EME NEWS (APR 13, 2018)
Kenya´s steeple sweep
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 13): Caster Semenya completed the middle distance double at the Commonwealth Games, setting another championship record in the 800m in 1:56.68 (58.66/58.02) ahead of Kenya’s Margaret Wambui (1:58.07) with Jamaica’s Natoye Goule running a 1:58.82 PB for bronze. Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei also won his second gold medal of the championships, smashing the championship record in the 10,000m with 27:19.62 ahead of Canada’s Mo Ahmed (27:20.56) and Rodgers Kwemoi (27:28.66). New Zealand’s Jake Robertson finished fifth in a national record of 27:30.90 as the top eight finishers all broke the 28-minute mark. World and Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto added the Commonwealth title to his haul, setting another championship record of 8:10.08 ahead of Abraham Kibiwott (8:10.62) with Amos Kirui ensuring a Kenyan clean sweep with a late charge to pip Canada’s Matthew Hughes on the line, 8:12.24 to 8:12.33. There were also two championship records on the field: Canada’s Alysha Newman cleared 4.75m on her final attempt of pole vault to defeat Eliza McCartney (4.70m) and Nina Kennedy (4.60m) while Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres secured the discus title with a championship record of 68.20m ahead of teammate Traves Smikle (63.98m) and Cyprus’ Apostolos Parellis (63.61m) with Australia’s Matt Denny fourth (62.53m). Jamaica also won gold in the shot put courtesy of Danniel Thomas-Dodd who set a national record of 19.36m to defeat reigning three-time champion Valerie Adams, who improved her season’s best to 18.70m in her first major competition since maternity leave. Elsewhere, Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan won the 100m hurdles title in 12.68 ahead of Jamaicans Danielle Williams (12.78) and Yanique Thompson (12.97) and England’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the heptathlon with 6255 points ahead of teenagers Nina Schultz from Canada (6133 PB) and England’s Niamh Emerson (6043 PB). England posted a fast 38.15 in the 4x100m heats but there was a shock in men’s javelin qualifying as 2015 World champion Julius Yego failed to reach the final with 74.55m. The two pools were led by Australia's Hamish Peacock with 81.22m.
G. Kirui and E. Kiplagat heading the fields
BOSTON (USA): The elite fields for the Boston Marathon on Monday are led by reigning champions Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat from Kenya. Kirui (2:06:27 PB) also won the IAAF World Championships in London in 2017 but faces a line-up including seven athletes with faster PBs, including the Ethiopian trio of Tamirat Tola (2:04:06PB), Lemi Berhanu (2:04:33 PB) and former two-time winner Lelisa Desisa (2:04:45 PB). The line-up also includes reigning Toronto Marathon winner Philemon Rono (2:06:52 PB), Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi (2:08:14 PB) and Olympic bronze medallist Galen Rupp (2:09:20 PB) who is looking for back-to-back World Marathon Majors wins after winning in the Chicago Marathon in October. There are also high hopes for a domestic winner in the women’s race as the line-up includes last year’s third-placer Jordan Hasay (2:20:57 PB), New York Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan (2:21:14 PB), former runner-up Desiree Linden (2:22:38 PB), US half marathon record-holder Molly Huddle (2:28:13 PB) as well as veteran US record-holder Deena Kastor (2:19:36 PB) who is one of four runners in the elite field with a sub-2:20 PB along with Ethiopians Aselefech Mergia (2:19:31 PB) and Buzunesh Deba (2:19:59 PB) and reigning champion Kiplagat (2:19:50 PB).
GOLD COAST NEWS
GOLD COAST (AUS): Katarina Johnson-Thompson was pleased to overcome a nagging leg injury to win the heptathlon title in Gold Coast, informs Athletics Weekly. “I’m so happy to finish the heptathlon, it is a relief to complete all the events. You have your ups and downs. I haven’t set the world alight with my performances but I’m so proud of myself that I came here in April – these are all season openers and season’s bests off not a lot of training after Birmingham. I’m happy that I’ve come here, I’ve been competitive, got a gold medal – the second one of the year – and I have 16 weeks now to try and build on this and get ready for the Europeans. That was always the plan,” she said. Johnson-Thompson looks set to miss Gotzis in order to focus on Berlin.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Usain Bolt will return to Borussia Dortmund for an extended trial after an initial two-day trial with the German club last month, informs ESPN. "For me, it's a big deal. Everyone feels like I'm just kidding around, just joking, but I'm serious. I'm actually going back to Dortmund in a couple of weeks to work with them for three more weeks just to assess myself at a better level [and] to see what level I'm at or what I need to do or if I can,” he said.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Janieve Russell has described winning the 400m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games as a “confidence booster” after two injury plagued seasons, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. "It's a confidence booster for me. These Commonwealth athletes that I competed against are also Olympic finalists, and World Championship finalists and competing with them gives me added drive to say 'OK, I have competed with these ladies at the highest levels, and I can do that again at any championship, and I can perform well,' so the gold medal gives me confidence in my talent and what I can do,” she said. Russell had surgery on her left knee in 2015 and tore her quad the following season.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Two Indian athletes were expelled from the Commonwealth Games on Friday after syringes were found in their accommodation, informs AFP. Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin has said triple jumper Rakesh Babu and race walker Irfan Kolothum Thodi had their accreditation revoked and were ordered to take the first available flights home after violating the event’s no syringe rule.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Ken Nakamura provides some stats. Kenya has swept the medals at 3000mSC in every CWG since 1998. Kipruto's winning time is the fastest 3000mSC in month of April, as well as on the Australian soil. In men discus best marks for place for 1st to 4th were set. Semenya became third woman to win both 800m and 1500m in CWG. Adams won 5th medal at CWG in shot put, but Oakes has six medals. Last 5000m of the 10000m was covered in 13:26.2, faster than the winning time of the 5000m in this CWG.
LONDON (GBR): Mo Farah is confirmed for the Vitality London 10,000 on 28 May, informs organisers. Farah has won this race on four previous occasions: 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. The British 10km Championships will be staged in conjunction with the event.
RATINGEN (GER): World heptathlon silver medallist Carolin Schafer is confirmed for the Ratingen Combined Events Meeting on 16-17 June, informs Leichtathletik.de. She will also compete in Gotzis on 26-27 May in the build-up to the European Championships in Berlin. "For me there is no greater motivation than to compete in front of my home crowd at the European Championships in Berlin the competition of my life and to achieve a medal in the end," she said. World decathlon champion Kevin Mayer has suggested he might also compete in Ratingen.
WURZBURG (GER): European marathon record-holder Sondre Nordstad Moen will open his season over 10km in Wurzburg on 29 April. He will also compete over 10km in Oderzo on 1 May, informs his manager Chiara Davini. “The reason why I have chosen these particular races is that I have two immediate objectives in the coming months, attempting a 10,000m national record at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo (the famous Bislett Games) and then running at the European Championships in Berlin in August,” he said.
MEXICO CITY (MEX): World and Olympic 20km race walk silver medallist Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez will defend her title at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, China on 5-6 May, informs IAAF.
MOSCOW (RUS): All-Russia Athletics Federation president Dmitry Shlyakhtin is not ignoring the warning that Russian athletes could be banned from competing internationally even as neutral competitors if they fail to implement the criteria set out in the IAAF Taskforce roadmap, informs TASS. "I would rather be not underestimating this statement from the Taskforce group. This severe step is possible if we will not be constantly proving that our athletes and coaches are observing anti-doping regulations and rules of tournaments,” he said.
DES MOINES (USA): Olympic 400m hurdles champion Dalilah Muhammad will compete in her specialist event at the Drake Relays, informs organisers. Muhammad will face teammates Georganne Moline, Ashley Spencer and Cassandra Tate and Canada’s Sage Watson. Former world champion Bershawn Jackson will compete in the men’s 400m hurdles along with fellow veterans Javier Culson and Michael Tinsley and recent Commonwealth silver medallist Jeffery Gibson from the Bahamas.
DES MOINES (USA): Strong fields have been assembled for the USATF Mile Road Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on 24 April. Former Olympic 1500m champion Leo Manzano faces former two-time winner Garrett Heath and Riley Masters in the men’s mile while reigning champion Katie Mackay faces former world 800m bronze medallist Brenda Martinez and Molly Seidel in the women’s mile.
MOSCOW (RUS): RusAF announced seven Russian athletes, who will perform at World Team Race Walk Championships in Taicang as neutral athletes. Reigning World silver medallist Sergey Shirobokov and Vasiliy Mizinov will compete in the men’s 20km while European junior champion 2017 Yana Smerdova and Olga Yeliseyeva confirmed for the same distance on women’s side. Sergey Sharypov and Klavdiya Afanasyeva will line up in the 50 km race and Yuliya Lipanova should perform at U20 10 km.
VARADERO (CUB): First Varadero Half Marathon in Cuba on Sunday will have some good names from Africa running. Ethiopian former track World champion Berhane Adere will run on women side together with Enatnesh Tirusew who won Ethiopian cross country trials for African Games. Among men Daniel Rotich from Uganda and Kenyan Timothy Rono.
DUBLIN (RIL): The National 10k Championships take place once more as part of the Garmin Great Ireland Run in the Phoenix Park this Sunday. Chesterfield Avenue will be full of colour with club vests lining up for the National 10k Championships which also will see an Irish select team. Shona Heaslip, Kerry O’Flaherty, Laura Shaughnessy and Bethanie Murray will take on England’s Gemma Steel, Jenna Hill and Naomi Taschimowitz. Mick Clohisey, Brian Maher and Sergiu Ciobanu are the Irish select that will take on Ian Kimpton, Jack Gray and Ollie Lockley in men competition.
LODZ (POL): The 14th edition of the DOZ Lodz Marathon on Sunday will be only one part of a festival of road running in the Polish city. In addition to the marathon, an IAAF Bronze Label race, the highlight promises to be the Ibuprom Sport Zel Half Marathon, newly added to the programme and featuring one of the best fields seen on the Polish road-racing scene this year. The organisers are hoping for a Polish all-comers’ record (60:48) in the half marathon this weekend with Mourad Marofit, Mesfin Alemu, Kipkemoi Kiprono and Emmanuel Bor. Among women Alice Kimutai and Christine Oigo. A battle between Kenya and Ethiopia is on the cards in both men's and women's marathon. Asmare Workneh of Ethiopia, runner-up in last year's edition of the race, starts as favourite this time. Lemlem Berha of Ethiopia is the most accomplished runner in the women's marathon field, with a best of 2:29:42, set in Kosice in 2013. From the IAAF.
SAN DIEGO (USA): Mt. San Antonio College and the City of Walnut have ended a legal battle over the Hilmer Lodge Stadium project, removing one hurdle to the school hosting the 2020 Olympic trials in track and field. Informs timesofsandiego.com
IOWA CITY (USA, Apr 12): Brandon Carnes clocked 10.18 (+1.1) and 20.48 (+2.3) at Musco Twilight meet. Aaron Mallett posted 13.55 (+1.3) in the hurdles and Karayme Bartley from Jamaica won the 400 m in 46.04.
NORTH NEWTON (USA, Apr 12): Kadrin Williams won the 100 m here in 10.26 PB.
LOS ANGELES (USA, Apr 12): At Twilight Open Khallifah Rossier clocked 49.97 in the 400 m hurdles and former hurdles Olympic winner Dawn Harper-Nelson was second in the 200 m with 24.58 (+0.7).
CHULA VISTA (USA, Apr 12): More from the meet here. In women discus Valarie Allman 62.83 and second versatile Maggie Ewen 62.47 PB. Sweden´s Fanny Roos won the women shot put 18.08. Also to correct the winning mark of Ehsan Hadadi 68.62 is not a national record. That is his 69.32 from 2008.
SANTO DOMINGO (DOM, Apr 12): Second day of Military Games had Raymond Urbino winning the 200 m in 20.88 (-0.3) ahead of Yancarlos Martinez 20.89. The 4x100 m FARD team clocked fast 39.12.