EME News December 29th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News December 29th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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What can you say about Bohdan Bondarenko's 2013? It was phenomenal. He did everything but break the World Record which hasn't even been attempted in several years. Bondarenko's breakout year means he has been voted to be the Track & Field News Male Athlete of the Year, which coming from the bible of the sport is a high honor. Bonarenko won by the narrowest margin ever, beating Usain Bolt by one point. Distance double gold medalist Mo Farah was third with Mohamed Aman getting fourth after dominating the Rudisha-less 800 world. Resurgent LaShawn Merritt was fifth and Robert Harting threw his way to sixth. Ashton Eaton was seventh and European jumpers Renaud Lavillenie, Aleksandr Menkov and Teddy Tamgho rounding out the top ten. I think Merritt should be ranked above Aman because he took down the defending champion, Kirani James on the biggest stage, whereas David Rudisha was injured and couldn't defend his title against Aman. Menkov and Tamgho also had amazing years and it will be exciting to see how much farther Menkov can jump next year.

EME NEWS (DEC 29, 2013)

Bondarenko over Bolt by one point
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Ukraine´s World High Jump Champion and European Athlete of the Year Bohdan Bondarenko is also Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News. First male high jumper ever to win the poll. The tightest voting in AOY history Bondarenko edge Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt by a single point (310 to 309). The previous standard for close ones was Alberto Juantorena’s 4-point margin over Edwin Moses in 1977. Informs TFN website. The 34-member international panel split the No. 1 votes three ways: 18 to Bondarenko, 12 to Bolt and 4 to Mo Farah. Third is clearly so Farah (267) followed by Mohamed Aman as fourth (213). Fifth place for LaShawn Merritt (188) and sixth Robert Harting as best thrower of the year (107). Then it was closer with Ashton Eaton 7th (98) over three jumpers Renaud Lavillenie (88), Aleksandr Menkov (81) and Teddy Tamgho (61).

Serena and Usain
LAUSANNE (SUI): USA tennis star Serena Williams and Jamaica's athletics king Usain Bolt have been voted AIPS Best Athletes for the second year in a row. A panel of 470 sports journalists from 96 countries voted in this year's poll. Informs AIPS website.  Six-time Olympic champion and eight-time World champion Usain Bolt received an overwhelming 1282 votes, followed by F1 master Sebastian Vettel on 499, and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo on 437. World No. 1 Serena Williams, who in 2013 aced her finest season statistically with a 78-4 record, and 11 titles, received 915 votes, ahead of Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva (644) and Jamaican sprinter and triple World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (551). This year's Best Press Facilities Award has been split into two categories: Best One Day Sporting Event and Best Press Facilities, Major Championship. Winner of the One Day Sporting Event award was the UEFA Champions League Final. Winners of the second category were very close with the 2013 Moscow IAAF Track and Field Championships receiving 558 votes, the FIFA Confederations Cup (545) and FINA World Championships (486).

More awards for Jamaican stars
ASUNCION (PAR, Dec 28): More awards for the Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce. They were elected Best Athletes of America in 2013 by AIPS America, the American continental arm of AIPS through the vote of their national associations. Bolt wins the award for the second consecutive year, while Fraser-Pryce edged out North American tennis player Serena Williams in a second round of voting following a first round tie. Among top women also Colombian triple jump World champion Catherine Ibarguen.

Vojta and Schrott
VIENNA (AUT): Austrian Athletes of the Year are miler Andreas Vojta and hurdler Beate Schrott. Best juniors are another middle distance runner Nikolaus Franzmair and female thrower Djeneba Touré. The vote was organised by the Austrian Athletics Federation OLV via on-line voting by fans, journalists and coaches. Vojta won the award already for the fourth time. In the men category second discus thrower Gerhard Mayer and third pole vaulter Paul Kilbertus. Schrott won for third time in a row. Second long distance runner Andrea Mayr and third heptathlete Ivona Dadic.


NAIROBI (KEN): In 2013 the Kenyan males surrendered the World Marathon Majors (WMM) title after having won the title every year since its inception in 2006, reports standardmedia.co.ke. Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia won the 2012/2013 series title. Since 2006 Robert ‘Mwafrika’ Cheruiyot, Martin Lel, Samuel Wanjiru, Emmanuel Mutai and Geoffrey Mutai had kept the WMM trophy in Kenya. Kenya’s women, however, took the top 4 places in 2012/2013; Priscah Jeptoo finishing on top. Jeptoo kept the crown in Kenya after Mary Keitany won the country’s first ever women’s title in the 2011/2012 series.

BOULORIS (FRA): Injured World triple jump champion Teddy Tamgho starts his rehabilitation this Sunday in Boulouris, reports sports.fr. The 24 year old, who fractured his left tibia last month, will return to Paris towards the end of January.
TOKYO (JPN): The Japanese Sports Ministry have announced that the Olympic cauldron which was used for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, will be used again at the new national stadium to be built for the 2020 Olympics, reports the-japan-news.com. A plate bearing the names of the gold medalists at the 1964 Games will also be featured at the new stadium. The cauldron, which is 2.1 meters high and weighs 2.6 tons, has been polished every autumn by Bungo Suzuki, who built the cauldron along with his father, who has recently been helped by 2004 Olympic hammer champion Koji Murofushi.

ROME (ITA): World and Olympic 10 000 m Champion Tirunesh Dibaba is in Rome, with her Olympic medal winning husband Sileshi Sihine, ahead of the We Run Rome 10km road race scheduled for December 31, reports iltempo.it. The 28 year old Ethiopian is in good form ahead of the race, explaining, "I'm fine, I come from a long period of training with my brothers and my husband.” Looking ahead towards her marathon debut in London she says that she is confident and that she is handling the training load well and her “form continues to grow.”

MOSCOW (RUS): Another award for Pole Vault World Champion Yelena Isinbayeva. She won the Russian Sports Person of the Year by the daily Sport-Express. It is her third win in a Russian voting in recent days.

BIRMINGHAM (GBR): British runner Charlotte Purdue put a nightmare two years behind her as she returned to the international fold to pick up an excellent bronze medal in the under 23 women’s race at the European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, earlier this month. The next step of her comeback will come at the Antrim leg of the British Athletics Cross Challenge on Saturday where the Aldershot Farnham and District athlete is looking forward to competing at an event that she won on her last appearance there in 2011.

DORTMUND (GER): German IAAF Council member Helmit Digel (will celebrate his 70th birthday on January 6) said for "Die Welt" he will no longer bid for another term in the council at the election IAAF Congress in 2015. In his new book "Lost Fight" he is writing about the anti-doping fight.


KOCHI (IND, Dec 29): Former World HM silver winner Bernard Kipyego won the inaugural Muthoot Finance Cochin International Half-Marathon in 1:02:56. After a final sprint on the synthetic track second Emmanuel Mutai 1:03:02 and third Eliud Tarus 1:03:14. Best non-Kenyan was Ethiopian Abere Kassaw as fifth 1:04:35 and sixth best home runner G. Lakshmanan 1:04:38 PB.  Helah Kiprop lived-up to her billing in the women’s race and won clearly in 1:11:57. Second and third Ethiopians. Debuting at the distance Yeyenesh Dinkesa 1:13:28 and running her first international race Tizita Wubishet 1:15:32. Fifth Estonian Leila Luik 1:18:37 and sixth best Indian Suriya Loganathan 1:19:47. As much as 10 000 runners took part, mostly in the 7 km fun run.

HOUILLES (FRA, Dec 29): Kenyan Cornelius Kangogo won the Corrida de Houilles in 27:57 clearly over team-mates Micah Kogo (former three time winner here) 28:06 and Emmanuel Bett 28:07. Fourth best non-Kenyan Dawit Weldeselasie of Eritrea 28:09 and fifth Ugandan Philip Kipyeko 28:19. Best and only French in top ten was Yassine Mandour as 9th 28:46. Ethiopian Afera Godfay won in the women category in good 32:06 over another Ethiopian Debele Degafa 32:12 and Morrocan Rkia El Moukim 32:34. Fourth and best European Tish Jones of UK 33:05 over best French Lauranne Picoche 33:42.

PATIALA (IND, Dec 25): At the 74th All India University Championships the men shot put winner Tejinder Pal Singh achieved 18.54. He is still a junior and so got Asian Junior leader 2013 and national junior record.

CLITHEROE (GBR, Dec 29): At the Ribble Valley 10 km road race Jonny Mellor won in 29:12, in women category triathlete Georgia Taylor-Brown in 33:34. Mellor was followed by Callum Hawkins 29:36 and Daniel Studley with 29:48. Among women second Nicola Duncan 33:47 and third Rebecca Robinson 34:02. Course-record holder and European Indoor Champion 2011 Helen Clitheroe returned to competition with a fifth place in 34:09. From Athletics Weekly.

CITTADELLA (ITA, Dec 29): Kenyans dominated the 8th Maratonina della Citta Murata as Matthew Rugut won in 1:04:03 over Daniel Ngeno 1:04:42 and Morrocan Ahmed Nasef 1:04:50. In women race Eunice Chebet beat just by one second Jane Chelagat 1:13:01 to 1:13:02. Third Italian Giovanna Ricotta 1:16:24.

JACKSONVILLE (USA, Dec 29): Dutch Mariska Kramer won the Jacksonville Bank Marathon in 2:45:35. The best male runner was not under 2:30.

AUSTIN (USA, Dec 29): Canadian Rachel Seaman achieved on the track new Canadian 10 000 m walk record 44:25 after two high quality splits 22:18 and 22:07 (also PB´s). She informs on her twitter. Already on December 21 in her first race after baby break she won the Long Island indoor walk championships with 12:38.16 in the 3000 m (second US Maria Michta 12:42.97).

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