Thursday, 09 November 2017 14:24
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Kimetto for Honolulu
HONOLULU (USA): World marathon record-holder Dennis Kimetto will compete in the Honolulu Marathon on 10 December, informs organisers. Kimetto lined up in the Chicago Marathon last month but was a DNF due to injury. The field also includes reigning champion and course record-holder Lawrence Cherono and former champion Wilson Chebet.
Lavillenie thinks 2024
PARIS (FRA): Renaud Lavillenie hasn’t ruled out competing on home soil at the 2024 Olympics in Paris (at the time of the Games will be nearly 38) and is also hoping to assume a role in the Organising Committee, informs insidethegames.biz. “I have no idea how I can be involved - I am pretty sure I will be involved as a role model at least, and maybe I can be involved also inside the Organising Committee. I think I will not be retired when the Games come here. My goal for the Paris 2024 Olympics for sure is to be part of the athletes' team,” he said.
NAIROBI (KEN): World 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi has spoken of how the disappointment of not making the Kenyan team for the 2013 World Championships persuaded him to move directly up from 400m, for which he had a PB of 47.33. “When I was training for the 400 metres I would always do well in the endurance sessions and I could easily run 3x800 (in training),” he told the IAAF. “I also remember my old coach Colm O’Connell telling me I could one day become world 1500 metres champion. I was so disappointed not to make another team (for the 400m) I told my coach (Bernard Ouma) I want to try the 1500. My coach said, ‘no, try the 800 metres first’ but I knew in my heart I needed to go directly to the 1500 metres.” Manangoi is aiming to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April.
NAIROBI (KEN): Hellen Obiri has said she believes she has been consistent enough in 2017 to deserve a place on the short-list for the IAAF Athlete of the Year, informs the Daily Nation. “I was consistent whole year, winning the World title besides running two fastest times this year in Rome (14:18.37) and Shanghai (14:22.47) in 5000m. It’s not fair at all but that inspires me to perform even better next season,” she said. Obiri is targeting the 3000m at the World Indoor Championships and the 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games next year.
MOSCOW (RUS): President of the All-Russia Athletics Federation Dmitry Shlyakhtin has said they will not meet with the IAAF Taskforce again until after the next IAAF Council meeting on 25-26 November when chairman Rune Andersen will provide an update on Russia’s progress towards reinstatement, informs Sport Express.
MOSCOW (RUS): All-Russia Athletics Federation president Dmitry Shlyakhtin hopes to pay any outstanding debts owed to athletes before the end of 2017, informs Sport Express. “At the moment, VFLA has certain debts to athletes. Our federation is going through a difficult period, the amount of funding by the sponsors in connection with the doping scandals has significantly decreased. But our athletes continue to be our main value. We are working to resolve this issue. In particular, we now form a strong board of trustees of the federation. We expect to pay all by the end of 2017.” said Shlyakhtin.
FRANKFURT (GER): Heptathlete Claudia Salman-Rath is making good progress after a knee operation and is aiming to return in time for the Gotzis Hypo-Meeting in May, informs Leichtathletik.de. Salman-Rath is aiming to resume full training in mid-December and her first training camp is scheduled for Tenerife in January. Salman-Rath is focusing solely on the heptathlon at the European Championships in Berlin but she would also like to contest the long jump at the 2020 Olympics.
BERLIN (GER): Franziska Reng has talked of how a fall in the first half of the Frankfurt Marathon last month affected her badly during the race, leichtathletik.de reports. Despite finishing 13th in a PB and European Championships qualifying time of 2:34:57, the German said her knee was numb and she had to alter her gait. "It's the hardest thing I've done in my life so far,” she said.
MINSK (BLR): Despite missing the 2017 season due to illness, hammer thrower Ivan Tikhon is aiming to return to competition next season and plans to compete through until 2020 when he will be 44, informs the BFLA. “All preparations are directed to participate in the European Championship-2018, which will be held in August in Berlin. The most important of my goals is to participate in the Olympic Games in 2020,” he said.
BEIRUT (LBN): Dominic Ruto will offer the sternest challenge to defending champion Edwin Kiptoo at the Blom Bank Beirut Marathon title on November 12, Xinhua news agency writes. Ruto, who clocked a PB of 2:09:08 for second in Rome this year, said: “My training for the Beirut marathon has been quite good so far. I skipped a race in China in September but I got a tendon injury and I had to reschedule my plans. Recent workouts have gone well giving me a feeling that I can try to be competitive.”
ABUJA (NGR): Individuals in Nigeria have raised alarm over a claimed lack of funding for the country’s athletes’ preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, according to The Guardian (of Nigeria). The story’s headline suggests Nigeria’s participation in the Gold Coast event is in jeopardy.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Voting is open to the public for USATF’s annual Wing Awards, which honour the country’s top track, field and running performances. Until November 13, fans can vote via an online form. The winners will receive their honours at the Jesse Owens Awards Banquet on December 2, at the USATF Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
AKRON (USA): The University of Akron track and field programme will host the sixth Annual Pole Vault Convention at Stile Athletics Field House from 6-7 January.
TALLINN (EST): Estonian discus thrower Martin Kupper will start co-operation with the Olympic winner Gerd Kanter and trainer Indrek Tustit. This also means he will end the cooperation with Alexander Tammert which started in 2012. Kanter welcomed this decision and said: "My age needs a motivating training partner."
LAUSANNE (SUI): The best broadcast coverage of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 was celebrated on Tuesday evening in Lausanne as the IOC announced the winners of the prestigious Golden Rings Awards. The winners of the night were Brazil’s SporTV – part of host broadcaster of Rio 2016 Globo Group - who picked up the award for Best Olympic Programme and a host of other recognitions while NBC of the United States went home with three Golden Rings for Best Olympic Feature, Best Olympic Profile and Best Olympic Digital Service. The BBC picked up the award for the The Best On-Air Promotion for a unique build up to its Rio 2016 coverage that included Brazil’s diverse wildlife competing in Olympic disciplines. Informs the AIPS.
COLORADO SPRINGS (USA): USADA announced that former triple jumper Kenta Bell (40) a coach in the sport of track and field, has accepted a lifetime ban for engaging in and orchestrating prohibited doping conduct as the coach of the Thinking Feet Track Club. Bell committed a prior anti-doping rule violation in 2007 while competing as a track and field athlete. Bell was Olympic Games 2004 finalist and World finalist in 2003 and 2005.
Thursday, 12 October 2017 14:09
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
SHKIRAT (MAR): The 27th Congress of African Athletics Confederation was held on Monday and Tuesday in Morocco. The begin was marked by the royal message sent by His Majesty King Mohammed VI to the participants. Some fifty member federations took part, special guest was IAAF President Sebastian Coe. Another top guest Kenyan 800 m World record holder David Rudisha. During the events the African Athletics Confederation (CAA) and the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) signed a partnership agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, the two sides will work together in areas related to coaching, physical and educational activities and the creation of new infrastructures to enable athletes from both continents to train in good conditions. Another partnership agreement to develop athletics in the African continent was signed between the Royal Moroccan Athletics Federation (FRMA) and the African Athletics Confederation (CAA). Africa is strongly considering to bid to stage World Championships in 2025. With the help from Moroccan media.
Thursday, 12 October 2017 13:21
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Africa Has Plans for Worlds
RABAT (MAR): Confederation of African Athletics president Hamad Malboum Kalkaba believes Africa can host the IAAF World Championships for the first time in 2025, Xinhua reports. In a statement, he said Kenya, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa all had the economic potential to put on the event in eight years’ time.
Roleder Ready for 2018
BERLIN (GER): After cutting short her 2017 season due to injury, sprint hurdler Cindy Roleder has increased the frequency of her physio visits from once to several times a week in order to compensate for her weaknesses, she said in an interview with leichtathletik.de. The German is now pain-free and training for the defence of her European title next year.
Four organisers to be decided
MONACO (MON): Next meeting of the IAAF Council in November will decide who will organise four IAAF World Athletics Series events in 2020. Not only World Indoor Championships, but also World Half Marathon Championships, World U20 Championships and World Race Walking Team Championships.
CHICAGO (USA): Retired Olympic heptathlon bronze medallist Brianne Theisen-Eaton completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, her debut at 26 miles, in 3:55:08.
CHICAGO (USA): Jordan Hasay spoke about finding her ideal distance after running 2:20:57 in her second marathon in Chicago yesterday. “I had always hoped that I’d be great at the marathon, and so I’m really glad we decided to move up this young,” she was quoted by letsrun.com as saying. “I just love the marathon. That’s what I was telling myself out there, I’m just like you’re great in the marathon, this is your event, this is what you love. I just love the training for it, I love the buildup. It’s definitely my event. Some people are just gifted at certain things.”
CHICAGO (USA): In Bank of America Chicago Marathon, more than 43,000 runners, an event record, crossed the finish line in Chicago’s “front yard,” Grant Park. This year’s race celebrated 40 years of running history with participants from more than 100 countries and all 50 states.
CHICAGO (USA): Top 10 performance average for Chicago Marathon has improved to 2:19:45 in women section. Tirunesh Dibaba's top 3 performance average is 2:19:01, third behind Radcliffe 2:16:48 and Keitany 2:18:19. With 2:20:57 Jordan Hasay became the fastest American on the US soil and her 2:20:57 is also best third place here. The 5 km segment 14:25 for Galen Rupp from 35 to 40 km was the fastest in Chicago history. From Ken Nakamura.
CHICAGO (USA): Rupp and Dibaba also secured their first ever Abbott World Marathon Majors victories. Rupp’s win moves him into joint first on the Majors leaderboard on 25 points, level with Geoffrey Kirui, Daniel Wanjiru and Eliud Kipchoge, while Dibaba takes an outright lead in the women’s standings on 41.
BERLIN (GER): Sabre fencer Max Hartung and canoeist Silke Kassner have launched plans to form a breakaway group after criticising the current set-up of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) Athletes' Committee. Hartung, the chairman of the Athletes' Committee, and Kassner, his deputy, told German television channel ARD that they are hoping to establish an athlete organisation which would be independent from the DOSB. The "Athleten Deutschland" group would be a network of athlete representatives from Olympic, non-Olympic and Paralympic sports bodies in the country. Informs insidethegames.
OBERHAUSEN (GER): German U23 champion at 400 m Hurdles Joshua Abuaku (21, 50.79) is changing his coaching environment. He will now train under Olympic winner Volker Beck who is national head coach for the event in Germany. He will move to Frankfurt because of this. His training partners will be Luke Campbell and Georg Fleischhauer.
BERLIN (GER): Representatives from Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Great convened for the “G5” meeting in Berlin last week. Among the topics discussed were plans for next year’s European Athletics Championships, a review of the 2017 IAAF World Championships and the digital challenges facing European athletics, writes leichtathletik.de. The federations also discussed the future of Fly Europe concept.
LAGOS (NGR): The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has been awarded an IAAF bronze label for next year’s race in February, according to thisdaylive.com
NEW YORK (USA): The United Airlines NYC Half will feature an expanded field and new course in 2018. Around 22,500 runners are expected for the race on March 18. Last year the event had 19,409 finishers. It will start in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, head over the Manhattan Bridge, and finish in Central Park. “We’re proud to have worked with New York Road Runners to coordinate a new route that now includes both Brooklyn and Manhattan, and this year even more runners will get to run this race as well as take in the New York City landmarks and views along the redesigned course,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
BERLIN (GER): Despite her recent good quality races on the road, Alina Reh will concentrate next year on the track and the distance will be 5000 m. Next target is to achieve a sub 15 minutes time. She also plans to run 10 000 m on the track and plans to start in two weeks high altitude training in South Africa.
MALY LAPAS (SVK): Fastest Slovak and European U23 Champion over 200 m Jan Volko won during the weekend a special race. It is called wife-carrying cross country at 253.5 m with barriers. He clocked (with 10 years old Ema, daughter of his coach Nada Bendova on his shoulder) 59.98. Hammer Olympic finalist Marcel Lomnicky was second by 7 seconds. Of course it was all a big fun.
PAPRADNO (SVK): Another athletics wedding happened during the weekend in Central Slovakia. Javelin World silver medalist and twice Diamond League winner Czech Jakub Vadlejch married Slovak combined eventer and hurdler Lucia Slanickova. She will be now called Lucia Vadlejch. Present at the wedding also his coach Jan Zelezny and training partners Vitezslav Vesely, Petr Frydrych and Jaroslav Jilek.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Machine Gun Kelly, Teyana Taylor, Jacob Latimore, Annie Ilonzeh, Claudia Jordan and Towanda Braxton will add star power to USA Track & Field’s Black Tie & Sneakers Gala, slated for Thursday, November 2 at The Armory in Upper Manhattan. Celebrities from across the entertainment industry will join current track & field stars, Hall of Famers, business executives and national tastemakers at USATF’s annual gala, which will be broadcast on the Olympic Channel. Informs the USATF.
MATSUYAMA (JPN, Oct 9): In the Monday programme at National Sports Festival new Japanese U20 record in girls 5000 m track walk 21:33.44 by Nanako Fujii (18). Fast 3000 m 8:54.27 by 18 years old Reiko Tanaka. New PB in women 100 m hurdles for Masumi Aoki 13.18 (+0.5). In men hurdles windy times 13.47 (+2.2) by Genta Masuno and 13.58 by Taio Kanai. In javelin Takuto Kominami 77.94 and over 400 m life-time best for Yoshinobu Imoto 46.38.
ASUNCION (PAR, Oct 8): Freddy Maidana won the 200 m at Paraguay Championships in good 20.91 (+0.9). He missed his national record from 2014 by only 0.01.
IZUMO CITY (JPN, Oct 9): Tokai University beat defending champions Aoyama Gakuin University in the Izumo Ekiden, reports Japan Running News. The winning time was 2:11:59 and the margin 93 seconds.
SANTIAGO (CHI, Oct 8): Final day of South American U18 Games saw Brazilian long jumper Adrian Vieira achieving the best result with 772 cm. In discus Argentinian Nazareno Sasia 58.67 (1.5 kg).
WASHINGTON (USA, Oct 8): In the shadow of the Pentagon, Haron Lagat began his Sunday run and won the Army Ten Miler in 49:23. Susan Tanui was the best woman in 56:50.
Thursday, 12 October 2017 13:11
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. “Welcome to the world, Kimoana Josephine Adams-Price,” 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 Lithuania’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 McLaughlin’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 women’s field.
NEW YORK (USA): During a conference call with the media, Shalane Flanagan said her preparations are going “exceptionally well” ahead of the New York Marathon on 5 November and described the time off she had this winter due to injury as a “blessing.” “My training has gone exceptionally well,” 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 “very competitive” 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,” 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 women’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. “In order to stop doping we need to chip our athletes where the latest technology is there. Some people say it’s an invasion of privacy, well, sport is a club and people don’t have to join the club if they don’t want to, if they can’t follow the rules. Microchips get over the issue of whether the technology can be manipulated because they have no control over the device,” 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 “circumstantial evidence” 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.”
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. “The 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,” 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,” he said. "The competition will be tough because the Jamaicans and South Africans are going to be there.” Gemili won a silver medal in the 100m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
BEIRUT (LIB): Kenya’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. “My 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,” 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 O’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.
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 13:09
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Jakob thinks Tokyo 2020
OSLO (NOR): Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the European U20 Champion, says he wants to become the “best runner in the world.” The younger brother of European 1500m champions Henrik and Filip Ingebrigtsen, celebrated his 17th birthday in September and having already accomplished more than many athletes could hope for, he now wants to be the best and will do everything he can to achieve it. Looking to next season his main targets are to win a second consecutive European U20 Cross Country title in Samorin, before competing at the World U20 and senior European Championships. After that, his focus turns to the Tokyo Olympics. “My top goal is to win medals at major championships. The Olympics in 2020 is my first main career target, and hopefully more Olympics after that too,” he says. Informs fastrunning.com.
IAAF Awards on November 24
MONACO (MON): The IAAF Athletics Awards, will take place on 24th November as a celebration of this year’s greatest athletes on the track, in the field, on the road and other terrains. With the big man, Usain Bolt, retiring there’ll surely be the odd tear shed, but we’re already super excited to find out which athletes have made the long list in this year’s awards. Writes spikes.iaaf.org.
BERLIN MARATHON FLASH-BACK
BERLIN (GER): Eliud Kipchoge has said he plans to return to the Berlin Marathon next year in a bid to break Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2:02:57, informs Race News Service. “Absolutely, I would like to come back and try for the world record next time. I had come here to break the world record but the weather changed my plans,” he said. Next year’s Berlin Marathon will be staged earlier than usual on 16 September.
BERLIN (GER): Eliud Kipchoge has admitted he knew the world record wasn’t possible as early as the 5km checkpoint in the Berlin Marathon, informs Race Results Weekly. “After five kilometres I knew it was not possible. I could see how the road was (with so many puddles). That’s when I realised that the world record was not possible,” he said. He also described the race as his hardest marathon of his career thus far. “This was my hardest marathon ever. I still felt confident when [Guye] Adola went ahead of me. The conditions were not easy and I still think I am capable of breaking the world record.”
BERLIN (GER): Eliud Kipchoge’s coach Patrick Sang has described his performance as “amazing,” informs Wired. “In these terrible conditions, 2:03 is amazing. There was the mental challenge, the physical challenge, the environmental challenge. He is one of the great runners,” he said.
BERLIN (GER): President Uhuru Kenyatta led the congratulations on social media yesterday, informs the Daily Nation. “You are, undoubtedly, the best marathon runner the world has ever seen,” he said after Kipchoge’s win.
BERLIN (GER): Anna Hahner has confirmed she is aiming to compete on home soil at the European Championships in Berlin next summer, informs Leichtathletik.de. Hahner finished fifth in the Berlin Marathon in 2:28:32, comfortably inside the qualifying mark of 2:32:00.
BERLIN (GER): Some stats from Ken Nakamura. 2:03:47 by Adola is the fastest marathon debut on the standard course. Kipchoge ran the fastest marathon for the 32 years old; Adola ran second fastest marathon by 26 years old. Top 5 performance average for Eliud Kipchoge is now 2:03:47, second best behind Wilson Kipsang 2:03:23. For women's race, top 10 average for Berlin has improved from 2:19:55 to 2:19:52.
BERLIN (GER): Winners Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono claimed their first Series XI points in the Abbott World Marathon Majors.
PARIS (FRA): President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Craig Reedie has hinted that Russian could be declared compliant before the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next year, informs insidethegames.biz. He suggested it could happen when the organisation holds their next Executive Committee meeting in Seoul followed by a Foundation Board meeting on 15-16 November.
MOSCOW (RUS): Two-time world high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene and world 110m hurdles silver medallist Sergey Shubenkov both received the title of senior lieutenant by the Russian Ministry of Defence, informs Sport Express.
SHEFFIELD (GBR): Former world and Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has given birth to her second child, informs BBC News. Ennis-Hill announced her retirement last year after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics. She gave birth to her first child in 2014.
GLASGOW (GBR): World marathon fourth-placer Callum Hawkins will defend his half marathon title at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run in Glasgow on 1 October, informs organisers. Hawkins won last year in 60:24 but the course was later found to be short. Former European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey has been confirmed for the women’s race.
GOLD COAST (AUS): The marathon course for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast has been revealed, informs insidethegames.biz. The course starts and finishes outside of the main arena at the Southport Broadwater Parklands. "The marathon course is not only flat and conducive to fast racing, it is one of the most picturesque in the world and will showcase the Gold Coast to a global audience of 1.5 billion people,” said event chairman Peter Beattie.
MINSK (BLR): European 3000m steeplechase finalist Anastasia Puzakova (23) from Belarus has been suspended for four years for a doping violation, informs BFLA. Puzakova loses all of her results from 7 June 2017 and is banned until 5 July 2021. She was sixth at European Championships 2016 in Amsterdam, her best 9:42.91 is still valid from that race. Her points from European Team Championships in Lille for Belarus will be cancelled. The team of Belarus is anyway relegated to First League.
GLASGOW (GBR): Although the new date of the Glasgow IAAF World Indoor Tour meet is now one week after the final entry deadline for the World Indoor Championships, the IAAF have confirmed that the 2018 WIT winners will be entered as a wild card the day after Glasgow. In this case, midnight Monaco time on 26 February, subject to agreement with the relevant Member Federation.
BACUCH (SVK): In the traditional Slovak walker of the year poll after 11 years of Matej Toth beeing the number a woman is topping the poll. Maria Czakova the 36th placer from London World Championships and 2nd placer from Lugano Walking meet 2017.
KUALA LUMPUR (MAS): The cancellation of Malaysia Marathon 2017 scheduled on 1st October 2017 at Dataran Merdeka was confirmed at event website. The cancellation is due to unforeseen circumstances which would have impacted the overall event quality.
WARSZAWA (POL): Organisers of Warsaw Marathon held Sunday have come under sharp criticism after they failed to assist Kenyan Recho Kosgei, who collapsed with only 800m to the finishing line. Kosgei, who was leading the women’s race by almost three minutes, is seen struggling to stand, collapsing several times with no one to assist according to a video doing rounds online. The first helping her was Slovakian Marek Hladik, in 10th place in the men’s race, who stopped and put his hand out in an attempt to lift Kosgei off the road. He appeared to try and communicate with her for a few seconds, but she remained on the ground. Kosgei did not finish and was eventually treated by medical personnel, according to Polish media. Informs Daily Nation.
KUALA TERREGGANU (MAS, Sep 23): Winners of the Sultan Mahmud Bridge Marathon in extreme weather were Kenyans Josphat Kiptanui Too 2:28:02 and Jemimah Wayua 2:54:54.
BIALA PODLASKA (POL, Sep 24): Fast Poland´s all time best in the boys 300 m at National U16 Champs as Filip Chrosta clocked 34.65.
BARINAS (VEN, Sep 24): During final day of Venezuela Championships Estephany Chacon improved in women javelin to 57.95.
TOURS (FRA, Sep 24): Kenyan winners at the Marathon Touraine Loire Valley. Barnabas Kipyego 2:13:15 ahead of Lazarus Too 2:15:01 and Lema Alemayehu 2:15:18. In women category Rebby Cherono 2:42:15 over Immaculate Chemutai 2:44:12 and Amena Worku 2:45:29.
MUDU (CHN, Sep 25): Second day of Race Walking event "Around Lake Taihu" had 10 km events on the programme. South African Lebogang Shange won in 39:48 ahead of Dane Bird-Smith 39:55 and Caio Bonfim 40:00. Fourth German Christopher Linke 40:08 and fifth best home walker Jin Xiangqian 40:23 with 1st stage winner Perseus Karlstrom sixth 40:24. Shange is the overall leader after two legs (2:04:09) ahead of Bird-Smith (2:04:17) and Bonfim (2:04:21). London Olympics silver medalist Qieyang Shenjie won the women 2nd leg in 42:46 World lead 2017 ahead of Erica de Sena 43:03 (South American all-time best) and Nie Jingjing 43:05. Fourth Sandra Arenas of Colombia 43:16 and Peru´s Kimberly Garcia was fifth 43:23 edging Italian Antonella Palmisano 43:27. In the overall situation Nie leads 2:13:18 ahead of Palmisano 2:13:59 and de Sena 2:14:29. With the help from tilastopaja and marciadalmondo.com.
DNIPRO (UKR, Sep 24): Artem Piddubnyy and Oksana Yurchuk clocked 2:21:47 and 2:51:28 to win Ukrainian marathon championships, which was held within the framework of Dnipro ATB Marathon. Pavlo Veretskyy 67:03 and Valentyna Kiliarska 78:28 topped their races over half marathon distance.
MOMBASA (KEN, Sep 24): Winners of Mombasa Marathon were Cosmas Koech in 2:19:46 and Shelmith Muriuki with 2:42:32.
VINOVO (ITA, Sep 24): In the 2nd Hipporun Mezza Maratona di Vinovo Sara Dossena ran the second of two half-marathons in the same weekend here (see Mezza Maratona di Sondrio) winning in 74:58. Yousef Sbaii won the men in 62:55.
SONDRIO (ITA, Sep 23): At Mezza Maratona di Sondrio a very close finish on the men's side with only 0.1 separating first and second. Samuel Ndungu 1:03:44.7 and Henry Mukuria 1:03:44.8. On the women's side, Sara Dossena ran the first of two back-to-back half-marathons on the weekend and won in 73:23.
CHERNIVTSI (UKR, Sep 24): Former European U23 medallist in women’s steeplechase Mariya Shatalova clocked 5:42.19 to win 13th edition of annual “Bukovina mile” road race as well as Ukrainian 1 mile championships. In men’s race, Volodymyr Kyts finished first with 4:39.83 ahead of Stanislav Maslov 4:41.49.
BERLIN (GER): Running in Berlin was Vincent Kipruto and not Wilson. The time for Eliud Kipchoge was 2:03:32.
BARINAS (VEN): Georni Jaramillo already scored 8126 at South American Championships but wind in long jump was +5.0 during 776 jump. But also 8039 points with second best long jump mark under allowed wind for records in decathlon 741 (+2.1). So his last weekend score is not Venezuelan record.
REMICH (LUX, Sep 24): Correct winners of the 56th ING Route du Vin Half-Marathon were Ethiopian Zelalem Mengistu 62:37 and Kenyan Peninah Kandie 69:15.
Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:55
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Ghazal 226 MR
ASHGABAT (TKM, Sep 20): On the final day of the athletics programme at the Asian Indoor Games, world bronze medallist Majd Eddin Ghazal from Syria set a championship record of 2.26m to win the high jump on countback from Iran’s Keyvan Ghanbarzadeh (for him national indoor record) before unsuccessful attempts at 2.28m and 2.30m. World finalist Bian Ka from China won the shot put with 17.34m and India’s Arpinder Singh won the triple jump title with 16.21m. On the track, Ajay Saroj won the 1500m in 3:48.67 despite falling in the early stages while there were 800m titles for Qatar’s Jamal Hairane (1:49.33) and Sri Lanka’s Gayanthika Abeyrathne (2:05.12). Elsewhere, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Al-Qaree won the heptathlon title with 5343 points, Thailand won the women’s 4x400m in 3:43.41 and Pakistan upset Qatar for the men’s 4x400m title, 3:11.40 to 3:12.58.
Lilesa for Chicago
CHICAGO (USA): Olympic silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa from Ethiopia and former New York Marathon winner Stanley Biwott have been added to the elite men’s field for the Chicago Marathon on 8 October, informs organisers. Other new recruits include former two-time Amsterdam Marathon winner Bernard Kipyego and Ezekiel Chebii, who won the Lake Biwa Marathon earlier this season. Japan’s Yuki Takamiya and Zambia’s Jordan Chipangama have withdrawn from the race. Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei and Maegan Krifchin from the United States have been added to the elite women’s field.
Germany wins Fly Europe
ROMA (ITA, Sep 20): Germany won the third Fly Europe event of the season at Piazza del Popolo here with 47.5 points clearly. Second home side Italy 28 with France third 25.5 and Great Britain with Spain tied for fourth 25. In Berlin USA won over Germany and in Paris France over Germany. Claudia Salman-Rath was the best in long in all four rounds, top mark was 643. Kevin Menaldo won two pole vault rounds achieving also the best of the day 538 cm. In the sprint at 30 m fastest time was recorded by German Julian Reus 3.95 with Briton Reuben Arthur having 3.97.
BERLIN MARATHON NEWS
BERLIN (GER): Eliud Kipchoge believes the world marathon record will be lowered down to the 2:01 mark “in one or two years,” informs race organisers. “I am not going to commit to a specific year. If I were to do that I would be putting a brake on the developments, including my own. What I will predict, though, is that in one or two years, a time of 2:01 or 2:01:30 will become a reality,” he said. As well as breaking the world record, Kipchoge also wants to win a Grand Slam of World Marathon Majors races before he retires. “Of the marathon majors, I still want Tokyo, Boston and New York, and I also want to take another shot at the two-hour barrier. I learned a lot in Monza.”
BERLIN (GER): Wilson Kipsang believes he is “better placed than anyone” to break the world marathon record of 2:02:57 in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, informs Xinhua. "I can't wait for the race day. I am looking forward to battle against Bekele and Kipchoge. I am better placed than anyone else to break the world record. I have done it before and believe I am able to do it again," he said. Kipsang set a world record of 2:03:23 on this course in 2013 before his training partner Dennis Kimetto eclipsed the record the following year.
BERLIN (GER): Valary Aiyabei’s coach and husband Kennedy Tarus believes she can challenge the course record of 2:19:12 in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, informs the Daily Nation. “She can lower the course record in Berlin. We just hope for the best. We’ve done our part,” he said. Aiyabei won the Prague Marathon in May in a lifetime best of 2:21:57. Tarus will also pace Aiyabei on Sunday.
BERLIN (GER): After recording the first DNF of her career in the London Marathon this April, Swiss record-holder Maja Neuenschwander is looking to bounce back in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, informs Swiss Athletics. “My training has gone well and I feel ready for Berlin,” she said.
BERLIN (GER): British marathon-runner Lily Partridge is aiming to break the 2:30 barrier for the first time in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday in a bid for selection for the Commonwealth Games next April, informs Athletics Weekly. “Berlin is the last opportunity. I’m going to have to go under 2:30 if I want to go to the Commonwealths. That is the first goal. I’d like to go faster than that but the primary goal is to run under 2:30 for the Commonwealths,” she said. Partridge clocked 2:32:09 on her marathon debut in Seville in February.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Best Slovak middle distance runner in recent years Lucia Hrivnak Klocova announced her retirement (will be 34 in November) due to health issues and second pregnancy. Her first son Adam was born in 2013, her next child is expected to be born on April 1 next year according to the doctors. "I wanted to compete in 2017 but due to several health issues I was not able and after the news came about pregnancy it was clear I will end my competitive career on the track," said the runner. But she also admitted she might be back to run, but only on the roads and with maximum distance to be 15 km. Hrivnak Klocova clocked in her career 21 sub 2 minutes times in the 800 m and was given this year additionally the bronze from 2010 European Championships in Barcelona after the disqualification of Russian Mariya Savinova. After switching to 1500 m she is now excellent 5th (improved from 8th on the track) in the London Olympic final 2012. She was also World Junior bronze medalist 2000 and silver winner 2002. Her European junior title comes from 2001 and European U23 silver from 2003. Hrivnak Klocova competed at 4 Olympic Games and 6 World Championships.
CARDIFF (GBR): Former world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene is aiming to make the Welsh team for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April, informs BBC News. Greene has struggled with injury in recent seasons but he is confident he can still compete at a global level. "I feel that since I've been away, the 400m hurdles hasn't moved on. I’ve seen people qualify for finals a lot slower than what I was running when I was near my best. So I look at that and think I can still compete with these guys,” he said.
MOMBASA (KEN): Paul Maina and Nancy Jebet will be defending their titles at the 34th edition of the Safaricom Mombasa International Marathon on Sunday. The two will be among the over 1,000 local and international athletes taking part. Other upcoming races in the Series include: Kericho Road Race, Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial - Ndalat, Madoka Half Marathon, Imenti South Road Race and the Kisumu County National Marathon which will wind up this year's edition in December.
AMSTERDAM (NED): World heptathlon bronze medallist Anouk Vetter admitted she didn’t believe she could challenge for the medals after the completion of the first day in London, informs Atletiek.nl. "I was in shape, but I did not know what my level would be. After the first day I had excluded the chance of a medal. Only one hour before we left the bus for 800m, I knew that the lead was pretty big, so I almost had a cry - my dream came so close. A little scary feeling, but also cool,” she said. Vetter also said her build up was far from ideal and she was unable to jump from between January to April due to a knee injury.
ULM (GER): Former European U20 3000m and 5000m champion Alina Reh has said one of her goals next season is to break the 15-minute mark for 5000m, informs European Athletics. “The goal is to run each lap a second faster. If this is the case, I would cross the line in 14:58. I think this is quite realistic for 2018,” she said.
DAR ES SALAAM (TAN): Athletics Tanzania has unveiled ambitious plans to establish a high performance training centre in Mbeya Region to develop the country’s promising young athletes, informs Tanzania Daily News. “For the past decades, we have witnessed little investments in athletics - we want to turn things around by investing heavily in the sport,” said president Anthony Mtaka, who added the centre was part of a “serious” effort to bolster the country’s prospects in athletics.
REGENSBURG (GER): An indoor athletics arena is set to be built in Regensburg by 2021 or 2022, informs Leichtathletik.de. The project is set to cost 14 million euros.
SOFIA (BUL): Fastest Bulgarian and former European champion Ivet Lalova-Collio said she will compete during indoor season in the 60 m. But also admitted in an interview with sportal.bg that the main goal will be European championships in Berlin in summer. This year she made it to semifinals in both 100 m and 200 m at London World championships.
DORTMUND (GER): The track in the Helnut Kornig Halle in Dortmund will be rebuilded to 6 lanes. Additional two lanes will be added. The long term plan is that the facility will be able to host national championships and international events. The work on the modernisation is planned for 2019. The investment should be at 5 to 6 millions euro level.
PRAHA (CZE): The 2019 Czech Championships will be staged in Brno. It was decided by Czech Athletics Federation.
PRAHA (CZE): The oldest road race in Europe Bechovice-Praha at 10 km will be staged as 121st edition this Sunday. Main name in women category will be Eva Vrabcova, the 14th placer from World championships marathon this year. She clocked her fastest in 2015 when she won in 33:27 what is the second best in the history of the race (Kenyan Nancy Wambui clocked 33:18 in 2014). Men´s category is wide open,
PARIS (FRA): Following the bad weather in the West Indies, the Region Ile-de-France will welcome athletes whose facilities have been damaged. Informs L´Equipe. Hurricanes in the French West Indies have damaged athletic tracks. In order to allow the athletes to continue training the Ile-de-France Region is committed to support their arrival in metropolitan France during four training courses in 2018 to enable them to participate in the French championships.
GOTZIS (AUT): The organisers of HYPO-Meeting of Gotzis informed that they score when counting top 8 marks in decathlon and heptathlon is the best from all events of 2017 with final score of 120 333 points. Second is London World Championships 119 600 and third Decastar from last weekend with 111 314 points. Gotzis has also the best heptathlon with 53 380 while the best decathlon is from London Worlds with 67 183 points.
STAVANGER (NOR, Sep 20): One day after his 17th birthday European U20 Champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen won the Mosvannslopet road race at 3.05 km with 8:00 course record. The former one was 8:20.
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 14:23
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
Freimuth and Schafer
MONACO (MON): For second time after last year Germany has both winners of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge. After last event in Talence over the weekend Rico Freimuth with 25 592 points and Carolin Schafer with 20 199 points are the winners of the 2017 series. Last year they were Schafer (lower score than this year) with Kai Kazmirek who was this year third (24 986). For Freimuth also second win in the series after 2014. Second in decathlon is Canadian Decastar winner Damian Warner with 25 152, fourth Estonian Janek Oiglane 24 578 ahead of Ukrainian Oleksiy Kasyanov 24 531 and Czech Adam Sebastian Helcelet 24 506. In women ranking second Dutch Talence winner Anouk Vetter 19 496 and third Cuban Yargelis Rodriguez 19 166. In top six also Hungarian Xenia Kriszan 19 028 with Dutch Nadine Visser 18 908 and Swiss junior Geraldine Ruckstuhl 18 655. Both World champions Kevin Mayer and Nafi Thiam did not had enough scores. Record scores in the series (since 1998) belong to Tomas Dvorak 26 476 in 1999 and Carolina Kluft 20 541 in 2004. Top 8 are getting prize money from 30 000 USD to 5000 USD in overall series ranking.
Coburn Aims for Sub 9
BOULDER (USA): World steeplechase champion Emma Coburn has said one of her main goals next season is to break the nine-minute barrier for the first time, informs Gary Cohen Running. “I’m really hoping to break nine minutes in the steeplechase, win another U.S. title and then also the Diamond League final is a big deal,” she said. “Eventually I would like to do a 5000m, maybe next year. I’ve never run one so it seems like a new, fun, scary, exciting challenge. But breaking nine minutes is number one.”
NAIROBI (KEN): World marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui isn’t planning to contest any more marathons in 2017, informs the Daily Nation. “I won’t run any marathon this year. I want to relax after my world championships feat,” said Kirui, who is planning to run the Delhi Half Marathon on 19 November. Kirui has also backed Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang to “obliterate” the world marathon record in Berlin next weekend. “I have confidence that Kipchoge and Kipsang have what it takes to obliterate the record. This is a race where each athlete must sacrifice and go for it,” he said.
KINGSTON (JAM): Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is aiming to return to training next month after giving birth to her first child in August, informs the Jamaica Observer. “I know I am resuming training next month; not sure when will be the exact time, but I know its next month,” she said. Fraser-Pryce has said she won’t rush back to competition but she has cited the 2019 World Championships in Doha as a long-term goal.
CHRISTCHURCH (NZL): Valerie Adams’ former coach Kirsten Hellier has been appointed by Athletics New Zealand as chief throws coach, informs http://stuff.co.nz . Hellier currently coaches world and Olympic shot put finalist Jacko Gill.
ULM (GER): After setting a German U23 half marathon record of 71:21 in Ulm, former European U20 3000m and 5000m champion Alina Reh has confirmed she will continue to focus on the 5000m, informs Leichtathletik.de. “In addition to the 5000m I would also like to race over 10,000m. I think I have [a good time] in the 25 laps, because I bring a good level of training and I also enjoy the tempo runs in the training. On the other hand, I must not neglect the speed. The goal is to run 1500m in 4:10 minutes or even below. This makes it ideal for the 5000m,” she said.
CHORZOW (POL): New top stadium with athletics track and other facilities was completed in Poland. The Stadium Slaski in Chorzow will host the 64th Kusocinski Memorial (EA Classic), one of the oldest one day meetings in Europe. It will be first top athletics event at the modernised facility. Chorzow Stadium is one one of the biggest stadiums in Europe lately renovated and equipped for athletics. The regional government is interested to stage here in future top events, first big bid should be for European Championships 2022. In 2019 also the 95th national championships will be held here on the blue track.
PAVIA (ITA): European triple jump indoor champion from 2013 Daniele Greco (28) underwent a new achilles tendon surgery on the right leg. Now three months of recovery are waiting for him. It his fourth surgery in three years. He hopes to be back competing at top level.
UDINE (ITA): Kenyan-born Dutch Lornah Kiplagat oficially retired from competitive running at the Udine Half Marathon on Sunday in Italy. She celebrated 10 years since her World title win here and also World records at 20 km and Half-Marathon back in 2007. She also recieved the honorary citizenship of Udine.
ROMA (ITA): After four years Italian shot putter Chiara Rosa was promoted to bronze medal from European Indoor Championships 2013 in Goteborg. The reason was the disqualification of Russian Yevgeniya Kolodko who was initially second. European Athletics informed FIDAL officialy about the change in the results. Italy so has now 6 medals from this championships.
MOSCOW (RUS): Ukrainian athletics federation did not agree to shorten the transfer period for two former Ukrainians, middle distance runner Anzhelika Shevchenko and pole-vaulter Georgiy Bykov, informs TASS. Both Shevchenko and Bykov moved to Sankt Peterburg. Last time they represented Ukraine internationally was in 2012 and 2011. The 29-year-old Shevchenko also faced two-year ban until February 2015.
ASHGABAT (TKM, Sep 18): Indoor athletics started at the 5th Asian Indoor Games and Martial Arts. Ahmad Al-Moualed of Saudi Arabia won the 60 m hurdles in national record 7.66 ahead of Lee Jungjoon of Korea who also achieved national indoor record 7.77. Kazakhstan scored wins in technical events by Olympic winner 2012 Olga Rypakova 643 in long jump and Games records by Sergey Grigoryev 543 in the pole vault and Ivan Ivanov 19.60 in shot put. Nadiya Dusanova won for Uzbekistan the high jump with 186. Asian Games winner Alia Mohammed Saeed won for United Arab Emirates the women 3000 m in 9:25.03 and women 60 m hurdles went to Liu Lai Yiu of Hongkong in 8.41. Tough programme for World 400 m medalist Abdalelah Haroun of Qatar who won during Monday heats (49.09) and semifinals (48.38) of the 400 m and also his heat in the 800 m (1:56.06, debut at the distance). Fastest in 400 m semis was Mikhail Litvin of Kazakhstan with solid 46.85. Purnima Hembram from India won the pentathlon with national record score 4062 points.
PROVIDENCE (USA, Sep 17): This event hosted the USA 5 km road championships for men from 2002 through 2016, and for women from 2005 through 2016 (the 2017 championships will be held at the Abbott Dash to the Finish 5-K in New York City on 4 November). This year Jordan Mann (14:33.4) and Aisling Cuffe (16:28.2) got the wins at the 28th CVS Health Downtown 5-K.
SANTA FE (USA, Sep 17): Kenyan Boniface Kongin in 63:15 won the 7th Santa Fe Thunder Half-Marathon. Women winner Simegn Abnet from Ethiopia clocked 72:27.
SALA (SVK, Sep 16): Slovak 10 km road champions Jaroslav Szabo 31:56 and Zuzana Durcova 36:49.
IWATE (JPN, Sep 17): Winners of Ichinoseki Half-Marathon were Kenyan Joseph Onsarigo 64:34 and Kanae Shimoyama in 76:10.
BERLIN (GER, Sep 17): Former World medalist and high jumper Raul Spank won a 3 hours decathlon with 7053 points score. He cleared 216 in his former special event.
TALENCE (FRA): Correct score of Czech Eliska Klucinova was 6028 points.
Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:30
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
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
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
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.