EME NEWS (APR 10, 2018)
Semenya, Makwala, Levy, K. Williams World leads
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 10): Caster Semenya won the first half of a middle distance double on the third day at the Commonwealth Games, claiming the 1500m title in a national record, championship record and World lead of 4:00.71. Kenya’s steeple specialist Beatrice Chepkoech won silver in a 4:03.09 PB while Wales’ Melissa Courtney finished strongly to win bronze in a 4:03.44 PB ahead of Australians Linden Hall (4:03.67) and Georgia Griffiths (4:04.17 PB) and Scots Eilish McColgan (4:04.30) and Stephanie Twell (4:05.56). Isaac Makwala led a one-two for Botswana in the 400m, just missing the championship record of 44.24 with 44.35 WL ahead of teammate Baboloki Thebe (45.09). Jamaica’s Javon Francis won bronze in 45.11 and there was a national record for India’s Muhammed Anas in fourth in 45.31 as Grenada’s Bralon Taplin faded out of medal contention in fifth (45.38). Jamaica also took a one-two in the 110m hurdles through Ronald Levy (13.19 WL) and Hansle Parchment (13.22) with Andrew Pozzi a well-beaten sixth (13.53) and in the triple jump with Kimberly Williams producing a 14.64 PB and WL in the sixth round to defeat teammate Shanieka Ricketts (14.52m). There were also two big shocks: reigning decathlon champion Damian Warner from Canada no-heighted in the pole vault which left Grenada’s Lindon Victor to claim the title with 8303 points ahead of Canada’s Pierce LePage (8171) and Australia’s Cedric Dubler (7983) while New Zealand’s Julia Ratcliffe won the hammer with 69.94m after Olympic bronze medallist Sophie Hitchon produced three no throws. Jamaica’s Anastasia Le-Roy was the fastest qualifier for the 400m final in 51.08, Janieve Russell ran a fast 54.01 in the 400m hurdles heats and Diamond League champion Kyron McMaster clocked 48.78 in the men’s 400m hurdles heats.
Lavillenie vs Lisek
CHORZOW (POL): One of the oldest one day meetings in Europe, the 64th edition of Orlen Memorial Kusocinski will be held (EA Classic) on June 8 at renewed stadium in Chorzow with capacity more than 45 000. Men´s pole vault will be one of the marquee events with World record holder and fresh World Indoor champion Renaud Lavillenie jumping against home star and European Indoor champion Piotr Lisek. "We are good friends, but when it comes to competition everybody has his own goals. I think at Slaski Stadium the competition will be big, we will try so that the spectators will be very satisfied," said Lisek. Also other Polish stars will be competing. Hammer World champions Anita Wlodarczyk and Pawel Fajdek (their event will be part of IAAF Hammer Challenge), also Adam Kszczot in the 800 m and Piotr Malachowski in discus.
Kendricks vs Vloon
HENGELO (NED): Pole vault World champion Sam Kendricks will compete at FBK Games of Hengelo on June 3 (IAAF World Challenge meet). He will face the best home vaulter and national record holder Menno Vloon. Kendricks admitted last year he wanted to win the World championships and this year his focus will be on results. "Hengelo would be a perfect place to attack a top jump," he said. This years edition of the meet will be under the headline Worlds top athletes against best Dutch ones.
GOLD COAST (JAM): Coach Glen Mills has tipped Yohan Blake to bounce back after only winning a bronze medal in the 100m at the Commonwealth Games, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. "The outcome was very disappointing based on how he has been performing in the preliminary rounds and based on the condition that he is in and how he ran in the semi-final. He had a terrible beginning, and for some reason, he wasn't able to make any correction. But one race doesn't determine the season, and I would like to think that we can correct whatever went wrong and do well in the rest of the season,” he said.
BERLIN (GER): The popularity of the 24th European Athletics Championships from 7-12 August 2018 is not in doubt. Demand for tickets is so high, in fact, that Berlin 2018 organisers have opened up a new block of seats at the Berlin Olympic Stadium to accommodate more spectators. The new tickets are located in different blocks throughout the stadium, are for all sessions, and are already on sale. New business seats without catering have been added in Block M4 along the back straight of the running track at a price of 30 euros for morning sessions and 95 euros for evening sessions.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Germany’s Johannes Vetter and Hungary’s Anita Marton have been voted male and female European Athletes of the Month for March 2018. Vetter secured the vote which took place across European Athletics’ Twitter and Facebook accounts ahead of Frenchmen Renaud Lavillenie and Kevin Mayer, Great Britain’s Andrew Pozzi and Russia’s Danil Lysenko. Marton was voted Athlete of the Month on the women’s side ahead of last month’s winner Ivana Spanovic from Serbia, Katarina Johnson-Thompson from Great Britain, Russia’s Mariya Lasitskene and Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic.
MOSCOW (RUS): Triple jump world indoor champion 2014 Yekaterina Koneva sent usual application to the IAAF for permission to perform internationally as neutral competitor. 29-year-old Russian returned to trainings in May 2017 after maternity leave.
NAIROBI (KEN): Berlin Marathon winner Gladys Cherono is realistic about her chances in the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 22. The athlete who was just eighth in the RAK Half-marathon in February told Xinhua: "You always train to win and dominate in a race. But there will be tough competition, which you must evaluate and see how best to make your mark.”
LONDON (GBR): Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge is not ruling out a world record at the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 22. The man who ran 2:03:05, missing Dennis Kimetto’s world record by eight seconds, when winning his second London title in 2016, is optimistic as he takes on his first marathon since winning Berlin in October in 2:03:32. “I feel like I’m in good form,” quotes London organisers of the Kenyan. “Berlin was difficult because the weather was not good but my time showed I was in the right shape. I know I have the world record in me so we will have to wait and see what happens.”
BOSTON (USA): US record-holder Ben True and Ethiopia’s defending champion Buze Diriba head the line-ups for the BAA 5km in Boston on April 14. True will seek his fifth win in the race, which is held two days before the Boston Marathon. Olympic 5000m bronze medalist Hagos Gebrhiwet, three-time Boston Half-marathon champion Daniel Salel, plus Americans Eric Jenkins, Tommy Curtin, and Scott Fauble lead the challenge. Diriba, who won last year in 15:14 and won the NYC Half last month, will face Kenya’s Monicah Ngige and Ethiopia’s Fotyen Tesfay, plus Americans Emily Sisson and Molly Seidel.
BOSTON (USA): Canada’s Nicole Sifuentes and American Drew Hunter will lead the fields for the BAA Invitational Mile on April 14. As she bids to become the first woman to win back-to-back titles, Sifuentes will be challenged by last year’s runner-up, Cory McGee, and 4:25 track runner Lauren Johnson. Hunter, who has a 3:56 mile to his name, will be by met New Zealand’s Julian Oakley, who was ninth at the recent World Indoors and 3:52 miler Patrick Casey.
BOSTON (USA): US marathon record-holder Deena Kastor is pleased with her fitness as she prepares to line up in the Boston Marathon at the age of 45 on April 16. The 2004 Olympic marathon bronze medallist, who ran a US masters record of 2:27:47 aged 42, told Runner’s World is back doing 100 miles per week and said: “I’m coming into this race feeling like it’s a privilege to have gained that fitness back,” Kastor told Runner’s World. “It’s been really fun in the last month to see those gains every week.” The US W45 record is 2:30:51 by Colleen De Reuck but Kastor is declining to set a goal for this race.
BERLIN (GER): The German athletics federation has announced the selection competitions for the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Leichtathletik.de reports. The Mannheim Junior Gala will be crucial. Regensburg (3 June), Zeulenroda (9 June) and Jena (26 May) will be the target for sprinters while Eppingen (May 12) and Garbsen (May 13) will be for the jumpers to aim at. Throwers will focus on Schönebeck (18 May) and middle-distance athletes on Karlsruhe (19 May).
BOSTON (USA): Kenya’s world champion Geoffrey Kirui will go into the Boston Marathon on Monday with confidence despite the presence of Olympic medallist and home favourite Galen Rupp. The defending champion told Xinhua: "It will boil down to fitness. Rupp is a strong candidate to win, but I go into competitions knowing that it is do or die. I want to win and retain my title in Boston.”
BOSTON (USA): Alberto Salazar, coach to Galen Rupp, says his charge will be stronger than last year when he was runner-up in the Boston Marathon. "Galen will definitely be much harder to beat than last year, regardless of how the race plays out," Salazar told Xinhua of the Chicago Marathon champion. "But [Geoffrey] Kirui or the others may also be in better shape than last year, so it's impossible to predict."
DES MOINES (USA): The return of the men's invitational shot put to Drake Stadium will feature some of the world's top throwers inside the Blue Oval for the 109th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. The nine-man field features the reigning Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser, the current World Champion Tom Walsh, the top two finishers in this week's Commonwealth Games (with Walsh Chukwu Enekwechi), plus the Drake Stadium record holder Ryan Whiting along with DL winner Darrell Hill with US second wave Josh Freeman and Jon Jones.
KNOXVILLE (USA): Ivory Crockett, who set the 100-yard world record in 1974, will be recognized during the Tennessee Relays this weekend at the site of his record run at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium. Crockett set the record time of 9.0 seconds on May 11, 1974, during the Tom Black Classic. Since the 100 yards is no longer an event on the competitive stage and the sport has since standardized to a 400-meter track, he has remained the record holder. Tennessee director of track and field Beth Alford-Sullivan and Tennessee stars Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman will honor Crockett before the men's 100-meter dash Friday. The current stars will also run the 4x100 m on Saturday with not only Gatlin and Coleman but also Ronnie Baker and Mike Rodgers. Most probably currently the top US line-up.
ZHAOQING (CHN, Apr 10): At national GP meet Xu Zhouzheng won the 100 m in 10.21 (+0.2) and Li Tingting women hammer with 71.71. From Tilastopaja.