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News From Around the World - EME NEWS (JAN 26, 2017)

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Ito leads Japanese hopes - OSAKA (JPN): World marathon seventh-placer Mai Ito leads the Japanese hopes at the Osaka International Women's Marathon on 29 January, informs Japan Running News. Ito has a 2:24:42 PB and a good showing will put her in contention for a place on the Japanese team for the World Championships in London this August. Other domestic contenders include former winner Risa Shigetomo (2:23:23) and last year’s runner-up Misato Horie (2:26:40). The leading international competitors in the line-up include Bahrain’s Shitaye Eshete (2:24:42), Poland’s Iwona Lewandowska (2:27:47) and Ethiopia’s Muluhabt Tsega (2:29:17).

European records under scrutiny - LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics has set up a task force of seven chaired by Pierce O’Callaghan to examine the credibility of European Records. European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen said: "Claiming a European Record – after being crowned European champion – is the pinnacle of our sport in Europe. The holders of these records should be aspirational heroes whose performances are respected and recognised as beyond question by their fellow athletes and the fans of our sport. They should be 100 percent believable and credible. However, there is a view that this is currently not the case with some of the performances on the European Record list, and so I have ordered this review." Member of the task force is also AIPS President Gianni Merlo who recently sent a letter to IAAF about the records.


ITEN (KEN): New York Marathon winner Mary Keitany has vowed to bounce back in the London Marathon after finishing ninth last year, informs The Star. “It is still too early to talk about winning the event. This is something that comes automatically when the training is right. But I know I will not be ninth,” said Keitany, who has already started her build-up for London.

NAIROBI (KEN): Former world 800m champion Eunice Sum said her preparations for the Olympic Games were affected by the doping allegations hanging over her manager Federico Rosa, informs The Star. “I have been training all along since last year after the Rio Olympics and I am really focused this season. Last year, you know what happened and that really affected me in terms of training. I tried my best physically but psychologically I was down hence the poor performance. But this time my season is already in motion and I am focused on the World athletics Championships in London,” said Sum, who plans to ppen her season at the Doha Diamond League in May. 

NAIROBI (KEN): Margaret Wambui has said she has gone back to the “drawing board” after being defeated by Caster Semenya at the Rio Olympics, informs Standard Media. "The Olympic Games marked my first time to compete against her. It was a remarkable experience during which I learnt she was a better runner than me, which has forced me to go back to the drawing board,” she said. 

MOSCOW (RUS): Tatyana Lebedeva has said that banned substances were only discovered in one of the three doping samples she submitted at the 2008 Olympics, informs Sport Express. Lebedeva looks set to be stripped of her silver medals from the horizontal jumps although she will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration of Sport. 

MOSCOW (RUS): Russian sports minister Pavel Kolobkov has said he was disappointed with the news that Lebedeva had failed a retest but called on the IOC to retest samples of all Olympic champions and medallists, informs Sport Express. “I’m upset because Lebedeva is an outstanding athlete. But if there are any violations, it is very bad. But if there is any opportunity to prove her innocence, it should be used. It would be desirable that if samples from the 2008 Olympics are cross-checked, it probably makes sense for the transparency and objectivity to cross-check all the general samples of all Olympic champions and medalists. To leave no doubt as to the objectivity,” he said.

MOSCOW (RUS): High jumper Daniil Tsyplakov and discus thrower Yulia Maltseva are the latest Russian athletes to submit applications to the IAAF for neutral status in order to compete internationally, informs Sport Express.

PORTLAND (USA): Dutch Sifan Hassan won’t defend her 1500m title at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade, informs NOS. Hassan will race over 3000m in Boston on Saturday and over the same distance at the Millrose Games on 11 February before concluding her indoor campaign. 

OSLO (NOR): Isabelle Pedersen will open her season in Stockholm at Bauhaus Indoor Galan on Saturday, informs VG Sporten. She will also compete in Karlsruhe (4 Feb), Paris (8 Feb) and the Nordic International (11 Feb) ahead of the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade.

BERLIN (GER): Alexandra Wester will face Ivana Spanovic and Sosthene Moguenara in the long jump at the ISTAF Indoor in Berlin on 10 February, informs Leichtathletik.de. Marie Josee Ta Lou will face top German sprinters Gina Luckenkemper, Lisa Mayer, Rebekka Haase and Tatjana Pinto in the 60m and Olympic champion Christoph Harting faces Daniel Jasinski and world champion Piotr Malachowski in the discus. Previously announced names for Berlin include Renaud Lavillenie, Thiago Braz and Sally Pearson.

HANNOVER (GER): Three-time winner Lusapho April is confirmed for the Hannover Marathon on 9 April where he will face German record-holder Arne Gabius, informs Leichtathletik.de. 

STOCKHOLM (SWE): Sarah Lahti will not race indoors this winter as she is recovering from a stress fracture in her back, informs the Expressen. However, she is planning some road races this winter, including the New York Half Marathon on 19 March. 

CANBERRA (AUS): Australian sprinter Melinda Gainsford-Taylor was named on the Australia Day Honour List, informs Athletics Australia. She was awarded the Membership of the Order of Australia.

PORTLAND (USA): Kenyan long distance runner Sally Kipyego recieved US citizenship. The 31 years old runner is silver medalist from London Olympics 2012 and World Championships 2011 at the 10 000 m. She finished her first marathon last year in New York as second in 2:28:01.

MOSCOW (RUS): The IAAF informed that Lebedeva’s suspension from the IAAF women’s committee has nothing to do with the IOC decision, as it was part of the IAAF decision last June, when all Russian athletes and officials were suspended from the participations in any international competitions and affairs related to IAAF. "Once the IOC's case and any appeal is concluded for the disqualification of Tatyana Lebedeva from the women’s triple jump event at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 for an anti-doping rule violation, the IAAF will take it to CAS to determine Lebedeva’s sanction beyond this disqualification," said the IAAF in its statement to TASS.  

BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Olympic long jump champion Jeff Henderson will face a tough test at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on 18 February. The American, one of five Rio Olympic champions competing at the star studded event, will take on former world indoor champion Fabrice Lapierre of Australia, in a top class field at the Barclaycard Arena.

CHEMNITZ (GER): The 19th edition of Erdgas Indoor meet in Chemnitz on Saturday will have as top star double world champion in shot put David Storl. Also in triple jump local stars Max Hess with Kristin Gierisch. In men pole vault 2011 World champion Pawel Wojciechowski goes against Malte Mohr and Karsten Dilla. Also Greek European U18 champion Emmanouil Karalis is there. 

KINGSTON (JAM): Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter will appeal at CAS the IOC decision of his disqualification, confirms his lawyer Stuart Simpson to Reuters. Also President of the JAAA Warren Blake is adamant that the decision by the IOC will not have any negative impact on the island's reputation. Blake met with Carter along with Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Mike Fennell, JOA Secretary General Christopher Samuda and MVP Track Club president Bruce James.

AUSTIN (USA): Texas Athletics announced Spectrum, the fastest growing provider of TV, internet and voice services in the U.S., as the new presenting sponsor of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. IMG, the exclusive multimedia rights holder for UT Athletics, secured this partnership.


COTTBUS (GER, Jan 25): Additional information is that Marija Vukovic of Montenegro who was 6th in high jump first with 186 equaled her national indoor record and then with 189 improved it by 3 cm. 

NEWHAM (GBR, Jan 25): Season debut here for Olympic relay medallist Asha Philip as she won both 60 m races in 7.28. Next competition for her is Dusseldorf. Theo Etienne won men's 60 m in 6.64.

MOGILYOV (BLR, Jan 25-26): European indoor silver medallist 2013 Yana Maksimava scored 4452 points to win women pentathlon at national indoor student games. Kristina Timanovskaya sprinted 60 m in 7.39 and world junior champion 2016 Elvira Herman clocked 8.32 over hurdles. Viktoriya Kushnir topped both 800m (2:05.62) and 1500m (4:16.86). 17-year-old Karina Taranda (will turn 18 in 2 weeks) improved her PB by 10 cm with 188 in high jump. On the men side Pavel Seliverstau set competition record 225. Iryna Yakaltsevich went over 4.35 (MR) in women pole vault. Viktoriya Kolb won shot put with 17.50.  

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