News from around the World- EME News (Apr 3, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Apr 3, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 3, 2018)
Collins plans farewell outdoor season
BASSETERRE (SKN): Ever young sprinter Kim Collins announced this winter ending of his indoor career on social media. Now via his agent Caroline Feith the 2003 World champion confirmed his plans to run outdoors in 2018 and is taking it as his farewell season. "I felt the need to still do one more outdoor season and be able to say farewell to my fans and all the friends that I made over the years all over the world,"said Collins. Training for summer is going well. Collins will be soon 42 on April 5 and clocked good quality 6.60 as season best in the indoor season.
B. Williams the top name
NASSAU (BAH, Apr 2): Jamaica's under-17 sprinter Briana Williams walked away with the Austin Sealy Award at the end of the 47th Flow Carifta Games in Bahamas. Jamaica also ended as top nation again with 82 medals (44-27-11). Second Bahamas 35 (6-14-15) and third Trinidad and Tobago 17 (4-6-7). Williams won the U18 200 m in fast PB 23.11 (+1.1). The U20 winner Ockera Myrie also from Jamaica was not that fast with 23.34 (+2.4). Boys 200 m winners Christopher Taylor 20.38 (+1.1) and in the U18 Rajay Morris 21.25 (+2.2). Sprint hurdles had Jamaican Orlando Bennett winning the U20 race in 13.35 (+3.0) and among girls Amoi Brown 13.15 (+1.0) in the U20 and Crystal Morrison 13.11 (+1.7) in the U18 (0.76 height). Another interesting Jamaican win was the 185 in the U20 girls high jump by Lamara Distin. Jamaica also won three 4x400 m relays, the U20 3:06.62 and both U18 3:14.99 and 3:38.39. Only in the girls U20 Jamaica was disqualified and the gold medals went to St. Vincent in 3:48.24 as also Bahamas were disqualified. 
GOLD COAST (AUS): Adam Gemili is looking to improve on his silver medal from 2014 in the 100m at the Commonwealth Games, informs Eurosport. "I know if I run my best race, I should be in the mix with those guys and competitive and be challenging for a medal and I want that medal to be a gold medal. I don't do this sport to fill the lanes and make other people look good, I'm trying to win myself and I believe I can hopefully do that,” he said. Gemili will also contest the 4x100m.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Dina Asher-Smith is targeting a medal in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games but she is aiming to reach her best form at the European Championships in Berlin this August, informs Eurosport. “It’s [the Commonwealth Games] not normally in April so the challenge has been to get in good enough shape to perform well this early in the season but without jeopardising what we want to do later in the year for the Europeans. Hopefully I will be going well and peaking in August as well but it would mean so much to be on top of that podium, with it being Team England – that would be amazing,” she said. Asher-Smith will face Olympic champions Elaine Thompson and Shaunae Miller-Uibo in the 200m although it is not yet known which individual events reigning champion Blessing Okagbare will contest.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Beatrice Mutai is aiming to emulate her sister Faith Kipyegon by winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games where she will contest the 10,000m, informs the Daily Nation. “We are going to run as a team in Gold Coast against our competitors. We will not lose sight of our goal, even with Ethiopian athletes missing, because other countries will be out to beat us,” she said. “I want to perform well like my sister. I want to be in the medal bracket in my race.” Mutai is joined on the Kenyan team over 10,000m by Sandra Chebet and Stacy Ndiwa. 
GOLD COAST (AUS): Kenyan javelin thrower Alex Kiprotich has talked about the problems facing Kenyan field event athletes. “Athletes in field events suffer a lot due to lack of facilities, which affects training. I have trained without a proper javelin and shoes. I was told we shall get them in Gold Coast but its difficult using things you are not used to,” he told the Daily Nation. Kiprotich has a PB of 78.84m and will compete in the javelin at the Commonwealth Games alongside reigning champion Julius Yego. 
GOLD COAST (AUS): Discus thrower Fedrick Dacres and netballer Jhaniele Fowler-Reid have been chosen to captain Jamaica's team at the Games. “It is truly an honour to be chosen to captain this team,” Dacres said. “There are so many other great athletes here that have represented Jamaica before that could have been chosen, so to be selected as captain is quite a surprise,” he said. Informs Jamaica Gleaner.
GOLD COAST (AUS): The delegation from Mauritius at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast is being shaken by a scandal of sexual misconduct. Javelin thrower Jessica Rosun was allegedly the victim of sexual touching by the team's chef de mission Kaysee Teeroovengadum in a incident that occurred on Saturday. Mauritius media report about pressure for the matter to be dealt internally rather than the case being reported to police. Informs
DES MOINES (USA): Five-time Drake Relays champion Jenny Simpson returns to the Blue Oval to challenge the American outdoor 2-mile record as part of Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays, announced. Boldon also unveiled world-class competitors in the pole vault and high jump inside Drake Stadium for what has the potential to be a historic night of track & field action. With Simpson running will be Brenda Martinez and Alexa Efraimson. World champion Sam Kendricks leads the pole vault along with Shawn Barber and Scott Houston. Vashti Cunningham is the top name for women high jump with Levern Spencer and Doreen Amata with Alyx Treasure.
LONDON (GBR): The organisers of the World Cup which takes place in London this July has appointed Lagardère Sports to represent the overseas media rights for the event taking place this summer. The deal will see the agency distribute media rights globally (excluding UK and Ireland).
STIRLING (GBR): Great Run is poised to sign a three-year deal which will see the Great Edinburgh Cross Country in January move to King’s Park in Stirling, informs the Scotsman. “The Edinburgh international cross-country is a fantastic event for Scotland. Scottish Athletics chief executive Mark Munro has welcomed the Scottish Government backing to keep the event in the country. “It’s great because it’s an event kids can go to and see people like Laura or Mo Farah up close,” he said.
MOSCOW (RUS): Coach Sergey Zhelanov is confident decathlete Ilya Shkurenyev will reach top form by the time of the European Championships in Berlin, informs R-Sport. "Ilya is in full training and systematically preparing for the European Championship; he will reach his level and will fight for medals,” said Zhelanov. Shkurenyev didn’t compete at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham as he hadn’t fully recovered from an injury which he sustained at the World Championships in London.
TOKYO (JPN): Japan will field a full-strength squad for the  IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, Japan, on May 5-6. World silver and bronze medallists Hirooki Arai and Kai Kobayashi will compete in the 50km walk along with Yuki Ito, Hayato Katsuki and Sitoshi Maruo. Over 20km, the team includes the three fastest athletes in the world this year, Eiki Takahashi, Toshikazu Yamanishi and Daisuke Matsunaga.
GIFU (JPN): World marathon record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei will compete in the Gifu Seiryu Half-marathon on April 22, Japan Running News reports. The race will fall just four weeks after she won silver at the World Half-marathon Championships in Valencia. Sub-68 runners  Eunice Chumba of Bahrain and Valary Jemeli of Kenya are joined by another Kenyan Joy Kemuma and Karolina Nadolska from Poland, who have both run below 70 minutes. The men’s champion also returns, although Kenya’s Alexander Mutiso is only fifth quickest in the field. Kenya’s James Mwangi is fastest with a 59:07 PB, while James Rungaru and Moses Kurong have also run below 60 minutes.
LAUSANNE (SUI): The 81st AIPS Congress will be held this year on May 7-10 in Brussels. The Congress will be hosted by AIPS in conjunction with Sportspress Belgium and will cover a wide range of topics relevant to sports journalism and its professionals worldwide. "This Congress will be a fundamental meeting for our organization," pointed out AIPS President Gianni Merlo. "We have lot of topics of relevance on the agenda such as the AIPS Sport Media Awards and an important forum 'Sport Journalism: how to stay relevant in the digital age' where we will have prominent personalities of the sport media industry".
TAMPA (USA): The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series has announced that the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon in November will have an all-new start line in the heart of Las Vegas Blvd. between Harmon Ave. and Park Ave., with the races maintaining their 4:30 p.m. start time. In what has been a truly global event unlike any other, runners from all 50 states and over 70 countries have converged to experience the only private event to close the Las Vegas Boulevard at night.
PODEBRADY (CZE): Podebrady EA Walking Permit will be held this Saturday with last year winner German Christopher Linke in men category (1:18:59 PB here) and best Czech walker Anezka Drahotova in women race. Main rival for Drahotova in women 20 km will be Italian European Cup second placer Eleonora Giorgi. Also competing Paulina Buziak from Poland and Lithuanian twins Monika and Zivile Vaiciukeviciute. For Linke rivals will be his team-mate Hagen Pohle, from Poland Dawid Tomala and Rafal Fedaczynski along with Mexican Horacio Nava.
LAUSANNE (SUI): The European Athlete of the Month voting for March is underway across EA Twitter and Facebook pages. The voting closes at 12:00 CET on Saturday 6 April.
CRETEIL (FRA): A preliminary investigation, opened by the public prosecutor's office of Créteil, targets head coach of US Creteil Giscard Samba for "rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment". It was entrusted to the judicial police of Val-de-Marne. The management of the US Créteil club explains that it "will draw all the disciplinary consequences of this case, if the facts prove accurate". Writes L´Equipe.
CHENGDU (CHN, Apr 1): Asian Champion last year Luo Na improved in women hammer at national throwing GP meet to 73.71 World lead. She beat clearly World silver medalist Wang Zheng 71.39. Also women javelin had good quality with London bronze medalist Lu Huihui getting 63.07 ahead of another London finalist Li Shiying 61.05. Qi Zhen achieved in men javelin 80.90. Bian Ka won women shot 17.96 and Feng Bin 61.57 women discus. Informs Tilastopaja.
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