EME News May 27th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
Monday, 27 May 2013 21:13

EME News May 27th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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The Birmingham Diamond League meeting is going to have one of the greatest head to head battles of the year: London Double Olympic Champion Mo Farah versus Hagos Gebrhiwet over 5000 meters. Gebrhiwet has raced two Diamond League 5000's this year against excellent competition, and has used his excellent finishing kick to win both. Farah was the king of distance running last year and is looking to retain his dominance during the 2013 season. Gebrhiwet looks to be the future, he seems ready to take over for Mo Farah, who took over for Kenenisa Bekele as the unbeatable 5k/10k runner. Will Farah hold of Gebrhiwet in Birmingham? Moscow? This should be an exciting match up to watch throughout the season. But first Farah will have to race Bekele and a horde of other great runners at the Pre 10k this weekend.

 

EME NEWS (MAY 27, 2013)

Farah wins
LONDON (GBR, May 27):  Mo Farah was in imperious form in the capital on Monday morning as he secured his fifth consecutive Bupa London 10 000 title with an effortless victory in the bright bank holiday sun, delighting the large crowds who had come to see the double Olympic champion running through his home city. Farah took off just after 2km and raced away from the domestic field on a looping course around the City of London before crossing the finish line on The Mall in glorious isolation in 29:13. “But it’s going to get serious from here,” he added. “I’ve got my first real test next Friday at the Eugene Diamond League and I’m very excited about that. I’ve got to be ready for it. I’ve got to be more ready than I was last year.” Katrina Wootton won the women’s race by a similarly large margin (32:37) from the former world junior 1500m champion, Steph Twell (33:34), with Emily Pigeon third (33:56). It was a sentiment shared by many of the other 15 000 finishers on another glorious late spring day in central London. Organiser are informing.

De Zordo after surgery
MAGDEBURG (GER): The reigning javelin world champion Matthias De Zordo succesfully underwent a surgery on Sunday. He torn his achilles on Saturday at Halle throwing meeting. "Everything went well," he said on his facebook page. He hopes to be back in training in Fall in order to compete again in 2014. De Zordo is after Vivian Cheruiyot the second Daegu title defender who will be for sure not competing this summer in Moscow.

Special ceremony
ADDIS ABEBA (ETH):  In a ceremony in Addis Ababa 2013 Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa gave his winner's medal to the city of Boston in a sign of respect and honor. Desisa, 23, presented the medal to former Massachusetts Senator and current U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. According to CBS News, Desisa said that "sport should be a pleasure and never a battlefield." Desisa's win at the 117th Boston Marathon was overshadowed by a pair of terrorist bombings which exploded along the finishing stretch of the historic race, killing three and injuring more than 200. Desisa completed the Hopkinton-to-Boston race in 2:10:22. Also honored at the ceremony was Ethiopian women's runner-up Meseret Hailu and men's third place finisher Gebre Gebremariam. The 118th Boston Marathon, annually run on Patriots' Day in Massachusetts, will return on Monday, April 21, 2014. The Boston Athletic Association, organizers of the Boston Marathon, have announced that they will allow runners who were unable to finish to return to Boston for next year's race.



IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE NEWS

EUGENE (USA):  Distance fans will once again thrive at the Prefontaine Classic's “Distance Night in Eugene” on Friday, May 31st.  The men’s 10k revives a duel between the reigning Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah and the current world record holder Kenenisa Bekele. Simply a duel of legends. Also running younger brother Tariku Bekele, bronze winner in London. On the Kenyan side Bidan Karoki, Emmanuel Bett, Paul Tanui and Vincent Chepkok. From Eritrea comes Teklemariam Medhin. And more from Ethiopians Imane Merga and young Yigrem Demelash. From Europeans French Bouabdellah Tahri, German Arne Gabius (debut) and Italian Daniele Meucci. In the women 1500 m Faith Kipyegon, who at 19 has already run faster than three of the last four Olympic gold medalists in the women’s 1500 meters. 2008 Beijing winner Nancy Langat is also running with Maryam Jamal of Bahrain. From Russia Yelena Soboleva. The field also includes two of America's fastest in Anna Willard and Treniere Moser.  Hannah England leads Britons in the field and also in shape is Kenyan Eunice Sum.

OSLO (NOR): The women’s High Jump at the ExxonMobil Bislett Games in Oslo, the IAAF Diamond League meeting, will see the best exponents in the world facing each other in in what promises to be a great head-to-head competition on 13 June. Seven of the assembled jumpers can boast of personal bests over two metres, the benchmark of world class quality. Russia’s Reigning Olympic and World champion Anna Chicherova leads the world with the 202 she achieved at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Beijing last week and there will be enormous attention associated with the return of Croatia’s Blanka Vlasic, Chicherova’s predecessor as World champion, who has a personal best of 208. Also in the field Svetlana Shkolina, Ruth Beitia, Italian talent Alessia Trost and home Tonje Angelsen.

NEW YORK (USA): The women’s Pole Vault was expected to be the showcase event of the entire adidas Grand Prix meeting but, like with many events, the weather meant that performances were modest. The temporary jumping pit, borrowed from the Millrose Games and erected in front of the grandstand, was unable to be used due to the dangerous wet surface and gusting winds and the competition was moved to the regular jumping area at the far end of the stadium, where the conditions continued to wreak havoc. Writes the IAAF.

NEW YORK (USA): The organisers said in a statement after the meet: “Thanks to all for attending the adidas Grand Prix today. Despite the weather complications, hope you got everything you needed." Another official statement came from Sharon Richards, mother and agent of Sany Richards-Ross, the 400 m olympic winner: “Sanya Richards-Ross withdrew because her foot wasn’t feeling strong after practice yesterday. One of the fears her physio has is the over-compensation could lead to bigger issues, and we all want to see Sanya ready for the US nationals later this year.” Sanya added: “It’s so hard to have to miss out on competitions. I love to race and enjoy the NY meet so much. I hated I wasn’t able to race for the fans today but had to make the right decision and will be back, healthy and strong soon.” From this words it looks like her next could be the US Nationals in Des Moines in second half of the June.

BIRMINGHAM (GBR):  Hagos Gebrhiwet who won already in Doha and New York is capable of unseating Mo Farah as world 5000m champion in August. Yet Farah’s dominance of the global distance scene could end earlier if the duo clash, as planned, at the Diamond League in Birmingham on June 30. It promises to be the head-to-head of the summer. The Ethiopian prodigy with the unspellable name, Sammy Davis Jr-style moustache and a finish so powerful he has left a strong fields reeling in his wake so far this year, versus the 30-year-old Briton with two Olympic titles on his mantelpiece and the kind of speed and stamina that has seen him invincible at 3000m up to half-marathon in the last couple of years. Writes Athletics Weekly.

LONDON (GBR): The Independent writes that  Phillips Idowu is expected to make his comeback from injury in Rome on 6 June after withdrawing from Saturday night's Diamond League meeting in New York. The 2009 triple jump world champion opted not to compete in wet conditions.


OTHER NEWS

KYIV (UKR): IAAF Vice President Sergey Bubka marked the Centre for Olympic Studies and Olympic Education being granted international status at a special ceremony. Bubka, President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, signed an agreement with Maria Bulatova, President of the National Olympic Academy, and Yevhen Imas, Rector of Ukraine's National Physical Education and Sports University. It started the celebrations of the 100th anniversary for the 1913 Russian Games, which were held in Kiev and attracted athletes from all over the Russian Empire. Informs insidethegames.

MANCHESTER (GBR): 2008 Olympic winner and 2012 olympic medalist Dawn Harper wants to be known as Dawn Harper-Nelson this year (hypen included), then Dawn Nelson from 2014 onwards.

ADDIS ABEBA (ETH):  In a ceremony in Addis Ababa 2013 Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa gave his winner's medal to the city of Boston in a sign of respect and honor. Desisa, 23, presented the medal to former Massachusetts Senator and current U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. According to CBS News, Desisa said that "sport should be a pleasure and never a battlefield." Desisa's win at the 117th Boston Marathon was overshadowed by a pair of terrorist bombings which exploded along the finishing stretch of the historic race, killing three and injuring more than 200. Desisa completed the Hopkinton-to-Boston race in 2:10:22. Also honored at the ceremony was Ethiopian women's runner-up Meseret Hailu and men's third place finisher Gebre Gebremariam. The 118th Boston Marathon, annually run on Patriots' Day in Massachusetts, will return on Monday, April 21, 2014. The Boston Athletic Association, organizers of the Boston Marathon, have announced that they will allow runners who were unable to finish to return to Boston for next year's race.

NAIROBI (KEN): East Standard informs that Athletics Kenya first Vice President  David Okeyo, has refuted claims that he was forced not to vie  for any seat in the National Olympic Committee Kenya (NOCK) elections to be held on Tuesday in Nairobi. Other NOCK officials not vying are Peter Nderitu (First Vice Chairman) and John Robert (member). At the same time, NOCKChairman Kipchoge Keino has called for free and fair elections. Legendary Keino and Alfred Khangati are going for president, for 1st vice-chairman among three candidates also AK Boss Isiah Kiplagat. For Commmittee Members going Catherine Ndereba, for Athletes representative Paul Tergat and Billy Konchellah, on the women side Tegla Loroupe.

PHOENIX (USA): "It is fantastic that, once again, we are able to add a world-class coach like Andreas Behm to our coaching staff. Andreas, who is young, energetic and has an already-proven track record, will head up our sprints and hurdles group,” said World Athletics Center founder John Godina. A native of Frankfurt, Germany, Andreas is an experienced coach holding a position at Texas A&M track and field program for over eight years and coach of hurdles world record holder Aries Merritt.  The appointment of Behm comes hot off the heels of Dan Pfaff, who was announced as the Head Coach for the World Jumps Center at the facility at the end of April. The center website writes.

ATHENS (GRE): The only-women meeting Filothei in Athens will have on Wednesday top field in high jump as German Ariane Friedrich will clash with Tatyana Kivimiagi, Bulgarian Mirela Demireva and best Greek Antonia Stergiou. Another German Carolin Nytra is scheduled to return here from injury against World Indoor 2012 medalist Alina Talay of Belarus in the 100 m hurdles. Greek record holder Nikoletta Kyriakopoulou is the top name of pole vault and three Russians for remaining events (Irina Ilyina in long jump, Irina Gumenyuk in triple and Natalya Rusakova in the 100 m.

LONDON (GBR): After a long period of inactivity, the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) have revived their Athletes' Commission, which now hopes to meet twice a year with a fresh cast of members to focus on athletes education, welfare and overall development. The new-look Commission, which has seven members as opposed to the previous ten, includes former Senegalese Amadou Dia Ba, former top 400 m hurdler and Zimbabwe's two-time Olympic swimming champion Kirsty Coventry, who both featured on the original Commission. Also on the commission are Morocco's two-time Olympic champion middle-distance runner Hicham El Guerrouj, Mauritius sprinter Stéphan Buckland, three-time world half-marathon champion Tegla Loruope of Kenya, Malian women's basketball player Kadiatou Kanoute and Togo's bronze medal-winning slalom canoer Benjamin Boukpeti. Writes insidethegames.

NAFPLIO (GRE): At the Greek Military Games the national 400 m hurdles star and European Champion Periklis Iakovakis did not compete because of a foot problem. But made the oath in the opening ceremony on behalf of the athletes.

DAKAR (SEN): African Confederation website informs that the African Junior Championships which was scheduled for Pretoria will now be held in Johannesburg at the same dates from27th to 30th June.

HALLE (GER): Due to rain the second day of Halle Throwing meet (planned for U16, U18 and U23 categories) was cancelled.

MANCHESTER (GBR): 2008 Olympic winner and 2012 olympic medalist Dawn Harper wants to be known as Dawn Harper-Nelson this year (hypen included), then Dawn Nelson from 2014 onwards. Confirms Mark Butler.




RESULTS

BEDFORD (GBR, May 27): At Bedford International Games meet the national bobsleigh representatives in the 100 m clocked 10.25 Joel Fearon over 10.29 by Craig Pickering (+1.6).  Gianni Frankis won the 110 m hurdles in 13.76 (-0.5) and in second race was disqualified. Experienced triple jumper Nathan Douglas returned to fitness with 16.53 (+0.9). Hayley Jones won sprint double: 100m in 11.41 (+1.7) and 200m in 23.56 (-0.5). Jamaican guest Deloreen Ennis wins 100 m hurdles in 13.35 (+1.5) and long jump was won by Dominique Blaize with 656w (+2.6). JJ Jegede was best in men long jump 781 (-1.0). Danny Talbot clocked windy 20.76 (+2.6) over the 200 m.

MERSIN (TUR, May 25): At open meet national women record holder Tugce Sahutoglu achieved 71.09.

AREZZO (ITA, May 26): 19-years old Kenyan John Kosgei won the 10 km road race in 28:51 ahead of Ezekiel Meli 29:02 and Italian Stefano La Rosa 29:02. In women 5 km Hellen Jepkurgat got 16:41.

ROCCASECCA (ITA, May 26): At 7th Memorial Antonio Fava at 11.8 km Paul Kipchumba Sugut woin 35:48, in women category Eunice Chebet 41:13.

SAO PAULO (BRA, May 26): At the 7th Half Marathon Cataratas Kenyan winners Mark Korir 1:01:21 and Nancy Jepkosgei 1:11:40. Second Edwin Kipsang 1:01:27 and third best Brazilian Giovani dos Santos 1:01:40:

IURRETA (ESP, May 26): 5 km road race here fore the 33rd time won by Ivan Fernandez14:55 ahead of Ayad Lamdassem also 14:55. Women winner Iris Fuentes-Pila got 17:23.

SOCHI (RUS, May 26): At Russian Team Championships win for St. Peterburg with 526 points ahead of Moscow region and Krasnodar county both 484 points.

BRUSSELS (BEL, May 26): Kenyan Peter Wanjiru won the 34th edition of 20 km in Brussels in 59:21. Second another Kenyan Milton Rotich 59:34 and third Onesphore Nkuzimana of Burundi 1:00:53. Top Belgian Abdelhadi El Hachimi was fifth 1:01:20.

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