EME News March 13-15th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News March 13-15th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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Day One of the NCAA Indoor Championships had some great competition. The highlight of the day on the men's side was Jarrion Lawson of Arkansas winning the Long Jump with a monster sixth round jump of 839 (27-6.5) that is the best in the World so far in 2014 and 16th best ever Indoors. Lawson had never jumped 8 meters until yesterday, 839 is a big PB for the teenager. The best performance on the women's side was Kaitlin Petrillose of Texas setting a new NCAA record in the pole vault of 460 (15-1). The previous NCAA Indoor best was 5cm lower and set by Tina Sutej of Arkansas in 2012. Another very impressive performance was from 45 second 400 runner James Harris who qualified through to today's final in the 400 not long after winning the High Jump by beating favorite Nick Ross with a jump of 232 (7-7.25). As is usually the case, the 200 Indoor World leads were set at NCAAs with Dedric Dukes running 20.34 in the first final, only to watch Diondre Baston run 20.32 in the next heat of the finals to take the win. Dezerea Bryant from Kentucky won the 200 and will look for another NCAA title today as she qualified for the 60 final. Abbey D'Agostino completed part one of her attempt to repeat as both 5000 and 3000 NCAA Indoor Champ as she won the 5000 with a last lap that was just too fast for everyone else. The men's 5000 saw a bit of an upset, with Lawi Lalang, who had earlier run a Mile qualifying heat, losing to NCAA Cross Country champ Edward Cheserek. Michael Lihrman of Wisconsin, the 2014 World Leader, took care of business and won the weight throw with a solid toss of 23.25 (76-3.5). Brea Garrett's 22.15 was good enough to beat the new Swedish record throw from Ida Storm. Lorrain Ugen of TCU won the Long Jump convincingly with a leap of 673, 39cm ahead of second place. Stanford almost pulled off a sweep of both Distance Medley Relays. After the Cardinal men won easily, the Cardinal women came up just short and finished second to Arkansas. The Razorbacks had an excellent last two legs with Stephanie Brown's 800 leg getting her team even with Stanford and then 5k runner Dominique Scott beating Stanford's 2:00 800 runner anchor Justine Fedronic. Day one was fantastic, day two will feature most of the finals and be even better.

EME NEWS (MAR 13, 2013)

NEW YORK (USA): A pair of Olympic gold medalists and two World Champions are the first headliners to be announced for the adidas Grand Prix, which this year marks its 10th year of bringing the world's top athletes to Icahn Stadium on June 14. Returning 2011 World champion at 100 m Yohan Blake, “After not being able to run in New York City last year, I can't wait to get into my blocks,” said Blake. “The opportunity to compete against international athletes in front of New York’s Caribbean community just gets my adrenaline pumping.” Making his US debut will be Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine, the reigning World Champion in the high jump who was honored as 2013 Male Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News. He passed the indoor season. Usual participant here is pole vault Olympic winner Jenn Suhr. Rounding out the star-studded international quartet is Sally Pearson of Australia, also a two-time Olympic medalist over the hurdles.

LEIRIA (POR): The top highlight of the 14th European Cup Winter Throwing in Leiria over the weekend will be the men hammer clash of top two best in the World. Olympic winner Krisztian Pars of Hungary against the World Champion Pawel Fajdek from Poland. Another World medalist from Moscow competing will be French discus record holder Melina Robert-Michon. Women javelin has 2010 European champion and London Olympic bronze medalist Linda Stahl against team-mate Katharina Molitor and Slovenian record holder Martina Ratej. Olympic medalist Yevgeniya Kolodko of Russia is the main name in women shot put with two more Sopot finalists Hungarian Anita Marton and Belarus Yulia Leantsiuk. In women hammer Slovak European and World medalist Martina Hrasnova. Men javelin is an open affair (both Germans Hamman and Rohler with Latvian Sirmais, Estonian Matas and Polish throwers), the same in men discus (Cadee, Casanas, Jasinski and Christoph Harting). Men shot put has Sopot 8th placer Russian Aleksandr Lesnoy.

LISBON (POR): The 24th Meia-Maratona Internacional de Lisboa EDP is again having strong fieldsthis Sunday. Here Zersenay Tadese clocked still valid world record 58:23 in 2010. This year former World CC champion Imane Merga of Ethiopia is aiming to finish his third HM race. So far he has 59:56 from Newcastle last year. Eritrean Teklemariam Medhin and big group of Kenyans (for example Silas Kipruto, Ezekiel Chebii, Moses Kigen, Albert Matebor, Bidan Karoki are the top names). Interesting to see debuting at the distance Moscow 10 000 m bronze medalist Paul Tanui. Hermano Ferreira, Luis Feiteira and Ricardo Ribas are top home names. On the women side World marathon medalist Valeria Straneo of Italy with French European CC winner Sophie Duarte of France (debut in HM) are to be mentioned. From Ethiopians Worknesh Degefa and from Kenyans Jane Kiptoo, Jemma Jelegat and Filomena Chepchirchir. Vanessa Fernandes and Marisa Barros are leading the home group. Women course record is 1:05.44 of Susan Chepkemei back in 2001.

BRUSSELS (BEL): Belgium’s last Olympic champion Tia Hellebaut gave birth to her third child, on Tuesday; a boy named Lars, report dhnet.be. The 35 year old has two daughters with her partner and former coach Wim Vandeven; Lotte, born June 9, 2009, and Saartje, born February 15, 2011. After retiring in 2013 she is now destined to become the next meeting director of the Memorial Van Damme after Wilfried Meert steps down in 2016 as Belgian media are saying.

GLASGOW (GBR): Hampden Park, the athletics venue for the Commonwealth Games was unveiled on Wednesday following months of renovations to turn it from a football stadium into an athletics arena, report PA Scotland. As part of the renovation, steel stilts were put in place to raise the surface by almost two meters in order to create enough space for the athletics track. During the Games the stadium’s capacity will be 44 000, and it will return to its 52 000 capacity following the event. 15 000 volunteers started training for the event last week while the athlete village will accommodate around 6500 athletes and is said to be Scotland's first large-scale carbon neutral housing development. Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has given her seal of approval to the transformation. She and Scotland's Commonwealth Games silver medalist Eilidh Child were there to see first-hand the work being carried out at the home of Scottish football, which organizers have dubbed the "Glasgow solution". The repositioning of the famous Glasgow turf will allow the necessary width and length to be gained for the IAAF approved track, which is scheduled to be fully laid down by the end of next month.


SEVILLE (ESP): Spain’s 2002 European steeplechase champion Antonio David Jiménez Pentinel has been arrested in Seville and has been charged with trafficking of doping substances, after a search of his home found syringes, vials with growth hormone and blood for autologous list, among other substances, report Marca. The 37 year old is being charged with crimes against public health. His arrest is part of Operación Jimbo, which has already seen the arrest of 13 people.

NASSAU (BAH): The Bahamas has indicated they will field 10 teams, one for each event, at the World Relays, informs the IAAF. There are 72 days to go till the inaugural event where the host nation is expected to be most strong in the 4x400m races. The World records most likely to be broken at Thomas A. Robinson stadium are the 4x1500m records. The men’s record of 14:36.23 is held by Kenya, while Australia holds the women’s best at 17:09.75.

MONTREAL (CAN): The Donovan Bailey Celebrity Sprint Challenge will be part of the inaugural AC Indoor Open held at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard, starting on Friday March 14 and finishing on March 16, inform organizers. The meet will be attended by former World 100m record holder and Olympic champion, Donovan Bailey, as well as champions from other sports. The meet will feature top athletes such as Canada’s Jessica Zelinka, Khamica Bingham and Justyn Warner.

VILLANOVA (USA): Villanova University has received a 7 million USD commitment from alumnus Robert F. Moran, which includes 2 million USD that will go towards the University’s track and field program. Robert Moran, who is on the Board of Directors of the USATF Foundation, said, “Track and field has always been a major passion of mine and I’m hoping with this donation, we can continue striving for excellence with Villanova’s great program. Together with Coach Marcus O’Sullivan, we have a vision to make Villanova one of the preeminent track and field programs in the country.”

MONACO (MON): Seiko has renewed its sponsorship deal with the IAAF until 2019, which will see the Japanese watchmaker involved in the next three World Championships , report sportspromedia.com. The agreement also covers 22 other IAAF events. Seiko will provide a wide range of equipment and an extensive workforce at IAAF events.

BERLIN (GER): Berlin’s mayor has said that the German city is considering a bid for the 2024 Olympics, report gamesbids.com. "Berlin meets the requirements to host the Olympic Games, all the sports facilities are already in place," declared Klaus Wowereit on Wednesday. The 2024 Summer Games will be awarded in 2017 at an IOC session.

MELBOURNE (AUS): Top Australian discus thrower Dani Samuels is planning to compete in the discus and shot at the Commonwealth Games, report ninemsn. "I want to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal and this time around I'm in good enough shape to do that."

TOKYO (JPN): The Japan Association of Athletics Federations has announced their nominations for the men's and women’s marathon teams for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, reports Brett Larner. Kohei Matsumura (2:08:09) and Yuki Kawauchi (2:08:14) are set to represent Japan in the mens race while Ryoko Kizaki (2:23:34), Eri Hayakawa (2:25:31) are nominated on the women’s side. The Japanese Olympic Committee will formally confirm the team ahead of the Games which run from September 27 to October 3.

DUSSELDORF (GER): The strongest field in the history of the event will line up for the 12th edition of the Metro Group Marathon Duesseldorf on April 27. Ethiopians Endeshaw Negesse and Selomie Getnet head the current start lists with personal bests of 2:04:52 and 2:25:15 respectively. Adding other running events staged parallel to the marathon a field of more than 16 000 athletes is expected to take part in the event. Organizers are informing. Last year’s winner Dereje Debele from Ethiopia clocked 2:07:48 course record. Organizers hope that this time will be significantly improved this year. Another top name in the field is fourth place Dubai finisher Tamirat Tola with 2:06:17 earlier this year. From Kenyan camp to note Gilbert Yegon 2:06:18 and World track medalist Moses Masai. For women race to note US Anne Bersagel.

MONACO (MON): Following the approval by the IAAF Congress last year of the IAAF Code of Ethics which came into force on 1 January 2014, the seven members of the IAAF Ethics Commission have been appointed by IAAF Council for a four year term with Michael Beloff of Great Britain as chairperson. Other members Australian Kevan Gosper with top Olympic experience, Akira Kawamira from Japan, Thomas Murray of USA, Tafsir Malick Ndiaye from Senegal, Carlos Nuzman from Brazil and Finnish expert Lauri Tarasti.

BRUSSELS (BEL): The LBFA (Ligue Belge Francophone Athletics) and the Borlée team met in court in Brussels on Wednesday to address their conflict over alleged unpaid fees, report rtl.be. Kevin and Jonathan Borlée claim that 48 000 euros worth of coaching fees are still unpaid. The decision will be made within one month.

NAIROBI (KEN): The Kenyan track and field season kicks off on Friday in Nakuru, the first of five two day meetings in the African nation supported by the National Bank, report nation.co.ke. The other meets are Bondo (March 28-29), Kisii (April 11-12), Mumias (May 2-3) and Nairobi (May 9-10) while the national championships and Commonwealth trials will be held at the Nyayo National Stadium from June 5 to 7. The Kenyan trials for the Africa Youth Championships are scheduled forApril 2 and 3 at the Nyayo National Stadium.

PRETORIA (RSA): Oscar Pistorius broke down a locked toilet door with a cricket bat when on the stumps of his amputated legs rather than when wearing his prosphetic ones, the court at his murder trial in Pretoria was told. Police forensic expert J.G. Vermeulen explained this by interpreting marks on a cricket bat and a bent steel plate found in the bathroom door after the Paralympian shot model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. Wielding the cricket bat in his hands, Vermuelen squatted down before swinging it at the actual wooden door in a reconstruction designed to show the angle of the marks. "From the forensic evidence, he was on his stumps," Vermeulen concluded. Both sides of the case argue that the trajectory of the bullets fired through the door can show whether it was premeditated murder or not and Pistorius, who took notes and drew sketches during the testimony, covered his eyes with his hand when a photo of a panel of the blood-spattered door was shown. The trial continues. Informs Insidethegames.

SOFIA (BUL): The Extraordinary Congress of Balkan Athletics ABAF was held in Sofia on Thursday. Delegates changed statutes and regulations and adapted it for a total of 15 member countries. The new and 10th championships event introduced was Youth Mountain Running Championship. EA Vice-President Jean Gracia awarded former top sprinter and world and European medalist Anelia Nuneva for contribution of the development of sport. Another new event is BalkanNation match which will be organised in the same way as Decanation in France. In total 8 events, 5 running, 2 jumping and one throw and is planned to be held on September 20 in Slovenia.

VIENNA (AUT): Middle distance runner Andreas Vojta and hurdler Beate Schrott were awarded the trophies for Austrian Athletes of the Year 2013. At the Austrian Athletics Award evening on Wednesday also top juniors were honoured. The 800 m runner Nikolaus Franzmair and youth throwing girl Djeneba Toure. Special guest was IAAF Vice-President legendary pole vaulter Sergey Bubka. Ambassador of the Year was organizers Armin Margreiter who is behind the succesfull concept of street jumping meets Golden Fly Series. Coaching award went to Peter Brundl of Salzburg, who prepared many of top Austrian middle distance runners, mainly Michael Wildner, the 800 m national record holder. The Milestone Award was presented to 75 years old Heinrich Thun, who was hammer throw world leader in 1963 and was famous for his duels with legendary US thrower Hal Connolly in early sixties.


SYDNEY (AUS, Mar 13): The Australian Spark team continues to grow at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships, with up and coming charges Matthew Denny (discus, 61.63 meet record), Filoi Aokuso (50.87, girls discus), Jessica Hull (3000 m, 9:47.50) and Aliyah Johnson (triple jump, 12.92 +1.6) also deservedly earning their automatic selection by winning national under 20 crowns today.

SANTIAGO DE CHILE (CHI, Mar 13): Athletics started at South American Games. Because of hot weather events were contested in the morning with last finishing at 1.30 pm. Colombian 2012 World junior medalist Sandra Arenas won her already third 20 km walk of the year with 1:31:46.9 continental record. Second reigning CAC Champion Sandra Galvis also from Colombia with 1:34:04.4. Rosa Rodriguez won gold in women hammer for Venezuela 68.61 ahead of continental record holder Jennifer Dahlgren from Argentina 67.94. In 10 000 m races wins for Byron Piedra of Ecuador 28:48.31 (ahead of Brazilian Giovani dos Santos 28:53.90) and Ines Melchior of Peru 33:10.06. Victor Fatecha of Paraguay got the men javelin gold 76.09 ahead of former World youth champion Brazilian Julio Cesar de Oliveira 75.98. Brazilian jumping wins for Keila Costa (635, +0.5, long jump) and Augusto Dutra (540 in second attempt in his opening height and did not continue). Another pole favorite Thiago Braz did not clear his opening 520 but he had not his poles which are still on the way from Sopot. Fast 400 m 45.57 in heats by Brazilian World finalist Anderson Henriques.

CHATEAUROUX (FRA, Mar 9): Addition to French Winter Throws: new African women hammer record by Amy Sene of Senegal 69.20 m.


ZLIN (CZE): Former javelin thrower and national record holder and later successful coach Jaroslav Halva died on Tuesday at age of 71 after a short illness. His best was 80.06 from 1970. He also coached Jan Zelezny while he was member of army club Dukla Banska Bystrica in Slovakia and was since 1999 in Zlin, Czech Republic where he started to work also with current world champion Vitezslav Vesely. On Thursday another death from the region, the Helsinki 1952 Olympic hammer fourth placer Jiri Dadak at age of 88. He was also bronze medalist at European Championships 1950 in Brussels.

EME NEWS (MAR 14, 2014)

A. Merritt thinks WR
BEIJING (CHN): Hurdles World record holder and Olympic gold medalist Aries Merritt said he hopes to break his own world record at the Beijing World Championships next year, while speaking at a sponsor promotional event in Beijing this week. Chinese media are informing. "I am very focused on the 2015 Beijing World Championships. My goal is to obviously win gold medal in Beijing," Merritt said after a media session introducing Nike Free technology and the Natural Motion training concept. "Hopefully, I can break another world record. It's really hard to break a world record, and it's really hard to say when you will break it. I don't know if it is going to happen in Beijing but we will see," said Merritt who last competed in September 2013.

Kenya vs Ethiopia
KAMPALA (UGA): The highlight of Cross Country season this Sunday will be the African Championships. Team Kenya and team Ethiopia are ready to make the show in Kampala. 30 countries confirmed their participation to the continental event. Uganda government has waived off all visa fees for the delegations and will get it upon arrival. Due to financial problems South Africa will not compete. Moses Kipsiro is the star of the home team.

L. Merritt, Oliver, Sum
SYDNEY (AUS): Big Athletics week starts Down Under. First Sydney Track Classic on Saturday in the Olympic Park and then the first meet of the 5th IAAF World Challenge in Melbourne on March 22. From home point of view top highlight this weekend two sprint duels in the 100 m and 200 m of Sally Pearson against Melissa Breen. From International point of view World champions David Oliver (110 m Hurdles against another top American Joel Brown), LaShawn Merritt (will run the 200 m first) from USA and Kenyan Eunice Sum for the 800 m are the main stars. Surprise entry is British 2009 World champion and olympic medalist in triple jump Philips Idowu. Men´s 800 m is having US World finalist Duane Solomon, in women 400 m another Moscow individual finalist Natasha Hastings of USA. In women 5000 m Mercy Cherono with US Lauren Fleshman are the main names. Top female Australians hoping for wins Alana Boyd in pole vault and 2009 World champion Dani Samuels in discus.
Top viewing figures from Sopot
MONACO (MON): The IAAF and its broadcasting partners European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for Europe and Africa and Dentsu for the rest of the world, are delighted to confirm the successful coverage of last weekend’s IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot. The three days of exciting competition in Poland were broadcast in over 200 countries worldwide. Sopot marked the first competition of the new four year broadcasting agreement between the IAAF and the EBU which covers the 2014-17 IAAF World Athletics Series. Initial reports confirm a TV audience in the tens of millions across Europe and Africa which represents an improvement on the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul and an increase of more than 300% compared to the same event four years ago in Doha. Broadcasters in 24 European countries and pan-European coverage offered over 250 hours of transmission. Extensive coverage was also achieved in Africa with Free-to-Air broadcasts in 19 territories as well as widespread Pay-TV coverage across Sub-Saharan Africa. Informs the IAAF.

Sprint world leads under threat
ALBUQUERQUE (USA): Lawi Lalang of Kenya will attempt to become the first runner in NCAA history to win the mile, 3000m and 5000m at a single championship meet, report fansided.com. He’s won each of the events before, having captured titles in both the mile and 3,000 meters last year to go with his wins in both the 3,000 meters and the 5,000 meters in 2012. But from results point of view the sprints will be in the center of interest due to favorable altitude. It looks very possible that both men and women 200 m world leads (20.51 and 22.50) will be achieved with Arman Hall, Dedric Dukes and Canadian Aaron Brown on the men side and Kamaria Brown (already WL holder) and Dezerea Bryant on the women. Sub 45 could be expected in the men 400 m from Trinidad´s Deon Lendore who topps the current World list with 45.03. Also in women 400 m Ashley Spencer as top favorite would be ready for a fast time (50.85 is the world lead by Francena McCorory). Both relays will also produce top times. Very open men 60 m where five sprinters are having bests 6.55 or 6.56. Young Cameron Burrell, Canadian Aaron Brown and US Prezel Hardy, Ryan Milus and Dentarius Locke. In technical events new long jump name Corey Crawford will be under observation. Other favorites are Nick Ross for high jump, Sam Kendricks for pole vault and Ryan Crouser for shot put.

Gatlin for Kingston
KINGSTON (JAM): World silver medalist in the 100 m and former Olympic winner Justin Gatlin of USA is confirmed for the Jamaica International Invitational Meet on May 3 in Kingston.  In a release, the organizers said Gatlin “was confirmed as the new addition to the already impressive list of athletes set to compete at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet." It is not yet known which Jamaican sprinters he will face. Informs Trackalerts.


PRAHA (CZE): Czech quartermiler Denisa Rosolova suffered not only bruises and disappointment when she fell after a collision during her 400 m semifinal in Sopot. After arrival she discovered that her patella is hurt and will need to walk on crutches for one week. She was forced to postpone her plans to train in South Africa as usual.

GLASGOW (GBR): Reigning European 800m champion Lynsey Sharp hopes to make Scotland’s 4x400m relay team for the Commonwealth Games, report Athletics Weekly. Hampered by an injury in 2013, the 23 year old says that the thoughts of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 kept her going through what was a “really bad time”. She is still coached by Terrence Mahon and is also training with well known sprints and jumps coach Rana Reider. She aims to be among the “top people” at the European and Commonwealths this year.

KINGSTON (JAM): Track and field fans from anywhere outside of Jamaica will once again have the chance to watch the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships as International Media Content Ltd. (“IMC”), parent company of cable sports giant SportsMax, has for the third time secured international television and internet broadcast rights (excluding Jamaica) for the March 26-29 event. Informs Trackalerts.

KINGSTON (JAM): Trackalerts writes that 400 m runner Riker Hylton has switched training group from Racers Track Club to MVP. Hylton, who was a member of Jamaica's 4x400 m bronze medal winning team at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, made the switch recently.

MOSCOW (RUS): Russian head coach Valentin Maslakov was satisified with the 2nd position in medal table when comparing with the 5th position two years ago in Istanbul. But he pointed out that it is mostly thanks to the jumpers and that athletes in other events did not perform that well. For example 400 m runner Kseniya Ryzhova who did not qualify for the final. "She underestimated her rivals, I think, in relays we saw she was suppose to attack the podium," said Maslakov. Positive surprise was the medal in pole vault by Anzhelika Sidorova. He also said that Ivan Ukhov was unlucky with the surroundings during his jumps when it was many times interrupted due to ceremonies and starts of other events.

MOSCOW (RUS): Lev Mosin was not competing in the 4x400 m relay final in Sopot for Russia because he withdrew himself. Head coach Valentin Maslakov confirmed that he felt signs of illnes and said he did not want to risk the result of the whole team.

MOSCOW (RUS): Russia initially planned to send for the inaugural IAAF World Relays only 4x400 m teams and women 4x800 m. Now after seeing how strongly this event is supported by IAAF  Valentin Maslakov, the headcoach admitted they might add more teams to compete in Bahamas.

BEOGRAD (SRB): Serbian minister for youth and sport Vanja Udovic confirmed that his ministry will support the 27th Beograd Marathon with seven millions of Dinar (more than 80 000 USD).  That will help the event to be staged at usual high level on April 27.

COPENHAGEN (DEN): With two weeks to go until the 2014 IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, five-time winner Zersenay Tadese has revealed he will be vying for an unprecedented sixth individual gold medal. And he will renew his rivalry with the 2010 victor in Copenhagen as Wilson Kiprop was recently announced as part of a strong Kenyan line-up for the event. For just the second time in the history of the championships, the 2014 edition is being held in the spring. This year’s contest will also be combined with a mass participation race. About 25,000 people from around the world will take to the streets right behind the elite fields as recreational runners are given a rare opportunity to be a part of a global championships race. Writes the IAAF.

HAVANA (CUB): Surprise Olympic javelin champion Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago is currently on a 6 week training camp in Cuba in preparation for the Commonwealth Games, reports the BBC. The 20 year old injured his ankle at the Doha Diamond League last year, an injury that hindered his performances for the rest of the season.  He hopes that he can return to form in 2014, saying; "Winning a Commonwealth medal would be a huge step for me, a bonus and a boost of confidence."  His lead up to the Commonwealths will include competitions in May followed by a training camp in Europe.

EUGENE (USA): IAAF General Secretary Essar Gabriel and IAAF Council member Abby Hoffman have visited Eugene, Oregon to inspect the the progress of the local organising committee ahead of the World Juniors which will be held from July 22 to 27, report dailyemarld.com. The two IAAF representatives, along with TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna and Eugene mayor Kitty Piercy, spoke their thoughts at the Powell Plaza. Hoffman said; “the iconic and inspiring nature of this venue is going to add a real flavor and extra significance to this particular edition of the World Junior Championships,” while Gabriel highlighted the logistical benefit of housing everybody in close proximity to the track, on the University of Oregon’s campus.

DUBLIN (IRL): One of Ireland’s leading young middle distance talents, Síofra Cléirigh Buttner, is thinking of following the same route as Irish greats Sonia O’Sullivan, Ronnie Delany, Eamonn Coghlan and and Marcus O'Sullivan in attending Villanova University, report The Irish Independent. The 18 year old who has run 2:03.81 and 4:22.37 for 800m and 1500m respectively, says she is “still 50-50” on whether she will go stateside or stay at home and attend University College Dublin. She is targeting the 1500m at the World Juniors.

GLASGOW (GBR): Mo Farah will use the Glasgow Diamond League to assess whether he is in good enough shape to compete at the Commonwealth Games, which start around 10 days later, report independent.co.uk. The double World and Olympic champion said that he will only turn up at the Games if he is “100%”. He will run the New York Half Marathon this weekend.

MONTREAL (CAN): Canada’s Jessica Zelinka will return to the heptathlon this season after taking a break from the event to focus solely on the hurdles in 2013, report ourwindsor.ca. The 32 year old, who finished 7th in the 100mH and 6th in the heptathlon at the 2012 Olympics, has moved training base and has a new coach. She is now based in Montreal and is being coached remotely by Kansas State’s Cliff Rovelto. The two have only met each other on three occasions so far, but Zelinka is satisfied with how the relationship is going. She is happy with the change as a period of self coaching in 2013 did not work out as she would have liked. She will compete this Saturdayover 60mH at the AC Indoor Open in Montreal.

SEOUL (KOR): James Kwambai has won three marathons on the streets of Seoul, but he has never won the Seoul International Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race which will be held this Sunday. The Kenyan is one of the fastest marathon runners in history, having clocked 2:04:27 in Rotterdam five years ago. The 31-year-old is familiar with the streets of the Korean capital, having won the JoongAng Marathon for the past three years, clocking 2:06:25 in 2013 and 2:05:50 in 2012. Jonathan Maiyo with 2:04:56 PB could be Kwambai’s toughest challenger. Also to note from Kenyans Duncan Kibet with Gilbert Kirwa and Ethiopians Feyisa Bekele and Abraham Girma. Informs the IAAF.

LUGANO (SUI): Top name of the European Athletics walking permit meet (also part of IAAF Walking Challenge) this Sunday in Lugano is the 50 km world champion Robert Heffernan of Ireland who will compete in the 20 km. The 12th Memorial Mario Albisetti will also serve as a sort of rehearsal ahead of the European Athletics Championships as members of the Zurich 2014 local organising committee will be present to enhance their race walking experience. Informs European Athletics. The mascot for the upcoming championships, ‘Cooly’, will also be there to support the runners and entertain fans. A strong field of Europeans is expected to be competing along the 20km course, led by Slovak Matej Toth and Ukraine’s Ruslan Dmytrenko and Lukasz Nowak of Poland who were second and sixth last year. But strong overseas group is composed by Olympic medalists Erick Barrondo of Guatemala and Australian Jarred Tallent. Another top group from China with Olympic 4th placer Cai Zhelin and National Games silver medalist Yu Wei. On the women’s side China’s Liu Hong will attempt to make it three in a row, but she will be up against Paulina Buziak of Poland, European junior champion Anezka Drahotova of the Czech Republic, Claudia Stef of Romania and Lithuania’s Brigita Virbalyte who all finished in the top ten last year.

TOKYO (JPN): Tokyo 2020 is set to announce next week that seven women are joining its Executive Board in a bid to quell criticism about the lack of female representation in organising the Olympics and Paralympics.  The most prominent name on the list is expected to be Yuko Arakida, a member of the Japanese volleyball team that won the Olympic gold medals at Montreal 1976. There is also expected to be a leading position for Koji Murofushi, the Athens 2004 Olympic hammer champion. Other names expected to be added to the Executive Board include Yasushi Akimoto, a record producer, lyricist and television writer, best known for creating and producing some of Japan's top idol groups, including Onyanko Club and the AKB48. Informs insidethegames.

BRUSSELS (BEL): After winning bronze in the World Indoor heptathlon, Belgium’s Thomas Van Der Plaetsen thinks that a realistic aim for the European Championships decathlon is a place in the top 5 or top 3, report rtbf.be. The 23 year old is the sixth in a family of seven children. His brother Michael is his coach and his sister Helena is responsible for his management.

POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA): The Permit Meeting scheduled for the 18th of March at the NWU McArthur Stadium has been cancelled. The rain of the past two weeks has been hampering the completion of the brand new track with a new warm-up area. Another one was scheduled for March 25 and that will be also cancelled and move to Sasolburg with the same date. Many international athletes currently in Potchefstroom at training camps are suffering from the unusual long rainy weather.



SANTIAGO DE CHILE (CHI, Mar 14): First session of the second day of athletics at the 10th South American Games had as 400 m World finalist Anderson Henriques who tied his second fastest of the career 45.03. Second another Brazilian Hugo Souza with personal best 45.09 and bronze for Venezuela champion Freddy Mezones 45.86. Women winner Geisa Coutinho of Brazil clocked 51.81 ahead of Nercely Soto from Venezuela 52.30. Wagner Domingos won for Brazil men hammer 70.62. In the men 100 m semifinals Alonso Edward of Panama clocked the fastest 10.29 (+1.1, in his semi Brazilian Jose Carlos Moreira false started). In the second semi Brazilian Jefferson Lucindo achieved 10.35 (+1.0) ahead of Olympic 200 m finalist Alex Quinonez of Ecuador 10.43. EME NEWS will report about the evening session in Saturday issue.

HAVANA (CUB, Mar 7-8): Late addition from Cuba. Here in women discus Yaime Perez 65.13 ahead of Yanisley Collado 62.12 and Denia Caballero 60.80. Ariannis Vichy won hammer 69.37 and Yaniuvis Lopez 17.47 in shot put with junior Saily Viart improving to 17.00.

SYDNEY (AUS, Mar 14): Australia has a new national record from the Australian Junior Athletics Championships, with Gabriella O’Grady, Jessica Thornton, Sam Geddes and Audrey Kyriacou combining to eclipse the girl’s under 18 4x100m relay record set way back in 1979 with 45.48 time. Boasting three IAAF World Junior Championships qualified athletes at the sound of the gun, it was Josh Robinson  who reigned supreme in the boy’s event, stopping the clock at 46.64 to win from James Kermond (46.73) and Sam Reiser (47.17). Ivor Metcalf won boys 110 m hurdles in 13.74 (-1.4)


MEXICO CITY (MEX): Mexico’s top walking coach Jerzy Hausleber, who is of Polish origin, has died at the age of 83 from heart problems, report heraldodepuebla.com.mx. He played a role in the production of nine Olympic medallists (3 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze) including José Pedraza, Daniel Bautista, Ernesto Canto and Raúl González.

EME NEWS (MAR 15, 2014)
ALBUQUERQUE (USA, Mar 14): First day of NCAA Division I Championships registered expected world leads in the men 200 m. In the first final Dedric Dukes 20.34 but then in second Diondre Batson was even faster with 20.32. For both big personal bests and fastest indoor 200 m times in last 6 years. Also to note second in first final Tyreek Hill 20.57 PB ahead of Canadian Aaron Brown 20.64 and Aldrich Bailey 20.66 PB. In second final second Carvin Nkanata 20.52 PB ahead of 400 m specialist Arman Hall 20.55 PB and Spanish record for Bruno Hortelano 20.75. Unexpected world lead for World Junior 2012 bronze medalist Jarrion Lawson in long jump. The Arkansas athlete (will be 20 years old in May) did not had 8 meters jump before this meet and achieved his PB in fifth round 801 before leaping to huge 839 in the last jump (16th perfomer all-time indoors). Second Corey Crawford 801. Another world lead was expected from Kamaria Brown in the women 200 m but she did not finish her final due to hamstring issues (22.93 in heats) and title went so to Dezerea Bryant 22.69 with Kyra Jefferson overall second when winning the first final in 22.79 (for both lifetime bests). Lawi Lalang will not be a triple winner here as he lost the 5000 m to another Kenyan talent Edward Cheserek (13:46.67 to 13:52.83). Great 232 for high jump win by James Harris over favorite Nick Ross (229) and bronze for Marcus Jackson also 229 (equaled PB). World leader Michael Lihrman won the weight throw 23.25, in women section Brea Garrett 22.15 ahead of Ida Storm with Swedish record 21.90. Women long jump winner Briton Lorrain Ugen leaped to great PB 673 cm. Kaitlin Petrillose surprised with 460 improvement to take the pole vault win. It was her fourth personal best of the evening (445, 450, 455 and 460).  Abbey D´Agostino won as expected the 5000 m in 16:20.39. From prelims to note World leader Deon Lendore of Trinidad 45.60 in the 400 m, fast 6.54 PB´s in 60 m heats for Diondre Batson and Cameron Burrell (also 6.56 Dentarius Locke and 6.58 Ryan Milus) and national record of Virgin Islands 7.57 by Eddie Lovett over the hurdles (also 7.57 improvement for young Jamaican Omar McLeod). In women heats fastest 7.17 Dezerea Bryant at 60 m, 51.29 PB by Phyllis Francis in the 400 m and 7.98 (personal best for both) hurdles of Jasmin Stowers and Janice Jackson. Here to note 8.08 by Sasha Wallace, what is US junior indoor record.
SANTIAGO DE CHILE (CHI, Mar 14): Olympic Beijing gold medalist Irving Saladino won the long jump during evening session of 2nd day of athletics at South American Games. He leaped to 816 (-0.5) and was part of three gold medals success for Panama in Chile. Silver for Emiliano Lasa from Uruguay with national record 794 (+0.5) and bronze for fresh World Indoor champion Mauro Vinicius 788 (+0.7). Alonso Edward won the 100 m in 10.23 (+1.1) over Brazilian Jefferson Lucindo 10.30 and Alex Quinonez from Ecuador 10.39. Third gold for Panama by Yvette Lewis over the hurdles in 13.11 (-1.6). Brazilian gold in women pole vault by 2011 World champion Fabiana Murer 440 over World youth champion Rosbeilys Peinado from Venezuela 420. In the 100 m Brazilian favorite Franciela Krasucki only third 11.67 (-0.1), the race was won by Colombian Maria Idrobo 11.62 ahead of Ecuador talent Angela Tenorio 11.64. Colombia got two golds in women events. Muriel Cuneo won the 1500 m in 4:15.66 and Flor Ruiz javelin with 60.59 PB (here second Brazilian Jucilene de Lima 60.17). Argentina celebrated Federico Bruno winning men 1500 m in good 3:39.96 PB and Peru hurdles winner Javier McFarlane 13.77 PB (+0.5). Overnight leaders in combined events are Brazilians Luiz de Araujo (4009 decathlon) and Tamara de Souza (3422 heptathlon).
SYDNEY (AUS, Mar 15): Three world champions from Moscow dominated in their events for a 5000 crowd at Olympic Park during the Sydney Track Classic meet. LaShawn Merritt clocked 20.42 (+0.2) in the 200 m (second New Zealand´s Joseph Millar 20.81), David Oliver was timed with 13.38 (+1.0) over the hurdles (second home Nicholas Hough 13.65 PB) and Eunice Sum of Kenya was on top in the 800 m in 2:01.20 (second 17 years old Georgia Wassall 2:01.78 huge PB and third New Zealand´s Angie Smit 2:02.01). From Australian point of view Sally Pearson showed top sprinting shape with 11.29 (+0.1, second Melissa Breen 11.40) and 23.23 (+0.4) 100/200 m wins. In the 200 second young Ella Nelson 23.26 PB (she will be 20 in May). 2009 World champion Dani Samuels got fourth career mark in discus 65.18 and showed who will be the favorite at Commonwealth Games in her event. More Australian wins: Alana Boyd cleared 450 in the pole vault, Alex Beck 400 m 46.46, Ian Dewhurst 400 m hurdles 50.09 (over Tristan Thomas 50.15) and Tim Leathart clocked 10.29 (+0.2) in the 100 m. Also to note meet record in the women 5000 m by Kenyan world medalist Mercy Cherono 15:04.70 with Australian Madeleine Heiner getting huge PB 15:27.75 as second. US wins for Natasha Hastings in the 400 m (52.01) and Duane Solomon in the 800 m (1:45.95). Former British World champion Philips Idowu achieved 16.57 (-0.1) triple win, his best result since June 2012. Kenyan James Magut won the 1500 m in 3:38.58 from Jeff Riseley 3:38.90 and Ireland´s Paul Robinson 3:39.08.
CALGARY (CAN): The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon announced that Athletics Canada has awarded National Half Marathon Championships to Calgary for the years of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
KINGSTON (JAM): The Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown, who last month was cleared to run again by the court of arbitration for sport after successfully appealing a two-year ban for doping, has attacked her country‘s athletics federation for not doing more to help her and accused the press of „smearing“ her. Informs The Guardian. In her first press conference since being cleared to compete again after testing positive for a banned diuretic last year, Campbell-Brown revealed that she had taken a lie-detector test to prove she was innocent of all charges and undergone a „financially and emotionally devastating“ last few months.
ROMA (ITA): Italian runner of Moroccan origin Abdellah Haidane tested positive (tuaminoheptane) at Italian Indoor Championships in Ancona on February 23 when he won the 3000 m in 7:56.80. He was subsequently dropped from the Sopot World Indoors team. Haidane clocked earlier in February the qualifying time 7:48.60. He informed the technical management of FIDAL later that he took a medicine with prohibited substance and did not inform the medical staff before the doping control.
LONDON (GBR): Insidethegames informs that  Michael Beloff who has defended Scottish slalom skier Alain Baxter and British sprinter Dwain Chambers in doping cases over recent years, has been appointed by the IAAF as the chairman of their newly formed Ethics Commission. Beloff, who has sat in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) since 1996 and is widely regarded as one of the world‘s most eminent experts in doping law, is one of seven appointees who, for a four-year term, will supervise the IAAF Code of Ethics, which came into force on January 1 following approval at Congress in Moscow last year.
PRETORIA (RSA): Pictures of Oscar Pistorius wearing blood-stained shorts after he shot and killed his girlfriend have been shown in court at the end of the second week of his murder trial. Writes insidethegames. The pictures, taken in the garage of his Pretoria home on the night Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead, also show the Paralympic athlete with blood on his left arm. The trial is due to resume on Monday, the 11th day of proceedings, with the prosecution continuing to lay down its case.
EAGLE ROCK (USA, Mar 14): 2009 400 m hurdles world champion Lashinda Demus is competing early outdoors. At the  Oxy Distance Carnival and Sprints Festival she won the 100 m in 12.15 and 400 m in good 52.47.
NEW YORK (USA, Mar 14): Day one of New Balance Nationals Indoor 2014 began with a bang, as Pennsylvania‘s Tessa Barrett shattered the national high school indoor record for 5000 m by clocking 16:11.85. Running wire to wire out front, Barrett claimed the first of what she hopes is two national crowns this weekend.
MONTREAL (CAN, Mar 14): Jared Connaughton won the 60 m during first day of Canadian Indoor Championships with 6.71. In the junior 60 m fast 6.74 by Lucanus Robinson.

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