EME NEWS (MAY 17, 2014)
GATLIN, LAVILLENIE, CLASH OF SHOT PUTTERS
SHANGHAI (CHN): The second IAAF Diamond League in Shanghai is promising interesting action in all 16 Diamond Race events. Men highlights include 100 m sprint with in-shape Justin Gatlin, first DL meet by Renaud Lavillenie this year and top clashes of the full elite in shot put and javelin. Women events are offering top duels in the 200 m (SAFP vs VCB) and 400 m (Felix vs Montsho). World leads are expected in men pole vault, javelin and women steeple, 1500 m and high jump. For sure it will not be hot like in Doha, with forecast up to 20 degrees.
Event by event preview
100 m: Gatlin ready to confirm shape for a WL (so far 9.98). Carter, Rodgers, Collins expected to attack.
800 m: Open field after Aman is out with hamstring problem. 1500 Oly winner Makhloufi or Lewandowski or surprise?
5000 m: Alamirew and Gebrhiwot leading Ethiopians against Kenyans headed by Longosiwa, Soi. Can they break 13 for first time in 2014. MR big possibility.
110mH: Doha revisited (Oliver, Shubenkov, PML, Wilson) but with in-shape Robles.
400mH: Moscow rematch Gordon vs Tinsley. But sub 49 this year also from Jackson, Gibson, Van Zyl. MR even a WL very possible.
PV: AirLavillenie to attack WL 571 and MR 570. Also World champ Holzdeppe, World indoor champ Filippidis.
TJ: Oly medalists Taylor and Claye, Adams always ready for surprise, but what about youngster Martinez.
SP: War of giants. Top two from Moscow Storl and Whiting, World leader Cantwell, Oly winner Majewski and 21+ this year Kovacs, Roberts, Richards. MR for sure.
JT: First top clash of the year. Full podium from Luzhniki, Vesely, Pitkamaki, Tarabin, oly winner Walcott, surprise from Al Rahman or Yego. WL should happen.
200 m: Big duel SAFP vs VCB. Do not underestimate Okagbare and Strachan.
400 m: Another top rivalry Montsho, McCorory, but mainly return of Felix and 3 Jamaicans. First sub 50 of the year?
1500 m: Aregawi for clear win? Can Simpson stay with her? WL big possibility.
Steeple: Chemos, Chepkirui and strong Ethiopian armada, first fast race of the year so WL of course, maybe also MR (9:15.81).
HJ: This is open. And could be European affair with Beitia, Kasprzycka and Gordeyeva. But Spencer already competed that is her advantage. WL 196 can be broken.
LJ: Deep field with Klishina WL holder, Moscow medalists Okagbare and Spanovic. What about Proctor and Kucherenko.
DT: Big show expected by Perkovic, MR 68.24 in danger, but Samuels recently showed top improvement.
ATLANTA (USA, May 16): Third meet of newly created American Track League was highlighted by another top hurdles duel won by Kristi Castlin in 12.78 (+0.3) this time beating Queen Harrison 12.79 and Lolo Jones 12.89. Fast 300 m as DeeDee Trotter in 36.29 won ahead of Paris Daniels 36.63 and Europeans Briton Anyika Onuora 36.74 and Italian Libania Grenot 36.82. Also to note Cassandra Tate 55.90 in the 400 m hurdles and Lakeisha Lawson 11.29 (+0.2) in the 100 m. 2011 World champion Jason Richardson opened with 13.65 (+0.1) win over Ty Akins 13.74. Mark Jelks sped to 10.17 (0.0) in the 100 m with Harry Adams 10.28 and Bahamian Warren Fraser 10.30 (faster 10.24 in heats) following him. Bahamian relay olympic winner Demetrius Pinder in close finish with 45.72 won the 400 m over Britons Michael Bingham 45.76 and Martyn Rooney 45.91. Jamaican Damar Forbes with 773 (768) won the long jump over Jeremy Hicks also 773 (765).
28 MEDALISTS IN PONCE
PONCE (PUR): Group of 28 olympic and world medalists are highlighting the 8th Ponce Grand Prix (IAAF World Challenge) on Saturday. Spectators at Paquito Montaner Stadium will look forward to see their heroes Javier Culson in the 400 m hurdles and fresh national record holder Wesley Vazquez in the 800 m. The top event from international point of view will be men 400 m with World champion LaShawn Merritt and silver winner Luguelin Santos. First competition of this years IAAF World Hammer Challenge will have Olympic winner Krisztian Pars in the field. Women stars are World champion in triple jump Caterine Ibarguen and pole vault world indoor champion Yarisley Silva of Cuba.
BEKELE VS KIPSANG, TIRU
MANCHESTER (GBR): Kenenisa Bekele has his sights set on Wilson Kipsang’s marathon World record, and he will face the 32 year old Kenyan for the first time on Sunday over 10km in Manchester, inform organisers. The women’s race is headlined by defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba. Both Dibaba and Bekele have not been defeated in a 10km road race since 2002. Other contenders on the women’s side include; World silver medallist Valeria Straneo, European cross country champion Sophie Duarte of France, Portugal’s Sara Moreira, Christelle Daunay of France and Britain’s Gemma Steel.
CHEMNITZ (GER): World shot champion David Storl is considering taking up the discus again, reportfocus.de. The 23 year old says that he has thrown up to 60m in training and that he has the ambition to challenge Robert Harting, although he notes that he must make some improvements if he is to do so. Storl threw the 1.75kg discus 59.37 in 2009 at the German Junior championships.
OTTAWA (CAN): The 2014 Canadian Marathon Championships will take place in conjunction with the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon on Sunday May 25, inform organisers. The leading male contenders are defending champion Rob Watson (2:13:29) and 2014 Canadian half marathon champion Eric Gillis (2:11:28), while the top women are expected to be Rhiannon Johns (2:40:24) and Lisa Avery (2:42:00).
MELBOURNE (AUS): Athletics Australia has added another 7 athletes to its Commonwealth Games squad nominations. Sarah Klein, Melanie Panayiotou, Michael Shelley and Liam Adams are nominated for the marathon, while Lara Tamsett, Ben St Lawrence and Harry Summers are set to race the 10 000m.
LISBON (POR): The Portuguese teams for the European 10,000m cup on June 7 are led by Rui Pedro Silva and Jéssica Augusto, report ojogo.pt. Sara Moreira is also included in the squad.
SANTANDER (ESP): Sunday’s XIII Milla Urbana Real Valle de Cayón will feature some of Spain’s top middle distance athletes, including Arturo Casado, David Bustos, Manuel Olmedo and the defending champion Diego Ruiz as well as Morocco’s Zakaria Mazouzi. The women’s race will feature the defending champion Iris Fuentes-Pila, Solange Pereira and Isabel Macías.
LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics informs about more top European athletes set for European Champion Clubs Cup Group A in Portugal next weekend May 24-25. Another Czech star is Denisa Rosolova, the 400m European indoor champion from Paris 2011, who will run 400m hurdles this time for USK Praha. Also for USK will be Anezka Drahotova, better known for winning the 20km walk at the European Athletics Junior Championships last year in Rieti, she will this time compete in the 3000m steeplechase with a personal best of 10:10.45 achieved on the same track in Vila Real de Santo Antonio a year ago. Winners of the men’s club title last year, Italy’s G.A. Fiamme Gialle are favourites to retain the title this year. They will be powered by strong veteran athletes in Fabio Cerutti over 100m, Matteo Galvan over 400m and Fabrizio Donato in the triple jump. Turkish Enka club will seek to challenge the Italians by sending a strong group of athletes led by Emir Bekric. The 2013 European Athletics Rising Star award winner will run the 400m hurdles and 4x400 relay events in Portugal as he continues to prepare for the European Athletics Championships. On the women’s side Ivet Lalova and Ivana Spanovic will surely secure big points in Enka’s bid for the title. The European Champion Clubs Cup Senior Group B will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 24 May.
UMEA (SWE): World 1500m champion Abebe Aregawi has given a “tentative promise” that she will compete at the Swedish senior championships in Umeå in early August, report nt.se. The 23 year old has been training in altitude in her birth country of Ethiopia and reports on her form have been positive.
NASSAU (BAH): The 4x100 m events will have the biggest participation at the inaugural IAAF World Relays in Nassau next weekend with 22 men and 19 women teams. In the 4x400 m 20 men and 13 women teams are intered. In the non-championships relays the numbers are smaller. In the 4x200 m 15 men and 9 women teams, in the 4x800 m 9 men and women selections and in the 4x1500 m 8 men and 5 women teams.
RIGA (LAT): Kenya’s Duncan Koech will be bidding to retain his Nordea Riga Marathon title and will start as favourite not only to break the tape but also set a course record in the Latvian capital at the IAAF Bronze Label Road Race on Sunday. Informs the IAAF. Koech ran 2:15:34 to set the current course record in Riga 12 months ago but the prolific marathon racer has also run inside 2:10 on four occasions in the past two years. The marginal favourite in the women’s race is Kenya’s Joan Kigen, now 36, who set a personal best of 2:31:27 at the 2013 Bournemouth Marathon last October.
NOVOGORSK (RUS): Russian national men pole vault preparation centre is opened in Novogorsk training camp. Informs president of All-Russian athletics federation Valentin Balakhnichev in his quote to All-Sport news agency. “In such way we’re implementing and modernizing our idea of sharing the skills. Best coaches, scientists, doctors, etc. will be involved in work there,” said Balakhnichev. This center which is headed by jumping head coach of Russian athletics team Anton Nazarov, will available for all age categories from youth to senior.
KUMAGAYA (JPN, May 17): Japanese sprinting super talent Yoshihide Kiryu of Toyo Univ won in meet record 10.05 (+1.6) the Kanto Regionals 100 m final.
KYIV (UKR, May 16): 10 000 m European bronze medallist 2012 Olha Skrypak (33:09.56) and European junior champion 2007 Dmytro Lashyn (28:59.20) won national 10 000m championships. Tetyana Holovchenko (33:14.18) and Roman Romanenko (29:19.01) finished second.
KASARANI (KEN, May 16): World Half Marathon silver medallist Mary Wacera took her revenge on Stacy Ndiwa when she won the Kenya Police Service Athletics Championships 5000 m race in 16:22.0 over 16:22.3. Third Anne Wanjiru 16:31.0. “I am preparing to defend my national 5,000m title, hoping make it to the Commonwealth Games,” said Wacera. The 2008 Poland World Junior 10 000 m champion Josphat Bett won men’s 10 000m in 28:36.2. He was followed by Peter Kirui and John Kemboi 28:36.5 and 28:40.0. World Indoor 3000 m champion Caleb Mwangangi (3:48.5), 2006 Commonealth Games champion Augustine Choge (3:46.0), Abednego Chesebe (3:43.6 over Paul Kipsiele Koech 3:47.0) and Robert Kaptingei (3:45.0 ahead of Ismael Kombich 3:45.6) won their respective 1500 m heats to stage an explosive final Saturday.
LUBBOCK (USA, May 16): At Big 12 Conference Championships Kenyan Kennedy Kithuka won the 10 000 m in 28:48.04 and Nick Miller of Great Britain improved in hammer to 74.38 m.
LARAMIE (USA, May 16): Nic Bowens clocked windy 10.13 (+2.8) in the 100 m heats at the Mountain West Conference Championships. He also won his 200 m heat in 20.89 (+1.3). Trevor Brown achieved 13.64 (+0.9) in hurdles heats.
LEXINGTON (USA, May 16): The South East Conference Championships had world leader Dedric Dukes winning his 200 m heat in 20.34 (-0.2), Dezerea Bryant 23.15 (+1.3) the fastest in women 200 m heats. US junior Shammier Little won her 400 m hurdles heat in 56.34 life-time best. It is fastest junior time 2014 in the world. Estonian Maicel Uibo scored 7863 points to win the decathlon and US junior record holder Kendell Williams 5877 to be the best in heptathlon.
ATLANTA (USA, May 16): First day of Georgia Tech Invitational saw Dentarius Locke winning the 100 m in 10.12 (+1.0) ahead of Devin Jenkins 10.16. Devon Hill posted 13.66 (+1.0) over the hurdles beating German Matthias Buhler 13.69. Barbados Kierre Beckles won women hurdles in 13.15 (+0.4) ahead of Belgian Anne Zagre 13.16 (but 13.15 +0.8 in heats).
BARQUISIMETO (VEN, May 15): At the Viloria Meet good 400 m by Freddy Mezones 45.65 over Alberto Aguilar 45.71 and Alberto Bravo 46.18 showing the depth of this event in Venezuela. Good quality women hammer by national record holder Rosa Rodriguez 72.20.
COCHABAMBA (BOL, May 16): The first South American GP meet was held in Bolivia and in the 100 m new national record for Paraguay by Freddy Maidana with 10.44 (+0.1). Jorge McFarlane of Peru won the long jump with 781 (-0.8) and the hurdles in 13.84. In women 100 m new national record for Chile by Josefina Gutierrez 11.51 (+0.1).