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EME NEWS (JAN 5, 2015)
FARAH OUT OF EDINBURGH
PORTLAND (USA): Double World and Olympic champion Mo Farah has withdrawn from the Edinburgh Cross Country due to an illness, report Athletics Weekly. The 31 year old Briton said, “Unfortunately I have to cancel my participation in the Great Edinburgh Cross Country as I had the flu over the Christmas and New Year period and had to take some days off training.” Farah had been set to compete in the international challenge 8km event, which features teams from Britain, Europe and the USA. He stated that his main goal in 2015 will be to successfully defend both his World titles.
THE EATON POWER COUPLE
LONDON (GBR): Jon Mulkeen has produced a list of the best husband-wife combined eventers in history on jonmulkeen.com. Topping the list are Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen Eaton, with a combined decathlon-heptathlon score of 15680. Two other pairs make it over the 15000 point mark; Alain Blondel and Heike Drechsler with 15194, and Oleksiy Kasyanov and Hanna Melnychenko with 15065. Melnychenko features on the list twice, William Frullani being her other multi eventing partner.
THE EATON COUPLE PLANS
SANTA BARBARA (USA): Oregon Track Club coach Harry Marra told Decathlon2000 about his plans for Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen Eaton in 2015. He said that they are currently at a training camp in Santa Barbara, which will last two weeks. They will follow this up with some indoor appearances. Ashton and Brianne will both compete at the Knights of Columbus Saskatchewan Indoor Games in the high jump and 60mH. They will also compete at the Millrose Games on February 14, where Ashton will do the 60mH and long jump, while Brianne will do the 60mH. They will spend time working with Coach Tom Tellez in late March before going on a month long training camp in Santa Barbara. This camp will be followed by a few meets used to prepare themselves for Gotzis, where Ashton and Brianne will both be in action. They will compete in individual events at their national championships and the Pan American Games, before turning their attention to the multi-events at the World Championships.
USOC BID CITY DECISION COMING THURSDAY
COLORADO (USA): The United States Olympic Committee is expected to announce their candidate city, which will bid to host the 2024 Olympics, on Thursday, report The Chicago Tribune. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington are the cities in contention. The announcement is expected to be made following a USOC board of directors meeting at the Denver International Airport.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Track and Field News’ Women’s Performance of the Year is Anita Wlodarczyk’s hammer world record throw of 79.58. It is her second time to win the accolade, having also ranked number 1 with her world record throw in 2009. In receiving this award, she is the first athlete since Tirunesh Dibaba in 2008 to win the T&FN Athlete of the Year award and the Performance of the Year Award in the same year. Featuring twice on the 2014 list is Ethiopia’s Genzebe Diababa; her 3000m world indoor record was deemed to be the 2nd best performance of the year, with her world indoor 1500m record next on the list. Fourth spot went to Sandra Perkovic’s national record discus mark of 71.08.
TOKYO (JPN): The Tokyo Metropolitan government plan for the Athletes’ Village for the 2020 Olympics to be powered by hydrogen energy, report The Japan News. Hydrogen energy will also be used to charge the fuel cells of the buses used to transport the athletes. About 17,000 athletes and other guests will stay in the Athletes’ Village, which will be the site of 22 accommodation buildings with 14 to 17 floors each.
HAKONE (JPN): The television broadcast of the 91st Hakone Ekiden had strong viewing figures, reports Brett Larner. Day One of the race averaged 28.2% of the nationwide viewership, while Day Two averaged 28.3%. The two-day average of 28.3% was the fourth-highest in the 29 years since NTV began broadcasting the Hakone Ekiden in 1987. Last year’s viewing figures for each of the two days were 26.8% and 27.0%.
LISBON (POR): 10 million euros will be invested into the Portuguese Athletics Federation’s high performance programme to prepare their athletes for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, report cmjornal.xl.pt. The high performance support programme includes 155 athletes. The athletes will receive money every month as well as having access to the team of experts working for the federation, which includes coaches, doctors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, nutritionists, and psychologists.
MONTE GORDO (POR): While Portugal’s Sara Moreira does not intend to defend her European Indoor 3000m title, the silver medallist from that race, Corinna Harrer of Germany, is aiming to return to the distance in Prague, report leichtathletik.de. She will open her season over 3000m at Karlsruhe on January 31, before competing at the German nationals. Looking ahead to the outdoor season, Harrer said that the 1500m will be her main focus.
HAKONE (JPN, Jan 2-3): At the 91st Kakone Ekiden, over 217.1km, Aoyama Gakuin University took the win with 10:49:27, breaking the event record by over 2 minutes, on what was a slightly adjusted course from previous years. Komazawa Univ. took 2nd in 11:00:17, with Toyo Univ., (11:01:22) in 3rd.
LEE VALLEY (GBR, Jan 4): British sprinting talent Shannon Hylton ran 7.59 in the 60m heats at the Metaswitch Games. Imani Lansiquot, who has just turned 17, ran 7.60.
TORUÅƒ (POL, Jan 4): Euro u23 champion Jakub Szyszkowski opened with 19.27 in the shot.
ST PETERSBURG (RUS, Dec 27-28): At the Open Meet here, Anton Tikhomirov threw 19.23, his 3rd best performance indoors, over Anatoliy Garmashov (19.21 PB). In the women’s long jump, Olympic 5th placer Anna Klyashtornaya leaped 6.38.
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Selecting a single track & field performer as the Female Athlete of the Year is a difficult task every year. And this go-around is no different. Four of my top "finalists" - all with gaudy, yet nearly evenly-matched, credentials accumulated during this championship year - would be worthy to wear the AOY crown in almost any other year. But in my view, the one other finalist is head and shoulders above the others. Before unveiling my rankings in this clearly-subjective undertaking, a quick review of the measurement metrics is in order. Long ago, Track & Field News identified three progressively-weighted criteria for the annual evaluation of the leading performers. They are:
This is part two of David Hunter's feature on Clayton Murphy's ecstacy then agony. It is a piece for all coaches and athletes to read. There are times that the best laid plans do not work out.
How do you learn from them? How do you get back on the proverbial horse? That is the question.
Clayton Murphy provides some thoughts on where 2018-20 are going. It should be exciting.