EME News February 4th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News February 4th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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The next big feature on the global Indoor Track & Field circuit will be on Thursday in Stockholm. The XL Galan meeting will feature some of the best athletes in the world and some great matchups. The men's 1500 will be an African affair with Kenyans Silas Kiplagat, Nixon Chepseba, Caleb Ndiku, Djiboutian Ayanleh Souleiman and South African Johan Cronje. Ethiopian star Mo Aman will go for 2004 Olympic Gold medalist Yuriy Borzakovskiy's meeting record of 1:44.34 from '03. Dominican Olympic medalist Luguelin Santos and Costa Rican World Indoor champ Nery Brenes will face off against Czech star Pavel Maslak in the 400. Cuban Olympic champ and former World Record holder Dayron Robles will look to avenge his loss last week to American Olympian Jeff Porter, who will try to avenge his loss to French world leader Pascal Martinot-Lagarde in the 60 hurdles. Home favorite Michel Torneus will have his hands full with Olympic champ Irving Saladino, world medalists Ngoni Makusha and Ignisious Gaisah and European champ Christian Reif. As you can see, there will be some fantastic and high-quality competition in Stockholm, and that's just the men's fields. Look for EME News' Alfonz Juck's women's preview tomorrow.

EME NEWS (FEB 4, 2014)

KINGSTON (JAM): Two of the stars of Racers TC will run the 400 m at the Camperdown Classic this Saturday. Olympic individual silver medalist and World champion Yohan Blake will have his first competition since June last year. His best at the distance is 46.32 in 2013. Also for the 400 m is set Warren Weir, the 200 m silver medalist from Moscow and bronze winner from Olympics in London. His 400 m best is 46.23 from Camperdown meet last year. Confirms their agent Cubie Seegobin. Moscow silver relay team member Edino Steele is scheduled to run too.

STOCKHOLM (SWE): World champion Mohamed Aman after clocking very fast 600 m on Sunday in Moscow continues in his indoor season with the first 800 m. At the XL Galan in Stockholm (IAAF Indoor Permit) on Thursday he will attack the Globen Arena record 1:44.34 of Russian Yuriy Borzakovskiy from 2003. Very fine field is assembled for men 1500 m. Moscow winner and World leader Silas Kiplagat will face Karlsruhe winner (at that time also WL) Nixon Chepseba, double 3000 m winner this season Caleb Ndiku and also World medalists Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti and Johan Cronje from South Africa. Here the facility best is very fast 3:33.39 by Laban Rotich in 1999. In the 400 m European champion Pavel Maslak is running against Caribbeans. Olympic and World medalist Luguelin Santos of Dominican Republic and last World Indoor Champion from Istanbul Nery Brenes of Costa Rica (he will have his season opener here). In the 60 m hurdles Olympic winner Dayron Robles will face US Jeff Porter who beat him in Dusseldorf and French World leader Pascal Martinot-Lagarde who beat Porter in Mondeville. Both sprints Arena records are also of high quality (45.52 by Kirani James and 7.42 by Colin Jackson). The only technical male event in the main program long jump is for local star Michel Torneus who will open his season and is competing against Olympic winner 2008 Irving Saladino, World medalist Ignisious Gaisah jumping for Netherlands, German Eurowinner Christian Reif, Daegu medalist Ngoni Makusha and Diamond League meet winner Li Jinzhe of China. Arena best of Carl Lewis (849) will be a very tough goal for the jumpers. Women events preview will be published on Wednesday.

HAMBURG (GER): In the first moment there was silence in the press room of the new event-sponsor Hanseatic health insurance (HEK), as athletes Manager Jurrie van der Velden presented a life-size image of the running legend from Ethiopia, drawn on soft foam board, at a press conference a. "Yes, Haile will start in Hamburg!", then assured Haspa Marathon boss Frank Thaleiser and continued: "And he wants to crack the Masters World Record." Four-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie plans in his marathon debut at the Hanseatic City to undercut the age group world record of 2:08:46 of in 2003. In addition to the soon 41 years old exceptional runner who successfully battled a marathon latest in 2012, the Kenyan Martin Lel whose marathon participation also dates back two years, will start in Hamburg. Also Germany's best long distance runner Sören Kah will give a comeback on 4th May. Informs Global Sports.

GENT (BEL): Fastest sprinter of this season Cuban Yunier Perez will run his next race on Sunday in Gent at the Record Bank Flanders Indoor meet (IAAF Permit). He clocked national Cuban record 6.49 last Sunday in Moscow.

TALLINN (EST): The Combined Events EA Indoor Permit on Friday and Saturday the main star will be world champion Trey Hardee of USA. Also competing Russians Artyom Lukyanenko and Ilya Shkurenyov, other top names Carlos Chinin of Brazil and Belgian Thomas Van der Plaetsen. Austrian Dominik Distelberger belongs to podium contenders. From home elite Anders Raja and Kaarel Joevali. In women pentathlon (Saturday) Poland´s Karolina Tyminska should be considered as main name together with Latvian Laura Ikauniec, Ida Marcussen of Norway and Vanessa Spinola from Brazil. From Russia Aleksandra Butvina will be there. World leads 6104 and 4656 will be under threat. This is also the only international combined events meeting indoor and could well influence the invitation process for the World Indoor Championships in Sopot.

DEN HAAG (NED): Telegraaf.nl informs that World CC Champion Japhet Korir will run his first half-marathon onMarch 9 at the CPC Loop here. Also title defender Edwin Kipyego is scheduled to run along with Ethiopian Atsedu Tsegay. In the 40th edition of the race from the home elite Khalid Choukoud, Patrick Stitzinger, Tom Wiggers, Ronald Schroer and Koen Raymaekers should run.


CANBERRA (AUS): Having lost all 29 of her meetings with Olympic gold medalist Sally Pearson, Canberra sprint queen Melissa Breen will go into Sunday's 100-meter showdown at the ACT track and field championships at the AIS track on Sunday as a massive underdog. But the two-time national 100-meters champion says she is in ''great shape'' for what is shaping to be a dress rehearsal for this year's Australian sprint title. For Pearson this will be the season opener. Informs Canberratimes.

NAIROBI (KEN): National Olympic Committee of Kenya has cautioned that local athletes may be barred from major championships if the government’s Anti-Doping Probe Committee fails to deliver a report in time to the relevant authorities. Kipchoge Keino, Nock President, said work of the committee is too important to stall and wants the government to provide money and facilitate the committee to finish its work. The 12-member committee, which is chaired by Prof. Moni Wekesa, had cautioned that their investigations into rising doping cases in the country may stall due to lack of funds. Informs standardmedia.

NAIROBI (KEN): The Star of Kenya writes that the 2012 Paris Marathon winner Stanley Biwott hopes to impress on his second appearance in Virgin London Marathon this April. He is among the men's stellar-cast lineup. Biwott said he is enjoying top form at the moment and has every intention of claiming the top prize "I have prepared well for the race and I want to win this edition. I know I am ranked fifth with a time of 2.05.12 in the current field but that will count for nothing if my form is anything to go by," Biwott said.

MONACO (MON): The annual meeting between the IAAF and the presidents and general secretaries of the six Area Associations took place recently in Monaco. The majority of the first day then focused on the Continental Athletics Strategic Plan (CASP) with the latter part of the afternoon concerned with presentations covering the subjects of competition, followed by development and member federation relations. Each Area Association presented and discussed their progress across the respective parts of the CASP. The second and final day of the Area Associations meeting covered the topic of the Continental marketing program and a presentation concerning a key initiative from the IAAF’s new corporate social responsibility plan which will be launched this spring. Informs the IAAF.

KYIV (UKR): European Athletics Vice-President Karel Pilný handed over a European Athletics commemorative plaque to heptathlete Nataliya Dobrynska for her European indoor record during his official visit to the Ukraine. It was part of his official visit to Ukraine last week to meet with National Olympic Committee President Sergey Bubka and Ukraine Athletics Federation President Ihor Hotsul. Vice President Pilný discussed the development of the Ukrainian federation and its increased integration and involvement with European Athletics. They discussed the partnership between Zaporizhstal and the Ukrainian athletics federation signed in 2013 that saw the company donate 3.5 million UAH (300,000 EUR) for the reconstruction of the athletic training facilities at Metallurg, with the Ukrainian federation supplying modern track and field equipment.

NAIROBI (KEN): Steeple star Ezekiel Kemboi (31) is showing no signs of slowing down in his quest to further embellish his reputation as the greatest steeplechaser of all time. As if two Olympic and three world titles, Commonwealth crown and continental honors is not enough to confirm his status as arguably the best steeplechaser of all ages, Kemboi has set his sights on owning the world record this season. In a bold statement of intent from an athlete who does not flinch from setting grand targets every year, the reigning Olympics and Worlds crown bearer says it is time, "To bring the steeplechase record home. This year, I want to concentrate more on times. I know I have some good times and want to improve on them. At first, I wanted to win all the medals not the world record. The world record will come in that particular space of time that I have set to run fast times," Kemboi said for Kenyan media.

FRANKFURT (GER): Fresh German heptathlon indoor champion Kai Kazmirek said he is not aiming for the Sopot invitation despite a solid score of 6083 points last weekend. "I will concentrate fully on preparation for summer, I never had the intention to compete in Sopot," he confirmed.

KOLN (GER): New indoor meet is planned in Koln, Germany for 2015. The Lanxess Arena should be the place with similar concept as the Indoor ISTAF. The last top outdoor meet in Koln was held 15 years ago. It is the biggest indoor arena in Germany with capacity of 18 000 spectators, the possibility of a 200 m track will be also considered.

OFFENBURG (GER): US javelin thrower Cyrus Hostetler is currently training with World champion Christina Obergfoll who is pregnant and her training regime will slow down in coming weeks.


BANSKA BYSTRICA (SVK, Feb 4): Only local high jump event was staged in the Stiavnicky Hall and Slovak Lukas Beer won with life-time best 224 and beat on count-back Matus Bubenik (also 224). Third was Peter Horak 221.

CANBERRA (AUS, Feb 2): World Octathlon Youth champion from 2011 Jake Stein completed his first senior decathlon with 7601 points. Melissa Breen sprinted the 200 m in 23.60 (-0.1).

MELBOURNE (AUS, Feb 1): Pole vault star Steve Hooker won the 200 m at the Shield meet with 22.20.

PIREÁS (GRE, Feb 2): At Sunday’s open meet in ‘Peace & Friendship’ Stadium Aléxandros Papamihaíl confirmed his excellent shape as he demolished his own Greek indoor record in the 5000m walk by almost 25 seconds, 19:13.25 (old figure from 2013 was 19:37.00). Dimítrios Tsiámis opened his indoor season with a good 16.45 in the triple jump, while Nikólaos Saisanás won the 60m hurdles in a 7.81 personal best. New national indoor record for Albania in the 800m by Eraldo Qerama with 1:51.32, who also bettered his own mark from last year. The Greek indoor championships are to be held in the same venue next weekend. From Thomas Constas.

SAN FELIPE (VEN, Jan 31): At the 1st national meet Freddy Mezones posted 45.84 in the 400 m. Eure Javier Yanez cleared national high jump record 226 cm.

GENEVE (USA, Feb 1): Canadian Nate Brannen won here the mile at the oversized track with 3:58.04.

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