Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:30 Written by Christine
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Warner and Vetter
TALENCE (FRA, Sep 17): European champion and world bronze medallist Anouk Vetter won the heptathlon at the Talence Decastar with 6363 points. Vetter led overnight and she extended her advantage on the second day with marks of 6.18m in the long jump, 52.49m in the javelin and 2:20.99 in the 800m. Hungary’s Xenia Krizsan (6282), Cuba’s Yorgelis Rodriguez (6126) and Czech Republic’s Eliska Klucinova (6126) all surpassed the 6000-point barrier as well. In the decathlon, overnight leader Damian Warner from Canada won with 8252 points ahead of Germany’s Kai Kazmirek (8020) and Ukraine’s Oleksiy Kasyanov (8016).
Cheroben 58:40 WL
COPENHAGEN (DEN, Sep 17): Abraham Cheroben ran the fourth fastest time in history to win the Copenhagen Half Marathon in 58:40. He moved to third on the world all-time lists behind Zersenay Tadese (58:23 and 58:31) and Sammy Wanjiru (58:33). His splits were: 13:49 5km, 27:51 10km, 41:53 15km, 55:51 20km. As well as being a world-lead and a course record, Cheroben’s time is also an Asian record after transferring allegiance from Kenya to Bahrain last year. For just the second time in history, three athletes break the sub-59 minute barrier in the same race with Kenyans Jorum Okombo (58:48) and Alex Korio (58:51) finishing second and third. Leonard Barsoton finished fifth in 59:28 on his half marathon debut and there was a Ugandan record in sixth with Moses Kurong clocking 59:50. Reigning champion James Mwangi has been injured in the build-up and faded to 12th in 62:05 while Germany’s Arne Gabius was the top European finisher in 17th in 62:31. In the women’s race, Bahrain’s Eunice Chumba raced to a course record and lifetime best of 66:11 ahead of Kenyans Joan Chelimo (66:25) and Brigid Kosgei (66:35). Sara Hall was the top non-African born finisher in tenth in a lifetime best of 69:37.
Saturday, 16 September 2017 19:40 Written by Christine
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Pearson to Continue Without Coach
GOLD COAST (AUS): World 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson will continue to coach herself heading towards the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April, informs the Daily Telegraph Australia. “That was the plan when I started out coaching myself last year. I kept an open mind and said if it doesn’t work out then I can always find someone that can help. But it’s worked well. At the same time I have a very open mind and if it does happen, I will be comfortable with it, but at the moment it’s purely me,” she said.
Beitia Wants to Continue
SANTANDER (ESP): Olympic high jump champion Ruth Beitia, 38, hopes to compete for at least one more season but the Spaniard is still waiting for the results of medical tests conducted after the World Championships where she finished 12th, informs Marca. “It is very clear: I want to do athletics with the same enthusiasm and the same desire. This is no longer a sport, it is my passion. I would love to jump again but you have to be cautious, you have to wait and I have to talk to Ramón Torralbo "I would like to continue to jump in 2018,” she said. Beitia has been suffering from joint pain this summer and hopes to get the results before the end of the month.
Friday, 15 September 2017 13:07 Written by Christine
By Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Berlin Fields Completed
BERLIN (GER): The elite fields have been confirmed for the Berlin Marathon on 24 September. Aside from Kenenisa Bekele, Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang, the men’s field also includes former world record-holder Patrick Makau, former world champion Luke Kibet and Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew, who has a 59:11 half marathon PB. Pacemakers include former Chicago Marathon runner-up Sammy Kitwara, who has a lifetime best of 2:04:28. The elite field in the women’s race is headed by former winner Gladys Cherono from Kenya and Prague Marathon winner Valary Aiyabei, plus Ethiopians Amane Beriso, Gullume Tollesa, Meseret Mengistu and Ruti Aga. Reigning champion Aberu Kebede is a late withdrawal. From Alberto Stretti.
V. Jepchumba Plans a Fast Time in Usti
USTI NAD LABEM (CZE): Violah Jepchumba is the standout entrant in the Usti nad Labem Half Marathon which takes place on 15 September, informs organisers. Jepchumba is one of the fastest athletes of all-time over the distance with a 65:22 PB and she was third over 10km in Prague last Saturday in 30:25. The field also includes teammates Lucy Cheruiyot (68:17 PB) and Yvonne Jelagat (68:19 PB) while Eva Vrabcova is aiming to break the Czech record of 71:02. “I believe I can run that time and I’m going to give it my all. The Usti course is a little bit more challenging but I’ll be spurred on by the local atmosphere and am really looking forward to it,” she said. Top names in the men’s race include Kenyans Solomon Yego (58:44 PB), Barselius Kipyego (59:15) and Kenneth Keter (59:48) and Morocco’s Aziz Lahbabi (59:25).
Diamond League 2017 Facts
MONACO (MON): IAAF summarised the 2017 IAAF Diamond League with important facts. Nine athletes who won Diamond Trophies last season managed to successfully defend their title in 2017. The 27-year-old Sandra Perkovic won her sixth Diamond Trophy, a record tally in a women’s event. She now boasts 38 career wins in the IAAF Diamond League and 45 scoring performances, both also record totals.Fellow thrower Barbora Spotakova also made history. Having won the Diamond Trophy in 2010, the Czech javelin thrower’s victory this year marked the longest span between two Diamond Trophies. After winning the 200m in Zurich and the 400m in Brussels, Shaunae Miller-Uibo became just the fourth athlete in history to secure two Diamond Trophies within the same season, following Allyson Felix in 2010, Carmelita Jeter in 2011 and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in 2013. Meanwhile, high jumper Maria Lasitskene added her name to the list of four other athletes to have achieved a perfect record, winning at all of the IAAF Diamond League fixtures within one season. And while Renaud Lavillenie’s seven-year record streak of Diamond Trophies came to an end, the French pole vaulter extended one of his other records: he has now competed at a record 51 IAAF Diamond League meetings. IAAF Diamond League records were established in eight events throughout the course of 2017. The new format of the IAAF Diamond League left the door open for potential surprise winners. For example Darrell Hill in shot put, Noah Lyles in the 200 m, Kyron McMaster in the 400 m hurdles.
Defar in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (USA): Former two-time Olympic 5000m champion Meseret Defar from Ethiopia will compete in the Philadelphia Half Marathon on 17 September, informs organisers. Defar headlines a strong women’s field which also includes former Boston Marathon winners Caroline Rotich from Kenya and Buzunesh Deba from Ethiopia as well as top American distance runner Jordan Hasay, who finished third in Boston on her debut in April. Olympic marathon bronze medallist Galen Rupp headlines a largely domestic men’s race on the road to the Chicago Marathon next month.
BERLIN (GER): Eliud Kipchoge admits there is pressure on his shoulders to break the world marathon record after clocking 2:00:25 in Monza as part of the ‘Breaking Two’ project earlier this season, informs Capital FM. "With the three of us [Kenenisa Bekele and Wilson Kipsang]. I think I am the only one under pressure heading to the race in Berlin. If the two of them have 40 percent pressure, then I have 95 percent because of the time I ran in Monza and the Olympic gold as well. I have a lot of pressure,” he said. “I expect a tough and beautiful race but at the end of the day, there will only be one winner.”
NEW YORK (USA): Former runner-up Geoffrey Kamworor is targeting the victory in the New York Marathon on 5 November, informs the Daily Nation. “I am going for victory and nothing else. I am used to tough opposition but I am ready to give by best and deliver,” he said. He ran so far 6 marathons, never won and his fastest 2:06:12 is from first one in Berlin 2012.
GLASGOW (GBR): Olympic 5000m sixth-placer Andrew Butchart will make his half marathon debut in the Great Scottish Run on 1 October, informs Athletics Weekly. “I’m planning to do a half-marathon in Glasgow straight away, just to see my fitness off a break. Then I’ll speak to coach and work out when we go to altitude and when we do races. It’s just for a bit of fun. I’ve not raced in Scotland for a long time,” he said. Butchart is targeting the Commonwealth Games and European Championships next season and hasn’t ruled out the World Indoor Championships either.
DELHI (IND): The Delhi Half Marathon which takes place on 19 November has been awarded IAAF Gold Label status, informs the Press Trust of India. This was announced at the launch of the 10th edition of the race.
HAMBURG (GER): An adjoining half marathon will be staged as part of the programme for the 33rd edition of the Hamburg Marathon on 29 April, informs Leichtathletik.de. Sabrina Mockenhaupt has already confirmed her participation in the event.
CAPE TOWN (RSA): Plans to name the Green Point Athletics Track after Wayde van Niekerk have been put on hold, informs the Times Live. “After discussions between the executive mayor‚ the premier of the Western Cape and the chairperson of the naming committee‚ it was agreed that the City of Cape Town would not proceed with the previous proposal that the Green Point Athletics Track be renamed after Wayde van Niekerk‚” said a report presented to the council. Instead, a “heroes’ wall” would be built around the stadium, honouring all athletes who have achieved Olympic hero status.
BRNO (CZE): Top names competing at the European Champions Club Cup U20 Group A in Brno, Czech Republic include European U20 200m champion Maya Bruney, European U20 hammer silver medallist Aliaksandr Shymanovich and European U18 2000m steeplechase champion Anna Mark Helwigh, informs European Athletics. Istanbul-based Fenerbahce will be chasing a fourth successive victory in the women’s division and London-based Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers are back to defend the crown they won in Castellon, Spain last year in the men’s division. Group B will be held in Leiria, Portugal with 10 boys teams and 7 girls vying for promotion into the Group A.
LIMA (PER): Cross-country running is set to return to the Olympics after a 94-year absence following its inclusion within the athletics programme at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. A total of 32 sports and 241 events were confirmed for the Buenos Aires 2018 programme during a presentation held during the IOC Session here. Insidethegames has been told that the cross-country running events will take place around the perimeter of the Olympic Park and will be held in addition to track and field competitions.
TUSCALOOSA (USA): Trinidad Express informed about more details about World 200 m medalist Jereem Richards and his decision going pro. Richards plans to complete his studies at University of Alabama. He is in his final semester, and will be able to focus wholly and solely on his track pursuits in 2018. Richards is being represented by Global Athletics & Marketing, Inc., with the company’s president Mark Wetmore serving as his agent with having adidas as main supporter partner.
PARIS (FRA): In the plans of Paris 2024 Olympic Games athletics is planned for Stade de France, including opening and closing ceremony. Marathon is planned to be situated around Eiffel Tower.
NEWCASTLE (GBR): Last weekend´s Great North Run registered a record number of 43 127 finishers from 140 countries.
LONDON (GBR): Athletics Weekly informs that legendary Mo Farah might consider to participate at Tokyo Games 2020. It depends on how succesful he will be on the roads. If top results he might be thinking about running the Olympic marathon in 2020. Writes Athletics Weekly.
LONDON (GBR): European 400 m champion and multiple relay World medalist Martyn Rooney is having as next goal to move to 800 m. Back in 2005 he tried the distance with 1:50.55. His best at 400 m 44.45 comes from 2015 World championships in Beijing. But before the move he would still love to run at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast at least in the 4x400 m team. Informs Athletics Weekly.
SYDNEY (AUS): Athletics is a major step closer to achieving its goal of becoming the largest participation sport in Australia, with a new drive to boost involvement at all levels. Fresh from her win at the world championships in London, Sally Pearson announced in Sydney today a landmark partnership between Coles, Athletics Australia and Little Athletics Australia. The three year multi-million dollar deal will support grassroots athletics across Australia.
LIMA (PER): Representatives from the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) and IAAF have met to discuss ways in which they can help countries recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma. CANOC member Keith Joseph and IAAF President Sebastian Coe held discussions here during the IOC session regarding providing those who have been hit by the deadly storm with synthetic athletics tracks. Barbados, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Antigua and Barbuda and the US Virgin Islands are among places most strongly affected by Irma. Informs insidethegames.
PALERMO (ITA, Sep 12): Sensational improvement by 23 years old Italian steeple runner Osama Zoghlami at the meet here to 8:22.94. The runner of Tunisian origin who competes for Italy since 2013 won at European U23 Championships 2015 a bronze medal and his previous PB was 8:35.49.
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 14:23 Written by Christine
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Berlin 2018: 75 000 tickets sold
BERLIN (GER): First record for Berlin European Championships 2018. 330 days before the event already 75 000 tickets have been sold. It is the best start ever for the championships in terms of ticket sales. London World Championships succes contributed, top foreign sales came from Great Britain, Poland, Switzerland and Netherlands. In total 300 000 spectators are expected. New in offer are hospitality tickets with exclusive service.
All set for Freimuth and Schafer to win CE Challenge
TALENCE (FRA): German Rico Freimuth leads the standings of IAAF Combined Events Challenge with 25 592 points before the last event this weekends Decastar in Talence. He is not competing but his position looks to be ok unless somebody gets more than 8600 points. German Kai Kazmirek needs 8626 and Canadian Damian Warner 8692 to attack the first place. Top star and World champion Kevin Mayer has only one score so far and is unable to be in the top position. On the women side the leading position of German Caroline Schafer is even more safe with 20 199 points and is also not competing.
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 15:00 Written by Christine
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS - Athens Marathon Expects 50 000 Runners - ATHENS (GRE): The 35th edition of the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” takes place on Sunday, November 12, beginning as ever from the coastal town of Marathon and leading elite and mass runners on the challenging course into the heart of Athens and the finish line in the marble arena of the Panathenaic Stadium. Prior to the marathon’s start on the second Sunday morning in November, the spotlight will be shared with the 11th International “Marathon Symposium” of the AIMS, organised by SEGAS. The venue for the annual meeting of more than 60 race directors from around the world has become an ideal match since AIMS moved its headquarters to Athens in 2011. Athens will also host the 11th AIMS Best Marathon Runner Awards Gala, with the best male and female runner over the classic distance in 2017 being decided by the votes of the more than 400 AIMS members. This year over 50,000 runners are expected to register for the various events in the Greek capital. They will include a record of at least 18,500 who will run the classic marathon with more than 8,500 of them arriving in Athens from over 100 countries. From Race News Service.
Sunday, 10 September 2017 22:13 Written by Christine
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS - Farah commited to London Marathon 2018
LONDON (GBR): Mo Farah confirmed he will run the Virgin Money London Marathon next year (April 22), the first step in his new road career. He has competed there twice before, dropping out as planned in 2013 and running 2:08:21 for eighth in 2014. “When I decided to concentrate solely on the roads from 2018 I knew that I wanted this to be my first marathon,” said Farah. “The London Marathon has been a great supporter of me over the years. It doesn’t feel that long ago that I was running the Mini Marathon and in my early years the London Marathon provided me with crucial funding support.”
Sunday, 10 September 2017 22:06 Written by Christine
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS - Amos wins the 500 m - NEWCASTLE/GATESHEAD (GBR, Sep 9): Many athletes enjoyed to end their season at the Great North CityGames street event on Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside. Nijel Amos had a big win in the 500m, which was held on a straight - partly on road and partly on track. He clocked 59.26 (for comparison, David Rudisha ran here 57.69 last year) despite celebrating before the line. Guy Learmonth was second in 60.73, Dwayne Cowan leading the 400m runners in third with 61.01. Specialist at 400 m hurdles Perri Shakes-Drayton showed strength to come through late in the women’s event in 66.69, with Anyika Onuoru (66.70) second. Lynsey Sharp was fourth in 67.48 after going out hard. Melissa Courtney (4:33.83) had a surprise win in the mile over Winny Chebet (4:34.42). Lorraine Ugen won the long jump with 6.46m as both Ksenija Balta and Jasmin Sawyers matched that distance. Finland´s Urho Kujanpaa added 4cm to his outdoor best with his 5.45m pole vault victory. Australian Jordan Williamsz won the mile with 4:05.88 from Elliot Giles (second in 4:06.17). In the sprints, Desiree Henry won the 100m 11.61 (-1.4) and Dina Asher-Smith the 150m in 16.71 (-0.1, third on UK all-time list). Czech Petr Svoboda took the 110m hurdles in 13.62 (-0.1) from Jarrett Eaton (13.69). Ameer Webb took the 150m in 15.24 (0.0) as Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake was second in 15.26.
Saturday, 09 September 2017 22:13 Written by Christine
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Jepkosgei thinks sub 30
PRAGUE (CZE): World half marathon record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei from Kenya believes a sub-30 minute performance is possible for 10km on the roads, informs organisers. “I don’t think there’s any difference between road and track times, so it should be possible to run under 30 minutes on the road. But this is a good competition. I cannot say I will win,” said Jepkosgei ahead of the Birell Prague Grand Prix which takes place tomorrow. Jepkosgei clocked 64:52 in the Prague Half Marathon in April, passing through the 10km checkpoint in 30:04.
Kipchoge will be ready
BERLIN (GER): In the Berlin Marathon on 24 September when he will attempt to break the world record, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge will wear the same Nike shoe model which he wore in Monza in May where he attempted to break the sub-two hour barrier, informs the Daily Nation. Kipchoge clocked 2:00:25 in Monza, wearing the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite shoe. “Technology has really grown, beyond the thinking of some minds and I’m happy with the technology of Nike. For now, the shoe from Nike has no problem,” said Kipchoge.
MONACO (MON): The IAAF has ratified two world records: Ines Henriques’ world 50km race walk record of 4:05:56 from the World Championships and Armand Duplantis’ world U20 pole vault record of 5.90m from the Texas Relays in Austin.
MOSCOW (RUS): Two-time world high jump champion Maria Lasitskene has said Russia isn’t making sufficient progress in implementing the anti-doping reforms which could lead to their reinstatement, informs AP. Lasitskene has accused Russian officials of not doing enough, adding “unfortunately there hasn’t been any visible progress in two years.” Lasitskene was cleared to compete as a neutral athlete in April. She retained her world high jump title in London and her next target is the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.
NEWCASTLE (GBR): Mo Farah has said he has been training “reasonably well” ahead of the Great North Run where he is looking to claim his fourth successive title, informs Chronicle Live. “I’m looking forward to it, it should be quite exciting. It’s the end of the season and I like to end it in Newcastle. I’ve been training reasonably well, the field is quite loaded on Sunday so it’s going to be hard. I’m just out to enjoy it,” he said.
TORONTO (CAN): Former Chicago Marathon winner Dickson Chumba from Kenya is aiming to break the course record of 2:07:05 in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on 22 October, informs organisers. “I honestly don't know much about the Toronto (Waterfront) Marathon but my agent, Gianni Demadonna, told me that it is a good race. In the last few seasons I have been running mostly Chicago and Tokyo…my agent talked to me about Toronto and the possibility to run the course record or even the fastest time ever run on Canadian soil. I found the target interesting and I decided to run Toronto.”
SYDNEY (AUS): World’s fastest man Usain Bolt says he’s yet to hit full speed on his sporting career and is set to start training to become a Manchester United football star next month. Informs Australian Saturday Telegraph. He told the media that he was fielding offers from the world’s biggest football sides and would begin training when he recovers from a hamstring injury. “My big dream would be to play for Manchester United because it’s my favourite team since I was young.”
KINGSTON (JAM): Through his Usain Bolt Foundation, Usain Bolt has partnered with the Jamaica National Foundation to host he third staging of the Heroes in Action Run/Walk, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. "Our elders and senior citizens are to be cherished. Without their endless sacrifice during our early years, we wouldn't be capable of what we are doing today,” said Bolt. The proceeds from the event will be donated to the Trelawny Infirmary in Falmouth, to upgrade and refurbish the facility. The event takes place on 15 October.
LONDON (GBR): A two-time Olympian in the shot put banned for life in 1997 has launched a Facebook page as part of his longstanding efforts to be cleared from the charges, informs insidethegames.biz. Paul Edwards continues to dispute his first positive test in 1994, and the findings from an out-of-competition test undertaken while he was still banned which led to his lifetime ban. "I am not guilty and will continue as I have done for 20 years to fight to prove my innocence,” he said on Facebook.
KALGOORLIE (AUS): Olympic javelin thrower Oliver Dziubak has been fined $2500 after illegally selling anabolic steroids taken from his pharmacy in Kalgoorlie, informs The West. He admitted to selling testosterone to a man without a prescription last year.
ANGERS (FRA): Mike Rodgers is a late withdrawal from the American team competing in the DecaNation in Angers tomorrow. He has been replaced by Beejay Lee. Another star name in action is reigning Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser.
TAIYUAN (CHN): Reigning champions Georgina Rono and Evans Sambu from Kenya will be looking to defend their titles in the Taiyun Marathon on Sunday, informs IAAF. Rono’s main opposition comes from teammates Emily Ngetich and Chemtai Rionotukei while Sambu faces Ethiopia’s Azmeraw Bekele, the fastest man on paper at 2:07:12.
MINSK (BLR): Kenya’s Hillary Maiyo will defend his title in the Minsk Half Marathon on Sunday, informs IAAF. Maiyo will face opposition from teammate Julius Kibet Koskei and Ethiopia’s Jima Bekele. In the women’s race, Nina Savina and Nastassia Ivanova are among the favourites on home soil. Reigning champion Volha Mazuronak is a withdrawal due to illness.
BUENOS AIRES (ARG): Some 22 000 runners are expected at the Sunday´s Half Marathon in Buenos Aires. It will be also national championships with qualification for the World Half Marathon Champs 2018 in Valencia. Main names are from Kenya, Paul Lonyangata (59:53 best) and Angela Tanui (67:16).
DUBNICA (SVK): Slovak track season will end with the national team championships on Saturday here. National sprinte record holder Jan Volko will except of the 100 m compete for first time in his life over 400 m but only as a training run.
PRAHA (CZE): Double 400 m hurdles World champion Zuzana Hejnova was satisfied with her season although she feels her top shape came little bit late. Hejnova aims for 2018 and mainly for European championships in Berlin. "I do not have yet a medal from this event," she said. She might also compete during the indoor season. Hejnova plans still to run this weekend in Clubs league and also next week on September 13 in Kutna Hora with the aim to attack the fastest ever 200 m hurdles time (25.74) in a duel with Denisa Rosolova.
PRETORIA (RSA): Fastest South African 100 m runner Akani Simbine graduated on Friday at the University of Pretoria as bachelor of information sciences.
NEW YORK (USA): According to GoSkechers.com, 17-time NCAA champion Edward Cheserek has signed a professional contract with Skechers. "I am so happy to be joining the Skechers Performance team as I start this next chapter of my career," said Cheserek, who will make his professional debut on Sunday, September 10, in New York City at the 5th Avenue Mile. "I have big goals and dreams and know that Skechers Performance product will help me get where I want to go . . . I am excited for what is ahead." Writes flotrack.
FUKUI (JPN, Sep 8): Japanese University Championships started with new meet record in women javelin as national U20 record holder Haruka Kitaguchi got 60.49 over Marina Saito 60.24. Kota Suzuki cleared 560 in men pole vault and equaled the event best (also his PB). Takuto Kominami won men javelin 78.53 and in the 10 000 m Kenyans dominated as Simon Kariuki clocked 28:20.50 to win. In windy 100 m semifinals Yoshihide Kiryu achieved 10.14 (+2.4), in another one Shuhei Tada 10.20 (+2.9, also 10.17 +2.8 in heats) and Ippei Takeda in third semi 10.21 (+2.8). Final is on Saturday.
KOHILA (EST, Sep 8): Gerd Kanter won the final leg of Estonian throwing series with 61.98 in discus over Martin Kupper 59.61. Magnus Kirt got 80.42 in javelin and Nick Miller 72.37 in hammer.
LINZ (AUT, Sep 8): US Scott Houston won with 550 the 3rd TGW Lentos Jump special pole vault meet.
TIANJIN (CHN, Sep 7): Adding to National Games results the relays finals which brought high quality results mainly in the 4x100 m. Team Jing Zhe E Ye with top national team members Wu Zhiqiang, 200 m record holder Xie Zhenye, 100m record holder Su Bingtian and Zhang Peimeng clocked 38.16 to win. On the women side Su Min Xiang achieved 42.59 ahead of Blac Yue Gui 42.70 (with 100 m winner Wei Yongli). In the 4x400m Jin Hu Gan Yue 3:05.28 and in women race Su Lu Xiang Chuan 3:30.95. From Tilastopaja.
DULUTH (USA, Sep 6): Ben Blankenship won the Minnesota road mile in 4:07.0. Second Trevor Dunbar 4:07.2 on a new course. Heather Kampf topped women in 4:41.6.
TORTOLA (BVI): The Athletics of the NACAC and the Caribbean is in mourning. Respected coach Xavier Dags Samuel of the British Virgin Islands passed away during Hurricane Irma on the island of Tortola on Wednesday. He was one of our most outstanding coaches obtaining medals worldwide with his national athletes and has been standing out internationally for more than a decade. As an example, currently he was training Kyron McMaster, who has the World lead in the 400 with hurdles this year and was the winner of the IAAF Diamond League final.
Friday, 08 September 2017 15:07 Written by Christine
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Kendricks and French Stars at DecaNation
ANGERS (FRA): France will face teams from China, Japan, Ukraine, Poland, the United States and the Balkans at the DecaNation tomorrow night. In the 100m, world finalist Jimmy Vicaut faces European silver medallist Jak Ali Harvey and veteran Mike Rodgers from the United States while Christophe Lemaitre competes in the 200m. In the 110m hurdles, world fourth placer Garfield Darien faces strong opposition from US champion Aleec Harris and China’s Xie Wenjun while Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad is expected to win the 2000m. On the in-field, world champion Sam Kendricks faces France’s Kevin Menaldo and Croatia’s Ivan Horvat in the pole vault while world silver medallist Jarrion Lawson is also expected to win the long jump. Elsewhere, Melina Robert-Michon is the favourite on home soil in the discus but former world bronze medallist Alexandra Tavernier faces strong opposition from Poland’s Malwina Kopron and Moldova’s Zalina Petrivskaya. Other standout names on the US team include Courtney Okolo (200/400m), Shannon Rowbury (2000m) and Kristi Castlin (100m hurdles). Elsewhere, world 50km race walk champion Yohann Diniz will compete in a non-scoring 3000m walk while world decathlon champion Kevin Mayer competes as a guest in the shot put.
Thursday, 07 September 2017 14:35 Written by Christine
By Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Amos for 500 m
NEWCASTLE (GBR): Nijel Amos and Aries Merritt are among the top international stars taking part in the Great North CityGames at Newcastle-Gateshead on September 9. Amos will race over 500m where he will face a line-up including fellow 800m specialist Guy Learmonth and 400m specialists Martyn Rooney, Dwayne Cowan and Rabah Yousif while Merritt faces teammate Jarrett Eaton and former European indoor champion Petr Svoboda in the 110m hurdles. Lynsey Sharp also steps down to contest the 500m where she takes on 400m specialists Perri Shakes-Drayton and Anyika Onuora. In the mile, Andrew Butchart goes against 1500m specialist Charlie Grice and world 1500m finalist Marcin Lewandowski from Poland while 3:59 1500m runner Winny Chebet, world 10,000m fifth-placer Susan Krumins and steeplechaser Rosie Clarke are the top names in the women’s mile. Elsewhere, Lorraine Ugen, Shara Proctor and Jazmin Sawyers are the top names in the long jump; Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake is set to go head-to-head with Ameer Webb in the 150m; while Dina Asher-Smith is the top name in the women’s 150m.
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 14:43 Written by Christine
By Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Arevalo and de Sena
MONACO (MON): World champion Eider Arevalo of Colombia is also winner of the 2017 IAAF Race Walking Challenge with 36 points. Second Brazilian bronze medalist from London Caio Bonfim 25 and third Andres Chocho of Ecuador also 25. In the fourth place South African record holder Lebogang Shange with 20, he was also fourth in London. Canadian Evan Dunfee takes fifth 19, the same score for 6th placer Perseus Karlstrom from Sweden. In women category first ever Brazilian win for World Championships fourth placer Erica de Sena with 34 points. Silver medalist from the Mall Mexican Maria Guadelupe Gonzalez is second 28 and third 50 km star and WR holder Ines Henriques 24 points. In the top six also Ana Cabecinha of Portugal 24, Kimberly Garcia from Peru 23 and Colombia´s Sandra Arenas 22. World champion Chinese Yang Jiayu scored only twice and could not be higher in the ranking. It is for first time in the challenge that both titles went to South American walkers. This year the series had 10 scoring events, the last beeing World championships races.
Bolt Predicts Records to Stay for 15-20 Years
KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt predicts his world records in the 100m and 200m will last “at least” 15 to 20 years, informs AP. “I think (they’re) going to last a while. I think our era with Yohan Blake, Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell and all these guys was the best era of athletes. If it was going to be broken, it would have been broken in this era, so I think I have at least 15 to 20 more years,” he said. Bolt also warned youngsters not to become complacent once they progress to the senior ranks. “I’ve noticed a lot of the young athletes, as soon as they get their first contract and start making money, they really just don’t care as much anymore. A lot of them are satisfied with getting their first contract, going out and making their first team. If they are satisfied with that, then we’re in trouble."
KINGSTON (JAM): With Usain Bolt retired from athletics, Yohan Blake is hoping to take up the mantle as the world’s top sprinter, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. “After I came fourth (in London) Usain (Bolt) called me into his room and said, 'Yohan, I am not going to be here anymore and Jamaica is depending on you. I said to him that I've never carried that burden before, and he said I needed to start winning again,” he said.
ITEN (KEN): Mary Keitany will be racing in the Great North Run on Sunday in order to gauge her training ahead of the New York Marathon on 5 November, informs the Daily Nation. “I really feels good to run in the same course, something I have done for three years now. I still have time to train hard but for now I must concentrate with the half marathon. After this weekend’s race, I will see what to work on and rectify for the next two months before the main race. It will be part of my training,” she said.
ARNHEM (NED): European 100m champion Churandy Martina has left Rana Reider and will be coached from now on by Bart Bennema, informs NOS. Dutch 400m specialist Liemarvin Bonevacia has also joined Bennema’s group.
AACHEN (USA): Reigning world pole vault champion Sam Kendricks is set to go head-to-head with former world champion Pawel Wojciechowski in Aachen at the Domspringen pole vault meet on Wednesday, informs Leichtathletik.de. The field also includes European U23 champion Ben Broeders, Frenchman Stanley Joseph and Dutch record-holder Menno Vloon along with top German vaulters Karsten Dilla and Tobias Scherbarth. The event is expected to attract 5000 spectators.
PORTLAND (USA): World bronze medallist Amy Cragg is “definitely” planning to compete in a spring marathon next year, informs ctollerun.com. “I’ll definitely be doing a spring marathon but we don’t know which one yet. Once we figure out which marathon, we’ll work backwards and if we could fit in some road races for the marathon, that is what we’ll do,” she said.
NAIROBI (KEN): Wilson Kipsang feels he’s just the man for the job, confident he will lower Volare Sports stable-mate Dennis Kimetto’s standing World record of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds on the fluid streets of the German political capital. “If you compare me with those guys (Bekele and Kipchoge), I stand a chance because having broken the world record before, and having more experience, and if I prepare myself and I’m in the same shape like when I broke the world record, I think I can beat those guys,” he confidently said.
KOSICE (SVK): 2nd JBL Jump fest street event will be held on Wednesday, Kosice, Slovakia. Since the inaugural event the programme has been extended to four jumping events (men and women long and triple) and also 50 yards sprints have been added. Fastest Slovak Jan Volko will compete twice against top Czech sprinters Jan Veleba and Zdenek Stromsik. The jumps will be also organised as match Czech/Slovakia vs. rest of Europe. Veldakova twins will be the top names in their events, Jana in long jump will have as main rival Jazmin Sawyers of Great Britain and Dana in triple Mara Griva of Latvia. In men jumps Dutch athletes are favorites, former World indoor champion Ignisious Gaisah and Fabian Florant, the latter one to deal with Latvian Elvijs Misans, fourth placer from European Indoor championships in Belgrade.
BUDAPEST (HUN): Athletics at Taipei World University Games was third best after 2000 in terms of all-athletics.com scoring with 166 628 points. Better only two editions Kazan 2013 with 169 256 and Beijing 2001 with 167 611. In the 2017 ranking of multiday events Taipei is fifth best. Leading of course World Championships in London ahead of US Championships in Sacramento, European Team Championships in Lille and NCAA Champs in Eugene.
TALLINN (EST): Estonian Maraton Championships will be held on this Sunday on Tallinn. There will be 21 men and 14 women competing in the Estonian Chamopnships event apart of international runners. Main title contenders are Raivo Alla and Argo Jõesoo and also last year bronze medalist Priit Lehismets. Roman Fosti and Tiidrek Nurme are not participating this time. In women´s race the main contenders are Moonika Pilli, Kaisa Kukk and Hillevi Velba.
BRUSSELS (BEL): Belgian 400 m runner Julien Watrin already has a new coach, it is former top hurdler Jonathan Nsenga. He left recently Jacques Borlee group.
KINGSTON (JAM): Kingston College’s star sprinter Jevaughn Matherson is set to join Glen Mills training group for the 2018 season. According to RJR News, Matherson will complete upper sixth form at KC but will be coached by Racers Track Club head and Usain Bolt coach Glen Mills.
MELBOURNE (AUS): Athletics Australia announced that Darren Gocher has been appointed Chief Executive, starting in his new role effective immediately. Gocher will work with the Board and membership to help drive athletics to meet its strategic mission to be the largest participation sport in Australia and to achieve even greater success at the high performance level. Gocher was the CEO of Nitro Athletics - the extremely successful and innovative series, helping to revolutionise the sport globally. In addition, he is currently serving as Acting Commercial Director for Athletics Australia.
NAIROBI (KEN): Elections to choose a new chairman and executive of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) will take place on September 29, it was announced following a Special General Assembly in Nairobi today. Writes insidethegames. Paul Tergat, the former marathon world record holder, is the only candidate bidding to replace double Olympic gold medallist Kipchoge Keino as chairman.
NEW YORK (USA): The greatest Olympian of the 20th Century, Carl Lewis, will be honored by USA Track & Field with the Legend Award as part of USATF Black Tie & Sneakers Gala on Thursday, November 2 at The Armory Track & Field Center in New York City.
TIANJIN (CHN, Sep 5): New national 200 m record by London 100 m semifinalist Xie Zhenye highlighted Tuesday programme at National Games in China. He clocked 20.20 (-0.2) and improved his own mark by 0.2. Top quality also women discus final with 6 throwers over 60 meters. Rio 5th placer and London 7th placer Su Xinyue won with 64.56 ahead of 8th in London Feng Bin 64.46. Third place for another London finalist Chen Yang 62.64 and fourth Li Xiaoxin with 62.58. Duo Bujie dominated men 10 000 m in solid 28:26.86 personal best, 200 m women winner Huang Guifen was with 23.24 (0.0) not that fast as in heats. Shot put World champion Gong Lijiao achieved best result in qualification 18.60. In men long jump qualification Huang Changzhou leaped to 803 (+0.6). From Tilastopaja.
UPPSALA (SWE, Sep 5): New Swedish women shot put record by European U23 Champion Fanny Roos with 18.21 here.
CHIARI (ITA, Sep 5): Latvian Mareks Arents won the 31st Chiari pole vault on the square with 545 clearance. He missed then 555. Second Italian Claudio Michel Stecchi and third Czech Michal Balner, both 535.
VIRGINIA BEACH (USA, Sep 3): Jeffrey Eggleston ran marathon pace here in preparation for the Bank of American Chicago Marathon. He was the winner of 17th Rock and Roll Virginia Beach Half-Marathon in 65:55. "I had a pretty uneventful summer and this was actually my first race since the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon [in June, where he won]," Eggleston gold event organizers. "I had a really busy spring and just took the time to recover this summer. It's really nice to be at sea level, because I had been training at 10,000 feet." The women's title went to Japan's Mao Ichiyama in a personal best 73:49. From RRW.
ZAPOPAN (MEX, Sep 3): Mexican winners at the 28th Medio Maraton Atlas. Daniel de Jesus Vargas successfully defended his title, running nearly a minute faster than last year 65:28. Olympian Madai Perez easily won the women's race in 74:43. From RRW.
TILBURG (NED): Senbere Teferi did not run a world-leading time for 10 km in Tilburg (30:38) even when discouting Prague Half Marathon splits. Instead, Fancy Chemutai (KEN) ran 30:23 in Appingedam on 24 June. Informs David Monti.
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 03:50 Written by Christine
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Vivian and Mo
NEWCASTLE (GBR): Vivian Cheruiyot and Mo Farah will defend their titles in the Great North Run on 10 September. Cheruiyot will go head-to-head with former two-time winner and reigning London Marathon champion Mary Keitany while fellow Kenyans Betsy Saina and Caroline Kipkirui, who paced Keitany in the London Marathon in April, could also challenge. Top Brits in the field include Alyson Dixon and former runner-up Gemma Steel. In the men’s race, Farah will face last year’s runner-up Dathan Ritzenhein, New Zealanders Jake and Zane Robertson and veteran Bernard Lagat.
Merritt for street hurdles
NEWCASTLE (GBR): World 110m hurdles record-holder Aries Merritt will compete in the Great North City Games on 9 September, informs Athletics Weekly. The field also includes teammate Jarrett Eaton and former European indoor 60m hurdles champion Petr Svoboda. Former world 100m champion Kim Collins is also confirmed for the 150m.
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS (SEP 3, 2017)
Sweden With Record Women Win
STOCKHOLM (SWE, Sep 3): For the fourth time in the last five years, Sweden managed to win both senior matches against Finland. At Olympic Stadium women won by record margin of 55 points (232.5 to 177.5). Men got 216:188 win over Finland. But the Suomi guests won both U18 matches, boys 108:93 and girls 107:94. World leader Daniel Stahl won discus with 67.37 and broke 44 years old Ricky Bruch meet record. Also Tero Pitkamaki won the javelin with 80.28 and Isak Andersson 400 m hurdles in 50.54. On the women side Sofia Skoog cleared 191 in high jump (and tried at 195) ahead of Maja Nilsson and Erika Kinsey, both 189. Michaela Meijer cleared 442 in pole vault ahead of Minna Nikkanen 437, Khaddi Sagnia 650 (+1.5) in long jump, Fanny Roos 17.58 in shot and Ida Storm 71.26 in hammer. Meraf Bahta won after 800 m also the 10 000 m in 33:00.28.
Friday, 01 September 2017 15:12 Written by Christine
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Surprise: Hill 22.44 MR
BRUSSELS (BEL, Aug 31): London Worlds 11th placer Darrell Hill produced a huge throw in the sixth round of the shot put to claim victory in the IAAF Diamond League final and 50 000 USD at the Place de la Monnaie in downtown Brussels. Hill extended his lifetime best from 21.91m to 22.44m (also a meet record) to defeat Olympic champion Ryan Crouser who had two throws over 22m (22.24m, 22.37m) and Joe Kovacs (21.62m). Hill came close to Kovacs’ Diamond League record of 22.56m and also moves to 13th on the world outdoor all-time lists. In a high quality competition, David Storl and Tomas Stanek were fourth (21.47m) and fifth (21.39m) respectively but recently crowned world champion Tom Walsh had to settle for sixth with 21.38m.
Kipruto Aims for First Sub-8 of 2017
BRUSSELS (BEL, Sep 1): The second of the two IAAF Diamond League finals will produce 15 more Diamond League winners after Zurich resulted in some surprises. The horizontal jumps could potentially provide the highlights, while a meeting known for distance performances has a good women’s 5000m in store. Unbeaten so far this season are Stefanidi and Lasitskene with Kipruto. Women discus and men triple meet records are under threat at 41st AG Memorial Van Damme. The meet will as usual end with musical concert and fireworks.
100m (non-DL): Julian Forte looks to continue good form after back-to-back wins in Berlin and Rovereto, while Yohan Blake and Isiah Young could be his closest challengers.
200m: World champion Ramil Guliyev stands to become Turkey’s first Diamond League winner but Brits Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Zharnel Hughes are among those out to stop him.
400m (non-DL): The three Borlees hope to send the local crowd home happy.
800m: London minor medallists Adam Kszczot and Kiyegon Bett face Nijel Amos as Asbel Kiprop steps down.
1500m (non-DL): World champion Elijah Manangoi should be a big favourite as Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad and Adel Mechaal are the next best.
3000m steeplechase: World and Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto aims to stay on top as Evan Jager looks to come back from his London disappointment. Soufianne El Bakkali and Jairus Birech ought to be in the mix too. WL is a possibility.
110m hurdles: London silver medallist Sergey Shubenkov leads be favourite as 2012 Olympic champion Aries Merritt, Garfield Darien and Ronald Levy are also in the field.
Triple jump: Christian Taylor and Will Claye were a class apart in London, but back to the fray comes Pedro Pablo Pichardo for the first time since his 17.60m beat Taylor in Lausanne before injury struck.
Discus: World top two Andrius Gudzius and Daniel Stahl feature alongside Olympic champion Christophe Harting and Fedrick Dacres.
100m: Elaine Thompson hopes for silverware after her London disappointment as Michelle-Lee Ayhe and Marie-Josee Ta Lou stand in her way.
400m: Shaunae Miller-Uibo could make up somewhat for London by becoming a double Diamond winner after her 200m win in Zurich. Courtney Okolo and world silver medallist Salwa Eid Nasser are the other main contenders.
1500m: Can Faith Kipyegon repeat her London win with world No.1 Sifan Hassan and world silver medallist Jenny Simpson in the field? Also there are Dawit Seyaum and Winny Chebet, top two in Birmingham recently.
5000m: World champion Hellen Obiri should be a comfortable winner. The next best could be Senbere Teferi or Agnes Tirop and it will be interesting to see what sub-nine steepler Beatrice Chepkoech can do on the flat.
400m hurdles: Zuzana Hejnova is the form athlete if you disregard the world final. London silver medallist Dalilah Muhammad will hope to upstage her.
Pole vault: Ekaterini Stefanidi seeks her 14th straight win this year, with most of her top rivals there, including Yarisley Silva and Olympic silver medallist Sandi Morris.
High jump: Mariya Lasitskene tries to extend her unbeaten run to 27, but London silver and bronze medallists Yuliya Levchenko and Kamila Licwinko hope to offer resistance. World heptathlon champion Nafi Thiam (1.98m last year) will thrill the home crowd.
Long jump: The closeness of the World final contest offers hope of similar drama here as the top five from that are in action. Gold medallist Brittney Reese goes for a third Diamond League title, trying to hold off Darya Klishina, Tianna Bartoletta and Ivana Spanovic.
Discus: Sandra Perkovic is looking for a record-breaking (for a woman) sixth conseucutive Diamond League title, but can she hold off the improving World silver medallist Dani Stevens? The other London medallist, Melina Robert-Michon is also in the field.
VAN DAMME NEWS
BRUSSELS (BEL): Conseslus Kipruto is seeking a fast pace from the start of the 3000m steeplechase at the meeting where the world record of 7:55.63 was set in 2004. Kipruto, who said he is clear of the ankle injury that threatened his World Championships participation, said he intended to set the pace rather than follow Evan Jager. He said: “I want to make it a fast race and get sub eight minutes. We’ll see where we end up.” Jager is also said to be wanting sub-eight.
BRUSSELS (BEL): New meeting director Cédric Van Branteghem, the former 400m runner, looked forward to the Memorial Van Damme saying: “I’m especially looking forward to several duels after the world championships. I’m thinking about Nijel Amos, who dominated the 800m at the Diamond League qualifying meetings, but couldn’t make it happen at the world championships in London. Elaine Thompson is also eager to shine on the 100m after her disappointing world championships."
BRUSSELS (BEL): Despite a delayed flight into the Belgian capital, double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson is looking for a fast time in her 100m.”Brussels is known for its fast track and I really want to succeed myself as the Diamond League champion,” she said, although declining to specify a time she is chasing. “I never do that. 10.70? Can be, might not. I like being surprised when I look at the times. I just try to run the best race possible."
BRUSSELS (BEL): Christian Taylor is keen to break Jonathan Edwards’ 1995 meeting record of 17.60m in the triple jump. The world champion, who had to switch take-off leg because of injury earlier in his career, said: “This place is very significant for me because this is the first place I actually tried to jump on my other leg, so this track is very special for many reasons, but now to know that Jonathan has the record here, yeah, I’m going to go for that.”
BRUSSELS (BEK): Memorial Van Damme started with a Hall of Fame and first three names were announced during a gala dinner on the eve of the event. German long jumper and sprinter Heike Drechsler, British miler Steve Cram and Wilfried Meert who was the meet director for 40 editions.
LONDON (GBR): World and Olympic winner in long jump Greg Rutherford underwent a surgery to fix a hernia problem on Thursday. He said on twitter that he was going to fix another problem following the end of the season, with a picture of him on a hospital bed. “Heading down to have my groin chopped up and then reconstructed soon. They just need me to get changed… Have a tasty hernia that needs sorting out. Can’t wait,” Rutherford said. Afterwards he said: "Looking forward to getting rehab started and turning my wobbly body back into an athletes body. I'm a new man. Thanks for the kind messages. Hopefully the surgery has fixed an issue I've been dealing with since 2012 (which worsened this year)."
GUJAN-MESTRAS (FRA): A 24-year-old man has been arrested and placed in police custody as part of the investigation into the assault of world 800m champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, informs L’Equipe. Bosse sustained "multiple facial fractures" in a "violent assault" which has forced him to end his season. "When he was about to leave in his car, he received a slap in the face for no known reason. So he got out of his car then received a number of blows to the face from several individuals," said a police source. The attack happened at around 4.00am on Sunday in the car park of a casino.
NEW HAVEN (USA): Galen Rupp has been added to the field for the New Haven 20K on Monday, informs organisers. The race doubles up as the USATF 20km Championships and Rupp will face a line-up which includes reigning champion Leonard Korir and two-time runner-up Sam Chelanga. Rupp will also be racing in the Philadelphia Half Marathon on the road to the Chicago Marathon in October. Reigning women’s champion Aliphine Tuliamuk will face strong opposition from Emily Session and Jordan Hasay, who was third in the Boston Marathon in April.
TILBURG (NED): Former world cross country champion and world 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop will compete in the CZ Tilburg Ten Miles on Sunday, informs organisers. Tirop replaces her teammate Alice Aprot who will not be defending her 10km title. Other top entrants include Ethiopia’s Etenesh Diro and top home runner Jip Vastenburg. In the men’s race, Rodgers Kwemoi will defend his title. He will face teammate Bernard Koech and former world and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda.
NAIROBI (KEN): Former world half marathon champion Gladys Cherono has said she has fully recovered from a hip injury which sidelined her last season and she is looking forward to the Berlin Marathon next month, informs the New Indian Express. "It really feels nice to have recovered. It had been hard for me last season. There were no marathon races for me owing to the injury and I am happy it has healed completely,” she said.
TOKYO (JPN): As part of an effort to reduce the effects of the heat on marathon-runners competing at the 2020 Olympics, the local municipal governments are planning to increase the number of large trees along the course and to implement road surface materials with heat shielding properties, informs Japan Running News. Tests have revealed that temperatures are around seven degrees lower in shaded areas than when exposed to direct sunlight.
NEWCASTLE (GBR): World fourth placer Dina Asher-Smith will compete in the 150m at the Great North City Games on the Gateshead Quayside on 9 September, informs Athletics Weekly. Asha Philip and Desiree Henry are also set to go head-to-head over 100m. The event takes place the afternoon before the Great North Run on Sunday.
BAD LIEBENZELL (GER): Arne Gabius will return to competitive action at the German 10km Championships in Bad Liebenzell on 3 September, informs Leichtathletik.de. The field also includes Philipp Pflieger and Hendrick Pfeiffer. The top entrant in the women’s race is Anna Hahner who is racing here in the build-up to the Berlin Marathon.
KINGSTON (JAM): Japanese junior star Hijiri Aomi is the latest addition to the Racers Track Club catalogue of overseas athletes as he commenced training with the “Capital of Excellence” recently. Informs Jamaica Observer.