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News From Around the World - EME NEWS (JULY 12, 2017)

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South African 100 m triumph - NAIROBI (KEN, Jul 12): In heavy rain, Tshenolo Lemao claimed gold for South Africa in the boys’ 100m on the first day of the World U18 Championships in 10.57 from teammate Retshidisitwe Mlenga (10.61) and Jamaica’s Tyreke Wilson (10.65). Ethiopia’s Abersh Minsweo upset Kenya’s Emmaculate Chepkirui for the 3000m title, 9:24.62 to 9:24.69, while Germany’s Selina Dantzler won a close shot put final with 17.64m from China’s Tianxiao Yu (17.62m) and Yue Sun (17.59m). France’s Steven Fauvel Clinch leads the decathlon after the first day with 4084 points from Latvia’s Olegs Kozjakovs (4053) but pre-competition favourite Maximilian Kluth from Germany withdrew after the 100m due to injury.
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan Sports Minister Hassan Wario described hosting the World U18 Championships as a “learning curve” but thanked IAAF president Sebastian Coe for having confidence in the country to stage the event, informs "I want to thank Seb Coe in having confidence in Kenya and giving us the chance to host this great competition. This has been a huge learning curve for the country, and I think we are now ready for bigger things, having had this experience and having had this facility lifted to this level. We are now looking to the next level of events,” he said.
NAIROBI (KEN): IAAF president Sebastian Coe visited the Athlete Refugee Team on the eve of the World U18 Championships in Nairobi. The three athletes Lydia Philip Mamun (400m), Sunday Kamisa Peter (800m) and Mohammed Ahmed Abubakar (1500m) live and train in a refugee camp run by former world marathon record-holder Tegla Loroupe in Ngong, a town 28 kilometres from Nairobi. “Tegla first spoke to me before the London 2012 Olympic Games. She had a vision, she delivered on that vision, and she took the team to Rio. We were very proud as the IAAF to contribute a modest sum of money to allow the project to rise from the ground. Today was the example of passion, of vision and humanity,” said Coe.
Top names for Madrid
MADRID (ESP): World hammer No.1 Pawel Fajdek and Olympic triple jump champion Caterine Ibarguen headline Meeting Madrid 2017. A top 400m features Isaac Makwala, Jonathan and Kevin Borlee, Lalonde Gordon, while Courtney Okolo is in the women’s one lap. Dayron Robles and Orlando Ortega are part of a quality 110m hurdles field, while Quincy Downing, Bershawn Jackson, Javier Culson go over the lower barriers. Mohammed Aman (800m), Silas Kiplagat (1500m) and Gelete Burka (3000m) star in the middle-distances. High jumper Ruth Beitia is home the home attractions.
Crouser and Spotakova
RABAT (MAR): In throws at Rabat DL on Sunday top names are Ryan Crouser in shot put and Barbora Spotakova in javelin. Her current main rival Sara Kolak is in Bydgoszcz at European U23 Championships. In shot Konrad Bukowiecki is also confirmed who first fights at home for European U23 gold and European leader of the season Czech record holder Tomas Stanek.
EA moves forward with education platform
BYDGOSZCZ (POL): European Athletics has launched the I Run Clean(TM) online anti-doping education platform and European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen has said he will propose a regulation making the completion of the programme a mandatory entry requirement for athletes taking part in future European championship events. Hansen will ask the European Athletics Council to introduce the new rule over two years, starting with the 2018 European Athletics U18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary, with the aim that all senior athletes competing in the 2020 European Athletics Championships in Paris will have successfully completed the programme. Ambassadors Erki Nool and Diane Modahl both praised the initiative at the pre-event press conference ahead of the European U23 Championships.
Vetter about his plans
OFFENBURG (GER): Sensational World leader and German record holder Johannes Vetter confirmed his last competition until World Championships will be next Friday in Monaco at the Diamond League jubilee Herculis edition. "Still no words, I need some more days to see what really happened. This is really mad," he said. About the competition he added for "I knew it was going to work. When the competition began, the rain stopped. We had really good conditions, almost no wind. And I have found a good position on the hard track." For the coming weeks until London he says: "Theoretically such a competition as in Luzern would have been even more bombastic in London. Now it is still four and a half weeks. I need to stay injury free, deal with the pressure and with the expectations. Maybe I need two weeks to come back, but I think I'm not going to fall into a hole. I am not the type that relies on successes. It motivates me even more."
DARMSTADT (GER): Germany has named a squad of 71 athletes for the World Championships in London next month. The German team is especially strong in the throwing events with Thomas Rohler, Johannes Vetter and Andreas Hofmann making up a strong triumvirate in the men’s javelin while reigning world champion Katharina Molitor will defend her title in the women’s javelin. Former world champions David Storl (shot put) and Robert Harting (discus) have also been named on the team although reigning Olympic discus champion Christoph Harting has not been selected. Rico Freimuth and Kai Kazmirek (decathlon) and Carolin Schafer and Claudia Salman-Rath (heptathlon) will also be medal contenders in the multi-events with Salman-Rath also competing in the individual long jump. On the track, Konstanze Klosterhalfen has been named in the team for the 1500m and 5000m while other standout names include reigning world bronze medallist Gesa-Felicitas Krause in the 3000m steeplechase, Pamela Dutkiewicz in the 100m hurdles, Gina Luckenkemper in the 100m and Lisa Mayer in the 200m. Julian Reus and Rebekka Haase will be doubling up in the sprints.
PRETORIA (RSA): South Africa has named an initial team of 22 athletes for the World Championships in London including Akani Simbine (100/200m) Wayde van Niekerk (200/400m), Caster Semenya (800m) and Luvo Manyonga (long jump). Athletes have until 23 July to achieve the qualifying marks set by Athletics South Africa.
LONDON (GBR): AIPS and IAAF will honour veteran journalists who have covered ten or more World Championships throughout their career in London this summer.
PORT OF SPAIN (TTO): Trinidad and Tobago named 19 individual names for World Champiomnship, also both men relays and women 4x100 m. Top names are Keshorn Walcott in javelin and also both female sprinters Michelle-Lee Ahye with Kelly-Ann Baptiste.
MARSEILLE (FRA): Olympic 110m hurdles bronze medallist Dimitri Bascou will miss the French Championships this weekend due to a continuing right leg injury, informs L’Equipe. He hopes to return to action in Liege on 19 July and Heusden-Zolder on 22 July. Pierre-Ambroise Bosse is also an injury doubt for the event.
LUZERN (SUI): Olga Mullina was disappointed she could not clear the World Indoor Championships qualifying standard of 4.71m in Luzern last night, informs RusAthletics. “The weather was terrible, because of the rain we really could not warm up. It is a pity that it did not happen at 4.71m. I wanted to immediately secure the standard for the World Indoor Championships,” she said. Her next competition will be in Madrid on 14 July.
BELMONT (USA): Three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein has joined the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance project and will be coached by Keith and Kevin Hanson, Brooks Running announced. Informs Race Results Weekly.
LAUSANNE (SUI): IOC Executive Board member and IAAF senior Vice President Sergey Bubka has been appointed to the Coordination Commission for the 2019 European Games in Minsk. Bubka will be part of the group tasked with overseeing preparations for the Games in the Belarusian capital, the second edition of the event following the inaugural competition in Baku in 2015.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Slovakia is sending 13 athletes for European U20 Championships in Grosseto. 10 girls and 3 boys, the top name is 800 m runner Gabriela Gajanova who won bronze last year at European U18 Championships in Georgia.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Nordic Sport and British Athletics will work together on strengthen athletics in UK. Nordic will supply equipment to Diamond League London and Birmingham and also all equipment to World Para Athletics Championships in London.
JOENSUU (FIN, July 12): Throws were the highlights at the rainy Joensuu Games. Iceland’s Asdis Hjalmsdottir, the Rio Olympic javelin 11th placer, set a national record of 63.43m. In the men’s event, Czech Jakub Vadlejch recorded 84.59m. Life-time bests for 110 m hurdles winner Vitaliy Parakhonka of Belarus 13.66 (+0.7) and US Shannon Osika 2:02.36 in the 800 m. Nigerian Lindsay Lindley won the women hurdles 13.09 (+0.5) and Slovak Alexandra Bezekova the 100 m in 11.50 but no PB as wind was +2.7. Also wind aided 100 m men winner Emile Erasmus of South Africa 10.26 (+2.4).
DUBLIN (IRL, July 12): American Robert Domanic took the mile at the Morton Games with 3:55.71. Stewart McSweyn won the 5000m with 13:19.98 (PB) from Collis Birmingham (13:28.29) and Ben Connor (13:29.90). Other winners were Kyle Langford (800m - 1:46.98), Adelle Tracey (800m - 2:01.53), Brian Gregan (400m - 45.26PB and MR), Alfredo Sepulveda (Chile, 400m hurdles - 49.98) and Alexa Afraimson (1500m - 4:06.73). US Jeff Demps won the 100 m in 10.38 (-1.4). GB’s Worlds-bound Jade Lally won the discus with 58.19.
JOCKGRIM (GER, July 12): Piotr Lisek won the men’s event at the Jockgrim Pole Vault with 5.80m, ahead of runner-up Armand Duplantis (5.70m). World champion Shawn Barber cleared just 5.45m for fourth tied with Robert Renner, failing at 5.60m. Kortney Ross won the women’s with 4.45m in rain as Mary Saxer failed at her opening height of 4.20m.
CARDIFF (GBR, Jul 12): At the junior match Tom Gale won the high jump with 223 and Joel Leon Benitez the pole vault at 551.
LIGNANO (ITA, Jul 12): Phylis Francis clocked excellent 50.86 to win the 400 m at the traditional evening meet in Italy. Jessica Beard clocked in another race 51.42 to be overall second. In men 400 m PB for Josephus Lyles 45.42 ahead of Wil London 45.45 and another PB for 800 m World leader Nijel Amos 45.55. Also other US winners here. Isiah Young 10.18 (-0.5) in the 100 m, Bryan McBride with Ricky Robertson and Vasilis Constantinou of Cyprus all cleared 224 in high jump. Rod Brown won discus 63.79, Lauren Johnson 2:01.74 in the 800 m and Olympic winner Dawn Harper-Nelson 13.00 (-1.0) in hurdles. In close 100 m English Gardner just edged Brazilian Rosangela Santos, both 11.21 (+0.1). Kenyan wins for Jonathan Sawe 3:36.80 PB in the 1500 m, Haron Koech over Michael Tinsley at 400 m hurdles, both 49.54 and Selah Busienei 4:07.93 in the 1500 m. Australian Brooke Stratton won the long jump 641 (+0.3) and Qatari Jamal Hairane 1:46.84 the 800 m.
LUZERN (SUI): Luzern winner Sharika Nelvis did not fall in the London Diamond League on Sunday. It was Jasmin Stowers who fell.

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