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Monday, 06 November 2017 00:03

News from around the World - EME News (Nov 5, 2017)

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Flanagan makes history
NEW YORK (USA, Nov 5): Shalane Flanagan made a decisive move in the last three miles to defeat three-time champion Mary Keitany and Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska to become the first American woman to win the New York Marathon since 1977. With splits of 76:18/70:35, Flanagan, 36, broke the tape in Central Park in 2:26:53 ahead of Keitany (2:27:54) and Daska (2:28:08) with Edna Kiplagat fourth in 2:29:36. Allie Kieffer was fifth in a big PB of 2:29:39 while triathlon specialist Sara Dossena from Italy was sixth on her debut in 2:29:39 (0.5 between them). Seventh in new PB Czech former nordic skiier Eva Vrabcova 2:29:41 and last under 2:30 with 2:29:56 as 8th Kellyn Taylor. Flanagan covered the 5km between 35-40km in 15:53 and her last five miles were: 5:09, 5:08, 5:10, 5:03, 5:12. In the men’s race, two-time world cross country champion Geoffrey Kamworor secured the first marathon win of his career in 2:10:53, holding off a late surge from former champion Wilson Kipsang (2:10:56) with Ethiopians Lelisa Desisa (2:11:32) and Lemi Berhanu (2:11:52) third and fourth respectively. Switzerland’s Tadesse Abraham was the top European finisher in fifth (2:12:01) while Abdi Abdirahman was the top US finisher in seventh in 2:12:48 despite falling at a feed station in the first 10km. In his farewell race, former winner Meb Keflezighi, 42, was 11th in 2:15:29. The winners both earned $100,000 for the victory, while Flanagan and Abdirahman picked up $25,000 as the top Americans, part of a guaranteed purse of $850,000. Flanagan also won a $10,000 time bonus for breaking 2:27:00.
Sunday, 05 November 2017 03:03

News from around the World - EME News (Nov 4, 2017)

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Huddle and Kipchirchir
NEW YORK (USA, Nov 4): Molly Huddle claimed her 25th national title at the USATF 5-K Road Championships, winning the Abbott Dash to the Finish in 15:24 ahead of Molly Seidel (15:35) and Natosha Rogers (15:39). Shadrack Kipchirchir won a tactical men’s race in 13:57 from Tommy Curtin (13:58) and Kirubel Erassa (13:58) with Olympic 5000m silver medallist Paul Chelimo fourth (13:58).
Saturday, 04 November 2017 22:48

News from around the World - EME News (Nov 3, 2017)

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IAAF returns to rankings
MONACO (MON): The IAAF returns to World Rankings. The World governing body has announced an exclusive partnership with Hungarian Elite Ltd (all-athletics.com) to create the official IAAF World Rankings as a qualification mechanism to drive the sport’s annual competition system. This will cover the build, management and maintenance of a new IAAF results and statistics database and the development of an official IAAF World Rankings system that will lead to qualification into major sporting competitions. Elite company already in the past compiled IAAF World Rankings from 2001 to 2009. “The IAAF World Rankings, which will come into operation in 2018, will drive and shape the global competition system including entry into the World Championships and Olympic Games. For the first time in the sport’s history, athletes, media and fans will have a clear understanding of the hierarchy of competitions from national through to area and up to global events, allowing them to follow a logical season-long path to the pinnacle of athletics' top two competitions,” said IAAF President Sebastian Coe. Athletes’ position in the IAAF World Rankings will be based upon the points they score, the amount determined by their performance and place and the importance of the competition in the IAAF global calendar in which those results are achieved. The details of the World Rankings including the points system for each event that goes towards the annual world rankings and the eligibility for entry in to World Championships and The Olympic Games will be finalised in the first quarter of 2018, so the system can be applied for the IAAF World Championships in Doha in 2019 and the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.
Friday, 03 November 2017 02:52

News from around the World - EME News (Nov 2, 2017)

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Van Niekerk surgery went well
DENVER (USA): World and Olympic 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk underwent successful knee surgery at the Steadman Clinic in Colorado on Tuesday, informs a release from his management company. "We are pleased to have received positive news from the doctor, who says the operation went well. Wayde had his first rehab session on Wednesday and it went well,” said Peet van Zyl from In-Site Athlete Management. He will now have a break from training for six months.
Thursday, 02 November 2017 00:31

News from around the World - EME News (Nov 1, 2017)

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NYC Marathon as scheduled
NEW YORK (USA): The mayor of New York announced Wednesday that the marathon scheduled for Sunday in the city bereaved by his first murderous attack since September 11, 2001 is maintained and that security will be strengthened. "We are moving forward and looking forward to Sunday's marathon. It will run as planned. It will be protected, as it always is, and we will take additional security measures, "said mayor Bill de Blasio during a press conference of the New York authorities in the aftermath of the attack. The city’s renowned marathon is expected to attract more than 50,000 runners and 2.5 million spectators on Sunday.
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 01:06

News from around the World - EME News (Oct 31, 2017)

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Van Niekerk will have a surgery
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): World 400 m record-holder Wayde van Niekerk will miss the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April due to knee surgery, informs a release from his management company. He sustained medial and lateral tears of the meniscus, as well as a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in a celebrity tag rugby match. “I was looking forward to competing in the 100m and 200m events in Gold Coast and participating at the national championships in March, so this is unfortunate timing,” Van Niekerk said in a release. “But this is sport and these things happen. I trust that the team I have around me, including the medical professionals, will make this process as smooth as possible.” Van Niekerk has said he will undergo a six-month programme of rehabilitation and hopes to race again later in the season. The Olympic and World gold medalist has arrived in the United States where he will undergo a medical procedure at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. Following surgery, he will undergo rehabilitation for six months in Vail, Doha and South Africa. "Full recovery is going to be crucial, so I'll be patient, but I will work as hard as I can to get back on the track as soon as possible," he added.
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:09

News from around the World - EME News (Oct 30, 2017)

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Hansen enthusiastic about European Cup 10k
LONDON (GBR): European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen enthused over the link-up between the European 10,000m Cup and Night of the 10,000m PBs. “Integrating the Cup into the Night of 10,000m PBs will move both events to another level and heighten interest in both events,” he said about the annual event at Hampstead Heath, London. “I think it is a win-win situation for both parties and shows European Athletics’ willingness to embrace new competitive concepts. I think it's highly likely that the leading runners in London will be in contention for medals in the distance events at the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships later next summer.” The event will take place on 19 May.
Sunday, 29 October 2017 23:22

News from around the World - EME News (Oct 29, 2017)

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Tola and Vivian PB´s despite winds
FRANKFURT (GER, Oct 29): Olympic 5000 m champion Vivian Cheruiyot claimed victory in the 26th Mainova Frankfurt Marathon in a 2:23:35 PB. Cheruiyot broke away from the rest of the elite women in the early stages and led by more than two minutes through the halfway stage in 70:07. Cheruiyot still led by 2:33 at the 35km checkpoint in 1:57:24 and despite tiring in the last seven kilometres, she still claimed her first marathon with in a lifetime best (70:07/73:28). Ethiopians Yebrgual Melese (2:24:30), Meskerem Assefa (2:24:38) and Abebech Afework (2:26:45) were next to finish with United States’ Sara Hall fifth in a 2:27:21 PB. Katharina Heinig won the German title in eighth in 2:29:29. Notable DNFs included Volha Mazuronak from Belarus and Ethiopia's Feyse Tadese. There was an Ethiopian clean sweep in the men’s race with Tola Shura winning in a 2:05:50 PB (62:30/63:20) ahead of Kelkile Gezahegh (2:06:56 PB) with Getu Feleke third in 2:07:46. Kenya’s Martin Kosgey was fourth in 2:09:39 while Brit Dewi Griffiths clocked 2:09:49 in fifth to move to second on the European rankings on his debut. Arne Gabius was sixth in 2:09:59 in his first completed marathon in two years to claim the German title. Reigning champion Mark Korir faded to tenth in 2:12:37
Sunday, 29 October 2017 23:13

News from around the World - EME News (Oct 28, 2017)

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Inspiring conference
FRANKFURT (GER): European Athletics informs that some of the near-400 delegates to the first edition of the European Running Business Conference in Frankfurt were interviewed for TV at the end of the second day and the word that used most often in their replies to the question “What do you think of the conference?” was “Inspiring!” A full day’s programme of keynote speeches, breakout groups and Q&A sessions helped galvanise the various stakeholders – international federations, national federations, race organisers, sponsors and running industry suppliers – from almost 40 countries about how running in Europe can be changed, reshaped and improved. The day got underway with a welcome from the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon race director Jo Schindler, who reflected briefly on his career and his innovations to make the race one of the most prestigious in the world. Analytics and digital technology and media were the themes addressed in the presentation Know your Runners and Make Sure You Reach Them, with a quartet of different speakers approaching the subject from four different angles. Golazo CEO Bob Verbeeck, London Marathon CEO Nick Bitel, Tokyo Marathon race director Tad Hayano and AIMS President and Valencia Half Marathon race director Paco Borao providing insights into the way that they manage and stage their races.
Saturday, 28 October 2017 02:41

News from around the World - EME News (Oct 27, 2017)

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Korir vs Feleke
FRANKFURT (GER): Reigning champion Mark Korir from Kenya (2:05:49 PB) will face Ethiopia’s Getu Feleke (2:04:50 PB) in the Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday, informs organisers. “I have trained well and I hope to break my personal best on Sunday. Maybe even a 2:04 time is possible,” said Korir. Other top entrants on the men’s race include Kenya’s Martin Kosgey (2:07:22 PB), Ethiopians Shure Kitata (2:07:28 PB) and Kelkile Gezahegn (2:07:29 PB) and Poland’s Henryk Szost (2:07:39 PB). German record-holder Arne Gabius (2:08:33 PB) also competes and he is aiming to break the 2:10-barrier on his comeback from injury. The top entrant in the women’s race is Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot (2:23:50 PB) but she is only the sixth fastest on paper in the line-up which is headed by Ethiopians Feyse Tadese (2:20:27 PB) and Yebrgual Melese (2:22:51 PB).