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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 23:20

News From Around the World - EME NEWS (DEC 13, 2016)

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van Niekerk and Wlodarczyk by AI readers - LONDON (GBR): Olympic champions and world record breakers Wayde van Niekerk and Anita Wlodarczyk were voted world athletes of the year by Athletics International readers (results and news bulletin published by Mel Watman and Peter Matthews).

Van Niekerk, who took the 400m gold medal in Rio in 43.03, ran out the winner (714 points) over Mo Farah (627) and Usain Bolt (589), while Wlodarczyk, who set world hammer records in Rio (82.29) and Warsaw (82.98), finished ahead (686) of Almaz Ayana (627) and Elaine Thompson (506). Readers were invited to vote for their top 10 athletes of the year. In the men top ten also fourth Ashton Eaton (373) ahead of Eliud Kipchoge (292) and David Rudisha (272). In a tie for 7th Conseslus Kipruto with Christian Taylor (253). As 9th Ryan Crouser (186) and 10th Omar McLeod (160). On the women side fourth Ruth Jebet (400), fifth Sandra Perkovic (328) and sixth Keni Harrison (303). Top ten was completed by Caterine Ibarguen (222), Caster Semenya (186), Shaunae Miller (124) and Nafissatou Thiam (115).

IAAF might re-test Sopot 2014 samples
MONACO (MON): The IAAF might reanalyse Russian samples conducted at the 2014 World Indoor Championships over suspicions that athletes who failed doping tests were allowed to compete, informs AP. According to the final part of the McLaren report, eight athletes submitted suspicious samples the week before they were to travel to the championships held in Sopot, Poland. The samples collected included three with unusually high testosterone levels, four containing ostarine, and one containing both ostarine and turinabol. One of the athletes included in the eight was thought to be long jumper Svetlana Biryukova who was removed from the team and subsequently banned for two years but it is believed the remaining samples were recorded as clean by Russian Sports Ministry official Alexei Velikodny. “We are going through the names we have been given by Prof. McLaren’s team and where we have samples from the relevant period we will reanalyse,” said the IAAF in a statement. 


MEXICO CITY (MEX): Former world 400m champion Ana Guevara is in hospital after being beaten up by four men following a traffic collision near Mexico City, informs BBC News. Guevara, who is now a Senator, was riding her motorcycle on Sunday evening when a car hit her and caused her to fall. She said the men in the car got out and hit her in the ribs and the head. Guevara described the attack as ”cowardly and vile" and has reported it to the police.

NEW YORK (USA): Four more Olympic champions have been confirmed for the Millrose Games in New York on 11 February, informs organisers. Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller will contest the 300m while Olympic 400m hurdles champion Dalilah Muhammad will contest the 500m. Miller will face relay gold medallist Natasha Hastings in the 300m while Muhammad goes head-to-head with Phyllis Francis, who also won a gold medal in the 4x400m.

MELBOURNE (AUS): Jared Tallent will compete through until the Olympic Games in Tokyo where he will aim to become just the second walker in history to win medals at four successive Olympics, informs IAAF. His main aim for the 2017 season is to claim an elusive gold medal at the World Championships in London. “To go back to The Mall venue from the London 2012 Olympics and win would be pretty incredible. That is a big goal at the moment,” he said.

EDINBURGH (GBR): Mo Farah has been named as part of a 40-strong British team for the Edinburgh International Cross Country on 7 January, informs Athletics Weekly. Farah is joined on the senior men’s team by European cross country bronze medallist Callum Hawkins and Rio Olympians Andy Vernon and Ross Millington while European junior cross country bronze medallist Mahamed Mahamed makes his senior debut. The senior women’s team includes Steph Twell and former European cross country champion Gemma Steel. Alex Yee and two-time European junior cross country medallist Harriet Knowles-Jones are the top names on the junior teams.

EDINBURGH (GBR): Newly crowned European cross country champions Aras Kaya and Yasemin Can lead the European teams for the Edinburgh International Cross Country. Kaya has been named on the European side along with teammates Polat Arikan Kemboi and Kaan Kigen Ozbilen along with Spaniards Ilias Fifa, Ayad Lamdassem, Adel Mechaal and Antonio Abadia. The top five finishers in the women’s race in Chia have all been named in the European team while under-23 champions Isaac Kimeli and Sofia Ennaoui and junior winner Jakob Ingebrigtsen are set to compete as well. 

BOSTON (USA): Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Deba has been officially named the winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon following the disqualification of Rita Jeptoo, informs organisers. Deba also becomes the course record-holder with her time of 2:19:59 which surpasses Margaret Okayo’s long-standing mark of 2:20:43.

ROTTERDAM (NED): Top Dutch runners Abdi Nageeye and Michel Butter will compete in the Rotterdam Marathon on 9 April, informs NOS.

LEVERKUSEN (GER): Two-time European U20 cross country champion Konstanze Klosterhalfen will continue to focus on the 1500m next year, informs Leichtathletik.de. Klosterhalfen is targeting the European Under-23 Championships in Bydgoszcz and the World Championships in London. She adds she trains up to nine times a week and runs around 80 kilometres each week in training. 

WARSZAWA (POL): European cross country champion Sofia Ennaoui will contest the 3000m at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade next March.

BRUSSELS (BEL): After winning the European under-23 cross country title, Belgium’s Isaac Kimeli has said he is aiming to compete at the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala next March, informs Sporza.be. 

BOLZANO (ITA): After Edris Mukthar from Ethiopia and current World CC women champion Agnes Tirop organizers of BOclassic famous road race on the New Year´s eve released more names. Among new entries European Half-Marathon champion Abraham Tadesse along with Swiss marathon women record holder Maja Neuschwander. Also running will be the sub 8 minutes steeple runner Jarius Birech who is also double Diamond League winner. Top Italian interest will be represented by fresh bronze medalist from Chia in the U23 race Yemaneberhan Crippa.

WARSZAWA (POL): The Polish Commission for fight against doping in sports decided that shot putter Konrad Bukowiecki should recieve a warning for his positive test for higenamine at World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz. That would mean he would lose the gold medal from that event and also the World U20 record of 23.34. The record will remain so with Jacko Gill of New Zealand 23.00 in 2013. "I did not recieve a ban, just a warning," said Bukowiecki. Final confirmation of the case will be done by IAAF. He is in preparation for the indoor season and in summer plans to compete at all top events of the year including the World Championships, European U23 Championships and World University Games. 

CHICAGO (USA): Today, runners who entered the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon non-guaranteed entry drawing will be notified of their selection status. This year’s field will be comprised of runners who were randomly selected to receive an entry through the drawing, as well as participants who qualified for one of five guaranteed entry opportunities. The world-class event, celebrating 40 years of running in 2017, will take place on Sunday, October 8.

LONDON (GBR): Sochi has been stripped of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Championships today, with another location "to be determined" in coming days.  In a statement today, the IBSF Executive Committee felt that "during this difficult time it is prudent not to organise such an event in Russia". Writes insidethegames.


COLLEGE STATION (USA, Dec 10): 800 m talent Donavan Brazier made his long awaited return to the track running an impressive 45.95 4x400m split. He was third runner of the winning Track Station team with 3:09.73. Olympic finalist Bralon Taplin of Grenada was the anchor with 46.06 split. 

SABADELL (ESP, Dec 10): New Spanish U16 indoor record as Maria Vicente (15) clocked in the 200 m 24.87.

CARDIFF (GBR, Dec 11): One more result from this indoor meet in Welsh capital is a new indoor UK record as Cameron Corbishley, a bronze medallist at the British outdoor Championships over 5000 m, recorded the fastest British U20 time ever over 3000 m indoor walk in a clocking of 11:39.75. From British athletics.

OULU (FIN, Dec 11): Solid 300 m run by 16 years old Samuel Purola 34.83 on the oversized track here.

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