EME NEWS (JUN 13, 2013) UPDATE
TOP MARKS: BOLT AND DEFAR
OSLO (NOR, Jun 13): Despite the chilly weather and swirling winds, the ExxonMobil Bislett Games lived to the expectations. Meseret Defar offered first highlight in the 5000 m and Usain Bolt closed the event with new meet record and world lead in the 200 m. Kipruto, Schwanitz, Hejnova, Ibarguen remained unbeaten this season.
Event by event review
200 m: Bolt despite losing the runner in front of him (Martina fs) delivered not only the first sub 20 of the year, but also new meet record 19.79 (+1.7) and that in sub 15 degrees of Celsius.
400 m: In LA trained Masrahi won for Saudia Arabia in 45.33, favorite Santos fourth.
Dream Mile: Souleiman of Djibouti improved on his 4th place at Prefontaine and won in3:50.53 (3:34.33 split) ahead of Kenyans Chepseba and Magut, fourth Turkish Ozbilen EL3:52.30.
Steeple: Kemboi tried but no chance today 8:07.00 to Kipruto 8:04.48. He was alone in second half of the race.
110mH(non-DL): Nossmy of Sweden and Belgian Deghelt in close race, both 13.54, but +2.3.
DT: Kanter wins in his season best 65.52, Malachowski three fouls due to back problems.
JT: Vesely with second round 85.96 wins and continues in footsteps of his coach Zelezny, Pitkamaki came close in 3rd round 84.74.
100 m: Lalova beat Ahoure in EL 11.04 (+1.2) to 11.05 and third previous EL holder Ryemyen 11.07.
800 m: Europeans prevailed over Africans here. Poistogova 1:59.39 and Lupu 1:59.59 were top two.
5000 m: Defar has the shape and left the rest of the field in excellent world lead 14:26.90 behind her (12th fastest time ever, best since 2011). 11th Dutch Kuijken improved to EL and PB 15:04.36.
100mH: Top four under 13 seconds in this European affair, Tiffany Porter got it in 12.76 (+1.4).
400mH: Hejnova again improved to 53.60 her season best and this time needed to fight from behind but succesfully made it. PSD in lane 2 showed her abilities 54.03 as second.
HJ: Shkolina started as only one as high as 190 and confirmed she is in great competition shape as only one cleared 197 and did two attempts at 201. Behind her rest of this great field suffering from cold and wind (including Chicherova and Vlasic).
PV: Spiegelburg won after clearing 465 in jump-off with Kyriakopoulou of Greece (they ended the tie at 460). Murer no-heighted at 450.
LJ: Proctor ruled with top mark, 689 +1.5 in first round and promised first seven meters soon.
TJ: Saladukha was never leading as Ibarguen offered three jumps enough to win, the best 14.81 in 5th round.
SP: Solo for Schwanitz, 20.10, when she will meet Adams?
National events: 400 m European champion Moa Hjelmer improved in the 200 m to 23.19 (+1.1), British sprinter Anyika Onuora debuted in the 400 m with good 52.11.
KINGSTON (JAM): Trackalerts informs that Jamaica’s track and field governing body has announced that defending champions will be preferred over Diamond League winners as wild card entries for the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Athletics. The JAAA’s decision will see Yohan Blake getting the nod over Usain Bolt in the men’s 100m and Bolt over Nickel Ashmeade in the men’s 200m. There are other events where wild cards will be granted. These are the women’s 200m with defending champion, Veronica Campbell-Brown, the women’s 100m with Diamond League winner, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the women’s 400m hurdles with Diamond League winner, Kaliese Spencer.
KYIV (UKR): Executive committee of Ukrainian athletics federation gave permission to triple jump London Olympic 4th placer Hanna Knyazeva to represent Israel at major athletics events from the next year. In November 2012 Knyazeva was married to Israeli decathlete Anatoliy Minenko and obtained Israeli citizenship on May 12, 2013.
KYIV (UKR): Triple jump European U23 champion Sheryf El-Sheryf applied to Ukrainian athletics federation (FLAU) asking to give him permission to represent Turkey at major athletics events. Sheryf also gave all documents confirmed his current Turkish citizenship. FLAU’s executive committee made decision to permit El-Sheryf represent Turkey from next year only if Turkish athletics federation will recover expenditure spending for immediate athlete’s preparation.
REHLINGEN (GER): German long jumper Bianca Kappler gave birth to a daughter Lara Emily. Her first daughter Jolina was born in 2006.
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican 400 m runner Dominique Blake has been banned for six years, commencing June 13, 2013. Blake, who admitted the doping charges and explained she didn’t intentionally used the substance, was tested positive for Methylhexanamine, at last year’s national trials. She was sixth in the women’s 400m final, and despite traveling with the team to London, did not make the final 4×4 team.
HEROUVILLE (FRA, Jun 13): At International meet here Cubans clocked sub 50 at 400 m hurdles, Omar Cisneros 49.77 and Yasmani Copello 49.89. Chinese Xiwe Wenjun won the hurdles in 13.54 (-2.3) ahead of Russian Konstantin Shabanov 13.63. Roscoe Engel of South Africa got the 100 m in 10.45 (-1.0). Dmitriy Zhelyabin of Russia cleared 555 in pole vault ahead of world medalist Lazaro Borges 535. Mihain Donisan from Romania cleared 218 in the high jump. On the women side Natalya Pogrebnyak from Ukraine won the 100 m in 11.51 (+0.4), Bahraini Genzebe Shumi the 1500 m 4:14.05 and Cristina Sandu from Romania the long jump 648 (+4.1).
LEFCOSIA (CYP, Jun 12): During the first day of the Cypriot National Championships Greek Konstadínos Douvalídis clocked 13.45 (+1.8) competing as guest in the 110m hurdles. Milan Trajkovic was Cypriot champion with 13.83.
REYKJAVIK (ISL, Jun 12): Anita Hinriksdottir (17) clocked her season best in the women 800 m in 2:03.42.
OSTERODE (GER, Jun 12): Ralf Bartels got here his first years 20+ shot put with 20.01 m.
EME NEWS (JUN 13, 2013)
BEKELE AND MERGA CONFIRMED
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Legendary Kenenisa Bekele was confirmed by Ethiopian Federation as qualified for 10 000 m at World Championships. Also confirmed is second from Prefontaine Classic race Imane Merga. Third place goes to reigning world champion Ibrahim Jeylan. Fourth place remains open and will be confirmed based on times achieved during the current season. For the moment on that spot is Abera Kuma, but his selection was not confirmed yet. There is still a possibility for another runner if able to achieved faster than 27:13.10.
M. POWELL IN MOSCOW
MOSCOW (RUS): The IAAF ambassador for Moscow 2013 and long jump world record holder Mike Powell hosted a kids’ master-class at the “Luzhniki” Big Sports Arena. There were around 80 kids aged from 12 to 18 who represented Moscow, Moscow region and even other Russian cities. After the master-class Powell, who is currently coaching young athletes back in the United States admitted that he didn’t plan to run and jump himself. “But I stepped on the track and it felt so fast and so amazing that I ended up actually jumping in the sand. I didn’t jump far, but I had so much fun”, Powell admitted. His next visit to Moscow is already scheduled – he will come to Moscow for the World Championships to see some impressive jumps at the Big Sports Arena.
MIKHNEVICH FOR LIFE
MINSK (BLR): Disciplinary commission of Belarusian national anti-doping agency life banned shot putter Andrey Mikhnevich informed Interfax. “That decision was made on May 20 and it was second violation of anti-doping rules by Mikhnevich. That is why he have got life ban” head coach of national team Aleksandr Troshchilo commented to Pressball. “His sample from world championships 2005 in Helsinki was positive for banned substances during last year retest.” If life ban will be accepted by the IAAF all Mikhnevich’s results will be canceled from August 2005 including four bronzes: from world championships (2007, 2011), Beijing Olympics and European team championships 2011; one European gold 2010, three silver medals from European championships 2006 and world indoor championships 2006, 2010 as well as 7th place at Berlin world championships, 5th place at European indoors 2007 and 4th place at world indoors 2008.
FAST STEEPLE RACES FOR OSTRAVA
OSTRAVA (CZE): World junior and youth champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya confirmed for the steeple at the 52nd Ostrava Golden Spike meeting on June 27(IAAF World Challenge). The young world leader and unbeaten so far this season will aim for a fast time. He might attack the meet record of Paul Kipsiele Koech8:02.55 in 2011. If weather will cooperate his aim could be even higher to come close to Shaheen´s world junior record 7:58.66 in 2001. „So far my season has been a dream; winning the big races, beating all the steeple-greats and that combined with fast times. Although still a junior I feel I should just aim high and race against the best in the World at senior-level. For the last ten years steeple has been dominated by three of the best runners the event has ever seen. Racing them now inspires and gives me the challenge to get the best out of myself. But also the other athletes of the new generation make sure I can never get comfortable. The goals for this season are the World junior record of Shaheen and the World Championships in Moscow. I am grateful Ostrava is recognising my achievements and that they are willing to stage a fast race. I am told Ostrava has a fast track and a great crowd. I am looking forward to meet you all,“ he was quoted as saying. In women steeple which returns to Ostrava after six years Kenyan triple Diamond Race winner and national record holder Milcah Chemos should attack a fast time, for sure she should be able to improve the meet record 9:20.28 from 2003.
DONETSK (UKR): LOC of World Youth championships 2013 will held in Donetsk public athletics festival. Entertainments named “Run from divan” will start at 17.00 on June 15 near Sergey Bubka monument and will include presentation of champs’ official mascot gopher Ostap. All participants of festival will get invitations they can exchange later for championships’ tickets.
LONDON (GBR): Stellar Athletics led by former top sprinter John Regis announced top signees from NCAA Championships. The group will represent world leader and NCAA champion at 100 m hurdles Brianna Rollins and 100 m winner Charles Silmon.
LIEGE (BEL): The meet of Liege planned for July 10 in Belgium (Meeting International d‘Athlétisme de la Province de Ličge) will have Kevin Borlee competing in the 300 m against Trinidad Olympic medalist Lalonde Gordon.
PARIS (FRA): French sprinter Veronique Mang ended preliminary her season. It is due to an knee injury at the meet of Montreuil.
TURKU (FIN): Top event at Paavo Nurmi Games on Sunday in Turku will be men javelin. World leader Tero Pitkamäki will face Cuban 2009 World medalist Guillermo Martinez, Kenyan Julius Yego, Estonian Risto Matas, Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais and home elite Ari Mannio and Teemu Wirkkala. Unfortunately injured is olympic bronze medalist Antti Ruuskanen.
NAIROBI (KEN): Sportsnewsarena.com writes that the Nairobi county government has plans to introduce a major marathon to be run in the city in future. Nairobi County deputy governor Jonathan Mweke said that Nairobi City lags behind despite the fact that Kenya has some of the best marathoners in the World.
PARIS (FRA): Former top sprinter Bruno Marie-Rose was re-elected as President of LNA (National Track League) in France. The organisation supports athletes as professionals (19 included into the programme) and meetings of the LNA Circuit.
MOSCOW (RUS): Long jump Athens Olympic champion and 5-times triple jump world champion Tatyana Lebedeva isn’t sure she’ll be in time to recover and prepare for national championships this summer to be selected to the Moscow Worlds. 36-year-old Russian informed she is still injured and too behind in her preparation plans.
DRESDEN (GER): 2009 World bronze medalist in high jump Raul Spank underwent successfully a knee surgery. He will not be able to jump this year, but hopes for future years.
NAIROBI (KEN): Sportsnewsarena.com informs about the Kenyan team for World Youth Championships in Donetsk. 2000m girls SC: Roseline Chepngetich, Daisy Jepkemei, 800 boys:Alfred Kipketer, Patrick Rono, 1500 m boys: Robert Kiptoo, Titus Kipruto, 3000 m girls: Lilian Kasait, Mercy Chepwogen, 1500 m girls: Irene Chepkemoi, Lucia Eunice, 800 m girls: Agnes Mulei, Jarinta Maiwa 3000 m boys: Vedic Kipkoech, Alexander Mutiso, 200 m boys: Geoffrey Kiprotich, Stanley Keter, 400 m boys: Ian Mutuku, Alex Sampao, 2000m SC boys: Kiptanui Bett, Justus Kipkorir.
MOSCOW (RUS): After finishing second at the IAAF World challenge meeting in Moscow Athens Olympic champion Yuriy Borzakovskiy told to All Sport news agency he’s absolutely satisfied with his result 1:45.24. “I didn’t win but it wasn’t the main task for today. I work according to the Worlds preparation plan and now pay more attention to practices than to competitions. I can assess my current shape as 80% readiness. At Moscow Challenge I wanted to check the new track in Luzhniki. I liked it as track is fast and very good for competitions. But my main rehearsal here will be at national championships when I’m going to run three times: heat, final and probably relay with my regional team” said Borzakovskiy. His coach Vyacheslav Yevstratov confirmed that Yuriy’s result in Moscow is OK for now “especially if we’ll take into account his tiredness from previous race. Borzakovskiy tried to use his usual tactics speeding-up only on the last curve. And he coped with this task successfully” added Yevstratov.
ZENICA (BIH, Jun 12): Best results at the 4th International Meeting here was from home shot put star Hamza Alic 20.73. Second Kemal Mesic 20.01 and third Croatian Marin Premeru 19.82. Slovenian Barbara Spiler achieved 69.29 in hammer.
SALAMANCA (ESP, Jun 12): Additons are 100 m winner was Ricardo Monteiro of Portugal in 10.30 (+1.0) PB, in heats Anouiam Lopes clocked new national record for Guinea Bissau 10.36 (0.0). Rasul Dabo of Portugal won the high hurdles in 13.62 (0.0) and Cuban Wilfredo Martinez leaped to 806 (+0.3).