EME News May 24-25th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News May 24-25th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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The IAAF World Relays have proven to be a fantastic idea and will be a yearly fixture on the global Track & Field calendar from now on. The Bahamas were by all accounts a fantastic host for the inaugural event and will host again in twelve months time. Seb Coe said the atmosphere was as good as the Olympics. The meet had everything you want in a meet, great team battles, close races, upsets and world records. This will be one of the most anticipated meets of the year for many years to come.

EME NEWS (MAY 24, 2014)


NASSAU (BAH): IAAF President Lamine Diack called the inaugural IAAF World Relays at Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, “the latest example of athletics’ continuing evolution.” In the past 50 years, Diack said, athletics has seen the transition from amateurism to professionalism, the decline of international dual meetings and corresponding rise of invitationals, and the creation of the IAAF World Championships. Now the IAAF World Relays are ready to take a turn at centre stage. Diack said the proposed mixed relays with men and women is a great idea, however he said it won’t be done under his watch. He went on to say it could happen down the road in maybe another two or three relay championships. From IAAF and Jamaica Gleaner.

NASSAU (BAH): The longer relays will be staged as straight finals, on Saturday women 4x1500 m (four teams as Ethiopia did not confirm the entry) and men 4x800 m (9 teams) and on Sunday men 4x1500 m (7 teams, Bahrain is missing) and women 4x800 m (9 teams). From shorter relays women 4x200 m will be staged as straight final (8 teams). In the 4x100 m and 4x400 m after heats two finals (A and B) will be organised.

NASSAU (BAH):  “Usain, unfortunately he can’t be here, but he sends his regards to everyone and he’s expecting someone to step up and fill his spot.” Those were the words of Yohan Blake, the 2011 world 100m champion, at the press conference, where 13 athletes from Kenya, the USA, Great Britain, Jamaica, and The Bahamas spoke to a packed press conference about this weekend’s inaugural IAAF World Relays.

NASSAU (BAH): IAAF brings some cutting edge technology to the IAAF World Relays with the use of high-end High Definition 360 video technology via IAAF.org 360 video technology allows the viewer to fully look around the image and directly control what they want to view. Just click on the image and drag your mouse around the 360 video to begin your IAAF 360 experience. 

NASSAU (BAH): General secretary of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Garth Gayle, is excited about Jamaica's participation at this weekend's IAAF World Relays and believes Jamaica would be an ideal host for the event in the future. "Why not?" exclaimed Gayle when asked whether or not to host the relays after 2015. "We have had successful events in the past such as the IAAF World Juniors where the IAAF president himself was alarmed at the crowds and so on. We are known for putting on good events and there should be no reason why once a good offer is made, we cannot approach it from an executive standpoint, to look at hosting this event. I think we would do a fine job at it." Informs Jamaica Gleaner.

NASSAU (BAH): The Kenyan women's quartet led by Hellen Obiri are confident of bettering their own world record in the 4x1500m on Saturday.  "We had a very strong team who set the record last month. But the team is stronger now. Kenya can do it," Obiri said.

NASSAU (BAH): Jamaican World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says she is feeling fine going into IAAF World Relays here after fears around her fitness emerged when she was withdrawn from the Shanghai World Chal-lenge meet last weekend due to a recurring leg problem. The 27-year-old also welcomed the championship and dismissed suggestions that she is without competition after a medal sweep over the past few months, winning three gold medals at the 2013 IAAF World Championships as well as gold in the 60m at the recent IAAF World Indoor Championships. "This event brings a huge amount of excitement to the fans, and I really like the idea," Fraser-Pryce said. From Jamaican media.


ALGER (ALG): Al Watan informs that 1500 m Olympic winner Taoufik Makhloufi joined the Jos Hermens headed Global Sports Communications which will now represent him. When he was coached by Jama Aden as his agent was working Ulf Saletti of Sweden. Algerian paper is remembering that Hermens also managed another home star, Olympic women 1500 m winner from 2000 Nouria Merah Benida. Hermens confirmed for the media that next competition for Makhloufi will be the mile at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on May 31. Makhloufi confirmed he returned to his former coach Ali Redjimi.

MOSCOW (RUS): London Olympic high jump champion and world leader Ivan Ukhov must not compete at the Russian nationals in July. “Some elite athletes and leaders of our team will not perform at national trials to European championships but they have to send special request to national athletics federation,” explains head coach of Russian athletics team Valentin Maslakov. “For now, we’ve received such one from Ivan Ukhov and, certainly, we’ll take into account his wishes without doubts.”

MOSCOW (RUS): Reigning 400 m World Champs Bronze Medallist and 4x400m relay world champion Antonina Krivoshapka will miss current summer season. “I’ll not compete anywhere till next winter but it is not an retirement. After two very difficult years, I just decided to make a little pause for full recovery and rest. Then I’ll start preparation for Rio Olympics with renewed power and double energy,” said 26-year-old Russian to All-Sport news agency.

CAPE TOWN (RSA): Race Results Weekly informs that the winner of the Cape Town Marathon on September 22 last year, Lindikhaya Mthangayi, has been banned by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) for a period of four years after testing positive for an anabolic steroid, Methandienone, after the race. Mthangayi, who also returned a positive test four years previously, will only be eligible to compete again after September 21, 2017. His first place in the Cape Town Marathon has been scrapped and all his results since then have been annulled.  Mthangayi, 34, ran a personal best of 2:17:03 in the Cape Town race and earned R20,000 (USD 2034). First place will now go to Paul Manwa of Kenya, who clocked 2:17:51.

BIRMINGHAM (GBR): British Athletics announced that Laura Turner has taken the decision to retire from athletics due to needing surgery on her foot. "I was looking forward to competing in 2014 and especially excited about this year's Commonwealth Games. Having suffered another foot injury last month and following consultation with a surgeon, I am now preparing to have an operation to fix the problem. I have had an amazing career competing all over the world. My highlights were winning my first UK senior 100m title in 2005 and competing at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008," said Turner.

LONDON (GBR): Insidethegames informs that North Korea officially announced it will take part in this year's Asian Games in Incheon, in neighbouring South Korea.  The decision was released in a short dispatch on the state-run Central News Agency (KCNA).  The Asian Games are due take place from September 19 to October 4.

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of the 2016 Rio Games organising committee told international media that they “are determined that (they) will deliver a Games to be proud of, within the agreed schedules and budgets,” inform Reuters. He admitted that there is no time to lose, but insisted that they are making progress.

BOULDER (USA): American marathoner Shalane Flanagan will run her first race since the Boston Marathon at the Bolder Boulder 10K in Colorado on Monday, report RunnersWorld. The 32 year old Bowerman Track Club member is now focused on running a fall marathon, after running 2:22:02 in Boston. She will run Bolder Boulder as part of three person team, along with Deena Kastor and Sara Hall, which will take on teams from Kenya, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. The next race on her schedule is the 10 000m at the USA outdoors on June 26.

GLASGOW (GBR): European 800m champion Lynsey Sharp has three races lined up in order to try and qualify for the Commonwealth Games, report BBC. After a “dream year” in 2012, where she won the European title in a PB of 2:00.52, the 23 year old has suffered with an Achilles injury. She had surgery in September to have her tendon removed and had surgery again in October after the wound didn’t heal. 6 weeks ago, she was back in hospital on antibiotics due to an infection under the skin. Although she is now able to compete, she says that, “There's a possibility of needing it fixed at the end of the season.”



RECKLINGHAUSEN (GER, May 23): 2011 World medalist Martina Strutz won the 33rd square pole vault meet here with 441 clearance. Carolin Hingst with 431 was second. Male winner Piotr Lisek from Poland cleared 564 cm. Six time winner here Bjorn Ottto was because his achilles problems only a spectator but promised he wants to qualify for European Championships in Zurich.

THESSALONIKI (GRE, May 23): At the throwing meet (Memorial Kostadinos Spanidis) Giorgos Tremos threw 63.00 m PB in discus, it was also qualifying standard for the European championships. In javelin Paraskevas Bantzavalis (belongs to U23) with 74.86 PB and in the same event Spyros Lebesis (7th in London) returned from shoulder surgery and threw 71.78 m.

PRAHA (CZE, May 23): Spanish Robert Diez clocked here at an open meet fast personal best 36.40 at 300 m hurdles. It is also Spanish all-time best.

ALLENDALE (USA, May 23): During NCAA II Championships US Jeron Robinson cleared life time best 230 in the high jump.

NAIROBI (KEN, May 23): At Kenya Prisons Championship Eliud Mwangi won the 10 000 m in 28:46.1 just ahead of Charles Cheruiyot 28:46.3 and Josphat Kiprop 28:46.6. John Mwangangi fourth 28:52.2. Women winners were Nancy Nzisa 16:21.0 in the 5000 m and Nancy Kimaiyo 9:52.2 in the steeple.

TAMBACH (KEN, May 22): From Nakuru Regions Secondary Schools Championship to note Isaac Kipkosgei (born 1996) 3:45.7 in the 1500 m and Alfred Barkach (born 1997) 29:44.1 in the 10 000 m.

KENT (USA, May 23): Alexa Efraimson ran the fastest outdoor 1600 meters ever by a Washington high school girl. She clocked 4:37.85 at the Class 4A bi-district track meet at French Field in Kent.

SLUBICE (POL, May 24): Damian Sztejkowski (born 1999) is first Polish U15 sprinter who clocked sub 11 here with 10.88 (+1.8) as new national record in this category.

LONDON (GBR, May 24): Chris O´Hare won the Westminster road mile in 4:06 ahead of trio of runners who were timed with 4:07 in order Chris Warburton, Andrew Hayes and Jonathan Hay. Alison Leonard was the top woman in 4:35 over veteran Helen Clitheroe 4:35, Charlene Thomas 4:37 and Emelia Gorecka 4:38.

EME NEWS (MAY 25, 2014)
NASSAU (BAH, May 24): First day of inaugural IAAF World Relays offered for the packed Thomas Robinson Stadium in excellent atmosphere two world records (men 4x200 m, women 4x1500 m) and world leads 2014 in two events (men 4x800 m, women 4x100 m). IAAF would need to pay twice 50 000 USD World record bonus to the Kenyan women and Jamaican men apart of the winning 50 000 USD.
Short event by event
4x200 m: Jamaica with Ashmeade, Weir, J. Brown and Blake (19.0 flying split) improved Santa Monica TC (USA) 20 years old World record by 0.05. USA was disqualified (second exchange, from Moscow 2013 200m bronze medallist Curtis Mitchell to Ameer Webb was completed outside the zone, they still finished initially third) so the other medals went to St. Kitts and Nevis 1:20.51 NR and France (with Lemaitre as the starter) European record 1:20.66.
4x400 m: Home Bahamas were fastest in heats with 3:00.30 in Olympic 2012 gold composition (Pinder 45.5, Miller 44.5, Brown 44.8, Mathieu 45.5), Britain won the first heat 3:00.74 European lead 2014. US won the other heat 3:01.09 without Merritt and McQuay. No other European team qualified, Belgium with three Borlee brothers was first non-qualifier 3:02.79 by 0.01.
4x800 m: Kenya won due to the best average in 7:08.40 (F. Rotich 1:46.0, S. Kibet 1:45.7, Kinyor 1:47.9, A. Kipketer 1:48.8) but it came surprisingly close at the finish with Kszczot beating Solomon and Poland second 7:08.69 NR over USA 7:09.06.
4x100 m: Great World lead for USA (fast even without some top names) winning in 41.88 (Bartoletta, Anderson, Tarmoh, Lawson) over Jamaica 42.28 (Russell, Stewart, Calvert, Henry-Robinson) without Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who is in Nassau. Great battle for bronze as Trinidad beat Nigeria by 0.01 42.66 to 42.67. Fifth Great Britain in European lead 2014 42.75. USA and Jamaica clocked world leads already in heats with identical 42.29. Trinidad was faster in heats 42.59.
4x400 m: USA World leading 3:23.84 (still saving Atkins and Hastings for the final) with Jamaica second fastest 3:24.95 (saving Novlene Williams-Mills). Nigeria won the other heat 3:27.07. Russia did not compete due to muscle spasms of Ayvika Malanova.
4x1500 m: Expected great World record for Kenya 16:33.58 (Mercy Cherono 4:07.50, Faith Kipyegon 4:08.50, Irene Jelagat 4:10.50 and Hellen Obiri 4:07.08). Also under former WR second USA 16:55.33 (Kampf 4:09.20, Mackey 4:19.40, Grace 4:26.90 fell, Martinez 4:10.2) and bronze for Australia 17:08.65 NR. Former Kenyan top mark was 17:05.72 from this spring.
WROCLAW (POL, May 24): Despite rain delay fine results at the Throwing over Odra River special exhibition competition. Olympic winner Krisztian Pars was able despite the waiting to throw 80+ (80.49) and won over World champion Pawel Fajdek 78.34. In women competition Joanna Fiodorow confirmed good shape with 70.67 win over favorites. Second Anita Wlodarczyk who is yet to start her track season (69.32) and Olympic winner Tatyana Lysenko 69.16. In men discus Piotr Malachowski was the best with 64.36 beating 2008 Olympic winner Gerd Kanter 63.54 and Robert Urbanek 61.04. Best woman was Joanna Wisniewska with 59.07. Results could not be included in the main lists due to exhibition nature of the event. Some 1000 spectators followed it, the difference between the boat from which athletes were throwing and the land was around 57 m. That means around 20 discs and 4-5 hammers got lost in the river.
VILA REAL ST. ANTONIO (POR, May 24): Italian favorites Fiamme Gialle are leading after 1st day of European Champions Club Cup A group in windy Algarve region with 64 points over Dukla Praha 53 and home Sport Lisboa e Benfica 50. Fourth Spanish Playas de Castellon (46) ahead of Turkish Enka (43) and British Shaftesbury Harriers (42). In the relegation area 7th Maccabi Tel Aviv (32) and 8th Val d´Oise 29. The best result in solo Turkish Ilham Tanui Ozbilen 3:38.33 in the 1500 m. Fabio Cerutti beat Pavel Maslak in the 100 m by milimeters, both 10.68 (-0.9, but felt the wind stronger) and also Fiamme Gialle posted 39.18 in the relay. More Italian wins for Leonardo Capotosti at 400 m hurdles 50.58 (World medalist Emir Bekric for Turkish team 3rd 51.12) and Nicola Vizzoni in hammer 73.31 (over Czech World medalist Lukas Melich 72.46). In women ranking Spanish Valencia Terra i Mar leads with 63 points ahead of Sporting Clube de Portugal 58 and USK Praha 50. Fourth Enka 45 over Edinburgh 36, Sparta Copenhagen 29 and Spartak Dubnica of Slovakia 25. Russian teams are not competing this year.  Here very fine 400 m hurdles by Denisa Rosolova 56.52 and 400 m flat by Portugal´s Catia Azevedo 52.61, national U23 mark. Catarina Ribeiro of the home team won the 3000 m in 9:14.08 and Emily Dudgeon the 800 m for Edinburgh in 2:03.22. Star sprinter Ivet Lalova won the 100 m for Turkish team in 11.52 against -2.0 wind. Patrizia Mamona achieved 13.92 (+1.6) in triple with World long jump medalist Ivana Spanovic third 13.64 (+2.8, competing for Enka).
AMSTERDAM (NED, May 24): Men of Sparta Copenhagen and Mass Ljubljana and women of French CA Montreuil with home Phanos Amsterdam secured promotion at Olympic Stadium when beeing in top two positions at the European Champion Clubs Cub B group (one day event). Sparta scored 146.5 with Ljubljana 138.5, third home Phanos 123.5 and fourth Serbian Radnicki 123. In the women ranking Montreuil had 152, Phanos 143 and Jyvaskyla of Finland 126 just ahead of Reykjavik 120 and Ljubljana 114 with Italian ACSI 111. In both categories 10 teams competed. European Rising Star 2013 Anita Hinriksdottir of Iceland had the toughest programme as she won the 800 m in 2:03.68, 1500 m in 4:15.14 and helped 4x400 m relay winning in 3:45.50. Also to note for the home side Jamile Samuel winning both sprints 11.77 (-1.5) and 23.94 (-3.2), another good mark for Phanos by Madeia Ghafoor 52.77 in the 400 m and 4x100 m relay 44.74. Slovenian Marusa Mismas clocked 9:46.96 in women steeple. From men results to note double by Nick Ekelund-Arenander for Danish winners 21.37 (-1.9) and 46.70 in the 200/400 combination. Koen Smet posted the hurdles in 13.99 (-0.4) and interesting double by Romanian Mihai Donisan (competed for Swiss club) 219 in high jump and 14.87 (+2.4) triple jump.
SAN MARCOS (USA, May 23): The fourth American Track League meet 2014 in Texas had Olympic and World gold medalist Brittney Reese winning the long jump with 676 (+0.8) over Canadian Christabel Nettey 670 (+1.5). Another star Ashton Eaton finally got sub 50 in his third try at 400 m hurdles with 49.69 and was second behind Bahamian national record holder Jeffery Gibson 49.19. In the exciting 300 m Mexican Jose Carlos Herrera posted national record 32.44 over Marcus Boyd 32.51. Interesting to note 6th Jeremy Wariner 33.02 and 7th Trey Hardee 33.69. Tiffany Williams won the 400 m hurdles in good 55.39 ahead of Cassandra Tate 55.40 and Jernail Hayes 55.60 PB. Duncan Phillips topped the 1500 m 3:40.40 and Molly Beckwith the 800 m in 2:00.60. Jack Whitt was the best in the pole vault 555. Unfortunately sprints against wind. Muna Lee the 100 m in 11.72 (-2.9, Lolo Jones third 11.94) and Jackie Coward hurdles 13.06 (-0.9) ahead of Tenaya Jones 13.09. Lolo Jones fourth 13.32 and Brianna Theisen-Eaton sixth 13.40. Men hurdles Ronnie Ash top shape with 13.35 against -2.1 wind.
OTTAWA (CAN, May 24): At Lowertown Brewery Ottawa 10 km in women category Mary Keitany clocked fast 31:21 in her comeback and achieved new course record. In a clear win she got 6000 USD for first, 2000 USD for CR and 4000 USD for winning the gender competition (female elite runners started with 4:10 advantage). It was first race for her since Olympic Games 2012 Marathon fourth place. Second Ethiopian Ruti Aga 32:20 and former Boston marathon winner Caroline Kilel third 32:30. Best Canadian Lanni Marchant as 7th 33:14. Wilson Kiprop topped men category in 28:00 over David Kogei 28:06 and top favorite 2012 winner Geoffrey Mutai 28:08. Best Ethiopian Kinde Atanaw was 6th 28:28 and best Canadian Dylan Wykes 9th 29:40.
SALZBURG (AUT, May 24): Best Austrian athlete Beate Schrott opened her season with 13.14 (-0.3) hurdles win at the 2nd Salzburg International meet. The male star Andreas Vojta was fourth in the 800 m (1:48.67) won by Senegalese Mor Seck 1:47.63. Other top male results include javelin by Lukasz Grzeszczuk of Poland 82.88, 400 m hurdles by Briton Richard Yates 49.46 (over German Silvio Schirrmeister 49.66) and 13.61 by Andy Turner (-0.2) at 110 m hurdles. Czech wins in sprints by Jan Veleba 10.58 (-0.2) and Katerina Cechova 11.70 (-0.8) and Slovak win in high jump by Lukas Beer 225 PB. In women races German Maren Kock 9:00.60 in the 3000 m and Czech Diana Mezulianikova 4:11.84 PB in the 1500 m beating German favorite Corinna Harrer 4:12.35. Moscow heptathlon 4th placer German Claudia Rath won the long jump 646 (+2.0). In special three events clash of decathletes in preparation before Gotzis Estonian Anders Raja achieved 14.32 hurdles, 44.46 discus and 460 pole vault. German Pascal Behrenbruch 14.42, 45.95 and 450 and US Gunnar Nixon 14.77, 40.54 and 470.
LOS CORRALES DE BUELNA (ESP, May 24): Ruth Beitia cleared at this International meet 190 in the high jump, solid races for David Bustos 1:47.89 (800 m) and Roberto Alaiz 7:51.28 (3000 m, European lead 2014).
PEZENAS (FRA, May 24): Good pole vaulting at the national meet by women. Marion Fiack cleared 455, outdoor PB and second Marion Lotout 450.
VALMIERA (LAT, May 24): At the International Match of Throwing Events Lithuanian Andrius Gudzius won discus 62.57, Belarus Pavel Kryvitski the hammer 74.21 and Latvian Rolands Strobinders javelin 79.18.
INGOLSTADT (GER, May 24): Jenny Elbe won the triple jump with Zurich standard 14.20 (-0.1) PB and windy winning mark 14.24 (+2.1).
TUCSON (USA, May 24): Second Tucson Elite Classic had shot put winners with new life-time bests. Jordan Clarke 21.21 (ahead of Joe Kovacs 21.18) and Brittany Smith 18.57. Again good women hammer throwing by Canadian Sultana Frizell 74.35 ahead of Jessica Cosby 73.67 and Amanda Bingson 72.28. Good javelin also by Sam Humphreys 81.51 and Kara Patterson 59.97. In men discus Vikas Gowda of India 65.62 and olympic high jump medalist Brigetta Barrett cleared 185 to win, men winner Nick Ross 225 cm.
DELAWARE (USA, May 24): Luke Campbell with interesting hurdles double 13.82 (-0.2) and 50.36 at the NCAA Division III Championships with two PB´s.
GULF SHORES (USA, May 24): Final day at NAIA Championships had Jamaican Jura Levy winning both women sprints 11.28 (+1.0) and 23.16 (+1.7). Barbados talent Akela Jones after long jump NR won the hurdles in 13.35 (+0.9) national junior record.
ALLENDALE (USA, May 24): Sprint doubles at NCAA Div II Championships. Tim Price 10.49 (-0.5) and 20.75 PB (-0.8) and Jamaican Danielle Williams 11.55 (-0.6) and 23.48 PB (-1.1). Williams did not win her third event 100 m hurdles, she was second in 13.05 (+0.4) and beaten by another Jamaican Samantha Elliott also 13.05 PB (she won the 400 m hurdles too 57.12). Also to note good 400 m wins for Jordan Edwards 45.99 PB and Quanera Hayes 51.91. Jamaican Roxroy Cato got 49.75 hurdles win and in the high jump Hungarian Barbara Szabo (outdoor PB) and Susan Jackson cleared 191 PB to be top two.
ORLANDO (USA, May 24): Fast sprints at Golden South Classic High School meet in Flordia. Terry Jernigan won the 100 m in 10.27 (-0.2) and Kendal Williams 200 m in  20.55 (0.0). In girls 100 m Teahna Daniels 11.38 (+0.2), for all three young sprinters personal bests.
TONSBERG (NOR, May 24): At Tonsberg Grand Prix Yeimer Lopez the Cuban living in Norway again confirmed top shape with another solo win 1:45.34 in the 800 m. Poland´s Patryk Dobek won the 400 m in 46.26, Odain Rose of Sweden the 100 m in 10.49 (-0.9).
SLOVENSKA BISTRICA (SLO, May 24): Olympic winner 2008 Primoz Kozmus opened his season with 72.47 and was beaten by Brazilian Wagner Domingos 73.03, new national record. In shot put Croatian Nedzad Mulabegovic with 20.36 beat Bosnian Kemal Mesic 20.18.
LOKEREN (BEL, May 24): At the International GP meet head wind in sprints as Briton Deji Tobias won 100 m in 10.63 (-2.1) and 200 m in 21.21 (-1.1). Linsey Sharp clocked good 2:02.42 in the 800 m, Jazmin Sawyers leaped to 644 (+1.8) in the long jump. Sweden´s Daniel Stahl won discus 62.60 and Dutch Melissa Boekelman shot 17.76.
MILLAU (FRA, May 24): European decathlon champion Romain Barras started his first decathlon since 2011 with 11.48 in the 100 m and then did not continue due to health reasons.
MOSCOW (RUS, May 24): At the first day of Moscow student competition in men high jump Syrian record holder Madjej Ghazzal cleared 223 ahead of Viktor Brumel 221.
NAIROBI (KEN, May 24): Second day of Kenya Prisons Championship had Evans Kipkorir winning the 800 m in 1:46.9, Stanley Kipkemoi the 1500 m 3:41.0 and Thomas Longosiwa the 5000 m in 13:33.0. In women races Beatrice Chepkoech 4:18.1 in the 1500 m and Nancy Kimaiyo 33:29.0 the 10 000 m. Here Marathon double world champion Catherine Ndereba finished 9th in 35:18.0.
ELDORET (KEN, May 24): Gishu County Championship winner at 5000 m was Fredrick Kipkosgei 13:57.0, in the women 1500 m steeple specialist Hyvin Kiyeng 4:29.3. Purity Rionoripo won the 5000 m in 16:29.6.
CALI (COL, May 24): At the South American Youth Olympic Games Trials World Youth Champion Rosbeilys Peinado of Venezuela cleared 431 cm. Her best from last year is 440 cm.
ZARY (POL, May 24): At the 11th Tadeusz Slusarski Memorial in pole vault Lukasz Michalski won with 550 cm clearance. Second Robert Sobera also 550 before some 1000 spectators.
KARLOVY VARY (CZE, May 24): 2nd edition of Mattoni Karlovy Vary Half marathon in the famous Spa place had French marathon record holder Christelle Daunay winning the women category in good 1:09:17. Second Kumeshi Sichala 1:10:56 ahead of Lucy Liavoga 1:11:54. Another top European was Russian Tatyana Vilisova as 7th in 1:15:02. Ethiopian Teshome Mekonen won the men race in 1:01:21 beating Festus Talam 1:02:25 and Fikadu Seboka 1:02:28 with Kenyan favorite James Lokomwa fourth 1:02:57. Best European Ukrainian Ihor Heletiy as 8th 1:07:18.
TALLINN (EST, May 17): Jekaterina Patjuk won the 27th May Women run in Tartu win 22:42 at 7 km. Second Liina Tsernov 23:34, in total 13 798 women competed in different events.

USA beats Bahamas in 4x4

NASSAU (BAH, May 25): New event proved to be a sucess with 3 world records and world leads in all 10 events. 13 countries got medals with USA the best 5-2-1 ahead of Kenya 3-1-0 and Jamaica 2-2-1. Golden baton for the best team given by president Lamine Diack to USA. Second edition will be held in May 2015 again in Nassau.

Event by event


4x100 m: Jamaica wins in 37.77 (Carter-Ashmeade-Forte-Blake) but was not faster than in heats 37.71 WL (KBC and Fisher instead of Ashmeade and Blake). Trinidad with fast Thompson second 38.04 and third Britain 38.19, with EL 37.93 in heats (Talbot was running instead of Chambers).

4x400 m: World champ Merritt prevailed in 43.8 split and 2:57.25 WL win (15th fastest ever time) for USA (Verburg 44.8, McQuay 44.1, Taylor 44.6). Revenge for London 2012. Second Bahamas very brave 2:57.59, their 3rd fastest ever (without Miller but Williams 45.0, Pinder 43.8, Brown 44.2 and Mathieu 44.6) and third Trinidad and Tobago 2:58.34 NR (Gordon 44.3, Quow 44.6, Cedenio 44.5, Solomon 44.9). Fourth Britain European lead 2014 3:00.32.

4x1500 m: Kenya shattered their WR from Van Damme 2009 from 14:36.23 to 14.22.22 thanks to Cheboi 3:38.5, S. Kiplagat 3:32.4, Magut 3:39.0 and Kiprop 3:32.3. USA held in continental mark 14:40.80 over Ethiopia 14:41.22 NR (Manzano over fast closing Wote). Spain best European team as 5th 15:00.69. 


4x200 m: USA won all women events of the second day, here after best exchanges clearly in 1:29.45 (Solomon, Meadows, Knight, Duncan). Second surprise Britain (Henry, Onuora, B. Williams, Philip) 1:29.61 NR and only third Jamaica with anchor SAFP (before her Facey, Brooks, McLaughlin) 1:30.04.

4x400 m: USA clocked World lead 3:21.73 after Trotter 50.5, Sanya 50.3, Hastings 50.1 and Atkins 50.8. Second Jamaica needed two more better runners (best legs by Spencer and Novlene Williams-Mills) 3:23.26 just ahead of Nigeria 3:23.41 and France 3:25.84 European lead.

4x800 m: USA was in better shape with 8:01.58 win (Price 2:01.0, Lara 2:02.8, Wilson 1:59.1, Martinez 1:58.6) clearly over Kenya which started with Jeruto 2:03.8, Chesebe 2:01.7 followed by two World champs Jepkosgei 2:03.4 and Sum 1:59.2 with 8:04.28 African record and Russia second wave 8:08.19. For the winners 14th fastest ever and fastest since 1993.

Tsegay 2:06.54 CR and Tufa 2:24:31 CR
OTTAWA (CAN, May 25): Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay won the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon in Canadian all-comers record and course record 2:06:54.  “This was the first time that I’ve (competed) in Canada, and, when I get the record, it is a really nice surprise for me, and I’m really delighted,” Tsegay added through a translator per Ottawa Citizen. Second Mulugeta Wami 2:08:18 and third Ishmael Bushendich 2:08:35. Fourth was Wesley Korir 2:09:17 and fifth Milton Rotich 2:10:48. Tsegay earned 20 000 USD as winner, 10 000 USD for setting the Ottawa marathon record and 10 000 CDN and a new automobile for the fastest time on Canadian soil. Tigist Tufa completed an Ethiopian sweep of the marathon titles for the second consecutive year, claiming the women’s title with a time of 2:24:31, which was not only a personal best but also nearly a minute better than the year-old event record of Yeshi Esayias. She was followed by Meseret Tolwak 2:27:26 and Agnes Kiprop 2:28:05. The Ottawa marathon also served as the Canadian championship, titles for Eric Gillis (2:13:47, 8th) and Rhiannon Johns (2:47:11). Total participation in the Saturday and Sundayraces was 46,666, including more women (25,934) than men (20,732).

Fiamme Gialle and Valencia Terra i Mar
VILA REAL ST. ANTONIO (POR, May 25): Italian favorites Fiamme Gialle defended their title at European Champions Club Cup A group with final score of 124.5 points. Home side Sport Lisboa e Benfica moved from 3rd to 2nd 111.5 and Playas de Castellon from fourth to third 106. Czech Dukla Praha went down from second to fourth 92. Fifth Shaftesbury Harriers 88 over Turkish Enka 85. Relegation for Maccabi Tel Aviv 70 and French Val d´Oise 48. Italian triple star Fabrizio Donato achieved 17.24 (+2.3, legal 16.50) in his event, Czech star Pavel Maslak clocked 20.63 in the 200 m against -1.7 wind. Turkish runners dominated their events Ilham Tanui 1:47.38 in the 800 m and Tarik Langat 8:38.18 steeple. Marco Fortes won the shot put 20.43. Spanish team Valencia Terra i Mar in Russian absence won the women competition with 111 points. It is for first time in the history of the event that the Spanish women club is the winner. Sporting Clube de Portugal second 98.5 ahead of Enka 90 and USK Praha 86.5. Fifth Edinburgh 73 and in relegation waters Sparta Copenhagen 55 and Slovak Spartak Dubnica 43. Denisa Rosolova won 100 m hurdles in 13.59 (-1.0), Ivet Lalova the 200 m 23.63 (-2.2) to achieve second wins at the competition. The same for Spanish Diana Martin in the 5000 m 15:57.55. Czech Tereza Kralova 69.96 hammer win and Erica Jarder 657 (+3.1) long jump over World medalist Ivana Spanovic 645 (+2.9).


LONDON (GBR, May 25):  British internationals Andy Vernon and Gemma Steel were impressive winners at the Bupa London 10 000 as record numbers turned out in bright sunshine for the seventh edition of the central London event. Vernon won in 29:33 ahead of Chris Thompson 29:48 and Scott Overall 29:55. Steel was timed with 32:53 ahead of Stevie Stockton 33:36. Behind the elites, more than 12 000 runners completed the looping course from the The Mall to the City and back to St James’s Park. Mo Farah was the starter of the race.
EDINBURGH (GBR, May 25): Kenyan David Toniok in 2:15:33 won the 12th Edinburgh Marathon ahead of country mates Japhet Koech 2:16:29 and Elicky Kipchoge 2:17:29. Ukrainian Kateryna Stetsenko was the best woman in 2:36:07 over Kenyan Risper Kimaiyo 2:39:52.  Organisers said around 30 000 people had signed up for the weekend running festival in different races over two days.

MT. ST. MICHEL (FRA, May 25): Fast 2:10:56 for Kenyan Marius Kipserem when winning the 17th Mt. St. Michel Marathon. Second Elijah Keitany 2:12:18 and third Peter Kororia 2:15:27. Irene Mogaka was the best woman in 2:43:25 ahead of Silvia Jebet 2:43:34.

MARTIN (SVK, May 24): Kenyan Joel Mwangi continues in winning in Slovakia. On Saturday he was the best at the 49th edition of the Half Marathon here in 1:06:55. Gladys Biwott as best female clocked course record 1:15:56.

JESOLO (ITA, May 24): Ruggero Pertile was fourth at the 4th Moonlight Half Marathon in 1:06:47. Top two positions for Kenyans Hosea Kisorio 1:04:28 and Josphat Kimutai 1:04:38. Hellen Jepkurgat as top woman got 1:12:55.

WIEN (AUT, May 25): Vienna Women Run had Portugal runners in top two places. Ana Dulce-Felix 15:42 over Sara Moreira 15:50 at the 5 km. Third German Sabrina Mockenhaupt 16:09 and fourth Spain´s Dolores Checa 16:19. Fifth Slovak Katarina Beresova 16:22 over Kenyan Veronicah Njeri 16:44.

POITIERS (FRA, May 25): Ethiopian Tura Kumbi Bechere won the 10th marathon Poitiers-Futuroscope with 2:15:08 course record ahead of Kenyan Stanley Bett 2:16:30.


FORBACH (FRA, May 25): Fast hurdles at the International meet here as Dimitri Bascou clocked 13.39 (0.0) ahead of Algerian Lyes Mokdel who improved to 13.48. Mosito Lehata of Botswana used good conditions to win the 100 m in new national record 10.23 (-0.7). German Kathrin Klaas won the hammer 72.98 beating Joanna Fiodorow from Poland 70.35 and Amy Sene African record for Senegal 69.70. More German wins for Fabienne Kohlmann in 800 m 2:01.80 and Josefina Elsler in 100 m 11.37 (+1.8) PB. Timo Benitz clocked PB 1:46.59 in the 800. World champion Pawel Fajdek won hammer 76.79 and Algerian Issam Nima triple 16.63 (+3.1).    

KIL (SWE, May 24): MAI Malmo team achieved new club record in women 4x100 m at Swedish Relay Championships with 44.44 (Irene Ekelund, Linnea Killander, Daniella Busk, Pernilla Nilsson).

PRAHA (CZE, May 25): Marek Lukas 7558 in decathlon and Alena Galertova 5186 in heptathlon won the Czech combined events titles. Jiri Sykora scored in junior decathlon 8047 new national junior record, former was held by Tomas Dvorak who scored 7748 points in 1991.

ULM (GER, May 25): Maren Schwerdtner won at combined events meet the heptathlon with 6038 points score. Matthias Brugger 7716 was the best in decathlon.

ARONA (ESP, May 25): French wins at the 4th Combined Events meet at Canary Islands. Florian Geffrouais scored 7967 in decathlon and Marisa de Aniceto 5914 in heptathlon. Second Anaelle Nyabeu Djapa new Cameroon record 5817, third Briton Jessica Taylor 5813 PB and fourth Laura Arteil of France 5812 also PB.

SANTRY (IRL, May 25): At AAI Games Ben Reynolds clocked fast hurdles 13.63 but +2.1 did not allow a Zurich qualification time. Junior Marcus Lawlor qualified for World juniors in Eugene with 21.13 (+0.2) in the 200 m.

CASTIGLIONI (ITA, May 25): Andrew Howe clocked here windy 20.60 (+3.2) in the 200 m and Audrey Alloh 11.29 (+4.6) in women 100 m.

BOGNY-SUR-MEUSE (FRA, May 25): European Champion Yohann Diniz improved French 20 000 m track walking record to 1:19:42.1. For European Championships Diniz plans to compete in the 50 km where he will defend the title from 2006 and 2010.

LANDQUART (SUI, May 25): Swiss Valerie Reggel scored here 5895 points win in heptathlon and missed European Champs standard by 25 points. Noemi Zbaren clocked during first day windy 12.95 over the hurdles (+2.8).

YOKOHAMA (JPN, May 25): At the 3rd Kanto Regional University Championships Shota Hara won the 200 m in 20.41 (0.0) over Ryota Yamagata 20.62. In the men 800 m national record holder Sho Kawamoto 1:46.97.


NASSAU (BAH): Interesting to note Hellen Obiri first lap in 59.3 and in the men 4x800 m Kenyan anchor unexperienced Alfred Kipketer 49.0 and 59.8 laps.

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