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News from around the World - EME News (Apr 26, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 26, 2018)
Coleman for Shanghai DL
SHANGHAI (CHN): World Indoor champion Christian Coleman will make his Diamond League debut in Shanghai on 12 May when he goes head-to-head with defending champion Su Bingtian in a 100m showdown that’s sure to be one of the highlights of a star-studded evening of world-class athletics. Also running World champion Justin Gatlin. Canada’s Olympic bronze medallist, Andre de Grasse, will also be in the mix with British relay World champion Chijindu Ujah. In the 100 m also world 200m champion, Ramil Guliyev from Turkey and Japanese record holder Yoshihide Kiryu – two more sub-10 men. The women’s 200m line-up is no less impressive with two-time world champion Dafne Schippers making her Shanghai debut against Jamaica’s double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson. Also sprinting will be Marie Josee Ta Lou and Commonwealth gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo with US Kimberlyn Duncan and Deejah Steven with Kyra Jefferson. Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland and top local runner Wei Yongli are completing the field.
Three sub 2:05 runners
HAMBURG (GER): Three athletes with sub-2:05 PBs are confirmed for the Hamburg Marathon on Sunday. The list is headed by Kenyan veteran Emmanuel Mutai who ran 2:03:13 in the Berlin Marathon in 2014, followed by Ethiopia’s Ayele Abshero (2:04:23 PB) and Kenya’s Sammy Kitwara (2:04:28 PB). Other leading entrants in the men’s race include former world and Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda (2:06:33 PB), Kenyans Vincent Kipruto (2:05:13 PB) and Stephen Chebogut (2:05:52 PB) and Ethiopia’s Solomon Deksisa (2:06:22 PB). The women’s entry-list is headed by Sweden’s Isabellah Anderson (2:23:41 PB) who is making her comeback from maternity leave. She will face Bahrain’s Shitaye Eshete (2:25:36 PB) and Kenya’s Sylvia Kibet (2:26:16 PB). Based on Alberto Stretti blog.
Wlodarczyk and Gudzius
OSTRAVA (CZE): Next two London World Champions are confirmed for 57th Ostrava Golden Spike meeting in June (IAAF World Challenge).  Poland´s hammer queen Anita Wlodarczyk is planning to compete at this meet for jubilee 10th time. She is the meet record holder with 79.72 last year (her 10th career best) but also registered here her last loss back in 2014 to Betty Heidler. Since then she has a winning streak of 42 finals. "In Ostrava I always feel like home, my parents are coming, the event is staged also to remember Kamila Skolimowska. I always want to perform as best as possible. I think I will have for this year something special for the fans because my preparation is going well and Im looking forward to another top season in 2018. I will open end of May in Halle." Change in the programme is that instead of men hammer the day before the meet along with women hammer on June 12 men´s discus will be held. London Gold medalist Andrius Gudzius from Lithuania is confirmed and organisers hope he would be able to attack one of the oldest meet records 68.06 by Cuban Luis Delis back in 1983. The number of London winners confirmed is now at 7 as previously confirmed were Mutaz Barshim, Luvo Manyonga, Tom Walsh, Dafne Schippers and Johannes Vetter.
IAAF Ruling
MONACO (MON): The IAAF has issued new Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification (Athlete with Differences of Sexual Development) for events from 400m to the mile in a move which is expected to affect reigning world and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya. The new rules require female athletes with naturally higher testosterone levels to reduce their blood testosterone level for a continuous period of at least six months if they want to be eligible to compete in international competitions in those events. The new regulations will come into effect on 1 November. “The revised rules are not about cheating, no athlete with a DSD has cheated, they are about levelling the playing field to ensure fair and meaningful competition in the sport of athletics where success is determined by talent, dedication and hard work rather than other contributing factors,” said IAAF President Sebastian Coe. 
PRETORIA (RSA): Athletics South Africa (ASA) has said they will “support all our athletes” who might be affected by the IAAF’s new ruling, informs the Independent Online. “As a federation, we will study the new regulations and compare them with the CAS recommendations to see if they are compatible and in line. We will further seek support from the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Sascoc, other expert institutions and relevant organisations or individuals, so that we have a full grasp of this matter and how it should be properly handled. Once done, we will then interact with the IAAF. We want to state very clearly that we support all our athletes who may be affected by this new ruling,” read a statement in part from ASA.
OTTAWA (CAN): After withdrawing from the Boston Marathon due to injury, Sara Hall will return to racing in the Ottawa Marathon on 27 May, informs organisers. "I'm very excited for the opportunity to race the Ottawa Marathon, which I've heard has a fast course and great atmosphere. I've done the best marathon work I've ever done this winter and spring and can't wait to put it to the test on race day alongside an IAAF Gold label field of women," said Hall. She will face course record-holder and former London Marathon winner Tigist Tufa from Ethiopia.
PITTSBURGH (USA): Olympic triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen will race in the USATF Half Marathon Championships in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 6 May, informs organisers. Jorgensen has aspirations of representing the United States in the marathon at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
CHIA (ITA): European marathon champion Daniele Meucci and former world marathon silver medallist Valeria Straneo are both confirmed for the Chia Laguna Half Marathon on 29 April, informs FIDAL.
BOSTON (USA): Recently crowned Boston Marathon winner Desiree Linden will race in the B.A.A. 10K in Boston on 24 June, informs organisers.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): British Athletics has named a full team of six athletes for the women’s marathon at the European Championships in Berlin: Lily Partridge, Tracy Barlow, Sonia Samuels, Alyson Dixon, Charlotte Purdue and Caryl Jones. Partridge clocked a 2:29:24 PB in the London Marathon while Purdue, who missed the London Marathon due to injury, was the first European finisher in the World Championships marathon last year. "Several British men fulfilled the qualifying standard and it was the intention of the selection panel to have representation in Berlin. However personal preference or injury means no places were accepted,” said British Athletics performance director Neil Black.
DUBLIN (IRL): Ireland has named a team of 11 for the European Championships in Berlin. Standout names on the men’s side include Paul Pollock, Stephen Scullion and Kevin Seaward while the women’s team includes Lizzie Lee.
PLIEZHAUSEN (GER): Alina Reh and Homiyu Tesfaye are the favourites for the German 10,000m titles in Pliezhausen on 12 May, informs Leichtathletik.de. The qualifying standards for the European Championships in Berlin are 28:55 (men) and 32:55 (women).
HENGELO (NED): In honour of what would have been Fanny Blankers-Koen’s 100th birthday, Google has changed its doodle in nine countries in her honour. Blankers-Koen famously won four gold medals at the 1948 Olympic Games in London.
LONDON (GBR): Online retailer Pro:Direct Running has teamed up with the Night of the 10,000m PBs to create a unique bridge to allow spectators to cross the track so they can stand on the in-field. Fans famously take ownership of lane three during the Highgate Harriers event at Parliament Hill in London but this new move will allow increased track access will elevate the event’s already electric atmosphere. This year the event will be held also as 22nd European 10 000 m Cup on May 19. Informs Athletics Weekly. 
CHORZOW (POL): Stadium Slaski the renewed facility which will host this year Kusocinski Memorial on June 8 and Skolimowska Memorial on August 22 has high aspirations for future. The Stadium director Krzysztof Klimosz speaks also about bids for European and World Championships in future. Inform Polish media.
MOSCOW (RUS): Long jump world medallist Darya Klishina is in preparation for summer season 2018, informs RusAF referring for her agent Aleksey Nikolayev. “All her plans were coordinated with her team and sponsors. We’ll be able to inform about her competitions schedule in June only. Currently, Daria pays big attention for learning languages, especially English. She plans to enter one of the most prestigious world educational institutions for studying economics and business,” said Nikolayev in his quote.
MOSCOW (RUS): The program of joint measures of the RusAF and RUSADA to prevent anti-doping rules violations in athletics on the Russia’s territory was signed on Thursday. This program implies extensive joint work, which will be connected with educational anti-doping activities, expansion of testing pools, and increase of targeted testing, education and preparation of regional representatives for further anti-doping work in the regions. In addition, the procedure for prosecuting athletes, who obstruct or act improperly to doping control officers, was developed.
BERLIN (GER): With less than one hundred days to go until the beginning of the European Championships, preparations are underway to welcome visitors and spectators to a celebration of sport and culture as Glasgow hosts the inaugural multisport championships alongside co-hosts Berlin.  Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop is in the German capital this week, undertaking engagements that underline the close working between the two cities to deliver in August the first multisport European Championships in history alongside an innovative cultural programme. Hyslop visited Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, where the European Athletics Championships are being staged and met the CEO of Berlin 2018 Frank Kowalski, and the organising committee for the Berlin elements of the event. Informs European Athletics.

VILNIUS (LTU, Apr 24): World lead in season opener for World Champion Andrius Gudzius 68.98 in discus at an open meet here.
SIENA (ITA, Apr 25): At the "Meeting della Liberazione" in Siena Italian Elena Vallortigara (26) cleared great high jump personal best 194 cm. It is 8th best Italian all-time and Berlin standard. She achieved her top mark in first attempt, previous 192 in second. Her best from 2010 was 191 (at that time Italian U20 record).  Vallortigara also tried at 196 before the eyes of Olympic winner Tianna Bartoletta who is in Italy for preparation with coach Carlo Buzzichelli.  Simone Falloni got 73.34 in hammer.
TEL AVIV (ISR, Apr 26): New Israeli record in women 10 000 m by Chemtai Salpeter with 31.39.63. She also clocked in official 5000 m split new national record 15:26.8.  Aimeru Almeya won men´s category in 28:55.89.
FORT LAUDERDALE (USA, Apr 25): World U18 all-time best holder in 100 m Anthony Schwartz improved his life-time best to 10.14 (+2.0) at the regional High School competition. This year he belongs to U20 category, will be 18 in September. His time is 6th all-time best among US high school sprinters. Second Shaun Shivers also quality 10.33.  Schwartz also won the 200 m in windy 20.48 (+3.0, in heats 20.91 +1.9) over Shivers 20.81.
DES MOINES (USA, Apr 25):  2012 Olympic winner Jenn Suhr won the Drake Relays Capital Square pole vault with 480 second attempt clearance. After that she tried once at US record height of 504. Behind her with 470 Katie Nageotte and Olympic medalist Sandi Morris. Both missed three times 480. In men´s competition three jumpers had together 8 tries at 570 but no one was succesfull. Andrew Irwin won at the end ahead of Shawn Barber both 560 and World champion Sam Kendricks achieved 550 as third.
LEE VALLEY (GBR, Apr 25): Deji Tobais clocked 10.39 (+0.5) and windy 20.78 (+2.9) in the 100/200 m here.
VERMILLION (USA, Apr 24): Chris Nilsen cleared 570 in the pole vault at the USD Twilight meet.
UDINE (ITA, Apr 25): Italian long jumper Lamont Marcell Jacobs won the 100 m at  Memorial Todaro in 10.40 (-2.6) and was faster in heats with 10.33 (-1.3).
RIETI (ITA, Apr 24): At Trofeo Perseo fast times at unusual distances. David Re won the 500 m in 1:00.27 outdoor World lead, Michele Tricca posted 33.26 in the 300 m.  Also good shape by Maria Benedicta Chigbolu in women 150 m 17.34 (+0.3) and 300 m 37.21. 16 years old Chiara Gherardi as second with 38.51 clocked Italian U18 all-time best.
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