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EME NEWS (AUG 18, 2017)
Vetter 93.88 in javelin
THUM (GER, Aug 18): At the 14th edition of Thum Throwing Meet javelin World champion Johannes Vetter confirmed his shape with 93.88 win in front of 3000 spectators. It is second best result of his career and also of 2017. He started with 81.24, then the top mark followed. Vetter ended the competition with another great throw 91.67. He still plans three more competitions next week Zurich DL Final, Bad Kostritz and Berlin. Olympic winner Thomas Rohler achieved 86.21 and beat World bronze medalist Petr Frydrych of Czech Republic who got 81.11. Nadine Muller won women discus 62.11 ahead of Anna Ruh 60.11. Local star David Storl (his coach Sven Lang is the main organiser) won the shot put with excellent 21.45 and was only 4 cm behind his meet record. Second Tsanko Arnaudov 20.82 and third Jacko Gill 20.72. Shot put was then stopped after four rounds due to heavy rain.
Farah home track farewell, 50+ Worlds medalists
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Mo Farah gets top billing in his last domestic track race, but more competitive interest also elsewhere. More than 50 London 2017 medallists, including Dafne Schippers, Mutaz Barshim, Hellen Obiri and Sandra Perkovic, are in action as this meeting gets a huge boost from being the first post-Worlds IAAF Diamond League and the last opportunity for athletes to gain qualification points for the finals in Zurich and Brussels.
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Seven Gold Medalists for Brussels
BRUSSELS (BEL): Seven gold medalists from the recent World Championships in London already confirmed their presence at the IAAF Diamond League Final in Brussels. They are Ramil Guliyev (200m), Christian Taylor (Triple Jump), Tom Walsh (Shot Put), Andrius Gudzius (Discus Throw), Mariya Lasitskene (High Jump), Katerina Stefanidi (Pole Vault) and Nafi Thiam (Heptathlon) will compete in Brussels and all of them - except Thiam who is entered in the High Jump with a wildcard - aim for victory in the IAAF Diamond League 2017. More World Champions are expected to join the field in the next few days.
Superb Women 3000 m
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Two fresh World champions will compete in women´s 3000 m at Birmingham IAAF Diamond League on Sunday (Muller Grand Prix Birmingham). Hellen Obiri of Kenya the 5000 m gold medalist and US Emma Coburn who won the steeple. Also Dutch Sifan Hassan (won a 5000 m bronze in London and was 5th in the 1500 m) is in the race with steeple medalist Courtney Frerichs of USA. Susan Krumins and Emily Infeld who were within top six in the 10 000 m race in London will compete too and4 German talent Konstanze Klosterhalfen is also there, meet record 8:33.00 of Sonia O´Sullivan achieved back in 2000 will be clearly under threat.
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Thursday, 17 August 2017 01:03

New from Around the World (August 16, 2017)

EME NEWS (AUG 16, 2017)
Manyonga 846, Claye beats Taylor
TIGNES (FRA, Aug 16): Jumping meet (and a athletics event in general) at the highest point ever (3000 m) saw on specially constructed runway Luvo Manyonga winning long jump with 846 (+2.0). Behind him Kafetien Gomis 822 (+2.2), Uruguya´s Emiliano Lasa 818 (+1.7), Jamaican Damian Forbes 806 (+1.6) and Olympic winner Jeff Henderson 790 (+2.3). In the triple jump Will Claye managed in last round to beat his main rival and World champion Christian Taylor 17.42 (+0.7) to 16.99 (+2.7). Third Alexis Copello 16.95 (+2.9) and fourth Cuban Cristian Napoles 16.92 (+3.0). The meet was held at midday to avoid cold temperatures, but still it was not warm. Some 3000 spectators followed it and the organisers plan it again next year.
Haratyk wins by 1 cm
SOPOT (POL, Aug 16): Fast 300 m races highlighted the 20th Grand Prix of Spot, Janusz Sidlo Memorial. US Shakima Wimbley clocked PB 36.71 ahead of sprinter Anna Kielbasinska 37.62 and World relay medalists Patrycja Wyciskiewicz 37.63 and Malgorzata Holub 37.93. On the men side Dutch Liemarvin Bonevacia achieved 32.85 over Yousif Rabah 32.95 and Rafal Omelko 33.00. Nice duel in shot úut as home Michal Haratyk with 20.63 beat by 1 cm Australian Damien Birkinhead 20.62 and Jacko Gill of New Zealand 20.49. World finalist Angelika Cichocka won the 1000 m in 2:39.77 beating Liina Tsernov of Estonia 2:41.31 and Sofia Ennaoui 2:41.50. Spain´s Kevin Lopez won the 800 m in 1:47.45 with interesting entry of Olympic medalist Clayton Murphy who did not qualify for London as 7th in 1:48.71. Norwegian super talent Jakob Ingebrigtsen won the 1500 m in second fastest of his career 3:40.66 over Hungarian Tamas Kazi 3:40.98. Belarus Krystsina Tsimanouskaya beat in 
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 19:02

New From Around the World (August 15, 2017)

Lavillenie 591, Stanek 22.01, great hammer
WARSZAWA (POL, Aug 15): The 8th edition of Kamila Skolimowska Memorial (EA Permit) in National Stadium here was a success with 35 000 spectators and 4 meeting records. Local top stars both hammer world champions won their events clearly with high quality results. Anita Wlodarczyk ended the season with 79.80 ahead of Malwina Kopron who got 75.40 PB with Joanna Fiodorow third 73.09 and Sophie Hitchon fourth 72.02. Pawel Fajdek similarly dominated the men event with 81.50 ahead of another World medalist Wojciech Nowicki 77.13. Great post London shape for World record holder Renaud Lavillenie, he found his way with third attempt at opening height over 561. Then mastered new meet record 571 in second, another one 581 in first and even also 591 in second attempt. He then tried at World leading height of 601. "I was satisfied today with my jumping, happy for season best." It was not good day for Polish jumpers as Pawel Wojciechowski got 551 and Piotr Lisek only 541. Another top duel in men discus was won by Robert Harting with last attempt 66.05 over local hero Piotr Malachowski 65.48 with Gerd Kanter third 64.56. Czech European indoor medalist Tomas Stanek surprised in fifth round of shot put the leader and Olympic winner Ryan Crouser with 22.01, not only a meet record but he also equaled his national record from June this year. Crouser as second managed 21.68. Also in women shot put new meet record by Alyona Dubitskaya of Belarus 17.90. Another World champion from London Mariya Lasitskene won her event with nice 195 clearance but did not went over meet record height 198. Kamila Licwinko did 192 for second. Sylwester Bednarek won men on count-back with 224. The best result from four races on the straight was new meet record of Sharika Nelvis in women hurdles 12.56 when World medalist Pamela Dutkiewicz after a collision did not finish the race. Also fast men winner Devon Allen of USA 13.20 with London fourth placer Garfield Darien not having his day after 14.12 as fifth. The 100 m races winners clocked 11.22 (Rosangela Santos) and 10.34 (Yunier Perez).
100 000 for WR
TIGNES (RSA): World champion Luvo Manyonga will reportedly try and break the world long jump record of 8.95m at altitude in Tignes, France on Wednesday, informs Super Sport. “We have planned for the world record attempt. Karen Gibbs (physiotherapist) has been helping Luvo with special breathing exercises to prepare him from competing at 3 000 metres. We also made provision for special thermal clothing should it be really cold in the mountains,” said his coach Neil Cornelius. “Competing at such a high altitude certainly creates its unique challenges. For example, I know that Luvo is going to be much faster in his approach than normal, so we will have to make certain adaptions to it to compromise for the extra speed.” The competition is scheduled due to altitude of 3000 m for midday time. In triple jump Christian Taylor and Will Claye will try to improve the World record also. The bonus for WR is 100 000 Euro.
BRUSSELS (BEL): World champion Tom Walsh and Olympic champion Ryan Crouser are set to go head-to-head again in the Brussels Diamond League Final on 31 August, informs organisers.
NEWCASTLE (GBR): Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot will defend her Great North Run title on 10 September, informs organisers. Cheruiyot will go head-to-head with Mary Keitany while other top entrants include fellow Kenyan Betsy Saina and Brit Jo Pavey.
NAIROBI (KEN): After staging the final edition of the World U18 Championships last month, Kenya is set to launch a bid to stage the 2023 World Championships, informs AFP. "We have shown that we are capable to host smaller events, and it has now reached a time when we should host big competitions,” said Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario.
PARIS (FRA): Renaud Lavillenie has said he required knee surgery last autumn after a motorcycle crash, informs L’Equipe. ”In one of the slowest turns of the circuit, I fall on the right, almost at the stop. I felt a little pain in the knee, but I finished the race. Except the next day, at home, I saw it. I was limited in extension and flexion. I had an MRI: a small end of the outer meniscus was broken,” said Lavillenie, who won a bronze medal in London. "This medal is worth gold. Four months ago, I did not see myself here, in such a contest.” He still has after Warszawa three more competitions, Zurich, Berlin and Decanation in 2017.
NASSAU (BAH): After missing the World Championships in London due to injury, veteran 400m runner Chris Brown is aiming to compete at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham next March, informs the Nassau Guardian. “I know I could still get out there and drop a fast time. Next season, I plan to be in great shape and competitive at the World Indoors,” he said.
MOSCOW (RUS): Ilya Skhurenyev has ended his season after pulling out of the decathlon at the World Championships due to injury, informs Sport Express. Skhurenyev will prepare for the indoor season and hopes to receive an invitation to compete at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.
LONDON (GBR): BBC and ARD-ZDF representatives gave a glimpse into their large-scale broadcast plans for the first multisport European Championships at a special event to mark the one-year-to-go countdown. Speaking at the event organised by co-hosts Glasgow and Berlin on the side lines of the IAAF World Championships, European Broadcasting Union Director of Sport Stefan Kuerten confirmed that more than 1 billion people in Europe and across the globe will be able to enjoy all the action from the European Championships thanks to agreements with almost 40 different broadcasters. Sports fans will be able to enjoy up to 300 hours of programming across television, radio and online, free to air in all the main markets, with an anticipated 2,700 hours of television coverage.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): There was no verdict from disciplinary committee of Slovak Athletics federation after today hearing in case of Olympic and World winner over 50 km walk Matej Toth. "We do not have evidence in this case whether prohibited substances or methods were used or not. We will ask for more medical and other experts explanations," the committee said in a statement. Toth had suspicious results in his biological passport and was provisionally suspended. If confirmed he could be banned for 4 years. He provided the committee with 250 pages of text and explanations and 25 attachments prepared by 7 medical experts from 6 countries. He is ready to underwent further examinations. "I want to prove my innocence," he said in his statement.
FRANKFURT (GER): Top quotes from London Worlds by German tv station ZDF. In average 3.34 million viewers were watching daily the event. It means in average 16.8% daily market share. Last Worlds in Beijing had 0.83 millions and 13.6 percent. Special was men javelin final with 6.71 million viewers.
LONDON (GBR): European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen paid tribute to the European athletes in action over the 10 days of competition at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 as well as the Local Organising Committee. “It was a superb championship from all perspectives. The continental gold-medal tally of 18 titles was the best by an Area Association and I have to say thank you to the IAAF World Championships London 2017 organisers for putting on an outstanding championships on European soil," said President Hansen. Europe also claimed 17 silver medals and 18 bronze medals.
LONDON (GBR): To multiple gold medalists also add Tori Bowie for 2 golds in the 100 m and 4x100 m. Together with Phylis Francis and Allyson Felix they are three with two golds, but no one only in individual events. There is Mo Farah and Wayde Van Niekerk with 1 gold and 1 silver.
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18 Champions in Zurich
ZURICH (SUI): After being forced to withdraw from the 400m final, Isaac Makwala will go head-to-head with world and Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk in the Weltklasse Zurich IAAF Diamond League on 24 August, informs organisers. Van Niekerk is one of 18 world champions from London confirmed with world 5000m champion Muktar Edris going head-to-head again with world 10,000m champion Mo Farah in another standout clash over 5000m. Other world champions confirmed are Dafne Schippers (200m), Caster Semenya (800m), Sally Pearson (100m hurdles), Emma Coburn (3000m steeplechase), Yulimar Rojas (triple jump), Ekaterini Stefanidi (pole vault), Gong Lijiao (shot put), Barbora Spotakova (javelin), Justin Gatlin (100m), Elijah Manangoi (1500m), Karsten Warholm (400m hurdles), Mutaz Essa Barshim (high jump), Sam Kendricks (pole vault), Luvo Manyonga (long jump) and Johannes Vetter (javelin).
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Yohann Diniz after 50 km walk: "I started having doubts after 20km but in training, we have been doing lots of changes of rhythms, so I just kept going. I got a card around 20k too and I thought, 'I just must not mess this up.' I just concentrated completely on my technique. A lot of training has gone into this – cycling, swimming – everything for this 50km walk. Last night I kept away from watching the TV (athletics) because I did not want to get too excited. I went to bed at 9 because I knew it was going to be my day today. It is a lovely Sunday afternoon. I know you should never take any decision when you are hot. I am still missing one (title) and that is the Olympic one. It would be a nice way to finish in Tokyo."
Usain Bolt:  "I’ve proven that by working hard, anything is possible. For me, I was sitting down today and doing an interview. My motto is anything is possible. It shows that everyone should continue trying. I personally feel this is a good message to send to youngsters to push on. If I can leave that to the younger generation, then that’s a good legacy to leave.”
Sebastian Coe: "The IAAF World Championships London 2017 were the most competitive and compelling World Championships of all time. I can’t remember a time when the competition has been so competitive and the stories around them so compelling. From the opening salvo of discus and long jump to the 4x400m this evening we have witnessed sometimes no more than the thickness of a vest between the finalists."
Yohan Diniz 2nd best ever mark in 50 km walk, also meet record and World lead, only he himself achieved in history a better time. Sandra Perkovic 70+ and Dani Samuels Ocenanian reord in discus, Caster Semenya national record and World lead in the 800 m.
700 000+ sold tickets.
Trinidad and Tobago beating USA in men 4x400 m.
MEDALS (43 countries, +5)
USA 10-11-9, KEN 5-2-4, RSA 3-1-2, FRA 3-0-2, CHN 2-3-2, GBR 2-3-1, ETH 2-3-0, POL 2-2-4, ANA 1-5-0, GER 1-2-2, CZE 1-1-1
POINTS (66 countries, +4)
USA 272, KEN 124, GBR 105, POL 86, CHN 81, GER 78, ETH 70, JAM+FRA 68, ANA 56, RSA 52
AGENT RANKINGS (by individual gold medals)
Jos Hermens 5, Ricky Simms 2, Paul Doyle 2, Olga Nazarova 2, Daniel Wessfeldt 2, Jukka Harkonen 2, Rene Auguin 2, Lee-Roy Newton, Valentina Fedyushina, Karen Locke, Andy Stubbs, Renaldo Nehemiah, Helena Van der Plaetsen, Kimberly Holland, Marc Corstjens, Marcin Rosengarten, Claude Bryan, Alberto Suarez, Olivier Thomas, Peet Van Zyl, Michel Boeting, Libor Varhanik, Chris Layne, Wes Felix, Czeslaw Zapala, Mark Pryor, Derek Schippers, Maurie Plant, Werner Daniels, Gianni Demadonna.
Note: Karsten Warholm and Emma Coburn do not have an official agent. Not known Ines Henriques, Eider Arevalo.
yes: Farah (10k), Wlodarczyk, Van Niekerk, Taylor, Schippers, Fajdek, Lasitskene
no: Bolt (100), Malachowski, Kovacs, Silva, M. Dibaba, Ibarguen, Shubenkov, G. Dibaba, Molitor, Barber, Kemboi, Felix, Hejnova, Arzamasova, Kiyeng, Bartoletta, JAM 4x100 men, JAM 4x100 wom, Farah (5k), D. Williams, Yego, Lopez, Caballero, Kiprop, Ayana, JAM 4x400 m wom, USA 4x400 men
RIO 2016 WINNERS (14-19)
yes: Farah (10k), Ayana (10k), Thiam, Stefanidi, McLeod, Kipyegon, Wlodarczyk, C. Kipruto, Van Niekerk, Taylor, USA 4x100 wom, Perkovic, Semenya, USA 4x400 m wom
no: Henderson, Bolt (100), Thompson (100), Crouser, Ibarguen, Kolak, Miller-Uibo, Carter, Clement, Muhammad, Centrowitz, Nazarov, Bartoletta, Jebet, JAM 4x100 men, Farah (5k), Rohler, Beitia, USA 4x400 men
Henriques 50kw
Farah 10k, Ayana 10k, Stefanidi PV, Mayer Dec, USA 4x100 men, GBR 4x100 m men, USA 4x100 m women twice, USA 4x400 m men, USA 4x400 m wom, Diniz 50kmw, TTO 4x400 men, Semenya 800, Henriques 50kw, USA 4x400 wom
Coburn SC, Diniz 50k, Henriques 50kw
Europe 17 (+ 1 ANA), NACAC 12, Africa 10, Asia 4, Oceania 2, South America 2
LONDON (GBR): This World Championships has also helped the IAAF reach a landmark of 1.2million spectators at World Athletics Series events in 2017, almost doubling the previous record figure. 900,000 of those spectators came from the IAAF World Championships.
LONDON (GBR): The IAAF World Coaches Conference, held from 7-10 August, was well received and attracted hundreds of coaches, athletes and media across the four days of talks and presentations.
LONDON (GBR): Hundreds of hours of television programming is expected to have reached a cumulative audience of about 400 million. IAAF’s website traffic is up 20% on the last World Championships with 3.4million users and 7.5million sessions. There has also been a significant move towards mobile usage with more than half of the website’s traffic now coming via mobile devices. A huge increase in followers for the IAAF’s social media channels – namely Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – has led to nearly eight million engagements across all platforms.
LONDON (GBR): During the championships, participating athletes have been voting to select the six new members of the IAAF Athletes’ Commission. They are: Kim Collins, Inaki Gomez, Adam Kszczot, Thomas Rohler, Ivana Spanovic and Benita Willis.
LONDON (GBR): Olympic high jump champion Ruth Beitia of Spain received the International Fair Play award from The International Fair Play Committee (CIFP), with the support of the IAAF. Beitia was recognised for her efforts to console Alessia Trost of Italy after she failed to qualify for the final in the women's high jump. It was an emotional moment for the 24-year-old Trost, whose mother passed last year and former coach this year.
LONDON (GBR): Marathons and race walks broke new ground for the Championships with iconic locations and historic moments; over 150,000 people lined marathon course Official mascot Hero the Hedgehog dubbed the best Championship mascot ever after ten days of antics. The Championships will go down as the best ever for ticket sales after organisers were awarded an official Guinness World Record for the number of tickets sold for an IAAF World Championships in front of a packed London Stadium on the closing night. With over three times the amount of applications to places available, it took the help of 4,500 volunteers, known as Runners, to stage the Championships. The Runners brought with them fluency in more than 65 different languages, helping spectators enjoy an engaging experience.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): All eight athletes from the medal winning London 2017 men’s and women’s sprint relay teams to line up at the Alexander Stadium. All four gold medallists from Britain’s World Championship winning men’s 4x100m relay team, and the silver medal winning women’s sprint quartet, will celebrate in style at the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham on Sunday 20 August.
BUDAPEST (HUN): Top name of Hungarian team at Universiade in Taipei will be World bronze medalist at 110 m Hurdles Balazs Baji. Also hammer World finalist Bence Halasz.
DUBLIN (IRL, Aug 13): At the national half marathon championships, as part of the Affidea Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon, Kevin Dooney and Gladys Ganiel won their respective titles in 66:50 and 77:06.
HARSTAD (NOR, Aug 13): Jonathan Quarcoo won Norwegian U23 title in the 200 m with 20.56 (+1.3).
KIENBAUM (GER, Aug 13): Mareike Arndt scored 6000 points in heptathlon to win the German title.
KOTKA (FIN, Aug 13): Good throws Arttu Kangas 19.95 shot and Jenni Kangas 58.50 javelin.
GAVLE (SWE, Aug 13): At Swedish championships of different age categories Fanny Roos got 18.20 in U23 shot put, in the u20 Maja Nilsson 190 in high jump and Max Hrelja 13.69 in the 110 m hurdles and in the U18 Ragnar Carlsson 79.52 in hammer (5 kg).
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Renaud Lavillenie: "I cheered for Bosse, it helped me to keep my motivation. I am very proud for him. We are competing at the best level, enjoying ourselves and showing emotions - that is why we love this sport.”
Sam Kendrick´s 595 third time clearance to win gold in cold weather, second best jump in the World 2017.
Bosse winning the 800 m, getting 6th French gold at the World champs. Kyle Langford nearly getting a medal.
MEDALS (31 countries, +5)
USA 3-5-3, KEN 3-1-3, RSA 2-0-2, POL 1-2-1, ETH 1-2-0, VEN+JAM+FRA 1-0-1
POINTS (45 countries  +6)
USA 96, KEN 76, POL 51, ETH 39, JAM 38, CHN+GBR 37
AGENT RANKINGS (by individual gold medals)
Jos Hermens 3, Ricky Simms 2, Lee-Roy Newton, Valentina Fedyushina, Karen Locke, Andy Stubbs, Helena Van der Plaetsen, Kimberly Holland, Marc Corstjens, Marcin Rosengarten, Claude Bryan, Alberto Suarez, Kevin Hautcoeur, Peet Van Zyl, Michel Boeting, Paul Doyle, Libor Varhanik.
yes (1): Farah (10k), Wlodarczyk, Van Niekerk
no (1): Bolt (100), Malachowski, Kovacs, Silva, M. Dibaba, Ibarguen, Shubenkov, G. Dibaba, Molitor, Barber, Kemboi
RIO 2016 WINNERS (9-6)
yes (1): Farah (10k), Ayana (10k), Thiam, Stefanidi, McLeod, Kipyegon, Wlodarczyk, C. Kipruto, Van Niekerk
no (1): Henderson, Bolt (100), Thompson (100), Crouser, Ibarguen, Kolak
Farah 10k, Ayana 10k, Stefanidi PV
STATS (by Ken Nakamura)
PV: Lavillenie's medal count, 5, is now same as that of Tarasov 5 (=2 bronze, 2 silver, and gold) and one short of Bubka's medal count of 6 (all gold).
400m: van Niekerk joined Meriitt, Wariner and MJ as one of only four multiple medalists at WC 400m.
3000mSC: Conseslus Kipruto became the first World Youth Champion to win the World Championships at 3000mSC. Kipruto now has 3 WC 3000mSC medals.  Only Kiptanui (4), Kemboi (6)  and Brimin Kipruto (4)7 have more medals. Evan Jager became the first American to win a medal at WC 3000mSC. For the first time since 1987, KEN born runners failed to win at least two medals at WC 3000mSC
WJT: Spotakova has won four medals (2 golds and 2 silver) for CZE at WJT in WC. 66.76 is the second shortest winning mark in WJT in WC; 66.52 in 2003 is the shortest winning throw. Spotakova won second gold 10 years after her first gold in 2007; she thus joined Hattestad, Menendez and Tizell as fourth two time winner
Spotakova won fourth medal in JT at WC, and thus joined Nerius as only a second four-time medalists. Best marks for place 5-8 at Worlds.
WTJ: Rojas became 4th TJ to win both World Indoor and World Championships
W1500m: Kipyegon became third (after Liu Dong and Genzebe) runner to win both World and World Junior at W1500m.
110mH: McLeod also became fifth hurdler to win both WC and World Indoor.
WHT: For the first time in the history of WC, a nation (this case POL) won two medals (Wlodarczyk & Kopron). 77.90 is the British all comers' record improving her own mark, 77.60 from the Olympics
LONDON (GBR): “Isaac Makwala has been withdrawn by the IAAF Medical Delegate from tonight’s 400m final after the athlete was diagnosed with an infectious disease on Monday. As per UK health regulations, it was requested that he be quarantined in his room for 48 hours, a period which ends at 14:00hrs tomorrow (9 Aug),L says IAAF statement. That means Makwala would be able to compete in the 4x400 m. Insidethegames adds that the 30-year-old, the All-Africa Games champion attempted to gain access to the Stadium. Video footage emerged of Makwala, one of the athletes struck by a bout of the norovirus, being denied entry to the dedicated athletes entrance by security. Makwala was escorted back to the IAAF office on the Stadium site before he returned to the hotel.
LONDON (GBR): World record holder Wayde van Niekerk responds at the press conference regarding the non-appearance of Isaac Makwala in the final due to his pulled by the IAAF because of gastroenteritis: “It was definitely heartbreaking… I saw Isaac just before the 200m heats and the first thing I could think of was wrapping my arms around him and saying to him get well soon. As much as we want to win a gold medal we also want to go out there and have the best guys with us.”
LONDON (GBR): Tori Bowie has withdrawn from the 200m as she continues to recover from her fall at the conclusion of the women’s 100m final on Sunday evening. Her condition will continue to be evaluated to assess her readiness for the 4x100m relay.
LONDON (GBR): A protest was presented by the French Team after the 3000m Steeplechase Final Men, asking for the disqualification of US Athlete Evan Jager under Rule 163.3 b) (Lane Infringement), claiming he had twice placed his foot on the inside line after the second water jump. The Jury reviewed the video of the race, and was of the opinion that the athlete had indeed stepped on the line, but only in the straight part of the diversion from the  track for the water jump and had therefore not gained any material advantage. It was rejected.
LONDON (GBR): Coming into the 16th IAAF World Championships here at London Stadium, Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto was worried.  The 2016 Rio Olympic steeplechase champion was nursing an injured right ankle and hadn't finished a race since June 24th when he won the Kenyan Trials in Nairobi. "I used my plans well, and last night for morale I told myself, 'I am Olympic champion and that others must break me," he told IAAF interviewers.
LONDON (GBR): Defending champion Ezekiel Kemboi, 35, will likely retire after tonight's race, faded to 11th in 8:29.38.
LONDON (GBR): In the men's 800m final, France's Pierre-Ambroise Bosse ran a savvy race to collect his first world title in 1:44.67.  Bosse, 25, made a single and decisive move coming down the back stretch after following the smooth and honest pace set by Canada's Brandon McBride (50.78 at the 400-meter mark).  He was never challenged, giving France their first gold medal of these championships. "Trust me, I  live my dream. Or am I dreaming?" Bosse told IAAF interviewers.  "Thanks to the crowd for the support. I still can't believe it."
LONDON (GBR): The 2017 IAAF World Championships have honoured Betty Cuthbert with the sold-out stadium standing for a minute silence to recognise the four-time gold medallist from Melbourne 1956 and Tokyo 1964.
LONDON (GBR): IAAF Coaches conference started in London on Tuesday.
LONDON (GBR): Kenya's Faith Kipyegon backed up her Olympic 1500m title from Rio last year by grabbing the gold medal again in London 2017. "I knew it would be fast, it is such a quality field," Kipyegon told IAAF interviewers. "The best was going to win here. It was always going to be quick and competitive."
DUBLIN (IRL): Irish athletes who have not yet competed will be moved to a different hotel away from the Tower Guoman, which has been at the centre of the gastroenteritis outbreak which has affected several athletes, a statement from Athletics Ireland informed. Those who are finished with their events will be offered a flight home by the federation.
LONDON (GBR): The Rio Olympic silver medallist, Jared Tallent, has withdrawn from the men’s 50km walk at the 2017 IAAF World Championships due to a hamstring injury.
LONDON (GBR): IAAF Event presentation manager Florian Weber explains the innovations in London 2017: "the fireworks for every single new world champion, the Royal Music Chors for the field events, the pre-show ahead of every evening session, our superfan Martin Lewis getting the fans very close to the field of play and giving deep insights into events, implements, technique, etc and many more small details."
LONDON (GBR): After finishing fourth in the hammer final Zhang Wenxiu announced her retirement from athletics. "I am upset because this is my ninth World Championships and it will be my last one. This season has been hard for me because I had a baby last year, but I am happy to end it here. I started competing at 15 and I am 31 now so it is the end of a long career."
LONDON (GBR): Former world and Olympic 200m medallist Warren Weir has reportedly retired after exiting in the heats at the World Championships, informs the Jamaica Gleaner. "No greater joy than being able to represent my country at its highest level lots of joy and tears and extremely humble to represent my country one last time #TheEnd,” he said on Instagram. His manager Cubie Seegobin has said he was not aware Weir was planning to retire.
LONDON (GBR): Christian Taylor is looking to break Jonathan Edwards’ world record of 18.29m in the triple jump final. "Get  the world  record? Why not here? I made that promise to myself. I hope it is my time. I am staying optimistic. I am chasing that number more than you could ever know,” he said.
LONDON (GBR): Reigning world champion Maria Lasitskene will be settled in a different hotel in order to avoid the stomach bug going around one of the official hotels, informs Sport Express.
LONDON (GBR): IAAF is organising Media Development Workshops. Sessions will be held on the days without a morning session from 16:00 to 18:00.
LONDON (GBR): Plans are in place to ensure a country in Africa hosts the IAAF World Championships by 2025, head of its continental body has claimed. Confederation of African Athletics President Hamad Kalkaba Malboum believes that six different nations are capable of playing host. They are Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa. Hungarian capital Budapest is currently considered the front-runner to host the Championships in 2023.
KINGSTON (JAM): Double Olympic 100m champion Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce has given birth to a son, Zyon Price, her husband Jason announced on Twitter.
CHICAGO (USA): Past winners Steve Jones, Khalid Khannouchi, Catherine Ndereba, Paula Radcliffe and Deena Kastor have been named as ambassadors for the 40th anniversary edition of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 8. The four athletes who set world records at the race, plus the most recent American women’s winner Kastor will meet runners and the community at the official expo.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): European junior champions Maya Bruney, Khahisa Mhlanga (800m) and Robert Sakala (110m hurdles) will lead a Great Britain Juniors team of 42 for the Manchester International at the Manchester Regional Arena on August 16. They will take on teams from England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland & Ulster and a combined British Athletics League/UK Women’s League team (Britain’s main senior domestic leagues).
MOSCOW (RUS): The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has suspended race walker Andrei Krivov and middle distance runner Natalya Yevdokimova for abnormalities in their biological passports, informs TASS. Krivov has been suspended for three years and loses all of his results from 20 May 2011 to 6 July 2013 while Yevdokimova has been handed a four-year suspension and loses all of her results from 17 August 2009 to 29 May 2012. Krivov is a former two-time winner of the 20km at the World University Games while Yevdokimova was fourth in the 1500m at the 2004 Olympics.
WARSZAWA (POL): Fresh shot put world champion Tom Walsh is confirmed to compete against home elite at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Warszawa National Stadium on Tuesday August 15. In the field also former World champion David Storl and London fourth placer Tomas Stanek. Michal Haratyk and Konrad Bukowiecki are leading the home charge.
LIER (BEL, Aug 5): Some overseas athletes competed at the meet here. Jamaicans Ryan Shields 10.21 (+2.2) in the 100 m, Deuce Carter 13.55 (+3.0) hurdles and Chad Wright 62.50 discus. South African Lebokeng Sesele won the 200 m in 20.78 (+1.7).
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Omar McLeod: "I am always confident. It is a privilege - I am getting better and better. I am not limiting myself, so if it [the world record] happens it happens. I have heard that I might run in the 4x100m relay. Let's see what happens, hopefully I will be selected."
Tori Bowie: "“The dive doesn’t feel too good now. But that has saved me at championships in the past. I never give up until I’m over the line.”
Stefanidi 491 World lead in pole vault after one not succesful attempt at 489. Also Greek record.
Elaine Thompson (5th) not winning a medal, first time since 2003 Jamaica no medal in 100m women. Ryan Crouser (6th) first loss since September 2016 and no medal in shot put.
MEDALS (20 countries, +11)
USA 2-4-2, ETH 1-2-0, KEN 1-1-2, RSA 1-0-1, BEL, BRN, GRE, GBR, NZL, LTU 1-0-0
POINTS (31 countries +14)
USA 65, KEN 54, ETH 33, GBR 22, JAM 21, RSA and NED 18
AGENT RANKINGS (by individual gold medals)
Ricky Simms 2, Jos Hermens 2, Lee-Roy Newton, Valentina Fedyushina, Karen Locke, Andy Stubbs, Helena Van der Plaetsen, Kimberly Holland, Marc Corstjens
yes (1): Farah (10k)
no (1): Bolt (100), Malachowski, Kovacs, Silva, M. Dibaba
RIO 2016 WINNERS (4-4)
yes (1): Farah (10k), Ayana (10k), Thiam, Stefanidi
no (1): Henderson, Bolt (100), Thompson (100), Crouser
Farah 10k, Ayana 10k, Stefanidi PV
LONDON (GBR): Steven Gardiner posted huge 43.89 in men 400 m semifinal what is Bahamas national record. And fourth best in the World 2017. And best ever non final result at World Champs. LaShawn Merritt was out clearly, Matthew Hudson-Smith also but with EL 44.74.
LONDON (GBR): Nafi Thiam and Ekaterini Stefanidi as Rio gold medalists, won also golds in London.
LONDON (GBR): Anouk Vetter scored a Dutch record of 6636 in heptathlon, the best ever mark for bronze at the World Championships.
LONDON (GBR): For the first time ever the IAAF World Championships marathons were held on the same day in back-to-back fashion, with the men running in the morning and the women in the afternoon.  The results were also historic.  Kenya's Geoffrey Kirui (his 4th marathon ever) became the first man ever to win the Boston Marathon and World Championships marathon in the same year, clocking 2:08:27 here and claiming his first world title.  On the women's side Rose Chelimo became the first woman from Bahrain to win a world marathon title, stopping the clock at 2:27:11 after a compelling late-race battle with Kenya's Edna Kiplagat. Silver medalist Tola needed medical attention immediately following the race, said he was sick and also had an Achilles injury. From RRW.
LONDON (GBR): Briton Callum Hawkins said that the cheers of the crowd in the final kilometers were so loud that he couldn't even hear his footfalls, finished fourth in a personal best 2:10:17.  It was a bittersweet result for the Scotsman, who had finished tenth in the Rio Olympic Marathon last summer.  It would have been a dream come true to win a medal on British soil. "I don't know if there's much I can actually say about it without ruining the interview," Hawkins said.  "It was tough.  It was crazy." From RRW.
LONDON (GBR): Reigning world champion, Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia, finished eighth in 2:28:49.  She limped badly as she made her way through the mixed zone, holding the back of her right leg." Best European was Charlotte Purdue as 13th in 2:29:48. From Britain as in the men competition.
LONDON (GBR): Estonian European medalist Rasmus Magi did not compete in the 400 m hurdles heats due to hamstring injury not healed 100%. He still hopes to compete later in the season.
LONDON (GBR): The sun is shining in London once more, with Jess Trengove of Australia crossing a stunning ninth place in the women’s marathon on day three of the 2017 IAAF World Championships. Stopping the clock at 2:28:59, the fastest ever by an Australian woman at the world titles, the performance is also the best ever female placing. She joins Rob de Castella and Steve Moneghetti as one of three green and gold athletes to finish among the top-ten at the IAAF World Championships.
LONDON (GBR): Some important names not qualifying, for example in 400 m hurdles heats McMaster because of lane violation, Culson and Stigler, in women 400 m US Kendal Ellis, in steeple 2008 Olympic winner Brimin Kipruto, in hurdles heats Jamaican Levy injured, in semis out for Pozzi and US duo Allen and Harris. Kenyan WL holder Emmanuel Korir out in 800 m semifinals.
LONDON (GBR): Top result in women javelin qualification was a new Asian record by Liu Huihui with 67.59. Cuban Yargelis Rodriguez with 6594 in heptathlon got CAC record.
LONDON (GBR): A streaker who sprinted down the home straight shortly before the 100 metres men final has been released without being charged, insidethegames has been told. The long-haired man managed to leap on the track moments before participants including Usain Bolt and eventual winner Justin Gatlin entered the stadium for the blue ribbon event. He had the words "Peace and Love" written on his chest and "For Mum" on his back.
LONDON (GBR): Czech team was considering protest after a video on twitter suggested Tomas Stanek´s best effort of 21.41 was wrongly measured. But an explanation about not fully correct position of camera gave the explanation that everything was all-right and no protest was filed.
MELBOURNE (AUS): Athletics Australia is saddened to confirm the passing of Olympic legend, Betty Cuthbert, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. An icon of athletics in Australia and around the world, Betty shot to fame at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games, winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.
LONDON (GBR): Thiam and Rodriguez HJ result was 195.
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Full Stadium (60 000) - Bolt´s farewell - During the week only evening sessions - Interesting doubles Van Niekerk, Miller-Uibo, Ayana, G. Dibaba, Farah - First time without official Russian team - Debut of women 50 km walk - Record number of entered athletes 2034 - 4000 volunteers - New event presentation elements - Medal ceremonies for athletes who will get it after doping discqualifications - All walking events on one day - 48 events for first time - Huge anti-doping operation via newly established Athletics Integrity Unit - In 11 events the title defender is not competing.
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Spectacular championships
LONDON (GBR): "These championships will be spectacular. They have the highest qualification standards, the largest number of athletes competing and the greatest number of tickets sold. London will be the biggest IAAF World Championships ever," IAAF President Sebastian Coe said. Highlighting the opening of IAAF Congress was the presentation of The IAAF's Golden Order of Merit, the global governing body's highest award, to Britain's distance running great Brendan Foster for his major contributions to the advancement of athletics. The evening also included the presentation of the IAAF's Plaque of Merit to six distinguished members of the global athletics family who have made enormous career long contributions to the success and the development of the sport Fumihiro Yamasawa of Japan, Aleck Skhosana from South Africa, Wilfredys Leon from Venezuela, Clemens Prokop from Germany, Reynold O´Neal from British Virgin Islands and Fletcher McEwen from Australia.
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