EME News April 27-28th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News April 27-28th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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The Ponce Grand Prix, part of the IAAF World Challenge Meetings, which is the baby brother of the Diamond League, will feature a field of 400 heavyweights. LaShawn Merritt, the fifth fastest man ever over one lap headlines. Jeremy Wariner, the third fastest quarter-miler ever, will look to show he can still hang with the young guns. 4x400 Indoor World Record holders Kind Butler and David Verburg further add to a well decorated American contingent. Manteo Mitchell will look to rebound after a disappointing Penn Relays handoff. Dominican star and Olympic silver medalist Luguelin Santos and World medalist Renny Quow and one half of the European star Borlée twins will look to give Merritt and the Americans a good challenge.

DUSSELDORF (GER, Apr 27): There was a sensational American victory in the 12th Metro Group Marathon Duesseldorf. In rainy conditions Annie Bersagel won the race with a personal best of 2:28:59. She overtook Selomie Getnet with only three kilometers to go. The Ethiopian, who had a big lead in the middle of the race, was second with 2:30:29. Kenya’s Emily Ngetich ran 2:30:50 for third place. Fourth Jane Kiptoo 2:31:21. Best European was Lithuanian Remalda Kergyte as 6th in 2:35:29. Gilbert Yegon won the men’s race with 2:08:07. On slippery roads the Kenyan missed the course record by 19 seconds. Endeshaw Negesse was second with 2:08:32 while his fellow Ethiopian Fikadu Teferi ran 2:09:34 in his debut for third place. Fourth Shengo Kebede 2:10:14 and fifth Kenyan Moses Masai 2:10:36 PB for the former track world medalist. Best European Russian Aleksey Sokolov 9th in 2:13:32. Top German Andre Pollmacher as 11th in 2:13:59. Adding other running events staged parallel to the marathon a total of 16,000 runners competed in the Metro Group Marathon Duesseldorf. From Race News service.
HANNOVER (GER, Apr 27): Kenyan Henry Chirchir won a thrilling sprint finish at the TUI Marathon Hannover in 2:11:30. The Kenyan took his first marathon victory in windy conditions just a stride ahead of 40 year-old Francis Bowen who was given the same time. Evans Ruto, winner of the Hannover Marathon in 2009, completed a Kenyan sweep in 2:11:34. Fourth Martin Kiprugut 2:11:37 and best European Abdelhadi El Hachimi running for Belgium in 2:14:14 as 8th. Souad Ait Salem took the women’s title in 2:33:09. The Algerian led throughout the race and was more than two minutes ahead already at 25 k. Nadeshda Leonteva of Russia and Bornes Kitur of Kenya closed the gap over the last stages but could not reach the winner who suffered from blisters. Leonteva finished second in 2:33:32, Kitur clocked a personal best of 2:33:50 for third place in her first marathon outside Kenya. German favorite Lisa Hahner gave up after 45 minutes of running. Problems with the plantar fascia in her right foot made stopped her. A record number of more than 18,157 runners entered the various events of the TUI Marathon Hannover. The event is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race. From Race News service.
ENSCHEDE (NED, Apr 27): Kenyan Elijah Sang won the 46th Enschede Marathon in 2:10:22. Second Ethiopian former World youth track medalist Dawit Wolde in debut at the distance 2:10:42. Third Dutch Abdi Nageeye with top debut in marathon 2:11:33. Fifth Julius Korir 2:12:02. Women winner Reina Visser was born in Enschede, she clocked 2:42:06. Dutch Ingrid Prigge clocked new national record for the age category 50+ with 2:52:47 as third in women overall ranking.
MADRID (ESP, Apr 27): Ezekiel Chebii (59:05 half marathon runner) debuted in marathon with a win in Madrid in new course record 2:09:15. Second Lawrence Kimaiyo (Kosice winner 2012) 2:10:17 and third Daniel Kiprop Limo 2:12:14 making it full Kenyan podium. Fourth Samuel Getachew of Ethiopia 2:15:26. Best European was Spanish Modesto Alvarez as 8th in 2:28:37. Best woman Alem Fikre from Ethiopia achieved 2:32:11 beating Kenyan Sara Jebet 2:33:38 and another Ethiopian Ayimot Shewe 2:36:02. Best European Yulia Korepanova 5th 2:42:28 and best Spanish Cristina Gonzalez 7th in 2:54:55. Half marathon top positions for Chema Martinez 1:07:59 and Vanessa Veiga 1:18:16, 10 km winners were Arturo Casado 31:07 and Isabel Macias 36:02.
ABIDJAN (CIV, Apr 26): Top sprint times at the Gabriel Tiacoh meet. Home best athlete, double World silver medalist Murielle Ahoure competed for first time in Ivory Coast and won the 100 m in fast season opener 11.06 (-0.6). It is the second fastest time of the year 2014. Second Marie Josee Lou PB 11.24 and third Belgian Cynthia Bolingo 11.57. Lou also won the 200 m in 23.43 (+0.2) over Bolingo 23.58. Superb shape also by male African Champs medalist sprinter Hua Wilfred Koffi who clocked two high quality lifetime bests: 10.11 (-0.2) in the 100 m and 20.45 (+0.5) over the 200 m. Botswana´s star and 800 m World junior record holder Nijel Amos won the memorial event 400 m in 45.56. New Sudanese outdoor record in high jump when African Games winner Ali Mohamed Younes Idris cleared 226 cm.
TOKYO (JPN, Apr 27): New 5000 m world lead 13:18.92 by Kenyan Bernard Kimani at the Nittai University Time Trials. Also his personal best. From Japan Running News twitter.
WAKAYAMA (JPN, Apr 27): Keisuke Ushiro improved here his own Japanese decathlon record to 8143 points. Informs Brett Larner on his twitter. Ushiro former mark was 8073 points from 2011.
ALBI (FRA, Apr 27): Stanley Kiprotich of Kenya won the Albi Marathon in 2:16:27. Ukrainian Vita Poteryuk as best woman improved her best to 2:38:49.
KYIV (UKR, Apr 27): Dmytro Pozhevilov 2:30:21 and Larysa Labartkava 2:54:23 became the winners of Wizz Air Kyiv City Marathon. Anatoliy Demyda 1:10:43 and Olena Fedorova 1:26:34 topped half-marathon race. Yuriy Blahodir 33:35 and Olha Yarotska 38:44 ewrw first to finish at 10km.
PADOVA (ITA): St. Antonio Marathon here had Kenyan Pharis Kamani winning in PB 2:12:03. Second Brazilian Franck Caldeira 2:12:04. Home Italian women win by Fatna Maraoui 2:36:32 ahead of Portugal´s Vera Nuners 2:39:30. Ethiopian Tesfalem Gebreareth clocked 1:02:30 to win the half marathon.
LA CORUNA (ESP, Apr 27): Rafael Iglesias won the 3rd Maraton de A Coruna in 2:15:56. He wanted to attack the Zurich standard 2:13:00.
ST. WENDEL (GER, Apr 27): Another Kenyan marathon win of this Sunday as Dickson Terer topped the St. Wendel Marathon in 2:13:28 ahead of Jack Muthee 2:16:55. Michaela Schedler as best woman got 2:49:00.
BIG SUR (USA, Apr 27): Just a few days after running the Boston Marathon, Michael Wardian surged ahead of the Big Sur International Marathon elite pack and won in 2:27:45. Nuta Olaru (originally of Romania) as best woman got 2:53:15 (was 10th overall).
ANTVERP (BEL, Apr 27): Also here at the DVV Antverp Marathon Kenyan win for Moses Mwarur in 2:15:09. Second James Emuria 2:15:25 and third Belgian Jesse Stroobants 2:18:39 in debut. Top woman was Trui Depondt of Belgium 2:54:36. In total 2200 participants.
BEOGRAD (SRB, Apr 27): Kenyan Bernard Talam won the 27th Suisse Gas Beograd Marathon in 2:14:35 PB. In total 3600 runners from 50 countries participated. Special guest was 400 m hurdles world record holder Kevin Young from USA. Also remaining places on the podium for Kenyans Paul Samoei 2:15:50 and Edwin Kitum 2:21:50. Valerie Jemeli Aiyabei topped the women in 2:37:07 over Hellen Kimutai 2:42:24 and Ethiopian Ayano Buli 2:43:45. Fourth place and Balkan title for home Ana Subotic 2:44:03. Male Balkan champion was Vitali Georgita of Moldova 2:31:24.
ANNECY (FRA, Apr 26): Ethiopian Legese Lamiso wont thr 35th Marathon Lac du Annecy in 2:16:53. Second place for Kenyan Eliud Sugut 2:16:53 and third another Ethiopian Deriba Demisse 2:17:02. Women race had Irene Chepkirui from Kenya as winner in 2:36:27. Second Belgian Hanna Vandenbussche 2:45:02. Some 3000 runners participated in rainy weather.
NANTES (FRA, Apr 27): French Larbi Es Raidi won the 34th Nantes Marathon in 2:16.09, followed by Ethiopian Moti Mekonen 2:16:10. Women winner Ethiopian Tizita Terecha got 2:34:34. In all races 7000 participants.
DES MOINES (USA, Apr 27): More than 7000 runners took to the streets of Des Moines on Sunday morning for the Hy-Vee Road Races at the Drake Relays. Despite a one-hour delay due to a brief thunderstorm, the competition was fast and fierce as the field competed for 140 000 USD in prize money. Mosinet Geremew, a native Ethiopian, was the first men’s finisher in 1:03.34. Kenyan Kimutai Cheruiyot finished just behind the leader in 1:03.35. The women’s race saw Morocco’s Rkia El Moukim pull away from the field by more than 20 seconds to win in 1:11.18. Kenya’s Risper Gesabwa finished second in 1:11.41, the fastest half marathon time of her career. From the meet website.
VANCOUVER (CAN, Apr 27): Kenyan Paul Kimugul won the Vancouver Sun 10 km road race in 28:59 ahead of Dylan Wykes 29:11. Rachel Cliff as best woman got 33.14.
EDINBURGH (GBR, Apr 27): Two weeks after his marathon debut Chris Thompson won the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run at 10 miles in 49:36. Second Lee Merrien 49:54. Gemma Steel topped the women category in 56:06 ahead of Susan Partridge 56:25.
MONTREAL (CAN, Apr 27): Canadian half marathon champions at Montreal HM Eric Gillis 1:04:28 and Rachel Hannah 1:13:38.
BARCELONA (ESP, Apr 27): Abdelaziz Merzogoui won in 4:16 the road mile Milla Sagrada Familia in historical part of Barcelona. Second Adel Mechaal 4:19 and third Artur Bossy also 4:19. Solange Pereira as top woman got 4:49.
NICE (FRA, Apr 27): Fast times at Nice Half Marathon. First six Kenyans clocked sub 1:02 times. Kennedy Kipyeko 1:01:31 ahead of Charles Ogari 1:01:33 and Isaac Birir 1:01:34. They were closely followed by Kiprop Lami 1:01:36, Lawi Kiptui also 1:01:36 and former track top runner Vincent Chepkok 1:01:39. Best non-Kenyan was Ethiopain Girma Mitke as 8th 1:02:08. Former World CC participant and 27:01 track runner Gideon Ngatuny was 10th in 1:03:35. Janet Kisa was the best woman in 1:11:01 beating Ukrainian Olha Skrypak 1:13:09.
OSLO (NOR, Apr 26): Sindre Buraas won in 29:39 the Sentrumsløpet at 10 km in Oslo.
STAVANGER (NOR, Apr 26): Marathon runner Urige Buta won the 8.2 km Siddisløpet in 24:09. In fourth place Jakob Ingebrigtsen (born in 2000) in 25:59. He is the younger brother of Henrik and Filip and observers say the most talented.
LOVERE (ITA, Apr 27): Kenyan winners at the 4th Sarnico Lovere Run at 26 km. Bernard Kiplagat 1:15:43 and Rebecca Korir 1:29:29.
AARGAU (SUI, Apr 27): Portugal runner Bruno Albuquerque (lives in Switzerland) won 10 miles road race here in 50:36.
ISTANBUL (TUR, Apr 27): Bahar Dogan won the women category in Istanbul Half Marathon in 1:16:33. Best male was Ethiopian Alemu Regasa 1:05:20.
LAUSANNE (SUI, Apr 26): Kenyan Bernard Matheka was the best at the Lausanne 20 km road race in 1:01:11 over Evans Koskei 1:01:55 and Eritrean Tolossa Chengere who lives in the country in 1:02:14. Jida Belaynesh as best woman achieved 1:10:25.
ROERMOND (NED, Apr 27): Koskei Kiprotich won the Roermond City Run over 10 miles in 49:04. Second Korir Kipkoech 49:31 and third Moroccan Lahlal El Hassan 50:11. Kenyan Daisy Jeptoo was the best woman in 59:00 course record. 2700 participants were registered and prominent starter was 1992 Olympic 800 m winner Ellen van Langen, currently one of the top global track agents and organisers.
CHIA (ITA, Apr 27): Kenya‘s Raymond Komen won the 3rd annual Chia Laguna Half-Marathon. He covered the hilly and windy course in 1:09:19. Italy‘s Claudia Pinna won the women‘s race in 1:19:38. From RRW.
IRUN (ESP, Apr 27): First edition of half marathon winners were Moroccans Abdelhadi El Mouaziz 1:06:41 and Maajida Maayouf 1:22:03.
TOKYO (JPN, Apr 27): New 5000 m world lead 13:18.92 by Kenyan Bernard Kimani at the Nittai University Time Trials. Also his personal best. From Japan Running News twitter.
WAKAYAMA (JPN, Apr 27): Keisuke Ushiro improved here his own Japanese decathlon record to 8143 points. Informs Brett Larner on his twitter. Ushiro former mark was 8073 points from 2011.
DRAZEVINA (MNE, Apr 27): Croatian Nedzad Mulabegovic won the International Shot put meet „Drazevina“ in Monte Negro with 20.55 and missed the meet record of Croatian Marin Premeru by 4 cm. Second Bosnian Kemal Mesic 20.14 and third Premeru 19.61. Hungarian champion and World indoor finalist 2014 Anita Marton was the best woman with 18.22.
KAMPALA (UGA, Apr 26): At the trials meet fast women 800 m as Winnie Nanyondo clocked 2:02.23 PB ahead of Dorcus Ajoki 2:02.58 also PB. Ronald Musagala won men 1500 m in 3:40.91. From Africaathle.com.
SAO BERNARDO (BRA, Apr 25): Tamara Alexandrino de Souza scored 5530 points in heptathlon at Brazilian Combined Events Cup.
LA JOLLA (USA, Apr 26): Adding to Triton Invitational Canadian shot put winner Tim Nedow achieved 20.98 PB and second Stephen Saenz new Mexican record 20.35.
LOUGHBOROUGH (GBR, Apr 26): At students meet 400 m victory for Kelly Massey in 52.84 ahead of Laura Wake PB 52.98. Two hours earlier Wake won 400 m hurdles in 57.86.
NORWICH (GBR, Apr 27): At a Junior league match sprint talent Dina Asher Smith ran 100m in 11.49 (-2.6) and 200m in PB 23.08 (-0.6). At 400 m hurdles Shona Richards 57.91 PB.
BIALOGARD (POL, Apr 27): Szymon Kulka won the Polish U23 10 000 m championships in 29:46.74.
BREST (BLR, Apr 25-26): At Shukevich Memorial throwing meeting Ukrainian Iryna Novozhylova (69.38) won women hammer throw over Yelena Novogrodskaya 68.96. Anastasiya Maslova was best among juniors 66.06 (3kg). In men field, London Olympics 4th placer Crimean Oleksiy Sokyrskyy showed 73.94 over Belarussian Yuriy Shayunov 72.32. Maksim Mitkov topped junior event 74.22 (6kg). Yulia Leontsyuk (18.61) and Yelena Kopets (18.44) were the best in women shot put and Mikhail Abramchuk won with 19.60 the men. One more Ukrainian win in javelin by Maksym Bohdan (81.30). Pavel Meleshko 80.68m for second. In women field Tatyana Kholodovich 59.95.


EME NEWS (APR 28, 2014)

Merritt, Solomon, Culson
PONCE (PUR): The 8th Ponce Grand Prix (May 17, part of IAAF World Challenge) will have top field in men 400 m. Reigning World champion LaShawn Merritt will face Olympic and world medalist Luguelin Santos of Dominican Republic. Also in the field Belgian star Kevin Borlee and 2009 World medalist Renny Quow of Trinidad and Tobago. From US quartermilers also to note former Olympic and World winner Jeremy Wariner along with younger generation David Verburg, Kind Butler and Manteo Mitchell. Early season World leader and World finalist US Duane Solomon is the star of the 800 m. Also to note the entry of Puertorican national record Wesley Vasquez who shares the same coach as Solomon (Johnny Gray) and Colombian record holder Rafith Rodriguez. But the most expected race of the day will be the 400 m hurdles with Olympic bronze medalist and best home athlete Javier Culson. His main rival should be Cuban Omar Cisneros and from US side Jeshua Anderson.
A. Kiprop heads the Bowerman mile
EUGENE (USA): The Bowerman mile field at the 40th Prefontaine Classic on May 31 (IAAF Diamond League) will feature 4 sub 3:50 performers, the current World champion, World Indoor champion and defending champion. Headling the top class field is three time winner Asbel Kiprop of Kenya and his country-mate Silas Kiplagat. Also running World Indoor champion Ayanleh Soulieman with in-shape Ethiopian Aman Wote. Ethiopia’s Mekonnen Gebremedhin, Bethwel Birgen, Collins Cheboi, Mohamed Moustaoui, James Magut and Johan Cronje complete the strong African contingent. Challenging them will be Americans Matthew Centrowitz and Will Leer, while Norwegian Henrik Ingebrigtsen is Europe’s hope.

Small Eurochamps in the 100 m
OSLO (NOR): Legendary Carl Lewis will be a guest of honour at the Bislett Games on June 11 in Oslo (IAAF Diamond League). The 52 year old, who won 9 Olympic golds and 8 World titles, is one of many top athletes that have competed over 100m in the Norwegian capital.  In this year’s race the French pair of Christophe Lemaitre (9.92) and Jimmy Vicaut (9.95) will take on the British duo of Adam Gemili (10.05) and World Indoor champion Richard Kilty (10.10). The evergreen Kim Collins (9.97) is also in the field. Neither Briton has yet broken 10 seconds, but both are on the cusp of breaking the barrier and could so so here. 

Tiru for Manchester
MANCHESTER (GBR): Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, the reigning World and Olympic champion at 10,000m, will defend her Bupa Great Manchester Run title on May 18, organizers are informing. The 28 year old won the 10km race in a course record 30:49 in 2013, winning by a margin of 1:32 from Jelena Prokopčuka. Dibaba then improved her 10km best to 30:30 in Tilburg on September 1. Her rivals in this year’s race in Manchester will include World marathon silver medallist Valeria Straneo (32:07, 2011) of Italy, European Cross Country medallists; France’s Sophie Duarte (32:21, 2014) and Great Britain’s Gemma Steel (31:36, 2013), and Portugal’s Sara Moreira (31:25, 2008).

Drouin for ATL opener
BLOOMINGTON (ISA): The American Track League (www.americantrackleague.com) is set to kick-off in Bloomington Indiana this Friday May 2nd on the campus of Indiana University and top class fields have been assembled. League Director Paul Doyle expressed his satisfaction: "I am extremely happy with the fields that have been assembled for our inaugural meet. The way the athletes have supported this league leaves me feeling very optimistic about the future of the sport within the US." One of the most exciting events will surely be the Men's High Jump featuring Olympic and World Bronze Medalist Derek Drouin of Canada who improved at Drake Relays to 240 facing the in-form American Dusty Jonas. In the 400 m Hurdles, American Record Holder Lashinda Demus will attempt to improve on her opening mark from the past weekend.  The women's sprint hurdles should also be a main event, featuring newly crowned Drake Relays Champion and World Leader Kristi Castlin going head to head with America's sweetheart, Lolo Jones in her opening hurdle race of the year. The Women's 400m will feature triple Olympic Medalist DeeDee Trotter.  The middle distance races each have a local flavor as Molly Beckwith (Indiana University Alum) faces off with Bloomington native, Morgan Uceny. On the men's side, Indiana Native and NCAA Champion, Andy Bayer will enter the 1500m race as the crowd favorite but he will surely face a strong challenge from a man much further from home, Ryan Gregson of Australia. The men's short sprint will feature a 40 yard dash time-trial for qualification to the 100 m final. The 40 yard dash preliminary runs will also be open to the public and the fastest member of the public will be awarded lane 9 in the 100 m final. This lucky member of the public will get to face former World Silver Medalist, Derrick Atkins of the Bahamas and Jamaican talent Jacques Harvey. Throughout the evening, the crowd will be entertained by the sounds of the Velveteen Playboys playing live on the infield and led by their front man and former High Jumper Paul Souza. Additionally, the ATL Dance team will be performing, led by team captain Sabrina Clark who was voted 2011 NFL's Hottest Cheerleader.

Bolt in Italy
MILANO (ITA): Fastest man on earth spent a weekend in Milano doing a photo shoot for Puma ad. Informs Gazzetta dello Sport. He watched  Manchester United beating Norwich 4:0 in TV  and then made a brief visit  to Byblos Restaurant and was also involved in DJ work. But as he is already back in training his time in the restaurant was limited. Now he is back in Jamaica.


EUGENE (USA): Canadian Olympian Sheila Reid has joined Oregon Track Club Elite, inform gotracktownusa.com. Reid, who is currently working as a volunteer assistant at Villanova, is hoping to open the 2014 outdoor season at the Prefontaine Classic on May 31 over 1500m or the mile. She had been coached at Villanova by Marcus O’Sullivan and Gina Procaccio. Her winter’s training was interrupted by an injury which has delayed her outdoor season debut.

NAIROBI (KEN): After recording her third Boston Marathon victory, Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo says that she will now take a break before setting out on her next task, trying to break the marathon World record, report allafrica.com. Speaking on when she will start to attack the record, the 33 year old said, “"I will let you know when I am ready for it as long as the almighty God keeps me in good health. However, one thing is for sure, that day will come to pass one day if not soon."

MONACO (MON): The IAAF has confirmed the periods of annulment of the results of two athletes from Belarus, hammer thrower Ivan Tsikhan and shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk, after both tested positive for banned substances. Tsikhan’s results from 22 August 2004 to 21 August 2006 will be annulled while Ostapchuk’s results are from 13 August 2005 to 12 August 2007 and since 5 August 2012 will also be annulled.

KINGSTON (JAM): Racers Track Club founder and head coach, Glen Mills, is making sure that the club is in good hands when the time comes for him to retire, report Jamaica-gleaner.com. "I think I have a very good support staff and I am very confident in their ability based on what they have demonstrated," explained Mills. "With Zharnel Hughes, my input in his development has been very minuscule. Patrick Dawson, who has been there from our inception, is the person who coaches him and is the person who should really get all the credit. People touch my hand and shake my hand but it's not me.” Other coaches in the RTC set up include; sprint coach Jermaine Shand, hurdles coach Kevin Price, 400m and hurdles coach Gregory Little (who is credited for the improvements shown by 400m sprinter Edino Steele), sprint coach Jason Dawson.

KINGSTON (JAM): Another member of the three-man panel that convicted Jamaican athletes Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson is facing criminal charges, inform insidethegames. Medical doctor Japheth Ford has appeared in court accused of trying to bribe a policeman to try to persuade him to drop charges against two Surinamese nationals. The deputy chairman of the Panel, Lennox Gayle, was arrested earlier this month following a raid at a massage parlour he allegedly owns.

SPLIT (CRO): Susanna Kallur is continuing her preparations for a return to competitive action over 100mH at a 2 week training camp in Split, Croatia, report dt.se. However, her training in Croatia has been hampered by a cold and associated sinusitis. The 33 year old Swede is yet to run hurdles in training and will probably not be able to compete over the summer as she may not have enough time to prepare. She is still fully focussed on returning to the track, with the Rio Olympics being her main goal.

AMSTERDAM (NED): After the top marathon debuts by Khalid Choukoud and Abdi Nageeye, now 7 Dutch men have made the qualifying standard for the European Championship, report nos.nl. Michel Butter, Koen Raymaekers, Hugo van den Broek, Ronald Schroer and Olfert Molenhuis are the other athletes that have reached the standard. The Dutch federation will announce their decision on June 7. Four Dutch females have run under the European standard; Miranda Boonstra, Andrea Deelstra, Ruth van der Meijden and Stefanie Bouma. 6 athletes can feature on each team.

LINZ (AUT): Austrian runner Günther Weidlinger has decided to finish his international career, report laola1.at. The former top steepler was aiming to compete at the European Championships in the marathon but after collapsing at training in April and losing his funding he has been forced to retire on health and financial grounds. The 36 year old has set 7 Austrian records from the 1500m up to the marathon. In the 3000mSC, he placed 8th in the 2000 Olympics, 9th in the 1999 World Championships and 7th in the 2006 Europeans.  His 3000mSC best is 8:10.83 and his marathon best 2:10:47.

BRUSSELS (BEL): The Borlée family and the LBFA have finally come to an agreement, over the non-payment of wages to Jacques Borlée, report lesoir.be. Both parties have signed a collaboration agreement that runs until the end of 2016. This means that top 400m runners Kevin and Jonathan will return to the Belgian relay set up.

FRANKFURT (GER): German marathoner André Pollmächer says that he will not race the European Championships marathon due to financial issues, report giessener-anzeiger.de. The 31 year old, who has a 2:13:05 best from 2013, explained that as he failed to finish “in the money” in the Dusseldorf marathon, he must now focus on competing in a fall marathon where he can earn some money.

STAVANGER (NOR): Filip Ingebrigtsen has been in hospital for a week suffering with liver failure, report bt.no. The 21 year old was training with his brother; the European 1500m champion Henrik, in Flagstaff when he started to experience stomach pains and a very high temperature (40.5). He was brought to hospital in the USA, but after the doctors were unable to make a precise diagnosis, he was flown home to Norway. Filip has frequently had his training disrupted by illness, just before Christmas he had to have his tonsils removed.  His father Gjert said, “The condition of Filip was indeed very serious for a while, and we hope that we can get an answer as to why this has hit him as soon as possible.”

STOCKHOLM (SWE): Swedish vaulter Malin Dahlström has torn her Achilles tendon, report hd.se. The accident occurred during a training jump last Friday. “My trainer heard a bang. The strange thing is that it does not hurt. I sat and waited for the pain and was probably very shocked,” said the 24 year old who jumped a PB of 4.52 indoors in January. 

CORK (IRL):  At the 2nd General Congress of the Athletic Association of Ireland Limited, Ciarán Ó Catháin was re-elected as president of Athletics Ireland. One main topic raised among the motions was the restructuring of cross country in Ireland and it was decided that all matters be discussed at a special cross country forum. It was also decided that national pole vault competition will be provided for athletes in the under 15 category with triple jump starting at under 16 level. The height of the under 17 boy’s hurdles were also changed to fall in line with IAAF youth rules.

MOSCOW (RUS): Happy birthday to first Soviet olympic gold medalist Nina Ponomareva. She celebrated her 85 years on Sunday. She won the discus at 1952 Helsinki Olympics with games record 51.42 as Romashkova. Was third in Melbourne 1956 and won again in Rome 1960 with another Olympic record 55.10. She was coach after ending her career mainly orientated towards youth athletes. Currently lives in Moscow.

BEOGRAD (SRB): Pat Butcher´s latest blog at www.Globerunner.org - 27th SuisseGas Belgrade Marathon.


PRETORIA (RSA, Apr 28): At final Varsity meet Wayde van Niekerk confirmed good shape with 45.37 400 m win ahead of Shaun de Jager 45.87. Akani Simbine won the 200 m in 20.70 (+0.5) and best women result the 57.00 of Anneri Ebersohn over 400 m hurdles.

BAMBOUS (MRI, Apr 27): At the 7th African Combined Events meet in the men's decathlon, the South African junior Friedrich Pretorius won with 7572 points score. Second home African Games medalist Guillaume Thierry improved Mauritius record to 7537 points. In women heptathlon Marthe Koala of Burkina Faso scored national record 5247 points ahead of Tunisian record holder Nada Cheroudi 5233. In individual events good sprints for Mosito Lehata of Lesotho 10.26 (-0.8) in the 100 m and Botswana´s Isaac Makwala 45.49 in the 400 m. Kenyan Vincent Kibet won the 3000 m in 7:58.9.

MIRAMAR (USA, Apr 24): At the Florida High School Regional meet Andre Ewers won the 100 m in 10.31 (+1.9) and good girls double by Krystal Sparling 11.34 (+1.1) and 23.34 (+2.0).

ROMA (ITA, Apr 25): Marzia Caravelli improved Italian all-time best in women 300 m hurdles to 39.00. Former mark of Yadisleidy Pedroso was 39.09 from last year. World all-time best by Zuzana Hejnova is 38.16 from last year.

ZGORZELEC (POL, Apr 26): Lukasz Krawczuk won the 300 m here in 33.76 and in women events Weronika Wedler 17.47 150 m and 38.64 300 m.

POZNAN (POL, Apr 26): Personal bests at 300 m for Artur Zaczek 33.88 and Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz 37.51.

VESZPREM (HUN, Apr 26): Good hammer throwing by young Hungarians. Bence Pasztor improved with 6 kg implement to 78.51. Bence Halasz missed his European all-time best with 5 kg by 10 cm with 84.33 m.

BAURU (BRA, Apr 25): At the 2nd meet of Sylvio Magalhaes Padilha circuit Tiago da Silva leaped to 792 (+3.9, legal 789) in the long jump and sprinter Nilson de Oliveira clocked windy 10.30 (+3.1) and 10.23 (+3.9) in the 100 m.


PFUNGSTADT (GER): At age of 84 died Leonard Pohl who was member of German 1956 Melbourne 4x100 m bronze relay team. He was also fourth at the European Championships in Bern 1954.

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