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News From Around the World - EME NEWS (JULY 13, 2017)

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Lasitskene, Stefanidi and Felix - PADOVA (ITA): The 31st edition of Meeting internazionale “Città di Padova” (EA Classic) on Sunday will have as top stars Russian high jump world champion Mariya Lasitskene (also with Kamila Licwinko and home Alessia Trost), in pole vault Olympic winner Katerini Stefanidi and in the 200 m US legend Allyson Felix. Women´s 1500 m will have Laura Muir as the top name.
Also to note Isiah Young in men 100 m as main favorite, in the 800 m Amel Tuka with Mohamed Aman, Nick Willis runs the 1500 m, good quality in 400 m hurdles with Michael Tinsley and Bershawn Jackson against Jack Green and Boniface Mucheru. Australian Henry Frayne is the long jump favorite with Cuban junior Maikel Masso. US Jessica Beard is the number one on paper for women 400 m, Ajee Wilson in the 800 m against strong Cuban Rose Almanza and home Yusneisy Santiusti. Dawn Harper-Nelson and Alina Talay will fight for first place in 100 m hurdles. Colombian Yorsiris Urrutia is the triple favorite as is Hungarian record holder Anita Marton in shot put.

Cuban double in long jump and surprise Turkish 100 m win

NAIROBI (KEN, Jul 13): Cuban athletes took a one-two in the long jump with Maikel Y. Vidal setting a world U18 lead of 7.88m ahead of teammate Lester Lescay, 15, with 7.79m and Romania’s Andreas Samuel Busca (7.47m). Germany’s Timo Northoff won the shot put with a world U18 lead of 20.72m from Belarus’ Mikhail Samuseu (19.99m), China’s Liu Zhekai won the javelin with 77.54m from South Africa’s Johannes Schlebusch (75.68m) while overnight leader Steven Fauvel Clinch from France won the decathlon with 7559 from Latvia’s Olegs Kozjakovs (7377) and Germany’s Leo Neugebauer (7204). Turkey’s Mizgin Ay won a close 100m in 11.62 from Poland’s Magdalena Stefanowicz (11.62) while pre-event favourite Kevona Davis from Jamaica pulled up injured but still held on for bronze in 11.67. Jamaica’s De’Jour Russell set a championship record of 13.08 in the 110m hurdles (91.4cm) heats and South Africa’s Zazini Sokwakhana was the fastest in the 400m hurdles (84cm) heats by more than two seconds with 49.63.
 
Mayo first winner, Bukowiecki first meet record
BYDGOSZCZ (POL, Jul 13): Spain’s Carlos Mayo claimed the first gold medal of the European U23 Championships with victory in the 10,000m in 29:28.06 from Germany’s Amanal Petros (29:34.94) and France’s Emmanuel Roudolff Levisse (29:42.85) while Germany’s Celina Leffler leads the heptathlon after the first day with 3713 points ahead of Switzerland’s Caroline Agnou (3704) and Austria’s Verena Preiner (3625). In the qualifying round of the shot put, Konrad Bukowiecki produced the performance of the first day by setting a championship record of 21.26m to break David Storl's mark of 20.45m from 2011. European indoor silver medallist Jan Volko qualified fastest for the 100m final with 10.18 from Brit Ojie Edoburun (10.26) while Poland’s Ewa Swoboda clocked a season’s best of 11.32 to qualify fastest for the women’s 100m final from neutral athlete Kristina Sivkova (11.42). Elsewhere, European U20 champion Claudine Vita went out to 59.87m in discus qualifying ahead of Poland’s Daria Zabawska (59.23m) while Greece’s Ioannis Kiriazis led javelin qualifying with 78.43m. Luka Janezic clocked 46.44 in the 400m heats with Karsten Warholm qualifying in 46.70.
 
 
Lemaitre to double, Mayer in 4 events
MARSEILLE (FRA): The men’s pole vault takes top billing at the French national championships this weekend. World record-holder Renaud Lavillenie is assured his selection as Diamond League champion as he takes on Kevin Menaldo (5.83m this year) and brother Valentin Lavillenie. All three - plus missing European Under-23 representative Axel Chapelle - have the standard. British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson guests in the 200m. Olympic silver medallist Kevin Mayer will line up to start the decathlon and after 100 m will also compete in shot put, discus and pole vault. Jimmy Vicaut is missing through injury but has the standard in the 100m. Former European champion Christophe Lemaitre still needs the qualifying standard of 10.10 in the 100m but is also lined up in the 200m, for which he has the mark. Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, who also has the 1500m standard and is entered for that too, and Yoann Kowal fight out the steeplechase. Despite the absence from the 110m hurdles of Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, Dimitri Bascou and Wilhem Belocian - quality will be high thanks to Garfield Darien and Aurel Manga. Mamadou Kasse Hann, with 48.40 this season, is the standout in the longer hurdles. Eloyse Lessueur doubles up in the long and triple jump, but is chasing the standards in both. Jean-Marc Pontianne (17.13m) heads the men’s triple as Benjamin Compaore seeks the qualifying mark. Pierre Ambroise-Bosse is a non starter due to injury. The 5000 m walks, though not selection events, are strong with Kevin Campion and Australian Dane Bird-Smith headlining, although selected Yohann Diniz sits this one out. Swede Lisa Gunnarsson (4.55m) guests in the pole vault as Ninon Guilon-Romarin is missing for the European Under-23s. Melina Robert-Michon looks for a seventh consecutive title in the discus.
 
 
 
IAAF DL NEWS
 
RABAT (MAR): After his German title win last weekend and earlier 2.35m, rising star world No.2 Mateusz Przybylko will make his Diamond League debut in Rabat on Sunday. But the main favorite of men high jump will be former World champion Bohdan Bondarenko. Also to count with European Indoor champion this year Sylwester Bednarek from Poland, Erik Kynard, Robbie Grabarz and another Ukrainian Andriy Protsenko. Pole Vault has Olympic winner Thiago Braz with strong Polish duo Piotr Lisek with Pawel Wojciechowski. Olympic winner Jeff Henderson is in long jump against Rushwal Samaai of South Africa. Main name in women triple is Olympic winner Caterine Ibarguen from Colombia.
 
MONACO (MON): Some top clashes are coming for Herculis Monaco Diamond League on July 21. In women all three Olympic medalists Caster Semenya, Francine Niyonsaba and Margaret Wambui will run against Sifan Hassan, Ajee Wilson and Charlene Lipsey. The World’s leading triple jumpers will be attending Herculis EBS, including Olympic winner Caterine Ibarguen and Yulimar Rojas. Among those racing in 3000 m steeple will be the world leader and Olympic Champion Conseslus Kipruto with Evan Jager and Brimin Kipruto. In pole vault clash from Rio Renaud Lavillenie with Thiago Braz.
 
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Mo Farah will run his last track race on British soil in the Birmingham Diamond League on 20 August, informs organisers. The organisers have not announced which distance Farah will contest in Birmingham. He is set to retire from the track at the end of the season before focusing on the roads next year.
 
 
 
 
OTHER NEWS
 
NAIROBI (KEN): Track and field veterans who rocketed Kenya to global stardom and fame since 1954 on Wednesday met with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, where the IAAF World U18 Championships officially got underway. The 185 veterans, all donned in black track-suits, among them for example Nyandika Mayoro who in 1954 represented Kenya in Vancouver, Canada in the country's first international outing. The heroes were led by Julius Kariuki, the 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist in steeple. Kenyan media inform.
 
MOSCOW (RUS): Head of the Russian Olympic Committee Aleksandr Zhukov has confirmed that Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under the Russian flag at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Gyor, Hungary from 23-30 July.
 
MOSCOW (RUS): Yelena Isinbayeva has said she plans to attend the World Championships in London next month if she is accredited, informs TASS. "The whole issue is accreditation, which I will need to receive. Theoretically I can be there, but it is still unknown if it will work out. Naturally, I have a desire to support our team, but everything will depend on my physical condition, because now I have a lot of flights for work. But until August, I think I'll have time to rest,” she said.
 
NEWCASTLE (GBR): London Marathon winner Mary Keitany is confirmed for the Great North Run on 10 September, informs organisers. “I'm very happy to be coming back to Newcastle for the Great North Run. I have won there twice and if all goes to plan, I would love to make it a third,” said Keitany, who will defend her New York Marathon title in November. Former European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey is also confirmed while last year’s runner-up Dathan Ritzenhein also returns.
 
EUGENE (USA): American 200m champion Deajah Stevens has announced on Instagram that she has gone professional. “Excited to officially announce that I am going pro! Grateful to my mom, coaches, and friends for their support, and I will stay at UO to finish school. Off to London soon!” she said. Stevens  finished seventh in the Olympic Games last summer.
 
TRUJILLO (PER): Participation record is announced for the 19th Pan Am U20 Championships which will be held in Trujillo, Peru from July 21 to 23.
 
LEVERKUSEN (GER): Top participant of pole vault meet Stabhochsprung Classics in Leverkusen on July 27 will two World champions, Shawn Barber and Pawel Wojciechowski. In women competition local star Silke Spiegelburg will jump against recently improved Swedish record holder Michaela Meijer.
 
LIEGE (BEL): Kevin, Jonathan and Dylan Borlee will run 300 m at the Meeting International d'Athlétisme de la Province de Liège on July 19. Among them Trinidad´s Lalonde Gordon and Jamaican Jamari Rose.
 
EUGENE (USA): Registerguard.com informs that long distance runner Edward Cheserek after record-setting collegiate career at Oregon came to an abrupt end two months ago and his first summer as a professional runner has yet to feature any races. There also continues to be several unanswered questions about his future. But now he looks fit and ready. His agent is working on a shoe contract that Cheserek hopes will be done before the end of the month, and if all goes as planned, he could be back in action come August.
 
LINCOLN (USA): Nebraska track and field head coach Gary Pepin announced that volunteer assistant coach and former World class high jumper Dusty Jonas has been promoted to a full-time assistant coach position.
 
TORONTO (CAN): Athletics Canada named Glenroy Gilbert to the position of Head Coach, and announced that Simon Nathan will soon begin in the role of High Performance Director.
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