EME News March 18th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:47

EME News March 18th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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Kenenisa Bekele won't have an easy time winning his first marathon. Although the Paris Marathon field is not loaded with proven marathon stars like London, Bekele will have to beat some seasoned competitors who have run well in the past and will be excited to show him how hard 26.2 miles really is.

EME NEWS (MAR 18, 2014)

KINGSTON (JAM): Trackalerts informs that at 12th UWI Invitational Track & Field Meet this Saturday also 2011 World champion Yohan Blake and World and Olympic medalist Warren Weir will compete. It is not known in which events they will appear at the UWI Usain Bolt Tack at Mona in Kingston. Another World champion Kim Collins of St. Kitts & Nevis who has been training and living in Jamaica for some time now will be competing at the meet for the first time. Racers athletes include also Jason Young, Delano Williams, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Ricardo Chambers, Allodin Fothergill, Ristananna Tracey, Bobby Gaye Wilkins and Schillone Calvert. MVP will have several athletes such as Andrew Hinds, Winston Barnes, Ricardo Cunningham, Julian Forte, Rusheen McDonald, Carrie Russell and Christine Day. Akan will also be on the track with Jason Livermore, Oshane Bailey, Dexter Lee and Ramone McKenzie and  Cameron Blazers will be coming with Javere Bell and Oral Thompson among others. UWI will be represented by hurdlers Hansle Parchment and Keiron Stewart.

PARIS (FRA): Not only the debut of legendary Kenenisa Bekele will be the highlight of the 38th Paris Marathon with title sponsor Schneider Electric. On April 6 in the men category strong group of Ethiopians will compete with Dawit Shami 2:05:42 best and Molalign Azmeraw 2:07:12. Also to note other sub 2:08 runners Terfa Getachew, Getachew Limenih and Girma Gezahgen. From Kenyan camp to mention Mark Kiptoo with 2:06:16 best along with Lukas Kanda who is Rome and Valencia 2012 winner, Gideon Kipketer and Mike Kigen all with under 2:08:30 bests. Top French runner is Simon Munyutu and from other Europeans to mention Russian Grigoriy Andreyev. Interesting to see two debutants with sub 1:01 half marathon bests from Ethiopia Wasihun Mulle and Behailu Ketema. In women race the situation is opposite, here is Kenyan group stronger with Amsterdam and Mumbai 2013 winner Valentine Kipketer (2:23:02 best) and Flomena Cheyech winner of Vienna and Toronto last year and 2:24:34 best. Meskerem Assefa (2:25:17 PB) heads the Ethiopian team with former top steeple runner Ahmed Zemzem. Former Kenyan and now French Martha Komu has 2:25:33 best and Sarah Chepchirchir with 1:08:07 half best is the interesting debutant in the race.

BUCURESTI (ROU): Romanian media are informing about positive doping test of female shot putter Anca Heltne (36) at the National Indoor Championships in February. She won that competition with 18.88 season best. She is provisionally suspended and could face a life ban as she was already banned for two years in 2010. In 2009 she won bronze at European Indoors in Torino. If confirmed after the analysis of the B sample also her win at Balkan Indoor Championships (winner with 18.02) and result at World Indoors in Sopot (11th 17.35) will be cancelled. The information of her positive test came only after the World Indoors so she was still eligible to compete.

DUDINCE (SVK): The 33rd edition of Dudince walking meet on Saturday (EA Walking Permit and part of IAAF Challenge) will have not only traditionally strong 50 km race but also high quality 20 km race. And specially because the home hero Matej Toth will be competing at the shorter distance as he plans his only 50 km at the European Championships in Zurich. And Toth will have to fight with Olympic medalist Jared Tallent of Australia. In total for all events 273 walkers from 23 countries are expected. Favorites for the 50 km are Polish walkers Rafal Augustyn winner here in 2010, Rafal Fedaczynski 8th at 2008 Olympics and Rafal Sikora who was 18th at London Games. The forecast says about 17-20 degrees, so nearly too warm for the walkers. In the 50 km national championships will be staged for Slovakia (favorite Dusan Majdan), Hungary, Poland and Lithuania. In the 50 km (51 entered) also to mention Tadas Suskevicius of Lithuania and Olympian Xavier Moreno of Ecuador, in the 20 km for men (31) and women (18 participants) groups from China will be among favorites.

AIX LES BAINS (FRA): European 100 m champion Christophe Lemaitre will start his international outdoor campaign in Japan. He will run the 100 m at the IAAF World Challenge meet Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Tokyo on May 11. The weekend before he will test his shape at the Interclubs meet on May 4, events to be determined later. Lemaitre will have in next weeks training camps in Tenerife and Palma de Mallorca. Confirms his agent Rene Auguin.

CLERMONT-FERRAND (FRA): Pole Vault World record holder and Olympic winner Renaud Lavillenie will be back to training next week. That is good news after his injury in February in Donetsk. The flying Frenchman plans his first competition already end of April at Drake Relays in Des Moines. Informs L´Équipe.


GRUYERES (SUI): European Athletics recently held a two-day sponsors’ workshop for its International Partners, Spar, Omega, Le Gruyère and Eurovision. They discussed future collaborative projects with European Athletics related to events and the development of the sport. Inform European Athletics.

KAMPALA (UGA): Ugandan athletes went on strike over unpaid allowances and threatened to head back home from their training camp held just before the Africa Cross Country Championships, report monitor.co.ug. Team captain Moses Kipsiro confirmed that a strike had taken place, which was called off after the intervention of Uganda Athletics Federation officials. The runners wanted to be paid Shs1.2m (340 euro) for their four days in Kampala, but settled for Shs750,000 (213 euro). They were meant to earn Shs 5000 (1.42 euro) per day during their month long training camp in Bukwo, but to the annoyance of athletes this was only paid on Saturday. UAF general secretary Beatrice Ayikoru said that the incident can’t be regarded as a strike as the athletes still competed. Kipsiro said that another problem was caused by usually undernourished athletes over eating during their time at the training camp.

ULM (GER): World champion David Storl supports the new concept of staging the shot put during the German Championships in summer. Shot putters will compete on July 25 not in the stadium but at the main square in Ulm at the so-called Munsterplatz. Not only men but also women headed by World silver medalist Christina Schwanitz. Storl hopes that the concentration of the spectators only at shot put could bring better results and considers this competition as one of his main ones before European Championships in Zurich. He wants to win both of them along with the European Team Championships in June in Braunschweig. In Ulm free entry will be prepared for around 2000 spectators of the shot put.

NEW YORK (USA): Double World and Olympic champion Mo Farah will fly back to his training base in Kenya as scheduled on Tuesday, reporttelegraph.co.uk. The 30 year old said that he has felt no ill effects following his collapse after finishing 2nd in the New York City Half Marathon on Sunday. It is thought that the cold weather could have been a reason for his collapse as he collapsed after the 2009 European Cross Country in Dublin which was also held in cold conditions. This would also have been exacerbated by the fact that he flew to New York straight from the hot conditions in Kenya.

NAIROBI (KEN): Athletics Kenya’s president Isaiah Kiplagat has warned coaches to be aware of agents that will not treat their athletes well, reportallafrica.com. “I want you to be careful especially of sub-agents who lure the parents of some of these athletes with small amounts and then 'sell' them to agents." "Be patriotic and protect these athletes to attain their potential which they can only achieve after running for about 10 years," exclaimed Kiplagat at Riadha House following his return from the Africa Cross Country.

TEXAS (USA): Talented US sprinter Aldrich Bailey Jr. broke his left foot during the NCAA 200-meter final on Friday and could miss up to six weeks of the outdoor season, inform Texas A&M. The 20 year old World Junior bronze medalist finished the race in 20.66, the World’s 15th fastest in 2014.

MADRID (ESP): The Spanish athletics federation will make their final decision regarding the doping case of Spanish athlete Marta Dominguez by the end of this week, report elconfidencial.com. A few days ago, Domínguez provided a file which said that the anomalies found in her biological passport were a result of hypothyroidism. She has a medical certificate saying that this condition was diagnosed in January 2012. The IAAF’s deadline for the completion of this case is March 24.

MADRID (ESP): Top Portuguese long jumper Naide Gomes will undergo her third surgery on her troublesome right foot in mid-April in Madrid, reportrecord.xl.pt. The 34 year old, who has not competed since June of last year, will have surgery on her achilles using a less invasive technique than on the last 2 occasions.

AMSTERDAM (NED): The Netherlands will be able to send a marathon team to the European Championships as the have three qualifiers; Hilda Kibet, Miranda Boonstra and Andrea Deelstra. Informs ad.nl.

STELLENBOSCH (RSA): Following two years fraught with injuries, Germany’s 2011 World javelin champion Matthias de Zordo is back throwing, reportleichathletik.de. "I am optimistic that he will be his old self again in the summer,"says his coach Ralf Wollbrück while de Zordo revealed that he is throwing 53 to 55 meters with the 900 and 1000g implement. On April 16, the 26 year old will fly to Albufeira, Portugal for another training camp. He is still not sure where or when he will open his 2014 campaign, but the former handball player has the European Championships firmly in his sights.

BOISE (USA): Legendary high jumper and flop technique inventor Richard Fosbury informed that end of the last week: "I filed formally for my candidacy to run for Idaho State Representative in District 26A. Friday evening, Robin & I attended the Frank Church Gala at the Boise Centre and met so many nice, dedicated Idahoans. I love this State of Idaho, my home."

PRAHA (CZE): Czech 400 m runner Jitka Bartonickova announced her retirement after the indoor season. She was member of three bronze medal relay teams at international stage. She is only 28 years old but wants to find now new priorities in her life. Her best 52.72 in the 400 m comes from 2012. She won bronze at World Indoors 2010, European Indoors 2013 and European Championships in Helsinki 2012.

LUSAKA (ZAM): Zambia's greatest athlete Samuel Matete, 1991 World Champion in the 400m hurdles, announced his candidature to challenge Elias Mpondela for the Zambia Amateur Athletics Association presidency later this year.

MONACO (MON):  The IAAF announced the launch of World Running, a new global website which aims to bring the world of running together. Developed on behalf of the IAAF by The Realbuzz Group, the free-to-access website is aimed specifically at non-elite runners and will also give them the chance to discover how they measure up to their peers around the world. The world-first grassroots ranking system is based on a complex algorithm factoring times, number of races completed, weather, terrain and age. It is designed to be easy to use, enabling runners to record their race results and track their progress online. Also included are event listings, training advice and injury support, as well as exclusive elite athlete interviews, reports and features. Visit World Running at www.worldrunning.com.


NEW YORK (USA, Mar 15-16): Series of US High School indoor records at the New Balance HS Nationals. In boys pole vault Devin King 544, in girls pole Desiree Freier 434 cm. Alexa Efraimson clocked in girls mile 4:38.46 new record time and in girls 60 m hurdles Dior Hall 8.11. Top mark and record also the 17.26 (4 kg) by Raven Saunders in girls shot put. Also to note Mikiah Brisco winning the 60 m in 7.26 and Trentavis Friday boys 60 m 6.64 (also won the 200 m in 20.97).

SANTO DOMINGO (DOM, Mar 15-16): At Women Sports Festival Cuban junior Arialis Gandulla won the 100 m in 11.23 and the 200 m in 23.61. Wind information is not available.

STELLENBOSCH (RSA, Mar 15): At Boland regional championships Shaun De Jager won the 400 m in good 45.74.

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