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EME News April 8th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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I love watching the 110 Hurdles at the Diamond League meets because the best hurdlers in the world compete against each other frequently. Unlike the top 100 meter sprinters who seem to only want to compete against each other in championship meets (can we see Bolt vs Blake more often?), Aries Merritt, Jason Richardson and Ryan Wilson face off several times a year. That will continue at the Pre Classic this year, with all three of the top American high hurdlers facing off against European stars Sergey Shubenkov and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde. The most decorated athlete in the field will be Decathlon World Record holder, and Eugene resident Ashton Eaton. I remember watching David Oliver run 12.90 at Pre a few years ago, and it was one of the best athletic performances I've ever seen. The 110 hurdles is one of my personal favorite events to watch, so I'm looking forward to this one.

EME NEWS (APR 8, 2014)
SPLIT (CRO): Double high jump world champion Blanka Vlasic said for Slobodna Dalmacija newspaper she plans to start her summer season at Bislett Games on June 11 in Oslo. She is back in training for the next competitions and as main goals for summer mentioned European Championships in Zurich and IAAF Continental Cup in Morocco.
PARIS (FRA): Pole vault World record holder Renaud Lavillenie starts another journey. For two weeks training camp in San Diego, California. With him also other French pole vaulters and World indoor champion in long jump Eloyse Lesueur. Lavillenie will remain in USA and plans for first two competitions afterwards at Drake Relays. First the mall jumping on April 23 and then the stadium Drake Relays on April 26.
KINGSTON (JAM): Trackalerts informs that Olympic Games sprint relay gold medallist Sherone Simpson has been give a 18-month ban by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel. Simpson, who won gold as part of Jamaica‘s 4x100m team at the Athens Games, won‘t be eligible to compete until 20 December 2014. At the National Senior Championship, June 21, 2013 after the 100m finals, Simpson returned positive analytical finding for a stimulant, oxilofrine. Simpson said the substance was found in a new supplement given to her by Canadian physical trainer Chris Xuereb. In announcing the verdict chairman of thre Panel Lennox Gayle said: “Miss Simpson has admitted the anti-doping violation and as such she brought evidence…now having listened and reviewed all the evidence and listened to the detailed submissions of councils, this panel is unanimously of the view that Miss Simpson was negligent in all the circumstances as an elite athlete and as such, the period of ineligibility will be 18 months commence from the date of June 21, 2013.“
ANTALYA (TUR): IAAF President Lamine Diack announced on Tuesday plans for ‘Athletics for a Better World’ (ABW) a new social responsibility programme that will use the universality of athletics to make a positive difference in the world. The IAAF will cooperate closely with organisations including Peace & Sport, The United Nations and The IOC in the development of the programme, alongside 12 ‘Athlete Patrons’ – including Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Marie-José Pérec and Paula Radcliffe – with many more organisations and athletes expected to follow. The announcement was made at an IAAF panel, entitled ‘The Power of Sport’ at the SportAccord Convention in Antalya, Turkey, which was chaired by five-time Olympian Charmaine Crooks and attended by IAAF President Diack, heptathlon legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Italy’s world junior high jump champion Alessia Trost. ABW will provide a platform for organisations and people around the world – including Member Federations, athletics associations, partner organisations, sponsors and athletes – that want to use athletics as a tool for social change. The aim is for these organisations to be stronger together and benefit from the IAAF’s global reach, marketing channels and sporting credibility.
EUGENE (USA): The men’s 110mH field at the 40th Prefontaine Classic, which will run from May 30 to 31, will feature the current World, World Indoor and Olympic champions and the World record holder, inform organisers. World champion David Oliver is holder of the meet record of 12.90 while Olympic champion Aries Merrit is the World record holder at 12.80. World Indoor champion Omo Osaghae, 2011 World champion Jason Richardson, US champion Ryan Wilson and World and Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton will also attempt to be the first US winner of the race at the Pre Classic since 2011. Leading European hurdler’s Sergey Shubenkov and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde will attempt to upset the Americans.
MONACO (MON): IAAF approved the global times of Florence Kiplagat from Barcelona Half Marathon on February 16 this year. The final half marathon in 1:05:12 and the 20 km split 1:01:56.
NAIROBI (KEN): The 4x1500 m time of the select Anne Karingi, Margaret Chelimo, Eunice Sum and Hellen Obiri 17:08.17 is actually better than existing world record. The current and first (it is the latest addition into world record events) is the 17:08.34 by University of Tennessee in Philadelphia 2009 (Price, Wright, Bdell, Bowman) and at national teams level 17:09.75 by Australia in 2000 (Harvey, Clarke, Richardson, Jamieson). This event will be also part of IAAF World Relays with top time expected to improve the existing world record.
PORTLAND (USA): Kara Goucher informs on her website that the butt spasm that she had been complaining about was actually a sacral stress fracture. For the first time in her career this news was not met with tears.  „I cannot believe that this has happened, this injury came out of nowhere. Gone is the track season and the sub 31 minute 10,000 meters I’ve been dreaming of. Gone is the trip to Europe to try to scare the 15 minute barrier in the 5000 m,“ she writes.
PORTLAND (USA): Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar says that Mary Cain has recovered from the injury that ruled her out of the World Indoors, report dyestat. He explained; „(She is) completely healthy. “She just took two weeks off from running to let the leg heal, but only one week off of (doing) nothing. She started cross training in the second week, so basically the exact same schedule as the rest of the group but she started (her time off) a week earlier.” She may open her season at the Drake Relays or Payton Jordan. As she is in her final year of high school her racing schedule will need to fit around important class tests, the Oxy meet on May 15 being one that she will miss. She also may compete at the World Relays while her participation at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on May 31 is „definite.” She will follow this meet up with a few races in Europe while the decision has not yet been made if she will try and qualify for the World Juniors. Cain is expected to move to Portland in mid-August where she will start classes at the University of Portland on August 25.
KINGSTON (JAM): As part of its advertising campaign surrounding the FIFA World Cup, Visa Europe will use Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt in a television advertisement which will show him racing across several locations before morphing into a football player in Brazil, report trackalerts. Visa Europe says that the multi world record holder will bring “clarity” and “excitement” to the marketing of its products and services. It will increase its activity on online media in order to increase the campaigns effectiveness.
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Striking construction workers and security personnel clashed at Rio de Janeiro‘s Olympic Park on Monday, inform AP. While there were no reports of injuries, gunshots were fired. The strike, involving 2000 workers, began on Thursday while workers at the Olympic stadium went on strike on Monday. Rio Olympic organising committee spokesman Mario Andrada said, „We are worried by the fact we are losing time, beyond that, there is catch-up to do and we will have to move faster to make up whatever time we‘ve lost.“
MINNEAPOLIS (USA): The Medtronic TC 1 Mile, the second stop on the 2014 Bring Back the Mile Tour, on May 8 is set to feature the 2012 champion Heather Kampf and the 2013 runner up and World Indoor medallist Nicole Sifuentes, report Race winners who better the existing course records will earn 10 000 USD in addition to the winner’s prize of 5 000 USD. The women’s record is 4:30.8 set by Sara Hall in 2011. Sifuentes’ road mile best is 4:29.14 while Kampf’s best is 4:28.
LONDON (GBR): Distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie will open the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon Expo at London Dockland‘s ExCeL Exhibition Centre at 11amon Wednesday April 9, inform organisers. The 40 year old Ethiopian will be awarded a certificate by Guinness World Records, in recognition of his World 20 000 m record, at12pm. He will then be pacemaker for the men’s elite race on April 13.
PRAGUE (CZE): Joyce Chepkirui set a course record (and fifth fastest all time) of 66:19 in winning the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon. Two days later, along with men’s winner Peter Kirui, she was at the Run Czech Running Mall in Prague cooking a meal for the staff of the organisation and associated mass runners. The 25 year old, who trains alongside Florence Kiplagat and Mary Keitany, says that the former marathon World record holder Tegla Loroupe, is her idol, but she is yet to meet her. After watching Mo Farah training in Kenya she says, “I think he is in good form.”
LONDON (GBR): Kenenisa Bekele thinks that Mo Farah will be encouraged by what the Ethiopian achieved in his debut marathon in Paris last Sunday, report “For people who run very fast on the track and achieve good results, it can be the same in the marathon. It will give him encouragement,” explained the 31 year old. He also warned the Briton not to follow the surges that will likely be in abundance in the London Marathon on Sunday; “If they do anything like that during the race, Farah just has to follow them. I think if he is patient, if he keeps to his pace and he follows his feeling, he will do it easily. He did great things on the track, so I don’t think it will be too much for him. I’m sure he will do great things.” He acknowledges that he made pacing mistakes of his own in Paris, “I made some mistakes after 28 kilometres, I did two or three kilometres very fast and that’s what maybe hurt my muscles. I went too fast to go away from the field. Nobody was leading after the pacemaker dropped out and I wanted the pace. If I don’t make mistakes I think I can run easily inside 2:04. I’m totally confident about that. Between 30km and 37km, so for seven kilometres, I wasn’t running – just feeling my hamstrings, surviving, checking and slowing down the pace,”said Bekele.
SEVILLA (ESP): Spain’s Antonio Jiménez Pentinel, who is current suspended after syringes, human growth hormone blood for autologous list were found in his home, ran a race in Sevilla at the weekend pocketing 150 euros in prize money,
BOLZANO (ITA): Investigators in the doping case of Italian walker Alex Schwazer have found that his coach Michele Didoni knew of the athletes doping practices, report German Eurosport. Investigators found the evidence by looking through email records. Didoni denies knowing Schwazer was doping.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya‘s Africa Javelin champion Julius Yego will open his season campaign at IAAF World Challenge in Tokyo on May 11. As Kenyan media are reporting he also plans to throw at Shanghai Diamond League meeting on May 18. His main aim for 2014 is to attack the medal podium at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.  There is also another goal to retain his continental crown at the Senior Africa Athletics Championships in Marrakech, a mission that will see him earn direct ticket to compete in the IAAF Continental Cup in the same city. Yego attributes his rise to his discipline and help he received from Finland coach Petteri Piironen.
LONDON (GBR): Pace Sports Management informs about new websites for Mary Cain at and the management group (including Usain Bolt) at
KYIV (UKR): State coach of Ukrainian athletics team Mykhaylo Medved got the chair of executive director in Ukrainian athletics federation (FLAU). His predecessor Andriy Revutskyy moved to another work place but still is the adviser of FLAU’s president Ihor Hotsul in marketing and development direction. “Current reorganization in Ukrainian sport should give more responsibilities to FLAU from our sport ministry. In such case, new appointment of Mykhaylo Medved is quite logical. He has extensive experience in the ministry and he knows our team better than any other official does. We definitely will need his knowledge and skills at new stage of FLAU’s development,” said FLAU’s president Ihor Hotsul to national media.
BERLIN (GER): Discus World and Olympic winner Robert Harting critised the opponents of his proposal about Sport Lottery. He attacked the German Sports and Olympic Federation. According to Harting they do steps not to allow this initiative to start.
NAIROBI (KEN): World champion Asbel Kiprop said for Kenyan media after his relay performance last weekend, that he wants to start his individual season in Doha on May 9 at the IAAF Diamond League meet running the 1500 m. For Daily Nation he also mentioned aiming for a fast time at the Herculis Diamond League meet in Monaco in July.
OTTAWA (CAN): Athletics Canada announced that Kingston, Ontario, has won the right to host the 2015 to 2018 editions of the Canadian Cross Country Championships. Physi-Kult Running Group led the winning bid, „Physi-Kult is excited and honoured to have won the hosting right to the 2015-2018 Canadian Cross Country Championships and are looking forward to showcasing the wonderful venue we have here in Kingston,“ said Clive Morgan, Race Organizer.
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica’s women discus record holder Allison Randall was given a 2-year suspension by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel. Randall, 25, who represented Jamaica at the 2012 Olympic Games in the discus, tested positive for a banned diuretic at the 2013 Jamaica National Championships. Randall, in her testimony, suggested the source of the substance to be the supplement ‚Animal Pak‘, an approach that was squarely rejected by JADCO’s lawyer Lackston Robinson.
GAINESVILLE (USA, Apr 5): At Florida Relays also the all-time world best in women 4x100 m hurdles was registered with 50.66. Former mark of the Boogie Johnson TC was 50.78. This years composition was high level Kirsti Castlin, world champion Brianna Rollins, Queen Harrison and Briton Tiffany Porter). Second Star Athletics 52.07 (Kellie Wells, Tenaya Jones, Lavonne Idlette and Jackie Cowards).
MEIA (USA, Apr 3): Brandon Bray cleared in pole vault 535 cm, national age-16 record in USA.
DOHA (QAT, Apr 6): At GCC Gulf Junior Championships to note the hammer win (6 kg) for home Ashraf Amjad Al-Saifi 75.53 m.
SINJ (CRO, Apr 5): Marathon runner Lisa Stublic improved at Croatian 10 000 m track championships the national record to 33:17.91.
BAGHDAD (IRQ, Mar 27): Late addition from Iraq as Mohamed Hassan Juma clocked hand timed national record in the 100 m at the National Championships 10.0. His electronic national mark from 2012 is 10.56.

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