News from around the World- EME News (Apr 6, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Apr 6, 2018)

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Walsh thinking big, so is Manyonga
GOLD COAST (AUS): Another top highlight of the Year 2018 for athletics starts on Sunday morning Australian time with 20 km walks. Several Olympic and World Championships gold medalists will compete for one week of World class athletics with expected big crowds. Several Games records are under threat. Top duel could be Shaunae Miller-Uibo vs Elaine Thompson and Dina Asher-Smith in the 200 m, also in shape Tom Walsh, Luvo Manyonga and Caster Semenya will go for meet bests. Many early World outdoor leads also expected.
Commonwealth Games short event-by-event previews
100m - Former World champion Yohan Blake from Jamaica faces South Africans Henricho Bruintjes and Akani Simbine and reigning silver medallist Adam Gemili from England.
200m - How will South Africa’s Clarence Munyai perform after an incredible 19.69 at his national championships. Teammate Anaso Jobodwana is also returning to form while the Jamaican contingent includes reigning champion Rasheed Dwyer. Also watch out for England’s Zharnel Hughes who recently clocked 20.23 into a strong headwind along with World medalist Jereem Richards.
400m - This could be the race of the champs despite the absence of Wayde van Niekerk and reigning champion Kirani James. Botswana has named an excellent trio of Isaac Makwala, Baboloki Thebe and Karabo Sibanda while Trinidad & Tobago will be fielding Lalonde Gordon, Machel Cedenio and Renny Quow. Grenada’s Bralon Taplin will also be looking to rebound after a DQ at the World Indoor Championships.
800m - Reigning champion Nijel Amos from Botswana is the favourite to defend his title.
1500m - A Kenyan clean sweep is possible with their trio which includes world champion Elijah Manangoi and world silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot.
5000m - Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei will be going for a 5000/10,000m double. An inexperienced Kenyan group includes youngster Edward Zakayo, who won the Trials in 13:24.08.
10,000m - World silver medallist Cheptegei faces Kenya’s world U20 champion Rodgers Chumo and Canada’s Mo Ahmed.
3000m steeplechase - World and Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto is the outstanding favourite.
Marathon - Favourites include 44-year-old Kenneth Mungara from Kenya, world fourth-placer Callum Hawkins from Scotland, former world bronze medallist Solomon Mutai from Uganda and reigning champion Michael Shelley from Australia. After a DNF on his debut in Amsterdam, Zane Robertson will also try the distance again.
110m hurdles - World indoor champion Andrew Pozzi is looking for another title. Ronald Levy leads the Jamaican team with Omar McLeod an absentee and Cyprus’ Milan Trajkovic could also feature.
400m hurdles - Last year’s DL winner Kyron McMaster begins as the favourite. Other top entrants include former world champion Nicholas Bett from Kenya, Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde and veterans LJ Van Zyl from South Africa and Dai Greene from Wales.
4x100m relay - Jamaica, England and South Africa have all named strong relay teams.
4x400m relay - Botswana will be looking to challenge world champions Trinidad & Tobago. Expect the championship record of 2:59.03 to fall.
20km race walk - Excellent line-up includes South Africa’s Lebogang Shange, global medallists Dane Bird-Smith from Australia, Ben Thorne from Canada with Olympic top-six finishers Evan Dunfee from Canada and England’s Tom Bosworth.
Long jump - South Africans Rushwahl Samaai and Luvo Manyonga could challenge the Games record of 839.
Triple jump - Wide open field includes 2014 bronze medallist Arpinger Singh from India and Olympic seventh-placer Troy Doris from Guyana. Athletics Weekly picks Jamaican Clive Pullen.
High jump - Leading names include former world champion Donald Thomas from the Bahamas and former Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz.
Pole vault - Head-to-head between in-form Shawn Barber from Canada and world indoor fourth-placer Kurtis Marschall.
Shot put - World indoor and outdoor champion Tom Walsh looks set to smash the Games record of 21.61m held by reigning champion O’Dayne Richards from Jamaica who will defend his title.
Discus - Top names include Jamaicans Fedrick Dacres and Traves Smikle and Australians Benn Harradine with Matthew Denny.
Hammer - England’s Nick Miller is a big favourite after setting a British record and world-lead of 78.29m last week.
Javelin - World U20 champion Neeraj Chopra from India could be the favourite with reigning champion Julius Yego from Kenya not in top form.
Decathlon - Reigning champion Damian Warner from Canada is a big favourite to retain his title.
100m - World and Olympic finalist Michelle-Lee Ahye will be looking for her first individual medal. Her main rivals include Jamaicans Christiana Williams and Natasha Morrison with European indoor champion Asha Philip.
200m - Olympic champions Elaine Thompson and Shaunae Miller-Uibo are due to clash but European champion Dina Asher-Smith is in excellent form.
400m - Jamaica’s reigning champion Stephenie Ann-McPherson faces former world and Commonwealth champion Amantle Montsho from Botswana.
800m - Caster Semenya will be looking to complete the set of major titles. Olympic bronze medallist Margaret Wambui also competes and watch out for Emily Tuei, who won the Kenyan Trials in 1:58.25.
1500m - Caster Semenya will be looking for a middle distance double. Kenya is fielding a strong trio including Winny Chebet and Beatrice Chepkoech.
5000m - World champion Hellen Obiri is a strong favourite.
10,000m - The Kenyan trio includes trials winner Sandra Chebet but Uganda’s Mercyline Chelangat and Rwanda’s Salome Nyirarukundo will be looking to challenge.
3000m steeplechase - The Kenyan team includes world U20 champion Celliphine Chespol and reigning champion Purity Kirui.
Marathon - Australians Jess Trengove and Lisa Weightman are among the favourites on home soil with the top Kenyans absent. The fastest of their triumvirate is Sheila Jerotich (2:27:34 PB).
100m hurdles - Former world champion Danielle Williams from Jamaica is the top name with Sally Pearson a late withdrawal.
400m hurdles - Jamaica’s trio includes world bronze medallist Ristananna Tracey. Other top entrants include Scotland’s Eilidh Doyle, South Africa’s Wenda Nel and Canada’s Sage Watson.
4x100m relay - Jamaica will be looking to retain their title although Nigeria will be fielding a strong team including in-form Blessing Okagbare
4x400m relay - Jamaica should dominate with Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Christine Day part of their relay pool.
20km race walk - Favourites include Australians Beki Smith and Claire Tallent.
Long jump - World leader Christabel Nettey from Canada faces home favourite Brooke Stratton and England’s Shara Proctor and Lorraine Ugen.
Triple jump - Jamaica’s reigning champion Kimberly Williams is expected to defend her title.
High jump - There could be a rare gold medal for St. Lucia courtesy of Levern Spencer. World indoor fourth placer Morgan Lake from England also competes.
Pole vault - In-form Eliza McCartney from New Zealand faces England’s Holly Bradshaw.
Shot put - On her return from pregnancy, Valerie Adams is looking for her fourth successive title but she will come up against a very strong field including world indoor silver medallist Danniel Thomas-Dodd from Jamaica.
Discus - Former world champion Dani Stevens is a big favourite to retain her title on home soil.
Hammer - Olympic bronze medallist Sophie Hitchon is the standout entrant for England.
Javelin - Kathryn Mitchell set an Australian record of 68.57m in the build-up. The field also includes former two-time winner Sunette Viljoen from South Africa.
Heptathlon - World indoor champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson from England is by far the leading contender.
EME NEWS (APR 6, 2018)
First year of NN Running Team
ROTTERDAM (NED): Thursday April 6 marked one year since NN Group and Global Sports Communication introduced the NN Running Team: the first professional running team in the world. The team has achieved 52 victories, including three World Marathon Major victories and two world titles. Within the first year, the team’s professional guidance is improved through investments in, for example, physiotherapy. The team has a large online fan base that follows the athletes on social media, and fans can now better understand what it takes to be a world class marathon athlete. To mark the first year of the NN Running Team, NN Group and Global Sports Communication published a yearbook and organised a special function. "A year ago, my dream to start the first professional running team came true. I could not have predicted the impact this would have on our athletes and the world of athletics one year later. Our athletes are very committed to the team: they are excited to share their experiences and to help each other get to the next level. We created a new standard with the team and I am looking forward to continuing this journey to improve our great sport," said Jos Hermens, director of GSC. Belgian runner Bashir Abdi was introduced as the newest member of the NN Running Team just before his marathon debut in Rotterdam on Sunday.
Norman has big potential
LOS ANGELES (USA): Gene Cherry of Reuters writes that fresh World Indoor record holder at 400 m Michael Norman could become one of the all-time best, according to the 1992 Olympic champion Quincy Watts who is his coach. "I’ve seen a lot," Watts said in a telephone interview. "I’ve seen Butch Reynolds, Steve Lewis, Michael and Wayde (South African world record holder Wayde van Niekerk).... I have never seen anyone like him," the coach said. "He’s definitely a different class. He has a potential speedwise to be faster than them all," Watts said. "Just straight raw speed."
GOLD COAST (AUS): World indoor and outdoor champion Tom Walsh has said he is in the shape of his life ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs the NZ Herald. "Health-wise and physical-wise there's nothing wrong with me. I know they're clichés, but I'm bigger, faster and stronger. My mental space is A-okay,” he said.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Zane Robertson has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast due to a groin injury, informs Fast Running. “Zane has very high standards and he didn’t want to come and put in a below-par race or be forced to withdraw during the race,” said Athletics New Zealand High-Performance Director Scott Goodman. Robertson had entered both the 10,000m and the marathon.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Despite being entered for both the 5000m and 10,000m, Joshua Cheptegei will reportedly only contest the 5000m at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs Business Standard. "I have been responding well in training and I am now looking forward to prove a point in Australia. I have opted to run only in the 5000m and leave out the 10,000m because it would tire me yet I have another race early next month," he said.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Kenyan 400m runner Alex Sampao has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games due to a hamstring injury, informs the Daily Nation.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Akani Simbine has been looking to time his peak for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast where he is targeting gold in the 100m, informs Super Sport. "Normally I would open my season with some really fast times. But I had many conversations, including with Usain Bolt, and they all advised me to save my sub ten-second races for later the season when it matters, and I am planning to do just that,” he said.
GOLD COAST (AUS): European 1500m bronze medallist Ciara Mageean is hoping to challenge for a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast where she will be running for Ireland, informs Athletics Weekly. “The Commonwealth Games is a big objective of mine this year. Again I get to represent Northern Ireland and the people in my small country. I’m definitely confident that if I can get in the right shape, prepare well and have that bit of luck on the day, I could win a medal. I wouldn’t put myself out there if I didn’t think I was capable of it,” she said.
BOSTON (USA): Olympic silver medallist Eunice Kirwa from Bahrain has pulled out of the Boston Marathon on 16 April due to a back injury, informs organisers. Other notable withdrawals include Sara Hall (sacroiliac joint injury) and European bronze medallist Jessica Augusto from Portugal due to a foot injury.
LONDON (GBR): Charlotte Purdue has pulled out of the London Marathon on 22 April due to a thigh injury sustained at the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, informs organisers. Purdue finished 13th at the World Championships in London last year.
PARIS (FRA): President of the French Athletics Federation Andre Giraud has asked Dimitri Bascou and Aurel Manga to join the INSEP training group, informs L’Equipe. Their coach Giscard Samba is being investigated for race, sexual aggression and sexual harassment.
STIRLING (GBR): Organisers have confirmed that January’s cross-country international will move from Holyrood Park in Edinburgh to Stirling where the event will be staged at Stirling Castle, informs Athletics Weekly. The annual event had been staged in Edinburgh since 2004 before the Edinburgh council refused to make funds available for the staging of the event. “Stirling as a city is embracing sport as an important part of its future, it’s the perfect location for the event, which is a hugely significant fixture in the international athletics calendar,” said chairman of the Great Run Company Brendan Foster.
PRAGUE (CZE): Organisers of tomorrow's Sportisimo Prague Half-marathon said they were hoping someone can break the world record of 64:51 held by Joyciline Jepkosgei. Most likely to be capable in what is expected to be near-perfect conditions is Kenya's Caroline Kipkirui, who was third in the RAK Half-marathon in February 65:07. Third at RAK was Jepkosgei's build-up last year to Prague where she clocked a world record 64:52, which she then bettered in Valencia. At the press conference on Friday, Kipkirui said: "Tomorrow I will try my best to improve my time."
PRAGUE (CZE): Benard Kimeli, winner of last autumn's Birell Grand Prix Prague 10km in a superfast 27:10 says he is looking forward to improving on his half-marathon debut from RAK this year (60:16) when he lines up in Prague tomorrow. The Kenyan said he believed he could run "high 58 or low 59". The course record is 58:47, set by Ethiopia's Atsedu Tsegay in 2012.
HANNOVER (GER): Germany’s Fate Tola is confident of defending her title in the Hannover Marathon despite picking up a cold ahead of the race, informs organisers. “My training went very well in the past weeks. I have a slight cold but I am still confident. If all goes well and it does not get too warm in the final part of the race then I will try to go for the course record,” said Tola, who faces Kenya’s Agnes Kiprop (2:23:54 PB). The course record stands to Olena Burkovska from Ukraine at 2:27:07. The fastest entrants in the men’s race are Kenya’s Gilbert Kirwa (2:06:14 PB) and Poland’s Henryk Szost (2:07:39 PB).
PYONGYANG (PRK): Favourites for the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon are Kenya’s Patrick Muriuki (2:10:00 PB) and Ethiopia’s Konjit Tilahun (2:28:11 PB), informs IAAF.
RADOM (POL): Polish city of Radom will stage on May 27 another edition of their international meeting. In the modern stadium local stars are expected. Piotr Malachowski in discus (he will face Estonian Gerd Kanter), Ewa Swoboda in women sprint and Sofia Ennoaui in women middle distances. Also 4x400 World indoor gold medal team members. They will face an international guest, Czech triple World indoor champion Pavel Maslak who will have here his first 400 m of the outdoor season.
KRAKOW (POL): Polish city of Krakow will stage the U23 match Poland against Czech Republic, Slovenia and Hungary. The date is July 8. It will be a third edition of the meet, first two were won by Poland. Informs Polish federation website.
MADRID (ESP): Spanish Anti-Doping Agency has sent a proposal to sanction the 5000 m European champion Ilias Fifa for four years for possession of doping substances, according to the newspaper ABC. Also Ayoub Mokhtar, national indoor 3000 m champion in 2016 is also asked for four years of punishment. According to the athlete's defense, there is no evidence of the traffic of doping substances.
LONDON (GBR): informs that European Indoor champion Laura Muir has downplayed her decision to start working with a coach from the Nike Oregon Project. Muir has confirmed that she’ll be joining up with the organisation's strength and conditioning coach David McHenry. The double medalist from World indoors in Birmingham will continue to be coached by Andy Young.
LOUISVILLE (USA): says that one of the early favorites for the Kentucky Derby (May 5) is named after Usain Bolt. Bolt d´Oro is the name of the horse.
PAARL (RSA, Apr 6): Second day of South African U20 and U18 Championships had Silisapho Dingiswayo winning U20 110 m hurdles in 13.57 (+1.1). In girls U18 100 m hurdles Kayla Van den Bergh got 13.37 (-0.3, 76.2 cm). Gauteng North clocked in U20 boys 39.96 in the 4x100 m and Anro Van Eeeden won U20 javelin with 77.59.
BANGKOK (THA, Apr 3-4): Thailand with 33 medals ahead of Vietnam 32 and Malaysia 11 were the top countries at the 13th South East Asian U18 Championships. Among top results the 21.75 (+0.7) in boys 200 m by Thailand´s Yosapat Jarapanyanont. In the girls shot put Nani Maryata 15.01.
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