EME News November 20th, by Alfons Juck
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EME News November 20th, by Alfons Juck

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EME NEWS (NOV 20, 2013)
BERLIN (GER): German long jump champion Sosthene Moguenara aims to compete at the World Indoor Championships, reports lokalkompass.de. The 24 year old, who surpassed the 7 meter barrier for the first time in 2013, wants to jump over 7 meters again in 2014 to confirm to herself that she is a world class jumper. She makes it clear that she expects to perform better than her 4th place finish at the last European Championships when she competes in 2014 in Zurich.
DUBLIN (IRL): World Race Walk Champion Rob Heffernan was named as the Athlete of the Year at the National Athletics Awards in association with Woodie’s DIY and Tipperary Crystal which took place on Wednesday in the Crown Plaza Hotel. Heffernan was also awarded the Race Walker of the Year Award for 2013. The Endurance Athlete Award went to Fionnuala Britton who successfully defended her European Cross Country title in Budapest. The Track and Field Athlete of the Year was awarded to Mark English after he produced a number of high quality performances on the 800 m. Paul Robinson (1500 m) received the emerging Athlete of the Year award for 2013. Ciaran O’Lionaird (3000 m, mile) received the Indoor Track and Field Athlete Award for his exploits at the European Indoor Track and Field Championship in Sweden. Hurdler Sarah Lavin was the Junior AOY and her coach Noelle Morrissey was the winner of the Coach of the Year award.
MONACO (MON): Top hurdlers are having different views on the coming indoor season. World champion and fastest since 2000 Brianna Rollins is not planning for an indoor season. On the others side male world champion David Oliver wants to run undercover. The same goes for the World record holder Aries Merritt. Legendary Olympic winner at 400 m hurdles Felix Sanchez plans his usual tour at the French meetings competing in the 400 m hurdles and is considering 400 m flat or relay for the World Indoor Championships in Sopot.
MADRID (ESP): Mohamed Marhoum and Aelemayehu Bezabeh have both earned their spots on the Spanish senior men’s team for the European Cross Country Championships, reportsmundodeoportivo.com. Marhoum was born in Morroco in 1991 and came to Spain as a 9 year old and then again as an 11 year old when he decided to stay as an illegal immigrant alongside his brother Bilal. His parents and three sisters remained in Morocco. He wanted to be a footballer but started running after competing in the San Silvestre road race in 2007. In 2011 he received Spanish nationality. Spain will send in total 26 athletes, fourteen men and twelve women. The senior men’s team that will defend the European title will be made apart of Bezabeh and Marhoum also by Javier Guerra, Ivan Fernandez and Antonio Abadia. The senior women’s team has 5 members: Iris Fuentes-Pila, Diana Martin, Lidia Rodriguez, Marta Silvestre and Alba Garcia. The U23 teams, men: Abdelaziz Merzougui, Daniel Arce, Aitor Fernández, Fernando Carro and Jaime Escriche, women: María José Pérez, Blanca Fernández with Tania Carretero. Junior teams, boys: Ismael Quińónez, Santiago Pardo, Carlos Mayo, Jaime García, girls: Claudia Estévez, Cristina Espejo, Nuria Tió and Jenny Fernández. Spain has won 46 medals in the history of the European Cross Country; 26 team medals and 20 individual.
PARIS (FRA): French Athletics Federation approved the first wave of selection for the European CC Championships in Serbia. The team for men seniors will be announced after the l´Acier race this weekend. France will have full teams in all races. Junior girls: Cassande Beugrand, Clementine Chamot, Anais Da Silva, Jacqueline Gandar, Johanna Geyer Carles, Mathilde Sagnes. Women U23: Fatima Charkaoui, Florianne Chevalier-Garenne, Cécile Jarousseau, Marion Joly-Testault, Salome Lecocq and Liv Westphal. Senior Women: Christine Bardelle, Clémence Calvin, Sophie Duarte, Claire Perraux, Laurane Picoche and Laila Traby. Junior Boys: Mehdi Belhadj, Félix Bour, Hamza Habjaoui, Maxime Hueber-Moosbrugger, Alexis Miellet, Alexandre Saddedine. Men U23: François Barrer, Djilali Bedrani, Romain Collenot-Spriet, Michaël Gras and Youssef Mekdafou.
ISTANBUL (TUR): Gamesbids.com informs that ahead of his appearance at the Host Cities Summit to be held in Dubai in December, former Chief of Istanbul‘s 2020 Olympic bid Hasan Arat vowed that the campaign to bring the Games to Turkey will continue. „Our next bid will be our strongest yet,“ Arat said.
MONACO (MON): World 800m champion Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia says that his running idols were Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebreselassie, reports rusathletics.com. Aman expects to compete indoors and then outdoors to try for a fast time.
AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch throwing star Rutger Smith (32) more than six weeks ago he ruptured his achilles tendon again (after last summer). It happened during his rehabilitation process after the first surgery. Now he is positive after the second surgery that he will be back to throwing. Informs losevetter. Smith ended the 2013 season in May with best of 65.91.
NEW YORK (USA): NYRR Millrose Games is the newest and largest initiative in a long-standing partnership with the Armory Foundation. New York Road Runners (NYRR) will become the title sponsor of the 2014 Millrose Games, the most prestigious indoor track & field event in the United States, it was announced by Dr. Norbert Sander, President of the Armory Foundation and Mary Wittenberg, CEO of the NYRR. The 2014 NYRR Millrose Games will take place at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory, February 15th. The NYRR sponsorship runs through 2016.
LOS ANGELES (USA): Usain Bolt is launching his book Faster Than Lightning currently in USA, he was in Santa Monica on Tuesday.
LONDON (GBR): Peter Stanley, the man behind the incredible success of triple jumper Jonathan Edwards, is among the 18 Team Leaders appointed by Commonwealth Games England (CGE) for Glasgow 2014, insidethegames can reveal. Each Team Leader will hold responsibility for their sport‘s performance at the Games whilst acting as the link between CGE and their respective National Governing Body(NGB).
CARDIFF (GBR): Welsh Athletics are attempting to recruit double World and Olympic champion Mo Farah to race at the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon championships in Cardiff, reportswalesonline.co.uk. Matt Newman, Welsh Athletics chief executive, said, “I think the chances are very good, we were very lucky to speak to his agent last weekend and start the process of influencing his running calendar in 2016. “It is an Olympic year so it could be a stepping stone for him defending his 5000 m and 10 000m titles or winning the marathon. “The timing could be spot on even if he is committed to running the London Marathon a month later because that would be a good stepping stone.“
CALIFORNIA (USA): Top American high school runner, Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley has verbally committed to running at the University of Oregon next year, reports dailynews.com. “It’s a great school to go to and a great team dynamic. It’s a lot like what I’ve had here at Simi Valley,” said the 17 year old.
HOUSTON (USA): Doc Patton may follow the path of other USA athletes into the sport of bobsleigh, reports NBC Sports. The sprinter said that if he got the call inviting him to try out for the sport he would probably entertain the idea.
LONDON (GBR): Construction workers have begun to prepare for the construction of a new roof over the London Olympic stadium, reports whufc.com. A new roof, twice the size of the original, will begin to be built next spring as West Ham football club implement changes to make the stadium a UEFA Category 4 football stadium. The track was demolished.
BRUSSELS (BEL): The Royal Belgian League Athletics (LRBA) has released the list of nominees for the „Golden Spike“ award which will be presented on December 4 in the Gothic Room of the Town Hall of Brussels, reports lavenir.net. The male contenders include Bashir Abdi, Dylan Borlée, Jonathan Borlée, Kevin Borlée, Soufiane Bouchikhi, Jeroen D‘Hoedt and Thomas Van Der Plaetsen. The female contenders include Sara Aerts, Almensh Belete, Eline Berings, Svetlana Bolshakova, Tia Hellebaut, Nafissatou Thiam and Anne Zagré.
LONDON (GBR): UK media are informing that 2011 World Champion at 400 m hurdles Dai Greene has Kriss Akabusi‘s 21-year-old British record in his sights as he bids to fight back after two years of injury-driven disappointment. His best is 47.84 from Paris DL meet in 2012, the national mark of Akabusi 47.82 when being third at the Barcelona Olympic Games 1992. Greene told Press Association Sport: „For me it would be fantastic to beat the record because I‘ve been so close to it for a number of years.“ He is back in training with the aim to compete at both Commonwealth Games and European Championships in the summer.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): This Sunday the Great Ethiopian Run will be held. The event recieved recently the inaugural AIMS Social Award. The award, which highlights races working towards achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, was presented to the successful Ethiopian 10km race during the first AIMS Best Marathon Runner Awards Gala Dinner recently. Some 37 000 runners participated last year, that means it is the biggest race on the continent.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius has been formally charged with two extra gun-related offenses, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The charges add to those Pistorius already faces over the February 14 killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and illegally possessing ammunition.
LONDON (GBR): The British athletics community is shocked to learn of the death of the popular and talented middle-distance runner Mark Sesay. Tributes have been paid to former UK 800m champion Mark Sesay who has died aged just 40. A super-talented teenager, Sesay was the first of only two under-17 athletes from Britain to have ever dipped inside 1:50 for 800m and he held that UK record until last year. He had a personal best over the distance of 1:45.68, which he set in 1999 aged 26. Writes Athletics Weekly.

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