EME News November 11th-12th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News November 11th-12th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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The IAAF World Athletics Gala is this weekend in Monaco. Lots of important things will happen, including the convening of the IAAF Council, awarding of World Athletes of the Year, Rising Star and Lifetime Achievement Awards, workshops, assembiles and the Diamond League General Assembly, amongst other activities and meetings. During the awards portion of the weekend will feature entertainment from the Swann Band, one of the best acts in Europe. The most important question that will be answered during the weekend, at least as far as American track fans are concerned, is whether the 2016 World Indoor Championships will be in Birmingham, England or Portland, Oregon? Vin Lanana and the Track Town USA crew have had great success in securing US Olympic Trials and the 2014 World Junior Championships. Now we'll see if that success can continue on to the senior stage on the global level. ATF wishes Lanana and company the best of luck in bringing World Indoors to America.

EME NEWS (NOV 12, 2013)
MOSCOW (RUS): Personal coach of reigning high jump world champion Svetlana Shkolina Sergey Klyugin informed All-Sport news agency that Shkolina will for sure miss the indoor season 2014. “We decided to follow last-year strategy. Svetlana cannot perform on high level during both winter and summer seasons. This winter she’ll have full rest from competitions and will not perform even at one-day meetings” said Klyugin. Also not jumping indoors Brigetta Barrett and most probably also Anna Chicherova.
MONACO (MON): This week the eyes of the Athletics world will be on the Principality of Monaco, home to the headquarters of the IAAF. As well as the staging of the annual International Athletics Foundation (IAF) World Athletics Gala, Monaco will be a hive of administrative work. A two-day sitting of the IAAF Council (World Indoors 2016 decision is expected between Portland and Birmingham), is one of 13 meetings, workshops and assemblies which concern the governing and organisation of the sport worldwide. The IAAF family will gather to celebrate the 2013 World Athletics Gala at the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d’Eté on Saturday 16 November. Here the top favorites for the AOY awards are Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. The sport of Athletics will have further opportunity to mark outstanding achievements via a number of other awards and honours including those for Rising Star and Lifetime Achievement; 12 legendary athletes – including multiple World and Olympic champions and former World record-holders – will also be inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame. The Gala’s 600+ guests, who will include many of the world’s top athletics stars, past and present, will be entertained this year by the Swann Band, a Paris-based group of 11 musicians, vocalists and dancers who have been called the best party band in Europe. A two-day meeting of the IAAF Council, Thursday 14 to Friday 15 November, along with gatherings of various IAAF Commissions, IAF Council, and Diamond League General Assembly are among those that will be staged before, during, and immediately following the Gala weekend.
MOSCOW (RUS): Reigning 4x400m relay world champion Antonina Krivoshapka informed to Rusathletics.com that she started her season preparation one month ago feeling very motivated. “Very soon we’ll go to Kislovodsk training camp which is one of my favourite place for practices. Most probably I’ll miss the indoor season but I wouldn‘t like to guess towards the future. It’s too early to say about my winter plans. What about summer? I remember about first IAAF World Relays. Why not? Certainly if it’s fitted in with our preparation plans Russian team should compete,” said 400m bronze medalist from Moscow Worlds.
MOSCOW (RUS): Head coach of Russian athletics team Valentin Maslakov confirmed to national media that race walk Olympic and three-time world champion Olga Kaniskina finished her career. “Kaniskina has retired from athletics for sure,” said Maslakov. “Two another our top race walkers Valeriy Borchin and Denis Nizhegorodov are going through deep medical examinations right now. Depending on the results they will make decision whether they’ll continue their career”. Kaniskina is a candidate for the position of new director of Saransk sport center.
LAUSANNE (SUI): Special Christmas gift. The book „Athletissima 1977-2013“ was presented at the Moevenpick Hotel in Lausanne before some 150 representatives from the sports world, politics and economy. The attendees had the opportunity to exchange a few words with Pierre Delčze, Markus Ryffel and Anita Protti, three Swiss athletes who competed at Athletissima several times and who greatly contributed to the fame of the Lausanne meet. Of a length of 220 plus pages, this book was co-written in French (no english version) by several sports journalists, of whom some attended the inaugural meet in 1977. This book looks back at each of the 38 editions of Athletissima and includes a lot of photographs.
ATLANTA (USA): Turner Field, originally the Centennial Olympic Stadium built as the centrepiece for the 1996 Games, faces an uncertain future after Major League Baseball (MLB) side Atlanta Braves announced that they are moving to a new ground in 2017. They will relocate to a new 672 million USD 42 000 capacity arena in Cobb County in suburban Atlanta when their 20-year lease agreement for Turner Field runs out at the end of 2016. News of the move caught has everyone by surprise. Turner Field opened in 1996 as the 85,000-seat main venue for the Atlanta Games, hosting athletics as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. It will be remembered for Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic Flame at the Opening Ceremony and the world records set by Donovan Bailey and Michael Johnson in the 100 and 200 meters respectively. Informs insidethegames.
ATHENS (GRE): Past and present performers at the forefront of distance running showed their support for the Athens Classic Marathon and its unique status among marathons this past weekend. Receiving his award as the AIMS Best Male Marathon Runner of the Year on Friday evening in Athens, the current world record holder, Wilson Kipsang of Kenya, hinted that he might one day like to test himself on the classic course. Norway’s Ingrid Kristiansen, the women’s former world record holder, received a lifetime achievement award at the same inaugural AIMS gala and urged runners of every ability to experience the special running atmosphere of the Athens Classic Marathon. Writes Globe Runner.
MONACO (MON): IAAF ratified the only senior World record in championships event in 2013. The 2:03:23 by Wilson Kipsang set at 40th Berlin Marathon on September 29.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Swedish athletics federation did not approve the date for the Malmo Games on August 19, 2014. The board said it is too close to the IAAF Diamond League meet DN Galan which is scheduled for Stockholm on August 21. As MAI Malmo club announced afterwards they will hold the competition as show event anyway. Swedish media are informing. The organisers of the Malmo meet already secured the participation of Usain Bolt and recently the top Swedish sprinting talent Irene Ekelund switched to MAI Malmo club.
OXFORD (USA): IAAF informs that World and Olympic Long Jump champion Brittney Reese is aiming for a hat-trick of Long Jump titles at the IAAF World Indoor Championships held in Sopot, Poland, in March. She won in Doha 2010 with 670 and in Istanbul 2012 with massive US record 723 cm.
VANCOUVER (CAN): The Canadian Cross Country Championships will be held at Jericho Beach in Vancouver, on November 30th, reports athleticsillustrated.com. The main contenders for the senior women’s race are defending champion Megan Brown, Natasha Wodak, Rachel Cliff and Maria Bernard. Brown, who has personal bests of 15:33:42 and 33:10:47, for the 5000m and 10000m respectively, is confident ahead of the race after a good period of training.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): WADA president John Fahey explained some of the details of the WADA trip to Jamaica at a news conference in Johannesburg ahead of the World Conference on Doping in Sport, reports the BBC. “I am confident, from the discussions that took place, that there‘s a recognition in Jamaica that they have to do a whole lot better and they have to beef up their programme and skill set. WADA will give them every assistance there. We have asked them to enter an international partnership. We‘ve found that‘s been very effective in other struggling areas of anti-doping. For example, Russia have been mentored by Norway and that proved to be a very valuable way of doing things.” He also displayed his frustration at the lack of power WADA has to enforce countries to increase their anti-doping efforts, citing the case of Kenya as an example. However, he believes that changes may be made at the conference that would give WADA more power and freedom to investigate.
MANCHESTER (GBR): The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon will increase the prize money available to British athletes for its 2014 edition, reports Athletics Weekly. The winning British athletes will win Ł750, while the top 10 British finishers will all receive prize money. British athletes that run faster than 2:20 for men and 2:30 for women will win Ł500. A sub 2:15/2:25 clocking will earn the athlete Ł3000, although this prize is restricted to one male and one female athlete. Altrincham AC’s Dave Norman has won the race in 2012 and 2013, clocking 2:20:19 on his last outing.
ZURICH (SUI): Viktor Rothlin has been forced to withdraw from the Fukuoka Marathon due to the flu, reports rts.ch. The 39 year old 2010 European Marathon champion ran half of the New York City Marathon in preparation for Fukuoka but became ill after arriving home from the race. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that it took him longer than expected to recover from the Jungfrau Marathon, which he ran on September 14. He will now take 2 weeks of training and then continue to focus towards the European Championships marathon in Zurich.
WINSTON SALEM (USA): The second Camel City Indoor Mile, part of the Hilton Garden Invitational scheduled for Saturday, February 1, in Winston-Salem, N.C., has added an elite women‘s section. Last year there was only an elite men‘s race which was won by Cory Leslie in 3:57.81. A 7000 USD prize money and bonus purse is available, and the top-3 men and women will be paid 1500-750-375 USD.
MOSCOW (RUS): Anti-doping commission of All-Russian athletics federation banned from February 26, 2013 till February 25, 2015 long jump European U23 silver medalist (2009) Pavel Karavayev. His sample collected on February 18, 2013 in Moscow training camp was positive for illegal substance ostarine. The 19-year-old race walker Tatyana Akulinushkina has got half-year ban. Her sample from Russian race walk championships in Cheboksary (June 8, 2013) was positive for fenoterolum. Akulinushkina will able to compete already from January 16, 2014 but her second place and 10 000m result at national junior championships were canceled.
RANCHI (IND, Nov 11): At the 2nd South Asian Junior Championships in the boys 100 m Indian Augustine Yesuda achieved 10.61 (+0.6). India was the top country with 20-20-12 medals ahead of Sri Lanka 10-10-14. Himashan Eashan from Sri Lanka won the 200 m in meet record 21.44 (-0.9).
SUZHOU (CHN, Nov 11-12): Chinese walker Yu Wei leads after two stages (overall four stages planned) the Wuzhong International Walking Competition with 2:24:51 time. He clocked 1:23:45 to win first day 20 km stage and 1:01:06 also as winner of Tuesday´s 2nd stage at 15,15 km. Second overall is Russian Pyotr Trofimov 2:25:37 (1:24:14 and 1:01:23) and third Australian Dane Bird-Smith 2:26:20 (1:24:07 and 1:02:13). In the teams competition the squad of Trofimov/RUS, Yargunkin/RUS and Hlavan/UKR has 7:20:44 as the leaders, second another international select (Sudol/POL, Tysse/NOR, Toth/SVK) 7:23:18 and third China A select (Hao Jiang, Liu Jianmin, Sun Chengjang) 7:26:28.
SYDNEY (AUS, Nov 9): 2009 World champion Dani Samuels at the begin of Australian season started with solid 61.35 in discus. Bridey Delaney clocked 9:14.74 to win the 3000 m.
ARNAY LE DUC (FRA, Nov 11): At the 46th edition of the CC race in men 7.25 km Tura Bechere from Ethiopia won in 23:11 ahead of Rwandan Dieudonne Disi 23:24. In women 5.45 km Ophelie Claude-Boxberger was timed with 18:40 over Burundi´s Francine Niyonizigiye 18:49. Top French Julie Colaud was fourth 19:08.

EME NEWS (NOV 11, 2013)
BELGRADE (SRB): Last year European Junior CC Champion in Budapest Serbian Amela Terzic is starting very important preparation in Ulcinj. This is towards the this years European CC event on her home soil in Belgrade. It will be her debut at the event in the U23 category. She competed so far four times in the junior category and won three times a medal, one from each quality. „We are going for some years always to prepare in Ulcinj where we have the top conditions. My goal is to win a medal for my country in December,“ she said.
MOSCOW (RUS): “Wonders always can happen,” said High jump Olympic winner Anna Chicherova about her possibility to perform at one day meetings during next winter. Two weeks earlier the high jump 2011 world champion assured she will not compete during indoor season 2014 at all but now she hesitated a little bit. “I’ll go soon to Tallinn for routine medical examination after the foot surgery. After that I plan to begin my usual practices in new Novogorsk training camp. I don’t want to force events. There are still a lot of things to do and only then we’ll see.”
BLED (SLO): Hammer thrower Primoz Kozmus and triple jumper Snezana Rodic were announced as Slovenian Athletes of the Year 2013 at a gala on Friday in famous Grand Hotel Toplice. Kozmus who was fourth at the World Championships got 224 votes ahead of high jumper Rozle Prezelj (67) and runner Mitja Kosovelj (62). Moscow 9th placer Rodic achieved 184 points over javelin thrower Martina Ratej (100) and hurdler Marina Tomic (57). Top in the U23 category 800 m runner Zan Rudolf and hammer thrower Barbara Spiler, top juniors 400 m runner Luka Janezic and middle distance runner Marusa Mismas. Special guest at the ceremony was IAAF Vice President, legendary pole vaulter Sergey Bubka.
WATTENSCHEID (GER): World junior high jump silver winner German Falk Wendrich is back in training after an injury which stopped his season 2013 too early. His goal is the World Junior Championships in Eugene. Wendrich also put aside his plans to become actor and now studies at the Bochum University Management and Economics. He also wants to attend ballett lessons. His best from 2012 is 224 cm.
MOSCOW (RUS): High jump European champion 2010 Aleksandr Shustov informed All-Sport news agency that he has begun preparation for new season from October 10 in Adler training camp after less than one month rest. “I have been following such schedule in last nine years and don’t want to make any changes. Not long ago I had medical examinations after which I was ordered to make a surgery. But I refused from this doctor’s offer as being aged 30 I’m running the risk to do not return to my usual shape. During last 10 years I didn’t miss any indoor or outdoor season. The older you get, the less you want to miss anything, because if you live in athletics you want to enjoy it in full. That is why I don’t accept the possibility to miss the next season as well” said Shustov who will compete also during the indoor season 2014.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Slovakia will send four runners for the European CC Championships. After the national championships the winners were selected. For senior races Juraj Vitko and Katarina Beresova, for junior races Patrik Zubor and Lucia Janeckova.
PRAHA (CZE): Czech Republic will be represented in each category at the European CC event in Belgrade. Teams are set for junior boys and senior women. Individuals will run in junior girls (Moira Stewart), U23 women (Diana Mezulianikova), U23 men (Jan Janu) and senior men (Milan Kocourek, Lukas Kourek). Full teams in junior boys (Jakub Zemanik, Jan Fris, Josef Havlicek, Dominik Sadlo, Adam Zenkl) and senior women (Lucie Sekanova, Kvetoslava Peckova, Kamila Gregorova, Monika Preibischova and Eva Krchova).
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Swedish marathon record holder Isabellah Andersson (32) is set for the Dubai Marathon in January (24) next year. After she passed World Championships she wanted to run well in Berlin Marathon but due to stomach problems was unable to finish. She clocked in Dubai 2011 her national mark 2:23:41.
MONTEREY (USA): The strongest field ever at the Big Sur Half Marathon will line up on November 17, reports runningusa.org. The 11th edition of the race is set to feature 7 men who have run under 1:03meaning the course record of 1:02:33, set by Ian Dobson in 2006, is under serious threat. The fastest in the field will be Mohamed Fadil of Morocco who has a personal best of 1:01:07. Other leading athletes will be: Nelson Oyugi from Kenya (1:01:59), Moroccan Aissa Dghoughi (1:01:27) and US runners Ian Burrell (1:02:51) with Fernando Cabada (1:02:51). Molly Pritz is the fastest in the women’s field, with a personal best of 1:10:45.
LONDON (GBR): UK Athletics performance director Neil Black is still unsure whether triple jumper Phillips Idowu, the 2009 World champion, will return to athletics, reports portadowntimes.co.uk. Black said that Idowu is yet to make an announcement concerning his retirement and is currently contemplating a decision. Black also revealed that he would meet with UKA to discuss the vacant position of head coach, a position which he is currently filling in on a temporary basis.
VILNIUS (LTU): During European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz’s visit to Lithuania last week he met with Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius to discuss the future of athletics facilities in the country, informs European Athletics. The main object of discussion was the development of Lithuania’s national stadium so that it can integrate different sporting activities and be accessible to different types of people. Following this meeting, President Wirz met with the Director General of the Physical Education and Sports Department where they discussed the different issues involved in the National Stadium project and the development of sports infrastructure in the country. Lithuania is an active Member Federation having hosted the European Athletics Team Championships 2nd League in Kaunas this year, with that city also hosting the 2009 European Athletics U23 Championships.
LEIDEN (NED): The Royal Dutch Athletics Union has decided that Leiden will host the Dutch Half Marathon championships in 2015, reports omroepwest.nl. The championships will be held on Sunday May 17 and will be run as part of the 25th Leiden Marathon event. The annual event in Leiden consists of a marathon, half-marathon, 10km, 5km and a children’s race.
BOCHUM (GER): German 400m champion Esther Cremer and discus thrower Daniel Jasinski have extended their contracts with German club TV Wattenscheid 01, reports lokalkompass.de. Cremer was a semi-finalist in the 400m at the 2013 World Championships and now aims to qualify for the European 400m final in 2014.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan Sports minister Hassan Wario has named the 12 member committee tasked with probing the doping allegations against Kenya, reports timesofoman.com. The committee will carry out extensive investigations and report its findings within two months. Led by sports administrator-turned lawyer Moni Wekesa, they will investigate claims made in the media, assess the amount of doping and inquire into the people that are making the drugs available to athletes.
TORRES VEDRAS (POR, Nov 10): The 32nd edition of the Cross de Torres Vedras was also first Portugal selection race for the European Championships in Belgrade. Rui Pinto won the men race in 28:07 over Hermano Ferreira 28:23 and Bruno Jesus 28:40. Catarina Ribeiro clearly dominated the women race in 27:09 over Ana Ferreira 27:43 and Daniela Cunha 28:16. U23 winners Hugo Correia22:48 and Catarina Carvalho 21:27.
BELEM (BRA, Nov 9): Brazilian sprinting talent Vitor Hugo dos Santos clocked at School Games new South American Youth record 10.36 (+1.4) in the 100 m. He is silver winner from Donetsk in the 200 m.
POTOMAC (USA, Nov 10): The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon fourth edition winners were Ethiopian Girma Gebre 1:04:41 and Kellyn Johnson 1:13:02. This event had to be postponed from it‘s original 6 October date due to the USA federal government shutdown. From RRW.
PORTLAND (USA, Nov 9): US mile record holder Alan Webb won the USATF Oregon CC Championships with 24:51 what was over a minute ahead of next runner. Kara Goucher was fifth in the women‘s contest, timing 22:00 for 6 km, she is coming off an injury. Writes Race Results Weekly.
COLMAR (FRA, Nov 10): At the 10 km road race Kenyan wins for Luis Ndiema 29:43 and Leonidah Mosop 33:19.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): RRW informs that Ferdinand Andries („Ferdie“) Le Grange, who died on 29 October at the age of 65, was South Africa‘s greatest marathon runner of the post-war era until the advent of Josiah Thugwane. Unlike Thugwane, Le Grange never had the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games because of the international sports boycott against his country, but he was the first athlete to run a sub-2:20:00 marathon on the continent of Africa and set six South African marathon records – the only runner in history to do so more than twice.
ST. PETERBURG (RUS): On November 9 at age 64 died top Russian high jump coach Igor Gruznov. He guided from current elite World silver winner 2011 Aleksey Dmitrik and European medalist Irina Gordeyeva. From previous generation for example Yelena Topchina, Viktoriya Fyodorova and Pyotr Brayko.

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