News from around the World- EME News (Apr 7, 2018)
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News from around the World- EME News (Apr 7, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 7, 2018)
Chelimo close to WR
PRAGUE (CZE, Apr 7): Kenya’s Joan Chelimo missed the world record by just 13 seconds, running 65:04 at the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon, while Benard Kimeli took a close men’s race in 59:47. Chelimo and pacemaker Mike Chesire kept up with Caroline Kipkirui’s pace over the first 5k of the largely flat course in almost ideal conditions, clocking 14:51 - on pace for 62:40. Kipkirui dropped off from 6km and Chelimo’s 10km split was 30:14, still on course to break the mark by a minute. She slowed a bit more to 45:54 for 15km and her eventual time rated fifth best all-time. Kipkirui eventually finished second in 66:09 with Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa third in 68:09. Eva Vrabcova-Nyvltova broke the 24-year-old Czech record with 71:01 in eighth. Kimeli led three runners under the one hour-mark in the men’s race with Geoffrey Yegon (59:56) and Peter Kwemoi (59:58) finishing second and third respectively. Best European was Italian Eyob Faniel as 10th in 62:27. A grand total of 11 668 runners competed in the twentieth Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon.
Qieyang and D. Garcia
RIO MAIOR (POR, Apr 7):China's London 2012 medalist Qieyang Shenjie took her second win in the Rio Maior IAAF Walking Challenge event in 1:28:04 while young Spanish walker Diego Garcia pulled off a major surprise when he collected his first international victory in 1:21:15. In women race second Antonella Palmisano 1:28:42ahead of 50 km World record holder Ines Henriques 1:29:15 and Ana Cabecinha 1:29:53. Alvaro Martin from Spain was 2nd in men´s 20 km in 1:22:00 and third Mexican Jose Leyver in 1:22:01 PB. From the IAAF.
Linke third win
PODEBRADY (CZE, Apr 7): Germany’s Christopher Linke took his third win in the 20km race walk at the Podebrady Walking in 1:21:55 ahead of Mexicans Horacio Nava (1:22:13) and Ricardo Ortiz (1:22:28).  In the women’s race, Eleonora Giorgi from Italy was a decisive winner in 1:28:49 ahead of Lithuania’s Brigita Virbalyte-Dimsiene (1:31:05) and Valentina Trapletti (1:31:36). Home favourite Anezka Drahotova was fifth in 1:32:22.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Australian head coach Craig Hilliard has said the Australian team at the Commonwealth Games can still surpass their haul of eight medals from Glasgow 2014 despite the withdrawal of Sally Pearson, informs The Age. “There is no reason why not. We are one major medal down with Sally but realistically you look across the board and we have 12 strong medal chances,” he said.
LD COAST (AUS): Kenyan coach Julius Kirwa believes the Kenyan team in Gold Coast will excel despite many of their top athletes giving the event a miss, informs Urdu Point. "The spirit is very high in the team. I am very happy with the youngsters, and even though most of them have little or no experience at the top level, we should be able to fine-tune them physically and physiologically to be ready for the show. I believe we will do better than we did in Glasgow," he said. The standout names on the Kenyan team include world champions Elijah Manangoi, Conseslus Kipruto, Hellen Obiri, Nicholas Bett and Julius Yego.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Ato Boldon hasn’t ruled the prospect of a newcomer winning the 100m title at the Commonwealth Games, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. “The 100 is wide open and I think if you guess the winner, you're probably going to be wrong,” he said. "It's kind of race where if I went to sleep for a week and you told me some name that maybe I wasn't expecting won, I wouldn't be surprised. I just feel the winner of this race may be someone who hasn't won a major before,” he said. However, Boldon is tipping Jereem Richards to win the 200m title.
GOLD COAST (AUS): An unnamed 23-year-old athlete is seriously ill in hospital with malaria, AFP reported on Friday. He was admitted on Thursday night.
PRAGUE (CZE): Joan Chelimo believes the early fast pace spearheaded by chief rival Caroline Kipkirui in today’s Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon cost her dearly as she missed the world record by just 13 seconds with 65:04. The Kenyan dropped the quickest woman in the field at 6km to go but Joyciline Jepkosgei’s world record would have been history with better pacing. “We went too fast at the start,” said Chelimo. “It was actually not my pacemaker. It was [Kipkirui] who was going too fast and I was just trying to keep up with her because she beat me in RAK (third and fourth) so I was really prepared to go for my best and I didn’t want the same to happen as in RAK - let a gap open so I was trying to keep up.”
GLASGOW (GBR): Laura Muir has done a u-turn on her decision to work with Nike Oregon Project strength and conditioning coach Dave McHenry, informs BBC Sport. “At a busy time in my life, with my degree in veterinary medicine coming to a critical stage and my running career going so well. I need to minimise distractions and stresses to allow me to focus on my athletics and studies. I have no concerns about Dave McHenry and was hugely impressed when I met him, but after some reflection we have decided not to start working with him as planned and not to pursue this relationship further,” she said on Twitter.
ROTTERDAM (NED): Khalid Choukoud, the only home runner in the elite line-up for tomorrow’s Rotterdam Hal Marathon, hopes to dip under 2:10 for the first time despite recent setbacks, reports. The man who set his best of 2:10:52 in Rotterdam in 2014 said: "I am mentally stronger than ever, a time high of 2 hours and 9 minutes would be great, but if I improve my personal record by 5 seconds, I am also very happy. I have had so many setbacks, but I am now well aware: without a setback you will not become a top athlete. I have faith in myself, I'm going to succeed."
NAIROBI (KEN): Geoffrey Kamworor says he was not surprised his 13:01 fourth 5km split at the end of his third world half-marathon victory last month. The Kenyan told “Yeah, it’s something I believe I can [do], and with time, I will plan. To me, it’s possible, yeah, for sure.” He also said he believed he could break the world record of 58:23, but his manager, Valentijn Trouw, said it would be difficult to fit in a record assault. Speaking of Kamworor, who has won the last two editions of the World Cross and was sixth in the 10,000m at last year’s World Championships, he said: “Because he is combining the half marathon, the cross country, the track, the marathon, you can see in his race profile the last two or three years, he isn’t able to run a lot of half marathons.”
PRAGUE (CZE): Portugal’s Sara Moreira will compete in the Prague Marathon on 6 May, informs the Record.
MADRID (ESP): High jump legend Ruth Beitia and middle distance runner Adel Mechaal were awarded with trophies for Athletes of the Year 2917 in Spain.
ST. GALLEN (SUI, Apr 7): Algeria’s Hocine El Zourkane won the senior men’s 10km at the FISU World University Cross Country Championships in 30:21 while Germany’s Caterina Granz won the women’s race in 34:54. Team titles for South Africa and Japan respectively.
PAARL (RSA, Apr 7) Final day of South African U20 Championships had Thando Dlodlo winning the 200 m in 21.00 (-1.0) after 20.77 (+0.4) in the semifinals. Hurdles World U18 champion from last year Zazini Sokhwakhana won after his specialty also the flat 400 m in 45.86 PB.
BRAGA (POR, Apr 7): At Trofeo Iberico in the 10  000 m Spanish titles for Toni Abadia 28:17.24 and Nuria Lugeros 32:52.89, in both cases standards for European Championships in Berlin. Overall results will be added in the next issue of EME NEWS.
HIGH POINT: Scott Houston cleared 566 at VertKlasse meet in the pole vault.
ATLANTA: During first day of Spec Towns Invitational Lynna Irby clocked 22.64 (+1.1) in the 200 m. Top long jump with Keturah Orji 671 (0.0) ahead of Tara Davids 663 (-2.1) and Jamaican Chanice Porter 660 (0.0).
TEMPE: Hammer at Sun Angel Classic saw NCAA Champion Maggie Ewen improving to 74.53 World lead. On the men side Belarus Gleb Dudarev achieved 74.35.
SAN DIEGO: Ashley Henderson clocked windy 11.12 (+2.4) at Mountain West Challenge.
SALT LAKE CITY: At Spring Classic Zimbabwe´s sprinter Tatenda Tsumba clocked 10.33 (0.0) in the 100 m.
BATON ROUGE:  Battle on the Bayou meet saw LSU clocking fast 42.50 World lead at 4x100 m. Bahamian World indoor finalist Devynne Charlton won thw 100 m in windy 11.34 (+2.1) and the hurdles in fast 12.70 (+1.6) PB. Kortnei Johnson achieved windy 22.52 (+3.6) in the 200 m. On the men side Jamaicans Damion Thomas 13.65 (+1.8) in the hurdles, Jahnoy Thompson windy 20.45 (+4.9) in the 200 m. Mar´yea Harris won the 400 m in 45.71 and Waseem Williams 10.29 (+1.2) the 100 m. Also to note British U20 hammer record by Jake Norris 79.55 with 6 kg implement. Morgan Leleux cleared 455 in the pole vault.
HOUSTON: Hannah Jackson won the 200 m at Alumni Invitational with 22.97 (+3.6) with World champion at 400 m Phyllis Francis fourth in 23.20. Cameron Burrell clocked 10.49 (+1.0) in the 100 m.
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