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News From Around the World - EME NEWS (DEC 31, 2016)

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Bolt did 54 m with javelin - KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt revealed for L´Equipe how ended his javelin bet at the Olympics. It happened in Rio the evening after his last gold medal, in the movie Im Bolt pictures from his throw are included, but what was the result? "Yes, it was a gamble! With my team, we made a bet during the season. Some said I was able to throw a javelin more than 50 meters. Others, on the contrary, like Ricky and NJ, did not believe in it. So we organized a bet with Ricky, NJ and my masseuse. My masseuse bet on 60 meters. That's what I bet on. In the end, I threw 54 meters, I think. So I won two bets and I lost one. It's not bad performance, but I had so much pain on my arm after that!"

Top events 2016
BUDAPEST (HUN): Top competitions of the year 2016 per All-Athletics.com are In multi-days competitions Olympic Games ahead of US Olympic Trials and European Championships. In one day meeting Prefontaine Classic ahead of Weltklasse Zurich and Paris Diamond League meeting. World Indoor Championships in Portland is the top indoor event ahead of Glasgow Grand Prix and US Championships, adding two other best  indoor meetings are Stockholm and Millrose Games. In the combined events section Olympic Games, US Olympic Trials and Gotzis meet, two other best meets are Talance and Ratingen. In special meetings category All-Star Perche of Clermont-Ferrand tops the list ahead of German throwing meet Sole Cup in Schonebeck and Rouen indoor Pole Vault. Rome World Team Championships is the best walking competition ahead of events in La Coruna and Rio Maior, third best meet is Dudince. In marathons London ahead of Berlin and Dubai and in road running Ras Al Khaimah Half-Marathon ahead of Cardiff World HM Championships and New Delhi Half-Marathon. 

Bolt and Thompson by All-Athletics.com
BUDAPEST (HUN): Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson are the end of the year leaders of All-Athletics.com overall World rankings. In the men top ten 2nd Wayde Van Niekerk and tie for 3rd for Omar McLeod and Conseslus Kipruto. Christian Taylor is number 5 over Renaud Lavillenie, Mo Farah, Eliud Kipchoge, Ashton Eaton and Orlando Ortega. In the women situation just one point behind Thompson is Almaz Ayana, third Ruth Jebet. Then trowing stars Sandra Perkovic and Anita Wlodarczyk, position number 6 for Kendra Harrison and top ten is completed by Dafne Schippers, Tori Bowie, Caster Semenya and Hyvin Kiyeng.

The biggest difference in women javelin
MOUNTAIN VIEW/LONDON (USA/GBR): The usual comparison of two respected World Rankings (top ten in each event) prepared by renowned experts, by Track and Field News and by Athletics International (published by Athletics Weekly). It shows that in men category in five events both rankings are not having Olympic winner as World leader and the top athlete is the same in both. Asbel Kiprop leads 1500 m (Matt Centrowitz is 5th by TFN and 6th by AI), Mutaz Essa Barshim the high jump (Derek Drouin is 3rd by TFN and 2nd by AI), Renaud Lavillenie pole vault (Thiago Braz is 3rd by TFN and 2nd by AI), Piotr Malachowski discus (Christoph Harting 2nd in both rankings) and Pawel Fajdek in hammer (Dilshod Nazarov is 2nd by both rankings). Another difference on top of the rankings is in long jump as TFN has olympic winner Jeff Henderson as 1st and AI Greg Rutherford as nr. 1 and Henderson is 2nd. In women events in four both rankings are having the same leader who is not olympic winner and the Rio Gold medalist has the same position in both ones. Almaz Ayana leads the 5000 m (Vivian Cheruiyot 2nd), Kendra Harrison 100 m Hurdles (Brianna Rollins 2nd), Sandi Morris pole vault (Ekaterini Stefanidi is 2nd) and Brittney Reese long jump (Tianna Bartoletta is 3rd). The only one difference in number one section is javelin. TFN has Barbora Spotakova as number one and Olympic winner Sara Kolak down as 6th and AI  has a tie for first between Kolak and Vira Rebryk of Russia. In the rest of men and women events the Olympic winner is also the ranking leader by both TFN and AI.



1. Will IAAF, EA and the whole athletics family find enough courage, will, power, effort, ideas, new people to change the picture of the sport?  NOT YET BUT WORK IN PROGRESS

2. Will Russian Athletes be able to compete at Rio 2016?  NO

3. Can Usain Bolt win the triple triple at the Olympic Games?  YES
4. Will Genzebe Dibaba run the steeplechase? And, if so, how fast can she go?  NO

5. The returns of Teddy Tamgho, Andreas Thorkildsen, Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba, Yohan Blake, Mahiedine Mekhissi, Robert Harting, Sally Pearson. NOT TOO SUCCESFUL.

6. Will Asafa Powell run 100 legal sub 10 second clockings over 100m?  NOT YET

7. What can Aries Merritt achieve after his kidney transplant?  SPECIAL RETURN AND NEARLY QUALIFIED TO RIO

8. Can Allyson Felix do the Olympic double (200m-400m)?  NO

9. What about triple jump World record and Christian Taylor?   NO

10. What will bring the second part of WADA commission report?  NOT GOOD NEWS AT ALL


1. Fight for clean sport, is it possible to win it or at least to move in that direction?

2. (repeating myself) Will Russian Athletes be able to compete in London 2017?

3. Will Usain Bolt really stay only with 100 m in his farewell year?

4. Enough and good quality innovations and changes within our sport to be competitive with others and refreshing for younger generation?

5. Is sub 2 hours marathon coming closer?

6. Will recent changes into IAAF Diamond League bring more excitement and interest?

7. Sandi Morris breaking Yelena´s World record in pole vault?

8. Championships in Africa (Kampala, Nairobi) beeing well attended and succesful ones?

9. Will Renaud Lavillenie win his 5th European Indoor gold in a row in Belgrade?

10. London Worlds to be named at the end as "Best Ever" ? 


1. Bolt is a legend, following his year from Ostrava through Rio to Red Carpet I am Bolt.

2. Wayde Van Niekerk breaking MJ´s 400 m WR in lane 8 (forget agents discussions about lanes at meetings).

3. Unbeatable records going: Harrison-Donkova, Ayana-Wang Junxia.

4. Sara Kolak the top surprise in Rio. Also Braz 603 and Fajdek out in qualification.

5. Discussing doping and issues around it for most hours in one year with explaining not everything is bad. 

6. Pavel Maslak defending his World Indoor Title in Portland on American soil.

7. Despite injuries in Ostrava doing well at Olympics: Eaton and Morris. 

8. Tough beeing unbeaten and clear number ones and still not beeing elected in different polls on top (Perkovic, Wlodarczyk).

9. Positive changes towards modernisation in our sport like slow train, but moving.

6th Olympics as TV commentator enjoying with all the ups and downs of athletes and within the organisation.

More personal: Announcing European Figure Skating Championships, Indoor high jumps in Italian mood, AirLavillenie star in Jablonec, Ostrava full house and good weather, return of PTS Meeting in Samorin, Anita World record at Kamila Memorial and commentating for first time (Im active in this since 1995) Olympic athletics gold for Slovakia (Toth).


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