate which threatens Belfast's hosting of the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games, informs Northern Ireland has been without a function Assembly since last January and pressure has been placed on the British government to make sure the funding required to host the event is signed off.
GOLD COAST (AUS): High jumper Mike Edwards is entered for Nigeria at Commonwealth Games. The 27-year-old has travelled to the event, which starts in a few days’ time on the Gold Coast, but he has been warned by the IAAF that he is ineligible due to the transfer of allegiance process being frozen. Angry with the decision, he has started a protest in the Commonwealth Games village where he is carrying a sign that reads: “Homeless… Dear IAAF, please let me compete 4 Nigeria.” Edwards was born in Manchester, England, but his mother is Nigerian and his father is Jamaican and he has spent long periods in the United States at school and college but he competed for Britain at 2009 European U20 Championships in Novi Sad where he finished 9th. Edwards has received a letter from Olivier Gers, the out-going chief executive of the IAAF, who says there are no rules currently in force to allow him to transfer allegiance from Great Britain to Nigeria. Writes Athletics Weekly.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Malaysia has named triple jumper Muhd Hakimi Ismail as their flagbearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
OTTAWA (CAN): Cam Levins was pleased to set a lifetime best of 62:15 in windy conditions at the World Half Marathon Championships ahead of the track season, informs Athletics Illustrated. “I’m really pleased with the race. My foot finally felt perfect the last few weeks; I was able to train both hard and consistently. I’m really excited to see what I can do in the next month before I start track season,” he said. Levins will miss the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
ISTANBUL (TUR): The Istanbul Half Marathon on April 8 will see best home runners competing. Not only Kaan Kigen Ozbilen but also Ali Kaya, Polat Arikan Kemboi and Aras Kaya. They will face Evans Kiplagat who runs for Azerbaijan. From Kenyans among others Leonard Langat, Albert Kangogo and Evans Cheruiyot. From Ethiopians Feyisa Lilesa with Amdework Tadese and Asefa Tefera. In women category Esma Aydemir leads the home group. But she will have to deal with strong Kenyans Joyce Chepkirui, Lucy Cheruiyot and Sarah Chepchirchir among others. Ethiopian challenge leader will be Roza Dereje Bekele with Ababel Yeshaneh.
ROTTERDAM (NED): Ethiopian Abera Kuma who was winner here in 2015 was added into the field of 38th NN Marathon Rotterdam which will be staged on April 8. His best is 2:05:56 from Berlin 2014. Based on life-time bests the top names are Getu Feleke 2:04:50 and Visiline Jepkesho 2:21:37. Best European entrants are home Khalid Choukoud 2:10:52 and Italian Claudia Pinna 2:37:12. Interesting debutants are Belgian Bashir Abdir, US Andrew James Wacker and Kenyan Daniel Kibet, in women category Ethiopian Sentayehu Lewetgn.
MONACO (MON): In latest IAAF list of confirmed doping cases is also Indian 400 m hurdler Jithin Paul with 49.61 best from 2016. He got 4 years ban from May 2017 until May 2021 for possession of a prohibited
substance or prohibited method.
MOSCOW (RUS): RusAF press secretary Nataliya Yukharyeva said that until April 6 the IAAF should make decision whether Russian athletes will be able to perform at World Team Race Walking Championships in Taicang, China on May 5-6.
MOSCOW (RUS): High World champion Mariya Lasitskene was awarded with Silver Doe prize by Russian sports journalists association. “My new season started this week. I began trainings after very good rest and Im ready for tough work,” Lasitskene said during the awarding ceremony.  
KYIV (UKR): The Ukrainian sports journalists association awarded head of the Ukrainian athletics federation Ihor Hotsul with Journalistic Sympathy Prize for his open beeing with media. High jump world silver medalist Yuliya Levchenko was among Top 10 sportspersons of the year. Pole vault legend and NOC president Serhiy Bubka received honorable prize “For cooperation and support of the Ukrainian sports journalists association”.
VAL DU REUIL (FRA): The 3:36.05 1500 m mark by Ethiopian Samuel Tefera at the January indoor meet here will not be ratified as World U20 Indoor record because the doping test wasn't done on the same day as the competition which was January 27. Still interesting the fact that Tefera remained unbeaten in the indoor season after three wins (Val du Reuil, Mondeville and World Indoors).
APELDOORN (NED): Decathlon star Eelco Sintnicolaas with national record holders Femke Pluim and Menno Vloon will compete in a series of street pole vaults in the summer. The places for Urban Pole Vault Series are Apeldoorn, Alphen aan de Rijn and Zaandam.
KRANJ (SLO): Slovenian record holder in high jump Rozle Prezelj who was the head of IAAF Athletes Commission and now continues as special advisor for IAAF President has been also named the ombudsman of athletes rights by Slovenian Government. His mandate will start in April.
SAN LUIS OBISPO (USA): San Luis Obispo track was named after Steve Miller and the whole sports complex Steve Miller and John Capriotti Athletics Complex. Both Nike senior officials were Cal Poly graduates and were part of special celebration when the first meet was held there recently.
BELFAST (GBR): Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) officials have urged Northern Ireland's Government to end the political stalemate which threatens Belfast's hosting of the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games, informs Northern Ireland has been without a function Assembly since last January and pressure has been placed on the British government to make sure the funding required to host the event is signed off.
KINGSTON (JAM): One of the Jamaican top names Anthony Carpenter has been replaced by World U18 champion Antonio Watson in the U20 boys 400 m at the Carifta Games in The Bahamas due to a groin injury. Informs Jamaica Gleaner. The Games are starting on Saturday, on Friday is the opening ceremony.
DJIBOUTI (DJI, Mar 30): Home star Ayanleh Souleiman clocked 1:45.70 to win the 800 m at the traditional International meet in the African country. Second Teddese Lemi from Ethiopia 1:46.00. World U18 Champion George Manangoi topped the 1500 m in 3:40.77. Kenyan Alphas Kishoyan was the best in the 400 m with 46.75. In the 5000 m Kenyan winner Fredrick Musyoki 14:00.22 ahead of Djamal Dirieh 14:00.59. Ethiopian women winners were Kore Tola 2:03.07 and Bone Cheluke 4:18.69. From Carole Fuchs.
ODESA (UKR, Mar 30): Oleksandr Matviychuk won clearly the Ukrainian CC title at 8 km with 25:19. In the women 5 km Olesya Didovodyuk was the best in 18:30 ahead of Nataliya Batrak 18:32
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