News from around the World- EME News (Apr 5, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Apr 5, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 5, 2018)
De Grasse for Drake Relays
DES MOINES (USA): Triple Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse will headline the 100m at the Drake Relays on 28 April, informs organisers. He faces Isiah Young, Mike Rodgers and long jump specialist Jarrion Lawson as well as Jak Ali Harvey from Turkey. Also running Brandon Carnes, Beejay Lee and Kemar Hyman. For De Grasse first 100 m race since early July 2017. 
Bowie and Shaunae for Adidas Boost
BOSTON (USA): The Adidas Boost Boston Games will take place on 19-20 May, informs organisers. Early entries for the third edition include world 100m champion Tori Bowie and Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo. The 100m hurdles line-up also includes Americans Christina Manning and Sharika Nelvis against former world champion Danielle Williams from Jamaica and world indoor bronze medallist Nadine Visser from the Netherlands. The event has two parts, traditional middle-distance meet and a “street meet” on an elevated track in the middle of the city center. This year, Miller-Uibo will line up over 150 meters, as will Noah Lyles in men´s 150 m. 
US top names in 4x100 m
KNOXVILLE (USA): Tennessee top sprinting names Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman will team up with Mike Rodgers and Ronnie Baker in an attempt to break the 4x100 m American record 37.38 next week at the 51st Tennessee Relays.  The record pursuit, presented by Pro Form Sports, will headline a day of relays and field eventsSaturday, April 14 at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.

Schippers and Barshim will debut at Golden Spike
OSTRAVA (CZE): 57th Ostrava Golden Spike (IAAF World Challenge) announced for women 200 m the debut of Dafne Schippers at the meet. The Dutch double World champion said: "So great to be in Ostrava this year. It is my first time and I always hear such positive stories about this amazing meet. I want to experience this myself now and perform very well there! Very much looking forward to it." On June 13 also a top High Jump clash is announced. World champion Mutaz Essa Barshim will meet World Indoor champion Danil Lysenko. "I am very much looking forward to my first visit in Ostrava. It will be one of few competitions outside the Diamond League.  Of course I will be going for the meet record (2.33) and some more! See you all on June 13," said Barshim. Men´s javelin after last year Czech vs Germany match will be Czech vs World select. The Czech quartett is clear with two world medalists Jakub Vadlejch and Petr Frydrych along with former World champion Vitezslav Vesely and European finalist Jaroslav Jilek. First two confirmations in the World team are top Germans, World champion Johannes Vetter and Olympic winner Thomas Rohler. "I gladly will return to Ostrava. Looking forward to meet our Czech rivals. We are one big family. Meet record of meet director Jan Zelezny 94.64 is a top result and tough to achieve, but always one good throw could happen, I will take any 90+ result," said Vetter. Already earlier two World champions from London were confirmed Tom Walsh for shot put and Luvo Manyonga for long jump. 
GOLD COAST (AUS): Reigning champion Sally Pearson has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games due to an ongoing Achilles injury which “flared up considerably” in the last few days, informs Athletics Weekly. “I was at a training session [on Thursday] and I went there in full confidence. I went in to do some hurdles drills and some run throughs and just couldn’t do it. It was unfortunate that the timing was now but my health comes first,” she said. Pearson will miss the remainder of the season but has no plans to retire and wants to be back for 2019 Worlds and 2020 Olympics.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Reigning champion Damian Warner is targeting Daley Thompson’s Commonwealth Games decathlon record of 8663 points in Gold Coast, informs CBC. "From an international major event perspective, there's never been a situation where I've had to defend a title. It's going to be a fun challenge and a nice way to test [myself] for scenarios going forward. I think if I compete the way I want to, I should be able to get that record,” he said.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Nigerian officials are reportedly unhappy that reigning Commonwealth 100m and 200m champion Blessing Okagbare will only contest the 4x100m relay at the Commonwealth Games, informs the Guardian Nigeria. According to one official, Okagbare hasn’t chosen to contest any individual events after being unhappy with how she was treated by the governing body when she was injured.
PARIS (FRA): In the Paris Marathon on Sunday, the women will start exactly 16 minutes and 26 seconds before the men, the difference between Paul Lonyangata’s winning time in last year’s race (2:06:10) and leading Kenyan entrant Ruth Chepngetich’s 2:22:36 clocking in the Istanbul Marathon last year. Lonyangata faces a line-up including Kenyan teammates Eliud Kiptanui (2:05:21 PB), Mark Kiptoo (2:06:00 PB), Eric Ndiema (2:06:07 PB) and Mathew Kisorio (2:06:33). Notable withdrawals from the men’s race include Ethiopians Yemane Tsegay (2:04:48 PB) and Markos Geneti (2:04:54 PB). In the women’s race, Chepngetich faces Ethiopian veteran Amane Gobena (2:21:51 PB) and teammate Gullume Tolesa (2:23:13 PB) as well as Kenya’s Betsy Saina.
TAICANG (CHN): Thursday marks one month to go until the start of the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships Taicang 2018, to be staged from 5-6 May in the eastern Chinese city. According to preliminary figures, a total of 394 athletes, 230 men and 164 women, from 49 federations will compete, numbers similar to those when Taicang hosted the 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, the predecessor of the World Race Walking Team Championships. The deadline for final entries is 16 April.

RIO MAIOR (POR): Ines Henriques will be the name to watch at the Grande Prémio Internacional de Rio Maior em Marcha Atlética, the fifth stop of the 2018 IAAF Race Walking Challenge on Saturday. Writes the IAAF. In a tribute to the 50km world champion and world record holder, organisers in the Portuguese capital of race walking will give bib No. 1 to Henriques, who'll face a strong field in the women's 20km which includes 2012 Olympic silver medallist Qieyang Shenjie of China, her compatriot Xiuzhi Lu, the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist, and Brazil's Erica de Sena, the current Challenge leader. The Challenge leader on the men's side, Ecuador’s Andres Chocho, is among the strong favourites.

BRATISLAVA (SVK): The 13th CSOB Bratislava Marathon is sold out with the capacity of 11 500 runners in all races. For marathon the number of entrants is 1203 and half marathon 3333 for this Sunday. Special ambassador of this years edition is former world class tennis player Daniela Hantuchova.
PRAHA (CZE): Pole vaulter Jan Kudlicka was awarded by Czech Olympic Committee with Fair Play prize. He gave his gold medal from last year Czech Championships in Trinec to one of the competitors Jan Svec who fell and injured at 460 cm.
BERLIN (GER): The favorites for Sunday Berlin Half Marathon are again coming from Kenya. But also two fast Germans Homiyu Tesfaye and Philipp Pflieger will be there with the aim coming close to German record (60:34). In women field strong home presence by Katharina Heinig and steeple European champion Gesa Felicitas Krause. Title defender Gilbert Masai and 2016 winner Richard Mengich from Kenya are heading the favorites. Women top names are Maryanne Wangari and Eunice Kioko.
KYIV (UKR): High jump world silver medallist and European U23 champion Yuliya Levchenko has received Sensation of the Year award at annual Ukrainian NOC ceremony “Heroes of Sport Year 2017”.  
CHENGDU (CHN, Apr 5): Second day of throwing GP meet in China saw London javelin medalist Lu Huihui in top shape with winning 65.63 and the worst from 6 valid throws beeing 63.05. Behind her 16 years old Wang Ying improved again to 55.27. Luo Na beat also this time in hammer the World medalist Wang Zheng, 72.33 to 71.39. London top 8 placers dominated women discus, Feng Bin 62.11 ahead of Su Xinye 61.87. From Tilastopaja.
PAARL (RSA, Apr 5) Retshi Mlenga won the 100 m at South African U20 Championships with 10.22 (+1.6) personal best. Life-time best also for second Maleseka Senona 10.22. Third favorite and national U20 record holder Thando Dlodlo 10.26 and fourth Thembo Monareng 10.27. During first day of the champs for both U20 and U18 categories, fast final also in younger U18. Two 16 years old sprinter clocked personal bests. Luke Davids 10.31 (+1.8) and Makkail Mohammed 10.33. U18 girls 100 m winner Rose Xeyi 11.55 (+1.5). In the U20 400 m hurdles finals wins for top names, Sokhwakhana Zazini 49.98 and national U20 record holder Zenzy Van der Walt 56.30. Gontse Morake won girls U18 400 m hurdles in 57.81.
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