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EME NEWS (APR 22, 2018)
Kipchoge and Cheruiyot
LONDON (GBR, Apr 22): Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won his third London Marathon title on a warm day with temperatures exceeding 20C, extending his marathon record to 10 wins from 11 starts since 2013. The pacemakers hit the halfway point in 61:00 as requested but the world record began to fall away from view over the course of the second half as the temperatures began to rise. Kipchoge covered the second half in 63:17, crossing the finish-line in the Mall in 2:04:17 ahead of 21-year-old Ethiopian Shura Kitata who improved his PB to 2:04:49 (61:00/63:49) on his World Marathon Majors debut. Kitata remained in touch with Kipchoge until the 24th mile which Kipchoge covered in 4:44. Four years after contesting the only previous marathon of his career until today, Mo Farah was an excellent third in a British record of 2:06:21(61:03/65:18, 3rd best in European all-time list), surpassing Steve Jones’ long-standing British record of 2:07:13 set in 1985. Former two-time world champion Abel Kirui rallied to finish fourth in 2:07:07 while last year’s runner-up Kenenisa Bekele and reigning champion Daniel Wanjiru had to settle for sixth (2:08:53) and eighth (2:10:35) respectively. One notable non-finisher was former world champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie from Eritrea who dropped out just before the halfway point. In the women’s race, Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot ran a well-measured race to win her first World Marathon Majors race in 2:18:31 PB (68:56/69:34) ahead of teammate Brigid Kosgei in 2:20:13 and Ethiopia’s Tadelech Bekele in 2:21:40 with the top three all setting PBs. Aided by three male pacemakers Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba both set off in pursuit of Paula Radcliffe’s outright world record of 2:15:25 through 5km in 15:46, 10km in 31:46 and 15km in 47:46. Dibaba began to slip off world record pace before the 20km checkpoint and dropped out just before the 30km checkpoint while Keitany, who passed halfway inside world record pace in 67:16, was caught by Cheruiyot just after the 35km mark, fading to fifth in 2:24:27 (67:16/77:11). Cheruiyot also moves to fourth on the world all-time lists.
Kipchoge and Keitany
LONDON (GBR): Eliud Kipchoge also won his third consecutive Abbott World Marathon Majors Series with victory at the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon with 250 000 USD prize for AbbottWMM Series XI. He is the first male with three victories in the series. Kipchoge has 50 points ahead of Geoffrey Kirui 41. Last year’s winner in London, Daniel Wanjiru, had a far less successful day at the office this time around as he finished eighth and now finds himself locked in a fight for third place with no fewer than four other athletes (Chumba, Rupp, Kamworor, Kawauchi). The six AbbottWMM race directors will have to vote to decide who will take the 25 000 USD prize for 3rd place. Kenyan Mary Keitany has won Series XI of the Abbott World Marathon Majors despite beeing fifth on Sunday with 41, second Tirunesh Dibaba has also 41, but their head to head was 2:0 in favor of Keitany. Third Brigid Kosgei and Ruti Aga both 32 points.
Record number of finishers
LONDON (GBR): For the first time, more than 40,000 runners completed the Virgin Money London Marathon after record numbers left the Start Line in the morning, making the 38th edition of the race the biggest in its history. By 19:00 this evening, 40,255 had conquered the hottest Race Day on record to cross the Finish Line in The Mall and pick up their hard-earned medals and souvenir finishers’ T-shirts, beating last year’s record total by 768 runners. Some 41,003 set off on the journey.
World champions winning in Grenada
ST. GEORGES (GRN, Apr 21): Second edition of Grenada Invitational at Kirani James Stadium had at the end home win for Bralon Taplin in the 400 m with 45.29 ahead of Luguelin Santos 45.66 and Nery Brenes 45.73. World champion Justin Gatlin opened his 100 m campaign of 2018 with good win 10.05 (+0.5) over Isiah Young 10.11 and Mike Rodgers 10.17. Tori Bowie who is also London 2017 Gold medalist won the 200 m in 22.75 (+0.1). Former World champion LaShawn Merritt topped the 200 m in 20.57 (-0.2). Another World champion also won as Kori Carter topped the 100 m hurdles in 12.79 (+1.1) over Tobi Amusan 12.92. Also to note Puertorican Ryan Sanchez 1:46.80 in the 800 m, Serbian Milan Ristic 13.53 (-0.1) in the high hurdles and Jamaican Gold Coast 7th placer Andre Clarke 49.09 PB in the 400 m hurdles. In women races Hannah Cunliffe clocked 11.42 (+0.5) in the 100 m, Shamier Little 51.45 in the flat 400 m and Jamaican Yanique Haye-Smith 56.38 in the 400 m hurdles. Carly Muscaro won the 800 m in 2:02.84 PB, it was her outdoor debut at the distance. In technical events US Mike Hartfield 802 (+0.9) in the long jump and Cuban Liadagmis Povea 14.04 (+1.0) in women´s triple.
Baker 9.97 and Terry 10.99 with Rollins 12.43 and Norman 44.53
TORRANCE (USA, Apr 21): Final day of 60th Mt. SAC Relays brought some fine World leading performances. First legal sub 10 of the year by World indoor silver medalist Ronnie Baker 9.97 (+0.5) over Jeff Demps 10.08 and Briton CJ Ujah 10.08. In other race Bryce Robinson 10.07 (+1.0) and Devin Quinn 10.12 with Saudi Arabian Abdullah Mohammed 10.12. World indoor record holder Michael Norman won the 400 m in 44.53, his outdoor PB, just 0.01 behind the indoor mark. Second Rai Benjamin of Antigua national record 44.74, third Paul Dedewo 44.78 and fourth Kahmari Montgomery 44.91 ahead of Blake Leeper 45.05 PB for the paralympic sprinter. Brianna Rollins-McNeal clocked another WL in 100 m hurdles 12.43 (+1.5, her fourth fastest of the career) with Bridgette Owens second 12.79. Fred Kerley won the 200 m in 20.48 (+0.4) as Ronnie Baker topped another race in 20.62 (+1.3). In women 100 m new PB and WL for Twanisha Terry 10.99 (+1.7) ahead of Ashley Henderson 11.06 and Jenna Prandini 11.09. Henderson won the 200 m in 22.66 (+1.6) and Lynna Irby the 400 m in 50.95. Men hurdles saw David Kendziera in 13.47 (+1.4) beating Aries Merritt 13.49. In the 400 m hurdles wins for Olympic gold medalist Dalilah Muhammad 55.25 and Jamaican Shawn Rowe 49.13. Solid times also in the 800 m races as Jesus Lopez of Mexico in 1:47.07 beat US top names Clayton Murphy 1:47.22 and Erik Sowinski 1:47.71. On the women side Kaela Edwards posted 2:01.06. US teams won the relays, men in 39.36 and 3:05.92, among women USC topped 4x100 m in 42.57 over Oregon 42.93 and All-Stars (with Allyson Felix) 42.94. In long jump Jarvis Gotch 827 (+0.8) and Tara Davis 663 (+1.9), triple had Donald Scott 16.99 (+2.4, 16.69 +0.8) and Keturah Orji 14.33 (+1.6) ahead of Tori Franklin 14.04 (+2.3). Vashti Cunningham cleared 191 in high jump, Kristen Hixson 460 in the pole vault. Dutch Denzel Comenentia after last week hammer national record won the shot put with 20.03.
VIENNA (AUT, Apr 22): Salaheddine Bounasser of Morocco set a PB of 2:09:29 to win the Vienna City Marathon ahead of Kenya’s Ishmael Bushendich (2:10:03) and Samwel Maswa (2:11:08). Kenya’s Nancy Kiprop of Kenya defended her title in 2:24:18 - two seconds quicker than last year, as Melesech Tsegaye of Ethiopia was well back in second in 2:29:51 and Kenya’s Celestine Chepchirchir was third in 2:30:39. Best Europeans were Austrians. Peter Herzog as 10th 2:16:57 PB (qualified for Berlin) and Eva Witti 2:37:59. World record holder Dennis Kimetto was a non finisher.
ANTWERP (BEL, Apr 22): Patrick Korir of Kenya and Manuela Soccol of Belgium took victories in the Antwerp Marathon. Korir clocked 2:15:55 after going through halfway in 66:56. Second was David Cherop in 2:16:59 and Evans Tanui was third in 2:17:17. Thomas de Bock was first Belgian in 2:17:59. Soccol came home in 2:56:05, some way off her best.
ANNECY (FRA, Apr 22): Felix Kirui was a clear winner at the Lake Annecy Marathon in a PB 2:13:11. Veteran Phillip Biwott was second in 2:16:47 and Barnabas Kipyego completed the Kenyan one-two-three in 2:17:43. Ethiopia’s Chaltu Nigasa gained victory on the women’s side in 2:44:25, just 19 seconds ahead of Kenya’s Jane Chelagat as France’s Celine Sannier was third in 2:59:38.
ENSCHEDE (NED, Apr 22): Kellen Waithira set a PB of 2:34:06 as first woman in sixth overall at the Enschede Marathon. Fellow Ethiopian Tsehay Maru was exactly two minutes behind 2:36:06 and next across the line in a PB. Milliam Naktar Ebongon was third in 2:36:46. Hicham El Barouki led a Morrocan one-two in the men’s race, clocking 2:26:18 to beat Mohamed Oumaarir (2:28:21).
KRAKOW (POL, Apr 22): Ethiopia’s former World Half eight-placer Birhanu Bekele ran 2:11:34, his fastest time since 2010 in winning the Krakow Marathon. Countryman Tamru Areda Shifera was second in 2:12:56 - one place ahead of Kenya’s Kyeva Mutui (2:14:14). Moldova’s Lilia Fiscovici took the women’s race in 2:31:27 - a PB by more than two minutes - as Kenya’s Naomi Jopkosgei was runner-up in 2:34:08. Belarus’s Nina Savina was third in 2:37:09 on her debut.
WARSAW (POL, Apr 22): Kenya’s Ezekiel Omullo took victory for the third time in four years at the Orlen Warsaw Marathon, his time of 2:11:17 his slowest here. Compatriot Felix Kimutai was 24 seconds behind, while Ethiopia’s Herpasa Kitesa was third in 2:11:46. In sixth Yared Shagumo took the Polish title with 2:13:53. Nastassia Ivanova of Belarus defended her title, running 2:28:03 to go 41 seconds quicker than last year. Azmera Abreha of Ethiopia was second in 2:28:07. Izabela Trzaskalska of Poland, the runner-up last year, picked up third in 2:32:36.
ELDORET (KEN, Apr 22): Elkana Yego won the Eldoret City Marathon in 2:12:44 over Phillip Kangogo 2:12:49 and Brian Kipsang 2:12:50. Sharon Sherop was the best woman in fast 2:29:57 ahead of Lydia Cheromei 2:33:25 and Jane Jelagat Seurei 2:33:46. From Carole Fuchs.
AGADIR (MAR, Apr 22): Also in Morocco at Agadir Marathon Kenyan winner Moses Mbugua 2:14:07 ahead of Eliud Too 2:15:33 and top home runner Khalil Lemciyeh 2:15:48. Tejinesh Gebisa Tulu scored a win for Ethiopia among women with 2:37:34. Patrick Kipkorir in 62:03 and Damaris Mutua 74:43 were the best in half marathon.
PADUA (ITA, Apr 22): Mogos Shumay of Eritrea took four minutes two seconds from his PB with 2:12:23 to win the Padua Marathon. Kenya’s Paul Maina was 12 seconds behind as runner-up, ahead of Kenya’s Stephen Arita (2:15:49). At the front of the women’s race, former World Cross fourth-placer Waganesh Mekasha of Ethiopia sliced more than 16 minutes from her PB in her third marathon with 2:29:18. Her compatriot Genet Getaneh was second in 2:36:36, 50 seconds ahead of Italy’s Rosaria Console. In the half wins for Victor Kiplimo 62:57 and Sara Ribeiro from Portugal 75:50.
ZURICH (SUI, Apr 22): Kenya’s Charles Munyeki, who ran a sub-hour half in 2008, took victory in the Zurich Marathon in 2:14:08 to beat Patrick Ereng (2:14:44) and Kenya’s Bernard Rotich (2:15:44) in second and third respectively. Switzerland’s European mountain running champion Maude Mathys clocked a PB of 2:31:17 to place top woman. Kenya’s Betty Chepkwony was second in 2:38:15 and team-mate Purity Kimetto was next in 2:41:45.
LEIPZIG (GER, Apr 22): Slovakia’s Gabriel Svajda (2:35:23) and Juliane Meyer (3:00.37) took the wins at the Leipzig Marathon.
NANTES (FRA, Apr 22): Victories in the Nantes Marathon went to Kenya’s Wilson Kebenei (2:25:10) and France’s Emeline Siard (2:51:39).
MADRID (ESP, Apr 22): Kenya completed a double at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Marathon through Eliud Barngetuny and Valentine Kipketer. Barngetuny took 10 seconds off his best with 2:10:23, just nine seconds ahead of Kenneth Kiplagat as Alfonce Kibiwott was third in 2:10:32. Former Amsterdam marathon winner Kipketer was more than seven minutes clear with 2:30:40, ahead of Diana Sigei (2:38:11) and Megertu Ifa Geletu (2:39:12). Ethiopia’s Gizaw Bekele (63:16) and American Sarah Crouch (78:50) won the half-marathons.

YANGZHOU (CHN, Apr 22): Ethiopian winners at the Yangzhou Jianzhen Half Marathon. Mosinet Geremew in 61:31 in the men´s race 2 seconds ahead of Abraham Cherobon who runs for Bahrain 61:33 and Shadrack Korir 61:35. Ababel Yeshaneh as best woman was timed with 69:06 beating Joan Chelimo 69:11 and Paskalia Chepkorir 69:23.
GIFU (JPN, Apr 22): Nicholas Kosimbei and Ethiopia’s Degitu Azmeraw gained the wins at the Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon, clocking 61:12 and 69:53 in warm conditions, reports IAAF. Last year’s winner, Alexander Mutiso of Kenya, was second in 61:24 - half a minute in front of Moses Kurong. Yohei Suzuki took domestic honours in ninth (63:34). Admitting he was tired six days on from his Boston Marathon win, prolific racer Yuki Kawauchi was 14th in 64:35. Following her sixth place at RAK in 66:47 this year, Azmeraw left Kenya’s Jemeli Aiyabei after 15km and went on to win by 18 seconds. Kenya’s Joy Kemuma was third in 70:47 as top Japanese was Marie Imada (seventh in 74:20).
KYIV (UKR, Apr 22): Ethiopian Tesfaye Ambesa improved course record to 62:53 and defended his last year’s title, when he won the 8th edition of Nova Poshta Kyiv Half Marathon (the IAAF Bronze Label) only two seconds ahead of Kenyan Nicholas Makau. Ukrainian Romam Romanenko finished third in 67:55. Viktoriya Kalyuzhna topped women’s race with 73:40 (also course record) ahead of Kenyan Marion Jepkurui Limo 74:48 and Ukrainian Yuliya Shmatenko 74:51. 
OSLO (NOR, Apr 21): Sweden´s Mustafa Mohamed won the Oslo Sentrumslopet at 10 km in 29:50. Behind him Weldu Gebretsadik of Eritrea 29:55 and third David Nilsson from Sweden 30:08.
Vienna Søyland Dahle won women in 34:10.
ST. MEDARD (FRA, Apr 22): In 10 Km de Saint Medard en Jalles Kenyan Charles Ogari clocked 29:48 to win with David Gosse second in 30:06. In women category Eritrean Mekdes Woldu 33:18 ahead of Patricia Pruvost 34:39.
VANCOUVER (CAN, Apr 22): Brendan Gregg 29:14 and Kenyan Monicah Ngige 32:23 were the winners at the Vancouver Sun Run at 10 km.
BARCELONA (ESP, Apr 22): Winners of the 20th RunnersInn Cursa del Bombers at 10 km were Marc Alcala 29:29 and Marta Galimany 33:54.
LONG BEACH: At Beach Invitational Olympic winner Jeff Henderson leaped to 824 (+2.2) and 810 (+1.0) over Terrell McClain 818 PB (+1.6). Another Olympic winner Christian Taylor 17.15 (-0.2) in the triple over Omar Craddock also 17.15 (-0.8). Matt Ludwig cleared 571 in the pole vault. In throws Ehsan Hadadi of Iran achieved 66.20 over Reggie Jagers 64.63 and World medalist Daniel Stahl 64.35. Swedish record holder Fanny Roos won shot 18.01 and Whitney Ashley women discus 61.10.
BATON ROUGE: LSU Alumni Gold meet saw Briton Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake getting 10.08 (+2.0) fast season opener in the 100 m over Tevin Hester 10.12. Hester won the 200 m in 20.42 and Michael Cherry 400 m in 45.39. From women events to note Mikiah Brisco windy 11.09 (+2.4) in the 100 m, Kimberlyn Duncan 22.74 (-0.6) in the 200 m and Courtney Okolo 51.46 in the 400 m. In the hurdles Jamaican Rushelle Burton 12.89 over Jasmin Stowers 12.98. Ashley Spencer clocked 56.44 in 400 m hurdles. LSU won the 4x100 m in 42.67 and Taliyah Brooks leaped to 675 (+2.0) in the long jump.
WACO: At Michael Johnson Invitational top sprinting as Nigerian Divine Oduduru won the 100 m in 10.10 (+1.4) and Wil London 44.73 in the 400 m over Devin Dixon 45.22 and Quintaveon Poole 45.26. Ecuador´s Angela Tenorio won the 100 m in 11.20 (+1.2) over Candice McGrone 11.32 and 400 m World champion Phyllis Francis 11.35. Old-timer Javier Culson won the 400 m hurdles in 50.36. Arkansas topped 4x100 m in 39.07 and Texas AM 4x400 m in 3:02.19 over Texas Tech 3:02.82.
COLUMBIA: Fast 20.00 in the 200 m (+1.9) personal best for South African Ncincilili Titi. He was also second in the 100 m with 10.16, beaten by Demek Kemp 10.15 (+2.9). Jarrett Eaton topped hurdles 13.49 (+1.3).
AUBURN: Former World champion Donald Thomas from Bahamas cleared 231 at the War Eagle Invitational. World and Olympic women shot put finalist Raven Saunders achieved new World lead 19.56. Jamaican Natalliah Whyte improved to 22.55 (+0.9) in the 200 m ahead of Ghana´s Janet Amponsah 22.67, that is new national record. Quanesha Burks was the best in the 100 m 11.26 (-0.2). Brazilian Derick Da Silva clocked fast PB 20.23 (+1.6) in men´s 200 m ahead of Paulo de Oliveira also PB 20.33. In Jamaican duel Akeem Bloomfield beat Nathon Allen, 45.68 to 45.92.
NORMAN: At John Jacobs Invitational Vernon Turner cleared 227 in the high jump.
CHARLOTTESVILLE: Tim Ehrhardt won the decathlon at Virginia Challenge with 8044 points, his personal best.
LAWRENCE: Kansas Relays last day had Mason Finley 63.88 in discus and Christina Manning 12.85 (+1.8) hurdles.
ROCK ISLAND: Curtis Jensen won the shot at Meet of Champions with 20.73 PB.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH, Apr 20-22): Last day of Ethiopian Championships saw excellent meet record by Samuel Terefa in the 1500 m with 3:36.1. The same for Getaneh Molla who won the 5000 m in 13:30.9. In women 5000 m Hawi Feysa 15:31.1 and Meskerem Mamo 15:32.1. With 2 weeks to go the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, Yohanis Algaw and Yehualye Beletew won the 20km racewalk at the Ethiopian championships. Beletew's 1:35:14 is the second best performance in Africa this season behind the 1:35:09 recorded by Tunisia's Chahinez Nasri in Rio Maior on April 7. Algaw clocked 1:26:16 to win the men race. Frehiywot Wondie won the women 400 m in 53.4. 2016 African bronze medallist Weynshet Ansa won the 3000m steeple in 10:04.1.
KOBE (JPN, Apr 22): At Hyogo Relays fast 10 000 m won by Rodgers Chumo 27:32.45 ahead of Ethiopian Teressa Nyakora 27:44.72. Yukari Abe won women 10 000 m in 32:13.79.
TOKYO (JPN, Apr 22): Winners of All-Japanese combined events meet were national record holder Keisuke Ushiro 7937 and Eri Utsunomiya 5821 personal best.
SZENTES (HUN, Apr 21): Robert Szikszai achieved here 62.23 at a throwing meet in discus.
COIMBATORE (IND, Apr 22): During final day of 16th Federation Cup in U20 category new Indian javelin U18 record for Sahil Silwal with 74.05 m.
HAMBURG (GER, Apr 22): 2014 European steeple champion Antje Möldner-Schmidt returned after baby break with 16:06.18 in the 5000 m.
YOKOHAMA (JPN, Apr 22): At the Nittai University Time Trials in the 5000 m Evans Yego 13:26.24 ahead of Peter Langat 13:32.42.
BEKESCSABA (HUN, Apr 22): Hungarian walking champions are Mate Hellebrandt 1:24:02 and Barbara Kovacs 1:37:19 at the 20 km distance.
EME NEWS (APR 23, 2018)
Hansen is ready for another term    
MINSK (BLR): Svein Arne Hansen has told the European Athletics Member Federations at the end of CEO Conference in Belarus that he is ready to run for another four years as President. By end of June 2018, Hansen will have visited all but one of the Member Federation countries since he became President in April 2015. Hansen said, “The first three years have gone by so fast! But during my time as President, I have been most proud of the organisational changes, the work of the head office staff and the commitment of the political level to change and innovation. What I want to see now is a cultural shift in the sport so that everyone, from the political level down to the local club level, embraces change and innovation." The European Athletics Elective Congress will be in April 2019 in Prague for the period 2019-2023. Informs European Athletics.
Farah next race in Manchester
LONDON (GBR): After finishing third in the London Marathon in a British record of 2:06:21, Mo Farah will next race over 10km in the Great Manchester Run on 20 May, informs Athletics Weekly. He will also race over 10km at the Vitality London 10,000 on 28 May. He hasn’t ruled out contesting the marathon at the 2019 World Championships, informs Athletics Weekly. “On the track it took me a few years to get it right. You don’t win medals overnight and I believe it’s the same in the marathon,” he said. His coach Gary Lough also rated Farah’s chances in a championship environment. “If you put Mo into a championships environment, like next year in Doha and certainly in Tokyo, then I definitely think that Mo Farah should be someone that people have got major concerns about.”
Kipruto vs Jager
EUGENE (USA): World and Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto and 2017 world No.1 in the lists Evan Jager head a loaded steeplechase field for the Prefontaine Classic IAAF Diamond League on 26 May. Soufiane El Bakkali, Jairus Birech, Paul Kipsiele Koech and Stanley Kebenei are also included. Abraham Kibiwott and Amos Kirui, who stood alongside winner Kipruto on the Commonwealth podium, will compete in USA for the first time. Also in the race Getnet Wale and Tesfaye Deriba from Ethiopia along with Matt Hughes from Canada.
Kolobkov about meeting with IAAF President
MONACO (MON): Russia’s sport minister Pavel Kolobkov said that Monday meeting with the IAAF President Sebastian Coe and the head of the IAAF task force Rune Andersen in Monaco was very important. “We have outlined plan of our activities for the next two months. At the next IAAF Council meeting important decisions should be taken regarding our federation. We agreed to continue in our regular dialogue, because everyone is interested in the fast RusAF reinstatement. There is number of unresolved issues, but they don’t require any public discussion. The main thing is that we work and interact to come together to a common solution,” Kolobkov said to RT.
LONDON (GBR): Eliud Kipchoge confirmed at the post-race press conference that he is aiming to continue his career through until the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo where he will defend his marathon title. “Tokyo 2020 is definitely not in the back of mind. It is in the front of my mind,” he said.
LONDON (GBR): Abel Kirui became just the fifth athlete in history to run 14 sub-2:10 marathons after finishing fourth in the London Marathon yesterday in 2:07:07, informs Brett Larner. The record is held by Tsegaye Kebede at 18 while Emmanuel Mutai and Feyisa Lilesa have both run 14 sub-2:10 marathons too.
LONDON (GBR): There was one fatality in the London Marathon on Sunday. Matt Campbell, 29, a professional chef from the Lake District, collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark and although he received immediate medical treatment on the scene from race doctors, he died later in hospital.
LONDON (GBR): The 39th edition of the London Marathon will take place on Sunday 28 April 2019.
LONDON (GBR): Olympic winner Tirunesh Dibaba who did not finish the race wrote on her twitter: "Thank you for having me, @LondonMarathon . Even though my training went well, I misjudged the pace and unfortunately didn't have the strength to finish. I will be be back strong. Thank you all for all the support."
LONDON (GBR): Top 10 performance average for London Marathon is now 2:04:26. 2018 London Marathon's combined men and women's winning time 4:22:48 (2:04:172:18:31) is the best ever in history.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate wants the city to bid for the World Championships following the recent success of the Commonwealth Games, informs insidethegames.biz. IAAF President Sebastian Coe also said during the Games he had spoken to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk about the prospect of the region staging more major athletics events, including the World Championships. "The success of the Games has convinced me to look at other world events such as the World Athletics Championship. We can handle it at a breeze, we have the infrastructure and the great volunteers so the pride will carry on. I will work hard with the Premier to do what is required from our side of things but I want to put up our hand for it,” said Tate. The year to consider could be 2025, in 2023 Budapest expressed the interest.
PRETORIA (RSA): Veteran 400m hurdler LJ Van Zyl has announced his retirement at the age of 32, informs the Citizen South Africa. “The time has come to say goodbye to athletics. It’s been a great journey for the last 23 years of my life. Thanks to all my sponsors, coaches and friends,” he said on social media. After winning the world U20 title in 2002, Van Zyl went on to win two medals at the 2011 World Championships (silver in the 4x400m, bronze in the 400m hurdles) as well as titles at the Commonwealth Games, African Championships and African Games. He also holds the national record with 47.66 from 2011. Van Zyl clocked 154 times under 50, 68 times under 49 and 5 times went sub 48.
BERLIN (GER): Robert Harting’s preparation for the summer campaign has suffered a blow after revealing he has torn the quadriceps tendon in the right knee, informs Leichtathletik.de. "This is a vertical crack, so from top to bottom, so I can do squats and tears but in the throw where I twist, I'm in pain,” he said. Harting said he probably would have already retired if it wasn’t for the lure of a home championships in Berlin this summer. "It's shaped my life, if the European Championships were now in Budapest or Paris, I probably would have quit, but now I want to finish it properly.” He still plans to compete normally on the circuit.
PHILADELPHIA (USA): A preliminary group of countries competing in the USA vs. The World events at the 124th Penn Relays this Saturday have been announced, informs organisers. The hosts will face teams from Canada, Jamaica, Guyana, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago.
WALNUT (USA): With her 10.99 win at Mt. SAC Relays, USC frosh Twanisha Terry clipped 0.21 off her lifetime best and missed the Amerian Junior Record by a mere 0.01. Writes TFN website.
NEW YORK (USA): NYC Half-marathon winner Buze Diriba of Ethiopia headlines the elite field for the UAE Healthy Kidney 10km in Central Park on 29 April. The woman who was fourth in the Houston half in 66:50 is joined by American Laura Thweatt, plus Kenya’s Monicah Ngige (31:55), Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia and American Lindsey Scherf (32:33). In the men’s race, Kenya’s 2014 winner Stephen Sambu will be challenged by compatriots Mathew Kimeli and Rhonnex Kipruto, who were second and third in Prague last year. Kenya’s Edwin Soi (PB: 27:46), Ethiopia’s Teshome Mekonen, (27:50) and Britain’s Ross Millington (28:46) are also in the field.
VIENNA (AUT): Yesterday’s Vienna Marathon winners Nancy Kiprop and Salaheddine Bounasser, plus world record-holder Dennis Kimetto, today met the Austrian president, Alexander van der Bellen. Kiprop, who ran 2:24:18 yesterday, was targeting sub-2:22 but felt she was thwarted by the warm conditions. Kimetto was a DNF in yesterday’s race, limping out after 1 hour 20.
LONDON (GBR): Abbott has signed a new four-year contract as title sponsors of the World Marathon Majors series, sportbusiness.com reports. The healthcare company began its association with the six-marathon grouping in 2015 and this latest news means they will continue to do so until 2023. Tim Hadzima, general manager of AbbottWMM, said: “With Abbott's help, we will continue to push forward in pursuit of our goals, chief among them to promote the sport of marathon running throughout the globe. The first four years of our partnership is just the start, and with the new races and initiatives coming, the next four promise to be even more exciting."
LONDON (GBR): Callum Hawkins says he will take three to four weeks off running as recovers from his collapse while leading at 40km in the Commonwealth marathon eight days ago. The Brit also told Athletics Weekly: “I’ll do another marathon next year, but I don’t know which one yet. “To be honest I don’t even know what I’m going to be doing through the rest of this year yet. One thing I do know is that it’ll be focused on Tokyo (2020 Olympics) and trying to qualify for that.”
ATLANTA (USA): The road to Tokyo will run through Atlanta, Georgia. USA Track & Field and the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Monday that Atlanta will host the 2020 Olympic Team Trials – Marathon. The race will determine the six athletes who will represent the United States in the marathon at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The race will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 in conjunction with Publix Atlanta Marathon weekend. The course, which is still being finalized, will start and finish in Centennial Olympic Park and take competitors through Midtown Atlanta, Piedmont Park, Historic Old Fourth Ward,  and underneath Atlanta’s iconic Olympic rings and cauldron. Informs club website.
MOSCOW (RUS): Three Russian coaches have received the IAAF permission to attend World Team Race Walking Championships as accompanying persons for athletes, who will perform there in neutral status. Personal coach of Yana Smerdova Yulia Voevodina, personal coach of Vasily Mizinov Yelena Sayko and Maris Peterson will go to Taicang to support Russian walkers, informs RusAF.
MOSCOW (RUS): 6196 doping samples were collected by RUSADA in 2017 and 931 of them are from athletics representatives, informs TASS referring to RUSADA’s first deputy director general Margarita Pakhnotskaya. She also noted that the organization already started independent sampling of blood doping samples from April 12.
KUWEIT CITY (KUW): The Olympic Council of Asia will break new ground when it holds an 18th Asian Games Fun Run in Pyongyang, capital of North Korea, on May 1. Informs insidethegames.
NURNBERG (GER): The shot put at German Championships will be held at the main square in the Nurnberg city on July 20. All other events will be then in the stadium on July 21-22. Former World Champion David Storl is expected to compete and the date was changed because of Diamond League Shot put in Monaco on July 19. Storl last weekend also married Marie Richter, the duo has already a 15 months old son Jaro. Also in the family is daughter Nahla, she is from the previous relationship of Marie.
BIALYSTOK (POL): Another street event will be the meeting in Bialystok in Poland on May 20. The square here will see shot put, high jump and pole vault. In shot Michal Haratyk will meet with Czech record holder Tomas Stanek and South American record holder Darlan Romani. In the women competition Paulina Guba will be the main name. In high jump European indoor champion Sylwester Bednarek will compete against Ukrainian Andriy Protsenko. Pole vault has Piotr Lisek.
WARSZAWA (POL): Hammer coach Jolanta Kumor was awarded the Woman Coach of the Year Award by Polish Olympic Committee. She is the coach of Pawel Fajdek, the hammer world champion.
POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA, Apr 19): Late addition from the open meet here is the Qatari national record and World lead 47.90 in the 400 m hurdles achieved by Abderrahmane Samba. The London finalist Samba had before 48.31 from last year. It is good news for the first DL meet of the year in Doha. Also his team-mate Mohammed Abbas won the 400 m in 45.76. Personal best for South African Chederick Van Wyk 10.20 (+0.7) in the 100 m, he also won the 200m in 20.54 (+0.5).
ST. DENIS-REUNION (FRA, Apr 21): At the international meet Iran´s Hassan Taftian won the 100 m in 10.52, Aurel Manga topped 110 m hurdles in 14.00. Cindy Bilaud returned to competition at 100 m hurdles with 13.98 as 3rd, winner Coralle Comte clocked 13.50. Talented long jumper Heather Arneton injured during the competition (left ankle).
BURSA (TUR, Apr 21-22): At throwing meet Nurullah Ivak Esref Apak won hammer with good 78.39 over Ozkan Baltaci 76.34. Emel Dereli won women shot put 17.97.
CANYON (USA, Apr 22): At West Texas Invitational Marcus Parker clocked 10.30 and 20.36 in the 100/200 m, but no wind info available.
MONTHEY (SUI, Apr 21): Slovak Maria Katerinka Czakova won as guest the 10 000 m walk on the track at Swiss Championships with 45:27.50 what is new national record.
LONDON (GBR, Apr 22): Winners of the Club and Charity men categories at London Marathon were Daniel Wallis 2:19:40 and among women US Georgia Porter 2:44:50life-time best.
LIVORNO (ITA, Apr 22): Gianluca Picchiottino won the 10 000 m walk on the track as part of Italian Club Championships with 39:38.27 personal best. Second Federico Tontononati 40:06.06. Riccardo Orsoni won juniors in 43:59.53.
PORTO ALEGRE (BRA, Apr 22): World indoor medalist Almir dos Santos opened the outdoor season with 16.56 (-1.2) at the Festival Sogipa.
SANTIAGO (CHI, Apr 22): Last day of Chilean Championships had last year World U18 Champion Claudio Romero winning the discus with senior implement 55.18 what is new national record in the U20 category. National record holder Isidora Jimenez won both sprints in 11.53 and 23.33.
CASTELLON (ESP, Apr 21): Lois Maikel Martínez achieved good 64.68 in discus.
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