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EME NEWS (APR 18, 2018)
Morris vs Stefanidi
DOHA (QAT): More names are revealed for the 2018 IAAF Diamond League opener in Doha on May 4. Top clashes in women pole vault (Sandi Morris, Katerina Stefanidi) and men javelin (Johannes Vetter, Thomas Rohler, Jakub Vadlejch and Petr Frydrych). World 800m champion Caster Semenya, fresh off her Commonwealth Games 800m/1500m double victory, will head the field in the longer race. Women pole vault also includes recently crowned Commonwealth gold and silver medallists Alysha Newman of Canada and Eliza McCartney of New Zealand respectively, 2017 World Championship bronze medallist and 2013 U18 world champion Robeilys Peinado of Venezuela, and 2013 European indoor champion and British record-holder Holly Bradshaw. Also in the javelin mix are reigning Olympic silver medallist Julius Yego of Kenya, and another rising star, 20-year-old Neeraj Chopra of India, the 2016 U20 world champion, 2017 Asian champion and record-holder, and recent Commonwealth Games gold medallist. At the moment Semenya´s chief competition appears to be Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia, the 2016 world indoor bronze medallist and world U20 indoor record holder, Kenyan Winny Chebet, a world indoor 1500m finalist, Rababe Arafi of Morocco, a world and Olympic 1500m finalist, and Eunice Sum of Kenya, the 2013 world 800m champion.
McLeod against rest of the World
SHANGHAI (CHN): World and Olympic champion at 110 m hurdles Omar McLeod will target a third successive victory when he returns to the Shanghai Diamond League on 12 May. Among his rivals Orlando Ortega, Jamaicans Ronald Levy and Hansle Parchment, World record holder Aries Merritt and 2015 World champion Sergey Shubenkov with best Chinese Xie Wenjun. Women´s 100 m hurdles are headed by World record holder Kendra Harrison. She is going to face tough competition from her country mates. Olympic champion Brianna McNeal (formerly Rollins), the 2008 Olympic champion and world silver medallist, Dawn Harper Nelson, world indoor silver medallist Christina Manning, and Sharika Nelvis, who was fourth in Birmingham. Germany’s European champion Cindy Roleder and Dutchwoman Nadine Visser, the world indoor bronze medallist, will be trying to halt the American train. In the 400 m hurdles Olympic winner Dalilah Muhammad runs with Georganne Moline. Also competing Jamaican high level trio Janieve Russell, Ristananna Tracey and Leah Nugent, plus the two-time African champion Wenda Nel of South Africa and Canadian Sage Watson with European champion and Rio silver winner Sara Petersen.
LONDON (GBR): Mary Keitany has described breaking Paula Radcliffe’s world marathon record of 2:15:25 as a “lifetime goal,” informs organisers. “I must thank the race organisers for their decision to assist the women to see how fast we can go. With the male pacemakers we have a great opportunity and we have to try and see if it’s possible. It would mean so much to me because I’ve had Paula’s record in mind since I started my career. She was an inspiration and that world record is still ahead of me as a lifetime goal. As long as I’m running I want to get it,” she said. Keitany set a women-only world record of 2:17:01 to win in last year’s race.
LONDON (GBR): Tirunesh Dibaba said she “learned so much” from last year’s race in which she finished second in an Ethiopian record of 2:17:56, informs organisers. “I was shocked that Mary ran so fast last year from the start. I learned so much from that race, and I knew that I had to prepare better this year to be able to stay with her. I’ve changed many things in my training since 2017 and feel I’m in better shape now.” Dibaba also won the Chicago Marathon in October in 2:18:31 before taking two months off to recovery. “I took two months’ rest after winning in Chicago and started to train later this time, so my build-up has been different but I’m in better shape as a result.”
LONDON (GBR): Olympic 5000 m champion Vivian Cheruiyot revealed that she will never run another track race – but the 34-year-old said today she is determined to go out and beat the world again, this time on the roads, as she prepares for her second run in London Marathon and overall third marathon. “Oh, it’s possible I could still win,” she laughed, as her husband, the former runner Moses Kiplagat, played with their four-year-old son Allan nearby. “The marathon is hard but everything is possible, I think, if you train and train hard. But it’s good that I’m getting better slowly on the roads. I’m learning and after I’ve had a few more marathons and I’m getting used to them, I’ll be ready to go for the 2020 Olympic Marathon in Tokyo. I think I’ll be in a position to challenge then.”
LONDON (GBR): Mo Farah has said he needs more experience at the marathon if he is to win a medal in the event at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, informs insidethegames.biz. "If I’m going to come away with a medal from Tokyo then, each year, if I can run two marathons that would give me good confidence and I can learn about myself – the things you can do and can’t do. That’s why I had a great track career - I learned how to win races, put off the opposition and be strong mentally and physically. I think, in the marathon, physically I am strong and mentally I have to start practicing,” he said.
LONDON (GBR): Kathrine Switzer has been named as the official race starter of the elite women’s and World Para-Athletics Marathon World Cup races at the Virgin Money London Marathon on 22 April, informs organisers. The elite men and mases will be started at 10:00 by Queen Elizabeth II from Windsor Castle.
KRAKOW (JPN): Yuki Kawauchi’s younger brother Yoshiki will make his European debut in the Krakow Marathon on Sunday, informs Japan Running News.
BERLIN (GER): Breitscheidplatz Square in Berlin will be a hub of athletics and cultural activity during the European Athletics Championships. Organisers have announced that, as well as acting as the finish line for the marathons and race walk events and the shot put qualification, the square - dubbed the “European Mile” - will stage nightly medal ceremonies and will be lined by a 400m blue track running track.
LONDON (GBR): UK Anti-Doping, which is the organisation responsible for drugs testing in Britain, is to increase testing by 50% and use sniffer dogs, Independent reports. It follows the announcement of a £6.1million ($8.7million) funding injection from the British government in January.
LONDON (GBR): Commonwealth 200m bronze medallist Leon Reid may have to wait until July for an update on his application to transfer his allegiance to Ireland from Britain. The IAAF put a hold on all transfers last year pending a review into the system. The issue is up for discussion at the IAAF's council meeting in Buenos Aires, where the world governing body could opt to stipulate a three-year wait for transfers from the last time an athlete competed for the previous country, according to the BBC. Reid last ran for Britain at the 2015 European Under-23 Championships when he won 200m silver.
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaica’s Minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport Olivia Grange is looking into the possibility of staging a bid for the Caribbean country to host the Commonwealth Games. "I am talking to sports organisations, I am talking to ministers of sports in various countries and private sector sponsors. I am focused on bringing some major sporting events to Jamaica, including the Commonwealth Games," Olivia Grange told Jamaica Gleaner. Kingston in 1966 remains the only time a Caribbean nation has held the Games.
NAIROBI (KEN): World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri has called on fellow Kenyans to compete for their country at the African Athletics Championships in Nigeria in August after several of their top athletes missed the recent Commonwealth Games. "To compete for Kenya is an honour many don't get. There are issues about compensation and bonus payments, but it is important every top athlete feels the need to represent his/her country," Obiri, who won 5000m gold in the Commonwealths, told Xinhua.
PARIS (FRA): France will send 16 athletes to the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, China, on May 5-6. European under-23 bronze medallist Gabriel Bordier will compete over 20km, as will Kevin Campion. The fastest in the women’s 20km team is Emilie Menuet. Yohan Diniz is not competing.
BERLIN (GER): Olympic 100m hurdles semi-finalist Nadine Hildebrand has been elected athlete spokesperson for the German Athletics Federation, leichtathletik.dereports. After winning the vote among her fellow German squad athletes, she will serve in the role until February 2020.
BARCELONA (ESP): European indoor 3000m champion Adel Mechaal and Esther Guerrero will defend their titles at the Sagrada Familia Mile in Barcelona on May 6. Solange Pereira, who won the women’s race 2016, is also back to compete on what will be a new course.
BILBAO (ESP): Last year’s winners, Adel Mechaal and Solange Pereira, are back to compete at the Bilbao Mile on Saturday. Saúl Ordóñez, Álvaro de Arriba and  Esther Guerrero are some of the top home stars also involved. Hungary’s Tamas Kazi, Britain’s Jake Heyward and Amy Griffiths and Germany’s Diana and Elina Sujew are among the top overseas names.
BYDGOSZCZ (POL): The 19th European Athletics Festival Bydgoszcz Cup on May 29 will feature a great pole vault. Included will be former world pole vault champion Pawel Wojciechowski and 2017 world silver medallist Piotr Lisek. The 400m will feature all four of Poland’s winning relay quartet from the recent World Indoors Jakub Krzewina , Rafał Omelko, Karol Zalewski and Łukasz Krawczuk. Marcin Lewandowski will go against Kenyan Nicholas Kipkoech in the 800m, while the women’s two-lap race will include Sofia Ennaoui and Angelika Cichocka. In women 400 m also best ones Justyna Swiety-Ersetic with Patrycja Wyciskiewicz. US World Indoor champion Barbara Pierre is another top foreign name for women 100 m.
NEW DELHI (IND): India’s only gold medallist in athletics at the 21st Commonwealth Games, young javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has set his eyes at achieving a distance of 90m consistently to enhance his chances of winning a medal at the Olympics. The 20-year-old from Haryana, who clinched the gold at 2016 World Junior Championships, produced a season best of 86.47 metres to claim the yellow metal at Gold Coast to became only the fourth Indian individual in the history of the Games to win a track and field gold. Informs indianexpress.com. He is now confirmed to throw at Ostrava Golden Spike on June 13 in a javelin clash Czech Republic against World select. His team members will be Olympic winner Thomas Rohler and World champion Johannes Vetter.
LAWRENCE (USA): Planned downtown Shot Put will not be held during Kansas Relays this week.
ZURICH (SUI): European U23 pole vault champion Angelica Moser aims to improve on her 7th place in Amsterdam 2016 during Berlin 2018 European Championships. That is her main goal for the coming summer season. She plans to enter into the season later only early June.
KORFU (GRE, Apr 18): At Greek Schools Championships Spiridoula Karidi improved national U18 girls triple jump record to 13.11 (+1.9).
ADDIS ABABA (ETH, Apr 17): The Ethiopian national championships opened with the victories of Taye Girma (28:26.68) and Haftamnesh Tesfaye (33:28.46) in the 10 000 m. Second Anduamlak Belihu 28:29.68 and third Jemal Yimer 28:30.22 among men. In women race second Asnakech Aweke 33:30.91 and third Gete Alemayehu 33:31.26 ahead of Belaynesh Oljira 33:32.12 and Birhane Dibaba 33:34.59.
ZHUZHOU (CHN, Apr 17-18): Final two days at National GP meet saw fine javelin throwing. Among men Liu Qizhen 81.40 PB and Ma Qun 80.62 also PB. Among women London finalist Liu Shiying 63.18 and in the U18 category Wang Ying 63.52 with 500 g implement. Feng Bin won women discus 61.65. In 110 m hurdles life-time best for Pan Zijie 13.76 (-0.6) and 400 m hurdles winner Feng Zhiqiang posted good 49.69.
SANTIAGO (CHI): National record of  Ecuador in women 800 m was not improved here on Monday, the mark is 2:04.00 by Andrea Calderon last year.
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