EME News April 25th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News April 25th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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2012 Olympic Long Jump champion Greg Rutherford, part of the Super Saturday at the London Olympics that saw three British Track & Field gold medals within an hour, jumped a very impressive 851 in Chula Vista, the site of his previous best jump. Rutherford's 835 from 2012 had him tied for the British record with Chris Tomlinson, but now Rutherford is alone as the best British long jumper. The British record holder has long had serious potential as he jumped 814 as an 18 year old back in 2005 and jumped over 8 meters every year but one since then. Congratulations to Mr Rutherford and Joe Kovacs whose Shot Put at the same meet of 21.47 is the best in the world this year.

EME NEWS (APR 25, 2014)
MANCHESTER (GBR): Organisers of BT Great CityGames in Manchester on May 17 reacted fast and announced the participation of Olympic long jump winner Greg Rutherford.  It will be his first appearance in UK since becoming new British long jump record holder on Thursday 851 cm in California. Chris Tomlinson will be among Rutherford’s rivals at the long jump runway and pit in Albert Square on 17 May. “I‘m really looking forward to competing at the BT Great CityGames Manchester for the second time,” said Rutherford. “It‘s a fantastic event and an opportunity for everyone to come along and enjoy athletics in a unique environment.
...AND JUMPS 851
CHULA VISTA (USA, Apr 24): Big things at the OTC series first meet. Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford improved the British record to 851 (+1.7) in fourth attempt. He started with two fouls, in third attempt achieved windy 818 (+2.5) and passed last two jumps. He was record holder also before but together with Chris Tomlinson at 835 level. In high quality competition second US Tyron Stewart also achieved life-time best 839 (+2.0). No luck with wind for triple olympic medalist Will Claye 829 (+4.1, legal 801 +1.3), fourth Ron Taylor also windy 805 (+2.7, legal 802 +1.8). „Wow my body is feeling it now. Thanks for all the amazing messages. I‘ve waited a long time for this. More to come.  I‘m shaking. I can‘t believe how amazing today has been. Absolutely buzzing,“ Rutherford tweeted.  Another world lead by Joe Kovacs in shot put with 21.47 personal best with all 6 throws over 21 meters (21.32, 21.11, 21.14, 21.46, 21.47, 21.34). Second Willy Irwin 20.13 PB. Not enough luck with wind for Olympic and world winner Brittney Reese in women long jump, 687 was aided by +2.6, her best legal mark 662 +1.9. Second Canadian Christabel Nettey 665 (+1.8). Good wind helped the discus throwers. In men competition Australian Julian Wruck 64.73 ahead of US Jared Schuurmans 64.42 PB, Swedish Daniel Stahl 64.30 PB and Brazilian Ronald Juliao 64.11. Women winner Whitney Ashley achieved life-time best 62.29. Also to note Tia Brooks 17.86 in women shot put and Amber Campbell 72.13 in women hammer.
MONACO (MON): Little more than a week before the first starting gun fires at the 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, which will be held in the Chinese city of Taicang on 3-4 May IAAF published the entry lists. Russia’s 2013 IAAF World Championships 20km race walk gold medallist Aleksandr Ivanov, Ireland’s Moscow 2013 50km winner Robert Heffernan and China’s London 2012 Olympic Games champion Chen Ding will clash in the shorter of the two senior men’s championship distances. The senior men’s 50km race features Russia’s Mikhail Ryzhov, Australia’s tree-time Olympic medallist Jared Tallent, who took the silver and bronze medals behind Heffernan over the longer distance in Moscow last summer. The senior women’s 20km features seven of the top 10 from Moscow, including the Russia’s Anisya Kirdyapkina and China’s Liu Hong, the silver and bronze medallist respectively. In the junior 10km races, all eyes will be on the Czech teenage talent Anezka Drahotova, who won the European title over the same distance on the track last summer. Informs the IAAF. In total 364 walkers from 50 IAAF Member Federations have been entered across the five races to be contested. In 223 male entries are 119 for 20 km, 63 for 50 km and 41 for junior 10 km, on the women side 141 entries (93 for 20 km and 48 for 10 km junior girls). Record figures were registered two years ago in Saransk with 62 countries and 456 participating walkers.
SOCHI (RUS): Javelin world champion 2011 and silver Olympic medallist in Beijing Mariya Abakumova is pregnant. This information was voiced by her husband Moscow world bronze medallist Dmitriy Tarabin in his quote for Rusathletics.com. “We’re waiting for twin-girls in summer. I’m so excited preparing to become the father. We already chose names for our daughters but that is the secret for now,” said Tarabin from Sochi training camp. After pregnancy of Christina Obergfoll this is the second top name which will be missed in women javelin in 2014. On the other hand World record holder and olympic winner Barbora Spotakova of Czech Republic is expected to be back to competition after giving birth last year.
DES MOINES (USA): The men’s 400m at the Drake Relays is set to feature all three medallists from the World Championships, Lashawn Merrit, Tony McQuay and Luguelin Santos; as well as the Olympic champion Kirani James, report desmoinesregister.com. Another Moscow finalist, Yousef Al-Masrahi is also in the line up alongside 2004 Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner, Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor and USA 4x400m team member Josh Mance.
HAMBURG (GER): Ethiopian great Haile Gebrselassie has withdrawn from the Hamburg Marathon (May 4) due to health reasons, report focus.de. His manager Jos Hermens explained that Gebrselassie suffered a pollen allergy in London and „is currently under massive respiratory problems.“ „Therefore, he was able to complete no regular training more since the London Marathon two weeks ago,” added Hermens, who is also the race director.  Abendblatt.de report that Ethiopia’s Tilahun Regassa (2:05:7, 2012) will replace his countryman in the line up after dropping out of the Boston Marathon at 15km after falling at a water station.
MADRID (ESP): The 37th Rock ’n’ Roll Madrid Marathon will get underway on Sunday, informs the IAAF. The last 4 editions of the men’s race have been won by a Kenyan and this year’s race looks to continue that trend.  Fastest in the field is 23 year old Lawrence Kimaiyo; who was runner up in Mumbai in January and has a best of 2:07:01 from 2012. He will be joined by several other sub 2:10 runners who will attack the 2:10:37 course record; Daniel Kiprop Limo (2:08:39), Samson Bungei (2:08:36), Peter Chesang (2:08:56), Mike Kiprop (2:09:45) and the Ethiopian challenger Teferi Wodajo (2:07:45). The women’s field has a strong Ethiopian contingent including Abeba Gebremeskel Teklu (2:30:18), Alem Fikre (2:30:13) and Woldegebriel Teamo (2:30:53). Morocco’s Malika Asahssah (2:30:23) and Russia’s Alena Samokhvalova (2:28:43) are two other runners that have run faster than the course record of 2:32:04. The connected 10km race will be headlined by 2010 European 1500m champion Arturo Casado while the recently retired Chema Martínez will run the half marathon.
HANNOVER (GER): Seven men with personal bests of sub 2:10 will compete in Sunday’s TUI Marathon Hannover. Among them is one former champion, who is regarded as the favourite: Evans Ruto of Kenya, who took the race in 2009, returns to the city. In the meantime he has improved to 2:07:49 and hopes to break Hannover’s course record of 2:08:32. While 40 year-old fellow-Kenyan Francis Bowen intends to attack the World Master record on this very flat course the women’s favourite is Algeria’s Souad Ait Salem. Adding other events organisers registered a record number of 17,591 athletes so far. The TUI Marathon Hannover is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.
DUSSELDORF (GER): The fastest runner ever entered into the Metro Group Marathon Duesseldorf is confident that he can fulfil the expectations: Endeshaw Negesse announced that he is sure to run faster than the present course record of 2:07:48 on Sunday. The 24 year-old Ethiopian features an impressive personal best of 2:04:52. He heads the strongest men’s elite field in the history of the Metro Group Marathon Duesseldorf, which will see its 12th edition. Four men are on the start list with personal bests of sub 2:07, five more have run under 2:10. While the men’s race looks open and could produce a thrilling contest there is a clear favourite in the women’s event. Ethiopia’s Selomie Getnet is the favourite. She has a personal best of 2:25:15 which is 34 seconds faster than the course record she goes for. America’s Annie Bersagel hopes to further improve on Sunday. Adding other running events the Metro Group Marathon Duesseldorf has registered a record number of around 16,000 athletes so far. Another one to watch is Kenya’s Moses Masai. German André Pollmächer is expected to improve. On the women side Kenyan debutant Jane Kiptoo is tipped to do well. From Europeans to note Russian Aleksey Sokolov and Ukrainian Tetyana Vernihor.
NAIROBI (KEN): The inaugural Nairobi Diamond 10km scheduled for May 18 is set to feature World 10km and 15km record holder Leonard Komon, 2010 Diamond League 3000m steeplechase winner Paul Kipsiele Koech and Africa 10,000m champion Kenneth Kipkemboi, report allafrica.com. The top 10 finishers in the race will receive portions of the Sh1m total cash prize on offer; with the winner getting Sh50,000.
OTTAWA (CAN): Athletics Canada will add 11 more people to their hall of fame, report harryjerome.com. Among them are 5 athletes; former national 3000mSC record holder Graeme Vincent Fell, national 50kmW record holder Marcel Jobin, Olympic medallist Lynn Kanuka, former top Canadian middle distance runner Bruce Kidd and Olympic medallist John Loaring.
SOCHI (RUS): Reigning world bronze medallist in javelin Dmitriy Tarabin informed Rusathletics.com that he is satisfied with his first performance at throwing meeting in Sochi where he has won with 81.70. “We are still continuing our pre-season preparation that is why I consider my result as good enough for now. I have done very productive work this year at training camps in Sochi and Estonia. Training tests shows that I laid great physical basis as I have set personal records in all weightlifting training tests,” said 22-year-old Russian. Tarabin also confirmed his plans to open in Shanghai and then perform at other IAAF Diamond League meetings in Eugene and Oslo. “I’m also going to compete at European team championships in Braunschweig. Certainly, European championships in Zurich should be the major event for me this year. However, my main season goal is to show top results during all the summer.”
GLASGOW (GBR): Glasgow 2014 deputy chief executive Ty Speer is leaving less than three months before the start of the Commonwealth Games, insidethegames can reveal.   The American is leaving because of „personal circumstances“ and plans to take up over a role overseas, it is claimed. News of his departure was circulated to key Glasgow 2014 stakeholders today.
DES MOINES (USA): Top hurdler Lolo Jones has had to lose weight in order to transition successfully from bobsleigh back to the hurdles, report NBC. The 31 year old was 161 pounds during the Winter Olympics and, ahead of her season opener at the Drake Relays, is now 142 pounds. She aims to be down to 135 pounds by the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): South Africa’s Godfrey Mokoena tells Spikes that he aims to compete in both the long and triple jump at the Commonwealth Games. The 29 year old announced earlier in the year that he would start to focus more on the triple jump, the event in which he won World Junior gold in 2004. Mokoena set his best of 17.25 in 2005 and he hopes to return to jumping over the 17 metre barrier in 2014.
ITEN (KEN): Olympic 1500m champion Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria decided to leave his coach Jama Adem, report elwatan.com. The 25 year old, who joined Adem’s training group in January 2012, said that he has also split with his Swedish manager Ulf Saletti and that he will announce his new coach in the coming days. Makhloufi is currently training in Iten, Kenya ahead of his outdoor season opener.
NIJMEGEN (NED): Management company Global Sports Communication informs that World Half Marathon champion from Denmakr Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor  has decided from now on to compete in all races as Geoffrey Kamworor. He might compete in 1 or 2 road races in the coming months and next marathon will most probably be Berlin in September. For near future his goals are to attack the World Half Marathon Record and to show his real potential as a great marathoner. He has been also followed by the production company A Cow Says Moo in 2012. They made a documentary about Kamworor and his road towards his first marathon and is called “The Unknown Runner”. This became a popular and inspiring app for runners and documentary enthusiasts and gives them an insight into the world behind the Kenyan athletes.
PHILADELPHIA (USA, Apr 24): During first day of Penn Relays to note Jamaican Samantha Elliott winning the 400 m hurdles in 56.63. New Zealand´s Laura Nagel topped the 3000 m in 9:07.90. Sandi Morris cleared 440 in the pole vault and in the shot put Tremanisha Taylor 17.60 personal best beating Colombian record holder Sandra Lemus 17.40.
BRNO (CZE, Apr 23): Jan Marcell achieved good 19.98 in shot put here.
BEIJING (CHN, Apr 24): National jumping meet had World indoor silver medalist Li Jinzhe leaping to 817 (+0.5) ahead of junior Wang Jianan (17) 810 (-0.1) PB and another PB for Jie Lei 807 (+1.4). Wang Yu cleared 228 in the high jump, Li Yanmei 14.09 (+1.0) in women triple and Xu Huiqin equaled her PB with 440 pole vault win.

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