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News From Around the World - EME NEWS (JULY 17, 2017)

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Good fields for Bellinzona - BELLINZONA (SUI): Good fields have been assembled for the Meeting Internazionale Di Atletica Leggera in Bellinzona on Tuesday. World record-holder Aries Merritt will compete in the 110m hurdles while Americans Bershawn Jackson and Quincy Downing will face home favourite Kariem Hussein and world U20 champion Jaheel Hyde from Jamaica in the 400m hurdles. Jasmin Stowers and Queen Harrison will go head-to-head in the 100m hurdles while home favourite Lea Sprunger will contest the 400m flat where she will face USA’s Courtney Okolo.

The men’s 100m line-up features five runners with sub-10 clockings including Mike Rodgers and Isiah Young while Jamaica’s Natasha Morrison faces Germans Gina Luckenkemper and Rebekka Haase in the women’s 100m. Elsewhere on the track, Selina Buchel and Lovisa Lindh are set to go head-to-head in the women’s 800m while 1500m specialist Silas Kiplagat steps up to the 5000m where he will face the likes of Edwin Soi and Bahrain’s Aweke Ayalew. On the in-field, Olympic champion Christoph Harting faces Gerd Kanter in the discus, former world and Olympic champion Brittney Reese faces Darya Klishina in the long jump and Olympic champion Sandra Perkovic is the standout name in the discus.

Fredericks provisionally suspended
MONACO (MON): The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has issued a statement regarding IAAF Council Member Frank Fredericks. Following an application by the AIU, the Chairman of the IAAF Disciplinary Tribunal, Michael Beloff QC, has imposed an order for provisional suspension of IAAF Council Member Frank Fredericks pending investigation of a potential breach of the IAAF Code of Ethics. This case is now in the hands of the AIU, the independent body the IAAF has set up to investigate these and other issues.  It is important for all concerned that the IAAF let these investigations take their course. Informs the AIU.

MONACO (MON): Olympic winner and 10 000 m World record holder Almaz Ayana is scheduled to compete for first time this year after injury at the EBS Herculis meet this Friday in Monaco. She will run the 3000 m against in-shape Kenyan Hellen Obiri. Also in the field Laura Muir and Shannon Rowbury.
MONACO (MON): In the Usain Bolt one day meetings farewell race in Monaco four of his rivals clocked already sub 10 this year. South African champion Akani Simbine, Rabat winner Chijindu Ujah and US sprinters Isiah Young and Christopher Belcher.
MONACO (MON): World record holder Kendra Harrison is the star of women 100 m hurdles in Monaco. She will face from her team-mates Jasmin Stowers, Nia Ali and Sherika Nelvis, also in the field Sally Pearson and current World champion Danielle Williams of Jamaica in her DL debut of the year.
RABAT (MAR): Gesa-Felicitas Krause was pleased to win her first Diamond League race of her career in Rabat and will train at altitude in Switzerland ahead of the World Championships. “I think I never finished higher than fifth in these races. This was a race on my level. It was not about fast times today but about winning the race. It is a great feeling to win a race like this. Today, I was able to show good tactics and a strong finishing kick. I will continue to work on that in a training camp next week in Switzerland,” she said.
RABAT (MAR): Conseslus Kipruto was a non-finisher in the Rabat Diamond League due to an ankle injury. “I still have a lot of trouble with my right ankle. I decided to race and I was hoping the pain would stay away. But it was wise to leave this race and try to get healthy,” he said. He did not compete because of this already in Ostrava end of June.
RABAT (MAR): Gianmarco Tamberi is downplaying his chances at the World Championships in London despite finishing second in the Rabat Diamond League. “As for the World Championship in London, I will do my best to be ready for it, even though it is going to be a little bit difficult for me because of the two serious injuries that I suffered from,” he said.
RABAT (MAR): Olympic winner Thiago Braz no heighted at 540 on Sunday. He has only 560 season best and was not competing for some weeks due to a knee injury. Braz also no heighted this year at Prefontaine Classic.
MARSEILLE (FRA): French running star Mahiedine Mekhissi plans a double in London at World Championships. He will not only run the steeple but also the 1500 m. The schedule allows it. But he points out, his priority will be the steeple.
NAIROBI (KEN): Paula Radcliffe has said Mary Keitany is capable of challenging her world marathon record of 2:15:25, informs The Star. “Keitany is talented and poised for a great performance on the road. For now, she looks like the sure candidate to set a new mark and I want to encourage her to give it a try,” said Radcliffe, who was attending the World U18 Championships in Nairobi.
MARSEILLE (FRA): Christophe Lemaitre was disappointed to lose the 200m at the French Championships but said a lack of training has left him struggling to cope with back-to-back races, informs L’Equipe. “My condition does not currently allow me to put together races like this in championship over two days. It's a pity, it's always a little sad to miss a title of champion of France, but it makes sense. The injuries of the last few weeks have hindered me." Lemaitre has said he would like to contest the 100m and 200m at the World Championships and the scheduling is less problematic with more recovery time between events.
MADRID (ESP): Bruno Hortelano has confirmed he will not compete at the World Championships in London but he has resumed full training again, informs MARCA. "We started training in March with the intention of going to London. The decision which has been very hard, we take because I do not see myself fighting as I should,” he said. "I'm in good shape. I’m physically recovered for months. I'm in a loading phase to gain strength and mentality. I've come to Madrid to get strong this summer and start the pre-season. In my case I had to make sure the base is well assembled and that base is already for Tokyo 2020.”
MOSCOW (RUS): The All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) is hoping that European U23 champion Klavdiya Afanasyeva will receive permission to compete in the 20km walk at the World Championships in London, informs Sport Express. “We will try to make Afanasyeva compete at the World Championships in London. You know, there are complications, so I think it's unlikely that it will be done. But we will try,” said ARAF director Andrei Kruporushnikov.
MOSCOW (RUS): Former Olympic 800m bronze medallist Yekaterina Poistogova is aiming to make a return to the sport after her two year doping suspension expires on 23 August according to her coach Matvey Telyatnikov, informs Sport Express.
MOSCOW (RUS): Triple jumper Aleksey Fyodorov is expected to miss the World Championships in London due to a back injury, informs Sport Express. “Fyodorov did not compete at the Russian Cup due to the fact that he injured his back during the warm-up,” said senior jumps coach Anton Nazarov. He is expected to be sidelined for two weeks and is unlikely to be able to secure the qualifying standard of 16.80m in time for London.
BERLIN (GER): Robert Harting is confirmed for the ISTAF meeting in Berlin on 27 August, informs "Berlin is my city, and I am always looking forward to throwing in front of thousands of home fans," he said. He will join a strong field including his brother Christoph and reigning world champion Piotr Malachowski.
LIEGE (BEL): Jonathan, Kevin and Dylee Borlee will all compete over 300m at the Meeting International d'Athletisme de la Province de Liège on Wednesday, informs
KYIV (UKR): The Ukrainian team for the World University Games in Taipei from 23-28 August includes European U23 long jump champion Vladislav Mazur, high jumpers Oksana Okuneva and Irina Herashchenko and pole vaulter Maryna Kylypko.
AMSTERDAM (NED): Dutch marathon-runner Abdi Nageeye will not compete at the World Championships in London, informs NOS. "The World Championships is coming too soon after Rotterdam. He is focusing on a fast autumn marathon with the aim of furthering personal best and taking a step towards the Dutch record. The next year's European Championships marathon is definitely a goal for Abdi,” said his manager Valentijn Trouw.
THUM (GER): German top shot putter and World champion Christina Schwanitz for first time publicly thanked the fans for the congratulations after her twins were born two weeks ago.
COLORADO SPRINGS (USA): USADA announced that Scott McPherson, of Lubbock, Texas, has received a four-year suspension for an anti-doping rule violation. McPherson, 60, tested positive for the presence of an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid (AAS) and/or its metabolites, which was confirmed by carbon isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS) analysis, as a result of an in-competition urine sample he provided on February 18, 2017, at the USATF 2017 Masters Indoor Championships in Albuquerque.
NAIROBI (KEN): World U18 Championships Local Organising Committee chairman, Jackson Tuwei, on Monday disclosed that his team held talks with IAAF President Sebastian Coe about hosting future events, and the response from the world athletics boss was positive. The discussions were about World U20 Championships and possible leg of IAAF Diamond League.
HAVANA (CUB): Cuba will attend with 24 athletes the World Championships. The list is headed by women title defenders from Beijing 2015 Yarisley Silva Denia Caballero. Also in the team is another discus thrower Yaime Perez. Leonel Suarez should be in decathlon and Yorgelis Rodriguez in heptathlon. The group also includes short hurdlers Roger Iribarne and Yordan O'Farril, long jumpers Juan Miguel Echevarria and Maikel Masso, along with triple jumpers Andy Diaz, Lazaro Martinez and Cristian Napoles. Roxana Gomez (women´s 400m), Yoandrys Lescay (men´s 400m), Rose Mary Almanza (women´s 800m), Liadagmis Povea (women´s triple jump), Yanniubis Lopez (women´s shot put), Zuriam Hechevarria (women´s 400m hurdles), José Luis Gaspar (men´s 400 m hurdles) and Dailin Belmonte (women´s marathon) will also be present in London. The men's 4x 400 relay will include Adrian Chacon, Osmaidel Pellicier, Williams Collazo and Leandro Zamora.
GUNTUR (IND, Jul 17): From 3rd day of India Inter-State Championships to note that 19-year-old Tejaswin Shankar, who set a NR of 2.26m last year, cleared new meet mark of 2.23m on a rainy day.
SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO (BRA, Jul 15-16): In the final round of regional circuit Lucas Carvalho clocked London standard in the 400 m 45.37. Behind him Alexander Russo 45.55. Paulo André won both sprints in 10.44 and 20.58. Allan Wolski won hammer with 75.22 PB what is number three in South American all-time lists. Higor Alves got 793 in long jump and Fabio Gomes 550 in the pole vault. Jéssica dos Reis leaped to 660 long jump. In throws Fernanda Borges discus 59.83 and Laila Ferrer 59.33 javelin.
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