EME News December 23rd, by Alfons Juck
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EME News December 23rd, by Alfons Juck

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EME NEWS (DEC 23, 2013)

Chepyego 1:08:24
SANYO (JPN, Dec 23): The world's last elite half marathon of the year had Japan-based Kenyan Sally Chepyego clocking in a solo fast 1:08:24 course record.  Facing impending retirement, 2013 London Marathon 3rd-placer Yukiko Akaba ran a race characteristically unmotivated to compete for the win, sitting far back in the pack until late in the race and then turning on her usual surge to move up through the field, ultimately taking 2nd a minute behind the highly motived Chepyego in 1:09:24.  Felista Wanjugu of Kenya and Mai Ito ran up in the chase formation with Akaba early in the race before fading, Wanjugu taking 3rd in 1:09:36 in her half marathon debut and Ito dropping to 8th in 1:11:06.  Reia Iwade rounded out the sub-70 contingent, 4th overall in a PB 1:09:45. US guest Desiree Davila was 7th (1:10:51). Informs Brett Larner on his blog. With Sanyo serving as a selection race for the Japanese World Half Marathon team for the first time, the top few Japanese women earned consideration for the team.  Akaba has already declared her retirement following January's Osaka International Women's Marathon, meaning Iwade and 5th-placer Sayo Nomura, making her marathon debut in Osaka, may be on the Copenhagen starting line. In the 10 km division Kenyan Grace Kimanzi won with 32:24.

Smyth changed coaches
DUBLIN (IRL): Ireland's Paralympic gold medallist Jason Smyth has quit Tyson Gay's training group in Florida and decided to relocate to London, he has announced. Writes insidethegames.  The 26-year-old Smyth, winner of the T13 100m and 200m double at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, denied his decision to leave the group coached by Lance Brauman in the United States had anything to do with Gay's positive drugs test. "I felt that I needed to be somewhere all year round," Smyth, who has Stargardt's condition which limits his vision, told BBC Sport. Smyth has now linked up with Britain's Clarence Callender at London's Lee Valley Athletics Centre.  Smyth's main aim for 2014 is to qualify to represent Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, for which he will need to run the qualifying time of 10.30. "There are also the European Championships in Zurich as well as hopefully going and winning European Paralympic medals," said Smyth.


BOSTON (USA): Big names are announced for the meets at the Track and Tennis Center at Boston University. Informs facebook of BU assistant coach Gabe Sanders. On January 16 Galen Rupp and Canadian Cameron Levins are scheduled for 5000 m, Mary Cain and Treniere Clement for 1000 m and Jorday Hasay with Shannon Rowbury for two miles. On January 24/25 in the mile Rowbury, Hasay, Cain with Clement, at the 2 miles Rupp.

SEVILLA (ESP): Maraton de Sevilla 2014 planned for February 23 achieved the prestigious IAAF Bronze Label status for its 30th edition. It’s the first time in history that Maraton de Sevilla, one of the top marathons in Spain, has been awarded with the IAAF recognition. It’s already sold out for the 2014 edition: 9000 runners will be on the start line.

PADOVA (ITA): A new 6 lane indoor athletics track has been officialy opened in Padua, Italy, informs ansa.it. At the opening ceremony special guest sprinter Michael Tumi with Chiara Rosa and Ruggero Pertile. First top event will be Italian Indoor Combined Events championships on January 25-26 and weekly activities through the winter until March.

CANBERRA (AUS): After a 6th place finish in 2010, Marty Dent is looking to close in on the medal positions in the 2014 Commonwealth Games marathon in Glasgow, reports canberratimes.com.au. The 34 year old Australian, who finished 23rd in the 2013 World Championships marathon, set a new record for the Kepler Challenge - a 60-kilometre mountain run in southern New Zealand - two weeks ago.

JOHANNESBURG (RSA): South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, the man appointed by the IAAF to mediate the dispute between Athletics South Africa (ASA) and the South African Sports Federation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), is still waiting to hear back from IOC member Sam Ramsamy, the board members of ASA and from the SASCOC as he plots the way forward for the sporting code, reports ewn.co.za. Mbalula said, ““In the New Year we will have a discussion with regard to governance issues. After the intervention in the cricket matters, it is important that we at SASCOC look at the possibility of creating a working model for the rest of the sporting codes in the Republic.”

KUALA LUMPUR (MAS): Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has urged athletics and swimming unions to work with the National Sports Council (NSC) to focus on establishing Malaysia as a powerhouse in the region for both sports, reports freemalaysiatoday.com. Following a drop in performances in the two sports, which was highlighted at the Myanmar SEA Games, he said that Malaysia will increase development programmes to identify talent and improve the quality of coaches through the National Coaching Academy and the hiring of foreign coaches.

LINT (BEL): Belgian heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam has been named Belgium’s Rookie Athlete of the Year across all sports by the Belgian Association of Professional Sports Journalists, reports rtbf.be. Cycling’s World Junior time trial champion Igor Decraene was 2nd. Thiam reiterated that she had no big goals for 2014 and that she is just focused on improving her own performance at all of the heptathlon events with an eye on the 2020 Olympics. In Male Sportsman of the year in top ten from athletics Jonathan Borlee as 6th, in the Rookie top ten apart of Thiam also middle distance runner Pieter-Jan Hannes ended 6th. In the top ten of coaches 6th Roger Lespagnard and 10th Jacques Borlee.

PARIS (FRA): Triple Jump World champion Teddy Tamgho and World discus silver medallist Mélina Robert-Michon have been named the French Athletes of 2013 by the French Athletics Federation (FFA), informssport.fr. The winners were decided by an online vote on the French federation’s website, which lasted for 2 weeks and had over 2500 voters. Tamgho triumphed with 3197 votes, well over Renaud Lavillenie’s 1986 in second. Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad was 3rd with 1306. Robert-Michon led the women’s candidates with a score of 2515. European Junior 100m champion Stella Akakpo was 2nd with 1301 and European Cross Country champion Sophie Duarte 3rd with 1070.

LONDON (GBR): World Indoor triple jump champion Yamile Aldama, 41, believes that she can still compete at the Rio Olympic Games, reports cafefuerte.com. “I know that the picture in these countries is that when you're 30 and are disposable. But I do not believe it, I believe in me, I will continue”, said Cuban born jumper.  If Aldama competes in Rio it will be her 6th Olympic Games.

EGMOND (NED): Dutch men’s cross country champion Khalid Choukoud and 2008 European Cross Country champion Hilda Kibet are among the top Netherlands representatives named for the Egmond Half Marathon on January 12, reports ad.nl. The other leading Dutch men named are marathoners Koen Raymaekers and Ronald Schroer and Dutch 10km record holder Abdi Nageeye. The women’s field also includes Dutch marathon champion Andrea Deelstra, the leading Dutch female finisher at Egmond in 2013; Ruth van der Meijden and European Junior 5000m champion Jip Vastenburg will make her half marathon debut.

BERNE (SUI): Heptathlete Ellen Sprunger and sprinter Alex Wilson are the Swiss Athletes of the Year, reportsaargauerzeitung.ch. Sprunger, who also won the award in 2012, recorded the best individual Swiss performance at the World Championships with her 13th place finish in the heptathlon. The 27 year old was also a member of the national record breaking Swiss 4x100m team which was named Team of the Year. Wilson, 23, ran a Swiss record of 10.12 in the 100 m this year. European Junior 100mH champion and 60mH and 100mH national junior record holder Noemi Zbären was named young athlete of the year. The awards were decided by an online poll and by a 6 member jury, 50% weighting given to each.

MANNHEIM (GER): German 100m hurdler Carolin Nytra wants to continue her career up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, reports focus.de. The 28 year old had originally stated that she would retire following the European Championships in Zurich but has extended her career after a disappointing 2013 where she underwent two surgeries. 

ARNHEM (NED): Eelco Sintnicolaas (decathlon), Churandy Martina (sprints), Ignisious Gaisah (long jump), Dafne Schippers (heptathlon) and Susan Kuijken (long distance) have been named on the Dutch team for the European Athletics Championships in Zurich, informs omroepgelderland.nl.
BRADENTON (USA): Some of Sweden’s top track and field athletes will train at the IMG Academy in Florida at the start of January, informs T&FN. The group, led by national coaches Yannick Tregaro and Oscar Gidewall, will include World 60mH record holder Susanna Kallur, Emma Green-Tregaro, Michel Torneus and Alhaji Jeng.

LONDON (GBR): Mo Farah has been included on a list of 35 athletes receiving the Olympic Athlete of the Year honour from the British Olympic Association (BOA), informs Athletics Weekly.  The awards list, first introduced by the BOA in 2005, contains an Athlete of the Year from 35 separate Olympic sports.

DUSHANBE (TJK): World hammer throw finalist (5th place) and Asian champion Dilshod Nazarov was named Best Sportsman of the Year in Tajikistan by National association of sport journalists. 31-year-old athlete in 2013 set PB 80.71m and was re-elected as president of Tajikistan athletics federation.

BEOGRAD (SRB): World long jump bronze medalist Ivana Spanovic is Serbian Sports Personality 2013 in women category. In the 20th edition of the National Olympic Committee poll the male winner was tennis player Novak Djokovic.

SAO PAULO (BRA): The 89th edition of the famous Corrida de Sao Silvestre here is having runners from 41 countries entered. In total 27 500 runners should participate. Both Kenyan title defenders are scheduled to compete Edwin Kipsang and Maurine Kipchumba.

HAVANA (CUB): Cuban athletes have been introduced into the CAC Hall of Fame. Shot put olympic winner Yumisleidi Cumba, triple jumper Yoelbi Quesada, sprinters Jorge Luis Aguilera and Joel Lamela, who won bronze at 1992 Olympics in Barcelona in the 4x100 m.

ATHENS (GRE): Bad luck for Greek long jump record holder Louis Tsatoumas. He felt discomfort in his leg which resulted in a strain. He is now missing some days in training and his indoor season is under threat. Anyway, he said he will jump in winter only when totally healthy.

NEUBRANDENBURG (GER): Addition to the shot put (5 kg) 21.56 mark of German Patrick Muller, it is not only National indoor youth record but also All-time World Youth Indoor best with 5 kg implement. Former mark was also held by Muller 21.44 last winter.


YOKOHAMA (JPN, Dec 21): At the Nittai University Distance meet Kaoru Nagao won the 5000 m in 15:35.74 PB, Mao Kiyota clocked personal best 32:34.04 in the 10 000 m.

BRYANSK (RUS, Dec 22): At the Yevgeniy Sinyaev Memorial indoors junior sprinter Rushan Abdulkaderov (18) clocked 6.76 in the 60 m. Yevgeniy Korshunov cleared 221 in the high jump.

MOSCOW (RUS, Dec 23): Second day of Students Stars Competition indoors had Tatyana Mnatsakanova going over 185 in the high jump. World junior 2012 400 m hurdles participant Anna Ustinova (17) won the 300 m in 39.86.

SUMY (UKR, Dec 21-22): Reigning race walk European U23 silver medalist Lyudmyla Olyanovska (20) won Ukrainian Cup final and Golubnichiy meeting in both U23 and senior categories clocking 21:04.9, her PB by more than 1 minute. Inna Kashyna (22) finished second 21:24.7. Both results are better than Kashyna’s national indoor record (21:48.28), but it was hand timing.  Moscow worlds 50 km 4th placer Ihor Hlavan set meeting record at 10 000 m 39:41.3 ahead of Ivan Banzeruk 40:43.1.

ELDORET (KEN, Dec 22): Erick Ndiema and 2010 Youth Olympic Games winner Gladys Chesire won the senior categories at the Kerita Dam cross-country. Ndiema clocked 33:04 to win the men's race ahead of Peter Limo (33:12) and David Kosgey (33:16) who placed second and third respectively. In the women's 8km race, Chesire clocked 32:10 ahead of Eunice Chebichi 32:20  and Irene Jelagat 32:40.

JALPAIGURI (IND, Dec 22): Winners of the main races at the 48th Indian CC Championships were Saini Ratiram 38:15 and Asian Games Champion Preeja Sreedharan 30:31.

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