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EME NEWS (APR 24, 2018)
De Grasse is ready
DES MOINES (USA): Treble Olympic sprint medallist Andre de Grasse has declared himself “100 per cent” fit after suffering a grade-2 hamstring strain on the eve of the World Championships in London, informs CBC. "I'm 100 per cent. Right now, it's just about working the rust off, whether it's in my warmup or just trying to get back into race mode and be competitive. That's probably my only issue,” he said. De Grasse last raced on 16 July over 200m in Rabat and he will make his comeback over 100m at the Drake Relays in Des Moines on Saturday.
Rupp for Prague Marathon
PRAGUE (CZE): Twenty days after dropping out of the Boston Marathon, Galen Rupp will race in the Prague Marathon on 6 May, informs LetsRun. Rupp is the sixth fastest entrant on paper with a 2:09:20 PB from his win in the Chicago Marathon last year. The list is headed by Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma (2:04:08 PB).
Genzebe for Kusocinski
CHORZOW (POL): World record-holder Genzebe Dibaba will compete over 1500m at the 64th Orlen Kusociński Memorial on 8 June (EA Classic). It will be her outdoor one day meetings debut in Poland. “Preparations for the season are going well and I should be in good shape for the Memorial,” said Dibaba, who is aiming to break four minutes at the event. That would be not only new meeting record but also Polish outdoor all-comers record. European champion Angelika Cichocka and Sofia Ennaoui will be the two challengers on the domestic front. The fresh double World Indoor Championships is planning two competitions before Chorzow in the summer season 2018. Already earlier confirmed were home stars Anita Włodarczyk, Paweł Fajdek, Piotr Małachowski, Adam Kszczot and Piotr Lisek. Top international star so far announced is pole vault World record holder Renaud  Lavillenie. The meet will be held at renewed Slaski Stadium.
LONDON (GBR): Andre de Grasse is confirmed for the London Diamond League on 21 July when he will go head-to-head with the previously announced world indoor 60m champion and record-holder Christian Coleman, informs organisers.
ROME (ITA): Two-time world high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene is confirmed for the Rome Diamond League on 31 May, informs FIDAL. She will face Ukraine’s world outdoor silver medallist Yulia Levchenko and home favourite Alessia Trost, who won a bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships last month.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): European U20 champion and world U20 pole vault record-holder Armand Duplantis will compete in the Stockholm Diamond League on 10 June, informs organisers.
MONACO (MON): IAAF said for insidethegames about the meeting with Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov: "The meeting was useful in terms of restating for the Russia Sports Minister the areas that still remain outstanding for the reinstatement of RusAF. These are the same areas that are included in the Taskforce report to Council in March and we continue to make ourselves available to the Russia Sports Ministry and RusAF as they move forward on the agreed reinstatement criteria."
MOSCOW (RUS): Anna Chicherova and Antonina Krivoshapka have both been added to the RUSADA testing pool ahead of their prospective comebacks, informs Sport Express. “Chicherova and Krivoshapka plan to return to the sport after the punishment of the anti-doping rule violations is quashed. That's why they were included in the RUSADA testing pool,” said press attache of the All-Russia Athletics Federation Natalia Yukhareva. Chicherova remains banned until 30 June while Krivoshapka’s suspension expires on 6 September.
AIX-LES-BAINS (FRA): Jimmy Vicaut plans to return to competition after injury at the French Inter-Clubs in Aix-les-Bains on 20 May, informs L’Equipe. He could make his return to international competition in Rome on 31 May. Vicaut is currently training in Tenerife ahead of the outdoor season.
CHULA VISTA (USA): Despite missing the indoor season due to a hand injury, Ryan Crouser is pleased with his preparations for the outdoor campaign, informs Track and Field News. “Overall, it’s been good. I had the hand injury the last week of January and so that was frustrating because I felt like I was in really good shape going in. I was planning on doing the indoor season, but I had to sit out 2 months. I’ve just finished 4 weeks back throwing, so I’m happy with where things are at, especially with minimal throwing under my belt,” he said. Like Tom Walsh, Crouser also believes the world record will be broken at some point ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
OTTAWA (CAN): After dropping out of the London Marathon on Sunday, Tigist Tufa is confirmed for the Ottawa Marathon on 27 May, informs organisers. Tufa won this race in 2014 in a course record of 2:24:31. On the men’s side, Yemane Tsegay will also look to regain his title. He won this race four years ago in a Canadian all-comers’ record of 2:06:54.
FLORENCE (ITA): Leading American multi-eventers Jeremy Taiwo and Erica Bougard are confirmed for the annual Multistars event in Florence from 27-28 April, informs organisers. Brazil’s Jefferson Santos will also defend his decathlon title and former winner and teammate Vanessa Spinola lines up in the heptathlon. The event is part of IAAF Combined Events Challenge.
LONDON (GBR): Callum Hawkins has suggested the rules to the marathon should be changed to protect suffering athletes’ well-being, informs BBC Sport. Hawkins initially refused medical assistance after collapsing in the late stages of the Commonwealth Games for fear of being disqualified. “I was desperate for a medal and I had put everything I could into it. So for somebody to stop me I probably would have told them to get one, but once I'd got back up, I had no recollection of it, so maybe I should have been pulled [out of the race]. Maybe there needs to be a rule put in that, after two falls or something, or so long that it looks like you're not getting any better, there needs to be somebody to pull it like boxing,” he said.
KINGSTON (JAM): Former world 100m champion Yohan Blake is confident of bouncing back from the disappointment of winning only bronze at the Commonwealth Games. The Jamaican, who was beaten by South Africans Akanki Simbine and Henriche Bruintjies, told Jamaica Gleaner: "It was a good Commonwealth. I'm a bit disappointed knowing that I was the favourite and I didn't do what was expected; some little technical difficulties can cause you problems. I was feeling good and I am still feeling good. But coach [Glen Mills] said that I should not worry. He has his plans, so I am just working with him and move on."
ROME (ITA): 2014 European champion Daniele Meucci and 2013 world silver medallist Valeria Straneo have been named on Italy’s team for the marathon at the European Championships. Stefano La Rosa, Eyob Faniel, Yassine Rachik complete the men’s quartet, while Catherine Bertone, Sara Dossena, Giovanna Epis, Fatna Maraoui and Laura Gotti are also on the women’s squad.
SAITAMA (JPN): Boston Marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi has been supported by his employers following his decision to quit his full-time job for life as professional athlete. Bosses at the Saitama Prefectural Government responded to news he will depart his role next spring saying: “We respect his decision … We will support him forever.” Japan Running News reports.
WARSAW (POL): The Polish athletics association has released selection guidelines for the Athletics World Cup in London in July. IAAF rankings will form the basis of selection, taking into account performances up until 3 July.
BANSKA BYSTRICA (SVK): Olympic winner at 50 km walk Slovak Matej Toth plans next competition on May 26 at Borsky Mikulas in Slovakia. It will be 20 km race as part of 49th Zahoracka dvadsiatka competition and he will try to achieve his jubilee 10th national title at the distance. As it was already in his plans Toth is not competing in Taicang and his next 50 km will be at European Championships in Berlin.
IVANCICE (CZE): Slovak double marathon Olympian Katarina Pejpkova-Beresova became a mother on Saturday. A son Jan was born for the 22nd placer from Marathon at World Championships 2015 in Beijing. She married Czech Jan Pejpek and lives in Czech city Namest nad Oslavou. She plans to return to running. Her best is 2:36:20from Vienna 2015.
ZENICA (BIH): The 9th International Athletic Meeting, which will be held on 6st June in Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) will have both top home athletes competing. Amel Tuka in the 800 m and Mesud Pezer in shot put.
BERLIN (GER):  Tuesday marks 100 days to go until sporting history is made through Berlin and Glasgow’s co-hosting of the first-ever combined European Championships. One million residents, visitors, spectators and media will be part of the sporting and cultural experience of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships taking place from the 2nd to the 12th August this summer.
AMSTERDAM (NED): Bronze medal winner at 60 m hurdles at World Indoors in Birmingham Dutch Nadine Visser decided to concentrate on hurdles next summer. That means she will not compete in combined events.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): With Arkansas’s new National Relay Championships going head-to-head against resident heavyweights Penn and Drake this weekend, the new Fayetteville event already seems to have a lock on some of the headlines, thanks to a strong Kentucky team and one Sydney McLaughlin. What’s on tap for this next stop on the calendar? As of Tuesday, even she doesn’t know. “I think we’re still figuring some things out about this weekend,” she tells T&FN. “A lot of opportunities, a lot of relays that we could run. So I think it’s going to be a decision on the day kind of a thing, depending on weather and such," writes trackandfieldnews.com.
SEOUL (KOR, Apr 22): Kenyan Mary Waithira won the 10 km Nike Women race in 31:37. More than 2 minutes behind was Ethiopian Debebe Kalkidan in 33:21 and third best home runner Kim Do-Yeon 33:27. From Heinrich Hubbeling.
DUSHANBE (TJK, Apr 21): International Half Marathon of Dushanbe winners were Tefera Gosa of Ethiopia 65:03 and Darya Maslova from Kyrgyzstan 73:38.
AMMAN (JOR, Apr 19-22): From the 18th Arab Junior Championships to note 46.73 by Algerian Slimane Moula in the 400 m, also 19.82 in shot put (6 kg) from Qatari Mouad Mohamed Ibrahim Saber.
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