EME News April 7th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News April 7th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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Kenenisa Bekele didn't take long after his stellar marathon debut to reveal his long term goals for the event. He'll start with the 10k at the Pre Classic and might run a marathon this coming Fall. Next year is when the big plans start. Bekele wants to break the World Record in the Marathon and then win gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic marathon. Bekele conquered the 5k and 10k on the track, now he has set his sights on the marathon. As one of the greatest athletes of all time, he very well might extend his dominance to the marathon. It will be fun to watch Bekele over the next few years.

EME NEWS (APR 7, 2014)

DOHA (QAT): The organizers of IAAF Diamond League opener in Doha on May 9 announced more top names for their event. World record holder David Rudisha is returning to his usual place of the season start, this time it will be after a long break since May 2013. Since his begin on circuit in 2007 he missed Doha only in 2011. “Of course I was injured last season,” said the 25-year-old Kenyan, who won in Qatar last year for the fourth time. “That was disappointing but I’ve worked hard to get fit and healthy again and I am looking forward to running the 800m in Doha. This is a year without a major championship so I have time to progress and get back to my best. I hope to run in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games however before that I am pleased to be back running in the Diamond League meetings.” Leading the charge against the Kenyan will be Nijel Amos of Botswana who finished second to Rudisha in London, clocking a world junior record of 1:41.73, while Qatar will be well represented by national record-holder Abdulrahman Musaeb Bala (1:43.93), the 2013 Asian champion. Briton Andrew Osagie, another London 2012 finalist, will also be in the field. For the home crowd, no appearance will be as keenly awaited as high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim’s, as Qatar’s biggest athletics hero takes the stage as the freshly-minted world indoor champion. He won’t have it easy with Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov of Russia leading the challenge. Ukhov equaled the European record of 2.42m in February, a height which only world record-holder Javier Sotomayor has surpassed either indoors or out. There will be a complete reunion of the London 2012 podium with USA’s Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard as well as Canadian Derek Drouin and Briton Robbie Grabarz, who shared bronze with Barshim, also in the field. World record breaker from the indoor season Genzebe Dibaba will headline the women’s 3000m in Doha. Kenyans appear poised to provide the strongest challenge, led by world 5000m silver medalist Mercy Cherono. Also in the field are world 5000m finalist Viola Kibiwott, 2012 world indoor 3000m champion Hellen Obiri and Ethiopia’s world 5000m bronze medalist Almaz Ayana.

PARIS (FRA): Ethiopian distance legend Kenenisa Bekele plans to take a week off, and then training for the 10 000m at the Nike Pre Classic on May 31. Media are informing. Another marathon is possible in autumn, and for 2015 there is a possibility to attack the world record at Berlin Marathon, writes L´Équipe. "Yes, the world record is a possibility soon. But i would need a longer preparation. For Paris I had three months and that is not enough. It is different than to prepare for track races. I'm sure I will do better in my second marathon and maybe even be able to attack the world record. My two goals are Rio Olympic Marathon 2016 and world record in between." Official net time by the event website is 2:05:03 and the gun time 2:05:04. Note: all times we listed in EME NEWS from April 6 were net.

PARIS (FRA): The organizers of Paris Marathon registered record number of 39 155 finishers from 40 783 starters. The previous record from last year was 38 690. On top in this ranking is the New York Marathon 2013 with 50 062 finishers.

KINGSTON (JAM): World 100m finalists English Gardner and Alexandria Anderson, along with Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart, have been added to the 100m field for the Jamaican Invite on May 3, report Jamaica-gleaner.com. Two time World 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu will join Sanya Richards-Ross and Stephenie McPherson over 400m, Luguelin Santos is added on the men’s side where he will face World champion Lashawn Merrit, Christian Cantwell, Reese Hoffa and Cory Martin will all compete in the men’s shot while Ryan Wilson will compete over 110mH. Germany’s Julian Reus has also been named in the 200 m field.

PITTSBURGH (USA): Sports Management & Marketing, Inc. (SMMI) announced the signing of Chanelle Price, the US reigning World Indoor 800m Champion to a three-year endorsement deal with Nike. Price is extremely excited about the new relationship stating, “Securing a sponsorship has always been a goal [of mine], I plan to remain focused and determined. I have so much more to achieve and with the help of Nike, I will reach my goals.” Her goal of becoming a US Olympian in 2016 has been bolstered by the footwear and apparel giant’s commitment to her dream. She plans to begin her 2014 outdoor campaign at the Doha Diamond League Meeting in Qatar scheduled forMay 9th. She lives and trains under the watchful guidance of the University’s Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, JJ Clark. Informs SMMI in a release.


PRAHA (CZE): The organisation and content of the European Athletics Congress in Skopje and Convention in Tallinn were among the main topics for discussion at the European Athletics Reflection Commission meeting in Prague at the weekend. The Reflection Commission, led by European Athletics Vice-President Karel Pilný, reflected on athletics-related activities in the year 2013 and then made observations and recommendations that will assist European Athletics in the future. All members of the commission were invited to attend the Prague Half Marathon that also took place on Saturday in the city center with an outstanding 12 500 participants.

LAUSANNE (SUI): Two candidates remained for the inaugural European Youth Championshps 2016. Tbilisi in Georgia and Rieti in Italy. The decision will be made still this year. Some countries are proposing to move the European U23, junior and new youth event from July period to August.

BEOGRAD (SRB): First phase of building new indoor athletics hall in Beograd is finished, local media are informing. In last seven month was more work done that in last four years when all began. The work will continue in May with the second phase. It should be noted that this is a specific hall for athletics, whereas the bid for European Indoor Championships counts with the multi-functional and big Kombank Arena in Beograd.

MOSCOW (RUS): One more athletics family was born last weekend while 4x100m Olympic champion Yevgenia Polyakova and triple jump world indoor champion Lykman Adams got married in Moscow, April 5. Newlyweds are waiting for their first child in June. “We didn’t have huge celebrations but just registered our marriage and make modest wedding in the circle of our near family. Already today we have to flight to Adler. Lyukman will have training camp there and I’ll just walk, rest and breathe in fresh sea air. That is what honeymoon we’ll have,” said Polyakova to Rusathletics.com. 30-year-old Russian also informed that she’ll her maiden name as she want to come back into the athletics after giving birth to their son. “At least that is my dream. But everything depends on how delivery will pass and how much time I’ll need for recovery” Polyakova added.

BEOGRAD (SRB): The 27th SuisseGas Beograd marathon expects for April 27 a record edition with expected 2300 participants. The ambassador for this year will be 400 m hurdles world record holder and olympic winner Kevin Young.

LAUSANNE (SUI): March saw plenty of gold and silver medals won by European athletes at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot. The 14th European Cup Winter Throwing and the first two European Athletics Race Walking Permit Meetings of the year were also staged this month, and athletes who impressed at all these events are represented among this month’s nominees for the European Athlete of the Month. Consequently, European Athletics is pleased to announce that athletes from 15 different countries have been nominated for the March award. The voting will close on 12 April at noon CET.

BEOGRAD (SRB): World medalist indoor and outdoor Serbian Ivana Spanovic plans to open her long jump season at Shanghai Diamond League on May 18. She plans in total about 15 competitions with Diamond League series and European Championships in Zurich as top highlights. Her current preparation will be staged in Cyprus.

PRETORIA (RSA): Oscar Pistorius spent an emotional day on stand on Monday crying repeatedly, apologizing to the family of his slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and eventually asking to quit early because he was emotionally and physically exhausted. Agencies are informing. Monday was the first time Pistorius has publicly discussed the night that he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door on Valentine's Day 2013. He claims he mistook her for an intruder. If convicted of premeditated murder he could be sentenced to at least 25 years in prison. "Blade Runner" told the court that he is haunted by her death and that his love affair with guns is over. He said that he is on anti-depressants and takes sleeping pills.

LONDON (GBR): The London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded over 3.6 million GBP to 59 sporting projects this year, including towards the development of facilities for disabled swimmers, inform race organisers. The charity has handed out over £50 million since it was set up in 1981. The grants are funded by the surplus made by the London Marathon organisation each year to help build, preserve, refurbish and purchase sports and recreation facilities in areas where the London Marathon stages events. It has aided more than 1000 projects so far in its 33-year history.

WELLINGTON (NZL): The New Zealand Olympic Committee has named the first 11 athletes picked to represent New Zealand at this year’s Commonwealth games, report nzherald.co.nz. Valerie Adams, Tom Walsh, Jacko Gill (shot), Nick Willis (1500m), Stuart Farquhar (javelin), Sarah Cowley (high jump), Zane and Jake Robertson (5000m), Angie Smit (800m), Julia Ratcliffe (hammer) and Siositina Hakeai (discus). Marathon, decathlon and heptathlon athletes will be named in the second group of selections in May and a final athletics selection will take place in early June.

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Rio de Janeiro Governor Sérgio Cabral, an active figure in the organizing of the Rio Olympics, has resigned, inform insidethegames. The 51-year-old, who has been Governor since 2007, stepped down so he can launch a campaign for the Federal Senate. By law, he has to step down as Governor if he is seeking election to another office. He is succeeded by Vice-Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão.

ABUJA (NGR): Former 400m world record holder, Lee Evans of the USA is considering taking legal action against the Athletics Federation of Nigeria after he was banned for four years over doping charges, report allafrica.com. Evans who coached in Nigeria in the early 80’s, was hired by AFN in 2008 with an aim of making him head coach.

FLAGSTAFF (USA): Dutch runners Sifan Hassan and Maureen Koster are preparing for the start of the outdoor season at altitude in Flagstaff, Arizona with Coach Grete Koen, report ad.nl." Hassan, the European u23 cross country champion, will open her season at Stanford over 5000 meters where she will aim to qualify for the European Championships.

KINGSTON (JAM): Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce’s coach, Stephen Francis, has high praise for the 2013 IAAF Athlete of the year saying, “Where championships are concerned…she is certainly the greatest female sprinter in the world in history, certainly in the 100 m,” report Jamaica-gleaner.com. Speaking about what motivates the 27 year old for the future, he said, "I think the most pressing thing for her is to be the first woman to win three (Olympic) gold medals in the 100m, secondly to see if she can run the double in Brazil - that would be a big goal for her. So I think over the next couple of years, we will do all work required to reach that goal.”

KINGSTON (JAM): Olympic 110mH bronze medalist Hansle Parchment is returning to top shape after injuring himself at the Jamaican trials in 2013, report Jamaica-gleaner.com. Now aiming towards the Commonwealth Games, the 23 year old assesses his current shape, “I would say I am in good condition, not perfect just yet, but I'm good, and I'm taking everything in stride, building to get back to where I need to be.” The Jamaican has made a successful comeback from injury before so he is confident that he will be able to return to World class shape again; "I've been injured before in high school, serious injury that had me out for some time, so I try to keep myself relaxed and not worry about it too much. It's always a difficult thing, but it's a part of the game.”

BELEK (TUR): The IOC will meet in Belek this week to discuss the preparations for the Rio Olympics, report SBS. IOC President Thomas Bach and his policy-making board will start the two day meeting on Wednesday at the SportAccord annual global sports industry convention. There are fears that Rio venues will not be ready for the global showpiece while pollution in Guanbara Bay, the sailing venue, has also been an issue.

ABIDJAN (CIV): Fifty athletes from Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria and France will compete at the Gabriel Tiacoh meeting on April 26 at Felix Houphouet Boigny stadium, report Abidjan.net. World Indoor silver medalist Murielle Ahouré is set to compete over 100m in what would be her first meet in the Ivory Coast.

KENILWORTH (GBR): The second annual Women in World Athletics seminar took place this weekend at Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth. More than 50 officials from over 20 countries attended the seminar, which was hosted by British Athletics and European Athletics. The seminar began on the Friday evening with an introduction from Sylvia Barlag of European Athletics, who welcomed the delegates and provided an outline of the initiative’s aims. Guest speaker Baroness Sue Campbell then took to the stage to talk about leadership and her own journey, including her time as Chair of UK Sport during London 2012. Next on the agenda was a talk from Elena Orlova who did a presentation about the IAAF Moscow Regional Development Centre, which delivers development programs across the world. On the Sunday the WIWA delegates took part in the 11th British Athletics Officials’ Conference.


SANTIAGO DE CHILE (CHI, Apr 6): Beraki Beyene of Eritrea won the 8th Maraton Internacional de Santiago in 2:11:50 ahead of Kenyans Simon Kariku 2:12:11 and Julius Karinga 2:13:38. Seventh Roberto Echeverria of Chile got the South American title in 2:16:58. In women category Kenyan Emily Chepkorir achieved 2:35:16 over Shewarge Alene from Ethiopia 2:35:30 and another Kenyan Lucy Karimi 2:35:39. Chilean record holder Erika Oliveira was the top South American as fourth in 2:36:17.

SACRAMENTO (USA, Apr 6): Olympian Kim Conley obliterated her own course record at 10 miles at 4th Credit Union SacTown race, finishing in 54:44. She shaved a minute and 37 seconds from her 2013 winning mark, 56:21. Eight days after racing the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships in Denmark, Shadrack Biwott claimed a slim win over last year's champion Tesfaye Alemayehu. The win was made even more impressive considering Biwott's shoes came untied twice. The first time it came undone --in the opening 100 yards-- Biwott stopped and re-tied his shoe, falling far behind Alemayehu. When his shoe came undone again three miles into the race, he didn't bother stopping. He clocked 47:59 and Alemayehu 48:03. Informs Race Results Weekly.

CHARLESTON (USA, Apr 5): Ethiopian wins at the 37th Cooper River Bridge Run at 10 km. Birhan Nebebew 28:39 and Azmera Gebru 32:14. Second in men category Mourad Marofit of Morocco 28:42 ahead of Kenyan Julius Kogo 28:47. In women category other Ethiopians on the podium. Etalemhu Habtewold 32:20 and third Makida Abdela 32:33. By RRW.

MANCHESTER (GBR, Apr 6): Andi Jones won for third time the Greater Manchester Marathon in 2:16:55, European standard. Emily Wicks was the first woman in 2:38:21 PB.

AWENDO (KEN, Apr 6): Josphat Kiprop and Lucy Liavoga from Baringo and Kericho Counties respectively won inaugural Athletics Kenya (AK) Awendo Road Race. Kiprop beat more than 100 other competitors clocking 29:05 while Isaac Kipkoech of Kericho crossing 10 seconds later as Henry Chirchir also from Kericho coming third. In the women’s race, Liavoga gained a comfortable lead from the beginning and clocked 33:59 to win.

ST. LOUIS (USA, Apr 6): Good half marathon times at the 14th St. Louis Marathon. Jacob Chemtai the event best with 1:03:13 and Kellyn Johnson got new mark 1:11:50. From RRW.

SAGA (JPN, Apr 6): Another win for Yuki Kawauchi here at the 2nd Saga Sakura Marathon after 2:13:02. Women winner Hua Yang of China got life-time best 2:38:23. From RRW.

MALDONADO (URU, Apr 6): At the traditional Darwin Pineyrua meet (part of South American Grand Prix circuit) Andres Silva won the 400 m hurdles in 50.54. Brazilian Tiago da Silva won the long jump 759 cm.

BRASILIA (BRA, Apr 6): Sivaldo Santos Viana won the 15th edition of Meia Maratona Caixa de Brasilia in 1:07:57. Women winner was Cruz Nonata da Silva in 1:18:15.

POINTE-A-PIERRE (TRI, Apr 6): World 400 m hurdles champion Jehue Gordon was second in the 800 m at Southern Games with 1:56.81 in the debut at the distance.

STORRS (USA, Apr 5): Jamaican Trisha-Ann Hawthorne clocked here 11.34 (+2.0) in the 100 m.

NAIROBI (KEN, Apr 5): World 800m champion Eunice Sum and World Indoor 3000 m silver medallist Hellen Obiri led their team to victory in the 4x1500m race during Athletics Kenya Relays Series at Kasarani Stadium. The last of the meetings at Kasarani paves way for national trials onApril 26 where the national team for the inaugural World Relays planned for May 24 to 25 in Bahamas, will be selected. Sum and Obiri’s team that also had Anne Karingi and Margaret Chelimo clocked 17:08.17 beating a team of Beijing Olympics 800m champion Nancy Lagat, Sela Chepleting, Perin Nkambi and Janet Chesang 17:58.31. The event witnessed an improvement as World 1500 m champion Asbel Kiprop teamed up with Nickson Chepseba to spur their team to victory in the men’s 4x1,500m, beating a team of World Indoor 3,000m champion Caleb Mwangangi to second place. Kiprop’s team clocked 14:48.6 while Mwangangi’s team that had Hillary Maiyo, Vincent Kibet and Vincent Leting timed 14:54.5. A team of Gedion Gathimba, Bernard Kipkorir, Franklin KIplagat and Sablon Kipchumba settled third in 15:15.8. From Daily Nation.

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