EME News December 27-28th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News December 27-28th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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Valerie Adams has been one of the most dominant athletes of this generation, not only in Track & Field, but in any sport. She hasn't lost a competition in a long time and was rightly named the Women's Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News, the Bible of the sport. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was second, followed by hurdlers Brianna Rollins and Zuzanna Hejnova. Abeba Aregawi also was undefeated during 2013 and was ranked fifth. Sixth was Sandra Perkovic, seventh Meseret Defar, eighth Svetlana Shkolina and ninth Caterine Ibarguen, who also was undefeated in the year. Tirunesh Dibaba rounded out the top ten. I agree with the rankings from the T&FN, but I would move Ibarguen up the list a bit since she was undefeated and consistent in an event where consistency can be elusive.

EME NEWS (DEC 27, 2013)
PARIS (FRA): Jamaican sprinters and IAAF Athletes of the Year 2013 ended on third places in the French daily L´Équipe traditional poll „Champion of Champions“. In the men order Rafael Nadal is first ahead of German Sebastian Vettel with Usain Bolt third. In the women top three Serena Williams, Missy Franklin and third Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who celebrated on Friday her 27th birthday. Bolt won this poll three times in the past (2008, 2009 and 2012).
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Abeba Aregawi has been named Swedish athlete of the Year, reportsfriidrott.se. The 23 year old was an unsurprising victor after having won the World Championships, European Indoor Championshios and Diamond League all over 1500m. In the 41st edition of the yearly top 10 the other names in descending order are: Emma Green Tregaro, Kim Amb, Michel Torneus, Erica Jarder, Sofi Flink, Alhaji Jeng, Ebba Jungmark, Leif Arrhenius and Moa Hjelmer.
SOPOT (POL): 2009 World champion in the pole vault Anna Rogowska hopes for a quick recovery after an accident three weeks ago. Polish media are writing she hopes to be back in training still before the end of the year. She fell on her head during a training session on December 8 and was taken into the hospital. She was diagnosed with a fracture of the skull. She wants to be ready for the most important event, the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, her hometown. Informs gwizdek24.se.pl.
BELGRADE (SRB): World 400 m hurdles bronze medallist Emir Bekric and World long jump bronze medallist Ivana Španovic have been named Serbian athletes of the year by the Athletics Federation of Serbia, informs rts.rs. AK Vojvodina (of which Spanovic is a member) was named as the best team and best coach award went to Mirjana Stojanovic, the coach of Bekric. The best young athlete is middle distance runner Amela Terzic and on the boys side another runner Nemanja Cerovac. Special awards for shot putter Asmir Kolasinac, decathlete Mihail Dudas and javelin throwers Marija Vucenovic with Tatjana Jelaca. Coach of the year is Mirjana Stojanovic who is guiding Bekric preparation.
ISTANBUL (TUR): Turkey‘s Sports Minister Suat Kilic a leading figure in Istanbul‘s unsuccessful bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, has been sacked in a Cabinet reshuffle linked to a corruption scandal. Kilic had been appointed as the youngest member of the Turkish Cabinet in July 2011 by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he was 38. He has now been removed by Erdogan and replaced by 37-year-old Akif Cagatay Kilic, who was born in Germany before moving to Turkey with his family when he was 10 and educated at the University of Hertfordshire in Britain, where he graduated with a degree in Politics and European Studies. Informs insidethegames.
ORLEANS (FRA): The third edition of the Orléans stop on the Perche Elite Tour, scheduled forJanuary 18, promises to be the best yet as both male and female fields will have four or five athletes within the world’s top 30, according to event manager Damien Gouvéia, reports larep.fr. Last year’s winner Konstadínos Filippidis will return in 2014 and he will be joined in the men’s field by 2011 World champion Pawel Wojciechowski of Poland, Vladyslav Revenko of the Ukraine, Igor Bychkov of Spain and Valentin Lavillenie. On the women’s side World Junior champion Angelica Bengtsson of Sweden, Britain’s Katie Byres and France’s 2012 World indoor silver medallist Vanessa Boslak are the top names.
ALMATY (KAZ): Kazakhstan athletics federation named best athletes of 2013. List was topped by 800m World University Games winner Margarita Mukasheva. Second place went to decathlete Dmitriy Karpov and third to 200m Asian champion Viktoriya Zyabkina.
KYIV (UKR): Best European athlete in November Oleksandr Sitkovskyy announced that his next competition will be the BoClassic in Bolzano on December 31.
VOLGOGRAD (RUS): Two-time pole vault Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva opened photo exhibition “Torch relay faces” dedicated to Winter Olympic flame arrival to Volgograd region. “I still run preparing to this event” Isinbayeva smiled answering to local media. “I’m waiting for Olympic torch relay impatiently because it’s a great occasion connecting people. And I’ll be very glad to become one of torch keepers.” According to sport minister of Volgograd region Sergey Popkov Isinbayeva will have to set fire to Olympic flame bowl in Volgograd.
SAN GIORGIO (ITA): World CC silver winner and steeple specialist on the track Ethiopian Hiwot Ayalew has been added to the prestigious line-up of the Campaccio Cross Country race on January 6, the first of the two Italian legs of the IAAF Permits Meetings. As confirmed by Technical Director Marcello Magnani Ayalew will face a world class field led by 3000 m steeplechase world champion Milcah Chemos and three-time world cross country silver medallist and former 10000 m world champion Linet Masai.
KOLN (GER): Leichtathletik.de named top ten German athletes of 2013. Its the opinion of the website with Christina Obergfoll topping the list ahead of Robert Harting and Raphael Holzdeppe. Then follows decathlon silver World medalist Michael Schrader ahead of David Storl and Christina Schwanitz. Remaining four in the top ten: Claudia Rath, Homiyu Tesfaye, Bjorn Otto and Julian Reus.
CHARLOTTE (USA): Charlotteobserver.com informs that ff everything goes as planned, a former Charlotte 49ers track-and-field athlete could distinguish himself by participating in both the summer and winter games, but for different countries. Abe Morlu (32), a 2003 UNC Charlotte graduate, and his U.S. bobsledding teammates are competing in the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Cup season. They’re trying to qualify their sled for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. A native of Liberia, Morlu was a Liberian citizen until 2008. He represented his home country in the Sydney 2000 Olympics as a member of its 4x100 m team. His 100 m best is 10.27 from 2009.
ATHENS (GRE): Greek high jumper Kostadinos Baniotis informed Greek media in a written statement that he did not take knowingly any banned substances and is surprised by the positive finding of furosemid recently.
SOEST (NED): Belgian 8th placer from European CC Championships in Belgrade Bashir Abdi is the top name for the Soest CC Silvester race on December 31. He will run against other Belgians Soufiane Bouchikhi and Abdelhadi el Hachimi, from Dutch side Gertjan Wassink. In the field also Dutch marathon champion Patrick Stitzinger.
BELGRADE (SRB): Hurdler Emir Bekric was named Serbian Sports Personality of the Year 2013 in the 57th edition of the poll by Sports daily „Sport“. The Moscow bronze winner at 400 m hurdles got 74 votes ahead of long jumper Ivana Spanovic 47 and tennis star Novak Djokovic 39.
ZAGREB (CRO): Bayern Munchen player Mario Mandzukic and Discus world champion Sandra Perkovic are the Croatian Sports Personalities of 2013 in the 62nd edition of the sports daily „Sportske Novosti“ poll.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): Supersport.com informs that South African athletics experienced one of its toughest years, plagued by board-room battles and rocked by the arrest of double-amputee Oscar Pistorius for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria home on Valentine‘s Day. It was not all doom and gloom as some encouraging performances in track and field painted the sport in a better light. Johan Cronje‘s bronze-medal run in the men‘s 1500m at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow in August and Lusapho April‘s third-place finish at the New York City Marathon ranked among the highlights of the year.
GENT (BEL): Belgian decathlete Thomas Van der Plaetsen will open his season at the Flemish Championships in Gent on January 11 after returning from a 2 month long training camp in South Africa, reports sudinfo.be. The 23 year old, who was 15th at the World Championships, aims to compete in the heptathlon at the World Indoors.
MADRID (ESP): Six months after sending the file on Marta Domínguez to the Spanish Athletics Federation, the legal services of the IAAF have prepared the case to send it directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), reports deportes.elpais.com. According to IAAF rules, national associations have a period of three months to resolve cases of doping. In Spain they doubled the term.
COCHIN (IND): New half marathon will be staged in Cochin, India on December 29. The first Cochin International Half Marathon is organised by the Corporation of Cochin in association with Push Integrated Communication Private Ltd. Top names competing are Kenyan Chicago and London second placer Emmanuel Mutai with Bernard Kipyego, in the women category Helah Kiprop. The half marathon will start from Maharaja‘s College Ground, a spacious sports ground with synthetic track located in the city, and finish at Mattancherry, a place of historic significance near the city. The route for Cochin International Half Marathon, which covers 21 km, will touch the major landmarks in Cochin and many places of historical interest. The brand ambassadors for Cochin International Half Marathon are olympic runner legendary Milkha Singh and actor Mohanlal. The Race Director for Cochin International Half Marathon is the Dutch Edgar De Veer. Informs facebook of the event.
KISII (KEN, Dec 27): Top runners Edwin Mokua and Damaris Areba brushed aside the Christmas hangovers to wind up 2013 in style by clinching the men‘s and women‘s titles at the Kisii Discovery Cross Country Championships at the Kisii Golf Club. Mokua won the 12 km in 34:22 over Emmanuel Ngatuny 34:43 and Robert Sawiyo 35:16. Fourth Morris Mosima, the younger brother of former world junior cross country champion Philip Mosima, in 35:37. Areba‘s winning time in the senior women‘s 8 km was 27:07 just over a second faster than second-placed Marceline Ondieki (27:09) with Jane Onyangi (28:16) completing the podium places. The junior races, run over six kilometers (men) and eight (women), were snapped up by Frederick Moranga (24:13) and Theresa Omosa (20:13) respectively. From Elias Makori.
ANKARA (TUR, Dec 27): Mehmet Caglayan won the 78th Ataturk road race at 10.8 km in 29:35. Second Ethiopian Ketoma Tadese 29:35 and third another Ethiopian Fetena Regasa 29:45. In women category winning Tsenca Tsehynesh from Azerbaijan clocked 33:18 over Burcu Buyukbezgin 33:31 and Sevilay Eytemis 33:44.
MINKS (BLR, Dec 20): In masters indoor match Russia won with 1676.94 points over Belarus, third Ukraine and fourth Moscow.
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): South Africa‘s athletics is in mourning with the passing of renowned sprint coach Magda Botha, who was South Africa‘s team manager at the 2013 Moscow World Championships. Informs African Athletics Facebook.
KAMPALA (UGA): Uganda‘s first Olympian Patrick Etolu has died, reports newvision.co.ug. The 78-year old Etolu was part of the maiden team which represented Uganda in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia where he finished 12th in the high jump final with a height of 196. The Uganda Athletics Federation president Dominic Otuchet said that the federation will set up a fund in Etolu’s name that will provide money for field events clinics. Etolu won silver at the 1954 Commonwealth Games and held the national record of 196 for over 40 years.

EME NEWS (DEC 28, 2013)

Adams repeats as first female shot putter ever
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Shot put Queen Valerie Adams repeated her win in the Track and Field News Women Athlete of the Year poll. After 2012 she is first again in 2013. She did not lost a meet and is clearly dominant in her event. Last year she was the first shot putter getting the award since 1980 and now she became first putter ever to make the top 10 for 5 years in a row and the first ever to repeat. Informstrackandfieldnews.com. Adams received 13 of the 33 votes for No. 1 in beating Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10 No. 1s) by 15 points. The other 1st-place votes went to American hurdler Brianna Rollins (7) and Czech 400 hurdler Zuzana Hejnová (3), who finished 3-4. Adams got 294 points, Fraser-Pryce 279, Rollins 246 and Hejnova 237. Fifth place for another unbeaten athlete, 1500 m World Champion Abeba Aregawi (184) ahead of Discus star Sandra Perkovic (139). In the 7th position Meseret Defar (92) just one point ahead of Svetlana Shkolina (91). Top ten is rounded with Caterine Ibarguen (also undefeated this season, 81 points) and Tirunesh Dibaba (69). Overall 17 different women received votes. Men results will be published on Sunday.

A. Kiprotich positive after his win in Istanbul
PARIS (FRA): L´Équipe informs that Istanbul Marathon winner Abraham Kiprotich (Kenyan who runs for France since June 2011) tested positive for EPO after his win in Turkey on November 17. The analysis of the B sample is still to be done. In the current situation Kiprotich is facing a two years ban. Kiprotich already made for news after he won the Daegu Marathon in April (2:08:33 PB) as he was temporary suspended for 15 days because of administrative failures in his whereabouts informations.


NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya’s Emmanuel Mutai is aiming for the World Record and wants to attempt it at the Berlin Marathon, reports thehindu.com. The 29 year old, whose personal best from Chicago this year (2:03:52) makes him the 4th fastest marathoner of all time, said that he believes the marathon record can be attained by “not focusing” but just being confident. He also believes that if he ran in Berlin this year he would have run faster than in Chicago. Mutai runs on Sunday the inaugural Cochin Half Marathon in India.

LIVERPOOL (GBR): Britain’s talent Katarina Johnson Thompson, who finished 5th in the World Championships heptathlon this year, is looking towards Rio for the crowning moment of her career, reportsindependent.co.uk. Johnson Thompson, who turns 21 on January 9, says “It has always been about Rio for me, I have been funded since I was 14 with the view that I was going to medal in Rio. I think I can medal in the Commonwealth Games, that’s not out of my reach.” She is being heavily compared to Olympic champion Jessica Ennis, but says that  she’s “perfect at ignoring pressure”. She hopes to compete in just the long jump at the European Championships in Zurich in the summer.
MIAMI (USA): Former Trinidadian sprinter and currently valued TV commentator Ato Boldon will make his Winter Olympics commentating debut in February alongside Bob Costas, adding to his current position as track and field analyst for ESPN and NBC, reports wptv.com. The 4 time Olympic medallist, who will turn 40 onDecember 30, also works in South Florida training NFL hopefuls at the S3 Sports Academy.

CARDIFF (GBR): After returning with a win from a long injury lay off British vaulter Holly Bleasdale believes that she is a better athlete than she has ever been before, reports British Athletics. The 22 year old said “We did all the stuff to help me in areas of my body that might have been weaker. I feel like such a better athlete for it and I’m really happy settled in Cardiff. I feel like I’m in a much better place now. “I’m hungrier for training. I feel like the break did me good psychologically. I’ve come back training with Scott (Simpson) and we’ve managed to change so many things. I’m vaulting technically so much better than ever. I feel fitter, faster and stronger.”

HOUILLES (FRA): Micah Kogo of Kenya will be the top returner from last year’s race at The Corrida Pedestre Internationale de Houilles on December 29, informs the IAAF. Kogo has competed in the race nearly every year since his debut in 2006; only missing in 2009. He has recorded 3 wins and his lowest position was 4th in 2011. Great South Run winner Emmanuel Bett should provide stern opposition after having finished 2nd at the Cross de Atapuerca last month. Also in the line up are Kenyans Erick Ndiema, Shadrack Kosgei, and recent Casablanca Marathon winner Milton Rotich; along with Dawit Weldesilasie of Eritrea, Solomon Mutai and Phillip Kipyeko of Uganda and Yoann Kowal and Abdelatif Meftah of France. Ethiopia’s Afera Godfay, who like Kogo finished 2nd last year, is the top returner on the women’s side. Her competitors include compatriot Worknesh Degefa, Morroco’s Rkia El Moukim, Portugal’s Marisa Barros, Italy’s Rosaria Console and France’s Lauranne Picoche.

LAUSANNE (SUI): With a record number of 9500 members, and an ever-increasing impact and influence on the world of sport, 2013 has been a watershed year for AIPS, the world organisation for sports journalists. President Gianni Merlo said in his video-message that 2014, however, will be a challenging year, starting with the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. The challenges are connected to access to the sources, independence and clean sport.

ORLANDO (USA): Special birthday gift for Duane Solomon, the Olympic and World finalist in the 800 m. On Saturday he is celebrating his 29th birthday and on Friday his son Liam was born.

KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica Gleaner informs that the 2011 World Champion Yohan Blake celebrated his 24th birthday on Boxing Day by giving gifts to residents of Bogue Hill in St James, a few metres away from Blake's family home. "It has always been a plan for me to give back to my community. As a poor boy growing up in the community to come back and give something back, I have to thank God for all His blessings so that I can come back and do this," said Blake as he mingled with the residents.

EUGENE (USA): 2011 World High Jump champion Jesse Williams celebrated on Friday his 30th birthday. He noted that there is still recovery time for him from the injury but hopes to be back for the summer season with a smile on his face.


SHCHELKOVO (RUS, Dec 28): At the Moscow Region Cup indoor meet Ruslan Mekhtiyev posted hand timed 5.6 in the 50 m sprint. In the women mile Svetlana Kireyeva beat in 4:39.4 by 0.1 second placer Olga Tarantinova 4:39.5.

ISTANBUL (TUR, Dec 28): World Youth Champion Emel Dereli competed in her last meet as youth athlete here and achieved another Turkish indoor junior record with 4 kg implement 17.58. It happened in second attempt, in third 17.50. Her mark is also all-time youth indoor best with 4 kg.

JABLONEC (CZE, Dec 27): In the indoor walking European junior champion Anezka Drahotova achieved in a mixed competition 21:54.0 at the 5000 m. It is her fastest ever at the distance.
LISBON (POR, Dec 28): Ana Dulce Felix won the corrida São Silvestre de Lisboa with 32:22 at the 10 km. In the war of sexes she beat male winner Rui Silva 29:45 (men started 2:54 behind the women). In the women category second Jessica Augusto 32:43 and third Salome Rocha 33:57. Second male runner was Ricardo Ribas 29:47 and third Jose Pereira back in 30:44.

FUNCHAL (POR, Dec 28): Spanish Antonio Abadia won the 55th edition of the Funchal Road Race in 16:34at the 5.85 km. Second home favorite Rui Pedro Silva 16:46 and third Ugandan Dickson Huru 17:06. In the women category Joana Soares of the local club clocked 21:40 to win over Daniela Sousa 22:26 and Cristina Nascimento 22:57.
SAN SEBASTIAN (ESP, Dec 28): Spanish junior record holder from summer at 110 m hurdles Javier Colomo ended his junior age with another national mark. At the local meet he clocked new Spanish junior indoor record 7.75 at the 60 m hurdles (junior height).

LAUNCESTON (AUS, Dec 28): Triathlete Jake Birtwhistle won the Indoor Mile Challenge here in 4:07.6 ahead of Kenyans Elijah Kiptoo, Festus Talam and John Rotich.

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