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EME NEWS (APR 19, 2018)
Gatlin for opening 100 m
ST. GEORGES (GRN): World champion at 100 m Justin Gatlin will debut into the season over the 100 m at the Grenada Invitational meet on Saturday at Kirani James Stadium. He is also confirmed for Shanghai DL on May 12 and Osaka Seiko Golden Grand Prix meet on May 20 in Osaka. Gatlin ran a 150 m in South Africa and relays in last weekends so far this year. On Saturday among his opponents Mike Rodgers and Isiah Young with Chris Belcher from USA along with Andrew Fisher who runs for Bahrain. Women sprinting star in Grenada is 100 m World champion Tori Bowie.
LONDON (GBR): Kenenisa Bekele has said he is still motivated by the prospect of breaking the world marathon record of 2:02:57, informs organisers. “I want to try my best to break the world record. I don’t know when or where but that’s what keeps me hungry and motivated. It’s more than 10 years since I set the 5000m and 10,000m records, and to have the marathon record as well would be so special. To have the records for 5000m to marathon would be something – no one else has done that. I feel like that would make me the greatest ever,” he said. “I am not happy with my marathons so far, with only two good results from eight races. My marathon achievements do not balance with my track career yet and I want to put that right.”
LONDON (GBR): Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge believes he would top them all by winning a third Virgin Money London Marathon title on Sunday. The 33-year-old Kenyan, who is right in the thick of the argument about who is the greatest distance runner of all-time, said on Thursday that joining compatriot Martin Lel and Mexican Dionicio Ceron as the only men ever to win London three times would be his greatest feat. "One day, I’ll try to run a world record that can be ratified by the IAAF and it will show the next generation what can be done," he said.
LONDON (GBR): Jonny Mellor, Lily Partridge and Tracy Barlow, three of Britain’s brightest marathon prospects, are looking to improve their lifetime bests as they battle for European Championship places in Sunday’s race.
LONDON (GBR): Steve Jones is absolutely convinced that the British marathon record that he has held for 34 years will be broken by Mo Farah on Sunday.
LONDON (GBR): London Marathon event director Hugh Brasher has warned runners to “think carefully” about running in fancy dress in the London Marathon on Sunday when temperatures are expected to exceed 20C, informs the Telegraph. “Most importantly, runners should adjust their goal for Sunday and plan to run at a slower pace. If they were planning to run in fancy dress, they should think carefully if that is appropriate in the forecast conditions,” he said. This year’s race could be the hottest in event history.
MINSK (BLR): The CEO Conference (already 9th edition) organised by European Athletics returns to Minsk after 2016. Top representatives of 49 European national federations will discuss how to embrace the change of the sport. Keynote speaker will be Michael Payne who led the IOC´s marketing operations for 17 years. Other international speakers will be EBU head of sport Stefan Kuerten and former head of World Rugby Bernard Lapasset. EA President Svein Arne Hansen promised when elected in 2015 to change the sport and he is doing it step by step after three years into his presidency. Structured discussions and plenary sessions with questions are also planned for the event on Friday and Saturday.
TOKYO (JPN): Boston Marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi is thinking about turning professional next year, informs AFP. "From April next year, I am thinking about resigning as a civil servant and turning pro. I want to use the (prize) money to do that,” he said at Narita Airport. Kawauchi defeated an all-star field in Boston in some of the worst conditions ever seen in race history, winning in 2:15:58 ahead of reigning champion Geoffrey Kirui (2:18:23).
WARSAW (POL): World Championships seventh-placer Rafał Augustyn is on Poland’s seven-strong team for the World Race Team Championships in Taicang, China, on 5-6 May.  Also selected is 2011 European under-23 20km walks champion Dawid Tomala.
VIENNA (AUT): World record-holder Dennis Kimetto has modest expectations ahead of the Vienna Marathon on 22 April, informs organisers. “If the weather is good then I want to run a good time. I think 2:07 to 2:08 would be good,“ he said. Kimetto hasn’t finished a marathon since the 2016 London Marathon where he was ninth in 2:11:44and blames his lack of recent form on poor physiotherapy.
DES MOINES (USA): World and Olympic 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod will compete in the Drake Relays on 28 April, informs organisers. He will face world record-holder Aries Merritt, world indoor 60m hurdles silver medallist Jarret Eaton and Olympic finalists Jonathan Cabral and Devon Allen. World record-holder Kendra Harrison faces an all-star line-up in the 100m hurdles including world 400m hurdles champion Kori Carter, Olympic bronze medallist Kristi Castlin, former Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson, recently crowned Commonwealth champion Tobi Amusan from Nigeria and Jasmin Stowers.
PRETORIA (RSA): Commonwealth 100m champion Akani Simbine believes he is capable of running much faster than his 100m PB of 9.89, informs the Independent Online. “In the final, I didn’t run for a time, I ran for a win. It’s still early in the season and it’s possible for me to be faster. I’m running differently this year because I am trying to pace myself for the whole season because I want to have energy for the rest of the season. I believe I’m way faster than 9.89 – I’m working hard so that I can actually put that down and back up my own words,” he said.
KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican Sports Minister Olivia Grange was pleased that Jamaican athletes excelled across all areas of the sport at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. "It speaks volume for how we are developing, and we are not only doing well in the traditional sprint events, but also in the field, which is very impressive. Aisha Praught in the steeplechase. She went out there and brought glory to Jamaica. Fedrick Dacres and Traves Smikle, gold and silver in the discus. That has never been done, and the way they did it was just pretty amazing, and Daniel in the women's shot put," she said.
LONDON (GBR): The European 10,000m Cup takes place in one month today on 19 May, informs European Athletics. According to preliminary entries, 59 men and 57 women representing 29 Member Federations will be taking part in this year's event at the Parliament Hill Athletics Track in North London.
LONDON (GBR): Callum Hawkins says his collapse at the Commonwealth Games marathon last week will make him a stronger athlete. Writing on Twitter, the Briton, who was leading by nearly three minutes when he collapsed twice around the 40km mark in Gold Coast, said: “I'm absolutely gutted as I had put everything in to getting a medal at the CG over the past 6 months but it's sport, s**t happens. “I will use the whole thing as big learning experience to make myself a better athlete for Tokyo and the future. Looking forward to getting back at it soon.”
LONDON (GBR): British sprinting sisters Shannon and Cheriece Hylton have talked about being mentored by former Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray, whose management company has signed them.
LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics has announced Celia Mendes was named new deputy CEO earlier this year. Under CEO Christian Milz, she will take control of long-term planning, bidding and evaluation procedures for all European Athletics events. She has undertaken various roles for European Athletics, including most recently head of bidding and special projects.
PARIS (FRA): 2013 European cross-country champion Sophie Duarte is included in France’s team for the European Cup 10,000m in London on May 19. Mourad Amdouni, the former European junior 5000m champion, will step up to 25 laps. Samira Mezeghrane-Saad and Yann Schrub will also compete.
WELLINGTON (NZL): Double Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams has been elected deputy chair of the IAAF athletes’ commission, Athletics New Zealand reports. The honour came thanks to a vote of the 19-member commission, on which she has stood since January 2016.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Isabellah Andersson, the Swedish marathon record-holder with 2:23:41 from 2011, is to make her comeback after giving birth last year at the Hamburg Marathon, expressen.se reports.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Swedish athletics federation chairman Björn O. Nilsson has been appointed governor of Norbotten County, but the federation says it will not affect his work with them.
LONDON (GBR): Scottish Athletics performance head Rodger Harkins is to quit his role despite Team Scotland achieving its best medal haul in 28 years at the recent Commonwealth Games, BBC reports.
AUSTIN (USA): The next two editions 2019 and 2020 of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are officially coming to Austin, Texas, at the University of Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium. Texas last hosted the NCAA Championships in 2004. The event will then return to Eugene at the University of Oregon for the 2021 and 2022 editions in modernised and enlarged Hayward Field.
KYIV (UKR): Ethiopian Tesfaye Anseba Lencho would defend his title at Nova Poshta Kyiv Half Marathon (the IAAF Bronze Label) on Sunday. Romanian Marius Ionescu and Italian Said El Otmani are also among headline’s competitors. Likewise, organizers confirmed participation of best Ukrainian long distance runners Dmytro Baranovskyy (national record holder in marathon), Roman Romanenko and Dmytro Lashyn as well as Darya Mykhaylova, Sofiya Yaremchuk, Viktoriya Kalyuzna and Olena Serdyuk on women’s side. Record number of 11 000 runners from 52 countries is expected.
SAO PAULO (BRA): World indoor silver medalist in triple jump Almir dos Santos is one of the headline figures of the Brazilian Team for South American Games early June in Cochabamba. Other top names are sprinter Rosangela Santos, steeple runner Altobelli da Silva and shot put record holder Darlan Romani. Vitor Hugo will run the 100 m and Aldemir Gomes the 200 m.

AZUSA (USA): US steeple record holder Evan Jager will open the season at Bryan Clay Invitational with running the 5000 m end of the week.
SCHIMATARI (GRE, Apr 18-19): At 61st Greek School Championships after triple U18 national mark (not in Korfu) also to note in the U18 category Ioannis Granitsiotis 10.56 (+1.8) in the 100 m and Konstadinos Zaltos 75.40 with 5 kg hammer.
MILANO (ITA, Apr 18): Memorial Ugo Grassia saw Abdessalam Machmach winning the 600 m in 1:17.77. Eleonora Giorgi won women 5000 m track walk in 21.39.68.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH, Apr 19): Chaltu Shumi won the women 800 m at Ethiopian Championships in personal best and meet record 1:59.99.
EME NEWS (APR 20, 2018)
Thiam against Lasitskene
PARIS (FRA): Olympic and world heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam has been announced for the high jump at the Paris Diamond League meeting on June 30. The Belgian, who has a best of 1.98m, will take on the world champion for the event Mariya Lasitskene of Russia. World decathlon champion Kevin Mayer will compete in front of his home crowd in a three-discipline multi-event competition. The men’s pole vault will see world indoor record-holder Renaud Lavillenie in action. Supporting the meeting’s slogan “Speed in Paris”, also in action will be French sprinter Christophe Lemaitre and world 60m champion Christian Coleman. 
Berlin 2018 on track
MINSK (BLR): The European Athletics CEO Conference entitled “Embracing Change” opened in Minsk, Belarus, today with encouraging presentations from EBU´s director of sport Stefan Kuerten, Acting IAAF CEO Nigel Garfitt, top expert in the sports industry Michael Payne and former World Rugby head Bernard Lapasset. European Athletics CEO Christian Milz started the Conference by emphasising that the event is built on a family feeling within athletics in Europe. He also outlined progress on topics discussed in workshops at last year’s European Athletics Convention in Vilnius. Update of Berlin 2018 communication strategy was presented with so far nearly 170 000 tickets sold. New competition format DNA which will be part of 2nd European Games 2019 in Minsk was also presented. The CEO Conference continues on Saturday.
LONDON (GBR): Paula Radcliffe was the recipient of the Spirit of London award in recognition of her achievements in the Virgin Money London Marathon, informs organisers. Radcliffe is a three-time winner of the event and ran her last competitive race on this course in 2015. “It was one of the most special races I’d run, even though I wasn’t actually racing. While it’s very special, leading at the front and breaking a world record, I also learned it’s equally special sharing in that emotion, helping people and encouraging people within the race,” said Radcliffe.
LONDON (GBR): Paula Radcliffe has said Mary Keitany is “capable” of breaking her world record of 2:15:25 but also that Tirunesh Dibaba is “equally capable,” informs organisers. “I think Mary’s capable but, first and foremost, she has to concentrate on winning the race because she very much she has a race on her hands against Tirunesh Dibaba, and she’s equally capable of taking the time. It’s not just Mary who could beat the record, it’s both of them,” said Radcliffe.
LONDON (GBR): Leading British runner Lily Partridge is aiming for a 2:28 clocking in the London Marathon on Sunday and she is confident she can eventually improve down into the low-2:20 range, informs Fast Running. “I don’t want to put a limit on what I can as you don’t know where it’s going to take you,” she said. “But in the future I think can run a low 2:20 marathon, but more importantly I would like a medal at a major championship.”
LONDON (GBR): Series XI of the Abbott World Marathon Majors has been the most exciting yet in the 12-year history of the global campaign to find world’s top 26.2 milers, according to the Majors’ General Manager Tim Hadzima. With one race left in the 12-month, eight-race contest that ends at the 38th Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, five athletes remain in contention for the elite women’s crown while no fewer than six men could still pocket the US$250,000 winner’s prize.
VIENNA (AUT): Kenya’s reigning champion Nancy Kiprop is only the fourth fastest entrant in the Vienna Marathon with a 2:24:20 PB but she is targeting Italy’s Maura Viceconte’s long-standing course record of 2:23:47 on Sunday, informs organisers. “It is my goal to run faster than last year and break the course record,“ she said. The elite women’s line-up also includes Ethiopians Helen Tola (2:22:51) and Fatuma Sado (2:24:16) and Bahrain’s Merima Mohammed (2:23:06) while the men’s line-up is spearheaded by world record-holder Dennis Kimetto.
VIENNA (AUT): Vienna Marathon race director Wolfgang Konrad has spoken about the impact of the race on getting people active in Austria, informs organisers. “I firmly believe the Vienna City Marathon has made a huge contribution to the sport of running in Austria and to a much more active and healthier lifestyle of our population. Today more than one million people in Austria run at least once a week,“ he said. Including races at shorter distances, a total of 41,000 runners from 130 nations have entered this year’s event.
YANGZHOU (CHN): Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew (59:11 PB) is targeting his fourth successive win in the Yangzhou Half Marathon on Sunday, informs IAAF. Geremew has already been in excellent form, winning the Dubai Marathon in a world-leading 2:04:00 in January. He will face Asian record-holder and world half marathon silver medallist Abraham Cheroben from Bahrain (58:40 PB) and Kenya’s Jorum Okombo (58:48 PB). Reigning champion Sutume Asefa (67:54 PB) from Ethiopia will face a strong line-up in the women’s race which includes in-form teammate Abebel Yeshaneh who won the Istanbul Half Marathon earlier this month in 66:22 and Kenya’s Joan Chelimo, who recently won the Prague Half Marathon in 65:04.
GIFU (JPN): Fresh from winning in the Boston Marathon on Monday, Yuki Kawauchi will race again in the Gifu Half Marathon on Sunday, informs IAAF. He has contested the Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon on five previous occasions but is yet to finish inside the top-10 and is only the tenth fastest entrant on paper with a 62:18 PB. The men’s line-up is headed by Kenyans James Mwangi (59:07), James Rungaru (59:37) and Uganda’s Moses Kurong (59:50). The women’s race is headed by Asian record-holder Eunice Chumba from Bahrain (66:11), Ethiopia’s Degitu Azmeraw (66:47) and Kenya’s Valary Jemeli (67:50).
DES MOINES (USA): Seven runners with sub-10 PBs are confirmed for the 100m at the Drake Relays in Des Moines on 28 April, informs organisers. Standout names in the line-up include triple Olympic bronze medallist Andre De Grasse (9.91) and Diamond League winner CJ Ujah (9.96). The fastest runner in the line-up is Mike Rodgers with a 9.85 PB.
BOSTON (USA): Recently crowned Commonwealth Games champions Akani Simbine (100m), Michelle-Lee Ahye (100m) and Jereem Richards (200m) are all confirmed for the adidas Boost Boston Games on 20 May, informs organisers. Simbine will renew his rivalry with Yohan Blake over 100m while Ahye faces reigning world champion Tori Bowie and world 100m hurdles record-holder Kendra Harrison in the women’s 100m. Jereem Richards faces Steven Gardiner, who recently clocked 19.75 to break the Bahamian record, in the 200m while world champion Muktar Edris (5000m) and reigning world indoor and outdoor medallist Ajee’ Wilson (800m) are also confirmed for the long distance events which will be held at the Henry G. Steinbrenner Stadium on 19 May.
EUGENE (USA): The three medallists from the 800m from the 2016 Olympic Games are all confirmed for the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on 26 May, informs organisers. The race is headed by reigning world and Olympic champion Caster Semenya and Olympic silver and bronze medallists Francine Niyonsaba from Burundi and Margaret Wambui from Kenya. World outdoor bronze medallist Ajee’ Wilson also competes along with two-time European indoor champion Selina Buchel.
NEW YORK (USA): After a long injury lay-off, American 2:25 marathoner Laura Thweatt will compete in the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K in Central Park on April 29.
WARSAW (POL, April 22): Defending champion Felix Kimutai of Kenya and Nastassia Ivanova of Belarus  will face tough fields at the Orlen Warsaw Marathon on Sunday. After his surprise win last year in a PB 2:10:34, Kimutai will be challenged by five quicker athletes, led by Ethiopia’s Seboka Dibaba (2:06:17). Lani Rutto of Kenya, who was runner-up in Frankfurt in 2015, is only slightly slower. Kenyans Ronald Korir (2:07:29), Ezekiel Omullo (2:08:55) and Vincent Torotich (2:10:32) also hope to threaten for the win. Ethiopians Herpasa Negasa and Regasa Mindaye should not be ignored, while home nation hopes are led by 2016 winner Artur Kozlowski and 2014 European silver medallist Yared Shegumo. Last year’s women’s winner in 2:28:44 is only the third fastest on paper with 2:27:24 from 2012. The No.1 on times with 2:23:22 is Philes Ongori of Kenya, a former Rotterdam winner, while Azmera Abreha of Ethiopia clocked 2:25:23 for third in Amsterdam last year. Ethiopians Ayelu Abebe and Bekelech Daba have also run below 2:30. Ayantu Gemechu, the Warsaw Half-marathon winner last year, is also one to watch - as is Ukraine’s Nataliya Lehonkova and Poland’s 2017 runner-up Izabela Trzaskalska. From IAAF.
MADRID (ESP, April 22): Eritrea’s Samuel Tsegay, who has ran 2:07:34 for the Valencia Marathon last autumn, heads the field for the Rock ’n’ Roll Madrid Marathon on Sunday. Compatriot Okbay Tsegay, who has run 1:03:10, will also try to hold off the Kenyans, who include Ronald Korir (2:07:29), Julius Tuwei (2:08:26) and Joseph Kiprono, who won the Madrid half last year. Gebretsadik Abraha, who ran 2:06:21 in 2012, Birhanu Shumie, Musa Babo and Besha Yerssie head the Ethiopian challenge. Kenya’s Valentine Jepkorir won Amsterdam in 2013 in 2:23:02 and with that time is the quickest in the women’s field. Boulaid Kaoutar, who won in Madrid this in 2:25:35,has more recent form. Other strong athletes in the field are Ethiopia’s Bethlehem Moges (2:24:29), Aheza Kiros (2:24:30), and Megeretu Geletu (2:29:45). From IAAF.
KINGSTON (BAH): Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson, the top two from the 200m at the recent Commonwealth Games will head off in the half-lap at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston on June 9, Jamaica Gleaner reports. Ronald Levy and Hansle Parchment , gold and silver medallists from the 110m hurdles, will also have rematch in a race set to include world record-holder Aries Merritt and American team-mate Jarret Eaton. Yohan Blake goes in the 100m against Kemar Bailey-Cole, Zharnel Hughes and Miguel Francis. World 100m champion Tori Bowie goes in a 100m also featuring Candace Hill of the USA, Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica's Remona Burchell. New 400m star Fred Kerley goes against Jovan Francis, Karabo Sibanda and Rusheen McDonald. In the women’s event, Commonwealth silver and bronze medalists Anastasia Le-Roy and Stephenie Ann McPherson take on Americans Francena McCorory and Natasha Hastings. Commonwealth 400m hurdles champion faces Ristananna Tracey,, Ashley Spencer and Cassandra Tate in her event. Meet Director Glen Mills in a partial list of competing athletes released for a press conference today under the banner “Stars:  The Next Generation”.
LAWRENCE (USA): Local media confirmed the eighth annual Downtown Lawrence Men’s Olympic Shot Put was cancelled one week ago. “At the end of the day, I just fell ($7,000) short,” said event organizer Bob Sanner, of Lawrence Sports Corporation (LSC). He hopes of resuming the Downtown Shot Put in 2019.
MINSK (BLR): One of the top European Athletics competitions will be held in Slovakia. According to Slovak Federation they signed the contracts in Minsk to stage the European Throwing Cup 2019 in Samorin. Presidents Sven Arne Hansen and Peter Korcok signed the contract on Friday in Minsk.
OTTAWA (CAN): The competition schedule for the 2018 Canadian Track & Field Championships has been released. The six-day event includes on July 3-4 PanAm and Canadian Combined Events Championships. On July 4-6 Para Athletics International Challenge and Canadian Championships and on July 5-8 U20 and Open Canadian Championships.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH, Apr 18-19): More results from Ethiopian Championships. In the 100 m Bedru Mohammed clocked 10.1 to win. Abdulrahman Abdu topped the 400 m in 46.3 and Tolesa Bodena 800 m in 1:46.2. In women 800 m the winning time of Chaltu Shume must be corrected 2:00.0 ahead of Kore Tola 2:00.2 and Derbe Welteshi 2:00.6.
POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA, Apr 19): Czech javelin thrower Irena Sediva who is coached by Jan Zelezny improved here to 60.51 and fulfilled the Berlin standard.
WATSON (USA, Apr 18): At High School meet Sean Burrell achieved 20.77 and 45.88 in the 200/400 m combination.
TORRANCE (USA, Apr 19): Mt. SAC Relays started with solid hammer throwing. Alexander Young achieved 76.14 PB in the men competition ahead of Dutch Denzel Comenentia 75.97. In women competition also PB for Brooke Andersen 72.15. Sid Vaughn won the 10 000 m in 28:32.06 and Finland´s Camilla Richardson 32:39.01 in women race ahead of Mexican Gladys Tejeda 32:44.49.
LONG BEACH (USA, Apr 19): At Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Chris Nilsen cleared 565 in the pole vault. Also to note 22.94 in the 200 m (+0.5) by 100 m hurdles Olympic winner Brianna Rollins-McNeal 22.94 ahead of 400 m hurdles Olympic winner Dalilah Muhammad 23.46 PB.
AZUSA (USA, Apr 19): US steeple record holder Evan Jager opened at Bryan Clay Invitational with 13.24.77 in the 5000 m. Behind him Belgian Isaac Kimeli 13:24.92 PB and Japanese Suguru Osako 13:29.11. Mariella Hall won women 5000 m in 15:39.42.

EME NEWS (APR 21, 2018)

33 women for 50 km
TAICANG (CHN): The provisional entry-lists for the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships have been released. Including reserves, 386 athletes from 49 teams have been entered for what is set to be the biggest ever global race walking competition held outside of Europe. The 20km race walk line-ups are headed by world champions Eider Arevalo from Colombia and Yang Jiayu from China and the men’s 50km race walk field includes world silver and bronze medallists Hirooki Arai and Kai Kobayashi from Japan as well as super-veteran Jesus Angel Garcia from Spain. The women’s 50km race walk makes its debut at the championships with 33 athletes from 16 nations entered. Standout entrants include world record-holder and world champion Ines Henriques from Portugual while European U23 20km race walk champion Klavdiya Afanasyeva, who is a neutral athlete, is among 13 athletes due to make their debut at the distance.

CEO conference ended in positive mood
MINSK (BLR):  European Athletics CEO Conference ended in Minsk in positive mood. President Svein Arne Hansen announced there will be a new option for logo of a commercial partner at the national vest at championships. He also stressed that Embracing the Change is an collective effort  together with the teams at the EA office in Lausanne and all national federations. I Run Clean project will be mandatory for all possible participants at European U18 Championships in July in Gyor, Hungary.   Other topics on Saturday were governance examples by national federations, gender equity and Focus Federation programme.  Workshop leaders informed the conference of the outcome of their discussions. For next EA CEO Conference in 2020 there are several candidates for the organisation of the event.


LONDON (GBR):  Record numbers are expected to start the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday after more than 41,000 registered for the race over the last four days. When registration desks at the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo at ExCeL London closed at 17:00 on Saturday, a total of 41,469 accepted applicants had picked up their race packs. Around 41,000 are predicted to start the race, following last year’s record field of 40,048 meaning the 38th London Marathon is on track to become the biggest yet, in the year the event celebrates its unique spirit. The mass race will begin when Her Majesty The Queen steps onto a special podium in front of the Round Tower in the grounds of Windsor Castle to push the start button at 10:00.

LONDON (GBR): Callum Hawkins will be the official starter of the Mini London Marathon tomorrow, informs organisers. “It’s a real honour to be able to start the Mini London Marathon. The London Marathon is an incredible event. The numbers of people running and the huge crowds create such an amazing atmosphere, which I was lucky enough to experience when I ran a couple of years ago,” he said. Hawkins ran the Mini London Marathon three times, finishing third for Scotland in the boys’ under-12 race in 2005 and second in 2007.

LONDON (GBR): Not only will Kathrine Switzer officially start the elite women’s race, she will also be taking part in the London Marathon for the first time at the age of 71, informs organisers. “This is a dream for me. I’ve wanted to run this race ever since it started in 1981 and I’m delighted to be here in the 100th anniversary year of women earning the right to vote because there’s also a little history here about women’s equality in sports,” she said.


MOSCOW (RUS): Olympic long jump silver medallist Elena Sokolova and pole vaulter Timur Morgunov have filed applications to the IAAF for permission to compete internationally as neutral competitors, informs R-Sport.

KINGSTON (JAM): World U18 110m hurdles champion De’Jour Russell is contemplating turning professional, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. "I will make a decision this year as to whether or not I will go back to school or go professional, but the main focus right now is school,” he said. Russell reached the final at the Commonwealth Games on his senior debut and is now targeting the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

KINGSTON (JAM): Former world 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams believes she is capable of breaking the 12.5-barrier this summer after winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. "It is the first time I am opening with such a fast time [12.69 in the heats] and it gives me the chance to do something that I have wanted to do and that is to run 12.4," she said. Williams only started to hurdle in the third week of March after tearing her hamstring in January.

GIFU (JPN): World record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei will not be competing in 2018 Gifu HalfMarathon due to responsibilities towards Kenya Defence Forces. She is looking forward to returning to Gifu in the future and is thankful to the organizers for their understanding.

TAIPEI (TPE): A study on the Summer Universiade in Taipei last August has revealed that the event generated an economic impact of $150 million, informs insidethegames.biz.


BILBAO (ESP, Apr 21): Wins in the Bilbao Street Mile for Solange Pereira (5:05) and European indoor 3000m champion Adel Mechaal (4:25).

VIENNA (AUT, Apr 21): Austrian road 10 km titles for Andreas Vojta 29:58 and Sandrina Illes 34:20.

COIMBATORE (IND, Apr 21): New national U20 record in the 100 m for India. Gurindervir Singh clocked 10.47 (+0.5) at the 16th Federation Cup for U20 athletes. Former national mark was 10.57.

LA SPEZIA (ITA, Apr 21): National 300 m hurdles best for Ayomide Folorunso here with 39.03.

BELGRADE (SRB, Apr 21): Belgrade Marathon was this year without elite runners, wins for Kristijan Stosic 2:45:23 and Nora Trlkja 3:08:45. But in total record number of 7300 runners from 70 countries participated in all events.

US FRIDAY (Apr 20)

JONESBORO: At Red Wolf Open Kasaun James clocked 20.42 (+2.8) in the 200 m.

AUBURN: War Eagle Invitational started with Gwen Berry 72.47 in women hammer.

ATLANTA: Georgia Tech Invitational saw in good shape Brazilian athletes. Derick da Silva won the 100 m in 10.26 (+0.5) over Paulo de Oliveira 10.29 and hurdler Gabriel Constantino 10.32 PB who also won his event in 13.58 (+0.2).

PRINCETON: Ceaira Brown won the 800 m in 2:02.09 during first day of Larry Ellis Invitational.

PALO ALTO: At Cardinal Classic Grant Fisher won the 5000 m in 13:36.77 and in the women race French Marie Bouchard 15:32.95 PB ahead of Erin Finn 15:33.15 and Fiona O´Keeffe 15:38.82 PB.

AZUSA: Great US collegiate record for Briton Josh Kerr 3:35.01 in the 1500 m at the Brian Clay Invitational. It is life-time best for him as it is for second Canadian Justyn Knight 3:36.07 PB. Third Robert Domanic 3:36.33 and fourth Sam Prakel 3:36.84 ahead of Belgian Peter Callahan 3:37.11, for all personal bests. Zach Ziemek scored 8181 in decathlon and Georgia Ellenwood from Canada 5983 in heptathlon. In women 1500 m Shelby Houlihan 4:06.07 over Coleen Quigley 4:07.01 and Kate Grace 4.08.82.

LAWRENCE: From Kansas Relays to report big PB for Belarus Gleb Dudarev in hammer 78.04. Kristen Hixson cleared 445 in the pole vault.

TORRANCE: At MtSAC Relays Bryce Robinson clocked 10.24 (+0.2) in the 100 m. In women 200 m Makenzie Dunmore 23.26 (-0.2) with hurdles specialist Georganne Moline fourth in 23.80.


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