EME News January 11th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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Big wins for Chris Derrick and Garrett Heath yesterday at the Bupa Great Edinburgh cross country meeting. The Stanford alumni both ran very well with Derrick winning easily but Heath taking down some of the biggest names in the sport. Garrett Heath took some major scalps in beating Olympic Champion Asbel Kiprop and 5k/10k World Record holder Kenenisa Bekele. A very impressive showing from the two Americans. For Heath, this will be something he can tell his grandkids about.

EME NEWS (JAN 11, 2014)

Ukhov 238
NOVOCHEBOKSARSK (RUS, Jan 11): Olympic high jump winner Ivan Ukhov is in top shape. At the Chuvashya Governor Cup indoor meet he cleared superb world leading 238 cm in his season opener. He cleared in first attempts all heights 215, 224, 230 and 235 and only for 238 he needed three attempts. Then Ukhov tried for 241, what would be new Russian indoor record. His coach Sergey Klyugin was satisfied, specially the third attempt at 241 was very close. Ukhov should jump in next weeks only in Russia, Chelyabinsk, Volgograd and Russian Winter on February 2. "They started to jump already 10.50 am this morning, but Ivan managed and woke up well," said Klyugin for Rusathletics.com. Also to note Yelena Korobkina 8:55.90 in the 3000 m, Anna Shchagina 4:14.38 in the 1500 m and Belarus Marina Arzamasava 2:04.76 in the 800 m. Angelina Krasnova-Zhuk cleared 440 in the pole vault.

Bolt and SAFP in Jamaica
KINGSTON (JAM): Sprinting stars Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were the recipients of the 2013 RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards.  Like he did at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, 200m silver medallist Warren Weir finished behind Bolt, claiming the runner-up spot in the Sportsman of the Year ballot, with swimming standout Alia Atkinson named the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year. Bolt and Fraser-Pryce are also IAAF Athletes of the Year, Jamaican Athletes of the Year etc. For Bolt this is third straight win and his fifth overall, making him the joint second-most successful man at these awards along with fellow sprinting great Donald Quarrie with boxing legend Michael McCallum leading the way with eight wins. Informs Jamaica Gleaner.

Obergfoll is expecting a baby
OFFENBURG (GER): Javelin World champion Christina Obergfoll with Boris Henry are expecting their first child. She made the news public on her facebook. Obergfoll will still continue to train, but will miss of course the summer season 2014 including the European Championships in Zurich. The 32 years old thrower plans to be back for 2015 World Championships and 2016 Olympic Games.

8 Moscow winners not number ones
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): In the traditional Track and Field News Rankings (men started in 1947 and women in 1956) 8 Moscow World Champions are not ranked as number one in the 2013 season. This are the same events and names as in the Athletics Internatonal Rankings (published by Athletics Weekly). Both marathon world champions are not number ones, Stephen Kiprotich is 6th (top one Desisa Lelisa) and Edna Kiplagat 3rd (top position for Priscah Jeptoo). Also Conseslus Kipruto is over Ezekiel Kemboi in the steeple, Renaud Lavillenie over Raphael Holzdeppe in the pole vault (the German is even third), Ryan Whiting over David Storl in shot put and Krisztian Pars over Pawel Fajdek in hammer. In remaining two women events Amantle Montsho is number one over Christine Ohuruogu in the 400 m and Anita Wlodarczyk over Tatyana Lysenko in hammer.

Bekele explains
PARIS (FRA): Legendary Kenenisa Bekele confirmed for L´Équipe in an interview that his goal for marathon debut in Paris next April will be to run under 2:05. He also explained why he decided in favor of Paris for the first marathon: "Paris and London are two prestigious marathons. But for such a distance I need experience and I think because of this Paris suits me better. I am in the learning phase, I need to learn to control the pace and distance. Paris will allow to better manage my race in the pace I would need. And it is a city that I like and that works for me. This is where I won in 2003 the first of my four world titles in the 10 000 m," said Bekele. And admitted that for future the world record might be his goal.

Malmo changed the date
MALMO (SWE): Sverigesradio.se informed on Friday that Malmo Games, the returning international meet will have a new date August 5 (Tuesday) and the clash with IAAF Diamond League DN Galan in Stockholm will no longer exist. Initally Malmo planned the event for August 19, just two days before the Stockholm fixture.  New date is now in the week between Commonwealth Games and European Championships. Already last year the organisers informed that fastest man on earth Usain Bolt signed for the meeting. On Saturday it was confirmed in a release by the organisers. "Thanks to Usain Bolt, Malmö Games has now been able to change date and thereby the meeting sanctioned by both the Swedish Athletic Federation and European Athletics. Usain has changed his competition and training schedule to accommodate the request from Malmö Games to change competition date to Tuesday August 5, 2014. He says that he very much wanted to help Malmö to establish a new competition in Europe and by moving to August 5 the earlier problem with the sanction is solved. "There is always the need for new major athletics competitions in Europe and I will come to Malmö onAugust 5 to inaugurate the new track and put on a good performance for the fans" Bolt said.


KINGSTON (JAM): Reuters informs about Usain Bolt´s reaction to the news about new testing method to examine the hair follicles. "But I think that anyway you can crack down on drug use in sports, I have no problem with it," said the World record holder for Reuters. Bolt's comments come after new WADA boss Craig Reedie revealed his intension to introduce hair follicle testing to help sports in the doping fight. "We test in the main blood and urine, but now we will look at different approaches, such as can we use a lock of hair," Reedie was quoted by the British newspaper The Guardian as saying.

LVIV (UKR): Specialised high jump meeting, the 15th edition of Oleksiy Demyanyuk Memorial will be held onJanuary 17 and is having interesting names in the field. Preliminary start list contains European champion 2010 Aleksandr Shustov from Russia, European team championships 2011 winner and meeting record holder Dmytro Demyanyuk, world champion 2005 Yuriy Krimarenko, London Olympic finalist Andriy Protsenko, former European junior champion Oleksandr Nartov (all Ukrainians), etc. The top name of women competition will be 18-year-old World Youth and European junior medalist Iryna Herashchenko (PB 192 from 2013).

LUANDA (ANG): A protocol of sport cooperation will be signed on Monday between the Angolan Athletics Federation (FAA) and German Embassy in Angola, reports allafrica.com. Under this new agreement Germany's expert Wilfried Heim-Caballero will come to Luanda in January, under the guidance of the German Olympics Committee to carry out a course on organizational structuring with coaches and athletes in javelin, discus and hammer throw. The protocol also aims to contribute to the development of mass participation sport in Angola.

BUDAPEST (HUN): All-Athletics.com announced the Race Walkers of the Year 2013 in the World, as well as in the different Areas. Top male globally is Australian Jared Tallent in the women section is a tie for Russians Anisiya Kirdyapkina and Yelena Lashmanova. Best male in Europe is Mikhail Ryzhov and best female in Oceania Tanya Holliday. In Africa Hatem Ghoula of Tunisia and race Wanjiru from Kenya. In Asia Japanese Yusuke Suzuki and Chinese Liu Hong, in North and Central America Canada´s Inaki Gomez and Mirna Ortiz from Guatemala. In South America tie for top male with Colombian Josen Montana and Brazilian Caio Bonfim. Best female here Sandra Arenas from Colombia.

ZAPORIZHZHYA (UKR): Reigning 60m European indoor and 200m European champion Mariya Ryemyen will miss indoor season 2014. Informs her personal coach Kostyantyn Rurak per EME News. "Five years in a row Mariya performed indoors and outdoors on the highest level. She definitely needs a rest. At last European indoor final Masha got injury because of physical tiredness. That is why we started with trainings later than usually. So we don't want to repeat previous mistakes and will focus on preparation for summer season 2014," said Rurak. He also informed that Ryemyen will train in her home town city Zaporizhzhya all the winter and plans to go to Portugal training camp in March.

DUBLIN (IRL): Athletics Ireland informs that Irish physical therapist Ciaran McDonagh has agreed to join top American decathlete Ashton Eaton as lead physical therapist for the 2014 season. World record holder Eaton and his heptathlete wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton, World silver medallist 2013, are based in Eugene Oregon, where they represent Oregon Track Club (OTC). Ciaran will move to his new base in Oregon later this month to prepare both athletes for the world indoor championships in Poland in March.

NAIROBI (KEN): Per twitter news 18 years old steeple talent John Kibet Koech will move to represent Bahrain in future. He clocked last year 8:16.96 and won the Kenyan senior championships.


ROVERETO (ITA): The European Athletics CC Permit circuit continues on Sunday with 37th edition of the Cross della Vallagarina. In the men 9 km top Italians Michele Fontana, Gabriele De Nard, steeple specialist Yuri Floriani, Stefano La Rosa and Jamel Chatbi will run against Brussels race winner Alex Kibet and Ugandan Geoffrey Kusuro. Also in the race Ugandan Wilson Busienei who is affiliated to home club US Quercia Trentigrana and Ukrainian Vasyl Matviychuk. Women 6.5 km will have Kenyan Linah Cheruito, Ethiopian Hirut Gebre and Hungarian Livia Toth as top foreign runners. From home elite Silvia La Barbera, Valeria Roffino among others.

ELGOIBAR (ESP): Second EA CC Permit of the day is the 71st Cross Internacional Memorial Juan Muguerza with top name the IAAF Diamond League steeple winner Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya. His main rival for the 10.796 km will be another Kenyan Emmanuel Bett with Ugandan Timothy Toroitich. Spanish side is represented by Javier Guerra and Antonio Jimenez. In the women 6.6 km Campaccio winner Hiwot Ayalew runs against top Kenyans and World medalists Mercy Cherono and Linet Masai. In the home line-up Gema Barrachina, Diana Martin and Iris Fuentes-Pila as top names.


AKRON: Canadian pole vault national record holder Shawn Barber cleared 553 at the Akron Opener.
FAYETTEVILLE: World medalist Wallace Spearmon showed top early shape at Arkansas Invitational with 20.68 200 m time. It is his fastest indoor 200 m time since 2008. But the best result of the meet was in the women 600 m where Nigerian World relay 6th placer Regina George clocked impressive African record 1:25.76, the 8th fastest ever and second best non-Russian or Soviet performer. In the women 200 m talented junior Regine Williams clocked also fast 23.37, personal best over Joanna Atkins 23.59 (she was the fastest in the 400 m 52.92). Jamaican hurdles talent, Carifta Games and Schools Champs winner Omar McLeod opened his US college career with 6.73 and 7.82 first indoor races ever in the 60/60 m hurdles combination. Clayton Paros won the 400 m in 46.46.
LAWRENCE: 2007 World Champs participant Mark Jelks got 6.66 in the 60 m at the Bill Easton Classic. Relay Olympic winner Diamond Dixon improved in the 600 yards at the oversized track here with 1:21.15.

COLUMBIA: SEC Champion Markesh Woodson posted 6.69 in the 60 m at the Missouri Opener.
CARBONDALE: Traditional strong women weight throw at Saluki Open with 23.29 for Jeneva McCall and 22.27 for Gwen Berry.

COLUMBUS:  Demoye Bogle improved at 60 m hurdles during Buckeye Classic meet to 7.65 and beat Donovan Robertson 7.74, also a PB.

NEW YORK: Running talent Mary Cain opened her indoor season at Gotham Cup meet in the Armory with 1:12.43 second place in the 500 m and half hour later 800 m win in 2:08.51. She competed first time in her career in indoor 500 m race, it was won by Jamaican Sophia Smellie in 1:11.63. Ajee Wilson clocked 2:50.44 in the 1000 m. In the men 300 m fast 33.30 for Jamaicans Akheem Gauntlett and Jermaine Brown. Israeli Donald Sanford clocked 47.47 in the 400 m. Tom Hopkins got 1:02.57 in the 500 m.

BIRMINGHAM: Olympic relay champion and World record holder Tianna Bartoletta opened at Blazer Invite with 7.30 in the 60 m, Nigerian Gloria Asumnu posted 7.34 in another race. St. Vincent´s Kineke Alexander got 37.82 in the 300 m, new national indoor record. Chanelle Price won the 1000 m in 2:40.03. In the men 300 m fastest 33.57 for Tucker Peabody over Trey Hadnot 33.59 and in another race 33.61 for Elvyonn Bailey. Antwan Wright clocked fastest in the 60 m prelims with 6.65, PB. James Harris cleared 223 in the high jump. Last year NCAA Indoor Champion Eddie Lovett from Virgin Islands opened with 7.82 at 60 m hurdles.



EUGENE (USA): Please correct, Ashton Eaton will turn 26 (not 21) on January 21.


EDINBURGH (GBR, Jan 11): Even if cold, a perfect dry and sunny day for Bupa Great Edinburgh XCountry (IAAF Permit) in the 25th edition. The Great Britain and Northern Ireland team were victorious in the team challenge with 159 points, 13 ahead of Team Europe while the USA were third with 203. One of most awaited races were 4 km men with top stars Asbel Kiprop and Kenenisa Bekele. Not too much happened until last 500 m when US Garretth Heath showed an impressive kick and won in 11:51 in sprint over young and promising Ethiopian Meresa Kahsay in 11:52. Kiprop was third 11:58 ahead of another Kenyan James Magut 12:00 and fifth place for Bekele in 12:02. 12:05 was the time for Chris Thompson in sixth place to be the first of the Europeans. In the 8 km US Chris Derrick won in 24:21 with Andy Vernon second 24:27 and third Belgian Bashir Abdi running for Europe 24:27. Fourth US Bobby Mack 24:28, only 9th Alemayehu Bezabeh from Spain, the European CC Champion from December (24:48). Last race of the day were women 6 km and Gemma Steel scored a perfect win for the home team in 20:35. Second double European Champ Fionnuala Britton of Ireland 20:44 and third Emelia Gorecka 20:51 in her race as senior. Fourth Belgrade winner Sophie Duarte of France 20:57 ahead of Charlotte Purdue 20:59. Boys junior 6 km winner was French Alexis Miellet19:07 and girls junior 4 km Clay sisters of Great Britain Bobby 13:59 and Alex 14:03. With the help of Alberto Stretti.


GLASGOW (GBR): Before competing at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country, 1500m World Champion Asbel Kiprop told reporters that contrary to earlier reports he will be trying to make the Kenyan team for the Commonwealth Games, reports Scotsman.com. The 24 year old Kenyan also stated that he would again attempt to break the 1500m World record this year, most likely at Meeting Herculis in Monaco. “I have the Olympic gold, I have the World Championship gold, I have the African championships, but not a Commonwealth medal, in my collection, “My coach is telling me my profile as an athlete won’t be complete unless I get it,” he explained.

ITEN (KEN): American marathoner Desiree Davila is training in Iten, Kenya in preparation for the Boston Marathon on April 21, reports Runnersworld. This is the 30 year old’s first prolonged stint at altitude. Her coach Keith Hanson said, “We’re really pleased with where she’s at. I think she’ll be ready to compete with the top runners in Boston.”

SOPOT (POL): Good news for Polish fans. 2009 Pole Vault World Champion Anna Rogowska is returning to training after an accident and one month of rehabilitation. Her home town is Sopot so the participation at the World Indoor Championships is a big motivation. "During those few weeks I could not move. It was hard but now I got the permit to start with practice," she said for Polish media.

MOSCOW (RUS): High jump European team champion Mariya Kuchina is aiming to open her indoor season at Lukashevich and Seredkin Memorial in Chelyabinsk on January 16. “Then I’m going to perform at national indoor in Moscow missing other competitions to keep fresh and try to be selected for Sopot Worlds” said 20-year-old Russian to All Sport news agency. Kuchina spent mostly all her pre-season preparation in native town Prokhladnoe excepting one training camp in Sochi. “I began to jump from full approach months ago so I’m good enough technically now. But let see what result I’ll able to show at first competition”. Kuchina also noted very modestly that she would like to clear 2m this winter.


PADOVA (ITA, Jan 11): Last year’s High Jump European Under 23 champion Alessia Trost made her start to the 2014 season on a high note by clearing 1.96m, the fourth best performance of her career, on her third attempt in a pentathlon competition during the Regional Combined Events in the new Indoor facility in Padova. She scored 4035 points, not far from the Italian U 23 record by Ifeoma Ozoeze with 4222 points in 1992 . “At 1.84 I remained alone in the competition and I decided to go on at 1.96. I had a good feeling and the runway was excellent. It’s a good starting point for my season. Combined events are an attempt to try something different. It could be helpful to jump higher”, said Trost. In the other disciplines she clocked 9.16 in the 60 m hurdles, put the shot to 10.76, leapt to 585 in the long jump and ran 2:31.65 in the 800m. She is not preparing specifically for the Indoor season and will not compete at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot next March. Her big goal i the European Championships in Zurich. On January 25 January Alessia will compete at the Italian Combined Events Championships in Padova. Our plan is to spend a period of training in Formia in January with Bohdan Bodarenko and his team. A test at the Italian Indoor Championships in Ancona (22-23 February) is a possibility”, said Trost’s coach Gianfranco Chessa.

AUBIERE (FRA, Jan 11): The third meet of French pole vault series Perche Elite Tour saw the home hero Renaud Lavillenie clearing again world class 584 in first attempt and three tries at the new WL height of 594. He started at 566 and made it in second attempt. Second Kevin Menaldo achieved new personal best 575, third Briton Luke Cutts 566 with Jerome Clavier also 566. Chinese Yang Yangshend in B competition excellent winner with 566. Sensational women winner, French European U23 fifth placer from last summer Marion Fiack improved to 451 and tried at 456. Second Angelica Bengtsson of Sweden 451 and third French record holder Vanessa Boslak also 451.

NOVOCHEBOKSARSK (RUS, Jan 11): Additional results from the Governor Cup meet. Fast walks, Andrey Ruzavin 18:26.51 at 5000 m over Aleksandr Yargunkin 18:57.37, Pyotr Trofimov 19:00.48 and World 50 km silver medalist Mikhail Ryzhov 19:16.44. In women 3000 m Irina Yumanova 11:56.59 (11th best performer ever) ahead of Svetlana Vasilyeva 11:57.71, Marina Pandakova 11:57.89 and Vera Sokolova 11:58.44. Yulia Kostrova cleared 189 in women high jump and second in the 3000 m Yelena Nagovitsina clocked also sub 9 minutes (8:58.79).

KYIV (UKR, Jan 11): Good results second day of Christmas Starts. European junior medallist Iryna Herashchenko (18) repeated her indoor personal best 192 to win women high jump over Oksana Okuneva 1.89 and 36-years-old Vita Palamar 1.86. 2005 World Champion Yuriy Krimarenko was best in the men high jump with 220. Nataliya Yastrebova leaped 13.94 in triple jump.

LJUBLJANA (SLO, Jan 11): Marina Tomic clocked here life-time best 8.11 at the 60 m hurdles and fulfilled the Sopot standard.

ATHENS (GRE, Jan 11): At the OAKA Hall Antonis Masteras cleared 224 in the high jump (cleared also 227 in unofficial fourth attempt), Dimitris Tsiamis 16.50 in the triple jump (his 32nd birthday) and Anastasios Galazoulas personal best 784 in the long jump.


NAIROBI (KEN, Jan 11): Daily Nation informs that the 2011 World Cross Country junior champion Geoffrey Kipsang and 2009 World Cross Country senior women champion Florence Kiplagat were the winners of the 22nd Kenya Police Service Cross Country Championships. Kipsang (aims for selection for World Half Marathon Champs in Denmark) clocked 35:46 in the 12 km over NYC Marathon winner Geoffrey Mutai 37:26, third track specialist Augustine Choge 37:28 and fourth Josphat Bett 38:03. Among finishers also other top track runners Nixon Chepseba and Isiah Koech. Berlin Marathon winner Kiplagat got 27:44 at 8 km over Irene Jelagat 28:29 and Edith Chelimo 28:33.

VANTAA (FIN, Jan 11): European junior steeple champion Oona Kettunen won the 10 km road race here in 34:46, what is new Finnish U23 record. Petteri Muukkonen as best male got 31:59.

ADELAIDE (AUS, Jan 11): Tim McGuire leaped to new personal best 794 (+0.4) in the long jump.

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