EME News March 25-26th, by Alfons Juck
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EME News March 25-26th, by Alfons Juck

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EME NEWS (MAR 25, 2014)

ZURICH (SUI): Reigning European marathon champion Viktor Röthlin was the first to lay his eyes on the precious medals for the upcoming European Athletics Championships in Zurich this summer. “I will definitely try my best to win one more in Zurich on 17 August, but whatever the outcome of the race; whether or not I will take home another medal, the championships will mark the end of a wonderful and very successful time.” Röthlin was the very first athlete to get a glimpse of the medals which will be awarded at the championships. He visited Swiss-based firm Faude & Huguenin SA in Le Locle to have a look at the precious objects. The Zurich 2014 medals have been created by Alfredo Häberli. The Zurich-based industrial designer has won many awards and is widely known for his simple, minimalistic designs for everyday objects. Informs European Athletics.

COPENHAGEN (DEN): The IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon championships will be held this Saturday in Copenhagen. At 12.30 women will start and 25 minutes later the men (12.55). The same time (12.55) also the Mass race will be started. Interesting connection of the elite championships race for prize money (individual and teams) with mass participation race. The obvious question is how many medals will be left there from the 12 (6 individual and 6 teams) for other countries than African (mainly Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea). Last time in Kavarna, Bulgaria in 2012 only one medal was not for an African country, the women team bronze for Japan.

KAMPALA (UGA): The Ugandan team for the World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen will be led by double Commonwealth Games champion Moses Kipsiro, report athletics-africa.com. Kipsiro, who finished 4th at the Ugandan half marathon trials will be joined by Moses Kibet, Uganda’s top finisher at the Africa Cross Country; national half marathon champion Daniel Rotich, Geoffrey Kusuro and Isaac Ayeko. Linet Chebet will be Uganda’s only female representative in Copenhagen.

EUGENE (USA): All three medalists from the women’s 3000mSC at the World Championships in Moscow are set to battle once more at the 40th Pre Classic, which will run from May 30 to 31 at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, inform meet organizers. World champion Milcah Chemos of Kenya will hope to make it a hat trick of wins in Eugene as she aims for a 5th consecutive Diamond League title. Her meet record 9:13.69 from 2012 will be under threat. World silver and bronze medalists, Lidya Chepkurui of Kenya and Sofia Assefa of Ethiopia, World Cross Country silver medalist Hiwot Ayalew and Olympic silver medalist Habiba Ghribi are the other leading African contenders.The European challenge should come from Gesa Felicitas Krause and Eilish McColgan while Emma Coburn and Bridget Franek will lead the US charge.


SYDNEY (AUS): Athletics Australia has named its largest World Junior squad ever for this year’s championships in Eugene. 61 athletes have been selected so far while more athletes will be added after the Combined Events trials in early April. 72 athletes achieved a qualifying performance in the allocated Qualification Period, an increase on the 62 in 2012 and 38 in 2010. World Youth Champions Mackenzie Little (javelin) and Eleanor Patterson (high jump) were not named on the squad as they are focusing on school and the Commonwealth Games this season. On form 800m runner Georgia Wassall and World Youth discus and hammer medalist Matt Denny are among the leading athletes in the squad. Athletics Australia has also named 3 girls and 3 boys that will compete at the junior 10km race at the World Race Walking Cup.

VIENNA (AUT): Kenya’s Henry Sugut will aim for his 4th Vienna Marathon title, and third consecutive win, on April 13, informs race organizers. The 31st edition of the race will see Sugut face 5 other Kenyans that have run under 2:08; the 2011 winner John Kiprotich (2:07:08), Philip Kimutai (2:06:07), Alfred Kering (2:07:11), Moses Kigen (2:07:45) and Duncan Koech (2:07:53). Sugut’s 2012 winning time of 2:06:58 is the course record. Ryo Yamamoto will be Japan’s first elite male to take part in the race. While the World’s second fastest 25km runner, Wilfred Kirwa Kigen, will aim to finish his first marathon here and could be a main contender.

WAIKIKI BEACH (USA): Former marathon World record holder Patrick Makau, 2004 Olympic 5000m silver medalist Isabella Ochichi and World 10000m finalist Peter Kirui are all set to compete at the Hapalua Half Marathon in Hawaii, inform IAC. The three Kenyans will start behind members of Team Hawaii and try and catch them before the finish. Makau and Kirui will start 21 minutes after the first group sets off. Ochichi will head off 4 minutes and 30 seconds ahead of her two compatriots.

LONDON (GBR): 5 British Olympic hopefuls will be given grants to mark the one year anniversary of Jean Pickering’s death, reports Athletics Weekly. Jean Pickering Olympic Scholarships will be given to sprinter Sophie Papps, high jumper Chris Kandu, decathlete John Lane, hurdler David Omoregie and thrower Zane Duquemin. £62,500 will be distributed to the athletes in the run up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. They will receive further advice and mentoring from the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund (RPMF). The RPMF was set up by Jean following the death of her husband Ron, the athletics coach and athletics commentator, in 1991.

KYIV (UKR): According to the Order of Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers, president of Ukrainian athletic federation (FLAU) has got new state chair. From March 23 Ihor Hotsul holds the position of Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine.

SALAMANCA (ESP): Speaking in Spain, World high jump record holder Javier Sotomayor of Cuba, who is vice chairman of the Cuban Athletics Federation, spoke optimistically about the future of Cuban athletics, report elnuevoherald.com. He mentions recent changes, such as the federation’s new contract with Puma and a new rule which will allow Cuban athletes to join foreign clubs as examples of progression in the federation. He also said that Dayron Robles is welcome to return to competing for Cuba. "It depends on him,” said the 46 year old who will visit Salamanca, the site of his World record, on Tuesday.

CAPE TOWN (RSA): Legendary runner Zola Budd confirmed on Monday she will take part in the 2014 Comrades Marathon in the colors of the newly-formed Umhlanga-based Hooters Running Club. She will also compete in the Two Oceans marathon over the Easter weekend as part of her Comrades build-up. Budd made her Comrades debut in 2012, finishing in a time of 8:05 hours.

BUDAPEST (HUN): World Indoor Masters Championships are starting on Tuesday in Budapest with participation of 3800 athletes from 70 countries. The event will last until Sunday.

ALGER (ALG): The African Youth Games 2018 will be held in Alger. The 2014 edition will be held in Botswana in 2 months.

WARSZAWA (POL): Even after Dudince win in personal best and World leading 3:45:32 Rafal Augustyn is not sure about selection for European Championships in Zurich for the 50 km walk. It is because of their Moscow 2013 performance Grzegorz Sudol and Lukasz Nowak have been pre-selected. That means only one position remains available and that will be given for the best time by the deadline just after the World Cup in China.

BANSKA BYSTRICA (SVK): Best Slovak walker Matej Toth who achieved on Saturday in Dudince his first sub 1:20 time plans two more 20 km races in next weeks. In Podebrady in April and then at the World Cup in China. His only 50 km is planned for European Championships in Zurich.


MONTERREY (MEX, Mar 21-23): New Mexican 200 m record here by Jose Carlos Herrera in 20.35 (+0.2). Edgar Rivera cleared 225 in the high jump and another Mexican record in triple jump 16.63 by Alberto Alvarez (-0.1).

BUDAPEST (HUN, Mar 23): Winners of the 106th Hungarian CC Champs in main senior races were Albert Minczer (9 km, 27:39) and Aniko Kalovics (6 km, 20:56).

PORT ELIZABETH (RSA, Mar 21): One more addition to the Varsity meet. In the 100 m Gideon Trotter clocked 10.24 (0.0) ahead of Akani Simbine 10.27.

BRNO (CZE, Mar 22): At the 69th road race here Kenyan Joel Mwangi won in new course record22:41 at 8 km.

EME NEWS (MAR 26, 2014)


OSLO (NOR): World pole vault record holder, Renaud Lavillenie, will compete at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo on Wednesday 11 June, organizers confirmed. Germany’s 2013 IAAF World Championships gold medalist Raphael Holdzeppe will also participate in Oslo, which means it will be a tough competition for Lavillenie, who won the Olympic and European titles in 2012. Lavillenie, now 27, has participated at the Bislett Games twice before, in 2010 and 2012, winning the event on both occasions. However, the stadium record at Bislett is actually held by Tim Lobinger, of Germany, with an impressive 6.00m dating from 1999. Nevertheless, in his winter form before a minor heel injury brought an end to his indoor season, Lavillenie is certainly capable of breaking this record as well.

ELDORET (KEN): World 3000mSC champion Milcah Chemos will open her 2014 Diamond League campaign in Shanghai on May 18 and has revealed that she plans to break the World record in August, report shanghaidaily.com.  The 28 year old Kenyan returns to Shanghai after opening up her 2012 steeple campaign in the Chinese city with a win in 9:15.81. She says that she does not intend to put her “body under too much pressure” at the start of the season as she is aiming to run the World record later in the year.  She says that it is “important” that she runs under 9 minutes in 2014. In order to chase the World record she will not compete at the Commonwealth Games, however she plans to compete at the African Championships and Continental Cup. She set her best of 9:07.14 in 2012 making her the 4th fastest all time. The World record of 8:58.81 is held by Russia Gulnara Galkina.


COPENHAGEN (DEN): In total 228 athletes from 57 countries, 130 men (49) and 98 women (41) are expected for the Saturday World Half Marathon Championships. Also 20 men and 16 women teams are in the entry lists.  It is clear increase as the last edition of this event in 2012 in Bulgarian Kavarna had 60 women and 86 men finishing. The number of participants is the biggest since 1998 and number of countries is second biggest ever after 2002 Brussels (60 countries). IAAF also confirmed the total prize money of 245 000 USD. Top 6 individuals will get from 30 000 to 3000 USD. Top 6 teams will get from 15 000 for first place until 3000 USD for 6th position. And World record bonus is also offered at level of 50 000 USD. That concerns the men top time 58:23 of Zersenay Tadese who will also run on Saturday (2010) and on the women side it is the 1:06:25 by Lornah Kiplagat in single sex race in Udine 2007. The overall women world record is 1:05:12 by Florence Kiplagat this February in Barcelona.

COPENHAGEN (DEN): After a 10th place finish in the marathon at the World Championships, Scotland’s Susan Partridge now has her focus on this weekend’s World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen where she hopes to improve on her 22nd place and 73:55 clocking from 2012, report Athletics Weekly. In October she underwent treatment for a long-term Achilles problem and this has meant that it has been a “race against time” to get in shape for the Championships. Her main goal for the year is the Commonwealth Games marathon and she will prepare for this with a training camp in Boulder, Colorado in June. After performing over her expectations in Moscow, she is reassessing her goals and thinking of aiming for the gold rather than just a spot on the podium.

NAIROBI (KEN): After a disappointing 24th place finish in the World Championships marathon, Kenya’s Lucy Kabuu is looking for redemption in Copenhagen, report capitalfm.co.ke. “I will do my best since I have prepared well for this,” explained the 30 year old who is the 6th fastest all time over the half marathon distance. Her husband explained that she did not eat before the Moscow race as the food in the Russian capital did not go down well with her. Kabuu should be one of the main contenders in Copenhagen running as part of a strong Kenyan team that also includes 2013 World 10000m silver medalist Gladys Cherono (66:48) and the on form Mary Wacera Ngugi (70:32).


MONACO (MON): In the latest approved changes of nationalities two incomes for Nigeria. US hurdler Nichole Denby can run for Nigeria since March 2, 2014 and shot putter Stephan Mozia is also allowed to compete for Nigeria from March 2 (he also used it already at World Indoors in Sopot. Also approved is the switch of Ukrainian triple jump European U23 Champion 2011 Sheryf El-Sheryf who from June 2, 2014 as Seref Osmanoglu can compete for Turkey. Kenyan runner Albert Rop (sub 13 5 km, sub 7:40 3k)  is allowed to run for Bahrain officially from April 1, 2014.

MONACO (MON): In the latest list of currently suspended athletes by the IAAF because of doping violations also the shot putter Nadzey Ostapchuk of Belarus can be found. Her four years of ineligibility are running until August 14, 2016. She had two infractions, first at World Championships 2005 in Helsinki (August 13) and second at Olympic Games 2012 in London (August 5).

MONACO (MON): As part of its new Athletics Better World (ABW) project, the IAAF is delighted to support the first ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, which is taking place on 6 April 2014. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 23 August 2013 at the UN Headquarters in New York. This decision marks an historic step in recognizing sport as a tool for development and peace and the IAAF is delighted to support not only the UN and the IOC but another Athletics Better World partner, Peace and Sport, which has set up a website and has created a number of tools which can used by anyone to promote and build awareness of 6 April.

SASOLBURG (RSA, Mar 25): At the NWU Pukke Permit Meeting LJ Van Zyl clocked world leading 400 m hurdles 48.97 with Wouter Le Roux second 49.83. Akani Simbine won the 100 m in 10.22, the 800 m specialist Andre Olivier won the 1500 m in 3:42.68. Also to note another early world lead in women 400 m hurdles 55.56 by Wenda Nel (formerly Theron). Good news that Botswana 800 m sensation Nijel Amos is back as he was 2nd in the 400 m with 45.77. It was his first competition since winning the World University Games last July in Russia. Sensation also the winner Anas Beshr of Egypt with new national record 45.59. He started with athletics only last year, was active in the modern pentathlon at international level. Polish guests ruled in the pole vault as Piotr Lisek just the day after his arrival to South Africa cleared 550, second Przemyslaw Czerwinski 530. Orazio Cremona got 20.09 in the shot put. African record holder Sunette Viljoen posted 58.07 in women javelin.


KUALA LUMPUR (MAS):  Three of the most exciting young sports stars of their generation, who have proved world-beaters despite their age, have been honored at the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards in Kuala Lumpur. Germany’s Sebastian Vettel, the youngest four-time Formula One world champion in history at 26, was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, US swimmer Missy Franklin, at 18, became the youngest ever winner of the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, while Spain’s Marc Márquez received the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award, after winning the World MotoGP Championship at just 20 years and 266 days. Athletics nominees were not successful. The Awards Ceremony was held at the Istana Budaya, in Kuala Lumpur, and was hosted by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Oscar and Grammy winner Jamie Foxx performed to the star-studded audience. German actor Daniel Brühl, who played Niki Lauda in the film Rush, was present along with Chinese supermodel and actress Du Juan. Athletics is represented by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy Sebastian Coe, Michael Johnson, Edwin Moses (Chairman) and Daley Thompson. Among other sports guests Raphael Holzdeppe and Tegla Loroupe, informs AIPS.

ALGIERS (ALG): Organizers of the international athletics meeting in Algiers are attempting to get the track resurfaced before the event on June 14, reportelmoudjahid.com. Last year, several international athletes declined invitations to the meet due to the poor quality of the track while other athletes that participated also noted the "very poor quality" of the track.

BRUSSELS (BEL): A court has ruled in favor of the LBFA in their dispute with the Borlée family over unpaid coaches wages, report dhnet.be. However the Borlée’s will appeal the decision. A court statement read, "The court agrees with the LBFA. As part of the legal proceedings initiated by the Borlée group, the court agreed with the arguments put forward by the League Belge Francophone Athletics and therefore gives reason to it."

FLORENCE (ITA): Florence is a candidate to host the 2020 European Championships, report repubblica.it. The proposal was made today by vice-mayor Dario Nardella, who said "Our stadium Ridolfi since its inauguration in 2003, has hosted meetings of national and international significance.” He has support from the Tuscany Region and also hopes to get support from FIDAL.

COPENHAGEN (DEN): The 7th edition of the European Athletics CEO Conference will take placeon Sunday and Monday (March 30 and 31) in Copenhagen where high-performance and participation will be the central topics, inform European Athletics. Speakers at the biennial conference will include Marc Jörg, former Head of Sports Rights at the European Broadcasting Union and Patrick Magyar, CEO of the Zurich 2014 European Athletics Championships. On March 28 and 29, 12 federation leaders will take part in a pre-conference workshop led by Director General Christian Milz, which is designed to bring the participants fully up to speed on their responsibilities, the internal operations of European Athletics and key issues in the sport.

MANCHESTER (GBR): London and New York City Marathon champion, Priscah Jeptoo is set to make her debut at the Bupa Great Manchester Run on May 18, report Athletics Weekly. The 29 year old has competed sparingly over 10km and her PB of 32:10, set last year, should be broken here. “We’re delighted that Priscah is coming,” said Peter Riley, elite athlete manager for the Bupa Great Manchester Run. “It’s fair to say that she was queen of the roads in 2013. You don’t win the London Marathon, the New York Marathon and the Bupa Great North Run without being something special. Marathon World record holder Wilson Kipsang and the 5000m and 10000m World record holder Kenenisa Bekele have already been named in the men’s field.

CARLSBAD (USA): After making her Carlsbad 5000 debut last year, World 800m bronze medalist Brenda Martinez will return to the race this year on March 30 and is confident that this year’s performances will surpass her 15:44 clocking from 2013, report competitor.com. The 5km race is not a distance that the 26 year does with any regularity but she made a big improvement in clocking her 15:44 PB last year and is now aiming to run sub 15:40 in this year’s edition. Other top names in women field young Ethiopian Gotytom Gebrslase, US Gabe Grunewald and Jordan Hasay, Kenyan Betsy Saina and from Europe Italian Margherita Magnani and Briton Julia Bleasdale. On the men side Dejen Gebremeskel as title defender will compete with Bernard Lagat, Tariku Bekele, Augustine Choge and Will Leer among others.

INDIANAPOLIS (USA): The Track and Field Athletes Association (TFAA) has made a statement on the disqualifications of athletes at the USATF Indoor Championships. They state that “the integrity of the results of a national championship was compromised at the USATF Indoor Championships in February” as “proper procedure was not followed” after the women’s 3000m, resulting in the disqualification of the winner, Gabriele Grunewald, while Andrew Bumbalough was disqualified in the men’s for contact he never made. The TFAA proposed that an athlete representative should be required during the protests and appeals process at future USATF Championships; however USATF cancelled the conference call to discuss this proposal and has since ignored all follow-up requests to reschedule from both the TFAA and the USATF Athlete Advisory Committee.

PORTLAND (USA): After setting an American record (47:00) over 15km on March 15 at the Gate River Run, Shalane Flanagan continues her preparation for the Boston Marathon on April 21, report athleticsillustrated.com. The 32 year old says that prior to her race in Jacksonville she had only done two strength track workouts as she was in the high mileage base phase of her Boston prep. Her preparation for the 15km race shows that her focus rests solely on Boston, as does the fact that she has not yet planned any races for after April 21. “My heart is set on Boston, so I have not set any goals or dreams beyond that,” she explained.

PASADENA (USA): The 71st Pasadena Games this weekend will not feature the same quality of elite athletes as it did in 2013, where Carmelita Jeter, Brenda Martinez, Blessing Okagbare all competed; reportpasadenastarnews.com. However, USA 400mH champion Dalilah Muhammad is set to compete over 200m and 400m. An administration change and the lack of a major championship in 2014 are said to be behind the reduced number of elite athletes set to compete.

KINGSTON (JAM): After a 7th place finish at the World Indoors, Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter is back in training and is refocusing for the outdoor season, report Jamaica-gleaner.com. "I don't really dwell on the past. I try to get over it as fast as possible, pick any positives that I can pick out of it, and move forward," said the 28 year old. "The main objective is to stay healthy, run some fast times and get some rest for next season. We still have the Diamond League and Commonwealth Games, as well as the World Relays this year, so we still have a bunch of running to do,” explained Carter.

BERLIN (GER): The 34th Berlin Half Marathon on March 30 will be without the World half marathon and marathon medalist Aselefech Mergia as she has withdrawn due to a cold, inform organisers. She is replaced by Tadelech Bekele who was 4th at the recent Africa Cross Country Championships and has a best of 68:38 for the half marathon. Her PB is well matched with German contender Sabrina Mockenhaupt, who has run 68:45. On the men's side, Leonard Komon of Kenya, the world record holder for 10k and 15k will make his half marathon debut.

PRETORIA (RSA): Oscar Pistorius' murder trial in Pretoria has been adjourned until Friday (March 28) as the prosecution wrapped up its case against the six-time Paralympic gold medalist.  It followed detailed analysis of his whatsapp and text message exchanges with girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp prior to her death on February 14. In contrast to messages read out in court yesterday, in which Steenkamp said she was sometimes "scared" of Pistorius' behavior towards her, today the court heard a multitude of loving and affectionate messages as the defense looked to prove the couple had a happy and harmonious relationship. The phone records showed Pistorius made a call to security first, contradicting earlier evidence given by a security guard who had said they had called him after hearing gun shots from the house. It is not known whether Pistorius will give evidence first on Friday. Informs Insidethegames.

INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Rapid Running Event Management, LLC., and its owner Dave Mason are being sued for registering participants for at least five events, canceling those events, and not returning more than $95,400, report RunnersWorld. The lawsuit says that more than 1,400 people registered to take part in Rapid Running Events that never happened.

KINGSTON (JAM): The Jamaican high school track and field championships will be live streamed world wide by SportsMax, report world-track.org. SportsMax will broadcast the ‘Champs’ from Wednesday to Saturday to 27 countries in the Caribbean on their cable network. The free livestream will be accessible via the CEEN & SportsMax websites. IAAF Athlete of 2013, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce will be among the team providing coverage from the meet.

MINNEAPOLIS (USA): 2008 Olympic silver medalist Nick Willis will defend his Medtronic TC Mile title on May 8, after winning in a course record 3:56.1 last year, report Race Results Weekly. The 10th edition of the race will feature a top prize of $5,000 and offer $10,000 for a course record. The 30 year old New Zealander will run three or four races ahead of the 5000m at the Oxy High Performance Meet in May where he will try and hit the Commonwealth Games qualifying standard. He plans to run the 5000m and 1500m at the Games in Glasgow.

GLASGOW (GBR): Dr Yannis Pitsiladis of Glasgow University has revealed that his team has developed a way to test for EPO by examining genetic expressions caused by EPO use, report road.cc. The team can use the genetic test to prove the use of large doses of EPO and are now currently trying to develop a test that will be more able to detect smaller doses.

TORUN (POL): Poland´s city Torun presented its bid for the European Indoor Championships 2017 before the representatives of European Athletics (vice president Jose Luis de Carlos and Peter Stafford). Torun Sports Hall was inaugurated in 2011 and will have permanent athletics facilities. The track will be bought from Sopot. For 2015 already Polish indoor championships are planned to be staged in the hall. The decision will be made at EA Council meeting on May 3, other candidates are Istanbul and Belgrade.

KANSAS CITY (USA): Innovative new sports apparel manufacturer 1st Round Athletics has signed Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Shawn Crawford and Jordan Campbell, a rookie linebacker for National Football League (NFL) side Kansas City Chiefs, as brand ambassadors. The company, which is currently seeking investment on crowdfunding site indiegogo, weaves a mineral compound yarn into its products in order to deliver up to 12 per cent more oxygen to the wearer’s muscles, and therefore reduce fatigue.

LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics is presenting Statistics Yearbook 2013 and ‘Athletics Review 2013’published in association with MONDO. Starting with the inaugural edition last year, in place of the Yearbook EA now produces two complementary publications: A glossy and easy to read periodical and an annual statistics book.


KINGSTON (JAM, Mar 25): The main topic for the first day of Jamaican Schools Championships was Calabar High School’s Christopher Taylor, who broke the first of what seems to be many more records. Taylor ran a blistering 48.72 seconds in Heat 1 of the Class 3 boys 400m, to erase the previous record of 49.13 held by Nathaniel Bann of Kingston College. Additionally, among the leading athletes in action on the opening day of the championships, was quarter-miler and World relay medalist from Moscow Javon Francis, who booked his place into the semi-finals of the Boys Class 1 dash of the 400m with 48.04. Informs Trackalerts.


MONTERREY (MEX): Correct new Mexican record at 200 m by Jose Carlos Herrera is 20.36 and not 20.35 as reported.

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