EME NEWS (FEB 24, 2014)
UKHOV, VLASIC, STRONG SPRINTS AND CZECH STARS
PRAHA (CZE): Athletics is back to 02 arena for first time since 2009 with EA Indoor Permit Praha Indoor 2014 on Tuesday. Spectators are looking forward to see high jump stars Blanka Vlasic and Ivan Ukhov in their last test before World indoors in Sopot. Another top event is the men 60 m where Kim Collins is clashing with British Sopot bound duo Dwain Chambers and Richard Kilty. In the hurdles Dayron Robles is facing UK Andy Pozzi and Greek record holder Kostadinos Douvalidis who are both Sopot bound. In the triple jump outdoor world leader Pedro Pablo Pichardo meets with indoor world leader Marian Oprea. Home stars are preparing to give big show. Pavel Maslak plans to attack European all-time best in the 500 m, Denisa Rosolova is going for a fast 300 m time. Ladislav Prasil will clash with double olympic winner Tomasz Majewski in the shot put, Jan Kudlicka in the pole vault South American record holder Thiago Braz da Silva and World medalist Lazaro Borges of Cuba. Women hurdles favorites are world medalist Tiffany Porter and former European indoor champion Eline Berings of Belgium. In the 800 m olympic medalist and meet record holder Ahmed Ismail of Sudan is running with strong group of other runners. Kenyan Paul Kipsiele Koech is the 3000 m favorite with Czech Jakub Holusa planning to attack the national record. In the 400 m sub 46 is expected from the duel of World indoor champion Nery Brenes with Jamaican Edino Steele and Briton Luke Lennon-Ford. In the 800 m good Russians (Poistogova, Zinurova) and home Lenka Masna want to come as close as possible to 2 minutes. Women 1500 m has Renata Plis of Poland against Russian 3000 m Sopot bound Yelena Korobkina. Women 60 m should be a duel of European indoor medalist Ezinne Okparaebo and World indoor medalist Ruddy Zang Milama of Gabon. Long jump favorite is the World Youth Champion Florentina Marincu of Romania. The event is a big test before next years European Indoor Championships.
KINGSTON (JAM): Veronica Campbell Brown has been cleared of doping charges by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and now intends to compete at the World Indoors, according to her lawyer Howard Jacobs, reports theguardian.com. The 31 year old was provisionally suspended for most of 2013 after failing a doping test for a banned diuretic. The two time Olympic 200m champion released a statement which read, “The past several months of my life has brought me much pain and suffering, however, my faith, family, friends and fans have stood by me as a source of encouragement and a reminder that God’s word is true in that He will never leave us nor forsake us. The final court available to us as athletes have spoken and humbly I say they have confirmed my innocence. I harbour too much self-respect and a similar respect for the purity of competition to resort to illegal means to success. This same self-respect will now enable me to leave behind the insensitive and ill-informed media remarks and look towards returning to the track to give of my best to God’s glory.” All of the Jamaican’s previous results have been reinstated and she is cleared to compete immediately.
CZECH REPUBLIC: With 9 athletes is completed Czech selection. Top medal contenders Pavel Maslak for 400 m, Jan Kudlicka in pole vault, Jirina Svobodova in pole vault, good chances also for Ladislav Prasil in shot put and Denisa Rosolova in the 400 m. Also in the team Jakub Holusa for 1500 m, Martin Mazac for 60 m hurdles, Tomas Stanek shot put and Lenka Masna for the 800 m.
SWEDEN: Sweden’s team has 7 names with top gold medal favorite Abeba Aregawi for 1500 m. Also in the team: Emma Green Tregaro, Erica Jarder, Michel Torneus, Odain Rose, Tom Kling-Baptiste and Philip Nossmy.
FINLAND: The 3 athletes: Hanna-Maari Latvala for 60 m, Matilda Bogdanoff and Nooralotta Neziri for 60 m hurdles.
POLAND: Poland has named a record number of 37 athletes in their squad for the World Indoors, which will run from March 7 to 9, informs the IAAF. The home nation will be led by two-time Olympic shot put champion Tomasz Majewski, Poland’s sole medallist at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, and 2009 world pole vault champion Anna Rogowska. Other leading squad members are pentathlete Karolina Tyminska, and middle-distance runners Adam Kszczot, Marcin Lewandowski and Angelika Cichocka.
GREECE: Six athletes. Kostadinos Douvalidis (60m h), Kostadinos Filippidis (pole vault), Louis Tsatoumas (long jump). Women: Maria Gatou (60m), Antonia Stergiou (high jump), Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou (pole vault).
HUNGARY: Two athletes hurdler Balazs Baji with shot putter Anita Marton.
SLOVAKIA: Also two athletes sprinter Adam Zavacky and triple jumper Dana Veldakova.
KENYA: Kenya have named their provisional squads for the World Indoor Championships and the World Half Marathon championships, informs Kip Evans. The World Indoor team is headed by defending 3000m champion Hellen Obiri. Jeremiah Mutai, Edward Kemboi, Edwin Meli, Jackson Kivuva and Pamela Jelimo are named in the 800m; Bethwel Birgen, Silas Kiplagat & Collins Cheboi for the 1500m; and Caleb Ndiku, Augustine Choge, Paul Kipsiele Koech, Irene Jelagat, Viola Kibiwott & Sally Kipyego for the 3000m. Kenya have named Lucy Kabuu, new World half marathon record holder Florence Kiplagat, Gladys Cherono, Helah Kiprop, Flomena Cheyech & Agnes Kiprop on their women’s team for Copenhagen and Stanley Biwott, Robert Chemosin, Simon Cheprot, Jacob Kendagor, Kenneth Kipkemoi & Cyprian Kotut on their men’s team.
FORT LAUDERDALE (USA): Olympic medalist sprinter Walter Dix has signed up with Game Day, one of the highest quality skincare products out on the market. “I’m very excited to be teaming up with Game Day. Their products are amazing! With them behind me, we are looking forward to great things.” He plans to start to compete in May.
MADRID (ESP): Spanish steeplechaser Marta Dominguez has been asked to meet the Disciplinary Committee of the Spanish athletics federation on Wednesday February 26, reports elpais.com.
BRUSSELS (BEL): The court case between Jacques Borlée and the LBFA has been postponed to March 12, as Borlée’s legal team needed more time to look over the documentation, reports dhnet.be. The dispute concerns a sum of 48000 euros, which Jacques Borlée says he should be payed by the LBFA for his work in 2013.
NAIROBI (KEN): Former Olympic and World 800m champion Janeth Jepkosgei was among the athletes who have shown interest in competing at the World Relays by attending the World Relays selection focused athletics event at the Kenya Prisons grounds on Saturday, reportsnation.co.ke. The competition featured 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1,500m races. Jepkosgei finished second in her 400m heat in 57.9 in what was her first race since she she sustained a tendon injury that ruled her out of the World Championships in Moscow.2008 Olympic 1500m champion Nancy Langat competed in the 800m, running 2:09.6. The AK Relay and Sprints Series on March 8 at Nyayo National Stadium will be the main selection event for the World Relays.
ALBUQUERQUE (USA): American race walker Tim Seaman has officially announced his retirement, informs USATF. The 41 year old US 20km record holder bowed out by successfully defending his US Indoor 3000mW title in Albuquerque on February 23.
ABUJA (NGR): The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has established the national relay championship, scheduled for March 14, in an effort to improve Nigeria’s relay performance on an international stage. AFN technical director, Omatseye Nesiama, said that squads will be picked from athletes based in Nigeria and those based overseas. He added that 15 Nigerian athletes have met the qualifying standard for the Commonwealth Games.
KINGSTON (JAM): The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) says that it plans to start conducting doping tests on junior athletes competing at the Jamaican high school championships, starting in 2015, reportsjamaicaobserver.com. JADCO are also planning to release a website next year which will contribute to their campaign in raising awareness about doping. The developments are part of JADCO’s effort to improve their programme before a follow up visit is made by WADA.
MONACO (MON): The IAAF has released details regarding the Continental Cup which will be held in Marrakech Morocco on September 13 and 14. The competition will follow the same format as 2012 with four teams, Americas (NACAC and CONSUDATLE), Africa, Asia/Pacific (Asia and Oceania), and Europe, competing against each other. Each team can enter two athletes for each individual event and one team (max 6 athletes) for each relay. Athletes cannot compete in both the 3000m and 5000m, while no more than one athlete per country can be represented in each event. The African and European will be chosen through their respective continental championships while the other teams will be chosen based on rankings.
NAMBOOLE (UGA): The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) vice president David Okeyo has expressed his support for Uganda’s bid to host the 2020 Africa Athletics Senior Championships, reports newvision.co.ug. Okeyo was impressed by the infrastructure, hotel facilities and the Mandela National Stadium at Namboole in his visit to the country. South Africa and Nigeria will host the 2016 and 2018 editions respectively.
APELDOORN (NED): With three female athlete’s running the 400m qualifying standard for the World Indoors, the Dutch athletics federation have chosen the first and second placers from the national championships on the team for Sopot. Nicky van Leuveren and Lisanne de Witte finished 1st and 2nd respectively while bronze medal winner Madiea Ghafoor will be a reserve. Informs rtvnh.nl
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): 2009 World 800m champion Caster Semenya is expected to return to competition at the South African Senior Championships in April, however the 23 year old said that her team is still planning her season’s schedule and nothing is confirmed yet, reports citypress.co.za. “It has just been normal training so far but I haven’t really planned for any specific event,” said the South African.
MADRID (ESP): The Spanish Federation (RFEA) has provisionally suspended three shot putters, Daniel Martínez, José Carlos Tobalina and Lorenzo Hernandez, due to a picture on Twitter which appears to show them making a Nazi gesture, reports as.com. The federation has also prohibited their access to the High Performance Centre in Leon.
THE HAGUE (NED) - The 40th CPC Run The Hague has added Stanley Biwott to the field for the March 9 race, informs ad.nl. Biwott had to withdraw from the recent RAK half marathon due to leg pain after running to a 58:56 best in the 2013 edition of the race in Ras al-Khaimah. He will look to test his form here before his appearance at the London Marathon onApril 13. Atsedu Tsegay from Ethiopia (58:47) is the fastest athlete in the field which also includes World cross country champion Japhet Korir who will make his half marathon debut here. Race organizer Mario Kadiks said, “We have our anniversary in the strongest occupation ever. With many beautiful names. I expect a fast and exciting race.”
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Gabriele Grunewald has been reinstated as the 2014 USA indoor women’s 3,000-meter champion and named to Team USA for the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, USATF CEO Max Siegel announced Monday. Grunewald will be joined by Shannon Rowbury in the women’s 3,000m at World Indoors, March 7-9 in Sopot, Poland.
OUJDA (MAR, Feb 23): National CC Champions Mohamed Red Al Aaraby in main race 36:46 ahead of Hicham Bellani 36:51. Salima Alami won the women race in 28:50. From Carole Fuchs.
MENDEFERA (ERI, Feb 23): At Eritrean CC Championships Nazaret Weldu got the women 8 km in 30:00 and men 12 km winner Samsom Gebreyohans 39:47. From RRW.
LOOS EN GOHELLE (FRA, Feb 23): Philip Milanov set a new Belgian discus record of 64.32, breaking the previous record held by Jo Van Daele (64.24, 2001). The 22 year olds previous best was 61.94.
TOKYO (JPN): Birhane Dibaba was second in 2:22:30 and not 2:23:30.