EME NEWS (APR 11, 2018)
Mitchell 68.92, Manyonga 841
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 11): Kathryn Mitchell moved to seventh on the world all-time lists in the javelin, winning the title on the fourth day of the Commonwealth Games with a championship and Australasian record of 68.92 WL with her first throw of the competition. Kelsey-Lee Roberts made it a one-two for Australia, moving into silver with her last throw of 63.89m while former two-time champion Sunette Viljoen from South Africa took bronze with 62.08m. There was another championship record in the men’s long jump as world outdoor champion Luvo Manyonga went out to 8.35m in round four, and then 8.41 WL in the sixth round. After setting a championship record of 8.34m in qualifying, Australia’s Henry Frayne jumped 8.33m for silver with Ruswahl Samaai taking bronze for South Africa with 8.22m. The host nation also won the high jump title as Brandon Starc cleared a 2.32m PB and WL ahead of Jamal Wilson from the Bahamas (2.30m) and Canada’s Django Lovett (2.30m). There was an upset in the women’s 3000m steeplechase as Jamaica’s Aisha Praught reeled in pre-race favourite Celliphine Chespol from Kenya on the last lap, winning in 9:21.00 WL to Chespol’s 9:22.61 with teammate and reigning champion Purity Kirui third (9:25.74). In the last event on the track, Botswana’s Amantle Montsho regained the title she won in 2010 in 50.15, just 0.05 outside her championship record. Jamaica won a brace of medals courtesy of Anastasia Le-Roy (50.57) and Stephenie-Ann McPherson (50.93). Olympic champions Shaunae Miller-Uibo (22.48) and Elaine Thompson (22.95) both qualified for the 200m final but the fastest qualifier was Olympic 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson with a 22.28 PB from the first semifinal ahead of Dina Asher-Smith (22.44). Canada’s Aaron Brown qualified fastest for the men’s 200m final with 20.18.
Amos vs the rest
EUGENE (USA): Nijel Amos is the world’s top-ranked 800-meter runner, but the Prefontaine Classic record holder who now calls Eugene home will face a formidable field in the Diamond League two-lapper in May 26. Among his rivals at 44th Prefontaine meet will be Donovan Brazier, Emmanuel Korir and multiple European champion Adam Kszczot, who last winter won the World Indoors. Also running London bronze winner Kipyegon Bett and US Erik Sowinski with Briton Kyle Langford.
GOLD COAST NEWS
GOLD COAST (AUS): Former world silver medallist Shara Proctor has said she is back in form after two injury-plagued seasons, informs Athletics Weekly. Proctor missed out on making the final at the World Championships in London but went out to 6.89m to lead qualifying at the Commonwealth Games. “It’s a relief to get to get the qualifying mark with the first jump. I have been battling injuries the past couple of years so to come out here tonight and be injury-free and ready to compete at the top level feels great. I feel like myself again. I feel better than myself to be honest. I’m just happy to be healthy and back competing well,” she said.
GOLD COAST (AUS): After finishing fourth in the 3000m steeplechase, Rosie Clarke is targeting a medal at the European Championships in Berlin, informs Athletics Weekly. “Europeans will be a big focus. My eyes will be on a medal there. I’ve also set the British record in my sights for this year so that’s kind of my two main aims for this season,” she said. Clarke has a lifetime best of 9:32.10 at the distance.
GOLD COAST (AUS): The Cardiff Half Marathon on 7 October will host the inaugural edition of the Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships, informs Fast Running. The competition has been officially sanctioned by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and will mark the 60th anniversary of the 1958 Commonwealth (Empire) Games which took place in the Welsh city. The official unveiling of the championships took place at the Team Wales house in Gold Coast.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt arrived in Gold Coast on Tuesday
night to support Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games, insidethegames.biz
reports. "It is the first time I am actually going to be at a championships and not actually competing," Bolt told Channel Nine. "So I am excited just to watch and to cheer on. I am looking forward to seeing it from a different angle.”
GOLD COAST (AUS): Some stats from day four at Commonwealth Games provided by Ken Nakamura. Shara Proctor achieved with 689 the best long jump qualifying mark at the event ever. For the first time in the last three Games Kenya failed to sweep the medals. 9:21.00 by Praught is the fastest women steeple in the month of April.
BUDAPEST (HUN): Agencies are reporting that 2012 Olympic hammer champion Krisztian Pars from Hungary has been suspended until July 2019 due to a doping violation. According to the Hungarian Athletics Federation, an unspecified, non-performance-enhancing substance was detected in a urine sample taken in his home city of Szombathely. Pars has said that he is "indescribably ashamed" about the incident and blaming the outcome on "a bad decision made during a very difficult time in my career and life."
FRANKFURT (GER): Retired German pole vaulter Tim Lobinger has been diagnosed with cancer again, informs Leichtathletik.de. Lobinger was diagnosed with leukaemia in March 2017 but the cancer has returned after a successful course of treatment last year. ”The two types of cancer cells that were detected and destroyed last year have not been detected, and a slightly mutated shape has returned,” he said.
BOSTON (USA): Dathan Ritzenhein has been forced to withdraw from the Boston Marathon on Monday due to injury. "I'm devastated to be missing this year's Boston Marathon. After sustaining an SI joint injury last week in practice. It's incredibly difficult. I wish the best to all my competitors and the thousands of others who will be racing. I'll be cheering you all on,” he tweeted.
MADRID (ESP): Spain has named an initial team of 11 athletes for the marathon at the European Championships in Berlin. The standout names on the men’s team include European-leader Javier Guerra, former European 5000m champion Jesus Espana and two-time European cross country silver medallist Ayad Lamdassem. The women’s team includes two-time Seville Marathon winner Paula Gonzalez and Spanish champion Marta Esteban.
MADRID (ESP): European indoor 3000m champion Adel Mechaal will make his 10,000m debut at the European 10,000m Cup in London on 19 May, informs MARCA. Mechaal forms part of a strong Spanish team which also includes reigning individual champion Antonio Abadia and three-time runner-up Juan Perez. Top names on the women’s team include Nuria Lugueros and Ana Lozano.
ROME (ITA): Italy has named a 19-strong team for the IAAF World Race Walking Championships in Taicang on 5-6 May. The women’s 20km race walk team includes reigning world bronze medallist Antonella Palmisano and Eleonora Giorgi while the men’s 20km race walk team includes Marco de Luca, Francesco Fortunato and Giorgio Rubino. Italy will also be sending teams in the men’s 50km race walk and U20 men’s 10km race walk as well as an entrant for the women’s 50km race walk.
BERLIN (GER): Homiyu Tesfaye is aiming to contest both the 5000m and 10,000m at the European Championships in Berlin, informs Leichtathletik.de. "If I manage the qualifying times, I want to start at the European Championships over both distances,” he said. Tesfaye will attempt to achieve the 10,000m qualifying standard of 28:55 at the German Championships in Pliezhausen on 12 May.
DOHA (QAT): World high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim is looking forward to competing on home soil at the Doha Diamond League on May 4. The Qatari told the organisers: “I always love competing in the Doha Diamond League in front of my fans, my family and my country. Last year was an amazing season but I know that I have more to give and I cannot wait for this year’s outdoor season to begin. My main aim in Doha is to win and I want to give the crowd a show so that we keep inspiring new athletes and new fans in Qatar and around the world." Also in the field will be 2017 world bronze medallist Majd Eddin Ghazal of Syria, Britain’s 2010 Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz, this year’s world indoor bronze medallist Mateusz Przybylko of Germany and Ukraine’s 2014 world indoor bronze medallist Andriy Protsenko.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): British prime minister Theresa May has announced £70 million pounds of investment for Alexander Stadium in Birmingham to improve it for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Birmingham Mail reports. Mrs May was at the 40-year-old stadium, home of a Diamond League meeting and headquarters of British Athletics, to talk about the work to convert the arena from a 12,700 to a 40,000-seater. It will include a new permanent warm-up track.
LONDON (GBR): Mary Keitany is focused on breaking Paula Radcliffe’s world record when she lines up in the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 22. The Kenyan, who will be seeking a record-equalling fourth title in the English capital, told the organisers she is feeling confident after going through halfway last year on target before slipping to 2:17:01. She said: “The marathon world record is something I have been working towards for several years and now I feel I can really attack the time of 2:15:25. At last year’s London Marathon, I was feeling good but it was hard to run nearly half the race on my own. By having male pacemakers, I will be able to have support throughout the race.”
PARDUBICE (CZE): Czech Half Marathon championships will be held on Saturday in Pardubice as part of the Vine Half Marathon here. Top favorites are title defenders Vit Pavlista and Petra Kaminkova.
LAWRENCE (USA): For the third-straight year, the Kansas Relays will feature one of the more unique track & field events in the United States as Lawrence will be the site of the Street Pole Vault Exhibition it was officially announced Wednesday. The event is set for 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 19 and will be held in the parking lot of the Salty Iguana restaurant near the corner of Sixth and Wakarusa in west Lawrence. The field consists of a collection of some of the top American vaulters, which includes Morgann Leleux-Romero and Kristen Hixson.
BLIDA (ALG, Apr 10): At the Algerian military championships, Med Amine Belferrar won the 800m in 1:46.47 in a close finish with Mohamed Belbachir who clocked 1:46.57.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Several tributes have been paid to athletics journalist Jon Hendershott, whose death at the age of 71 was announced today. He spent nearly 50 years working for Track and Field News until 2015, after which he continued freelance and was even working last weekend on the Oregon Team Invitational. He passed away on Monday following a stroke on Sunday. IAAF President Sebastian Coe wrote on his twitter: "Jon was already a writer of stature when I graduated on to the circuit. The sport has lost an erudite, passionate and knowledgeable man of athletics."