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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PORTLAND (USA): Double World and Olympic champion Mo Farah has withdrawn from the Edinburgh Cross Country due to an illness, report Athletics Weekly.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.
TORUĆ (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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Favorite Post of December 2018, 28 Questions to Allyson Felix, by Stuart Weir for RunBlogRun, from the ArchivesWritten by Super User
Stuart Weir did 3 interviews in December: Tori Bowie, Caster Semenya, Allyson Felix. This was his finest of the month.
Tori Bowie is one of our finest sprinters. In London 2017, Tori won the 100 meters with a brutal dive in the last meters. She recovered and anchored the US team to victory in the 4x100m. At the 2018 Pre Classic, Tori Bowie tore her quad in 2018, and changed coaches, after a time of rehab. Stuart Weir did this interview in mid 2018.
2018 European Athletics Review: Season in review: an A to Z of 2018 (part one), from Europeanathletics.orgWritten by RunBlogRun
Let's face it, I love European athletics. European Athletics had a fantastic year. What is amazing to me, is how European Athletics is both looking into the future and caring about the present. Like any federation, EAA has its challenges, but what I admire is that they are actually trying to change things for the better. Here is the review of 2018:
Ticket packages for the widely anticipated IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 are now on sale to fans and families across the world, with seat prices starting from as little as €14 for the event to be staged in Qatar between September 27 – October 6, 2019.
NBC SPORTSâ LIVE DIAMOND LEAGUE TRACK & FIELD COVERAGE CONTINUES THIS SATURDAY FROM BIRMINGHAM, ENGLANDWritten by Chuck Bartlett
STAMFORD, Conn. â August 16, 2018 âÂ NBC Sports continues live coverage of the 2018 Diamond League track and field series from Birmingham, England, thisÂ Saturday, Aug. 18, at 9 a.m. ETÂ on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. This marks the final stop of the series before the Diamond League Finals. The event will be availableÂ liveÂ and commercial-free with direct-to-consumer live streaming productÂ NBC Sports Goldâs âTrack and Field Pass,â while NBC will air same-day encore coverageÂ SaturdayÂ atÂ 3 p.m. ET.
Live Coverage from Birmingham BeginsÂ SaturdayÂ atÂ 9 a.m. ETÂ on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA; NBC to Air CoverageÂ SaturdayÂ atÂ 3 p.m. ET
Coverage Streamed Live, On-Demand & Commercial-Free withÂ NBC Sports Goldâs âTrack and Field Passâ including Exclusive Bonus Coverage of Field Events
Latest Episode of âFoul Playâ Featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Wayde van Niekerk Will Premiere Immediately Following Diamond League Coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USAAs a part of its track and field coverage throughout the season,Â NBC Sports GoldÂ will present live, commercial-free coverage of every IAAF Diamond League event, including bonus programming of field events, highlights, replays, and an exclusive 30-minute preview of each event. Events on NBC and NBCSN will be streamed via authentication on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA content will be streamed via authentication on NBCSports.com, OlympicChannel.com, the NBC Sports app, and the Olympic Channel app.
Birmingham marks the last chance for athletes to earn points to qualify for the final in their discipline. The 2018 Diamond League Finals will take place betweenÂ Aug. 30 â 31Â from Weltklasse, Zurich, and Brussels, Belgium, with the events being split up between the two locations.Â Â Â Â
Highlighting the action this weekend are world indoor 60m record holderÂ Christian ColemanÂ andÂ Noah Lyles, who has recorded the fastest 100m and 200m times in the world this season, as both Americans attempt to secure their spots in the 100m Diamond League Final. U.S. pole vaulterÂ Sandi Morris, who won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics and has secured her spot in the Diamond League Final, is expected to compete. Olympic triple jump championÂ Christian TaylorÂ is slated to compete in the 400m.
Bill DolemanÂ will handle the call, joined by analystsÂ Paul SwangardÂ andÂ Ato Boldon.
Following coverage from Birmingham, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will air the latest episode of âFoul Playâ atÂ 11 a.m. ETÂ featuring Olympic gold medalist and South AfricanÂ Wayde van Niekerk, who is the current world and Olympic record holder in the 400m. The episode reflects on his mother,Â Odessa Swarts, who was denied the opportunity to compete internationally because of the Apartheid rules in South Africa.
NBC SPORTS GOLD:Â NBC Sports GoldÂ â NBC Sports Digitalâs direct-to-consumer live streaming product â offers access to the IAAF Diamond League with its âTrack and Field Pass.â
InÂ additionÂ to live video streaming, viewers will have access to exclusive bonus coverage of field events, full video replaysÂ andÂ highlights.Â
NBC Sports GoldâsÂ âTrack and Field Passâ gives fans access to major marathons, and top U.S. and international track and field events through December 2018. The direct-to-consumer pass offers fans unprecedented coverage â including some exclusive coverage beyond what is available on linear TV in the United States â live and on-demand, online, on mobile, tablets and connected TV devices.
NBC Sports Goldâs âTrack and Field Pass,â is available for $69.99 and can be purchased by visitingÂ NBCSportsGold.com.Â NBC Sports GoldÂ is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, and online atÂ NBCSportsGold.com.
NBC SPORTS APP: NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app â NBC Sports Groupâs live streaming product for mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs â will stream coverage on NBC and NBCSN via âTV Everywhere,â giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, AndroidÂ andÂ select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, PlayStation and Xbox.
Both the NBC Sports app andÂ NBC Sports GoldÂ are powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digitalâs technology service which provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.
Following is NBC Sports Groupâs Diamond League television schedule (all times ET, subject to change):
|Sat., Aug. 18||9 a.m.||Birmingham (LIVE)||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA,Â NBC Sports Gold|
*Indicates same-day encore