EME NEWS (APR 12, 2018)
Miller-Uibo beats them all
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 12): Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo powered to a championship record of 22.09 to win a high quality 200m final on the fifth day of the Commonwealth Games. Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson improved her PB again to 22.18 to win silver with European champion Dina Asher-Smith just holding off double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, 22.29 to 22.30. There was also a championship record in the discus as Dani Stevens retained her title on home soil with 68.26m, although all five of her valid throws would have won the title (61.39m, 64.51m, 65.43m, 65.10m) ahead of India’s Seema Punia (60.41m). Australia also won gold in the men’s pole vault with Kurtis Marschall clearing 5.70m on his third attempt to defeat former world champion Shawn Barber from Canada with 5.65m. Kyron McMaster claimed the British Virgin Islands’ first ever title at the Commonwealth Games with gold in the 400m hurdles in 48.25 ahead of Jeffery Gibson from the Bahamas (49.10, the biggest margin between 1 and 2) and Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde (49.16) while Janieve Russell won the women’s 400m hurdles title in 54.33 from Scotland’s Eilidh Doyle (54.80) who picked up her third successive silver medal and South Africa’s Wenda Nel (54.96). England’s Zharnel Hughes was DQ’d for a lane violation (initially 20.12 also) while allowed Jereem Richards from Trinidad & Tobago to take the title in 20.12 from Canada’s Aaron Brown (20.34) and Northern Ireland’s Leon Reid (20.55) while Kenya’s Wycliffe Kinyamal held off the fast finishing Kyle Langford for the 800m title, 1:45.11 to 1:45.16. Favorite Nijel Amos Amos, after leading for the first 500 metres, faded to eighth. Canada’s Christabel Nettey won a high quality long jump final with 6.84m ahead of Australia’s Brooke Stratton (6.77m) and England’s Shara Proctor (6.75m). World indoor pentathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson leads the heptathlon after the first day with 3765 points (13.54 100mH, 1.87m HJ, 11.54m SP, 23.56 200m) ahead of Canada’s Nina Schultz (3639) and Australia’s Celeste Mucci (3613). In the morning session, Caster Semenya was the fastest in the 800m heats with 1:59.26, former world champion Danielle Williams from Jamaica posted a fast 12.69 in the 100m hurdles and teammate Fedrick Dacres led discus qualifying with 66.20m.
OTHER GOLD COAST NEWS
GOLD COAST (AUS): Usain Bolt said it was “a little bit shocking” that Yohan Blake didn’t win the 100m title at the Commonwealth Games and said he “panicked” after stumbling out of the blocks, informs AFP. "It was a little bit shocking Blake didn't win. I think Blake stumbled a little bit but probably panicked - that's always one of the toughest things. When you stumble, the worst thing you can do is panic and I think that's what set him back. It's one of those things and now it's just about bouncing back,” he said. Bolt arrived in Gold Coast on Wednesday where he is performing an ambassadorial role at the event.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Informations about thousands of seconds decisions. In the 100 m between Yohan Blake and Seye Ogunlewe in fight for bronze 0.003 (10.187 to 10.190). In the 200 m final initially 20.113 for Hughes over Richards 20.117, but later Hughes was disqualified.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Some stats. 18.52 by Valerie Adams is the longest in the qualifying round of CWG, 0.06 sec is the smallest difference between 3rd and 4th at CWG W400mH. The winning margin of 0.85 sec by McMaster is the largest ever in the history of CWG at 400mH. Winning margin of 7.85m by Dani Stevens is the largest ever for CWG WDT.
MONACO (MON): Nine Russian athletes have received clearance to compete internationally as neutral athletes, informs IAAF. The nine athletes include former world 110m hurdles champion Sergey Shubenkov, former European 400m silver medallist Ksenia Aksyonova, European U20 10,000m race walk champions Sergey Shirobokov and Yana Smerdova and European U23 20km race walk champion Klavdiya Afanasyeva.
MONACO (MON): Four Russian race walkers including former European U23 20km champion Maria Ponomareva all had their applications to compete internationally denied by the IAAF, informs Sport Express. The other race walkers whose applications were turned down are Sofya Brodatskaya, Dementiy Cheparev and Elvira Khasanova.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Five race walkers will represent Great Britain at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, China on 5-6 May, informs British Athletics. Tom Bosworth and Callum Wilkinson will compete in the men’s 20km race walk and Bethan Davies, Gemma Bridge and Heather Lewis will compete in the women’s 20km race walk.
OSLO (NOR): World indoor high jump champion Danil Lysenko and former European indoor and outdoor pole vault champion Anzhelika Sidorova will both compete in the Oslo Diamond League on 7 June, informs Sport Express.
DUBLIN (IRL): Former Irish athlete Sonia O’Sullivan has suggested medals be handed out in a separate category for athletes with hyperandrogenism. In a column in the Irish Times, the former world 5000m champion wrote of the world and Olympic 800m champion: “[Caster] Semenya is not the only female athlete with hyperandrogenism, so it makes more sense to categorise the medals in this sensitive way – particularly when this is a medical condition, and so can be measured and athletes know which category that they are competing in.”
SOCHI (RUS): “My main goal for the season is to perform very well at the European Championships in Berlin and regain the winner’s title. Although I will face very serious rivals, led by the former Cuban Ortega, who now competes for Spain," said two-time 110m hurdles European champion (2012 and 2014) Sergey Shubenkov in his quotes to TASS. He didn’t perform at European champs 2016 due to the RusAF suspension. According to Shubenkov’s words, the second most important event of the year is IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava. The 27-year-old Russian is currently at the Sochi training camp, preparing “intensively for the coming season.”
ODERZO (ITA): The 23rd Oderzo Citta Archeologica 10km road race on May 1 will welcome a top marathon runner. European record holder Sondre Nordstad Moen of Norway will run here. Also part of the event will be special European U20 road competition in the 10 km. Moen plans to run the 10 000 m at European Championships in Berlin in August.
SAN JUAN (PUR): On behalf of the NACAC Athletics Family Victor Lopez expressed the most sincere words of condolences to Jon Hendershott’s Family and to the Track and Field News Family for the lost of one of the greatest track and field journalists minds in history. "We are in debt to Jon for his contribution to our sport and to our athletes and coaches. A great individual who devoted his life to showcase our sport," said Lopez.
AUSTIN (USA): Fans will have the opportunity to see some of the world's best compete again at Mike A. Myers Stadium this weekend as five Olympians are set to take the runway in the pole vault at the Texas Invitational. Renaud Lavillenie with other French jumpers along with Logan Cunningham. In the women competition Jenn Suhr should jump.
yreke Wilson will be attending Florida State University (FSU) soon.
KINGSTON (JAM): Trackalerts informs that FSU announced via social media on Wednesday that Tyreke Wilson, who won the Class 1 boys’ 100m for Calabar at last month’s Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, will represent them at the collegiate level. According to FSU, Wilson, who also helped Calabar to the 4x100m title, is the fifth ranked junior with 10.21.
POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA, Apr 12): Some good Czech javelin throwing at an open meet here. World silver medalist and DL winner Jakub Vadlejch opened the season with good 84.26. "It was not ideal, but I tried something new, so I m not worried. Improvements to come," he said. Next meet the DL opener in Doha. Female thrower Nikol Ogrodnikova improved hugely to 65.61 to win the women competition. Her previous top mark was 62.24 from last year.
SANTO DOMINGO (DOM, Apr 11): At Military Sports Games Luguelin Santos won the 400 m in 45.95.
ZHAOQING (CHN, Apr 11-12): World medalist in javelin Lu Huihui won women javelin with 65.66 at National GP meet, Su Xinye got women discus 60.37. In men´s 200 m Bie Ge clocked 20.89 (+0.5). From Tilastopaja.
CHULA VISTA (USA, Apr 12): Ehsan Hadadi improved here the Iran discus record to 68.62 ahead of Daniel Stahl 68.03. Also big improvement of young Swede Jakob Gardenkrans, 63.62 was registered in good wind conditions. From Friidrott website.