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When Andrew Wheating arrived at his first high school practice at Portland Madison last fall, it didn't sink in that he was a coach until teenagers starting asking him rapid fire questions. 

Can I do this after practice? 

How many miles am I doing? 

Hey coach, why does this hurt? 

Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:39

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 18, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 18, 2018)
Morris vs Stefanidi
DOHA (QAT): More names are revealed for the 2018 IAAF Diamond League opener in Doha on May 4. Top clashes in women pole vault (Sandi Morris, Katerina Stefanidi) and men javelin (Johannes Vetter, Thomas Rohler, Jakub Vadlejch and Petr Frydrych). World 800m champion Caster Semenya, fresh off her Commonwealth Games 800m/1500m double victory, will head the field in the longer race. Women pole vault also includes recently crowned Commonwealth gold and silver medallists Alysha Newman of Canada and Eliza McCartney of New Zealand respectively, 2017 World Championship bronze medallist and 2013 U18 world champion Robeilys Peinado of Venezuela, and 2013 European indoor champion and British record-holder Holly Bradshaw. Also in the javelin mix are reigning Olympic silver medallist Julius Yego of Kenya, and another rising star, 20-year-old Neeraj Chopra of India, the 2016 U20 world champion, 2017 Asian champion and record-holder, and recent Commonwealth Games gold medallist. At the moment Semenya´s chief competition appears to be Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia, the 2016 world indoor bronze medallist and world U20 indoor record holder, Kenyan Winny Chebet, a world indoor 1500m finalist, Rababe Arafi of Morocco, a world and Olympic 1500m finalist, and Eunice Sum of Kenya, the 2013 world 800m champion.
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:53

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 17, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 17, 2018)
WMM standings
BOSTON (USA): After Boston Marathon  Geoffrey Kirui leads the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XI with 41 points over four runners with 25 points. From them Daniel Wanjiru and Eliud Kipchoge are running in London on Sunday what is the end of the 11th series. Dickson Chumba and Yuki Kawauchi also have 25 points. Both women leaders with 41 points Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba are competing in London along with 4th Rose Chelimo who has 25 points. Not running Ruti Aga with 32 and another 25 pointer Shalane Flanagan. Based on infor from Race Results Weekly.
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:43

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 16, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 16, 2018)
Kawauchi and Linden in super bad weather
BOSTON (USA, Apr 16): Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi (2:15:58) and the United States’ Desiree Linden (2:39:54) were the surprise winners of the Boston Marathon which took place in near-freezing temperatures, heavy rain and strong headwinds. Many of the elite runners started the race wearing ponchos or long-sleeved jackets and a high proportion didn’t complete the distance. Linden caught Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska just before the 35km checkpoint and opened up a winning margin of four minutes in the last seven kilometres. The nearly unknown Sarah Sellers moved up from eleventh at the 35km checkpoint to second in a PB of 2:44:04 (82:05/81:59) while Canadian veteran Krista DuChene (80:22/83:58) ran a steady race to finish third in 2:44:20. New York Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan, who stopped for a pitstop around the halfway stage, was seventh in 2:46:31, two places ahead of reigning champion Edna Kiplagat from Kenya in 2:47:14. Daska and Kenya’s Gladys Chesir, who briefly led after Daska fell away, were among the notable DNFs. In the men’s race, reigning champion Geoffrey Kirui still led by 20 seconds at the 40km checkpoint but the Kenyan fell apart in the late stages, losing nearly two-and-a-minutes on Kawauchi in the last 2.2 kilometres. Kawauchi won in 2:15:58 ahead of an exhausted Korir (2:18:23) with Americans Shadrack Biwott (2:18:35), Tyler Pennel (2:18:57), Andrew Bumbalough (2:19:52) and Scott Smith (2:21:47) filling the next four spots. Eight of the top-10 leaders at the halfway point in 65:59 didn’t complete the distance, including Chicago Marathon winner Galen Rupp and Ethiopians Tamirat Tola, Lemi Berhanu and Lelisa Desisa.
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:31

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 15, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 15, 2018)
Dramatic marathon ending
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 15): There was a dramatic climax to the men’s marathon at the Commonwealth Games. Scotland’s Callum Hawkins had amassed a two-minute lead but the 25-year-old collapsed at the 40km checkpoint and had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance and will remain in hospital overnight as a precaution. Reigning champion Michael Shelley from Australia was the beneficiary, coming through to successfully defend his title in 2:16:46 ahead of Uganda’s Solomon Mutai (2:19:02) and Scotland’s Robbie Simpson (2:19:36). Northern Ireland’s Kevin Seaward was the only other runner to break the 2:20-barrier in fourth in 2:19:54. Kenyans Julius Karinga (2:24:26) and Kenneth Mungara (2:25:42) were ninth and tenth respectively. In demanding conditions (27C temperature and 69% humidity) seven of the 24 starters didn’t complete the distance. In the women’s race, Namibia’s Helalia Johannes won the title in 2:32:40 ahead of Australians Lisa Weightman (2:33:23) and Jessica Trengove (2:34:09). Only the top six finishers broke the 2:40-barrier.

Yuki Kawauchi and Desiree Linden were the winners of a Boston Marathon which overturned every possible form book of the IAAF Gold Label road race on Monday (16).

EME NEWS (APR 14, 2018)
England wins both 4x100 m relays in World leads
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 14): Kenyans Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot repeated their one-two from last year’s World Championships on the final day of stadium track and field action at the Commonwealth Games. Manangoi ran 3:34.78 as Cheruiyot was on 3:35.17. Scotland’s Jake Wightman won bronze in 3:35.97. World champion Hellen Obiri won a tactical 5000 m in 15:13.11, chased closely until the final straight by team-mate Margaret Kipkemboi (15:15.28). England’s Laura Weightman won bronze in 15:25.84 . India’s Neeraj Chopra took the javelin with 86.47m - a season’s best and one centimetre below the world junior record he set two years ago. Australia’s Hamish Peacock took silver with 82.59m and Grenada’s Anderson Peters the bronze with 82.20m. In her fourth Games, high jumper Levern Spencer took her and Saint Lucia’s first Commonwealth gold, clearing 1.95m (WL) to beat England’s Morgan Lake (1.93m) and Australia’s Nicola McDermott (1.91m PB).  England took both sprint relays. The quartet of Reuben Arthur, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey combined to run 38.13 (WL) ahead of South Africa (38.24 NR) and Jamaica (38.35). On the women’s side, Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith, Bianca Williams and Lorraine Ugen clocked 42.46 (WL) - the fastest ever by a team representing England. Jamaica won silver with 42.52 and Nigeria the bronze (42.75). Jamaica won the women’s 4x400m in a world lead 3:24.00 through Christine Day, Anastasia Le Roy, Janieve Russell and Stephenie McPherson. Nigeria took second with 3:25.29 and Amantle Montsho moved Botswana from fifth to third on the final leg with the quickest split overall of 49.59, bringing home a national record 3:26.86. Botswana took the men’s race, in which the medallist were separated by less than two tenths. Leaname Maotoanong, Babaloki Thebe, Onkabetse Nkobolo and Isaac Makwala got the baton round in 3:01.78 to win from Bahamas (3:01.92) and Jamaica (3:01.97). Guyana’s Troy Doris took the triple jump win with 16.88m.
Saturday, 14 April 2018 21:46

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 13, 2018)

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Kenya´s steeple sweep
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 13): Caster Semenya completed the middle distance double at the Commonwealth Games, setting another championship record in the 800m in 1:56.68 (58.66/58.02) ahead of Kenya’s Margaret Wambui (1:58.07) with Jamaica’s Natoye Goule running a 1:58.82 PB for bronze. Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei also won his second gold medal of the championships, smashing the championship record in the 10,000m with 27:19.62 ahead of Canada’s Mo Ahmed (27:20.56) and Rodgers Kwemoi (27:28.66). New Zealand’s Jake Robertson finished fifth in a national record of 27:30.90 as the top eight finishers all broke the 28-minute mark. World and Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto added the Commonwealth title to his haul, setting another championship record of 8:10.08 ahead of Abraham Kibiwott (8:10.62) with Amos Kirui ensuring a Kenyan clean sweep with a late charge to pip Canada’s Matthew Hughes on the line, 8:12.24 to 8:12.33. There were also two championship records on the field: Canada’s Alysha Newman cleared 4.75m on her final attempt of pole vault to defeat Eliza McCartney (4.70m) and Nina Kennedy (4.60m) while Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres secured the discus title with a championship record of 68.20m ahead of teammate Traves Smikle (63.98m) and Cyprus’ Apostolos Parellis (63.61m) with Australia’s Matt Denny fourth (62.53m). Jamaica also won gold in the shot put courtesy of Danniel Thomas-Dodd who set a national record of 19.36m to defeat reigning three-time champion Valerie Adams, who improved her season’s best to 18.70m in her first major competition since maternity leave. Elsewhere, Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan won the 100m hurdles title in 12.68 ahead of Jamaicans Danielle Williams (12.78) and Yanique Thompson (12.97) and England’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the heptathlon with 6255 points ahead of teenagers Nina Schultz from Canada (6133 PB) and England’s Niamh Emerson (6043 PB). England posted a fast 38.15 in the 4x100m heats but there was a shock in men’s javelin qualifying as 2015 World champion Julius Yego failed to reach the final with 74.55m. The two pools were led by Australia's Hamish Peacock with 81.22m.
Saturday, 14 April 2018 21:41

News from around the World - EME News (Apr 12, 2018)

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EME NEWS (APR 12, 2018)
Miller-Uibo beats them all
GOLD COAST (AUS, Apr 12): Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo powered to a championship record of 22.09 to win a high quality 200m final on the fifth day of the Commonwealth Games. Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson improved her PB again to 22.18 to win silver with European champion Dina Asher-Smith just holding off double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, 22.29 to 22.30. There was also a championship record in the discus as Dani Stevens retained her title on home soil with 68.26m, although all five of her valid throws would have won the title (61.39m, 64.51m, 65.43m, 65.10m) ahead of India’s Seema Punia (60.41m). Australia also won gold in the men’s pole vault with Kurtis Marschall clearing 5.70m on his third attempt to defeat former world champion Shawn Barber from Canada with 5.65m. Kyron McMaster claimed the British Virgin Islands’ first ever title at the Commonwealth Games with gold in the 400m hurdles in 48.25 ahead of Jeffery Gibson from the Bahamas (49.10, the biggest margin between 1 and 2) and Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde (49.16) while Janieve Russell won the women’s 400m hurdles title in 54.33 from Scotland’s Eilidh Doyle (54.80) who picked up her third successive silver medal and South Africa’s Wenda Nel (54.96). England’s Zharnel Hughes was DQ’d for a lane violation (initially 20.12 also) while allowed Jereem Richards from Trinidad & Tobago to take the title in 20.12 from Canada’s Aaron Brown (20.34) and Northern Ireland’s Leon Reid (20.55) while Kenya’s Wycliffe Kinyamal held off the fast finishing Kyle Langford for the 800m title, 1:45.11 to 1:45.16. Favorite Nijel Amos Amos, after leading for the first 500 metres, faded to eighth. Canada’s Christabel Nettey won a high quality long jump final with 6.84m ahead of Australia’s Brooke Stratton (6.77m) and England’s Shara Proctor (6.75m). World indoor pentathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson leads the heptathlon after the first day with 3765 points (13.54 100mH, 1.87m HJ, 11.54m SP, 23.56 200m) ahead of Canada’s Nina Schultz (3639) and Australia’s Celeste Mucci (3613). In the morning session, Caster Semenya was the fastest in the 800m heats with 1:59.26, former world champion Danielle Williams from Jamaica posted a fast 12.69 in the 100m hurdles and teammate Fedrick Dacres led discus qualifying with 66.20m.

When it comes to running, or any fitness feat for that matter, it’s not just about how well your body performs; it’s also about your mental strength. And that is exactly what Olympic bronze medalist and long-distance runner Deena Kastor, 45, talks about in her new memoir, Let Your Mind Run ($27; amazon.com), on bookshelves today.