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News From Around the World - EME NEWS (JAN 02, 2016)

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Coe optimistic - MONACO (MON): IAAF President Sebastian Coe looks optimistic into 2017. "2016 was a year of challenge and change. 2017 will be one of implementation and innovation as we continue to restore trust in athletics," he wrote on his twitter.

Gracia ends his mission
MONACO (MON): EA Vice President Jean Gracia ended his work with IAAF. In transition period he fulfilled the duties of the General Secretary. o"My mission within IAAF is finished ! It has been an honour and a pleasure to serve this fantastic organisation during this difficult year," Gracia said on his twitter.

Harrison not beeing in Rio and is Nr. 1
MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Kendra Harrison is despite not beeing at Olympics US Women Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News. She never received a single vote in this poll and now as a first-timer she came outn 4 votes of a perfect score. She received 25 of 29 votes for No. 1, the other 4 going to Michelle Carter (2nd), Dalilah Muhammad (3rd), Sandi Morris (4th) and Brittney Reese 1 each (5th). In sixth position Olympic hurdles winner Brianna Rollins. In the top ten also 7th Tori Bowie, 8th Emma Coburn, 9th Tianna Bartoletta and 10th Allyson Felix.

No doubt about Eaton

MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): No doubt about Ashton Eaton beeing the US Men Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News. He won convincingly for the second year in a row and third overall (the first was in 2012). That puts him in unique company: only Carl Lewis (7) and Michael Johnson (6) have ever won more than 3 U.S. AOY titles. Writes Track and Field News. Eaton collected 23 of the 31 votes for No. 1. The other 8 went to Christian Taylor (4), Ryan Crouser (3) who were second and thirda in the poll. The remaining number one went to Matthew Centrowitz who tied for fifth place with Evan Jager. Fourth was Kerron Clement. In the top ten also Justin Gatlin as 7th, Jeff Henderson 8th, Sam Kendricks 9th and LaShawn Merritt 10th.

Ethiopia dominated 

XIAMEN (CHN, Jan 2): Boston Marathon winner Lemi Berhanu scored another high profile win with victory in the Xiamen International Marathon in 2:08:27 ahead of Ethiopian teammates Mosinet Geremew (2:10:20) and Shura Kitata (2:10:36). "I am happy to win. The course is very hard with a lot of rises and falls. And the weather is very hot,” said the winner. Meseret Mengistu led another Ethiopian clean sweep in the women’s race, winning in 2:25:58 ahead of reigning champion Workenesh Edesa (2:26:27) and Melkam Gizaw (2:26:47). Also fourth Guteni Shone clocked sub 2:30 (2:29:58). Berhanu will defend his Boston Marathon title this April while Mengistu will race in the London Marathon. It was first top international marathon of the year and already sub 2:10 and sub 2:30 and also dominatedy by Ethiopian runners. With the help from the IAAF.


MELBOURNE (AUS): Nitro Athletics Team Australia squad members Morgan Mitchell and Ryan Gregson have raced into 2017 in winning form with both taking victories at the Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals. Rio Olympic 1500m finalist Ryan Gregson became the first man in 50 years to win the Burnie Mile from scratch (4:03.97), with Harold Davies the last to achieve the feat in 1967. Meanwhile Rio 400m semi-finalist Morgan Mitchell followed in the footsteps of her mentor Cathy Freeman, producing three podium placings, including wins over her favoured 400m at the Devonport Carnival, a sprint victory over 120m at Latrobe before a second place in the Burnie Gift 120m final. LAUSANNE (SUI): IOC President Thomas Bach has confirmed that all Russian samples conducted at the 2012 Olympics and 2014 Winter Olympics will be reanalysed in response to the second part of the McLaren Report, informs sports.ru. “We will continue and expand the work of Professor McLaren. Since its mandate did not include a complete reanalysis of all doping tests, we will check all 254 doping tests of urine taken from Russian athletes at the Games in 2014. The same will be done with samples of London 2012,” he said in his New Year address. LONDON (GBR): London 2017 director Niels de Vos has said the World Championships in London this summer are “critical to the relaunch of the whole sport, informs Athletics Weekly. “With all the trials and tribulations the IAAF have been through, it’s nice for Seb Coe and his team to know that they don’t need to worry about the next two IAAF World Championships – outdoors in London and indoors in Birmingham in 2018 – because they are in absolutely safe hands,” says De Vos. “So London 2017 is not just critical to London and British Athletics any more but it’s critical to the relaunch of the whole sport globally and the world audience. So I would be surprised if they’re not thinking ‘thank goodness it’s in London,’” he said. KARLSRUHE (GER): World record-holder Susanna Kallur and former world and Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson are confirmed for the 60m hurdles in Karlsruhe on 4 February, informs organisers. They will face the already confirmed reigning European champion Cindy Roleder. The meet is part of IAAF World Indoor Tour. RUIRU (KEN): Olympic 10 000 m fourth-placer Alice Aprot is aiming to defend her Kenyan title next month on the road to the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala in March, informs the Daily Nation. “I have to defend my title God willing. I know the Nationals and the Worlds will be gruelling with the like of Hellen Obiri on fire I but I am taking my chances,” she said. Aprot is a recruit at the Prisons Staff Training College in Ruiru and is combining training with her enrolment at the institution. ELDORET (KEN): Reigning three-time world steeplechase champion is “very focused” ahead of the World Championships in London where he will aim to end his career on a high, informs The Star. Ezekiel Kemboi initially announced his retirement after winning a bronze medal at the Olympics last summer but quickly reversed that decision after he was disqualified for a lane infringement. “I am very focused for the next World Championships. You know what happened in Rio and I am training hard to prove a point in London,” he said.


PARIS (FRA): Athletics will return to Bercy for the first time since the 2011 European Indoor Championships, informs L’Equipe. The l'AccorHotel Arena will host a one-day meeting on 8 February which will feature Kevin Mayer, Christophe Lemaitre, Renaud Lavillenie and Antoinette Nana Djimou. The programme is made up of eight events: men’s and women’s 60m flat and hurdles, men’s pole vault and long jump and a men’s and women’s triathlon incorporating the shot put, long jump and 60m hurdles.


PORT OF SPAIN (TTO): Olympic javelin bronze medallist Keshorn Walcott and sprinter Michelle Lee-Ahye were named Male and Female Sportsperson of the Year at the Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee awards ceremony, informs the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian. GIJON (ESP): Gijon will stage the Spanish Cross Country Championships on 12 March, informs Marca.

DARMSTADT (GER): Javelin Olympic winner Thomas Rohler was named German Athlete of the Year by leichtathletik.de. In second place Christoph Harting and third Gesa Felicitas Krause. Fourth Cindy Roleder ahead of Daniel Jasinski, position six for Max Hess, Malaika Mihambo is 7th, 8th for Gina Luckenkemper, 9th for Christina Schwanitz and 10th Carolin Schafer.




LEE VALLEY (GBR, Jan 1): At Lee Valley in the new years day open former champion Dwain Chambers won the 60m in 6.64, his best for three years. Runner up Emanuel Stephens ran a pb of 6.68.

LEE VALLEY (GBR, Jan 2): At Metaswitch games Reece Prescod (20) clocked 6.67 in his 60 m indoor debut and Khai Riley-Laborde won the 60m Hurdles in 7.80. SARANSK (RUS, Dec 30): Race walk London Olympic champion and 2013 World champion Yelena Lashmanova started into new season with victory at open Mordvinian indoor champs and Skurygin Memorial, informs TASS referring to press secretary of Saransk sport school of Olympic reserve Maksim Saushkin. The 24-year-old Russian clocked 20:15.6 over 5000 m ahead of Yekaterina Medvedeva (20:23.2) and Sofya Brodatskaya (20:48.9). In men race at the same distance national team members Stanislav Yemelyanov (19:43.4) and Denis Nizhegorodov (20:37.6) finished only fourth and eight respectively. Sergey Shirobokov won with 19:00.4.




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