EME NEWS (MAR 30, 2018)
McLaughlin 22.39 and Gardiner 20.20
GAINESVILLE (USA, Mar 29): Florida Relays started with superb 200 m times. On the women side teen star Sydney McLaughlin clocked huge PB 22.39 (+1.5). It is fastest U20 time since 2003 and fourth best of all-time in that age category. One could think what she can achieve in her specialty 400 m hurdles with such speed. Second Joanna Atkins and third hurdles World record holder Kendra Harrison achieved the same 22.81. For the World Indoor champion Harrison also a PB, previous top mark was 23.00. Fifth in the race was the 400 m hurdles World champion Kori Carter 23.23. Puertorican 100 m hurdles record holder Jasmine Camacho-Quinn won another race with 22.59 but aided by +3.0. In the men´s 200 m new personal best for 400 m World silver medalist Steven Gardiner of Bahamas 20.20 (+2.0) beating 110 m hurdles World champion Omar McLeod 20.49. In the 400 m Bahamian Alonzo Russell got 45.44 win over triple jump World and Olympic winner Christian Taylor 45.48. Taylor´s last 400 m race was at Drake Relays in April 2014 when he clocked personal best 45.17. He plans to run more 400 m races in the summer. Third in the race 400 m hurdles veteran Bershawn Jackson 46.50. Jamaican Shawn Rowe won the 400 m hurdles in life-time best 49.17. In another race Bahamian Jeffery Gibson clocked 49.21 (his fastest since May 2016) over Jamaican Ansert Whyte 49.48. Women winner Grace Claxton from Puertorico achieved 56.30. Grenada´s record holder Anderson Peters won the javelin with 81.57. In high school 100 m prelims fast times for Anthony Schwartz 10.18 (+2.0) and Tamari Davis who at age of 15 improved to 11.29 (+0.5).

Kim Vanderlinden and Helena van der Plaetsen met at their local athletics club when they were nine years old. Today they co-own a company, Wafel Sports Management, and represent the likes of world and Olympic heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam and European decathlon champion Thomas van der Plaetsen.

From a young age the pair realised they had a common passion for the sport, far greater than that of the rest of their friends, and knew they wanted to work in athletics eventually.

EME NEWS (MAR 29, 2018)
Schippers vs Miller-Uibo, Makwala vs Gardiner
SHANGHAI (CHN): World 100m hurdles record-holder Kendra Harrison and world 200m champion Dafne Schippers will compete at the Shanghai IAAF Diamond League on May 12. Harrison will take on Olympic champion Brianna McNeal (formerly Rollins). Schippers meanwhile will face Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo. New sprint sensation Su Bingtian competes on home soil in the 100m against world champions Justin Gatlin and Ramil Guliyev. Diamond League champion Isaac Makwala goes in the 400m against world silver medallist Steven Gardiner. Omar McLeod and Orlando Ortega will feature in the 110m hurdles. World 800m record-holder David Rudisha will appear in Shanghai for the third time in his event, while Timothy Cheruiyot begins the defence of his Diamond League 1500m title. Olympic 400 m hurdles winner Dalilah Muhammad is due to compete over the barriers and multiple global champion Mariya Lasitskene lines up in the high jump. Olympic triple champion Caterine Ibarguen and world long jump winner Luvo Manyonga are also part of the field (with Shi Yuhao). Another World champion Sam Kendricks takes on the host nation’s World Championship fourth placer, Xue Changrui, in the men’s pole vault. Chinese stars will also feature heavily in the women’s throws, not least world and Diamond League champion, Gong Lijiao and also Liu Huihui who will also have high hopes in the javelin. The line-up so far includes 14 Olympic and world champions.

Thursday, 29 March 2018 10:03

News from around the World- EME News (Mar 28, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 28, 2018)
Nettey 692 WL in long jump
BRISBANE (AUS, Mar 28): In blustery conditions at the Queensland International Track Classic, Zharnel Hughes won the 200m in a fast 20.23 against a headwind of 1.6 m/s with Botswana’s Isaac Makwala winning a separate 200m race in 20.51 (-0.9). Elaine Thompson was one of a number of leading Jamaicans in action, winning the 100m in 11.72 (-1.7 m/s) although Dina Asher-Smith was much faster at 11.31 (-1.0) in a another 100m race. Yohan Blake was the fastest overall in the 100m with 10.34 (no wind reading) while last year’s breakout hurdler Ronald Levy won the 110m hurdles in 13.83 (-1.8) with world indoor champion Andrew Pozzi only fourth in 13.99. Reigning Commonwealth champion Stephenie-Ann McPherson won the 400m in 51.07 with former world champion Amantle Montsho winning a separate race in 51.79 while teammate Shericka Jackson was the fastest across two races of the 200m in 23.05 (-1.3). There were good wins in the 400m hurdles from Jack Green (49.80) and South Africa’s Wenda Nel (55.01) and Laura Weightman clocked a fast 4:05.89 to win the 1500m. The highlight on the in-field was an excellent long jump in which Canada’s Christabel Nettey went out to a wind-legal world-leading 6.92m (1.8) ahead of Brooke Stratton (6.88m, 1.9) although Shara Proctor’s 6.84m was just over the legal wind limit at 2.3 m/s. World finalist Kelsey-Lee Roberts extended her PB to 64.57m to win the javelin with teammate Hamish Peacock going out to 80.25m in the men’s javelin. Brandon Starc cleared 226 in the high jump. In the hammer, Chris Bennett went out to 74.08m with Osian Jones setting a Welsh record of 71.62m in second while Canada’s Jillian Weir surpassed the 70m line in the women’s event with 70.72m. Also in the field, Damian Birkenhead won the shot put with 20.30m and Kurtis Marschall cleared 5.45m in the pole vault. England won both 4x100m relays in world-leading times of 38.31 (Kilty, Hughes, Gemili, Aikines-Aryeetey) ahead of Canada 38.97 and 43.20 (Philip, Asher-Smith, B. Williams, Humphreys) respectively and Dane Bird-Smith won the 3000m race walk in 10.56.06 ahead of Canada’s Evan Dunfee (11:28.41).

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:25

News from around the World- EME News (Mar 27, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 27, 2018)

Blake vs Gemili and Forte
BRISBANE (AUS): Leading Jamaican sprinters will be competing in the Queensland International Track Classic in Brisbane on 28 March ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson and Olympic 100 finalist Christania Williams face Dina Asher-Smith and Asha Philip in the 100m and former world champion Yohan Blake and Julian Forte face a line-up including Adam Gemili in the men’s 100m. Ronald Levy faces world indoor champion Andrew Pozzi in the 110m hurdles; world bronze medallist Janieve Russell goes head-to-head with South Africa’s Wenda Nel in the 400m hurdles; while the women’s 400m flat line-up is headed by reigning Commonwealth champion Stephenie-Ann McPherson and former world champion Amantle Montsho from Botswana. Isaac Makwala steps down to the 200m where he will face Brits Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Zharnel Hughes while Baboloki Thebe will face sub-44 competitor Rusheen McDonald from Jamaica in the men’s 400m. Elsewhere on the track, Diamond League champion Kyron McMaster competes in the 400m hurdles while top names in the 3000m race walk are Australia’s Dane Bird-Smith and Canada’s Evan Dunfee. On the field, Australian record-holder and world-leader Kathryn Mitchell faces Canada’s Liz Gleadle in the javelin and world-leader Kurtis Marschall competes in the pole vault.

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