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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 02:32

News from Around the the World: EME NEWS (Aug 1, 2017)

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By Alfons Juck
Bolt confident
LONDON (GBR): Usain Bolt was as confident as ever when meeting the media at his official presser in London. Asked what would happen if he loses as he endeavours to bow out in style at the World Championships, the 11-time world champion responded: “It's not going to happen so we won't have that problem. The last race I ran was a 9.95, which shows I'm going in the right direction. I'm going forward. I'm not worried. It's a championship. It's a final. It's all about who can keep their nerves. I've been here many times, it's all about who can keep their nerve." Also among the highlights was his response on doping: “Personally, I think it went there after the scandal on Russia. It can't get worse than that, it's on its way up again. Hopefully athletes will understand if they don't stop what they're doing the sport will die.”
New broadcast and production deal for IAAF
LONDON (GBR): After the 210th IAAF Council Meeting IAAF President Sebastian Coe said: “Today was about the empowerment. Empowerment of those that we are elected to serve and better promoting athletics to sports fans,” commented Sebastian Coe. “Our discussions concentrated on a number of encouraging developments and initiatives which will increase athletes’ influence at the very heart of the sport’s decision making process. We also approved the establishment of a joint venture broadcasting production company to better present the sport and entertain the fans around the world.” Council approved an agreement which has been reached between IAAF and ITN Productions to form a joint venture company for Host Broadcasting and Media Production. The aim is to develop production capabilities that will be used by local organising committees around the world to ensure consistent high level broadcasts and production standards. The Joint Venture company will initially deliver host broadcasting of IAAF World Athletics Series and IAAF World Indoor Tour events plus all the IAAF’s non-live production requirements including magazine and feature programming, digital and branded content, with a focus on innovation and an eye towards the future. The JV company will work with partners across the athletics family including rights holders, event organisers, sponsors and athletes to ensure quality and consistency of production across the sport.
From Alfonz Juck
Athletes commission elections start on Tuesday
LONDON (GBR): From August 1 to 12 the elections for the 6 places in the IAAF Athletes Commission will be held. Participants at the World championships will vote. For six places 15 athletes are bidding. Sprinters Kim Collins and Angel David Rodriguez, steeple runner Habiba Ghribi, walker Inaki Gomez, former 400 m hurdler Periklis Iakovakis, 800 m runner Adam Kszczot, former hammer thrower Yipsi Moreno, shot putter Marco Fortes, current head of the commission and former high jumper Rozle Prezelj, javelin thrower Thomas Rohler, triple jumper Olha Saladukha, long jumper Ivana Spanovic, distance runner Benita Willis, high jumper Yu Wang and combined eventer Gyorgyi Zsivoczky-Farkas. The six elected members of the Commission shall begin their mandate on 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2021. They will replace from current IAAF Athletes Commission members Hussain Taher Al-Sabee, Tommi Evila, Habiba Ghribi (she candidates again), Jennifer Joyce, Rozle Prezelj (he also goes again) and Matej Toth as their mandate ends in 2017. Other 13 members have the mandate until end of 2019. They are Anita Talay, Fabiana Murer, Mehdi Baala, Paula Radcliffe, Michael Frater, Koji Murofushi, Ezekiel Kemboi, Andreas Thorkildsen, Valerie Adams, Mutaz Essa Barshim, Yelena Isinbayeva, Christian Olsson and Dwight Phillips.
MONTEVIDO (URU): Uruguay is sending five athletes to London. Top name is long jumper Emiliano Lasa who is olympic finalist. Deborah Rodriguez runs the 400 m hurdles and three more are marathon runners Aguelmis Rojas, Andrés Zamora and Nicolás Cuestas.
SANTIAGO (CHI): Latest addition into team of Chile for London is national discus record hlder Karen Gallardo. Natalia Duco is in shot put and Isidora Jimenez over 200 m. Adding to 3 women are 6 men. Walking twins Yerko Araya (20 km) and Edward Araya (50 km), marathon runners Manuel Cabrera, Leslie Encina and Enzo Yanez with Victor Aravena in the 5000 m.
SAO PAULO (BRA): Brazil will have a big team of 65 athletes, not only olympic winner in pole vault Thiago Braz is not travelling due to an injury, but also South American champion in triple jump Nubia Soares. Top hopes for the position in finals are shot putter Darlan Romani, hammer thrower Wagner Domingos and steeple runner Altobeli da Silva. Hopes for good position are also connected with walkers Caio Bonfim and Erica de Sena.
TUNIS (TUN): Tunisia's Habiba Ghribi has withdrawn from the World Championships, reports Tunisia's media "La Femme". The steeplechase specialist sustained an injury during the Arab Championships on July 16 in Radès, a race that she won in 9:20.00 her fastest time this year. That performance ranked her in 11th position among the participants in London. Informs Carole Fuchs. That leaves Tunisia with four athletes in London: Chahinez Nasri (20km walk), Atef Saad (marathon), Abdesselam Layoun (800m) and Abderraouf Boubaker (3000m steeplechase).
KYIV (UKR): Additions to the Ukrainian team for the World Championships include long jumpers Maryna Bekh (Rio and Belgrade finalist) and Serhiy Nikiforov (European indoor bronze medallist) as well as javelin thrower Hanna Hatsko-Fedusova and Yuliya Shmatenko (5000m). UKR team in London has now 48 athletes.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Slovakia will be represented in London by 5 athletes, the lowest number since 1993. Sprinter Jan Volko is in 100 m and 200 m, brother and sister Marcel Lomnicky and Nikola Lomnicka in hammer and two walkers, Dusan Majdan for 50 km and Maria Czakova for women 20 km.
LONDON (GBR): Women´s 50 km walk which will staged for first time at the World championships has 7 entries. Headed by WR holder Ines Henriques of Portugal, the rest comes from China (Yin Hang and Yang Shuqing), USA (Kathleen Burnett, Erin Talcott and Susan Randall) and Brazil (Nair Da Rosa).
PRETORIA (RSA): A rollercoaster week of emotion for hurdler Rikenette Steenkamp has ended on a definite downer as she has been forced to withdraw from London after she was additionally invited this week by the IAAF. The reason is an hamstring injury. "I haven’t decided yet on World Students in Taiwan. I’ll give it a few days," she said about possible participation at World University Games. Inform SA media.
SARAJEVO (BIH): Three athletes will represent Bosnia and Hercegovina. 800 m last time medalist Amel Tuka and two shot putters Mesud Pezer with Hamza Alic.
LJUBLJANA (SLO): Slovenia will have 5 women in London. Martina Ratej in javelin, Anita Horvat in 400 m, European U20 medalist Agata Zupin in 400 m hurdles and additionally invited Marusa Cernjul in high jump and Tina Sutej in pole vault. On the men side 400 m record holder Luka Janezic and Rok Puhar for marathon.
ZAGREB (CRO): Croatia ream in London is composed by 9 athletes. Headliners are throwing Olympic winners Sandra Perkovic in discus and Sara Kolak in javelin. Ana Simic is in high jump and marathon runners Bojana Bjeljac, Matea Matosevic and Nikolina Stepan. High jump super star Blanka Vlasic was not able to have injury-free preparation. Three men are Filip Mihaljevic and Stipe Zunic in shot put with Ivan Horvat in pole vault.
ZHUKOVSKIY (RUS, Jul 30): Vladimir Nikitin clocked 3:37.14 PB to win men 1500 m during last day of Russian Nationals after confident victory over 5000m two days ago. Yevgeniy Kunts (3:40.10 PB) and Yegor Nikolayev 3:41.55 finished second and third respectively. Yelena Korobkina was fastest in women 1500m final with 4:04.90 PB ahead of Anastasiya Kalina 4:05.71 and Yelena Murashova 4:07.23 PB. 22-year-old Darya Nedbaykina improved her PB in women triple jump to 14.21 (+1.1). Second Viktoriya Prokopenko achieved 14.00 (+0.8). Viktor Butenko, who prepares to perform at London Worlds, was only third in men discus throwing with 61.40m behind Aleksey Khudyakov 63.13 and Gleb Sidorchenko 61.48. 
HASSLEHOLM (SWE, Jul 29): World leader in high jump Mutaz Essa Barshim tested here his shape and cleared 230 to win. Fanny Roos won women shot with 18.14.
SCHIFFLANGE (LUX, Jul 30): Canadian Sam Effah achieved the best result of the CAS Meeting International with 10.27 (+1.2) in the 100 m ahead of Jamaican Everton Clarke 10.28. Israeli Dmitriy Kroyter cleared 220 in high jump and Jamaican Chad Wright got 60.38 discus win. Best women results 2:03.46 in the 800 m by Moroccan Siham Hilali and 635 (+0.7) in long jump from Germany´s Melanie Bauschke.
LEIRIA (POR, Jul 29): At International Throwing Meet World champion Denia Caballero fo Cuba won discus with 66.51 over Irina Rodrigues 62.63 and Brazil Fernanda Borges 60.19. In men discus Colombian record holder Mauricio Ortega achieved 65.60. Portugal´s record holder Tsanko Arnaudov won men shot 20.71 over Canadian Tim Nedow 20.22.
OGRE (LAT, Jul 30): Second day of Latvian Championships had Igors Sokolovs achieving 75.86 in hammer at age of 42 and Sindija Buksa winning the 200 m in 23.89 (+0.2, 23.70 in heats).
MOSSINGEN (GER, Jul 29): Philippines record holder Ernest John Obiena won the pole vault here with 551 clearance, among women Martina Schultze ahead of Dutch Femke Pluim, both 442. David Wrobel achieved stadium record in discus 63.37.
YAMAGATA (JPN, Jul 30): New High School record at Japanese HS Championships in girls 1500 m by 18 years old Kenyan Helen Lobun Ekarare 4:07.06.
BEDFORD (GBR, Jul 29-30): The CAU Inter-Counties Championships - first held in 1927 - were staged in conjunction with the England Athletics Championships and, although short on London 2017-bound athletes, saw good performances over the two days. New Zealand´s Worlds medal contender Tom Walsh guested in the shot put, his winning 22.06m being his third best ever. Eighteen-year-old Tom Gale, a recent European under-20 bronze medallist, went to second on the world age-group rankings with 2.30m in the high jump (including good tries at 234). Other wins included Ojie Edoburun (100m - 10.26, also 10.22 in semifinals), Hannah England (800m/1500m - 2:06.68/4:17.84), Joe Harris (javelin - 75.71m PB), Iona Lake (3000m steeplechase - 9:50.61), James Weaver (110m hurdles - 13.73 and 13.69 in semifinals), Margaret Adeoye (400m - 53.17) and James Forman (400m hurdles - 50.72). Sadam Koumi of Sudan won the 400 m in 46.14.
LARISA (GRE, Jul 29-30): London-bound javelin thrower Ioánnis Kiriazís confirmed good shape in the Greek U23 Champs on Sunday with 86.44. On Saturday Emmanouíl Karalís for the second consecutive competition (first was at Grosseto) broke a pole while attempting at 525, this time he cleared this height on third attempt, before failing at 545. Also on Saturday Kiriákos Zótos won the shot put with PB 19.47.
DAVENPORT (USA, Jul 29): Aliphine Tuliamuk and Sam Chelanga took victories at the US 7 miles road championships. Tuliamuk clocked 36:30 to gain her fourth USATF Running Circuit win of the year, while Chelanga took his first victory of the series with 32:53.
DUSSELDORF (GER, Jul 30): Ituah Enahoro, 19, won the decathlon at the Thorpe Cup in Dusseldorf with 8028 ahead of German teammates Rene Strauss (8009) and Felix Hepperle (7699). The Americans dominated the heptathlon with Alex Gochenour winning with 5898 from Allison Reaser (5782) and Chari Hawkins (5781). London-bound Mathias Brugger went out to 46.61m in the discus while Trey Hardee threw 47.31m in the discus and went over 5.05m in the pole vault. Germany won decathlon 38 642 over USA 37 321, but US got heptathlon 17 461 over Germany 16 280.
BOGOTA (COL, Jul 30): Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa won the Bogota Half Marathon in 64:30 from Kenya’s Peter Kirui (64:39) with Stanley Biwott fourth in 65:54. Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei won the women’s race in 72:16 from teammates Veronica Wanjiru (72:42) and Ruth Chepngetich (73:57).
SAO PAULO (BRA, Jul 30): Laurindo Neto won the Sao Paulo City Marathon in 2:20:09. Half marathon wins for Gladson Barboza (66:11) and Valdilene Silva (77:10).
HO CHI MINH (VIE, Jul 27): At International Meeting in Vietnam Malaysia clocked national 4x100 m record 39.62 and in long jump Vietnam NR by Nguyen Van Dong 789 cm ahead of Nguyen Tien Trong 787 (second best ever in the country).
KABARAK (KEN, Jul 24): In late addition the information that the Aloha Zane Branson Memorial at 15 km was succesfuly held. Wilfred Kimitei clocked 43:48 ahead of Josphat Tanui 43:49 and Jorum Okombo 43:52. In women top three Joan Chelimo 50:25 beating Sheila Jerotich 50:46 and Esther Chesang 51:22. More than results the spirit of the friendship was important and the moment to remember a top person.
PREMANA (ITA, Jul 30): World Mountain Running Champions are at 13 km Ugandan Victor Kiplangat (52:31) and Kenyan Lucy Wambui 1:01:26 ahead of Austrian Andrea Mayr 1:02:44 and Sarah Tunstall of Great Britain 1:04:16. In men category silver for Joel Ayeko of Uganda 52:50 and bronze for Fred Musobo also from Uganda 53:57. Best European was Italian Xavier Chevrier as 6th in 55:47. U20 titles also for Uganda: Oscar Chelimo 26:46 and Risper Chebet 31:46 at 6.5 km.
BERLIN (GER, Jul 29): Philipp Pflieger won for third time in a row the Adidas Runners City Night at 10 km in 29:37. Czech Eva Vrabcova-Nyvltova won women 33:25 ahead of US Lauren LaRocco 34:02 and Katharina Heining who tested her shape before Worlds marathon in 34:43.
GABORONE (BOT): Botswana will have both relays in 4x400 m, not 4x100 m.

15-year-old athlete Arneton, joins Under Armour as the brand rapidly expands in France - Paris, France (27th July 2017)– Today, a rising star in world athletics, Heather Arneton becomes the latest young, determined and fearless athlete to join Under Armour’s roster of dynamic, talented athletes.

LONDON NEWS - NAIROBI (KEN): David Rudisha is satisfied with his final preparations for the World Championships where he will defend his title, informs Citizen Digital. “The preparations have been going on well since we reported in camp. I’m happy with the training since this is a very crucial time for us as we make the final preparations. I have been working on endurance, speed and some good track sessions just to make sure that we have everything balanced. The preparations have been good and we’re all up for this,” he said.

Medals will be reallocated - LONDON (GBR): Five athletes and eleven teams have accepted invitations to receive reallocated World Championships medals at this year’s event in London, the IAAF has announced. Following doping disqualifications, USA’s 4x400m quartet from the 2013 edition will receive their gold medals in the London Stadium before the opening session on August 4. The other gold awarded will be to Jessica Ennis, the 2011 winner, and this will take place before the evening action on August 6. With regards to other athletes unable to take up the invitation, the IAAF is in contact with member federations who will find other appropriate opportunities.

This spring, the Monterey Bay Wednesday Night Laundry Runners (WNLRs) awarded a total of $10,250 to eight outstanding college-bound student-athletes in Monterey County.  Awards ranged from $500 to $2,000 and were presented at the Senior Awards Ceremony for each selected student.  Students were nominated by their coaches, and the size of each scholarship was based on the student’s track and cross-country times, academic performance, leadership and community service activities, and need.  “The purpose of the WNLR Scholarship fund is to recognize local excellence in athletic and academic achievement and to help our Monterey County student-athletes achieve broader success.  We hope to continue using the WNLR Scholarship Fund to ease the financial burden of college for exceptional Monterey County student-athletes who may otherwise find college prohibitively expensive,” said Mike Dove, founder of the WNLR Scholarship Program.

KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt heads a team of 56 for London 2017. Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson and Rio 2016 hurdles winner Omar McLeod are also going to Britain. Former World record holder Asafa Powell who was seeking medical exemption was not selected. In the women 100 m also named Simone Facey, Jura Levy and Sashalee Forbes.

4x400 m World U20 record - TRUJILLO (PER, Jul 23): The USA closed the 19th Pan American U20 Championships on a high note by breaking the men’s U20 4x400m world record. Brian Herron, Zachary Shinnick, Sean Hooper and Josephus Lyles pushed themselves to a new time of 3:00.33 minutes, erasing the 13-year old mark of 3:01.09, set by another USA squad that included future Olympic champions Lashawn Merritt and Kerron Clement. Christopher Taylor, the 2015 world U18 400m gold medallist, anchored the Jamaican quartet to a new national U20 record in 3:03.77.


NEW YORK CITY -- In two weeks athletes from across the nation will band together with pride to represent Team USA at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, England.  In preparation for this momentous event, the USATF Foundation announced 25 Stephen A. Schwarzman grant awards in the amount of $25,000 to members of Team USA today, announced Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld.

Earlier this year, Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, became the largest individual donor to the USATF Foundation and made an unprecedented $2.5 million donation in support of elite track & field athletes. The gift is meant to provide financial support to the most promising track & field athletes as they train for the World Championships and Olympic Games.