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EME News Christmas edition, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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I think it's great that somebody is finally taking the initiative to try to bring the IAAF Outdoor World Championships to America. However, I don't think Eugene, Oregon is the greatest place to play host to the entire world. If you look at the list of cities that have hosted the World Championships, they all have massive population bases surrounding them and are prominent cities known throughout the world. Cities like Paris, Tokyo, Athens, Rome and Berlin have hosted in the past, and I think most Americans have heard of these cities than Eugene. Eugene is a fantastic place to watch a track meet, one of the best I have ever been to. Hayward Field is a great place to host the NCAA Championships and Olympic Trials. But let's not pretend Eugene is a prominent, internationally renowned metropolitan city, because it's just not. Poland can get away with hosting World Indoors in Sopot, but if you asked the Polish federation brass if they would host World Outdoors in Sopot, even if there was a sufficient stadium, they would probably say absolutely not. They would host in Krakow or Warsaw or Poznan or Lodz or Wroclaw or something that actually appears on a national map. The equivalent of those cities in America would be New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Dallas. The Eugene-Springfield metro area is the 144th largest in America. There are 14 cities in America who have more people in their metro areas than the entire state of Oregon's 3.9 million residents. USATF, I implore you to try to host the World Championships in 2019 or 2021 and to have it in a city that someone from London, Lviv, Laos, Lagos, Lima or even Los Angeles actually knows exists.

EME NEWS (DEC 24-25, 2013)
 
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
 
 
BOLT SPENT CHRISTMAS WITH HIS FAMILY
KINGSTON (JAM): Worlds fastest man Usain Bolt spent the Christmas at his home with his family in Sherwood Content since Tuesday night. He will return to Kingston on Friday or Saturday?. Training resumes Monday. Bolt sent twitter message to all his fans: „Merry Christmas to one and all..I wish endless happiness and joy for you all. Season greetings to all my fans. May the holidays find u full of endless love, good health & prosperity.“
 
MESSAGE FROM EA PRESIDENT
LAUSANNE (SUI): „As President, I can confidently say it has been one of the busiest years of my tenure in terms of travel. An important issue that I have addressed on my travels has been maintaining existing athletics facilities within our sport. I have been involved in discussions in Albania, Armenia, Belgium, Lithuania, Moldova and Netherlands this year regards this issue. Some situations have been resolved for the benefit of athletics, while some are ongoing. I was among those who wrote letters to the Council of Hengelo urging them not to sell the Fanny Blankers-Koen Stadion to a local football club. The sale, proposed in order to save the municipality money, would have seen the athletics track in the stadium ripped up and the end of the FBK Games – one of the most famous meetings in the world. I also recently returned from a visit to Lithuania to meet with the Prime Minister to discuss the future of athletics facilities in the country. The main topic was Lithuania’s National Stadium. Football also has a profound influence in our forward planning for events. For the European Athletics Championships Zurich 2014, we long ago set the dates for 12-17 August during which UEFA has now scheduled football matches. Again, we must be more active in discussions with other sports so that we can avoid such clashes in the future,“ said in his Christmas article on European Athletics website its President Hansjorg Wirz.
 
RUSSIA WANTS DIAMOND LEAGUE MEET
MOSCOW (RUS): Russian sport minister Vitaliy Mutko announced the plans to stage an Diamond League meeting and World Junior championships in Moscow. “I think we should consolidate successful result of Moscow Worlds 2013. For beginning we have to get one stage of Diamond League circuit but it’s not easy to do. For that event we can regard reconstructed Luzhniki stadium as host arena. We’re also discussing ability to hold junior Worlds 2016” said Mutko at press-conference. Here also Kazan is among the candidates.
 
US PLANS FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
EUGENE (USA): Time for USA to host the IAAF World Championships. 2019 a possibility. After Eugene is staging World Juniors 2014 and Portland World Indoors 2016. For a variety of reasons, the IAAF World Championships have never been held in the United States, and for those who aspire to push the sport forward in this country, that fact must change. “We all believe that the single most important thing we can do as a sport is to bring the world’s best athletes to our country,” said Vin Lananna, president of TrackTown USA, the local organizing committee for the 2008, ‘12 and ‘16 U.S. Olympic Trials at Historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. “We already have the world’s No. 1 track and field team, but if we want to inspire a new generation of kids, and increase the popularity of the sport in the U.S., we have to raise awareness for our sport more than every four years at the Olympics,” says Lananna. At present, there is no stadium in this country capable of meeting the IAAF’s minimum requirements to host the event. However, over the past two years, the landscape has begun to tilt in favor of a viable U.S. bid, thanks to the vision of Lananna, and the ongoing support of USA Track & Field, the governing body for the sport in the U.S. In Lananna’s view, the best landing spot for the 2019 IAAF World Championships is Eugene, a community known as TrackTown USA, with its rich tradition and historic support of the sport, and the most passionate fan base in America. He advocates a complete makeover of Hayward Field, one that would transform the venerable stadium into a world-class complex that revolutionizes the presentation of track and field meets. He’s also amenable to reshaping the meet, with certain functions and events held in other places in the state, much like the men’s and women’s hammer throw took center stage before a crowd of 5,000 on the Nike campus in Beaverton at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. The decision on where the IAAF 2019 World Championships will be held will be made in autumn 2014. Doha, Barcelona are other cities mentioned. With infos from tracktownusa.com.
 
 
 
ANTI-DOPING NEWS
 
 
KYIV (UKR): Executive committee of Ukrainian athletics federation (UAF) banned for two years long distance runner Olena Serdyuk (32) from June 7, 2013 till June 6, 2015. Sample of 32-year-old Ukrainian collected at road race in France on April 14, 2013 was positive for norandrostenone. She never competed for Ukraine at championships. 23-year-old sprinter and long jumper Darya Pizhankova was banned for life from August 14, 2013. She was tested positive for drostanolone during out-of-competition test. Her previous 2-year ban (because of stanozolol) finished on August 3, 2013.
 
ATHENS (GRE): Bad Christmas news for Greek high jumper Kostadinos Baniotis. In his out of competition sample on November 28 furosemide was found. Baniotis is provisionally sanctioned, the ban could go from public warning to two years. After a hearing Greek Federation SEGAS will announce its verdict. Baniotis was 10th in Moscow at the World Championships and cleared 234 personal best when winning the Mediterranean Games this year.
 
 
 
OTHER NEWS
 
 
PARIS (FRA): French Sports Daily L´Équipe published a science-fiction article published after World Championships 2015 in Beijing. In the article Renaud Lavillenie is the champion in pole vault with new world record 616 cm. But that is still long way. In the readers poll on the website of the newspaper the majority says he will not break Bubka´s world record in 2014. In an fiction interview afterwards Lavillenie admits that with 608 personal best from 2014 it was a surprise for him to clear the world record, but also says he got the best advices from Sergey Bubka.
 
VOLGOGRAD (RUS): Governor of Volgograd region Sergey Bozhenov gave regional government the task to build special athletics training complex in the city based at old “Monolit” stadium. A few weeks ago two-time pole vault Olympic champion and world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva publicly asked Russian president Vladimir Putin to help in this question. Russian sport minister Vitaliy Mutko already visited Volgograd and Monolit stadium. “We’ll not leave Volgograd athletics to tend for itself and we should create the special center here. 600-700 millions of rubles (20-23 millions of USD dollars) for that building are acceptable for us” said Mutko.
 
MOSCOW (RUS): Russian Winter IAAF Indoor Permit on February 2 announced that home top high jumpers will compete against each other. Last two Olympic winners Ivan Ukhov and Andrey Silnov with European 2010 Champion Aleksandr Shustov and European 2013 Indoor Champion Sergey Mudrov. For young kids special clinics will be held by Tatyana Lebedeva, Yaroslav Rybakova, Dwight Phillips and Tatyana Zelentsova. In women long jump Russian top names like European Indoor Champion Darya Klishina and world medalist Olga Kucherenko will compete against US Janay De Loach-Soukup and Chelsea Hayes. Special guest here World heptathlon gold medalist Hanna Melnychenko of Ukraine.
 
ASUNCION (PAR): Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have been voted top sporting personalities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
 
SAN JUAN (PUR): The North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) will sign a four-year deal with Mondo in 2014. President of NACAC, Victor Lopez said that the agreement will involve the sponsorship of activities within NACAC including the NACAC Track and Field Coaches Association and the Association of Panamerican Athletics (APA). He said that Gatorade Caribbean has also expressed interest in partnering with NACAC and six events have been identified for their sponsorship in 2014. “As we move forward I am sure we will be able to get other companies to become sponsors, especially in 2015 when USA will be hosting the NACAC Senior Championships,” he said.
 
WINSTON SALEM (USA): The Camel City indoor meet on February 1 announced elite fields for the men‘s and women‘s races for 800 m, mile and 3000 m. The field includes Olympians, NCAA individual champs and World Champs contestants. Nick Symmonds is confirmed for the 800 m. In the mile Miles Batty with Matthew Elliott and South African Peter van der Westhuizen. In the women 800 m Maggie Vessey will clash with Phoebe Wright, in the mile Brie Felnagle with Angela Bizzarri.
 
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): So what‘s the next for retired sub 10 sprinter and World medalist „Doc“ Patton chapter going to be? One thing‘s for sure — he‘s not going to fade away from track and field. Fact is, he‘s already phased into a major administrative role in the sport, as one of the 15 members of the USATF Board of Directors. „We‘ve got a lot of work ahead of us to build our sport,“ said Patton. „I‘m just glad to be part of the process now. I‘ll help out any way I can.“
 
SHEFFIELD (GBR): Yorkshirepost.co.uk informs that Olympic heptathlon winner Jessica Ennis-Hill is eyeing a long-awaited return to the track in time for the indoor season, according to her coach, Toni Minichiello. That could mean a date in her home city of Sheffield on February 8-9 at the British Athletics Indoor Championships at the English Institute of Sport. “Jess is doing well. We’re hoping still for an indoor season, we’re just waiting on the progress of the training,” said Minichiello of the 27-year-old.
 
MELBOURNE (AUS): A Jamaican sprinter who once trained alongside Usain Bolt has been revealed as the new „X-factor“ at Wests Tigers Rugby team. The Daily Telegraph can reveal Xavier Brown - who once raced in the same relay team at Racers Track Club as Olympic superstars Bolt and Yohan Blake - has spent the past three months working exclusively with the Tigers as they prepare for life without Benji Marshall. Clocking 10.34 and 20.48 in sprints in his prime, 30-year-old Brown has worked closely with backline flyers Tim Simona, Chris Lawrence and Dave Nofoaluma - all of whom insist they are running faster since the sessions.
 
PARIS (FRA): Triple jump World Champion Teddy Tamgho is third in L´Équipe end of the year Champion of Champions vote in France. Top place for basketball player Tony Parker, second is judo champion Teddy Riner.
 
 
 
RESULTS
 
 
MOSCOW (RUS, Dec 22): Addition to the Student Stars meet with 550 by pole vault winner Gayk Kazaryan, his overall personal best.
 
MOSCOW (RUS, Dec 23): At the local meet Dmitriy Semyonov cleared 224 in the high jump and Aleksey Golovin 21:02:13 in the 5000 m walk.
 
SHIZUOKA (JPN, Dec 23): Kyoto‘s Ritsumeikan University closed out Japan‘s last elite race of 2013 with a national title at the new Mount Fuji Women‘s Ekiden, a relaunch of the short-lived National University Women‘s Invitational Ekiden Championships previously held in Tsukuba. First-year Nanako Kanno got Ritsumeikan off to a good start on the 6.6 km First Stage and from there Ritsumeikan led the entire race, five of its seven women winning their stages. Senior Akane Yabushita brought the team home on the challenging Seventh Stage, 7.7 km with 166 m elevation gain, the team covering the 43.4 km course in 2:21:48. Informs Brett Larner.
EME NEWS (DEC 26, 2013)


Shubenkov 7.65
OMSK (RUS, Dec 25): Reigning 110 m hurdles world bronze medalist Sergey Shubenkov confirmed his solid early shape with 7.65 at 60 m hurdles during the 37th Bulatov brothers Memorial indoor meet ahead of Ihor Peremota 7.86.  Beijing Olympic 4x400m medalist Tatyana Veshkurova won the 600 m in 1:30.61 (and was second in the 300 m 38.20). Marina Chernova topped the 300 m in 37.97 and Yegor Nikolayev (5:08.92, second Ivan Tukhtachev 5:12.34) and Svetlana Kireyeva (5:54.19) won the 2000 m races. Lev Mosin won the 300 m in 34.41.



OTHER NEWS

TOKYO (JPN): The top story of Japan road running scene in 2013 was the Martin Mathathi´s  transition to marathon in Fukuoka.

PHOENIX (USA): US Shot putter Jill Camarena-Williams has announced that she is expecting a baby on July 2, 2014. Camarena-Williams was injured in 2013 and tested positive for clomiphene, a fertility drug, in July.

NEW DELHI (IND): The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has banned six states, including Delhi and Haryana, for fielding over-aged athletes and has suspended 14 athletes for two years for doping, reportsndtv.com. This decision was taken during a two-day meeting of the Executive Committee of AFI on December 22nd and 23rd. The 44 athletes that were found to be over-age in 2013 in various age-group meetings have been suspended for two years while the six states, which they are from, will be suspended for 1 year. 14 athletes tested positive for banned substances in 2013 and received a suspension of 2 years. Athletes from the 6 banned states (Delhi, Haryana, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh), will not be able to field athletes in 2014, but athletes from these states will be able to compete under the AFI banner.

HAVANA (CUB): Cuban pole vaulter Lazaro Borges, the 2011 World silver medallist, says his goal in 2014 is to consistently jump over 5.80 metres, reports ianslive.in. The 27 year old has a personal best of 590 but only managed 571 in 2013. He plans to compete on the Diamond League circuit this year and to compete at the Central American and Caribbean Games, in Veracruz, Mexico.

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): 2011 World Pole Vault champion Fabiana Murer of Brazil will base herself in Formia, Italy for her European indoor season where she has three scheduled competitions, Moscow (February 2), Stockholm (February 6) and Donetsk (February 15), before the World Indoors in Sopot, Poland, a competition which she won in 2010, reports cruzeirodosul.inf.br.  She plans to also compete in two or three other competitions this indoor season.

BRUSSELS (BEL): Belgian hurdler and 2009 European indoor champion Eline Berings believes that she is back to her best form after an injury plagued 2013, reports dhnet.be. The 27 year old said, “So far everything is going better than last year at the same time. Preparation is going very well and I am very happy with my current level. Last year at this time, I was already super strong, but I have made serious progress.” She will spend the next three weeks at a training camp in South Africa, and will compete at the Flemish championships on January 26. She wants to compete at the World Indoors and the European Championships in 2014.

MADRID (ESP): The Commission of Control and Supervision of Health and Doping , under the CSD, has returned the file on the abnormal biological passport of Spanish steeplechaser Marta Domínguez to the Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA), reports masdeporte.as.com. A committee led by RFEA president José María Odriozola will now decide what steps to take.

OSLO (NOR): Norwegian Sport Director Ronny Nilsen says that sprinter Jaysuma Saidy Ndure will not compete indoors in 2014 while hurdler Vladimir Vukicevic will focus on the 60m, reports bt.no.  Ezinne Okparaebo, Line Kloster and Henrik Ingebrigtsen have the qualification standard for the World Indoors while Isabelle Pedersen's is only 2/100 away from the 60mH standard.  High jumper Tonje Angelsen is also back in full training, but it is still not clear whether she will compete at the World Indoors as she must meet the requirement of 194. “I had hoped that more people could qualify, but the requirements are so tough that we probably need to realize that the Norwegian squad being small,” said Nilsen.
 
LONDON (GBR): Lloyd Cowan, the coach of World 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu, believes that Ohuruogu’s best is yet to come as her injury blighted career has led to her being “a 29-year-old in a 26-year-old’s body”, reports teamgb.com. He still maintains that, they must play it smart if she is to make it to the Rio Olympics, meaning a decrease in the intensity of her season. Considering her plans for 2014 he said “She’ll race next year, the Commonwealth Games or the Europeans. Definitely at the Commonwealths but with the Europeans we’re having a bit of a debate.” He added that she might also do a few Diamond Leagues.

STOCKHOLM (SWE): Eritrean middle distance runner Meraf Bahta has been granted Swedish citizenship. She can now so compete for Sweden at the European Championships in Zurich. This year she improved in the 1500 m to 4:05.11 and in the 3000 m to 8:58.55. "I'm incredibly happy, I 've been waiting for this for a long time. This will be by far the greatest Christmas gift I get this year," she said.

SOPOT (POL): New Ambassador of the World Indoor Championships 2014 in Sopot is the legendary walker Robert Korzeniowski. Other ambassadors so far announced are Szymon Ziolkowski, Jean Galfione, Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz and Wilson Kipketer.

WARSZAWA (POL): In the poll about European Sports Personality of the Year organised by Polish News Agency PAP Mo Farah placed third behind Sebastian Vettel and Rafael Nadal.

HOUILLES (FRA): For the 42nd edition of the Corrida Houilles Micah Kogo from Kenya is the top name. Against him another Kenyan Milton Rotich Kiplagat. From French runners Hassan Ben Lkainouch who was recently 10th at the European CC Championships and Abdelatif Meftah with Yassine Mandour. Ethiopian Aga Ruti is the women favorite with team-mate Berha Afera Godfay. Also to count with is Marisa Barros from Portugal. French side has Clemence Calvin with Lauranne Picoche and Christine Bardelle.



RESULTS

ST. PETERBURG (RUS, Dec 21-22): Anna Golovina clocked 7.38 at the 60 m here. 2006 World Indoor Champion Yulia Chizhenko posted 2:46.63 in the 1000 m. Iryna Koska achieved 13.84 in the triple jump.
 
OPMEER (NED, Dec 26): Kenyan Lucy Macharia won the Kerstcross in 17:44 at 5 km. Eritrean Abel Tsegay Tekle was the best male at 10 km in 31:01.

BARDEJOV (SVK, Dec 26): In the 10 km Christmas road race Kenyan Joel Mwangi won in 29:21 over Ukrainian Oleksandr Matviychuk 29:40 and top Czech Milan Kocourek 30:07. In women category Ukrainians prevailed, Olha Kotovska 34:08 and Tetyana Holovchenko 35:23 as top two.

EME NEWS (DEC 26, 2013)


Shubenkov 7.65
OMSK (RUS, Dec 25): Reigning 110 m hurdles world bronze medalist Sergey Shubenkov confirmed his solid early shape with 7.65 at 60 m hurdles during the 37th Bulatov brothers Memorial indoor meet ahead of Ihor Peremota 7.86.  Beijing Olympic 4x400m medalist Tatyana Veshkurova won the 600 m in 1:30.61 (and was second in the 300 m 38.20). Marina Chernova topped the 300 m in 37.97 and Yegor Nikolayev (5:08.92, second Ivan Tukhtachev 5:12.34) and Svetlana Kireyeva (5:54.19) won the 2000 m races. Lev Mosin won the 300 m in 34.41.



OTHER NEWS

TOKYO (JPN): The top story of Japan road running scene in 2013 was the Martin Mathathi´s  transition to marathon in Fukuoka.

PHOENIX (USA): US Shot putter Jill Camarena-Williams has announced that she is expecting a baby on July 2, 2014. Camarena-Williams was injured in 2013 and tested positive for clomiphene, a fertility drug, in July.

NEW DELHI (IND): The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has banned six states, including Delhi and Haryana, for fielding over-aged athletes and has suspended 14 athletes for two years for doping, reportsndtv.com. This decision was taken during a two-day meeting of the Executive Committee of AFI on December 22nd and 23rd. The 44 athletes that were found to be over-age in 2013 in various age-group meetings have been suspended for two years while the six states, which they are from, will be suspended for 1 year. 14 athletes tested positive for banned substances in 2013 and received a suspension of 2 years. Athletes from the 6 banned states (Delhi, Haryana, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh), will not be able to field athletes in 2014, but athletes from these states will be able to compete under the AFI banner.

HAVANA (CUB): Cuban pole vaulter Lazaro Borges, the 2011 World silver medallist, says his goal in 2014 is to consistently jump over 5.80 metres, reports ianslive.in. The 27 year old has a personal best of 590 but only managed 571 in 2013. He plans to compete on the Diamond League circuit this year and to compete at the Central American and Caribbean Games, in Veracruz, Mexico.

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): 2011 World Pole Vault champion Fabiana Murer of Brazil will base herself in Formia, Italy for her European indoor season where she has three scheduled competitions, Moscow (February 2), Stockholm (February 6) and Donetsk (February 15), before the World Indoors in Sopot, Poland, a competition which she won in 2010, reports cruzeirodosul.inf.br.  She plans to also compete in two or three other competitions this indoor season.

BRUSSELS (BEL): Belgian hurdler and 2009 European indoor champion Eline Berings believes that she is back to her best form after an injury plagued 2013, reports dhnet.be. The 27 year old said, “So far everything is going better than last year at the same time. Preparation is going very well and I am very happy with my current level. Last year at this time, I was already super strong, but I have made serious progress.” She will spend the next three weeks at a training camp in South Africa, and will compete at the Flemish championships on January 26. She wants to compete at the World Indoors and the European Championships in 2014.

MADRID (ESP): The Commission of Control and Supervision of Health and Doping , under the CSD, has returned the file on the abnormal biological passport of Spanish steeplechaser Marta Domínguez to the Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA), reports masdeporte.as.com. A committee led by RFEA president José María Odriozola will now decide what steps to take.

OSLO (NOR): Norwegian Sport Director Ronny Nilsen says that sprinter Jaysuma Saidy Ndure will not compete indoors in 2014 while hurdler Vladimir Vukicevic will focus on the 60m, reports bt.no.  Ezinne Okparaebo, Line Kloster and Henrik Ingebrigtsen have the qualification standard for the World Indoors while Isabelle Pedersen's is only 2/100 away from the 60mH standard.  High jumper Tonje Angelsen is also back in full training, but it is still not clear whether she will compete at the World Indoors as she must meet the requirement of 194. “I had hoped that more people could qualify, but the requirements are so tough that we probably need to realize that the Norwegian squad being small,” said Nilsen.
 
LONDON (GBR): Lloyd Cowan, the coach of World 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu, believes that Ohuruogu’s best is yet to come as her injury blighted career has led to her being “a 29-year-old in a 26-year-old’s body”, reports teamgb.com. He still maintains that, they must play it smart if she is to make it to the Rio Olympics, meaning a decrease in the intensity of her season. Considering her plans for 2014 he said “She’ll race next year, the Commonwealth Games or the Europeans. Definitely at the Commonwealths but with the Europeans we’re having a bit of a debate.” He added that she might also do a few Diamond Leagues.

STOCKHOLM (SWE): Eritrean middle distance runner Meraf Bahta has been granted Swedish citizenship. She can now so compete for Sweden at the European Championships in Zurich. This year she improved in the 1500 m to 4:05.11 and in the 3000 m to 8:58.55. "I'm incredibly happy, I 've been waiting for this for a long time. This will be by far the greatest Christmas gift I get this year," she said.

SOPOT (POL): New Ambassador of the World Indoor Championships 2014 in Sopot is the legendary walker Robert Korzeniowski. Other ambassadors so far announced are Szymon Ziolkowski, Jean Galfione, Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz and Wilson Kipketer.

WARSZAWA (POL): In the poll about European Sports Personality of the Year organised by Polish News Agency PAP Mo Farah placed third behind Sebastian Vettel and Rafael Nadal.

HOUILLES (FRA): For the 42nd edition of the Corrida Houilles Micah Kogo from Kenya is the top name. Against him another Kenyan Milton Rotich Kiplagat. From French runners Hassan Ben Lkainouch who was recently 10th at the European CC Championships and Abdelatif Meftah with Yassine Mandour. Ethiopian Aga Ruti is the women favorite with team-mate Berha Afera Godfay. Also to count with is Marisa Barros from Portugal. French side has Clemence Calvin with Lauranne Picoche and Christine Bardelle.



RESULTS

ST. PETERBURG (RUS, Dec 21-22): Anna Golovina clocked 7.38 at the 60 m here. 2006 World Indoor Champion Yulia Chizhenko posted 2:46.63 in the 1000 m. Iryna Koska achieved 13.84 in the triple jump.
 
OPMEER (NED, Dec 26): Kenyan Lucy Macharia won the Kerstcross in 17:44 at 5 km. Eritrean Abel Tsegay Tekle was the best male at 10 km in 31:01.

BARDEJOV (SVK, Dec 26): In the 10 km Christmas road race Kenyan Joel Mwangi won in 29:21 over Ukrainian Oleksandr Matviychuk 29:40 and top Czech Milan Kocourek 30:07. In women category Ukrainians prevailed, Olha Kotovska 34:08 and Tetyana Holovchenko 35:23 as top two.

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