EME NEWS (DEC 14, 2013)
BOLT BEATS THE BUS
BUENOS AIRES (ARG, Dec 14): Usain Bolt in an exhibition race on the famous July 9th street in center of Buenos Aires beat a city Bus number 59. In more than 30 degrees hot weather he was accompanied by Racers TC colleagues Mario Forsythe, Kimmari Roach and Daniel Bailey. After the exhibition he greeted the fans and signed lot of autographs. At the press conferenceon Friday Bolt again ruled out running the 400 meters in the next Olympic Games in Rio 2016. "It's a tough race that requires a great workout ," acknowledged the Jamaican. And confirmed his plans: "My next challenge is to improve my times and win in the next Olympic Games in Rio".
HAILE GIVES ADVICE TO MO
GLASGOW (GBR): Ethiopian distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie feels that Mo Farah will get the same feelings from his marathon debut in London as Gebrselassie did in his debut marathon in 2002, reports Scotsman.com. On that occasion, the Ethiopian finished 3rd in the London Marathon, a few days before he turned 29, running 2:06:35 and came to realise that he was not yet ready to move to the marathon. “I think Mo may feel the same after he runs in London in April,” said the 40 year old former marathon world record holder. He feels that Farah should focus on the 5000 m and 10 000 m until the Rio Olympic Games and then move to the marathon. He also said that he hopes Farah will race both track events the Commonweath Games in 2014. Gebrselassie was 35 when he finished his second marathon, beginning a string of 6 marathon victories; Farah will be 31 when he runs in London and 33 at the Rio Olympic Games.
CUTTS 571 PB AND BLEASDALE 461
VILLEURBANNE (FRA, Dec 14): French pole vault series "Perche Elite Tour" started with improvement of Briton Luke Cutts who won with clearing 571 cm in first attempt and first failures of the day only at 576. Second Greek record holder Kostas Filippidis 561. European Indoor Champion Holly Bleasdale won the women competition with 461 in second try (and tried at 470). Sweden´s Angelica Bengtsson as second 441.
PEUERBACH (AUT): The international end of the year CC race in Peuerbach will be again billed as duel Austria vs Germany. For the home side on December 31 running Gunther Weidlinger, Andreas Vojta, Andrea Mayr for example. For Germany Hahner twins (Anna and Lisa), Richard Ringer, Andre Pollmacher.
VIENNA (AUT): The Austrian Top Meetings series will have in 2014 five meetings, one more than in 2013. Salzburg on May 24, St. Polten on June 14, Ried on July 11, Linz on July 19 and Andorf on August 9. This meet in Linz is another meet, the Gugl Games will be held as EA Classic on July 7.
ROMA (ITA): More news from Italian athletes. Margherita Magnani aims for fast times indoors and is running 1500 m in Dusseldorf on January 30 and 3000 m at Millrose Games in New York. 2011 European Indoor champion in triple jump Simon La Mantia also hopes to qualify for Sopot, will open her international season also in Dusseldorf.
CHEMNITZ (GER): Shot put World Champion David Storl informs on his facebook that he on Friday achieved in training 19.02 with 8.5 kg implement. He says it is very good taking into account the period of the preparation. Just before the World Championships in Moscow he achieved in the same test 19.98.
MELBOURNE (AUS): Australian athletics will remain without a single national body after Little Athletics Australia announced that it will not merge with Athletics Australia, reports insideathletics.com.au. Little Athletics stated that ‘a combination of factors’ led to their withdrawal from the merger discussions, adding that ‘it was always going to be a huge leap of faith for us to forego our long-held independence.’ Athletics Australia expressed its disappointment in the decision, while the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), who had fostered the merger discussions, issued a statement saying that Little Athletics was slowing the progress occurring in Australian sport governance. The ASC recognizes Athletics Australia as the National Sporting Organisation.
ELDORET (KEN): Kenyan athletes are voicing their displeasure with the dilapidated state of the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret, reportsstandardmedia.co.ke. 2009 World Championships 800m silver medalist Alfred Kirwa Yego expressed disappointment at the slow nature of the renovation work that has been going on for 3 years. “They should work to bring the stadium to international standards for use as a training facility by athletes,”he remarked. 2007 World 800m gold medalist Janeth Jepkosgei explained that athletes have been forced to train far away at Kapsabet and Iten due to the condition of the track.
LOUGHBOROUGH (GBR): European 800 m champion from 2012 Lynsey Sharp will travel to Stellenbosch, South Africa in early January and the USA in the spring for training stints as she returns to full training after an injury fraught 2013, she blogs on Scotsman.com. After undergoing two leg surgeries in 2013, the 23 year old Briton will focus on the Diamond League circuit in 2014.
ATLANTA (USA): Agent, coach and recently also an organizer Paul Doyle explains that his American Track League will offer many mid range athletes with the opportunity to compete closer to home while still availing of high level competition, reports jamaica-gleaner.com. Doyle hopes to have top international athletes competing in the 5 meet series and says that the prize money will not match the Diamond League yet, but will be “approaching World Challenge status”. The prize money will be made known once the league’s main sponsors are revealed.
LAUSANNE (SUI): The Olympic Museum in Lausanne will re-open to the public on December 21 after a 2 year renovation, reports afp.com. The 55 million Swiss franc (45 million euro, $62 million) renovation features thematic exhibits and also includes master-copies of all the medals of the modern Olympics, starting with the first edition in Athens in 1896, as well as every Olympic torch, first used in Berlin in 1936.
LISBON (POR): Kenyan’s Asbel Kipsang (HM PB 63:49) and Gorreti Jepkoech (70:06) are the top names for the 56th Grande Prémio do Natal (Grand Prix of Christmas) 10km race in Lisbonon Sunday, informs record.xl.pt.
MADRID (ESP): Former World and European indoor shot put champion Manuel Martinez of Spain will receive his Olympic bronze medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics at the Gala of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) on December 18 in Madrid, reports masdeporte.as.com. Ukrainian shot putter Yuriy Bilonoh was stripped of his Olympic gold last year after he tested positive following the re-testing of samples.
SOFIA (BUL): National junior record holder with 10.16 and Rieti silver medalist Denis Dimitrov of Bulgaria hopes to win a medal in his first senior year at the European Championships in Zurich. He changed coaches and is now guided by Konstantin Milanov.
COLORADO SPRINGS (USA, Dec 13): Joe Morris clocked at the Air Force Open so far the fastest 60 m in the starting indoor season 6.56. The fast starter with summer 10.24 in the 100 m improved also his personal best by 0.01. Brendan Ames posted 7.79 over the hurdles.
BLOOMINGTON (USA, Dec 13): At Hoosier Open indoor meet Shane Crawford won the 60 m in 6.69 over Kind Butler 6.73. Canadian Keffri Neal achieved 2:22.82 over the 1000 m and Jim Spisak 13:43.24 in the 5000 m, his overall personal best. Unheralded US runner Mara Olson improved in the 3000 m to good 9:11.86. NCAA 100H/400H finalist Kendra Harrison posted a 60/300 m personal best double 7.41 and 37.96. Hurdler Kayla Parker improved to 8.24 at 60 m hurdles. Reigning NCAA Champion Felisha Johnson achieved in her event weight throw 22.51.
SINDELFINGEN (GER, Dec 14): German sprinter Alex Schaf who was in the finals at the National Championships 100 m in the summer opened the indoor season with 6.76 in the 60 m.
HAMILTON (NZL, Dec 14): At an Open meet Joseph Millar clocked 10.46 (+1.3) in the 100 m and Andrew Whyte 46.83 in the 400 m.
SHEFFIELD (GBR, Dec 14): British sprinting talent and fourth placer from World Youth Champs in Donetsk Thomas Somers (16) clocked here impressive 33.73 in the 300 m.
SYDNEY (AUS, Dec 14): Australian high jump Moscow participant Brandon Starc cleared in his first competition since Worlds 220 cm. Young hammer talent Matt Denny got 76.79 with 5 kg implement.
BUCURESTI (ROU): Legendary double olympic winner in high jump Iolanda Balas Soter was awarded at the Romanian Athletics Gala with a special Homage Trophy. The gold medalist from Roma 1960 and Tokyo 1964 celebrated on Thursday her 77th birthday.