EME News April 10th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News April 10th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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The excitement surrounding Sunday's London Marathon builds as we get closer to race day. There are some great news stories surrounding the race that Alfonz has compiled for us in today's edition of EME News. Be sure to enjoy the race this weekend, it should be one of the best athletics events of 2014.

EME NEWS (APR 10, 2014)
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican sprint star and former world 100 m record holder Asafa Powell has been banned for 18 months for his positive drugs test. Informs trackalerts.  The ban should end on December 28, 2014. That means he would miss the full 2014 year. At the National Senior Championship, June 21, 2013 after the 100m finals, Powell returned positive analytical finding for a stimulant, oxilofrine. He blamed his former Canadian physical trainer Chris Xuereb for positive, which was found in supplements given to him. Lennox Gayle of JADCO disciplinary panel, said, „having reviewed and listened, and bisected all evidence in this matter, and reading the submissions of both councils, the panel arrived at a unanimous decision and it is a decision is that Mr. Powell was found to be negligent and that he was at fault, especially since that he is an elite athlete, so the period of ineligibility will be 18 moths, starting from the date of the position test.“ JADCO‘s lawyer Lackston Robinson, who during his closing arguments in front chairman Lennox Gayle, Peter Prendergast and Dr Japheth Ford on February 25, said, Powell is “guilty of gross negligence“ and should serve no less than two years. Robinson, who said at the time he was not convinced that Epiphany D1 contained the substance oxilofrine found in Simpson’s sample, also discredited Caritox, a lab at UWI Report, given by Prof Wayne McLaughlin and questioned the „honesty“ of the evidence given by agent Paul Doyle. Powell, on his instagram page late Wednesday night, „May your worst tomorrow be better than your best yesterday.“
KINGSTON (JAM): Asafa Powell offered his statement after the verdict. It says among others: „This ruling is not only unfair, it is patently unjust. Panels such as these, I understood, were assembled to allow athletes who, consciously or unconsciously come into conflict with the rules of sport, a chance at equitable redemption. Unfortunately, this was not the case. As an athlete, I took a legal supplement—Ephiphany D1. As it turns out, that supplement was contaminated with oxilofrine. My team commissioned two private laboratories that confirmed that oxilofrine was present in the supplements, despite it not being listed as an ingredient on the bottle nor on it’s website. I would also like to share that upon realizing that the supplement contained oxilofrine my team made contact with both The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) who not only ordered samples of the supplement from the manufacturer, but also tested and confirmed our findings. This is the 1st time in nearly 12 years of being in the sport and over 150 tests that I have had an adverse finding…it is for a stimulant… a stimulant that that is only banned during competition and experts have declared has no performance enhancing effects. My team has begun preparations for an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.“
TOKYO (JPN): The Seiko Golden Grand Prix as farewell with the legendary Olympic Stadium in Tokyo will have on May 11 top names competing. In this IAAF World Challenge meet men 100 m will have US 2004 Olympic winner and silver medalist from last World Championships in Moscow Justin Gatlin against European Champion Christophe Lemaitre. Another top duel in high jump as Ukrainian World champion Bohdan Bondarenko will clash with Olympic winner Ivan Ukhov (will compete in Doha before). In women hammer (part of Hammer Challenge) World champion Tatyana Lysenko is scheduled to throw against German world record holder Betty Heidler. Hurdles star Brianna Rollins as another gold medalist from Moscow goes in her event 100 m hurdles. Olympic winner at 400 m Kirani James is scheduled for the men 200 m. In distances US stars Nick Symmonds for the 800 m and Jenny Simpson for the 1500 m. Pole vault duel between US Brad Walker and Cuban World medalist Lazaro Borges is expected. Russian European indoor champion Darya Klishina is scheduled for the women long jump. In the men triple jump Haiti´s record holder Samyr Laine is mentioned, world and olympic finalist.
LONDON (GBR): The reigning London Marathon champion Priscah Jeptoo today she‘ll go for the women-only marathon world record at this Sunday‘s Virgin Money London Marathon. The current world record of 2:17:42 was set by Britain‘s Paula Radcliffe at the 2005 London Marathon. To beat Radcliffe‘s mark, Jeptoo will need to knock more than two and a half minutes off her current PB of 2:20:14, set at the London Marathon in 2012. „My training has gone really well so I‘m confident I‘ll be able to lower my personal best on Sunday and win the race again,“ said Jeptoo. Jeptoo isn‘t the only Kenyan with her sights on the record though. Double World Champion Edna Kiplagat admitted that breaking the record at the London Marathon would be a dream come true after finishing runner-up in 2012 and 2013. „There‘s a really strong women‘s field this year but if we run at our best I‘m confident we will beat the current world record,“ said Kiplagat. Florence Kiplagat is another Kenyan feeling confident this year, having won the Berlin marathon for a second time last September and then broken the world half marathon record in Barcelona this February. „I feel much better than last year,“ she said. „I think I‘ve got much better endurance. After winning in Berlin I haven‘t had a break so this year I am very confident. I think this year I will do better.“ From organisers website.
LONDON (GBR): Her preparation has been intense and she‘s ready, but Tirunesh Dibaba admitted her highly anticipated debut at this Sunday‘s Virgin Money London Marathon is a year late. „I was ready to go, but the plane was delayed ... for one year,“ she joked when asked why she withdrew from last year‘s field. „This is where all the best athletes are and I wanted to be here,“ said the three-time Olympic champion and multiple world record holder. „I understand that this is a new experience. I can‘t estimate my time as it‘s my first marathon, but like any athlete, I‘ve prepared well.“ Advice has come from closer to home too, thanks to her husband Sileshi Sihine, the 2004 and 2008 Olympic 10,000m silver medallist, as well as from Ethiopian marathon legend Haile Gebrselassie who will run as the lead pacemaker for the elite men‘s race in this year‘s event. „My experience in the 5000m and 10,000m on the track has been good, but this is new,“ she said. „Haile has good experience on the world stage and I‘m grateful that he‘s shared his experiences with me. I‘ve taken his advice. I‘ve gone through some intensive training with a group of marathon runners for several months,“ she said. „I‘ve done my best to prepare. I‘ve done all my training in Ethiopia. It‘s such a fascinating place for marathon training and other runners come to us to run.“
LONDON (GBR): Olympic winner Tiki Gelana declared she is in the best shape of her life ahead of the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon. But the 26-year-old Ethiopian insisted today the incident from last year has only made her more determined to bounce back this year and prove she remains one of the world‘s best over 26.2 miles. „The incident last year hurt me, it hurt my pride as well as physically,“ she said. „But I‘ve got over it, and I‘m OK now. It has given me a lot of motivation to win this time, to show that I am still a good competitor. I need to do it. I‘ve prepared well for this year‘s London Marathon and I‘m in good shape. I‘m stronger than ever and ready to win. My training has been very good. I‘m in better shape than last year or even before the Olympics. I‘m prepared to run under 2:20 if I need to,“ she added. „Of course, it depends what happens, but I‘ll try to get my PB. We‘ll see.“
LONDON (GBR): There‘s been much talk of the chances of a world record at the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, and if anyone knows how to do it, it‘s the current record-holder Wilson Kipsang. The Kenyan set a new world best of 2:03:23 last September when he cruised to victory in the 2013 Berlin Marathon, beating his nearest rival Eliud Kipchoge by more than 40 seconds. „I sit here today as the marathon world record holder so I feel full of confidence compared to last year,“ he said. „Since setting the world record I‘ve concentrated on recovering well and building up my mileage again slowly. My preparation has gone to plan and I‘m looking forward to seeing how fast I can run on Sunday. We have a more experienced pacemaker in Haile this year. He will take us through halfway in 61:45. Then, because it‘s such a strong field, one of us needs to be ready to make a move in the second half of the race,“ said Kipsang.
LONDON (GBR): Geoffrey Mutai, Stephen Kiprotich and Emmanuel Mutai have all questioned Mo Farah’s decision to run his debut marathon in London, report the BBC. Geoffrey Mutai said that if he had collapsed like Farah did in New York he would “relax and prepare for another time.” Kiprotich, the World and Olympic champion, was confused by the Briton’s move up in distance, saying, “I don‘t see why he‘s running the marathon. He‘s still good on the track, still running a mile in under three minutes 50 seconds. “Maybe the problem is that the fans are the ones pushing him.” Emmanuel Mutai questioned Farah’s choice to debut in such a tough marathon, “Sometimes it‘s good to start with a small race - not so fast or with such a strong field. “You win then and then you have an idea of how the marathon is when you come to a big race like this. “If he doesn‘t perform here, that might affect him psychologically - and whatever he has achieved on that day will not be good because maybe he was expecting a lot, and that can be demoralising.”
LONDON (GBR): Mo Farah will be part of the second group of paced athletes at Sunday’s London Marathon, informs telegraph.co.uk. His coach Alberto Salazar decided that he will be in the group which will be paced to the halfway mark in 62:15 (still under course record pace), 30 seconds behind the lead group led by Ethiopian great Haile Gebrselassie. Dave Bedford revealed that Farah’s group will be made up of 7 athletes, with the lead group made up of 6.
PODEBRADY (CZE): Current walking world ranking leader (all-athletics.com) Slovak Matej Toth is the star of the 82nd Podebrady Walking event on Saturday (EA Permit and scoring towards IAAF Challenge). He will race at the 20 km distance. In total 233 participants from 20 countries. It will be also a traditional walking match Czech vs Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine. For men score also added Norway with Sweden. And 20 km for men and women will be Czech Championships. Another top name is Norway´s Erik Tysse last year here second and Poland´s Rafal Augustyn the current world leader at the 50 km. Among women top home talent and European junior champion Anezka Drahotova. She will compete just week after running the Praha Half Marathon. Also for women 20 km Poland´s Katarzyna Burghardt and fresh South American record holder Erice de Sena.
WARSZAWA (POL): The 2nd Orlen Warsaw Marathon on Sunday will have two African stars and home elite fighting for 84th Polish men titles. Ethiopian Tadese Tola has 2:04:49 personal best and Kenyan Levy Matebo 2:05:16. Other Africans in the field Megersa Bacha 2:06:56 and Sisay Lemma 2:09:02 from Ethiopia and Kenyans John Komen 2:07:13, Jacob Cheshari 2:07:46 and Gilbert Chepkwony 2:08:16. Ukrainian Dmytro Baranovskyy with 2:07:15 should be also mentioned. Home elite is represented by Henryk Szost (2:07:39 PB), last year national champion Arkadiusz Gardzielewski, Artur Kozlowski, Marius Gizynski and Blazej Brzezinski. On the women side Ethiopian Askale Magarsa Tafa with 2:21:31 and Kenyan Rebecca Chesire 2:27:52 are the top favorites. From Polish women Iwona Lewandowska and debuting at the distance Katarzyna Kowalska. In the charity 4.6 km olympic nordic ski winner Justyna Kowalczyk is scheduled to run, also 800 m European champion Marcin Lewandowski. In the 10 km ski jumping star Adam Malysz with another top 800 m runner Adam Kszczot and actor Tomasz Karolak.
VIENNA (AUT): In times where runners from Kenya and Ethiopia tend to dominate the major marathons it rarely happens that the podium of these races features athletes from three different continents. The women’s race of the Vienna City Marathon could produce such a result on Sunday. While Kenya’s Caroline Chepkwony and Japan’s Mai Ito are regarded favourites Germany’s Anna Hahner and Russia’s Olga Glok are potential candidates for a top three finish. Adding shorter running event, which will be staged parallel to the marathon on Sunday, organisers registered a record total of around 42,000 athletes for the 31st edition of the Vienna City Marathon. Austria’s biggest sporting event is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. Also to note Kenya’s Alice Chelangat, who has a personal best of 2:26:36, and Ethiopian Marta Lema who was second in Kosice last year with 2:28:02. Organizers are informing in a release.
LONDON (GBR): BBC informs that Lord Sebastian Coe has indicated to BBC Sport that he will seek the IAAF presidency next year. Elections will be staged at the IAAF Congress before the World Championships in August in Beijing. Current IAAF President Lamine Diack is expected to step down in 2015 after 16 years in position. „I will have to think long and hard about it. It‘s my sport and it‘s the basis of everything I‘ve ever done, so why wouldn‘t I want to take that role?“ Coe was quoted by the BBC.
KYIV (UKR): 800m European Junior champion 2011 Anastasia Tkachuk changed the coach. In October 2013 she joined the training group of Kostyantyn Rurak (coach of 4x100 Olympic bronze medallists Olesya Povh and Mariya Ryemyen). “My new coach mostly works with sprinters but that is what I have to improve first of all to get new level of results. Maybe such transfer was too wild but after only a few months of our team-work I could improve my indoor personal best,” said 20 year old Ukrainian to FLAU web site.
KYIV (UKR): Younger sister of 800 m European indoor champion Natalia Lupu Anastasia Grygoriy, who started to train triple jump in the group of famous coach Anatoliy Golubtsov (coach of triple jump Olympic champion 96 and world record holder Inessa Kravets), injured her spine at weightlifting practice on April 5 and was operated two times in Kyiv hospital. Lupu, who is at the Turkey training camp now, said that both surgeries were successful but her sister should have long and difficult rehabilitation.
EUGENE (USA): 2011 World high jump champion Jesse Williams may not be 100% over the problems he suffered in 2013 as he felt pain in his foot during the Sam Adams Invite last weekend, report registerguard.com. He had a disappointing 2013 season after tearing a ligament in his right ankle but he says that he is making good progress in training, jumping an inch higher every week for the last 14 weeks. He may compete at the Mt. SAC Relays and should compete in Beijing on May 21 at the IAAF World Challenge.
MOSORIOT (KEN): World steeple silver medallist Conseslus Kipruto is aiming to break the World record this year in Monaco, report the-star.co.ke. “I am only some few seconds outside the record bracket and I will be going for it this season,” said the 19 year old who has a 8:01.16 best. Kipruto will open his season at the Doha Diamond League and hopes to follow this race up with several other Diamond League outings.  “I will see if I can compete in Shanghai, Eugene,  Rome or any other Diamond League meeting,” he explained. “Let me test the waters first by lowering my personal best time. After that I will polish a few areas before going for the record.” He added that he wants to make the team for the Commonwealth Games or African Championships.
BELEK (TUR): IAAF President Lamine Diack has warned Turkey that it must face the doping problems in the country, report turkishpress.com.  “Athletics in Turkey have some problems, and one of them is doping; the country itself has potential as it is big and developed, but you need to solve your problems first,“ insisted Diack. He also urged Turkey to set up an independent anti-doping body, similar to USADA in America.
BELEK (TUR): International federations have welcomed the IOC’s new initiative of setting up a new intelligence system linking all stakeholders involved in the fight against corruption and related manipulation through betting on sports, inform Olympic.org. The “Integrity Betting Intelligence System” (IBIS) collates alerts and information on manipulation through betting on sport.
NIVELLES (BEL): A top class 100 m hurdles field has been confirmed for Nivelles onJune 28, report sport.be. Olympic champion Sally Pearson will be joined by her compatriot Michelle Jenneke as well as leading Belgian’s Anne Zagré (defending champion), Eline Berings and Sara Aerts.
MIAMI (USA): German 4x100m relay squad member Lucas Jakubczyk and his twin brother Tobias have taken very different career paths, one as a professional athlete the other a professional DJ, report freiepresse.de. However, the nature of both of their jobs means that they both tour the World. Lucas is currently training in Florida ahead of the World Relays.
BELEK (TUR): Sir Craig Reedie has resigned as a member of the IOC Ethics Commission in order to avoid a conflict of interests with his role as President of WADA, report insidethegames. He will be replaced by Belgian Olympic Committee president Baron Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant.
BELEK (TUR): Despite the fact that the IOC have been forced to take special measures to ensure that Rio will be ready to host the Olympics, the IOC have said that it is “premature” to speculate on a new venue for the 2016 Games, inform AP. IOC Spokesman Mark Adams said, “We believe that Rio 2016 can still deliver good games if appropriate action is taken immediately. The clock is ticking. Every day is crucial, but they can still deliver.“ Francesco Ricci Bitti, head of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations, revealed, „The general feeling is that we are in the most critical situation in the preparation for the games that has happened in the last 20 years at least.“
LONDON (GBR): Ethiopian great Haile Gebrselassie gave his assessment on the state of athletics and changes he would like to see happening soon, report supersport.com. The 40 year old said that athletics must bring in new concepts and ideas to increase people’s interest in the sport, decrease its reliance on Usain Bolt, improve its attractiveness to sponsors and provide more shorter distance opportunities for young athletes. He speaks specifically of Tsegaye Mekonnen who won the Dubai Marathon at 18, explaining that there must be more opportunities on the track, over 10km and half marathon to delay athlete’s move up to the marathon.
AUSTIN (USA): Olympic 1500 m silver medallist Leo Manzano has signed a multi-year contract with Hoka One One which should run through 2016, report runnersworld. The 29 year old, who hasn’t had a shoe sponsor since December 2012, had is deal negotiated by his new agent Hawi Keflezighi, the brother of American marathoner Meb Keflezighi. His next races will be the B.A.A. Invitational Mile on April 19, the USA 1 Mile Road Championships in Des Moines and a leg on an American distance medley team at the Penn Relays.
GLASGOW (GBR): Britain’s Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford will compete at the Glasgow Diamond League meeting, inform the IAAF. The 27 year old is currently training at the Olympic Training Centre in San Diego and will open his outdoor campaign at the Mt SAC Relays. He will aim to try and improve his shared British record of 835 this year but will be cautious with how much he competes as he has a tendency to get injured.
PRAHA (CZE): To celebrate the 20th Volkswagen Prague Marathon on May 11th the RunCzech team is bringing together guests from around the world including an international quartet of extraordinarily talented runners who wearing the appropriate number 20 will complete the Prague marathon course as a relay team. Ingrid Kistiansen, Róbert Štefko, Anežka Drohotova and the anchorman former marathon World Record holder Patrick Makau will make up the prestigious celebrity team. Carlo Capalbo, the president of the organizing committee stated „This group with varying ages from divergent locations and cultures with a common goal embodies a core principle of RunCzech by bringing people together in a cooperative and enjoyable effort. With the Running Mall, RunCzech Racing, and all of our events and initiatives we are creating a community built around running“.
PRETORIA (RSA):  Circumstantial evidence points to an argument between murder accused Oscar Pistorius and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp before he shot her dead, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Thursday. „The only reasonable inference from circumstantial evidence is that there was an argument,“ said prosecutor Gerrie Nel. After an objection from Pistorius‘s counsel Barry Roux, Nel said this evidence included testimony from witnesses who said they heard a woman screaming in the early hours of 14 February last year, when Steenkamp was shot dead in Pistorius‘s toilet. SA media are informing.
XI´AN (CHN, Apr 10): At throwing meet fresh Asian hammer record holder Wang Zheng achieved 74.59 m.

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