EME NEWS (SEP 13, 2013)
FBK GAMES SHOULD CONTINUE
HENGELO (NED): The organizers of the annual FBK Games in Hengelo (IAAF World Challenge) expressed at a press conference on Friday positive hopes that the City Council of Hengelo will on October 8 decide in favor for athletics in the stadium what would also mean that the best one day meeting in Netherlands will continue in its existence. The City already in July decided to support the meet in 2014. Netherlands is preparing to host the best European athletes in 2016 in Amsterdam and the athletics community in the Hengelo and other parts of the country believes that the top meeting should also be able to continue and give home athletes the opportunity to compete against the world elite.
LAVILLENIE TO ATTACK PV BEST
TALENCE (FRA): Olympic pole vault winner Renaud Lavillenie will compete in his first full decathlon during the weekend at the Decastar of Talence (last meet of IAAF Combined Events Challenge). He plans to attack the best ever pole vault result within a decathlon which is a high quality 576 by Tim Lobinger in Leverkusen 1999. His final score was 7346 points, that is the condition for the new best to score at least 7000 points. Lavillenie also plans the weekend afterwards to compete in 24 Hours Le Mans with Suzuki. But the main favorites for the weekend are the Eatons. “This was not always the plan. There are a lot of motivation problems late in the season, but the pressure is off. This is going to be a fun meet, and we decided it would be a very good way to end it,” said Ashton Eaton for Register Guard.
OTHER TOP ONE DAY MEETS
BUDAPEST (HUN): In the All-Athletics.com one day meetings rankings 2013 the best event from IAAF World Challenge is Ostrava Golden Spike as 13th, Zagreb Grand Prix is 16th and ISTAF in Berlin 17th. From European Permit meetings, the best Gyulai Memorial in Budapest as 20th, Spitzenleichtathletik in Luzern is 24th and French meet of Sotteville 28th as top three. Interestingly all are European Athletics Classic category, the best from Premium category is Rovereto on 29th position. Best meet from the others in Europe is Skolimowska Memorial in Warszawa as 31st. The best meetings in Asia are Doha Diamond League as 7th, Shanghai Diamond League as 10th and Beijing World Challenge as 22nd. In Africa top meetings are Rabat Meeting as 19th ahead of Dakar World Challenge as 47th. In America Pre Classic in Eugene is number one, New York Diamond League is 15th and Kingston Jamaica Invitational 23rd. Best South American meet is Belem Grand Prix in Brazil as 55th and best Oceanian meet the Sydney Track Classic as 65th.
ADAMS HAVING THE CURRENT LONGEST WINNING STREAK
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Shot put olympic and world winner Valerie Adams is having now the current longest winning streak with 42 competitions since August 2010. In 2013 she had 12 winning competitions (only finals counted). Abeba Aregawi the 1500 m World champion has 11 wins in a row in the 1500 m since August 2012 (including indoors), the same 11 wins but only in 2013 also for 400 m Hurdles World champion Zuzana Hejnova. Very special 11 wins in a row for Tirunesh Dibaba in all her races at the 10 000 m since 2005 (2 in 2013). Three female athletes are having 10 wins in a row, Brianna Rollins at 100 m hurdles since July 2012, Svetlana Shkolina in high jump since August 2012 and Caterine Ibarguen in triple jump since November 2012. Also to mention Usain Bolt winning streak at 200 m is at number 6 since June 2012 and Ashton Eaton won all his four decathlons in 2012 and 2013. Mo Farah is unbeaten in two races at the 10 000 m since 2011. With help from Tilastopaja.
AVRAMENKO AND BRYZGINA TWO YEARS
KYIV (UKR): Ukrainian athletics federation (FLAU) confirmed two-year bans for four athletes. Javelin European Team bronze medalist 2013 Roman Avramenko (dihydrochloride methyltestosterone) and 200m European silver medalist 2010 Yelizaveta Bryzgina (drostanolone) were tested positive at World Championships in Moscow. 25-year-old Avramenko is ineligible to compete from August 29, 2013 till August 29, 2015. His result and 5th place from Moscow Champs is canceled. The ban of 23-year-old Bryzgina started on August 28, 2013 and will be in process till August 28, 2015. Her results from World Championships 2013 including 10th place of Ukrainian woman 4x100m relay were canceled as well. The FLAU board also provided two year ban for discus Beijing bronze medalist Olena Antonova. Her sample from World Championships 2009 was positive with stanozolol. Her result from Berlin where she finished at 33rd place in qualification is deleted. Antonova’s ban come into force from July 23, 2013. 41-year-old Ukrainian already finished his career after performance at Berlin Worlds. 47-year-old hammer thrower Oleksandr Dryhol was banned from August 12, 2013 till August 12, 2015 because checking positive on dihydrochloride methyltestosterone in July this year.
MAKAU OUT OF BERLIN MARATHON
BERLIN (GER): A knee injury has forced marathon world-record holder Patrick Makau to withdraw from the BMW Berlin Marathon on September 29. “I intended to attack my own world record in Berlin but now the first thing on my mind is to fully recover from this injury so I can return to training”, said Makau. He had earlier consulted the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi where he was diagnosed with an inflammation in his left knee and ordered to stop running completely and rest the knee until the inflammation subsides. „I do believe that Patrick‘s objective at this stage of his career is not just to protect his world record, but to attack it. Sadly, this now might have to wait until next year and all of us at International Athletics Consultancy are to continue to support and assist Patrick in his efforts to continue to test human limits on marathon course,“ says his agent Zane Branson.
ROMA (ITA): 34 years ago on September 12 Pietro Mennea clocked at the Universiade in Mexico City 200 m world record 19.72. To remember it and after his death nearly six months ago a special Pietro Mennea Day was celebrated on Thursday in 60 Italian cities. Thousands of people of all ages from athletics tracks to town centers competed. Among the guests Tommie Smith, Alberto Juantorena, Sara Simeoni.
ABIDJAN (CIV): All-Africa.com informs that Murielle Ahoure returned to her country this week for first time since her succesfull World Championships in Moscow. She was welcomed at her descent from the plane by the Minister of State, Minister of Employment, Social Affairs and professional training, Moussa Dosso. „I am impressed by the welcome given to me. After the flight missed Sunday, I did not know that Ivoirians would thus mobilize to meet me, „she said. She was also received by the President of the Republic of Ivory Coast, Alassane D. Ouattara, who will present her medals. “I’m happy for what I did in my first World championship. I am running for my country Cote d’Ivoire. It’s the natural choice I’ve made. I will not change my nationality”, she said.
LONDON (GBR): Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has unveiled a giant floating sculpture called „Victor“ in the Serpentine at London‘s Hyde Park to launch the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Grand Final. The British London 2012 gold medallist, who is an ambassador for event sponsor PruHealth, was present on the banks of the River Thames to launch the competition, which will see more than 8,500 triathletes swim past the four-mete high and eight-meter wide floating swimmer over the five days of action. Organisers expect more than 300,000 spectators to attend the free event, which will take place over the London 2012 circuit in Hyde Park. Ennis-Hill says she hopes to make her competitive return from injury during next year‘s indoor season before going for her first Commonwealth gold. „I hope to do an indoor season and then do a heptathlon and individual events,“ the English athlete told BBC Sport.
HOUSTON (USA): Nine time Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis has joined the coaching staff at his alma matter, University of Houston, informs uhcougars.com. Lewis’ role will be as a volunteer coach working with the sprinters and jumpers. Head coach Leroy Burrell, who broke Carl Lewis’ world 100m record in 1994 and was a member of the world record beating USA 4x100m team alongside Lewis, said ““When you think of track and field, several athletes come to mind, one being Carl Lewis. „To have that type of name recognition and excellence associated with the program only enhances the training environment, credibility with our athletes and marketability with our recruits.” Lewis won 6 national championships during his two seasons with Houston.
CLAREMONT (USA): Demetrius Pinder of the Bahamas has had his Olympic gold medal from London 4x400 m stolen from his car in Florida, reports wtsp.com. The 24 year old accidentally left it in his vehicle while he was training at the IMG academy. He explained that he usually brings the medal around with him so that he can show it to children. He said he likes “to spread the word, no matter what or who you are: you can accomplish big goals”.
ROME (ITA): Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta wants to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, reports insidethegames.biz. “What happened in Buenos Aires makes me think that Italy can bid for the 2024 Olympics” said Letta. Rome’s bid for the 2020 Olympics was dropped due to financial constraints but the city’s mayor, Ignazio Marino says that the city is now ready. The city of Milan is another option. Milan’s mayor Giuliano Pisapia said there would be no rivalry between the cities of Milan and Rome and that they would make a decision together on who would bid for the Games.
LONDON (GBR): British club Belgrave Harriers have requested that any of their team results, of which banned Spaniard Alberto Lozano was a part, be erased from the record books, informs Athletics Weekly. Lozano tested positive for EPO at the Spanish Championships. He has been a member of Belgrave Harrier’s winning road and cross country teams in the past two years.
NEWCASTLE (GBR): British sprinter James Dasaolu is aiming for Francis Obikwelu’s European 100m record of 9.86, set at the Athens Olympics in 2004, informs European Athletics. The 25 year old, who ran a big personal best of 9.91 this year, said “In terms of my career, that is one of my long term goals - to break that record in the next two to three years leading up to Rio. It is half a meter and it is a realistic target.” He has been coached by Steve Fudge for the last 18 months and feels that he is yet to reach his potential under him. He will finish his season at the Great North CityGames this weekend in a 100 m race.
EME News September 13th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin ManganWritten by Super User
Hopeful news out of Hengelo as the organizers of the Fannie Blankers-Koen Games are feeling positive that the city council will give athletics a vote of confidence. There have been proposals of remodeling the stadium to be football only. Hopefully their optimism becomes substantiated because the FBK Games is the best one day meet in the country and gives the best Dutch athletes the opportunity to compete on the world elite level in front of their home fans. The FBK Games also has some significant history, including being named after Dutch sprinter/hurdler/jumper legend Fanny Blankers-Koen, who helped pave the way for women in athletics. The "Flying Housewife" shattered the stereotype that mother's couldn't be athletes and was named the IAAF's athlete of the Century. The other big historical aspects of the FBK Games are the two world records set by two of the greatest distance runners of all time. In 1998 Haile Gebrselassie set a new 10k World Record of 26:22.75 and in 2004 Kenenisa Bekele set the still standing 5k World Record of 12:37.35. I hope the city council sees the value of this valuable track and the FBK Games. The past, present and future of Dutch athletics is embodied in it.
EME NEWS (SEP 13, 2013)
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