EME News April 11-13th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News April 11-13th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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World Record holder Wilson Kipsang emerged victorious from perhaps the greatest men's marathon field ever assembled. Mo Farah struggled during his highly anticipated marathon debut and finished eighth in 2:08:21. Ryan Vail was the only American in the elite field and ran well to finish 10th in 2:10:57 PB. Two time World Champ Edna Kiplagat took the win on the women's side in 2:20:23, ahead of track star Tirunesh Dibaba in her marathon debut, who was second in 2:20:35. Dibaba's time was the third best debut ever. Check RunBlogRun.com for extensive coverage of one of the best races in the world.

EME NEWS (APR 11, 2014)

Visser 831, Magakwe 10.07
PRETORIA (RSA, Apr 11): Fast 100 m semifinals during first day of the South African Championships. At the ABSA TUKS Stadium here first Simon Magakwe clocked legal 10.07 (+1.1) and missed his national record only by 0.01. Second Emile Erasmus improved to 10.26. In the second semifinal the wind was over the limit (+2.2) and Roscoe Engel got 10.17. In the third Akine Simbini achieved life-time best 10.11 (+1.8) over Henricho Bruintjies (20) 10.17 PB and Gideon Trotter 10.23 also personal best. For Saturday the first sub 10 by an South African is in talk. In quite chilly conditions for SA standards (22C with cold breeze, making it feel 18C, but sunny) the sprinters also competed in 200 m heats. Fastest times here 20.55 by Simbini in heat 5 and Ncincihli Titi 20.65 in heat 6. Zarck Visser won the long jump with 831 (+1.1) world lead. "Since I had the position at that stage (after the first jump) I was going for that 850 (national record) of Godfrey Mokoena, but luckily for him I didn't get it. But it will come some time soon, so we are just hoping for the best and we are working for big distances," said Visser per iol.co.za. In the 800 m heats fastest as expected Andre Olivier 1:48.38 and in 400 m heats Shaun de Jager 46.83. In the 400 m hurdles heats sub 50 for LJ Van Zyl 49.56 and Cornel Fredericks 49.61. Robert Oosthuizen won the javelin 78.80, Lynique Prinsloo the women long jump 645 cm. World medalist at 1500 m Johan Cronje won his heat in 3:51.13. In the long distances at altitude wins for Diana Lebo Phalula (5000 m women 16:16.96) and Vuysile Tshoba (men 10 000 m 29:40.33). Chris Harmse took another step into athletics immortality with his 19th consecutive national senior hammer throw title (with 70.56).

Eaton debut at MtSAC confirmed
WALNUT (USA): The debut at 400 m hurdles for decathlon star Ashton Eaton is set for Mt SAC Relays on April 19. The event twitter confirms. The Day of Champions will be on Saturday during the multidays competition. For men high jump confirmed are two medalists from 2011 World Championships in Daegu. The winner Jesse Williams and bronze medalist Trevor Barry of Bahamas.

Hooker finishing his carerer
MELBOURNE (AUS): Olympic and World gold medalist in pole vault Steve Hooker will finish his athletics career this weekend, informs heraldsun.com.au.  He will be competing in the 200 m and 4x400m relay for Box Hill in the AV Shield at Albert Park. “It is definitely not the way I expected things to finish,” he said. “I think in a lot of ways the only thing I was holding out for with my jumping was a happy ending, to have some great result to finish on. I ultimately came to terms with the fact that that wasn’t motivation enough for me to get back to that point." About his career he said: "All three of my Olympic experiences were incredible but for me the 2009 world championships is something that seems almost unrealistic that it happened to me now, it almost sounds like a made up story," he said. After having his first child with Russian 800m runner, Katya Kostetskaya, last year, Hooker attempted a comeback by moving to Arizona and training with respected American coach Dan Pfaff. His last pole vault competition was last May in California a no-height and last result 535 in Perth in March 2013.

Bolt with boys
KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt delivered a message to more than 70 youngsters at the Alpha Boys' Home this week as the two-time Olympics sprint double champion and 100m and 200m world record holder took time to encourage the group. Jamaica Gleaner informs. Bolt spent close to an hour motivating the youngsters through his own experiences and journey to global recognition and also used the opportunity to donate approximately 80 pairs of Puma spikes, signed memorabilia, as well as Usain Bolt-branded tees and caps to the facility. "I hope the boys can believe that whatever their circumstances are right now, they can become anything their heart desires. A lawyer, teacher, doctor, prime minister - even the next Usain Bolt," said Bolt

Kipsang and Jeptoo topping the odds
LONDON (GBR): The final numbers for Virgin London Marathon elite fields are 23 men and 16 women. In the men race 13 men are having sub 2:10 bests and 8 of them sub 2:06. In women field 8 with sub 2:25 bests. Men will have 7 pacers (Richard Sigei going at 1:01:45 level and Haile Gebrselassie until 30 km). Women pacers are four runners, mainly Kenyans Josephine Chepkoech and Joyce Chepkirui, as per earlier talks, going for the women only-world record pace (2:17:42 by Paula Radcliffe in London 2005). Among elite debutants 4 men and 3 women including top stars Mo Farah and Tirunesh Dibaba. Ladbrokes has odds for Wilson Kipsang 9/4 followed by Tsegaye Kebede 7/2, Geoffrey Mutai 5/1 and Mo Farah 6/1. On the women side Priscah Jeptoo 2/12, Tiki Gelana 11/4, Florence Kiplagat with Dibaba 5/1 and Edna Kiplagat 6/1.

Thorkildsen feeling good
OSLO (NOR): After an injury free Winter,  two time Olympic javelin champion Andreas Thorkildsen hopes that he can return to his best form, report vg.no. “I hope I can scare the crap out of them (his competitors) during the season, “ adding that he hopes to return to the form where his competitors “knew no one beats me on a good day.” The 32 year old is confident that he will throw over 90 m again. He says that he is stronger than he has ever been before, but that the specific training ahead of his competitions will be what really influences his throwing distance. Speaking on financial matters, he explained, “Economically, I have no particular concerns. I'm inexpensive to operate. A cheap type. The only thing I'm concerned, is that Båbby (his dog) has the lifestyle he deserves.”

Blake and Weir to run
KINGSTON (JAM): The Saturday´s UTECH Classic meet at National Stadium will have in the 100 m Warren Weir competing while his team-mate from Racers TC and 2011 World champion Yohan Blake is expected to run the 4x200 m relay. Says their agent Cubie Seegobin. Other sources are saying World 100 m medalist Nesta Carter should also run, in women 400 m World finalist Stephanie McPherson.


KINGSTON (JAM): Please correct that Yohan Blake will run at UTECH Classic the 4x100 m, not the 4x200 m. Additionally Warren Weir to the 100 m will also compete in the 4x100 m relay. Thanks to Cubie Seegobin to confirm the informations.


LEVERKUSEN (GER): European heptathlon U23 silver medalist Kira Biesenbach injured this week her knee in training heavily. She will not be able to compete in 2014. She torn her ligament and meniscus and surgery followed immediately the same day. It happened during a training session over the hurdles. She wants to be back for 2015.

ROMA (ITA): Italian distance runner of Moroccan origin Abdellah Haidane is facing a doping ban of 7 months. The Doping Prosecutor of National Court of Anti-Doping of Italian Olympic Committee CONI announced that after the presence of tuaminoheptane was confirmed in his sample at Italian Indoor Championships in February in Ancona. He won the 3000 m at that championships.

TENERIFE (ESP): European 100 m champion Christophe Lemaitre has spent twelve days at a training camp in Tenerife, Canary Islands and he will soon leave for another training camp in Palma de Mallorca (which will run from April 18 to 27), report ledauphine.com.  His coach Pierre Carraz has remained in Aix Le Bains for family reasons so Thierry Tribondeau is overseeing the training of Lemaitre and his training partner Pierre-Alexis Pessonneaux. Lemaitre’s schedule for the start of the season is; 1st round of interclubs in Annecy (100m and 4x100m) on May 4, Tokyo IAAF World Challenge (100 m) on May 11, 2nd round of clubs in Aix-les-Bains (100 or 200 m and 4x100 m) onMay 18 and the IAAF World Relays (4x100 and 4x200) on May 24 and 25.

ANTALYA (TUR): Task forces covering three different areas, the appointment of a project manager and greater collaboration with key stakeholders are among measures outlined by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to combat fears over preparations for Rio 2016. In what has been an embarrassing few days for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, the next Olympic and Paralympic host city was blasted by the Association for Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) to the extent consideration of alternative venues was raised.  Speaking after the conclusion of the IOC Executive Board meeting held in conjunction with the SportAccord International Convention, President Thomas Bach outlined how they have concocted various measure to allay the fears of the sports. This consists of dedicated joint task forces addressing the specific areas of construction, operations and engagement with the local population, as well as a local project manager with experience in construction to monitor progress on a day-by-day basis. Both of these will be funded by the IOC, with appointments to the three task forces to be made over the next two weeks. The IOC will also play an enhanced role in coordinating the work of all stakeholders in Brazil, while more frequent assessments will be made by the IOC Executive Director Gilbert Felli to ensure the organisation is more aware of the day-to-day business. Informs insidethegames.

PRETORIA (RSA): Oscar Pistorius has defended how he handles guns after being told he "takes no responsibility" for his actions during another day of compelling testimony at his murder trial in Pretoria. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel challenged him on the firing of a gun in a busy Johannesburg restaurant while it was in his possession around a month before he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The six-time Paralympic gold medallist told the court he did not pull the trigger, contradicting earlier evidence. "You just don't want to accept responsibility for anything, Mr Pistorius," Nel told him. Commenting on a mobile phone message she had sent him, in which she claimed she was scared of him, he told the court: "I think she's scared of the feelings that she had for me, she says 'I'm scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and how you will react to me'. I never shouted or screamed at her," said Pistorius. On Friday the prosecutor brushed aside Oscar Pistorius' claim that he feared an intruder was in his house when he fired through a bathroom door and killed his girlfriend. "You shot at her knowing that she was behind that door," the prosecutor told the weeping defendant. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel launched a blistering assault on Pistorius' credibility, bluntly calling him a liar. "You had to come up with a version to explain why you got to the bathroom innocently ... your version is a lie," Nel charged. Agencies are informing.

MONACO (MON): IAAF informs that now in its 19th year, the IAAF World Athletics Day is the sport’s annual worldwide festival of youth and one of the busiest programmes of competitions in the athletics calendar. The goal of the IAAF World Athletics Day is to firmly establish an important link between the youth, our sport, and environmental conservation. The IAAF World Athletics Day 2014 takes place in May, preferably the weekend of Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 May. Starting this year, the IAAF World Athletics Day will also be part also be part of the IAAF Social Responsibility project called Athletics for a Better World, which was launched this week. 123 national federations confirmed they will participate with staging events.

VIENNA (AUT):  With 13 men featuring personal bests of sub 2:10 the 31st Vienna City Marathon will see its best elite field in the history of the race. Among them the defending champion and three time winner Henry Sugut of Kenya and Getu Feleke. With a personal best of 2:04:50 the Ethiopian is the fastest runner ever entered into the Vienna City Marathon. Sugut is the course record holder with 2:06:58.  “My training has gone very well and I am ready. I think I am able to break my personal best on Sunday. The weather forecast sounds ideal for me,” said Sugut. Overcast skies and temperatures between 13 and 16 Celsius with little wind are forecasted. Feleke’s marathon career started in Vienna five years ago. In a unique debutants’ only race he finished seventh with 2:11:47. Organizers are informing.

LONDON (GBR): While double World and Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah has received much of the spotlight leading up to Sunday’s London Marathon, Scott Overall and Chris Thompson have slipped under the media radar, report Race Results Weekly. Thompson is making his long awaited marathon debut in London while Overall will try to finish the London Marathon for the first time after two DNF’s. The two have been training together, first in Colorado Springs for five weeks and then in Bushy Park in Teddington. Thompson is aiming to run around 65 minutes for the first half but explains that while he wants to run under 2:10 in his marathon career, that isn’t a goal for this Sunday


LONDON (GBR): Marathon World record holder Wilson Kipsang arrived in London on Thursday after his trip was delayed due to his passport getting stolen, report nation.co.ke. Kipsang realises that the combination of good weather and the World class field could pose a serious threat to his record. “I won’t let it go easily,” insisted the 32 year old. “I know that if the conditions are good, there is a very strong possibility of a world record because the pacemakers are very strong. But the good thing is I will be part of the field and I won’t let it go.” Kipsang’s manager Gerard van de Veen also thinks that a World record is on the cards as the pace for the first half should set the athletes up well.

ABUJA (NGR): The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has announced that it has hired former World and Olympics champion Maurice Greene as the national relay coordinator, reportdailyindependentnig.com. Greene’s contract begins at the Mt. SAC Relays and terminates after the Commonwealth Games and the Africa Athletics Championships in Marrakesh, Morocco in August 2014.
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican Olympic Association (JOA) President Mike Fennell says that he is “pleased” with the verdicts handed down in the doping cases of Jamaican sprinters Sherone Simpson and Asafa Powell, report insidethegames. "I'm pleased with the decision that has been made because it is something that has been going on for a long time," Fennell told insidethegames while attending the SportAccord International Convention.

LODZ (POL): Ethiopia’s Alemayehu Belachew Ameta will return to the Lodz marathon after setting the course record of 2:10:02 last year, inform the IAAF. Also returning is Kenya’s Stephen Kibiwot who was just 2 seconds behind Belachew Ameta in 2013. They will be joined by three other men who have run under 2:10; Yared Dagnaw Sharew (2:08:13, 2010), Haile Gemeda Haja (2:08:35, 2013) and Peter Kurui (2:08:56, 2011). Poland’s 2005 European junior 3000mSC champion Marcin Chebowski (2:10:07, 2012) could also challenge. On the women’s side, Poland’s Karolina Jarzynska (2:26:31, 2014) will defend her title after setting a course record of 2:26:45 last year.

ZURICH (SUI): Swiss marathoner Victor Röthlin’s wife Renate has given birth to their second child, report solothurnerzeitung.ch. “We are thrilled that Luna has got a brother named Ben!" wrote Röthlin on his Facebook.  The 39-year-old aims to finish his career after the European Championships where he will defend his marathon title.

MADRID (ESP): World Junior triple jump champion Ana Peleteiro of Spain says that her main goal for 2014 is to retain her title in Eugene, report AS. She says that she is training very hard and is highly motivated to achieve her objectives. She is now training at the High Performance Centre in Madrid under Juan Carlos Alvarez where she goes to school in the morning and then trains for two and a half hours in the afternoon.

OSLO (NOR): The former Miss Universe Model, Sara Nicole Andersen, is in a relationship with top Norwegian sprinter and record holder Jaysuma Ndure, report kjendis.no.

MONACO (MON): With one month to go before the start of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League, the excitement is already starting to mount and the traditional opening meeting in Doha, Qatar, has already assembled some of the sport’s top stars to get proceedings for the fifth year of the series underway.  With just a month to go, the IAAF are also happy to announce the return of IAAF Fantasy Athletics. The 2014 edition of Fantasy Diamond Race follows the athletes who compete in the 32 event disciplines of the Diamond Race at the 14 meetings of the IAAF Diamond League in 2014.


KNOXVILLE (USA, Apr 10): At Sea Ray Relays first day hammer AG Kruger won with 75.50 and Gwen Berry with 67.97.

EME NEWS (APR 12, 2014)

PRETORIA (RSA, Apr 12): History of South African sprinting was rewritten during second day of national championships at the ABSA TUKS Stadium in favorable altitude (1400 m). National record holder Simon Magakwe is the first South African sprinter to get legal sub 10 with 9.98 (+1.4) in the 100 m final. He is also first with sub 10 time in 2014. His coach Eugene Thipe (34) is the first African coach with sub 10 runner as the other African sub 10 sprinters had coaches from other continents. Magakwe is homegrown, by a homegrown coach in Rustenburg, South Africa. Second Akani Simbine also improved and dipped below the former national record (10.06) with 10.02. Third Emile Erasmus 10.23 PB. Magakwe also won his 200 m semifinal 20.52 (+0.9) in the morning at 10.45 but did not run the final as this was after the 100 m final (12.40 local time). That race was won by Ncincilili Titi in 20.41 (+0.7) over Simbine 20.47. They both ran fast in semifinals with 20.41 (+1.9) PB for Titi and Simbine the same 20.41 (+0.5) PB in other race. First sub 45 seconds of the year for Wayde van Niekerk with life-time best 44.92 over Shaun de Jager 45.82. Another world leading time in women 400 m hurdles by Wenda Nel clocking 54.92 personal best. World champion 2009 Caster Semenya won the 800 m in 2:03.05, in men 800 m also favorite win for Andre Olivier 1:47.65. World medalist from Moscow Johan Cronje coming after injury was second in the 1500 m (3:48.47), the race was won by Jerry Motsau 3:47.91. In the expected 400 m hurdles men duel Cornel Fredericks got 49.21 over LJ Van Zyl 50.00. Good double for Justine Palframan with 23.11 (+1.2) PB and 52.48 at 200/400 m women. Khotso Mokoena competed in the triple jump with 16.68 (+0.3) win. Victor Hogan (63.45) won the discus and continental record holder Sunette Viljoen the javelin with good 64.77. In the hurdles finals Ruan de Vries 13.62 (+1.2) and Rikenette Steenkamp 13.17 (+1.1) PB. Orazio Cremona won the shot put 20.29 and African record holder Willem Coertzen scored good 8199 points to top the decathlon.

PODEBRADY (CZE, Apr 12): Slovak Matej Toth continues in winning ways and was first at the Podebrady Walking Meet and Match (EA Permit) with 1:20:00 at the 20 km. Rafal Fedaczynski of Poland was second 1:20:18 PB ahead of Ukrainian Andriy Kovenko 1:20:26 and French Kevin Campion 1:20:39 PB. Also under 1:21 5th Erik Tysse of Norway 1:20:50, he was followed by Russian Aleksandr Yargunkin 1:21:08 and Poland´s 50 km world leader Rafal Augustyn 1:21:13. Brazilian champion Caio Bonfim was disqualified. Czech Anezka Drahotova again confirmed her super talent, after half marathon PB last weekend she won the 20 km  women in high quality 1:29:43. She also got still as junior the national senior title. Second Erica De Sena of Brazil new South American record 1:30:43. Third 30 years Lithuanian Neringa Aidietyte with life-time best 1:30:54 and fourth Poland´s Katarzyna Burghardt 1:31:48. Interestingly Drahotova beat the top male Czech Lukas Gdula 1:29:55 as 32nd. In the senior men match Slovakia won over France and Ukraine and Czech in women match ahead of Poland and Slovakia. In junior 10 km Slovak Miroslav Uradnik 42:01 and Italian Noemi Stella 47:11 were the winners and in youth 5 km Italian wins for Pietro Zabbeni 23:05 and Vanessa Tomei 24:31.

US FRIDAY (Apr 11)

KNOXVILLE: World indoor 800 m champion Chanelle Price won the 1500 m at Sea Ray Relays in PB 4:16.52. In the men 400 m Brycen Spratling 45.46 and in the 100 m Kirk Wilson windy 10.22 (+2.6).

TUSCALOOSA: Jamaican NCAA 60 m champion Remona Burchell won at Border Clash meet the 100 m in life-time best 11.23 (+0.5). Men 100 m was wind-aided +2.3 with Diondre Batson 10.01 ahead of Jamaican Akeem Haynes 10.20. Sam Kendricks cleared 550 in the pole vault. Another wind-aided mark the 12.94 (+2.1) at 100 m hurdles for Yvana Hepburn-Bailey.

ATHENS: Slovak World finalist Marcel Lomnicky opened his hammer season with good quality 77.16 at the Spec Towns meet. Last year his opener was 75.64.

ATLANTA: At Bulldog Combined Events big improvement for US Garrett Scantling to 8169 points in decathlon, his first 8+. Second Estonian Maicel Uibo 8123 European lead 2014 and third Zach Ziemek 7860 PB.

TEMPE: Jessica Cosby at 35th Sun Angel Classic won the hammer with 70.71 and competed also on other place the same day.

MESA: At Mesa Classic again Cosby wins hammer 70.58. Both places are close. Tia Brooks achieved 18.06 in shot put and Whitney Ashley 61.78 PB in discus over Liz Podominick 60.60 and Beth Rohl 60.39 PB. Also in men discus personal best for US Jared Schuurmans 63.28.


BALCHIK (BUL, Apr 12): Romania ended as top nation at the Balkan Walking Championships in Bulgaria with 42 points. Second Turkey 30 and third Greece 29. Serbian Vladimir Savanovic won men 20 km in 1:26:31, in women 20 km Greek win for Despoina Zapounidou 1:34:56. Junior 10 km titles for Greek Georgios Andrianos 45:13 and Romanian Mihaela Puscasu 50:40. In youth boys 10 km Ionut Postoaca from Romania got 45:53 and youth girls 5 km Turkish win for Yeter Aslan 25:02.

KISII (KEN, Apr 12): At the Athletics Kenya meet steeple specialist Jairus Birech won the 5000 m in stadium record 13:48.0.

MELBOURNE (AUS, Apr 12): 2008 Olympic and 2009 World gold medalist Steven Hooker ended his career at the Shield Final meet in Albert Park. He was third in the 200 m 22.23 and helped his team Box Hill to second place in the 4x400 m (3:18.19).

PONCE (PUR, Apr 11): During first day of Justas Lai meet World and Olympic medalist Luguelin Santos of Dominican Republic achieved in heats 47.01 (400 m) and 21.17 (-0.1, 200 m).

KHARKIV (UKR, Apr 12): Ihor Russ won the Kharkiv Marathon in good 2:18:17 ahead of Andriy Naumov 2:19:33 and on the women side Valentina Poltavskaya 2:53:42. Half Marathon national champions are Roman Romanenko 1:05:47 over Ihor Heletiy 1:05:49. Top female was Viktoriya Pohyrelska 1:12:41 over Tetyana Vernigor 1:12:52 and Olga Skripak 1:15:35.

GIJON (ESP, Apr 12): Winners of the 16th road mile in Gijon were Spanish Sebastian Martos and Moroccan Saida El Mehdi.


LONDON (GBR): Nearly 37 000 runners have registered to start the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday.  When registration desks at the London Marathon Expo at the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands closed at 5pm Saturday a total of 36,621 accepted applicants for places in the race had picked up their running numbers 1500 more than in 2013. Around 36,000 runners are predicted to cross the finish line in The Mall by the end of Sunday when the weather is forecast to be ideal for running - cool and dry with light winds. The best women marathon runners in the world will set off in pursuit of the most prestigious city marathon title at 9.15am, while an elite men’s field described this week by Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie as the best ever seen will begin its 26.2-mile journey from south east London to Westminster at 10.00am. In the the usual array of fancy dress costume-wearers and well-known faces. Alongside ‘Colin’ the War Horse and Fridge Man Tony will be former England football star Michael Owen, actor Dominic West and the London Marathon’s first ever Kenyan champion Douglas Wakiihuri who is accompanying Her Excellency, the First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta. There have been only three withdrawals from the elite fields this week. In women category Italian Nadia Ejjafini because of tonsillitis and Kim Smith from New Zealand because of a foot injury. On the men side Rui Pedro Silva of Portugal pulled out with an injury.

ELEUTHERA (BAH): Several international journalists as part of the IAAF Media Team were among officials who traveled to South Eleuthera for a welcome ceremony and activities to welcome home Chris Brown who won silver in the 400m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland last month. It was also his first visit to his native island following the gold medal performance as part of the 4x400m Relay team at the London Olympic Games in 2012. At the age of 35, Chris is the oldest competing professional quarter-miler.

BELEK (TUR): Abu Dhabi is the favoured host city for the 2015 SportAccord Convention although Durban and Sochi remain in the hunt. Speaking this afternoon following the SportAccord General Assembly, President Marius Vizer outlined how a clear request and a Memorandum of Understanding has been proposed by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council following a meeting here this week. But he added that "because we have two other candidates we have to postpone our decision to give a chance also to Sochi and Durban after technical inspections made by our directors". The event attracted 1636 attendees representing 78 nationalities from around the world, of which 25 per cent were first time participants.  As well as 40 official meetings of sporting bodies, "thousands and thousands of side meetings" arranged by participants during the week-long gathering took place, while strong media interest was reflected by 736 dedicated news stories appearing in 34 countries.

BELEK (TUR): SportAccord has unveiled the 17 International Sports Federations which will make up the program for the inaugural World Urban Games, expected to take place in 2016 following the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio, inform insidethegames. The program will feature athletics along with cycling, roller, dance, floorball, baseball/softball, basketball, lacrosse, hockey, netball, fistball, pentathlon, parkour, orienteering, climbing, athletics, air sports and automobile.

PORTLAND (USA): Shalane Flanagan is confident that she can perform well at April 21’s Boston Marathon after a successful preparatory period of training, which included an American record over 15km, report oregonlive.com. "I don't think I could ask for better training," said the 32 year old who has won Olympic and World Cross bronze.

LONDON (GBR): Ryan Vail, America’s hope in the men’s race at the London Marathon, says that his training suggests that he can run under 2:10 on Sunday, report Flotrack. The 28 year old has a 2:11:45 best from Fukuoka in 2012 and was the top American finisher at the 2013 New York City Marathon. He spent all of his preparation for the marathon at home in Portland. He explains that he will be in a group of about 6 athletes that aim to reach the half-way point in 64:45. After London, he plans to do a fall marathon and he will then return to the track in 2015 before tackling another marathon in the fall. His big goal on the track is to run sub 13:20, is best currently stands at 13:32.10.

OBERNDORF (GER): Sabrina Mockenhaupt is undecided on whether she will compete in the 10 000m or marathon at the European Championships, report rhein-zeitung.de. The 33 year old says that she will wait till May to make a decision. She has won European medals indoors, over cross country and, as an u23, on the track; but now she wants a medal at the “real” European Championships. She says that she is still feeling tired after a training camp in Kenya but soon she will embark on hard training for the 10 000m.

BERGEN (NOR): Nowegian hurdlers Christina Vukicevic and Stine Tomb are setting up a personal training business, report bt.no. Vukicevic will be based out of Bergen and Tomb out of Oslo. “I feel like I have a lot to contribute,” explained Vukicevic. “I have done this at a high level, and is there anything I can so it's exercise. I ask not with education but with pure experience. I'm not kidding even though I do not have education. I have trained under some of the best trainers in various fields. I know what is needed and how it should be done.”

DAKAR (SEN): Dakar will host the IAAF Council meeting on Monday and Tuesday next week. It will be the third time that the IAAF Council will meet in Dakar after 1976 and 2003. It should be the last IAAF Council meeting in hometown Dakar for the current president Lamine Diack who is expected to end in this position at the IAAF Congress in 2015.

EME NEWS (APR 13, 2014)

Kenyan wins in world leads 2014
LONDON (GBR, Apr 13): Virgin London Marathon has seen two course records broken, in the men's race and women's wheelchair race. World record holder Wilson Kipsang clocked new event best and 2014 World lead 2:04:29 ahead of Stanley Biwott 2:04:55 PB. For first time in London top two went sub 2:05. Third with some distance Tsegaye Kebede 2:06:30 ahead of more Ethiopians Ayele Abshero 2:06:31 and young Tsegaye Mekonnen 2:08:06. Then Mutai´s, Geoffrey 2:08:18 and Emmanuel 2:18:19. In debut olympic and world gold medalist on the track Mo Farah achieved 2:08:21 what is also European lead 2014. Ninth Feyisa Lilesa in 2:08:26. US Ryan Vail as 10th 2:10:57 PB over another Briton debuting Chris Thompson 2:11:19 and olympic winner Stephen Kiprotich 2:11:37. Double World champion Edna Kiplagat was the best woman in 2:20:21 2014 World lead ahead of team-mate Florence Kiplagat 2:20:23 and great debut for track star Tirunesh Dibaba 2:20:35. The third fastest debut ever. Feyse Tadese 2:21:42 and Aberu Kebede 2:23:21 made up the top five. Then Europeans followed Jessica Augusto of Portugal 2:24:25 PB over Ukrainian Tetyana Gamera-Shmyrko 2:25:30 and another Portugal runner Ana Dulce Felix 2:26:46. Olympic winner Tiki Gelana was last sub 2:30 as 9th in 2:26:58. Another pre-race favorite Priscah Jeptoo did not finish and best Briton was Amy Whitehead as 13th in 2:34:20.

Kipchoge 2:05:00
ROTTERDAM (NED, Apr 13): Eliud Kipchoge won as expected the 34th ABN AMRO Rotterdam marathon in fast 2:05:00. Behind him more Kenyans Bernard Koech 2:06:07 and Bernard Kipyego 2:07:57. Ethiopians followed as last two sub 2:10, Deriba Robi 2:08:02 and Weldu Negash 2:09:14. Top Dutch as 7th Khalid Choukoud in good 2:10:52 in debut at the distance. Another top dutch Runner Koen Raymaekers was 11th in 2:15:19. Last year second Abebech Afework of Ethiopia was the best woman in 2:27:50. She was followed by Guteni Shone 2:30:23 and Namibia´s Beate Niagambo 2:31:00. Best home runner Ruth Van der Meijden 2:35:15 as 6th before her top European Spanish Maria Azucena Diaz 2:32:22 as fifth in debut at the distance.

Feleke 2:05:41 CR
VIENNA (AUT, Apr 13): Ethiopian Getu Feleke clocked a superb course record at the 31st Vienna City Marathon. He won the race in good weather conditions in 2:05:41. He was well ahead of the Kenyans Alfred Kering (2:08:28) and Philip Kimutai Sanga (2:08:58). There was a major upset in the women’s race. With 300 metres to go Germany’s Anna Hahner passed a struggling Kenyan Caroline Chepkwony. Hahner clocked 2:28:59 in her first marathon victory. The Kenyan was second with 2:29:18 and Ethiopia’s Marta Lema took third in 2:31:10. A record number of 42,078 runners from 127 nations entered the various events of the Vienna City Marathon.

Tola 2:06:55 All-comers
WARSZAWA (POL, Apr 13): Ethiopian favorite and last year World medalist Tadese Tola won the 2nd Orlen Warsaw Marathon in 2:06:55 what is new Poland´s all-comers record and event best. Second another pre-race favorite Kenyan Levy Matebo 2:08:09 and third Henryk Szost of Poland 2:08:55 what is national title. Ethiopian women win for Ehile Bizuayehu 2:30:30 over Poland´s Iwona Lewandowska 2:32:42. In the 10 km Kenyan Martin Mukule got 29:03 and in total on two days in different races 20 000 persons participated from 40 countries.

Blake anchored Racers to win
KINGSTON (JAM, Apr 12): At UTECH Classic meet Racers TC with Mario Forsythe, Michael Frater, Warren Weir and Yohan Blake clocked 38.41 meet record in the 4x100 m just over UTech 38.42. Blake, who anchored for Racers, had to come from behind to pip UTech's Tyquendo Tracy. "We did not practice for this event, and the changes were not good, but we are still happy for the win," said Blake, who was injured at this meet a year ago. Writes Jamaica Gleaner. Third MVP 38.91. In the women 4x100 m MVP clocked meet record 43.31 over Edwin Allen HS 43.95, one of the fastest high school times ever. In individual races Jason Livermore in 10.25 (-0.6) just beat Andrew Hinds of Barbados 10.25 with favorite Warren Weir false started. Carrie Russell posted 11.19 (0.0) in women 100 m over Schillonie Calvert 11.36. Stephanie McPherson won the women 200 m in 22.91 (-0.5, Kerron Stewart third 23.64) and 100 m World medalist Nesta Carter the 200 m in 20.54 (+0.1) ahead of Julian Forte 20.65. For Carter his 7th fastest 200 m of the career and fastest since 2012. Meet record for Ristanana Tracey at 400 m hurdles 55.64, in men race Annsert Whyte 50.33. In the women 400 m Christine Day 51.43 over Anastacia Leroy 51.51. Meet record fr Duce Carter in 110 m hurdles 13.81 (-0.5).

Jarzynska 2:28:12 win
LODZ (POL, Apr 13): Poland wins at the Lodz Marathon. Karolina Jarzynska as top woman in 2:28:12 and Yared Shegumo (having Polish citizenship) in 2:10:41. Second Kenyan Hassan Mogaya 2:10:47 and third Ethiopian Gelgelo Tona 2:10:53. Fifth in men race Marcin Chabowski 2:11:23 Zurich standard. In women race second Kenyan Gladys Kipsoi 2:34:20 and third Ukrainian Svitlana Stanko 2:34:55.


US SATURDAY (Apr 12, Nkanata 20.17 in the 200 m, Glover 84.01 WL in javelin)

CHARLOTTE: Jamaican hurdles duel at the Johnson C. Smith Invitational as Shermaine Williams got 13.07 (0.0) over Danielle Williams 13.17 and Andrea Bliss 13.22.

CORAl GABLES: Fast 22.53 in the 200 m (+1.3) by Kimberlyn Duncan at the Hurrican Invitational. Tahesia Harrigan-Scott won the 100 m in 11.33 (+1.6) and Jasmin Stowers the hurdles in 12.92 (+1.9). On the men side Olympic relay gold medalist Ramon Miller won the 200 m in 20.59 (+1.4) with Richard Thompson third 20.81. Devon Hill posted 13.55 (+1.1) over the hurdles and Finland´s Roni Ollikainen 799 w (+2.6, legal 785 +2.0) in the long jump.

PITTSBURG: At Gorilla Classic Canadian Andre De Grasse improved in the 200 m to 20.46 (+1.3).

AUSTIN: Windy sprints at Texas Invitational Clayton Vaughn got 10.07 (+4.4) over St. Kitt´s Antoine Adams 10.16. Adams clocked 20.57 (+4.9) in the 200 m with young Cameron Burrell 20.65 (+5.7) and Jamaican Andrew Riley 13.59 (+4.9) hurdles. LaShauntea Moore clocked 11.12 (+2.6) in the 100 m ahead of Morolake Akinosun 11.24 and 400 m specialist Ashley Spencer 11.27. Also to note Courtney Okolo 51.36 in the 400 m, Kaitlin Petrillose 447 in the pole vault and 664 for Funmi Jimoh in the long jump.

CANYON: Jamaican Omar Johnson clocked at West Texas A&M Open personal best 20.53 (+1.9) in the 200 m, Ghana women sprinter Janet Amponsah won the 100 m in 11.31 (+2.1) and 200 m 23.05 (+1.0) PB.

TUCSON: Nick Ross cleared 225 in the high jump and Canadian Justin Rhode 20.09 in the shot put.

ATHENS: Top high jumping by St. Lucia record holder Levern Spencer with 196 clearance, second Leontia Kallenou of Cyprus 188 and third in come back US record holder Chaunte Lowe 188. It is her top jump since September 2012. Bahamian talent Shaunae Miller clocked 11.40 (-0.8) and 22.87 (+0.1) in short sprints. On the men side Reese Hoffa opened with 20.94 in the shot put, Bahamian Ryan Ingraham cleared 226 in the high jump and Johnathan Smith won the 100 m in 10.20 (+0.2) personal best.

FAYETTEVILLE: Windy sprints at John McDonnell Invitational for Bryce Robinson 10.15 (+3.9) and 20.30 (+5.1).

TALLAHASSEE: Belgian Anne Zagre with good wins at the Seminole Invitatonal 23.31 (+3.2) in the 200 m and 13.04 (+1.2) over the hurdles. Dentarius Locke in his heat posted 20.87 (+2.4) 200 m win over Trinidad´s Lalonde Gordon 20.97.

KNOXVILLE: Indoor NCAA medalist Carvin Nkanata improved at Sea Ray Relays to excellent 20.17 (+2.0) in the 200 m over Wayne Gordon 20.57 and Brycen Spratling 20.64. Mark Hollis cleared 560 in the pole vault and Aleen Bailey clocked 23.09 (+2.8) in the women 200 m. Double NCAA Champion Tim Glover improved to 84.01 in the javelin, World lead for 2014.

WICHITA: At K.T. Woodman Invitational David Winters was lucky with the wind in 10.16 (+1.3) over Kenneth Combs 10.22, big PB´s for both. In the triple jump Bahamian World youth champion Latario Minns 17.12 (+4.7) and his twin brother Lathone Minns 16.75 (+7.4).


PONCE (PUR, Apr 12): Second day of Justus Lai meet had Luguelin Santos winning the 400 m in 45.36 and home Wesley Vazquez the 800 m in meet record 1:46.60.

PORT OF SPAIN (TTO, Apr 12): 13th Tobago Falcon Games had World champion Jehue Gordon second in his 400 m hurdles 2014 opener in 49.94. He was beaten by Puertorican Eric Alejandro 49.92. In the 4x100 m Codrington Elite clocked 39.29 and Bahamian Jamal Wilson cleared 220 in the high jump.

CANBERRA (AUS, Apr 13): Canberra Marathon winners Kirsten Molloy of Australia 2:49:57 and Ethiopian Samuel Gebremichael 2:21:38.

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