EME News February 23rd, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News February 23rd, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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The USATF Indoor Champships was quite the weekend. There was lots of great racing and competition. Unfortunately that was all overshadowed by the Gabe Grunewald disqualification incident. While social media, the American track world and people around her were in an uproar, the cooler head of Jordan Hasay prevailed and Grunewald will get to fully enjoy her first national championship, as well as a berth in the World Indoor Championships. Ms. Hasay must be commended for doing what she thought was right, even though it came at a great cost to her. Hasay voluntarily retracting her protest and giving up her spot on Team USA is a perfect example of doing what is right as opposed to what is easy: "As with all of the competitors who lined up on Saturday, I desperately wanted to make the team to represent the United States at the upcoming World Indoor Track and Field Championships. Since Saturday evening my emotions have ranged from despair to determination to go to Poland and represent my country as best I can. After much thought and consideration, however, I have decided to withdraw my protest as I do not want to make a national team under these circumstances. I wish all members of the USA team going to Poland my best and look forward to continuing to train hard and competing to represent the USA in future World Championship and Olympic Games." said Hasay. As Hasay astutely demonstrated winning, or in this case making national teams, is not the most important thing in the world. Jordan showed an extremely high level of maturity during a trying time. On behalf of track fans everywhere, thank you for showing us how to be a true sportswoman or sportsman.

EME NEWS (FEB 23, 2014)

Chumba and Beyene both course records
TOKYO (JPN, Feb 23): Probably the best weather conditions in Tokyo for the marathon this year at the first stop for for World Marathon Majors.
Kenyan Dickson Chumba won in 2:05:42 CR and PB over Tadesse Tola 2:05:57 while third placed was Sammy Kitwara with 2:06:30. Michael Kipyego was fourth in 2:06:58 and Peter Some fifth in 2h07:05. Former World champion Abel Kirui was finally tenth in 2:09:04. Kohei Matsumura in 2:08:09 was the first Japanes as 8th. In women category Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene from Ethiopia was a good winner in new CR of 2:22:23 over Birhane Dibaba second in new pb 2:23:30. Third place for best Kenyan of the day Lucy Kabuu in 2:24:16. Mai Ito was first local athlete in seventh place 2:28:36. From Alberto Stretti.

Colombian wins
CHIHUAHUA (MEX, Feb 22): Sandra Arenas and Eider Arevalo produced a double win for Colombia in the 20km, while Jose Leyver secured a home win in the northern Mexican city of Chihuahua during the third leg of the 2014 IAAF Race Walking Challenge. Arenas clocked 1:33:24, Arevalo 1:23:07 and Leyver 3:50:42, the second-fastest time ever produced on the Chihuahua course. From IAAF.

With Blake fast relay
KINGSTON (JAM, Feb 22): Racers Lions clocked with Yohan Blake fast 38.13 in the 4x100 m at the Gibson Relays. Second UTEch 38.52 and third Racers TC 38.66. Racers also won the 4x400 m in 3:05.10 and 3:29.88. In the 400 m Stephanie McPherson 51.23 over Kaliese Spencer 51.59. Andrew Hinds of Barbados achieved 10.27 in the 100 m.


Five world leads, super close hurdles
ALBUQUERQUE (USA, Feb 22-23): US Indoor Championships as trials for World Indoors in Poland brought some top marks and together five world leads. In men category superb shot put for Ryan Whiting 22.23 ahead of Kurt Roberts 21.50 and Joe Kovacs 21.46. In women 60 m hurdles Nia Ali twice, first in heats 7.88 and then in finals 7.80. Also fast behind her Janay DeLoach 7.82 and Kristi Castlin 7.88. Francena McCorory clocked WL 50.85 in the 400 m with Jo Atkins in 51.13 surprisingly beat Natasha Hastings 51.34. Top of 2014 in the 800 m for Ajee Wilson 2:00.43 ahead of Chanelle Price 2:00.48. Fast sprinters at altitude, Marvin Bracy won the 60 m in 6.48 over Trell Kimmons 6.49 when Mike Rodgers injured. Another personal best series in the 400 m, in first race Kyle Clemons 45.60 and in second David Verburg 45.62. Superclose hurdles, top three Omo Osaghae, Dominic Berger and Terrence Trammell had 7.56, fourth Jeff Porter 7.57. Women 60 m had Tianna Bartoletta winning 7.08 ahead of Lakeshia Lawson 7.09 and Barbara Pierre 7.10. Talented Mary Cain 4:07.05, in the 800 m Erik Sowinski 1:47.86 and 1500 m Lopez Lomong 3:43.09. Surprise in women pole vault as Mary Saxer with 471 beats Jenn Suhr 466 and Kylie Hutson also 466. Erik Kynard won the high jump 230, great 822 for Tyrone Stewart in the long jump ahead of Chris Benard 808. Good 17.15 by Chris Carter in triple, Tori Polk 670 in the long jump and Michelle Carter 18.45 in shot put. He had to beat 18 other men on the 200m oval, but Bernard Lagat kicked his way to his fourth USA indoor 3000 m title in  7:46.01 over Galen Rupp 7:48.19.




NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS IN EUROPE

GERMANY (Leipzig): Here fast 200 m winners Robin Erewa 20.56 (Sebastian Ernst 20.62) and Rebekka Haase 23.17. Malte Mohr cleared excellent 584 in the pole vault. In high jump Martin Gunther 228 and Marie Laurence Jungfleisch 192.

ITALY (Ancona): Marco Fassinotti improved Italian record to 234 cm. Stefano Tremigliozi 806 in the long jump were the best results here. Fabio Cerutti won the 60 m in 6.68 (heats 6.65).

FRANCE (Bordeaux):  Cindy Billaud is back with fast 7.93 hurdles. Bastien Auzeil scored 5910 points in heptathlon. Also to note Kevin Menaldo 565 in the pole vault, Jeffry John 20.91 in the 200 m and Paul Renaudie 1:48.94 in the 800 m. Sudanese guest Younes Idriss new national record 228 cm in the high jump.

POLAND (Sopot): Lukasz Parszczynski improved to 7:49.26 and qualified to World Indoors at the 3000 m. Fast 200 m races for Karol Zalewski 20.95 (20.93 in heats) and Anna Kielbasinska 23.24. Anna Rogowska cleared 440 in the pole vault. Rafal Omelko won the 400 m in 46.29. In the duel of the day Adam Kszczot in 1:47.07 beat Marcin Lewandowski 1:47.16 in the 800 m. Dominik Bochenek won the hurdles 7.65 with British guest William Sharman 7.62 in heats.

HUNGARY (Budapest): Balazs Baji clocked 7.70 over Daniel Kiss 7.78 in the hurdles. Viktoria Madarasz 12:31.78 in the 3000 m walk was the top women result.

BELARUS (Mogilyov): Yulia Yurenia won the 400 m in 53.41 ahead of Ilona Usovich 53.94. Artsem Bondarenko landed at PB mark in long jump 788m over Russian Pavel Shalin 784. At 10 000m race walk Aleksandr Liakhovich set PB 39:47.97, Ivan Trotski 39:53.70. Alina Marveyuk 45:51.22 in women race.

SPAIN (Sabadell): Best results here Mark Ujakpor 46.57 in the 400 m and Borja Vivas 20.51 in the shot put.

SLOVAKIA (Bratislava): Guest Jaroslav Baba and second Peter Horak cleared 224 in the high jump as top marks.

NETHERLANDS (Apeldoorn): Great PB of Nicky van Leuveren highlighted the Dutch champs with 52.49 in the 400 m. Dafne Schippers won the 60 m in 7.25. Ignisious Gaisah 793 in the long jump, Bram Peters 46.71 in the 400 m. Top hurdles won by Koen Smet 7.67 over Gregory Sedoc also 7.67.

SWEDEN (Goteborg): Angelica Bengtsson 458 in the pole vault and 46.68 by Nick Ekelund-Arenander of Denmark were the best results of the second day.

FINLAND (Rovaniemi): Hurdler Nooralotta Neziri 8.09 at 60 m hurdles highlighted the day.

DENMARK (Skive): Andreas Martinsen 7.97 in hurdles was the top mark.

ESTONIA (Tartu): Anders Raja 7.82 hurdles also here the best result of second day.




OTHER RESULTS

SEVILLA (ESP, Feb 23): The 30th edition of the Maraton de Sevilla, the flattest marathon in Europe has been one of the fastest races of this season with a new course record broken by Kenyan Cosmas Kiplimo Lagat (2:08:33) in his debut on the distance. Pamela Rotich won in the female category in 2:35:43, just 5 seconds ahead of the Spanish Elena Espeso 2:35:48. It was again great and sunny race day for 9000 runners.

LA CORUNA (ESP, Feb 23): Spanish half marathon champions Ayad Lamdassem 1:02.57 and Alessandra Aguilar 1:11:16.

OUARGLA (ALG, Feb 23): National half marathon champions are Ahmed Messeles 1:04:24 and Souad Ait Salem 1:11:34.

DOUR (BEL, Feb 23): Home wins at the 50th CC race here, part of Lotto CrossCup. Jeroen D´Hoedt 28:26 at 9 km and Almensch Belete 15:20 at women 4.5 km.

SOUTH BEND (USA, Feb 22): Christopher Giesting won the 400 m at the oversized track here with 45.89. Jamaican Andrew Riley posted 7.62 over the hurdles and Canadian Aaron Brown 6.62 in the 60 m.

NEW YORK (USA, Feb 22): At the Big East Championships good 3000 m by New Zealand´s Laura Nagel 9:07.26 ahead of Emily Sisson 9:09.35.

HAVANA (CUB, Feb 22): Yordani Garcia scored world leading 8337 points in decathlon here. As usual good triple jumping by youth aged Lazaro Martinez 17.16 (+2.7, legal 16.89) and in women category Yarianna Martinez 14.39 (+2.8, legal 14.34) and Dailenys Alcantara 14.33 (+1.5). Yargelis Rodriguez scored 6231 points in heptathlon, new North American junior record. Yordan O´Farrill achieved 7.65 in 60 m hurdles.

ASUNCION (PAR, Feb 23): At South American CC Champs Brazilian Wellington Bezerra da Silva won the 12 km 37:12 over Javier Pena of Colombia 37:33. In women 8 km also Brazilian win for Sueli Pereira da Silva 27:43 with silver going to Patricia Aguilera of Paraguay 28:06. Junior winners from Peru, Jhordan Cope in boys 8 km 25:30 and Laydi Curasi in girls 6 km 21:42.

SAO PAULO (BRA, Feb 23): Kenyan Stanley Koech won in 1:03:52 the Sao Paulo Half Marathon.

SAN JUAN (PUR, Feb 23): Winners of World's Best 10 km Bedan Karoki 28:35 and Mary Wacera 32:06.

IBIRAPUERA (BRA, Feb 22): Bruno de Barros clocked here 10.30 (+2.0) in the 100 m and Jadel Gregorio achieved 16.74 in triple.

BUCURESTI (ROU, Feb 23): World youth champion Florentina Marincu showed top shape at Romanian Junior championships with 7.48 and 663 double.

POMBAL (POR, Feb 22): World indoor champion Mauro Vinicius of Brazil leaped as guest at Portugal Club Champs to 798 in the long jump.

PRAHA (CZE, Feb 22): Marek Bakalar clocked at national junior champs fast 6.70 national junior record at the 60 m.


OTHER NEWS

KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has expressed sadness at the untimely passing on Saturday of 18 year-old St. Jago High School student, Cavahan McKenzie. McKenzie collapsed after competing in a race at the NACAC Cross Country Championships in Tobago and died en route to the hospital.

ALBUQUERQUE (USA): About three hours after thinking she had won the USA Indoor Championships 3000m title, Gabe Grunewald was disqualified by meet officials.  The win would have been Grunewald's first national title.  A statement posted on the USA Track & Field (USATF) website read: "Several protests were filed in relation to the women's 3000m final. After two reviews, including enhanced video evidence, Gabe Grunewald was disqualified by the Jury of Appeals for clipping and impeding the stride of Jordan Hasay." As a result, Shannon Rowbury has been declared the winner with Sarah Vaughn second and Hasay third.  Because Vaughn does not have the relevant IAAF qualifying standard for competing in the World Indoor Championships (sub-9:02) Rowbury and Hasay have provisionally earned spots on Team USA for that meet next month. Informs Race Results Weekly.

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