EME News July 26th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News July 26th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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Day one of the London DL was great for American distance runners as Shannon Rowbury, Brenda Martinez and Nick Symmonds picked up victories with Duane Solomon and Gabe Anderson taking second. Mary Cain had a solid European debut and finished fifth in the 1500. Bohdan Bondarenko flirted with the world record again with two attempts at 247, he's always fun to watch. Events I am especially looking forward to tomorrow are the 110 hurdles with all four Moscow-bound Americans battling each other again and the women's 100 with Jeter, SAFP, Gardner, Ahoure, Okagbare and Baptiste. With the excitement of the Olympics still lingering in the stadium, this is a truly captivating meet.

EME NEWS (JUL 26, 2013)

Mo and Jessica

LONDON (GBR): Second day of Sainsbury´s Anniversary Games in the Olympic Stadium will see both biggest home stars in action (Farah and Ennis-Hill), again sold out (60 000) and the man (Bolt) will anchor Racers team in the 4x100 m. Obergfoll can confirm her Diamond Race win 2013.

Event by event preview


Mile (Emsley Carr): Souleiman of Djibouti looks like the clear favorite.

3000 m (non-DL): Big solo of Mo Farah is expected. Maybe Tariku Bekele can be close? Expected pace at 7:40 leve.

Steeple: Non Moscow bound Kenyans B. Kipruto and Birech and interesting to see World youth best holder at 2k Kahsay of Ethiopia. Expected at 8:10 level.

110mH: Nearly full US Moscow Team (Merritt, Wilson, Oliver, only Richardson withdrew) against Ortega (but he had a long break). First heats.

400mH (non-DL): Culson lost in Monaco, Tinsley is back and all-time heroes Sanchez and Jackson.

PV (non-DL): Usual picture. Full London podium back. Lavillenie and both Germans.

LJ: Revenge after great jumping at Universiade. Menkov vs. Rivera.

4x100 m: Racers TC (Forsythe, Bailey-Cole, Weir, Bolt) and behind them all open (Germany, France with Lemaitre and Vicaut, Canada, Australia and of course home team and even Netherlands with Martina).


100 m: In heat one Jeter, Fraser-Pryce, Gardner, in second Baptiste, Ahoure, Okagbare. That should be also the final set-up.

200 m (non-DL): Felix is back, but Strachan is young and Solomon in shape.

400 m (non-DL): Home star Ohuruogu will not have it easy with Americans (McCorory, Hastings).

100mH (non-DL): Pearson returns to site of her success, but Wells, Lewis, Porter are also in good shape. And Ennis-Hill will be the most watched.

LJ (non-DL): Another test for Jessica. De Loach-Soukup is the favorite on paper.

SP: Adams is unbeaten since 2010, should stay so. Meet record possible (20.79).

JT: Obergfoll won all Diamond League´s and can confirm the overall win, attacking Abakumova and Stahl. Meet record possible (66.74 of Obergfoll in 2011).

Bolt: "I know I am clean"
LONDON (GBR): Usain Bolt claimed before London 100 m race that he was always destined to be one of the greatest athletes of all time and that he has been doing phenomenal things since he was a teenager - as he was forced to defend himself following a series of positive drugs tests involving top sprinters.  "If you were following me since 2002, you will know that I have been doing phenomenal things since I was 15," he said. m"I'm confident in myself and the people I work with and I know I'm clean so I am just going to continue running and using my talent to try and improve the sport. I don't make the rules and I can't determine how harsh they should be. In life things happen, people make mistakes, mishaps happen, so I can't really decide what the rules should be. As an athlete, I have to be very careful. I have a great team around me, I work hard and they make sure I stay on the straight and narrow.

Oldest world record celebrates 30 years
CASLAV (CZE): The oldest world record celebrates on Friday 30 years. The 1:53.28 of Jarmila Kratochvilova in the 800 m. "Yes, we will have a small celebration today in our stadium in Caslav," says Kratochvilova for EME NEWS. "But nothing big, you know Im not that kind of person. Im more looking forwards to Saturday where the whole Czecho-Slovak team competing in Helsinki 1983 is coming together for a special celebration," adds the current coach of young runners in her home town of Caslav. "Of course I was not thinking the record will last for so long. After I did it I was saying to myself, next year we have Olympic Games there it will be broken," admits Kratochvilova (62). She also says that she was in top shape in 1983 and if not combining different events she could run even better the 800 m at the World Championships in Helsinki, "but I was thinking only about medals in Helsinki, not about results." About for how long it will still be the best mark ever Kratochvilova says: "I m following the scene, I was hoping Mutola, later Jelimo, later Semenya, now the young girl from Burundi, that they can come close. But nothing happened. Now I would be more happy when it will last as long as possible. Earlier I was not following it so closely. And you should be aware, I was living in different time. For the record I got 3000 Czecho-Slovak crowns and bought a television but needed to add something as it was not enough."

Weekend of National Championships
LAUSANNE (SUI): This weekend is truly National Championships weekend in Europe. It is also weekend of last possibility to achieve the standards for the World Championships in Moscow. Deadline for entries is Monday July 29. Russian Champs just ended, sinceWednesday the Ukrainian event is going on (Donetsk), since Thursday Finland (Vaasa) and Belarus (Grodno). On Friday addede are Latvia (Jekabpils), Switzerland (Luzern) and Lithuania (Siauliai). Then during the weekend continuing with Spain (Alcobendas, Caceres in the 100 m), Austria (Feldkirch-Gisingen), Estonia (Tallinn), Slovenia (Celje), Italy (Milano), Portugal (Leiria), Hungary (Budapest), Ireland (Dublin-Santry) and Denmark (Aalborg, with young talent Hari). And to add Balkan Championships in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.

World Athletics Forum
MONACO (MON): New initiative by the IAAF. The world governing body announced that the 1st IAAF World Athletics Forum will be held on the first day of the 49th IAAF Congress in Moscow. The 1st IAAF World Athletics Forum will be chaired by IAAF President Lamine Diack, and aims to create an environment for lively and open debate about the future of Athletics for Congress Delegates and guests. This new IAAF initiative will take place on 7 August 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Convention Centre in Moscow. The forum will kick off with a morning plenary session including an external perspective of the current environment, trends, opportunities and challenges for sport and Athletics, a presentation of the new 2013-2016 IAAF Strategic Plan, and a focus on latest evolutions in IAAF Competitions and building partnerships within and outside the Olympic movement. In the afternoon, breakout sessions on three key themes (Promotion and Development of Athletics, Ethics in Athletics, IAAF Governance,) will take place. After the breakout sessions, a closing plenary session will bring the Forum to an end. Seven speakers and 17 panellists, each from a different country, will provide expert and diverse perspectives and insights from both inside and outside the Athletics Family.


WELLINGTON (NZL): Kim Smith has been forced to withdraw from the World Championships due to injuries in both her foot and achilles, reports 3 News NZ.  The US Based 31 year old qualified for the 10 000 m with a 31:46.37 run in April. Smith will try and return from injury to compete in the Boston half marathon on October 13th, the final race in a 3 race series that offers big prize money. Smith won this series last year and is currently leading this year’s edition.

NASSAU (BAH): Bahamian athletics is struggling to pay the expenses for the upcoming World Championships in Moscow, reports the Nassau Guardian. The governing body is yet to buy plane tickets for the championships which are only three weeks away. 

PITTSBURGH (USA): The elite field for the 2nd annual Liberty Mile (Aug 9th) has been announced reports bringbackthemile.com. The men’s field is headlined by the Oregon Track Club’s Jordan McNamara, who has run a 3:34.00 1500m this year, and also features the former NCAA indoor mile record holder Miles Batty. The race offers a 4000 USD prize for the winner. 

BRISBANE (AUS): Australian pole vault record holder Alana Boyd is out of the world championships due to knee and achilles problems, reports the Ipswich Advertiser. The 29 year old has failed to record a height at her last three meets.

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Pope Francis blessed the Olympic and Paralympic flags with holy water and greeted some of the country's athletes in Rio de Janeiro as his historic tour of Brazil continued.  He blessed the flags during a ceremony in Palacio da Cidade attended by Carlos Nuzman, President of Rio 2016, and Eduardo Paes, the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro.  Francis then headed to Varginha, one of Rio's favela slums and addressed an estimated crowd of more than one million young Roman Catholics on Copacabana beach.

NINOVE (BEL):  The Ninove Athletics Meeting on Saturday features some top class athletes. High Jump field is headed by Canada’s Olympic bronze medallist Derek Drouin, who has jumped a 236 PB this year.  The long jump features the Zimbabwean Ngoni Makusha, who has an 8.40 best and an 8.04 SB. A strong 3000m will see Mexican Juan Luis Barrios, fresh off a PB of 7:45.12 in Dublin, up against on form Kenyan Cyrus Rutto, who has a 7:46.74 best. Charles Jock is the strongest in the men’s 800 while Caster Semenya makes her final attempt for a world championships qualifying standard against a strong field that includes Canadians Jessica Smith and Diane Cummins and American Chanelle Price. The women’s 400m features a strong French contingent with Gayot (51.54) and Guei (51.58). British trio Danny Talbot, Deji Tobais and David Bolarinwa all go in the 100m. Talbot and Tobias also go in the 200m against top Brazilian Bruno De Barros. The women’s 1500m field is headed by Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay and also features one half of the German Sujew twins, Elina, who has run 4:08.82 this season. The men’s 1500m pits US Double indoor champion, Will Leer against home favourite Jeroen D’Hoedt.

LONDON (GBR): The Olympic shot put winner New Zealand’s Valerie Adams has said that she will “never forgive” the Belarus athlete Nadezhda  Ostapchuk who initially won the final but later was disqualified after failing a drug test, informs the Press Association Sport. Speaking to the media before she competes in the London Diamond League, a return to the site where she was denied her chance to stand on top of the Olympic podium, Adams said that Ostapchuk has “tainted the sport” and “tainted the event”. 


TEL AVIV (ISR, Jul 25): Second day of 19th Maccabiah Games had Maayan Shahaf the national record holder winning the high jump 184 over Czech Magdalena Nova also 184.

MOSCOW (RUS, Jul 25): Relay additions to Russian Championships. St. Peterburg won both male relays in 39.55 and 3:06.16. Women winners Irkutsk region 44.70 and Sverdlovsk (with Olympic winner Mariya Savinova) 3:28.94.



Bolt 9.85, Bondarenko attempted 247, Hejnova 53.07

LONDON (GBR, Jul 26): Sainsbury´s Anniversary Games first day in Olympic Stadium (IAAF Diamond League) registered in good summer weather and before 60 000 spectators 3 world leads, one meet record, one DL record and confirmation of DR win for Czech Hejnova (her 53.07 was the female performance of the day). Bolt delivered a good win in 9.85 WL. But the flying man of the evening was Bondarenko who attempted unreal 247.

Event by event


100 m (non-DL): Bolt was back in town and won in 9.85 (+0.5) despite a poor start. This is a real world lead as the two faster times of Tyson Gay are expected to be cancelled because they were achieved after his positive doping control. Rodgers second 9.98 after great start and fast closing Carter third 9.99. Dasaolu was last minute no-show due to hip-flexor strain. Gemili won the B-race in 10.16 (+0.3). "My start was poor and I need to work on that. To make a perfect race I need to make a good start and just get into the race. Hopefully I can make a good time at Moscow and continue to do well," said Bolt who arrived in the opening ceremony in a car built from a rocket.

200 m: Weir ruled in another fast time, already fourths sub 20 of the year (19.89, +0.2). Young who is not running in Moscow second 19.99 ahead of Spearmon 20.18 and Lemaitre 20.23.

400 m: James continues in winning (44.65), McQuay second 45.09 over J. Borlee season best 45.14.

800 m (non-DL): In top pace Symmonds beats Solomon (1:43.67 to 1:44.12). Top European Mark English of Ireland as 6th PB 1:44.84.

HJ: Bondarenko continues to be from another planet. 228, 234, 238 all in first and after Kynard went out (236 cleared, but missed 240) tried once at 243 and twice at science-fiction height 247. "I feel I will get it in Moscow", he said afterwards.

DT: Malachowski 67.35 confirmed good shape (all valid throws enough to win) over Wierig 66.60 and Kanter 66.29. Close to meet record 67.82.


800 m: Brenda Martinez with nice finish and meet record 1:58.19 showed she will be a force at Worlds. Second Romanian Lavric as the only other one sub 2 (1:59.79).

1500 m (non-DL): Only one Kenyan in the race Mary Kuria won in 4:08.77. Also to note the pro European debut for US teen Mary Cain (5th 4:09.77).

3000 m: Shannon Rowbury world leading 8:41.46 as US runners ruled, second Anderson8:42.64 and third Huddle 8:42.99, both PB´s.

400mH: The female performance of the day by Czech Zuzana Hejnova 53.07 NR and WL. She is unbeaten so far 2013 and confirmed her Diamond Race win. Second PSD 53.67 PB and then US runners Moline 54.32 and Carter (European debut) 54.83.

PV: Silva confirmed who is the world leader with Diamond League record 483. Suhr followed 473 and Murer with Spiegelburg 463.

TJ: Russian Universiade winner Koneva showed who was the paper favorite with 14.52 (-0.3) and three other jumps enough to win.

4x100 m (non-DL): Great Britain (Asher-Smith, Onuora, A. Lewis, Nelson) won in fast 42.69 (fourth fastest nation worldwide 2013) over All-Stars 43.16 and France 43.46. 3 teams did not finish.


AGADIR (MAR): The Moroccan team for the World Championships in Moscow has been named, reports the Libération. Malika Akkaoui has been named for the 800 m and will arrive as one of the favourites for the world title. She will be joined in the 800m by Halima Hachlaf, a semi-finalist at last year’s Olympics. Ibtissam Lakhouad, Siham Hilali and Rabab Arrafi are all named for the women’s 1500m while Salima El Ouali will compete in the 3000mSC. Olympic bronze medallist Abdelaati Iguider is entered for both the 1500m and 5000m. Zakaria Maazouzi will compete alongside him in the 1500m after obliterating his previous PB. Hamid Ezzine will line up in the 3000mSC while Daegu semi-finallist Aziz Ouhadi will race the 100m and 200m. Jaouad Gharib and Hafid Chani will lead Morroco’s hopes in the marathon.

MOSCOW (RUS): Russian head-coach Valentin Maslakov explained before announcing the final team selection for the World Championships that Ivan Ukhov as olympic winner will be selected with a B-standard, Aleksandr Shustov has the A-standard and was second at the nationals. The third position could go to Sergey Mudrov who as only other one has the A-standard but was injured at the nationals. In total 116-118 athletes are expected to be entered. Maslakov also confirmed the returning 2004 Olympic winner Yelena Slesarenko will be selected despite having only B-standard in the women high jump. On the other hand confirmed there is no reason why to select Svetlana Feofanova in the pole vault. Yulia Zaripova will compete only in the steeple, despite her fast 1500 m when winning the national title.

NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan marathoner Peter Some, who has been named in the Kenyan squad for Moscow, says that he is greatly motivated by the athletics legacy of his father Some Muge, reports Reuters.  Some Muge, who died in 1997, was a bronze medallist at the 1983 World Cross Country and later over 10,000 at the All-Africa Games. Peter Some has followed his father’s path and also represented Kenya at the World Cross Country championships. He finished in 7th position in the junior race in 2008. The Paris marathon champ (2:05.38), who’s running style is likened to Bekele’s, has also received advice from Wilson Kipsang before he takes on the world in Moscow on the 17th of August.

NEUBRANDENBURG (GER): German U23 European discus champion Anna Ruh withdrew her participation at the World Championships in Russia. It is because an knee injury. She is also World junior champion from last year in Barcelona.


CASTELBUONO (ITA, Jul 26):Very hot day for 88th edition of Giro di Castelbuono, one of the oldest road race in Europe at the 10 km distance. Favorite Wilson Kiprop won in 30:10 ahead of Atanaw Ayalew of Ethiopia 30:10 and Emmanuel Kipsang 30:25. Fourth place for Paula Lonyangata 30:33 ahead of Dickson Chumba 31:09 and home European CC Champion Andrea Lalli (is in marathon training) 31:28.  Kiprop was satisfied after the win: "Not an easy race, not a race as others. The course is so difficult, I am happy and thanks to all thousands people who supported me so much".

DONETSK (UKR, Jul 26): Third day of Ukrainian Championships had Yelizaveta Bryzgina showing top 200 m shape with winning time of 22.72 (-1.8). It is fourth fastest in 2013 by an European. Serhiy Smelyk improved in men 200 m final to fast 20.52 (+0.2). Hanna Titimets posted 56.02 in the 400 m hurdles, Lilya Lobanova won the 800 m in 2:03.46 and Viktoriya Pohyrelska the 5000 m in 15:48.43. In technical events surprise in women javelin as Marharita Dorozhon had 62.01 ahead of Hanna Hatsko 61.18 and only third European Champion Vira Rebryk 60.22. Hammer winners Yevhen Vinogradov 76.70 and Natalya Zolotukhina 67.00. Oleksandr Korchmyd cleared 560 in the pole vault.

GRODNO (BLR, Jul 25): During first day of Belarus Championships Aleksandr Linnik won the hurdles in 13.53 personal best over Maksim Lynsha 13.62. World indoor medalist Alina Talay won the women hurdles in 12.97 and was also second in the flat 100 m (11.58) just beaten by Yekaterina Gonchar 11.44. 800 m sensation Anis Ananenko won the 1500 m (3:53.20), in women race Natalya Koreyvo 4:16.26. Walking winners Ivan Trotskiy (1:23:52, 20 km), Dmitriy Dyubin (4:22.23, 50 km) and Anastasiya Jatsevich (1:35:16, women 20 km). Hammer this time did not brought any special results, titles for Yuriy Shayunov (76.36) and Yelena Krechyk (65.77) as pre-selected Oksana Menkova had a bye. Natalya Vyatkina won the triple jump (14.10).

SIAULIAI (LTU, Jul 26): Rytis Sakaulauskas won the 100 m during first day of Lithuanian Championships with 10.37. Raivydas Stanys cleared 224 in the high jump and Povylas Mikolaitis leaped to 782 in the long jump. On the women side Zinaida Sendriute got 60.76 in discus, Agne Serksniene 52.63 in the 400 m.

JEKABPILS (LAT, Jul 26): Fresh U23 European champion Lina Muze won the women javelin during first day of Latvian Championships in personal best 61.97. Second favorite Madara Palameika 59.92. Men javelin winner Rolands Strobinders achieved 80.35. Elvijs Misans lepaed to 786 (+1.9) in the long jump.

VAASA (FIN, Jul 26): Second day of Finnish Championships had Lewis Korir winning the 10 000 m in 28:37.14. Top female result, the 13.16 (+0.9) by Nooralotta Neziri in the 100 m hurdles.

LUZERN (SUI, Jul 26): First day of Swiss Championships had junior record in javelin by Lukas Wieland 75.11 and U23 record for Andreas Graber 16.44 (+1.9) in the triple jump. Reto Amaru Schenkel won the 100 m in 10.33 (-0.4) over Alex Wilson 10.38. Mujing Kambudja defended her women title in 11.66 (-0.6). Irene Pusterla got the long jump with 652 (+1.0).

LODZ (POL, Jul 26): At School Olympics Ewa Swoboda clocked new youth national mark 11.54 (+1.6) in girls 100 m.

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