EME News May 10th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News May 10th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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Doha wasn't the only place providing some big results this weekend. Robert Harting got his 2014 campaign off to a good start with a 67.46 world leading toss in the Discus in Wiesbaden. Sharman clocked 13.28 in the 110 hurdles and Gerald Phiri improved the Zambian 100 record to 10.03 down at the NTC Meet in Florida. Elsewhere in Florida Dentarius Locke ran an impressive 10.06. Jenn Suhr opened her outdoor campaign with a nice vault of 467. Batman Bershawn Jackson ran 48.76 SB at the second stop of the American Track League. Peruse today's EME News for the rest of the weekend's action.

EME NEWS (MAY 10, 2014)

Makwala 44.92 NR
POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA, May 10): Second day of South African Open Championships on a new track here had Botswana guest Isaac Makwala winning the 400 m in new national record 44.92. He improved within last 21 days also in both shorter sprints 10.20 (+0.9) at national championships last weekend and 20.33 (+1.1) in April. Second also PB for another Botswana 400 m runner Pako Seribe 45.04. Namibian Jesse Uri-Khob got the 200 m 20.87 PB. Kurt Couto of Mozambique won the 400 m hurdles in 49.56. Hurdler Wenda Nel won the flat 400 m in 52.53 life-time best. High jumper Gobe Takobana of Botswana improved to 221 to win.

Harting 67.46 WL, Samuels 67.99 PB
WIESBADEN (GER, May 10): World and Olympic discus winner Robert Harting opened his season worth of a champion. At the 19th "Werfer Cup" meet he achieved world leading 67.46 m. Second Martin Wierig 66.59 and third Daniel Jasinski 65.98 PB confirming the strength of this event in Germany. Fourth Australian Ben Harradine 65.83 and fifth Markus Munch 64.54 ahead of Christoph Harting 62.56. Women winner 2009 World champion Dani Samuels of Australia improved to superb 67.99 what is second best mark of the year 2014. Leichtathletik.de informs she had first two throws close to 70 meters but out of the sector. In her series also 67.71 and 67.41 both better than her previous PB. Second Julia Fischer improved her PB to 66.46, third best mark of 2014. Third Nadine Muller 64.60 and fourth Anna Ruh 64.17.

Sambu and Chepkirui
NEW YORK (USA, May 10): Stephen Sambu and Joyce Chepkirui aggressively ran their way to titles at the tenth annual UAE Healthy Kidney 10-K in Central Park, picking up 25 000 USD each in the process. Despite soaking humidity, Sambu just missed setting an event record by finishing in a career best 27:39, while Chepkirui's 31:17 was well under the previous event record in her New York City racing debut. Approaching eight kilometers, Sambu had a shot at breaking the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS) world record of 22:03 (22:02.2), set by Peter Githuka in 1996 at the Crazy 8's 8-K in Kingsport, Tennessee. Gritting his teeth, Sambu crossed the official timing mat at 22:05. Leonard Komon was second 28:18 ahead of Daniele Meucci 28:19 and Collis Birmingham 28:23. Komon lost first 10km on the road since February 2011. In women race second Mamitu Daska 31:41 a PB, third Mary Wacera 31:52 and fourth Gelete Burka 32:01. New York native Delilah Dicrescenzo was the top American in tenth place, recording a time of 34:54. From Race Results Weekly.

Four European leads in Florida
CLERMONT (USA, May 10): Four European leading sprint marks at the NTC Pure Athletics Elite meet in Florida. Briton William Sharman clocked in heats 13.28 (-2.1) over the hurdles, just shy 0.02 from his PB but European lead 2014. He was then faster in finals but 13.18 was aided by +2.4. In the men 100 m final winner Gerald Phiri of Zambia improved his own national record to 10.03 (+1.5), second German Lucas Jakubczyk new PB and EL 2014 10.07, third British World indoor champion Richard Kilty 10.12 his second fastest of the career in season opening meet at the distance. Fourth another British Harry Aikines-Aryeetey 10.14, another German Martin Keller 10.20 and US Marvin Bracy 10.20. In women 100 m Jamaican Simone Facey clocked her low-altitude PB 11.09 (+1.3) ahead of Shalonda Solomon 11.18 and British Bianca Williams also 11.18 PB and EL. In second final German Tatjana Pinto 11.32 (+1.7) and third Amy Foster of Ireland equaled national record 11.40. In heats Ezinne Okparaebo of Norway legal 11.27 (-0.5). In the 200 m Jamaican star Veronica Campbell-Brown was the fastest with 22.94 (+1.9), in next race Briton Bianca Williams another PB 22.95 (+0.4). Fastest legal men 200 m time by German Aleixio Platini-Menga 20.43 (+1.1) and equaled European lead of Ndure from Doha. Canadian Gavin Smellie was fastest overall in another race with windy 20.33 (+2.1). From other events to note 13.14 (+0.9) hurdles by Canadian Phylicia George, British wins men 4x100 m 39.00 and Conrad Williams 46.10 in the 400 m.


INDIANAPOLIS (USA, May 10): Reigning USA 10 Mile champion Christo Landry continued his excellent 2014 racing season Saturday morning at the USA 25 km Championships, hosted by the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids, Michigan, by tying the American 25 km record of 1:14:18 set by Mo Trafeh in 2013. Second Shadrack Biwott 1:14:30, third Chris Solinsky in his longest race of the career 1:16:43. In the women’s race, Northern Arizona Elite’s Kellyn Johnson Taylor pulled away from the field early, never looking back, running to her first U.S. road title in 1:25:25. Second defending champion Dot McMahan 1:27:17 and third Mattie Suver 1:27:32. Informs USATF.

BERN (SUI, May 10): Tadesse Abraham of Eritrea in 48:33 won in close finish the 33rd Bern Grand Prix at 10 miles. Also 48:33 for second Kenyan Patrick Ereng, third Simon Tesfay 48:51 and fourth French El Hassan Ben Lkhanouich 48:53. Marathon European champion and home star Viktor Rothlin was 7th in 49:23. Cynthia Kosgei of Kenya topped the women field in 56:09 over Slovak Katarina Beresova 56:54 and Swiss Zurich marathon bound Maja Neuenschwander 57:13. In total record number of 28 813 finishers in all races was registered.

PRAHA (CZE, May 10): The 5th road walk race "Opatovska desitka" was won by Slovak last year junior Patrik Spevak with 43:49 at the 10 km.

NOBEOKA (JPN, May 10): At the Golden Games track meet Kenyan Bernard Kimani won the fastest 5000 m heat in 13:14.64 PB ahead of James Mwangi 13:16.06 PB and African CC Champion Leonard Barsoton 13:21.44. Komazawa Univ's Kenta Murayama won another heat in 13:34.53 PB. Yuta Shitara won the 10 000 m in 28:15.73 and Pauline Kamulu of Kenya the women 5000 m in 15:29.55 PB.

ATHENS (GRE, May 10): At the Marina Flisvos harbor Dimitris Patsoukakis was the surprise winner of 2nd Athens Street Pole Vault (special EA Permit) with personal best and Zurich standard 562. He beat on count back home hero and World Indoor Champion Kostadinos Filippidis 562. Third Poland´s Piotr Lisek 552, fourth also 552 Nikandros Stylianou new record for Cyprus. Fifth World champion Raphael Holzdeppe with 542.

ARGOS (GRE, May 10): At the Military Games first competition since June 2013 for former European 400 m hurdles champion Periklis Iakovakis 48.94 in flat 400 m.

VALLADOLID (ESP, May 10): At the 24th international meeting here Naroa Agirre (34) cleared 451 in the pole vault and fulfilled Zurich standard. It is also best ever Spanish outdoor mark, but the record is the 456 from indoors.

CARTAGENA (ESP, May 10): Final day of Spanish University Championships had 24 years old Jorge Gimeno improving to 16.61 in the triple jump, another Zurich standard.

LISSE (NED, May 10): Sharona Bakker improved at 100 m hurdles at "Ter Specke Bokaal" meet to 13.06 (+1.8). She was followed by heptathletes Dafne Schippers 13.20 (also 604 w long jump), junior Nadine Visser 13.50 (also 607w long jump) and Nadine Broersen 13.54 (also 18.43 in the 150 m +1.1). Male decathlon star Eelco Sintnicolaas achieved 13.54 in shot put and 40.03 in discus. Tessa van Schagen was the best in women 150 m (17.36) and 300 m (38.31). British guest Richard Yates won the 400 m hurdles in 50.27. 

ZALAEGERSZEG (HUN, May 10): First day of Hungarian club championships hammer olympic winner Krisztian Pars achieved good 79.05, Bence Halasz got youth record with senior implement 68.55.

CHENNAI (IND, May 9): Dutee Chand achieved 11.63 in the women 100 m final at the 12th Junior Federation Cup in India.

MOSCOW (RUS, May 10): The traditional season opening meet had during first day top women throws. Yekaterina Strokova won the discus with 65.78 personal best and olympic medalist Yevgeniya Kolodko 19.33 shot put. In men events Kirill Sukharev exactly 8 meters in the long jump and Nikolay Chavkin won 2000 m steeple in 5:31.00.

WROCLAW (POL, May 10): Very special result here. Stanislaw Kowalski clocked 32.79 European record at the 100 m in the age category 100+ years.


TALLAHASSEE: At Seminole Twilight Invitational fast 100 m for Dentarius Locke 10.06 (+1.2) over Marcus Rowland 10.26 who won the 200 m in 20.69 (+0.1). Here third Belgian Kevin Borlee 21.00. James Harris won the 400 m in 45.65. Another Belgian Anne Zagre posted windy 12.87 (+2.7) over the hurdles.

EUGENE: At Oregon Twilight multi star Ashton Eaton won the 110 m hurdles in high quality 13.47 (-0.4) and helped also in 4x400 m relay. Cyrus Hostetler won the javelin with 80.28. Ben Blankenship was the best in the 1500 m in 3:39.33.

CLAREMONT: German Annet Fleming won the heptathlon here with 5828 score, Sharon Day did not finish, achieved 13.51 (+1.1) in the hurdles.

MEADVILLE: Gator Invitational saw Olympic winner Jennifer Suhr season opener 467 cm in the pole vault. Outdoor world lead 2014.

CHARLOTTESVILLE: Second meet of American Track League was the Virginia Challenge with top hurdles duel when Queen Harrison in 12.70 (+0.1) beat Lolo Jones 12.83. Best male results the 48.76 by 2005 World champion Bershawn Jackson at 400 m hurdles ahead (his fastest time since last July) of Jeffrey Gibson from Bahamas 48.97 missed his national record by only 0.02. Brycen Spratling won the 400 m in 45.22 and Mark Jelks the 100 m in 10.20 (+1.9) ahead of D´Angelo Cherry 10.22 and Keith Ricks 10.23. Croatian Martin Maric topped the discus 62.59. In other women events Paris Daniels won the 200 m in 23.18 (+0.3) ahead of Lekeisha Lawson 23.25, Jamaican Natoya Goule the 800 m 2:02.67 and Katie Nageotte cleared 440 in the pole vault.


STATS: 4th sub-3:30 for Asbel Kiprop in his career. Best marks ever for place six (8:26.21), seven (8:28.51), and eight (8:30.00) were set in women 3000 m. Both Kenya and Ethiopia are having now 9 sub 8:30 runners.

POINTS: By All-Athletics.com the highest ever score for Doha 93 012 points. It was for first time that the meet achieved over 93 000 points.

KEMBOI: Promised fast steeple times for summer, wants to run at Commonwealth Games and IAAF Continental Cup.

MUSIC: Teddy Afro and Cristina made sure that more than half of the spectators remained also after the meet in the stadium, unique situation for Doha.

UKHOV: Coach Sergey Klyugin: “The most important thing was that Ukhov has reached high and stabile results level already at the beginning of the season. Now we’ll try to compete as often as possible. After performance in Tokyo on May 11 Ivan plans to compete in Beijing and at two Diamond League meetings in Rome and Lausanne. Certainly, he’s going to perform at national champs in Kazan in July to be selected for European championships."

ADAMS:  It was a big day for the Adams family as Valerie extended her unbeaten record in shot put and Steven helped the Thunder to an NBA play-off series lead. But she has received an injury scare ahead of the Commonwealth Games, battling a shoulder complaint on her non-throwing arm. At this stage there is "no danger" of missing the Glasgow event but she has had scans to define the problem and will undertake a physiotherapy programme. Adams is scheduled to line up next for the Rome meet on June 5.

OBIRI: "With good pace making and good conditions, I think the world record can be broken. It is not impossible,” the Kenyan 3000 m winner was quoted by IAAF.


PRETORIA (RSA): Insidethegames informs that key elements in the prosecution case into the death of Reeva Steenkamp have been challenged, after one of the most respected ballistics experts in the country claimed the South African was not in a defensive position when she was killed. In an integral part of the prosecution evidence earlier in the trial, a police ballistics expert had cowered with his hands over his head, imitating the position he thought Steenkamp was in when she was killed.

LAUSANNE (SUI): The Athletissima IAAF Diamond League meet (July 3) might be the first international competition for US sprinter Tyson Gay. As L´Équipe writes talks have been held in Doha between his agent Mark Wetmore and Meet director Jacky Delapierre. Final decision will be made in June.

MEXICO CITY (MEX): Mexico has named a 22 athlete squad for the World Junior championships, reportzocalo.com.mx. The squad is made up of 15 males and 7 females and includes sprinter Cecilia Tamayo who has an 11.49 best.

MELBOURNE (AUS): The Australian government has decided to increase funding to elite athletes in an effort to improve their performance at the Rio Olympics, inform Reuters. Australia makes the move after experiencing their worst medal tally in 20 years at the 2012 Games. Sports minister Peter Dutton said 650 of Australia's best athletes would benefit from a newly designed program that reallocates 1.6 million AUD directly to the brightest medal hopes and emerging talents. This funding comes from the re-designed Direct Athlete Support (DAS) program of 48 million AUD over four years.

NASSAU (GBR): The Bahamas Assistant Commissioner of Police Leon Bethel has said that there will be tight security in Nassau during the IAAF World Relays, inform bahamasathletics.com. There will be a number of checkpoints at the stadium and people attending the event will not be allowed bring in bottles, knives, razors or any sharp objects. Bomb sniffing dogs and marksmen will be present around the stadium while persons who wear ankle bracelets and gang members will not be allowed into the stadium. The “top notch” security operation will start at the test event this weekend.

EUGENE (USA): TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna has revealed that meet organizers for the 2014 World Junior Championships have sold about 70% of available tickets, report oregonlive.com. 177 national federations have expressed their intention to bring athletes to the meet. The capacity of Hayward Field is about 10,000.

JOHANNESBURG (RSA): The ad hoc committee of Athletics South Africa has announced that the special general meeting for the election of the new ASA board, scheduled for May 24, had been moved to June 7, reportsupersport.com. The postponement was due to the inauguration of the country's State President, which will take place on May 24. The new date, approved by IAAF, will be June 7.

CARACAS (VEN): Venezuela will send three teams for the IAAF World Relays in Bahamas. Women and men 4x100 m and men 4x400 m.

PONCE (PUR): New additions into start list of Ponce Grand Prix (IAAF World Challenge) are Dutch European Champion Churandy Martina for the 200 m and US World indoor medalist at 60 m Marvin Bracy for the 100 m race.

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