EME News May 16th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
Friday, 16 May 2014 12:17

EME News May 16th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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The Oxy High Performance meet produced some hot racing on a rather warm evening in Los Angeles. My favorite race of the evening was the battle between Brenda Martinez and Maggie Vessey down the homestretch. Martinez fought just hard enough to overtake Vessey at the very end to get the win by five hundredths of a second. Both women just dipped under two minutes in the race. The big upset of the evening came from Australia's Collis Birmingham, who beat Olympic silver medalists, albeit in other events, Galen Rupp and Nick Willis over 5000 meters. An example of how loaded the fields were came from the 1500 where 21 men dipped under 3:40 and ten women ran better than 4:10. Oxy is always a great distance meet to watch, this year was no exception.

EME NEWS (MAY 16, 2014)


SHANGHAI: Nigeria reigning athletics champion, Blessing Okagbare has expressed determination for a better outing at the Shanghai Diamond League billed from this weekend in China. She won in Kingston and was good second in Doha recently in the 100 m. "I’m set for the 200m race but also for the long jump,” she added.

SHANGHAI: USA’s London 2012 Olympic Games and 2011 IAAF World Championships triple jump gold medallist Christian Taylor will make his 2014 debut in his specialist event in Shanghai. “I just want to give the fans a show and get some Diamond League points,” said Taylor modestly at a press conference on Thursday. He has won the Diamond Race in his event for the last two years. “It’s the first Diamond League meeting this season with a triple jump so I want maximum points, and to have a good time.” Taylor face his friend, fellow American and former university team mate Will Claye, a long and triple jump medallist from London 2012, as well as Great Britain’s 2009 World champion, Phillips Idowu. From IAAF.

SHANGHAI: Sandra Perkovic is planning to dominate this year’s IAAF Diamond League discus competitions again, starting with a Shanghai meeting record. The Croatian produced a perfect series in the 2013 IAAF Diamond League, winning all seven of her Diamond League outings and adding the Moscow 2013 world title last August to her London 2012 Olympic Games gold medal. However, the restless 23-year-old is far from satisfied with her achievements so far. “I’m so proud of what I did last year,” said Perkovic at a press conference on Friday. “The 2013 season was the best in my career so far, but 2014 started with such a big result for me, I think this year will be even better. My target then is to win every Diamond League meeting and after that the European Championships in Zurich. I’m already two times the European champion so my goal is to win a third title, and then the Continental Cup in Marrakech." From DL website.

SHANGHAI: Former Olympic champion Dayron Robles today hailed China’s new generation of sprint hurdlers as the future of the event as he looked forward to his first race in Shanghai for seven years at the second IAAF Diamond League meeting of 2014. Robles has good memories of his last appearance here at the end of September 2007 when he beat China’s great hero and superstar, Lui Xiang, then world champion and world record holder. “I haven’t been here for seven years, since before the Beijing Games, so I am very happy to be back in China,” said Robles. “Right now I feel very good because I am happy with my training,” he said. “When you train well you have a chance to compete well." Robles also dismissed rumours that he had considered retiring from the sport during his dispute with the Cuban federation. “I want to stay in the sport until I am 35 or 36. I want to be like Kim Collins who is still running fast at 38. I won’t stay with my national team but I am positive and ready for good results in the future.” From the IAAF.

Big interest for Nassau
MONACO (MON): IAAF informs that one week before the inaugural IAAF World Relays nearly 600 athletes (338 men and 240 women) from 43 IAAF Member Federations will be making their way to the Caribbean to take part in this exciting and innovative new event on the international calendar. Names that leap out from the final entries include 2013 IAAF World Championships gold medallists LaShawn Merritt, Asbel Kiprop, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Christine Ohuruogu and Eunice Sum; who all won individual honours in Moscow but who will now be aiming to combine with their compatriots with a baton in their hands. In addition, there is a plethora of other medallists from Moscow who have been entered and World champions of a slightly earlier vintage who will be in Nassau include Yohan Blake Youssef  Saad Kamel, Maryan Yusuf Jamal, Janeth Jepkosgei and Sanya Richards-Ross. In addition, the top eight teams in each event will be awarded prize money with the gold medallists taking home no less than USD $50,000. In the event that a team breaks a World record in Nassau, an additional bonus of USD $50,000 will also be awarded. Two marks that look in particular danger are the men’s 4x200m and women’s 4x1500m records.

Birmingham beats Rupp
EAGLE ROCK (USA, May 15): Fast racing at the USATF High Performance meet in big depth as for example in two men 1500 m races in total 21 runners went sub 3:40. Australian record holder Collis Birmingham won the 5000 m in 13:18.57 over Galen Rupp who started the season with 13:19.59 and third 1500 m Olympic medalist Nick Willis in 13:20.33 PB. Fourth Belgian Bashir Abdi 13:20.61 PB with Will Leer fifth 13:23.94. In the mentioned 1500 m World medalist Matt Centrowitz clocked 3:35.44 ahead of Pat Casey 3:35.95 PB and Australian Ryan Gregson 3:36.17. Also good 8:17.00 by Dan Huling in steeple and 1:45.86 for Elijah Geer in the 800 m. World medalist Brenda Martinez won the 800 m in 1:59.91 just ahead of Maggie Vessey 1:59.96. Foreign runners ruled in women 1500 m as Kate van Buskirk of Canada won in 4:06.97 PB ahead of Nikki Hamblin from New Zealand 4:07.07 and Kenyan Violah Lagat 4:07.11. Shannon Rowbury managed to win the 5000 m in 15:20.91 over Ethiopian Buze Diriba 15:22.75 and third Jordan Hasay life-time best 15:29.63.

Blake for cricket
MANCHESTER (GBR): Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake has set his sights on playing cricket for Yorkshire after hanging up his spikes. PA informs.  The 24-year-old Olympic silver medallist over 100 and 200 metres has
tentatively pencilled in another five years of athletics before looking to switch sports. About competing at Commonwealth Games he said: "Probably the 200 metres. I'm not sure, but I'll run one of them. (I will make a decision) much closer to the time, coming up to the trials in the end of June.'' He is facing in the 150 m another Jamaican Kemar Bailey-Cole, Bahamian supervet Chris Brown and Mark Lewis-Francis in Manchester. In the 100 m it is Richard Kilty against Femi Ogunode, Trell Kimmons and Chujindu Ujah.  German Silke Spiegelburg against Doha winner Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou is the pole vault duel, in the long jump Greg Rutherford vs. Ignisious Gaisah, Irving Saladino and Chris Tomlinson. In the 110 m hurdles Andy Turner with Lawrence Clarke, in the 200 m hurdles Felix Sanchez, again Turner and Jamaican Leford Green. On the women side 200 m with Christine Ohuruogu, 100 m hurdles Tiffany Porter against Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells and 200 m hurdles for Eilidh Child, Meghan Beesley, Dalilah Muhammad and Czech Denisa Rosolova.


BEOGRAD (SRB): The organisers of European Indoor Championships 2017 are counting with 14 000 capacity in the multisports arena for the event. The athletics hall on the military grounds plans to host EA Meeting in 2015, here the spectator capacity is 1500 places.  Former top high jumper Dragutin Topic was the face of Beograd bid and plans further his official career with aiming for EA Council place in the 2015 elections. General Secretary of Serbian Athletics Federation Slobodan Brankovic also said in Serbian media that his country aims at 2 to 5 medals in summer at European Championships in Zurich.

BANGALORE (IND): World Half Marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor heads the list of elite runners for the TCS World 10 km in Bangalore, India this Sunday. Also in the field from Kenyans Alex Oloitiptip, Jacob Kendagor and Peter Matelong with Vincent Chepkok. From Ethiopians Kinde Atanaw, Birhanu Delele. Also to note Moroccan Najim El Qady and Ugandan Thomas Ayeko. Pacemaker is Daniel Salel. Women field has stronger Kenyan participation than Ethiopian with Joyce Chepkirui, Linet Masai and Lucy Kabuu with Helah Kiprop against Guteni Shone, Ababel Yeshaneh and Netsanet Gudeta on the other side. Kenyan Beatrice Mutai is the designated pacemaker. Legendary Carl Lewis is the ambasador of this years edition. First place prize money is 21 000 USD, for breaking the course record 7500 USD. Currently, the men’s stands at 27:51 minutes, set by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese in 2008, while the women’s mark stands at 31:58, set by Ethiopian Yimer Wude in 2010.

ATLANTA (USA): American Track League will have its third meet on Friday in Atlanta with another female hurdles clash between Lolo Jones, Queen Harrison and Kristi Castlin, now added by Janay De Loach. In the women 300 m Italian record holder Libania Grenot is facing Briton Anyika Onoura and US DeeDee Trotter. 2011 World champion Jason Richardson should open his hurdles season here. In men 100 m Mark Jelks will face strong Caribbeans Kemar Hyman and Warren Fraser with Briton Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. In the men 400 m Demetrius Pinder and Kerron Clement with Michael Bingham and Martyn Rooney of Great Britain. Women 100 m has Norway´s record holder Ezinne Okparaebo against Lashauntea Moore, Lakeisha Lawson and talented Briton Desiree Henry.

MUNICH (GER): Top German pole vaulters World champion Raphael Holzdeppe and indoor medalist Malte Mohr will jump in Munich on June 25 at the Jump and Fly meet on the street. Their main rival will be Greek World indoor champion Kostadinos Filippidis. It is expected that around 10 000 spectators will follow the event in the city.

NAIROBI (KEN): Surprise London Olympics steeplechase bronze winner Abel Mutai erased the disappointment of being forced down to seventh in the start-studded Doha DL meet where she clocked a year best 8:17.77 and won the Army Forces national title this week. With reigning Commonwealth and World Cup title holder, Richard Mateelong, held back from action by long-term injury, Mutai is keen to break to break into the country’s steeplechase championship winning trio that includes two-time Olympics and three-time world champion, Ezekiel Kemboi and the man he supplanted from both crowns, Brimin Kipruto with always fast Paul Kipsiele Koech. “It’s the third time to win and this is preparations for the Africa Championships and Commonwealth Games and wherever I’m selected, I will compete. The veterans are still competing and they have been there for long but I will try as hard as possible to get among them. For now, I’m still not into good shape and I’m training to get close to Kemboi and Brimin,” the African champion added via East Standard.

NAIROBI (KEN): Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat, is asking local corporate firms to tap into the network of local athletes for marketing opportunities. Kiplagat who was speaking on the sidelines of a title sponsorship unveiling of the Lap Trust Nairobi Diamond 10Km run believe Kenyan Corporate companies are lagging behind as far as promotion of the country using local sports is concerned. At the same time, the Nairobi Diamond (10km) run that was set to take place this Sunday, May 18th has been pushed to July 27.

MOSCOW (RUS): Rusathletics informs that the IAAF World Championships in Moscow last year was named the top sports event of 2013 in Russia by Russian association of summer sports. Also president of Russian Olympic Committee Aleksandr Zhukov announced that NOC already assigned 222 million roubles (about 6,5 million USD) for preparation of Russian athletes for Rio 2016.

LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics informs that current 400 m European champion indoors and out, Pavel Maslak, will represent his Czech Dukla Praha club at the European Champion Clubs Cup Senior Group A in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal, on 24-25 May. He will focus on shorter distances to work on his speed, as he will be participating in the 200m and 4x100m relay. Maslak also starts this weekend in the 200 m at the Czech Club League first round in Kladno.

LOUGHBOROUGH (GBR): The international meet here on Sunday will have top UK names like Eilidh Child, Dina Asher-Smith, Rhys Williams, Lawrence Clarke competing. The teams are GBR, England, Wales, Scotland, Loughborough University and British Universities team.

BUCURESTI (ROU): Prosport.ro informs that 34 years old discus thrower Sergiu Ursu tested positive for second time in his career and could face life ban. The positive result comes from a doping control in March in Romania. His best is 64.74 from 2010. His first ban was from 2004 to 2006.

MOSCOW (RUS): Reigning high jump world indoor champion Mariya Kuchina informed All-Sport news agency that this season she’ll take Diamond League meetings as preparation for European Championships in Zurich. “I’m not in the top shape for now that but still expect good result at Eugene Diamond League. We would like to see my physical and technical condition in order to make some corrections in the training.” She also aims to improve her summer personal best to two meters level as soon as possible. “It should give me strong supply of energy and raise my mental stability,” added Kuchina.

KYIV (UKR): Sports minister of Ukraine Dmytro Bulatov met with Ukrainian athletes in an unofficial atmosphere to discuss their views of further development of athletics at all and club system particularly in the country. During the meeting, the minister awarded some athletes for their achievements at world university games 2013. 400m hurdler Hanna Yaroshchuk was decorated by Princess Olga order, walkers Ruslan Dmytrenko, Ihor Hlavan, Nazar Kovalenko and Ivan Losev awarded by Danyl Halytskyy Orders, 4x100m WUG winners Ihor Bodrov, Vitaliy Korzh, Serhiy Smyelyk and 400m hurler Hanna Titimets were decorated by the third class orders For the Service to Homeland as well as coach Kostyantyn Rurak.


KYIV (UKR, May 15-16): The 15-year-old Hlib Piskunov won boys’ hammer (5kg) during first day of Ukrainian youth championships at National sport complex “Olimpiyskyy” with 79.84 PB. Viktoriya Sakhno improved her PB by more than 5 m with 63.83 in girl’s field. Yana Kachur finished first over 400m in 55.36, Vladyslav Chepurnyy (10.84) and Iryna Skytska (12.15) at 100m, Anastasiya Sukhotka clocked 13.89 over hurdles.  In second day Alina Shukh scored 5713 points to win the heptathlon. She also was first in javelin with 53.30. Yuliya Levchenko cleared 180 in high jump.

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