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News From Around the World - EME NEWS (DEC 12, 2016)

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Shaunae considering a double - NASSAU (BAH): Olympic 400 m champion Shaunae Miller is considering a 200/400m double at the 2017 World Championships in London, informs SPIKES. “We’re definitely looking to do it next year. It’s something on the menu, so we’re working hard towards it and hopefully it’ll work out for the best,” she said. Miller also said she might even aim to race the 800m next year as well.

Olympians calling for Osaka rule -LONDON (GBR): The World Olympians Association (WOA) has said that all athletes who commit a doping offence should be banned from the next edition of the Olympic Games and other major Championships. In a statement today, the organisation which represents more than 120,000 Olympians worldwide called for the reintroduction of the controversial Osaka Rule, which bars athletes convicted of serious doping offences from the next Olympics. Informs insidethegames.


CHIA (ITA): Some stats after Chia. Aras Kaya became 5th runner to have both Euro Cross Country gold and Euro Champ track medal. Arikan became 7th runner to win more than two medals. For the first time in the history of Euro Cross Championships, same nation Turkey won both men's and women's senior races. Grovdal became 15th runner to win multiple individual medals in senior women's race. Yasemin Can became only the 4th woman to win Euro_Cross senior women's race and Euro Championships on track (previous names are Hasan, Dominguez and Radcliffe). For the sixth time in the history of Euro_Cross GBR won both U20 and U23 women's team races. 

CHIA (ITA): Strong delegation from Slovakia visited the Chia event. Samorin´s X-bionic-sphere resort will host at its hippodrome the event on December 10, 2017. There will be two innovations within the competition programme. For first time a mixed relay 4x1.5 km will be held, organizers are expecting that up to 20 teams could compete. Two men and women will run for each team. In 2017 (odd year) the order will be W-M-W-M and in even years M-W-M-W. Also in the team scoring only 3 athletes will be needed instead of current four. 

DUBLIN (IRL): Irish distance running great Sonia O’Sullivan has slammed the IAAF rule on international eligibility which allowed Kenyan-born Turkish athletes to dominate the European Cross Country Championships, informs the Irish Independent."I don't think they are legitimately running for the country. They haven't grown up there. There is no connection there. They are basically being paid to run for Turkey. Whoever allowed that to happen in the IAAF are not brave enough to distinguish between cases where people have legitimate reasons for people moving countries. For refugees or reasons other than going to be a part of a team,” she said.

CHIA (ITA): Fifth-placer Fionnuala McCormack has also said “something must be done” to prevent athletes from switching nationalities out of convenience, informs the Irish Independent. "I don't think it's right, but it's not just Kenyans moving to Turkey. I don't think it's right that people can swap countries and change names whenever they feel like it. Those decisions shouldn't be allowed, and it's from the top that those changes need to be made,” she said. McCormack has vowed to make her 15th appearance at these championships in Samorin next year where she will aim to reclaim her title. 

CHIA (ITA): Bronze medallist Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal has also called for stricter laws regarding athletes transferring nationality, informs NRK. “I think it should be changed. You must have been in the country longer than the Kenyans have been [in Turkey]. You cannot represent Kenya three months ago but take European gold for a completely different country later. It can ruin the sport if you buy and import athletes,” she said.

CHIA (ITA): After winning the under-23 title in Chia, Sofia Ennaoui is targeting a full indoor season culminating in Belgrade at the European Indoor Championships, informs European Athletics. “This is a historical medal for us and it also gives me power before the indoor season,” she said.


BEAVERTON (USA): Nike has announced some of the initial plans behind the ‘Breaking2’ project to break the two hour-mark for the marathon, informs Runner’s World. Nike has announced Olympic champion Eliud  Kipchoge, former two-time Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa and world half marathon record-holder Zersenay Tadese will all be part of the project. They have all officially started their Nike-backed build-up toward the record attempt next spring although the exact timing and location of the record attempt have yet to be finalised. The company also has not yet announced a plan for drug testing the athletes, but has acknowledged the need to be transparent about its monitoring programme.

PRETORIA (RSA): Athletics South Africa has scheduled three elite meetings in March ahead of the IAAF World Relays in April, informs the Independent Online. Olympic 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk has also said he is willing to be a part of the South African 4x100m team next year. “I’m not someone who would want to do the 4x400, but I would love to do the 4x100. With the guys we’ve got, quite a generation of sprinters coming through, I’d be keen. The World Relays all depends on the federation, if they’re willing to send us through and if the guys are fit to run,” he said. 

XIAMEN (CHN): Two runners collapsed dead at the Xiamen International Half Marathon on Saturday, informs Xinhua. One runner collapsed and suffered heart failure with 4.5 kilometres remaining while the other collapsed after crossing the finish line. Both runners were immediately sent to hospital where they were pronounced dead. 

KOLN (GER): German pole vault record holder Bjorn Otto will in January start to work as pilot for holiday line SunExpress Deutschland. First he needs practice for Boeing 737. 

MOSCOW (RUS): Two-time Olympic champion, IOC athletes’ commission member and head of the RUSADA Supervisory Board Yelena Isinbayeva expressed the hope that RusAF and IAAF will find compromise soon. "I hope soon that we can compete internationally otherwise we will have no chance to develop the sport in Russia, we lose visibility otherwise. We must find a solution as the worst thing has happened already - we missed the Olympic Games. Russia must be allowed back,” Isinbayeva said in her quote to Insidethegames.biz. 

LUANDA (ANG): The new president of Angola's Athletics federation Bernardo João announced that the 61st edition of Luanda's Sylvester race on December 31st will be held as a national event without the participation of foreigne elite athletes. Kenyans Alex Oloitiptip and Jemima Sumgong were the winners of the 2015 edition. Informs Angop.

GABORONE (BOT): Former 800 m runner Glody Dube (7th at the 2000 Olympic Games and 5th at the 2001 world championships) has resigned as vice president of Botswana Athletics Association. He joined BAA executive committee in 2008 as an additional member. He was then selected as the public relations officer and rose through the ranks to the position of vice president. Dube, a teacher at Modipane Primary School, who founded and runs the Sports View Athletic Club, said he has the desire to set up an athletics academy. From Carole Fuchs and based on Sunday Standard.


MELBOURNE (AUS, Dec 11): Australian 20 km walk champs had New Zealand´s Quentin Rew as winner in 1:24:57. Also in women 20 km New Zealand win for Alana Barber 1:32:59 ahead of Beki Smith 1:33:54.

HAMILTON (NZL, Dec 10): New Zealand´s Ben Langton-Burrell added nearly two metres to his personal best javelin throw with a throw of 79.80, his previous best of 77.97m was set exactly a year ago at Porritt Stadium. His 79.80m moves him to number three on the New Zealand all-time list. From New Zealand Athletics website.

LOS PALACIOS (ESP, Dec 11): Moroccan Moussaab Hadout won the 37th Medio Maratón Sevilla-Los Palacios in quality PB 1:01:40. From RRW.

TELFORD (GBR, Dec 11): Former NCAA star Elinor Kirk set a personal best in winning the women's 10 km race here in 32:35. Men winner Joshua Grace 29:21 over Tom Lancashire 29:22. From RRW.

NEW YORK (USA, Dec 10): Ethiopians wins at the Ted Corbitt 15-K in Central Park. Teshome Mekonen 44:49 and Ayantu Dakebo Hailemaryam 52:57.From RRW.

SAO PAULO (BRA, Dec 11): In the 50th Carrera Sargento Gonzaguinha at 15 km Kenyan wins in Brazil. Paul Koech Kimutai 44:48 and Teclah Chebet 55:05. From RRW.

CARDIFF (GBR, Dec 11): In mixed indoor 3000 m walk Bethan Davies clocked 12:35.87 PB on the women side.

PRINCETON (USA, Dec 11): At New Year's Invitational indoor meet Carrington Akosa clocked 6.73 in the 60 m and Nick Vena achieved 19.82 in shot put.

DURHAM (GBR, Dec 10): Double Olympic 1500m finalist Laura Weightman easily won the women’s race while Jonathan Taylor won the men’s race by three seconds from Nick Swinburn at the 
North East Cross Country Championships.

PADERBORN (GER, Dec 11): German junior sprint champion Chantal Butzek in her last race in the U20 category clocked fast 7.33 in the 60 m. Her goal for the coming indoor season is at 7.23 level. Michael Pohl won men in 6.83.

ZELLER (GER, Dec 11): Katharina Heinig was competing for first time since Berlin Marathon and won the 13th edition of Advent Cross Race in 16:38 and missed the event best only by four seconds. At the 5 km course men winner was Abid Uya Hundessa in 14:52.


AIR FORCE ACADEMY (USA): EME NEWS got confirmation that running the 500 m indoors at the meet on Friday was the Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova (1:13.55). 

COLLEGE STATION (USA): From Texas A&M Reveille Invitational to note that Brian Barraza broke the four-minute barrier for the first time by running away from the field in 3:58.66. According to British statistician Jon Mulkeen, Barraza's mile is the first indoor sub-4:00 ever run in the month of December. Clemson's Grace Barnett won the women's mile in a personal best 4:35.66. From RRW.

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