From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Adams Happy Mother
AUCKLAND (NZL): World and Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams (33) has given birth to her first child a baby girl. â€śWelcome to the world, Kimoana Josephine Adams-Price,â€ť she said on Twitter. Adams is aiming to return to competition in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April.
European Gathering in Lithuania
VILNIUS (LTU): The traditional autumn gathering of European athletics administrators will be held end of this week in Vilnius, Lithuania. The European Athletics Convention is designed to better support Member Federations, offering opportunities for education, networking and socialising, along with the usual meetings and calendar planning activities. On Saturday the 26th European Athletics Congress will be held with expected representatives from 51 member federations and in the evening televised European Athletics Golden Tracks gala where the best male and female athletes from 2017 will be awarded. There will also be a Rising Star award for the young athletes and a lifetime achievement prize for one of Lithuaniaâ€™s most treasured stars. Lithuanian high jump star Airine Palsyte along with Andy Kay will be the presenters of the gala evening.
Events for World Indoor Tour
MONACO (MON): The disciplines for the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Tour have been confirmed. The scoring disciplines for the men are: 60m, 800m, 3000m/5000m, shot put, pole vault and triple jump. For the women, the scoring disciplines are: 400m, 1500m, 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump. The individual winners of each event will receive $20,000 prize money and a wildcard for the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. The World Indoor Tour is made up of six meetings: Karlsruhe (3 February), Dusseldorf (6 February), Madrid (8 February, new member), Boston (10 February), Torun (15 February) and Glasgow (25 February).
MONACO (MON): The IAAF has ratified Sydney McLaughlinâ€™s world U20 400m hurdles record of 53.82 set at the US Championships in Sacramento on 25 June (6th place). McLaughlin already held the record at 54.15 from the Olympic Trials last year.
NEW YORK (USA): After dropping out of the Berlin Marathon at the 30km checkpoint, former world record-holder Wilson Kipsang has been added to the New York Marathon field on 5 November, informs AP. Former runner-up Buzunesh Deba from Ethiopia has also been added to the elite womenâ€™s field.
NEW YORK (USA): During a conference call with the media, Shalane Flanagan said her preparations are going â€śexceptionally wellâ€ť ahead of the New York Marathon on 5 November and described the time off she had this winter due to injury as a â€śblessing.â€ť â€śMy training has gone exceptionally well,â€ť said Flanagan, who was forced to miss the Boston Marathon this April due to a back injury. From letsrun.com.
NEW YORK (USA): Former winner Meb Keflezighi has said he hopes to be â€śvery competitiveâ€ť on his marathon farewell in New York next month. "I'm healthy, which is a big battle. I hope to be very competitive. I'm here up in Mammoth Lakes, away from my wife and kids for five weeks. I want my last one to be a good one. Many people think it's going to just be a show, but I would regret if I didn't give it everything I had,â€ť he said. From RRW.
NEW YORK (USA): Olympic 1500m champion Matt Centrowitz and Olympic 5000m silver medallist Paul Chelimo lead the field for the USATF 5K Championships which will be held on the eve of the New York Marathon on 4 November, informs organisers. The line-up also includes Ben True and Leonard Korir. Top names on the womenâ€™s side include Brenda Martinez and Desiree Linden.
LONDON (GBR): World Olympians Association chief executive Mike Miller has called for athletes to be fitted with microchips in a bid to combat doping in sport, informs The Guardian. â€śIn order to stop doping we need to chip our athletes where the latest technology is there. Some people say itâ€™s an invasion of privacy, well, sport is a club and people donâ€™t have to join the club if they donâ€™t want to, if they canâ€™t follow the rules. Microchips get over the issue of whether the technology can be manipulated because they have no control over the device,â€ť he said to anti-doping leaders at a forum on integrity in sport in Westminster, London.
LAUSANNE (SUI): A report on Russian doping was used by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the first time to uphold the suspension of triple jumper Anna Pyatykh, informs AP. Case arbiter Jens Evald ruled the â€ścircumstantial evidenceâ€ť was proof enough and the documents leaked by former Moscow laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov showed "the athlete took part of a sophisticated doping plan or scheme and that she used multiple prohibited substances on more than one occasion.â€ť
MOSCOW (RUS): IAAF president Sebastian Coe has said the All-Russia Athletics Federation is making progress in meeting the criteria set by the governing body after their suspension in November 2015, informs Sport Express. â€śThe first thing I did after the suspension of the membership of the VFLA was to create an independent group, led by the Norwegian anti-doping expert Rune Andersen. Five criteria were defined. I do not know when the VFLA will be rebuilt, but I can definitely say that there are things that give me confidence in the last few months. It can be concluded that there is progress,â€ť he said.
LONDON (GBR): Adam Gemili is aiming to contest the 100m at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April, informs The Sun. "I want to get selected for the 100m. That's what I've put forward to them as I didn't really run too many 200s this season,â€ť he said. "The competition will be tough because the Jamaicans and South Africans are going to be there.â€ť Gemili won a silver medal in the 100m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
BEIRUT (LIB): Kenyaâ€™s Edwin Kiptoo will defend his title in the Beirut Marathon on 12 November, informs organisers. In hot conditions, Kiptoo clocked 2:13:19 to win last year. â€śMy goal is to improve my time and also to retain my position of last year. Though I have pressure as defending champion, I know I can make it,â€ť he said.
HAMBURG (GER): Sabrina Mockenhaupt will compete in the Tokyo Marathon on 25 February, informs Japan Running News. Mockenhaupt is looking to make the German team for the European Championships in Berlin next August.
CANBERRA (AUS): Steve Hooker will be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame at the 33rd Sport Australia Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday, informs Athletics Australia.
GLASGOW (GBR): Five athletes are in the running to receive the FPSG Scottish athlete of the year honour ahead of next month's awards dinner. Informs Athletics Weekly. They are Callum Hawkins, Sammi Kinghorn, Eilish McColgan, Laura Muir and Chris Oâ€™Hare.
DES MOINES (USA): The 50th edition of the Drake Road Races will feature a new date, new fast courses, a new 10k race and finishes inside Drake Stadium on the iconic Blue Oval, Blake Boldon, the Director of the Drake Relays announced. "We're thrilled to move the Drake Road Races to April 22 to officially start Relays week and give all participants a chance to run on the Blue Oval," Boldon said. Road races will start a full week of events for the 109th running of America's Athletic Classic. Event website informs.
CANBERRA (AUS, Oct 7): The 400 m hurdles Australian champion Lauren Wells was back to long jump since 2008 and achieved new PB 644 (+1.2).
KYIV (UKR): The correct time of Belarus women marathon record is 2:23:06 by Aliaksandra Duliba from Dubai 2015.