News from around the World- EME News (Apr 4, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Apr 4, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 4, 2018)
Taylor vs Claye at Pre
EUGENE (USA): Christian Taylor and Will Claye, who have combined to own seven major gold medals, are the headliners of the Prefontaine Classic’s triple jump at 44th edition of the meet on May 26. In the field full sweep of medalists from last year’s World Championships and the Rio Olympics as well as seven of the world’s top 10 in 2017 as ranked by Track & Field News. In their career head-to-head Taylor now owns the slimmest of leads over Claye, 22-21. In the field legendary Nelson Evora along with Chinese Bin Dong and European champion Max Hess from Germany. Also jumping US Chris Benard with Brazilian Almir dos Santos and Jean-Marc Pontvianne from France.
Schippers for FBK Games
HENGELO (NED): World 200m champion Dafne Schippers will compete in the FBK Games in Hengelo (IAAF World Challenge) on June reports. Meanwhile, organisers of the 37th editions promised changes this year, including fewer disciples but more of a spectacle and more battles. The event for Schippers will be the 200 m.
20th jubilee Prague Half
PRAHA (CZE): The 20th jubilee Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon on Saturday expects "full house" of 11 500 runners through historical parts of Czech capital. As usual top fields have been assembled. Spectators can look forward to main favourites Justus Kangogo, James Rungaru, Geoffrey Ronoh, Josphat Tanui and Benard Kimeli, last year’s winner of the Prague Grand Prix. All six athletes are capable of completing the course in under one hour. Course record is 58:47 by Atsedu Tsegay from 2012. It’s clear that Joyciline Jepkosgei’s compatriots from Kenya - Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui and Joan Melly – will be keen for a slice of her world record action. 2015 winner and last year’s runner-up Worknesh Degefa from Ethiopia will likely have a similar agenda. It will be of course tough to come close to last year WR 64:52. Czech fans will be keeping a close eye on local number one woman Eva Vrabcová-Nývltová. When it comes to the men, expected duel between Jiří Homoláč, David Vaš and Ondřej Fejfar. A number of well-known personalities will also be appearing in addition to the elite athletes. Gold Olympic medallist in the decathlon Roman Šebrle will appear at the half marathon start line among others.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Prince Charles formally opened the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast during the opening ceremony. According to, the royal’s speech read: "The ancient stories told by the people of Australia tell us that even though we are far away, we are all very much connected. As you come together at the start of these Games I continue to be enthused and encouraged by the discipline and commitment of athletes. It now gives me the greatest pleasure to declare the 21st Commonwealth Games Open." The three-hour ceremony was blighted by torrential rain and Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson was a popular choice as the final bearer of the Queen's Baton Relay. 
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya’s Eva Cherono will go into the Commonwealth Games 5000m as an underdog who will be happy with a medal, she told Accompanying world champion Hellen Obiri and African Games champion Margaret Chelimo, she said: “We have a strong team and I’m the darkhorse, but that doesn’t  scare me. You go to a battle hoping for victory but I will appreciate any medal at this point.”
GOLD COAST (AUS): Sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye was Trinidad and Tobago's flagbearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.  The 25-year-old World Championships bronze medallist admitted she was "humbled" after being chosen to lead her team into the Carrara Stadium. From insidethegames. In total 39 flagbearers were male, 32 were female and Athletics was the most-represented sport, with 24 flagbearers.
WARSAW (POL):  The Polish Athletics Federation PZLA received the awards for “international success” at the Champ Awards. The awards for sports organisation and business, set up by marketing firm ABK Sport, recognised PZLA for topping the medal table at the European Indoor Championships last year. Olympic shot put winner Tomasz Majewski who is also PZLA vice-president received the award on the behalf of the federation.
AARHUS (DAN): Registration for the IAAF World Cross Country Championship open race has now become available. Runners in the event on 30 March 2019 will be able to compete in either the “sprint”, relay or in the mass race behind the elite.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Swedish 800m record-holder and Europea bronze medallist Lovisa Lindh is hoping to make a comeback in June following recovery from a leg injury from last summer. The 2:01.37 runner, who has not competed since mid-July last year, has just returned from a training camp and in South Africa and told Göteborgsposten: "I'm increasing the running more and more and not hurting. It is in the right direction.”
ISTANBUL (TUR): 2016 Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa, who has run 59:22 for the half, will compete among the high-calibre field at the Vodafone Istanbul Half-marathon on Sunday. Kenya’s Leonard Langat is faster among the entrants at 59:18. Azerbaijan record-holder Evans Kiplagat and sub-60 runner Albert Kangogo are in the line-up too. The home nation has a strong showing in European cross-country champion Kaan Ozbilen, his predecessor in 2015, Ali Kaya, and European 10,000m champion Polat Arikan. In the women’s section, Joyce Chepkirui, the 2016 Prague winner in 66:19, will line up against Roza Dereje (PB 67:23), Lucy Cheruiyot (67:23) and Yeshaneh Ababel (67:21).
LONDON (GBR): Michael Watson, a former boxer who came back from a life-threatening ringside brain injury to complete the 2003 London Marathon, has been named Spirit of London award winner by organisers of this year’s race. He will give out medals to finishers of the race on April 22.
SACRAMENTO (USA): Jane Kibii will defend her title at the Credit Union SACTOWN Run 10 miles on Sunday. The Kenyan four-time winner, who ran 55:50 last year, will be challenged by local runner Lauren Totten and another American Margo Malone. The men’s field is headed by 2:12 marathoner Matt Llano, Brendan Gregg, the fastest in the field on 48:06, and 62-minute half-marathon George Alex.
TOKYO (JPN): Officials connected with the next Olympics are happy with progress despite early problems. Tokyo 2020 chief executive officer Toshiro Muto told "Everything is going very smoothly and I can clearly say that most of the competition venues are on track and they will be completed as scheduled." Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike told AFP that organisers were making steady progress. Koike admitted the organisation’s budget “seriously ballooned” at one time but it has been reviewed since.
KINGSTON (JAM): New young Jamaican sprint sensation Brianna Williams says her country’s athletics hopes are in safe hands. Following her three gold medals at the Carifta Games, the under-17 who ran an 11.27 and 23.11 sprint double followed by the relay, told Jamaica Gleaner:  “I believe that we have incredible athletes to carry on the tradition at the senior level. We will dominate any track meet that we go to. Later on is World Juniors in July, and I am working on selection. I am stronger, better mentally and improving so I am looking forward to that meet.”
WELLINGTON (NZL): New Zealand legend Peter Snell has given his memorabilia to the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, based in the Dunedin Railway Station. The former multiple world record-holder and winner of two Olympics at 800m and one at 1500m donated documents, medals and trophies, plus a plaque commemorating his IAAF hall of fame induction, reports.
NAIROBI (KEN): World record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei says she is overcoming the leg injury which hampered her in the build-up to the World Half-marathon Championships last month. The Kenyan, who is targeting the Gifu Seiryu Half-marathon in Japan on April 22, told Xinhua news agency: "It is now healing and I will be ready to resume normal duty soon. I want to defend my title in Japan and see which other races my management will pick for me to participate.”
LONDON (GBR): The British Milers Club will hold a series of mile events this summer to commemorate the life of Roger Bannister, who died last month. Held by the organisers of the established middle-distance meetings, the four races will include one at Iffley Road, Oxford, where Bannister became the first sub-four-minute miler in 1954.
DUSSELDORF (GER): The Muller Grand Prix in Glasgow, with 45,942 points, topped the IAAF’s world meet rankings for the 2018 indoor season, writes Second was PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf (45,538 points) and third the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe (45,334 points).
HANNOVER (GER): Registrations for the Hannover Marathon reached a new high of 25,003 at the end of the deadline on reports.
MINSK (BLR): Last week IAAF delegation headed by Competitions Director Paul Hardy visited Minsk as part of preparation of the IAAF World Team Race Walking Championships in 2020.
BENGALURU (IND): The date for the TCS World 10K Bengaluru, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, has been moved back two weeks from 13 May to 27 May owing to local government elections. It was posted on facebook. This race was won in 2017 by Kenya’s Alex Oloitiptip and Irene Cheptai in 28:12 and 31:51.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): National record holders Lebogang Shange and Anel Oosthuizen will spearhead a nine-member South African team to the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, China. Shange, who finished fourth at the World Championships in London will be accompanied by national champion Wayne Snyman, Sizwe Ndebele and Tebatso Mashinbyi. While Oosthuizen will be the only SA representative in the 20km Senior Women race, national champion Natalie le Roux will contest the 50km Women event.
BERLIN (GER): Legendary meet organiser of ISTAF in Berlin Rudi Thiel celebrated on Wednesday his 90th birthday. He was the head of the oldest one day meet in Europe from 1968 until 2000.
GOMEL (BLR, Apr 4): Aliaksandr Liakhovich clocked 1:21:53 to win men’s 20km at the Belarussian race walking cup. Viktoryia Rashchupkina was fastest among women in 1:33:06 PB. Dzmitry Dziubin 2:39:47 and Nastassia Yatsevich 2:51.58 topped the 35 km races. In U20 category Mikita Kaliada improved his PB to 40:39 over 10km and still 16-year-old Hanna Zubkova clocked 47:45 (also PB) at the same distance.
PARIS (FRA, Apr 4): At ISF (International School Sport federation) Cross Country Championships had as winner in the open race Cherrad Oussama (17) from Algeria 16:09 over Samuel Tanner from New Zealand 16:10 and third Hicham Boulkail from Morocco 16:13. England´s Matthew Willis was top European as fifth in 16:18. In the school teams race Hungarian Istvan Palkovats won in 16:15. Girls open race has Ella Heeney from India winning 13:33 ahead of Meryem Azrour from Morocco 13:34 and Frances Brint from England 13:40. Abbey Rockliff from Australia topped schools race 13:54 ahead of Yasmine Bidekan from Morocco 13:55. Top European here Marjorie Jansen from Netherlands 14:14. Moroccan boys and Australian girls won the teams, in the schools section Ifrane from Morocco won boys and girls. Next edition of this event will be held in 2020 in Samorin, Slovakia.
CHENGDU (CHN, Apr 4): During first day of another Chinese GP Throwing meet only qualifications have been held, but still World medalist Lu Huihui achieved 63.72 in women javelin and behind her U18 thrower Wang Ying improved to 55.09 PB. From Tilastopaja.
SOCHI (RUS, Apr 1): Winners of Sochi Half Marathon were Stepan Kiselev in 62:57 and Irina Sergeyeva 74:38.
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