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EME NEWS (APR 16, 2018)
Kawauchi and Linden in super bad weather
BOSTON (USA, Apr 16): Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi (2:15:58) and the United States’ Desiree Linden (2:39:54) were the surprise winners of the Boston Marathon which took place in near-freezing temperatures, heavy rain and strong headwinds. Many of the elite runners started the race wearing ponchos or long-sleeved jackets and a high proportion didn’t complete the distance. Linden caught Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska just before the 35km checkpoint and opened up a winning margin of four minutes in the last seven kilometres. The nearly unknown Sarah Sellers moved up from eleventh at the 35km checkpoint to second in a PB of 2:44:04 (82:05/81:59) while Canadian veteran Krista DuChene (80:22/83:58) ran a steady race to finish third in 2:44:20. New York Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan, who stopped for a pitstop around the halfway stage, was seventh in 2:46:31, two places ahead of reigning champion Edna Kiplagat from Kenya in 2:47:14. Daska and Kenya’s Gladys Chesir, who briefly led after Daska fell away, were among the notable DNFs. In the men’s race, reigning champion Geoffrey Kirui still led by 20 seconds at the 40km checkpoint but the Kenyan fell apart in the late stages, losing nearly two-and-a-minutes on Kawauchi in the last 2.2 kilometres. Kawauchi won in 2:15:58 ahead of an exhausted Korir (2:18:23) with Americans Shadrack Biwott (2:18:35), Tyler Pennel (2:18:57), Andrew Bumbalough (2:19:52) and Scott Smith (2:21:47) filling the next four spots. Eight of the top-10 leaders at the halfway point in 65:59 didn’t complete the distance, including Chicago Marathon winner Galen Rupp and Ethiopians Tamirat Tola, Lemi Berhanu and Lelisa Desisa.
Americas selection by results
SAN JUAN (PUR): The APA (Association of Panamerican Athletics) published their selection criteria for IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava in September this year. All athletes must have competed in their 2018 National Championships in events in which they intend to be selected for the Team Americas. Exceptions may be made for athletes who have competed in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, South American Games (ODESUR) in Cochabamba, Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla and the IberoAmerican Championships in Trujillo, Peru. The selection will be based on the best results by August 3. National federations would be asked to confirm the participation of selected athletes by August 10.
Coleman for 200 m
LAUSANNE (SUI): World indoor 60m champion and record-holder Christian Coleman will compete over 200m in the Athletissima (so far he never competed in a 200 m in Europe), Lausanne Diamond League on 5 July, informs organisers. Also confirmed are Mutaz Essa Barshim (high jump), Renaud Lavillenie (aims for 5th victory) and Ekaterini Stefanidi (pole vault) while world and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya will compete over 1500m. Swiss stars Lea Sprunger, Kariem Hussein, Selina Buchel and Mujinga Kambundji will also compete. In women pole vault added with Angelica Moser and national record holder Nicole Buchler. Ticket sales opened on Monday on www.athletissima.ch with the new UBS Athletics Family Package.
Warholm back at Bislett
OSLO (NOR): One year on from his memorable victory over Olympic champion Kerron Clement at the Bislett Games, world 400m hurdles champion Karsten Warholm will return to the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo on 7 June. Warholm set a Norwegian record of 48.25 in Oslo last year before going on to win the world title in London, again finishing ahead of Clement, who earned bronze. The 22-year-old will face not only Clement, but also European champion and world silver medallist Yasmani Copello and 2014 European champion Kariem Hussein. Informs the IAAF.
BOSTON (USA): Jordan Hasay was a late scratch from the Boston Marathon due to a foot injury, informs ESPN. "It is with deep regret that I have to withdraw from tomorrow's Boston Marathon. Despite my team working around the clock to give me every chance to make the starting line, on this occasion it will not be possible. I wish my fellow competitors and everyone taking part the very best of luck, and I look forward to toeing the line with them next year and for many years after that,” she said in a statement. Hasay was also a late withdrawal from the American team for the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia last month.
KINGSTON (JAM): Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wants to become the fourth woman in history to break the 10.7-mark for 100m, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. "I haven't achieved everything. I just think, time-wise, I believe I can dip below the 10.70 barrier. I know I can do it. You just have to put your foot forward and commit yourself and just work hard towards it. A lot of persons may think that coming back from a baby is hard. Listen, every day is hard. Training itself is hard, so I am looking forward to the challenge,” she said.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Gold Coast Commonwealth Games boss Mark Peters has defended the response of the organisers after Callum Hawkins collapsed in the marathon, informs news.com.au. Hawkins collapsed in the 39th kilometre before picking himself up off the ground again only to collapse again on Sundale Bridge just after the 40km checkpoint. “In competition, there are strict rules around accepting medical help and subsequent disqualification. After Callum Hawkins collapsed on the bridge medical staff provided treatment when requested. GOLDOC has put in place a wide range of measures to ensure athlete welfare and the response of medical staff this morning was within agreed response guidelines and timeframes. Obviously the health of the athlete is absolutely prime,” he said. Hawkins was kept in hospital overnight as a precaution but has since been discharged.
LONDON (GBR): World bronze medallist Alphonse Simbu from Tanzania has pulled out of the London Marathon due to a hamstring injury.
NURNBURG (GER): The men’s and women’s shot put at the German Championships in Nurnburg from  will be staged in the city’s main market square and reigning European champions David Storl and Christina Schwanitz are both set to compete, informs Leichtathletik.de. A specifically built 2000-seater stand will be built specifically for the event and admission is free.
MOSCOW (RUS): Two-time pole vault Olympic champion Ylena Isinbayeva believes that the IAAF has chosen not the most effective way to fight against doping. “If the IAAF really wants to fight against doping in global athletics, they must apply the same strict rules and criteria for all federations and their athletes instead of playing a political game. I'm sorry that our clean athletes have to compete in neutral status and many others have no opportunity to perform without explanation of the reasons,” said Isinbayeva in her quotes at RIA Novosti web site.
SAO PAULO (BRA): Brazil selected 5 athletes for the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang. Erica de Sena is the top name, she competes in women 20 km as top male walker Caio Bonfim will be a non starter due to an foot injury. Still competing at the distance Moacir Timmermann and Jose Bagio, Nair da Rosa will be in the men´s 50 km and in the boys U20 10 km Matheus Correa.
ASTANA (KAZ): Coach Denis Rypakov said that performance of triple jump Olympic and world champion Olga Rypakova at Diamond League in Shanghai on May 12 is still under the question as Olga didn’t get the necessary shape yet. She continues her preparation for the coming season in Belek, Turkey. “She will stay there until April 20. The main task of this training camp is to gain in strength and technique. Then Olga will return to Ust-Kamenogorsk,” said her coach and husband to Kazathletics.
STUTTGART (GER): European U23 silver medalist in long jump Anna Buhler injured herself at the end of the training camp in Stellenbosch (hamstring). Despite the fact that she will be back to the competition later in the season, Buhler still hopes to be able to try to qualify for European Championships in Berlin.
ZARAGOZA (ESP): The 12th Maraton de Zaragoza was not held because of the floods which caused damage to the planned course. Despite the efforts to change the route, the city council decided the event cannot be held on Sunday April 15.
TORINO (ITA, Apr 15): Italian women won the 16th Tutta Dritta. Giovanna Epis 33:08 ahead of Kenyan Pauline Esikon 33:16 and Sara Brogiato 33:56 in the 10 km. Among men Douglas Kipserem clocked 28:30 to win over Eyob Faniel 28:45 and Charles Kamau 28:49.
CALI (COL, Apr 15): Arley Ibarguen achieved 81.40 personal best in javelin at Colombian Interclubs. He is now in the 5th position in the South American all-time list.
LAAYOUNE (MAR, Apr 14): Olympic finalist Franck Elemba from Congo achieved 20.35 in men shot put here.
SALINAS (USA, Apr 15): Sophie Hitchon competed after Gold Coast disappointment with 70.03 in women hammer.
MILOVICE (CZE, Apr 14): At 10 km road walking event Lukas Gdula won in 44:13, among women Anezka Drahotova 45:34.
ZHUZHOU (CHN, Apr 16): First day of Chinese National GP meet had Yao Jie clearing 560 in the pole vault and Luo Na 71.81 in women hammer. Xia Jialiang got 20.02 in U18 shot put (5 kg), here the events are part of Youth Olympic Games Trials. Wang Qi was even more impressive in boys hammer with national U18 record 81.55 (5 kg). The same for Li Xinhui in girls shot put (3 kg), national U18 record 19.31. From Tilastopaja.
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