EME News February 28th-March 1st, by Alfons Juck
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EME News February 28th-March 1st, by Alfons Juck

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EME NEWS (FEB 28, 2014)
SOPOT (POL): In 24 individual events in total 11 athletes should try to defend their titles from Istanbul 2012 in Sopot. Six men are Nery Brenes, Mohamed Aman, Bernard Lagat, Mauro da Silva, Ryan Whiting and Ashton Eaton along with five women Veronica Campbell-Brown, Hellen Obiri, Genzebe Dibaba (but she runs other distance, 3000 m), Sally Pearson and Valerie Adams. Also both winning relay countries are entered, men of USA and women of Great Britain. The announced participation of 600 athletes from 138 countries is big taking into account that some sizes of events were going down due to tough standards in order to achieve more quality at the event. The record number of athletes is 712 in Paris 1997 and countries 171 in Istanbul 2012.

LONDON (GBR): Alan Pascoe, vice-chairman of London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and a pioneer in the sports marketing industry, is stepping down from his role as President of CSM, it was announced. The 66-year-old Pascoe, the 1972 Olympic silver medallist, has created two world leading agencies, APi, then CSM, during his business career. The London-based CSM is made up of several companies, including Fast Track, pmplegacy, Icon and iLuka, under the umbrella of Chime. In his previous role as executive chairman of CSM, Pascoe was instrumental in persuading Sebastian Coe to take over from him at CSM following London 2012. Informs insidethegames.
BERLIN (GER): ISTAF Indoor will be staged for first time on Saturday with something very special and that is indoor discus and duel of main rivals world champion Robert Harting and last year world leader Piotr Malachowski. In shot put another world champion David Storl, 60 m sprints will have fastest German Verena Sailer and ever young Kim Collins, in hurdles top stars Sally Pearson and Dayron Robles. In the Berlin 02 Arena 10 000 tickets were sold for this event which will also bring several show elements. Leichtathletik.de will provide live stream on Saturday.
WARSZAWA (POL): The biggest star of Polish team for European Cup Winter Throwing is hammer world champion Pawel Fajdek. In total 12 throwers strong team is also having 80+ javelin throwers Hubert Chmielak and Pawel Rakoczy. In women hammer Joanna Fiodorow also to note. Veteran Barbara Madejczky (64.08 PB) is in women javelin.
PRAHA (CZE): Czech Republic will have 8 athletes in Portugal. In women Jitka Kubelova for shot and discus, top hammer throwers in the country Tereza Kralova and Katerina Safrankova and Nikola Ogrodnikova for javelin. In men category two athletes Jan Marcell for shot and Igor Gondor for discus. In the U23 category Martin Novak for shot and Jan Kubes for javelin.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Slovakia is sending four athletes for European Cup Winter Throwin in March in Leiria and the main name will be world hammer medalist Martina Hrasnova. Also in men shot put Matus Olej and javelin Patrik Zenuch. In women U23 hammer Veronika Kanuchova. Slovakia was back to this event last year after break of 11 years.
LEIPZIG (GER): German Athletics federation president Clemens Prokop hopes that Germany will win the European Team Championships this June in Braunschweig.
BERLIN (GER): World masters marathon record holder Irina Mikitenko is not planning any marathon in spring this year.
ZURICH (SUI): Interesting entry at Swiss CC Championships this Sunday in Zurich will be triathlon Olympic winner Nicola Spirig. She will face title defender Livia Burri and national steeple record holder Fabienne Schlumpf. Spirig plans also for European Champs in Zurich.
SOFIA (BUL): Bulgaria wants to propose the bid of Burgas to stage European Indoor Championships in 2019. The new hall should have 6500 capacity. It was confirmed by the Bulgarian federation president Dobromir Karamarinov. Burgas would be so a new center for indoor athletics in the country. 2015 European Indoors will be held in Praha and 2017 will be decided this spring (candidates Istanbul, Beograd and Torun in Poland).
SAO PAULO (BRA): Brasilian athletics confederation confirmed the dates of its international one day meetings. Earlier they confirmed the IAAF World Challenge forAugust 10 in Belem. But in May will be held Sao Paulo (May 2) and Uberlandia (May 7).
AUCKLAND (NZL): Athletics New Zealand has named New Balance as their new apparel and footwear partner. The latest hi-tech New Balance gear will be worn by the New Zealand team at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot.
MONACO (MON): For the past six years, SPIKES has given a fun, relaxed and engaged voice to our sport via website, social media and printed magazine. As of Thursday, SPIKES took up permanent residence as part of the IAAF website. While SPIKES has been “powered by IAAF” from the outset, this move is another step forward in the use of social media as a tool to better promote athletics to a wider audience. Informs the IAAF.
COLLEGE STATION (USA, Feb 27): At SEC Conference good pentathlon for Erica Bougard 4458 points PB ahead of Kendell Williams 4283 and Czech Lucie Ondraschkova 4225.
BIRMINGHAM (USA, Feb 27): Solid sprints at Southland Championships. Justin Walker doubled with 6.71 and 21.17 and Trinidad´s Reyare Thomas 23.77 in women 200 m.
CLEMSON (USA, Feb 27): At ACC champs new national record for Dominica by Thea Lafond in women pentathlon with 4222 score.
TEL AVIV (ISR, Feb 28): Kenyan Ezekiel Koech won the 20th International Tel Aviv Marathon in 2:14:40 over his team-mates Emmanuel Keter 2:15:17 and Sammy Limo 2:20:15. Kenya had also women winner Margaret Njuguna in 2:44:25.

12 title defenders in Sopot

SOPOT (POL): Please add to the list of title defenders from Istanbul 2012 who will compete in Sopot also Abdelaati Iguider of Morocco for the men 1500 m. That makes it 50% of the 24 individual winners two years ago. The 12 non competing are 5 men (Gatlin, A. Merritt, Hondrokoukis, Lavillenie, Claye) and 7 women (Richards-Ross, Jelimo, Lowe, Isinbayeva, Reese, Aldama and Dobrynska).

EME NEWS recieved the info of Moroccan selection only after publishing todays issue. In total 7 Moroccan athletes were selected. The other six are 1500 m world leader Mohamed Moustaoui, for 3000 m Othmane El Goumri and Abdelhadi Labali. In women 800 m Malika Akkaoui and in women 1500 m Siham Hilali with Rababe Arafi.

EME NEWS (MAR 1, 2014)
BAD OEYNHAUSEN (GER, Feb 28): First day of special pole vault meet in Werre Park had 2011 World champion Fabiana Murer winning on count back with 463 over Swiss Nicole Buchler who twice improved her national record to 463. Third Holly Bleasdale 448. Fourth Katharina Bauer 443 and fifth Caroline Bonde Holm national record for Denmark 443. Men competition will be held on Saturday.
MOSCOW (RUS): High jump Olympic champion Anna Chicherova came back home from training camp in Republic of South Africa where she spent 20 days training under her father supervision. “After surgery I definitely needed special facilities and surface for recovery. Grass was the ideal solution. Sunny and warm weather together with 1500m altitude filled my practices with good mood and desire to work. I have done all work we planned for that training camp and made a major contribution to my summer preparation. The condition of my leg after the surgery is great” said Chicherova to Rusathletics.com.
JENA (GER): Jan Zelezny will remember, but the site of his unbeatable world record 98.48 in 1996 will no longer have the track. The Jena City Council decided that until 2018 the Ernst Abbe Sportfeld should be football arena only. The modern blue track will be destroyed. Local media are informing.
K. BROWN 22.51 WL
COLLEGE STATION (USA, Feb 28): The excellent track here already in heats of SEC Champs had world leading 22.51 by Kamaria Brown in the 200 m. For her also overall personal best, 15th best performer ever and fastest 200 m indoors since 2008. Second fastest Dezerea Bryant 22.92. Brown topped also the 400 m heats with 52.23. In the men 200 m heats fastest time 20.55 life-time best by Dedric Dukes, Arman Hall clocked 20.58 PB. Interestingly Trinidad´s Olympic relay medalist Deon Lendore equaled his best of 45.47 in the prelims. Also to note Vernon Norwood 45.54 PB and Arman Hall 45.85. In the 60 m heats Hugh Graham jr. and Markesh Woodson 6.62, Dezerea Bryant 7.18. In the hurdles heats Eddie Lovett of US Virgin Islands national record 7.65 and Kendra Harrison as fastest 8.07 on the women side. Sean Obinwa clocked in 800 m heats 1:47.95 and Estonian Maicel Uibo scored 5859 points in heptathlon. In shot put Kearsten Peoples 17.81 indoor PB and second Valentina Muzaric new Croatian indoor record 17.10.
METZ (FRA, Feb 28): European sprint champion Christophe Lemaitre showed two faces at the Metz Moselle Athleror indoor meet. First was only fourth in the 60 m in 6.67 (in heats 6.66) and then won the 200 m in indoor PB 20.58. Fastest veteran sprinter currently Kim Collins showed his top shape with 6.51 win, his second fastest ever. Second Nigerian Peter Emelieze 6.64 and third Beranger Bosse 6.64 new national record for Central African Republic. In the 200 m second Jeffrey John 20.87 and third Sopot bound Jamaican Edino Steele 20.90. Ruddy Zang Milama of Gabun won the 60 m in 7.20 over European Junior champion Stella Akakpo who equaled her best 7.30. Men hurdles had Ladji Doucoure clocking good 7.64 to win ahead of Rasul Dabo of Portugal 7.66, new national record. In the distances Canadian Melissa Bishop won the 800 m in indoor PB 2:02.39. Poland´s Marcin Lewandowski achieved in 1000 m new national record 2:17.67 ahead of Nader Belhandel of Morocco 2:19.24 and French Florian Carvalho 2:19.95. In the 2000 m Abiyote Abinet in good 4:57.17 and second another Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha new Youth All-time indoor best 4:57.74. Also to note third Soufiyan Bouqantar of Morocco 5:00.84 and fourth Paul Kipsiele Koech 5:01.84. Kevin Menaldo won the pole vault 562 and Cubans dominated in the triple jump. Ernesto Reve 16.91 and Pedro Pablo Pichardo 16.68.
MOSCOW (RUS): High jump Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov said to Sport-Express newspaper that victory in Sopot isn’t the main task for him. “We need to get titles at major summer competitions. During indoor season strong results are more important. I want to set world record and all other things are just aftermath,” said the 27-year-old Russian. Ukhov also noted he didn’t make something unbelievable in Prague with clearing 242. “It was strong and good attempt but 242 only equals the European indoor record. If I would jump over 244 I would be much more satisfied,” Ukhov smiled. The Russian will have his last shot this indoor season in Sopot next week. He is anyway first jumper ever who in single indoor season produced 3 competitions with 240+ result. Praha meet on Tuesday was also special because in total four attempts at 244 were registered and that never happened before in the men high jump.
SOPOT (POL): From individual gold medalists from last years World Championships in Moscow 8 athletes will compete. IAAF lists them in alphabetical order: Valerie Adams, Mohammed Aman, Abeba Aregawi, Ashton Eaton, Hanna Melnychenko, Aleksandr Menkov, Christine Ohuruogu and David Storl.
ALGIERS (ALG): No Algerian athletes will be present in Sopot for the World Indoors, informs elwatan.com. In 2012, Algeria had two representatives. Their last World Indoor medal was won by Noureddine Morceli in 1991.
APELDOORN (NED): Dutch hurdler Gregory Sedoc has informed via Twitter that he has got the all clear to be able to compete in Sopot after injuring his ankle at the Dutch Indoors. The 32 year old injured his ankle in coming second to Koen de Smet in Apeldoorn, however scans performed on Sedoc showed no abnormalities.
MEXICO CITY (MEX): World long jump bronze medallist Luis Rivera will be Mexico’s only representative in Poland. Mexico has won two bronze medals at the World Indoors; Ernesto Canto in the 5000mW in 1987 and Alejandro Cardenas in the 400m in 1999.
MANAMA (BRN): Only two women will compete for Bahrain. Mimi Belete in the 1500 m and star runner Maryam Jamal in the 3000 m. The new male incomes like Albert Rop are not yet eligible.
NEW DELHI (IND): The only representative of India will be shot putter Om Prakash Singh, the only Asian Indoor champion 2014 from India.
ALMATY (KAZ): Kazakhstan sends also only one athlete, triple jumper Roman Valiyev. Surprisingly no women is entered.
DUSANBE (UZB): Both top high jumpers will represent this country with high quality season bests. Svetlana Radzivil has 196 and Nadiya Dusanova 194.
REYKJAVIK (ISL): Two 800 m runners will compete for Iceland. Mainly the European Rising Star 2013 and World Youth Champion Anita Hinriksdottir. On the men side national champion Kristinn Thor Kristinsson.
JACKSONVILLE (USA): The 37th GATE River Run 15km on March 15, which doubles as the USA 15 km championships, will be headlined by US 10 000m record holder Shalane Flanagan and World cross country 10th placer Chris Derrick. Last year’s defending champions Ben True and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (who has won the last two editions) will return to the Florida race. The race will be livesteamed at jacksonville.com. Informs Runnerspace.
NAIROBI (KEN): Patrick Makau, the second fastest marathoner of all-time, says that while he has not been able to complete as much volume in training as he would like, he is still building up a proper base in an effort to be in shape for an autumn marathon, informs Athletics Illustrated. The Kenyan, who turns 29 on Sunday, will run some tune up races in April and May as he looks to return to the forefront of the marathon scene following a knee injury in 2013.
PORTLAND (USA): Former American 10 000m record holder Chris Solinsky has decided to move to the marathon with a debut planned for this autumn, reports Letsrun. The 29 year old explained that in the last year he has not been able to improve his speed with sacrificing his endurance. In order to reach a high level in athletics again, Solinsky believes that he must move to the marathon.
ATLANTA (USA): The Track and Field Athletes Association and the American Track League has announced a new phase in their partnership. Meets of the American Track League will require that participants in the elite events be active members of the TFAA in good standing. The American Track League is the first such athletics circuit to actively seek a partnership with an independent athletes association. „The TFAA and the ATL are two entities that are gaining momentum and this arrangement helps solidify their commitment to assisting in each other’s development”, said Paul Doyle, director of the ATL.
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): 2008 long jump Olympic winner Maurren Maggi is without a sponsor and is trying to raise funds using the website Kickante, reports terra.com.br. “I need assistance from you to prepare for the next challenge in the history of athletics: Olympiad 2016. The participation of all those who know my work, giving value to Brazilian athletes will be crucial for my return to training and to the success of this campaign,” wrote the 37 year old.
ROME (ITA): FIDAL have announced that they will not support any Italian athletes that miss 2 out of competition doping tests, reports adnkronos.com.
MANILA (PHI): Home star long jumper and two time Olympian Marestella Torres (her national record 671 from 2011) returns to competition and plans her comeback for the Asian Games 2014 after her marriage with Eliezer Sunang, the national record holder in shot put and the birth of her first child.
KYIV (UKR): 60 m European indoor champion 2011, 4x100 relay world and Olympic champion Olesya Povh changed her personal coach. From December 2013 26-year-old Ukrainian works with Valentyn Bondarenko (former coach of 100 m world champion 2001 Zhanna Block).
MOSCOW (RUS): Anti-doping commission of Al-Russian athletics federation banned for two years (from January 10, 2013 till January 9, 2014) sprinter Svetlana Komarova. Her sample from “Stars of students‘ sport” meeting on December 22, 2013 was positive for banned substance oxandrolone.
AMES: In prelims solid times at the Big 12 champs. Trayvon Brommell 6.67 in the 60 m, Zack Bilderbach 46.72 in the 400 m and on the women side 8.10 at 60 m hurdles by Le´Tristan Pledger 8.10. Lorraine Ugen of Great Britain won the long jump 659.
KENT: Canadian record holder Shawn Barber won the pole vault with 555 at the Mid-American Conference Championships. Wayne Gordon clocked 20.95 in the 200 m prelims at the oversized track here.
CLEMSON: Dentarius Locke showed the top time 6.62 in the 60 m heats at the ACC Champs. Curtis Beach scored 5987 points in heptathlon.
SEATTLE: Kenyan Lawi Lalang won the 5000 m at the MPSF Champs 13:41.58. Milan Ristic clocked in heats of 60 m hurdles new Serbian record 7.69. Ryan Milus was fastest in 60 m heats 6.65.
GENEVA: Reed Connor won the 3000 m at the Big Ten Championships in good 7:51.78 ahead of John Simons 7:52.62. For both personal best.
NEW YORK: Corey Crawford who had pre-December 2013 best of 763 improved at the American Conference Championships to huge 822 cm in the long jump. It is third best in the world this year together with Tyron Stewart, another US long jumper. Second French Guillaume Victorin who was bronze medalist at European U23 Championships in 2011 improved to overall PB 791 cm. Nigerian Stephanie Kalu improved in women 60 m heats to 7.28.
BIRMINGHAM: Trey Hadnot posted good 20.89 in the 200 m heats at the Conference USA Championships.
NASHVILLE: Amber Hughes improved to 7.68 at 55 m hurdles in women heats at the Ohio Valley Championships. It is second best mark in the World this year.
SYDNEY (AUS, Mar 1): 2009 Discus world champion Dani Samuels showed top shape at the New South Wales Championships with 65.59 win. It is her second best career mark, she was better only in 2010 with 65.84 at the same competition.
ALUSHTA (UKR, Feb 28): Ukrainian walking championships were organised in Crimea with some interesting results. Inna Kashyna won women 20 km in good PB 1:30:17 ahead of Olena Shumkina 1:30:41 and Halyna Yakovchuk 1:32:46 who topped also the U23 podium. Ivan Losev was fast in men race in 1:19:33 PB, Nazar Kovalenko 1:19:46 for second and Ihor Lyashchenko 1:20:01 for third in senior and first in U23 category. Ihor Sakharuk became the winner at 35km with 2:30:17, Oleksiy Kazanin lost to him only by 3 seconds and Ivan Bandzeruk finished third 2:30:58. Still 17-year-old Hanna Suslyk topped 10 km in women junior category with 47:29.
OTROKOVICE (CZE, Feb 27): 16th edition of the indoor meet here saw Bulgarian shot put record holder Georgi Ivanov winning with 20.33. Second Jan Marcell of Czech Republic improved his season best to good 20.05. Third Jakub Szyszkowski of Poland 19.68 and fourth Martin Stasek 19.38. Jaroslav Baba cleared 220 in the high jump.
HUANGSHAN (CHN, Feb 28): Second day of Chinese walking championships had Cheng Min winning the 50 km in 4:00:48 PB. In the junior 30 km Sun Song clocked 2:12:08.

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