EME NEWS (SEP 26, 2013)
SUB 2:20 IS THE VISION
BERLIN (GER): The jubilee 40th Berlin Marathon on Sunday will have one of the most competitive women fields here in recent years. Even with the inevitable drop-outs through injury, there are still former winners, Florence Kiplagat and Irina Mikitenko, and Boston winner 2012 and Daegu bronze medallist, Sharon Cherop to contend with. „I think I can run in the 2.19s, but not a minute faster than my best. I know I’m in good shape, but so is everyone else,“ says Kiplagat. „Over 40, you have to set new goals, so I’m targeting the Masters’ record (Lyudmila Petrova’s 2:25:43 in New York 2008). It’s feasible, but it’s no good talking about it. You have to do it. There are pros and cons about being five years older than my best. With age you still have endurance, but you have to work harder to maintain your speed. But it is a marathon after all.“ Interested observers, invited back for the 40th anniversary of the Berlin Marathon, will be former women’s world record holders, Naoko Takahashi of Japan, 2.19.46 (first women’s sub 2.20) in 2001; and Tegla Loroupe of Kenya, 2.20.43 in 1999. Writes Pat Butcher.
BOLT´S EUROPEAN TOUR ENDED
LONDON (GBR): Sprint star Usain Bolt had a book launch in London all last week, did a photo shoot and interviews for Puma in Paris on Saturday. That was followed by a meeting with Puma in Herzogenaurach on Monday and attended the famous Octoberfest on Tuesday in Munich. The fastest man on earth is now heading back home to Jamaica. His next trip is planed for November to Los Angeles in Japan for his sponsors.
BLAKE STARTED WITH TRAINING
KINGSTON (JAM): While Usain Bolt was on European Tour his club colleague Yohan Blake is back in training after his injury which forced him to miss nearly the whole 2013. „So am back in training and it was a good day today,“ he said on his twitter.
SHELLY-ANN THINKS GLASGOW
KINGSTON (JAM): Next year‘s Commonwealth Games is looking better all the time. First, the incomparable Usain Bolt puts the Glasgow hosted multi-sport carnival on his 2014 calendar. As if that wasn‘t enough, triple world champion from Moscow Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has Glasgow on her agenda too. Writes Jamaica Gleaner.
SYMMONDS WITH MORE 1500
NEW YORK (USA): World championships silver winner in the 800 m Nick Symmonds plans to increase the number of races over the mile and 1500 m next year. Currently, Symmonds‘s personal bests are 3:34.55 for the 1500m and 3:56.72 for the mile (albeit indoors on an over-sized track). Symmonds hinted at the likelihood of running 1500m and mile races both indoors and outdoors throughout 2014. He also emphasized that the mile-specific training to be done will all be in preparation for 2016. „We are not going to throw in a bunch of radical ideas,“ Symmonds said, speaking about his training under Nike Oregon Track Club Elite coach Mark Rowland. „We are going to keep building on it year after year, getting a little bit stronger in the weight room, little stronger in distance work and a little faster in speed work. 1500m, USA‘s, 2014 is the goal right now,“ he said smiling. Informs Race Results Weekly.
KRAUEL, STRUTZ, NYTRA ETC.
FRANKFURT (GER): News from German athletics. Long jumper Sophie Krauel (670 in 2009 and several international junior medals) is now being called Sophie Poser and expects her first child in December. She used her injury break to establish her private life and it is not sure whether she returns to athletics. On the other hand pole vault World medalist Martina Strutz who missed Moscow event is feeling good after leg injury and plans already for the indoor season 2014. That is not the case of 2011 European Indoor champion in hurdles Carolin Nytra. She can now walk without crutches but training not yet. She hopes for Zurich 2014 in summer. Good news from 2009 World high jump medalist Raul Spank after his knee surgery. He is currently undergoing his basic army education and hopes to start with winter training in October with subsequent training camp in South Africa in November. 2009 and 2011 World heptathlon medalist Jennifer Oeser (30) is not that far yet. She had calf surgery in 2012 and then another on her heel. So Moscow was not possible, but she hopes she will be able to start with training in South Africa later in November.
TOKYO (JPN): The Japan IAAF World Challenge meet will be held as this year at the 1964’s Tokyo Olympic stadium. This will be a last chance to see that 1964’s legacy of the main stadium. The date of the meet is May 11 next year. The fifth year of IAAF World Challenge will start in Melbourne, Australia on March 22. Until Tokyo also the Jamaican Invitational will be held in Kingston on May 3 as part of the series.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): The fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport will be held in Johannesburg from November 12-15. New IOC president Thomas Bach will be among the participants and the approval of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code is set to take place.
SHENYANG (CHN): Li Yanfeng, the women’s discus world champion in 2011, made a return to competitive competition this month at the Chinese National Games after undergoing surgery in March for a herniated disc, informs IAAF. Li, who only returned to training in May, finished 2nd with a throw of 63.91 behind Tan Jian. It was Li’s 4th loss to tan in 43 encounters. While Li’s left leg is now three centimeters shorter than her right due to her injury she still is aiming to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. She will probably not compete next year as she plans to have a child after she gets married on October 6.
PARIS (FRA): After a disappointing performance in Moscow, French walker and European Champion Yohan Diniz has changed coaches, reports lunion.presse.fr. He will now be coached by Gilles Rocca. He has been training under his former coach, Pascal Chirat, since 2008.
GOTEB0RG (SWE): Olympic gold medal winning heptathlete Carolina Kluft has criticized the Swedish media for comparing the current top Swedish athletes with the best Swedish athletes of former years, such as Christian Olsson and herself. She said that the constant pressure can be psychologically damaging. Reports aftonbladet.se.
LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics informs that Jacques Borlée, coach and father to the Borlée family of athletes, is to speak at the International Festival of Athletics Coaching on 25-27 October 2013in Glasgow, Scotland. Coach to his four children as well as an Olympian and European indoor medallist in his own right, Jacques Borlée has put the family name and Belgium on the map. Jacques will be sharing his knowledge at the 2013 edition of the IFAC discussing his coaching philosophy and periodisation for sprints.
PARIS (FRA): L´Équipe informs that French hurdler Alice Decaux will not appeal her 6 months ineligibility ban for testing positive on June 23 at the European Team Championships in Gateshead. The ban will end on February 6, 2014 so she can still catch the most important part of the coming indoor season. Her personal best 12.85 also remains, it was achieved before the positive test on June 15 in Besancon.
LONDON (GBR): British Athletics website informs that sprinter Dwain Chambers has won medals at European and World Championships but his latest challenge takes him to uncharted territory, a feat which will carry him further outside of his comfort zone than any race on the track ever has. The 35 year old will attempt to climb Mont Blanc on Thursday, an ascent of 16,000 foot which is a journey much further than the 100m he is used to. The expedition will take seven days and will require him to sleep in a hut at an altitude of 3,500m before tackling the final climb with a head torch at two o’clock in the morning. After training in the shadow of Mont Blanc at Chamonix in the build-up to London 2012 Chambers will be returning to familiar territory to raise money for Teens Unite, a cancer charity that helps young cancer sufferers and something that the 2010 World Indoor champion is extremely passionate about.
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica Gleaner informs that Moscow World Championships presented for sprinter Oshane Bailey with another opportunity, which he claimed with both hands. „The gold medal (in relay) has opened a new path to success for 2014. My first World Championships and I came back with a gold medal. When I got home, my mom gave me a big kiss. I felt so happy,“ Bailey said. For the new season, Bailey promised a brand new approach. „In 2014, you‘re going to see a whole new Oshane Bailey,“ he said, explaining that he will be focusing a lot on strength work and running more 200m races next season. „I am working on that right now, so I can get my hamstrings strong.“ He is also hoping to compete more on the circuit.
UTRECHT (NED): The Sunday´s 63rd Singelloop in Utrecht won for its women start list top Kenyans Joyce Chepkirui and Valentine Kibet. Chepkirui´s road PB on the 10 km is fast 30:38, also running will be Joan Chelimo and Morrocan Nazha Machrouch. On the men side Ethiopian Adugna Bikila is the top names with 27:30. The races over 10 km will be also Dutch Championships.
PALEMBANG (INA, Sep 25): Athletics at the 3rd Islamic Solidarity Games in Indonesia started with Iran sprinter Reza Ghasemi winning the 100 m in 10.29 over Oman record holder Barakat Al-Harthi 10.34. Another gold medal for Iran in men high jump as Keyvan Ghanbarzadeh beat on count back with 220 Syrian Majid Eldein Ghazal. In women 100 m also gold for Iran as Maryam Toosi clocked national record 11.67 as the winner. Sultan Al-Hebshi won the shot put for Saudi Arabia 18.65. Turkish wins for Ali Kaya in men 10 000 m 29:36.64 and Elcin Kaya in women discus 53.33. Top middle distance runner Ilham Ozbilen achieved in 800 m heats 1:47.16.
EME News September 26th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin ManganWritten by Super User
After ending the 16 year medal drought for America in the 800, Nick Symmonds has set his sights for 2014 on the 1500. He already has an impressive 3:34.55 PB and there are no doubts his leg speed with his sub 1:43 800 lifetime best. If he can do some solid endurance training and be able to go through 1200 comfortably in 2:52-2:55, he could be a formidable force over the last 200 meters in an Olympic/World Championship 1500. It will be very fun to watch Nick go from an 800 guy who dabbles in the 1500 to a runner who can be a contender in both the 800 and 1500 on the big stage.
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