EME NEWS (APR 14, 2018)
England wins both 4x100 m relays in World leads
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 14): Kenyans Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot repeated their one-two from last year’s World Championships on the final day of stadium track and field action at the Commonwealth Games. Manangoi ran 3:34.78 as Cheruiyot was on 3:35.17. Scotland’s Jake Wightman won bronze in 3:35.97. World champion Hellen Obiri won a tactical 5000 m in 15:13.11, chased closely until the final straight by team-mate Margaret Kipkemboi (15:15.28). England’s Laura Weightman won bronze in 15:25.84 . India’s Neeraj Chopra took the javelin with 86.47m - a season’s best and one centimetre below the world junior record he set two years ago. Australia’s Hamish Peacock took silver with 82.59m and Grenada’s Anderson Peters the bronze with 82.20m. In her fourth Games, high jumper Levern Spencer took her and Saint Lucia’s first Commonwealth gold, clearing 1.95m (WL) to beat England’s Morgan Lake (1.93m) and Australia’s Nicola McDermott (1.91m PB).  England took both sprint relays. The quartet of Reuben Arthur, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey combined to run 38.13 (WL) ahead of South Africa (38.24 NR) and Jamaica (38.35). On the women’s side, Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith, Bianca Williams and Lorraine Ugen clocked 42.46 (WL) - the fastest ever by a team representing England. Jamaica won silver with 42.52 and Nigeria the bronze (42.75). Jamaica won the women’s 4x400m in a world lead 3:24.00 through Christine Day, Anastasia Le Roy, Janieve Russell and Stephenie McPherson. Nigeria took second with 3:25.29 and Amantle Montsho moved Botswana from fifth to third on the final leg with the quickest split overall of 49.59, bringing home a national record 3:26.86. Botswana took the men’s race, in which the medallist were separated by less than two tenths. Leaname Maotoanong, Babaloki Thebe, Onkabetse Nkobolo and Isaac Makwala got the baton round in 3:01.78 to win from Bahamas (3:01.92) and Jamaica (3:01.97). Guyana’s Troy Doris took the triple jump win with 16.88m.

Saturday, 14 April 2018 15:11

News from around the World- EME News (Apr 13, 2018)

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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.

Saturday, 14 April 2018 15:04

News from around the World- EME News (Apr 12, 2018)

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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.

Thursday, 12 April 2018 10:07

News from around the World- EME News (Apr 11, 2018)

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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.

RIP Jon Hendershott, one of the best journalists of the Bible of the Sport has sadly passed away. Enjoy this piece from his friend John Geer...

Jon Roy Hendershott, part of Track & Field News for more than 50 years, died peacefully on Monday at the age of 71 from complications from a stroke he suffered at his home in Salem, Oregon, on Sunday.

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