EME News December 16th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News December 16th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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Brad Walker is one of the best Pole Vaulters in the world and has gone higher than any American ever. The former University of Washington star won silver at the World Championships in Helsinki in 2005 and gold in Tokyo in 2007, but has struggled in international outdoor championships since. After setting the American Record in 2008, he struggled for a few years but had a good comeback year in 2013 with a solid fourth-place showing at the World Championships in Moscow. Now Walker is changing things up to hopefully get back on top of the vaulting world. He has a new agent: Karen Locke, a new sponsor: Mizuno, and is working with NYAC. Hopefully this will help Brad Walker get back on the world podium and that these new changes serve him well.

EME NEWS (DEC 16, 2013)
LEEDS (GBR): Disappointment for athletics fans in Britain when, for the second year in succession, Mo Farah was unplaced in the public poll for the BBC Sports Personality of the year. Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray was the predictable winner, while second place went to Welsh Rugby Union Player Leigh Halfpenny and third to race horse jockey Tony McCoy. Farah and World 400m Champion Christine Ohuruogu and wheelchair athlete Hannah Cockroft had all been included on the shortlist of 10 contenders.
BADEN-BADEN (GER): Showtime for athletics. At the traditional German Sports Gala the top awards for throwers, on the men side discus World champion Robert Harting and on the women side javelin Moscow gold medalist Christina Obergfoll. Team of the year is the soccer star club Bayern Munich. Oberfgoll got 3552 votes ahead of tennis star Sabine Lisicki and skier Maria Hofl-Reisch. Harting defended his last year win, the formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel was second and pole vault gold medalist Raphael Holzdeppe third. This just shows how popular athletics is in Germany. In the men top 10 also Shot Put World Champion David Storl as 5th. Harting used the stage to criticize the German Federal President Joachim Gauck’s decision not to attend the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. It is 46 years since two athletes won the award in the same year in a non Olympic year. In 1967, decathlete Kurt Bendlin and discus thrower Liesel Westermann were the victors after both breaking World records.
MOSCOW (RUS): Neither Beijing Olympic silver medalist and former world champion Maria Abakumova nor her husband Moscow bronze medalist Dmitriy Tarabin plan to perform during coming winter season. Russian media informed. Both javelin throwers spent two months in Adler training camp. Then they’re going to Estonia for preparation under the direction of their current coach Heino Puuste. “We’re not in hurry to get a good shape as we’ll not compete this winter,“ said Abakumova for All Sport news agency. “I plan to spend the coming year quietly without any significant tasks as my body also needs a little easy time. 2015 and 2016 will be the most important years in my career. Therefore I m not seeing any serious goals for next summer season. I just will try to pass it to my heart‘s content”. Abakumova plans to open the summer season at Diamond League meeting in Doha while Dmitriy Tarabin wants perform one week later in Shanghai. “Next season I’ll set my competitions schedule more selectively. I already have enough competitive experience and will try to transform it into the quality. The confidence which I lost at London Olympics came back to me last year and now I’m ready to fight with any rival at any competition,” Abakumova added.
GOTHENBURG (SWE): Sweden’s Emma Green Tregaro will take on European indoor and outdoor champion Ruth Beitia of Spain and Croatia’s 2 time World champion Blanka Vlasic in the women’s high jump in Gothenburg on February 15, reports gp.se. This meet will have a special women high jump. When confirmed most probably the season opener for Vlasic, Green will begin at the Moravia High Jump Tour in Czech Republic end of January and Ruth Beitia plans to start in Bordeaux onJanuary 26.
HENGELO (NED): The 32nd edition of the FBK Games will be held in Hengelo next year one day later than previously announced. It will be on Sunday June 8. It is because the option of live TV transmission by NOS from 5.30 to 7.30 pm.
MINSK (BLR): National anti-doping agency of Belarus informs that 38-year-old hammer thrower Andrei Varantsou (PB 81.31 from June 29, 2008) was banned for life from December 3. His father is Valeriy Vorontsov former hammer thrower as well and coach of Beijing Olympic champion Aksana Menkova Varantsou got his first ban of the year from February for four years. Without details this decision confirms another ban which is resulting into a life sentence. Also a 2 years ban for maraton runner Volha Rezkaya (27) from October 31 2013 until October 30, 2015. Her best is 2:38:24 from this year Poznan Marathon.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya’s Olympians were honoured at a ceremony held as part of Kenya’s celebrations of their 50 years of independence, reports standardmedia.co.ke. 12 former Olympic gold medallists and seven silver medallists were in attendance as well as World and Commonwealth champions and world record holders. The 74 year old Wilson Kiprugut, Kenya’s first Olympic medallist (3rd 800m, Tokyo 1964), was in attendance at the ceremony at the Safari Park Hotel.
NEW YORK (USA): American pole vault record holder Brad Walker is now working with agent Karen Locke and has secured sponsorships with NYAC and with Japanese sportswear manufacturer Mizuno, reports runblogrun.
TORONTO (CAN): With announcement by Canadian Olympic Bobsleigh team for Sochi Brian Barnett (26) joins the exclusive list of athletes who competed at both Summer and Winter Olympics. The former sprinter ran the 200 m and 4x100 m in Beijing 2008. His 100 m and 200 m bests are 10.22 and 20.31.
TORONTO (CAN): The chief executive of the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan Games, Ian Troop has been fired and will be replaced by Saad Rafi, Ontario‘s Deputy Minister of Health, informs inside the games. Chairman of Toronto 2015 David Peterson told staff, “With just under two years left until the Games, [Toronto 2015] is transitioning into the operational phase of Games planning that will greatly benefit from Saad‘s experience and expertise.“
MONTREUX (SUI): The IOC has set aside 10 million USD to boost anti-doping detection methods and 10 million USD to monitor manipulation of athletes in conjunction with Interpol along with deciding that they will hold an extraordinary session in Monaco in December 2014 to push through changes for sports at the Olympic Games, informs Reuters. IOC President Thomas Bach told reporters of the developments following the IOC’s executive boards four day brainstorming session in Montreux. A feasibility study for the creation of an Olympic broadcasting channel will also be undertaken.
AUCKLAND (NZL): World and Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams hopes to return to throwing in training this week as she continues her recovery from double surgery, reportsnewstalkzb.co.nz. She says that she will probably know at the end of January whether she will be able to defend her title at the World Indoors in Sopot. Her Swiss coach, Jean-Pierre Egger has traveled to New Zealand to assist her over the Christmas period. Adams was very pleased she could stay in New Zealand to train, saying „For me it‘s important to be home so I can‘t really ask more than that and I‘m really pleased Jean-Pierre made the decision to come here for Christmas, because otherwise I would have had to go back to Switzerland.“
NAIROBI (KEN): During talks between the Sri Lankan and Kenyan presidents it was decided that a joint programme will be launched for the development of cricket and athletics; Sri Lanka will send cricket coaches to Kenya and receive trainers from Kenya for athletics, reports sriexpress.com.
MINSK (BLR): The Belarus athletics team will be headed by Igor Sivodedov, the director of Olympic Gomel regional center, from January 01 2014, reports runners.ru. The Minister of Sport and Tourism Alexander Shamko made the announcement in what is one of the first steps in their overhauling of the high performance coaching system following a disappointing performance at the World Championships in Moscow.
MARSEILLE (FRA): European Athletics will host their first ever Health & Well-Being Conference in Marseille, France from January 24 to 26, informs European Athletics. The conference aims to provide Member Federations with insight on how to enhance the sport’s role in society as well as the financial position of federations and clubs. Federations have been invited to send 2 participants to Marseille where they will be involved in several workshops. European Athletics will also unveil their Road Race Safety and Quality Standards at the conference.
LUSAKA (ZAM): The Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) has appointed 1988 Olympian Douglas Kalembo as national high performance coach, taking over the position that was initially offered to national 400m record holder Samuel Matete, reports allafrica.com. The 53-year-old Kalembo, Zambia’s 2nd fastest 800m runner ever, and has spent the past two decades in the USA. Matete, who was set to work at the Olympics Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka, which is now an IAAF high performance centre, “refused to work” according to ZAAA president Elias Mpondela.
KAMPALA (UGA): World and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich was named Ugandan Athlete of the Year at the Uganda Athletics Federations (UAF) annual awards gala in Kampala on Saturday, informs monitor.co.ug. World Mountain Running Champion Phillip Kiplimo was voted the 2nd best athlete of 2013. Kiprotich said, “This year, my target was Moscow and since all efforts paid off, it has been a successful one for me. I hope I successfully defend my title come Beijing in 2015.” Kiprotich’s started 2013 off with a win at the Granollers Half Marathon in 1:01:15, he will defend his title in 2014 against marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang.
BATH (GBR): British 400 m hurdler Sebastian Rodger made the semi finals at the World championships and won silver at the European u23 Championships in 2013, one year after starting to focus fully on the hurdles, reports Press Association Sport. The 22 year old former decathlete pointed out that he’s “still learning the event” and believes he can still make big improvements to his performance. Rodger ran his first 400m hurdles race in 2011 and spent 2012 “experimenting and gaining confidence with the stride pattern”, an approach that set him up for a successful 2013 where he earned a 4 year sponsorship deal and a place on the National Lottery-funded World Class Performance Programme. He is now coached in Bath by Great Britain hurdles coach James Hillier. He is targeting a place in the Commonwealth and European Championship finals in 2014 and says that “2016 is my ultimate goal”. An extra incentive to compete well in Rio de Janeiro is the fact that his father Alex is Brazilian and was born in the city.
QUITO (ECU): World Youth double medallist Angela Tenorio of Ecuador has been invited to competitions in the USA and Europe after her successes in 2013, but her Coach Nelson Gutiérrez says that she will only do a couple of these events as the World Juniors are the main priority, reportselcomercio.com.
LONDON (GBR): Insidethegames informs that the South American Games will return to its birthplace in 2018 after the Bolivian city of Cochabamba was named as the event host thanks to the personal support of the nation‘s President, Evo Morales. The central city was awarded the competition at the South American Sports Organisation (ODESUR) General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, after its sole challenger - the Peruvian capital of Lima - had withdrawn its candidacy just the day before. Next year the 2014 edition of the Games will be held in Santiago de Chile.
SOPOT (POL): Last week IAAF ended its last preparation visit to Sopot before the 15th World Indoor Championships next March. IAAF Competition Director Paul Hardy with technical delegates Anna Riccardi and David Katz discussed a variety of issues related to the competition. Also on the agenda event presentation and doping matters. Rehearsal in the Ergo Arena will be the 58th Polish Indoor Championships (February 22-23) observed by IAAF representatives, technical delegates and also international starter. Last event before athletics will be on February 5 in the hall. As it was already informed the track will be moved after the World championships to the city of Torun for permanent residence.
NAY PYI DAW (MYA, Dec 15-16): The 27th South East Asian Games first two days of athletics saw 780 (-2.1) in long jump by Henry Dagmil from Philippines. Sukanay Chomchuendee cleared 421 to win women pole vault, also a new national record. Thailand got the 4x100 m in solid 39.75 ahead of Singapore 39.79. Women marathon winner Pham Thi Bing from Vietnam clocked national record 2:45:34. Also solid the 5556 heptathlon win for Wassana Winatho of Thailand and women relay 44.42 for Thailand and 44.99 for Vietnam.
BANGALORE (IND, Dec 15): Kenyan wins at the Midnight Marathon of Bangalore for Daniel Yegon 2:11:52 and Gladys Tarus 2:59:44.
VADODARA (IND, Dec 15): Ethiopians dominated at the International Half Marathon at Vadodara. Asefa Mengistu in 1:03:45 and Letebrhan Gebreslasea 1:11:37 in her debut at the distance.
HODONIN (CZE, Dec 15): At the traditional road race at 12.6 km from Slovakian city Skalica to Czech city Hodonin Kenyan Joel Mwangi clocked 36:44 ahead of Czechs Milan Kocourek 37:56 and miler Jakub Holusa 38:03. Tunde Szabo of Hungary was the women winner 43:19 over Darya Stolyarchuk from Ukraine 46:17.
YECLA (ESP, Dec 15): Fresh European CC Champion Alemayehu Bezabeh won the 31st edition of the Cross Nacional “Fiestas de la Virgen” with 30:49 at the 10 km. Second Antonio Jimenez 30:50 and third Ouais Zitane from Morocco 31:09. Lidia Rodriguez won women 6 km in 20:33 clearly over Marisa Casanueva 20:46 and Marta Galimany 20:52, fourth Gema Barrachina 21:04.
LISBOA (POR, Dec 15): Christmas 10 km road race here, winners Asbel Kipsang 29:00 and Visiline Jepkesho 33:01. Both Kenyans, top home runners Carlos Silva third 30:41 and Claudia Pereira second 33:22.
HOFU (JPN, Dec 15): Addition the women winner here of the Hofu Marathon Hisae Yoshimatsu 2:37:57.
SENDAI (JPN, Dec 15): Denso with 2:16:37 won the Queens Ekiden billed as All Japan Corporate team Women‘s Ekiden. Second Universal Entertainment 2:18:41 and third Tenmaya 2:18:49.
KISUMU (KEN, Dec 15): Nancy Rotich and Boaz Kiprono are the new winners of the Safaricom Kisumu Marathon along the lakeside city streets. They clocked 2:42:34 and 2:18:08. Second places for Irene Mogaka 2:45:37 and Samson Kibor 2:18:32.
EMBU (KEN, Dec 14): The 2012 World indoor 3000 m champion Helen Obiri beat a good field to win the fourth edition of the KCB/AK cross country series at the Kangaru Boys High School. Her final time was 26:51 over Jackline Chepngeno 26:59 and Beatrice Mutai 27:04. Little known Frederick Musyoki of Kenya Prisons topped men 12 km in 36:10 over Nelson Kosgei 36:14 and Peter Mateelong 36:17 with John Thuo fourth 36:18. The 2012 world junior champion Mercy Chebwogen found the going tough as she fell to Nancy Nzisa in the 6km junior women‘s race (20:20 and 20:31). Katuia Muia was the best in boys 8 km 23:27.
ISSY LES MOULINEAUX (FRA, Dec 15): Clemence Calvin won the women category at the 37th Issy-les-Moulineaux 10 km road race in 32:35. Behind her Fatiha Klilech-Fauvel 33:37 and Carmen Olivares 34:41. Laban Wanjiku from Kenya won the men race in 29:26 over Michael Bett 29:32 and Emmanuel Lejeune 30:31.
SORRENTO (ITA, Dec 15): In the 5th edition of the 31.3 km race called Coast to Coast in Napli region the winner was Moroccan Islail Adim 1:42:45 ahead of El Mourid Morad 1:45:59 and El Mostafa Rachhi 1:46:04. Moroccan Siham Laaraichi as best woman got 2:00:56.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH, Dec 15): IAAF informs that unheralded Yihunilign Adane recorded a surprise last-gasp victory over world junior cross-country champion Hagos Gebrhiwet at the Ethiopian Clubs Cross Country Championships. In the junior 8 km both were timed with 23:20. On a day of surprises, Haftamnesh Tesfaye beat Ruti Aga and national 1500m champion Senbere Teferi in the junior women’s race with 20:16 to 20:19 and 20:23 in the 6 km, while Abera Chane (36:27 at 12 km) and Meseret Tolwak (27:26 at 8 km) took the men’s and women’s senior race titles.
ZHUHAI (CHN, Dec 15): Ethiopian Mosinew Geremew won the Zhuhai International Half-Marathon in 1:02:47 after a close finish as second Abebe Degefa was also timed with 1:02:47. Third Adugna Bikila 1:02:48. Best non-Ethiopian Tsegay Tuemay from Eritrea as 6th 1:02:56. Tadelech Alemu won the women race in 1:10:58 over Betelhem Moges 1:11:00 and Atseda Baysa 1:11:12. Informs RRW.
PORTO (POR, Dec 15): Rui Pedro Silva won for fifth time in a row the Sao Silvestre do Porto (20th edition) with 29:07 at 10 km. Second Licinio Pimentel 29:17 and third Jose Moreira 29:19. Women‘s champion Salome Rocha set a personal best by one second 32:23 ahead of Catarina Ribeiro 33:24. Writes Race Results Weekly.
SFAX (TUN, Dec 15): French Larbi Es Raidi won the Sfax Marathon in Tunisia with 2:20:58. Moroccan women win for Khedija Laaribi 2:56:09.
LIEVIN (FRA, Dec 15): Kenyan Salim Saiti won the 70th Jean Vilet cross with 29:45 at 9.85 km. Second Kumbi Bechere from Ethiopia 29:57 and third Djamel Bachiri 30:19. In women 5.9 km Ethiopian Mesret Taye won 20:57 over Kenyans Nancy Chepkurui 21:04 and Peninah Jerop 21:16.
MARSEILLE (FRA, Dec 15): Paul Melly of Kenya scored a win at 9.5 km at 4th Marseille CC Mediteranee in 27:49. Second Abel Ndemi 27:55 and third Wilson Kamau 28:05. French Laila Tarby won the women 4.26 km in 14:11 ahead of Kenza Dahmani-Tifani 14:19 and Kenyan Joan Mayo 14:30.
PADERBORN (GER, Dec 15): World Youth Champion 2011 Desiree Singh started her indoor season with 410 win.
KIRCHBERG (LUX, Dec 15): Belgian Cynthia Bolingo set new national indoor record 37.69 in the 300 m. Men 300 m winner only 17 years old Vincent Karger from Luxemburg 34.69.
SABADELL (ESP, Dec 15): New Spanish all-time indoor best in women 500 m here as Laura Sotomayor achieved 1:14.12.
MONACO (MON): IAAF informs that Sigyn Ekwall of Sweden, a member of the IAAF Technical Committee, had died last week. Born June 9, 1958, she was a member of the International Technical Official (ITO) Panel for the following periods in 2002-2005 and 2006-2009. She served as an ITO at many IAAF competitions including the 2003 World Athletics Final, Monaco, 2004 World Junior Championships, Grosseto, 2007 World Championships, Osaka and the 2008 World Athletics Final, Stuttgart. As well as also serving as a technical official at European Athletics competitions, Ekwall was one of the delegates of the Swedish Federation at the 2011 IAAF Congress, Daegu.

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