EME News April 15th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News April 15th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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Ashton Eaton will have the opportunity to compete against two of the world's best athletes in two different events at this weekend's Mt Sac Relays. The Decathlon World Record holder will make his highly anticipated 400 Hurdles debut against World silver medalist Michael Tinsley. Eaton will also compete in the Long Jump, going against London Olympic gold medalist Greg Rutherford. It should be fun to see how the best ten-eventer fares against two of the best athletes in one event. Not to mention the rest of the absolutely loaded fields at Mt Sac should provide ample track action in every event. The Track & Field world turns its gaze to Walnut this weekend.

EME NEWS (APR 15, 2014)
DAKAR (SEN): Letters of intent from candidate cities interested in hosting a number of competitions of the IAAF World Athletics Series (WAS) 2017-2019 have been received by the IAAF. For the World Championships 2019 Doha, Barcelona and Eugene. It should be said that only Spain so far hosted the IAAF World Championships (Sevilla in 1991) from this three countries. For the Continental Cup 2018 Ostrava and Bydgoszcz, for World Youth Championships 2017 Buenos Aires, Nairobi and Greensboro in USA and for World Cross Country Championships 2017 Manama in Bahrain and Kampala in Uganda. The IAAF Council will decide the host cities during its next meeting in Monaco in November.
DAKAR (SEN): „It is a source of great pride and satisfaction for me to be able to welcome my colleagues from the Council to Dakar for the last time, because the next few editions are set for Monaco and Beijing, and I will then step down as President in August 2015,“ said IAAF President Lamine Diack at the begin of the IAAF Council meeting in his home country. The Council were welcomed at the Opening by the Minister of Sport for Senegal, Mbagnick Ndiaye, who is also a member of the Council of the International Fencing Federation, and by the President of the Athletics Federation, Momar Mbaye as well as numerous dignitaries from the world of Senegalese politics and sport. Minister Ndiayer paid a moving tribute to the achievements of Lamine Diack as a sportsman, sports official and politician who had become one of Senegal’s most famous sons.
DAKAR (SEN): IAAF approved a innovative timetable for the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. Jose Maria Odriozola, IAAF Council Member and Technical Delegate for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, said: “After a rigorous process of reflection, consultation and discussion, we are really happy to present a timetable for Beijing 2015 which I believe helps us to deliver an exciting product for all key stakeholders including TV, sponsors and media so as to concentrate the most dramatic action of finals into evening sessions of approximately 3 hours duration.“ Council also approved Entry Standards for the 10 000 m (27:45/32:00), marathons (2:18 and 2:44), race walking (1:25 and 1:36 with 4:06 for 50 km) and combined events (8075 and 6075) with qualifying period starting on January 1 this year. The standards of all other events will be approved in November 2014. It is the new system of entry standards with only one standard and if needed rest of the participants will be added based on the current results.
DAKAR (SEN):  IAAF Council approved the 2015 Calendars for cross country, indoor, Diamond League and World Challenge events. Council also approved the date of 26 March for the 2016 edition of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff.
DAKAR (SEN): IAAF Council also confirmed that Kazan will host the World Junior Championships in 2016. The capitol of Tatarstan was the only candidate but needed to fulfill some conditions before the final approval. Russia will host so in next future more important track events after European Team Championships 2015 and IAAF Race Walking World Cup 2016 and 2018, all in Cheboksary. Informs Rusathletics.
KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt returned to training last weekend after recovering from a foot injury, report jamaica-gleaner.com. The 27 year old explained that the injury was “nothing serious” and that he is now preparing for the summer season where he hopes to run some fast times and finish the season injury free as he leads into three consecutive years of global championships. Bolt was very accepting of the setback in his training, explaining that injury is “just the nature of the sport” and he has come to “accept that a long time ago”.
LAWRENCE (USA): The 2014 Kansas Relays is set to take place Wednesday-Saturday this week at the newly-constructed Rock Chalk Park. The 87th installment of the meet will again be expected to draw strong representation from across the Midwest among the high school and collegiate ranks. This year‘s KU Relays will feature competitors from more than 300 high school teams and 250 colleges and universities, totaling more than 4,000 entries from 22 states. Friday night will also see the fourth annual downtown Olympic shot put event with defending champion Ryan Whiting as well as Olympic bronze medallist Reese Hoffa and former World champion Christian Cantwell. For the last two years the competition has been won with a last round throw, with first and second separated by 5 or less centimeters. There is a 2000 USD bonus for breaking Hoffa’s 21.73 meet record. In other events for Saturday to note current javelin world leader Tim Glover, 400 m World indoor relay champion Kyle Clemons, 2012 NCAA Champion Maurice Mitchell in sprints and experienced Dexter Faulk for 110 m hurdles.
WALNUT (USA): Several top names are in the entry lists for this weekends 56th MtSAC Relay in Walnut, California. Expected debut at 400 m hurdles for Ashton Eaton is one of the highlights, entered is also World silver winner Michael Tinsley. In women 400 m hurdles world silver medalist Dalilah Muhammad is the top name. In the high hurdles another Moscow medalist Ryan Wilson should clash with World indoor champion Omo Osaghae. In women 100 m hurdles another fresh World indoor champion Nia Ali is entered along with Ginnie Crawford and returning former NCAA star Kori Carter. The hurdles star Lashinda Demus is scheduled for flat 400 m, in men race Saudi Arabian world finalist Yousef Masrahi with 400 m hurdles legend Felix Sanchez and US relay medalists Manteo Mitchell and Calvin Smith are entered. In sprints Mike Rodgers runs the 100 m with World indoor 60 medalist Femi Ogunode of Qatar, fast NCAA Champion Diondre Batson and Canadian in-shape Aaron Brown. Wallace Spearmon is the star of men 200 m. In women 100 m World fourth placer English Gardner is in the list and in the 200 m Nigerian star Blessing Okagbare with relay olympic winner Bianca Knight. Duane Solomon with Eric Sowinski are the top 800 m names, on the women side NCAA Champion in-shape Laura Roesel against Maggie Vessey. Kim Conley is scheduled for women 1500 m, more top names in women 5000 m with Abbey D´Agostino, Jordan Hasay and 800 m world medalist Brenda Martinez. Canadian record holder Matt Hughes runs the steeple. Long jump will have season opener for World champion Brittney Reese and in the men competition Olympic winner Greg Rutherford is entered with Ashton Eaton. Also to note another Briton Steven Lewis in the pole vault against Sam Kendricks and Canadian record holder Shawnacy Barber. Slovak world finalist Marcel Lomnicky is hammer favorite.
ITEN (KEN): The fastest debut marathoner of all time Dennis Kimetto (2:04:16 in Berlin 2012) is now looking to become the fastest marathoner of all time on Boston’s point to point marathon course, report shanghaidaily.com. The 30 year old Kenyan said, “I want to improve my personal best time. I run well in Tokyo (2:06:50) and Chicago (2:03:45) and now the focus is to beat the course record in Boston, I have discussed it with Geoffrey Mutai, my training mate and I believe the record can go lower than the 2:03.02.“
KINGSTON (JAM): Another top sprinting name is confirmed for Jamaica Invitational in Kingston on May 3. Double Olympic bronze medalist and double World silver medalist Walter Dix will debut at the meet. In the facebook post on behalf of the meet it is not clear whether he will run the 100 m or 200 m. Home star Nickel Ashmeade, US Curtis Mitchell and Isiah Young with German Julian Reus are confirmed for the 200 m, for the 100 m US star Justin Gatlin with Jamaican Nesta Carter as two medalists from Moscow 100 m final.
BALTIMORE (USA): World Indoor 400m champion Francena McCorory will preparing for early season outings at the Penn Relays and the Jamaican International Invitational, report T&FN.  The 25 year old American says that she is focusing on short sprints in training to improve her speed over the first section over the 400m and to help her maintain an even pace over the 400m.
KAMPALA (UGA): Uganda‘s parliament has opened a probe into the alleged sex abuse of elite female runners by a top coach, report nation.co.ke. Betty Amongi, an MP and chair of Uganda parliamentary women‘s association, explained, “We are opening investigations as parliament so that the culprit is arrested and punished for sexual harassment of the female athletes.” The Uganda Athletics Federation has been accused of inaction and of dropping Kipsiro from the national squad for the World Half Marathon Championships as punishment for speaking out.
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican high jumper Damar Robinson has suspended for 1 year for using a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM), inform Reuters. The start of the ban has been backdated to June 16 2013, meaning that he can return to action on June 17. The 20 year old tested positive at last year’s Jamaican national junior trials.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): British Athletics have announced that Peter Stanley has been appointed to the post of Head of Field and Combined Events. The recruitment of Stanley completes the three specialist roles reporting to British Athletics’ Performance Director Neil Black. Barry Fudge was confirmed as British Athletics’ Head of Endurance in December and Stephen Maguire as Head of Power (sprints and sprint hurdles) last month. Stanley will remain in his current post as Head of Coaching and Development at British Athletics/England Athletics and Commonwealth Games Team Leader for England Athletics until the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games, after which he will assume responsibility for all jumps, throws and combined events.
KOLN (GER): German weekly Leichtathletik published the rankings of European countries based on top ten average results in each event. Russia leads it with 754 points (20 points for number one position in one event, down to 1 point for 20th place) ahead of Germany 684, Great Britaimn 660, France 658 and Poland 560. Russia leads also the men with 359, here second France 345 ahead of Germany 338, Britain 335 and Poland 286. In women order Russia has 395, but second is Germany 346, Britain third 325, France fourth 313 and Ukraine fifth 293.
DES MOINES (USA): The fields have been announced by USATF for the USA 1 Mile Road Championships which will be run on April 22 in Des Moines, Iowa. The top 4 from last year’s men’s race are set to return. Defending champion Garreth Heath and Jeff See were given the same time last year while Leo Manzano and 2012 winner Craig Miller were just a second behind. In last year’s women’s race the top 3 were given the same time. The second and third placers, Sara Hall and Heather Kampf are both set to duel again in 2014. They will be up against US Indoor 3000m champion Gabe Grunewald who was 5th last year.
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Workers at the main venue of the 2016 Olympic Games voted on Monday to continue their strike indefinitely, inform Reuters. This announcement comes just days before officials from IOC are due to visit Rio de Janeiro and encourage the city to speed up preparations. Around 2500 workers at the Olympic Park are seeking higher pay and more benefits.
SANTRY (IRL): Ireland will enter a men’s team in the distance medley relay at the Penn Relays, inform Athletics Ireland. The team is made up of former European u23 medallist Brian Gregan, Paul Robinson, Anthony Leighio and John Coughlan.
PALENCIA (ESP): A judge has denied Marta Domínguez an injunction on the use of her blood values, report as.com. Domínguez sought to prevent the use of her blood test results from outside the judiciary bodies. The IAAF will now take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
HALLE (GER): Nadine Müller has recovered from her shoulder surgery and is now in great shape after a training camp in Pretoria with another training camp in Albufeira on the way, report mz-web.de. The 28 year old 2011 World medallist has been working hard on developing her power and will now start to introduce more throwing into her programme.
BERLIN (GER): Betty Heidler, the hammer World record holder, says that she thinks that she can throw over 75m this year and medal at the European Championships, reportleichtathletik.de. The 30 year old, who is now based in Berlin and is studying law, says that her wound has healed after having knee surgery last year. However, her tendon is still healing and this will probably prevent her from throwing far in 2014. She says that throwing over 80m would be “very difficult” as it takes a successful execution of a combination of factors. She will open her season in Tokyo on May 11 at the IAAF World Challenge.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): One month ahead of the birth of her child Sweden’s Moa Hjelmer has reaffirmed that she will return to competition following the birth and will be aiming to compete at the World Championships in 2015, report expressen.se. The 23 year old European 400m champion plans to return to full training this fall and then start competing for the winter with the aim to make the final of the 400m at the World Championships in the summer. She is still keeping up her training and expects that this will help her with the birth as well as when she is returning to fitness after the birth. She also says that she might do some swimming to regain fitness.
PARIS (FRA): Agent Roger Konigs clarifies the situation. There are two El Hachimi runners. Mohamed is still Moroccan and he is the positive tested one as reported on Monday. Abdelhadi is Belgian and he is ok and will run Hannover Marathon on April 27.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): British Athletics announced the athletes selected to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the European Marathon Cup, which will be included in the European Athletics Championships in Zurich, Switzerland 12 -17 August. They are John Gilbert, Andi Jones and Ben Moreau. The full GB & NI team for the European Athletics Championships will be announced on 15 July, following the Sainsbury’s British Championships.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Slovakia will send 7 walkers for the IAAF World Cup in China. The main headliners will be current challenge leader Matej Toth in the 20 km. Also there with him Anton Kucmin and Dusan Majdan. In women 20 km Maria Czakova, in junior boys 10 km Podebrady winner Miroslav Uradnik with Michal Morvay and in the girls 10 km Monika Hornakova.
MONACO (MON): The second episode of IAAF Inside Athletics is available to watch online now. This show features an exclusive and in-depth interview with Ethiopia’s 2014 World Indoor Championships 3000m gold medallist Genzebe Dibaba, whose sensational indoor season also included world indoor records over 1500m and 3000m, as well as a world indoor best over two miles.
PRETORIA (RSA): For five days, Oscar Pistorius endured a withering cross-examination at his murder trial from a prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony. Yet, legal analysts said Tuesday, expert witnesses who will testify for the defense could undermine the prosecution‘s efforts to prove Pistorius killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on purpose after an argument. „Until the defense presents the rest of their case, you can‘t really evaluate the significance of any potential concessions that he may have made,“ said Kelly Phelps, a senior lecturer in the public law department at the University of Cape Town. The trial, which began March 3 and is expected to hear testimony until mid-May.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA, Apr 14): At the Varsity meet Wayde van Niekerk confirmed top shape from national championships with 45.16 win. Behind him Shaun de Jager 45.77 and fourth the Botswana 800 m record holder Nijel Amos 46.75. Andre Olivier posted 1:45.98 in the 800 m. Second placer from national 100 m final Akini Simbine won the 200 m in 20.66 (+0.5) and TUKS team clocked 39.50 in the 4x100 m. Best women result 13.48 at 100 m hurdles for Rikenette Steenkamp (+0.6) and Anneri Ebersohn 57.74 over 400 m hurdles.
XINTAI (CHN, Apr 12-13): Tilastopaja informs abouth National Walking Grand Prix event in China. Senior results not impressive like juniors. Su Guanyu won men 20 km in 1:26:34 and Hu Enxi the 50 km 4:19:00 with He Qin getting women 20 km in 1:35:28. But junior winners Xu Gang achieved 40:34 in the 10 km and Wang Rui 2:14:39 at 30 km, women junior Wang Na 46:22 at 10 km. Youth winners Tong Dongliang 41:21 boys and Xue Ke 48:32 girls.
ABILENE (USA, Apr 12): Jason Young achieved 64.36 in discus at the Hardin-Simmons Invitational.
OAKLAND (USA, Apr 12): Jamaican Kemarley Brown again confirmed good shape with 10.24 (-0.3) 100 m time in California.

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