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EME NEWS (JAN 5, 2015)

 

 

FARAH OUT OF EDINBURGH

PORTLAND (USA): Double World and Olympic champion Mo Farah has withdrawn from the Edinburgh Cross Country due to an illness, report Athletics Weekly. The 31 year old Briton said, “Unfortunately I have to cancel my participation in the Great Edinburgh Cross Country as I had the flu over the Christmas and New Year period and had to take some days off training.” Farah had been set to compete in the international challenge 8km event, which features teams from Britain, Europe and the USA. He stated that his main goal in 2015 will be to successfully defend both his World titles.

 

THE EATON POWER COUPLE

LONDON (GBR): Jon Mulkeen has produced a list of the best husband-wife combined eventers in history on jonmulkeen.com. Topping the list are Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen Eaton, with a combined decathlon-heptathlon score of 15680. Two other pairs make it over the 15000 point mark; Alain Blondel and Heike Drechsler with 15194, and Oleksiy Kasyanov and Hanna Melnychenko with 15065. Melnychenko features on the list twice, William Frullani being her other multi eventing partner.

 

THE EATON COUPLE PLANS

SANTA BARBARA (USA): Oregon Track Club coach Harry Marra told Decathlon2000 about his plans for Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen Eaton in 2015. He said that they are currently at a training camp in Santa Barbara, which will last two weeks. They will follow this up with some indoor appearances.  Ashton and Brianne will both compete at the Knights of Columbus Saskatchewan Indoor Games in the high jump and 60mH. They will also compete at the Millrose Games on February 14, where Ashton will do the 60mH and long jump, while Brianne will do the 60mH. They will spend time working with Coach Tom Tellez in late March before going on a month long training camp in Santa Barbara. This camp will be followed by a few meets used to prepare themselves for Gotzis, where Ashton and Brianne will both be in action. They will compete in individual events at their national championships and the Pan American Games, before turning their attention to the multi-events at the World Championships.

 

USOC BID CITY DECISION COMING THURSDAY

COLORADO (USA): The United States Olympic Committee is expected to announce their candidate city, which will bid to host the 2024 Olympics, on Thursday, report The Chicago Tribune. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington are the cities in contention. The announcement is expected to be made following a USOC board of directors meeting at the Denver International Airport.

 

 

 

OTHER NEWS

 

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Track and Field News’ Women’s Performance of the Year is Anita Wlodarczyk’s hammer world record throw of 79.58. It is her second time to win the accolade, having also ranked number 1 with her world record throw in 2009. In receiving this award, she is the first athlete since Tirunesh Dibaba in 2008 to win the T&FN Athlete of the Year award and the Performance of the Year Award in the same year. Featuring twice on the 2014 list is Ethiopia’s Genzebe Diababa; her 3000m world indoor record was deemed to be the 2nd best performance of the year, with her world indoor 1500m record next on the list. Fourth spot went to Sandra Perkovic’s national record discus mark of 71.08.

 

TOKYO (JPN): The Tokyo Metropolitan government plan for the Athletes’ Village for the 2020 Olympics to be powered by hydrogen energy, report The Japan News. Hydrogen energy will also be used to charge the fuel cells of the buses used to transport the athletes. About 17,000 athletes and other guests will stay in the Athletes’ Village, which will be the site of 22 accommodation buildings with 14 to 17 floors each.

 

HAKONE (JPN): The television broadcast of the 91st Hakone Ekiden had strong viewing figures, reports Brett Larner.  Day One of the race averaged 28.2% of the nationwide viewership, while Day Two averaged 28.3%.  The two-day average of 28.3% was the fourth-highest in the 29 years since NTV began broadcasting the Hakone Ekiden in 1987.  Last year’s viewing figures for each of the two days were 26.8% and 27.0%.

 

LISBON (POR): 10 million euros will be invested into the Portuguese Athletics Federation’s high performance programme to prepare their athletes for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, report cmjornal.xl.pt. The high performance support programme includes 155 athletes. The athletes will receive money every month as well as having access to the team of experts working for the federation, which includes coaches, doctors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, nutritionists, and psychologists.

 

MONTE GORDO (POR): While Portugal’s Sara Moreira does not intend to defend her European Indoor 3000m title, the silver medallist from that race, Corinna Harrer of Germany, is aiming to return to the distance in Prague, report leichtathletik.de. She will open her season over 3000m at Karlsruhe on January 31, before competing at the German nationals. Looking ahead to the outdoor season, Harrer said that the 1500m will be her main focus.

 

 

 

RESULTS

 

 

HAKONE (JPN, Jan 2-3): At the 91st Kakone Ekiden, over 217.1km, Aoyama Gakuin University took the win with 10:49:27, breaking the event record by over 2 minutes, on what was a slightly adjusted course from previous years. Komazawa Univ. took 2nd in 11:00:17, with Toyo Univ., (11:01:22) in 3rd.

 

LEE VALLEY (GBR, Jan 4): British sprinting talent Shannon Hylton ran 7.59 in the 60m heats at the Metaswitch Games. Imani Lansiquot, who has just turned 17, ran 7.60.

 

TORUŃ (POL, Jan 4): Euro u23 champion Jakub Szyszkowski opened with 19.27 in the shot.

 

ST PETERSBURG (RUS, Dec 27-28): At the Open Meet here, Anton Tikhomirov threw 19.23, his 3rd best performance indoors, over Anatoliy Garmashov (19.21 PB). In the women’s long jump, Olympic 5th placer Anna Klyashtornaya leaped 6.38.

 
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This is part two of David Hunter's feature on Clayton Murphy's ecstacy then agony. It is a piece for all coaches and athletes to read. There are times that the best laid plans do not work out.

How do you learn from them? How do you get back on the proverbial horse? That is the question.

Clayton Murphy provides some thoughts on where 2018-20 are going. It should be exciting.


Thursday, 26 October 2017 17:44

'National Relay Championships' not the best idea

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I definitely agree with letsrun.com's Robert Johnson, the Arkansas hosted National Relay Championships don't help the sport. Johnson makes several good points and the article is absolutely worth reading. I'd like to add a few points. Calling it a "game changer" for how collegiate Track & Field completely, well actually more than two-thirds, misses the mark.


Friday, 20 October 2017 11:00

Mac Wilkins reviews the year in throwing

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On his website, the World Record holder and Olympic Champion reviews the best from the throwing events from this year. He also provides some good training insight and philosophy. One of the best bits of knowledge is "Most athletes and non-athletes tend to ignore the recovery part and just train or work as hard as possible. Being overworked does not produce better results, just tired performers. It takes great discipline to NOT train too much. More is not always better." The rest of Wilkins' website is a great resource for the Shot Put and Discus coach and athlete.



Our friends at the IAAF took a look back on one of the great races in American distance history. Who would have known that Emma Coburn would take it to another level at the following year's World Championship? Enjoy this piece from Steven Landells

 

At the World Championships in London last month, Emma Coburn led a shock 1-2 finish for the US in the 3000m steeplechase, clocking 9:02.58 to break her own national record. Here Coburn reflects on the glory of climbing the podium one year earlier when she took the bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games.

 


Tuesday, 12 September 2017 17:12

My greatest challenge- Koji Murofushi

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During an illustrious career, Koji Murofushi snared two Olympic medals and the full trifecta of World Championships medals. Here the Japanese hammer icon reminisces about the obstacles he faced on his journey to his 2004 Olympic gold and 2012 Olympic bronze medals.

TWIN PEAKS

“I was fortunate to enjoy a long and successful career which reached two peaks – at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympics. To achieve success during both these periods involved two very different challenges.

“In 2004 I was strong physically but the main challenge was psychological. At the 2012 Olympics, when I was aged 38, I was mentally prepared but my physical condition was not as good, so the main challenge was physical.

“It’s important to remember that reaching a peak on the day of competition comes from the work put in during the many months beforehand. Some athletes throw far early in the season. Some athletes always check rivals’ results. Yet, for me, it was always important to keep training at my own pace.

“In the countdown to 2004, I learned about the importance of planning and sticking to the plan. It was important not to do too much. Some athletes feel the pressure and try to overdo training. It is important to rein that instinct back to do more.

“Thankfully, in Athens I reached a peak and won gold.

“However, after winning Olympic gold I continued with the same training but suffered repeated injuries. People were starting to say, ‘Koji is too old’ and that is when I overhauled and customised my entire training programme. I learned that if you repeat the same training and the same methods, the body won’t react in the way you want it to.

“For example, if I asked you to jump off the table for the first time, you would tense your muscles to ensure a soft landing. But after you do it many times, you might not tense your muscles in the same way and this can lead to injuries. It was important for me to mix up the movement patterns and try new exercises, particularly for the ankles, knees and hips.

“Leading into the 2012 Olympics, I worked with a team which checked out my body to predict any areas of weakness. We then worked on a number of exercises to prevent injury.

“To go on and earn a bronze medal in London was not bad going for a 38-year-old but it was also very satisfying because I was able to prove that my way of training, my team and planning was right.”

Steve Landells for the IAAF


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