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News From Around the World - EME NEWS (Jan 01, 2016)

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Bolt will be everywhere in 2020 - KINGSTON (JAM): Sprinting hero Usain Bolt said for L´Equipe what he will do during 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I will be in the stadium. That's for sure. I want to be at the next Olympic Games to be able to attend all the competitions that I have always wanted to see. I've never seen swimming, I've always wanted to go to a basketball game at the Olympics, I want to see football. I want to see everything, I want to be everywhere! I'm already looking forward to it. One thing is for sure: during the next Olympics, you will see me in pictures everywhere!

Bolt by Gazzetta
MILANO (ITA): In the 39th edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport Sportsperson of the year poll Usain Bolt won in 2016 ahead of Michael Phelps and Cristiano Ronaldo. In women ranking first Simone Biles over Katie Ledecky and Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson.

London 2017 gets ready
LONDON (GBR): The LOC of London 2017 World championships announced at the beginning of the year that the search for our event mascots will commence and exciting schools programme to be announced. All available tickets are on sale now at tickets.london2017athletics.com from £10 adults and £5 children. Currently 10,000 volunteers are going through the recruitment process and being interviewed with the first of our ‘Runners’ being chosen and announced in March 2017. Whilst this process is well underway, 16-18 year olds from London athletics clubs can also apply up until 5 February to become kit carriers at the events. 


MADRID (ESP, Dec 31): Eritrea’s Nguse Amlosom won the San Silvestre Vallecana in Madrid in 28:09 ahead of European 5000m champion Ilias Fifa (28:11) and Antonio Abadia (28:26). Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei won the women’s race in 32:07 by six seconds ahead of Poland’s Karolina Nadolska with France’s Liv Westphal third in 32:42. Azucena Diaz was the top Spanish finisher in fourth in 33:08.

BOLZANO (ITA, Dec 31): Ethiopian Muktar Edris regained his title at the BOClassic in Bolzano. Edris won the 10km in 28:52 ahead of team-mate Imane Merga in 28:54 with Jairus Birech third in 28:57. European marathon champion Tadesse Abraham from Switzerland was the leading European finisher in fifth in 29:07. World cross country champion Agnes Tirop from Kenya won the women’s race in 15:44 ahead of Gelete Burka (15:49), Etenesh Diro (16:18) and Steph Twell (16:28).

ROME (ITA, Dec 31): 19-year-old French triathlete Cassandre Beaugrand won the We Run Rome 10K in 33:12 NR ahead of former world marathon silver medallist Valeria Straneo (33:21) and European marathon champion Christelle Daunay (33:32). Olivier Irabaruta from Burundi won the men’s race in 28:46 ahead of Stanley Biwott (28:52) and Florian Carvalho (28:54) with Stefano La Rosa fourth in 29:18.

SAO PAULO (BRA, Dec 31): Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong made a winning return to Brazil with victory at the Sao Silvestre de Sao Paulo over 15km in a course record of 48:35 ahead of Kenyan team-mate Filomena Cheyech (49:15) and Bahrain’s Eunice Chebii (50:26) while Ethiopia’s Leul Gebrselassie improved on his runner-up finish from last year with victory in 44:53 ahead of team-mate Dawit Admasu (44:55) and Kenya’s Stephen Kosgei (45:00).

NEW YORK (USA, Dec 31): Brit Andy Vernon won the NYRR Midnight Run in Central Park over four miles in 18:27 ahead of Daniel Winn (18:49) while Sarah Pagano won the women’s race for the second year running in 21:06 ahead of Katie Matthews (21:46). Former world 1500m silver medallist Hannah England was sixth on her comeback from a foot injury. From RRW. 

PEUERBACH (AUT, Dec 31): Victor Chumo won his third title in a row at the Silvesterlauf in Peuerbach, Austria. Chumo covered the 6.8km course in  19:21 ahead of Richard Ringer (19:22) and Cornelius Kangogo (19:26) with Serbian talent Elzan Bibic (17) fourth in 19:30. Angela Tanui made it a Kenyan double, winning the 5.1km in 15:55 ahead of Serbia’s Amela Terzic (16:05). Olympic 10,000m fourth placer Alice Aprot was a late withdrawal. 

VIENNA (AUT, Dec 31): Lena Millonig won the Silvesterlauf in Vienna over 5.35km in 18:33 while Thomas-Miguel Kieffer won the men’s race in 16:51.

TRIER (GER, Dec 31): In her last race as a junior, Konstanze Klosterhalfen won the Silvesterlauf in Trier over 5km in 16:05 ahead of Belarusian Nina Savina (16:12) and Rwanda’s Salome Nyirarukundo (16:14) while Ethiopia’s Tamire Getaneh won the men’s 8km in 22:50 ahead of Bahrain’s Mahjoub Dazza (22:53) and Germany’s Philip Pfieger (23:11). World 10km and 15km record-holder Leonard Komon was a distant fourth in 23:17.

BIETIGHEIM (GER, Dec 31): Double European junior champion Alina Reh won the Bietigheimer Silvesterlauf over 11.1km in 36:47 by more than two minutes while Simon Boch won the men’s race in 33:27.

BACKNANG (GER, Dec 31): Marcel Fehr won the Backnanger Silvesterlauf over 10km in 29:47 while Hanna Klein won the women’s race in 33:13 ahead of Sabrina Mockenhaupt (33:56).

SOEST (NED, Dec 31): Maureen Koster won the Sylvestercross in Soest over 6km in 22:13 ahead of Belgium’s Imana Truyers (22:35) while Denmark’s Abdi Hakin Ulad won the 10.4 km in 34:51 ahead of Sweden’s David Nilsson (34:58) and Belgium’s Koen Naert (35:09).

MAPUTO (MOZ, Dec 29): Winners of the Corrida de Sao Silvestre here were South African Sibusiso Nzima 48:33 at 15.2 km, women top position for home Zeferina Marinho 1:08:10.

SOTIK (KEN, Dec 31): Dominic Kiptarus bounced back to victory (28:45 at 10 km) as veteran Pauline Korikwiang ruled (33:04) during the seventh leg of Athletics Kenya Cross Country Series at Cereals grounds, Sotik on Saturday. The 2014 World Under-20 3,000m silver medallist Lilian Kasait had her rivals under her feet to snatch her second victory in junior women’s 6km race. World Under-18 3000 m champion Richard Kimunyan also signalled his return after he reigned supreme in junior men’s race. Second Vincent Rono 28:49 and Pamela Cherotich 33:16

MAEBASHI (JPN, Jan 1): Living up to the promise of its 2015 recruiting coup after a disappointing performance last year, the Asahi Kasei team won its first New Year Ekiden corporate men's national championships title in 18 years on the strength of its double set of twins. Their final time was 4:49:55 ahead of Toyota 4:51:02 and Toyota Kyushu 4:52:18.

BARCELONA (ESP, Dec 31): Cursa dels Nassos winner was Carles Castillejo in 28:45 ahead of Abderrahmane Anou 28:47 and Moruad El Banouri 28:50. Women winner Marta Galimany 33:47.

CREVILLENTE (ESP, Dec 31): Winners of the 30th San Silvestre Internacional Crevillentina were Mourad Marofit 29:49 and Serro Rehima 36:14.

PRAVETS (BUL, Dec 31): Former European CC medalist Militsa Mircheva won the 32nd edition of the race in Pravets at 4 km in minus 18 degrees.

LISBON (POR, Dec 31): Hermano Ferreira and Jéssica Augusto won the São Silvestre de Lisboa. Ferreira clocked 30:10 ahead of Joao Pereira 30:20 and Joao Silva 30:42. Augusto was timed with 33:07 ahead of Dulce Felix 34:04 and Doroteia Peixoto 35:09.

AMADORA (POR, Dec 31): Rui Pinto (30:25 at 10 km) and Catarina Ribeiro (34:05) won the 42nd edition of São Silvestre da Amadora.

LUANDA (ANG, Dec 31): Francisco Caluvi in 31:25 won the 61st edition of Sao Silvestre de Luanda without international competitors. Women winner Duvilia Leonardo posted 39:47. 


LONDON (GBR): Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill were among those honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, informs AP. Farah has been knighted for his services to athletics while recently retired Ennis-Hill has received a damehood. Knights are addressed as "Sir" or "Dame." Britain's honours are bestowed by the monarch but the recipients are chosen by committees of civil servants from nominations made by the government and public.

LONDON (GBR): Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in under four minutes, has been made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. The former neurologist has received one of the Queen's highest awards for services to sport.

XIAMEN (CHN): Boston Marathon winner Lemi Berhanu is the favourite for the Xiamen International Marathon on 2 January. Berhanu is the fastest in the elite field with a 2:04:33 PB and he is tipped to attack Moses Mosop’s course record of 2:06:19. Other top names include last year’s runner-up Shura Kitata and veterans Dadi Yami and Mulugeta Wami. Worknesh Edesa will aim to defend her title in the women’s race but will face competition from former Paris Marathon winner Meseret Mengistu, the fastest in the field with a 2:23:25 PB. From IAAF. 

AUSTIN (USA): Despite suffering from a family tragedy, Marta Freitas chooses to find the good in every situation. A strong case for one of FloTrack's Humans of 2016.

ABIDJAN (CIV): The president the Ivory Coast federation Nicolas Debrimou, resigned on Thursday December 29, six months before the end of his term. Debrimou was pushed out of office by clubs and regional leagues officials during the federation's general assembly, after misappropriation of funds was alleged by the auditors. Debrimou gave a press conference on Friday, denying the accusations. "I have requested evidence and the auditors have not been able to give evidence of the misappropriation", indicating that he is bringing the case to the national Olympic Committee, the African Athletics Confederation and the the IAAF.

COTONOU (BEN): Théophile Montcho, a vice-president of the African Athletics Confederation, failed in his bid to serve a fourth term at the head of Benin's national federation. He was defeated by one vote by Viérin Dégon (16 votes against 15, plus one invalid ballot) during the elective general assembly held on Wednesday December 28.

NEW DELHI (IND): India’s Sports Ministry has cut the funding of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and has suspended the body after the organisation awarded Honorary Presidencies to two corruption-tainted officials. Former IOA Presidents Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala were unanimously proposed for the positions, which are largely ceremonial and do not bring any voting power or right to attend events, during an Annual General Meeting in Chennai.

LAUSANNE (SUI): AIPS informed about top sports person of the year polls in different countries. From those not yet reported by EME NEWS to mention in Burundi top positions for 800 m runners Anotine Gakeme and Francine Niyonsaba. In Gambia third place for sprinter Adama Jammeh, Gina Bass was the best among women. In Ivory Coast top women position for sprinter Mare-Josee Ta Lou, among men sprinter Ben Youssuf Meite was second. Olympic winning walker Liu Hong was second in China in women ranking. The 800 m specialist Haneen Wakil is top among women in Yemen. Sprinter Jurgen Themen topped men in Surinam, in women ranking second for sprinter Sunayna Wahi. Top woman in Montenegro is discus world U20 champion Kristina Rakocevic.

MONTREAL (CAN): The updated World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List for 2017 has come into force today amid unprecedented warnings. Many International Federations and National Olympic Committee have posted reminders of how the list is applicable from today in a bid to avoid a repeat of the mass failures which followed the addition of meldonium to the 2016 list.


TARTU (EST, Dec 28): Norway´s pole vault talent Pål Haugen Lillefosse (15 years) cleared age best with 510 cm, on Dec 30 in Tallinn he improved again to 512 cm.

OSIJEK (CRO, Dec 29): Croatian pole vault record holder Ivan Horvat cleared here indoors 555 cm.

SOMERO (FIN, Dec 31): Wilma Murto cleared 435 in the pole vault over Minna Nikkanen 425.

BIRMINGHAM (USA, Dec 30): At Hoover Invitational HS meet Brian Herron (16) clocked 21.22 in the 200 m.


BRATISLAVA (SVK): First Slovak female Olympic medalist Eva Suranova died on Saturday at age of 70 after short illness. She won bronze at the 1972 Olympic in Munich in long jump.

ISTANBUL (TUR): One of the victims of the Istanbul shooting was former athlete from Lebanon, Haykal Moussallem. He represented Lebanon internationally at the 2007 Asian championships where he competed in the 100 m.

HAMMAMET (TUN): Dr Ridha Mrad, an ophthalmology specialist, who served as President of Tunisia's athletics federation from 1971 to 1987 passed away on Friday December 30 aged 95. He was a recipient of the IAAF Veteran Pin in 1987.

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