Coaching Athletics Quarterly

News From Around the World

EME NEWS (MAR 18, 2018)
True and Diriba
NEW YORK (USA, Mar 18): Ben True became the first winner of the men’s race in NYC Half history, winning on a cold and blustery morning in 62:39 from compatriot Dathan Ritzenhein (62:42) with Chris Thompson third in 62:43. Ethiopia’s Teshome Mekonen was fourth in 62:44 while pre-race favourite Wilson Chebet from Kenya, the only runner in the field with a sub-one hour PB, had to settle for ninth in 63:37. In the women’s race, Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba outsprinted Emily Sisson, 72:23 to 72:24. Norway’s Karoline Grovdal comprised the podium in third in 72:43 with Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska fourth in 72:50. Betsy Saina was the top Kenyan finisher in seventh in 73:31 but Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot was a non-finisher, dropping out in the tenth mile. "Vivian had problems breathing in the cold weather," said her manager Mike Skinner.
EME NEWS (MAR 17, 2018)
De Grasse out from CG
TORONTO (CAN): Canadian olympic medalist Andre De Grasse has made the decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games in order to be better prepared for a full outdoor season. After a 2017 season that ended with a hamstring injury, De Grasse began training for the 2018 season cautiously. His 2017 injury is completely healed and he is 100% healthy, he’s just not where he wants to be yet from a fitness standpoint. “To me the Commonwealth Games was going to be a great opportunity to display my talents to a passionate fan base in Australia. I wouldn’t want to go in there at any less than my best and for that reason we have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the Games. My team and I feel like this is the best decision for the long term. I will now train hard through the spring to be ready for a strong and full outdoor season.” said De Grasse. De Grasse will start his outdoor season with a 100m race at the Drake Relays at the end of April, before turning his attention to the Diamond League meets and eventually the NACAC championships in his home town of Toronto. Informs his agent Paul Doyle.
Saturday, 17 March 2018 20:24

News from around the World - EME News (Mar 16, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 16, 2018)
Munyai 19.69 NR and WL
PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 16): During second day of South African Championships sensational improvement by African Junior Champion last year Clarence Munyai (20) who clocked in semifinals of 200 m 19.69 (-0.5) what is not only new national record (Wayde van Niekerk 19.84 last year) but also a World lead 2018. It is additionally 10th best performer ever and only 0.01 behind Frankie Frederick´s African record 19.68 from Atlanta Games 1996. The 8 better performers ever than the two Africans are from USA and Jamaica. Munyai was fast already in heats with 20.23 (+0.5). “I knew the conditions were going to be good so I decided to go for a record in the semifinals,” said Munyai who is Commonwealth Games bound.“It’s a massive achievement.” Luxolo Adams won his semifinal in 20.39 (+1.7) PB. Finals of 200 m are on Saturday. Carina Horn after national record on Thursday in semifinals (11.03) was again fast also when winning the 100 m title in 11.08 (+1.7, her 4th fastest ever) ahead of Tebogo Mamathu 11.27 PB. Much anticipated 100 m final by men was won by Simon Magakwe with 10.07 against -1.3 strong wind. Second junior record holder Thando Dlodlo 10.15, third Henricho Bruintjies 10.15 and fourth fastest from semifinals Roscoe Engel 10.27 as Anaso Jobodwana did not run due to injury. Caster Semenya won the 1500 m in 4:10.68 and also clocked fast 1:58.92 winning her 800 m heat. Kabelo Mohlosi in men´s 800 m semifinal 1:46.20 personal best. Also to note fastest in men´s 400 m semifinals Pieter Conradie 45.59 and in women 200 m semifinals Justine Palframan 23.06 (+0.3). Antonio Alkana won the 110 m Hurdles in 13.48 (-0.2) World lead. From technical events to note as winners Khotsko Mokoena 17.09 (+2.7) in triple, Orazio Cremona good 20.71 in shot put and Chris Harmse 70.62 in hammer. Chris Moleya cleared 223 to win the high jump over World U18 Champion Breyton Poole 220 and Friedrich Pretorius scored 7764 points in decahlon.
EME NEWS (MAR 15, 2018)
Horn 11.03 NR, Dlodlo 10.11 NJR
PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 15): South African Championships started at Tuks Stadium with women 100 m national record as Carina Horn won her semifinal in World leading 11.03 (0.0). Finals are on Friday. She was also the previous record holder with 11.06 from 2015 along with Evette de Klerk from 1990. Horn aims for sub 11 on Friday as she told iol.co.za: “If the weather is fine, hopefully, I can get to sub-11 because that is my goal, I feel it is coming now that I have the record.” In men´s 100 m semifinals the fastest was Roscoe Engel with 10.06 PB (+1.7) ahead of Thando Dlodlo who will be 19 in April with improved national U20 record to 10.11. Dlodlo achieved first PB in heats 10.15 (+0.7). Simon Magakwe won the second semifinal in 10.09 (-0.7) ahead of Anaso Jobodwana 10.21 and winner of the first one Henricho Bruintjies achieved 10.10 (-0.2). Fastest in heats was national record holder Akani Simbine 10.11 (+0.7) but did not run the semifinal because of slight hamstring problem. Another U20 record by the national boys team (including fresh record holder Dlodlo) in the 4x100 m with 39.46. World champion Luvo Manyonga was the best in the long jump qualification 803 (+0.2), Wenda Nel topped 400 m hurdles heats 54.96 World lead and Lindsey Hanekom on the men side 49.39. Thapelo Pora with 46.04 was the fastest of men´s 400 m heats. Victor Hogan won discus (61.42) and favorites were the best ones in long distances Stephen Mokoka 10 000 m (29:34.56) and Dominique Scott-Efurd 5000 m (16:55.05).
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 22:23

News from around the World - EME News (Mar 13, 2018)

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EME NEWS (MAR 13, 2018)
S. Kiprotich for Hamburg
HAMBURG (GER): Former world and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda will race in the Hamburg Marathon on 29 April. He will face Kenyans Sammy Kitwara (2:04:28 PB) and Stephen Chebogut (2:05:52 PB) and Bahrain’s Shumi Dechase, who won this race in 2014 in a 2:06:43 PB. From Alberto Stretti.
EME NEWS (MAR 12, 2018)
Van Niekerk plans to come back stronger
PRETORIA (RSA): Olympic and world 400m Champion Wayde van Niekerk has vowed to come back stronger from the injury that has ruled him out of the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast of Australia next month. “Rehabilitation is going very well‚ we are in the positive stage now and I am looking forward to the process of working towards to the upcoming season‚” he said. “I am working very hard to try and master this rehabilitation phase that I am going through now so that I get back to business. I will come back stronger than before," he said. Informs timeslive.co.za.
EME NEWS (MAR 11, 2018)
4x400 m Relay World record
COLLEGE STATION (USA, Mar 10): Not only World Indoor record at 400 m by Southern California´s Michael Norman 44.52 (EME NEWS reported about it in the Mar 10 issue) but another WR was registered at the NCAA first division championships. But it was not the winning Southern California in the 4x400 m with fastest ever 3:00.77 but the second placed Texas AM with 3:01.39. The winners with Zach Shinnick (46.24), Rai Benjamin (44.35), Ricky Morgan (45.67) and Michael Norman (44.52) had with Benjamin a runner from Antigua so they did not fulfill the rule about runners from the same country. But second placers from Texas Ilolo Izu (46.57), Robert Grant (44.84), Devin Dixon (45.48) and Mylik Kerley (44.52) were all US runners. Third Florida achieved third fastest ever 3:01.43 but had Nigerian Kunle Fasasi (46.42) with hurdles star Grant Holloway (44.91) and then Jamaican Chantz Sawyers (45.36) and Denmark´s Benjamin Vedel with 44.75 split. All 3 teams were faster than Poland at World Indoors 3:01.77, at that time World Indoor record. In women 4x400 m USC also won with 3:27.45 ahead of Purdue 3:28.82.
EME NEWS (MAR 10, 2018)
Norman 44.52 WR
COLLEGE STATION (USA, Mar 10): World Indoor record is reported from the NCAA Championships. 2016 World U20 200 m champion Michael Norman achieved 44.52 to win the title. The University of South Carolina student had seen Auburn University’s Akeem Bloomfield clock a Jamaican indoor record of 44.86 in the first race of the two-heat final just moments before. 20-year-old Norman, contesting just his third indoor 400m race to date, breezed through the first lap in 21.33 and maintained his lead to cross the line in 44.52. His winning time took 0.05 off the previous world indoor record set by Kerron Clement at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville. Minutes after the men’s 400m final, Kendall Ellis won the women’s race in a North American indoor record of 50.34. Sydney McLaughlin then won the second heat of the two-race final in a world U20 record of 50.36. From the IAAF. Full report from 2nd day will appear in Sunday´s EME NEWS.
EME NEWS (MAR 9, 2018)
PARIS (FRA): Meeting de Paris of IAAF Diamond League (June 30) announced first wave of top names. Four fresh World Indoor champions from Birmingham. US sprinter Christian Coleman, high jump World champion Mariya Lasitskene with home stars Renaud Lavillenie and Kevin Mayer. For decathlon world champion a special triathlon will be held.
EME NEWS (MAR 8, 2018)
Jobodwana wins 150 m, Gatlin fourth
PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 8):  At the second meet of new South African Series Anaso Jobodwana won the expected 150 m in 15.08 (-0.3) with World champion Justin Gatlin fourth in 15.23. Between them Roscoe Engel 15.17 and Luxolo Adams 15.18. National 100 m record holder Akani Simbine won the 100 m in fast 10.05 (-0.8) over Clarence Munyai 10.22 and Simon Magakwe also 10.22.  Interesting to see return of Ngoni Makusha of Zimbabwe winning the B race in 10.25 (+1.3), his fastest since 2011. Botswana´s Isaac Makwala won the 300 m in 31.77 ahead of Thapelo Pora 32.57. World champion Nicholas Bett posted 48.88 World lead in the 400 m hurdles and beat the home elite Le Roux Hamman 49.22 followed by LJ Van Zyl 49.45 with Cornel Fredericks 49.63 and youth champion Sokwakhana Zazini 49.82 PB. In women 400 m hurdles Wenda Nel 55.31 and in the 200 m Justine Palframan 23.32 (-1.4). Men high hurdles winner Antonio Alkana posted 13.61 (+0.3) and Ruswahl Samaai leaped to 824 (-0.7) in the long jump. At altitude good quality 7:49.48 in the 3000 m by Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei and 1:47.20 by last year World U18 Champion Kenyan George Manangoi 1:47.20 in the 800 m.