EME News December 6th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News December 6th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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Lots of the Track & Field's biggest stars spoke about the impact Nelson Mandela has had on the world following the anti-apartheid leader's passing earlier this week. Mandela understood the impact sport can have on both the individual and the world. Ahead of the 1992 Olympics, Mandela addressed the South African team, the first to go to an Olympics since 1960 because of a ban from the IOC due to apartheid. He understood that the Olympic team was the face of South Africa to the world and that they could show the world their nation was going to move past apartheid. A former distance runner and boxer, Mandela was one of the best politicians at understanding and utilizing the power of sport. He was also one of the greatest and most selfless leaders ever.

EME NEWS (DEC 6, 2013)

Bolt in Argentina next week
BUENOS AIRES (ARG): Usain Bolt will take part in an exhibition race on a bus route along the Avenida 9 de Julio in Buenos Aires on December 14, reports masdeporte.as.com. Bolt will be joined by three other Caribbean sprinters, whose names have yet to be released. It will be his first visit in Argetina and Bolt will perform series of activities. On Friday December 13 a press conference followed by a kids clinic. In the evening Bolt will give a talk about leadership and motivation at the Opera Theatre.

A draw which will influence world of athletics
COSTA DO SAUÍPE (BRA): A World Cup draw which began in sombre style, featuring a tribute to Nelson Mandela and an appeal for peace on the streets, ended with the maximum frenetic drama possible being wrung from expectation ahead of the finals in Brazil next year. Informs the AIPS. The event goes from June 12 until July 13 next year and is influecing heavily the athletics calendar. Since the start on June 12 only one day in June (27) is without a match. The July part then gives more space for athletics with no games on July 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11. Still in this time European Team Championships (June 21-22) will be held, IAAF Diamond League meetings in New York, Lausanne, Paris and London will be held, IAAF World Challenges in Moscow, Ostrava, Dakar also. During last June weekend for example USA and Jamaica Championships.

World of sport is touched
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): World of sport is touched by the death on Nelson Mandela. Usain Bolt tweeted: "Just here thinking that Mr.Mandela in prison for 27 years is how long I've been alive..Words are inadequate to describe this man #RIPMandela." Also IAAF Vice President Sergey Bubka: "Condolences to family and friends of Nelson Mandela. 'Sport has power to change the world' - his testament." Runnersworld writes that he had been a long-distance runner and a boxer in his college days. His imprisonment, for conspiring against South Africa’s government, came just shortly after the country was banned from the Olympic Games and other international competitions due to its apartheid system of strict racial separation and discrimination. After Rome in 1960, a South African team wouldn’t be at the Olympics until 1992 in Barcelona. The road racing community had been waiting to welcome South Africa back into the fold, particularly due to the achievements of a Durban banker named Willie Mtolo. This son of a Zulu cattle farmer had run a 2:08:15 marathon in Port Elizabeth in 1986. There were suspicions raised about the validity of the course’s length, but Mtolo was undeniably exceptional. Yet the rest of the world couldn’t learn precisely how exceptional, since he was prohibited from racing almost everywhere but domestically. Writes runnersworld.


BELGRADE (SRB): Henrik Ingebrigtsen of Norway will attempt to defend his European u23 title in Belgrade on Sunday in what will be his final foray at the u23 level, informs European Athletics. So far in 2013 he has won the European u23 title over 5000m and run a national 1500m record of 3:33.95. His challengers for the title in Belgrade look set to include last year’s 4th and 5th placers Jesper van der Wielen of the Netherlands and Romain Collenot-Spriet, the leader of France’s gold medal winning squad. The European u23 champion Abdelaziz Merzoughi was 7th last year and is part of a strong Spanish team that includes the on form Mohamed Marhum.

ONE SENTENCE PREVIEW: 10.00 4 km junior women: Briton Gorecka top favorite, waiting behind Germans Reh and Rehberg, Slovenian Mismas with Scandinavians Kettunen and Martensson. 10.43 6 km junior men: Most open race of the day, maybe Belgian Kimeli with Kenyan roots or Rieti double winner Ali Kaya from Turkey? 11.30 6 km U23 women:. Home fans waiting for this with Amela Terzic the biggest Serbian medal hope, but Dutch Sifan Hassan will be tough to beat.  12.19 8 km U23 men: Norway hero Ingebrigtsen to defend, who can spoil his goal - maybe other Tampere winners Hannes of Belgium or Merzoughi from Spain. 13.12 8 km senior women: Britton for third gold in a row, but pay attention to in-shape Duarte of France, Ejaffini from Italy, Belete from Belgium and Steel of Great Britain. 14.09 10 km senior men: Two medalists from Budapest Chahdi and Meucci, but wins this season for Belgian Abdi, Briton Vernon, usual strong Spanish team, but dark horse is for sure Polat Arikan Kemboi of Turkey.

BELGRADE (SRB): Work in the Friendship Park in terms of constructions is finished, the same for infrastructure which was finished on Thursday. On Saturday at 2 pm the test race and “dress rehearsal” is planned.  Weather forecast for Sunday is partly cloudy, no rain and around 5 degrees.

BELGRADE (SRB): It is the biggest athletic event ever organized in Serbia. Apart from the record number of participants and participating countries, there is also a record number of delegation members – in all 927 people, the record number of international media – over 60 and more than 180 VIP guests. For the first time the President of IAAF Lamine Diak comes to Serbia. He will be accompanied by the IAAF Vice President, the legendary Sebastian Coe.


DALLAS (USA): The Dallas Marathon scheduled for Sunday has been canceled due to a major winter storm that has dumped snow and freezing rain on North Texas. Agencies are informing. In all races some 25 000 participants were expected.

REGGIO EMILIA (ITA): The 18th edition of the Reggio Emilia Marathon on Sunday expects 2800 runners. Foreign favorites Kenyan Nicodemus Biwott and Hungarian Tamas Kovacs. In women category Italians Eliana Patelli and Claudia Dardini will face Kenyan Josephine Wangoi.

HONOLULU (USA): Last year winner Russian Valentina Galimova (2:31:23) is back for SundayHonolulu Marathon. She says her favorite thing to do in Hawaii besides running the Honolulu Marathon, of course is to shop. But the defending women's champion told a group of studentson Thursday that she won't do any shopping until after Sunday's race.  The Russian will have her hands full on Sunday, with Woynishet Girma of Ethiopia seeking to regain her title and three other strong Ethiopian runners also challenging her. Course record of other Russian Lyubov Denisova 2:27:19 comes from 2006. Men course record is 2:11:12 by Kenyan Jimmy Muindi in 2004.

SACRAMENTO (USA): Favorites of the 31st annual California International Marathon on Sunday are Kenyans Weldon Kirui and Kevin Chelimo, Ethiopian Tesfaye Alemayehu and American Scott Smith on the men side. Americans Jeannette Faber, Atalelech Asfaw and Paige Siemers, Kenyan Pasca Cheruiyot and Maryna Damantsevich of Belarus boast the strongest credentials on the women’s side. Organizers are informing.  The 26.2-mile race, put on by the Sacramento Running Association, begins at7 a.m. near Folsom Dam and finishes at the state Capitol. A field of 9000 marathoners and 4000 relay runners is expected. The men’s and women’s winners will earn 10 000 USD. There is also a 5000 USD bonus offered to anyone breaking a course record (2:10:27 and 2:29:21).


LONDON (GBR): 400 m World champion Christine Ohuruogu was named Sunday Times & Sky Sports Sportswoman of the year for 2013. Ohuruogu succeeded GB & NI teammate Jess Ennis-Hill, who won the coveted accolade last year to go alongside the British Athletics Female Athlete of the Year award she won last month.

NAIROBI (KEN): Many top Kenyan athletes will celebrate their country’s 50 years of independence from Britain by participating in a run with the Kenyan flag in Nairobi on Saturday, reports allafrica.com. Kenyan distance running legends John Ngugi, Paul Tergat and Douglas Wakiihuri will be joined by some of the current starts of world athletics including World marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang and World 3000mSC champion Ezekiel Kemboi.

ROMA (ITA): Italian Athletes of the Year awarded on Friday are marathon runner Valeria Straneo and triple jumper Daniele Greco among seniors. The ceremony at Hall of Honour of Italian Olympic Committee CONI was held in memory of Bruno Zauli. In the senior ranking second Alessia Trost and third Eleonora Anna Giorgi. In men order second Matteo Galvan and third Nicola Vizzoni. Among juniors Rieti triple jump winner Ottavia Cestonaro and hurdler Lorenzo Perini. Top masters were Emanuela Baggiolini and Danilo Goffi.

INDIANAPOLIS (USA): USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel and President/Chairman of the Board Stephanie Hightower welcomed constituents from across the country to the 2013 Annual Meeting which started on December 5 and concludes on December 8, informs USATF. Siegel outlined the 295 000 USD of savings made in 2013 related to television broadcasts and a gain of over 250 000 USD in revenue and cost savings to the organization in the last year gained from new investment policies. He also noted that prize money was doubled at national championships for elite athletes for the first time in 13 years. Siegel outlined that 2013 also saw the establishment of the first .US National Road Racing Championships, as well as the establishment of a for-profit entity, USATF LLC, to handle USA Track & Field’s commercial ventures and the launching of USATF.tv.

TORINO (ITA): Italian 60 m hurdles record holder and European indoor silver medallist, Paulo Dal Molin is recovering from a serious foot injury that prevented him from running outdoors in 2013, reports olimpiazzurra.com. He aims to compete at the World Indoors and European Championships in 2014, but first he wants to compete in bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics. His injury is still giving him some problems, he assesses that it is 85 to 95% recovered although he can train at full speed.

INDOOR: More meets will not be held this coming indoor season. Interestingly both were initially scheduled for February 8. The French event of Val du Reuil is the first, in 2013 Cuban Alexis Copello clocked here at that time world indoor best at 400 m hurdles 49.54 but also for example Mike Rodgers won the 60 m in 6.56 and Paul Kipsiele Koech the 3000 m in 7:38.61. Second is German meet in Leipzig which was suppose to return after last edition in 2010.

KINGSTON (JAM): The IAAF Doping Review Board has still to decide whether it will reject or approve the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association's (JAAA) Disciplinary Panel's recommendation to give Veronica Campbell-Brown a public warning for her doping violation, reports Jamaica-gleaner.com. The three time Olympic gold medallist tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide on May 4 at the Jamaica International Invitational. An IAAF decision was expected within 20 days of JAAA’s recommendation which was made on October 2. International anti-doping rules state that the IAAF has 45 days in which to confirm or appeal the recommendation. However, an IAAF source told the gleaner that the deadlines do not apply in this case.

SAN GIORGIO SU LEGNANO (ITA): World Cross Country champion Japhet Korir is set to race at the 57th Cross Campaccio on January 6, informs the IAAF. Campaccio technical director Marcello Magnani said, “Korir was the first name we wanted to invite when we started looking for the best athletes. We are waiting to confirm further names for both the men’s and the women’s races but we will know more about it next week after the European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade.” Muktar Edris of Ethiopia is the reigning champion after winning in a very close finish last January.

PORTLAND (USA): Saturday's tenth edition of Nike Cross Nationals (NXN), one of two high school cross country national championships in the United States, presents some interesting and exciting story-lines.  The top storyline is the battle between two-time defending champion Sarah Baxter, Washington standout Alexa Efraimson, and Colorado champion Elise Cranny. Writes Race Results Weekly. The race for the boys individual title could be a toss-up, though Denver East senior Cerake Geberkidane is likely the favorite going in.

LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics informs about the launch of the official website of the 2015 European Athletics Junior Championships in Eskilstuna. Eskilstuna, Sweden will host the 2015 European Athletics Junior Championships for under-20 athletes. It is the first time the championships are being held in Sweden on July 16-19, 2015.

NAIROBI (KEN): Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama and World and Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi are the favourites for the male 2013 Sports Personality of the Year award. Other contenders for the award are national Sevens rugby player Willy Ambaka, Berlin marathon champion Wilson Kipsang and rally driver Balder Chager.


BANGALORE (IND, Dec 6):  Three national and one meet marks have been improved on the fourth and penultimate day of the 29th National Junior Athletics Championships in Sree Kanteerava Stadium. The first national mark of the day came in youth girls’ triple jump as Athira Surendran achieved 12.86 m. Amolak Singh of Maharashtra produced second national record also in youth category with 5817 points in octathlon. Abnd the third in medley relay by boys 1:58.02 of Tamil Nadu team.


MINSK (BLR): Official web site of Belarusian athletics federation informs that former national team member, participant of Beijing Olympic in long jump Iryna Charnushenka-Stasiuk passed away aged only 34 after two year fight with cancer. She had a 3-years old son. Stasiuk finished her athletics career after Olympic Games 2008 with personal best 674 cm. She also won six national titles and competed at European Championships 2006 (from Tilastopaja).

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