VAN DAMME NEWS
BRUSSELS (BEL, Aug 31): Most of the top protagonists will be in action for the IAAF Diamond League final in menâs shot at Place de la Monnaie on the eve of the main event. Recent world champion Tom Walsh attempts to defend his Diamond League title against world No.1 Ryan Crouser, with Thomas Stanek and world silver medallist Joe Kovacs also challenging. âThis is the third time this year that I will be competing in a competition outside the stadium. The Shot Put is very suitable for that because we donât need a lot of place. City events like these are exciting. They attract new fans and that is good for the event and for the sports. To compete one day earlier is also great. We are now the headliners of the day, while on the next day weâre just one of 15 events," said Ryan Crouser. The event will start at 3 pm with open competition for spectators with the aim to find the strongest Belgian (amateur) shot putters. The DL final will then begin at 5 pm.
BRUSSELS (BEL): Belgium is world-wide known for chocolate pralines. Thanks to Neuhaus, some athletes could have a "chocolate workshop" at Neuhaus Studio in Brussels on Wednesday afternoon. Sprinters Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Olivia Borlee with long jumper Darya Klishina were there as guests. They were accompanied by the winners of Neuhaus public contest.
BRUSSELS (BEL): In her first race since winning the World title in London the Olympic winner over 1500 m Faith Kipyegon will face tough opposition in the DL Final at her distance. Not only silver medalist Jenny Simpson but all finishers from 5th to 10th place from London final. Dutch Sifan Hassan looks to be the biggest threat. The Dutch runner is also World leader with 3:56.14 and a possible attack on this mark is not out of the question. Kipyegon never won the Diamond Trophy, Hassan was the best in 2015 and Simpson in 2014. Interestingly Hassan qualified for the final also in the 5000 m but gave preference to shorter distance, in opposite situation World champion Hellen Obiri decided for 5000 m.
BRUSSELS (BEL): Ekaterini Stefanidi has described her rivalry with Sandi Morris as âmotivatingâ and that she feels capable of clearing 5.00m, informs the IAAF Diamond League. âI was mentally tired after winning gold in Rio. Now I still feel very good, both physically and mentally. This is the best season of my career. I am the World champion now and I scored 13 victories in a row, so I am the athlete to beat, but that doesnât disturb me. Itâs the kind of pressure that I like,â she said. âI feel that I am able to jump five meters. The rivalry with Sandi [Morris] is very motivating. We get along very well, but on the track we are rivals of course. We push each other and we both get better this way,â she said.
NEW YORK (USA): Organisers have announced the Hoka One One Long Island Mile on September 6 will be named in honour of US international David Torrence, who was found dead in a swimming pool this week. Kyle Merber, the organiser of the race and friend of the Olympian who had won both previous editions of the race, also announced the âDavid Torrence Cupâ would be awarded. Runners will race with âDTâ on their bibs and lane one will be left open during introductions. Ryan Gregson, Nick Willis, Garrett Heath, Patrick Tiernan and Chis OâHare are part of the field.
MOSCOW (RUS): Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov has reaffirmed that athletes and coaches will receive payments and bonuses for their performances at the World Championships, informs R-Sport. "I have repeatedly stated that athletes and their coaches will receive all payments for performing at the 2017 World Championships, despite their neutral status. There is a legal component that we must take into account, it takes time," he said.
NAIROBI (KEN): Athletics Kenya (AK) Jackson Tuwei lashed out at the Export Promotion Council (EPC) over reports of gross maltreatment of junior Kenyan athletes at the Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, informs Citizen Digital. Eight medallists from the World U18 Championships in Nairobi were invited by the EPC to attend the cultural exchange but bronze medallist Japheth Toroitich said he was detained and stranded at the airport after encountering visa problems while silver medallists Lydia Cheruto and Mercy Chepkirui were also left stranded.
ROVERETO (ITA): More to add from Carole Fuchs on little known Kenyan Wycliffe Kinyamal who won the 800m in 1:43.94 Tuesday night in Rovereto. He improved his PB by more than 1.5 seconds and that puts him in 4th place in the 2017 world lists behind Emmanuel Korir (1:43.10), Nijel Amos (1:43.18) and American Clayton Murphy (1:43.60). Kinyamal was the East African junior champion and 3rd at the national junior championships in 2016. Rovereto was only his 3rd race in Europe.
ELDORET (KEN): Abel Kirui has said he is injury free again as he continues to build up for his title defence in the Chicago Marathon on 8 October, informs Xinhua. âPrior to London Marathon I suffered a hip injury while in training and I competed not at 100 percent. It has since healed and am enjoying training here in Eldoret. I had a tendon injury two months ago but I took my time, it's now fully healed. It is true before last year win in Chicago, I had a lot of injuries. But I am now fine and looking forward to challenge for the medal. I have been injury free this season and hopefully that will see me reap the dividends with another win in Chicago," he said.
NEWCASTLE (GBR): Legendary Brendan Foster, the founder of the Simplyhealth Great North Run, is to be the official race starter of the worldâs biggest half-marathon on September 10. Foster, who has recently retired as a BBC athletics commentator has run the event three times and will join an illustrious band of people who have performed the starting duties over the last 36 years, including stars from the world of sport and entertainment. Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson, Sir Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford, Sir Chris Hoy, Dame Kelly Holmes, Ellie Simmonds and Daley Thompson are just some of the celebrated Olympians and Paralympians who have fired the startersâ pistol.
ADDIS ABABA (ETH): A pharmacy in Addis Ababa has been shut down pending an investigation into sales of the blood-boosting drug EPO, which is on the IOC banned list, according to Associated Press. âBased on the media report, the Ministry conducted an investigation and has found out that the banned substance was found inside the pharmacy,â said a spokesperson of the Ethiopian Anti-Doping Office.
STUTTGART (GER): Despite clearing 2.00m at the weekend, Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch has said that winning a medal in Berlin next summer will be difficult, informs Leichtathletik.de. âOf course, I am going to the European Championships in Berlin in August next year with great motivation. However, there is hardly any difference between a World Championships and a European Championship. The big competitors come from Russia and Ukraine. The world's best so also start in Berlin, and it is difficult to win a medal,â she said.
OSLO (NOR): Henrik Ingebrigtsen has resumed light jogging again after requiring surgery on his hamstring earlier this season, informs NRK. He hopes to return in time for the Bislett Games in Oslo next year.
USTER (SUI): Swiss marathon star and record holder Tadesse Abraham will return to competition on September 16 at Greifenseelauf Half Marathon. The 35 years old runner due to stress fracture in March stopped his preparation for London Marathon where he wanted to attack the European record.
LONDON (GBR): World 200m semi-finalist James Ellington, who suffered career-threatening injuries in a road collision in January, has updated on his recovery by posting a video on Twitter of himself running on a treadmill. He tweeted: âNEVER EVER listen to anybody tell you âyou can'tâ if YOU truly believe. Another level thisâŚâ.
VIENNA (AUT): Decathlete Dominik Distelberger won the jumping into the water in Vienna with 7 meters effort from a board. Second Samuel Szihn 660. Women winner Sarah Lagger got 580.
ST. GEORGEÂ´S (GRN): The next edition of the Grenada Invitational (GI2018) is taking shape and preparations continue both at home and abroad. The Local Organising Committee (LOC) never ceased to exist, and GI2018 Chairman Dexter Mitchell has been meeting with various stakeholders including Sponsor Family since the conclusion of the inaugural event in April. The official date for GI2018 will be announced in the coming weeks, pending sanctioning by the Grenada Athletics Association and ratification by NACAC/IAAF.
ST. POLTEN (AUT): SaturdayÂ´s St. Polten square pole vault meet has as main star World champion 2011 Pawel Wojciechowski of Poland with strong French duo Kevin Menaldo and Stanley Joseph along with both top Czechs Jan Kudlicka and Michal Balner. Also Latvian Mareks Arents and NorwayÂ´s Eirik Dolve should be mentioned. Top name in women competition is Czech record holder Jirina Ptacnikova.
TUBINGEN (GER): A study of German Tubingen University and Harvard Medical School has been published after some years of waiting. The research, based on anonymous surveys carried out at two elite athletics competitions in 2011 (World Championships in Daegu and Pan Arab Games in Doha), found that in Daegu between 39.4-47.9 % of competitors admitted doping in the previous 12 months and in Doha even more 57.1 percent average. This figures are not starting any procedures, but are a signal and information. The usual figure identified by blood and urine tests carried out by WADA is 1-2 % percent and 14% from the athlete biological passport. A spokesperson for the Athletics Integrity Unit said that the body would not comment on the specific findings or accuracy of the study, but that the research was welcome. Germand and British media are informing.
KINGTON (JAM): A bid by Jamaican women's bobsleigh team to qualify for the Winter Olympic Games for the first time has received a boost after they signed a new sponsorship deal. Marubeni Corporation, a Japanese trading company and one of major shareholder in Jamaica Public Service Company Limited, has agreed to back the campaign of driver Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and brakewoman Carrie Russell (former sub 11 sprinter) to make it to Pyeongchang 2018.
TRNAVA (SVK): Slovak Hammer European Champion 2010 Libor Charfreitag ended his career at the clubs league in his home town Trnava. He will be 40 on September 11 this year. Apart of the European title he also won World bronze in 2007 and was multiple Olympic, World and European finalist. His Slovak record is 81.81 since 2003, he studied at SMU in Dallas and was often training and competing in the USA afterwards. He also holds European all-time best in indoor weight throw with 25.68 from 2005. At the last meet he got 61.82 and his season best is 71.00.
PARIS (FRA): World 800 m champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse informed on his facebook that he was a victim of a violent attack on Saturday night. Because of that he confirmed the end of the season for him, he was still due to run at Decanation on September 9. Bosse was assaulted by three individuals last Saturday. The investigation is underway, he suffered "multiple facial fractures" and will be forced for severel days unable to train. From LÂ´Equipe.
LONDON (GBR): Insidethegames informs that WADA has been forced to scrap original plans for a new version of its ADAMS data management system at considerable expense. The agency told insidethegames that the provider chosen to redevelop the tool "fell short of our objectives and could not produce the desired result". ADAMS, which first went online in 2005, is a key data repository for athlete whereabouts information, laboratory results, the athlete biological passport, therapeutic use exemptions and information on anti-doping rule violations.
KONIGSBRUNN (GER, Aug 30): German javelin thrower Lars Hamann won the Police Championships with good 84.75 m. It was last meet of the season for him.
DOMZALE (SLO, Aug 30): European U20 400 m hurdles medalist Agata Zupin is still in shape, she clocked at national junior meet 36.77 in the 300 m. It is not only Slovenian senior record but also World leading 2017 in the U20 category.
LEE VALLEY (GBR, Aug 30): Andy Robertson clocked here 10.31 (+1.3) in the 100 m.
ASTANA (KZK, Aug 27): UzbekistanÂ´s Andrey Petrov won the International Marathon in 2:18:40 with Vladislav Pryamov from Belarus second with also 2:18:40. Women winner Viktoriya Polyudina from Kirgizstan was timed with 2:37:45 some 7 seconds ahead of Marina Khemelevskaya of Uzbekistan 2:37:52.
GIANYAR (INA, Aug 27): Kenyan winners at the International Maybank Bali Marathon. Henry Kiprotich 2:19:17 and Rumokol Chepkanan 2:38:38. In half marathon Barnaba Sigei 1:04:37 and Peninah Kigen 1:17:13.