EME News April 26-27th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News April 26-27th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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Between the Penn Relays and Drake Relays, this was quite the weekend of Track & Field. The highlight was Derek "Air Canada" Drouin joining the 240 club while winning the Drake high jump. America won four of the six USA vs the World relays events at Penn with Walter Dix anchoring the 4x100 team to a win against the Jamaicans in dramatic fashion. Jessica Beard took care of business and dominated the anchor leg to get the US 4x400 squad a convincing win. The men's 4x400 was a disappointment for the Americans as the US and Bahamanian anchor legs were switched up and each team had to hand off across the other, which resulted in a dropped American baton. LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James renewed their rivalry in a race with several of the other best one-lappers in the world, as well as Triple Jump Olympic Gold Medalist Christian Taylor. Merritt ran 44.44 to beat James in a close race and Taylor ran a very impressive 45.17 PB, I think it's safe to say Taylor is world class in the 400 now. Hansle Parchment took down the best American high hurdlers with a great 13.14. The worst race of the weekend was the men's mile at Drake where the entire field was content to let Aman Wote run away and win completely unchallenged in a solo effort. The closest race of the weekend saw Kristi Castlin win a very close race with last year's breakout 100 Hurdles star Brianna Rollins. Castlin won by .005 seconds. Penn and Drake delivered yet again.

EME NEWS (APR 26, 2014)
DES MOINES (USA, Apr 25): Six individual Moscow rematches at the 105th HyVee Drake Relays (evening attendance 10 924 spectators) brought six world leads in the early season and mainly superb 240 clearance by Canadian olympic and world medalist Derek Drouin. In third attempt he improved the Canadian record and equaled the North American record of Charles Austin from 1996. He is also 10th ever outdoor jumper with 240 clearance (5 more got 240 only indoors). Drouin season opener is one of the best season openers ever and first 240 in the month of April. He cleared all heights including 232, 235 and 238 in first attempts.  Second Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard 235 with Dusty Jonas also superb 235 (his secon career mark). World champion LaShawn Merritt continues in his dominance from last year and with 44.44 beat Kirani James 44.60 and another top medalist Luguelin Santos 44.72. Fourth Yousef Al-Masrahi 45.02 and fifth triple olympic winner Christian Taylor with personal best 45.17. Another Moscow winner David Oliver lost with very good 13.23 (+1.0) to Jamaican Olympic medalist Hansle Parchment 13.14 meet record. Third World medalist Ryan Wilson 13.30 over Jeff Porter and another Jamaican Andrew Riley (both 13.35). In the men 400 m hurdles world silver winner Michael Tinsley with 48.57 beat Javier Culson 48.68, Johnny Dutch 49.24 followed closely by Jeshua Anderson 49.25 and former World champion Bershawn Jackson 49.32 with Olympic winner Felix Sanchez 6th (49.84). Kenyan Hellen Obiri won the 1500 m in another world lead 4:04.88 ahead of US 800 m world medalist Brenda Martinez 4:06.96, third US Heather Kampf with 4:07.15 personal best. Outdoor world lead also for Cuban Yarisley Silva with 466 women pole vault clearance ahead of Mary Saxer 446. Star US team won the women shuttle hurdles in second fastest ever 50.93 (Brianna Rollins, Lolo Jones, Vashti Thomas, Queen Harrison). Second Jamaica 52.01 (Sh. Williams, Bliss, Morgan, Greaves) and another US team was a non-finisher (Coward, C. Davis, T. Jones, Eades). Top all-time result is here 50.78. Another top US selection in expected composition with Tiffany Porter, Kellie Wells and Dawn Harper-Nelson scratched.
US FRIDAY (Apr 25)
PHILADELPHIA: Penn Relays on Friday had fast 4x100 m women win for Texas AM 43.11 over Oregon 43.33 and Jamaican Utech 43.66. Jasmin Stowers clocked in hurdles heats 13.14 (+0.3) and Tynita Butts cleared 190 in the high jump, her outdoor PB.  On the men side Desmond Lawrence was the fastest in men 100 m college heats 10.33 (+0.5), Trinidad´s Wayne Davis 13.70 (+1.6) in hurdles heats. Indoor sensation Corey Crawford won the college long jump with 790 (+1.8). He still waits on his first outdoor 8 meters, this indoor improved to 822 cm.
JOPLIN: Former NCAA Champion Maurice Mitchell clocked his fastest 100 m since 2012 with 10.08 (+1.7) at the Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invitational.
LA JOLLA: Another improvement for Whitney Ashley in women discus at Triton Invitational with 63.78. Second Gia Lewis-Smallwood also good 63.28. Amber Campbell achieved 71.36 in hammer.
JONESBORO: Gwen Berry achieved 71.74 in women hammer at the Red Wolves Open.
DES MOINES: In the college programme World junior co-record holder Trayvon Bromell was the fastest in 100 m heats 10.16 (+2.0) and Jade Barber clocked hurdles PB 12.97 (-0.3) in college heats.
SAO PAULO (BRA): Olympic long jump winner 2008 Irving Saladino confirmed he will jump at the GP Sao Paulo Caixa de Atletismo on May 4 in Sao Paulo. In women discus Argentinian record holder Rocio Comba, she will continue the Brazilian May circuit also to Uberlandia on May 7. More names to note German Chiaraviglio of Argentina for men pole vault, Deborah Rodriguez of Uruguay for women 400 m hurdles and Portugal´s Vera Barbosa for women 200 m.
LOS ANGELES (USA): Insidethegames informs that Los Angeles is one of seven cities - along with Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington DC - currently lobbying the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to be put forward as the American candidate for 2024 as the country seeks to host the Summer Games for the first time since Atlanta 1996.  Under the proposals published by Los Angeles there would be three main clusters with, at its heart, a primary cluster based in downtown LA containing 12 venues, hosting 19 sports, and potentially the Olympic Village and the International Broadcast Centre. The main stadium would again be the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the centrepiece of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics.
ISTANBUL (TUR): Turkey has withdrawn its bid to host the final of Euro 2020 and will instead put all its efforts in a bid to stage the whole of the 2024 tournament - raising the possibility of another headache for its Olympic hosting ambitions. Istanbul was expected to be among a handful of cities across Europe bidding to stage the semi-finals and final of the European Championship, which for the first time will be held across the continent. But just hours before UEFA‘s bids deadline tonight, the Turkish Football Federation has pulled out. Informs insidethegames.
GIFU (JPN): The organizers of the Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon have put together one of the best men‘s fields in a Japanese half in recent memory for the race‘s fourth running on May 18.  World record holder Zersenay Tadese returns after running a course record 1:00:31 last year to beat 2011-2012 winner Martin Mathathi.  Mathathi is also back to go for a third title after sitting out the London Marathon with a minor injury.  The big addition to the mix is Bedan Karoki who made a successful transition to longer distances with a 59:58 debut to win the 2014 Lisbon Half despite problems in the early going. Mekubo Mogusu joins them under the hour mark as a top contender on paper, but with a recent best of only 1:01:54 it would take a pretty major return to form for him to compete with the three big names.  Also notable is the debut of 27:13 man Edward Waweru from Kenya.  Top Japanese men include Masato Kihara, Arata Fujiwara, Yusei Nakao and frequent runner Yuki Kawauchi. The women‘s race looks like an easy win for two-time marathon world champion Edna Kiplagat, whose best of 1:08:48 puts her about a kilometer ahead of most of the rest of the competition. Writes Brett Larner.
EME NEWS (APR 27, 2014)
DES MOINES (USA, Apr 26): The final track action (sellout crowd 14 504, total 40 795) at the 105th Drake Relays saw superb hurdles duel won by Kristin Castlin by 0.005 over last year unbeaten World champion Brianna Rollins (12.571 to 12.576). Rollins winning streak ends to at 19 events since US Olympic Trials 2012. Both times are also new meet records here and world leading times. “I was surprised,” Castlin said. “This is my first race of the season. I had a little bit of a chip on my shoulder being in lane eight. I had to execute my best race since I was out there on my own.” „This was a great opener,” Rollins said. ”I just wanted to run a relaxed race and tried to focus on myself. Someone else beat me to the line but that‘s okay. Someone beat to the line but that‘s okay it was all in God‘s plan. I have a race in Jamaica next weekend.” They were quoted by meet website. Third Kellie Wells 12.68 ahead of Queen Harrison 12.70 and British Tiffany Porter 12.73. Sixth Jackie Coward 12.73 over Olympic winner 2008 Dawn Harper-Nelson 12.87. The 400 m hurdles winner Tiffany Ross-Williams got 55.53 over Jamaican Nickeisha Wilson 55.68 and former World champion Lashinda Demus 55.97. In the men shuttle hurdles the USA White team consisting of Jeff Porter, Dominic Berger, Aries Merritt, and Ty Akins won by a slim margin over the Jamaican relay team comprised of Andrew Riley, Deuce Carter, Hansle Parchment, and Stephan Fennell. The USA White team posted a time of 53.77 (fourth all-time fastest), slightly ahead of the Jamaican time of 53.83. Another top US team did not finish (Oliver, Adams, J. Brown, R. Wilson). French Olympic winner Renaud Lavillenie with 570 on count-back beat again as in the mall jumping Briton Steve Lewis 570. And great come back by triple mother Chaunte Lowe with clearing 196 in the high jump. “I really didn’t know what to expect,” Lowe said. “It was a coin toss. I have been training really, really hard, but I hadn’t had any great competitions up to this point. I had two small ones just to see where my steps were. This week I came and jumped at Hy-Vee. That was exciting. To come out here and take the win made me feel like I still have the juice. The last real competition I had was in Belgium in 2012 right after the Olympic Games.” Second Inika McPherson PB 196 ahead of St. Lucia´s Levern Spencer 193, Olympic and world medalist Brigetta Barrett 193 and European Champion Ruth Beitia also 193. The 196 also equaled the world lead of Spencer.  Ethiopian Aman Wote clocked 3:53.39 World lead in the mile over Nick Willis 4:00.71.
PHILADELPHIA (USA, Apr 26): Team USA took home four of six event titles in the 15th USA vs. The World at the Penn Relays, informs USATF.  In the men 4x100 m the team Silmon, Gatlin, Salaam, Dix in 38.57 beat Jamaica (Livermore, Frater, Dwyer, O. Bailey) 38.58 just by 0.01. Third Brazil 38.94 over China 39.12 and Qatar 39.38. „So being able to run the anchor leg today and pulling the win out for my team, was something special. It was definitely a close race in the end, but I knew right away that I won the race for team USA,“ said anchor Dix. And Gatlin added: „Our first leg guy Charles Slimon got bumped on the first leg, but he composed himself and gave us the momentum we needed to win. Participating in races like this always help us build as a team.“ In women 4x400 m US win (Kirtz, Hargrove 51.7, Trotter 50.78, Beard 50.46) 3:25.62 ahead of Nigeria 3:27.16 (anchor Regina George 50.49) and Jamaica 3:27.32. Third win for US in the men distance medley 9:28.27 (Torrence, Inglehart-Summers 46.12, B. Johnson 1:45.55 and Manzano 3:57.18) over Australia 9:30.74 (Birmingham 3:55.61). And fourth by US women sprint medley 3:37.94 (A. Anderson, Ch. Williams, M. Robinson 51.8 and A. Wilson 1:59.60). Second Jamaica 3:38.41 (N. Morrison, LeRoy, P. Hall 51.7 and Goule 2:01.36). Two non-US wins in men 4x400 m for Bahamas 3:00.78 (olympic selection Mathieu 45.7, Pinder 44.7, C. Brown 45.09, Miller 45.32) over US (Clemons 45.8, Butler 45.1, Verburg 44.50, M. Mitchell 47.88) 3:03.31 with Brazil third 3:03.32 (anchor Hugo de Sousa 44.14) and Jamaica fourth 3:04.99. Jamaica won women 4x100 m in 42.81 (Russell, Stewart, McLaughlin, Hawthorne) with US second 43.15 (Smith, A. Anderson, Lee, Lawson) and third Trinidad and Tobago 43.53 and fourth Brazil 43.77
NAIROBI (KEN, Apr 26): Kenyan media are informing that World 5000 m silver medalist Mercy Cherono anchored her team to a World record in women 4x1500 m at the national trials for the IAAF World Relays with 17:05.72 at Nyayo Stadium. In the team also Irene Jelagat, Ann Karindi and Perin Nenkampi. Former mark of another Kenyan team 17:08.17 was set on April 5 at Kasarani Stadium. Here second the team with Sheila Chepng’etich, Sela Jepleting, Margaret Chelimo and Purity Cherotich 17:47.75 and third Caroline Chepkemoi, Caroline Chepkoech, Beatrice Chepkoech and Fancy Cherotich in 18:21.33. World champion Asbel Kiprop won the 1500 m in 3:36.1 over Silas Kiplagat 3:36.4, Collins Cheboi 3:36.6 and Joseph Magut 3:37.0 who all qualified for the 4x1500 m team. World indoor 3000 m champion Caleb Ndiku was sixth 3:38.2 Another World champion Eunice Sum won the 800 m in 2:03.2 beating 2007 World champion Janeth Jepkosgei 2:03.9, third Sylvia Chesebe 2:04.8 and fourth Cherono Koech 2:05.2 to qualify for the 4x800 m team. World Youth champion Alred Kipketer, running in his first race as a senior improved to excellent 1:44.2 at the 800 m, beating Jon Kinyor 1:44.6. Behind them Ferguson Rotich 1:44.9 and Sammy Kirongo 1:45.3 to qualify for the World relays team. Fifth Nicholas Kiplagat 1:45.7 and 6th Anthony Chemut 1:46.0. Sum with Jepkosgei, Chesebe and Cherono Koech won women 4x800 m in 8:23.13 with a team of Agatha Jeruto, Miriam Chepkemoi, Sylvia Cherop and Sheila Chesang taking second place in 8:37.83. Commonwealth Games 800 m bronze medalist Abraham Kiplagat anchored his team of Robert Biwott, Edwin Kemboi and Cornelius Kiplagat to victory in 7:08.30 with Alfred Kipketer’s team of Job Kinyor, Ferguson Rotich and Sammy Kirongo coming in second in 7:09.21. In men 4x1500 m Kiprop, S. Kiplagat, Cheboi and Magut clocked 14:44.77 to win. In the women 1500m Mercy Cherono beat Irene Jelagat in 4:11.49 to 4:12.27. Ann Karindi (4:15.35) and Perrine Nenkampi (4:15.67) followed home in third and fourth.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan team for IAAF World Relays (not selected sprint relays and also not the 4x400 m team): men 4x800 m Alfred Kipketer, Job Kinyor, Ferguson Rotich, Sammy Kirongo, Nicholas Kiplagat, women 4x800 m Eunice Sum, Janeth Jepkosgei, Sylvia Chesebe, Cherono Koech, Agatha Jeruto, Miriam Chepkemo, men 4x1500 m Asbel Kiprop, Silas Kiplagat, Collins Cheboi, Joseph Magut, Hillary Maiyo, Nixon Chepseba and women 4x1500 m Mercy Cherono, Irene Jelagat, Anne Karindi, Peris Nenkampi, Sheila Chepngetich, Faith Chepngetich.
PRETORIA (RSA, Apr 25-26): Wayde Van Niekerk confirmed top shape when winning the 200 m at the South African University Championships in fast 20.21 (wind info not known yet) ahead of talented Akani Simbine 20.49. He was already fast in heats in 20.38. Simbine won the 100 m on Friday in 10.21 (-1.8) ahead of Henricho Bruintjies 10.29 (but 10.25 in semifinals). Van Niekerk on Friday got the 400 m in 46.50 (fastest time Shaun de Jager in semifinals 45.66). Andre Olivier won the 800 m in 1:47.26 and was beaten in the 1500 m (3:47.98) by Jerry Motsau (3:47.73). Gladwin Mzazi topped the half marathon in 1:03:29 ahead of Stephen Mokoka 1:03:30. In technical events Botswana student Kabelo Kgosiemang cleared 221, Zarck Visser 805 (-0.3) in long jump, Orazio Cremona 20.40, Robert Oosthuizen 79.57 in javelin. On the women side Justine Palframan 23.02 in the 200 m and Rikennette Steenkamp 13.22 (+0.6) over the hurdles.
EDWARD 10.02 NR AND 20.07
CLAREMONT (USA, Apr 26): The NTC/Pure Spring Invitational was the place of fast sprinting as usual. 2009 World medalist Alonso Edward from Panama achieved in men 100 m heats 10.02 national record (+1.0) and his career third fastest 20.07 (+1.4) in the 200 m. In the other 200 m race Briton James Ellington 20.44 (-0.3) ahead of Danny Talbot 20.48 and Marvin Bracy 20.55 PB. Canadian Gavin Smellie won the other race in 20.45 (+1.1). In the 100 m Bracy won in 10.08 (+1.5) ahead of Ellington 10.13 PB and a tie for Bahamian Adrian Griffith and Gerald Phiri of Zambia 10.14. Favorite Keston Bledman (10.12 +0.6 in heats) false started. From heats also to note windy 10.11 (+2.5) by German Lucas Jakubczyk ahead of Phiri 10.12 and Briton Talbot 10.17 (+1.4) PB in other heat ahead of German Alexio Platini-Menga 10.19. Germany B team won the 4x100 m in 38.91, A-team did not finish. Briton Martyn Rooney topped the 400 m in 45.75 and Mikel Thomas of Trinidad won the hurdles in 13.42 (+2.0) over European Champion 2010 Andy Turner 13.47 (his fastest since May 2012), French Ladji Doucoure was 5th 13.70. On the women side World leading 11.00 (+1.5) PB by Jamaican Samantha Henry-Robinson in 100 m heats with Briton Bianca Williams second 11.25 PB. In another heat 11.23 (+0.6) Shalonda Solomon 11.23 and young Briton Desiree Henry 11.25 and Jodie Williams another British won next heat in 11.27 (+0.4). In the final which was wind-aided (+3.1) Henry got super fast 11.04 ahead od Jodie Williams 11.13 and Ezinne Okparaebo of Norway 11.25. Long jump specialist Tori Bowie showed huge improvement in women 200 m 22.57 (+0.1) over Jo Atkins 22.67, Shalonda Solomon 22.83 and Samantha Henry-Robinson 22.85. Jo Atkins won also the 400 m (51.25) and Dominican´s Republic Lavonne Idlette clocked the fastest women hurdles 12.97 (+1.1).
US SATURDAY (Apr 26, Eaton again 50.01, world leads in the mile)
DES MOINES: Drake Relays other races had Michael Stigler 49.47 in the 400 m hurdles. Junior world co-record holder Trayvon Bromell won the 100 m in 10.19 (+0.9). Will Claye got the triple jump 16.63 (-0.3) and in relays Baylor 39.14 with Arkansas 3:03.89.
PHILADELPHIA: In college section of Penn Relays Jamaican Adolphus Nevers won the 100 m in 10.25 (+0.3) over Cameron Burrell 10.32. Last year junior Thomas Awad won the mile in 3:58.34 ahead of Mike Rutt 3:58.51. Trinidad´s Wayne Davis topped the hurdles 13.50 (+0.8) and Rodney Brown (20) discus 64.26 PB. Fast 38.71 by Jamaican Utech team in 4x100 m ahead of LSU 38.83. In the 4x400 m Pittsburgh 3:03.44. Jamaican World Youth Champion Jaheel Hyde won the high school 400 m hurdles in 51.13. On the women side World junior medalist 2012 Olivia Ekpone 11.23 (+0.5) PB in the 100 m, Jasmin Stowers 12.99 (-0.3) hurdles. In relays Texas 3:25.05 at 4x400 m ahead of Oregon 3:29.82 and Texas AM 3:29.96. World indoor 800 m champion Chanelle Price won the mile in world lead and PB 4:31.68 ahead of Stephanie Charnigo 4:33.26 and Serbian Amela Terzic 4:33.46 PB.
LA JOLLA: At Triton Invitational unique situation for decathlon star Ashton Eaton. In his second 400 m hurdles race he clocked the same 50.01 as in the first one in Walnut. But this time he was the winner.  Canadian Tim Nedow won the shot 20.98 over Stephen Saenz 20.35. Brazilian Ronald Odair won discus 63.91 over Julian Wruck of Australia 63.37, Sweden´s Daniel Stahl 63.09 and Italian Hannes Kirchler 63.06. Argentinian talent Joaquin Gomez achieved national junior record with senior implement 74.49 as the winner. In women shot put Tia Brooks 18.50 ahead of Felisha Johnson 18.44.
SAN MARCOS: Fast sprints at Bobcat Invitational. Tawanna Meadows (27) clocked two personal bests 11.11 (+1.0) and 22.91 (+1.8, here second Russian 400 m runner Lyudmila Litvinova 23.16). St. Vincent´s Kineke Alexander improved her own national 400 m record to good quality 51.23. Clayton Vaughn got huge PB 10.13 (+0.8) in men 100 m ahead of St. Kitt´s Antoine Adams 10.26.
JONESBORO: Red Wolves Open registered Russian hurdles wins. Oleg Mironov 50.97 ahead of Aleksandr Skorobogatko 51.27 on the men side and Vera Rudakova 56.89 on the women. Isiah Young sped to 10.23 (+1.6) in the 100 m just edging Jalen Miller 10.24. Hurdler Sharika Nelvis clocked 11.27 PB (+1.5) in 100 m. But was not lucky with wind with another would-be PB 23.29 (+3.4) in the 200 m.
HAMPTON: Keith Ricks won the 100 m in 10.16 (+1.4) at the Highlander Invitational. His second fastest of the career, behind him Darrell Wesh 10.23.
GOLDEN: Windy sprints in Colorado by Joe Morris 10.32 (+2.5) and Jeremy Dodson 20.33 (+3.4).
NATCHITOCHES: Jamaican discus thrower Jason Morgan achieved good quality 64.19 at the Leo Johnson Invitational. Justin Walker clocked windy 10.08 (+3.7) and 20.48 (+4.5).
HOUSTON: World finalist Mike Rodgers scored a double win at the J. Fred Duckett Twilight with 10.30 (+0.4) and 20.72 (+0.1). Natasha Hastings beat in both short sprints olympic relay winner Bianca Knight 11.46 to 11.52 (+0.2) and 23.15 to 23.27 (+0.6).
TROY: US sprinter Benjami Martin improved to 10.26 (+2.0) at Coach O Invitational meet.
CANYON: Spring Break Classic saw last year junior David Winters improving to 20.51 (+1.4) over 200 m ahead of Jamaican Omar Johnson 20.63. World junior finalist 2012 Janet Amponsah of Ghana won the women 200 m in 23.08 (+1.2).
ASHLAND: Good shot put 20.79 by Kurt Roberts at Alumni Open meet.
FORT COLLINS: World 400 m hurdles medalist Jo Lucas of Trinidad won the short hurdles in 13.29 (+0.7) at Jack Christiansen Invitational. Trevor Brown equaled his hurdles best 13.64 (+1.1) and beat national record holder Jumrut Rittidet of Thailand 13.79 (he won the 100 m in 10.49 PB).
KYIV (UKR): It is confirmed now that European Cup Combined Events First and Second League will not be held in Donetsk in July due to current situation in the region. Per Swedish federation website it has been moved to Ribeira Brava in Portugal, the date remains July 5-6.
IVANO-FRANKIVSK (UKR): EA technical delegates Luis Saladie, Sandrine Glacier and Vadim Zelichenok visited Ivano-Frankivsk to inspect city’s preparation for Race Walking European Cup 2015. “It was very important for Local Organization Committee to receive strategic instructions,” said to FLAU web site president of regional Ivano-Frankivsk athletics federation Vitaliy Mateshko. „After inspections of courses for future competitions, we got some recommendations to change refreshments stations positions and one of the turns. The most strategic task for us is to renew asphalt and to overhaul the Lviv – Ivano-Frankivsk highway. We should cope with this job till October 2014. On other hand EA delegates were very satisfied with launching of FLAU’s marketing programme,“ Mateshko added. At the meeting with Ivano-Frankivsk governor Serhiy Adamovych the co-financing questions were discussed. EA inspection will come back to the city in October 2014 during annual race walking international meeting “Evening Ivano-Frankivsk” which will be test competition for European race Walking Cup 2015.
BAKU (AZE): Everything is in place for the writing of a new chapter in AIPS history. Sunday, April 27 will mark the beginning of 77th AIPS Annual Congress held on the Caspian Sea in Baku, Capital City of Republic of Azerbaijan.  The Congress will also mark the International Sports Press Association’s 90th anniversary, making it an even more exceptional occasion for all. During the five-day Congress, more than 270 sport journalists from 108 countries will gather together for a succession of commission meetings and presentations, including a highly-anticipated Forum concerning the effects of new media on sports journalism.
ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS, Apr 26): Russian CC Championships had Aleksey Popov winning men 2 km in 11:19, Ilgizar Safiulin topped the U23 category 11:34. Yegor Nikolayev was the best over 8 km in 23:33. In women 2 km Lyudmila Lebedeva won clearly in 5:58 over Yelena Kobeleva 6:03. In the 6 km Alla Kulyatina also achieved a dominating victory in 19:47 ahead of Gulshat Fazlitdinova 20:01.
STOCKHOLM (SWE, Apr 26): National marathon record holder Isabellah Andersson won the Women’s Health Half Marathon in 1:16:02.
GABROVO (BUL, Apr 26): Bulgarian shot put record holder Georgi Ivanov opened the outdoor season with 20.12 here.
KAUNAS (LTU, Apr 24): The European U23 discus champion from last year Andrius Gudzius improved here in discus to 64.28 in fourth round, in sixth got also 64.10.
SAO PAULO (BRA, Apr 25): Brazilian track 10 000 m champions are Ederson Vilela Pereira in 29:11.13 and Fabiana Cristine da Silva 34:02.06.
KYSUCKE NOVE MESTO (SVK, Apr 26): Slovak 10 km road champions Katarina Beresova 35:06 and Imrich Pastor 32:14.
ELVA (EST, Apr 26): Estonian CC Champions Sergei Tserepannikov 12:09 at 4 km and Jekaterina Patjuk at the same women distance 13:37. Here followed by marathon runners Liina Luik 13:54 and Leila Luik 14:09.
BIRSTONAS (LTU, Apr 26): At the traditional walk meet 10 km home winners Tadas Suskevicius 41:29 and Neringa Aidietyte 44:15.
SAO PAULO (BRA, Apr 24): Cuba‘s F13 long jump Paralympic champion Luis Felipe Gutierrez Rivero demonstrated his versatility at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics Grand Prix in Sao Paulo by setting a world record in the men‘s T12 high jump competition. The 27-year-old long jump world champion, who also has bronze and silver sprinting medals from Beijing 2008 and London 2012, showed his prowess in the high jump competition with a jump of 206 to beat the previous mark of 202 set by Belarusian Ruslan Sivitski at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics.
QINHUANGDAO (CHN, Apr 25): At national middle distances meet Ding Changqin won women 5000 m in 15:33.47 personal best. From Tilastopaja.
DES MOINES (USA): North American record of Charles Austin 240 is not from 1996 Olympic Games but from Zurich Weltklasse meet 1991.

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